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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Gov. Pritzker Commencement Address - Kindness Is Intelligence

From 2023

Glenn Kirschner - After Promising He'd Testify At Trial Trump Punked Out - Now Let's Talk 'Beyond A Reasonable Doubt'

MSNBC - 'This Is Disgusting Disinformation' - Kirschner Slams Trump's Comments On Mar-A-Lago Raid

Meidas Touch - GOP Leaders Blow Up In House After Trump Facts Stated

MSNBC - 'This Is An Attack On The Rule Of Law' - Former Judge Slams Trump's 'Demagoguery' Against Merchan

Ian Begley - What Should The Knicks' Focus Be This Offseason?


 Washington Post: Fentanyl is fueling a record number of youth drug deaths - The new trend has shocked many pediatricians, who say they feel unprepared to provide counseling on opioid addiction. By Jenna Portnoy and Dan Keating

...a collision between adolescents’ natural drive to experiment, a decline in teen mental health and an increase in the availability and potency of counterfeit pills that mimic the appearance of prescription medications...


 NY Times: San Francisco’s Hot Tourist Attraction: Driverless Cars - Cable cars are still trundling up the city’s hills, but robotaxis from Waymo are shaping up as the city’s latest must-do for visitors. By Lauren Sloss


 Looks like we've found the reason for beginning the abatement of microplastics.

 NPR:  Plastic junk? Researchers find tiny particles in men's testicles By Will Stone


Meidas Touch - Republicans Physically Fight Each Other At Meeting…Again

MSNBC - 'Trump Has No One To Blame But Himself' - Fmr. Federal Prosecutor On Classified Documents Case

Meidas Touch - Trump Criminal Plan Revealed In Major Unsealing

Brian Tyler Cohen - Prosecutor On A Trump Prison Sentence If Convicted

Dead Last

 NY Times: What Trump Looks Like to Historians By Thomas B. Edsall - Mr. Edsall contributes a weekly column from Washington, D.C., on politics, demographics and inequality.

Dead last: Donald Trump (10.92), substantially below James Buchanan (16.71), Andrew Johnson (21.56), Franklin Pierce (24.6) and William Henry Harrison (26.01). 

My own view is that Trump is a consequential president for all the wrong reasons.


 Gift article available to everyone.

 NY Times: Now What? First aid basics everyone should know. By Elizabeth Passarella

The Onion - Woman Doesn’t Appreciate Being Told To Chill Out By Reggae Song

 The Onion: Woman Doesn’t Appreciate Being Told To Chill Out By Reggae Song


 Axios: Scorching heat wave to roast Texas, Gulf Coast over Memorial Day weekend By Andrew Freedman

If the temperature in Austin or San Antonio reaches 100°F or above this weekend, as currently forecast, it would be about a month earlier than the typical start of triple-digit heat there. 


Have An Excellent Wednesday

 Artwork By Sofia Bonati


Morning Joe - Slams Trump's 'Where He Comes From' Remarks About Judge

Ari Melber - 'Huge Mistake' - Trump Defense Makes Brutal Error As Jail Fears Get Real

Meidas Touch - Trump Throws Tantrum As Defense Rests

Brian Tyler Cohen - Trump Accidentally Makes Costly Mistake

Jimmy Kimmel - Trump Whines As Trial Winds Down Shares Unified Reich Campaign Video - Giuliani Desperate For Cash

Stephen Colbert - Trump’s Final Witness Backfires - MAGA 'Unified Reich' Ad


 NPR: Like to bike? Your knees will thank you and you may live longer, too By Allison Aubrey


 Good News Network: The First of 2,000 Privately Owned White Rhinos Get New Home – Rewilded by South African Conservancy By Andy Corbley


 The Bulwark: Trump Mode - How Trump gives his quislings room to defend him. By Jonathan V. Last


Inside Climate News: ‘Historic’ Advisory Opinion on Climate Change Says Countries Must Prevent Greenhouse Gasses From Harming Oceans - The International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea’s opinion said that greenhouse gasses are a form of marine pollution and laid out governments’ legal obligations to reduce that contamination and limit global warming. By Katie Surma


 Guardian UK: Defense rests without Donald Trump testifying in criminal hush-money trial - Judge Juan Merchan adjourns trial until next Tuesday, when the court will reconvene to hear closing arguments By Victoria Bekiempis

Because We're Stupid

 Guardian UK: Majority of Americans wrongly believe US is in recession – and most blame Biden By Lauren Aratani in New York


 Washington Post: Giuliani says he will stop accusing Georgia workers of election tampering - A federal jury in December ordered Giuliani, a former attorney to Donald Trump, to pay $148 million to poll workers for falsely accusing them of election fraud. By Praveena Somasundaram and Niha Masih

...Giuliani filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in New York, listing up to $500 million in debts. He continued, however, to rant against the trial and the ruling, describing the judge as “hopelessly biased.”


 Washington Post: Unsealed motions in Trump’s Fla. case suggest new evidence of possible obstruction - The long-shot motions, which were strongly opposed by prosecutors, claim the indictment should be dismissed because of improper investigatory tactics. By Perry Stein

Trump faces 40 federal charges over allegations that he kept top-secret government documents at Mar-a-Lago, his Florida residence and private club, and then thwarted government efforts to retrieve them.


 NY Times: I’m Donald Trump, and I Disapprove of the Message I Just Posted By David Firestone

In the case of the Reich video, the campaign said it was created by a “random account online” and reposted “by a staffer,” though the posting was done in Trump’s own name 


 NY Times: Middle East Crisis - Spain, Norway and Ireland Recognize a Palestinian State, a Blow to Israel

Although scores of countries have recognized Palestinian statehood, the closely coordinated announcements by the three nations carried added weight amid the growing toll of Israel’s military offensive in Gaza...

The Market On Wednesday

 Good morning. At 6:58 a.m. ET DOW futures are -43, S&P futures are -8.75, and NASDAQ futures are -31.5. The market is poised to open moderately lower.

 Salon: Trump's courthouse clown show can't hide it: There's barely any MAGA support in the streets - Don Jr. is getting so desperate he now claims people give him a "thumbs up hidden under their jacket" By Amanda Marcotte

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

'American Fiction'

 trailer - I'm watching this on Amazon, and it's good, smarter than most recent movies.


"Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and being alone won't either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You have to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes too near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself that you tasted as many as you could." - Louise Erdrich

NY Post - Rudy Giuliani Launches $30 ‘Rudy Coffee’ After WABC Drama - Bankruptcy Case And Legal Woes

The Bulwark - Trump Sends Out Bonkers Video! Shows How Authoritarian He Is! With Rick Wilson

Glenn Kirschner - Here's How A Defense Witness Blew Up Defendant Donald Trump's Case

Sky News Australia - Donald Trump's 'Speech Patterns And Behaviours' Present 'Concerns About Cognitive Decline'

 This is from the weekend.

KTLA 5 - Stunning Meteor Lights Up The Sky Over Europe

BBC News - India Election - How Fierce Heatwave Is Impacting Voter Turnout

John Flannery - May 21, 2024

Talking Feds With Harry Litman - Trump's Very Own Witness Gets Destroyed By Judge

Brian Tyler Cohen - Trump Team's Witness Screws Trump In Devastating Backfire


 Washington Post: The surprising reasons thunderstorms are more destructive than ever - A significant influence on the rising storm damage trend has little to do with the weather. By Scott Dance

Growth and development patterns mean there are many more homes and businesses in the way of tornadoes, hail and damaging winds than there were decades ago.


 NY Times: Live Updates: Trump Trial Turns to Debate Over Jury Instructions After Defense Rests - The jury has been dismissed until closing arguments next Tuesday, but the court is dealing with more business this afternoon. Lawyers for Donald J. Trump wrapped up their case without calling the former president to the stand.

The two sides returned to the courtroom on Tuesday afternoon — without the jury — to hash out a crucial, if complicated, matter: the instructions jurors will receive before deliberating on the 34 felony counts against Mr. Trump. 


 NPR: Trump posted a video on Truth Social calling the country a 'unified reich' if he wins By Danielle Kurtzleben

MSNBC - Defense Rests Their Case In Trump Hush Money Trial

Morning Joe - Robert Costello - I've Never Seen This Before From A Witness

MSNBC - Robert Costello Faces Questions From Prosecution And Defense At Trump Hush Money Trial

MSNBC - 'Stunning Sight' - What Lawrence O'Donnell Found 'Striking' Inside Trump's Criminal Trial Today

Dumped In The Desert

 Washington Post: With Europe’s support, North African nations push migrants to the desert By Anthony Faiola, Imogen Piper, Joyce Sohyun Lee, Klaas van Dijken, Maud Jullien and May Bulman

...illustrates one example of the draconian practices being deployed in at least three North African nations to dissuade sub-Saharan migrants from risky crossings to Europe.


 Trump's not testifying, is anyone surprised?

 NY Times: Live Updates: Trump Will Not Testify in His Criminal Trial as Defense Rests - The jury has been dismissed until closing arguments next Tuesday, but the court has more business to deal with this afternoon. Lawyers for Donald J. Trump called just two witnesses before wrapping up their case.

There is still more legal business after both sides return to court later Tuesday, including hashing out instructions to the jury and a long-shot request by Mr. Trump’s lawyers that the judge decide the case in their favor. That request cited what the defense called bogus testimony by Michael D. Cohen...

The Onion - Trump Quietly Avoids Eye Contact With Rudy Giuliani Begging For Change Outside Courthouse

 The Onion: Trump Quietly Avoids Eye Contact With Rudy Giuliani Begging For Change Outside Courthouse


 Axios: "Act of madness": Israeli officials seize AP equipment, cut live feed of Gaza By Sara Fischer, Barak Ravid

'Slowly Turning Your Head'

Have An Excellent Tuesday

 Artwork by street artist NeSpoon. She does these large lace inspired murals, in Poland.


Jen Psaki - 'It Was Incredibly Stupid' - Fmr. SDNY Prosecutor On Trump Defense Witness’s Blowup With Judge

Stephanie Ruhle - 'An Out-And-Out Lie' - Trump's Courthouse Claims

Lawrence O'Donnell - Trump Defense's Lone Witness Robert Costello As 'Utterly Contemptuous'

Brian Tyler Cohen - Judge Shreds Trump Witness In Newly Revealed Secret Exchange

Jimmy Kimmel - Trump Trial Comes To A Close - Giuliani Served At 80th Birthday

Stephen Colbert - Alito Flew 'Stop the Steal' Flag After Jan 6 - Trump, Biden Must Take Drug Test - Rudy Gets Served


 Global News: How were Egypt’s pyramids built? The mystery may finally be solved By Sarah Do Couto


 Good News Network: Here’s a Summer Dream Job: Get Paid $100K to Swim in Pools in All 50 States in the U.S. By Andy Corbley -


 The Bulwark: Of Course Trump Will Seek a Third Term By Jonathan V. Last and A.B. Stoddard


 Inside Climate News: In Two New Studies, Scientists See Signs of Fundamental Climate Shifts in Antarctica - A steep decline of Antarctic sea ice may mark a long-term transformation in the Southern Ocean, and seawater intrusions beneath the Thwaites Glacier could explain its melting outpacing projections. By Bob Berwyn


 Guardian UK: Houston power outages persist amid sweltering heat - Some residents forced to wait until Wednesday for lights and air conditioning to be restored after major storm in US south By Erum Salam