Jan. 20, 2021: President Biden takes the oath of office, after a landslide victory in November. Trump blustered, but never put up a meaningful resistance to the transfer of power. Democrats, progressives and #NeverTrump conservatives rejoice.
Meanwhile, Trump’s powerful supporters look back on the previous four years and take stock. They made a lot of money, got a lot of conservative judges appointed, and made a lot of legal and regulatory changes. All in all, they say, it was a smashing success. “Let’s do it again,” they say.
Cyd Charisse 1956 via
Goodnight Nobody (99 Percent Invisible) – New York librarian Anne Carroll Moore invented the modern children’s library in 1911, opening the minds of working-class and immigrant children to books and nature . She hated “Goodnight, Moon.”
I was never exposed to “Goodnight, Moon” as a child, and I guess I assumed, until listening to this podcast, that it was published in the 1980s. But it’s much older than that. It came out in 1947.
Outside of Tail O’ the Pup in Los Angeles, California (1979) via
Robert Patrick preparing for a T-1000 CGI scene in Terminator 2 (1991) via
Chester Rows, England, 1895 via
A Brief Guide to 21st-Century Blackface (Aisha Harris/The New York Times) – “It’s worth keeping in mind that more often than not, if we have to ask if something we see has racist roots, it probably does.”
My home office needs a name. I am choosing between:
I’m done. I lasted about 10 minutes.
When I host events for the La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club, I have a mute button and I’m not shy about using it. I’ll gladly volunteer my services for the next Presidential debate.
I’m having second thoughts about watching the debate. 90 minutes of Trump? 90 seconds makes my head explode.
Trump and the MAGAs claim that Biden is suffering from dementia but he will be “juiced” to make an intelligent performance tonight, with Aderall or some other drug. I’m pretty sure that Aderall doesn’t work like that and the “juice” doesn’t exist.
One of the reasons I’ll watch the debate tonight is to see whether Trump throws a fit and starts flailing around and speaking in tongues. I put that as a 10% probability.
A Theory About Conspiracy Theories – In a new study, psychologists tried to get a handle on the personality types that might be prone to outlandish beliefs.
How do you tell a conspiracy theorist from a person who’s just reading the news, nowadays?
One thing that me and the average Qanon nut have in common – neither one of us believes what the CDC says. For opposite reasons and different outcomes, of course.
”… the President of the United States is a desperate, cash-hungry grifter…. an almost comically inept businessman…. “ – David Remmick at the New Yorker
Received deliveries this morning: A new coffee carafe and Colin Parent for La Mesa, California, City Council yard sign. So now I can drink coffee and support Democrats. Two of my favorite things.
The new micro.blog looks very nice. The fonts and design look cleaner, and the Bookmarks feature looks interesting (though probably not for me – I have other tools).
I’m looking forward to finding out what else is under the hood, and getting my hands on the new iOS app. Congratulations, @manton and team!
I’ve been wearing a lot of polo shirts instead of T-shirts lately, for those zoom meetings. I think I will pop the color so I get that “80s teen movie rich kid villain” look￼
Over the past 15 years, Trump paid more for sex than he did in taxes.— Rob Szczerba (@RJSzczerba) September 27, 2020