The Democrats are the party of competence. The Republicans are the party of chaos.

Scalzi weighs in: Clinton and the Convention and Where We Go From Here

Great points, and my title for this post is a paraphrase from him. Trump and the Republicans were unable to “even handle a four-day self-advertisement,” Scalzi notes. All the GOP had to do was put a parade of luminaries on stage who would all praise and endorse Trump and attack the Democrats. Instead, they had a line-up of reality TV freaks, D-list celebrities, and has-beens (Scott Baio? Chachi Loves Donnie?). One of their headliners — Ted Cruz — pointedly failed to endorse Trump, which Trump’s campaign was shocked, shocked to discover, even though they had approved his speech in advance.

By contrast, the Democratic convention got off to a pratfall, but then operated like clockwork. As Scalzi notes: That doesn’t prove Clinton will make a good president, but at least she and her team could run a successful convention.

Scalzi errs by labeling Trump supporters as crazies, bigots and haters. They’re not. They’re desperate — and rightly so. Hillary Clinton is the culmination of 30 years of American leaders’ failure to serve the American people. I’ll vote for her — and do it hopefully — because the alternative is crazy incompetence. Or maybe I’ll just vote for the Libertarian ticket, not because I’m a libertarian, but because they’ve got two guys there who seem to have done a good job of running their states pretty well.

A person who is dying of cancer, and who has been failed by Western medicine may turn to alternative medicine not because they’re a believer, but because they don’t think they’ve got anything to lose.

The father of Muslim soldier killed in action tells Trump: “You have sacrificed nothing. And no one.”

The father of Muslim soldier killed in action just delivered a brutal repudiation of Donald Trump – Philip Bump, The Washington Post

Trump lives a life of pampered luxury, fueled by fortune he inherited and mismanaged. He has sacrificed nothing and never risked anything. He’s got two talents: One is self-promotion, and the other is disrupting elections.

Certainly the US electoral process is in dire need of disruption, but after Trump has smashed the rotten edifice, what next?

Informa acquires Light Reading. I work for Informa now.

I’m still digesting this. We just got the news less than two hours ago.

I have an article to write this morning, and earnings calls in the afternoon, so I’ll focus on that. I’ve been through one acquisition before, and too many reorganizations to count. Best thing a person can do in a situation like this is keep doing their job.

Further out, I do see potentially interesting opportunities coming from this.

Laurie Penney channels the spirit of Hunter Thompson to report on the Democratic Convention

Bad Moon Rising — Welcome to the Scream Room — Medium

“There’s almost a mile of dead zone and several sets of scanners between the street and the convention floor, and everything stinks of sizzling Tarmac and compromise,” says journalist Penney.

Also:

As far as the party machine goes, Clinton is the ideal candidate. She is an iron-jawed, slick-fisted cagefighter gorged on the corpse of the young radical she once was. This is not an impediment to her presidency: It is her qualification for the presidency.

And the money quote:

The problem is that ordinary decent people around the world have had thirty years of lesser-evilism, and they’re sick of it. Hilary is not talking their language. Trump, lying through his lacquered teeth about bringing back union jobs, just might be.

Here we are in the desert of moderate liberalism. The storm has hit, and nobody was prepared.

She also notes that the Democratic Party, which claims to stand up for the working person and unions, allowed Uber to pay for a monopoly on the event zone:

The union-crushing eponym of the precarious gig economy has total control of the Democratic perimeter. They’ve provided a free lounge with air-conditioning and strange little bags of grey sweets stickers with the Uber brand. I dread to think what happens if you eat one. Perhaps you suddenly cease to require job security or a pension. Sign up for the app if you want to get away, which will happen by way of a car whose angry, exhausted driver who has spent all day being yelled at by delegates. This does not inspire confidence in organization skills of the Party of the People.

Confessor. Feminist. Adult. What the Hell Happened to Howard Stern?

This is not the Howard Stern I listened to in the 80s and early 90s. David Segal has more at the New York Times:

For years, Mr. Stern was known principally for pushing the limits of taste as the ringmaster of a raunchy circus of pranksters, oddballs and strippers. During his decades on terrestrial radio, his main passions seemed to be, in no particular order, boob jobs, prostitutes, lesbians and flatulence. Introspection and empathy were not fortes.

What I didn’t appreciate, until hearing [Bill] Murray lay bare his deepest anxieties, is that since settling in to his new home on satellite radio, which he did in 2006, Mr. Stern and his show have gradually taken on an improbable new dimension. Scattered among the gleefully vulgar mainstays are now long, starkly intimate live exchanges — character excavations that have made Mr. Stern one of the most deft and engrossing celebrity interviewers in the business and a sought-after stop for stars selling a movie or setting the record straight.

 

Sean Hannity reportedly gets in “some sort of commotion” at a Philadelphia Wawa

According to people who claim to be eyewitnesses but could just be blowing smoke, the Fox commentator tried to cut in line at Wawa, one of a chain of Philly convenience stores. When one of the patrons said, “Ay, the line starts back there,” Hannity responded “he was in a hurry, he had a very important job to get back to & to let Tanikqua fix his sandwich so he can get back to work … The Wawa worker’s name was Ashley.”

During the argument that ensued, Hannity supposedly said, “This is the culture of lawlessness the Obamas & Black Lives Matter have taught you people.” Then the manager showed up and kicked Hannity out of the store.

Hannity denies the story.

Legend: Rude Sean Hannity gets booed right out of Wawa in Philly – Michael Tanenbaum, PhillyVoice

But how do you milk a cockroach? Tiny little tweezers?

The case for cockroach milk: The next superfood? – Ben Guarino, The Washington Post

Experiments suggest that cockroach milk is among the most nutritious and highly caloric substances on the planet, according to research published recently in the journal for the International Union of Crystallography, IUCRJ. Pound-for-pound, cockroach milk crystals contain three times more energy than buffalo milk, according to the analysis by [Subramanian Ramaswamy, a biochemist at the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in Bangalore, India] and his colleagues. Buffaloes, he said, were the previous top contender for producing a protein with the most calories.

“It’s a complete food,” Ramaswamy said of the roach crystals. In the brood sac, the embryos gulp down the liquid. There, the proteins turn to hard crystals in their guts. Nothing is wasted — “the mouth is open and the backside is closed,” as Ramaswamy described the embryos. Within the sac, the baby roaches rely on these concentrated nutrients to grow large with an alien speed.