Friday, July 19, 2019


  Have an excellent weekend! See you bright and early Monday morning.

work by Arshile Gorky 1904 - 1948

Feeding America Opiods

NY Times: 3,271 Pill Bottles, a Town of 2,831: Court Filings Say Corporations Fed Opioid Epidemic - Cities and counties are suing major drugstore chains and Walmart, contending they distributed billions of painkillers that devastated communities.
The devastation was so extreme that one Ohio county resorted to a mobile morgue to handle all the corpses of people who died from overdoses.

Trump Hates America

NY Times: Donald Trump Hates America - The rest of us can love America well. By David Brooks

Comey - What Would I Ask Mueller

Read this.

Lawfare: What I Would Ask Robert Mueller By James Comey

Another Trump Associate Indicted

Politico: Businessman who testified in Mueller probe indicted on child pornography charges By JOSH GERSTEIN


Jim Sande

Sugar Sugar

Elemental: There Is No Such Thing as a Sugar Rush - Scientists are debunking the link to hyperactivity by Adam Popescu
...the new research suggests eating sweet foods actually causes people to experience the opposite: fatigue and a lack of alertness.

The Lies

  Here we have Trump repeating the far right-wing conspiracy theory that Ilhan Omar is married to her brother. It's beyond belief that an American president would stoop to such a low, and then even consider saying something like this. Yet it's Trump, with Trump we do not expect anything better than this. It's an American tragedy. Trump's 'base' hears this and are filled with glee, all while knowing full well that he is lying. The right-wing despises democracy.
“Well, there’s a lot of talk about the fact that she was married to her brother. I know nothing about it. I hear she was married to her brother. You’re asking me a question about it. I don’t know, but I’m sure that somebody would be looking at that.”

'Jazz Scales Explained In 10 Minutes'


The Atlantic: By Republican Standards, Almost Nothing Is Racist - When Democrats are accused of anti-Semitism, Republicans understand that coded language can be hurtful. But Trump’s racist comments get a pass. by Peter Beinart - Professor of journalism at the City University of New York
Trump’s own Equal Employment Opportunity Commission uses the phrase Go back to where you came from as one of its examples of discrimination based on national origin.

Don't Buy It

Salon: Don't buy Trump's disavowal of the "send her back" chant: His fans definitely won't - Stop self-trolling, journalists: Trump's supporters understand that when he walks back racism, he doesn't mean it by Amanda Marcotte

The Onion - White Supremacists Warn Idealistic Trump Some Compromise Will Be Necessary To Achieve Their Goals

The Onion: White Supremacists Warn Idealistic Trump Some Compromise Will Be Necessary To Achieve Their Goals

Moon Rocks

Popular Science: The Apollo moon rocks continue to reveal secrets of the cosmos - Apollo 11 gave us the Rosetta Stone of our solar system’s history. By Marion Renault

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Louise Bourgeois 1911 - 2010

Rachel Maddow - Paragon Of Corruption At Trump Interior Draws Eye Of Congress

Seth Meyers - Trump Lies About Racist Rally Chant

Stephen Colbert - Trump Distances Himself From The Racist Chant He Inspired


The Palmer Report: Jeffrey Epstein’s victims just got one big step closer to justice by Bill Palmer

Got That Right

Guardian UK: Ilhan Omar on Trump: 'I believe he is fascist' – as it happened - Minnesota Democrat hits back at Trump for goading crowd at rally in North Carolina and reiterates belief that he is a racist

Renewing His Attack

Guardian UK: Trump renews attack on Ilhan Omar and criticizes 'crazed' media – live updates - President says media overplayed the crowd’s chanting ‘send her back’ at his rally despite his daughter urging him to repudiate the racist chant


Washington Post: Trump supporters’ newest rallying cry — ‘Send her back!’— reverberates across a nation fraught with racial tension


Washington Post: How a racist tweet became a Trump rally chant in three short days


NY Times: Defenders of a Racist President Use Jews as Human Shields - Trump’s bigoted attack on four congresswomen of color has nothing to do with fighting anti-Semitism. By Michelle Goldberg

Yeah, Right

NY Times: Trump Disavows ‘Send Her Back’ Chant as G.O.P. Frets Over Ugly Phrase By Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Maggie Haberman and Michael Crowley
Nervous Republicans, from senior members of Congress to his own daughter Ivanka, urged President Trump on Thursday to repudiate the “send her back” chant directed at a Somali-born congresswoman during his speech the night before at a rally in North Carolina, amid widespread fears that the rally had veered into territory that could hurt their party in 2020.

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. At 9:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are +108 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: Boeing's 737 hit; Iran tensions and oil; Microsoft soars By Julia Horowitz

Thursday, July 18, 2019

We're There

Washington Post: Trump is leading a hate movement, and the world is watching


Turning Point

The Atlantic: What Americans Do Now Will Define Us Forever - If multiracial democracy cannot be defended in America, it will not be defended elsewhere. by Adam Serwer

Driving White Nationalism

Salon: Media expert: How Tucker Carlson and Fox News have mainstreamed "unfettered white nationalism" - Media Matters' Madeline Peltz on how Carlson's quest to go viral and "trigger the libs" has altered reality by Chauncey DeVega

The Onion - House Passes Resolution Overnight Apologizing If Previous Racism Resolution Came Off Too Harsh

The Onion: House Passes Resolution Overnight Apologizing If Previous Racism Resolution Came Off Too Harsh


The Atlantic: A Landmark Study on the Origins of Alcoholism - By studying rats in a smarter way, scientists are finally learning something useful about why some drinkers become addicted and others don’t.

Pure Bullshite From Trump

  What a disgusting person Trump is. Disgusting.

Yahoo: Trump says not happy with backers' 'send her back' chant
He said he "would certainly try" to stop the chant should it return at a subsequent rally.


AP: Financier Jeffrey Epstein denied bail in federal case alleging he sexually abused underage girls

Trump Is Corrupt Through And Through

CNBC: Trump and Hope Hicks talked to Michael Cohen amid efforts to quash Stormy Daniels sex claim, documents show

Amen Brother

Have An Excellent Thursday

work by Camilla Göbl-Wahl

Ari Melber - Pulitzer Prize-Winning Reporter - President Trump Is A Racist

Lawrence O'Donnell - Crowd Chants ‘Send Her Back’ At Trump Rally

Stephen Colbert - Don't Watch This Trump-Epstein Video Alone

One Can Hope

The Palmer Report: The straw that breaks the back of Donald Trump and the GOP by TR Kenneth


Guardian UK: Inside Trump's DC hotel, where allies and lobbyists flock to peddle their interests - Fossil fuel interests, pro-gun groups, foreign delegations and all manner of allies visit the Trump International Hotel to cozy up to the administration, say watchdogs

The Response

Guardian UK: Ilhan Omar responds to Trump rally 'send her back' chant: 'I am where I belong' – live

Trump's Newest Low

Washington Post: At rally, crowd responds to Trump’s criticism of Somali-born congresswoman Ilhan Omar with chants of ‘Send her back!’


Washington Post: Opioid death rates soared in communities where pain pills flowed By Sari Horwitz, Steven Rich and Scott Higham


NY Times: How Not to Insult Donald Trump - Call him racist, call him sexist, just don’t call him late for dinner. By Gail Collins

To The Bone

NY Times: Racist to the Bone - Trump’s hate is evident from his jawbones down to his thumbs and little toes. By Nicholas Kristof

Hate, Pure Hate On Display

NY Times: At Rally, President Accuses Liberal Critics of Seeking the Nation’s ‘Destruction’

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. At 9:30 a.m. ET DOW futures are -91 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market has opened significantly lower.

CNN: Dow futures point at third day of losses By Anneken Tappe

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Trump Partying With Jeffrey Epstein In 1992

The Atlantic - A Time Capsule Of The Moon Landing

Nothing One Can Do

Salon: Republicans will never say that racism is "racism." Basically it's because they're racist - There's nothing Donald Trump can ever say or do that's bad enough for most Republicans to admit he's racist by Amanda Marcotte

The Onion - Trump Tells Liberal Congresswomen To ‘Go Back To Their Country’

The Onion: Trump Tells Liberal Congresswomen To ‘Go Back To Their Country’

Randal L Meek

  Randal L Meek is a singer/songwriter and finger-style guitarist hailing from Colorado USA who is making outstanding waves in the indie music world. By outstanding we are talking about hundreds of thousands of plays over a relatively short period of time with no one doubting that number will soon be reaching and passing the million listen mark. So how does this happen especially in a time when you could go into almost any community in the world and shake any tree with the probability that a really great singer/guitarist will fall out of it? For clarity and simplicity’s sake I believe there are two fundamental reasons why Randal makes this happen.

  First comes the music. Randal is writing, playing, and producing a fine catalogue of music in the finger-style acoustic guitar and singer/songwriter genre. How does someone do that? I’ve been thinking about this in relation to Randal’s music and it goes beyond a bottom-line ability to sing and play an instrument. When someone touches a very basic honest emotional core in themselves and then honestly translates that with song, people will resonate with it, and people will like it. The keyword is honesty, honest music. The torch gets passed from something within to anyone willing to listen, and Randal to his credit has done this. We can’t say it’s a formula because that's incomplete, not warm enough, and you need that personal honest warm touch.

  Second, Randal is also a very prolific promoter of his work. Hello all artists, this is what it takes! You have to be active, once is not enough, one email or post is not enough. Randal blows me away with his activity in letting people know what he has to offer and guess what? It really helps and works! Many people in the indie world see Randal as a model for how to take good solid music work into the next step which is building an audience. This is where good things happen beyond knowing that you yourself are a fine artist. This is when other people will come to recognize that as well. In addition by creating popular playlists like Acoustic Guitar Magic, Randal is able to promote dozens of other artists in their quest for more listeners. For the novice, a playlist is about a specific grouping of similar genre music.

  Let’s look at a few details in Randal’s music. As a vocalist and to my ear, Randal is a singer more in the Bob Croce, James Taylor vein with a clear, welcoming, and warm voice. This is a style of singing that will lull you into a very satisfied relaxed place. Regarding his guitar work, Randal has kindly disclosed that he likes to use drop D tuning, open G tuning, and CGDGAD tuning. Guitarists will know that the CGDGAD in particular gets some extra low bass notes on the guitar and helps to create a beautiful all round resonance on the steel string acoustic. Randal plays “with all fingernails or fingernails and thumb pick.” Also Randal likes to play mostly Breedlove guitars, but also plays a Dana Bourgeois ‘Martin Simpson Model’, and he is soon to be adding a ‘Franklin’ by Nick Kukich to his guitar family. Check out the two embedded clips below.

On Spotify - Randal L Meek, on Youtube - Randal L Meek, and Randal’s personal website - Randal L Meek

On social media - @randallmeekmus1, and on Facebook - Randal Meek

‘Dave’s Song’

Took Me By Surprise’

Randal L Meek is a solo finger-style guitar artist and singer/songwriter living in Boulder and Nederland, CO.

Randal's songs, and his instrumentals, are gentle and authentic with a warm and sincere delivery that is both relaxing and emotional and the perfect accompaniment for relaxing to your own "Life On The Deck”!

Facts Don't Work

Get Pocket: This Article Won’t Change Your Mind - The facts on why facts alone can’t fight false beliefs.

Have An Excellent Wednesday

work by Shaun Tan

Lawrence O'Donnell - How President Donald Trump Captured The Republican Party

Seth Meyers - President Trump Downplays His Racist Attack On Minority Congresswomen

Stephen Colbert - Racism Is Donald Trump's Brand


The Palmer Report: Donald Trump has delusional meltdown after House Democrats get the best of him, gives something away in the process by Bill Palmer


Guardian UK: Trump drilling leases could create more climate pollution than EU does in a year - US has offered close to 378m acres of public lands and waters for oil and gas leasing since Trump took office through April 2019

True That

Guardian UK: Rashida Tlaib calls Trump 'the biggest bully' she's ever dealt with – live - Democratic congresswomen sat down for interview with Gayle King, where Ocasio-Cortez condemned Republicans for not standing up to Trump

76 Billion

Washington Post: 76 billion opioid pills: Newly released federal data unmasks the epidemicvBy Scott Higham, Sari Horwitz and Steven Rich
America’s largest drug companies saturated the country with 76 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone pain pills from 2006 through 2012 as the nation’s deadliest drug epidemic spun out of control...


Washington Post: Trump’s racist comments can be used against him in court as judges cite them to block policies By Fred Barbash
President Trump’s latest racist remarks, like many of his comments before them, can and will be used against him in court.

Crackpot Dystopia

NY Times: ‘Trump’s Going to Get Re-elected, Isn’t He?’ Voters have reason to worry. By Thomas L. Friedman
Four years of Trump feeling validated in all the crazy stuff he’s done and said. Four years of Trump unburdened by the need to run for re-election and able to amplify his racism, make Ivanka secretary of state, appoint even more crackpots to his cabinet and likely get to name two right-wing Supreme Court justices under the age of 40.

Strategic Racism

NY Times: Trump Sets the 2020 Tone: Like 2016, Only This Time ‘the Squad’ Is Here By Jeremy W. Peters, Annie Karni and Maggie Haberman
With three days of attacks on four liberal, minority freshman congresswomen, President Trump and the Republicans have sent the clearest signal yet that their approach to 2020 will be a racially divisive reprise of the strategy that helped Mr. Trump narrowly capture the White House in 2016.

Four! Only Four, How Pathetic

NY Times: The Republicans Who Voted to Condemn Trump’s Remarks (and Other Things to Know) By Sheryl Gay Stolberg
Only four Republicans — Representatives Will Hurd of Texas, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Fred Upton of Michigan, Susan W. Brooks of Indiana — broke with their party to vote against Mr. Trump.

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are -6 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open slightly lower.

CNN: 3 reasons to fear America's massive $70 trillion debt pile By Anneken Tappe

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Racist? Not Racist? Racist!

MSN: House votes against motion to strike Pelosi's comments after she calls Trump's tweets 'racist'

Who Is What?

The Atlantic: Am I an American? President Trump’s tirade against four minority congresswomen prompts the question: Whom does he consider to be American? by Ibram X. Kendi - Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University


Salon: Raids? What raids? ICE suddenly goes quiet — but Trump won't shut up - It's unclear whether ICE staged any raids last weekend. But Trump's latest policy shift is arguably much worse by Sophia Tesfaye

The Onion - ‘It’s Not So Bad,’ Mike Pence Reports On Conditions Of Detainment Center While Hazmat Suit Disinfected

The Onion: ‘It’s Not So Bad,’ Mike Pence Reports On Conditions Of Detainment Center While Hazmat Suit Disinfected


Get Pocket: Learning to Cook the Indian Way - Develop an intuition for spices and never forget your pressure cooker. by David Shaftel

Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by Thomas Cole 1801 - 1848

Seth Meyers - Trump's Racist Attacks on Democratic Congresswomen

Deadline - President Donald Trump’s Stunning Grip On The Republican Party

Rachel Maddow - Racist Trump Spectacle Distracts From Other Damaging Trump News

Stephen Colbert - The GOP Reacts (And Doesn't) To Trump's Racist Tweets


Paul and Ringo


The Palmer Report: Rape accusation against Donald Trump comes roaring back into focus by Robert Harrington


Guardian UK: If there is an 'immigrant' who has failed to integrate in America, it's Donald Trump by Richard Wolffe - People like Trump hate our freedoms so much they want to turn us into some kind of dictatorship like they had back home – in Europe

Never Happen

Guardian UK: Pressure mounts on top Republicans to condemn Trump's racist attack


The Washington Post: White identity politics drives Trump, and the Republican Party under him
Trump’s combustible formula of white identity politics has already reshaped the Republican Party, sidelining, silencing or converting nearly anyone who dares to challenge the racial insensitivity of his utterances.

The Sick President

The Washington Post: Trump lashes out again at minority lawmakers as House prepares to condemn his racist tweets By John Wagner
As the House of Representatives prepared to vote on a resolution condemning President Trump’s racist tweets about four minority lawmakers, he lashed out at the freshman Democrats again on Tuesday and questioned why Congress was not rebuking them instead.

Distraction Through Outrage

NY Times: How Do You Not Give Donald Trump What He Wants? The president distracts with outrage. If only Republicans would supply some of it. By The Editorial Board
Distraction by outrage is one of Mr. Trump’s favorite tactics. Whenever things aren’t going as he wants — for instance, when his crusade to put a citizenship question on the 2020 census fails, or when the dramatic wave of immigration raids he promised his most loyal supporters does not materialize, again — he feels moved to compensate with a remark aimed at refocusing the spotlight.

The Mute GOP

NY Times: A Blaring Message in Republicans’ Muted Criticism: It’s Trump’s Party By Carl Hulse
With Mr. Trump far more popular with Republican voters than incumbent Republican members of Congress, most are loath to cross the president and risk reprisals.

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are +15 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open slightly higher.

CNN: Time may be running out for Victoria's Secret By Paul R. La Monica

Monday, July 15, 2019

'Alle Prese Con Una Verde Milonga'

Paolo Conte

SNL - Lord And Lady Douchebag

The Racist Kind

The Atlantic: Trump Tells America What Kind of Nationalist He Is - In a series of tweets attacking four Democratic congresswomen, the president reiterated his belief that only white people can truly be American. by Adam Serwer


The Onion - Trump Supporters Worried Racist Attacks Against Progressive Democrats Just Talk

The Onion: Trump Supporters Worried Racist Attacks Against Progressive Democrats Just Talk


Salon: Trump's Cabinet exodus is an emergency: Unconfirmed acting secretaries are running the government - Alex Acosta the 13th Cabinet member to depart the Trump administration — and his replacement may be much worse by Sophia Tesfaye

The Onion - Man’s Existential Terror About Country’s Slide Towards Authoritarianism Sublimated Into Campaign To Get Journalist Fired For Tweet

The Onion: Man’s Existential Terror About Country’s Slide Towards Authoritarianism Sublimated Into Campaign To Get Journalist Fired For Tweet


Washington Post: I may not agree with AOC’s squad, but they are better Americans than Trump By Max Boot

Have An Excellent Monday

work by Amedeo Modigliani 1884 - 1920

MSNBC - Atlanta Mayor - Trump Is Using Our Families, Children As Political Pawns


Christopher Morrongiello performs "Lachrimae" (ca. 1590s) by John Dowland (1563–1626)

One Can Hope

The Palmer Report: We told you Donald Trump is still on track to be impeached by Bill Palmer

Why Indeed

Guardian UK: Why do billionaires keep presenting themselves as America's great new hope? by Nathan Robinson - From Ross Perot to Tom Steyer, rich megalomaniacs run for president by preying on voters’ disillusionment

Trump Is Sick

Guardian UK: Republicans silent as Trump renews racist attack on congresswomen - Weekend tweets had urged them to ‘go back’ home - President targets Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib, Pressley and Omar
True to provocative form, the president accused the Democrats of “spewing” “racist hatred” – precisely the offence of which he has been widely accused.


Washington Post: ‘His own fiefdom’: Mulvaney builds ‘an empire for the right wing’ as Trump’s chief of staff

Sick Sick Man

Washington Post: Trump calls on minority congresswomen to apologize after he said they should ‘go back’ to their countries

The Blatantly Racist So-Called President

NY Times: Trump Tells Congresswomen to ‘Go Back’ to the Countries They Came From By Katie Rogers and Nicholas Fandos
President Trump said on Sunday that a group of four minority congresswomen feuding with Speaker Nancy Pelosi should “go back” to the countries they came from rather than “loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States” how to run the government.

The Unconscionable President

NY Times: Trump Fans the Flames of a Racial Fire By Peter Baker
His Twitter harangue goading Democratic congresswomen of color to “go back” to the country they came from, even though most of them were actually born in the United States, shocked many. But it should have surprised few who have watched the way he has governed a multicultural, multiracial country the last two and a half years.

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. At 9:10 a.m. ET DOW futures are +47 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open moderately higher.

CNN: China GDP fallout; Bank earnings; Prime Day By Julia Horowitz
China's economic growth slumped to its lowest level in nearly three decades as the world's second largest economy feels the effects of a prolonged trade war with the United States.

Apple Rooftop Concert 1969 Full Video

The Beatles

Friday, July 12, 2019


Enjoy the weekend. See you bright and early Monday morning.

work by Mikuláš Medek

Improvisation Piano Exercises From Chick Corea

Team Trump

Salon: Bill Barr's nefarious plan isn't over: Why the "census question" was only the beginning - Don't be fooled by Team Trump backing away on the census: They're still committed to locking down Republican power by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Trump Honors Brave Heroes Who Slept With Wives Of Deployed Soldiers

The Onion: Trump Honors Brave Heroes Who Slept With Wives Of Deployed Soldiers


Get Pocket: The World’s First Winery - While archeologists unearth the world’s oldest known winery in a cave in Armenia, a new generation of producers is reviving an ancient wine-making tradition 6,100 years in the making.

Danza Israelí - El Violinista En El Tejado'

Trump's Disgusting Swamp

Yahoo News: Trump's Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta resigns by Nicholas Wu and David Jackson

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Paul Joseph Constantin Gabriël 1828 - 1903

Rachel Maddow - Kamala Harris - Trump Throws Flames To Distract From Disastrous Policies

MSNBC - Dems Subpoena Kushner And Sessions, Trump Launches Another Tweetstorm

The Reason

The Palmer Report: The real reason Paul Ryan is finally attacking Donald Trump by Bill Palmer

Trump Attacks Paul Ryan

  I look forward to a time when the presidency is defined by tact, integrity, knowledge, and compassion.

Guardian UK: Trump follows up social media summit by attacking Paul Ryan on Twitter – live - President called Ryan a ‘lame duck failure’ after the former House speaker said the nation had grown ‘numb’ to Trump in the book American Carnage


Guardian UK: Iran warns western powers to 'leave region' amid Gulf crisis - Foreign ministry demands release of Iranian oil tanker UK seized last week

The Crazy POTUS

Washington Post: Trump aborts yet another plan - This time, it was on the census. It’s becoming a theme
Over the past month and a half, President Trump has set in motion plans to strike Iran, ordered nationwide immigration raids, threatened punitive and imminent tariffs on Mexico and said he would fight to get a citizenship question on the census that was rejected by the Supreme Court.

Eking By

Washington Post: ‘A constant state of drowning’: 40% of Americans say they struggle to pay bills
"...Most were able to eke by until they faced an unexpected crisis such as a job loss, cancer, car trouble or storm damage.”

I Want You!

NY Times: Uncle Trump Wants You! (To Join His Troll Army - The White House meme summit was a circus. But you shouldn’t dismiss it. By Charlie Warzel
The decision to invite a collection of Photoshoppers, conspiracy peddlers and grandfatherly, semipro Twitter fighters to the White House was a maneuver designed to outrage.

Dangerously Inaccurate

NY Times: ICE Is Dangerously Inaccurate - Even American citizens are not immune from immigration raids. By Darlena Cunha - Ms. Cunha is a freelance journalist and an adjunct professor at the University of Florida.
Under President Trump, a wildly invigorated ICE has become an American nightmare, nothing less than the main thrust of an attempt to institutionalize racism against a scapegoated minority — undocumented, nonvoting, mostly voiceless brown people.

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are +75 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: Christine Romans: The bull market won't die of old age. But this could kill it By Christine Romans

'Chiclete Com Banana'

Gilberto Gil and Marjorie Estiano

Thursday, July 11, 2019

The Thwaites Glacier

Yahoo: A Glacier the Size of Florida Is Becoming Unstable. It Has Dire Implications for Global Sea Levels

No Question

Salon: Trump dodges constitutional crisis over census question: But what happens now? Another Trump surrender disguised as victory: No citizenship question. But if the goal was turmoil, he wins again by Sophia Tesfaye

'A Wonderful Kurmanci Kurdish Music, Sîpanê''


Harvard Business Review: How to Have Difficult Conversations When You Don’t Like Conflict - An executive leadership coach shares some tips on how to approach potential conflicts.


Salon: Eve Ensler on Donald Trump, rape culture and the "unreckoned history" of America - "America's next stage," says Eve Ensler, is about "atonement and accountability." Her new book offers an example by Chauncey DeVega

The Onion - Outraged Trump Declares He Would’ve Gotten Jeffrey Epstein Way More Lenient Plea Deal

The Onion: Outraged Trump Declares He Would’ve Gotten Jeffrey Epstein Way More Lenient Plea Deal


Forge: How a Lifelong Messy Person Can Learn to Become Neat - Experts in habit formation are adamant that no one’s a hopeless case by Alexandra Samuel

Blank On Blank - Fortune Tellers - Ayn Rand, Kurt Vonnegut And Aldous Huxley

Kurt Vonnegut On the Shape of Stories

John Clark

  John Clark is among the most unique indie music artists presently on the scene and one of the most unique I have come across in some time. Hailing from Missouri, John is producing a very broad and deep catalogue of genre bending and genre combining music that runs across a wide swath of styles and feels. John is a modern Zappa with a lot of heart and soul and none of the cynicism.

  John is a renegade in that he is constantly defying the rule of the pop music world. Instead of producing carbon copy formulaic songs, John seems to intuitively and organically find musical forms and shapes that complete his ideas. It takes a lot of integrity to do that. Let me try to explain it again. A visual artist could do twenty paintings of a still life, or a visual artist could choose to redefine their technique and style with each new idea. John Clark is a lot more Duchamp than Georges Braque, more Picasso than Giorgio Morandi. Braque and Morandi made still lifes, Duchamp and Picasso continuously explored new uncharted territory.

  John Clark is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. His range as an instrumentalist covers soaring and burning electric wah guitar solos, to psychedelic acoustic folk guitar, to mandolin and uke, to synth textures of all types, to complex and artfully simple percussion. Get the idea. Vocally John covers by my estimation a solid 2 1/2 octave range, with some songs exploring the low range areas and some songs his higher range. What is John’s secret sauce? He's a very high energy man who wants to embrace the world and the world of ideas.

  Listen to the two embedded pieces and I'd like to add one more little facet about John’s music that is subtle and maybe not so instantly recognized in the music mix. It’s the sounds of nature that John sprinkles into his music, literally sounds from the outdoors. John has a true appreciation for nature and it’s tiniest of creatures, like the cicada. In a time when the animal world including the all important insects are in decline, it’s good to run into a man who loves and respects that world.

On Spotify - John Clark, On Youtube - John Clark Music Videos
Social media - @John Clark_Music, Facebook - John Clark Music.

John’s personal website - John Clark

StickFolk Dream pt.2


  With a highly inventive, imaginative, and expressive style that captivates the mind and heart with equal strength, John Clark’s neo-psychedelic approach to music is bound to leave a long-lasting impression. Through wildly adventurous and ambitious ideas that explore the limitless potential of all kinds of genres and music, John creates genuine art through an extraordinary fusion of true skill and pure sound.

  Embracing the bizarre every bit as much as the beautiful, the impressively organic sound of John’s vivid and vibrant music contains textures that feel real enough to reach out and touch, with dynamic and versatile elements that curiously float right from the speakers and into the soul. Designed stylistically for bold contrast to thrive, haunting melodies to blossom and creativity to enter uncharted areas of music in effort to compose sonic structures that sincerely keep listeners guessing just as much as entertained – John Clark is an enigmatic performer and an artist with an authentic penchant for the aural experience.

  Each album has documented the process of an artist unafraid of the journey to the center of himself – but perhaps what’s most important, is that John Clark is willing to share what he finds there, with you. Always ready, willing, and able to connect through the music he makes, the real magic of John Clark’s sound is in the way that it resonates right at our very core, like it’s always been a part of us, all along.

Have An Excellent Thursday

work by Randolph Hewton 1888 - 1960

Brian Williams - McConnell Resists Democrats Who Want A Bill To Protect The Next Election

  McConnell is the absolute worst POS in America.

Rachel Maddow - Acosta Makes Himself Look Worse With Defense Of Epstein Deal

'Trump In Asia' - A Bad Lip Reading

Juice Too

Guardian UK: Sugar in fruit juice may raise risk of cancer, study finds - Excessive consumption of sugary drinks – including juice – associated with the disease

Making Money On Misery

Guardian UK: Millions of US taxpayers’ money invested in private prison firms - At least 20 public worker pension funds have invested in firms profiting from Trump’s immigration policy, including California and New York


The Palmer Report: How we can really stop William Barr from tanking the Jeffrey Epstein case by Bill Palmer

Thin Skinned Idiot

Washington Post: Trump’s overreaction to criticism harms himself and the nation

Big Brother Is Here

Washington Post: The FBI and ICE are scanning millions of Americans’ faces — without their knowledge or consent

The GOP Pedophiles

NY Times: Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘Infinite Means’ May Be a Mirage By James B. Stewart, Matthew Goldstein, Kate Kelly and David Enrich
Much of that appears to be an illusion, and there is little evidence that Mr. Epstein is a billionaire.

The Nazis Are Here

NY Times: U.S. Prepares to Arrest Thousands of Immigrant Family Members By Caitlin Dickerson and Zolan Kanno-Youngs
Nationwide raids to arrest thousands of members of undocumented families have been scheduled to begin Sunday, according to two current and one former homeland security officials, moving forward with a rapidly changing operation, the final details of which remain in flux. The operation, backed by President Trump, had been postponed, partly because of resistance among officials at his own immigration agency.

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. At 9:26 a.m. ET DOW futures are +103 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: Stocks could hit new record highs Thursday By Anneken Tappe

Wednesday, July 10, 2019


Get Pocket: Grandma’s Dementia Made Her Forget Her Homophobia - After watching how my family treated my lesbian mom, I assumed it would all repeat when I came out. But as my grandma’s memory faded, her disapproval of gay people vanished too.

Yes Collusion

The Daily Beast: Mueller Missed the Crime: Trump’s Campaign Coordinated With Russia - The special counsel will testify before Congress next week. He needs to answer for historic legal and factual errors. by Jed Shugerman

Just Say No

Salon: Another billionaire running for president? Dear God, please — just no - After Ross Perot and the current "stable genius," we haven't learned our lesson? Tom Steyer is betting on "no" by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Man’s Crippling, Overpowering Need To Be Liked By Everyone Apparently Not Affecting His Behavior

The Onion: Man’s Crippling, Overpowering Need To Be Liked By Everyone Apparently Not Affecting His Behavior


Get Pocket: How to Survive 75 Hours Alone in the Ocean - A case study digs into the medical records of a lost diver’s incredible survival story.

'Tiquiê River - Japurá River'

Uakti plays Phil Glass - 5 stars ***** Sande


Washington Post: From fish to bacon, a ranking of animal proteins in order of healthfulness

Have An Excellent Wednesday

work by Gustav Klimt

Now This - What The Mueller Report Reveals About Trump's Mental State

Rachel Maddow - Megan Rapinoe - Time For The Next Step For Women's Soccer

Rachel Maddow - Migrant Children Describe Sex Assault, Retaliation By Border Agents


Playing For Change


The Palmer Report: Donald Trump goes berserk after he realizes he’s losing by Bill Palmer


Guardian UK: 'He pulled the wool over our eyes': workers blame Trump for moving jobs overseas


Guardian UK: Megan Rapinoe tells Trump: 'Your message is excluding people' - US soccer captain again rejects White House visit, saying team does not want to be ‘corrupted’


Washington Post: Strip club to host golf tournament at Trump resort in South Florida By David A. Fahrenthold
President Trump’s golf resort in Doral, Fla., is scheduled to host a golf tournament Saturday put on by a Miami-area strip club, which will allow golfers to pay for a dancer to serve as their “caddy girl” while they play at the president’s club.


Washington Post: British ambassador to the U.S. Kim Darroch resigns after Trump criticism


NY Times: Is There Anyone Who Can Unite the Democrats Besides Trump? The debate between progressives and moderates never ends, but the party does best when neither side wins outright. By Thomas B. Edsall

Not A Fan

  Trump only likes billionaires who are not caught doing reprehensible things.

NY Times: Jeffrey Epstein Was a ‘Terrific Guy,’ Donald Trump Once Said. Now He’s ‘Not a Fan.’

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are +100 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: Stocks poised to open higher as Powell supports rate cut hopes By Anneken Tappe

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Fresh Moon Water

Axios: Space enterprises want to extract water from the Moon

The Air

The Atlantic: The Air Really Was Cleaner Under Obama - Pollution is up nearly 14 percent under the Trump administration. by Robinson Meyer

Can't Take It

Salon: Women's World Cup was a triumph — and totally triggered the right-wing snowflakes - The U.S. women's soccer team is unapologetically progressive. Right-wing, sexist snowflakes can't take it by Amanda Marcotte

The Onion - Jeffrey Epstein Swears He Didn’t Know Sex-Trafficking Ring Was Underage

The Onion: Jeffrey Epstein Swears He Didn’t Know Sex-Trafficking Ring Was Underage

The Moon

NY Times: The Moon Is a Hazardous Place to Live - If we get back to the lunar surface, astronauts will have to contend with much more than perilous rocket flights and the vacuum of space. By Shannon Hall
When the Apollo astronauts walked on the moon, the dust clung to their spacesuits, scratched their visors and made their eyes water and their throats sore. It damaged the seals on the boxes of rock and soil that they brought back to Earth. It even smelled like gunpowder inside the lander.

Regency Slang


New York The 50 fastest-shrinking towns and cities in Upstate NY, ranked for 2018 By Ben Axelson

Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by Maximilien Luce 1858 - 1941

MSNBC - New Federal Charges Against Jeffrey Epstein Describe Familiar Pattern

Chick Corea And Gary Burton - Tiny Desk Concert


  Several articles today revolve around the idea of a Trump administration being rotten to the core. The prevailing observations of Trump as a narcissist, liar, machiavellian blowhard, racist, and mentally ill autocrat are yielding to a simpler label - rot, rotten, rotted out.

The Palmer Report: I want to vomit by Bill Palmer


Guardian UK: Donald Trump: we will no longer deal with the British ambassador - In latest tweets on Kim Darroch, US president also attacks Theresa May for making a mess of Brexit
Donald Trump has launched a scathing attack on Theresa May and said the US would no longer deal with the British ambassador to Washington after the diplomat’s frank assessments of the president as “inept” and “dysfunctional” were leaked to the Mail on Sunday.

Of Course

Guardian UK: Donald Trump: UK ambassador is 'a very stupid guy' – live updates - The president lashed out at Sir Kim Darroch in another Twitter tirade against the British ambassador that also took aim at Theresa May


Washington Post: Trump has referred to his Wharton degree as ‘super genius stuff.’ An admissions officer recalls it differently. By Michael Kranish

Alexander Acosta

Washington Post: Epstein indictment renews questions about earlier case handled by Trump Cabinet official By Lisa Rein, Michael Kranish and Josh Dawsey
As U.S. attorney in Florida in 2007, Acosta negotiated a plea deal that led to two felony solicitation charges and 13 months in county jail for Epstein, with the billionaire financier allowed to work from his office six days a week.

Obamacare On The Line - Again

NY Times: Obamacare in Jeopardy as Appeals Court Hears Case Backed by Trump - Millions could lose health coverage if a lower-court ruling striking down the law is upheld.
A federal appeals court panel will hear arguments Tuesday on whether a federal judge in Texas was correct in striking down the Affordable Care Act, a case with enormous stakes not only for millions of people who gained health insurance through the law but for the political futures of President Trump and other candidates in the 2020 elections.


  plutocracy - Government by the wealthy. A wealthy class that controls a government. A government or state in which the wealthy rule.

NY Times: Jeffrey Epstein Is the Ultimate Symbol of Plutocratic Rot - Powerful elites enabled the financier accused of trafficking underage girls. By Michelle Goldberg
What is Jeffrey Epstein’s leverage?” Ward said. If we find out, we’ll know just how rotten our rulers really are.

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. At 9:10 a.m. ET DOW futures are -100 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open significantly lower.

CNN: Virgin Galactic going public; Jerome Powell week; Auto warnings By Julia Horowitz

Monday, July 08, 2019

Cy Vance

  The New York D.A. at the center of Epstein i.e. getting him basically off the sexual predator hook a while back, is Cy Vance. Mr. Vance appears to have quite a reputation.

New Yorker: How Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump, Jr., Avoided a Criminal Indictment By Andrea Bernstein, Jesse Eisinger, Justin Elliott, and Ilya Marritz October 4, 2017
Kasowitz, who by then had been the elder Donald Trump’s attorney for a decade, is primarily a civil litigator, with little experience in criminal matters. But, in 2012, Kasowitz donated twenty-five thousand dollars to the reëlection campaign of the Manhattan District Attorney, Cyrus Vance, Jr., making Kasowitz one of Vance’s largest donors. Kasowitz decided to bypass the lower-level prosecutors and went directly to Vance to ask that the investigation be dropped.<

Raging America

CNN: Texas 4th of July road rage incident with an AR-15 could have ended before children were hurt, police say By Susan Scutti
While the parents were transported to a hospital, the children, a 1-year-old and a 2-year-old, sustained "severe burns," said Turner. They needed to be life flighted to the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.


The Atlantic: Trump Lied to the Supreme Court, and Four Justices Don’t Care - The White House insisted allegations that it wanted to add a citizenship question to the survey for political reasons were conspiracy theories, right up until the moment the president confirmed them. by Adam Serwer


The Daily Beast: Elizabeth Warren Triples Her First-Quarter Haul, Outraises Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris - Warren is now considered among the race’s frontrunners and her raising $19 million over the last three months seems to confirm as much. by Gideon Resnick

'Dupree's Paradise'

Frank Zappa circa 1973

Alternative Reality

Salon: Trump's latest war on reality: Cover up the concentration camps - Despite ample evidence of inhumane conditions, Trump and his minions are ready to roll out "alternative facts" by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - NRA Insists That Most Recent Mass Shooting Does Not Accurately Reflect Potential Deadliness Of Firearm

The Onion: NRA Insists That Most Recent Mass Shooting Does Not Accurately Reflect Potential Deadliness Of Firearm

Entangled Time

Science Alert: If You Thought Quantum Mechanics Was Weird, You Need to Check Out Entangled Time by ELISE CRULL

Face To Face - Carl Gustav Jung - 1959

Have An Excellent Monday

work by Jan Mankes (Dutch, 1889-1920)

Rachel Maddow - In William Barr Trump Finds Tool Against Political Enemies, Investigators

Aldous Huxley interviewed By Mike Wallace - 1958

Selling Him Out?

The Palmer Report: Donald Trump goes off the deep end after Fox News sells him out by Bill Palmer


Washington Post: ‘She might like it’: Slovenian pipe layer who carved Melania’s statue isn’t laughing with critics By Meagan Flynn


Washington Post: Prosecutors expected to unseal charges against Jeffrey Epstein By Matt Zapotosky

US Women's Soccer

NY Times: The Women’s World Cup Team Is the Most American Thing Out There - We saw women who are unapologetic for taking space and celebrating their victories. By Lauren Peace

Blow On Biden

NY Times: The Bro-iness of Joe Biden - The leading Democratic presidential contender could benefit from being less resistant toward his critics. By Charles M. Blow

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are -98 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open significantly lower.

CNN: Layoffs have started at Deutsche Bank. 18,000 jobs are going By Charles Riley and Julia Horowitz


CNN: Justin Amash on what his GOP colleagues say behind closed doors By Jamie Ehrlich