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hey, do you remember Shakira? yeah u do.

1.8 B views in under a year, not too shabby


world developments

for the blog’s world politics diary function:

  • Independence referendums in Catalonia and Iraqi Kurdistan
  • German election: Merkel wins, but both CDU/CSU and SPD diminished, other parties on both left (strategically) and far right (numerically) gain. Greens+Linke together nearly match SPD. AfD gets into parliament. The resulting coalition-forming process will in theory require more compromises from the CDU/CSU, which has only 33% — Merkel’s party would require at least one of the leftist parties as a partner, assuming they don’t make a deal with the nationalists. (story [Guardian])
  • US Federal Reserve announces the start of a multi year tightening / QE unwind campaign(!). Although action in currency markets in past year clearly anticipated this.
  • Oh yeah, and there seems to be some kind of overhyped scandal regarding NFL players making a symbolic gesture of protest during the playing of the national anthem. (prediction: in late Nov 2020 we will find out that Trump got secret stock options from Twitter). Seriously, why do rituals like the national anthem at sporting events have to have such gravity? Unless it’s the Olympics or hockey or the world cup or something, where national pride is on the line in the game itself …  Football in the US is a game where you cannot possibly play against another nationality. And speaking of that, at baseball games, the way they have to do ‘God Bless America’ during the 7th inning stretch ever since 9/11, sorry but that’s also just a tiny bit creepy. It’s a game, something you partake in to have fun forget about the serious stuff. And yes, the players have every right to take a knee.

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and, chiptune side channel

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now there’s an unlikely jazz cover…

(this might be another headphones one b/c the upright)

Biden 2020? [Bill Scher / Politico]


Biden 2020? My opinion – “Eh.” A bit too conservative for my vote.

However, he does have a couple of things going for him. Although he was senator for Delaware, he is originally from the state of PA – a swing state with a significant working class character, now the most significant rising natural gas producer in the US, and of course, one that the D party lost. He is a long-time power player in Washington, and would probably have major advantage in the Dem primaries – as we learned, the D primaries are not 100% democratic, primarily due to superdelegates.

He will of course do better than Clinton did, but alas, that is true of nearly any nationally known Democrat.

Biden did support NAFTA and TPP, and as long-time chair of the senate foreign relations committee, he could be categorized relative to his peers as a “responsible” hawk, which will be little comfort to residents of countries receiving the benevolence of such policy in the future. But a marginal improvement nonetheless.

With all that, it would take some serious browbeating and scare tactics to get the progressive and independent vote. Biden is also vulnerable to the classic “beltway insider” stigma, likely more than happy to play along with big business on deregulation and economic inequality issues.

However, after 3 more years of Trump, being a relatively standard but experienced DC insider may well become a positive – just about anyone other than Trump will look good in comparison. Question is, in this scenario – who would the Republicans run?


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Kim: “I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire”

Sorry, a crack in the news blackout here. Today’s WAPO top story, as well as the top item on google news at this moment. The great insult battle of 2017 heats up with this gem of translation, from the DPRK’s Kim Jong-Un. Apparently referring to Prez Trump:

“I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire”

Yeahhhhhh  Historians will look back on this time with great amusement.