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    Sanders’s exasperation was the principal fact to be communicated, more than any political content. Trump was about winning again. Sanders was about having lost. The vagueness of American politics is what astonished the outsider. It’s all about feelings and God and bullshit. Sanders actually uttered the following sentence out loud: “What we’re saying is when millions of people come together to restore their government we can do extraordinary things.” Nobody asked what he meant. Nobody asked for numbers. They applauded. Better to take it in the spirit in which it’s given, like a Catskills resort comedian.

This may just be my bias compelling me to defend him but Sanders probably could explain what he means and give numbers and all that, but that won't win him the election. More than any other candidate, I've heard him talk about real policy, real plans, and real action. But Americans vote with their hearts, so you have to be able to whip up enthusiasm and these sorts of empty calls to action do a much better job of that then careful deliberation on the finer points of policy.

I guess that is what the author is getting at throughout the piece. I just don't like the idea of painting all of American politics in such broad strokes. Or maybe I'm just looking for an alibi for my support of Bernie as well as my whiteness.

Fantastic article, regardless.

This sounds like an Instructables or an Etsy listing already.

This whole project is just too fantastic. I love RTJ's sense of humor.

I think this joke could work in like, three panels.

See tacocat's response to me.

Im saying that, if she were to try to make a statement, she should put some thought into it. But she isnt doing that. She's just throwing this romanticized and totally out-of-touch image out there. Hence my first reply where I said she just shouldn't have done it.

Sure, that's fine, but should Taylor Swift be making that kind of statement?

Stuff like this needs to be treated really delicately. It's hard to do that in pop music. I haven't seen the video yet, but if the idea is just that it's a love story, why set it in that period at all?

I think the alternative is to not make a video about the colonial era at all.

Holy shit, how did I not know this was a thing? This track is incredible:

I love that Shakey Graves video so much. He just seemed to come out of nowhere and he's so good!

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Is there any way to get around the NY Times paywalls?

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It's not like they've stopped development on quadrupeds, though. Also, how will we ever get Terminators if we don't develop bipedal robots?

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