Walking in a Thunderstorm

I set out for my evening walk, even though this was what the radar looked like at the time.

The Wife told me I was crazy and that I’d better hurry so that she didn’t have to come rescue me. I took some video of the storm.

2017 Thunderstorm

Right after I clicked stop, the whole sky lit up. Isn’t that always the way it is?

Photo Album

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Bravery in the Face of Nazism

The two men stabbed to death yesterday on a train in Portland, trying to intervene when another passenger began shouting anti-Muslim hate speech at two young Muslim women, represent the best in us. Their compassion and courage in the face of brutal intolerance is the essence of what it means to defend the founding principles of this nation — and what we memorialize on Memorial Day.

Robert Reich
The Washington Post

As I’ve said a few times since His Electoral Highness descended the golden escalator “Nazis are as Nazis do.” I’d rather be stabbed to death defending the oppressed than I would be counted as of the same heritage as the knife-wielder. This is the decision that all of us must make over the next few months, because it is only going to get worse as Trump’s presidency continues. 

Caveat Emptor

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What is Technology Doing to Us?


Waking Up With Sam Harris #71 – What is Technology Doing to Us? (with Tristan Harris)

At 1:05:30 in the episode Tristan Harris concludes with what am I being steered to do?

Through much of this episode I was marvelling at the gloom and doom being harped about endlessly. So we wake up to doughnuts by the bedside that we are required to resist every morning? Was there a bigger point to be made here? It may not be a pleasant way to live, but that’s what happens everywhere you go that involves buying anything, and that is how we go about our lives in the modern world, trading time for money and trading money for things. Maybe we should design different systems for people to live in if that reality is too depressing for most people.

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Trumpcare Dissected

I find it remarkable that Trump supporters like Steven Moore believe it’s possible to insure the sick and the poor without requiring any sacrifices from the healthy and wealthy. This is conservative rubbish. – Robert Reich on Facebook


RAWSTORY, WATCH: Robert Reich rips into conservative over his ‘specious’ math on Trumpcare

Conservatives and libertarians console themselves with the belief that the charitably minded will pay for required services. I heard that hand-waving excuse countless times when I was a libertarian. I half-believed it myself. The truth is that programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, etc were established precisely BECAUSE charity failed to take care of these people. That studies have shown the wealthy will not give as much to charity percentage-wise as the middle or even lower classes will. That it is a humanitarian principle that everyone contribute to public health and public welfare, for the benefit of us all.

This kind of civic-mindfulness needs to be re-established in America once again, because we have clearly lost our way. I even encounter professed liberals who do not agree that there shouldn’t be a thing called the working poor. That having a job means you should be able to afford to feed, house, clothe and tend to the health needs of your family. If liberals have lost sight of this grounding principle voiced by the most influential minds in the enlightenment, I fear we have even darker times ahead of us than we are currently living through.

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Dead Again Movie Review

Dead Again, 1991

I really wanted to like this film. I don’t hate it, but it really isn’t that good. It was so forgettable I forgot it and mistakenly rented it a second time thinking I hadn’t seen it. Not even Robin Williams’ (the reason I queued it up a second time) brief appearance is enough to save it from its mediocrity. It delivers what the trailer promises. If you are into these kinds of stories and haven’t seen it, you won’t be disappointed. Still, it could have been better. Maybe.

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#ImpeachTrump

A thousand times yes. I’ve just been waiting for everyone else to catch up. He couldn’t be president a year ago now and he still can’t be even though he was given the office. If the Democrats would come out in favor of impeachment now, hammer that point for the next 18 months, the congress will be theirs in 2018 even if congress acts to remove him before the election. This is because President Pence acting on a belief in a conservatives mandate will alienate more people than a simply incompetent Trump ever could.

Facebook status backdated to the blog. I was (and still am) growing more resigned. The Orange Hate-Monkey could have been tossed out of office on his first day but responsible people refuse to act. We average American must sit idly by, watching as Rome burns, all the time wishing that we had paid for a better fiddler than Nero. Would probably have paid for better entertainment if we had known how long the act would run.

An Increasingly Isolated Orange Hate-Monkey

New York Times

Today’s Sunday talk shows reveal Republicans are distancing themselves from Trump:

Sen. Marco Rubio: “If any president tries to impede an investigation — any president, no matter who it is — by interfering with the F.B.I., yes, that would be problematic. It would be not just problematic. It would be, obviously, a potential obstruction of justice that people have to make a decision on.”

Rep. Jason Chaffetz: “You would like, I would think, the president to kind of beat him [Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov] over the head with the fact that, if they actually did interfere in any way, shape or form, how wrong that is and how outraged America is on both sides of the aisle.”

Sen. John McCain: “I don’t know how to read [Trump’s remarks about shutting down the investigation], except that I’m almost speechless because I don’t know why someone would say something like that.” And Lavrov “had no business in the Oval Office.”

As Trump’s polls slide, keep particular watch on Republicans from states Hillary Clinton won in 2016 or Obama won in 2012. They’ll join in opposition to Trump.

What do you think? – Robert Reich on Facebook

They are rats leaving a sinking ship. It’s just too bad that the GOP put him in power in the first place. I don’t think their tactical retreat will do them much good; or rather, I hope they don’t profit from it. They don’t deserve it, they backed him solidly right up to this point and now, Now, NOW that he’s admitted impeding an investigation into his and his campaign’s actions, NOW they think this presidency is questionable.

So the targeting of hispanics and muslims wasn’t bad enough? The scapegoating of the poor wasn’t disqualifying enough? The bragging that he could kill people in the street and he would still win wasn’t troubling enough? The evidence that he is a sexual predator wasn’t damning enough?

Now he fires Comey and brags that he told him to lay off the investigation, the investigation that he insisted was fake news since day one, so this isn’t surprising behavior, and NOW they have a problem.

Well, welcome to the club, dumbasses. Wipe the drool off your collective chins and try to pay attention. Caveat Emptor.

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The Trump Regime

The Trump Regime by Jonathan Pie.

“He’s a fucking, out of his depth estate agent” 

Finally, someone who understands what I’m talking about. Caveat Emptor. Trump is a genocidal maniac in the making. That is the difference between Trump and his stormtrumpers versus Hitler and the Nazis. I’m sure there were plenty of Germans who said sit down and be quiet before someone gets hurt. Insert Niemöller’s law here.

Don’t be that guy.

Cap’s epic speech to Spiderman during Civil War

Voter Fraud? No, Voter Suppression. Part One

Trump’s “voter fraud” commission is also a means of encouraging more states to enact voter suppression laws such as strict IDs. The commission will be headed by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

Robert Reich

As if it isn’t already difficult enough to participate in this backasswards democratic-republic. Join a party, go to the weekly/monthly meetings. Canvas for issues, draft resolutions, etc. Promote promising candidates, etc. Now they want to make it harder to do the one easy thing about this whole process which is vote.

The entire history of vote suppression is a graveyard of bad ideas killed slowly over the course of centuries. Wealth discrimination, racial discrimination, sexual discrimination. With the dismemberment of the voting rights act brought about by recent SCOTUS decisions, we appear to be started back down this road where we silence women, enslave the minorities and disenfranchise the poor.

Will we sit by and allow this demagogue, this pompous little dictator, to push us all back into the bad old days, or will we stand up and insist on our right to participate in our own government?

“If you love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”

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