Monday, February 27, 2017

Respite

  The blog will be closed for rest and relaxation from Monday February 27th through Sunday March 5th, reopening bright and early Monday morning March 6th. Basically, I'm taking a week off.

Meanwhile check this out - Thousands of furious Trump fans can’t stop visiting a website that pretends Clinton won By Peter Holley

And here is the site in question, it's fun - President Hillary Rodham Clinton - News From The Real America, Where The Majority Rules

Also we see that Trump is foregoing the Correspondents Dinner. What's he afraid of? - Washington Post: Trump to skip White House correspondents’ dinner: ‘No reason for him to go in and sit and pretend’

The Russia story continues to unfold and as it does, Trump is lashing out in an attempt to direct attention away from his problem. According to Trump everything is fake news. Take it from someone who does it best.

Have an excellent week!

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Closed

  The blog is closed on weekends. See you bright and early Monday morning.

work by Paul Sérusier



Lies

NY Times: Fact Check: Trump Blasts ‘Fake News’ and Repeats Inaccurate Claims at CPAC By LINDA QIU

No Threat

Associated Press: DHS report disputes threat from banned nations

Disgraceful

NY Times: White House Bars Times and Other News Outlets From Briefing By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM

Very Sick Man

Raw Story: Trump White House blocks CNN, NYT, LA Times, Politico and others from media briefing

'F*** You'

Lily Allen - an anthem for the Trump era.

David Brooks' Latest

NY Times: The National Death Wish by David Brooks

The Onion - Nation’s Schools To Ensure Bullied Transgender Students Hide In Stalls Of Bathrooms Corresponding To Biological Sex

The Onion: Nation’s Schools To Ensure Bullied Transgender Students Hide In Stalls Of Bathrooms Corresponding To Biological Sex

Stress And Obesity

Science Daily: Long-term stress linked to higher levels of obesity, hair samples show - People who suffer long-term stress may also be more prone to obesity
summary - People who suffer long-term stress may also be more prone to obesity, according to research that involved examining hair samples for levels of cortisol, a hormone which regulates the body's response to stress.

Have An Excellent Friday

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How To Beat Trump

The Washington Post: My country had its own Trump. Here’s how we beat him. By Dalibor Rohac
...Vladimir Meciar...prime minister...of Slovakia, larger-than-life personality and bombastic rhetoric filled much of the media space, often with lies and conspiracies.

MSNBC - GOP Congressman, Constituents Were Not Paid

Tillerson

Guardian UK: Tillerson endures 'tough trip' to Mexico as Trump stokes 'bad dudes' rhetoric - US secretary of state and homeland security chief hold talks in Mexico - Tillerson admits differences as president defends deportation policy
The foreign minister, who is a close aide to Peña Nieto, declared that Mexico would defend its people living in the United States and go to the United Nations if necessary. He also rejected any suggestions that non-Mexican deportees would be deported to Mexico, dismissing the US proposals as “unilateral”.

Momentive

Guardian UK: 'I was naive': after losing healthcare battle, factory workers fear next blow - After 105 days on strike, the billionaires – including Donald Trump’s ‘jobs czar’ – won, leaving many Momentive workers unhappy and worried about their futures
...14 miles north of Albany, the sprawling Momentive Performance Materials factory in Waterford has supplied generations of upstate New Yorkers with secure, well-paid, blue-collar jobs.

Bathroom-Gate

NY Times: Bathroom Case Puts Transgender Student on National Stage By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
With Mr. Trump’s decision this week to rescind protections for transgender students that allowed them to use bathrooms corresponding with their gender identity, the next stop is the Supreme Court, where Mr. Grimm — an engaging yet slightly awkward young man — is the lead plaintiff in a case that could settle the contentious “bathroom debate.”

Good

NY Times: Weakened Democrats Bow to Voters, Opting for Total War on Trump By JONATHAN MARTIN and ALEXANDER BURNS
Now, spurred by explosive protests and a torrent of angry phone calls and emails from constituents — and outraged themselves by Mr. Trump’s swift moves to enact a hard-line agenda — Democrats have all but cast aside any notion of conciliation with the White House. Instead, they are mimicking the Republican approach of the last eight years — the “party of no” — and wagering that brash obstruction will pay similar dividends.

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. It is cloudy and 50 degrees here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a cloudy day with temperatures around 70 degrees this afternoon. By the end of today there will be very little snow left from our massive storms of just two weeks ago. Back to square one we go.

  At 9:15 a.m. ET the DOW is -94 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open significantly lower.

  The market's record run over the past 10 days may be in trouble today, although as I write, the day is still young and things can always change. It's still about fourth quarter corporate reports with the focus being on retailers. Notice that it is the weight of Democrats fearing for our lives under the Trump administration that is dragging on consumer sentiment.

CNN: Dow winning streak; Retailers need therapy; Consumers confident? by Alanna Petroff
A final reading of the Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index for February will be published at 10 a.m. ET. A preliminary reading for February showed sentiment dropped, pulled down by Democratic supporters who are worried about the future.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Ms Misconduct 2017

Washington Post: Law professors file misconduct complaint against Kellyanne Conway

An Embarrassment

The Washington Post: A majority of Americans are embarrassed by President Trump By Philip Bump

What's What

Axios: The backup plan on Trump's infrastructure package by Mike Allen and Jonathan Swan

Cowards

The Kansas City Star: Editorial: Cowardly members of Congress should show up and face the public at town-hall meetings

Inhumane

Salon: Brain tumor patient removed from hospital, detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement - It's the latest in a string of charges that ICE is going treating people inhumanely by Matthew Rozsa
An undocumented Salvadoran immigrant known only as Sara was involuntarily taken to Prairieland Detention Center despite suffering from a brain tumor, according to a report by The Hill. At the time she was apprehended Sara was a patient at Huguley Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, and receiving treatment for her ailment.

The Onion - Expert On International Jewish Conspiracy Has Never Been More Than 40 Miles Outside Council Bluffs, Iowa

The Onion: Expert On International Jewish Conspiracy Has Never Been More Than 40 Miles Outside Council Bluffs, Iowa

Resveratrol And Lungs

Science Daily: Resveratrol may be an effective intervention for lung aging
summary - Researchers demonstrate, for the first time that inhaled resveratrol treatments slow aging-related degenerative changes in mouse lung. Lung aging, characterized by airspace enlargement and decreasing lung function, is a significant risk factor for chronic human lung diseases.

Have An Excellent Thursday

work by Firmin Baes

Chris Hayes - Angry Town Hall Crowds Confront GOP

Fantastic!

I Love It

Guardian UK: New Jersey congressman grilled at town hall amid 'resistance recess' protests - Leonard Lance faces questions over healthcare, Russia and pushing back against Donald Trump from mostly hostile crowd
It was one of many overflowing town halls this week, as constituents angry that members of Congress haven’t pushed back against President Trump have organized across the US to exert direct pressure, and have besieged the typically sedate constituent meetings with protest signs and shouts.

Trappist - 1 Exoplanets

Guardian UK: Exoplanet discovery: seven Earth-sized planets spotted orbiting nearby star - Exoplanets found orbiting Trappist-1 raise hope that the hunt for alien life beyond the solar system can start much sooner than previously thought
Any life that gained a foothold and the capacity to look up would have a remarkable view from a Trappist-1 world. From the fifth planet, considered the most habitable, the salmon-pink star would loom 10 times larger than the sun in our sky. The other planets would soar overhead as their orbits required, appearing up to twice the size of the moon as seen from Earth. “It would be a beautiful show,” said Amaury Triaud at the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge University

Paranoid And Going Into Hiding

  The real Trump is coming forth with this vindictiveness. He likes to make people feel scared, that his thing. Throw the sadist log onto the Trump mental illness bonfire.

NY Times: Immigrants Hide, Fearing Capture on ‘Any Corner’ By VIVIAN YEE
“I don’t want to go to the store, to church — they are looking everywhere, and they know where to find us,” said Meli, who asked that her last name not be used out of fear of getting caught. “They could be waiting for us anywhere. Any corner, any block.”

Orange Marshmallow Menace Strikes Again

  What bullshit, and just yesterday he was talking about healing the divides in the country.

NY Times: Trump Rescinds Rules on Bathrooms for Transgender Students By JEREMY W. PETERS, JO BECKER and JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
Individual schools will remain free to let transgender students use the bathrooms with which they are most comfortable. And the effect of the administration’s decision will not be immediate because a federal court had already issued a nationwide injunction barring enforcement of the Obama order.

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is mostly sunny and 48 degrees here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts clouds later and temperatures in the high 60s this afternoon. We'll have temperatures in the 60s for the next three days and the snow is really retreating quickly from our wham bam multiple snow storm havoc of less than two weeks ago. If I didn't know better I would say it's an extremely early Spring. There is still some time for Winter to play out a bit more but plants are probably a little freaked out right about now.

  At 9:15 a.m. ET the DOW is +41 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open moderately higher.

  The indexes continue to rise. If corporate earnings are good then the indexes rise - corporate reports are coming in strong. And that is the bottom line name of the game.

CNN: Dow on fire; Nordstrom earnings; Tesla gets a jolt by Alanna Petroff
The index has posted gains for nine consecutive trading sessions, and is currently at an all-time high.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Accountable

New Yorker: Holding Trump Accountable - After a month in office, he has already proved himself unable to discharge his duties. But the only people with real leverage over him won’t use it. By George Packer

Discrimination

Huffington Post: White House: States Should Get To Decide Whether To Discriminate Against LGBTQ Students - “The president has maintained for a long time that this is a states’ rights issue and not one for the federal government.” By Amanda Terkel

The Onion - 30-Million-Year-Old Species Worried It Doesn’t Have Another Evolution In It

The Onion: 30-Million-Year-Old Species Worried It Doesn’t Have Another Evolution In It

Food Waste

Science Daily: Fifth of world's food lost to over-eating and waste, study finds
summary - Almost 20 per cent of the food made available to consumers is lost through over-eating or waste, a study suggests. The world population consumes around 10 per cent more food than it needs, while almost nine per cent is thrown away or left to spoil, researchers say.

Lawrence O'Donnell - 'Duty To Warn'

  Psychiatrists warn on Trump.

Have An Excellent Wednesday

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Only Republicans

MSNBC: Annoyed by pushback, Trump takes aim at progressive activism By Steve Benen
Elected Republican officials, in Trump’s mind, should focus on representing “Republican people.” Others may speak up and petition the government for redress of grievances, but as far as Trump is concerned, their voices are neither important nor relevant.

MSNBC - Voters Shout Down Republican Lawmakers At Town Hall

Global Warming - CPac

Guardian UK: 'Banning poor people from jobs' – and other talks from the CPac conference - The US conservative jamboree made headlines after ‘disinviting’ Milo Yiannopoulos – but there’s still plenty of rightwing rhetoric to go around
Thursday

9.30am Fake Climate News Camouflaging an Anti-Capitalist Agenda – And What President Trump Plans To Do About It

Talk sponsored by the charming folks at Energy and Environment Legal Institute, an organisation that litigiously pursues climate scientists.

Mexican Call Centers Await Flood Of Deportees

  Consider the irony - you call corporation x about some issue and you speak with a representative based in Mexico, someone who was recently deported from the USA. Talk about an opportunity to exercise some type of revenge...

Guardian UK: Mexico call centers await ‘huge pool of talent’ if Trump keeps deportation pledge - Employing native English speakers who understand US culture would give call centers an edge over rivals in India and the Philippines in billion-dollar industry
The booming industry needs English speakers to service US customers, and the US president seems set to oblige with a deportation force that could banish record numbers of Americanized Mexicans south of the border.

'The Risk Of Injustice Is Profound'

NY Times: Mr. Trump’s ‘Deportation Force’ Prepares an Assault on American Values By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
When every local law enforcement encounter can be a prelude to deportation, unauthorized immigrants will fear and avoid the police. And when state and local officers untrained in immigration law suddenly get to decide who stays and who goes, the risk of injustice is profound.

The Deportation Force

NY Times: New Trump Deportation Rules Allow Far More Expulsions - By MICHAEL D. SHEAR and RON NIXON
...to publicize crimes by undocumented immigrants; strip such immigrants of privacy protections; enlist local police officers as enforcers; erect new detention facilities; discourage asylum seekers; and, ultimately, speed up deportations.

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is currently cloudy and 43 degrees here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a cloudy day with temperatures in the high 50s this afternoon. The forecast also predicts a series of days in the 60s starting tomorrow along with a boatload of rain. It's nice having the light return, counting the half hour or so of light we get after sunset and before sunrise, we get just about 12 hours of light right now and the light is increasing each day. I'm up at 5:30 a.m. so I see it getting light out up around 6:15 now.

  At 9:20 a.m. ET the DOW is +93 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

  Investors are eager to push the indexes up and we are still in the midst of quite a market spurt.

CNN: Investors feel greedy; Tracking Tesla; Fed minutes by Alanna Petroff
The Federal Reserve will publish the minutes from its January meeting at 2 p.m. ET. It could serve as an opportunity for the Fed to hint at a possible March rate hike.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Defiance

New Yorker: Trump’s Radical Anti-Americanism - As the President rejects our foundational principles, all we can turn to is our instinct for shared defiance. By Adam Gopnik

Moore's Ten Point Plan

HuffPo: Do These 10 Things, And Trump Will Be Toast

Kurt Eichenwald's Latest

Newsweek: Why the Flynn-Russia Affair Is So Troubling for Donald Trump By Kurt Eichenwald

Read It And Weep


Authentic American Troubled Soul

  It's interesting, the story of Jesus surrounds the movement of a supreme spiritual leader whose simplicity of lifestyle, humility, morality, and nobility of spirit eventually earns him the banishment of the state and torturous execution. Of course Jesus is not forgotten but is fundamental to Christianity, his namesake. Then along comes Trump whose lifestyle represents an utter disdain for humility, morality, nobility of spirit etc etc etc, and he is made the supreme leader while simultaneously seeking to strengthen and deepen his power at the expense of democracy, and yet he is supported by the Christians. Milo is more or less a barnacle on the underbelly of the Trump Titanic.

Salon: Breitbart considers firing Milo Yiannopoulos after extreme backlash for comments: report - Critics of those who gave Milo a platform are not impressed with Breitbart and Simon & Schuster's latest statements by Taylor Link

The Round Up

SMH.

NY Times: New Trump Deportation Rules Allow Far More Expulsions By RON NIXON and MICHAEL D. SHEAR
The program faces resistance from many states and dozens of so-called sanctuary cities, which have refused to allow their law enforcement workers to help round up undocumented individuals.

From Russia

MSNBC: Russian confirmations complicate dubious White House denials by Steve Benen
...despite the White House’s denials, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak have both said, on the record, that Vladimir Putin’s government was in communications with the Trump campaign before Election Day in the U.S.

The Onion - Trump Staffer Grateful To Work With So Many People He Could Turn Over To FBI In Exchange For Immunity

The Onion: Trump Staffer Grateful To Work With So Many People He Could Turn Over To FBI In Exchange For Immunity

Brain Interface

Science Daily: Brain-computer interface advance allows fast, accurate typing by people with paralysis
summary - A brain-to-computer hookup can enable people with paralysis to type via direct brain control at the highest speeds and accuracy levels reported to date, a clinical research publication has demonstrated.

Reactions

poynter.org: Journalists react to being called ‘the enemy of the American people’ By Benjamin Mullin

Duck And Cover

San Francisco Chronicle: Ex-spy Plame’s big worries: ‘reckless’ president, nuclear weapons By Kevin Fagan
Plame said she sees the country heading into a dangerously unstable period that just might result in disaster involving her No. 1 concern of the past several years:

Nuclear bombs.

Blame it on President Trump, his reckless ways, and the “low-quality people he surrounds himself with,” she said.

'Chained To The Rhythm'

Katy Perry

Have An Excellent Tuesday

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Maddow - Trump Deportation Memos Show Stripping Of Immigrant Protections

Blond On Blond

Guardian UK: Why do all the women on Fox News look and dress alike? Republicans prefer blondes - From pundits like Ann Coulter to Kellyanne Conway, American rightwingers are a uniform vision of don’t scare-the-horses dressing
The uniformity of this style suggests a political statement which, indeed, it is. Theirs is a look that defiantly embraces the most conservative notions of femininity and firmly rejects any idea of modernity, let alone feminism. The idea of dressing for themselves – to have fun, to experiment with different styles – is as anathema to them as questioning the political, social and moral beliefs they have absorbed since they were 14 years old.

He's Still Going

Guardian UK: MPs pour scorn on 'racist and sexist' Donald Trump in state visit debate - Three-hour debate on whether invitation to US president should be revoked comes after 1.8 million people sign petition
The US president was compared to a “petulant child” and had his intelligence questioned by MPs during a three-hour debate triggered after more than 1.8 million people signed a petition urging Theresa May to cancel her invitation.

Stick It To Them

NY Times: What to Watch: Republicans Return to Town Halls, and Protesters Follow By THOMAS KAPLAN, TRIP GABRIEL and LIZETTE ALVAREZ
Many (chickenshit) lawmakers have no such meetings scheduled — sparing them the possibility of a “YouTube moment,” but opening them up to criticism that they are ducking their constituents.

Actors Get Down

NY Times: Political Drama at This Year’s Oscars? Yes, Very Likely By CARA BUCKLEY
Clearly, staying apolitical was no longer an option for many Hollywood players, which likely will affect the character of the Academy Awards ceremony.

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is cloudy and 28 degrees here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a partly cloudy day with temperatures in the high 40s this afternoon. Looking ahead the longer range forecast is predicting temperatures in the 60s Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with Thursday even approaching 70 degrees. That pretty much is going to mess with nature in all kinds of ways considering we are technically still in the middle of Winter. The snow continues to retreat, even the high piles at the end of parking lots are shrinking.

  At 9:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are +66 and the price of oil per barrel is up now closing in on $55 per barrel, the highest it's been in roughly over 2 years. The market is poised to open moderately higher.

  The market continues to forge ahead into new positive territory. Oil is more costly and so expect higher gas prices, they will creep up and up. Today it's also about fourth quarter corporate results from major retailers. Party on.

CNN: Retailers report; Central bank chatter; Stock rally resumes? by Alanna Petroff
Top officials from the U.S. Federal Reserve are expected to make public speeches Tuesday, which could give investors more insights into their expectations for the U.S. economy and interest rates.

Monday, February 20, 2017

CIA Veteran Quits Because Of Trump

A Matter Of Time

Reuters: U.S. inquiries into Russian election hacking include three FBI probes

Alternative Friendship


Alternative Math

2 + 6 = 33

2 x 5 = 87,000

6 - 1 = 9

Rebuild Sweden


'I Just Don't Get It'

Salon: Donald Trump’s supporters have trouble understanding why liberals are shunning them - Trump supporters say they were bullied into supporting a very disliked president by Matthew Rozsa

Washington Post: Trump supporters see a successful president — and are frustrated with critics who don’t
“If he hadn’t gotten into office, 70,000 miners would have been put out of work,” Patricia Nana, a 42-year-old naturalized citizen from Cameroon. “I saw the ceremony where he signed that bill, giving them their jobs back, and he had miners with their hard hats and everything — you could see how happy they were.”

The regulation actually would have cost relatively few mining jobs and would have created nearly as many new jobs on the regulatory side, according to a government report — an example of the frequent distance between Trump’s rhetoric, which many of his supporters wholeheartedly believe, and verifiable facts.

The Onion - Last Remaining Ivory-Billed Woodpecker Really Squandering Species’ Final Weeks

The Onion: Last Remaining Ivory-Billed Woodpecker Really Squandering Species’ Final Weeks

Titanium Dioxide In Foods

Science Daily: Food additive found in candy, gum could alter digestive cell structure and function - Small intestinal cells hindered by chronic exposure to common food additive
summary - The ability of small intestine cells to absorb nutrients and act as a barrier to pathogens is 'significantly decreased' after chronic exposure to nanoparticles of titanium dioxide, a common food additive found in everything from chewing gum to bread, according to new research.

'Hate Has No Home Here'

Philly Voice: 'Hate Has No Home Here' signs spark thefts, nasty anonymous letters

Have An Excellent Monday

work by Laura Ellen Bacon

MSNBC - Joe: Trump's Media Statement 'Very, Very Dangerous'

Bonkers

MSNBC: Trump points to imagined violence at brazenly dishonest rally By Steve Benen
Take a moment to appreciate how bonkers this is. The sitting president believes major news outlets pretend to have sources in order to publish made-up stories. That’s obviously absurd, but it’s also an unnerving example of projection: Trump, whose rise to political notoriety was based in large part on racist conspiracy theories, has a habit of making up sources and conversations in order to make one false claim after another.

More Like Oroville

Guardian UK: Expect to see more emergencies like Oroville Dam in a hotter world - Scientists predicted decades ago that climate change would add stress to water management systems like Oroville Dam
Northern California is in the midst of its wettest rainy season on record – twice as wet as the 20th century average, and 35% wetter than the previous record year. It proved to be almost too much for America’s tallest dam to handle. Water managers were forced to use Oroville Dam’s emergency spillway for the first time ever, which then began to erode, posing the threat of a failure and catastrophic flooding of nearby towns.

Ally

  Is there a creepier person out there? Stone...

Guardian UK: Trump ally Roger Stone: Americans can now choose 'alternative' truths - Stone’s book The Making of the President is presented as an in-depth look at how the country’s ‘greatest salesman’ took office, with help from alternative media
Stone began by discussing how Trump courted a plethora of new rightwing websites such as Breitbart and Infowars during the election campaign as a way of bypassing mainstream media and reaching out to a previously untapped audience of disgruntled white working-class voters. “This is the election in which the tipping point was reached,” he said. “The pendulum swung away from the mainstream media, which lost their hammer-lock monopoly on the dissemination of political information.”

Trump Diplomacy

NY Times: A Back-Channel Plan for Ukraine and Russia, Courtesy of Trump Associates By MEGAN TWOHEY and SCOTT SHANE
Mr. Sater, 50, a Russian-American, pleaded guilty to a role in a stock manipulation scheme decades ago that involved the Mafia. Mr. Artemenko spent two and a half years in jail in Kiev in the early 2000s on embezzlement charges, later dropped, which he said had been politically motivated.

Krugman's Latest

NY Times: On Economic Arrogance by Paul Krugman
In Trumpworld, numbers are what you want them to be, and anything else is fake news.

The Market Is Closed On Presidents Day

  Good morning it is sunny and 37 degrees here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a sunny day with temperatures in the low 40s this afternoon. It is brilliant outside, the birds are chirping up a storm and it's still February. The longer range forecast has it going up into the 60s by Thursday and continuing like that. This is quite out of the ordinary. We are told by the climate scientists that the Northeast will experience global warming stronger than most regions of the world. There will come a time relatively soon apparently when we will no longer have any snow through the Winter.

  The question being asked this morning is, can the Trump rally continue? First off, Trump has very little to do with the economy at this point. Give it a few months, even a year, then he can own it. Second, no, it will not continue at least not indefinitely. Since when does the market continuously rise, it does not. Eventually we hit the wall, that's how it works.

CNN: Earnings, earnings and more earnings; Can the Trump rally continue? by Minyoung Park
The stock market has been performing well ever since Trump took office. The Dow and S&P 500 are at record highs. Investors will be curious to see if the stocks can keep it up next week.

By The Numbers

NPR: The America Donald Trump Is Inheriting, By The Numbers

Friday, February 17, 2017

Closed

  The blog is closed on weekends. See you bright and early Monday morning.

work by Paul Sérusier



The Trump Axe

NY Times: Popular Domestic Programs Face Ax Under First Trump Budget By SHARON LaFRANIERE and ALAN RAPPEPORT
...the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Legal Services Corporation, AmeriCorps and the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities.

Fukushima

CBS News: Robot probes show Japan reactor cleanup worse than expected

China

Bipartisan Report: Trump Team Enters Panic Mode After Report Of Impeachable China Payoff Emerges By Olive Murphy

Maine Governor On Trump

  If you know anything about LePage, you will find this to be pure jaw slapping material.

The Hill: GOP governor to Trump: 'The TV show’s over’ By Mark Hensch
“We’ve got to tell him that the TV show’s over and that he’s gotta move on now,” LePage said on Newsradio WGAN, as first reported by CNN.

39% Approve, 56% Disapprove

  Lowest popularity of any president at this point in their presidency.

Pew Research Center: 1. Early public attitudes about Donald Trump

McCain

The Washington Post: John McCain just systematically dismantled Donald Trump’s entire worldview By Aaron Blake
“They would be alarmed by the growing inability -- and even unwillingness -- to separate truth from lies.”

Scary

Huffington Post: Scarier Than ‘Psycho’: Twitter Erupts Over Trump’s ‘Bats**t’ Press Conference
"Listening to Trump's bullshit today was like being the designated driver responsible for bringing your drunk friend home."

Krugman's Latest

NY Times: The Silence of the Hacks by Paul Krugman

'Deep State' America

NY Times: As Leaks Multiply, Fears of a ‘Deep State’ in America

The Onion - Open-Minded Man Tries To Get News From Variety Of Facebook Friends

The Onion: Open-Minded Man Tries To Get News From Variety Of Facebook Friends

Aging

Science Daily: Research sheds light on mechanisms underlying aging - Rogers Lab makes key finding in cell process crucial to slowed aging from dietary restriction, bringing us one step closer to human therapeutics
Scientists have known for decades that drastically restricting certain nutrients without causing malnutrition prolongs health and lifespan in a wide range of species, but the molecular mechanisms underlying this effect have remained a mystery. Now new research sheds light on an important genetic pathway underlying this effect, raising the possibility that therapies can be developed to prolong healthy human lifespan.

Have An Excellent Friday

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MSNBC - Trump Has No Humility, Curiosity Or Humor

MSNBC - Bi-Partisan Committee On Russian Hacking

Guardian UK - Trump Has Divided America. Can He Really Make It Great Again?

Very Differently

Guardian UK: Trump loyalists stand by their man – but the resistance is taking root
Trump supporters see things very differently.

They think the president is off to a fine start, with understandable hiccups given the extent to which he and his people are honest-to-God government outsiders. They echo White House strategist Steve Bannon’s labeling of the media as “the opposition party” and blame the press for trying to tear Trump down. They see the protesters as petulant malcontents and repeat Trump’s accusation that some of them are surely getting paid to demonstrate.

David Brooks' Latest

  This is a must read.

NY Times: What a Failed Trump Administration Looks Like by David Brooks
The likelihood is this: We’re going to have an administration that has morally and politically collapsed, without actually going away.

Yes

NY Times: Is It Time to Call Trump Mentally Ill? by Richard A. Friedman
So the nation doesn’t need a shrink to help it to decide whether President Trump is fit to serve, mentally or otherwise. Presidents should be judged on the merits of their actions, statements and, I suppose, their tweets. No experts are needed for that — just common sense.

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. It is 25 degrees and mostly sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a sunny-ish day with temperatures around 36 degrees this afternoon. The long range forecast predicts a warming trend with temperatures in the 40s and 50s over the next week. That, is pretty warm for this neck of the woods in February. Well the dust is settling after that utterly bizarre press conference from Dear Leader. The world's most brilliant, endowed, fundamentally perfect human being, a man who transcends humility and manners, and let's not forget that he's a billionaire and won the election with the greatest electoral vote total since George Washington, put America in it's place, but good. We underprivileged, light weights need to bow down to Dear Leader, a man whose every word acts like a saber cutting through the dimention-less drivel of a vast lying hateful conspiracy, promulgating deception, poverty, and corporate regulations through this great land. All hail Dear Leader.

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

  The head of Samsung is now being carted off to jail for a list of corruption charges a mile long. Do I have to throw my Samsung phone away? Looks like the market is taking a pause, a step back as it were, as investors reassess.

CNN: Samsung arrest; Trump visits Boeing; Investors pause by Alanna Petroff
The (equities) push higher has been attributed to President Trump's plans to boost business, cut taxes and deregulate various sectors of the economy.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

This Explains Everything

Medium.com: Why Liberals Are Wrong About Trump

No Improvement

  He's restating the same crazed BS he pumped out throughout the campaign, except it's crazier.

The Washington Post: Donald Trump’s combative, grievance-filled press conference, annotated By Aaron Blake

Dismissing The Democrats

Raw Story: Trump just gave a weapons-grade crazy press conference — here are the 6 most insane moments
4. Trump dismisses GOP town hall protesters because most of them are Democrats...most of those people weren’t the people who voted for Republicans in the first place, and thus shouldn’t be taken into consideration.”They are not the Republican people that our representatives represent,” the president said of the protesters.

Colbert - Trump, Russia

Unfit To Serve

The Washington Post: Admit it: Trump is unfit to serve by E.J. Dionne Jr.
Isn’t it rash to declare him unfit after so little time?

The answer is no, because the Trump we are seeing now is fully consistent with the vindictive, self-involved and scattered man we saw during the 17 months of his campaign. In one of the primary debates, Jeb Bush said of Trump: “He’s a chaos candidate and he’d be a chaos president.” Rarely has a politician been so prophetic.

The Onion - Surgeon General Recommends Twisting Head Far Enough Until You Hear Little Pop

The Onion: Surgeon General Recommends Twisting Head Far Enough Until You Hear Little Pop

Using Cancer Against Cancer

Science Daily: Tumor-targeting system uses cancer's own mechanisms to betray its location
summary - By hijacking a cancer cell's own metabolism, researchers have found a way to tag and target elusive cancers with small-molecule sugars. This opens treatment pathways for cancers that are not responsive to conventional targeted antibodies, such as triple-negative breast cancer.

Opposition

Axios: The media IS the opposition party by Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen

Truth Be Told


Have An Excellent Thursday

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Morning Joe - 'You Keep Lying, We'll Keep Reporting About It'

All Over The Road

MSNBC: White House struggles to keep its story straight on Michael Flynn By Steve Benen
“Michael Flynn, General Flynn is a wonderful man. I think he’s been treated very, very unfairly by the media – as I call it, the fake media, in many cases. And I think it’s really a sad thing that he was treated so badly..."

Flawed Trend

Guardian UK: Andrew Puzder's downfall shows a flawed trend in Trump’s presidency - Trump is learning that while he may love to give the middle finger to (supposedly) liberal public opinion, there are Republicans who will not join in
But while Trump and his intimates were immune to the anti-Puzder campaign, other Republicans were not. At least four Republican senators – Susan Collins (Maine), Johnny Isakson (Georgia), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Tim Scott (South Carolina) – looked set to vote against him, ending his chances of nomination. Rumor had it more knives were ready to be plunged in Puzder’s back.

Homeless In America

Guardian UK: How America counts its homeless – and why so many are overlooked - In the first dispatch of the year-long series Outside in America, we explore the challenges facing the country’s street count of homeless people every two years
One in five homeless Americans live in California, where the problem is especially acute. In the Golden State and three other western states – Hawaii, Nevada and Oregon – more than 50% of homeless people are categorized as unsheltered, meaning they are living in the streets, vehicles or parks, in places not fit for humans to stay. In New York, by comparison, the number is less than 5%.

The Shoe Is On The Other Foot

  Well will the man-baby at least pretend he's a big boy?

NY Times: After Election, Trump’s Professed Love for Leaks Quickly Faded By MICHAEL D. SHEAR
“I love WikiLeaks!”

“It’s a criminal action, criminal act,” Mr. Trump fumed at the White House. In a Twitter message, he asserted that “the real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by ‘intelligence’ like candy. Very un-American!”

No Show

  Hopefully, this directionless GOP control federal government will continue. Seriously, all they really can do it 'F' it up royally anyhow. Inaction is the best possible result.

NY Times: G.O.P.’s Grand Visions for Congress Now Look Like a Mirage By JENNIFER STEINHAUER
...Republican lawmakers and Mr. Trump have yet to deliver on any of the sweeping legislation they promised.

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is cloudy and 27 degrees here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts maybe a hint of sun, maybe a littel precipitation, and temperatures around 32 degrees this afternoon. Let's see what kind of superior policy our incredibly talented, patient, warm, wise, kind, thoughtful, and well spoken president has in store for humanity today. Hey, I can dream too, this dud's the opposite of all that.

  At 9:15 a.m. ET the DOW is -25 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open moderately lower.

  It appears to be a morning of 'pause'. Stocks have continued along on a bullish path. All kinds of new highs and records are going off this week. However this morning, there's a pause in the action.

CNN: Investors pause; Wendy's earnings; Air France takes flight by Alanna Petroff
Restaurants and other businesses across the U.S. will be closing their doors Thursday in support of a "Day Without Immigrants," a national grassroots movement seeking to protest President Trump's immigration reforms.

The protests could hit the restaurant industry especially hard. Foreign-born workers provide the vast majority of labor in the sector.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

When

NY Times: What Did Trump Know, and When Did He Know It? by Nicholas Kristof

It Gets Wider

Newsweek: U.S. Allies Conduct Intelligence Operation Against Trump Staff and Associates, Intercepted Communications By Kurt Eichenwald
...at least one Western European ally intercepted a series of communications before the inauguration between advisers associated with President Donald Trump and Russian government officials, according to people with direct knowledge of the situation.

Gallup On Trump

For this week - Trump approval 41%, disapproval 53% - Gallup

Notice Served

Axios: White House staff in "survival mode ... scared to death" by Mike Allen

Robert Reich On Trump

Hung Out To Dry, Bye Bye

Salon: The end of the road for Kellyanne? Conway banned from morning show, blamed for leaking Sean Spicer rumors - Banned from "Morning Joe," Conway has had a rough week, as speculation persists on her future in the administration by Taylor Link
...something was always “askew, off or incorrect.”

'This Is Absurd'

The Washington Post: The Daily 202: It’s bigger than Flynn. New Russia revelations widen Trump’s credibility gap. By James Hohmann
Manafort, who has not been charged with any crimes, dismissed the accounts. “This is absurd,” he told The Times. “I have no idea what this is referring to. I have never knowingly spoken to Russian intelligence officers, and I have never been involved with anything to do with the Russian government or the Putin administration or any other issues under investigation today.” He added, “It’s not like these people wear badges that say, ‘I’m a Russian intelligence officer.’”

The Onion - Paul Ryan Grudgingly Impressed By Angry Protester Who’s Matched His Running Pace For 9 Miles

The Onion: Paul Ryan Grudgingly Impressed By Angry Protester Who’s Matched His Running Pace For 9 Miles

Autophagy

Science Daily: What doesn't kill you makes you stronger - Research identifies cellular recycling process linked to beneficial effects of enduring mild stress
summary - New research could help explain why brief bodily stresses -- going to the sauna or for a run, for example -- are good for health and longevity. A study shows that the same cellular process, called autophagy, that's key for extending lifespan is also critical to the benefits of temporary stress.

It Is What It Is


Have An Excellent Wednesday

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Morning Joe - 'Total Meltdown'

MSNBC - 'Bleak' Poll Numbers For Trump

'Kiss Our Asses, Release Your Taxes'

Guardian UK: We will not pay: the Americans withholding their taxes to fight Trump - The new president has driven some to make a statement with their bank accounts – despite fears such a protest could send demonstrators to jail

Russian Influence Scandal Gate

Guardian UK: Damning reports emerge of Trump campaign's frequent talks with Russian intelligence - Campaign aides said to have been in regular contact, despite repeated insistence there had been no pre-election talks between Trump team and Russia
The Russian influence scandal engulfing the White House deepened dramatically on Tuesday night with reports that some of Donald Trump’s campaign aides had frequent contact with Russian intelligence officials over the course of last year.

Feverishly Twittering

NY Times: Trump Condemns Leaks to News Media in a Twitter Flurry By MARK LANDLER
“This Russian connection non-sense is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton’s losing campaign,” he posted on Twitter shortly after 7 a.m.

Is It Deep Treason?

NY Times: Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT, MARK MAZZETTI and MATT APUZZO
All of the current and former officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because the continuing investigation is classified.

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is cloudy and 34 degrees here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a cloudy day with temperatures around 37 degrees this afternoon. Looking ahead the longer range forecast is predicting temperatures around 50 degrees on Sunday. If that happens it's going to be pretty wet around here with all the melting snow we now have. Well, well, well, what happens next? It looks like America is starting to catch on to the fact, and the emphasis is on the word fact, that our new president and all of his cronies are in complete cahoots with the Russians of all people. This turd pile is beginning to collapse piece by stinking piece. Each moment is bringing revelations of corruption and lying that make Watergate look like a stroll in the park. Now, will the GOP Senate do its actual duty and uphold the laws of the land or will they bow their hypocritical little slimy selves and look the other way and lie to America.

  At 9:20 a.m. ET the DOW is +3 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open in the flat area.

  More testimony from Janet Yellen today, and that is usually a very salient piece or most salient piece of the puzzle. It's all about that base interest rate and consequently how cheap the flow of money is. I certainly enjoy the credit bargains where you can buy something and have 36 months to pay it off with 0% interest. That's not going to stay. And when the political volatility of this administration's hubris slides around more and more, then what? Well, the hope is always the same, i.e. that wiser minds prevail, and that the decent institutions in this country hold up.

CNN: Retailers go to Washington; Stocks set records; SoftBank spends by Alanna Petroff
On Tuesday, Yellen signaled in her testimony that the next interest rate hike could come as early as March.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

60 New Planets

The Independent: Scientists find a hot 'super-Earth' and 60 more planets, boosting chances of discovering life - The findings suggest that there are many more planets out there waiting to be found – which might support alien life by Andrew Griffin

Lies, Lies, And More Trump Lies

NY Times: Trump Was Told Weeks Ago That Michael Flynn Withheld Truth on Russia By PETER BAKER

Finally

Thank you Senator Roy Blunt!

The Hill: GOP senator calls for exhaustive investigation into Trump-Russia connections By Rebecca Savransky

Dan Rather on Trump/Flynn/Russia-Gate

Watergate is the biggest political scandal of my lifetime, until maybe now. It was the closest we came to a debilitating Constitutional crisis, until maybe now. On a 10 scale of armageddon for our form of government, I would put Watergate at a 9. This Russia scandal is currently somewhere around a 5 or 6, in my opinion, but it is cascading in intensity seemingly by the hour. And we may look back and see, in the end, that it is at least as big as Watergate. It may become the measure by which all future scandals are judged. It has all the necessary ingredients, and that is chilling.

When we look back at Watergate, we remember the end of the Nixon Presidency. It came with an avalanche, but for most of the time my fellow reporters and I were chasing down the story as it rumbled along with a low-grade intensity. We never were quite sure how much we would find out about what really happened. In the end, the truth emerged into the light, and President Nixon descended into infamy.

This Russia story started out with an avalanche and where we go from here no one really knows. Each piece of news demands new questions. We are still less than a month into the Trump Presidency, and many are asking that question made famous by Tennessee Senator Howard Baker those many years ago: "What did the President know, and when did he know it?" New reporting suggests that Mr. Trump knew for weeks. We can all remember the General Michael Flynn's speech from the Republican National Convention - "Lock her up!" in regards to Hillary Clinton. If Hillary Clinton had done one tenth of what Mr. Flynn had done, she likely would be in jail. And it isn't just Mr. Flynn, how far does this go?

The White House has no credibility on this issue. Their spigot of lies - can't we finally all agree to call them lies - long ago lost them any semblance of credibility. I would also extend that to the Republican Congress, who has excused away the Trump Administration's assertions for far too long.

We need an independent investigation. Damn the lies, full throttle forward on the truth. If a scriptwriter had approached Hollywood with what we are witnessing, he or she would probably have been told it was way too far-fetched for even a summer blockbuster. But this is not fiction. It is real and it is serious. Deadly serious. We deserve answers and those who are complicit in this scandal need to feel the full force of justice.

Tell The Truth

Raw Story: ‘Might be easier just to tell the truth and stick with it’: Tapper nails Trump’s ever-changing Flynn tale

Flynn = Treason

Swept Away

Raw Story: Key Republicans who held dozens of Benghazi hearings now eager to sweep Flynn scandal under the rug

'Kellyanne, That Makes No Sense'

Salon: “Kellyanne, that makes no sense”: Conway grilled by morning anchors over White House’s position on Michael Flynn - Kellyanne Conway danced around some alternative facts as the first scandal hit the Trump administration by Jeremy Binckes

What Gives?

WaPo: The Daily 202: 10 unanswered questions after Michael Flynn’s resignation By James Hohmann
4. What is the status of the FBI investigation into possible contacts between Trump associates and Russia?

The Onion - Officials Struggling To Condense Trump’s Intelligence Briefing Down To One Word

The Onion: Officials Struggling To Condense Trump’s Intelligence Briefing Down To One Word

Eating Less

Science Daily: How eating less can slow the aging process
summary - New research shows why calorie restriction made mice live longer and healthier lives.

Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by Laura Ellen Bacon

Maddow - Scandal Around Flynn Doesn't End With Him Leaving

Waters

Guardian UK: John Waters: ‘A new kind of anarchy is going to happen next’ - The Hairspray director is famed for his boundary-trashing B-movies but he hopes Trump’s presidency will inspire the next wave of punk-rock film-makers
“These are political activists who use humour as terrorism to mortify your opponent. We need that again, and with Trump we’ll probably get it. He’d be an easy person to do it to because he has a short fuse.”

Poof

  Full of confidence indeed, more like FOS.

Guardian UK: Donald Trump had 'full confidence' in Mike Flynn – hours later he was gone - The national security adviser was undone after he was found to have ‘misinformed’ the vice president about his contacts with Russia
At 4.15pm on Monday afternoon, Kellyanne Conway, counselor to Donald Trump declared that national security adviser Mike Flynn had the full confidence of the president. Seven hours later, Flynn resigned.

Pity The Bully

NY Times: Latino Americans Pity You, President Trump by Héctor Tobar
These days, the flow of unauthorized migrants is down to a trickle: Border Patrol apprehensions in the Southwest are at their lowest levels since the early 1970s. But that’s just one more fact for our addled, angry president to ignore.

Lock Him Up

NY Times: Michael Flynn Resigns as National Security Adviser By MAGGIE HABERMAN, MATTHEW ROSENBERG, MATT APUZZO and GLENN THRUSH
In addition, the Army has been investigating whether Mr. Flynn received money from the Russian government during a trip he took to Moscow in 2015, according to two defense officials. Such a payment might violate the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, which prohibits former military officers from receiving money from a foreign government without consent from Congress.

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is mostly cloudy and 27 degrees here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a mostly cloudy day with temperatures around 34 degrees this afternoon. The long range forecast at the moment shows snow again on Wednesday and temperatures in the 40s through the weekend. We see that Flynn has stepped down, the first casualty of the Trump administration. What a scumbag he is, and may he rot in hell for his part is sabotaging Clinton's presidential bid with his his underhanded miserable shit workings under the radar.

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

  The big take-away this morning is upcoming testimony by Fed Chair Janet Yellen before the Senate. The Fed has done its part in directing money policy as we continue to rebound from the Great Recession, and today we might hear more news about upcoming base interest rate hikes and a few predictions as well.

CNN: Stocks calm; Yellen in the hot seat; Trouble for Toshiba and Samsung by Alanna Petroff
Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen is giving semi-annual testimony to the U.S. Senate at 10 a.m. ET.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Interview With Timothy Snyder

"Timothy Snyder is a professor of history at Yale University and the author of numerous books of European history..." 

SZ International: “We have at most a year to defend American democracy, perhaps less“

'A Fortune'

Salon: An international crisis didn’t stop Trump from hobnobbing with Mar-a-Lago guests “who paid me a lot of money” Trump's conflicts of interest are apparent even during the first major international crisis of his presidency by Matthew Rozsa
“They’ve been members of this club for a long time. They’ve paid me a fortune.”

The Onion - Steve Bannon Mixes Discarded Climate Change Report With Saliva To Build Final Wall Of Nest

The Onion: Steve Bannon Mixes Discarded Climate Change Report With Saliva To Build Final Wall Of Nest

Immigration

Science Daily: No link between immigration and increased crime, four decades of evidence finds
summary - Political discussions about immigrants often include the claim that there is a relationship between immigration patterns and increased crime. However, results of a new study find no links between the two. In fact, immigration actually appears to be linked to reductions in some types of crimes, according to the findings.

Have An Excellent Monday

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Off To Jail We Go

Guardian UK: Sessions's hardline stance on youth incarceration at odds with public's views - Poll finds widespread backing for alternatives to prison - Survey ‘underscores support for efforts to decarcerate juvenile justice’
Last week, the new top lawman of the United States promised to forge an era of hardline “law and order” around the country, even as Americans across party lines support very different, less punitive approaches to questions of justice and young people, according to a new study.

Ugh

  The man has the personality of a distilled miserable authoritarian 19th century school master, whip included, dressed in a blue and red flag business suit. Does Trump ever inspire anyone with his kindness and light sense of humor? I wouldn't want to go either. It's like making jokes with Hitler.

Guardian UK: Stars and journalists lose appetite for correspondents' dinner under Trump - The annual event is a chance for politicians and the media to share an evening of good-natured roasting – but this year goodwill is in short supply on both sides

Krugman's Latest

NY Times: Ignorance Is Strength by Paul Krugman
Or consider the current G.O.P. panic over health care. Many in the party seem shocked to learn that repealing any major part of Obamacare will cause tens of millions to lose insurance. Anyone who studied the issue could have told them years ago how the pieces of health reform fit together, and why. In fact, many of us did, repeatedly. But competent analysis wasn’t wanted.

Great...

NY Times: Turmoil at the National Security Council, From the Top Down By DAVID E. SANGER, ERIC SCHMITT and PETER BAKER
All spoke on the condition that they not be quoted by name for fear of reprisals.

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. It is 25 degrees, very windy, and cloudy here in the Upper Hudson Valley. The forecast predicts a windy and cloudy day with temperatures in the low 30s this afternoon. We got swamped with snow this weekend, we are up to our eyeballs in snow. Looking ahead, the temperatures are predicted to get more moderate and back into the 40s by the weekend. I hope you had a good restful weekend. Today Trump gets his Treasury Secretary and the country takes more looks at Flynn and wonders WTF?

  At 9:20 a.m. ET the DOW is +49 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open moderately higher.

  OPEC is releasing data on their alleged cut in oil production. Good numbers for investors, meaning they actually cut production, will send oil higher, or, not. The DOW continues to barrel on, raising the bar as the Trump rally continues, for now.

CNN: Stocks push for new records; Oil in focus; Vote on Trump's money man by Alanna Petroff
OPEC and other major producers agreed to slash oil production late last year and it looks like they're sticking to the plan. Last week, the International Energy Agency announced the cartel was 90% in compliance.

Push Back

Observer: The Spy Revolt Against Trump Begins - Intelligence Community pushes back against a White House it considers leaky, untruthful and penetrated by the Kremlin By John R. Schindler

Trump And Company

  Set aside some time and read this.

Medium.com: How the Trump regime was manufactured by a war inside the Deep State - A systemic crisis in the global Deep System has driven the violent radicalization of a Deep State faction By Nafeez Ahmed

Friday, February 10, 2017

Closed

  The blog is closed on weekends. See you bright and early Monday morning.

work by Paul Sérusier



Nuts

  You mean to say he might not be nuts...

Washington Post: Trump must stop lying or Americans will think he is nuts By Jennifer Rubin
Trump’s unprecedented degree of out-and-out lying to the American people about things large (a conspiracy to cover up terrorist attacks) and small (crowd size) — especially stated in the presence of the intelligence community (as he did at CIA headquarters the day after his disappointing inauguration turnout) and the military — raises the legitimate concern that we cannot rely on the president’s words or assume his perceptions are accurate.

Doctor's Office

A guy walks into a doctors office...
The receptionist says, "Can I help you?"
The guy says, "I have the shingles."
She says, "Oh dear, go into the examination room. Take off all of your clothes, and wait for the doctor."
So the guys goes into the examining room, takes off all of his clothes and waits and waits.
Finally the doctor comes in. " What's the problem?"
The guy says, "I got the shingles."
The doctor looks him over and over and says, "I don't see anything. Where are the shingles?"
Guy says, "They're on the truck"

Do It

Rosie O'Donnell as Bannon - Ha!!

Trump's Evidence Gap

Washington Post: Travel ban ruling: In court as on Twitter, Trump confronts evidence gap By Derek Hawkins and Fred Barbash
The list of evidence-free claims from President Trump and his administration is long and growing. “Millions” of people voted illegally. Inauguration turnout was the “biggest ever.” All negative polls are “fake news.”

The Onion - Pope Francis Sneaks Leftovers To False God Moloch At Back Door Of St. Peter’s Basilica

The Onion: Pope Francis Sneaks Leftovers To False God Moloch At Back Door Of St. Peter’s Basilica