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Jonathan Corbet
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This kind of thing scares me. The "clenched fist of truth" indeed...

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I hope this headline is true. If the backlash is severe enough, maybe even somebody this insane can get the message. Meanwhile, expect to see even more energy put into action at the state and local levels.

Not much pleased at the moment.

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David Brin has a point here; the Republicans created this mess, they should get to own it fully. I do wish I shared his confidence that the bulk of the craziness has been nullified, though...
How many times have I said it? "Impeach Trump" is a trap. The Democrats are being set-up! If they fall for it, they will prove themselves the stupidest twits ever. Ryan will say: "if you democrats lead the charge and do the heavy lifting, we'll supply JUST enough GOP defectors to get the bill of impeachment passed, agreed?"

Imbeciles. In a shot, the goppers will get rid of their embarrassment, get Pence (OMG far worse than Trump), who will appoint Ryan VP... and all of Trump's supporters will be enraged to a war footing against democrats. The disaster that is looming for the GOP, in 2018, will turn into their greatest victory.

The dems must say: "No way. Trump is YOUR problem. Get the entire GOP House to vote impeachment and (maybe) we might provide a few votes."

Better yet, face it - Trump is more an embarrassment than a deadly danger. Now, with the entire civil service, Intelligence Community and Officer Corps alerted to the craziness, he is in many ways already neutralized. The Dems and the sane Republicans (the few, the not-so-brave?) should concentrate on some pieces of neutralizing legislation.

1) Give the Joint Chiefs authority -- if unanimous -- to passively delay execution of presidential orders to perform acts of violence or combat for up to a week, giving them time enough to put their misgivings before a select congressional committee. This will only diminish Commander in Chief authority in extremely dubious conditions.

2) Put half of all presidential contingency and operating funds out of reach, unless the president agrees to give control over his appointments calendar, one afternoon a week, to the other party. I've proposed this before. Trump will be different if he hears other voices from outside his handlers' carefully erected bubble! (Recall how he was in love with Obama for a week, after meeting him, in the White House?) This one thing could draw him far enough into the light so that he at least won't be an existential danger...

... and did I remind you to say the words "President Pence" over and over again, letting your imagination go wild? That fellow ACTIVELY prays for armageddon! He will fill the White house with dominionists (look it up.) Please. Trump chose him as impeachment insurance and you had better believe he knew what he was doing.

3) Pass funding for a Fact Checking Institute. Bipartisan. You will get enough Republican defectors to pass this one thing. Do it.

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/333803-first-republicans-talk-impeachment-for-trump


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Ah spring...2017 edition...

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Just in case you wondered whether the US healthcare system is truly screwed up or not... Having had more than my share of dealing with the financial side of this system, I can only wonder how it is that we tolerate something so capricious and cruel.

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Should you be wondering what it costs to get Congress to sell out our privacy. Colorado's esteemed Cory Gardner pulled in a nice $95K.

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Ah Boulder... simultaneous winter weather and fire advisories...
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For those of you who are still willing to come here: be prepared to pass a test. I hear they're especially attentive to whitespace errors.

Algorithm of the day:

notice_bogus_charge(my_card)
while 1:
argue_with(phone_answering_robot)
force_refund(bogus_charge)
force_invalidate(my_card)
new_card = wait_for_fedex()
for vendor in automatic_charges(my_card):
switch_to(new_card)

Somehow it seems there has got to be a better way to run a financial system.


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Another one of those days where I'm really supposed to be making progress on my next talk. Maybe tomorrow...
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