Bannon and Kolfage, When the Walls Fell

Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire and his writing website Yonder and Home. Andrew is the host of Heard Tell podcast.

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  1. greginak says:

    Sokath, his eyes openedReport

    • Thank you for getting thatReport

      • Michael Cain in reply to Andrew Donaldson says:

        While I recognized it, it did remind me that when I saw that episode I thought, “Do you really expect me to believe that they can define the math, hardware, and software necessary to build a starship using allegories?”Report

        • North in reply to Michael Cain says:

          Maybe the numbers themselves are used in the normal way and concepts, functions and equations are allegorical references to their discoverers? “Newton, when the apple fell.” For the gravitational constant or something?

          I mean, it’s an odd conceit in general, they must have used language in a non-allegorical way at some point otherwise how did their words develop meaning but it was awfully fun.Report

          • Michael Cain in reply to North says:

            It was fun, no question.

            At the time, I was working a project that involved code spread across a number of processors, in physically distinct locations, and checks that said things like, “If the response message with these identity and sequence codes arrives and more than 17 milliseconds have elapsed, discard it, report it as an error, and take this corrective action on the database.” Now make it microseconds and the antimatter containment bottle. Sokath, his eyes opened, but no more than 17 microseconds later and…

            Which takes me off on the completely tangential question, “Given that they have really good artificial gravity, why doesn’t it get used in more applications?” The magic technology in the screenplay I’ve been writing in my head for almost 30 years — working on it is something I do when I’m trying to fall asleep, and I’ve trained myself to fall asleep within minutes of starting to work on a scene, so it has progressed very slowly — is artificial gravity,. Which solves an enormous range of problems.Report

        • InMD in reply to Michael Cain says:

          For whatever reason TNG is the only Star Trek I can tolerate but a lot of the episodes are completely absurd, even by TV science fiction standards.Report

        • greginak in reply to Michael Cain says:

          There is a short story in some collection that describes more about how their language developed. I actually think it’s within the realm of sci fi plausible. They were described as having a great degree of social cohesion or something like that. If they grew up being taught metaphor and working together intuitively it seems possible. Yeah they probably have numbers and formulas but we didnt need to see that. But lots of us very online people speak in memes and gifs that add meaning to what we say and we didnt’ grow up doing this.Report

  2. Sending a few bucks to some crooks to get the wall built is every bit as effective as voting for Trump, and has many fewer unfortunate side effects.Report

  3. Saul Degraw says:

    Trump is already throwing everyone under the bus and stating that he has not dealt with them for years:

  4. Philip H says:

    Given that SDNY is interested in many things regarding POTUS, and given that Mr. Bannon and POTUS did not part on good terms, one assumes there’s a cooperation-based plea deal to be had here.

    No wonder Barr wanted his own person running the show down there.Report

  5. Jay L Gischer says:

    Unfortunately, the grifters have created a situation where all that easily-obtained information will be ignored by many because it’s from “haters” and “full of lies”.

    Also, many never break out of the Facebook bubble they are in. They have an epistemological process that assigns high trustworthiness to people who agree with them in a loud and aggressive way. My personal epistemological process pretty much instinctively assigns suspicion to people who do this, and for this I am regarded as “cynical” by some.

    So mostly I keep my skepticism to myself.Report


    Great piece! Thank you. As a victim of his stochastic terrorism on FB and having wound up hospitalized after months of relentless harassment and threats from him, I knew this day would come as soon as he was stupid enough to think he could get away with the Wall scam. I am friends with Jan Vrotsos. If you don’t know who she is, you should.Report

  7. Marchmaine says:

    The Post Office is not amused.Report

    • Marchmaine in reply to Marchmaine says:

      I recall reading that Bannon bought a pile of a castle somewhere in Italy for an ‘institute’ and it occurs to me, this being 2020 and all, there’s at least a *chance* that he’ll also be arrested by Freemasons. Dibs.Report

  8. North says:

    This would be an significant scandal under any previous administration. In this one it’s not even top ten.Report

  9. Saul Degraw says:

    Biden nailed it!Report

  10. Louie says:

    It’s annoying that Buzzfeed stole my story and gave me no credit, and then other publications shared the details and so on until everybody acts like it was common knowledge easy to obtain when in reality Brian Kolfage tried to have me killed and tried to sue my mouth shut to keep this info from getting out.