Dead Priebus Walking, Privatized Air Traffic, And More

Nobody likes Reince Priebus. The names of candidates for his replacement as chief of staff are bandied about openly, his boss doesn’t respect him as a peer, and he’s temperamentally ill-suited for the demands of the position. The only reason he still comes into work every day is

There are few takers for what might be an unworkable gig. He stays in the office until late at night and often toils away on the weekend with little control of what ultimately happens.

The orange goblin’s latest inane scheme involves attempting to privatize air traffic control.

Activists from other authoritarian countries have some advice for the anti-Trump resistance.

Surprise! Bill Maher says shitty things and constantly punches down on Real Time! That’s not really a surprise, is it?

Having survived the latest UK terror attack, Londoner Richard Angell will resolutely continue to drink gin and flirt with men.

Let’s put the myth of kindly old General Lee to rest.

Militants, hard left edition:

Redneck Revolt is just one among a handful of left-wing groups that have pledged to resist emboldened white supremacists and right-wing extremists through “direct action” that sometimes goes beyond nonviolent protest—including picking up arms. Some see themselves as the heirs of ’60s radicals like the Black Panthers, while others look to the antifa movement for inspiration.

Militants, alt-right edition:

In any crowd of far-right agitators, there’s probably a few who call themselves National Socialists or Klansmen—especially since David Duke has become a Twitter maven. But more prominent online and at the “Free Speech” rallies rippling across the United States are newer “identitarian” groups led by younger men. Identitarians claim allegiance to an ideology that originated in France and calls for an end to multiculturalism, as well as unity among people (and nation-states) of the same ethnic backgrounds. In practice, that looks a lot like racism and xenophobia, but hey, semantics.

The colorful headline of the day award goes to FoxNews.com for “Democrats behaving like drunks at a funeral“.

And now for something that that may affect your quality of life: It’s getting crowded in American cities.

It’s day one hundred and thirty-seven in Donald Trump’s America…

A World In Crisis, The History Of Anti-Fascist Punk, And More

The world is a terrible place.

The world faces the largest humanitarian crisis since the United Nations was founded in 1945 with more than 20 million people in four countries facing starvation and famine, the U.N. humanitarian chief said Friday.

Stephen O’Brien told the U.N. Security Council that “without collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve to death” and “many more will suffer and die from disease.”

He urged an immediate injection of funds for Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and northeast Nigeria plus safe and unimpeded access for humanitarian aid “to avert a catastrophe.”

“To be precise,” O’Brien said, “we need $4.4 billion by July.”

Pitchfork threw together a history of anti-fascist punk. My favorite is Los Pinochet Boys, who played a role in the overthrow of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.

Since Julian Assange is back in the news, why not dig into Andrew O’Hagan’s longform profile of Assange from a couple years back?

The president has started closing off his schedule to the press.

Kek will never be anything other than dumb, yet if you, a normal person, insist on understanding what those sub-basement dwelling fascists are memeing about, have fun!

Paste makes the case for Starship Troopers as prescient satire.

Some liberals buy into the idea that there’s an alt-left. The same people who thought faithless electors would appoint Hillary Clinton as the rightful commander-in-chief.

Something something Marxism.

How can you avoid getting your undocumented friends in trouble? Hint: don’t be self-righteous, self-centered.

This isn’t a bad departure point for inclusive movement building, either.

What would America look like without gerrymandering?

What do six dead Russian diplomats have in common? A man like Putin.

So. President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte kills children. Thousands of them.

I often wish the articles about trolls I came across were taking about Scandinavian trolls of the kind John Bauer used to draw.

See? Much better.

SXSW is just, like, about chill vibes and the music, man.

And now for some things that are the opposite of awful:
1) Send cryptograms to your friends!
2) Finding Fairytales in Everyday Russia.

It’s day fifty-one of year zero in Trump’s America…