Recommended Reading: TUE/Jan 31, 2017

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Andrew Tobias: America First

Did you know that Anne Frank, whose Diary ultimately became so famous, was denied entry to the U.S.?  Read about that — and this America First cartoon by Dr. Seuss — at  Both tellingly on point all these years later, as we reject Syrian refugees who’ve already been through extreme vetting.

Horton Hears a Hitler (Snopes)

Claim: Beloved children’s author and illustrator Dr. Seuss created a number of scathing political cartoons, one of which involved a parent reading children a book called “Adolf the Wolf.” SNOPES JUDGMENT: TRUE.

Yonatan Zunger: “This Week, the Bible Says ‘Stand Up and Be Counted’” (Medium)

…  read Leviticus 19 sometime. If you want to cut right to the heart of the Mosaic Law, that’s where you’ll find it: “When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest… Leave them for the poor and the foreigner.” “Do not hold back the wages of a hired worker overnight.” “Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.”

Yonatan Zunger: Trial Balloon for a Coup? (Medium)

… the much-maligned Steele Dossier (the one with the golden showers in it) included the statement that Putin had offered Trump 19% of Rosneft if he became president and removed sanctions. The reason this is so interesting is that the dossier said this in July, and the sale didn’t happen until early December. And 19.5% sounds an awful lot like “19% plus a brokerage commission.”

Yonatan Zunger: What “Things Going Wrong” Can Look Like (Medium)

I’m reading this as “1933 playbook continues on schedule, pace slightly higher than last time: something between maybe 1.2x and 2x, but without the possibility of a major land war to show up on the horizon.”


Kim Wilde: how we made Kids in America (Guardian)

‘It sold so fast, the people in charge of the charts thought it was a scam.’


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