Friday, July 19, 2019


  Have an excellent weekend! See you bright and early Monday morning.

work by Arshile Gorky 1904 - 1948

Feeding America Opiods

NY Times: 3,271 Pill Bottles, a Town of 2,831: Court Filings Say Corporations Fed Opioid Epidemic - Cities and counties are suing major drugstore chains and Walmart, contending they distributed billions of painkillers that devastated communities.
The devastation was so extreme that one Ohio county resorted to a mobile morgue to handle all the corpses of people who died from overdoses.

Trump Hates America

NY Times: Donald Trump Hates America - The rest of us can love America well. By David Brooks

Comey - What Would I Ask Mueller

Read this.

Lawfare: What I Would Ask Robert Mueller By James Comey

Another Trump Associate Indicted

Politico: Businessman who testified in Mueller probe indicted on child pornography charges By JOSH GERSTEIN


Jim Sande

Sugar Sugar

Elemental: There Is No Such Thing as a Sugar Rush - Scientists are debunking the link to hyperactivity by Adam Popescu
...the new research suggests eating sweet foods actually causes people to experience the opposite: fatigue and a lack of alertness.

The Lies

  Here we have Trump repeating the far right-wing conspiracy theory that Ilhan Omar is married to her brother. It's beyond belief that an American president would stoop to such a low, and then even consider saying something like this. Yet it's Trump, with Trump we do not expect anything better than this. It's an American tragedy. Trump's 'base' hears this and are filled with glee, all while knowing full well that he is lying. The right-wing despises democracy.
“Well, there’s a lot of talk about the fact that she was married to her brother. I know nothing about it. I hear she was married to her brother. You’re asking me a question about it. I don’t know, but I’m sure that somebody would be looking at that.”

'Jazz Scales Explained In 10 Minutes'


The Atlantic: By Republican Standards, Almost Nothing Is Racist - When Democrats are accused of anti-Semitism, Republicans understand that coded language can be hurtful. But Trump’s racist comments get a pass. by Peter Beinart - Professor of journalism at the City University of New York
Trump’s own Equal Employment Opportunity Commission uses the phrase Go back to where you came from as one of its examples of discrimination based on national origin.

Don't Buy It

Salon: Don't buy Trump's disavowal of the "send her back" chant: His fans definitely won't - Stop self-trolling, journalists: Trump's supporters understand that when he walks back racism, he doesn't mean it by Amanda Marcotte

The Onion - White Supremacists Warn Idealistic Trump Some Compromise Will Be Necessary To Achieve Their Goals

The Onion: White Supremacists Warn Idealistic Trump Some Compromise Will Be Necessary To Achieve Their Goals

Moon Rocks

Popular Science: The Apollo moon rocks continue to reveal secrets of the cosmos - Apollo 11 gave us the Rosetta Stone of our solar system’s history. By Marion Renault

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Louise Bourgeois 1911 - 2010

Rachel Maddow - Paragon Of Corruption At Trump Interior Draws Eye Of Congress

Seth Meyers - Trump Lies About Racist Rally Chant

Stephen Colbert - Trump Distances Himself From The Racist Chant He Inspired


The Palmer Report: Jeffrey Epstein’s victims just got one big step closer to justice by Bill Palmer

Got That Right

Guardian UK: Ilhan Omar on Trump: 'I believe he is fascist' – as it happened - Minnesota Democrat hits back at Trump for goading crowd at rally in North Carolina and reiterates belief that he is a racist

Renewing His Attack

Guardian UK: Trump renews attack on Ilhan Omar and criticizes 'crazed' media – live updates - President says media overplayed the crowd’s chanting ‘send her back’ at his rally despite his daughter urging him to repudiate the racist chant


Washington Post: Trump supporters’ newest rallying cry — ‘Send her back!’— reverberates across a nation fraught with racial tension


Washington Post: How a racist tweet became a Trump rally chant in three short days


NY Times: Defenders of a Racist President Use Jews as Human Shields - Trump’s bigoted attack on four congresswomen of color has nothing to do with fighting anti-Semitism. By Michelle Goldberg

Yeah, Right

NY Times: Trump Disavows ‘Send Her Back’ Chant as G.O.P. Frets Over Ugly Phrase By Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Maggie Haberman and Michael Crowley
Nervous Republicans, from senior members of Congress to his own daughter Ivanka, urged President Trump on Thursday to repudiate the “send her back” chant directed at a Somali-born congresswoman during his speech the night before at a rally in North Carolina, amid widespread fears that the rally had veered into territory that could hurt their party in 2020.

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. At 9:15 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: Boeing's 737 hit; Iran tensions and oil; Microsoft soars By Julia Horowitz

Thursday, July 18, 2019

We're There

Washington Post: Trump is leading a hate movement, and the world is watching


Turning Point

The Atlantic: What Americans Do Now Will Define Us Forever - If multiracial democracy cannot be defended in America, it will not be defended elsewhere. by Adam Serwer

Driving White Nationalism

Salon: Media expert: How Tucker Carlson and Fox News have mainstreamed "unfettered white nationalism" - Media Matters' Madeline Peltz on how Carlson's quest to go viral and "trigger the libs" has altered reality by Chauncey DeVega

The Onion - House Passes Resolution Overnight Apologizing If Previous Racism Resolution Came Off Too Harsh

The Onion: House Passes Resolution Overnight Apologizing If Previous Racism Resolution Came Off Too Harsh


The Atlantic: A Landmark Study on the Origins of Alcoholism - By studying rats in a smarter way, scientists are finally learning something useful about why some drinkers become addicted and others don’t.

Pure Bullshite From Trump

  What a disgusting person Trump is. Disgusting.

Yahoo: Trump says not happy with backers' 'send her back' chant
He said he "would certainly try" to stop the chant should it return at a subsequent rally.


AP: Financier Jeffrey Epstein denied bail in federal case alleging he sexually abused underage girls

Trump Is Corrupt Through And Through

CNBC: Trump and Hope Hicks talked to Michael Cohen amid efforts to quash Stormy Daniels sex claim, documents show

Amen Brother

Have An Excellent Thursday

work by Camilla Göbl-Wahl

Ari Melber - Pulitzer Prize-Winning Reporter - President Trump Is A Racist

Lawrence O'Donnell - Crowd Chants ‘Send Her Back’ At Trump Rally

Stephen Colbert - Don't Watch This Trump-Epstein Video Alone

One Can Hope

The Palmer Report: The straw that breaks the back of Donald Trump and the GOP by TR Kenneth


Guardian UK: Inside Trump's DC hotel, where allies and lobbyists flock to peddle their interests - Fossil fuel interests, pro-gun groups, foreign delegations and all manner of allies visit the Trump International Hotel to cozy up to the administration, say watchdogs

The Response

Guardian UK: Ilhan Omar responds to Trump rally 'send her back' chant: 'I am where I belong' – live

Trump's Newest Low

Washington Post: At rally, crowd responds to Trump’s criticism of Somali-born congresswoman Ilhan Omar with chants of ‘Send her back!’


Washington Post: Opioid death rates soared in communities where pain pills flowed By Sari Horwitz, Steven Rich and Scott Higham


NY Times: How Not to Insult Donald Trump - Call him racist, call him sexist, just don’t call him late for dinner. By Gail Collins

To The Bone

NY Times: Racist to the Bone - Trump’s hate is evident from his jawbones down to his thumbs and little toes. By Nicholas Kristof

Hate, Pure Hate On Display

NY Times: At Rally, President Accuses Liberal Critics of Seeking the Nation’s ‘Destruction’

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. At 9:30 a.m. ET DOW futures are -91 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market has opened significantly lower.

CNN: Dow futures point at third day of losses By Anneken Tappe