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Annals of Twitter/Steal This Meme: The Blob

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I made this meme. Please steal it.

As Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody, puts it, “The stupidest possible creative act is still a creative act.” Words to live by in the latter days of the Internet Age. Steal this meme. 

Annals of Twitter: May and Brexit

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Prime Minister May survived a No Confidence vote in the Parliament today. If only just. As for the cheese submarine, it’s a bit runny. It’s very runny, actually. A bit runnier than you’ll like it.

Mood music:

Thread and response on Twitter.

Annals of Twitter: Superb Owl

Annals of Twitter: BECKETT STOP NEW YEARS

And as Tiny Tim didn’t say, Godot bless us everyone.

Annals of Twitter: The Shrill of Lost Krugthulu

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Krugthulu, the Shrill One, is sounding cries of high-pitched ire across the Valley of Twitter. Give Mr. Krugman enough Tweet string, and he will truss the Trump like a plump capon. His space on the opinion page of the New York Times is not YUGE enough to contain his mad and puissant whine. Good on you, Paul.

The Trouble with Normal

So many people in my Facebook and Twitter feeds adamantly retailed the meme, the posting of said meme peaking a week or two ago, that the Trumpening shouldn’t be “normalized,” and we shouldn’t slip into accepting Trump and the coming Idiocracy/Republic of Gilead as normal. I don’t necessarily disagree with that. I find it hard to think of Trump as normal, or to think that I would ever think of Trump as normal, particularly as he presents as a clinically abnormal personality. But I have trouble with the word normal. For one thing, a lot of “normal” people voted for Trump. For another, I have a clinically abnormal personality myself. But more importantly, I think many things we collectively as Americans have already accepted as “normal” are exactly what brought us to Trump. I thought, “The trouble with normal…is it always gets worse.” This is not an original thought. It is the refrain of a song by Bruce Cockburn, released in 1983. To wit:

Strikes across the frontier and strikes for higher wage
Planet lurches to the right as ideologies engage
Suddenly it’s repression, moratorium on rights
What did they think the politics of panic would invite?
Person in the street shrugs — “Security comes first”
But the trouble with normal is it always gets worse

Callous men in business costume speak computerese
Play pinball with the third world trying to keep it on its knees
Their single crop starvation plans put sugar in your tea
And the local third world’s kept on reservations you don’t see
“It’ll all go back to normal if we put our nation first”
But the trouble with normal is it always gets worse

Fashionable fascism dominates the scene
When the ends don’t meet it’s easier to justify the means
Tenants get the dregs and the landlords get the cream
As the grinding devolution of the democratic dream
Brings us men in gas masks dancing while the shells burst
The trouble with normal is it always gets worse

Per William Blake, manacles are forged in the mind, and the hapless Soldiers sigh/Runs in blood down Palace walls.

Grendel’s Laundry List: Annals of Twitter

To be continued, as necessary, according to Dr. Omed’s First Law.*

*First, I enjoy myself, and the rest of you are on your own.