Sanders

Editors note: it looks like this was written in Febuary, in Curaçao on vacation.  I found it in my drafts, and it was probably something I was screwing around with on the patio holding my laptop at a funny angle to get wifi so I could watch a primary debate.  Just me writing down what I wish he had said as I’m wont to do. Whatever problems it has, and it has problems, I don’t really care about anymore.  It’s not groundbreaking, but it somehow encapulates issues and a time that I find funny, sad, and ancient today – ten and a half months and a lifetime later.  So it’s going up.  This election could have been about great things, wonderful ideas that made the world a better place.

You asked me to rank the main threats to our country, I’m not going to do that.

I think that such a simplistic answer to a soundbite question not only puts this country at risk, but ties the hands of the next president.

No one would argue that Secretary Clinton is the country’s best choice to manage the foreign affairs of our country.  She was in the White House for eight years, served as a senator and Secretary of State.  Her credentials are beyond question. I hope that she’ll join my administration.

If you think that our chief threats are foreign actors then she is the obvious choice to be our next president.

I believe that those who paint the world as a place of only threat are trying to scare you.

Many of our bogymen are self created.  If we engage in a real way with other countries, rather than just ranking them on some sort of ‘threat matrix’ we might have a better chance of living in a more peaceful world.  Remember that we created ISIS by causing a power vacuum in the Middle East.  Our support of Israel in opposition of true democracy has destabilized the region for over half a decade.

We should stop meddling in the affairs of the world and focus on our values.

However I believe that the greatest threat to our republic is not a foreign power somehow disturbing the domestic tranquility: after all we spend more than the next eight nations combined in the name of defense.  Rather I think that our greatest threat comes from within.  Our nation’s very values are under siege by the financial industry and the accumulation of wealth that it creates.  The top 1% our country now controls the top 99% of our wealth.  The Republicans want you to believe that a tax on people leaving over $5 million of wealth to their  estates constitutes a ‘death tax’. Think about that: one of their main concerns is for people dying with over $5 million.  Corporations are now people and it costs over a billion dollars to become president. Why does it cost so much money if nothing’s for sale? Why are so many people clamoring to offer me money for speeches if they don’t think I’ll help them.

I want real change to come to our country, but not disruptive change: a return to American values.

Let’s focus on the things that have made America great.  A true middle class, a spirit of working together and politics that stop at our borders.  We’ve never been in a stronger position, and yet our leaders continue to say that we need to be great ‘again’.

I say we’re great now.  We’ve just forgotten that we need to be great together.

 

Posted in Politics at December 19th, 2016. Comments Off on Sanders.

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Nailed it.

1. about
2. matt ulman
3. overreaction
4. cycling
5. no comments
6. visual dissonance

Posted in Meta at August 17th, 2016. Comments Off on Most common anchor text from google.

Summer

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Posted in Parenting at July 5th, 2016. Comments Off on Summer.

Plantronics Savi 7XX-M and Linux

Leaving this here for the inevitable computer change someday.  Getting a Plantronics Savi 7xx-M working with Linux.

Section "InputClass"
        Identifier  "Plantronics"
        MatchVendor "Plantronics"
        Option      "Ignore" "true"
EndSection
Posted in Code at April 28th, 2016. Comments Off on Plantronics Savi 7XX-M and Linux.

For Brian Haw

This song by the XX Teens came up on random today, and I couldn’t find the spoken-word section by Brian Haw anywhere online.

I wrote it down. It feels like it should be somewhere.

good afternoon
i came here nearly six and a half years ago, second of June 2001.
i came here because i discovered what my country was doing to the children,
the children of iraq, the children of the world.
it’s called infanticide, genocide, torture, looting of nations.
bloody mess,
and I’m responsible.
see I happened to be born in Britain in a place called Woodford, Essex,
and my country’s doing this,
and I came because I couldn’t live with it,
because as a dad who loves his kids,
and this lady, this wonderful lady, who is the mother of my children,
i was taught a lot of good things in this country
and I was taught about fairness at my mother’s knee.
we know what’s right!
we have to stand up and do and be what’s right, don’t we?
I do, you do, each one of us does.
I’m an old man now of 58, I’ve been quite a few places,
and I’ve been a seaman, I’ve been an engineer, I’ve been a builder.
I used to make fine furniture,
done quite a few different things.
I’ve probably sat where you sat, I’ve probably done your work.
I probably understand you.
And you, with your experience and your knowledge, use it to know and say what’s right.
You are you, and I’m me, and we’re each individuals aren’t we?
And I talk too bloody much,
so it’s over to you now, what are you doing to do about it?
Ok?
Thank you.

Posted in Music, Politics at March 23rd, 2016. Comments Off on For Brian Haw.

Forty Years

This video makes me smile and think of the things that Elise will know. Things that we have no idea about now.

Posted in Code, Parenting at March 15th, 2016. Comments Off on Forty Years.

The crazy ones and the lovers

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La terre est bleue comme une orange
Jamais une erreur les mots ne mentent pas
Ils ne vous donnent plus à chanter
Au tour des baisers de s’entendre
Les fous et les amours
Elle sa bouche d’alliance
Tous les secrets tous les sourires
Et quels vêtements d’indulgence
À la croire toute nue.

Les guêpes fleurissent vert
L’aube se passe autour du cou
Un collier de fenêtres
Des ailes couvrent les feuilles
Tu as toutes les joies solaires
Tout le soleil sur la terre
Sur les chemins de ta beauté.

I remember, but not by heart (anymore).

Posted in Uncategorized at February 5th, 2016. Comments Off on The crazy ones and the lovers.

Meanwhile in the rest of the world…

Turkish soldiers fired over their heads, and Silva, opened her mouth to scream but no sound came out.

They have been trying to make her laugh ever since.

 

Posted in Politics at October 23rd, 2015. Comments Off on Meanwhile in the rest of the world….

Traveler v2 (various improvements)

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Posted in Parenting, Travel at September 10th, 2015. Comments Off on Traveler v2 (various improvements).

Ok, this one’s better…

And it doesn’t pretend anyone has half an hour to devote to this.

Posted in Brooklyn, Cycling, New York at August 19th, 2015. Comments Off on Ok, this one’s better….