In the wake of the George Floyd Protests over racial equality, Florida passed one of the nation’s most draconian, anti first amendment laws I have ever seen.
And I lived through the Trump administration!
Slickly branded as an “anti-riot” measure, the law included the controversial provision of making it legal to ram your car into protestors who are blocking a road.
— Destroying a confederate plaque or statue is now a second degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
— Takes away local government’s autonomy to set its own police budget.
— Denies bail to anyone accused…
I was writing quite a bit in the lead up to last year’s election.
My numbers were juiced. The political environment was so fertile for interest that even mediocre writing or a deep dive into an esoteric topic put numbers on the board.
The election came and went, and something happened. Something changed.
My writing motivation waned. The solid numbers I was accustomed to putting up flatlined.
“Texas and Florida gain seats while California and New York lose them,” is how an instagram account for a right wing news site decided to interpret the census data.
Every ten years, the census counts the population (among other things). Growing states gain Congressional seats, while shrinking or stagnating states lose seats.
Let’s head back to that misleading headline: Texas and Florida gaining seats, New York and California losing them.
Of course, the underlying insinuation in that headline is that red states are…
On a conference call a few days ago, George Fu Gao, the head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, acknowledged that Chinese vaccines “don’t have very high protection rates.”
Backtracking immediately, he tried to explain that he was attempting to increase vaccine efficiency. But his initial statement was actually quite accurate, as rare as it is for the Chinese Communist Party to admit any deficiencies.
— Sinovac Biotech Ltd. with China National Biotec Group Co.’s vaccine is just over 50% effective
— Sinopharm Group Co.’s two vaccines are self-reported to be 73% and 79% effective, but there…
Let me start off with something controversial — I find Tucker interesting. While I often find myself disagreeing with him, I will at least give him credit that he is talking about ideas (mostly).
Unlike Hannity and Ingraham, who immerse themselves in the daily drab of blue team vs red team in an ever shrinking news cycle, Tucker has always fashioned himself a card carrying member of the right wing intelligentsia. Substance! Theory! Ideas!
One of Tucker’s recent theories has sparked some criticism. Here is the video, and I encourage everyone reading this to watch it in its entirety.
Joe Biden, heading into a tough election, cautioned American voters that the “GOP fever will break after the election.”
Except the year wasn’t 2020, it was 2012. I guess the fever never broke. Despite pushing broadly popular programs, President Biden has been met with near uniform resistance from Republican lawmakers.
Republicans have refused to negotiate in good faith with the Biden administration, while simultaneously slamming the president for failing to meet his campaign promise of uniting the country around bipartisan consensus.
I wanted to write a few ideas about bipartisanship in the present day — what it means, how to…
“Vita sine litteris mors est” — Life without learning is death. The authenticity of Seneca’s words, despite being written almost 2,000 years ago, is easily apparent. Letters From a Stoic (officially Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium) offers insight into living the moral life, free of distraction and temptation but full of meaning.
Seneca focuses on the mind over the soul. The soul, while technically a part of us, is not truly our own. Souls are not for people, but rather, are for the divine. As such, Seneca is more concerned with our minds and our ability to think rationally.
You know the Trump era is over when Democrats and Republicans are yapping over issues like the federal debt and the annual deficit.
Welcome back! If Biden’s unofficial campaign slogan was Make Politics Boring Again, he was successful.
Debt and deficit talk is once again all the rage in America. Hell, even John Oliver is devoting a segment to it. Unfortunately, I’m seeing the same, widely held (and incorrect) assumptions about the debt being propagated by some in the media.
Let’s get into my views, of which some are heterodox.
(Short term, anyway.)
The New York Times released a bombshell report detailing how the struggling Trump campaign deceived its donors, resulting in unprecedented amount of refunds and fraud complaints.
The Trump campaign quietly set the default donation option to recurring, forcing donors to “wade through a fine-print disclaimer and manually uncheck a box to opt out.”
According to the report,
As the election neared, the Trump team made that disclaimer increasingly opaque, an investigation by The New York Times showed. It introduced a second prechecked box, known internally as a “money bomb,” that doubled a person’s contribution. …
If you haven’t read the Georgia voting law, you can do so here.
I wanted to wait a bit before weighing in. Allow some time for my thoughts to marinate, if you will.
Here are five quick thoughts:
“No person shall solicit votes in any manner or by any means or method…or participate n the giving of any money or gifts, including, but not limited to, food and drink, to an elector,” the law says.
This is particularly egregious, even for Republican standards. …