Restaurants, Post-2016

Anybody went to the new tonkatsu place in Kapahulu? In the past, I’ve expressed a blase attitude about tonkatsu restaurants (although the kurobuta tonkatsu did intrigue me). But I saw some pictures of this new place, and it looked good. You know how Japanese tempura (versus local okazu style) is spiky? That’s how these looked.

Also, has anyone gone to the new Uzbek restaurant downtown? It looked good. (Don, the food looked like something you would like.)

How Should Journalists Cover a President Who Doesn’t Care About Telling the Truth?

In response to this tweet:

Here’s Professor Jay Rosen’s tweet: Continue reading ‘How Should Journalists Cover a President Who Doesn’t Care About Telling the Truth?’

Was This a Bad Call?

Continue reading ‘Was This a Bad Call?’

Duos and Other Musical Team-ups You’d Like to Hear

I thought of two musicians that came to mind as possible partners with Daryl Hall, so I’ll start with that: Continue reading ‘Duos and Other Musical Team-ups You’d Like to Hear’

NFL 2017 Off-Season

A thread to discuss NFL news prior to the start of the 2017 season. Let’s discuss free agent activity first. Continue reading ‘NFL 2017 Off-Season’

How I Use Twitter as a News Filter

From the past several months, I’ve been spending more time consuming (national) news than I’ve ever did in my life. In this thread, I’m going to describe the process I’ve developed to gather information. Continue reading ‘How I Use Twitter as a News Filter’

Greatest Cult Movie

I saw this question raised on twitter, and I tried to think of answer. Here’s the first film that came to mind: Continue reading ‘Greatest Cult Movie’

Trump Regime (4)

Trump Presidency (1)
Trump Presidency (2)
Trump Regime (3)

Administrative Personnel Profiles

The Press is Failing the American Public

When future generations look back on this time period, I believe they will be critical of the press coverage of Trump. “Why were they overlooking the dangers? Why weren’t they ringing the alarm bells?” I’ll try to share some of my thoughts on this in this thread. Continue reading ‘The Press is Failing the American Public’

This Time, Robots May Really Replace a Lot of Human Workers–What Should We Do About This?

This essay–A Warning From Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking, and Elon Musk
–includes several interesting short video clips of the specific jobs robots will do, displacing human workers. There are three proposals to deal with this displacement: Continue reading ‘This Time, Robots May Really Replace a Lot of Human Workers–What Should We Do About This?’

Sorry About All the Trump Posts

Guys, I realize that I’m posting a lot about Trump, and I’m feeling a little bad about that. I think it’s becoming too excessive, and yet, I want to both express my thoughts about this topic, as well as create a repository for articles and other information.

I have an idea to reduce the number of posts–or at least reduce pushing up Trump-related threads to the top of the list. Here’s the idea I have: Continue reading ‘Sorry About All the Trump Posts’

Thoughts on the Government Leaks That Have Been Going On

Rebellion Brews but But American ‘Deep State” is a Myth is an article by John Schindler, a former NSA analyst. I don’t take Schindler’s word as gospel (really, I don’t take any journalist’s world as gospel), but Schindler is credible to me. Having said that, some of his tweets, chiding Trump for insulting the Intelligence Community (IC) have unsettled me a bit. These tweets are warnings that suggests if Trump insults the IC, the IC would get their revenge. In the article above, Schindler not only attempts to debunk the notion of a Deep State rebelling against Trump, but also ostensibly defend the leaks. He doesn’t do that great of a job, in my view, as I think can be seen in this section: Continue reading ‘Thoughts on the Government Leaks That Have Been Going On’

Ode to the Free Press

The press has problems. There’s ideological bias, that can lead to distortions and misleading reporting. There is commercial pressures and a lack of resources that can lead to hurt the quality of journalism even more. Despite these flaws, I still think the press is very important, and does have the capacity to report facts to hold the President accountable. If there’s one thing good about the Trump regime, it’s that I’ve gained a much deeper appreciation for our system of government and democratic institution, and the free press is close to the top of that list.

Here’s a thread that collects some video, quotes and anything else that serves as a paean to the press. The first video clip is my favorite:

Continue reading ‘Ode to the Free Press’

Trump Administration Personnel Profiles

This is a thread on the personnel in the Trump administration. I’m going to organize this thread a little differently. I’m going to try and use one post (comment) per staff, which I will update with articles and comments over time. In effect, the post/comment will be like a page for the person in question. I’m doing this for several reasons: 1) this makes finding information about an individual a lot easier; 2) it will limit the number of times the entire thread is bumped to the top.

The format of thread isn’t really structured for discussion, but if any of you want to post a comment please feel free to do so.

Trump Regime (3)

45th President (1)
Trump Presidency (2) Continue reading ‘Trump Regime (3)’

Some Thoughts on Distrust Towards the Media

I’ve read several articles/tweets from conservatives criticizing the media, and while conservatives have been bashing the media for liberal bias for years, I’m hearing a slightly different twist, now. Some of them recognize the need for good journalism now, as well as public trust in the press, but these conservative critics believe the mainstream media (some of these critics are conservative journalists/writers) is basically clueless. In this thread, I want to address some of the points they make; here are some thoughts off the top of my head: Continue reading ‘Some Thoughts on Distrust Towards the Media’

Stranger Things (TV Series)

Reid

Stranger Things

I’d recommend this to Mitchell, Grace, and Penny. I’d also recommend this to Chris, Joel and probably Jill as well. Continue reading ‘Stranger Things (TV Series)’

Americans Protesting Trump

Here’s a thread to collect anecdotes and images about public protests or demonstrations opposing President Trump. I find these images really inspiring.

Here’s the first one I’m posting, which comes from St. Louis:

IQ2US Debate: Should Donald Trump Be Given a Chance?

For:
Clive Crook, writer for Bloomberg. (It should be noted that Crook is not very supportive of Trump’s policies, and his actions so far.)
Gayle Trotter, columnist, political analyst, lawyer

Against:
David Frum, The Atlantic co-editor, former George W. Bush speechwriter.
Michael Waldman, President, Brennan Center for Justic, and former speechwriter for Bill Clinton. (He’s the only liberal on the panel.)

This is a long debate, centered around whether Donald Trump should be given a chance. I just wanted to jot down some of my thoughts and comments: Continue reading ‘IQ2US Debate: Should Donald Trump Be Given a Chance?’

If You Could Only Choose Two Books from the Bible, Which Ones Would You Choose?

Dr. Russell Moore asked this on twitter. I’ll tell you the winners later. Which books would you choose? (I think this was a desert island question–but you could just choose your two favorite.)

By the way, he mentioned being surprised by how many people chose Continue reading ‘If You Could Only Choose Two Books from the Bible, Which Ones Would You Choose?’