Thursday, September 21, 2017

More Records

The Hill: Mueller asked WH for phone records on Air Force One statement By Olivia Beavers

Colbert - Obama's Assessment Of The Graham-Cassidy Bil

Colbert - Stephen Wants To Make Nambia Imaginary Again

Turning Off

Salon: Why Trump’s tirades are losing their potency - World leaders listen to President Trump speak at the General Assembly, but don’t take heed

The Onion - Sony Releases New Earbud Detangling Spray

The Onion: Sony Releases New Earbud Detangling Spray


Science Daily: Solar eruption ‘photobombed’ Mars encounter with Comet Siding Spring
summary - When Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) passed just 140,000 kilometers from Mars on 19th October 2014, depositing a large amount of debris in the Martian atmosphere, space agencies coordinated multiple spacecraft to witness the largest meteor shower in recorded history. It was a rare opportunity, as this kind of planetary event occurs only once every 100,000 years.

Rachel Maddow - Following The Path From Manafort To Mueller's Investigation

Have An Excellent Thursday

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Laurence O'Donnell - Newly Revealed Russia Interactions At Top Of Trump's Campaign

Seth Myers - Who The Hell Is Dana Rohrabacher?


The Palmer Report: The specific weakness that’s cost Donald Trump everything By Bill Palmer


Guardian UK: Senate aims for healthcare vote next week as Obama condemns repeal effort - Donald Trump says Graham-Cassidy bill has ‘very good chance’ of passing as Mitch McConnell prepares to bring Obamacare repeal measure to floor

Where's The Women?

NY Times: Trump is assembling the most male-dominated government in decades - A new analysis shared exclusively with the Guardian has found 80% of nominations for top jobs in the Trump administration have gone to men
“If you’re not intentional about it [diversity], it won’t happen,” said Don Gips, who served as the White House personnel director for the first six months of Obama’s presidency.

Nicholas Kristof's Latest

NY Times: Meet the World’s Leaders, in Hypocrisy by Nicholas Kristof
So it’s maddening to see world leaders posturing in the spotlight and patting themselves on the back while doing so little to tackle humanitarian crises that they themselves have helped create.

On The Hunt

NY Times: Mueller Seeks White House Documents Related to Trump’s Actions as President By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
The document requests provide the most details to date about the breadth of Mr. Mueller’s investigation, and show that several aspects of his inquiry are focused squarely on Mr. Trump’s behavior in the White House.

The Market On Thursday

  At 9:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are -11 and the price of oil per barrel is down. the market is poised to open slightly lower.

CNN: Google's HTC deal; Stock records; Ryanair turbulence by Alanna Petroff

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Colbert - Robert Mueller Unit

The Most 10 states with the most hate groups

Russian Organized US Rallies

The Daily Beast: Exclusive: Russians Appear to Use Facebook to Push Trump Rallies in 17 U.S. Cities


Salon: Single-payer won’t be easy for Democrats — but Republicans are helping - GOP’s obsession with slashing health care spending could provide a huge boost to Bernie’s single-payer plan

The Onion - EPA Releases Annual List Of Cities Where Tap Water Probably Fine To Drink But Tastes Kinda Off

The Onion: EPA Releases Annual List Of Cities Where Tap Water Probably Fine To Drink But Tastes Kinda Off

Sleep Deprivation And Depression

Science Daily: Sleep deprivation is an effective anti-depressant for nearly half of depressed patients, study suggests
summary - Sleep deprivation - typically administered in controlled, inpatient settings - rapidly reduces symptoms of depression in roughly half of depression patients, according the first meta-analysis on the subject in nearly 30 years.

Have An Excellent Wednesday

work by Clare Turlay Newberry

Rachel Maddow - Trump Joins History's List Of Unhinged Speakers At UN


The Palmer Report: Here comes Donald Trump’s demented meltdown about Paul Manafort

Hurricane Maria

Guardian UK: Hurricane Maria: record flooding in Puerto Rico as Dominica reports seven dead – latest updates - Storm pummels Puerto Rico and leaves island of Dominica devastated
River levels are approaching or exceeding record levels across Puerto Rico according to data from the US Geological Survey.

Incoherent Menace To The Globe - Donald Trump

Guardian UK: A blunt, fearful rant: Trump's UN speech left presidential norms in the dust - His maiden address was unlike any delivered by a US president, and when it was over a sense of incoherence and menace hung in the air

Warmonger Trump

NY Times: Warmongers and Peacemakers at the U.N. By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
The United Nations isn’t the venue one would expect for threatening war. Yet that’s what President Trump did in his first address to the General Assembly.


NY Times: Mexico Earthquake Kills Hundreds, Trapping Many Under Rubble By KIRK SEMPLE, PAULINA VILLEGAS and ELISABETH MALKIN
A powerful earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday afternoon, toppling buildings, killing children in a school that collapsed, rattling the capital and sending people flooding into the streets for the second time in just two weeks.

The Market On Wednesday

  At 9:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are -3 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open in the flat area. Notice that oil is temporarily above $50 per barrel; over the last several months it has been trading in the $45 to $48 per barrel range give or take.

CNN: What to watch at Janet Yellen's press conference by Donna Borak

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


CNN commentator Norm Eisen tweets -
"Hoo boy. Let's be very clear here: if Manafort told Trump of Russian interference and Trump approved, they are both going down."


Salon: Philosopher Susan Neiman: “The president of our country is evil” - Author of “Evil in Modern Thought” says progressives must not shun the concept, especially when it fits so well
"Yes, I certainly think Donald Trump is evil. The question is indeed how to describe the ways in which he is evil, for he seems to be one of those rare human beings who has no sense of morality whatsoever..." -  Susan Neiman - director of the Einstein Forum and was a professor of philosophy at Yale University.

The Onion - Mark Zuckerberg Admits He Unsure Why Anyone Still Uses Facebook

The Onion: Mark Zuckerberg Admits He Unsure Why Anyone Still Uses Facebook


Science Daily: Getting emotional after failure helps you improve next time, study finds
summary - Emotional responses to failure rather than cognitive ones are more effective at improving people's results for the next time they tackle the next related task, new research indicates.

Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by Clare Turlay Newberry

Chris Hayes - Latest GOP Obamacare Repeal Bill Is Worst Yet


The Palmer Report: Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen testifies today before Congress as the walls cave in on Trump

St Louis

Guardian UK: St Louis police condemned for 'alarming' attitude towards protesters - Officers chant ‘Whose streets? Our streets’ after breaking up protests - Protests erupted after white officer was acquitted of killing black motorist

A Bug In Trump's Craw

Guardian UK: Clinton takes on Trump, Putin and misogyny as fans flock to book tour - Visiting Washington DC, the former secretary of state says Republicans ‘have a hard time thinking about a woman in the White House’

'Mind Boggling'

NY Times: Hurricane Maria Does ‘Mind Boggling’ Damage to Dominica, Leader Says By AUSTIN RAMZY

Health Care Zombie

NY Times: The Republican Health Care Zombie Is Back By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

The Market On Tuesday

  What a day. Maria is going right through the Caribbean as a category five hurricane. That's two category five hurricanes in a row within two weeks. What will be left of the Caribbean after this. We see that Manafort was secretly wiretapped by the FBI and that he will be indicted. It's a tumultuous time in the news. The big question remains, Is Trump involved? Well, as Seth Abramson has stated, when there is this much smoke, there's definitely fire.

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

CNN: Hedge funds want to kill $20 billion chemicals deal by Mark Thompson

Monday, September 18, 2017

'They Planned To Indict Him'

NY Times: With a Picked Lock and a Threatened Indictment, Mueller’s Inquiry Sets a Tone By SHARON LaFRANIERE, MATT APUZZO and ADAM GOLDMAN
The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, then followed the house search with a warning: His prosecutors told Mr. Manafort they planned to indict him, said two people close to the investigation.

FBI Wiretapped Manafort

CNN: Exclusive: US government wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman By Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz and Pamela Brown

How To Read Mueller

Politico: How to Read Bob Mueller’s Hand - Based on what we know so far, here’s a former federal prosecutor’s expert read on where the Russian investigation is heading. By RENATO MARIOTTI


Slate: Trump’s First U.N. Appearance Was a Clunker - But why is the United Nations so worried about bureaucracy at a time like this? By Fred Kaplan

Turning Point

Read this article.

Newsweek: Robert Mueller and Facebook: Why the Special Counsel’s Warrant Is a Turning Point in the Trump-Russia Probe By Renato Mariotti

Like A Nazi, He Was Just Following Orders

NY Times: Sean Spicer Says He Regrets Berating Reporters Over Inauguration Crowds By GLENN THRUSH and DAVE ITZKOFF


Salon: Michael Flynn wants you to help pay his legal bills - Michael Flynn reported earning more than $1 million per year, but needs a hand VIDEO by Matthew Sheffield

The Onion - New Oregon Jerseys Display Fine Print Of Nike Contract

The Onion: New Oregon Jerseys Display Fine Print Of Nike Contract


Science Daily: Old fish few and far between under fishing pressure
summary - A new study has found that, for dozens of fish populations around the globe, old fish are greatly depleted -- mainly because of fishing pressure. Old fish are increasingly missing in many populations around the world.


Swet Shop Boys with Riz Ahmed

Have An Excellent Monday

work by Clare Turlay Newberry

MSNBC - World Leaders Are Discrediting Trump's Tweets

Morning Joe - 'This Is Wrong' - President Retweets Golf Ball Animation


The Palmer Report: Donald Trump’s White House advisers accuse each other of wearing a wire for Robert Mueller

He's Not Mentally Fit

Guardian UK: Trump tweets anti-Clinton meme as tensions flare over her memoir - The president re-tweeted a doctored video of him knocking Clinton over with a golf ball, as the former candidate’s election memoir reopened old wounds
“It is distressing … to have a president that, frankly, will tweet and re-tweet things as juvenile as that. It doesn’t help, I think, in terms of his stature. It doesn’t help in terms of the stature of our whole country.”

What Happened

Guardian UK: Trump in Moscow: what happened at Miss Universe in 2013 - The pageant and the president’s attempts to get close to Putin have become a focus of the investigation into Trump’s links to Russian interference in the US election by Jon Swaine in New York and Shaun Walker in Moscow
Investigators are examining closely efforts apparently made by the Russian government to pass Trump’s team damaging information on Hillary Clinton, using Trump’s politically-connected Miss Universe business partners as couriers.

Krugman's Latest

NY Times: Complacency Could Kill Health Care by Paul Krugman


NY Times: Is Trump a White Supremacist? by Charles M. Blow
...there is mounting circumstantial evidence pointing in a most disquieting direction.

The Market On Monday

  At 9:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are +46 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open moderately higher.

CNN: 3 things to watch at Janet Yellen's Fed meeting by Donna Borak

Jim's Music

Friday, September 15, 2017

Have An Excellent Weekend

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

work by Paul Sérusier

Shooting His Mouth Off

NY Times: Trump Angers British as He Uses London Attack to Promote His Hard-Line Policies By MARK LANDLER and MAGGIE HABERMAN

'I Gotta Feeling'

The Black Eyed Peas

The Most Popular Song Of Each Year 1940-2016

'Indian Love Call'

Slim Whitman

Stephen Colbert Liked Jimmy Kimmel’s Sean Spicer Interview

A Passionate Anti-Immigrant Agenda

Salon: Jeff Sessions wanted to quit, but kept going for one reason - Sessions was humiliated by Donald Trump after Bob Mueller was hired, but stayed on to do one thing VIDEO by Matthew Rozsa

The Onion - Hope Hicks Praying She Not Still In Same Shitty Job By Time She Hits 30

The Onion: Hope Hicks Praying She Not Still In Same Shitty Job By Time She Hits 30


Science Daily: Squirrels use 'chunking' to organize their favorite nuts - First study to show squirrels using sophisticated memorizing strategy to sort their bounty
summary - Like trick-or-treaters sorting their Halloween candy haul, fox squirrels apparently organize their stashes of nuts by variety, quality and possibly even preference, according to new research.

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Nicholas Roerich

Rachel Maddow - Clinton - Trump And Some Staff A Clear And Present Danger To US

  This is a must see interview. America shat the bed with Trump. Hillary Clinton was and is infinitely more qualified, what a loss.


  This is amusing. Realistically speaking, does Coulter really hold power over the sheeple? I think her power is probably exaggerated, on the other hand, no doubt there are a few who tie there understanding of the world to Coulter, poor saps that they are.

The Palmer Report: Ann Coulter melts down and calls for Donald Trump’s impeachment

Trump Trashes Bernie

Guardian UK: Trump: Bernie Sanders' universal healthcare plan a 'curse' on Americans - President says he would veto senator’s Medicare for All single-payer plan, prompting quick rebuke from Sanders

Digging A Deeper Hole

Guardian UK: Trump revives criticism of 'both sides' in Charlottesville - After talk with Tim Scott, Senate’s only black Republican, president defends his earlier comments, citing ‘pretty bad dudes’ in Antifa movement

Bomb Attack In London

NY Times: London Underground Is Struck by Crude Bomb at Parsons Green By SEWELL CHAN and CEYLAN YEGINSU
The device exploded at 8:20 a.m. on a District Line train leaving the Parsons Green station in Southwest London.

Eyes On Myanmar

NY Times: At Risk in Rohingya Exodus: 230,000 Children, Hundreds All Alone By AUSTIN RAMZY
The United Nations says up to 400,000 Rohingya have fled the state of Rakhine in western Myanmar since Aug. 25 and are now struggling to find food, shelter and clean water in Bangladesh.

The Market On Friday

  At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are -17 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open modestly lower.

CNN: Wall Street bets Amazon will doom department stores, retailers by Matt Egan

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Borowitz Report

New Yorker: White House Rejects Supremacist Label: “No One Has Done More Than Trump to Prove White People Are Not Superior”


CNN: Trump repeats equivocal Charlottesville rhetoric after meeting with black senator By Kaitlan Collins

'Home On The Range'

Slim Whitman


NY Times: Trump Humiliated Jeff Sessions After Mueller Appointment By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and MAGGIE HABERMAN
Mr. Sessions would later tell associates that the demeaning way the president addressed him was the most humiliating experience in decades of public life.



Donald Trump's ghostwriter Tony Schwartz Tweets -
"Trump is raging about Mueller because Trump knows what he did and it is far beyond anything anyone currently imagines. Tick tock."


Just Security: Trump’s Moscow Tower and Back-Channel Ukraine Dossier: Both Began During the Election, Evidence Suggests By Ryan Goodman

Jimmy Kimmel With Sean Spicer

The Onion - Trump Boys Gather Rations Of Comic Books, Candy Bars For Night Hiding From Special Prosecutors In Makeshift Rose Garden Fort

The Onion: Trump Boys Gather Rations Of Comic Books, Candy Bars For Night Hiding From Special Prosecutors In Makeshift Rose Garden Fort


Science Daily: Artificial 'skin' gives robotic hand a sense of touch - UH researchers discover new form of stretchable electronics, sensors and skins
summary - A team of researchers from the University of Houston has reported a breakthrough in stretchable electronics that can serve as an artificial skin, allowing a robotic hand to sense the difference between hot and cold, while also offering advantages for a wide range of biomedical devices.

Have An Excellent Thursday

work by Eugen Gabritschevsky

Rachel Maddow - New Revelations Deepen Flynn Legal Jeopardy

  Rachel has been driving away at Flynn like a famished dog who just got a juicy meat bone.


The Palmer Report: GOP leader: Donald Trump has “blown up” and “destroyed” his own base

The Palmer Report: Donald Trump is in total freefall


Guardian UK: Obama announces young leaders' summit: 'Democracy is a job for all of us' - In video message, former president reveals plans for two-day event in Chicago to recognize work of ‘organizers, inventors, artists, entrepreneurs, journalists’

Deal, No Deal, Deal

Guardian UK: Trump says he's 'fairly close' to deal with Democrats to protect 'Dreamers' - The president seemed to confirm accord described by Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday night to provide for young immigrants in the US

Joe Opines

NY Times: Joe Biden: Reclaiming America’s Values By JOE BIDEN
Rather than building from a narrative of freedom and democracy that inspires nations to rally together, this White House casts global affairs as a zero-sum competition — for the United States to succeed, others must lose. Among the many problems that plague the Trump administration’s foreign policy, this line of thinking is perhaps the most disturbing.


NY Times: From Prison to Ph.D.: The Redemption and Rejection of Michelle Jones By ELI HAGERSEPT
With no internet access and a prison library that hewed toward romance novels, she led a team of inmates that pored through reams of photocopied documents from the Indiana State Archives to produce the Indiana Historical Society’s best research project last year.

The Market On Thursday

  At 9:15 a.m DOW futures are -10 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open slightly lower.

CNN: Elon Musk: Tesla will reveal semi-truck 'beast' next month by Jethro Mullen

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Politico: Flynn backed for-profit nuclear scheme inside Trump transition - The Trump adviser pushed a 'Marshall Plan' for Middle East nuclear power after he was hired by its private sponsors. By JOSH DAWSEY


The Hill: Tim Scott tried to educate Trump on 'the real picture' of Charlottesville By Mallory Shelbourne

Two Wins

Salon: Democrats pull off big wins in Oklahoma, New Hampshire races - Two districts that went big for Donald Trump are now in the hands of Democrats VIDEO by Charlie May


Bloomberg: Mueller Probe Has ‘Red-Hot’ Focus on Social Media, Officials Say By Chris Strohm

NBA Legends Telling Funny Stories About Other Players

Jordan Klepper - Trump Supporters Sign Petition To Impeach Hillary Clinton

The Borowitz Report - Porn Industry Irrevocably Damaged By Association With Ted Cruz

New Yorker: Porn Industry Irrevocably Damaged by Association with Ted Cruz


Science Daily: Why your ancestors would have aced the long jump - First primates were built for leaping, fossil ankle suggests
summary - A 52-million-year-old ankle fossil suggests our prehuman ancestors were high-flying acrobats. For years, scientists thought the ancestors of today's humans, monkeys, lemurs and apes were relatively slow and deliberate animals, using their grasping hands and feet to creep along small twigs and branches. But a new study suggests the first primates were masters at leaping through the trees.

It's Sweet

NY Times: Gregory Berns Knows What Your Dog Is Thinking (It’s Sweet)

Have An Excellent Wednesday

work by Eugen Gabritschevsky

Lawrence O'Donnell - Trump dines With Democrats, Hoping To Save Agenda


The Palmer Report: Democrats win two more special elections in Republican districts


Guardian UK: Michael Flynn 'promoted US-Russian nuclear project from White House' - Investigators examine former Trump adviser’s alleged links to private plan to build Middle East power plants

Universal Medicare

Guardian UK: Bernie Sanders unveils universal healthcare bill: 'We will win this struggle' - Medicare for All plan would cover 323m Americans under single system - Bill unlikely to pass in Congress but support growing among Democrats

Bernie On Medicare For All

NY Times: Bernie Sanders: Why We Need Medicare for All By BERNIE SANDERS
Do we, as a nation, join the rest of the industrialized world and guarantee comprehensive health care to every person as a human right? Or do we maintain a system that is enormously expensive, wasteful and bureaucratic, and is designed to maximize profits for big insurance companies, the pharmaceutical industry, Wall Street and medical equipment suppliers?

Trump, Pruitt, Global Warming

NY Times: Trump’s Folly by Thomas L. Friedman
That is why I prefer the term “global weirding” over “global warming.” The weather does get warmer in some places, but it gets weird in others.

The Market On Wednesday

  At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are -16 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open modestly lower.

CNN: Nordstrom buyout; Apple aftermath; Toshiba sale by Alanna Petroff

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

From Roy Blount Jr.

Houseplants are bored and need emotional sustenance. That's the conclusion reached by Amanda Fleece, a forensic botanist at the University of Rochester, after she lost patience with a droopy ficus in her apartment. "It had been a fairly happy plant before," she told the Rochester Herald Leader, "but it wilted. I gave it water, plant food, new soil. Nothing helped. So I yelled at it: 'You're a plant! What in the hell do you want from me? Blood?' I could actually see the ficus perk up, on the spot. So I mooned it. It perked up further." Over the next several days, Fleece sang bawdy songs to the ficus, decked it in Christmas-tree tinsel, and threatened to send it away to military school. It soon had doubled in size. "Wouldn't you get blue," says Fleece, "if you stood around all day in a pot? All my houseplants are flourishing, now that I'm feeding them some drama."



The Haunting

Axios: Mueller haunts the West Wing

Sick Man

Salon: Harvard psychiatrist Lance Dodes: Donald Trump is a “sociopath” and “a very sick individual” - Harvard professor and psychoanalyst on the "antiquated" Goldwater rule and our president's "serious mental illness" VIDEO by Chauncey DeVega

The Onion - Report Finds One In Five Americans Struggle With Properly Masking Depression

The Onion: Report Finds One In Five Americans Struggle With Properly Masking Depression

Food And Colorectal Cancer

Science Daily: Whole grains decrease colorectal cancer risk, processed meats increase the risk - Report analyzing the global research finds hot dogs and other processed meats increase risk of colorectal cancer, eating more whole grains and being physically active lowers risk
summary - Major new report finds strong evidence of links between lifestyle and colorectal cancer risk. Physical activity and whole grains lowers risk of this cancer; too much alcohol and red meat, processed meats and obesity increase the risk. An estimated 47 percent of US colorectal cancers could be prevented each year with lifestyle changes.


NY Daily News: Sen. Ted Cruz likes porn video on Twitter

Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by Eugen Gabritschevsky

Brian William - Hillary Clinton - I'm 'Convinced' Trump Associates Helped Russia

Backing Trump Into A Corner

The Hill: Senate approves resolution condemning white supremacist groups By Jordain Carney
In addition to urging Trump and the administration to publicly push back against hate groups, the resolution urges Trump and his Cabinet to "address the growing prevalence of those hate groups in the United States."

Civil War

The Palmer Report: Republican Senate fights back against Donald Trump, backs him into a corner


Guardian UK: Brazil investigates reports of massacre among Amazonian tribe by gold miners - Eight to 10 members of a remote indigenous group were allegedly killed by men working for illegal prospectors in Javari Valley


Guardian UK: Hillary Clinton's new memoir compares Trump's 'war on truth' to Orwell's 1984 - The former presidential candidate’s new book, What Happened, tries to come to terms with her election defeat and likens Trump to the dystopian classic

Moral Emptiness

NY Times: From 9/11 to Humpty Dumpty by Roger Cohen
Words cascade from that pinched mouth and they mean nothing, because when a man of moral emptiness tries to exhort a nation to moral greatness the only thing communicated is pitiful, almost comical, hypocrisy.


NY Times: Want to Make a Deal, Mr. Trump? By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
Mr. Trump and his new Democratic friends could work on more. They could raise spending caps set to kick in next month by matching increases in military spending that Republicans want with increases in domestic spending that Democrats favor. They could back a proposal to automatically increase the debt ceiling, ending perennial partisan battles over what used to be a routine vote essentially recognizing the debts Congress has already incurred.

The Market On Tuesday

  At 9:20 a.m. DOW futures are +55 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open moderately higher.

CNN: Apple's next big thing; North Korea; Sunny stocks by Alanna Petroff

Monday, September 11, 2017

Charles M. Blow's Latest

NY Times: Soul Survival in Trump’s Hell by Charles M. Blow


Axios: House Republicans keep announcing 2018 departures


trailer - New Stephen King movie

Hurricanes And Climate Change

Salon: Climate change has become a “moral crisis,” top scientist says - Jon Foley isn't alone among scientists who insist that we admit the link between hurricanes and climate change VIDEO by Matthew Rozsa

The Onion - Equifax Impressed By Hackers’ Ability To Ruin People’s Finances More Efficiently Than Company Can

The Onion: Equifax Impressed By Hackers’ Ability To Ruin People’s Finances More Efficiently Than Company Can


Science Daily: Eat fat, live longer? Mouse study shows a high fat diet increases longevity, strength
summary - As more people live into their 80s and 90s, researchers have delved into the issues of health and quality of life during aging. A recent mouse study sheds light on those questions by demonstrating that a high fat, or ketogenic, diet not only increases longevity, but improves physical strength.


The high pointy hood of the KKK got me interested in looking at high big hats. Here's a few -

Have An Excellent Monday

work by Gaelle Weissberg

Morning Joe - 'We Really Dodged A Bullet', Says Tampa Mayor

Chris Hayes - Psychological Impact Of Hurricane Irma

In Time

The Palmer Report: Unaired portion of 60 Minutes interview probably just got Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner subpoenaed


Guardian UK: Hurricane Irma: 10 dead in Cuba as record flooding hits northern Florida – latest updates


NY Times: Hillary Clinton: Trump inaugural speech was 'cry from the white nationalist gut' - Speaking in her first televised interview since her stunning defeat in the election in November, Clinton says she was ‘gobsmacked’ by Donald Trump’s win


NY Times: Irma Live Updates: System Weakens to a Tropical Storm Over Florida


  The biggest mistake is Trump.

NY Times: Bannon Calls Comey Firing the Biggest Mistake in ‘Modern Political History’ By NOAH WEILAND
“If this goes all the way down to its logical conclusion, in February and March it will be a civil war inside the Republican Party,” he said.

The Market On Monday

  At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are +126 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: North Korea fears; Hurricane Irma; Brexit vote by Alanna Petroff

Friday, September 08, 2017

Have An Excellent Weekend

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

work by Paul Sérusier

No Silver Lining

NY Times: The Ivanka Trump Guarantee by Lindy West
Stop wondering which of these people will save us and when. There is not going to be a surprise silver lining to the Trump presidency...The Trump Doctrine is to say whatever makes you feel good and do whatever makes you the most money...Don’t waste your time parsing what they say; spend it fighting what they do.

Colbert - The Worst Part Of Steve Bannon's First Interview


The Daily Beast: Mueller Wants to Talk to Hope Hicks Over Misleading Russia Statement - “No doubt in my mind [Hope Hicks] is going to be a witness,” a source familiar with the Mueller probe told The Daily Beast. by Betsy Woodruff, Lachlan Markay, and Asawin Suebsaeng

DACA Lawsuit

University Of California: University of California sues Trump administration on unlawful repeal of DACA program


NY Times: Trump Lashes Out at Congressional Republicans’ ‘Death Wish’ By PETER BAKER

Krugman's Latest

NY Times: Dreamers, Liars and Bad Economics Paul Krugman


Axios: Jose gains strength as Category 4 Irma barrels toward Florida


Salon: Rush Limbaugh is now evacuating from Hurricane Irma, which he downplayed as a liberal conspiracy - After complaining about the "climate change agenda," the conservative talk show host is now running from Irma by Jeremy Binckes

The Onion - Clinton Already Working On Follow-Up Book Casting Blame For Failures Of First

The Onion: Clinton Already Working On Follow-Up Book Casting Blame For Failures Of First


Science Daily: Biologists slow aging, extend lifespan of fruit flies - 'Cellular time machine' could eventually benefit humans, too
summary - In research that potentially could delay the onset of Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, cancer, stroke, cardiovascular disease, and other diseases of aging, biologists have produced a genetic one-two punch that significantly slowed aging and improved health in the middle-aged fruit flies they studied.

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Gaelle Weissberg

Morning Joe - What To Expect From Hurricane Irma

Ari Melber - Don Jr. To Senate, I Did Seek Dirt On Clinton From Russians

Walk Out

The Palmer Report: Democrats walk out after Donald Trump’s latest Republican patsy tries to cover for him in the Russia scandal

AI Gaydar

Guardian UK: New AI can guess whether you're gay or straight from a photograph - An algorithm deduced the sexuality of people on a dating site with up to 91% accuracy, raising tricky ethical questions
The research found that gay men and women tended to have “gender-atypical” features, expressions and “grooming styles”, essentially meaning gay men appeared more feminine and vice versa. The data also identified certain trends, including that gay men had narrower jaws, longer noses and larger foreheads than straight men, and that gay women had larger jaws and smaller foreheads compared to straight women.

Tiny Victory

Guardian UK: Travel ban: federal court rejects narrow view of who can enter US - Unanimous ruling says grandparents, cousins and other close relations should not be prevented from coming into the country, upholding Hawaii verdict

Magnitude 8.2 Earthquake In Mexico

Guardian UK: Mexico earthquake: mass evacuations after strongest tremor in a century - At least 26 dead as president urges vigilance and tsunami warnings are issued for the region


NY Times: Hurricane Irma Barrels Toward Cuba and Florida; Death Toll at Least 19


NY Times: Powerful Storm Devastates Caribbean and Heads Toward Florida By FRANCES ROBLES, KIRK SEMPLE and VIVIAN YEE
More than 60 percent of households in Puerto Rico were without power. On St. Martin, an official said 95 percent of the island was destroyed. The Haitian government called for all agencies, stores and banks to shut down as the storm hit. Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda said that half of Barbuda had been left homeless.

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. it is 55 degrees and overcast here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts rain and temperatures in the 60s this afternoon.

  At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are -69 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open moderately lower.

  I am listening to the news about Irma and the TV expert is expecting to see the worst damage we've ever seen with this hurricane. This is the result of global warming, welcome to the future.

CNN: Hurricane and quake; Major data breach; Euro surges by Ivana Kottasová

Thursday, September 07, 2017

'Running Up That Hill'

Kate Bush

Don Jr

NY Times: Trump Jr. Says He Wanted Russian Dirt to Determine Clinton’s ‘Fitness’ for Office By MAGGIE HABERMAN and MATT APUZZO

Digby's Latest

Salon: Noose tightens on Russia: Donald Jr. to testify as evidence of collusion mounts - Facebook sold ads to Russian "troll farm," Trump lawyer vows not to squeal and Republicans scramble for cover VIDEO by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Physically Fit, Emotionally Stable Kim Jong-Un Addresses UN After Finally Getting Nuclear Ambitions Out Of System

The Onion: Physically Fit, Emotionally Stable Kim Jong-Un Addresses UN After Finally Getting Nuclear Ambitions Out Of System


Science Daily: Emoji fans take heart: Scientists pinpoint 27 states of emotion - New study challenges assumption that most human emotions fall within the categories of happiness, sadness, anger, surprise, fear and disgust
summary - The Emoji Movie, in which the protagonist can't help but express a wide variety of emotions instead of the one assigned to him, may have gotten something right. A new study challenges a long-held assumption in psychology that most human emotions fall within the universal categories of happiness, sadness, anger, surprise, fear and disgust.

Have An Excellent Thursday

work by Gaelle Weissberg

Morning Joe - Donald Jr. To Meet With SJC, What Can We Expect?

Chris Hayes - Trump Imposes Favorite Deadline On 'Wonderful' Tax Plan


The Palmer Report: Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell are destroying each other and it’s a beautiful thing

Major Tax Cuts For The Rich

Guardian UK: Trump touts plan for 'major, major tax cuts' and praises Democrat in North Dakota - Speaking at oil refinery, president describes plans for tax reform and calls Heidi Heitkamp, Democratic senator at risk in midterms, a ‘good woman’

Silicon Valley

Guardian UK: Silicon Valley vowed to protect Dreamers – but is it willing to defy Trump? Tech executives made a string of bold statements after Trump’s Daca repeal, but major firms refused to say if they would allow Dreamers to continue in their jobs

Charles M. Blow's Latest

NY Times: Inner Racism Revealed

Ooh Scary

NY Times: For Conservatives, Trump’s Deal With Democrats Is Nightmare Come True By JEREMY W. PETERS and MAGGIE HABERMAN

The Market On Thursday

  At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are +15 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open slightly higher.

CNN: Debt ceiling; ECB meeting; Barnes and Noble earnings by Ivana Kottasová

Wednesday, September 06, 2017


NPR: Trump Sides With Democrats In Deal On Storm Relief And Fiscal Deadlines


Axios: Hurricane Irma's path over the next 5 days


CNN: Hurricane Irma's path: Live updates


Salon: Trump’s repeal of DACA may become GOP’s worst nightmare - Trump's actions will drive millions of Latino voters to the Democrats for decades by Steven Rosenfeld

The Onion - Aides Clip Toenails, Wash Hair Of Mumbling, Bedsore-Ridden Trump As President Enters 155th Straight Hour Of Watching Cable News

The Onion: Aides Clip Toenails, Wash Hair Of Mumbling, Bedsore-Ridden Trump As President Enters 155th Straight Hour Of Watching Cable News


Science Daily: Swings in dad's testosterone affects the family -- for better or worse -- after baby arrives
summary - Testosterone levels are a key factor in a family's health and happiness after a newborn arrives. Researchers have found that a drop can signal postpartum depression in dad, and a spike may be a sign of aggression.

Have An Excellent Wednesday

work by Gustave Van de Woestyne

Rachel Maddow - In US, Anti-Immigrant Policy Has Roots In Racist Eugenics

Morning Joe - Will Congress Actually Grapple With DACA?

The Gig Is Up

The Palmer Report: The moment Donald Trump knew the gig was up


Guardian UK: Think Trump was torn about ending Daca? Beware the crocodile tears - Trump was said to have been at war with himself over ending the program, but critics say that the president’s claims of compassion are ‘baloney’


Guardian UK: Hurricane Irma: blackouts and flooding on St Martin as winds destroy sturdiest buildings - live


NY Times: Donald Trump’s Cowardice on ‘Dreamers’ By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
DACA recipients are not threats to public safety or national security; to the contrary, they must have a nearly spotless record to be eligible in the first place.

Putin Says F.U. Trump

NY Times: Putin Rejects Cutting Off Oil to North Korea By CHOE SANG-HUN

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is 59 degrees and raining here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts rain and temperatures in the low 60s this afternoon. We are heading directly and quickly into the Fall in this part of the country.

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

  Trump's brutal attack on DACA is unacceptable. These people are deserving of full citizenship and I'm very sick of hearing the onslaught of lies coming out of the right on these immigrants. All the right has is fear and lies. It's despicable.

CNN: Irma hits markets; Orange juice prices; NAFTA talks by Ivana Kottasová

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

'Darn That Dream'

Mason Razavi on guitar - very nicely done

Insult To Injury

HuffPo: Houston Families Face Rent Demands On Flooded Properties - “We don’t have any money. We don’t have anything,” said one tenant.

The Numbers

Axios: Dreamers, by the numbers


Salon: Jeff Sessions announces he’s killing DACA while spreading falsehoods about immigrants - Jeff Sessions says that these immigrants with spotless criminal records are responsible for gang violence VIDEO by Charlie May

The Borowitz Report - Obama Cruelly Taunted Trump In Letter Riddled With Multisyllabic Words

New Yorker: Obama Cruelly Taunted Trump in Letter Riddled with Multisyllabic Words


Science Daily: First hints of possible water content on TRAPPIST-1 planets
summary - Astronomers have been trying to determine whether there might be water on the seven Earth-sized planets orbiting the nearby dwarf star TRAPPIST-1. The results suggest that the outer planets of the system might still harbor substantial amounts of water. This includes the three planets within the habitable zone of the star, lending further weight to the possibility that they may indeed be habitable.

Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by Karl Schnidt-Rotluff

Chris Hayes - Where Does The Russia Investigation Go From Here?

Morning Joe - Trump Playing To Base When It Comes To DACA

Sessions And DACA

The Palmer Report: Donald Trump is scared of his own shadow

Houston One Week Later In Pictures

Guardian UK: Houston one week on: relief, religion, recovery – in pictures


Guardian UK: North Korea nuclear crisis: Putin warns of planetary catastrophe - As Kim Jong-un reportedly prepares further missile launch, Russian president says only way to solve issue is through dialogue


NY Times: Trump Is ‘Not My Bride,’ Putin Says By OLEG MATSNEV
Mr. Putin also condemned North Korea’s most recent nuclear tests, but said that he doubted sanctions would deter the secretive country’s leaders. “They would rather eat grass than give up their nuclear program,” he said.

Kaspersky Lab

NY Times: The Russian Company That Is a Danger to Our Security By JEANNE SHAHEEN
But a backdoor is not necessary. When a user installs Kaspersky Lab software, the company gets an all-access pass to every corner of a user’s computer network, including all applications, files and emails.

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 68 degrees and cloudy here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a rainy day with temperatures in the 70s 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 significantly lower.

  We are back to alert with North Korea and the rhetoric is ramping up. Are we about to start launching bombs? Hopefully calmer minds will prevail.

CNN: New aviation giant; Lego layoffs; NAFTA talks by Ivana Kottasová

Monday, September 04, 2017


The Independent: Fast Radio Bursts - Repeated Signals Detected From Distant Galaxy, Says Alien-Hunting Project


Eliot Daley: Why Donald Trump Lies So Much

Spin Class

Salon: Spin class with Kellyanne Conway: How to BS your way out of anything - Late for work? Pulled over for speeding? Study Conway's techniques and learn how to wriggle out of any tight spot by Jarret Berenstein

The Onion - College Freshman Experiences First Tantalizing Taste Of Freedom Waiting In Line At Burrito Station While Parents Find Table

The Onion: College Freshman Experiences First Tantalizing Taste Of Freedom Waiting In Line At Burrito Station While Parents Find Table


Science Daily: Apes' abilities misunderstood by decades of poor science - Hundreds of scientific studies over 2 decades have told us that apes are clever -- just not as clever as us
summary - Hundreds of scientific studies over two decades have told us that apes are clever -- just not as clever as us. New analysis argues that what we think we know about apes' social intelligence is based on wishful thinking and flawed science.


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Have An Excellent Labor Day

work by Emil Bisttram

AM Joy - The Economic Impact Of Donald Trump Ending DACA

Morning Joe - Who In The WH Will Work With Congress?


The Palmer Report: Weakling coward Donald Trump trips over his own DACA rollback


Guardian UK: White House threatened with subpoena over draft letter from Trump to Comey - Adam Schiff of the House intelligence committee accuses Trump of being dishonest about his business interests in Russia


Guardian UK: Trump to end Daca 'Dreamers' program with six-month delay – reports - President will end Obama program giving work permits to illegal immigrants, sources say, but Congress will now be given time to draft replacement law

Krugman's Latest

NY Times: Why Can’t We Get Cities Right? by Paul Krugman


NY Times: In Defense of the Truth by Charles M. Blow
And yet, this man feels completely unbound by it (honesty). He has no respect or reverence for it. For him, honesty is an option, one that he feels no compunction to choose.

The Market Is Closed On Labor Day

  Good morning. It is sunny and 63 degrees here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the market forecasts a sunny day with temperatures in the 80s this afternoon. Looks like we're in for a gorgeous Labor Day.

  Wall Street is closed on Labor Day.

  Can the contempt for Trump increase? The answer is yes. This president is the pits, worst ever, easily. Taking DACA off the boards is a travesty. This goes beyond Friday's revelation of Trump's business dealings in Russia and the obvious and clear cut case that Trump was involved in quid pro quo activity with Putin in order to get Trump Tower Moscow off the ground. The man is disgusting. His followers that think this guy is good are totally delusional. There's not an ounce of decent character in this guy.

Friday, September 01, 2017

Have An Excellent Weekend

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

work by Paul Sérusier


NY Times: Mueller Has Early Draft of Trump Letter Giving Reasons for Firing Comey By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and MAGGIE HABERMAN

McCain Swipes Away At Trump

  Damn good Senator, damn good.

Salon: John McCain blasts Donald Trump in op-ed: “We are not his subordinates” - He's talking about the need for bipartisanship, but John McCain couldn't help taking swipes at Donald Trump by Matthew Rozsa

The Onion - Former Conservative Recalls Belittling Tirade From College Student That Brought Him Over To Left

The Onion: Former Conservative Recalls Belittling Tirade From College Student That Brought Him Over To Left

Human Evolution

Science Daily: Fossil footprints challenge established theories of human evolution
summary - Newly discovered human-like footprints from Crete may put the established narrative of early human evolution to the test. The footprints are approximately 5.7 million years old and were made at a time when previous research puts our ancestors in Africa -- with ape-like feet.

Have An Excellent Friday

17th Century work - (If anyone knows who painted this, let us know.)

Lawrence O'Donnell - The 'Church Lady' In Trump's White House


The Palmer Report: Preet Bharara says latest move by Donald Trump’s attorneys is a sign they know he’s in trouble

Vicious Lunatic Resigns

Guardian UK: David Clarke, Milwaukee sheriff and outspoken Trump backer, resigns - County clerk says resignation letter gives no reason for early departure of sheriff, who claimed in May that he was taking a job in the Trump administration

This Is Brutal

Guardian UK: A judge ruled this veteran is a US citizen. Now he faces deportation to Mexico - The case of George Ybarra, currently in an Arizona detention center, has been criticized as a cruel and extraordinary application of immigration laws


NY Times: The Week the Earth Stood Still by Timothy Egan
None of it compares with what we’ve experienced this past week in Texas. When normally sober and stoic scientists start draining the barrel of awful superlatives to describe a summer day off the Gulf Coast, it’s time to pay attention.

Insult To Injury

NY Times: New Hazard in Storm Zone: Chemical Blasts and ‘Noxious’ Smoke By JULIE TURKEWITZ, HENRY FOUNTAIN and HIROKO TABUCHI

The Market On Friday

   Good morning. It is 54 degrees and sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts sunshine and temperatures in the 60s this afternoon. This will be the coolest overall day we've had in these parts in a few months.

  At 9:20 a.m. DOW futures are +62 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open moderately higher.

  According to the news Mueller is now working along with New York's Attorney General in the Trump-Russia probe. All I have to say to that is - FANTASTIC! Get him Mueller, get him!

CNN: Jobs report; NAFTA talks; Gas prices spike by Ivana Kottasová