The Police are not the issue.

Society as a whole requires rules, and rules require people to maintain these rules.

But when society becomes warped it can become very hard to maintain these rules in a professional manner. The police are caught between a rock and a hard place.

We demand freedom. Freedom to carry weapons without regulation, freedom to drink alcoholin quantities that impair judgement, freedom to drive cars fast. Guns do get into the hands of people who may choose to use them in bad ways. We clearly have too many guns and not enough regulation, and this makes being police even harder.

And the police can be very worried about the potential for weapons to be used against them.

We are all racist, we all see people unlike ourselves as dangerous, until we get to know them. This demands that the police become better, with more training and more oversight (which takes more funding). If we expect the police to not be racist, this takes MORE funding, not less.

Policing is not a highly paid job, and most police do this job because they see it as an important honorable living, one with a built in fraternity and one which after a lifetime of work will pay a solid dependable pension. It’s a hard job, a true profession that demands a deep understanding of the law, of people skills and of physical skills.

There are clearly some people who do the job for the machismo, and it takes immense effort to weed out these inappropriate elements (which takes funding).

A professional police force is expensive, and some may say we cannot afford it. But the cost of an unprofessional police force or an underfunded police force is far greater.


I can’t fathom how anyone can support the policies of Trump.

I get the importance of conservatism in a Capitalist Federated Republic, I really do. I can understand why freedom of thought, freedom of expression and freedom to take risks is a fundamental of America. But that is not what is being delivered; at every turn we’re seeing the disillusionment of the American dream, the sucking of resources from the people to a small cadre of oligarchs. The rules that have been carefully crafted over hundreds of years to ensure that risky endeavors cannot destroy the fabric of the country are being removed, from banking, from healthcare, from the environment, from society. The ideas that everyone is equal, and that immigrants are the biggest resource a country can grow are being decimated.

Trillions are being sucked out of the economy in ways that are not improving America, and will leave a gaping wound that many generations will be trying to triage.

I can see why the white majority is scared of change, and I can see why men are concerned about women becoming truly equal, and I can see why people born as one sex but living as the other (or another) scare some people. I can see why minorities are upset by the persistent bias they have suffered and continue to suffer.

I always thought conservatives wanted to balance the budget. I thought this because for my whole life, this is what they have been saying. And all of a sudden that’s not important anymore.

We have a president who has a problem forming a complete and consistent thought and turning it into a sentence. He has said so many things that would have destroyed any previous president, from inferring that there are good people marching with neo-nazis to being caught on tape bragging about grabbing women by the pussy, to being indicted in his first term to having most of his political organization imprisoned, he’s failed at everything from having Mexico pay for a wall to leading NATO to foreign policy. There are no excuses for any of these, and then we have the pandemic, where the USA has by far the highest levels of infection and death globally, and no plan to make it any better.

I can understand racism, sexism even xenophobia, everyone has some of these traits, but very few have all of them, and those that do tend to be competent evil geniuses. I can’t think of anyone else except trump that has been so incompetent and evil at the same time, and that should be enough for even those who agree with his ideas to not want this mother fucker to get another term.


There is nothing more critical in a politician than ethics.

We can debate how to improve society, but when someone believes their own wealth is more important than the people they represent, they are, by definition unfit to lead.

Until such time as Donald Trump is removed from office, my pure focus is on voting to remove Donald Trump from office. And simply because the republican party has chosen to blindly follow the lead of Donald Trump, I will vote entirely against every republican candidate, and for every democratic party candidate.

Let’s elect a democratic President, House and Senate in 2020, and then get each department of government to be led by people with experience in those areas of government. You know someone who understands education to run the department of education, someone who understands the environment to run the department responsible for the environment, someone who understands the postal service to run the postal service etc. Doesn’t seem that hard.

We need infrastructure, fiscal stability, healthcare, security, a passion for the future (not just the past), xenophilia, inclusion and equality in all things, belief in science and knowledge, global partnerships, and a political leadership overseen by a constitution, free press and governance.

And just a side note, separating religion from politics does not preclude religion, it just means people can ask their spiritual leaders for guidance, but are not forced to follow religious view by legal fiat. Don’t want to eat bacon, don’t. Don’t want to wear a head covering, don’t. Don’t want to use contraception, don’t. Don’t want an abortion, don’t have one. Don’t want sex outside of marriage, don’t have it. Want to shop on Sunday, okay. Want to pray, okay. It’s just simply that each person gets to choose if they wish to listen to their religious leaders or not. The power of persuasion is enough.


What can Machine Learning discover about the Election?

There’s an old saying “If I wanted your opinion, I would have asked for it! Don’t you know opinions are like assholes. Everybody has one and most of them stink.”

But while opinions are always personal, in aggregate, they have a massive impact on society, this can be seen currently by the weightings that social media has today.

Everyone agrees that social media is almost entirely wrong, and yet it has a massive impact.

What can we learn from the volume and content of social media messages?

It doesn’t matter what your politics are, you could be the rightest of right wingers or the more extreme leftist of lefties, you may be religious or not, you may be a scientist or a hippy or some combination of all of these, it doesn’t matter who you are, what you believe or consider important, we all add our own “butterfly effect” ,to the interconnectedness of the online world.

We decided to collect data from a number of key social media sites and perform some basic analytics on it. Just to see what we can discover, and the results are both equal parts disconcerting and very addictive.

We’re using a number of machine learning algorithms to categorize the contents of social media messages, to weigh them and add them into a number of different categories and to aggregate the results into a number of different “pools”.

We have no idea who will win the next election, and while we all have our own teams, it’s fascinating to measure and analyze the world through this lens.

We’re turning politics into science (maybe even humor and maybe a little bit of sport).

How will your team fare in the cold, hard, analytical light of the internet?

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The Basics

Wear a mask to slow the spread

Wash your hands often

Keep you distance

A vaccine will not stop 100% of infections, It may lower the intensity of symptoms, and it may reduce the likelihood of spreading the infection. Less is good, but today there is no vaccine, and if we are lucky this will be available sometime next year.

Testing is critical, for the economy to resume. We need everyone to be tested every couple of days, and the results must be available almost instantly. Then anyone who tests positive must be quarantined and anyone they have met recently must also be tested and quarantined (this takes tracking and trackers). This takes a must larger number of tests than are currently available and these must be rapid tests. This needs a mandate from the federal government to force companies to build tests. And there must be funding, managed centrally to make this possible.

And we need these tests to be delivered, so we need federally mandated healthcare in place to do this.

Right now, millions of people are out of work because of the slow-down in the economy caused in large part by the impacts of badly managing a pandemic. These people need support from the government, and there are models that clearly work, just look at what every other government in the western world is doing.

This is not that hard.

Masks and social distancing are not democratic party support, they are practical measures to reduce sickness.

Paying unemployed people unemployment is not socialism, it’s a practical method of avoiding creating destitution, and ensuring that the workforce is healthy and available to work.

We have proved that social distancing, masks and general hygiene work, and we have also proved that not doing these things makes people more likely to become sick, and spread the disease.

This isn’t that hard.


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