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Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings (Angus Dei), sung by one man.

A cool dude and his 18-string bass (triple-course 6-string)...

A most unusual instrument...

Just got my copy of Proof of Collusion!

Wonder how awkward it's going to be trying to strike a balance between reading up on all the crazy shit going on (following DU) and reading up on all the crazy shit that's gone on!

NY 22nd voting report

So turnout here seems to be fairly low. I voted at 12:30 EST, 6.5 hours into voting, and was voter #207. That said, this is my first election living here, so I can't speak to how this year compares to previous years. It's a rural, working class area, so I wouldn't be surprised if turnout is usually highest after work hours.

I'm in a pretty red part of the state, but Claudia Tenney was only leading Anthony Brindisi by one point in the most recent NY Times poll (+- 4.7%). I'm cautiously optimistic.

There was pretty much no line, paper ballots, and the process was efficient.

Overcoming cognitive bias

So here's a video I think everyone should watch, that raises some really interesting concepts about cognitive bias, how hard it can be to overcome, and how easily we can take their effects for granted. I'm pretty sure there are some lessons in here for us about the nature of "aha moments" that we would do well to incorporate into our understanding of "recovering conservatives".

Seth Abramson wins tweet of the day...


So who else had their head explode today...

when tRump said whatever he blathered about President Obama "not being much on filling judicial vacancies"?

Unless I'm missing something, we're overlooking the single most egregious part of the tax scam.


Now according to my quick search, "The entire purpose of Subpart F is to prevent U.S. citizens, resident individuals, and corporations from deferring the recognition of otherwise taxable income through the use of foreign entities."

And Republicans just excluded oil related income from that statute, presumably so that recognition of taxable oil related income can be deferred through the use of foreign entities.

Taken together with the tax scam opening up ANWR for drilling, this paints a pretty stark picture, unless I am missing something.

So let's see....

Openly racial animus.
632 filibusters.
A government shutdown.
Full faith and credit of the country held hostage.
A stolen Supreme Court seat.
Nomination for president of a candidate who both advocated war crimes, insisting that our soldiers would not refuse unlawful orders given by HIM because he's a strong leader AND boasted that his celebrity permitted him to commit sexual assault.
Collusion with a hostile foreign power to influence an election.
The election of a president who lost the popular vote, for the second time in less than two decades.
A sweeping tax bill passed in the dead of night, with not a single public hearing, and with the effect of transferring wealth from the middle class to the wealthy and corporations.

Sure is starting to look like we've arrived once more at that time as a people "when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism".

Sound familiar? It's from the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence.
Who remembers what the hallowed founding fathers said about when that happens?
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