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concentric sketch (inverted) began its life as a blog that people could view on a PC. This meant long form writing and art that could be comfortably displayed up to 650 pixels in width.* Then suddenly instead of computers people spent all their time with a small device. This means shorter text and smaller pictures. One could say this is making everyone cognitively impaired and shallow but it's ultimately less work for me. I can make small art.

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nation held hostage by casino magnate

No, not that one, the other one. Mondoweiss:

The simple truth about John Bolton’s appointment to national security adviser is that the Republicans need Sheldon Adelson’s money in order to be competitive in the coming midterms, and John Bolton is a tool of Sheldon Adelson.

The appointment of course is a complete reversal of Donald Trump’s declaration during the campaign that the Iraq war – which Bolton pushed and still thinks is a great idea – was the biggest mistake ever, and he was against it from jump.

But Adelson was Trump’s biggest donor during the 2016 campaign, and Trump needs Sheldon Adelson’s money to keep Congress from flipping and cutting his throat.

It’s little wonder that any Republican with political ambition was quick to extol John Bolton. Politico reported in February that many of those “desperate” Republicans were trekking to Las Vegas and “gushing” over Adelson because they need him “more than ever” to try and hold on to the House this year.


The only place you will hear about Trump’s placating Adelson with the Bolton pick are on Lobelog and the American Conservative and Democracy Now! [links added --tm]

... in other words, only the the Far Center is calling this correctly.