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Rob Elshire

Kushner -- A Cheap Movie Villan Knock Off?

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I have a theory that Jared Kushner (like many of the characters in the Trump inner circle) is a cheap knock off of a fictional villan. The movie Hudson Hawk came out when Jared was 10 years old. Is it possible that he saw this movie and fancied himself the super rich sociopath Darwin Mayflower? Sounds like a posh white 'merican upper class name.... Every child must have aspirational goals.

If Jared was a brilliant self-made billionaire, he might come off as more than a wanna be Darwin Mayflower. The truth is less flattering. See below.

The one on the left.

Rob Elshire

Kushner’s COVID-19 Team Ended Plan For Nationwide Testing Because They Didn’t Want To Help Blue States

This is being reported in various news outlets. If this is true, it is one of the most callous and inhumane decisions I have ever heard of.

Rob Elshire

Why I Won't Vote for Biden or Trump

I'm a Gen Xer that became politically aware in the 1980's. My understanding broadened and matured in the 90's when it was very clear that neoliberal economic based politics (whether from Democrats or Republicans) was hurting most of people. Racism was used as a tool to divide the working class. Sexism, just a normal part of the way the world works. It just got worse from there.

In 2016, for the first time since I became eligible to vote for president, I decided not to vote. Given the choice between two members of the "Fuck you, I've got mine" ruling class, I wasn't going to lend my support to a corrupt system. In 2020, we've got the same choice, again. Another "Fuck you" from the boomer ruling class. This is the last time that I will be eligible to vote in a U.S. presidential election. I will write in my vote for Bernard Sanders.

Rob Elshire

Chris Trotter looks at what happens when 'light-handed regulation' turns out to mean 'no regulation at all' | interest.co.nz

Chucking this one in because it covers the way regulation has been (not) done in NZ. The history in the article is helpful to me.

Rob Elshire

City Enters Phase 4 Of Pretending Coronavirus Over

This looks a lot like the articles in the Indianapolis Star recently.

EDIT: Maybe leadership from the POTUS.

Rob Elshire

Coronavirus survival comes with a $1.1 million, 181-page price tag | The Seattle Times

Meanwhile in the country with the best health care in the world. ™ Where you get what you pay for?

Rob Elshire

Rob Elshire

Money Matters Most

The Terri Schaivo case played out in public. We got treated to a horrific show of conservative religiosity. It was cruel. They said it was about "The sanctity of life". Now we get this from them. Lovely.

Rob Elshire

Rob Elshire