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https://www.freep.com/story/news/politics/2020/01/14/michigan-voter-turnout-2020-election-results-delayed/4460065002/

Huge Michigan voter turnout could turn into national embarrassmentTwo Michigan elections experts have some record-breaking predictions for 2020 that could end up putting Michigan in a potentially embarrassing national spotlight.

Chris Thomas, the former Michigan director of elections at the Secretary of State’s Office, said Michigan is on track for a record-breaking turnout in 2020, reaching up to 5.3 million voters. The last time Michigan came anywhere close to that total was 2008 when 5 million Michiganders cast ballots.

Mark Grebner, the founder of the East Lansing-based Practical Political Consulting, which tracks voters and voting trends in Michigan, had an even more eye-popping prediction of 6 million votes in November.

“Turnout is going to be huge,” Grebner said. “And there are going to be big problems.”

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They both cited the enthusiasm shown in the 2018 election cycle when a record 4.3 million voters cast ballots in an off-year election. That total busted the previous record by more than a half-million votes and both expect that the controversial presidency of Donald Trump will only see higher than normal civic engagement rates in 2020

The video is worth watching

Don midwest
Don midwest

To Polar Bear about Bruno Latour

and the lack of common ground for geopolitical issues

Polar Bear provided a link to a book review of Bruno’s latest book. It was behind a paywall so I didn’t get the whole thing. The book itself has been Xeroxed and posted on the web and is linked below. It is only 102 pages of texts with long footnotes.

Bruno Latour
Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime

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Here is a later article by Bruno Latour which describes the challenge of global politics.

“We don’t seem to live on the same planet”
—A Fictional Planetarium

Architects and designers are facing a new problem when they aspire to build for a habitable planet.1 They have to answer a new question, because what used to be a
poor joke—“My dear fellow, you seem to live on another planet”—has become
literal—“Yes, we do intend to live on a different planet!” In the “old days” when
political scientists talked about geopolitics, they meant different nations with
opposing interests waging wars on the same material and geographic stage. Today,
geopolitics is also concerned with wars over the definition of the stage itself. A
conflict will be called, from now on, “of planetary relevance” not because it has the
planet for a stage, but because it is about which planet you are claiming to inhabit and
defend.

I am starting from the premise that what I have called the New Climatic Regime
organizes all political affiliations.2 The climate question is not one aspect of politics
among others, but that which defines the political order from beginning to end,
forcing all of us to redefine the older questions of social justice along with those of
identity, subsistence, and attachment to place. In recent years we have shifted from
questions of ecology—nature remaining outside the social order—to questions of
existential subsistence on threatened territories. Nature is no longer outside us but
under our feet, and it shakes the ground. Just as at the beginning of modern political
philosophy, in the time of Thomas Hobbes, we are dealing with humans not unified
but divided by nature to the point that they are engaged in civil wars as violent as the
religious wars of the past, and forced to look for peace by altogether reinventing the
social order.3 Climate mutation means that the question of the land on which we all
stand has come back into focus, hence the general political disorientation, especially
for the left, which did not expect to have to talk again of “people” and “soil”—
questions mostly abandoned to the right.

Since it is impossible to tackle this sort of conflict head on, I will turn to fiction and
take you on a brief tour of a planetarium of my invention. Whereas old planetary
influences on our horoscopes have been thrown into doubt for quite some time,
there is no question that the gravitational pulls of my seven hypothetical planets
have an immense influence on the way you feel, the way you behave, and especially
the way you predict your destiny. So, let’s visit a fictional astrology verging on
serious geopolitics!

The principle that will lead me in this reckoning is the link between the territory
necessary for our subsistence and the territory that we recognize—legally,
affectively—as our own and thus as the source of our freedom and autonomy.4 In what follows, a territory is considered not as a chunk of space but as all the entities,
no matter how remote, that allow a particular agent to subsist. I will start from the
assumption that the present disorientation is due to the fabulous increase in the lack
of fit between the two sets of constraints: we inhabit as citizens a land that is not the
one we could subsist on, hence the increased feeling of homelessness, a feeling thatis
transforming the former ecological questions into a new set of more urgent and
more tragic political struggles. People everywhere are again in need of land, a
situation that I call, for this reason, the new “wicked universal

polarbear4

Thank you so much, Don! I am too scattered to keep track of emails very well, but this will give me an opportunity to really read something of his. Thank you.

Don midwest
Don midwest

These are a couple of good places to start. Glad I got back to you.

From the quotation from his fictional planetarium above

(I copied it to WORD and found out that the copy from a pdf put in line feeds which led to the strange spacing above. Here is one long sentence.

The climate question is not one aspect of politics among others, but that which defines the political order from beginning to end, forcing all of us to redefine the older questions of social justice along with those of identity, subsistence, and attachment to place. In recent years we have shifted from questions of ecology—nature remaining outside the social order—to questions of existential subsistence on threatened territories.

I added the bold.

What could be stronger than existential substance on threatened territories?

We are facing the same future as Kola bears in AU.

In even more recent articles, Bruno has used the word engender

How can the earth including the life forms engender themselves?

jcitybone

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/17/podcasts/the-daily/bernie-sanders-latino.html

The Obama coalition has become almost mythic within the Democratic Party for having united first-time voters, people of color and moderates to win the presidency in 2008. This year, Senator Bernie Sanders is betting that he can win with the support of young voters and people of color — but without the moderates.

To do that, he’s counting on winning over and energizing the Latino vote. The ultimate test of whether he will be able to do that is in California, where Latinos are the single biggest nonwhite voting bloc. While young Latinos in California overwhelmingly support Mr. Sanders, to become the Democratic nominee, he will need the support of their parents and grandparents as well.

Torabs
Torabs

Alas, a podcast. I’d be curious to hear the substance of the editorial, not sure I agree with the last premise there.

jcitybone

Some good news in Australia

jcitybone
polarbear4

thank God we have a sea of mostly young people, it seems, that continue to surge forward in waves and ignore the MSM. I would love to bring in more of the population but you know the old saying, you can lead a horse to water…

magsview

Well then, according to some people, I guess that means that Biden will need to exceed expectations in Iowa now in order to be taken seriously??