There are two new blog posts:
How many NRA spokesmen does it take to change a lightbulb? pic.twitter.com/yIm0efRO
— Jeffrey Levin (@jilevin) September 20, 2020
“In Colorado, every registered voter is sent a ballot without having to make a request and voters are urged to return ballots by mail sooner than seven days before the election. My office asked USPS officials to delay or not send the mailer in Colorado, but they refused to commit to that,” said [Colorado Secretary of State Jena] Griswold. Voters in states with similar vote-by-mail, such as California and Washington, could also be misled by the postcard’s recommendations.
I had thought the card was pretty germaine, but given its obvious significance in this election, took the precaution of scanning it in (figure 1) before, as I do with nearly everything, shredding it:
Fig. 1. Scan of card received by author on September 11, 2020, from the U.S. Postal Service.
Sure enough, there is specific advice there that could conflict with some states’ rules. And it really wouldn’t have taken a lot of rephrasing to mollify Jena Griswold and her colleagues from, she says, at least five other states.
Jake Johnson, “Condemning ‘Attempt at Voter Suppression,’ Colorado Sues DeJoy Over Misleading Postal Service Mailers,” Common Dreams, September 12, 2020, https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/09/12/condemning-attempt-voter-suppression-colorado-sues-dejoy-over-misleading-postal
Colleen Flynn and Evan Kruegel, “TRO against USPS granted in lawsuit filed by Colo. Sec. of State Jena Griswold,” KDVR, September 12, 2020, https://kdvr.com/news/tro-against-usps-granted-in-lawsuit-filed-by-colo-sec-of-state-jena-griswold/
Kimberly Kindy, “More than 200 meat plant workers in the U.S. have died of covid-19. Federal regulators just issued two modest fines,” Washington Post, September 13, 2020, https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/osha-covid-meat-plant-fines/2020/09/13/1dca3e14-f395-11ea-bc45-e5d48ab44b9f_story.html
Fig. 2. 72-hour gif of satellite imagery for Eastern U.S. and the Gulf of Mexico, as of September 14, 2020, at 2:02 am.
It’s a truly bizarre platform under the circumstances, but as is typical for neoliberals, utterly and willfully ignorant of reality:
Dems killed M4A (during a pandemic) the green new deal (as hurricanes and wildfires cover the earth) and criminal justice reform (while cops murder & beat the shit out of people nationwide) but the only people who have a problem with this are russian agents, do i have that right?
— Gallifreyan Jedi (@JediofGallifrey) September 12, 2020
“M4A” means Medicare For All.
I have added a note to a previous blog post:
I am remembering a previous blog post in which I witnessed a local cop (in the Pittsburgh area) allowed his dog to bark viciously and persistently at a Black man who was doing nothing more than walking across a parking lot. Instances such as these, this one that I personally witnessed, the one Ryan Devereaux describes, and, of course, the disproportionate killings of Blacks, virtually erase the distinction between police and white supremacist militia, transforming it to a distinction between regular (official) and irregular (unofficial) white supremacist militia. I don’t know how you conclude otherwise.
These Trumpsters on Lake Travis remind me of the dickheads driving recklessly on the roads around Pittsburgh.
I doubt I can find the tweet, but somebody nailed this, saying in essence the Trumpsters had navigated their boats like dickheads, swamping each other. https://t.co/aZfYKgx0vn
5 Boats Sink At Trump Boat Parade In Texas https://t.co/R5zOe9ngxl
— NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) September 7, 2020
— David Benfell, Ph.D. (@n4rky) September 7, 2020
It’s telling, awfully telling, that police do not profile their monster pickup trucks the way they do Blacks.
Matthew S. Schwartz, “5 Boats Sink At Trump Boat Parade In Texas,” National Public Radio, September 6, 2020, https://www.npr.org/2020/09/06/910322916/5-boats-sink-at-trump-boat-parade-in-texas
I’m still not quite sure what to make of it, but it appears Donald Trump has signed an executive order forestalling evictions for people making less than $99,000 per year and having trouble making their rent through the end of the year.
That should keep many of his Trumpsters off the street through the election, long enough perhaps for Trump to get reelected, and through Christmas. So we might have a reprieve, only temporary, but a reprieve from the violence I worried about yesterday. 2021, however, will be a new year.
John Fritze and Nicholas Wu, “Trump administration announces nationwide eviction moratorium through end of the year,” USA Today, September 1, 2020, https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/09/01/trump-imposes-eviction-moratorium-because-covid-19-pandemic/5686402002/
I’ve worked at some big communications firms. You can only spend $250 million (!) in 4 months (!!!) if you’re buying a ton of tv time. This appears to be a clear – and I expect illegal – attempt to support Trump’s re-elect with government resources. https://t.co/GYI5gUBSYB
SCOOP: As the presidential election fast approaches, HHS is bidding out a more than $250 million contract to a communications firm as it seeks to “defeat despair and inspire hope” about the pandemic, according to an internal HHS document I obtained. https://t.co/qrhygGYRvS
— Daniel Lippman (@dlippman) August 31, 2020
— John Gans (@johngansjr) August 31, 2020
It is, of course, worth remembering that due to Donald Trump’s catastrophic mishandling of the pandemic, there have been over 200,000 “excess deaths” likely due to the pandemic. But by all means, let’s “defeat despair and inspire hope.”
A picture I had gotten from Twitter was of an armed young white supremacist appearing at a protest against the police shooting of Jacob Blake, shooting protesters, and being allowed to leave. A Slate story refers to the shooter as a ‘vigilante’ but otherwise confirms the account and I see no reason to distinguish between white supremacism and those who defend the police assertion of privilege to do whatever the fuck they want, including shooting people, especially including shooting Black people.
[Kenosha Police Chief Daniel] Miskinis’ views of the gathering of vigilante groups that reportedly led to the killing of two local men [in a protest sparked by the police shooting of Jacob Blake] appears to be very much in line with those of his department. Before the shooting, officers in armored vehicles could be seen giving water to armed men gathered with the alleged shooter and telling them, “We appreciate you guys, we really do.” After the killings, the alleged shooter walked slowly past a series of police vehicles with his arms raised and was allowed to simply walk away. (It’s not yet clear what the officers knew about the shooting at the time, but the shots were audible in nearby footage.)
Instead of blaming the white supremacist/vigilante who shot protesters, Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis appears to blame the protesters themselves, saying they were out after a declared curfew.
Jeremy Stahl, “Kenosha Police Chief Blames Protesters for Their Own Deaths, Defends Vigilante Groups,” Slate, August 26, 2020, https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/08/kenosha-police-chief-daniel-miskinis-blames-protesters-for-own-deaths.html
— John Kelly (@JohnKelly) August 27, 2020
Fig. 1. Photograph by author, August 25, 2020.
What kind of an asshole puts a bumper sticker like this (figure 1) on the back of their car? I take that question on in a new blog post entitled, “The Donald Trump supporters’ campaign message: Fuck Your Feelings.”
Fig. 2. 72-hour gif of satellite imagery for the eastern U.S. and Gulf of Mexico, as of August 26, 2020 at 8:01 am EDT.
Laura now appears to be setting its own course (figure 2) and may graze both the Louisiana coast and the extreme eastern Texas coast.
Rosalind S. Helderman, Josh Dawsey, and Matt Zapotosky, “Trump’s suggestion of deploying law enforcement officials to monitor polls raises specter of voting intimidation,” Washington Post, August 21, 2020, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trumps-suggestion-of-deploying-law-enforcement-officials-to-monitor-polls-raises-specter-of-intimidation/2020/08/21/4ff6407a-e3bb-11ea-8dd2-d07812bf00f7_story.html
Fig. 1. Screenshot of Sonoma County Fire Incident Map taken by author on August 22, 2020 at 9:12 am EDT, 6:12 am PDT.
Eric Lach points to historical precedent for the previously described scenario in which a disputed election is settled by who various politicians allow to vote at the electoral college. I still think a revolution, and not the nice kind, is a better idea.
Eric Lach, “What Happens if Donald Trump Fights the Election Results?” New Yorker, August 21, 2020, https://www.newyorker.com/news/campaign-chronicles/what-happens-if-donald-trump-fights-the-election-results
Fig. 1. Screenshot of Sonoma County Fire Incident Map as of August 21, 2020, at 9:32 pm EDT (6:32 pm PDT), taken by author.
Evacuation warning zones, with mandatory evacuation zones close on their heels, now extend into Healdsburg, to the edge of Windsor, and to the northern edge of Graton (a small town between Forestville and Sebastopol). East of Guerneville, mandatory evacuation zones include areas across the Russian River from the actual fire, which has spread into rugged terrain nearing the Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve and to Mount Jackson.
Another round of isolated thunderstorms, “with little to no rainfall,” is in the forecast for parts of the greater Bay Area and the [Central Valley], beginning around Sunday evening and expected to last through Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.
“Lightning with these dry thunderstorms will have the potential to start new fires,” reads an urgent fire weather watch message the NWS issued just before 10:30 a.m. Friday. The fire watch is formally in place 11 a.m. Sunday to 11 a.m. Tuesday.
And I seriously need to update the links in my satellite photo collection. Some haven’t worked since March.