Recommended Reading: WED/1 February 2017

Mark Morford: Week One of Go to Hell, America (SF Gate)

Steve “Breitbart” Bannon, Trump’s main squeeze and the king of all racist trolls, said the media should “keep its mouth shut” about what the narcissistic orange manbaby is doing – a directive also shared, wouldn’t you know it, by the Nazis

Joshua M. Brown: Stock Markets and the Rule of Law (The Reformed Broker)
How many multiple points on the S&P 500 are at risk if the populace gets to a place where they no longer believe we are a country of laws – laws that apply to everyone, including the politicians who happen to be in control at a given a moment?

David Frum: How to Build an Autocracy (Atlantic)

The preconditions are present in the U.S. today. Here’s the playbook Donald Trump could use to set the country down a path toward illiberalism.

Jonathan Jones: “Jacob Epstein: the immigrant bringing morals to the Oval Office” (Guardian)

The bust of Churchill that sits across from Donald Trump’s desk is created by an immigrant, who reminds us of both the glory of humanity and the evil of fascism.

Garrison Keillor: The incompetent millions of outlaw voters (Washington Post)
Mr. 44 expressed one side of America, the side that gave us the civil rights movement, cool jazz, basketball and the love of books, and 45 represents the Hummer, the Whopper, gold-flecked marble and the value of hyperbole, especially among those who don’t know what it means.

“Sorry, but we’re all journalists now”: Lucy Mangan on why it’s our duty to be checking all the facts (Stylist)

It means a lot of work, for a start. It means keeping our critical faculties turned on at all times. It means finding out who that guy is who is saying that thing on Facebook that sounds true, but might also be bollocks. Who is he? Who is he affiliated to? Why – and you may want to consider getting this tattooed on the inside of your eyelids – might this bastard be lying to me?

Jonathan Jones: Christo cancels artwork to protest Trump – but we need his vision (Guardian)

The legendary land artist has wrapped up a Colorado installation after decades of planning in disgust at Donald Trump. But artists must allow their work itself to be the dissenting voice.

Andrew Tobias: Handing The Mic To David Brooks “With most administrations you can agree sometimes and disagree other times. But this one is a danger to the [Republican] party and the nation in its existential nature. And so sooner or later all will have to choose what side they are on, and live forever after with the choice.” — David Brooks

John Cheese: 5 Lessons You Learn When A Thief Steals Your Debit Card Info (Cracked)

… I didn’t know that both PlayStation and my bank would work together to trace the purchases. I didn’t realize that the money would be credited back to me, and PlayStation would lock down the offending user’s account. I didn’t know that my bank would continue to press the issue until charges were filed. And I definitely didn’t realize that the money would be charged back to you once all of the information was in place. But I know now.

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