Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Pardon Me

TPM: Manafort’s Strategy: A Pardon


Washington Post: The Papadopoulos plea has blindsided Republicans By Jennifer Rubin


Slate: The Mueller Three Versus the Watergate Seven - Trump is in much deeper trouble today than Nixon was in September 1972. By Leon Neyfakh

Played Like Fiddles

The Hill: Thousands attended protest organized by Russians on Facebook By Ali Breland


Politico: Clovis said to be 'cooperative witness' in Senate Russia probe By CATHERINE BOUDREAU and JOSH DAWSEY

Pardon Me

NY Times: John Yoo: Trump Can Pardon Manafort. He Shouldn’t. By JOHN YOO


Salon: Donald Trump isn’t taking the Paul Manafort indictment too well: report - A White House in chaos by Matthew Rozsa
"The walls are closing in. Everyone is freaking out," one senior Republican told The Washington Post.

The Onion - Conceptual Genius Goes As Self For Halloween

The Onion: Conceptual Genius Goes As Self For Halloween

Wave Energy

Science Daily: Robotics principles help wave energy converters better absorb power of ocean waves
summary - Compared to wind and solar energy, wave energy has remained relatively expensive and hard to capture, but engineers are working to change that by drawing inspiration from other industries. The engineering team has designed, modeled and tested a control system that doubles the amount of power a wave energy converter can absorb from ocean waves, making electricity produced from wave energy less expensive.

Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by Albarrán and Cabrera

Rachel Maddow - Mueller Flipped Trump Camp Adviser Who Relayed Offers From Russia

Morning Joe - 'This Is Only The Beginning'


The Palmer Report: Preet Bharara says Donald Trump’s advisers are in even deeper trouble than we thought


Guardian UK: The shifting public face of the Trump/Manafort relationship - A timeline of how Trump and his surrogates have talked about indicted former campaign manager Paul Manafort, from ‘great asset’ to distant acquaintance

By George

Guardian UK: Trump adviser George Papadopoulos and the lies about Russian links - Campaign foreign policy aide who attempted to arrange Putin meeting is first to be charged over foreign attempts to interfere in 2016 election

Bad Hair Day

NY Times: Is the White House Scared Yet? By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
You know it’s a bad day for the White House when the president’s former campaign chairman is charged with money laundering, tax fraud, making false statements and failing to register as a foreign agent — and that is only the second most damaging story of the morning.


NY Times: Why George Papadopoulos Is More Dangerous Than Paul Manafort By HARRY LITMAN
This paints perhaps the clearest picture so far of Russia’s attempt to provide assistance to the Trump campaign — and the willingness of at least some campaign staff members to accept that assistance.

Trump Belittles

NY Times: Trump Belittles ‘Low Level’ Adviser Who Tried to Connect With Russia By PETER BAKER
“Few people knew the young, low level volunteer named George, who has already proven to be a liar,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter.

The Market On Tuesday

  At 9:25 a.m. ET DOW futures are +29 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open modestly higher.

CNN: Tech talks about Russia; Qualcomm gets quashed; Earnings galore by Alanna Petroff

Monday, October 30, 2017

126 Million

NY Times: Russian Influence Reached 126 Million Through Facebook Alone By MIKE ISAAC and DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI


The Palmer Report: It looks like (at least) five more arrests are coming soon in Donald Trump’s Russia scandal

Guess Who


The Daily Beast: ‘Putin’s Niece’ Catfished Trump Aide, Offered Kremlin Meeting

Now What

Politico: Where Is Bob Mueller Headed Next? After charges against two Trump campaign members, and a guilty plea from a third, where will the special counsel’s investigation go from here? Eleven legal experts chart a course. By POLITICO MAGAZINE


Salon: Meet the professor who said, “To save democracy, Trump must hang” - Historian Lars Maischak became a right-wing media villain over tweets he describes as “sarcastic” and “predictive”


nola.com: George Papadopoulos, foreign policy adviser to Trump campaign, admits he lied to FBI

The Onion - Nation Curious After Discovering Mysterious, Eccentric Benefactor Paid Off Country’s Debt In Full

The Onion: Nation Curious After Discovering Mysterious, Eccentric Benefactor Paid Off Country’s Debt In Full


Science Daily: Martian landscapes formed from sand 'levitating' on a little boiling water
summary - Scientists have discovered a process that could explain the long-debated mystery of how land features on Mars are formed in the absence of significant amounts of water. Experiments reveal that Mars' thin atmosphere (about 7 mbar -- compared to 1,000 mbar on Earth) combined with periods of relatively warm surface temperatures causes water flowing on the surface to violently boil. This process can then move large amounts of sand and other sediment, which effectively 'levitates' on the boiling water.


Tiny T

Have An Excellent Monday

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Morning Joe - 'This Is Happening Today Because' Trump Fired Jim Comey

Morning Joe - NYT Reporter Offers More Info On Rick Gates


The Palmer Report: Robert Mueller and the Legion of Boom


Guardian UK: When man meets metal: rise of the transhumans - At the borderline of technology and biology, ‘bodyhacking’ pioneers are defying nature to redesign their own bodies. Is this really the future? by Tim Adams
The headline acts of the conference were mostly bodyhackers – DIY experimenters who, in their basements and garages, seek to enhance their own flesh and blood with biometric implants and cognitive enablers. These brave pioneers were extending their senses, overcoming physical limitation, Dan-Daring themselves and the rest of us into the future.

Global Warming - Stupidity Prevails

Guardian UK: Global atmospheric CO2 levels hit record high - UN warns that drastic action is needed to meet climate targets set in the Paris agreement
“Globally averaged concentrations of CO2 reached 403.3 parts per million in 2016, up from 400.00 ppm in 2015 because of a combination of human activities and a strong El Niño event,” according to The Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, the UN weather agency’s annual flagship report.

Charles M. Blow's Latest

NY Times: Checking My Male Privilege by Charles M. Blow

Step One - Manafort

NY Times: Paul Manafort, Who Once Ran Trump Campaign, Indicted on Money Laundering and Tax Charges By MATT APUZZO

The Market On Monday

  At 9:25 a.m. ET DOW futures are -60 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open moderately lower.

CNN: GOP tax reveal to set off 'corporate hunger games' by Matt Egan and Danielle Wiener-Bronner

Friday, October 27, 2017


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

work by Albarrán Cabrera


  Extremist GOPers have adopted Muslim terrorist tactics. Recall the Charlottesville attack.

Salon: Driver plows into pro-immigration protesters in Orange County - Protesters assembled outside a GOPer’s office to oppose his anti-immigrant policies, when they were targeted


Raw Story: Russian lawyer coordinated talking points with Kremlin before meeting with Don Trump Jr.

California Teacher Refuses To Answer Question At Checkpoint, Detained

Please watch this.


Sad And Useless: People Are Making Tiny Trump Photos To Annoy The President

He Did It

NY Times: Talking Points Brought to Trump Tower Meeting Were Shared With Kremlin By SHARON LaFRANIERE and ANDREW E. KRAME
Natalia V. Veselnitskaya arrived at a meeting at Trump Tower in June 2016 hoping to interest top Trump campaign officials in the contents of a memo she believed contained information damaging to the Democratic Party and, by extension, Hillary Clinton.

'It's Money That I Love'

Randy Newman

GOP Play Number One

Salon: Hillary Clinton’s “real Russia scandal”: The vast right-wing conspiracy will never die - Right-wing media’s latest concoction: Stir a few old stories into the cauldron of Hillary hate. It just might work

The Onion - Startling Report Finds Evidence Democrats May Have Attempted To Influence 2016 Election

The Onion: Startling Report Finds Evidence Democrats May Have Attempted To Influence 2016 Election

Outside The Solar System

Science Daily: Small asteroid or comet 'visits' from beyond the solar system
summary - A small, recently discovered asteroid -- or perhaps a comet -- appears to have originated from outside the solar system, coming from somewhere else in our galaxy. If so, it would be the first "interstellar object" to be observed and confirmed by astronomers.

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Itou Shouha

Morning Joe - A Look Back At The Historic Week That Was

Rachel Maddow - Trump Administration Doing A Bad Job Turning Word Into Deed

Curl Away Rex

Business Insider: Rex Tillerson joked about needing to 'curl up in a ball' while looking at a statue in Switzerland


The Palmer Report: It was always going to get this ugly just before Donald Trump’s end

What's What On Flake From The Right

Guardian UK: Flake's fight with Trump: how rightwing pundits saw the latest Republican scrap - Jeff Flake’s broadside at the president prompted some sympathy from elements on the right – but the Trump sycophants were predictably outraged


Guardian UK: Health experts say Trump's opioid response relies on magical thinking - While some welcomed the president’s declaration of a public health emergency to fight the drug crisis others warned it would mean little without extra funding


NY Times: Right and Left React to the Republican Push to Cut Taxes By ANNA DUBENKO
“Quietly, Republicans are also pushing a territorial taxation provision that would make it far easier for multinational corporations to avoid paying even a new 20 percent rate by providing further incentive to stash profits in offshore tax havens.”


NY Times: In Antarctica, Two Crucial Glaciers Accelerate Toward the Sea By JUGAL K. PATEL
The Pine Island and Thwaites glaciers are among the most critical in world. They are currently holding back ice that, if melted, would raise the world’s oceans by nearly four feet over centuries, an amount that would put many coastal cities underwater.

The Market On Friday

  At 9:30 a.m. ET DOW futures are +21 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is opening moderately higher.

CNN: Economy posts impressive growth despite hurricanes by Patrick Gillespie

Thursday, October 26, 2017


Business Insider: An intern at the Trump campaign data firm, Cambridge Analytica, appears to have left sensitive voter targeting tools online for nearly a year by Natasha Bertrand

New Impeachment TV Ad


  I just saw the ad on MSNBC and wanted to check out who was behind it. I liked the ad.

Forbes: This Billionaire Is Spending More Than $10 Million Calling For Trump's Impeachment

Seth Meyers - Trump, Corker, Flake And The GOP Civil War

Colbert Wednesday Night

Bye Bye

The Daily Beast: Bill O’Reilly Also Dropped by His Book Agent

Jimmy Kimmel - Donald Trump Thinks Republican Senators Love Him

Uh Oh

The Daily Beast: Second Woman Accuses George H.W. Bush of Groping


Salon: A guide to surviving Trump, with Joy Behar - Joy Behar is holding nothing back about President Trump on “The View”

The Onion - Russian Interference Had No Impact On Election, Reports Website Created 8 Minutes Ago

The Onion: Russian Interference Had No Impact On Election, Reports Website Created 8 Minutes Ago

Spinal Injury Rehab

Science Daily: Individual with complete spinal cord injury regains voluntary motor function - Extended activity-based training with epidural stimulation resulted in ability to stand and move without stimulation
summary - A man with a complete spinal cord injury, who had lost motor function below the level of the injury, has regained the ability to move his legs voluntarily and stand six years after his injury.

Easy Prey

Politico: The Recruitables: Why Trump’s Team Was Easy Prey for Putin - A former CIA officer looks at the personality traits that might have allowed Russian intelligence to manipulate key members of the president’s inner circle. By ALEX FINLEY


Politico: How to Read the JFK Assassination Files - The government is releasing thousands of long-secret files on Kennedy’s murder. Here are some tips for making sense of all the code names, redactions and confusing jargon. By PHILIP SHENON

Have An Excellent Thursday

work by Itou Shouha

Lawrence O'Donnell - Exposes Donald Trump's False Accusations

Morning Joe - Trump's Approval Rating Hits New Low In Poll


CNN: Trump campaign analytics company contacted WikiLeaks about Clinton emails
The attempt at collaboration raises fresh questions about the willingness of people associated with the Trump campaign to work with Wikileaks for political gain.


The Palmer Report: The Trump-Russia dam has broken

Global Warming - Coal, Sea Levels

Guardian UK: Sea levels to rise 1.3m unless coal power ends by 2050, report says - University of Melbourne paper combines latest understanding on Antarctica and current emissions projection scenarios

Regrets And No Regrets

  This is a very telling article.

Guardian UK: No regrets: one year after they voted for Trump, has he delivered? Some who backed him at the last moment now have buyer’s remorse, but while the stock market lifts their pension funds, Trump loyalists are unwavering by Tom McCarthy in Bangor, Pennsylvania
“But there are those folks that made the call last fall – because they didn’t like Clinton, or they just wanted to blow things up – now a year in, that aren’t enamored any more. They kind of have a bit of buyer’s remorse.”

The Party Of Trump

NY Times: As G.O.P. Bends Toward Trump, Critics Either Give In or Give Up By JONATHAN MARTIN and JEREMY W. PETERS
“There is zero appetite for the ‘Never Trump’ movement in the Republican Party of today,” said Andy Surabian, an adviser to Great America Alliance, the “super PAC” that is aiding primary races against Republican incumbents. “This party is now defined by President Trump and his movement.”


NY Times: Pitched as Calming Force, John Kelly Instead Mirrors Boss’s Priorities By PETER BAKER

The Market On Thursday

  At 9:25 a.m. ET DOW futures are +56 and the price of oil per barrel is flay. The market is poised to open moderately higher

CNN: 8 stocks that could cash in on Trump's tax overhaul by Matt Egan

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


Uplift: The Four Elements of True Love According to Buddha By Francesca F.


Foreign Policy: Republicans Have Stockholm Syndrome, and It’s Getting Worse - The GOP has stopped resisting President Trump and started accelerating his race to the bottom. By Max Boot

Cambridge Analytica

The Daily Beast: Trump Data Guru: I Tried to Team Up With Julian Assange - The head of Cambridge Analytica said he asked the WikiLeaks founder for help finding Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 deleted emails. by Betsy Woodruff

Stephen Colbert Tuesday Night


  I'm a big fan of 'Curb', I'm happy to see it back for a new season.

Salon: How “Curb Your Enthusiasm” captured the black audience - Actor JB Smoove reflects on how his character changed the the audience demographics of “Curb Your Enthusiasm”

The Onion - PT Boat Sent Up Overgrown, Booby-Trapped Potomac River To Find Deranged John Kelly

The Onion: PT Boat Sent Up Overgrown, Booby-Trapped Potomac River To Find Deranged John Kelly


Science Daily: Daydreaming is good: It means you're smart - Brain study suggests mind wandering at work and home may not be as bad as you might think
summary - A new study suggests that daydreaming during meetings isn't necessarily a bad thing. It might be a sign that you're really smart and creative. People with efficient brains may have too much brain capacity to stop their minds from wandering.

Have An Excellent Wednesday

work by Itou Shouha

Morning Joe - We Are Seeing The Coming End Of The GOP

Lawrence O'Donnell - Flake And Corker Know Exactly What They're Doing


The Palmer Report: Mike Pence’s disappearing act

Rev Dr William Barber

Guardian UK: Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr, a new civil rights leader takes center stage
“We’ve got to break through the silence. We’ve got to break through the hate. A breakthrough until every poor person has a guaranteed income.”

'Touched Me From Behind'

Guardian UK: George HW Bush apologizes after actor accuses him of sexual assault - Heather Lind, 34, alleged that the former US president ‘touched me from behind’ when they posed for a photograph several years ago

Beyond Sad

NY Times: Boko Haram strapped suicide bombs to them. Somehow these teenage girls survived.
They came for her at night, she said, grabbing a suicide belt and attaching it to her waist. The fighters then sent her and the 12-year-old girl out on foot, alone, telling them to detonate the bombs at a camp for Nigerian civilians who have fled the violence Boko Haram has inflicted on the region.

Who Will Follow

NY Times: Another Republican Call to Arms, but Who Will Answer? By CARL HULSE
But who — if anyone — will follow?

The Market On Wednesday

  At 9:25 a.m. ET DOW futures are -4 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open in the flat area.

CNN: China power; U.K. GDP; Earnings bonanza by Ivana Kottasová

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

When In Doubt - Clinton!

Politico: House GOP launches probes into Clinton, Obama controversies - Republicans appear to make good on calls from Trump to scrutinize his election rival and White House predecessor. By KYLE CHENEY

'Appalled By Trump'

NBC News: Arizona GOP Sen. Jeff Flake, Appalled by Trump, Won’t Seek Re-Election by Alex Seitz-Wald

How 'Sympathy' Was Made


The Hill: Bannon may run for president

Stephen Colbert Monday Night

Where's Trump?

Salon: Trump curiously silent on terror attack in Virginia - Whenever Trump suspects a Muslim may have committed terrorism, he’s quick. When it’s a white person, he’s silent

The Onion - Trump Called Up For Vietnam Service After Last Of Draft Deferments Expires

The Onion: Trump Called Up For Vietnam Service After Last Of Draft Deferments Expires

Appetite Control

Science Daily: Drug can dramatically reduce weight of people with obesity
summary - A drug that targets the appetite control system in the brain could bring about significant weight loss in people with clinical obesity, according to new research.

Have An Excellent Tuesday

1520-1530 Shaybanid dynasty, Uzbek period

Morning Joe - President Trump 'Blatantly Lies' In New Tweets Against Corker

Morning Joe - Senator Bob Corker Fires Back At Trump

"alert the daycare staff"

One Can Only Hope

The Palmer Report: Political insider: Donald Trump and several others to be indicted in Trump-Russia probe

WTF Of The Day

Guardian UK: Men photographed in crocodile trap dubbed 'idiots of the century' - Group shown swimming into a baited trap at the scene of a recent fatal attack in Queensland have been criticised

Shame On Trump - Eight Prototype Border Walls

Guardian UK: In the shadow of Trump’s walls, locals remain unimpressed - Between San Diego and Tijuana, eight prototype border walls are ready for testing – but will any get built, and will it make a difference if they do?

Krugman's Latest

NY Times: The Doctrine of Trumpal Infallibility
We are ruled by men who never admit error, never apologize and, crucially, never learn from their mistakes.


NY Times: How to Engage a Fanatic by David Brooks
You engage fanaticism with love, first, for your own sake.

The Market On Tuesday

  At 9:25 a.m. ET DOW futures are +143 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: McDonald's earnings; Stock streak ends; Trump and the Fed by Ivana Kottasová

Monday, October 23, 2017


Guardian UK: Stephen Hawking's expanding universes thesis breaks the internet - Demand for 1966 PhD work, made freely available for the first time, crashes Cambridge’s repository website

Properties Of Expanding Universes

Chris Matthews - Niger Attack Likely A Set-Up, Officials Say

'The Mechanics Of History' By Yoann Bourgeois

watch this


Fiona Apple

A Run For Their Money In 2018

Politico: Democrats’ early money haul stuns GOP - A historic number of well-funded candidates have flooded Republican House districts ahead of 2018. By ELENA SCHNEIDER

CNN Launches Facts Matter Ad


Salon: We can’t let afford to let this guy control the national narrative - Donald Trump’s only true goals are control and attention. Stop giving him what he craves, and he’ll be powerless

The Onion - 'He Made The Ultimate Sacrifice,' Trump Tells Military Widow About Scooby-Doo Putting Up With Scrappy-Doo

The Onion: 'He Made The Ultimate Sacrifice,' Trump Tells Military Widow About Scooby-Doo Putting Up With Scrappy-Doo


Science Daily: Pollution responsible for 16 percent of early deaths globally
summary - Diseases caused by pollution were responsible in 2015 for an estimated 9 million premature deaths -- 16 percent of all deaths worldwide, according to a report.

Have An Excellent Monday

work by Itou Shouha

A New Low

MSNBC: Evidence contradicts Trump claims on calls to soldiers’ families By Steve Benen

Morning Joe - Trump Undercuts Gold Star Widow In New Tweet


The Palmer Report: As his scandals close in on him, Donald Trump takes first step toward murdering his political opponents


Guardian UK: John McCain takes aim at Donald Trump over Vietnam medical deferment - Arizona senator says it is wrong that some avoided war draft - ‘The highest-income level found a doctor that would say they had a bone spur’


Guardian UK: Roman Polanski accused of sexually assaulting 10-year-old girl in 1975 - Marianne Barnard – the fifth woman to make abuse allegations against the film director – claims Polanski molested her during a photoshoot in California

Charles M. Blow's Latest

NY Times: Trump’s Boogeymen? Women by Charles M. Blow
Donald Trump has a particular taste for the degradation of racial, ethnic and religious minorities and women...


NY Times: Jimmy Carter Lusts for a Trump Posting by Maureen Dowd
Carter noted that in the primary, “We voted for Sanders.”

The Market On Monday

  At 9:30 a.m. ET DOW futures are +36 and the price of oil per barrel is up. the market has opened moderately higher.

CNN: Japan election landslide; Chaos in Catalonia; European populism by Ivana Kottasová

Hang On

Defense One: EXCLUSIVE: US Preparing to Put Nuclear Bombers Back on 24-Hour Alert


Business Insider: It looks like another Trump adviser has significantly changed his story about the GOP's dramatic shift on Ukraine

Tidal Wave - One Can Only HOpe

National Journal: House GOP Fears Wave in 2018 as Money Woes Grow - The odds of Nancy Pelosi becoming speaker again are rising as Republican donors show frustration over the party’s stalled agenda on Capitol Hill.

Friday, October 20, 2017


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

work by Paul Sérusier


Inquisitr: Trump's Downward Mental Health Spiral


NY Times: The Self-Dealing Presidency of Donald Trump


Kate Bush

Go With Wilson

The Daily Beast: Frederica Wilson vs. Trump and Now John Kelly? Easy—Go With Wilson - The South Florida congresswoman was in Myeshia Johnson’s car because she had known La David Johnson since he was a schoolboy. She. Is. Not. Lying.

Go Home

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


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

Hate Speech

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


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

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

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

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Nicholas Roerich


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

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

No Proof

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


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


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


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

It's A Secret

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

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

The Market On Friday

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

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

Thursday, October 19, 2017

GW Bush Goes After Trump

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

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

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


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

Yes Or No


  The group is based in Albany NY.

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


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


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

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

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


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

Have An Excellent Thursday

work by Nicholas Roerich

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

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


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

Niger Cover Up

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

Moon Cave

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

Dire Ecological Warning As Insect Numbers Decline

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

Trump - Just Shut Up

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

Charles M. Blow's Latest

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

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


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

The Market On Thursday

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

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

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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

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


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

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

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

Hong Kong

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


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


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

Alternative Reality

Axios: Trump's alternative reality, part two


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

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

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

Forests And You

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

Have An Excellent Wednesday

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

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

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

  I implore you to watch this.

One Can Hope

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

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

Too Risqué

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


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

Spiteful Juvenile Trump

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

Self Absorption

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

The Market On Wednesday

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

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

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Roland Blues Cube Hot Vs Fender Blues Junior Guitar Amplifier

But, But, But, Benghazi

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


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

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

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


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

Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by Nicholas Roerich

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

Chris Matthews - Trump Never Takes Responsibility


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


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


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


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

Krugman's Latest

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

The Market On Tuesday

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

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

Monday, October 16, 2017


Ron Wood Shows Off His Guitars

Adult Day Care

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

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

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

Shape Up

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

Have An Excellent Monday

work by Nicholas Roerich

MSNBC - Trump White House Mired In Chaos


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


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

Information War

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

Republican War

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

Doesn't Understand

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


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

A New Hero

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

The Market On Monday

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

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

Friday, October 13, 2017


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

work by Paul Sérusier


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

Kasich And Hickenlooper On Trump's ACA Move


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

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

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


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

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Nicholas Roerich

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

Morning Joe - Pressure On Dems And GOP After ACA Order


The Palmer Report: Donald Trump is a senile zombie


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

Spiteful Lunatic Destroys Healthcare

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

Krugman's Latest

NY Times: Let Them Eat Paper Towels


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

The Market On Friday

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

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

Thursday, October 12, 2017

It's Time

Washington Post: Republicans, it’s time to panic


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


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

'Professor Marston And The Wonder Women'



Please Read This

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

Trump On Economics

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


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

Best Comment

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

Digby's Latest

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

The Onion

The Onion: EPA Promotes Pulsating Black Sludge To Deputy Director

The Moon

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

Have An Excellent Thursday

work by Tristan Pigott

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

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


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


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

Migration To Florida

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


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

Heroin In The Bronx

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


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

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

North Korea

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

The Market On Thursday

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

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

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


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

Self Destructive

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


BBC News: Trump threatens broadcaster NBC after nuclear report


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



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

Attraction To Violence

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

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

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


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

Stephen Found Trump's IQ Test Results

Eminem Rips Donald Trump In BET Hip Hop Awards Freestyle Cypher

Have An Excellent Wednesday

work by Tristan Pigott

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

The Lies

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

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

Trump And Eminem

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

Adult Day Care

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


  Seriously, how could she not have known.

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


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

Reduced To Dust

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

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

The Market On Wednesday

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

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