Tuesday, February 09, 2016


Wired: Trump’s New Hampshire Rally Is Just Like Reading the Comments
At one point, Trump told the crowd to turn around and look at the press. He meant to note the sheer size of the press area, which took up two sections of the arena—not to mention the flock of video cameras on the stadium floor. But the crowd, instead, took Trump’s instruction as their cue to boo the journalists sitting and standing silently behind them. Faced with the boos, most members of the press just laughed, for they know the cardinal rule: You never read the comments.

Bette Tweets

Bernie's Youth

Samantha Bee Takes On The Dems And GOP

Have A Great Tuesday

work by Albrecht Durer

The Onion - New Hampshire Covered In Shadow As Floating Clinton Campaign Headquarters Takes Up Position Over State


Science Daily: Five common causes of erectile dysfunction
summary - You’ve seen the late night commercial come across your screen. An older man is on a date with a beautiful woman in a romantic setting. A big smile stretches across his face as he looks in her eyes, but something is secretly bothering him. Cue the voiceover about erectile dysfunction.

TRNN - Corporate Media Endorses Clinton To Defend Their Own Interests

Hillary Leads


GOP Presidential Dignity

Guardian UK: Trump repeats crowd member's 'pussy' insult as New Hampshire votes - On the eve of the primary, Donald Trump repeated an offensive remark from a member of the crowd about Ted Cruz’s position on waterboarding
“You’re not allowed to say that,” he continued. “I never expect to hear that from you again.”

Trump paused, looked out at his election-eve audience and leaned into the microphone: “She said he’s a pussy.”

The audience cheered – shouting “Trump! Trump!”

Climate Central - Antarctica


The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 27 degrees and overcast here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast is predicting sunshine and back into the 30s this afternoon. We caught the side edge of a coastal snowstorm and it looks like we got a few inches of snow in my neighborhood, not quite enough snow to cover the pachysandra. Today is the big day as the New Hampshire primary gets underway, voting began this morning. I was listening to Trump last night and all I was thinking was since when did an utter lack of dignity and a need to incite violence become presidential qualities. The bottom of the barrel is being scraped.

  At 8:50 a.m. ET futures are significantly lower and the price of oil per barrel is around $30. The market is poised to open lower.

  A series of harsh global realities are affecting markets today. Trouble in China, Japan, Italy, the EU generally, and the ongoing pressure on oil are contributing to today's sell off. The global market is sticky at the moment. Hold onto your hats.

CNN: Stocks: 6 things to know before the open
Italian banks fell more than 6% at the open and some were suspended limit down. Italian financial stocks continue to suffer from concerns about their stability despite recent reassuring comments from the European Central Bank and the Italian government.

Monday, February 08, 2016


From a deep operative on Facebook:
Chris Christie's New Hampshire motto - Live Free Or Diet

'Not Very Well Informed'

NBC News: Former Mexican President: We're Not Paying for a 'Stupid' Wall
"No offense, no offense to America. So Donald Trump … is ambitious but not exactly very well-informed man, I don't want to say ignorant, but he is not very well informed," said Calderón.

Hillary 55%, Sanders 34% In NY

Daily News: 48% of New Yorkers think Hillary Clinton will be next president
Democrat Hillary Clinton leads Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders by 21 points, and real estate mogul Donald Trump has an 18-point lead over his closest Republican opponent, according to a new Siena College poll.

Christie Again

  Five Thirty Eight is putting Sanders chances of winning New Hampshire at better than 99%.

ABC News: Chris Christie Invokes Bill Clinton in 'Wide Open' GOP Race
“Everybody told him (Bill Clinton) the night before New Hampshire primary, he was going to be in single-digits and was finished,” Christie recalled. “He came in second place and his campaign went on to win the nomination. So, let's remember a little history.”

Have A Great Monday

work by Albrecht Durer

The Onion - Wealthy Donors Pump Millions Into Sanders’ Campaign In Last-Ditch Effort To Destroy His Credibility

Early Diet

Science Daily: Early human ancestor didn't have the jaws of a nutcracker - Biting too hard would have dislocated jaw of Australopithecus sediba
summary - South Africa's Australopithecus sediba, discovered in 2008 at the renowned archaeological site of Malapa in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, is again helping us to study and understand the origins of humans. Research published in 2012 garnered international attention by suggesting that a possible early human ancestor had lived on a diverse woodland diet including hard foods mixed in with tree bark, fruit, leaves and other plant products. But new research by an international team of researchers now shows that Australopithecus sediba didn't have the jaw and tooth structure necessary to exist on a steady diet of hard foods.

TRNN - Sanders, Revolution Needed From Below


The Refugee Crisis

Guardian UK: Refugee crisis: 35 die off Turkish coast - Officials say 24 people died when boat capsized near Lesbos, with another 11 reportedly drowning in separate incident
Turkey, home to 2.5 million Syrian refugees, says it has reached its capacity to absorb more but has indicated that it will continue to provide refuge.

New Hampshire

Guardian UK: Trump and Sanders make final push on day before New Hampshire primary
For the Democrats, Sanders is nearly 13 points ahead of Hillary Clinton, although once the race moves to South Carolina and further afield the former secretary of state, for now at least, has substantial leads over the Vermont senator.

Global Warming - Europe's Trees

Climate Central: Europe’s Shift to Dark Green Forests Fuels Warming
Lighter-colored broad-leafed trees, such as oak or birch, reflect more sunlight back into space but have lost ground to fast-growing conifers, used for everything from building materials to pulp.


AlterNet: How Dark Money Stays Dark: The Koch Brothers, Sheldon Adelson and the Right's Destructive Racket - Internal memos reveal the slimy tactics political donors use to hide their campaign contributions from the public.
Groups that are throwing their resources behind stricter campaign finance regulation include Common Cause, which has offices in 36 states, and the Democracy Alliance, an invitation-only organization composed of wealthy liberal donors.

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. It is 30 degrees and overcast here in the Upper Hudson Valley. The forecast is predicting a few days in the 30s and 40s and then it starts to get more like Winter over the weekend with some very cold temperatures coming through. It is Winter after all. I hope you had a good weekend. I finished watching the BBC series 'Sherlock' and it was a blast, check it out, lots of fun. I did not watch the GOP debate, what's the point. Oh yeah, I think there was some important football game on Sunday, I don't know, don't like football. Basketball, now there's a game...

  At 8:50 a.m. ET futures are significantly lower and the price of oil per barrel is significantly lower as well. The market is poised to open much lower.

  If you are the kind of person who drives by a car crash and looks at the calamity, then you will have something to watch as the market goes splat. If you are the kind of person that can't tolerate looking at an accident and needs to look away, then start looking away because the accident is unfolding.

CNN: Stocks: 4 things to know before the open
"Softening economic data and disappointing earnings reports is contributing to a negative feedback loop..."