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Arthur Koestler 

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How Bad Is TV? 

I don't watch much broadcast TV anymore. There are so many choices now. One of the shows highlighted in this montage of shows was one I watched. (Well, I watched several.) Back in the day, the question you asked yourself was not "What is worth watching?", but "What was the least offensive/bad?" Thus the comedy/variety show with two Japanese pop stars that did not speak English, Pink Lady, was certainly better than Dukes of Hazard. You can't imagine how bad comedy banter is with someone who does not speak English. 

In retrospect, 20 years from now, what shows that you are watching right now will look this bad? 


I Used to Go to This Church


The Last Election


At This Point in Time, What Difference Does It Make? 

No matter who is president, there will be a recession in the next four years.

No matter who is president, the US will spend more on defense than the rest of the world combined. 

No matter who is president, US sovereign debt will expand. Right now it is at 100% of GDP, it is going higher. 

No matter who is president, the US population will get older and the unfunded liabilities of Social Security, and especially Medicare, will blossom. This might be as much as 100 trillion dollars, five times the horrific US national debt. This is such a large number that no one can comprehend it.  

No matter who is president, the unfunded pension liabilities of states and municipalities will continue. Chicago alone is over 100 billion in unfunded pension obligations. 

I opposed Clinton because I did not want to die in a nuclear holocaust. Not dying is a good thing. 

We have a window for reform. I hope Trump does not waste this window and reforms the US healthcare system. If the healthcare system isn't fixed, nothing else matters.

I will talk about this in the next blog post. Until then I leave you with this version of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah. The more things change, the more they stay the same.



I Have Good News and Bad News

I have some good news and bad news. The good news is that Clinton was not elected president. The bad news is that Trump was. 

You would have to add me to the list of those wrong about Trump. I just did not think that the "powers that be" would let Trump be elected. Apparently they lost control of the memes due to having no control over new media. I did expect a tie, however if the election had played out as I thought Clinton would have won. I did not predict a win for Trump in Pennsylvania. Michigan and Wisconsin? Don't even think about it. I sure didn't. 

Camille Paglia, a Sanders supporter, said this about Trump before the election:

Primary voters nationwide are clearly responding to Trump’s brand of classic can-do American moxie. There has been a sense of weary paralysis in our increasingly Byzantine and monstrously wasteful government bureaucracies.  Putting a bottom-line businessman with executive experience into the White House has probably been long overdue.  If Mitt Romney had boldly talked business more (and chosen a woman VP), he would have won the last election.  Although the rampant Hitler and Mussolini analogies to Trump are wildly exaggerated–he has no organized fascist brigades at his beck and call—there is reason for worry about his impatient authoritarian tendencies.  We have had more than enough of Obama’s constitutionally questionable executive orders.  It remains to be seen whether Trump’s mastery of a hyper-personalized art of the deal will work in the sluggish, murky, incestuously intertwined power realms of Washington.

Here is a montage of Trump skeptics.