I’ve seen enough. I’m calling the race for Biden. But I don’t think I’m ready to celebrate.

With Biden’s official electoral vote count sitting at 264, having taken Arizona, he just needs one more state to reach 270 and secure the win. And, at this point, with his leads growing in Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Nevada, it appears to just be a matter of time before he’s announced the 46th President of the United States of America.

Given what we’ve been through these past four years, it feels like we should take a moment, mark the occasion, and celebrate this historic victory over authoritarianism. Yesterday, with that in mind, my son and I set out for a long hike. The idea was to have celebratory picnic overlooking the Huron River. While we took our hike, and had our donuts and cider, it didn’t feel like much of a celebration, though. With Trump still in the White House, a good number of our friends and neighbors still in the thrall of a sociopath, and the balance of the Senate still hanging in the balance, it just felt as though any kind of celebration would be premature. And that, to be honest, kind of pissed me off. I feel like we deserve to enjoy this moment, but I’m finding it impossible to do when Trump is reportedly threatening not to concede.

Anyway, with all of that said, I’m curious as to how you’ll be celebrating, if at all, when official word comes out that Biden has won. If you’ve found a way to thread the needle and celebrate while still acknowledging the very serious threat that we face as a nation, I’d love to hear how you’ve done it. Because I just can’t.

update: On the subject of the U.S. Senate still hanging in the balance, I wanted to share a link. If you have a few dollars to spare, please consider a donation to Stacey Abrams’ organization Fair Fight so that they can continue their work in Georgia in advance of the January 5 run-off election for both of the state’s Senate seats. It we want to defeat Mitch McConnell and the Republicans, we need the Senate, and the only way to do that is to win these two races, putting Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in the office. Abrams, through Fair Fight, registered 800,000 new voters in Georgia, and thereby delivered the win for Biden. If anyone can help us win these two Senate seats, it’s her. Please give her everything you can.

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93 Comments

  1. Posted November 7, 2020 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    I’m enjoying all this more than most folks. I want Trump and his most devout lunatics to resist as much as possible, short of hurting anybody.

    I’ve been celebrating by doing the Trump YMCA dance from sunrise to sunset. I’ll be taking a camping trip soon ro commune with nature. That’s how I’ll be celebrating.

  2. Posted November 7, 2020 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    The race has just now been called for Biden.

  3. Demetrius
    Posted November 7, 2020 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    NYT: BIDEN BEATS TRUMP
    Harris Is First Woman Elected Vice President

    Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was elected the 46th president of the United States on Saturday, promising to restore political normalcy and a spirit of national unity to confront raging health and economic crises, and making Donald J. Trump a one-term president after four years of tumult in the White House.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/07/us/politics/biden-election.html

  4. Jean Henry
    Posted November 7, 2020 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    IRobert— before you celebrate how great it is the Trump supporters are unhappy please remember that those Trump supporting crowds are harassing mostly black poll workers in mostly black cities. Many volunteer and min wage workers going long hours and needing to be escorted to the cars afterwards to be safe.

    The media coverage on the racial dynamics of the Trump protests/intimidation tactics in predominantly has been lake at best.

    My very white 86 year old parents are also sitting ducks in my 75% Trump supporting home county are sitting ducks with a giant Biden banner at the end of the lane at the farm.

    Dad sold all the rifles after Sandy hook. He just told me.

    I truly hope some stalwart GOP folks influence Trump to make a concession speech. I know they are trying.

  5. Demetrius
    Posted November 7, 2020 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    I’m pleased and relieved that Biden is now that apparent winner.

    The prospect of having the first woman Vice President is also a significant achievement.

    Meanwhile, more than 10 long weeks until the handover …

    I know there are strong feelings on both sides, but I’m genuinely hoping we can begin as soon as possible to begin uniting the country to tackle the many significant problems we all face together – first and foremost, controlling the COVID-19 pandemic.

  6. John Brown
    Posted November 7, 2020 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    There are domestic terrorist rallying at the State Capitol as this news breaks. They continue to pose a danger to America.

    Although I am slightly tempted to do a mag dump of celebratory gunfire in my backyard. But thankfully we’re not yet at that level of failed state. Let’s keep it that way.

  7. Posted November 7, 2020 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Now that the election is over, time to get back to my putin puppet duties (not sure how I am going to deal with that in the campaign).

    More of the Russiagate, Russian meddling in the 2016 election story falling apart. Any body besides HW remember Cambridge Analytic?

    https://thegrayzone.com/2020/11/02/huckster-hack-uk-govt-report-undermines-stars-of-cambridge-analytica-russiagate/

  8. Anonymous
    Posted November 7, 2020 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    I was out for a run when cars started honking and people came out of their houses waving the American flag. I guess that was when it was called.

  9. Posted November 7, 2020 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    JH: “iRobert— before you celebrate how great it is the Trump supporters are unhappy please remember that those Trump supporting crowds are harassing mostly black poll workers in mostly black cities. Many volunteer and min wage workers going long hours and needing to be escorted to the cars afterwards to be safe.”

    I’m not celebrating anyone’s unhappiness. I’m celebrating that Trump and his supporters full character is now being put on open display.

    The vote counters have been remarkably calm, courageous and diligent in their duties. I consider them true patriots. We all owe it to them to keep them safe. The police have been doing a damn good job of it so far.

  10. Posted November 7, 2020 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    In between holes on the golf course the Leader issues his statement on the election

    https://apnews.com/article/election-2020-joe-biden-donald-trump-elections-c809d17b5cd34048e1a5e9bbb4b73cb7

  11. Posted November 7, 2020 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    Made my decision. Moving to Ohio soon. Not my first choice, but the family islands are still closed to us plague state folks. Bob Portman is up for reelection in 2022. Toledo is not that far to commute. I’m taking on Richland County, even IF the Democrats take both Georgia Senate seats, it will be a razor thin majority and I don’t want Joe Manchin to run the country. I know moving to Ohio will reduce the Democratic majority in Michigan, but sacrifices must be made for the greater good. So if, like me you can’t make that quick move to Georgia, think Ohio or Wisconsin, both states where Democrats can win with some help from Michiganders.

  12. Posted November 7, 2020 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    Let it be known that MarkMaynard.com was the first major news outlet to call the election for Biden.

  13. Posted November 7, 2020 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    iRobert as my campaign manager and sole supporter (?) I’m tasking you with going after some of that Soros Open Society money for my Rust Belt Internal Migration Movement (RBIMM). You can remind him of the proud tradition that carpet baggers have had in this country. From Fred Douglas and the real J Brown organizing Free Soilers to keep Kansas a free state to Abolistionist and Methodist heading south to ensure equality for the newly freed slaves. Carpet baggers have carried Freedoms Torch forward.
    I figure we recruit migrants from Flint and Cass Corridor. I’m sure with our new business friendly SCOTUS, properly documented business transactions will avoid any accusations of vote buying. If our pilot project is successful, we can start a west coast to the south coast program as well.
    I suspect EOS already has residency out of some evangelical church in Macon.

  14. Jean Henry
    Posted November 7, 2020 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    But the FISA warrants…

  15. Jean Henry
    Posted November 7, 2020 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    Is it too much to hope that we lose Trump and HW in one fell swoop?

  16. Posted November 7, 2020 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    Biden is probably already doing more work at President-elect than Trump does in office.

  17. Posted November 7, 2020 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    HW’s head may have spontaneously exploded. EOS’s as well. I was worried that might happen.

    I can step in and post as them. I think I’ve seen enough of their posts that I could simulate very accurately what they’d each say in their comments from here on out.

  18. Posted November 7, 2020 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    Biden is likely to win by more than 8 million votes. There are still huge numbers of votes in California, where Trump was a marginal candidate, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Maryland, New Jersey, Mass., Conn., New York and Illinois.

  19. Jean Henry
    Posted November 7, 2020 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    I like Bob so much more as hyperbolic pudlord or whatever pseudonym he used. Just sayin’…

  20. Jean Henry
    Posted November 7, 2020 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

    I’m wondering if lots of outside money and volunteers for the Georgia Senate Runoffs won’t backfire against the Dems.

    I guess I don’t really no how effective the standard GOzo outside money/influence talking point is.

    I want to win those races desperately, but when I hear lots of white liberal A2 ppl talking about going down there to canvas I have to wonder if it’s a good idea.

    I’ll throw them some coin anyway because right now what Stacey wants, Stacey gets.

  21. Jean Henry
    Posted November 8, 2020 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    More winning:
    https://twitter.com/slexaxton/status/1325141204418191361?s=21

  22. Jean Henry
    Posted November 8, 2020 at 12:30 am | Permalink

    Making it hard not to gloat:
    https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/11/four-seasons-total-landscaping-trump-team-news-conference.html

  23. Posted November 8, 2020 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    They always say “Location, location, location”. Pretty good example of the competency demonstrated by the entire Trump administration.

  24. Bob
    Posted November 8, 2020 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    I like Jean so much more when she can post without a half dozen spelling errors and follow up correction posts.

  25. Bob
    Posted November 8, 2020 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    I like Jean and Lynne when they pretend progressives are bad and can’t get elected while conveniently ignoring how easily bro Bernie Sanders’ supporters Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib cruised to reelection. What a sexist legacy that guy is leaving behind.

  26. Jean Henry
    Posted November 8, 2020 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    Bob— Dude. They got elected to the House. In solid blue districts. There are lots of far right Congress people in the house too. The country is big and (almost) half conservative. The country is purple and their districts are Blue. That’s why they won.

    Correct spelling doesn’t make you smart. I need new glasses again. Want to talk about macular degeneration here sometime? Fun stuff. You’re such an ass.

  27. Jean Henry
    Posted November 8, 2020 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    Ps I don’t consider Bernie Sanders progressive. He doesn’t work well with others, even progressive activists . He’s gotten better about that but he still lost. A true progressive would have worked out his policies so they would fu croon as intended over the 30 years he spent advocating for those changes.

    I support progressive goals across the board and any policy proposal that will actually produce the result intended. I support candidates that have both of those pieces in place. The force of Sanders populist rhetoric fell flat in face of his snotty policies and his sexist and isolationist campaign.

  28. Jean Henry
    Posted November 8, 2020 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    *function

  29. Jean Henry
    Posted November 8, 2020 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    *shitty (policies not Bob. But Bob too)

  30. Posted November 8, 2020 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    Bob: lI like Jean so much more when she can post without a half dozen spelling errors and follow up correction posts.”

    I’ve been as bad or worse than Jean in this regard. I haven’t cared, because the comment section has been a joke. If the trolling subsides now, I’ll make a more serious effort in my comments here. I’m not holding my breath.

  31. Posted November 8, 2020 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    I had thought this had become a fantasy web site. Arn’t we going to pretend that this was an affirmation of moderate lib/con identity politics, and not an any blue will do victory.

  32. Posted November 8, 2020 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    …and I am also a fan of the Pudlord poet. As a wordsmith he is creative and insightful. I respect that sort of artistry.

  33. Jean Henry
    Posted November 8, 2020 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    Wobblie— it was a GOTV victory. That was lead by grassroots activists on the ground in both voting policy changes (critical in Mi) and just signing ppl up and working the polls.

    The victory represented a coalition. I do believe that the country will be ready for a much more progressive candidate on both economic policy and social justice issues in about 8 years. We need some of these younger ppl to come of age and actually vote.

    Please remember that it was Black Women voters who selected Biden as our nominee. He didn’t run on ‘identity politics’ and he didn’t have to. He also didn’t dismiss and ridicule the power of social justice community organizers. In many ways they are the counterpart to Union organizers. The victory in PA was attributable to both. There is no reason to play them off against one another.

  34. Jean Henry
    Posted November 8, 2020 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    You know who didn’t come around and never will: white Christian conservatives of every background. We should wash our hands of them. So should the GOP or it will go down with them as America turns more brown and less religious and more progressive. They should start a third Trump party and take the their rightful position in US politics.

  35. Posted November 8, 2020 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    Trump needs a long vacation. Maybe Thigh-land or Yo! Semite! would be nice.

  36. Posted November 8, 2020 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    …and I hear Finland is a country now.

  37. Posted November 8, 2020 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    8 years, come on Jean. I already came up with Joe’s (any blue will do) marketing campaign for his first term.
    Go Bold with Biden, or Be Biden Bold.
    We know what that means initially in foreign affairs. Back into the Paris Accord, Back into the Iran Nuclear Deal, Back into WHO, an extension to New Start (and an invite to my buddy Vlad to sit down and do some more negotiations on nukes, Syria, and easing tensions–don’t need Russiagate any more), probably an olive branch thrown to Xi as well. Some easing of the Palestinian blockade.
    What it means domestically is much more problematic. He is facing enormous and growing economic problems (Joe is older than me, and knows what happened to our good buddy Jimmy). If he wants a second term (or the possibility of a Harris candidacy) he needs to go very BOLD domestically. He is right on target that the economy can not rebound unless the pandemic is brought under control. Using Executive Orders or authority under Public Health emergency orders he should create The Covid Defender Corps. Every unemployed American who wants a job should be recruited. They will be trained and deployed as contact tracers, public health assistants–ensuring quarantined folks have everything necessary during quarantine, assisting workplaces getting reorganized to protect workers/consumers from spread. Evictions moratoriums and rent/mortgage subsidies.
    I’m quit sure smart people can come up with numerous other programs that can be implemented by emergency order that will mobilize support for a Bold Biden.

  38. Posted November 8, 2020 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    JH and Lynne, love this meme I see circulating. Where shoes there is glass everywhere.

  39. Lynne
    Posted November 8, 2020 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    wobblie, I like that meme too!

    I wept when Harris came out in the white (slightly off-white though, nice touch!) pantsuit. Her speech was inspiring.

    I agree with Jean that eventually the country will be ready for more progressive candidates. We will know it when one inspires enough people to vote for them in a primary! I promise that I will support such a candidate too!

  40. Lynne
    Posted November 8, 2020 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    A lot of POC on my FB feed have been posting this article.

    https://eand.co/americas-problem-is-that-white-people-want-it-to-be-a-failed-state-bac24202f32f

    It was POC who gave Biden his victory and I hope he and the rest of Dems realize that the non-white voting bloc is super important and deserves to be front and center.

  41. Lynne
    Posted November 8, 2020 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    And when that above article about voting patterns is put into context with this article about wage stagnation, it says something about white people. I don’t think most white people realize they are hurting themselves though. Still, there is this idea among non-poor white people that poverty is a personal failure rather than a systemic one. And maybe they don’t really understand the effects of huge corporate subsidies and tax cuts for the rich?

    https://time.com/5888024/50-trillion-income-inequality-america/

    I am not sure of the messaging Democrats need but it is clear that they need to convince white people that programs that help black people also will help a lot of white poeple, including the middle class and even the professional classes!

  42. Anonymous
    Posted November 8, 2020 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    https://ballotpedia.org/Florida_Amendment_2,_$15_Minimum_Wage_Initiative_(2020)

    What does it mean when Florida passes this law 2:1 despite being a red state? Why doesn’t Michigan, a blue state, have something like this?

  43. Posted November 9, 2020 at 7:03 am | Permalink

    Lynne you and JH need to pay attention more to down ballot races. Every Democrat who called for Medicare for All, won election to the House. It was the temporizing status quo Dems who took it on the chin and nearly lost the Dems the House majority. Florida voters, for example passed a $15 dollar min. wage. by over 60% of the vote. Those same voters overwhelmingly support Medicare for All.
    I know I am a dolt, but folks who remain either willfully ignorant, or engage in dissembling–ie. you oppose economic changes that benefit the vast majority (which stupid me, I thought was the historic Republican position). It is like you were all lying to us poor dumb fuckers when you were saying any Blue will do, really you meant any Corporate supporting status quo rich folk enabling Democrat will do. It does not sound like you are on the Be Bold with Biden plan. Please reevaluate JH’s analysis on minority voters choosing to vote Republican–still have not heard from the smart folks why that strategy is off limits to working folks.

  44. Posted November 9, 2020 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    I suppose if I was smart, I would be saying the only reason those Floridians voted the way they did was because of Russian disinformation. Without foreign influence those Floridians would be happy to earn $7.25 an hour.

  45. Jean Henry
    Posted November 9, 2020 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    Wobblie wins in house races in the era of district packing do not mean a candidate running on M4A can win. There was a primary. And many ppl, many Union members, do not want to lose their healthcare.

    The Biden plan is Medicare Option for All which gives Americans more options and will likely kill off private insurance for all but the very rich quickly. Because Medicare is better than most insurance plans but not all.

    Even the Medicare option will be impossible to pass through divided government. We need to all focus on the Georgia run offs.

    I pay attention to down ballot races. I’ve seen the meme to which you refer many times. Checking out Memes is not paying attention BTW. Look at the full story of those races. You will see those districts are not reflective of the wider country.

    What is your concern with the Medicare Option for all plan? Please be specific.

  46. Lynne
    Posted November 9, 2020 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    Ballot proposals are different too. Most Americans don’t really pay close attention to what platforms a president is running on. They will support specific things like $15 min wage while at the same time voting for a presidential candidate who completely opposes it as happened this week in Florida.

    Look, we have a process in place already for picking the candidate who is likely to get the most votes. A candidate that can inspire voters to come out in the primary is likely to inspire voters in the general election. No one has any reason to believe that the losers of a primary would have done better other than wishful thinking. Gabbard had zero chance to win the election because she couldn’t get enough primary voters. Ditto Sanders.

  47. Posted November 9, 2020 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    JH, “And many ppl, many Union members, do not want to lose their healthcare.” just keep beating that lie. Not having to negotiate and give up on wage demands in order to maintain descent health insurance is what every Union brother and sister wants. The effort needed to maintain health care stripes unions of badly needed resources in fighting for healthy and safe working conditions, pay increases, and money that could be used organizing. Just keep repeating the smart mantras.
    I am 100% for Medicare for All.
    If I was Biden Bold, I would use that new executive order Trump issued which allows the President to fire upper level federal bureaucrats, and fire the National Archivist, and put some one in who will recognized the fact the ERA is part of the Constitution. I would then instruct every Federal Agency to operate as if the ERA is the law.
    I’m slow but I remember how the essence of Clintonism was ‘triangulation”. Steal the thunder from the Republican Agenda (welfare reform–done, Glass-Stegal and deregulation–done, smart folks can come up with other examples). It is like you guys (caught up with your Russiagate and Racists baiting has not seen how Trump is attempting to get the Republicans to adopt the same “triangulation” strategy). If the Dems don’t deliver with a “Democratic Socialist” (call it what you want–I say a Bold Biden Agenda) program, The Republicans will offer a fake “National Socialist” (call it what you want-currently we call it Trumpism) solution to working folks problems.
    I’ll never cast a ballot for a Republican, but most of the folks in my class are not the blind bigot that I am.

  48. Jean Henry
    Posted November 9, 2020 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    Were you not listening to the union refutak of Bernie’s health care plan in the Nevada primary?

  49. Jean Henry
    Posted November 9, 2020 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    Wobblie—
    I very much support the ERA but it has not yet met the hurdles laid out for ratification in the constitution. What you propose is to be as tyrannical as Trump. It’s gross and predictable.

  50. Posted November 9, 2020 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    JH, I don’t think there was a Nevada Primary. There was a Democratic Caucus in which Bernie won 46.3% of the vote. Biden 26% and the rest of the field Warren, Buttigeg, Gabbard and others divided the rest.

  51. Posted November 9, 2020 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    JH, I know you are very smart. But ignorance is a major hurdle you don’t seem to want to get over. The ERA has met every constitutional requirement. The only “hurdle” was the legislative time line that Congress enacted. There is no constitutional basis for that timeline, the last amendment added was originally introduced with the first ten in the 1790’s, the archivist added it to the constitution just a few years ago. Congress has changed that legislative deadline at least twice. It is only reactionaries who don’t think waiting 200 plus years for equality under the law is not enough time.
    8 more years for maybe progressive legislation is your program. Your idea of being Biden Bold is being timid, deferring to Republicans and hoping climate change just equals 70’s in November in Michigan.
    I guess sticking to the failed analysis of the 2016 loss, means that it is impossible to learn constructive lessons from the 2020 victory.
    If Biden does go bold, will you be scowling or supporting? You know if a bold Biden means being like JH and telling us to wait another 4-8-20 years, I will be chirping constantly.

  52. Posted November 9, 2020 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    Man featured at Giuliani press conference is a convicted sex offender

    https://www.politico.com/states/new-jersey/story/2020/11/09/man-featured-at-giuliani-press-conference-is-a-sex-offender-1335241

    (From Politico)

  53. Posted November 9, 2020 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    Now that the election is behind us, Republican Gov. starts repudiating the suicide/murder cult and orders strong measures to begin protecting our fellow citizens.

    “For months, even as coronavirus cases have dramatically risen in his state, Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert (R) has refused to order residents to wear a mask. But on Sunday, after the state’s worst week yet and amid fears that hospitals could soon be overwhelmed, he reversed course.

    In a video posted to Twitter late on Sunday — which Utah residents were alerted to watch via an emergency cellphone alert — Herbert also declared a two-week state of emergency and announced a spate of other restrictions aimed to curb infections, which the governor noted are “growing at an alarming rate.”

    “Our hospitals are full,” Herbert said in the clip. “This threatens patients who rely on hospital care from everything from covid-19 to emergencies like heart attacks, strokes, surgeries and trauma. We must work together to keep infections low until a vaccine is available.”

  54. Lynne
    Posted November 9, 2020 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    I am already happy with what Biden is doing. He’s getting to work on his COVID task force.

  55. Anonymous
    Posted November 9, 2020 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    Wobblie, give it a rest with the big ideas and highfalutin dreams of a better world, M4A, the ‘green new idea’ or whatever it is you’re going on about this time, sheesh. Give the president-elect some time. Once the agenda of healing and unity go into effect I suspect the need for medical care will take a nosedive. We’ll be feeling so great we’ll never have to think about medicare for all again! and we may finally return to brunch.

  56. Lynne
    Posted November 9, 2020 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    I think we will have medicare for all in the future but we simply do not have the congress for it now. Do you guys think that if Bernie Sanders won the presidency we would be closer to M4A? He wouldn’t be able to get it done either.

  57. Jean Henry
    Posted November 9, 2020 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    Anonymous– It’s classic cheap left ideological punching to pretend that saying M4A is not passable now is the same thing as opposing it. We have all made clear we would support M4A. It’s facetious to pretend otherwise. Why do that to people on your side? It’s simply a means to deflect responsibility and position oneself as morally superior. Yuck.

    What do you all think of the Medicare option for all as a path to M4A?

    I know incrementalism… See Democracy.

  58. Posted November 9, 2020 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    learned something new today,
    Today marks the 106th birthday of actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr — the glamorous movie star from the black-and-white era of film who co-invented a device that helped make possible the development of GPS, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi technology!
    Born in Austria in 1914, the mathematically talented Lamarr moved to the US in 1937 to start a Hollywood career. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, she was considered one of cinema’s leading ladies and made numerous films; however, her passion for engineering is far less known today. Her interest in inventing was such that she set up an engineering room in her house complete with a drafting table and wall of engineering reference books. With the outbreak of World War II, Lamarr wanted to apply her skills to helping the war effort and, motivated by reports of German U-boats sinking ships in the Atlantic, she began investigating ways to improve torpedo technology.
    After Lamar met composer George Antheil, who had been experimenting with automated control of musical instruments, together they hit on the idea of “frequency hopping.” At the time, radio-controlled torpedoes could easily be detected and jammed by broadcasting interference at the frequency of the control signal, thereby causing the torpedo to go off course. Frequency hopping essentially served to encrypt the control signal because it was impossible for a target to scan and jam all of the frequencies.
    Lamarr and Antheil were granted a patent for their invention on August 11, 1942, but the US Navy wasn’t interested in applying their groundbreaking technology until twenty years later when it was used on military ships during a blockade of Cuba in 1962. Lamarr and Antheil’s frequency-hopping concept serves as a basis for the spread-spectrum communication technology used in GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices. Unfortunately, Lamarr’s part in its development has been largely overlooked and her efforts weren’t recognized until 1997, when the Electronic Frontier Foundation gave her an award for her technological contributions. Hedy Lamarr passed away in 2000 at the age of 85 and, in 2014, she was as long last inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for her invention of a “Secret Communication System” many years ago.

  59. Posted November 9, 2020 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    To introduce kids to her incredible story, we highly recommend the inspiring picture book “Hedy Lamarr’s Double Life” for ages 5 to 9 at https://www.amightygirl.com/hedy-lamarr-double-life
    For older kids, there is also a graphic novel about her life and work, “Hedy Lamarr and a Secret Communications System” for ages 7 to 10 at https://www.amightygirl.com/hedy-lamarr
    For adult readers, Hedy Lamarr’s incredible story is told in the exceptional historical fiction novel, “The Only Woman in the Room,” at https://www.amightygirl.com/the-only-woman-in-the-room
    She is also the subject of an excellent new documentary “Bombshell: Hedy Lamarr” at https://amzn.to/32xAHcI
    Hedy Lamarr is also one of 50 remarkable women of science featured in the stunning illustrated biography, “Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers,” for ages 9 and up at https://www.amightygirl.com/women-in-science
    If you’d like to encourage your children’s interest in engineering and invention, check out our blog post: “Building Her Dreams: 60 Building and Engineering Toys for Mighty Girls,” at https://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=10430

  60. Jean Henry
    Posted November 9, 2020 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    I feel like Mark wrote about Hedy Lamarr here before. Could be wrong.

    Good read: https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/voting-trump-out-is-not-enough

  61. Lynne
    Posted November 9, 2020 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    I think that a public option added to the ACA absolutely is a step towards Medicare For All. And even that is not going to happen unless somehow the left can pull a miracle and gain both of those Senate seats in Georgia.

    I also think that if people want to pressure Biden into just going all out for Medicare For All right now, that is fine but personally, I don’t see it as the kind of thing I want to put my time and energy into. I would rather work on getting those Trump voters to overcome their racism and sexism and generally move white people into being less conservative. I know that this likely will make the Democratic party more centrist than my actual views but I think it would be better for the country. Interestingly, I think a public option with the ACA might be helpful here if it can somehow be done without raising taxes on the bottom 90%.

  62. Lynne
    Posted November 9, 2020 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    Hedy Lamarr was pretty awesome. I knew that stuff about her computer work. It is cool

  63. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted November 9, 2020 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    This was a landslide for the President. Democraps tried to steal it but are about to get busted like no bitch ass motherfucker has been busted before. Trump rightly remains President. Massive unrest following the true counting of proper ballots leading to a Trump win will be intense and short-lived. National Guard puts rioters in check across the nation. Prosecution for all crimes committed up to and including treason begins The Storm.

  64. Lynne
    Posted November 9, 2020 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    HW, yes. Trump rightly remains president until January when the new president-elect will take over. I like the idea of prosecution for all crimes committed but I suspect that Trump will avoid it.

  65. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted November 9, 2020 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    You’ve been wrong on every major aspect of the Trump presidency and that will not change now. You are light years behind. There are huge numbers of invalid ballots in states across the country. Affidavits have been filed of major offenses such as being told by supervisors in Detroit to backdate ballots for example. I told you it would go like this. Problem is the Trump administration knew what they would do beforehand so he caught them. This is going to be awesome for patriots and terrrrible for you.

  66. Nobody
    Posted November 9, 2020 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    So, my dipshit brother sent a group text yesterday saying “MOLON LABE”. He is a scary fucker, and there are MANY more like him out there. I am very, very reserved about my celebrations right now. I think things are on the fucking razors edge at the moment. I hope I am wrong…

  67. Jean Henry
    Posted November 9, 2020 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    Oh HW… This is so pathetic.

  68. Jean Henry
    Posted November 9, 2020 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

    Most Trump supporters are not violent in any way nor are they interested in this nonsense. There could be violence. There always could be violence. But there just aren’t enough of these maniacs to really upend any of them. Most militia are just hanging out shooting guns with their buddies and talking shit. Most won’t have the guts to follow through with it. They would maybe if their were critical mass of resistance to give them cover, but there is not.

    HW, the military can’t stand Trump. How the hell will he get the national guard to do anything, much less destroy our democracy in defense of a tyrant.

    The world is cheering his loss. They are ringing bells across the world.

    What happens if you are wrong? Will there be any point when you will admit it? I’m sure your manic brain is working overtime trying to make all this fit into your belief system. At some point soon though, this will be over, whether or not he concedes. Maybe we’ll get lucky and have opportunity to watch the National Guard escort Trump out of the White House. But more likely, after the court challenges are exhausted, your hero will be pressured to admit defeat and concede. Then what will you do?

    I’m sur Trump will try his hand at braodcasting after this. Can you imagine? People who like to hear him drone on his bravado and resentment will be able to tune in and hear him go one and on. HW, it will be like listening to an echo.

    To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
    Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
    To the last syllable of recorded time,
    And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
    The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! 2380
    Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
    That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
    And then is heard no more: it is a tale
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing.

  69. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted November 9, 2020 at 11:38 pm | Permalink

    There are things happening right now that I am confident will prove me correct once again. Election audits are starting. If you are wrong then you accept that you actually embody everything you projected about me, right? I would think you would have learned by now not to ridicule me but like they say: you can’t teach stupid.

  70. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted November 9, 2020 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

    I have been busy studying all the election fraud I have time for. It’s a fuck of a lot. What makes you think you could know better than me about that when you refuse to look? What is the point of flat denying something without learning anything first? You get yourself into trouble that way every time and never can learn not to do it.

  71. Lynne
    Posted November 10, 2020 at 4:25 am | Permalink

    HW, oh you poor thing. Things are happening it is true. What is happening is Trump’s campaign is in debt and he is drumming up all this recount stuff in order to earn money to pay off that debt! He is fleecing his own supporters!

    It is nearly impossible for those recounts to affect the election in any one state much less enough states to change the outcome. The margins of victory are just too big.

  72. Sad
    Posted November 10, 2020 at 7:03 am | Permalink

    Sorry HW

    It’s going to be a rough few months

    I know from when Mayor Pete lost.

    But I’m sure you’ll be able to find someone else to cult worship and posit as your messiah

  73. Posted November 10, 2020 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    HW sinks into his mythology “Stabbed in the back”. We won except for the lying and stealing. The “we were wronged” and the election was stolen is critical towards future mobilization, I’ mean look how well Russiagate worked for the Dems.
    Remember HW the virus is a hoax, and humans are not responsible for global warming.MAGA

  74. John Brown
    Posted November 10, 2020 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    Nobody,. If the shit hits the fan you have a responsibility to neutralize your brother and liberate his arsenal. Ambush, without hesitation.

  75. Posted November 10, 2020 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    We now know why Trump has been so anxious to spread the virus far and wide. HW may have been a very early victim. My sympathy for your problems

    LONDON (Reuters) – Many COVID-19 survivors are likely to be at greater risk of developing mental illness, psychiatrists said on Monday, after a large study found 20% of those infected with the coronavirus are diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder within 90 days. Anxiety, depression and insomnia were most common among recovered COVID-19 patients in the study who developed mental health problems, and the researchers also found significantly higher risks of dementia, a brain impairment condition.

    “People have been worried that COVID-19 survivors will be at greater risk of mental health problems, and our findings … show this to be likely,” said Paul Harrison, a professor of psychiatry at Britain’s Oxford University. Doctors and scientists around the world urgently need to investigate the causes and identify new treatments for mental illness after COVID-19, Harrison said. “(Health) services need to be ready to provide care, especially since our results are likely to be underestimates (of the number of psychiatric patients),” he added.

    The study, published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal, analysed electronic health records of 69 million people in the United States, including more than 62,000 cases of COVID-19. In the three months following testing positive for COVID-19, 1 in 5 survivors were recorded as having a first time diagnosis of anxiety, depression or insomnia. This was about twice as likely as for other groups of patients in the same period, the researchers said.

    The study also found that people with a pre-existing mental illness were 65% more likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19 than those without. Mental health specialists not directly involved with the study said its findings add to growing evidence that COVID-19 can affect the brain and mind, increasing the risk of a range of psychiatric illnesses.

  76. Posted November 10, 2020 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    Nothing but a hoax?
    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/meat-processing-plant-ordered-shut-down-after-covid-outbreak-company-n1247189

  77. Posted November 10, 2020 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    It is almost like 60% of voters have joined in a huge conspiracy to deprive the chosen one from a second term. The facts will come out!

  78. John Brown
    Posted November 10, 2020 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    Ok, wooblie, that study I’m calling bullshit on. But I do like the hw tie-in attempt . Mental illness is known to be wildly under diagnosed and treated. This is great example of a confounded health study. But at least those studied are getting access to health care. Too bad it took a brush with a potentially fatal disease to do it. M4A.

  79. Jean Henry
    Posted November 10, 2020 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    Pretty sure every regular poster here has pre-existing mental illness, Wobblie.
    If you haven’t seen a psychiatrist, I suggest you go ASAP.

  80. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted November 10, 2020 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    I should listen to the ones who championed russian kaloozhin then? Good track record?

  81. Lynne
    Posted November 10, 2020 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    I have struggles with mental illness to be sure! We really need to end the stigma around it!

  82. Posted November 10, 2020 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    Been thought of as a deviant my whole life, don’t think it is treatable, been self-medicating since middle school and no ones opinion of me ever seems to change–I think it is incurable.

  83. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted November 10, 2020 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    This makes two local races found to have democraptic “glitches”. Didn’t know about this? Maybe you ought to pay attention. Expect much much MUCH more in the weeks ahead – all the way up to the big race. Trump wins easily with massive fraud weeded out. It’s not even close. … “Dominion” “Hammer” “Scorecard” …

    https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/oakland-county/2020/11/06/oakland-county-commissioner-wins-technical-glitch-vote-totals/6186062002/

  84. Posted November 10, 2020 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    This is going to be so much fun HW. You diving down the rabbit hole is going to finally convince folks I am an acceptable form of deviant.

    “Rochester Hills officials referred to the error as a “technical glitch” that the city self-reported in the early morning hours Wednesday.” MAGA

  85. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted November 10, 2020 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    That’s glitch number two in Michigan detected. Both glitches were in favor of dems until they got sorted out.

  86. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted November 10, 2020 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    There was a net 12,000 point swing in the Antrim County glitch. Nothing to worry about?

  87. Lynne
    Posted November 10, 2020 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    Glitches and errors happen, HW. In every election. We have a system designed to catch them and that system worked in that Oakland county race you linked to. Not mentioned in the article was that it was a Democratic poll worker who spotted the error and brought it to the attention of the Republican clerk running the election. And you know what? I am pretty sure that the Republican clerk would have done the same thing if the error favored the Democrat.

    I get it that it is hard to believe the loss. But it is real. Biden is our president elect.

  88. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted November 10, 2020 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    I hope they don’t keep going in one way only because that would be an obvious sign of coordinated fraud; correct?

  89. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted November 10, 2020 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    There are less obvious and conclusive but telling signs showing in many states that may point to which ones need to be looked at the most. Benford’s Law, the law of anomalous numbers or the first digits law has been used to find fraud.

  90. Lynne
    Posted November 10, 2020 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    One of the great strengths in the American electoral system is that it is so decentralized. Each state has its own rules and elections are generally run by counties. It would be very difficult to alter election results at that county level in a way that affects the outcome of anything but the closest races.

    This race simply wasnt that close.

    I am not sure what you mean about them only going one way. But if you mean how it looked like Trump was winning and then it turned out that Biden won after the absentee ballots came in, then the explantion is simple. Absentee ballots tend to be counted last. And Trump discouraged his voters from voting absentee while Biden encouraged his voters to.

    It doesn’t even matter that Trump packed the SCOTUS in the hopes of having an advantage here. They may end up hearing cases here and there but not one of them will overturn the overall election results.

  91. Anonymous
    Posted November 10, 2020 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    HW, why has Q forsaken you and the rest of his followers? Where is he?

  92. Jean Henry
    Posted November 10, 2020 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    Hate to tell you HW but what satisfies the criteria for fraud in your mind is not adequate for the courts.

    It’s done. The Supreme Court has likely seen all cases relating to this election already. It’s not 2000. It didn’t come down to one county.

  93. Posted November 20, 2020 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    Biden’s lead in the popular vote count is approaching 6 million now. There are still more than 3 million ballots which have yet to be tabulated.

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