These cartoons remind me of a favorite childrens book: The Emperor’s New Clothes.
This blog entry is an update to one in which I awarded a Nobel Prize in Consumer Electronics to an amazing device (Of course there’s no such category — but what fun !) Well, the earlier design has been cheapened in a pricing race-to-the-bottom — the result being shoddy quality-control, and premature failure: I can’t find the brand depicted in the earlier entry, but junky competitors abound. So I was delighted when I found a new version at a new store : MINISO, a Japanese retailer with seven outlets in Merida, including City Center, Centro, and Harbor. (We’ve visited two, and the mere experience of reviewing their wares is engaging, as the variety of unusual items is intriguing.)
The purchase confirms my suspicion that this is a superior design, including a lithium ion battery. One feature I really appreciate — the handle displays the charge as a sliding indicator, zero to full, so you are not swinging with a depleted battery. Take back your home space! $199 pesos.
Dear Democratic National Committee : I promise to stay home on election day if you nominate Sleepy Joe Biden, a slam-dunk loser, an instant replay of Hillary 2016. Please wake up!
From TheAtlantic [emphasis added by me] : This spring, Joe Biden, who entered the 2020 presidential campaign selling himself as the Democrats’ Trump-slayer, gave a speech in which he discussed the event that, nearly 30 years later, remains an open wound for many: Anita Hill’s testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee alleging that Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her. “She was abused through the hearing,” Biden acknowledged. “She was taken advantage of. Her reputation was attacked.” He paused. “I wish I could have done something.”
Biden failed to mention that he had been the chair of the Judiciary Committee during the hearing—that, in fact, the person in the best position to have done something to help Hill had been Joe Biden. But the kind of slippery nonapology he offered—at an event called the Biden Courage Awards—was standard rhetoric for Biden, so common that the Hill family had turned it into a joke. Whenever the doorbell rang unexpectedly, Hill said last year, someone in the house might shout, “Oh, is that Joe Biden coming to apologize?”
For a hard-hitting, but deeply-caring look at our governance problems, I invite you to read “The Enemy Within” – an essay from Truthdig by (NYT) Pulitzer winner, Chris Hedges, cautioning against more of the same from both parties.