Monday, January 22, 2018

Replacing Kelly

Vanity Fair: “I’ve Got Another Nut Job Here Who Thinks He’s Running Things”: Are Trump and Kelly Heading for Divorce? With the president and his chief of staff arguing in public, Ivanka Trump takes charge of finding a replacement. by Gabriel Sherman


The Daily Beast: Dems Fold on This Shutdown, But the Next One Could Be Worse - Chuck Schumer accepted Mitch McConnell’s promise to vote on Dreamers in exchange for reopening the government. If he breaks that promise, all hell will break loose. by Gideon Resnick, Andrew Desiderio, Sam Stein



Racist At Heart

Salon: Do Trump and the GOP really want a DACA deal? We already know the answer - Advisers like Stephen Miller and Tom Cotton are feeding Trump’s racism, because they know what’s in his heart by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Researchers Say That First Warning Sign Of Alcoholism Generally Driving Over Curb, Plowing Through Fire Hydrant, And Crashing Into Aquarium

The Onion: Researchers Say That First Warning Sign Of Alcoholism Generally Driving Over Curb, Plowing Through Fire Hydrant, And Crashing Into Aquarium


Science Daily: The creative brain is wired differently
summary - Scientists studying brain scans of people who were asked to come up with inventive uses for everyday objects found a specific pattern of connectivity that correlated with the most creative responses. Researchers were then able to use that pattern to predict how creative other people's responses would be based on their connections in this network.

Have An Excellent Monday

work by Emil Nolde

Morning Joe - Trump Clearly Not Up To The Task Of Being President

Morning Joe - Trump's Staff Complicates Ability For Compromise


The Palmer Report: Here’s how Robert Mueller got to Steve Bannon

Empty Head

Guardian UK: A far from cluttered mind? The meaning of Donald Trump’s empty desk - In a recent picture, the Resolute desk had nothing on it but a phone, a coaster, a marker pen and a wooden box. Is he lazy or just efficient?

Homophobia In Brazil

Guardian UK: Violent deaths of LGBT people in Brazil hit all-time high 0 At least 445 LGBT Brazilians died as victims of homophobia in 2017, new research reveals, following a 30% spike in just one year


NY Times: Shutdown, Showdown, Sure Thing by Charles M. Blow
Donald Trump proved himself both woefully inept at making tough deals and also demonstrated that his yearlong strategy of trying to govern to the exclusion of Democrats and playing to a narrow base is fatally flawed.


NY Times: Government Shutdown Goes Into Monday as Senate Inches Toward Deal By NICHOLAS FANDOS and THOMAS KAPLAN

The Market On Monday

  At 9:20 a.m. ET the DOW is -54 and the price of oil per barrel is slightly up. The market is poised to open moderately lower.

CNN: NAFTA is close to falling apart with time running out by Patrick Gillespie

The Sky

The Future

Friday, January 19, 2018


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

work by Albarrán Cabrera


President Predator

The Daily Beast: Stormy Daniels Reveals Donald Trump Is a Lot Like Harvey Weinstein - The president’s M.O. with his alleged mistress was the same as it was with some of his accusers: Sleep with me if you want a job.

What England Is Reading

The Sun: DON’S SPANK SESSION Donald Trump made porn star Stormy Daniels spank him with a copy of Forbes magazine featuring his own face on the cover, reports claim - The adult star also claimed he chased her in a hotel room in just his underpants and compared her to his daughter Ivanka


"Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet." - Aristotle

The Best And Brightest

Salon: Trump appointee drops out after sexist, homophobic and racist rant emerges - Carl Higbie, a former Navy SEAL, made hateful comments about African-Americans, undocumented immigrants and others by Matthew Rozsa

The Onion - Michigan Restaurant Selling $180 Tacos

The Onion: Michigan Restaurant Selling $180 Tacos


Science Daily: Flu may be spread just by breathing - Coughing and sneezing not required for transmission
summary - It is easier to spread the influenza virus (flu) than previously thought, according to a new study. People commonly believe that they can catch the flu by exposure to droplets from an infected person's coughs or sneezes or by touching contaminated surfaces. But, new information about flu transmission reveals that we may pass the flu to others just by breathing.


The Cut: Trump Reportedly Told Stormy Daniels to Spank Him with an Issue of Forbes By Madeleine Aggeler

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Leslie Ann O’Dell

Morning Joe - GOP On Losing Side Of History

No shit...

Lawrence O'Donnell - John Kelly's Hard Lesson On Trump's Belief On Evolution

Rachel Maddow - Fusion GPS Transcript Outlines Potential Trump Money Laundering


The Palmer Report: Robert Mueller expected to arrest these five people in Donald Trump’s Russia scandal

Only 12?

Guardian UK: Turn and face the strange: the 12 weirdest days from Trump's first year

Trump Love

Guardian UK: Stormy Daniels on Trump: pajamas, unprotected sex and … scary sharks - The porn actor, real name Stephanie Clifford, reveals details of her relationship with the future president in full text of 2011 interview
Clifford also described her sexual encounters with the businessman, saying she did not use protection: “It was kind of in the moment. And I was really kind of upset about it because I am so, like, careful.”

GOP Nonsense

  The GOP itself is proof that the American educational system is broken, that propaganda has replaced real information, and that mental health care is woefully broken as well.

NY Times: The G.O.P.’s Doomsday-Machine Politics by Paul Krugman
“Give me what I want or I’ll blow everything up.”


NY Times: Showdown Vote in Senate on Friday With Government Shutdown at Stake By THOMAS KAPLAN and SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
The Senate is heading toward a showdown vote on Friday on legislation to keep the government open past midnight, and Democrats appear ready to block it, gambling that a weakened President Trump will have to offer concessions in the face of a looming government crisis.

The Market On Friday

  At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are +26 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open moderately higher.

CNN: Shutdown looms; IBM drops; Schlumberger earnings by Alanna Petroff

Thursday, January 18, 2018


From Mike Jollett
Trump says immigration should reward the ability to contribute to society.
91% of Dreamers are employed.
US would lose over $400 billion in GDP if they're deported.
If its really about “contribution,” then the Dreamers should stay.


The Daily Beast: Hungarian Police Have Arrest Warrant Out for Sebastian Gorka
“firearm or ammunition abuse"


Fun And Fury

BBC: Fire and Fury: Trump exposé to become television series
The rights have been sold to Endeavor Content...


Salon: Not just “girthers”: Doctors question Trump’s health report - “We’re talking about a 70-plus-year-old man who is obese and doesn’t exercise” by Charlie May

The Onion - Huckabee Sanders Repeatedly Insists That President’s Footprints Created The Great Lakes

The Onion: Huckabee Sanders Repeatedly Insists That President’s Footprints Created The Great Lakes


BBC: The animals that are almost invisible - These animals’ ability to control light renders them almost invisible
Animals that live in midwater though have neither of these options. This region is known as the pelagic zone, and it also happens to be where most invisible animals live.

The Heart

  The dude is literally asking for a heart attack.

NY Times: Trump’s Physical Revealed Serious Heart Concerns, Outside Experts Say By MICHAEL D. SHEAR and GINA KOLATA


Have An Excellent Thursday

work by Leslie Ann O’Dell

Morning Joe - Trump Eroding Credibility Of US Institutions

Lawrence O'Donnell - Why The Mueller Investigation Is So Important

Rachel Maddow - Mueller Subpoena Blocks Bannon Congressional Testimony

It's Complicated

The Palmer Report: Robert Mueller’s four dimensional chess against Donald Trump just got even more sophisticated

Simona Mangiante

Guardian UK: The boss, the boyfriend and the FBI: the Italian woman in the eye of the Trump-Russia inquiry - Simona Mangiante, the girlfriend of ex-Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos, also worked for a mysterious Russia-linked Maltese professor. No wonder Robert Mueller’s investigation came knocking

Global Confidence In USA Down Under Trump

  No surprise there.

Guardian UK: World's confidence in US leadership under Trump at new low, poll finds - Approval for US falls to 30% from 48% under Obama - ‘Historic low’ of Gallup poll ‘sets a new bar for disapproval’

The Shitholes

NY Times: What We Can Learn From ‘S-Hole Countries’ by Nicholas Kristof
3. Rwanda may eliminate cervical cancer before America...

Border Boondoggle

NY Times: Trump Denies Changing His Position on Border Wall By EILEEN SULLIVAN

The Market On Thursday

  At 9:20 the DOW is -6 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open slightly lower.

CNN: China GDP; U.S. shutdown threat; IBM earnings by Alanna Petroff

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

What He Said

Axios: Inside the room: What Steve Bannon told Congress yesterday

The Onion - Follow-Up Tests Confirm President Trump’s 19 Other Personalities Also Perfectly Healthy

The Onion: Follow-Up Tests Confirm President Trump’s 19 Other Personalities Also Perfectly Healthy

Stephen Colbert - Trump Is Conveniently One Pound Under Obese

Trump's Fake News Awards

Number Three

The Daily Kos: Third adult film star emerges to say married Donald Trump begged her to 'party' in his hotel room

The Girther Movement

Salon: Trump’s medical exam inspires “girther” movement - With the White House obfuscating Trump’s medical records, a new conspiracy theory is born by Jeremy Binckes

The Onion - New Report Finds Adult Film Star May Have Paid Over $130,000 To Cover Up Sexual Encounter With Trump

The Onion: New Report Finds Adult Film Star May Have Paid Over $130,000 To Cover Up Sexual Encounter With Trump


Scientific American: The Hidden Depth in Math’s Simple Puzzles - Mathematician Richard Schwartz explains why he loves problems he can start solving right away, and how computers can help By Kevin Hartnett

Have An Excellent Wednesday

work by Monet

Lawrence O'Donnell - Bannon Subpoenaed By House Intel As Mueller Subpoena Looms

Rachel Maddow - Steve Bannon Will 'Tell All' To Robert Mueller - Report


The Palmer Report: Report: Steve Bannon to sing like a canary for Robert Mueller


Guardian UK: Trump's approval rating at lowest for any president in their first year - Gallup poll shows Trump has averaged just 39% approval rating since his inauguration, a number that’s unprecedented for a US president

Bannon Under Orders

Guardian UK: Steve Bannon refuses lawmakers' questions under 'White House instructions' - Bannon’s lawyer reputedly said former strategist, facing subpoena, would otherwise have been willing to respond


NY Times: Facebook Doesn’t Like What It Sees When It Looks in the Mirror By NOAM COHEN

Soiled By Trump

NY Times: Donald Trump Will Soil You. Ask Lindsey Graham. by Frank Bruni
There’s no honor or wisdom in cozying up to Donald Trump — just a heap of manure.

The Market On Wednesday

  At 9:20 a.m. DOW futures are +135 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: Reagan and Bush economic adviser says stocks are due to fall by Chris Isidore

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Now We're Talking

NY Times: Bannon Is Subpoenaed in Mueller’s Russia Investigation By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT


Salon: Republicans are literally being laughed at while trying to defend Trump - Witness Joni Ernst, who was met with laughs while trying to explain her position on Trump by Matthew Rozsa

The Onion - Hawaii's False Missile Alert Caused By Employee Pressing Wrong Button

The Onion: Hawaii's False Missile Alert Caused By Employee Pressing Wrong Button

Gene Therapy

Science Daily: The coming of age of gene therapy: A review of the past and path forward
summary - After three decades of hopes tempered by setbacks, gene therapy -- the process of treating a disease by modifying a person's DNA -- is no longer the future of medicine, but is part of the present-day clinical treatment toolkit. A new article provides an in-depth and timely review of the key developments that have led to several successful gene therapy treatments for patients with serious medical conditions.

Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by Marius Amtoft

Lawrence O'Donnell - Frum - Trump's Presidency 'A Serious Attack On Ethical Norms'

Rachel Maddow - Sketchy Kazakh Money Finds Its Way Into Trump Dealings

Morning Joe - Author Of Book On Trump - 'He Is Appallingly Ignorant'


The Palmer Report: Donald Trump said even more racist things during his “shithole” meeting


Guardian UK: Trump insists 'I am the least racist person' amid outrage over remarks - US president condemned by UN and African Union, as ex-ambassador warns his comments ‘are disorienting for our partners’

Medical Bankruptcy

Guardian UK: Bankrupted by giving birth: having premature twins cost me everything - After Jen Sinconis had twins 16 weeks early, requiring millions of dollars to save their lives, bills drove her family into debt - Why does it cost $32,093 just to give birth in America?

Trump Porn

NY Times: The President and the Porn Star by Michelle Goldberg
In any other administration, evidence that the president paid hush money to the star of “Good Will Humping” during the election would be a scandal. In this one it has, so far, elicited a collective shrug.

Senseless And Very Disturbed Minds

NY Times: 13 Siblings, Some Shackled to Beds, Were Held Captive by Parents, Police in California Say 查看简体中文版 查看繁體中文版 By MATTHEW HAAG and LOUIS KEENE
Their parents, David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were both arrested on nine counts each of torture and child endangerment. They were being held in jail with bail set at $9 million each, the authorities said.

The Market On Tuesday

  At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are +208 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: Dow near 26,000; BP losses; U.S. dollar weakness by Alanna Petroff

Monday, January 15, 2018

FBI Investigator - 'I Think Kushner Is Criminally Exposed' On Russia And Money Laundering


CNBC: GOP Sen. Jeff Flake plans speech comparing Trump's treatment of the media to Stalin - Longtime Trump critic Jeff Flake plans to deliver a speech on Wednesday comparing the president's language on the media to that of Joseph Stalin. Excerpts of Flake's speech reveal an emphasis on Trump's use of the phrase "enemy of the American people," referring to the media.



  CNN: Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan dies at age 46

'Ah! La Barbe'

  'Ah! La Barbe' is a French short film from 1906. In the film a man shaves in front of a mirror, tastes the shaving cream he applies to his face, then decides to eat some of the shaving cream. He begins shaving and as a result of eating the shaving cream starts to see frightening hallucinations in his mirror. It's regarded as being one of the first horror films.

Morally Bankrupt Jerk

NY Times: Maybe Trump Is Not Mentally Ill. Maybe He’s Just a Jerk. By JEFFREY A. LIEBERMAN

Down The Shithole

Salon: Our values, down the s***hole: Trump pushes against legal immigration - Republicans have long claimed they were OK with legal immigration. Under Trump and Sessions, forget it by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Mom Hasn’t Said Full, Uninterrupted Sentence To Family Since 1997

The Onion: Mom Hasn’t Said Full, Uninterrupted Sentence To Family Since 1997

The Sanskrit Effect

Scientific American: A Neuroscientist Explores the "Sanskrit Effect" - MRI scans show that memorizing ancient mantras increases the size of brain regions associated with cognitive function By James Hartzell
Most interestingly for verbal memory was that the pandits' right hippocampus—a region of the brain that plays a vital role in both short and long-term memory—had more gray matter than controls across nearly 75 percent of this subcortical structure.

Have An Excellent Martin Luther King Day

work by Jim Sande

Morning Joe - Rev. Sharpton - Trump's Remarks Pose Security Risk For The US

Morning Joe - As President, Trump Pokes And Prods At The Scab Of Race

Straight Talk

Robert Reich: Straight Talk About Trump

Misery Man

Guardian UK: How Bannon turned on Trump … and where the nationalist right goes next - The ex-White House strategist who turned his fire and fury on the president is now out at Breitbart too. Those in the know, though, say he isn’t finished yet


Guardian UK: 'It's all explosive': Michael Wolff on Donald Trump - Speaking to the Guardian, author who shook the White House faces down critical fire and presidential fury and says: ‘I got to a truth no one else has gotten’ by Edward Helmore
"...Donald Trump is deeply unpredictable, irrational, at times bordering on incoherent, self-obsessed in a disconcerting way, and displays all those kinds of traits that anyone would reasonably say, ‘What’s going on here, is something wrong?’”

Morally Bankrupt

  Trump boasts that no one knows more about bankruptcy than he does. This is true, unfortunately his bankruptcy experience extends way beyond business, he is also morally bankrupt.

NY Times: In Trump’s Remarks, Black Churches See a Nation Backsliding By SABRINA TAVERNISE
“I’ve been involved in the civil rights movement since my college days, and I’m not sure I’ve ever been more confused than I am right now,” said Sterling Tucker, 94, a civil rights leader in Washington.


NY Times: Trump Is a Racist. Period. by Charles M. Blow
Racism is simply the belief that race is an inherent and determining factor in a person’s or a people’s character and capabilities, rendering some inferior and others superior. These beliefs are racial prejudices.

The Market Is Closed ON MLK Day

  Wall Street is closed for the holiday. One thing to notice and keep and eye on though, the price of oil is closing in on $65 per barrel. Gas is pricier. All those folks who bought gas guzzlers when oil was below $40 per barrel are in for some new sticker shock.


SF Gate: ‘Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic,’ by David Frum - Review By John Diaz
The most important new book about the dangers of Donald Trump’s presidency is getting the least attention at the moment.


Guardian UK: America is spiritually bankrupt. We must fight back together - The undeniable collapse of integrity, honesty and decency in our public and private life has fueled racial hatred and contempt by Cornel West


NY Times: Inside One of America’s Last Pencil Factories - A photographer captures a colorful world of craft and complexity.

Friday, January 12, 2018


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

work by Albarrán Cabrera

The Trump Supporter




The Daily Beast: Report: Trump Lawyer Arranged $130K Hush Money to Keep Porn Star Quiet an effort to keep her silent about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

Take A Look


Salon: The world unites to denounce Donald Trump’s racist “s**thole” comments - Trump’s true colors have been shown, and the world is responding by Matthew Rozsa

The Onion - Miracle Paycheck Lasts For 7 Whole Days

The Onion: Miracle Paycheck Lasts For 7 Whole Days

Jet Stream

Science Daily: Jet stream changes since 1960s linked to more extreme weather
summary - Increased fluctuations in the path of the North Atlantic jet stream since the 1960s coincide with more extreme weather events in Europe such as heat waves, wildfires and flooding. The new research is the first reconstruction of historical changes in the North Atlantic jet stream prior to the 20th century. By using tree rings, the researchers developed a historical look at the position of the North Atlantic jet back to 1725.


Washington Post: ‘Here is what my #shithole looks like’: African countries and Haiti react to Trump’s remark By Paul Schemm and Eli Rosenberg

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Rudy Karel Schneeweiss

Morning Joe - How Does GOP Not Immediately Condemn Trump

Rachel Maddow - Offensive Trump Statements May Undo Racist Trump Policies


The Palmer Report: Donald Trump has late night Twitter meltdown after “shithole” incident

Up To Date

Guardian UK: Trump-Russia investigation - The key questions answered - Everything you need to know about the inquiry into Russian hacking, alleged collusion and Donald Trump, plus the latest news By Tom McCarthy and Sam Morris

Vile Liar

Guardian UK: Donald Trump denies using the phrase 'shithole countries' in immigration talks - ‘This was not the language used’ Trump tweeted, after the White House itself did not dispute reports that he had used profanity to describe several nations

Disgusting, Vile, And Racist

NY Times: Time to Say It: Trump Is a Racist by David Leonhardt
But the public record and his behavior are now abundantly clear. Donald Trump treats black people and Latinos differently than he treats white people.

And that makes him a racist.

He's Disgusting, Vile, And Racist

NY Times: Trump Alarms Lawmakers With Disparaging Words for Haiti and Africa By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS, SHERYL GAY STOLBERG and THOMAS KAPLAN
...demanding to know at a White House meeting why he should accept immigrants from “shithole countries” rather than from places like Norway, according to people with direct knowledge of the conversation.

The Market On Friday

  At 9:20 a.m. DOW futures are +100 and the price of oil per barrel is down.

CNN: Bank earnings; Surging stocks; Iran deadline by Alanna Petroff

Thursday, January 11, 2018


NY Times: ‘The Lowest White Man’ by Charles M. Blow
...a man who is clearly out of his depth and willing to do and say anything to please the people in front of him.


Salon: Trump’s attacks on press, judiciary have stopped being funny - Yeah, Trump’s threats against the media and courts are hollow, for now. But how far would he go in a crisis? Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Man Completely Blindsided By Seemingly Normal Stranger Telling Him To ‘Have A Blessed Day’

The Onion: Man Completely Blindsided By Seemingly Normal Stranger Telling Him To ‘Have A Blessed Day’


Science Daily: Bonobos prefer jerks - For our closest genetic relatives, it pays to have powerful allies
summary - Never trust anyone who is rude to a waiter, advice columnists say. But while humans generally prefer individuals who are nice to others, a Duke University study finds bonobos are more attracted to jerks. The fact that our closest primate relatives prefer bullies suggests that an aversion to creeps is one of the things that makes humans different from other species, and may underlie our unusually cooperative nature.


Have An Excellent Thursday

work by Rudy Karel Schneeweiss

Rachel Maddow - Robert Mueller Sharpens Cyber Focus In Trump Russia Investigation

Lawrence O'Donnell - Trump Breaks Mueller Promise As 'Noose Is Tightening'

Still There

The Palmer Report: Someone is still paying Fusion GPS to investigate Donald Trump and Russia


Guardian UK: Founder of neo-Nazi group gets prison time for possession of bomb materials - Judge in Florida sentenced Brandon Russell to five years for possessing materials discovered by police while investigating the deaths of Russell’s roommates

California Rejects Trump

Guardian UK: California in revolt: how the progressive state plans to foil the Trump agenda - From immigration to the environment and recreational cannabis, state leaders and activists are finding paths to circumvent the administration. Will it work?


NY Times: Trump’s Threat to Democracy by Nicholas Kristof
1. The leader shows only a weak commitment to democratic rules. 2. He or she denies the legitimacy of opponents. 3. He or she tolerates violence. 4. He or she shows some willingness to curb civil liberties or the media.

Neo Nazis

NY Times: Immigration Agents Target 7-Eleven Stores in Push to Punish Employers By PATRICIA MAZZE

The Market On Thursday

  At 9:20 a.m. the DOW is +30 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open moderately higher.

CNN: China is America's biggest foreign creditor. Could it turn off the tap? by Daniel Shane

Wednesday, January 10, 2018


David Axelrod Tweets -
"It’s an unhelpful narrative when your one year anniversary is approaching and, however fair, the great debate is whether you’re over your head or out of your mind."

That's How They Roll

HuffPo: Republicans Have 4 Convicted Criminals Running For Congress In 2018 - Three of them are bragging about it. By Paul Blumenthal


Straight Talk

Heart Breaking


Mother Jones: Trump Blasts “Sneaky” Dianne Feinstein for Posting Fusion GPS Testimony - He also sparked alarm with his demand Republicans “take control” of the Russia probe. by Inae Oh


Salon: Colbert roasts Trump for his ridiculous televised meeting on immigration - It was an obvious stunt that found immigrants treated as political pawns by Chris Sosa

The Onion - Pile Of Dirty Clothes On Bedroom Floor Starting To Mix With Pile Of Clean Clothes On Bedroom Floor

The Onion: Pile Of Dirty Clothes On Bedroom Floor Starting To Mix With Pile Of Clean Clothes On Bedroom Floor

Black Hole

Science Daily: Black hole breakthrough: New insight into mysterious jets - Supercomputer power enables advanced simulations of relativistic jets' behavior
summary - Advanced simulations created with one of the world's most powerful supercomputers show the jets' streams gradually change direction in the sky, or precess, as a result of space-time being dragged into the rotation of the black hole.

The Tweets

AlterNet: The Definitive Guide to Understanding the Sinister Tactics Behind Trump’s Tweets - We’re way beyond gaslighting now. By Liz Posner

Have An Excellent Wednesday

work by Milt Kobayashi

Rachel Maddow - Opacity Of Trump's Russia Dealings Drew Fusion GPS Attention

Morning Joe - Congressman Calls For Publicly Disclosed Exam For POTUS


The Palmer Report: The most bizarre Trump-Russia twist yet

The Dossier

Guardian UK: Source inside Trump campaign reported concerns to FBI, new transcript suggests - Senator Feinstein releases testimony from Fusion GPS boss Glenn Simpson - Fusion GPS compiled explosive dossier on Trump campaign and Russians

Courts Tell Trump. F.U.

Guardian UK: Judge blocks Trump move to end Daca program for immigrants - US district judge William Alsup rules the Dreamers program must remain in place while litigation over Trump’s decision unfolds


NY Times: Is Oprah the Un-Trump, or the Un-Clinton? by Frank Bruni
The answer matters, because there’s a compelling theory that when voters change presidents, they want a departure, someone poised to correct many of the flaws and fill in many of the holes that his (or her!) predecessor had.

The Dossier

NY Times: I’m Proud We Published the Trump-Russia Dossier By BEN SMITH
But a year of government inquiries and blockbuster journalism has made clear that the dossier is unquestionably real news. That’s a fact that has been tacitly acknowledged even by those who opposed our decision to publish.

The Market On Wednesday

  At 9:25 a.m. DOW futures are -77 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open significantly lower

CNN: Stocks draw breath; Oil surges; Domino's Pizza cools by Alanna Petroff

Casino Culture

The Atlantic: A Good Way to Wreck a Local Economy: Build Casinos - No one should look to the gambling industry to revive cities, “because that’s not what casinos do.”
As casino expansion reaches its limits, the towns and cities that turned to gambling to escape their problems may discover that they have accepted a sucker’s bet: local economies that look worse than ever, local residents tempted into new forms of self-destructive behavior, and a dwindling flow of cash to show for it all.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

A Mole

The Daily News: Source in Trump's orbit allegedly corroborated parts of Steele dossier to FBI: Fusion GPS co-founder

Fusion GPS

Daily Kos: BREAKING: Fusion GPS Testimony Indicates an Early FBI Source in Trump Campaign By accumbens

Sen. Feinstein Releases The Transcript Of Fusion GPS's Testimony Before The Senate Judiciary Committee.


Why Not

The Daily Beast: Stephen Colbert Grills Michael Wolff Over ‘Fire and Fury’: Why Not Release the Tapes? The ‘Late Show’ host asked the ‘Fire and Fury’ author point blank how much of the Trump White House book he should ‘believe.’ by Matt Wilstein

Trump Uniforms


Salon: The real reason the Mercers have cut ties with Steve Bannon - It has nothing to do with the former White House adviser’s incendiary remarks by Jacob Sugarman
...the Republican donors actually severed ties with Bannon months ago over his proposal to create a top income-tax rate of 44 percent for Americans earning more than $5 million annually...

The Onion - Whoa, Vacuum Got Something Pretty Big Under Couch

The Onion: Whoa, Vacuum Got Something Pretty Big Under Couch


Science Daily: Study finds source of toxic green algal blooms and the results stink
summary - Florida's St. Lucie Estuary received national attention in 2016 as toxic green algal blooms wreaked havoc on this vital ecosystem. A new study contradicts the widespread misconception that periodic discharges from Lake Okeechobee were responsible. Water samples gathered and tested in the year-long study provide multiple lines of evidence that human wastewater nitrogen from septic systems was a major contributor to the high nitrogen concentrations in the estuary and downstream coastal reefs.

Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by Milt Kobayashi

Morning Joe - President Trump Relives Glory Days Of '16 In Speech

Lawrence O'Donnell - Michael Wolff - Trump 'Wholly Lacking' In 'Executive Function'

The Fan

The Palmer Report: Everything hits the fan

Her Too

Guardian UK: Her too: Ivanka Trump’s praise of Oprah Winfrey speech raises eyebrows - Tweet backing anti-harassment movement met with derision as social media users point to Donald Trump misconduct claims

Propping Up Coal And Nukes

Guardian UK: Energy agency rejects Trump plan to prop up coal and nuclear power plants - The unexpected decision by the Republican-controlled body is a blow to the president’s high-profile mission to revive the struggling US coal industry

GOP Fails

NY Times: Republicans in Congress Are Failing America’s Children By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
...Republican leaders in Congress have failed to renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program. This is a travesty.

Complete Mess

NY Times: The Worst and the Dumbest by Paul Krugman
And while unqualified people are marching in, qualified people are fleeing. There has been a huge exodus of experienced personnel at the State Department...

The Market On Tuesday

  At 9:48 a.m. ET the DOW is +75 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market has opened significantly higher.

CNN: Jamie Dimon regrets calling bitcoin a 'fraud' by Ivana Kottasová

Monday, January 08, 2018


New Yorker: The Increasing Unfitness of Donald Trump - The West Wing has come to resemble the dankest realms of Twitter, in which everyone is racked with paranoia and everyone despises everyone else. By David Remnick

No No No Thanks

Politico: Should Oprah Run? We asked 14 pundits on both sides to take the question seriously. By POLITICO MAGAZINE


More from Banksy's Twitter feed.



The Daily Beast: Gorka Unwittingly Confirms Trump Staff Were Told to Cooperate With Wolff


The Daily Beast: Report: Kushner Cos. Got $30 Million Israeli Investment Ahead of First Diplomatic Visit

Less And Less

  He can't handle or even contemplate the pressures of his job. We are paying a president to use the White House as a private recuperation sanctuary. I'm sure he has pretty young nurses walking around in short skirts.

Salon: Donald Trump’s workload is a lot lighter, and there’s built-in time to watch TV - Trump’s private schedule suggests that he has been doing less and less work since becoming president by Matthew Rozsa


Salon: The politics of impeaching Trump - When the president’s “high crimes and misdemeanors” become a personal threat by Jefferson Morley, Alternet

The Onion - Study Finds Goosebumps Caused By Psychotic Weirdo Masturbating To Old Photo Of You

The Onion: Study Finds Goosebumps Caused By Psychotic Weirdo Masturbating To Old Photo Of You


Science Daily: Saturn's moon Titan sports Earth-like features
summary - Using the now-complete Cassini data set, astronomers have created a new global topographic map of Saturn's moon Titan that has opened new windows into understanding its liquid flows and terrain.

Have An Excellent Monday

work by Mary "May" Morris


Morning Joe - 'Fire And Fury' Author Michael Wolff -Trump Unfit For Office

Morning Joe - More Revelations Will Come As Staff Leaves WH


Robert Reich: Seriously, How Dumb is Trump?
To put it another way, Trump is an extraordinarily talented conman.


Guardian UK: Booked! Trump, staffers who cried Wolff and a week of fire and fury - When the Guardian published extracts of Fire and Fury, Washington was rocked. Now many are questioning the president’s chances of staying in the job by David Smith and Lauren Gambino in Washington
Later, when 71-year-old Trump turned to Senator James Lankford and called him “Tom”, everyone pretended to ignore it.

Oprah 2020

Guardian UK: Oprah Winfrey's stirring Golden Globes speech prompts talk of White House run - After Winfrey gave a powerful speech about sexual harassment, racial injustice and press freedom, celebrities on Twitter urged her to run for office

Back Off

NY Times: Bannon Tries Backing Away From Explosive Comments 查看简体中文版 查看繁體中文版 By JEREMY W. PETERS and MICHAEL TACKETTJAN

Stable Genius

NY Times: ‘Like, Really Smart’ by Charles M. Blow
..some of the behaviors displayed by this man line up with the symptoms of certain personality disorders.

The Market On Monday

  At 9:28 a.m. ET DOW futures are -11 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open slightly lower.

CNN: CES begins; Stocks pointing up; Pfizer changes? by Alanna Petroff

Cervical Cancer

  Dr. Puc is a functional medicine oncologist, and she was very helpful for me when it was being determined if I had prostate cancer. Turns out I did not have it. I like her very much, she's good.

Stram Center: Cervical Cancer: 10 Important Facts You Need to Know by Heidi S. Puc M.D., FACP, ABIHM

Friday, January 05, 2018


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

work by Albarrán Cabrera

Peter Wehner Lambasts Trump

Skip to 1:45 to hear Wehner.


Rep. Jim Jordan is a real ass.

The Loop

Politico: I’ve Studied the Trump-Fox Feedback Loop for Months. It’s Crazier Than You Think. By MATTHEW GERTZ


Boing Boing: Roy Moore accuser files defamation lawsuit against him


Salon: GOP’s shameless new plan: Bulldoze Sessions in order to get rid of Mueller - In the wake of Michael Wolff’s sleazy revelations, Republicans won’t give an inch — and they’re getting desperate by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - 90% Of Bike Accidents Preventable By Buying Car Like A Normal Person

The Onion: Study: 90% Of Bike Accidents Preventable By Buying Car Like A Normal Person

The Arctic

Science Daily: Scientists find surprising evidence of rapid changes in the Arctic
summary - Scientists have found surprising evidence of rapid climate change in the Arctic: In the middle of the Arctic Ocean near the North Pole, they discovered that the levels of radium-228 have almost doubled over the last decade.


Daily Kos: New excerpt from 'Fire and Fury' details Trump's broken press operations and his 'real daughter' By Mark Sumner

Rick Wilson's Latest

The Daily Beast: Bannon Banished for Telling Truths About Trump as MAGA Monsters Turn on Each Other - Watching Bannon fall victim to the claws of the monster he helped create mostly invokes the response of ‘Alexa, order all the popcorn.’

'Chan Chan'

Buena Vista Social Club

Dog Takes Itself Sledding

Thinner And Thinner

Chicago Sun Times: LYONS: Trump’s denial of collusion with Russia grows thinner and thinner
To Trumpists, “deep state” refers to anybody and everybody in the U.S. government whose first loyalty is to the Constitution rather than to Donald J. Trump.

Excerpt From 'Fire And Fury'

It's satire.

'Emotionally Erratic'

Axios: The Wolff lines on Trump that ring unambiguously true
...his spot-on portrait of Trump as an emotionally erratic president, and the low opinion of him among some of those serving him.

Stephen Colbert - Stephen Bites Into The Juicy New Trump Book

Kimmel Pummels Trump Over 'Fire And Fury'

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Mary "May" Morris

Brian Williams - Fmr GOP Rep. David Jolly - Trump Likely Does Not Reach Bar Of Mental Fitness

NBC - 'Fire and Fury' Author Michael Wolff - 'I Absolutely' Spoke To President Trump


The Palmer Report: Key aspect of new anti-Trump book has now been independently corroborated

Idiot Supreme

Guardian UK: 'Trump has declared war on California': state defiant as White House take aim - battle lines between liberal politicians and the president intensified this week as Trump’s administration targeted cannabis, immigrants and the environment
The political warfare by Trump, who reportedly holds deep grudges and is said to be obsessed with his electoral wins and losses, has the potential to cause havoc and destroy livelihoods in the state of California, the world’s sixth largest economy.

'Ivanka Seeks Presidency'!

Guardian UK: Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House review – tell-all burns all - Michael Wolff has written a book to shake America to its foundations - Ivanka seeks presidency – and other big claims from explosive new book - Three TVs, a phone and a cheeseburger: book reveals Donald’s bedtime
Trump purportedly mocks his own sons’ intellectual shortcomings and derides Jared Kushner, his son-in-law, as a suck-up. Melania Trump, the president’s third wife, cries in sorrow on election night over her husband’s electoral college win. Steve Bannon, Trump’s former senior adviser, pummels Jared and Ivanka, aka Jarvanka, for their incredible lightness of being.

Unfit And An Idiot

NY Times: Everyone in Trumpworld Knows He’s an Idiot 查看简体中文版 查看繁體中文版 by Michelle Goldberg
But most of all, the book confirms what is already widely understood — not just that Trump is entirely unfit for the presidency, but that everyone around him knows it.


NY Times: Obstruction Inquiry Shows Trump’s Struggle to Keep Grip on Russia Investigation By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
Some experts said the case would be stronger if there was evidence that the president had told witnesses to lie under oath.

The Market On Friday

  At 8:50 a.m. ET DOW futures are +90 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: U.S. jobs report; Soaring stocks; Apple fixing flaws by Alanna Petroff

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Buckle Up

New Scientist: The epidemic on the way: Why winter flu is so bad this year - Flu is an underestimated killer, taking more than a million lives around the globe annually. This time, the mutated virus seems to be hitting even harder


Politico: Deputy AG, FBI director make unannounced visit to Paul Ryan's office By KYLE CHENEY



CBS News: Residents in coastal Mass. town urged to evacuate as blizzard hits

Dictator Trump

  Never happen. It's called 'The First Amendment'.

NY Times: Trump Demands That Publisher Halt Release of Critical Book By PETER BAKER


The Hollywood Reporter: "You Can’t Make This S--- Up": My Year Inside Trump's Insane White House by Michael Wolff
Everybody in the West Wing tried, with some panic, to explain him, and, sheepishly, their own reason for being here.

Go Andrew

Bloomberg: Cuomo Plans to Sue U.S. Government Over State Tax Break Change By Henry Goldman January 3, 2018, 3:20 PM EST - Governor says new law penalizes states that supported Clinton - New Yorkers’ cost of property, income taxes may increase 20%

'Pastime Paradise'

Stevie Wonder - this song was remade by Coolio, he turned it into 'Gangsta's Paradise


The Daily Beast: Justice Department ‘Looking Into’ Hillary Clinton’s Emails— Again - It’s the most scrutinized email server of all time. But the president is demanding it get scrutinized again. And DOJ is taking a fresh look. by Betsy Woodruff

Worst Thing

Salon: Worst thing Steve Bannon said about Trump? “Money laundering” - Was Trump enraged because Bannon criticized his family? Or because he now understands his presidency is in danger? Heather Digby Parton

The Borowitz Report - Trump Angrily Throws Steve Bannon’s Signed Copy Of 'Mein Kampf' In Trash

New Yorker: Trump Angrily Throws Steve Bannon’s Signed Copy of “Mein Kampf” in Trash By Andy Borowitz


Science Daily: Evidence of previously unknown population of ancient Native Americans, research reveals
summary - Genetic analysis of ancient DNA from a 6-week-old infant found at an Interior Alaska archaeological site has revealed a previously unknown population of ancient people in North America. The findings represent a major shift in scientists' theories about how humans populated North America. The researchers have named the new group 'Ancient Beringians.'

'The Grammar Vigilante'

Having An Excellent Thursday

work by Gabriel Pacheco

Morning Joe - Sen. Doug Jones Reflects On Historic Win, Plans As Senator

Morning Joe - Why Much Of Michael Wolff's Book 'Fire And Fury' 'Rings True'

He's Nuts

MSNBC: White House confronts questions about Trump’s ‘mental fitness’ By Steve Benen

Concern Over Trump's Mental Health

Politico: Washington's growing obsession: The 25th Amendment - Lawmakers concerned about Trump's mental health invited a Yale psychiatry professor to brief them in December. By ANNIE KARNI
“going back to conspiracy theories, denying things he has admitted before, his being drawn to violent videos.” Lee also warned, “We feel that the rush of tweeting is an indication of his falling apart under stress. Trump is going to get worse and will become uncontainable with the pressures of the presidency.”


The Palmer Report: Congress meets with psychiatry professor about Donald Trump’s mental illness

Jones And Smith

  Talk about generic names - Jones and Smith...

Guardian UK: Two new Senate Democrats sworn in as sexual misconduct stays in spotlight - Doug Jones beat Roy Moore, accused of sexual assaulting teenagers - Tina Smith replaces Al Franken, who faced sexual harassment accusations

Cease And Desist

Guardian UK: Donald Trump issues legal threat to Steve Bannon after book revelations - Cease and desist letter comes after claim in new book by Michael Wolff that former chief strategist called Trump Jr’s meeting with Russians ‘treasonous’
A cease and desist letter accuses Bannon of violating a non-disclosure agreement by speaking about his time on Trump’s election campaign to Michael Wolff, whose new book has caused shockwaves in Washington.

The Meaning

NY Times: The Meaning of Bannon vs. Trump by David Leonhardt
One, it’s a sign of the apparent seriousness of the Russia investigation for Trump’s family and inner circle.

Fool's Errand Ends

NY Times: Trump Disbands Commission on Voter Fraud By MICHAEL TACKETT and MICHAEL WINES
Mr. Trump did not acknowledge the commission’s inability to find evidence of fraud, but cast the closing as a result of continuing legal challenges.

The Bomb Cyclone Hits

  As I type this, it is 17 degrees with a wind chill warning, and it is snowing. January is usually the coldest in Upstate NY, but this year the cold came earlier and relentlessly. This is a different animal.

CNN: Bomb cyclone blasts East Coast, threatens hurricane-force winds
Parts of the East Coast will be colder than Mars

The Market On Thursday

  At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are +111 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: Dow 25,000 in sight; Computer chip crisis; Tesla troubles by Alanna Petroff

Wednesday, January 03, 2018


The Daily Beast: Enraged Trump Personally Dictated Scathing Denouncement Strategist Steve Bannon - The publication of a new book has caused a massive, immediate fissure within the ranks. And it’s left the president isolated and angry. by Lachlan Markay, Asawin Suebsaeng, Sam Stein is Trump...with paper-thin alliances, an increasingly cemented perception that he is well out of his depth, and a conservative press corps run by individuals either at odds with him or who think he’s a dope.