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Trumplandia Report For May 25th, 2017 — Don’t Body Slam Me, Brah

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Introduction:

I know I feel like doing something on a daily basis about this new world we live in, Trumplandia, but I don’t know exactly what I want to do. We seem to live in a regular state of uncertainty, and I am a little obsessed with news about Trump, so it makes sense to maybe use all that obsession productively.

I don’t know exactly how it will shape up, though. It could be an email list, it could be a blog, I just don’t know. But I feel like there is both a market and audience for a narrowcast media outlet devoted to covering the latest outrage on the part of Donald Trump. Or, put another way, I’m interesting in putting the energy into doing from my point of view.

So, maybe nothing will come of this, or maybe something will. I don’t know. Only time will tell. But I might as well try and see what happens. Right now, the key issue is will this be an email tip-sheet or a blog? If you want it be a tip-sheet, send me your email at migukin (at) gmail.com and I will add you and go that direction with this. If no one does that, I will just write this up as events warrant, but at least once a day in the mornings. If this becomes really popular, I’m going to need donations for bandwidth, if nothing else.

The Trumplandia Report
May 25, 2017

It seems as though each day brings with it totally bonkers news here in this new era, this new land we call Trumplandia. The president of the United States, Donald J. Trump, is willfully obstructing justice in an on-going manner and yet it seems no one cares in Congress. Vichy Republicans control both houses of Congress and they are willful in their complicity when it comes to Trump’s ongoing violation of the Constitution.

So much news is coming at us so fast these days that we risk an overload. We risk being burnt out to such an extent that we endup with a “managed democracy” like they have in Russia. I, for one, believe the American spirit is such that this won’t happen, no matter what.

The big news today in Trumplandia is the vicious assault of Ben Jacobs of The Guardian by Republican candidate Greg Gianforte in Montana. The event — of which there is an audio-recording — took place when Jacobs asked a question about the Congressional “score” of TrumpCare. While Rightwing Nutjobs tried to spin this event in their usual surreal manner, the cold hard truth is Jacobs was not doing anything to warrant the bodyslam.

Three of Montana’s major newspapers have taken back their endorsement of Gianforte as a result of this news. However, reports are that close to 60% of the expected vote has already come in through mail-in early voting, so it’s uncertain how likely it is that this tragic event will make any difference in the actual outcome of the vote. It must be noted that Montana is extremely conservative and even though this race has garnered national attention, it was unlikely to go to the Democratic challenger Rob Quist, regardless of what happened.

Quist, as I understand it, isn’t even that good a candidate all things considered and so it was one of those things were all the hype about this race being a referendum for Trumplandia is rather misguided.

In other news, Trump today is in Brussels for a NATO summit. Reports say that NATO officials were expecting the visit like one might “expect an asteroid.” As you may recall, Trump during the 2016 campaign claimed that NATO was “obsolete” and yet within the first 100 days of his administration saw the light and decided it wasn’t.

Elsewhere in Trumplandia, Buzzfeed is reporting that an employee for Trump’s “Winter White House” has been doing logistics work for Trump during his foreign trip. She got a government phone and email and everything, acccording to Buzzfeed.

All of this takes place as there are at least four major investigations going on of the Trump Administration. Three in Congress and one by the Special Counsel. I am not one of those people who feel Trump will be impeached anytime soon. In fact, I think it will be unlikely it will happen until at least 2019, and that assumes both houses of Congress flip in 2018.

The path of history is rarely a straight line and so there are bound to be any number of bizarre twists and turns to this tale of Trumplandia before it’s finally over. Donald Trump has show himself to be, if nothing else, a survivor.

Talk To Me Internet: Of #Politics, #Trump & #Writing A #Novel 2nd Draft Outline

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

The question of the moment is, “How did Trump come about and why?” I also talk about working on the 2nd draft of the outline for my 2nd outline of my novel.

Talk To Me Internet: Dwelling On My #Novel #Writing #AmWriting

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Just some dwelling on my novel. I like the fact that I have a big creative project to work on.

V-Log: Discussion Of The 2nd Draft Of The 2nd Half Of The 2nd Act Of My Novel

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I am hard at work on the second draft of the outline for my novel. These v-logs are me talking about where things stand some. I am really tired, so I don’t know how far I will get to write tonight.

V-Log: A Rambling Daydream About A New News Source

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

We currently have a problem. A huge problem. That problem is people simply do not want to step out of their comfort zone and be exposed to news that challenges their existing beliefs. So, I propose we establish a new news source that has really conservative and really liberal writers and throws them together. It can’t hurt. We need a news source that both sides could agree on was “fair and balanced.”

I have no money, so this is just a foolish daydream.

V-Log: Continued Discussion Of A #UX #UI Update To The Concepts Of Usenet

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Here is a brief run-down of my vision of how Twitter (or a startup) could use the concepts of Usenet and IRC to establish a social media platform that does the same thing Twitter does, only more effectively. Let me start off by saying I know what I am going to describe sounds a lot like Reddit, but I don’t like the UX / UI of Reddit and this concept would work on the assumption that the interface would be a lot better than Reddit’s current one.

Besides having a horrible problem with trolls, a major problem with Twitter is it is nearly impossible to have an effective conversation using it. If you were to use the concepts of Usenet and IRC, that problem would be fixed quite easily. Major difference between what I am proposing and, say, Reddit, is each individual post would be its own webpage in the context of threaded discussion. So, in a sense, I am proposing turning Twitter (or a startup) into a suped up version of the old discussion board systems that people who are ancient like me remember. But I am thinking more of updating Usenet than I am discussion boards.

I know that by having a threaded discussion like what was found on Usenet that you have an extra click, but I think that extra click is worthwhile. And if you cut through the threads by having a feed like Twitter, Facebook and Reddit, then I think that problem is solved. I guess I just like the notion that you would have entire Webpage to make your case. And if you work on that assumption, you need some way of managing the discussion once you hit “post.”

So, in a sense, to the modern social media user, the concept I’m thinking of is kind of a mixture of Reddit, Facebook and Medium.com. They wouldn’t know that I’m actually referencing something significantly older. I originally thought this concept would be for a service that would compete against Facebook, but the more I thought about it, the more I realize what I was doing was re-inventing G+, only with a fatal flaw — the people you put into groups would know the name of the group.

But if you work on the assumption that groups are public, the fact that people would know the name of the group becomes moot. So, in my vision of things, you would have a group started by a New York Times reporter who you would follow. You would see, say, the first 200 words of a post they had written in your feed, then you would click on the title and be able to inline edit what they had written. What’s more, you would also be able to interact with other people in the group using IRC concepts. All of this would be public, unlike Facebook which is in something of a gated community. That’s the aspect of all of this I didn’t quite grasp.

The public nature of this would allow this service to not only do exactly what Twitter does, but at least on desktop, allow for significantly more feature rich advertisements. and you would be able to interact with people in a much more direct manner. All of this would probably have the same problems as Twitter when it comes to trolls, but that is an issue that any service is bound to have.

This is just me idly musing. I can’t code, don’t want to learn and have no money. So, make of this what you will. It is at least somewhat interesting to think about.

Talk To Me Internet — Mulling The State Of My #Novel #Writing #AmWriting

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I am hard at work on the second outline of my novel. I continue to need people willing to read the first draft and give me some sense of how to make the second draft much, much better. But we’ll see. It will be interesting to see what happens. I am really enjoying writing this story. For once it’s not about me complaining about how much people hurt me, it’s just about telling a great story.

If you want to read the first, rough draft of my novel, you can find it here —-> Nuk I would prefer if you read it and gave me some input on how to make the next draft better. Everything in the first draft is subject to change. It is not very good,but it’s a first draft. Please email me constructive criticism at migukin (at) gmail.com.