about being liberal or conservative anymore y'all. That is a hype offered by the fascist whores who want to confuse the people with lies while they turn this country into an aristocratic police state. Some people will say anything to attain power and money. There is no such thing as the Liberal Media, but the Corporate media is very real.
The trend cannot be dismissed with fairy tales and prevarication
The blowhards and public relations games cannot displace the data. Nor do the words of a disreputable Prez-dent and his minions soothe or ameliorate the reality of those folks who live in the regions of the United States that have been decimated since 1970, as our economy started to slowly get dismantled/reconfigured by financial manipulators and corporation consolidation. All that great beautiful best ever infrastructure that was talked about endlessly is a prop of manure smeared and flung like plastic cheap trinkets to the willing crowds.
They peddle in falsity and self-praise, and yet don't deliver any goods.
Tuesday, 27 October 2020 at 20h 59m 51s
The Third Wave
This is what "herd immunity" looks like, a bunch of increasing waves ...
[SOURCE:Jennifer Couzin-Frankel | Science Magazine | 31 July 2020] .
Plus, virus's not only mutate, but they also tend to go into remission, because they are essentially bits of RNA in a lipid-protein shell. That's why they can be destroyed by soap, but are deadly once they get into your blood stream, because they mimic the bodies lipid-protein transport system and are able to attach to protein receptors on our various cells, except they transports RNA instead of nutrients, which hacks into the cell DNA replication system in order to replicate new viruses.
We are not yet immune to the common cold, the flu, herpes, and most other viruses, so why anyone would be so stupid to even think such a policy is a good idea is, well just plain stupid. A small investment in upfront intervention goes a long way toward long-term devastation to the economy and the larger social system.
But ideology and the greed of a group of wealthy who refuse any increase in taxes, or any responsibility at all for the larger cohesion of the social system, because they can isolate and shelter themselves behind walls and security forces, the hoi-polloi be damned.
Saturday, 24 October 2020 at 1h 21m 28s
Nazi’s and white nationalist movements are like mafia organizations combined with the fervor of religious movements. People are lead to believe that all members will benefit if they all stand with one another in the sect. There are cult leaders who exude and inspire confidence, and the organizations are connected by tight lipped inner circles. Funds are filtered in by large plutocratic connected organizations to promote false mythology about the economic system from which they exploit and derive their wealth, distracting the lower classes with false ideology while they steal the fruits of the social system and convince those on the lower rungs that they didn’t work hard enough to make it big and become wealthy.
Our society actually ranks billionaires, like they were in some sort of competition. Honestly, what is the difference between 2.1 and 2.2 billion (mathematical answer : 100 million or 1,000 times 100,000 dollars) ? When you have that much wealth, the difference between those two numbers is enough to have 1,000 people make 100,000 dollars a year. One billion would be 10,000 people making 100,000 dollars a year. That’s a lot of money being sucked out of the economy that could support a living wage. Seems to me that a country counting billionaires as a symbol of pride should instead be ashamed at how many working people are losing out. Ten thousand here, ten thousand there. Sooner or later you start talking about millions of people affected by the aggregation of extreme wealth into the hands of fewer than 10,000 people.
Here’s another math question. What is 10,000 times 10,000? Count the zeroes, and you get 8. So add 8 zeroes after the one and you get 100,000,000. That’s how many people have been financial affected by the vacuum cleaner of wealth into the hands of a mere 10,000 people.
So do you think these hoarders of wealthy want to acknowledge their responsibility to the social system’s economic demise? Nope. Instead it is easier to hide behind self-serving ideology and brainwash a cult to do the dirty work propagandizing the lower orders, keeping them divided on cultural issues while the more important economic issues never get addressed.
Friday, 9 October 2020 at 1h 36m 18s
Bad ass electric scooter : the Mercane Widewheel pro
So today, Fed Ex arrives with this 55 pound electric scooter from Mercane called the Wide Wheel Pro. I ordered the machine on Sunday, and got it today, on Thursday, at 1:33 pm. Oh blessed is the modern world of commercial shipping and transportation via the internet.
Oh. My. Fucking. God. OMFG. The thing is amazing. The wide wheels give the machine a lot of easily manageable traction. You can just release the throttle and tap the breaks just like a bicycle. Plus, OMG bonus times 2, the ability of the dual 500 watt wheel motors to go up hills is amazing. I am so looking forward to using this machine on Saturday to go to Simple Pleasure (3434 Balboa) and Wicked Donuts (1243 Noreiga) - 3 miles one way.
Here are my initial thoughts:
It is a bit bumpy on roads with holes, crags, issues, but is nevertheless stable. I also suggest releasing the throttle before breaking. Also I wouldn't ride it up curbs because the solid tires are not the same as pneumatic (air filed) tires, you could bust the rim.
After one ride over 6 city blocks and back I am fucking happy.
Here is a more sophisticated analysis of the Mercane wide-wheel pro
Saturday, 3 October 2020 at 20h 28m 54s
Bad ass electric scooter : the Mercane Widewheel pro
I just bought a bad ass scooter with wide wheels that never get flat and have 500W motors for each wheel. The scooter tops out at 26 mph but has a 22 mile range. If you cruise less than 20 mph the range is closer to 30 miles.
Hell yea man.
Monday, 28 September 2020 at 2h 54m 42s
A great discussion about corporate power and boondoogling
Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich sits down with Anand Giridharadas, author of Winners Take All, to discuss how the GOP’s hypocrisy on the Supreme Court underscores the dangers of minority rule. They dig into how those with power, from politicians to billionaires, leverage it to gain more — at the people's expense.
Tuesday, 22 September 2020 at 1h 24m 11s
Wow actually published
My letter to the editor of which I spoke in a previous blog post was published.
I must say the editor gives everyone free reign of opinion, and is quite fair. I just hope the hordes don't pummel me with fury.
Saturday, 19 September 2020 at 3h 0m 57s
I wrote another letter to editor today
I have been writing letters to the editor since I was in high school. Back then I got something published in the Times Picayune (New Orleans) when I criticized the foreign policy hypocrisy of Robert Livingston. I have no trace of the letter since in the mid 1980's this was back in the days before the internet and my ownership of a computer. I actually mailed a type written letter to the newspaper.
Currently my neighborhood monthly district newspaper the Richmond Review has merged with the Sunset district. However, I have gotten my letters published before on two occasions.
Here is my recent letter to the editor. It might not get published, because it's pretty harsh to commentary guru Quentin Kopp
. The man has pretended to be an "independent" politician while being funded by Republicans ever since he ran against Diane Feinstein for mayor in 1979 during the aftermath of the dual assassinations of SF Supervisor Harvey Milk and SF Mayor George Moscone.
At the trial of the assassin Dan White, the defense argued that he suffered diminished capacity as a result of his depression, a symptom of which was a change in diet from healthy food to Twinkies and other sugary foods. This court case led to what was called the Twinkee defense. Jurors convicted Dan White of "voluntary manslaughter".
Politics in San Francisco has always been unique because their are a lot of competing interests, and each neighborhood has strong community connect civic institutions that politicians have to respect. The result is a tendency for local politicians to genuinely represent the interests of their neighborhood communities. Corporation-ists have to pretend to care about (and often dupe) the community in order to effectively run a campaign. They are relentless because they have more money.
People like Quentin Kopp have been playing this game for a while. He plays the independent card. Republicans help fund his campaigns.
Here is my recent letter to the editor in response to his recent monthly article in the Richmond Review. Here is that article.
Why is the Commentary of an aged politician allowed on a monthly basis? I know there are persons who will protest that the monthly commentary represents alternative opinions to “leftist” extremism, but seriously, what value or substance comes from these monthly scribblings? What if any insight is gleaned from the smorgasbord of red herrings and straw man arguments sandwiched by choice quotations from cherry picked political agents in highly partisan media organs or out of context from the original quotation.
His recent cute quotes that begin and end his latest commentary is a perfect example. “An election is coming. Universal peace is declared, and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry.” So stated George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) in 1866. This was followed at the end by another quote: Walt Whitman once wrote: “I know nothing grander, better exercised, better digested, more positive proof of the past, the triumphant result of faith in humankind, than a well-contested American national election.” That inspires me to recommend voting for supervisorial candidates .. blah blah.
In between these quotes were a bunch of paragraphs supporting or not supporting various propositions. Quick fly by hits that really don’t help anyone understand, and are also somewhat suspect in context. Regardless, can anyone explain what these quotes have to do with the wording that was in between? He cries about California being a one-party state, but never explains that this has occurred due to the utter hollow corruption of the entire Republican party. If that last sentence bothers you then you haven’t been paying attention. When your baseball team is bad, when your debate team is bunk, don’t lay down a subtle hit on the other side that has done the homework and has SOME INTEGRITY. This is the reason why elder Republicans (like the commentary individual) are now scurrying around trying to say they are “independent”, meanwhile saying the same things and spewing the same unsupported ideology. Zombie ideas just need a new political party, right?
Persons who support this kind of tripe want to use tired monikers of leftist and conservative, but those descriptions don’t describe the tawdry emptiness that is actually in these monthly commentaries. Arrogant slanted phraseology that does not evince any fair assessment of the issues is not a conservative opinion. Copious usage of cherry-picked statements and quotes are like cheap ornaments on a christmas tree, and are not remotely close to a cogent analysis of ideas and policy choices. The evidence is there every month.
Giving this charlatan a podium from which to spew nonsense is giving the label of conservatism a bad example. The smug language and dismissive attitude characteristic in every single article is blatant. And every single article that is pieced together by this inept firebrand speaks for no one except the clan. The rest of us get to have our sensibilities and intelligence insulted because we want to read the commentary in our district monthly newspaper, but instead get to experience convoluted jargon which speaks only to true believers.
All that aside, in all his year’s as a politician, the only claim to legitimacy that I see is jumping on the political bandwagon of getting BART to connect with SF Airport, as if this politician actually did all the heavy lifting to make that happen. Some might call that statesmanship.
Some might deflect the legitimate criticism by describing others as leftist. However that is the only criticism. Call something else a name in order to justify your own inability to understand the legitimate criticism being presented by multiple people. Nice. Funny thing though — that is the only criticism of what is perceived as the “other” side. No breakdown or analysis of the argument is presented at all. Just call it leftist, and the debate is over. Therefore the rest of us have to accept the illogical, border-line reactionary writings of someone who is not convincing, and has given ample ongoing evidence of his own inability to overcome his own biased prejudices.
Friday, 28 August 2020 at 0h 59m 23s
The hypocrisy is too blatant at this point. So much so that players on sports teams are boycotting in protest in order to wake people the fuck up.