By Lambert Strether of Corrente
Patient readers, I’m afraid I haven’t totally caught up with the news over the weekend. More tomorrow, hopefully. –lambert
Bird Song of the Day
Large Wren-Babbler, Pahang National Park, Malaysia. I’m imagining a Monty Python sketch for the “LNS Catalog Number….” voice-over…
Lambert here: One reader suggested changing these quotes; I don’t think it’s a bad idea, but I need to think about it. I don’t want to be too doomy — we are not short of inventory in that department — but I don’t want to go all chipped and Pollyanna-esque, either.
“But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature?” –James Madison, Federalist 51
“They had learned nothing, and forgotten nothing.” –Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord
“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” –Hunter Thompson
“Top Democrats are blasting President Joe Biden’s stated intention to sell F-16 fighter jets to Turkey” [Politico]. • Total focus on the midterms, obviously. Good to see it.
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Something to look forward to!
“Winning: An Interview with Christopher Rufo” (interview) [IM—1776]. The entire piece is well worth a read, especially for any Democrats who want to see how a serious political party functions, before it’s too late. This caught my eye: “Mark Granza: Getting parents to unite in order to achieve political goals is an unusual strategy. Where did you get that idea? Christopher Rufo: It happened, again, by accident. I did a series of reports on [Critical Race Theory (CRT)] in education that sparked a lot of discussion and then I started noticing these incredible clips circulating on social media of parents speaking it at school board meetings. It was totally spontaneous at the beginning. Then I put together a Critical Race Theory Briefing Book and worked on model policies, which gave people the language they needed to succeed and a template for policymaking at state legislatures. The secret to good activism is not mass, but leverage. The narratives about CRT sparked an immense public response and politicians, who are always looking at the intensity of voter sentiment, started to deliver laws that protected their constituents and protected families from indoctrination. The GOP then adopted a smart frame — ‘parental rights,’ ‘the parents’ party’ — that created a set of policies and connotations that is very appealing to families. In the most recent generic ballot polling, parents with children in the home support Republicans by a 28-point margin. This is a political sea change. It drove the success of Glenn Youngkin and school choice initiatives across the country. The impact is undeniable.” • Hoo boy.
“Veer, and Now” [Brian Beutler]. “There’s a trope among highly partisan Democrats that people who complain about the lifelessness of the party’s leaders are always shouting “do something!” at them without ever specifying what. I try pretty hard in this space and elsewhere to be clear about what I think would work better than the status quo, but I also want to stand up here for the concept of just appearing to do stuff. It’s stupid, and it was the source of a lot of clownishness and losing court fights and hooliganism, but Donald Trump was downright hyperactive about pretending to do stuff, and I think it helped him mask the truth of a failed presidency. We would all quite reasonably sniff ‘that isn’t legal’ or ‘he can’t do that.’ And usually we were right. Most of the time nothing came of it; sometimes he managed to mow down the guardrails and get his way on dubious authority. But the point was less about governing than conveying a sense of action and control, and I think it goes a long way toward explaining why he held on to Republican voters so well and managed to increase his vote share despite basically wrecking the country.” • Beutler should veer from his aghastitude. Neither the CARES Act (“money in your pocket”), which was superior in every way to Obama’s reaction to the Great Financial Crisis, nor Operation Warp Speed can go under the heading of “wrecking the country.” Nor can not going to war with Russia. Biden squandered all that, making him a worse President than Trump.
“Democrats facing a Donald Trump conundrum heading into 2024” [AlterNet]. To charge Trump, or not: “‘Through the efforts of the House January 6 committee, strong evidence has emerged of multiple serious crimes, committed by President Trump, as well as his lawyers, other aides, and supporters—all aimed at overturning the result of the 2020 election,’ [Paul Quirk, a political scientist at the University of British Columbia] said. He later added, ‘Although this evidence has not been subjected to cross-examination, challenged by opposing witnesses, or tested in a trial, it amounts to a very compelling evidence of likely criminality. And yet it is not at all clear that Biden’s Justice Department has gotten the memo.'” • Holy Lord. Whose job is it to get the memo to Garland?
“Five under-the-radar Democrats who could run for president in 2024” [The Hill]. Sen. Sherrod Brown (Ohio), Stacey Abrams (“She’s going to have to win a race first”), Rep. Ro Khanna (Calif.), Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Mitch Landrieu. Weak, weak bench. Why not just run Liz Cheney and have done with it?
“Waiting (and Waiting) for an Adams Doctrine” [New York Magazine]. “What we are seeing is something quite different from mayoralties of recent memory — a politics that is mostly public performance with a mayor who makes news more for what he says and how he appears than for what his administration is actually doing…. As an administration official put it, “Sometimes working here can feel like Jurassic Park, and he is the T. rex and is going to keep on testing the fences until he breaks through. He needs somebody who can whisper in his ear, ‘Mr. Mayor, I’m sorry, but you are out of your fucking mind right now.'” • Remind you of anyone? A politician who quite recently achieved unexpected success?
Democrats en Déshabillé
I have moved my standing remarks on the Democrat Party (“the Democrat Party is a rotting corpse that can’t bury itself”) to a separate, back-dated post, to which I will periodically add material, summarizing the addition here in a “live” Water Cooler. (Hopefully, some Bourdieu.) It turns out that defining the Democrat Party is, in fact, a hard problem. I do think the paragraph that follows is on point all the way back to 2016, if not before:
The Democrat Party is the political expression of the class power of PMC, their base (lucidly explained by Thomas Frank in Listen, Liberal!). ; if the Democrat Party did not exist, the PMC would have to invent it. . (“PMC” modulo “class expatriates,” of course.) Second, all the working parts of the Party reinforce each other. Leave aside characterizing the relationships between elements of the Party (ka-ching, but not entirely) those elements comprise a network — a Flex Net? An iron octagon? — of funders, vendors, apparatchiks, electeds, NGOs, and miscellaneous mercenaries, with assets in the press and the intelligence community.
Note, of course, that the class power of the PMC both expresses and is limited by other classes; oligarchs and American gentry (see ‘industrial model’ of Ferguson, Jorgensen, and Jie) and the working class spring to mind. Suck up, kick down.
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Auto-kinbaku-bi once more:
Yes, the party intentionally recruited people it knew would oppose the main elements of its agenda. https://t.co/1kx7GujTSA
— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) July 2, 2022
Making assumptions on “its agenda,” but let that pass.
Realignment and Legitimacy
The class structure and “doing your own research”:
But we’re not individually capable of doing that at scale in an advanced society. To critically review scientific findings takes time. And every level of abstraction relies on trust in some authority or expert. You would spend 25 hours a day evaluating sources and fact finding.
— thebluecheese (@thebleucheese) July 2, 2022
And each level of abstraction is peopled/represented/managed by (fear of precarity-driven) rent-seekers and gatekeepers. (That is the tendency; you have some classes of authorities who are open and honest. I would urge they are exceptional. Actually, that’s a nice dichotomy: hegemonic v. exceptional. Droplet goons are an example of the former; aerosol community of the latter. So we could say of the PMC as a class: There are exceptional and hegemonic subclasses. (Note than an exceptional subclass would not be a collection of exceptional individuals, but a set whose social relations enable individuals to become exceptional.)
Don’t make me give you another award, Bob!
Long, insane thread on all the math that the chairman of the department of medicine at the University of California at San Francisco thinks people might want to do to individually decide whether their individual risk tolerance calls for wearing masks right now. https://t.co/wDM2kpL2ci
— midnucas #FueraLUMA 🇵🇷 (@midnucas) February 20, 2022
A layered strategy works (1):
Air audits, Hepa Filters and CO2 Monitor were initially expensive, especially while we were constantly in lockdowns and restrictions. But it is already paying off now as we still haven’t had any employees being infected with the virus at work pic.twitter.com/WpkpdZPr47
— Apricot Tree Cafe (@ApricotTreeCaf1) July 2, 2022
A layered strategy works (2):
10 days post-wedding, we’ve had zero new COVID cases among all the attendees (approx. 150 people.) Was it the masking? Was it the Corsi-Rosenthal boxes? Was it a 99.9% vaccinated and boosted attendee list? It was all of the above. We prioritized safety AND had a great time. Fin.
— Lavanya Krishnan, MS, MPH (@l_krishnan) July 3, 2022
The wedding industry is huge, and weddings are up this year. How long before some clever firms start marketing “Covid-free Weddings”?
My Twitter list is not a random sample. But on the pro-mask side, opinion seems to be hardening (which I view as a literally healthy thing):
1/ We have *never* had a dedicated public health campaign on wearing a mask to protect yourself & others. It’s truly quite an extraordinary omission. Which means either the Government doesn’t want people wearing masks or doesn’t care if they don’t.
— Celia Green (@1CeliaGreen) July 3, 2022
As I keep saying: “Democidal elites” is a parsimonious explanation.
Please watch Nicolas Smit’s OSHA testimony. @PPEtoheros
And we wonder why health care workers are leaving in droves. https://t.co/Hm1GvDQYDo
— Denise Dewald, MD 🗽 (@denise_dewald) May 10, 2022
An unmasked woman in the checkout line next to me just loudly said to the unmasked cashier, when asked for ID, “Don’t touch it though. I’ll hold it for you. I have COVID.”
— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) July 2, 2022
So actually @delta I don’t “respect the choice about masking” made by my neighbor on DL466 on Sunday, because his maskless coughing and spluttering over 6 hours has had a predictable result. He chose for me and I don’t appreciate that he was able to. pic.twitter.com/1lu6eMBeMg
— Andrew McGowan (@Praxeas) June 30, 2022
I don’t care that it’s “allowed.”
Rest assured that if you knowingly get on a plane/ train/ go to the mall/ dine indoors etc with an active COVID infection— esp without an N95 or elastomeric—you’re a psychopath.
— Dana Parish (@danaparish) July 3, 2022
What's worse than cholera? Burdening businesses with the taxes needed to fund construction of this unproven 'sewer' technology. No thank you sir, I will take my drinking water the way God intended it: Naturally enchanced with feces. #FecalUrgencyofNormal#1854CholeraEpidemic
— Neoliberal John Snow (@NeoliberalSnow) July 3, 2022
That’s hardly fair. You would drink your feces-enhanced water after conducting a personal risk assessment. People are so cynical these days!
If you missed it, here’s a post on my queasiness with CDC numbers, especially case count, which I (still) consider most important, despite what Walensky’s psychos at CDC who invented “community levels” think. But these are the numbers we have.
Case count for the United States:
I think we’re seeing data issues from a long weekend, hence the drop. Under the hood the BA.4/BA.5 are making up a greater and greater proportion of cases. There was a weird, plateau-like “fiddling and diddling” stage before the Omicron explosion, too. This conjuncture feels the same. Remember that cases are undercounted, one source saying by a factor of six, Gottlieb thinking we only pick up one in seven or eight.) Hence, I take the case count and multiply it by six to approximate the real level of cases, and draw the DNC-blue “Biden Line” at that point. The previous count was ~108,000. Today, it’s ~102,400, and 108,000 * 6 = a Biden line at 614,400. At least we have confirmation that the extraordinary mass of case anecdotes had a basis in reality. (Remember these data points are weekly averages, so daily fluctuations are smoothed out.) The black “Fauci Line” is a counter to triumphalism, since it compares current levels to past crises.
• “The BA.5 COVID Surge Is Here” [New York Magazine]. “The newest wave of COVID infections and reinfections, fueled by more transmissible subvariants of the Omicron strain including BA.4 and BA.5, continues to grow across the U.S. As countless Americans gather over the July 4 holiday weekend, it’s entirely possible that there are more new daily infections happening in the country than at any other point in the pandemic other than the Omicron wave.” • Joe, Rochelle, Ashish, good job.
So the national drop is mostly from the South, and the South is from Texas. Which is weird, because in the rapid riser chart, Texas is reddening.
From the Walgreen’s test positivity tracker:
2.4%. (I’m leaving the corporate logo on as a slap to and check on the goons at CDC.)
NOT UPDATED Wastewater data, regional (Biobot Analytics), June 29:
Wastewater data (CDC), Jun 14, 2022 – Jun 28, 2022:
This chart works a bit like rapid riser counties: “This metric shows whether SARS-CoV-2 levels at a site are currently higher or lower than past historical levels at the same site. 0% means levels are the lowest they have been at the site; 100% means levels are the highest they have been at the site.” So, there’s a bunch of red dots on the West Coast. That’s 100%, so that means “levels are the highest they’ve ever been.” Not broken down by variant, CDC, good job.
NOT UPDATED Variant data, regional (Biobot), June 8:
Out of date compared to Walgreens (below) but still showing doubling behavior.
NOT UPDATED Variant data, national (Walgreens), June 15:
The current Walgreens variant chart is dated June 11, which is before June 15, and BA.4 has gone down. So I will check again tomorrow.
Variant data, national (CDC), July 2:
Hoo boy, with the caveat that those creeps at CDC have now made their “Nowcast” model mandatory (hence the big jump in BA.4/BA.5 from the last time they managed to update this site). Doubling behavior moving along quite briskly.
Lambert here: It’s beyond frustrating how slow the variant data is. I looked for more charts: California doesn’t to a BA.4/BA.5 breakdown. New York does but it, too, is on a molasses-like two-week cycle. Does nobody in the public health establishment get a promotion for tracking variants? Are there no grants? Is there a single lab that does this work, and everybody gets the results from them? Additional sources from readers welcome [grinds teeth, bangs head on desk].
From CDC Community Profile Reports (PDFs), “Rapid Riser” counties:
West coast improves, Texas and the South do not, Illinois improves.
The previous release:
NOTE I shall most certainly not be using the CDC’s new “Community Level” metric. Because CDC has combined a leading indicator (cases) with a lagging one (hospitalization) their new metric is a poor warning sign of a surge, and a poor way to assess personal risk. In addition, Covid is a disease you don’t want to get. Even if you are not hospitalized, you can suffer from Long Covid, vascular issues, and neurological issues. For these reasons, case counts — known to be underestimated, due to home test kits — deserve to stand alone as a number to be tracked, no matter how much the political operatives in CDC leadership would like to obfuscate it. That the “green map” (which Topol calls a “capitulation” and a “deception”) is still up and being taken seriously verges on the criminal. Use the community transmission immediately below.
Here is CDC’s interactive map by county set to community transmission. This is the map CDC wants only hospitals to look at, not you:
Hospitalization (CDC Community Profile):
Very volatile, but a lot more yellow and orange since the previous update several days ago.
Death rate (Our World in Data):
1,042,678. I have added an anti-triumphalist Fauci Line.
Manufacturing: “United States Factory Orders” [Trading Economics]. “New orders for US manufactured goods jumped 1.6% month-over-month in May of 2022, following an upwardly revised 0.7% rise in April and beating market forecasts of a 0.5% gain, in a sign demand for products remained string [sic].”
The Bezzle: “Celsius Customers Are Losing Hope for Their Locked-Up Crypto” [Wall Street Journal]. “It has been three weeks since crypto lender Celsius Network LLC took the drastic step of halting customers’ withdrawals. Many people are starting to wonder if they will ever see their money again. Alla Driksne says she has six figures worth of bitcoin and ethereum—her life savings—tied up in a Celsius account. On June 12, a Sunday, the company said it had paused customer withdrawals, saying it needed “to stabilize liquidity and operations.” Ms. Driksne couldn’t sleep for two days. ‘,’ said Ms. Driksne, who is 34 and creates online cooking courses.” • :-(
Today’s Fear & Greed Index: 22 Extreme Fear (previous close: 24 Extreme Fear) [CNN]. One week ago: 26 (Fear). (0 is Extreme Fear; 100 is Extreme Greed). Last updated Jul 5 at 1:22 PM EDT.
Rapture Index: Closes unchanged [Rapture Ready]. Record High, October 10, 2016: 189. Current: 189. (Remember that bringing on the Rapture is good.) I’ve been waiting for the Rapture Index to hit the all time high again. Now it has.
I’m a little amazed to see a version of Dylan and the Band’s Basement Tapes on YouTube. Here’s one of my favorite up-tempo Grateful dead tunes, which breaks off after 43 seconds because it’s authentic:
Reminds me a bit of the Flatlanders except, well, The Band.
Edouard Manet 1863
Musee d’Orsay pic.twitter.com/5gKwyzOgJF
— Olga Tuleninova 🦋 (@olgatuleninova) July 14, 2020
Three Quarters of Olympia Minus the Servant, 1982 #americanart #neoexpressionism https://t.co/odIr8nFi3t pic.twitter.com/TUmWiFa9KK
— Jean-Michel Basquiat (@artistbasquiat) July 2, 2022
Groves of Academe
If you are school-adjacent, you could look into this:
2) Key points: #COVIDisAirborne
⁰Using a smoke machine, a group of dads studied airflow patterns in the school's five classrooms and administration areas
⁰Goal was creating clean-air classrooms at school to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmissionhttps://t.co/aQGqIQkqdD
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) April 1, 2022
“Ep 5: What’s Ahead for Labor?” (podcast) [Adolph Reed, Class Matters]. “Adolph Reed Jr. talks with Sara Nelson, President of the Association of Flight Attendants/CWA and APWU President Mark Dimondstein about what’s ahead for Labor in this moment that holds out both promise and peril. Worker organizing efforts are underway across the country including at Amazon and Starbucks. Public support for unions is a 57-year high – with polling at 68% in favor.” • I’m very pleased to see that Reed has a podcast/
News of the Wired
Kill it with fire:
AI-created episodes of Fawlty Towers, by https://t.co/Kani0qEh4P. pic.twitter.com/b6jfl0PMI3
— John Hoare (@mumoss) July 2, 2022
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Biden orders US flags to half mast in honour of Highland Park shooting victims The Independent
The way things are going, they should just leave the flags at half mast. Every day is a half mast day here in the USA. Maybe just go with shorter flag poles.
Did he order them at half mast after
Darryl Brooks deliberately ran over 63 people at the Christmas parade in Waukesha?
Don’t be silly. Darryl Brooks, say his name!, was part of the black power movement
That story doesn’t fit the must disarm white people narrative. Besides, he used an SUV. “Car violence”, nothing more.
Half mast with the flag upside down. We are mourning the fact that we need to be rescued.
Meanwhile my local paper quotes Nikki Haley saying she is ready to run “if there’s a place for me.” This sudden burst of humility coming from NH is a change in tactics.
How many times has she had Covid? Long Covid side effects might be responsible.
Did you know: Nikki Hayley is the result of a fiendish Deep State experiment to create a female politician who is even more repulsive then Hillary. They said it was impossible, but i think they managed it!
“….Former Alaska governor and vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin took a step toward a political comeback Saturday, finishing in the top four of a 48-person special primary election and advancing to the August general election to fill the House seat of the late Rep. Don Young, according to a CNN projection.
Palin will be joined in the special general election on August 16 by Republican Nick Begich III, the grandson of former Democratic Rep. Nick Begich, whose plane went missing in 1972 and has never been found, as well as independent Al Gross, who lost a 2020 Senate race and has said he would caucus with Democrats, CNN projects…”
It’s in the air.
A solo shooter hung out on a roof on the east side of Chicago
Back in the USA, back in the bad old days
In the heat of a summer 4th of July parade
In the land of the dollar bill
When 6 in the town of Chicago died
And they talk about it still
When a man came all alone
Tried to make that town his zone
And he aimed his gun towards
The mass of assembled hordes
I heard my country cry
I heard it send thoughts & prayers the day 6 in Chicago died
Brother, what a sight it really was
Brother, what a one-sided fight it really was
I heard my country cry
I heard it send thoughts & prayers the day 6 in Chicago died
Brother, what a sight it really was
Brother, what a one-sided fight it really was
And the sound of the shots did rang
Through the streets of the old east side
‘Til the last of the ammo ran out
With many wounded and 6 died
There was shouting in the street
And the sound of running feet
And I asked someone who said
“‘Bout a half a dozen dead!”
The day 6 in Chicago died
(Na-na-na, na-na-na, na-na, na-na-na)
The day 6 in Chicago died
Brother, what a sight it really was
Brother, what a one-sided fight it really was
There were many shootings in Chicago over the holiday weekend but you probably haven’t heard about those. You seem to be referring to the one that happened about as far as you can get from the city, way up there in the affluent (that’s an understatement) stretch of lakeside suburbs called the North Shore–past Evanston, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, and Glencoe in that order all the way to Highland Park.
Or maybe some historical event has slipped my mind?
At least 10 people were killed and 62 others were wounded by gunfire over the Fourth of July weekend in Chicago.
Chicago is a war zone. Nothing like the North Shore.
Everything to the left of that big basin of water is second city to me…
uh huh, well my second comment with links has been held up but there were 10 killed and at least 62 injured in Chicago (city proper, not including suburbs) over the weekend but evidently that’s not news– and I bet some of the smart people in the commentariat can guess why…
and Wuk, the “left” is west, not east ;-)
Highland Park is as far east as one can go before going into the drink, er snappy cocktails please!
Sadly my ditty is already out of date, as a 7th has succumbed.
I worked – and visited in most of those neighborhoods ChiGal lists-north/south/west in my 14 years in Chicago. (1983-1997). No gun shots did I hear… and that was before my tinnitus.
Though, I do recall, there were a lot of explosions when the Chicago Bulls won basketball championships! Dodgy to be out those nights on the streets.
Apparently, those were the good ol’ days. (Though one always watched one’s step… then too – I did.
Highland Park was several leafy suburbs north of my north-side neighborhood (Rogers Park). – Highland Park has a summer music festival – ‘Ravinia’ It’s a big deal – been to it once – certainly never would have worried about getting shot up there.
I sang several summers at Ravinia and was frequently housed in million dollar lake front mansions owned by some of the most boring people I’ve ever met. Understatement indeed!
For a minute there I read that as ‘Ravenna.’ I immediately wondered, there are lakes in Ravenna? Does the Adriatic qualify as a lake? etc.
Perhaps “in Carolina” not so bad in retrospect?
At any rate sorry things are rough up there lately. Last time I was in Chicago I spent my brief visit looking at Frank Lloyd Wright houses.
No, I love being back. What I don’t love is how readily available guns are in this country and that the dominant narrative is all about mass shootings when so many more are killed daily because in effect the ‘hood is a war zone.
I live near one of the most famous of those, Robie House, and the six-flat I live was built in 1908 in the Prairie style. I like the texture and color and grit of the city, having been raised on the North Shore with its manicured perfection. Living in Chapel Hill was a little too suburban feeling for my taste, though I sure do miss the Carrboro Farmer’s Market! Also I felt landlocked there–I love Lake Michigan–as they say, no salt, no sharks!
You know how we roll, humans see-human doom in big enough numbers and it outweighs the onesy twoseys that really dominate the action.
Unless it’s a shark attack…
I hear what you’re saying. I go to the not nice portions of downtown DC and Baltimore regularly for work. I listened to Sublime’s “April 29 1992” on repeat this morning as a meditation on where we are as country. So much bloodshed. The stuff we hear about is awful. The stuff that doesn’t make the news is worse.
The thought occurs that it would be more in tune with the spirit of the age to have a 21-gun salute fired in their honor — using a single AR-15 with a suitably loaded magazine.
> The way things are going, they should just leave the flags at half mast.
> Every day is a half mast day here in the USA. [emphasis added]
Too right, Lee. Literally.
There are various ways of analysing these events but one approach, offered by an outfit called the Gun Violence Archive (GVA), makes as much sense as any other. They define a ‘mass shooting’ as a single incident where four or more people, not including the shooter, are killed or wounded. By their count, there have already been 309 such occurrences in the US in 2022; that’s more than three every two days.
But ChiGal surely has a point, when she notes that there are regularly plenty of killings in Chicago, in
> the city proper, not including suburbs … but evidently that’s not news– and I bet
> some of the smart people in the commentariat can guess why…
Are all these shootings in Chicago itself because of “everybody shooting everybody else” . . .
. . . or are they due to a small number of armed people doing all the shooting against eachother and the non-armed majority in Chicago itself?
I believe that gang violence was the greater cause of homicides in the past, which while not good could be thought of as a limited ongoing war, but as our society has crumbled the violence has spread. Much like police homicides. They always have happened, but there was a reason for them like actual danger. Now, they just have to say that they feared for their life or even safety no matter how safe the situation and start shooting. Most don’t. Just as most people no matter how armed do not, but as it gets worse and the truly sick or evil find an excuse more violence.
Just think of how we have had to take off our shoes or use the cancer scanner because someone decades ago did something bad with a safety razor. The pressure, the fear, and the ”security” always ratchet up and never down.
I’m too sad to check the absolute latest figures, but as usual, the police are shooting dead an average of three people a day with this not including injuries( or any deaths and injuries by physical assault.) Even using the generous definition for being armed, which usually means “access” to a weapon (much like all Americans have “access” to healthcare) from a rock or stick to a handgun in the drawer to an actual semi automatic rifle in hand, more than ten percent of the dead are completely unarmed.
That means in the first six months over five hundred dead with over fifty without even a stick in hand. This does not count those injured by police.
Three mass shootings every two days and six police homicides in the same time. Over 19,000 homicides by guns. This does not count the more than five thousand homicides by other means. Or the suicides of which thirty thousand are by guns. Or the greater number of injured.
> There are exceptional and hegemonic subclasses. (Note than an exceptional subclass would not be a collection of exceptional individuals, but a set whose social relations enable individuals to become exceptional.)
I would like to think that the “exceptional” subclass is “enriched” in individuals who are public-spirited by nature (which might make them “exceptional individuals”). It seems to me likely that the “hegemonic” subclass is depleted in this kind of individual
Are social relations predetermined? Maybe (some) public-spirited people seek out paths that allow them to more fully express their public-spiritedness.
Maybe I’m completely missing the point of this analysis.
Maybe not predetermined, but certainly inherited…
I thought the non-hegemonic “social relations enable individuals to become exceptional” (in context of the group’s work) idea was a reference to this old adage: The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Where as the hegemonic whole is equal to the sum of its parts.
Just a guess. My 2 cents.
I don’t want to fall into the “If only we had good people in charge” fallacy, which drives so much of Third World policy. Both the aerosol community and the MMT community are “enriched” (like soil, not like a bank) by exceptional individuals, it is true, but there are surely institutional and sociological factors that enabled their growth.
Remoteness from power.
That keeps everyone focused on the subject matter rather than the power relations between participants.
As success accrues power, the sycophants and psychos accrue too. Once institutionalized, the iron law kicks in. If the underlying goodness is great enough, like the New Deal, it’s better effects may linger a generation or so, but not much more without restorative change from some new, outside kernel of goodness. I see Graebers entire oeuvre as seeking that point where egalitarian social relations can no longer survive the corrupting dynamic of power.
I suspect the average Teamster back in the 60s wouldn’t have liked the Mob or what Jimmy Hoffa was doing with the pension fund, but if you drove a truck for a living it went with the territory. Ditto for doctors today who just want to heal the sick, but are part of a system that hounds some of the sick into bankruptcy. The relationship of a specialty to the rest of society may be quite different from what most of its members desire or even actually spend their time doing.
Yes, that era was one of millions of petty grafts, it was still USA, but no one was making off with whole sectors of the economy.
Now, some Oligarch has cornered every sector and paid Congress to let him turn what was some advancing productive business into a static BIG GRIFT to collect rents on one side and buy back stocks on the other, increasing extraction by diminishing supply.
And each level of abstraction is peopled/represented/managed by (fear of precarity-driven) rent-seekers and gatekeepers. (That is the tendency; you have some classes of authorities who are open and honest. I would urge they are exceptional. Actually, that’s a nice dichotomy: hegemonic v. exceptional. Droplet goons are an example of the former; aerosol community of the latter. So we could say of the PMC as a class. There are exceptional and hegemonic subclasses. (Note than an exceptional subclass would not be a collection of exceptional individuals, but a set whose social relations enable individuals to become exceptional.) – LS
Very good. It’s worth repeating.
“So actually @delta I don’t “respect the choice about masking” made by my neighbor on DL466 on Sunday, because his maskless coughing and spluttering over 6 hours has had a predictable result. He chose for me and I don’t appreciate that he was able to. pic.twitter.com/1lu6eMBeMg”
“How annoying. May it be quick and mild. Sadly I’ve heard of quite few travellers catching it – I have 4 other traveller friends with it right now. Planes mustn’t be as relatively safe as people say at all.”
Yep…I have a niece that just flew to visit family and gave it to my older brother.
Luckily their symptoms came on quickly. Otherwise, they would’ve been going to visit my parents who have a host of co-morbidities.
THE ONLY saving grace is that their symptoms came on quickly!!
To hell with this BS!
Air travel can be made a lot safer if people who have questionable symptoms or covid status avoid travel AND we all wear masks. Since we’ve decided to do neither, I’m very much not excited about flying anywhere.
Very important to distinguish between the Democrat party’s platform and its agenda (or more precisely, its donors’ agenda).
The Democrat party intentionally recruited people it knew would further the agenda of the party donors by opposing the main elements of the party platform.
See how simple that is when you use the right words?
Why i rarely decide on a party based on their platform, and instead look at their history of actions (and praise higher powers for placing me in a nation without a winner takes all system).
left and right have lost their meaning as political identities but back during Bill’s third way triangulations it was said that the secret “inside” memo from the Dem leadership was: promise left, deliver right
They have “lost” meaning because the center is mobile, and by now it has (at least in USA and perhaps Europe) shifted quite a bit rightwards. End result is that the present “left” overlap with the old “right”.
That is certainly what the Ds have been doing for the last 40 years.
if bezos is a democrat I am not.
i think he was implying that, similar to the statement “i think, therefore i am”, the existence of “I’ is the presumptive part.
as in, what actual agenda? because there’s no there, there. some vague stuff about voting, some “protecting” choice of women, whom we now can’t even define properly.
the clearly stated stuff is usually neocon/neolib crap (“we’re a Capitalist country”, N. Pelosi or “ensuring democracy (which one?) worldwide”). everything else is left deliberately vague so they can simply keep the pennies rolling in.
“Official” Zeitgeist Report: ‘As seen on all reputable right thinking info-sources.’
I got an e-mail this morning from the Medicare.gov website.
“Talk with your family about getting the little ones vaccinated.”
Enlisting grandparents to soldier in the trenches of the ‘Big Pharma Nudge Theory Project.’
At the top of the e-mail:
“Who should get vaccinated against Covid-19? Everyone ages six months and older.”
I am now a firm believer in the Former CT that posits that The Jackpot is a consciously engineered process.
Stay safe. Distrust authority.
A tale of 2 parts of Sequoia National Park…
Mineral King is pretty self-limiting, there’s around 65 car camping spots in 2 campgrounds (tent only-no trailers or RV’s) and 4 trailhead parking lots that can accommodate say 76 jalopies, plus the tyranny of driving up MK road with it’s 698 significant curves in 25 miles of ascending 7,000 feet, oh my my, there’s a blind curve around every corner practically. That scares the bejesus out of most everybody…
Got off the phone with my buddy who runs sightseeing tours in the main part of Sequoia NP in the Giant Forest, and he has 3 to 4 van drivers who do commentary also, and pre-Covid they used to often have a dozen complete strangers on a tour, but only do private tours now, and he does a fine job with rave reviews…
Told me he’s up to 28 bear sightings this young season and undoubtedly that includes the same bruin a number of times, and good news as he’s my Baedeker for black bears being on the Generals Highway more than anybody else, as he’s been providing these sightseeing tours for over 20 years now.
We both noticed the sightings dwindling after the 2012-2016 drought, with the most he’d ever seen in a year being in the low 120’s.
He told me that it was just a 4th of July disaster in the Giant Forest and environs with every possible parking spot taken from the museum to Wuksachi Lodge (about a 5 mile swath) and cars circling, women and occasional men & children crying because they had to go to the bathroom but were stuck in a metal box going nowhere fast, and forget about doing anything, he related that there was the equivalent of a human conga line threading its way up the narrow confines of Moro Rock, the other been there-done that thing aside from seeing the Sherman tree which was also a mob scene.
Granted, this was a ‘50% more weekend national holiday’ and it isn’t always this crazy, but something needs to be done and it isn’t making more paved parking lots.
We went backpacking in Yosemite NP last summer and you need reservations to be able to enter and YNP seems a lot better funded than SEKI as there were at least 4x NPS employees for every one we have here, and as we entered from the east side on Tioga Pass entrance, we had 3 or 4 rangers double check our reservations.
I hadn’t been to Yosemite since it was a come one-come all NP and geeze oh pete did they come, making the valley floor a mass of humanity along with giant walls and waterfalls, but trending more towards the former, just too many people.
They now only take 3.3 million visitors, down from a high of 5 million in 2016.
For once, I found the valley floor to be tolerable as it seemed as if they hit the sweet spot in terms of visitation.
I hope Sequoia NP does something similar.
Distrust authority. It reminds me when in high school many of the University students had a bummer sticker that said “question authority”. I thought they were posers, but now I appreciate the statement. More over I question all narratives including my sometimes, half truths that come out of my mouth serves no one. A Buddhist teacher I respect encourages you to question why you should be talking at all. Meaning what is your intention? I
Ah, I misremembered it. It was “Question Authority,” not “Distrust Authority.” Either way you put it, a very worthy bit of advice.
A very worthy attitude. The trick seems to be to not allow self contemplation become self criticism.
I’ll not venture out onto the slippery ice of the question of “What is the Self?”
I find I’m doing best when I can laugh at myself.
They tried critical raze theory in Detroit, but it didn’t take.
Indeed, it fell flat.
How about a reboot of an old children’s bedtime book? “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” Illustrating the life cycle of an inner city neighborhood. Starring, of course, the Caterpillar Bulldozer.
There’s no D-9ing the appeal of urban renewal.
I can dig it!
When I was working in motown in the mid 80s, I would cruise through those old neighborhoods checking out those really ornate, cool old houses. Probably at great personal peril, they were pretty rough by then.
But it was just amazing how they just let em rot into the ground.
Urban renewal?I thought it was “urban removal.”
I can top that–
Lady on Bangor talk radio years ago when we were tearing down downtown, including IIRC a lovely brick train station, to build parking lots and banks:
“Who is this Irving Renewal?”
My all-time favorite locally was about 25 years ago when there was a most excellent bar in the Giant Forest of Sequoia NP that had a jukebox with 50x 45’s and about 93 songs you’d actually want to hear, along with a few pool tables, great place!
A touron comes in and asks how to get to the Sherman Williams tree? and an off-duty NPS employee nursing a beer @ the bar without missing a beat, said…
‘…it’s closed for painting
Was the questioner from Pittsburgh?
Here is a discussion of the role of metaphysical assumptions in physics by Bernardo Kastrup:
He has a great set of analogies to make the topic understandable to lay persons. The slide introducing the talk sets the viewer up with a solid framing of the issues involved.
News just in, Sajid Javid and Rishi Sunak resign.
Bye bye Boris the spider. No more treats and money from (Z)elensky.
Perhaps Carrie should have waited a bit longer to hitch her wagon?
Re: Interview with Christopher Rufo:
“I will be publishing a policy paper on eliminating left wing ideologies in the federal government. The idea is to centralize ideological control over the federal agencies…”
I kind of want to see this.
It will assault the last pillar Neo-Liberal smugness and general Democrat stupidity. I remember listening to David Plotz at Slate on a podcast several years ago. He opined on the state of the country and our politics. His general opinion was that as long as the Democrats held the White House and the culture, they didn’t need to do anything differently… clearly, everyone in the Democrat party agreed with him then. They’re acting offended that anyone would suggest they need to do anything different now. I believe that idea needs the full Rasputin treatment. Poisoned, shot, drowned, beheaded and then thrown back into an icy river when a closet Clintonista tries to resurrect it.
Right now there is no problem in our country so bad that Democrats won’t propose doing nothing to solve it. Or rather, paying a consultant to tell them doing nothing will solve it.
Supply chain issues due to a reliance on Chinese industry? Don’t worry about it – there’s a demographic time bomb in China, they’ll all die soon! We don’t need to Near Shore anything.
Roe v Wade overturned? Do what now?
Single payer Healthcare reform? Why would giving people Healthcare be an improvement over all the access from Obama care?
Immigration reform? What do you expect them to do? Kids in cages just needs better PR.
Student debt? We’ll keep promising to study the studies about studies without changing anything because our friends make a lot of money on the current system.
Stock Act compliance? Why fix what isn’t broken?
Inflation? They’ve written so many strongly worded letters, what more can we ask of them?
Pick any significant issue and you’ll see that the Democrats functional response is to do nothing about it. They may attempt to explain to you why it’s not a problem. But ultimately, that’s just cover for doing nothing.
If Rufo’s proposal is the match that burns their illusions away we’ll all be better for it.
The federal civilian workforce is abut 2M people all across the country.
Purging career civil service workers and installing right wing eliminationist authoritarian ideologues to (further) impose a right wing agenda will leave very few people “all the better for it.”
You mean they can’t all learn to code?/sarc
Well, let’s see, our current non-right wing agenda workforce can’t deliver safe products, regulated markets, clean water, tools to help manage the pandemic, efficient air travel, efficient trains, a well run and affordable internet, competitive suppliers, safe food, cheap medicine, safe batteries or airplanes, stable supplies of essential goods, well run elections… the list goes on and on. The only thing I get from the federal government is a tax bill and as much war as I can eat. I’m sure it can get worse. But I’m not sure the status quo, even going back to 2012 or so, is a ringing endorsement of why career bureaucrats are something to protect.
However, what I meant above is that I hope seeing something from Rufo like that, and seeing it implemented, would cause the Democrats to lose their illusions. That it might finally change them into a group of politicians committed to fighting to win instead of fighting to fundraise. Because right now that nihilist right wing agenda is what I see in the supposed opposition. The Republican point of view is hopelessly flawed but hopeful.
The right wing agenda doesn’t promote safer products, clean water, etc. and they explicitly want to control, suppress, or eliminate most demographic groups. Deconstructing almost everything and eliminating almost everyone else doesn’t provide a path to something better. If it were “hopeful” toward something better for the people their elites wouldn’t be working on it so diligently. Among the non-elites it’s not just supporters of the Democrats who have illusions.
Who needs more FRightwingnut nonsense when we’ve been suffering from it for the last 40-50 years? Sheesh!💩
Just thinking out loud (which usually just a danger to myself), but what exactly is holding back the Rapture Index from reaching higher ?
Maybe for today, at a minimum, the falling price of WTI crude oil in the commodity space. Every bit helps I guess.
Uh, the strikes in the Norway oil and gas fields might help. Watch European natural gas futures explode.
Crude took a suspiciously large hit today
That was ended by government decree within 24 hours of being announced.
The Labor Party minister in charge justified the interference with the strike being not suitable given the present European situation…
Reports of recession, recession, were cried in the market and therefore the oil futures fell in consequence. Or at least an influential report was issued.
I dunno, tomorrow is a day ending “y” which just means we’ll rinse and repeat. I know a report that susses out the recession talk and speaks of a coming Biden-Boom era. Yeah, that’ll work on the interwebs. Ha Ha.
I heard a rally of wide nationalists were going to meet at an all you can eat buffet and if they weren’t too tired from eating too much (a given) why they’d get on their electric handicap assist scooters that they ‘borrowed’ from Wal*Mart and make sure to have some Twinkies & other snacks on the ride over to the protest against supermarket shelves being raptured.
Let’s hope the local teenaged pranksters are getting bored and looking for a new gag that’s more fun than just cow-tipping.
Oops.. *aren’t, not “are”. I’m not cruel….
I dunno, dissing a bovine intervention seems cruel.
[This puts us on the horns of a trifecta dilemmna. A cow themed Third Way triangulation.]
Don’t worry. Such “activities” are pardoned under the “Jackpot Japes Jurisdictional Janissaries Act.”
“Do your bit for the Environment. Reduce the population today!”
the calculations based upon abstractions, estimates and possible intangibles are meant to make you feel like you have control and soothe those who are OCD about such things, pretending to themselves that this is really reflective of something (“at least i’m being proactive and making some rational choice!”). at this point, the data is so incomplete it’s not even real anymore so why pretend you’re doing more than a mediaeval scholastic with angels on pinheads, or washing your hands for the 5 millionth time (no offense meant to genuine OCD people, as that affliction does sound like experiencing hell).
more “individualism” brainwashing. “if i know the facts, i can make the right choice. it’s all up to MEEEE!”
this is the same type of mentality that keeps suggesting high school “financial literacy” courses as a supposed cure for the problems of poor pay, corporations running the government, legalized usury…….as though mere ignorance and falling into sin/error is the problem, and not the ecosystem we all must live in.
If said calculations make you fell as if you are in control, good luck. I prefer something like this, a sign over the sink in a restaurant bathroom. “Employees must wash their hands. You should too but I’m not your mother.” Simple and direct. Ventilate indoor spaces, wear a mask in enclosed places or when among many people outside. Do as you damn please if it affects only you. Otherwise have a care for others as they should for you.
save your ire for others. my comment is that all of this calculation only needs this:
a) do i want to catch covid?
b) are you going somewhere where you can not really expect that you will not catch covid?
all of the abstruse abstractions are unnecessary but help soothe people in this climate that the authorities created of “you’re on your own, so make safer choices”.
that’s my safer choice calculus, and it doesn’t involve trying to find out whether the CDC whoever is lying to me that day, or decided to lie to themselves for whatever -reason- they may have.
your implication that i don’t care simply because i poo-poo the idea that making people engage in this risk assessment math stuff is more theatre is misplaced. i actually think it’s evil to divide someone’s attention into thinking they have such control over the outcome by doing false mathematics, and makes them waste their time. we should have had clear guidelines about this already 2 years ago.
thank you and GOOD DAY, sir.
Re Mayor Adams (NYC) and the politics of doing nothing dramatically: one key element that should not be ignored is that Adams is given a clean pass on crime by the tabloid press and oxygen-starved TV news readers–even when nasty incidents happen. Anyone they don’t like would get personally blamed for the latest subway shover or child-killer. Adams gives the cops and prison guards everything they want while also welcoming the real estate interests to proceed as desired as long as he and his friends get theirs. So the media barons protect him. He rolled into office on crime-fear and will continue to thrive as long as they lay off him.
Any mayor even hinting of taking a reformist stance on bail, excessive force, or harsh sentencing would immediately be pilloried as an Enemy of all that is right and good.
Or rent control, or real estate subsidies, or anything that cuts into any significant cash flow for the 1%.
Clearly Presidential timber!
He’ll make the perfect woke figurehead for all the white suprematist police forces and militias putting down the formerly middle class rebels while the Oligarchs confiscate everything they don’t already have.
Plantidote: Lake Winnemucca, south of Lake Tahoe has the best alpine wildflower displays. If anyone is visiting in July or August, be sure to go. It’s a 2 or 2.5 mile hike on a well-travelled trail, but it has altitude. Check local sources for bloom period. Lovely view. Those not up to the hike can stop at Frog Lake.
Regardless of government regulations or guidelines, why wouldn’t it be possible for people who’ve contracted Covid on airline flights to file a class action? There’s an enormous weight of evidence that the carriers’ refusal to require masks is causing massive harm.
Because freedom. … and money …
Not a lawyer.. but how would you demonstrate proof? Hard enough proving someone you will never associate with again had covid, let alone that that’s where you got it
How the Democrats Traded the New Deal for Neoliberalism
“In 1992, Bill Clinton ran for president promising to “end welfare as we know it.” This rightward turn was part of a broader attempt by the Democrats to craft a “progressive neoliberalism” — whose “progressivism” included abandoning its working-class base…”
Thanks for the reference. It’s a review of the book ‘Left Behind: The Democrats’ Failed Attempt to Solve Inequality’ by Lily Geismer. It looks good, and very relevant to the Democrats’ disintegration.
And then there is the view from the right. The opening of this Christoforou video……
…..reminded me of that Monty Python scene from the The Meaning of Life, where the guy just eats too much and ends up puking everywhere:
It is almost like so-called conservatives are not happy with what they have wrought. Lack of accountability appears to be the flavor of the age.
And, along the same lines, Jen Pan of Jacobin has a conversation on YouTube with historian Gary Gerstle, author of The Rise and Fall of the Neoliberal Order: America and the World in the Free Market Era.
Gerstle makes some surprising connections (surprising to me, at least) between the anti-statism of the (then) fringe right of the early 1960s and that of the New Left and also between the “computer revolution” of the 1980s and 1990s and the neoliberalism of the Clinton Democrats, along with some other insightful observations.
I’m going to take a break from NC and news in general.
Too much bad stuff in the world, on a bad trajectory. As a stoic adjacent… I will just spend time on things that are within my control
Fortunately I have a house with off grid capability, a well…
Nursing my wife thru post appendix rupture, writing more songs and finally learning here comes the Sun all the way through at tempo.
I’ll peek back eventually
I’d join you, but my job depends on keeping up with events and I can’t go off-grid. Ideally, I’d like to skate news-free past the 2024 elections — in the meantime hunkering down extra hard against Covid. That would be sweet.
Be well, LilD, and, um, prosper, or perhaps Prospero? I’ll be happy to see your fonts again whenever you are happy to present them (curtsey). Good job with the ruptured a’x and a speedy recovery to Mrs LilD.
Ouch on the ruptured appendix! Treat her like a baby bird in the nest.
We live in an ageing inner ring suburb going through “demographic shift.” So, hunkering down includes “Enhanced Defensive Posture” activities. I’m preparing to take a Concealed Carry class. The Hood is beginning to become “rough.” Some of the characters I’m encountering “on the street” now are past the “troubled youth” stage and full on into the “heartless psychopath” definition.
While crossing the City Park this past weekend, on my way to the local grocery store for provisions, I had to fight off a German Shepherd dog. (I was frightened. A sudden barking, biting canine will do that to you. Dogs do mindless rage so well.) The dog belonged to a Yuppie couple. By fight off I mean that the dog tried to bite me several times. I almost pulled out my folding knife. (What good a three inch blade would have done, I know not. I actually had reservations about cutting the dog. Misplaced PETAism?)
The male aspect of the dyad sauntered over, (yes, sauntered,) and called doggie to him. The dog immediately complied and ran to ‘master’ and sat next to his hominid.
The Yupster was going to say something to me; he had laughter in his eyes.
I cut in first; “I say old man. Highly uncivilized behaviour, eh, wot?” [I played my Englishness to the hilt.]
His eyes narrowed, he stopped dead in his tracks, and he visibly began looking at me. Before this point, he had not looked me in the eye. Now he did. He said not a word, called his dog, and strode off to his inamorata at a faster pace than he had utilized approaching me.
No “sorry,” no “Oh, how unfortunate,” no explanations for doggie’s actions, just a hasty retreat.
I score that one a three way tie. Doggie 1. Yuppies 1. Deplorable 1.
A classic example of the adage: Judge not the book by it’s cover. (If you could see me on my treks to the local stores, etc., you would swear that I was one of the growing army of homeless people now making their presence felt in our half-horse town. Boonie hat, frayed cuffs on th shirt collar, worn cammo trousers, ex-american army day pack backpack (courtesy of a former co-worker.) All declare me to one and all as a “Down and Out.” Social labelling has reached near peak malignancy in our day.
anyway, Phyl is calling me into the kitchen to help with making dinner. (Tomale casserole. Ground turkey, ground pork, fresh tomato, fresh corn, fresh basil, celery, fresh garlic, and lots of corriander, tumeric, and cumin.) This is a “call” I cannot deny.
Years ago, Phyl once uttered the old chestnut that “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” to which, one of our female friends added, “Throw in a few titties and you’ll have him by his b—s.” No truer words were ever said.
Stay safe all! Eat well!
That sounds fucking delicious, Comrade!
Off to get something to eat as well!
Man, do I remember eating out in NOLA!
Phyl would have lunch at Masperos or DH Holmes cafeteria, (when she could afford it.) (Holmes downtown had the best lunch counter according to several people who lived there then. Phyl especially loved their seafood gumbo on Friday. [Catliks, natch!])
I remember Busters eatery down by Basin Street back in the seventies, (when I first moved to NO.) That’s where I learned how good “simple” food, like ‘Beans and Rice’ could be. (It had the added benefit of being in “my price range.”) Some of those corner Mom and Pop restaurants had really good food, cheap. I could never afford a whole Muffalata, but then, who could eat the whole thing at one sitting?
Does N’Awlins still have “character” like it used to?
Be safe and, as Mom would say, “Don’t play with your food!”
That sounds pretty rough. Both the dog encounter, and the need to start carrying weaponry on a regular basis. I’m glad dinner was tasty.
Grew up with a female German Shepherd. They are protective, but that one sounds like it was “trained.” Your casserole sounds like my kind of eating. Scrumptious!
Yes to the “trained” suspicion. That kind of dog doesn’t attack unless ordered to. This was a very well trained canine, and a male to boot. That’s why I suspect the ‘downdressed’ twenty-something did not engage with me. Too many awkward questions in the offing.
As usual, Phyl made enough food for our old family size, (two ‘adults’ and three children.) We will be eating casserole for a week or more. (To which I have no objections whatsoever.) Seeing the quantity problem looming, (after mixing and frying down the meat, plus onions and garlic,) she divided the resulting “product” into three medium sized oven proof bowls, (I forgot to mention the polenta with fresh corn layer,) of crusties layers alternated with meaties layers. One went into the oven right away, (for quality control purposes, of course.) The other two went into the fridge, covered and sealed with parchment paper.
Who says you cannot have fun in a Pandemic?
Yes. Phyl still contends that, absent true rioting in the streets, if armed, I would be more of a threat to myself than anything else.
Mississippi is a ‘Constitutional Carry’ state. You see the occasional “Cowboy” carrying his pistol out in the open, but not as much as you would expect. There is a fair bit of unlicensed concealed carry going on. (Just look for the out of place bulge at the small of the back.) Few people employ an old fashioned shoulder holster, (few ‘bulges’ under either armpit.) A big favourite with the younger female crowd is a mini five shot .22 calibre revolver hung around the neck on a chain. Explosive jewelry.
Stay safe over there in the “Hidden Valley.”
You are a wise man. Take care of your wife and take care of yourself!
I did the same for about 3 weeks or so. Did a lot of meditation and reading of metaphysics/esoteric works. Very good for the body and soul. I came back here cuz it reflects a slice of reality.
Was it over when the Germans bombed as a loan harbor?… hell no!
Bitcoin is solidly over $20k again, probably never to plumb lower depths in what had to be a test of mettle and fortitude against the forces of farce allayed against our cause.
Somebody called me ‘a knob HODLer’ the other day, and I welcome their scorn and perhaps i’ll throw them a few pithy party scraps of my own when they app’ologize for the damage done.
At least if worse comes to worse, you can always plant your flash drive and enjoy the tulips that sprout.
Hang in there!
It’s a pity, but some of us will just never be…
Royals – Postmodern Jukebox Lorde Cover ft. Puddles Pity Party
Starbucks Union Grows to 5,000 Workers in June
The Starbucks Union won 82 elections in June, its best month so far.
At the end of June, the Starbucks Union had successfully organized 187 stores covering around 5,080 workers.
Thank you ever so much for that Big River!
Thanks for the Basement Tapes, Lambert. Sadly, I listened to the track you linked to and my strongest reaction was, “Bob, can you please learn to tune that thing?”
Still, some great songs, of which my favorite is ‘This Wheel’s on Fire.’ The hippest version of which, IMO, is the one by Brian Auger and the Trinity with Julie Driscoll —
You cannot get a more authentic artifact of 1968 Swinging London than this, with its psychedelically flanged —
–proto-fusion Hammond organ licks and mellotron from Auger, whose band was the first that Jimi Hendrix sat in with when he got to London. If you skip to the third verse and the out chorus, you’ll get the full effect
I don’t have perfect pitch but the ability of the GD to almost always be out of tune, especially vocals, means I can’t enjoy their music at all.
I like Julie’s work on This Wheel’s On Fire but my favorite is The Road To Cairo. It is too bad she doesn’t pronounce the city’s name right. It is Cairo like the syrup Karo. Here is a link to the song.
Everybody in the UK pronounces ‘Cairo’ that way. But, yeah — David Ackles’s ‘Road to Cairo’ was cool.
Also cool — I’d forgotten — was Driscoll’s look, which was kind of proto-Bowie.
Thanks for the link. It looks as if The Road To Cairo could have been partly autobiographical. David Ackles, was born at Rock Island, Illinois, on the Mississippi River and Cairo, Illinois is at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers.
“Big River” was actually a song written by Johnny Cash, first recorded in 1958. Does it have some genealogical antecedent, lyrically or melodically? Most songs do. But neither Dylan nor the Grateful Dead are implicated as the father here.
Bob Dylan has been playing The Grateful Dead’s “Friend of the Devil” in a few concerts lately, but I suspect he and The Band probably had Johnny Cash’s “Big River” from 1958 in mind when they were jamming in 67-68:
Big River is a Johnny Cash tune that the Dead did a marvelous job with, one of those that stayed in the set list from the earliest days till the end.
Why do democrats expect the voters to tell them what needs doing? Do something about income inequality, a broken justice system (that’s a racist slave plantation), education, or a pretty long list of things that need doing. I guess they’re the party of “we’ve tried nothing and we’re all out of ideas!” If nothing else, they might try doing the things they run on …
Debra Messing is really close to becoming Comrade Messing
This kind of thing does reinforce my view Mother devotees are actively sabotaging Biden.
Yes, yes indeed … :)
Good to see, although in real terms, I’m pretty sure Comrade Debra isn’t quite ready to say, embrace a certain “Bernard” …
> … Mother devotees are actively sabotaging Biden
I see it differently. Biden has sabotaged himself! Those calling for his ouster are going to fall into a couple camps:
• Camp #HRC: Bring back abeula! It’ll be different this time! (No it won’t)
• Camp #SomeOneElse (not named Kamala!): I’ve made my feelings clear about Newsom – I think west coast Dem establishment is feeling a little “it’s our turn” at the mo’, and the mo’ stands for “momentum”.
Peter Turchin didn’t tell us the intra-elite competition phase was so stupid!
Re: the school story, our child’s teacher just led the class in an experiment where they borrowed a CO2 monitor from the principal and measured CO2 levels during the day, including briefly with windows closed, and plotted them on a graph. They then drew conclusions about ventilation and Covid safety, and why it was important to have the windows open. I could only wish employers and policymakers had half the common sense and commitment to evidence based reasoning that our teachers do.
Weak, weak bench. Why not just run Liz Cheney and have done with it?
Lambert, I hold you personally responsible for this. It’s like BeetleJuice, you say her name three times and she, like flies and monkeypox, afflicts you. (On the bright side, she can sell the place in Wyoming since she lives in Virginia anyway.)
The bench is only weak after the party has filtered out all the candidates they deem unacceptable.
Ah, come on, Biden / Cheney 2024! The first 21st century fully-bipartisan ticket. Cheney could be the first female president with more courage and integrity than any other politician* in the United States.
BeetleJuice, BeetleJuice, BeetleJuice
I think Lambert’s just reporting on what Democratic social club thought promoters like Reich are saying.
Pass the motion sickness pills, the engineers are redesigning the rollercoasters to make them even more thrilling ride. Danger, Will Robinson, Danger! I wonder if Wellstone has been rolling in his grave all this time.
Talk about short term or no memory. Liz Cheney for Prez? Right on! Her POS criminal daddy would be so proud. Where’s my double barf bag?
Reading this link a gentleman posted here earlier.
Think about it. The past years the USA has been making its GDP numbers largely from rentierism on the silly citizens of the USA….paying millions for loans for McMansions, healthcare and health insurance overpricing, college loans, rents that leave people on the streets but empty apartment buildings still holding paper value, subscription as service (paying for BS software updates over and over instead of being able to outright purchase software), monopoly pricing, extortionary interest rates for credit even when the 1% are being handed cheap rates….
Can everybody say: Dumb suckers???
Are we already in a recession? Krystal and Saagar discuss:
It ain’t looking good.
“A confluence of factors, including the higher fuel prices since the war and the tumbling currency, is putting a significant pressure on Japan’s energy security, making this one of the most serious energy crises Japan has had,” said Jane Nakano, a senior fellow at Washington-based think tank the Center for Strategic & International Studies.
Because of its extreme dependence on imported energy, Japan has had to continue importing Russian oil and gas despite its verbal commitment to sanctions against Moscow…”
Indeed. Not looking good.
Look, he’s denying it all
Blonde and unkempt, very small
Now he’s just lost 2 heads
Hanging by a little thread
Boris the outsider
Boris the outsider
Now he’s dropped on to the Parliament floor
Heading for #10 Downing door
Maybe he’s as scared as me
Where’s he gone now, I can’t see
Boris the outsider
Boris the outsider
Creepy, creepy, crawly, crawly
Creepy, creepy, crawly, crawly
Creepy, creepy, crawly, crawly
Creepy, creepy, crawly, crawly
There he is wrapped in a fetal ball
Doesn’t seem to move at all
Perhaps he’s dead meat, I’ll just make sure
Pick up votes of no confidence from the floor
Boris the outsider
Boris the outsider
Creepy, creepy, crawly, crawly
Creepy, creepy, crawly, crawly
Creepy, creepy, crawly, crawly
Creepy, creepy, crawly, crawly
He’s come to a sticky end
Don’t think he will ever mend
Never more will he crawl ’round
The Prime Minister’s hallowed ground
Boris the outsider
Boris the outsider
The post-Trump era has produced a library’s worth of books from people who had access to the rooms where decisions were made but kept quiet about the rotten things they witnessed. The volumes mostly read as after-the-fact justifications for morally debatable behavior spiced up with a few damning anecdotes that feel too-little-too-late.
Tim Miller’s Why We Did It: A Travelogue from the Republican Road to Hell is not one of those books.
Ruh, roh. ‘Police open fire on farmer protesters in Holland’ This should end well-
“…The package was initially proposed in April 2021, and Murphy noted that since then there have been roughly two mass shootings a day nationwide and 1,271 shooting incidents in New Jersey. He renewed the call to further this legislation after mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York, leaving 31 dead, including 19 children.
Various places to find these kinds of mind-blowing statistics. But just thought it particularly noteworthy.
I’m going to offer an apology to the youth who have to live this way while all of us older folks didn’t have to. We actually had places we could go if an area got too bad.
This is in response to the Lambert’s comment in the July 4th Links asking the real question “What is to be done with the Ukrainian fascists?” There are only two possibilities; genocide or containment.
It is quite clear; western neo-cons and war profiteers provoked another Afghanistan like war to bleed Russia dry and get another go at their natural resources. What they got instead is a bloody industrial WWI type artillery-trench proxy war between NATO and Russia in Europe.
Ukrainians are the other borderland Russians who speak with a rural dialect, have their own religion and are extremely deplorable. Western Ukrainians were only under Russian control from the end of WWII to the breakup of the Soviet Union. It took to 1948 to pacify them when they were without outside help (Russia had occupied Poland). Like the Celts, Kurds or the Vietnamese, Ukrainians will fight to the end. Poland will aid the Resistance. This will be the 25th war between Poland and Russia since 981.
Whatever country invades the other’s homeland will trigger a nuclear holocaust. An Armistice and DMZ manned by outsiders that contains both the Russians and Ukrainians within viable national borders avoids this.
I don’t know where you get these ideas from. Ukrainian fascists are 1% of the population and are overrepresented in Parliament at 2% and in the government at about 15% of the administrative positions, most importantly domestic security. They recruit from soccer hooligans, who BTW now have less opportunity to make trouble at soccer matches because sponsors figured out how to contain them: jack up ticket prices so most can’t come often, and have a very strong police presence (some matches feature mounted police).
And the Banderites started out by killing Poles, so the idea that the Ukraine fascists and Poland are allies is false.
They can be dealt with as war criminals and that is Russia’s plan. They have been making this a major exercise, documenting the crimes and the perps.
“A Carter administration official is offering President Joe Biden a piece of advice to combat inflation: He should abandon what’s left of his economic agenda and focus on reining in the national debt instead to bring down rising prices.”
Sounds like that Carter administration official is a Catfood Clintonite.
you can’t make this stuff up.
“More than 5 million barrels of oil that were part of a historic U.S. emergency reserves release to lower domestic fuel prices were exported to Europe and Asia last month, according to data and sources, even as U.S. gasoline and diesel prices hit record highs.”
No one should be surprised. The US was busy exporting PPE out when the pandemic got started.
The US is a business, not a country.
“NOW she is fed up. she sure did not care what happened to the deplorable in this country. the attacks she made on anyone who would not vote blue no matter who, means she owes america a apology.
‘Fed up’ Debra Messing says she got Biden elected during White House call about abortion rights: Report…
Tue, July 5, 2022 at 12:44 PM·2 min read
“Norway’s government said Tuesday it was referring a dispute between oil and gas workers and employers to an independent board, after an industry group warned strikes could cut Norway’s gas exports by more than half.
The move, which effectively ends the stoppage, comes after workers walked out of their jobs on Tuesday, leading to the closure of three fields and the union announced more workers would strike later in the week.
“The announced escalation is critical in today’s situation, both with regards to the energy crisis and the geopolitical situation we are in with a war in Europe,” Labour Minister Marte Mjos Persen said in a statement….”
And there it is. Big biz is not allergic to government intervention.
And, “Labo(u)r” parties never seem to back actual labor anymore — working class people with dirty overalls, so uncouth, amirite? Nowadays the capital-L “Labo(u)r” label more likely means bureaucrats, academics, and PMC inside.
Also: that brings to mind the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947 in the U.S., which allows the government to break strikes by ordering an eighty-day “cooling-off period.”
A truly pro-labor, pro-union party could have repealed or replaced Taft-Hartley any time it had control of both Congress and presidency.
In an era of runaway inflation, how comforting it is that you can buy 6 months of Frisco wi-fi fishwrap at just 99¢, and yeah even @ around 1/2¢ a day it’s questionable whether its good value or not.
Now imagine being a reporter for the SF Chronicle, and that’s how high the higher ups value your work…
completely tone deaf.
Column: Why is this foul-mouthed enemy of Social Security receiving a presidential honor?
“In that role, Simpson distinguished himself as a foul-mouthed, intemperate, obnoxious purveyor of misinformation about Social Security.”
Biden had good things to say about George W. Bush when he awarded this medal.
“Biden underscored the importance of democratic values and patriotism in his remarks, praising Bush for his support for service members and their families.”
Of course, Bush should support the service members who fought in wars Bush started.
“Biden, the chairman of the National Constitution Center’s board of trustees, also presented the medal to the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) last year.’
Just Biden being “bi-partisan”.
Um, because Joe Biden is president. Joe Biden hates people who worked for a living and lived long enough to retire. Joe Biden wants those people to suffer and die as soon as possible. Alan Simpson is a hero to people who think like Joe Biden.
Anybody got any alternative explanations?
I didn’t think so.
It is hard not to conclude that to those in the halls of power, the governed are a terrible burden, to be exploited, and once everything of value has been stripped, discarded.
But then you have the Pandemic, and those in power are enthusiastically embracing, in their own personages, as many infections as SARS-COV-2 can muster. That is simply lunacy. So it might be that, in reality, those in power simply are not equal to the task of governing, so consumed are they with selfish, hedonistic indulgences, and it isn’t so much that they willfully intend the populace harm, as they simply lack the capacity to care.
In that respect, I see parallels to the sorcery kings of Melniboné, from the works of Michael Moorcock. If you can get your hands on these books, I highly recommend them if you’re into that kind of genre. It is worlds better than Lord of the Rings.
Stay safe out there!
Here is an article from the antiwork subreddit about Senator McConnell’s opinion as to why there is still a “labor shortage” and what will “solve it”. Basically, all the covid stimulus money paid people not to work, and when they all run totally all the way out of stimulus money, they will go back to work.
Now . . . . he could be right, in a sense. When people reach the no-money-left-anywhere stage of existence and are told its back to work or starve, freeze and die; they may well go back to work under that sort of duress.
What could millions of people who currently have work do to help “make” McConnell’s prediction turn out wrong? Well, if each of those millions of people have space in their dwelling units where a single person they know can stay for a while insteading of taking the first sh!t job they are poverty-tortured into taking, the labor shortage could be maintained for quite a while to come.
But they don’t know if this is a boom with legs.