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  1. Jan 2019
    1. To read it is co learn how the "humanities crisis" started, how the conception oflanguage as value-free and ideally transparent underwrote the modern world.

      To read it is also to learn how/why we have been lied to and how/why we will continue to lie to ourselves and others.

      ~ shout out to my homie Nietzsche ~

  2. Feb 2018
    1. Trump claimed that the wall would cost only $12 billion, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) internal report in February put the cost at $21.6 billion, but that may be a major underestimate.

      Trump estimated a price that would sound convenient for him to gain support meanwhile the true estimate was far-fetched.

  3. Jun 2017
    1. Fetch the will hither, and we shall determine How to cut off some charge in legacies.

      Mark Antony's speech at the Senate House in Act III Scene II appealed to the values and emotions of the Roman public to ignite a rebellion against the conspirators. A key element of his rhetoric centred on Julius Caesar's will; seventy-five drachmas were to be issued to each citizen. It was the generosity of Caesar that Mark Antony used to persuade a mutiny.

      Ironically, in the privacy of his home, Antony commands Lepidus to "fetch the will" to "determine how to cut off some charge in legacies." He wants to realise the funds in Caesar's will to raise and army against Brutus and Cassius.

      Here Antony is presented as manipulative and avaricious, which contrasts the loyal Tribune the audience was first introduced to. His ascension was made possible by offering to honor Caesar's will, a promise which he obviously has no intention in fulfilling.

      From his speech in the Capitol to the end of the play, Mark Antony is confident, ambitious, successful and ruthless. He displays no concern for the Roman citizens as they suffer in the civil upheaval, he is willing to execute a nephew instead of argue for his life, and he only upholds the bare minimum of Caesar's legacy to maintain totalitarian control over the Roman Empire.

  4. Feb 2017
    1. I mean the doctrine of Usage. The doc-0 trine that there is a right or a good use for every -\+,....+ word and that literary virtue consists in making rtut...;..l. that good use of it

      It feels like we are finally getting to his most important point. This also seems related to Nietzsche, to an extent, in that to claim a "right" or "good" usage implies that we can improve on language by narrowing it, but this sort of view of language ignores that it's all just a system of metaphor.

    1. the liar, whom no one trusts and everyone excludes.

      I wonder what Nietzsche would think about the Trump Administration's rise to power. The "success" of D. Trump and his cronies (Spicer, Conway, etc.), who lie time and time again, seems to contradict this comment?

  5. Jan 2017
    1. greeted by a raucous overflow crowd of some 400-plus CIA employees.

      False. Trump brought a group of supporters to his visit with the CIA. CIA employees were not cheering him. See CBS News, January 23, 2017.

    2. magnetometers

      False. "In fact, a United States Secret Service spokesperson told CNN, no magnetometers were used on the Mall." See CNNMoney, January 21, 2017.

    3. By the way, this applies to any attempts to try to count the number of protestors today in the same fashion.

      False. The women's march in Washington was about 3 times the size of the inauguration, which was close to half a million people. See New York Times, January 22, 2017.

    4. This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration -- period -- both in person and around the globe.

      False. 1965 - about 1.2 million people attended Lyndon B. Johnson's inauguration; in 2009 an estimated 1.9 million people attended Obama's inauguration; in 2013 about 1 million attended Obama's inauguration. See Washington Post, January 22, 2017.

    5. Secondly, photographs of the inaugural proceedings were intentionally framed in a way, in one particular tweet, to minimize the enormous support that had gathered on the National Mall.

      False. There were about 160,000 people in the area of the National Mall leading up to Trump's speech. See New York Times, January 22, 2017.

    6. This was the first time in our nation's history that floor coverings have been used to protect the grass on the Mall.

      "False. Floor coverings were first used in 2013. It’s actually astonishing a White House press secretary would get such a basic fact wrong in a prepared statement from the podium." See Washington Post, January 22, 2017.

    1. “It was a huge crowd, a magnificent crowd. I haven’t seen such a crowd as big as this,” Mr. Hoyer told CNN, quoting Mr. Trump. He added that Mr. Trump did not “spend a lot of time on that, but it was clear that it was still on his mind.”


  6. Dec 2016
    1. Trump's tweet came just 22 minutes after the Chicago Tribune published comments by Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg, who said he worried that Trump's promises of a more protectionist trade policy could hurt his company, which does robust business with China. Muilenburg told the Tribune that he would urge the president-elect to take a warmer stance toward the kinds of trade deals he railed against on the campaign trail, warning, "If we do not lead when it comes to writing these rules, our competitors will write them for us."

      This is so dangerous, and why isn't this the biggest story of the day?

  7. Oct 2013

      This class is a lie! However, it seems that we could now break down any type of writing as rhetoric. Even throwing this phrase does not negate the nature of the writing.

  8. Sep 2013
    1. since they pretend to search for truth, but straightway at the beginning of their professions attempt to deceive us with lies

      Seems to state the same ideas as Plato. Truth vs. rhetoric/appearance/deception