Thursday, June 30, 2016

Farewell, June


24 comments:

  1. Ave Julius! Et Bernie!

    In case you missed it, check out my last post on the previous thread, about the psychology of Brexit. It is the most credible analysis I have seen, and has direct applicability to the political situation in the US.

    --Alan

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  2. from politicalwire.com:

    Nate Silver told ABC News that Hillary Clinton has a 79% chance of winning the election, compared to Trump’s 20%.

    He noted that historically the only candidate to blow a lead like the one Clinton holds now was former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis in 1988.

    Hmmmm...Dukakis..so it HAS been done...in spades.

    When thinking about the presidential election during the past several days I have found myself recalling what the Duke of Wellington said about Waterloo: "It was the closest run thing you ever saw." Yes, the GOP nominee COULD commit political suicide--but what if he (note sexist assumption) does not, who will play Blucher to Hillary's Wellington? I am not sanguine about the possibility of the Democratic Party elite realizing what is going on and taking appropriate action any time soon, but I am most willing to be surprised.

    --Alan

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    1. The Millennial Generation Is a Perfect Fit for Socialism [Click] Previous link doesn’t seem to work. The story is from Alternet.org.

      —Alan

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    2. On Alternet, is there any way to shut off the audio on that stupid advertisement?

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    3. That reminds me: surrounding Brexit I've seen a lot of usage of "populist/Populism" as synonymous with Right Wing and even neonazi. Why is that? Populism is like Bernie, not like Hitler.

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    4. Populism is appealing to the common people against the elite. Both the Bern and the Donald do that. Hitler did to some extent before he made common cause with the elite against the Communists.

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    5. Bill--I can't say as I have noticed the audio you refer to. Macs have a single-touch "audio off" function key, so obnoxious audio lasts me about two seconds. I should expect such a key on a Windows keyboard too; is there not?

      --Alan

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    6. Not on the keyboard. There's a icon that will let you turn the audio off with a couple of clicks, but I don't like to use it because I'll forget to turn it back on. I'd rather turn off the specific ad (for Craig something), but can't find the place to do that.

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  4. More gleanings:


    Debbie Wasserman Schultz Served Class Action Lawsuit for Rigging Primaries [Click] I suppose this might distract her from her re-election campaign to some degree…

    'Unprecedented': Scientists Declare Global Climate Emergency After Jet Stream Crosses Equator [Click] It's something that "would not happen in a normal world."

    Watch: Bernie Sanders Exposed the Media's Love Affair With Trump . . . in 1990 [Click]

    DNC Platform for Wall Street Tax [Click] Hmmmm….what to make of this?

    —Alan

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    1. And today's fundraising letter from HRC and Warren contained decidedly progressive rhetoric. A change in tactics?

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    2. "Progressive rhetoric" is no substitute for the progressive action which I'm pretty sure we'd never, ever get from HRC.

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    3. Actions speak louder than words. A bucket full of progressive rhetoric plus two dollars might buy one a cup of coffee these days. But where there is smoke there may be fire. I reserve judgement pending concrete actions.

      --Alan

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  5. Wow, Alan. "Scientists Declare Global Climate Emergency After Jet Stream Crosses Equator"

    I'm really going to miss the snow.
    And the food.

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    1. That is REALLY BIG [bad] news, I think. Maybe on a par with cessation of the flow of the Gulf Stream.

      --Alan

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  6. I have just posted blog photos clear through August 8th, and all from the trip we just took to Maine and back. Sweet! (Enjoy!!)

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    1. Three months until I turn three score years and ten; next week I will chat up the Social Security folks to make sure it kicks in on schedule. Sometime in October I mean to cut back from every other weekend to every fourth weekend at the hospital, so I will have three weekends out of four at home, which will be much better.

      --Alan

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    2. And in six weeks I will, by reason of strength (?), turn four score.

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  8. This week I've been reading Robert J. Sawyer's trilogy The
    Quintaglio Ascension,
    , consisting of Farseer, Fossil Hunter: and Foreigner. Finished Foreigner last night. Fine reads, every one, which is hardly surprising, considering the source.

    Currently reading a volume by E. Nesbit called The Complete Book of Dragons and so far am not impressed. The stories seem to be meant to be takeoffs on fairy tales. In any case,, they're not up to E. Nesbit's usual standard.

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  9. Finished, more or less, a song called "Baby, Don't You Leave Me Now." I'll upload it to my SongSpace catalog Friday or Saturday, assuming I remember how. May also upload one called "remember," though it has only melody and lyrics, no harmony.

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  10. Tonight I ate something that disagreed with me violently. Can't for the life of me think what it was, since I've eaten nothing unusual; but, whatever it was made me terribly sick for a while. It was aggravating, because I was enthusiastic about working on my song. Haven't done any sort of creative work in ages. Fortunately the bout passed, and I was able to get back to work.

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  11. I know there is a silencer button on the key board, I've hit it by accident, but don't know where it is on purpose. . . .

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