Month: January 2017

A quick primer on gaslighting, to prepare for a world of ‘alternative facts’

I don’t typically follow the politics of other countries that closely.  But like many, I’ve been somewhat bewildered by Trump’s inauguration.  I feel a little like Adam Lee, who wrote:

“This past weekend’s inauguration didn’t feel real. It still doesn’t. Despite the evidence, it’s hard for me to accept that the presidency of Donald Trump is really happening. Watching the news feels like we’ve been granted a collective glimpse into an alternate timeline, a bad future, as a warning and a means of averting it.”

Alongside everything else, we had the bizarre scenario of Trump claiming record numbers at his inauguration, and the response from his spokesperson that evidence contradicting this was merely one option among “alternative facts”.

If that isn’t Orwellian double-speak, then I don’t know what is.  I almost expect Trump to formally declare he is opening an actual ‘Ministry of Truth’, as an F-U to those leftist intellectuals who don’t agree with him in all things. Continue reading “A quick primer on gaslighting, to prepare for a world of ‘alternative facts’”

You’ve got to be LOUD!

In honour of the upcoming inauguration, I give you its rightful anthem song, from the wonderful musical Matilda, by Tim Minchin.

It’s ‘Loud’.

With their difficulty finding performers to present, perhaps Tim could have offered to have this one performed for monsieur Trump.

 

Or an alternative – not quite as apropos, but still relevant – also from Matilda, Telly.