The Ghost in the Obamacare Machine

We are being told, by people who know much more than we do, not to worry about Friday’s federal-court ruling overturning Obamacare. The judge, a 2007 Bush nominee, was hand-picked for his amenability to the opposition; his ruling contains convoluted reasoning that will surely be overturned by the Fifth Circuit; even the Trump administration is saying it won’t enforce the ruling until appeals are exhausted.

In short, Trust the Process.

We’d like to, but reality jumped that timeline a long time ago. And in this case, there’s a lot that can go haywire.

Because the argument is about the existential nature of something that has no effect.

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Mark Zuckerberg Should Run for President on a Blackmail Platform and Finally Reduce the USA to the Most Debauched Possible State of Wanton Criminality Possible – Why Wait?

You fucking cunts - I fucking own you! VOTE ANARCHO-TOTALITARIAN OR YOUR LIFE IS OVER!

You fucking cunts – I fucking own you! VOTE ANARCHO-TOTALITARIAN OR YOUR LIFE IS OVER!

2020, ZuckFuck gets on TV and tells America, “Vote Zuckfuck for PLENIPOTENTIARY! or the cops and your spouses, bosses and relatives will all know the names of the goats you’re fucking and companies you’re stealing from!”

ZF has figured out how to divine individuals’ votes so no one can hide.

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Hang Him by the Nuts

The Constitutional standard for impeachment is “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors”. Further examples are not provided, but the named crimes suggest the gravity intended — presidents shouldn’t be impeached over a parking ticket.

The standard is suggestive in another way, in that it isn’t a standard at all. Despite the intended similarity, impeachment is not an indictment, and trial in the Senate is not trial in court. Impeachment is a political act dressed in legalism. It originates in the House and is decided in the Senate. They can define it however they want.

All they need are the votes.

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American Bullshit

George Bush died Friday.

We remember him now as George H.W. Bush, mainly to distinguish him from the George Bush who fucked the shit out of America and its future, but he was just George Bush: George Bush, former CIA director, supposed man of principle who sold himself as quick as he could to the man he had effectively called a voodoo dingbat months earlier, a man who kicked Geraldine Ferraro’s ass because he was a wimp trying to pass as macho, a man whom nobody loved nor admired and casually used a black man to scare white people into voting for him.

Oh, and a war hero.

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Ken Berry (1933-2018)

A fixture of my childhood … 

 

George HW Bush (1924-2018)

Gave us W (and thus hundreds of thousands dead), Dan Quayle, and Clarence Thomas, among other things. His other children, and now his grandchildren, continue to damage the nation. Fuck off, sweet prince.

Meanwhile, Back on Earth

Selections from the Human Health chapter of the Fourth National Climate Assessment, originally scheduled to be released as part of a major science conference in December, but suddenly dropped in the middle of a four-day weekend to provide informed citizens ample time to— haha, who are we kidding, they dumped it on Black Friday! No worries, enjoy the leftovers!

  • The health and well-being of Americans are already affected by climate change, with the adverse health consequences projected to worsen with additional climate change. Climate change affects human health by altering exposures to heat waves, floods, droughts, and other extreme events; vector-, food- and waterborne infectious diseases; changes in the quality and safety of air, food, and water; and stresses to mental health and well-being.
  • Climate change is expected to alter the geographic range, seasonal distribution, and abundance of disease vectors, exposing more people in North America to ticks that carry Lyme disease or other bacterial and viral agents, and to mosquitoes that transmit West Nile, chikungunya, dengue, and Zika viruses.
  • Higher temperatures can lead to an increase in aggressive behaviors, including homicide.

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