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Author Archives: Iron Knee

Technology to the Rescue

So, I have been completely vaccinated against Covid-19, as have some of my friends. What we all have in common was that we had to spend a lot of time and energy finding a place to get vaccinated. Searching multiple websites for a place that was going to have open appointments to get vaccinated, waiting […]

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Different Strokes

Differences of opinion, even though they agree on the facts. Great skit from SNL.

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Bad Excuses

Half of all Republican men refuse to get vaccinated against Covid-19. You might think that this could be a good thing because it might cause an extinction event for supporters of Donald Trump, but unfortunately it is just as likely to kill the rest of us as well. But the crazy thing are the excuses […]

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Politics as an Attention Economy

Jonathan Last has published a fascinating article in The Bulwark (an anti-Trump conservative website) about how Republican politics now follows the rules of an attention economy. To whit, politicians don’t get elected because they do their jobs well (govern, pass laws, etc.). They gain power by getting attention (even negative attention). The obvious example is […]

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Winning the War against Covid?

There are two pieces of potentially very good news that just came out, based on real-world studies of people who have been vaccinated against Covid-19. Mind you, these are preliminary results, and more research needs to be done before we declare victory, but at least these give me hope. The first article points out that […]

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Jumping the Shark

It has been a while since I posted anything about Donald Trump. This weekend, Trump crashed a wedding reception, grabbed an open mic, and started talking. You can see the video here, but you don’t need to to know how pitiful he sounds. Trump says: I’ve been watching the news, and they’re telling me about […]

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Profiles in Insurrection

Garret Miller is one of the insurrectionists who stormed the US Capitol building on January 6. Like many in the mob, he thoroughly documented his actions on social media. This included a selfie of himself after breaking in, along with a comment “Just wanted to incriminate myself a little lol.” He also bragged that he […]

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Invasion Narrative

Why are people freaking out about a supposed immigration crisis? After all, there is plenty of evidence that the “Biden surge” is a media manufactured “crisis” started by racist Trump staffer Stephen Miller and Fox News. In particular, apprehensions at the southern border were rising sharply even before Joe Biden was elected. So why the […]

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Reasons to be Gay!

How gay can you get? Because there is recent news that should make gay people even happier (you might say more gay!). First, despite the fact that the Republican Party is losing moderates, and becoming more socially conservative, a new poll (based on over 50 thousand telephone interviews during 2020) shows that for the first […]

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Having a Bad Day

We’ve had two mass shootings in less than a week. In the first one, a white man shot up three different spas around Atlanta, where 6 of the 8 people killed were of Asian descent. The local police spokesman said the shooter was “having a bad day”. In the second one, a man with a […]

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Core Belief

I have to say that I don’t understand the whole GOP need to make voting harder. Yes, I understand that Republicans think they are keeping Democrats from voting, but there is plenty of evidence that it is just as effective at suppressing votes from their main constituencies, including senior citizens and people who live in […]

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Being Schooled

Before you dismiss this as something that could never happen in America, just remember that it was only half a decade ago that nobody (including me) thought that a conspiracy-minded, washed up, dishonest reality TV star could become president.

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Bordering on Propaganda

You’ve probably seen reports that the southern border of the US is out of control, with masses of potential immigrants flooding into the US, including terrorists and people who have Covid-19. This is a coordinated PR effort to smear Joe Biden, and almost everything you’ve heard is propaganda, or at least misleading. For example, is […]

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Vaccine Tightrope

Donald Trump is trying to have it both ways, which is interesting because it looks more like Trump’s base is controlling him, rather than the other way around. Consider that 72% of Democrats have either already received the vaccine, or plan to get it as soon as possible, compared to 39% of Republicans. In fact, […]

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Hitchhiking

One of my regular readers sent this comic. I just think it is cute. A study done by Facebook has found “significant overlap between communities that are skeptical of vaccines and those affiliated with QAnon”. How many of you secretly hope that after the rest of us get vaccinated, then QAnon believers, along with the […]

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