Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Guild M - 20E Natural

The newest object of my desire

Steven Mnuchin

MSNBC: Trump picks a Treasury Secretary whom Trump voters should oppose By Steve Benen

This Is Your Brain On God

Science Daily: This is your brain on God: Spiritual experiences activate brain reward circuits
summary - Religious and spiritual experiences activate the brain reward circuits in much the same way as love, sex, gambling, drugs and music, report researchers.

The Onion - Cuban Army Honors Fidel Castro With 21-Gun Firing Squad

The Onion: Cuban Army Honors Fidel Castro With 21-Gun Firing Squad

Have An Excellent Wednesday

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

Plus 2.3 Million

MSNBC: Clinton's popular vote lead now over 2.3 million

The Misinformation Network

Guardian UK: Frightened by Donald Trump? You don’t know the half of it - Many of his staffers are from an opaque corporate misinformation network. We must understand this if we are to have any hope of fighting back against them by George Monbiot
Don’t imagine that other parts of the world are immune. Corporate-funded thinktanks and fake grassroots groups are now everywhere. The fake news we should be worried about is not stories invented by Macedonian teenagers about Hillary Clinton selling arms to Islamic State, but the constant feed of confected scares about unions, tax and regulation drummed up by groups that won’t reveal their interests.

‘Height Of Folly’

  Good article. Brennan discusses Iran, terrorism, Russia, torture, and drone assassinations.

Guardian UK: Tearing up US deal with Iran would be disastrous, says CIA chief - Outgoing US intelligence chief John Brennan says Donald Trump’s opposition to nuclear deal is ‘height of folly’

Global Warming - Tennessee Wildfire

Climate Central: Tennessee Wildfire is ‘Unlike Anything We’ve Ever Seen’
Intense winds...gusted up to 87 mph — sent embers flying, sparking new fires faster than firefighters could keep pace.

A prolonged drought that has engulfed much of the Southeast created conditions that were ripe for this fire as well as others that have dogged the region this fall.

Step Away

NY Times: Donald Trump Vows on Twitter to Step Away From Business By MICHAEL D. SHEAR, ERIC LIPTON and CARL HULSE

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is 46 degrees and rainy here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a rainy day with temperatures in the 50s this afternoon.

  At 9:20 a.m. ET futures are moderately higher and the price of oil per barrel is significantly higher, well above Tuesday's closing price. The market is poised to open moderately higher.

  This morning there is big optimism that the Saudis are willing to strike a deal to limit oil production. Is this real or is it just another head fake. Just a few days ago we were reading that oil was set to crash in price again. Today is has ballooned in price from $45 a barrel to near $49 at the moment. That is a significant change, a $4 rise happens rarely, rarely in recent years. So take it for what it's worth.

CNN: Oil prices surge on optimism over OPEC deal by Anna Stewart and John Defterios

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Revoking Citizenship

NY Times: Trump Calls for Revoking Flag Burners’ Citizenship. Court Rulings Forbid It. By CHARLIE SAVAGE

Recount

Detroit Free Press: Here's what Michigan will need for 'monumental' presidential recount by John Wisely, Joe Guillen and Christina Hall, Detroit Free Pres

'Red Virgin Soil'

Agnes Obel

The Onion - Poll, 78% Of Americans Hope Cataclysmic Event Wiping Out Humanity Will Have Big Tidal Wave

The Onion: Poll: 78% Of Americans Hope Cataclysmic Event Wiping Out Humanity Will Have Big Tidal Wave

The Great Barrier Reef

Science Daily: Life and death following Great Barrier Reef bleaching
summary - Scientists have confirmed the largest die-off of corals ever recorded on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The worst affected area, a 700 km swath of reefs in the northern region of the Great Barrier Reef has lost an average of 67% of its shallow-water corals in the past 8-9 months. Further south, over the vast central and southern regions of the Great Barrier Reef, the scientists were relieved to find a much lower death toll.

Have An Excellent Tuesday

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Flag Burning

  Flag Burning?

MSNBC: Trump tweets on 'consequences' for flag burning - Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that perhaps citizens who burn the American flag should face consequences of 'perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail.'

Recount

Guardian UK: Security experts join Jill Stein's 'election changing' recount campaign - Green party candidate has lodged a lawsuit arguing Wisconsin’s plan to allow automatic recounting ‘risks tainting the recount process’
...the electronic scanning equipment involved may incorrectly tally the results and could have been attacked by foreign hackers.

Tweet Tweet

NY Times: Donald Trump’s Agenda: Find a Secretary of State, Tweet Often. By JONATHAN WEISMAN

Tom Price

NY Times: Tom Price, Obamacare Critic, Is Said to Be Trump’s Choice for Health Secretary By ROBERT PEAR

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 46 degrees and cloudy here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a rainy day with temperatures in the 50s this afternoon. It's interesting several of my friends are not in the least bit interested in watching the news on TV or reading newspapers and such. They are still fed up/depressed with the results of the election. Out of sight, out of mind perhaps, except that the decisions our new president is making will most definitely affect our lives. I've been taking a much lighter touch as well. We're still searching for a little silver lining.

  At 9:30 a.m. ET futures are slightly higher and the price of oil per barrel is down. The maker is poised to open slightly higher.

  The thought is that the post election day boom is over and now we are facing an erratic market until it what exactly Trump is going to do becomes clearer. Good luck with that.

Reuters: Wall St. set to open little changed; oil skids

Monday, November 28, 2016

Dealing

The Atlantic: How to Deal With the Lies of Donald Trump: Guidelines for the Media

'95 Percent Of Respondents Felt Pessimistic'

NY Times: Pessimistic, Very Pessimistic: Readers’ Moods Darken After Election By INSIDER STAFF

'O Mio Babbino Caro'

  The music of Puccini - one of the most memorable melodies in music literature.

The Onion - Sweating, Trembling Mom Still Coming Down From High Of Having Kids Under One Roof

The Onion: Sweating, Trembling Mom Still Coming Down From High Of Having Kids Under One Roof

Furious

  Uh Oh, Conway is in trouble.

MSNBC: Trump 'furious' over Conway talk on Romney - Top Talkers: Donald Trump is 'furious' over Kellyanne Conway's Sunday remarks about former presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

'Decoded Neurofeedback'

Science Daily: Reconditioning the brain to overcome fear - Researchers have discovered a way to remove specific fears from the brain
summary - Researchers have discovered a way to remove specific fears from the brain, using a combination of artificial intelligence and brain scanning technology. Their technique could lead to a new way of treating patients with conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and phobias.

Aware

Newsweek: Why Dogs Are More Self-Aware Than You Think: Study Uncovers Canine 'Episodic Memories' By Anthony Cuthbertson

Have An Excellent Monday

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

Trump Claims

Guardian UK: Donald Trump claims 'millions voted illegally' but offers no evidence

Global Warming - Trump Dumps NASA

Guardian UK: Trump to scrap Nasa climate research in crackdown on ‘politicized science’ - Nasa’s Earth science division is set to be stripped of funding as the president-elect seeks to shift focus away from home in favor of deep space exploration

Left Behind

  I highly recommend this article. The people that need to read it the most, of course, won't be reading it. Yet, it's helpful.

NY Times: Why I Left White Nationalism by R. DEREK BLACK

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. It is 30 degrees and sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a sunny day with temperatures in the 40s this afternoon.

  At 9:30 a.m. ET futures are moderately lower and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open moderately lower.

  There's a lot going on. There's concerns about the Saudi on again off again deal to limit oil production, concerns over Trump's infrastructure spending notions and its effect on the dollar and inflation, and most importantly, concerns over a likely Fed interest rate hike in December. The indexes are rolling, in record territory, and the sum total of all the concerns seems to be the drag this morning.

Reuters: Wall St. set to open lower after record-setting week

Friday, November 18, 2016

Holiday

  I’ll be taking a small vacation from the blog starting Saturday November 19th through Sunday November 27th.

  The blog will reopen bright and early Monday morning November 28th.

  Have an excellent Thanksgiving!

work by Paul Sérusier

Digby's Latest - Torture

Salon: Donald Trump is bringing torture back: His entire foreign-policy team is comprised of big fans of the worst Bush-era practices - Potential CIA head Pete Hoekstra, like many others around Trump, wants to "work out" a policy for American torture by Heather Digby Parton

Stand

Inside Higher Ed: Presidents' Message to President-Elect - More than 100 campus leaders urge Trump to take more forceful stand against "harassment, hate and acts of violence." By Scott Jaschik

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Paul Sérusier

The Onion - Breitbart Traffic Down As Readers Now Getting Bulk Of News Analysis From Graffiti Scrawled Across Neighborhood

The Onion: Breitbart Traffic Down As Readers Now Getting Bulk Of News Analysis From Graffiti Scrawled Across Neighborhood

Age And Healing

Science Daily: Why wounds heal more slowly with age
summary - Older bodies need longer to mend. This reality of aging has been documented since World War I, with the observation that wounds heal slower in older soldiers. Yet until now, researchers have not been able to tease out what age-related changes hinder the body's ability to repair itself.

TRNN - Even If The U.S. Does Not Pull Out Of Paris Agreement, We’re Still In The Worst Possible Scenario

  If you dare to listen to this, brace yourself. We are in trouble.

Romney Is Back

MSNBC: Source: Mitt Romney considered for secretary of state - NBC's Hallie Jackson and Katy Tur discuss with Kate Snow.

'A Neofascist Bang'

Guardian UK: Goodbye, American neoliberalism. A new era is here - Trump’s election was enabled by the policies that overlooked the plight of our most vulnerable citizens. We gird ourselves for a frightening future by Cornel West

Loyal, Right Of Right, Anti-Immigration

Guardian UK: Jeff Sessions is Trump's choice for attorney general, reports say - Rightwing, anti-immigration senator is reportedly Trump’s pick, while congressman Mike Pompeo is said to have been offered the job of CIA chief

Global Warming - Trump Facing Crisis After Crisis

  Believe that climate change is a hoax? Fine, you're still going to have to deal with crisis after crisis.

Climate Central: Supermoon Floods Warn of Crisis Facing Trump, U.S. By John Upton

Anti-Semitism

Slate: The Federalist Says Steve Bannon Isn’t Anti-Semitic Because Jewish Girls Really Are Whiny By Mark Joseph Stern

The Iran Deal

Slate: What Happens if Trump Blows Up the Iran Deal? By Joshua Keating
“All we’re basing our analysis on is a bunch of tweets.”

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. It is 37 degrees and sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a sunny day with temperatures in the high 50s this afternoon. Trump has selected Jeff Sessions as his new Attorney General. Yes indeed, the hallmarks of a seriously ultra right wing administration are shaping up. We are heading towards a repeat of Bush/Cheney except without the niceness and conservative compassion.

  PLEASE NOTE - This blog will be closed from Saturday November 19th till Sunday November 27th, reopening bright and early Monday morning November 28th.

  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.

  Internationally, the value of the dollar is up. When the dollar is strong, American exports are more expensive and consequently less interesting. The dollar is strong because the coming administration is talking about increased government spending plus interest rates will be rising. It's going to be a heady mix, increased government spending, cutting taxes, rising interest rates, and lots of social unrest as the poor get a whole lot poorer.

CNN: U.S. dollar flexes muscle; Volkswagen job cuts; Another Wall Street record? by Alanna Petroff

Thursday, November 17, 2016

'Sodade'

Cesaria Evora

The Dollar

NY Times: The Glaring Contradiction at the Heart of Donald Trump’s Economic Policy by Neil Irwin

Mayor Bill

MSNBC: NYC mayor de Blasio talks issues with President-elect Trump - Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City, talks with Rachel Maddow about his hour-long meeting with President-elect Donald Trump today in Trump Tower.

Have An Excellent Thursday

work by Paul Sérusier

The Onion - Deep-Sea Godiva Rig Taps World’s Largest Offshore Ganache Deposit

The Onion: Deep-Sea Godiva Rig Taps World’s Largest Offshore Ganache Deposit

Pluto

Science Daily: New analysis adds support for a subsurface ocean on Pluto - Findings suggest other large objects in the Kuiper belt may also have liquid oceans beneath frozen shells
summary - A liquid ocean lying deep beneath Pluto's frozen surface is the best explanation for features revealed by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, according to a new analysis. The idea that Pluto has a subsurface ocean is not new, but the study provides the most detailed investigation yet of its likely role in the evolution of key features such as the vast, low-lying plain known as Sputnik Planitia (formerly Sputnik Planum).

TRNN - Former Mayor Of Salt Lake City, Trump’s Disdain For International Law Is Terrifying

ACLU Buckles Down

MSNBC: 'We're in for the fight of our lives': ACLU exec. dir. - Anthony Romero, executive director of the ACLU, talks with Rachel Maddow about the surge in public support since the election of Donald Trump, and how his group is preparing to defend civil liberties from President-elect Donald Trump's stated agenda.

Global Warming - China Takes On Trump

Guardian UK: Climate change a Chinese hoax? Beijing gives Donald Trump a lesson in history - China points out to global warming denier and president-elect that Republicans under Reagan and Bush actually put global warming on international agenda

Appear

Guardian UK: Hillary Clinton: 'There have been times when I wanted never to leave the house again' - In first public appearance after Trump victory, Hillary Clinton says America is worth fighting for, as Bernie Sanders calls for Democrats to leave center ground

Register

The Daily Beast: Trump Surrogate: Internment Camps Precedent for Muslim Registry

Is It

Slate: I Can’t Stand to Think About Donald Trump - Is it shameful to hide from the reality of his presidency? By Daniel Engber

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is 48 degrees and sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a sunny day with temperatures in the mid 50s this afternoon. I'm thinking part of how the next four years might go is that Trump makes good on his promise to revive the Rust Belt, with a push to increase infrastructure spending in those areas. It's the new Deal hits the Rust Belt. The bill for that will be on you. Simultaneously tax cuts along with government spending means that the deficit soars which is always a great opportunity to cut tattered, invisible, social spending always a GOP favorite.

  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.

  It's back to the Fed as investors get news that there may indeed be a base interest rate hike in December. This is big news. I think all those amazing 0% interest rate credit card deals that I have used over the last few years, might be finished. We shall see. Notice that oil is presently rising again now priced over $46 a barrel.

CNN: Fed in focus; Back into bonds; Tracking U.S. dollar rally by Alanna Petroff

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Surprise

  Maternity leave, infrastructure - stuff like that.

NY Times: Senate Democrats’ Surprising Strategy: Trying to Align With Trump By JENNIFER STEINHAUER

Disown Jones

NBC News: Daughter of Sandy Hook Victim Demands Donald Trump Disown Alex Jones by Benjy Sarlin

Eat

Science Daily: Scientists uncover genetic evidence that 'we are what we eat'

Young Women

New Yorker: Ways I Am Preparing for a Trump Presidency By Blythe Roberson

A Zeptosecond

HuffPo: Can You Spare A Zeptosecond? Scientists Have Just Measured The Shortest Unit Of Time Ever - It’s a trillionth of a billionth of a second.

The Fake News

The Daily Beast: 48 Hours in Facebook’s Unreality - Mark Zuckerberg thinks it’s a ‘crazy idea’ that fake news on Facebook helped put Trump in the White House. He should take a gander at the most shared stories of the last two days.

Populism

Yahoo: Janus' Gross says Trump will be one-termer, in failure for populism By Jonathan Stempel
"[Trump's] tenure will be a short four years but is likely to be a damaging one for jobless and low-wage American voters," Gross added. "I write in amazed, almost amused bewilderment at what American voters have done to themselves."

The Wall

Yahoo: Immigration hardliner says Trump team preparing plans for wall, mulling Muslim registry By Mica Rosenberg and Julia Edwards Ainsley

Ben

Business Insider: Ben Carson declines role in Trump administration because he 'feels he has no government experience'

Have An Excellent Wednesday

work by Paul Sérusier

The Onion - Accidentally Closing Browser Window With 23 Tabs Open Presents Rare Chance At New Life

The Onion: Accidentally Closing Browser Window With 23 Tabs Open Presents Rare Chance At New Life

N6

Science Daily: Potent antibody that neutralizes nearly all HIV strains identified
summary - Scientists have identified an antibody from an HIV-infected person that potently neutralized 98 percent of HIV isolates tested, including 16 of 20 strains resistant to other antibodies of the same class. The remarkable breadth and potency of this antibody, named N6, make it an attractive candidate for further development to potentially treat or prevent HIV infection, say the researchers.

TRNN - Greg Palast, Presidential Polls Were Off The Mark Because Of Voter Suppression

Government Trump Self Promotion

MSNBC: Trumps using office to promote products - Rachel Maddow points out that President-elect Donald Trump, his wife Melania, and his daughter Ivanka, have already used their new political status and resources to promote their businesses.

Bannon, America, Anti-Semitism

Guardian UK: The US will no longer feel like a haven for Jews under Trump - Donald Trump’s election victory and his appointment of Steve Bannon have lent legitimacy to overt antisemitism by Jonathan Freedland

Disarray

Guardian UK: Trump transition team in disarray after top adviser 'purged'- National security adviser Mike Rogers leaves in ‘Stalinesque purge’ as talks at Trump Tower continue amid uncertainty over role of president-elect’s children

Global Warming - Phytoplankton

Slate: Farm the Oceans to Help Stop Global Warming - It’s a controversial idea—but it’s already happening anyway. By David Biello

MEH

  I'm not convinced.

Slate: Why the Democrats Need Keith Ellison - The candidate for DNC chairman wants to lead an anti-Trump resistance, not search for areas of cooperation. By Michelle Goldberg

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is 48 degrees and overcast here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a cloudy day with temperatures in the mid 50s this afternoon. Well the news is percolating with talk of Trump infighting in the selection of people to run the new presidential administration. People have mentioned to me that the feel of this is more about control rather than leadership.

  At 9:20 a.m. ET futures are moderately down and the price of oil per barrel is down after rising above $45 over the last 24 hours. The market is poised to open moderately lower.

  It seems like a rather unremarkable nuts and bolts type of day. There's more corporate reports, oil swelled on talk of an unlikely but wished for Saudi production limitation deal, and since Trump has been elected, the DOW is near 19,000. That is record territory.

CNN: Dow nears 19,000; Nintendo jumps on Super Mario; Oil down by Ivana Kottasova

Boycott

Yahoo: It looks like Trump may pay the price for alienating dozens of national security elites by Natasha Bertrand
...leaving him with an apparent shortage of qualified Republicans willing to serve in his administration.

Boycott

Yahoo: Report: At least three NBA teams are boycotting Trump hotels

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Super

The Daily Beast: Striking Photos of the ‘Supermoon’

Votes

  Just a few points on the election.

As of November 15th -

- Trump won Pennsylvania by 68,236 votes
- Trump won Wisconsin by 27,257 votes
- Trump is leading in Michigan by 11,612 votes
- The total of these three states is 107,105 votes
- Had Clinton won Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan, she would be the president elect
- Clinton is presently winning the popular vote by over 800,000 votes.

Samantha Bee - An Exercise In Escapism With Jon Stewart

Out, Damned Spot!

Salon: Donald Trump’s “angry, arrogant” transition team axes every one of Chris Christie’s appointees - After demoting the N.J. gov. on Friday, the president-elect's transition team scrapped months of Christie's work by Brendan Gauthier

Neoconservative Scholar Eliot A. Cohen

Slate: The GOP Civil War Is Just Beginning - Formerly conciliatory Trump skeptics are backing away from the president-elect. By Fred Kaplan

TRNN - Chris Hedges, Trump Will Crush Dissent With Even Greater Violence And Savagery

Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by Paul Sérusier

The Onion - Man At Point Where Thought Of Reince Priebus Controlling White House Pretty Comforting

The Onion: Man At Point Where Thought Of Reince Priebus Controlling White House Pretty Comforting

A Trail Of Molecules

Science Daily: What molecules you leave on your phone reveal about your lifestyle
summary - By sampling the molecules on cell phones, researchers were able to construct lifestyle sketches for each phone's owner, including diet, preferred hygiene products, health status and locations visited. This proof-of-concept study could have a number of applications, including criminal profiling, airport screening, medication adherence monitoring, clinical trial participant stratification and environmental exposure studies.

TRNN - 'White Supremacist, Anti-Semitic, Islamophobe' Stephen Bannon As Trump's Chief Strategist

Security Clearance

MSNBC: Trump team asked about possible security clearance for Trump kids - NBC News has learned Trump's team has asked about possible security clearance for the president-elect's kids during the transition. MSNBC's Brian Williams has details about that and more.

Explainer

Guardian UK: Stephen Bannon and the alt-right in the White House – video explainer

White Nationalism In The White House

  White house indeed.

Guardian UK: Steve Bannon: appointment of 'white nationalist' must be reversed, critics declare - Progressive advocates and some politicians say selection of top adviser shows Trump ‘intends to carry racism and antisemitism straight to the White House’

Ryan Aims To Gut Medicare

Salon: Paul Ryan has Medicare in the crosshairs: Ryan’s been gunning to kill the program for years — and he senses his moment - Using the proposed repeal of Obamacare as bogus cover, Ryan is making a move to gut the immensely popular Medicare by Gary Legum

Global Warming - 2016, 2.2˚F Above Pre-Industrial Times

Climate Central: 2016 Will Be Hottest Year, UN Climate Meeting Told by Andrea Thompson

The Supremes

Slate: Republicans Stole the Supreme Court, Democrats, don’t let them get away with it. By Dahlia Lithwick

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 39 degrees and overcast here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts rain and temperatures in the 40s this afternoon. With Gore winning the popular vote in 2000 and Clinton winning the popular vote in 2016, can we talk about the structural disadvantage for the Democrats in national elections. It strikes me that Democrats need a 6% and above popular vote advantage in order to secure a win. I am speaking strictly from observing the elections and following the polls as they develop over the course of a presidential campaign. That is not democracy.

  At 9:15 a.m. ET futures are slightly higher and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open slightly higher.

  Notice that oil is rising after hitting lows not seen in months. The UK is experiencing a steady rise in inflation as the pound devalues with the Brexit. Also notice that the DOW is at record highs attributed to positive emotion regarding Trump. Trump plans to cut taxes and boost infrastructure spending.

CNN: Dow's record rally; Buffett buys airlines; Yuan in focusby Alanna Petroff

Monday, November 14, 2016

DOH

Slate: Trump Considering John “Bomb Iran” Bolton for Secretary of State By Joshua Keating

CNN Headline Of The Century

CNN: White nationalists see advocate in Steve Bannon who will hold Trump to his campaign promises By Andrew Kaczynski and Chris Massie

British Humor


Gwen Ifill Dies

Yahoo: Gwen Ifill, Veteran Broadcast Journalist, Dies at 61

Empower

The Washington Post: Trump faces backlash over appointing Bannon as a top aide, a choice critics say will empower white nationalists By Elise Viebeck, Katie Zezima and Jerry Markon

Have An Excellent Monday

work by Paul Sérusier

The Borowitz Report - Trump To Create Jobs For Unskilled White Males

The New Yorker: Trump to Create Jobs for Unskilled White Males

Coronary Heart Disease

Science Daily: Large decrease in coronary heart disease in US
summary - The incidence of coronary heart disease in the U.S. declined nearly 20 percent from 1983 to 2011, according to a new study.

TRNN - Climate Scientist Michael Mann, Trump's Policies Are 'Game Over' For Our Climate

Alt

NBC News: Analysis: Breitbart's Steve Bannon Leads the 'Alt Right' to the White House by Benjy Sarlin

Priebus And Bannon

Guardian UK: Stephen Bannon and Reince Priebus to lead Trump's White House - Chief of staff rewarded for campaign loyalty and former executive chair of far-right Breitbart News is ‘senior counselor’

The Future

Slate: An Incomplete List of Racist Incidents Since Donald Trump Was Elected President By Daniel Politi

Krugman's Latest

NY Times: Trump Slump Coming?

Abortion

NY Times: Donald Trump Appears to Soften Stance on Immigration, but Not on Abortion By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
In his first prime-time television interview since his upset victory on Tuesday, Mr. Trump repeated his promise to name a Supreme Court justice who opposed abortion rights and would help overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision...

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. It is 39 degrees and sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a sunny day with temperatures in the 50s this afternoon. I hope you had as good a weekend as possible given the circumstances we all now find ourselves in. We see Stephen Bannon will be part of the incoming White House, along with the cast of the recent campaign minus Christie for the time being. All sorts of people are now speculating on how long the new president will in fact last.

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

  Notice that the indexes continue to rise building on record highs. Oil is now floating down towards the $40 per barrel area based on the continued over supply from the Saudis. Also, it is now expected that the Fed will raise the base interest rate in December, but given the remarkable way world events have been deviating from the predicted, who knows.

Reuters: Dow looks set to open at record high
The central bank is widely expected to raise interest rates at its December meeting, with traders pricing in an 81 percent chance...

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Closed Sundays

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

work by Bill Traylor

True Story

BBC News: Hiker runs into Hillary Clinton on New York trail

Much

NY Times: Resist Much by Timothy Egan
The strongest resistance should come from the white working class; they will soon find out that Trump will treat them the same way he treated the suckers who signed up for his fraudulent university. When steel mills fail to return to Youngstown, or when new trade deals produce no more magic than the old ones, these economic exiles will wonder how they got betrayed. Look to the euphoria of soon-to-be deregulated Wall Street bankers for your explanation.

Protests

CNN: Anti-Trump protests spread across nation By Azadeh Ansari, Ralph Ellis and Khushbu Shah

Face To Face

Washington Post: Donald Trump is about to face a rude awakening over Obamacare By Steven Pearlstein

'The Future'

Leonard Cohen

Have An Excellent Saturday

The St Guilhem Cloister

The Onion - Psychologists Advise Practicing Words ‘President Trump’ Over Next 2 Months To Prepare For Inauguration

The Onion: Psychologists Advise Practicing Words ‘President Trump’ Over Next 2 Months To Prepare For Inauguration

Mars

Science Daily: Meteorites reveal lasting drought on Mars
summary - The lack of liquid water on the surface of Mars today has been demonstrated by new evidence in the form of meteorites on the Red Planet examined by an international team of planetary scientists.

Arrests

MSNBC: Hundreds arrested in LA anti-Trump protest - NBC's Gadi Schwartz gives MSNBC's Hallie Jackson the latest details on the Los Angeles anti-Trump protest and what's to come.

Racist Panic

Salon: White flight from reality: Inside the racist panic that fueled Donald Trump’s victory - I live in a fly-over Indiana town. I assure you Donald Trump's economic policies didn't win him this election by David Masciotra

Racist

Slate: Donald Trump Is a Racist - Here’s why many Americans don’t see him that way. By Daniel Engbe

Shock And Mockery

NBC - 2: World newspapers react with shock, mockery to Donald Trump's win

MogIA

scmp.com: A Terminator of American jobs went unnoticed on Trump’s judgment day: artificial intelligence - MogIA algorithm that correctly called the election against army of human experts portends a bigger threat to human employment than any politician By Chow Chung-yan

Friday, November 11, 2016

Naomi Klein On The Election

Guardian UK: It was the Democrats' embrace of neoliberalism that won it for Trump - People have lost their sense of security, status and even identity. This result is the scream of an America desperate for radical change by Naomi Klein

Roar

Lion's Roar: Buddhist teachers respond to Trump’s presidential win by Rod Meade Sperry
Think of what the Dalai Lama has gone through in his lifetime. He maintains daily practice, he maintains kindness for everyone, though he has lost his country and his culture at the hands of a brutal regime. Yet he doesn’t hate the Chinese and finds redeeming features in them. He maintains his sense of humor. He has turned his tragedy into a teaching for the world.

Lets do the same. Norman Fischer, Everyday Zen Foundation

Interior Secretary - Former Governor Sarah Palin

IJR: Someone In Trump-Land Just Leaked a List of Cabinet Positions--And "Secretary" Sarah Palin Is On It

Colbert On Thursday Night

Protests

CNN: Anti-Trump protesters march for 3rd night; Portland police call it a 'riot' By Azadeh Ansari

Have An Excellent Friday

The Cuxa Cloister

The Onion - Report, It Still Nowhere Near Okay To Act Like Donald Trump

The Onion: Report: It Still Nowhere Near Okay To Act Like Donald Trump

TRNN - Chris Hedges - Trump Will Crush Dissent With Even Greater Violence And Savagery

Colbert On Wednesday Night

The Market On Friday

  We've all been so intimately engaged in the election, and with the Trump victory, we are trying to adjust. Personally I've had only a minor interest in reading the news and watching TV. I'm completely disinterested in checking Five Thirty Eight and understanding the subtle differences in the voting patterns that gave Trump the presidency. One simple fact of reality dominates all of the nuance, Trump is the president elect. This reminds me of a medical verdict, one has to bring one's attention back over and over to a conclusion we might not want to accept.

  I'm starting to feel a sense of determination arise. The call from California's Governor Brown was interesting. People are not willing to give up on the social policies that the country enjoys. People are stocking up as it were and are ready to fight against regressive policy. It's a put your money where your mouth is period.

  The weekend is here. Get away from the computer. Invest in your own well being. Exercise, rest, eat especially well and stay away from the body and mind junk. De-stress intelligently. Rejuvenate yourself and if you don't know how, then it's time to find out. It's going to be a very strange four years.

  At 8:00 a.m. ET futures are moderately lower, and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open moderately lower.

  Wall Street responded favorably to Trump's victory on Wednesday and Thursday. On Tuesday night when it became clear that Trump would win, pre-market trading fell through the floor. However Wednesday turned out to be a major boost in all the indexes. Already, the enthusiasm for Trump on Wall Street is waning. Remember, Brexit has not helped the British economy.

CNN: Trump enthusiasm wanes; Chinese shopping spree; Nvidia stock surges by Alanna Petroff

New York Reacts

Gothamist: Cuomo: Trump Could Be 'Bonus' For New York by Rebecca Fishbein

California Goes On Alert

  And so the lines start getting drawn

Sacramento Bee: Liberal California braces for a Donald Trump presidency: ‘We are on high alert

LA Times: Gov. Jerry Brown warns Trump that California won't back down on climate change

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Leonard Cohen Dies

  It's been a tough week.

Rolling Stone: Leonard Cohen Dead at 82 - Hugely influential singer and songwriter's work spanned five decades

Maine Passes Ranked Voting

Boston.com: Maine became the first state in the country Tuesday to pass ranked choice voting

Refusal

The Intercept: Democrats, Trump, and the Ongoing, Dangerous Refusal to Learn the Lesson of Brexit by Glenn Greenwald

Garrison Keillor - Now What

Washington Post: Trump voters will not like what happens next By Garrison Keillor

Linings

Ralph Nader: The Silver Linings of Silver-Tongued Donald

Yes, They Did

Slate: Journalists Failed in 2016 - We cannot make the same mistakes in covering the Trump presidency. By Isaac Chotiner

Have An Excellent Thursday

The Aber Glasny Cloister

The Onion - Area Liberal No Longer Recognizes Fanciful, Wildly Inaccurate Mental Picture Of Country He Lives In

The Onion: Area Liberal No Longer Recognizes Fanciful, Wildly Inaccurate Mental Picture Of Country He Lives In

Maddow - Civic Activism

'A Time Of Great Danger'

Guardian UK: After the election of Donald Trump, we will not mourn. We will organize - This is a time of great danger, as most of us try to escape control by some of us, and old hierarchies reassert themselves. The risk is great, but so is the prize by Gloria Steinem

Get Use To It

Guardian UK: Donald Trump's shock victory sparks protests across America - Anti-Trump activists launched impromptu protests criticizing the racism, sexism and xenophobia that they say the president-elect has made mainstream

Fog Lifts Slightly

  The shock of a Trump win is settling down a bit. It's sort of like living with the foreboding stress of having to go in for surgery in two months; this sticky dread that one can feel, like having to go to a funeral.

   I'm sorry to say this but I think the country is going to experience four solid years of social unrest and protest. Already there are major protests in major cities surrounding a Trump victory. This happened last night in NYC with the march ending at Trump Tower. With Guiliani and Christie in roles like Attorney General and such, one might suspect the police and FBI will be given carte blanche freedom to react to the protests. I won't spell out the results, as we have seen this before. So, we go down and we go up. Half the population will support Trump and some will even get in on the action, White supremacists, militias, these people. Half will resist. The ground for this scenario is already there.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Hooked

Lion's Roar: Don’t Bite the Hook: Five things to remember post-election by Susan Piver
5. Finally, this: feel what you feel. As best you can, don’t pretend you aren’t scared, sad, angry, and shocked. No problem.

Afternoon Thoughts

  Walk, take long walks, keep moving. Movement is really good to help with depressing thoughts and overwhelming thoughts. Meditation is good if that's your thing. Yoga is good as it is about being aware of the body.

  I've been at this blog assiduously for many years and this last stretch with the election was consuming. I'm not going to quit the blog, but I need a rest. We need resolve, resolve is probably always there, it's just that it gets buried over. My resolve is a little buried over right now. I have no interest in the TV or in the articles. There's really just one conclusion, Trump is the president elect. That's called reality.

  Talk with your friends, it's helpful.

Take Time

  Anyone who was a supporter of Clinton needs to take some time and work through this election result. I just went for a decent walk and it was helpful. Had a few friends to commiserate with and talk it through.

The World Shifts To The Right

  It's really a shocking and stunning surprise, we are left to process this election, make sense out of the country, and our place in the country.

  Donald Trump is the next president of the United States. In addition, the Democrats failed to shift the Senate and the Congress remains red. The GOP controls all three major branches of government, the country is red.

  Polling outfits failed in all ways, and future polls will be viewed with great suspicion.

  As I type, the DOW is down over 300 points, slightly better than the levels it approached last night. At one point the DOW was down roughly 700 points. So let's just say this presidency is starting off with a bang. Who knows how it ends today and over the next period.

  Global warming is already here, and the efforts to reduce CO2 emissions were indeed minor. That little bit of effort will be off the table as a Trump presidency is about a return to oil, coal, and gas. Let's not forget that the new president believes global warming is a hoax.

  We wonder how the USA will change. I'm not making any predictions right now. Take a step back, process the results as best as you can.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

President Trump

  We will have a new president - President Trump. How about that.

Tank

  As I write the DOW is down 700 points in premarket trading. It's going to get worse. I suspect the worst day in DOW history.

CNN: Global markets tank as U.S. election results shock by Jethro Mullen and Matt Egan

President Trump

  What can we say, the election is shifting towards Trump. As I'm writing, Clinton still has a chance but it's definitely tougher and tighter. Let's see what ultimately happens but we definitely could have a President Trump. Have sympathy for the black, Latino, and Moslem people in the country who are very worried about attacks.

Nate's Final Statement

Five Thirty Eight: Final Election Update: There’s A Wide Range Of Outcomes, And Most Of Them Come Up Clinton By Nate Silver
Nonetheless, Clinton is probably going to win, and she could win by a big margin.

'She's Out Of Her Mind'

  stress relief from Blink 182 off their new album 'California'.

Stephen Colbert - Election Eve With Jon Stewart

Digby's Latest

Salon: After a bitter election, a new America: Our first female president and the most diverse coalition in history - Pundits obsess over the angry white folks behind Trump; the real story is the new majority behind Hillary Clinton by Heather Digby Parton

Trump Booed

  Going into his polling station in NYC, he's booed. I wish I was there to throw in as many f.u.'s as I could scream out.

NoahGrayCNN

Lessons

NY Times: What 2016 Has Taught Us By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
3. The media enable extreme candidates and the parties are too fragile to stop them.

Vote

  I'm breaking from my usual post format today. Essentially, the election is paramount in our minds. I'll post things through the day and hopefully it's all good news for Clinton. We are heading out to vote for Hillary Clinton now, you do the same, please. May the best woman win.

Have An Excellent Election Day

The Cuxa Cloister

The Onion - 5 States To Decide Whether To Legalize Marijuana Or Continue Honoring God

The Onion: 5 States To Decide Whether To Legalize Marijuana Or Continue Honoring God

Clinton Has The Edge

MSNBC: Election eve polls give Hillary Clinton a national edge - On the final day of campaigning, both candidates are making their closing arguments in key states they need to win. So what do the polls look like in some of those important battleground states?

Scenarios

Guardian UK: US presidential election: five scenarios that could play out this week - With less than 24 hours before election day, Tom McCarthy predicts and considers five possible results – each named after an imaginary electoral cocktail

Survival

Guardian UK: Your election night survival guide: what to expect as polls close – with cocktails! The expected timings of results, all you need to know about the key battleground states, plus drinks, eats and tunes to get you through what could be a long night by Adam Gabbatt and Tom McCarthy

Racism

Slate: How Do Trump Supporters See Black People? “Less evolved,” our survey shows. By Ashley Jardina, Sean McElwee, and Spencer Piston

'Treacherous'

Salon: Time to take out the trash: Donald Trump’s legacy is vanity, tastelessness, classlessness and men behaving badly - Regardless of the outcome, Trump has already left his mark on the presidency — by damaging our presidential ideals by Bob Cesca

Monday, November 07, 2016

Nate's Latest

Five Thirty Eight: Election Update: Clinton Gains, And The Polls Magically Converge By Nate Silver

Modest Late Surge Towards Clinton

  The polling outfits are showing a late, modest surge towards Clinton. As I type we are roughly 30 hours away from knowing who the next president will be. Note that within the last 3 days, Five Thirty Eight has moved its forecast from a 64% chance of a Clinton victory to just moments ago, just shy of a 70% chance of a Clinton victory.


Five Thirty Eight: Who will win the presidency?

As Expected

NY Times: Optimism From Hillary Clinton and Darkness From Donald Trump at Campaign’s End By MICHAEL BARBARO

Surge

NY Times: This Time, There Really Is a Hispanic Voter Surge by Nate Cohn

LA Times Final Update Election Map - Clinton 352, Trump 186

LA Times: The race to 270

Harry Reid

Politico: How the Harry Reid Machine May Have Killed Trump’s Chances By bringing Hispanics out in droves in early voting, the Senate minority leader is trying to turn Nevada into a bellwether for a Clinton win. By Jon Ralston

Meanwhile

Guardian UK: Hong Kong pro-democracy politicians banned by China as crisis grows - Beijing makes landmark ruling on future of former British colony, barring two pro-democracy parliamentarians from office

'He's Wrong'

Slate: Trump Says It's Impossible to Search 650,000 Emails in Eight Days. He’s Wrong. By Will Oremus

One Scary Dude

Salon: Why Donald Trump scares you so much — and why it matters - It's not just you — we were born to fear predators, and Donald Trump fits the profile of a psychopath by Leah McElrath

Have An Excellent Monday

The Trie Cloister, a cloister is "a covered walk in a convent, monastery, college, or cathedral, typically with a wall on one side and a colonnade open to a quadrangle on the other."

The Onion - Trump Makes Last-Minute Push To Appeal To Whites

The Onion: Trump Makes Last-Minute Push To Appeal To Whites

Tetraneutron

Science Daily: Physicists demonstrate existence of 'unlikely' new subatomic structure
summary - Researchers have demonstrated the existence of a tetraneutron, a subatomic structure once thought unlikely to exist.

TRNN - This Election Year, A Significant Increase In Violence Against Muslims

  This is all on Trump's head.

NBC News WSJ Poll - Clinton 44%, Trump 40%

MSNBC: Clinton leads nationally by four points: poll - Hillary Clinton has a four point lead over Donald Trump nationally, 44 to 40 percent, according tot he latest NBC News/WSJ poll.

'A Cataclysmic Shock

Guardian UK: Analysts fear 'volatile' economy – and perhaps recession – under Trump - The US position in the global financial world, and the fact that many investors have bet on Clinton, means a Trump election could bring a cataclysmic shock

'No Criminal Wrongdoing'

Guardian UK: FBI has found no criminal wrongdoing in new Clinton emails, says Comey - FBI director says batch of emails ‘have not changed conclusion’

No Voter Fraud

  Trump's campaign is the worst thing ever in American politics. The way that man has set out to destroy the reputation of American institutions is in my opinion treasonous.

Slate: Chasing Electoral Ghosts - We looked at 130 million ballots from the 2012 election and found practically zero evidence of fraud. By Sharad Goel, Marc Meredith, Michael Morse, David Rothschild, and Houshmand Shirani-Mehr

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. It is 37 degrees and it is sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a sunny day with temperatures in the mid 50s this afternoon. Well, we are almost there. The election is 24 hours away. Checking the polls this morning, both The Princeton Election Consortium and The Huffington Post have moved Clinton to a 99% chance of winning. The news from Comey that Clinton's emails do not warrant further investigation might help Clinton tomorrow, maybe not. Either way, Comey is a grand POS for putting that out there 10 days ago with virtually no other reason than to shift the dynamics of the election. He is one vicious screwed up hateful SOB, may he be fired ASAP.

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

  Make no mistake this huge premarket gain with the DOW up 250 points, is all due to the news that Clinton's emails do not merit further investigation. Wall Street wants Clinton to win and is terrified of Trump. That, is the long story, short.

CNN: FBI moving markets; China's finance shuffle; Volkswagen woes deepen by Alanna Petroff
Global markets moved higher on the news (no further investigation into the emails). Analysts have predicted that stocks would suffer if Donald Trump was elected president, and this announcement could give Clinton a boost.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Closed Sundays

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

work by Bill Traylor

Former Illegal Immigrant

AP News: Melania Trump modeled in US prior to getting work visa

Seth Meyers - GOP Threatens To Paralyze A Hillary Clinton Presidency

Full Frontal's Official Trump Thesaurus

Rudy

The Daily Beast: Donald Trump’s Billionaire-Backed Super-PAC Also Paying Rudy Giuliani’s Law Firms - Robert and Rebekah Mercer’s operation has also been sending money to the operations of the former NYC mayor turned huge Trump supporter. by Wayne Barrett

Latino Voters

NY Times: Presidential Election: High Early Turnout Among - Latino Voters Could Mean Trouble for Donald Trump By JONATHAN MARTIN and ALAN RAPPEPORT

Nate's Latest

Five Thirty Eight: Nov 5, 2016 at 2:33 PM - Election Update: The Campaign Is Almost Over, And Here’s Where We Stand By Nate Silver

Stay Alive

Salon: Stay alive until November 9! Tips for stress relief and self-care during election-pocalypse 2016 - Traumatized and anxious from this brutal election? Can't stop refreshing FiveThirtyEight? We can help Erin Keane

Trump Tumor

Salon: Does the GOP need chemotherapy for its Trump tumor? Sometimes that’s worse than the disease - As an oncologist, I took George Will's "chemotherapy" metaphor literally — and the effects can be devastating by Jalal Baig

GOP Voter Intimidation In Arkansas

  Just shows you how impeccably stupid the Trumpetariat can be. As if Arkansas is going to turn blue, yeah right. So this idiot has to intimidate people.

Arkansas Online: Election commissioner in Pine Bluff accused of voter intimidation By Aziza Musa

Have An Excellent Saturday

work by Bob Dylan

The Onion - Trump Raises Concern Over Members Of Urban Communities Voting More Than Zero Times

The Onion: Trump Raises Concern Over Members Of Urban Communities Voting More Than Zero Times

Insulin Resistance

Science Daily: Insulin resistance reversed by removal of protein
summary - By removing the protein galectin-3 (Gal3), a team of investigators was able to reverse diabetic insulin resistance and glucose intolerance in mouse models of obesity and diabetes.

TRNN - Presidential Race A Choice Between Levels Of Climate Catastrophe

Princeton’s Sam Wang On The Election

MSNBC: Scientist predicts 99% chance of Clinton win

It's Getting Testy

Guardian UK: Specter of election day violence looms as Trump spurs vigilante poll watchers - Advocates say US faces ‘midnight hour of our democracy’ as militia members and neo-Nazi groups take Donald Trump’s claims of ballot rigging seriously

Clinton

Guardian UK: Rise, sisters, rise. Defeat Donald Trump - Hillary Clinton is not perfect, and we must push her. But if Trump is elected, permission is given to degrade, deny, diminish and destroy us and our rights by Eve Ensler

Email

Vox: The real Clinton email scandal is that a bullshit story has dominated the campaign - If you agree with her on policy, vote with a clear conscience about the server. Updated by Matthew Yglesias

Leech

Salon: Trump the leech: Donald Trump got rich on government subsidies yet he refuses to give back - The Trump empire was built on the kind of government aid programs Donald Trump would do away with as president by Cody Cain

Vote

Slate: Judge Restores Voting Rights to Thousands of Illegally Purged Voters in North Carolina By Mark Joseph Stern

Friday, November 04, 2016

Aussies For Clinton

CNN: These Australians crossed the ocean to knock on doors for Hillary Clinton By Shachar Peled

Holy Sh*t (You've Got To Vote)

Restrained

Mother Jones: Judge Issues Restraining Order Against Trump Campaign to Prevent Voter Intimidation - The order also applies to a Trump adviser who has organized poll-watching activities.

Melania Reviewed

  ? WTF - she's married to the world's greatest cyber bully. Is she really that out of touch with reality.

Salon: Melania, unmuted: Melania Trump gave a speech using her own words — which only reminded us why women can’t relate to her - In her first public speech since her plagiarized address at the RNC, Melania was laughably out of touch
“Our culture has gotten too mean and too violent,” Melania Trump told the crowd in the suburbs of Philadelphia. “It is never OK when a 12-year-old girl or boy is mocked, bullied or attacked. It is terrible when that happens on the playground and it is unacceptable when it’s done by someone with no name hiding on the internet.”

Washington Post Tracking Poll

  Don't forget, a tracking poll is done day to day, it's not the same as a poll conducted over several days.

Slate: Clinton Back Up 3 in ABC/Washington Post Tracking Poll By Ben Mathis-Lilley

North Carolina Plays Not So Nice

MSNBC: DOJ sends election monitors to North Carolina - After the NAACP sued North Carolina over alleged voter discrimination against minorities, the Justice Department will be dispatching election monitors to four North Carolina counties.

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Bob Dylan

The Onion - Nurse Reminds Elderly Man She’s Just Down The Hall If He Starts To Die

The Onion: Nurse Reminds Elderly Man She’s Just Down The Hall If He Starts To Die

Sunshine

Science Daily: Sunshine matters a lot to mental health; temperature, pollution, rain not so much - Psychologist, physicist and statistician collaborate on unique study
summary - Sunshine matters. A lot. The idea isn't exactly new, but according to a recent study, when it comes to your mental and emotional health, the amount of time between sunrise and sunset is the weather variable that matters most.

TRNN - Indo-Russian Arms And Energy Deals Is Not What India Needs

Leaks

MSNBC: Possibility of FBI leaks to Trump campaign raises alarm

Trump Voter Suppression

Guardian UK: In North Carolina and Florida, is the Trump voter suppression plan working? Mass purging of black Democrats from voter rolls and African Americans’ low early voting turnout raises concerns for Hillary Clinton supporters in swing states

Trumpland

Guardian UK: 'The FBI is Trumpland': anti-Clinton atmosphere spurred leaks, sources say - Highly unfavorable view of Hillary Clinton intensified after James Comey’s decision not to recommend an indictment over her use of a private email server

Global Warming - U.S. Electric Car Charging Corridors

Climate Central: U.S. Designates Electric Vehicle Charging Corridors by Bobby Magill

Read This

Newsweek: Why Vladimir Putin's Russia is Backing Donald Trump By Kurt Eichenwald

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. It is 48 degrees and it is sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a sunny day with temperatures in the 50s this afternoon. The presidential race is tightening again yet Clinton still holds the superior position. Can she hold on for the next three days, this is the question. We suspect yes, she can hold on. Lots of things to parse this morning and I'm looking forward to the new Newsweek article on Trump's mischievous activity in Russia.

  At 9:15 a.m. ET futures are flat and the price of oil per barrel continues to dip. The market is poised to open in the flat area.

  The monthly jobs report came out earlier and showed that in October the US gained 161,000 new jobs and that the unemployment rate is now at 4.9%. Notice that investors will once again be looking to the Fed for clues about a base interest rate hike. This big question continues to linger.

CNN: U.S. jobs; GoPro skydives; Berkshire Hathaway earnings by Alanna Petroff
Three Federal Reserve members -- including vice chair Stanley Fischer -- are speaking publicly on Friday about various topics. Traders will be looking to see if they drop further hints about the Fed raising interest rates in December.

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Threats And More Threats

NY Times: Donald Trump’s Impeachment Threat By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

Trick Or Treat

  Fake ads are circulating around social media. The idea is to trick people into thinking they can text in a vote or email in a vote. But there is no voting by text or email. This is a Trump backed trick.

Fake

Reuters: FBI examining fake documents targeting Clinton campaign: sources

No Monitoring The Election

Reuters: U.S. court deals Trump a setback in poll-monitor fight

Income Vs Reality

NY Times: Donald Trump’s Income Isn’t Always What He Says It Is, Records Suggest By RUSS BUETTNER

Katy Tur

Salon: WATCH: Journalist Katy Tur responds after Donald Trump bullies her in front of 4,000 people - "It is a unique experience to have an entire crowd of people . . . booing you," Tur told Brian Williams by Brendan Gauthier

What To Say

Slate: I’d Like to Congratulate Donald Trump on His Victory - Former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau on what the candidates—and the current president—should say on election night. By Isaac Chotiner

Super Full Moon

Science Alert: We’re about to see a record-breaking supermoon - the biggest in nearly 70 years - The closest full moon in the 21st century.

Colbert - Donald Trump Urges Early Voters To Change Their Ballots

Megyn Kelly Dishes On A Groping Roger Ailes

  FOX News, figures.

Radar Online: Megyn Kelly Gone Rogue! Fox News Star Claims Perv Boss Roger Ailes Harassed Her Too! The network’s prize anchor drops a bombshell amid contract talks. Is she ready to go? By Sharon Churcher

Trump In Russia

Slate: Trump’s Server, Revisited - Sorting through the new evidence, and competing theories, about the Trump server that appeared to be communicating with a Russian bank. By Franklin Foer

Have An Excellent Thursday

work by Bob Dylan

The Onion - New Heavy-Duty Voting Machine Allows Americans To Take Out Frustration On It Before Casting Ballot

The Onion: New Heavy-Duty Voting Machine Allows Americans To Take Out Frustration On It Before Casting Ballot

Flexible Solar Panels

Science Daily: Flexible solar panel goes where silicon can't
summary - A team of engineers and chemists is producing flexible solar panels that can become part of window shades or wallpaper that will capture light from the sun as well as light from sources inside buildings.

TRNN - Re-Routing Dakota Access Pipeline Won’t Make It Less Dangerous To The Environment Or Climate

Maddow - Unwitting Trump Embraces Black Supremacist Cultist Support

FBI

Guardian UK: Barack Obama delivers stinging critique of FBI: 'We don't operate on leaks' - President censures James Comey’s decision to announce review related to Hillary Clinton days before election as campaigning reaches fever pitch

Sick

Guardian UK: Warden admits showing prisoners violent sexual films in 'shame therapy' - The head of a Hawaiian jail is being sued for allegedly subjecting female prisoners to sexual humiliation and discrimination

Brexit Shift

Guardian UK: High Court rules UK parliament must vote on Brexit

Global Warming - Arctic Ice

Climate Central: Warm Temps Slow Arctic Sea Ice Growth to a Crawl by Brian Kahn

Cruel And Superficial

AlterNet: Why Donald Trump's Agenda for the Drug War Is the Dopiest Thing You've Ever Seen - A frightening mix of cruel and superficial. By Phillip Smith

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is 52 degrees and cloudy here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts rain and temperatures in the high 50s this afternoon. Hey, the Cubs won the World Series. I was watching the game up through the first half of the tenth inning, then I packed it in because it was getting too late. But, how about those Cubs. It's been what, a century since they got the World Series win. It's been an excellent diversion from you know what.

  At 9:15 a.m. ET futures are modestly higher and the price of oil per barrel is up . The market is poised to open moderately higher.

  As we know market has been on a bit of a losing streak for about a week. Investors are jumpy as they learn that the election is tightening. Hillary Clinton is the favored candidate of Wall Street as it is perceived that her presidency would not really change the Wall Street status quo. Notice that the Fed did not change the base interest rate but suggested that the rate would be increased in time. Notice also that the Brexit is coming under fire in England, it's might not happen after all. That, would be good.

Reuters: S&P looks set to snap seven-day losing streak
The U.S. central bank held interest rates steady, but said the economy had gained steam and job gains remained solid.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Firewall

Slate: Hillary Clinton’s Firewall Appears to Be Holding By Jim Newell

The Borowitz Report - Comey Says F.B.I. Investigating Hillary’s Ties To Bill Clinton

New Yorker: Comey Says F.B.I. Investigating Hillary’s Ties to Bill Clinton By Andy Borowitz

2024

The Princeton Election Consortium: An Early Look at 2024? by Sam Wang

Wake Up

NY Times: Trump, Waking a ‘Sleeping Giant,’ Helps Clinton Build an Unlikely Firewall By JONATHAN MARTIN and ALEXANDER BURNS

Jon Stewart's Twitter Fight With Donald Trump At Stand Up For Heroes

Trump Attacks NBC's Katy Tur During Florida Rally

Tur was given secret service protection back to her car following the rally.

Round Two

Slate: Trump Can Happen Again - The conditions within the GOP that created him not only remain but have been reinforced. By Jamelle Bouie

Taco

MSNBC: Obama finds key to bipartisan appeal: free tacos - Rachel Maddow shares a clip of President Barack Obama speaking in Columbus, OH, using a free taco metaphor to encourage people to turn out to vote.

'Uptown Funk'

Bruno Mars - the best

Have An Excellent Wednesday

work by Bob Dylan

The Onion - Clinton Staff Readies EMP Launch To Disable All Nation’s Electronic Devices

The Onion: Clinton Staff Readies EMP Launch To Disable All Nation’s Electronic Devices

Nanobionic Spinach

Science Daily: Nanobionic spinach plants can detect explosives - After sensing dangerous chemicals, the carbon-nanotube-enhanced plants send an alert
summary - Spinach is no longer just a superfood: By embedding leaves with carbon nanotubes, engineers have transformed spinach plants into sensors that can detect explosives and wirelessly relay that information to a handheld device similar to a smartphone.

TRNN - Obamacare, A Stepping Stone Or Barrier To Single-Payer?

'28% Of Republican Early Voters' Vote For Clinton

MSNBC: Exclusive: Stunning Clinton number in FL - In a Last Word exclusive, TargetSmart CEO Tom Bonier shares with Lawrence the results of a new Florida Early and Likely Voter survey, which show Clinton winning a staggering 28% of Republican early voters.