Tuesday, April 24, 2018

This Is Serious

  Take this seriously. It is suggested that tick born diseases are the first epidemic of global warming.

Forbes: New Jersey Is Dealing With A Tick Species That Is New To America
...the East Asian or Longhorned tick. This tick is usually found in East Asia (Russia, Japan, China, and Korea), New Zealand, parts of Australia, and several Pacific islands (New Caledonia, Fiji, Western Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu).


  Stream music from 4 of my CDs.


  Isn't this just a polite way of saying racism?

NY Times: Trump Voters Driven by Fear of Losing Status, Not Economic Anxiety, Study Finds By NIRAJ CHOKSHI


The Daily Beast: Kellyanne Conway, Conservative Snowflake - The walls are closing in on the White House, so she took massive umbrage at a totally fair question to paint herself as the victim of a sexism that doesn’t exist. by Michael Tomasky

Not Good

The Daily Beast: Porn Industry Feels the Heat After Stormy Daniels-Trump: ‘This Is Not Helping’ - The Stormy Daniels-Trump affair scandal has shined a spotlight on the adult-film industry—but not in a good way, say performers and publicists. by Aurora Snow

The Origins Of Lynching Culture In The United States

Stephen Colbert - Trump Is Flipping Out Over Rumors Cohen Is Flipping


Salon: Suddenly Republicans care about civil liberties — or at least about whether Michael Cohen “flips” - Suddenly Republicans sound like the ACLU, when the point is to keep Mueller away from Trump’s shady business deals by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Newborn Prince Of Cambridge Begins Consolidating Power By Having Family Imprisoned In Tower Of London

The Onion: Newborn Prince Of Cambridge Begins Consolidating Power By Having Family Imprisoned In Tower Of London


UPI: Hubble at 28: Telescope has helped explain mysteries of universe - Hubble gets a lot of attention for its ability to produce beautiful images of the cosmos, but its also responsible for some important scientific breakthroughs. By Brooks Hays

Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by Emil Nolde

Lawrence O'Donnell - Avenatti - Cohen Case Could Cost Trump The Presidency

Rachel Maddow - Report Supports Dossier, Contradicts Trump On Night In Moscow

Just One Of Millions Of Trump Lies

Politico: Trump’s false claims to Comey about Moscow stay could aid Mueller - James Comey says the president told him that he never spent the night in Moscow in 2013, but flight records, social media and his bodyguard's testimony show otherwise. By BEN SCHRECKINGER


The Palmer Report: Donald Trump’s hot circle of garbage by Bill Palmer

Divide And Reveal

Guardian UK: DNC lawsuit against Trump campaign divides party – but could reveal key facts - Experts say suit alleging election conspiracy could inform the public about Trump and Russia, but some Democrats have voiced concern

No Surprise

Does anyone think Hannity is not dirty? I didn't think so.

Guardian UK: Sean Hannity's real estate venture linked to fraudulent property dealer - Shell company tied to the Fox News host bought homes through Jeff Brock, who was charged in 2016 with fraud and conspiracy for his role in a scheme to rig auctions on foreclosed properties - Michael Cohen case shines light on Sean Hannity’s property empire - Will Sean Hannity’s ties to Michael Cohen be his undoing?

Your Travel, Your Plate, Your Home, What To Buy

NY Times: How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint By Livia Albeck-Ripka
For that reason, eating a vegan diet is likely to be best for the environment, say experts.

Hand It Over

NY Times: Do Taxpayers Know They Are Handing Out Billions to Corporations? By Nathan M. Jensen
Maryland is even offering to give 5.75 percent of each worker’s salary back to the company, which is the maximum state income tax rate for individuals. Employees will pay taxes that will be routed back to Amazon.

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. At 9:25 a.m. ET DOW futures are +103 and the price of oil per barrel is flat. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: Earnings galore; Spotify announcement; Wells Fargo anger by Alanna Petroff

Monday, April 23, 2018


NY Times: Thank Trump, or You’ll Be Sorry By Diana Butler Bass
Donald Trump has made “thank you” divisive.

NYT - Chinese Tech Companies’ Dirty Secret

Got That Right

Guardian UK: Hillary Clinton attacks Trump for 'all-out war on truth, facts and reason' - Clinton compared Trump’s administration to an authoritarian regime that threatened ‘the end of freedom’ at an event in New York

In Custody



The Daily Beast: The Sex-Tape Lawyer Who Helped Cohen Silence Trump’s Women by Kate Briquelet

Success And Failure

Trump Fantasy Reading

Salon: Pulitzer-winning reporter David Cay Johnston: “The evidence suggests Trump is a traitor” - Investigative reporter who has covered Trump for 30 years dares to imagine impeachment — and President Nancy Pelosi by Chauncey DeVega

The Onion - ‘Politics Was Never This Toxic In The 2010s,’ Says Future American While Watching Candidates Battle In 2048 Debate Pits

The Onion: ‘Politics Was Never This Toxic In The 2010s,’ Says Future American While Watching Candidates Battle In 2048 Debate Pits

AI Mayor

Newsweek: AI Candidate Promising ‘Fair and Balanced’ Reign Attracts Thousands of Votes in Tokyo Mayoral Election By Brendan Cole
This would involve using AI to analyze the positive and negative aspects of petitions, calculating the best way to implement what residents want and resolving disputes.

Happiness Without Donald

Have An Excellent Monday

work by Olek

Morning Joe - Aleksandr Kogan - Zuckerberg's Remarks About Me Are 'PR Spin'

Morning Joe - GOP Candidates Adopt Trump's Brash Style In Ads


The Palmer Report: Donald Trump is more radioactive than ever by Bill Palmer

The Lawsuit

Guardian UK: 'Protecting our democracy': DNC chair defends suit against Trump and Russia - Tom Perez: DNC can ‘walk and chew gum’ before the midterms - Democratic party sues Russia, WikiLeaks and Trump
Donald Trump tweeted about the suit over the weekend, seemingly promising a legal counter move. “So funny, the Democrats have sued the Republicans for Winning,” he wrote on Saturday. “Now he [sic] R’s counter and force them to turn over a treasure trove of material, including Servers and Emails!”

Hannity And Hud

Guardian UK: Michael Cohen case shines light on Sean Hannity's real estate empire - Fox News host who said Trump’s fixer ‘knows real estate’ has a portfolio that includes support from Department of Housing and Urban Development, a fact he did not mention when interviewing secretary Ben Carson last year
Late last month, Hannity’s mortgages were replaced with loans for $22.9m that were rewritten with Carson’s Hud and a new bank. There was no indication that Carson was personally involved in the process. Carson does, however, have the authority to allow Hannity from 2019 to convert the rental complexes into condominiums for sale, which could be lucrative for the television host.

The Swamp

NY Times: Mueller Guides Us Through the Swamp By The Editorial Board
Three years ago, about three months before Mr. Trump announced his candidacy for president, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network fined the Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City $10 million for “willful and repeated violations of the Bank Secrecy Act” for failing to report suspicious transactions and failing to properly file currency transaction reports and keep proper records.


NY Times: America Abhors Impeachment By Charles M. Blow
But, although a perspicuous case can be made for his removal, that is an uphill battle because enough of the public and the political class abhor impeachment...

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. At 8:35 a.m. ET DOW futures are +25 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open moderately higher.

CNN: Trade tensions ease; UBS dips; Google earnings by Ivana Kottasová

Friday, April 20, 2018


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

work by Jo In Hyuk


The Washington Post: It’s becoming clear that Trump won’t run in 2020 By Joe Scarborough


Revenge Potential

NY Times: Michael Cohen Has Said He Would Take a Bullet for Trump. Maybe Not Anymore. By MAGGIE HABERMAN, SHARON LaFRANIERE and DANNY HAKIM
For years Mr. Trump treated Mr. Cohen poorly, with gratuitous insults, dismissive statements and, at least twice, threats of being fired, according to interviews with a half-dozen people familiar with their relationship.


NY Times: D.N.C. Lawsuit Alleges Trump-Russia Conspiracy By MICHAEL D. SHEAR


The Daily Beast: The Democrats’ War Chest to Take Back the House Just Got Even Bigger - The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee outpaced its Republican competitor and raised record cash last month, but still trails narrowly in cash on-hand. by Gideon Resnick

'Blue Monday'

New Order 1983


Raw Story: DNC hits Trump campaign with multimillion-dollar lawsuit for conspiring with the Russian government by Brad Reed

Liberal Monsters, Demons, And Conspirators

Salon: Lock them up! GOP goes full banana-republic with demands to jail Comey, McCabe and Clinton - As Andrew McCabe faces possible indictment, House Republicans want a probe of imaginary anti-Trump conspiracy by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Mike Pompeo Defects To North Korea After Learning About Kim Jong-Un’s Torture Program

The Onion: Mike Pompeo Defects To North Korea After Learning About Kim Jong-Un’s Torture Program


CNBC: Japanese companies see big things in small-scale industrial robots

Tirpitz - The Death Of Germany's Last Super Battleship

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Laetitia Ky

Lawrence O'Donnell - Comey Memos - Trump, Putin And Prostitutes

Rachel Maddow - Comey - Mike Flynn An Awkward Presence Before Dismissal From White House


Guardian UK: I’ve seen inside the digital propaganda machine. And it’s dark in there - My research lifted the lid on Cambridge Analytica, its parent company SCL and Leave.EU. What I found was alarming by Emma Briant


Guardian UK: Columbine students urge action on gun control ahead of walkouts across the US - Colorado students held a rally with Parkland survivors on anniversary of 1999 shooting, while nationwide protests are planned at schools
“When we talk about arming teachers, you’re not just asking me to protect the Rachels of this world, you’re asking me to kill the Dylans,” she said.

“Do you understand what you’re asking of me? You’re asking me to kill one of my students,” she said, her voice trembling. “It’s too much to ask.”


NY Times: 6 Takeaways From the James Comey Memos By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
Mr. Comey depicts Mr. Trump as a man engrossed to the point of distraction with political rivalries and fears that bureaucrats and government officials, including in the F.B.I., were trying to undermine his legitimacy.


NY Times: Comey Memos Provide Intimate Look Into Trump Presidency By NICHOLAS FANDOS
The memos are exacting in their specificity, including details about who was sitting where, the precise times that conversations began and their durations. In some cases, Mr. Comey shared his accounts with others immediately afterward.


Read the memos here

The Market On Friday

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

CNN: GE earnings; Wells Fargo fine; Pound pummeled by Ivana Kottasová

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Rudy Is Back

The Daily Beast: Rudy Giuliani in Talks to Join Trump's Legal Team - They're just talks for now. by Betsy Woodruff

Porzingis' Comeback - Episode 1

Samantha Bee - People Are Saying - Sean Hannity Is A Serial Killer

Stephen Colbert - Full Uncut Interview - James Comey

One Can Hope

Salon: Is this the endgame stage for Trump, or just a trainwreck? There are four very clear paths to the end of the Trump presidency (the fourth is the most punishing) by Lucian K. Truscott IV

The Onion - Congress Not Sure What It Did To Make Trump Think It Wouldn’t Roll Over For Whatever He Wants In Syria

The Onion: Congress Not Sure What It Did To Make Trump Think It Wouldn’t Roll Over For Whatever He Wants In Syria

Robot Builders

Quartz: It took robots three years to learn to build an IKEA chair—and just 20 minutes to finish it By Corinne Purtill
The next stage will be expanding the machines’ intelligence to be able to assemble a chair just by looking at a photograph of the final product, Wired reported.

Have An Excellent Thursday

work by David Hockney

Lawrence O'Donnell - Trump Advised To Fire Rod Rosenstein

Rachel Maddow - Trump Hush Money Probe Continues, Despite McDougal Settlement

Add It Up

The Palmer Report: Something doesn’t add up about Donald Trump’s latest Twitter explosion by Bill Palmer

GOP Cowards

Guardian UK: Pity lonely James Comey. Republicans aren't joining his fight for decency - Plenty of high-level Republicans privately think Trump should be removed from office. But they remain silent, even as the former FBI director tries to lead the way by Jill Abramson

Understandable Fear

Guardian UK: Black men arrested at Philadelphia Starbucks feared for their lives - Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson shocked that incident escalated - Pair were waiting for business meeting before 12 April incident

Smear Time

NY Times: Smearing Robert Mueller - Sean Hannity and others are blaming the special counsel for one of the F.B.I.’s worst scandals. But there is no evidence to back up their charges.


NY Times: Our Gold-Leaf Presidency Gail Collins By Gail Collins
People, which part of this makes you most unnerved? The fact that the president doesn’t make any sense when he talks or the fact that he devoted a large part of a press conference with the head of one of our most important allies to promoting his resort?

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. At 9:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are -94 and the price of oil per barrel is up, closing in on $70. The market is poised to open significantly lower.

CNN: P&G vitamin deal; Amazon's Prime number; Qualcomm's Chinese hurdle by Ivana Kottasová

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Resign Nikki

The Daily Beast: Nikki Haley, Great Pushback. Now Resign on Principle.

'Change Of Heart'

Teddy Thompson

'Dimming Of The Day'

Bonnie Raitt and Richard Thompson

Post Truth

Salon: Donald Trump just contradicted himself on why he fired James Comey - Trump offers 2 different reasons as to why he fired his FBI director by Charlie May

The Onion - Hannity Claims Relationship With Cohen Never Went Past Payment For Legal Advice, Defense Strategy In Criminal Cases

The Onion: Hannity Claims Relationship With Cohen Never Went Past Payment For Legal Advice, Defense Strategy In Criminal Cases

Galactic Butterfly

Phys.org: Black hole and stellar winds form giant butterfly, shut down star formation in galaxy

'Voices Carry'

'Til Tuesday - live version

Have An Excellent Wednesday - And I Mean It

work by Yulia Ustinova, crocheted sculptures

Lawrence O'Donnell - Ex-DOJ Official - Trump's Head Will Spin 360 Degrees Over Lawyers

Rachel Maddow - FBI Sought 'Papers Of The President' In Michael Cohen Searches

Big One

The Palmer Report: Donald Trump tips off that he thinks today is the big one by Bill Palmer

Watergate To Trump

Guardian UK: 'A political volcano just erupted': is the US on the brink of the next Watergate? As Trump threatens to fire Mueller, a journalist who was reporting during Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre reads the warning signs

Of Course

Guardian UK: Trump accuses Stormy Daniels of 'a total con job' with artist's sketch - Drawing purports to show man who threatened porn star - President makes rare comment about actor who claims affair

Public Schools In Declines

NY Times: 25-Year-Old Textbooks and Holes in the Ceiling: Inside America’s Public Schools
Broken laptops, books held together with duct tape, an art teacher who makes watercolors by soaking old markers.

No Apologies

NY Times: Barbara Bush, a First Lady Without Apologies By Jon Meacham

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. At 9:15 a.m. ET the DOW is +88 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: Trump bashes TPP; Tesla's Model 3 ambitions; Starbucks shutdown by Ivana Kottasová

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

'Voices Carry'

'Til Tuesday


WCVB5 ABC: Boston researchers reverse aging in mice, study shows

Stephen Colbert - Comey Compared Donald Trump To A Mafia Boss

Stephen Colbert - Sean Hannity Forgot To Mention Something


Axios: Trump’s make-it-go-away guy

Where's Keith

The Daily Beast: The Trump Super Fixer Who ‘Knows Where All the Bodies Are Buried’ - Trump bodyguard Keith Schiller keeps cropping up in allegations about his boss’ personal life, from affairs with porn stars to Russian offers of prostitutes. by Kate Briquelet

Web Of Stupidity

Salon: Sean Hannity, Michael Cohen and Donald Trump: Three amigos, tangled in a web of stupidity - Maybe Fox News’ biggest name is just a footnote in this scandal. But nothing about his explanation is convincing by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Comey Suddenly Realizes Entire Book Just A Subconscious Defense Mechanism To Hide His True Feelings

The Onion: Comey Suddenly Realizes Entire Book Just A Subconscious Defense Mechanism To Hide His True Feelings

The Superhero Robot Valkyrie R5 From Nasa That Will Go In The Mars Trip

Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by Yvonne Walker Keshick, all made with quills.

Lawrence O'Donnell - Avenatti On Trump Legal Setback And "Remarkable' Court Moment

Rachel Maddow - Trump Attorney Michael Cohen's Secret 'Client #3' Is Sean Hannity

Morning Joe - Sean Hannity Downplays Relationship, But Is Someone Lying?


The Palmer Report: Sean Hannity seems to think he’s been caught on a FISA wiretap

Another Sick Man

Guardian UK: Scott Pruitt's $43,000 'privacy booth' violated spending laws, watchdog finds - Purchase of a soundproof booth for EPA chief violates federal law that prohibits spending more than $5,000 on office improvements


Guardian UK: California police kill black father with barrage of bullets in Walmart parking lot - The killing of 26-year-old Diante Yarber, who is believed to have been unarmed, is being called a brutal case of excessive police force

The Tape

NY Times: Lordy, Is There a Tape? By Michelle Goldberg
The possible existence of the tape isn’t relevant because it would prove that Trump is sexually debauched and longs to desecrate everything Obama touched; we already know that.


NY Times: Comey Is Trump’s Ultimate Victory By Frank Bruni
...Trump...has sought...to define leadership downward and establish new norms of behavior for political candidates and government officials. Everyone is out for himself or herself. No gambit is too tawdry and no accusation too speculative, not if the television cameras approve.

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. At 9:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are +214 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The DOW is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: China hits US sorghum; Tesla's pause; Goldman Sachs earnings by Ivana Kottasová

Monday, April 16, 2018


NY Times: Judge Rejects Trump’s Request to Review Seized Cohen Materials By BENJAMIN WEISER and ALAN FEUER


NY Times: Sean Hannity Is Named as Michael Cohen’s Client By ALAN FEUER and MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM
Before Mr. Hannity’s name was revealed in the courtroom, Mr. Ryan had argued that the mysterious third client would be “embarrassed” to be identified as a client of Mr. Cohen’s.

Itty Bitty Conflict Of Interest

Newsweek: Sean Hannity: All the Times Host Defended Michael Cohen Without Revealing He Was Trump Lawyer’s Client
Hannity also had former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich on his program comparing the Cohen raids to the Nazi’s Gestapo police.

Ivan Ilyin

NY Review Of Books: Ivan Ilyin, Putin’s Philosopher of Russian Fascism by Timothy Snyder
According to Ilyin, liberation would arise not from understanding history, but from eliminating it. (sound familiar)

His imagination was soon captured by Benito Mussolini’s March on Rome, the coup d’état that brought the world’s first fascist regime. Ilyin was convinced that bold gestures by bold men could begin to undo the flawed character of existence.

The only way to prevent the spread of evil was to crush middle classes, eradicate their civil society, and transform their individualist and universalist understanding of law into a consciousness of national submission.

...a spirit of murder replaces a spirit of mercy.


The Daily Beast: Michael Cohen Represented Sean Hannity, Lawyers Reveal


The Daily Beast: ‘Rip Him Apart’: Trump Glued to James Comey Book Blitz as Feud Escalates - The president isn’t just obsessively blasting on Twitter the FBI director he fired—behind the scenes, he’s encouraging attacks and in all likelihood hate-watching Comey on ‘20/20.’ by Asawin Suebsaeng


The Daily Beast: John Oliver Goes Off on Trump’s ‘Mission Accomplished’ Syria Tweets - The ‘Last Week Tonight’ host sadly could not weigh in on former FBI director James Comey’s sit-down interview with George Stephanopoulos—though he did… a bit. by Marlow Stern

'Fare Thee Well'

Oscar Isaac, Marcus Mumford, Punch Brothers

'I Was Young When I Left Home'

Marcus Mumford


Salon: Michael Cohen, Stormy Daniels and the collapse of Donald Trump’s long con - Despite Trump’s war of words with James Comey, the real threat to his presidency will unfold in a courtroom by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Flower Freaking Out After Realizing There’s A Bee On It

The Onion: Flower Freaking Out After Realizing There’s A Bee On It


EurekAlert: Once upon a time, an exoplanet was discovered - Personal recollections of an astrophysicist shed new light on the 1995 discovery on 51 Pegasi b by Springer

Have An Excellent Monday

work by Arthur Mathews

Morning Joe - NYT Ed Board Comments On If Trump Tries To Kill Mueller

Morning Joe - Trump's Approval Down Among Most Groups


The Palmer Report: Donald Trump is suddenly obsessed with prison by Bill Palmer


Guardian UK: Man pictured with Michael Cohen group accused of racist threat in 1998 - Black parking attendant alleged that Jerry Rotonda repeatedly used racial slurs and threatened to hit her for giving him a $20 ticket

Five Things

Guardian UK: Five things we learned from the James Comey interview - The former FBI director was not afraid to talk in detail about Donald Trump, his own family and the alleged pee tape
Yes, he will talk about prostitutes and the supposed pee tape


NY Times: Dislike Comey, Despise Trump by Charles M. Blow


NY Times: James Comey’s Interview on ABC’s ‘20/20’: Annotated Excerpts
"It’s certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice. It would depend and — and I’m just a witness in this case, not the investigator or prosecutor, it would depend upon other things that reflected on his intent."

Morally Unfit

NY Times: Comey, in Interview, Calls Trump ‘Morally Unfit’ and ‘Stain’ on All Around Him 查看简体中文版 查看繁體中文版 By MICHAEL D. SHEAR and PETER BAKER

The Market On Monday

  At 9:40 a.m. ET the DOW is +163 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market opened significantly higher.

CNN: GM cutting 1,500 jobs at Ohio plant amid falling demand for small cars by Chris Isidore

The Ryan Legacy

CNN: Trillion-dollar budget deficits will make next recession more painful by Matt Egan and Danielle Wiener-Bronner


  This is from November.

Elite Trader: Robert Mueller’s Brilliant Strategy for Outmaneuvering Trump Pardons - The president cannot save Paul Manafort. By Jed Handelsman Shugerman

Check It Out


Friday, April 13, 2018


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

work by Jo In Hyuk

Wag The Dog

NY Times: Trump Orders Strikes on Syria Over Suspected Chemical Weapons Attack By HELENE COOPER, MICHAEL D. SHEAR and BEN HUBBARD

Exposed Nerve

NY Times: Trump Sees Inquiry Into Cohen as Greater Threat Than Mueller By MATT APUZZO, MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT, MAGGIE HABERMAN and EILEEN SULLIVA


Chris Hayes on Trump's crazed McCabe tweet -

"If there’s one thing Trump won’t tolerate, it’s lies."


The Palmer Report: Donald Trump’s base can’t save him now by Bill Palmer


NY Magazine: I’m a Peeliever and You Should Be, Too By Jonathan Chait

Under Criminal Investigation

KTLA: Trump’s Personal Attorney Michael Cohen ‘Under Criminal Investigation’: DOJ


Salon: Here’s why James Comey’s book is the talk of the country - There’s a scathing portrait of the president — and it’s coming from a man who wanted loyalty by Matthew Rozsa

The Onion - ‘Look, Just Tell Us Who To Kill,’ Snaps U.S. General As Trump Enters 20th Minute Of Rambling Answer On Syria

The Onion: ‘Look, Just Tell Us Who To Kill,’ Snaps U.S. General As Trump Enters 20th Minute Of Rambling Answer On Syria

The Onion: Scott Pruitt Defends Use Of 1st Armored Division For Trip To Dry-Cleaner


Yahoo: Comedian Randy Credico says Trump adviser Roger Stone threatened his dog by Michael Isikoff

Huge Turbines

Vox: These huge new wind turbines are a marvel. They’re also the future. The latest model has blades longer than football fields. By David Roberts

Have An Excellent Friday


Lawrence O'Donnell - Comey Book - Trump Wanted Prostitute Story Proven False

Rachel Maddow - Mueller Report On Trump Obstruction Takes Shape Ahead Of Schedule

One Can Hope

The Palmer Report: Robert Mueller is busting the National Enquirer by Bill Palmer

Slime Ball Trump

NY Times: Trump attacks 'slimeball' Comey after new book likens president to mafia boss - Trump tweets: ‘James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR’ - ABC shows clip of Comey discussing Trump prostitution allegation
Comey went on: “And then he says something that distracted me because he said, you know, ‘If there’s even a 1% chance my wife thinks that’s true, that’s terrible.’

“‘And I remember thinking, ‘How could your wife think there’s a 1% chance you were with prostitutes peeing on each other in Moscow?’”


NY Times: Trump Wants Back Into the TPP. Not So Fast, Say Members. By KEITH BRADSHER
“If the United States genuinely did wish to re-enter, that would trigger another process of engagement and negotiation,” Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister of New Zealand...

The House

NY Times: Will Democrats Win the House? Ask Texas
Predominantly Republican and perversely gerrymandered, the Lone Star State is where Democrats send their dreams to die.

The Market On Friday

CNN: Trump on TPP; Bank earnings; Volkswagen shakeup by Ivana Kottasová
Oil futures jumped almost 1% after the International Energy Agency said a global oil glut is close to disappearing. OPEC and its allies had been working to reduce the surplus.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

'Der Kommissar'

After The Fire

'Der Kommissar'



Short, sweet, and read aloud.

The Poetry Foundation: Salt and Pepper

Comey's Book

NY Times: James Comey Has a Story to Tell. It’s Very Persuasive. By MICHIKO KAKUTANI
“This president is unethical, and untethered to truth and institutional values,” Comey writes. “His leadership is transactional, ego driven and about personal loyalty.”

"...a political environment where basic facts are disputed, fundamental truth is questioned, lying is normalized and unethical behavior is ignored, excused or rewarded.”

Ya Think

CNN: Bernstein: Trump presiding over cover-up

TPP Redux

NY Times: Trump Proposes Rejoining Trans-Pacific Partnership By ANA SWANSON


Axios: Pompeo says he could imagine a ground invasion of North Korea

What Happens

The Daily Beast: Chart: This Is What Happens If Trump Fires Mueller - The president can’t get rid of the special counsel on his own. Trying to do it would set off a chain of events that would convulse the country. by Jay Michaelson and Sarah Rogers


Salon: Trump, Bolton and the looming threat of war with Russia: Could the president’s corruption save us? Torn between BFF Vladimir Putin and his war-mongering new adviser, Trump faces a fateful choice — on Twitter by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Congress Reassures Nervous Zuckerberg They Won’t Actually Do Anything About This

The Onion: Congress Reassures Nervous Zuckerberg They Won’t Actually Do Anything About This


Recode: SpaceX’s valuation is expected to climb to $24 billion - At the new mark, SpaceX would be the third-highest-valued private company in the United States. By Theodore Schleifer

More Trump Dirt

AP News: $30,000 rumor? Tabloid paid for, spiked, salacious Trump tip

Have An Excellent Thursday

work by Roy Lichtenstein - earlier period

Lawrence O'Donnell - Paul Ryan Is The Worst House Speaker Ever

Rachel Maddow - Paul Ryan Legacy Gives Lie To Beltway's Deficit Hawk Mythology


The Palmer Report: The presidential line of succession is basically toast by Bill Palmer

Republican Eric Greitens

Guardian UK: Woman testifies sexual encounter with Missouri governor was aggressive and unwanted - Investigators were told Eric Greitens also threatened to distribute an explicit photo of the woman and called her derogatory names
The governor of Missouri, Eric Greitens, initiated a physically aggressive unwanted sexual encounter with his hairdresser and threatened to distribute a partially nude photo of her if she spoke about it, according to testimony from the woman released Wednesday.


Guardian UK: Robert Mueller: 300,000 vow to march if Trump fires special counsel - More than 800 ‘emergency’ rallies around the country prepared - Protests also triggered if Trump replaces deputy attorney general

Not Normal

NY Times: Signs of a Political Armageddon By Charles M. Blow
This is not the behavior of an innocent man. This is not the behavior of a “normal” president.


NY Times: Paul Ryan Upends Republican Hopes and Plans for Midterm Elections By JONATHAN MARTIN and ALEXANDER BURNS
...signaling that the political convulsions of the Trump era are taking a grave toll on the right...

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. At 9:15 a.m. DOW futures are +151 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: Global risks; Trade in focus; Facebook win by Ivana Kottasová