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Shermann's Journal
Shermann's Journal
June 1, 2024

Questions we've asked in 2024

And to think the year isn't even half over.

1) Can a convicted felon run for President?
2) Can somebody in prison be the President?
3) How does the Secret Service protect a former president (or current president, see question 2) in prison?
4) Can a sitting president pardon his or herself? (carryover question from 2023)
5) Is a sitting president immune from prosecution for any and all crimes?

Don't bother dispatching ChatGPT into the muck to find the answers here.

June 1, 2024

Trump's trial was skewed!

This is a tautology, as ALL trials in the US are skewed...in the defendants' favor. These trials are in some ways similar to the scientific method. Charges brought against a defendant essentially form a hypothesis. This hypothesis is tested mainly by the questioning of witnesses which introduces additional evidence. The hypotheses either stands or falls on its merits in light of these tests. The jury independently makes this determination, which is similar to the concept of "reproducibility". However, the jury deliberation phase then diverges from the scientific method. The scientific method will go where the evidence is clustered, however the jury assumes a default position of innocent and has to meet the bar of "beyond a reasonable doubt" to move to guilty.

This built-in bias feature didn't produce the result Trump desired, so he has had to make an appeal to the even more biased court of public opinion.

May 27, 2024

What is vegetable broth's problem?

It has a shelf life of four months but warns that it should be used within a week after opening (and refrigerated). Can a shelf-stable pantry item really lose its flavor after a mere week?

I use it to make rice and beans but can't seem to use up a whole 32-ounce container within a week. That's a lot of rice and beans!

May 25, 2024

American Horror Story: Delicate **SPOILERS**

SPOILER: It is not good.

I just finished watching Part II. There was a gap after Part I and I didn't recall it that well. Part 1 was hard to follow as they jumped back and forth in time quite a bit for a plot which barely moved. Making matters worse, my DVR skipped an episode, and I watched them out of order. It barely mattered, I was pretty much going to be lost either way.

This was a disappointment as AHS is one of my favorite shows. It has been renewed for a 13th season and here's hoping there is a return to form.

May 19, 2024

Who would win in a debate between Trump and ChatGPT?

Neither can succinctly answer questions where there are a small, finite number of possible answers. Neither can conceptualize what is meant by "true dichotomy". Both will stray from posed questions and deliver unsatisfactory, rambling responses.

I have to give the edge to ChatGPT as it has no concept of a political agenda and commits far fewer factual errors.

That segues into the next question: who would we trust more with the nuclear football?

May 11, 2024

Vote for Trump and defund Social Security!

Trump proposed eliminating payroll taxes that fund Social Security in 2020. This was not done in good faith as a covid-19 economic relief measure but rather as a backhanded way to undermine one of the Democratic Party's signature programs. Given the chance, he'll do it again.

May 11, 2024

How exactly do you convince people that the elections are rigged AND that they should get out and vote for you?

On top of that, Biden supposedly stole the election after being largely inactive in politics for four years and while facing stiff resistance from MAGA states and Trump appointed judges. And he had to keep this mischief secret from those meddling kids at Fox News! Just imagine the resources available to him in 2024 as the incumbent!

May 4, 2024

Can somebody explain why Cohen employed a shell company to pay Daniels in terms a non-mafia individual can understand?

The shell company was "Essential Consultants". I would think setting up a shell company would leave a large number of fingerprints behind, which is the opposite of what you would want. It was seemingly not difficult to connect that company to Cohen and Trump.

Why not opt for the suitcase full of cash instead? Was this so that "Essential Consultants" could pursue Daniels if she reneged? Or was it simply to facilitate the embezzling of business assets?

May 2, 2024

An open question to MAGAmurica regarding this banana republic we supposedly live in

If a former US president has actually committed crimes, there is about a 50% chance that the current president is in the opposing political party. So, there would sort of be a weak built-in defense of selective prosecution available based on nothing more than assumed motive.

The question is: how does one differentiate between a bona fide politically motivated selective prosecution scenario, and a scenario of random chance and unrelated events?

April 20, 2024

Manhattan voted for President Joe Biden over Trump by 87% to 12%

However, in the 2020 general election, the voter turnout in Manhattan was approximately 61.9%. Statistically that means approximately .5 jurors are Trump voters. Rounded, that's one. It only takes one MAGA cultist to have disillusioned reasonable doubt and hang this jury.

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