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[May. 5th, 2016|06:05 am]

Sassafras, my new computer: I was finally able to transfer my personal data over the wifi Monday night, so i am tippity-tapping on the new machine right now. (And tippity tapping is right: the keyboard action is quite different.) I have the ethernet adapter to sort out, but it's great to have a personal machine back.

I think i have been a little more focussed this week. A architectural decision was made on Tuesday that takes some work of my team's plate. I'm disappointed but it also removes the stress of how i would specify the details in time for me to be on the road for a week. Christine's to-do list also had a particularly emotionally challenging item removed yesterday.

I don't often post about politics, particularly politicians. The issues i care about -- developing a sustainable way for all of us to share the planet with respect for all living things -- i feel i can best share by writing about my passions, and not dwelling on individuals.

But the Republican party horrifies me right now. I'm not sure how integrity has slipped so far out of favor: this, because of interviews with Trump supporters who "know Trump is just saying outrageous things" and doesn't mean them. Dr Ben Carson's lack of a grasp on the physical reality is perhaps not uncommon, but it seems a certain pointer to a disqualifying flaw. And Trump wants him to help pick a VP? (Christine is looking at the wikipedia article on the four horsemen of the apocalypse to figure out which one will be picked: she alleges Trump is Conquest.)

I did read a very helpful article that i'm sure one of you pointed out to me: http://religiondispatches.org/sympathy-for-the-devils-i-was-a-pastor-to-trump-supporters/ This has helped me understand how despair and anger can create a receptivity to the apparent message of Trump.


[User Picture]From: randomdreams
2016-05-05 02:20 pm (UTC)
I can understand and sympathize with how despair and anger can lead to support of Bernie Sanders, who presents a beautiful vision of how to fix America, with very dubious viability.
But the despair and anger supporting Trump is a much more negative thing. It looks to me to be fury at loss of privilege.
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2016-05-05 02:31 pm (UTC)
That's what the article helped with, for me: a misunderstanding of correlation with causation -- and your characterization is part of it. I wonder if there's a good study to show the increase in the labor force due to non-discrimination practices vs jobs lost and wealth transfer due to corporate practices. I recall reading some stats about household income just barely keeping up because many households are two paycheck households now....

If social change had occurred while corporate behavior stayed the same -- would we see the fury?
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[User Picture]From: randomdreams
2016-05-05 03:32 pm (UTC)
I'm putting this together from a bunch of different sources, so I could totally be wrong. But: it looks like white middle-aged people are killing themselves at a disproportionate rate:
And it looks like many/most of those are lower-middle to lower-income people, who also appear to be the crowd that has the strongest support for Trump. The reasons are obviously debatable but one big one seems to be that being born white is no longer cause for reasonable expectation of a good job and a comfortable life. Instead it means they're in exactly the same situation that american black people have _always_ been in, and they resent it like _mad_. Likewise, from some other surveys I've seen, if you look at the very poorest people, they are largely quite in favor of social reform and government sponsored aid/welfare, but they largely don't vote. The people in the demographic with just a bit more income, barely enough to get by, are wildly different: quite conservative, fairly willing to vote. Analysis is they see themselves on the edge of the abyss and violently reject the social systems we have to help those who have fallen off.
A G+ meme that shows up every now and then, is a picture of a boot kicking a guy in the head and the guy has a thought bubble over his head: "This is okay because if I work harder some day I'll be the guy wearing the boot."
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[User Picture]From: tx_cronopio
2016-05-05 04:04 pm (UTC)
I hear you re politics. Trying to stay completely off it these days. I just can't anymore, I get all het up and then I make an idiot of myself.
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[User Picture]From: bobby1933
2016-05-05 08:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing this.
It is comforting to hear a voice of reason
in an election year.
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