Crybaby Donnie really is a two-year-old …

… and it’s very scary. Hey, Donnie, you won. The Electoral College will confirm it. You will be inaugurated. I wish it weren’t true but it is and we all, even you, need to deal with it.

But Donnie can’t leave it alone. As a consequence of the Jill Stein recount Dear Leader unleashed yet another unhinged tweet storm. What’s the matter, Donnie, do you think Jill is going to miraculously win the election? Are you afraid somehow the system is rigged (it is, it’s called the Electoral College) and will deny you the presidency? What scares you so much that you have to publicize one of your biggest whoppers yet?

Donnie claims, without any evidence, that millions of people voted illegally. Who? Where? How? If you had a shred of proof except ravings of conspiracy theorists why don’t you demand a recount! That could be awful, if it weren’t just another lie, and something should be done about it.

But this absurd claim (aka lie) is just to attempt to debunk the growing majority that Hillary got. So what, Donnie. Popular vote doesn’t elect presidents. Are you embarrassed that you didn’t get the majority, that the people don’t love you? A narcissist like The Donald needs to have adoration. A real president needs the legal process and gets inaugurated. Who cares what the popular vote is if you won? But with such a thin skin and monster ego Donnie does.

Now many others have commented on the insanity of Donnie’s rant, but an interesting question is why he does shit like this. Did Dumbya cry and moan about his 2000 win (and loss of popular vote) or did he just take the oath and move into the White House. Presidents get all sorts of criticism and as experienced politicians they shake it off and get on with the job. What sort of insecurity does this man-child have that it makes any difference at all? And the answer is, he is totally insecure. He knows he’s a fraud and he’s afraid someday we might figure that out. He knows he’ll be the worst president ever (his inept “transition” is already demonstrating and his selection of horrible people (what happened to “best people”?)). So he actually knows this. He knows this is all a con. He just doesn’t want us to figure that out. Sure the rigged media and illegal voters and lefties know he’s an incompetent fraud, but his dumbed-down uneducated haven’t figured it out yet.

So it’s not purely his fragile ego and infantile behavior. It’s a test. Here is a fact – Hillary won the popular vote. He thinks he can con the rigged media (who is still more worried about access and ad revenues than truth) and so this is just practice for bigger lies to come. Once he abolishes climate change research then he can claim polar ice is really increased, if you don’t count the science-y view of all the ice that melted. Jobs are coming back if you don’t count all the jobs lost to robots, which will continue. We’re safer if you don’t count all the attacks by supremacists on the innocent. We’re winning in Afghanistan once Donnie replaced his strategy over those know-nothing generals if you don’t count the Taliban just took Kabul.

IOW, up is down and white is black because Dear Leader says so and thus he is accountable only to himself and never reality. He lives in a bubble of alternate reality where he is loved and praised and admired and successful. America will be great again, in his head, and the truth on the ground is just rigged.

Now I’ve reached the point of view that Donnie is already tired of being president. It’s too much work, too many people to see, too many decisions (even when made impulsive without facts or analysis), and it’s too much scrutiny (even with the cowed rigged media). Donnie just wants to open more golf courses and hotels and casinos. The presidency is just part of his deal-making bag-of-tricks. Ivanka will tag along in every meeting collecting the bribes and expanding the empire. Count on, at some point, people who come to White House not just staying in Donnie’s (now illegal to own) hotel but wearing branded Trump merchandise. Donnie likes making money, the easy way (purely on promotion and no substance, like real entrepreneurs) and it’s an easy part-time job so he can spend the rest of his time getting back in dressing rooms with naked woman and grabbing you-know-what. The real work of being president is way too much trouble since Donnie only wanted the ego-boost of winning it. Which, of course, is why he has to deny the popular vote, a bit of stain on his win. Getting inaugurated is not enough, he must be adored as well.

Most of us grew out of this by about age two and Donnie is stuck in it.

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The second week of American disaster

Continuing my series of silent protests against the murder of America I was undecided about my title – continuing in the style of previous posts or more the thought on my mind: broken promises. During the campaign Dear Leader often was able to contradict himself between the beginning and end of a sentence in the word jumble that flowed like vomit out of his mouth. He was slightly more consistent in “policies” (hard to apply that word to him) but even those he frequently flip-flopped, even denying what he’d said that was recorded (I loved the SNL joke about the rigged press being rigged because it played videos of what Donnie himself had said).

So with no real policies (just pure ego and narcissism and revenge) it’s not surprising that Donnie would continue to contradict himself. He had even downgraded ‘wall’ to ‘fence’ earlier, which is amusing since he attacked others in Repug debates that absolutely he was talking about a wall not a fence. Of course no one, except his most stupid supporters, actually believed Mexico would pay for the fence (even if they got to build it). So the cry of “Build the Wall” is being forgotten almost as quickly as it arose. It is hardly even on the map of all the stuff Donnie wants to do, but especially Congress wants to do (it even slightly contradicts their Ayn Randian wet dreams anyway and probably not much graft they can extract from it).

And the “Lock Her Up” chants seem like they’ll go unanswered too as Donnie seems to have flip-flopped on that. After all Hillary has disappeared into the twilight and most likely Donnie has some business dealings with the Clintons anyway and he wanted this office primarily to enrich himself (courtesy of Bush Senior it appeared conflict-of-interest may not apply, very much, to presidents, so Ivanka can follow Donnie around taking the actual bribes), Strangely I find myself agreeing (a bit) with Ann Coulter (a shock to me) except that her context is entirely different. She actually complained that the president shouldn’t decide who is prosecuted or not, instead it should be left to relevant parts of the government to decide (where I disagree is naturally Ann thinks Sessions and Comfy will still go after Hillary). But what do rednecks in Ohio or Michigan really care whether Hillary is locked up in Club Feb they might have to pay for (not to mention the huge cost of investigation and trial).

In many ways Donnie scares me (and will screw his base) more by the fact he has little policy or actual interest in government and thus will leave the crazy Repugs in Congress to do the dirty work. So I found it interesting that in their rush of deciding which policy to repeal first they had zeroed in on Obama’s expansion of overtime regulations. Killing those (and later minimum wage) would be a real gift, mostly likely often to themselves. One claim of the rigged press was that 20 million Trumpkins would be impacted (so much for “winning”, at least when it comes to money in their pocket). But Donnie was saved by a judge (just as he reversed another promise and settled his TrumpU lawsuit which he said he’d never do). Instead of the president killing overtime a judge did it and it’s unlikely the Department of Justice (or Labor?) can refile the lawsuit before the Trump purge of those agencies begins. So bye-bye better wages you sucker. You didn’t get your wall or Hillary in jail, but money out of your pocket hurts you where it counts.

Now not for a second do I believe Donnie’s most recent notion he’ll reconsider climate change and/or torture. This is just window dressing. What he’s probably learned is that the Paris agreements don’t mean much anyway, so why bother creating a ruckus when you can just ignore them anyway. It’s probably just part of his PR campaign to get out of the broken promises to coal miners. Donnie couldn’t do anything about the decline of coal even if he wanted to (which he doesn’t) so it’s nice to have a scapegoat when coal jobs decline. But he (or Congress) will abolish safety regulations so more coal miners will die but with fewer jobs and less pay. As to torture Donnie didn’t so much renounce it as to simply recognize what the intelligence community has long known (and proven empirically) that it doesn’t work. To stop the torture the bad guy will say anything and we waste tons of resources chasing down lies (KSM was particularly good sending us off on wild goose chases). But one promise I don’t recall him making he will do and that is to vastly expand Gitmo and put all sorts of people there on even the most vague suspicion (that is, unless they spend their sheikhs money at his hotels). But these are both much too complex issues for Donnie’s base to understand and in the fact-free world they live in they’ll probably believe he did it anyway.

So now Donnie thinks he’ll be able to take credit for Apple making iPhones in U.S. (unlikely, but again truth doesn’t matter with him). Oh joy, Apple sets up its sweatshop somewhere in West Virginia or Kentucky and then those kids can commit suicide like many in China. Of course killing TPP just means China is now free to pursue economic coalitions in the Pacific that previously were going nowhere. Killing TPP does nothing for U.S. jobs (probably a net loss) and lets his nemesis China have a free hand in the Pacific. The small countries there need some partner in the bilateral competition between us and China, so if not us, then China is next best thing. All Trump wanted from his meeting with Japanese is to get introductions for Ivanka to go make some deals. Meanwhile since Donnie believes tech companies should freely assist in political spying, Facebook now has the justification to build their censorship mechanisms so they can enter the Chinese market. Funny, Donnie, how things are more complicated than you can imagine and how they are lots of other greedy entities in the world quickly figuring out how they can get more goodies by adapting to the changed reality.

One article listed 15 different flip-flops already in 14 days, but most of those are also off the radar of the Trumpkins. They’re still waiting for those factories to reopen and good pay to result, especially after kicking all the people of color back into slums or onto registries. In just two weeks Donnie has reversed much of what he claimed – imagine what he’ll do once he really is president.

So since lying and fake promises are integral to this two-year-old who is now going to be president what is he going to do? Well, that’s also emerging. He’s going to loot every power of the presidency to increase his own personal fortune. His purge of Chris Christie (and the so-as-possible pardon of his son-in-law’s father who Christie put in jail) shows he’ll continue to reward friends and punish enemies. Even Romney, once he learned proper genuflection and kissing of Dear Leader’s ring demonstrates how Donnie only holds grudges against those who haven’t mastered or won’t do ass-kissing. Clearly, as his gaudy and ugly homes and clubs demonstrate, Donnie is just an old-fashioned (and crass) potentate with full imperial notions. But his real crime will be encouraging and allowing Congress to do even more looting than Donnie could even do. They’re licking their chops. Under Dumbya the Repug Congress instantly dropped any fiscal austerity and hostility to budget deficits and just starting shoving their hands in the cookie jar and stuffing their mouths with the spoils. The only dilemma Congress has is which piece of graft they’ll do first – who to screw, who to steal from, how to enrich themselves most quickly. The ideologues (Randian wet dreamers) will have trouble keeping the rest of the greedy Repugs (and probably a few Dems who will sell out too) focused on anything except personal enrichment. Is killing Obamacare (and Medicare as well through “modernizing” (i.e. cutting), or even now with Social Security in their sights) going to line their pockets or cost them – that is the only restraint we’ll see. The social “safety net” mostly means transferring money from taxpayers to special interests (i.e. medical industry, the expanding eldercare infrastructure) and a lot of Repugs get their pockets lined from that.

I expect the one-a-day flip-flops to diminish but mostly it’s all just going to blend into the background. As much as people are saying we won’t “normalize” Donnie that is exactly what we’re doing. Even the New York Times gave in, rather than be locked out entirely, they surrendered any hint of freedom of the press. One by one the dominoes are falling into place and soon all this will be the new normal. ┬áMelanie won’t even live in the White House (undoubtedly it’s too shabby and preservation societies will prevent coating everything with gold gilt) and soon Donnie will be bored and off buzzing around and doing openings in his rapidly expanding hotel, casino and golfing empire. We’ll have a part-time president and a full-time grifter living Congress to do the real thefts from the American people. And what will all the Trumpkins do, especially since they can’t read? What will Rush and Laura and O’Reilly tell them to do? (Depends on what share of the goodies they get). Soon Trump will be denounced as liberal and the red meat crowd really will be looking for Hitler since Hitler-light wasn’t good enough.

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Potential problem with wind power

I’m a big fan of wind turbines. As I’m often driving around in prime wind country doing geodashing I’ve seen many wind farms and have noticed their steady increase. I’ve also watched an anti-wind documentary (from leftie POV, not fossil fuel lovers’ POV) and I could understand how people near a turbine don’t like them, especially as only the landowner where the turbine is gets money (unlike oil and gas where it gets shared with property owner adjacent wells). And, of course, I now have a direct interest in that I’m inheriting a ranch in Oklahoma that has a wind turbine on it and soon will be getting checks from it. And many farmers and ranchers around here are realizing the revenue potential. Unlike oil wells (which I also have on my property) the wind turbines don’t seem to bother cattle, plus they have a small footprint and so don’t interfere with farming. OTOH, oil wells (like mine) can produce a toxic surrounding (bad for cattle and crops) and also frequently have accidents (a tank on my well caught fire once and almost burned everything; then the damage from the fire caused leaks that weren’t entirely caught by the gravel berm around the well).

Anyway what I learned on my recent trip, however, exposed me to a new issue. Most wind turbines are relatively new, but like any piece of machinery they will wear out. THEN what! Like much of the energy play there are a lot of middlemen involved in producing energy. Many of them are playing tax games and all of them use a lot of leverage (debt). So it’s not uncommon for one of the middleman somewhere in the power structure ends up going broke. And that’s what I’m facing.

For years I did my mother’s taxes and so have seen the 1099’s from wind company. And it seems every year it’s got some different name on it. I never paid much attention until now. Furthermore when the contract was signed my mother was competent and so I stayed out of it and thus have no clue about any of the terms and conditions. So, now I have to pay attention. The direct owner of my wind turbine is bankrupt (not due to economics, but due to bad management). Furthermore somehow they’re connected to some other company, mostly solar, who is also bankrupt (I think that company buys and distributes the electricity). So who’s responsible for the wind turbine? It was running when I was there last week – who was operating it and where was the power going? It’s a mystery.

My concern is with bankrupt operating company what happens if the wind turbine breaks (which it certainly can without some routine maintenance). But worse, eventually it will wear out! Then what? In case you’ve never seen one of these things they are huge. Around here, driving the freeways, I almost always seen parts of the tower (shipped in pieces) or the blades (shipped as one piece) clogging up interstates. Drive past one of these components and you really get the sense of their scale. Standing at the base of my wind turbine you really can’t entirely comprehend its size. But it’s a lot of material.

All over farm country you see the much smaller wind mills used to pump underground water for animals. Many of those are in disrepair. But they just gradually fall apart. The tower is mostly steel and it will just rust away. So while it takes quite a while for them to disintegrate eventually they’re just a pile of rubble and even that will just go away.

But what happens if a wind turbine begins to fall apart? If the company that owns it is broke who will pay to dismantle the thing. These things are way too large to just stand by and watch them collapse. Having one of those fall on you or your house or anywhere on your property is going to do some serious damage. The thing needs to be carefully dismantled.

So while tax gimmicks and junk bond financing is paying to build the things what is going to pay to dismantle them. And what happens to the debris, how is it transported and recycled or discarded. Already on my land the road the wind company built to bring in the construction equipment and now the maintenance equipment is slowly falling into disrepair. Another few decades and it will just be a double track, not suitable for heavy machinery. So the work to dismantle the thing is going to require much of the same construction activity (including the huge crane). And that’s not going to be cheap, so where will the money come from to do that.

Supposedly the answer is that the original builder had to put aside money to do this, in a bond. But, did they really allocate enough (or just some pittance to make some regulator happy). Is the bond itself secure (or the money from that got invested in some of Wall Street’s toxic securities that end up worthless)? And what about inflation? Tearing them down in 30-50 years is probably going to cost far more than it cost to build them. So is there really enough money in some safe reserve? I doubt it?

I do know, in Wyoming, that the same issue exists with the coal mines. Unlike West Virginia and Kentucky (even bigger problem since they remove an entire mountain top) the Wyoming coal mines are: a) surface mines where restoring the land isn’t too difficult, and, b) the mines are in the middle of nowhere with few people nearby. But any mine disrupts stable geology with the consequence of lots of water pollution, if the land isn’t properly recovered. So even in nowhere Wyoming an abandoned coal mine will destroy the water for the ranchers and their cattle. So, of course, coal companies were required to post a bond for reclamation. But then along came Dumbya, who decided it wasn’t necessary for the bond to be real and detached from the coal company – the bond is just a line item (liability) on their balance sheet. But now many of those companies have go into bankruptcy, so exactly what good is their “promise” to do the reclamation? Even if they wanted to, after bankruptcy, is there any money to do it? So now Wyoming is facing having to come up with the money and of course they don’t have it so then they want the (in their view) evil gubmint to provide the money. And of course the Federal government is also heavily in debt – even the Social Security Trust Fund is a myth, just a line on piece of paper based on good faith, with no actual money in a “lockbox”.

So too often we’re mortgaging the future and not really putting any real funds into some safe place to cover these obligations.

So, as now the landowner, I wonder if I could be out hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions to pay to dismantle that wind turbine of a bankrupt company with a bankrupt (or unfunded) bond. And in bankruptcy my claim will just be one of many where debtors get haircuts, so can the wind company only pay half, or a quarter, or pennies on the dollar?

Now on my land, fortunately the wind turbine is situated where if it just fell over, the debris would just end up on my land. But of course that’s just based on measurement of its size and the area of my land. If it crashes might some of the debris end up on adjoining land and those land owners suing me to clean up the mess, plus damages. Even on my land I have a tenant rancher with his cattle – if the wind turbine kills some of those, do I have a liability to him (it’s my land, my wind turbine, not his fault – seems reasonable he’d be able to blame me).

With nuclear power we rushed into that without thinking about the waste. Now we have nuclear reactors all over the country with ponds (that require maintenance and power, as we learned at Fukushima) filled with very dangerous fuel rods, that will stay dangerous for thousands of years. And we had no plan to do anything with that extremely dangerous waste (which is also a great source material for terrorist to build dirty bomb if there is no money to guard these ponds). So AFTER we built the things we learned some of the consequences and still have no plan to deal with it.

Wind and solar seem far more benign, but what really are their long-term hazards? And who pays the bill? I can only hope that wind turbine will last longer than I will live so I can, as everyone else does, kick the can down the road, and pass on the problem to some future generation. Boy, are our grandchildren and great-grandchildren going to have a bill to pay – we’re mortgaging their entire future with our greed today.

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Return to dreadful reality

For less than a week I was able to disappear and largely ignore the reality of my own life and, in many ways worse, the reality of my life as a human being in the world. Meanwhile the Trump dictatorship rolled on making horrible appointments while considering even more horrible ones. Dear Leader still has his phone and thinks his tweet tirades define truth and for his blind followers it does. Scientists are beginning to analyze how Trumpkins will destroy all the world not just the world for half of U.S. citizens. But now I’m “back” (at least to a residence where my mail arrives) and it’s worse than when I left. In a twist on the “you can’t go home again” there is no where to leave ‘home’.

Even though Kansas and Oklahoma are even redder country than Nebraska only a few times did I feel the fear I had driving in rural Ohio and Michigan a few months ago. I can do a pretty good job of faking redneck, at least of rancher/farmer style and as I actually do own ranchland now as well as receiving oil royalties I can really pretend to be conventional conservative now that alt-right is mainstream. Scruffy hair and sweat-stained hat and utility clothes let me hide in plain side, although I realized hiking sandals or even hiking boots don’t quite fit. So for five days I was a renegade in enemy country but managed to return with all my body parts intact. But at least I was “free”, on the open road, alone and with enough money to meet my needs. Now I return to a more complicated situation here.

Several times on the trip my communications were limited. One motel’s WiFi didn’t work at all and another one’s WiFi was very slow. Often I was driving out of range of cell towers so smartphone access to the awful news of the world was limited. So in some ways ignorance is bliss. Having fast Net access (here) and time (no rush to get moving on the road) just means I can read more, the rigged press, of course, and get more depressed. Maybe there is something broader about my experience – less communications is better? At the very least less means not knowing about horrible stuff.

 

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Made it to Oklahoma

I’m just south of Oklahoma City in Norman. Uneventful drive (i.e. not shot) through Kansas to get here but I was still a little nervous, esp. when I got off main roads to do a little geodashing in nowhere (definitely Trumpistan). Saw several Koch trucks, didn’t know among their other businesses where they own Kansas they also do trucking.

So with all that driving little time to check the news and see what’s new in Trumpistan. Same-old, same-old – I guess. The kids will manage the family business instead of a blind trust; several are on transition team and will select people that can benefit the family business. Meanwhile transition team is doing Stalinist purge, of course denied by Donnie as he takes to Twitter to directly convey his lies. Are they really going to get rid of lobbyists or just a different set than the Christie crowd being purged? I hear Donnie went out for his $36 burger (mine, tonight, was a mere $7.89, the meal) after lying to press coverage – I guess he needs to hang out at hotspots with his adoring fans without the rigged media to cover it, Now it’s Nikki Haley instead of insane bomb-anyone Bolton or demented┬áRudi – maybe Trump does listen when he has┬áridiculous impulsive urges. But I bet he’ll drift back to his gut and Nikki was just to throw us off. And Vlad is happy Donnie has given him green light for territorial conquest but McCain/Graham co-joined twins will throw a tantrum (to no effect).

So we survived another day but it’s beginning to sink in that Ryan has Medicare in his crosshairs, under the guise of “modernization” (aka, eliminate). Since this one affects me it’s awful but just think of all those seniors who voted for him (and it will be “awesome”) when they try to buy insurance with their $2500 voucher. One by one the fools will gradually realize the huge con this is. But meanwhile the rich are cheering as well they might since they’ll, for sure, get their huge tax cuts. The only claim Repugs make you can believe is tax cuts for the rich and they’ll do it again. And, btw, now that Repugs are in, guess what, deficits only matter for Dems, not Repugs. So get ready for huge interest rates. Another day in Trumpistan and he hasn’t even been sworn in. Heard UK had to wait a day for a phone call when nobodies (probably have oil or casino land for sale) got through – yep, definitely an organized transition team.

It will be fun in coming months to see how much Donnie screws all those who voted for him. Seniors are stupid enough to vote for him since they don’t realize the biggest chunk of U.S. budget goes to them (me, but I’ve got an oil well here in Oklahoma, I might survive the cuts) and the rich want it

p.s. It was surprising to see wind turbines in Kansas, in south just near Oklahoma. Wind turbines are great income for farmers, way more than their crops. So since farmers in Oklahoma are used to more income from energy than farming they embrace it all. The Kochs, OTOH, who run Kansas through their stooge Brownback, hate wind – a socialist plot to deny carbon fuel owners their just ransom. I guess the Kansas farmers saw how much many Oklahoma farmers make from wind and managed to get a little for themselves (or maybe those wind turbines predate Kochistan). Out in western Kansas where Denver area is consuming power a la California is where the turbines should be, but I believe the Kochs have successful stopped those. After all sea level rise probably won’t reach Kansas and the glaciers were long gone anyway. OTOH, Oklahoma blew away high temperature records today – nah, nothing to do with climate change. Besides November temps in the 80s are so pleasant – climate change is good (until the crops dry up in droughts).

 

 

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Heading out of town …

… not that anyone will miss me. I have to drive through Kochistan (aka Kansas) tomorrow. Hopefully they don’t have up roadblocks for stop-and-frisk, but I’ll be carrying my password – yep, a U.S. citizen with all four grandparents born in this country – is that enough in today’s world. I hope to get through Kochistan as quickly as possible and then off to deep red Oklahoma. But there I’m a landowner, even with oil and gas, and I’ve got my Stetson (actually belonged to my dad) and I have a lawyer there. Hopefully it will be safe for me.

I figure Donnie isn’t looking to lock me up quite yet so maybe it will be a safe trip. Hard to believe that crossing state borders in this country is so dangerous now. I do, in fact, have a gun but I won’t be taking it so I’m at risk for all the 24% who want to kill liberals and pointy-headed intellectuals with college degrees. And I might be able to fake redneck, fortunately since my skin color is not an immediate giveaway.

I recently visited my sister in Ohio, before Trump was even the nominee. I do this thing called geodashing which means I get really far out in Trumpistan. Maybe the Interstates are still safe for us traitors, but get on the local roads in nowhere Ohio and Michigan and it got scary. I felt a truly palpable sense of fear, seeing the hateful signs, knowing despite my disguise the locals, nominally my fellow citizens, would at minimum be hostile and at worst try to kill me. I felt it, I really did – fear to be in certain parts of my country. I can’t imagine the fear those who don’t have my advantages feel. Of course they’re probably smart and avoid Trumpistan. The military, in Afghanistan, felt that way. Every corner of the road had unknown dangers where the locals would kill you if you let your guard down. Now the interior of the U.S., off the big highways, has become equally dangerous.

Once in deeply red Oklahoma I’ll be OK. I have some locals who will vouch for me. I do own property there. I do have oil and know how to talk about it. But, OTOH, I have a Japanese car and that will give me away. I have all my teeth. I can make complete sentences with words past 5th grade. I can hide I lived in Massachusetts (east coast Commie country) and even worse California (west coast global country). I can pretend to be a redneck. I should have bought a Trump hat and bumper sticker so I could switch to those when I enter Indian Country (funny, a military expression, but I will be in actual Native American country, the last place we broke our promise to them).

I’ve got lots of cash, that always works. But I’ll be on alert every mile, knowing I’m behind enemy lines. Fortunately my car tags are another Trump state so maybe I won’t be as much risk as if I were driving my Prius, especially if it had California plates. I was geodashing in Wyoming once with a friend from California. He was very nervous (way back then, before Trump dictatorship) about driving the local roads. I made the joke – “oh, don’t worry, with Nebraska plates, they’ll only fire a warning shot; it’s not like you with your California plates where they will shoot to kill.” Yep, a joke, but unfortunately also with an element of truth.

Horrible to think how dangerous my country is for me and I’m really sad for those who have it even worse, a darker skin, a noticeable religious symbol, being female. But I have to worry about my own survival now.

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The first week after the death of America

It’s been a whole week and already things are returning to “normal”. TV talking heads and other reporters have been sucked into the soap opera of who’s in and who’s out in Trumpland; they sound like a bunch of ESPN reporters discussing a football game. And this is just a game. And guess what – it’s the elites. The swamp has already overwhelmed Trump and up at the top in DC it’s business as usual. Politics may be a blood sport but part of the time it’s just a game. The slight problem is the game has consequences.

So actually there isn’t much to say except comment on a the bits of news trickling out. Wow, a racist and misogynist and xenophobe is officially part of Trumpland, alongside a politic apparatchik, guaranteed fighting in the White House. Oh goodie, a couple of egos fighting to control the world’s biggest ego – what nonsense will come out of that. And all the outrage by the left and also the people who will get screwed by this. Of course people should protest, but folks, the real thing you need to do is figure out how to hunker down and save yourself. Trump doesn’t really listen to anything but his inner millisecond attention span and so he doesn’t hear you. The only difference between here and North Korea is at least (most of) you won’t get shot for protesting, but your protests are falling totally on deaf ears. In fact, some of Trumpistan is laughing in glee at your distress – “boy did we get those suckers (using a more polite term than they’re actually saying.”

Meanwhile we have the “optimistic” news coming from how Obama rolled Trump, for a few seconds. Trevor Noah got that right, Trump is so ignorant he was like a little boy at a zoo, “what’s dat? what’s dat?”. Hey, our man Obama is pretty clever too. In the fictional president movie, it was quoted “the oval office is the biggest home field advantage in the world.” So Obama who knows some moves, has dealt with tons of people almost as crazy and stupid as Trump, manages, briefly, to convince being president is serious business. Trump is awed by this just long enough to make some statements on a softball talk show. Then, of course, he goes right back to being Trump. That honeymoon didn’t even last a day. And the rigged press is silly about an interpretation of Trump not understanding all the people in the White House work for him. Come on, this is a like a corporate takeover. Trump didn’t meet with high level policy people – he saw butlers and stewards and waiters, like in any hotel. If Trump bought a hotel he wouldn’t be thinking about replacing all those little people that he merely notes as a bit too much staff to keep up profits in the place. Of course Trump knew he gets to do his favorite “you’re fired” (except that most will have already quit) for the policy people but he might have underestimated that at his Apprentice pace it’s going to be a bit of challenge to hire all new people. Come on, this is supposed to mean anything. He can still blow up the world just by one appointment of Bolton.

And then there is the rigged media parsing and re-parsing and discussing endlessly every bit of drivel out of this man’s mouth, as if any of it really matters. A great joke is that Trump has trouble making a complete sentence and when he sometimes does the end of the sentence contradicts the beginning. Do you seriously think this man is capable of coherent though? Do you actually think he has any ideas, or that his ideas are any more complex than a tweet? And it’s scary. Trump doesn’t really believe anything, except his own omnipotence. So he’ll do whatever some staffer who kisses his ass better than some other staffer tells him to do. It might actually be better if Trump did have some policies, even awful ones, because at least it might be possible to anticipate what he’ll do and the shitstorm that will drop on you as a consequence. Another commentator said Trump is like the 8-ball toy, each time you shake it you get a different answer. Yep.

But guess what there is some consistency. We all see his temperament driven by narcissism and the need to punch anyone who doesn’t kiss his ass (then once humiliated and subjugated they are welcome to come work for him). Of course he likes the Clintons but that won’t stop him from putting them in jail when some Congressional committee that gets iced out of the fun stuff of stealing from America has nothing to do except start another headline-grabbing witchhunt. The consistency in Trump is that he is irrational and acts entirely on instinct, a crude animal instinct where the frontal lobes of his brain (are there any, actually) play no role. In all the wringing of hands of why Dems didn’t pander (enough) to rednecks (and also trying to figure out how Trump did it so they can run the con next time) one point of view was that Dems (in general) and Hillary (in specific) attempt to connect to the head (of voters) and Trump connects to the gut. IOW, Trump’s base animal instincts allow him to find the base animal instincts of those ignorant and uneducated workers. He doesn’t care about their economic situation – he was just selling a product (himself, not policies) and his salesman instincts showed him how to win them over. The Dems are overthinking it, still being policy wonks. I saw Bernie believing working class realized they were screwed over by the 1% and Dems needed to do something about that. Sure, I think they heard Bernie, that’s why they voted for the 1% guy who is now bringing all the over 1% into his staff. Come on, Bernie, you may be an economic warrior but Trump is just a con artist, aka salesman. He didn’t identify anything in his voters that has anything to do with policy. Those upstate rednecks wouldn’t even know how to find Wall Street on a map, much less how any idea what goes on in those buildings. Dems still don’t get it.

And I’ll close with Facebook. Since Hillary, at least her staff, can’t possibly imagine they lost (they did, another bad campaign unsuccessfully playing the inevitability card) they’re looking for villains. Yeah, what Comfy did sucked and it didn’t lose the election. What did lose it is tied to the handwringing (and defensive denials that are absurd) Facebook is doing. Facebook publishes fake news right next to rigged press real news (i.e. truth). And 44% of stupid America gets its “news” from Facebook. And sensationalist, totally false, rightwing crap from Macedonia gets clicks. Yep, news and social media – you’re whores. Whatever gets clicks or ad views. TV gave Trump billions of free exposure, but they probably have record profits from the advertisers who paid for all those eyeballs. And utterly ruthless Zuckenberg, who cheated every partner he ever had, you think, just because he donates some money, his primary interest isn’t in being the biggest recipient of ad money on the planet? So it’s fake news – does it sell? So finally the media realizes they elected Trump who vows to screw them. Guess what, he’s not really going to screw you as long as you put ad revenues above truth, treating lies as falsely equivalent to truth. First of all, Facebook isn’t as smart as they like to think they are and their filtering software is actually fairly crude. Second they really don’t believe they have any responsibility at all to anyone except making as much money as they can. And, third, now that they helped elect Trump they’re in denial and will just maximize their ass covering. And, then, go right on doing whatever it takes to get more ad views.

So really, folks, it’s on us. We have a vast section of the population, not just rural rednecks but all those phone plugged into their brain like The Matrix millenials who absolutely cannot think and cannot tell truth from lies (and actually don’t even care). The notion that 44% of America thinks Facebook is a source of news is so absurd then fake news is obviously fully equivalent to real news, as in it’s all fiction and entertainment to that 44%. So it’s us who are stupid. And I’m not just claiming that for the rednecks – Dems live in a bubble too. They think people are mostly decent and want to do the right thing. When will they stop bringing a knife to a gunfight? When will they learn the 1% are the 1% because they’re ruthless, have a killer instinct, and have no shred of decency or ethics. The liberals, being generally positive and upbeat about people, simply have no clue how rotten our species is. Especially the winners at the game. You think life is nice? It’s bloody in tooth and nail, kill or be killed, take or be run over? Certainly the 1% now that, most of those rednecks know that, just a few people who read a lot of books believe in human decency. Sorry, Dems, this ain’t mushy movies or literature – it’s a bunch of killers. And a whole lot of people who are really stupid, something you also can’t understand because you can’t shave off 30 IQ points and years of education and have any clue how they think (or, really, don’t – just animal instinctual reacting).

So as we finish this week in Trumpistan is it better or worse than expected? Well I believe it’s far worse. Trump will actually do all the awful things we accused him of (and lots that never got mentioned and will catch us by surprise). And he’ll do that without thinking, impulsively, and then inconsistently. He will not distance himself from his business and like his buddy Putin use everything he learns in the White House to pass onto his kids so they can turn insider information into a real fortune. Yes, he will be the most crooked president ever. Teapot Dome will be a teapot in comparison to the theft the Trump family will perform. Because they are the 1%, they have the killer instinct, they have the greed, and they have absolutely no values except believing in winning, no matter what the cost. So all the inside-the-beltway analysis is about as meaningful as movie critics watching the Kardashians and trying to write erudite analysis about dross.

But life goes on. Most of us will get screwed but at least we can be entertained watching who ends up being the winners. Lifestyles of the rich and crooked.

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