Monday, September 24, 2018

'Apocalypse'

Cigarettes After Sex

Piling Up

Vanity Fair: New Brett Kavanaugh Allegations Keep Piling Up - Republicans are doubling down on “denials and hazy recollections,” even as the politics get worse. by Abigail Tracy

Crush

The Daily Beast: Republicans Fret That Kavanaugh Push Will Crush Them in Midterm Elections - The news just keeps getting worse. by Andrew Desiderio

Nutty And Slutty

Salon: Party like it’s 1991: Conservatives reboot the Anita Hill “nutty and slutty” counterattack - Smearing Anita Hill as “nutty and slutty” worked wonders in the ’90s, so conservatives are doing it all over again by Amanda Marcotte

The Onion - Report - This Week’s All Fucking Hell Breaking Loose Projected To Be 30% More Insane Than Last Week’s Complete Shitshow

The Onion: Report: This Week’s All Fucking Hell Breaking Loose Projected To Be 30% More Insane Than Last Week’s Complete Shitshow

Irresponsible

Scientific American: Trump's Irresponsible Denial of Puerto Rico's Hurricane Deaths - Downplaying the casualties from natural disasters undermines future preparations By Richard C. Keller

Have An Excellent Monday

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Morning Joe - Sen. Blumenthal On Constitutional Duty To Investigate Allegations

MSNBC - New Allegations Against SCOTUS Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Stone

The Palmer Report: New emails sink Roger Stone in Trump-Russia scandal by Bill Palmer

Purging Voters Trump Style

Guardian UK: The key players in the push to purge Americans from voter rolls - A slew of rightwing groups are trying to prevent large numbers of people from voting. We run down the chief architects

Another Woman, A Second Allegation

Guardian UK: Brett Kavanaugh faces second allegation of sexual misconduct - Deborah Ramirez, who attended Yale with Kavanaugh, has described a drunken party during which genitals were thrust in her face

Liar

NY Times: Presidential Lying Is Contagious - Donald Trump’s chronic dishonesty threatens to infect his entire administration. By The Editorial Board
Everyone wants to curry favor with the boss. If she golfs, you hit the driving range. If he’s a movie buff, you haunt the multiplex. So when the president of the United States continually makes clear that he is a huge fan of “alternative facts,” what’s an eager-to-please administration official to do?

Deal, No Deal, Deal

NY Times: Christine Blasey Ford Reaches Deal to Testify at Kavanaugh Hearing
The woman who has accused Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers has committed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, setting up a potentially explosive confrontation unlike any seen in decades with the future of the Supreme Court at stake.

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. At 9:25 a.m. ET DOW futures are -40 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open moderately lower.

CNN: Sky shareholders cheer; Trade war escalates; Huge gold deal by Charles Riley

Craziest Story Of The Week

NY Post: Woman on vacation reportedly finds dead tortoise in her vagina

Friday, September 21, 2018

Weekend!

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

work by Denise Regan

Feel Good Story Of The Day

Boing Boing: PayPal Gives InfoWars the boot

Magical Thinking

The Atlantic: The Magical-Thinking Defenses of Brett Kavanaugh - CSI: Beltway. Doppelgängers. Zillow. The theories offered on behalf of the Supreme Court nominee have come to suggest a determined resistance to a changing world. by Megan Garber

Crisis

Axios: The GOP's growing identity crisis

NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Natalia Lafourcade - four stars **** Sande

Wired

NY Times: Rosenstein Suggested He Secretly Record Trump and Discussed 25th Amendment By Adam Goldman and Michael S. Schmidt
The deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, suggested last year that he secretly record President Trump in the White House to expose the chaos consuming the administration, and he discussed recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Mr. Trump from office for being unfit.

Someone Else

Salon: Kavanaugh battle gets darker and weirder: Will bizarre conspiracy theories save him? Sen. Orrin Hatch and GOP operative Ed Whelan want to blame someone else for 1982 assault. Will Trump go along? by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - GOP Officials Urge Calmer, More Reasonable Death Threats Toward Kavanaugh Accuser

The Onion: GOP Officials Urge Calmer, More Reasonable Death Threats Toward Kavanaugh Accuser

Galileo

Scientific American: Discovery of Galileo’s Long-Lost Letter Shows He Edited His Heretical Ideas to Fool the Inquisition - Document shows he lied about his alterations By Alison Abbott

Have An Excellent Friday

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Lawrence O'Donnell - GOP Senators Already Have Minds Made Up

Rachel Maddow - GOP Fails To Explain Excluding FBI From Brett Kavanaugh Investigation

Cobert - Stephen Simulates Next Week's Kavanaugh-Ford Hearing

Dunks

The Palmer Report: Dr. Christine Blasey Ford slam dunks Brett Kavanaugh doppelganger claim by Bill Palmer

Key Races

Guardian UK: The key races to watch at the midterms by Ben Jacobs and Sam Morris

Tragedy

Guardian UK: Trump administration poses new threat to birds in allowing ‘incidental’ killings - Conservationists launch legal attempt to stop interior department from reversing a 100-year-old law that protects migratory birds
Bird conservationists are now alarmed by a fresh threat – the Trump administration. In a striking new stance on a longstanding law protecting migrating birds, the federal government will essentially allow the “incidental” killing of birds via buildings, energy production and other developments that act as avian death traps.

We Sure Do

NY Times: We Need to Hear From Christine Blasey Ford - Republicans are being unfair. I hope she testifies anyway. By Michelle Goldberg

Read This

  This article came out yesterday and I posted the link yesterday as well. This is a fundamentally important article. It's long and it's detailed. Please read this, it's an eye opening read.

NY Times: The Plot to Subvert an Election - Unraveling the Russia Story So Far - For two years, Americans have tried to absorb the details of the 2016 attack — hacked emails, social media fraud, suspected spies — and President Trump’s claims that it’s all a hoax. The Times explores what we know and what it means. By SCOTT SHANE and MARK MAZZETTI

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are once again +41 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open moderately higher.

CNN: Markets surge; Sky drama; New iPhones hit stores by Ivana Kottasová

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Why

Chicago Tribune: If Kavanaugh's accuser is lying, why is she the one asking for a thorough investigation?

Where Indeed

The Daily Beast: Your Turn: Where Are the Lawsuits Against the Trump Family? President Trump’s hotels have become hotspots for domestic and foreign sycophants looking to curry favor with the administration. But does that violate the Constitution? by Adam Rawnsley

Who Did It

Salon: Right to remain Anonymous: Scholar who unmasked “Primary Colors” on authorship of Times op-ed - Professor who outed Joe Klein in 1996: Detailed analysis narrows the list of administration suspects — down to one by Don Foster

The Onion - Al Roker Strongly Considers Retiring From Creating The Weather

The Onion: Al Roker Strongly Considers Retiring From Creating The Weather

We Are Screwed

Scientific American: Mosquitoes Could Carry Plastic Particles into the Food Chain - Microplastics stay in the insects’ bodies from larva to adulthood By Andrea Thompson

Have An Excellent Thursday

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Chris Hayes - 'It Struck Me As True' - Christine Blasey Ford Friend

Lawrence O'Donnell - Senator Chuck Grassley Proves That Senator Grassley Is Lying

Colbert - The GOP Accuses Kavanaugh's Accuser Of Being 'Mixed Up'

Russia

The Palmer Report: Brett Kavanaugh, Chuck Grassley, and Trump-Russia blackmail by Bill Palmer

Stacey Abrams

Guardian UK: In Georgia governor's race can a black woman make history? Progressive Democrat Stacey Abrams is taking on Trump-style Republican Brian Kemp in a state where all 82 of its governors have been white men by David Smith

Willful Ignorance

Guardian UK: 'It's hyped up': climate change skeptics in the path of Hurricane Florence - Scientists say global warming is behind severe storms but many who face them don’t think humans are the problem
But many who weathered the tempest, deep in Trump country, don’t believe global warming fueled it and don’t think humans are the problem – or the solution.

We Deserve Better

NY Times: Everyone Deserves Better Than This Senate Spectacle - Forget the political finger pointing. Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation against Brett Kavanaugh needs to be seriously investigated. By The Editorial Board
Whatever becomes of Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s process for considering him has been a mockery from the start — a mockery of lawmakers’ constitutional responsibility and of the ideal that the court should be anything more than a political trophy.

Subverting The Election

NY Times: The Plot to Subvert an Election - Unraveling the Russia Story So Far - For two years, Americans have tried to absorb the details of the 2016 attack: hacked emails, social media fraud, suspected spies — and President Trump’s claims that it’s all a hoax. The Times explores what we know and what it means. By SCOTT SHANE and MARK MAZZETTI
The Russian intervention was essentially a hijacking — of American companies like Facebook and Twitter; of American citizens’ feelings about immigration and race; of American journalists eager for scoops, however modest; of the naïve, or perhaps not so naïve, ambitions of Mr. Trump’s advisers. The Russian trolls, hackers and agents totaled barely 100, and their task was to steer millions of American voters. They knew it would take a village to sabotage an election.

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. At 9:18 a.m. ET DOW futures are +21 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open modestly higher.

CNN: Nestle's plans; Jack Ma's warning; Brexit tension by Ivana Kottasová

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Opposed

Reuters: Opposition to Kavanaugh grows, support at historic low: Reuters/Ipsos poll by Maria Caspani

Who Is Leading

538: Election Update: Who’s Leading In Obama-Trump Districts By Nathaniel Rakich

Indeed

The Daily Beast: Seth Meyers: ‘Let’s Not Take a Closer Look’ at Trump’s ‘Mushroom’ Dick - The ‘Late Night’ host did not seem eager to discuss Stormy Daniels’ vivid description of the president’s penis. by Matt Wilstein

War On Women

Salon: The Kavanaugh confirmation fight: A major battle in the Republican War on Women - Whether or not Christine Blasey Ford faces the Senate, this confrontation could shape American politics for decades by Jared Yates Sexton

The Onion - Ink-Splattered Trump Boys Counter Media Bias By Hand-Printing Own Newspaper In White House Basement

The Onion: Ink-Splattered Trump Boys Counter Media Bias By Hand-Printing Own Newspaper In White House Basement

Trump World

Scientific American: New White House Biodefense Plan Omits Climate Change - Research has shown that warming may aide the spread of some infectious diseases By Chelsea Harvey

Have An Excellent Wednesday

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Rachel Maddow - Hillary Rodham Clinton Envisions Packed Agenda If Democrats Retake Congress

Rachel Maddow - Clinton - Donald Trump Will 'Wholesale Fire People' After 2018 Election

"Hillary Clinton talks with Rachel Maddow about the awkward position of Donald Trump administration staffers like the anonymous Op-ed writer who see themselves as protecting the U.S. from Trump's incompetence, and predicts that Trump will engage in mass firings after the 2018 election."

In His Own Words

The Palmer Report: Brett Kavanaugh’s own words about Georgetown Prep come back to bite him by Bill Palmer

Warning

Guardian UK: 'People will die': Obama official's stark warning as Trump slashes refugee numbers - Bob Carey, who oversaw refugee resettlement under Obama, says Trump administration’s new limit will have dire consequences
“People will be harmed,” Carey said. “People will die.”

Stormy

Guardian UK: Trump's insecurity and 'bullshit' hush money: key takeaways from Stormy Daniels' book
“He was just run-of-the-mill insecure, which I find happens a lot with people with money that they didn’t earn themselves,” she writes.

Because he seemed to enjoy being teased, Daniels writes, she asked him about his hair.

“‘I know,’ he said with a smile. ‘It’s ridiculous. Come on. First of all, I have a mirror.’”

Cult

NY Times: I Highly Recommend Joining This Cult - I am slashing my spending and rethinking my bourgeois ways. You should, too. By Lisa Pryor
Let me tell you about the cult I have joined: the cult of thrift.

Get The FBI

NY Times: Christine Blasey Ford Wants F.B.I. to Investigate Kavanaugh Before She Testifies
The woman who has accused President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault all but ruled out appearing at an extraordinary Senate hearing scheduled for next week to hear her allegations, insisting on Tuesday that the F.B.I. investigate first.

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are +21 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open modestly higher.

CNN: Trade war fears; Danske Bank in trouble; Brexit talks by Ivana Kottasová

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Art Of Friendship

Guardian UK: How to win friends – and keep them - Emma Beddington has never mastered the art of friendship – so when she moved back to her hometown, she turned to science instead. But would it open doors?

'After The Storm'

Kali Uchis with Tyler, The Creator, Bootsy Collins. This is one of the funniest videos out there.

Kavanaugh

The Daily Beast: Team Trump: If We Ditch Kavanaugh, We’re Signing Our Own ‘Death Warrant’ - It’s Judge Kavanaugh or bust. by Lachlan Markay, Asawin Suebsaeng, and Sam Stein

Meddling

Salon: Trump declassifies select Russia documents in apparent attempt to discredit Robert Mueller’s probe - One person who seems acutely aware of Trump’s potential for meddling is special counsel Robert Mueller himself by Matthew Rozsa

The Onion - Kavanaugh Sweating Bullets After Betting Life Savings On Being Confirmed To Supreme Court

The Onion: Kavanaugh Sweating Bullets After Betting Life Savings On Being Confirmed To Supreme Court

To The Moon

Scientific American: SpaceX Plans to Fly Humans Around the Moon in 2023 - Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa and a hand-picked coterie of artists could embark on a lunar mission within five years By Mike Wall

Have An Excellent Tuesday

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Lawrence O'Donnell - What Is Standard Of Proof On Brett Kavanaugh Allegations?

MTP Daily - Too Much Chaos’ To Blame For President Donald Trump's Slumping Approval Ratings?

Filth

The Palmer Report: Here comes Brett Kavanaugh’s cradle of filth by Bill Palmer

Trump Moves To Wreck Mueller

Guardian UK: Trump orders release of classified documents in Russia investigation - President requested text messages related to investigation from former top FBI officials, including James Comey, declassified

Stormy

Guardian UK: Stormy Daniels' tell-all book on Trump: salacious detail and claims of cheating - Exclusive: pornographic actor says Trump ‘didn’t want to be president’ in her book Full Disclosure
With its intensely intimate portrait of a clownish and insecure Trump, the book lands after weeks in which the White House has struggled to debunk a portrait of an outmatched and incompetent president in a separate book, Bob Woodward’s Fear, and to debunk an editorial by anonymous administration official claiming that subordinates routinely ignore and subvert the president’s orders.

Trade War

NY Times: Trump Hits China With Tariffs on $200 Billion in Goods, Escalating Trade War

Monday

NY Times: Hearing Set for Monday to Hear Kavanaugh and His Accuser By Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Julie Hirschfeld Davis

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are +21 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open modestly higher.

CNN: Trade war escalates; Markets calm; Google goes driving by Ivana Kottasová

Monday, September 17, 2018

'Silver'

electronic music by Jim Sande

Predictably

The Daily Beast: The Internet, Predictably, Turns Into a God-Awful Fever Swamp Following The Kavanaugh Bombshell - Because, of course. by Lachlan Markay and Kelly Weill

Allegations

Salon: Here’s why the allegation against Kavanaugh is credible: He’s smeared and attacked women before - Consider Brett Kavanaugh’s record: He’s a political operative who spread sleazy Clinton rumors he knew were false by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Woman’s Children Officially Old Enough To Pony Up For Good Birthday Gift This Year

The Onion: Woman’s Children Officially Old Enough To Pony Up For Good Birthday Gift This Year

Road Trip!

Scientific American: The Closest Exoplanet to Earth Could Be “Highly Habitable” - A new study suggests Proxima Centauri could sustain liquid water on its surface By Adam Mann

Have An Excellent Monday

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Morning Joe - Why Brett Kavanaugh Accuser Came Forward Now

Morning Joe - Stop And Postpone Kavanaugh Vote, Says Sen. Durbin

Breaking Loose

The Palmer Report: All hell is breaking loose by Bill Palmer

Can I Still Register To Vote

Guardian UK: Can I still register to vote in the midterms?

Christine Blasey Ford Offers To Testify

Guardian UK: Kavanaugh accuser willing to testify before Senate committee, lawyer says - Attorney: ‘This is not a politically motivated action’ - Republican Jeff Flake among calls for vote to be delayed

Florence

NY Times: Storm ‘Has Never Been More Dangerous,’ North Carolina Governor Warns

Kavanaugh

NY Times: Brett Kavanaugh’s Confirmation at Risk After Accusation by Christine Blasey Ford
The woman, Christine Blasey Ford, 51, a research psychologist at Palo Alto University in Northern California, said in an interview with The Washington Post that during a high school party in the early 1980s, a drunken Mr. Kavanaugh pinned her on a bed, groped her and covered her mouth to keep her from screaming.

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are +21 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open modestly higher.

CNN: Trade threats; Another problem at Tesla; Amazon leaks by Charles Riley

Friday, September 14, 2018

Weekend!

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

work by Andrew Wyeth

Paranoid Trump

Vanity Fair: “Trump Believes There’s a Coup”: Freaked by the Times Op-Ed, the President Is Seeing Enemies Everywhere - With Anonymous still on the loose and the “administrative state” unchecked, the last person Trump trusts is Stephen Miller. by Gabriel Sherman
Besides family, one of the only people Trump continues to trust is Stephen Miller.

Biggest

The Atlantic: Paul Manafort's Cooperation With Mueller Is the Biggest Blow Yet to Trump - The president and his former campaign chairman have spent months sharing information about the Russia investigation. Now Manafort has decided to help the government. by Natasha Bertrand
“The investigation now gains even more legitimacy in the eyes of the public because, in pleading guilty, Manafort is essentially announcing that Mueller’s investigation is spot-on regarding the crimes he committed..."

What He Knows

The Atlantic: What Paul Manafort Knows - Paul Manafort’s decision to cooperate with Robert Mueller could clarify several of the biggest mysteries of the Russia investigation. by Franklin Foer

'Oop Ta Ti Ta'

new music from my CD 'Silver'

Fresh

The Daily Beast: Speed Read: ‘Obama Jews’ and Other Shocking Highlights From New Manafort Docs - Special counsel Robert Mueller dropped fresh revelations about Paul Manafort ahead of the ex-Trump aide’s guilty plea in federal court Friday. by Spencer Ackerman

Bernie

Salon: Bernie Sanders calls for a new international left to fight Steve Bannon’s right-wing “Movement” - Supposed genius Steve Bannon thinks he can lure progressives into the nationalist right. Sanders says no thanks by Heather Digby Parton

Plea

BBC News: Trump ex-campaign chief Manafort to help Mueller inquiry in plea deal
The agreement avoids a second trial on money laundering and other charges.

The White House insists the guilty plea has absolutely nothing to do with President Donald Trump.

The Onion - FEMA Officials Panic After Accidentally Evacuating 1 Million Residents In Direction Of Hurricane

The Onion: FEMA Officials Panic After Accidentally Evacuating 1 Million Residents In Direction Of Hurricane

New Threads

Scientific American: The Environment’s New Clothes: Biodegradable Textiles Grown from Live Organisms - To combat the ill effects of “fast fashion,” designers look for more sustainable methods By Erica Cirino

Have An Excellent Friday

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Colbert - This Tweet Trumps All Other Horrible Trump Tweets

Ari Melber - Sen. Blumenthal - Manafort Guilty Plea Would Affirm Mueller Probe

Lawrence O'Donnell - Anonymous Nature Of Brett Kavanaugh Letter Complicates Vetting

Wipe Out

The Intercept: A Group of Democrats Joined Republicans to Give Them Power in New York. On Election Day, New Yorkers Wiped Them Out. by Eoin Higgins

Confusion

The Palmer Report: Donald Trump’s criminal scandals have become the land of confusion by Bill Palmer

Just The Facts

Guardian UK: Bob Woodward: 'Too many people are emotionally unhinged about Trump' by David Smith
“I just think too many people have lost their perspective and become emotionally unhinged about Trump. I can understand that but that’s not the way the media should respond. The media should respond with what really happened.”

Devastating

  The person who should be sued is Trump.

Guardian UK: US government accused of 'devastating damage' to families separated at border - Lawsuit says the government should provide mental health care, establish a fund for treatment and pay damages to those harmed

Whoa - Super Typhoon Mangkhut

NY Times: Super Typhoon Nears Philippines With 170 M.P.H. Winds
Super Typhoon Mangkhut, the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane, was expected to make landfall on the northern island of Luzon early Saturday morning with an intensity not seen since Typhoon Haiyan swept across the central Philippines in 2013, killing more than 6,000 people.

Goodbye Cynthia

NY Times: Gov. Andrew Cuomo Easily Defeats Cynthia Nixon in New York Primary
In the attorney general’s race, Letitia James, the New York City public advocate and Mr. Cuomo’s choice, won the Democratic nomination...Kathy Hochul, Mr. Cuomo’s running mate, fended off a challenge from Mr. Williams...

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. At 9:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are +21 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open modestly higher.

CNN: The rise of Nio; Goldman Sachs' future; Lehman Brothers anniversary by Ivana Kottasová

Thursday, September 13, 2018

The Goal

Plea Deal

Bloomberg: Manafort Has Plea Deal, ABC Says, But Will He Turn on Trump? By David Voreacos

Live Video Of The Storm Approaching North Carolina

  This is on top of a lighthouse, Frying Pan Tower, that is 34 miles off the shore.

Autocracy

The Atlantic: America’s Slide Toward Autocracy - Democracy has taken a beating under President Trump. Will the midterms make a difference? by David Frum

Nut Job Says What

The Daily Beast: Trump Denies Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria Death Toll, Accuses Democrats of Making It Up - Nearly 3,000 people perished as a result of last year’s storm, according to a study accepted by Puerto Rico’s governor. The president all but called it a hoax on Twitter. by Olivia Messer and Jamie Ross
.....This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico. If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list. Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 13, 2018

Colbert - Beto O'Rourke - We Don't Need A Wall

The Onion - Pony Anxiously Waiting For Attendant To Flag Large Child As Too Big For Ride

The Onion: Pony Anxiously Waiting For Attendant To Flag Large Child As Too Big For Ride

Dumped DNA

Scientific American: Brain’s Dumped DNA May Lead to Stress, Depression - New research suggests genetic material from the mitochondria can trigger an immune response throughout the body By Knvul Sheikh

Have An Excellent Thursday

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Brian Williams - 47% Of America Says Donald Trump Should Be Removed From Office

Rachel Maddow - Document Shows DHS Transferring $29M From Coast Guard To ICE

Ty

The Palmer Report: Meet Ty Cobb, the accidental star witness against Donald Trump by Bill Palmer

Woodward's Fear

Guardian UK: Bob Woodward's Fear sells more than 750,000 in first day - The veteran Washington reporter’s unflattering portrait of Trump White House gets ninth printing to meet extraordinary demand from US and beyond

Florence

Guardian UK: 'Monster' storm: Hurricane Florence is a rare threat in an unusual location - Storms of Florence’s scope, with winds of upwards of 130mph, are rare so far north in the US – and its origins are unusual, too

NY Votes Today

NY Times: What You Need to Know to Vote in New York’s Primary - Here are The Times’s endorsements.

Trump Is Paying Mexico!

NY Times: U.S. Plans to Pay Mexico to Deport Unauthorized Immigrants There
President Trump has promised for years that Mexico would pay for a vast border wall, a demand that country has steadfastly refused. Now, in the Trump administration’s campaign to stop illegal immigration, the United States plans instead to pay Mexico.

In a recent notice sent to Congress, the administration said it intended to take $20 million in foreign assistance funds and use it to help Mexico pay plane and bus fare to deport as many as 17,000 people who are in that country illegally.

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. At 9:10 a.m. ET DOW futures are +105 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: Central banks take the stage; Kroger earnings; US-China trade talks by Ivana Kottasová

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Bad News

The Atlantic: Trump Defies the Law of Presidential Approval Ratings - Commanders in chief are typically buoyed by a healthy economic climate. Not so with this president. by Olivia Paschal
“There’s a constant stream of bad things coming from the White House.”

Connected

Vox: Trump’s ties to the Russian mafia go back 3 decades - Journalist Craig Unger talks Russia, Trump, and “one of the greatest intelligence operations in history.” By Sean Illing

Empathy Free

Salon: Donald Trump’s lack of normal human empathy is more than disturbing — it’s dangerous - As the hurricanes, the 9/11 anniversary and McCain’s death make clear, Trump is incapable of normal human emotion by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Couple Nervous To Admit They Met Online In Comments Section Of ‘How To Iron Shirt’ Video

The Onion: Couple Nervous To Admit They Met Online In Comments Section Of ‘How To Iron Shirt’ Video

Don't Bogart That Joint

NPR: More Older Americans Are Turning To Marijuana

That's A Hefty Monthly Payment

NY Daily News: Democrat asks whether Brett Kavanaugh suffered from 'gambling addiction' in light of high credit card debt By Chris Sommerfeldt
...he was between $60,000 and $200,000 in debt because of bank and credit card loans.

Colbert - Late Show Is Tracking Two Very Different Storms

Have An Excellent Wednesday

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Colbert - Trump's Approval Ratings Hit A New Low

Brian Williams - Paul Manafort Could To Take A Deal. So What Does That Mean For Donald Trump?

Rachel Maddow - President Trump Admin Took Millions From FEMA For ICE Detentions

Morning Joe - Bob Woodward

Felony Perjury

The Palmer Report: Senate Democrats publish documents that catch Brett Kavanaugh committing even more felony perjury by Bill Palmer

Don't Like Science? Then Ban It

  This is one of the most egregious forms of willful ignorance ever.

Guardian UK: North Carolina didn't like science on sea levels … so passed a law against it - In 2012, the state whose low-lying coast lies in the path of Hurricane Florence reacted to a prediction of catastrophically rising seas by banning policies based on such forecasts
The legislation drew ridicule, including a mocking segment by comedian Stephen Colbert, who said: “If your science gives you a result you don’t like, pass a law saying the result is illegal. Problem solved.”

Salazar

Guardian UK: New York senate candidate accuses Israeli PM's spokesman of sexual assault - Julia Salazar, a candidate in Democratic primary, tweets about alleged incident in 2013
Julia Salazar, a candidate for New York’s state senate, has accused the Israeli prime minister’s spokesman of sexually assaulting her.

Argentina, South Africa, Turkey, Russia

NY Times: Edgy Investors Are Retreating From Risky Economies - In stark contrast to the U.S., where a bull market continues, investors are pulling out of developing economies as the economic and financial risks mount. By Matt Phillips
The (Argentina) peso began to slide in April and is now down more 50 percent against the dollar this year. It has continued to drop even after the central bank raised interest rates to a whopping 60 percent and the International Monetary Fund approved a $50 billion line of credit in June.

Poverty In America

NY Times: Americans Want to Believe Jobs Are the Solution to Poverty. They’re Not. - U.S. unemployment is down and jobs are going unfilled. But for people without much education, the real question is: Do those jobs pay enough to live on?
So that the kids wouldn’t run away out of anger or shame, Vanessa learned to park off Route 1, in crevices of the city that were so still and abandoned that no one dared crack a door until daybreak. Come morning, Vanessa would drive to her mother’s home so the kids could get ready for school and she could get ready for work.

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. At 9:10 a.m. ET DOW futures are -14 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open slightly lower.

CNN: Apple's big reveal; Europe focuses on tech; Carney warning by Ivana Kottasová

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Colbert - Bob Woodward



Who Wrote It

BBC: NYT Trump column: Linguistic clues to White House insider? By Roland Hughes
There is one Trump administration official whose statements and speeches are always shorter than the others - sometimes significantly.

His name is Michael Richard Pence, the vice-president of the United States of America...

Here Comes Florence

Market Watch: Florence could mean $170 billion of property damage, CoreLogic says

Whoa!

OMG

CNBC: Trump told Gary Cohn to 'print money' to lower the national debt, according to Bob Woodward's book - "Just run the presses — print money," Trump said, according to Woodward, during a discussion on the national debt with Gary Cohn, the former director of the White House National Economic Council. Cohn was "astounded at Trump's lack of basic understanding," Woodward writes.

Dropping

  The guy is wearing us out, and we're sick of it.

CNN: It's not just CNN's poll. All polling shows Trump's approval rating dropping.

Soars

The Hill: Federal deficit soars 32 percent to $895B By Niv Elis

Woodward's First Interview From Sunday

MSNBC - White House Counter Attacks

Liar

Salon: Donald Trump was just called out for fibbing about the economy by an unexpected source: Fox News - Fox identified a big factual error in Trump’s economic proclamations, but the president has not issued a retraction by Matthew Rozsa

The Onion - Trump Boys Leave $5 Bill, Candy Bar Under Propped-Up Laundry Basket In Effort To Catch Op-Ed Writer

The Onion: Trump Boys Leave $5 Bill, Candy Bar Under Propped-Up Laundry Basket In Effort To Catch Op-Ed Writer

It's The Gun

Scientific American: Data Confirm Semiautomatic Rifles Linked to More Deaths, Injuries - An analysis of FBI records supports anecdotal evidence in policy debate on gun control By Dina Fine Maron

Urgent

NY Times: The Urgent Question of Trump and Money Laundering - How Bruce Ohr, President Trump’s latest Twitter target, fits a suspicious pattern of behavior on Russia. By David Leonhardt
Or maybe it’s the scandal that’s been staring us in the face all along: Illicit financial dealings — money laundering — between Trump’s business and Russia.

Sucker


Have An Excellent Tuesday

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Morning Joe - Majority Believe President Donald Trump Isn't Honest, Polling Shows

Lawrence O'Donnell - Michael Avenatti - It's Too Late For Donald Trump And Cohen To Surrender

Morning Joe - How Trump Harms Dream Of US More Than Foreign Foes

Twist

The Palmer Report: Strange new twist for final holdout witness against Roger Stone by Bill Palmer

Polls

Guardian UK: New polls show slump in Donald Trump's approval rating - Polls from CNN and Quinnipiac represent disappointing news for president – but better outlook on ‘excellent’ or ‘good’ economy

The After Effects

Guardian UK: September 11: nearly 10,000 people affected by 'cesspool of cancer'
John Mormando was in the best shape of his life – a marathon runner and triathlete training for an Ironman competition – when he noticed a small bump on his chest this past March.

He had it checked out by a doctor, and soon received the shocking diagnosis: breast cancer.

9-11

Read this.

NY Times: The Real Lesson of Sept. 11 - I went to war to avenge my brother’s death. But the only person I truly wanted to kill died 17 years ago. By Joe Quinn - Mr. Quinn is a United States Army veteran.

Terrible, Stupid, Really Bad

NY Times: Trump Administration Wants to Make It Easier to Release Methane Into Air

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are -106 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open significantly lower.

CNN: Hong Kong bear market; Japan's chip deal; Alibaba in Russia by Ivana Kottasová

Monday, September 10, 2018

When BS Is Simply BS

The Daily Beast: Fox News and Trump’s Own Adviser Call BS on His Boast About the Economy - The president’s Monday morning claim about the GDP and unemployment was so patently false that even his favorite cable channel went after him for it. by Pilar Melendez

Florence

WSB Atlanta: Hurricane Florence now major Category 4 hurricane with wind up to 130 mph By: Severe Weather

Comeback

Salon: Steve Bannon’s big comeback: Fuel the European right and protect Trump — against Republicans - Would-be mastermind says the Times op-ed is a sign GOP is plotting a “coup” against Trump. Um, not really, Steve by Heather Digby Parton
Sweden headed for a hung parliament after an election on Sunday that saw the popularity of the nationalist Sweden Democrats surge, as one of Europe’s most liberal nations turns right amid fears over immigration.

The Onion - Deformed, Half-Feathered Audubon Society President Flees Into Forest After Injecting Self With Bird DNA

The Onion: Deformed, Half-Feathered Audubon Society President Flees Into Forest After Injecting Self With Bird DNA

Lucid

Scientific American: What Lucid Dreams Look Like - Eye tracking reveals the answer By Susana Martinez-Conde
...some master lucid dreamers have, who can bend, Matrix-like, the fabric of their dreams to their will, night after night.

Have An Excellent Monday

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