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Tomorrow we are off to Portugal, and I am looking forward to it very much.  It will be our first plane trip in many years – for Isabel, the first one in memory.  The last time she was on a plane, she was a babe in  arms and  cried all the way across the Atlantic.  Everybody on that flight hated us.  I suspect tomorrow  will go better.

I am looking  forward to seeing my brothers and my sister, my nephews, my niece and her husband.  I am looking forward to  swimming  in the ocean, hanging  out on  the beach, and taking  some long  walks in  the countryside.  I am looking  forward  to a  different  cuisine, and  spending  a week immersed in a foreign language. (My niece’s  husband is Brazilian, so we’ll have an advantage most tourists  don’t)

I hope we have ready internet access, because I definitely want to keep  up with  this blog, but I’m looking  forward  to a week of spending  a lot less time online.  As much  as I  dislike  Hillary Clinton,I’m starting to  like  her supporters even  less.  Which  will  be awkward, because our family is split  and I’m  in the minority.  Real life is not facebook, though, and I’m sure we’ll find other  things  to talk about.

So, the blog next  week will be as regular as I can  make  it, and probably more  about swimming  in the ocean and eating  great food  and long walks in the countryside and a bit less  about  politics.  If  it  goes  dark for  a day or two, you’ll know why.

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The Big Magic Trick

When the magician starts in with  the abracadabra and waving his arms around, you know the trick has already been done, maybe minutes before.  The revelation is ritual.

That’s the way with elections, too, sometimes.  Certainly the current one.  Whatever happens in November, the fix is already in.  Whoever becomes the next president will be somebody with a net worth of over 100 million dollars,somebody who is pro big business, somebody who is primarily concerned with amassing power and wealth, somebody who is not at all interested in fair play, and probably somebody who is not averse to starting a war.

It sucks, but there it is.  I’ll be voting for Jill Stein, mostly because I’d like to see a 3rd party get big enough to get into the debates.  Gary Johnson and the Libertarians might get into the debates, too, and I’ve even come across Bernie people talking about voting for him, but you might as well vote for Trump.  Johnson is no liberal.

Jill has her  negatives,  too.  No political experience, which is something she shares  with  Donald Trump, although as a lawyer she probably has a lot better idea than him how government actually works.  And she’s an anti-vaxxer, which I think is weird but it’s not a major issue, not likely to be addressed at the presidential level, so I’ll let that one slide.  I don’t think it’s nearly as bad as Mike Pence’s or Donald Trump’s view of science, i.e. global warming is a hoax.

But, she seems to be a nice lady, she offered to step aside for Bernie, which showed a lot of grace, and her party  is the Green Party.  That means their major issue is the environment, and I think that’s the most important issue, too.

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How Quickly They Pivot

For months, really from before Iowa, even, it was clear to most Sanders supporters that there was collaboration going on between the DNC and the Sanders campaign.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz denied it, of course.  Now we have solid evidence.  Although  it’s not  always possible to pin down specific actions or even meanings from individual emails (Taco Bowl??) it is clear that large numbers of them have people  referencing the campaign in a decidedly less than neutral manner.
Now, the people who’ve been saying there was no election rigging going on; the people who excused Arizona so glibly by saying it was a Republican  in charge of the elections; the people who didn’t bat an eye when tens of thousands of people were disenfranchised in New York, and the switching of voter registrations began.  There was a lot of that in California, too.  There was a whole lot of shit in California.  There was fraud in a lot of other states, too.
But Clinton supporters just said ‘well, we’re  getting more votes and you’re just sore losers who wear tin-foil hats and are 14 years old.’

Now we have evidence that we were right and they were lying  all along, and Hillary supporters are  saying “Well, so what?  All politicians are corrupt.” or “Well, so what.  It’s our party, Bernie’s a newcomer.”  The point is if you’d felt like that, you could have just dispensed with  these pesky primaries  altogether.  But, you didn’t.  It might have looked bad.  Like those show elections that you have now and again in terribly  undemocratic states, that’s what it would have looked  like.

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A Few of My Favorite Things

I’ve been arguing with Hillary  people,smug, condescending, irritating Hillary people and I want to try and think of something positive to write about, like cherry/red currant strudel, or our upcoming trip to Portugal, or how politics doesn’t matter as much as we convince ourselves it does, the oil companies will all go belly up in a few years because there won’t be any more oil, and solar and wind energy keeps getting more and more efficient, efforts to legalize marijuana will continue to happen here and there and since they always appear to be highly successful, public health improves, crimes drop, traffic fatalities drop, money gets raised for good  programs, and so the rate will accelerate, racism will eventually disappear from society  due to the shrinking of the space between us in this world and the cross-breeding that leads to, but it looks like it may take many generations to do it, oops, there I am, backsliding into negativity again.

Let us think about long walks on the beach, the smell of the earth after a rain, a baby looking at everyone on the Metro and  everyone smiling back, all goofy, games of frisbee in the park that last until it’s too dark to see, Thai banana  pancakes, a view of Florence at dawn.

Fuck Hillary Clinton.

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The Blank Page

I am  frustrated with the speed of my keyboard, it seems that the letters don’t come up as I type them if I type to fast but there will be blankness for awhile  and then the  letters  will appear, one by bloody one.  It’s a small price  to  pay, I suppose, for the  privilege of broadcasting my words to the universe at large, but I  find  it frustrating.

Also, it seems to happen  most when  I have something important to say.  Perhaps that’s a sign from the universe, because I have  noticed that  what I  think important to say, almost  no one else ever does, and  perhaps  it’s just  the umbrella paradox, i.e. it  only rains  when  you’re not  carrying one.  It’s not  really true, but  that’s the  time you notice it.

Maybe there’s something in our evolutionary  makeup which  makes us paranoid (There’s a certain logic to that.  In more primitive times a lack of paranoia would get you killed,  pretty sharpish), but wherever one thing is, there its opposite is, too.  While our minds are  seeking out the most negative possible  angle on every situation, we overlook the obvious opportunities in front of us through  thinking about everything that could go wrong.

We talk about  ‘The Tragedy of the Commons,’ but what about ‘The Opportunity of the Commons?’

Every blank page is a potential start of an unwritten novel and the universe is filled with  blank pages.  Every  spare moment is a chance to begin anew.
That’s my 250 words for the night.  Sleep well, friends, and  good luck to those of you in Philadelphia.


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What Sanders people  have always suspected has been confirmed.  The lastest batch of e-mails released by Wikileaks (20,000 of the suckers) clearly shows that the DNC rigged the election  for the Democratic  nomination  from the beginning.  They coerced superdelegates, they used DNC funds for  Hillary’s campaign, they plotted to keep negative stories about  Hillary out  of the media, and plotted how to make Sanders look bad in the media.

This is the DNC, the Democratic National Committee, whose job it is to oversee the process and then support the winning Democrat.  They abandoned neutrality.

Now, I can  hear  my  Hillary apologist friends saying  “But that’s the way elections work,” and “It’s an internal party thing, she didn’t do anything  illegal.” I’m not so sure of that, because  they were seeking donations under false  pretenses, but that’s not my main point.

If this had happened on American Idol, the  judges  would all be fired.  If it  happened on Survivor, or in the Miss Universe pageant, or,God forbid,at the Academy Awards, there would be national outrage.  But, since it’s politics, and everybody just expects Hillary Clinton  to be crooked, it’s getting  almost  no press.

But one demographic  is paying attention. Club Sanders can’t help  but  see this is a slap in the face, a kick in the teeth, a “hahaha,  we  don’t care what you think” moment.

Even if Hillary Clinton gets the nomination, even if she wins  in  the  general election, she  will not get as high a percentage of Sanders supporters as she thinks.  And the Democrats won’t get us in future  elections, either.

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A Few Short Thoughts

Condolences to the families and friends of the dead in Munich.  It seems this is at least  a weekly event, now, though.

Just watched a film ‘Shout at the Devil’ with  Lee Marvin and Roger Moore, set in  Africa in WWI.  It was a pretty good  action/adventure  with  a bit  of comedy thrown  in, but that kind of clashed.  You can’t have comedy when a baby’s been killed.
Anyway, I was struck by the casual racism of  it.  I thought “Damn, how old is this film?” thinking really, even for the 60s, yukking it up when Roger Moore smears mud on his face to pass  for black, like the 101 Dalmations rolling in the coal to disguise themselves as Labradors, feels a little  bit tacky.  So, I looked it up: 1976.  I was surprised.

There’s a town in Colorado where  they’ve found THC in the public drinking  water, and authorities are freaking out, telling people to not drink  water  and  not take baths.  Chill,non-stoner people.  If you drink  some water out of the tap, it won’t kill you.  Not  even close.
I  guess it will work out O.K., though.  Some of  the more  inhibited  citizens will, indeed, stick to bottled water and take a day off personal hygiene, while all the hippies are filling their  bathtubs, and kicking back glass  after glass of the straight from the tap  stuff, trying to take advantage of the free  buzz.  As far as water usage  goes, it will even out.


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