As to ‘self-defense’

The tracking status still shows the envelope lost in transit but somebody cashed that $14.00 check to California’s Franchise Tax Board.


White supremacist gangs

Eric Levitz explains that, legally, refuting Kyle Rittenhouse’s self-defense claim was a tall order for the prosecution[1] and I cannot do full justice to his argument with a mere limited quotation:

The prosecution therefore needed to prove that [Kyle] Rittenhouse could not have reasonably believed that it was necessary to shoot Rosenbaum in order to spare himself from imminent bodily harm. . . .[2]

Levitz turns to another point, one that directly supports my claim in a new blog post entitled, “The revival of lynching.”

On parts of the right, Rittenhouse has been celebrated as a defender of order against anarchy, and law enforcement against miscreants. Yet the culture that turned the 17-year-old into a revered killer — a culture of mass firearm ownership and vigilantism — is antithetical to law and order as it is conventionally understood. It is a culture premised on the illegitimacy of the state’s monopoly on violence and the incapacity of formal institutions to uphold social order or public safety. It sees America as a society forever teetering on the brink of Hobbesian breakdown, and firearms as the sole guarantor of individual security. And the more influential this culture becomes, the more its paranoid delusions come to resemble our collective reality. . . .

In much of the country, Americans have a legal right to openly carry weapons of mass murder. And yet all it takes is one suspicious bystander, a phone call to the police, and the arrival of a trigger-happy cop for the legal act of carrying an AR-15 — or a toy gun — to become a legal basis for one’s summary execution.[3]

Hence, in a major subset of the cases that Levitz believes enabled, lynching.

In addition, Levitz, in pointing to “the state’s monopoly on violence,” I think inadvertently but nonetheless effectively, highlights neoconservative hypocrisy in its support for so-called “gun rights” and “self-defense” laws. This illustrates the contortions a “law and order” tendency must go through to support a Trumpian coalition, but as Charles Dudley Warner wrote, “Politics makes strange bedfellows.”[4] Such hypocrisy poignantly extends far beyond neoconservatives:

Jason Dearen, “White supremacist prison guards work with impunity in Fla.,” Associated Press, November 19, 2021, https://apnews.com/article/business-prisons-florida-race-and-ethnicity-racial-injustice-60b96681445509d89e6c0497405497d6

Sarah Jones, “There Will Be More Rittenhouses The forces that created a vigilante also exonerated him,” New York, November 19, 2021, https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2021/11/kyle-rittenhouse-cleared-and-there-will-be-more-like-him.html

Kurtis Lee, “Kyle Rittenhouse found not guilty of all charges,” Los Angeles Times, November 19, 2021, https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2021-11-19/la-na-kyle-rittenhouse-vedict-kenosha

Eric Levitz, “Kyle Rittenhouse’s Defense Was Strong It’s also a threat to the rule of law,” New York, November 19, 2021, https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2021/11/rittenhouse-jury-verdict-self-defense-legal-analysis.html

Gloria Oladipo, “Unrest in Portland as Kyle Rittenhouse verdict divides US,” Guardian, November 20, 2021, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/nov/19/kyle-rittenhouse-verdict-reaction-conservatives


  1. [1]Eric Levitz, “Kyle Rittenhouse’s Defense Was Strong It’s also a threat to the rule of law,” New York, November 19, 2021, https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2021/11/rittenhouse-jury-verdict-self-defense-legal-analysis.html
  2. [2]Eric Levitz, “Kyle Rittenhouse’s Defense Was Strong It’s also a threat to the rule of law,” New York, November 19, 2021, https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2021/11/rittenhouse-jury-verdict-self-defense-legal-analysis.html
  3. [3]Eric Levitz, “Kyle Rittenhouse’s Defense Was Strong It’s also a threat to the rule of law,” New York, November 19, 2021, https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2021/11/rittenhouse-jury-verdict-self-defense-legal-analysis.html
  4. [4]Charles Dudley Warner, quoted in John Bartlett, Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, Justin Kaplan, ed., 17th ed. (New York: Little, Brown, 2002), 543.

A nod and a wink

Pandemic

It does not appear that ‘normal’ is anywhere in sight.

Pennsylvania region

This is a message from Allegheny Alerts.

This is the COVID-19 Update from the Allegheny County Health Department for Nov. 19, 2021.

In the last 24 hours, 845 new cases were reported to the Health Department. Of these, 641 are confirmed cases and 204 are probable cases.

The age groups of the newly reported cases follow:

Age Group Cases
00-04 31
05-12 107
13-18 57
19-24 65
25-49 334
50-64 154
65+ 97

Note: Gender case counts are not currently available due to dataset changes. Once available, that information will again be provided in the updates.

There were two (2) new deaths reported, both in November. Both people were in the 65+ age group.

Since March 14, 2020 there have been 143,372 cases of COVID-19 in Allegheny County residents, 9,234 hospitalizations and 2,422 deaths.

Resources, including a Testing Site Locator and a Vaccine Provider Map, are available on the county’s website at https://bit.ly/ACHDcovid-19.[1]

(Inter)national

The story at a German hospital goes into more detail about what it is like to care for COVID-19 patients[2] than I saw in comparable coverage in the U.S.[3] But it all looks to me, really, like the same horrific story, a story exacerbated by vaccine refusal and COVID-19 denial.

Elliot Douglas and Rina Goldenberg, “COVID: Germany introduces new measures to curb the pandemic,” Deutschewelle, November 18, 2021, https://www.dw.com/en/covid-germany-introduces-new-measures-to-curb-the-pandemic/a-59852951

Tobias Großekemper, “The Violence of the Fourth Wave: ‘One Thing We Have Learned Is that COVID Is an Asshole,’” Spiegel, November 19, 2021, https://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/the-violence-of-the-fourth-wave-one-thing-we-have-learned-is-that-covid-is-an-asshole-a-9da60dbf-6311-472a-9fdf-60a6442b1235

Laurie McGinley, “FDA authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna boosters for all adults,” Washington Post, November 19, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/11/19/fda-clears-pfizer-biontech-moderna-booster-shots-all-adults/

Bojan Pancevski, “Austria Becomes First in Europe to Impose Vaccine Mandate, Return to Lockdown,” Wall Street Journal, November 19, 2021, https://www.wsj.com/articles/austria-locks-down-imposes-broad-vaccine-mandate-as-covid-19-cases-surge-11637323344

Lena H. Sun, Laurie McGinley, and Frances Stead Sellers, “With federal sign-offs, all American adults now eligible for coronavirus vaccine boosters,” Washington Post, November 19, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/11/19/cdc-advisers-pfizer-moderna-booster-shots-adults/


California wildfires

Lila Seidman, “Wildfires killed thousands of sequoias in southern Sierra Nevada,” Los Angeles Times, November 19, 2021, https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-11-19/wildfires-kill-thousands-of-sequoias-in-southern-sierra-nevada


White supremacist gangs

Once again, I am feeling desperate to get the fuck out of the United States. Following today’s acquittal,[4] Sarah Jones believes there will be more like Kyle Rittenhouse[5] and I see no flaw in her argument.

In this country, we need no longer bother with courts, judges, and juries. The message of this verdict, even if Rittenhouse’s victims were all white,[6] is that we will be back to lynchings, with those white supremacist gangsters who are charged with keeping order[7] instead offering a nod and a wink.

Jason Dearen, “White supremacist prison guards work with impunity in Fla.,” Associated Press, November 19, 2021, https://apnews.com/article/business-prisons-florida-race-and-ethnicity-racial-injustice-60b96681445509d89e6c0497405497d6

Sarah Jones, “There Will Be More Rittenhouses The forces that created a vigilante also exonerated him,” New York, November 19, 2021, https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2021/11/kyle-rittenhouse-cleared-and-there-will-be-more-like-him.html

Kurtis Lee, “Kyle Rittenhouse found not guilty of all charges,” Los Angeles Times, November 19, 2021, https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2021-11-19/la-na-kyle-rittenhouse-vedict-kenosha


  1. [1]Everbridge to Allegheny Alerts list, “COVID-19 Update — Nov. 19, 2021,” November 19, 2021, https://member.everbridge.net/453003085611110/login
  2. [2]Tobias Großekemper, “The Violence of the Fourth Wave: ‘One Thing We Have Learned Is that COVID Is an Asshole,’” Spiegel, November 19, 2021, https://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/the-violence-of-the-fourth-wave-one-thing-we-have-learned-is-that-covid-is-an-asshole-a-9da60dbf-6311-472a-9fdf-60a6442b1235
  3. [3]Mike Baker, “In Alaska’s Covid Crisis, Doctors Must Decide Who Lives and Who Dies,” New York Times, October 3, 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/03/us/coronavirus-crisis-alaska.html; Timothy Bella, “An Alabama doctor watched patients reject the coronavirus vaccine. Now he’s refusing to treat them,” Washington Post, August 18, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/08/18/alabama-doctor-unvaccinated-patients-valentine/; Rebecca Boone, “COVID-19 surge forces health care rationing in parts of West,” ABC News, September 16, 2021, https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/idaho-rations-health-care-statewide-covid-surge-continues-80056295; Hailey Branson-Potts, “Mortuaries fill, hospitals clog in rural California towns with low vaccination rates,“ Los Angeles Times, August 28, 2021, https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-08-28/la-me-rural-california-covid-surge-vaccinations-lag; Ariana Eunjung Cha et al., “Faced with a crush of patients, besieged NYC hospitals struggle with life-or-death decisions,” Washington Post, March 31, 2020, https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/03/31/new-york-city-hospitals-coronavirus/; Jenny Deam, “A Boy Went to a COVID-Swamped ER. He Waited for Hours. Then His Appendix Burst,” ProPublica, September 15, 2021, https://www.propublica.org/article/a-boy-went-to-a-covid-swamped-er-he-waited-for-hours-then-his-appendix-burst; Marisa Fernandez, “As hospitals fill, more ambulances forced to wait,” Axios, August 27, 2021, https://www.axios.com/local-ems-covid-surge-wait-times-611657fc-8ddf-4b32-a6dc-c7f2eb799487.html; Michael Hiltzik, “‘Death panels’ arrive — in COVID-stricken Republican Idaho,” Los Angeles Times, September 17, 2021, https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-09-17/death-panels-republican-covid-stricken-idaho; Christina Baker Kline, “My father should be in surgery rehab. But with beds full of the unvaccinated, he died in covid quarantine,” Washington Post, September 29, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/09/28/christina-baker-kline-father-death-covid-quarantine/; Hannah Knowles and Caroline Anders, “Hospital system says it will deny transplants to the unvaccinated in ‘almost all situations,’” Washington Post, October 6, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/10/05/uchealth-transplant-unvaccinated/; Oliver Laughland and Jessica Glenza, “Inside a Tennessee hospital grappling with Delta and vaccine hesitancy,” Guardian, July 24, 2021, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jul/24/tennessee-coronavirus-covid-delta-variant-cases-vaccines; Katie MacBride, [Twitter thread], Thread Reader App, August 21, 2021, https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1429287685244420101.html; Michael McGough, “Sacramento hospitals ‘at capacity’ and COVID deaths at 6-month high as delta spreads,” Sacramento Bee, August 26, 2021, https://www.sacbee.com/news/coronavirus/article253761928.html; Dennis Pillion, “‘I’m sorry, but it’s too late’: Alabama doctor on treating unvaccinated, dying COVID patients,” Advance Local, July 21, 2021, https://www.al.com/news/2021/07/im-sorry-but-its-too-late-alabama-doctor-on-treating-unvaccinated-dying-covid-patients.html; Jim Salter, “COVID-related attacks prompt hospital to issue panic buttons,” Associated Press, September 28, 2021, https://apnews.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-business-covid-19-pandemic-missouri-springfield-397f9fca72155f35035df85c9f2e0941; Paige Williams, “Mississippi’s Hospital System Is Rapidly Approaching Statewide Failure,” New Yorker, August 17, 2021, https://www.newyorker.com/news/us-journal/mississippis-hospital-system-is-rapidly-approaching-statewide-failure
  4. [4]Kurtis Lee, “Kyle Rittenhouse found not guilty of all charges,” Los Angeles Times, November 19, 2021, https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2021-11-19/la-na-kyle-rittenhouse-vedict-kenosha
  5. [5]Sarah Jones, “There Will Be More Rittenhouses The forces that created a vigilante also exonerated him,” New York, November 19, 2021, https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2021/11/kyle-rittenhouse-cleared-and-there-will-be-more-like-him.html
  6. [6]Sarah Jones, “There Will Be More Rittenhouses The forces that created a vigilante also exonerated him,” New York, November 19, 2021, https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2021/11/kyle-rittenhouse-cleared-and-there-will-be-more-like-him.html
  7. [7]David Benfell, “Stephen Zappala’s resignation would be nowhere near enough,” Not Housebroken, November 6, 2021, https://disunitedstates.org/2021/06/03/stephen-zappalas-resignation-would-be-nowhere-near-enough/

I’m shocked, shocked, I tell you, to learn of yet another white supremacist gang

White supremacist gangs

Jason Dearen, “White supremacist prison guards work with impunity in Fla.,” Associated Press, November 19, 2021, https://apnews.com/article/business-prisons-florida-race-and-ethnicity-racial-injustice-60b96681445509d89e6c0497405497d6


Infrastructure

Kimberley Strassel is unhappy that so many Senate so-called “moderates” are not as vocal in opposing the Build Back Better package as either their House of Representatives counterparts or Joe Manchin and Kyrstin Sinema.[1]

The House has now passed that bill,[2] as it turns out that Pramila Jayapal had secured an agreement from House so-called “moderates” to support it,[3] which seems to me to at least partly undermine Strassel’s argument. Be that as it may, when all the theatrics are over, I think this bill is dead, as Manchin and Sinema, who are not, as near as I can tell, bound by Jayapal’s deal, will cling to any excuse they can dredge up, no matter how far-fetched, to oppose it. Strassel writes for the Wall Street Journal opinion page, whose veracity, I gather, is on the order of Fox News.

Andrew Duehren and Richard Rubin, “House Set to Pass $2 Trillion Social Spending and Climate Bill,” Wall Street Journal, November 18, 2021, https://www.wsj.com/articles/house-closes-in-on-vote-for-2-trillion-bill-11637262546

Kimberley A. Strassel, “On Reconciliation Bill, Senate Moderates Hide Behind Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema,” Wall Street Journal, November 18, 2021, https://www.wsj.com/articles/reconciliation-bill-moderates-let-joe-manchin-kyrsten-sinema-hassan-kelly-build-back-better-11637276328

Tony Romm, “House passes roughly $2 trillion spending package that would expand social benefits and fight climate change,” Washington Post, November 19, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2021/11/19/house-spending-reconciliation-bill/

Marianna Sotomayor, Paul Kane, and Jacqueline Alemany, “McCarthy’s overnight speech — longest in modern history — underscores rancor in the House,” Washington Post, November 19, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-mccarthy-reconciliation/2021/11/19/3a07263c-48e9-11ec-b05d-3cb9d96eb495_story.html


Pandemic

Elliot Douglas and Rina Goldenberg, “COVID: Germany introduces new measures to curb the pandemic,” Deutschewelle, November 18, 2021, https://www.dw.com/en/covid-germany-introduces-new-measures-to-curb-the-pandemic/a-59852951

Laurie McGinley, “FDA authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna boosters for all adults,” Washington Post, November 19, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/11/19/fda-clears-pfizer-biontech-moderna-booster-shots-all-adults/

Bojan Pancevski, “Austria Becomes First in Europe to Impose Vaccine Mandate, Return to Lockdown,” Wall Street Journal, November 19, 2021, https://www.wsj.com/articles/austria-locks-down-imposes-broad-vaccine-mandate-as-covid-19-cases-surge-11637323344


U.S. Postal Service

I’m always amazed that folks trust the U.S. Postal Service and nearly always, myself, insist on a tracking number for anything I physically send out.

My suspicion seems to have been warranted, as the Service seems to have mislaid one of my tax returns. Ironically, it’s the one to the California Franchise Tax Board whose notice prompted a return to H&R Block about my 2019 taxes. I got to pay the tax preparers again to do the taxes that they’d fucked up the first time and, as it turns out, I owed hundreds of dollars in local and federal taxes,[4] but only $14 to the Franchise Tax Board. I’m expecting a small refund, $45, from Pennsylvania, which I guess shows pretty conclusively that my Pennsylvania taxes are significantly higher than my California taxes were. But I’ll be looking for another preparer next year.

The return made it as far as Sacramento, but has not, as near as I can tell, been delivered. I have put in a query with the Postal Service.

Jacob Bogage, “Biden expected to replace Ron Bloom, USPS board chair and key DeJoy ally, on postal board,” Washington Post, November 19, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2021/11/19/usps-biden-bloom-dejoy/


Christopher Columbus

It seems that the Italian Sons and Daughters of America had also accused the judge presiding over the case of bias.[5] It’s as if “people hate us” is their only substantive argument.

Paula Reed Ward, “Lawsuit contends Peduto interfered with vote to remove Columbus statue in Pittsburgh,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, November 18, 2021, https://triblive.com/local/lawsuit-contends-peduto-interfered-with-vote-to-remove-columbus-statue-in-pittsburgh/


Clairton

Despite the headline, this is the first mention I’ve seen of the Irvin works in West Mifflin.[6] It’s a separate facility from the one in Clairton.

The Irvin Works is normally considered the cleanest of U.S. Steel’s three Mon Valley facilities. But after the 2018 fire at the Clairton Coke Works, the company said it burned uncleaned coke oven gas at the Irvin facility about 5 miles away because it was the best option. A tall pipe on a hill called “the peachtree flare” would spread the pollution higher and farther, so the impact wouldn’t be as intense on nearby residents, even as it impacted a wider area.[7]

For all my mixed feelings about Pittsburgh—I’m sure I don’t want to learn yet another metropolitan area while driving for Uber and Lyft and I retain a sentimental attachment to the place where so many of my relatives, particularly including my grandparents, lived, but also, I sure as hell don’t want to be in anything like this part of the world if Donald Trump wins in 2024—I sure as hell don’t want to live along the Monongahela River. It will be an environmental calamity for as long as U.S. Steel and a few other corporations remain in business.

Oliver Morrison, “U.S. Steel faces lawsuit alleging that Clairton Coke Works ‘decrepit’ condition continues to endanger Mon Valley residents,” Public Source, November 19, 2021, https://www.publicsource.org/clairton-steel-coke-health-department-lawsuit-irvin-works-fire-pollution/


  1. [1]Kimberley A. Strassel, “On Reconciliation Bill, Senate Moderates Hide Behind Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema,” Wall Street Journal, November 18, 2021, https://www.wsj.com/articles/reconciliation-bill-moderates-let-joe-manchin-kyrsten-sinema-hassan-kelly-build-back-better-11637276328
  2. [2]Tony Romm, “House passes roughly $2 trillion spending package that would expand social benefits and fight climate change,” Washington Post, November 19, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2021/11/19/house-spending-reconciliation-bill/
  3. [3]Robert Kuttner to Today on TAP list, “Time to Salute Pramila Jayapal,” American Prospect, November 17, 2021, https://americanprospect.activehosted.com/index.php?action=social&chash=208e43f0e45c4c78cafadb83d2888cb6.1194&s=1e9c8da033986e0d1f0baa630b5bb784
  4. [4]David Benfell, “Getting what I deserve,” Not Housebroken, November 8, 2021, https://disunitedstates.org/2021/10/31/getting-what-i-deserve/
  5. [5]Paula Reed Ward, “Lawsuit contends Peduto interfered with vote to remove Columbus statue in Pittsburgh,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, November 18, 2021, https://triblive.com/local/lawsuit-contends-peduto-interfered-with-vote-to-remove-columbus-statue-in-pittsburgh/
  6. [6]Oliver Morrison, “U.S. Steel faces lawsuit alleging that Clairton Coke Works ‘decrepit’ condition continues to endanger Mon Valley residents,” Public Source, November 19, 2021, https://www.publicsource.org/clairton-steel-coke-health-department-lawsuit-irvin-works-fire-pollution/
  7. [7]Oliver Morrison, “U.S. Steel faces lawsuit alleging that Clairton Coke Works ‘decrepit’ condition continues to endanger Mon Valley residents,” Public Source, November 19, 2021, https://www.publicsource.org/clairton-steel-coke-health-department-lawsuit-irvin-works-fire-pollution/

Pittsburgh to emulate Silicon Valley?

Pittsburgh

They speak of being “in the pre-dot-com era when it comes to the life sciences”[1] and, as I read all this, it sounds an awful lot to me like their idea is to make Pittsburgh into something of a Silicon Valley for those sciences.[2] Pittsburgh already has the gentrification.[3] And while I see a lot of California license plates as I drive around Pittsburgh, I would hope that some of those folks would feel at least some trepidation at repeating Silicon Valley’s mistakes here.

Natasha Lindstrom, “Pitt gets $100M infusion to build biomanufacturing hub at Hazelwood Green brownfield site,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, November 17, 2021, https://triblive.com/local/pitt-gets-100m-infusion-to-build-biomanufacturing-hub-at-hazelwood-green-brownfield-site/


Donald Trump

Matt Ford argues[4] that the very facts that the Department of Justice had to bring charges against Steve Bannon[5] and that Donald Trump is able to try to run out the clock on the January 6 investigation[6] even on records requests[7] exposes the weakness of Congressional oversight power.[8]

My guess is that even unimpeded, this investigation would be unlikely to reveal anything startlingly new. The real problem isn’t so much that Trump is able to resist this investigation but that the coup attempt even happened.

Matt Ford, “The Dark Side of Steve Bannon’s Contempt Case,” New Republic, November 17, 2021, https://newrepublic.com/article/164444/steve-bannon-contempt-january-6


Abortion

The text called the Eucharist the most profound way God accompanies Catholics and called people back to church, saying “we miss you and we love you.” It also emphasized the “special responsibility” of Catholic public figures to shape their own views based on “the Church’s faith and moral law.” It said bishops are responsible “to work to remedy situations that involve public actions at variance with the visible communion of the Church and the moral law.”

But that’s as close as the document got to [Joe] Biden, who on Wednesday was in Detroit to promote electric vehicles and his infrastructure bill.[9]

It’s oblique but means bishops can be political and call pro-abortion Catholic politicians “irresponsible.”[10] As such, I interpret this a bit more harshly than David Gibson:

I think the bishops pushing this document did not want to be seen as too political. They wanted plausible deniability. They made it so innocuous and generic that to vote against it was to vote against the Eucharist itself. If you want to use the Eucharist in a political way, you can continue to use it in a political way. If you see the Eucharist in a different way, in a more Pope Francis way, then that’s what you’ll do.[11]

Assuming this is indeed what the bishops wanted to do, I think they failed.

Michelle Boorstein, “U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops approves Communion document without singling out politicians who back abortion rights,” Washington Post, November 17, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2021/11/17/catholic-bishops-communion-vote-biden/


Wilkinsburg

Charlie Wolfson, “If Wilkinsburg is annexed into Pittsburgh, what would happen to its residents’ taxes?” Public Source, November 16, 2021, https://www.publicsource.org/wilkinsburg-pittsburgh-annexation-merger-property-taxes-school-pennsylvania/


Democrats

There is a new blog post entitled, “Democrats and contradiction.”

Ryan Grim, “It’s Not Just White People: Democrats Are Losing Normal Voters of All Races,” Intercept, November 15, 2021, https://theintercept.com/2021/11/15/democrats-voters-virginia-glenn-youngkin/


Infrastructure

Andrew Duehren and Richard Rubin, “House Set to Pass $2 Trillion Social Spending and Climate Bill,” Wall Street Journal, November 18, 2021, https://www.wsj.com/articles/house-closes-in-on-vote-for-2-trillion-bill-11637262546


Pandemic

Elliot Douglas and Rina Goldenberg, “COVID: Germany introduces new measures to curb the pandemic,” Deutschewelle, November 18, 2021, https://www.dw.com/en/covid-germany-introduces-new-measures-to-curb-the-pandemic/a-59852951


Malcolm X

Shayna Jacobs, “They served decades in prison for killing Malcolm X. Now their names are cleared,” Washington Post, November 18, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/malcom-x-aziz-islam-cleared/2021/11/18/479f4b38-47f1-11ec-95dc-5f2a96e00fa3_story.html


  1. [1]Patrick Gallagher, quoted in Natasha Lindstrom, “Pitt gets $100M infusion to build biomanufacturing hub at Hazelwood Green brownfield site,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, November 17, 2021, https://triblive.com/local/pitt-gets-100m-infusion-to-build-biomanufacturing-hub-at-hazelwood-green-brownfield-site/
  2. [2]Natasha Lindstrom, “Pitt gets $100M infusion to build biomanufacturing hub at Hazelwood Green brownfield site,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, November 17, 2021, https://triblive.com/local/pitt-gets-100m-infusion-to-build-biomanufacturing-hub-at-hazelwood-green-brownfield-site/
  3. [3]Bob Bauder, “Pittsburgh settles court battle over Penn Plaza Apartments,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, October 27, 2017, https://archive.triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburgh-settles-court-battle-over-penn-plaza-apartments/; Tom Davidson, “Is there a crisis of ‘forced mass displacement’ of Black Pittsburghers? Residents, council divided on answer,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, April 6, 2021, https://triblive.com/local/is-there-a-crisis-of-forced-mass-displacement-of-black-pittsburghers-residents-council-divided-on-answer/; Ryan Deto, “Pittsburgh is one of the most gentrified cities in the U.S.,” Pittsburgh City Paper, April 4, 2019, https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/pittsburgh-is-one-of-the-most-gentrified-cities-in-the-us/Content?oid=14381722; Ryan Deto, “The displacement of Anthony Hardison from his Lawrenceville apartment is a microcosm of a neighborhood epidemic,” Pittsburgh City Paper, January 15, 2020, https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/the-displacement-of-anthony-hardison-from-his-lawrenceville-apartment-is-a-microcosm-of-a-neighborhood-epidemic/Content?oid=16556108; Rich Lord, “House hunters: How an anti-blight law has become a tool for ambitious landlords in Allegheny County,” Public Source, November 24, 2020, https://www.publicsource.org/conservatorship-allegheny-county-wilkinsburg-east-liberty-garfield-taiani-chaney-cp-development/; Kimberly Rooney, “How rising rents and renovations have displaced Pittsburghers and added to the city’s ongoing issues with gentrification,” Pittsburgh City Paper, April 28, 2021, https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/how-rising-rents-and-renovations-have-displaced-pittsburghers-and-added-to-the-citys-ongoing-issues-with-gentrification/Content?oid=19360553
  4. [4]Matt Ford, “The Dark Side of Steve Bannon’s Contempt Case,” New Republic, November 17, 2021, https://newrepublic.com/article/164444/steve-bannon-contempt-january-6
  5. [5]Kyle Cheney et al., “Steve Bannon indicted for defying Jan. 6 committee investigation,” Politico, November 12, 2021, https://www.politico.com/news/2021/11/12/steve-bannon-indicted-for-defying-jan-6-committee-investigation-521177
  6. [6]Matt Ford, “The Dark Side of Steve Bannon’s Contempt Case,” New Republic, November 17, 2021, https://newrepublic.com/article/164444/steve-bannon-contempt-january-6
  7. [7]Charlie Savage, “Judge Rejects Trump’s Bid to Keep Papers Secret in Jan. 6 Inquiry,” New York Times, November 9, 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/09/us/politics/trump-january-6-committee.html
  8. [8]Matt Ford, “The Dark Side of Steve Bannon’s Contempt Case,” New Republic, November 17, 2021, https://newrepublic.com/article/164444/steve-bannon-contempt-january-6
  9. [9]Michelle Boorstein, “U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops approves Communion document without singling out politicians who back abortion rights,” Washington Post, November 17, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2021/11/17/catholic-bishops-communion-vote-biden/
  10. [10]Michelle Boorstein, “U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops approves Communion document without singling out politicians who back abortion rights,” Washington Post, November 17, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2021/11/17/catholic-bishops-communion-vote-biden/
  11. [11]David Gibson, quoted in Michelle Boorstein, “U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops approves Communion document without singling out politicians who back abortion rights,” Washington Post, November 17, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2021/11/17/catholic-bishops-communion-vote-biden/

Pittsburgh settles court battle over Penn Plaza Apartments

Bob Bauder, “Pittsburgh settles court battle over Penn Plaza Apartments,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, October 27, 2017, https://archive.triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburgh-settles-court-battle-over-penn-plaza-apartments/

Ryan Deto, “Pittsburgh is one of the most gentrified cities in the U.S.,” Pittsburgh City Paper, April 4, 2019, https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/pittsburgh-is-one-of-the-most-gentrified-cities-in-the-us/Content?oid=14381722

Ryan Deto, “The displacement of Anthony Hardison from his Lawrenceville apartment is a microcosm of a neighborhood epidemic,” Pittsburgh City Paper, January 15, 2020, https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/the-displacement-of-anthony-hardison-from-his-lawrenceville-apartment-is-a-microcosm-of-a-neighborhood-epidemic/Content?oid=16556108

Rich Lord, “House hunters: How an anti-blight law has become a tool for ambitious landlords in Allegheny County,” Public Source, December 18, 2020, https://www.publicsource.org/conservatorship-allegheny-county-wilkinsburg-east-liberty-garfield-taiani-chaney-cp-development/

Tom Davidson, “Is there a crisis of ‘forced mass displacement’ of Black Pittsburghers? Residents, council divided on answer,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, April 6, 2021, https://triblive.com/local/is-there-a-crisis-of-forced-mass-displacement-of-black-pittsburghers-residents-council-divided-on-answer/

Kimberly Rooney, “How rising rents and renovations have displaced Pittsburghers and added to the city’s ongoing issues with gentrification,” Pittsburgh City Paper, April 28, 2021, https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/how-rising-rents-and-renovations-have-displaced-pittsburghers-and-added-to-the-citys-ongoing-issues-with-gentrification/Content?oid=19360553

More charging stations for electric vehicles in Pittsburgh?

Pittsburgh

Bill Peduto proposes to incorporate charging stations in any new or renovated city facilities but the public would be encouraged to use them.[1] That latter part is important; the number of charging stations out there increases somewhat if you count facilities that are reserved for employees, residents, or guests of various establishments and adding more stations like those would really not help. Peduto seems to be attempting to avoid that mistake.

I don’t expect it to increase the number of available stations very rapidly; I don’t see many city facilities under construction or renovation. But Pittsburgh presently is something of a charging station desert, with oases few and far between. Any new stations will be an improvement.

Julia Felton, “Peduto proposes incorporating electric car charging into city construction, renovation projects,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, November 15, 2021, https://triblive.com/local/peduto-proposes-incorporating-electric-car-charging-into-city-construction-renovation-projects/



University of Austin

I think Tina Nguyen[2] and I[3] are pretty close to being on the same page on the University of Austin. Like Theodore Schleifer,[4] she thinks the money behind this school will be sufficient to purchase accreditation,[5] which of course is not at all what accreditation is supposed to be about. Add this to the list of ills besetting modern academia.

Tina Nguyen, “Is Bari Weiss U. For Real?” Puck News, November 15, 2021, https://puck.news/is-bari-weiss-u-for-real/


Infrastructure

Andrew Restuccia and Eliza Collins, “Biden Signs $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill Into Law,” Wall Street Journal, November 15, 2021, https://www.wsj.com/articles/biden-infrastructure-bill-signing-11636997814


Pandemic

Pennsylvania region

The report was way, way, way late today. It’s supposed to come out at noon. It was after 4 pm when it hit my email. Originating from the Allegheny County Health Department, it says, “In the last 24 hours, 658 new cases were reported to the Health Department. Of these, 397 are confirmed cases and 261 are probable cases.”

That’s a lot of cases for twenty-four hours, even by recent standards. At one point we were down in the low double digits. As the Public Source report[6] indicates, the case counts really haven’t been dropping here.

Allegheny County averaged 350 to 400 new cases per day over the past two weeks and reported 600 new cases today alone.[7]

From the messages I’ve been getting, it has seemed higher.

Paula Reed Ward, “Pennsylvania court throws out state’s school mask mandate,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, November 10, 2021, https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-court-throws-out-governors-school-mask-mandate/

Amelia Winger, “Not done with the virus: Allegheny County reports rising cases despite decline last month,” Public Source, November 10, 2021, https://www.publicsource.org/important-info-on-coronavirus-preparation-in-allegheny-county/


Kamala Harris

Here’s Amber Phillips:

Let’s start today with a tweet. It’s the White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, writing on Sunday that Vice President Harris (@VP) is a valued partner to President Biden (@POTUS).


Why would she need to assert that? Because the political world is starting to question where Harris is.[8]

Phillips is being kind. Jen Psaki said what should not need to be said and therefore you may pretty safely assume that every word of it is somehow false.

Phillips explains that “[Kamala] Harris supporters are frustrated that [Joe] Biden has handed her some big, intractable problems, such as addressing the root causes of illegal immigration.” And I gotta tell you, I see their point. In addition to the migration issue, which makes a whole lot of people—not just Donald Trump supporters—see red, we’re talking about voting rights, abortion rights, oh, and ruffled French feathers over that submarine deal.[9]

You could look long, and you could look far, but you won’t find any sympathy from me for the French on that last one. This is a fucking arms deal we’re talking about. This is capitalism at its most heinous. And they expect “loyalty?” Really? I’d call them delusional but this makes Donald Trump seem absolutely sane and thoroughly connected to reality by comparison. This is so far past delusional I haven’t the first idea what even to call it.

And the rest of that list doesn’t look much easier. Whether you love, hate, or feel indifferent to Harris, Biden is sabotaging her.


  1. [1]Julia Felton, “Peduto proposes incorporating electric car charging into city construction, renovation projects,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, November 15, 2021, https://triblive.com/local/peduto-proposes-incorporating-electric-car-charging-into-city-construction-renovation-projects/
  2. [2]Tina Nguyen, “Is Bari Weiss U. For Real?” Puck News, November 15, 2021, https://puck.news/is-bari-weiss-u-for-real/
  3. [3]David Benfell, “The inexcusable, insufferable idiots coming to Austin,” Not Housebroken, November 13, 2021, https://disunitedstates.org/2021/11/09/the-inexcusable-insufferable-idiots-coming-to-austin/
  4. [4]Theodore Schleifer, “Who’s Funding Bari Weiss?” Puck News, November 12, 2021, https://puck.news/bari-weiss-tim-draper-vance-masters-thiel/
  5. [5]Tina Nguyen, “Is Bari Weiss U. For Real?” Puck News, November 15, 2021, https://puck.news/is-bari-weiss-u-for-real/
  6. [6]Amelia Winger, “Not done with the virus: Allegheny County reports rising cases despite decline last month,” Public Source, November 10, 2021, https://www.publicsource.org/important-info-on-coronavirus-preparation-in-allegheny-county/
  7. [7]Amelia Winger, “Not done with the virus: Allegheny County reports rising cases despite decline last month,” Public Source, November 10, 2021, https://www.publicsource.org/important-info-on-coronavirus-preparation-in-allegheny-county/
  8. [8]Amber Phillips to 5-Minute Fix list, “What’s Vice President Harris up to?” Washington Post, November 16, 2021, https://s2.washingtonpost.com/camp-rw/?trackId=5a39652eae7e8a58807f9446&s=619426399d2fdab56b8eae9b&linknum=5&linktot=51
  9. [9]Amber Phillips to 5-Minute Fix list, “What’s Vice President Harris up to?” Washington Post, November 16, 2021, https://s2.washingtonpost.com/camp-rw/?trackId=5a39652eae7e8a58807f9446&s=619426399d2fdab56b8eae9b&linknum=5&linktot=51

They Say Colleges Are Censorious. So They Are Starting a New One.

Anemona Hartocollis, “They Say Colleges Are Censorious. So They Are Starting a New One,” New York Times, November 8, 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/08/us/ut-austin-free-speech.html

Sarah Jones, “Who’s Afraid of Higher Education?” New York, November 8, 2021, https://nymag.com/intelligencer/article/bari-weiss-university-of-austin-nothing-new.html

Katherine Mangan, “A Planned University ‘Dedicated to Truth’ Will Welcome ‘Witches Who Refuse to Burn,’” Chronicle of Higher Education, November 8, 2021, https://www.chronicle.com/article/a-planned-university-dedicated-to-truth-will-welcome-witches-who-refuse-to-burn

Theodore Schleifer, “Who’s Funding Bari Weiss?” Puck News, November 12, 2021, https://puck.news/bari-weiss-tim-draper-vance-masters-thiel/

Tina Nguyen, “Is Bari Weiss U. For Real?” Puck News, November 15, 2021, https://puck.news/is-bari-weiss-u-for-real/

Geoff Shullenberger, “The Guild and the Grifters,” Chronicle of Higher Education, November 18, 2021, https://www.chronicle.com/article/the-guild-and-the-grifters

Democrats doomed in 2022

Migration

When I first returned to school in 2003, I chose a Mass Communication major on the theory that if everything else fell through, I could at least be a reporter.

It was a horrendous mistake. I was much more interested in the academic side than the journalistic side of my studies and, as to the latter, because my now retired mother was a reporter, I rapidly developed a wholly unjustified sense of having been there, done that. I even recognized at the time that that sense was wholly unjustified, but I couldn’t help it. It felt too much like a return to previously trodden ground.

And it absolutely did not help that as a beginning journalist I could look forward to a beginning salary of around, as I recall, $14,000 per year. This, after four years in college. Now, I understand a four-year degree is insufficient. You need a Master’s to qualify for such a spectacular salary.

It would also have been a mistake for another reason. Anthony Faiola bravely delves in where I doubt I could bear to, summarizing the current horror of European migration and pointing as well to U.S. malice.[1]

Words cannot express how utterly reprehensible this all is.

Anthony Faiola to Today’s WorldView list, “Belarus is the latest country to use migrants as pawns. The West is guilty too,” Washington Post, November 15, 2021, https://s2.washingtonpost.com/camp-rw/?trackId=5a39652eae7e8a58807f9446&s=6191e9839d2fdab56b8c3c9b&linknum=4&linktot=87


Cryptocurrencies


Geoffrey Mak, “Exclusive clubs called ‘DAOs’ are popping up online. What’s it all about?” Guardian, November 14, 2021, https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/nov/14/exclusive-clubs-called-daos-are-popping-up-online-whats-it-all-about


Joe Biden

Here’s that list again:

Of these, only the evictions issue seems to be fading, mainly because it hasn’t been as bad as anticipated, apparently because more rental assistance money is finally being distributed.[2] The bipartisan infrastructure framework passed,[3] but in a way that leaves an even further watered-down reconciliation package, now dubbed “Build Back Better” and priced at under $2 trillion, in serious doubt as to whether it will pass.[4]

My reading is that the Supreme Court will likely overturn the Texas law that outsources an abortion ban to private civil suits,[5] but overturn Roe v. Wade with the Mississippi case.[6] Contraception may well be next.[7]

The other issues are simply where they were: Dead in the water due both to Democratic Party divisions and Republican intransigence. All this certainly isn’t a record I’d want to run on. But it turns out Joe Biden’s administration now appears simply to have been flatly wrong on a number of issues.[8] A lot of folks are saying this leads to a blowout in 2022, probably with Donald Trump resurgent in 2024. I’ve tried to be more optimistic, but I really don’t have a defense for that optimism.

Some Democrats, including within the administration, are still trying to resuscitate that optimism, mostly with spin and hope that next year will be different.[9] But I look at that list and I see way too many disappointments. They’re really going to fix all this in an election year?

Tyler Pager, “Biden has underestimated problems facing the country — and Democrats fear that has become a political problem,” Washington Post, November 14, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/biden-promises-politics/2021/11/14/45a7817a-43f9-11ec-a3aa-0255edc02eb7_story.html


Donald Trump

Miscellaneous

If indeed Donald Trump returns to office in 2025, he’ll have to find his emoluments elsewhere.[10]

Ben Protess and Eric Lipton, “Trump to Sell Marquee Washington Hotel for at Least $375 Million,” New York Times, November 15, 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/14/us/politics/trump-hotel-sale.html


  1. [1]Anthony Faiola to Today’s WorldView list, “Belarus is the latest country to use migrants as pawns. The West is guilty too,” Washington Post, November 15, 2021, https://s2.washingtonpost.com/camp-rw/?trackId=5a39652eae7e8a58807f9446&s=6191e9839d2fdab56b8c3c9b&linknum=4&linktot=87
  2. [2]Chris Arnold, “Evictions rising even as rental help from Congress reaches millions of people,” National Public Radio, November 11, 2021, https://www.npr.org/2021/11/11/1053540080/evictions-rising-even-as-rental-help-from-congress-reaches-millions-of-people
  3. [3]Tony Romm, Marianna Sotomayor, and Mike DeBonis, “Congress approves $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, sending measure to Biden for enactment,” Washington Post, November 6, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2021/11/05/house-infrastructure-reconciliation-vote/
  4. [4]Robert P. Baird, “Inside the Democrats’ Battle to Build Back Better,” New Yorker, November 8, 2021, https://www.newyorker.com/news/the-political-scene/inside-the-democrats-battle-to-build-back-better
  5. [5]Robert Barnes, “Supreme Court seems willing to allow challenge of Texas’s restrictive abortion law,” Washington Post, November 1, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/texas-abortion-supreme-court/2021/11/01/548c7ea2-3b0c-11ec-bfad-8283439871ec_story.html; John Bowden, “Kavanaugh flags a major catch in Texas anti-abortion law for conservative gun owners,” Independent, November 2, 2021, https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/kavanaugh-supreme-court-texas-abortion-b1949460.html; Irin Carmon, “The Texas Abortion Ban Could Lose at the Supreme Court,” New York, November 1, 2021, https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2021/11/texas-abortion-ban-could-lose-at-the-supreme-court.html; Jordan Smith, “Texas Admits Its Abortion Law Puts All Rights Up for Grabs,” Intercept, November 2, 2021, https://theintercept.com/2021/11/02/abortion-texas-sb8-supreme-court/
  6. [6]Ariane de Vogue, “Mississippi asks US Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade,” CNN, July 22, 2021, https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/22/politics/mississippi-roe-v-wade-abortion/index.html; Ed Kilgore, “Is Roe v. Wade Now Doomed?” New York, May 17, 2021, https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2021/05/is-roe-v-wade-now-doomed.html; Adam Liptak, “Mississippi asks the Supreme Court to overrule Roe v. Wade,” New York Times, July 22, 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/22/us/politics/mississippi-supreme-court-abortion.html; Nia Prater, “Supreme Court to Hear Case That Threatens Roe v. Wade,” New York, May 17, 2021, https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2021/05/supreme-court-to-hear-case-that-threatens-roe-v-wade.html; David G. Savage, “Supreme Court agrees to hear major abortion case challenging Roe vs. Wade,” Los Angeles Times, May 17, 2021, https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2021-05-17/supreme-court-agrees-to-hear-abortion-case
  7. [7]Molly Jong-Fast, “The Anti–Birth Control Movement Is the New Anti-Abortion Movement,” Vogue, July 1, 2021, https://www.vogue.com/article/anti-birth-control-movement
  8. [8]Tyler Pager, “Biden has underestimated problems facing the country — and Democrats fear that has become a political problem,” Washington Post, November 14, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/biden-promises-politics/2021/11/14/45a7817a-43f9-11ec-a3aa-0255edc02eb7_story.html
  9. [9]Tyler Pager, “Biden has underestimated problems facing the country — and Democrats fear that has become a political problem,” Washington Post, November 14, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/biden-promises-politics/2021/11/14/45a7817a-43f9-11ec-a3aa-0255edc02eb7_story.html
  10. [10]Ben Protess and Eric Lipton, “Trump to Sell Marquee Washington Hotel for at Least $375 Million,” New York Times, November 15, 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/14/us/politics/trump-hotel-sale.html

The utterly predictable COP26 failure

Climate crisis

I have said for several years now that the elite were incapable of responding adequately to the climate crisis because they benefit too much from the status quo. It is why I have repeatedly argued that human survival depends on a change in our system of social organization. And why I have interpreted the failure of such change to materialize as dooming our species.

Knowing this, it didn’t make very much sense to pay close attention to the Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow and so I didn’t. But Greta Thunberg’s profanity[1] and George Monbiot’s fury[2] are noted. And I cannot say I’m much disappointed in this outcome—“the U.N. Environment Program reported that COP26 would likely end with Earth on track to warm 2.5 degrees Celsius (4.5 degrees Fahrenheit)”[3]—because my expectations were so low to begin with.

Brady Dennis and Sarah Kaplan, “At COP26, nations speed climate action but leave world still headed for dangerous warming,” Washington Post, November 13, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/11/13/cop26-agreement-climate-change-glasgow/


Language

There is a new blog post entitled, “On the death of the apostrophe and the evolution of discourse.”

Camilla Turner, “Apostrophe is marked for extinction as language becomes less formal,” Telegraph, November 13, 2021, https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/11/13/apostrophe-marked-extinction-language-becomes-less-formal/


Pandemic

(Inter)national

Charlie Savage, “Appeals Court Extends Block on Biden’s Vaccine Mandate for Employers,” New York Times, November 12, 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/12/us/politics/court-vaccine-mandate.html


  1. [1]Melanie Reid, “Cuss away, Greta — it’s not the end of the world,” Times, November 8, 2021, https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/cuss-away-greta-its-not-the-end-of-the-world-pkfb2dl6l
  2. [2]George Monbiot, “Wealth Curse,” November 12, 2021, https://www.monbiot.com/2021/11/12/wealth-curse/
  3. [3]Brady Dennis and Sarah Kaplan, “At COP26, nations speed climate action but leave world still headed for dangerous warming,” Washington Post, November 13, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/11/13/cop26-agreement-climate-change-glasgow/

Keep your testosterone off my tail

There is a new blog post entitled, “Hoarding and hollowing out.”



Fig. 1. Sign designed by author for the old car. It doesn’t fit on the new one.

I had to quit early last night. Too many people driving far too aggressively. I need to get a new version of this sign (figure 1) made for the new car because, incredibly, there’s really nowhere to fit the ones I have on it.

I’m a little reluctant to do it because I think it needs to fit on the inside of the rear glass. My idea is that it should occupy that entire space so as to ameliorate the double image I sometimes get with the digital rear view mirror (I wasn’t expecting this but it came as part of one of the option packages I ordered) but I am required also to have Uber and Lyft stickers there and I desperately don’t want to make those permanent.


I do not think the measure of a civilization is how tall its buildings of concrete are, but rather how well its people have learned to relate to their environment and fellow man.[1]


The reality, however, is that the current bout of inflation has little to do with [Joe] Biden’s recovery program—and is actually the result of perverse policies that [Larry] Summers and his confreres foisted on America over three decades. As that Bolshevik, Fed Chair Jerome Powell, could explain to Summers, the current inflation has little to do with macro pressures and everything to do with bottlenecks resulting from the supply chain crisis.[2]

It’s worth noting here that Jerome Powell is a Republican, appointed by Donald Trump.



Saskatchewan

So you know I pay attention to secession movements.[3] But this[4] might not be the source of information I’m looking for. It’s pretty funny, though, and I have heard rumblings that there are indeed such movements in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

The pattern should be familiar: Rural areas losing in the demographic race for control of the larger jurisdictions. I haven’t heard about but am wondering about Manitoba.

Steve Burgess, “Please Advise! Now Saskatchewan Wants to Split?” Tyee, November 11, 2021, https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2021/11/11/Please-Advise-Saskatchewan-Exit/


Pandemic

(Inter)national

Finally a politician dares to apply precisely the correct framing: “I don’t see why two-thirds should lose their freedom because one-third is dithering.”[5]

Samantha Lock, “Austria province to place millions of unvaccinated people in Covid lockdown,” Guardian, November 11, 2021, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/12/austria-province-to-place-millions-of-unvaccinated-people-in-covid-lockdown


Climate crisis

Between Greta Thunberg’s apparently skillful profanity,[6] this tweet, and this article,[7] you really know all you need to about the Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow:


George Monbiot, “Wealth Curse,” November 12, 2021, https://www.monbiot.com/2021/11/12/wealth-curse/


White supremacist gangs

There are two accusations, neither to my knowledge confirmed: First, that Jim Rogers was stealing a bicycle; and second, that the white supremacist gangster hit him several times with a Taser. Apparently, the video evidence does not capture the entire incident.[8] This happened in October,[9] but the investigation—some will say coverup—is still ongoing.[10]

Patrick Varine, “Protesters block Grant Street, demand prosecution in Jim Rogers’ death,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, November 12, 2021, https://triblive.com/local/protestors-block-grant-street-demand-prosecution-in-jim-rogers-death/


Donald Trump


Kyle Cheney et al., “Steve Bannon indicted for defying Jan. 6 committee investigation,” Politico, November 12, 2021, https://www.politico.com/news/2021/11/12/steve-bannon-indicted-for-defying-jan-6-committee-investigation-521177


  1. [1]Sun Bear, quoted in SmartBrief to Business Transformation SmartBrief list, “Does the metaverse feel like promise or hype to you?” SmartBrief, November 12, 2021, https://www2.smartbrief.com/servlet/encodeServlet?issueid=3DF05ACC-4A13-43BF-AF80-06BCDFC5085E&sid=ad3b5385-5e73-422b-b557-5bf68a7b31e6
  2. [2]Robert Kuttner to American Prospect list, “Is Summers Owed an Apology—or Does He Owe Us One?” American Prospect, November 12, 2021, http://americanprospect.activehosted.com/index.php?action=social&chash=c3e0c62ee91db8dc7382bde7419bb573.1189&s=1e9c8da033986e0d1f0baa630b5bb784
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