What was your favorite (non-political) internet moment of 2016? I know this was the year that the cesspools of the internet breached their walls and took down the entire world … but remember the good times? For its sheer stupidity and twisty timeline, my favorite internet moment was Ikea Monkey Dog Butthole. Four years ago a monkey escaped from its owner’s car at an Ikea, wearing a shearling coat. The inscrutable image captured the imagination of certain section of the internet for mysterious reasons, but the image of the be-coated monkey seared into our consciousness nonetheless. Sometime earlier (or maybe at the same time, it is not known) a puppy was born who carried upon him a prophesy. Four years after the monkey wandered into the Ikea, in this, the year 2016, it was finally discovered that the image of the Ikea monkey appeared on the chosen one’s butthole. It was there the whole time, like the universe folding in on itself on this one point, this one precise, surreal image. What did it mean?
Thank you to Heather Trobe for bringing this small sliver of internet joy into this year.
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“Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) works to undermine white support for white supremacy as part of a multi-racial, cross-class movement for racial justice. SURJ has made a commitment to centering and supporting rural leadership and rural organizing. SURJ is seeking an organizer who can support this commitment by developing grassroots leadership, supporting strategic campaigns and helping to lead the process of infusing this commitment throughout the organization.”
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Can you imagine the houses they’ll be able to buy after they’re done with the Trump Administration?
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Reflections from those living in autocratic regimes continue to be the most useful:
“Populists govern by swapping issues, as opposed to resolving them. Purposeful randomness, constant ambush, relentless slaloming and red herrings dropped all around are the new normal. Their favorite means of communication is provoking conflict. They do not mind being hated. Their two basic postures of “defending” and “triumphing” are impossible to perform without picking enemies.
“It is the public’s moral indignation over nepotism that has proved to be the nemesis of illiberal regimes. Personal and family greed, cronyism, thievery combined with hypocrisy are in the genes of illiberal autocracy; and in many countries betrayed expectations of a selfless strongman have led to a civic awakening.
“It probably helps to be as watchful as possible on corruption, to assist investigative journalism at any price, and to defend the institutions that enforce transparency and justice.”
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Institutions won’t save us. Trump will be filling at least one Supreme Court vacancy and 103 judicial vacancies, almost double the number of vacancies Obama had. Both are due to the Republican Congress rejecting basic norms of governance.
“Donald Trump is set to inherit an uncommon number of vacancies in the federal courts in addition to the open Supreme Court seat, giving the president-elect a monumental opportunity to reshape the judiciary after taking office.
The estimated 103 judicial vacancies that President Obama is expected to hand over to Trump in the Jan. 20 transition of power is nearly double the 54 openings Obama found eight years ago following George W. Bush’s presidency.”
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