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October 31, 2020

"I can do it but you can't."

I'd like to keep politics out of this one.

I've known a fair number of people over the years who seem to have the attitude that "I can do it but you can't." Mostly simple everyday things, but, like for instance, "I can have a separate email account but you can't." Mostly, they haven't been overt about it, but they have become upset when others do something they themselves do.

I've never understood this. Any thoughts?

October 29, 2020

Moving from Vista to Linux?

A friend has been having problems w/ Vista recently and I'm curious about porting her to Linux. Her HP PC is maybe ten years old or so.

Has anyone here done this?

October 28, 2020

I wonder if Putin would let us ship donny and his minions

(all of them) to Siberia.

I would start a GoFundMe to pay for plane tickets. On ancient Aeroflot planes.

October 26, 2020

Interesting piece from Pravda

It just occurred to me to check out Pravda and see what they're saying about all this, and found the following:

Progress report from Trump’s glorious fourth reich


Although this article is satirical in nature, it should not be taken lightly, because Donald J. Trump and his fellow fascists are working hard to make it a reality.

All hail Fuhrer Trump, long may he reign!

The battle goes well for the glorious Fourth Reich: Reichsfuhrers Chad Wolf of the Allgemeine SS and William Barr of the Gestapo have made substantial inroads into our glorious nation's major cities, quashing all in their path who foolishly demand that all races be treated equally and fairly, and eviscerating the authority of politicians who refuse to genuflect before Fuhrer Trump and acknowledge his noble genius.

Our glorious Reich has also replaced the empty oath to the Constitution-that vacuous piece of paper created by well-meaning but foolish idealists-with an oath of allegiance to our glorious Fuhrer Trump. Already, in cities throughout the nation, we are joyously seeing how vigorously the agents of the Fourth Reich's federal government are ignoring the restrictions of this moribund Constitution and embracing instead the unbridled cruelty bestowed upon them by their new oaths.

Oh, my... that doesn't sound very supportive. And yes it's a satirical piece, and it goes on:

Читайте больше на https://www.pravdareport.com/society/144782-trump_usa/

October 26, 2020

GOP senators worried about T not going peacefully

From HuffPost:

Carl Bernstein Says GOP Senators Weighing Action If Trump Won’t Step Down

They’re “terribly concerned about what they regard as the president’s unthinkable acts to undermine the electoral process,” the famed Watergate journalist said.


Trump has refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses, and has repeatedly tried to undermine the integrity of the electoral process by claiming the only way he can lose is if the vote is rigged.

As many as 10 GOP senators are “talking with each other about how to restrain what they regard as an out-of-control” president who is “determined to do anything to hold on to office regardless of its legality.” Bernstein told CNN’s Ana Cabrera without naming anyone involved.

They are “terribly, terribly concerned about what they regard as the president’s unconstitutional and unthinkable acts to undermine the electoral process,” Bernstein added, calling Trump’s aggressive grip on power a “scorched earth” strategy.

Sure they're concerned. They're concerned about their own images and their own jobs if they're seen as being part of that fucking mess. They don't give a shit about anything else.
October 24, 2020

I exercised my right of free speech this morning.

I'm driving down the street and a parade of trumper cars is coming the other way. So I said, okay, they have a right to express their opinion. No problem there. This is the US of A.

So I opened my car window, stuck out my hand as high as I could, and gave them the courtesy finger. That's my opinion.

October 22, 2020

My cussing has increased exponentially over the past four years.

I've always cussed to some degree, but yikes.

October 22, 2020

Forget the clear plastic panels tonight.

Just put a trap door under the person.

October 21, 2020

Does the GOP want to turn the US into a medieval feudal state?

Just an observation based on watching the news over the past couple of years...

There seem to be two major types of people who support the GOP and that person in the Oval Office. One type is mostly made up of filthy rich corporate executives, lobbyists, and similar people. The other type seems to be mostly average American workers, the ones who do the work that makes it possible for those executives to be filthy rich. And it would appear that most of the average American workers who support that person in the Oval Office listen mostly to Fox and similar outlets, if at all.

Now, there have been several items in the news about the ginormous disparity in pay scales between CEOs and front-line workers. A recent item (I don't remember which company) said the CEO made like 7,000 times more that an entry-level worker.

And, a number of major corporations have already put small businesses out of work, either by buying them or by competition.

A lot of Europe back in the Middle Ages consisted of small feudal states run by lords who had their own fiefdoms. They had the castles and huge residences and had farmers and tradesmen who supported them by paying taxes. Except in a few very specific cases, there was no real way for these serfs to rise above their station: they were stuck for life, and part of it was due to a lack of education.

So nowadays we see more and more large corporations hiring lots of people at low salaries and with minimal benefits. We see more and more small independent businesses going bust. We have the GOP wanting to dismantle the ACA. And we see a lot of average American workers, who work for these corporations in one way or another, listening to another huge corporation (Fox) that's encouraging them to support a system that's slowly turning them into little more than medieval serfs.

Again, just an observation.

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