Wednesday, August 23, 2017


Daily Mail: Harrowing images of Victorian beggars including a pregnant prostitute aged TEN capture the poverty of children living on Britain's streets 100 years ago


  24" to 48" inches of rain forecast for Texas over a 3 to 4 day span. Flooding catastrophe here we come.


Axios: U.S. diplomats in Cuba suffered brain injuries


Digby's Latest

Salon: Trump in Arizona: Threats, paranoia and a dark lesson in white history - Trump promises a government shutdown, hints he'll pardon Joe Arpaio — and vows to make history white again by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Report - Majority Of Time In Pool Spent Urging Others To Enter Pool

The Onion: Report: Majority Of Time In Pool Spent Urging Others To Enter Pool

Interactive Robogami

Science Daily: Designing custom robots in a matter of minutes - MIT CSAIL's 'Interactive Robogami' lets you design and 3-D-print origami-inspired robots from 2-D designs?
summary - Researchers have created a system called 'Interactive Robogami' that lets you design a robot in minutes, and then 3-D-print and assemble it in as little as four hours.
MIT: Custom robots in a matter of minutes - CSAIL’s “Interactive Robogami” lets you design and 3-D print origami-inspired robots from 2-D designs.

33% Approval

American Research Group Inc: Trump Overall Job Approvals Hit New Lows


Washington Post: As Trump ranted and rambled in Phoenix, his crowd slowly thinned By Jenna Johnson


The Independent: Donald Trump's crowd started leaving as Phoenix speech descended into incoherent rambling - Loss of interest palpable at convention centre in Arizona as hundreds headed for the exit early, while others sat on the ground or scrolled through their social media feeds

Have An Excellent Wednesday

work by Gene Brown

Lawrence O'Donnell - Lawrence Calls Out Trump's Charlottesville Lie At Arizona Rally

Morning Joe - This Was Donald Trump At His Worst


The Palmer Report: Here’s just how embarrassed General John Kelly was of Donald Trump’s Phoenix speech

New Low

Politico: Poll: Trump hits new low after Charlottesville By STEVEN SHEPARD


Guardian UK: 'Look at those fonts!' X-rated film posters of the 60s and 70s – in pictures
They were an explosion of graphic design, cheating audiences with promises of raunchy scenes that never materialised. Collector Tony Nourmand reveals the real sordid truth about X-rated movie posters

Poor Baby

Guardian UK: Trump paints himself as the real victim of Charlottesville in angry speech - Speaking at a rally in Phoenix, president attempts to counter widespread, bipartisan condemnation of his response to far-right violence


NY Times: Police Use Tear Gas on Crowds After Trump Rally By SIMON ROMERO
After the rally, the driver of a Ford Ranger pickup enraged protesters by performing the Nazi salute in their direction. A scene of chaos ensued as protesters approached the truck and yelled at the driver and passengers. The driver then tried to speed away from the protesters, raising fears of a repeat of the car-related violence in Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month. Police officers intervened to stop the truck and have its occupants get out of the vehicle.


NY Times: At Rally, Trump Blames Media for Country’s Deepening Divisions By MARK LANDLER and MAGGIE HABERMAN

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is 66 degrees and sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a sunny day with temperatures in the 70s this afternoon. If the week long future forecast is correct, we are clearly into a very sunny sweet spot of the the Summer. Get outside and enjoy this amazing weather.

  At 9:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are -79 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open moderately lower.

  Initial reaction coalesces around the thought the Trump's speech last night in Phoenix was completely unhinged. That's easy to believe.

CNN: Samsung's big reveal; Lowe's earnings; Stocks muddled by Alanna Petroff

Jim's Music

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Keith Olbermann Predicts Trump's Resignation

McConnell Vs Trump

NY Times: McConnell, in Private, Doubts if Trump Can Save Presidency By ALEXANDER BURNS and JONATHAN MARTIN
“I think he’s going to blow up, self-implode,” Mr. Hoffman said of Mr. Trump. “I wouldn’t be surprised if McConnell pulls back his support of Trump and tries to go it alone.”

Rick Wilson On Bannon

The Daily Beast: Steve Bannon’s Nationalism Is a Click-Scam Disguised as a Movement - Nationalists and populists rise from moments where the temptations to abandon principle, policy, and that harder work of ethical governance is too strong.

Roy Blount Jr On Trump

  I am a huge Roy Blount Jr. fan, he has an extremely bright mind. If Mark Twain is somehow reborn in 2017, he's now Roy Blount Jr. The link takes you to a video.

CNN: Blount: The White House is "on the wrong side" with Fareed Zakaria

Pauly Shore As Stephen Miller

Warning Signs

Salon: Warning signs of mass violence — in the U.S.? Has the time come to watch for these warning signs in the United States? by Max Pensky and Nadia Rubaii,

The Onion - John Kelly Hoses Layer Of Crumbs Off President Before Speech On Troop Deployment

The Onion: John Kelly Hoses Layer Of Crumbs Off President Before Speech On Troop Deployment

Asteroid Strike

Science Daily: Dino-killing asteroid could have thrust Earth into two years of darkness - Light-absorbing soot in the atmosphere had the potential to block photosynthesis
summary - Tremendous amounts of soot, lofted into the air from global wildfires following a massive asteroid strike 66 million years ago, would have plunged Earth into darkness for nearly two years, new research finds. This would have shut down photosynthesis, drastically cooled the planet, and contributed to the mass extinction that marked the end of the age of dinosaurs.

Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by Gene Brown

Rachel Maddow - More Questions Than Answers From Trump's Afghanistan Speech

Chris Matthews - Has Trump Lost His Standing To Lead?


  I take the Palmer Report with a grain of salt. However, he so much dislikes Trump that I relate to his intentions. Will Trump resign? Probably unlikely, but who knows.

The Palmer Report: Report: Donald Trump in preliminary talks about resignation


Guardian UK: Two white players join Cleveland Browns in NFL's largest anthem protest - More than a dozen Browns kneel ahead of team’s Monday night game
...have called attention to what they feel is racial injustice in the country.


Guardian UK: Charlottesville to cover Confederate statues to mourn Heather Heyer


Business Insider: Trump's response to Charlottesville just got brutal reviews

Few Details

NY Times: Trump Sets U.S. Strategy but No ‘Blank Check’ for Afghan War By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS and MARK LANDLER

Protests Planned For Trump In Arizona

NY Times: What to Know Ahead of Trump’s Rally in Arizona By JESS BIDGOOD
Several opposition rallies and marches have been planned, according to the Arizona Republic.

Another rally, Never Again: Jews and Allies Against Hate, was planned by David Schapira, a Tempe city councilman, and State Senator Robert Meza for the State Capitol earlier in the afternoon. A church in Phoenix also scheduled a march from the convention center to the Capitol Tuesday evening.

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 73 degrees and hazy sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts periodic thunderstorms and temperatures in the high 80s this afternoon. Looks like after today the temperatures drop into the 70s with sunshine and some good looking days.

  At 9:10 a.m. ET DOW futures are +59 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open moderately higher.

  Truth is when they play a clip of Trump on the news, I dive for the mute button. When it's known in advance that he will be speaking on TV, I make sure the TV is off and I'm doing something, anything, other than watching TV. Afghanistan, more troops - the only problem is that these troops are putting their lives right the hell on the line and Trump doesn't know a damn thing about anything and will be playing golf, stuffing his face, and talking divisive smack.

CNN: Stocks look sunny; Jeep power; Salesforce earnings by Alanna Petroff