Gutenberg is not an editor, Gutenberg is a page builder. You can use it to make posts, but that's not it purpose. Not in all actuality. And we could use a more capable editor than the old classical. Something that will make it easier to craft and shape a post to make it easier to read and have an impact on the audience.
That's what I say, and I say it's time we started to work on an editor for WordPress.
You get right down to it, impeachment is not the answer to the problem raised by Donald Trump. The man has a problem, a serious problem. He is a low functioning sociopath who never got the socialization he needs to function in adult society. He is incapable of empathizing, or even of faking it in any real manner. He is also the victim of his enablers, starting with the people who were just too lazy and uncaring to put their feet down and take him to task for his mishandling of his business affairs. Because they just didn't give a fuck we have to deal with a broken man in the highest office in the land.
It's time that Trump was given a comprehensive psychological evaluation, and should the finding be what I expect them to be, remove him from office for medical reasons. It isn't that he does wrong, it's more that he just too damaged to hold office. It is for his sake and not just ours that he needs to be removed and placed where he can be watched and cared for.
The claim has been made that the 9th planet is a black hole. I say it isn't. Neptune is our 9th planet. In order the first nine planets in our Solar System are...
Planets 10 and 11, Pluto and Charon, share an orbit and in effect switch between being #10 and #11 depending on where they are in their orbit around a common center of gravity. Our declaring the small planets to be "dwarf planets" is our attempt to deny that there really are too many planets for us to memorize them all, or devise a mnemonic to handle them.
Trump Urges China...is the story. In it our President reinforces my impression that he is not the most adroit of personalities. He is, in short, a social klutz with no understanding of what he is doing, or of why many of us keep getting on his case. Basically he is inept. Once more we see evidence of his incompetence and that he has been promoted past his ability to function. He has my pity.
He is not a bad President because he's a bad person, he's a bad President because he hasn't the ability. I say that the kindest thing we can do for the man is to remove him from office so that a more able person can take his place, and he can be placed in a situation where people can keep an eye on him and keep him out of trouble. He needs a caretaker. He needs someone who can and will keep an eye on him and stop him from making an ass of himself. If it takes impeachment followed by conviction, then that's what we do. If it takes a medical evaluation followed by a finding of incompetency and his removal on medical grounds, then that's what we do.
I take this stand not because I want to see him hurt, but because I want to see him stop hurting himself, and the nation with him. Take pity on President Trump and support his placement in the care he needs for his condition.
My understanding is that Senator Bernie Sanders will be dropping out of the Presidential race. Because he's had a heart attack. Heart attacks are serious. Given that he had a blocked artery it's likely another will show up, and this one could kill him. I expect his doctor is going to tell him...
Doctor: Mr. Sanders, you can't be President of the United States.
Sanders: Why not?
Doctor: Because it would kill you.
Sanders: So being President would kill me. Fine, as long as I can have some impact on my country.
Doctor: No, Bernie, running for President would kill you.
Of course, I could be wrong. He could run and win election and then retire after two terms to become an elder statesman for the next twenty years, but heart trouble is not something you underestimate. Within a week Senator Bernard Sanders will announce he is withdrawing as a candidate for President of the United States because of his heart. Who he then announces he's supporting will of course get a huge boost in support, but I have no idea who that might be. So who will then succeed President Nancy Pelosi in office will stay up in the air.
As I wrote the post just previous I'm sort of listening to the Congressional hearing regarding the report of Trump's malfeasance. At the beginning I keep hearing the director of intelligence repeatedly stating that he didn't report the matter to Congress because he wasn't required to. To him I say, "You ass."
It doesn't matter if it's required. There is no law that says you have to report a fire, but reporting that fire is still a good idea so that first responders can get to it swiftly and deal with it. Trump lit a fire. You were informed of this fire and who lit it. Requirement be damned, you were obligated. But since it's not required legally, you can ignore it and just let us go on ignorant of the action.
To Congress as a whole I have this to say, "Pass a law saying that when an authority in any position leans of a possibly illegal act by anyone in government he shall, without hesitation, inform the damn Congress so that they can deal with it."
Not Obligated. Maybe not legally, but at least morally. File the damn report.
In the UT series on deaths in the country jail it does appear that we do have a bigger problem than I had thought. Please note that there is a 3 free article limit, but then a subscription is just $o.99 for four weeks, and that is worth it just for the series. But you should at least read the story on the two country supervisors calling for a review of the best practices.
For my part I would not call them "best practices", for as far as I can see these "best practices" result in too damn many deaths. Not just among the mentally ill, or even the sick over all, but in the general population as a whole. And that can be laid at the feet of the sherif of San Diego County. His feet in that he says nothing substantial about it, and does nothing to counteract the actions or lack of action of his staff.
I know that Jacob and Fletcher say they don't expect an outside investigation. But I can't agree. I expect an outside investigation, and I'm hoping for an outside investigation. First by the California State Attorney General's office, and then by the Federal Attorney General's office if that doesn't work. Allowing people to die in a government facility when they can be saved is a violation of civil rights. And should the investigation call for it to be followed by civil or criminal prosecution by the attorney general concerned.
And should they need a charge to hit the SD County Sherif, my recommendation is negligent homicide.
That you get right down to it, it's not that Trump is a bad politician, but that he's a bad business man. And given that up until now his enablers keep insisting on cutting him slack it's no wonder he's a spoiled brat.
And then you home one Senator Kennedy, a Republican who had a melt down on MSNBC. Gevalt, was he strident. The only thing I can conclude is that he knows that Trump is in trouble, he's just scared he's going to have to admit it publicly. When he breaks down it's going to be spectacular.
And note that the House of Representatives voted unanimously to start an impeach inquiry.
I pretty much agree with Jonathan Tweet. In the post he admits to taking things as he wants to, giving no thought to just how he could be wrong, or right. It comes down to this, most often we'd much rather things be as they are supposed to be, and ignore the fact that things are most often just what they are. Much of the time it is a matter of how we understand a thing and our understanding is going to be imperfect because our ability to understand is imperfect.
Which means all knowledge is going to be imperfect, indeterminate when you get right down to it. As we learn, as we grow in knowledge, what we know will change, even what is now considered set in stone.
One example of this is our view of the Sasquatch. When I first learned of the animal we really didn't know how it could get here. We knew of how the American Indian migrated over Berengia during the last Ice Age, but it never occurred to us that another species of giant primate could do the same thing at that time, or even an earlier period in time. By and large we assumed that since we knew of no animal that could cross over we assumed none did. Forgetting that by having film of a large bipedal ape we had evidence that such an animal existed, which given that apes are not usually found in the New World meant it had to come from somewhere. The most likely was the Old World and the route taken included Berengia at a time when there was no Bering Strait.
In short the Patterson/Gimlin film and other footage demonstrates that there is a second species of giant ape living in North America besides us, and that means that the Sasquatch most likely has an old world ancestor likely descended from a common ancestor with the Yeti or a like animal. And Yeti and Sasquatch very likely have a common ancestor with Gigantopithecus.
Fortunately given time we can change our mind, given the opportunity to reflect on what we know and what we later learn. But much too often we let ourselves get overwhelmed by the world and the voices of those trying to persuade or dissuade us. In addition, for the most part we'd rather agree with those who agree with us, because they agree with us. We like being assured that we are right and we hate learning that we are long. Just consider politics and religion, where the disagreements can get strident.
Just consider plate tectonics, a school of geology first proposed back in the early 20th century, but which was denied by most geologists because they could not see any mechanism for it. Then we found our first tectonic rift, somewhere in the Caribbean I think. We found more rifts, and then subduction zones, and then faults such as the Andres that demonstrated just where things we moving and providing us with the mechanism for this movement. At the present time we seem to think that the North American plate incorporates the bed of the western North Atlantic, ignoring that fact as I see it that a plate of granite cannot incorporated basalt into it's structure. And that, given that basalt is denser than granite, where the two meet the former will subduct under the latter. Which means that the Western North Atlantic Plate is sliding under the eastern edge of the granite North American Plate making eastern North America a subduction zone. A slow, gentle subduction zone, but still a subduction zone.