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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Insurrectigone


Friday, May 14, 2021

Bernie on Israel

Bernie Sanders: The U.S. Must Stop Being an Apologist for the Netanyahu Government

“Israel has the right to defend itself.”

These are the words we hear from both Democratic and Republican administrations whenever the government of Israel, with its enormous military power, responds to rocket attacks from Gaza.

Let’s be clear. No one is arguing that Israel, or any government, does not have the right to self-defense or to protect its people. So why are these words repeated year after year, war after war? And why is the question almost never asked: “What are the rights of the Palestinian people?” ...


The whole thing is worth a read.

Insight

Some insight into what's happening in Israel ...



Thursday, May 13, 2021

Maskless?



Here in California, I believe we are still wearing masks for like another month, and our health department hasn't responded yet to the new CDDC guidelines.

Spraking for myself, these guidelines seem kind of scary. We are nowhere near herd immunity anf a large segment of society still isn't vaccinated. New varients of the disease are constantly being spawned, and the one in India, which is now growing in the UK, has already been found here in the US ... are we sure it can't evade the vaccine? And at the end of the day, the vaccines are at best less than 100% effective.

So when I walk into a crowded grocery store on a Saturday afternoon and am greeted by a maskless populace, how will I know how many of those people are vaccinated, how many are asymtomatically infected, whether this Saturday is one of my 95% protected days or one of my 5% unprotected days? Eeeeeeeeeee!

And to be honest, I've kind of liked wearing a maask because then people can't see my facial scars. I'm going to miss that.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Liz Cheney



Today Representative Liz Cheney gave a short speech, knowing that tomorrow she will probably be voted out of her leadership role in the House.

Why will she be ousted? Because she won't repeat Trump's lies about the past election, and more significantly, because she won't get down on her knees and kiss his ass. I don't agree with her conservatism, but I admire her integrity. (Most of) her fellow Republicans are groveling Trump-toadies who care more about being in power than any other thing in this world.

Monday, May 10, 2021

One tribe



Tonight I re-watched Black Panther. The first time I watched it I forgot to scroll through the end credits to view the scene Marvel always puts there. It has King T'Challa (the Black Panther) of Wakanda (a country that has up until this point hidden its vast technological superiority from the rest of the world) addressing the United Nations. What he said seems so relevant to today ...

"Wakanda will no longer watch from the shadows. We cannot. We must not. We will work to be an example of how we as brothers and sisters on this Earth should treat each other. Now, more than ever, the illusions of division threaten our very existence. We all know the truth: more connects us than separates us. But in times of crisis the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another as if we were one single tribe."

Sunday, May 09, 2021

Being tall

My sister gave me a gift certificate for the Chewy place, so Yoda got a new tall cat furniture to help her look out the window :)

Saturday, May 08, 2021

RIP: Tawny Kitaen

In the news today - Tawny Kitaen, ’80s rock video star and ‘Bachelor Party’ actress, dies at 59

I didn't realize she had quite a career in the 80s, including music videos with Whutesnake, but I only knew of her from the 90s tv series, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and the Hercules tv movies that came before that, in which she played Deianira, the beloved wife of Hercules. Sadly, I can't find a video clip of her on the show, but here's a photo of her and Kevin Sorbo as Hercules ...

Friday, May 07, 2021

7 points

1) Trump has continuously lied about there having been fraud in the last election, asserting he actually won the 2020 by a landslide. He did not, of course. Over 60 lawsuits and numerous ballot re-counts proved that Biden did indeed win.

2) It was this Trump lie, often termed "the big lie", that galvanized the Capitol riot, which aimed to derail Congress certifying the election and making Trump president again despite the actual results. Voter nullification.

3) This lie has become a litmus test for Republican politicians .... Liz Cheney is being ousted from her leadership position in the House because she will not promote this lie. Nearly every other Republican politician is advancing this Trump lie, even though they all know that it is inded a lie.

4) Why are Republican politicians pushing the big lie? It's not that they love Trump. What they love is being in power. They have determined that their voters love Trump, so they performatively worship Trump to get the votes of Trump's base.

5) Promoting the lie proves to voters that Republican politicians are loyal to Trump, but it's about more than that. The lie is their "resonable" excuse for what they are now doing. All over the country, Republican state legislatures are passing laws that roll back voting rights. They say it's to protect against (acually nonexistent) voter fraud, but the true purpose is to depress voting by people who are usually Democrats ... poor people, young people, disabled people, the elderly, and most especially racial minorities.

6) The Republican party knows its pool of voters is shrinking. The Republican party knows that what it stands for is rejected by a majority of Americans. The Republican party knows that the only way it can ever win back political power is to cheat .... from screwing up voting to promoting violence like that seen on January 6th.

7) We can't let this happen. We can't treat this as trivial or pooh-pooh the possible consequences. If the Republicans have their way, we will no longer be a democracy. The Republicans want a permanent Trump autocracy, irrespective of how Americans vote. If this sounds absurd, just think of Russia under Putin ... you know, the man Trump spent his whole presidency gushing over as "so strong and powerful". Don't let that be our future.

Death from above



Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Today

Happy Cinco de Mayo. Officially the celebration of the Mexican army's victory over the French at the first Battle of Puebla, now the day is more about culture (and food). Although I live relatively close to Mexico, I've never been there. The closest I've come is living briefly in San Diego and learning Spanish in high school.

The good news of the day .... Trump will continue to be banned from Facebook, at least for 6 more months. As former FBI agent Frank Figliuzzi notes, there's so much more to be done to counter the radicalization created by Trump and the extreme Right online ...

Sad news .... Bill and Melinda Gates are breaking up. I really like her. She has been a powerful voice for women's reproductive rights ...



Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Herd immunity



Apparently, we won't be reaching herd immunity after all, because not enough people are willing to get vaccinated. This political cartoon shown tonight on The 11th Hour (see above) says it all ...

And who are these anti-vaxxers? Republicans. They truly are the gift that keeps on giving.

Sunday, May 02, 2021

Bernie

Bernie was on Meet The Press today ...



While the Republicans are spending their time lying their asses off about hamburgers and trying to creatively re-count past election ballots, the Democrats, and especially Bernie (an Independent), are actually trying to help people. God, I hope Medicare *will* pay for glasses and dental. I have one pair of glasses, over 20 years old, and now the foot on one leg has fallen off. And the dentist ... don't get me started.

I wish all the Repubocan politicians would be transformed into povery-striken wretches without help or hope. Let them live in that world for a while (or forever). It might give them a little perspective.

Pandora's Clock

Tonight I looked up an old made-for-tv movie. Couldn't find it at Netflix or at the library or at Amazon Prime (though you can buy the DVD for, I kid you not, $299.99), but I finally found it at YouTube and I'm watching it as we speak. Pandora's Clock ...

is a 1996 NBC miniseries based on a novel by John J. Nance about a deadly virus on a Boeing 747-200 from Frankfurt to John F. Kennedy International Airport. Directed by Eric Laneuville, the film stars Richard Dean Anderson, Stephen Root, Jane Leeves, Robert Loggia and Daphne Zuniga and the script closely follows the book.

I remember seeing the movie back in the day ... I'm a Richard Dean Anderson fan (Stargate!) ... and given the present COVID situation, I thought it would be interesting to see it again.

OK, yes, it's dated and a bit overwrought but it's helping to pass a Saturday night (along with some Häagen-Dazs coffee ice cream), so ;)

Monday, April 26, 2021

More Nelson

More music from Ricky Nelson's twins :) ...



Very different from their other song, (Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection, which is still my favorite one ...



Clown car



Who is driving this Republican clown car? Trump? Republican politicians? Republican voters?

I think the answer is all of the above, with the members just feeding upon each other, spawning out as a whole the stupid, the crazy, and the evil. QAnon theories of child-molesting satan-worshipping cannibals, anti-vaxxers, gun-toting militia members, religious/anti-abortion/anti-gay extremists, climate change deniers, and white nationalists like the Proud Boys and Boogaloo Boys. Some true believers, some grifters.

This is the Republican party: politicians and voters. God help us if they ever get back in control.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Thor



There haven't been many new moovies out that I've wanted to see, so I've been re-watching many of my old favorites. Tonight it was Thor: The Dark World ...

a 2013 American superhero film .... It is the sequel to Thor (2011) and the eighth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe .... It stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor alongside Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, ...

Captain America is my favorite character of the Marvel universe, but Thor is a close second. He's honerable, self-sacrificing, and just doesn't give up no matter how bad things get. The other characters in the Thor movies are interesting too ... Loki, Heimdall, and Frigga, Thor's mother. She's played by Rene Russo, who I remember from when I was in college because she was a Vogue model with the most amazing hair (In the ’70s, Rene Russo Made American Beauty Exciting in Vogue).

Sadly, in this movie, the character she plays is killed ....



If you haven't watched the Thor movies, you may like them ... Thor ... Thor: The Dark World ... Thor: Ragnarok ... and the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Earth Day

During the early part of the pandemic, the non-human part of our world thrived ...



But people will *not* do what's necessary to preserve the small gains made during the last year .... they are too selfish. Everyone's already demanding we "get back to normal". What's normal? The continuing extinction of most other animal species, plants too ...



People will mostly perish shortly after, once we've destroyed everything and everyone else. And I'm ok with that because I think we deserve it. But perhaps the few very wealthy people will survive by going to Mars with Musk. Enjoy .) ....



I wish these Earth Day posts could be more upbeat and hopeful, but I'm just sick of what people ar doing to the other living things on this planet and I don't see any real sign that they care or want to change.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Spring

I love spring the best of the seasons. It's the short time here when it's warm enough and there's enough rain for the plants to be happy.

But the news says this will be the driest summer for some time :( ... Western U.S. may be entering its most severe drought in modern history