Open Thread

I did a little checking with Expert Opinion and its still pretty set: Trump is doomed. And I mean in the “he hasn’t got a chance” sense. But then you see the crowd at Trump’s rally in New Hampshire last night. Honestly, I can’t see how the man loses – his opponents can’t draw flies. But, the polls say he’s done. I guess we’ll find out next year.

As if you didn’t already know this, there’s leaked audio of the New York Times deciding to switch from “Russia” to “Racism” against Trump. Long time readers might remember my very long series of “What Media Bias?” posts. I stopped doing it because it was so obvious that it really didn’t need further explanation. But, still, nice to get some absolute confirmation.

China is cracking down on Hong Kong – some people are officially upset with Trump as he’s not being forceful about it. But, what’s he really supposed to do? He’s already engaged in a trade war with China. He’s already trying to detach North Korea from China’s orbit. He’s already buddying up to India and Vietnam against China. He’s rebuilding our Navy. He’s sending our ships into waters claimed by China. Short of war, there’s nothing we can do for Hong Kong: and I don’t think anyone wants to fight China over Hong Kong. It is sad, but it was inevitable: a tyranny simply will not tolerate the slightest bit of freedom. China only kept hands off until disruption wouldn’t roil markets too badly…and rely on it that Hong Kong’s rich will cut whatever deals are necessary with Beijing.

SpaceX is talking up its mission to Mars. I think we should go visit Mars, but I’m doubtful about our ability to live off Earth for any length of time. The more we learn about the planets, the more incredible it is that Earth has life…things just have to be so incredibly perfect for life to exist that the chances of it existing elsewhere are getting vanishingly small…and we’re also learning that what Earth has is not at all easy to replicate, even on a small scale. Among the massive problems, I see radiation as the largest. Living things don’t like it: our atmosphere and magnetic field keep out lots of it…but once away from Earth, you lose that protection and have to make the means of keeping it off you.

The Trump Administration has been facilitating talks between Israel and various Arab States…this is because Trump is just smarter than anyone we’ve had in the White House since Reagan.

7 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Retired Spook August 17, 2019 / 10:18 am

    Elizabeth Warren drew a crowd of around 700 in New Hampshire — does that count?

    this is because Trump is just smarter than anyone we’ve had in the White House since Reagan.

    I don’t know that it’s so much intelligence as it is pragmatism. He’s the first president since Reagan who sees problems as something to solve, not something to exploit. It’s the main reason I voted for him and will again.

  2. R. Murphy August 17, 2019 / 11:14 am

    I don’t know that ‘the polls’ say anything. Zogby of all polls has him over 50% approval. I think polls are so disconnected from reality and have such sampling problems now that any resemblance to reality is purely coincidental at this point.

    • Amazona August 17, 2019 / 6:28 pm

      Once upon a time, a poll was taken to learn what people think. Now it is constructed to tell people what they should think.

      • Ryan Murphy August 17, 2019 / 9:18 pm

        They start with the answer they want and then balance the sample to achieve it.

    • Amazona August 17, 2019 / 6:27 pm

      heh heh heh

      We call him The Looper, but that might have gotten confused with The Loopy, which would describe any of the other candidates. I got a kick out of the snarl in the comments below the cartoon, about how only people with Anglo-Saxon names need apply. Just another case of snotty Liberal cluelessness—the real joke was the one about where his one supporter could go once he dropped out.

      • Retired Spook August 17, 2019 / 9:33 pm

        I’m going to be surprised if the field doesn’t narrow down quite a bit in the next few weeks.

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