Tuesday, June 27, 2017

'Outra Vez'

Bola Sete and The Vince Guaraldi Trio

Delayed

NY Times: Vote Delayed as Republicans Struggle to Marshal Support for Health Care Bill By JENNIFER STEINHAUER and THOMAS KAPLAN
...Mr. McConnell decided he would delay consideration until after the Senate’s weeklong July 4 recess.

Seth Meyers - Senate Trumpcare Would Leave 22 Million More Uninsured

Progressive

Salon: Elizabeth Warren: It’s time for Democrats to run on single-payer health care - Elizabeth Warren suggests that the Democratic Party adopt the progressive agenda, including single payer by Taylor Link

The Onion - Secretary Of Interior Announces $400 Million Initiative To Preserve Self For Future Generations To Enjoy

The Onion: Secretary Of Interior Announces $400 Million Initiative To Preserve Self For Future Generations To Enjoy

Light

Science Daily: One billion suns: World's brightest laser sparks new behavior in light
summary - Using the brightest light ever produced on Earth, physicists have changed the way light behaves.

Trump Supporter Moans The Loss Of Obamacare

Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by Mai Thu

Rachel Maddow - New Details Make Kushner Meeting With Russian Bank Even Weirder

Morning Joe - Rural Health Care Would Be Savaged By This Bill

Defense

Talking Points Memo: Reports: Kushner Adds Defense Lawyer To His Team For Federal Russia Probe

Bombshell

The Palmer Report: James Comey’s friend hints at impending bombshell in Donald Trump’s Russia scandal

From The Right

Guardian UK: Republican healthcare bill: view from West Virginia Trump country
“I know it’s risky, at my age (58)”, not to have health insurance, he said, but his premiums tripled to about $1,200 per month when the ACA went into effect. Rather than pay for health insurance, he opted to sign his family up for a Christian medical-debt-sharing ministry.

Jay Walking

Guardian UK: Trump lawyer's firm steered millions in donations to family members, files show - Documents obtained by the Guardian reveal Jay Sekulow approved plans to push people to give to his Christian nonprofit, which then paid big sums to his family

C.B.O. Takeaways

NY Times: The C.B.O. Did the Math. These Are the Key Takeaways From the Senate Health Care Bill.
Even though average premiums would decrease, the amount that many Americans spend on health care over all would increase as deductibles rise and plans cover fewer benefits in many states.

22 Million

NY Times: Senate Health Bill Reels as C.B.O. Predicts 22 Million More Uninsured By THOMAS KAPLAN and ROBERT PEAR
“It’s worse to pass a bad bill than pass no bill,” Mr. Paul told reporters.

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is cloudy and 61 degrees here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a rainy day with temperatures in the 70s this afternoon. The long range forecast has rain all week and weekend except for Wednesday. It is very lush in this part of the country.

  At 9:10 a.n. ET DOW futures are -11 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open slightly lower.

  The monstrous Trump no care health bill remains a focus of attention. This mess will kick 22 million off their insurance. Meanwhile it may very well get steam rolled into American society. What a mess.

CNN: Google fine; Central bankers speak; Brazil's crisis by Ivana Kottasová

Monday, June 26, 2017

Morning Joe - 'You've Got A Mean, Non-Conservative Bill'

Not Any Time Soon

Atlantic: How to Reawaken a Sense of Solidarity in America - A professor of political philosophy counsels that “it is often possible to recognize and respect the moral integrity of others even when we disagree with them.” by Conor Friedersdorf

Which Is It

Salon: You’re not crazy: Trump just blamed Obama for the Russian attack that Trump says didn’t happen - President Trump called the Russian hack a "hoax" and then blamed it on Obama, on the same day! Insane or brilliant? by Bob Cesca

The Onion - Lovebird Windshield Wipers Gleefully Chasing Each Other Through Rain

The Onion: Lovebird Windshield Wipers Gleefully Chasing Each Other Through Rain

Lens Free

Science Daily: Ultra-thin camera creates images without lenses - New design substitutes an array of light receivers for a lens, making cameras thin, light, cheap, and flexible
summary - Engineers have built a camera that does not need lenses to focus light. It can switch from a fish-eye to a telephoto lens instantaneously.

Perfection


Have An Excellent Monday

work by Mai Thu

It's Your Fault, Except I Don't Believe It, Except I Do

MSNBC: Trump blames Obama for Russian attack he doesn’t believe happened By Steve Benen

AM Joy - CBC Declines White House Meeting With Trump

Jumping Ship - Maybe

  Bill Palmer hates Trump. Read his work with a healthy dose of skepticism, that's just my take.

The Palmer Report: As his ship sinks, Donald Trump is losing key political allies by the minute

What's Coming

Guardian UK: What jobs will still be around in 20 years? Read this to prepare your future - Jobs won’t entirely disappear; many will simply be redefined. But people will likely lack new skillsets required for new roles and be out of work anyway
Wait! What jobs will be safe from robots?...The first is jobs that involve “genuine creativity, such as being an artist, being a scientist, developing a new business strategy”.

The Opposition Retools

Guardian UK: Schumer: new Democratic 'agenda' will 'resonate with the middle class' - Democrats seek answers after dispiriting loss in Georgia special election - Senate minority leader promises new platform for 2018 ‘within a month’

Wary Reception

NY Times: Senate Health Bill Gets a Wary Reception, From Coast to Coast By CAMPBELL ROBERTSON

Slip

NY Times: Senate Leaders Try to Appease Members as Support for Health Bill Slips By ROBERT PEAR and THOMAS KAPLAN

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. It is 64 degrees and mostly sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a mostly sunny day, some clouds, and temperatures in the 70s this afternoon. The long range forecast shows an extremely rainy week, rain, rain, and more rain. Dust off your umbrella.

  At 9:10 a.m. ET DOW futures are +64 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open moderately higher.

  I managed to tune out about 50% of the news this weekend. However I did spend too much time watching the HBO series 'The Leftovers'. Trump as president is like having a weight hanging off your body, the man is fatiguing to the soul. On the other hand, The Left Over is a good series, very well done. It is dark though, not a happy tale.

CNN: Third Point's Nestle stake; Takata bankruptcy; Italian bank bailout by Ivana Kottasová

Feed

Uplift: How to Feed Your Demons By Lama Tsultrim Allione

'Where Is My Mind'

Pixies

Friday, June 23, 2017

Have An Excellent Weekend

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

work by Paul Sérusier

Struggle

Washington Post: Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault By Greg Miller, Ellen Nakashima and Adam Entous
Obama also approved a previously undisclosed covert measure that authorized planting cyber weapons in Russia’s infrastructure, the digital equivalent of bombs that could be detonated if the United States found itself in an escalating exchange with Moscow. The project, which Obama approved in a covert-action finding, was still in its planning stages when Obama left office. It would be up to President Trump to decide whether to use the capability.

Autocratic

Reuters: Trump, Putin and Erdogan behave like autocratic rulers: Germany's Schulz

More On Hacking

Time: Election Hackers Altered Voter Rolls, Stole Private Data, Officials Say by Massimo Calabresi
...more extensive than previously reported, including at least one successful attempt to alter voter information, and the theft of thousands of voter records that contain private information like partial Social Security numbers...

Real Estate

The Real Deal: FBI investigating Paul Manafort’s real estate deals amid Ponzi scheme allegations: report - Former Trump campaign manager partnered with son-in-law Jeffrey Yohai to buy properties
New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. are in the early stages of separate investigations into Manafort’s real estate dealings, according to Bloomberg.

Meaningless Drivel


Mr Coal Bob Murray Sues John Oliver

Tech City: Bob Murray's Lawsuit Against John Oliver Is Even Sillier Than We Expected

Seth Meyers - Senate GOP Tries To Rush Its Cruel Trumpcare Bill

The Onion - Chipotle Mayo Doing All The Heavy Lifting In Sandwich

The Onion: Chipotle Mayo Doing All The Heavy Lifting In Sandwich

60 Is 70

Science Daily: New measures of aging may show 70 is the new 60
summary - A new study uses new measures of aging to scientifically illustrate that one’s actual age is not necessarily the best measure of human aging itself, particularly in relation to population aging.

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Wassily Kandinsky

Lawrence O'Donnell - We May Not Have Heard The End Of Tapes And Trump

Rachel Maddow - GOP Threat To Medicaid Threatens Liberty Of Millions Of Americans

Denial

The Palmer Report: Top FBI official refuses to deny that Donald Trump is a Russian agent

Idiot

  This is on Trump's head for revving up his rabid base.

Guardian UK: 'Pizzagate' conspiracy theorist gets four years in prison - Edgar Welch fired an assault rifle inside a Washington pizza restaurant, believing internet rumors that prominent Democrats were harboring child sex slaves there

Trump Works To Undermine Mueller

  This is one of Trump's main plays, he persistently works to undermine anything that threatens him. This is Trump, and it is simultaneously one of the main reasons why he is a dangerous president.

Guardian UK: Trump questions impartiality of Russia investigation chief Robert Mueller - Trump says Mueller, a former FBI director, is ‘good friends’ with James Comey and that his Russia investigation staff ‘are all Hillary Clinton supporters’

Mock Away

  Mockery is fine, threats of violence are not.

NY Times: Why We Must Make a Mockery of Trump By HOWARD JACOBSON

Not Helpful

  What is with these guys, this kind of violent talk does not help one little tiny bit. Johnny Depp, STFU.

NY Times: Johnny Depp, Courting Outrage, Flirts With Idea of Trump Assassination By DAN BILEFSKY

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. It is 73 degrees and cloudy here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts temperatures in the 80s and thunderstorms this afternoon. Stay safe and plan accordingly.

  At 9:10 a.m. ET DOW futures are -16 and the price of oil per barrel is slightly higher, the market is poised to open modestly lower.

  Well the GOP released their monstrous health non-care bill on Thursday. This thing is pure misery and if we're talking about a death panel, we got it now.  Speaking of death panel, where the hell is Sarah Palin. This bill is a way to torture people.

CNN: EU summit; Healthy banks; American Airlines by Ivana Kottasová

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Arizona

Pacific Standard: The Science Behind Arizona's Record-Setting Heat Wave - Planes are grounded, tap water comes out hot, and we’d all better get used to it. by Eric Holthaus
...Tucson, the first in a forecasted series of a record-setting seven consecutive days with highs above 110, the longest streak in city history.

Tapes? What Tapes?

CNN: Trump ends his self-made crisis where it started: Twitter By Stephen Collinson

Corrupt Across The Board

Salon: The face of Republican evil: It’s not Donald Trump - Mitch McConnell's gruesome health care scam reveals the corrupt, antidemocratic character of the entire GOP by Amanda Marcotte

Activity - Brain Health

Science Daily: Alzheimer's disease study links brain health, physical activity
summary - People at risk for Alzheimer's disease who do more moderate-intensity physical activity, but not light-intensity physical activity, are more likely to have healthy patterns of glucose metabolism in their brain, according to a new study.

The Onion - Trump Accidentally Records Over Comey Meeting Tape With Idea For Candy Hotel

The Onion: Trump Accidentally Records Over Comey Meeting Tape With Idea For Candy Hotel

Rachel Maddow - US Election Officials Still Assessing Russian 2016 Cyber Attack

Have An Excellent Thursday

work by Georg Baselitz

Lawrence O'Donnell - Officials - No Policy From Trump On Russian Vote Attacks

Morning Joe - The Top Lies Trump Told During Iowa Rally

Russian Interference

The Palmer Report: Congressman Adam Schiff lays out Russian election interference during Congressional hearing

Skirt

Guardian UK: Overheated French male bus drivers don skirts in defiance of dress code - Nantes crew respond to ban on shorts by turning up in skirts in protest against ‘unacceptable working conditions’
“We asked to be able to wear clothing suitable for the high temperatures, but were told we couldn’t wear shorts. Because skirts are authorised, we are wearing them..."

'Sea Pickles'

Guardian UK: Millions of mysterious 'sea pickles' swamp US west coast - Huge and unexplained bloom has fishers racing to save their nets, and scientists hurrying to study the rare animal
The distinctive animals – which are only a few millimetres long but gather in huge colonies – have washed up on popular beaches, bemusing local residents.

Global Warming - Here Comes The Heat

NY Times: 95-Degree Days: How Extreme Heat Could Spread Across the World By BRAD PLUMER and NADJA POPOVICH
Extremely hot days, when temperatures soar to 95 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, can be miserable. Crops wilt in the fields. Electric grids strain to keep pace with demand. People are at greater risk of dying. And those hot temperatures are expected to be much more frequent in the coming decades.

And The 'Winner' Is

NY Times: You’ve Named Trump’s Worst!
And the winner is — Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is sunny and 70 degrees here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a sunny day with temperatures in the 80s this afternoon. Hey we've got a string of some exceptional days going, enjoy them.

  At 9:10 a.m. ET DOW futures are -14 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open slightly higher.

  Hold onto your hats. The GOP Senate releases its monstrosity health non-care bill this morning. It's like getting a bad news, you just don't even want to look at it.

CNN: Facebook summit; Stress tests; More oil pain by Ivana Kottasová

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Details

AP News: US officials underscore Russia threat to 2016 elections

'Games Without Frontiers'

Peter Gabriel

Unpopular

Guardian UK: That Jon Ossoff got so many votes in Georgia is damning for Trump - Jon Ossoff never should have been able to come within spitting distance of a win in such a deeply red district. That he could shows how unpopular Trump is by Lucia Graves

Shadowy

Bloomberg: Trump, Russia and a Shadowy Business Partnership - An insider describes the Bayrock Group, its links to the Trump family and its mysterious access to funds. It isn't pretty. by Timothy L. O'Brien

Digby's Latest

Salon: Don’t forget about Michael Flynn: Trump’s pal remains at the center of the Russia probe, and looks worse all the time - Russia investigation tightens focus on disgraced adviser — and the question of why Trump was so loyal to him by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Panicking Mitch McConnell Shoves Entire Senate Healthcare Bill Into Mouth As Democrat Walks Past

The Onion: Panicking Mitch McConnell Shoves Entire Senate Healthcare Bill Into Mouth As Democrat Walks Past

Messier 22

NASA: Hubble Stares into the Crammed Center of Messier 22
This image shows the center of the globular cluster Messier 22, also known as M22, as observed by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Globular clusters are spherical collections of densely packed stars, relics of the early years of the Universe, with ages of typically 12 to 13 billion years. This is very old considering that the Universe is only 13.8 billion years old.

Have An Excellent Wednesday

work by Georg Baselitz

More Heart

MSNBC: Trump reportedly wants ‘more heart’ in GOP health care overhaul By Steve Benen

Chris Matthews - The Nonsense Of Trump Now A Standard For Nonsense

Boycott

The Palmer Report: CNN calls for the media to boycott press briefings in Donald Trump’s White House

Geeks

Guardian UK: The geeks are inherent at birth: older men have geekier sons, study finds - Researchers claim boys born to older fathers score higher on a scientifically devised ‘geek index’, which takes in non-verbal IQ and social aloofness

Bankrupt

Guardian UK: Boris Becker declared bankrupt over ‘substantial’ long-standing debt - Three-time Wimbledon champion made bankrupt at hearing in London - Registrar: ‘One has the impression of a man with his head in the sand’

Buck Up

NY Times: Buck Up, Democrats by David Leonhardt
“Worth remembering,” Philip Bump of The Washington Post tweeted last night, “that the two seats tonight that are both running close were won by GOP candidates 7 months ago by 23.4 and 20.5 points.”

In Trouble

NY Times: Democrats Seethe After Georgia Loss: ‘Our Brand Is Worse Than Trump’ By ALEXANDER BURNS and JONATHAN MARTIN
Representative Tim Ryan of Ohio, who has been a vocal critic of his party’s overarching political strategy, said Democrats needed to recognize that they were “toxic” in huge parts of the country.

“Our brand is worse than Trump,” said Mr. Ryan, who urged Democrats to make forging a clear economic agenda an urgent priority. “We can’t just run against Trump.”

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is a glorious sunny 70 degrees here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts mostly sunshine with temperatures in the 70s this afternoon. Yours truly will be outside this afternoon tending to house related work.

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

  Ossoff got slaughtered in Georgia and the Republicans hang onto their seat in that district. I have a friend from that area and several months ago he indicated that there was no way Ossoff could win. He knew the quality of the district so to speak. Democrats are in trouble.

CNN: Uber CEO resigns; Saudi power shift; Toshiba deal by Ivana Kottasová

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

'In This Cold Place'

Moby and The Void Pacific Choir - (think anti-Trump)

Trump World

Guardian UK: Australia suspends air missions over Syria amid US-Russia tensions - Move follows Moscow’s warning coalition planes west of Euphrates will be a potential target after US shot down Syrian fighter jet

We'll Know Soon

NY Times: Georgia’s Special Election Comes to a Nail-Biting Finish By JONATHAN MARTIN and NATE COHN

Memo

NBC News: NBC News Exclusive: Memo Shows Watergate Prosecutors Had Evidence Nixon White House Plotted Violence by Ari Melber , Noel Hartman and Liz Johnstone

Tweet Tweet

Salon: The internet is pointing to Mike Pence’s 2010 tweet to rebuke Senate Republicans today - Rep. Mike Pence once made a point that is awfully inconvenient for Vice President Mike Pence by Matthew Rozsa
"It's simply wrong for legislation that'll affect 100% of the American people to be negotiated behind closed doors"

The Wooden Toe

Science Daily: A wooden toe: Swiss Egyptologists study 3000-year-old prosthesis
summary - It is likely to be one of the oldest prosthetic devices in human history: Together with other experts, Egyptologists have reexamined an artificial wooden big toe. The find is almost 3000 years old and was discovered in a female burial from the necropolis of Sheikh ´Abd el-Qurna close to Luxor. This area is currently being studied using state-of-the-art methods.

The Onion - Veteran Given Hero’s Welcome Back To Afghanistan

The Onion: Veteran Given Hero’s Welcome Back To Afghanistan

Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by Georg Baselitz

Brian Williams - Former Watergate Prosecutor - Of Course Trump's Under Investigation

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Speculates

Newsweek: Michael Flynn Cooperating With FBI Russia Investigation, Senator Claims By Graham Lanktree

Cooperation

The Palmer Report: Donald Trump’s worst nightmare: Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort are both cooperating in Russia probe

Who

Guardian UK: Inequality and Opportunity in America - These are the people at the mercy of Trump's healthcare bill - They waited years for services for their disabled children. They’re the patients who need basic support. What happens if even more money is removed from the system?

!

  I hope this disturbed person loses.

Guardian UK: Georgia special election candidate says journalism has fueled 'lack of civility' - Republican Karen Handel spoke about social media and ‘anger from the left’ in race that’s drawn national attention as a referendum on the Trump presidency

The Real Deal

NY Times: Justices to Hear Major Challenge to Partisan Gerrymandering By ADAM LIPTAKJUNE

What To Watch

NY Times: Georgia’s Special Election Comes to a Nail-Biting Finish By JONATHAN MARTIN and NATE COHN

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 73 degrees and sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a partly cloudy day with temperatures in the 80s this afternoon.

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

  Big day today in Georgia as we get to know if Ossoff can pull it off and win a seat in a very red district of Georgia. It is allegedly a very close race and could go either way, although Ossoff holds a slight, very slight lead in the polls. Turnout is supposed to be very high, let's see what happens. Maybe Ossoff can win, maybe not.

CNN: Fraud charges for Barclays; Pound slumps; Lockheed Martin deals by Ivana Kottasová

Monday, June 19, 2017

'Journey Of The Universe'

science documentary, good stuff...

Rolling It Back

ProPublica: Trump Administration Quietly Rolls Back Civil Rights Efforts Across Federal Government - Previously unannounced directives will limit the Department of Justice’s use of a storied civil rights enforcement tool, and loosen the Department of Education’s requirements on investigations. by Jessica Huseman and Annie Waldman

Power And The Brain

definitely worth the full read -

Atlantic: Power Causes Brain Damage - Over time, leaders lose mental capacities—most notably for reading other people—that were essential to their rise. Justin Renteria by Jerry Useem
“Hubris syndrome...is a disorder of the possession of power, particularly power which has been associated with overwhelming success, held for a period of years and with minimal constraint on the leader.” Its 14 clinical features include: manifest contempt for others, loss of contact with reality, restless or reckless actions, and displays of incompetence.

The Big Freeze, The Big Crunch, The Big Change, And The Big Rip

BBC News: How will the universe end, and could anything survive?

From NASA

From the question and answer page at NASA
Q. How is it possible for time to change inside a black hole?

A. In general relativity, time and space are a set of variables that can be used to parameterize the geometry of space-time and the kinds of geodesics that are possible. But they are not the only kinds of variables that form a set of four coordinates that "span" the dimensionality of space-time. In probing the mathematics of black holes, physicists have discovered other sets of coordinates that are even better. For example, the event horizon appears in the mathematics as a "coordinate singularity" if you use the coordinate set (x, y, z, t) or (t, r, theta, phi), but if you use the "Kruskal-Szekeres" coordinates, it vanishes completely.

There is only one true singularity in a non-rotating Schwartzschild black hole solution, and that is the one at r=0, at the event horizon, the curvature of space is non-infinite. That means that coordinate singularities are not real singularities and can be mathematically transformed away. Now, if you study what happens to the Kruskal-Szekeres coordinate system as you pass inside the black hole event horizon, nothing unusual happens. But in the conventional Newtonian (x, y, z, t) system, if you look at the formula for the so-called "metric," you see that the space and time parts reverse themselves. This means that just inside the horizon, space becomes time-like and time becomes space-like. What we call time does change to something with the mathematical properties we have normally associated with space.

This sounds pretty bizarre, but consider that we are using a non-proper coordinate system in the first place. It is possible that time changes somehow inside a black hole, but that is an experiment we will never be able to test because we can never receive information from inside a black hole.

Krugman's Latest

NY Times: Zombies, Vampires and Republicans by Paul Krugman

Fentanyl

fentanyl - Common brands: Duragesic, Subsys, Abstral

High risk for addiction and dependence. Can cause respiratory distress and death when taken in high doses or when combined with other substances, especially alcohol.

  WebMD: Addicts Try to Avoid Fentanyl, But Many Fail - Potent synthetic opioid now responsible for more than half of overdose deaths, study suggests

Ohio - Overdose Capital

MSNBC: ‘Mass-Casualty Event’: Ohio County Now Tops U.S. in Overdose Deaths by Jacob Soboroff, Mitch Koss and Aarne Heikkila

No Yes No

A transcription of part of the exchange between Chris Wallace and Trump attorney Jay Sekelow. Incidentally Sekelow has a history of working for the extreme Christian right including anti-gay issues globally. Trump needs a better lawyer, this is ridiculous.
Sekelow - So he’s being investigated for taking the action that the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General recommended him to take by the agency who recommended the termination. So that’s the Constitutional threshold question here. That’s why, as I said no investigation…

Wallace - What is the question? I mean you stated some facts. First of all, you’ve now said that he is being investigated after saying that you didn’t know.

Sekelow - No.

Wallace - You just said sir.

Sekelow - No, he’s not being investigated.

Wallace - You just said that he’s being investigated...

Sekelow - No Chris, I said that... let me be crystal clear so that you completely understand. We have not received nor are we are aware of any investigation of the President of The united States.

Wallace - Sir you just said two times that he’s being investigated.

Digby's Latest

Salon: Jay Sekulow’s bizarre debut: Donald Trump picked a lawyer he saw on Fox News and it isn’t going well - Why is a Christian crusader with little relevant experience suddenly acting as Trump's defense lawyer? Look closer by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Addition Of Ketchup Factored Into Calculation Of French Fry’s Final Temperature

The Onion: Addition Of Ketchup Factored Into Calculation Of French Fry’s Final Temperature

Top Ten

Science Daily: MAVEN's top 10 discoveries at Mars
summary - Since its launch in November 2013 and its orbit insertion in September 2014, MAVEN has been exploring the upper atmosphere of Mars. MAVEN is bringing insight to how the sun stripped Mars of most of its atmosphere, turning a planet once possibly habitable to microbial life into a barren desert world.

Interesting

Big Think: Astronomers Detect Strange Star Signals That Are "Probably" Aliens Making Contact

Have An Excellent Monday

work by George Baselitz

Dumb


Alex Witt - Holtzman, Trump Tweets Are Like Nixon Tapes

Morning Joe - Counting Down Trump’s Top Five Most Self-Destructive Tweets

The 30% Threshold

The Palmer Report: Dan Rather agrees with Palmer Report: if Donald Trump falls below 30% approval rating, he’s a goner

The Murder Of Nabra Hassanen

Guardian UK: Muslim girl, 17, killed on way home from Virginia mosque - Police charge Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, with murder of Nabra Hassanen, whose body was found in a pond in Sterling
About 3pm the body of a girl believed to be Nabra was found in a pond in Sterling. A baseball bat was discovered nearby, police said. Detectives later obtained a murder warrant against Martinez Torres.

London Terrorist Attack

Guardian UK: Finsbury Park terror attack: Theresa May arrives at the scene – latest updates - Prime minister praises members of public who detained attacker after van strikes pedestrians, killing one, in Seven Sisters Road
“This was quite clearly an attack on Muslims who looked like they were probably Muslims and they were coming from a prayer meeting.

“We treat this as a terrorist attack."

Trump And His Hangers-On

NY Times: Trump Is Girding for a Fight by Charles M. Blow
But that’s the thing with Trump and his hangers-on: They will say and do anything, even if it directly contradicts what they said or did moments earlier. This is how truth becomes degraded: by being casually disregarded.

Buffoon

NY Times: World Leaders Wary of Trump May Have an Ally: Congress By JENNIFER STEINHAUER
In the meantime, a number of senators have formed a kind of parallel operation to the State Department by visiting allies to assure them of America’s commitments.

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. It is rainy and 75 degrees here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts rain and temperatures in the 80s this afternoon.

  At 9:10 a.m. ET DOW futures are +74 and the price of oil per barrel is slightly higher. The market is poised to open moderately higher.

  The pressure on Trump continues as we read about Trump and company hiring more and more lawyers to battle all the investigations they are facing. Also we see that there has been an attack on Muslims in London. The world is in pain.

CNN: Brexit talks start; Macron's win; White House tech summit by Ivana Kottasová

Friday, June 16, 2017

Have An Excellent Weekend

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

work by Paul Sérusier

Hail Caeser


64%

The Hill: Trump disapproval hits 64 percent in AP poll By Max Greenwood

Steve

  Read with a grain of skepticism.

The Palmer Report: Report: Steve Bannon under investigation for obstruction and physically threatening White House staff

Open Vs Closed

Quartz: Open-minded people have a different visual perception of reality

What It Means

Washington Journal: Law Professor Just Laid Out What The Obstruction Of Justice Investigation Means For Trump By Sheila Norton

Trump Acknowledges Reality, Gets Three Scoops

Salon: President Trump confirms he is under investigation, calls out the Justice Department in a tweet - The president tweeted Friday that the man who recommended firing James Comey is now investigating him for that act by Taylor Link

The Onion - Millions Of Gallons Of Oil Spill Into Washington From Ruptured Rex Tillerson

The Onion: Millions Of Gallons Of Oil Spill Into Washington From Ruptured Rex Tillerson

Bioengineered Human Livers

Science Daily: Bioengineered human livers mimic natural development - Study uncovers previously unknown genetic-molecular crosstalk
summary - Researchers bioengineering human liver tissues uncovered previously unknown networks of genetic-molecular crosstalk that control the organ's developmental processes -- greatly advancing efforts to generate healthy and usable human liver tissue from human pluripotent stem cells. The scientists report that their bioengineered human liver tissues still need additional rounds of molecular fine tuning before they can be tested in clinical trials.

'Run Through The Jungle'

CCR

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Karolina Matyjaszkowicz

Brian Williams - Former Watergate Prosecutor - Donald Trump Is A 'Nightmare Client'

Chris Matthews - If Trump's Innocent, He Needs To Stop Acting Guilty

Pence

The Palmer Report: Mike Pence is so scared of the Trump-Russia investigation, he now has a criminal defense fund

For What It's Worth

  Read with a grain of skepticism.

Claude Taylor tweets - "A lot of us are hearing similar chatter-that a certain US ally has a "compromising" tape of Trump and is debating if/when/how to release it."

The Wife

Guardian UK: Wife of Virginia shooter who targeted Republicans: 'I can't believe he did this' - Sue Hodgkinson struggled for words as she made her first public statement since her husband attacked a Republican congressional baseball practice
James Hodgkinson, 66, a former home-inspection businessman, had been charged with domestic violence in 2006 but was not convicted and had a number of minor convictions on his record. He had also posted inflammatory messages opposing the presidency of Donald Trump and articulated support for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

Facebook

Guardian UK: Revealed: Facebook exposed identities of moderators to suspected terrorists - A security lapse that affected more than 1,000 workers forced one moderator into hiding – and he still lives in constant fear for his safety
Of the 1,000 affected workers, around 40 worked in a counter-terrorism unit based at Facebook’s European headquarters in Dublin, Ireland. Six of those were assessed to be “high priority” victims of the mistake after Facebook concluded their personal profiles were likely viewed by potential terrorists.

Trump In Violation Of The Constitution

NY Times: Taking the President’s Self-Dealing to Court By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
But President Trump seems determined not to let the Constitution stop him from doing what he wants.

More Orders

NY Times: Trump Transition Team Orders Former Aides to Preserve Russia-Related Materials By ADAM GOLDMAN, JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS and MATTHEW ROSENBERG
“have a duty to preserve any physical and electronic records that may be related in any way to the subject matter of the pending investigations.”

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. It is cloudy and 61 degrees here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a cloudy day with temperatures in the high 60s this afternoon. Looks like we are in for a warmer weekend with temperatures in the 80s.

  At 9:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are +5 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open in the flat area.

  I hope Mueller can get through his investigation sooner rather than later. On the other hand, it does seem quite plausible that Trump will fire Mueller given Trump's track record of doing the worst thing.

CNN: Another Greek deal; Nestle wants out; Takata woes by Charles Riley

Thursday, June 15, 2017

15%

Politico: Christie is now New Jersey's least popular governor ever, with 15 percent approval By Matt Friedman

Ossoff

Democracy Now: Greg Palast: How Racist Voter Suppression Could Cost Jon Ossoff the Georgia Election

Unfit

Slate: An Abdication of Duty - By letting James Mattis decide U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, Trump is proving once again how unfit he is to lead. By Fred Kaplan

'The Worst Is Yet To Come'

Salon: Noam Chomsky on Trump: The worst is yet to come - This administration's legislative agenda is uniquely cruel, even for the far right by Alexandra Rosenmann

The Onion - Little Caesars Marketing New Marshmallows ’N’ Gravy Pizza Directly To President

The Onion: Little Caesars Marketing New Marshmallows ’N’ Gravy Pizza Directly To President

Eye Language

Science Daily: All in the eyes: What the pupils tells us about language
summary - The meaning of a word is enough to trigger a reaction in our pupil: when we read or hear a word with a meaning associated with luminosity ("sun," "shine," etc.), our pupils contract as they would if they were actually exposed to greater luminosity. And the opposite occurs with a word associated with darkness ("night," "gloom," etc.). These results open up a new avenue for better understanding how our brain processes language.

Have An Excellent Thursday

work by Karolina Matyjaszkowicz

Lawrence O'Donnell - Trump Now Under Investigation For Possible Obstruction

Morning Joe - 'Mueller Will Get To The Bottom Of It'

Space

The Palmer Report: Republicans in Congress begin trying to distance themselves from sinking Donald Trump

Paul Ryan

"So before this House returns to its business, I want us to slow down and reflect, to think about how we are being tested right now. Because we are. I ask each of you to join me in resolving to come together...to lift each other up...and to show the country — show the world — that we are one House. The people's House — united in our humanity."

Most Americans

Guardian UK: Most Americans believe Trump tried to interfere with Russia investigation - Poll shows 68% of Americans are at least moderately concerned about the possibility Trump or his campaign associates had inappropriate ties to Russia

'Russophobia'

Guardian UK: Putin jokingly offers Comey asylum during annual phone-in session - Russian president’s yearly question-and-answer event included comments on the former FBI director and a phone call from Arizona about ‘Russophobia’

MAGA

NY Times: Trump Mocks Investigators Over ‘Phony Collusion’ Story By MICHAEL D. SHEAR
"You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people! #MAGA"

Obstruction Of Justice

NY Times: Mueller Seeks to Talk to Intelligence Officials, Hinting at Inquiry of Trump By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and MATT APUZZO

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is 66 degrees and cloudy here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a cloudy day with temperatures in the 70s this afternoon.

  At 9:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are -78 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is   poised to open significantly lower.

  Two words - 'criminal investigation'. The most corrupt blatantly unqualified, awful, grotesque president to ever inhabit the office, is under criminal investigation. Meanwhile, Trump tweets like a raging maniac.

CNN: Fed moves; Busy Britain; Greece deal? by Charles Riley

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Criminal In Chief

The Atlantic: Report: Trump Is Under Investigation for Obstruction of Justice

Trump Set The Tone

  Shooting politicians is wrong. However, this is what our present president said during the campaign. It starts at the top and the top is ugly.

“If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks,” Mr. Trump said, as the crowd began to boo. He quickly added: “Although the Second Amendment people — maybe there is, I don’t know.”

Ossoff Leads

Slate: Today’s Impeach-O-Meter: Not Going There By Jeremy Stahl

Scalise

  I sincerely hope he pulls through.

ABC News: Scalise in critical condition after gunman opened fire at congressional baseball practice in Virginia By EMILY SHAPIRO

Seth Meyers - Jeff Sessions Testifies - GOP Writes Secret Health Care Bill

Digby's Latest

Salon: Will Trump fire the special counsel? If he does, don’t assume Republicans will save us - Trump is clearly itching to get rid of Bob Mueller — and there's no reason to believe the GOP wouldn't go along by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - J.Crew Debuts New Line Of Stylish Casualwear For Mannequins

The Onion: J.Crew Debuts New Line Of Stylish Casualwear For Mannequins

Art

Science Daily: Making art activates brain's reward pathway
summary - Coloring, doodling and drawing all showed significant bloodflow in the section of the brain related to feeling rewarded, a new study by an art therapist found.

Have An Excellent Wednesday

work by Karolina Matyjaszkowicz

Rachel Maddow - Schumer - Republicans Hiding Health Bill Because They're Ashamed

Why Mueller Is Temporarliy Safe

NY Times: Trump Stews, Staff Steps In, and Mueller Is Safe for Now By GLENN THRUSH, MAGGIE HABERMAN and JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
...his staff tried to discourage him from something they believed would turn a bad situation into a catastrophe...

The Staff

The Palmer Report: Even Donald Trump’s staff knows he’s committing political suicide

Sued

Guardian UK: Trump sued by 200 Democratic lawmakers over foreign payments - Senators and representatives say money flowing into president’s business empire violates emoluments clause of constitution

The Trump Kleptocracy

Guardian UK: Trump is ushering in a kleptocracy. That's why he is being sued - The public will not stand idly by as Trump turns America into a banana republic. Two recent lawsuits – the latest by Maryland and DC – are trying to stop him by Joshua Matz

Useless

NY Times: The Mortification of Jeff Sessions by Frank Bruni
Sessions batted away many questions. His answers to others were gauzy and useless.

The Shooting

NY Times: Steve Scalise Among 5 Reportedly Shot at Baseball Field By CHRISTOPHER MELE

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is 66 degrees and sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts an amazing perfect day with sunshine and temperatures in the 70s this afternoon. Get outside, walk, go into the country, just get out and take advantage of this perfect day.

  At 9:05 a.m. E.T. DOW futures are +34 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open moderately higher.

  As I'm typing, I'm watching the report on this morning's shooting. Someone went to shoot up a group of GOPers in an Alexandria Va. baseball field, as they practiced for an upcoming bipartisan baseball game. GOP Representative Steve Scalise has been shot and apparently he fortunately survived the shooting. What on earth was the shooter thinking.

CNN: Fed in focus; Bad news for OPEC; Uber problems by Charles Riley

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Low

Market Watch: Trump’s approval rating dips to new low

Seth Myers - Trump Attacks Comey, Makes Cabinet Praise Him

Rosenstein Says Nyet

Salon: Rod Rosenstein says Donald Trump won’t fire Robert Mueller: “There is no secret plan” - Rosenstein says that Mueller will have “full independence” for Russia probe, as Republicans rebuke firing reports by Sophia Tesfaye

The Onion - Raid Introduces New Box To Cover Bug Until You Work Up Emotional Strength To Kill It

The Onion: Raid Introduces New Box To Cover Bug Until You Work Up Emotional Strength To Kill It

Mind Reading

Science Daily: Genes influence ability to read a person's mind from their eyes
summary - Our DNA influences our ability to read a person's thoughts and emotions from looking at their eyes, suggests a new study.

Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by Karolina Matyjaszkowicz

Lawrence O'Donnell - Firing Mueller Like Writing 'I'm Super Guilty' In The Sky

Chris Matthews - Franken - They've Intercepted Contacts With Kislyak

Jeff

The Palmer Report: Jeff Sessions is a coward

Mueller

Guardian UK: Trump may sack special counsel in Russia inquiry, says friend - President’s allies have begun raising questions about former FBI director Robert Mueller’s impartiality

Cruella

Guardian UK: Revealed: reality of life working in an Ivanka Trump clothing factory - Workers complain of verbal abuse, impossible targets and ‘poverty pay’ so bad they have to live away from their children
“We don’t like Donald Trump’s policies.”

Expectations

NY Times: Sessions’s Senate Testimony: How to Watch and What to Expect By CHARLIE SAVAGE, EMMARIE HUETTEMAN and MICHAEL D. SHEAR

Good Jobs

NY Times: Remember the Promise of Good Jobs? By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
Pay raises for American workers depend on Republican leaders’ changing their ways and on the Fed’s reverting to form.

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 75 degrees and cloudy here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a cloudy day with temperatures in the 80s this afternoon.

  At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are +38 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open moderately higher.

  Big day today, Sessions will be testifying and answering questions before the Senate in an open session. I will watch some of it but I do expect to see the Republicans lobbing him softballs, and the Democrats throwing deadly fastballs. Meanwhile the clown show in Washington DC also known as the Trump administration, is sending out the idea the Mueller will be fired. That is pretty nuts.

CNN: The end of Yahoo; Fed meeting; Uber fallout by Ivana Kottasová

Monday, June 12, 2017

All Praise To Trump

CNBC: Trump makes bizarre claims at press event as Cabinet members take turns praising him
Trump said that few presidents have passed more legislation than he has, though Congress has passed no major legislation since he has been president. Pence, Sessions, Perry and Priebus took turns praising Trump on camera.

Circling The Wagons

Salon: Newt Gingrich changes his mind about Russia special prosecutor Robert Mueller - Newt Gingrich joins a swell of conservatives who are suddenly speaking up against special counsel Robert Mueller by Matthew Sheffield

Obama

The Hill: McCain says American leadership was better under Obama: report By Olivia Beavers

The Onion - Child Getting Pretty Cozy With Stranger’s Leg

The Onion: Child Getting Pretty Cozy With Stranger’s Leg

Veggies

Science Daily: Vegetarian diets almost twice as effective in reducing body weight, study finds
summary - Dieters who go vegetarian not only lose weight more effectively than those on conventional low-calorie diets but also improve their metabolism by reducing muscle fat, a new study has found.

Have An Excellent Monday

work by Karolina Matyjaszkowicz

AM Joy - Rep. Ellison - Trump Is ‘Chief Cheerleader’ Of Intolerance

Morning Joe - Trump Supporters Divided On His Approach To Office

Maryland And D.C.

The Palmer Report: Maryland and DC are suing for Donald Trump’s tax returns amid hotel breach

CNN: Maryland and D.C. plan to sue Trump over foreign payments by Cristina Alesci and Jill Disis

Vindicated

  These people are amazing. Trump was the most vicious candidate I've ever heard, and yet they can't believe it when they are hit with viciousness. We got some special people in the White House.

Guardian UK: Ivanka Trump says father is 'optimistic' after James Comey's testimony - Trump echoed her father’s words, saying he felt ‘very vindicated’ after the former FBI director’s hearing, and said she wasn’t expecting the ‘viciousness’ of politics

NYC, Houston, Miami, San Francisco

Guardian UK: The fight against climate change: four cities leading the way in the Trump era - New York City, Houston, Miami and San Francisco have all taken steps to mitigate the risks associated with rising sea levels and global temperatures. Are their successes a blueprint for action at the state and local level?

Idiot

NY Times: Trump and the True Meaning of ‘Idiot’ by Eric Anthamatten
In a recent Quinnipiac University poll, respondents were asked what word immediately came to mind when they thought of Donald Trump: The No. 1 response was “idiot.”

Charles M. Blow's Latest

NY Times: The Resistance: Impeachment Anxiety by Charles M. Blow
No fewer than five times did Comey accuse Trump of lying.

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. It is a whopping 81 degrees and sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a sunny day with temperatures in the 90s this afternoon. The longer range forecast shows some very nice days through Thursday. I hope you had a good restful weekend. I was industrious and worked on making a walkway path on my property. When you use the body to make stuff, it's so good.

  At 9:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are -26 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open moderately lower.

  What can I say, like you and many Americans we are almost speechless at the level of hubris demonstrated by this new president and his entourage. The overall dynamics of this great political experiment certainly are spiraling downward. We are only in the beginning act of what will be a long drawn out investigation that no matter what will hang as a huge dark cloud over Trump.

CNN: U.K. in chaos; Macron's big win; Earthquake at Uber by Ivana Kottasová

Friday, June 09, 2017

Have An Excellent Weekend

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

work by Paul Sérusier

Borrow

Make Change: This Former Accountant Wants You to Stop Buying Things and Start Borrowing Them by Jed Oelbaum

MAGA This


Low

MSNBC: New polling shows Trump’s standing slipping to new lows By Steve Benen

Schiff

Adam Schiff tweets -

Comey: He dangled my job. Demanded loyalty. Wanted Flynn case dropped. Wanted Russia cloud lifted. Fired me.

Trump: I'm totally vindicated!

Pretty Weak Tea' - NBC's Pete Williams Mocks Trump Lawyer's Threat Against Comey

Trump Aims At Comey

Salon: Trump’s lawyers may file Justice Department complaint over Comey testimony - Donald Trump's lawyers suggest James Comey spilled state secrets by saying what Trump told him by Taylor Link

The Onion - Trump Boys Chasing Wounded Boar Around White House

The Onion: Trump Boys Chasing Wounded Boar Around White House

Boondocks

Science Daily: Celestial boondocks: Study supports the idea we live in a void
summary - A new study not only firms up the idea that we exist in one of the holes of the Swiss cheese structure of the cosmos, but helps ease the apparent disagreement between different measurements of the Hubble Constant, the unit cosmologists use to describe the rate at which the universe is expanding today.

Uh Oh

AlterNet: Secret Recording Reveals GOP Lawmaker Freaking out About 'Going down with the Ship' for Trump - As the president continues to unravel, Republicans are beginning to panic. By Brad Reed

Explain

Vox: A Russian newspaper editor explains how Putin made Trump his puppet - “They consider him a stupid, unstrategic politician.”

Have An Excellent Saka Dawa

wok by Kees Van Dongen

Rachel Maddow - Comey Testimony Fortifies Trump Obstruction Case

Morning Joe - Pelosi - Trump's 'Fitness For Office'

Hell

The Palmer Report: June 8th: Donald Trump’s Day From Hell, Jamey Comey Edition

Theresa May

Guardian UK: Theresa May's speech annotated – what she said and what she meant - After being granted permission by the Queen to form a new government, the prime minister outlines her plans

Leaking

Guardian UK: Donald Trump calls Comey a 'leaker' in first response to Senate testimony - President appears to accuse ex-FBI director of lying, claims ‘vindication’ - Analysis: Comey has put Trump’s truthfulness centre stage

Krugman's Latest

NY Times: Wrecking the Ship of State by Paul Krugman
But can we now admit that he really is as bad as — or worse than — his harshest critics predicted he would be?

David Brooks' Latest

NY Times: It’s Not the Crime, It’s the Culture by David Brooks
Trump is also plagued with a self-destructive form of selfishness. He is consumed by a hunger for affirmation, but, demented by his own obsessions, he can’t think more than one step ahead.

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. It is 63 degrees and partly cloudy here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a semi cloudy day and temperatures in the high 70s this afternoon. Hold onto your hats it's going to get hot and it will be sunny this weekend.

  At 9:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are +29 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open moderately higher.

  We all watched Comey's testimony on Thursday. Now we are parsing Comey's words and seeing the pundits explain and take sides. For me it was telling that that Comey said, "I don't remember any conversation with the president about the Russia election interference." This spoke volumes.

CNN: U.K. election mayhem; Stocks eye records; JPMorgan exec exits by Alanna Petroff

Thursday, June 08, 2017

NY Reacts


Lies

NY Times: Comey Accuses White House of ‘Lies’ and Says Trump Tried to Derail Inquiry By MATT APUZZO and EMMARIE HUETTEMAN

Partisan

Axios: How partisan media covered Comey’s hearing

Chilling

Guardian UK: James Comey testimony: Trump had 'chilling effect' on Flynn investigation

Trouble

Salon: Comey’s testimony so far: Trump is incompetent, self-destructive and in really big trouble - Donald Trump still thinks he's a manipulative genius who can wriggle free of any possible scandal. Not this time by Bob Cesca

The Onion - Trump Asks Entire Senate To Clear Out Of Chamber So He Can Speak To Comey Alone

The Onion: Trump Asks Entire Senate To Clear Out Of Chamber So He Can Speak To Comey Alone

Protostars

Science Daily: Ingredient of life found around infant Sun-like stars
summary - ALMA has observed stars like the Sun at a very early stage in their formation and found traces of methyl isocyanate -- a chemical building block of life. This is the first ever detection of this prebiotic molecule towards solar-type protostars, the sort from which our Solar System evolved. The discovery could help astronomers understand how life arose on Earth.

Have An Excellent Comey Day

work by Ben Norris

Rachel Maddow - Four Key Points In Comey's Opening Statement To Senate Intel

Comey Live Blogging

NBC News: LIVE BLOG: Former FBI Director James Comey Testifies About Trump and Russia by Jane C. Timm

Slow

The Palmer Report: James Comey’s testimony against Donald Trump isn’t a nuclear bomb. It’s death by a thousand cuts.

350,000 Years Old

Guardian UK: Oldest Homo sapiens bones ever found shake foundations of the human story - Idea that modern humans evolved in East Africa 200,000 years ago challenged by extraordinary discovery of 300,000-year-old remains in Moroccan mine
...when dating tests revealed that a tooth and stone tools found with the bones were about 300,000 years old.


Repugnant

Guardian UK: Iran says Trump reaction to Isis killings in Tehran was repugnant - Foreign minister hits back at US president’s comments on suicide bombing claimed by Islamic State that killed 17 on Wednesday

Seven

NY Times: How Seven Trump Associates Have Been Linked to Russia - Several associates of President Trump are under scrutiny for their Russian connections. By JASMINE C. LEE and ALICIA PARLAPIANO

Early

NY Times: Comey Says Trump Pressured Him to ‘Lift the Cloud’ of Inquiry By MATT APUZZO and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT

The Market On Thursday

  At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are +1 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open in flat territory.

  I am sitting here waiting to watch the Comey testimony. It is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. ET. I am so into this I'm watching the warm up as well. This is an historic day. Look, Trump needs to be flushed, this is a mess and a half, and Trump needs to be held accountable. This man is so utterly unqualified for the presidency that it is stunning. Watch it as well, it's historic.

CNN: The Comey show; U.K. election; Yahoo votes by Alanna Petroff