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Jim Miller on Politics

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Pseudo-Random Thoughts

When I Read Christopher Caldwell's book, Reflections on the Revolution in Europe, some years ago, I came to this grim conclusion:  Europe would soon be facing a low-level guerrilla war, with sporadic attacks by a few Muslims on other Muslims, and the rest of the population.

That conclusion did not require any great insight; I was simply expecting what had happened before, with ethnic groups, religious groups, and anarchists, to happen again.

I think almost anyone who read the book, carefully, and who knows a little history, would come to the same conclusion.  So let me recommend the book, again, to anyone who wants to understand what we face, and what our children will be facing.

Here's an example of the kind of insight you can get from the book.   Recently, the Canadian government, and Canadians generally, have received much praise for the warm welcome they have given Syrian refugees,.  When I read those articles, I immediately thought that's just what happened in Denmark, some years ago.  The Danes gave a warm welcome to Muslim refugees, so warm it puzzled the refugees — but the religious and cultural differences were too great for some of the refugees, and they have turned on those welcoming Danes.

(Here's a map showing recent attacks in that low-level guerrilla war.)
- 10:01 AM, 27 July 2016   [link]


Another CEO Pay Study:  Another puzzling result.
The best-paid CEOs tend to run some of the worst-performing companies and vice versa—even when pay and performance are measured over the course of many years, according to a new study.

The analysis, from corporate-governance research firm MSCI, examined the pay of some 800 CEOs at 429 large and midsize U.S. companies during the decade ending in 2014, and also looked at the total shareholder return of the companies during the same period.
If I had any explanation for that inverse relationship, I'd share it with you — but I don't.

Most of you know this, but I'll mention it, anyway:  Much of the compensation for CEOs now comes from stock and stock options in their companies, so those lagging CEOs are making less money for themselves, as well as the shareholders.
- 9:14 AM, 27 July 2016   [link]


Yesterday's New Yorker Cartoon is mildly funny.

(Why link to it, if it is only mildly funny?  Because I have begun to have some sympathy for the New Yorker cartoonists, who keep trying to create funny cartoons about this year's political events — and failing, mostly.

Incidentally, if you think you can do better, you might consider entering one of the magazine's caption contests.)
- 6:57 AM, 27 July 2016   [link]


Election Scorecard, 7/26:  This week, Donald Trump gained again in the poll model, where Hillary Clinton's lead is now 1.3 percent, down from 3.6 percent, eight days ago.  (Looking at the shapes of the two graphs, it would be more accurate to say the two converged, with small losses for her and small gains for him.)  Note that, in the model, 14.9 percent are undecided, or voting for minor parties.

Trump also gained among British bettors, increasing his odds of winning from 29 to 32 percent.

Reminder:  There are usually "bounces" for each candidate during the conventions, so these changes in the last two weeks probably don't mean much.  We should have better estimates toward the end of next week, unless there is some dramatic event, before then.
- 3:09 PM, 26 July 2016   [link]


So Much For The VP Candidates:  In his acceptance speech, Donald Trump said:
I have joined the political arena so that the powerful can no longer beat up on people that cannot defend themselves.   Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it.  I have seen firsthand how the system is rigged against our citizens, just like it was rigged against Bernie Sanders – he never had a chance.
(Emphasis added.)

Modest fellow, isn't he?  (And you will notice that he thinks the rest of us are helpless.)

In her speech to the Democratic convention, Michelle Obama said:
Make no mistake about it, this November, when we get to the polls, that is what we are deciding.  Not Democrat or Republican, not left or right.  In this election, and every election, it is about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of their lives.  I am you tonight because in this election, there is only one person who I trust with that responsibility, only one person who I believe is truly qualified to be president of the United States, and that is our friend Hillary Clinton.
(Emphasis added.)

Well, at least she is not saying that about herself.

Both statements are absurd, for many obvious reasons, but I will just draw your attention to one:  Trump implied that Mike Pence was not qualified to be president, because he couldn't fix those problems; Obama said that only Clinton was qualified, which must have hurt Tim Kaine's feelings.
- 10:38 AM, 26 July 2016   [link]


More Dressed-Up Robots:  In 2013, I charmed by the way little Lexie Kinder dressed up her robot and renamed it "Princess VGo".

Now, I am amused to learn that the Chinese are experimenting with restaurant robots — designing them to look a little like people, and dressing them up a little to add to the impression.
BEIJING—Wang Peixin has seen the future, and he’s sure it features robots serving up fried dumplings.

On a recent day, a white robot wearing a flowered kerchief rolled across Mr. Wang’s Together Restaurant, a plate of pork-and-water-chestnut dumplings upon its built-in tray.  As it traveled, it played an upbeat pop tune.  A trio of customers hummed along and whipped out their phones to film its journey.
You don't have to know much about robot design to realize that these robots could do their jobs just as well if they looked more like R2-D2, and less like C-3PO.  But the customers, like little Lexie, probably like the humanizing touch.

(Why the robots?  Probably for the same reason that Japan is investing in them heavily; soon China will have too many old people and too few young people to take care of them.

Incidentally, if you are an inventor, you might want to think about designing a robot that could do much of what geriatric nurses now do.)
- 7:32 AM, 26 July 2016   [link]


We Need A Wikileaks Wikileaks:  We need an organization that will publish leaked emails and other documents from Wikileaks.

Not all of them, since that would prevent some useful information from being leaked.  But some.  Right now, for instance, the identity of the leaker is more important than anything found, so far, in those DNC files.

(For the record:  I suspect our intelligence agencies could tell us, with nearly 100 percent certainty, who the leaker is.)
- 3:02 PM, 25 July 2016   [link]


The Putin-Trump Connection:  There is more to it than I had realized.

By now, everyone should know about Trump's pro-Putin statements and policies.  I ascribed the first to Trump's admiration for "strong" men, regardless of their friendliness to the United States, or their democratic credentials.   I didn't have an explanation for the second, other than, perhaps, Trump's desire for publicity.

But now, there are charges, very serious charges, that there are strong financial connections between the two, that Putin may have bought Trump.

Let me start with the two easy parts.  The Russians stole the Democratic National Committee's emails (at least 95 percent probability).  The Russians released them now in order to injure Hillary Clinton (at least 90 percent probability).

Now for the more difficult parts, where I will, for now, just provide you links to some of the important stories on those Putin-Trump connections.  If you want a brief summary, read William Kristol's "Putin's Party".   For some of the evidence, read Josh Marshall's "Trump & Putin. Yes, It's Really a Thing" and Franklin Foer's "Putin's Puppet".

According to Marshall, Trump may owe Putin, big time.
After his bankruptcy and business failures roughly a decade ago Trump has had an increasingly difficult time finding sources of capital for new investments.  As I noted above, Trump has been blackballed by all major US banks with the exception of Deutschebank, which is of course a foreign bank with a major US presence.   He has steadied and rebuilt his financial empire with a heavy reliance on capital from Russia.  At a minimum the Trump organization is receiving lots of investment capital from people close to Vladimir Putin.
As far as I know, Marshall is correct about the banks, with one minor exception:   Deutschebank has two divisions in the United States; one will lend to Trump, and the other won't.

If those allegations are false, Trump can prove them so, by releasing the financial records for his companies, along with his income tax returns.  (Don't wait up for that to happen.)

I'll be studying those articles, and looking for more, but I have no idea how long it will be before I do a follow-up post.

(If you are wondering why our intelligence agencies suspect the Russians of hacking and leaking, you can find partial explanations here and here.)
- 2:42 PM, 25 July 2016   [link]


Did Congressman Keith Ellison Just Slip Up, or is he really that misinformed?
Rep. Tom Cole (R., Okla.) embarrassed Rep. Keith Ellison (D., Minn.) on ABC Sunday morning when the latter falsely claimed that former Democratic Alabama governor George Wallace was a Republican.

Wallace is perhaps best remembered as being one of the most strident supporters of segregation in the 20th century.  He sought the Democratic nomination for president multiple times, with racist stances as a key of his platform.  In 1968, he ran as the American Independent Party candidate and received 46 electoral votes, making him the most recent third-party candidate to capture votes in the Electoral College.
Wallace never joined the party of Lincoln, but was treated with considerable respect in 1972, when he came back to the Democratic Party.

It's hard to say whether that was a verbal slip of the kind we all make from time to time, or whether Ellison really is that misinformed.  I'm inclined to the latter explanation, but see no way to tell for certain without more evidence.

(Here's Ellison's Wikipedia biography, with more than the usual caveats, and here's some background from Scott Johnson.)
- 10:22 AM, 25 July 2016   [link]


Some Diets have psychological benefits.
- 9:29 AM, 25 July 2016   [link]


Many Lichen Are 3-In-1 Symbiotes, Not 2-In-1:   Lichen are extraordinary, anyway, and this just makes them more so.
Biology textbooks tell us that lichens are alliances between two organisms—a fungus and an alga.  They are wrong.
In many (most?) species, it's two fungi and one alga.

It seems likely, just thinking about it, that this three-way partnership formed in two stages, likely that it began with two, and added another later.

(If somehow you have missed just how tough lichen are, you should read the Wikipedia article.   According to the article, some lichen have both algae and cyanobacteria, which would imply that there are some four-way partnerships.)
- 4:49 PM, 24 July 2016   [link]


Black Lamb And Grey Falcon Reminds Me Too Much Of Today's Problems:  I have been re-reading Rebecca West's masterpiece, and need to take a break from it.

If I want to read about ethnic and religious conflicts, terrorist attacks, and leaders who are not up to the problems they face, all I have to do is check the news regularly; I don't have to read a book about the problems of 1937 Yugoslavia — although we can learn from those problems, if we are willing.
- 1:58 PM, 24 July 2016   [link]


Guido Fawkes Is Shameless For The Picture He Used To Illustrate This Tiny Welsh Scandal:  And I'm shameless for linking to it.

But I do wonder what they were buying at Victoria's Secret.

(Most nations would be delighted if their scandals were that small.)
- 11:10 AM, 24 July 2016   [link]


If You Are Feeling Too Cheerful, this cartoon should fix you up.
- 10:40 AM, 24 July 2016   [link]


Two Kangaroo Tickets:  Two tickets in which the vice presidential candidates would make better presidents than the presidential candidates.

That was my reaction to Hillary Clinton's choice of Tim Kaine as her running mate.

I take it nearly everyone understands why Mike Pence would be better than Donald Trump.  With Tim Kaine it's less obvious, but he is more moderate, and has more and better experience as an executive than Hillary Clinton.  Even better, he isn't surrounded by a cloud of scandals, unlike Hillary "Pig-Pen" Clinton.

(If "kangaroo ticket" is unfamiliar, here's an explanation.)
- 4:31 PM, 23 July 2016   [link]


Anyone Who's Had A Puppy will appreciate this cartoon.
- 3:38 PM, 23 July 2016   [link]


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