Due to ongoing back pain, a general feeling of ennui, and the ongoing political dumpster fire eating up my attention I didn't get anything done on my #projects today.
Instead I had a down-day, which is good given how busy I've been lately. Tomorrow I've need to get back at it though.
There's a new official #Rust blog!
"Welcome to the inaugural post of the Inside Rust blog! This is a new blog where the various Rust teams and working groups can post updates about new developments. It's a great place to watch if you're interested in following along with Rust development"
The Party of Collusion – Trump asked a foreign government for help in an election. Republicans say that’s fine. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/10/republican-party-collusion.html
So, basically, when Trump himself admits to collusion the GOP decides collusion is just fine. (Despite the fact it is clearly illegal under the law.)
It makes me want to see one of the Democrat presidential candidates openly collude with a foreign government, just so I could watch GOP heads explode.
Politics, Trump, Crazytown
Unfit for Office – Donald Trump’s narcissism makes it impossible for him to carry out the duties of the presidency in the way the Constitution requires. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/10/george-conway-trump-unfit-office/599128/
The article argues Trump's mental state should be part of impeachment proceedings.
“There are a lot of things wrong with him—and, together, they are a scary witch’s brew.”
To me it's like The Joker got elected president and everyone is trying to pretend that's OK. But it's CLEARLY NOT OK!
Today I unloaded the cargo trailer by myself. Took a while, given it was loaded using a forklift and two people. I also made a start at cutting out the knots and splits in the cedar tongue and groove boards I bought.
I feel like I should have done more on my #projects today, but my back is killing me. So I'm done for now.
It's been a long day that started last night, when I drove down to my parents place and arrived quite late. Then I got up early this morning and went with my mother to her chemo session. Afterwards I started home, stopping in Tacoma to load up my cargo trailer with some house materials I bought in an online auction. Then stopped again in Federal Way to have dinner with my daughter and grandkids. Then finally drove through Seattle in heavy traffic and arrived home half an hour ago.
Politics, Supid Watergate
I don't know if I buy the argument that Trump is so stupid he doesn't understand he has actually committed crimes. I think he does know, but it's possible he's so stupid he thinks he's going to get away with them.
All that said, the one thing we know for sure is the Trumpistas and the people he surrounds himself with are not the brightest and the best. Anyone with more than two gray cells rubbing together knows better than to support or work for someone like him.
Politics, Supid Watergate
Welcome to “Stupid Watergate”. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/09/donald-trump-stupid-watergate-does-he-realize-what-hes-done-wrong.html
"His lies are so outlandish that everyone believes they must be jokes; his jokes are so grotesque everyone believes they must be lies. His contempt for the law is so acute, everyone starts to doubt that the law is of any fundamental utility. In this case, it’s not even clear that Trump has realized he did anything wrong…"
Politics, Impeachment, Ukraine
Intelligence panel has deal to hear whistleblower’s testimony. https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/intelligence-panel-has-deal-to-hear-whistleblowers-testimony/
"House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Sunday that his panel has reached an agreement to secure testimony from the anonymous whistleblower whose detailed complaint launched an impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump."
Spent the day organizing stuff in the house and decluttering. (Need to make a trip down below to drop stuff off at the Goodwill soon.)
Then I moved over everything from the fifth wheel that I'll need to stay in the house. Both the decluttering and moving permanently into the house are a process, not an event, and much remains to be done.
My back is sure hurting right now. I'll be sorry I got so much done tonight and tomorrow.
Every creator could just set up a business and accept credit cards directly. But aside from the time and hassle involved there's the high processing fees for small businesses.
So I'm wondering, how about artist co-ops supported by an Open Source patronage software system? No profit motive.
I'm thinking about the latest Kickstarter kerfluffle and thinking about PayPal and KoFi and Patreon and all the rest and I'm wondering something…
There's no good way to croud-support a person or a project that doesn't involve some corporation (with profit motives) taking a cut.
Even when the company isn't evil, if it prospers it will be acquired or will otherwise change. We need something not tied to stockholder value.
And checks in the mail ain't happening.
After last week's realization that I really wanted to spend a lazy Sunday morning slowly going through the paper like I did when I was a kid I went ahead and got a Sunday delivery subscription to the Seattle Times. Today was my first delivery of an actual printed-on-paper newspaper in nearly thirty years. (Yes, they do deliver them way the hell out here.)
And, you know what? So far, so good.
If you live in the Seattle area you will want want to plan a trip around the loop next weekend to view the Fall colors.
Just drive up I5 to Burlington and go east on highway 20 through Sedro Wooley and Concrete to Rockport. Then go south on highway 530 (honk when you go by my place) through Darrington and Arlington back to I5 and home. Or you can do it the other direction.
Either way the trees will be in full color and the eagles will be flying.
(I'll provide a list of brewpubs if requested.)
Volker plans to appear before House Foreign Affairs Committee next week. https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/28/politics/kurt-volker-house-foreign-affairs-committee/index.html
And there's the answer to the question I posed in my previous toot on this thread: they didn't need a subpoena because Volker is coming in voluntarily.
I liked this tidbit from the article: "Generally, there is not much love lost for Volker by White House officials, whom another source says 'was never fully on the Trump train.'"
Prairie Mountain, south east of me, got just the slightest dusting of snow on the top last night, and you can still see some of it now.
The maples are turning with gusto now and the alders are starting to turn. What's left of my garden is the tomatoes I'm hoping against hope will still ripen and the pumpkins.
Right now it's cool and windy outside and I have a fire going in the wood stove.
Fall has fallen folks. And Winter is coming.
US official: Trump’s special envoy to Ukraine has resigned. https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/nation/us-official-trumps-special-envoy-to-ukraine-has-resigned/
This is very interesting, but I have no idea what it really means. I will point out Kurt Volker was at least peripherally involved in the Trump/Giuliani/Ukraine scandal and throughout he retained his job as head of the John McCain Institute for International Leadership.
I wonder if his name is on a subpoena yet?
Whenever you are past the edge, out in the wind, look for me.
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