The “Half an Onion in a Bag” News, 30 January 2017

The use of quotes and citations does not imply endorsement.


“In the case of Afghanistan, immediately after 9/11, in terms of military action we should have done nothing initially. I now believe we should have taken the first year after 9/11 and sent 10,000 young Americans—military, civilians, diplomats—to language school; Pashtu, Dari, Arabic. We should have started to build up the capacity we didn’t have. I would have spent that year with diplomats traveling the world as the aggrieved party. We had just been struck by al-Qaeda. I would have made our case around the world that this is a global problem and that the whole world has to deal with it. I would have spent the full year in preparation. I would not have been worried about striking al-Qaeda that year; they weren’t going anywhere. We could have organized, we could have built the right coalitions, we could have done things with a much greater level of understanding than we did in our spasmodic response.” General Stanley McChrystal, in a recent interview. (John Dickerson; CBS)

“Equality, like all general concepts, has marginal areas where philosophic difficulties are encountered. But if a whole race of people finds itself confined within a system which is set up and continued for the very purpose of keeping it in an inferior station, and if the question is then solemnly propounded whether such a race is being treated ‘equally,’ I think we ought to exercise one of the sovereign prerogatives of philosophers— that of laughter.” Charles L. Black, “The Lawfulness of the Segregation Decisions” (Yale Law Journal)

“We’re going to take the next 30 days to develop a new set of screening protocols to try and ensure that people entering our country, particularly on a permanent basis, truly love and support the United States of America.” Trump adviser Stephen Miller, who did not describe precisely how the administration might measure “true love.” (CBS; The Hill)

“Our goal with the administration is to show value at the U.N., and the way we’ll show value is to show our strength, show our voice, have the backs of our allies and make sure our allies have our back as well. For those who don’t have our back, we’re taking names; we will make points to respond to that accordingly.” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, charming the pants off her fellow ambassadors on her very first day at her new job. (New York Times)

“There is nothing subtle about Trump’s behavior. He lies, he repeats the lie, and his listeners either cower in fear, stammer in disbelief, or try to see how they can turn the lie to their own benefit. Every continental wiseguy, from Žižek to Baudrillard, insisted that when they pulled the full totalitarian wool over our eyes next time, we wouldn’t even know it was happening. Not a bit of it. Trump’s lies, and his urge to tell them, are pure Big Brother crude, however oafish their articulation. They are not postmodern traps and temptations; they are primitive schoolyard taunts and threats.” Adam Gopnik, “Orwell’s 1984 and Trump’s America” (The New Yorker)


1/3. One-third of the things the United States imports from Mexico are used to make other things which the United States then exports to other countries. (APM Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal)

10,000. Starbucks has committed to hiring 10,000 refugees over the next five years in the countries in which it operates in response to actions by the Trump Administration. The company is also doubling down on efforts to secure health insurance for its employees and to continue to work in and with Mexico. (CNBC)

48,600. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) has received $48,600 in donations from Betsy DeVos and her family. (Washington Post)

24,164,691. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) received $24,164,691 in donations over the past weekend. This is five times the amount it normally raises in an entire year. The ACLU also gained 150,000 new members. (Daily Mail; Catherine Rampell)


Other Things:

Links: (1) Obama supports protests: ‘American values are at stake.’ (2) Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich

(3.)Sorry, Mr. President: The Obama Administration Did Nothing Similar to Your Immigration Ban


Buy American! (Jobs, Jobs, Jobs). Global Origins of Products in Trump Hotels.

Graphic: Global origins of items in a Trump hotel

Via Business Insider

Yeah, This Really is Kinda Scary:


This brave half of an onion in a ziploc bag is trying to get more Twitter followers than Donald Trump.

@HalfOnionInABag Twitter




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