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Where Have Oli Garchs Gone?

For those with short memories, this is how the Russian Oligarches got rich.

Zinke declined to say whether portions of the monuments would be opened up to oil and gas drilling, mining, logging and other industries for which Trump has advocated. It was not clear from the memo how much energy development would be allowed on the sites recommended for changes, although…
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Added by Robert Young on September 18, 2017 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

The End of Civilization

The 19th and 20th centuries gave us things like the steamboat, standardized rail networks, the periodic table, vaccines, and the dishwasher. Today Apple gives us

One of the other features for the technology shown by Apple was the ability to generate a face mesh and map new textures to it, such as new SnapChat 'masks', or animated emoji in Message. The hardware will map 50 muscle tracking points, and…
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Added by Robert Young on September 13, 2017 at 8:30am — 7 Comments

Thought For The Day - 13 September 2017

In case it hasn't been obvious, Donald J. Quisling has been very, very busy not draining the swamp. In fact, he's been very busy stocking it with alligators and other predatory critters.

Tens of thousands of former students who say they were swindled by for-profit colleges are being left in limbo as the Trump administration delays action on requests for loan forgiveness,…
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Added by Robert Young on September 13, 2017 at 5:30am — 8 Comments

Houston, You Have a Problem

Contempt for governance at the statehouse generally, and the local level specifically, is why Houston is wiped out. They did it to themselves in the name of "freedom". So, they want to be free to do as they please. The Blue states shouldn't send them a dime, because they'll just do it again.

Added by Robert Young on September 1, 2017 at 8:56am — 3 Comments

We Are The World

Yesterday's cautionary tale of dog ownership began thus:

Perhaps the defining characteristic of humans is the drive to divide. We classify just about everything we know, or just think we know, about the world into, generally, two groups. Us and them. Catholics and Protestants.

I didn't know then that Gina Kolata would take up the theme today. Hers is not the first news report I've…

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Added by Robert Young on August 29, 2017 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Ode to Mulder

Perhaps the defining characteristic of humans is the drive to divide. We classify just about everything we know, or just think we know, about the world into, generally, two groups. Us and them. Catholics and Protestants. One aspect of our existence is tripartite: dog people, cat people, and no animals people. I'll leave out the bird, fish, rodent, and other micro-fauna folks as mentally deficient. As it happens, I've been in a dog family (not mine, but by marriage) for some decades, and most…

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Added by Robert Young on August 28, 2017 at 6:41am — 3 Comments

Dueling Banjos

Once again, into the data fray. This time it's not just a trivial pissing contest. Now, this is a hard data field, not some social science feud over macro policy based on fudgy sampling data. It's all about super-priced heart drugs.

Not surprisingly, each side takes issue with the other's study design and data. They question each other's assumptions about…
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Added by Robert Young on August 25, 2017 at 4:30am — 11 Comments

Hi Ho Steverino

As, I suspect, most folks have done, I took it as an article of faith that Bannon's fortune (whatever it may be) was made at Goldman. The fact that he pronounced himself a Leninist never made much sense. Nor, as mentioned in earlier missives, how he or Donald J. Quisling or any President could compel corporations to practice economic nationalism. You have to be a dictator to force corporations to…

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Added by Robert Young on August 18, 2017 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Touching Me, Touching You

So, let me get this straight, once again.  Clinton lost because 77,900 more shit kickers in shit kicking counties in three states voted for Donald J. Quisling than for her.  Explain to me how any Democrat could reach out and touch the votes of such deplorables?  Not Dixiecrates, but real Democrats.

Added by Robert Young on August 13, 2017 at 1:25pm — 6 Comments

Second Thought For The Day - 10 August 2017

[T]hey've got to draw in their horns and stop their aggression, or we're going to bomb them back into the Stone Age. And we would shove them back into the Stone Age with Air power or Naval power -- not with ground forces.
-- Curtis LeMay/1965

Added by Robert Young on August 10, 2017 at 5:14pm — 3 Comments

Thought For The Day - 10 Augustl 2017

As mentioned before in these endeavors, and bears repeating today:  the SOP of would be dictators is to instigate war, institute martial law, and claim all governance in the name of protecting the homeland.  The shit kickers who bought Donald J. Quisling's white supremacy spiel will buy this transparent ruse.  Will the rest of us?

Added by Robert Young on August 10, 2017 at 5:59am — 4 Comments

Neo Nazi Youth

Just when you figure Donald J. Quisling couldn't be anymore transparent a dictator, he goes and turns the Boy Scouts into Neo Nazi Youth.  All because 77,900 shit kickers had just enough brain stem activity to fill in the circle.

Added by Robert Young on July 26, 2017 at 6:12am — 3 Comments

Inside Quisling's Brain

The NYT interview went public during the MSNBC (I know, Snowflake News) nightly shows. One of the points of wonderment amongst the groups assembled was Donald J. Quisling's assertion that he wouldn't have appointed Sessions if he told Donald J. Quisling that he'd be recusing himself in the Russian investigation. In sum, "Mueller wasn't appointed yet when Sessions was offered the job." Oddly,…

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Added by Robert Young on July 20, 2017 at 8:30am — 9 Comments

Burn, Baby, Burn

Well, as the first quote says, this is clearly treason.  Donald J. Quisling, Jr. meets with a Russian intelligence person, and lies about it.

Time for the NSA to burn some S&M (no, that doesn't mean what your dirty mind thinks) and give us all the audio and signals intel they have on this dirty crew.  Subversion of democracy is the most important attack to punish.

Added by Robert Young on July 10, 2017 at 11:57am — 13 Comments

Fair's Fare

Mulvaney justified cutting the social safety net, and the scientific one too, by describing this budget as "taxpayer friendly". Clearly, a swipe at Romney's 47% diatribe.

Well, here's some factoids. The current income tax is the result of the 16th amendment. The first tax levels

Later that year, Congress enacted the Revenue Act of 1913. The tax ranged from 1%…
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Added by Robert Young on June 13, 2017 at 9:00am — 9 Comments

Push Me, Pull You

One of the most predictable, and (of course) predicted, results of Brexit would be inflation. The UK gets a lot of widgets from the EU, and the Pound has dropped more than a bit (13%, as of the article). As mentioned many times in these missives, inflation has three forebears:

- demand pull

- cost push

- wage push

The Right Wingnuts always attribute any bit of…

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Added by Robert Young on June 12, 2017 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

John The Baptist

Or some sort of speaker in tongues. McCain's clearly gone senile.

Here's a juicy take.

Added by Robert Young on June 8, 2017 at 10:33am — 2 Comments

Minority Report

Much pundit bloviating, especially from the Left, over the last few weeks has centered on three subjects: the incompetence of Donald J. Quisling's governance, the lack of legislative accomplishment, and approval in the 30 percents. The conclusion? Donald J. Quisling isn't getting anything done. If you're any kind of quant or macro policy analyst (other than the au courant tsunami of customer manipulation applications), you would be quite wrong to feel complacent. Donald J. Quisling is doing…

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Added by Robert Young on June 7, 2017 at 3:00pm — 10 Comments

Thought For The Day - 1 June 2017

Ya think the shit kickers in West Virginia, and elsewhere, might be feeling a tad betrayed? Or, are they really so stupid that Guns, God, and Abortion will keep them loving Donald J. Quisling?



When Budget Director Mick Mulvaney assumed the podium in the White House briefing room last week and previewed the administration's 2018 budget, Heather Block's fears quickly…
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Added by Robert Young on June 1, 2017 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

I Want My Participation Trophy

Without my usual session with Kornheiser and Wilbon, there's a Natinals game on with two guys I don't know. Or ever, since I'll be switching to something else soon enough. Not only because one of them is bloviating about "participation trophies" for juveniles; as in, they're bad policy. And sounding angry about it. I suppose he's all for six year olds' Social Darwinism.

On the other hand,…

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Added by Robert Young on May 29, 2017 at 3:30pm — 12 Comments

NEW BLOG POSTS

How Far We've Fallen

Posted by cheshyre on September 19, 2017 at 7:47pm 2 Comments

Burn Out

Posted by cheshyre on September 19, 2017 at 2:24am 1 Comment

Retirement Life; What's It All About?

Posted by Rodney Roe on September 18, 2017 at 12:02pm 13 Comments

Where Have Oli Garchs Gone?

Posted by Robert Young on September 18, 2017 at 8:00am 4 Comments

Health-Care: Privilege v Right?

Posted by Ron Powell on September 18, 2017 at 4:00am 16 Comments

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Posted by Michelle Mellette on September 18, 2017 at 4:00am 0 Comments

Does Anyone Know any Active Masons?

Posted by Terry McKenna on September 17, 2017 at 2:00pm 4 Comments

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