As the shrinking, shrieking minority of Wrong-Wingers gets louder and more vicious, one can be excused for thinking that everything is going downhill. But this turns out not to be the case. At all. We’re winning on everything. Not just a few bills passed, a shower of subpoenas, testimony, indictments, even convictions and sentences. Everything.
There is, and will be, screaming to endure, and bogus punditry, for a while longer, until it fades away. But that is Good News, because it is the clearest sign that we are winning.
It just takes time. Not the fifty years it often takes for new ideas to reach a majority and old ones to fade to a decided minority. We’re already there on every current issue. You can tell by the polls, the votes, and of course the screaming.
Good News Thursday: The Fifty-Year Rule in Politics
Just 90 some days until election day in November, and then two months of preparation—and screaming—until the next Congress meets and the Senate sets its new rules and hands out committee assignments.
Then, as I have previously pointed out, everything will try to happen at once. It will take a little while to sort that all out, and decide which of our hundreds of priorities should come ahead of others. Equally, the Wrong-Wingers will be screaming at each other over which of our tsunami of successes to scream loudest about.
For a closeup view of the screaming process, see #MAGAMeltDown on Twitter. It was trending for a while yesterday.
Meanwhile, a screaming palate cleanser.
Whatever you and a majority of voters think this country needs, after this excellent labor shortage and the gun and chip and burn pit and inflation bills, Nancy Pelosi and Bernie Sanders and many more are on it. And many, notably including Bernie Sanders, have thought long and hard about what to propose next. With Schumer’s approval, Bernie got to lay down some familiar markers for the future during the IRA Vote-a-Rama, and Rev. Sen. Warnock added another.
Regularly Scheduled News
After 50 years of glorious music, and about the same time battling three cancers, and fighting the good fight for cancer cures, ONJ died three days ago. I wanted to add this to whatever else you might have heard.
In 1925, Born and Werner Heisenberg formulated the matrix mechanics representation of quantum mechanics. The following year, he formulated the now-standard interpretation of the probability density function for ψ*ψ in the Schrödinger equation, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1954.
And a mentsh. We can use more like him in these troubled times.
John Bolton, Mike Pompeo Assassination Plot
Source: Iranian plot had $1M Pompeo bounty
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was told by the Justice Department that he was a second target of a plot, revealed Wednesday, by an Iranian operative to murder former Trump administration national security adviser John Bolton.
DOJ on Wednesday unsealed charges against Shahram Poursafi, a member of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, with use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire.
Poursafi is a member of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
What Have the Dems Done for Everybody Lately?
We have had wonderful news about our achievements, including Zero Dark Brandon’s, all week, and especially yesterday. I thank all of our authors, and all of our commenters who added items.
President Biden got to sign the bill approving NATO membership for Sweden and Finland recently (along with the CHIPS bill). That leaves approvals not yet provided from the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and Turkey.
Yesterday Biden signed the PACTS Act on helping veterans exposed to burn pits. He will sign the IRA ASAP, possibly over the weekend, since the House is scheduled to vote on it this morning. The MSM—and even Fox—have admitted that he had a good week, and maybe, just maybe his approval ratings will go up.
I remind you again that approval polling is 110% bogus, lumping together those who consider Biden to be a Socialist race traitor who is going far too far on everything, and those who consider that he doesn’t go nearly too far enough.
Clean energy and clean investments! Win-win. Even Republicans and Wrong-Wing economics rags have to pay attention to real money.
In that case, it’s Screaming Blue time.
OK, OK, OK. I admit it. I can’t keep up with the warrants, subpoenas, indictments, trials...even the number of active cases. The screaming as their nightmares come true, however…
Nothing. Zip. Nada. Bupkes. Not a sausage.
Today’s news is: Nothing happened.
With all of the fuss on social media about Wrong-Wingers showing up en masse with guns to take on the FBI, nobody did. There were more press people than MAGAists outside Mar-a-Lago.
Oh, come on, Twitter. TFG’s face isn’t that sensitive.
A Federal appeals court has ruled that Trump’s tax returns must be given to Congress.
TFG will try for an appeal, of course.
tRUMP’S OTHER TAXES
A Case of Fifths
TFG appeared for a deposition in the case against him for fraud in New York. He took the Fifth more than 440 times.
Ultra-MAGA candidates won the right to be slaughtered by Dems in several states.
It has become clear that nobody can keep up with Ukraine’s battlefield successes, either. Certainly not Vlad the Imploder.
Was this previously unknown long-range Ukrainian missiles? Drones sneaking deep into Crimea? Ukrainian special force commandos? Whatever it was, Ukraine was not bragging about it for a while, leaving the Russkies to puzzle it out for themselves. Their public excuse is that yet another suicidally incompetent soldier was smoking on duty among all of the live ammo.
Last night (that is, during the day in Ukraine) they officially claimed that it was their Special Forces. That doesn’t mean for sure that it was. Maybe it’s one of those “irritate your choleric-tempered enemies” sallies recommended by Sunzi/Sun Tzu.
Hunter, DK staff: Ukraine update: Videos show extraordinary damage to Russian airbase in Crimea
The biggest story on the front lines today—or rather, a very long distance behind them—continues to be the successful Ukrainian strike on the Novofedorivka airfield in Russian-held Crimea. The Ukrainian something, over 200 kilometers from the nearest Ukrainian positions, achieved two very spectacular booms in two different locations. Initial reports asserted that two distinct munitions dumps had gone up.
Plus a line of fighter planes parked together, seen in before and after satellite photos.
Animals! Science! Weirdness!
The asteroid underwent a high-speed collision, and the area of impact got deformed. That deformed rock eventually broke apart due to the huge temperature differences the asteroid experiences when it rotates, since the side facing the sun is more than 150C warmer than the side facing away.
The next question is whether such bits breaking off can get enough energy from the splitting process to reach escape velocity, which is very low on Bennu.
Funny Screaming Animals
Nope. Not trying it.
Chip fabs are coming to the U.S., but will there be enough skilled workers?
Intel, TSMC, Samsung and other global companies are all planning chip fabs in the U.S. in coming years. While billions of dollars will go for those high-tech plants and their equipment, questions remain how companies will fill the needed jobs.
There are currently about 102,000 semiconductor and circuit manufacturing employees in the U.S. New chip plants will each require thousands of workers. Samsung recently announced plans for a $17 billion chip plant in Texas to open in 2024 with 2,000 high tech jobs.
A new report estimates the U.S. will need to add 70,000 to 90,000 jobs to serve up to 20 domestic fabs in coming years for the most critical semiconductor applications. To meet that number, the U.S. needs to increase its workforce talent by 50%, according to Eightfold AI’s report.
More really good jobs, yes! And to you this is a problem?
I once wrote manuals for laser microscopes with robots for handling 200mm wafers. Now it is all 300 mm wafers, and there is a plan to go to 450 mm whenever the big makers agree to push ahead with it. My microscope was used to look for defects in chips down to a third of a micron. Stone-age technology, we say today, when we are at a fiftieth of a micron.
Funny or Cry
Four of them! They didn’t know when they were well off.
Trending briefly on Twitter. Wrong answers only, please.
OK, Fred, take us out with Puttin’ on the Ritz. H/T autocorrupt.