There’s a whole bunch of things on my spindle today that deserve brief notice. Let’s check ’em off.
• We keep being told that Trump represents the specter of fascism and violence. But all of the violence and threats of violence are coming from the left. A Washington Post headline today:
But remember, the left stands for tolerance and inclusion and diversity! And peace. Don’t forget peace.
• This next story sound like its from The Onion, but it’s true. Plato used to speak of the “logographic necessity,” but the Hillary campaign didn’t understand what Plato meant.
Hillary Clinton’s infamous campaign logo was created by a three-person team of designers who were invited to work on the “secret” design project four months before the official campaign launch in April 2015, according to a recently published essay written by the lead designers. . .
Although critics would later point out the simplicity of Bierut’s final design—a blue “H” containing a rightward facing red arrow—a lot of thought went in to creating it, according to the essay.
“I put together a three-person team: me, designer Jesse Reed, and project manager Julia Lemle,” Bierut wrote. “We would work in secret for the next two months.”
Bierut says the goal of the two-month secret project was “to create something new and different.” The team settled on “a perfectly square H,” which seemed simple but really was anything but.
But this isn’t the best part. Savor this:
Bierut also thought that Donald Trump’s visual campaign was awful—”Bad typography; amateurish design; haphazard, inconsistent, downright ugly communications”—and that gave him added confidence as he settled into the Clinton campaign’s election night victory party in New York City.
“It was going to be the most thrilling night of my life,” Bierut wrote. “As I walked the darkening streets of midtown Manhattan toward Jacob Javits Convention Center, from blocks away I could glimpse an enormous image on the JumboTron over its main entrance, a forward-pointing arrow superimposed on a letter H.”
The night, of course, did not go as planned.
Heh. Hillary may have had the better logo, but Trump actually had a better message: a different kind of “logos,” you might say. But typical of contemporary liberals to confuse form with substance.
• From a Reuter’s survey of 50,000 people in 26 countries:
People most interested in news about the environment tend to be left wing, older, and highly educated.
Comment: you needed social science surveys to know this? (The good news, of course, is that this means environmentalists are slowly dying off, which I suppose ironically confirms one of their oldest scares.) But wait, there’s more!
This is linked to patterns of online news consumption, with the Huffington Post the single most widely used news source in the US among those highly interested in environmental news.
The PuffHo is their leading source of environmental news? Oy vey.
• Politicians always like to leave behind vanity projects usually supported with taxpayer money. Personally I think we should name wastewater treatment plants and landfills after liberal politicians. In Ted Kennedy’s case, I’m sure another $50 million in taxpayer money will do the trick:
. . . The institute, which opened two years ago Friday, is drawing fewer than half the number of visitors as initially projected, a sign it may be struggling to establish itself as a must-see tourist destination in Boston. . .
When the institute’s officials broke ground on the $78 million museum in 2011, they projected the monument dedicated to Kennedy and his love of the Senate would draw as many as 150,000 visitors annually. But the institute has drawn about 62,000 visitors in each of its first two years, a figure that includes about 16,000 students per year. . .
The institute received an initial — and controversial — infusion of $38 million in federal funding, and is buoyed by a $60 million endowment that helps pay for operating expenses. Tickets cost $14 for Massachusetts residents, with a $2 discount to those who have recently visited the JFK Library.
Mary Jo Kopechne was not available for comment.