Headline of the Day: Wall Street Journal

p. B4, Thursday, 28 January 2021

SAMSUNG PROFIT GETS LIFT FROM PANDEMIC

Challenges include imprisonment of leader . . .

Beyond the pandemic, the company is contending with its de facto leader Lee Jae-yong back behind bars.

“Imprisonment of leader” is really a big challenge. I mean, it’s probably the biggest.

In smaller type on the same page:

FACEBOOK REVENUE HITS RECORD.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

It Was Close: Wall Street Journal, Wednesday, 13 January 2021

With rioters ransacking the Capitol, Rep. Jim Himes hunkered in the visitors’ gallery overlooking the House chamber. He watched colleagues below rush to exit the floor, heard the reverberation of a single shot from somewhere close and waited his turn to evacuate.

A trio of Capitol police officers with guns drawn then led Mr. Himes and about two dozen colleagues — the last lawmakers in the chamber — across the long gallery, maneuvering through narrow rows of seats and over brass handrails. The officers were agitated and shouting at one another, he said, because they didn’t know which of the doors leading to the hallway to pick.

“They had no idea which door didn’t have a mob behind it,” he said.

— written by Ted Mann, Dustin Volz, Lindsay Wise and Chad Day, Wall Street Journal, Wednesday, 13 January 2021, p. A4

Despite this, 197 GOP House members voted against impeachment. Unbelievable.

So sick of the WordPress Block System, what a huge waste of time, not everyone wants to fiddle with layout, some people just want to type. Self had to write this entire post twice because those damn blocks kept floating to places on her screen where she didn’t want them to be, and dealing with blocks so unstable is worse than — trying to walk on the surface of the moon?

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Sentence of the Day, 2nd Wednesday of 2021

Silicon Valley’s moves to eject President Trump from social media represent a display of power the companies have avoided making for nearly four years.

— “Big Tech Firms Flex Muscle With Bans” by Sarah E. Needleman and Georgia Wells, Wall Street Journal, 11 January 2021

2020: The Sea Inside

No commentary, just pictures that moved self as she looks back on the year ending. Most of the pictures are ones self took, except for: the still from Tenet; the still from The Expanse; the still from Black Panther; the ballet dancers in front of a Confederate monument (which she thinks is from AP)

Post-Election Analysis: wsj (Saturday/Sunday, Nov. 21-22, 2020)

Self is fascinated by Joe Biden and how he pulled out the biggest GOTCHA moment of his political career. So of course she loves reading post-election analysis.

  • “Hilary Clinton was supposed to be the safer choice.” After 2016, “Democrats were fed up with moderation.” Democrats wanted “an uncompromising leftist who would take the fight to Donald Trump . . . the vast field of Democratic contenders endorsed single-payer health care and vowed to decriminalize the crossing of the southern border by undocumented immigrants.” — Yascha Mounk:

Self endorsed Elizabeth Warren and stumped for her in the San Francisco Bay Area in January 2020.

Her closest rival at the time: Bernie Sanders.

Great was self’s amazement when Joe Biden (who didn’t even have a table at the San Mateo Farmers Market, lol) won the California primary. Without hardly even campaigning in the state. At the time, self told friends: OBAMA FOR THE WIN.

But then Biden just kept rolling on and on, taking state after state. So self started thinking that Joe had a really ace campaign staff. In response to anything Clown had to throw at him, they just stuck to the game without getting distracted.

“Most pundits” wrote “the septuagenarian off as a walking anachronism, a throwback politican too old to see the way the wind was blowing. But it turned out that Mr. Biden understood the Democratic electorate much better than his rivals.

Yascha Mounk, wsj Saturday/Sunday, November 21-22, 2020

On the Republican side, Donald Trump found an opening: the wooing of “older, non-college-educated voters living in less-diverse small towns.” (How he found them is, to self, a big mystery. The biggest. Because he never went to less-diverse small towns unless it had potential for a Trump resort. Oh wait, it’s not a mystery: he found them on Twitter)

Capitalizing on that demographic, he ran “to the right on immigration to win the GOP nomination and then, in the general election,” he rejected “conservative orthodoxy on Social Security, Medicare and free trade.” So he zigged and he zagged with the adroitness of a slippery con artist.

He was very good, it turned out, on thinking up campaign slogans (not so good on the follow-through). Who cares? He was President.

Can you believe half the American electorate in 2016 voted FOR TRUMP as the “lesser of two evils”?

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Sea of Images 2020

wsj, Monday 9 November 2020

RE: Criminal Justice

Self ardently wishes for appointment of a good Attorney General; Bill Barr was simply awful.

RE: Refugees and Asylum

President-elect Biden has committed to taking in 125,000 refugees a year and changing the asylum process. He would reverse the Trump Administration’s determinations that domestic violence and gang persecution aren’t valid reasons for seeking asylum in the US.

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Trump attorneys challenged Nevada’s Six Electoral Votes, claiming 3,062 ballots were by people claiming to live in Nevada who had actually moved to another state. According to the wsj, “a few hundred of the 3,062 appear to be connected with the military … ” Biden led Trump in Nevada by “roughly 31,000 votes.”

wsj Weekend, 7 – 8 November 2020

The general mood here is one of RELIEF.

Wonderland, by Daniel Henninger, wsj 5 November 2020

The beauty of the vote-by-mail: the counting is slow and grinding, and POTUS is having a meltdown.

The majority of the votes still being counted are the mailed-in ballots. And, as everyone knows, the Democrats voted overwhelmingly by mail, which was the prudent route during a pandemic. The Republicans, more given to drama and spectacle, and loyal to their Leader’s downplaying of the threat caused by corona virus, chose to vote in person, in droves, and their votes were counted first.

Which was why Nov. 3 was such a bad night for self, and for many Democrats. It was not fun seeing how we lost Florida, Texas, Ohio, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, South Carolina, and a host of states. But every morning since then, as the tally of mail-in ballots has started, the electoral college map has grown a little more blue. And it is beautiful.

It is so beautiful that Daniel Henninger (who blames the rona, and not Trump’s miserable anti-science and anti-immigration policies, not to mention his blatant racism, for ruining what was almost sure to be a Trump re-election — bad, corona, bad!) in his Wonderland column in the Wall Street Journal of 5 November writes:

  • This pandemic-driven novelty is an experiment we should never repeat.

Joe is pretty shrewd. He is definitely not, as Trump called him, “the worst presidential candidate in U.S. history.”

Trump bungled his response to the rona. Joe, being the most empathetic presidential candidate in U.S. history, chose the humane path. Which also turned out to be the more successful path. American democracy and American science for the win.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

wsj, Wednesday 7 October 2020

Yes, self knows it is already Friday, but her mind is slow as slow these days. She regards this as a public service post, so readers will know our situation is extremely dire. In the meantime, Cadet Bonespurs keeps tweeting like there’s no tomorrow.

p. A6:

TOP MILITARY LEADERS QUARANTINED

Joint Chiefs isolate after meeting with admiral who later got a positive test

by Nancy A. Youssef and Gordon Lubold

Washington — Several of the nation’s top uniformed military officers went into quarantine Monday night after attending meetings at the Pentagon with a Coast Guard admiral who tested positive this week for Covid-19.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff, a body that consists of the top commanders from each of the armed services, held meetings that included Coast Guard Adm. Charles Ray, the vice commander, who then tested positive on Monday after exhibiting symptoms over the weekend, the Coast Guard said. Adm. Ray has since been quarantined at home.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

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