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A Cry for help

We are pulling out of the Paris climate accord.
That’s right, the US and the world is being held hostage by a bunch of rich oil barons who will extract as much fossil fuel out of the ground and as much money out of our wallets as they can before they die. Because, what do they care what happens to the planet?  THEY’LL BE DEAD. 

In other news, slutty women will have to pay for their own birth control and get a fricking lecture from moralistic bible thumpers. 

God really needs to step up the efforts on a rewrite. And clean up the prose this time. No one can understand you. 

And then there’s the NIH budget that Trump proposes to cut by 18%. Killing cancer research is a lot like siding with VD. You just can’t quite wrap your head around it. 

But whatever. This is what retired old white dudes who watch Fox News non-stop want. I’m not sure what’s in it for the rest of the Trump voters. 

I guess we’ll find out soon enough. Too bad we’re chained to them as they head over the cliff. 

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I realize that keeping up with government by stoopid whose primary goal seems to be pissing off everyone who didn’t vote for it can be exhausting. It’s like whack a mole. Where do you focus your attention? Isn’t it just easier to become apathetic? 

Yes, yes it *is* easier. Because at this point, there seems to be no one in the Republican Party who is willing to object to any of the Trump agenda. He’s only doing what “Christian” conservatives, grumpy old people and mean spirited, nationalist, conscienceless and irrationally resentful Fox News lovers want. 

We are unlikely to make any headway with them at this point on any policy initiative unless it is in their own self interest to stop the crazy. And yes, it is crazy. None of this makes any sense. But it feeds the rage of people who do not understand cause and effect. Even college can’t learn some people good. 

Where we CAN make a difference is by focusing our attention on where the Trump administration is trying to evade the law and ethics. The quickest route to a scary regime is to let the leaders get away with breaking laws without consequences. 

We may not be able to hold them accountable for illegal actions but we sure as fuck don’t have to make it easy. 

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Sorry I’ve been absent for much of the last six months. I was distracted. I am better now. Ok, I have some new distractions but with any luck, they will be of short duration. There will be more posts.  

Get ready to volunteer to campaign next year. Your goal is to get as many non-voters to the polls as possible. 

More later on Andrew Therriault’s criticism on Clinton’s use of data from someone who 1.) did some data analysis in a previous life and 2.) ran a staging location for Clinton’s campaign last November. That would be me.