Morning Reads for Friday, September 6, 2019

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DrMonicaHenson
DrMonicaHenson

I was initially outraged beyond imagination at the casting of Tom Cruise as Lestat. Interview with the Vampire is one of my all-time favorite novels, and I read it in eleventh grade.

But I think that Cruise did an amazing job in the film. I really do.

Who would you have cast instead, Ginny? As furious as I was when it was first announced, I don’t remember thinking of anyone who I could have seen as Lestat on film. (I honestly didn’t think the film could ever do the book justice.)

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

‘Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America’s Heartland’ https://www.basicbooks.com/titles/jonathan-m-metzl/dying-of-whiteness/9781541644984/ Author Jonathon M. Metzl explains his research revealing “a reality that liberal Americans were often slow to realize: Trump supporters were willing to put their own lives on the line in support of their political beliefs … make tradeoffs that negatively affect their lives and livelihoods in support of larger prejudices or ideals.” The book is based on research of the material effects of various Republican policies in three GOP-run states, KS, MO, and TN, where the policies “gave certain white populations the sensation of winning,… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Don’t know the author? I get that. I don’t know him either. Here’s an alternate source of information on suicides.

Suicide rates on the rise, with steep incline in rural US: study https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/460348-suicide-rates-on-the-rise-with-steep-incline-in-rural-us-study

Conservatives be advised it’s The Hill, main stream deep state fake news.

xdog
xdog

Charlie Cook’s people got with the Kaiser Family Foundation for a close look at 2020 swing voters. Some interesting reading.

https://www.kff.org/other/issue-brief/data-note-swing-voters/

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Trump started a trade war with China. It’s caused US soybean exports to plummet and hurt farmers—the US is (was?) the world’s largest exporter, and China is (was?) its largest market. Soybean exports from Brazil, the world’s second largest producer, are increasing and filling the US void. Gee, I wonder why the Amazon rain forest is being burned to create more arable land for Brazilian soybeans? The burning is a two-fer—increasing the release of carbon into the atmosphere while simultaneously reducing the eco-system’s capability to reduce atmospheric carbon? Who knew markets would work so well for all of us? The… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

So what exactly are Trump administration priorities in negotiations with China? It’s evident from the response to Hong Kong protests that democratization isn’t in the mix. Currency manipulation? Intellectual property theft? Forced transfer of technology? Market access? State subsidies of industry? Espionage? Controlling state interest in US investment in China? Chinese military expansion in the South China Sea? Containing NK nuclear development? It seems the current trade imbalance, more shorted-sighted that any of the foregoing concerns, is the primary priority. Not that the imbalance shouldn’t be a priority. Everything be most important. But priorities, if such even exist, are opaque… Read more »