Friday, February 22, 2019

Annemarie Schwarzenbach

  I just stumbled across Annemarie Schwarzenbach by accident. She was a writer, photographer, journalist, and she traveled far and wide especially into Muslim regions. She died in her 30s in 1942 and spent a good part of her life dressing as a man, she suffered from addictions and depression. She also revolted against the Nazis and helped people under fascist rule. There's a movie about part of her life 'Journey To Kafristan' which I want to see.

Annemarie Schwarzenbach bio

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Jackie Morris

Brian Williams - Here's Why A Short Mueller Report Could Actually Be Bad News For Trump

Morning Joe - President Donald Trump’s Wall Of False Claims

Stephen Colbert - Ana Navarro - Trump Won't Push Me Out Of The GOP

One Can Hope

The Palmer Report: The end of Donald Trump’s presidency by Bill Palmer

Trump Country

Guardian UK: Why ‘Trump country’ isn’t as Republican as you think - Appalachia wasn’t always conservative. In Virginia’s coal country, a long history of grassroots organising is inspiring a new wave of activism. By Elizabeth Catte
Rural spaces are often thought of as places absent of things, from people of colour to modern amenities to radical politics. The truth, as usual, is more complicated. The parents and grandparents of my childhood friends were union organisers; when my grandfather moved to east Tennessee, he went from a world of communist coal miners to the backyard of one of the most important incubators of the civil rights movement, the Highlander Research and Education Center.


Guardian UK: Venezuela crisis threatens disease epidemic across continent - experts - Collapse of Venezuela’s healthcare system could fuel spread of malaria and other diseases across region
Experts have warned of an epidemic of diseases such as malaria and dengue on an unprecedented scale in Latin America following the collapse of the healthcare system in Venezuela.

It's Coming

NY Times: The Mueller Report Is Coming. Here’s What to Expect. A concise report will probably act as a “road map” to investigation for the Democratic House — and to further criminal investigation by other prosecutors. By Neal K. Katyal - Mr. Katyal was an acting solicitor general under President Barack Obama.
The special counsel Robert Mueller will apparently soon turn in a report to the new attorney general, William Barr. Sure, there is still a lot of activity, including subpoenas, flying around, but that shouldn’t stop Mr. Mueller.

GOP Election Fraud

NY Times: New Election Ordered in North Carolina Race at Center of Fraud Inquiry By Alan Blinder
North Carolina officials on Thursday ordered a new contest in the Ninth Congressional District after the Republican candidate, confronted by evidence that his campaign had financed an illegal voter-turnout effort, called for a new election.

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. At 9:25 a.m. ET DOW futures are -64 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open significantly lower.

CNN: stock plummets 50% after it ends partnership with the US Postal Service By Chris Isidore

Thursday, February 21, 2019


Bloomberg: Trump’s Presidency Is Getting Weaker - A defeat for the president’s “Space Force” proposal was typical – and telling. By Jonathan Bernstein
This week offered two prime examples of why Donald Trump’s presidency has been weaker than most people realize.

Ruin Via Trump

The Daily Beast: Trump White House Is Forcing Interns to Sign NDAs and Threatening Them With Financial Ruin - Not even the interns are exempt from the legally dubious rite of passage that is signing a Trump NDA. by Asawin Suebsaeng


  This vicious horrible man got off lightly.

Politico: Roger Stone gets full gag order after Instagram post - Stone was trying to walk back an Instagram post appeared to include a gun’s crosshairs above the head of the federal judge overseeing his case. By DARREN SAMUELSOHN, JOSH GERSTEIN and MATTHEW CHOI

Black Seed Oil

Dr. Axe: 9 Proven Black Seed Oil Benefits that Boost Your Health By Dr. Josh Axe


The Atlantic: Climate Change Enters Its Blood-Sucking Phase - As winters grow warmer in North America, thirsty ticks are on the move.
This was the sixth calf, of 30 collared, that they’d found sucked to death by ticks this season.

The ticks had taken a third of this animal’s weight.

Peter Tork Dies

Variety: Peter Tork of the Monkees Dies at 77 By Jem Aswad and Chris Willman

Bregman Vs Carlson

Pajiba: Rutger Bregman's Unaired Interview With Tucker Carlson Has Leaked and It Is Delicious By Petr Knava

The Onion - ‘We Will Not Repeat The Mistakes Of The 2016 Election,’ Vows Nation Still Using Internet

The Onion: ‘We Will Not Repeat The Mistakes Of The 2016 Election,’ Vows Nation Still Using Internet

Older Adults

Scientific American: Older Adults Are Especially Prone to Social Media Bubbles - Research suggests that fake news will become an even bigger problem as the population ages By Dipayan Ghosh, Vijeth Iyengar

Have An Excellent Thursday

work by Wassily Kandinsky 1866 - 1944

Lawrence O'Donnell - Ex-Fed Prosecutor - Public Michael Cohen Hearing ‘Going To Be Dramatic Day’

Brian Williams - Trump's Best-Case Scenario On Mueller Report? 'Severe Political Damage

Stephen Colbert - The Mueller Probe Enters The Home Stretch

Deep Breath

The Palmer Report: Everyone stop and take a deep breath by Bill Palmer

Disgrace Upon Disgrace

Guardian UK: Alec Baldwin fears for family's safety after Trump 'retribution' threats - In Dworkin Report podcast, SNL sketch actor wonders what ‘retribution’ will look like, and jokes about jail for Trump Jr
Alec Baldwin has spoken of his fear that Donald Trump is stirring up some supporters to exact “retribution” against him for his satirical performance of the president on Saturday Night Live, saying the president “signals people” to become angry and bitter “and then the actions flow from there”.

House Democrats Take On Trump's Emergency

Guardian UK: House Democrats to file measure aimed at blocking Trump's emergency declaration - Lawmakers’ move, planned for Friday, sets up clash over presidential powers and immigration but is likely to fail
Though the effort seems almost certain to ultimately fall short – perhaps to a Trump veto – the resulting votes will let Democrats take a defiant stance against Trump that is sure to please liberal voters. They will also put some Republicans from swing districts and states in a difficult spot.

Massive Crisis In Venezuela

NY Times: Venezuelans Fleeing Crisis Face Desperate Hike to 12,000 Feet By Nicholas Casey and Jenny Carolina González
The walking began before dawn: before the clouds broke against the mountaintops, before the trucks took over the highway, even before anyone in the town woke up to check the vacant lot where scores of Venezuelan refugees had been huddling through the night.

Children, grandmothers, teachers, nurses, oil workers and the jobless had all sprawled there together — bound by a collective will to put as many miles as possible between themselves and the collapsing country they had fled.

Catholic Abuse

NY Times: To Save the Catholic Church, Listen to Priests’ Victims - The pope should always offer forgiveness. But he must drive abusers and their enablers from the ministry. By Mark Joseph Williams - Mr. Williams is a survivor of child sexual abuse.
When I was a child, I was sexually abused by a Catholic priest. Trauma is the devil. It stays in the core of your being. My tears waited nearly a half-century to stream from my eyes. Many victims go to their graves never revealing what they endured. Some take their own life, like one friend of mine. I suffered the pangs of addiction, the subsequent lies, and depression and suicidal ideation, along with bankruptcy and the loss of my job and home.

A childhood lost. The isolation was real. My father had died at only 40. My mother, lonely, drank, fell into rage, and was largely absent. I was prey, vulnerable to being groomed by the priest. The line was crossed.

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are +20 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open modestly higher.

CNN: US-China trade talks; VW warns over tariffs; Barclays and Brexit By Ivana Kottasová