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We Survived

30 min 6 sec ago

Here’s a time series of the eclipse as seen from Rochester – also had a bit of cloud cover at the end.

Open thread.

Categories: Politics

Open Thread: When It Comes to Blotting Out the Sun…

1 hour 46 min ago

(David Fitzsimmons via the The Arizona Daily Star)
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Speculation from last night…


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And not just Americans…

Let’s just hope Lord Smallgloves isn’t peeved enough to revert to Erik Prince’s ‘unlimited global grifting’ proposal…

Categories: Politics

Another Eclipse Open Thread

3 hours 3 min ago

Photo from resident photographer Jeffreyw:

I didn’t see anything except it got darker out. I’m glad so many millions got a kick out of it. I celebrated this like every other major event in my life- general indifference and a mid-afternoon nap.

Also, this:

Categories: Politics

Eclipse Open Thread!

4 hours 7 min ago

I saw it! I saw it! The eclipse started about 10 minutes ago in my area, will peak just before 3 PM and be over shortly after 4 PM. We have a lot of fat, puffy white clouds, which I thought were going to ruin it — and still might.

But I went out into my shady yard, made my way to the one sunny spot, put on my eclipse glasses, and behold! The dragon took a wee nibble out of the sun!

It’s still hot and bright as fuck. And I stepped in dog shit on the way back in. But a magical experience nonetheless, and I’m looking forward to seeing the 80% or so occlusion at peak, if the clouds cooperate!

Feel free to share eclipse chatter here.

Categories: Politics

Nasty boys don’t ever change

5 hours 40 min ago

There’s a great article by Bill Scher explaining why Bannon lost out to the “globalists”, i.e. why Trump’s agenda will now be exactly like every other elected Republicans’ agenda, only with most racism and incompetence. I was struck by this from Bannon:

“The globalists gutted the American working class and created a middle class in Asia … If we deliver … we’ll get 60 percent of the white vote, and 40 percent of the black and Hispanic vote and we’ll govern for 50 years … Like [Andrew] Jackson’s populism, we’re going to build an entirely new political movement. It’s everything related to jobs. The conservatives are going to go crazy. I’m the guy pushing a trillion-dollar infrastructure plan … It will be as exciting as the 1930s, greater than the Reagan revolution — conservatives, plus populists, in an economic nationalist movement.”

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Where did Bannon go wrong? His first order of business had nothing to with jobs, let alone bridging racial divisions. He played a singular role in engineering the travel ban targeting Muslim-majority countries, cutting Cabinet agencies out of the loop and purposefully dropping it without warning on a Friday to stoke maximum weekend street protest from the left. Courts balked, and Republican members of Congress complained about the shoddy process. It was Trump’s first political defeat as president, a humiliating own-goal that sowed early doubts about the administration’s basic competence.

In other words, Bannon prioritized xenophobic, hippie-baiting bullshit over popular proposals. Why? Because he gets off on being an asshole.

The article goes to compare Bannon with Karl Rove:

Rove got further than Bannon did. He actually prioritized what he set out to prioritize. He met with Democrats immediately after the bitter conclusion of the 2000 election to talk education, and the No Child Left Behind Act passed with a big bipartisan vote in the spring of 2001. And he worked with Democrats again in 2003 to add a prescription drug benefit to Medicare.

It was only the second term when Rove took on too much and saw his dreams of Republican realignment vaporize.

Rove also got off on being an asshole. I doubt he needed all that anti-gay bullshit to win in 2004, I think he did it because he, like many conservatives, likes all the prince of darkness type bullshit. He poisoned the well with that crap (and also with Swiftboating etc.), and gave the Democrats enough spine to resist his agenda.

What’s saved the country the last 20 years is that Republicans are too busy being petty assholes to destroy the country as thoroughly as they want to.

Update. To be clear, what I’m saying is that Bannon hates people of color more than he loves economic populism. (I also tend to think his brand of economic populism would be popular but probably catastrophic economically because it’s poorly thought out, so I’m glad he didn’t make much progress on it.)

Categories: Politics

Afghanistan Address Spoilers

6 hours 15 min ago

Even if you don’t use Twitter, you’ve probably heard about the amazing predictive powers of Trump’s Twitter archive. For every stupid action Trump takes as president (and there are no other kind), there is an equal and opposite reaction tweet from the Trump Twitter archive. The many Trump tweets criticizing President Obama for golfing or vacationing are just the most obvious examples.

Tonight, Trump will announce a “new” strategy in Afghanistan. If the Nostradumbass principle holds true, Trump will follow the well-worn path of pouring yet more billions into the pockets of kleptocrats, war lords and contractors. Dan Eggen (@daneggenwpost) at the Washington Post pulled up some tweets from the archive:

Dickish backseat driving aside, these tweets express a fundamental break with both the Bush 2 and Obama administrations’ approach to Afghanistan. And while it’s likely that only a handful of certified idiots would have voted for Trump specifically to change those policies, he’s about to expose them for the suckers they are: Tonight, Trump will find a way to walk that shit back while making it all about himself.

Expect much praise for the sagacity of the generals and much more for the wisdom of Trump himself in tonight’s address, with emphasis on how past presidents were total losers but Trump will win because he’s a winner. It will, as usual, be a tapestry of lies. The only winners will be the kleptocrats, war lords and mercenaries, who have been winning all along.

Categories: Politics

Durham/Triangle meet-up on 8/23

9 hours 36 min ago

Good morning —
For the RTP-ers in the readership, let’s meet at Ponysaurus Brewing Company for beer and bites this Wednesday at 5:30. I will have green balloons on the back of my chair.

219 HOOD STREET, DURHAM, NC 27701

Dave

Categories: Politics

ERISA explains it all

10 hours 12 min ago

The most important health policy law that is not the Social Security Act or its amendments is one that operates in the background. The 1974 Employee Retirement Income Security Act is the 800 pound gorilla that controls employer plans that are organized on a self-payment basis. Self-insured plans cover roughly 60% of all people who get their insurance via work. ERISA has a legal concept of pre-emption where ERISA overrules all state laws regarding regulation on self-insured employer plans. This ranges from benefit requirements to whether or not a self-insured plan has to send a claims file to a state all-payer claims database.

It is the 800 pound gorilla that lurks in the back ground ready to smash barrels and throw bananas at state based reforms.

Jon Walker at Shadowproof has a series of posts that is trying to lay out a path to single payer. He is grappling with complexity and faces the scope of the problem that ERISA has:

State-based health care reform would be fairly easy if the state could simply require every employer to buy their employees the state-based, Medicare-like insurance policy or pay a large tax.

Back in 1974, Hawaii adopted a strong employer mandate law that required good private coverage before Congress adopted ERISA so it is exempt from the federal law. The Hawaii plan was fairly straightforward and worked well. ERISA prevents anything like that from happening now.

Unable to directly regulate most employer-sponsored health plans, state based reform plans tie themselves in knots trying to work around it. Most state single-player plans would indirectly but strongly encourage companies to drop insurance benefits and increase wages to make up for it.

ERISA is a straitjacket on state level reforms. Jon looks at options that are viable work-arounds ranging from a comprehensive national ERISA waiver system to incremental improvements.

ERISA can also be used as a measure of how big of a change a proposal wants to be. If there are two reasonably well thought out proposals on the table and one opens up ERISA and one does not, the proposal that touches ERISA is far more likely to be a big system transformation bill. The bill that does not touch ERISA is more likely to be an incrementalist bill.

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On the Road and In Your Backyard

12 hours 37 min ago

Good Morning All,

This weekday feature is for Juicers who are are on the road, traveling, or just want to share a little bit of their world via stories and pictures. So many of us rise each morning, eager for something beautiful, inspiring, amazing, subtle, of note, and our community delivers – a view into their world, whether they’re far away or close to home – pictures with a story, with context, with meaning, sometimes just beauty. By concentrating travel updates and tips here, it’s easier for all of us to keep up or find them later.

So please, speak up and share some of your adventures and travel news here, and submit your pictures using our speedy, secure form. You can submit up to 7 pictures at a time, with an overall description and one for each picture.

You can, of course, send an email with pictures if the form gives you trouble, or if you are trying to submit something special, like a zipped archive or a movie. If your pictures are already hosted online, then please email the links with your descriptions.

For each picture, it’s best to provide your commenter screenname, description, where it was taken, and date. It’s tough to keep everyone’s email address and screenname straight, so don’t assume that I remember it “from last time”. More and more, the first photo before the fold will be from a commenter, so making it easy to locate the screenname when I’ve found a compelling photo is crucial.

Have a wonderful day, and enjoy the pictures!

 

So today’s an eclipse – groovy! Make sure to protect your eyes and enjoy this cool thing. In this age of omnipresent cameras and distribution tech, I expect lots of aamzing videos of animals and plants reacting to the eclipse. I can’t wait!

 

So, in honor of the great Jack Horkheimer, I encourage you to “keep…looking up!” And to encourage this, let’s take a different look up at the stats and things celestial.

 

Oh, and mom’s back home, recovering from the aborted surgery (which turned into an old-school biopsy, in effect) and beginning the Great Fight. Fuck cancer, fuck it all to hell.

Do keep Immanetize and Impkid in your thoughts and prayers as they piece together a new life.

Today, pictures from valued commenter

Categories: Politics

Monday Morning Open Thread: GOATALITY! (Also: I Hope We See Pics from Carhenge)

13 hours 13 min ago

Apart from the Big Solar Event, what’s on the agenda as we start the new week?

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I enjoyed this whole Washington Post story, “For one day, a fractured country will be united by sun, moon and history”… but especially the bit about a very American ‘monument’:

On the high plains of northwest Nebraska, north of Alliance, where Army pilots trained in World War II, a mysterious circle of gray objects rises from the flat expanse of farmland.

The objects closely resemble Britain’s 4,000-year-old Stonehenge, a mystical place of pilgrimage for neo-druids, solstice watchers, and legions of tourists.

But this monument is made of 39 junked cars.

It’s Carhenge, perhaps the most cosmic spot in the country to watch the eclipse. And it has an impressive two minutes and 28 seconds of totality.

Carhenge was assembled in 1987 by Jim Reinders, the son of a Nebraska tenant farmer, to honor his late father, Herman.

Reinders, 89, a retired oil industry engineer now living in Texas, resided in London in the 1970s and was fascinated by Stonehenge.

After his father died, he came up with the idea of Carhenge, and in June 1987, members of his family convened on land he had inherited from his father.

“With about 30 of us working at it, why, in one week later, we had Carhenge up and running,” he said…

Construction went well, except when an AMC Gremlin that was poorly welded in place came down in a storm. It was put back with stronger welds, he said.

Reinders plans to be at Carhenge on Monday, reportedly along with Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) and thousands of others…

Categories: Politics

Dark Night of the Soul Open Thread: Now They Figure It Out…

14 hours 37 min ago

‘Course, some people totally approve of Trump’s latest stunts…

Just don’t call them Deplorables.

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Why the Hell Not: Sunday Night Breaking News – the USS John S. McCain Collides with a Tanker Off of Singapore

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 22:54

SINGAPORE (AP) — A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer collided with a tanker early Monday in waters east of Singapore and the Strait of Malacca, and at least 10 sailors are missing.

The Navy said five others were hurt.

The USS John S. McCain sustained damage on its port side aft, or left rear, from the collision with the Alnic MC that happened at 5:24 a.m., the Navy’s 7th Fleet said. It wasn’t immediately clear if the oil and chemical tanker sustained damage or casualties in the collision.

The Navy said Osprey aircraft and Seahawk helicopters from the USS America were assisting. It also said tugboats and Singaporean naval and coast guard vessels were in the area to render assistance.

Malaysia’s navy chief Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin tweeted that two ships as well as aircraft from its navy and air force have been deployed to help look for the missing U.S. sailors.

I will simply note that the President has neither made a public statement, nor issued a tweet in regard to any US service members death since his remarks about Chief Petty Officer Owens death in Yemen at the State of the Union. He did, however, say this earlier this evening:

Updated at 11:00 PM EDT

There is already speculation bouncing around social media that this second collision of an Arleigh Burke class destroyer within two months may be an act of cyber warfare. And, as a result, we are facing a new and very dangerous threat. It was recently reported that the Russians have developed a way to spoof a ship’s GPS.

Reports of satellite navigation problems in the Black Sea suggest that Russia may be testing a new system for spoofing GPS, New Scientist has learned. This could be the first hint of a new form of electronic warfare available to everyone from rogue nation states to petty criminals.

On 22 June, the US Maritime Administration filed a seemingly bland incident report. The master of a ship off the Russian port of Novorossiysk had discovered his GPS put him in the wrong spot – more than 32 kilometres inland, at Gelendzhik Airport.

After checking the navigation equipment was working properly, the captain contacted other nearby ships. Their AIS traces – signals from the automatic identification system used to track vessels – placed them all at the same airport. At least 20 ships were affected.

While the incident is not yet confirmed, experts think this is the first documented use of GPS misdirection – a spoofing attack that has long been warned of but never been seen in the wild.

Until now, the biggest worry for GPS has been it can be jammed by masking the GPS satellite signal with noise. While this can cause chaos, it is also easy to detect. GPS receivers sound an alarm when they lose the signal due to jamming. Spoofing is more insidious: a false signal from a ground station simply confuses a satellite receiver. “Jamming just causes the receiver to die, spoofing causes the receiver to lie,” says consultant David Last, former president of the UK’s Royal Institute of Navigation.

Much more at the link.

Updated at 11:24 PM EDT

The President has now issued an appropriate response to tonight’s maritime collision involving the USS John S. McCain.

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Sunday Evening Open Thread: Happy Reunions

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 22:38

Mom’s here! Mom’s here! Mom’s here! Mom’s here. Maria you’re mauling her, if you eat her face she won’t come and visit again…

Hat tip to the The Jester:

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Oregon Eclipse Mini-Meet-Up?

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 18:50

Just looked at my email, and found this message from Balloon Juice commentor / party promoter Lahke, currently on the opposite coast:

I just made an offer of two parking permits for the eclipse viewing at Madras Airport, free to first Juicers who respond. Is it possible for you to facilitate that?

The numbers are TRBPK 34 and 35. If it’s okay with you, could you post a comment to that effect? I’m spending the day in the Columbia River gorge, and don’t know if I’ll have phone service.

If you’re interested, leave a note in the comment below, or contact me at annelaurie.bj@gmail.com.

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Sunday Evening Open Thread: Nice Afternoon for A Rally

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 18:05

What’s on the agenda as we wrap up this lovely summer weekend?

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Meanwhile…

Can’t say we weren’t warned:

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What If – Trump And Others Are Guilty?

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 15:10

David Rothkopf asked a good question on Twitter:

He provides a short thread of subsidiary questions, but I’d like to take a different approach.

The investigations will take time. Many things can happen between now and when the results come out. The bottom line is what the Russians did to influence the election results, how much of an effect they had, and who in the administration was involved.

An intelligence community assessment firmly states that the Russians interfered, through both propaganda means like the theft and release of emails and breaching some election systems. We have barely had a chance to assimilate this because of Donald Trump’s constant uproar. It’s hard to concentrate when the President is threatening nuclear war and encouraging white supremacists.

It is becoming possible that Trump will be removed earlier, although it remains hard to believe that this Republican Congress would do that.

We need to think about how we will react and what actions need to be taken if the congressional and special prosecutor investigations prove the worse scenarios to be true. In this post, I will describe three scenarios.

From what we know now, we must take steps to harden our election systems against hacking. That is true for all scenarios. The effort must not be used to disenfranchise voters; the problems are not in voter fraud, but rather the machines and electronic systems. Unfortunately, even this measure may be difficult in our current political environment.

The simplest outcome is that Trump and his children are accused of cooperation with Russia to influence the election or criminal financial dealing. If this happens before the 2018 elections, the Republican Congress will be the appropriate body to deal with it. Impeachment does not require criminal acts; it is a political judgment. If the information shows that the election was undermined and that people associated with Trump aided the undermining, the House should consider impeachment. It is then up to the Senate to convict.

Given the willingness of the Republican leadership to excuse Trump’s gross incompetence, it is not clear that they will consider impeachment. The Democratic leadership can push for impeachment. Public demonstrations, perhaps on the scale of the Women’s March in January, can influence both parties.

A Senate conviction under this scenario would result in Mike Pence assuming the presidency. He would appoint a Vice President.

Complicating all three scenarios would be definitive evidence that Russian meddling had thrown the election to Trump. We have no constitutional process for dealing with this.

The second scenario is that In addition to Trump and his family, most of his campaign staff, including Pence, are involved in election manipulation and/or financial fraud

The President and Vice President have never been replaced simultaneously. Spiro Agnew resigned from the Vice Presidency because of kickbacks from the Maryland construction industry before Nixon resigned. It has been argued that the appointment of Gerald Ford as Vice President in his place made it more palatable for Congress to consider impeaching Richard Nixon as a result of the Watergate scandal.

The order of succession after Pence is

  • House Speaker Paul Ryan
  • President pro tempore of the Senate Orrin Hatch
  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
  • Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin
  • Defense Secretary James Mattis
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions
  • Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
  • Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue
  • Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross
  • Labor Secretary Alex Acosta
  • Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price
  • Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson
  • Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao (would not be eligible because not a natural born US citizen)
  • Energy Secretary Rick Perry
  • Education Secretary Betsy DeVos
  • Veteran Affairs Secretary David Shulkin
  • Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly Elaine Duke is Acting; don’t know if she’s eligible

Several people on this list, most notably Jeff Sessions, could be implicated. Wilbur Ross was vice-chairman of the Bank of Cyprus, which has Russian connections.

The last scenario is that Republican members of Congress are implicated in dealings with Russia. The Dallas News has documented campaign contributions to the political action committees of Mitch McConnell, Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham, and John McCain from Leonid Blavatnik, a Ukrainian oligarch with UK and US citizenship. He has indirect connections with the Kremlin.

This scenario would suggest multiple impeachments or removals from office, again an unprecedented outcome.

There are few legal precedents or constitutional provisisions for what I’ve outlined above. It would seem to me that much of the remedy would be up to Congress, but IANAL.

Lawfare and Just Security should be good sources for thinking out these issues, although they have not written much on them. I hope they will.

There is another aspect to all this: how we will react and what we may be able to do. One thing to remember when evaluating the scenarios is that a replacement President would be seriously weakened. His legitimacy would be questioned, as would that of the Republican Congress. However, this Congress has been willing to double down, and they might do that in the name of national unity and getting behind the President. Heeling Healing the nation.

 

Categories: Politics

Hope Votes

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 14:08

Somewhere around the year 2042 or so, I hope to remove from my pocket a shimmering, translucent, flexible square about the size and weight of a hanky and use it to read this B-section article in the NEW New York Times:

Hope springs eternal, mostly. And yet. Ryu Spaeth published a piece in the New Republic last week that stuck with me because it captures the sense of trauma and despair of the Trump era so well:

There is so much selfishness and ignorance and hatred in this county, and they have found their concentrated embodiment in Trump, who bludgeons us with the worst aspects of humanity every single day. This is self-evidently traumatic for the body politic, harming our capacity for empathy and reason and decency. And yet it is difficult to express just how awful it is: how it makes us worry for our children in existential terms, how it makes our lives a little more sordid every day, how it slowly bleeds our world of joy and purpose.

The traditional response to bad presidents is to resist, to organize, to prepare for the next election—to have faith, even if everything else fails, in democracy. But democracy already failed us once, handing the presidency to a man who lost the popular vote by a resounding margin. It has been subverted by gerrymandering, and is being weakened by those working to keep minorities and the poor from the polls. It was compromised by the intervention of a foreign government, and the president is reluctant to even acknowledge that fact, let alone make sure it doesn’t happen again…

This is the point in the essay where I should say that we mustn’t lose hope, that we must impede Donald Trump at every step, and I do believe that. Still, to quote Howard Beale, everyone knows things are bad. I wake up each morning prepared for something terrible to happen. But something terrible is happening, every day, all around us. The most frightening part is that we’re not sure if Trump’s America is rock bottom or if we have further to fall.

All of that. The only way out of this mess is to roll back Trumpism and make the GOP pay for damaging America so grievously. But it will be a long, hard slog; we don’t even know yet how long or how hard. And the outcome is uncertain.

Yesterday, I spent a few hours registering voters and collecting signatures for a ballot initiative in support of ex-felon voting rights restoration. Taking even modest action like that makes me feel less powerless. But after this week, it also feels a bit like throwing a thimbleful of water on a raging grenade warehouse fire.

Many of the people I talked to yesterday seemed similarly overwhelmed and despairing. But in a way, that’s a hopeful sign, I think, the widespread horror at the damage done.

Thimblefuls of action — volunteering to assist immigrants, helping people get ID to vote, showing up when Nazis try to assert ownership of our streets, voting in every single election — add them up, and they become a deluge. I hope? I hope. I hope!

Anyhoo, open thread!

Categories: Politics

That Echo Chorus Lied to Me

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 09:23

Let’s feel really, really sad about the dilemmas that Republicans and Trump appointees find themselves in.

In the aftermath of the white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Republican lawmakers and leaders face the most unpalatable set of choices yet in their relationship with President Trump. They are caught between disgust over his failure to unequivocally condemn neo-Nazism, a desire to advance a conservative agenda and fears of rupturing the Trump-GOP coalition ahead of the 2018 elections.

If you enjoy watching a bunch of powerful assholes wring their hands about their self-induced powerlessness, read that whole piece.

On the one hand, Nazis. On the other, tax cuts. What’s an old white man to do?

And then there’s Mnuchin:

“While I find it hard to believe I should have to defend myself on this, or the president, I feel compelled to let you know that the president in no way, shape or form believes that neo-Nazi and other hate groups who endorse violence are equivalent to groups that demonstrate in peaceful and lawful ways,” Mnuchin, who is Jewish, said in a statement released by the Treasury Department.
His comments followed assertions by Trump last week that there was blame on “both sides” at the Charlottesville gathering organized by white supremacist groups that turned deadly and that some “fine people” participated in a march to protest the removal of a Confederate statue.
Mnuchin was among the Trump administration officials standing by Trump’s side as he made those comments at Trump Tower in New York on Tuesday at an event advertised to focus on Trump’s plans to spur new investments in the nation’s infrastructure.

First, let’s pause to note that those three paragraphs of straight reporting should be taught in what’s left of journalism schools as a primer on showing that a politician is full of shit. Second, Mnuchin is worth something like $500 million, yet he’s willing to serve as a cabinet member of an obvious clown who thinks there are some good Nazis.

On the one hand, selling out, losing friends, betraying your long-suffering people, and being on the wrong side of history. On the other hand, a little power.

Dilemmas, they’re everywhere.

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Sunday Morning Open Thread: Instructions for the Upcoming Solar Event

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 03:55

If you haven’t been able to score a proper pair of eclipse glasses, the Washington Post weather page has instructions for making your own personal cardboard projection ‘theater’.

If you’re not going to be able to get outside for the event, the NYTimes has a useful article on How to Watch the Eclipse Online.

If you’re just exasperated / infuriated by all the clueless ombraphiles-come-lately cluttering up the perfect eclipse-watching venue you chose months ago, the NYTimes explains Why Some Say the Eclipse Is Best Experienced in a Crowd.
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Apart from preparing, what’s on the agenda for the day?

Meanwhile, the Proper Authorities are issuing warnings both serious…

The Federal Highway Administration is offering a number of tips for drivers who will be on the road during the event:

– Don’t stop along the interstate or park on the shoulder
– Exit the highway to a safe location to view the eclipse
– Don’t take photographs while driving
– Don’t wear eclipse glasses while driving
– Turn your headlights on
– Watch for pedestrians on smaller roads
– Prepare for extra congestion the day before, the day of and the day after in states in the path of the eclipse
– Avoid travel in the area of the main path, if possible

… and tongue-firmly-in-cheek:

In a hilarious Facebook post shared [two weeks ago], the Oconee County Georgia Sheriff’s Office shared a special announcement from Sheriff Scott Berry likening the eclipse to “the end of life on this planet as we know it.”

Sheriff Scott Berry announces that on Monday, August 21, at about the time your kids are riding home from school on the bus that there will be a solar eclipse of the sun as celestial forces no one understands will blot out the sun. It is very likely this is the end of life on this planet as we know it…

Don’t look at the eclipse, unless of course you live in the backwoods of Tennessee. In that case no one will hear you scream as you stumble blindly into a moonshine still or a bear trap. Millions of Americans are blinded every week by staring directly into the sun, eclipse or not. Don’t do it.

Your sunglasses will not protect you from certain death if you look at the sun. However, for a mere $29.99 (plus $9.00 shipping and handling) you can order “stare directly at the sun wearing these” glasses from NASA and the Home Shopping Network…

Leading scientists tell us that post eclipse the only two things they expect to survive are cockroaches and Facebook. Wait, is that one thing or two things????

(Tole Toles via GoComics.com)
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But Wait, It Gets Better!

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 23:04

This is my favorite thing on the internet (and it’s not the same as the one Anne Laurie posted below):

Amazing.

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