Wednesday, August 31, 2016

We Shall See

Salon: Will the debates finally kill off Trump 2016? The Donald is walking into a disaster - When Trump finally goes face to face with Clinton, that should drive the final nails into his political coffin by Bob Cesca

Charlie Cook Of The Cook Political Report

KASU: Cook: Clinton will win, but not big; U.S. Senate could end up in 50-50 tie By Steve Brawner

Push Pull

Politico: Clinton camp thinks Trump fell for old trick - The Democrat’s team telegraphs a red-state push and then cheers Trump’s detour outside the battleground zone. By Gabriel Debenedetti

Bull

Politico: Clinton team calls bull on Trump’s Latino gambit - The Democrat could be vulnerable among English-dominant Latino voters, but not in a match-up against Trump. By Gabriel Debenedetti

Trump's Affect On Kids

The Economy

   Good background information on the present state of American national political affairs.

Slate: Trump-Clinton Won’t Be a Landslide. The Economy Says So. - Conventional wisdom is that fringe candidates get repudiated, à la 1964 and 1972. The story isn’t so simple. By Andrew Gelman

Kurt Eichenwald's Newest Open Letter To Paul Ryan

Newsweek: How Donald Trump's Politics Will Gut the Republican Party for Decades By Kurt Eichenwald

Seth Meyers - Extreme Weather And Climate Change

Have An Excellent Wednesday

work by Clovis Trouille

The Onion - College Professor Reminds Students It Will Take A Few Classes To Memorize Everyone’s Triggers

The Onion: College Professor Reminds Students It Will Take A Few Classes To Memorize Everyone’s Triggers

4.22 Light-Years Away

Science Daily: Proxima b is in host star's habitable zone, but could it really be habitable?
summary - The world's attention is now on Proxima Centauri b, a possibly Earth-like planet orbiting the closest star, 4.22 light-years away. The planet's orbit is just right to allow liquid water on its surface, needed for life. But could it in fact be habitable? If so, the planet evolved very differently than Earth, say researchers say astronomers, geophysicists, climatologists, evolutionary biologists and others who study how distant planets might host life.

TRNN - The Crisis Of The Left In Canada

Incarceration Relief

NBC News: Obama Commutes 'Harsh' Sentences for Over 100 Inmates by Erik Ortiz
One of those granted relief was Tim Tyler, who at 25 was sentenced to life in federal prison for selling LSD while traveling the country following the Grateful Dead.

Please Keep Him

  Trump in Mexico? Can we get that border wall built ASAP?

Guardian UK: Donald Trump's visit to Mexico is greeted with hostility online - US presidential candidate urged to apologise for past remarks, and Mexican president criticised for inviting him

They're Back

Guardian UK: John McCain and Marco Rubio win key primaries in establishment comeback - Republicans – who both have uneasy relationships with Donald Trump – victorious in Senate primaries amid wins for mainstream Democrats

Global Warming - Natural Gas Vs Coal

Climate Central: Natural Gas Emissions to Surpass Those of Coal in 2016

More Trump Hypocrisy And Criminality

Mother Jones: Former Models for Donald Trump's Agency Say They Violated Immigration Rules and Worked Illegally "It's like modern-day slavery." by James West

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is 68 degrees and overcast here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts an overcast day with temperatures in the low 80s this afternoon. Time is flying. We are at the end of another month, tomorrow is the first day of September, and the election is about to hit another important period, the home stretch. The popular vote shows the race tightening but let's try to gain some perspective here. Clinton has held a double digit lead which is virtually unheard of in modern election cycles. Now the polls show that her lead is in the 4% to 7% area which is still a huge lead. But the media, bless their little hearts, needs to push the notion of a close contest with all the accompanying fears and anxieties. 'Clinton's lead cut in half!', they write. In 2012, it was assumed to be a close race and Obama won with well over 300 electoral votes. It is the electoral vote count that is the critical issue, not the popular vote.

  At 9:00 a.m. ET futures are modestly lower and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open lower.

  Nigeria is now in a full blown recession which is linked mainly to the low price of oil, a mainstay of Nigeria's economy. Brazil is officially an economic basket case. And then there's India which is the world's fastest growing economy. The world is changing, and it's changing rapidly.

CNN: Stocks: 5 things to know before the open by Ivana Kottasova
India will also release GDP figures later Wednesday for the quarter ended June, offering a very different picture. The data are likely to show that India is still the world's fastest growing major economy, despite concerns over the pace of reforms.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

'Billie Jean'

  Take Michael Jackson's vocal track from the huge hit and redo it with an all star cast of musicians. This is outa sight.

Depravity

Salon: Media’s big mistake: When we focus too much on Trump’s depravities, we ignore bigger issues - Is anyone interested in talking about what the next occupant might actually do? by Todd Gitlin, BillMoyers.com

Charles Fried On Trump

CNN: Reagan solicitor general: Donald Trump is a risk we can't take By Charles Fried

G.O.P. Hurt

NY Times: How Much Is Donald Trump Hurting the G.O.P.? Here’s a Way to See by Lynn Vavreck

Michael Moore On Seth Meyers - I Got ‘Played’ By Donald Trump

Compulsive

NY Times: Weiner and Trump, Partners in Compulsion by Frank Bruni

Governor Fruitcake

  Liberals in Maine split their vote between the Dems and an Indie allowing LePage to get into power as governor with 38% of the vote. Should he resign? Yes, he's the type of person who should have a restraining order keeping him 10 miles away from the capital city of any state.

Politico: Maine Gov. LePage considers resigning By Louis Nelson

Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by Clovis Trouille

The Onion

The Onion: Clinton Debunks Rumors About Health By Telling Audience Exact Day She Will Die

Dogs

Science Daily: Dogs understand both vocabulary and intonation of human speech
summary - Dogs have the ability to distinguish vocabulary words and the intonation of human speech through brain regions similar to those that humans use, a new study reports.

TRNN - Fighting For Whose Freedom? Police Unions, Veterans, And Colin Kaepernick

Vet Away

  Now it's sexual harassment for Bannon, adding to the list of voter fraud, domestic violence, anti-Semitism, and who knows what else. This is Trump's campaign manager and as we know Trump has called for serious vetting of immigrants, yet he can't even vet his own campaign manager.

MSNBC: Trump campaign CEO faces series of allegations by Steve Benen

How The Mighty Have Fallen

  The marriage of politics and meaningless entertainment continues full steam ahead. How we will relish Rick Perry facing off against Vanilla Ice.

Guardian UK: Dancing with the Stars: Rick Perry's latest attempt to shimmy up a poll - Ex-governor of Texas and two-time presidential hopeful will once again compete for nation’s favor alongside Ryan Lochte, Vanilla Ice and Calvin Johnson

Unprecedented Warming

Guardian UK: Nasa: Earth is warming at a pace 'unprecedented in 1,000 years' - Records of temperature that go back far further than 1800s suggest warming of recent decades is out of step with any period over the past millennium

Global Warming - One Glorious Map Shows The Future Of Animal Migrations

Climate Central: One Glorious Map Shows the Future of Animal Migrations

Ha!

AlterNet: Watch: Michael Moore and Bill Maher Go on Hilarious Hunt for Trump's Tax Returns on the Donald's Private Jet - Late Sunday, the two jokingly made a grab for the GOP nominee's records. By Alexandra Rosenmann

Immi-Trump-Gration

The American Prospect: Even on His Signature Issue, Donald Trump Can't Figure Out What He Believes - What is clear is that most voters are not as hardline on immigration as Trump may assume. by Paul Waldman

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 66 degrees and it is sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a sunny day with temperatures in the 80s this afternoon. Very interesting reading about the candidates preparation for the upcoming debates. This was reported in the NY Times last night and I have the link, posted late Monday night. Clinton relishes the detailed homework and Trump prefers to wing it. Trump is very good at getting in the one line zinger and in this respect he has the advantage. The media loves the one line zinger because somehow or other, that conveys an ability that is presidential. I do not believe that, but America loves the one line zinger too. "Where's the beef?"

  At 9:00 a.m. ET futures are ever so slightly lower and the price of oil per barrel is up now trading at $47.50. The market is poised to open slightly lower.

  Hard to find a specific thing happening to explain the market this morning but a series of numbers on US housing and consumer interests are coming out. As far as I know both of those metrics have been fine in recent months. Notice that Apple is getting walloped with a massive tax bill in Europe.

CNN: Stocks: 6 things to know before the open by Alanna Petroff
The European Commission is demanding that Ireland recover up to 13 billion euros ($14.6 billion) in unpaid taxes from Apple.

The main U.S. economic reports out today will focus on housing and consumers.

Alien

CNN: Hear me now? 'Strong signal' from sun-like star sparks alien speculation By James Griffiths

Monday, August 29, 2016

Needle

NY Times: Hillary Clinton Piles Up Research in Bid to Needle Donald Trump at First Debate By PATRICK HEALY and MATT FLEGENHEIMER

Gene Wilder Dies

CNN: Gene Wilder, star of 'Willy Wonka,' dead at 83 By Sandra Gonzalez and Brian Lowry

Questions

Politico: Clinton questions Trump's doctor letter By Nick Gass

Monmouth Poll - Clinton 46%, Trump 39%

Politico: Poll: Clinton leads Trump by 7 points By Steven Shepard

'North By Northwest'

  The soundtrack to Alfred Hitchcock's salient film composed by Bernard Herrmann.

Have An Excellent Monday

work by Clovis Trouille

The Onion - ‘Why Can I Never Seem To Say The Right Thing?’ Weeps Trump Into Pillow

The Onion: ‘Why Can I Never Seem To Say The Right Thing?’ Weeps Trump Into Pillow

Gut Bacteria, Weight Gain

Science Daily: Targeting gut bacteria to reduce weight gain
summary - Adding engineered bacteria into the guts of mice both kept them from gaining weight and protected them against some of the negative health effects of obesity.

TRNN - How EU Policies Have Fueled Economic Stagnation

If The Shoe Fits

NBC News: Ex-Obama Campaign Manager David Plouffe Calls Donald Trump a 'Psychopath' by Elisha Fieldstadt

America On Edge

  This country is in serious need of a collective long slow deliberate deep breath. We are torqued to the gills.

Guardian UK: Panic at Los Angeles airport after noise mistaken for gunfire - People flee LAX and police storm building but search reveals no evidence of a gunman or shots fired

Nascar Country And Trump

Guardian UK: Trump's slump in Nascar country deepens Republican fears of defeat - Even at the Hall of Fame in North Carolina, pessimism is rising as fast as the billionaire falls in the polls, threatening GOP control of Congress

Global Warming - The Anthropocene

Guardian UK: The Anthropocene epoch: scientists declare dawn of human-influenced age - Experts say human impact on Earth so profound that Holocene must give way to epoch defined by nuclear tests, plastic pollution and domesticated chicken

Robert Reich's Latest

Robert Reich: After Trump

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. It is a humid 77 degrees and it is sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a cloudy day with temperatures in the low 80s. I hope you had a good refreshing weekend and are ready to get back into the fight. Considering how off the wall the presidential campaign has been so far, mostly as a result of the orange guy, one can only imagine where we are going this week. I'm sure some stunning surprises are in store as the orange guy just can't seem to help himself. In truth this whole deal, this entire presidential campaign has been turned into a travesty with Trump's candidacy. It still strikes me beyond bizarre that the GOP would offer America this person as a choice for the presidency. If on the outside chance he does win, it really is time to pack it up, time to move away.

  At 9:10 a.m. ET futures are slightly higher and the price of oil per barrel is down now trading around $47. The market is poised to open slightly higher.

  Janet Yellen is offering the possibility that a base interest rate hike may occur this year. Otherwise the week is getting off to a tepid start.

CNN: Stocks: 4 things to know before the open by Alanna Petroff
Market moves are still being influenced by a Friday speech from Fed chair Janet Yellen, who signaled that an interest rate hike is still on the table for this year.

Indeed

Politico: Mika Brzezinski: A psychiatrist needs to examine Trump By Nick Gass

Fraud

Rolling Stone: The GOP's Stealth War Against Voters - Will an anti-voter-fraud program designed by one of Trump's advisers deny tens of thousands their right to vote in November?

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Closed Sundays

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

work by Bill Traylor

A Useful Idiot

Slate: The Enemy Within - Donald Trump obsesses over threats from without. It’s the useful idiots in our midst who pose the bigger threat. By William Saletan

Recap

  On Saturday morning August 27th -

Five Thirty Eight has Clinton with an 81.1% chance of winning the election with 339.7 electoral votes.

The New York Times has Clinton with a 90% chance of winning the election with 347 electoral votes.

The Princeton Election Consortium has Clinton with a 95% chance of winning the election with 340 electoral votes.

R.A.

  Hey, sounds good.

HuffPo: North Carolina Church Holding Weekly Racists Anonymous Meetings - “Well, some people say they’re racist, some people say they’re not sure.”

Have An Excellent Saturday

work by Henrique Oliveira

The Borowitz Report - Pence Recaptured After Fleeing Trump Campaign Bus

New Yorker: Pence Recaptured After Fleeing Trump Campaign Bus

Global Warming - Carbon Dioxide To Fuel

  This is huge.

Science Daily: Scientists solve puzzle of converting gaseous carbon dioxide to fuel - Saving the planet from climate change with a grain of sand
summary - Every year, humans advance climate change and global warming by injecting about 30 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Scientists believe they've found a way to convert all these emissions into energy-rich fuel in a carbon-neutral cycle that uses a very abundant natural resource: silicon. Readily available in sand, it's the seventh most-abundant element in the universe and the second most-abundant element in the earth's crust.

Minute Man

  Trump wrote the letter, it's reeking of his own massive narcissistic ego.

NBC News: Trump Doctor Wrote Health Letter in Just 5 Minutes as Limo Waited by Anna R. Schecter, Chris Francescani and Tracy Connor

What A Nut

  LePage is really building quite the legacy. He comes from the Trump, Paladino, Guiliani, Hannity school of thoughtless abusive disparaging hateful word usage.

Guardian UK: Maine governor wants to point gun 'right between' opponent's eyes - Republican Paul LePage apologized to ‘the people of Maine’ but not to Drew Gattine after voicemail message saying ‘I am after you’

Trump's White Supremacist, Violent, Fraud, And Antisemitic CEO Of His Presidential Campaign

Guardian UK: Trump campaign CEO Stephen Bannon denies antisemitic remarks - In sworn court declaration following their divorce in 2007, Bannon’s ex-wife said he ‘didn’t want the girls going to school with Jews’

Global Warming - Krill

Climate Central: Climate Change Could Put Tiny Krill at Big Risk

Freedom

  We see this over and over, it's the way racists and bigots assume the most potent positive words to describe their misery and hatred, freedom indeed.

Politico: Dutch party wants to outlaw mosques, Islamic schools, Koran - Freedom Party says it wants to reverse the ‘Islamization’ of the Netherlands. By Hortense Goulard and Cynthia Kroet

Carson

Politico: Carson to Trump: Don't call Clinton a 'bigot' By Nick Gass

Friday, August 26, 2016

Clinton Ad

Listed

Washington Post: How many Trump products were made overseas? Here’s the complete list. By Michelle Ye Hee Lee

RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer On 'MSNBC Live'

Krugman's Latest

NY Times: No, Donald Trump, America Isn’t a Hellhole by Paul Krugman

Thick Headed, Pig Headed, Ruthless

Politico: GOP plots early wake-up call for Clinton - Looking past Election Day, Republicans sketch plan to stymie a President Hillary Clinton agenda. By Annie Karni

The Borowitz Report - Trump Blames Bad Poll Numbers On Existence Of Numerical System

New Yorker: Trump Blames Bad Poll Numbers on Existence of Numerical System

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Henrique Oliveira

The Onion - Encouraging Report From Radical Extremist Think Tank Finds America No Safer Since 9/11

The Onion: Encouraging Report From Radical Extremist Think Tank Finds America No Safer Since 9/11

Possible Habitable Exoplanet

Science Daily: Planet found in habitable zone around nearest star - Pale Red Dot campaign reveals Earth-mass world in orbit around Proxima Centauri
summary - Astronomers have found clear evidence of a planet orbiting the closest star to Earth, Proxima Centauri. The long-sought world, designated Proxima b, orbits its cool red parent star every 11 days and has a temperature suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface. This rocky world is a little more massive than the Earth and is the closest exoplanet to us -- and it may also be the closest possible abode for life outside the Solar System.

TRNN - Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Awaits Court Ruling On Dakota Access Oil Pipeline

To Know

NBC News: 5 Things to Know About the 'Alt-Right' by Benjy Sarlin
2. It's linked to the "White Nationalist" movement

The Growing Massive Inventory Of Lies

Guardian UK: The lies Trump told this week: from immigration to the safety of inner cities - GOP nominee softened his stance on the signature issue of his campaign and talked African American unemployment while trying to court the non-white vote

And...

  Racist - check, Domestic violence charges - check, and now voter registration fraud, what's next...

Guardian UK: Trump campaign chief is registered to vote in Florida at unoccupied home - Exclusive: Stephen Bannon’s enrollment is apparent violation of crucial swing state’s election law requiring voters to be legal residents of county they register in

Global Warming - Biofuels

Climate Central: Study Finds Biofuels Worse for Climate than Gasoline

The Real Disease

  Reprehensible, and all of it rests right on Trump's thoughtless head.

AlterNet: 10 Hate Crimes Inspired by Donald Trump's Hateful Rhetoric - Irrational violence is spilling out of Trump rallies and affecting the lives of everyday people. By Kali Holloway

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. It is 77 degrees and overcast here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a sunny day with temperatures in the high 80s. We shall see because at the moment it feels like rain. Hillary Clinton really took it to Trump yesterday and exposed him for the racist he is. I commend her for doing that and I look forward to her eviscerating the dangerous idiot.

  At 9:10 a.m. ET futures are ever so slightly higher and the price of oil per barrel is up now trading around $47.50. The market is poised to open slightly higher.

  Two words - Janet Yellen. The Fed chair will tell the world about any plans for a base interest rate hike at 10 a.m. ET. After that the market will take its foot off the brake and move one way or the other.

CNN: Stocks: 4 things to know before the open by Alanna Petroff
All eyes will be on Yellen's 10 a.m. ET speech.

Seth Meyers - Is Donald Trump Flip-Flopping On Immigration? A Closer Look

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Quinnipiac Poll - Clinton 51%, Trump 41%

qu.edu: August 25, 2016 - Clinton Tops 50 Percent, Leads Trump By 10 Points, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Voters Like Clinton More Than Trump - But Not Much

Charged

Politico: Trump campaign CEO once charged in domestic violence case - The 1996 charges were later dropped due to witness unavailability. By Hadas Gold and John Bresnahan

Shred

TPM: Clinton Shreds Trump For Embracing Racist, White Nationalist Alt-Right

Reject

NBC News: The Lid: Clinton Challenges GOP to Reject 'Alt-Right' by Carrie Dann and Andrew Rafferty

Killer Instinct

Slate: Hillary Clinton’s Alt-Right Speech Isolated and Destroyed Donald Trump - By definitively linking him to the alt-right, she shredded any remaining legitimacy he had with sane Republicans. By Michelle Goldberg

Digby's Latest

Salon: The disturbing dawn of the alt-right: Donald Trump’s the leader of a dark movement in America - The rising right-wing ethno-nationalist movement in Europe is the progenitor of Trump and the American movement by Heather Digby Parton

What Racism?

Raw Story: ‘I lost. The ni**er won’: Alabama GOP mayor gets racist on Facebook after losing to black candidate

Just A Flop, No Need For Flip

Politico: Limbaugh loses it over Trump's immigration flip-flop By Bianca Padró Ocasio

The Twist

Mother Jones: I Spent 5 Years With Some of Trump's Biggest Fans. Here's What They Won't Tell You. How Donald Trump took a narrative of unfairness and twisted it to his advantage. by Arlie Russell Hochschild

Calculated

AlterNet: Lakoff: Pay Close Attention—Trump Means Exactly What He Says - Trump is swaying millions with his calculated rhetoric. By George Lakoff

Not Bad

Mother Jones: Clinton Ties Trump to KKK Supporters in New Video - Later on Thursday, Clinton will attack Trump's ties to the "alt-right" movement in a speech. by Patrick Caldwell

The Race

  The author concurs with what we are seeing in polls and then adds some additional information on Clinton's chances. It has to do with the post-convention bounce which is much more important than we think.

Slate: There Is No Horse Race - It’s Clinton by a mile, with Trump praying for black swans. By Jamelle Bouie

HeHe

Politico: Coulter mocks Trump's immigration muddle By Nick Gass

Have An Excellent Thursday

work by Henrique Oliveira

The Onion - Diehard Trump Voters Confirm Rest Of Nation Should Stop Wasting Time Trying To Reach Them

The Onion: Diehard Trump Voters Confirm Rest Of Nation Should Stop Wasting Time Trying To Reach Them - ‘If Anything Could Change Our Minds, It Would’ve Happened By Now,’ Say Candidate’s Supporters

Ultra Sound And The Brain

Science Daily: Scientists use ultrasound to jump-start a man's brain after coma - New noninvasive technique may lead to low-cost therapy for patients with severe brain injury
summary - A 25-year-old man recovering from a coma has made remarkable progress following a treatment to jump-start his brain using ultrasounds, scientists report. This is the first time such an approach to severe brain injury has been tried.

TRNN - Turkey's Incursion Into Syria Will Escalate Conflict With The Kurds

Where Indeed

NBC News: Beyond Trump - Where will the Republican Party go after 2016? - Leigh Ann Caldwell and Benjy Sarlin
“What Donald Trump has identified is a party that is literally splitting apart between the donor class and the working class parts of the party.”

Open Carry Dildos

  You have to love this, no matter what side of the dildo issue you are on.

Guardian UK: Cocks Not Glocks: Texas students carry dildos on campus to protest gun law - Hundreds protested ‘campus carry’ law that permits licensed gun owners aged 21 and older to carry concealed handguns in most places at public colleges

'Harnessing Nationalism And Bigotry'

Guardian UK: Trump and Farage are playing the same dangerous game - The would-be president is harnessing nationalism and bigotry. Like the former Ukip leader, he is more interested in channelling anger than he is in governance by Lucia Graves

Global Warming - It's Happening Now, Not Later

Climate Central: Study Suggests Earlier Onset of Human-Driven Warming

'Except This'

  Guess what, Trump did the except this. He has taken his crazy immigration policy off the table and is putting something more nice nice out there. His new plan has been likened to, wait for it, Jeb Bush's plan! Ha, what a joke, tough guy is having a hard time playing politics and keeps slamming the door over and over and over on his tiny foot which still happens to be lodged in his big fat mouth. And Coulter, ah we love seeing her fall apart.

HuffPo: Donald Trump Spoils Ann Coulter’s ‘In Trump We Trust’ Book Launch - “There’s nothing Trump can do that won’t be forgiven” ... except this.

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is 72 degrees and cloudy here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a cloudy day with scattered thunderstorms and temperatures in the 80s this afternoon. The big news surrounds Trump's 'softening' of his slash and burn immigration policy and how the alt-right is freaking out about the 'softening'. Trump is attempting to pivot once again, and this time to a more moderate position thereby hoping to attract more voters. It's all rather clumsy and ill conceived - I wish him the worst.

  At 9:00 a.m. ET futures are moderately lower and the price of oil per barrel is down now below $47. The market is poised to open lower.

  First time weekly layoff numbers continue to come in strong and fly in the face of the GOP's assertion that the economy and sky are falling. Janet Yellen is back in the news as investors await her latest thoughts on the base interest rate.

CNN: Stocks: 4 things to know before the open by Alanna Petroff
Investors are on tenterhooks ahead of the annual gathering of Federal Reserve members and other central bankers at the Jackson Hole Economic Symposium in Wyoming, which gets underway today.
CNBC: US weekly jobless claims total 261,000 vs 265,000 estimate
Claims have now been below 300,000, a threshold associated with a strong labor market, for 77 straight weeks. That is the longest such stretch since 1973, when the labor market was much smaller.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

'Self-Contradicting'

Politico: Trump gnaws at shorter leash - The Republican nominee strays from the teleprompter as he makes a passionate case for his candidacy. By Eli Stokols

Bravo

Daily Beast: GOP To Try to Kick David Duke Out - Republican poobahs want to make sure that the former Klansman never runs as a Republican again.

CNN’s Dana Bash Confronts Kellyanne Conway Over Her Previous Demand For Trump’s Tax Returns

  Who cares what she says, up to last week no one even paid the lightest attention to her. She has no authority, and no credibility. She just plays for who is paying her.

Offensive

NY Times: Donald Trump’s Description of Black America Is Offending Those Living in It By NICK CORASANITI and MAGGIE HABERMAN

Yeah, What About It

CNN: Clinton's health is fine, but what about Trump? By Gregory Krieg

Don't Dare

  If someone comes poking their big nose around me when I vote in November, there's going to be a big problem.

NY Times: Why Donald Trump’s Election Observers Are a Bad Idea By JON GRINSPAN

South Carolina

MSNBC: New poll shows Clinton, Trump tied in red South Carolina

Commentary

  Oh please. Rudy Giuliani and Sean Hannity know as much about making a medical diagnosis as my dog and my cat know about making chocolate cheese cake from scratch.

Have An Excellent Wednesday

work by Henrique Oliveira

The Onion - Tim Kaine Found Riding Conveyor Belt During Factory Campaign Stop

The Onion: Tim Kaine Found Riding Conveyor Belt During Factory Campaign Stop

Blink-Associated Resetting Movement

Science Daily: Surprise discovery in the blink of an eye - We probably do it every day, but scientists have only just discovered a distinct new way in which we move our eyes
summary - The scientists have discovered a new type of eye movement which they have called blink-associated resetting movement.

TRNN - More Social Programs For Ex-Prisoners Would Lower Recidivism

Alternate Trump Universe

Politico: Tired of our current universe? Try joining Trump. By Roger Simon

Turkey Into Syria

Guardian UK: Turkey sends tanks into Syria in operation aimed at Isis and Kurds - Major campaign – coordinated with Syria rebels – aims to seize Isis-held town of Jarablus and contain expansion of Kurdish militias in area

Amatrice Quake

Guardian UK: Central Italy earthquake: at least 35 dead in Amatrice, says town mayor

Global Warming - Ice Free

Climate Central: This Is What the Ice-Free Northwest Passage Looks Like

Indeed

AlterNet: Colbert Has a New Slogan for Trump After His Totally Desperate Plea to Black Voters - "You’re already on fire, so you may as well shoot yourself in the head." By Alexandra Rosenmann

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is 64 degrees and sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a sunny day with temperatures in the high 80s this afternoon. Italy has experienced a powerful earthquake and rescue crews are searching for survivors. That must be terrifying, so far I have been fortunate in only experiencing a few minor tremors and that was jarring.

  At 9:00 a.m. ET DOW futures are flat and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open flat.

  It's been a relatively quiet and stable week on Wall Street. Oil inventories in the US will be compiled and reported on today and that will no doubt affect it's price. Check out that new Tesla, the future of electric cars is looking bright.

CNN: Stocks: 4 things to know before the open by Alanna Petroff
Tesla (TSLA) stock could see higher-than-normal volumes Wednesday after it unveiled a new battery that it says will allow its Model S to go from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds, making it the fastest production car in the world.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Landslide

Reuters: Clinton leads Trump by 12 points in Reuters/Ipsos poll

A New World

The Hearty Soul: Sperm Whales Found Dead In Germany, Stomachs FULL Of Plastic And Car Parts

Missouri

  He should be up in Missouri by a dozen points. The landslide theory, for the time being, is holding.

Politico: Poll: Trump, Clinton knotted in Missouri By Nick Gass

Undermines

NBC News: Trump's History Undermines New Outreach to Black Voters by Adam Howard

The Other Speech

Mother Jones: The Trump Campaign Didn't Think Much of Melania's Speech Either - Campaign filings show that you get what you pay for. by Russ Choma

In Virginia - Clinton 48%, Trump 32%

Raonoke.edu: RC Poll: Clinton opens wide lead over Trump in Va.

'Englistan'

  Riz MC (Riz Ahmed) - Riz Ahmed is the actor who is currently playing Naz in the hit HBO series 'The Night Of', the show also stars John Turturro. It's an excellent show. Riz MC is his alter name as he is a rapper from England. You will see in the video that it's about being a Muslim immigrant in England.

'No Hope'

CNBC: Ann Coulter: If Clinton wins, 'no hope' for GOP's future

Scamming

HuffPo: Donald Trump Jacked Up His Campaign’s Trump Tower Rent Once Somebody Else Was Paying It - Office rent soared in July after Trump’s campaign began accepting donor contributions.

Clinton Maintains Lead Over Trump

NBC News: Trump Faces Hurdle With Minority Voters as Clinton Maintains Lead, Poll Shows by Hannah Hartig, John Lapinski and Stephanie Psyllos

Good

Politico: Clinton to target Trump's 'alt-right' embrace in Thursday speech By Nick Gass

Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by Henrique Oliveira

The Onion - Beauty Industry To Consumers - ‘You Like Short Hair Now’

The Onion: Beauty Industry To Consumers: ‘You Like Short Hair Now’

Gels For The Heart

Science Daily: After the heart attack: Injectable gels could prevent future heart failure
summary - During a heart attack, clots or narrowed arteries block blood flow, harming or killing cells in the heart. But damage doesn't end after the crushing pain subsides. Instead, the heart's walls thin out, the organ becomes enlarged, and scar tissue forms. These changes can cause heart failure. Scientists now report they have developed injectable gels to prevent this damage.

TRNN - Why Is Emma Thompson In The Arctic?

College Hookup Culture

Guardian UK: Sex on campus isn't what you think: what 101 student journals taught me - Students can opt out of hooking up, and many do. But my research makes clear that they can’t opt out of hookup culture

Clinton On Kimmel

The Debate



Mean Tweets

Clinton On Kimmel

Guardian UK: Clinton opens up to Jimmy Kimmel on Trump's 'wacky' health claims - Democrat nominee flexes her executive might, taking the lid off a pickle jar to prove she is fit enough for the rigors of presidency

Global Warming - The Olympics 2085

Climate Central: Most Cities Too Hot to Host Summer Olympics by 2085

Trump The Idiot

Politico: Trump Is Already Helping Putin Consolidate Control of Ukraine - The GOP candidate's pro-Russia comments have become must-see TV in both countries—and they’re demoralizing the Ukrainians. By Anna Nemtsova

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 63 degrees and sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a sunny day with temperatures in the low 80s this afternoon. Hillary Clinton was on Jimmy Kimmel last night and it's all over the media this morning. I'll post some clips, but I must say she is sharp as a tack, um, her weight, well, she's needs to lose a few. The interview was well received.

  At 9:05 a.m. ET futures are moderately higher and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open moderately higher.

  The article described it as a calm no frills Summer trading day and that seems to be the case. Manufacturing data out of the EU and Japan came in positive, and that's a good thing. Oil continues to wander it's way lower and lower as the effect of the Saudi oil minster's claim of that country reducing its oil output in the the future fades away.

CNN: Stocks: 4 things to know before the open by Alanna Petroff
The latest Markit data showed the eurozone experienced healthy growth in services and manufacturing output in August. And manufacturing output in Japan also increased slightly this month, the first increase since February.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Paranoia

Politico: The 5 Most Dangerous Conspiracy Theories of 2016By Joseph Uscinski

As If

  Roger Stone? This might be bs but if it's true, it's sort of unusual. Stone worships Trump.

HuffPo: Trump Ally Roger Stone Says GOP Nominee Should Release Tax Returns ‘Immediately’ - Trump and his campaign have offered myriad excuses for not making the records available to the public.

Now Who's A Big Hero, Who's A Big Hero

BillMoyers.com: What Would Joseph Campbell Say About Donald Trump? The executive producer of The Power of Myth reflects on Campbell's teachings and how they apply to the hero's journey that Trump claims he's on as he tries to win the White House. By Joan Konner

Protection Money

Politico: Super PAC launches $10 million effort to protect House GOP By Rachael Bade

Who's A Big, Now Who's A Big Boy

The Week: Trump viciously attacks Morning Joe's Mika Brzezinski hours after campaign manager insists he doesn't insult people

Who's A Big Boy, Who's A Big Boy

Salon: Trump’s campaign shuffle: The problem isn’t who’s working for The Donald — the problem is him - Pivot after pivot, makeover and makeover — nothing can change the disaster that is Donald Trump by Gary Legum

Have An Excellent Monday

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The Onion - Teen Had Absolutely No Say In Becoming Part Of Snapchat Generation

The Onion: Teen Had Absolutely No Say In Becoming Part Of Snapchat Generation

Edible Food Packaging

Science Daily: Edible food packaging made from milk proteins
summary - Most foods at the grocery store come wrapped in plastic packaging. Not only does this create a lot of non-recyclable, non-biodegradable waste, but thin plastic films are not great at preventing spoilage. Scientists are now developing a packaging film made of milk proteins that addresses these issues -- and it is even edible.

TRNN - Rattling The Bars - U.S. Prison Strikes

2012 Déjà Vu

Salon: The return of the unskewed polls: Data denial is in full throttle at Fox News - Eric Bolling and other Republicans refuse to accept that polls showing Trump getting trounced are reliable by Bob Cesca

Virginia

Salon: Trump in Virginia: The GOP nominee fights a losing battle in the Old Dominion - Salon on campaign trail: Trump visits Virginia, where victory looms only in the minds of his die-hard supporters by Simon Maloy

Ramen

Guardian UK: Ramen is displacing tobacco as most popular US prison currency, study finds - Cost-cutting measures by private facilities have led to subpar food quality and fewer meals, making noodles a commodity that trades well above its value

Mars Here We Come

Guardian UK: Scientists simulating Mars mission on Hawaii long for end to year in isolation - US, French and German volunteers have been living on freeze-dried food and trying to avoid personal conflicts on the red planet-like slopes of Mauna Loa

Global Warming - The Arctic

Guardian UK: Historical documents reveal Arctic sea ice is disappearing at record speed - Summer Arctic sea ice is at its lowest since records began over 125 years ago

WV

AlterNet: The Gilded Rage: A Conversation With a Trump Supporter That Will Surprise You - Meet the ex-miner who struck a grass-roots environmental campaign to save his community from coal pollution, doesn't like the wall... and is still for Trump. By Alexander Zaitchik

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. It is a breezy 63 degrees and it is sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a sunny day with temperatures in the 70s this afternoon. This is a noticeable cool down from the hot and humid temperatures over the past several weeks. This is the first glimpse of Fall in these parts. I hope you had a good refreshing weekend and you are ready to jump back into the saddle. I have a new interest and that would be writing comments for the NY Times website. I would encourage anyone who has an interest in connecting with a larger group of people regarding your political opinions, to do the same. It's pretty cool and it takes a short time to learn the ropes and write something that will get approved. The best part of the comment section at the NY Times is that it is moderated, so you will not get the usual nonsense that you are delusional, or a libtard or whatever and worse, as we know all too well. No, the NY Times insists on a modicum of decency and that's for me.

  At 8:50 a.m. ET futures are moderately lower and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open moderately lower.

  Notice that oil is turning around with the price per barrel dropping and now in the $47 area. As we learn that July 2016 will be the hottest month on record, we are also seeing graphs proposing how temperatures will change over the next 100 years. Long story short it is going to be very hot with sections of the USA literally cooking in dozens upon dozens of days with temperatures above 100 degrees. We're talking about the South too where humidity will make it feel literally uninhabitable. So watch oil, see if humanity is lessening its use or not.

CNN: Stocks: 5 things to know before the open by Alanna Petroff
Tokyo will host the 2020 Olympics, picking up the baton from Rio.

Overconfident?

Politico: Democrats debate the size of a Clinton victory 0 A confident party is divided between those who just want to make sure to win, and those who are pushing for a landslide. By Edward-Isaac Dovere

Fundraising

MSNBC: Hillary Clinton and Allies Outpace Team Trump in Fundraising by Leigh Ann Caldwell

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Closed Sundays

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

work by Bill Traylor

'Bushes Of Love'

  Bad Lip Reading - 4 stars **** - Sande - now that, is a hook.

Conservative Crisis

  I just read this sentence in an election article on CNN: source
Although people have speculated for months that Trump would pivot to a mode more appealing to the wider audience of general election voters, as opposed to the conservative base of the GOP, he has continually failed to stay that course.

  This is very confusing to me because I do not understand how a GOP conservative can align themselves with Trump, the alt-right candidate. Let's say we are talking about a GW Bush, McCain, and Romney supporter from 04', 08', and 12', candidates/president who were supported by the conservatives. The conservatives brought in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, possibly the biggest foreign policy change/'initiative' over the last two decades, and this is something which Trump has mocked, just as he mocked Jeb Bush and his neocon advisers. Trump has gone out of his way to mock the war and mock Clinton for her yea vote although not mocking Pence for his yea vote. How do you call yourself a conservative when the present candidate refutes the major policy initiatives laid out by conservatives themselves over the last 16 years. It strikes me that the conservative movement is in trouble, having an identity crisis of sorts, what is it at this point, what does it actually stand for because Trump has wrecked the model. How do you vote for the orange guy and call yourself a stalwart conservative.

Discipline And Punish

  'Discipline and Punish' is the title of a book by Foucault. It's about the birth of the prison.

Seattle Times: Why voters should make the GOP pay for backing Trump - It is equally important that the voters punish the people responsible for the civic threat that is Donald Trump — the Republican Party that nominated him. By Dick Meyer

None Is Fastest Growing 'Religion'

Salon: The rise of irreligion is the GOP’s real demographic crisis - A widening "Godless gap" presents Christian conservatives with a choice: Get with the times or shrink to obscurity by Matthew Sheffield

Clinton Continues To Lead

  At this point in the presidential election of 2012, Obama led Romney by 2 points. In 2012 Obama won with 332 electoral votes.

Reuters: Clinton leads Trump by eight points: Reuters/Ipsos poll

The Future

Salon: Will we discover a twin Earth? 20 big questions about the future of humanity - We asked leading scientists to predict the future. Here’s what they had to say

Debt Upon Debt Upon Debt

  Very extensive valuable article on Trump's alleged worth. Every American should read this article, but the alt-right people without knowing anything, remaining clueless as it were, will brand it as lies.

NY Times: Trump’s Empire: a Maze of Debts and Opaque Ties By SUSANNE CRAIG

Another Take

Slate: That Explicit Donald Trump Statue Is Insulting to a Lot of People Who Aren’t Trump By Christina Cauterucci

Have An Excellent Saturday

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Reductress

  Reductress is The Onion meets Feminism meets pop culture notions in the media. It's a little painful.

Reductress: How to Stop Listening to What a Woman’s Outfit Says and Start Listening to Her Mouth

'Break Glass'

Politico: Republicans prep ‘break glass’ emergency plan as Trump tumbles - Losing hope for the White House, the GOP is exploring a plan to cast congressional candidates as a check on President Hillary Clinton. By Alex Isenstadt

Here It Comes

NY Times: Pregnant Women Advised to Avoid Travel to Active Zika Zone in Miami Beach By LIZETTE ALVAREZ and PAM BELLUCK

Not Interested

Gurdian UK: US voters largely uninfluenced by meet-and-greet campaign stops, study finds - Analysis of 2012 elections finds Americans largely don’t know or care about the small-scale visits politicians make at diners, delis and restaurants across US

GOP Disgrace In Texas

What a disgrace.

Guardian UK: Texas has highest maternal mortality rate in developed world, study finds - As the Republican-led state legislature has slashed funding to reproductive healthcare clinics, the maternal mortality rate doubled over just a two-year period

Global Warming - American Cities

Climate Central: These 25 Cities Are Warming the Fastest

No Moral Code

AlterNet: New Book Reveals Trump Is Actually Sleazier and Slimier Than We Ever Thought - “There is no moral core inside Donald Trump." By Steven Rosenfeld

Friday, August 19, 2016

'Cruz Talks Trump' - Bad Lip Reading

Fraud

HuffPo: Trump Campaign CEO Steve Bannon Failed To Properly Pay Taxes For Several Years

'Democratic National Convention' - A Bad Lip Reading

Eugene Robinson On The Shakeup

  Good article - lots of bite.

Real Clear Politics: Trump's Shakeup Further Imperils the GOP By Eugene Robinson

New Low

  A compilation of Trump's new lows.

NY Times: Trump’s New High of New Lows

' Two Americas - Immigration'

  The orange guy's first ad, weak, very weak, sad, very sad, mostly blows.

Greatest

Salon: BREAKING: The Greatest Living American Writer: “I can no longer support this Trump fellow” - The latest Prince of Darkness to abandon Trump is his erstwhile squash partner, the Greatest Living American Writer by Neal Pollack

No Recollection

  Not good for Clinton, not at all.

Politico: Powell has 'no recollection' of Clinton email dinner conversation By Nick Gass

Manafort Out

Politico: Paul Manafort resigns from Trump campaign

Sabato

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Clinton Rises to 348 Electoral Votes, Trump Drops to 190 - Clinton now above 270 Safe or Likely Democratic electoral votes for the first time

August 19th

  On Friday August 19th -

Five Thirty Eight has Clinton with an 86.5% chance of winning the election with 358.1 electoral votes.

The New York Times has Clinton with an 86% chance of winning the election with 347 electoral votes.

The Princeton Election Consortium has Clinton with an 89% chance of winning the election with 342 electoral votes.

Have An Excellent Friday

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The Onion - Trump Spends Entire Classified National Security Briefing Asking About ​Egyptian ​Mummies

The Onion: Trump Spends Entire Classified National Security Briefing Asking About ​Egyptian ​Mummies

No 'Healthy Obesity'

Science Daily: More evidence that 'healthy obesity' may be a myth
summary - The term 'healthy obesity' has gained traction over the past 15 years, but scientists have recently questioned its very existence. A new study provides further evidence against the notion of a healthy obese state, revealing that white fat tissue samples from obese individuals classified as either metabolically healthy or unhealthy actually show nearly identical, abnormal changes in gene expression in response to insulin stimulation.

TRNN - DOJ Ending Use Of Private Prisons: Will Decarceration Follow?

Suspended

  Does this include Trump? After all if he's not a terrorist then what is a terrorist. Are we not talking about someone who instills fear without a second thought. Trump does this every day.

NBC News: Twitter Suspends 235,000 More Accounts in Terror Crackdown by Alyssa Newcomb

Despicable Vicious Idiot

Guardian UK: The lies Trump told this week: from opposing the Iraq war to San Bernardino - Trump shares more false memories from the Iraq war and Middle Eastern politics and welcomes Nato’s ‘new’ terrorism division – which has existed since 2004

Louisiana

Guardian UK: Louisiana faces soaring recovery costs and disease concerns after floods recede - Challenges for state after devastating floods include concerns over mosquito-borne diseases and millions a day in costs as residents start to rebuild their lives

Global Warming - Alaskan Village Needs To Relocate

Climate Central: Alaskan Village Votes to Relocate Due to Climate Change

'There Is No Way To Right This Ship'

Politico: GOP insiders: Trump's overhaul won't succeed - Roughly a third of Republican respondents say the addition of Bannon and promotion of Conway will make things worse. By Steven Shepard

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. It is 73 degrees and sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a sunny day with temperatures in the 80s this afternoon. I think the picture of the little boy, pulled out of a bombed house, and then sitting patiently and bravely was an important image. It shook up the world and brought forth an outpouring of empathy, something that has been in low supply in recent weeks. This is especially true in the US where Trump has unleashed viciousness, sick minded being that he is. Let's see what's going on in the news today.

  At 9:00 a.m. ET futures are moderately lower and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open lower.

  It's back to oil again. Yesterday the price of oil per barrel nearly hit $49 and is presently just above $48. Oil prices are once again expected to rise over the next year. We shall see. It's been a long week and I'm glad it's over.

CNN: Stocks: 4 things to know before the open by Alanna Petroff
Bank of America Merrill Lynch predicted this week that crude will surge to $69 a barrel by next June and upgraded its expectations for energy stocks. Crude was trading below $40 per barrel at the start of August.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Making Mockery

RIP

The Daily Beast: How Donald Trump’s New Hire Finally Killed GOP Unity

Weak, Very Weak, Sad, Very Sad

NY Times: Donald Trump’s Crucial Pillar of Support, White Men, Shows Weakness By JEREMY W. PETERS

In The Raw

sfist: Naked Donald Trump Statue Appears In SF's Castro District, Multiple Other Cities [Semi-NSFW] by Jay Barmann

Right Right Right

  In April 2016, the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has essential historical expertise on all types of hate supremacy groups in the USA, wrote that Brietbart News is at the center of the ‘Alt-Right’ movement, a term Americans need to become familiar with. Stephen Bannon, Breitbart’s former executive chairman, is now Donald Trump's Chief Executive of his 2016 presidential campaign.

Southern Poverty Law Center: Is Breitbart.com Becoming the Media Arm of the 'Alt-Right'?

Loathed

NY Times: Why Blacks Loathe Trump by Charles M. Blow

Nate's Latest

Five Thirty Eight: Trump Is Doubling Down On A Losing Strategy By Nate Silver

Have An Excellent Thursday

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The Onion - ‘I Can’t Do This Anymore,’ Think 320 Million Americans Quietly Going About Day

The Onion: ‘I Can’t Do This Anymore,’ Think 320 Million Americans Quietly Going About Day

Time

Science Daily: How we escaped the Big Bang: New theory on moving through time
summary - A physicist is challenging the conventional view of space and time to show how the world advances through time. In her new research, she argues that T violation, or a violation of time reversal (T) symmetry, is forcing the universe and us in it, into the future.

TRNN - Neofascism Of The Law And Order Candidate

Benghazi Mom Speechwriter Rejects Trump

The Baltimore Sun: GOP speechwriter may vote for Hillary Clinton

Guilty

Guardian UK: Co-chair of Trump veterans' group pleads guilty in 2014 Bundy standoff - Gerald DeLemus, co-chair of the Trump for President Veteran’s Coalition, is accused of helping organize the infamous armed standoff with the government

Syrian Atrocity

Guardian UK: Boy in the ambulance: shocking image emerges of Syrian child pulled from Aleppo rubble - Boy shown covered head to toe with dust was injured in airstrike on rebel-held district on Wednesday

Global Warming - 15 Months Of Record Heat In A Row, Since 1880 Record Keeping Began

Climate Central: July Makes 15 Record Hot Months in a Row

Propagandist

Politico: Clinton campaign: Bring on Breitbart - Long silent on Trump Tower turmoil, Clinton team casts new aide as a right-wing propagandist. By Annie Karni

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is a very pleasant 73 degrees and it is sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a sunny day with temperatures in the 80s this afternoon. It should be more than obviously clear that Trump is the most dangerous candidate to emerge out of the GOP as their presidential nominee. Trump's connection to Brietbart News is the nail in the coffin. We are talking about a fake news organization promoting a level of hatred that is off the chart combined with conspiracy theory lunacy and character assassination as a matter of fact triviality. The GOP as a functioning political party must create clear on the table space between itself and Trump/Brietbart. The real VP in this race for the presidency is a fake news entity that has the decorum of a rabid surfeit of skunks. If they do not distance themselves, the party is in fact dead and a new white supremacy entity comes forward in it's place. Say hello because they are already here, it's called Trump/Brietbart and now it's a matter of seeing how much leverage they have. For the globe's sake it needs to be no leverage.

  At 9:10 a.m. ET futures are slightly lower and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open slightly lower.

  Two things about oil - first, we know that the Saudi oil minister stated their interest in reducing output to increase oil prices. However Saudi oil production continues to expand and is at record output. Second, Venezuela is in a state of economic crisis. They are actually having difficulty producing oil. So it's very interesting from an objective observers perspective. If Venezuela really starts dragging even more and their oil output let's say goes to very little, there is a void, and that void could create an oil demand.

CNN: Stocks: 3 things to know before the open by Alanna Petroff
Cisco is in focus after the company confirmed that it will slash 5,500 jobs, or about 7% of its total workforce.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Orange Humor

Three Toronto surgeons were playing golf together and discussing surgeries they had performed.One of them said, "I'm the best surgeon in Ontario. In my favorite case, a concert pianist lost seven fingers in an accident; I reattached them, and 8 months later he performed a private concert for the Queen of England.

The second surgeon said. "That's nothing. A young man lost an arm and both legs in an accident; I reattached them, and 2 years later he won a gold Medal in track and field events in the Olympics.

The third surgeon said, "You guys are amateurs”.. Several years ago a man was high on cocaine and marijuana and he rode a horse head-on into a train traveling 80 miles an hour. All I had left to work with was the man's blonde hair and the horse's ass. I was able to put them together and. .....now he's running for President of the U.S.A.

Away We Go

  The headline is deceptive, it is not officially happening, yet.

CNBC: GOP looks to move funds away from Trump even with latest campaign shakeup by John Harwood

Ticked Off

  As Governor of Jersey, Christie cut down Trump's tax debt to the state by $25 million. If I were Christie' I'd be p'd at Trumo too, I mean if that's not worth the VP slot, what is? What's this world turning into...

NY Times: Trump Casinos’ Tax Debt Was $30 Million. Then Christie Took Office. By RUSS BUETTNER

Shrink Away

Politico: Trump's shrinking electoral map - In polls, he trails Clinton in all battleground states and some, like Virginia and Colorado, seem already beyond his reach. By Steven Shepard

Making Hate

Salon: Trump’s damage has already been done: He has nurtured a generation of racist bullies - Win or lose, Trump has inspired a new wave of racial hostility in America, and capitalized on it by Matthew Rozsa

'Clinton (In 2016) Is Overperforming Obama (In 2012) In 14 Out Of 16 States'

Princeton Election Consortium: In state polls, Clinton running 5.8 percentage points ahead of Obama 2012

Have An Excellent Wednesday

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The Onion - 'I Spend Every Waking Moment Holding This Fragile Facade Of A Person Together, And I’ll Do The Same For America' By Donald Trump

The Onion: I Spend Every Waking Moment Holding This Fragile Facade Of A Person Together, And I’ll Do The Same For America by Donald Trump

'Cognitive Offloading'

Science Daily: Cognitive offloading: How the Internet is increasingly taking over human memory
summary - Our increasing reliance on the Internet and the ease of access to the vast resource available online is affecting our thought processes for problem solving, recall and learning. In a new article, researchers have found that 'cognitive offloading', or the tendency to rely on things like the Internet as an aide-mémoire, increases after each use.

TRNN - Seismic Testing For Arctic Oil Will Deafen Whales

What A Joke!

  What a nutty headline! If Trump loses he's also going to give all of his money to black charities, shave his head, and become a monk. I am scratching my head trying to find the little asterisk to this headline. You know the one that takes you to the fine print that says, warranty voided if you are - Latino, Muslim, a Woman, Poor, Black, Gay, or if you find yourself in disagreement in any way with Mr. Trump's policy and political style, and if you have not passed Mr. Trump's extreme purity test.

NBC News: Donald Trump Pledges to 'Reject Bigotry and Hatred' by Phil Helsel

Brilliant

  Ha! Talk about what a joke! Most black Americans and for that matter anyone of any color with at least a quarter of a brain, hears 'Make America Great Again' as a wink and a nod to the time of Jim Crow. It's the word 'Again' that does that little trick as it harkens back in time and for black Americans there is no better time! (Has anyone on the Trump campaign even remotely thought this stuff through?) Anyhow, give me a freaking break Trump, black people are utterly and completely on to you bright guy, you are barking up the wrong tree.

Guardian UK: Trump appeals to black voters in attempt to offset dismal polling - Republican candidate tells mostly white crowd in Wisconsin that main victims of riots in Milwaukee were ‘law-abiding African American citizens

California Wildfires

Guardian UK: Blue Cut fire scorches 9,000 acres and forces evacuation of 80,000 in California - Fanned by strong winds and high temperatures, the wildfire outside Los Angeles has prompted chaotic scenes as families scramble to flee

Global Warming - Stagnant Air, Ozone

Climate Central: More Stagnant Air on the Rise, Upping Ozone Risk

Huh?

  You know I have not been one to believe this idea that Trump is throwing the election but this move really makes me think otherwise. Why would you hire someone who knows how to really energize the 30% of the population that already is voting for Trump? It's as if Clinton decided to help her candidacy by hiring Jill Stein to run her operation, oh yeah, really nail down that 4%, that ought to do it.

NY Times: Donald Trump, in Shake-Up, Hires Breitbart Executive for Top Campaign Post By ASHLEY PARKER and MAGGIE HABERMAN

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is 72 degrees, slightly sunny, and breezy here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a cloudy day with temperatures in the 80s this afternoon. It feels like the deep humidity has lifted a bit. When the humidity is really high I just want to laze about. Lots to look at today, it's not worth discussing it here. As always I encourage you to comment.

  At 9:00 a.m. ET futures are slightly lower and the price of oil is down. The market is poised to open slightly lower.

  Notice that oil is now in the $46.50 per barrel range and that could be the end of that party, but you just never know. The Fed is considering raising interest rates in September and this is good news for Clinton. The Fed would not raise rates if they believed the economy could handle the cost. I suspect the increase would be a fraction of a percent.

CNN: Stocks: 6 things to know before the open by Alanna Petroff
At 2 p.m. ET, the minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest policy-setting meeting will be released. Investors will be looking for further signs of the Fed's plans for interest rates.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Pure BS

  Really? I don't think so. Let's start with point 1, why is a gastroenterologist filing this? Click for a larger image. A guy who eats junk food constantly, is 70, and has a PSA of .15?! And then there's the - very low - after the number. Who does that sound like.


Newsweek: Donald Trump Tests Positive for Everything, According to His Own Doctor By Kurt Eichenwald

The Number Grows

CBS News: More than 120 Republicans tell RNC to cut off funds to Donald Trump
"We believe that Donald Trump's divisiveness, recklessness, incompetence, and record-breaking unpopularity risk turning this election into a Democratic landslide, and only the immediate shift of all available RNC resources to vulnerable Senate and House races will prevent the GOP from drowning with a Trump-emblazoned anchor around its neck..."

Michael Moore On Trump Wanting Out

AlterNet: Michael Moore: Trump Is Self-Sabotaging His Campaign Because He Never Really Wanted the Job in the First Place - He's running for president to get a better deal for "The Apprentice." By Michael Moore

Steady

Five Thirty Eight: Election Update: Clinton’s Lead Is Clear And Steady By Nate Silver

In Texas - Trump 44%, Clinton 38%

  That's nuts, he should be up double digits and then some.

PPP: Trump Leads By Only 6 in Texas

Predicting Clinton

  Lynn Vavreck, a UCLA political science professor, and Allan Lichtman, a political historian at American University in Washington, D.C. both predict a win for Clinton. Lichtman has correctly predicted the winner since 1984, his thirteen question checklist is unique but obviously accurate.

Daily Brun: Experts predict Clinton win during Hammer Museum lecture By Ryan Leou

Extremely Illegal

Salon: “Extreme vetting:” Will Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell go along with Trump’s crazy immigration plan? Donald Trump's "extreme" immigration plan is pretty clearly illegal, and GOP leaders need to answer for it by Simon Maloy

Early Voting

  There are 35 states plus the District of Columbia that allow for early voting starting in September. This whole Trump has time to turn it around thing has a real short runway.

NY Times: Early Voting Limits Donald Trump’s Time to Turn Campaign Around By PATRICK HEALY

The Samson Option

New Republic: If Trump Is Going Down, He’s Taking the GOP With Him - The Republican National Committee is considering cutting off Trump's support. That would be a bad idea. By Jeet Heer

In Virginia - Clinton 52%, Trump 38%

CNN: Poll: Clinton holds wide lead in Virginia By David Wright

Have An Excellent Tuesday

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The Onion - Melania Trump Stumbles Upon Dozens Of Husband’s Haunting, Macabre Self-Portraits

The Onion: Melania Trump Stumbles Upon Dozens Of Husband’s Haunting, Macabre Self-Portraits

Brain's Generosity Center

Science Daily: Scientists find the brain's generosity center - Brain area that lights up when we do good for others is more active in more empathetic people
summary - Scientists have identified part of our brain that helps us learn to be good to other people. People who rated themselves as having higher levels of empathy learned to benefit others faster than those who reported having lower levels of empathy. They also showed increased signalling in their subgenual anterior cingulate cortex when benefiting others.

TRNN - Foreign Policy Analyst, Trump Doesn’t Flip Flop, He Plays Roulette

'Twisting In The Wind'

MSNBC: GOP leaders 'twisting in the wind' for Trump - On Monday, Rudy Giuliani seemed to have forgotten about the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in his comments about President Obama. The Morning Joe panel discusses.

Scathing Takedown

Guardian UK: 'This guy’s shame has no limits': Biden denounces Trump and rallies for Clinton - Vice-president invokes son’s military service, mocks Republican’s affinity toward Vladimir Putin and makes case for a Clinton victory in scathing takedown
“What bothers me most about Donald Trump is his cynicism is unbounded...Think about everything you learned as a child...no matter where you were raised. How can there be pleasure in division and ‘you’re fired’?””

Louisiana Flooding

Guardian UK: Louisiana left stunned by damage from '1,000-year' flood: 'It just kept coming' - In a state that stays prepared for hurricanes, the devastating floods that have left tens of thousands homeless seemed to creep up almost without notice

July 2016 - Welcome To Global Warming

Climate Central: Scorching July is World’s Hottest Month on Record

Destructive

AlterNet: Donald Trump Is a Menace to American Society, Presidential Candidate or Not - He's a destructive force to the fabric of society. By Kali Holloway

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 72 degrees and cloudy here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a cloudy day, maybe some rain, and temperatures in the mid 80s this afternoon. Well if you're like me you have reached your saturation point with this godawful election. I am so sick of seeing that orange buffoon and hearing his cringe inducing dumb grating voice. We need to find creative and more deeper ways of describing this clumsy, unaware, violence inducing, reckless, miserable, deformed candidate, Donald Trump. The man is a walking misery library. He makes GW Bush look like a saint. He makes Obama look like Socrates.

  At 9:00 a.m. ET futures are moderately lower and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open moderately lower.

  Oil continues to baffle, as the price per barrel now exceeds $46. I would have thought that the good market sentiment of the Saudi oil minister would have dissipated at this point. It will happen.

CNN: Stocks: 4 things to know before the open by Alanna Petroff
European markets are declining in early trading, while most Asian markets are closing the day with losses.

Trump-Ism

  I’m reading that long after Trump leaves politics, that Trumpism will live on. I’m thinking, hmm, Trumpism, so that’s what they’re calling hateful white supremacy and an utter disdain for history and facts these days - ‘Trumpism’, the further embedding of segregationist hatred throughout the land and a political tribute to a disastrously flawed candidate. What a thing to be remembered by.