Several times lately, my homeless vodka addict prophet girlfriend, Kari Dangler, called me to say she was getting premonitions and seeing in her dreams that something terrible was about to happen in Alabama. I myself had a dream that a train and all its cars left the tracks and fell into a ravine. I also dreamt of an dear elder friend, whom I am convinced was in the CIA, under cover. In the past, we had agreed that the train was going to jump the tracks in America, and only when was the question? In the dream, I told him that it had taken more words in the past, and I am glad I can say it in a few words today.
This morning, I listened to a radio report of interviews of Alabama Republican voters. One woman said she's voting for Roy Moore, because he's the lesser of evils. That is, he's not a Democrat. News of a poll in which 70 percent of Alabama Republicans asked, said the sex charges against Moore are false.
Back in mid-November, President Trump's daughter, Ivanka, one of his advisers, was quoted:
“There is a special place in hell for people who prey on children,” Trump told the AP. “I’ve yet to see a valid explanation, and I have no reason to doubt the victims’ accounts.”
I wonder how Ivanka feels about this below?
If I backed Roy Moore, my daughters, their husbands and their children would disown me. Same, if I backed Donald Trump. And I wouldn't blame them.
Trump calls Roy Moore to offer his endorsement
© 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.I told a lifelong Republican friend in Starbucks last night, that Alabama evangelists backing Moore is an example of mass demonic possession, similar to what was seen in Hitler's Germany. Likewise, American envangelists backing President Trump.
The lifelong Republican is a born-again Christian. He did not vote for Trump. He does not like Moore.
I told him, Trump IS the Republican Party, because it made him its candidate. Just like Hillary Clinton IS the Democratic Party, because it made her its candidate.
The lifelong Republican said, if the Democrats had run Vice President Joe Bidden, they would have won.
I said, the Democrats would have won if they had run anyone but Hillary. The Democrats elected Trump when they ran Hillary, whom I like as much as I like Trump. America got what it deserved. It's hilarious. Not in America, but overseas. People overseas look at America and ask, has America gone crazy? Yep.
Meanwhile, a version of this horizons-expanding column below is in today's Key West Citizen. I read it early this morning, then fell back to sleep, then dreamed I was telling people about Kali, who is the Hindu goddess of destruction and resurrection. Kinda a female Jesus. My trailing thoughts follow this article.
Forget Trump and Discover the World
Mumbai, INDIA — In a recent MSNBC interview I described President Trump as a “brain-eating disease.”
I did so because his indecent behavior, and nonstop outrageous tweets and actions, force you as a commentator into a terrible choice: either ignore it all and risk normalizing Trump’s excesses or write about him constantly and risk not having the time to learn and report about the big trends now reshaping the world — trends that one day will surprise your readers and leave them asking, “Why didn’t I know this?”
To inoculate myself against Trump eating my brain, I occasionally get as far away as I can. This time it was to India, where I learned a ton that I didn’t know: I found India trying to leapfrog out of poverty and catch up to China by engaging in a rapid digitization of its entire economy and power grid.
Yes, while our president has been busy playing golf, tweeting about LaVar Ball and pushing an anything-that-will-pass tax plan, China has been busy creating a cashless society, where people can pay for so many things now with just a swipe of their cellphones — including donations to beggars — or even buy stuff at vending machines with just facial recognition, and India is trying to follow suit.
These are big trends, and in a world where data is the new oil, China and India are each creating giant pools of digitized data that their innovators are using to write all kinds of interoperable applications — for cheap new forms of education, medical insurance, entertainment, banking and finance.