Saturday, November 28, 2015

Very Black


  A more mainstream non-judgmental type of article on Trump's supporters.

MSNBC: What Trump supporters think about race and religion

The Fringe Establishment

WaPo: How Donald Trump courted the right-wing fringe to conquer the GOP
But in fact, Trump spent years methodically building and buying support for himself in a vast, right-wing counter-establishment — one that exists entirely outside the old party infrastructure and is quickly becoming just as powerful.

Trump’s fantastical perspective was being accepted as reality in the Fringe Establishment, and the consequences were real.

The Balkan Route

Journal-Advocate: The epic migration story
...first by foot and bus, out of Syria, through Turkey. "And into that sea, the sea of death," he repeats, visibly shaken. He and his two friends boarded rafts to cross the Aegean Sea into Greece. "Then we searched for trains, and if we couldn't get on, we learned to walk along the rail tracks north."
WSWS: Thousands of refugees stuck on the Balkan route

Tacit Approval

Enrico David

Beyond Gun Deaths

Have A Great Saturday

work by Felix Vallotton

The Onion - More Americans Putting Off Marriage Until Ultimatum

Human Hepatocytes Grown In Lab

Science Daily: Functional human liver cells grown in the lab
summary - A new technique for growing human hepatocytes in the laboratory has now been described by a team of researchers. This groundbreaking development could help advance a variety of liver-related research and applications, from studying drug toxicity to creating bio-artificial liver support for patients awaiting transplantations.

TRNN - Why Didn’t Bush/Cheney Prevent 9/11? - John Kiriakou On Reality Asserts Itself Part 5

  I would encourage you to listen to this interview, there's some critical information here about 9/11 that everyone needs to hear.

The Drought

Trump Hat Factory - Mostly Latino Factory Workers

The Village Of Dakasoye, Nigeria

'Robert Lewis Dear, A 57-Year-Old Man From North Carolina'

Guardian UK: Gunman named in Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood attack - Officials name suspect as Robert Lewis Dear, 57, of North Carolina - Republican criticises Planned Parenthood as search for motive goes on
However, the Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger, of Illinois, criticised Vicki Cowart, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood in the Rocky Mountains, for a statement released on Friday afternoon. In the statement, Cowart said that though the motive for the attack was not known, “extremists are creating a poisonous environment that feeds domestic terrorism in this country”.

Global Warming - Scotland

The Scotsman: Scots flowers face extinction as global warming hits
Some of Scotland’s best-loved flowers are facing extinction as a result of global warming, scientists have warned.

Trump Panic

The Hill: GOP in panic over Trump
Rick Wilson, a Florida GOP strategist who has agreed to help produce TV ads for Mair’s group if it raises funding, told The Hill, “I expected that the other candidates and campaigns would by now have stepped up to knock down Trump’s numbers, and I was wrong. Unlike Donald Trump, I will admit when I have made an error.”

But Wilson added that capsizing the businessman’s chances at this point would require a significant financial effort.

Trump Down

Reuters: Republican Trump drops 12 percentage points in poll: Reuters/Ipsos
Following Carson, Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Texas Senator Ted Cruz are tied for third place, with more than 8 percent each.

Following Rubio and Cruz was former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, with 7 percent.

Signs Of Decay

AlterNet: 5 Depressing Signs America Just Isn't the Country It Used to Be - There exists a common theme amidst these signs of societal decay.
5. One in Four Americans Suffer Mental Illness, Mental Health Facilities Cut by 90%

Robert Reich - Why The Sharing Economy Is Hurting Workers And What We Can Do About It

Friday, November 27, 2015

'Gimme Shelter'

Playing For Change

Have A Great Friday

work by Felix Vallotton

The Onion - Thanksgiving Affords Nation Rare Opportunity To Eat Large Amounts Of Food While Watching Football

Global Warming Will Be Faster Than Expected

Science Daily: Global warming will be faster than expected
summary - Global warming will progress faster than what was previously believed. The reason is that greenhouse gas emissions that arise naturally are also affected by increased temperatures. This has been confirmed in a new study that measures natural methane emissions.

TRNN - The Blind Spots In Alberta's Climate Change Plan

The Drought

Alabama Won’t Fund DMV Offices, But Liquor Stores Can Have Public Funds

The Race To Stupid Land

MSNBC: Republican candidates score abysmally on climate change
The grades, which ran from 0 to 100, were mostly abysmal. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was the strongest and the wrongest, receiving a grade of 6 points for accuracy. All eight evaluators placed Cruz dead last.


Guardian UK: Wounded survivors of Paris terror attacks gather at remembrance ceremony - President François Hollande vows to ‘defeat this enemy’, telling traumatised nation: ‘They have a cult of death, but we have a love of life’
At the solemn national ceremony to remember the victims of France’s worst-ever terrorist attacks, more than 2,000 family members and survivors gathered. But many more wounded survivors were still in hospital, several in intensive care, unable to attend.


Global Warming - Better Batteries

Black Students And Yale

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. It is 51 degrees and relatively sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley. A sunny day with temperatures in the 60s is expected. After today the forecast is predicting a downturn in temperatures as we race towards Winter. I hope you had a reasonable to outstanding holiday. We certainly did and this year I tried with partial success to limit my feasting. The stomach was still rumbling last night and today I will attempt to clean up my dietary act. The streets are calm this morning with many people taking the day off, shopping and relaxing. On a positive note, I did a good job of staying away from the miserable news on Thursday. Expect to see Christmas decorations very soon.

  At 9:00 a.m. ET futures are up and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open higher.

  Three things come to mind surrounding today's market activity. First, today is as we know Black Friday, and the shopping frenzy is in full bloom. I stay away from that stuff as it has no appeal to me, I have more than enough junk. Regardless, the market is consumer driven, not people driven, we are consumers in a producing material world and the quantity of goods purchased today will be reflect in the indexes shortly. Second, notice that oil cannot seem to rise above $43 per barrel. OPEC is cranking the stuff out at a glut pace and many believe we will in fact see a further descent of oil prices. How this will effect the struggle between alternatives and carbon based energy is to be determined. Cheap oil tends to inhibit gas mileage and economy in cars, along with power generation. Third, because it is an in-between day, many investors are not working today. When fewer investors work the market tends to be a little more volatile.

CNN: Stocks: 5 things to know before the open
Oil prices are falling by more than 2% to around $42 a barrel. OPEC meets a week from today and the cartel is expected to keep pumping crude at full tilt, despite a continuing global glut and the prospect of a sharp increase in Iranian exports next year.