Thursday, November 26, 2020
Someone pointed out that since she technically doesn't work for Trump, she might not have legal standing. And the suit is absurd anyway.
So I was wondering if I could do the same thing in florida to try and get a court to just hand it over to Biden based on "so many words" ...
I could wear a tinfoil hat and stand outside a landscape company and let something drip down my head, and get in the news cycle.
Maybe say I personally saw Fidel arriving in Miami and voting a bunch of times for Trump.
Tell me how that's different.
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Apparently I'm not alone in my thinking...
Short. Sweet. To the point. That's the beauty Dave's iPhone.
Sunday, November 22, 2020
So here we are in 2020 and the point has been coming into much sharper focus. In fact, there was a local non-partisan race with three contenders a few weeks ago.
One decided to go full-on maga. She tied herself to trump, to the republicans, and generally made it a partisan position.
She won, and people scratched their heads. How did she do it?
But a high school student who was working on one of the other campaigns astutely said "[she was saying] if you don't vote for me, your way of life will be taken away."
And that's exactly what the guy meant 8 years ago. And what many Trump supporters have decided all of this means.
It was/is a battle for the soul of this country. Braggadocio, American exceptionalism, white privilege (even if it's unstated), and fear are the way he won and why 70-something million people voted for him.
Listen to the words. Socialism=bad. BLM=bad. Foreigners=bad. Anything that strays from whatever form of religion they believe=bad. "Our" way of life has been twisted to mean anything that the wealthy want it to.
I mean, the sad reality is that trump and many of the other so-called leaders don't care about people, they only care about themselves. Think most of the most ardent supporters would ever get an invite to go to mar-a-lago? I suppose only if mar-a-lago was the name of a landscaping company.
And as for caring, gee as the G20 summit (which would have been hosted in DC if not for the pandemic) kicked off, trump was rage tweeting about the election again. And when the leaders met to talk covid, he went off to a tee time. Because he simply can't be bothered to govern or care about real world issues. It is all about him. And after all, that's the way it's been the last 3 11/12 years, so why start now?
Who's way of life? ...And people caught in the cult of personality still can't see it.
Saturday, November 21, 2020
Spill-over effects show prioritizing education of very poorest improves attainment of all -- ScienceDaily
Short. Sweet. To the point. That's the beauty Dave's iPhone.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
But here's the thing. Look around and see where things are maybe getting a little closer to normal and ask yourself why that is and why they haven't had any outbreaks attributed to them.
And I'm not talking about stupid things like restaurants opening. I'm talking about examples like these:
1. Air travel. The airlines know they have to fly in order to make money. So they gave it a go. Told everyone they have to wear a mask, and have been trying little things beyond that. They've even kicked people off flights for not wearing them. And no outbreaks directly tied to being on an airplane, as far as we can tell. What does that tell you?
2. TV production has kinda,sorta returned. There are new episodes of some shows and things are moving along. Again, money is the motivating factor. But the crew all wear masks, and as much as they can they have actors social distance, and they do covid screenings on the regular.
3. Disney World reopened in a limited capacity, enforcing 100% mask wearing. There are screenings for temperature. Plus some amount of social distancing makes this successful. There have been no reported outbreaks from cast or guest related to park going.
4. Yesterday, I was reading about a school district in the northeast that reopened. They are enforcing masks, and social distancing as much they can. But they have had some outbreaks. The upshot, though, is that they are rigorous about contact tracing and knowing how the outbreak started. And what did they find? Every outbreak was linked to sports or some situation where students gathered together after school hours - and nearly every case, they weren't wearing masks when around others.
Theres also a reminder that basketball bubble worked in the late summer because they isolated the entire NBA and played through the season. They even used some custom monitoring devices to learn something about possible spreads. Because everyone in direct contact was inside the bubble had been tested and anyone near the bubble wore masks, they avoided a spread. Sure, a bubble is mostly impractical in the real world. But we *learned* something from it that we can apply if we so choose. (The bubble was at disney world, so surely part of disneys success is based on learning).
Anyway the key is to try things to figure this out; to learn along the way. To in many cases let the money guide you. These are all industries where $$ are at stake, so they are finding a way.
Some smarts, maybe a little tech, some government investment, and a mask mandate would speed all of this up.
And for Pete's sake, take it seriously!
And in the meantime: wear a mask people!
Sunday, November 15, 2020
Look, it's concerning in many ways that he's replacing key people, as though he's preparing to stage a coupe of sorts.
But it's the term they're using that amuses me. The term Loyalist comes from the revolutionary war. At the time, people still loyal to the British monarchy ("the crown" in common terms) were referred to as loyalists.
The term has evolved a little and generically means loyal to the ruling party. But here, in our form of government, which specifically fought against the British, the term still resonates.
Especially when the person in power throws it around as though he's a wanna-be king.
And BTW, about 30% of the population around the time of the revolution were loyalists. Much as about 30% of our population is all-in on maga.
And guess what? 240 years ago, the loyalists lost and we grew as a nation.
This chapter is still being written....
Thursday, November 12, 2020
Monday, November 9, 2020
First off, I find it ... amusing? ... that the same group of people who said in 2016 "Hillary lost? oh boo hoo, get over it snowflake!" are now trying to find any and all ways to support trump, going so far as to create wild conspiracy theories and odd notions.
I've heard a lot of these, which I'll enumerate here. As always, think about what they mean. Do they make sense? If you heard them in any other context would you think they seem reasonable?
- There was massive voter fraud committed across states (wow, that would take what amounts to a coordinated effort, wouldn't it?)
- There were "ballot harvesters" in big cities, collecting "trunk loads" of ballots to be manipulated and counted (anecdotes are great aren't they?)
- Dead people voted in large numbers (for the record, in many elections this does happen, but the numbers are in the 1-2 people range; not anything that will alter anything)
- There was some (insert agency, party, deep state) way to change votes either using a handlheld device or a "supercomputer"
- The big tech companies don't like trump and led some sort of conspiracy to manipulate the vote, because they have that kind of high techy, techy stuff AmIRight?
- Postmasters hand cancelled and back dated mailed ballots, meaning there was a widespread conspiracy AT THE POST OFFICE to commit fraud (the same post office that didn't want to deliver ballots at all, remember? and there are so many levels of supervision because its union that its dizzying; and besides changing dates on cancellations is not as easy as some people think)
- Illegal aliens or other unregistered voters voted, or people voted more that once. That seems a matter for the supervisor of elections would have dealt with when using their established process.
- And of course the more generic "there are videos of..." (insert whatever silliness you want) showing that there was voter fraud. But no one has the actual videos often because "the internet took them down"
Sunday, November 8, 2020
Arnold "I'll be back"
Dawson "only in a rerun"
Which is kind of how it feels to have trump lose the election.
He was right, though, there is a lot of winning going on. It just took a few years to get here.
Saturday, November 7, 2020
We do know that they ran a sophisticated disinformation campaign on social media. We also know that several voter databases were breached. And we saw some unusual vote totals that couldn't be readily explained. Was there something to it, or not?
There was some investigation done afterwards that suggested that the machines themselves were easily hackable and vote totals could change. But there were hurdles, like the proximity to the voting machines, that needed to be overcome. So this was unlikely.
More likely was the possibility that there could be some shenanigans somewhere along the transmission of votes from polling stations to the state supervisor of elections. Though again this was a bit of a long shot.
So in the end, we simply don't know what they did.
Now I admit to being intrigued by the whole thing, and spent (way too much) time looking into it and following other threads. I was part of a very loosely knit group that was seeing if there was anything there.
Other than the few items I noted in the first paragraph, there was no evidence to support anything. It was all supposition.
But here's where things get funny. Like many that were looking into it, we presented anything we knew to the public.
And immediately got shouted down as being libtards, or grasping at straws, looking for excuses, being sore losers, etc. How can there have been any sort of vote manipulation, interference, or Russian influence?
They couldn't get it.
And then 2020 comes, and Trump loses.
...And suddenly those same people who had accused us - after we had done some amount of research over several weeks after the election - are saying a few days after the election that there *was* voter fraud of various kinds, and that votes were changed. Some people even have said there are devices the cia used to change votes at the polls.
To me it's hysterical. They could NOT accept the *possibility* that there was influence in 2016, even after much investigation. But in 2020 there IS absolutely vote manipulation.
Yeah. People are stupid.
Cult of personality indeed.
Friday, November 6, 2020
Thursday, November 5, 2020
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
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