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Delta Meltdown

So, one of the best run, profitable, and on-time airlines built its own internal computing system to track flights, issue tickets, handle scheduling, billing, and more.

It is a complex, robust, effective computer system, far better than the 1890's technology that Southwest Air has been trying to replace.

Can someone explain to me how a power failure in Atlanta caused the airline to collapse? Even my home office computer has a backup power system, letting me work even if the office is getting no power. Do they really expect us to believe that with all its programing and computer successes, Delta did not have a backup power system set up to prevent such a meltdown?
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Tue Aug 9, 2016, 10:18 AM (20 replies)

I was struck by Trump's lack luster support of Ryan and McCain

Clearly, he was reading a script. His lack of enthusiasm was as clear as the tips of his tiny fingers.

So, it begs the question: What just happened behind the scenes? And who has the clout with Teh Don and enough "respect" from him to get his addled attention long enough to convince him that this was a necessary, if painful, step?

His closest hired aides? Doubtful. Rob Bennett? The guy who called Ben Carson the smartest guy he had ever met? Heh. Lewandowsky? He is too busy making an ass of himself on CNN. Paul Manafort? ha.

I am going with his daughter and one of his sons. Even they realized how bad the optics were becoming.
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Sat Aug 6, 2016, 11:13 AM (6 replies)

"It's only a scratch"

"I've cut off both your legs!"


WASHINGTON ― Donald Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, pushed back against reports of turmoil within the Republican nominee’s campaign on Wednesday, accusing Hillary Clinton’s campaign of spreading a false narrative.

“The candidate is in control of his campaign. That’s number one, and I’m in control of doing the things he wants me to do in the campaign,” Manafort said in an interview on Fox News.

“The turmoil, this is another Clinton narrative that she put out there and that the media is picking up on,” he added, describing the campaign as “in very good shape” after reportedly raising $82 million in July ― its best month yet.

The campaign careened off the rails over the weekend after the Trump picked a fight with the Gold Star parents of a slain Muslim American war hero. Ignoring aides and prominent GOP members, he doubled down by saying he didn’t “regret anything” about critiquing the family.

The real estate mogul didn’t stop there, however, racking up an astonishing number of controversies in the last 48 hours that threatened to disintegrate his already shaky support among elected officials in his party.
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Wed Aug 3, 2016, 05:08 PM (11 replies)

Normally I won't discuss the looks of a politician's spouse

(Although Bill is looking a lot healthier of late. He really looked bad a month or so ago).

In the case of Melania, I will make an exception.

No, I don't care about the nudes, so long as Barbara Bush doesn't join in the fun. What really strikes me is her expression. Is it a sneer, is she myopic? What is she trying to say, other than "this is my trademark look?"

It really is off-putting, even strange. If that is the look that attracts Teh Don, wow.
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Mon Aug 1, 2016, 11:35 AM (9 replies)

I keep getting malware from DU.

Every time I log in, and try to post something, I get a nasty McAfee ad, or or some pop up telling to call an 877 number to clean a virus off my Windows machine. Except I run macs, only.

Anyone else having this problem?

Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Sat Jul 30, 2016, 11:25 AM (4 replies)

Illinois decriminalized Marijuana!

Source: MPP Marijuana Policy Project

This afternoon, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signed MPP’s bill decriminalizing possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana, making Illinois the 21st state to stop jailing marijuana consumers.

This is just the latest victory in the most ambitious year yet for rolling back marijuana prohibition …

More than 20 legislatures have already improved their states’ marijuana policies this year, and voters in as many as 10 more states will vote on sensible marijuana initiatives this November.

Read more: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-illinois-marijuana-decriminalzation-0730-20160729-story.html

Great news. No more jail terms for pot.

This will probably lead to letting a lot of people out of prison, too.
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Fri Jul 29, 2016, 05:00 PM (38 replies)

Voting Rights

Reading the wonderful decision from North Carolina, I was struck by how powerful a functioning court needs to be in a democracy. Four victories on voting rights over a couple of weeks. Little chance that they will appeal, especially given the type of smack-down they received, Would the Supremes will reverse any of those decisions? Not with a 4-4 tie.

So, we have a supreme court that is weakened by the GOP deliberately. And it has become toothless to support the tears, rents, attacks, and erosion of our rights and our constitution. Et tu, GOP.

I am wondering if this is some subconscious payback for Citizens United and Gore v. Bush. Maybe the appellate courts felt guilty about the harm caused by those decisions, and they decided (internally) to right the wrongs that have been and still will be committed by ALEC, the Kochs, and the Tea Baggers.
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Fri Jul 29, 2016, 04:07 PM (2 replies)

Vermont passes

Betcha Bernie has something to say.

And I bet it will be great for us all.
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Tue Jul 26, 2016, 06:44 PM (0 replies)

The convention last night has me depressed.


Because, frankly, I do not know how the campaign can top it. Every keynoter kicked ass. Every single one. How could anyone top it?

Comparing what we saw last night with the RNC's first night isn't like comparing apples and oranges. It is like comparing peaches and rotting entrails.
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Tue Jul 26, 2016, 08:03 AM (24 replies)

Sanders: He combed his hair!

Wow, what a great line up, what a great set of speeches.

Michelle - wonderful
Elizabeth - you kicked ass
Cory - magnifico!

And now Bernie
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Mon Jul 25, 2016, 10:54 PM (5 replies)
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