Wednesday, January 16, 2019



The Daily Beast: The Old Lindsey Graham Called Out Racists. The New One Stands With Them. The senator who once vowed that ‘we’re going to tell the bigots to shut up’ now asks ‘why would you negotiate with someone who calls you a racist?’ by Ruben Navarrette Jr.


Collectors Weekly: Battle of the Ax Men: Who Really Built the First Electric Rock 'n' Roll Guitar? By Ben Marks

Gillette - We Believe - The Best Men Can Be

This ad is causing quite a stir.


BBC News: Enes Kanter: Turkey seeks arrest of New York Knicks star - media
Turkish prosecutors have issued an international arrest warrant for New York Knicks basketball player Enes Kanter, Turkish media report.

We're There

Robert Reich: The Trump Dictatorship

The Onion - Mom Wants To Know If You Could Use Grandma’s Antique, 12-Person Dining Room Table In Your Studio Apartment

The Onion: Mom Wants To Know If You Could Use Grandma’s Antique, 12-Person Dining Room Table In Your Studio Apartment


Scientific American: Fukushima Residents Return Despite Radiation - Eight years after the nuclear meltdown, wary citizens are moving back to contaminated homesteads—some not by choice By Jane Braxton Little

Have An Excellent Wednesday

work by Caroline Power, who documents ocean pollution

Chris Matthews - The Washington Post - President Trump Frustrated, Isolated In Shutdown Fight

Rachel Maddow - Alarm Rises As President Trump Behavior Aligns With Putin's Fondest Wishes

Stephen Colbert - The White House Smells Like Hamberders

Hammer Dropped

The Palmer Report: Rachel Maddow just dropped the hammer on Donald Trump by Bill Palmer


Guardian UK: 'You didn't get fired’: Christie offers new evidence Trump avoids confrontation - Chris Christie was fired, by Steve Bannon. The man propelled to power by a ‘You’re fired!’ catchphrase rarely does the deed himself

Fight This!

Guardian UK: Trump's war on science: how the US is putting politics above evidence - Experts say the administration is blatantly dismantling proven programs, and the consequences could be dire
Donald Trump’s administration is cutting programs scientists say are proven to protect Americans, from pollution safeguards to teen pregnancy prevention and healthier school lunches, with effects that could last for years.


NY Times: Shutdown’s Economic Damage Starts to Pile Up, Threatening an End to Growth By Jim Tankersley
The partial government shutdown is inflicting far greater damage on the United States economy than previously estimated, the White House acknowledged on Tuesday, as President Trump’s economists doubled projections of how much economic growth is being lost each week the standoff with Democrats continues.


NY Times: Trump and Putin Have Met Five Times. What Was Said Is a Mystery. By Peter Baker
The first time they met was in Germany. President Trump took his interpreter’s notes afterward and ordered him not to disclose what he heard to anyone. Later that night, at a dinner, Mr. Trump pulled up a seat next to President Vladimir V. Putin to talk without any American witnesses at all.

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are +121 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: Brexit bedlam; Snap exodus; Bank earnings By Charles Riley

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Nunes-Flynn Meeting

The Daily Beast: Breakfast in Trumpland: Inside the Nunes-Flynn Meeting That Caught Mueller’s Attention - The special counsel’s interest in an inaugural fundraiser attended by foreign dignitaries points to how potent the mix of money and politics can be in Washington. by Adam Rawnsley


This is gymnast Katelyn Ohashi - extraordinary.

Basketball Phenom

Ja Morant


BBC News: PM’s Brexit deal rejected by 230 votes
Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal has been rejected by 230 votes - the largest defeat for a sitting government in history.

Where We Are Going

  In about a month, the shutdown will exponentially grow in its intensity and effects on society.

Bloomberg: In a Month You’ll Wish the Shutdown Were Only as Bad as Today By Christopher Flavelle, Jennifer A Dlouhy, and Ryan Beene


Salon: Trump blocks off-ramp for Republicans suggesting an end to government shutdown - Trump rejected an offer by Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican, that would have allowed him to reopen the government by Matthew Rozsa

The Onion - Poll Shows Increasing Number Of Voters Blame Founding Fathers For Starting America

The Onion: Poll Shows Increasing Number Of Voters Blame Founding Fathers For Starting America



Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by Nadezhda Lermontova 1885-1921

Lawrence O'Donnell - President Donald Trump’s Historic Russia Denial Will Follow Him Forever

Morning Joe - National Security Officials Alarmed Over President Donald Trump NATO Talk

Stephen Colbert - Is Donald Trump Working For Russia?


The Palmer Report: Donald Trump has profane meltdown about Mick Mulvaney by Bill Palmer

Why It Won't Work

Guardian UK: Why Trump's 'big, beautiful' border wall will never work by Andrew Gawthorpe - An impassable barrier would do little to address the real challenges at the border, including the arrival of thousands of refugees and the ‘catch and release’ policy

The Border

Guardian UK: What is life really like in border country, where Trump wants his wall? The Guardian travelled to five border locations to discover how Trump’s rhetoric jars with the reality on the ground by Charles Davis, Ana Adlerstein, Edwin Delgado and Ed Pilkington


NY Times: Trump Discussed Pulling U.S. From NATO, Aides Say Amid New Concerns Over Russia By Julian E. Barnes and Helene Cooper
There are few things that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia desires more than the weakening of NATO, the military alliance among the United States, Europe and Canada that has deterred Soviet and Russian aggression for 70 years.

Last year, President Trump suggested a move tantamount to destroying NATO: the withdrawal of the United States.


NY Times: Brexit Vote: Parliament to Decide on E.U. Withdrawal Plan

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. At 9:40 a.m. ET DOW futures are -8 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market has opened slightly lower.

CNN: Brexit vote; Bank earnings; China stimulus By Ivana Kottasová

Monday, January 14, 2019



Washington Post: ‘Like I said: A puppet’: Hillary Clinton doubles down on Trump and Russia By Amy B Wang

Cosmic Eye

What If

Lawfare: What if the Obstruction Was the Collusion? On the New York Times’s Latest Bombshell By Benjamin Wittes


  We live in a great time to find optimism, be optimistic, and to spread optimism. I post a lot of harsh articles about this period in American history, but I am optimistic. We will get through it and come out better.

The Atlantic: The Benefits of Optimism Are Real - Having a positive outlook is the most important predictor of resilience. by Emily Esfahani Smith
Counter-intuitively, another study found that facing down adversity by venting—hitting a punching bag or being vengeful toward someone who makes you angry— actually leads to people feeling far worse, not better. Actually, doing nothing at all in response to anger was more effective than expressing the anger in these destructive ways.

Russian Asset

Washington Post: Here are 18 reasons Trump could be a Russian asset By Max Boot
There were, according to the Moscow Project, “101 contacts between Trump’s team and Russia linked operatives,” and “the Trump team tried to cover up every single one of them.”

The Greatest Scandal

Salon: Faced with the "greatest scandal" in our history, what will the American people do? Is America too deeply cocooned in consumerism, too blind or too cynical to take action against a traitor president? by Chauncey DeVega

The Onion - Advisors Instruct William Barr To Avoid Referring To Trump As ‘My Liege’ During Confirmation Hearing

The Onion: Advisors Instruct William Barr To Avoid Referring To Trump As ‘My Liege’ During Confirmation Hearing

The Oceans

Scientific American: Oceans Are Warming Faster Than Predicted - Earth’s seas are absorbing excess heat 40 percent faster than previous estimates By Chelsea Harvey

Radio Signals

The Independent: Repeated radio signals coming from galaxy 1.5 billion light years away, scientists announce - Scientists pick up large number of blasts over a few weeks


Newsweek: Mueller Draft Report Says Trump 'Helped Putin Destabilize the United States', Watergate Journalist Says By Jason Lemon

Have An Excellent Monday

work by Harmonia Rosales

'Introducing The Baroque Theorbo'

Joy Reid - NYT's Report Of FBI Concerns About President Trump Suggests Further Intel

Stephen Colbert - The Shutdown Is Bad For Anyone Who Eats Food


The Palmer Report: Robert Mueller’s draft report leak is devastating for Donald Trump by Bill Palmer


Guardian UK: Senate Republicans feel shutdown pressure as Trump tweets angrily on - Day 24 dawns after fusillade of angry messages from White House and with presidential ally seeking temporary reopening


  Apparently there is just not enough Christianity in America. Right wing extremist Christians, bless their souls, feel extremely threatened living in a pluralistic society where people of all faiths can worship and where people with no faith do not. It's an amazing state of mind, because there are other religions, these extremists believe that they are losing their freedom. Freedom is defined by them to mean that everything and everyone needs to be based on what they believe. That is extremist Christian freedom.

Guardian UK: ‘In God We Trust’ - the bills Christian nationalists hope will ‘protect religious freedom’ - The package of new bills are part of Project Blitz, a political playbook that aims to support and promote Christian beliefs

Ballot Box

  The ballot box is probably the only chance or way we do have to get rid of him, however public flogging is an enticing option.

NY Times: What’s the Best Way to Dump Trump? Impeachment is tempting. But there’s a stronger case for waiting for the 2020 election. By Michael Tomasky
I come down on the side of the ballot box, and firmly so, because it has more historical authority and legitimacy...


NY Times: Pentagon Officials Fear Bolton’s Actions Increase Risk of Clash With Iran By Eric Schmitt and Mark Landler
Senior Pentagon officials are voicing deepening fears that President Trump’s hawkish national security adviser, John R. Bolton, could precipitate a conflict with Iran at a time when Mr. Trump is losing leverage in the Middle East by pulling out American troops.

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are -192 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open significantly lower.

CNN: China's exports plunge; Apple supplier hit; Detroit Auto Show By Ivana Kottasová


Popular Science: The three strength exercises everyone should do

Friday, January 11, 2019


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

work by Denise Regan

Sandy Hook Win

ABC News: Families of Sandy Hook shooting victims win legal victory in lawsuit against InfoWars, Alex Jones - Six families sued Alex Jones and InfoWars for defamation, among other claims.

Trump - Mexico Will Pay For The Wall

NY Times: The Many Ways Trump Has Said Mexico Will Pay for the Wall - President Trump denied that he ever promised Mexico would “write out a check” for his border wall. Yet he has said Mexico would “make a one-time payment,” that Mexico would reimburse the United States and that the costs could be covered by imposing fees on Mexican diplomats and workers. By Linda Qiu

Back Off

  The Freedom Caucus? Talk about a useless, misleading name.

Politico: Freedom Caucus members tell Trump to back off wall emergency - Conservative hard-liners fear the move would lead to an uncertain legal battle while setting a dangerous precedent for the presidency. By MELANIE ZANONA and SARAH FERRIS

The Beautiful Mess Effect

The Atlantic: Your Flaws Are Probably More Attractive Than You Think They Are - “Beautiful messes” have a certain allure. by Emily Esfahani Smith


Salon: Democrats' investigations get rolling: Mnuchin, Cohen are first with much more to come - At least four House committees are demanding Trump records and official testimony. This will be quite a show by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Child Entertained For 5 Minutes By Plastic Toy That Will Take 1,000 Years To Biodegrade

The Onion: Child Entertained For 5 Minutes By Plastic Toy That Will Take 1,000 Years To Biodegrade

New Music - Theremin And Cello

Carolina Eyck and Clarice Jensen


Quartz: Physics explains why time passes faster as you age By Ephrat Livni

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Kawabata Ryūshi 1885-1966

Stephen Colbert - Trump Will 'Definitely' Declare A National Emergency, 'Probably'

Brian Williams - Trump - Never Said Mexico Would Directly Pay For A Wall (He Did)

Lawrence O'Donnell - President Donald Trump's 'Big Lie' Collapsed Today


The Palmer Report: Donald Trump has deranged Sean Hannity meltdown by Bill Palmer

The Far Side Of The Moon

Guardian UK: 'Total success': China broadcasts new images from far side of moon


Guardian UK: 'He needs an out': Trump's demand for a wall has left him backed into a corner - The president’s position is a non-starter with Democrats, making an end to the shutdown far from imminent

The Shutdown

Guardian UK: 'Barely above water': US shutdown hits black federal workers hardest - As shutdown barrels into its third week over Trump’s border wall the weight of that uncertainty is being disproportionately shouldered by black Americans Americans like Williams who make up 12% of the US population, but more than 18% of the federal workforce, according to a study by the Partnership for Public Service.

Maximum Stupidity

NY Times: White House Considers Using Storm Aid Funds as a Way to Pay for the Border Wall By Michael Tackett and Julie Hirschfeld Davis
...White House officials considered diverting emergency aid from storm- and fire-ravaged Puerto Rico, Florida, Texas and California to build a border barrier, perhaps under an emergency declaration.


NY Times: U.S. Troops Begin Syria Withdrawal, Amid Uncertainty Over Strategy By Ben Hubbard
The United States has started withdrawing its troops from Syria, an American military spokesman said on Friday, further muddling the Trump administration’s plans for disengagement from one of the Middle East’s most complex battlefields.

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. At 9:30 a.m. ET DOW futures are -70 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market opened significantly lower.

CNN: Oil price rally; Carlos Ghosn indicted again; Fed worries By Ivana Kottasová

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Affective Presence

The Atlantic: The Personality Trait That Makes People Feel Comfortable Around You - People with positive “affective presence” are easy to be around and oil the gears of social interactions. by Julie Beck


The Atlantic: The Shutdown Is Making Senate Republicans Squirm - As President Trump descends on the border Thursday to further make his case for a wall, back home in Washington the impasse continues. by Elaine Godfrey

This Could Be Interesting

CNBC: Trump's ex-lawyer - Michael Cohen will testify at House Oversight Committee before entering prison by Dan Mangan and Brian Schwartz


Salon: Why Donald Trump and his children will be charged with crimes - Watch "Proof of Collusion" author Seth Abramson analyze Trump's Russia connections from every angle on SalonTV by Dean Obeidallah

The Onion's Future News From The Year 2137


Scientific American: Atmospheric Mystery on Saturn's Largest Moon - The haze that blankets Titan has a high-altitude layer which sometimes detaches from the rest—and nobody is quite sure why By Erik Larson

I Hope It's Aliens

CNN: A second mysterious repeating fast radio burst has been detected in space By Ashley Strickland

Have An Excellent Thursday

work by Nicolas de Staël

Lawrence O'Donnell - Ezra Klein On The President Donald Trump Shutdown

  Watch this, Klein is on the money.

Velshi And Ruhle - DHS Testing Of Steel Border Wall Prototype Proved It Could Be Cut Through

Stephen Colbert - Trump - It's My Right 'To Do National Emergency'


The Palmer Report: Donald Trump’s Russia scandal reaches fugitive status by Bill Palmer

Useful For Him, Not For The US

Guardian UK: The Guardian view on Trump and the wall: useful for him, not for the US - Editorial - The promise to ‘build the wall’ worked for Trump as a candidate, and he continues to use it as president. Americans are paying the price with what has become the second longest government shutdown

Emergency Here We Come

Guardian UK: Trump says he'll 'probably, maybe definitely' declare national emergency – live

The Nothing

  Ezra Kline has Trump's number. It's not even about 'the wall'. It's about Trump appearing as a strong man who won't back down because even realistic compromise would make him look weak. He needs to demonstrate to his beloved base, that all important body of people we're all so truly sick of hearing about, that he doesn't back down, he doesn't compromise, and he's fighting for them. This is head slapping nonsense as we all hopelessly wait for individual one to miraculously grow up


NY Times: Trump’s Emergency Powers Threat Could End Shutdown Crisis, but at What Cost? Trump’s Emergency Powers Threat Could End Shutdown Crisis, but at What Cost? by Charlie Savage
President Trump’s repeated threat to declare a national emergency so he can build his border wall without congressional approval has been denounced by Democrats as extreme and an overreach. But it could be the only politically realistic way out of the shutdown crisis in the nation’s capital.

We're Off To See The Wizard

NY Times: Trump Heading to Texas Town to Press His Case for a Border Wall By Michael Tackett
President Trump was set to embark Thursday on a trip to McAllen, Texas, that he did not want to take to discuss a crisis on the border that Democrats say does not exist.

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. At 10:00 a.m. ET the DOW is -103 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market opened significantly lower.

CNN: The $4.5 trillion force that's helping to fuel market swings

Wednesday, January 09, 2019


BBC News: Why meeting another person's gaze is so powerful - The reaction when two people lock eyes in a crowded room is a staple of romantic cinema. But the complex, unconscious reactions that take place are anything but make believe.

It Makes No Sense

NY Times: A Border Wall to Stop Terrorists? Experts Say That Makes Little Sense

Read This

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Self Defeating Strategy

The Atlantic: Trump Has Defeated Himself - The president, trapped without a decent exit in a predicament of his own making, will yield everything and get nothing. by David Frum

President FOX

Salon: So when will Fox News finally let Donald Trump's shutdown end? By himself, Trump would have backed away from this disaster already. But Fox News is holding the nation hostage by Amanda Marcotte

The Onion - Trump Supporter Has Few Backup Scapegoats Ready To Go In Case Crackdown On Immigrants Doesn’t Fix Everything

The Onion: Trump Supporter Has Few Backup Scapegoats Ready To Go In Case Crackdown On Immigrants Doesn’t Fix Everything


Scientific American: Another Casualty of the Government Shutdown: Hurricane Preparedness - Weather models are not being updated and training sessions might be canceled during the budget standoff By Andrea Thompson

Have An Excellent Wednesday

work by Tran Quang Huan

Brian Williams - John Brennan - Robert Mueller Probably Knows Three Times As Much As We Do

Brian Williams - James Carville - I Like Colonoscopies More Than Donald Trump Liked His Speech

Wet Fart

The Daily Beast: Donald Trump Delivers a Wet Fart Oval Office Address - The president can’t get his wall. So like a shitty salesman, he’s now trying to pitch you on something else. by Rick Wilson

GOP Disarray

The Palmer Report: GOP Senate begins caving on shutdown amid Donald Trump’s disastrous wall speech by Bill Palmer

Bad News

Guardian UK: Rosenstein, who has overseen Russia investigation, expected to leave DoJ - Deputy US attorney general to leave DoJ after Trump’s nominee to lead the department is set to take over, officials told media


Guardian UK: Donald Trump fuels immigration fears in TV address on 'border crisis' - President offers no new solutions to government shutdown in first Oval Office address of his presidency

Making It Up AKA Lies

NY Times: Trump’s Speech to the Nation: Fact Checks and Background - President Trump addressed the country on Tuesday, the 18th day of the government shutdown, about border security. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer delivered the Democratic response. By The New York Times
“The federal government remains shut down for one reason and one reason only: because Democrats will not fund border security.”


Democrats have offered $1.3 billion in funding for border security measures like enhanced surveillance and fortified fencing. They do not support Mr. Trump’s border wall.

Lie Festival

NY Times: Trump’s National Address Escalates Border Wall Fight By Peter Baker
President Trump doubled down on one of the biggest gambles of his presidency on Tuesday night with a televised appeal to pressure Congress into paying for his long-promised border wall, even at the cost of leaving the government partly closed until lawmakers give in.

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. At 9:25 a.m. ET DOW futures are +128 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: US-China trade talks; Xiaomi shares plunge; Fed minutes By Ivana Kottasová

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Not Really, It's Trump

Utter Failure

  It was non stop lying nonsense.

Walking In Nature

Tiny Buddha: The Healing Power of Nature: How Walking in the Rain Saved My Life By Suzanne Falter

The Lie


Blockbuster Of The Day

The Daily Beast: Trump Tower Meeting Lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya Charged With Lying About Secret Work with Russian Officials - The attorney is most famous for her role in a 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Don Jr., Kushner, and Manafort. by Victoria Bekiempis and Nico Hines


NY Times: The Wall Is a Symbol of Donald Trump’s Neediness - Seldom has a president’s ego required so much shoring up. There’s not enough concrete in creation for that job. By Frank Bruni
Because it’s not really a wall that Trump is after, if indeed it ever was. It’s a victory for victory’s sake. It’s a show of his might. It’s proof of his potency.

No Endgame

Vanity Fair: “There Is No Endgame”: White House Aides Fear Trump Has Turned the Border Wall into His Alamo - “The president put himself in a box” as Trump tries to fight his way out, his new chief of staff already eyes the exits, and Giuliani worries about Mueller’s possibly “horrific” report. by Gabriel Sherman
Rudy Giuliani recently told a friend that he expects Mueller’s report to be “horrific,” a person briefed on the conversation said...“You’re already hearing people speculate Trump could do a deal and resign.”

The Link

Salon: A link between brain damage and religious fundamentalism has now been established by scientists - Religious fundamentalism is partly the result of a functional impairment in the prefrontal cortex, new study finds by Bobby Azarian

The Onion - Convict Sentenced To Generating $80,000 To $100,000 In Profits For Private Prison

The Onion: Convict Sentenced To Generating $80,000 To $100,000 In Profits For Private Prison

Ultima Thule

Scientific American: Pluto Probe Encounters a Pristine World in the Solar System’s Suburbs - Ultima Thule, the most-distant object ever visited by a spacecraft, is revealing our solar system’s deepest history—and, just maybe, revolutionizing planetary science By Corey S. Powell

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche - What Meditation Really Is

Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by Meret Oppenheim 1913 - 1985

MSNBC - Rick Wilson - President Trump Owns Economic Woes From Government Shutdown

Morning Joe - Bill de Blasio Announces Health Plan For All New Yorkers

Stephen Colbert - Stephen Is Back, The Government Is Not


The Palmer Report: Nancy Pelosi just played Donald Trump like a fiddle by Bill Palmer

Background Checks

Guardian UK: Gun control: Democrats to unveil landmark background check bill - House measure to close longstanding loopholes is key step for advocates but is likely to be blocked by Senate
Five days after taking over the majority in the chamber, House Democrats are set to introduce a bill that would significantly expand the requirements for background checks on gun sales.

Trump - Out Of Touch With Reality


Guardian UK: Carbon emissions up as Trump agenda rolls back climate change work - Last year’s 3.4% jump in emissions is the largest since 2010 recession and second largest gain in more than two decades
A new analysis shows US greenhouse gas levels are increasing as the Trump administration unravels efforts to slow climate change.


NY Times: Borderline Insanity - President Trump rained cruelties on immigrants and asylum seekers and now wants hundreds of millions of dollars to address the humanitarian crisis he caused. By The Editorial Board
Mr. Trump’s mass incarceration of migrant families is overwhelming an already burdened system that, without a giant injection of taxpayer dollars, will continue to collapse, leading to ever more human suffering.

The situation is an especially rich example of the Trump Doctrine: Break something, then demand credit — and in this case a lot of money — for promising to fix it.


NY Times: As Government Shutdown Persists, Americans Feel the Bite By Jim Tankersley, Matthew Goldstein and Glenn Thrush
The standoff is beginning to inflict pain on Americans, whose lives are affected, in one way or another, by the federal government.

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. At 9:24 a.m. ET DOW futures are +252 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: Wall Street launches new stock exchange, taking direct aim at NYSE and Nasdaq By Matt Egan

Monday, January 07, 2019

'I Built A Guitar Out Of 1200 Colored Pencils'


My latest NYT comment -

The US - Canadian border is 3,300 miles, the U.S. Pacific, Atlantic, and Gulf coastlines together are roughly 4,200 miles, the U.S. - Mexican border is 1,400 miles. That being said would a terrorist from the Middle East, Asia, or any other country see a border wall and think, "well that's the end of that, no way into there." Meanwhile China is developing 5G technology way beyond the U.S., Europe is moving ahead with green energy, and the US infrastructure and school system crumbles. So yes, let's get the country all involved in a debate about a wall. Come on America, how stupid is this, really.

Saving Face

NY Times: Trump Wants to Deliver Prime-Time Address on Government Shutdown and Will Visit the Border By Maggie Haberman, Michael M. Grynbaum and Eileen Sullivan

Sounds About Right


  I'll wait till it comes out on Netflix. It's creating a stir.

The Daily Beast: Liz Cheney Fires Back at Christian Bale for Calling Dad ‘Satan’ by Bringing Up Assault Allegation - The Wyoming congresswoman tweeted out a link to a decade-old ‘assault’ allegation against the actor that was dismissed by authorities. by Matt Wilstein

Wall Gambit

Salon: Trump's dangerous "national emergency" gambit: Can he get away with it? Faced with an endless shutdown and decaying support, Donald Trump could order the military to build the wall by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Hillary Launches Campaign To Raise $100 Million Or Else She’ll Run For President

The Onion: Hillary Launches Campaign To Raise $100 Million Or Else She’ll Run For President


Scientific American: Tiny Computers Could Transform Our Lives - And they’re getting closer to the marketplace all the time By Stuart Biles

Have An Excellent Monday

work by Saya Becuwe

Chris Hayes - President Donald Trump Golf Club Concealed Undocumented Worker

Rachel Maddow - Democrats Paint Stark Contrast With Outgoing Republicans


Adam Schiff said 

“If Harry Truman couldn’t nationalize the steel industry during wartime, President Trump certainly doesn’t have the power to declare a nonexistent emergency and build a multi-billion dollar wall on the border. That’s a complete nonstarter.”


The Palmer Report: Adam Schiff throws curveball at Donald Trump by Bill Palmer


Guardian UK: Trump aides may be in legal jeopardy as Democrats give evidence to Mueller - Adam Schiff says he will hand over transcripts of interviews withheld by Republicans when they controlled committee by David Taylor

One Can Hope

Guardian UK: Will Adam Schiff pose a bigger threat to Trump than Robert Mueller? New chairman of the House intelligence committee leads pack of antagonists as he plans to investigate the details of Trump’s businesses, his lenders, and his partners in the US and abroad by Tom McCarthy
But the public face of the investigation of Trump’s finances won’t be Mueller. Leading the charge will be someone Trump cannot fire: California representative Adam Schiff, newly installed chairman of the House intelligence committee and a former federal prosecutor himself.

Steel, Concrete, Shower Curtain

NY Times: Trump Offers a ‘Steel Barrier,’ but Democrats Are Unmoved By Michael Tackett and Catie Edmondson
“I informed my folks to say that we’ll build a steel barrier,” Mr. Trump told reporters after returning to the White House from a senior staff meeting at Camp David. He added of the Democrats, “They don’t like concrete, so we’ll give them steel.”

Trump Doesn't Know What He Is Saying

NY Times: Bolton Puts Conditions on Syria Withdrawal, Suggesting a Delay of Months or Years By David E. Sanger, Noah Weiland and Eric Schmitt
President Trump’s national security adviser, John R. Bolton, rolled back on Sunday Mr. Trump’s decision to rapidly withdraw from Syria, laying out conditions for a pullout that could leave American forces there for months or even years.

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are +57 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open moderately higher.

CNN: Trade talks resume; Tesla in Shanghai; Apple's Samsung TV deal By Ivana Kottasová


Popular Science: Books are good for your brain. These techniques will help you read more - Turn yourself into a bookworm. By Dan Seitz

'More Than This'

Roxy Music

Friday, January 04, 2019


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

work by Denise Regan


Mother Jones: Trump Threatens Government Shutdown Could Last “Months or Even Years” - “I did say that. Absolutely I said that.” by Inae Oh


NY Times: Congress Is Examining Decision to Lift Sanctions on Russian’s Firms By Kenneth P. Vogel
Congress is reviewing the Trump administration’s decision to lift sanctions on companies owned by Oleg V. Deripaska, an influential Russian oligarch with close ties to President Vladimir V. Putin, Democrats said on Friday.


Washington Post: A year of unprecedented deception: Trump averaged 15 false claims a day in 2018 By Glenn Kessler


The Atlantic: Will the Government Ever Reopen? After a contentious meeting with lawmakers, President Trump said the government could stay closed “for a very long period of time,” and mused about declaring a state of emergency. by Russell Berman

'Wiggly Worm'

Billy Kenny and Kyle Watson

'Swan Lane Lullaby'

Presently my most listened to song on Spotify.

Because He's Nuts

The Daily Beast: Wall Street Journal Edit Page Breaks With Trump, Trashes Afghanistan Mockery as ‘Slander’ - The Wall Street Journal’s Editorial Board has lashed out, saying it cannot ‘recall a more absurd misstatement of history by an American president.’ by Olivia Messer

Digby's Latest

Salon: Mitt's been Trumped by history: Romney's play will fail, and the GOP has nothing else - Is Romney's attack on Trump an effort to position himself as the GOP's 2020 savior? It's way too late for that by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Ryan Zinke Apologizes For Misuse Of Government Funds By Sending Ethics Committee $160,000 Vase

The Onion: Ryan Zinke Apologizes For Misuse Of Government Funds By Sending Ethics Committee $160,000 Vase

Generation To Generation

Scientific American: Harsh Nazi Parenting Guidelines May Still Affect German Children of Today - The Nazi regime urged German mothers to ignore their toddlers’ emotional needs—the better to raise hardened soldiers and followers. Attachment researchers say that the harmful effects of that teaching may be affecting later generations By Anne Kratzer
In that book, Haarer recommended that children be raised with as few attachments as possible. If a child cried, that was not the mother's problem. Excessive tenderness was to be avoided at all cost.


Have An Excellent Friday

work by John Ruskin (English 1819 - 1900)

Chris Hayes - New Finance Chair Maxine Waters On Investigating President Donald Trump

Lawrence O'Donnell - Trump Looks Ahead To Worst Year Ever As Democrats Retake Control Of House

'Whiskey In The Jar'

Santos on Mars plays the streets of London

Of Course

The Palmer Report: Donald Trump’s former longtime tax attorney formally charged with extortion by Bill Palmer

More Trump Disgrace

Guardian UK: Keeping US national parks open during the shutdown is a terrible mistake by Jonathan B Jarvis -A former park service director says leaving parks open without key staff is equivalent to leaving the Smithsonian open with priceless artefacts unattended

Pelosi - ‘A Wall Is An Immorality’

Guardian UK: Pelosi remains defiant on wall funding as Trump seeks fresh talks
About 800,000 federal workers have been affected by the 22 December closure of about a quarter of the federal government as Trump withheld his support for new funding until he secures $5bn to build his long-promised but unachieved wall along the US-Mexico border.


NY Times: This Expert Called the Market Plunge. Here’s What He Sees in 2019. by James B. Stewart
“If there are any certainties, one will be that this party will eventually come to an end,” James Stack, president of InvestTech Research, told me a year ago. “And when it ends, it will end badly, and with high volatility.”

Jobs Up

NY Times: U.S. Added 312,000 Jobs in December; Unemployment at 3.9% By Natalie Kitroeff
312,000 jobs were added last month. Wall Street analysts had anticipated an increase of about 180,000. It was the biggest monthly gain since 324,000 jobs were added in February. Including revisions, the monthly average for October, November and December was 254,000.

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. At 9:25 a.m. ET DOW futures are +301 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: US jobs report; Japan catches up; Jerome Powell speaks By Ivana Kottasová

Thursday, January 03, 2019


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We Hope

LA Times: 2019 will be the worst year of Donald Trump’s life By Jon Wiener

Josh Kaufman - The First 20 Hours -- How To Learn Anything

The New House

Business Insider: The US just sent 10 new scientists to Congress, including an ocean expert, a nurse, and a biochemist. Here's the full list.

Nancy Time

NY Times: Nancy Pelosi Elected Speaker as Democrats Take Control of House By Julie Hirschfeld Davis
“Our nation is at a historic moment,” she declared. “This Congress will be bipartisan, transparent and unified.”

Moments later, with a “Come on, kids!” Ms. Pelosi invited the children and grandchildren on the floor of the House to surround her as she took the oath of office.

“I now call the House to order on behalf of all of America’s children,” Ms. Pelosi said after she was sworn in.

Nancy Pelosi Is The New Speaker Of The House

CNN: A historic day in Congress By Meg Wagner, Veronica Rocha, Brian Ries and Amanda Wills


CBS San Francisco: Pelosi Not Ruling Out Impeachment Proceedings Against Trump

'Zombie Bastards'


2019 Here We Come

Salon: If Trump thinks 2018 was a nightmare, just wait until he sees what 2019 has in store for him - A Congress with subpoena power & 17 investigations beyond Mueller's "WITCH HUNT," the hits will just keep on coming by Lucian K. Truscott IV

The Onion - Nation Not Sure How Many Ex-Trump Staffers It Can Safely Reabsorb

The Onion: Nation Not Sure How Many Ex-Trump Staffers It Can Safely Reabsorb


Scientific American: Greenland Has Yet Another Methane Leak - As the Arctic warms, melting glaciers could be an underestimated source of the potent greenhouse gas By Chelsea Harvey

Have An Excellent Thursday

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