This came up in a Twitter conversation with Miguel de Icaza, earlier today, mentioned above. I said that Sanders and Warren freak me out. Warren is his candidate, so he asked why. I said I didn't want to discuss it on Twitter. After giving it a few hours thought I decided to try it on my blog, here, now.
PS: Here's a Google search for Elizabeth Warren on my blog, so you can see how I've written about her in the past.
Suppose the delegate count going into the convention is roughly as shown below. Sanders has a plurality, but not a majority. Most voters chose someone other than Sanders. No one can "steal" the nomination. He doesn't own it.
The numbers with Sanders having a plurality.
It seems Sanders will rule MSNBC the way Trump rules Fox; if so -- I'm going to CNN, which I did last night. It was a good choice because I got to see the Bloomberg town hall, which was excellent. If he's not really a sweet smart guy, then he's a great actor who plays one, and I don't think he's an actor. If you get a chance, watch it, if for no other reason to observe how bad the debate format is about informing our choices.
In the debates and the town hall, Bloomberg misses obvious opportunities most politicians wouldn't miss. When someone greets you with a smile, smile back and when their question is done, no matter how pointed, say "That's a really good question." Bloomberg doesn't. These are easy things to learn, and they go a long way toward being likable, trusted, and perceived as authentic. Yes, it matters that a leader know the niceties of meeting the public he leads.
In the final question of the debate they asked a softball question that he muffed. What's the biggest misperception about you? A good answer: "I'm a liberal, and yes I'm very rich, but I put my money behind our ideas. I am dedicated to doing good. It's a luxury I have because I'm so rich, but I am trying to help, and it's working."
On the other hand, in last night's town hall, he was open and vulnerable, explained himself, and I got the feeling over and over, this is my ideal of a president. I don't want someone who blows smoke and points fingers, I want someone who works at making things better, and protects us, listens and is open-minded. He has done all that both in his civic and private life, and he's made mistakes which have been pointed out, and unlike many leaders, esp the current president, and other candidates, he admits when he was wrong.
PS: I haven't been able to find a video of the full town hall. If you find it, please send it to me on Twitter or via email.
PPS: On February 28, we now have a video of the full town hall.
I bought a new 2019 Subaru Forester about a year ago. It works pretty well. There are things that could work better, but I like it. It's a good car for where I live, in the mountains north of NYC. But it's not perfect. About the half the time the driver seatbelt gets stuck in the door. It was a hassle until now, but all the buckle slamming has broken a sensor built into the door. The car's electronics thinks the door is always open even when it's closed.
Now the battery runs down overnight and the car requires a jump start. And all the alarms are ringing when I'm driving.
I took the car in for service. It's still under warranty, but Subaru wants me to pay for the repair. Estimate $500.
I can't imagine what they think I'm doing.
They say they can't reproduce the problem.
Seems to me it's a design flaw.
This is where we're stuck.
This came up in an email discussion.
Here's how I do it.
Suppose you have a sequence of four bits of text you want to turn into a Twitter thread.
Label them A, B, C and D.
When you post a tweet you can optionally specify which tweet it is in reply to.
First I post A to Twitter, not a reply.
Twitter will display that as a thread. Like this.
Could I have had them all in reply to A? Not sure. I haven't tried it.