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Timothy M. Dean
Software developer. Political Junkie. Steeler Fan.
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Timothy M. Dean
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@frankm Agreed - The DNC specifically and the "establishment" of both parties in general - are more to blame for the predicament we find ourselves in than anyone else.

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@patrickrhone OK, I'll play along 1. Kamala Harris 2. Exact rules vary by state but according to a few articles I've read, the major parties have at least until after their nominating conventions to finalize the names that go on the ballots in all 50 states. 3. My understanding is that the money raised by Biden is for the Biden/Harris ticket and Harris has the right to that money if Biden were to drop out. 4. Harris was part of the ticket that primary voters selected, with the express understanding that she was able to take over for Biden if he should become unable to perform as president and, by inference, as presidential candidate.

In a nutshell, we have until the Democratic National Convention to select our candidate. Use this time to make sure we're getting the best possible candidate. THEN we can turn our attention AS ONE to defeating Trump, with whichever candidate is nominated by the Democratic party.

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@patrickrhone

There is nothing anyone can do about it, but Joe Biden. And if Biden decides not to do anything, it doesn’t matter because we have to vote for him anyway, because it may be our last chance to vote if he doesn’t win.

There is something we can do about it, which is to consistently and directly push him to reconsider. Much like my father-in-law didn't agree to give up his keys after one conversation, Biden isn't going to agree to give up is re-election bid after one or two suggestions from one journalist or Hollywood star. He needs to be persuaded, which is what I see many anti-Trumpers trying to do.

And all we are doing by maniacally focusing on it is eradicating the very slim margin he had and distracting us from the goal of winning.

I completely disagree with you here. As much attention as Biden's problems have gotten, there is no distraction from the goal of winning. The media, the pundits, and the public have the capability of focusing on the very valid concerns about Biden AND on the need to defeat Trump in November.

You do not see the other side doing that about their equally cognitively compromised and only three years younger candidate do you? The answer is no because the Republicans understand unlike the Democrats that winning is the only thing that matters right now.

The other side has been doing that for years - it's called the Never Trump movement, and there are plenty of Republicans who have come out against their party's candidate. They may not have won the day in their efforts to derail Trump from the nomination, but they remain consistent in their vocal public criticism of Trump.

I would venture a guess that there are approximately zero Democrats out there who don't understand that winning is the only thing that matters right now. They understand the importance of winning just as much, if not more so, then the Republicans. It's just that they don't agree with you on the best way to achieve that necessary win.

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@pratik

You would think that common sense is more common, right? But then, I think it's mostly the press whipping up sentiments.

@patrickrhone

I agree, this is the press generating clicks.

I think it is mistake to blame the media for the growing sentiment that Biden is too old. Sure, the horse-race mentality of the media is counter-productive and places way too much emphasis on the wrong things. But the media attention isn't why the concern has skyrocketed.

The concern about Biden's age and the cognitive decline that often comes with it is real, and it is valid. While we can't possibly know how much decline is real in this case, it is obvious to anyone watching that Biden's ability to define his positions and to communicate them effectively has gotten worse in the 3+ years since he took office.

It isn't the media that is making my 90-year old in-laws think Biden is too old. It isn't the click-craving press who is making my teenage children unenthusiastic about voting for Biden. These concerns are real, they are valid, and we hurt our long-term credibility if we continue to dismiss those concerns by blaming media.

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@pratik

Strongly agree; hence, I've been insisting that it's Joe's decision to make. If he says he wants to be in, drop all quibbling and fall in line with the nominee that 14 million primary voters cast their ballot for.

Yes, but only to a certain extent. People at an advanced age who have begun to see cognitive decline are typically unaware of how much they have declined. It's why so many of us with elderly parents struggle to get our parents to give up driving, to accept help with things that they could previously do on their own, and to allow others to make decisions on their behalf.

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@fgtech

Some of us did this math when we were casting our vote in the primaries. I thought everyone else already realized this, so I am scratching my head at all of these supposed freakouts that adult democrats are having.

The freakouts are because Biden's decline appears to be more rapid and more obvious than ever before. Even my 90-year-old mother-in-law, who is currently watching up close as her husband lives through a similar pattern of decline, says it has become obvious than ever in the past year that Biden is struggling more than ever.

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@patrickrhone

Want Kamala because you think Biden to old and losing it? Great! Since replacing Biden is not an option unless he decides to do it, your best choice is to vote for him and figure that he won't make it another four years and you'll get Kamala.

It seems to me that you are conflating two different arguments in your response here. Argument #1 is whether or not Biden should step down and release his delegates. Argument #2 is whether Harris supporters should vote for him anyway, assuming he refuses to step down.

For argument #1, I am becoming more convinced every day that Biden should step down. I am becoming more convinced that Harris has a better chance of beating Trump than Biden. I like Biden, but nothing is more important than defeating Trump. As the Biden administration continues to fumble its way through the post-debate damage control, I think that the best chance of denying Trump another term is with Harris.

For argument #2, I am with you: Assuming that Biden does not step down, I will vote for him. And I believe that every anti-Trump citizen should do the same. This is going to be a close election no matter what, and we need every possible anti-Trump vote to coalesce behind a single candidate come November. I believe that Biden, Harris, or whoever else might be representing the Democratic party on election day, should be that single candidate.

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Notice how all calls by Dem politicians and celebrities asking Biden to drop out are not accompanied by endorsing Kamala Harris

For those of us who believe Biden should drop out, there is very little reason to say at this point who his replacement should be.

Personally, I believe Harris is the only one it could/should be. I'm sure some would disagree with me and make a case for someone else. There are complex issues with campaign finance law that could factor in. That has to be worked out, but I suspect given the urgency it would be worked out very quickly if Biden were to stand down.

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@jabel Jon Stewart nails it again

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Phase 2 of floor refinishing is done: Dining room, kitchen, and stairs were done while we vacationed up at the lake cabin. Now we just have to put all the stuff backk into this rooms.

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@pratik

Sadly, I believe that Republicans set the narrative of him being old, and now everything Biden does is a self-fulfilling prophesy, just like with Clinton's emails and "we can't trust the shrew". Even more sadly, we Democrats always fall for that shit.

I think this is absolutely the wrong take. Republicans didn't set the narrative that Biden is old. Biden is old, and that is a fact. Republicans did what all parties do: They identified their opponents' biggest weakness, and they focused attention on it. Have they exaggerated that weakness? Sure. But that's what political parties do.

I'm not saying that Biden should drop out now: Most of O' Donnell's criticisms of those pushing for a Biden withdrawal are fair and accurate, and Biden can't be so easily replaced.

But it was a mistake, in my opinion, for Biden to run for a second term given his age and the toll it seems to be taking on his communications. It has also been wrong for Democrats who have supported him through the primary process to pretend that his age isn't a real problem. Just because it's not as bad as Trump and his ilk have made it out to be doesn't mean it's not a real problem.

What's done is done: We can't go back and correct mistakes made in the past. What we can do, however, is stop pretending. Biden and his staff need to be honest about the real limitations that come with his age, and convince the American people that he's still a better choice than Trump.

No more of this crap about "he has a cold". Honest and consistent answers about whether he has or has not been seen by a doctor since the debate would be nice. If he's gotten to a point where he needs more sleep than he did as a younger man, then be honest about that and make the case that he's still more qualified than Trump.

If he can't do that, then he should withdraw today and pass the baton to Kamala Harris. Better yet (from a political perspective), resign the presidency in his current term and elevate Harris to president now. Let her show the country that she is a better leader than Trump can ever be, and then let her stand for re-election.

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@pratik I disagree completely with your claim that "no one thought it was such a big liability" until this debate. The debate simply made clearer what many have been saying for months or longer. I know many democratic or democratic-leaning people who had previously expressed concerns about Biden's declining ability to express himself effectively. The debate only proved their point.

I am certainly in agreement that Biden's accomplishments/intentions are more important, and that Trump's forceful shouting and lies do not make him a good communicator. I will definitely vote for Biden or, in the unlikely event he is replaced by another Democrat, for his replacement.

But it is naive to act like the inability to communicate ideas clearly just doesn't matter, as O' Donnell seems to suggest. Many people in this country vote not based on what the candidate has done or says he will do, but on how the candidate makes them feel.

If this election were just about who can most effectively manage the complexity of government, Biden would win in a landslide. But it's about much more than that, no matter how much I wish otherwise.

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Captain Amy drives to pontoon with first mate Juju

Juju the Frenchie helps drive the boat

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@pratik I saw this back when it first came out. I agree with some of the premise, but I believe O’ Donnell understates the importance of public communication for the president.

Yes, Biden has been doing a (mostly) good job on the behind the scenes stuff, and that is critically important to the job. But being able to communicate clearly to the American people about what he is doing is also very important. Biden’s ability to communicate has never been great, and it has been in obvious decline in recent years. That matters, even if it’s not the only thing that matters.

In the end, Kamala Harris is probably the only one who could reasonably be expected to replace Biden, and I’m not sure she can beat Trump.

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Juju the Frenchie says Happy Pride

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The Minnesota River has risen so high - This is at the Old Cedar Avenue bridge in Bloomington.

Water over the Old Cedar Avenue bridge

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Phase 1 of wood floor refinishing is done. Now we wait for 1 more day before we can move furniture back. Then it’s time to move more furniture in preparation for phase 2 next week.

Refinished living room floor

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I don’t normally work outside on the balcony, but when the house stinks of polyurethane…

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I can’t speak to the specifics of the DMA, but the very nature of regulation that leaves anything open to interpretation is risky for a regulated entity. As a developer of regulated software, I would be flummoxed with a request (a) make sure I comply with the law, (b) account for the fact that the law leav... microblog.dynamitemoth.net
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@manton Any regulation that assumes proper interpretation of intent is inherently more difficult to comply with. It’s not that Apple can’t glean the intent, but that it can’t do so without a certain degree of uncertainty. That uncertainty adds significant risk to Apple given the large cost incurred if they get it wrong.

I am not currently an iOS developer so I have no experience with the App Store. So I will defer to you and other iOS developers about how reasonable or unreasonable the DMA restrictions are.

That being said, I am a developer with decades of experience in regulated markets (mostly healthcare). I can state with confidence that any large enterprise serving a regulated market would be foolish to plow forward at full speed without an in-depth risk assessment and risk mitigation strategy in place.

Apple’s decision to delay rollout in the EU is the only responsible option given the risks posed by non-specific regulation.

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@manton It is hardly nitpicking to point out when a law is so poorly written that it becomes nearly impossible to avoid significant risks of non-compliance. Regulation can be a good thing, and in Apple’s case it seems like good regulation is sorely needed. But the DMA is not good regulation. It is well-intended but horribly executed regulation.

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This weekend included a 9 mile training hike with a relative humidity near 95%. Definitely a sticky one.

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@patrickrhone LR&C is my favorite podcast every week. It’s gone through some ups and downs as the personalities have changed over the years. But the current generation is fantastic, and it is a must-listen for me every week.

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@alans Thanks - I seem to have gotten through it relatively unscathed. Still isolating in my basement for a couple more days as a precaution (we have family members who are extremely high risk if infected) but it could have been a lot worse.

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Farewell Paxlovid, my Covid-fighting companion. While I hope we never meet again, I am comforted by knowing I can call on you again if needed.

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Today I attended an interesting panel discussion about AI in healthcare settings, with a particular focus on the patient perspective. Clinicians have grown used to patients who have self-diagnosed after a few Google searches. A large percentage of those diagnoses can be safely dismissed. After all, even t... microblog.dynamitemoth.net
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McNamara Alumni Center at the University of Minnesota is such a great venue for small conferences. But I forget how sunny it gets in here. Should have brought my sunglasses.

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The 2024 HL7 FHIR Dev Days conference starts tomorrow. It’s a really valuable event for those working in Healthcare tech. It alternates between the US and Amsterdam, and when in the US it moves around to different cities. Thankful that they chose Minneapolis for 2024 - No need to travel anywhere!

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Made a quick visit to Minneopa falls during a break in the softball tournament action. Beautiful.

Minneopa Falls in Mankato MN

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It was a happy ending to a tough week for my wife and the non-profit she founded. Great customer service is alive and well and companies like Nocs Provisions. If you are in the market for quality binoculars or monoculars, give Nocs a look. They are good people.

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This past weekend’s training hike was a muddy mess at Richardson Nature Center, but we got through it.

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@tinyroofnail I certainly share your sympathy for those who have been told "democracy is on the line" for so long. We all could learn something from this situation, and stop treating everything like it will lead to the end of our country.

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@tinyroofnail The herpes vs. chlamydia analogy is certainly funny, but like so many others it reflects an attitude that concerns me.

Neither choice makes me feel particularly good about that choice, but the level of badness is orders of magnitude different. To me, Trump is like choosing an incurable terminal illness. Biden is like a vaccine with done unpleasant side effects.

A vote for Biden may not leave me feeling great in the morning, but will protect us all from the disease of Trumpism, at least for another season while we work towards a long-term cure.

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@patrickrhone Love the pie analogy. I get that many don’t love the pie, but it’s never been more important to do your part and take that bite. Continue to work for better pie next time, but eat that pie now.

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Feeling a little nostalgic after watching “The Warriors” on Amazon Prime. “Warriors, cone out and play-ay” 🍿

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Inaugural game of E’s final season playing softball was a bust due to rain-soaked fields. Sigh… Hopefully tomorrow’s weather will cooperate a bit more.

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Congratulations to the PWHL Minnesota hockey team for claiming the inaugural Walter Cup last night. Women’s sports are thriving in Minnesota, and it makes me love my adopted home state a little bit more.

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@fahrni I was born in Texas but moved away as a young child. My first job after grad school brought me back, where I lived for a few years. I decided that I had to leave back in 1996 when I thought the politics had become intolerable. I had no idea how much worse it would eventually become.

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Yesterday was a beautiful day in Minneapolis - Got out for a 5 mile training hike with a few other Ultimate Hikers. Lebanon Hills is such a gem for Twin Cities folks to get out in nature.

5 mile hike route at Lebanon Hills in Eagan, MNSome of the Ultimate Hike gang out on the trailBeautiful swans on Jensen Lake

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I’ve spent the better part of the last 2 work weeks experimenting with Azure’s OpenAI services. Trying to figure out how well GenAI can understand clinical notes from a doctor and extract structured data. So far the results are … meh.

So close and yet so far away.

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@hollie one of my favorites as well. The mirror scene has always blown my mind, and the depiction of constellations in every-day things (spilled popcorn, shiny spots in a handful of sand) was always such a nice metaphor.

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@ericmwalk August is when I do my Ultimate Hike on the Superior Hiking Trail. One day, 25+ miles, to raise money for pediatric cancer research. It’s my 5th year participating in this event.

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My first hill training of the season is in the books: Walking up and down one of the hills at Hyland Hills ski area. It’s relatively small as ski hills go, but it really works the climbing muscles and challenges the cardio. Started today with 2 laps - need to get to at least 10 by August.

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Attending “MJ the Musical” in Minneapolis this week has rekindled my interest in Michael Jackson’s music. What a musical and entertainment genius he was.

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Date night in downtown Minneapolis

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My first group training hike of the season, preparing for my 5th consecutive Ultimate Hike on the Superior Hiking Trail. At Whitetail Woods Regional Park in Farmington, MN

SHT Ultimate Hikers first training hike

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I’ve lived in Minnesota for nearly 30 years, and despite many attempts to see the Aurora Borealis I had never seen them. Until tonight. I drove up to our cabin to improve my odds. Turns out they were visible from home in Minneapolis, but the view over the lake was spectacular.

Aurora Borealis over lake near Brainerd, MN

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@mbkriegh I hope that this is that moment, but I am skeptical. I think it will take at least one more election loss for Trump and significant setbacks in the House and Senate before we can rightfully claim that the inevitable decline has begun.

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@ericmwalk It should be: I had to climb who d it, pull off the vent, and retrieve the critter before it got worse. But it’s done.

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@jthingelstad Me neither. We’ve learned that it was a group of 7 or so teens, all in white, walking around the neighborhood at around midnight. It is likely kids from Washburn, who had a “white out” theme at last night’s basketball game vs. Hopkins.