The Women’s Vote

I just saw a woman, an actual woman on my Facebook feed, defending Joe Biden by saying “Well, the Tara Reade thing was in 1993, and a lot of men do sleazy stuff like that, and I’m sure Joe is learning.”
This is ridiculous. First, there is no real indication that he is learning. He still does not respect personal distance. Second, she is forgetting that Joe hasn’t exactly been a great champion of women’s rights throughout his career. He was horrible to Anita Hill, and saw to it that Clarence Thomas got confirmed for his seat on the Supreme Court. He has argued that states should have the right to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Bernie, on the other hand, has never been accused of any sexual impropriety, he was for Roe v. Wade before there was Roe v. Wade and he was named by Gloria Steinem as an ‘honorary woman,’ his record on fighting for women’s rights is that good.
Of course some women (like the one who wrote that comment) are defending Joe Biden because they think he’s already the Democratic nominee, because that’s what the MSM has been telling them.
Voters in Ohio, Georgia, Puerto Rico, Alaska, Hawaii, Louisiana, Wyoming, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Kansas, Indiana, Nebraska West Virginia, Kentucky, Oregon, the Virgin Islands, D.C., Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Dakota might have a thing or two to say about that. Especially the women voters.

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Luck of the Draw

I must say, I have been lucky in life. As a white, male heterosexual I was born into most of the privileged groups. Not rich, not even close, but working class in a developed country is way richer than most people in the world. Enough that I’ve managed to travel quite a bit, and am living in a city I totally love. I have a beautiful wife and two teenage children, who don’t totally hate me. There have been periods in my life when I didn’t think so but, by any objective standard, I’ve got it pretty good.
And in this time of quarantine, I am forced to live with the people I choose to live with anyway. So, super lucky.
But that’s a roll of the dice. What of the young, single person who was leading a great life with lots of different sex partners and an active social life centered around restaurants, discotheques and pubs. Suddenly it’s the law that you have to stay where you’re living and, boom, all of their girlfriends/boyfriends are living somewhere else and they’re essentially looking at a couple of months of solitary confinement. That must suck.
What about people who were having a lovely vacation in an exotic, faraway country and now can’t return home because of closed borders, limited flights, whatever, and they’re having to make the best of staying in a hotel they can’t afford in a country where they don’t know the language.
Imagine being old, or an invalid, and nobody is even allowed to come visit. I mean, most people didn’t visit anyway, but at least before you had the hope that they would.
For a whole lot of people, this quarantine is a nightmare and I (not suffering greatly at all, kind of enjoying it, really) hope it’s over soon.
In the meantime, thank goodness we’ve got the internet.

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Utah Results

Now, I don’t live in the U.S. and don’t get most of my news from TV, but I’m guessing this has not been widely covered.
It was just announced yesterday that Bernie Sanders won the Utah primary. You know, the one that was on Super Tuesday, and in all the media’s crowing over Joe Biden’s great day, they sort of forgot about the states that were still counting. Which all, surprise, surprise, were Sanders’ wins. Well, there was Utah and California. And then there are those four flash drives filled with uncounted votes they discovered in Texas weeks, I don’t know if they ever counted those or if they took an Iowa sort of look at it (we’re not going to correct ALL the mistakes!)
(Also this week, the results from the Democrats Abroad primary are in, and Bernie won easily)
The other think about the Utah primary: it wasn’t close, and a lot of the ballots were mail-ins, so they’d been received before March 3rd.
So, why did the count take so long? Probably the same reason Bernie’s wins are under-reported.
The DNC, and the MSM want you to think this is all over. This is not all over.

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Scene From the Balcony

I was standing on my balcony an hour or two ago, and I must say I am very fortunate in the time of quarantine to have a balcony. I was watching a group of pigeons. I don’t really think you can call five a flock. O.K., I was watching five pigeons. I noticed one who wasn’t very popular, sort of an outsider. Then one of the others just totally chased him (or her) off. It seemed like a power struggle between two males, so I’m assuming he. Then the bigger one went back to the group and started bullying everybody else away from the good scraps. They were right behind the garbage bins, always a good site.
Some scientists think that our human ancestors were scavengers, too, rather than the hunter gatherers we’ve romanticized them as. There’s some logic to that. Food is where you find it.
Well, while I was standing there musing on the unfairness of life in the world of pigeons, two magpies swooped in. There was a flurry of whirling feathers as one of them grabbed a pigeon, shook him or her around real good, and then all the pigeons ran off.
People are sort of like those pigeons. We may think we are magpies, but we are pigeons. We fight with each other over scraps, and we never expect what might suddenly appear in the air, to put us all in our place.

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MIA

We probably shouldn’t be making too much of the fact that Joe Biden hasn’t been seen in the public for about a week, or that his last public appearance was this, because there’s probably a totally logical explanation.
Maybe, with a bit of a gap in the primary schedule, he’s just ensconced with his team, planning strategy. Maybe he’s trying to figure out his cabinet. We know he offered Yang a position in return for his endorsement (which is illegal, but of course he won’t be prosecuted for it. As we have seen with Burisma, quid pro quo is a damn hard thing to prove). Maybe it’s just a bit of time off to recharge the old batteries, which is totally understandable.
But, I do suspect they are trying to keep him out of the public eye as much as possible, and that is a bad omen for the future. Because that was Hillary Clinton’s campaign strategy. Once she’d won the nomination, she spent far more of her time at fund raisers with very wealthy people than speaking to the public, either in small, town hall type forums or at large rallies. It is a sensible strategy when you have an unappealing candidate. And Joe Biden is, if that’s possible, even less appealing than Hillary Clinton. He is older, less coherent, and has an even longer record of lies, corrupt connections, and supporting horrible policies than she had.
If he were, God forbid, to win the nomination, an absentee campaign is the BEST we could hope for in the general election.

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The Response

On the one hand it is frightening how easily and instantly the powers that be convinced a billion people to stay in their homes for weeks on end, to stay away from bars and restaurants, to stop shaking hands, and to wear silly looking face masks whenever they are out on a clear, sunny day.
On the other, it’s kind of reassuring. People are good people. If they can be convinced that a course of action is the correct course of action, they will follow it, even though it involves some personal sacrifice, and effort.
If they can get people to stay in their homes, they could mobilize millions of people to plan hundreds of millions of trees in a single day, as has been done in China, and India, on a couple of occasions but really needs to become a world-wide trend.
If they can pay people hundreds of millions of people $1,000 a month to sit at home and watch TV, then they could pay 20 million people $15 an hour to blanket tornado alley, from Oklahoma to North Dakota, with wind turbines and to cover every parking lot in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Phoenix with solar panels.
All of the world’s problems have solutions. We have the technology, we have the resources, and we easily have the manpower to convert the entire planet into a clean, self-sustaining, luxury biological support system for all human beings and the animals we love, where everybody has a nice home and nobody is going hungry, where everybody gets a good education and human knowledge continually increases, where a life span of 100+ and all of it healthy becomes normal, and in which nobody has to work so hard that they don’t have time for fun
The only, the absolutely only reason we don’t do that is because some people are making more money with the way the world is now.

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Vetting

O.K., Joseph Biden has been the front-runner for the Democratic nomination for almost 3 weeks now, which should be an adequate time for vetting. I don’t think much vetting has been done in the mainstream media. All I know about Joe’s imaginary arrest in South Africa I learned from social media, but that and many of his other lies are well documented, from the plagiarism and lying about his grades in law school, to lying about his record on trying to cut social security, or about supporting the Iraq War. Lots and lots of frivolous, insignificant lies, and plenty of serious, intentional lies about policy. If you’re paying attention to social media at all, even just reading this blog, you know this now.
On his corruption, I think the media has totally glossed over Hunter Biden’s role in Burisma, focusing instead on Donald Trump’s role in it, which was to try and expose Biden by doing exactly the same as Biden – withholding U.S. government co-operation with the Ukrainian government. They also haven’t made a big deal out of his use of Super Pacs, because all candidates – except Sanders, of course – use those. Also, his brother James’ involvement in a for profit health insurance company which is currently under investigation. If you didn’t know about that, you do now.
As to his policies, everybody should know by now that he supported NAFTA and the TPP (which was not only a mistake, it’s one that disproportionately affects industrial states like Pennsylvania, Michigan and Ohio, and thus also speaks to your ‘electability’ argument), everybody should know by now that he’s vowed to veto Medicare for All, he supports fracking, he’s against the legalization of marijuana, and when it comes to reforming the criminal justice system, his records fairly screams ‘part of the problem!’
You know all this. To continue to overtly support Biden is to engage in a Brexit level of political malpractice.
There are still many states to vote. We are still in it. I urge you all to join us, or at least get out of the way.

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