Friday, January 20, 2017

Two things I already got from President Trump

1) He took Nikki Haley away from South Carolina so that we can finally raise some money to fix our once great and now deplorable roadway system,

2) The intuitive knowledge (versus academic knowledge) of how something like World War II and the Final Solution can organically happen.




Thursday, January 19, 2017

Banana Republic



When I came to the US from Brazil several decades ago, I wrote to friends and family that America seemed to be just like Brazil but that you needed more money to bribe the people in power. ... I still think that what I observed then holds true then and especially now, the difference being that then the great and beautiful middle here still functioned honestly and in first world fashion.  ... “first world” being a descriptor shunned by the privileged left because it implies that there is a third one, which then implies a hierarchy whose existence the left refuses to admit to... ...and thus contemporary humanities trouble with "reality"… any-who…

...With Trump coming into office, the tendency towards “third world-ness” of this nation that I first perceived as a teenager, 40 years ago, moves from the background to full frontal.  Yep, America you've finally turned into a Banana Republic (yes, lefties, they exist, I was born in one), though this one has somewhat of a Russian Oligarchy flavor to it, so maybe we’ve turned into a Caviar Republic.  …Caviar, Bananas… no matter the food, still a third world kleptocracy.

Welcome to the "Best and Most Amazing" present "ever"....  Oy.


Friday, January 13, 2017

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Affordable Healthcare...


...So upon waking up to the news on Tuesday, I heard an interview on NPR with Zeke Emanuel, one of the architects of the Affordable Healthcare Act, on the future of the aforementioned which is now being referred to mostly by its name, but that for the past 8 years has been called Obama Care...  The interview was mostly propaganda with the takeaway being that Zeke was calling for the Dems and Republicans to work together to modify it; and I quote:


EMANUEL: Right, but consistency suggests that they want a - they would want a bipartisan bill. And I understand that the president-elect, Donald Trump, wants a bipartisan bill. He really does I think genuinely want a bill and a health care system that works for all Americans, that achieves universal coverage, no preexisting disease exclusions. And I think therefore there is some ray of optimism that we could actually get a compromise bill rather than just something rammed down the country's throat by the Republicans.


That's rich, since the act was passed in the first place by a majority Democratic Congress ramming it down the minority Republican throat! 

I love politics: verify and never trust.  



Sunday, December 25, 2016

The Thing about Getting Old: part III


Current events still piss you off but matter less, so you start making art that is more abstract, more personal and less legible.


Old people are selfish.


The Thing about Getting Old: part II


I've made uncompromising choices based on perceived knowledge at the time I made them that have brought me to "the now".  I don't particularly like the now, but I enjoyed the journey.


Friday, December 2, 2016

The worst of both worlds: trump follows bernie's advice on Carrier deal


A while back I hoped that fate would spare us from having either a president Trump or a Sanders:

two bad worlds

Well it seems like fate has given America both of them with Trump following Bernie's suggestion on the Carrier deal.

Yay.

Commie Capitalism

In the report I link to above, the reporter points out that the way Trump bullied Carrier into keeping some jobs in the US is no different than the sort of things France does.  Hell, I love France, but if we are going to run our incentives as they do over there, we better be prepared to accept 24% youth ("youtt" in New York-ese) unemployment.

France Stats