The Day Prior

So, here we are, a day before the inauguration of the 45th President of the USA, Donald J. Trump. It would seem that there is a collective holding of the breath as we ready to push off this ski run. I think it might be more than a double diamond. I’m not sure if the Ski Patrol will even respond to our pleas or PIEPS signals. “You’re on your own up there, buddy. Maybe you can see if that Heli pilot will come back and get you…/static white noise/”

Seventeen Years Ago…

On this day in 1999 I started this weblog using Userland’s EditThisPage software. Here it still is, 17 years later along with a great many people I have met through this medium. Be well all…

Any Programmers/Coders in The Front Range Area of Colorado?

Are any of you or do any of you know of someone who works as a programmer / coder / whatever in the Denver, Boulder, or Colorado Springs area that we could schedule a job shadow for my son who is a freshman at Wheat Ridge High School in Wheat Ridge, Colorado?

He is most especially interested in being a gaming programmer (of course) but I think anyone who does programming would be a great experience for him at this stage. Thanks in advance!

Colorado: We may win a national political contest only to lose multiple ballot questions that will eviscerate all pretext of progressive advancement

Oh, we will still be able to smoke recreational pot for now at least, but by any indication, the GOP will trounce any and all proposed November 8 initiatives that will roll back the systematic elimination or contraction of social, economic, and environmental progress we have fought for in the past 20 years. The Koch brothers and others are pouring money into Super PACs that are producing really slick TV and print ads that; (1 oppose restoring school funding to pre-2008 levels (Taxes!), (2 advancements in state-wide health care (Big Government! Taxes!), (3 removing indentured servitude in the state penal system (Law & Order!), (4 Assisted Suicide (Don’t make the Baby Jesus Cry!), (5 hamstringing the ability for ballot initiatives to be brought to a vote in state election (Fscking Socialists! This ain’t the People’s Republic of Colorado! edit Oil companies can frack anywhere we damn well want to, who do you think runs things around here?/edit), (6 $12 state minimum wage (Bad for business! Not a market solution! Will kill the ‘recovery’!), (7 Denver Area Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (Socialism! Not a Market Solution! Taxes!), and (8 Increase in taxes on a pack of Cigarettes and other tobacco products (Taxes!).

These ads are good, slickly produced, sound reasonable, and stand in ‘reasonable and measured’ opposition to the increasingly oppressive, government overreach that is threatening to destroy the very fabric of life in Colorado we’ve been able to salvage after the common-sense restrictions imposed after the Liberals Recession following Obama’s election.

Arguments are presented in a way that seems sensible to low-information voters and just ‘the right thing to do’. Local and state level Democratic candidates are presented as ‘Tax and spend liberals!’ (yes, we’re back to those tropes) and non-partisan offices are nevertheless populated with reasonable candidates that are opposed by those that would take your rights away and give them to people who do not deserve them. No, really. Schools Board elections, District Attorneys, and other races feature ads that are likewise polarized and low information.

As far as I can tell, the Democratic Party in Colorado is having a had time organizing the GOTV efforts for the election, much less doing any outreach. I fear for the outcome for a majority of the races and questions below our contentious Presidential election.

VOTE 411 is a great resource provided by The League of Women Voters.

Also, don’t forget to register AND vote on November 8.

The UK votes to leave the EU

Craziness, bad craziness…

My semi-coherent thoughts are that Scotland and Northern Ireland will looking to jump out of the UK now. Whatever exists of the British Commonwealth has got to be affected by all this as well.

Europe is going to react with their own independence referenda: Greece, definitely, but also Italy, likely Spain, and some of the other nations that can’t handle the German-backed austerity measures.

Right now we’re watching the entire global economy tanking. We could be witnessing a meltdown greater than the collapse of 2007-2008.

Cue a reread of Thom Hartmann’s “The Crash of 2016“?

Confirmation?

[Update:] Here is another post, this time at Movie Pilot, that takes speculation about Bran Stark to another level. More in a new post![/Update:]

In the previous post I mentioned my speculation re: the character of Bran Stark, son of Eddard Stark in the TV show ‘Game of Thrones.’ I found some very similar speculation at the Tower of the Hand article, Bran the Branded: The Night King’s Mark.

There’s even a remote possibility that Bran becomes the Brandons of the past, specifically, Brandon the Builder.

Durran would have none of it. A seventh castle he raised, most massive of all. Some said the children of the forest helped him build it, shaping the stones with magic; others claimed that a small boy told him what he must do, a boy who would grow to be Bran the Builder.
ACOK 32: Catelyn III

It was only with the building of the fifth tower, the first to be made entirely of stone, that the Hightower became a seat worthy of a great house. That tower, we are told, rose two hundred feet above the harbor. Some say it was designed by Brandon the Builder, whilst others name his son, another Brandon.
The World of Ice & Fire: The Reach

The first quote relates to the building of Storm’s End, while the second focus on Hightower in Oldtown, It’s a pretty farfetched grab on my part, but it’s worth noting that two different Brandons, each boys, have a part in the construction of famous landmarks. I could see Bran becoming involved in Westeros’ large history in some way or another.

The dateline on this article is May 24, 2016, of course. My post is May 26, 2016. All I can say is I came up with Bran = Bran the Builder on my own and upon wider scrutiny find that I am in good company.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.