Tuesday, October 23, 2018

What Else Can He Do

The Daily Beast: Trump Hijacks Cruz's Mega-Rally to Stoke His Own Ego - It was kumbaya on Monday night in Houston. But the president still doesn’t care too much for his former rival and was more interested in hearing his adoring crowd. by Asawin Suebsaeng

Gender Definition

The Atlantic: Why the Trump Administration’s New Gender Definition Worries Doctors - Discrimination against trans people is rife in the medical field, and it could get even worse if sex is defined as unchangeable. by Olga Khazan

The End

Salon: Pulitzer winner Chris Hedges: Donald Trump “is the product of a failed democracy” - Acclaimed progressive journalist on Trump’s mastery of political theater, and the downfall of American democracy by Chauncey DeVega

The Onion - Nation’s Fact-Checkers Confirm They’ll Probably Wrap Up Evaluating Trump’s Statements By 2050 At Latest

The Onion: Nation’s Fact-Checkers Confirm They’ll Probably Wrap Up Evaluating Trump’s Statements By 2050 At Latest

Overly Simplistic

  Something tells me this is not going to go over well with the fundamentalists.

Scientific American: Sex Redefined: The Idea of 2 Sexes Is Overly Simplistic - Biologists now think there is a larger spectrum than just binary female and male By Claire Ainsworth
Halfway through her fifth decade and pregnant with her third child, the woman learned for the first time that a large part of her body was chromosomally male.

Response

  This is Bill Palmer's response to the Politico article which suggested that the Mueller report would be nothing but a disappointment.

The Palmer Report: “Prepare for disappointment” from Robert Mueller? Oh give me a break. by Bill Palmer

'People Having A Really Bad Day'

Saturation

  This entire period since the election has been exhausting. I am at peak saturation point x. I'm trying to stay current with the news but even doing that is hard. We need some good news folks.

Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by Christopher Thompson





Rachel Maddow - Republicans Turn To Dirty Tricks As 2018 Election Approaches

Colbert - Ted Cruz Goes From 'Lyin' To 'Beautiful'

Thud

The Palmer Report: Donald Trump and Ted Cruz rally lands with a thud by Bill Palmer

Intact

Guardian UK: World's oldest intact shipwreck discovered in Black Sea - Archaeologists say the 23-metre vessel has lain undisturbed for more than 2,400 years
The ship is believed to have been a trading vessel of a type that researchers say has only previously been seen “on the side of ancient Greek pottery such as the ‘Siren Vase’ in the British Museum”.

Fear, Falsehoods, And 'Beautiful Ted'

Guardian UK: 'Beautiful Ted': Trump and Cruz bury the hatchet as midterm anxiety mounts - Their bitter 2016 rivalry was all but forgotten at a Houston rally as Trump turns to a narrative of fear and falsehoods to shore up Republican control of Congress
So the toxic relationship of 2016 was forgotten and the man who once coined the phrase “Lyin’ Ted” bestowed a new epithet, “Beautiful Ted”.

“God Bless Texas and God Bless President Donald Trump,” Ted Cruz declared...

Liar

NY Times: Donald Trump Is Lyin’ Up a Storm - Is there an election coming up, or something? By The Editorial Board
...Mr. Trump is not letting reality interfere with his performance. At a rally in Nevada this weekend, the president told the crowd that Californians were rioting to “get out of their sanctuary cities.” (They aren’t.) He also suggested that Democrats will soon be looking to hand out free luxury cars to illegal immigrants. (They won’t.)

Murder Plan

NY Times: Erdogan Says Saudis Planned Khashoggi’s Killing in Turkey By Richard Pérez-Peña
The team of Saudi officials that arrived in stages in Istanbul to carry out the killing included generals, he said, and the Saudis conducted reconnaissance in rural areas outside the city where investigators have been searching for Mr. Khashoggi’s remains.

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are -429 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is going to severely tank at the opening bell. Someone get the tourniquet.

CNN: The Dow is tumbling again as earnings fears spark selling By Matt Egan and Chris Isidore

Monday, October 22, 2018

Georgia

The Daily Beast: Black Voters in Georgia Fear Brian Kemp Is Rigging the Election - The man running for governor also oversees the election as Secretary of State. He’s also sitting on voter registrations, sparking a wave of skepticism among voters. by Patricia Murphy

Khashoggi

The Atlantic: The U.S. Loved the Saudi Crown Prince. Not Anymore. The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi will likely cloud the world’s perception of Mohammed bin Salman as a reformer. by Krishnadev Calamur

Mitch

Salon: To hell with civility: Enough with the pity party for Mitch McConnell, please - Given all the abuse people of color face, it’s shameful for the media to lecture citizens for raising their voices by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Study Finds Placing One Foot Forward, Then The Other, Remains Best Method Of Walking

The Onion: Study Finds Placing One Foot Forward, Then The Other, Remains Best Method Of Walking

Mars

Scientific American: Oxygen-Rich Liquid Water May Exist on Mars - Brines suffused with the life-giving gas could offer hope for past and even present microbes on the Red Planet, according to a new study By Nola Taylor Redd

Moby

Open Culture: Hear Moby Dick Read in Its Entirety by Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, John Waters, Stephen Fry & More

'My Sharona'

The Knack - live performance

Have An Excellent Monday

work by Willy Verginer - the sculptures are made from wood.





Morning Joe - 'Cautiously Optimistic' Congressman Looks To Novembe

Rachel Maddow - E-Mail Revelation Puts Neat Bow On President Donald Trump FBI HQ Scandal

Meltdown

  As we know, a poor performance in a debate does not translate into losing an election. I would point to Trump's remarkably poor debate performance versus Clinton as one of many many examples.

The Palmer Report: Donald Trump has meltdown after his candidate Ron DeSantis performs poorly in Florida Governor debate by Bill Palmer

Florida

Guardian UK: Florida: Republican governor candidate flounders over Trump as role model - Ron DeSantis replies to question on children by defending Israel embassy move as Democrat Andrew Gillum shows calm in debate

Black 'Reverse Migration'

Guardian UK: Black 'reverse migration' driving Atlanta and Georgia towards Democrats - Demographic changes could bring success for Democrats and Stacey Abrams - and counter alleged voter suppression against minorities
A “great reverse migration” of African Americans to the US south from the north could turn historically Republican parts of Georgia’s state capital, Atlanta, from red to Democrat blue as early as next month’s midterms, experts say.

The Mob

NY Times: Count Me Among the Mob - If it means people who stand in opposition to Trump’s degradation of the country. By Charles M. Blow
It is true that Donald Trump is not only antithetical to liberal values, he is antithetical to most American values...

The Election

NY Times: House and Senate Latest, Cruz Rally, Florida Debate: 15 Days to Go

The Market On Monday

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

CNN: Stocks soar in China; Ryanair warning; Fiat Chrysler sells parts business By Ivana Kottasová

Break

Harvard Business Review: I Ran 4 Experiments to Break My Social Media Addiction. Here’s What Worked. by Sarah K. Peck

Expect Nothing

Politico: Mueller report PSA: Prepare for disappointment - And be forewarned that the special counsel’s findings may never be made public. By DARREN SAMUELSOHN

Friday, October 19, 2018

Weekend!

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

work by Denise Regan

'Revenge Cowboy Revenge'

from my new CD Pagliacci

In Lock Step

The Daily Beast: Fox News Spent the Past Week Smearing Jamal Khashoggi - The journalist apparently murdered by Saudi agents is being rebranded as a sort of terrorist sympathizer by Fox as Trump drags his feet on punishing his favorite crown prince. by Andrew Kirell

Troll Time

The Atlantic: DOJ Says Russian Trolls Are Interfering Online With the Midterms - A criminal complaint filed Friday charges a Russian national, employed by a firm linked to Vladimir Putin and Russian intelligence, with helping direct interference in the 2018 midterm elections. by Natasha Bertrand

A New Low

Salon: New low for Donald Trump? Now he’s helping Saudi regime cover up Jamal Khashoggi’s murder - Trump and Jared Kushner now want to help the Saudis find someone to blame. They think the world will just forget by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Lottery Ticket Holder Has Already Spent $900 Million In Anticipation Of Winning Big Prize

The Onion: Lottery Ticket Holder Has Already Spent $900 Million In Anticipation Of Winning Big Prize

Acute Flaccid Myelitis

Scientific American: “Poliolike” Childhood Muscle-Weakening Disease Reappears - Researchers have traced some cases of acute flaccid myelitis to a known virus, but treatments remain elusive By Karen Weintraub

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Serhiy Savchenko




Morning Joe - Why Dems Should 'Focus Their Rage' Ahead Of Midterms

Morning Joe - Here's How Dems Can Push Back On 'Mobs' Talk

Stephen Colbert - Trump Goes Out On A Limb, Predicts Khashoggi Is Dead

Scandals Galore

The Palmer Report: Finally, a Donald Trump scandal that even the people in the middle can understand by Bill Palmer

Our Violent President

Guardian UK: Trump praise for attack on Guardian reporter criticised by Downing Street - Violence or intimidation against journalists ‘completely unacceptable’, No 10 says

Trump Praises An Assailant For His Violence

Guardian UK: 'He's my guy': Trump praises Gianforte for assault on Guardian reporter - President’s comments at Montana rally in praise of violence against US journalist come amid international outcry over Khashoggi
Trump described in glowing terms the physical assault that occurred on 24 May 2017 when Ben Jacobs, the Guardian’s political correspondent, asked Gianforte a question about healthcare policy in the course of a special congressional election in Montana.

Rapists And Abuse

NY Times: Eight Stories Of Men Regrets
Two of my friends and I once took a drive with a girl who lived on my street. We drove to the top of Mulholland Drive and told her she would have to walk home unless she would allow us to fondle her and expose her breasts. This only occurred once when I was in the car, but it was a sort of trick to play on girls that had been “passed down” by one of my friend’s older brothers. As a father of two millennial daughters and one millennial son, I would be horrified today if anything close to that ever occurred. This is the first time I have ever spoken about it.

Catholic Church Pedophile Priests Again

NY Times: Catholic Dioceses in Pennsylvania Face Federal Inquiry Into Sexual Abuse By Campbell Robertson and Elizabeth Dias
The Justice Department has opened an investigation into Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania accused of covering up sex abuse for decades, a significant escalation in scrutiny of the church.

Khashoggi

NY Times: In Shift on Khashoggi Killing, Trump Edges Closer to Acknowledging a Saudi Role

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. At 9:15 a.m ET DOW futures are +95 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: China growth slows; Silicon Valley and Saudi Arabia; Euro woes By Mark Thompson

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Read This

Bloomberg: Donald Trump Is Amazing. Here’s the Science to Prove It. The “confidence heuristic” explains why the president’s supporters still find him credible. By Cass R. Sunstein

'I Feel Fine'

Beatles

Untax

The Atlantic: Kamala Harris’s Trump-Size Tax Plan - The California senator is the latest Democrat to propose giving billions of dollars in cash to lower-income families. by Annie Lowrey

Money Laundering And Embezzlement

Guardian UK: Revealed: Russian billionaire set up US company before Trump Tower meeting - Aras Agalarov, who helped arrange the meeting with Donald Trump Jr in June 2016, formed a shell company with an accountant who has had clients accused of money laundering and embezzlement

Unified

Salon: David Lynch has a solution to bring together divided Americans, and it’s extremely Lynchian - Allow Lynch to educate you about the powers of the “unified field” by Zack Sharf

The Onion - New Ted Cruz Attack Ad Declares Beto O’Rourke Too Good For Texas

The Onion: New Ted Cruz Attack Ad Declares Beto O’Rourke Too Good For Texas

BepiColombo

Scientific American: All Systems Go for Second-ever Mission to Enter Mercury’s Orbit - European and Japanese double probe, BepiColombo, will take seven years to reach the solar system’s innermost planet By Davide Castelvecchi
But in recent years, it (Mercury) has revealed many surprises, from its unusual magnetic field to water-ice deposits found in some of its craters.

Rudy

The Palmer Report: Rudy Giuliani goes berserk by Bill Palmer

Have An Excellent Thursday

work by László Maholy-Nagy 1895-1946




Rachel Maddow - GOP Steps Up Vote Suppression As Democrats Grow In Determination

Chris Matthews - GOP Candidates Resort To Scare Tactics To Turn Out Voters

'Touch Me Not'

Guardian UK: Touch Me Not review – body image quest ends in Euro-hardcore - The Berlin Golden Bear winner determinedly conflates honesty with exhibitionism, so the sex club is its characters’ inevitable destination

Disgrace Upon Disgrace Upon Disgrace

Guardian UK: Revealed: US moves to keep endangered species discussions secret - In a confidential document obtained by the Guardian, Trump officials say releasing records could have a ‘chilling effect’ on their deliberations
The Trump administration is moving to restrict the release of information about its decisions on endangered species, according to a confidential internal document obtained by the Guardian.

Kowtowing Trump

NY Times: A President Kowtowing to a Mad Prince - Trump is providing cover for Saudi barbarism. By Nicholas Kristof

Khashoggi

NY Times: Audio Offers Gruesome Details of Jamal Khashoggi Killing, Turkish Official Says By David D. Kirkpatrick and Carlotta Gall
Mr. Khashoggi was dead within minutes, beheaded, dismembered, his fingers severed, and within two hours the killers were gone, according to details from audio recordings described by a senior Turkish official on Wednesday.

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are -110 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open significantly lower.

CNN: China's currency falls; Novartis deal; Oil prices slip By Ivana Kottasová

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

'Shape Of My Heart'

Sting

'Help'

Beatles

Pinned

The Daily Beast: Saudis Plan to Pin Khashoggi Slaying on ‘Rogue’ General - Sources tell The Daily Beast the Saudis are settling on a fall guy to distance their crown prince from the killing of a dissident. And their cover story appears DOA to observers. by Kimberly Dozier, Spencer Ackerman

She's Gone

The Atlantic: The Conners Frees Itself of Roseanne Barr - The retooled sitcom debuted with an episode that wrestled with the death of its fictional matriarch. by David Sims

The Daily Beast: Roseanne Dies of an Opioid Overdose in ‘The Conners.’ That’s the Wrong Move. As Barr revealed herself, Roseanne is killed off in the spinoff with an overdose. The episode is good. But the optics behind that decision are ugly and problematic. (SPOILERS!) by Kevin Fallon

'Satisfaction'

Devo 1978 live on SNL

Stephen Colbert - Melania Trump - Most Bullied Person In The World

Gee I Wonder Who Blew Up The Deficit

Salon: Now Mitch McConnell wants massive cuts to social programs after GOP blew up the deficit - It’s an old story: Republicans give money to the rich, act surprised about the deficit and vow to slash spending by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Trump - ‘The Only Way To Find Out What Happened At The Saudi Consulate Is To Send In More Journalists One At A Time’

The Onion: Trump: ‘The Only Way To Find Out What Happened At The Saudi Consulate Is To Send In More Journalists One At A Time’

Intrinsic Weird

Scientific American: Our Solar System Is Even Stranger Than We Thought - New research shows a pattern of exoplanet sizes and spacing around other stars unlike what we see in our own system By Lauren Weiss
Yet, despite this wide range of possible sizes, planets tend to be about the same sizes as their neighbors. One of my collaborators decided they looked like “peas in a pod,” and that moniker became our shorthand for the pattern.

Help

WCMH - NBC affiliate: Study finds surprising number of Americans think chocolate milk comes from brown cows By Andy Long

Have An Excellent Wednesday

work by Paul Klee




Velshi And Ruhle - How The Rising National Deficit Hits Your Wallet

Ari Melber - Author Alice Walker - Trump Has 'Inferiority Complex, Envied Obama

Stephen Colbert - Trump Gets Mean With Stormy, Stormy Fires Back

The Most Corrupt Senator In US History

The Palmer Report: What did Mitch McConnell just do to himself? by Bill Palmer

Of Course

Guardian UK: Khashoggi: Trump defends Saudi Arabia as Pompeo heads to Turkey - Trump likens case to Kavanaugh confirmation hearings as Turkish president reports evidence of toxic materials at Saudi consulate

Monstrous Police Brutality

Guardian UK: Video shows off-duty Chicago police officer shooting unarmed, autistic man - Sgt Khalil Muhammad shot then-18-year-old Ricardo Hayes in 2017 incident initially described as an armed confrontation

Trump's Lame Denials

NY Times: The Saudi Cover-Up Crumbles - Evidence mounts of a ghastly crime in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. President Trump still seems inclined to buy the kingdom’s lame denials. By The Editorial Board
...outrage has been conspicuously absent from the Trump administration in the two weeks since Mr. Khashoggi entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, never to be seen again.

Prince

NY Times: The Jamal Khashoggi Case: Suspects Had Ties to Saudi Crown Prince By David D. Kirkpatrick, Malachy Browne, Ben Hubbard and David Botti
One of the suspects identified by Turkey in the disappearance of the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi was a frequent companion of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman...

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are -130 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open significantly lower.

CNN: GE is a confusing maze. Will the new boss cut the complexity? By Matt Egan

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

AFM

Yahoo: 62 cases of AFM, the polio-like illness, confirmed across 22 states: CDC

'How Do You Sleep'

John Lennon And The Plastic Ono Band with George Harrison - previously unseen footage.

What We Need To Know

Read this.

The Atlantic: Woodward Missed Everything That Matters About the Trump Presidency - The ultimate White House tell-all actually tells disturbingly little of what the American public most needs to know. by David Frum
Trump is leading the most unethical White House and most corrupt administration in modern U.S. history, arguably in all of U.S. history. But that does not rate attention from Woodward, perhaps because those scandals do not perturb his sources. Woodward’s sources care about Trump’s chaos and disorder—and so that becomes the gravamen of Woodward’s critique.

Without A Political Home

Salon: Max Boot on the end of conservatism: “The Republican Party needs to be burned down” - Author Max Boot on finding himself “politically homeless” after renouncing Donald Trump’s Republican Party by Chauncey DeVega

The Onion - Elizabeth Warren Disappointed After DNA Test Shows Zero Trace Of Presidential Material

The Onion: Elizabeth Warren Disappointed After DNA Test Shows Zero Trace Of Presidential Material

The Onion - Saudi Arabia Sends Assassins To Dismember Entire International Community In Effort To Stifle Dissent

The Onion: Saudi Arabia Sends Assassins To Dismember Entire International Community In Effort To Stifle Dissent

Allodynia And Piezo2

Scientific American: When a Feather-Light Touch is Agony - Researchers identify a possible new target for treating atypical pain sensations By Stephani Sutherland

The Place

The Place by Paul Zimmer

Once in your life you pass
Through a place so pure
It becomes tainted even
By your regard, a space
Of trees and air where
Dusk comes as perfect ripeness.
Here the only sounds are
Sighs of rain and snow,
Small rustlings of plants
As they unwrap in twilight.
This is where you will go
At last when coldness comes.
It is something you realize
When you first see it,
But instantly forget.
At the end of your life
You remember and dwell in
Its faultless light forever.

Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by Georgia O'Keeffe





Rachel Maddow - GOP Aims To Suppress ND Native American Vote To Hinder Heidi Heitkamp

Chris Matthews - Democrats Gaining Ground In Midwest, President Donald Trump Country

Stephen Colbert - Donald Trump Owes Elizabeth Warren A Million Bucks

Endgame

The Palmer Report: Robert Mueller’s big endgame by Bill Palmer

Moving Past The Major Obstacle

Guardian UK: Leaders move past Trump to protect world from climate change - Far more must be invested in adapting to warming, says new global commission that aims to rebuild political will after US withdrawal from Paris agreement

Abusing The Help

Guardian UK: 'It was like hell to work there': hotel workers break their silence - Staff at upscale Terranea Resort claim they were subject to repeated sexual harassment as California bill to end abuse stalls

Advertising Wins Elections, Usually

NY Times: Democrats Surge Ahead of Republicans in Fund-Raising for Key Races

What A Joke

  Trump owes the Saudis big time for bailing out his business. Trump is looking the other way while all sorts of deadly mischief is happening. His followers could care less because they hate all Muslims being the racists they essentially are. It adds to the totality of Trump as a major disgrace.

NY Times: Pompeo Seeks Answers From Saudi King on Jamal Khashoggi Case

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are +216 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: Netflix earnings; High hopes for banks; Volkswagen's latest fine By Ivana Kottasová

Monday, October 15, 2018

'Heart Of Glass Remix'

Phil Glass mixed with Blondie

Twist

The Atlantic: A Russian Mail-Order Bride and a Jaw-Dropping Twist
“The first time you hear this story, your jaw is on the floor,” said Nathan Miller in a recent interview with The Atlantic. “You just can’t believe it.”

Losers

Salon: Republicans are terrified of the “left-wing mob”: What really scares them is losing - Why are conservatives whining about the imaginary leftist mob? It’s a last-ditch effort to hold onto power by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Horrified Nurses Discover 40-Pound Baby After Accidentally Leaving It In Incubator Over Weekend

The Onion: Horrified Nurses Discover 40-Pound Baby After Accidentally Leaving It In Incubator Over Weekend

Search For It

Scientific American: Search for Alien Life Should Be a Fundamental Part of NASA, New Report Urges - A blue-ribbon committee finds the science of astrobiology is worthy of deep integration into the space agency’s exploration efforts By Adam Mann

Have An Excellent Monday

work by Erik Madigan Heck






Morning Joe - Candidate For Governor Says He'll 'Stomp' On Opponent

Parkour Atlas

I Know You Are But What Am I

The Palmer Report: “I’m president and you’re not” Bill Palmer

GOP Authoritarianism In Georgia

Guardian UK: Stacey Abrams: GOP opponent creating 'miasma of fear' over voting in Georgia - Brian Kemp accused of seeking to suspend minority voters from registration rolls under the ‘exact match’ law

The Fool Says No Lasting Impact

Guardian UK: 'It'll change back': Trump says climate change not a hoax, but denies lasting impact - Climate scientists have political agendas, US president says in interview with 60 Minutes

Callous

NY Times: Trump’s Callous Use of Kanye Trump never cared about criminal justice reform. By Charles M. Blow
It was all just as sad and tragic as one might have imagined.

The Sand Palace

NY Times: Among the Ruins of Mexico Beach Stands One House, Built ‘for the Big One’
“We wanted to build it for the big one,” he said. “We just never knew we’d find the big one so fast.”

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are -24 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open modestly lower.

CNN: Sears bankruptcy; Saudi trouble; Big week for earnings By Ivana Kottasová

Friday, October 12, 2018

Weekend!

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

work by Denise Regan

'Jailed'

from the Jim Sande music studio off the newest CD 'Pagliacci'

'Pagliacci'

from the Jim Sande music studio off the newest CD 'Pagliacci'

What Human Rights

The Atlantic: The End of American Lip Service to Human Rights - The administration’s reticence about the disappearance of a Saudi journalist is offensive, but it’s also clarifying. by David A. Graham

Unhinged

Salon: Hurricane season gets surreal: From Kavanaugh to Kanye, a weird week in TrumpWorld - An especially unhinged week for Donald Trump concludes with Fox News shunning his latest rally. Winter is coming by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Salamanders Bravely Offer To Go Extinct In Place Of Better Animal

The Onion: Salamanders Bravely Offer To Go Extinct In Place Of Better Animal

Pine Island

Scientific American: Huge Iceberg Poised to Break Off Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier - Scientists are concerned the glacier is spawning icebergs more frequently than it used to By Laura Geggel
The nearly 19-mile-long (30 kilometers) rift started in the middle of the ice shelf...

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Leslie Thrasher 1889 - 1936





Rachel Maddow - Democratic Aide Arrested Advocating For Voting Rights In Texas

Ari Melber - Dyson Kanye - Trump Meeting - 'Blitzkrieg Of Blathering Ignorance'

Weird Indeed

The Palmer Report: Things get weird for Robert Mueller and Paul Manafort by Bill Palmer

GOP Ruse

Guardian UK: Republican pair apparently pose as communists to make Democratic donation - Men visit office of Arizona’s Tom O’Halleran with jar of money in apparent effort to create link to far-left
Two young Arizona Republicans tried to make a donation to a Democratic congressman as members of the Communist party in an apparent attempt to tie him to the far left.

On Friday afternoon, two men who called themselves Jose Rosales and Ahmahd Sadia walked into the campaign office of first-term Democrat Tom O’Halleran with $39.68 and an urgent desire for the Northern Arizona University Communist party to be given a receipt for the donation.

Jamal Khashoggi

Guardian UK: Recordings prove Jamal Khashoggi was killed, Turkish investigators claim - Sources say audio and video evidence show journalist died at Saudi consulate in Istanbul

Pummeled

NY Times: Hospitals Pummeled by Hurricane Michael Scramble to Evacuate Patients
Hurricane Michael had strafed the place, blowing out windows and stripping some of the buildings in the sprawling complex down to their metal girders. Signage was strewn in the streets. Doctors, nurses and workers wandered outside, some crying, some looking for cell service.

Michael Update

NY Times: Hurricane Michael Live Updates: Death Toll Rises to at Least 11

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are +266 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: Stocks look to bounce back: Dow points to 350-point jump By David Goldman

Thursday, October 11, 2018

All Time

Yahoo: Kanye West Just Delivered the Craziest Oval Office Performance of All Time

Trump World

The Independent: US votes against UN resolution condemning gay sex death penalty, joining Iraq and Saudi Arabia - America one of 13 countries on Human Rights Council to oppose historic vote by Tom Embury-Dennis

He's A Very Sick Man

NBC News: Trump accuses Hillary Clinton of colluding with Russia as crowd chants 'lock her up' - Trump's evidence-free allegation at a campaign rally in Erie, Pennsylvania, was an unusually direct claim against his 2016 rival. by Lauren Egan and Jonathan Allen

The Onion - Calm, Measured Trump Hard At Work After Freak Accident Leaves Him With Railroad Spike Lodged In Skull

The Onion: Calm, Measured Trump Hard At Work After Freak Accident Leaves Him With Railroad Spike Lodged In Skull

Intro

Introvert Dear, for introverts and highly sensitive people

Organize

The Nation: I’m Dying. Here Is What I Refuse to Accept With Serenity. Voting is not nearly enough. We need to become organizers. By Ady Barkan
The following Friday, at the ripe old age of 32, I was given my death sentence: The doctor told me I had ALS—amyotrophic lateral sclerosis—which would rapidly destroy all the connections between my brain and my muscles, leading to complete paralysis and death, likely in three to four years.

Three weeks later, our world was turned upside down a second time, when America elected a racist kleptocrat to the White House.

Years And Years And Years

Salon: Investigative reporter Craig Unger: “Trump has had contacts with the Russian mafia for 35 years” - Author of “House of Trump, House of Putin” on the president’s long history with Russian oligarchs and murky money by Chauncey DeVega

The Onion - NFL Urges Pass Rushers To Try Reaching Peaceful Resolution With Quarterbacks Before Resorting To Tackling

The Onion: NFL Urges Pass Rushers To Try Reaching Peaceful Resolution With Quarterbacks Before Resorting To Tackling

Moonmoons

New Scientist: Moons can have moons and they are called moonmoons

Have An Excellent Thursday

work by Simon Denis 1755 - 1813




'Can't Knock The Hustle'

Weezer

Rachel Maddow - Mike Flynn Met With GOP Operative Who Sought Hacked Clinton Email

MSNBC - Kerry Sanders Surveys Devastation In Panama City

Trump-Russia

WSJ: Late GOP Activist Peter W. Smith Met With Former Trump Adviser Michael Flynn in 2015 - New email and interviews indicate the Republican operative who sought to obtain Hillary Clinton’s emails had established a relationship with Mr. Flynn

Peter Smith

The Palmer Report: Peter Smith was the real Trump-Russia deal after all by Bill Palmer

Blatant GOP In Your Face Racism On Full Display

Guardian UK: Republican attacks take aim at non-white congressional candidates - Expert says Donald Trump’s effective reliance on personal attacks have caused ‘racist and bigoted’ ads to become more prevalent
The ad zeroes in on Campa-Najjar’s heritage – his mother is Mexican American and his father is Palestinian – calling him a “Palestinian, Mexican, millennial Democrat” who is “working to infiltrate Congress” and a “security risk”.

“At best it’s desperate. That’s putting it mildly,” said Campa-Najjar, who also called the effort “blatantly ignorant” and “unhinged from reality”.

Cut Off Nose To Spite Face

Guardian UK: Victims of Hurricane Michael voted for climate deniers - Elections have consequences. Denying science has consequences. And we are reaping what we sow.
It is a wonder that a state like Florida, which will get pummeled by Michael, could vote for someone that denies climate change. Think of how backwards the situation is – the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has reportedly been banned from using the terms “climate change” and “global warming”. This policy reportedly went into effect when Florida elected a science denier, Rick Scott, to governor.

Rick Scott has been condemned by people in Florida for his backward stance. It is climate denial like his that has contributed to the suffering of residents in the state.

Down We Go

NY Times: Global Markets Slide, Setting the Stage for Another Drop on Wall St. By Alexandra Stevenson and Jack Ewing
Global markets shuddered on Thursday after a drop in stocks in the United States crystallized investors’ anxiety about a growing list of global risks, including rising interest rates, increased tensions between Beijing and Washington, and Italy’s increasingly unsustainable government debt.

Destruction

NY Times: Hurricane Michael Leaves Trail of Destruction as It Slams Florida’s Panhandle By Richard Fausset, Alan Blinder and Patricia Mazzei

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are -38 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open moderately lower. It's been a tough week for the markets.

CNN: Dow set to fall again at the open By Matt Egan

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

'This Song Proves Why It's Anything But a Scary Time for Men'

DOW Drops 832 Points

CNN: Dow falls 832 points in third-worst day by points ever By Paul R. La Monica
And tech stocks got hit particularly hard. The Nasdaq dropped more than 4% in the worst percentage decline since June 2016.

Stocks are in the midst of a scary October slump, sliding sharply because investors are worried about rising interest rates.

Pampered

The Intercept: Donald Trump, Brett Kavanaugh, and the Rule of Pampered Princelings by Naomi Klein

'Walk On By'

Diana Krall

Collins - Partisan Flunky

Salon: When Susan Collins gaslit the nation: Was that the Republican Party’s final surrender to Trump? Idolized by both sides, Maine’s “moderate” Republican reveals herself to be just a partisan flunky after all by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - ‘Can Anyone Hear Me?’ Shout Terrified Climate Scientists Frantically Waving Arms As Passersby Walk Straight Through Them

The Onion: ‘Can Anyone Hear Me?’ Shout Terrified Climate Scientists Frantically Waving Arms As Passersby Walk Straight Through Them

Michael's Wrath

Scientific American: Hurricane Michael Could Do Billions of Dollars of Damage - Some 84,000 homes are at risk from the major storm, one analytics firm projects By Daniel Cusick

Have An Excellent Wednesday

work by Friedensreich Hundertwasser




Ari Melber - See The Climate Report That Shreds Donald Trump’s Science Denials

Brian Williams - Timothy Snyder - Trump Fills Public's Fear With Fiction By Attacking Truth

Not Winning

The Palmer Report: No, Donald Trump isn’t winning by Bill Palmer

Taylor Swift

Guardian UK: 'She just ended her career': Taylor Swift's political post sparks praise and fury - Endorsements of Democrats blasted by Republicans, white supremacists and Trump, who now likes her music ‘25% less’

Michael

Guardian UK: Hurricane Michael set to be strongest storm ever to hit Florida Panhandle – live updates

Beto

NY Times: Beto O’Rourke May Benefit From an Unlikely Support Group: White Evangelical Women

Michael

NY Times: Hurricane Michael Live Updates: Category 4 Storm Starts Lashing Florida

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. At 9:25 a.m. ET DOW futures are +19 and the price of oil per barrel is down. the market is poised to open slightly higher.

CNN: Earnings season kickoff: Expect fireworks By Danielle Wiener-Bronner

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

'You Can Leave Your Hat On'

Randy Newman live 1983

'Don't Lie To Me'

Barbra Streisand - her music directorial debut. It's all directed at Trump.

'Adult Twins, Separated at Birth, Have Emotional Reunion'

'That's The Way'

Dead Or Alive - I'm sure there are worse music videos and worse songs out there, however this brings both of those elusive world's together into one laughable mess.

McConnell

Salon: Washington Post reporter on the selfish reason Mitch McConnell protects Trump

The Onion - Therapists Recommend Treating People Like Shit If You’re Having A Bad Day

The Onion: Therapists Recommend Treating People Like Shit If You’re Having A Bad Day

Grow

Scientific American: Life Advice: Don’t Find Your Passion - Study suggests meaningful work can be something you grow into, not something you discover By Cindy May

'Pagliacci'

  I'm happy to announce my new CD 'Pagliacci' is up and running at CD Baby. Anyone can sample the tracks. This is a fun CD, even I like it, and I usually dislike all my work. CD Baby also sells the actual CD and sells single digital files of any one song as well. You can sample all of the tracks here as well.

Pagliacci by Jim Sande

Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by Denise Regan