Congrats to everyone's favorite bullshit-piercing artist getting a show on MSNBC. This is unbelievably wonderful news at the start of the biggest part of the election season, the part where the low information voters start to tune in. I'm feeling optimism going into the fall, which concerns me and makes me want to read some more trolls in our reproductive rights threads to remind myself that there are a lot of dumbasses out there still, and they're still voting.
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On Tuesday, famed actor William Shatner put out a video in partnership with "The Daily Show" brutally mocking billionaire businessman Elon Musk — and tearing into the perception that he is a genius inventor who is changing the world.
“What do you think of when you think of the future?” was Shatner's opening to "The Dailyshowography of Elon Musk, Visionary Futureman," first reviewed by The Daily Beast's Matt Wilstein. "He's part Thomas Edison, part Iron Man, part annoying dude in the group chat."
Shatner then proceeded to present the evidence that "Technoking" Musk might actually be a "supervillain."
“Like so many tech entrepreneurs, he earned his unimaginable wealth by doing something invaluable for society: Selling a start-up you’ve never heard of to a company that doesn’t exist anymore," said Shatner, who described Musk as having a "mid-life crisis" in his 20s, crashing his high-end car and starting his own record label to produce music: "A banger all the more impressive considering Musk had clearly never heard music before. Yes, Elon Musk refuses to stay in his lane, much like a Tesla on auto-pilot."
“And when a Thai soccer team was stuck in a cave, Elon even promised to rescue those kids … from the guy who rescued them!” continued Shatner. “That’s why Musk is such a champion of free speech. If you can’t randomly accuse someone who’s saving people’s lives of being a ‘pedo guy,’ does civil discourse even exist?”
Musk and his claims have come under far greater scrutiny in recent years, including his backstory that downplays his family wealth, the fact that many of his businesses are a disaster and the possible implosion of his hyped deal to purchase Twitter.
Watch the video here or at this link.
Elon Musk: Visionary FutureMan, Narrated By William Shatner | The Daily Show www.youtube.com
Far-right culture wars and conspiracy theories have created a security threat at a beloved teaching hospital connected to Harvard Medical School.
"Boston Children’s Hospital has warned employees about mounting threats and is coordinating with law enforcement after far-right activists on social media began targeting the hospital with false claims about its treatment of young transgender people," NBC News reported. "It’s the most recent in a series of attempts to target hospitals for their work with trans youth, adding to an ongoing wave of anti-LGBTQ sentiment that has hit libraries, schools and even a trans-inclusive Los Angeles spa."
The hospital sent an email to employees providing guidance after an 'increase of threatening and aggressive' phone calls and emails.
"Boston Children’s Hospital first became the target of activists in recent weeks, when well-followed social media accounts such as LibsofTikTok, which has often promoted “groomer” discourse that falsely linked LGBTQ teachers and parents to pedophilia, began to make a variety of false claims. One allegation said that the hospital offered gender-affirming hysterectomies to children under 18 years old," NBC News reported. "Conservative influencers with millions of followers pushed similar false talking points and fanned the flames further."
In April, The Washington Post revealed the LibsofTikTok account is run by New York real estate agent Chaya Raichik.
"Last week, fact-checking organizations debunked the claims from right-wing accounts, but many of the same accounts continued to spread the false allegations this week," NBC News reported. "Nevertheless, the posts demonizing Boston Children’s Hospital quickly spread through the far-right media ecosystem, promoted by right-wing media personalities including The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh and conservative websites like The Post Millennial and The Daily Caller."
Read the full report.
America could be rapidly approaching a new civil war and the August 8 search warrant execution at Mar-a-Lago could be a turning point in American history.
Writing in The Atlantic, Tim Alberta warned, "this country is tracking toward a scale of political violence not seen since the Civil War. It’s evident to anyone who spends significant time dwelling in the physical or virtual spaces of the American right. Go to a gun show. Visit a right-wing church. Check out a Trump rally. No matter the venue, the doomsday prophesying is ubiquitous—and scary. Whenever and wherever I’ve heard hypothetical scenarios of imminent conflict articulated, the premise rests on an egregious abuse of power, typically Democrats weaponizing agencies of the state to target their political opponents. I’ve always walked away from these experiences thinking to myself: If America is a powder keg, then one overreach by the government, real or perceived, could light the fuse."
"What made January 6 so predictable—the willingness of Republican leaders to prey on the insecurities and outright paranoia of these voters—is what makes August 8 so dangerous," Alberta wrote. "Assuming that Trump runs in 2024, the stakes are even higher. If Biden—or another Democrat—defeats him, Republicans will have all the more reason to reject the results, given what they see as the Democrats’ politically motivated investigation of the likely Republican nominee. If Trump wins, he and his hard-line loyalists will set about purging the DOJ, the intelligence community, and other vital government departments of careerists deemed insufficiently loyal. There will be no political cost to him for doing so; a Trump victory will be read as a mandate to prosecute his opponents. Indeed, that seems to be exactly where we’re headed."
Alberta was interviewed about his analysis by CNN's Anderson Cooper.
"Tim, do you really believe we're tracking toward a scale of political violence not seen since the Civil War?" Cooper asked. "In the early '70s, there were political bombings. There were a lot of bombings in the country, often just against property, and that was something the U.S. hadn't seen in a long time. You think what we're heading for is potentially far worse than that?"
"I would say a couple of things," Alberta replied. "First, in the 1970s, as far as I can recollect, there were not members of militia scaling the walls of the United States Capitol building. You did not have the sort of technological capacity to organize the way that we have now, and in fact, when you hear the warnings being issued by the Justice Department this week, listen, I've talked to people in the FBI, I've talked to people at Justice, they're not issuing these warnings just, you know, for the warning's sake."
"There is a serious and spreading threat to the stability of the country right now, and it is happening largely in venues that, respectfully, most of the mainstream media is completely oblivious to," Alberta explained. "They're not being covered, and I think we all want to tell ourselves that actually, this is just a lot of, you know, keyboard cowboys who are talking tough in some of the dark corners of the internet. But, in fact, when we see this guy go try to shoot up an FBI office in Cincinnati immediately after the Mar-a-Lago search warrant was executed, we see some of this other activity proliferating online, and it's a reminder that Jan. 6 was not an isolated incident."
"In fact, we should have seen it coming and my fear is we're going to find ourselves in a spot not too long from now when we're looking back wondering why we didn't see more of it coming," Alberta warned.
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