Fig. 1. Photograph by author, March 14, 2021.
The reddish hue on this tree is a sign it is budding, an early sign of spring, and also that at least one more freeze is surely on the way.
I’ve mostly been forgetting to mention that a lot of Donald Trump campaign signs and flags are reappearing now around Pittsburgh after having disappeared, presumably in well-deserved shame, following the U.S. Capitol coup attempt. I’ve also seen banners proclaiming that “[Joe] Biden is not my president.” I’m not quite sure what to make of this: Clearly these folks continue to support Trump. It seems unlikely that even they entertain any hope now of overturning the November election result. But I think we can surmise that they don’t accept the result.
And given the violence that surrounded that coup attempt, and a potential for violence that presumably remains, this can’t be a good thing.
Twitter suspended users mentioning a city in Tennessee named Memphis. Yes, really. It was a “bug,” they say. No, Twitter, no. It is far more than a bug. It’s what you get for using artificial idiocy. It’s the very sort of thing I said would happen.
Alyse Stanley, “Twitter Banned Me for Saying the ‘M’ Word: Memphis,” Gizmodo, March 15, 2021, https://gizmodo.com/twitter-banned-me-for-saying-the-m-word-memphis-1846474378
- David Benfell, “The danger that remains,” Not Housebroken, January 22, 2021, https://disunitedstates.org/2021/01/07/the-danger-that-remains/; David Benfell, “Riot or insurrection? Lies or madness?” Not Housebroken, January 22, 2021, https://disunitedstates.org/2021/01/12/riot-or-insurrection-lies-or-madness/; David Benfell, “The State of the Disunion, 2021,” Not Housebroken, January 22, 2021, https://disunitedstates.org/2021/01/10/the-state-of-the-disunion-2021/; David Benfell, “The second farce,” Not Housebroken, February 14, 2021, https://disunitedstates.org/2021/02/14/the-second-farce/↩
- Alyse Stanley, “Twitter Banned Me for Saying the ‘M’ Word: Memphis,” Gizmodo, March 15, 2021, https://gizmodo.com/twitter-banned-me-for-saying-the-m-word-memphis-1846474378↩
- David Benfell, “Our new Satan: artificial idiocy and big data mining,” Not Housebroken, February 23, 2021, https://disunitedstates.org/2020/01/13/our-new-satan-artificial-idiocy-and-big-data-mining/↩