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A New Name for Thanksgiving

Donald Trump lies constantly, several times a day at least, and his lies are so completely stupid and irrelevant that most don’t even get responded to, and this one is no exception. I will mock it in this blog but I’m pretty sure by tomorrow (which is Thanksgiving) most folks will have already forgotten about it.
Taking a page from the Bill O’Reilly playbook, Trump said the other day that Democrats want to rename Thanksgiving. But, since the ancient toddler probably has an even less on the ball listenership than Billo, his attempt to escalate the totally imaginary War on Christmas will probably fail.
Not that I have any real objection to renaming Holidays, we could probably have a lot of fun with that, but what would we change Thanksgiving to? I know some people call it Turkey Day, but I don’t think it’s really a movement. I suppose you could call it Pre-Christmas, or Novemberfest. If you put it up for a public vote, you’d probably wind up with Turkey McTurkeyface. If you wanted more historical accuracy, I suppose you could call it Genocidius, but I’m not sure everybody wants to be reminded of that. Shame about the native Americans, but could you pass the mashed potatoes?
In short, if any Democrat had actually suggested a name change, they haven’t put much thought into it, and clearly Trump has put even less.
So, I guess we’re stuck with Thanksgiving for now. It’s not too late for next year, though.

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Which Way, Obama?

There’s an article in the Huffington Post, it’s been up a day or two, about how Obama is thinking about stepping up and leading a stop Bernie drive.
I read the article, a lot of it is “a source familiar with Obama’s thinking said” and stuff like that, but just because people don’t want their names used doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not true. Also, the Huffington Post tends to be of the limousine liberal persuasion. Not exactly progressive.
So, the whole thing should be taken with a grain of salt, but I’m willing to entertain the possibility that it’s true. He did endorse Hillary over Bernie in 2016, although he waited until fairly late in the game to do it, and his policies were never anywhere near as comprehensive as Bernie’s. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if he endorsed his former V.P. and good friend, Joe Biden.
But, it doesn’t really matter. If he does support somebody other than Bernie, it will affect his legacy more than it affects Bernie’s chances of winning. He has been silent long enough, and the pace of change has been quick enough, that even though he was President up until 3 years ago, his opinion now would be drowned in the waves, just one among many.
If he doesn’t support somebody else specifically, just comes out and says “I don’t like Bernie and don’t want him to be the nominee” his reputation as a man of the people who wants the best thing for all mankind goes straight into the toilet. I’ve seen enough aerial views of his Martha’s Vineyard mansion. So has everybody else.

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Continued from Last Blog

I’ve been thinking about yesterday’s blog today and I’m not sure I expressed myself with all the clarity I could have. This thought has been rattling around in my head for a while. So, I wrote this little poem.

If the only choice we had

was just to vote for ‘good’ or ‘bad’

all spelled out clear as clear

and plain as day

I still don’t know if people would

vote the way I think they should

folks are kind of stubborn

in that way

because to me it seems this election year that it’s precisely that clear. We need to save the planet and nobody has any plan that comes close to Sanders plan for it. His plan will create jobs and build homes for the homeless at the same time. Three birds with one stone. He wants to get money out of politics and the only one with him on that is Tulsi. The others are all crooked as hell. He wants to give everybody health care, give everybody free college and cancel student and medical debt. And, he’s explained how to pay for it all without causing anybody extreme hardship. He is really that good.
If you insist on voting for bad, I guess that’s on you.

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A Good Candidate

I find it kind of strange that the final impetus for impeachment was Trump trying to dig up dirt on Biden in Ukraine. They could have nailed him on the emoluments clause after the first weekend at Mar-a-Lago. Certainly, giving Ivanka an exemption from the tariffs which he imposed should have been enough. Or the Khashoggi incident. Or separating the families of asylum seekers and locking up the children.
The thing is, there is dirt on Biden, there’s enough to convict on Biden probably, and it was all public to start with. Trump didn’t need to do any more digging than an internet search.
Anyway, bnmw people get upset with me when I say “Biden’s corrupt, too, and so he shouldn’t be the candidate.” They write long posts to convince me that Trump is much, much worse than Biden, which is probably true.
But we have a candidate with no scandals at all.
Bernie Sanders has no relatives working in the for profit health care industry like Elizabeth Warren. Never had to lie about sending his kids to private school.
Never listed supporters who didn’t agree to be listed, like Pete Buttigieg.
Never withheld evidence to keep an innocent man in jail, like Kamala Harris.
“You can’t have everything you want in a candidate,” they say. Why not? I wonder.
It’s as if they’re saying “We can’t have a candidate who’s good. That’s just not how it works.” Well, maybe not since JFK, maybe even not since FDR, but at some time long ago in the past, at some point deep within the American psyche, there is the idea that a good person can be president. A lot of films and TV series have been based on that premise.

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Why Her Lying Matters

It might be a trivial issue, because I believe if somebody’s got megabucks there’s nothing inherently immoral in their decision to send their kids to private schools, and it could possibly being construed as attacking the child of a candidate, but this happened decades ago. The child in question, Alex Warren, is in his 40s now, and his mother Elizabeth wasn’t even in politics at the time.

But, a reporter asked Elizabeth Warren, just today, why she sent her child to a private school. Instead of saying “Because it was a better school and my kids are more important than anything,” or “My choice doesn’t in any way change my unwavering commitment to public schools and the funding thereof” or finding any one of the millions of ways politicians do of segueing from the question asked into the answer they want to give, but she didn’t. She just lied and said “My kids went to public schools.” Maybe they did. But, we have photographic evidence that, at least for one year, son Alex went to a fancy pants elite public school in Texas.
It’s not as big an issue as saying she’s anti-war and then giving Trump the huge military budget he asked for, plus a little extra on top. It’s not as big an issue as saying she supported the pipeline protesters, and then doing nothing at all to actually support them. It’s not as bad as saying you’re for Medicare for All, and then walking it back.

Nonetheless, it shows she lies glibly, and easily. It’s second nature. It’s the first thing out of her mouth. And that’s why this is important.

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Lost in the Uncanny Valley

This had to come, because any application of technology that’s possible gets done sooner or later, for better or worse. There is an AI delivering the news in China.
It’s a weird development, but from the bit I watched, my reaction is “Meh, that’s a bit of an anticlimax” It’s a robot, reading the news. If that becomes standard, most people’s lives would be unaffected. Few feel a strong emotional bond to their human newscasters (I could be wrong about that), but some also may be able to identify with the android newscaster. People watch cartoons, don’t they?
Mostly, though, it will just be a reading of the news. Maybe a bit more objective and dispassionate seeming but, still, it’s not the robot writing the words, thinking independently.
That will be the day. The first time an AI newscaster goes off script, then we’ll know we have cracked the sentient robot barrier and the human race is doomed.

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Valerian

Just watched a pretty good film on Netflix. At first I though it was a new series, and I was looking forward to at least a couple of weeks of just binge-watching. That’s Netflix.
Anyway, it was mostly just a big shoot ’em up in space, with lots of gun fights, laser fights, sword fights, martial arts and plain old fisticuffs, with two space cops who are partners but also dating, so of course it ends up with a marriage, or at least a proposal, after they’ve blasted a huge hole in the side of the ‘City of a Thousand Planets’, rescued an entire alien species, and caught the evil, genocidal maniac who’d destroyed their world 30 years ago. None of that stuff was new.
But I really liked the alien planet, the one that was destroyed. It looked like something from a kids’ cartoon I used to watch when my kids were little kids, so at least 10 years ago, called Tiny Planets. It always began with the dad and the boy, who were some kind of furry alien, slingshotting their couch into space and they’d land on some strange planet – I remember one time all the people were musical instruments, and another time the planet was made of candy.
I also liked ‘The Big Bazaar’, which existed in a different dimension so everybody had to wear helmets to see it, but the stuff they bought there was real enough, so it was popular with tourists.
In short, a visual treat and fans of the genre will love it, but a weak plot and a kind of boring love affair.

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