Watched "The West Wing" Talking Points from Netflix
Directed by Richard Schiff. The president and staff are about to head for Brussels to sign an international free trade deal that Josh has just spent a lot of time and effort negotiating, to nearly everyone's satisfaction; at the 11th hour, the CEO of an IBM-like company tells Josh that the first effect of the new agreement, of which his company is a huge beneficiary, will be the immediate transfer of 17,000 programming jobs...
Watched The First 2020 Presidential Debate | Special Coverage & Analysis | PBS NewsHour from YouTube

The first of three 2020 presidential debates kicks off in Cleveland, Ohio, where incumbent President Donald Trump meets former Vice President Joe Biden.

We begin our coverage at 6 p.m. EDT with our nightly PBS NewsHour broadcast, followed by an hour of election-related programming.

At 8 p.m. EDT, NewsHour’s senior political reporter, Daniel Bush, will host a digital pre-show looking at the what to expect from the debate and talking about key issues this election cycle.

At 9 p.m. EDT, the debate begins. The 90-minute debate will consist of six 15-minute segments: "The Trump and Biden Records," "The Supreme Court," "Covid-19," "The Economy," "Race and Violence in our Cities" and "The Integrity of the Election."

Special coverage and analysis continues after the debate with NewsHour anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff.

I only watched the debate, which started at 6:00 PM and the post coverage.

Too many white men yelling at each other. Trump, ever the lying bully did his best to interrupt and talk over Biden at almost every turn. 

Trump started out a bit more logical and almost even thoughtful at the beginning, but then devolved into an annoying 3rd grader for the balance. I wish that Wallace had been better able to get him to allow Biden to actually speak.

Trump appeared to try to derail Biden in hopes he would have problems putting thoughts together, but only succeeded in making himself look like a bully who couldn’t control his own impulses. I honestly have to credit Chris for not yelling at Trump just to “shut the f*ck up.” I’m pretty sure that’s what I would have done in the situation after an hour and a half.

I wished that they could mute Trump’s microphone, but this would be a reverse version of Howard Dean’s famous scream. Biden would look oddly rattled because being 15 feet away he’d still hear Trump and have to deal with the distraction. Better would be to have them in separate spaces where they could turn off Trump’s microphone and allow each side to actually speak.

Trump’s inability to denounce white supremacy was abominable. Asking the Proud Boys to “stand by” is simply vile. And then to not-so-subtly suborn voter intimidation by asking his supporters to go to the polls to “watch” while simultaneously and painfully erroneously throwing doubt on voting by mail. When can we be done with this clown?

Sad that this is what our democracy has devolved into… this was so brutal to watch and I’m left a bit hopeless that America has apparently devolved to this.

Replied to a thread by Ian Guest, Aaron Davis, and John Johnston (Twitter)
Keeping my follows on my site as an OPML file allows me to use Inoreader for OPML subscribe. Then I can use their built-in search (and saved searches) to get information from personal websites I’m following.
Bookmarked The Hibernator (Aaron Parecki)
Source Portobello in Portland

Ingredients

  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 oz Nocello
  • 3/4 oz sweet vermouth
  • bitters
This seems interesting, but is it worth hunting down the Nocello and stocking it to have for the long term? I could see some potential uses for it in cooking other non-drink recipes, so maybe it’s worth the exercise?
Read - Want to Read: Gulag: A History by Anne Applebaum (Anchor Books)
In this magisterial and acclaimed history, Anne Applebaum offers the first fully documented portrait of the Gulag, from its origins in the Russian Revolution, through its expansion under Stalin, to its collapse in the era of glasnost.
The Gulag--a vast array of Soviet concentration camps that held millions of political and criminal prisoners--was a system of repression and punishment that terrorized the entire society, embodying the worst tendencies of Soviet communism. Applebaum intimately re-creates what life was like in the camps and links them to the larger history of the Soviet Union. Immediately recognized as a landmark and long-overdue work of scholarship, Gulag is an essential book for anyone who wishes to understand the history of the twentieth century.
Read - Want to Read: Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism by Anne Applebaum (Doubleday Books)
A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian explains, with electrifying clarity, why elites in democracies around the world are turning toward nationalism and authoritarianism.
From the United States and Britain to continental Europe and beyond, liberal democracy is under siege, while authoritarianism is on the rise. In Twilight of Democracy, Anne Applebaum, an award-winning historian of Soviet atrocities who was one of the first American journalists to raise an alarm about antidemocratic trends in the West, explains the lure of nationalism and autocracy. In this captivating essay, she contends that political systems with radically simple beliefs are inherently appealing, especially when they benefit the loyal to the exclusion of everyone else.
Despotic leaders do not rule alone; they rely on political allies, bureaucrats, and media figures to pave their way and support their rule. The authoritarian and nationalist parties that have arisen within modern democracies offer new paths to wealth or power for their adherents. Applebaum describes many of the new advocates of illiberalism in countries around the world, showing how they use conspiracy theory, political polarization, social media, and even nostalgia to change their societies.
Elegantly written and urgently argued, Twilight of Democracy is a brilliant dissection of a world-shaking shift and a stirring glimpse of the road back to democratic values.