Friday, February 22, 2019

Annemarie Schwarzenbach

  I just stumbled across Annemarie Schwarzenbach by accident. She was a writer, photographer, journalist, and she traveled far and wide especially into Muslim regions. She died in her 30s in 1942 and spent a good part of her life dressing as a man, she suffered from addictions and depression. She also revolted against the Nazis and helped people under fascist rule. There's a movie about part of her life 'Journey To Kafristan' which I want to see.

Annemarie Schwarzenbach bio

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Jackie Morris

Brian Williams - Here's Why A Short Mueller Report Could Actually Be Bad News For Trump

Morning Joe - President Donald Trump’s Wall Of False Claims

Stephen Colbert - Ana Navarro - Trump Won't Push Me Out Of The GOP

One Can Hope

The Palmer Report: The end of Donald Trump’s presidency by Bill Palmer

Trump Country

Guardian UK: Why ‘Trump country’ isn’t as Republican as you think - Appalachia wasn’t always conservative. In Virginia’s coal country, a long history of grassroots organising is inspiring a new wave of activism. By Elizabeth Catte
Rural spaces are often thought of as places absent of things, from people of colour to modern amenities to radical politics. The truth, as usual, is more complicated. The parents and grandparents of my childhood friends were union organisers; when my grandfather moved to east Tennessee, he went from a world of communist coal miners to the backyard of one of the most important incubators of the civil rights movement, the Highlander Research and Education Center.


Guardian UK: Venezuela crisis threatens disease epidemic across continent - experts - Collapse of Venezuela’s healthcare system could fuel spread of malaria and other diseases across region
Experts have warned of an epidemic of diseases such as malaria and dengue on an unprecedented scale in Latin America following the collapse of the healthcare system in Venezuela.

It's Coming

NY Times: The Mueller Report Is Coming. Here’s What to Expect. A concise report will probably act as a “road map” to investigation for the Democratic House — and to further criminal investigation by other prosecutors. By Neal K. Katyal - Mr. Katyal was an acting solicitor general under President Barack Obama.
The special counsel Robert Mueller will apparently soon turn in a report to the new attorney general, William Barr. Sure, there is still a lot of activity, including subpoenas, flying around, but that shouldn’t stop Mr. Mueller.

GOP Election Fraud

NY Times: New Election Ordered in North Carolina Race at Center of Fraud Inquiry By Alan Blinder
North Carolina officials on Thursday ordered a new contest in the Ninth Congressional District after the Republican candidate, confronted by evidence that his campaign had financed an illegal voter-turnout effort, called for a new election.

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. At 9:25 a.m. ET DOW futures are -64 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open significantly lower.

CNN: stock plummets 50% after it ends partnership with the US Postal Service By Chris Isidore

Thursday, February 21, 2019


Bloomberg: Trump’s Presidency Is Getting Weaker - A defeat for the president’s “Space Force” proposal was typical – and telling. By Jonathan Bernstein
This week offered two prime examples of why Donald Trump’s presidency has been weaker than most people realize.

Ruin Via Trump

The Daily Beast: Trump White House Is Forcing Interns to Sign NDAs and Threatening Them With Financial Ruin - Not even the interns are exempt from the legally dubious rite of passage that is signing a Trump NDA. by Asawin Suebsaeng


  This vicious horrible man got off lightly.

Politico: Roger Stone gets full gag order after Instagram post - Stone was trying to walk back an Instagram post appeared to include a gun’s crosshairs above the head of the federal judge overseeing his case. By DARREN SAMUELSOHN, JOSH GERSTEIN and MATTHEW CHOI

Black Seed Oil

Dr. Axe: 9 Proven Black Seed Oil Benefits that Boost Your Health By Dr. Josh Axe


The Atlantic: Climate Change Enters Its Blood-Sucking Phase - As winters grow warmer in North America, thirsty ticks are on the move.
This was the sixth calf, of 30 collared, that they’d found sucked to death by ticks this season.

The ticks had taken a third of this animal’s weight.

Peter Tork Dies

Variety: Peter Tork of the Monkees Dies at 77 By Jem Aswad and Chris Willman

Bregman Vs Carlson

Pajiba: Rutger Bregman's Unaired Interview With Tucker Carlson Has Leaked and It Is Delicious By Petr Knava

The Onion - ‘We Will Not Repeat The Mistakes Of The 2016 Election,’ Vows Nation Still Using Internet

The Onion: ‘We Will Not Repeat The Mistakes Of The 2016 Election,’ Vows Nation Still Using Internet

Older Adults

Scientific American: Older Adults Are Especially Prone to Social Media Bubbles - Research suggests that fake news will become an even bigger problem as the population ages By Dipayan Ghosh, Vijeth Iyengar

Have An Excellent Thursday

work by Wassily Kandinsky 1866 - 1944

Lawrence O'Donnell - Ex-Fed Prosecutor - Public Michael Cohen Hearing ‘Going To Be Dramatic Day’

Brian Williams - Trump's Best-Case Scenario On Mueller Report? 'Severe Political Damage

Stephen Colbert - The Mueller Probe Enters The Home Stretch

Deep Breath

The Palmer Report: Everyone stop and take a deep breath by Bill Palmer

Disgrace Upon Disgrace

Guardian UK: Alec Baldwin fears for family's safety after Trump 'retribution' threats - In Dworkin Report podcast, SNL sketch actor wonders what ‘retribution’ will look like, and jokes about jail for Trump Jr
Alec Baldwin has spoken of his fear that Donald Trump is stirring up some supporters to exact “retribution” against him for his satirical performance of the president on Saturday Night Live, saying the president “signals people” to become angry and bitter “and then the actions flow from there”.

House Democrats Take On Trump's Emergency

Guardian UK: House Democrats to file measure aimed at blocking Trump's emergency declaration - Lawmakers’ move, planned for Friday, sets up clash over presidential powers and immigration but is likely to fail
Though the effort seems almost certain to ultimately fall short – perhaps to a Trump veto – the resulting votes will let Democrats take a defiant stance against Trump that is sure to please liberal voters. They will also put some Republicans from swing districts and states in a difficult spot.

Massive Crisis In Venezuela

NY Times: Venezuelans Fleeing Crisis Face Desperate Hike to 12,000 Feet By Nicholas Casey and Jenny Carolina González
The walking began before dawn: before the clouds broke against the mountaintops, before the trucks took over the highway, even before anyone in the town woke up to check the vacant lot where scores of Venezuelan refugees had been huddling through the night.

Children, grandmothers, teachers, nurses, oil workers and the jobless had all sprawled there together — bound by a collective will to put as many miles as possible between themselves and the collapsing country they had fled.

Catholic Abuse

NY Times: To Save the Catholic Church, Listen to Priests’ Victims - The pope should always offer forgiveness. But he must drive abusers and their enablers from the ministry. By Mark Joseph Williams - Mr. Williams is a survivor of child sexual abuse.
When I was a child, I was sexually abused by a Catholic priest. Trauma is the devil. It stays in the core of your being. My tears waited nearly a half-century to stream from my eyes. Many victims go to their graves never revealing what they endured. Some take their own life, like one friend of mine. I suffered the pangs of addiction, the subsequent lies, and depression and suicidal ideation, along with bankruptcy and the loss of my job and home.

A childhood lost. The isolation was real. My father had died at only 40. My mother, lonely, drank, fell into rage, and was largely absent. I was prey, vulnerable to being groomed by the priest. The line was crossed.

The Market On Thursday

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

CNN: US-China trade talks; VW warns over tariffs; Barclays and Brexit By Ivana Kottasová

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Domestic Terrorist

NY Times: Coast Guard Officer Plotted to Kill Democrats and Journalists, Prosecutors Say By Dave Philipps
A Coast Guard lieutenant and self-described white nationalist who was arrested in Maryland last week was plotting to kill a long list of prominent journalists and Democratic politicians, as well as professors, judges and what he called “leftists in general,” federal prosecutors said in a court filing.

Liars Got To Lie

The Daily Beast: Maggie Haberman on Trump’s New York Times Attack: ‘That’s a Lie’ - The president once again spent his morning railing against the media, but this time the target of his fury was on TV and ready to respond in real-time. by Olivia Messer

'Half The World Away'

Aurora - give her a chance, it is a lovely song.

Warmed Up And Served Again

Same playbook. Abortion, Guns, and Socialism. Yawn.

The Atlantic: Trump's New Red Scare - With reelection looming and his wall all but defeated, the president sees a convenient political target on the left. by David A. Graham


The Atlantic: A City-Size Moon Was Hiding Around Neptune - Even to the most powerful telescopes, little Hippocamp appears only as a fuzzy dot in photos. by Marina Koren
Hippocamp is one of 14 moons orbiting Neptune.


Salon: So much for the deep-state coup: Andrew McCabe told Congress he was investigating Trump - Congressional leaders knew about FBI counterintelligence probe of Trump in 2017. None of them complained by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Knicks Confident They Have The Cap Space To Ruin 2 Or 3 Promising Careers

The Onion: Knicks Confident They Have The Cap Space To Ruin 2 Or 3 Promising Careers


Scientific American: How Drug Company Ads Downplay Risks - Study shows the power of the “argument dilution effect” By Niro Sivanathan, Hemant Kakkar

King Donald

NY Times: The Madness of King Donald - The new BBC production of “King Lear” is great fun — and an uncomfortable reflection of American politics these days. By Jennifer Finney Boylan

Fun Stuff

Sad and Useless: People Are Making Trump Photos With Extremely Long Tie To Annoy The President

Have An Excellent Wednesday

work by Daisy Makeig-Jones (1881-1945)

Live At Paste Studio NYC

Aurora - IMO, the best new pop singer in a long time. She's got it all and then some, and then some. She performs with a stripped down band like this and also with a larger electronic sounding band. I'm so pleased to see someone singing melodic music.

Lawrence O'Donnell - Andrew McCabe - ‘Not Surprising’ Trump Tried To Intervene In SDNY Probe

Rachel Maddow - NYT Bombshell Outlines Donald Trump's Efforts To Obstruct Investigations

Stephen Colbert - The Most 'Bernie' Way To Kick Off A Campaign

Last Gasps

The Palmer Report: The last gasps of Donald Trump’s dead presidency by Bill Palmer

Tons Of Dough

Guardian UK: Bernie Sanders raises $4m in 12 hours after announcing 2020 campaign - Haul from 150,000 donors was more than double the $1.5m Kamala Harris raised in the first 24 hours of her campaign

Cold War

Guardian UK: Russia may be forced to aim weapons at Washington, suggests Putin - ‘Centres of decision making’ will be targeted if west deploys new missiles in Europe
The treaty, concluded by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, banned the development and deployment of land-based missiles with a range of 500-5,500km and was widely credited with banishing nuclear missiles from Europe. The US, led by the national security adviser, John Bolton, suspended the treaty this month amid claims that Moscow had secretly developed a cruise missile that violated the agreement. Russia denies this.


NY Times: The Catholic Church Is Breaking People’s Hearts - It fires gay workers, vilifies gay priests and alienates parishioners who can’t make any sense of this. By Frank Bruni


NY Times: Bernie 2020, Pro and Con - The strengths and weaknesses of the frequently underrated politician from Vermont. By David Leonhardt
Sanders is a natural politician. Too many Democrats campaign on a laundry list of smart, technocratic proposals that, in the minds of voters, add up to less than the sum of their parts. Sanders understands the importance of clear, bold messages: greedy billionaires, $15 minimum wage, free college, Medicare for all, Green New Deal. If he were elected president along with Democratic majorities in Congress, he would have a mandate for Reagan-like change — in the opposite direction.

1,100 And Counting

NY Times: Trump Has Publicly Attacked the Russia Investigation More Than 1,100 Times
Mr. Trump has employed a wide range of attacks in what appears to be an attempt to discredit the people and organizations associated with the investigations.

According to the president, the inquiry by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, into Russian interference in the 2016 election is the “single greatest witch hunt in political history.”

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. At 9:25 a.m. ET DOW futures are -14 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open modestly lower.

CNN: Fed minutes; Glencore caps coal; Setback for Walmart By Ivana Kottasová

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Ya Think...

CNN: McCabe: 'I think it's possible' Trump is a Russian asset By Kate Sullivan

Cheat Sheet

The Atlantic: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Race: A Cheat Sheet - Bernie Sanders is running for president again, hoping to improve on his surprisingly successful 2016 campaign. Who else is running, who’s not, and who can’t decide? A quick guide to the crowded field. by David A. Graham


NY Times: Where El Chapo Could End Up: A Prison ‘Not Designed for Humanity’ By Alan Feuer and Alan Blinder
“No mountain, bush, tree or blade of grass is visible from the yard, just the sky,” Mr. Rudolph wrote. “The cages have just enough room to do aerobic exercises. Other than the opportunity to breathe fresh air and feel the sunshine on your skin, the outside cages are just cells that are open to the sky.”


NY Times: Intimidation, Pressure and Humiliation: Inside Trump’s Two-Year War on the Investigations Encircling Him - President Trump’s efforts have exposed him to accusations of obstruction of justice as Robert S. Mueller II, the special counsel, finishes his work. By Mark Mazzetti, Maggie Haberman, Nicholas Fandos and Michael S. Schmidt

Suing Trump

Salon: Donald Trump lashes out at California after 16 states sue over his border wall national emergency - Sixteen states are suing Donald Trump over his declaration of a national emergency in order to get a border wall by Matthew Rozsa

The Onion - Aunt Scores Big With Nephews By Dropping Bombshell Story About Mom Smoking Weed As Teenager

The Onion: Aunt Scores Big With Nephews By Dropping Bombshell Story About Mom Smoking Weed As Teenager


BBC News: Alabama newspaper editor calls on KKK to lynch Democrats
Democrats in the Republican Party and Democrats are plotting to raise taxes in Alabama... This socialist-communist ideology sounds good to the ignorant, the uneducated, and the simple-minded people."

"Seems like the Klan would be welcome to raid the gated communities up there."

Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by Jan van Kessel the Elder (1626–1679)

Lawrence O'Donnell - CA AG On Suing Trump - ‘First-Year Law Student Could Argue This Case’

Rachel Maddow - William Barr May Undo Security Of Mueller From Possible Compromised Trump

Stephen Colbert - The National Emergency We 'Didn't Need'


The music of Lionel Scardino

Spotify: Quimera


The Palmer Report: The real reason Roger Stone’s threat against the judge is such a disaster for Donald Trump by Bill Palmer


Guardian UK: Ditch Maduro or lose everything, Trump tells Venezuelan army

Bernie Is In

Guardian UK: Bernie Sanders announces run for presidency in 2020 - The independent senator from Vermont will reprise his 2016 bid for the Democratic nomination, which channeled grassroots support
Bernie Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont whose 2016 presidential campaign helped energize the progressive movement and reshaped the Democratic party, has entered the 2020 race for the White House.


NY Times: Why Trump’s Emergency Mess Means Danger for the Courts - The president’s move has already been challenged in court. Win or lose, he is almost certainly forcing an alarming judicial precedent. By Robert Chesney - Mr. Chesney is a law professor at the University of Texas at Austin.
The Texans and others who face the loss of land because of eminent domain actions funded via Mr. Trump’s emergency declaration have standing to sue and good cause to do so. Not because the government may offer them too little money to constitute just compensation, though past practice suggests this will be an issue, too. Rather, they object to the process that the president has used to gain the funding after Congress largely denied it to him.

Sweet Sixteen

NY Times: 16 States Sue to Stop Trump’s Use of Emergency Powers to Build Border Wall By Charlie Savage and Robert Pear
A coalition of 16 states, including California and New York, on Monday challenged President Trump in court over his plan to use emergency powers to spend billions of dollars on his border wall.

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are -79 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open significantly lower.

CNN: Walmart had a blowout holiday quarter By Nathaniel Meyersohn

Monday, February 18, 2019

Put Him In Jail

Rolling Stone: Roger Stone Shares a Photo of Judge With Crosshairs Near Her Head - Another day, another bizarre moment from the former Trump advisor By Peter Wade

How Sad Indeed


  My neighborhood around 5PM today. The light was beautiful.

Full Performance On KEXP

Aurora - 4 stars **** Sande - best new band in quite some time. They are the real real deal. Beautiful.

Barack On Abraham

The Atlantic: Perfecting Our Union - The president of the United States reflects on what Abraham Lincoln means to him, and to America. by Barack Obama

Russian Hoax

The Daily Beast: U.S. Intelligence: Russia Tried to Con the World With Bogus Missile - The Russians hyped a cruise missile launch earlier this year. But a briefing by the CIA and a second agency determined that it was essentially a hoax. by Ankit Panda

Sucker's Game

Salon: Trump will score another win if Big Media fetishizes his soap opera while the working class suffers - Equating aggregate national unemployment data and a robust stock market with a strong economy is a sucker's game by Bob Hennelly

Warning - Not Politically Correct

The Onion: New Evidence Suggests President George Washington Sent Woodcut Of Penis To Secretary

Trump Threatens Baldwin

Yahoo: Alec Baldwin: Trump's 'SNL' Attack May Be 'A Threat To My Safety'

Have An Excellent Monday

work by Guda Koster

Morning Joe - Mike Pence Met With Silence; Angela Merkel Hammers President Donald Trump


The Palmer Report: Donald Trump gives away that something very ugly is about to surface by Bill Palmer


Guardian UK: Trump ally Graham will subpoena McCabe and Rosenstein over 'coup'


Guardian UK: 'So many lies': Trump attacks McCabe over explosive CBS interview
Donald Trump returned to the attack against Andrew McCabe on Monday, in response to an interview in which the former deputy FBI director discussed his new book and made claims damaging to the president.


NY Times: How Mitch McConnell Enables Trump - He’s not an institutionalist. He’s the man who surrendered the Senate to the president. By Adam Jentleson

What Else Is New

NY Times: Republicans Already Are Demonizing Democrats as Socialists and Baby Killers

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. At 9:25 a.m. ET DOW futures are +16 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open modestly higher.

CNN: How elite investors use artificial intelligence and machine learning to gain an edge By Matt Egan

'All My Loving'

Vektor Music covers The Beatles.

Trust me, they are very good.

Abuse Upon Abuse

  I grew up in a ultra right wing Catholic family and as a child I learned at a very young age to keep my head down, not make any noise, and stay quiet, be invisible. I was not sexually abused, yet I witnessed tons of physical and emotional abuse. The nuns literally beat the living shit out of children every day. Children that were slower learners, or from extreme poverty, or from abusive households were the most vulnerable. These were the children who were beaten, somehow beating the shit out of them was the way to improve conditions that these children were unable to control or even understood in even the tiniest of ways. It's a horrible disgusting legacy and I left the church as a teenager, never to return, and never will.

February 6, 2019 - NY Times: Sexual Abuse of Nuns: Longstanding Church Scandal Emerges From Shadows By Jason Horowitz
The sexual abuse of nuns and religious women by Catholic priests and bishops — and the abortions that have sometimes resulted — has for years been overshadowed by other scandals in the Roman Catholic Church.

That seemed to change this week when Pope Francis publicly acknowledged the problem for the first time.

Friday, February 15, 2019


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

work by Denise Regan


CNBC: Mueller says searches yielded evidence of Roger Stone-WikiLeaks communications

Sue Away

Thank you California.

Chicago Tribune: California to sue Trump administration over national emergency declaration

'Can't Find My Way Home'

Rachael Price

Bizarre Indeed

The Atlantic: Trump’s Bizarre, Rambling Announcement of a National Emergency - The circus in the Rose Garden threatened to distract from what the president actually did on Friday. by David A. Graham

Insanity Rules The Day

NY Times: Trump Declares National Emergency to Build Border Wall By Peter Baker

GOP Lip Service

Salon: GOP senators slam Trump's plan to declare national emergency at border: "Violating the Constitution" - "We have a crisis at our southern border, but no crisis justifies violating the Constitution," Marco Rubio says by Shira Tarlo

The Onion - Yosemite Expands Lodging Accommodations With New Log Cabin High-Rises

The Onion: Yosemite Expands Lodging Accommodations With New Log Cabin High-Rises

If Sane People Ruled

Scientific American: Bold Plan? Replace the Border Wall with an Energy–Water Corridor - Building solar, wind, natural gas and water infrastructure all along the U.S.–Mexico border would create economic opportunity rather than antagonism By Mark Fischetti

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Dorothy Webster Hawksley 1884 - 1970

Rachel Maddow - Donald Trump Asks Americans To Abandon Truth With Daily, Petty Lies

Rachel Maddow - Emergency Declaration Could Backfire, Force Republican Opposition

Stephen Colbert - Pelosi Warns Of The Consequences Of A National Emergency

Out Of Control

The Palmer Report: Donald Trump is spiraling out of control by Bill Palmer

Trump Is The National Emergency

Guardian UK: Is the national emergency a big deal and will it get Trump his wall? Trump said he will declare a national emergency to build a border wall. Here are key questions answered on what that means

Disgusting Amoral Pig To Speak At 10

Guardian UK: Trump to declare national emergency to free up billions for border wall – live - Trump to speak at 10am in White House Rose Garden as Democrats and some Republicans attack expected declaration as unconstitutional

Very Ugly Day In America

NY Times: Trump Will Declare a National Emergency. What Happens Next? Congress has tools to override the president’s declaration, but opponents most likely do not have the votes to overcome a veto. By Nicholas Fandos
In declaring a national emergency to try to build his long-promised border wall, President Trump will invoke extraordinary and seldom-used authorities to bypass Congress’s constitutionally granted power of the purse.


NY Times: Trump Plans National Emergency to Build Border Wall as Congress Passes Spending Bill By Peter Baker, Emily Cochrane and Maggie Haberman
President Trump will declare a national emergency as early as Friday to bypass Congress and build his long-promised wall along the nation’s southwestern border even as he agreed to sign a spending package that does not finance it, White House officials said Thursday.

The Market On Friday

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

CNN: Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway does a rapid U-turn on Oracle By Charles Riley

Thursday, February 14, 2019


NY Times: Trump’s Face-Saving Way Out of Political Crisis Raises Fears Over Rule of Law By Charlie Savage
As a matter of legal reality, the proposal is likely to be bogged down in a court challenge, leaving any actual construction work based on emergency powers spending an uncertain and, at best, distant prospect.

Trump's Greatest Fear




Chicago Tribune: Trump to sign border deal, declare national emergency to fund wall
The White House said Trump, as he's suggested for weeks, would quickly declare a national emergency and perhaps invoke other executive powers to try to shift money to wall-building from elsewhere in the federal budget.

McCabe's Side

The Atlantic: Every Day Is a New Low in Trump's White House - The president steps over bright ethical and moral lines wherever he encounters them. Everyone in America saw it when he fired my boss. But I saw it firsthand time and time again. by Andrew G. McCabe


Salon: Andrew McCabe claims officials discussed possibility of invoking 25th Amendment to remove Trump - "These were the eight days from Comey's firing to the point that Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel" by Shira Tarlo

The Onion - Study - 89% Of Husbands Planning To Surprise Wife On Valentine’s Day By Dressing As Naked, Chubby Cherub

The Onion: Study: 89% Of Husbands Planning To Surprise Wife On Valentine’s Day By Dressing As Naked, Chubby Cherub



Slate: Former FBI Deputy Director McCabe - Says He Opened Obstruction Investigation After Conversation with Trump By Molly Olmstead

Have An Excellent Thursday

work by Japanese paper cutting artist Masayo Fukuda

Rachel Maddow - Robert Mueller Extends Winning Streak As Judge Blows Up Paul Manafort Deal

Brian Williams - Trump - Wall Is 'On Its Way,' Will Be Harder To Climb Than Mount Everest

Stephen Colbert - Trevor Noah Is Stealing 'Executive Time' From Trump


The Palmer Report: Matt Whitaker just got what was coming to him by Bill Palmer


  Is anyone surprised by this.

Guardian UK: Exposure to weed killing products increases risk of cancer by 41% – study - Evidence ‘supports link’ between exposures to glyphosate herbicides and increased risk for non-Hodgkin lymphoma
A broad new scientific analysis of the cancer-causing potential of glyphosate herbicides, the most widely used weed killing products in the world, has found that people with high exposures to the popular pesticides have a 41% increased risk of developing a type of cancer called non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

He Lied

Guardian UK: Federal judge finds Manafort lied to Mueller - Former Trump aide breached plea deal by making false statements about dealings with alleged Russian operative
Paul Manafort lied about his interactions with an alleged Russian intelligence operative even after agreeing to cooperate with Robert Mueller’s inquiry, a judge ruled on Wednesday.


NY Times: The Green New Deal Is What Realistic Environmental Policy Looks Like - In the 21st century, environmental policy is economic policy. By Jedediah Britton-Purdy
For every human being, there are over 1,000 tons of built environment: roads, office buildings, power plants, cars and trains and long-haul trucks.

Gotta Please That Base

NY Times: Trump Puts Best Face on Border Deal, as Aides Try to Assuage an Angry Right By Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman
While acknowledging disappointment in the agreement, the president and his aides characterized it as better than it seemed, citing money it will provide for overall border security.

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. At 8:00 a.m. ET DOW futures are +110 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: Airbus scraps the A380; Nestle turnaround; US-China trade talks By Ivana Kottasová

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Liar's Liar

Chicago Tribune: Judge finds Paul Manafort lied to investigators in Russia probe by Chad Day
The ruling by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson was another loss for the former Trump campaign chairman, who faces years in prison in two separate criminal cases stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

Humanity's Future?

The Atlantic: The Bizarre Planets That Could Be Humanity’s New Homes - What would human civilization look like on a tidally locked world? by Charlie Jane Anders
Astronomers believe that most of the planets in our galaxy that have Earth-like temperatures are likely to be tidally locked.

New Hire

CNN: House Judiciary Committee hires lawyers who have written case for Trump impeachment By Jeremy Herb and Katelyn Polantz

Circumstantial And Damning

Salon: Did the Senate find "no direct evidence" of collusion? That doesn't mean what Trump wants it to - Despite right-wing ecstasy, nothing has changed. The evidence against Trump is circumstantial — and damning by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Congress Agrees To $1.3 Billion For Protective Border Fencers

The Onion: Congress Agrees To $1.3 Billion For Protective Border Fencers


Scientific American: How Phoenix Is Working to Beat Urban Heat - Global warming and an urban heat island effect pose a major health challenge to the city By Keridwen Cornelius

Have An Excellent Wednesday

watercolors by Georgia O'Keeffe

Lawrence's Last Word

Rachel Maddow - Shameless Donald Trump Favor For Donor Threatens To Normalize Corruption

'Take On Me'


Stephen Colbert - Trump's Friends At Fox Don't Like The Bipartisan Deal

Blow Torch

The Palmer Report: Hillary Clinton just took a blowtorch to Donald Trump by Bill Palmer

Tat Too

Guardian UK: At arm’s length: are tattoos finally becoming uncool? From Adam Levine at the Super Bowl to Justin Bieber’s Vogue shoot, tattoos are having a fashion moment. But that may not make them more sought-after

Midnight Friday Deadline

Guardian UK: Government shutdown: tension rises as 'not happy' Trump mulls border deal - Government to close again if no deal done by midnight Friday - Agreement could face difficulties before it reaches Oval Office


NY Times: Democrats, Stop Groveling - To triumph in 2020, care less about pleasing all of the people all of the time. By Frank Bruni
Kirsten Gillibrand confronted a piece of fried chicken in South Carolina over the weekend. She began to eat it with a fork, realized that others around her were using their hands, asked if she should do likewise and ditched the utensils. Reading the reports of this, you got the sense that she would have grabbed that chicken with her pinkie toes if she’d been told to; she would have sucked it through a very large straw if those were the cues. Anything to conform. Anything to please.

The Stupid Wall

NY Times: A Fence, Steel Slats or ‘Whatever You Want to Call It’: A Detailed Timeline of Trump’s Words About the Wall By KEVIN QUEALY
As a candidate, Donald J. Trump’s language about the southern border was remarkably simple: He would build a great wall, and Mexico would pay for it. He repeated this promise hundreds of times. But his language has shifted since his election as president, particularly since the government shutdown last month.

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are +99 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: Market may be ignoring risks of an earnings slowdown By Paul R. La Monica

Tuesday, February 12, 2019


Bloomberg: U.S. National Debt Soars to a Record $22 Trillion: Chart By Sophie Caronello and Brendan Murray

Where Climate Change Will Take Your Home

The Atlantic: The East Coast Is Going to Get Arkansas-ified - A new study finds the climate “twin city” for hundreds of places across the United States. by Robinson Meyer

Fitzlab: What will climate feel like in 60 years

Trump Is The Instigator

The Daily Beast: Trump Supporter Who Attacked BBC Cameraman at Rally Won’t Be Charged: El Paso DA - During the El Paso rally Monday night, a Trumpkin “violently pushed” a BBC cameraman. The DA’s office says it will not press charges. by Pilar Melendez

President Hannity Decides - Here Comes A Shutdown

  Trump couldn't possibly violate the Hannity rule. Don't count on there not being a shutdown.

Salon: Fox News host Sean Hannity slams "garbage" bipartisan deal reached by lawmakers to avert shutdown - Hannity warned that any Republican supporting the compromise would "have to explain" his or her positions by Shira Tarlo

The Onion - Lazy Poor Person Has Never Earned Passive Income From Stock Dividends A Day In His Life

The Onion: Lazy Poor Person Has Never Earned Passive Income From Stock Dividends A Day In His Life


Scientific American: Artificial “Dumbness” May Be a Solution for Engineering Smart Machines - Design principles derived from observing fruit flies may lead to better self-driving cars and improved Parkinson’s treatment By Simon Makin

Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by Jorge Barradas (Portuguese, 1894 – 1971)

Brian Williams - Frank Figliuzzi - Russia-Donald Trump Collusion Question Is Not Yet Answered

Rachel Maddow - Amy Klobuchar Campaign Launch Emphasizes Democrats' Midwest Momentum

Stephen Colbert - Here's How Trump Spends 60% Of His Day

The Real Story

The Palmer Report: The real story behind Michael Cohen’s latest delay in testifying before Congress by Bill Palmer

Mob Boss

Guardian UK: The Threat review: Andrew McCabe FBI memoir aims at 'mob boss' Trump
McCabe paints a portrait of Trump as a mob boss, an observation in sync with Bloomberg’s Josh Green in The Devil’s Bargain and James Comey, the fired FBI director, in A Higher Loyalty. McCabe, however, goes further.

Delusional A-Hole

Guardian UK: Trump claims 'wall is being built' and mocks O'Rourke at El Paso rally - President ignores facts and details of Washington deal while Democrat O’Rourke holds competing rally nearby
“On the banks of the legendary Rio Grande … today we started a big, beautiful wall,” Trump said.

But that is not true. Last fall, construction began at the neighborhood of Chihuahuita in downtown El Paso – but the project will only replace the old fence with a new taller fence.

Silver Lining

NY Times: How Trump Has Hurt the Gun Lobby - His presidency hasn’t been the boon for gun-rights supporters that they might have hoped. By The Editorial Board
Politically, financially and legally, the gun-rights cause and, more specifically, the lobbying juggernaut that is the National Rifle Association have not fared well in the Trump era. If this trend continues — or accelerates — it could wind up being a rare silver lining to Mr. Trump’s presidency.

No Wal

NY Times: With Shutdown Looming, Border Deal Is Reached ‘in Principle’ By Emily Cochrane and Glenn Thrush
...would stave off another partial government shutdown without funding President Trump’s wall.

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are +206 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: Shutdown optimism; Gucci shines in China; Nissan suffers By Ivana Kottasová

Monday, February 11, 2019

'Stuck In The Middle'


CNN: Eating 'ultraprocessed' foods accelerates your risk of early death, study says By Susan Scutti
In the United States, 61% of an adult's total diet comes from ultraprocessed foods, in Canada, it is 62%, and in the UK, that proportion is 63%...

'Brain Divided'

animated short film

Defending Dolt Man

The Daily Beast: How Fox News Covered Trump’s ‘Trail of Tears’ Genocide Joke - His latest anti-Elizabeth Warren attack stoked controversy for a seeming reference to Native-American genocide. His reliable media allies either ignored it or defended him. by Andrew Kirell

Rethinking Animals

The Atlantic: Scientists Are Totally Rethinking Animal Cognition - What science can tell us about how other creatures experience the world

'Blue Canary'

Frank Chickens

Because, Of Course

  FOX has clearly hired the right person.

FOX News: Fox News host says he hasn’t washed his hands in 10 years because germs are not real By Lisa Gutierrez

'The Joke'

Brandi Carlile

KKK Immigration Rally

Salon: Oh good, Donald Trump is back: A rally near the border and bizarre new "facts" on immigration - Emerging from his White House cocoon, Trump tries to recover some momentum with a bunch of freshly baked lies by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Pentagon Allocates $600,000 For Actual Gun Used In ‘Scarface’

The Onion: Pentagon Allocates $600,000 For Actual Gun Used In ‘Scarface’


Scientific American: Drunk Witnesses Remember a Surprising Amount - Interviewing an inebriated person at the scene may be more accurate than waiting until he or she is sober By Agata Boxe

Have An Excellent Monday

work by Beth Moon