Thursday, October 19, 2017

GW Bush Goes After Trump

Politico: Full text: George W. Bush speech on Trumpism By POLITICO STAFF 10/19/2017
"We have seen our discourse degraded by casual cruelty. At times, it can seem like the forces pulling us apart are stronger than the forces binding us together. Argument turns too easily into animosity. Disagreement escalates into dehumanization. Too often, we judge other groups by their worst examples while judging ourselves by our best intentions – forgetting the image of God we should see in each other."

"We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism – forgotten the dynamism that immigration has always brought to America. We see a fading confidence in the value of free markets and international trade – forgetting that conflict, instability, and poverty follow in the wake of protectionism."

"We have seen the return of isolationist sentiments – forgetting that American security is directly threatened by the chaos and despair of distant places, where threats such as terrorism, infectious disease, criminal gangs and drug trafficking tend to emerge."

Beyond

Vanity Fair: Europe Is Already Warming Up to President Pence - After nine months of chaos, foreign diplomats are turning to Trump’s No. 2. By Abigail Tracy

Yes Or No


Branded

  The group is based in Albany NY.

NY Times: Inside a Secretive Group Where Women Are Branded By BARRY MEIER

Propaganda

Politico: Trump Campaign Staffers Pushed Russian Propaganda Days Before the Election - Kellyanne Conway and Donald Trump Jr. pushed messages from an account operated from Russia’s ‘troll farm’—including allegations of voter fraud a week before Election Day. By Betsy Woodruff, Ben Collins, Kevin Poulsen, Spencer Ackerman

Ines

Salon: Playboy debuts its first transgender Playmate, Ines Rau - She’s not the title’s first trans model, but her debut as a Playmate coincides with a Hugh Hefner tribute

The Onion - St. Peter Scrambling To Throw Few More Innocent Souls Into Hell To Meet Monthly Quota

The Onion: St. Peter Scrambling To Throw Few More Innocent Souls Into Hell To Meet Monthly Quota

Lucid

Science Daily: Want to control your dreams? Here's how you can
summary - New research has found that a specific combination of techniques will increase people's chances of having lucid dreams, in which the dreamer is aware they're dreaming while it's still happening and can control the experience.

Have An Excellent Thursday

work by Nicholas Roerich

Brian Williams - Fmr. CIA boss Brennan - World May Wonder If Trump's Just Reckless

Rachel Maddow - What Is Trump Hiding About U.S. Military In Niger?

Niger

Newsweek: Is Niger Trump's Benghazi? Four U.S. Soldiers Died and It Took Him 12 Days to Respond By John Haltiwanger

Niger Cover Up

The Palmer Report: Donald Trump’s Niger scandal just turned into a (real) Benghazi scandal

Moon Cave

Guardian UK: Discovery of 500km lunar cave raises hopes for human colonisation of moon - Japan says chasm measuring 500km long and 100 metres wide could be used as a base for astronauts and their equipment

Dire Ecological Warning As Insect Numbers Decline

Guardian UK: Warning of 'ecological Armageddon' after dramatic plunge in insect numbers - Three-quarters of flying insects in nature reserves across Germany have vanished in 25 years, with serious implications for all life on Earth, scientists say
“Insects make up about two-thirds of all life on Earth [but] there has been some kind of horrific decline,” said Prof Dave Goulson of Sussex University, UK, and part of the team behind the new study. “We appear to be making vast tracts of land inhospitable to most forms of life, and are currently on course for ecological Armageddon. If we lose the insects then everything is going to collapse.”

Trump - Just Shut Up

Guardian UK: Trump digs in over call to soldier's widow: 'I didn't say what the congresswoman said'

Charles M. Blow's Latest

NY Times: Trump Isn’t Hitler. But the Lying...
...Trump’s use of the phrase “a lot of people are saying”:

“Trump frequently couches his most controversial comments this way, which allows him to share a controversial idea, piece of tabloid gossip or conspiracy theory without technically embracing it. If the comment turns out to be popular, Trump will often drop the distancing qualifier — ‘people think’ or ‘some say.’ If the opposite happens, Trump can claim that he never said the thing he is accused of saying, equating it to retweeting someone else’s thoughts on Twitter.”

Grind

NY Times: Signaling Frustration, Senior House Republican Plans to Quit Early By ALEXANDER BURNS and JONATHAN MARTIN
...the grind of their jobs had gotten no better since Donald J. Trump’s election last year, giving Republicans full control of Washington.

The Market On Thursday

  At 9:25 a.m. ET DOW futures are -87 and the price of oil per barrel is down. the market is poised to open significantly lower.

CNN: These airline stocks have doubled while rivals go bust by Alanna Petroff

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Onion - New Evidence Reveals Pythagoras Wrote Dozens Of Unhinged Conspiracy Theorems About Triangles

The Onion: New Evidence Reveals Pythagoras Wrote Dozens Of Unhinged Conspiracy Theorems About Triangles

Code

  36 U.S. Code § 301 is about the National Anthem and it's big in the news as we know. President Trump is real big on 36 U.S. Code § 301.

  But check this out, 36 U.S. Code § 303 - signed legislation in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan to make the rose the floral emblem of the United States. I hope all patriots out there understand that when you are standing by a rose, you are standing next to the floral emblem of the USA. The rose has not quite risen to the level of concern that we now have for the National Anthem, but just give it time. Music, once again, usurps flowers.

  Next time you smell a rose, do it with a little dignity please...

Hong Kong

The DailyInside: Inside Hong Kong’s High-Rise Houses of Prostitution: Who’s Really in Charge? The law says sex workers should be self-employed, ‘one woman one room.’ But in the real world, clearly, that’s not how it works. by Viola Gaskell

Trumpian

The Daily Beast: Gold-Star Mom: Yes, Trump Disrespected My Son in Phone Call
...she looked at me and said, ‘He didn’t even remember his name.’

Squirm

Politico: Dems look to make GOP squirm on budget By ELANA SCHOR, SEUNG MIN KIM and SARAH FERRIS
“I don’t think any voter likes the idea that very wealthy people are going to get a tax break while they’re cutting Medicare, and that’s essentially the design of this bill..." - Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen

Alternative Reality

Axios: Trump's alternative reality, part two

Disrespect

Salon: Mother of slain soldier David Johnson: Donald Trump disrespected us - Trump’s war against fallen soldiers continues on another level

The Onion - Aides Concerned Trump’s Mental Health Declining After President Admits He May Not Be Omnipotent Living God

The Onion: Aides Concerned Trump’s Mental Health Declining After President Admits He May Not Be Omnipotent Living God

Forests And You

Science Daily: Life in the city: Living near a forest keeps your amygdala healthier - MRI study analyzes stress-processing brain regions in older city dwellers
summary - A new study examined the relationship between the availability of nature near city dwellers' homes and their brain health. Its findings are relevant for urban planners among others.

Have An Excellent Wednesday

work by Joep van Lieshout, 'Domestikator'. The work was deemed too risque for The Louvre.


Brian Williams - Trump Gold Star Family Remarks Show 'An Incapacity To Empathize'

Morning Joe - Army Sgt. La David T. Johnson And Trump's Insane Speech To His Wife

  I implore you to watch this.

One Can Hope

  I've said it before, please take Bill's work with a little skepticism. One thing is true though, in many instance's Bill is way ahead of the curve.

The Palmer Report: Robert Mueller probe reaches the point of no return, and Donald Trump now has no chance of surviving this

Too Risqué

Guardian UK: 'Obscene? Pornographic?' – Louvre deems sexually explicit sculpture too risqué - Museum made the decision to drop Domestikator, which depicts a human figure penetrating an animal, after criticism on social media

Consoled

Guardian UK: 'I was very comforted': gold star families recall receiving condolences from Obama - After Donald Trump criticised Barack Obama for not calling fallen service members’ loved ones, bereaved military families paint a contrasting picture

Spiteful Juvenile Trump

NY Times: Top General’s Grief Becomes Political Talking Point for Trump By MARK LANDLER

Self Absorption

NY Times: Trump’s Self-Absorption on War Deaths by Andrew Rosenthal
Then, in true Trump fashion, he made it all about the most important person in any conversation, himself. Saying that those notifications are “a very difficult thing,” the president started whining, “Now it gets to a point where you make four or five of them in one day, it’s a very, very tough day.”

The Market On Wednesday

  At 9:30 a.m. ET DOW futures are +108 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: We've found Trump's perfect pick for Fed chair: Janet Yellen by Matt Egan