Monthly Archives: April 2017

Zuckerberg for Pres

You see some scattered observations that Mark Zuckerberg is going to run for President.

I think he probably is.  He’s on a listening tour.

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2017/04/30/ohio-family-zuckerberg-dinner/

I found myself wondering if he’s going to be constitutionally old enough in 2020 to take the office should he run and win.  He will be, he’ll be 35 and change then.

He’s going to run as a Democrat right?   I think he’d be a pretty compelling candidate actually.

He’s young.  He’s successful (rilly rilly rich).  He’s smart (duh).  He seems to be temperamentally excellent, he comes off as affable and earnest.

He’d be a heavyweight in an open field.  The potential would seem to be truly there for a person like him to win the nomination and the presidency.

He is a white guy though, and with him ‘listening’ to white Ohio-ans that voted for Trump, you get some sense he’d try to ply a centrist path.  Thing is, Democrats seem to have some appetite for a real Sanders type leftist right now.

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Jots w/ dots 4/21/17

There is a liberal analog for Bill-O.  Probably several, actually, but one whose public details match up pretty darn well is David Letterman.  He never got fired…

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/david-letterman-ugly-personality-no-laughing-matter-colleagues-article-1.2995387

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2009/10/creepshow-dave-letterman-drops-his-mask

But, its true conservative celebrity-dom is full of clowns  http://www.nationalreview.com/article/446913/bill-oreilly-roger-ailes-fox-news-mike-flynn-tomi-lahren-conservative-celebrity-culture-character

His hypocrisy notwithstanding, Bernie really does espouse the utilitarianism \ Pol Pot brand of socialism:  http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/bernie-sanders-slams-billionaires-gets-reminded-he-owns-3-houses/article/2620865

The week in Serena  I ever mention I love Serena?  This skinny white computer geek that knocked her up … ya know, guy is a stud, a heretofore unrevealed stud.  Way more studly than Justin Verlander.  http://www.barstoolsports.com/barstoolu/serena-williams-pregnant-with-the-reddit-co-founders-baby-won-the-australian-open-while-9-weeks-pregnant/

Is the bucolic St. Croix valley a statistical hot spot for teen suicide? Or is this normal now.

My kids knew Colin here, were in activities and school with him.

http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2017/04/a-child-dies-by-suicide/

Getting to be about a half dozen of these that I can think of in the valley in the last ten years.  Second one my kids knew.

I think I’m right in asserting this didn’t happen in the 80’s nearly so much. Or say, at all.

420 Jots w/ dots….

Analytics is not a substitute for intelligence… or something…. Because I’m sure there’s a moneyball lesson in here somewhere.  Who made the analytics revolution?  Billy Beane and Nate Silver amirite.  I’m not an apostle, but I think I’m right to remember both Beane and Silver caution that the modern analytics discipline provides ‘another’ piece of insight rather than a ‘superseding’ piece of insight.  The Clinton smart kids didn’t understand that.   Their faith was in an analytics model at the end of a campaign, they didn’t poll in October 2016.  http://nypost.com/2017/04/18/hillary-ran-the-worst-presidential-campaign-ever/  And ostensibly it was because of some instinct for thrift that would seem strangely new to big time campaigns, much less Democrat campaigns…

Bill-O:  I never watched it, never saw one episode.  In the gun business, there was a necessity for me to ping a 75 year old collector on occasion…. Couldn’t call him during The Factor.

This would seem to be the reality, such that one chooses to see it:  http://theweek.com/articles/692863/there-no-real-evidence-that-trump-voters-are-turning-trump

There is no Democrat analog here…  I can’t see Obama having had the opportunity to get a picture snapped with say Tom Morello and Michael Moore.  The Democrats don’t actually have a Palin themselves.

Scouted: The Donald

http://theweek.com/articles/689145/why-america-needed-trumps-first-pitch

“Trump’s absence is made all the more conspicuous by the fact that he was reportedly very good at baseball in his youth. His former baseball coach told Rolling Stone that as a senior "we had scouts from the [Philadelphia] Phillies to watch him, but he wanted to go to college and make real money." A former classmate alleged Trump could throw 80 mph, and when playing catcher, Trump was unflinching in the face of speeding foul balls.”

I take it as fact Trump was a fair enough varsity player, ya know, he lettered, but…. bullshit on the rest. The population of 18 year old baseball players in 1965 was no doubt not nearly as robotically muscular as today. But like now, 80 mph was nothing then. A 6’ 2”, say 190 lb 18 year old seen throwing “80 mph” would have been completely unremarkable. That kind of speed didn’t get you ‘scouted’. If a scout was present at your game and you were observed throwing 80 mph, they wouldn’t have taken an index card out of their pocket and written your name on it.

Trump ought to be more than capable of throwing out a first pitch. Tangentially related…. Been hearing all my life Ronald Reagan was left handed. Watched a clip of him throwing out the first pitch at Wrigley in 1984. He threw it right-handed, then signed a bunch of autographs right-handed. Explanation is, I guess, he was very ambidextrous.