Friday, September 22, 2017

Reposted: Excerpt of Andrew Sullivan's Extended Reflection on America's Deepening, Paralyzing Political and Civil Tribalism Interspersed with Narrated Pictures of My Cleveland Work Trip

The central figure of the Fountain of Eternal Life on the Cleveland Mall and the Key Tower, Cleveland, Ohio, 1:50PM August 24, 2017.

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This entry contains a series of images -- topically totally unrelated to the content of the entry -- that I took on my work trip to Cleveland last month, specifically, my free afternoon shortly before I headed to the airport to return home. (That was my sixth such work trip this year and followed trips to Atlanta, Durham, Chicago, Dallas, and Pittsburgh.) I posted the first batch of Cleveland pictures in this entry.

I still need to post my South Carolina eclipse trip pictures.

Before continuing, here is a better picture of the above that I found online:


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This entry was written over the course of the past two nights, but I didn't -- couldn't -- finish it. In both instances, I had gotten back from the gym at this late hour following an OK day at work (although I have to make better progress on a series of reports). I was making a late dinner and watching the usual MeTV line-up of programs including Perry Mason, which I've quite gotten to like.

The AT&T Huron Road Building, Cleveland, Ohio, 1:14PM August 24, 2017.

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So there are lots of big events ongoing that I would like to discuss and comment upon:

*Hurricane Maria striking Puerto Rico as a category 4 tropical cyclone (winds of 140 mph) and causing catastrophic destruction and terrible flooding with mudslides, not to mention an island-wide black out.

*The 7.1 earthquake that struck the Mexico City area yesterday (on the 32nd anniversary of the devastating 1985 earthquake there) , killing at least 270 people including 30 children at a school that collapsed.

Outdoor restaurants along the E. 4th Street pedestrian side street, Cleveland, Ohio, 1:24PM August 24, 2017.

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*The latest bloody abortion of a Senate GOP health "reform" bill that promises to kill many people while shoveling more trillions to the ultra-rich (and that the Republicans are in a manic frenzy to pass before some bullshit Sept. 30th deadline that won't allow them to use the obscene process they are using to jam it through. Thank God for Jimmy Kimmel. (I need to post that piece in full.) More consequentially,, thank God for John McCain (and, hopefully, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins).

The Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument of Cuyahoga County at Public Square, downtown Cleveland, Ohio, 1:28PM August 24, 2017.

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*Speaking of obscene, the North Korea mess and how Trump is making it worse, in particular, with that obscene and deeply embarrassing speech he gave before the UN General Assembly -- followed up by the "madman" versus "gangster" and "dotard" exchange of pleasantries between Trump and Kim Jong-un. 

Key Tower as seen from Public Square, Cleveland, Ohio, 1:28PM August 24, 2017.

The 57-story, 947-foot tall Key Tower is the tallest skyscraper in Cleveland and, at present, the 26th tallest building in the United States.

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*Meanwhile, the rampant corruption and perversion of the federal government executive branch by the crooks, crazies, and cronies that Trump put in office while the judicial branch is handed over to the reals loons that have the Federalist Society seal of approval -- courtesy the legislative branch that is also under rightwing Republican control.

And on and on it goes.

The Terminal Tower from Public Square, Cleveland, Ohio, 1:31PM August 24, 2017.

The 52-story / 771-foot tall Terminal Tower is so named because it the location of the Tower City Center (originally, the Cleveland Union Terminal), today a mixed-used commercial facility and the main hub of Cleveland's rapid transit system. The Terminal Tower -- once the second tallest building in the world after the Empire State Building a long time ago -- has an observation deck, unlike the Key Tower.

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There is also the case of our crap weather pattern here -- too warm, too humid, no rain -- but that's a recurring issue here including this time of year when it is according to the calendar the start of autumn. There's really no break it in forthcoming for 8 to 12 days.

The Key Tower, Cleveland, Ohio, 1:40PM August 24, 2017.

The Key Tower may or may not at present be the 165th tallest building in the world. (That's what Wikipedia says, anyway.)

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However, for this entry, I've decided to post one section of a lengthy thought-piece by Andrew Sullivan on the worsening "tribalism" that is damaging United States political and civic society. The full piece is here (link embedded):


Tribalism was an urge our Founding Fathers assumed we could overcome. And so it has become our greatest vulnerability.

It is easily a half-hour read.

The Cleveland Mall (looking south) and the 200 Public Square Tower, Cleveland, Ohio, 1:43PM August 24, 2017.

The Cleveland Mall is an interesting urban park. As explained by the Keeper of All Knowledge: Originally conceived in 1903, the Cleveland Mall was supposed to be the where the Cleveland Union Terminal ended, but that was moved to Public Square where the Terminal Tower is now located. The Cleveland Mall consists of three malls -- Malls A, B, and C -- and represents one of the few nearly fully realized City Beautiful examples in the United States.

This is about as good an aerial view looking down -- or rather, "up" -- the Cleveland Mall from atop the 200 Public Square Building (the old BP America Building).


Above: The view is toward the north with the FirstEnergy Stadium for the Cleveland Browns, and of course, the vast expanse of Lake Erie visible. There is a wind turbine there, too. This image is from 2009 and there have been a few changes made -- indeed, parts of the Malls B and C were under construction -- but I couldn't find a more recent picture. Basically, it captures it. The Fountain of Eternal Life is on Mall A (the southern portion).

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I just would like to post here the following portion of it discussing why this country's two-party, winner-take-all political system cannot handle the present-day situation in the United States in which what he calls the "three core components of a tribal identity -- race, religion, and geography -- define your political parties."

The Cleveland Mall and Key Tower, Cleveland, Ohio, 1:45PM August 24, 2017.

What is strange about this vista is that the tallest building in the city rises up basically out of a grassy mall area -- rather than having its base concealed amid a series of smaller buildings. It gives it a look and feel that is somewhere between Art Deco and fascistic.

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Excerpt:

"Some countries where tribal cleavages spawned by ethnic and linguistic differences have long existed understand this and have constructed systems of government designed to ameliorate the consequences. Unlike the U.S., they encourage a culture of almost pathological compromise, or build constitutions that, unlike our own, take tribal conflict seriously.

Another view of the Cleveland Mall and Key Tower, Cleveland, Ohio, 1:45PM August 24, 2017.

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They often have a neutral head of state -- a constitutional monarch or nonpartisan president -- so that the legitimacy of the system is less easily defined by one tribe or the other. They tend to have proportional representation and more than two parties, so it’s close to impossible for one party to govern without some sort of coalition. In the toughest cases, they have mandatory inclusion of minority parties in the government...

Blurry picture from inside the Clevelander Bar and Grill, Cleveland, Ohio, 2:47PM August 24, 2017.

I went there for lunch. I actually had trouble finding a place to get lunch.

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The United States is built on a very different set of institutions. There is no neutral presidency here, and so when a rank tribalist wins the office and governs almost entirely in the interests of the hardest core of his base, half the country understandably feels as if it were under siege.

Downtown Cleveland, Ohio, 3:17PM August 24, 2017.

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Our two-party, winner-take-all system only works when both parties are trying to appeal to the same constituencies on a variety of issues.

Our undemocratic electoral structure exacerbates things. Donald Trump won 46 percent of the vote, attracting 3 million fewer voters than his opponent, but secured 56 percent of the Electoral College. Republicans won 44 percent of the vote in the Senate seats up for reelection last year, but 65 percent of the seats. To have one tribe dominate another is one thing; to have the tribe that gained fewer votes govern the rest -- and be the head of state -- is testing political stability.

The arch over Euclid Street for the Playhouse Square theatre district, Cleveland, Ohio, 3:18PM August 24, 2017.

This was right next to the hotel where I stayed (the Wyndham Hotel at Playhouse Square).

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What you end up with is zero-sum politics, which drags the country either toward alternating administrations bent primarily on undoing everything their predecessors accomplished, or the kind of gridlock that has dominated national politics for the past seven years -- or both.

Exterior of the Kimpton Schofield Hotel, Cleveland, Ohio, 3:22PM August 24, 2017.

This picture in the light of a dull, overcast day doesn't do justice to the bright red brick fa├žade of this Victorian building.

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Slowly our political culture becomes one in which the two parties see themselves not as participating in a process of moving the country forward, sometimes by tilting to the right and sometimes to the left, as circumstances permit, alternating in power, compromising when in opposition, moderating when in government -- but one where the goal is always the obliteration of the other party by securing a permanent majority, in an unending process of construction and demolition.

Bobby C's Classic Barbershop in the 5th Street Arcades, Cleveland, Ohio, 4:00PM August 24, 2017.

I had opted to walk to the Tower City Center transit hub to get a Red Line train on the RTA Rapid Transit system out to Cleveland Hopkins Int'l Airport instead of taking a taxi.

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And so by 2017, 41 percent of Republicans and 38 percent of Democrats said they disagreed not just with their opponents' political views but with their values and goals beyond politics as well. Nearly 60 percent of all Americans find it stressful even to talk about Trump with someone who disagrees with them.

Interior of Tower City Center complex, Cleveland, Ohio, 4:13PM August 24, 2017.

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A Monmouth poll, for good measure, recently found that 61 percent of Trump supporters say there’s nothing he could do to make them change their minds about him; 57 percent of his opponents say the same thing. Nothing he could do.

Blurry picture of the ascent from Cleveland Hopkins Int'l Airport, 8:04PM August 24, 2017.

In order to head back to Washington National Airport, I had to change jets at Chicago O'Hare -- in other words, go about 340 miles to the west (into the Central Time Zone) in order to travel about 370 miles east from Cleveland to D.C.

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The counterpoint to this is that it is the GOP brand of tribalism that is what's wrong with America -- and I tend to agree with that since today's Republican Party is more of a strident ideological movement to the point of a cult that exists in an epistemologically closed bubble with its own media/entertainment ecosystem, it has a heavier portion of the blame. (Heavier portion, that is, but not sole.)

Besides, even if it is the case that it is all the Republican Party side's fault, that doesn't change the fact that we have the situation that we do.

Ascent over Chicago, Ill., 9:10PM (CDT) August 24, 2017.

I had a very brief layover at Chicago O'Hare before leaving. Both inbound and outbound of Chicago, I had a window seat and a terrific view of the Chicagoland area at night, as well as crossing Michigan.

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OK, that's all for now. My mom is here (at the nearby hotel) and I need to meet her. My next entry likely will not be until late Monday / early Tuesday.

--Regulus

TrumpWorld in Fall Begins -OR- Autumnally Equinoxed and Too Busy to Post This Week

**This entry was posted September 22, 2017.**

A wet autumn day in (Monclair?) New Jersey circa 1972.

The occasion of this image was my parents -- still then married -- were somewhere in northern New Jersey (Montclair, I think) and my mom took this photo. I was 2 turning 3 years old (and not with them that day).

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Again, apologies for lack of entries.

This has been a busy week and both my attempts to complete an entry have been thwarted. After work yesterday, I went to the Columbia Heights Target for one of my occasional (every 6 to 8 weeks) toiletry shopping extravaganzas. 

The famous Microsoft Desktop autumn image taken somewhere, I believe, in Vermont, date unknown. I posted it seven years ago today, and it was already well known then.

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I then went to the gym and then, upon arriving home; made dinner, watched my usual late-night MeTV line up including Perry Mason; and then did my laundry (since I will be busy this weekend with my mom's visit). Oh, and I also was online on the CWG in the comment section.

All of that plus the fact I needed to be at the office a bit earlier than usual today meant that I could not stay up until 330AM - 4AM to finish a blog entry.

Forested path at the peak of fall colors.

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For today, I am leaving work early and meeting my mom at Union Station. I'll see that she is checked into her hotel (it's one of those small boutique-like hotels on 16th Street near where I live). Thereafter, I intend to spend an hour or so completing aforementioned entry and getting the damn thing posted -- whereupon I likely will not have another entry until early next week.

Animated Google Doodle for the first day of fall in the Northern Hemisphere.

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Today is the autumnal equinox -- i.e, the first day of fall in the Northern Hemisphere. It occurs at 4:02PM EDT. The weather remains too warm, too humid, too dry (as in, no rain), and the usual shitty with temps pushing 88F (not quite 90F) for highs.

Rainy fall day, Colgate University, New York, Sept. 2013.

I found this picture online but cannot source it.

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Lots happened in the world this past week from Hurricane Maria devastating Dominica and pounding Puerto Rico to the latest Senate GOP health care atrocity (thank God for Jimmy Kimmel) to Trump and Kim Jong-un in a dance of the megalomaniacal crazies, but I haven't had time to write about anything.

OK, that's all for now. Again, intend to post an entry around 7PM tonight.

--Regulus

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The 2AM Placeholder Entry -OR- This September of No Particular Note

A tree dons its lovely fall foliage, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., October 25, 2014; photo by Nathan Jones and reposted in this CWG entry.

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Apologies for lack of a full entry.

I started an entry, but I could not finish it. It's nearly 2AM and I'm just too damn tired.

At this late hour, I'm back from the gym, already made dinner (it turned out kind of crappy), and watched my usual late-night MeTV line-up of shows. I'd like to try to get into work at a reasonable time tomorrow.

My plan is to go to the gym tomorrow (Thursday) night as a supplemental one (especially since I'm skipping the gym this weekend as my mom is visiting for the weekend). That being the case, I intend to complete the entry I had started tonight.

Of note, the pictures in it are from my Cleveland work trip last month. They are topically wholly unrelated to the entry itself, but I've been meaning to post those pictures. Having said that, it was an overcast day when I took them so everything looks kind of drab, and not just because I was in Cleveland.

Also, I still need to post my South Carolina total solar eclipse pictures.

--Regulus

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

On Manatees, Maria, and GOP Malevolence -OR- Another Week, Another Category 5 Hurricane

One of two stranded manatee in Sarasota Bay during Hurricane Irma rescued by two Manatee County police officers; county sheriff's office tweet, Sept. 10, 2017.

The powerful offshore winds on the front end of Hurricane Irma blew a large portion of the waters out of Sarasota and Tampa Bays -- creating ultra-low water conditions that caused the stranding of a number of manatees. This wasn't the only such rescue.

Another make-shift manatee rescue in Sarasota Bay due to the extremely low water created in a huge tidal blowout during Hurricane Irma, Sept. 10, 2017.

Apparently, these people somehow got the manatee onto that green tarp (using impromptu wooden "rails") and dragged the poor creature to water deep enough for it to swim away. (At least that was the story reported.)


Fully grown manatees weigh, like, a thousand pounds, so you can't exactly roll one over stranded on land -- and even if you could, you would probably badly harm it. To that point, manatees are an endangered species, and by federal law you're not supposed to move or otherwise molest them; however, in a case like this, what's the protocol?

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Large numbers of Tampa residents explore the briefly nearly-empty Tampa Bay due to powerful offshore winds that blew out most of the water during Hurricane Irma, September 10, 2017.

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To be clear, the reason for this extreme low water was different than what caused the temporary disappearance of the ocean waters around some of the Bahama islands when Hurricane Irma passed to the south of them. That was that was due basically to the extreme low pressure in the center of the storm that effectively sucked up all the ocean water. It returned the following day (gradually -- not tsunami-like).

A trio of selfies by three young men in briefly empty Tampa Bay with the Tampa skyline in the distance during Hurricane Irma, September 10, 2017.

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So let's start the main part of this entry ...

It's late at night and I'm back from the gym following a Monday back-to-work day. I'm watching the usual late-night MeTV line up to include Carol Burnett & Friends, Perry Mason, The Twilight Zone, and Alfred Hitchcock Presents

GOES 16 visible image of Hurricane Maria, 5:17PM EDT September 18, 2017.

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Let's get right to it: There is another major hurricane in the Caribbean -- this one, Hurricane Maria, which rapidly intensified to category 5 strength with top sustained winds of 160mph and plowed into Dominica a short while ago. (Just as an aside, I've been to Dominica (once) and neighboring Guadeloupe (twice) back in the 1990s.)

Per the CWG, Hurricane Maria is expected to strike Puerto Rico as a category 4 or even a category 5 tropical cyclone (the last category 4 to hit there was in 1932 and the last / only category 5 in the historical record was in 1928). Thereafter, it is forecasted to transit the Turks and Caicos.

Map of the paths of all category 4 and 5 hurricanes to strike Puerto Rico, 1851 - 2016.

The 1928 hurricane (called the San Felipe Segundo Hurricane) went on to strike South Florida -- where it is known as the Okeechobee Hurricane -- that resulted in 2,500 people drowning when Lake Okeechobee overflowed its banks, an event that lead to the construction of the Herbert Hoover Dike, itself an ecologically terrible idea. This really gets more into the perfidies of what is known colloquially as Big Sugar -- but we'll avoid that topic right now.

Haha

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The areas obliterated by Hurricane Irma including Barbuda, St. Martin, and parts of the Virgin Islands should be, thankfully, spared, although at this point, Maria would have just rearranged the debris. 

Some forecast models suggest Maria could do a bit of a Fujiwhara dance around Hurricane Jose -- a category 1 hurricane presently centered 235 miles east of Cape Hatteras and moving north -- even as Jose becomes post-tropical / extratropical, resembling more of a nor'easter in terms of structure and wind field. This Fujiwhara dance could even make Jose execute a second loop out over the Atlantic.

NASA-NOAA Suomi NPP satellite showing part of Hurricane Jose and a portion of the U.S. East Coast, 2:24PM EDT September 17, 2017.

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However, both systems are forecasted to spare the U.S. East Coast -- in particular, the mid-Atlantic region -- as they curve to the east, although Jose could graze eastern New England and there are tropical storm watches up for that area.

The biggest impact from Jose is high surf and rip currents along the East Coast.

A scene of widespread destruction in Orient Bay on the island of St. Martin in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma earlier this month.

It has been reported that Barbuda has been completely evacuated for the time being -- with all the local population (roughly 1,650 people) now on Antigua in the wake of Irma. (Antigua and Barbuda is a sovereign country.) 

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Flooded streets in Miami, Fla., during Hurricane Irma, September 10, 2017.

Irma created moderate flooding in Miami and record flooding in Jacksonville (not to mention parts of Charleston, S.C.) and devastated parts of the Florida Keys (especially between MM 20 and 30 where the eyewall crossed over Cudjoe Key at 9:10AM Sept. 10, 2017 with 130mph sustained winds). Owing to a bit of luck in terms of the city's placement with respect to the right front eyewall, Key West narrowly avoided complete devastation.

New York Times online headline from Sept. 13, 2017 about the Florida nursing home deaths.

Certainly the worst tragedy in the hurricane were the needless deaths of 8 senior citizens at a nursing home in Hollywood, Fla., as a result of excessive heat due to HVAC systems not having full power. The oldest fatality was 99 years old. Imagine living that long and dying like that. And in Florida --where you likely went to escape the cold. Directly above is the New York Times online headline about it (with free, unrelated Angelina Jolie picture).

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No, this isn't a collection of trailer park lawn ornaments. Rather, it's the flamingos at the Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens. They were moved temporarily into a men's room during Hurricane Irma for their protection.

Confused and scared, the flamingos huddled together. Either that or they were catching a smoke.

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Now let me be clear: I am not hoping for a catastrophic hurricane here or anywhere -- far from it as they are too destructive and disruptive. What's more, I'm getting tired of writing about hurricanes (and, yes, I realize I never posted my Hurricane Irma synopsis). Rather, I was hoping here for just a garden variety nor'easter followed by cool fall weather. 

Wind-wiped waters overtop a walkway in Miami during Hurricane Irma, September 10, 2017.

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Bottom line is that we're back into our familiar extended "weatherless in Washington, D.C." pattern with just the usual partly cloudy, warm, humid, and nothing else weather with highs around 82F, lows around 62F. Any legitimate "autumnal" weather is probably six weeks away.

Two parrots seek shelter on a ledge of the Miami Marriott Dadeland Hotel, in Kendall, Fla., Hurricane Irma arrives, September 9, 2017.

Poor things. Instead of taking their picture, the person should have just let them in. (Yes, I know hotel windows don't usually open.)

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OK, changing subjects ...

The political stuff is heating up again in terms of the Trump campaign collusion with Russia scandal -- which increasingly has the chance of actually toppling Trump, but that would just give us President Pence with a more competent brand of GOP insanity (fundamentalism meets oligarchy).

Croton bushes, Bethesda, Md., 2:51PM September 17, 2017.

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Also, the GOP is making its final attempt to destroy Obamacare (for the current fiscal year, anyway). The latest and once-again-morally-obscene Senate iteration embodies the GOP Holy Grail of block granting Medicaid while shoving more money to multimillionaires and billionaires and corporate oligarchs.

The demented twist in this proposal, though, is how it gives most of the Red States more Blue State Medicaid money as a way -- presumably -- of punishing the Blue States that accepted the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare.

Cassidy-Graham health bill changes in federal funding for Medicaid by state by 2026.

The info is from a Center on Budget and Policy Priorities analysis (see link above) with the state map above created by Business Insider. Even if it passes, this outcome by 2026 has mathematically a near-zero percent chance of happening.

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If you're interested in Washington Post masturbatory / nihilistic "process story" coverage, here it is. (I'll spare you the even worse POLITICO account or any "who's up and who's down" garbage by Chris Cillizza.)

Entrance to the Bethesda Metro station, Bethesda, Md., 3:54PM September 17, 2017.

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The bill may or may not pass -- but regardless, I'm of the view that destroying Obamacare now quite possibly speeds up the faster arrival of a single payer system within the next decade, or at least a vastly expanded Medicare-for-all type of plan rather than trying to reconstruct the three-legged "stool" of Obamacare -- subsidies, mandates, and no preexisting condition limitations -- whose whole original reason for being was to safeguard America's for-profit health insurance system. (Of course, this requires the current Republican lunatics to not longer be in power.)

Thomas Circle, Washington, D.C., at dusk, 7:05PM September 17, 2017.

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Well, at least that's how I see it right now. I could be wrong. In terms of incremental versus radical reform to single payer, here is Hillary Clinton's take on the matter.

OK, I think that's all for now. It is after 4AM as I wrap up this entry. My next planned entry will be late Wednesday or early Thursday.

--Regulus

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Jukebox Saturday Night for Sept. 16th, 2017: A Pair to Remember and Wide Awake Edition

As it has been three weeks since my last Jukebox Saturday night edition -- and since I won't be able to post one next Saturday night -- I'm going to post one tonight. For this edition, I would like to feature two songs I've already featured ...

First up, a September-appropriate one ...


"September" by Earth, Wind & Fire from the group's The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1 album (1978)

Interestingly, I discovered that I posted this one exactly one year ago -- or rather, 52 weeks ago (364 days) -- tonight in this Jukebox Saturday Night edition. (Of note, I had to replace the defunct link for the Rick Braun "Notorious" song.)

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Next up, another great 1970s song ...


"If I Can't Have You" by Yvonne Elliman from the album Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track (1977)

To be clear, this is a Bee Gees song that Ms. Elliman sang for the group's Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track soundtrack album released with the movie in 1977. I featured it back in June 2013 in this edition of my antecedent Friday Night Musical Interlude series.

The above performance is from a 1978 edition of the old show "Top of the Pops."

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To wrap up this edition of Jukebox Saturday Night, I would like to feature a song I've not previously featured ...


"Wide Awake" by Katy Perry from her album Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection (2012)

This album is a reissue of her Teenage Dream album (2010), but "Wide Awake" is one of three new songs on it. The accompanying video to "Wide Awake" (featured above) is vintage Katy Perry.

And, of course, I quite like the line from the song: "I wish I knew then / What I know now / Wouldn't dive in / Wouldn't bow down."

I like Katy Perry so much more than Taylor Swift.

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OK, that's all for now. Please see my previous entry for an update.

--Regulus

Saturday Evening Post for September 16th, 2017: Me and TV Viewing Update -OR- This Side of the Weekend

**This entry was posted September 16, 2017.**

Late morning at Thomas Circle, Washington, D.C., 11:19AM September 14, 2017

I was walking to the dentist and then afterward I walked to work at L'Enfant Plaza.

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Saturday night.

I'm home making some dinner and about to put away my laundry -- fluff 'n' fold and make up my bedding on the floor (quilts, blankets, pillows, and all my plush stuffed animals). I'm watching the Saturday night Super Sci-Fi line-up on MeTV.

That line-up runs into the wee hours of Sunday morning and includes the following:

Wonder Woman at 7PM
Svengoolie-hosted monster movie at 8PM
Batman at 10PM
Star Trek (The Original Series) at 11PM
Battlestar Galactica at Midnight
The Outer Limits at 1AM and 2AM.
Lost in Space at 3AM
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea at 4AM

Several points ...

One, I'm not going to stay up until 4AM.

Secondly, I find it hard to believe that Nelson Riddle wrote the TV soundtrack version of the Batman theme song.

Thirdly, the Svengoolie-hosted movie tonight was "It Came from Outer Space."


Third, tonight's Star Trek episode is "This Side of Paradise." This is one of the episodes of Star Trek: TOS where scenes for the planet they were visiting was actually filmed outside.


I am sure that some of the special effects in Star Trek: TOS have been improved in the release -- in particular, what the planets the Enterprise is orbiting look like. I distinctly recall they always looked like hazy orange balls or toy globes but now they look much more realistic.

I'd like to get one of those Svengoolie official chicken-thrower shirts, or if not one of those, maybe just a hoodie.

Trees near Thomas Circle (between M St and Massachusetts Ave NW), Washington, D.C., 11:20AM September 14, 2017

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Last night, I stayed late at work then stopped initially at Bobby Van's for some dinner. (The restaurant has a decent and not-outrageously-expensive bar menu.) Next, I stopped at Siroc for a glass of wine at the bar.

Wet sidewalk 2000 block New Hampshire Ave NW, 10:45PM September 16, 2017

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While there, I watched the ten minutes or so of a CNN report about life inside North Korea made by CNN reporter Will Ripley (who has apparently been to North Korea now 15 times). North Korea resembles some sort of George Orwell 1984 Oceania society.

Later, I went to No. 9 and then Trade before going home. I went to bed around 3AM.

Yards to the row houses, 2100 block 13th Street NW, Washington, D.C., 11:54AM September 15, 2017

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Today, I went to the gym. It was decent workout, although I only got in a 4-mile jog instead of a 6-mile one. I did my usual weightlifting and ended with a swim. I then went grocery shopping (at the Yes! organic market on 14th Street) and with the intention of staying in tonight (indeed, I bought a bottle of white wine). Right now, I'm debating whether to go out or not to go out later tonight -- the usual places -- or not.

2000 block New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, D.C., 7:20PM September 16, 2017

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For tomorrow, it's my Sunday free day. I don't have any particular plans, so I'll probably take a walk, get lunch, and end up at one of the two usual bars before heading home.

OK, that's all for now. A Jukebox Saturday Night entry to follow shortly ...

--Regulus