Friday, November 30, 2018


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

work by Sandrine Pelissier


Guardian UK: The pleasure revolution: the sex women really want

Why Not

Women In The World: Dominatrix specializes in turning ‘white, right-wing men’ into socialists

Defensive Crouch

Vanity Fair: “Trump Was Totally Caught Off Guard by the Cohen Plea”: Inside Trumpworld, Some Fear Mueller Has Laid a Perjury Trap - Rudy Giuliani is frustrated at Mueller’s tactics. The White House is in a defensive crouch. “It’s an untethered situation,” a person close to the president said. by Gabriel Sherman

'Trump Is Compromised By Russia'

NY Times: Trump Is Compromised by Russia - Michael Cohen's latest plea is proof. By Michelle Goldberg
Speaking to reporters before flying to Argentina on Thursday, Trump justified his pursuit of a Moscow project this way: “There was a good chance that I wouldn’t have won, in which case I would have gotten back into the business, and why should I lose lots of opportunities?” This could be read as a confession of motive. In the 2016 campaign, Russia wanted to humiliate Hillary Clinton and delegitimize America’s election. Trump wanted help building his brand.

Bit By Bit

'Enjoy The Silence'

Depeche Mode

'Barro Tal Vez'

Cande Buasso, Paulo Carriz

The Plea

The Atlantic: Three Remarkable Things About Michael Cohen's Plea - These developments would, under normal circumstances, end a presidency. by Ken White


Beauty Of Planet: NASA Has Just Released 2,540 Stunning New Photos of Mars



PBS: Physicists Confirm That We're Not Living In a Computer Simulation - Scientists have discovered that it's impossible to model the physics of our universe on even the biggest computer. By Allison Eck

The Deal

Salon: Michael Cohen’s deal is an outright catastrophe for Trump — and he knows it - Supposed mastermind Donald Trump made an enemy out of a longtime loyalist. Now he’s going to pay the price by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Shop Class In Rich School District Just Teaches Students How To Deal With General Contractors

The Onion: Shop Class In Rich School District Just Teaches Students How To Deal With General Contractors


NBC: Anchorage Hit by Major Earthquake, Tsunami Warning Issued - It was unclear whether there were injuries in the temblor, centered several miles from Alaska's largest city

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Kanako Abe - all cut out of paper

Rachel Maddow - Michael Cohen Plea Shocker Exposes Trump Camp Lies About Russia Dealings

Brian Williams - Legal Expert - Michael Cohen Claims On Trump Are 'Enormous' And 'Criminal'

Colbert - Cohen Exposes Trump's Business Ties With Russia

The Crazy Part

The Palmer Report: Here’s the crazy part by Bill Palmer

Nobody's Safe

Guardian UK: Why no US region is safe from climate change - In the final part of our series looking at the climate report Trump tried to bury over Thanksgiving, we examine how regions will experience climate change

One Can Hope

Guardian UK: Donald Trump Jr may face legal peril after Cohen admits lying to Congress - Special counsel Robert Mueller’s willingness to prosecute should make the president’s son and other aides who testified worried

Liar, Traitor, Resign

NY Times: What Cohen’s Deal Means for Trump - We can expect even bigger bombshells — and White House threats against Mueller — in the coming weeks. By Barry Berke, Noah Bookbinder and Norman Eisen - Mr. Berke is co-chairman of the litigation department at Kramer Levin Naftalis and Frankel. Mr. Bookbinder is executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. Mr. Eisen is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.
The disclosures in Mr. Cohen’s criminal information filing provide valuable detail on one piece of Mr. Mueller’s puzzle: They reveal that Mr. Cohen, the Trump Organization and Mr. Trump himself continued to pursue a Russia-related development deal into the summer of 2016 — long after Mr. Trump had essentially clinched the Republican nomination. Not only does that contradict what Mr. Cohen said in congressional testimony, but it also puts the lie to the president’s claims that he had no dealings with Russia during his candidacy.

The Turning Point

NY Times: Cohen Lied. Here’s Why It Matters. With Michael Cohen’s latest deal, the special counsel shows he is unafraid of crossing Donald Trump’s red lines on Russia. By The Editorial Board - The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher. It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section.
When all is said and done, the April raids by federal prosecutors targeting Michael Cohen’s office and other premises in Manhattan may be seen as a turning point for Donald Trump’s presidency.


NY Times: How a Lawyer, a Felon and a Russian General Chased a Moscow Trump Tower Deal By Mike McIntire, Megan Twohey and Mark Mazzetti
When Donald J. Trump took a run at building a tower in Moscow in the middle of his 2016 presidential campaign, it was the high point of a decades-long effort to plant the “Trump” flag there.

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. At 9:25 a.m. ET DOW futures are -85 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open significantly lower.

CNN: G20 summit; Deutsche Bank raids; Oil in focus By Ivana Kottasová

Thursday, November 29, 2018


BuzzFeed: The Trump Organization Planned To Give Vladimir Putin The $50 Million Penthouse In Trump Tower Moscow - During the presidential campaign, Michael Cohen discussed the matter with a representative of Putin’s press secretary, according to two US sources. by Anthony Cormier and Jason Leopold


ShareBlue: If Mueller’s busting people who lie to Congress, Don Jr.’s in trouble By Oliver Willis

Rudy Squirms

The Daily Beast: Rudy Giuliani Tries to Distance Trump From Trump Tower Moscow: ‘This Was Cohen’s Deal’ - The president told Mueller he abandoned the proposal by mid-2016 and didn’t know when Cohen ditched it, according to Trump's lawyer. by Betsy Woodruff and Asawin Suebsaeng


The Atlantic: Michael Cohen Takes Mueller Inside the Trump Organization - The president’s former personal lawyer admitted lying to Congress about efforts in 2016 to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. by Natasha Bertrand


Salon: Surrounded by foes, Emperor Trump moves to put himself above the law - Donald Trump’s claims of innocence are getting harder to believe. So he and his supporters try a bold new strategy by Amanda Marcotte

The Onion - ‘You’ve Got Them Right Where You Want Them, Mikey,’ Michael Cohen Mutters To Self After Pleading Guilty Again

The Onion: ‘You’ve Got Them Right Where You Want Them, Mikey,’ Michael Cohen Mutters To Self After Pleading Guilty Again

Tear Gas

Scientific American: How Tear Gas Works: A Rundown of the Chemicals Used on Crowds - There are two broad types of tear gas—and they’re both engineered to cause pain By Angus Chen

Have An Excellent Thursday

work by Merab Abramishvili 1957 - 2006


  Obviously with Cohen pleading guilty to lying to Congress, the day will be a very fluid news day. It appears we are very much on the verge of something huge. The forces are at play. Trump is writhing and doing all he can to end the investigation, and Mueller is hot on his trail. I personally believe justice will prevail and if it does not, America is no more.

Rachel Maddow - Unlike Richard Nixon, Donald Trump Misconduct Piling Up In Full Public View

Colbert - Paul Manafort Auditions For A Pardon

Bundy Comes Out Against Trump!

Guardian UK: Cliven Bundy rebukes Trump over attack on migrants: 'We should have a heart' - The Trump-supporting rancher and his sons have now become unexpected critics, telling the Guardian: ‘I don’t like walls’


Guardian UK: Nancy Pelosi nominated by Democrats to be next House speaker - Pelosi ran unopposed but number of members who voted against her could signal a messy battle when new Congress convenes


NY Times: Senators, Furious Over Khashoggi Killing, Spurn President on War in Yemen By Gardiner Harris, Eric Schmitt, Helene Cooper and Nicholas Fandos

What Is He Thinking

NY Times: What Is Robert Mueller Thinking? Paul Manafort may be after a pardon from President Trump, but his alleged lying to investigators may deliver far more than he bargained for. By Cristian Farias - Mr. Farias is a member of the editorial board.

This Is Huge!

Chicago Tribune: Michael Cohen pleads guilty to lying to Congress about Trump project in Russia

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. At 9:30 a.m. ET DOW futures are +5 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open in the flat area.

CNN: The Great Oil Crash of 2018: What's really happening By Matt Egan, CNN Business

Wednesday, November 28, 2018


NY Times: Why Did Manafort Cooperate With Trump Over Mueller? Lawyers for Manafort and Trump engaged in a brazen violation of criminal defense norms. The move could pay off, or it could blow up spectacularly. by Ken White, Mr. White, a criminal defense lawyer, is a former federal prosecutor.


NY Times: Democrats Nominate Pelosi to Be Speaker but With Significant Defections By Julie Hirschfeld Davis


The Atlantic: Papadopoulos’s Russia Ties Continue to Intrigue - The former foreign policy advisor to the Trump campaign boasted of a Russia business deal even after the election, according to a new letter under review. by Natasha Bertrand and Scott Stedman

Manafort Pardon

TPM: Trump On Manafort Pardon: ‘Why Would I Take It Off The Table?’

Losing It

Salon: Mueller probe nears a climax: And “collusion” is definitely back on the menu - As the Paul Manafort saga gets more tangled and the noose tightens around Roger Stone, Donald Trump is losing it by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Historians Reveal Thousands Of Immigrants Were Forced To Change Hairstyle At Ellis Island

The Onion: Historians Reveal Thousands Of Immigrants Were Forced To Change Hairstyle At Ellis Island


Scientific American: The Biology of Sugars Points to a Sweet Strategy for Treating Cancer - Long-ignored field attracts interest from companies trying to develop next-generation immune therapies By Esther Landhuis

Have An Excellent Wednesday

work by painter Catherine Murphy


The Daily Beast: Sensing Defeat, Trump Cries ‘Witch Hunt’ - A princeling who’s literally lived in a golden tower for most of his adult life is not good with stress. And there’s a lot of stress on him now, and much more coming. by Rick Wilson

Colbert - Jon Stewart's Flipped Interview With Stephen Colbert

Morning Joe - A 'Huge Change' In The President's Poll Numbers

Rachel Maddow - Apparent Robert Mueller Documents Connect Dots From Trump Camp To Wikileaks


The Palmer Report: Wow is Donald Trump stupid by Bill Palmer


Guardian UK: Barack Obama lambasts Trump over legal troubles - Ex-president defends probity of his administration and laments rise of ‘politics based on hatred’ under successor
“Not only did I not get indicted, nobody in my administration got indicted,” the former president said at an event in Houston on Tuesday, “which by the way was the only administration in modern history that that can be said about. In fact, nobody came close to being indicted, partly because the people who joined us were there for the right reasons. We were there to serve.”


Guardian UK: Trump officials accused of using deadly wildfires to boost logging - Interior secretary Ryan Zinke says he hopes new laws will end environmental reviews and allow ‘thinning’ of forests
Ryan Zinke, the interior secretary, said that he hoped new legislation would allow for the “thinning” of forests to help prevent wildfires. He said he was confident Congress would soon pass a new farm bill that would remove environmental reviews for the removal of trees and brush, as well as the building of roads through federal forests.


NY Times: Roger Stone Sought WikiLeaks’ Plans Amid 2016 Campaign, Associate Says By Sharon LaFraniere and Maggie Haberman

Treason And Traitors

NY Times: Manafort’s Lawyer Said to Brief Trump Attorneys on What He Told Mueller By Michael S. Schmidt, Sharon LaFraniere and Maggie Haberman
A lawyer for Paul Manafort, the president’s onetime campaign chairman, repeatedly briefed President Trump’s lawyers on his client’s discussions with federal investigators after Mr. Manafort agreed to cooperate with the special counsel, according to one of Mr. Trump’s lawyers and two other people familiar with the conversations.

The arrangement was highly unusual and inflamed tensions with the special counsel’s office when prosecutors discovered it after Mr. Manafort began cooperating two months ago...

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. At 9:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are +156 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: Economy health check; GM and Trump; Cost of Brexit By Charles Riley

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The Onion - NASA Catches Glimpse Of Hard-Charging Curiosity Rover Just Before InSight’s Communications Go Dark

The Onion: NASA Catches Glimpse Of Hard-Charging Curiosity Rover Just Before InSight’s Communications Go Dark

Coffee Nap

GetPocket: Scientists agree: Coffee naps are better than coffee or naps alone


The Atlantic: Mississippi Isn't Like Other States - It's the blackest place in the country. But black candidates there, like Mike Espy, face systemic obstacles. by Vann R. Newkirk II


The Daily Beast: The Feminist Erotic Film Director Making Porn Hot Again: ‘I Want to Show How Sex Feels’ - Indie erotic cinema director Erika Lust owns the site XConfessions, where women submit fantasies and she adapts them into beautiful pornographic films. by Natalia Winkelman

Panic Time

Salon: Trump is panicked because Robert Mueller has turned on Paul Manafort - Rudy Giuliani said on Tuesday the President has “been upset for weeks” about the “horrible treatment of Manafort” by Matthew Rozsa


NY Times: Trump Lobs Insults at Special Counsel One Day After Prosecutors Say Manafort Lied By Eileen Sullivan


The Palmer Report: Conspiracy against the United States by Bill Palmer


Raw Story: Why today was a blockbuster day in the Russia investigation: New York Times columnist

Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by Marianne von Werefkin

Lawrence O'Donnell - President Donald Trump Disapproval Reaches High Amid Border Chaos

Michael McFaul - Donald Trump Too Weak On Putin For Effective Meeting

Colbert - Colbert Looks Back At America's Epic Fall


The Palmer Report: Another rat flees Donald Trump’s sinking ship by Bill Palmer


  It's likely that Hyde-Smith wins.

Guardian UK: Mississippi Senate runoff collapses into referendum on 'old south' racism As ‘blue wave’ talk dissipates, the racial subtext of the race between Cindy Hyde-Smith and Mike Espy has fallen inwards to the state


Guardian UK: Manafort held secret talks with Assange in Ecuadorian embassy - Exclusive: Trump ally met WikiLeaks founder months before emails hacked by Russia were published
A well-placed source has told the Guardian that Manafort went to see Assange around March 2016. Months later WikiLeaks released a stash of Democratic emails stolen by Russian intelligence officers.


NY Times: Maybe They’re Just Bad People - Not all Trump support is ideological. By Michelle Goldberg
Steve Bannon, a quasi-fascist with delusions of grandeur, makes more sense to me than Anthony Scaramucci, a political cipher who likes to be on TV. I don’t think I’m alone. Consider all the energy spent trying to figure out Ivanka Trump’s true beliefs, when she’s shown that what she believes most is that she’s entitled to power and prestige.


NY Times: Manafort Breached Plea Deal by Repeatedly Lying, Mueller Says By Sharon LaFraniere
...repeatedly lied to federal investigators in breach of a plea agreement he signed two months ago, the special counsel’s office said in a court filing late on Monday.

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. At 9:25 a.m. ET DOW futures are -90 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open significantly lower.

CNN: Trump on trade; Brexit jitters; End of the soup wars By Charles Riley

Monday, November 26, 2018


The Atlantic: A New Indictment Looms in the Mueller Probe - Jerome Corsi, an associate of the Trump confidant Roger Stone, says he’s been offered a plea deal on one perjury count—but won’t take it. by Natasha Bertrand


The Daily Beast: NASA InSight Probe Successfully Lands on Mars to Relief of Scientists - The probe will take the ground temperature of the Red Planet and look for signs of ‘marsquakes.’ by Victoria Albert

'Fall And Trust Us'

Comedy Special

Salon: Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago comedy special: Just when we thought he could go no lower - Trump’s holiday phone calls with military personnel set a new standard for his presidency. Not in a good way by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Study Finds Dogs Twitching In Sleep Are Dreaming About Tearing Owners Limb From Limb

The Onion: Study Finds Dogs Twitching In Sleep Are Dreaming About Tearing Owners Limb From Limb


Scientific American: Climate Change Already Reshaping U.S., Says National Climate Assessment - The impacts of global warming will cost the American economy, according to a new federal report By Chelsea Harvey

A Closer Look - Trump Turns On Allies, Stands By Saudi Arabia


Have An Excellent Monday

MSNBC - Migrants Storm U.S. Border

VOX - Fox News Keeps Breaking Its Own Rules

Devastating To Trump

The Palmer Report: Even Alan Dershowitz now thinks Donald Trump is screwed by Bill Palmer

Bertolucci Dies

Guardian UK: Bernardo Bertolucci, Last Tango in Paris director, dies aged 77 - Politically pioneering Italian director of The Conformist and Last Tango in Paris, who went on to win the best director Oscar for The Last Emperor, dies from cancer

What It Is

Guardian UK: This is what Trump’s caravan 'invasion' really looks like

Repair Time

NY Times: A Chance to Repair America’s Image Abroad - Democrats can use their new power in the House to check the Trump administration’s recklessness and advance their own foreign policies. By Ben Rhodes and Jake Sullivan - Mr. Rhodes and Mr. Sullivan were senior national security officials in the Obama administration.
For two years, President Trump has upended expectations for how America acts in the world, picking fights with allies, shredding international agreements, devaluing human rights, cozying up to President Vladimir Putin of Russia and outsourcing much of our Middle East policy to Saudi Arabia. Now he is about to face a Democratic majority in the House.

Out Of Sight, Not Out Of Reality

NY Times: Trump Administration’s Strategy on Climate: Try to Bury Its Own Scientific Report By Coral Davenport
The administration is widely expected to discount or ignore the report’s detailed findings of the economic strain caused by climate change, even as it continues to cut environmental regulations, while opponents use it to mount legal attacks against the very administration that issued the report.

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are +250 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: Cyber Monday; GM overhaul; Ghosn ousted, again By Charles Riley

Wow, Just Wow

Newsweek: Roger Stone, Donald Trump Ally Reportedly in Plea Negotiations with Robert Mueller By Tim Marcin


NY Times: How Loneliness Is Tearing America Apart - When people have a hole in their life, they often fill it with angry politics. By Arthur C. Brooks

Fascinating This Map Shows the Largest Employer in Every State by Matt Gilligan


Rolling Stone: Are Sex-Doll Brothels the Wave of the Future? Sex dolls can cost thousands of dollars, but an hour with one is surprisingly affordable By Breena Kerr


Friday, November 23, 2018


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

work by Denise Regan


Pocket: The Six Main Arcs in Storytelling, as Identified by an A.I.


  Somebody has some explaining to do.

Quartz: A Saudi prince helped save Trump from bankruptcy—twice By Max de Haldevang

The Heart Of It

Vox:How California conservatives became the intellectual engine of Trumpism - The California GOP got wiped out in the midterms. But the heart of California-style conservatism is stronger than ever. By Jane Coaston
California conservatives also have the mentality, and the unanimity, of a people under threat.

'Yer Blues'

The Beatles - 2018 mix

Stephen Colbert - A Tale Of Two Email Controversies On Fox News


The Atlantic: Mueller and a Blue House Could Bring Down Trump - But the president’s supporters won’t make it easy.
Moreover, due to a 2015 rule change pushed through by House Republicans, most House committees can now issue subpoenas on the authority of the chairperson alone, including three of the committees most likely to go after Trump: Oversight, Intelligence, and Foreign Affairs.

Second, Congress has the power to draw the results of any investigation into the harsh light of public scrutiny

New Government Climate Change Report

The Daily Beast: Speed Read: The Government Climate Change Report Trump Will Hate - The 1,656-page government report is the most frightening one yet on climate change's devastating effects. by Tanya Basu




global FOURTH NATIONAL CLIMATE ASSESSMENT Volume II: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States

Too Late Or Not

Salon: Can we save loved ones from Fox News? “I don’t know if it’s too late or not” - Jen Senko, director of “The Brainwashing of My Dad,” on surviving those Fox News-fueled holiday gatherings by Chauncey DeVega
On a given day that approximately 3 million people -- mostly older and almost exclusively white --watch Fox programming. That's more than CNN and MSNBC combined.

The Onion - Woman Toys With Idea Of Getting Sister Something Nice They Can Do Together As Gift Before Settling On Candle

The Onion: Woman Toys With Idea Of Getting Sister Something Nice They Can Do Together As Gift Before Settling On Candle


Scientific American: Have Astronomers Found Another "Alien Megastructure" Star? Scientists now have a second example of a strange stellar phenomenon speculatively linked to extraterrestrial intelligence in 2015 By Nola Taylor Redd

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Letitia Marion Hamilton (1878 – 1964), Irish landscape artist

Morning Joe - We're Seeing Worst Of President Donald Trump After Midterms

from November 21st

Morning Joe - 11/23/18

Donald Is Thankful For Donald

The Palmer Report: Donald Trump’s Thanksgiving from hell by Daniel Cotter

In Violation Of Federal Records Rules

Guardian UK: Trump insists daughter Ivanka's private email use for work was 'very innocent' - President also employed his routine response to criticism, calling the controversy ‘fake news’
The Washington Post reported on Monday that Ivanka Trump sent “hundreds” of emails from her personal account to cabinet officials and White House aides, as well as to personal assistants. As many as 100 such mails pertained to government business, the paper said. Scores more related to scheduling.

“Many” such exchanges could have been “in violation of federal records rules”, the paper said.

Cut Through The BS

NY Times: US media must 'get smarter' to tackle Trump, says Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton has criticised the US media over its coverage of Donald Trump, calling on the press to “get smarter” about holding to account a president who is a master of diversion and distraction.


NY Times: The Beginning of the End of America’s Best Idea - The story told by the recent wildfires is grim, a portent of nature altered and convulsive. By Timothy Egan
California used to have distinct fire seasons. Now the storms of flame and smoke are year-round, and all of the nation’s most populous state is a fire zone. One in eight Americans lives in a land that could turn catastrophic on any given day.

Covering His Backside

NY Times: Rebuffing C.I.A., Trump Says It Only Has ‘Feelings’ About Khashoggi Killing By Emily Cochrane
Mr. Trump’s dispute with his own intelligence agencies over the killing of Mr. Khashoggi, an opinion columnist for The Washington Post, trailed him into the holiday weekend. The president doubled down on his insistence that an alliance with Saudi Arabia, sweetened by low oil prices and billions in investment, had more value than repercussions for any culpability in the murder of Mr. Khashoggi.

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. At 9:25 a.m. ET DOW futures are -171 and the price of oil per barrel is significantly down. The market is poised to open significantly lower. The market will also be open for shorter hours today.

CNN: Oil down again; Black Friday; Ghosn out By Mark Thompson

Thursday, November 22, 2018


The Daily Beast: Chief Justice Roberts Rebukes Trump. It’s a Warning Shot About Mueller. Trump once again impugned the legitimacy of a judge who ruled against him. Chief Justice Roberts drew a line in the sand. by Jay Michaelson


'Yer Blues'

Beatles - remastered 2009, brilliant.


Sting and Shaggy

The Affair

The Atlantic: The End of The Clinton Affair - The scandal that led to an impeachment helped shape the America of 2018. Twenty years later, however, it also serves as a reminder of the stubbornness of the status quo. by Megan Garber

'Snow Patrol, Chasing Cars'


Signs Of The Times

MSNBC - Michael Moore - How Democrats Win In 2020

Stephen Colbert - Heated Debates At This Year's Cold Thanksgiving

Converging All At Once

The Palmer Report: Everything is converging at once, and it’s all about to land on Donald Trump’s head by Bill Palmer

What To Avoid

Guardian UK: Let's give thanks to Trump – at least now we know how not to do politics by Richard Wolffe - We should all be grateful for a reality star whose presidency has given us the clearest idea of what we should avoid in leadership
Let us give thanks for Trump loading the supreme court with a beer-loving nominee while also forcing the chief justice to rebuke him for politicizing the courts. It takes a lot to trigger John Roberts, but Trump managed to do so with a few half-baked thoughts on the “Obama judge” who blocked his even less-baked policy on asylum seekers.

Attack More One

Guardian UK: Trump dismisses Roberts rebuke and blames judges for 'bedlam and chaos' - President renews attacks on ninth circuit after a judge in San Francisco ruled against an attempt to override asylum law


  Be back later, heading out to do a Thanksgiving 5K! Wish me luck. I'm power walking it, not running.

Have An Excellent Thanksgiving!

work by Magritte

Thanksgiving Help

NY Times: How to Have a Conversation With Your Angry Uncle Over Thanksgiving By Karin Tamerius, Dr. Tamerius is a former psychiatrist and the founder of Smart Politics.

Trump's Screwy World

NY Times: Chief Justice Defends Judicial Independence After Trump Attacks ‘Obama Judge’ By Adam Liptak
“We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges,” he said in a statement. “What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them. That independent judiciary is something we should all be thankful for.”

Wednesday, November 21, 2018


Newsweek: Midterm Election Results Saw Republicans Suffer Worst House Defeat in U.S. History Based on Popular Vote By Greg Price


The Blaze: Chief Justice John Roberts delivers rare rebuke of Trump in defense of federal judges

Trump's Pre-Election Lie List

'Hang On Little Tomato'

Pink Martini

Mob Boss

Salon: Mob boss gone mad: Trump longs to go after Clinton, apologizes for murderers - How low can he go? Trump still yearns to “lock up” Hillary, but says “who cares?” on Khashoggi killing by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - White House Security Officials Relieved Ivanka Trump’s Computer Just Cardboard Box With Mirror On It

The Onion: White House Security Officials Relieved Ivanka Trump’s Computer Just Cardboard Box With Mirror On It

Our Food

Scientific American: The Foreigners at Your Thanksgiving Table - Many of the "American" foods we love came from parts of the world President Trump has vilified By Thomas C. Hart
Wheat was originally domesticated by the inhabitants of Syria, Turkey and Iraq roughly 11,000 years ago.

Have An Excellent Wednesday

embroidery work by Ruth Miller

Rachel Maddow - Richard Nixon Used DOJ Official To Track Watergate Investigation

Rachel Maddow - Donald Trump Defies CIA With Lie About Saudi Role In Jamal Khashoggi Murder

Stephen Colbert - Trump Pardons Peas, Carrots, And Saudi Arabia


The Palmer Report: Adam Schiff slam dunks Donald Trump by Bill Palmer

Trump's Banana Republic

Guardian UK: Nixon would have told Trump charging enemies was going too far – John Dean - The White House counsel during Watergate calls idea of prosecuting Clinton and Comey ‘sort of stuff of a banana republic’


Guardian UK: California wildfire smoke spreads to New York, 3,000 miles away - Haze envelopes Washington DC and other east coast cities - ‘Wildfire smoke is in the air, all the way from California

Loyal To Oil

NY Times: In Extraordinary Statement, Trump Stands With Saudis Despite Khashoggi Killing by Mark Landler
President Trump defied the nation’s intelligence agencies and a growing body of evidence on Tuesday to declare his unswerving loyalty to Saudi Arabia, asserting that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s culpability for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi might never be known.


NY Times: Stock Market’s Slide Is Flashing a Warning About the Economy - Stock market information on a Tokyo street Wednesday. Asian markets ended the day largely positive. by Matt Phillips
The stock market’s struggles may seem incongruous against the backdrop of strong economic growth. But stocks often act as an early warning system, picking up subtle changes before they appear in the economic data.

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. At 9:25 a.m. ET DOW futures are +145 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: Zuckerberg stands firm; Stocks look to bounce back; Ghosn not gone By Charles Riley

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Not Enough

538: Trump’s Base Isn’t Enough By Nate Silver

Another Impeachable Offense

NY Times: Trump Wanted to Order Justice Dept. to Prosecute Comey and Clinton By Michael S. Schmidt and Maggie Haberman

'The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs'

trailer - film by the Coen Brothers done in several vignettes. You must, must, must watch this if you have Netflix. This film is brilliant and it is utterly and completely relevant to the present.

Scam Time

The Daily Beast: Trump Fans Sink Savings Into ‘Iraqi Dinar’ Scam - The president’s true believers are convinced he’s going to make them millionaires with Iraqi currency. by Will Sommer
Like other investors in the incredibly long-shot dinar scheme, Kotseos hopes that Trump and the Iraqi government will somehow “revalue” or “RV” the currency, boosting its current value of less than $0.001 to $3 or $4.


The Atlantic: Ivanka Trump Isn’t Fooling Anyone - The presidential aide says she didn’t know personal email wasn’t allowed, even though her father won the 2016 election by railing against Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server. by David A. Graham


Salon: Conservative Tom Nichols on leaving the GOP: “The Republican Party is not capable of healing itself” - Author and lifelong conservative offers a midterm warning: “Donald Trump saved the Democrats from themselves” by Chauncey DeVega
But I think the people in the conservative blogosphere, media and others who are the enablers, the shields and professional "Trumpsplainers," are saying things they must know to be false.

They know them to be untruths. They know they are advocating for things they’ve spent their whole lives advocating against until now. Those are the people I have a harder time with. A small number of Trumpsplainers may really be converts. But as a group Trump's defenders have made decisions that ultimately are between them and their consciences.

The Onion - ‘We Will Never Speak Of This Again,’ Says Trump To Mohammed Bin Salman As They Dump Khashoggi’s Body Into New Jersey River

The Onion: ‘We Will Never Speak Of This Again,’ Says Trump To Mohammed Bin Salman As They Dump Khashoggi’s Body Into New Jersey River


Scientific American: With Brain Implants, Scientists Aim to Translate Thoughts into Speech - Experts increasingly think a system that could help paralyzed patients is within reach By Sharon Begley

Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by Harald Oskar Sohlberg

Rachel Maddow - GOP Gerrymandering - Democratic Votes Not Matched By Seats Gained

Morning Joe - With Emails, Ivanka Trump Knew Better

Stephen Colbert - Donald Trump Goes To Battle With Another War Hero


The Palmer Report: Donald Trump has clearly given up on life by Bill Palmer
His official duties as “President” of the United States literally consisted of looking at a tree and eating.

The Subway

Guardian UK: New York City subway and bus services have entered 'death spiral', experts say - MTA officials warned they may have to drastically cut service or increase fares as deficits are expected to hit nearly $1bn by 2022

Trump May Not Circumvent Congress

Guardian UK: 'He may not rewrite immigration laws': Trump's asylum ban blocked by federal judge - Court issues temporary policy ban and says US president may not circumvent congress
The president issued a proclamation on 9 November declaring that anyone who crossed the southern border between official ports of entry would be ineligible for asylum. As the first of several caravans of migrants arrived at the US-Mexico border, Donald Trump said a ban was necessary to stop a national security threat.

For A Second

NY Times: For a Second There, We Stopped Talking About Trump - What else does the Democrats’ new House majority portend? By Gail Collins and Bret Stephens
I’m also buoyed by the fact that it was a better night for the moderate wing of the Democratic Party than it was for more progressive candidates. It’s important that Democrats digest that as they begin to consider the presidential field.

Krugman's Latest

NY Times: The New Economy and the Trump Rump - Why we went from regional divide to political chasm. By Paul Krugman
Amazon’s headquarters criteria perfectly illustrate the forces behind that divergence. Businesses in the new economy want access to large pools of highly educated workers, which can be found only in big, rich metropolitan areas. And the location decisions of companies like Amazon draw even more high-skill workers to those areas.

In other words, there’s a cumulative, self-reinforcing process at work that is, in effect, dividing America into two economies. And this economic division is reflected in political division.

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. At 9:25 a.m. ET the DOW is -393 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to fall off the cliff.

CNN: Carlos Ghosn fallout; Bitcoin plunges; Soup wars By Charles Riley

Monday, November 19, 2018

Good Habits

GetPocket: How to Create a Chain Reaction of Good Habits - Human behaviors are often tied to one another.


Politico: 2020 Democrats are dramatically changing the way they talk about race - They're shrugging off fears of driving more white voters to Donald Trump. By ALEX THOMPSON

Sue And Block

The Daily Beast: Senate Democrats Sue To Block Matt Whitaker From Serving as Attorney General - This is now the second legal action seeking to stop the now-acting AG from serving any longer by Betsy Woodruff and Sam Stein

The Divider

The Atlantic: Everything's Political to Trump, Even Killing Osama Bin Laden - In an interview on Fox News, the president dismissed William McRaven as a Hillary Clinton ‘fan’ and asked why it took so long to get the al-Qaeda leader. by Andrew Kragie

SNL - Voter Fraud Cold Open

Kate McKinnon spoofs Laura Ingraham

Trump's Neocon

Salon: John Bolton takes command: Is he now the power behind the Trump throne? It’s a tumultuous time for this dysfunctional White House. But amid a big shakeup, one guy’s not going anywhere by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - MTA Reveals They Have No Idea Where Voices Speaking To Everyone On Subway Coming From

The Onion: MTA Reveals They Have No Idea Where Voices Speaking To Everyone On Subway Coming From

The Atlantic - We've Reached the End of White Christian America

from 2016

Have An Excellent Monday

work by Jim Sande