Monday, September 26, 2016

Political Coverage by Ratings

Article selection by popularity.

Is our political coverage being determined by ratings, advertising revenue, popularity? It seems so. Donald Trump because he is a showman and unpredictable, seems to get much more coverage than Hillary Clinton. It seems that, even when the article is about Hillary, Donald's picture is selected to appear in the brief synopses. It's sad that we are fed information about such a critical choice based on someone's ability to make a profit. But, then, isn't that the way that much of our society is.

We get articles ranked by popularity, sort of like a high school election where the most popular kid is elected despite the fact that they are, many times, the least qualified for the position. You just have to look at the articles to know that an actor's divorce or the latest antics of a useless family, famous just for being famous, really doesn't matter to anything meaningful.

Much of America seems to be treating the presidential election as a reality TV show. The actual reality of electing someone like Trump doesn't seem to set in. It's as if they are voting for America's Most Talented rather than President of the United States. And the media are helping them by focusing on the "show" of Trump rather than the reality.


Saturday, April 9, 2016

Sanders Wins in Wyoming--a caucus state

Sanders seems to do best in caucus states. I can see why. I think that the caucus process is a bit lame. Sure, it's a place where people can come to directly to vote for their choice. But, it take time and tends to favor people who can afford the time to go to the location and spend a couple of hours on the process. This means that the most dedicated folks, or the folks who don't happen to work on the day that the caucus is held participate. This seems to favor Sanders, whose supporters tend to be more dedicated. I really think that all states should provide extended voting hours/days and should drop the caucus idea in favor of voting.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

The Levels of Hell -- Republican Candidates

 Dante postulated 9 levels of hell. After the South Carolina Republican primary, it looks like they are down to essentially three -- Trump, Cruz, and Rubio. There are still a couple more, but they appear to be more heck than hell. I just can't figure out why people still vote for ANY Republican, but Trump seems to be cruising -- pun intended == to the nomination. ANY of the candidates will put the country in the dumpster if you aren't one of the 1%. I'm really hoping that, sane Republicans -- eg. moderates will come over to the Democrats rather than voting Republican this year.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Obstreperous -- A definition of Donald Trump

Take a look here:

http://www.merriam-webster.com/word-of-the-day/obstreperous-2016-01-29

Then tell me if this isn't the perfect definition for Donald Trump.

Definition

1 : marked by unruly or aggressive noisiness : clamorous
2 : stubbornly resistant to control : unruly


Sunday, January 3, 2016

Political Silly Season

 The presidential candidates have been at it for what seems like forever   But 2016 really starts the silly season. It would be funny if the outcome wasn't so serious for every American person. Electing any of the Republicans will be disaster for the country. They are all scary, especially for the middle and lower classes.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Don't stub your toe in California

http://projects.propublica.org/graphics/workers-compensation-benefits-by-limb?utm_campaign=sprout&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_content=1425567828

It's worth just a little over $6,000 there. It's best to do it in Oregon where it's worth $90,000 or so. Check out the value of your body to the workers compensation system in various states on Pro Publica.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Corporate Welfare

The US gives Israel $30Bn in military aide, 75% of which comes back to the US in the form of weapons purchases...and the Republicans complain about millions in entitlements programs for the poor! Hypocrites!