At the present time here in California we're having wildfires. In most every story I've seen on the matter the blame is being put on the utility companies, with not a word being said on the private individual's responsibility in the matter. Time after time it's a matter of what the utilities are not doing, and not a thing on what individuals are not doing. I find it amazing that so many Californians have such badly broken arms.
We can do things, but we don't want to take the initiative. I'd have to charge this as aggravated greed. Pay the money, get the work done. It's your responsibility people, get off your ass.
I have the feeling the current front runners in the Democratic Party are going to be gone and forgotten by the end of January 2020. Why? Because we're going to get bored with them.
Let's get real here, modern journalism is infested with the greedy and lazy. With people who's only interest is in their bank account and stock portfolio. They're not reporting on events, they're selling ad space.
And coming soon, Putin invades Turkey in support of his Kurdish allies. Nato ignore this action.
Back when I was about your age the cybernetic community was planning on what they were calling The World Wide Web. The assumption was that by keeping the system "loose" they would thereby make it nearly impossible for the Web to be interrupted. That was the hope, but then a human trait bollixed it. That trait was apathy.
The original scheme depended on there being available resources to handle the anticipated traffic. The bad news is, we just had to be short sighted and pound foolish by limiting resources. We put more emphasis on saving a buck on the initial installation of the infrastructure than on ensuring that signals could get through. As a result we seem to be spending more on getting information through than we could have to make sure the net had the space it needed to work with. By being chintzy we have ended up with an Internet that just barely suffices for our needs.
I'm bitching now because I can't download software from Microsoft. That app is the Office Suite, and it has features and capabilities I could use in my work. But as long as my access to the Internet keeps getting interrupted it's going to be a month or so until I have the app. I can't be the only one with this problem, and I expect others are also having trouble getting what they need through the Web. This problem is not just a bother, in some cases you can expect some to lack what they need to survive. Blocked communication endangers lives. You're prevented from getting the information you need to live, you will die.
My version of The Laws starts with, "First: You shall not harm society, or through inaction allow society to come to harm." (I know, it's an adaptation of Asimov.) By being cheap with the Internet we are in violation of the First Law and it's time we time well stopped this. Billions for communication, not one damn cent for short term profit!
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.
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.