Fuzz. Clearly. Comments on a wiggly world.

When People Are Unhappy

If a chimpanzee troop is effectively “rioting”… and the alpha can’t stop it… it’s probably pretty clear to the alpha he has lost control… and it’s probably pretty clear to the group it’s time to shift alliances and realign behind a new leader NOW… effectively it’s like an election… but instead of one chimpanzee, one vote, through a formal and trackable process, there’s just an active shifting of alliances, probably somewhat open, and somewhat covert… with some drama… and then effectively after a period of wrestling with it, during which wrestling, if the “leading candidate” shows himself not capable of gathering a coalition…

Necessary Evil?

No, slavery was not a necessary evil – unless you’re an irresponsible jerk that spends more than you have.

(And God knows conservatives hate those kind of people.)

Wait, What?!

“The Iraqi government has done next to nothing to protect our facilities.”

Mike Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of State

Loki Theory

In myths and lore, “tricksters” often use tricks, lies, transgressing norms expectations and taboos, amorality, double-dealing, contradiction, vagueness, flip-flopping, breaking promises, turning other characters against themselves or each other, destruction, opportunism, shamelessness, plain old bullshitting, or humor to accomplish the breaking up of an intractable situation.

(A 21st century update.)

Maybe or Maybe Not

Democrats might have a shot. Unless they swing hard left and nominate a socialist, or Trump’s approach gets even more aggressive and chaotic that Democrats don’t know how to respond, or Republicans donate more to Trump than they did in 2016, or Russians and fever swamps muck things up even more, and/or Trump hijacks the news cycle. What are the chances?

Fake News

Historically each party’s candidate has to play to their base during primaries to win their party’s nomination, but then “pivot to the center” for the general election to pick up independents and swing voters – I normally hear pundits acknowledge that, but not this year.