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The mighty Oxford comma

I love this: Oxford comma helps drivers win dispute about overtime pay

NYT Music Issue

25 Songs That Tell You Where Music Is Going

Incompetent Malevolence

The malevolence of President Trump’s Executive Order on visas and refugees is mitigated chiefly—and perhaps only—by the astonishing incompetence of its drafting and construction.

…it’s a very dangerous thing to have a White House that can’t with the remotest pretense of competence and governance put together a major policy document on a crucial set of national security issues without inducing an avalanche of litigation and wide diplomatic fallout. If the incompetence mitigates the malevolence in this case, that’ll be a blessing. But given the nature of the federal immigration powers, the mitigation may be small and the blessing short-lived; the implications of having an executive this inept are not small and won’t be short-lived. Benjamin Wittes, Lawfare

Translating Trump

An illuminating interview at the L.A. Review of Books. Bérengère Viennot, who writes and translates for Slate France, talks about the challenges in translating Donald Trump. See also her essay, Pour les traducteurs, Trump est un casse-tête inédit et désolant.

A few quotes from the interview:

Trump is not easy to translate, first of all, because, most of the time, when he speaks he seems not to know quite where he’s going. … He seems to hang onto a word in the question, or to a word that pops into his mind, repeating it over and over again. He shapes his thought around it and, sometimes, succeeds in giving part of an answer — often the same answer: namely, that he won the election. Trump seems to go from point A (the question) to point B (himself, most of the time) with no real logic.

… reading Trump in French, which is a very structured and logical language, reveals the poor quality of his language and, consequently, of his thought.

Quite simply, Jean-Marie Le Pen is a good speaker. He is well educated, and he knows how to address a crowd. Trump, on the other hand, gives the impression of repeating whatever he heard or read on the internet the day before. He is not an ideologue; he’s an opportunist.

… on the other hand, one doesn’t need to translate his discourse in order to feel it, do they? Can’t you feel, when you listen to him, that his words are shallow?

Accountability 

Think Progress documented 663 promises made by Trump during his election campaign. In the upcoming months, they will see how many he keeps. 

New Shepard Fairey Posters

You can download and print your own. 

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