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Algernon Moncrieff

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Presidential candidate Andrew Yang campaigns in Council Bluffs before Caucuses


COUNCIL BLUFFS, Omaha (WOWT)-- Before the set up for town hall, Andrew Yang was in downtown Council Bluffs meeting with canvassers. This group was out door-knocking inviting people to come out to this evening’s town hall.

Yang has earned his way into the next debate stage but is trailing in the polls. Tonight’s event ahead of the caucuses is a big push for him to rally some final numbers before Iowans decide who they favor.

During his campaign Yang has pushed his message on climate change, Medicare for all and his freedom dividend—-which is monthly stipend he says will help Americans prosper.

“This campaign is doing something very ambitious and understand so needed and so necessary to this suffering but is experiencing that you see yourself subscribing to on a daily basis it does not need to be this way,” said Yang.

Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Tue Jan 28, 2020, 02:44 PM (0 replies)

Is Kobe's death the saddest sports death story, ever?

Bill Simmons did an emergency podcast on the Ringer regarding Kobe's shocking death, and suggested that it might be the saddest sports death story ever. I started thinking about that. The story is shocking, to be sure.

The closest comparison I can come up with is Roberto Clemente's death in the plane crash.

Dale Earnhardt comes to mind, but death has always been an inherent part of motorsports.

Horse racing has had some beautiful animals die on the track, but I'm thinking about people in this context.

There are the disease deaths - Lou Gehrig, Brian Piccolo, Joe Roth

There are the "what might have been" deaths - like Sean Taylor having been murdered, or the Len Bias overdose.

There are events like the plane crash that claimed the Marshall football team.

Munich in '72 - but we generally think of that as a tragic event, like a 9-11, as opposed to the deaths of the individuals involved.

Can you think of a more shocking and/or tragic death in the sports world?
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Mon Jan 27, 2020, 10:05 AM (44 replies)

The Weather Channel Forecast for Caucus Day as of 1/27

Des Moines Partly Cloudy 38°20° 20% WNW 17 mph
Sioux City Partly Cloudy/Wind 35°17° 10% NW 20 mph
Dubuque Partly Cloudy 41°23° 20% WSW 16 mph
Davenport Partly Cloudy 45°25° 20% WSW 16 mph

From what I'm seeing, the weather should not be a major factor.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Mon Jan 27, 2020, 02:24 AM (2 replies)

Newsweek: #YangSurge Trends After Latest Emerson Poll Ranks Andrew Yang 4th Nationally

#YangSurge Trends After Latest Emerson Poll Ranks Andrew Yang 4th Nationally Among 2020 Candidates

Yang is pulling votes away from [Senator Bernie] Sanders with younger voters and this is a very interesting age dynamic," said Director of Emerson College Polling Spencer Kimball.

"America's really nice and loyal friend from college Andrew Yang is up to 8% in Emerson polling, putting him into fourth place," tweeted activist Cameron Kasky. "The #YangSurge is showing our party that the country wants an earnest, authentic candidate and is starting to realize Yang is the man!"

Immanuel Wilson tweeted, "Yang got 9% of the black vote (with 8% of the overall vote). This shows that the black community is listening, and liking what they're hearing. As more of the black community starts hearing about him, they'll realize that he's their guy. #YangSurge #BlacksForYang"

"Andrew Yang at 8% nationally," tweeted Ross Varner. "Ahead of Buttigieg, double Klobuchar. The #YangSurge is real. The #YangGang is much larger than anyone knows."

Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Fri Jan 24, 2020, 10:45 AM (1 replies)

Michael Moore on Trump, Baseball, and Lying

In the era where the president tells over 15,000 lies in his first three years in office — and continues to be president — what is the lesson to society? It is that TRUTH no longer matters, TRUTH is no longer required. All bets are off. You can now just make shit up. It’s ok. If what you’ve made up has a kernel of “truth” to it, then you’ll have a better chance of fooling the public into thinking you’ve told the truth. It is an era when even good people now can lie, cheat, steal. In Trumps first year, the Houston Astros cheated their way to win baseball’s World Series. In Trump’s second year, the Boston Red Sox did the same thing. By the end of Trump’s third year, the massive disease of dishonesty had spread way beyond professional men’s sports. Wealthy parents (already with a leg up) lied and bribed to get their children into “better” schools.
How do we turn the deception around? One small way would be to strip Houston and Boston of their World Series trophies and give them to the team they cheated to win: the LA Dodgers. They “lost” to the liars—the truth dodgers—in 2017 and 2018. That’s just a start. The real way to fix this pandemic is for each of us to call “BS!” whenever we see it - even if we have to call it on people we like. We hold that power. Everyone please — off the bench!
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Fri Jan 17, 2020, 03:31 AM (4 replies)

Is it wrong to put the parental lock with a PIN on FOX News on your TV?

Is it wrong if kids could actually more easily watch porn than FOX?

Asking for a friend.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Wed Jan 15, 2020, 03:43 AM (23 replies)

Who do you think won tonight?

Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Wed Jan 15, 2020, 03:24 AM (20 replies)

Did you watch the debate tonight?

Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Wed Jan 15, 2020, 03:21 AM (14 replies)

I stand corrected

DUer Celerity pointed out to me that Andrew Yang is not a billionaire. So I checked, and apparently it's not jus me because Forbes published an article entitled "Andrew Yang is Not Nearly As Rich As You'd Think."


So I retract my statement, regret my error, and apologize profoundly.

Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Fri Jan 10, 2020, 07:35 PM (6 replies)

Rick Steves on Iran (From his Facebook page)

Iran: If You're Going to Bomb a Place, You Should Know Its People First

A decade ago, I traveled to Iran to better understand a country with whom we seemed perennially on the verge of war. I came home with a one-hour public television special ("Rick Steves Iran: Yesterday and Today" that attempted to understand the Iranian psyche and humanize the Iranian people. I believe if you’re going to bomb a place, you should know its people first. Even if military force is justified, it should hurt when you kill someone.

Some things just don't change. America is, once again, on the verge of war with Iran. And, just like a decade ago, we are not prepared for that reality. As a nation, we don’t adequately understand Iran. From my travels there, it's clear to me that Americans underestimate both Iran's baggage and its spine.

"Baggage" shapes a country's response to future challenges. In the USA, our baggage includes the fight against socialism during the Cold War and the tragedy of 9/11. Iran’s baggage has to do with incursions from the West. Examples include 1953, when the US and Britain deposed a popular Iranian prime minister (after he nationalized their oil) and replaced him with the Shah; and the 1980s, when--with US funding--Saddam Hussein and Iraq invaded Iran, leaving hundreds of thousands of dead soldiers on Iran’s Western Front.

Iran is a proud and powerful nation of 80 million people--long a leader in its corner of the world. When I was in Tehran filming my TV special, I went to the National Museum of Iran expecting to film art from the great Persian Empire (the “Empires of Empires” ruled centuries before Christ by great leaders like Cyrus, Darius, and Xerxes). I found almost nothing. Apologetically, the curator explained, “You’ll need to go to London or Paris. Iran’s patrimony is in the great museums of Europe.” This is baggage.

The Iranian Revolution of 1979, which deposed the US-friendly Shah, is seen in the USA as a terrible thing. It led to the rise of the ayatollahs and the taking of 52 American hostages (which--speaking of baggage--is why our president recently threatened to bomb 52 targets in Iran). But traveling in Iran, I heard a different narrative: The revolution was a people's uprising in the context of the Cold War, as Iran’s young generation wanted to be neither East nor West (independent from the USA or USSR realms).

If you don’t know Iran (as, I fear, is the case with our country’s decision-makers), it would be easy to underestimate their spine. Filming there, I was impressed by the caliber and the goodness of the people on the street — and haunted by a feeling that we could easily radicalize them with a reckless foreign policy.

I'm no diplomat, and I realize that Iran is a challenging puzzle to solve. It seems we will always be in conflict with Iran, and the answers will never come easy. But surely whatever we do should be built upon a foundation of understanding: We must get to know Iran on its own terms. We would be foolish not to recognize its baggage--and not to appreciate its spine.

My public television special, "Rick Steves Iran: Yesterday and Today," is as timely and important today as it was when we first released it in 2009. Back then, when people asked me why on earth I was making a TV show about Iran, I told them, “I believe if you’re going to bomb a place, you should know its people first.” And I believe that now more than ever.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Tue Jan 7, 2020, 08:23 PM (30 replies)
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