Authoritarianism is bone deep in these guys. It is their instinct, their unconquerable reflex, to reach for the most repressive solution against the most vulnerable target at hand. It is the wellspring of everything else: the lies, the criminal exploitation of a woman’s grief, the constant need for affirmation, the even-more-constant assertion of the president*s demonstrated greatness, and speeches like the one on Tuesday night, which really was nothing more than a list of banal solutions to largely imaginary problems.
That they’re really bad at being authoritarians is not going to be enough to keep it at bay forever. They’ll get better at it. They already are better at it, which is what all the bloviating about “tone” is really all about. That tone is nothing more than a bell tolling, deep in the national psyche, summoning us to act on our worst impulses and, by acting on them, ennoble them. It is a bell tolling, and it tolls for thee, motherfckers. It tolls for thee.
The cheeky staff at the Rio cinema pulled off a hilarious spoof of the monumental Oscars mess-up last night, playing 20 seconds of ‘La La Land’ at the start of ‘Moonlight’. Luckily the sold-out audience got the joke straight-away, breaking into a huge round of applause. ‘It wasn’t the actual feature film, but a few seconds from a teaser trailer,’ the Rio’s duty manager told us today over the phone. ‘Then we shut it down, and did a bit of fumbling to make it look like we made a mistake.’
After landing, Omin waited for 20 minutes and then reached the front of the line, where a Customs and Border Protection officer asked him a series of questions. It was here that Omin realized that the job might be challenging, but getting into America could now be impossible. No one at Andela had prepared him for the new reality.
After a few minutes of grilling him about the job, the border agent escorted Omin into a small room and told him to sit down. Another hour passed before a different customs officer came in.
“Your visa says you are a software engineer. Is that correct?” the officer asked Omin in a tone the engineer described as accusatory. When Omin said it was right, the officer presented him with a piece of paper and a pen and told him to answer the following questions:
- “Write a function to check if a Binary Search Tree is balanced.”
- “What is an abstract class, and why do you need it?”
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