I wrote about this a couple of days ago, maybe a week, how Discovery Channel is recycling old programs. It embarrasses me to say I didn’t notice it for a while and I wonder how many times I’ve watched the same program, thinking I’m learning things about space and how the universe works, but I’m just seeing the same information over and over again.
But, it makes me think of something that happened a couple years back, which was never explained to my satisfaction. Two scientists in Canada discovered signals from 234 different solar systems – suns very like our own.
Experts rushed to say it was not proof of extraterrestrial intelligence (even though it kind of is) and that more research was needed. And from that day to this, no further research has been done, at least not publicly. I tried looking for recent articles on it and found nothing more recent than about 7 months ago. All of the articles said things like “it could have been human error,” which of course it could have, but it could have been not human error, too, and “lots of stars give off anomalous signals,” which I’m sure is true, but when you get the same anomalous signal 234 times, it’s not anomalous any more.
I would understand (and appreciate it) if they could come up with some information disproving the Borra-Trottier findings. But, they’re trying to consign it to the same memory hole as Building 7 and the guys on the grassy knoll.
Which makes me think it’s real.
There was a special election for a state Senate seat in the state of Wisconsin, and a lady Democrat beat out the Republican in a district which had gone for Trump in 2016. Does this mean a blue wave is coming?
That is not at all the right question. We don’t even know who this woman is, and the story totally fails to answer, or even address the question. Does she support universal health care? Legalization of marijuana? Green energy initiatives? Will she refuse to accept corporate money? We don’t know. The article didn’t say.
Meanwhile, over on The Young Turks, Cenk Uygur is interviewing a woman running for congress, and she seems very nice, and she’s a nurse, which is a good thing, but… there are right wing nurses and there are left wing nurses and there are nurses that are in between. I certainly don’t have any problem with a nurse running for congress, but that’s not what I want to know.
Journalists (and it’s not just an American phenomenon, other countries are no better) have totally abdicated their prime responsibility, which is to give the public the information it needs to make informed decisions. So, can you blame people for voting badly?
They need to go back to the 6 basic questions we all learned in journalism school: who, what, when, where, why, and how. Who is she? (“a nurse” is not enough. “a Democrat” is not enough.) What does she stand for? When did she decide to get involved? Why is she running? How will she change things?
I used to think social media would supplant journalism, because there is time enough to ferret out all these answers. Even with no journalists involved, somebody has to know the answers. It’s not working out that way, however. Citizen journalists are almost as poor at journalism as real journalists. We need to work a whole lot harder at it if we expect politicians to somehow, suddenly become responsive.
The most encouraging thing I saw today was from a representative of the EU, who said (I’m totally paraphrasing) “You know, this Brexit thing isn’t inevitable. If Britain wants to just forget about it, we’d be willing to leave things just the way they are.” I think that is what is going to eventually happen because, as much noise as the Tories make about it, they know they are just spouting racism and bullshit to please their base, and that actually leaving the EU would be a disaster for Britain.
Speaking of their base, they really are very similar to America’s Republican party. The core leadership is from among the ultra-wealthy. ( In Britain, that also means titled, but whatever. Money is money.) And yet the vast majority of their voters are not wealthy, or terribly well educated, at all. As in America, they are the people who are worried that foreigners might take their jobs because they are the ones in jobs that foreigners could easily take. Stacking boxes, cleaning houses, picking fruit, stuff like that. Jobs for which English isn’t a requirement.
Between those two groups is a wide gulf, populated by people who aren’t among the filthy rich, but are smart enough to know the rich aren’t on their side.
So, the Republicans and, and the Tories, get the extreme rich and the extreme (white) poor, and the Democrats (and the liberals) get the rest.
It’s no wonder they are trying to destroy the middle class. The middle class votes against them.
Chelsea Manning is running for Senator from Maryland, and I think that is absolutely fantastic. She is somebody who has put herself on the line to bring the truth to the American people, and she is somebody who has paid a pretty steep price for that. 7 years in prison, and a good chunk of it in solitary confinement.. If anybody in America is anti-government, it is Chelsea Manning.
There is ample precedent for someone going from prison to politics. Jean Valjean, of course, even though he’s fictional. Nelson Mandela. Former Czech president and founding father Vaclav Havel. Uruguayan president Jose Mujica. In fact, in South America, it’s not all that uncommon.
I can’t think of any other examples of transgender people who’ve achieved high office, but the possibility of physically changing your gender is still a relatively new one in human history, so first time for everything.
Will she win? I don’t know. I imagine progressives will support her massively. Establishment Democrats might want to go against her, but they won’t be able to because it wouldn’t be PC. Of course, the Republicans will vote for whoever the Republican is, even if they fuck goats. So, we’ll see. It’s Maryland. Always a toss-up.
I’m just glad to see that she’s come through her ordeal stronger and bolder than ever before, and I support her 100%
Someone posted today that they thought all the brouhaha over Trump’s ‘shit hole countries’ comments was a deliberate diversion from the fact that an indictment, a big old 11 count indictment, had been issued in the Uranium One case. Well, I had to admit, I hadn’t even heard about the indictment yet, so I thought maybe he had a point. So, I looked it up and sure enough, it’s true. Although the indictment doesn’t actually name Clinton, it’s a beginning. And, as much as I hate having to side with Nazi-elf Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, who would absolutely love to see a pot smoker like me behind bars, as long as he’s going after Hillary, I’m happy. It will distract him from his ridiculous fight against the good herb, and it will distract her from doing anything more to proactively destroy the Democratic party, so it’s a win-win.
Now, one of those ‘shit hole countries’ Trump was talking about was Haiti, and the Clintons are involved there, too (see Eberwein, Klaus, murder thereof). Bill fired back today at charges that Clinton Foundation funds paid for Chelsea’s wedding (which doesn’t really matter – the point is they never made it to Haiti), but it seems Bill is parsing his words again. Wikileaks was ready instantly with their rebuttal to his rebuttal, saying they never said ‘funds,’ they said ‘resources.’ So, they are savvy enough at this money laundering game that actual cash doesn’t need to change hands. Depends on what the meaning of is is.
I’m just hoping both sides go down in flames, and we can get a few progressives elected in the next couple of rounds.
We are all one species, and every race can interbreed with every other race and, at some point in history, probably has, except for maybe a few remote jungle tribes, and they will soon. So, racism is stupid.
We all live on one planet, we aren’t even close to being able to move to another – even if we colonize Mars in the next couple of decades, which I’m all in favor of, it will be more like the colony of scientists in Antarctica, than the discovery of the Americas was to Europe. If we destroy our planet, almost everyone in the human race will die. Probably everyone. So, not wanting to protect the planet is stupid. It’s as stupid as driving faster when there’s ice on the road.
Wars kill people, and everybody in the world knows that. So, supporting war as an instrument of public policy is stupid.
And yet, we have so many people who are racist, anti-green, and militaristic. It’s not just a legitimate difference of opinion. There are differences of opinion about exactly what racism is, about the best way to clean up the environment, and how can we wean the world from war without leaving anybody at the mercy of the last warlike people, but there really shouldn’t be any difference of opinion about the stupidity of these things.
But, there is.
This is the struggle for the future of the human race. Stupidity vs. Intelligence. And it sure as hell looks like stupidity is winning.
Well, the short fingered, cheeseburger in bed eating, vert stable genius in chief sure put his foot in his mouth with his “we don’t want any immigrants from shit hole countries” comment.
I think the longest lasting effect of that, however, is that now they can say shit hole on television. It’s not as bad, for instance, as mocking a disabled reporter, or the Mexican rapists comment, or the ‘grab ’em by the pussy’ tape, any one of which would have ended a politicians career in a more civilized era. But, we are not in a civilized era.
It’s not as if he’s going to lose followers over it. His followers eat that shit right up. It’s not as if they’re going to be able to impeach him over it. It’s not technically illegal to say stupid, racist stuff and, besides, they don’t have the votes.
There is plenty of justification for impeachment, of course. They had enough to impeach over after the first weekend at Mar a Lago. Using the office for personal enrichment is textbook corruption. If the Democrats had had any balls (or were anything other than the Republican foils a lot of us think they are), the movement to impeach would have started right then.
So, just add this to the extremely long list of extremely stupid things this extremely stupid man has said, and wait until tomorrow.