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October 17, 2021

Hal Brown blog October 2021 -

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Eugene Robinson has been on MSNBC discussing this OpEd. 
He begins:

T.S. Eliot wrote that the world ends "not with a bang but a whimper,” but I fear our great nation is careening toward a third manner of demise: descent into lip-blubbering, self-destructive idiocy.

How did we become, in such alarming measure, so dumb? Why is the news dominated by ridiculous controversies that should not be controversial at all? When did so many of our fellow citizens become full-blown nihilists who deny even the concept of objective reality? And how must this look to the rest of the world?

Read the headlines and try not to weep... 

and then he goes on to list various things demonstrating this before he concludes:

I get it. The GOP has become the party of White racial grievance, and this battle against an imaginary enemy stirs the base. But the whole charade involves Republican officials — many of them educated at the nation’s top schools — betting that their constituents are too dumb to know they’re being lied to. So far, the bet is paying off.

And then, of course, there’s the whole “stolen election” farce, which led to the tragedy of Jan. 6. Every recount, every court case, every verifiable fact proves that Joe Biden fairly defeated Donald Trump. Yet a sizeable portion of the American electorate either can’t do basic arithmetic or doesn’t believe that one plus one always equals two.

How dumb can a nation get and still survive? Idiotically, we seem determined to find out.

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Quote of the Day, from 

Opinion: Don’t be afraid of the election audits — they may be our only ticket out of this mess, by Republican Ben Ginsburg, Wash. Post (subscription)

His conclusion:

If the audits that Trump himself has demanded keep coming up empty, maybe, just maybe, some true believers in Trump’s falsehood will recognize he’s been feeding them snake oil.

These proceedings run by Trump supporters at least present that opportunity. Reducing that 30 percent number will be good for everyone, Republicans included.

Challenging election outcomes when one party doesn’t like the results is a door Republicans need to realize swings both ways. Having two-thirds of your voters not trusting election results will over time injure Republicans more than Democrats. Why should Republican voters turn out? It’s a lethal path for a party that has already seen depressed turnout in some elections, such as the Georgia Senate runoffs and California governor’s recall.

Moreover, if a state’s elections are so flawed that Democratic victories should be reversed, that will also be fodder for Democrats to challenge the certifications of Republicans who ran on the same ballots.

Something has to change, and the key to that change is to convince some portion of the 30 percent that Trump has failed to deliver on his bombast. Trump is hoisting himself on his petard. Let him.

Oct. 1, 2021 

 My Kos story How to tell if and when Trump becomes psychotic

 These are a few other stories that piqued my interest today: 

Potato milk isn't available in the United States yet. The article provides a recipe for making your own, however it seems to me that if you like sweet potatoes better and because making the beverage is time consuming you might want to make sweet potato milk instead.

Also: A child pianist makes it to Carnegie Hall and a tree in Portland with house destroying roots. This (map below) effects me because I send and receive mail from Massachusetts, this map of how new post office slowdown will effect people in various states (Click image to enlarge):

I have been saving my bread bag clips for some time for no particular reason. I just found a graphic that shows ,any things they cane be used for (click image to enlarge)

Back to September with links to my Daily Kos stories, also here where the previous two stories I posted made their Trending list and each had over 1000 readers.

September 14, 2021

Hal Brown blog for early August 2021

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Interesting (not by me)

This potential is good news: From RawStory:

This could be very, very bad news:

As Covid rages it's time to make sure you have the best the Best N95 And KN95 Face Masks To Wear For The COVID Delta Variant to protect not only others but yourself as well

 On an entirely different subject, what happens if someone takes very large amounts of vitamins and supplements? Here's a 2013 article from the BBC website. Here's a 2016 from Self about going overboard on supplements.  This undated Healthline article has a chart listing the safe upper levels. 

From Harvard Health: Harmful effects of supplements can send you to the emergency department 

Top 10 herbal or complementary products associated with emergency department visits
  1. Weight loss
  2. Energy
  3. Sexual enhancement
  4. Heart health
  5. Sleep
  6. Laxative
  7. Bodybuilding
  8. Immunity or infection
  9. Pain or arthritis relief
  10. Detoxification or cleansing

Meditation with ultrasound, none minute video

Article by Joshua Coleman, psychologist in private practice and senior fellow with the Council on Contemporary Families.


My Daily Kos story for Weds.


Pillow Guy's event, click to enlarge:

It's August 1st, which most people consider the day that is the halfway point of the summer. I had nothing particular to write about this morning at   5:00 AM so I went outside and took this photo. (click to enlarge)