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small change

just thought i'd call your attention to the fact that i've made a little addition here that may be of interest to some of you:

on the upper right hand side of your screen, you will notice that there is now a "featured" post. so i'll be updating this periodically to call attention to something interesting, or timely, or weird, that's been on more like space in the past.

for the moment, i've chosen to feature a post from the currently defunct but hopefully returning when i sort out my timing paranoid theory of the week series.

i wrote the piece one year and one day ago, because of a funny rumour rippling through the internet in both left and right wing circles. at the time, i almost laughed at myself for giving it a 3/10 on the likelihood scale, but in the 367 days that have passed, i'm wondering if i wasn't a little dismissive. although i find it interesting, i'm not putting any serious weight the pop psychology diagnoses of donald trump as either a psychopath [which isn't even a mental disorder] or a narcissist [ok, i'll admit, i give some credence to that one]. but there is a part of me that thinks that this is a practical joke that has gotten way out of control, and the man's only recourse is just to make things so off the chart bad that the republicans run him out of the party on a rail.

i wish that i could remember the name of the republican analyst who said that he hoped trump won and proceeded to get blown out so that the gop could rebuild. i'd like to ask him how he's feeling right now. also, i'd like to ask him if i could borrow the genie's bottle he has, because there are a few things on my wish list right now.

there will, of course, be different featured posts and, as i change them, i'll try to introduce them and explain why those particular posts are there. 

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