Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right

Here I am, stuck in the middle with you. I was astonished to find that my tea party prepper brother and new age sister shared the same anti-science, anti-government beliefs. Yes, the tea party brother owns a ton of guns while my new age sister does not. But both share the same world view that government is hacking our brains, whether it’s Bill Gates and vaccines or a pandemic hoax designed to frighten the masses into conformity. Both reject science and quote vague conspiracy theories ranging from the obscure to the downright laughable. 

Trump’s Dictator Envy Isn’t Funny Anymore

Yes, our president isn’t very bright; he has little grasp of political concepts, even those that underlie his country’s democratic traditions; he knows almost nothing about history and, worse still, sees nothing wrong with that. But all this has long been clear.

The true significance of Trump’s summit performance—a word that too many journalists invoke, as if they were drama critics—is that it solidified a trend we’ve been seeing for a while: his unabashed emergence as a member of what Daniel Sneider, in Asia Times, calls “the axis of authoritarianism.”

Inter-caste and Inter-faith Couples On the Run in India

Most Indian families still prefer marriages arranged within their religion and caste. Marriages outside these rigid boundaries have often led to violent consequences, including “honour” killings. But some young Indians are still willing to defy their families and communities for love, reports the BBC’s Divya Arya.

Emergency Declaration Could Backfire, Force GOP Opposition

Rachel Maddow explains how Nancy Pelosi could pass a referendum in the House opposing Donald Trump’s border emergency declaration that would force a vote in the Senate where some Republicans who have already criticized that idea would be forced to either oppose Trump or contradict their own stated positions.