trump119smallJust some notes on what everyone has been talking about for the last three months. I’ve sat through two round tables about what to do now, and there’s never enough time to really come up with much. I hope that I can at least get some of you to read some good “how-to” things mentioned below, if nothing else.

No, that’s not a typo in the picture above.

trumpwantedseellhatssmallNo, I’m not European. It is month/day. I’m talking about the day after the election, when it became apparent that Trump had a pretty solid electoral college majority.

Yes, it was a shock to a lot of people, myself included. Not that I thought the voters were smarter than that; I’ve learned to expect the worst from them ever since Nixon got re-elected in 1972. But that a candidate could brazenly insult half the voters (by gender) PLUS a couple of large ethnic groups, and get away with it, was a surprise. It went against all conventional wisdom about how a candidate should behave.  This is not the country I grew up in. Continue reading

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I don’t usually like to write about things that are probably much better explained by others (this one, for instance), https://theintercept.com/2016/11/09/democrats-trump-and-the-ongoing-dangerous-refusal-to-learn-the-lesson-of-brexit/
but here it is. With so many people saying “WTF just happened?”, I feel obliged to explain a little. People all over the world are asking:


This is really a two-part question:

(1) How did he get the Rep nomination?
(2) How did he win the electoral college?

(1) Ok, let’s start with what we have here:  an actor who plays a billionaire on tv, whose only known financial success (other than choosing the right parents) is in marketing himself as a corny image of “success”. Is it really any surprise that someone with a background in this sort of marketing would appeal to a sizeable segment of Republicans? Continue reading

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MakeupyourmindI finally can publish this. The outline existed months ago, but publishing then would have gone over even worse with many people than it will now.

Now, it’s clear.

All the hoopla of the Sanders campaign has come down to a few items in the Dem Party platform, a document about as meaningful as a typical campaign ad.

Oops, how could I forget?  Bernie’s going to fold his campaign into a non-profit and a PAC or two to add to the list with MoveOn, PDA, and DFA.  Is that another earthquake, or the plutocrats shaking in their boots?  Sorry, no.  My next-door neighbor is walking across the floor. Continue reading

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Noise drowning signal, and more Serial

Another communication rant, with questions at the end.

If you’ve been with me for a while, you might recall that I’ve mentioned phatic communication in earlier posts, beginning with this one.  There are many things we say
that mean little or nothing, and I’ll start with a few examples.

Example (1) Polite, phatic exchange

Most obvious example: polite little nothing phrases that don’t mean anything like what they say literally.

“How are you?”
(translation: “I’m recognizing your presence, but don’t necessarily want to talk to you for any length of time.  Just to be fair, I’m giving you an opening to tell me about anything that might have come up, but please don’t.”)

“I’m fine, yourself?”
(translation: I might be dying of cancer, but don’t want to talk about it right now, not with you, anyway. Just returning the salute.”)

Now, suppose that one of them is on the witness stand some weeks later:

Q. Mr Skeeb, I understand that on March 18th, you got into the elevator with your supervisor, Mr. Boohah, as you were leaving work, is that correct?

A. Yes, that’s correct.

Q. Do you recall what your conversation with Boohah consisted of at that time?

A. Nothing much. He said “How are you?”, I said “Fine.”  That’s about it.

Q. So you confirm that you said you were “fine” at that time, is that correct?

A. Yes.

Q. And we have just heard your co-worker, Mr. Willbash, tell us that as you were getting ready to leave that day, you remarked to him that your back was “killing you”, because of a herniated disk. Is Mr. Willbash reporting that correctly?

A. Yes, that’s my recollection too.

Q. So you lied to Mr. Boohah when you said you were “fine”, is that correct?

A. If you want to call it that, I suppose.

Q. And if you lied about that, do we have any reason to believe any of your testimony here today?

You get the idea by now, I hope. Of all the billions of conversations that happen on this planet every day, very few have participants who are conscious that they might some day have to explain everything they say under oath. Continue reading

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A flyer recently circulated at some nursing stations at St. Joseph’s in Orange, ostensibly signed by Vivian Norman and referencing the Facebook page of “Guardians of SJO Legacy”. It contains some pretty serious assertions, including personal attacks.

Click to embiggen, as they say.














In responding, I’ll assume the best about this communication:

— That it actually is composed by Vivian, duplicated at her own expense

— That she actually believes what she says and has a detached concern about organizing bedside nurses, though she is not a bedside nurse and would take no part in the union if it were recognized, and just needs a little enlightenment

I’ll attempt to provide such enlightenment. Continue reading

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Since you asked…

Warning: Pop culture references ahead. Sorry if you don’t watch HBO.

It’s a strange experience for Greens: getting asked what we think. It does happen, though, usually at times like just about now.

Yeah, Sanders.

Whenever the Titanic parties seem to have a prominent candidate with good progressive credentials running in the primaries, we’re asked if we’ll “support” him/her.

Let’s run through some things that might happen with such a candidacy. But first, some things that will definitely NOT happen:

(1) He will not get elected President. FucktheKingsmallThat’s as certain as that he will not get the Dem nomination, which is as certain as a much-liked character dying toward the end of each Game of Thrones season.

Every bit as scripted and well-known to the actors involved, too. Even if his campaign is as sincere as I am when I order a chile verde burrito, a progressive platform such as his will never get the hundreds of millions needed for a successful campaign. That can only come from the .01%, and they ain’t buying it. That’s the stage of our history that we’re at, and it’s not changing any time soon. Continue reading

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