Monday, January 23, 2017

SNL - Kellyanne Conway Musical

TRNN - Leading Ocean Researcher Says We Could See An Iceless Arctic In 2017

TPP

'Global Gag Rule'

Sign Of The Times


The Borowitz Report - Disturbed Man Gets Past White House Security, Gives Press Conference

Who Does?

  It's a rhetorical question. No one has confidence in this guy, come on now. The interesting thing is, if Trump were able to somehow show the slightest semblance of humility, people would then find confidence in him.

Salon: John McCain isn’t sure he has confidence in President Trump - McCain pointed to Trump's contradictory statements, marking a major rift in Trump's third day in office by Matthew Rozsa

The Onion - Mike Pence Disappointed In The 200,000 Husbands And Fathers Who Permitted Women To Attend March

Skin

Science Daily: 3-D bioprinter to print human skin
summary - Scientists have presented a prototype for a 3D bioprinter that can create totally functional human skin. This skin is adequate for transplanting to patients or for use in research or the testing of cosmetic, chemical, and pharmaceutical products.

Have An Excellent Monday

work by Max Pechstein

Grow Up Trump

Sean Spicer - Laughing Stock

Thanks A Lot Trump

Hell Beasts And Garbage

  Save yourself a headache, don't place an ounce of credence in anything this monstrously flawed administration says. Just pay attention to what they actually do.

NY Times: Rocky First Weekend for Trump Troubles Even His Top Aides By PETER BAKER, GLENN THRUSH and MAGGIE HABERMAN
...angry Twitter messages, a familiar obsession with slights and a series of meandering and at times untrue statements, all eventually giving way to attempts at damage control.

'Alternative Facts'

  Conway is a hell beast.

NY Times: White House Pushes ‘Alternative Facts.’ Here Are the Real Ones. By NICHOLAS FANDOS
An analysis by The New York Times, comparing photographs from Friday to ones taken of Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration, showed that Mr. Trump’s crowd was significantly smaller and less than the 1.5 million people he claimed. An expert hired by The Times found that Mr. Trump’s crowd on the National Mall was about a third of the size of Mr. Obama’s in 2009.

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. It is 37 degrees and cloudy here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts temperatures around 39 degrees this afternoon along with mixed rain and snow. How about that weekend, America's actual silent majority showed up throughout the country with major demonstrations and rallies. Take note, it has to keep happening, don't stop now.

  At 9:25 a.m. ET the DOW is a +7 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open in the flat area.

  Read the short line I have in quotes below. The dollar is losing value which has its good and bad aspects. The investment world is now working on understanding President Trump's ultra-radical approach.

CNN: Dollar slump; Samsung's blame game; McDonald's earnings by Alanna Petroff
"President Trump's inaugural address has been interpreted as a retreat from America's global leadership role," said Paul Donovan, global chief economist at UBS Wealth Management. "The vehemence in his address is causing markets to reassess other parts of the campaign rhetoric as it seems candidate Trump is occupying the Oval Office with little moderation of tone."

Friday, January 20, 2017

Closed

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

work by Paul Sérusier



Turnout

Krugman's Latest

NY Times: Donald the Unready
So the typical Trump nominee, in everything from economics to diplomacy to national security, is ethically challenged, ignorant about the area of policy he or she is supposed to manage and deeply incurious.

The Speech

  A few favorite lines -

"...we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People."

"January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again."

"We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and hire American."

"We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again"

"We will make wealthy again."

CNN: Inaugural address: Trump's full speech

Bye Bye

The Onion - ‘I Promise To Work Tirelessly To Achieve My Campaign’s Goals,’ Threatens Trump In Terrifying Address

Today

Salon: A poem for Donald Trump’s America: “Let them not say we did not see it. We saw” - Acclaimed poet Jane Hirshfield offers some words on "a day worth remembering the fate of our shared planet" by Jane Hirshfield
Let them not say: we did not see it.
We saw.
Let them not say: we did not hear it.
We heard.
Let them not say: they did not taste it.
We ate, we trembled.
Let them not say: it was not spoken, not written.
We spoke,
we witnessed with voices and hands.
Let them not say: they did nothing.
We did not-enough.
Let them say, as they must say something:
A kerosene beauty.
It burned.
Let them say we warmed ourselves by it,
read by its light, praised,
and it burned.

Wolf 1061

phys.org: Astronomers search for signs of life on Wolf 1061 exoplanet
...the (upcoming) James Webb Space Telescope...will be able to detect atmospheric components of the exoplanets and show what's happening on the surface.

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Max Pechstein

Investigation

  Power to shut it down? This will be his first act.

MSNBC: New details from investigation cast cloud over Trump inauguration by Steve Benen
In other words, officials working on this counterintelligence investigation realize that, by this afternoon, Donald Trump will have the authority to shut down their probe. Those intelligence professionals pursuing this controversy will be his employees, and he’ll have the power to order them to drop the matter.

Another Day In Paradise

Guardian UK: DeploraBall: Trump lovers and haters clash at Washington DC event - Hundreds of demonstrators gather to wave placards and shout slogans at the National Press Club where pro-Trump event was held
A woman held a sign that read “Look, Ma. It’s a racist misogynist” with an arrow pointed toward the guest line.

“Watch your pussies, ladies” a woman shouted at female attendees.

“I don’t think most of these people know what they’re talking about,” said Daniel, a Trump supporter, who asked that his full name not be used for fear of being harassed online. “It’s pretty ironic that they call themselves the party of anti-violence and free speech.”

Illusion

Guardian UK: The Trump effect has rallied US markets – but it's based on illusion - The perception that the president-elect is a business genius and too much focus on the Dow Jones have led to excessive optimism by Robert Shiller
Many people appear not to understand that inflation is a change in the units of measurement. Unfortunately, though the 2% inflation target is largely a feelgood policy, people tend to draw too much inspiration from it. Irving Fisher called this fixation on nominal price growth the “money illusion” in an eponymous 1928 book.

Upended

NY Times: President Trump: Washington Prepares to Be Upended By PETER BAKER and MICHAEL D. SHEAR
With the completion of the oath, the Marine Band is scheduled to play “Ruffles and Flourishes” four times and then “Hail to the Chief,” followed by a 21-gun salute.

Under Investigation

NY Times: Intercepted Russian Communications Part of Inquiry Into Trump Associates By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT, MATTHEW ROSENBERG, ADAM GOLDMAN and MATT APUZZO
Mr. Manafort is among at least three Trump campaign advisers whose possible links to Russia are under scrutiny. Two others are Carter Page, a businessman and former foreign policy adviser to the campaign, and Roger Stone, a longtime Republican operative.

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. It is 36 degrees and cloudy here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a cloudy day with temperatures in the low 40s this afternoon. The forecast for the upcoming week through to next Friday has temperatures above freezing mostly in the 40s and 30s.

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

  God help us.

CNN: Investors await Trump inauguration; Drugs battle; GE earnings by Alanna Petroff
Since his election, he has shown an uncanny ability to move markets. Investors have pushed U.S. and global stock markets higher in response to his pro-business rhetoric.