Friday, June 22, 2018

Weekend!

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

work by Monet

Vote Them Out

The Hill: George Will: Vote against GOP in midterms By Justin Wise

All Lives Apparently Don't Matter

The Daily Beast: Fox & Friends’ Host Brian Kilmeade Defends Family Separations: ‘These Aren’t Our Kids’ - ‘Show them compassion, but it’s not like he is doing this to the people of Idaho or Texas. These are people from another country.’ by Andrew Kirell

Paul McCartney Carpool Karaoke

Inept Authoritarian

Salon: Donald Trump’s staggering incompetence: Is this terrifying bumbler the GOP’s secret weapon? From the Muslim ban to zero tolerance and kids in cages: An inept president can still be an authoritarian by Heather Digby Parton

Bad News For The Resistance - Sources Close To Mueller Are Suggesting The Pee Tape Is Real, But It Is Hot As Hell, Maybe The Sexiest Event Ever Caught On Camera

ResistanceHole: News Bad News For The #Resistance: Sources Close To Mueller Are Suggesting The Pee Tape Is Real, But It Is Hot As Hell, Maybe The Sexiest Event Ever Caught On Camera

Off

The Hill: Rhode Island bill would keep Trump off 2020 ballot unless he releases his tax returns By Morgan Gstalter

Have An Excellent Friday

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Lawrence O'Donnell - Trump Admin Fights Rules On Border Children

Rachel Maddow - As HHS Tent City Filled With Kids, Azar Left For College Reunion

How Indeed

The Palmer Report: How does Donald Trump find these idiots? by Bill Palmer

Stoking Fear

Guardian UK: Demagogues and charlatans are stoking fear, says Joe Biden - Former US vice-president compares situation with 1930s as migration convulses politics
“In ways that evoke memories of the 30s, frustrated and disaffected voters may turn instead to strongmen,” he told a conference in Copenhagen. “Demagogues and charlatans step up to stoke people’s legitimate fears and push the blame always on the other. There always has to be scapegoats. Now it is immigrants, the outsider, the other.”

Arrogant Know Nothing

Guardian UK: Family separation crisis: Trump tells Republicans to 'stop wasting time on immigration'

Barbarism

NY Times: G.O.P. Wants Hungry Kids to Fund Tax Cuts By The Editorial Board
According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, if House Republicans get their way, more than two million people, many of them young children, will lose access to the food stamp program known as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). The farm bill that passed by a two-vote margin on Thursday includes tougher work requirements and new eligibility restrictions that would make it much more difficult for families who need food assistance to get it.

Moral Descent

NY Times: Return of the Blood Libel By Paul Krugman
The speed of America’s moral descent under Donald Trump is breathtaking. In a matter of months we’ve gone from a nation that stood for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to a nation that tears children from their parents and puts them in cages.

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. At 9:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are +128 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: OPEC meeting; Airbus Brexit warning; Stress test results by Charles Riley

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Bad Lip Reading - Trump Kim Summit

Sisyphus

via GIPHY

Krauthammer Dies

Yahoo: Fox News Pundit Charles Krauthammer Dead At 68

The Intercept - Asylum-Seeker Reunited With 5-Year-Old Son

Coffman

The Daily Beast: GOP Congressman Mike Coffman to Trump: Fire Stephen Miller Now - He also called the president’s family-separation ordeal a ‘human rights mess.’ by Gideon Resnick

Stephen Miller - Stephen Miller Takes A Victory Lap On Family Separation

Womp Womp

Instant karma.

CNN: Corey Lewandowski dropped by speakers bureau after 'womp womp' comment by Dylan Byers

The British

The Spectator: What does the British government know about Trump and Russia? Many trails in the Mueller inquiry lead straight to the UK by Paul Wood
The ‘Western intelligence community’ — a nebulous group encompassing Steele, his associates, the US intelligence agencies and many experts in Britain — believe the Kremlin is directing operations to try to shake public faith in democracy across Europe and the US.

The Onion - Recently Uncovered Passage From Book Of Revelation Shows That Prophet Foresaw ‘Violent Reign Of Red-Headed Boy-King’

The Onion: Recently Uncovered Passage From Book Of Revelation Shows That Prophet Foresaw ‘Violent Reign Of Red-Headed Boy-King’

How To


Backs Down - Sort Of

Salon: Donald Trump backs down, for now: But this political horror show isn’t over - This whole nightmare was nothing more than ugly political theater. But for once, Trump misjudged the public mood by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Political Scientists Baffled By Trump’s Ability To End Something He Had No Control Over Just Days Ago

The Onion: Political Scientists Baffled By Trump’s Ability To End Something He Had No Control Over Just Days Ago - ‘This Destroys All Previous Knowledge About The Power Of The Presidency’

Unsupported

CNN: CNN Poll: Americans don't support Trump's tariffs or foreign policy By Grace Sparks

Time To Go


Have An Excellent Wednesday

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Lawrence O'Donnell - Will Michael Cohen Turn On Trump?

Rachel Maddow - Americans Finding Ways To Work Against Trump Immigration Policy

Crazed

The Palmer Report: Donald Trump’s sinking base resorts to pure delusion by Bill Palmer

Blockade

Guardian UK: 'Occupy Ice': activists blockade Portland building over family separations - Dozens pitch tents outside immigration office in response to thousands of migrant children split from their parents

Trump's Disgrace

Guardian UK: Without Trump administration plan to reunite families, burden falls to NGOs - Organisations say bringing parents and children back together is an enormous puzzle with no single, clear system

Cruelty

NY Times: The King and Queen of Cruelty By Charles M. Blow
Citizens were outraged. Politicians were outraged. Corporate leaders were outraged. Foreign leaders were outraged. The pope was outraged.

Nothing

NY Times: Trump Retreats on Separating Families, but Thousands May Remain Apart By Michael D. Shear, Abby Goodnough and Maggie Haberman
And the president’s order does nothing to address the plight of the more than 2,300 children who have already been separated from their parents under the president’s “zero tolerance” policy.

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. At 7:50 a.m. ET DOW futures are -78 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open significantly lower.

CNN: Bank stress tests; Trade war victim; Bank of England decision by Ivana Kottasová

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

National Disgrace

The Daily Beast: Trump’s Family Separation Order Does Nothing for Families He Already Broke Up - Kids are thousands of miles away from parents with no reliable way to find each other—and they may never after adults are deported. by Betsy Woodruff and Justin Glawe

Yup


The Onion - Americans Finally Recognize Own Country Again After President Does Half-Assed Job Walking Back Humanitarian Crimes

The Onion: Americans Finally Recognize Own Country Again After President Does Half-Assed Job Walking Back Humanitarian Crimes

Just Three Days Ago

  Trump just signed an executive order stopping the separation of children from parents caught at the border, illegally crossing into the country. Recall that he spent the last several days lying his backside off about it including.
Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen
‏Verified account @SecNielsen

We do not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period.
4:52 PM - 17 Jun 2018

New Tactic

The Daily Beast: DSA Says They’re Coming After More Trump Officials After Ruining Kirstjen Nielsen's Dinner - Socialists ran Trump’s immigration enforcer out of a Mexican restaurant and she won’t be the last, they say. ‘This administration can’t be allowed to enjoy a nice night out.’ by Kelly Weill

The Onion - Ants Having Some Kind Of Party Inside Crack In Pavement

The Onion: Report: Ants Having Some Kind Of Party Inside Crack In Pavement

Believe It When You See It

Yahoo: Donald Trump says he will sign executive order to end child separation policy

Indifferent

NY Times: President Trump seems to be saying more and more things that aren’t true by Ashley Parker
“It’s extraordinary how he is completely indifferent to truth. There’s just no relationship between his statements — anything he utters — and the actual truth of the matter,” said Thomas Murray, president emeritus of the Hastings Center, the founding institution in the field of bioethics.

Wednesday June 20th Is World Refugee Day - The Irony Is Palpable


Lawrence O'Donnell - Babies, Toddlers Held In 'Tender Age' Facilities In Texas

Rachel Maddow - Trump Cruel To Migrant Kids To Drive Immigration Political Wedge

The Moment

The Palmer Report: Here’s the thing about Rachel Maddow’s stunning on-air moment by Bill Palmer
...America is now holding kids in concentration camps, for God’s sake.

Backlash

Guardian UK: Child separations: Trump faces extreme backlash from public and his own party

Death Or Separation

Guardian UK: 'If they try to take my daughter, I’ll turn back': impossible choices at US border - For the women and children hoping to cross into the US, the options are death at home or forced separation in Texas

Numbskulls

NY Times: G.O.P. Moves to End Trump’s Family Separation Policy, but Can’t Agree How By Michael D. Shear, Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Thomas Kaplan

The Trump Dystopia

NY Times: The Dystopia Is Here By Daniel A. Olivas
Sons and daughters are being ripped from their parents’ arms — in some cases, literally — and detention centers are filled with frightened children. In immigrant communities, the fear is palpable, with parents asking themselves if they should risk taking their children to school, or going to work or reporting a crime, lest they become vulnerable to a sweep by immigration agents.

Hostage Taker

NY Times: Trump’s Small Hostages By Frank Bruni
Why don’t we call the terrified children whose incarceration is riveting the country what they are at this point?

Not migrants. Not detainees. Not pawns, although that comes closest to the mark.

They’re hostages.

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. At 9:05 a.m. ET DOW futures are +118 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: Chinese investment in the United States has plummeted 92% this year by Julia Horowitz

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Trump Is Hitler

  We are there folks, we have hit the wall. Trump must go. This is not America.

AP News: Youngest migrants held in ‘tender age’ shelters

Strategy

  Could it be that Trump's separation policy is cover for much more objectionable policy? The attention is on the separation but what is also occurring - a space force, the US withdrawing from the UN's council on human rights, a tariff war, and perhaps the firing of Rosenstein and consequently Mueller. What we are witnessing is Trump gaining practice with navigating an incredibly unpopular policy, it's practice for firing Mueller among other things.

Raw Story: Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee: Republicans plan on ‘firing’ Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein ‘on Friday’

Even Graham Gets It

Myrtle Beach Online: Trump could end policy of separating children 'with a phone call,' SC's Graham says

The Onion - Jeff Sessions Argues Family Separations Only Happening Because Current Law Doesn’t Allow Him To Strangle Immigrants With Bare Hands

The Onion: Jeff Sessions Argues Family Separations Only Happening Because Current Law Doesn’t Allow Him To Strangle Immigrants With Bare Hands

The Onion - Stephen Miller Furious At ProPublica For Only Releasing 7-Minute Recording Of Immigrant Children Sobbing

The Onion: Stephen Miller Furious At ProPublica For Only Releasing 7-Minute Recording Of Immigrant Children Sobbing

Stephen Colbert - Trump Wants To 'Win' More Than He Wants To Lead

'Have You No Sense Of Decency, Sir?'

Human Rights

Bloomberg: U.S. Plans to Withdraw From UN Human Rights Council Today By Nick Wadhams

Prince

The Daily Beast: Erik Prince: I ‘Cooperated’ With Mueller - The Trumpworld insider is under scrutiny for his alleged backchanneling with Russia, his work for China, and his plans for Afghanistan. He defends it all in a new interview. by Betsy Woodruff

Fear Of The Vote

Salon: Conservatives’ anti-immigration fervor is political: They think keeping America white will save them - For right-wing commentators like Ann Coulter and her ilk, it’s no secret: They fear more Latino voters by Heather Digby Parton

Circulated

app.com: Social media post about a party brings 15,000 to Seaside Park by Erik Larsen

Televised Sadism

Spectator USA: Why is the party of Trump comfortable with televised sadism? The President isn’t Hitler. But the banality of his populist nationalism is eerily familiar by Rick Wilson

Have An Excellent Tuesday

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Lawrence O'Donnell - Religious Leaders - Call Trump’s Family Separation What It Is- Sin

Rachel Maddow - Trump Accelerates Rate Of Taking Migrant Kids From Parents

Monster

The Palmer Report: Donald Trump is a monster wimp by Bill Palmer

Listen

Pro Publica: Listen to Children Who’ve Just Been Separated From Their Parents at the Border - ProPublica has obtained audio from inside a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility, in which children can be heard wailing as an agent jokes, “We have an orchestra here.” by Ginger Thompson

The baritone voice of a Border Patrol agent booms above the crying. “Well, we have an orchestra here,” he jokes. “What’s missing is a conductor.”

Outrage Grows

Guardian UK: Trump administration scrambles as outrage grows over border separations - Homeland security secretary claims administration is simply enforcing the law as photos and audio of children fuel anger

The Lunatic Fringe Drives American Immigration Policy

NY Times: How Anti-Immigration Passion Was Inflamed From the Fringe
Jeff Sessions and Stephen Miller spent years on the political fringe in the nation’s capital as high-decibel immigration hard-liners, always warning about the dangers of open borders but rarely in a position to affect law or policy.

Trump Is Sadistic

NY Times: Trump Resisting a Growing Wrath for Separating Migrant Families
“They could be murderers and thieves and so much else,” Mr. Trump said of the people crossing the border. “We want a safe country, and it starts with the borders, and that’s the way it is.”

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. At 9:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are -349 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open significantly lower.

CNN: $200 billion trade threat; Markets hit; Volkswagen trouble by Ivana Kottasová

Monday, June 18, 2018

Look Who Likes It

CNN: Majority oppose policy that causes family separation, but Republicans approve By Grace Sparks

Richard Painter - Dumpster Fire Ad

Erased

The Atlantic: The End of Civil Rights - Across immigration, policing, criminal justice, and voting rights, the attorney general is pushing an agenda that could erase many of the legal gains of modern America's defining movement. by Matthieu Bourel and Vann R. Newkirk

Ann Provides Cover

  On cue, nuttier, and more hateful than ever.

The Daily Beast: Ann Coulter Smears Immigrant Children as ‘Child Actors’ - She cited a supposed New Yorker article that does not seem to exist. by Matt Wilstein

The Giuliani Conspiracy

Salon: Here’s what’s buried beneath that FBI report: How rogue agents sabotaged the Clinton campaign - There was no FBI conspiracy against Trump. But agents loyal to Rudy Giuliani were eager to sink Hillary Clinton by Heather Digby Parton

The Borowitz Report - Trump Agrees To Let Kim Jong Un Have Pence As Manservant

New Yorker: Trump Agrees to Let Kim Jong Un Have Pence as Manservant By Andy Borowitz

Anger

NPR: Embattled EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Faces Anger In Farm Country Over Policy

What It's Like

The Nation: What It’s Like Inside a Border Patrol Facility Where Families Are Being Separated - The Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy has overwhelmed Ursula, where children sleep in cages, the lights never go off, and detainees are brought in 24 hours a day. By Zoë Carpenter

Have An Excellent Monday

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Morning Joe - 'People Are Kept In Cages' - Inside Border Patrol Center

Morning Joe - Fmr. First Lady Laura Bush Calls Border Policy 'Cruel'

Avenatti Gets Into It

The Palmer Report: Michael Avenatti enters legal fight to stop Donald Trump’s abuse of immigrant kids by Bill Palmer

Art Shooting

Guardian UK: One dead and 22 injured in shooting at New Jersey Art All Night festival - One suspect killed and one in custody, prosecutor says - Shooting at overnight event in Trenton a ‘neighborhood beef’

Sea Level Rise

Guardian UK: Flooding from sea level rise threatens over 300,000 US coastal homes – study - Climate change study predicts ‘staggering impact’ of swelling oceans on coastal communities within next 30 years
...new research finding that as many as 311,000 homes face being flooded every two weeks within the next 30 years.

Amoral Trump

NY Times: I Can’t Go Without My Son,’ a Mother Pleaded as She Was Deported to Guatemala - As a growing number of families are separated as part of the Trump administration’s attempt to control illegal immigration, some parents are being deported before recovering their children.

Sadistic Trump

NY Times: Leading Republicans Join Democrats in Pushing Trump to Halt Family Separations
Republican lawmakers, the former first lady Laura Bush, a conservative newspaper and a onetime adviser to Mr. Trump joined Democrats in condemning family separations that have removed nearly 2,000 children from their parents in just six weeks.

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. At 9:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are -203 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open significantly lower.

CNN: Oil slides; Google bets on China; Internet tax decision by Ivana Kottasová

Friday, June 15, 2018

Weekend!

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

work by Ishiodori Tatsuya

Insecure

The Daily Beast: Donald Trump, The Insecure Pledge in the Dictatorship Fraternity - The authoritarian impulses would be sad, if they also weren’t so horrifying. by Rick Wilson

Share It


Colbert - Trump Celebrated His Historic Summit With A Historic Lie

Admission

The Atlantic: Trump’s Remarkable Admission About Dishonesty - The president is open in his affection for oppressive rulers and in saying it’s acceptable to lie to the public. Why does anyone still doubt he means it? by David A. Graham

Nut In Chief

The Daily Beast: Trump Wanders Onto ‘Fox & Friends,’ Praises Kim Jong Un, Calls FBI Leadership ‘Scum’ - ‘He speaks and his people sit up in attention,’ Trump said of the North Korean dictator. ‘I want my people to do the same.’ by Andrew Kirell

NPR - Carl Zimmer - A Science Writer Explores The 'Perversions And Potential' Of Genetic Tests

Off To Jail Manafort Goes

Bloomberg: Manafort Heads to Jail After Judge Criticizes Witness Tampering By Andrew M Harris, David Voreacos, and David McLaughlin

Bust

Salon: Inspector general’s James Comey report: Another pro-Trump conspiracy theory falls apart - Despite furious right-wing spin, all the IG’s Comey report proves is that the FBI was terrified of Republicans by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Mark Zuckerberg Defends Decision To Fly Confederate Flag At Facebook Headquarters

The Onion: Mark Zuckerberg Defends Decision To Fly Confederate Flag At Facebook Headquarters

Biosignature

Biosignature -
"A biosignature is any substance – such as an element, isotope, molecule, or phenomenon – that provides scientific evidence of past or present life. Measurable attributes of life include its complex physical and chemical structures and also its utilization of free energy and the production of biomass and wastes."

Habitable Moons

Science Daily: Distant moons may harbor life - Researchers have identified 121 giant planets that may have habitable moons
summary - Researchers have identified more than 100 giant planets that potentially host moons capable of supporting life. Their work will guide the design of future telescopes that can detect these potential moons and look for tell-tale signs of life, called biosignatures, in their atmospheres.

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Anu Tuominen


Morning Joe - Rudy Giuliani Calls For End To Mueller Probe

Of course.....

Lawrence O'Donnell - New York A.G. Files Fraud Lawsuit Against Trump Family

Rachel Maddow - DoJ IG Report Lesson - Republican Bulling Of Law Enforcement Works

Hope Springs Eternal

  I'll believe it when I see it.

The Palmer Report: Today’s the day: welcome to the prison phase of the Trump-Russia scandal by Bill Palmer

Where Is America?

Guardian UK: Sanders uses Bible to defend Trump's separation of children from families at border - Press secretary rejects criticism of Jeff Sessions citing Romans 13 to justify policy and says ‘it is very biblical to enforce the law’

God Help Us

Guardian UK: 'Antsy and bored' Trump nearly left Kim summit in peril, report says - President almost upended summit by wanting to move event forward a day after ‘tense’ staff meeting with North Korean officials

Charity To Himself

NY Times: Donald Trump’s Charity Begins, and Ends, at Home By The Editorial Board
It’s long been clear that Donald Trump’s family foundation, the Trump Foundation, is not a generous and ethical charity, but just another of his grifts. He branded it the way he brands his buildings, using his name to generate income that he then has used largely for his own benefit.

Tariffs

  Trump is setting in motion the circumstances that will be about the worst recession yet. This is my sentiment.

NY Times: U.S. to Put Tariffs on $50 Billion in Chinese Goods as Trade Fight Widens

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. At 9:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are -197 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open significantly lower.

CNN: US tariffs; Euro tumbles; Upbeat Rolls-Royce by Ivana Kottasová

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Preet Explains

  Preet Bharara describes how Trump used his foundation to ‘funnel money’ into his own pocket.

Turning

CBS News: Exclusive: Michael Cohen believes Trump and his allies are turning on him

Infuriating

Matthew Miller - "This Oct. 5 email from Comey to Brennan and Clapper on publicly acknowledging Russian interference is infuriating.

The Full Report

Justice.gov: A Review of Various Actions by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice in Advance of the 2016 Election

Separation Of Church And State

NBC News: Sessions cites Bible in defense of breaking up families, blames migrant parents - The attorney general, in a speech to law enforcement officers in Indiana, called on his "church friends" not to blame him for the policy. by Adam Edelman

No Empathy

The Daily Beast: ‘Don’t You Have Any Empathy?’: Sarah Huckabee Sanders Confronted Over Families Separated at Border - The White House press secretary on Thursday was forced to defend as sound policy the separation of babies from their mothers at the U.S.-Mexico border. by Matt Wilstein

The Best Of Ron Swanson (Parks And Recreation)

Colbert - Anthony Scaramucci And Michael Avenatti Predict Trump's Fate

Corrupt To The Bone

Quartz: Read the NY attorney general’s corruption lawsuit against the Trump Foundation By Nikhil Sonnad

The Onion - Newly Uncovered Journals Reveal Alexander Graham Bell Invented Telephone As First Step In Consolidating All American Businesses Into Single Monopoly

The Onion: Newly Uncovered Journals Reveal Alexander Graham Bell Invented Telephone As First Step In Consolidating All American Businesses Into Single Monopoly

Women

NPR: U.S. Suicide Rates Are Rising Faster Among Women Than Men

Historic


Have An Excellent Thursday

work by Harald Sohlberg



Morning Joe - In Interview, Trump Offers More Praise For Autocrats

Lawrence O'Donnell - Trump Fuming About Cohen’s Handling Of Stormy Daniels

Rachel Maddow - Nixon Lawyer's Prison Time Casts Shadow Over Michael Cohen

Explained

The Palmer Report: Michael Cohen’s plea deal and his financial dispute with Trump and his lawyers, explained by Bill Palmer

WTF

Guardian UK: Nevada’s most notorious pimp wins Republican primary - Dennis Hof, owner of the Moonlite BunnyRanch brothel, won the Republican nomination for a state assembly seat on Tuesday

Our Sick President

Guardian UK: Donald Trump shrugs off Kim's human rights record: 'He's a tough guy' - As Fox News host presses Trump over North Korean regime, president is dismissive: ‘A lot of people have done bad things’

How Much

NY Times: How Much Can Democrats Count on Suburban Liberals? By Thomas B. Edsall

How To

NY Times: How to Lose the Midterms and Re-elect Trump By Frank Bruni
You’re right that Donald Trump is a dangerous and deeply offensive man, and that restraining and containing him are urgent business.

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. At 9:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are +84 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: Comcast bids for Fox; Rolls-Royce cuts jobs; Volkswagen penalty by Alanna Petroff

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

America's Dictator

CNN: After meeting with North Korean dictator, Trump calls press America's 'biggest enemy' by Brian Stelter

Interest Rate Hike

Axios: Federal Reserve hikes interest rate as unemployment falls

Read The List

  The list is nauseating, be forewarned.

Boston Globe: Atrocities under Kim Jong Un: Indoctrination, prison gulags, executions

Deteriorating

Salon: Psychologist John Gartner on Trump’s behavior: “It’s a coup that’s not moving slowly anymore” - Former Johns Hopkins professor argues Trump is getting worse, may be “on the boundary of psychosis and reality” by Chauncey DeVega

The Onion - Saudi Arabia Announces Escalation Of Human Rights Abuses To Curry More Favor With U.S.

The Onion: Saudi Arabia Announces Escalation Of Human Rights Abuses To Curry More Favor With U.S.

One In Three

NPR: 1 In 3 Adults In The U.S. Takes Medications Linked To Depression

Cohen's Lawyers Bail

ABC News: Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen likely to cooperate as his attorneys leave case: Sources
...Cohen has been represented by Stephen Ryan and Todd Harrison of the Washington and New York firm, McDermott, Will & Emery LLP, but a source representing this matter has disclosed to ABC News that they are not expected to represent him going forward.

Chemistry

The Atlantic: Trump’s ‘Great Chemistry’ With Murderous Strongmen - The United States diminished itself by electing a man who so often winds up needlessly praising dictators. by Conor Friedersdorf

Liar

  I detest the NY Post.

NY Post: Rudy Giuliani’s wife says he’s a cheating liar By Julia Marsh

Have An Excellent Wednesday

work by John Gannam




Lawrence O'Donnell - Trump Accomplished 'Nothing' At Summit With Kim Jong Un

Rachel Maddow - Trump Military Exercise Giveaway To N. Korea Suits Putin's Goals

Template

The Palmer Report: Robert Mueller provides the template for how Donald Trump will be dismantled by Bill Palmer

Bizarre

Guardian UK: Analysts dissect Trump's bizarre summit trailer: 'Perhaps it's a way to bond' - Washington analysts described the film Trump showed Kim Jong-un as more similar to a property developer making a hard sell
Donald Trump’s salesman pitch to Kim Jong-un included a bizarre video, in the style of a Hollywood trailer, to persuade the North Korean dictator that he can be “a hero” by choosing peace and prosperity over nuclear weapons.

The four-minute film, contrasting images of warplanes and artillery with skyscrapers and speedboats, portrays Trump and Kim as the stars of history in the making – “two men, two leaders, one destiny” – with the US president getting top billing. The narrator suggests that “a new world can begin today, one of friendship, respect and goodwill”.

Twittler Effect

Guardian UK: Republican primary election wins reflect a strong Trump effect - Mark Sanford, who Trump opposed, was defeated while Corey Steward, ‘a cruder imitation’ of the president, won in Virginia

God Help Us

NY Times: Trump: Trying to Remake America in His Own Image By Thomas L. Friedman

New Fears

NY Times: Trump-Kim Summit Creates New Anxieties for Asian Allies

Art Of The Moron

The Daily Beast: Trump’s Negotiating Style Is Pure Art of the Moron - Even by this blowhard’s YUGE standards, it’s been an exceptionally bad and destructive week of terrifying our allies and legitimizing our enemies. by Rick Wilson

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. At 9:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are +29 and the price of oil is down. The market is poised to open modestly higher.

CNN: Media merger mania; Fed rate decision; ZTE stock plummets by Alanna Petroff

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

By George

CNBC: Kellyanne Conway's husband defends Mueller probe, criticizes Trump by Kevin Breuninger

Meddling

CNBC: Mueller warns that election, politics meddling by foreigners is still happening

Outfoxed

NY Times: Trump Was Outfoxed in Singapore By Nicholas Kristof

'Goodbye Pork Pie Hat'

Charles Mingus

Compare



One To The Next

Vanity Fair: “The Era of Primal Trump”: Insiders Fear Trump Is Lurching from One Nuclear Showdown to Another - Advisers worry that with Singapore in the rearview mirror, “It’s going to hit the fan pretty soon.” by Gabriel Sherman

Nothing

The Daily Beast: ‘Rocket Man’ 1, Trump 0: North Korea Keeps Its Nukes for Now - The Singapore declaration does not commit Kim Jon Un to a firm, verifiable process for giving up his nuclear weapons, but the president believes Kim ‘will do the right thing.’ by David Axe

The Great Divide


Nothing

Salon: Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un’s nothing summit: He went to Singapore for a giant photo op - Considering this is Trump, it could have been worse. But North Korea got a major PR victory and agreed to nothing by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Trump Touts Success Of Singapore Summit After Securing $10 Billion Trade Deal To Sell Nuclear Warheads To North Korea

The Onion: Trump Touts Success Of Singapore Summit After Securing $10 Billion Trade Deal To Sell Nuclear Warheads To North Korea

Fires

NPR: Fires And Drought Close Forests In Colorado And New Mexico

Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by Antony Gormley





Morning Joe - The 'Major Problems' In Trump-Kim Agreement

Spectacle

MSNBC: At summit with North Korea’s Kim, Trump gets his spectacle (but little else) By Steve Benen

Botched

The Palmer Report: How the media is totally botching the Trump-Kim summit by Bill Palmer

The Paper Trail

Guardian UK: Donald Trump and Michael Cohen are destroying their documents all wrong - The president rips up his notes into tiny little pieces while his lawyer opts for a shredder – yet neither can hide their paper trail

Fight Dirty

Guardian UK: Battle hymn of the Democrats: why it's time for liberals to fight dirty

What Are The Details

NY Times: Live Updates: Trump to Suspend Military Exercises on Korean Peninsula

No Details

NY Times: Trump and Kim See New Chapter for Nations After Summit
But the statement did not go much further than previous ones by North Korea and was short on details, including any timetable or verification measures.

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. At 8:50 a.m. ET DOW futures are -5 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open slightly lower.

CNN: Markets react to Trump-Kim summit; AT&T ruling; Brexit votes by Alanna Petroff

Monday, June 11, 2018

19 Psychological Tips That Will Change Your Life

De Niro Uncensored

Nine Steps

NY Times: The Nine Steps Required to Really Disarm North Korea By WILLIAM J. BROAD, DAVID E. SANGER and TROY GRIGGS

Change


Increasing

Axios: The big picture: Suicide rates are increasing in almost every state

Not Yet

The Daily Beast: Trump’s Character Is Our Destiny. We Must Recognize That Horror. We have not hit the bottom yet on this presidency. by Ron Reagan

'Helplessly Hoping'

The LSB Experience - nicely done boys.

Meltdown

Salon: Summit madness: After Donald Trump’s G7 meltdown in Quebec, what lies ahead in Singapore? Now that Trump has alienated our closest allies, he’s off to meet Kim Jong Un with no preparation. Sounds great! by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Assistant Always Follows Warner Bros. CEO With Suitcase Containing Codes To Authorize ‘Collateral Beauty 2’

The Onion: Assistant Always Follows Warner Bros. CEO With Suitcase Containing Codes To Authorize ‘Collateral Beauty 2’

Allergies

Science News: Kids with food allergies are twice as likely to have autism - But having the immune abnormalities doesn’t mean a child will develop the disorder By Aimee Cunningham

Baby


Have An Excellent Monday

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Morning Joe - Is There A Method To Trump's Handling Of Trudeau?

Morning Joe - My Worst Expectations Were Met This Weekend

Friendless

The Palmer Report: Donald Trump has no friends by Bill Palmer

Ovation

Guardian UK: Robert De Niro wins ovation for 'Fuck Trump' speech at the Tony awards - Introducing a performance by Bruce Springsteen, the actor twice denounces the president, but his words are bleeped out for TV audiences
“I’m gonna say one thing. Fuck Trump.”

As the applauding audience rose to their feet, De Niro continued: “It’s no longer down with Trump. It’s fuck Trump.”

The Summit

Guardian UK: Trump-Kim summit: US to offer unprecedented security deal - Mike Pompeo says assurances Trump will offer Kim will go further than 2005 agreement
Mike Pompeo did not specify what security assurances Trump would offer Kim but made clear they would go even further than a 2005 agreement in which the US pledged not to attack North Korea with nuclear or conventional weapons.

Pure Idiocy

NY Times: Trump Upends Global Trade Order Built by U.S.

Outrage

NY Times: Trump’s ‘Bully’ Attack on Trudeau Outrages Canadians

Isolated

NY Times: Escalating Clash With Canada, Trump Is Isolated Before North Korea Meeting

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. At 9:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are +23 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open modestly higher.

CNN: Trump on tour; Rolls-Royce engine trouble; The end of net neutrality by Ivana Kottasová

The Mad King

The Daily Beast: The Madness of King Trump on Full Display at the G7 - The Group of Seven is a club that is supposed to represent shared values. But, um, Trump doesn’t share any of them. No wonder he wanted his buddy Putin back in. by Christopher Dickey

Friday, June 08, 2018

Weekend!

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

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New Mueller Indictments

Rolling Stone: Breaking Down Robert Mueller's Newest Indictment - Paul Manafort’s witness-tampering allegations are no joke

The Onion - Curiosity Rover Finds 5 Bucks On Mars

The Onion: Curiosity Rover Finds 5 Bucks On Mars

Insults

Salon: Trump insults U.S. allies ahead of G7 summit, will rush off to snuggle with Kim Jong-un in Singapore - Donald Trump dreads meeting with allies angered by trade war, but can’t wait to hang with North Korean despot by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Trump Flubs Gaffe

The Onion: Trump Flubs Gaffe

The Onion - Giuliani Says Kim Jong-Un Begged Like A Has-Been-Politician-Turned-Hack-Attorney Trying To Get A Job At The White House

The Onion: Giuliani Says Kim Jong-Un Begged Like A Has-Been-Politician-Turned-Hack-Attorney Trying To Get A Job At The White House

Plunge

Science Mag: Cost plunges for capturing carbon dioxide from the air By Robert F. Service
Pulling carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and using it to make synthetic fuel seems like the ultimate solution to climate change: Instead of adding ever more CO2 to the air from fossil fuels, we can simply recycle the same CO2 molecules over and over.

Lies