Monthly Archives: April 2020

SEE IT: Multiple armed men ‘storm’ Michigan state house, Gov. Whitmer protected by police

Multiple armed men stormed the Michigan State House Thursday during an anti-coronavirus-lockdown protest in Lansing.

According to reports, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was protected by state police officers who also blocked the men from moving further into the building. Protesters stood shoulder-to-shoulder outside the House chambers while chanting “Let us in.”

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Inspection-The Trump Crisis Management Model: Make it WORSE

Trump enjoys the vitriol. He feeds off it like Redjac from the original Star Trek episode Wolf in the Fold.

By Ken Carman

 Why in hell would he want to do that?
 Patience, Dear Readers, I’ll get to that.
 I have come to the conclusion Trump wants to make this worse: any way, anyhow, by any means. Taking preordered and prepaid PPE from states: especially blue Inspectionstates, and handing it over to red states? Barr out to sue states that keep their stay at home orders? All the ‘advice’ that if taken (or right: you pick) could kill people? Only limiting his briefings when it was obvious the more rational Cuomo briefings were working and people were tuning him out. (He asked what the point was. Yeah, I know, snake oil salesmen can’t sell snake oil.) Wanting states to open back up: encouraging making it worse and a bigger second, third, etc waves? (Just in time to effect November?) Some of his favorite pundits, MAGA people, wanting to sacrifice the elderly, the vulnerable? Praising Kemp then only pulling back on that when he gets severe blowback? Blaming everyone else, including lying about how we were left in the lurch when it was his administration that fired those whose jobs were to deal with a possible pandemic?
 I COULD go on, but I think you get the point.
 One consistent factor about anything Trump is feeding Trump coffers. OK, in this case a second thing: whatever gives him power and influence. They are tied together by being able to keep up the scams, the conjobs. Anything to serve those causes. But he can only be allowed to do that now by limiting voting or stopping it by any means; which fit well with what Republicans have been doing since long before Trump. Expand his base? HA! Trump; purveyor of hate, had to know that would be a losing tactic from the start. Read more

22 Things I’ve Learned from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Other Social Media

I spent the lion’s share of my working life as a teacher, a profession that rides on faith in a) the young, b) our species, and c) the future. Some teachers lose that faith, and a handful maybe never had it, but anyone who hopes to be good at teaching over the long haul had better hold tight to faith in that trinity of reasons for teaching. There’s no shortage of things that can make a person doubt their faith in the young, and even more reason to question the belief in the value or perfectibility of our species. And, in these dark days, it’s as hard as it’s ever been to deposit much hope in the viability of our future.

Those hopes can be especially hard to sustain when you view our tribe on social media. If, as I have done, you spent any time reading the written correspondence of people, famous and obscure, who are now long dead, you can develop a nagging suspicion that the human race ain’t on an uptick toward transcendence these days. If the future judges us by whatever is up there in that “cloud” we all hear about, we’re not going to come off looking too great. Aside from the fact that some of us lived in a time that produced presidents like Nixon, Reagan, Dubya, and Donald Trump, there’s also going to be a record of our utterly inane concerns as the heat of the world was building to boiling.

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