Dubya’s a dog

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In this Year of the Snake, which begins Wednesday according to the Chinese lunar calendar, George W. Bush is one lucky dog. Astrologically speaking, Bush, a dog by birth (1946) under the 12-symbol Chinese horoscope, gets along well with snakes, which will hopefully help him weather the storm of disasters and revolutions that often accompany this year.

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However, read his thin lips and you’ll get another story. “His lips have nice contours, but not wide enough,” says Taipei astrologer Ni Su-chuan in the GUARDIAN (UK), explaining that the lips are a central locale for determining one’s fortune, and might not supply him with enough bark to do more than follow in his predecessor’s footsteps — a heretofore unspoken prediction for his anticipated four years.

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Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

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