Morning Ed: World {2017.12.06.W}

Will Truman

Will Truman is the Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. He is also on Twitter.

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  1. LeeEsq says:

    Wo1: The Jews that survived the Holocaust naturally wanted out of Europe, especially if they were stuck in the Soviet Bloc. There were pogroms and anti-Jewish riots immediately after the Holocaust when survivors started to return to their homes. The Netherlands charged Jews in hiding or in the camps back property taxes.

    Wo8: I didn’t know a Marxist-Ecologist analysis of Aztec human sacrifices was possible but apparently it is.Report

  2. Damon says:

    [Wo2] “There’s a genuine sense that if you’re not going back to fix Africa, who is going to do it?” Bingo. Aid doesn’t work, it only enriches the plutocrats. And with more wealth, perhaps the runaway population growth can be curbed.Report

  3. Saul Degraw says:

    Jeet Herr has a good essay at TNR about how bad faith actors on social media are a threat to free speech. A big part of the problem is that media executives don’t get twitter and social media.

  4. Saul Degraw says:

    W02: This is probably going to be long-term damage from the current xenophobic and nationalist rise. Though I suppose Africa will benefit in the long run. My girlfriend and a lot of her friends came here for undergrad and/or grad school and stayed. They were the elite students of their home nations and received scholarships and opportunities to study abroad. But how many people are going to choose not to study in the United States because of Trump or just go home after they are done.Report

    • fillyjonk in reply to Saul Degraw says:

      I’ve had more than a few (generally excellent) students from Africa who have plans to earn an MD or DDS here and then return to their respective nations to serve their population. I always hope they are successful in that.

      Of course, if they want to earn citizenship and stay, that’s great too. I think we need more medical professionals, especially in certain areas of the country (and maybe, of certain demographic groups, IDK. I had an Indian friend in high school who said in India nearly all the gynecologists were women because of cultural things, and she claimed Indian-American women vastly preferred women gynecologists…)Report

  5. Saul Degraw says:

    Wo8: If the world ends in 2018 because Trump launches an attack against North Korea, are the Aztecs within the margin of error?Report

  6. Oscar Gordon says:

    Wo4: No, we can’t. We’d need some serious tunneling machines (on the order of Big Bertha) that would not only be able to chew through anything they might encounter, but could also withstand the heat of drilling through the deep layers of rock.Report

  7. Oscar Gordon says:

    W06: So Kansas is not completely useless, they are doing an excellent job serving as a bad example.Report

  8. Oscar Gordon says:

    Man, Alabama voters have a lovely choice of candidates.Report

    • Saul Degraw in reply to Oscar Gordon says:


      Sigh. I can’t defend that flyer at all. I think the article is a bit too hyperbolic but we live in very angry times and no one is in a charitable mood over anything.Report

      • Oscar Gordon in reply to Saul Degraw says:

        It is a bit ranty, but at the same time, people who are feeling taken for granted tend to be a bit ranty.Report

        • Saul Degraw in reply to Oscar Gordon says:

          Fair enough.

          But it is a problem for the Democratic Party going forward. Our voters are always looking for reasons to hate on the Party. There wasn’t a Democrat in Congress who voted for the tax swindle bill and I still see people blaming the Democratic Party for its passage because they don’t understand math and think magical powers can block anything I guess.Report