Hangover cure

For every alcoholic drink you have, drink 12 ounces of water.

Beer, wine, hard liquor.  Whatever.

That’s it.

It works.

I have included a picture of my immensely favorite alcoholic of all time, Christopher Hitches. 

He claimed alcohol was his amanuensis.  I agree.

a·man·u·en·sis
/əˌmanyəˈwensəs/

noun

a literary or artistic assistant, in particular one who takes dictation or copies manuscripts.

peter bakke - christopher hitchens

 

 

 

 

 

Scrooge to you, too

A Christmas Carol: the heartwarming story of how the wealthy must be supernaturally terrorized into sharing.

Think about it and its implications for our future on this planet.

 

New Authors like Me Can’t Advertise on Google or Facebook Because Content is Related to President Trump / Election

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Updated 01/26/2021:

As a new author doing my own advertising, I can’t create ads on either Google or Facebook for my new book of parody “Concerning Trump” – with no end in sight for the ad restrictions.

The ad bans are related to the 2020 presidential election – which by the way was fair and perhaps the most secure American election – ever.

Don’t take my word for it, Trump’s top cyber security guy said so. Then was fired.

In any case, I await some word from the Galactic Overlords at Google and Facebook to let lowly peons like me promote our product.

So, I just jump through the galactic hoops and wait. And wait.

This is the America we live in now.

We have arrived at a place where the overlords have to stop both Liberals and Conservatives from advertising because we are so polarized as a society.

When will it end? How will it end?  

Here’s a quote from my book that pretty much sums up what Trump has done to and continues to do to our  wonderful country:

      • Trump recklessly stokes dangerous parts of America, in a country that already worships aggression.

See the screencaps below which show the ad restrictions and that one has to verify your identity as well.

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Google ad ban for anything 2020 presidential election-related.
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Facebook ad ban for anything presidential election-related 2020

An example of how Trump treated perceived threats – from fellow Republicans

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JAN 20, 2021. Biden Inauguration day.

Another delightfully quiet, sane day without Tweets from the Twit-in-Chief.

Thank you, Twitter, for blocking and protecting us from the worst President in the history of the United States, Donald J. Trump.

The following excerpt is from a fantastic article by the  New York Times that lists THOUSANDS of insults by Trump.

I picked just one object of Trump’s Twitter ire: the insurrectionist Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

Source here.

Ted Cruz

U.S. SENATOR

The following parable is applicable to the division we find ourselves in America today

 

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Check out he following parable from the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer and contemplate its applicability to the political divisions we find ourselves in America today:

One cold winter’s day, a number of porcupines huddled together quite closely in order through their mutual warmth to prevent themselves from being frozen. But they soon felt the effect of their quills on one another, which made them again move apart. Now when the need for warmth once more brought them together, the drawback of the quills was repeated so that they were tossed between two evils, until they had discovered the proper distance from which they could best tolerate one another. Thus the need for society which springs from the emptiness and monotony of men’s lives, drives them together; but their many unpleasant and repulsive qualities and insufferable drawbacks once more drive them apart. The mean distance which they finally discover, and which enables them to endure being together, is politeness and good manners. Whoever does not keep to this, is told in England to ‘keep his distance.’ By virtue thereof, it is true that the need for mutual warmth will be only imperfectly satisfied, but on the other hand, the prick of the quills will not be felt. Yet whoever has a great deal of internal warmth of his own will prefer to keep away from society in order to avoid giving or receiving trouble or annoyance.

Source

Concerning Trump : A Book of Parody : By Peter A. Bakke

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Buy ‘Concerning Trump’ … A Book of Historical Quotes Reimagined for Donald J. Trump’s Turbulent Era.

About the Book:

Political parody can be defined as: “… a literary work in which the style of an author or work is closely imitated for comic effect or in ridicule.” – Merriam-Webster Dictionary 

Parody may help those of us cope who have a liberal or moderate political disposition. It may also help make bearable these turbulent political times under the growing shadow of Trumpism. 

This frequently somber, sometimes humorous volume reimagines historical quotes with a keen eye focused on Donald J. Trump, Trumpism, and his Republican party. 

But beware, this book can only be taken in small doses. 

Like arsenic. 

If you read it and start feeling ill, that’s a good sign, a sign that you’ve been paying attention to what’s been going on in our country under the Trump regime. 

Set it aside for a while. 

But never set aside your vigilance for leaders like Donald J. Trump.

Sample Parody Quotes:

Aquinas, Thomas

Since we cannot know what Trump is, but only what he is not, we must consider the ways in which he is not rather in the ways in which he is. Is that clear?

Arabin, William

Trump, God has given you abilities, instead of which you go about the country talking trash.

Arendt, Hannah

Promises are the uniquely human way of ordering the future. But Trump makes doing so unpredictable and unreliable to the extent that it is humanly possible.

Trump shows that no cause remains but the most ancient of all, the one, in fact, that from the beginning of our history has determined the very existence of politics, the cause of tyranny.

For Trump it is easier to act than to think.

Trump haunts us. It is his function to haunt us.

Ariosto, Ludovico

Nature made Trump and then broke the mold.

Aristotle

Trump is dear to Republicans, but dearer still should be truth.

Trump does not know that excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines our destiny.

Trump is fading away because the energy of the mind is the essence of life.

Dignity does not consist in Trump possessing honors, but in him deserving them.

The educated differ from Trump as much as the awake from the dead.

A would-be tyrant like Trump must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Voters are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has God on his side.

Trump and his cult-like followers know that democracies may easily degenerate into despotisms if enough lies are believed. The bigger the lie, the better for them.

Arlen, Michael

It is amazing how nice people will be to Trump after they know he is leaving office.

The one prevailing evil of American democracy today is the tyranny of the Republican minority.

Peter Bakke Texas Redistricting
U.S. congressional districts covering Travis County, Texas (outlined in red) in 2002, left, and 2004, right. In 2003, the majority of Republicans in the Texas legislature redistricted the state, diluting the voting power of the heavily Democratic county by parceling its residents out to more Republican districts.
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The Republican state legislatures from North Dakota to Texas, from Montana to Maine have been focusing on redistricting for decades. Republicans have been playing the long game while Democrats have been asleep at the switch. The Republicans have built a monolith that will be very hard to dismantle or ever be representative of the emerging American political demography.
 
What has been the result? Republicans have lost the popular vote in seven of the past eight presidential elections since Clinton in ’92 (that’s almost 30 years), but still managed to elect Bush the Younger twice and Trump once. The Electoral College system is outdated and frankly nuts. But that’s another story.
 
The good news is that even the Republican’s regressive, undemocratic redistricting plans are being overwhelmed by the big, inclusive tent party system of Democrats, like me, vs. their closed tent and shrinking minority.
 
The one prevailing evil of American democracy today is the tyranny of the Republican minority.

The percentage of returning Members of Congress is higher than the old Soviet Politburo.

Peter Bakke Capitol building

Yup, for real. The American political system is nuts. What happens as as soon as Members of Congress are in office is that they spend an inordinate amount of time begging for money for the next election. And there is always a next election. In 2013 I donated $500 to congressman Ron Barber. He personally called me about once a month trying to get more money out of me and finally stopped (I had lost my job which was a very good reason). It’s the only time a MOC ever talked to me. Ever. And he wanted more money. They all do it. The system is broken.

MOCs spend weekends back home at personal fundraisers, then fly to DC on Mondays and fly back on Fridays. That leaves just Tu, Wed, Th to get any work done in DC… and the definition of “getting work done in DC” is fluid and questionable. The American political system is broken and I don’t have an answer. Citizens United really F’d this all up. I’ll support anyone that does have an answer.

Republicans Are Destroying the American Experiment in Democracy.

 

Frustration Peter Bakke
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Jeremy Peters and Maggie Haberman have explained that Republicans believe that defying Trump would damage their standing with Republican base voters. By doing so, the politicians are “inflaming the public,” French noted, causing many voters to believe — wrongly — that a presidential election was unfair. And that belief is fueling an outbreak of violent threats against elections officials, including:
  • Dozens of Trump supporters, some armed, went to the home of Jocelyn Benson, Michigan’s Democratic secretary of state, and began shouting obscenities.
  • On Twitter, Trump supporters have posted photographs of the home of Ann Jacobs, a Wisconsin official, and mentioned her children.
  • In Phoenix, about 100 Trump supporters, some armed, protested at the building where officials were counting votes.
  • In Vermont, officials received a voice message threatening them with “execution by firing squad.”
  • Seth Bluestein, a Philadelphia official, received anti-Semitic and violent threats after Pam Bondi, a Trump ally, publicly mentioned him.
  • A Georgia poll worker went into hiding after a viral video falsely claimed he had discarded ballots.
  • Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s Republican secretary of state, and his wife have received death threats, including by text message, and caravans have circled their house.
  • Gabriel Sterling, another Georgia official, received a message wishing him a happy birthday and saying it would be his last.

How to calculate the percentage of remaining election ballots that your candidate needs to win in order to catch up

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I’m a math nerd and a political nerd, so I came up with the following equation tonight for other nerds. Regardless of who you want to win the presidency, this equation will tell you how to calculate the percentage of remaining ballots that your candidate needs to win in order to catch up to the other cat. Anything more than that percentage, and your candidate wins! 🙂
 
Formula:
 
0.5 * (Ballots Remaining – Deficit) + Deficit
—————————————————
                     Ballots Remaining
 
You just need to know the number of remaining ballots to be counted and the deficit.
 
For example:
 
As of tonight, Thursday, 11/5/2020, in Arizona, Trump is behind Biden by about 47,000 votes with about 204,000 ballots remaining.
 
For simplicity, let’s just get rid of the thousands (000’s). The calculation will be the same.
 
   0.5 (204-47) + 47
= ——————–
           204
 
       78.5 + 47
= ——————–
            204
 
= 0.615
 
So, Trump needs to win 61.5% of the remaining ballots to pull even. More than that, and he wins.
 
Conversely, Biden needs to win more than 38.5% of the remaining ballots to win (1.0 – .615 = 0.385)
 
Math class is over. Drink a beer. Or a beverage of your choice.