DeSantis seems very cozy with the "alternate electors" scheme in this 2020 interview

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“Under Article II of the Constitution, presidential electors are done by the Legislatures and the schemes they create”

Schemes is the perfect word for that.




Americans fought a war in order to distance themselves from British English.


Tory Government Creating Governmental Scheme to Scheme…

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In British English scheme has no particular moral significance. In American English, it’s shady at best, criminal at worst.

So in the UK, and Australia you get things like Insurance Schemes, and Pension Schemes, and it’s all very much above board and responsible to engage in them,

I wonder if Americans were burnt by schemes that lost them a lot of money. (Since many of those schemes involved the slave trade in some fashion, it’s possible that British schemes will finally acquire the taint that Americans ascribe to them)


We are a nation of swindlers and the swindled.

Though ecologically and scientifically, swamplands are incredibly valuable.


“Drain the swamp!” irritated me in so many ways.


Interesting thesis. I always thought it was primarily about tax breaks for the rich.

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That “if” is doing such heavy lifting, it sent a whole generation of lawyers’ kids to Yale.

I hated it too. Draining a swamp is a ecological crime.

A hundred and ten years ago the Big Bog in northern Minnesota was offered to homesteaders with the caveat “you have to drain it yourselves.” They managed to dig a few straight-as-an-arrow ditches across it. But with nowhere for the water to go, it didn’t. Very few of the settlers settled. During WW2 the Army used the swamp for bomb practice, and several areas that ended up barren remain so today. Eventually the state took over the land and now it’s protected.

I’m glad the swamp won, as it’s a beautifully surreal place.

Today, those ditches still look like they were freshly dug last week, and have for the 40 years I’ve been going up there. Nothing changes them; there are no currents eroding them, no trees filling them in. They’re mucky, ugly scars that occasionally disfigure a 500 square mile swamp. I have found they’re very useful as navigation guides if you hike any distance into the swamp, because there are literally no other landmarks within 50 miles.

If you ever find yourself north of Upper Red Lake, take an hour or two to visit Big Bog State Park and walk the mile-long eco-friendly boardwalk (wheelchair and stroller accessible!) that they built out into the swamp. With few nutrients in the soil, lots of the plants are carnivorous, if you find that interesting. Some of the rarest orchids in the state are found only in this swamp. Most of the flowers bloom in late May through June, which I think is the best time to go. And while that’s a less insecty time of year, remember it’s still a swamp in northern Minnesota so normal precautions are recommended. The horseflies and deerflies like to hang around the pond and the parking lot, but seem to leave you alone to enjoy the boardwalk.


And wetlands are of course essential in purifying our waters.

Described as our “kidneys”, destroying our wetlands is like giving the land kidney disease.


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