Mar. 16th, 2017

solarbird: (korra-on-the-air)
As always, lead on the neofascist horseshit. "The culture war over religious morality has faded; in its place is something much worse" describes how the fade of the fundamentalist right didn't lead to less rightist extremism, but more. "The GOP Is America’s Party of White Nationalism" is pretty much just pointing out the obvious, but the obvious is real bad and a lot of people still don't want to face it - and as example, Rep. King is not getting GOP pushback on his move to overt white supremacist politics. "Trump to release 'hard power budget' with cuts to State Dept, EPA" points to a big upward ratcheting in militarism and an express preference for the use of military force over any other method of solving... anything, really. And closer to home, we have "Video: Nazis Thrown Out Of Portland's Lucky Lab Beer Hall" in Portland. Well done, Lucky Lab.

We've got a link for the "Text of court order against Trump's second Muslim-targeting travel ban," of course. Also commentary involving Trump's reaction at his rally; "Obama ethics lawyer: Trump 'digging grave' for future travel ban court cases." Of particular note is that Trump says the second is just a watered-down version of the first, which certainly means it has all the same legal failures.

And of course, add in "Trump stands by unverified wiretap claim" even as congressional GOP is going, '...we don't believe it.' Who are you going to believe, Leader Trump or your lying eyes?

In crackdown news, we have Texas leading the pack yesterday, with "Texas Senate Passes Anti-Trans Bathroom Bill, Now Closer to Becoming Law No One Asked For." Locally, we have Crosscut asking, "Washington’s legal pot experiment: Can it survive Trump?"

Finally, a few last stories: "Trump fuel economy rollback will kill jobs and cost each car buyer $1,650" is about helping the fossil fuel industry, which backs the GOP more completely than any other group. "Congress sends Trump drug test measure for unemployed" arguably belongs under fascism - it's about humiliating the unemployed, pure and simple. And finally, the NYT has a story on Trump's 2005 tax returns: "Trump Wrote Off $100 Million in Losses in 2005, Leaked Forms Show."

It's March 16, 2017; this is the news )
solarbird: (Lecturing)
This is a presentation at GDC 2017 about virtual worlds and augmented reality and it is entirely worth your 55 minutes whether you are in game design or arguably even more if you are not.

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