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  1. I like a lot of this except for the bolded part. Trumpers want to whine about ... Globalization? That's some pretty highfalutin economic speak there. But that doesn't explain these guys who probably couldn't explain Globalization if a case of Michelob was on the line. Hitler, to continue your parallel, came out of the beer halls. There's a lot of truth in beer. Just ask these two. I don't see any validity in Trumpism. I see people nursing a grudge and listening to Rush+O'Reilly. Show them a Tucker Carlson video and they'll hate the metric system. They wouldn't wear a mask and get a
  2. Columbus definitely didn't discover America. That would be the Viking, Leif Erikson, who discovered Vinland around 1000. The Vikings went everywhere in, as my Western Civ prof put it, shallow draft, coast hugging ships which looked a lot like this: America wasn't named Columbia (he didn't discover Columbia either) because Columbus didn't think he had discovered America (which he didn't). He thought he'd discovered Asia (which he also didn't). Instead, America was named after the Florentine map maker, Amerigo Vespucci in an early lesson in branding. What Columbus did do w
  3. They were tossed or dropped. All of them. The bullshit claims were addressed by the Georgia Secretary of State. You can read about those failures here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post-election_lawsuits_related_to_the_2020_United_States_presidential_election_from_Georgia https://www.npr.org/2021/01/04/953321408/georgia-election-official-dont-let-misinformation-suppress-your-own-vote Also, Gone Drinking made the claims, not Raz'r. And by the way, loser, your boy Shitstain admitted he lost. https://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-presidential-election-2020-says-didnt-
  4. Funnier fact: much of what we know about the voyages comes from, wait for it, the resulting law suits. Jeff will be happy to know that Christopher Columbus discovered ... Cuba! CC is who gives us the term Indian and he went to his grave thinking he discovered the East Indies.
  5. I haven’t made my mind up about Manchin. Just dunno. He isn’t Joe Lieberman. But otherwise, I just don’t know.
  6. He is correct that the metric system stems from the French Revolution. The French Revolution is also why Americans drive on the right hand side of the road.
  7. Yep, it seems like the nincomcoupers really know how to put the poop in coup, although the pee really should be silent. Hi Tom!
  8. For radio shorthand, I'm ok with this. Barely, ok, but ok. I would have mentally translated that into East Bloc Communism, no harm, no foul. Big C Communism at the time of the fall of the wall was spectacularly undemocratic, Marx's intentions completely notwithstanding. Little c communism is a theoretical construct and big C Communism is an historical reality. These are different. FWIW, I don't think little c communism could ever exist; it has a fascist weakness which we've seen in every country it's been tried in. Socialism is less weak, although, Benjamin Franklin's warning applies there as
  9. https://www.newyorker.com/news/annals-of-inquiry/how-a-conservative-activist-invented-the-conflict-over-critical-race-theory ‘Political correctness’ is a dated term and, more importantly, doesn’t apply anymore. Sadly, Jeff hasn't gotten the memo.
  10. Funner fact. It was first declared a national (one time) holiday in 1892 by Benjamin Harrison following the lynching of 11 Italian immigrants in New Orleans. The Air Force and Navy cancelled all flights that day as well. It only became a Federal holiday in 1971. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbus_Day#United_States_observance
  11. Fun fact about Christopher Columbus. He was taken back to Spain in chains after his third voyage. Apparently the colonists, his colonists, revolted against his management style. After a trial in Spain, he was stripped of his titles. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Columbus#Third_voyage_(1498–1500)
  12. His name is Doug Jensen. He's in jail in DC. https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/crime-and-courts/2021/01/11/what-we-know-doug-jensen-iowan-arrested-fbi-after-capitol-riot/6616476002/ https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2021/03/25/buzzfeed-says-des-moines-man-charged-u-s-capitol-riot-arrest-plea-talks-doug-jensen-trump/6998047002/
  13. The policy is one (dumb) thing. The approach is another. It's called preemption and it's grip is wider than Ohio. https://greenthatlife.com/preemption-law/
  14. John Erlichmann: “You want to know what this was really all about?” he asked with the bluntness of a man who, after public disgrace and a stretch in federal prison, had little left to protect. “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arre
  15. Not exactly a McCain fan but he was right about Russia. Russia was truly gefucked when oil prices collapsed.
  16. To this end. https://www.wsj.com/articles/white-house-wanted-uss-john-mccain-out-of-sight-during-trump-japan-visit-11559173470
  17. It is the real Biden because the real Biden has a stutter. That's all. When he's stumbling, it's because he's fighting that stutter. Big whoop. I care more about what he does than how he says it.
  18. Berkeley taught descriptive statistics and was the Mecca of frequentism. Even at the time, I just hate, hate, hated this stuff. I will admit that I didn't have any rigor behind that hate but it just seemed like voodoo. I had studied probability on my own for gambling. I thought the fundamental measure of statistics should be, yeah, you think you are right, you wanna bet? They didn't teach Bayesian at the time (they hella do now) but some people used it. There's a fun book, The Theory That Would Not Die that covers this stuff. You won't learn about Bayesian stats proper. It's more history. She
  19. However, Biden has been pleasantly very surprising. Sol is provisionally correct about Cuba, 4+ months in. Otherwise, I'm liking this Biden guy. He's exiting Afghanistan (my brother just got home yesterday). I was damned shocked that he nominated Lina Khan to FTC chair. I was dreading good ol' boy Doug Jones as AG but we got Merrick Garland instead. Uninspiring, maybe. Decent, absolutely. Surprising, definitely.
  20. This doesn't even touch ... https://www.gq.com/story/paul-kevin-curtis-elvis-impersonator-ricin-assassinations My favorite part: At the end of a seven-hour grilling, the agents are beginning to suspect that they've picked up the wrong man. "Finally, they know they aren't getting anywhere, and they ask me, 'Do you have any enemies? Do you know of anyone who wants to harm you?' I say, 'Yeah, Everett Dutschke.'"
  21. Municipal broadband is like the public option for Obamacare. If the JizzKidz can't compete against municipal broadband and the public option, maybe it's because they're not actually competitors.
  22. Ohio Republicans close to imposing near-total ban on municipal broadband https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/06/ohio-republicans-close-to-imposing-near-total-ban-on-municipal-broadband/ Tom will be along shortly to say that states' rights matter. Guy will be concerned yet optimistic. Jeff will say that you shouldn't use email. You shouldn't use email.
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