Links 3/30/16

Caveman’s best friends? Preserved Ice Age puppies awe scientists Agence France Press (martha r)

Text in lost language may reveal god or goddess worshipped by Etruscans at ancient temple: Rare religious artifact found at ancient temple site in Italy is from lost culture fundamental to western traditions ScienceDaily (Chuck L)

Probe of Exxon’s climate change disclosures expands Reuters (David L)


Dirty money centre? Hong Kong in money laundering spotlight as suspected Russian drug lord and his former model lover probed South China Morning Post

Mattel’s and the Chinese cyber-thieves Bangkok Post (furzy)

The fall and fall of German social democracy Politico

Rousseff blow as coalition partner quits Financial Times


Children Pay ‘Highest Price’ as Yemen Falls Apart, U.N. Says New York Times

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

Under Surveillance: Examining Facebook’s Spiral ,of Silence Effects in the Wake of NSA Internet Monitoring Journalism & Mass Communications Quarterly (Chuck L)

Mass Surveillance Silences Minority Opinions Bruce Schneier (Chris M)

Internet Of Seals: Vodafone Connects Marine Mammals To IoT PhysOrg (Chuck L)

Imperial Collapse Watch

The CIA naked photos scandal is a wake-up call Guardian

Clinton E-mail Hairball

Second judge opens door to depositions in Clinton email case The Hill (furzy). Over 1200 comments as of now.


Mercurial pollster results Statistical Ideas (furzy)

Diving Into Nate Silver’s Secret Sauce Michael Shedlock (furzy)

The States Sanders Has Won Predict the Nominee More Often Than the States Clinton Has Won Bloomberg (martha r)

Susan Sarandon Says She May Not Vote For Clinton If Sanders Loses Dem Race Talking Points Memo (Sherry)

Bernie Sanders: This year’s biggest story CNN (martha r). Really? Now the MSM (via headlines) is trying to claim they’ve been covering him?

Bernie Sanders’ connections with two UMKC economists run deep Kansas City Star (Mark K)

Debate-Ducking Hillary Clinton in ’08: Candidates Should Be Tough Enough to Debate ‘Anytime, Anywhere Intercept (Jeff W)

Trump and Clinton: Censoring the Unpalatable Counterpunch (resilc)

US election: Donald Trump aide charged with assault BBC. Lead story at the Financial Times as of this hour.

Yes, Donald Could Beat Hillary Wall Street Journal (Li)

Trump Foreign Policy Advisory Pushes Israel Offshore Gas; Study: Fracking Causes Quakes Steve Horn

Liz Mair’s Anti-Trump Super PAC Has Same Mailing Address as Carly Fiorina’s Campaign Breitbart (furzy)

Victory for Unions as Supreme Court, Scalia Gone, Ties 4-4 New York Times

On pardons, Obama could go down as one of the most merciless presidents in history Washington Post (furzy)

Obama calls for more funds, new attitude to fight opioid epidemic Reuters (EM). How about more jobs and more income? The “epidemic” is the result of acute economic distress.

CBO Misses Its Obamacare Projection by 24 Million People Weekly Standard (EM). Keep this in mind when you look at other CBO projections.

Internists Unveil 7-Point Plan To Deal With High Drug Prices NPR (martha r)

Texas healthcare company owner ordered nurses to overdose hospice patients: FBI Raw Story. !!!!

Washington’s MedStar computers down for second day after virus Reuters (EM)

LA Welfare-Dependent Film Industry American Conservative

Audit shows UC admission standards relaxed for out-of-staters SFGate (martha r)

Police State Watch

Up to half of people killed by US police are disabled Guardian (martha r)

How to Spot an NYPD Cop Car Disguised as a Yellow Cab Gizmodo (Chuck L), Boston version in comments.

Arizona Capitol protester booked on felony charge for safety pin 12NEWS (martha r)


Yellen Says What Markets Want to Hear Mohamed El-Erian Bloomberg

Big tests lie ahead after Yellen speech Financial Times

Layoffs Watch ’16: Non-China-Focused Investment Bankers Dealbreaker (furzy). Amusing contrast with VoxEU article on how European banks are losing share in investment banking. So expect Americans to cut back, but allegedly not as severely.

Judge’s Ruling on Law School Grad’s Debt Could Signal ‘Seismic’ Shift in Loan Practices ABC (martha r). I need to read the decision to get a dim sense of how broadly applicable the logic is to private student loans. The argument seems to be that even though the loan was marketed a student loan, in substance it was no different than any other consumer loan.

USF graduate, 44, says in lawsuit he didn’t deserve student loans Tampa Tribune (martha r)

Goldman Sachs and Bear Stearns: A Financial-Crisis Mystery Is Solved Wall Street Journal. As in “Who killed Bear Stearns?”

Madoff Aides Ask For Conviction To Be Overturned Because Prosecutor Made A Movie Reference Dealbreaker (furzy). You cannot make this stuff up.

“Economics” as Push Poll James Kwak, Baseline Scenario (Li)

Class Warfare

“What We Have is Capture of the Regulators’ Minds, A Much More Sophisticated Form of Capture Than Putting Money in Their Pockets” Pro-Market (Li)

Make elites compete: Why the 1% earn so much and what to do about it Brookings (resilc)

Growing labour force belies grim US mood Financial Times

CSU faculty should receive 5 percent raise, fact finder says Sacramento Bee

World watches Britain’s ‘living wage’ experiment Financial Times. Click through to see how badly America does on the wage version of the Big Mac index.

Antidote du jour. Chet G: “A red-winged blackbird among birch catkins (the redwings have been here for a few weeks now).”

a2089-redwing-catkins-24mar links

And a bonus video, courtesy reader Emma. For story, see Only in Australia: Police Officer Helps Koala Cross the Road.

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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  1. Tertium Squid

    On pardons, Obama could go down as one of the most merciless presidents in history

    Don’t worry. If he holds to corporatist form, there will be a big mountain of pardons during his last week in office.

      1. Benedict@Large

        Nixon was pardoned without being first charged. A sort of pre-emptive pardon.

        Could we expect this for Obama’s banking buddies? To cover whatever charges might not have expired on limitations?

    1. EmilianoZ

      Only Nixon can go to China. If Obama had pardoned more, the Reps would have pounced on it to portray him as weak. Obama was constrained by many many things, we dont even know. But History will do him justice. His place is secure. Between Lincoln and FRD.

        1. hunkerdown

          Because the self-image of Democratic partisanship is that of precocious kids trying to put one over on Daddy, knowing how wrong they are in the deepest of their hearts?

      1. nippersdad

        “His place is secure. Between Lincoln and FRD (sic).”

        Placing him between FDR and Lincoln is going to make for a hard meal to swallow. FDR “welcomed their hate” while BO admits to standing between them and the pitchfork brandishing hoi polloi. Lincoln freed slaves, BO endorsed slavery when he included Malaysia in his TPP.

        If there is any justice to history, his place in it will be bereft of the kind of propaganda that such statements represent.

        1. OpenThePodBayDoorsHAL

          I’d call him a mix of Pol Pot, Nixon, and Millard Fillmore, a weird combination of bloodthirsty, utterly mendacious, and totally ineffectual.

      2. roadrider

        But History will do him justice. His place is secure. Between Lincoln and FRD.

        Delusional Obama-bot, tribal Dem bullshit.

        I guess the Republicans “made” Obama turn a blind eye to the largest, most destructive white-collar crime wave in US history and coddle the perpetrators while crapping all over the victims. I couldn’t have been that he’d rather jerk off his golfing buddy Jamie Dimon for campaign cash than prosecute him – right?

        There will always be sycophants and hagiographers who will produce mounds of drivel lauding this scumbag but any fair reading of history will reveal Obummer to be a self-serving narcissist who prized his own ambition over the public welfare and sold out to the moneyed elite and warfare/surveillance state to achieve his personal goals.

        1. local to oakland

          I’m not sure we know. To be fair, an African American without a smooth exterior, go along style and ability to not ruffle feathers would never have found success either at big University, or big law to politics the way he did. I don’t like most of his political choices, but he’s where he is because he can blend in, plus his family connections. I have seen his administration do low profile under the radar things that I approve of. I don’t know if that’s him or his appointees.

          Bottom line, I am waiting for his post presidential choices to show me whether his character is closer to Clinton or Carter. I really don’t know.

          1. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

            It’s interesting that we have

            1, Italian Americans, but not (often) European Americans.

            2. African Americans, but not (often), say, Nigerian Americans.

            Is a Boer American an African American?

            And is a Japanese American whose Chinese parents were born in Shantung, China, but grew up in Japan, before coming to America a Chinese American, if his/her last name is, say, Zhao?

          2. roadrider

            I’m not sure we know.

            Anyone who cares to know knows.

            To be fair, an African American without a smooth exterior, go along style and ability to not ruffle feathers would never have found success either at big University, or big law to politics the way he did.

            And so you’re confirming it was all about Obummer’s personal success obtained by shamelessly pimping his racial identity and once he was elected repudiating everything he purported to represent. At a time when we needed an FDR we got a self-promoting huckster.

            I am waiting for his post presidential choices to show me whether his character is closer to Clinton or Carter. I really don’t know.

            Nothing he does after he’s out of office can make up for the lost opportunity and shattered lives his disastrous failed presidency. Besides, all he’s likely to do is follow the Clinton grifter model.

            I really don’t know.

            Then you’re blind to everything that’s gone on in the past 7+ years Personally I hope that a monument is built to him in DC so after I die I can come back as a pigeon and shit on it twice a day.

            1. SKL

              “I would, if I could. / But I can’t–so I won’t. / Please forgive me if I don’t!”

              Really, it beggars belief that that someone would try to defend a politician by casting him as some sort of real-life version of the Blue Beetle from The Electric Company–the Blue Beetle was always supposed to be the ridiculous pretender to the real superherodom that Spiderman represented.

              1. Massinissa

                I take it we are talking about the Ted Kord Blue Beetle? Because I assume youre not talking about the newer Jaime Reyes version, but I cant be sure without clarification.

            2. OpenThePodBayDoorsHAL

              Roadrider I really appreciate your plain language: “scumbag”, “pimping”, “self-serving narcissist”, “huckster” and especially the pigeon metaphor.
              If we can’t call things what they are then we have no hope, the Iraq War for example was a total, complete, utter disaster and failure that led to the deaths of millions, the wasting of trillions, and irreparable damage to America’s reputation and standing in the world.
              Watching Hilary, Jeb, the MSM etc prevaricate about Iraq is not just infuriating, it’s terminally dangerous for our ability to properly identify and address our problems.

      3. optimader

        If Obama had pardoned more, the Reps would have pounced on it to portray him as weak.

        What kind of weak person would allow their moral sensibilities to be influenced by fear of some political opposition “portrayal”

        I think you are in a logical loop that doesn’t end well

        His place is secure. Between Lincoln and FRD
        I want some of what your having.

        Curious, flesh out just a few of the (redeeming) parallels to Lincoln/FDR

      4. Massinissa

        Between Lincoln and FRD.

        Is this satire?

        If its not, can you explain for all of us what exactly it is he did that was so important?

        1. RMO

          I would have guessed satire… but then I thought the story on a NY court case judging Iran guilty of committing the 9/11 mass murder and imposing monetary damages on that nation was satire too.

          On the other hand maybe the commenter means that Obama will be buried in a location somewhere between Hyde Park New York and Springfield Illinois.

      5. participant-observer-observed

        History will remember all of the DoJ’s unprosecuted, from the war criminals to the banksters.

        He has “pardoned” more than any other POTUS in history!!!

  2. EndOfTheWorld

    Trump could beat Hillary. She has a lot of unfavorability (ie people hate her). The debates would be very personal. If she doesn’t like Bernie’s “tone”, wait till she hears Donald’s. She has a lot of baggage, and the repugs will relentlessly beat on her about every single thing 24/7. I myself will drop out of the dems and vote the straight repug ticket to beat HRC.

    1. hreik

      Well, I kind of agree except Donald has no filters and he’s apt to door say something frankly outrageous and piss off a lot of people by doing/saying it. Me, I think he’s an insecure bully and she’s an entitled queen and i have zero plans to vote for either of them (I’m in a blueish state).

      1. tgs

        I wouldn’t disagree with your assessment of Trump. However, it warmed my heart to watch a group of CNN pundits discussing his views on NATO, the defense of Japan etc., last night. Their (the pundits) heads were exploding. Moreover, in their discussion, they distorted his remarks beyond recognition – it was an amazing group demonstration of the strawman fallacy.

      2. Carla

        Please consider voting Green. Greens need our votes to maintain ballot access.

        The Greens may not be much of a party, but given the alternatives…

          1. Vatch

            Whoa! I’m a huge supporter of Bernie Sanders, but if he doesn’t get the nomination, a Bernie write in won’t be very useful. Even if millions of people write in his name, it won’t do anything, because we don’t directly vote for Presidential candidates in the U.S., we vote for electors. And without a nomination, there won’t be any Bernie electors.

            If Bernie’s not on the ballot, please vote Green or another third party. Only write in Bernie’s name if there aren’t any third party candidates on the ballot in your state. If a third party Presidential candidate gets 5% of the vote, that candidate (or the candidate’s party) is eligible for grant money from the U.S. government.

            1. Vatch


              Since no third-party candidate received 5% of the vote in the 2008 presidential election, only the Republican and Democratic parties were eligible for 2012 convention grants, and only their nominees were eligible to receive grants for the general election once they were nominated. Third-party candidates could qualify for public funds retroactively if they received 5% or more of the vote in the general election.

              1. Rostale

                Given what some green party supporters have been saying about bernie sanders and his supporters, I’ll write in deez nuts before I vote Jill stein. I’m not a “sheeple” and if I wanted to vote for someone that holds me in contempt I’d be a hillary supporter

                1. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

                  What have they been saying?

                  It’s OK (indeed one’s duty) to dissent and non-conform.

                  And the best way to dispense with false accusations is with open discussions.

                  Keep in mind that some are declared messiahs and some treated as de facto ones. You can tell the latter when they are thought of as infallible or without any faults.

                    1. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

                      Coming from Hillary supporters, it is not shocking, but expected.

                      From the Green party people – that’s the first time I have read that someone says will cause them to write in before voting for Jill Stein. And I basically get all my online political stuff here, though I have started to listen to the local public radio stations recently.

                  1. Rostale

                    Well, that they plan on voting for Hillary in the primary and then voting for Jill stein in the general, for one. Also suggesting that no matter what Bernie’s supporters say, the day after Bernie loses they will be out there supporting Hillary so “they can hold her feet to the fire”

                    The sheepherding thing I hear regularly, and when I point out that if one really believed that, the best thing to do would be ally with his supporters, so that if Bernie did fold, the green party would be able to pick up a large amount of inertia from his movement, I get told I’m “thinking like a wall street democrat” and “a troll for goldman sachs”

            2. Brian

              Don’t kid yourself Vatch. When a majority of the people vote for Bernie and they try to take away the win, you get to see what is behind curtain # 3.

              1. Vatch

                Sorry, sometimes I’m a little slow. Are you referring to a majority of the Democratic primary voters, or to a majority of the voters in the general elections?

        1. Ian

          What would be the plausibility of Sanders running on the Green ticket if he loses the nomination and is stone walled afterword.

          1. nippersdad

            There is an incipient movement on Facebook for starting a Progressive Party (it even has a little bird logo!) that Sanders could fall back upon in the event he is not the Democratic nominee. There is a lot of truth to the idea that the movement he has precipitated needs to be about more than him, and I am in hopes that it will go further.

            Were people to start drives for ballot access now, it could work.

            1. Lord Koos

              I really hope this happens. The Democratic party desperately needs some competition, and they would be forced to deal with Sanders seriously if he did something like this.

              1. nippersdad

                Absolutely! And also it would give a national presence to regional groups like the WFP. The Greens are a great idea, and one for which I have voted in the past and may yet in the future, but they really have not built much of a presence. Something like this could be a melting pot for all of the disaffected.

                If the Democratic Party does not split this cycle, it definitely will in the event of a Clinton Presidency. People should start thinking about that now.

              2. sleepy

                If a progressive party started to challenge the dems, the dems wouldn’t become more progressive, they’d just merge completely with the republicans.

              3. cwaltz

                If Sanders loses then it would be a great idea to consider. From a funding standpoint I think that the Sanders campaign model proves that you don’t need big money interests to fund a campaign.

                The largest problem I’d see would be ballot access and public platform. However, if people started locally and built the brand it would be feasible.

                It’s actually an exciting idea, a party owned by 99% instead of the 1%.

            2. Left in Wisconsin

              Then we would have the Greens, Working Families, and the new Progressives, in addition to the more obscure ones. Divide and conquer?

              1. nippersdad

                Or amalgamate and prosper. The one thing they needed was a unifying force; Sanders could ultimately provide that locus.

                May the force be with you. :)

              2. apber

                Actually, we need a Revolution Party and an Establishment Party; the final outcome would make a great movie:

                The Hunger Games-Zombie Apocalypse

          2. Qrys

            Zero. The Greens are running their own primary. That nominee goes to the General election in November.

          3. heresy101

            Voting Green in this election will just elect the Warmongeress, and that comes from someone who voted for Nader three or four times.

            Sanders will be given the Democratic establishment’s bum rush at the convention and he will not be allowed to be the nominee. Period.

            It is time to start having the computer techs set up a website to promote Bernie in as a write in candidate in November! The 33% will not vote for Hellery or Trump and many Independents and some Democrats/Republicans will not vote for either, but stay away. In a three way race, it only would take about 39% to win . Trump wouldn’t get that much in a three way race and Ms. Honduras/Libya/Nato/TPP will have a hard time reaching that amount also. Sanders could win or really shake things up. After all, the “giant sucking sound” Ross Perot will no popular movement got 18% of the vote.

            Cynthia McKinney would be an outspoken vice presidential candidate who could negate a lot of Hellery’s woman and black vote appeal.

        2. neo-realist

          The Greens need to start working on building/mainstreaming their brand in local and state politics before I give them my vote again. They’re starting to pan out as nothing more than a rinse and repeat protest for principle hail mary for the oval office every four years.

      1. participant-observer-observed

        This isn’t what I’m seeing ok the fb sanders pages. See it for yourself!

    2. perpetualWAR

      Google “why the hate for clinton” and there are so mnay articles written on the subject. That alone should tell the Democrats what they need to know.

      1. Jim Haygood

        More on Hillary’s excellent friends:

        Even if Sanders were to win the April 19 New York presidential contest, when a whopping 247 delegates are at stake, every single New York superdelegate reached by the Daily News said they would never back the Vermont senator.

        “Absolutely not,” Elizabeth Stanley, the chief of staff for Westchester County Rep. Nita Lowey, told the Daily News when asked if she could see “any potential situation at all” resulting in her boss switching her support from Clinton to Sanders.

        “Hillary Clinton is Congresswoman Lowey’s friend, colleague and her constituent, and she is behind her 100%,” Stanley added.

        How’s Nita Lowey gonna get a cabinet post without supporting her friend?

        Favors is favors — it’s honest graft!

        1. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

          It seems like deja vu from 2008/2009 when they voted to bail out banks.

          “Yes, yes, the senator has heard from the people of the state, overwhelmingly against bailing out big banks. But he will vote what is ‘best’ for the country. We can’t have mob rule. This is a representative democracy. And if you don’t like it, you can vote the senator out.”

          Maybe someone, from among those who disagree, will step forward to challenge Ms. Lowey.

          1. cwaltz

            Actually that wouldn’t be a bad idea for a test run for a new party. Primary one or two of these undemocratic autocrats.

        2. Lord Koos

          Someone can correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe that 2008 this same thing happened to Hillary — she had a popular vote majority in the primaries and caucuses but the delegates went for Obama.

          1. Vatch

            According to Wikipedia, the answer depends on how one counts the contested Michigan and Florida popular votes. In some cases Obama has more popular votes, and in other cases Hillary Clinton has more. Look up


            Then go to the Popular Vote Table.

    3. Benedict@Large

      Please note that conventional wisdom says not to protest vote in swing states. And note contrary to this that swing states are EXACTLY when to protest vote. Swing states are the only place candidates care about your protest vote.

      Protest votes elsewhere are more aptly called vanity votes. They may feel good, but no one but you is looking in the mirror to see. If the idea is to get your party to notice your displeasure, make your vote hurt them.

      1. perpetualWAR

        Who says our vote for Bernie is anything but exactly who we want for President. I get so pissed off by people who attempt to guilt anyone into voting for the establishment. Go away

        1. cwaltz

          He’s actually saying what you are saying. He’s saying if you are in a swing state, don’t be guilted into voting for someone you feel is a bad choice to prevent what is being promoted as a worse choice. Bad is bad. Make the party feel consequences for giving you a bad choice.

      2. endoftheworld

        You can vote for anybody you want to vote for. It’s your vote. It’s your choice, and nobody on the planet earth has any power over you to make you do anything different. It’s one of the few things we can still do with complete freedom in America. Although we’re not really sure it’s not fixed in some states, at least we can make them work a little harder to steal the election.

  3. rich

    More William Black:

    25 Systemically Dangerous Institutions – March 29

    Published on Mar 29, 2016
    One thing that could trip up the economy, derivatives or trillions of dollars of global debt bets between big banks in the U.S. Former bank regulator Dr. William Black says, “Not only is the number massive, but 95% of that number is in only six banks in the United States. So, that’s a separate but critical issue.

    We don’t even have the honesty, and I mean globally, to call these things by their right name.

    By definition, these are ‘systemically dangerous institutions,’ but we call them ‘systemically important,’ like they deserve a gold star. They’re not important. They don’t help the world. Even the Fed says the way you get on this list is because when you fail, you are likely to cause a global crisis. Notice how I used the word ‘when’ not ‘if.’ We have roughly 25 of these systemically dangerous institutions in the United States. We have around 35 of these systemically dangerously institutions globally on top of that. So, we roll the dice just in the United States 25 times every day to see when the next one will blow up. . . .

    The fraud makes things very fragile.”

  4. Michael Fiorillo

    Regarding Susan Sarandon’s comments about the election, as far as I’m concerned the woman rescinded whatever Left bona fides she might have possessed by appearing in a credulous encounter in a typically fawning NY Times feature with the odious fraud, Corey Booker.

    If she doesn’t have the sophistication to see through the vapid, insipid and disingenuous manner of this political chameleon and Overclass shill, then she’s not worth paying attention to.

    1. rich

      …but if she emphatically endorsed Shillary ( I mean you brought up vapid, insipid and disingenuous political chameleon and Overclass shill) then she’d be a-ok with you and the MSM?..wink, wink…

    2. perpetualWAR

      I’d much rather people listen to Susan Sarandon than the disgusting display of begging for Clinton money that George Clooney is conducting.

    3. cwaltz

      Meh, I don’t get all the fawning over Hollywood’s viewpoint. Sarandon’s entitled to her opinion, however, I don’t understand why it’s anymore national news than anyone elses

  5. diptherio

    “This is probably going to be a sacred text, and will be remarkable for telling us about the early belief system of a lost culture that is fundamental to western traditions,” said archaeologist Gregory Warden, co-director and principal investigator of the Mugello Valley Archaeological Project, which made the discovery.

    The slab, weighing about 500 pounds and nearly four feet tall by more than two feet wide, has at least 70 legible letters and punctuation marks, said Warden, professor emeritus at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, main sponsor of the project.

    Archaeologists find half an Etruscan tweet, assume it will describe a complex religious system! Somebody is really desperate for news.

      1. nobody

        “The development of accounting, along with that of money and numbers, may be related to the taxation and trading activities of temples…”

        Wikipedia, “History of accounting”

        1. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

          More likely a list of grievances or a mafia hit list.

          ‘Bill owes Hill an eye, because an eye for an eye.’

          ‘Donald owes Ted an ear, because an ear for an ear.’

          Then, your debt is settled.

    1. DJG

      diptherio: What they have discovered is a sandstone slab in need of restoration. They recognized that they were on to something with the first 70 characters. If the slab is carved all across its face, it would be the biggest continuous inscription in Etruscan. Punctuation marks? That in itself is a discovery.

      The Etruscans are already known as being very careful in religious matters. Now it is a chance to find out more about ritual and, maybe, add some words to the limited vocabulary. They had a book of revelations made by a child who emerged from a furrow and sang them. Not bad, theologically, I’d say. But that text has never been found.

      The Etruscan gods and gods are still around: You’ll have to hang out in the ruins of the Temple of Uni near Tarquinia some time. The goddess is still immanent.

      1. Titus Pullo

        Do you have some sources you could recommend? I know the Etruscans were great at working with precious metals and that the Romans eventually conquered them. But that’s about it.

      2. DJG

        Titus Pullo: Here is an interactive site sponsored by the University of Milano:

        The yellow labels lead in further. Start by clicking on the archeological museum of Tarquinia, which is big.

        Also: Check the site of the Museo Nazionale di Villa Giulia in Rome.

      3. diptherio

        Thanks for the further detail. The article triggered my “jumping to conclusions” alarms is all. As always, time will tell ;-)

        Don’t know that I’ll make it to the temple any time soon. Might have to see if she’s reachable from afar…

    2. aletheia33

      when you have to carve your tweet in stone, each character has to go a lot further.

      the nature of the etruscans’ religious practice is one of the great archeological mysteries. the findings may disappoint, but the excitement is warranted.

  6. YankeeFrank

    Caveman’s best friend? One quibble- dogs are not carnivores and wolves are not strict carnivores. When wolves eat the stomach contents of their prey those stomachs generally contain partially digested vegetable matter, which is very healthy for canines generally as their short digestive systems cannot digest vegetable matter effectively on their own. By eating the stomach and contents of herbivores (their main prey), wolves obtain not just proteins from the stomach itself, but also enzymes and largely digested vegetable matter.

    As the puppies in the story were found with twigs and undigested vegetable matter in their stomachs its possible they were starving as dogs will eat grass, etc. to fend off nausea or hunger (humans will also).

    1. nippersdad

      Puppies will eat anything. Any time, anywhere. I have had puppies that ate books. They may well have been starving, but I’m not sure that twigs and grass are particularly indicative of the condition. Muscle tone and fat deposits would be more useful observations for that. Being only three months old they were likely still nursing.

      What I really didn’t get was how they thought that the puppies could be eating grass and twigs AFTER they had been trapped in the mudslide. Seems like being trapped in mud would tend to restrict ones foraging capabilities. More likely they suffocated pretty quickly, though there is no mention of mud in their respiratory tract.

      1. nippersmom

        Not to mention the puppies who ate the wading pool. At three months, the puppies would probably have been weaned, but completely agree that overall physical condition would be a much better indicator of whether they were starving than the presence of twigs and leaves. Puppies that age would likely be teething; chewing on twigs, aside from their natural inclination to put anything and everything in their mouths anyway, is normal teething behavior.

        1. nippersdad

          Hi Mom!

          LOL! Tub, commode, linoleum, doors, sheets, towels and phone cords….Cribs! They WILL eat you out of house and home, literally. Sneaky devils. I have often wished to send puppies to Siberia….I think it would take longer to wean them in the wild, but that does sound like teething behavior.

    2. James Levy

      We have coyotes in our neighborhood. You find their poops from time to time. They are easy to identify because they are filled with hair–mostly from squirrels and rabbits. I know we are all supposed to image that animals aren’t carnivores because of all that prelapsarian PC crap tied to veganism, but it’s a hoax, and such an obvious one as to beggar the imagination.

      And if I offer my dog a bowl of kale and a bowl of pork, guess which one he eats and which one he ignores?

      1. nippersdad

        Try cooking your greens with a little bit of that pork and see how fast they go wild for it. Ours will take your hand off for some turnip greens. :)

  7. Carla

    Re: “What We Have is Capture of the Regulators’ Minds, A Much More Sophisticated Form of Capture Than Putting Money in Their Pockets”

    Don’t know what I expected from a site called Pro-Market, but Barry Lynn, who starts the interview gang-busters, unfortunately devolves to this “solution”:

    “You establish a political economy based on simple principles, and that frees up everyone to be rivals of one another in a way that may endanger a particular company on a particular day, but doesn’t endanger the political system or the economic system.”

    He–himself– is captured. Too bad.

    1. Torsten

      I think what Lynn meant was

      You establish a political economy based on simple principles, and that frees up everyone companies to be rivals of one another . . .

      … not the Uberdog-eat-underdog political economy we find ourselves in.

      A little more unsettling for me was his conclusion, further down the article, calling for the powers-that-be to create a “trained cadre of populists who are constructive in their vision”. Of course this solution promises to be less than the revolution we need, but TR, FDR, and now Bernie Sanders at least promise *some* positive change-of-direction.

      If he weren’t major minister, Lynn would probably come out and endorse Bernie. I usually think Barry Lynn’s ok, and like Carla says, there are some good observations along the way. I’m glad Yves posted the link.

    2. NeqNeq

      I am not even sure what he knows what he means by capture. Compare

      It’s the ideological thing: if you control the ideology, then the regulators, when they look at something, they don’t see the problem. It’s not that they’re afraid to enforce something: before they become afraid, they have already dismissed the problem entirely.

      To this:

      the regulators are personally very concerned about this kind of concentration of power in such a vital marketplace of ideas, and they want to do something

      If regulators were captured by the ideological movement Lynn describes, then they wouldn’t be concerned because they would not see the problem.

      If they do see a problem and are concerned, doesn’t that imply they are not captured?

  8. DakotabornKansan

    Texas healthcare company owner ordered nurses to overdose hospice patients as a means of increasing profits [Raw Story]

    Break through the paralyzing difficulties of these dark times and dare to be barbaric.

    “From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step.” – Denis Diderot

    1. Benedict@Large

      I fret for how fearful this man’s employees are of him for him to think he could get away with this request. I mean, really? Now you’re expected to kill to keep your job?

    2. afisher

      I did the 5 second research and googled the name of the company. Somehow, it was not reassuring to read their front page, which was about “reducing costs” as a selling point for their service. Healthcare is going to be reduced to a business P/L entity. feature not bug.

    3. Katniss Everdeen

      “Special place in hell” is, at times like this, such an apt and useful construct. It’s unfortunate that it’s been so cheaply and gratuitously abused by malevolent opportunists like madeline albright.

    4. NeqNeq

      Hmm. Everything (appears) to be based on affidavits. Why did the employees not go to authorities with their phones when they got these texts? Why did it take so long for FBI to raid the office?

      Something doesnt smell right given the framing of the story.

      1. inode_buddha

        Anytime something is a mystery nowdays, I just say…. “Follow the money” Remember Watergate?

  9. Carolinian

    Escobar on the new color revolution in Brazil.

    The march towards Hybrid War in Brazil had little do to with the political left or right. It was basically about mobilizing a few wealthy families that actually run the country; buy large swathes of Congress; control mainstream media; behave like 19th century slave plantation owners (slavery still permeates all social relations in Brazil); and legitimize it all via a hefty, yet bogus, intellectual tradition.

    They would give the signal for the mobilization of the middle class.

    Sociologist Jesse de Souza identified a Freudian “substitutive gratification” phenomenon under which the Brazilian middle class – with large swathes now clamoring for regime change – imitates the wealthy few as much as it’s ruthlessly exploited by them, via mountains of taxes and sky-high interest rates.

    The middle class mobilized against a central government with some or many populist aspects….this does seem to be the new US FP game plan. If our own government were to take a populist turn–from the right or the left–would the US be next? Our news media, at least, seem more than ready to answer the call.

    1. RabidGandhi

      Damn good question. A couple of thoughts:

      One of the differences in the leftish South American governments is that they were all parliamentary: ie, it was not just electing a President but rather a whole “revolutionary” political party with organisational infrastructure and “down-ticket” candidates– none of which are had by Sanders or Trump. If either of them get elected they will most likely face entrenched congressional opposition to any proposals that go even slightly against the status quo ante. This was not true in the case of Lula, Chávez, the Kirchners, Evo, Correa and Mugica (Lugo in Paraguay was another matter, and we all saw how that ended), who could all get their programmes through parliament. Since Sanders or Trump would not have this advantage, this would mean there would be no need for some kind of colour revolution.

      That said, it should conversely be noted that the proposals by Sanders and Trump are far more radical departures from the establishment policies than what was done by say Lula or Evo (not that Sanders is radical per se; his proposals look slightly to the right of Eisenhower). This shows how easy a hair trigger the LatAm ruling classes have. If the US establishment has the same hair trigger, it would not be unthinkable for them to resort to some sort of dirty tricks, but that would definitely be outside the normal gameplan.

      1. Carolinian

        Back in the 80s I always thought the USG was doing in Central and South America what they would do in this country if they could get away with it. If fascism ever comes to America it will be from the top down not the bottom up. It’s the establishment we should fear, not these insurgent candidates. IMHO

    2. Ranger Rick

      They keep saying “hybrid war” but I don’t see little green men popping up with suspiciously brand new US military standard issue equipment. What happened to the ability of people to demand regime change without outsiders immediately assuming that it’s the work of a third party? Are we that jaded in our modern times?

      1. SKL

        The Peloponnesian War and it’s aftermath saw so many foreign-sponsored tumults and putsches that politics was basically rendered toxic through all of the Greek world. Modernity seems to be reprising the classical Greek experience.

    3. Andrew Watts

      The middle class mobilized against a central government with some or many populist aspects….this does seem to be the new US FP game plan. If our own government were to take a populist turn–from the right or the left–would the US be next?

      It’s kinda already happened here. Collective organization and economic justice was thrown overboard in favor of individualism and social issues when the middle class began to dominate the left-wing spectrum of politics across the West in the ’60s/70s. As a consequence wages didn’t increase alongside worker productivity in this time period.

      I can’t even say that any large concentration of the middle class has devoted itself to economic issues in any given period of American history. I’m not excluding the New Deal era either. It was for that reason among others that Social Security didn’t initially cover menial labor, domestic help, or any other workers in the servant class. This condition wasn’t remedied until the expansion under the Eisenhower administration.

      1. Carolinian

        Perhaps one could broaden it and say throughout history middle class people have been dubious revolutionaries and are often, in fact, reactionaries. After all if you are comfortable then you have little reason to revolt.

        BTW just now reading the excellent Pilger Counterpunch from Links (“Censoring the Unpalatable”) which does a better job saying what I was trying to say.

  10. Robert Frances

    Don’t mean to be disagreeable, but today’s (always) wonderful photo might be a Tricolored Blackbird if it was seen in the western US (esp CA central valley or coast). The white wing patch is a key marker – especially noticeable in spring – as well as the slightly longer, thinner bill compared to the very common R-w BB that most often has yellow/orange colored fringe below its red shoulder. A Tricolored BB is considered an excellent find by avid birders since it’s a relatively localized species found in fairly specific habitat (diary farms are often good). But when you find one, you’ll often see hundreds.

    I took up birdwatching hoping to find some hobby I might be competent at. How difficult could it to be to take walks in the woods or along the beach, see birds, and find their picture in a book, right? Needless to say, during the first few months of my retirement hobby I couldn’t find many species represented in the excellent Nat’l Geographic Field Guide to Birds. I was certain I was discovering dozens of new species. I ended up re-learning for the umpteenth time the truisms, “nothing is as easy as it looks” and “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.”

    Anyway, great photo and a good reminder that spring is upon us. Local parks and woodlands will be soon filed with dozens/hundreds/thousands of brightly colored warblers, vireos, orioles, finches, grosbeaks and many other migratory species dressed up in their finest, heading north looking for nesting sites and mates.

  11. Anon

    Re: Counterpunch Article

    If the claim of Truthout editing the article is true, then I won’t bother to read there anymore.

    1. Torsten

      The publisher’s reply failed to address the core issue of why the specific text Pilger cited was redacted. I wrote to the publisher (link in the Counterpunch story) recommending that Truthout publish the Pilger article with redactions highlighted so that Truthout readers can see for themselves that Truthout’s editorial policies are unbiased.

      1. RabidGandhi

        From the Truthout editors’ response:

        (In this case, the editor’s concerns included that the piece risked inaccurately equating Donald Trump with Clinton, or even engaging in Trump apologia, rather than presenting the existing differences between the two candidates while pointing out the unseen dangers in a Clinton presidency.)

        While they make a good point that Pilger couldn’t publish the exact same piece in both Counterpunch and Truthout, their proposed edit and the justification for it (you can say bad stuff about HRC who is bad, but don’t forget to say that Trump is badder) justifies Pilger’s point of censorship.

        Link to the editors’ response:

    2. human

      Macaré’s (seemingly disingenuous) argument rests on the fact that the article is not original and exclusive to Truthout.

      Expecting a writer of Pilger’s esteem to submit orignal versions of articles to each publication is absurd and simply detracts from time productively spent elsewhere.

    3. Katniss Everdeen

      Denying “Truthout” readers the benefit of “truths” such as

      “…… Hillary Clinton leaves a trail of blood and suffering around the world and a clear record of exploitation and greed in her own country.”


      “As a new kind of marketing manager for the status quo, the unctuous Obama was an inspired choice. Even at the end of his blood-spattered presidency, with his signature drones spreading infinitely more terror and death around the world than that ignited by jihadists in Paris and Brussels, Obama is fawned on as “cool” (the Guardian).”

      suggests that the folks over at “Truthout” are not as interested in getting the truth OUT as they’d like their readers to think.

      1. pretzelattack

        that’s disappointing. don’t read truthout much, but read buzzflash regularly back in the day.

      2. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

        There are 2 kinds of truths.

        A. Self-evident truths
        B. Not self-evident truths.

        Self-evident truths are, more or less, entropy neutral.

        Non-self-evident truths means one has to expend energy to arrive at them.

        And that increases entropy, more randomness, more disorder and more chaos.

  12. craazyman

    Looks like it’s time to bring back General Dwight David Eisenhower to lead the republican party. Ike was a fly fisherman. As a result, he might make use of Herbert Hoover’s fishing camp up in the Shenandoah Mountains about 2 hours from DC. You can fly fish for trout in the small mountain streams there and have a very enjoyable experience. Camp David also has a few fly fishing streams nearby, but they’re more heavily fished than some of the back country Shenandoah streams. In addition, the ice age dogs can become the official White House dogs. If they find a leash and a bowl those scientists will really be awed. And if they find a plastic fake bone for the dogs chewed on they’ll be in a state of ontological shock. Anything can happen, that’s why it’s time for Dwight D. Eisenhower to retake the White House the way he did Germany. He seems like a guy we can trust, even though he was a military man. Let’s face it, he was a fly fisherman and that makes him “OK”. Also that little bit about the military industrial complex inspires confidence in his mental stability. All the internet rumors about Ike meeting with aliens at a military base in California are frankly not entirely credible, although it’s hard to completely discount their veracity. We can ask him! As soon as he hits the campaign trail and goes on the Jimmy Kimmel show.

    1. ambrit

      The who show?
      I agree about Ike. Time to restore the old Republican Socialist administration.
      What amazes me is that Trump and Cruz are the Republican front runners. Talk about intellectual bankruptcy.

        1. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

          Intellect went further into the black hole when people voted based on a candidate’s choice of underwear.

          It’s not that far to go from there to where we are today.

    2. RabidGandhi

      We have a candidate that is essentially proposing Eisenhower-style policies (except replace fly fishing with basketball) and he is deemed way too radical for the Democratic nomination, so I can’t fathom what the GOP would say.

      Maybe that pinko hippie Ike should be tabbed for the Greens.

    3. Jim Haygood

      ‘The first NATO supreme commander, Gen. Eisenhower, said in February 1951 of the alliance: “If in 10 years, all American troops stationed in Europe for national defense purposes have not been returned to the United States, then this whole project will have failed.”’

      1. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

        There is a nexus among trade, immigration, imperial adventures, hegemony, global reserve money, wealth inequality and surveillance state.

        The danger is to addressing domestic wealth inequality on the backs of people elsewhere, with more money for global neocolonialism and neoconservativism.

      2. Carolinian

        Of course Ike also set the rabid Dulles brothers loose upon the world. In reality his foreign policy a very mixed bag.

        1. craazyman

          Just goes to show you, you shouldn’t let two guys have their own airport before you figure out what they’re gonna do with it.

  13. nippersdad

    Interesting Sanders article, but I would be even more interested in why this sudden breakout of Sandernistas at CNN waited a year to point out that, were Trump not the story Sanders would be.

    This looks like the first stage of cooptation.

    1. Anne

      My guess is they are sensing the potential for drama and doing what they can to crank it up a little bit; I mean, how boring is inevitability? Sanders wants a NY debate, Clinton’s playing the tone card and pretending that he needs the debate more than she does – I mean, most of the time she’s pretending he doesn’t exist.

      And…it is CNN. Which is why you’re skeptical.

      1. Ivy

        CNN is looking at advertising revenue forecasts relative to debate schedules. Their business model seems to be to conform opinions loosely to their profitability, with just enough wiggle room to maintain their, ahem, journalistic bona fides.
        They are lusting after the Fox-type revenues that all the Trump newsjacking has produced, and had to put lipstick on the pigs in their chosen sty.

        1. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

          Wonder what their forecasts are for the various potential presidencies.

          Who will give them the highest advertising revenue as president, in the next 4 years?

          How does that bias their coverage, if any?

          1. nippersdad

            An interesting point made in this article was that polling has been backward looking up until now:


            If their internal poll operations are showing what this guy is seeing, then it all starts to make sense. Not a poll wonk, but it does look like a rearguard action to protect their brands may be in the air.

            One thing that they would have to know, though, is that if Sanders is elected, the monopoly of the airwaves that Clinton’s deregulation in the Nineties gave them may be short lived. Prolly not as much revenue forecast for a Sanders Presidency given the potential for reregulation/breaking up of the media monopoly and campaign finance reform.

            1. NotTimothyGeithner

              A Sanders victory means the msm missed it’s own funeral. Internet news consumers aren’t switching to network or cable sources, and with cord cutting, the msm will be under more pressure.

  14. rich

    Fidelity boosted estimated value of Snapchat by 62 percent in February

    Fidelity Investments boosted its estimated value of free mobile messaging app Snapchat by 62 percent in February, despite recent concerns the company is struggling to gain traction with advertisers.

    Fidelity mutual funds, which have become one of the largest investors in pre-IPO companies, reported the increased valuation for Snapchat in monthly holdings updates disclosed on Wednesday.

    Snapchat is the maker of a free mobile app that lets users send videos and messages that disappear in seconds. There has been concern that Snapchat’s estimated valuation, which has topped $16 billion, is not justified because of its uneven revenue stream.

    this is what you call MARK TO FANTASY.

    1. allan

      Speaking of `mark to fantasy’: when life gives you lemons, then it’s time to make unicorn-ade:

      Researchers Who Reviewed Theranos’s Blood Tests Believe The Company’s Tech Is Fixable

      On the face of it, the results don’t look good for Theranos. Of the three vendors, it had the highest number of results outside of the normal range. The researchers also found discrepancies in lipid-panel test results between Theranos and other clinical services, which is a particularly critical test to get right.

      Nevertheless, the researchers (who frequently test biotech startups) think that Theranos actually performed pretty well, especially given that Theranos’s tests cost about a fifth of the price of its competitors. In an interview with Fast Company, Icahn Institute biomedical informatics researcher Joel T. Dudley, who was a part of study team, says the researchers approved the study with “an enthusiasm for disruptive technology” and that Theranos “performed fairly well for a large number of tests.”

      What are a few tests outside the normal range between friends?

      1. rich

        Depends on who you’re friends with, maybe?

        Until today, when I came across an article by Robert Wenzel titled, What is Henry Kissinger and Gang Up To Now? It was here that I realized there are far more shady members of the board that was initially reported. We can now add to the list:

        Henry Kissinger
        Richard Kovacevich– who served as the Chief Executive Officer of Wells Fargo & Company from 1998–2007 and Chairman of the Board from 2001-2009.
        William Perry– Former Secretary of Defense
        Riley P. Bechtel -Chairman of the Board and a Director of Bechtel Group, Inc
        Bill Frist- Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader
        Samuel Nunn– Served as a United States Senator from Georgia for twenty-four years and as Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee

        1. polecat

          “Ah, fast, cheap, accurate. Pick two.”

          …… don’t forget there’s always….. Death ;(

      2. James Levy

        As a staunch defender of the scientific method over any form of intuition or superstition, it appalls and sickens me to see a scientist use bullshit tech blather (“an enthusiasm of disruptive technology”) when assessing empirical results. You’ve got one job as a medical researcher: find out if it works and if in doing what it does it causes any harm. Nothing else counts. If you let anything else sway you, you cease being a scientists and become a shill. Joel T. Dudley should be shunned by his fellow professionals.

        1. Skippy

          Cargo cult science is ideology dressed up as science…. its a pseudo science…

          Skippy….. Feynman would stick them all on the Challenger…

          1. optimader

            ..after a chilly night.

            Douglas Adams would put them on the first spaceship to evacuate the Earth

    2. MLS

      Well, reading the article, there’s this:

      The increase likely reflects both more Series F shares being bought for the fund and an estimated increase in the estimated value of those shares from the previous month.


      Reuters reported earlier this month that Snapchat had raised $175 million from Fidelity. It was a so-called flat round that did not move company’s $16 billion valuation.

      There are definitely some ridiculous valuations in Unicorn-land and Snapchat at $16 billion might be one of them, but I don’t think it’s accurate to say they boosted the valuation by 62%. It’s entirely possible that much of the change in market value is due to allocating some of the shares purchased in the $175 million investment to the Blue Chip Growth Fund (while allocating the rest of the shares to other Fidelity funds).

      Finally, to be fair, Fidelity lowered valuations on a number of other nonpublic holdings like Cloudera (37%), Dropbox (20%), and Zenefits (24%). Are these valuations still too high? Possibly I suppose, but it’s not like there’s an obvious right answer here that Fidelity is ignoring.

  15. Jim Haygood

    From Politico’s article on Clinton’s email hairball:

    Judicial Watch’s proposal in Judge Emmet Sullivan’s case calls for depositions of eight individuals, including Abedin, former Clinton Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, and information technology specialist Bryan Pagliano, who was involved in setting up Clinton’s home server.

    Sullivan is expected to rule on the issue by April 15. Judge Royce Lamberth gave Judicial Watch ten days after that ruling to come forward with any follow-up or further discovery requests “tailored” to the dispute in front of him.

    In the 1990s [Lamberth] oversaw a series of lawsuits over issues like access to the meetings and records of Clinton’s Health Care Task Force, the maintenance of security files on GOP appointees in a White House security office and the use of Commerce Department trade missions as a reward for campaign donors.

    Ha ha, yes, it’s all coming back now. Since Hillary was plotting with Big Pharma and Big Health Insurers in 1993 to protect their lucrative oligopoly, of course her Health Care Task Force had to meet behind closed doors, while pretending to solicit public input through unwieldy, heavily chaperoned committees.

    The Clintons’ larcenous modus operandi never changes. But more zeros get added to the take.

    1. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

      Unlike the Catholic Church, we can’t annul a presidency.

      What went down in the 1990s (or any periods), it’s our legacy to future generations…for better or for worse.

    2. Llewelyn Moss

      Just waiting to hear that Bryan Pagliano, the mail server IT Guy, has a backup copy of Hellery’s emails including the 30,000 that she hastily destroyed. Forget the October surprise, do it now. Hahaha.

  16. NeqNeq

    Re ObamaCare and CBO

    I especially liked the authors cheerleading for Ed Gillespie’s alternative to the ACA which states:

    if Obamacare continues to unravel but conservatives offer no viable alternative, liberals will seize the opening to push for the government monopoly over American medicine (“single payer”) they have always desired

    But Yves point about CBO stats is spot on. If one believes that economic models offer false precision, then one cannot also hold that CBO predictions are anything more than approximations.

    Of course taking the above into context would undermine the author’s messaging…

  17. Llewelyn Moss

    A Bernie Sanders Supporter Confronted a Superdelegate (Kim Metcalfe, Alaska ) — Then Leaked Their Private Conversation

    YOUNGER: I’m not sure how negative it is to question your voting discretion in spite of overwhelming support. If critiquing Hillary or your apprehension to accurately vote for those you represent is negative, then I’m not sure you’re the one I’d like representing me.

    Metcalfe then asked Younger where he lived, and after he responded, he asked her frankly why she’s casting her superdelegate vote for Hillary Clinton despite a vast majority of her state caucusing for Sanders.

    METCALFE: Because I believe Hillary Clinton would be a better president. End of conversation.

    Shorter Metcalfe: “Just because, so STFU.”
    Dem Aristocrats are of course superior to the rest of us, so…

      1. aletheia33

        sanders’s active supporters are not going to docilely flock to HRC, that’s one thing for sure.

        1. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

          Hillary isn’t quite ‘bust’ herself, but maybe she would bring out ‘bust’ quicker.

          In that case, Bernie-or-Bust is functionally equivalent to Bernie-or-Hillary, as in, ‘if not Bernie, then Hillary.’

        2. nippersdad

          Just imagine what they will have to say when they see the protest pens four blocks away from the venue! What Sanders will be saying about them inside the venue! They are used to having the stadium to themselves.

          Social media is really revolutionizing politics; this could get really interesting.

          1. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

            An alternate dream scenario:

            Sanders shows up at AIPAC to deliver a speech that they have been wrong.

            He then boycotts the Democratic convention.

            1. OpenThePodBayDoorsHAL

              And Donald boycotts the Repugnicant convention…and then Bernie and Donald announce a joint ticket. They agree on the stuff that matters: campaign finance, free trade deals, foreign interventions, health care do-over

      1. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

        Better for those who vote for her, in theory (and the ‘basis’ of democracy).

        That goes for all candidates.

        The one gets the most votes is the one who is better for the most number of voters.

        In theory.

      1. Kurt Sperry

        I have no further use whatsoever for any of the Dems who have come out for Clinton in this primary. And I thank Bernie for forcing those in the party to show whose side they are on. It has truly been a watershed moment and has exposed a lot of self declared “progressives” to be mendacious phonies. I’m still trying to decide what to do with my Democratic congresspeople when I see a ballot with only two choices: them and a Republican candidate. Where there’s third party candidate like a Green or Libertarian, that’s easy but I may be forced to vote for Republicans I have even less ideologically in common with compared to my Hillbot incumbents just to maximize the leverage of my vote against them. Cantwell, Murray, Inslee–the big names in WA state Democratic Party circles I’d be happy to see lose. To *anyone*. Heck I’d feel a rush of schadenfreude if any or all of them died in a plane crash at this point. Nothing can get better as long as corporate neocon tools control the putative party of the left. Republicans aren’t the ones actually obstructing anything good from happening; bad Democrats are. The Republicans aren’t the actual problem. It took me a long time to figure this out.

        1. optimader

          The thing about the prototypical R candidate is they may be as bad, or even worse as the D incumbent, but they are upfront about it.
          Ditching at least the duplicitous Ds that your vote would otherwise perpetuate in their fraud may serve as an object lesson for the next in line.

          I guess it can be thought of as a “low time preference” abstraction. A form of political chemotherapy. Administer poison to save the patient?

  18. Ian

    I am curious. If Bernie gets cheated out of the Primary, what is the possibility of him running on the Green ticket. I don’t imagine that Jill Stein is an ego driven lady, and it would backdoor the problem of him not being on tickets and at least one states not counting write ins. Though he will not get a spot in the debates, he will be a force and will help create a viable third party alternative.

    1. nippersdad

      No possibility whatsoever of him running as a Green. There is, however, the potential for a new Progressive Party being formed to take advantage of his movement. As I said above, an effort to get ballot access now would give him a vehicle that even the Greens don’t have at the moment.

      1. Massinissa

        Maybe if Trump gets the election stolen from him by a brokered convention, he can start the Trump Party and we can have four parties for the first time in American history! Would be hilarious.

  19. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

    Why the 1% make so much more and what to do about it.

    The numbers vary but from a 2015 Kiplinger article, it’s about $428,714 in gross adjusted income.

    The president’s salary is $400,000. Not quite there, but close.

    So, can a member of the 1% represent the 99%?

    Often, people disagree that it’s the 1%, but should be the 0.01%. As the linked article shows, the 1% is more commonly referred to.

    Can a rich person represent serfs? (And any president is automatically close to being ‘rich’).

    1. nobody

      “[A]s a whole the Economic Elite are primarily united by ideology. They’re made up of thousands of individuals who subscribe to an ideology of exploitation and the belief that wealth and resources need to be concentrated into the fewest hands possible (theirs), at the expense of the many.

      “That being said, there are some definite lead players in this group and it is important that we are not too vague and expose the individuals who publicly lead them. Focusing on the fundamental structure of the US economy, we have people like Hank Paulson, Tim Geithner, Ben Bernanke, Robert Rubin, Larry Summers, Alan Greenspan, Lloyd Blankfein, Jamie Dimon, John Mack, Vikram Pandit, John Thain, Hank Greenberg, Ken Lewis, John J. Castellani, Edward Yingling and Tom Donohue.

      “In total, the Economic Elite are made up of about 0.5% of the US population.”

      Dave DeGraw, “The Economic Elite Vs. The People”

    2. NeqNeq

      If a rich person can’t represent serfs, should the serfs stay warm by burning effigies of Marx?

  20. allan

    Too Well-Lawyered To Be Too Big To Fail:

    U.S. district judge strikes down designation of MetLife as ‘too big to fail’

    U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer on Wednesday struck down the designation made by the heads of the country’s financial regulatory agencies that major insurer Metlife Inc. is systemically important to the U.S. financial system.

    MetLife had argued in court that the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) used a secretive and flawed process when, in 2014, it determined that a collapse of the insurer could devastate the U.S. financial system just as much as failure of a major bank such as Citigroup.

    Collyer’s opinion is currently sealed, but parts may be made public next month, according to the order.

    Can the government appeal, arguing that Judge Collyer used a secretive and flawed process?

    1. aletheia33

      thank you for this link.

      at least someone has attempted to investigate immediately and report back to the public on the unexplained changes in party affiliation, and other mysterious disenfranchising “glitches,” that voters endured via one state’s electronic voting system.

      where are the progressive media? so many reports are coming in would-be voters of what appear to be identical “problems” happening right now in states with big delegate numbers yet to hold their primaries.

    1. Yves Smith Post author

      I ran this by a friend who reads the German press regularly.

      The Bild is the equivalent of England’s The Sun. It’s a low end tabloid. It seldom breaks news.

      In addition, he’s never seen The Bild have an English language site and wonders if it is even genuine. He cannot fathom why The Bild would do such a thing.

      So for multiple reasons he finds this not credible.

  21. Lord Koos

    Here’s a video that discusses sabotage and infiltration of the Sanders campaign in Massachusetts by Hillary Clinton’s campaign. It’s an amazing Machiavellian, Rove-like operation.

    The gist:

    Stephen Coyne joins Debbie today to talk about State Level campaign directives that sabotaged Bernie Sanders GOTV and canvassing efforts in Western MA….Events were canceled, orders to not open campaign office given, out of date/old roles substituted for up to date available canvassing apps and data, canvassing material denied. The former MA Field Director for Sanders Joe Caizzo & his parter Karen Clawson Cosmas are employs of Truman Foundation….The directives given for the campaign worked AGAINST the interests of Sanders in MA. However, beyond the state level apparent sabotage is a LARGER question: Who HIRED a Truman Foundation political partner to run the State Level Bernie Sanders campaigns in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut? The Truman Foundation was founded by Rachel Kleinfeld, the personally appointed Hillary Clinton advisor for Foreign Policy as SOS until 2104 and staffed by a long list of her allies. Additionally, the Truman Project is partnered with the Center for National Policy and the CHAIR of that project is HILLARY CLINTON’S CAMPAIGN MANAGER. The board is FILLED with Clinton’s tightest political allies. It borders on twilight zone absurd that any employ from this agency would be allowed anywhere near the Sanders campaign.

    1. aletheia33

      it is hard to believe. but this state level sabotage in western MA was reported to me in the same form as here by a reliable campaign volunteer as well who was active on the ground there. i reported this in an earlier comment on NC.

      similar reports have come out of north carolina.

      i’ve never followed any campaign this closely, so i do not know just how dirty the game can get every four years in both parties. i would not be surprised to learn that sanders supporters’ current outrage about the other side’s fishy maneuvers is due mainly to their lack of experience of such campaigns. i do recall that most people seemed pretty gobsmacked when nixon’s dirty tricks were uncovered. …but i guess since 2000 the playing field has acquired an extra dimension or two.

      one question is, how would so many supposed clinton infiltrators actually get hired by the sanders campaign? do they simply have no time to vet the people they’re hiring?

  22. Steve in Dallas

    RE: “Trump and Clinton: Censoring the Unpalatable ”

    Sent this to John Pilger and Truthout via email…

    Wow… thank you John Pilger and CounterPunch and NakedCapitalism… it’s VERY IMPORTANT to me to know that organizations like Truthout are censoring authors like John Pilger and protecting people like Hillary Clinton. Everyone knows censorship is a HUGE and rapidly growing problem… while frighteningly few have yet the courage to fight back… but that IS changing!!!

    BTW… as we all also know… the HuffingtonPost’s sellout to mainstream media is the central issue here. What a disgusting thing it was to witness. In the months leading to the HP sellout there was a very obvious and disturbing increase in the number or articles by establishment flacks, clearly they were experimenting with how the HP readers (sheople vs. alert informed citizens?) would respond to being herded and corralled. Then the sellout was announced. How disgusting it was to watch Ariana take the money, cackle like He-Died-Hillary, and, worst of all, how she totally screwed (Gaddafi-ized… it was that bad) all the great independent journalists who had contributed so much and literally built HP.

    I, for one, am watching very closely to developments at sites like TruthOut and AlterNet. Unfortunately there are many signs they want to follow in HP’s footsteps. In the meantime, I will do everything I can to herd people toward the independent media. I’m finally having some successes… and would love to work with others to ultimately destroy the mainstream media.


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