The Disaster Artist looks pretty good.
- First there were two, then there were three. And the newest round of ACA repeal is also dead. See you tomorrow!
- When in doubt, privatize Medicare. Paul Ryan is more one-note than a tuning fork.
- Obama’s Iran deal is working and Trump is finding it hard to scrap. I sense a pattern.
- Trump’s ties to Russia go way, way back.
Whether Trump knew it or not, Russian mobsters and corrupt oligarchs used his properties not only to launder vast sums of money from extortion, drugs, gambling, and racketeering, but even as a base of operations for their criminal activities. In the process, they propped up Trump’s business and enabled him to reinvent his image. Without the Russian mafia, it is fair to say, Donald Trump would not be president of the United States.
- You’d think that he would have learned to speak Russian by now. Instead he’s meeting with Putin without bringing an interpreter, or any staff for that matter.
- I knew that the Republicans control Michigan’s legislature through gerrymandering, but I didn’t realize how bad it was. I hope this ballot initiative goes somewhere.
In 2012, Michigan Democrats received 52% of the votes cast for state House, but won 46% of the seats. In 2014, Democrats received 51% of the votes for state House and won 43% of the seats. And in 2016, Democrats received just under 50% of the votes for state House, and again won 43% of the seats.
In congressional races in 2016, Democrats received 47% of the votes, but won just 36% of the seats, records show.
2018 WILL MOST ASSUREDLY BE A GOOD YEAR!
New York has an omnibus article up about the global warming catastrophe we find ourselves in. It’s not an uplifting read.
The Earth has experienced five mass extinctions before the one we are living through now, each so complete a slate-wiping of the evolutionary record it functioned as a resetting of the planetary clock, and many climate scientists will tell you they are the best analog for the ecological future we are diving headlong into. Unless you are a teenager, you probably read in your high-school textbooks that these extinctions were the result of asteroids. In fact, all but the one that killed the dinosaurs were caused by climate change produced by greenhouse gas. The most notorious was 252 million years ago; it began when carbon warmed the planet by five degrees, accelerated when that warming triggered the release of methane in the Arctic, and ended with 97 percent of all life on Earth dead. We are currently adding carbon to the atmosphere at a considerably faster rate; by most estimates, at least ten times faster. The rate is accelerating.
Heat is just the start. We can expect famine, pandemics, pollution, war, economic collapse, acid oceans, etc. And it’ll get worse, because the effects of global warming reinforce each other. We’re in a death spiral of positive feedback.
I’m not optimistic. Climate change will create the greatest refugee crisis in the history of humanity. But refugees from just one country in the Middle East were enough to cause the good people of Britain and the U.S. to commit national seppuku. We’re drowning in the baby pool.
Actually addressing the ongoing apocalypse demands collaboration and a sense of self-sacrifice not seen in this country since the Second World War. And yet:
[More] than half of the carbon humanity has exhaled into the atmosphere in its entire history has been emitted in just the past three decades; since the end of World War II, the figure is 85 percent. Which means that, in the length of a single generation, global warming has brought us to the brink of planetary catastrophe, and that the story of the industrial world’s kamikaze mission is also the story of a single lifetime.
The communal altruism that we need to save our planet is the same communal altruism that enabled us to build the modern age of peace and prosperity that doomed our planet. Irony will be our species’ most enduring legacy.
Man, I don’t know why I’ve been updating so sporadically. I haven’t even been that busy.
- The Pete Campbell strategy of selling Trumpcare is off to a dismal start. But selling something with a 17% approval rating is going to be tough, and that’s before you start arresting people with disabilities for protesting their own imminent deaths.
- That said, this bill is dangerously close to passing, so make your calls!
- Now we know that a Republican operative was actively seeking Hillary’s emails — and didn’t care if a foreign government were the source. Drip drip drip.
- I’m glad that states are pushing back against Trump’s not-at-all-suspicious request for every voter’s personal information. But if yours hasn’t yet, call your Secretary of State!
- Neil Gorsuch sucks and is dishonest. Perfect timing now that Texas is chipping away at Obergefell. Everyone who takes a job, even a non-stolen one, from Donald Trump is inherently suspect.
- Every day a new blow to basic decency. There’s just not much to say anymore.
- “I Don’t Know How To Explain To You That You Should Care About Other People”
- Think of all the journalists, documentarians, social issue filmmakers and more who work to make the world a better place. Then think about James O’Keefe, who uses his power for evil, to spread misery and ruin lives. Death is too good for him.
- Speaking of journalism, The New York Times, being garbage, is firing a bunch of copy editors. They will rerget this!
- This 10 Commandments statue saga is one of the funniest vandalism-related stories I’ve read in a while. Michael Tate Reed is a man on a mission.
- In the words of a Facebook friend, “I can’t wait for Cuomo to run for president so he can get completely clowned on how poorly he’s run the subways.”
- Yet Cuomo is still much, much better than Chris Christie, king of the rat bastards.
- I don’t understand everything about California’s single-payer fight, but the news is unpromising, and the bill appears to be a waste of time (funding mechanisms are not something you fix in post!). The Trump era, unfortunately, will see more triage than advancement.
- I suppose we’re on a state government kick. Elbridge Gerry of gerrymandering fame pronounced his last name like “Gary,” or “gill,” or the incorrect way of saying “GIF.” Now you know!
- The “Progressive Liberal” is a hilarious wrestling heel, and I wish him all the success in the world.
- “Teethpaste” is not a word, and per Merriam-Webster, there is no reason it should be. But it might be fun to bust it out on occasion.
- I liked Steven Spielberg’s “War of the Worlds,” but how on earth did the good people of Wikipedia decide to use that movie as an example for “happy ending”?
- And finally, I have been informed that posting links on Facebook 50 times a day is a sign that you are a spreader of fake news. This post, however, only has 27 links, so I am in the clear!