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erikschmidt
    @clarkgoble Yep. Look at how aggressively Congress has stayed on the sidelines in the endless GWOT. Easier to keep your spot in Congress if you merely snipe from the sidelines.
    erikschmidt
      @clarkgoble Agreed. Much of our current goat rodeo stems from the unchecked rise in presidential power from Reagan forward. Congress has mostly avoided tackling issues, and the public has come to believe the President can (and should) solve all problems.
      prometheus
        To all and sundry following me or just generally inclined to prefer the conversations ADN has facilitated: Take your social web future in your own hands and then drop it into this list [snipergirl.com] maintained by @tomcat, lest we lose you to some adfest like twitter.
        erikschmidt
          Reagan must be spinning in his grave. — photos.app.net/70888022/1
          erikschmidt
            @feorlen Indeed. No matter what the true cost, "free" has won. At least for now.
            erikschmidt
              @feorlen You pretty summarized my feelings almost exactly. The lack of viable alternatives is frustrating.
              erikschmidt
                I am, surprisingly, @erikschmidt on the chirping platform.
                erikschmidt
                  I came back just in time to witness the end. :-(
                  erikschmidt
                    Amen to this, @clarkgoble: _Hope they open source some of the software code._
                    erikschmidt
                      @clarkgoble I sometimes scan them just to see if anyone is actually engaging with the issues, but as you point out, it's just trolls (and people so partisan that they usually don't seem to care to read the actual article).
                      erikschmidt
                        Sane assessment of the most recent (Tuesday evening) Trumpwreck: https://www.lawfareblog.com/about-explosive-trump-story-take-deep-breath
                        erikschmidt
                          @clarkgoble The comments below the article are almost as dispiriting as the news itself.
                          erikschmidt
                            Glad I made it to my side of The Hill (aka Santa Cruz) before the inevitable Mudslidepocalypse II.
                            erikschmidt
                              @clarkgoble I thought exactly the same thing when I heard that news. The first time I saw them was the Unforgettable Fire tour.
                              erikschmidt
                                Took me over an hour to get 6.5 miles, at which point I was able to turn around. No getting to Silicon Valley today – all three highways that might get me there are closed due to landslides.
                                erikschmidt
                                  I stumbled across this 5-minute documentary. Best that I give you no further introduction. https://vimeo.com/channels/staffpicks/193086875
                                  erikschmidt
                                    @johngordon Nothing should surprise me, but it still does. Time for me to go back to pre-Enlightenment thinking if I want to really understand 2017.
                                    erikschmidt
                                      The hall of mirrors is getting a fresh infusion of new mirrors. The Trump/Wikileaks relationship, and the weird Wikileaks threat to gather doxxing info on verified twitter users makes me think we're in for an even crazier ride than I already expected.
                                      erikschmidt
                                        I feel like some sort of weird misanthrope for giving zero f**ks about Megyn Kelly's move to NBC. The fact that so many people rely on talking heads to deliver the news to them every day baffles me.