March 28, 2017
My objections to the Trump presidency, like my objections to his candidacy, are not rooted in politics, but in something more fundamental: Qualifications and Experience.
Donald J. Trump seems not to have any clear political philosophy guiding him. To the extent he has any philosophy at all, it seems to be narcissistic: Trump first, second, and third. In fourth place is anyone or anything willing or able to serve his first three priorities.
This makes for a Presidency open to manipulation by a variety of bad actors. His very lack of political experience or other mitigating qualifications, combined with his lack of any sort of principled vision of governance , opens our country to attack from within and without.
February 3, 2017
Acquaintances who are not as disturbed by the 2017 White House inhabitant say that he is a negotiator*. Hence his pronouncements should be seen as opening positions in an ongoing negotiation.
We have reports that on a “make nice again” call with the Mexican President, he threatened to send American troops in to help clean up the “bad hombres”.
This is his opening position? What does he want?
My guess is, either he was just reacting petulantly to some perceived slight, or else he is laying the groundwork for why we need to take over Mexico as a US colony.
* This is problematic because the world need not be a zero sum game.
December 15, 2016
The Gender Binary must be served.
Insight from PZ Myers.
December 10, 2016
As key elements in the Republican Party continue to engage in voter suppression, then we, the citizens of this United States, should view Republican officeholders as less and less legitimate. The sacredness of our founding principles demands this in our democratic republic.
September 4, 2009
This post is a resting place for information on the American health care system. Links to reliable data will be added as I come across them.
Basic question I wish to investigate: What are the categories/measures in which the USA compares favorably to other countries, and in which does it compare unfavorably?
July 3, 2009
The Digital Cuttlefish has a blog post on flying monkeys speaking wisdom to the select. More precisely, Cuttlefish has written some verses for a hymn to our new lords of revelation.
My attempt at some verses is below, but you should definitely visit the master’s (Cuttlefish’s) page linked above.
Before now, all PZ’s postings
Were subject to hellish roastings
Now monkeys bestow singular
blessings on Blog Pharyngula
What these chimpanzees do say
Every word I must obey
Though the monkeys invisible be
Their raison d’etre‘s plain to see
July 3, 2009
I’m just starting here. I may not do much of anything with this blog, just use it as a way to record some thoughts.
— wishing (ihacan)