Diverse Wonderful Things

I’ve got three articles, here, well I’ve got a lot more than that, but three is enough for today, none long enough for me to make a post about, but all quite interesting, so let’s combine them.


Well, that didn’t take long…

Davos just declared that America is great again.

The World Economic Forum, which hosts the annual conference of global elites in Switzerland, said on Tuesday that the United States is the most competitive economy in the world.

The U.S. has not held the number one spot since 2008, when the aftermath of the financial crisis and bungled recovery efforts left the U.S. economy limping.

“The United States, as one of the world’s great innovation powerhouses, is very well positioned in this new competitive landscape,” the Forum said in an article explaining its ranking. “It ranks first overall in the world in three of our twelve pillars; business dynamism, labour markets and financial system. It comes second in another two; innovation (behind Germany) and market size (behind China).”

From Breitbart. Amazing what can happen when you cut the strings holding Gulliver down, and that is an exact analogy for what Trump has done. If we are smart enough to stay the course, there is no telling what the world will look like in 2024, but America will be leading it.


Polls are not news, they are news filler.

Everything I need to know about polls I learned in Junior High

It’s funny how some episodes from your past stick in your memory, while more significant ones don’t.

In ninth grade, all students were asked to complete a written survey on the topic of alcohol and drugs. We were told that the survey was being conducted by a grad student at the local university.

Among my friends, this seemed like the perfect spoof. I don’t remember if I’d even tasted beer at the time, but according to my survey answers I was a frequent drinker who blacked out regularly. Drug use? Sure, why not: LSD, cocaine, pills. Heroin too, but no more frequently than once a month.

The induced paranoia of another crowd convinced them that “narcs” were really behind the survey. Answer honestly? Riiiight.

I’m sure the survey made a beautiful grad school paper, complete with line charts, bar graphs and R-squared factors.

But the data it was based on wasn’t worth ca-ca.

From Maley’s Energy Blog. Your mileage may differ, of course, but I bet it doesn’t. Not least because that is my exact experience as well. An anonymous poll is just asking for us to lie, it’s Walter Mitty time, to admit and/or brag about all those things that you know you’d never do, but wish people thought you did. Is there anyone, anywhere, who tells a pollster the truth? Frankly, I doubt it, although a fair number may come within shouting distance of it.


Mind games

The headline of this Washington Post article (paper edition) is “Warren dust-up shows Trump sway over Democratic contest.” A better title would substitute “minds” for “contest.”

Trump certainly got in Elizabeth Warren’s head. His constant “Pocahontas” references induced her to take a DNA test, publicize its results, and thereby make herself a source of greater ridicule than before.

Trump is also responsible for the fact that clownish Michael Avenatti is mentioned as a contender for nomination in 2020. Democrats seemed intrigued, for a while at least, by the prospect that he could get into Trump’s head the way Trump has been getting into theirs. (The Dems might want to revise this view after Avenatti’s performance during the Kavanaugh struggle and now that Avenatti’s frivolous suit against Trump resulted in his client having to pay the president’s legal fees).

From PowerLine. It’s true and obvious. Not only the Dems, but the so-called news media worldwide, and, I suspect, a goodly share of other country’s leadership, as well. It’s a hell of an advantage for him, and for the United States. Hardly anybody anywhere is acting anymore, they are reacting to what the US President is saying or doing. And since he speaks pretty closely to what (in my experience, anyway) the average American wants, it has put America in the ascendant, again.

That is the magic wand that Obama insisted didn’t exist – listening to John Q. Public, internalizing what he thinks and turn it into US policy because the people are, and always have been much smarter than the so-called elites in their bubble.

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9 Responses to Diverse Wonderful Things

  1. the unit says:

    I’ve gotten robo calls for politicians before. Never gotten a call to participate in a poll.
    These days, yes, I’d lie. ‘Cause NSA records all and knows who and where I am. And leaks stuff like that. We occasionally go out to eat. Don’t want the MOB, acronym for democrat party to harass us.
    Same for not having a bumper sticker on my truck these days.
    Anyways, ’til mid-terms are done I just gonna read old Lewis Grizzard columns and NEO.
    And in my spare time, use my critical thinking ability to contemplate what pie are squared is suppose to mean when everbody knows pies are round.
    Just can’t make myself add a smiling emoji here.

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  2. the unit says:

    Diverse things, maybe not so wonderful.
    Kelly, Bolton argument, Khashoggi dismemberment.
    Why not hire generals and admirals Obama fired?
    Khashoggi maybe was just reverse engineered?

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