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Mail in Voting

The same people who argue that only 1% of people who contract Covid-19 will result in death and argue against wearing a mask or social distancing, want you to know that 0.0025% of voter fraud by mail is absolutely going to ruin democracy.

Trump’s Covid-19 Trap

There was a weird logic trap in Trump’s speech yesterday and nobody called him out on it today.
Trump claims that Democrats “want him to fail on the vaccine for Covid-19” that he hinted could be available the day before the election, or by the end of the year, ergo being the “savior of America” for a disease that he denied existed for almost two months while it claimed a foothold in the U.S. and that most of his followers deny is much of a problem today or a complete hoax.
Point 1 – probabilities of your audience: Not sure about the rest of you, but if you split your conservative and liberal friends up in a room and asked who would be the first to take a newly rushed vaccine, which side of the room do you think would speak up first? Hint: It’s not the conservatives.
Point 2 – confused messaging: Conservatives have been saying they trust Trump but distrust Dr. Fauci, the CDC, the ADA, the AHA, the WHO, etc. But Trump didn’t work on or create this vaccine. So if you deny the vaccine, then you are not supporting Trump, but if you take the vaccine, then you are implicitly admitting that the medical establishment was right in their information all along that you denied was true.
Point 3 – switchback conspiracy: Conservatives have snarked for the last few months that “COVID-19 will magically go away right after the election” (implying it is all a scam by the DNC and I guess the whole world somehow?), and those same people seem rather absent in their opinions or distrust NOW at the announcement of a rushed vaccine the day before the election.
This entire stupid and idiotic logical paradox is exactly WHY WE WERE NEVER SUPPOSED TO POLITICIZE PUBLIC HEALTH.

Durango, Vallecito and Animas Forks

A drive up to Durango in the summer of 2020 over the July 4th holiday.

Still a lot to get right on these drone flyover videos in the piloting and editing, but getting better each time.
This was edited in 1 hour in some gorilla style editing to get it posted.

The Impeachment arguments by the GOP

Defense 1: Trump did nothing wrong.

Response: Trump hit the trifecta of impeachable conduct by subverting an election, seeking foreign influence, and putting personal interest ahead of national interest. And he obstructed Congress by refusing to produce any witnesses or documents

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Politics by the People

One of the people who likes to pop in on one of my political comments from time to time, to just engage in name calling and baiting, did so again recently and so I decided to go to his Facebook timeline and start fact checking all of his meme posts. His timeline was almost nothing but meme posts from conservative propaganda content websites.
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Let the Past Die

The new Star Wars movie; The Rise of Skywalker is about to come out and I feel the need to once again point out that The last Jedi was a good Star Wars movie and meant to subvert your expectations on purpose. If you didn’t like that, then that’s more on you than it is on the movie.

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“The human spirit is more powerful than any drug, and that is what needs to be nourished: with work, play, friendship, family. These are the things that matter. This is what we’d forgotten, the simplest things.”

Swiftboating

“The term swiftboating is a pejorative American neologism used to describe an unfair or untrue political attack. The term is derived from the name of the organization “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth” (SBVT, later the Swift Vets and POWs for Truth) because of their widely publicized—and later discredited—campaign against 2004 U.S. presidential candidate John Kerry”

– Wikipedia

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Mumford & Sons

Long time fan of Mumford and Sons. I saw them when they came though in Guthrie a few years ago during the Gentleman of the Road tour but this concert was far better. Great performers, all of them.

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Testing the GoPro Mount

I recently purchased the suction mount for GoPro cameras and did a test run on the front of the windshield on the way to the hardware store. Took a mile or two to get some trust in it, but it did well.

Lake Hefner Ride

This is probably of interest to no one besides myself, but I finally took the GoPro out for a ride around lake Hefner last week and made this video with over dramatisation of music for the effect of making me look cool.

An Audio Scrapbook

I used to be better at taking a break at what I was doing, enjoying my surroundings and sometimes capturing it on audio to give me an audio recall of that moment in time. Here are a few examples that I recently came across.

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Nancy Pelosi

U.S. Elections 2018

The elections last night were complicated. Both sides are feeling victory and loss today. The hardest losses for me to absorb seem like in hindsight, were an obvious outcome – Republicans won in the very red states and promise more of the same. Clearly no one is happy with “the same”, but people don’t like change of values even more, and these races were made about (perceived) values and nothing to do with leadership, so we will keep on keepin on.

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Boomtown

A well written book by Sam Anderson about the historical beginnings of Oklahoma City to the NBA franchise of the OKC Thunder basketball team, each chapter going back and forth from then to now.

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The Podcast List

I love podcasts. It’s not as much of a commitment as a book, it can be serialized, and they aren’t as depressing as the news. I like having something playing in the background while I work so I’ve vetted many to see what appeals to me. I didn’t mean to make the list in order of preference. But after making it, yea, this is pretty much the order I would rank my top 10.

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Starlight Supper

Every year, Oklahoma City has a Starlight Supper downtown. This was my first time to go and it was a great experience to meet others in Oklahoma City as well as Drinks and Dinner outside in the beautiful weather.

Banff, Canada

The New Year brought a trip to the Canadian mountains in Banff. Beautiful landscapes of snow and mountains, despite the -16F temperatures. One of the highlights was probably standing in the middle of the lake or enjoying the hot springs.

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