the bubbler

Happy new year: 2021

Happy new year, everyone. As always, I’m very grateful for all of you who’ve taken time to dive in and read some of our now-more-than-600 posts. Unlike many, I’m a little sad to see 2020 go. While it was certainly a hell of an action-packed year with a lot of negative events, I found it a great time to take stock, reassess, and prepare myself for the future. I also think historians are going to look back at this decade and conclude 2021 was more significant for the changes that will come than 2020. 2020 will be looked at…

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COVID lessons

There’s obviously been a lot of terrible results from this pandemic, from the deaths to the lost jobs and savings, we’re going to be picking up after this one for awhile. But some good has come from it, and we should take a minute to make sure we consider the lessons. Suddenly, the people of the Midwest matter. While we’re rightly grateful for the medical staffs that have been serving coronavirus patients, that’s a small number compared to the truckers, farmers, distribution center workers, and other citizens of the Midwest (and all over the country) who make this country…

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The party of projection

The foundation of the Democrat Party is based squarely on projection. If you want to know what they are or what they stand for, you simply have to listen to what labels they use to describe conservatives. Go down the list… racism sexism homophobic anti-science uneducated fascist wealthy intolerant The list is longer, but these are the ones you hear most often, so let’s address them. Democrats can’t look three feet without seeing a racist. They see racism everywhere, in everything. This is partly because they see race. When Democrats see a black person, they think, there’s someone who…

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The real purpose of the “anti-science” label

The idea that half of the United States adult population is anti-science is ridiculous and implausible. In this golden age of innovation, artificial intelligence, data science, global health (coronavirus, not withstanding), presence in space, and atomic energy, the idea that there’s an entire political party that is anti-science is foolish. But, here we are. Democrats have successfully branded conservatives as anti-science, and, as usual, the Republican Party’s marketing department, the worst marketing department in the history of marketing, has done nothing to address or refute the claim. So we at the Bubbler will take care of it for them….

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Media bias: let me count the ways

Today marked the convergence of several items that should explain, quite neatly, why conservatives have no faith in the media. Before we go on, let’s agree on the founding principle of the media: freedom of the press is a critical element to a healthy, functioning democracy, because without informed citizens, government and private industry can do what they want, without check. And here’s one additional perspective, relating to media bias: The UK handles their media with openness about their biases. For example, everyone knows which newspaper is conservative and which is liberal. The idea behind this is that they…

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Forget the pandemic, Trump reacted too slowly on the economy

So much irony. So much getting it wrong. So much rewriting history. We’ve been told that President Trump was slow to understand and react to the pandemic, but most of the evidence suggests it’s just the opposite. He closed travel to China before anyone thought it was a good idea, and then they chastised him for it. He’s moved companies to produce the equipment we need. He’s been given credit (rightly or wrongly) for suggesting we can sterilize masks, rather than have to produce more in mass quantities. He’s given us sometimes useful daily updates to keep everyone informed….

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Debate tips (for when you don’t have any ideas of substance)

When I engage in political conversations with people who disagree with me – whether in person or on Internet comment boards – I often don’t get rebuttals that directly address my point. Too often, when I saw or heard criticism of Obama, the response went right to either “Well, Bush got us into this” or “Bush’s policies led to that.” The implication was that if you have an issue with one of Obama’s policies, you must have been a Bush supporter – which is irrelevant. It’s time people realize that it’s possible, and often the case, that the people…

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Everyone is like me

I’ve been involved in market research for over 30 years. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in that time, it’s that people like to think that everyone is like them. When I hear people talk about how we’re all racist, we don’t care about others, we’re too materialistic and we have to think of future generations, I wonder if they’re telling everyone else these things because they see them as their own personal obstacles. When I hear people espouse the belief that rich people all stole or cheated to get there, I can’t help but think the people saying…

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I’m an idiot, and I vote

I was just on my way home from the dentist when I ended up waiting in line at a stop light. It was two lanes going each way, so there was a line of cars next to me as long as the line I was in. There were eight cars in each line. I was the eighth car in the left lane. Mine was also a turning lane, and it was difficult to tell which of the cars in front of me were going to be waiting to turn left. When the light changed, we didn’t move, which told…

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