jeudi 19 octobre 2017

Caricature crise des opioïdes

Caricature de Dave Granlund,

Un nationaliste blanc suscite la controverse à l'Université de la Floride

Le discours de Richard Spencer, un nationaliste blanc, à l'Université de la Floride a attiré bon nombre de manifestants et forcé le déploiement de nombreuses mesures de sécurité. Spencer a insisté sur la nécessité de protéger la liberté d'expression. Il n'a cependant rien dit sur les limites de cette même liberté...

 "Inside the heavily secured performing arts center where the white nationalist is scheduled to speak, Spencer answered questions at an often contentious news conference. He said it was “absolutely right” that the university and state expected to spend more than $600,000 on security for his event. “This is the free speech issue of our day.”

Asked whether he was a racist, he said he was not a racist in a “cartoonish” sense but that “Yes, race is real, race matters and race is the foundation of identity.”

Eight-hundred tickets were handed out for the event but the lower level of the auditorium looked to be only about half filled moments before Spencer began his speech. A theater manager said there were about 400 people inside, including media."

Donald Trump et la dissonance cognitive

Effectivement, le Président affirme une chose et son contraire...

 "The Trump administration has formidable obstacles in the way of substantive success — a slender Senate majority, lack of staffing, an unrelenting opposition — but none looms quite as large as the fact that Trump himself has no idea how he wants to govern.

Other presidents have had trouble making their administration — inevitably involving big personalities and clashing agency cultures and interests — cohere. Trump is having trouble arriving at a coherent conception of his own presidency."

Caricature Trump a menti à Weinstein

Caricature de Christo Komarnitski, Bulgaria

Jeff Flake, le Sénateur républicain qui s'en prend à Trump

Plusieurs sénateurs répub;licains n'osent pas dénoncer ouvertement le Président Trump alors que pointent les élections de mi-mandat. Jeff Flake, dont le siège est pourtant en jeu, va dans une autre direction et ne ménage pas ses critiques. Il semble faire le choix de l'intégrité puisque se distancier de Trump pourrait bien lui coûter sa réélection. Je sais bien qu'on aborde généralement les élections en suivant les sondages et que les déclarations sont analysées en fonction des portions de l'électorat qu'on doit séduire. Je ne suis pas naïf. Mais ce que Flake dit de sa formation politique je l'attends depuis longtemps. Le Parti républicain a déjà été une grande formation politique, mais depuis quelques cycles électoraux il se fait le champion des propositions nuisibles à long terme, le champion de la division et le champion des candidatures peu sérieuses ou incompétentes. Ce qui nous mène à Donald Trump...

 "If anything, Flake is determined to make his campaign against Trump-aligned candidate Kelli Ward a referendum on the future of the Republican Party.

 “You can always eke out an election victory here and there,” he told POLITICO in an interview this week. “But … resentment is not a governing philosophy.”

The GOP has “deviated," Flake added. "We’ve taken a banner that is not familiar to us as Republicans. And I don’t know how long this will last.” Flake chastised Trump’s protectionist trade positions and his party’s attempt to “scapegoat” immigrants for the country’s economic problems. And unlike other GOP senators, Flake publicly agrees with the sentiments of retiring Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who recently blasted the president for potentially leading the country toward “World War III” with his erratic tweets and foreign policy pronouncements."

Quand Amazon arrive en ville

L'arrivée du géant Amazon dans une ville constitue-t-elle une bénédiction ou une malédiction? Le texte de Paul Roberts offre quelques perspectives intéressantes. Plus qu'un simple débat "gauche vs droite"...

 "But as these cities go all-out to win Amazon’s affections, they might take a lesson from the city where those same affections have dimmed: Seattle. To be sure, the town’s business community is mortified to be losing so much of Amazon’s future growth to another city and has roundly blamed the city’s left-leaning “anti-business” politics. But many ordinary Seattleites seem relieved. Most would acknowledge the extraordinary prosperity that Amazon has brought to Seattle since Jeff Bezos and his startup arrived in 1994. But they are also keenly aware of the costs, not least the nation’s fastest-rising housing prices, appalling traffic and a painful erosion of urban identity. What was once a quirkily mellow, solidly middle-class city now feels like a stressed-out, two-tier town with a thin layer of wealthy young techies atop a base of anxious wage workers. As one City Council member put it, HQ2 may give Seattle “a little breathing room” to cope with a decade of raging, Amazon-fueled growth. A commenter on a local news site was less diplomatic: “Amazon = cancer.”"