- I'm abandoning the phrase "out of an abundance of caution". It was a nice juxtaposition when whoever first came up with it came up with it, but it's a stale cliché now.Instead, I will be using the expression "out of a plenitude of prudence".You are all invited to join me.
- This is deeply entertaining:
- It's time for my Increasingly Frequent Reminder:He will put the military in a bind and force them to choose. He will go there. Why not try? No cost to him if he fails. The only question is what "national emergency" to concoct in order to maximize his chances of success.
- The key to understanding Trump:His mind is capable of holding many different lies at once. Their mutual compatibility or incompatibility is of no consequence to him. Each one serves its own purpose.
- No great social purpose is served by my saying that I don't believe the claims recently made by South Dakota nurse Jodi Doering.Really, I just want the right to say "I told you all so" later, when her claims are inevitably debunked by some enterprising journalist.
- "The fact that your process for obtaining these affidavits yielded affidavits that you yourself found to be false does not support a finding that this process generates reliable evidence. This is concerning."
- Silver lining department:I love how, thanks to Trump's stress testing, we're learning about all these necessary-but-normally-unreported mechanisms of the U.S. government. E.g.: the law by which GSA can semi-officialize an unofficial election result so the transition can begin.
- I wonder if there's something (or a few possible somethings) that Wikipedia pages whose Talk pages are larger than their main article pages have in common?I think the ingredients are high polarization, beliefs trumping facts, and at least one person actively caring a *lot* for one pole, and one or more people caring some for the othercase in point: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Linux_kernelthere's this person over there, who denies the presence of binary blobs in Linux despite all the evidence, with an argument that seems sound, but that rests on a false premise: that the presence of blobs in the otherwise-source tree would amount to copyright infringementhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Linux is another interesting example of active defense of a biased neutrality
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- In which Network Solutions (@NetSolCares) tries really hard to get my public complaining moved to private DMs, instead of addressing the aggressively user-hostile interface decision that made the complaint necessary in the first place:
- The lack of any findable UI path to transfer a domain *out* of NetworkSolutions.com (@NetSolCares) is offensive-bordering-on-criminal. If you literally make it impossible for users to find a feature that they are entitled to, you're cheating them. Well, stop cheating me, you cheating cheaters!Hint: it's not on the "Domain Transfers" page, which one gets to from the menu item of that name in the "Domains" nav bar menu.That's right: outbound transfer is not found under "Domain Transfers".I mean, seriously? WTF, @NetSolCares?
There's a "Report Abuse" link in your site footer. Should I use it to report you to yourself?
- What I love about Joe Biden is how easy to get along with he seems to be, you know? How comfortable he is with everyone, and how he makes them feel comfortable. How "get-at-able" he is, in a word. He's like everyone's favorite uncle.Let's just start calling him Uncle Joe?(Sorry. I know that was in poor taste. Fortunately, no one influential who actually believes that Joe Biden is going to lead us into a Soviet-style communist dystopia -- such people apparently really exist -- reads my tweets, so it's okay. I'm not giving them any ideas.)
- "I Have A Question: Imagine for a moment the reaction to Loretta Lynch going to Chuck Schumer’s office while President Obama refused to concede defeat. Seriously though, what was Bill Barr doing in Mitch McConnell’s office today?" --David Kurz (@TPM_dk)
- Had Biden seemed to lose on election night, we'd hope he wouldn't concede, and would urge probing of every bit of evidence of voting fraud. The difference is that *it would have been in good faith*. Whereas Trump lied for four years straight and now asks for credibility.
- The "Four Seasons Total Landscaping" story is my favorite thing so far -- a gift that just keeps on giving.It's so bizarre: Trump practically screams aloud "I'm a slipshod grifter who can't even find competent people to handle my logistics", yet somehow his fans don't hear it.
- We're going to need a name for this generation of children and the special experience they share.I suggest "The Virennials".
- Surprising fact: this will be our first President Joe. We've had two Andrews, four Johns, four Williams, *six* Jameses, one Barack (w00t!), but zero Joes until now.Clearly, Presidents with male names from England have, so far, not been underrepresented in American history.
- I'm often grateful for @CSPAN. Today I decided it was important to actually hear & see all of Trump's deranged speech from the White House yesterday (from which I'd only heard quotes). @CSPAN to the rescue: