Twitter, Trump, and Sisyphus: The United States of Absurd

The idea of absurdism attempts to describe the human condition, but it can also help us understand our current social climate by Kameron McNair Daily Beast edited by O Society May 18, 2019 It’s hard for any person to log into social media without seeing something that makes them do a double take—maybe it’s a puppy … Continue reading Twitter, Trump, and Sisyphus: The United States of Absurd

Mixed Signals: Why People Misunderstand Each Other

https://youtu.be/3tJmvRkFWVQ Psychological quirks make it tricky to get an accurate read on someone's emotions by Emily Esfahani Smith Atlantic edited by O Society May 7, 2019 In her book No One Understands You and What To Do About It, Heidi Grant Halvorson tells readers a story about her friend, Tim. When Tim started a new job as a … Continue reading Mixed Signals: Why People Misunderstand Each Other

How American Celebration of Being Triggered and Trolled Culminates in a Celebrity Insult Comic in the White House

Shock jock comedy gave way to Donald Trump’s Republican Party where meanness is a virtue by Ben Schwartz New Republic edited by O Society April 26, 2019 Last month, Media Matters surfaced a litany of racist, misogynist, and creepy comments that Tucker Carlson made from 2006 to 2011 on shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge’s … Continue reading How American Celebration of Being Triggered and Trolled Culminates in a Celebrity Insult Comic in the White House

Trump’s ‘truly bizarre’ visit to Mt. Vernon

The 45th president — no student of history — marveled at the first president’s failure to name his historic compound after himself. The Trumps and Macrons visit George Washington’s Mount Vernon in April 2018. | Susan Walsh/AP Photo By ELIANA JOHNSON and DANIEL LIPPMAN Politico Donald Trump had some advice for George Washington. During a guided … Continue reading Trump’s ‘truly bizarre’ visit to Mt. Vernon

You’re Never Too Old To Learn Something Stupid

by O Society March 25, 2019 One of our readers has this emotional reaction to the Mueller report's failure to indict Donald Trump on charges of Russian collusion: "Moral of the story: Never believe anything in the NYTimes or WAPO or CNN or MSNBC or ABC or NBC or CBS. Fox news had it right … Continue reading You’re Never Too Old To Learn Something Stupid

You Can Lead a Horse to Water, but You Cannot Keep a Herd of Sheep from Going to Slaughter

by O Society Mar 11, 2019 "Mind-monkey" 心猿 "Intention-horse" 意馬 Google Translate: 心猿意馬 = Xinyuanyima = "monkey mind thought horse" = "distracted; indecisive; restless" The ape swings from tree to tree; put the horse back in its stall image: Gibbons and Horses 10th century Song You can lead a horse to water; but you cannot … Continue reading You Can Lead a Horse to Water, but You Cannot Keep a Herd of Sheep from Going to Slaughter