Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Poverty

Daily Mail: Harrowing images of Victorian beggars including a pregnant prostitute aged TEN capture the poverty of children living on Britain's streets 100 years ago

Texas

  24" to 48" inches of rain forecast for Texas over a 3 to 4 day span. Flooding catastrophe here we come.


Cuba

Axios: U.S. diplomats in Cuba suffered brain injuries

Resign

Digby's Latest

Salon: Trump in Arizona: Threats, paranoia and a dark lesson in white history - Trump promises a government shutdown, hints he'll pardon Joe Arpaio — and vows to make history white again by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Report - Majority Of Time In Pool Spent Urging Others To Enter Pool

The Onion: Report: Majority Of Time In Pool Spent Urging Others To Enter Pool

Interactive Robogami

Science Daily: Designing custom robots in a matter of minutes - MIT CSAIL's 'Interactive Robogami' lets you design and 3-D-print origami-inspired robots from 2-D designs?
summary - Researchers have created a system called 'Interactive Robogami' that lets you design a robot in minutes, and then 3-D-print and assemble it in as little as four hours.
MIT: Custom robots in a matter of minutes - CSAIL’s “Interactive Robogami” lets you design and 3-D print origami-inspired robots from 2-D designs.

33% Approval

American Research Group Inc: Trump Overall Job Approvals Hit New Lows

Thinned

Washington Post: As Trump ranted and rambled in Phoenix, his crowd slowly thinned By Jenna Johnson

Incoherent

The Independent: Donald Trump's crowd started leaving as Phoenix speech descended into incoherent rambling - Loss of interest palpable at convention centre in Arizona as hundreds headed for the exit early, while others sat on the ground or scrolled through their social media feeds

Have An Excellent Wednesday

work by Gene Brown



Lawrence O'Donnell - Lawrence Calls Out Trump's Charlottesville Lie At Arizona Rally

Morning Joe - This Was Donald Trump At His Worst

Embarrassment

The Palmer Report: Here’s just how embarrassed General John Kelly was of Donald Trump’s Phoenix speech

New Low

Politico: Poll: Trump hits new low after Charlottesville By STEVEN SHEPARD

Raunch

Guardian UK: 'Look at those fonts!' X-rated film posters of the 60s and 70s – in pictures
They were an explosion of graphic design, cheating audiences with promises of raunchy scenes that never materialised. Collector Tony Nourmand reveals the real sordid truth about X-rated movie posters

Poor Baby

Guardian UK: Trump paints himself as the real victim of Charlottesville in angry speech - Speaking at a rally in Phoenix, president attempts to counter widespread, bipartisan condemnation of his response to far-right violence

Chaos

NY Times: Police Use Tear Gas on Crowds After Trump Rally By SIMON ROMERO
After the rally, the driver of a Ford Ranger pickup enraged protesters by performing the Nazi salute in their direction. A scene of chaos ensued as protesters approached the truck and yelled at the driver and passengers. The driver then tried to speed away from the protesters, raising fears of a repeat of the car-related violence in Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month. Police officers intervened to stop the truck and have its occupants get out of the vehicle.

Nuts

NY Times: At Rally, Trump Blames Media for Country’s Deepening Divisions By MARK LANDLER and MAGGIE HABERMAN

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is 66 degrees and sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a sunny day with temperatures in the 70s this afternoon. If the week long future forecast is correct, we are clearly into a very sunny sweet spot of the the Summer. Get outside and enjoy this amazing weather.

  At 9:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are -79 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open moderately lower.

  Initial reaction coalesces around the thought the Trump's speech last night in Phoenix was completely unhinged. That's easy to believe.

CNN: Samsung's big reveal; Lowe's earnings; Stocks muddled by Alanna Petroff

Jim's Music

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Keith Olbermann Predicts Trump's Resignation

McConnell Vs Trump

NY Times: McConnell, in Private, Doubts if Trump Can Save Presidency By ALEXANDER BURNS and JONATHAN MARTIN
“I think he’s going to blow up, self-implode,” Mr. Hoffman said of Mr. Trump. “I wouldn’t be surprised if McConnell pulls back his support of Trump and tries to go it alone.”

Rick Wilson On Bannon

The Daily Beast: Steve Bannon’s Nationalism Is a Click-Scam Disguised as a Movement - Nationalists and populists rise from moments where the temptations to abandon principle, policy, and that harder work of ethical governance is too strong.

Roy Blount Jr On Trump

  I am a huge Roy Blount Jr. fan, he has an extremely bright mind. If Mark Twain is somehow reborn in 2017, he's now Roy Blount Jr. The link takes you to a video.

CNN: Blount: The White House is "on the wrong side" with Fareed Zakaria

Pauly Shore As Stephen Miller

Warning Signs

Salon: Warning signs of mass violence — in the U.S.? Has the time come to watch for these warning signs in the United States? by Max Pensky and Nadia Rubaii,

The Onion - John Kelly Hoses Layer Of Crumbs Off President Before Speech On Troop Deployment

The Onion: John Kelly Hoses Layer Of Crumbs Off President Before Speech On Troop Deployment

Asteroid Strike

Science Daily: Dino-killing asteroid could have thrust Earth into two years of darkness - Light-absorbing soot in the atmosphere had the potential to block photosynthesis
summary - Tremendous amounts of soot, lofted into the air from global wildfires following a massive asteroid strike 66 million years ago, would have plunged Earth into darkness for nearly two years, new research finds. This would have shut down photosynthesis, drastically cooled the planet, and contributed to the mass extinction that marked the end of the age of dinosaurs.

Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by Gene Brown

Rachel Maddow - More Questions Than Answers From Trump's Afghanistan Speech

Chris Matthews - Has Trump Lost His Standing To Lead?

Speculation

  I take the Palmer Report with a grain of salt. However, he so much dislikes Trump that I relate to his intentions. Will Trump resign? Probably unlikely, but who knows.

The Palmer Report: Report: Donald Trump in preliminary talks about resignation

Kneel

Guardian UK: Two white players join Cleveland Browns in NFL's largest anthem protest - More than a dozen Browns kneel ahead of team’s Monday night game
...have called attention to what they feel is racial injustice in the country.

Mourn

Guardian UK: Charlottesville to cover Confederate statues to mourn Heather Heyer

Brutal

Business Insider: Trump's response to Charlottesville just got brutal reviews

Few Details

NY Times: Trump Sets U.S. Strategy but No ‘Blank Check’ for Afghan War By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS and MARK LANDLER

Protests Planned For Trump In Arizona

NY Times: What to Know Ahead of Trump’s Rally in Arizona By JESS BIDGOOD
Several opposition rallies and marches have been planned, according to the Arizona Republic.

Another rally, Never Again: Jews and Allies Against Hate, was planned by David Schapira, a Tempe city councilman, and State Senator Robert Meza for the State Capitol earlier in the afternoon. A church in Phoenix also scheduled a march from the convention center to the Capitol Tuesday evening.

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 73 degrees and hazy sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts periodic thunderstorms and temperatures in the high 80s this afternoon. Looks like after today the temperatures drop into the 70s with sunshine and some good looking days.

  At 9:10 a.m. ET DOW futures are +59 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open moderately higher.

  Truth is when they play a clip of Trump on the news, I dive for the mute button. When it's known in advance that he will be speaking on TV, I make sure the TV is off and I'm doing something, anything, other than watching TV. Afghanistan, more troops - the only problem is that these troops are putting their lives right the hell on the line and Trump doesn't know a damn thing about anything and will be playing golf, stuffing his face, and talking divisive smack.

CNN: Stocks look sunny; Jeep power; Salesforce earnings by Alanna Petroff

Monday, August 21, 2017

Are You OK




Not Graceful

NY Times: Bannon Was Set for a Graceful Exit. Then Came Charlottesville. By JEREMY W. PETERS and MAGGIE HABERMAN
Mr. Bannon’s physical appearance was crumbling, and his mood swings had become pronounced.

MSNBC - Senator King - Trump 'Should Stop Tweeting'

Perilous Ground

NBC News: New Polls Show Trump’s Presidency Stands on Perilous Ground by Chuck Todd, Mark Murray and Carrie Dann

2024

CNN: Missed the eclipse today? America's next one is in 2024

We Do Have An Idea

MSNBC: White House aide: ‘You have no idea how much crazy stuff we kill’ By Steve Benen

Irrelevant

Salon: Robert Reich: Here’s what’s better than removing Donald Trump - Don't worry about replacing Trump. Let's make him irrelevant by Robert Reich
When the media stop reporting his tweets, his isolation and irrelevance will be complete.

The Onion - Astronomers Caution Americans Not To Look Directly At Screaming Spirits Of The Damned During Solar Eclipse

The Onion: Astronomers Caution Americans Not To Look Directly At Screaming Spirits Of The Damned During Solar Eclipse

Diamond Rain

Science Daily: Scientists create 'diamond rain' that forms in the interior of icy giant planets - SLAC's X-ray laser and Matter in Extreme Conditions instrument allow researchers to examine the exotic precipitation in real-time as it materializes in the laboratory
summary - In an experiment designed to mimic the conditions deep inside the icy giant planets of our solar system, scientists were able to observe 'diamond rain' for the first time as it formed in high-pressure conditions. Extremely high pressure squeezes hydrogen and carbon found in the interior of these planets to form solid diamonds that sink slowly down further into the interior.

Have An Excellent Monday

work by Gene Brown

MSNBC - Congressman Calls For Trump's Impeachment After Charlottesville

Questioning

The Palmer Report: Steve Bannon’s Breitbart is already questioning Donald Trump’s mental health

Sanctuary Schools

Guardian UK: 'Sanctuary schools' across America defy Trump's immigration crackdown - From Los Angeles to Miami to New York, dozens of school districts are vowing to shield students and their families from immigration authorities

Another War

Guardian UK: How Jeff Sessions and Donald Trump have restarted the war on drugs - Under Obama, America’s addiction to mass incarceration seemed to fade. But then came Trump and a hardline attorney general by Lois Beckett

Krugman's Latest

NY Times: What Will Trump Do to American Workers? by Paul Krugman

Failing

NY Times: Failing All Tests of the Presidency by Charles M. Blow
We are leaderless.

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. It is partly cloudy and 63 degrees here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a partly cloudy day with temperatures in the 80s this afternoon. The eclipse is today. In New York we will see a partial eclipse and it will get dark.

  At 8:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are -5 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open in the slightly below flat area.

  Trump has lost virtually all semblance of what we call moral authority. He probably never had any to begin with. The problem is, we now have a president whom the majority of Americans regard as a bad person who carries no weight. Trump cannot inspire the country. He can certainly charge up the racists, he does that just fine, but the racists are in the minority. This is a very weak ineffective inept president and he needs to go.

Fiat Chrysler rumors; China blasts U.S.; Total's deal by Ivana Kottasová

Friday, August 18, 2017

Have An Excellent Weekend

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

work by Paul Sérusier

It's Coming

NY Times: The Week When President Trump Resigned by Frank Bruni

Heh


SNL - Washington And Jefferson On Being Compared To Robert E. Lee

Good Start

NY Times: Stephen Bannon Out at the White House After Turbulent Run By MAGGIE HABERMAN

'I See You Baby'

Gram'ma Funk

Fake News?

  If it's true, then fine.

NY Post: Steve Bannon is out at White House

The Onion - Nation Begs Disaffected Youth Gravitating Toward Neo-Nazism To Get High And Play Xbox Instead

The Onion: Nation Begs Disaffected Youth Gravitating Toward Neo-Nazism To Get High And Play Xbox Instead

Punched

Growing

NY Times: Antifa’ Grows as Left-Wing Faction Set to, Literally, Fight the Far Right By THOMAS FULLER, ALAN FEUER and SERGE F. KOVALESKI

A Traitor Defending A Traitor

Salon: Trump’s defense of Confederate traitors is more than a culture war — it’s a subversion of American democracy - It's no surprise that a traitor would defend traitors by Bob Cesca

The Onion - Report: 97% Of Inner Tube Occupants Agree It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This

The Onion: Report: 97% Of Inner Tube Occupants Agree It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This

Tau Ceti System Exoplantes

Science Daily: Four Earth-sized planets detected orbiting the nearest sun-like star
summary - Astronomers have discovered four Earth-sized planets orbiting the nearest sun-like star, tau Ceti, which is about 12 light years away and visible to the naked eye. These planets have masses as low as 1.7 Earth mass, making them among the smallest planets ever detected around nearby sun-like stars. Two of them are super-Earths located in the habitable zone of the star, meaning they could support liquid surface water.

Remove

Democracy Now: Exclusive: Stonewall Jackson's Great-Great-Grandsons Call for Removal of Confederate Monuments

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Victoria Kalaichi

Rachel Maddow - Phoenix Mayor Asks Donald Trump To Cancel Inflammatory Rally

Lawrence O'Donnell - The Comprehensive Timeline Of Trump's History With Russia

Worst Yet

The Palmer Report: Today could be Donald Trump’s worst day yet

Over The Edge

Guardian UK: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner face pressure to speak out on antisemitism - The Jewish couple have kept quiet since president’s defence of antisemitic protesters. Asks a rabbi: ‘Who knows if this is what will set people over the edge?’

Done

Guardian UK: Steve Bannon's work is done. Donald Trump can fire him now - Without his chief strategist the president will still have the ‘alt-right’ credentials they built together to mobilize and transform the Republican base by Justin gest

Regret

NY Times: I Voted for Trump. And I Sorely Regret It. By JULIUS KREIN
It is now clear that my optimism was unfounded. I can’t stand by this disgraceful administration any longer, and I would urge anyone who once supported him as I did to stop defending the 45th president.

Far from making America great again, Mr. Trump has betrayed the foundations of our common citizenship. And his actions are jeopardizing any prospect of enacting an agenda that might restore the promise of American life.

Krugman's Latest

NY Times: Trump Makes Caligula Look Pretty Good
For one thing, Caligula did not, as far as we know, foment ethnic violence within the empire.

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. It is 72 degrees and raining here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a rainy day, maybe thunderstorms, and temperatures in the 70s this afternoon. Looks like we are in for a sunny weekend.

  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 slightly above the flat area.

  We are downright mortified with the behavior, words, and actions of Trump. Many of us are literally in disbelief at the level of dis-ease that this man is projecting into the country and globe. He must be removed from office.

CNN: Spain attacks hit stocks; Gap surges; Consumer confidence by Ivana Kottasová and Alanna Petroff

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Signs Of The Times




What I Saw

BBC News: What Trump said versus what I saw

How A German City Found An Absolutely Genius Way Of Handling Neo-Nazis

Down We Go

USA Today: Donald Trump's approval rating lowest since taking office, Marist Poll shows

Barcelona

BBC News: Barcelona: Van rams crowds in Ramblas tourist area

Maine's Trump

Salon: Maine Gov. Paul LePage: Removing Confederate statues is like taking down monuments to 9/11 victims - Trump superfan Paul LePage says that Confederate monuments are A-OK! by Angelo Young

The Onion - Panicked John Kelly Ushers Half-Naked Trump Away From Podium As President Shouts Support For Eugenics

The Onion: Panicked John Kelly Ushers Half-Naked Trump Away From Podium As President Shouts Support For Eugenics

Gliese 832 System Exoplanet

Science Daily: Astrophysicists predict Earth-like planet in star system only 16 light years away
summary - Astrophysicists have predicted that an Earth-like planet may be lurking in a star system just 16 light years away. The team investigated the star system Gliese 832 for additional exoplanets residing between the two currently known alien worlds in this system. Their computations revealed that an additional Earth-like planet with a dynamically stable configuration may be residing at a distance ranging from 0.25 to 2.0 astronomical unit (AU) from the star.

Have An Excellent Thursday

political street art from Oaxaca


Rachel Maddow - Russia Still Helping Trump, Hacked Mail Story Suggests

Morning Joe - The President's 'Summer Slide' Continues, Poll Shows

Play More Golf

The Palmer Report: Republican Congressman to Donald Trump: stop talking and focus more on golf

Bannon

Guardian UK: Steve Bannon brands far right 'losers' and contradicts Trump in surprise interview - White House figure tells the American Prospect magazine there is no military solution to North Korea and warns of a China trade war

White Male Supremacy

Guardian UK: 'Trump's delivering exactly what they wanted: white male supremacy'

A Deranged Person

NY Times: How to Handle Donald Trump by Gail Collins
It was truly the kind of performance you expect from a deranged person, brought out to explain why he blew up a large government building and inquiring cheerfully: “Has anybody seen my car? It’s really nice. A Ford Pinto.”

Down They Go

NY Times: Confederate Monuments Are Coming Down Across the Country. Here’s a List. By MATTHEW BLOCH, MORRIGAN McCARTHY, LIAM STACK and WILSON ANDREWS

Failing Badly

NY Times: Trump Comments on Race Open Breach With C.E.O.s, Military and G.O.P. By MICHAEL D. SHEAR, GLENN THRUSH and MAGGIE HABERMAN
President Trump found himself increasingly isolated in a racial crisis of his own making on Wednesday...

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is 63 degrees and sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a mostly sunny day with temperatures in the 80s this afternoon. Enjoy the fine weather while it's here.

  At 9:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are -58 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open moderately lower.

  Trump has expressed who he truly is once again. He is a racist and a fascist and he needs to be removed from office as soon as possible.

CNN: Stock rally fizzles; Walmart earnings; Victoria's Secret slump by Alanna Petroff

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Reformed

NPR: A Reformed White Nationalist Speaks Out On Charlottesville

Please

The Palmer Report: Donald Trump’s ghostwriter thinks his resignation is imminent

Denouncing Trump

CNN: Here are the Republicans denouncing Trump by name By Daniella Diaz
Mitt Romney - "No, not the same. One side is racist, bigoted, Nazi. The other opposes racism and bigotry. Morally different universes."

Fired

USA Today: CEOs to Trump: No, you’re fired

Disbands

Reuters: Trump disbands business councils after CEOs exit in protest Susan Heavey and Jeff Mason

From Garrison Keillor

twincities.com: Garrison Keillor on Donald Trump: We will survive this

Fear

Salon: Donald Trump is afraid of Steve Bannon, and that’s why he won’t fire him: report - If the president fires his political strategist, he could lose support from angry white nationalists VIDEO by Angelo Young

The Onion - Man Who Stood And Watched Robbery Acted On Pure Instinct

The Onion: Man Who Stood And Watched Robbery Acted On Pure Instinct

Soil

Science Daily: Soil microbes persist through National Mall facelift - Turf grass microbiome indicates surprising resiliency
summary - It's not every day United States history mixes with microbes in the soil. But when the turf on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., was replaced, it offered scientists the opportunity to study changes in the soil microbiome underneath.

Stephen Colbert - Take A Side, Mr. President - Nazis Or Not Nazis

Have An Excellent Wednesday

work by Inka Essenhigh

Rachel Maddow - Trump Gives Emboldening 'Green Light' To White Supremacists

Morning Joe - Trump Has Chosen The Wrong Side

Panic Button

The Palmer Report: Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan are trying to finish the job

Brexit Condemns Trump!

Guardian UK: Theresa May condemns far-right views after Trump Charlottesville remarks - PM says she ‘sees no equivalence’ between those with fascist views and those who oppose them but does not name president

Out

Guardian UK: Baltimore takes down Confederate statues in middle of night - Journalists in Maryland city post images of monuments being removed after death of civil rights activist at Charlottesville protest

Why

Guardian UK: Why is the US still fighting the civil war? Confederate symbols have become a crucible of racial tension in the US. White nationalists claim they are important monuments – but are they just a way to rewrite an ugly history and revive the battles of the past?

Decoding Hate

Nazis

NY Times: Swastikas, Shields and Flags: Branding Hate in Charlottesville

Rejecting Trump

NY Times: Rift Widens Between Trump and Business Leaders By DAVID GELLES, KATE KELLY, RACHEL ABRAMS and MICHAEL CORKERY
The departures represent a rare spectacle in which prominent executives are looking for ways to pull back from an American president who campaigned, and won, partly on the strength of his pro-business stance.

Boosting White Supremacists

NY Times: Trump Gives White Supremacists an Unequivocal Boost By GLENN THRUSH and MAGGIE HABERMAN
President Trump buoyed the white nationalist movement on Tuesday as no president has done in generations — equating activists protesting racism with the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who rampaged in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend.

Stunned

NY Times: ‘Wow’: Stunned TV Hosts Reacted in Real Time to Trump By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM
“What I just saw gave me the wrong kind of chills,” a visibly stunned Chuck Todd said on MSNBC. “Honestly, I’m a bit shaken by what I just heard.”

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is 72 degrees and mostly sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a mostly sunny day with temperatures around 80 degrees this afternoon. The weather is very nice, enjoy it while it's here.

  At 9:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are +56 and the price of oil per barrel is slightly higher. The market is poised to open moderately higher.

  Well the shite has truly hit the fan. We have a racist, KKK supporting, bigot, very disturbed individual as our president. He must be removed from office, and this must occur ASAP.

CNN: Target earnings; NAFTA talks begin; Stocks swing up by Alanna Petroff

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Topple


Top 10

Candid Magazine: The Top 10 Places to Visit in America to Avoid ‘Trump People’

Defends

NY Times: Trump Defends Initial Remarks on Charlottesville; Again Blames ‘Both Sides’ By MICHAEL D. SHEAR and MAGGIE HABERMAN

The Borowitz Report - Millions Willing to Work for Mueller for Free If That Would Speed Things Up

New Yorker: Millions Willing to Work for Mueller for Free If That Would Speed Things Up

Bad News

Newsweek: Impeach Trump? Charlottesville, Russia and Health Care Are All Bad News for White House By Jason Le Miere

Not Real

Salon: Paul Krugman: Trump won’t denounce white supremacists for one obvious reason - The current president of the United States isn't a real American, Paul Krugman says by Ilana Novick

NY Times: When the President Is Un-American by Paul Krugman

The Onion - Man Waiting To See How Few More Decades Of Racial Violence Play Out Before Taking Action

The Onion: Man Waiting To See How Few More Decades Of Racial Violence Play Out Before Taking Action

Global Warming - Algae Blooms

Science Daily: Climate change projected to significantly increase harmful algal blooms in US freshwaters
summary - Harmful algal blooms known to pose risks to human and environmental health in large freshwater reservoirs and lakes are projected to increase because of climate change

Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by Inka Essenhigh

Morning Joe - Worst Approval Rating Yet For The President

Rachel Maddow - Racism 'A Persistent Infection' In White American Culture

Jimmy Fallon Redeems Himself

The Palmer Report: Jimmy Fallon slams “shameful” Donald Trump in blistering Charlottesville takedown

Hateful Man

Guardian UK: Donald Trump retweets alt-right provocateur after condemning white supremacists - US president accused of trying to signal appreciation for alt-right supporters by highlighting article about crime in Chicago
Donald Trump shared a tweet from an alt-right conspiracy theorist and provocateur in the hours after he bowed to overwhelming pressure and directly condemned the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and white supremacists over Saturday’s violence at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Blow Back

Guardian UK: Charlottesville: CEOs quit Trump council over response to violence - Bosses from Intel, Merck and Under Armour distance themselves from administration after president’s reluctance to denounce white nationalists

No Redemption

NY Times: President Trump Cannot Redeem Himself by Frank Bruni

Never Happen

NY Times: How Mr. Trump Could Face Up to White Supremacists By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
“The Confederacy was on the wrong side of history and humanity,” he (Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans) said. “It sought to tear apart our nation and subjugate our fellow Americans to slavery. This is the history we should never forget and one that we should never again put on a pedestal to be revered.”

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is cloudy sunny and 68 degrees here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a mixed day maybe even rain and temperatures in the 70s this afternoon.

  At 9:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are +60 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open moderately higher.

  We see that more CEO's are leaving Trump's manufacturing council. At this point, it should be very clear that no honorable person can work for Trump.

CNN: Warren Buffett dumped all his GE stock by David Goldman

Monday, August 14, 2017

34%

Gallup: Trump Job Approval Rating Now at 34%, New Low by Frank Newport

Oaxaca Street Art

Al Jazeera: Oaxaca's revolutionary street art - A renaissance of political printmaking seeks to counter cultural domination and give voice to the disenfranchised.

We Saw It Coming

Esquire: This Is the Bleakest Moment for America in My Lifetime - Anyone who followed the presidential campaign saw this coming. By Charles P. Pierce
Our sense of being a self-governing nation is being pulled apart. Our concept of a political commonwealth is unmoored and floating. Nothing is solid. Everything is fluid, and everything ought not to be. Not like this. Not in the 21st century. We settled some things in the last century that should have been settled for good.

The Symbols

Southern Poverty Law Center: Flags and Other Symbols Used By Far-Right Groups in Charlottesville

New Generation

Pro Publica: A New Generation of White Supremacists Emerges in Charlottesville - A group that included many people who were college-educated or ex-military displayed effective planning. “White people are pretty good at getting organized,” said one. by A.C. Thompson and Karim Hajj

Pardon

Axios: Trump "seriously considering" pardoning Joe Arpaio

Quitting Trump

  No honorable person can work for Trump at this point.

NY Times: Trump Attacks Merck Chief Kenneth Frazier for Quitting Advisory Panel By GLENN THRUSH
...he objected to the president’s statement on Saturday blaming violence that left one woman dead on “many sides.”

He Must Go

Salon: It’s a dark moment for America — and our president personally made this possible - Donald Trump hasn't just tolerated this upsurge of fascist violence — he enabled and encouraged it. Now he must go by Bob Cesca

The Onion - God Planning To Get Rid Of Harsh Shadows By Adding Second Sun

The Onion: God Planning To Get Rid Of Harsh Shadows By Adding Second Sun

Where

Science Daily: Where is everybody? The implications of cosmic silence
summary - If the potential for intelligent life to exist somewhere in the universe is so large, then where is everybody? In a new paper, an astrophysicist argues that species such as ours go extinct soon after attaining high levels of technology.

If The Shoe Fits


Have An Excellent Monday

work by Inka Essenhigh

Alex Witt - Fmr. Breitbart Consultant Calls Out Trump And Bannon

AM Joy - Mueller Seeks Interviews With West Wing

Impeach

The Palmer Report: Cowardly Republicans have just been handed the perfect opportunity to impeach Donald Trump

The Opioid Crisis

Guardian UK: Don't blame addicts for America's opioid crisis. Here are the real culprits - America’s opioid crisis was caused by rapacious pharma companies, politicians who colluded with them and regulators who approved one opioid pill after another by Chris McGreal

Dismay

Guardian UK: Charlottesville: Trump under fire for failure to condemn far right Republicans and Democrats say president’s words on apparent deliberate killing of protester should have been much harsher

Fallout

NY Times: White House Acts to Stem Fallout From Trump’s First Charlottesville Remarks By GLENN THRUSH and REBECCA R. RUIZ

Hurt

NY Times: Hurt and Angry, Charlottesville Tries to Regroup From Violence By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. It is 63 degrees and cloudy here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a cloudy day with temperatures in the 80s this afternoon. Looks like the front end of the week will be dry and right now the weekend may be rainy.

  Looks like Trump stepped in it again. He is unable to condemn the kkk, white supremacists, neo-nazis, and the alt-right. The horror show these people brought to Virginia on the weekend was an utter disgrace to everything that this country stands for. And they murdered people as well. On top of that it's clear that Trump cannot condemn these actions. What arises out of that misery is that Trump agrees with these people.

  At 8:15 a.m. DOW futures are +95 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: Trump on China; Japan's 4% growth; Investors less fearful by Mark Thompson

Friday, August 11, 2017

Have An Excellent Weekend

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

work by Paul Sérusier

'Nuclear War'

Sun Ra - 'If they push that button, your ass got to go.'

Fury



Хорошая работа мудак

Salon: “I want to thank him”: Trump’s message to Putin leaves State Department officials “horrified and rattled” - Trump thanked Putin for expelling hundreds of US diplomats from Russia, leaving the State Department "horrified" by Charlie May

The Onion - All Flights Grounded After FAA Officials Suddenly Realize That Man Was Not Meant To Fly

The Onion: All Flights Grounded After FAA Officials Suddenly Realize That Man Was Not Meant To Fly

Disease Detection

Science Daily: New handheld spectral analyzer uses power of smartphone to detect disease
summary - Researchers have developed technology that enables a smartphone to perform lab-grade medical diagnostic tests that typically require large, expensive instruments.

'Scenes Of Hiroshima'

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Victor Juan Cúnsolo


Chris Hayes - Is Trump Distancing Himself From Senate GOP On Purpose?

Chris Hayes - A White House Defined By Conflict

Manafort

The Palmer Report: You’ll never guess what foreign country Paul Manafort’s new law firm has ties to

No Stopping It

Guardian UK: Trump won't stop Americans hitting the Paris climate targets. Here's how we do it by Michael Bloomberg

Vogue

Guardian UK: Chelsea Manning appears in Vogue magazine's September issue - Former US army analyst turned whistleblower appears in red one-piece swimsuit, tweeting: ‘guess this is what freedom looks like’

Satire

NY Times: Donald Trump’s First Nine Holes by Roger Cohen
Pulls his drive into the effing Scaramucci rough. Shanks into the Priebus bunker; orders it abolished. Blasts out, calls the Marines to eliminate Scaramucci rough.

The Worst President In US History

NY Times: Trump Says Military Is ‘Locked and Loaded, Should North Korea Act Unwisely’ By PETER BAKER

The Market On Friday

  It is cloudy and 72 degrees here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a cloudy day with temperatures in the high 70s this afternoon. Right now it looks like rain on Saturday and sun on Sunday.

  At 10 a.m. ET it looks like the market opened a tad higher while oil per barrel is down in price.

  Manafort - turns out it was a no knock warrant. The FBI busted into his place before dawn and let me tell you, it probably was an unforgettable thing.

CNN: Wells Fargo accused of ripping off mom-and-pop shops by Matt Egan

Running Late

Running an hour late this morning.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Andrea Mitchell - Former Energy Secretary Says U.S. Nuclear Arsenal Unchanged Since January

Global Warming - 407.07PPM

Axios: 2016 broke world records for temperature and CO2 levels

Feud

Business Insider: Trump's feud with Mitch McConnell 'is breathtaking in its dysfunctionality'

WTF

  This helps to solidify what we already know - 20% to 25% of the American public is hopelessly off their rockers.

Salon: Shock poll: Majority of Republicans would approve of Trump postponing the 2020 election - Yet another new poll has found shocking results from the Republican base in the Trump era by Taylor Link
52 percent of Republicans indicated they would support postponing the 2020 election if Trump suggested it, while 56 percent said that they would do so only if both Trump and a Republican Congress suggested it.

The Onion - Staffer Investigating Puddle Of Slime On Floor Looks Up To Discover Coworker Cocooned In Bannon Ooze

The Onion: Staffer Investigating Puddle Of Slime On Floor Looks Up To Discover Coworker Cocooned In Bannon Ooze

Chimps

Science Daily: Chimpanzees learn rock-paper-scissors - New study shows that chimps' ability to learn simple circular relationships is on a par with that of 4-year-old children
summary - Chimpanzees of all ages and all sexes can learn the simple circular relationship between the three different hand signals used in the well-known game rock-paper-scissors.

Have An Excellent Thursday

work by Victor Juan Cúnsolo

Lawrence O'Donnell - How The FBI Raid On Paul Manafort's Home Went Down

Rachel Maddow - FBI Manafort Raid Seen As 'Shock And Awe' Moment In Trump-Russia

Raid

NY Times: Manafort’s Home Searched as Part of Mueller Inquiry By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and ADAM GOLDMAN
Executing a search warrant is considered among the most aggressive steps used by authorities, who must first demonstrate they have probable cause to believe they will find evidence that a crime occurred.

Manafort

The Palmer Report: Criminal charges likely forthcoming for Paul Manafort, leaving him little choice but to flip on Donald Trump

Losers

Guardian UK: Huddled masses? Losers! Trump v the Statue of Liberty - A senior Trump advisor, Stephen Miller, sparked a furor last week when he dismissed the famous poem at the base of the Statue of Liberty. In response, we asked 21 poets: what type of poem would Trump like to see at the statue?

Money Moving

Guardian UK: Investors move to safe havens as US and North Korea trade threats - Gold rises to highest level in almost two months, while Swiss franc increases by more than 1% against US dollar

Doomed

NY Times: Are We All Doomed? By BARI WEISS
(Hillary Clinton said) “A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.”

Self Defense

NY Times: If U.S. Attacks North Korea First, Is That Self-Defense? By RICK GLADSTONE
How do we know that Mr. Kim’s threat of attacking the United States is not an imminent threat?

We do not necessarily know. But North Korea has a well-established penchant for bombast and bluster, making threats without following through on them.

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is 70 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 -62 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open moderately lower.

  Trump continues to alert the world about nuclear conflagration on Twitter like some kind of pre-teen. It's the most pathetic thing I've seen. This isn't a president, America and the world has to hold its breath waiting for this crap to pass through the system.

CNN: Snap earnings; Oil in focus; Surging volatility by Ivana Kottasová

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Spouter In Chief

  Improvised is a polite way of saying he's FOS.

NY Times: Trump’s Threat to North Korea Was Improvised By PETER BAKER and GLENN THRUSH

Nukes

Axios: North Korea is prepping nukes. It's far from finished.

Seth Meyers - Trump Responds To North Korea Missile Program, Mets Pitcher Gets GoT Cameo

Fear

  I suspect many of us are experiencing some anxiety about the escalating war talk. There are many elements to this that are very disturbing. Among those elements, it is Trump's behavior that is the most disturbing part of the equation. Here we are allegedly in the middle of a crisis and this awful, thoughtless, abomination is running the show. That's Trump.

Axis Of Idiots

Salon: A terrifying axis of idiocy: Kim Jong-un baits Trump, who falls for it - North Korea's erratic ruler trolls our clownish president into threatening nuclear war —the world holds its breath VIDEO by Bob Cesca

The Onion - Report - Pickup Basketball Player Too Sweaty To Guard

The Onion: Report: Pickup Basketball Player Too Sweaty To Guard

Plasticity And The Brain

Science Daily: Youthful plasticity restored to brains of adult mice
summary - Like the rest of the body, the brain loses flexibility with age, impacting the ability to learn, remember, and adapt. Now, scientists report they can rejuvenate the plasticity of the mouse brain, specifically in the visual cortex. The study shows that manipulating a single gene triggers the shift, revealing it as a target for new treatments to recover the brain's youthful potential.

Have An Excellent Wednesday

work by Victor Juan Cúnsolo

Lawrence O'Donnell - 'Unpredictable Liar' Trump Faces First Dangerous Crisis

Morning Joe - Trump Losing Support From GOP Base, Poll

Phil Miller

The Palmer Report: Democrats win special election in Iowa district that had gone strongly Republican just nine months ago

Salt

  One day salt is bad, this guy says it's good. Who knows.

Guardian UK: A danger to public health? Uproar as scientist urges us to eat more salt - Exclusive: In his new book, James DiNicolantonio claims salt could make us healthier. But experts have condemned the advice as potentially dangerous
Eating more salt will reduce the amount of sugar in our diet and help us lose weight, he says. Indeed low-salt diets may be causing brittle bones and memory loss and more salt could fix diabetes, he claims.

Chill

Guardian UK: World leaders appeal for calm as tensions flare in US and North Korea rift - China among governments around globe urging Trump and Kim Jong-un to avoid further inflammatory words or actions
“China calls on all parties to avoid any words or actions that might escalate the situation and make even greater efforts to resolve the issue via talks”

Gut

NY Times: Democrats, Start Aiming for the Gut by Thomas L. Friedman

Pence

NY Times: Sorry, Mike Pence, You’re Doomed by Frank Bruni

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is sunny and 64 degrees here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a fair day with temperatures in the 80s this afternoon. Looks like the next three days are going to be outstanding with lots of sunshine and heat.

  At 9:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are -44 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open moderately lower.

  Let's face it, we have an incompetent mindless child for president. This idiot's rhetoric about North Korea is the stuff of fools. We can't say it enough, he must be removed from office and it needs to happen ASAP, the GOP needs to give him the hook.

CNN: North Korea threats; China aluminum; Disney ditches Netflix by Ivana Kottasová

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Dave Chappelle On Colbert

This is from August 3rd.

Parallels

Newsweek: Trump's America Is Looking a Lot Like Germany Before World War II, Anne Frank Center Says By Julia Glum

Reichstag Moment Is Here

NBC News: Trump Vows North Korea Threat Will Be Met With ‘Fire and Fury’ by Ali Vitali

'Song To The Lentil'

Roy Blount Jr.

He's Back

CNN: Netflix snags new David Letterman series by Sandra Gonzalez

Before


'Happy'

Walk off the Earth

Zombie Lies

Salon: Five lies that are ricocheting around the right-wing media bubble - These absolute lies promoted by right-wing media don't go away, no matter how many times they're proven wrong by Cristina López G. and Billmoyers.com
Lie #4: Fox & Friends: “Illegal aliens” are registered to vote

The Onion - Man Who Jumped Motorcycle Onto Hijacked Bullet Train Never Thought He’d See Stories Like His Being Told By Hollywood

The Onion: Man Who Jumped Motorcycle Onto Hijacked Bullet Train Never Thought He’d See Stories Like His Being Told By Hollywood

Tissue Nanotransfection

Science Daily: Breakthrough device heals organs with a single touch - Device instantly delivers new DNA or RNA into living skin cells to change their function
summary - Researchers have developed a device that can switch cell function to rescue failing body functions with a single touch. The technology, known as Tissue Nanotransfection (TNT), injects genetic code into skin cells, turning those skin cells into other types of cells required for treating diseased conditions.

Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by Victor Juan Cúnsolo

Lawrence O'Donnell - Pence Is The Most Dangerous Man In America For Trump

Morning Joe - Trump Retweets Story With Classified Information

Down

AOL News: Polling suggests people are losing trust in Trump as his approval ratings decline

HBO Hacked

Guardian UK: Game of Thrones stars' personal details leaked as HBO hackers demand ransom - Group tells company CEO to pay multimillion-dollar ransom or else risk 1.5TB of shows and confidential corporate data being released online

Turn, Turn, Turn

Guardian UK: The conservatives turning against Donald Trump - After 200 days of Trump’s presidency, his awkward marriage of convenience with Republicans has increasingly come under severe stress

Protect Mueller

NY Times: A Better Way to Protect Robert Mueller By DANIEL HEMEL and ERIC POSNER

Flush It

NY Times: Getting Trump Out of My Brain by David Brooks

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 64 degrees and overcast here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a sunny day with temperatures in the 70s this afternoon. The weekly forecast is predicting a few nice dry days in a row, lots of sunshine.

  At 9:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are -12 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open slightly lower.

  I like Dan Rather's description of Trump. Rather is referring to Trump as Lazy Trump. Let's make it stick, he is lazy.

CNN: Google diversity crisis; Disney earnings; China trade slowdown by Ivana Kottasová

Bibi Corruption

Huffington Post: Pressure Mounts On Netanyahu As Israeli Corruption Probes Intensify - The prime minister has been ordered to disclose calls with publishers, and a former top aide has turned state’s witness.

Monday, August 07, 2017

John Oliver - Trump's Border Patrol

The Borowitz Report - Mike Pence Considering Running For President In 1820

New Yorker: Mike Pence Considering Running for President in 1820

The Bully In Chief

MSNBC: Trump’s instinct for bullying behavior does not serve him well By Steve Benen

President Fake

NY Times: Trump Breaks From Vacation to Tweet Criticism of Media and Rally His Base By PETER BAKER
He added: “Hard to believe that with 24/7 #Fake News on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, NYTIMES & WAPO, the Trump base is getting stronger!”

Pence Denies

Newsweek: Pence denies 2020 presidential bid report

Repeal Anger

Salon: Republicans on recess hold town halls, are met with constituents angry about health care - A Colorado senator holds two town halls and is met with constituents angry about his attempts to repeal Obamacare by Angelo Young

The Onion - Experimental Anti-Aging Treatment Still Has Few Kinks, Report Infant Researchers

The Onion: Experimental Anti-Aging Treatment Still Has Few Kinks, Report Infant Researchers

Oldest Asteroids

Science Daily: Primordial asteroids discovered - Discoveries include a void in the main belt and the oldest family of asteroids
summary - Astronomers recently discovered a relatively unpopulated region of the main asteroid belt, where the few asteroids present are likely pristine relics from early in solar system history. The team used a new search technique that also identified the oldest known asteroid family, which extends throughout the inner region of the main asteroid belt.

Have An Excellent Monday

work by Edward Hopper


Morning Joe - Trump Tries To Battle Fake News With New Broadcast

Morning Joe - Pence Refutes Story While Building Campaign Operation

Hair

Guardian UK: Ronnie Wood rejected chemotherapy for lung cancer: 'This hair wasn’t going anywhere' - The Rolling Stones guitarist has opened up about his cancer scare, saying ‘by rights I shouldn’t be here’
...he hadn’t considered chemo – but not because he didn’t think it would work. “It’s more I wasn’t going to lose my hair. This hair wasn’t going anywhere. I said, ‘No way.’

North Korea

Guardian UK: North Korea vows 'thousands-fold' revenge on US over sanctions - Pyongyang’s warning follows tough UN measures after the country’s recent intercontinental ballistic missile tests
While many experts believe that Pyongyang is still some way off being able to mount a miniaturised nuclear warhead on a long-range missile, the regime now has missiles that, theoretically, are capable of striking the US mainland.

Dumpster Fire

Newsweek: Trump Is Failing: With Republicans in Charge of Washington, He Can’t Get Anything Done By Matthew Cooper
Yet the Trump White House is making things far worse for Republicans because it’s unable to create policy in a serious way.

Lazy Boy

Newsweek: August 11 Issue

Charles M. Blow's Latest

NY Times: America’s Whiniest ‘Victim’ by Charles M. Blow
In this way he was a perfect reflection of the new Whiny Right.

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. It is 64 degrees and overcast here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts rain and temperatures in the 70s this afternoon.

  At 9:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are +25 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open moderately higher.

  It was an excellent weekend around here, lots of activities and interesting things to do. The best part was that I ignored the news for the most part. Trump is such an energy drain.

Samsung trial; Brexit hits consumers; Marriott earnings by Ivana Kottasová

Friday, August 04, 2017

Have An Excellent Weekend

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

work by Paul Sérusier

Stacked

77WABC: Alan Dershowitz Tells Rita Cosby New Mueller D.C. Grand Jury Racially and Ethnically Stacked Against Trump

Worst Of The Worst

The Daily Beast: Trump’s Worst Week Since Last Week - The deep state has even gotten to the loyal and generous Rasmussen poll, which shows Trump at an all-time low. by Rick Wilson

Scandal

MSNBC: As the Russia scandal intensifies, Trump moves the goalposts By Steve Benen

Fix It Already

NY Times: Let’s Stop the Bickering and Fix the Health Care System By JOSH GOTTHEIMER and TOM REED

I Want My Money Back!

Axios: GOP donor sues over failed ACA repeal

Laughingstock

Salon: “The opposite of Teddy Roosevelt”: Donald Trump’s leaked transcripts have made him an international laughingstock - “Everyone I’ve spoken to around the world is laughing" by Jeremy Binckes

The Onion - Troubling Report Finds Millions Of Americans Forced To Make Ends Meet By Getting Up And Going To Work Every Day

The Onion: Troubling Report Finds Millions Of Americans Forced To Make Ends Meet By Getting Up And Going To Work Every Day

The Early Human Diet

Science Daily: On the early human's menu: Mammoth and plenty of raw vegetables - Early modern humans consumed more plants than Neanderthals but ate very little fish
summary - Scientists have studied the diet of anatomically modern humans, and are able to refute the theory that the diet of early representatives of Homo sapiens was more flexible than that of Neanderthals. Just like the Neanderthals, our ancestors had mainly mammoth and plants on their plates. The researchers were unable to document fish as part of their diet. Therefore, the international team assumes that the displacement of the Neanderthals was the result of direct competition.

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Vermeer

Rachel Maddow - Trump Situation More Nixon Than Nixon

Morning Joe - After This, Firing Mueller Is Simply Untenable

Gone

The Palmer Report: It’s official: Republicans in Congress want Donald Trump gone

Grand Jury

Guardian UK: What is a grand jury and how serious is it for Donald Trump? Use of a grand jury to investigate links between Trump’s presidential team and Russia could be very serious. Here’s what you need to know about grand juries