Politics open thread, Dec 9–15

Any political thoughts this week?


28 thoughts on “Politics open thread, Dec 9–15

  1. Interesting article from the National Review….
    After Trump won in 2016, there was much ink devoted to trying to understand why Democrats do so badly in rural America. There has been a regular cottage industry of books, ranging from Hillbilly Elegy, to Arlie Hochschild’s Strangers in Their Own Land, to The Forgotten, telling liberals that they need to understand and appreciate the values of “real America”.

    And now that the midterms have exposed the limits of rural America’s voting power, it seems that Republicans are starting the same process, trying to figure out why they don’t appeal much to urban America. And perhaps, gasp, that cities are also “real America”.

  2. Not “our” politics, but politics nonetheless…I’m finding the whole Brexit thing (mess) very interesting.

  3. I’m just glad Brexit isn’t my problem. I mean I’m sure it will affect the U.S., but does EVERY stupid political problem have to be American?

  4. Republicans have known about their problem since the 2012 election. Karl Rove wrote an autopsy on that election with suggestions on where they need to focus — young people, minorities, urban. No one listened, and they doubled down on their core. Zero sympathy from me. They made their bed.

  5. “The groundwater basin in nearby Cuyama Valley was also on the “critical” list. Mr. Turrentine’s
    Grapevine hired hydrologists to argue to the state that there was a geologic fault separating
    Harvard’s Cuyama vineyards from the rest of the basin.”

    And this the money quote….Harvard bought a consultant to argue that the aquifer under their ground is in a separate basin, so they aren’t subject to the same restrictions as anyone else.

  6. The riots in France are somewhat concerning.
    We were there two years ago this week — so glad we aren’t there now.

  7. The riots in France are somewhat concerning.
    We were there two years ago this week — so glad we aren’t there now.

    We are heading there in the spring, on non-refundable plane tickets! We are supposed to spend the entire week in Paris. Thankfully, I’ve been working with a travel agent based in Europe, and I talked to her yesterday. We’ve agreed that if it doesn’t look like things are settling down, we’ll switch our itinerary around and head out of the city. Still, a pain.

  8. Are the riots localizeds or all over? The tourist areas might not be particularly affected. That being said, when I visited Greece many years ago, our hotel for the last 2 nights in Athens ended up being right smack in the middle of a massive riot. We had to go to the roof of the hotel to escape the tear gas, where we chatted with a Swedish businessman who said that everytime he went to Athens, his hotel always ended up being in the middle of a riot.

  9. They are not all over but they are definitely targeting touristy sites. Louvre, Champs Elysee, Versailles, and other spots that are on our itinerary have all had to close. I think if you were traveling to Paris for work it would be very easy to avoid and really no big deal. And I don’t think there’s any particular danger to tourists. But it’s a pain, and not what I want to deal with on vacation.

  10. I agree this program looks awesome. It wasn’t completely clear from that article, but the program targeted only those student with qualifying SAT scores. I’ve seen another study that shows requiring standardized tests helps identify low-income students for G&T programs.

  11. The other day there was a side conversation about dementia. My friend the geriatric-care manager just sent around another informational piece that I thought was interesting. It is about getting admitted to a nursing home. Apparently, it can be tough — it seems that just as there are HSS’s, there are HSNH’s (highly selective nursing homes). So if you’re looking for a placement for a loved one, make sure you have “safety” nursing homes on your list in case your relatives doesn’t make the cut for the “best” ones.

    For anyone who might be interested, here’s the text of my friend’s message:

    “The world of nursing home admissions

    A new client who is 92 years old came to us last week. She had been in the hospital for a medical issue when she developed delirium which is defined as an acute confusional state that is an organically caused decline from a previously baseline level of mental function. Basically, she didn’t know where she was or even who her children were for a time, and she was agitated, demanding to leave.

    The hospital staff felt that if they discharged her home, her confusion would clear. When the family asked if a short-term rehabilitation stay might be beneficial, they were told that their mother was “not rehab-able” by the attending physician. The family did as they were instructed and arranged for her to have 24-7 care from a private duty agency that was recommended to them by the hospital social worker. They did this because they didn’t feel that had any other options at that time.
    Their mother returned home. Her confusion didn’t clear to the point where she could be left alone, and she was having trouble keeping her balance, so for the first time in her life she had a walker (that she needed constant reminders to use). Mom’s assets and income could not keep up with the cost of $600 per day for much longer. They were stuck, worried, and needed guidance.
    Based on all their mother’s mobility, cognition and depleting assets, it was decided that there was no other option but to move her to a nursing home. The daughter’s had done their research, spoken to friends, and had vetted out their two choices for where they wanted their mother to go. However, it had never occurred to them that a nursing home, a place no one really wants to go, could turn their mother down, but that is exactly what happened.

    Here’s the way it went down, the two “top choice” nursing homes took a look at their mother’s clinical information. The hospital and current medical records clearly showed that their mother’s delirium required the use of haldol and subsequently their mother remained on a medication called seroquel. Both of these medications are considered ant-psychotics. These are HUGE red flags to the nursing homes. They are like a big red F on your report card when you apply to college. They both said “we don’t have a bed for her”.

    So, we continued down the list to the “second tier” options, not unlike your child not being able to get into their top choices of college. These second tier choice nursing homes, had the same concerns, but being that not as many people are “applying” to get into those particular nursing homes due to both government ratings and reputation in the community, they considered the admission a bit more closely. As a care manager who had met, gained the background and most importantly, the BIG picture of this woman, I was able to put on my advocate hat and call to give that more clear picture of her to the admissions team. This woman had been a teacher her entire life, and she was kind and easy going. The delirium was under better control with her medications, and in person, she was not the picture that was painted by her clinical records from the brief snapshot of time that was being portrayed. The nursing home accepted her after taking the more complete and accurate picture in mind.

    I share this story because I think it’s important that people understand, hopefully before anyone they love or work with ever needs nursing home care, that it is not as straightforward as you might think. While a college is a place that people actually want to go to, a nursing home can be just as strict in their vetting process when one is actually in need.
    If you know anyone in a similar situation, or have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.”

  12. July – I got a 12 which they say means I am more privileged than 79% of people. Which I think is very low if we’re talking world or even US population, maybe too high if we’re talking about my town.

  13. July – that quiz is so illustrative. I come out pretty oppressed. In reality I am crazy privileged!

  14. July, playing with the intersectionality quiz, I noted that the score keeps going up as you move from male to female.

    I would think that being in the middle of that scale would result in a higher score than being all the way at the female side of the scale.

  15. “In reality I am crazy privileged!”

    I can relate! That quiz is good for a laugh but in fact is the basis for how oppression is measured in a general way.

    “I would think that being in the middle of that scale would result in a higher score than being all the way at the female side of the scale.”

    That’s a good point!

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