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"...he used all my Guardian Arrows shooting at Bokoblins. "
My Son Has Ruined Zelda: Breath Of The Wild by Mark Serrels [Kotaku] "A few details before I go into precisely how my son is ruining my Zelda game. A few answers to questions I suspect you might ask. Firstly why is my son playing Zelda? I dunno. It just happened and now it keeps happening. Secondly, why is he playing my game and not his own game? Simple answer: I've got all the cool power-ups and the cool weapons. His chances of actually inching his way through and earning those rewards at four years old are at monkeys writing Shakespeare odds at this point. Thirdly, why do I keep letting this happen? Love, ladies and Gentlemen. Love."

"just as monstrous and mutant alge invade the lagoon of Venice"
Peter E. Gordon — The Authoritarian Personality Revisited: Reading Adorno in the Age of Trump, June 15, 2016.

My hope is that by reading Adorno again, we might discern how Trump at once instantiates the category of the "authoritarian personality" but also challenges its meaning. The AP study, I will suggest, contained two distinct lines of argument. The first of these arguments qualified as the "official" discovery of the research program, and its basic message is the one MacWilliams identified in the passages quoted above, namely, it claimed to have identified a new "psychological type." The second argument was rather more sobering and radical in its implications: it suggested that the authoritarian personality signified not merely a type but rather an emergent and generalized feature of modern society as such.

The Frankfurt School Knew Trump Was Coming - Author Stuart Jeffries on why now is a great time to dust off this forgotten school of criticism.

Trump's America and the rise of the authoritarian personality

Are Trump Supporters Authoritarians? - "Electoral support is better explained by political reasoning than pseudo-Freudian psychological projections."

Why Arendt Matters: Revisiting "The Origins of Totalitarianism"
How Hannah Arendt Is Being Used and Misused in the Age of Trump

Bob Altmeyer, The Authoritarians
This book was written in 2006, halfway through George W. Bush's second term as president. A great deal was wrong with America then, and I thought the research on authoritarian personalities could explain a lot of it. Since then a new administration has been elected, and although it has had to deal with a very serious economic crisis brought on by others, it is taking steps to correct some of what is wrong.

However, the forces that largely caused the problems have remained on the scene, and are more active today than ever before....
A Word From Dr. Bob Altemeyer on Donald Trump and Authoritarian Followers, 2 March 2016
Authoritarian followers in America today are tremendously energized by fear and anger. They're scared, and they want someone really strong and confident to protect them. It's a very natural, understandable reaction. As well they're intensely angry about the way their country is changing, and most pointedly furious with the Republican Party which has won many elections because of their support, and then utterly failed to "get things right again." So they feel betrayed, and that is a very powerful motivator.
10 Preliminary Theses On Trump

George Lakoff: Why Trump?
& Two Questions About Trump and Republicans that Stump Progressives - the "strict father" paradigm.

Want to understand the rise of Trump? Read Gramsci
Gramsci/Trump: Reflections from a fascist jail cell
Fascism and Democracy, an interview with Dylan Riley, August 19, 2016
Now you cannot understand anything about fascist doctrine if you do not understand that their central claim was that liberalism is antidemocratic; in other words, the fascists claimed that liberal institutions cannot represent the will of the people. They further claimed that their typical institutions, particularly the party, were more effective means to represent the will of the people. So fascists were "authoritarian democrats."

Unfortunately a lot of political scientists want to engage in the crypto-normative game of defining democracy. But it's a fool's errand, because no set of political institutions can actualize a "political formula." Elected officials in our contemporary oligarchies no more represent the will of the people than did the absolutist monarchs represent the will of God.
title is from Felix Guattari

Brexit, Food & Sustainability.
Jay Rayner: "Michael Gove asked me to a meeting to share my expertise. I declined. Instead, I've given him a piece of my mind."

....it turns out that Jay Rayner is not just an acerbic restaurant critic.

New inexpensive iron catalyst converts CO2 to methane.
Visible-light-driven methane formation from CO2 with a molecular iron catalyst Doesn't seem like the efficiency is enough yet but seems promising.

Not in a row!
Goats hug with their heads, according to yourdailygoats. This goat is prettier than most people, claims dailygoat. STOP WHAT YOU'RE DOING AND LOOK AT THIS HAPPY GOAT INSTEAD, demands daily-goat. Despite their names, none of these sites posts daily—Pbbbbbbbft! Goats previously.

Not all eggs are egg-shaped
"Cracking the Mystery of Egg Shapes" Short graphic-rich description of a study of egg shape, with a software model in which the egg definitely came before the chicken.

Sorry but 'Sweetunia Orange Flash' petunias will no longer be available.
In 2015, a plant biologist noticed some bright orange petunias near a train station in Helsinki which in May 2017 caused the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [APHIS] to confirm that numerous varieties of petunias were not properly registered as being genetically engineered (GE).

Starting with the orange petunia, the USDA investigated different varieties available in the US and the list of GE petunias keeps increasing. In the US (pdf), UK, and EU, plant breeders, growers, and retailers of the various petunia varieties are being told to remove the plants from distribution and to destroy them. Although petunias are a perennial plant in warmer climates (hardiness zones 10 and 11), in most of Europe and the US they are treated as an annual.

Proposed reforms to U.S. biotechnology rules might have exempted these petunias from regulation and mass destruction.

When and how Big Mike replaced Michael
In "The Life of a South Central Statistic," Danielle Allen wrangles with the life and death of her cousin, Michael. While she went on to receive two PhDs, he was convicted of robbery and attempted car jacking. When he was released, she tried to help him get a second chance. (This is an excerpt from Allen's forthcoming book, Cuz. )

I know I want to be going flippity flop in the wind.
Balls Out: The Weird Story of the Great Truck Nuts War

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