Why the Democratic party is doomed:
1. The Democratic establishment has vortexed the party's narrative energy into hysteria about Russia (a state with a lower GDP than South Korea). It is starkly obvious that were it not for this hysteria insurgent narratives of the type promoted by Bernie Sanders would rapidly dominate the party's base and its relationship with the public. Without the "We didn't lose--Russia won" narrative the party's elite and those who exist under its patronage would be purged for being electorally incompetent and ideologically passé. The collapse of the Democratic vote over the last eight years is at every level, city, state, Congressional and presidential. It corresponds to the domination of Democratic decision making structures by a professional, educated, urban service class and to the shocking decline in health and longevity of white males, who together with their wives, daughters, mothers, etc. comprise 63% of the US population (2010 census). Unlike other industrialized countries US male real wages (all ethnic groups combined) have not increased since 1973. In trying to stimulate engagement of non-whites and women Democrats have aggressively promoted identity politics. This short-term tactic has led to the inevitable strategic catastrophe of the white and male super majorities responding by seeing themselves as an unserviced political identity group. Consequently in response to sotto-voce suggestions that Trump would service this group 53% of all men voted for Trump, 53% of white women and 63% of white men (PEW Research).
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Saturday, June 24, 2017
Thermal pictures taken June 21st reveal that a hot crack spanning much of the width of the delta at the Kamokuna ocean entry on the big island of Hawaii. These cracks are common on lava deltas, and suggest sagging and instability at the front of the delta. At some point in the near future, the seaward part of this new delta will tumble off into the sea and down the underwater side of the island, which is very steep off shore here.
Kilauea Volcano's Kamokuna ocean entry is fed by lava that erupts from the east flank of the Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō cone. It travels from the vent to the ocean via a lava tube, marked in places by fume emanating from the tube roof.
Below, a view of the Kamokuna lava delta and the lave structure encasing the lava stream as it emerges from the mouth of the lava tube in the face of the sea cliff.
This is the same place where a few months ago a rare stream of molten lava emerged and poured out into the sea like a fire hose. Now it is enclosed in hardened lava and building the delta seen above, which periodically gets too top heavy and breaks off into the Pacific.
Photographer David N. Braun captures the beauty of winter at Lake Tahoe in March 2017.