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Gerrymandering the Elections Themselves

March 2nd, 2021 by Bill Brown · No Comments · Found on the Web

H.R. 1 and S. 1 Resource Guide (2021): those last-minute election rule changes that likely made a difference in countless races, including the presidential one? This bill will cement them into law and abridge local efforts to thwart the changes. It’s legitimately troubling.

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Sunsetting Saber-Rattling

February 25th, 2021 by Bill Brown · No Comments · Found on the Web

Democrats ask Biden to give up power to launch nuclear bomb: this feels like it should be legislation—unless there’s some imminent threat of first-strike by the moderate, sensible Biden. I am always in favor of reducing the president’s powers and re-situating warmongering back in Congress where it belongs.

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Useful Fictions

February 23rd, 2021 by Bill Brown · No Comments · Found on the Web

No Proof January 6 Was an ‘Armed Insurrection’: this, the Sicknick thing, and the fact that it just dissipated the day of make this “insurrection” talk smell of Reichstag fire more than coup d’état. The author went through the charging documents for the perpetrators and found no indication that there were guns in the Capitol […]

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Republic Health

February 23rd, 2021 by Bill Brown · No Comments · Found on the Web

Coronavirus – Anthony Fauci Is a Public Health Official, Not Our Parent: this is how you get fascism.

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Make America First Again

February 22nd, 2021 by Bill Brown · No Comments · Found on the Web

Rand Paul – Why We Need to End the Forever Wars Now: I think all it would take is for Congress to repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force of 2001 that somehow allows the President to wage war in Afghanistan, Iraq, and (somehow) Syria. It is simply outrageous that this is still going […]

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Buy a Yellow Vest!

February 19th, 2021 by Bill Brown · No Comments · Found on the Web

MA Undersecretary for Climate Change David Ismay – “We Have to Break Your Will.”: naturally, he resigned once this all became public. Not because he was lying, but because he stated an “inconvenient truth” that could give away the show.

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The Unspoken Solution

February 19th, 2021 by Bill Brown · No Comments · Found on the Web

The Energy Solution for Texas — And the US: this is a great analysis of a problem. Every grid in America is susceptible to this; wind and solar capacity is inherently unreliable and must be 100% backstopped by natural gas generation. But it isn’t because that would be expensive and generally we get away with […]

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A Marxist By Any Other Name

February 18th, 2021 by Bill Brown · No Comments · Found on the Web

Dolly Parton’s 2021 Super Bowl commercial is playing a rich man’s game: repugnant editorial. The commercial—linked within—is delightful, as is Dolly Parton herself.

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Energy Epicycles

February 16th, 2021 by Bill Brown · No Comments · Found on the Web

What went wrong with the Texas power grid?: right question, wrong answers. Electricity is a very controlled, regulated industry even at its most deregulated. It is Ptolemaic in its layers of solutions to flaws brought about by its flawed premise: we need an energy Copernicus to go back to first principles and let an actual […]

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The Heart of Texas

February 14th, 2021 by Bill Brown · No Comments · Found on the Web

Grid operator requests energy conservation for system reliability: we should be aiming towards a future of energy abundance. Wind and solar energy are unreliable and fail when they are needed most, while introducing chaos into the grid.

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That’s Rich

February 13th, 2021 by Bill Brown · No Comments · Found on the Web

A World Without Billionaires Would Be Brutal: a little more utilitarian leaning than I’d prefer, but it’s an unusual sentiment nonetheless.

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Progressives Gonna Hate

February 11th, 2021 by Bill Brown · No Comments · Found on the Web

Mandalorian’s Gina Carano Under Fire For Jeffrey Epstein & Holocaust Posts: this is sickening because her Instagram post was not offensive and was actually quite trenchant. A robust civil society does not informally restrict speech, and a free government does not formally restrict speech. Her treatment—and the wider “cancel culture” movement—is evidence against the former […]

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Sanctions Work Sometimes

February 10th, 2021 by Bill Brown · No Comments · Found on the Web

Iran’s Dissidents Plead with US to Keep Up “Maximum Pressure”: heartbreaking that we were so close to the finish line. We’ll now likely pursue a strategy of propping up the regime as a counterweight to newfound-allies Saudi Arabia and Israel.

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Brian SIcknick Didn’t Get Murdered

February 10th, 2021 by Bill Brown · No Comments · Found on the Web

MAGA Blood Libel: Why Are They Hiding The Medical Report?: he was cremated to “lie in state” at the Capitol‽ This smells, and you know that it’d be trumpeted if it had been “MAGA murder.” The fact that it’s not suggests that the truth is inconvenient for the story or those using the events of […]

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Died With Insurrection, Not From It

February 9th, 2021 by Bill Brown · No Comments · Found on the Web

What Happened to Officer Brian Sicknick?: this stuff drives me nuts. If the facts don’t fit your narrative, you change your narrative—you don’t suppress the facts. I mean, if you’re honest or operate in good faith.

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Constitutional Hotfix

February 9th, 2021 by Bill Brown · No Comments · Found on the Web

Want to Fix the Senate? Repeal the 17th Amendment: yep. (I found this podcast episode on the subject persuasive.)

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Column: What can you do about the Trumpites next door?

February 8th, 2021 by Bill Brown · No Comments · Found on the Web

What can you do about the Trumpites next door?: this is pathological. I don’t know how this sort of person re-enters the fray. What level of projection would one have to entertain to think that the neighbor cleared your driveway as a recruitment tool à la Hezbollah?

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Injustice Most Foul

February 8th, 2021 by Bill Brown · No Comments · Found on the Web

Inside One Prosecutor’s Revolt Against DA Gascón’s Criminal Justice Agenda: wow, sounds like this guy complied with his boss’s order and then expressed his opinion of the order. What a travesty that the District Attorney wants blanket flouting of the legislature’s directive!

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Consequential Silliness

February 4th, 2021 by Bill Brown · No Comments · Found on the Web

AOC faces backlash as critics point out she wasn’t in Capitol building during riot: how dare they doubt her story even though she was across the street from where the violent rioters were. I mean, she could’ve experienced trauma from home watching it on TV. (I confess to taking a certain glee in those who […]

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Different in Kind

February 4th, 2021 by Bill Brown · No Comments · Found on the Web

Schumer Used Violent Rhetoric To Sic A Mob On Supreme Court Justices: this is what incitement sounds like. I don’t know why the mob listening to this didn’t storm the Court but maybe they weren’t let in, the bronze door is more formidable than some windows, or norms were quite different before the 1619 riots. […]

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