The Monday Morning Teaser

As I was writing last week’s Sift, we were all waiting to see what would happen between Trump and Putin in Helsinki. Now we know.

It’s an odd thing to watch your worst-case scenario play out. Like many people, I had wondered just how far inside Putin’s pocket Trump was. So I can’ t say that I never imagined anything like what we heard last Monday and on through the week. But apparently I had still been unconvinced, or there was some particle of denial in me somewhere, or maybe I just expected Trump to cover his tracks better.

Because I was still shocked. It was like asking your doctor to biopsy a lump, and then being shocked when she tells you it’s cancer. You knew what you were testing for. And yet, the reality of it is still shocking.

Our president is in the pocket of a foreign autocrat. We still can argue about why, but the fact of it has now been demonstrated for the world to see. Nobody, not even those of us who voted against Trump, wants to believe it. So it’s not surprising that a large chunk of the population is still in denial about it. But there it is.

Anyway, I have to write about it. So one featured post this week is “What changed (and what didn’t) in Helsinki”. But before I post that, I have the first Expand Your Vocabulary post in several years: “On Bullshifting”. Bullshifting is like Whataboutism, in that both are tactics to derail a discussion by introducing some other contentious topic. But while the Whataboutist might raise a topic that has some tangential relevance (“Trump lies? What about ‘If you like your health plan you can keep it’?”), the Bullshifter wants to derail onto some completely fantastic conspiracy theory. (“Oh yeah? What about all the people the Clintons have had killed?”)

The bullshifting post is written and I’ll post it as soon as I proofread. (Yeah, I proofread. I know you can’t tell sometimes.) The Helsinki post still needs work, so I can’t really promise it before 11 EDT. The weekly summary covers the NRA spy, Trevor Noah’s enlightening response to the French ambassador, what the Carter Page FISA warrant tells us, the still-not-reunited immigrant families, and a few other things, before closing with some ridiculous trick shots with ping-pong balls. Let’s predict that to appear around noon.

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  • GJacq726  On July 23, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    Lol. It’s hard to proofread to one’s own writing. I have to get away from it a couple/few days, at least, to get past seeing what my brain expects to see. 😉

    • weeklysift  On July 26, 2018 at 8:43 am

      My worst mistakes come from bad edits: The original sentence made sense. There was a sentence in my head that also made sense and seemed like an improvement. But the sentence that actually got posted is somewhere in between and doesn’t make sense.

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