Days 56, 57, 58 and 59 of 1,461 (or 2,922)

So this place hasn’t burned down yet…

  • Happy Belated St. Patrick’s Day! Let the shame of Canada’s Guinness blunder endure forever.
  • The Republican budget will kill Americans. This is not an accident. This is what they want. They want us dead.
  • Things worth spending money on: a giant wall that won’t work. Things not worth spending money on: food for senior citizens. This will end well.
  • Trump’s budget cuts will annihilate several programs that benefit Michiganders, but a defense contractor might stay in the state, maybe, possibly. Worth it!
  • Nothing about the Trump budget is good.
  • Trumpcare, a.k.a. “the Nickelback of health reform,” will destroy Medicaid. If I had to guess, that more than anything is what Paul Ryan hopes to achieve with it.
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  • Regarding the “Deep State”:

    American security forces have destabilized governments, trampled on civil liberties, and caused innocent lives to be lost. But these outcomes have generally been instigated or approved by the executive branch. In this way, the FBI, the CIA, and the intelligence community generally are resources that amplify the reach and intentions of American presidents, rather than undermining them. Conspiracy theories about the Deep State distract us from the real dangers America faces with a president Trump in charge of these intelligence services. The main danger from the FBI and CIA is not that they will overthrow Trump in some Oliver Stone-style conspiracy. It’s that they will do his bidding.

  • An interesting essay on the rise of cashless transactions and plastic cards. They make the excellent point that cash has no middle men between us and the Federal Reserve, while electronic transactions are always mediated by the private sector. What does this mean for us? Read the essay.
  • Chris Christie roots for the Cowboys and Notre Dame (his daughter’s school), even though his son went to Princeton, where he sits on the Board of Trustees. New Jersey ill needs a governor like him.
  • Once upon a time, the NIT was the most important basketball tournament in America.
  • How much does actual Atlantic City property cost? Oceans rise and empires fall, but Mediterranean Avenue remains the cheapest and Boardwalk is still the most expensive. I am glad.
  • Speaking of Monopoly, farewell, wheelbarrow, thimble and shoe. Hello bird domination!
  • “What, Exactly, Does ‘Ideological Diversity’ Mean?”:

    Pundits are getting distracted by the dubious tactical approaches of a small minority of protesters instead of focusing on why they’re so upset in the first place — because discredited, offensive, and abhorrent (often right-wing) fringe viewpoints are now getting treated like they’re merely “ideologically diverse” instead of poisonous.

  • If you ever go to Arkansas, the Crater of Diamonds State Park is a fun place to visit. You probably won’t do as well as a recent visitor, though. Lucky bastard.
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