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I have been compiling stories that I find extremely silly.  For example:

Bitcoin may cause catastrophic climate change by 2033, study warns

The claim is that “mining” Bitcoin uses so many computing cycles; therefore requiring so much electricity and hence so much electrical generation, that the carbon emissions will push us over the edge.  Well, on the bright side, I guess that means I can keep my high horsepower V-8!  Then there is this one, “Can artificial intelligence help stop religious violence?” which has such a simplistic view of human behavior and religion, not to mention way too much faith in computer modeling, to be taken seriously.

Apropos Stan Lee’s passing on Monday, there is the study saying that superheroes are more violent than the villains.   It’s incredibly silly that someone bothered to do the analysis, but it is even sillier that violence somehow equates to “evil.”  (Isn’t it true that a good army has to be more violent than the bad army to win?)  Then there is the hunter that wants to start making bullets out of something other than lead because the use of lead bullets in hunting is creating lead pollution in wildlife.  Somehow I cannot help but think that the bullets are killing them a whole lot faster than the lead pollution.

Things get a little, but not much more, serious when Jerry Brown punts to climate change when discussing the California fires.  Actually Brown would be laughable were it not for the fact that he is essentially holding the state hostage to wildfire to achieve his climate change goals.  Simple fact, if you assume the worst about climate change (I don’t), the political will does not currently exist to make change based on it – therefore it is a reality and the state has an obligation and a duty to deal with it, not punt and let the state burn.

But silliest of all is Hillary Clinton running again.

Oh, don’t get me wrong, I think another Hillary run is quite possible and it will be quite impactful, but let’s face reality for just a moment.  Right now they are looking at 30-some-odd Democratic candidates – let’s call it 32.  That means 31 of them will be beating a drum – over and over and over again – “Hillary Could Not Beat Donald Trump.”  There’ll be buttons that say it, yard signs, bumper stickers.  In fact I have the hilarious vision in my mind of the first Democrat primary debate in which the 31 say it, all in unison, the first time Hillary opens her yap.

Commonly attributed to Albert Einstein is the definition of “insanity” as “doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.”  That Hillary Clinton’s elevator does not run all the way to the penthouse would not surprise me, but somehow I think that is not true for the Democratic party.  People may be ready for Hillary 4.0, but I don’t think anyone is ready for Trump v. Hillary, the rerun.

That said, Hillary in the Democratic primary might make it far more entertaining than it has been in a long, long time.  I’m always up for a good show.


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