Politics, Trump, Friends Like These 

The upshot of the whole thing? It's about money. They support Trump because they say he will lower taxes and reduce regulation on businesses. They are against Biden because they say he will do the opposite.

In other words? It doesn't matter how terrible the person is or what damage they do to the country – so long as rich people can get richer.

That's it. There's nothing else there. Character doesn't matter. Assaults on democracy don't matter.

Only money.

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Replace Your IR Remote with a Web Browser

While more and more consumer products are rushing to include WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, the simplicity and reliability of infrared has kept it in the game in the game far longer than many might have though… hackaday.com/2020/10/28/replac

Original tweet : twitter.com/hackaday/status/13

Politics, Trump, Friends Like These 

The Spokesman, Spokane WA's conservative newspaper, has endorsed Trump. Not really a surprise, but they way they go about it can't even be considered 'damning with faint praise'.
spokesman.com/stories/2020/oct (pay-walled, see pic)

It starts out: "Donald Trump is a bully and a bigot. He is symptomatic of a widening partisan divide in the country."

And then it pushes Trump anyway. Because reasons.

The Times says this about that: seattletimes.com/seattle-news/

Politics, Trump, Civil Service 

Trump wants a return to the 'Spoils System', a highly corrupt and political way of running the government common in authoritarian countries and in the US until the political reforms of the late nineteenth century established our current 'Civil Service System' to replace it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spoils_s

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Politics, Trump, Civil Service 

Trump appointee resigns over the president’s order removing job protections for many civil servants. seattletimes.com/nation-world/

“I simply cannot be part of an Administration that seeks … to replace apolitical expertise with political obeisance. Career Federal employees are legally and duty- bound to be nonpartisan; they take an oath to preserve and protect our Constitution and the rule of law … not to be loyal to a particular President or Administration …”

Today's hot take: Sports, Politics, War, Racism, Religious Strife, Ethnic Cleansing: all of these are driven by human tribal behaviors. Behaviors based more on the millions of years we were hunter gatherers than the few thousand years we lived in larger groups.

And – whether you describe it as Teams, Political Parties, or just Us versus Them – tribal mentality often creates situations where the entire group's behavior is determined by the propensities and prejudices of the worst members.

Temperature dropped to 24f here overnight. Winter is coming!

Politics, Trump, Lies 

Think on that famous Lincoln quote: "You can fool all of the people some of the time and you can fool some of the people all of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time."

Trump is counting on fooling some of the people, not all of us. And he's good at that.

There's also the old idiom: "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."

For me, Trump never fooled me even once.

But for those voting for him again in 2020? Shame on you!

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Politics, Trump, Lies 

Trump Is Botching His Election-Year Lies. He’s trying to fake compassion, bravery, and respect for science. And he’s failing. slate.com/news-and-politics/20

I don't buy the central premise of this article: that Trump's lies aren't working this time around. They certainly are with some of us. The problem is, when people get invested in a con it's difficult as hell to get them to admit they've been conned.

And, really, that's all Trump is–and always has been–a con man.


Clarification: "I haven't played it in years…" refers to the song 'Mr. Bojangles'. Not to the guitar, which I play almost every day.

Mind you, I'm not a pro–nor am I good enough to be one. Fact is i have no desire to be a rock star; a stint of trying to go pro in my early 20's gave me a taste of the life and it turned out I didn't like that flavor.

But I've played guitar since I was fifteen, nearly fifty years now, and I don't plan to stop until my guitar is pried from my cold dead fingers.

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In related news, Arlo Gunthrie is retiring. rollingstone.com/music/music-n

"I don't want a pickle. I just want to ride my motor – cycle!"

Don't know about you, but I have a Thanksgiving tradition of listening to the entirety of 'Alice's Restaurant' while cooking the turkey.

More fun for me than watching sportsball, that's for sure.

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Cargo-style dependency management for C, C++ and other languages with Meson
#hackernews #tech

Mars was out, big and red and bright as it concludes it's closest pass to earth for the next 15 years. Also, I could clearly see Betelgeuse like an orange gem on Orion's shoulder. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betelgeu

This is notable because Betelgeuse has been dimming lately. Some astronomers think this might be because the red giant star is getting ready to go supernova soonish. (Soonish by astronomical standards, probably not in our lifetimes.) Others have posited different explanations.

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I didn't expect the skies to clear for the Orionid meteor shower last night, but they did. (At least partially.)

I saw a half dozen just after midnight, then set an alarm for 3:00 AM. There were still holes in the clouds then, so I sat outside until it got too cold. However, I only saw a few – which surprised me because the should be peaking.

Tried again at 4:00, but even more clouds. Finally gave up.

At least I got to see some of them. As I said, I expected solid clouds.

Politics, Trump, Barr, Kayfabe 

So the news is full of different takes on Trump pressuring Barr to investigate and charge Biden with something (anything) before the election. Some are calling on Barr to go for it, some are calling it 'breaking norms', and some are pointing out this is what dictators do to their opposition.

I'm wondering if it is all just kayfabe between Trump and Barr. In other words? They already investigated and found nothing actionable–so they are making lots of noise instead.

Politics, Trump, Election Funds 

How Trump plowed through $1 billion, losing cash advantage. seattletimes.com/business/how-

This article is mostly about how the Trump campaign managed to blow a whole bunch of money without much to show for it.

However, the real story might just be more Trump grift! As it turns out, most of that money went to two LLCs and the money trail ends there. We don't know whether it was actually spent on campaign purposes and we don't know who ended up with it.

Politics, Trump, Russia 

So, basically, Trump's tweets are considered official statements, except when it turns out they are not. But that's the case only when you force the White House to actually say one way or the other.

This is a problem on several levels, but in this case it means people are going around saying, "Trump said they were declassified, that proves there is nothing there."

When the reality is, he didn't and there is. Meaning Trump gets to have his cake and eat it too.

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Politics, Trump, Russia 

Meadows confirms Trump's tweets "declassifying" Russia documents were false. axios.com/mark-meadows-trump-t

Oct 6 Trump posted two tweets saying he was *fully* declassifying *all* documents pertaining to the Russia election interference investigations.

Based on these tweets, Buzzfeed attempted to get the unredacted Mueller Report. Trump's DOJ then claimed Trump didn't really mean it. A judge asked for clarification and Meadows confirmed this in court.


Politics, Election Fatigue 

Trump’s Wild Lies Down the Election Homestretch Are Not Crazy. The president isn’t nuts—he’s trying to make you nuts. motherjones.com/politics/2020/

"What can seem like dizzying insanity is by design. If you aren’t among the minority of Americans subscribing to the Trump cult, then he wants you to give up. When people are constantly pummeled with confusion, conflict, and outrage, some will stop paying attention and check out."

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