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Trump and Syria: looking back
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 10:53:02 AM
Maybe some people don't remember Yarin here or want to remember him. But he was pretty much "US hands off Syria." He flooded the message board with images, articles, horrible YouTube conspiracy theory videos, etc. I saw other pro-Russia pro-Assad people do things similarly elsewhere.
Now Trump has pulled out of Syria, leaving the Kurds at the tender mercies of Assad and maybe Erdogan.
Russian TV now say "Haha! See? You can't trust the US."
It strikes me that this sort of dishonest danged if you do, danged if you don't argument is draining whether it's on the global stage or whether you've had someone you dislike play these sorts of mind games.
I didn't and don't understand all the forces at play in Syria. But I think the US military presence helped prevent something even worse. And we're going to see it.
Alcoa's vision statement
Thursday, March 28, 2019 8:30:44 AM
Yes, I think they tried to be glib and failed. Or, rather, a deep reading of the mission statement failed.
If you don't look at it too closely (I didn't at first,) the context is "employees can expect and demand the best from their bosses, and bosses can expect and demand the best from their employees."
I don't think it means Alcoa demands the best from its customers, because that's a bit rude.
Roger Stone got arrested.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 2:40:15 PM
Confused about the point you're trying to make here. If it's that the Russian election interference had potentially even worse consequences than we feared, then I agree wholeheartedly!
It did, however, lead to an amusing tweet by Ted Lieu, who is smart and clever and funny.
P.S. whatever the point you're trying to make, inflicting that large a picture of John Bolton on us is rough stuff, man. Rough stuff!
Roger Stone got arrested.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 1:18:45 AM
Actually (or at least so I've read) more people voted for Clinton than for Trump; it's our quirky "Electoral College" method of weighted State-by-State voting that made him the winner of the election.
Yes. I think the point remains, though: voting can help lessen the likelihood of these irregularities and odd chances as well. There's a separate debate about how the Electoral College leaves us vulnerable to the sort of electoral manipulation it seems the Russians had a hand in (e.g. focusing on Wisconsin/Pennsylvania/Michigan) but I also think it's good that voters have a chance to change things locally or vote for their representative.
It's easy to feel helpless enough to not even vote. In non-swing states, this is especially tough. But I also think we have a choice once we realize voting does so much: give up, or say, we'd like to do more than just vote.
Does the word "multiculture" exist?
Friday, January 25, 2019 9:48:10 AM
"people from many cultures" seems better, but it's unclear. "Multicultural people" is a possibility.
The thing is that someone might be multicultural if, say, their father is French and their mother is German. So we need to differentiate between people who are multicultural (parents from different countries) and groups (people from several different countries.) While it's likely someone who enjoys working with one enjoys working with the other, it's not 100% specific.
Roger Stone got arrested.
Friday, January 25, 2019 9:42:59 AM
Roger Stone is a bad, bad person. A cartoonishly bad person. And has been for a while. He got himself suspended from Twitter, mainly for harassing people wo brought his possible role in 2016 dirty tricks to light, but that was legal if reprehensible.
The indictment is here:
The big thing? Someone more senior directed him to do certain things. There aren't a lot of possibilities.
Lies and more lies...
Friday, January 25, 2019 9:33:59 AM
Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
Nice to see you taking a break from raking the forests in Finland!
We've invited misters Putin and Trump to practice some raking here in the Arctic Conference, but I think they have other activities going on right now.
Maybe Trump can send over a few furloughed federal workers if they need the extra pay.
Of course, they'd need to buy the plane tickets...
90% of voters say they have or will vote in the US midterm elections
Monday, November 12, 2018 7:37:08 PM
Thankfully, the turnout was enough to help the US avoid disaster last Tuesday.
Felon voting rights passed by referendum in Florida. And by felon, that's not violent felons, but more like people who got caught with a bit of weed more than once.
But we still need to do so much better. I hope many of the newly registered voters continue to be engaged through 2020 and beyond. And I'm heartened by the organization I saw across the board.
@Peter O'Connor: I agree! One problem is, people like this seem so sophisticated at first. And it's true, in a way, voting only does so much. But that is because, in a healthy democracy/republic, voting is the absolute minimum.
Repulseicans plan to kill medicare, social security and medicaid
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 4:54:54 PM
Does anyone still believe the debt will be paid?
Not with Republicans in charge. The US is rich enough to pay it eventually, but we do need a much better fiscal policy. Clinton reversed the Bush/Reagan deficits, and Obama managed to reduce them despite a Republican congress for 6 of his 8 years.
As for name-calling:
People who can win without it don't need it. People who can't just make themselves look worse.
This is not both-siderism.
I've found people on the left who engage aggressively in name-calling (okay, we all do it a bit, and this is a pretty emotional topic) to be as little worth spending time and energy on as people from the right. I feel the right is not as good as the left for society, but that's a separate issue. But I've had people on the left do a lot of name-calling just to get attention, and unfortunately, when they do so, they find the only way to keep getting attention is to start on name-calling at people who mostly agree with them. I've walked away or become a lurker in a few communities like that.
Is There More Violence Today or Just Better Communication?
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 4:47:18 PM
I forget who showed a graphic here that showed the incidence of war had dropped steadily in the 20th century (e.g. % of people in the world in countries affected by war, or people killed as a result of war) but because there are so many more nations and better coverage, it seems worse.
It also was easier to hide, say, the activities of the KKK in 1900--it could only be reported via word of mouth and not as easily filmed. That's not possible today.
We still have incidents like this. And it hasn't just popped up lately--for instance, Obama effigies were burned in November 2008 after he was elected.
In Chicago, there's been an uptick in reporting of police brutality--but this may just be a case of people having and being able to use video cameras. The perpetrators have been arrested more regularly now. LaQuan McDonald was shot by Jason VanDenBerg sixteen times, and it was recorded. A lot of people have lost jobs and pensions, and panels have been formed to look into the police culture of silence.
But I think it is going to have to happen much more often, too often, before people and politicians really take it seriously.
I think a lot more is being exposed, but somehow, we need to do even better, and we need to recognize that some things that are "just a joke" *should* be treated that way. That a percentage of people who say "aww, just a joke" will get serious later, and it will be ugly.
Germany has certain laws against Nazi symbology, and I think they are affected.
I can't answer for religious fighting, but it has been going on a while, and it is a lot more difficult to sweep under the carpet now.
I'd like to think, like Dr. King said, the moral arc of the universe is long and it bends towards justice. But it will have wobbles. And we are wobbling right now. People who wish to incite things have found reliable ways to fake things believably to stir others up on both sides.
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