2 January 2017

Those coal industry jobs are not coming back

Shortly after the election I was driving, and feeling too lazy to find something on the MP3 player. I found myself listening to NPR on FM radio. They were interviewing people in West Virginia, which used to be a solidly Democratic state but went full Trump in the election. NPR were asking Trump voters why they had voted the way they had. Many of the people interviewed were unemployed, and had formerly worked in the coal industry, which was once the main source of unemployment in the state. ... Read more

19 December 2016

Your Stars for 2017

Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 19) Juno has captured new images of Jupiter’s northern lights. Like you, they are filled with energy for the months ahead. You have a great deal of unused capacity which you have not turned to your advantage. Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20) Distant events may have an impact on you this week. The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory has detected gravitational waves which may provide the first evidence for quantum gravity. ... Read more

18 December 2016

Electoral college

On Monday, the Electoral College will meet to decide who to confirm as the next President of the USA. In 1788 Alexander Hamilton explained the purpose of the exercise: Nothing was more to be desired than that every practicable obstacle should be opposed to cabal, intrigue, and corruption. These most deadly adversaries of republican government might naturally have been expected to make their approaches from more than one quarter, but chiefly from the desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils. ... Read more

12 December 2016

Donald Trump and Russia: a timeline

I kept reading about Trump’s many ties to Russia, but none of the news outlets ever presented a timeline, so I decided to assemble one myself with links to the source articles. I started in 2016, but I’ve been updating it every day or two as events unfold. When the award-winning history book gets written, not every event in this timeline will turn out to have be relevant. Some things mentioned below are doubtless meaningless coincidences. ... Read more

9 December 2016

New broom

They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. I gave it a good try, but the whole thing of 2-3 posts a day just didn’t work out. People are too attached to their walled garden social networks. With a very few exceptions, I didn’t get comments. So, this site’s going back to being a place for things I’ve written. For the time being, I’m not going to bother with a comments system either. ... Read more

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