Some people have observed, that since wearing masks, and observing heightened hygiene their children have had fewer or no minor illnesses. One noted that his child used to fall sick every month since attending childcare. Now, no.
Saturday, 23 January 2021
Wednesday, 25 November 2020
This video tries to present Trump's 4 years with his achievements and failures.
Do you agree?
Trump will be the first president since Herbert Hoover in the Great Depression to leave office with fewer Americans employed than when he started. More problematic is that, as a lame-duck, Trump is aggressively trying to box in his successor with new rules, regulations and orders that are designed to tie the hands of the incoming administration.
The federal budget deficit was $3.1 trillion in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, by far the biggest one-year gap in U.S. history. Trump promised as a candidate in 2016 to eliminate the national debt over eight years. When he took office, the debt was $14.4 trillion. It now stands at $21.1 trillion.
While Trump has lost in the court of law, he was won to some degree in the court of conservative public opinion. By baselessly sowing doubt in the integrity of the results, and with the complicit consent of Republican lawmakers who stayed silent for so long, Trump is convincing millions of gullible supporters that his successor is somehow not legitimate. This will make it harder for Biden, who strives to be a healer, to bind the national wounds into which Trump has been rubbing salt these past four years.
Saturday, 21 November 2020
Friday, 20 November 2020
Pure, Simple (or Simplistic) Democracy. Consider that this - DEMOCRACY - is a Sacred Cow. It cannot be questioned. The process cannot be questioned. The System cannot be questioned. Yes, this system threw up a Donald Trump in 2016. But this system also threw him out in 2020. The system WORKS!Tell yourself that. Convince yourself that this is DEMOCRACY WORKING. This is the age of disinformation. And there is no greater disinformation and deception than to see something, and BELIEVE THE VERY OPPOSITE OF WHAT YOU ARE SEEING.
The simple matter is if democracy works as advertised, then ok, maybe people are tired of slick politicians and Washington insiders, and are sold on the idea of an outsider, a maverick, someone who will rock the boat and get the rats off the boat. So 2016 - Trump. Besides Clinton was *bleargh!* Trump won? Understandable really.
In the aftermath of his defeat, Trump is alleging, without any evidence, that Biden has stolen this election from him.
And his lawyers are filing lawsuits in various courts to challenge ballot counting, or to stop the process of ballot counting, or to allege impropriety or illegality.
And his supporters believe him.
The truth is, Trump has lost.
He's just playing a role that 71 million voters (his supporters) require.
If the Democrats are so clever as to win the Presidency fraudulently, why didn't they win the Senate as well? If the Democrats could control the outcome of the election, in what universe would they allow Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham to win and win so comfortably?
If the Democrats had the power to control to election, why did they lose seats in the lower House (House of Representatives)?
Thursday, 19 November 2020
Fortunately, our neighbours are ranked higher. Indonesia is 16th, Malaysia is 44th. Philipines is 48th.
Even Myanmar is ranked higher at 35th.
Of course, Myanmar and Philippines are not immediate concerns or relevant.
We have no quarrel with them.
Friday, 6 November 2020
For two reasons. One, I believed the pollsters were embarrassed by their "failure" in 2016, had analysed their errors, and would have adjusted for their mistakes.
So this time around, they should be better right?
Their polling results were worse.
If they were off in 2016, they were off even more in 2020. Pollsters just couldn't explain or account for Trump.
The other reason I believe the polls was because it was the reasonable and rational thing to do. The fact that I was wrong to believe the polls suggests that
a) it was not reasonable
b) it was not rational
c) it is not reasonable to believe that people will act reasonably
d) it is not rational to expect people to act rationally
e) it is not reasonable to believe people will act rationally
f) it is not rational to expect people to behave (or vote) reasonably.
Or maybe Democracy is playing a different game with different rules.