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MOB STORMS THE CAPITOL

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I am angry. I am sad. I am ashamed. I am afraid. And the first death has been reported. Now I am crying. Random observations/thoughts follow.

After hearing Trump speak, a mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol Building in Washington today while Congress was in session certifying Biden’s electoral win. And literally overran much of the building, including offices of Senators etc. Lots of vandalism and looting. One young woman is dead. They’ve been removed from the Capitol building now, the National Guard has been called in. Trump has been blocked on Twitter and Facebook. Congress is apparently planning to finish the certification tonight. That’s what I know as of now, some shocking footage and images on TV.

Some initial observations and thoughts. If this had been any group but Trump supporters, Trump and the GOP would have been enraged beyond all reason, and accused them of every crime under the sun and demanded harsh justice. At the very least. But I see so many Trump supporters falling all over themselves to justify it. This is white privilege illustrated folks. When whites do it, acceptable protest. Black man takes a peaceful knee in protest, OMG he’s spitting on America!

Speaking of spitting on America, the people parading Confederate Flags around inside the Capitol building, you just spat and pissed in the face of every American who ever served this country. If you hate America that much, get the hell out of it. I digress.

A case can be made that Trump crossed the Rubicon today. For my readers unfamiliar with the term, That was when Caesar marched his army into Italy with the intent of dissolving the Roman Republic and installing himself as Emperor. Trump was basically doing the same thing, he rejected the results of the election and essentially urged his supporters to do what they did. He’s claiming he won the election, it was stolen from him. His claims are unsupported by any evidence (or logic,) but that’s kind of irrelevant.

What happens now? No one knows. This is a new one for the US. An incumbent president who won’t accept an election loss and encourages mob rule to retain his office. Still, rumors are already flying that the 25th amendment has already been invoked. That means that key people in Congress decided Trump is unfit to hold office and stripped him of the presidency, and Pence is now in fact the POTUS. Wouldn’t surprise me, the powers that be, IE the ultra rich, whom both parties serve, may have decided that Trump has gone too far.

And just for foreigners and future readers, yes, it’s freaking weird, that these protesters are protesting something that didn’t happen! Trump lost the election, his fantasy that a landslide victory was stolen from him is just that, a fantasy.

Watching reconvened Congress now, Rand Paul just denounced Trump. Others are doing the same. Is Trump the new Beria? Beria thought he was Stalin’s chosen successor. He overestimated his position, went to a meeting of the assembly running Russia … and member after member rose and denounced him. Like Beria, Trump didn’t get it, he needed the support of the established government to stay in power, he doesn’t have it.

The rioters today claim they are coming back tomorrow in greater numbers and with weapons. Maybe they will. God only knows what will happen. Watching Senator after Senator, including Republican Senators, praise Pence and denounce Trump and his attempt to subvert the election by mob rule, I don’t think trump’s mob has much chance.

Trump ducking stepped in it. He’s history. He’s ducking history. He’s been tossed to the wolves by the very people he’s spent his whole trying to be accepted by. He’s being called on his lies. In some ways this is brilliant, it gives Trump supporters an out. The ones who didn’t storm the Capitol today. That’s most of them.

No no no no no no. Watching history live. OMFG. Looks like Trump is toast, Senate is certifying Biden’s win, like 97 to 3 or similar. I am assuming the House will do the same. I’m gonna crash. Looks like the Trump train has derailed. Stay safe everyone. #StaytheFHome #WearaDamnMask #FelesRegula

Please be OK E.

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January 6, 2021 at 8:27 pm

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A STORM IS COMING

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Wow. Tons of stuff is happening,Tuesday, January 5, 2020. The Georgia runoff election that will determine control of the Senate is underway, no results till 1am at least. Tomorrow the biggest street confrontation since the 68 DNC riots in Chicago. Tomorrow Congress is to certify Biden’s win. A huge Republican revolt to overturn Biden’s election is underway, but unlikely to succeed since the Dems control the House and both halves of Congress need to agree to change an election result. And Trump has called out his supporters to take to the streets. More details below, but could be a hell of a day.

I got a new patron the other day. Woohoo. So much appreciated. I realize I’ve not made it easy for people to sign on. And changes are already helping. It’s hard to break out of patterns of behavior. I spent decades looking for arrowheads, I found two. One day at a friend’s cabin in the mountains, a place I had looked for arrowheads for years, I thought, maybe I’m doing this wrong? I changed my search algorithm, went out to areas I had searched for years, and found more arrowheads in two hours than I had found in my previous life. Perspective is everything.

So, background. Trump’s refusal to accept the election results. I realized, epiphany time, this isn’t crazy. This is simply a logical extension of what the GOP has been doing for decades: making it difficult for the poor to vote because they might cheat, despite zero evidence that voter fraud is an issue in modern American elections. IE they are cheating to prevent cheating … that doesn’t exist. No different really than claiming they only lost the election because the other side cheated and then trying to overturn the election. Trump’s “Stop the steal” is  just voter suppression one level removed, but the thinking is the same.

Hope some readers can follow that. I don’t think I’m insane. More background. Computers have made modern elections essentially foolproof. To cheat big time in an election, dozens of computer systems on a local, state, and federal level would have to be compromised. Can’t be done. In the pre computer era when it was all on paper, cheating was easy. “Vote early and vote often” was in fact possible in many urban areas. Since computers made it possible to cross check all sorts of records that never could be done in the paper era, cheating is almost impossible. So even Trump’s claim is basically magical thinking, it’s not possible for cheating on his suggested level to have occured. Change my mind.

So tomorrow’s sheet show in Washington:

“The mayor has urged city residents to stay away from the downtown area while Trump supporters and far-right groups voice their displeasure with reality.”

Pretty much. That was from this article: With Pro-Trumpers ‘Intent on Bringing Firearms’ to MAGA March, DC Activates National Guard. So yes, the National Guard is deployed for tomorrow’s protest. The Proud Babies will be there, although their leader has been arrested and forbidden to go to Washington.

Eff if I know what’s going to happen tomorrow in Washington, but it may be in the top ten events in American history. I’ll blog on it no matter what happens. Stay safe everyone. #StaytheFHome #WearaDamnMask #FelesRegula

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January 5, 2021 at 7:32 pm

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2021, DAY ONE …

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Woohoo! It’s 2020! The year is starting out with a terrible pandemic raging in the US. And our president has clearly lost touch with reality since he has claimed he is Hercules reborn, and has started renaming things after himself. Washington is now Trump City for example. Oh, wait, I’m thinking Roman Emperor Commodus. Trump just thinks some sort of Chinese/Biden/libtard conspiracy cheated him out of being reelected. Well, now I know how those ancient Romans felt. And I wonder, there must have been some, how many Romans believed their Emperor Commodus was Hercules reborn?

So next Wednesday, the most anticipated riot day since the Democratic Convention in Chicago in 1968. No aliens yet, but 2021 is just beginning. The riots will be in Washington, where Trump is calling his supporters to protest Congress certifying Biden’s electoral college win. Yes, in fact this is one of the checks built into the crazy rube goldberg construction the American electoral college is, if a majority of both houses agree, the election could be overturned at this point. Ain’t gonna happen, but some in congress are gonna try. Fun times.

Next two posts, Lincoln and the largest mass hanging in US history, and the poison pills that are destroying America. Or something else entirely. In further tonight’s news, a pharmacist sabotaged Covid vaccination efforts. 9/11 Truthers are silly and annoying, anti-vaxxers kill. Britain has now completely left the EU, island mentality illustrated. Meh, whatever, if one believes in self determination, this is what it’s about. I think any group of people should be able to declare independence, anything less isn’t freedom, right?

2021, maybe this should be the year I write about whatever I want, so long as I think it’s helping? Since I was about ten or so, I thought, why wouldn’t someone want to use their life to make the world a better place? Isn’t that what any hypothetical good god would want? I’ve never heard any convincing alternatives to the contrary.

So someone very special to me suggested this as blog content: Kitten Jam – Turn Down For What Video (cute, funny cats/kittens dancing) (ORIGINAL) Have a great weekend everyone. #StaytheFHome #WearaDamnMask #FelesRegula

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January 1, 2021 at 9:19 pm

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HARRIS/PENCE DEBATE, DUELING PRESS CONFERENCES BASICALLY, AND THEN THE FLY CAME …

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As I wrote this blog last night, Trump was on another twitter rampage. It’s not my imagination, his behavior has been increasingly erratic. Trump’s erratic behavior continues as he halts stimulus talks and spreads falsehoods on pandemic. Not just CNN either, Fox and Friends has concerns: Fox & Friends host fumes at Trump for stimulus debacle: ‘It looks like he’s to blame now!’ Hell, even one of his own sons has concerns: Donald Trump Jr. wants ‘intervention’ in father’s COVID-19 behavior. His determination to get a vaccine before the election, overriding the FDA’s concerns, is also extremely troubling: Trump Determined to Get Vaccine Before Election, Reportedly Overrules FDA Guidelines. In conclusion, I don’t usually link to Alternet, but this has a nice overview: Trump is flying off the handle — even more than usual.

So Trump’s not having a good week. Some foolish people suggested Trump’s bout with Covid-19 might trigger a bit of humility or empathy. Yeah, that would require that Trump be a reasonably functional adult, which it seems clear to me he isn’t. I’ve always hesitated to make these sorts of judgements, but I’m thinking Trump is some sort of sociopath. His utter lack of empathy for a country ravaged by Covid-19, or worse. And his apparent inability to learn from experience. “I beat covid-19, therefore Covid-19 is no big deal and I’m the hero I say I am” is not a mature adult response to a life threatening illness. This is the article that got me wondering along these lines, an interesting read in and of itself: How to Tell a Sociopath from a Psychopath.

In my little rural Iowa town I noticed something interesting today. I was driving around and noticed … no Trump signs. Well, one or two, but in 2016 they were everywhere. Even more curious, Biden signs all over the place. There were essentially no Clinton signs in 2016. Granted it’s not a scientific poll or such, but I’m beginning to suspect that Trump is going to get crushed in the election. At this point, suspecting that pretty much only true believers are still Trump loyalists. Most Trump voters aren’t true believers though, and with some Fox News talking heads, the Drudge Report, and numerous Republican leaders refusing to endorse Trump, his support is likely melting away. The polls are certainly looking grim for him.

We’ll see. A wild month in a wild year, but I can’t see Trump pulling off any sort of miracle recovery at this point. Last moment debate thought:

Please please please please, God, last minute debate format changed to “Chainsaws in Thunderdome.” Then it MIGHT be watchable.

Question #1 Started off with Harris not giving a straightforward answer, until the last few rushed sentences. Pence. Simply lied, everything is great! Lie, lie, lie. Insults. OK, so much for point by point response.

Pence is basically making Trump’s claim that his Covid-19 response was fantastic and saved millions of lives, and Harris is all about arguing points about who knew what when. Instead of “When are you going to start fighting Covid-19 instead of making America a Covid-19 sanctuary country? Up to a thousand people a day are dying, one of the top five mass death events in US history, when is Trump going to do something about that?” Bringing up Bob Woodward isn’t helping Harris’s cause.

I’ll try to watch more. It all so far seems like the usual joint press conference, both more or less ignoring the questions and trying to cram in as many talking points in as they can. Pence spinning the Trumptopia fantasy that Trump made everything great, when most of what he did was transfer money upwards by the trillions. Pence is the ultimate yes man, Trump’s Martin Bormann and Josef Goebbels rolled into one. The perfect Trump cheerleader. Gotta give him his props.

Pence: “There’s no excuse for what happened to George Floyd.” No Mr Pence, there’s no excuse for a cop murdering George Floyd. That’s the ultimate expression of male and white superiority, bad things just happen to people. Blacks are being unjustly killed, not cops are murdering blacks. Women are being raped, not rapists are raping women. The passive voice about victims justifies the aggressor, it’s part of the problem. Using it denies the problem, shame on you Mr Pence.

I watched as much as I could. I now loathe Pence, the perfect apologist for a failed administration. I’m underwhelmed by Harris, but I doubt I could do better. The fact checkers are already ripping into Pence, though Harris had a few whoppers. I guess at first pass, a null event. Nobody won, but science and reality lost. Might well be the epitaph for the America we grew up in.

I changed the image at the last second, Pence apparently had a fly land on his head. The perfect image for a seventies horror flick where Pence was secretly demon spawn. Thanks for reading the rambling thoughts of a dying blogger. A blog a day until the election and beyond! Stay frosty people. #StaytheFHome #WearaDamnMask #FelesRegula

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October 7, 2020 at 8:01 pm

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TRUMP TAKES AMERICA HOSTAGE: “NO STIMULUS UNTIL AFTER I’M REELECTED”

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Couldn’t make this up if I tried. Here’s the story: Trump kills stimulus talks, tweets no deal until ‘after I win’ election, In the minutes after his tweet, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged more than 400 points. He blames the Democrats of course, and is prioritizing getting his SCOTUS pick rammed into place, essentially guaranteeing that Obamacare will be killed and tens of millions of Americans will lose their health coverage. Let’s see, Trump has made America a Covid-19 sanctuary country, is withholding any economic stimulus until after he is reelected, and plans to strip about 20 million Americans of their health care. He’s also planning on overturning Roe vs Wade, nullifying half a million marriages, and legalizing discrimination against LGTB people. What a platform! How can he possibly lose the election?

The outbreak continues to spread through the upper echelons of America’s government. Trump continues to insist everything is fine, it’s just a flu, even though he looks terrible from reports I’ve seen. And he’s by no means out of the woods yet, as the Herman Cain timeline above shows. It’s unreal really, basically Trump and company are insisting the rest of the world’s governments, and the world’s medical community are wrong about Covid-19, it’s no big deal. Just another flu, we live with the flu, right? The fact that it’s already killed about ten times as many people as the flu kills annually would seem to make that point ridiculous. It’s a claim so absurd that Twitter and Facebook removed Trump’s post. 

Honestly Trump’s behaviour appears to be getting more erratic. Facts and opinions aren’t the same thing, but apparently Trump and his supporters don’t agree. I knew the country was headed in a strange direction when Truthers, Birthers, and Anti-Vaxxers moved into mainstream belief, just never thought it would get to this point. Here’s a lovely little tweet I came across addressing Trump’s cavalier attitude towards Covid-19:

In a similar vein Facebook has started removing QAnon posts: Facebook bans QAnon conspiracy theory accounts across all platforms. Too little too late I am sure. I’m assuming that others have made the connection between QAnon believers and Evangelicals waiting for the rapture/second coming? QAnon believers think something called “The Storm” is coming where Trump will move in and arrest the Satanist Clinton led pedophilia global elite cabal that is ruling the world. 

Twenty years ago if someone had told me I’d be writing today about a mainstream theory that a Satanist pedophile ring was ruling the world and the POTUS was secretly at war with it, I’d have laughed. Not laughing now. Weirder by the hour: 

Pretty much. Trump is bragging about catching Covid-19. He’s also bragging about surviving it, though it’s by no means certain he will survive it. I hope he recovers, it’s vulgar to wish someone’s death. And at this juncture, no matter what happens, pretty safe to say the next few months will be a wild ride. Tomorrow is the Pence/Harris vice presidential debate. I’ll watch and blog about it. I’d say it was going to be boring, but it’s 2020. Like the couple that rented the tower room on a stormy night in an old English castle. Seemed kinda creepy, they asked the clerk if anything unusual had ever happened to guests in the room. “Why yes,” he said. “Something very odd happened 40 years ago to a couple that stayed in the room.” “And what, pray tell, was that?” the couple asked. “Oh, a couple spent the night … and the next morning they came down for breakfast!”

I know so many jokes and anecdotes it’s scary. One for every topic. I could write a post of just my favorite jokes. Multiple posts really. Humor is important. One of the things that always creeped me out about Trump, he doesn’t appear to have a sense of humor. Well, beyond thinking that mocking people is funny. I stopped finding that funny in High School.

Final analysis, I think Trump knows on some level that in any fair election, he’s toast. And he’s going to get more and more out there as election day approaches. I’ll keep blogging daily, it’s a promise I made to myself. I always wondered what it was like to live through historic times. I was too young to appreciate the sixties. Hoped to see the next great “sixties” in US history. Well, here it is, and 2020 is about as predictable as the sixties was.

Stay safe everyone. Hold your nose and vote blue. Or convince me otherwise. Likes, comments, shares, suggestions appreciated. Not that I ever run out of things to blog about. #StaytheFHome #WearaDamnMask #FelesRegula

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October 6, 2020 at 8:31 pm

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IS SAURON BACK? IS QANON HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF?

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I’ve come to a few conclusions about the whole QAnon phenomena. And phenomena it is, QAnon is a conspiracy theory that emerged in 2017, and has spread like wildfire since: QAnon spreads across globe, shadowing COVID-19.  Both here in America and internationally. What is the QAnon theory? Basically that a cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles running a global child sex-trafficking ring is plotting against President Donald Trump, who is battling them, leading to a “day of reckoning” (the storm) involving the mass arrest of journalists and politicians. Soros and the Clintons are supposedly deeply involved. And not just pedophilia, the cabal is sacrificing children for their nefarious purposes, some suggesting they are harvesting something from them to rejuvenate the leaders of the cabal. World domination of course is the cabal’s goal.

Whew, breathtaking, isn’t it? What do I think? I remained unconvinced. Proponents of QAnon have yet to produce any actual evidence, until they do I will remain skeptical. That being said, one of the things that was just brought to my attention is that the QAnon theory is nothing new. For all practical purposes this theory emerged in Russia in 1903 called “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.” That was a text purporting to be a factual account of a secret Jewish plot to rule the world. Including, get this, sacrificing non-Jewish children to use their blood in Jewish rituals. The protocols were certainly instrumental in inspiring/justifying a number of anti Jewish pogroms in Russia before World War Two. After the war it gained global currency, and was popularized by such people as Henry Ford and one Adolf Hitler. Basically QAnon is pretty much Hitler’s theory that a secret Jewish cabal was running the world, and all Jews were in on it: QAnon is a Nazi Cult, Rebranded.

Is Trump Hitler? No. Hitler would have despised Trump, Trump would have envied Hitler and vied for his approval. I digress. What scares me, is that unlike most conspiracy theories, QAnon has teeth and legs. And it’s arising at a very scary time in America. By legs, I mean there are already QAnon supporting GOP politicians, and more all the time. It’s going mainstream, at least in GOP circles. And by teeth I mean QAnon actually identifies enemies to be eliminated. 

And I’m not just talking about Jews. Unfortunately for the past few decades at least, many on the right have been preaching that liberals are the enemy. Little better than, if not in league with, Godless commies who want to destroy America. And they’re stupid! Rush Limbaugh, a wondrous font of hating all things liberal, once said that two liberals should be kept on display in every town so people can see what they were like. And QAnon brings it one step deeper, liberals are actually a Satanic cult out to destroy true humanity. Which would be Trump supporters of course, defenders of a “great” America..

There’s no mystery why Trump’s base stays with him no matter what. He’s on their side, and QAnon reinforces that in spades. So I’m scared what will happen if push comes to shove. Trump is already talking about a third term, as if the second was a guarantee. And the election is already showing plenty of signs of being fubarded. I’ve gotten four forms in the mail to send in to request an absentee ballot. I mean, wtf? The crash and burn of the Iowa caucuses this spring was an ill omen. Election from hell coming up.

So, a second civil war in the offing in America? Trump’s base is definitely outnumbered, but nothing a handful of nukes in CA and NY wouldn’t fix. Crazy talk I know. If in 1939 one suggested Hitler was going to gas millions and start wars that would kill tens of millions, most would have called that crazy talk too. I dunno, I wonder if we’re heading down a path we’ve been before. That’s why I reference Sauron. He was the protagonist in The Lord of the Rings, an evil being who was reborn periodically and wreaked havoc and death on the world. I’m not saying Trump is Sauron or Hitler, I’m saying the times periodically create Saurons and Hitlers 

And QAnon sure makes me wonder if those times are back.  I hope people keep their cool and we muddle through Covid-19, the election, the fires, and everything else. I fear though we’ve already reached a tipping point and things will get vastly worse before they get better. Reality bats last, and most Americans seem to have lost sight of that. Stay safe everyone. Share, likes, comments appreciated. #StaytheFHome #WearaDamnMask #InsanusTempora

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September 13, 2020 at 7:38 pm

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TRUMP PLANS TO KILL US ALL AND OTHER NEWS OF THE DAY, PLUS ALIENS

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9/9/2020. I made this illustration for yesterday’s post, and then the first bad news about the Sturgis superspreader event came out, and I just had to write about that. Hopefully no horrible news will supersede today’s post. Though getting used to it, so maybe I’ll just shoehorn it in as it happens. Fun times.

So yes, the illustration at the right is just one of the many metrics one can find that shows that 1980 is when the USA started going down the tubes. Before then rising tides did raise all ships, after that the gains in the economy pretty much were all siphoned upwards. And here we are today with wealth inequality in the US at mind numbing levels, and no end in sight. Until Americans understand just how thorough economic injustice is in the USA, I don’t see it changing. 

And not only is economic injustice the way of America, the left side of the illustration shows just how sketchy the current economy is for many Americans. And yet nothing is going to be done. The GOP ruled Senate has declined any further stimulus. You’re on your own Americans, Washington is going to protect the rich, everyone else is disposable apparently. Trump has apparently decided even our lives are disposable, bear with me, I’ll get back to that.

In some breaking “news” Trump was accused of deliberately playing down the threat of Covid-19 earlier this year: Trump deliberately played down virus, Woodward book says. I say “news” because it’s not exactly a surprise. I was there, Trump repeatedly claimed Covid-19 was no big deal and it would all go away soon. I especially liked “It will all be gone by Easter!” So there’s zero question Trump played down the severity of Covid-19, hell, he still is for all practical purposes. So did he do it deliberately or out of ignorance? Either is an utter fail for the POTUS. Giving the public clear accurate information is the most important thing a government can do to fight a public health crisis. It was Trump’s one job when Covid-19 arrived, he failed.

And then this news … Trump has apparently ordered an end to Covid-19 screening at international airports: White House orders end to COVID-19 airport screenings for international travelers. Right, at a time when the US desperately needs to launch a coordinated national testing/tracking/quarantine system to fight an out of control pandemic … Trump is halting one of the few feeble efforts he made to fight Covid-19. He’s basically admitting Covid-19 is so out of control in the US that letting more infected people in makes no difference? WTF?

I’m going with Trump has decided to just let Covid-19 run its course in America, hoping that that and a vaccine will get us to herd immunity; then Trump can claim victory, problem solved. What’s a few hundred thousand dead Americans, and millions more with permanent Covid-19 health issues? And a cost to the economy in the tens, or hundreds, of billions? We’re gonna find out apparently. My guess, Trump’s magical plan to end Covid-19 will end as well as Hitler’s magical plan to save the German Sixth Army surrounded in Stalingrad. 

A reader asked what I think of the Abraham Accord. I haven’t looked into it much, though from what I’ve seen I take a dim view. Still, I’ll try to keep an open mind and look into it. It got Trump nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, so it must mean something, right? (That was a joke, anyone can be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Obama got one just for being elected, so the bar is pretty low.) 

So no time traveller emails yet. Here’s a weird theory, hey, it’s the End Times, might as well share. So if star travelling aliens exist, IE long term technological civilization is possible and more or less inevitable, then … they’re already here. Aliens from galactic scale distances could have spotted life on Earth a billion years ago, our own technology is rapidly approaching that level of remote scanning technology. They’d have spotted us, and assuming they are interested in living planets, their probes and AIs have been here all along. And are here now. 

And what better way to study a culture than from the inside? Presumably they can access all of our online presence, they’d have computer technology millions of years in advance of ours. So why wouldn’t they have Facebook accounts and web sites? Human anthropologists exist, why not alien ones? Not sure how to go about detecting same, but like my invitation to future time travellers reading this, any alien AI wants to drop me an email, I’d love to correspond. 

World news post coming up. Stay safe everyone, don’t catch Covid-19, bad idea. Comments, shares, likes appreciated. #StaytheFHome #WearaDamnMask #InsanusTempora

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September 9, 2020 at 8:06 pm

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PEOPLE WHO DENY THINGS THEY WEREN’T ACCUSED OF ARE ADMITTING GUILT

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People who deny things they weren’t accused of are admitting guilt. That’s been one of my observations since I was a young man. I suppose there are codicils, there always are, nothing  is black and white. Still, as a general rule, when someone denies something they weren’t accused of, it should raise an eyebrow or two. I am here talking about Trump and him tweeting: 

“ … Now they are trying to say that your favorite President, me, went to Walter Reed Medical Center, having suffered a series of mini-strokes. Never happened to THIS candidate — FAKE NEWS,”

Um, no one said anything about a series of mini-strokes Mr Trump. (The medical term is transient ischemic attack (TIA.) It’s basically a temporary stroke that lasts only a few minutes. It’s a forewarning of a possible stroke.) He is literally denying something that no one suggested.

That’s the problem with lying all the time, hard to remember what one has said. Trump was taken for an unscheduled hospital visit last fall. Is something up with his health? Unfortunately America has a long history of lying about the health of the POTUS. Cleveland. Wilson. Roosevelt. I can see why they do it, people are remarkably able to deny their health has failed, especially when the brain is involved. Wilson referred to himself as “slightly lame.” One whole side of his freaking body was paralyzed! And his cognitive functions were impaired, as you would expect when a major stroke caused brain damage. And it also makes sense for the people around an ill POTUS to keep up the fiction. Either out of cynical self-interest, or rationalizing it away. Human nature.

I pretty much suspect that something happened to Trump’s brain. I say this from a number of perspectives, but mostly based on his non response to Covid-19. He does not seem able to grasp that Covid-19 was a game changer and required an actual response, not his standard gestures and promises. That the world he inhabited had changed! And so here we are playing a national game of whack-a-mole as various states try to control outbreaks. All without anything resembling a national coherent strategy.

So yeah, there’s no one really home in Trump’s head. He’s just a walking collection of habits. And in the case of a con artist and habitual liar, these aren’t particularly useful habits for a POTUS. If it’s good, it’s his doing. Bad, his enemies. No enemies to blame? Make them up. His tweets and responses to interview questions are getting weirder and weirder. Hell, some of his recent interview responses have just been word salads. And he has no platform for his reelection campaign, just his usual habit of regurgitating Rush Limbaugh and Q-Anon nonsense. Like his latest claim about a planeload of antifa thugs: Black-clad thugs on a plane? What was Donald Trump talking about? No one knows, no evidence has been provided. And it makes no sense, why would they wear black clothes on a plane?

This is what happens when one turns a political party into a religion. There’s nothing left but dogma, and it doesn’t have to actually make sense. And anyone who disagrees, why they are Satan’s minions. Deceived by the anti-religion, socialism, communism, whatever. The fact that the anti-religion doesn’t exist, no matter. The Jewish conspiracy Hitler was killing millions to fight didn’t exist. Small comfort to the millions killed. The number of socialists and anarchists in America is miniscule, the idea that they secretly control the Democratic party is laughable. It’s an idea that might get Trump reelected though. 

One has to remember that in the shining world of white Christian Republicanism … there’s no such thing as right wing violence. I’ve had right wingers absolutely freaking insist on that, all violence comes from the left. Even Hitler, he was a socialist don’t you know? And people like Kyle Ritterhouse and the police, why if they are violent they were forced into it defending themselves against leftist violence. Like I said, Evangelical Republicanism led by Trump is a religion now. A cult really. They have the answers, any problems that arise are because people didn’t accept them as saviors.

Reality is far more nuanced of course. That’s why the efforts of Trump, Napoleon, Hitler, Washington all came to naught. (Yes, I admire Washington in a way, but creating a country where only white male property owners have rights while everyone else was a second class citizen hasn’t turned into the paradise for all it was promised to be.) So yeah, Trump is not going to win the election and turn America into a paradise anymore than he did the first time. Granted Biden isn’t either, but I think there’s someone still home there.

I mean, Trump’s latest is telling everyone there will be a vaccine just before the election! What an incredible coincidence! Just another example of his magical thinking, since his higher functions are gone. (Look at Trump interviews from decades back, he at least was articulate and responded to questions in a sensible way, unlike his current word salads.) There’s absolutely zero reason to think a safe, tested, and effective vaccine will be available by November. And even if there is, vaccines are only one component of a national pandemic response. Which we don’t have yet. 

Oh well, Rambling on. It’s just so freaking weird to wake up every day in a country where mass death stalks the land, and the king is pretending it’s all under control. And his loyal followers agree even as they are dying. Maybe Trump will stroke out or otherwise become incapacitated before the election. Not that I’m sure that would help any. On the plus side, as a long time student of history, I now find history’s endless parade of stupidity, nonsense, and avoidable catastrophes far less perplexing. Human ignorance, gullibility, and stupidity is a feature, not a bug.

Stay safe everyone. #StaytheFHome #WearaDamnMask #InsanusTempora

PS. This has been bugging me. If American cities were actually under siege, if there was widespread violence  … people would be dying by the score! Whole blocks would be going up in flames! We’d see burning Walmarts on TV every night! I mean, in the Watts riots in 1965, the last major civil unrest in the US in my lifetime, 35 people were killed. Just in Watts! If something like that was happening nationally, hundreds would be dead! Whole neighborhoods would be burning. What, under a dozen people are dead? A handful of businesses? There are no freaking riots going on people; so responding as if there are is political theater, nothing more. Like Trump’s promised vaccine, pandemic theater. Neither is helping.

PPS. Guess what the big killer of cops is now? Covid-19. If Blue Lives Mattered Mr Trump, you’d do something about that, not make up stories about plane loads of antifa ninjas.

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September 2, 2020 at 7:44 pm

I DRINK AND I WRITE THINGS

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First order of business, how many readers realize we are in the second worse ongoing mass death event in US history? There weren’t 160,000 dead in the first six months of World War Two or the Civil War, not even close. Only the 1918 Flu pandemic was worse, and only for about a month. A huge number of Americans died in October of 1918. And yet most people are going about their lives as best they can under the circumstances. Really? Future generations are going to look back and wonder what it was like to live through America’s Covid-19 epidemic.

And for the ones reading this now, it’s fucking weird. The nation has yet to mobilize in defense of Covid-19. One would think an ongoing event killing a thousand Americans a day would warrant a national response. Or at least an acknowledgement that something awful was going on. For the most part, no, Covid-19 just turned into another background news item. In fact it’s been thoroughly politicised by many people, by that I mean how one thinks about Covid-19 is a political litmus test. The alien invasion movies all had it wrong, America is not capable of uniting against a common foe.

So, um, one recent thought I had, people need to understand we are in uncharted territory, anything can and will happen. This is just the beginning of a world changing event. There will be completely unforeseen complications/events as a result of Covid-19. Even at the best of times the future is known to no one, these pretty much by definition are not among the best of times. When World War Two started, no one had a freaking clue how it would progress, let alone turn out. Well, World War Three for all practical purposes started in March. Because huge numbers of Americans are still in denial about it won’t change the outcome one whit.

Another brief talking point I wanted to toss out there: Pay no attention to polls. Polls are an industry now, a poll can be commissioned to get pretty much any result desired. That’s why GOPers were so shocked when Obama got reelected in 2012, Fox News polls had shown him sure to lose. And now with the world exploding, polls are even less reliable … and people are even more motivated to use them to influence people. Ignore the polls people.

So, I read a good article on the current situation with a lot of historical background. Most of it I liked, some of it I didn’t. Fair warning to Trump supporters, it has some Trump bashing, that’s one of the problems I have with it. Still a good read though: The Unraveling of America, anthropologist Wade Davis on how COVID-19 signals the end of the American era. I would have edited out some paragraphs. And whatever faults China may have, they aren’t going to try and replace America’s world military empire. The Chinese tend to be practical, not stupid. As the article points out, China pours more concrete every three years than the US did in the entire 20th century. 20,000 miles of Chinese high speed rail to America’s zero.

Yeah, but we have military bases all over the world! Snort. So what? Pissing money away isn’t something to be proud of. The American Empire never made much sense, World War Two ended in 1945, we should have stood down then. Instead we’ve spent staggering sums of money on endless colonial wars and maintaining a worldwide network of military bases. To what end? Made a handful of Americans very rich. That’s pretty much it. The rest of the developed world spends their money on infrastructure and taking care of their citizens. You’d think this would be a no brainer. There’s something more important than the health, education, and welfare of a nation’s citizens?

And in that vein, Trump just promised to terminate social security if he’s re-elected. OK then. Well, the GOP spent decades promoting the idea that government was bad, now with Trump they are reaping what they sowed. Well, if no government is the problem and the free market will fix everything, a Golden Age is beginning. I have no idea what’s going to happen now, but in my considered opinion, it’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better. A horror age, not a golden age.

Hope everyone stays safe this weekend. Constructive comments from Trump supporters are especially welcome. #StaytheFHome #WearaDamnMask

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August 8, 2020 at 8:38 pm

COVID-19, PERFECTLY TAILORED TO TARGET THE WILLFULLY IGNORANT? AND HOW DID TRUMP MISS THE OPPORTUNITY OF THE CENTURY?

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Was Covid-19 designed to target the willfully ignorant? What do I mean by that. I mean that unlike most ongoing natural disasters, this one’s easy to mischaracterize. The lava is coming, the dam has broken, the earthquake is happening … everyone is pretty much going to agree what to do, even if it’s just screaming and running. To some extent all plagues are more deniable, but Covid-19 hits under the waterline in additional ways. It kills a lot of people, but not enough to really freak everyone out. If it killed 10% of it’s victims, everyone would be going nuts. Better yet, it mostly kills the old! Makes it easy to ignore all the healthy people it kills. And finally the frosting on the cake, and the full horror and diabolical extent of this is still being revealed, for every person it kills, dozens have long term or permanent health deficits from Covid-19.

In other words, Covid-19 was the perfect weapon to fire at groups of willfully ignorant people and governments. I don’t mean stupid people, I mean people who use religion, ideology, magical thinking to guide their life. As opposed to people who at least try to use reason and science. The former’s risk assessment skills are spotty at best. (“It’s just a cold folks!” “It will all be gone by Easter!”) The latter, well, Vietnam took Covid-19 seriously in January. No fatalities, a handful of cases. My freaking American rural county has fared worse than the entire nation of Vietnam. Jesus wept.

So yeah, Covid-19 is the perfect weapon to deploy against Trump and similar? Is it going to kill/maim far more Modi/Trump/Boris/Putin people than others? Sure looks like it. If this aspect of Covid-19 turns out to be real, what does it mean? Is it just a coincidence? Did some secret liberal/commie lab invent Covid-19? Satan? Aliens? Let’s speculate …

First of all, I think the evidence is overwhelming that Covid-19 is a natural or feral virus. The experts in the field, and viruses are a very well studied field, say it has all the earmarks of a naturally evolved virus. There’s no global dissenters, the entire virology/epidemiology  field agrees. If evidence to the contrary emerges, I’ll reassess, but for starters we can safely eliminate this possibility as unlikely.

Are there other possibilities? Well, aliens. Maybe. At least if we postulate they exist, they would have the technology to do so, unlike hypothetical human agents creating Covid-19. Still, it’s a magical possibility. Same category as “God did it!” Or “Satan did it!” Circular reasoning, special pleading, whatever. As with the comic book idea that a human lab created Covid-19, if evidence emerges supporting the above, I’ll reassess.

So was Covid-19 being the perfect weapon to defeat Trump just a coincidence? Yeah, probably. Occam’s Razor tells us that. It’s the possibility that requires the least number of assumptions. Doesn’t always turn out to be the case, but only because new evidence shows up. With the evidence we have, Covid-19 was a natural and utterly predictable event. Especially since experts in the field have been warning us about this possibility pretty much all our lives, especially since the 1990s. It’s the most likely explanation, people that can’t accept that as a starting point in a debate, well, be careful, they may not be taking proper Covid-19 preparations either.

So, moving on. One caveat. It’s important to understand there are two faces to  an event. What actually happened, and how people responded to it. And by that I mean that yes, Covid-19 was a naturally occurring event … but … in January 2020 the smart with-it generals and other experts tasked with protecting nations … or concentrations of wealth … started having meetings. Started sitting down and brainstorming “What does Covid-19 mean, what threats does it pose, and can we use it to our advantage?” Is any major power or player using Covid-19 as a weapon yet? Maybe, I don’t see any evidence of it, but something to watch out for.

The speculation I wanted to put forward based on all of the above is this, what if Covid-19 is evidence that Evolution works in ways we don’t yet understand? What if on some as yet scientifically unexplored level this virus evolved to target things like Trump rallies, Evangelical church services, and other gatherings of Covid-19 denying folk. The perfect storm nature of the Covid-19 sure makes me wonder.

And it all could have been different too. Trump could have lept into action in January 2020, closed the borders, and used the awesome resources at his disposal to set up a  huge national test and trace program to stop Covid-19 from getting a foothold in America. He would have been ridiculed for a few months … and he would be an American God by now. If he had pulled off a Vietnam type Covid-19 response, with only a handful of dead Americans while hundreds of thousands died world wide, pretty sure his reelection would be a shoe in.

So in other words, Vietnam defeated us in war, and now they’ve defeated us in peace. Johnson and Nixon get the blame for the former, Trump gets it for the latter. He missed the golden ring he’s always aspired to, and will now go down in history like Nero at best, Caligula at worst. He wanted to be a Caesar, instead he is a Didius Julianus. Or a Commodus. One of history’s great, if largely unknown, losers.

Covid-19 is basically a test to see how in touch with reality people are. Welcome to the Universe. Stay safe and have a good week everyone. Sanity is optional at this point. Next post, black Holes. #StaytheFHome #WearaDamnMask

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July 21, 2020 at 9:02 am