23 July 2024

Republican dumbnitude

If these stupid Republicans think trying to cook up legal obstacles to Harris's assuming the mantle and running against their would-be dictator in all 50 states will inure to their benefit with the electorate, they are being even stupider than usual. 
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RFK Jr shows his true colors?

According to Heather Cox Richardson's substack, there is a "leak" to the effect that RFK Jr is "in talks" with Trump's cadre to drop out and endorse Trump, in exchange for some kind of position in the Trump administration. Now, doesn't that just about tell it all about this utter nutjob, who has, tragically, just about ruined his family's legacy and political imprimatur for all time with his insane conspiracy theories and anti-vax lunacy?

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 Thank you, Joe Biden, for your service. 
On to victory, KAMALA HARRIS
Our Champion for Democracy
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Offsetting Musk's evil influence

As a Tesla owner (we actually have two now), I feel an extra responsibility to donate to and work for our Champion for Democracy, Kamala Harris, and other Democrats up and down the ticket, especially in swing states, in order to offset the evil asshole Elon Musk's promise to contribute $45 million to help Fascism win in our country. There are all kinds of horrible ironies here, but I can only do the most I can to help ensure we save Democracy, and that's what I intend to do. 

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 Thank you, Joe Biden, for your service. 
On to victory, KAMALA HARRIS
Our Champion for Democracy
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22 July 2024

Time to unify behind Harris's candidacy

I get the desire to have an "open convention," etc., but the need for our party to unify and concentrate on defeating fascism is so vital that I want to see former president Obama and all other prominent Democrats endorsing Harris immediately. There were quite a few yesterday, but they need to do what the Republicans used to be famous for: falling in line. After all, primary voters voted for Biden/Harris... this withdrawal is much like any other event that makes it necessary for the chosen "spare" to step in. After all, that is the only real reason (other than breaking ties in the Senate) we even have a vice president. 

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 Thank you, Joe Biden, for your service. 
On to victory, KAMALA HARRIS
Our Champion for Democracy
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21 July 2024

Democratic Unity to SAVE DEMOCRACY

As you can see from my new signature panel, I am abandoning "polite nonpartisanship." Patriotism is supporting democracy. Fascism is treason. Supporting Donald Trump is unacceptable. If this offends you, tough. You can block me or delete my e-mails. 

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 Thank you, Joe Biden, for your service. 
On to victory, KAMALA HARRIS
Our Champion for Democracy
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On to victory!

I think Joe Biden was a much better president than most of us thought he would be. And his sacrifice of his own personal interest in the interests of our country is literally heroic. I have just signed up to contribute $100/mo. to the HARRIS campaign from now till the election and will personally do everything I reasonably can to help ensure that she wins in November, and brings a Democratic House and Senate along with her. Thank you, Joe Biden, for your service and integrity. Now, on to victory! We will defeat Fascism and begin the reaffirmation and restoration of democracy in our nation! 

08 July 2024

Defeat in this election is UNTHINKABLE

We have a crisis of leadership in America, but the global trend towards authoritarianism is not a "done deal." Far from it. The center left won a landslide in Britain, and less than a week later, also won a solid victory in France. We must take this as an affirmation, and strive mightily for victory for democracy here. I have come to believe that the best path forward... would have to be immediately ... is for Biden to acknowledge that he has lost confidence and needs to step aside, become the elder statesman, and let the convention choose someone else to carry this torch to victory in November. But even if he doesn't do that, we absolutely cannot allow the forces of the far right, which to a great extent are using Trump as a tool for their fascist agenda, to succeed. Never give up. Fight like our democracy depends on it, because it does, period.

07 July 2024

Tesla set to be a bigger energy co. thru battery storage than it is a car company: comments

See Electric Viking's video apropos. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tf7LxMp9e3k

I celebrate the technology, but I have to say under the laws we supposedly enforce, Tesla being third in American auto mfg., and being a huge player in power grid technology is pretty well along into illegal monopolistic practices. Whether there is any political will to do anything about that is highly dubious. It seems politicians of whatever stripe have no problem with monopolies, or at least oligopolies, as long as they keep the money flowing inside USA. 

What is even more interesting though is the extent to which worldwide energy system technology is becoming heavily dependent on (if not dominated by) China. (Tesla is almost as much a Chinese company as it is an American company). With the MAGA fascists promising trade war with China, seems to me Xi Jin Ping would want Chinese influence to favor the Democrats. Contrary to conventional wisdom. But Democrats have a huge advantage: they are more or less guided by reality, not paranoid delusions. I believe whatever else they may be, those who lead China are pretty clear eyed about geopolitics and how the world economy works. That may not always be said of their American counterparts. They have bet heavily on technological development, and it is paying off for them. Whether we are going to be able to do likewise in the coming decades is very much open to question.