Friday, June 30, 2017

Have An Excellent Weekend

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

work by Paul Sérusier

Preet's Buddy

NY Times: Manhattan Prosecutor Joins Inquiry Into Russian Meddling in Election By BENJAMIN WEISER

Out Damn Spot

Yahoo: Bill to create panel that could remove Trump from office quietly picks up Democratic support by Michael Isikoff

'Gimme Shelter'

The Rolling Stones

Worthless Trump

NY Times: Morning Joe’ Hosts and Trump Bring National Enquirer Into Their Feud By CHRISTOPHER MELE

'Take On Me'


Shep Smith - Devastating Reaction To Trump’s ‘Bloody Facelift’ Tweet To Mika

The View - Trump, Disgusting Tweets About Mika Brzezinski, 'Psycho Joe'

Seth Meyers - Health Care, Tweets

Stephen Colbert - 'This Is What's Wrong With The American President'

The Onion - Red Hot Chili Peppers Accidentally Write Song About New Hampshire

The Onion: Red Hot Chili Peppers Accidentally Write Song About New Hampshire


Science Daily: Cocoa and chocolate are not just treats -- they are good for your cognition - Cocoa can be seen as a dietary supplement to protect human cognition and can counteract different types of cognitive decline.
summary - Researchers have examined the available literature for the effects of acute and chronic administration of cocoa flavanols on different cognitive domains. It turns out that cognitive performance was improved by a daily intake of cocoa flavanols.

Have An Excellent Friday

work by David Hockney

Lawrence O'Donnell - Trump And 'The Women He Hates'

MSNBC - Mika Brzezinski And Joe Scarborough Respond To Trump's Tweets


The Palmer Report: Mike Pence’s chief of staff resigns as Trump-Russia scandal heightens


Guardian UK: 'Every day until we know it's dead': how people are fighting GOP healthcare bill - We asked readers how they’re opposing the Republican bill. They told stories of mass organization, constant calls, symbolic demonstrations and heartfelt pleas

Trump Stupidity On Full Display

Guardian UK: Travel ban 2.0 goes into effect despite courts saying security issues unfounded - Hawaii questions Trump interpretation of standard for granting visas - Border officials told to respect visas for citizens from countries in question

Why Indeed

NY Times: Who Likes Trump’s Tweets and Why By SUSAN CHIRA
Christine Matthews - “A subset of men whom Trump appeals to is threatened by women in power,” she said. “They feel their dominance in society is threatened. This is not coming — generally — from college-educated men or those in suburban or urban centers with strong economic prospects.”

'We’re O.K. The Country’s Not'

NY Times: Mika Brzezinski Says Trump’s Tweets Reveal a ‘Childlike Ego’ By CHRISTOPHER MELE
“unbelievably alarming that this president is so easily played.”

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. It is overcast and 72 degrees here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts thunderstorms and temperatures in the 80s this afternoon. Looks like Sunday might be nice, hot, but sunny. Saturday looks mixed. Can you believe it, we are heading into July.

  At 9:10 a.m. ET DOW futures are +33 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open moderately higher. Notice that oil has gained roughly $3 per barrel over the last week, that translates to higher gas prices.

  The president is not even up to the level of being a bore. This is someone who lacks any basic core values that are good. He is a sick human being and I am ashamed that this troubled and confused person who is a billionaire mind you, is in charge. That tweet yesterday is all you need to know about this disgrace. Turns out that having a tremendous amount of money and asset worth most assuredly does not translate into having core value internal worth. In fact in this most obvious case, it's worthless.

CNN: Volatility returns; Merkel challenges Trump; Oil jumps by Ivana Kottasová

Thursday, June 29, 2017


New Yorker: The Entire Trump Agenda Is at a Tipping Point By Ryan Lizza

'This Love Is Over'

Ray LaMontagne


Harvard Business Review: How Anger Poisons Decision Making by Jennifer S. Lerner and Katherine Shonk

Greta Gone

Vanity Fair: Breaking: MSNBC and Greta Van Susteren Agree to Part Ways - In an era where liberal anger is driving ratings, the former Fox anchor’s show never caught fire.


NY Times: Trump Mocks Mika Brzezinski; Says She Was ‘Bleeding Badly From a Face-Lift’ By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM


Salon: Donald Trump’s myth is coming unglued: How did the supposed master dealmaker become a spectacularly incompetent president? As a media celebrity, Trump constructed a masterful persona. It was never real, and now it's deeply dangerous by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Theoretical Scientists Gather For 35th Annual Symposium To Try To Determine How Gas Nozzle Knows When Tank Is Full

The Onion: Theoretical Scientists Gather For 35th Annual Symposium To Try To Determine How Gas Nozzle Knows When Tank Is Full

Party On

Science Daily: No detectable limit to how long people can live - New study finds no evidence that maximum lifespan has stopped increasing
summary - By analyzing the lifespan of the longest-living individuals from the USA, the UK, France and Japan for each year since 1968, investigators found no evidence for such a limit, and if such a maximum exists, it has yet to be reached or identified.


Terrible Minds: Ways To Stay Motivated In This Shit-Shellacked Era Of Epic Stupid

Have An Excellent Thursday

work by Mai Thu

Rachel Maddow - Scientist Says EPA Asked Her To Change Testimony To Congress

Chris Hayes - Trump Is Only Making It Worse For Republicans On Health Care

Illegal - Violation Of The Emoluments Clause

The Palmer Report: Legal expert to Donald Trump after holding illegal fundraiser in his own hotel: See You In Court!

Four More Years - God Help US

Guardian UK: $35,000 a plate: Donald Trump starts fundraising for 2020 re-election - Reporters barred from hearing president’s remarks at fundraiser held in Trump’s Washington hotel
Trump’s historically early campaigning comes with benefits and challenges. In the first three months of this year, the Trump campaign raised more than $7 million, through small donations and the sale of Trump-themed merchandise such as the ubiquitous, “Make America Great Again” ball caps.

Web Of Intrigue

Guardian UK: Trump's Russia lawyer faces conflict-of-interest questions over $296m Kushner deal - Revealed: Marc Kasowitz’s firm involved in real-estate sale to Trump son-in-law - Loan relating to building’s purchase could fall under Mueller’s Russia inquiry - Questions already raised about Kasowitz’s potential conflict of interest issues
Questions have already been raised about possible conflicts of interest between the lawyer’s role as Trump’s private attorney in the Russian inquiry and his work for various other clients, among them Russia’s largest bank OJSC Sberbank, which he represents in a corporate dispute lodged in US federal court.

On The Backs Of The Poor

NY Times: The False Premise Behind G.O.P. Tax Cuts By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
.. it is not an excuse for tax cuts that deprive tens of millions of people of health insurance.


NY Times: Spurned by Trump, Senate Democrats Take a Harder Line By JENNIFER STEINHAUER
“Donald Trump and his people have no public policy experience, and it shows.”

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 80s this afternoon. The long range forecast has rain until Sunday, then a few days of sunshine. The only problem is the long range forecast is not perfect.

  At 9:10 a.m. ET DOW futures are +7 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open slightly higher.

  Trump's absurd Muslim ban goes into effect tonight, as more and more people around the world regard the USA as the place to stay away from. Travel and tourist dollars will decrease further, terrorism will remain the same, and Trump gets to wave some fraudulent victory in the faces of his dead brained credulous and cult-ish supporters. Meanwhile the rest of us continue to endure el Stupido.

CNN: Fox-Sky ruling; GDP data; Banks pass stress tests by Ivana Kottasová

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

MSNBC - Moderate Republicans Signal Bipartisan Health Care Approach


Vanity Fair: Has Seth Meyers Found a New Way to Stand Out from the Late-Night Crowd? The Late Night host’s “Check In” segment helps him break from the daily news cycle in a way network comedians rarely do. by Laura Bradley



Pew Research: U.S. Image Suffers as Publics Around World Question Trump’s Leadership

Gaslighter In Chief

Salon: Yes, the White House is gaslighting America - The quest for truth in the White House takes a back seat to the quest to make the administration look good by Jeremy Binckes

The Onion - Man Running Toward Departing Train Must Have Finally Realized He Loves Her

The Onion: Man Running Toward Departing Train Must Have Finally Realized He Loves Her

Visual Binary

Science Daily: Astronomers detect orbital motion in pair of supermassive black holes - VLBA reveals first-ever black-hole 'visual binary'
summary - Images made with the continent-wide Very Long Baseline Array detect the orbital motion of two supermassive black holes as they circle each other at the center of a distant galaxy. The two black holes themselves may eventually merge in an event that would produce gravitational waves that ripple across the universe.

Phil Is Out

NY Times: Phil Jackson Is Out as President of New York Knicks By SCOTT CACCIOLA

Have An Excellent Wednesday

work by Mai Thu

Lawrence O'Donnell - George Will, GOP Asked To Walk The Plank With Health Care Bill

Rachel Maddow - Manafort Files Retroactively As Foreign Agent

Down Down Down

  I like the Palmer Report mostly because the headlines themselves are so compelling. However, read it with a grain of salt and remain skeptical, but do enjoy the headline. This one is perhaps the most appealing yet.

The Palmer Report: Donald Trump is going down for Russian money laundering, and now there’s nothing he can do to stop it


Guardian UK: Greg Gianforte got over $116,000 in donations after assaulting Guardian reporter - Filing shows congressman’s campaign saw surge in donations after attack - Twenty-five donations consisted of the maximum amount allowed

The Big Thirteen

Guardian UK: Why are 13 men in charge of healthcare for all American women? Regressive gender politics are resurgent in 2017, as demonstrated by a Republican bill that would be devastating to women’s health


NY Times: McConnell’s Reputation as a Master Tactician Takes a Hit By JENNIFER STEINHAUER
...when he assembled a group of senators to cobble together a health care bill last month, he seemed to go out of his way to exclude some of the most knowledgeable members and moderate voices on health care...


NY Times: Trump Campaign Chief’s Firm Got $17 Million From Pro-Russia Party By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE, MIKE McINTIRE and BARRY MEIER
...his (Manafort's) consulting firm had received more than $17 million over two years from a Ukrainian political party with links to the Kremlin.

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is 66 degrees and sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a mostly sunny day with temperatures in the 70s this afternoon. We like the 70s, that is the temperature that really does the trick. The longer range forecast predicts warmer temperatures in the 80s as we head into July and there's lots of rain coming too.

  At 9:10 a.m. ET DOW futures are +33 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open moderately higher.

  Flipping through the headlines we see that Sarah Palin is suing the NY Times. Sarah must be starving for attention, poor dear.

CNN: Ransomware attack; Trump setback; Stress tests by Ivana Kottasová

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

'Outra Vez'

Bola Sete and The Vince Guaraldi Trio


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


Uplift: How to Feed Your Demons By Lama Tsultrim Allione

'Where Is My Mind'


Friday, June 23, 2017

Have An Excellent Weekend

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

work by Paul Sérusier


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.


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


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


  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


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


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


AP News: US officials underscore Russia threat to 2016 elections

'Games Without Frontiers'

Peter Gabriel


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 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 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 - 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.


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

Have An Excellent Monday

work by George Baselitz


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.


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


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


  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'


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


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.


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


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


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


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'


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 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


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’


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


  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


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


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


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


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


The Palmer Report: Jeff Sessions is a coward


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


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.”


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.