Friday, May 24, 2019

Weekend!

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

work by Yuko Shimizu



'Love Bite'

Hanna

The Failure

The Atlantic: A Single Scandal Sums Up All of Trump’s Failures - The president has been intervening in the process of producing a border wall, on behalf of a favored firm. by David A. Graham
...Trump has repeatedly pressured the Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Homeland Security to award a contract for building a wall at the southern U.S. border to a North Dakota company headed by a leading Republican donor.

Hannity - The King Of Fake News

The Daily Beast: Out-of-Control Hannity Thumbs His Nose at Fox News Bosses - Despite reportedly being told to stop referring to dubious pundits as ‘investigative reporters,’ the prime-time star has continued to do so. Does anyone at Fox control Hannity? by Justin Baragona

Missouri

Salon: Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signs bill banning abortions at or beyond eight weeks into law - The bill bans the procedure even in cases of rape, incest or human trafficking by Shira Tarlo

The Onion - Corner Store Customers Saddened By Sight Of Frantic Trump Doing Scratch-Off Tickets Right On Counter

The Onion: Corner Store Customers Saddened By Sight Of Frantic Trump Doing Scratch-Off Tickets Right On Counter

No Sleep

Get Pocket: What Happens to Your Body on No Sleep - In short, nothing good—and just one bad night can trigger a cascade of scary side effects.

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Don Hong-oai





Ezra Klein - Robert Mueller Wants To Testify In Private

Brian Williams - After Saying He Never Lost His Temper, Donald Trump Rages At 'Crazy Nancy

Lawrence O'Donnell - Donald Trump Calls Rex Tillerson ‘Dumb As A Rock’

The Ending

The Palmer Report: For Donald Trump, it was always going to end like this by Bill Palmer

'Stable Genius'

Guardian UK: Trump v Pelosi: how a 'stable genius' president met his match - Analysis: With calls for an intervention on his behalf, the House speaker has knocked an ‘extremely calm’ leader off balance

Mueller

Guardian UK: Mueller 'wants to testify in private' to Congress, Democrat says – live - Jerry Nadler, the House judiciary committee chair, told Rachel Maddow the special counsel doesn’t want ‘a political spectacle’

Impeach

NY Times: Impeaching Trump Is Risky. So Is Refusing To. - Nancy Pelosi’s case against impeachment is growing incoherent. By Michelle Goldberg
If Trump’s outrageous misdeeds are visible for all to see — and they are — you don’t need further investigation to justify beginning an inquiry into whether impeachment is justified.

Theresa May Resigns!

NY Times: Theresa May Resigns: Live Updates
Mrs. May said on Friday that she would step down as leader of the Conservative Party and then as Britain’s prime minister, after repeatedly failing to get her Brexit plan through Parliament.

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. At 9:10 a.m. ET DOW futures are +126 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: Brexit fears have already trashed the pound. May's exit offers little relief By Julia Horowitz

Thursday, May 23, 2019

T-Rex

December 13th 2016 - "Through hard work, dedication, and smart deal making, Rex rose through the ranks to become CEO of ExxonMobil, one of the world's largest and most respected companies." "His tenacity, broad experience, and deep understanding of geopolitics make him an excellent choice for secretary of State…” "He will promote regional stability and focus on the core national security interests of the United States." “I have chosen one of the truly great business leaders of the world, Rex Tillerson.”

May 23, 2019 - “Rex Tillerson, a man who is “dumb as a rock” and totally ill prepared and ill equipped to be Secretary of State, made up a story (he got fired) that I was out-prepared by Vladimir Putin at a meeting in Hamburg, Germany. I don’t think Putin would agree. Look how the U.S. is doing!”

Broken

The Atlantic: How Trump Broke the Freedom Caucus - Its members were once champions of ideological purity. But as their treatment of Justin Amash suggests, they’re now whatever the president wants them to be. by Elaina Plott

Solitary Confinement

CNN: A federal prisoner believed to have spent the longest time in solitary confinement has died By Steve Almasy and Madeline Holcombe
He had lived in solitary confinement since killing a prison guard in 1983, a span of more than 35 years. Much of that time he was subject to an unusual no-contact order in which he had little interaction with other people.

Have An Intervention

  Pelosi is sticking it to Trump and it's great, it's a beautiful thing. I hope she continues and digs even deeper to get under Trump's spineless skin.

Salon: Nancy Pelosi urges Trump's family to have an intervention with him "for the good of the country" - "Maybe he wants to take a leave of absence," the speaker of the House adds during her weekly news conference by Shira Tarlo

The Onion - Trump Warns China Not To Underestimate His Willingness To Sacrifice Every American’s Well-Being

The Onion: Trump Warns China Not To Underestimate His Willingness To Sacrifice Every American’s Well-Being

Learn

Get Pocket: How to Activate Your Brain’s Ability to Learn - The power of practicing well beyond mastery.

'Achomlishments'

The Daily Beast: Sneaky Photo Captures Trump Handwritten Notes Saying Dems Have ‘No Achomlishments’ by Jamie Ross

Collapse

The Intellectualist: GOP Senator Asks Trump To End Trade War, Says U.S. Farming Is About To Collapse

Have An Excellent Thursday

work by Rafał Olbiński




Rachel Maddow - President Donald Trump Losses Mount As Cracks Form In Dam Of Secrecy

Seth Meyers - Trump Lashes Out After Pelosi Accuses Him Of A 'Cover-Up'

Rachel Maddow - Chuck Schumer - Donald Trump Bailed On Meeting To Throw Rose Garden Tantrum

Stephen Colbert - Stop Investigating Me! Or Else!

Surrender

The Palmer Report: Donald Trump just surrendered by Bill Palmer

The Petulant Toddler

Guardian UK: Trump refuses to work with Democrats unless they stop investigating him - President halted infrastructure meeting and condemned Pelosi in a snap press conference after she said he was ‘engaging in a cover-up’

The Baby President

Guardian UK: Trump calls former secretary of state Rex Tillerson 'dumb as a rock' – live - Comment comes after reports that Tillerson testified this week that Putin was more prepared than president for their 2017 meeting

Nowhere Man

NY Times: Trump’s Bridges to Nowhere - Just don’t mention the “I-word” around the White House. By Gail Collins
Farewell, poor bill. And if you’re driving anywhere this weekend, remember the P-word is pothole.

The Criminal President

NY Times: Trump’s Financial Secrets Move Closer to Disclosure By Emily Flitter, Jesse McKinley, David Enrich and Nicholas Fandos

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. At 9:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are -268 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to tank at the opening bell. When you have an inept president who has virtually no idea about economics, this is the result.

CNN: Indian stock market party for Modi is brief as big challenges remain By Rishi Iyengar

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Trump's Amazingly Bad Day Gets Worse

Reuters: Trump loses court round in U.S. Democratic lawmakers demand for bank documents on his businesses

Ha!

CNN: NY state passes bill allowing Congress to request Trump's tax returns By Evan Simko-Bednarski and Sonia Moghe
...would require the state's tax commissioner to provide New York state tax returns to Congress upon request from the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, or the Joint Committee on Taxation.

'The Universal Saltarello'

Jim Sande

Baby Trump

NY Times: Trump Walks Out on Pelosi and Schumer After 3 Minutes By Peter Baker, Katie Rogers and Emily Cochrane

Laughable Trump Conduct

Reuters: Trump blasts Pelosi 'cover-up' accusation, balks on infrastructure By Steve Holland, Jeff Mason and Richard Cowan

Who, Me?

Salon: President Trump denounces Democratic investigations in Rose Garden: "I don't do cover-ups" - Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi earlier claimed that Democrats believe the president is "engaged in a cover-up" by Shira Tarlo

The Onion - Freedom-Wielding High Schooler Freedoms Down 16 Classmates In Latest Mass Freedoming

The Onion: Freedom-Wielding High Schooler Freedoms Down 16 Classmates In Latest Mass Freedoming

Cool, Clear

Get Pocket: What Happens When You Drink a Gallon of Water a Day? Notes from a month-long hydration quest.

Best Redneck Fails Compilation

Have An Excellent Wednesday

Diana Keys, aged 70, who has spent the last 40 years painting her own version of the Sistine Chapel in her council flat, Hemel Hempstead, UK



Brian Williams - Val Demings - Trump Has A Total Disregard For An Equal Branch Of Government

Morning Joe - Mayor Pete Buttigieg Reacts To President Donald Trump's Rally Remarks

Stephen Colbert - Trump's Records Are In Merrick Garland's Hands

Pennsylvania

The Palmer Report: The real reason Donald Trump is putting down so many of his 2020 election chips on Pennsylvania by Bill Palmer

What Is Important

Guardian UK: Climate crisis more politically polarizing than abortion for US voters, study finds - Democrats ranked global heating as the third most important issue on their list, while Republican voters ranked it last in a Yale poll
When voters were asked to rank topics important to them for the 2020 presidential election, conservative Republicans put global warming last out of 29 issues. Liberal Democrats placed the issue third, behind only environmental protection and healthcare.

Pills

Guardian UK: Revealed: 21,000 US women order abortion pills online in past six months - Three-quarters of mail order requests came from states with strict anti-abortion laws
Data shared with the Guardian reveals that 21,000 women requested abortion medication between October 2018 and March this year from the charity Aid Access. Between a third and a half of the women who made the requests were then sent abortion pills in the mail. The majority of the recipients live in states with hostile abortion policies.

I.R.S.

NY Times: I.R.S. Memo Undercuts Mnuchin on Withholding Trump’s Tax Returns By Alan Rappeport
The Internal Revenue Service has no choice but to honor congressional requests for President Trump’s tax returns unless he invokes executive privilege to protect them, according to a draft legal memo written by agency staff members.

Long March

NY Times: China Faces New ‘Long March’ as Trade War Intensifies, Xi Jinping Says

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. At 9:10 a.m. ET DOW futures are -84 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open significantly lower. Bad things happen when an ignorant blowhard is the president.

CNN: More China friction; Amazon meeting; Fed minutes By Julia Horowitz

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

'Particle'

Jim Sande

Insults

May you melt off the earth like snow off the ditch.

May your pipe never smoke, may your teapot be broke.

The Pressure Is Working

CNN: First on CNN: Justice Department willing to hand over counterintelligence if Schiff backs off 'enforcement action' By Laura Jarrett

Healthy

Get Pocket: 6 Healthy Relationship Habits Most People Think Are Toxic - Some traits that don’t fit our traditional narrative for what love is and what love should be are actually necessary ingredients for lasting relationship success. by Mark Manson
1. Letting Some Conflicts Go Unresolved

Dangerous

Fortune: Experts Ranked the Most Dangerous Countries for Women. The U.S. Made the Top 10

Simmering

The Atlantic: It’s Time to Hold American Elites Accountable for Their Abuses - If Democrats want to address simmering middle-class anger, they need to deliver justice. by Rahm Emanuel

President Bolton

  This is a subscription only article. I do not have a subscription to The Daily Beast, but I did like the title of the article.

The Daily Beast: President John Bolton Tries to Start a War. Can Little Donald Trump Stop Him? Without a real chief of staff in Trump’s White House, his national security adviser is trying to do double duty as commander in chief. by Margaret Carlson

Defy

Salon: Dan McGahn defies congressional subpoena after President Trump orders him not to testify - A chair where McGahn was supposed to sit was left vacant as House Democrats threatened to enforce the subpoena by Matthew Rozsa

Th Onion - Chase CEO Giving Commencement Speech Pledges To Double Whole Class’s Student Loan Debt

The Onion: Chase CEO Giving Commencement Speech Pledges To Double Whole Class’s Student Loan Debt

Kilo

Vox: The new kilogram just debuted. It’s a massive achievement. The new definition represents a victory of humankind over chaos in the universe. Really. By Brian Resnick
The new definition anchors the value of the kilogram to a constant in nature, which can never, ever change

Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by Rene Magritte

MSNBC - Is Donald Trump's Biggest Impeachment Problem Inside His Own Party?

Rachel Maddow - Michael Cohen Transcript Puts Spotlight On Trump Tower Moscow Deception

Stephen Colbert - Justin Amash, The Only Republican Of His Kind

Impeach TMFA

The Palmer Report: Welcome to the impeachment show by Bill Palmer

Sekulow

Guardian UK: Michael Cohen: Trump's lawyer advised me to lie about Moscow tower project - Recently released transcripts of a closed-door meeting show Cohen accusing Jay Sekulow of telling him to lie to Congress

McGahn

Guardian UK: Don McGahn expected to be held in contempt over refusal to testify – live - The former White House counsel had been subpoenaed to appear before the House judiciary committee but Trump blocked his testimony

Subpoena Upheld

NY Times: Trump’s Secrecy Fight Escalates as Judge Rules for Congress in Early Test By Charlie Savage and Nicholas Fandos
The fight over President Trump’s systematic stonewalling of Congress escalated on two fronts on Monday, as a federal judge upheld a subpoena for his financial records even as the White House instructed its former top lawyer to defy a subpoena to testify before lawmakers.

Pay Attention

NY Times: How Trump Is Outspending Every 2020 Democrat on Facebook By THOMAS KAPLAN and SARAH ALMUKHTAR

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. At 9:25 a.m. ET DOW futures are +147 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: Why American steel stocks plummeted in the past year, despite tariffs By Chris Isidore

Monday, May 20, 2019

Catastrophic Tornado

  Notice that the religious right is not mentioning these catastrophic tornadoes, ripping through red states, as god inspired revenge for gay marriage or some other such nonsense. God only enacts revenge when something disastrous hits a blue state apparently.

CNN: 2 million people are at 'high' risk for catastrophic tornadoes in parts of Oklahoma and Texas By Holly Yan and Christina Maxouris

Unchecked Corruption

The Atlantic: The Unchecked Corruption of Trump’s Cabinet - The lavish spending of top officials rarely makes headlines anymore, but that doesn’t mean the problem has gone away. by David A. Graham

Stunner

The Daily Beast: Terrence Malick’s Anti-Nazi Film Stuns Cannes - The celebrated filmmaker’s latest, starring August Diehl as real-life Austrian conscientious objector Franz Jägerstätter, marks a dazzling return to form. by Richard Porton

Trump Is A Public Health Crisis

Salon: Neurologist Robert Sapolsky on stress and Donald Trump: Humans are not "inherently rational beings" - MacArthur-winning scientist on Trump as a public health crisis, and why "stress management" isn't enough by Chauncey DeVega

The Onion - Candidate With No Chance Of Winning Nomination Settles On Goal Of Crushing Hickenlooper Campaign

The Onion: Candidate With No Chance Of Winning Nomination Settles On Goal Of Crushing Hickenlooper Campaign

Average

Get Pocket: How Our Totally Average Runner Broke the Sub-Five-Minute Mile - Sometimes setting an unreasonable goal is the only way to jump-start your fitness.

Have An Excellent Monday

embroidery work by Ruth Miller




Morning Joe - President Donald Trump, McCarthy Attack GOP Representative Justin Amash

Stephen Colbert - Donald Trump Is A Diagnosed Narcissist

The Ghosts

NY Times: How to Revisit the Ghosts of Your Past - Instead of pushing them aside, confront your nagging memories and make your own happy ending.
It’s never too late to say the thing you’ve been meaning to say

Busted

The Palmer Report: Sorry, Donald Trump, you’re busted by Bill Palmer

'Grotesque Things'

Guardian UK: Buttigieg slams Trump on Fox News, likens his tweets to ‘grotesque things' - Trump criticized Fox News for ‘wasting airtime’ on Buttigieg, saying Fox is ‘moving more and more to the losing side’
...people and the media are “mesmerized” by the president’s tweets because “it is the nature of grotesque things that you can’t look away”.

Soaked

Guardian UK: Nigel Farage doused with milkshake in Newcastle - Man arrested after Brexit party leader is latest EU elections candidate to be soaked

Desperate

NY Times: An Ode to ‘Desperate Don’ - Trump’s lies reveal an emboldened but vulnerable president. By Charles M. Blow
Trump lies about everything and for every reason. He lies to brag. He lies to deflect. He lies to inflate. He lies to defame. He lies to praise. He sometimes seems to lie just for the sport of it.

He is being trained, right before our eyes, to see that there is no cost for this deceit among the people who support him. He can lie at a rally, right to their faces, and they will still cheer. He can lie in public proclamations, and the Republican cowards in Congress will find a way to defend, rationalize or forgive it.

The Criminal President

NY Times: Deutsche Bank Staff Saw Suspicious Activity in Trump and Kushner Accounts By David Enrich
Anti-money-laundering specialists at Deutsche Bank recommended in 2016 and 2017 that multiple transactions involving legal entities controlled by Donald J. Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, be reported to a federal financial-crimes watchdog.

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. At 9:20 a.m. ET the DOW is -178 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market will tank at the opening bell.

CNN: Google dumps Huawei; Markets stutter; Powell speech By Julia Horowitz

MSNBC - Deutsche Bank Staff Saw Suspicious Activity On Trump, Kushner Accounts

'Bad'

Billie Eilish covers Michael Jackson

Friday, May 17, 2019

Weekend!

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

work by Yuko Shimizu



'Beer Never Broke My Heart'

Luke Combs - thanks to a deep operative for pointing this gem out.

Learn

Get Pocket: Neuroscience Has a Lot To Learn from Buddhism - A scientist and a monk compare notes on meditation, therapy, and their effects on the brain.

Interesting Proposal

The Atlantic: Abolish the Priesthood - To save the Church, Catholics must detach themselves from the clerical hierarchy—and take the faith back into their own hands.

New Jersey

The Daily Beast: Bad Football, Fake Springsteen, Real Probe: Inside New Jersey’s Investigation Into Trump’s Inaugural - The Garden State fundraising effort raised just a few hundred thousand dollars in donations out of a total $107 million, but curious details are beginning to emerge from its probe. by Erin Banco

Lawless


Impeach

Salon: Democrats still don't want to impeach: It's time for the people to force their hand - Nancy Pelosi still hopes to avoid impeachment. But standing by while Trump destroys democracy is not an option by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - ‘Game Of Thrones’ Showrunners Disappointed With How Quality Of Fans Has Dropped Off Over Past Couple Seasons

The Onion: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Showrunners Disappointed With How Quality Of Fans Has Dropped Off Over Past Couple Seasons

Broccoli

Science Daily: Natural compound found in broccoli reawakens the function of potent tumor suppressor - Finding offers potential novel approach to cancer treatment and prevention

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Artemisia Gentileschi 1590 - 1652, one of the very few women artists of renown from that period.




Lawrence O'Donnell - Robert Mueller Reveals New Unredacted Information Re: Obstruction

  It cannot be said enough, Trump and Barr are despicable disgraces. Despicable.

Rachel Maddow - Judge Orders Flynn-Related Redactions Removed From Mueller Report

Stephen Colbert - Jared's Immigration Plan Is A 'Complete Whiff'

'Every Breath You Take'

Sting

Flynn

  What has just happened is that redacted parts of Mueller Report are now public. The story here is that Trump, people in his administration, and Republicans in Congress, obstructed justice and attempted to prevent Flynn from testifying to Mueller. Flynn also gave a taped conversation of this obstruction to Mueller. Here's the bottom line, Trump obstructed justice and he deserves to be impeached.

Los Angeles Times: Flynn said people tied to Trump, Congress tried to sway his Mueller probe cooperation, prosecutors report By Associated Press

Waiting

The Palmer Report: No wonder Robert Mueller has been waiting to testify by Bill Palmer

Not Gonna Happen

Guardian UK: Trump’s ‘merit-based’ immigration plan declared ‘dead on arrival’ by opponents - President called plan to transform the nation’s green card system ‘pro-American, pro-immigrant and pro-worker’

Activism

Guardian UK: ‘We have to fight’: Alabama's extreme abortion ban sparks wave of activism - Pro-choice groups see an increase in donations and are mobilizing supporters and resources in several states to combat the laws

Post-Roe

NY Times: Post-Roe America Won’t Be Like Pre-Roe America. It Will Be Worse. The new abortion bans are harsher than the old ones. By Michelle Goldberg
An end to Roe isn’t guaranteed — some court watchers expect Chief Justice John Roberts to allow it to be whittled away rather than overturned. But activists on both sides of the abortion divide agree that the precedent has never been more vulnerable.

The Idiot Is Wrecking The Economy

NY Times: Trump Delays Auto Tariffs Amid Other Trade Fights By Ana Swanson
President Trump on Friday stepped back from opening another front in his global trade war, delaying for six months a decision on whether to impose tariffs on foreign cars and auto parts.

Koalas Become Extinct

Salon: A report claims koalas are "functionally extinct" – but what does that mean? Once a koala population falls below a critical point it can no longer produce the next generation by Christine Adams-Hosking

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are -197 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market will tank at the opening bell.

CNN: Deere warns of weaker earnings because of the trade war By Paul R. La Monica

Extinction

New Yorker: Climate Change and the New Age of Extinction - People easily forget “last of” stories about individual species, but the loss of nature also threatens our existence. By Elizabeth Kolbert

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Higher Prices

The Hill: Walmart warns of higher prices from tariffs By Tal Axelrod

Reading The Mueller Report

C-Span: Democratic News Conference and Reading of Mueller Report - Democratic Representatives Mary Gay Scanlon (PA), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX) and Sylvia Garcia (TX) speak to reporters at a news conference ahead of a reading of the entirety of the Mueller report.

The Bill

  Can someone please explain this to me. Here we have an excerpt from the new Alabama Anti-Abortion Bill. Notice section i. The section starts off with a reference to the millions of Jews exterminated by the Nazis in concentration camps. What is confusing to me is that in this instance the suffering of Jews is being used as an adjunct to the reasoning behind the bill itself. Here all along I have been under the impression that right wing people hate Jewish people and in many instances deny that the Holocaust even existed. Certainly we get that from the Trump inspired right wing white supremacists who like to take to the streets with Tiki torches and chant hatred about Jewish people. So which is it extreme right wing people? Did the Holocaust happen or does it only happen when an adjunct reasoning for anti-abortion occurs. Also, are Jewish people now okay, or are they only okay for the the same reasoning as above. Does this mean anti-Jewish synagogue shootings are also over?

Al.com: Alabama abortion law passes: Read the bill

The Grift Is Good

CNN: Trump reports making at least $479 million in 2018 By Anna Bahney and Maegan Vazquez

Psi

The Atlantic: The Mushrooms Are Slowly Taking Effect - A vote to decriminalize psilocybin in Denver is fueling a national discourse on the health benefits of psychedelics. by James Hamblin

Down We Go

The Daily Beast: Roe v. Wade Is in Danger. So Is Trump if It Goes Down. Just because Republicans are going too far doesn’t mean that Democrats aren’t in danger of yet again snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. by Margaret Carlson

'True'

Neurofeedback

Aeon: Brain, heal thyself - Neurofeedback can put thoughts in your head and help you conquer phobias – even when you’re unaware of what it’s doing

Ha!

QZ: After men in Spain got paternity leave, they wanted fewer kids By Corinne Purtill and Dan Kopf

Trumpfare

Salon: Donald Trump: White welfare king and lord of the great grift - Trump's farm bailouts — to mitigate the effects of his tariffs — are essential to his strategy: Welfare for whites by Chauncey DeVega

The Onion - Woman Walking Alone At Night Picks Up Pace After Spotting Truck Full Of Alabama Lawmakers Slowly Following Her

The Onion: Woman Walking Alone At Night Picks Up Pace After Spotting Truck Full Of Alabama Lawmakers Slowly Following Her

CBD

NY Times: Can CBD Really Do All That? How one molecule from the cannabis plant came to be seen as a therapeutic cure-all. By MOISES VELASQUEZ-MANOFF

Missouri

AP News: The Latest: Missouri Senate passes strict abortion bill

Have An Excellent Thursday

work by Alice Neel 1900 - 1984




Chris Hayes - Weighing The Worst Case Scenarios Of Trump's Presidency

Rachel Maddow - Trump Lawyers, Barr Argue Trump Can't Be Investigated, Prosecuted

Stephen Colbert - 25 Republican Men Ban Abortion In Alabama

'Honky Tonk Women'

Playing For Change

Stephen Colbert - Donald Jr. Puts The Trump Playbook To Use

Leverage

The Palmer Report: Donald Trump screws up and hands major legal leverage to House Democrats by Bill Palmer

America's Greatest War Monger - John Bolton

Guardian UK: Is John Bolton the most dangerous man in the world? by Ben Armbruster - The US is closer to war with Iran than it has been since the Bush years, or perhaps ever. And Bolton is largely to blame

Black

Guardian UK: Trump pardons fraudster Conrad Black after glowing biography - Former media mogul who owned Daily Telegraph spent more than three years in prison
...shortly after he wrote a book praising the US president.

Bill de Blasio Is In

Guardian UK: Bill de Blasio announces 2020 presidential bid - New York mayor, who traveled to early primary states such as Iowa, says he’s running ‘because it’s time we put working people first’

Iraq And Iran

NY Times: Iraq, Fearing Another U.S. War, Warns Militias Against Provocation By Alissa J. Rubin
The United States has not revealed any evidence supporting its assessment of an increased threat, though on Wednesday officials described what they said were photos of missiles being loaded onto Iranian boats.

Stacey Abrams On Voter Suppression

NY Times: Stacey Abrams: Why I Am Determined to End Voter Suppression - As more people of color claim political power, efforts to block them will accelerate — unless we act. By Stacey Abrams - Ms. Abrams is the founder of the voting rights group Fair Fight Action.

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. At 9:10 a.m. ET DOW futures are +82 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open moderately higher.

CNN: Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway just made a $900 million bet on Amazon By Chris Isidore

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Alabama

HuffPo: In Economic Terms, Alabama Was Already A Terrible Place For Women - The extreme abortion bill that was signed into law Wednesday is just the latest troubling development. By Emily Peck

CNN - Farmer Who Voted For Trump Says He's Off The Trump Train

The Universe

Wired: A Bizarre Form of Water May Exist All Over the Universe

Nature: Nanosecond X-ray diffraction of shock-compressed superionic water ice

Stop

Wired: Technology That Could End Humanity—and How to Stop It

Iran

The Atlantic: The Knowns and Unknowns of What’s Happening With Iran - Conflicting signals from both sides could be read as a march to war or business as usual. by Kathy Gilsinan and Mike Giglio

Dictatorship

The Daily Beast: Trump Administration to LGBT Couples: Your ‘Out of Wedlock’ Kids Aren’t Citizens - Children of U.S. citizens are falling victim to a policy that de-recognizes their parents’ marriage—and strips them of their birthright citizenship. by Scott Bixby

Abortion

Salon: Republicans race to criminalize abortion: They're confident Roe is going down - GOP zealots abandon any pretense of subtlety: They want to force women to have babies, under penalty of law by Amanda Marcotte

The Onion - Aides Request John Bolton Please Stop Setting Fire To Middle East Tactical Map

The Onion: Aides Request John Bolton Please Stop Setting Fire To Middle East Tactical Map

After 50

Get Pocket: Here's How to Get Stronger After 50 - You don't have to lift less as you get older—you just have to make a few adjustments to your training.

Have An Excellent Wednesday

work by Bisa Butler




Rachel Maddow - Targets Of House Investigations Into Donald Trump Revealed In Court Docs

Rachel Maddow - President Trump Lawyers May Need Lawyers Over Fallout From Michael Cohen Lie

Stephen Colbert - Trump Labels The Trade War A 'Little Squabble'

Down

The Palmer Report: Adam Schiff reveals his backdoor strategy to take Donald Trump down by Bill Palmer

Of Course

Guardian UK: These 25 white men – all Republicans – just voted to ban abortion in Alabama - Legislation makes abortion a crime at any stage of pregnancy, with the only exception for a serious threat to the health of the woman

Junior

Guardian UK: Donald Trump Jr agrees to testify as Trump complains 'it seems very unfair' - Deal to go before Senate intelligence committee averts showdown over subpoena of president’s eldest son in Russia investigation

Trump In Iran

NY Times: Skeptical U.S. Allies Resist Trump’s New Claims of Threats From Iran By Helene Cooper and Edward Wong
As the Trump administration draws up war plans against Iran over what it says are threats to American troops and interests, a senior British military official told reporters at the Pentagon on Tuesday that he saw no increased risk from Iran or allied militias in Iraq or Syria.

Alabama

NY Times: Alabama Lawmakers Vote to Effectively Ban Abortion in the State By Timothy Williams and Alan Blinder
The Alabama Senate approved a measure on Tuesday that would outlaw almost all abortions in the state, setting up a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, the case that recognized a woman’s constitutional right to end a pregnancy.

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. At 8:55 a.m. ET DOW futures are -170 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to tank at the opening bell.

CNN: China trade war: Don't bank on a rate cut unless things get really bad. Like bear market bad By Matt Egan

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

'Walking Blues'

Playing For Change featuring Keb Mo

Why

The Atlantic: Why Did Dany Destroy King’s Landing? Some Theories From History - A scholar of classical warfare sees real-world parallels to the Dragon Queen’s rain of fire in the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones. by Spencer Kornhaber

Alternate Reality

The Daily Beast: Howard Stern: Living Under Trump Presidency ‘Feels Like an Alternate Reality. I’m as Shocked as You Are’ - ‘I’m still trying to wrap my brain around it,’ Stern writes of the Trump presidency in his new book, while wondering if Hillary Clinton would have won had she appeared on his show. by Lloyd Grove

Indeed

Guardian UK: 'The planet is on fire': Bill Nye driven to F-bomb rant by climate change - The beloved science educator and children’s show host appeared on Last Week Tonight to help explain carbon-pricing
“What I’m saying is the planet is on fucking fire..."

“There are a lot of things we could do to put it out. Are any of them free? No, of course not. Nothing’s free, you idiots. Grow the fuck up. You’re not children any more. I didn’t mind explaining photosynthesis to you when you were 12. But you’re adults now, and this is an actual crisis, got it? Safety glasses off, motherfuckers.”

Tim Conway Dies

Yahoo: Tim Conway, star of 'Carol Burnett Show,' dies at 85

Graham - The New Amoral Senator

Salon: Lindsey Graham advises Donald Trump Jr. to "plead the Fifth" before Senate colleagues - Graham's comments are an extraordinary exhibit of one Senate Republican chairman attempting to undercut another by Shira Tarlo

The Onion - Dow Drops 600 Points Over Picture Of Worried Stock Broker Staring At Computer Screen

The Onion: Dow Drops 600 Points Over Picture Of Worried Stock Broker Staring At Computer Screen

Chickpea Flour

NPR: How Did Chickpea Flour, A Staple Of Indian Cuisine, Become A Health Food Sensation?

Antibiotics

VOX: Our antibiotics are becoming useless - By 2050, 10 million people could die each year from diseases that have grown resistant to drugs. By Sigal Samuel

Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by Dorothea Tanning 1910 - 2012





Rachel Maddow - Barr Indulges Trump With Another Probe Of Trump-Russia Inquiry

Lawrence O'Donnell - ‘Commander In Cheat’

Stephen Colbert - Buttigieg Gets Christened With A Trump Nickname

Stephen Colbert - Trump Wants To Rebrand His Trade War

Whatever Indeed

The Palmer Report: Welcome to whatever this is by Bill Palmer

Trump Welcomes Another Dictator

Guardian UK: Trump praises Hungary's far-right leader Orbán: 'He’s a respected man' – as it happened - Trump welcomes Viktor Orbán to White House as Pompeo heads to meeting of EU nations in apparent attempt to soothe relations over Iran deal

Bannon

Guardian UK: Steve Bannon sought alliance with FBI in 2017 White House meeting - Bannon, then Trump’s closest adviser, told FBI officials to put their past differences with the White House ‘behind them’

And The Winner Is

NY Times: A Million Americans Need This Drug. Trump’s Deal Won’t Help Enough of Them. A donation of H.I.V.-prevention drugs from the pharmaceutical giant Gilead could benefit shareholders more than patients. By The Editorial Board

More Trump Insanity

  Amazing. Trump runs on excoriating Bush for going into Iraq and by extension, the neocons who made that shitty war reality. Then Trump hires neocon number one Bolton, to his administration. Bolton has wanted to invade Iran since he was conceived in the womb. Now look at this bullshit, war with Iran.

NY Times: White House Reviews Military Plans Against Iran, in Echoes of Iraq War By Eric Schmitt and Julian E. Barnes

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. At 9:05 a.m. ET DOW futures are +124 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: Oil prices jump after Saudi Arabia reports drone attack on pumping stations By Matt Egan

Monday, May 13, 2019

Impatient

  Surprising that farmers, who are by in large pretty intelligent folks, would throw their lot in with a loser like Trump.

CNN: Farmers get impatient with Trump's trade war: 'This can't go on' By Katie Lobosco

CO2 Now At 415.26 PPM

Yahoo News: 415.26 parts per million: CO2 levels hit historic high

Strange Indeed

CNN: Donald Trump's strange, startling weekend on - Analysis by Chris Cillizza

Bigot

The Atlantic: An Oral History of Trump’s Bigotry - His racism and intolerance have always been in evidence; only slowly did he begin to understand how to use them to his advantage.

Hidden From View

The Daily Beast: ‘I Hide Betsy DeVos’: How D.C. Restaurants Are Dealing With the Trump Era - ‘The only thing I wish is that nobody walks by my window and realizes she’s dining with us,’ one restaurateur said of the education secretary. by Pilar Melendez

Dany

Salon: "Game of Thrones": Don't be shocked by Daenerys — her King's Landing turn was very much earned - Spoilers ahead! From the very first season, Dany has violently lashed out at those who don't idolize her enough by Amanda Marcotte

The Onion - Liberal Relieved He Never Has To Introspect Again After Assembling All The Correct Opinions

The Onion: Liberal Relieved He Never Has To Introspect Again After Assembling All The Correct Opinions

Alone

Guardian UK: Table for one: how eating alone is radically changing our diets
...a third of Britons now regularly eat every meal on their own.

At a dinner for two, you will eat around 35% more than you would alone, rising to a 75% increase for a party of four, and nearly twice as much at a table of seven.

Have An Excellent Monday

work by Lee Krasner 1908-1984





Ari Melber - Rod Rosenstein's Robert Mueller Problem Exposed

Rachel Maddow - Counterintel Elements Of Trump-Russia Probe Remain In A Black Box

SNL - Trump Lost Over $1 Billion

Stephen Colbert - Trump Spent Years Posing As His Own Spokesman

Fireworks

The Palmer Report: Here come the fireworks by Bill Palmer

Provoking Impeachment

Guardian UK: Trump may provoke impeachment by obstructing investigations, says Schiff - House intelligence chair: ‘We are already bitterly divided’ - Suggests $25,000 daily fines to compel officials’ cooperation

Climate Fines

Guardian UK: Trump buildings face millions in climate fines under new New York rules - Exclusive: if Trump Tower and other sites do not cut emissions, Trump Organization will owe $2.1m a year from 2030

Pain

NY Times: Trump’s Trade War Escalation Will Exact Economic Pain, Adviser Says By Jeanna Smialek, Jim Tankersley and Mark Landler
President Trump’s chief economic adviser said on Sunday that American consumers would bear some pain from the escalating trade war with China, contradicting Mr. Trump’s claim that his tariffs are a multibillion-dollar, mostly one-way payment by China to the American Treasury.

Imperial

NY Times: An Imperial Presidency? President Trump’s free rein from political norms puts the United States at risk. By Charles M. Blow

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. At 9:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are -521 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market will tank at the opening bell.

CNN: Dow futures are sharply lower after China retaliates with higher tariffs By Anneken Tappe

Ideas

The Entrepreneur: The Best Ideas Are the Ones That Make the Least Sense - Think business is all about rational thought and logic? Think again -- and to find the biggest, best ideas, start thinking way outside the box.

Lee Krasner

Guardian UK: Reframing Lee Krasner, the artist formerly known as Mrs Pollock - Lee Krasner’s huge contribution to abstract expressionism was overshadowed for years by the work of her husband, Jackson Pollock. On the eve of a major London show, we trace her story

On Illness

Brain Pickings: Virginia Woolf on Being Ill and the Strange Transcendence Accessible Amid the Terrors of the Ailing Body - “Considering how common illness is, how tremendous the spiritual change that it brings, how astonishing, when the lights of health go down, the undiscovered countries that are then disclosed… it becomes strange indeed that illness has not taken its place with love and battle and jealousy among the prime themes of literature.” By Maria Popova

The Future

NY Magazine: Jared Diamond: There’s a 49 Percent Chance the World As We Know It Will End by 2050 By David Wallace-Wells

Friday, May 10, 2019

Weekend!

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

work by Yuko Shimizu



Obstruction Upon Obstruction Upon Obstruction

NY Times: White House Asked McGahn to Declare Trump Never Obstructed Justice By Michael S. Schmidt
White House officials asked at least twice in the past month for the key witness against President Trump in the Mueller report, Donald F. McGahn II, to say publicly that he never believed the president obstructed justice, according to two people briefed on the requests.

A Sucker Is Born Every Second

The Daily Beast: Shocker! The GoFundMe Campaign to Build the Wall Is a Bust - And now, the donors to the effort are demanding answers. by Will Sommer

Freecycle

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The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 5,311 groups with 9,230,112 members around the world, and next door to you. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns and neighborhoods. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by local volunteers (them's good people). Membership is free.

Low Carbon

Guardian UK: Could you live a low carbon life? Meet the people who already are - There are things we can all do to lower our impact on the environment. We speak to three people who have taken the first steps

Burr

Salon: Richard Burr's mysterious game: Why is one Republican senator still pursuing the Trumps? Is the cryptic Senate Intelligence Committee chair looking to play hero, Watergate-style? I wouldn't count on it by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Trump Forced To Take On Second Job As CVS Cashier In Order To Pay Down Business Debts

The Onion: Trump Forced To Take On Second Job As CVS Cashier In Order To Pay Down Business Debts

Stoner

NY Times: The Stoner as Gym Rat - Many people who frequently use cannabis also seem to be people who frequently exercise.

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Karoline Hjorth and Riitta Ikonen'

The photographers have created a series called 'Eyes As Big As Plates' where they pose senior citizens as characters from Nordic and world folk tales.