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So, zombietime analyzes the long-term implications of Trump's victory on the progressive movement. He makes historical points that everyone should read, but his conclusion is a bit too optimistic for me.
Commenter #3 fits my impressions better. Eternal vigilance is required.
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Fayette County High School Chorus wrapped up their Progressive Dinner with dessert at our place. And closed with a song...
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So, I got sucked into a global warming discussion on one of my favorite websites, Ricochet. The post was prompted by a separate discussion of the pursuit of Exxon for supposed "fraud" over its approach to the topic.
Anyways, as requested by the OP there, I summarized my beliefs about global warming:
https://ricochet.com/393403/which-beliefs-about-global-warming-are-legal/comment-page-2/#comment-3614902
In brief:

The globe has warmed over the last fifty years, but not the last fifteen.
Humans are not measurably responsible. Theoretically responsible, but current evidence has our impact down in the noise margin of other climate drivers, particularly solar output.
How bad will it get? Bring it on! The most fecund and famine-free times, prior to artificial fertilizers, in recorded history have been the periods coinciding with the medieval warm period and the roman warm period. That’s why the prospect of global cooling predicted in the mid-70’s was so concerning.
What should we do? No need to respond at all. Mankind has been adapting to climate changes far in excess of any IPCC forecast for hundreds of millennia.
When will we understand it? Today.
When will we be able to deal with it? Millennia ago.
How do we handle the economics? We enjoy the bountiful harvests and the CO2-fed restoration of forests of all kinds.
How should be handle the politics? We should laugh at the alarmists as the Luddites they are.
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Hmmmph.  Missed one.  Greybeard geek cred in danger. /-:
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The family really enjoys Grimm, so some opportunities can't be missed.
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My children are in this cohort :-)
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Socialism isn't an instant disaster, and even appears wonderful for a while, but the loss of reward for work poisons the community and kills it.  Sorta like taking arsenic to make your skin beautiful.  Works for a while, but you have to keep upping the dose.  And if you quit (because it's killing you), you end up worse than before.
As with most vices, tolerance varies.  The socialist point of no return depends on the structure of the community, it's relationships with others, and the will of its members.  We Americans have been flirting with socialism to a greater and greater degree, especially since Johnson's Great Society push.  But hope remains:  Obamacare, the latest ratchet on the wheel, is a complete and obvious disaster.  Will Americans reject it and those who would lock it in?  (Bernie, Hilary, Trump)
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Celine had the opening solo at the FCHS variety show this year. I caught it on video Friday night:
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So, I recognized that Trump was Democrat running as a Republican when he started.  That's a "time-honored" tradition in local politics where R's reign, and the reverse where D's reign.  Local voters generally can tell, and reject them unless they really do tilt their way.
I figured Trump was the same sort, and it would work out.  Such that I could vote for him in the general if he actually wins the nomination.  I'm not so sure any more.  In fact, I'm starting to think like Protein Wisdom's Jeff:  (language warning)
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Ed Driscoll contrasts a new NewsBusters article with forecasts from a few years ago on the decline of the newspaper business.  Both new and old forecasts lay the blame at the feet of the journalists running the businesses.
The NewsBusters article responds to a lament from a professor at the Columbia School of Journalism by pointing out "[journalists] frequently demonstrated contempt for your audience. As a result, the public has largely tuned newspapers out, and they're not coming back."
That happened to me back in '95-ish, when I canceled my subscription to the Myrtle Beach leftist rag.  It still happens today when I decline to subscribe to (or disable adblockers for) newspaper websites that are biased against me.
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