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#1
General Discussion / Re: 2024 Elections Thread
Last post by dismalist - Today at 04:12:57 PM
The most coherent hypotheses I've read about why Trump picked Vance were

1.  It makes the PA, Wisconsin, Michigan nexus more sure to block Biden, i.e. reduce own uncertainty and increase the other side's.

2. He is the attack dog on Kamala Harris, who could be expected to become President in the next four years should Biden win. Given Biden's state, she's in the race for President even if her slot is just VP.



#2
General Discussion / Re: 2024 Elections Thread
Last post by Sun_Worshiper - Today at 04:00:14 PM
^^ That's good for base politics. But Trump has the base locked. A seemingly more logical tactic would be to pick someone who could appeal to more traditional Republicans. But VP usually doesn't matter anyway and that will probably be the case here.
#3
General Discussion / Re: 2024 Elections Thread
Last post by Diogenes - Today at 02:06:06 PM
He's also a millennial (about to have his 40th birthday) with a heavy personal social media presence. So I could see him being an attempt to keep the young chronically online alt-right engaged.
#4
General Discussion / Re: 2024 Elections Thread
Last post by Sun_Worshiper - Today at 02:00:11 PM
Quote from: Diogenes on Today at 01:51:35 PMHis book Hillbilly Elegy was a best seller, and they even made a movie of it with Glenn Close and Amy Adams. And he's a frequent guest on Faux News. And he'll help clinch the Rust Belt because of it.

That's possible, and I'm sure it is part of Trump's calculation, but realistically how many rust belt swing voters read his book? And being a frequent guest on Fox News is great for turning out the base, but that isn't what Trump needs to do.
#5
General Discussion / Re: 2024 Elections Thread
Last post by Diogenes - Today at 01:57:48 PM
Quote from: spork on Today at 01:53:57 PM
Quote from: Diogenes on Today at 01:51:35 PMHis book Hillbilly Elegy was a best seller, and they even made a movie of it with Glenn Close and Amy Adams. And he's a frequent guest on Faux News. And he'll help clinch the Rust Belt because of it.

Perhaps most importantly, he's become a craven toady who is desperate to trail in Trump's shadow.

He was a "Never Trumper" until Trump won the first time. Then he got lockstep in line.
#6
General Discussion / Re: 2024 Elections Thread
Last post by spork - Today at 01:53:57 PM
Quote from: Diogenes on Today at 01:51:35 PMHis book Hillbilly Elegy was a best seller, and they even made a movie of it with Glenn Close and Amy Adams. And he's a frequent guest on Faux News. And he'll help clinch the Rust Belt because of it.

Perhaps most importantly, he's become a craven toady who is desperate to trail in Trump's shadow.
#7
General Discussion / Re: 2024 Elections Thread
Last post by Diogenes - Today at 01:51:35 PM
His book Hillbilly Elegy was a best seller, and they even made a movie of it with Glenn Close and Amy Adams. And he's a frequent guest on Faux News. And he'll help clinch the Rust Belt because of it.
#8
General Discussion / Re: 2024 Elections Thread
Last post by Sun_Worshiper - Today at 01:27:18 PM
Not sure what he brings to the ticket, since most of the electorate has never heard of him and Ohio is already solidly Red. But VPs generally don't matter that much and certainly Trump will be the star of this show.
#9
Teaching / Re: Topic: Bang Your Head on Y...
Last post by apl68 - Today at 01:24:20 PM
Quote from: the_geneticist on Today at 11:05:21 AMStudents, you have had a MONTH to bring in a [basketweaving supply] for your project. 
Stopping by the day it's due to ask if you could bring in [clay pot things] instead is not a good look.

In fairness, good-quality reed and cane have gotten pretty pricey, while ordinary clay can be had dirt cheap, so to speak.
#10
General Discussion / Re: What Have You Read Lately?...
Last post by apl68 - Today at 01:21:04 PM
A History of the Amish, by Steven M. Nolt.  Just what it says--a history of the Amish sects of North America from their 17th-century beginnings to early 1990s, when the book was published.  It does focus strictly on the Amish, with treatment of other German-speaking Pietist sects only where they relate to the story of the main subjects.

Nolt's treatment is very straightforward and workmanlike.  He covers a lot of obscure church associations and doctrinal controversies of a sort that often seem trivial to outsiders, but would have meant a great deal to the people involved at the time.  It's a worthwhile study of people trying very hard to find viable answers to the perennial Christian challenge of retaining their identity in a wider world that has never truly been friendly to New Testament values.

This book is too old and worn to be a good candidate for addition to our library's collection.  It does make me wonder whether perhaps some of our Amish romance fans--these and other "bonnet" romances with historical settings are quite popular here--might appreciate a more recent popular work on the Amish.  I can't help suspecting, though, that these readers are probably much more interested in the Amish world as a safe setting for romantic fantasies than in the actual people and culture.