Monday, October 26, 2020

Useful links and info

Top 5 ads that could persuade your pro-Trump uncle to vote Democrat

The Republicans now resemble illiberal authoritarian parties in Turkey and Hungary, study finds

This is funny.

While the U.S. and South Korea had their first Covid-19 cases and deaths in February, more than 225,000 Americans have died from the virus since then. South Korea, a country of 55 million, has had fewer than 500 deaths. They controlled the virus. The U.S. didn't.

When Barrett joins the court, five of the nine justices will have been appointed by presidents who lost the popular vote.

Friday, October 23, 2020


One of the benefits of getting up early is that I often hear coyotes. I’ve never been able to make a good recording, but if you turn this up loud, you can hear them. The crunching noises are me walking on gravel. 

And, of course, a roadrunner.  :-)

Friday, October 16, 2020

Post on Facebook

Kaitlyn Serafin:

Biden “town hall” event = new respect. 

Facts, figures, history, new awareness, forward thinking. Amazing how well he presents himself given he is fighting a stutter with every breath. Correct. He’s not a doddering, old man. He’s fighting to control a speech impediment he’s had since birth. 

I also watched a PBS program detailing Biden’s life and Trump’s life. No surprises. Trump became a psychopath and white collar, career criminal under his father’s guidance before he reached 30. He learned how to manipulate the media (and public opinion) and built his “fortune” using public tax dollars while paying little himself. (NYC gave him $400m to begin his hotel empire.)

Biden began his political career as a BLM supporter in 1972 and suffered the death of his first wife and young daughter on the eve of taking office. 😭 Obama picked him as VP because he is intelligent, compassionate, well informed, and could build the necessary bridges to Repubs to get things done. Serving the people of this country for decades, Biden has learned what works and what doesn’t work when solving large, complex issues that face America. 

Biden, most certainly, is presidential material.

More: The jarring contrast between Trump and Biden, explained in 3 moments from their competing town hall. At the very moment Trump embraced QAnon, Biden embraced science.

Joe Biden Was the Real-Life Jed Bartlet at His Town Hall Last Night

Thursday, October 15, 2020

From Nicholas Kristof

Judge Barrett seems an intelligent and admirable individual. But my column argues that her judicial philosophy has been on the wrong side of history on many of the big issues of my lifetime, from racism to LGBT bigotry....

One of my old friends told me recently that she couldn’t stomach Trump but is strongly “pro-life” and concerned about Joe Biden for that reason. I made the point that if the aim is to reduce the number of abortions, the best way to accomplish that is to provide Title X reproductive health programs that offer free family planning for at-risk young people, reducing unplanned pregnancies. Trump has cut funding for such clinics; Biden would bolster the funding. It sounds as if she will vote for Biden.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

More Tweets

Alex Cole:

Hunter Biden was Chairman of the World Food Program which just won the Nobel Peace Prize.
Eric Trump, Donald J Trump Jr, Ivanka Trump are banned from ever operating a charity again because they stole donations to children with cancer.
Any questions?

Matt Yglesias:

If you’re a single issue “drone strikes are bad” voter, Trump significantly increased their volume while reducing monitoring of civilian casualties ... a lot of the left just lost interest when it stopped being an anti-Obama cudgel.

Bess Kalb:

This election is a tough call because one candidate was endorsed by both the Taliban and the KKK and the other was endorsed by a broad bipartisan coalition and the New England Journal of Medicine.

Mark Hamill

Still the undisputed King of the "this didn't age well" tweet.

"Quote Tweet

Donald J. Trump

China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus. The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency. It will all work out well. In particular, on behalf of the American People, I want to thank President Xi!"

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Court Packing

Changing the size of the Supreme Court is exactly what Republicans did in 2016. Also from 2016: If Clinton Wins, Republicans Suggest Shrinking Size of Supreme Court

Of course, Republicans have been active in doing this version of altering the courts. In addition to Garland, they are proud of doing it across the board.

Also: Biden is again asked why voters don’t deserve to know his views on court packing. He responds: “The only court packing going on right now is going on with Republicans packing the court right now ... I’m going to stay focused on it so we don’t take our eyes off the ball here."

Monday, October 12, 2020

Vegans are right to hate me.

Thousands of vegans have attacked me (examples in the comments here). I was fired from multiple jobs. I was banned from an animal rights conference after having been elected to their "hall of fame." 

And you know what? They were factually correct. I don't promote veganism. I ignore fish, dairy, animal testing, fur, etc. I advocate working with big companies, including meat companies

So I understand why so many vegans hate me and what I advocate

But we have limited time and resources. What we choose to do is a statement of what we value. There is a lot of unnecessary and preventable cruelty in the world. Why spend your time attacking me?

You can cite all the facts about how right veganism is, and document how wrong I am, but what good does that do in the real world? How is that the best use of your time? How will it help bend the arc of history toward justice? How will it change even one mind?

The same is exactly true for politics. If we spend our limited time attacking the better of our real-world choices, we are hurting our best chance for any progress. We are also actively enabling truly cruel and terrible and hate-filled people.

I realize that people have tied their sense of self-worth to being vegan. I understand that people have tied their ego to the purity of their political vision. But as much as they like to think otherwise, the real world has never been changed by purists. Purists make things worse.

This really matters. Hundreds of thousands of people died because people slagged on Al Gore and voted for Ralph Nader. Over a hundred thousand people have died unnecessarily so far from Covid in the United States because people slagged on Hillary Clinton and voted for Jill Stein. (And, of course, the "Green" party in the United States completely undermined any chance the U.S. would do anything about climate change in a timely fashion.)

Personally, Obamacare literally saved my life. Anyone who slags on Biden, Harris, or other Democrats during an election is actively increasing the likelihood that more people (like me) will die unnecessarily. 

Pragmatic realists are what move history forward. It does not help to attack better for failing to be best. Exposing evil and asking for realistic change makes things better.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

The More You Know

Here’s Trump’s entire replacement healthcare plan:

Here’s the entire GOP platform:

Here’s a list of tax returns Trump has released:

Here’s Trump’s response to Putin putting bounties on American soldiers:

Here’s Trump’s law and order plan: “Proud Boys, Stand by.” 

Friday, October 9, 2020


 As seen in this graph (and this one: "It is not a success story"), many more people died in Sweden than needed to. And as documented elsewhere, they had a worse economic outcome than Germany, Denmark, or Norway.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Instant Pot!

Thanks again to Anne's boss, who sent her an Instant Pot. I never thought I'd use one, but I use it all the time! 

Here's a good article from our friend (and one of One Step's videographers) Michelle. But IMHO, you don't need a cookbook -- you can Google anything (e.g., berbere lentils instant pot).

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Know anyone who wants what is best for all Americans?

I think there is always something to criticize about everyone (I know there are lots you could criticize about me). But given the actual choice we have and the stakes we face, I think this short speech says it all. (Article summarizing it.)

Please share. Thanks.