Monday, May 21, 2018

SNL - Kate Middleton Meets The Real Royal Family

From 2013


The Atlantic: The Futility of Trying to Prevent More School Shootings in America - As long as there is easy access to guns, there’s no way parents, teachers, and other specialists can thwart every violent teenager. by Barbara Bradley Hagerty


Twisted Twittler

The Daily Beast: Howard Stern Dishes to Letterman About When Trump Sexualized Ivanka - David Letterman cringed with the rest of us, as Howard Stern told the story of a time when Trump rated his own daughter on a hotness scale. by Julia Arciga
This isn’t the first instance of the president making questionable remarks about his daughter. He told Stern in another interview that Ivanka has “the best body,” and permitted him to call her a “piece of ass.”

Twittler Attacks

Salon: The Trumpire strikes back: White House launches incoherent counterattack on Mueller probe - Even as news emerges of another suspicious Donald Trump Jr. meeting, White House launches major assault on FBI by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Queen Elizabeth Announces Success Of Monarchy’s Recent Diversity Initiative

The Onion: Queen Elizabeth Announces Success Of Monarchy’s Recent Diversity Initiative


BBC News: Take the test: What's my real age?

Have An Excellent Monday

embroidery work by Severija Incirauskaite-Kriauneviciene

Morning Joe - FBI Doesn't Open Investigations For Political Reasons - Analyst

Morning Joe - Trump Violating Constitutional Norms Again


The Palmer Report: Donald Trump reveals just how scared he is of Roger Stone’s arrest by Bill Palmer

Twittler Attacks

Guardian UK: After Trump attacks New York Times, Giuliani tells paper Mueller will be done by September - President lashes out over reported offer of overseas assistance - Trump/Russia review: Le Carré meets Mario Puzo

The Religious Left

Guardian UK: Jesus never charged a leper a co-pay': rise of the religious left - From healthcare to tax and immigration, Rev William Barber and the Poor People’s Campaign are driven by faith to focus on the disadvantaged by Lauren Gambino

Twittler Demands

NY Times: Trump Demands Inquiry Into Whether Justice Dept. ‘Infiltrated or Surveilled’ His Campaign

Not Normal

NY Times: Enough Is Enough By Charles M. Blow
These preparations — sheltering in place, ducking for cover, running for your life — have become a routine part of our children’s educational experience. This is not normal and must never be accepted as such. Neither are these shootings normal. This is all insanity.

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. At 8:50 a.m. ET DOW futures are +221 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: Trade ceasefire; Ryanair profits jump; Italy in the spotlight by Ivana Kottasová

SNL - Sarah Palin Advice

This is phenomenal. Watch it.

Friday, May 18, 2018


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

work by Jo In Hyuk


wikiHow: How to Move to Spain


Huffington Post: Moving to Portugal From United States? You’ve Got to Read This By Dimitris Vlachos

The Shooter

The Daily Beast: Dimitrios Pagourtzis, Texas Shooting Suspect, Posted Neo-Nazi Imagery Online


538: How Mueller’s First Year Compares To Watergate, Iran-Contra And Whitewater - And what those past investigations tell us about where the Russia investigation might go next. By Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux
Watergate, Iran-Contra and Whitewater all had one thing in common: They lasted at least four years.


From January 14, 2007

NY Times: The Goal: Admitting Failure, Without Being a Failure By DAVID GREENBERG


NY Times: At Least 8 People Killed in Santa Fe, Texas, School Shooting; Suspect Is in Custody

Perfectly Normal

Salon: Rudy’s desperate new defense for Trump: Conspiring with the Russians wasn’t illegal! Team Trump keeps inventing new fantasies, and this one is especially bizarre. Except that it seems to be working by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Woman Nervously Reaches For Cell Phone As Suspicious Black Man Tells Her Today’s Soup Is Minestrone

The Onion: Woman Nervously Reaches For Cell Phone As Suspicious Black Man Tells Her Today’s Soup Is Minestrone

Dooby Do

Guardian UK: Surge in young Americans using marijuana as first drug - Proportion of young people who tried cigarettes as their first drug fell over the same period, US study says

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Giorgio de Chirico


The Palmer Report: Rudy Giuliani is hallucinating by Bill Palmer

Lawrence O'Donnell - 'These Are Animals'

Rachel Maddow - Kushner Family Sees Qatar-Tied Bailout - US policy Warms To Qatar

Here Comes War

Guardian UK: Donald Trump's warning to Kim Jong-un: make a deal or suffer same fate as Gaddafi - Asked about ‘Libya model’, Trump says: ‘That model … was total decimation. That model would take place if we don’t make a deal’


Guardian UK: Bill Gates: Trump twice asked me the difference between HIV and HPV - Microsoft co-founder tells foundation meeting it was ‘kind of scary’ how much Trump knew about what Gates’ daughter looked like
Gates himself met Trump for the first time in New York in December 2016, he recalled: “So when I first talked to him it was actually kind of scary how much he knew about my daughter’s appearance. Melinda [Gates’s wife] didn’t like that too well.”


NY Times: The Moral Rot That Threatens America By Roger Cohen
What eats at America — and so its place in the world — is moral rot: unrelenting blight that emanates from on high. When it comes to rottenness, Denmark is passé. Try the White House.

Hurting Women

NY Times: Trump Administration to Tie Health Facilities’ Funding to Abortion Restrictions

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. At 9:00 a.m. ET DOW futures are -10 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open slightly lower.

CNN: Oil price worries; PayPal's big deal; China-US trade by Ivana Kottasová

Thursday, May 17, 2018


How f-ing stupid can it get?

Science Mag: Republican lawmaker: Rocks tumbling into ocean causing sea level rise By Scott Waldman

The Meeting

The Week: The new details on that infamous Trump Tower meeting are damning by Paul Waldman

Plea Deal

Reuters: Exclusive: Manafort's former son-in-law cuts plea deal, to cooperate with government - sources by Nathan Layne


The Daily Beast: It’s Not a Liberal Fantasy to Ask if Trump Committed Treason - This is a fairly simple case. Why aren’t more people comfortable seeing it? by Tom Coleman


New York Law Journal: Answering Critics, Avenatti Says Slaying Goliaths Is His Business Model - The California-based commercial litigation attorney and his own practice have racked up over $1 billion in verdicts in cases against some of the biggest companies and law firms out there. "I stand by the legal work we've done, and the results we've attained," he said. By Colby Hamilton


The Daily Beast: Donald Trump Jr. Called Blocked Number Before and After Trump Tower Meeting With Russians - That’s one revelation among many on a day when big news about the Trump investigation kept pouring out. by Betsy Woodruff and Justin Miller
Two days later, candidate Trump announced he would give a “major speech” the following week where “we’re going to be discussing all of the things that have taken place with the Clintons.”

Admit It

Salon: Trump scandal overload: Don Jr. remembers nothing; Republicans finally begin to face the facts - Amid Don Jr.’s memory failures, the big news is Republicans admitting that the Russians meddled to help Trump by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Supreme Court Votes 7-2 To Legalize All Worldly Vices

The Onion: Supreme Court Votes 7-2 To Legalize All Worldly Vices - ‘Gambling, Drugs, Prostitution, Incest…It’s All Good Now,’ Says Majority Opinion


Guardian UK: Disruption of daily rhythms linked to mental health problems - People with disrupted 24-hour cycles of rest and activity more likely to have mood disorders, research suggests

Have An Excellent Thursday

work by Danae Stratou

Lawrence O'Donnell - Trump Jr’s Hard-To-Believe Memory Lapses

Rachel Maddow - Amid Report's Revelations - An Informant In The Trump Russia Probe

Under The Bus We Go

The Palmer Report: Why the GOP Senate is suddenly throwing Donald Trump under the bus today on Russia by Bill Palmer


Guardian UK: Rex Tillerson warns of 'integrity and ethics crisis' – but doesn't name Trump - Former secretary of state speaks at Virginia Military Institute and urges graduates to resist ‘leaders [who] seek to conceal the truth’

Top Story

Guardian UK: How a year of Mueller's Trump-Russia investigation drowned out the news - For 12 months the special counsel’s inquiry has fascinated a huge audience – but important issues are fighting for attention by David Taylor

One Can Hope

NY Times: A Blue Wave of Moral Restoration By Charles M. Blow

The Low Down

NY Times: The Key Themes, Dates and Characters in the Russia Investigation - The special counsel is investigating events that span years and cross international borders.

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. At 8:50 a.m. ET the DOW is -34 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open moderately lower.

CNN: Kroger's Ocado deal; Walmart earnings; Italian jitters by Ivana Kottasová

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


NY Times: Code Name Crossfire Hurricane: The Secret Origins of the Trump Investigation

'The Epoch When Matter Began Clumping Together Into Stars And Galaxies'

Axios: Astronomers find 13 billion-year-old signs of early stars


  Can you imagine if Hillary Clinton or Obama did 1% of these things, how the GOP would react.

The Daily Beast: ‘Infuriated’ Jared Kushner Lost His Cool When Russians Didn’t Deliver Hillary Dirt - Kushner claimed he had no idea why he was in that notorious Trump Tower meeting. Newly-released testimony indicates otherwise. by Adam Rawnsley

Stephen Colbert - What Happens In The White House, Leaks From The White House

'Friendly Giant Pacific Octopus'


Quartz: Octopus research shows that consciousness isn’t what makes humans special


The Week: Donald Trump Jr. does a complete flip-flop on whether he knew about campaign staffers meeting with Russians


Salon: Trump’s bizarre ZTE tweets: Payback for a huge real estate deal in Indonesia? This president has told us he has “no conflict of interest”: Maybe his sudden affection for China isn’t so puzzling by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Venus Horrified After Finding Millions Of Nude Pictures Of Herself On Internet

The Onion: Venus Horrified After Finding Millions Of Nude Pictures Of Herself On Internet

Limit It

Guardian UK: Exercise is good for you – unless it's part of your job - Scientists find physically demanding jobs are linked to greater risk of early death
“If you go out for a run for half an hour in your leisure time,” he said, “that increases your heart rate and you feel well afterwards, but when you are physically active at work, it’s a very different type of activity. You are working for eight hours a day and have limited rest periods. You are lifting, doing repetitive movements, and manual handling.

“Our hypothesis is that these kinds of activities actually strain your cardiovascular system rather than help you to improve the fitness of your cardiovascular system.”

Have An Excellent Wednesday

work by Malcolm Liepke

Lawrence O'Donnell - New Revelations On Qatari Investor's Trump Tower Meeting

Rachel Maddow - Bad Day For Manafort As Judge Points Out His Deep Russia Ties


The Palmer Report: The art of the disastrous deal by Bill Palmer


Guardian UK: 'CPAC for progressives': Bernie Sanders and others debate the left's big ideas - At an event that eschewed Trumpian theatrics for earnest discussion, Democratic heavyweights hoped to prove the party can think big

No Interest

Guardian UK: North Korea threatens to cancel Trump summit over nuclear demands - Official says North Korea has no interest in ‘one-sided’ talks with US - State news agency warns US over ‘provocative’ military exercises


NY Times: Tantalizing Testimony From a Top Trump Aide Sets Off a Search for Proof
Yet basic questions about the Trump campaign’s relationship with Russia remain unanswered, including the central question of whether officials or Trump associates coordinated with the election interference.

North Korea

NY Times: North Korea Revives an Old Tactic in Threat to Cancel Talks
...Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader, has revealed his bottom line: He will not give up his nuclear weapons as President Trump has demanded.

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. At 9:15 a.m. DOW futures are -36 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open moderately lower.

CNN: Japan slumps; Starbucks doubles down in China; Macy's earnings by Ivana Kottasová

Tuesday, May 15, 2018


Oh Trump.

NBC News: North Korea cancels high-level talks with the South - The regime believes drills between the South Korean and U.S. air forces are a rehearsal for an invasion of the North, the Yonhap news agency reported. by Daniel Arkin


 Clip is from November 8, 2016.

"Neo-Nazis explain why they like Donald Trump"

Been There, Done That

CNN: Qatari investor confirms he attended Trump Tower meetings in 2016 By MJ Lee

Cut Ties

The Daily Beast: Fox News Host Exits His Company Over Support for Trump - Crowdpac cut ties with Steve Hilton, the right-wing host of ‘The Next Revolution’ on Fox News, after his Trump-like politics “created a tension within our platform and community.” by Maxwell Tani

RIP Tom Wolfe

CNN: Tom Wolfe dies at 88 by Chris Isidore and Tom Kludt

Brain Drain

Salon: Don’t claim Trump’s doing nothing: He’s destroying the federal government - Trump is draining the swamp — of anyone remotely competent or qualified. Rebuilding government may be impossible by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Man Surprised By How Often He Still Uses Bullying Skills He Learned In High School

The Onion: Man Surprised By How Often He Still Uses Bullying Skills He Learned In High School


NBC News: 9 delicious ways to cut down on food waste - Try these creative recipes that put food scraps to work in the kitchen — and lower your grocery bill. by Amy Gorin

Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by William J. Webbe

Lawrence O'Donnell - John Kelly Still Silent After Staffer Mocked 'Dying' John McCain

Joy Reid - Details From Grand Jury Witnesses Offers Peek At Mueller Progress

Under The Bus

The Palmer Report: Donald Trump throws Rudy Giuliani under the bus by Bill Palmer

Back To Iraq

Guardian UK: Iraq's shock election result may be turning point for Iran - Result is blow to US, but Iran will also lose out after Iraq’s protest against rule by proxy
But the bigger loser may be Iran, whose allies in Iraq’s Shia militias known as the Popular Mobilisation Forces were pushed into second place by Moqtada al-Sadr, the veteran nationalist. Put simply, Sadr believes Iraqis should run Iraqi affairs – not Washington, not Tehran and not their proxies.

Better Than What

Guardian UK: 'A blemish on America': Spike Lee denounces Trump for Charlottesville response - Director of BlacKkKlansman calls president a ‘motherfucker’ and explains how he spoke to victim Heather Heyer’s mother to clear use of footage of last August’s attack
“We have a guy in the White House – I’m not going to even say his fucking name – who in the defining moment, not just for Americans but for the world [who] was given a chance to say: ‘We are about love and not hate,’” Lee said. “And that motherfucker did not denounce the motherfucking clan, the alt-right and those Nazi motherfuckers. He could have said to the world: ‘We are better than that’.”

Failure, Forget About Peace In The M.E.

NY Times: Trump’s Failure in Jerusalem By The Editorial Board

All Hell Breaks Loose

NY Times: Killings in Gaza, New Embassy in Jerusalem, and Peace as Distant as Ever
For generations, both sides of the conflict have been locked in competing, mutually negating narratives, with only sporadic flickers of hope for peace despite the efforts of a long list of presidents and secretaries of state.

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. At 9:10 a.m. ET the DOW is -158 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open significantly lower.

CNN: Retail hopes; China trade talks; German growth slows by Ivana Kottasová

Monday, May 14, 2018


The Palmer Report: Looks like Michael Avenatti just confirmed a key piece of the Trump-Russia dossier by Bill Palmer


The Nation: Wisconsin’s Voter-ID Law Suppressed 200,000 Votes in 2016 (Trump Won by 22,748) A new study shows how voter-ID laws decreased turnout among African-American and Democratic voters. By Ari Berman


Washington Post: Scientists discover new evidence for plumes on Europa, a target in the search for life By Sarah Kaplan
Now, citing data collected by NASA's Galileo probe more than two decades ago, scientists report that giant jets of water are spouting more than 100 miles off the moon's surface.

RIP Margot Kidder

CBS News: Margot Kidder, who played Lois Lane in "Superman" films, dead at 69


From Boston Dynamics, just imagine where this goes in 10, 50, 100 years.


CNN: Supreme Court lets states legalize sports gambling


Salon: Team Trump plans to go on “war footing” to fend off impeachment: It could backfire big time - Trump’s “witch hunt” counterattack is working — with his base. It also might strengthen the coming blue wave - by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - AT&T CEO Regrets Hiring Cohen Instead Of Just Dropping A Ton Of Cash At Trump International Hotel Like Everyone Else

The Onion: AT&T CEO Regrets Hiring Cohen Instead Of Just Dropping A Ton Of Cash At Trump International Hotel Like Everyone Else


BBC News: Chocolate vs vegetables: The true environmental costs - When it comes to carbon emissions, certain unhealthy snacks may carry an unexpected blessing compared to healthier options.

Have An Excellent Monday

work by Alyssa Winans

Morning Joe - Giuliani Creates More Problems In AT&T Remarks

Morning Joe - Trump Tweets He's Working To Help Save ZTE Phone Company


The Palmer Report: Robert Mueller already knows about Michael Cohen’s big Trump Tower bribery meeting by Bill Palmer

Hey Joe

Guardian UK: Joe Biden: the liberal everyman spoiling for a fight with Trump as 2020 looms - The Democratic field is likely to be swollen but the 75-year-old could represent a likable consensus candidate for both wings of the party by David Smith
Biden has the desire, the pedigree – and the rage. On Friday, incensed by reports that a White House aide had dismissed McCain with the terse comment “he’s dying anyway”, the 75-year-old Democrat let rip, declaring that decency in the administration had finally hit “rock bottom”.


Guardian UK: Israeli troops kill dozens of Palestinians protesting against US embassy move to Jerusalem – live updates - Follow latest developments as 41 Palestinians killed and hundreds wounded in protests in Gaza and West Bank over moving US embassy to Jerusalem

Trans Fats

NY Times: The World Doesn’t Need Trans Fats
...these fats are still commonly used in the Middle East, India, Pakistan and elsewhere, which is why it is welcome news that the World Health Organization is calling on countries to phase them out by 2023.

The Embassy

NY Times: Israel Feels Pride but Senses Peril as U.S. Moves Embassy
An escalating shadow war with Iran has broken into the open, pitting Israel against its most powerful adversary in the region.

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. At 9:0 a.m. ET DOW futures are +55 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open moderately higher.

CNN: Xerox ditches Fujifilm; Trump's ZTE U-turn; Crypto trade by Ivana Kottasová


New Yorker: How American Racism Influenced Hitler Scholars are mapping the international precursors of Nazism. By Alex Ross

Friday, May 11, 2018


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

work by Jo In Hyuk

'Let Go'

Frou Frou


Michael Avenatti -
"Let this serve as formal notice - there is significantly more evidence and facts to come relating to Mr. Cohen's dealings and Mr. Trump's knowledge and involvement. You can come clean now or wait to be outed. Your choice. We have only just begun..."


Slate: Maggie Haberman and the Toxic Swamp - The New York Times reporter on the White House Correspondents Dinner, Trump’s Cohen investigation fears, and why she hates Twitter. By Isaac Chotiner
Michael Cohen knows a lot, and his team is resigned to the strong possibility that Cohen will flip. You don’t flip unless there’s something to flip on.

Southside Festival 2015

Parov Stelar Band **** four stars JS

'Booty Swing'

Parov Stelar


Salon: The impeachment of Donald Trump: Is it really coming? Republicans definitely think so - Republicans’ main midterm strategy is to drive their voters out with impeachment-dread. How will Democrats respond? by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Area Man Really Banking On Unconditional Love Doing Most Of Heavy Lifting For Mother’s Day Bouquet

The Onion: Area Man Really Banking On Unconditional Love Doing Most Of Heavy Lifting For Mother’s Day Bouquet

How Come

BBC News: Why do we make so many bad decisions?

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Mohd Al-Khuzairie Ali

Lawrence O'Donnell - Trump Attacks Stop After Avenatti Revelation

Ari Melber - Republicans Line Up Against Justice, Invite Rosenstein Showdown


The Palmer Report: Donald Trump isn’t going to survive this one by Bill Palmer

'All Animal-Based Diet'

Guardian UK: They mock vegans and eat 4lbs of steak a day: meet 'carnivore dieters' - An extreme, all animal-based diet is gaining followers in search of heightened productivity, mental clarity, and a boosted libido. But experts express doubts
...the “carnivore diet”, a regimen that involves eating only animal products like meat, offal and eggs and no plant-based foods.


Guardian UK: US faces European backlash against Iran sanctions - Senior politicians says Europe will consider countermeasures to keep trading with Iran
Europe is prepared to introduce measures to nullify the effect of Donald Trump imposing sanctions on any non-US firm that continues to do business with Iran, the French government has said.


Read this article.

NY Times: How the Online Left Fuels the Right By Michelle Goldberg
One of the terrifying things about Trump’s victory is that it appeared to put the fundamental assumptions underlying pluralistic liberal democracy up for debate, opening an aperture for poisonous bigotry to seep into the mainstream.


NY Times: Napping While Black (and Other Transgressions) By Tariro Mzezewa
Napping. Add that to the list of activities — driving, walking, laughing, waiting for someone in Starbucks, checking out of an Airbnb — that put you at risk of being interrogated by the police if you are black.

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. At 9:25 a.m. the DOW is +30 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open moderately higher.

CNN: Dow streak; Silver Lake goes shopping; JPMorgan in China by Ivana Kottasová

Thursday, May 10, 2018


CNN: Michael Cohen is a screwup as a fixer By Michael D'Antonio

The Children

NY Times: Children of the Opioid Epidemic - In the midst of a national crisis, mothers addicted to drugs struggle to get off them — for their babies’ sake, and their own. By JENNIFER EGAN


Mother Jones: The Firm That Paid Michael Cohen $500,000 Is Deeply Tied to a Russian Oligarch, Records Show - Yet Columbus Nova is trying to distance itself from Viktor Vekselberg. by David Corn and Dan Friedman


The Daily Beast: Rudy Giuliani and Donald Trump: This Will End Badly. And Probably Soon. Giuliani knows Trump well enough to know that Trump will turn on him fast. Here’s a preview of how this is going to go in the coming weeks. by Rick Wilson

Who Done It

Salon: Who paid Michael Cohen all that money — and for what? Sleaze, scandal creep closer to Trump - Selling access to the president, paying off ex-girlfriends and covering up scandal may be the tip of the iceberg by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - ‘Sometimes Things Have To Get Worse Before They Get Better,’ Says Man Who Accidentally Turned Shower Knob Wrong Way

The Onion: ‘Sometimes Things Have To Get Worse Before They Get Better,’ Says Man Who Accidentally Turned Shower Knob Wrong Way


BBC News: Should I worry about the mercury in the fish I eat?


Have An Excellent Thursday

work by Gustav Klimt

Lawrence O'Donnell - Trump Filled Swamp With Former Lobbyists

Rachel Maddow - Dubious Explanations Follow Revelation Of Payments To Cohen

Bribe Money

The Palmer Report: Where all that Micheal Cohen bribe money really ended up going by Bill Palmer


Guardian UK: Payments to Michael Cohen show how 'shadow lobbying' eludes US law - Cohen has said he provided consultancy services rather than lobbying, and is not required by law to register as a lobbyist and disclose payments

War Begins

Guardian UK: Israel has hit nearly all Iranian infrastructure in Syria, military claims - Most intense Israeli incursion since 1973 follows Iran’s alleged firing on Golan Heights
Israel has claimed it hit nearly all key Iranian military targets in Syria during airstrikes launched in response to a rocket attack on its troops in the occupied Golan Heights it blamed on Iran.

Tell All

NY Times: Republican Midterm Mastermind Tells All! By Frank Bruni and Corry Bliss - Mr. Bruni is a Times Op-Ed columnist. Mr. Bliss is the head of a super PAC that raises money for, and directs it to, high-priority House races nationwide.


NY Times: Europe, Again Humiliated by Trump, Struggles to Defend Its Interests

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. At 9:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are +51 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open moderately higher.

CNN: BT cuts 13,000 jobs; US inflation watch; Oil price surge by Ivana Kottasová

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Colbert - Trump Ignores U.S. Allies, Leaves The Iran Deal


The Boston Globe: Here’s how recent revelations may link Michael Cohen to Russia

'Across The Universe'

Rufus Wainright

Dick Trator

MSN: Trump threatens to remove news networks' press credentials over negative coverage

The Onion - Iranian Scientist Annoyed He Has To Go Back To Shitty Old Job Building Nuclear Weapons

The Onion: Iranian Scientist Annoyed He Has To Go Back To Shitty Old Job Building Nuclear Weapons

Home Away From Home

BBC: Where’s the nearest planet where we could all live?


Salon: Historian Timothy Snyder on Trump’s war on democracy: He is deliberately “hurting white people” - Yale historian Timothy Snyder’s new book documents Trump’s “sadopopulism” and America’s “Road to Unfreedom” by Chauncey DeVega

Have An Excellent Wednesday

work by Vincent van Gogh


The Palmer Report: Why Senate Republicans chose now to kneecap Donald Trump on Russia by Bill Palmer

Lawrence O'Donnell - Avenatti - Suspicious Payments To Trump Lawyer

Rachel Maddow - Tortured Prisoner Wants Input On Gina Haspel CIA Nomination

Blankenship Blanks Out

Guardian UK: Relief for Republicans as convicted coal baron loses in West Virginia primary - Democrats also got off lightly after Dennis Kucinich, who has refused to condemn Assad, flopped in the Ohio gubernatorial race


Guardian UK: Iran's leader lambasts Trump over US exit from nuclear deal - Conservatives in Iran seize on chance to consolidate power over reformists who championed pact


NY Times: How Many Funerals Will Donald Trump Have to Skip? By Frank Bruni


NY Times: 3 Americans Are Released From North Korea, Trump Says

The Market On Wednesday

  At 10:55 a.m. ET the DOW is flat and the price of oil is up.

CNN: What Trump's Iran decision means for oil and gas prices by Matt Egan

Be Back

Lots of appointments this a.m., I'll be back mid morning to blog away.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Neo-Nazi Jones

CNBC: Neo-Nazi Arthur Jones wins Republican nomination for Illinois congressional seat - Neo-Nazi and Holocaust denier Arthur Jones won the Republican nomination for the 3rd Congressional District in Illinois.


Newsweek: Stormy Daniels Payment May Have Been Reimbursed By Putin-Linked Russian Oligarch, Michael Avenatti Claims By Jason Le Miere


Axios: Obama reacts to Trump's withdrawal from Iran deal

Fake Boobs Fake News

The Daily Beast: Stormy Daniels Wants to Sell You a Trump-Spanking Souvenir - Stormy Daniels and her “two gay dads” are now peddling anti-Trump images and #TeamStormy tees. by Kate Briquelet


NY Times: Trump Withdraws U.S. From ‘One-Sided’ Iran Nuclear Deal By MARK LANDLER


CNN: Trump withdraws US from Iran nuclear deal by Meg Wagner and Veronica Rocha

Sick Humans

Salon: Rudy’s been a bust — but Trump’s “warriors” in Congress keep fighting to destroy Mueller probe - Donald Trump showers love on his quartet of far-right House loyalists, but Devin Nunes clearly feels left behind by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - NRA Touts Oliver North’s Expertise At Avoiding Jail Time For Colluding With Hostile Foreign Powers

The Onion: NRA Touts Oliver North’s Expertise At Avoiding Jail Time For Colluding With Hostile Foreign Powers


NPR: Lyme Disease Is On The Rise Again. Here's How To Prevent It

The Great Smear

Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by Corinne West

Lawrence O'Donnell - Report - Trump 'Frustrated' With Giuliani Over Stormy Daniels Saga

Rachel Maddow - NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Resigns After Abuse Report


The Palmer Report: Let’s talk about the new Attorney General for New York and the Trump-Russia scandal by Bill Palmer

Melania Revises Obama

Guardian UK: New plagiarism row for Melania Trump as pamphlet bears uncanny resemblance to 2014 version - Booklet on children’s online safety for first lady’s ‘Be Best’ campaign seems almost identical to one first published by FTC four years ago uncanny resemblance to a document released under Barack Obama’s administration.

Tune In Later

Guardian UK: Donald Trump set to reveal decision on Iran nuclear deal - Announcement by the president expected at the White House at 2pm Eastern Time
There are 100-day dispute mechanisms inside the deal that could be invoked to prevent its immediate collapse.


NY Times: Trump Is Expected to Leave Iran Deal, Allies Say By DAVID E. SANGER and STEVEN ERLANGER


NY Times: Eric Schneiderman, Accused by 4 Women, Quits as New York Attorney General By DANNY HAKIM and VIVIAN WANG
... rose to prominence as an antagonist of the Trump administration, abruptly resigned on Monday night hours after The New Yorker reported that four women had accused him of physically assaulting them.

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. At 9:10 a.m. ET DOW futures are -10 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open slightly lower.

CNN: Iran decision; Disney earnings; Big pharma deal by Ivana Kottasová

Monday, May 07, 2018

Krista Tippett - Reconnecting With Compassion


Oliver North Is Back

Mother Jones: The New NRA President Has Just the Right Record: Shady Weapons Sales and Covering Up the Truth - Oliver North. It makes sense. by David Corn


David Frum -
The Trump administration doesn't usually think this strategically, but if they did ... it looks as if they are preparing a cave-in to North Korea to gain running room for a major confrontation with Iran

At Your Own Risk

The Daily Meal: Crack Pie Recipe


CNN: Doctors raise alarm about ancient HTLV-1 virus: 'Prevalence is off the charts' in Australia By Jacqueline Howard

On The Job Training

Salon: Is Rudy Giuliani trying to destroy Donald Trump? Or is he just confused and way over his head? “I’m learning,” Rudy told George Stephanopoulos. That learning curve could torpedo Trump’s presidency by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Cobweb-Covered Skeleton Gripping Senate Desk Expected To Seek 15th Term

The Onion: Cobweb-Covered Skeleton Gripping Senate Desk Expected To Seek 15th Term

Testing Testing

BBC: Take the test: Do I care too much what people think of me?

Truth Be Told

Have An Excellent Monday

work by Mandy Barker

Morning Joe - The Impact Of The Shifting Story On Stormy Daniels

Morning Joe - Jon Meacham Discusses 'The Soul Of America'

The Reason

The Palmer Report: Rudy Giuliani finally admits his real reason for his latest Donald Trump antics by Bill Palmer

If Necessary

Guardian UK: Giuliani: Trump would have had Cohen pay off more women 'if necessary' - Latest interview: Trump attorney says he is ‘still learning’

The Deal

Guardian UK: Boris Johnson uses Fox & Friends to urge Trump to stay in Iran deal - UK foreign secretary also writes op ed for New York Times - Trump has 12 May deadline to re-certify or abandon deal


NY Times: ‘Transparency’ is the Mother of Fake News By Stanley Fish - Mr. Fish is a legal scholar and author.
Victor Davis Hanson, a scholar at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University wrote in 2017 that fake news can be “traced back to the campus,” specifically to “academic postmodernism,” which Hanson says, “derides facts and absolutes, and insists that there are only narratives and interpretations."


NY Times: Boris Johnson: Don’t Scuttle the Iran Nuclear Deal By Boris Johnson - Mr. Johnson, the British foreign secretary, will be in Washington this week for talks with the Trump administration.
Moreover, inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency have been given extra powers to monitor Iran’s nuclear facilities, increasing the likelihood that they would spot any attempt to build a weapon.

Now that these handcuffs are in place, I see no possible advantage in casting them aside.

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are +87 and the price of oil is up now over $70 per barrel. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: Starbucks-Nestle deal; Oil tops $70; Air France crisis by Ivana Kottasová


The Hill: Connecticut passes bill giving electoral votes to presidential candidate who wins popular vote By Avery Anapol

Friday, May 04, 2018


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

work by Jo In Hyuk

Caught In His Lie

NY Times: Trump Is Said to Know of Stormy Daniels Payment Months Before He Denied It By MICHAEL D. SHEAR, MAGGIE HABERMAN, JIM RUTENBERG and MATT APUZZO


Slate: The Brilliant Egomaniac Who Could Bring Down Donald Trump - In praise of Stormy Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti. By Jacob Weisberg


"Jimmy Fallon suggested that maybe it’s Rudolph Giuliani, not Stormy Daniels, who should be offered hush money."


Guardian UK: ‘I had to guard an empty room’: the rise of the pointless job - Copying and pasting emails. Inventing meaningless tasks for others. Just looking busy. Why do so many people feel their work is completely unnecessary?


The Palmer Report: Rudy Giuliani declares victory by Bill Palmer

No Idea Whatsoever

Washington Post: Rudy Giuliani has no idea what he is doing By Jennifer Rubin

Broke A$$ Billionaire

Salon: Rudy Giuliani’s big reality-show reveal: The “billionaire” in the White House is broke - In Giuliani’s appearance with Sean Hannity, he clearly implied Trump had to borrow the Stormy Daniels hush money - David Cay Johnston

The Onion - Mysterious Man In Parking Lot Threatens To Harm Rudy Giuliani If He Ever Blabs About Trump’s Legal Payments Again

The Onion: Mysterious Man In Parking Lot Threatens To Harm Rudy Giuliani If He Ever Blabs About Trump’s Legal Payments Again

The InSight

Guardian UK: Nasa mission to map Mars interior will launch this weekend - The InSight lander will make contact on the Martian equator and dig deep down into the planet to examine its inner core

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Lois Mailou Jones