Shiny New Thing


I was really excited to pursue the Tesla Solar Roof for my house. I’ve been wanting solar energy and storage; since my roof is old anyway, this seemed like a great fit. I priced out options for a conventional roof with conventional solar panels with storage, the Solar Roof and…


There is some good news and some bad news surrounding the COVID-19 situation in the U.S. The bad news is that the trends around the virus are truly frightening, we’re approaching a rolling 7-day average of sustained 9/11-level deaths every day. While the mortality rate rate is dropping vs. the…


It’s OK be skeptical of the experts. Epidemiologists have been struggling to complete their understanding of COVID-19, it is indeed a “novel” coronavirus so as with all things new, the knowledge of it evolves. Regardless of what we have learned (and are still learning) about transmissibility, therapeutics and immunity, we…


The election is over, the fractures remain

The Soviet empire’s internal rot was exposed by its failure to advance the standard of living of its citizens (or even to feed them adequately), its overreach in foreign wars and the dissolution of trust in institutions. This is beginning to look a lot like where the United States is.


The Trump Cult Gathers In Praise Of Their Dear Leader

Why does anyone want four more years of the chaos and division under Trump?

I occasionally tune into Fox as well as read Breitbart, Redstate, Federalist and Gateway Pundit to try understanding if there’s a narrative where Trumpism isn’t just racist, xenophobic, misogynistic and homo/trans-phobic. …


#TrumpVirus

The COVID-19 virus will go down in history as Trump’s Virus. Not just because he got infected but because of the way he’s bungled this from the onset. Trump got off to a bad start with his effort to put public relations over public health. …


Trump supporters live in a mythology around Trump-the-businessman-who-gets-it-done. The groundwork for much of that mythology was groomed by Trump himself with his Apprentice TV franchise. While it may not get any play on Fox or OAN, we know that the Trump Foundation was a fraudulent scheme, he’s had four hotels…


Where’s the beef?

It’s clear why the Trump-supporting circus is so drawn to the Hunter Biden email story. They made a lot of hay out of “What about Hillary’s emails?” …


Trump’s Head in the Sand

As California public health officials have been learning how to adapt to the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, the metrics to watch have been a shifting target. In April, Governor Newsom announced a set of indicators to watch to gauge when contagion mitigation measures should be loosened or tightened. One…

Ian Kallen

Whiskey swillin', card marking pirate and foul mouthed beyond hope. I tweet on my behalf. Usually when I'm closing browser tabs.

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