A galaxy far, far away…

A long-time reader noted some similarities between the 2016 election and one from one a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

Most pundits see this year’s presidential election as too close to call. 1

The reasons for this 2 will be discussed ad nauseum over the upcoming weeks and months.

However, given there is a full moon overhead, and on occasion even pundits have been correct, it seems a good time to review that most hoary of tropes, American Idol.

Wait – I meant the Electoral College, though it’s an easy mistake to make: The American Idol analogy (certainly not original to us) is apt:

The popular vote in both the presidential election and AI is exactly the same; people go to the polls or text/sms in their votes for their fave, right? Well, almost; those votes will actually be cast for an elector, probably Nikki, Keith, Randy and Mariah (and seven more geniuses in Missouri) who will then accordingly pledge to cast their vote for either Obama or Romney…

In tiny little baby steps, we inch ever closer to a place from which we will be unable to return. And we do so blind to recent events that glaringly point out the error of our ways. 1

Depressing as all hell.

A galaxy far, far away...

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  1. Back in the day we noted: “There is as yet a notable difference between theft and the Electoral College.” Given the results of the 2016 election, we truly can not say that any more.

Russia’s 2016 Disinformation Campaign

I know, I know: We’re also sick and tired of 2016 election postmortems (not to mention our normal knee-jerk antipathy toward the McClatchy organization), but…

By Election Day, an automated Kremlin cyberattack of unprecedented scale and sophistication had delivered critical and phony news about the Democratic presidential nominee to the Twitter and Facebook accounts of millions of voters. Some investigators suspect the Russians targeted voters in swing states, even in key precincts.

Russia’s operation used computer commands knowns as “bots” to collect and dramatically heighten the reach of negative or fabricated news about Clinton, including a story in the final days of the campaign accusing her of running a pedophile ring at a Washington pizzeria.

The long and short of it is that the Russian promulgated fake news pushed those Dems and liberals barely voting for Hillary (’cause ¡Pendejo!) to vote for a third party candidate instead. And even though Hillary out-polled ¡Pendejo! by nearly 3 million votes, enough Dems voted for third party losers candidates to give the White House to ¡Pendejo!.

Regardless whether OMP and His Crew turn out to have directly worked with the Russians to rig the election, this McClatchy article should put paid to the idea of not enforcing more sanctions on Russia, much less giving them their special party mansions back.

Russia's 2016 Disinformation Campaign

Not Politicized Science

[The White House] is poised to eliminate all climate change research conducted by Nasa 1 as part of a crackdown on “politicized science”, his senior adviser on issues relating to the space agency has said.

Nasa’s Earth science division is set to be stripped of funding in favor of exploration of deep space, with the president-elect having set a goal during the campaign to explore the entire solar system by the end of the century.

This would mean the elimination of Nasa’s world-renowned research into temperature, ice, clouds and other climate phenomena. Nasa’s network of satellites provide a wealth of information on climate change, with the Earth science division’s budget set to grow to $2bn next year. By comparison, space exploration has been scaled back somewhat, with a proposed budget of $2.8bn in 2017.

Bob Walker, a senior…campaign adviser, said there was no need for Nasa to do what he has previously described as “politically correct environmental monitoring”.

“We see Nasa in an exploration role, in deep space research,” Walker told the Guardian. “Earth-centric science is better placed at other agencies where it is their prime mission.

“My guess is that it would be difficult to stop all ongoing Nasa programs but future programs should definitely be placed with other agencies. I believe that climate research is necessary but it has been heavily politicized, which has undermined a lot of the work that researchers have been doing. [The White House’s] decisions will be based upon solid science, not politicized science.”

Not that ol’ Bob has a horse in the climate change race… 2 3

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  1. Yes, I know it looks weird; we’re all used to seeing acronyms at least capitalized, e.g. NASA, if not overly punctuated, e.g. N.A.S.A. What can I say? it’s The Cousins: They speak/write as if they invented English.
  2. We’re so fucked…climate-wise…we’re just not going to be able to get reliable, scientific information about how fucked we are from NASA any more.
  3. Since we’re headed back to the Reagan years, except with more racism, hatred and less civil rights, perhaps we should all start humming that era’s anthem? THAT would make ‘murika great again, n’est-ce pas?

Rumors of War

“I have seen biblical prophecy fulfilled in Israel, and no one can deny that.”

President-elect…has reportedly appointed an ambassador to Israel: Mike Huckabee 1, a supporter of settlement expansion and the Israeli annexation of the West Bank, who claimed in the past that Palestinians don’t exist.

Great, yet another death worshipper in a position of power…

Rumors of War

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  1. Fun Fact! Mike Huckabee is a Christian Zionist, a sect of Christian fundamentalism that believes the actual Apocalypse will take place exactly as the Bible “foretells”, in the land of Israel.

Starting a War

When they tell you it wasn’t bigotry and hate that changed the face of America…

Lenny Bolton, who rents a house between Mount Olive and Goldsboro, insists it was the state of the economy, not prejudice, that troubled him. Even so, bigotry appears to linger not far below the surface.

“I mean, there ain’t no jobs around here because the aliens are working for next to nothing,” he said. “Does that sound American to you? We’re giving our prosperity to them.”

When asked if he’d be willing to pick cucumbers or tobacco, Bolton got defensive. “Just because I don’t want that kind of work doesn’t mean some Mexican should get it. A part of me says we should let them stick it out on them fields, but it ain’t right.”

So who, then, should companies like Mount Olive Pickle and Butterball hire to take on jobs men like Bolton want no part of?

“Give ’em to the blacks who sit at home on the porch all day,” he said. “Make ’em earn that government check. Know what I’m sayin’?”

The issues with illegal aliens in this country goes waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back:

[The Pilgrims] were also experienced exiles. Their twelve years in Holland had given them a head start in the difficult process of acculturation. Going native—at least to a certain degree—was a necessary, if problematic, part of adapting to life in a strange and foreign land. If their European grains refused to grow in this new environment, their very survival might depend on having planted a significant amount of American corn. They decided they had no choice but to take the corn. The place where they found the buried seed is still called Corn Hill.

The decision to steal the corn was not without considerable risks. They were, after all, taking something of obvious value from a people who had done their best, so far, to avoid them. The Pilgrims might have opted to wait until they had the chance to speak with the Indians before they took the com, but the last thing they possessed was time. They assured themselves that they would compensate the corn’s owners as soon as they had the opportunity.

But of course that didn’t happen. The recompense, we mean.

Instead the Pilgrims started a war.

We’re jes’ sayin’…

Starting a War