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Guest Post - Howard Stern
Posted by Heebie-Geebie on 03.26.17

A Presidential Commenter writes: I got into an argument the other day with a friend, on the amount of Trump-blame that should be placed at Howard Stern's feet. Some of the different angles that were pursued were:
- to what degree did Trump develop his taste for fame and the media on the Stern show? (probably a lot.)
- Would he have developed that taste otherwise? (who knows.)
- Is that how he honed his ability to talk to Tea Party voters? (This starts to feel like a stretch to blame that on Stern.)
- To what extent does Stern hold responsibility for the rise of Fox News? (not much, ime, except that they're a part of a media evolution towards a 24 hour shock-jock un-PC news cycle.)

My opinion is that Stern is complicated, with lots of bad parts, but also some decidedly good parts. As far as culpability for Trump being a famous real media-loving real estate mogul-failure, Stern played a big role. As far as crossing the bridge to politics and becoming the actual mother-fucking president, Stearn's not even in the top 50 of things I blame.

I intended to write this even-handed, without tipping my opinion, but I guess I failed.

Heebie's take: have at it, commenters. I agree that Stern has good and bad parts. How culpable is he?

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Posted by Heebie-Geebie on 03.25.17

Yesterday I overheard the following conversation, more-or-less:

Person A: You're here! I thought for sure you'd be out sick today.
Person B: Yes, I recover quick! Yesterday I felt like death. Went home, went straight to bed, woke up feeling great.
Person A: You must have a great immune system.
Person B: Yes, I do. It's the flip side to having auto-immune diseases. You have a really great immune system. Aside from my kidneys, I'm in great health.

It seems like Person B is an example of this.

I think I may be on the stronger-immune-system side of things - I don't seem to get sick much, but I do sometimes get eczema. (That's also tied to pregnancy, I think. Your immune system has to be suppressed to keep it from attacking the alien from within, and then maybe afterwards it comes roaring back?)

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Friday WTFuckery
Posted by Heebie-Geebie on 03.24.17

I almost posted on immigration a couple times this week, because I thought these links were interesting: ICE raids in Austin were retaliatory against the local sheriff's new policy, Austin isn't cooperating with executive orders to detain nonviolent immigrants, and all of a sudden farmers are trying to use the guest-worker program in California. But I couldn't think of anything to say besides shaking my fist menacingly. Nothing that hasn't been said before, at least.

My feelings on the collusion with Russia is a whole up-is-down, left-is-right disorientation. I can't get past the fact that there was enough damning evidence to cause most politicians to resign in shame almost a year ago, and yet Trump has blown by umpteen unimaginably tall career-ending barriers since then. So yes, this week had probably ten shocking revelations, but somehow we're still patiently anticipating something before we can end our newspaper articles with a declarative conclusion. (I think that lefty writers are waiting for a piece of evidence that is so indisputable that it makes diehard Republicans fan themselves in shock without any help from Democrats, which is the same dumb dynamic as always - stop waiting for Republicans to respond to reality and get on with doing your job.)

Gorisch's frozen trucker ruling is super infuriating.

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Bleg - photo editor
Posted by Heebie-Geebie on 03.24.17

Is anyone here skilled in graphic design and up for answering a few questions? Basically I want to know how difficult it would be for me to learn enough in free photoshop-style program (and which one to use) for a specific project.

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