The Root ranks every Democratic candidates’ ‘Black Agenda’. Comprehensive, and well worth reading for the details and commentary. But here’s the spoiler-iffic end results, listing the candidates from worst to best (all scores out of 100 possible points)

  • Tulsi Gabbard: 0
  • Amy Klobuchar: 22
  • Michael Bloomberg: 43
  • Bernie Sanders: 50
  • Tom Steyer: 62
  • Pete Buttigieg: 66
  • Joe Biden: 70
  • Elizabeth Warren: 79

There you have it. Elizabeth Warren’s “black agenda” is the blackest of them all. Unfortunately, she also seems to be invisible to everyone except Mike Bloomberg. But that’s only because she keeps punching him in the face during the debates.

Then again, we’ve only counted the white votes.

Since I’ll hit 20 years of blogging this November, this year I’m posting a daily list of anything I published on this day in the past.

There are 19 posts previously published on February 28th

  • 2019
    • 🖖 #StarTrekDiscovery S02E07: Yay! No more Spock-teasing! Space squid are fun, and Tilly gets flustered around causality violations. Glad Pike at least mentioned Ash killing Culber. Still really unsure about Section 31, all the Spock stuff, and now time travel, but holding on.
    • Well, now I know who to blame for my dreary fashion sense: Beau Brummell (well, and discovering the goth community in my youth….). I break out of the drab-ness occasionally (my Pride kilt from Verillas, for example), but…yeah. Maybe I could do more. Need to ruminate on this.
  • 2016
    • Weekends should be longer than two days. (59/366)
  • 2014
    • Once again, frozen yogurt for dessert before heading out to a show. :)
  • 2009
    • Dollhouse As evidenced by my recent tweet, I've now given Joss two chances to win me over to Dollhouse, and he's 0 for 2. It just doesn't work for me, and there's a number of smaller reasons that add up to one big fail.
  • 2008
  • 2007
    • The root of the problem… It’s nothing really, but the grammatically preferable version of this phrase is 'for whom I’m supposed to root,' which is the most hilarious collection of words I’ve encountered since 'Academy Award-winning screenwriter Ben Affleck.'
    • Numbers I don't get it: why is the latest Enterprise the NCC-4 8 15 16 23 42?
  • 2006
    • Tuesday Ten (In My Pants) A variation on the 'ten random tracks' music meme, adding in the fortune-cookie game of adding ' my pants' to the end of the fortune...or in this case, song title.
    • I’m 6.29% Slut Just a cute little bit of web silliness: using the Slut-o-Meter to compute your promiscuity according to Google. According to the Slut-o-meter, I'm 6.29% slut.
  • 2005
    • Keeping New Readers Problogger has a short series of posts with tips on how to keep readers who have stumbled across your site via a search engine hit or some other method. Interesting stuff, though nothing groundbreaking, and as it turns out, I do most of what he recommends already.
  • 2004
  • 2003
    • Search improvements While MovableType does include its own search function, I've chosen not to use it for because I have a number of pages that live outside of my weblog, which MT would not be able to search. However, I'd run into a bit of a problem with the search engine I am using, and I think I've finally got it solved.
  • 2002
    • Where were you? I found an interesting discussion today, and thought it was well worth cribbing to use here on my site. One of the members of the HTF started a thread asking where people were and what they remember about significant dates in history.
    • They fight crime! He's a hate-fuelled misogynist stage actor from the Mississippi delta. She's a transdimensional red-headed nun who hides her beauty behind a pair of thick-framed spectacles. They fight crime!
    • Moving soon I talked to Melvin last night, and got the go-ahead to move into the new apartment, probably starting next week sometime, so that I can be in by the 15th.
  • 2001
    • Shake, rattle and roll I just found out when I got to work that Seattle got quite a bit of a shaker yesterday -- current estimates put the quake that just hit them at 6.8.
    • Radio – and future gigs? My personal moment of triumph was when one person called to tell Nick to quit playing a compilation CD, at which point Nick let him know that it was actually me mixing live. I guess my mixes were going pretty smoothly!
    • Back online Sorry 'bout the recent downtime over the past couple of days...problems with the cable modem. In any case, everything's resolved now, and things are looking good.

Was the Democratic Nomination Rigged? A Reexamination of the Clinton-Sanders Presidential Race by Anthony J. Gaughan: “This article makes three central points. First, it contends that the overwhelming weight of evidence makes clear the 2016 Democratic nomination process was not rigged in favor of Hillary Clinton. Second, this article argues that the Democratic Party rules and state election laws actually hurt Clinton and benefited Sanders. Third, the article concludes that the controversy over the Democratic nomination race reflects a broader, bipartisan decline in public confidence in the integrity of American elections.”

There’s Nothing Revolutionary About Harassing Critics:

Perfect, superhuman leaders do not exist in life. They exist in propaganda, and what toxic Sanders supporters seem most vehemently interested in is not hurting individual people, but creating a state of play in which only propaganda about Sanders can be spoken without reprisal. By doing so, they’re creating the conditions for a president who acts without accountability, a president who gets to create his own truth and use his passionate following to terrorize anyone who contradicts him—a president very much like the one we have now.

Liberally adapted from this Washington Post article, a list of best practices for dealing with the coronavirus:

  • Don’t Panic!
  • The basics: Wash your hands regularly. Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze. And when you’re sick, stay home from work or school and drink lots of fluids.
  • Keep the shopping cart light: Surgical masks? If you’re not sick, you don’t need to wear them. The main point of the mask is to keep someone who is infected with the virus from spreading it to others. If you’re itching to buy something, you can stick to the typical respiratory-virus medicine: decongestants, anti-inflammatory drugs and acetaminophen for fevers.
  • Practice makes permanent: One of the best things you can do to prepare for any emergency, including a coronavirus outbreak, is put together an emergency kit. It’s also important to have plans in place in case the outbreak disrupts your daily routines.
  • Be mindful of where you are: Health officials have stressed keeping your distance from people who are sick, especially when it comes to respiratory viruses. It is worth considering limiting exposure to large groups, especially during flu season. In confined spaces, such as mass transit, it’s important to look around and see what’s going on, see where everyone’s hands are going and make a mental note to wash up later. But awareness cuts both ways—just because someone has the sniffles or has a cough, it doesn’t mean they have the coronavirus.
  • Watch what you read: Hoaxes, lies and junk science about coronavirus have swirled online since the earliest cases were reported, mostly through social media. Look to trustworthy sources, such as the CDC, the World Health Organization and local health departments, to stay informed.
  • Be kind: As coronavirus has spread, so, too, has anti-Asian prejudice. The WHO has urged government agencies to do what they can to prevent discrimination against specific populations, since stigmatization can fuel the spread of the outbreak by driving marginalized individuals to hide infection and avoid seeking treatment. Remember to not let fear override your common humanity about how you treat other people.

Since I’ll hit 20 years of blogging this November, this year I’m posting a daily list of anything I published on this day in the past.

There are 18 posts previously published on February 27th

  • 2019
  • 2018
    • So this bust of Mad Magazine’s Alfred E. Neuman is something I brought home from Alaska after Dad died. He had it on his desk for years, and now I have it near mine. I got curious (after watching a little Antiques Roadshow) and did some Googling to see what I could find out about […]
  • 2016
    • I’m sportsing! With the sports and the running and the I have no idea what’s going on! We’re out cheering on one of Prairie’s students at today’s #CWU vs. #OSU rugby match. Go Wildcats! Sports that ball! Woo! #CWUpride (58/366)
  • 2015
    • Live long and prosper. _\//
  • 2014
    • I guess I can jump on the #throwbackthursday bandwagon too! Here’s me at around two, looking at a Playboy centerfold with my mom. One of my favorite childhood pictures. :)
  • 2009
    • Links for February 25th through February 27th Sometime between February 25th and February 27th, I thought this stuff was interesting. You might think so too! • The Whedonite's Dilemma • New Frontiers Sweepstakes • Young 'Slumdog' Stars Back in Mumbai Slums • Yoda Is a Muppet • Mermaid Dream Comes True Thanks to Weta
  • 2007
  • 2006
    • BSG on the iTMS followup Just a quick followup to my post comparing Battlestar Galactica downloads via Bittorrent and via the iTMS: according to MacRumors, recent BSG episodes are appearing in an uncropped widescreen ratio.
  • 2005
    • Battlestar Galactica Season 1…done! Up until this week, I never got the whole thing with people downloading and watching shows on their computer. I've got such a low opinion of the majority of TV shows that I just couldn't see spending the time and resources on such a project. Then I got bit by the Battlestar bug.
    • Halle Berry wins Razzie…and respect Halle Berry staged an Oscar-worthy parody of her Academy Awards meltdown at last night's 25th annual Razzie awards in Los Angeles. Breaking with tradition, the Catwoman star showed up in person to collect her award as the worst actress of 2004.
    • Just stop talking Many years ago, I went to a summer camp in which one of the activities was horseback riding. This ended up being a less-than-successful experience for me, though, as as soon as I got up in the saddle the horse reared up, dumping me rather unceremoniously on the ground as I slid off the saddle and over the horse's rear end.
    • MT-Blogroll I've just updated and revised my blogroll over to the right. Instead of relying on an external service to manage my blogroll, I'm now using a new plugin from Arvind Satyanarayan called MT-Blogroll that implements blogroll management directly into the MT interface.
  • 2004
    • Nickels, Sims: Quit yappin’ and start doin’! When I wrote out the list of cities supporting equal marriage rights, it was a little disappointing to not have Seattle in that list, too. Living in the area of Seattle I do, it always seemed to me that Seattle would be a natural for supporting this kind of movement.
  • 2003
    • Dive! Dive! Dive! NASA has had its day. It's given us technological marvels from cell phones to SETI screensavers. But we're not mining the moon. We're not terraforming Mars. And we're certainly not finding any aliens.
  • 2002
    • Enterprise: Fusion Finally...after 16 episodes of interesting but non-typical behavior (as far as we know) from the Vulcans shown on Enterprise, we finally get a show exploring a bit more about Vulcan culture...albeit in an unusual fashion.
    • No more splash page I just nuked the splash page for my site, so now this page should be the first thing you see. I'd been tossing it over in my head for a while, as it really didn't serve a purpose other than making it just a little harder to get to the actual content of my site.
    • Cross-platform 3.0 Just wanted to let you know that you should revise your opinion about OmniWeb. The latest sneaky peek versions have much improved CSS support. The attached screenshot shows your page using the latest sneaky peek version 49 released today. While it's not perfect, you'll surely agree that it's a huge step forward.
    • Enterprise parody season THE TROUBLE WITH TROUSERS: The Enterprise discovers the planet of the Geramines, descendants of radical feminists who fled Earth after the Phallus Wars. As the inhabitants will only speak to women, T'Pol beams down to make First Contact. Disaster ensues when the Geramines take offence to her trousers, a symbol of male patriarchy.