Tesla Autopilot Saves the Day

Was travelling a little under 45 mph. There was some rain, but roads were pretty dry. I was watching stopped traffic to my right.

I did not touch the brake. Car did all the work. Sadly no audio, because I had an Uber passenger and Washington has strict privacy laws about recording conversations.

Of course, there’s this other video called Tesla Autopilot Tried to Kill Me:

Uproar over Green Rooms for Tonight’s GOP Debate

I’m probably not going to watch the debates tonight because I don’t feel like shouting at the tv in disgust and wasn’t even going to blog about them but this is too funny not to:

DENVER, Colo. — Just hours before GOP candidates take the stage here Wednesday night, tensions over the Republican National Committee’s handling of the debates are flaring anew.

At issue this time: greenrooms.

During a tense 30-minute meeting at the Coors Event Center, which was described by three sources present, several lower-polling campaigns lashed out at the RNC. They accused the committee of allotting them less-than-hospitable greenroom spaces while unfairly giving lavish ones to higher-polling candidates, such as Donald Trump and Ben Carson.

The drama began Tuesday afternoon as RNC officials led campaigns on a walk-through of the debate site. After touring the stage, candidates got a peek at what their greenrooms looked like.

Trump was granted a spacious room, complete with plush chairs and a flat-screen TV. Marco Rubio got a theater-type room, packed with leather seats for him and his team of aides. Carly Fiorina’s room had a Jacuzzi.


Trump’s is on the left while Rand Paul’s is on the right.

Chomsky on Current Republicans and Democrats

From Alternet:

First, Chomsky explained that both parties have become more right-wing, with the GOP embracing radical extremism and mainstream Democrats occupying territory once held by moderate Republicans.

“The Republican party, about twenty years ago, basically abandoned any pretense of being a normal political party,” Chomsky noted. “Their only policies are don’t do anything or bomb. That’s not a political party.”

Chomsky described how Republicans gravitated toward an increasingly radical base in the 1980s and ’90s.

“[Republicans] became so dedicated to the interests of the extreme wealthy and powerful that they couldn’t get votes. So they had to turn to other constituencies, which were always there but were never politically mobilized. So they turned to Christian evangelicals, the nativists who are afraid they’re taking our country away from us. People who are so terrified they have to carry a gun in a coffee shop.”

The Democratic party has also undergone a profound transformation.

“Today’s mainstream Democrats are pretty much what used to be called Republicans. Somebody like Eisenhower would be considered way out on the left,” he noted, explaining that Eisenhower supported New Deal programs, while modern-day Republicans are eternally trying to gut the safety net.