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In Topic: Measles Outbreak Casts Spotlight on Anti-Vaxxers

22 August 2019 - 10:24 AM

I love poetic justice.

In Topic: 2020 Presidential & Congressional Elections

21 August 2019 - 11:07 PM

View PostLFC, on 21 August 2019 - 02:04 PM, said:

This. The Democrats must accept that they will not reach 1/3 of the nation. They must concentrate on the rest.

No, but they should not alienate two thirds of the Democratic base to placate the left most third of its base. And I would note that the puritopian voices are getting louder and quite shrill. In other words, they need to promote liberal policies, but with reality based details, not unicorn rainbow farts.

In Topic: 2020 Presidential & Congressional Elections

21 August 2019 - 10:12 AM

"Does anyone understand the 2020 race? This scholar nailed the blue wave — here's her forecast"


Rachel Bitecofer predicted last year's midterms with incredible accuracy. Her 2020 forecast is ... not too bad


The good news is that so long as Trump is in office, negative partisanship gives Democrats an edge, as electoral realignment continues. Rather than fearing Trump’s ability to repeat his 2016 upset, on July 1 of this year Bitecofer released her 2020 projection, which shows Democrats winning 278 electoral votes versus 197 for Trump, with several swing states too close to call. Bitecofer also isn't worried about the Democrats losing their House majority. On Aug. 6, Bitecofer released a preliminary list of 18 House seats the Democrats could flip in 2020, nine of them in Texas. The most significant threats that concern Democrats are actually golden opportunities, according to her model.

In Topic: Immigration in the Trump Era

21 August 2019 - 10:01 AM

View PostD. C. Sessions, on 21 August 2019 - 06:30 AM, said:

Bit of a broad brush there. I live in a small town -- 10,000 people more or less -- but it's extremely diverse. The University helps a lot there, but besides that the area draws on Hispanic, Native, and Anglo populations to begin with. There really isn't a dominant demographic, and it's very evident just in the conversations you overhear while shopping etc.

Your point only re-enforces mine of exposure to others is the answer. By far most rural and small communities do not have that kind of diversity. Yours is the exception, not the rule. Most such places do not have a college or university, and if they do is most likely just a community college that is probably more accurately described as an occupational training facility. The depopulation of the hinterlands is happening regardless of what anyone wants. Might as well look at the positive aspects of that trend.

In Topic: Immigration in the Trump Era

20 August 2019 - 10:54 PM

View PostMSheridan, on 20 August 2019 - 01:44 PM, said:

I was thinking about immigration yesterday. This last Sunday I was at a public park attending the 2nd birthday party of my honorary grandniece, Penelope, who is so flipping adorable I cannot convey it in words. Happy, friendly, redhead, very fair, with bright blue eyes that have a shape gifted by her 1/4 Korean ancestry (the rest being Irish, Italian, Polish, Creek Indian, and blended Southern). The party was hosted and catered by her Korean grandparents, who own several restaurants in the Stockton area. They ensured at least half of the food was vegetarian, as many of Penelope's relatives do not eat meat. Other relatives on the Korean side came as well, although their English wasn't great and my Korean is nonexistent, so I'm not sure of all the relationships. Also in attendance were family friends who are Cuban American, others who are Mexican American (2nd or 3rd generation American, I believe), and a first generation immigrant from the Congo (IIRC). That last is also Penelope's great grandfather's much-loved in-home care provider.

It was an absolutely gorgeous day, and the park was full of happy families barbecuing. Mostly kebab, I think - most of the families I saw were from the Middle East, at a guess from the clothing perhaps Pakistan. It all really could not have been nicer. It was America. I feel immense pity for anyone who could possibly feel threatened by it.

This reminds me of when my company sent me to Akron to help setup another center. Where I am is very cosmopolitan. The university and various research centers like Battelle and the American Chemical Society's Chem Ab draw in people from all over the globe. It has a large thriving Asian population, mostly Japanese and Chinese, but from all over. The fast growing Middle Eastern, Hispanic and African immigrants add even more diversity.

When I was sent to Akron for a few weeks I felt a bit uneasy there. It eventually dawned on me why. Just about every one I saw in the parts I was in were multigenerational American whites and blacks. I was missing that diversity I had been accustomed to and it felt plain creepy without it.

It is why I feel that the end of the hatred and xenophobia lies in the continued disappearance of small town/rural America. Exposure to "the others" is the best medicine. There will still be bigots, but their numbers might be much smaller.