Friday, February 24, 2017


  The blog is closed on weekends. See you bright and early Monday morning.

work by Paul Sérusier


No Threat


Very Sick Man

'F*** You'

Lily Allen - an anthem for the Trump era.

David Brooks' Latest

The Onion - Nation’s Schools To Ensure Bullied Transgender Students Hide In Stalls Of Bathrooms Corresponding To Biological Sex

Stress And Obesity

Science Daily: Long-term stress linked to higher levels of obesity, hair samples show - People who suffer long-term stress may also be more prone to obesity
summary - People who suffer long-term stress may also be more prone to obesity, according to research that involved examining hair samples for levels of cortisol, a hormone which regulates the body's response to stress.

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Firmin Baes

How To Beat Trump

The Washington Post: My country had its own Trump. Here’s how we beat him. By Dalibor Rohac
...Vladimir minister...of Slovakia, larger-than-life personality and bombastic rhetoric filled much of the media space, often with lies and conspiracies.

MSNBC - GOP Congressman, Constituents Were Not Paid


Guardian UK: Tillerson endures 'tough trip' to Mexico as Trump stokes 'bad dudes' rhetoric - US secretary of state and homeland security chief hold talks in Mexico - Tillerson admits differences as president defends deportation policy
The foreign minister, who is a close aide to Peña Nieto, declared that Mexico would defend its people living in the United States and go to the United Nations if necessary. He also rejected any suggestions that non-Mexican deportees would be deported to Mexico, dismissing the US proposals as “unilateral”.


Guardian UK: 'I was naive': after losing healthcare battle, factory workers fear next blow - After 105 days on strike, the billionaires – including Donald Trump’s ‘jobs czar’ – won, leaving many Momentive workers unhappy and worried about their futures
...14 miles north of Albany, the sprawling Momentive Performance Materials factory in Waterford has supplied generations of upstate New Yorkers with secure, well-paid, blue-collar jobs.


NY Times: Bathroom Case Puts Transgender Student on National Stage By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
With Mr. Trump’s decision this week to rescind protections for transgender students that allowed them to use bathrooms corresponding with their gender identity, the next stop is the Supreme Court, where Mr. Grimm — an engaging yet slightly awkward young man — is the lead plaintiff in a case that could settle the contentious “bathroom debate.”


NY Times: Weakened Democrats Bow to Voters, Opting for Total War on Trump By JONATHAN MARTIN and ALEXANDER BURNS
Now, spurred by explosive protests and a torrent of angry phone calls and emails from constituents — and outraged themselves by Mr. Trump’s swift moves to enact a hard-line agenda — Democrats have all but cast aside any notion of conciliation with the White House. Instead, they are mimicking the Republican approach of the last eight years — the “party of no” — and wagering that brash obstruction will pay similar dividends.

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. It is cloudy and 50 degrees here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a cloudy day with temperatures around 70 degrees this afternoon. By the end of today there will be very little snow left from our massive storms of just two weeks ago. Back to square one we go.

  At 9:15 a.m. ET the DOW is -94 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open significantly lower.

  The market's record run over the past 10 days may be in trouble today, although as I write, the day is still young and things can always change. It's still about fourth quarter corporate reports with the focus being on retailers. Notice that it is the weight of Democrats fearing for our lives under the Trump administration that is dragging on consumer sentiment.

CNN: Dow winning streak; Retailers need therapy; Consumers confident? by Alanna Petroff
A final reading of the Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index for February will be published at 10 a.m. ET. A preliminary reading for February showed sentiment dropped, pulled down by Democratic supporters who are worried about the future.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Ms Misconduct 2017

An Embarrassment

What's What



Salon: Brain tumor patient removed from hospital, detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement - It's the latest in a string of charges that ICE is going treating people inhumanely by Matthew Rozsa
An undocumented Salvadoran immigrant known only as Sara was involuntarily taken to Prairieland Detention Center despite suffering from a brain tumor, according to a report by The Hill. At the time she was apprehended Sara was a patient at Huguley Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, and receiving treatment for her ailment.

The Onion - Expert On International Jewish Conspiracy Has Never Been More Than 40 Miles Outside Council Bluffs, Iowa

Resveratrol And Lungs

Science Daily: Resveratrol may be an effective intervention for lung aging
summary - Researchers demonstrate, for the first time that inhaled resveratrol treatments slow aging-related degenerative changes in mouse lung. Lung aging, characterized by airspace enlargement and decreasing lung function, is a significant risk factor for chronic human lung diseases.

Have An Excellent Thursday

work by Firmin Baes

Chris Hayes - Angry Town Hall Crowds Confront GOP


I Love It

Guardian UK: New Jersey congressman grilled at town hall amid 'resistance recess' protests - Leonard Lance faces questions over healthcare, Russia and pushing back against Donald Trump from mostly hostile crowd
It was one of many overflowing town halls this week, as constituents angry that members of Congress haven’t pushed back against President Trump have organized across the US to exert direct pressure, and have besieged the typically sedate constituent meetings with protest signs and shouts.

Trappist - 1 Exoplanets

Guardian UK: Exoplanet discovery: seven Earth-sized planets spotted orbiting nearby star - Exoplanets found orbiting Trappist-1 raise hope that the hunt for alien life beyond the solar system can start much sooner than previously thought
Any life that gained a foothold and the capacity to look up would have a remarkable view from a Trappist-1 world. From the fifth planet, considered the most habitable, the salmon-pink star would loom 10 times larger than the sun in our sky. The other planets would soar overhead as their orbits required, appearing up to twice the size of the moon as seen from Earth. “It would be a beautiful show,” said Amaury Triaud at the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge University

Paranoid And Going Into Hiding

  The real Trump is coming forth with this vindictiveness. He likes to make people feel scared, that his thing. Throw the sadist log onto the Trump mental illness bonfire.

NY Times: Immigrants Hide, Fearing Capture on ‘Any Corner’ By VIVIAN YEE
“I don’t want to go to the store, to church — they are looking everywhere, and they know where to find us,” said Meli, who asked that her last name not be used out of fear of getting caught. “They could be waiting for us anywhere. Any corner, any block.”

Orange Marshmallow Menace Strikes Again

  What bullshit, and just yesterday he was talking about healing the divides in the country.

NY Times: Trump Rescinds Rules on Bathrooms for Transgender Students By JEREMY W. PETERS, JO BECKER and JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
Individual schools will remain free to let transgender students use the bathrooms with which they are most comfortable. And the effect of the administration’s decision will not be immediate because a federal court had already issued a nationwide injunction barring enforcement of the Obama order.

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is mostly sunny and 48 degrees here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts clouds later and temperatures in the high 60s this afternoon. We'll have temperatures in the 60s for the next three days and the snow is really retreating quickly from our wham bam multiple snow storm havoc of less than two weeks ago. If I didn't know better I would say it's an extremely early Spring. There is still some time for Winter to play out a bit more but plants are probably a little freaked out right about now.

  At 9:15 a.m. ET the DOW is +41 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open moderately higher.

  The indexes continue to rise. If corporate earnings are good then the indexes rise - corporate reports are coming in strong. And that is the bottom line name of the game.

CNN: Dow on fire; Nordstrom earnings; Tesla gets a jolt by Alanna Petroff
The index has posted gains for nine consecutive trading sessions, and is currently at an all-time high.