Friday, December 02, 2016


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

work by Paul Sérusier

Krugman's Latest

  Millions of white working class people who voted for Trump will lose their health care with the repeal of Obamacare. Apparently they did not know that.

NY Times: Seduced and Betrayed by Donald Trump by Paul Krugman

Digby's Latest

The Last Interview And Last Performance Of George Harrison


'Absolutely Chilling'

Stephen Hawking's Warning



Cesaria Evora

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Grégoire Guillemin, 'The Secret Lives Of Superheroes'

Senators Seek To Declassify Info On Russia Role In US Election

The 'Lock Her Up' Tour Continues

The Cult Of The Strongman

'Unfiltered Exchanges'

James Mattis

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. It is 37 degrees and partially overcast here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a partly cloudy day with temperatures in the high 40s this afternoon. I was watching Steve Kornacki yesterday and learned that Clinton lost the election in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan by a combined total of 79,000 votes give or take a few, yet she won the popular vote by 2.5 million votes and that number continues to grow.

  At 8:30 a.m. ET futures are slightly lower and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open slightly lower.

  According to CNN - "U.S. unemployment rate fell to 4.6%, the lowest level since 2007, and employers added 178,000 jobs in November." So this should be a boost, I'm sure Trump will take credit for this right.

CNN: U.S. jobs in focus; Stocks slide; Starbucks shares on the move by Alanna Petroff
In October, there were 53,000 fewer manufacturing jobs than a year ago.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Magnus Carlsen

Bully Time

'Things Behind The Sun'

  Nick Drake - this tune is from roughly 1970 give or take. Nick Drake recorded three albums and at the age of 26 tragically took his own life. His work was very influential, and you can hear that his voice was compelling, very airy.

Bernie Sanders On Carrier Trump Deal

The Onion - Facebook User Verifies Truth Of Article By Carefully Checking It Against Own Preconceived Opinions

The Sahara

Science Daily: 6,000 years ago the Sahara Desert was tropical, so what happened?
summary - As little as 6,000 years ago, the vast Sahara Desert was covered in grassland that received plenty of rainfall, but shifts in the world's weather patterns abruptly transformed the vegetated region into some of the driest land on Earth. Now a researcher is trying to uncover the clues responsible for this enormous climate transformation -- and the findings could lead to better rainfall predictions worldwide.

Have An Excellent Thursday

work by Grégoire Guillemin, 'The Secret Lives Of Superheroes'


  The US Military was hands down behind Trump, now they might need to welcome their new potential VA Secretary - Sarah Palin.

MSNBC: Donald Trump reportedly considering Sarah Palin for VA secretary

'Serious And Unprecedented Conflicts Of Interest'

The 'Hamilton Electors'

Global Warming - The Trump Cabinet

Climate Central: What You Should Know About Trump’s Cabinet and Climate by Brian Kahn
All indications so far point to a bleak future for addressing climate change, or even recognizing it as one of the world’s largest challenges.

And The Winner Is The Loser

Government For And By The Billionaires

On The Rise

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is 42 degrees, dark, and overcast here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a 'fair' day with temperatures in the high 50s this afternoon. That is unseasonably warm. Is the time flying by or what? Here we are in December, soon to enter 2017 and the start of the President Donald Trump administration.

  At 9:25 a.m. futures are moderately higher and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open moderately higher.

  Notice that oil has quickly jumped to over $50 a barrel. It is thought that the present oil rally is not sustainable and sooner rather than later, oil prices will decline in spite of any deal to cut production. Notice that first time weekly unemployment layoffs have slightly ticked higher. Regardless, the unemployment rate is considered very good and that combined with very mild inflation will more than likely cause the Fed to increase the base interest rate in mid December.

Reuters: Jobless claims hit five-month high, but layoffs low