What’s the latest BS 2020 election conspiracy theory? Why, that certain “voting machines have features built into them under the auspices of protection or equal access for people with disabilities that can be used nefariously,” and supposedly were in Maricopa County to help deliver Arizona to Joe Biden. And why is this a BS theory? Because (among many, many other things!) over 90% of Maricopa County’s ballots were mail-in ballots, and only a few hundred folks even used the equal-access machines in Maricopa County, in a state Mr. Biden won by over 10,000 votes. And why is this theory even more disgusting? Because it implies that “helping disabled people vote” equals “cheating at elections,” and thus we should never fight discrimination ever. And what should we do to folks who come up with such “theories”? Shame and shun them unto death, that’s what. Healthy communities put up boundaries, and healthy communities also know when to get tough.
University of Exeter-led study surprisingly finds that Alzheimer’s disease changes non-neurons rather more dramatically than it changes neurons. Scientists had long supposed, reasonably, that Alzheimer’s has its biggest effects on neurons, but the Exeter-led study was able to isolate different kinds of cells much better than previous studies had done, hence the finding. This finding could change or expand the kinds of treatments doctors can use on patients with dementia; if you’ve witnessed first-hand how dementia takes over a mind, this will give you hope that folks in the future may be spared this debilitating disease. I wish the researchers the best.
Did you know that the FBI compiled a file on Aretha Franklin that was over 270 pages long? Given her lifelong involvement with the civil rights movement, I guess it’s not surprising, though the sheer clumsiness of the FBI’s efforts to tie her to pretty much any fevered fantasy is either amusing or disgusting, depending on your level of spiritual elevation. (I vote “disgusting” and I still don’t know which level is higher or lower.) I guess I’m curious about the FBI files on Robin Gibb; perhaps our FBI was listening a little too closely to “I Started a Joke.”
When I hear that tech billionaires are not only “dumber than you think” and think of themselves as “utterly powerless to affect the future” in the face of apocalypse, but are also “comedic monsters, who really mean to leave us all behind,” I am reminded that several of these fools are running for U.S. Senate right now, namely J.D. “Pretend Redneck Bankster Robot” Vance in Ohio, and yet another "libertarian" with a face even a mother could punch, Blake Masters in Arizona. I am also reminded that though my father’s and grandfather’s gardening talent has largely eluded me, I could still feed myself in an apocalypse far better than any of them could.
When I hear that New Hampshire Republican Senate candidate Don Bolduc has now taken his third distinct position on the 2020 election – in order, he said it was stolen, then that it wasn’t stolen, and now that he doesn’t know – I’m reminded that people hate flip-floppers. He’d have done a lot better sticking to “it was stolen”; even the folks who don’t agree will more likely respect a man who sticks to his guns, as it were. I’m also reminded that Scott Walker took three separate positions on birthright citizenship in just one week that time he ran for President; anyone remember how many delegates he won? Oh, right, he flamed out before the primaries.
Finally, Herschel Walker sure has had a rough week, what with that allegation he paid for a woman's abortion and his son's turning oh him. I wonder if all this news is coming a bit early in the month, but then I also wonder if too many voters suspect any revelations they hear in late October, so maybe early October is the new late October. It sure was for Roy Moore in 2017 – though it wasn’t for Donald Trump in 2016 and, more importantly, was for Hillary Clinton that same year. Will right-wingers have pause before pulling the lever for him? I kid, of course – the only thing that matters to them is power, which they’ll have more of if Mr. Walker beats Sen. Warnock.