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Friday, June 23, 2017

#EndorseThis: Samantha Bee Trolls Ivanka (And Her New Book)

What happens when a congenital grifter writes an “inspirational” book with a feminist theme?

If said grifter happens to be Ivanka Trump, the book will be almost entirely lifted from earlier works by actual writers and thinkers, with the occasional hilarious misquote or false attribution.

And Samantha Bee will be sorely tempted to produce a stinging review — as she does in this sequel to her earlier Ivanka profile, The Great Feminists In Feminism Herstory Hall of Fame.

The Full Frontal host begins with Ivanka’s bizarre repetition of an invented verb — “architecting” — and charts the downward literary trajectory of Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules of Success from there.…

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How Corporations Make A Killing Out Of Catastrophe

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

“It is profitable to let the world go to hell,” wrote Jørgen Randers, professor of climate strategy at the BI Norwegian Business School, in 2015. “I believe that the tyranny of the short term will prevail over the decades to come. As a result, a number of long-term problems will not be solved, even if they could have been, and even as they cause gradually increasing difficulties.”

Journalist Antony Loewenstein opens his book Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing out of Catastrophe with these portentous words. Having crossed the globe, he has seen firsthand just how profitable disaster can be.…

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Frederick Douglass: Bookends Of A Great American Life

Abolitionist Frederick Douglass and I go way back — to the day I discovered his Life and Times in a San Francisco used bookstore round the corner from my house. I’ve read every page of his journey across the 19th century, from slavery to freedom to fame.

His autobiography takes you there, under the lash and on the train to Philadelphia, his escape from slavery. Crossing the Mason-Dixon line was treacherous, but he made it, wearing a sailor’s uniform.

Last Sunday, I visited Cedar Hill, Douglass’s spacious home in Washington, intact from the library volumes to the blue cistern for ice water.…

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