Friday, October 20, 2017

Go Home

The Daily Beast: At Richard Spencer’s Florida Rally, Protesters Drive Out the Alt-Right, One by One - Live-streaming broadcasts showed Spencer being met with a barrage of criticism and chants for him to ‘Go home.’


Salon: Trump’s bogus tweets about British crime stats are attracting ire from America’s closest allies - British politicians are blasting Trump, telling him to worry about his own problems in the country he governs

Hate Speech

Salon: Florida’s “state of emergency” for Richard Spencer worked - Campuses have been held hostage in the hate speech war, but the University of Florida found an answer


Science Daily: 'Selfish brain' wins out when competing with muscle power, study finds
summary - New research on our internal trade-off when physical and mental performance are put in direct competition has found that cognition takes less of a hit, suggesting more energy is diverted to the brain than body muscle. Researchers say the findings support the 'selfish brain' theory of human evolution.

The Onion - Scott Pruitt Nervously Picks Up Walking Pace As Hundreds Of Whooping Cranes Begin Silently Perching Around Him

The Onion: Scott Pruitt Nervously Picks Up Walking Pace As Hundreds Of Whooping Cranes Begin Silently Perching Around Him

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Nicholas Roerich


MSNBC: The disconnect between the White House’s John Kelly and his boss By Steve Benen

Morning Joe - We Must Stay Focused On What Happened In Niger

No Proof

The Palmer Report: So much for Donald Trump having “proof” of what he said to fallen U.S. soldier’s widow


Guardian UK: Trump links UK crime rise to 'spread of Islamic terror' - In latest Twitter outburst US president makes terror link even though annual figures record all police-recorded offences


Guardian UK: Barack Obama delivers veiled but withering rebuke of Donald Trump - Back in the public fray at a rally in Virginia, the former president delivered his views on the current political climate in his strongest terms yet


NY Times: Trump’s Road to 2024 by Roger Cohen
Trump winks at white supremacists, thrives on confrontation and debases the Oval Office. But it would be a huge mistake to conclude from this that his defeat is inevitable; or that his supporters do not include millions of decent, smart Americans who just view the world differently.

It's A Secret

  These hucksters are the worst, they're about to pass a tax cut that nobody has seen. It's just like the magic health care they almost foisted on America.

NY Times: Republicans Ready to Move on a Tax Plan Few Have Seen By JIM TANKERSLEY

The Market On Friday

  At 9:25 a.m. ET DOW futures are +92 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: GE's nightmare just got worse by Matt Egan

Thursday, October 19, 2017

GW Bush Goes After Trump

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

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

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


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

Yes Or No


  The group is based in Albany NY.

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


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


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

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

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


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

Have An Excellent Thursday

work by Nicholas Roerich

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

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


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

Niger Cover Up

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

Moon Cave

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

Dire Ecological Warning As Insect Numbers Decline

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

Trump - Just Shut Up

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

Charles M. Blow's Latest

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

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


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

The Market On Thursday

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

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

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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

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


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

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

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

Hong Kong

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


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


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

Alternative Reality

Axios: Trump's alternative reality, part two


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

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

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

Forests And You

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

Have An Excellent Wednesday

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

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

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

  I implore you to watch this.

One Can Hope

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

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

Too Risqué

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


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

Spiteful Juvenile Trump

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

Self Absorption

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

The Market On Wednesday

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

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

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Roland Blues Cube Hot Vs Fender Blues Junior Guitar Amplifier

But, But, But, Benghazi

FYI Trump is the President of The United States which includes The Virgin Islands.
“I will tell you I left Texas and I left Florida and I left Louisiana and I went to Puerto Rico and I met with the President of the Virgin Islands," President Donald Trump said at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, last Friday. “The Virgin Islands and the President of the Virgin Islands, these are people that are incredible people, they suffered gravely and we’[ll] be there, we’re going to be there, we have really, it is not even a question of a choice.”


Salon: America is a joke right now, a bad one Donald Trump is the only person capable of making the Taliban look like aspiring comedians by D. Watkins

The Borowitz Report - Obama Begins Calling American People To Console Them About Trump Being President

New Yorker: Obama Begins Calling American People to Console Them About Trump Being President


Science Daily: Intense storms batter Saturn’s largest moon, scientists report - Extreme methane rainstorms appear to have a key role in shaping Titan’s icy surface
summary - Titan, the largest of Saturn's more than 60 moons, has surprisingly intense rainstorms, according to research by a team of UCLA planetary scientists and geologists. Although the storms are relatively rare -- they occur less than once per Titan year, which is 29 and a half Earth years -- they occur much more frequently than the scientists expected.

Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by Nicholas Roerich

Chric Hayes - Sen. Murphy - Trump 'Passing The Buck' As Commander-In-Chief

Chris Matthews - Trump Never Takes Responsibility


The Palmer Report: John McCain rips into “half baked” and “unpatriotic” Donald Trump


Guardian UK: Donald Trump's Twitter use is a risk to global security, Hillary Clinton says - Defeated presidential candidate also tells Australia’s Four Corners program that Wikileaks is now ‘a fully owned subsidiary of Russian intelligence’


Guardian UK: Men, you want to treat women better? Here's a list to start with - Over the last week, there’s been a lot of talk about how women are treated in the workplace – and elsewhere. TV writer Nicole Silverberg argues that if men want to step up, they can


NY Times: In Election, Austria’s Nazi Past Raises Its Head By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
An anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim party won the Austrian elections on Sunday, and its leader might form a government with a party founded by ex-Nazis.

Krugman's Latest

NY Times: The G.O.P. Is No Party for Honest Men

The Market On Tuesday

  At 7:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are +4 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open in the flat area.

CNN: Dow eyes 23,000; Airbus-Bombardier deal; Brexit pain by Ivana Kottasová

Monday, October 16, 2017


Ron Wood Shows Off His Guitars

Adult Day Care

Salon: Trump’s “adult day care” is more truth than fiction: report - Trump’s staff has a full time job keeping the president from destroying the world

The Onion - Man Embarrassed Thinking About Every Opinion He’s Ever Articulated

The Onion: Man Embarrassed Thinking About Every Opinion He’s Ever Articulated

Shape Up

Science Daily: Learning and staying in shape key to longer lifespan, study finds
summary - People who are overweight cut their life expectancy by two months for every extra kilogram of weight they carry, research suggests. A major study has also found that education leads to a longer life, with almost a year added for each year spent studying beyond school.

Have An Excellent Monday

work by Nicholas Roerich

MSNBC - Trump White House Mired In Chaos


MSNBC: White House’s boasts about preventing ‘chaos’ completely unravel By Steve Benen


The Palmer Report: Here comes Donald Trump’s biggest meltdown about Rex Tillerson yet

Information War

Guardian UK: Cyber cold war is just getting started, claims Hillary Clinton - Clinton, promoting memoir addressing her 2016 US election defeat, tells UK audiences that the Kremlin is ‘hacking our unity’ by waging information war

Republican War

Guardian UK: McConnell and Trump meet for lunch after Bannon calls for Republican 'war' - Senate leader is target in ex-White House adviser’s primary campaign - ‘He is failing’: Trump strikes out solo as friends worry and enemies circle

Doesn't Understand

NY Times: Five Climate Truths Donald Trump Doesn’t Understand
1. Trump can’t save coal. He only claims he can.


NY Times: Trump, Chieftain of Spite by Charles M. Blow

A New Hero

NY Times: Jimmy Kimmel on Health Care, National Tragedies and Twitter Feuds By DAVE ITZKOFF

The Market On Monday

  At 7:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are +16 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open modestly higher.

CNN: Netflix earnings; Catalonia deadline; Nasdaq record by Ivana Kottasová

Friday, October 13, 2017


  Enjoy the weekend, see you bright and early Monday morning.

work by Paul Sérusier


John Mclaughlin tweets on Trump's Iran speech - "Iran speech, one of Trump's worst decisions: feeds Iran hardliners, splits allies, shreds US credibility, roils congress, gift to Russia."

Kasich And Hickenlooper On Trump's ACA Move


Salon: The new “F-word”: Why are we still afraid to call Trump a fascist? Trump’s direct attack on the First Amendment reveals his true nature — and poses a challenge to conservatives by Chauncey DeVega

The Onion - Nation’s Women Clarify They Harbor No Secret Desire To See Colleagues’, Acquaintances’, Strangers’ Genitals

The Onion: Nation’s Women Clarify They Harbor No Secret Desire To See Colleagues’, Acquaintances’, Strangers’ Genitals - ‘If There Were Any Lingering Doubts, Rest Assured We Do Not Need Them Shown To Us’


Science Daily: New insight into the limits of possible life on Mars
summary - Researchers investigating whether liquid water could exist on Mars have provided new insight into the limits of life on the red planet.

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Nicholas Roerich

Chris Hayes - Maxine Waters - 'We Should Be Moving On Impeachment'

Morning Joe - Pressure On Dems And GOP After ACA Order


The Palmer Report: Donald Trump is a senile zombie


Guardian UK: Flynn ally sought help from 'dark web' in covert Clinton email investigation - Barbara Ledeen, a staffer on the committee looking into Trump’s Russia ties and a friend of Mike Flynn, tried to launch her own investigation into Clinton’s emails

Spiteful Lunatic Destroys Healthcare

Guardian UK: Trump scraps Obamacare subsidies in surprise late-night announcement - Federal payments underpinning healthcare scheme unlawful, says White House, in move that takes a further swipe at Democrats’ signature reform

Krugman's Latest

NY Times: Let Them Eat Paper Towels


NY Times: Trump to Scrap Critical Health Care Subsidies, Hitting Obamacare Again By ROBERT PEAR, MAGGIE HABERMAN and REED ABELSON

The Market On Friday

  At 7:55 a.m. ET DOW futures are +28 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open modestly higher.

CNN: Trump acts on health care; Bank earnings; Retail sales by Ivana Kottasová

Thursday, October 12, 2017

It's Time

Washington Post: Republicans, it’s time to panic


USA Today: Yellowstone supervolcano may blow sooner than thought — and could wipe out life on the planet


Science News: Half the universe’s missing matter has just been finally found

'Professor Marston And The Wonder Women'



Please Read This

The Intercept: The Airport Bomber From Last Week You Never Heard About
The story didn’t go viral and Trump didn’t tweet about it because the bomb was not placed by an immigrant, or a Muslim, or a Mexican. It was placed there by a good ol’ white man, Michael Christopher Estes. Unlike the Las Vegas shooter, Stephen Paddock, whose motive is still hard to discern, Estes wanted to be very clear that his ultimate goal was to accelerate a war on American soil.

Trump On Economics

BBC News: Donald Trump: Has US debt fallen since the president took office?


BBC News: US quits Unesco over 'anti-Israel bias'

Best Comment

"We don't have a President. We have a fiasco."

Digby's Latest

Salon: Trump is falling apart, and nobody knows what to do about it - A cry for help is coming from the White House. Even Trump’s inner circle say he’s unstable; the danger is growing

The Onion

The Onion: EPA Promotes Pulsating Black Sludge To Deputy Director

The Moon

Science Daily: The moon once had an atmosphere
summary - A new study shows that an atmosphere was produced around the ancient Moon, 3 to 4 billion years ago, when intense volcanic eruptions spewed gases above the surface faster than they could escape to space.

Have An Excellent Thursday

work by Tristan Pigott

Brian Williams - 55% Of America Thinks Trump Is Unfit To Serve

Morning Joe - 'He Is Disconnected' - Trump's Press Talk


MSNBC: In embarrassing display, Trump flubs test on how money works By Steve Benen


The Palmer Report: Donald Trump’s advisers leak even more embarrassing details about how he’s falling apart

Migration To Florida

Guardian UK: Arrival of Puerto Ricans post-Hurricane Maria could have big impact on Florida -As many as 100,000 people are arriving from Puerto Rico, potentially transforming the Sunshine State’s housing, education, employment – and politics


Guardian UK: Canadian-American family freed after five years as captives of Taliban-linked group

Heroin In The Bronx

NY Times: The Bronx’s Quiet, Brutal War With Opioids- In the Bronx, which lost more residents to drug overdoses last year than any other New York City borough, the heroin epidemic has latched on to a vulnerable population.


NY Times: Trump’s War Games by Charles M. Blow
Rand Paul (on Trump having the nuclear codes)

“I think really there’s a sophomoric quality that is entertaining about Mr. Trump, but I am worried. I’m very concerned about him, having him in charge of the nuclear weapons, because I think his response, his visceral response to attack people on their appearance — short, tall, fat, ugly — my goodness, that happened in junior high. Are we not way above that? Would we not all be worried to have someone like that in charge of the nuclear arsenal?”

North Korea

NY Times: Trump’s Scary Strategy on North Korea by Nicholas Kristof
On just the first day of a war between the United States and North Korea, according to a Stanford University assessment, one million people could be killed.

The Market On Thursday

  At 9:25 a.m. ET DOW futures are -20 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open modestly lower.

CNN: Bank earnings; NAFTA threat; Finance chiefs meet by Ivana Kottasová

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


Vanity Fair: “I Hate Everyone in the White House!”: Trump Seethes as Advisers Fear the President Is “Unraveling” - In recent days, I’ve spoken with a half dozen prominent Republicans and Trump advisers, and they all describe a White House in crisis as advisers struggle to contain a president that seems to be increasingly unfocused and consumed by dark moods. by Gabriel Sherman
It brought into the open what several people close to the president have recently told me in private: that Trump is “unstable,” “losing a step,” and “unraveling.”

Self Destructive

NY Times: The President’s Self-Destructive Disruption By GREG WEINER


BBC News: Trump threatens broadcaster NBC after nuclear report


NBC News: Trump Wanted Tenfold Increase in Nuclear Arsenal, Surprising Military by Courtney Kube, Kristen Welker, Carol E. Lee and Savannah Guthrie



Washington Post: ‘He’s better than this,’ says Thomas Barrack, Trump’s loyal whisperer By Michael Kranish

Attraction To Violence

Salon: Trump’s mental health poses danger, psychiatrists warn - Dr. Bandy Lee discusses why Trump’s aggressive tendencies and attraction to violence is problematic for all

The Onion - Man Already Has Whole Sentence Lined Up For Later In Conversation

The Onion: Man Already Has Whole Sentence Lined Up For Later In Conversation


Science Daily: Best way to recognize emotions in others: Listen - Voice-only communication more accurate than visual cues for identifying others' feelings, study says
summary - If you want to know how someone is feeling, it might be better to close your eyes and use your ears: People tend to read others' emotions more accurately when they listen and don't look, according to research.

Stephen Found Trump's IQ Test Results

Eminem Rips Donald Trump In BET Hip Hop Awards Freestyle Cypher

Have An Excellent Wednesday

work by Tristan Pigott

Lawrence O'Donnell On Trump - You Have Never Seen This Before In A President

The Lies

MSNBC: The lies Donald Trump likes a little too much By Steve Benen

Lawrence O'Donnell - David Frum Explains How The GOP Dam Will Break With Trump

Trump And Eminem

The Palmer Report: Donald Trump really doesn’t want you to see this video of him heaping praise on Eminem

Adult Day Care

Guardian UK: Inside the White House ‘adult day care
"I know for a fact that every single day at the White House, it’s a situation of trying to contain him… Look, except for a few people, the vast majority of our caucus understands what we’re dealing with here… and the tremendous amount of work that it takes by people around him to keep him in the middle of the road."


  Seriously, how could she not have known.

Guardian UK: Harvey Weinstein allegations mount as wife condemns 'unforgivable actions' - Georgina Chapman expresses sympathy for women who have ‘suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions’


NY Times: To Serve Is to Slobber by Frank Bruni
Every presidential administration has its deadbeats and dysfunctions. None that I’ve observed has an ethos of abject servility like Trump’s.

Reduced To Dust

  Watch the footage, it's unbelievable. It looks like Hiroshima after the bomb. It's jaw dropping.

NY Times: Seen From Above: Entire California Communities Reduced to Ash By JOSH HANER, TROY GRIGGS and ANJALI SINGHVI

The Market On Wednesday

  At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are +4 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open slightly higher.

CNN: What's wrong with GE? An American icon is in 'crisis mode' by Matt Egan

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Seth Meyers - Pence's NFL Stunt, Trump Vs. Bob Corker And Puerto Rico

Stephen Colbert - Bob Corker Gives Trump A Taste Of His Own Medicine - A Twitter Insult

Stephen Colbert - Jon Stewart Grants Trump's Request For Equal Time On Late-Night


The Hill: Mensa offers to host IQ test for Trump and Tillerson By Judy Kurtz


The Hill: Poll: Trump approval falls in every state

Opioid Crisis - 14-Year-Old On Mother’s Addiction

Fire In America


Salon: President Trump “likely obstructed justice,” could be impeached: report - A Brookings report lays out analysis similar to that undertaken by special counsel Robert Mueller

The Onion - Report - Gross-Ass Gourd All Bumpy And Shit

The Onion: Report: Gross-Ass Gourd All Bumpy And Shit


Science Daily: The female brain reacts more strongly to prosocial behavior than the male brain, study finds
summary - Women are more generous than men, behavioral experiments show. Now, researchers have been able to demonstrate that female and male brains process prosocial and selfish behavior differently. For women, prosocial behavior triggers a stronger reward signal, while male reward systems respond more strongly to selfish behavior.

Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by Tristan Pigott

Chris Matthews - McConnell Defends Corker's Comments On Trump

Lawrence O'Donnell - Kristof On Trump-Corker - 'This Is Humiliating For Our Country'


The Palmer Report: “Doomed”: even Donald Trump’s allies admit that his latest meltdown is destroying him


Guardian UK: Jimmy Carter offers to talk peace with North Korea's Kim, says academic -In an intervention likely to irritate Donald Trump, former US president says he is willing to travel to Pyongyang to discuss a treaty

IQ Battle

Guardian UK: Trump challenges Tillerson to 'compare IQ tests' after reported 'moron' dig - Trump suggests IQ battle with Tillerson: ‘I can tell you who is going to win’ - President also claims of unprecedented legislative success in first nine months

Foul Trance

NY Times: Corker Told the Truth About Trump. Now He Should Act on It. by Michelle Goldberg
Over the past few months, the country has been in a foul sort of trance. Among people who work in politics, Republicans as well as Democrats, it is conventional wisdom that President Trump is staggeringly ill-informed, erratic, reckless and dishonest. (He also might be compromised by a hostile foreign power.)


NY Times: ISIS Fighters, Having Pledged to Fight or Die, Surrender en Masse By ROD NORDLAND

The Market On Tuesday

  At 9:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are +56 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The Market is poised to open moderately higher. The DOW is presently perched at 22,767.

CNN: How Trump's tax plan could backfire on Wall Street by Matt Egan

Monday, October 09, 2017


Rural Voters

The Hill: Poll: Trump loses favorability among rural voters By Jacqueline Thomsen


Salon: How much did Americans pay for Mike Pence’s NFL walkout stunt? The president apparently planned his walkout at an NFL game in Indianapolis in advance

The Onion - New Study Finds Average American Stands No Chance Against What’s Coming

The Onion: New Study Finds Average American Stands No Chance Against What’s Coming

Carbon Feedback

Science Daily: Carbon feedback from forest soils to accelerate global warming
summary - After 26 years, the world's longest-running experiment to discover how warming temperatures affect forest soils has revealed a surprising, cyclical response: Soil warming stimulates periods of abundant carbon release from the soil to the atmosphere alternating with periods of no detectable loss in soil carbon stores. The study indicates that in a warming world, a self-reinforcing and perhaps uncontrollable carbon feedback will occur between forest soils and the climate system, accelerating global warming.

Have An Excellent Monday

work by Paul Klee

Morning Joe - 'This Was A Stunt' - VP Pence Leaves NFL game


The Palmer Report: After walking out on NFL game, Mike Pence heads directly to Russian-compromised event


Guardian UK: Trump digital director says Facebook helped win the White House - Brad Parscale tells CBS ‘Twitter is how [Trump] talked to the people’ but says staff members from other social media giant helped with targeted advertising

'Adult Day Care Center'

Guardian UK: Bob Corker says White House is 'adult day care center' after Trump Twitter hit - Trump blasts chair of Senate foreign relations committee over Iran and endorsement ‘begging’ as Corker warns that Trump’s threats risk ‘World War III’


NY Times: Bob Corker Says Trump’s Recklessness Threatens ‘World War III’ By JONATHAN MARTIN and MARK LANDLER
“Look, except for a few people, the vast majority of our caucus understands what we’re dealing with here,” he said, adding that “of course they understand the volatility that we’re dealing with and the tremendous amount of work that it takes by people around him to keep him in the middle of the road.”


NY Times: Attacking Media as Distraction by Charles M. Blow
As long as we focus on the latest outrage he publishes on Twitter attacking one person or another, the less time we have to focus on the fact that his presidency thus far is a colossal legislative failure...

The Market On Monday

  At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are +42 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open moderately higher.

CNN: Spain on the brink; Brexit talks; Market streak ends by Ivana Kottasová

For Your Consideration

written by Seth Abramson, please read, click to see a larger version

Friday, October 06, 2017

AP Poll - Trump - 32% Approve, 67% Do Not Approve

The Hill: Trump approval hits record-low 32 percent in AP poll

Robert Reich's Latest

Robert Reich: Memo to Tillerson about the Moron


The Hill: CNN's Bernstein: 'The wheels are coming off the presidency' By Joe Concha

Trump's Blunder

WSJ: Pacific Trade Advances Without the U.S. - TPP is moving ahead in ways that will cost American exporters. By The Editorial Board


NBC News: More Americans Killed by Guns Since 1968 Than in All U.S. Wars — Combined by Chelsea Bailey

Digby's Latest

Salon: America may be more divided now than anytime since the Civil War - Our two parties have long represented different views of American society, but the chasm is only getting deeper

Jimmy Kimmel - Trump Is A Tornado Of Fake News

The Onion - Nation’s Dads Announce Plans To Trade In The Dodge For Something With A Little More Zip

The Onion: Nation’s Dads Announce Plans To Trade In The Dodge For Something With A Little More Zip


Science Daily: 'Squirtable' elastic surgical glue seals wounds in 60 seconds - Emergency treatments could be transformed, saving lives
summary - A highly elastic and adhesive surgical glue that quickly seals wounds without the need for common staples or sutures could transform how surgeries are performed.

Seth Meyers - Rex Tillerson Called Trump A Moron

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Tristan Pigott

Rachel Maddow - Trump Signed Law To Help Mentally Ill Get Guns

Chris Matthews - Americans Have Lost Faith In Trump

Chris Hayes - Mueller’s Team Interviewed Dossier Author Christopher Steele


The Palmer Report: Donald Trump’s senility is even worse than we thought

Search For Solitude

Guardian UK: This reclusive life: what I learned about solitude from my time with hermits - When the chaos of the big city began to drag, Paul Willis wondered if solitude might be the answer. Would his encounters with hermits yield what he wanted?

Joe Biden - 'We're Walking Down A Dark Path' Under Trump

Replacing Theresa May

Guardian UK: The next PM: possible contenders to replace Theresa May - After the disappointment of the Tory conference, the rumour mill is in overdrive, but who are the realistic candidates?


NY Times: How Computers Turned Gerrymandering Into a Science By JORDAN ELLENBERG
But today’s computing power has blown away the self-limiting nature of the enterprise, as it has with so many other limits. A new paper by a team of scientists at Duke paints a startling picture of the way the Wisconsin district map protects Republicans from risk.


NY Times: No Manifesto, No Phone Calls: Las Vegas Killer Left Only Cryptic Clues By JENNIFER MEDINA, ALEXANDER BURNS and ADAM GOLDMAN
...what drove him has remained a mystery...

The Market On Friday

  At 9:10 a.m. ET DOW futures are -45 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open moderately lower.

CNN: Jobs report; S&P 500 records; Pound under pressure by Ivana Kottasová

Thursday, October 05, 2017


NY Times: Seven Flights for $800,000: Mnuchin’s Travel on Military Jets By ALAN RAPPEPORT

Digby's Latest

Salon: Republicans want to make Russia probe go away — but they can’t - Senate Intelligence Committee chair Richard Burr hoped his press conference would quell GOP anxiety. Didn’t go well


NY Times: As Bump Stock Demand Surges, Retailers Remove the Product From Websites By TIFFANY HSU

The Onion - Ice Cube That Man Couldn’t Pry From Tray Lives To See Another Day

The Onion: Ice Cube That Man Couldn’t Pry From Tray Lives To See Another Day

Your Neanderthal DNA

Science Daily: More traits associated with your Neanderthal DNA
summary - After humans and Neanderthals met many thousands of years ago, the two species began interbreeding. Recent studies have shown that some of those Neanderthal genes have contributed to human immunity and modern diseases. Now researchers have found that our Neanderthal inheritance has contributed to other characteristics, too, including skin tone, hair color, sleep patterns, mood, and even a person's smoking status.

Have An Excellent Thursday

work by Tristan Pigott

Rachel Maddow - Issue Of Collusion Still Open As Intelligence Grows On Russia

Lawrence O'Donnell - No One Defended Trump After 'Moron' Comment


The Palmer Report: Rex Tillerson’s “moron” remark just opened the floodgates against Donald Trump


NY Times: Repeal the Second Amendment by Bret Stephens


Guardian UK: The right to bear arms: what does the second amendment really mean? Its words have fueled centuries of debate – and not until 2008 did the supreme court clearly back an individual’s right to keep a weapon at home for self-defense
The amendment reads: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”


Guardian UK: Las Vegas sheriff: gunman planned to survive and may have had help - Agent overseeing FBI investigation says ‘theories are great’ after sheriff speculates that Stephen Paddock could have had assistance
“You’ve got to make the assumption he had to have some help at some point.”


NY Times: Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy Circus By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
Mr. Trump reportedly was furious when Mr. Tillerson distanced himself from the president’s disgraceful handling of the racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Va., by saying the “president speaks for himself.”

Charles M. Blow's Latest

NY Times: Blood Pact With the N.R.A. by Charles M. Blow
What does it mean to say “Don’t politicize the shooting”?...Everything in America is political.

The Market On Thursday

  At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are +11 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open slightly higher.

CNN: Spain on the brink; Saudi King in Russia; U.K. car sales by Ivana Kottasová

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Suicide Pact!

Buzzfeed: Today Tillerson Tried To Kill The "Rexit" Rumors Once And For All - The secretary of state disputed a report that he called Trump a "moron" and told reporters he's not leaving Foggy Bottom anytime soon.
...a so-called "suicide pact" forged between Defense Secretary James Mattis, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and Tillerson, whereby all three cabinet secretaries vow to leave in the event that the president makes moves against one of them.


Politico: Corker: Tillerson, Mattis and Kelly ‘help separate our country from chaos’ By CRISTIANO LIMA

Trevor Responds To The Las Vegas Shooting And Trump Tweets The Weekend Away

Seth Meyers - Trump Attacks The Mayor Of San Juan

from Monday night

Stephen Colbert - Trump Blames Puerto Rico For Running Up His Budget

Speaking Truth To Power

CNN: Trump's generals are speaking up

More Information

Guardian UK: Las Vegas shooter recalled as intelligent gambler well-versed on gun rights - Australian partner of Stephen Paddock’s girlfriend’s sister recalls a man who was ‘extremely intelligent, methodical, conservative – guarded – and strategic’

Just The Facts

Salon: Shepard Smith debunks “fake news” that Puerto Rican truck drivers are on strike - Smith fact checked his own colleagues, and the president

Australia Got It Right

Democracy Now: After Las Vegas Massacre, Advocates Look to Australia's Successful Fight to Curb Gun Violence

The Onion - White House: ‘This Is Not The Geologic Era To Debate Gun Control’

The Onion: White House: ‘This Is Not The Geologic Era To Debate Gun Control’


Science Daily: Anxiety and depression caused by childhood bullying decline over time
summary - A new study has provided the strongest evidence to date that exposure to bullying causes mental health issues such as anxiety years later.

Have An Excellent Wednesday

work by Zhou Yansheng

Morning Joe - Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson Was On Verge Of Resigning

Morning Joe - Trump Shows 'Basic Lack Of Humanity' In Puerto Rico

For Knick Fans

NY Post: Frank Ntilikina shows signs why he’s Knicks’ PG of the future


The Palmer Report: Donald Trump, Russia, Paul Manafort, and Facebook all connected to the rigged election in Michigan

Alabama's Poll Tax

Guardian UK: Too poor to vote: how Alabama’s ‘new poll tax’ bars thousands of people from voting - In Alabama, money keeps thousands of people away from the ballot box – and the state’s felon disenfranchisement policies are probably unconstitutional


Guardian UK: Las Vegas shooter's girlfriend returns to US as police reveal details of his planning - Marilou Danley was in Philippines at time of shooting - Stephen Paddock placed cameras inside and outside his hotel room

Not A Muslim

NY Times: If Only Stephen Paddock Were a Muslim by Thomas L. Friedman
Then we know what we’d be doing. We’d be scheduling immediate hearings in Congress about the worst domestic terrorism event since 9/11. Then Donald Trump would be tweeting every hour “I told you so..."

'Nothing Will Change'

NY Times: God Bless America by Frank Bruni
The second article was by Steve Israel, a former congressman, and its transcendent point was in its terrifying headline: “Nothing Will Change After the Las Vegas Shooting.”


NY Times: Meticulous Planning by Las Vegas Gunman Before He Opened Fire By JENNIFER MEDINA, RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA and ADAM GOLDMAN
The cameras — apparently intended to warn of approaching threats — along with the 23 guns, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, and other equipment found in the gunman’s hotel suite, suggested a thought-out plan to have plenty of time to wreak carnage while holding the police at bay.

The Market On Wednesday

  At 9:15 a.m. DOW futures are -20 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open moderately lower.

CNN: Equifax grilling; Google phone; Spain in turmoil by Ivana Kottasová

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Throw Up

Trump throwing paper towels at Puerto Rico is about as inane as someone throwing a band-aid at a hospital.

A Regular Charmer

LA Times: At his local Starbucks, Las Vegas shooter remembered for berating his girlfriend

Rosanne Cash

NY Times: Rosanne Cash: Country Musicians, Stand Up to the N.R.A. By ROSANNE CASH


Slate: The Las Vegas Shooting Involves an Unusual Number of Unanswered Questions By Ben Mathis-Lilley
Walter Kirn - "I fear the Las Vegas Shooter acted out of that most chilling and empty of all-American motives. To set a record. To be number one. That's it."

Chris Hayes - Las Vegas Is 'Uniquely American Scene' - Fmr. FBI agent

'Harvest Moon'

Neil Young


Salon: Trump again blames Puerto Ricans for slow disaster relief - Before the president goes to Puerto Rico, he blames the residents and brags about his popularity

The Onion - Americans Hopeful This Will Be Last Mass Shooting Before They Stop On Their Own For No Reason

The Onion: Americans Hopeful This Will Be Last Mass Shooting Before They Stop On Their Own For No Reason

Dynamic Dark Energy

Science Daily: Astronomers reveal evidence of dynamical dark energy
summary - Astronomers found that the nature of dark energy may not be the cosmological constant introduced by Albert Einstein 100 years ago. This is crucial for the study of dark energy.

Jimmy Kimmel On Mass Shooting In Las Vegas

Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by Zhou Yansheng

Morning Joe - Background Checks Have Wide Approval

Lawrence, Rachel, Chris - What's Different About Vegas Shooting

The Day

The Palmer Report: The day the Presidency died


Guardian UK: Nevada town where Vegas suspect lived catered to gamblers and gun lovers - The white, wealthy Stephen Paddock appeared to fit in with neighbors in Mesquite, who describe a ‘normal, everyday guy – but isn’t that how it always is?’


Guardian UK: Nevada voters approved a new gun control law – so why was it not enforced? A criminal background check for private sales was blocked days before it was due to go into effect – which shows the hazards of passing stricter gun laws in the US


NY Times: Gunman’s Vantage Point and Preparations Opened the Way for Mass Slaughter By C. J. CHIVERS, THOMAS GIBBONS-NEFF and ADAM GOLDMAN

NY Times: Nine Rounds a Second: Why the Las Vegas Shooting Was Different By LARRY BUCHANAN, JON HUANG and ADAM PEARCE

In Simple Graphics

NY Times: 477 Days. 521 Mass Shootings. Zero Action From Congress. By THE EDITORIAL BOARD


NY Times: A Burst of Gunfire, a Pause, Then Carnage in Las Vegas That Would Not Stop By KEN BELSON, JENNIFER MEDINA and RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA
The police said they found 23 firearms in his suite. And when they searched the attacker’s house, they discovered an additional 19 firearms and, according to Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, “some explosives, and several thousand rounds of ammo.” He added that they also found ammonium nitrate, a fertilizer sometimes used in making bombs, in the gunman’s car.

The Market On Tuesday

  At 9:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are +31 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open moderately higher.

CNN: Equifax faces Congress; Angry Birds flops; Trouble at Tesla by Ivana Kottasová

Monday, October 02, 2017

How Las Vegas Compares

Axios: The human toll of mass shootings


NBC News: Las Vegas Shooter Stephen Paddock Had Recent Large Gambling Transactions by Pete Williams, Tracy Connor and Kalhan Rosenblatt

One Person

Salon: Las Vegas survivor renounces stance on guns after shooting - Caleb Keeter said he realized after Sunday night that he could not be a proponent of the 2nd Amendment
"I've been a proponent of the 2nd Amendment my entire life. Until the events of last night. I cannot express how wrong I was. We actually have members of our crew with [license to carry], and legal firearms on the bus. They were useless."

"We couldn't touch them for fear police might think that we were part of the massacre and shoot us. A small group (or one man) laid waste to a city with dedicated, fearless police officers desperately trying to help, because of access to an insane amount of fire power."

"Enough is enough."

Latest Updates

Guardian UK: Las Vegas shooting: death toll rises to 58 as police name suspect – latest updates

What A Day

Guardian UK: Tom Petty, 66, dies of heart attack

Here Comes The Fake News

Salon: Trump-loving Gateway Pundit blames innocent “far left” man for Las Vegas massacre - The far-right blog spreads fake news yet again

The Onion - ‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens

The Onion: ‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens


Science Daily: Electricity produced from tears - Pressure generates electricity in crystals of enzyme found in tears, milk and egg whites
summary - A team of scientists has discovered that applying pressure to a protein found in egg whites and tears can generate electricity. The researchers observed that crystals of lysozyme, a model protein that is abundant in egg whites of birds as well as in the tears, saliva and milk of mammals can generate electricity when pressed.

It's On You

Try To Have An Excellent Monday

work by Zhou Yansheng

Morning Joe - Vegas Shooting Now Becomes Deadliest In US History

Morning Joe - Brother Of Shooter Says There Were No Warning Signs

'Overtly Racist, Sexist, All The Low Notes'

The Palmer Report: Now we know why Donald Trump spent the weekend panicking


The Palmer Report: Donald Trump attacks three former U.S. Presidents after they’re spotted together in public


Guardian UK: Witness footage of Las Vegas music festival shooting - video report

Pure Panic

Guardian UK: 'It was hysteria. People were trampled': panic as Las Vegas shooter opened fire - Witnesses describe seeing dead and wounded at music festival - Report: 50 killed in America’s deadliest mass shooting

Charles M. Blow's Latest

NY Times: Divert, Divide, Destroy by Charles M. Blow
In one week’s time, President Trump has again demonstrated that his sympathies stretch no further than his personal fortunes and personal favors.

Oh My God

  I am at a loss for words here.

NY Times: Las Vegas Shooting Near Mandalay Bay Casino Kills 50 By KEN BELSON, GERRY MULLANY and RUSSELL GOLDMAN
A gunman at a Las Vegas hotel rained a rapid-fire barrage on a huge outdoor concert festival on Sunday night, sending thousands of people fleeing. At least 50 victims died, and hundreds of others were wounded, officials said, making it one of the deadliest mass shootings in United States history.

The Market On Monday

  At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are +27 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open modestly higher.

CNN: Shooting in Vegas; Crisis in Catalonia; Airline collapse by Ivana Kottasová

Friday, September 29, 2017

Have An Excellent Weekend

  Enjoy the weekend, see you bright and early Monday morning.

work by Paul Sérusier

Tip Off

The Palmer Report: Tom Price resignation is just the tip of Donald Trump’s iceberg


  Plenty of other grifters out there for Trump to pick anew.

CNN: Tom Price broke Trump's cardinal rule: Never get bad headlines for the boss


NY Times: Rosetta’s Lost Picture From Moments Before It Struck a Comet

Lt Gen Jay B Silveria Speech After Racial Slurs Left In Dorms At The USAFA

They're Bad

Slate: Why Steve Mnuchin and Gary Cohn Are So Bad at Selling Trump’s Tax Plan By Daniel Gross

Bad Jared

Salon: Senators are livid that Kusher didn’t tell them about his private email - Trump’s adviser and son-in-law has been asked to disclose his use of private communications
Jared's emails got 45 seconds at WH briefings

Hillary's emails got 500+ NYT columns, articles

The Onion - Wedding Caterer Likes To Throw In Extra Potatoes If It Seems Like Couple Genuinely In Love

The Onion: Wedding Caterer Likes To Throw In Extra Potatoes If It Seems Like Couple Genuinely In Love

Electrically Heated Cloth

Science Daily: Electrically heated textiles now possible via UMass Amherst research - Vapor deposition method for nano-coating fabric to create sewable, weavable, electrically heated material
summary - Skiers, crossing guards and others who endure frozen fingers in cold weather may look forward to future relief as manufacturers are poised to take advantage of a new technique for creating electrically heated cloth. Researchers have made gloves that keep fingers as warm as the palm of the hand.

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Cyril Power

Rachel Maddow - Trump Pitches Tax Cuts For Rich As Puerto Rico Languishes

The 11th Hour With Brian Williams - Ken Starr - Trump Will Be Under Oath Before Russia Probe Ends


The Palmer Report: This is what will finish Donald Trump off

Another American Disgrace

  Occasionally think you might have gone wrong in your career? Perhaps you could have really deeply applied yourself academically and become a bonafide college professor. Now that's a real job right. Read this.

Guardian UK: Facing poverty, academics turn to sex work and sleeping in cars - Adjunct professors in America face low pay and long hours without the security of full-time faculty. Some, on the brink of homelessness, take desperate measures
Sex work is one of the more unusual ways that adjuncts have avoided living in poverty, and perhaps even homelessness. A quarter of part-time college academics (many of whom are adjuncts, though it’s not uncommon for adjuncts to work 40 hours a week or more) are said to be enrolled in public assistance programs such as Medicaid.

They resort to food banks and Goodwill, and there is even an adjuncts’ cookbook that shows how to turn items like beef scraps, chicken bones and orange peel into meals. And then there are those who are either on the streets or teetering on the edge of losing stable housing.