Five Reasons To Feel Uneasy


The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) says in its latest “Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents” that the number of assaults, acts of vandalism and violence against Jewish institutions between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30 totaled 1,299, compared to 779 over the same time last year. The 1,299 figure surpasses the total for all of 2016, which stood at 1,266, the group said.

In case you’ve been trying furiously to scrub the disturbing details from your brain, one of the hateful slogans the army of frat boy Nazis at Charlottesville chanted was “Jews will not replace us!” Not that antisemitism is always so nakedly obvious.


A New Jersey town has introduced hateful and highly discriminatory new rules aimed at barring Orthodox Jews from moving in, according to a stunning complaint filed by the state attorney general.

The nine-count complaint accuses Mahwah’s public officials and most vocal residents of using the same tactics employed by “1950s-era white flight suburbanites who sought to keep African-Americans from moving into their neighborhoods.”

Speaking of flight…


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The NAACP issued a warning for African Americans who fly American Airlines Tuesday.

The group says they are noticing a pattern of disturbing incidents involving the removal of black passengers from flights, in addition to other troublesome conducts that are giving rise to this warning.

Is it too much to ask that black folks just be allowed to exist without encountering racism at every turn?


[A]ccording to an analysis by FiveThirtyEight, the 2016 Crime in the United States report — the first released under President Trump’s administration — contains close to 70 percent fewer data tables1 than the 2015 version did, a removal that could affect analysts’ understanding of crime trends in the country. The removal comes after consecutive years in which violent crime rose nationally, and it limits access to high-quality crime data that could help inform solutions.

“To me it’s shocking that they made these decisions to publish that many fewer tables and they didn’t make the decision with the APB,” James Nolan, who worked at the UCR for five years and now teaches at West Virginia University, told FiveThirtyEight.

Nolan called the FBI’s removal of the tables for lack of web traffic, “somewhat illogical.” (A spokesman for the UCR program told FiveThirtyEight that in the last year, the UCR received 3,045,789 visitors.)

It’s a simple enough trick. If you’re going to make spurious claims about crimes committed by immigrants and refugees, it helps the cause of institutional nativism to control the flow of information.


Asylum seekers who illegally crossed the U.S. border into Canada this year are obtaining refugee status at higher rates, new data shows, as authorities accept claims from people who say they feared being deported by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration.

More than 15,000 people have crossed the U.S.-Canadian border illegally to claim refugee status in Canada this year. Many were in the United States legally and some interviewed by Reuters said they might have stayed were it not for an immigration crackdown.

This would seem like far-flung fabulism had it not been reported by Reuters. Will Canada have an American refugee crisis by 2018?

(Year Zero/Day Two Hundred and Ninety-One)

5 Things To Expect When Ex-FBI Director James Comey Testifies On Russia

There are still a lot of unknowns in the competing investigations into the Trump administration’s connections with Russia, so fired FBI Director James Comey’s upcoming public testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee should prove illuminating. Here are five things to expect when Comey takes the stand next Thursday:

Comey will spoil the plot to the 1981 swashbuckling comedy Zorro, The Gay Blade.

The move is sure to be controversial, but Comey will assert “The movie came out 36 years ago. Unless they’ve been living under a rock all this time, no true George Hamilton fan missed his impressive dual performance as Don Diego de la Vega and Bunny Wigglesworth.”

Comey will reveal he’s legally changed his last name to Comet.

The former FBI chief is expected to comment “It just sounds cooler, ya know? ‘Jim Comet, fighter of crime and fascist presidents who collude with Russia.’ It has a nice ring to it.”

Jim Comet will reveal what he knows about Trump’s friendship with Guss, the imitable lizard-man.

As emissary of the lizard people, Guss has been tasked with bending governments to his will and replacing leaders with shape-shifting reptiliods when necessary. Comet’s unique view into the interstellar struggle for human survival should definitively prove that the president is in league with the lizard people, if not already one of them.

Comet will share a more personal side of himself.

Jim will talk about his interest in the feasibility of terraforming Mars (NASA is far outside the FBI’s purview, but he’s had ample time to read since he was relieved of his duties), how he’s thinking of going back to school to get an MFA in sculpture, and why Song of Solomon is the most erotic part of the Bible. He’ll also bring a photo album filled with pictures of his lovely grandchildren, which he will pass around to lawmakers. A request will be entered into the official record that Senators be careful while handling them, because he cherishes his family memories.

Comet will pepper his testimony with references to Kendrick Lamar in hopes that he’ll be sampled on the next album.

Jim’s a huge fan of Kendrick, and he wants to put this one-in-a-lifetime spotlight on what he has to say to good use.

(Year Zero/Day One Hundred and Thirty Four)