Friday, November 11, 2016

Trump Suggestions

(1) The biggest goal for Trump politically ought to be to expand his base - the best way to do that is to basically use the veneer of "reaching out" in order to forge alliances with the left on issues where we actually agree - in particular, when the leftist has not been hostile to Trump (Jill Stein) or when they can be used as a slap in the face to Conservatism, Inc.

Trump will have Trade Promotion Authority when he takes office (I think, when does the 2015 TPA expire?) If I were him, I would try to get a House-Senate delegation created to work on any new trade deals (as I understand it, TPA supposedly allows for more legislative input during the actual formulation of the deal). I would work to make certain that Jeff Sessions, Rand Paul, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders were in the Senate delegation (all voted against TPA). The House Delegation could include Louie Gohmert, David Brat, and some well-known pro-labor Democrats.

This would build a sense that Trump wants to work with Democrats while he doesn't actually have to compromise on his priorities, and the inclusion of folks such as Sessions and Gohmert would insure that the Democrats don't try to sneak things into any agreement that would offend Trump's base (e.g. climate change regulations or immigration increases).

(2) Secondly, he needs to work to appease environmentalists with research into alternate energy worked into the Defense and NASA budgets. (Research how to make a solar-powered army base or how to use solar power for space stations or rockets, etc.). Spend a few billion on this, and make Jill Stein an adviser. Again, reach out to the other side without giving up anything on your core issues. Yes, Conservative Inc. will go apoplectic at spending a few billion on green energy, but no one else will care.

(3) Gingrich should get a position in the administration that puts him high up in NASA. Gingrich is a guy who likes big, crazy ideas, and that is what we need in NASA. Researching space bases? Mining asteroids? NASA should have something impressive as its ten-year goal, and Gingrich is the guy for that. Even if it fails utterly, I'm sure we'll get some useful new tech applications out of it.

(4) I think it's time we floated a proposal for a Christian Arab ethnostate in the Levant. We need a Lebanon that can serve as a haven for persecuted Arab Christians. There are a lot of rich Lebanese-heritage Christians (Darrell Issa being the wealthiest Congressman, Carlos Slim being the one-time wealthiest man in the world), and we need to get some Jewish historians who specialize in studying the Zionist Project that led to the creation of modern Israel together with them to talk about how land could be bought for such a project. I think a Trump administration could work on this behind the scenes.

(5) I think there needs to be a push for a national voter registration database (we can bribe states to join) where all citizens can get a voting ID number that can then be used to register, but will also be linked to information such as "any crimes that would deny you the right to vote, and where would you be denied" and "where have you voted in the past year." This number could be obtained at birth, but requires proof of citizenship to get. Free photo voter IDs that states would be required to accept as identification, but that any state or locality could require as proof of identity. Basically, we need to make certain that states can prevent voter fraud while also making the voter registration process more streamlined so as to be able to refute all claims of voter suppression.

That is all for now.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Where Trump can be Conciliatory

To environmentalists, he can include solar powered vehicles and bases in the military research budget, or the use of solar power in NASA's budget. Take the money from "diversity training," etc.

To neoconservatives, he can offer Condoleeza Rice the National Endowment for the Arts (she is trained as a pianist).

On voting, we need a new voting rights act that makes it okay to ask for ID to vote, to demand proof of citizenship to register, but also makes those things easily accessible and free of charge.

That is all - for now.

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Two New Cartoons: "Honest Amptoons"

What if Ampersand and his fellow lefty cartoonists were honest?

In response to this.

In response to this.

In response to this.

More to come. Feel free to download, save, distribute. Will be on my DeviantArt page soon.

That is all.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Getting Grabby

People talk about how Donald Trump talked with Billy Bush, but guess what - both men and women sometimes talk that way. Here's the wife of Duran Duran frontman Simon Le Bon:

That is all.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

How to Use Twitter to Argue for a Cause

When trying to use Twitter to argue a position, one needs to consider what the goals are. Generally, there are at least 4 things Twitter is useful for:

(1) Disseminating information to people who support your position. Linking to articles, blogposts, etc., that provide support for a position allows people to improve their arguments, as well as provides them with things they can link to to support their position in the future. Finally, it helps to keep their moral high and to prevent discouragement.

(2) Providing support to your side in an argument. Joining in a conversation and supporting the people arguing for your side can help their morale and can give alternate perspectives for the other side. In addition, if you can provide links to articles, etc., supporting your side, you help to provide support for the facts of your argument (as well as helping the other people on your side in the future).

(3) Directly appealing to those on the opponents' side. Basically, trying to convince an opponent to consider your side. This requires being polite, and when possible appealing to your opponents' concerns that would ten to support your side rather than belittling the ones they disagree with. For example, when arguing with a liberal pointing out that the Koch brothers are supporters of mass immigration, and that it lowers wages, makes more sense than accusing them of wanting to commit white genocide.

(4) Discrediting your opponents. Generally, exposing the flaws of a someone's arguments (politely) to someone who supports them might make them less likely to trust that person (or at least their judgment) in the future. This is particularly important when arguing with someone who has some level of influence, as reducing their influence on others might make them change their attitude, or at least could reduce the damage they can do.

A good way to use Twitter, I would argue, would be to find conversations on a topic. Find ones where there is at least one person on your side. If you have an effective rebuttal to the person who is not on your side, reply to that person, and include at least one or two people on your side in the mentions. (The longer your reply, the fewer people you can use, obviously). One trick you can use to allow longer responses is to make a longer tweet, with your links in it, not responding to anyone, and then in your response, link to that tweet rather than stating your arguments in the response. The goal is to get other people who support you to retweet your position, or to further respond, backing up their arguments.

You can also include at least one other person in the tweet who disagrees with you, in hopes that one of your opponents may be provided with a reason to question the other. But do not include too many (having 2 opponents mentioned in one tweet is probably a good limit), because if a large number of them block you, you could get suspended. (This also means that you should only join one or two arguments at a time, so that you do not risk getting too many consecutive blocks). Also try to avoid arguing with someone who appears to be irrational or block-happy. You can also always click on your opponent's names later to see if they have blocked you. If you were able to join an argument without getting blocks (especially important; has the opponent tweeted since you joined the argument - i.e. have they been on Twitter and had a chance to block you but did not?) you can probably join another.

In between this, you can of course use Twitter to publicize links, or to post helpful things to people on your own side - for example, post an article supporting a position they have taken, or suggest a better way to phrase something. And of course, keep retweeting good tweets, etc. The point is, make your arguments only 10%-30% of your Twitter posting, so you don't seem to be always spoiling for a fight. I don't know for certain that this helps prevent suspensions, but I have not been suspended for more than 2 years using this strategy, so it seems to work fairly well.

Happy tweeting!

That is all.
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