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The primary game is over! You have been assimilated!

The latest high-level endorsement for Hillary, by the incumbent secretary of transport, is enormous, enormous news. Totally. Unexpected. I can't conceive of how much all-caps and italics could ever do it justice. This. will. SWING this election! Decisively, I believe. This week, everyone will be talking about this, and nothing else. Until their teeth bleed.

In other news, 1.4% of Americans will hear today for the first time that the name of the incumbent Transport Secretary is Anthony Foxx.

Rounding down, 0% of this group will get as far as his Wikipedia page, and learn about his career prior to holding office, mainly as a "business litigator" with Hunton & Williams (your international outsourcing experts, for whenever your friendly mom-and-pop multi-death corporations need to export a few thousand jobs overseas).

That's the kind of simple but forceful title that your true power elite get to hang on their shingle. Lobbyist? Pshaw! This man did it in court! I mean, how cool does that sound? "Tony Foxx: Business Litigator: Washington DC: ESQ." Coming soon to no TV near you.

Surrender the Bern!!!

Indubitably, but...

These people really live their own bullshit.

The correct answer is, it doesn't matter. Having inherited ownership of a supermarket chain, or having been born to the Number 1 lawyer and Seattle at just the right time to later scam IBM into letting them monopolize the PC operating system, or having written the code for a MySpace that People Like Better are not reasons to allow anyone to accumulate billions, or to pretend to convert these billions from personal to "philanthropic" wealth still under their control, or, worst of all to give them an almost monarchical privilege in deciding the shape of public policy. What qualifies Waltons and Gateses and Zuckerberg get to set policy for the schools, while educators, parents and students have almost no say? If you allow that, our nightmare will continue to be that we live in whatever wish to dream.

Only Bowie

A personal obituary for the Major and the minor:

If you are reading what I put here, as opposed to all those who are not, then you belong to a group I shall for the moment define as we. I think today 99% of us are mourning David Bowie. Does it feel like the end of the Seventies, or the beginning of how those who share a particular feeling of Seventies, and then Eighties, and then Nineties, shall now see all this begin to pass from living memory, as even 1929 and the one-and-only World War II have almost done? Do you remember your President Nixon? Time, he flexes like a whore, falls wanking to the floor, his trick is you and me boy.

If I'm not crying today, then because out of the firmament of rock and pop and living artists and authors who have played regular gigs in my emotional sky and read themselves into my nerves, Bowie's was the only one whose necessary death I'd begun to mourn already years ago. Couldn't help it. I also thought selfish reasons why he should live; he is but 19 years older than I; his launch injects the first atom into my own clock remaining as a mobile thinking piece of zig-zagging stardust mixed into meat. That is how it is on orbiting rock number three, where humans give their imaginary space to odd beings they have never met and cannot know, but persistently love in their dreams.

Now he's a star man waiting in the sky, he'd like to come and meet us but he thinks he'd blow our minds. Here now as my offering among the millions is a link to one of his products of a certain two years that, according to the legend, Bowie forgot in West Berlin, only to have it found again on the cassette that for years my brother and I would start playing as we took to bed. As eine kleine Nachtmusik, "Low" delivered what he had presaged in the lines to Starman a couple of years earlier:

Then the loud sound did seem to fade
Came back like a slow voice on a wave of phase
That weren't no D.J. that was hazy cosmic jive

click this

now share your Bowie

Well I guess the game is over now!

This latest endorsement for Hillary, by the incumbent secretary of transport, is enormous, enormous news. Totally unexpected. It will swing the election decisively, I believe. This week everyone will be talking about this and nothing else, until their teeth bleed.

In other news, 1.4% of Americans will hear today for the first time that the name of the incumbent Transport Secretary is Anthony Foxx.

Rounding down, 0% of this group will get as far as his Wikipedia page and learn about his career prior to holding office, mainly as a "business litigator" with Hunton & Williams (your international outsourcing experts) which is the kind of simple but forceful title that your true power elite get to hang on their shingle. I mean, how cool does that sound? "Tony Foxx: Business Litigator: Washington DC." Coming soon to no TV near you.

"ISIS" is the Saudis

That's reductive, but true enough: "ISIS" is the result of the Saudi regime indoctrinating, dispatching, arming and financing foreign jihadis in Iraq and Syria, who end up recycled into "ISIS," which the US then bombs, or one of the other more "moderate" jihadi militias, which the US sometimes supports openly. And this Saudi practice can't be sold as anything other than also a U.S. policy, since it is done while Saudi enjoys the full backing without criticism from the U.S. U.S. sells the arms with which Saudi Arabia also conducts its simultaneous and official mass-murder in Yemen. U.S. says nothing about Saudi intervention in Bahrain. If we want this to be different, we need to stop othering and hating -- as detestable as this regime and the extremist thought it pushes and many of the people thus produced may be. Change begins at home with things we might change, like ending the longstanding arms and support for this regime, and moving to shut down the ME arms market. Otherwise "we" also own these barbarities.

Oklahoma is shaking with joy.

Or it's shaking with something, as America's new top earthquake zone.

http://www.koco.com/weather/oklahoma-ha-more-earthquakes-in-2015-than-all-of-continental-us-combined/37209902

It's great that we've solved the oil and gas shortage by using massive explosives - an American specialty - to lay waste to useless wildnerness, aquifers, mountaintops, and ocean floors. This can be done forever without any consequences whatsoever. Take that, environmental doomsayers!

The "Number Two" stuff wasn't based on fuzzy intelligence!

It is based on a non-fuzzy understanding of how PR a.k.a. bullshit works. It's ludicrous to you or me. But it's plenty good for the real target audience, which is Wolf Blitzer et al. (Do you think he remembers how many Number Twos have been croaked since 9/11? Only the latest one counts.)

Vietnam bodycount redux.

Much less complicated than to claim X original enemies, minus Y enemies killed, equals Z enemies left. Just say you killed the most important ones this week, so victory is always near.

You have an interesting recollection of the history.

It's hard to imagine a more successful primary season for the Democratic party than the one in 2008. More than 35 million people were mobilized to participate. All the interest was focused on Obama and Clinton. Meanwhile, on the Republican side, it was pure crickets as an old man (in the sense of old, old ideas) plodded to a predetermined result. Lesson: Democracy (as imperfect as it was) is not to be feared!

As for your platitude about the effect of open primaries, I guess we'll see! Prior history does not guarantee future results, as the Wall Streeters say...

Interesting: List of open primary states

Here is a list of open-primary states with the number of their electoral votes as a very rough gauge of their influence on the outcome (total 169 unless I made a mistake adding).

South Carolina would be the first one voting next year.

Alabama (9)
Arkansas (6)
Arizona (11)
Georgia (16)
Illinois (20)
Massachusetts (11) (All races' primaries open for "unenrolled"/unaffiliated voters only)
Michigan (16)
Mississippi (6)
Missouri (10)
North Carolina (15)
North Dakota (3)
South Carolina (9)
Tennessee (11)
Vermont (3)
Virginia (13)
Wisconsin (10)

Open, but not for presidential elections:

Hawaii (Open primary for state, local, and congressional races; caucus system for presidential races.)

EDIT: To add Illinois and correct total.

EDIT II: To note that Wikipedia sucks and point you to a more complete list that includes Ohio, Texas and Louisiana, and thus puts it close to half of the total electoral votes. Rules vary, however.

https://grassrootsidgop.wordpress.com/list-of-states-with-open-and-closed-primaries/

EDIT 3: To apologize as I just saw that the link is a GOP site, but the info seems good.
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