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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A Prediction and a Suggestion

Let me get the political comments out of the way, so I can talk about something else. I am extremely disappointed in Tulsi Gabbard. Not because she endorsed Joe Biden, but because she didn’t endorse Bernie Sanders.
I am not at all surprised at the stock dumping scandal, nor at the fact that it’s AOC who exposed it. She is still awesome.
I am still pissed off at all the vbnmw people, and probably always will be.
But, let’s talk about the Corona Virus, or at any rate the world’s reaction to it. With all schools, public gatherings, restaurants, pubs and factories shut down, there is a lot less traffic on the roads and a lot less pollution going into the air.
My prediction is that this will result in visibly clearer skies, and people in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Mexico City and Beijing will see things clearer than they’ve ever seen in their lives. Mountains will suddenly appear in their view which were always hidden before.
Today is the first official day of Spring, but on a couple of recent walks in Prague, it’s noticeable how early actual Spring is this year. The Forsythia is in bloom, great walls of yellow, and daisies are sprinkled all across the green grass like sprinkles on a child’s birthday cake.
The irony is that, in all this resplendent resurgence of nature, so many people are indoors and will not even notice. Take notice. See if this quarantine isn’t good for the environment.
If it is, maybe it would be a good idea just to declare an annual two week moratorium on all industry, and non-essential travel. To save the planet, you know.

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Failure to Blog

Gadzooks, I have been slack about writing the blog lately. Part of it is just depression, sadness that nothing I say makes any kind of impact whatsoever, which is true for all but maybe a dozen people of the world so I should get over it.
It’s not the corona virus, it’s not the quarantine. Although I do suspect that the quarantine may be just the powers that be testing their ability to force the public off the streets, preparing for a future Fascist world state, but I’m not bothered that people are putting up with it. In fact, I think it shows the good side of human nature, that people are willing to sacrifice a bit, even change their lifestyle temporarily, for the greater good.
It’s all these fucking vbnmw people who infest the internet like maggots on garbage. Let me explain one thing:
We still have the best candidate, a man who wants peace on Earth and a better life for all people, and you are supporting an addle pated, old war-monger who doesn’t give a fuck about the environment and has sworn to veto Medicare for All is he is president. In the middle of a world-wide health crisis, he has promised that the U.S. will remain in the medical dark ages.
So, I will continue to post pro-Bernie memes, and anti-Biden memes because, quite frankly, Biden sucks as a candidate, and as a human being. And when he says he’ll appoint the first black woman to the Supreme Court, he probably means Kamala Harris, and she sucks, too.
And all of your condescension and gaslighting, which has been failing so badly since 2016, will continue to fail.
Because, win or lose, this is not a ball game. We are right, and you are so, so wrong.

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Quarantine

So far, personally, I’m kind of enjoying the quarantine. Of course I’m spending far too much time online and binge watching Arrow and The Flash, but I’m also getting a lot of writing done. My next book of poetry, which I’m calling “Every Day’s a Butterfly” should be done by the end of the week. I could probably stand to add a few more poems to it, but I’ve written a couple this week, and it’s pretty easy to slot one in at the last minute, so that’s going well. I’m also getting 8 hours of sleep every night, which actually feels great.
I’m sure that some people are making even better uses of the time. Some worse. That’s statistically inevitable.
I saw one meme on Facebook that suggested there would be a baby boom 9 months from now, and I think that is quite likely. People are together, in a close space, for a period of time, stuff happens.
Some families will bond, but out of the hundreds of millions of people who are under some kind of quarantine at the moment, it’s quite likely that there will be some murders and suicides as well.
It sure is making a mess of the campaign. Ohio has postponed it’s primary, and the legitimacy of the results in Illinois and Florida will no doubt be questionable.
There will be effects on the individual level and the societal level. It is something we all have in common, and will all talk about for years.

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I Am Mother

Saw a film on Netflix a couple days ago on Netflix that I thought was exceptional, and since I’m sort of depressed about the prospects of the human race right now, let me just write about that.
I Am Mother is the story of a young girl who is raised in an underground shelter by an android mother and told that all human life above ground is extinct. There are over 60,000 other embryos, so the obvious question is why doesn’t she activate a few more of them and give this poor kid some brothers and sisters, but maybe they did that just to save on actors and keep things simple and relatable
Then, a woman from outside shows up and the girl is torn between loyalty to her ‘mother’ and loyalty to the human race (which is, indeed, almost totally extinct, and hunted by omipresent and omniscient androids)
The things is, there are dystopian futures, and there are happy endings, and this seems to straddle the two.
I don’t want to spoil the ending with details, but the overall theme is that everything will work out all right and we will have a green, utopian world with a human race that’s been genetically engineered, by the robots we are building today, to be smarter and more ethical than our current lot, once they have killed us all.
It’s not really as deep a film as it could have been, but the paradox it brings forth is an all you can eat buffet of food for thought.

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