Tag: How We Live Now

Veteran GOP Strategist Takes On Trump – And His Party – In ‘It Was All A Lie’ – Stuart Stevens Interview, Fresh Air


This is FRESH AIR. I’m Dave Davies, in today for Terry Gross. My guest, Stuart Stevens, is a veteran political consultant who says he spent decades waking up every morning eager to fight Democrats. Stevens was a strategist for scores of Republican campaigns, including the presidential bids of Bob Dole, George W. Bush and Mitt Romney. But now he’s written a new book excoriating party leaders for their support of President Trump. The distinguishing characteristic of the current national Republican Party is cowardice, Stevens writes, the base price of admission is a willingness to accept that an unstable pathological liar leads it and pretend otherwise.

Stevens argues that the party’s support for Trump isn’t just a pragmatic choice. He says it reflects the party’s complete abandonment of principles it long claimed to embrace, such as fiscal restraint, personal responsibility and family values. His book is called “It Was All A Lie: How The Republican Party Became Donald Trump.”

Drug Use in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO — In early 2019, a formerly homeless man named Tom Wolf posted a thank-you on Twitter to the cop who had arrested him the previous spring, when he was strung out in a doorway with 103 tiny bindles of heroin and cocaine in a plastic baggie at his feet.

“You saved my life,” wrote Wolf, who had finally gotten clean after that bust and 90 days in jail, ending six months of sleeping on scraps of cardboard on the sidewalk.

Drug overdoses killed 621 people in the first 11 months of 2020, up from 441 all last year and 259 in 2018. San Francisco is on track to lose an average of nearly two people a day to drugs in 2020, compared with the 178 who had died by Dec. 20 of the coronavirus.

“If we didn’t have Narcan,” said program manager Kristen Marshall, referring to the common naloxone brand name, “there would be no room at our morgue.”

San Francisco struggles to stem ‘horrific’ uptick in opioid overdoses, drug abuse
Rachel Scheier
Los Angeles Times

Things That Are Bad But Legal

What is the worst thing that is legal? from r/AskReddit

Impossibly hard to cancel subscriptions.

For profit prisons.

Child marriage

Permanently destroying huge areas of natural land. Nearby from where I live, there’s a development corporation in my hometown that has bought up virtually all of the remaining woods, meadows and wetlands in the area, paved them, and built retail spaces that go vacant just a few months later.

Businesses aren’t even moving into these places but the group just keeps spreading out and “developing”. It seems like every month, I drive past another levelled tract of land, frankly it’s terrible.

Socks: “Fits size 6-12”


Civil Asset Seizure by Police – No Crimes Needed!

Selling textbooks at ridiculous prices.

Or selling a new copy every year with no significant change.

The Algorithm Did It

Stanford Hospital staff protesting the decision by higher ups to give vaccines to admins at home from r/pics

“There is an enormous demonstration going on at Stanford Hospital right now carried out by staff, who are protesting the decision by higher ups to give vaccines to some administrators and physicians who are at home and not in contact with patients INSTEAD of frontline workers.” Twitter

Only Seven of Stanford’s First 5,000 Vaccines Were Designated for Medical Residents. Stanford Medicine officials relied on a faulty algorithm to determine who should get vaccinated first, and it prioritized some high-ranking doctors over patient-facing medical residents.

Algorithm issue my ass.

You prioritized age, and in so seniority, and didn’t prioritize Frontline work, and depriotize those working from home.

It doesn’t matter if you asked a computer to then run the numbers, you set the rules.

The sentence should be “Hospital administration did not prioritize front line workers but instead accounted for seniority in distributing the vaccine. As a result only 7 of the first 5,000 vaccines for staff will go to Frontline workers. These results were accepted without further scrutiny or adjustments by the administrators incharge of doing so.”

“The algorithm did it” is increasingly an excuse used for shitty management decisions.

Yup. Algorithms are created by people. The correct phrasing is “the algorithm was written to do it.”

Random *unpopular* Opinions /r/unpopularopinion/

I love nuclear weapons and think they’re cool! https://www.reddit.com/r/unpopularopinion/comments/jjz2bx/i_love_nuclear_weapons_and_think_theyre_cool/

Socks and sandals aren’t that bad https://www.reddit.com/r/unpopularopinion/comments/jjx6o8/socks_and_sandals_arent_that_bad/

Sarcasm should be made illegal. https://www.reddit.com/r/unpopularopinion/comments/jjvo14/sarcasm_should_be_made_illegal/

Chocolate. Isn’t. Candy. https://www.reddit.com/r/unpopularopinion/comments/jjvkqx/chocolate_isnt_candy/

I absolutely love long plane flights or any form of transport for a long periods https://www.reddit.com/r/unpopularopinion/comments/jjtei5/i_absolutely_love_long_plane_flights_or_any_form/

“I would kill myself” is not an appropriate expression https://www.reddit.com/r/unpopularopinion/comments/jjq0ka/i_would_kill_myself_is_not_an_appropriate/

Mr Rogers is creepy https://www.reddit.com/r/unpopularopinion/comments/jjognk/mr_rogers_is_creepy/

Sunday nights are terrible and anxiety ridden https://www.reddit.com/r/unpopularopinion/comments/jjn4jo/sunday_nights_are_terrible_and_anxiety_ridden/

Actual Unpopular Opinion: Sex Work Should be Legalized but still be seen as negative. https://www.reddit.com/r/unpopularopinion/comments/jjlfd8/actual_unpopular_opinion_sex_work_should_be/

TV Shows are better than Movies https://www.reddit.com/r/unpopularopinion/comments/jjihum/tv_shows_are_better_than_movies/

Refrigerating bread should be illegal! https://www.reddit.com/r/unpopularopinion/comments/jjibho/refrigerating_bread_should_be_illegal/

As a Dodger fan. I just do not give one poop that they won. https://www.reddit.com/r/unpopularopinion/comments/jjhq7y/as_a_dodger_fan_i_just_do_not_give_one_poop_that/

All holiday specific candy is gross https://www.reddit.com/r/unpopularopinion/comments/jjhmc0/all_holiday_specific_candy_is_gross/

In person school has surprisingly been worse for me https://www.reddit.com/r/unpopularopinion/comments/jjf5b8/in_person_school_has_surprisingly_been_worse_for/

Butterflies are the most disgusting bug there is https://www.reddit.com/r/unpopularopinion/comments/jje7so/butterflies_are_the_most_disgusting_bug_there_is/

Samuel Paty

French President Emmanuel Macron has paid tribute to “quiet hero” Samuel Paty, the teacher who was beheaded last Friday.

Mr Paty was targeted close to his school near Paris for showing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in class.

His killer, 18-year-old Abdullakh Anzorov, was shot dead by police.

Speaking at a televised memorial service on Wednesday, Mr Macron told viewers that France “will not give up our cartoons”.

The service was attended by the teacher’s family and some 400 guests.

The coffin was brought into the ceremony on the shoulders of a guard of honour and to the sound of the song “One” by the rock group U2.

On top of the casket was Mr Paty’s Légion d’Honneur, France’s highest honour. It was posthumously awarded to Mr Paty.


Judge Halts Trump Foodstamp Cutback

A federal judge struck down a Trump administration rule that would have reduced food stamp benefits to nearly 700,000 people.

In her Sunday ruling, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Beryl Howell wrote that implementing the change “radically and abruptly alters decades of regulatory practice, leaving States scrambling and exponentially increasing food insecurity for tens of thousands of Americans.”

Tim Fitzsimons