Doesn’t matter who votes, it’s who counts the votes*

Americans, in spite of all evidence to the contrary, believe they have the “world’s greatest democracy” (whatever that means). What is undoubtedly true is that they have the worst electoral process of any western democracy.


* And establishes electoral boundaries, and decides on voter ID, and sets up polling places, and uses electronic voting, and has no control over election funding.

Countries with McDonald’s

I had thought the rule was that America simply hated socialist countries and did its best to destroy them in case people elsewhere might discover that there was an economic alternative to American controlled capitalism in their countries. But that doesn’t explain the hatred of people like Trump and Bolton for Iran. So a more general version of nomdeplume’s rule is that America hates all countries that will not accept its economic, social and cultural hegemony. The Roman and British Empires were the same in their day.

Down down, IQ is down

After seventy-odd (and seventy odd) years of life I keep thinking I have seen and heard  all the worst of human stupidity. But then I read something said by a woman in a red cap, or a crackpot fundamentalist (of any religion), or a loopy flat earther, or a mad-brained creationist, or a Dunning-Kruger climate change denier, or a lobster-potted Peterson follower, or an addled anti-vaxxer, and I realise there is absolutely no depth to which human stupidity cannot sink.