Solid Trumpism

Ronald Aronson in de Boston Review:

An African American man becomes elected, and the battle cry becomes “Take America back!” Hispanic immigrants become more visible, and the battle cry becomes “Build the wall!” A Muslim-American congresswoman criticizes the president, and the battle cry becomes “Send her back!” As Mutz explains, “It is not racism of the kind suggesting that whites view minorities as morally or intellectually inferior, but rather, one that regards minorities as sufficiently powerful to be a threat to the status quo.”

Exact het sentiment waarmee N-VA – en recent ook het “nieuwe” Vlaams Belang – bij ons scoorde: geen racisme an sich, maar vooral het gevoel dat “wij” – en iedereen vult dat anders in – erop achteruit gaan.

This Is the Beginning of the End of the Beef Industry

Rowan Jacobsen in Outside:

Most offerings made with Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods are about a buck a burger more expensive. But it’s inherently cheaper to make a burger directly out of plants than it is to feed those plants to an animal first. Beef is currently cheaper because of scale. Big food companies can negotiate tremendously reduced prices for feed, and gigantic factories and supply chains are much more efficient to run.

Ethisch en ecologisch is vlees eten niet (meer) te verantwoorden en toch blijven we – ik ook – dat doen. Ik vraag me vaak af wat mijn kleinkinderen gaan veroordelen van wat wij nu doen, zoals voor ons dat bijvoorbeeld roken op restaurant is, of alles wat in Congo gebeurde. Het economisch model van de veeteelt staat zwaar op de helling en dan kan het plots heel snel gaan.

Inside the Members-Only Eating Clubs of San Sebastián

Christopher Bagley:

The boisterous Basque restaurant of your dreams isn’t a restaurant at all, but one of San Sebastián’s fabled sociedades gastronómicas, members-only social clubs whose existence revolves entirely around food. In a town where cooking and eating seem to be the raisons d’être for just about everything, from the three-star restaurants to the napkins-on-the-floor pintxo joints, these culinary clubs, which have been around for about 150 years, still harbor some of the most interesting kitchens of all.

Wauw, van zoiets zou ik onmiddellijk lid willen worden. Één van de redenen waarom ik ooit nog wel hotelavondschool zou willen doen, voor die culinaire vriendschappen.

Have We No Decency? A Response to President Trump

Wanneer de kardinalen van Washington Cathedral een natie een geweten moeten proberen schoppen…

Make no mistake about it, words matter. And, Mr. Trump’s words are dangerous.

These words are more than a “dog-whistle.” When such violent dehumanizing words come from the President of the United States, they are a clarion call, and give cover, to white supremacists who consider people of color a sub-human “infestation” in America. They serve as a call to action from those people to keep America great by ridding it of such infestation. Violent words lead to violent actions.

When does silence become complicity? What will it take for us all to say, with one voice, that we have had enough? The question is less about the president’s sense of decency, but of ours.

I Played Trump in Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Debate Prep. Here’s What It Takes to Beat Him.

Een oud-medewerker van H. Clinton:

If Democrats are serious about nominating a candidate who can beat Trump, these are also the qualities that their nominee should be able to respond to—and how. What better time to start figuring that out than now?

Photographers, Instagrammers: Stop Being So D*mn Selfish and Disrespectful


People now seem incapable of appreciating the scene before their eyes – thinking instead that it will be improved by them stood in the middle of the image in that straw hat and floaty dress they’ll likely return to a poor retailer later that day, all for the sake of achieving “internet fame”….

Wouldn’t it just be nice to appreciate the view?