Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Deportation

New Yorker: The Trauma of Facing Deportation - In Sweden, hundreds of refugee children have fallen unconscious after being informed that their families will be expelled from the country. By Rachel Aviv
By 2005, more than four hundred children, most between the ages of eight and fifteen, had fallen into the condition. In the medical journal Acta Pædiatrica, Bodegård described the typical patient as “totally passive, immobile, lacks tonus, withdrawn, mute, unable to eat and drink, incontinent and not reacting to physical stimuli or pain.”

Manafort In NYC

  Money laundering front?

WNYC News: Paul Manafort's Puzzling New York Real Estate Purchases

David Clarke

Mother Jones: America's No. 1 Rabble-Rousing Pro-Trump Sheriff Is Under a Growing Cloud - Jail deaths and controversial moves on immigration in David Clarke's Milwaukee County. by Brandon E. Patterson

'Autumn Leaves'

Hot Club Of Hungary

Two Fer

Axios: Scoop: Trump wants to do tax reform and infrastructure at the same time by Jonathan Swan

'No Idea'

Salon: Coming off health care defeat, President Trump and the GOP have no idea what to do next - Internal conflicts in the GOP threaten Trump's chances of winning his next battle on the Hill by Taylor Link

The Onion - Earth Ranked Number One Party Planet

The Onion: Earth Ranked Number One Party Planet

Titan's Sand

Science Daily: The electric sands of Titan - The grains that cover Saturn's moon act like clingy packing peanuts
summary - Experiments suggest the particles that cover the surface of Saturn's moon, Titan, are 'electrically charged.' When the wind blows hard enough, Titan's non-silicate granules get kicked up and start to hop in a motion. As they collide, they become frictionally charged, like a balloon rubbing against your hair, and clump together in a way not observed for sand dune grains on Earth -- they become resistant to further motion.

Colbert - Trumpcare's Failure

Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by Romaine Brooks

Rachel Maddow - Icahn, As Trump Advisor, Aims To Help Himself To Millions

Brian Williams - Top House Intel Dem Schiff Tells Chairman Nunes To Recuse Himself

Lawrence O'Donnell - Rep. Ted Lieu Explains Why He Called Trump An 'Evil Man'

Global Warming - Trump's 'Climate Genocide'

Guardian UK: Trump begins tearing up Obama's years of progress on tackling climate change - Fossil fuels to the fore as president signs orders to review clean power plan, lift ban on coal leases and discard expert thinking on true cost of carbon emissions

Global Warming - Trump Administration Ignoring And Deleting (!) Data On The Warming Arctic

Guardian UK: I am an Arctic researcher. Donald Trump is deleting my citations - These politically motivated data deletions come at a time when the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the global average by Victoria Herrmann
Since January, the surge has transformed into a slow, incessant march of deleting datasets, webpages and policies about the Arctic. I now come to expect a weekly email request to replace invalid citations, hoping that someone had the foresight to download statistics about Arctic permafrost thaw or renewable energy in advance of the purge.

Global Warming's Biggest Booster Is Donald Trump

NY Times: What to Know About Trump’s Order to Dismantle the Clean Power Plan By TATIANA SCHLOSSBERG
Mr. Trump criticized the Clean Power Plan during the campaign and promised to bring back coal mining jobs and create new jobs in the fossil fuel industry; the rules would have made that more difficult. Mr. Pruitt, as Oklahoma’s attorney general, sued the E.P.A. 14 times over environmental regulations, including the Clean Power Plan.

Yes, Nunes Must Go

NY Times: House Democrats Ask Devin Nunes to Recuse Himself From Russia Inquiry By MATTHEW ROSENBERG and EMMARIE HUETTEMAN

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 43 degrees and overcast here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a rainy day with temperatures in the mid 50s this afternoon. As it was foggy and above freezing over night, a lot of the snow ground cover is now gone. I'd say in my neighborhood, that about 40% of the ground is covered with a thin layer of snow and by day's end a good portion of that will be gone too. The ground itself is very wet and mushy, we can walk on it but only with protective boots on unless you like getting your feet wet. Exactly two weeks ago at this time we were in the middle of an extreme blizzard.

  At 9:10 a.m. ET DOW futures are -27 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open modestly lower.The 'Trump rally' is falling off the rails at this moment. That will change of course.

  People are calling for Nunes to recuse himself from the House Intelligence Committee. Duh, of course, Nunes must go. I mean it's pretty simple, his actions in spilling information to the White House reeks of a cover up. This Trump-Russia gate episode must be fully investigated, we must know if there really is treasonous behavior at the center of it all. This is America for cripes sake, we don't live in Russia, we're not Russians, this country is built on being a free and open society, not some two bit third world dictatorship with a strong man tough talking shoots his enemies billionaire in charge - hmm. Anyhow, write your representatives, let them know what you think. It's important for you to do this, exercise your freaking rights for cripes sakes.

CNN: Stocks may snap losing streak; Amazon's Middle East move; American Airlines swoops into China by Alanna Petroff
Amazon announced this morning it's acquiring Souq, the Arab world's biggest online retailer.

For many in the Middle East, Souq.com is the online shopping platform. The company was recently valued above $1 billion, according to CB Insights

Monday, March 27, 2017

36% And Dropping

Gallup: Trump's Approval Rating Drops to New Low of 36% by Frank Newport

Scott Pelley Interviews Conspiracy Nut

Provisions


The East St. Louis Riot 1917

  I'm taking a history class on WWI. I'd thought I'd pass on a little of the information I'm getting.

PBS.org - The American Experience: The East St. Louis Riot
On July 1, 1917, a rumor spread claiming that a white man had been killed by a black man, and tensions boiled over. The next day, the city of East St. Louis exploded in the worst racial rioting the country had ever seen. Most of the violence -- drive-by shootings, beatings, and arson -- targeted the African American community. The riots raged for nearly a week, leaving nine whites and hundreds of African Americans dead, and property damage estimated at close to $400,000. More than six thousand black citizens, fearing for their lives, fled the city.

The carnage was all the more shocking because it occurred only shortly after American's entry into World War I. According to historian Winston James, "You have black troops going off to fight to make the world safe for democracy in April and in July you have black people being murdered in the most wanton and barbaric manner in East St. Louis; children being thrown back into flaming houses, people being boarded up in their houses before they're torched so that they couldn't escape. So even by American standards, East St. Louis was a horror."

Ignoring Facts

Salon: “We’re in two different universes” is an announcement that trolls don’t want to live in the real world - "60 Minutes" provides us a look at a "spin-first" mentality, and the excuse when claims can't be proven by Jeremy Binckes
There are people who hold a certain set of beliefs, and may alter their arguments when faced with evidence that dispels their beliefs. And then there are people who will ignore facts if it gets in the way of a good conspiracy theory.

The Onion - Sessions Rattles Baton Along Prison Bars In Speech Vowing To Crack Down On Violent Crime

The Onion: Sessions Rattles Baton Along Prison Bars In Speech Vowing To Crack Down On Violent Crime

Global Warming - The Jet Stream

Science Daily: Extreme weather events linked to climate change impact on the jet stream
summary - Unprecedented summer warmth and flooding, forest fires, drought and torrential rain -- extreme weather events are occurring more and more often, but now an international team of climate scientists has found a connection between many extreme weather events and the impact climate change is having on the jet stream.

Spinach!

Washington Post: Scientists convert spinach leaves into human heart tissue — that beats By Ben Guarino

Have An Excellent Monday

work by Romaine Brooks

Lawrence O'Donnell - Trump Presidency Effectively Over After Repeal Failure

Ari Melber - 'Normal' Or Not - Sean Spicer's Credibility Gap

Morning Joe - Here's Why That Bill Needed To Fail

Blame

Guardian UK: Donald Trump blames everyone but himself for healthcare legislation failure - President’s targets include conservatives, Democrats and a possible veiled jab at Paul Ryan as Republican hand-wringing over repeal-and-replace failure continues
“I still believe that there is a good chance, if moderates and conservatives can come together, that we repeal and replace Obamacare, bring premiums down, cover more people.” (said the leader of the Freedom Caucus, Mark Meadows of North Carolina)

Freed Of 'Fraudulent' Green Legislation

Guardian UK: Top US coal boss Robert Murray: Trump 'can't bring mining jobs back' - The founder and chief executive of Murray Energy supports Donald Trump’s move to roll back Obama’s clean power plan but cautions the president to go easy on talk of a jobs revival
America’s biggest coal boss is hopeful that his industry will soon be freed of “fraudulent” green legislation that has hampered his industry, but warned Donald Trump to “temper” expectations about a boom in mining jobs.

Can't F Up Health Care, Yet, Onto F-ing Up Taxes

NY Times: Dealt a Defeat, Republicans Set Their Sights on Major Tax Cuts By ALAN RAPPEPORT
They have to have a victory here,” said Stephen Moore, a Heritage Foundation economist who advised Mr. Trump during the presidential campaign. “But it is going to have to be a bit less ambitious rather than going for the big bang.”

Charles M. Blow's Latest

NY Times: The King of Crash and Burn by Charles M. Blow
These people weren’t elected to govern, but to impede governance. Their mandate isn’t to generate ideas and solve problems by the effective exercise of government. Their singular crusade is that government is ineffective and the solution is to forever see government itself as the problem. Ideas for them are anathema.

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. It is 37 degrees and rainy here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts rain and temperatures in the high 40s this afternoon. The week's forecast shows a stream of days with temperatures mostly in the 50s. Exactly two weeks ago we were preparing for a huge snow blizzard. Today that snow is really retreating and in my neighborhood the snow on the ground is like cheese on a pizza, spotty but present. However it does really still seem like Winter out there.

  At 9:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are -159 and the price of oil per barrel is stable around $48. The market is poised to open significantly lower.

  The Trump administration came up with a huge goose egg with it's highly flawed roll out and non-vote mess with the American Health Care Act. This alleged health care act was more like a sickness, illness, and death booster. not a whole lot of health in there. This thing was garbage. Here's the problem, the GOP only does two things: cuts taxes for the rich, and then destroy valuable institutions of all sorts be they governmental or cultural or both. The GOP is the ISIS of America, these guys want to cut out from America pretty much anything the doesn't spell we love tax free rich white guys and born again Southern Christianity. This is not conservatism, this is regression. I mean at this rate, they may want to destroy the Constitution and join back up with England.

CNN: Stocks catch a cold; Bank of America tumbles; Oil slips again by Alanna Petroff
"The healthcare bill, although it ultimately won't have a big impact on the economy, was a major litmus test for the president, who has an aggressive policy agenda."

Brooks said a major underlying concern is that Trump won't be able to spend as much as he promised on things like infrastructure, which would support the economy and jobs.

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Weekend!

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

work by Paul Sérusier

Painting Protest

Artnet: Dana Schutz’s Painting of Emmett Till at Whitney Biennial Sparks Protest - “It’s not acceptable for a white person to transmute Black suffering into profit and fun,” says artist Hannah Black. by Lorena Muñoz-Alonso

Trump Blames Democrats!

Washington Post: GOP health-care bill: House Republican leaders abruptly pull their rewrite of the nation’s health-care law

NY Times: Trump Blames Democrats as Major Push to Repeal Health Law Fails By ROBERT PEAR, JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS, JENNIFER STEINHAUER and THOMAS KAPLAN

Barbara Lee Slams Trumpcare And GOP 'Religious' Hypocrites

David Brooks' Latest

NY Times: The Trump Elite. Like the Old Elite, but Worse! by David Brooks
He didn’t mind caving to the Freedom Caucus Wednesday night on policy because he doesn’t care about policy, just the publicity win.

Tasty

  If your looking for a healthy no-dairy tasty beverage, this is good.

Cookie and Kate: Tahini Date Shake and Tel Aviv

Morning Joe Rips White House Over Trumpcare - 'This Was Such An Obviously Stupid Play'

Another GOP Cover Up

Salon: RNC tried to hide payments for intel gathering on Hillary Clinton: report - The committee paid a low-profile firm to make intelligence reports that sought to prove conflicts of interest by Taylor Link

The Onion - Military Aides Try To Cheer Up Kim Jong-Un After Failed Missile Launch By Putting On Surprise Execution

The Onion: Military Aides Try To Cheer Up Kim Jong-Un After Failed Missile Launch By Putting On Surprise Execution

Retreat

Science Daily: Spiritual retreats change feel-good chemical systems in the brain - Changes may prime the brain for spiritual experiences
summary - More Americans than ever are turning to spiritual, meditative and religious retreats as a way to reset their daily life and enhance well-being. Now, researchers show there are changes in the dopamine and serotonin systems in the brains of retreat participants.

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Giuseppe Colarusso

Chuck Todd - Trump’s Parade Of Evasions And Falsehoods

Lawrence O'Donnell - Trump, Ryan, Nunes In Over Their Heads

Chris Matthews - Sen: There Was Massive Russian Interference In Election

Hated Acroos The Spectrum

MSNBC: Americans reject Republican health plan in striking numbers By Steve Benen

Fountain Of Youth

Guardian UK: Purging the body of 'retired' cells could reverse ageing, study shows - Findings raise possibility that a future therapy that rids the body of senescent cells might protect against the ravages of old age
When mice were treated with a substance designed to sweep away cells that have entered a dormant state due to DNA damage their fur regrew, kidney function improved and they were able to run twice as far as untreated elderly animals.

Break Please

Guardian UK: Make-or-break day for Donald Trump's healthcare gamble US president plays hardball with Congress by threatening to walk away from repealing Obamacare if the House fails to pass his healthcare bill

Idiot

NY Times: Yes, Senator, You Wouldn’t Want to Lose Your Mammograms — or Women Voters By SUSAN CHIRA

Rare?

  I'm calling B.S., this man lives in a constant state of self-doubt. If he didn't have self-doubt, he wouldn't need to be emotionally fluffed every waking instant.

NY Times: Trump the Dealmaker Projects Bravado, but Behind the Scenes, Faces Rare Self-Doubt By GLENN THRUSH and MAGGIE HABERMAN

Never

NY Times: Trump Tells G.O.P. It’s Now or Never, Demanding House Vote on Health Bill By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS, ROBERT PEAR and THOMAS KAPLAN

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. It is 37 degrees with a cloudy grey sky here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a rainy day with temperatures in the 40s this afternoon. The long range forecast has the temperature remaining in the 40s and 50s during the day through the next full week. Spring is ready to touch down.

  At 9:10 a.m. ET DOW futures are +46 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open moderately higher.

  The unmitigated disaster that is presently occupying the White Hose and Congress is planning to vote on a massive tax break for the rich that coincidentally has attached to it, a hideous health care plan for Americans. The health care plan will save Americans money because no one will be able to afford the deductibles and therefore we will all forego health care. Smart thinking there GOP, way to do it. Do us proud oh creators and lovers of human misery. Trump is probably the most detested man in the world, Ryan is doing his damnedest to catch up in that shoe shit contest.

CNN: U.S. health care; OPEC meeting; Electronics ban by Ivana Kottasova

Thursday, March 23, 2017

'Stranger To My Happiness'

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

Lapdog

NY Times: Rep. Nunes Is a Lapdog in a Watchdog Role By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

Down

Newsweek: Donald Trump's Latest Approval Rating Shows Americans Think He's Dishonest By Tim Marcin

Temperament Fluffer

OMG - this article is a riot - "Watching TV commentators applaud him for containing himself for a little over an hour  (SOTU) was like hearing a parent praise a difficult child for not pooping in his pants during a pre-school interview."

Vanity Fair: The Trump Presidency Is Already a Joke - But it’s no laughing matter. by Graydon Carter
Your heart has to go out to the ones doing the heavy lifting: banty Sean Spicer, the M. C. Escher of the English language, and Kellyanne Conway, the president’s temperament fluffer. (ROFLMAO!)

Antoher Take

CNN: Being Donald Trump: a president living in his own fantasy world By Tim Naftali
It is crystal clear that Americans elected a man who is happily, though defensively, living in his own reality.

Garbage Trashed

NY Times: House Vote to Repeal Affordable Care Act Is Postponed, Despite Trump’s Effort By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS, ROBERT PEAR and THOMAS KAPLAN

Crock Of Shite

  F the whole lot of these losers.

Salon: Big black eye for Paul Ryan: House postpones vote on Obamacare repeal - In a major setback for Ryan and Trump, House is forced to delay ACHA vote amid scramble for more support by Matthew Sheffield

Do We Have Another Trump Regretter?

Raw Story: Trump supporter’s husband getting deported despite being a ‘model resident’

Where Indeed

Raw Story: Where’s Rudy? Giuliani strangely silent as FBI confirms probe of Russia hacks he predicted

Email It

 I wrote this. Please feel free to copy and paste it. Below are the links which will take you directly to the New York Senators' email


Dear Senator

  Given that President Donald Trump is under a criminal investigation which has ‘the smell of treason’ to it, it is imperative that you do not confirm his choice of Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court. Do not confirm this pick. I am dismayed that President Obama’s choice for the open seat, Merrick Garland, was not even given a fair hearing by the Republican controlled Senate, and for the flimsiest of excuses. Therefore, given that we have a President who has a criminal investigation hanging over him and by extension the country, this is most certainly not a flimsy excuse, you must not confirm his selection.

Sincerely

Sen. Gillibrand's email

Sen. Schumer's email




The Onion - Report: Anxiety Disorders Induced By Trump Presidency Not Covered Under GOP Health Bill

The Onion: Report: Anxiety Disorders Induced By Trump Presidency Not Covered Under GOP Health Bill

Global Warming - Polar Ice

Science Daily: Sea ice extent sinks to record lows at both poles
summary - The Arctic sea ice maximum extent and Antarctic minimum extent are both record lows this year. Combined, sea ice numbers are at their lowest point since satellites began to continuously measure sea ice in 1979.

Have An Excellent Thursday

work by Giuseppe Colarusso

Chris Hayes - Bernie Sanders - AHCA Is Tax Plan To Help The Wealthy

Chris Matthews - Rep. Speier - This Is Beginning To Sound Like Watergate

MSNBC - Schiff - 'More Than Circumstantial Evidence' Of TrumpRussia'

Wilbur Ross

Guardian UK: Trump's commerce secretary oversaw Russia deal while at Bank of Cyprus - Questions raised over Trump appointee Wilbur Ross and his ties to politically connected Russian oligarchs
Wilbur Ross, the Trump administration’s new commerce secretary, presided over a deal with a Russian businessman with ties to Vladimir Putin while serving in his previous role as vice-chairman of the Bank of Cyprus.

Trumpcare Vote On Thursday

Guardian UK: Trump toils to win support for healthcare plan as House vote looms - With lawmakers poised to vote on Thursday, the president faces a high-stakes battle that could be key to the fate of his broader legislative agenda

Charles M. Blow's Latest

  Mr. Blow lays it out there, clear as a bell.

NY Times: Birth of the Biggest Lie by Charles M. Blow
He seems constitutionally incapable of registering what others would: shame, embarrassment, contrition. Something is broken in the man — definitely morally and possibly psychologically.

A Trump Culture Of Fear

NY Times: President Trump’s Reckless Shame Game By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
That fear has had palpable effects. Chief Charlie Beck of the Los Angeles Police Department announced on Tuesday that Latino immigrants had suddenly and sharply become less willing to report crimes.

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is 21 degrees and sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a very sunny day with temperatures in the high 30s this afternoon. We are entering into a warming trend over the next week, maybe Spring will take hold for good.

  At 9:15 a.m ET DOW futures are -19 and the price of oil per barrel is down, now trading around $48. The market is poised to open modestly lower.

  Looking around the headlines this morning, I suspect the media is working to prime the American population on the Trump-Russia-treason activity-gate, primed for the worst that is. Most of us on the left have been aware of this deep suspicion for some time now. There's a lot of smoke and Trump is holding the matches. This could get very very ugly before there is some resolution, hang onto your hats. Meanwhile, the GOP Congress is set to remove Obamacare and replace it with Trumpcare. All reports indicate that the new health care bill is an utter f**king disaster which will brutally hurt the population. So hold onto your hats there as well.

CNN: Investors take a breath; Takeover talk; Watching the Fed by Alanna Petroff
Wall Street will be closely watching developments on the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. The White House said it's confident the bill will pass and warned there was no "Plan B".

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

'Satisfaction'

Björk and PJ Harvey

Björk & PJ Harvey - I Can't Get No Satisfaction (The Rolling Stones Cover) [HQ] from Michael Boeke-Grzimek on Vimeo.

Colbert - Jeff Sessions Tackles Weed And The White House's (Unrelated) Paranoia

Lost Faith

Salon: Wall Street Journal’s editorial board has lost faith in Donald Trump - The conservative newspaper, which didn't endorse Trump or Clinton, believes the president's credibility is shot by Matthew Rozsa

The Onion - FBI Calls For Increased Surveillance Powers To Keep Pace With Evolving Threat Of Presidential Administrations

The Onion: FBI Calls For Increased Surveillance Powers To Keep Pace With Evolving Threat Of Presidential Administrations

Coal

BBC News: Plans for coal-fired power plants drop by almost half in 2016 By Matt McGrath

Parliament

BBC News: Parliament shooting

Maxine Tweets


Right From Russia With Love

Los Angeles Times: Some right-wing media sites under investigation for possible Russia ties by Kurtis Lee

Have An Excellent Wednesday

work by Giuseppe Colarusso

Rachel Maddow - FBI Probing Russian Influence Via Pro-Trump US Websites

The Shady Trump Campaign - Resign

NBC News: Paul Manafort Once Worked to ‘Benefit the Putin Government’: Report by Erik Ortiz
"It would be inappropriate for us to comment on a person who is not a White House employee," White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told NBC News.

Resign Or Be Impeached

Guardian UK: Will Trump be impeached – or is it just a liberal fantasy? Only two presidents in history have been impeached, but murmurs continue to surround Trump. Here’s how the process would work – if it would at all
But two months into Trump’s presidency, those whispers – and the search for any other possible emergency exit – have grown into an open conversation that has moved well beyond the realm of a Democratic party daydream. “Get ready for impeachment,” an influential, 13-term Democratic congresswoman tweeted after the bombshell FBI announcement.

Fear Indeed - Resign

Guardian UK: Muslims inside FBI describe culture of suspicion and fear: 'It is cancer' - Said ‘Sam’ Barodi was fired after he refused to cooperate with customs agents who he believed were targeting him because of his ethnicity and religion. His and other accounts paint a stark picture of the bureau in the era of Trump

Trumpcare

NY Times: A Republican Health Care Bill in Search of a Problem By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
...an official of the American College of Physicians, which represents 148,000 doctors and medical students, to say on Monday that he had “never seen a bill that will do more harm to health.”

Brutal Trump Budget

NY Times: Eyeing Trump’s Budget Plan, Republican Governors Say ‘No, Thanks’ By ALEXANDER BURNS
Of acute concern to Republicans are a handful of low-profile programs aimed at job training and economic revitalization, including regional development agencies like the Appalachian commission and the Delta Regional Authority, which serves eight Southern and Midwestern states, seven of them with Republican governors.

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is 23 degrees and partly cloudy here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a lot of clouds and temperatures around 26 degrees this afternoon. It's going to be a cold one. 'The smell of treason is in the air', it is indeed. Turns out the lock her up chant is really more Trump projecting his own guilt. Trump and all the GOP candidates made a lot of hay and garnered a lot of affection from the rabid right base my lying and saying Clinton was under criminal investigation. Well turns out that Trump is under criminal investigation. Why does this country endlessly cut off its nose to spite it's face? The answer is, overwhelming ignorance, fear, hatred, jealous, arrogance, and greed. Nothing has changed, these negative mental states simply come through in different forms and disguises throughout human history.

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

  It appears to be getting a clearer to a more general portion of the population that our new president is an inveterate liar. This is a  CNN headline for this morning - "The candidate who wore out the phrase 'believe me' is the President who's becoming harder to believe". He's a few other things too, a con man, someone who will say anything without a blink of the eye. Most of us saw this a mile away, we knew it was trouble too. Well, the shit is hitting the fan, and you know what, it's going to get a whole lot worse before it gets any better.

CNN: Stocks pull back; Takeover turned down; ING in trouble by Alanna Petroff
"There is no obvious explanation for the poor performance but markets might be starting to question President Trump's ability to deliver on his policy promises," said Andreas Johnson, an economist at Swedish bank SEB.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Resign

Newsweek: Trump, Comey, Russia and a Series of Stranger Things By Jeff Stein
The president might be wise to negotiate a resignation before he’s fatally wounded. Comey and Rogers slashed him so badly on Monday, with their emphatic eviscerations of his infamous tweets claiming President Barack Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower, that his credibility on any issue, outside his adoring legions of cult-like fans, has been nearly destroyed. At some point, the Republicans may see their own salvation lies in deserting him for Vice President Mike Pence.

Following The Trail

  from a deep operative

Daily Kos: rogCompilation of Trump's Russian Connections By wnemirow

Paul Who?

Salon: White House distances itself from Paul Manafort, who reportedly laundered money to himself from a pro-Putin party’s “black ledger” - White House press secretary Sean Spicer has been downplaying Manafort's role in the Trump campaign by Matthew Rozsa

The Onion - Leaf That Came Out Too Early Cold As Shit

The Onion: Leaf That Came Out Too Early Cold As Shit

Barnes Ice Cap

Science Daily: Last remnant of North American ice sheet on track to vanish - Barnes Ice Cap on Baffin Island will melt in about 300 years because of warming climate
summary - The last piece of the ice sheet that once blanketed much of North America is doomed to disappear in the next several centuries, says a new study.

Treason - Lock Him Up

“There’s a smell of treason in the air,” presidential historian Douglas Brinkley said. “Imagine if J. Edgar Hoover or any other FBI director would have testified against a sitting president? It would have been a mind- boggling event.”

Have An Excellent Tuesday - Resign

work by Giuseppe Colarusso

Lawrence O'Donnell - Comey Speaks And The Resistance Comes To Congress

Morning Joe - 'Yesterday Was A Turning Point In This Story'

Resign - Screwing His Supporters, Bigly

Guardian UK: Health insurance woes helped elect Trump, but his cure may be more painful

Please Resign

  Anyone want to bet this came on orders from the shitgibbon.

Guardian UK: Fox drops analyst who said UK might have helped spy on Trump - Network source says Andrew Napolitano ditched after claiming UK spies might have aided Obama in alleged wiretapping
Andrew Napolitano had been pulled from the channel, a source at Fox said. The network made no immediate comment on Monday.

Resign - Highlights

  The President of the United State is under a criminal investigation.

NY Times: Highlights From the House Hearing on Russian Interference in the U.S. Election By SCOTT SHANE
Yes, There Is a Russia-Trump Investigation

Resign

NY Times: Trump’s Weary Defenders Face Fresh Worries By GLENN THRUSH and MAGGIE HABERMAN
The testimony of Mr. Comey and that of Adm. Michael S. Rogers, his National Security Agency counterpart, will most likely enervate and distract Mr. Trump’s administration for weeks, if not longer...

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 39 degrees and cloudy here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a cloudy day with temperatures in the low 50s this afternoon. Wednesday is going to be cold, very cold. As it was above freezing over night, we woke up to a thinner layer of snow on the ground. Bare patches of the ground are already appearing in my neighborhood and this is one week after our worst blizzard in a long time. The snow is melting, Spring is trying to take hold but in truth we've had snow around here in April and one year way back when in May too. Let's see what kind of reactions the world is having to the hearings.

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

  As far as I'm concerned it's all about the White House until this Trump-Russia-gate is resolved one way or another. CNN headlines this morning exclaimed -'Grey Clouds Over The White House'. Aint that the truth. These guys did it, they worked in concert with Russia to help sway the election to Trump. I'm positive at this point, this is my gut talking. There's too much in play, too many people involved with links all over the place, Trump is dirty. Will he relinquish his power easily? Nope, he's going to drag everything in sight including the country down, because Donald is a megalomaniac, and that is probably one of his more gentle qualities.

CNN: Airline electronics ban; Hyundai revs up; Price spike in U.K. by Alanna Petroff
Passengers will have to check in any devices bigger than a smartphone -- including iPads, Kindles and laptops -- before clearing security or boarding, U.S. officials said, citing terrorism concerns.

Resign

What happens if we flood social media with this one word?
RESIGN

Monday, March 20, 2017

An Amazing Moment

  This was absolutely one of the most ridiculous moments of today's hearing. Trump tweets out b.s. while the hearing is in progress. Rep. Jim Hines catches the tweet, then asks Comey if it's b.s. Comey, reluctantly said it was b.s. Trump is like the impetuous 2 year old, throwing another tantrum, maybe he missed his nappy...

dailykos.com: Trump tweet fact checked by James Comey in real-time. Trump is caught in another LIE in real-time. By First Amendment

It's On

NY Times: F.B.I. Is Investigating Trump’s Russia Ties, Comey Confirms By MATT APUZZO, MATTHEW ROSENBERG and EMMARIE HUETTEMAN

Another Approach

  It's important to state that just because I post links to articles that I find of interest, I don't necessarily endorse their opinions.

NY Magazine: No Sympathy for the Hillbilly - Democrats need to stop trying to feel everyone’s pain, and hold on to their own anger. By Frank Rich

The Worst


Denmark Bus Trolls Trump

The Worst

Huffington Post: Donald Trump’s Approval Rating Is In The Toilet - He hits a new low: 37 percent, the worst in 72 years of polling for a young presidency. By Mary Papenfuss

Investigation Is On

Salon: James Comey: There is an active FBI investigation into Russia’s efforts in 2016 campaign - The FBI director said that the government is looking into possible Trump connections to Russia by Jeremy Binckes
(Comey said,) "As you know our practice is not to confirm existence of ongoing investigations especially those investigations that involve classified matters. But in unusual circumstances where it is in the public interest, it may be appropriate to do so. As Justice Department policies recognize, this is one of those circumstances. I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. And that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts. As with any counterintelligence investigation, this will also include an assessment of whether any crimes were committed."

The Onion - Report - Nearby Conversation Definitely Just Got Quiet To Prevent You From Hearing It

The Onion: Report: Nearby Conversation Definitely Just Got Quiet To Prevent You From Hearing It

Mammalian Dwarfism

Science Daily: Pattern of mammal dwarfing during global warming
summary - More than 50 million years ago, when the Earth experienced a series of extreme global warming events, early mammals responded by shrinking in size. While this mammalian dwarfism has previously been linked to the largest of these events, new research has found that this evolutionary process can happen in smaller, so-called hyperthermals, indicating an important pattern that could help shape an understanding of underlying effects of current human-caused climate change.

Morning Joe - 'This Is Just Self Destruction' - Trump Approval At Record Low

Have An Excellent First Day Of Spring

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Lots of Smoke

MSNBC: Rep. Schiff: ‘Circumstantial Evidence of Collusion’ Between Trump Campaign, Russia by Kailani Koenig

Live At 10 AM

Guardian UK: Trump-Russia ties: FBI and NSA heads face grilling – live - James Comey and Mike Rogers to appear before the House intelligence panel while Trump’s supreme court pick Neil Gorsuch has a confirmation hearing

Global Warming - Atlantic City And Miami

Guardian UK: Atlantic City and Miami Beach: two takes on tackling the rising waters - Sea level rise is making floods more common and as the New Jersey resort braces for the next Sandy, the well-heeled Florida city is throwing money at the problem
These flooding events have increased seven-fold in Atlantic City since the 1950s, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and are spurred by rainfall or simply a spring tide abetted by unhelpful gusts of wind.

'To Destabilize Meaning'

NY Times: Trump Ruins Irony, Too by Moises Velasquez-Manoff
Which brings us back to Mr. Trump and his minions. He and Mr. Spicer are employing ironic techniques not comically but cynically — to destabilize meaning.

Krugman's Latest

NY Times: America’s Epidemic of Infallibility
In reality, of course, inability to engage in reflection and self-criticism is the mark of a tiny, shriveled soul — but they’re (Trump and company) not big enough to see that.

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. It is 30 degrees and presently sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a partly cloudy day with temperatures in the high 40s this afternoon. Ever so slowly the 2 feet or so of snow we got from last Tuesday's blizzard is ever so slowly starting to recede. Well, well, today is the first day of Spring, fantastic! Over the next six months we are into the warm weather and the return of daylight. It still looks like Winter around here, but Spring is coming.

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

  It's simple, the eyes of the world will be watching Comey testify this morning at 10 a.m. ET. What are we talking about here? Essentially we might be witnesses to the most heinous act of treason perpetrated on this country ever. The suspicion and smoke is there.

  CNN: Oil slides; Meek stock markets; Vodafone's deal in India by Alanna Petrof
"The rapidly diminishing optimism over the OPEC production cut deal has heavily dented buying sentiment towards oil," said Lukman Otunuga, a research analyst at FXTM.

The Loyalty Minders

Washington Post: White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears
This shadow government of political appointees with the title of senior White House adviser is embedded at every Cabinet agency, with offices in or just outside the secretary’s suite.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Weekend!

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

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Monday

  Looks like this thing begins around 10 a.m. ET on Monday. People will be staying home from work to see this one.

CBS News: FBI Director James Comey to testify at Russia hearing: How to watch online

Unbelievable Stupidity

  We are doomed. No wonder Trump won, you can't help this. I have copied below two sentences which explain in a nutshell why Trump won.

Washington Post: Whom to trust when it comes to health-care reform? Trump supporters put their faith in him. By Jenna Johnson
Soon after Charla McComic’s son lost his job, his health-insurance premium dropped from $567 per month to just $88, a “blessing from God” that she believes was made possible by President Trump.

The price change was actually thanks to a subsidy made possible by former president Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, which is still in place, not by the tax credits proposed by Republicans as part of the health-care bill still being considered by Congress.

'Lanme La'

Delgris Trio

Even The View Takes On The Budget

GOP Sickness On Full Display

Salon: Mick Mulvaney’s “compassion” justification for slashing Meals on Wheels isn’t going over so well - Mulvaney's justifications for taking food out of people's mouths are met with ridicule by Matthew Rozsa
“Who in the hell zeroes out Meals on Wheels?” wrote Charles P. Pierce of Esquire. “Who decides that a program that spends $3 million to help volunteers feed the elderly and infirm in their communities is something that the country can no longer afford? Who are the men in the meetings who make this kind of call? What are their names? Trot them out so the country knows who they are. C’mon, David Brooks, find out who they are and explain why National Greatness Conservatism has a problem with starving elderly shut-ins.”

The Onion - ‘I Have Four Young Children,’ Says Kellyanne Conway In Most Disturbing Public Statement To Date

The Onion: ‘I Have Four Young Children,’ Says Kellyanne Conway In Most Disturbing Public Statement To Date

Smells Like And Sizzles Like

NPR: Silicon Valley's Bloody Plant Burger Smells, Tastes And Sizzles Like Meat

Seth Myers - Trump's Cruel Budget Caps Off Bad Week

Have An Excellent Saint Patrick's Day

Lawrence O'Donnell - Trump 'Most Deviant Man Ever To Live In White House'

Morning Joe - 'He Not Only Lies, He Maliciously Lies'

Vicious

Guardian UK: Trump's budget: the dream of a paranoid strongman and a vicious Scrooge -It reflects a kind of banana republic militarism designed to fleece taxpayers, enrich defense contractors, disloyal agencies and screw the poor at every turn by Michael Paarlberg
...Trump’s plan calls for austerity that will fall squarely on the shoulders of the poor. Someone has to pay for all those F-35s, after all, and it won’t be Trump’s golfing buddies at Mar-a-Lago, who he’s promised tax cuts (“the biggest since Reagan, maybe bigger”). The cutbacks include those to the women, infants and children program, loans for small business owners, after-school programs and work-study aid for students, and job training programs for both low-income youth and senior citizens. And the proposed budget eliminates outright the Community Development Block Grant program, the Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program, the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Economic Development Administration, programs which give grants and provide financial services to poor communities.

Straight Out Of The Monster's Mind

NY Times: Mr. Trump’s Tear-Down Budget By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
The budget would raise spending in only three of 17 major categories — Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs — while slashing it in most of the rest.

Vicious

NY Times: Trump Takes a Gamble in Cutting Programs His Base Relies On By MICHAEL D. SHEAR
“While we have a responsibility to reduce our federal deficit, I am disappointed that many of the reductions and eliminations proposed in the president’s skinny budget are draconian, careless and counterproductive,” said Representative Harold Rogers, Republican of Kentucky and a former chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is 25 degrees and mostly sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts some sun and temperatures in the high 30s this afternoon. We are still up to our eyeballs in snow, the main roads are perfectly clear but some of the side roads still have a thin snow coating. I think after today, the side roads around here will be a lot more 'normal'.

  At 9:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are +35 and the price of oil per barrel is modestly up. The market is poised to open moderately higher.

  Looking over Trump's 2018 budget, I am astounded. This thing is the cruelest, ugliest mess, yet. The GOP has only two interests, eliminating taxes on the rich, and removing social programs. This budget is all about this and it is a disgrace. They want to cut out meal on wheels, because in GOP world that, is a compassionate act. They are so confused and misguided that it is beyond reason. I must say, more than ever I profoundly want to see a two state solution in the USA. Red States go your own miserable hateful way.

CNN: Trump meets Merkel; G20 kicks off; Consumers confident? by Ivana Kottasova
The University of Michigan's consumer confidence index comes out at 10 a.m. It has spiked since Trump was elected.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Compassionate Indeed

New York Magazine: White House Says Cutting Meals on Wheels Is ‘Compassionate’ By Eric Levitz

Digby's Latest

Salon: Nixon nostalgia trip: Trump’s administration already recalls the worst of Tricky Dick - Eight weeks in, Trump displays all the petty paranoia that sank Nixon — but without his shrewd executive competence by Heather Digby Parton

Chop Chop

Salon: The butcher’s bill keeps coming due: Donald Trump’s Hannibal Lecter budget cannibalizes his own supporters - The president's proposed 2018 budget serves up a rich feast to the wealthy. His supporters are the main course by Chauncey DeVega
The president’s proposed 2018 budget will severely harm rural communities. For example, while Trump was lying about helping coal miners and bringing back that dying industry, “his proposed budget will slash funds for the Appalachian Regional Commission, a federal-state agency founded in 1965 to promote economic development and infrastructure in some of the poorest parts of the United States,”as The New York Times has reported. These rural voters in red-state America were among Trump’s strongest supporters.

Cut

Washington Post: What Trump cut in his budget

The Onion - Mitch McConnell Sees Infinite Healthcare Plans After Dropping Acid To Inspire Ideas For Obamacare Replacemen

The Onion: Mitch McConnell Sees Infinite Healthcare Plans After Dropping Acid To Inspire Ideas For Obamacare Replacemen

Painkillers

Science Daily: 'Harmless' painkillers associated with increased risk of cardiac arrest - Researchers advise avoiding diclofenac and limiting ibuprofen to 1200 mg per day
summary - Painkillers considered harmless by the general public are associated with increased risk of cardiac arrest, according to new research.

Have An Excellent Thursday

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Lawrence - Trump Is 'Defining Deviancy Down'

Donald Trump is lowering American political and cultural discourse in an unprecedented way with outrageous falsehoods, and now he's finally speaking out on the most outrageous one of all: that he was wiretapped by President Obama.

Junk

Guardian UK: Republicans concede healthcare bill must change in order to pass - House speaker Paul Ryan said he and other Republican leaders will make ‘necessary improvements’ to the legislation as they scramble to boost support

Trump's Own Words - A Muslim Ban

Guardian UK: Trump travel ban: key quotes from Hawaii judge's scathing rebuke - Highlights from the judge’s full ruling contain harsh criticism of the motives and logic behind the revised travel ban
For instance, there is nothing ‘veiled’ about this press release: ‘Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.’

Nor is there anything ‘secret’ about the Executive’s motive specific to the issuance of the Executive Order:

Rudolph Giuliani explained on television how the Executive Order came to be. He said: “When [Mr. Trump] first announced it, he said, ‘Muslim ban.’ He called me up. He said, ‘Put a commission together. Show me the right way to do it legally.’”

Charles M. Blow's Latest

  Charles M. Blow is writing the most scathing take downs of Trump and Company out there.

NY Times: Disciples of a False Prophet by Charles M. Blow
Trump’s lies, his brand and his presidency are like a house of cards and the truth is a box of matches. It’s becoming ever more likely that the consuming flames — destined to reduce the entire edifice to ashes — are imminent, as Trump slowly converts former acolytes into disappointed adversaries.

0 For 2

NY Times: 2 Federal Judges Rule Against Trump’s Latest Travel Ban By ALEXANDER BURNS
A second federal judge in Maryland ruled against Mr. Trump overnight, with a separate order forbidding the core provision of the travel ban from going into effect.

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is 21 degrees and gloriously sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a mostly sunny day with temperatures around 30 degrees this afternoon. We are headed into a warming trend over the next few day as well. Looks like Trump is 0 for 2 with his Muslim bans, hey one more strike and he's out.

  At 9:15 a.m. ET the DOW is +58 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open moderately higher.

  On Wednesday the Fed raised the base interest rate .25%, as most expected. The market continues on a roll this morning, stocks are hot.

CNN: Stocks shine; Indian billionaire on buying spree; Election results by Alanna Petroff
The Fed raised its key interest rate by 0.25 percentage point on Wednesday, which was widely expected.

Central bank chief Janet Yellen publicly expressed her "confidence in the robustness of the economy and its resilience to shocks."

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Block Number Two

Bloomberg: Trump's Second Travel Ban Blocked by U.S. Judge

A Little More Cracking Of The Old Trump Facade

NY Times: In a Repudiation of Trump, a Senior House Leader Rejects Wiretap Claim By ADAM GOLDMAN and EMMARIE HUETTEMAN

Mars

Tech Times: Mars Base Camp Likely By 2028, Colonizing Mars Will Not Be Easy

No Clothes

Washington Post: Republicans are threatening to expose Trump as the emperor with no clothes By Aaron Blake

The Onion - Report - Saying ‘Smells Okay’ Precedes 85% Of Foodborne Illnesses Annually

The Onion: Report: Saying ‘Smells Okay’ Precedes 85% Of Foodborne Illnesses Annually

Concentrated Poverty

Science Daily: Growing isolation of poor helps explain changes in concentrated poverty
summary - Concentrated poverty -- neighborhoods where 40 percent of the population or more lives below the federal poverty level -- is back on the rise for all ethnic groups in the United States, according to demographers.

Toxic White House Work Environment

Politico: ‘People are scared’: Paranoia seizes Trump’s White House - Staffers are leaving their phones at home, using secret apps and monitoring each other’s social media. By Alex Isenstadt and Kenneth P. Vogel
“People are scared,” he said, adding that the Trump White House had become “a pretty hostile environment to work in.”

Have An Excellent Wednesday

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Brian Williams - Senator Lindsey Graham To FBI - You're About To Screw Up Big Time

Here We Go Again

Guardian UK: Trump travel ban: opposition rallies as new order set to take effect - New ban, same problems: activists and lawyers will challenge the revised travel ban they say is motivated by ‘the same religious animus’ as the first
Lawyers and anti-Trump protesters are preparing for renewed confrontation at US airports over the president’s revised travel ban on visitors from six majority-Muslim countries that is scheduled to come into effect at midnight.

Thomas Friedman On North Korea

NY Times: Donald, Have I Got a Deal for You

The King

NY Times: Into the Void, With Steve King By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
“There’s an American culture, American civilization. It’s raised within these children in these American homes. That’s one of the reasons why we require that the president of the United States be raised with an American experience. We’ve also aborted nearly 60 million babies in this country since 1973."

“There’s been this effort we’re going to have to replace that void with somebody else’s babies. That’s the push to bring in much illegal immigration into America, living in enclaves, refusing to assimilate into the American culture and civilization.”

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is 16 degrees and sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts temperatures in the mid 20s and clouds this afternoon. Well that, was one snow storm. We are literally up to our eyeballs in snow as we dig out from yesterdays major snow blizzard. But at the moment we are experiencing what I consider to be one of the few rare peak days of the year, that's the day after a snow storm where the sun is out and there's a sense of nature settling down. There's a special rare clarity to days like this even though clouds are coming. The long range forecast has temperatures back above freezing on Friday and maybe we'll start to see some of this white stuff melt.

  I did tune into Rachel Maddow last night, hoping for fireworks. Instead we got two pages of Trump's 2005 tax returns which were not fireworks. Many suspect that Trump himself planted these and this certainly seems plausible. My actual TV view of the show on MSNBC was streaky so to speak. There were glitches and sputters to the video and I suspected a hack, possibly. If it were that, we will find out soon enough. Rachel Maddow be safe, she is on the cutting edge of the Trump resistance. I mean to say, I hope she has a lot of protection.

  At 8:30 a.m. ET DOW futures are +32 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open moderately higher.

  Snow storm aside, the Fed may very well raise the base interest rate today. This is the biggest news in my opinion for the morning. The rate hike indicates that the Fed, the dollar's bank of last resort, the back stop to the American and much of the global dollar economy, believes that economic conditions in the US continue to improve. A modest rate hike is no big deal, but it will make borrowed money a little more expensive. The completely free ride period is over, for now.

CNN: Fed decision looms; Dutch election; Oil's wild ride by Ivana Kottasova
All eyes are on the U.S. Federal Reserve, which is widely expected to raise interest rates at the end of its meeting on Wednesday.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

4%

The Daily Beast: Report: Trump’s 2005 Taxes Revealed
...a rate of less than 4% However, the Trumps paid an additional $31 million in the “alternative minimum tax,” or AMT. Trump has previously called for the elimination of this tax.

'Venus In Furs'

The Velvet Underground

Rachel

Daily Kos: Rachel Maddow Beats CNN And Fox In Ratings, Symbolizing Left-Leaning Rise Generally, Per NYT

Grow

Truth Theory: Ikea’s Hydroponic System Allows You To Grow Vegetables All Year Round Without A Garden

Not Now

Washington Post: Breitbart’s Paul Ryan tape is just the tip of the iceberg By Callum Borchers
“...not going to defend Donald Trump — not now, not in the future.”

Krugman On Trumpcare

NY Times: Trumpcare vs. Obamacare: Apocalypse Foretold by Paul Krugman

Every Trump Health Care Promise Broken

NBC News: Trump’s Backing a Healthcare Plan That Breaks His Promises by Benjy Sarlin

POS-OTUS Coup

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Salon: Intelligence expert Malcolm Nance on Trump scandal: “As close to Benedict Arnold as we’re ever going to get” - Career counterterrorism officer says Putin pulled off a "brilliant" coup — but Trump is headed for impeachment by Chauncey DeVeg
You are absolutely correct. I think that the activities that have occurred and the thing that we’re seeing indicate a scandal on an order of magnitude greater than anything that’s occurred in the 20th century. What’s occurring now is as close to Benedict Arnold as I think we’re ever going to get in American history. It had better be because the only alternative to what we’re seeing with this information is, if it’s not espionage, then it will be the largest financial scandal in American history.

The Onion - Excited White House Staffer Sends Parents ‘New York Times’ Article Quoting Her As Anonymous Source

The Onion: Excited White House Staffer Sends Parents ‘New York Times’ Article Quoting Her As Anonymous Source

Obey

Science Daily: Conducting the Milgram experiment in Poland, psychologists show people still obey
summary - A replication of one of the most widely known obedience studies, the Stanley Milgram experiment, shows that even today, people are still willing to harm others in pursuit of obeying authority.

Backstory

  I'm presently taking a fascinating course on World War One and how the globe still experiences the effects of this war.

  We know that there is a great nationalist movement going on in Europe and we know that fear of Muslims helps to fuel it. However, the backstory with Muslims in Europe is much deeper than we might think. Here is one such example of this. During World War One, Muslims fought alongside the British. You can read The Guardian story below to get a sense of that. However this is not the end of even Muslim involvement in WWI, as Muslims also fought alongside the French, right on the horrible Western Front, a bloodbath. Yes France was an empire too and they conscripted soldiers from their colonies to fight in WWI. There is a compound in the center of Paris that commemorates these Muslims - 'The Grande Mosquée de Paris'. See picture below.

 When people in the USA talk about their great fear of Muslims, just remember, the world as it is now, how America is so highly perched globally, and how the US came out of World War One so strategically, part of that victory came on the blood and backs of just under 1 million Muslims who fought alongside the British, French, and Americans in WWI. 

Guardian UK: The Muslims who fought for Britain in the first world war - Presentation at Living Islam festival points up role of 400,000 from pre-partition India who fought on Britain's side
The experience of 400,000 Muslim soldiers who fought for Britain is one of the war's least-known stories, according to research released on Saturday, as leading Muslim civic groups involved in a major festival bringing together their communities this week set out why they will be taking part in the centenary as a moment of national reflection and shared commemoration.

Only 2% of people are aware that this force from an undivided India – present-day Pakistan, India and Bangladesh – fought and died alongside British troops, according to an ICM survey released by the thinktank British Future to coincide with the Living Islam event.

Have An Excellent Snowy Tuesday

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Maddow - Flynn Documents Reveal Debunked Clinton Scandal Figure On Payroll

'Wiretapping' Not WireTapping

Guardian UK: Spicer says quotation marks justify Trump's unverified wiretapping claims - White House spokesman claims punctuation in tweet means Trump was using ‘wiretap’ to mean surveillance more broadly

The POS-OTUS

NY Times: Using Air Quotes, White House Walks Back ‘Wiretap’ Talk By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
The unusual and shifting explanations from Mr. Spicer and Ms. Conway reflected the contortions that members of Mr. Trump’s inner circle have employed to explain the president’s explosive accusation, which he has yet to address personally. Neither Mr. Trump nor anyone at the White House has presented any evidence for the claim...

The GOP Death Panel

NY Times: Health Bill Would Add 24 Million Uninsured but Save $337 Billion, Report Says By THOMAS KAPLAN and ROBERT PEAR

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 20 degrees and snowing, snowing, snowing, here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts snow, up to two feet of it by storm's end tomorrow. The snow makes life very simple, I will be shoveling the driveway, and shoveling the entrance way, then repeat, then rest.

  At 9:05 a.m. ET DOW futures are -51, and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open moderately lower.

  Wall Street's mood is low this morning. Oil continues to fall on oversupply. The snow is barreling down and I would suspect many traders are in bed. Notice how the Brexit is affecting the value of the pound, so much for nationalism.

CNN: NYSE weathers the storm; Bill Ackman ditches Valeant; Pound hammered by Alanna Petroff
The British pound was lower against all major currencies as investors reacted to the latest Brexit developments.

The British Parliament has passed a bill that will allow Prime Minister Theresa May to launch talks to leave the European Union.