Links 11/3/16

Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Chicago Tribune

Peru releases 500,000 at-risk baby turtles into the wild Treehugger

First discovery of 50,000-year-old human settlements in Australian interior Ars Technica

Exorcisms Are On The Rise: Brownsburg Priest Who Performs Exorcisms Says Number Of People Requesting Them Is Increasing International Business Times

Wanda Chairman Reveals Ambitious Plan to Invest Billions in “All Six” Hollywood Studios Hollywood Reporter

Tippi Hedren accuses Hitchcock of sexual harassment in memoir Reuters (EM)

‘I felt like Morse tapping his first code’ – the man who invented the podcast The Guardian

Clinton Email Tar Baby

In extraordinary move, Obama condemns FBI for Clinton email disclosure: ‘We don’t operate on innuendo’ SCMP

Secret Recordings Fueled FBI Feud in Clinton Probe WSJ. I was struck while reading this how closely it conformed to the master narrative for many crime shows, thrillers (both film and books), etc.: work of diligent, honest (FBI, DoJ) investigators thwarted by political machinations of their superiors. Almost to the point of cliche.

Huma Abedin Is Still in Fashion With Wintour, Von Furstenberg Bloomberg. Glad to hear it! I was worried there for a moment that she wouldn’t get invites to any more A-list parties.

Worse Than Watergate? Revisiting the Clinton Email Fiasco Counterpunch

Bret Baier: FBI Sources Believe Clinton Foundation Case Moving Towards “Likely an Indictment” RealClearPolitics

Why Clinton probably won’t ever be charged – even if latest email haul includes classified information SCMP

Leaked emails reveal cast of Clinton’s courtiers FT. For those who require a primer.

South Korean PM nominee says president can be subject to investigation Reuters. No comment. And see: Former South Korean presidential aide arrested in political scandal Reuters.

Why it’s right to keep the brakes on the Dakota Access oil pipeline WaPo

Why historians would make bad policy advisers Aeon

Planet Earth II and the bloodthirsty evolution of the nature documentary Guardian

Introduction: International security in the age of renewables John Mechlin Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.  One of many articles in an edition  devoted to renewables.

UN human rights review is largely toothless – but it’s giving a boost to Asian civil society groups The Conversation


The tales of bodies and blood that surround a front line in Syria Independent. Robert Fisk’s latest.

Turkey and the Next War The American Conservative

Uber in Pakistan: A Lesson in the Flaws of the Sharing Economy The Wire

Refugee Watch

Refugee crisis: On the largest rescue ship in the Mediterranean as it battles to save lives Independent

Central Europe resents double EU food standard Politico

Meet the US Investors Linked to Koch and Tobacco Making a Play for UK Fracking Firm IGas DeSmog.UK

How Britain Destroyed the Palestinian Homeland Al Jazeera. More history worth remembering, , written on the 99th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration.


Brexit legal challenge: High Court rules Theresa May cannot trigger Article 50 without Parliament vote Evening Standard

Court delivers blow to UK’s Brexit plans FT

Who’s Who in the London Lawsuit Challenging Brexit Bloomberg

Brexit Could Become ‘Catch-all Excuse’ To Push Aside Green Regulations in Response to Industry Lobbying, Experts Warn DeSmog.UK

Europe in danger of ‘losing the plot’ if it obsesses over punishing Britain for Brexit, says Irish prime minister Enda Kenny Daily Telegraph

UK curry houses angry over visa betrayal FT

The Kingdom of the Dead n +1


The Russian media just loves the campaign to demonise Putin Vineyard of the Saker (Wat)


The Million-Dollar Donors WSJ. A look at who’s bankrolling the 2016 general election.

Hostility toward women is one of the strongest predictors of Trump support Vox (ChiGal)

‘The fate of the republic rests on your shoulders’: Obama delivers impassioned plea to America to reject Trump Business Insider

The Places Left Behind Jacobin. At a time when the flaws in neoliberal thinking are apparent, HRC doubles down. Important. Addresses the ur-problem, and provides a road map to what HRC will try to do as President.

How Donald Trump Used Fine Print To Make It Harder To Sue Wall Street For Fraud International Business Times

Clinton and Trump: The Known And The Unknown Vineyard of the Saker

Opinion: The danger to your portfolio from a Trump win is huge and you need to move now Marketwatch

What would the US economy really look like under President Donald Trump? Independent

Pilloried Clinton TLS. Much to unpack here, and I look forward to seeing readers do so in comments. Showalter sees all  criticisms of HRC as emanating from her gender, and  doesn’t admit any other legitimate grounds for criticism: corruption, arrogance, flawed neo-lib and neo-con views.

President Obama: Forever in Dad Jeans Vanity Fair. In what’s a very crowded field, VF can be counted on for the most OTT legacy-burnishing.

Antidote du Jour:


Bonus Antidote (Resilc’s North Carolina yard sign)(I know Lambert already posted this in Water Cooler, but it so perfectly captures how many of us feel that I wanted to make sure readers get another chance to see it:


See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.


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  1. Cry Shop

    Hostility toward women is one of the strongest predictors of Trump support Vox (ChiGal)

    Seems rather obvious – so would “Hostility toward men is one of the strongest predictors of Hillary support”. Neither sentence makes a conclusion about what percentage of bigots in either group.

    One other thing I find odd is the chart for Romney vs. Trump. Unless I’ve missed something about Obama being a woman cross-dressing, then Romney wasn’t running against a woman, so anyone having said bias as their primary motivator for decision making would have had to look further down their decision logic tree to secondary motivators to decide which ballot lever to pull. There is very little interest in rigor in political science or social science.

    1. Jim Haygood

      “Hostility toward heterosexuals is one of the strongest predictors of Hillary support”.

      True or false? At a dinner with some gay friends this summer, four lesbians in attendance were unanimous in asserting that Clinton is the only respectable candidate, while Trump is a fanatical, fascist bigot.

      My gay male hosts were much more circumspect about talking politics at dinner (my sentiments exactly). But I know from other conversations with them that one is Hillary leaning, though he’s too much of a gentleman to bash Hillary’s opponent.

      Hillary’s notorious “basket of deplorables” comment was made at the Sep 9th LGBT for Hillary Gala in NYC. Does Hillary know something about her audience that we don’t? Just asking.

      1. Carolinian

        I have a gay friend who is voting for Hillary–already has in fact–“because of the Supreme Court.” The foreign policy case against HRC was totally off his radar screen and I had to explain.

        1. Unorthodoxmarxist

          I don’t know about hostility but it seems pretty clear that all political parties have a social group that acts as a glue. The contemporary Dems have Professional Class 10% women and LGBTQers, like the Civil-Rights era Dems had African-Americans, and the New Deal Dems had (white male) union members.

          1. UserFriendly

            I am the only gay person I know that would vote for Trump to block Hitlery. I know some that will vote Jill and more that will vote Hillary. Most go bonkers when I demonstrate how crazy it is to vote for WWIII. I have been threatened and intimidated for saying as much.

            I have an ex that hates politics and usually just lets me tell him who to vote for (I got him to caucus for Bernie). I told him I might vote for Trump to stop Hillary and he lost it…. No logic behind it, just from what he has heard in the media.

      2. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

        What is in a gender?

        That which we call pay to play by any other name stinks just as much.

        1. Portia

          well, if they think (or know) Hillary is gay, then it’s a milestone for gays also. First woman, first gay (although it’s on the hush hush wink wink). it’s the only thing I can think they can be sure she can do for them.

          1. RudyM

            “Gender” is bullshit. Better to say “sex” now that “gender” has come to mean some holy amorphous thing.

      3. eurekalol

        Eh, my experience has been the opposite – ie. most gay + queer men I know supported Hillary (and voted for her in the primary), while the queer women voted for Bernie and don’t like Hillary. The majority of people I hang out with are not straight. Those who supported Bernie and don’t like HRC, are now very hesitantly behind her solely because of SCOTUS appointments. AKA, I’m sure LGBTQ people’s perspectives vary significantly. A lot of seems to come down with how much you’ve been exposed to the BS HIllary & co pulls – the more you know, the less you can rally behind her.

        As a side note, what I find funny in all this is that I still see more Bernie, Obama, and Jill Stein supporters/stickers/signs than Hillary ones in Manhattan (where I live) and Brooklyn. I occasionally see someone with a Hillary shirt, but other than that, pretty much nothing. I don’t think her ostensibly strongest base likes her very much. Granted, this is my first presidential election in NYC so I don’t have much of a comparison to previous elections (I can only compare it to ones in Boston).

    2. jgordon

      On a related topic I got quite a ways through the “Pilloried Clinton” piece before I had to give up and puke.

      We have vicious criminal running to be president and this dufus is claiming that we don’t like her because she’s woman. Right. Outside of the CTR shills, who actually believes this crap? If these people are really this ignorant they won’t even understand why their necks ended up in the guillotine.

      1. JCC

        Unfortunately this dufus is a far too common representative of many HRC voters.

        I had an email conversation with a lifelong female friend and she repeatedly called me a misogynist when I explained why I am not voting for HRC. When I explained to her that I was focusing on her historical policies, I was not voting for Trump, and that I had voted for Stein in the last election and would probably do so again, it cut no ice.

        In her mind, this is a Battle of the Sexes (she emailed me last night to explain why Comey is just another guy that hates women) and anyone that doesn’t vote for Clinton does so because they are closet women haters.

        Luckily for our friendship, the conversation changed to the Cubbies, a commonality that allowed us both to remain on the same page. (I did not point out the irony of finding common ground in a male-dominated professional sport)

        1. Unorthodoxmarxist

          This is such a huge issue for a lot of voters, like Obama being the first Af-Am prez in 2008. It’s completely divorced from the issues and highlights why the absence of left-wing, class based culture, media and movement will lead to these kinds of voter decisions.

          1. cocomaan

            The past eight years have been about how Obama was black, therefore opposition to his terms was a matter of the rest of the country being horrifically racist. About how the republicans being obstructionist was really about him being black. The race for the WH was really about race.

            I don’t think the identity politics excuses for why HRC will almost certainly fail to govern well — that is, to manage the exec branch and see legislation passed — will work this time. Blacks are a minority. Women are over half the country. They will certainly try to say that HRC’s failures are because she’s a woman. But I don’t think it will carry as well.

            As you say, the real problem with Obama’s term was class. The other problem was leadership. He was and is a lousy governor. I have had managers who oversee by email and timecards and never leave their office. Obama reminds me of them.

            1. Dave

              I have had the same conversation with women who whenever I mention Obama’s bombing, false promises and double dealing, always pull our the canard,
              “I’m so glad that there is an african-american man in the white house.”
              One always adds “beautiful” before “african-american.”
              They are all voting for Hillary. All are involved in social services and take tax dollars as part of their salary.

              Paraphrasing Sinclair Lewis:
              “It’s hard to convince a woman of something when her salary and her job self-esteem depends on it.”

            2. Arizona Slim

              Obama should have been a governor before he became POTUS. Serving in the IL legislature and the US Senate wasn’t enough experience for him.

              Say what you will about GWB, but he was a governor before he was President. Which meant that he knew a thing or two about administration.

              1. LifelongLib

                FWIW I’ve seen claims that in Texas the governor is relatively powerless and that the Lieutenant Governor is the real authority. Anybody know about this?

              2. neo-realist

                Whatever Bush knew about administration certainly wasn’t put to any kind of use given the handling of the Iraq war and the lack of oversight of the banks.

                1. altandmain

                  Unfortunately, for us, for the people who Bush really served, his class of wealthy elites, Bush’s talents were indeed put to use.

                  He projected himself as dumb, but likeable and managed to get a lot of people to buy into the snake oil. He did his part in apart from causing anger at the GOP upper class, was remarkably successful at his real job, enriching the filthy rich at the expense of society.

        2. Katniss Everdeen

          It is pretty “remarkable” that, after “30 years of working for women and children,” clinton and her gender police squad have failed to notice that Jill Stein is one of them, and a strategy of two against one might be more effective in countering the scourge of misogyny poisoning the body politic.

          Or not.

          1. Pat

            Think about Hillary and her Democratic leadership cohorts leaving Zephyr Teachout on her own in a clearly winnable race. Funny how that support for women disappears even when they are party nominee when they might rock the boat for their male donors.

            1. allan

              And Donna Edwards. Making, according to the current political discourse,
              the Dem leadership and the WaPo editorial board (which endorsed white, male,
              chained-CPI-loving Chris van Hollen) both sexist and another kind of -ist.

          2. Anne

            When I hear people say that the anti-Hillary crowd is basing their opposition to her on the fact that she’s a woman, and everything can be laid at the feet of misogyny, it hits me the same way that the “oh, is it that time of the month again?” question used to (I’m 63, so I don’t get that question anymore) – as if I couldn’t possibly be making a rational argument, I must be letting my hormones speak for me, and golly, we all know that THAT means I can just be ignored.

            Do I think there is an absence of misogyny in this election? Of course not. But for me, anyway, I don’t want to keep her out of the WH because she’s a woman, I want to keep her out because I think she’s wrong on so many of the things that matter to me, I think her character is fatally flawed, and I don’t believe she has my interests at heart.

          3. Emma

            I think it’s difficult to maintain a true picture of pretty much anything in the US Presidential Election when everything appears with much added vitriol to become so willfully perverted. It’s as if, momentarily, America has descended into a vast vat-like yet singular state, ‘teaming’ full of warring factions of extremists running amok spuming hate and omens nuttier than the nuttiest of fruitcakes!
            IMHO, with this unusual election, ‘feminism’ and indeed the rights of women are being poorly handled by both major campaigns. But more seriously, so are the rights of your average American . For surely we wouldn’t otherwise find ourselves under such an earthly shroud of hate or threats of violent recrimination?
            Just as I think it’s consequential to over-dramatize the point that Hillary Clinton could be Americas’ first female POTUS, likewise it would be to over-scrutinize Hillary Clinton’s policies with regards to true feminism…..however it is defined. If we aspire to attain real equality, we should be beyond doing either. No special-case point required. Besides, becoming the first female leader wasn’t the raison d’etre so insisted upon by other foreign female leaders anyway. And nor is it for Jill Stein of the Green Party in the US who champions “People, Planet & Peace” with a relieving breath of fresh air.
            Perhaps verifying the negative impact of the susceptibility to moral ambiguity within a candidate in relation to their policies, ah yes, the policies, would be more positive in of itself. And how and whether and to what extent the two major candidates shift themselves to primarily suit filthily rich landowner needs. If we ignore the social cost to the overgrown influence of an elite structural force within this nation, and the kinds of responses or action taken by potential leaders to such influence, the nation shall remain imprisoned in such futile and feudal fashion, and deprived of an auspicious future.

      2. John Wright

        I spent some time reading the “Pilloried Clinton” piece.

        Searching for Syria, Libya, Walmart, bar exam brought up no references, truly a whitewashing of HRC’s vast resume of failures.

        No mention the early improbable commodity trading success or the vast funds attracted to the Clinton Foundation.

        The email server was excused by mentioning the “FBI investigation found the main charge to be carelessness” when many believe it was to avoid the FOIA.

        No mention of the new FBI investigation into HRC’s and associated emails.

        Or that Hillary Clinton might have done well in one of the debates because she knew the questions in advance.

        As far as the closing paragraph wondering if the “vicious campaign may convince even the most starry eyed little girl” not to pursue the presidency. I’d be more concerned that a President Hillary Clinton’s actions will show that a female president is simply no better, and quite possibly worse, than the typical male presidents who preceded her.

        This could prove a chilling effect on the opportunities for future female presidents.

        That there is an image of a competent, experienced HRC, rather than an image of a well-connected mediocrity pushed higher despite her many failures (and few successes), is evidence of the power of media in the USA and the willingness of journalists/writers to look the other way.

        1. Katniss Everdeen

          [During the third debate] She was forced to dodge some awkward questions about the Clinton Foundation…..

          Just like debts that cannot be paid back, won’t be, “accomplishments” that cannot be defended, won’t be. Nothin’ left but chromosomes.

          As for your “This could prove a chilling effect on the opportunities for future female presidents,” Bingo. Just as the ostensibly “racially hamstrung” obama presidency will prove to be for blacks. Lo siento, Cory Booker.

        2. Atypical

          “…and the willingness of journalists/writers to look the other way.”

          In the book by Jeff Sharlet, The Family, he provides evidence that she is a long-time member.

          Might this be another reason for her “bipartisanship?”

      3. lyman alpha blob

        You did better than me. I couldn’t make it past “a woman who has dedicated her life to public service” in the first paragraph.

      1. Pat

        It is estrogen’s fault as well although perhaps lower levels since menopause. . Not that my vote was ever winnable for Hillary Clinton. Still I’ll be voting for a woman for President for the second time next week – Stein.

        1. craazyboy

          I few days ago Hillary said she was going to be muscular. Hillary is trying to steal our testosterone!

          1. IowanX

            All I can suggest is that the “Super-delegate” system utterly failed this year. The fix was in, and the D’s have now utterly broken their own party. We’ll see the results on Tuesday, methinks.

      2. tgs

        Kate Pollitt at the Nation is using the same riff:

        Could the clouds of testosterone billowing from the campaign have something to do with the fact that Donald Trump is facing a woman?

        1. OIFVet

          The opening sentence goes right at the target: “As in some ancient myth, Hillary Clinton, warrior princess, could only succeed in her quest for the kingdom by vanquishing Phallus, the many-headed god of male sexual craziness.” My oh my, I had to check to make sure that my equipment was still attached. That does it, I am now firmly “With Her,” and will plead for leniency come judgement day. I would rather be emasculated than castrated.

          1. hunkerdown

            But but, sexually-themed violent speech against women is terrible and evil.

            Not enough steel to make enough guillotines for all these self-important yentacrats. (Note proportionate response.)

        2. Pat

          Could the endless claims of victimhood from the campaign have something to do with the fact that Hillary Clinton, the most qualified candidate ever, has nothing solid to run on BUT being a woman?

          It would be irresponsible not to question why someone so “qualified” is constantly portrayed as a victim by herself and her surrogates.

          1. NotTimothyGeithner

            She has no accomplishments except job titles. Her positions are horrible until they are scrutinized. She’s a gifter and a hawk.

            I suspect some of the recent woman victimization by the Bernie Bros is to prevent discussions about reform and accountability after the election. Besides Donna Brazille, what other elite Democrats have been key players in crushing defeats? Even a Hillary victory will be a joke against a reality TV host who once joked he could shoot a person on the street and not lose votes.

            State parties must be fuming.

        3. polecat

          I’m gonna start a neo-punk band called Screaming Momgranny & the Safe Spaces …..

          … does that make me a micro, or a macro aggressor ?

      3. OIFVet

        Chick with ‘testosterone-fueled’ rage against Her:

        Thank you to the “Anonymous” person who recently helped me reach my goal of $2,700 retro. I did go to the 2016 DNCC in Philly and it was nothing I’d expected. I did learn how the DNC operates at the highest level carrying on as if it was the Presidential Inauguration, while ignoring the opportunity to “unify” Hillary Clinton’s campaign with Bernie’s supporters. I hope for the best for our Country as I have voted and moved on…
        Again, DOYax-shin! Ty!…to all the many who supported me. I was sincerely disheartened by her campaigns’ inability to feature a story about Native Americans and Alaska Natives, although her campaign covered many sob stories of people from large voting groups who came to America to realize the American dream… I understand her silence now about Native Americans and Alaska Natives… #NoDAPL #WATERISLIFE #MniWiconi
        Love Millie Kennedy, Prior National Delegate for Bernie Sanders, CD9, WA-D.

        I’m with Millie. If that makes me a sexist male pig then so be it.

    3. Hierophant

      The VOX article is just bad science. If you look through the study it really has nothing to do with sexism, but whether people agree with modern third-wave feminism. Apparently, if you don’t like modern feminism then you are irredeemably sexist.

      1. ginnie nyc

        Hiero- ‘Modern third-wave feminism’ is not feminism, it’s an oxymoron. (Is that a tautology?)

    1. cocomaan

      1. I wonder how that owl is blue/purple. One of my chickens is a black australorp. She has iridescent feathers, kind of like this. Wonder if that’s what is on display here. Since birds have such good eyesight, they say that iridescence can be seen by them at a great distance.

      1. Oregoncharles

        It’s probably just a photo artifact: either the light was blue, as shadows often are, or the sensor was biassed to blue.

        Nonetheless, a beautiful picture.

    2. Bev

      Owl above in contrast to touching story of an owl’s loss of mate:

      Antidote du jour (guurst). This was the winner in the black and white competition of the Natural History Museum in London. From a write-up of bird photograph winners in Audobon Magazine:
      In the first light of dawn, photographer Mats Andersson used black and white to capture the melancholy moment following the death of this Eurasian Pygmy Owl’s partner. The pair had accompanied Andersson on his daily walks through the forest during the early spring. “The owl’s resting posture reflected my sadness for its lost companion,” he says.

      The anti-pitchfork option:
      Power to the People Plan

      “My Power to the People Plan creates deep system change, moving from the greed and exploitation of corporate capitalism to a human-centered economy that puts people, planet and peace over profit.

      It offers direct answers to the economic, social, and ecological crises brought on by both corporate political parties. And it empowers the American people to fix our broken political system and make real the promise of democracy.

      This plan will end unemployment and poverty; avert climate catastrophe; build a sustainable, just economy; and recognize the dignity and human rights of everyone in our society and our world. The power to create this new world is not in our hopes, it’s not in our dreams – it’s in our hands.”

      Key points of the Power to the People Plan:
      A Green New Deal:

      Create millions of jobs by transitioning to 100% clean renewable energy by 2030, and investing in public transit, sustainable agriculture, and conservation.
      Richard Charnin

      77 Billion to One: 2016 Election Fraud

      Matrix of Deceit: Forcing Pre-election and Exit Polls to Match Fraudulent Vote Counts

      Proving Election Fraud: Phantom Voters, Uncounted Votes and the National Poll

      This is the ONLY model which compares pre-election vote shares and corresponding Electoral votes to the adjusted Gallup affiliation survey (40 Ind-32 Dem-28 Rep). It will be updated as often as possible.

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      Cubs Win!!! So Wonderful. The Indians Were Wonderful Too. Baseball is a beautiful game and should be promoted above football to protect kids from head trauma. I think the Indians team and all of us can provide more purpose, meaning to a beautiful sport, by helping their brave name sake, The Indian Water Protectors who are protecting the water for millions of people.
      Jim Hightower: A Tale of Two Pipes

      Indeed, a dramatic new chapter is unfolding this year in a volatile confrontation on a remote stretch of the Northern Plains in rural North Dakota. It’s a “Battle of Two Pipes,” pitting the cultural power symbolized by the Native American pipe against the bruising financial power of a giant pipeline, owned by Energy Transfer Partners.

      In 2014, ETP, a Texas oil behemoth, went public with its scheme to build a massive oil pipeline from the fracking wells of the Bakken oil field in northwestern North Dakota. ETP’s 30-inch-wide Dakota Access Pipeline would cut a 1,172-mile-long scar diagonally through the hearts of North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois.

      If ETP’s $3.8 billion line is completed, it would carry 570,000 barrels of oil a day through most of the four states’ watersheds and wildlife habitats; it would transit hundreds of farms and ranches and make 200 river crossings. All the water and land in its path would be endangered, for one unpleasant fact about pipelines is that they regularly leak, sometimes rupture, and can blow up (an especially relevant concern with fracked Bakken oil, which is not only some of the dirtiest crude on the planet, but is also exceptionally flammable and “more prone to explosions than earlier thought,” according to U.S. officials).


      And he plans on destroying more majestic American land, too, for Warren’s contested DAPL would run just outside of the town of Cannon Ball, North Dakota, along the northern edge of the Standing Rock Reservation. Warren was so obtuse that he didn’t realize (or care) that the tribe’s deep connection to the area adjacent to Standing Rock doesn’t stop at the reservations arbitrary boundaries — the DAPL project would gouge right through ancestral lands and burial grounds. Corporate routers likely assumed that the reservation’s 8,500 mostly impoverished Lakota Sioux had no clout, so there was no need to get their permission, especially since the pipeline wouldn’t actually be on tribal land. Bad assumption. Imagine a corporation running a pipeline through Arlington National Cemetery.

      Not since Custer has an Anglo been as surprised as Kelcy Warren by a powerful force of Indians thwarting his ambition. You can learn more and donate to the tribes fight at and

      1. pretzelattack

        i don’t know much about the specifics of voter fraud, or electoral fraud, or voter suppression, but my impression is that the fix is very much in, just a question of who is the better fixer. maybe the fbi trumps the clinton machine this time around. i hadn’t really thought about baseball being superior due to the smaller chance of head injury, but that’s very plausible. there are some pretty violent collisions on occasion, though.

        1. Bev


          Football Alters the Brains of Kids as Young as 8
          New evidence of the danger of the sport

          But what about damage short of a concussion? What’s happening in the brains of kids who play football and don’t show outward signs of injury?

          In the journal Radiology today, an imaging study shows that players ages 8 to 13 who have had no concussion symptoms still show changes associated with traumatic brain injury.

          Who owns Scytl? George Soros isn’t in the voting machines, but the intelligence community is
          by Gerry Bello

          Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of investigative articles documenting who owns the electronic hardware and software used in the U.S. voting process. Our goal is simple: To reveal the man behind the curtain and expose the vulnerability of non-transparent, faith-based voting. ~ Bob Fitrakis, Editor.

          Various far-right conspiracy researchers have been alleging for some months that George Soros somehow secretly will control the outcome of the 2012 Presidential election. The Free Press’s exhaustive research can find not a single tangible link between George Soros and any manufacturer of voting equipment. Our research did find links much more frightening.

          The Free Press widely reported the various dirty tricks employed by Karl Rove and company to apparently outright steal the election for George W. Bush in Ohio, and thus the nation, in 2004. Since then, a witness in our case has died in a mysterious plane crash, and all the players in the DRE (Direct Reporting Electronic) voting machine game have shifted seats in a gigantic game of musical chairs.

  2. Vikas Saini

    Re: “Leaked emails reveal cast of Clinton’s couriers FT. For those who require a primer.”

    Couriers or courtiers? maybe both

    1. Jerri-Lynn Scofield Post author

      Fixed it! But that ‘couriers’ slip of the fingers opens the door for some delicious puns, especially as former ‘body woman’ Huma was known to carry Hillary’s handbag. Does this make her a bag woman, or better yet, a bag lady (which she’ll almost certainly be after she pays her anticipated legal fees)?

      1. Quentin

        Her legal fees? She has more than enough sycophants to jump into the financial breach to rescue her—a damsel in distress!

        1. Pat

          Huma may not have the sycophants, but Hillary can probably wrangle some kind of defense funding. And will want to, think what might be revealed if either Huma or Anthony need to give up on their defense because of unaffordable legal fees…

        2. NotTimothyGeithner

          Are you sure? The Clintons weren’t paid until after Kerry lost. Past service isn’t rewarded.

        3. Portia

          with all those paychecks, maybe she has some money socked away, who knows

          This is not the first time that Abedin has appeared to travel in a rarefied Clinton orbit. According to the Washington Post: “Questions have also been raised about the fact that, during the last six months of Clinton’s tenure at the State Department, Abedin was drawing paychecks simultaneously from the government, a private consulting firm [Teneo] with close ties to the Clintons, the Clinton Foundation and the secretary’s personal office.”

      2. BecauseTradition

        (which she’ll almost certainly be after she pays her anticipated legal fees). Jerri-Lynn Scofield

        Perhaps we should have single payer wrt to criminal trials too?

      3. JustAnObserver

        Anybody remember that picture from last year (IIRC) showing HRC on a 5th Ave shopping expedition with Huma, one step behind, literally carrying her bags ?

        Could do with a revival.

        1. Jerri-Lynn Scofield Post author

          Now that you mention it, I do– and that photo lurking in the back of my mind was no doubt part of what triggered my brain to come up w/ bag lady.

  3. Jim Haygood

    Frayed-collar Markethype journo Brett Arends [linked above]:

    “Personally, if Hillary Clinton wins I’ll restore my original asset allocation [instead of cash] immediately, regardless of how much of a bounce I may have missed.”

    Poor dear. Mr Market does not really care much about politics.

    What Mr Market does care about is valuation: it’s high, meaning that low returns are baked in the cake for the next decade (as the good Dr Hussman urgently reminds us every week).

    Thus, if Trump wins as I expect, the historical pattern of lower returns during Republican administrations than during Democratic ones will continue. Observers such as Arends will attribute this to Democrats being “better for the market.”

    But in fact, 0bama took charge with the S&P 500 index near its lowest valuation of the 21st century. It has increased by a factor of 2.6 times during his eight-year term.

    The next president will take charge with the S&P 500 near its highest valuation of the 21st century. There is nothing that either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump can do about this.

    All that Arends’ column signifies is the pervasive D-party bias among the lying liars of the MSM.

    1. Cynthia

      Who cares if the stock market rose a lot under Obama, given that the economy has remained pretty much flat under him.

      The O’bomber in Chief is on the verge of going down in history as the first US president to go through his presidency without a single year of at least 3% economic growth. Some presidents got eight years to try; some got four; a few got less than four (Ford, JFK) – but all achieved at least that. But not the US’s first biracial president. He is making history!

      1. temporal

        A rising tide of cash to banks used to trade the stock market, lifts all mega-yachts. Those without life preservers may not be quite so fortunate.

  4. Harry

    Sorry Jerri-Lynn, any prefered links on the Assange saying it wasn’t Russia? Would love to know how he is so sure.

    1. Foppe

      Wasn’t russia who hacked, or leaked? Russia would be fairly dumb if it wasn’t among those who hacked her; but that’s not the issue; the issue is who of those who hacked her (&/ the DNC’s) server(s) leaked the contents to WL (or if the contents were acquired another way — say, by A. Weiner helpfully setting up a local mirror).

      1. tgs

        I seriously doubt that the mainstream media or the officials in DC are going to take Assange’s word on this. They have too much invested in the current anti-Russian hysteria.

        1. Pat

          I’m of the opinion that only the least intelligent lowest on the totem pole reporters don’t know that Russia was not the source of the wikileaks’ Clinton material, everyone else knows it but is pushing the bull because it serves two goals: increasing fear and false justification for further sanctions and military actions against Russia. The Pope could swear on the bible that he knows who provided the information and it wasn’t Russia and they would say he was a Russia stooge.

    2. JTMcPhee

      Sorry Harry, have you figured out how one proves a negative? Especially in our current fokked world of Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt, where everything is part of someone’s “operation” and it is apparently pretty easy to fudge not only content but provenance?

      Quantum uncertainty in a multiverse of “content,” where the universes proliferate infinitely, at infinite velocity…

  5. Roger Smith

    ‘I felt like Morse tapping his first code’ – the man who invented the podcast

    Maybe it is just me, but comparing your online audio recording deposits to a form of communication that helped bridge parts of the country world together electronically, at a time when horseback messengers were around, seems pretty pretentious. This guy recorded a conversation (much like a song or a painting hanging in a local coffee house) and put it up on the internet. Morse code used a complex system of electronic cables and coded transmission to get vital information across distances no one could have hoped to traverse in any reasonable amount of time. Someone on the other end of that wire could get essentially real time information.

    “Emerson had the idea of a global species, living in a realm of ideas, with a human universal equality in rational thought and interactive culture,” says Lydon. “And suddenly, we had the tool.”

    What? Don’t get me wrong, having portable audio lectures/shows is great, but come on man! To say this is an invention is… misleading. Talk radio was around for how long? Oh wait, ““Podcasting is different to radio…” it is noble!

    (I love how the editors force “OMG Trump” for the sub-headline)

    1. Rhondda

      It’s not just you.
      ‘Invention’ of Podcasts = Invention of Morse Code.
      I hurt myself rolling my eyes.

      1. NotTimothyGeithner

        I felt just like Gorg, the inventor of fire, except for the burned arm when I learned to make spaghetti. Boiling water hurts.

    2. paul

      …and look at his personal picks. Who would voluntarily listen to the tony robbins of thinkification, M Gladwell?

    3. theman

      Not to mention the tireless work & ingenuity that allowed Morse to come up with an alternate form of communication through electricity, that became the world’s most advanced form of energy manipulation.

      Audio/Video Recording: already invented
      The internet: already invented
      Servers: already invented
      Blogs: already invented
      Streaming: already invented
      Podcast: putting a recording online, by uploading to a server, and categorizing the recording like a blog. Congratufuckinglations.

    4. Jon Hooper

      Actually, although it is pretty normal nowadays for individuals to be broadcasting all sorts of AV content over the internet Podcasting was a pretty revolutionary step. Not Morse code revolutionary, but still a big step.

      The big thing is that it provided a way for individuals to compete on a level playing field with what before had taken a pretty large infrastructure . Even pirate radio needed a fairly large investment in equipment etc.

      So it was a pretty big deal for individuals to have a worldwide platform to broadcast audio and video to the world with little more equipment than a laptop.

      What is really amazing is that 15 years later this is seen as a nothing burger since it is so pervasive.

      1. reslez

        The “achievement” is overblown. Look at the name itself: “podcasting”, which reeks of dated inflated pretensions. People have been putting audio files online for others to listen to since long before the iPod came around. This looks like just another way for Apple fanboys to make some sort of claim to things invented elsewhere — hardly novel for them.

        Morse invented a new technology. The individual in the article utilized a technology invented by others and given to him for free, and used them for purposes much more frivolous than the telegraph was initially put to. The engineers who wrote the MP3 codec and TCP/IP implementation (and who wrote the standards they’re based on) deserve comparison to Morse, not some random podcaster. It would be like Atrios equating his contributions to the web with Tim Berners-Lee’s.

  6. Steve C

    Hearing Obama’s anguished plea for a Hillary vote almost makes me want to vote for Trump. Nevertheless, I’m voting for Jill Stein.

    Stein finally got to debate Gary Johnson last night on Travis Smiley’s show. She was excellent, as was Tavis, as always. Johnson, not so much.

    1. temporal

      Johnson recently came out in support of HRC and her FOIA solution.

      Dude has read the tea leaves and is probably angling to replace Huma. Might have to switch teams again.

        1. temporal

          You’re absolutely right I remembered it wrong.

          It was Weld that vouched for Hillary.

          Too much headline scanning. Too busy going for the joke.

  7. petal

    Sanders at Dartmouth yesterday urging students to vote for HC.
    “Sanders voiced full support for Hillary Clinton, saying she shared his commitment to making college affordable, allowing the refinancing of student loans, increasing the minimum wage, addressing the reality of climate change, “taking on the billionaire class, and standing up for the working people of America.”…

    “Had Al Gore won New Hampshire’s four electoral votes in 2000, he could have been president even after losing Florida, Kuster told the crowd, referring to the fiercely debated Florida recount the ended with the Supreme Court calling the election for George W. Bush.”

    1. WheresOurTeddy

      Always remember Bernie chose his congressional career over fighting the Oligarchy.

      One of the saddest chapters of our nation’s history.

      1. Jen

        The two are not mutually exclusive. In fact, fighting the oligarchy from the Senate could prove more effective.

    1. Frenchguy

      The twitter account FBI Records vault linked to it on October 30 but I see almost no trace of it in the media. So heavily redacted that there is nothing new ?

    2. fresno dan

      Bret Baier: FBI Sources Believe Clinton Foundation Case Moving Towards “Likely an Indictment” Real Clear Politics

      Finally, we learned there is a confidence from these sources that her server had been hacked. And that it was a 99% accuracy that it had been hacked by at least five foreign intelligence agencies, and that things had been taken from that…


      North Korea

      Goldman Sachs
      JPMorgan Chase
      Wells Fargo

      1. Jake

        Huh, no NSA? Or do they just read everything via direct feed from their owned routers and need not bother hacking into servers?

        1. Rhondda

          Saying Israel includes NSA, doesn’t it? After NSA reads it they pump it on — “raw” — to TelAviv.

        2. hunkerdown

          Magic bullets are an Exceptionalist pacifier. Defense in depth is an operational success strategy.

      2. craazyboy

        I guess it certainly is scary that FIVE foreign governments are trying to influence our election(s).

        However, can’t help noticing the list appears like one of those IQ test questions: Which one of these is different?

        1. OpenThePodBayDoorsHAL

          Geez nobody needs to be an IT expert to figure out that one, just have a look at Hilary’s #1 campaign contributor.
          #1: The Government of Saudi Arabia
          I’d think any woman who is planning to pull the lever for her would take a few seconds to ponder that.
          “But but but she’s really good for women!”
          True. If you’re a woman who doesn’t mind being forced to stay indoors, or not being allowed to drive, or own property, or being required to cover your body from head to toe or risk being caned, or you don’t mind being stoned to death if you’re accused of adultery.

          1. hunkerdown

            Look, Epstein’s gotta have some place to put the used deplorable girls out to pasture. Why do you hate ruling class privilege so much? /s

      1. craazyboy

        Those are names of U.S. secret agents operating undercover in enemy lands. If their names are released, they could be killed by our enemies.

  8. temporal

    Nearly all programming done today is incremental using all sorts of code written by others before.

    The podcast idea is barely worth calling a programming task. More like a reworking of previously existing architecture. Without the the fact that the web and standardized the creation and playback of audio files had existed for years before, the effort would have been significant. As it was all the pieces were all ready written and open sourced – free. That’s why most programmers like to call themselves engineers. Grabbing parts off the shelf and gluing them together. Writing a lot of code, without relying on any previous standards takes a lot of time and doesn’t look like much when you’re done.

    There were audio players playing files via web pages long before this “inventor” thought of modifying player code to use HTTP to do the same thing. More a marketing task than invention.

    1. Jon Hooper

      The reason they are called podcasts is because they were for the iPod.

      At the time there really was no mobile internet. It was sort of a way of sneaker netting the internet audio at the time to a mobile device, allowing users to replicate the radio experience without being connected.

      It was the confluence of iPod and Apple giving iTunes the ability to publish promote and organize the content. Also the fact that iPod had massive storage compared to other MP3 players of the time as well as FireWire compared to USB1.

      Just a bunch of copied cobbled together code and marketing I guess.

      1. reslez

        > At the time there really was no mobile internet. It was sort of a way of sneaker netting the internet audio at the time to a mobile device, allowing users to replicate the radio experience without being connected.

        Huh? You mean, like a Walkman? I think those have been “replicating the radio experience” for something like 40 years.

        1. Massinissa

          I think he meant the non-music radio experience. You couldnt, say, listen to politics on your walkman or mp3 player really, until podcasts.

      2. subgenius

        iTunes is the complicated part…It has to work with 150ish countries with different shares to the artists and rights holders, and different requirements to register sales to count to chart positions.

        Needless to say, it is only an apple skin on others tech

  9. timbers

    Clinton Email Tar Baby

    In extraordinary move, Obama condemns FBI for Clinton email disclosure: ‘We don’t operate on innuendo’ SCMP

    Does Obama not realize even a little bit that his foreign policy has been sold by Hillary to the highest donor of the Clinton Foundation? He can’t see that Hillary in the Presidency (let alone SOS) will double or triple the grift potential for the Clinton’s? Wanna buy US made cluster bombs to drop on schools in Yemen? Need some advanced missiles for the latest ISIS re-incarnation to do some regime changes in Arabia or South America? No problem! We’ve already made you an appointment to Podesta and Huma at the Clinton Foundation.

    In the WSJ article just above, according to DOJ and Obama the FBI is not supposed to investigate Clinton Foundation years before the election, now Obama says FBI shouldn’t investigate (or more precisely SAY they’re investigating) Clinton Foundation during the campaign. So when IS the FBI supposed the investigate Grifttopia Central aka Clinton Foundation? After Hilary starts WW3 with Russia because the companies that make bomb shelters and dried beans “donated” to the Clinton Foundation?

    And if a future father who takes a pic of the vessel he worked in to show his future child what he did for work serves a year in prison because classified, we still need to hold Clinton to the same standard and make her serve a commensurate amount of time in prison for considerably more extensive violations.

    1. Sammy Maudlin

      Does Obama not realize even a little bit that his foreign policy has been sold by Hillary to the highest donor of the Clinton Foundation?

      What’s interesting to me is how we went from Josh Earnest a couple days ago carefully avoiding any criticism of Comey’s actions and reiterating the high regard the President has for him, to raking him over the coals.

      My guess is that the foreign policy mechanism identified above was fully approved by the Administration. The President, perhaps, thought he could simply walk away from the car wreck, hands behind his back, whistling a mindless tune.

      But then he was told by someone “not so fast, there buddy.”

      Now, in order to protect his “legacy” (or, avoid who knows what other potential trouble lies ahead) he maybe realized his only option is to work to get HRC elected with all he’s got.

      1. timbers

        Sammy Maudlin
        November 3, 2016 at 10:32 am

        But then he was told by someone “not so fast, there buddy.”

        Maybe that someone is the bad polling data Clinton’s been getting since the Comey announcement?

      2. JTMcPhee

        …mutual pardons? I read there’s a style sheet already done up in Word for them to just fill in the blanks: global delete and replace “Marc Rich…”

        1. Sammy Maudlin

          …mutual pardons

          That’s my pet theory at the moment. However, a few problems with that plan.

          First, if that route is taken, unlike Ford pardoning Nixon you’ve got two “bad guys” pardoning each other. The optics just don’t work. a huge contingent of the government and public won’t buy in and chaos may ensue.

          Second, Presidential pardons don’t work for state law violations. Rumors are the NYPD and Brooklyn DA Cyrus Vance, Jr. are hot to trot on several Clinton-related matters. Getting the Feds off their back would only be frying pan into the fire.

          Finally, I believe a Presidential pardon may not be granted to an impeached official. So big Willie J is going to be on the hook for any RICO violation that the Feds may choise to prosecute.

          1. Joe Hunter

            Will the DOJ move forward and prosecute? I have my doubts. They stonewalled the FBI investigation of the Clinton Foundation. I believe that the Clinton web of influence spreads to most of the Executive Branches’ departments. When I look at Obama’s appointments to various Executive Departments, most of those persons have connections to the Clintons. Take Huland and Powers for example and go to Treasury for more. An Apart: I came into this world in 1936. Times were difficult for the American people, but there was a bright shining on the horizon. I will leave this world probably before 2020. All I see is darkness, anger, pain and despair. I will leave this world, my country, in worse condition then I arrived in 1936. I feel for my daughters and my grandson and hope that the sun will rise on a new day for them.

            1. OpenThePodBayDoorsHAL

              Joe I think the shining light still exists but it has temporarily moved locations, it used to exist in our leaders and institutions, now it is kept alive in the hearts of the citizens of this great land who know beyond any shred of doubt the difference between right and wrong, between justice and injustice, they know that the strongest preying without mercy on the weakest can only last for a while because there are so very many more of US than THEM. Make sure the light is strong and true in the hearts of your daughters and grandson because as Shakespeare said “the truth will out” and yes a new day will come.

          2. LifelongLib

            I think the President can’t reverse or set aside the results of an impeachment, but impeachment is a legislative process entirely separate from any criminal charges. As I understand it even someone who’s been impeached could still be pardoned for anything they might be prosecuted for.

            1. LifelongLib

              That is, prosecuted at the federal level for. There’s a set of instructions online from the U.S. DoJ on how to apply for a pardon. State criminal convictions are specifically excluded; you have to apply to the state government for those.

          3. Jerri-Lynn Scofield Post author

            I don’t think that’s correct. Article II, Section 2 of the United States Constitution says that the President “shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.”

            I think the way this is generally construed (and I checked w/ someone well-versed in the details here) means that the Pres can’t pardon someone and thereby block an impeachment. Congress has the power to impeach, and the executive branch can’t trump that. But there’s no bar to a Presidential pardon that either overturns or prevents (see Ford’s pardon of Nixon, before any indictment for any federal offense) prosecution for a federal offense. Prosecution is an executive branch function. Separation of powers concepts are what’s driving all this.

            So, bottom line is that Bill could be pardoned for offenses against the United States, even prior to an indictment. As you correctly point out, state law offenses are a completely different matter, and the President’s pardoning power does not extend to cover those.

            1. pretzelattack

              what state laws might the clinton foundation have violated, and who has jurisdiction? i don’t know enough about the scope of clinton foundation activities in the us, i’ve only read about the way it has brought the blessings of disaster capitalism to small third world countries.

              1. Jerri-Lynn Scofield Post author

                Good questions, and absent much more info on how the CF is structured, where it operates, who contributes, to name just a few areas, I won’t hazard any answers at this time. But I’ll think about these issues, and if I can both uncover enough accurate info and come up w/ something interesting to say, I would certainly post accordingly.

    2. Optimader

      Is it in his narcissistic interest to support someone for POTUS that has the likelyhood of being more awful than him?

      1. hunkerdown

        Their legacies rest on the offices they held. It’s in his narcissistic interest to be seen as holder (as it were) of a virtuous office. We are taught that Presidential libraries and such are evidence of virtue and Greatness, not of being able to scrape together a couple of hundred million from their oligarch friends.

        Schoolchildren rarely hear of the Nika revolt or Justinian the mass murderer. At least in Texas-Truth™ Approved textbooks.

        1. Optimader

          Much worse can temper the historical memory of awful.
          Eat enough cat food and you may have wistfully fond memories of taco bell?

  10. Philnc

    At some point when the kids were little they asked that we not watch a then current documentary series. The carnage was too much for them. It was the last time we watched one as a family. I had a lot of experience in the outdoors and knew deep down that what we were seeing must have been staged, or at the very least extraordinarily compressed from footage shot over a very long time. In any event, it didn’t represent the reality of nature. Film makers and sponsors creating their own twisted version of the Roman arena spoiled the genre. Sad to read it was that way from the beginning.

  11. Katharine

    A little good news on the DAPL front:

    Quotes MPR:
    A group of state legislators who met with Stanek say they think the emergency assistance protocols only apply to natural disasters or an attack on the scale of 9/11.

    “We have an assignment that we’re going to go back and try and change a couple parts of the law that will make it clearer the distinction between different types of emergencies,” said Rep. Karen Clark, DFL-Minneapolis, who met with Stanek, “so we don’t get ourselves in sort of a position again.”

    1. Rhondda

      That is good news. And on top of the news from yesterday with Cleveland city council grabbing Kasich’s collar and demanding the Ohio Nat’l Guard be ‘brought home’. I hope they follow up and change the law.

      1. pretzelattack

        why in the hell is the ohio national guard there anyway? these protestors aren’t even armed, except with horses.

    1. temporal

      “Aeronautical engineers have an understanding of the climate and engineering conditions that affect the safety of passengers. By contrast, economists, especially microeconomists, do not share the same concern for the safety and well-being of citizens operating within market economies. Whereas no aeronautical engineer would abandon passengers to the vagaries of the weather or to untested technology, economists breezily delegate management of the financial system”

      Economics is the voodoo of adding 1 rich income to 20 poor ones and judging it better than 15 middle incomes and 6 poor. Incomes being important, people lacking standing.

  12. DJG

    I am thinking about next Wednesday, when the debate will continue. I ran across a quote that is formative (for me) among various virtual litter:

    Beyond the uses of hope, Norberto Bobbio: La speranza è una virtù teologica. Quando Kant afferma che uno dei tre grandi problemi della filosofia è “che cosa debbo sperare”, si riferisce con questa domanda al problema religioso. Le virtù del laico sono altre: il rigore critico, il dubbio metodico, la moderazione, il non prevaricare, la tolleranza, il rispetto delle idee altrui, virtù mondane e civili. (da De senectute, Einaudi, Torino 1996)

    Hope is a theological virtue. When Kant asserts that one of the three great problems of philosophy is “What may I hope?,” he engages with his question the problem of religion. Yet secular society holds to other virtues: critical rigor, habitual doubt, moderation, not engaging in abuse of power, tolerance, respect for the ideas of other people, in short, worldly and civic virtues. (from De Senectute, Einaudi, Turin 1996)

    Italian speakers can critique my translation. The worldly and civic virtues, though, may have to get their due after the current panicked election is over.

      1. Jake

        Are you observing that “religion” may take many forms? Wisdom is in there, and insight may follow (I have to think about this).

        When I lost my “religion” I also lost my faith in man, and even myself, as a rational being.

      2. Adam Eran

        IMHO, even pure secularism is questionable. What’s more mystical than Heisenberg uncertainty?

        Traditional religions put the brakes on the more cynical manipulations of those seeking to ascend the slippery pole, even as they were misconstrued to promote intolerance.

        Humans behave religiously, even if they proclaim themselves atheists or irreligious. Durkheim observes that without irrationality, society itself would collapse. What’s to keep me from (rationally) being dishonest, even if such behavior would never be discovered?…or led to social breakdowns.

        Currently, God has an invisible hand, though.

  13. DJG

    Fantastic owl as the antidote. I keep thinking of the goddess Athena. Will she return next Wednesday to get us past the Pandora’s basket of the current election “debate”?

  14. cocomaan

    The Places Left Behind, Jacobin

    Definitely important, but distressing, especially since real criticism of these programs is in such short supply (which is why we are on NC!).

    Recently was in coal country up in the Wilkes Barre, PA area. It’s Trump country: lots of enormous signs saying TRUMP DIGS COAL. Her efforts after her likely win will probably be actively opposed by the people living there. Something like the Appalachian Development Highway System has been in the works for a long time and I don’t see a lot of evidence that it’s doing anything. In fact, it might be facilitating brain drain from those areas. People do not believe the federal government has their best interests in mind and it’s not immediately obvious that they do.

    The article links out to her coal country revitalization plan. My favorite bullet from that:

    Repurpose mine lands and power plant sites. ….. Clinton will provide similar support for redevelopment of retired coal power plant sites to attract new investment, such as Google’s plans to build a data center on the site of a recently closed coal plant in Alabama.

    Bizarre. How exactly does a google data center help people who have no skills but wildcatting and extractive industry? My answer: it doesn’t. It just gives google cheap real estate. She then goes on to say that she’ll invest in colleges and universities in these areas to do R&D (?) and of course, the tax credit program (NMTC). Oh brother.

    1. frosty zoom

      well, i am glad mr. trump digs coal; it is a much better option that blowing up the mountain. i bet he’s got a very fancy shovel.

    2. temporal

      Every single proposal made by HRC is about giving the deserving over-class a step up on the ladder. The fact that Team R won’t be offering her a glass of warm water on hot day will just be proof that she woulda if she coulda. Meanwhile pay-for-play will reach undreamt of heights in spite of the fact the Wimpy isn’t going to be able to make that play payment on Thursday.

      If the Clinton Foundation isn’t a multi-billion dollar enterprise in four years it will be judged a failure. Saudi’s, as they put down Yemen, adding on another half billion to a weapons purchase will just look like sales tax. Maybe they’ll replace GM on the DOW.

    3. Ivy

      Underlying that revitalization concept is an opportunity for lucrative public-private partnerships, because markets.

  15. ScottW

    The most offensive aspect of Hillary’s email scandal is her “boxing” up the emails and shipping them off to a dubious Colorado storage facility for “safekeeping.” If Blumenthal’s private email account had not been hacked, we might never have learned about the “H” email address which publicly blew the cover off of her private email server. For 15 months, Hillary was able to deceive the public into believing there were no emails subject to FOIA during her time as SoS.

    Add to that her use of a private attorney (Kendall) to review what was allegedly private v. public emails and there is no question she violated the law. I have never heard Kendall had a security clearance of any kind and he did not work in the FOIA Dept. at State. Yet another violation of law.

    Violations of the Espionage Act are merely a smokescreen for Hillary’s intentional secreting of public documents during her tenure at State and 15 months after until she was caught. Who cares if she intended to transfer documents related to national defense. The important fact is she intended to hide all of her public emails from the public and when caught enlisted a private citizen to decide what should be released to the State Dept.

    When elected, there will be no choice but to appoint a special prosecutor. And we will have the first President ever elected while under criminal investigation. What a mess.

    1. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

      I doubt she will be elected. We’ll see what the next few days will bring. Everything is lining up against her.

  16. Pat

    I was going to post this saying “No Comment”, but nothing makes clear that a combination of tribalism, denial and flat our refusal to recognize corruption is not acceptable has allowed Clinton and her cohorts to portray her as nothing but a victim like a couple of Hollywood pundits sitting around discussing misogyny and sexism. At least to someone who encountered the casual sexism of the entertainment business almost daily for much of my adult life.

    Edited to add: For example of how little has changed just remember the way Hollywood protected Schwarzenegger AND that he is now the face of the Celebrity Apprentice.

    1. JTMcPhee

      …and of a heavily and obtrusively and intrusively advertised War Game (as if “we” don’t have enough saturation in WarPron and WarTech and “Call of Duty” and the rest…), “Mobile Strike.” “Build your forces for this real time game for the head of state.”

      1. pricklyone

        Did you notice the title of the new Call of Duty game in those ads?
        “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare” seems like a premonition.
        Maybe a wry statement?

        1. wheresOurTeddy

          Truth in advertising.

          I’m sure 2+ generations shooting faceless hordes of “bad guys” electronically has nothing to do with manufacturing consent.


  17. frosty zoom

    i could only get as far as the girl scout cookies.

    uh, and not to be nitpickish, but perhaps a second look at what is stated here is in order:

    Showalter sees all criticisms of HRC as emanating from her gender, and doesn’t admit any other legitimate grounds for criticism: corruption, arrogance, faulty net-lib and neocon views.

  18. B1whois

    Jerri Lynn -Are there supposed to be 2 links here?

    The Places Left Behind Jacobin. At a time when the flaws in neoliberal thinking are apparent, HRC doubles down. Important. Important. Addresses the ur-problem, and provides a road map to what HRC will try to do as President.

    The 2 “important”s look like you may have intended a second link between them, at least according to Yves current practice. Not sure if you intended to follow that practice or if the 2nd “important ” is just a typo…

    1. temporal

      innuendo |ˌinyəˈwendō|
      noun (plural innuendoes or innuendos)
      an allusive or oblique remark or hint, typically a suggestive or disparaging one: she’s always making sly innuendoes | a constant torrent of innuendo, gossip, lies, and half-truths.

      Maybe O meant implication.

      1. RWood

        I think of Kissinger’s political commonplace to Pinochet. Wasn’t it offered to the goldmen recently?

  19. JohnnyGL

    Please permit my rant:

    Walls are closing in on Crooked Hillary. NH, CO, and VA all suddenly look like they’re within spitting distance.

    Dems have absolutely NO ONE to blame but themselves. They were determined to unite around Clinton for some bizarre reason. Obama held Biden on the sidelines, they broke Bernie like an unruly horse. Now, they might just get what they deserve.

    I was watching Obama yesterday moaning about purges in NC. Wow, how cynical can you get? Republican governors in a number of states have been actively pursuing a program to purge voters for months. Where was he when the courts gutted the voting rights act? Silent. How about when they closed all those polling stations in AZ and had lines a mile long? How about when they dropped 100-200K voters from the rolls in NY? How about closing something like 90% of polling stations in Puerto Rico? Again, the silence was deafening. Only when his anointed successor looks shaky does he decide its time to have a moan about voter registration purges. Sorry my man, too little too late. Dems hung their voters out to dry and now they expect those voters to come rushing in to save them at the last minute….sorry, too little, too late.

    Dems actions on DAPL speak volumes, too! Yet another example where they have a chance to walk-their-talk and they aren’t taking it. It’s gotta be sitting in the back of the minds of those millennials as they decide who to vote for or whether to show up at all.

    Okay, rant over, hope you all enjoyed.

    1. JTMcPhee

      Not to worry: it appears taxpayer/MMT-funded Tech is taking a time-out in the efforts to field even deadlier weapons —

      “DARPA to reanimate Eisenwower’s corpse in time for election”

      1. JohnnyGL

        Since his views are pretty much the same as those of Bernie Sanders, it’s clear zombie-Eisenhower’s policy platform has been deemed “unelectable” and “beyond the pale”.

        Sorry, Ike, you’re too extreme for today’s America.

        1. OpenThePodBayDoorsHAL

          I see you have read your history, my compliments. I would take a re-animation of Nixon right now over the falling down grandmother corporo-fascist bloodthirsty criminal grifter in the Mao outfit.

            1. craazyboy

              It’s just the short and wide ones. Kinda like if Eric Cartman dressed up as Mao for Halloween.

              ‘Course that means it’s really a problem with short and wide. Then again, it’s not nice to say things like that.

      2. Massinissa

        In response to DARPA’s announcement, the Clinton campaign released the following statement:
        “If our troops are looking for leadership from among the walking dead, they needn’t look any further. Secretary Clinton sold her soul to the devil decades ago.”

    2. Jake

      I think you overrate the Dem’s desire to actually hold the presidency. TPTB in the party value their place at their private little table much more than the titular role of POTUS. The personal risks of selecting an outsider much outweighed the value of possessing the glitzy title.

      1. JohnnyGL

        I disagree, to be more specific, I think you have it precisely backwards. There’s a LOT of money riding on the Clintons being able to deliver for their ‘donors’. Hasn’t she raised like $1bn? That’s a lot of favors to pay off. If Clinton loses to Trump, it’s a spectacular wipeout. There’s no more prospect of Clintons being close to power again and all the foundation donations dry up overnight.

        I think the Dems NEED the presidency to be able to deliver. It’s all the other state/local offices that they don’t mind losing once in awhile. They figure their turn will come around again.

    3. Lambert Strether

      > the silence was deafening

      Democrat silence on the franchise has been deafening since Florida 2000. What we get is some lawsuits around election time, period. Mere virtue signaling. If you look at practice, it’s clear the Democrats are perfectly happy with the franchise as it is — win or lose. One more reason they deep-sixed the 50-state strategy in 2006 — can’t have all those pesky organizers out there. They might sign people up!

  20. JohnnyGL

    Obamacare premium increases as an election issue:

    “The increases are actually smaller than average in some of the presidential swing states, including Florida, Nevada and Virginia. And they’re negligible — just 2 percent — in New Hampshire and Ohio.

    But they’re especially large in a handful of tossup states, including Arizona, North Carolina and Iowa, where insurers are raising prices an average of 40 percent or more. In Arizona, the average mid-level silver plan will cost 116 percent more next year. There are also hefty double-digit rate hikes in Pennsylvania and Minnesota, two states where Clinton has a strong edge but still needs to ensure enough of her voters turn out on Election Day.”

    1. Peter Pan

      I received an email this morning from State Farm advertising it’s new Obamacare gap insurance to cover “surprises” (out of network?) as well as deductibles & co-pays.

      The solution to the Obamacare health insurance problem is more health insurance? This is insane.

      1. pricklyone

        My, my, they have been talking to some buddies at VISA, who want to sell you “protection” from Identity Theft.

      2. JTMcPhee

        Products, my dear Pan! The market craves Products! ETFs! Mutual funds of funds! All the lovely fees!

        And a 2% Obamacrap rise in FL? Here’s another estimate (“average 19%”) from the Miami Herald…

        This article bears closer reading, given the headline: “Florida Obamacare premiums up but most consumers shielded from increase,” Really?

  21. Ranger Rick

    If I see “firewall” one more time in a not-IT context I’m going to go crazy. Identity politics makes my skin crawl.

    1. temporal

      Long before IT had firewalls people were trying to stop fires by doing strategic burns before the faster and hotter fire got there. IT firewalls are much more like moats with drawbridges but it doesn’t sound as colorful.

    2. Cry Shop

      Stay away from construction related sites, where the term originated as a method to slow the spread of fires in large, multi-room structures.

      1. temporal

        That definition probably predates the forestry version. I just remembered those class room movies as a kid. That and frozen locus exposed by glaciers thawing and immediately turning into red goo.

        1. RMO

          Better stay away from the airport and aeroplanes too!

          “Workshop” on the other hand… Alexei Sayle once said if whenever he heard someone use the word “workshop” and they didn’t have a blowtorch or lathe at hand he wanted to nut them.

          “Americans have different ways of saying things. They say ‘elevator’, we say ‘lift’… they say ‘President’, we say ‘stupid psychopathic git.”

    3. JohnnyGL

      I’ve noticed this term becoming a media buzzword, too. I find it amusing.

      It’s a wall that 1) if it ever existed, looks to be crumbling rather quickly and 2) probably only exists in the minds of media pundits and Democrat partisans.

      CO and NH both look very shaky now for Clinton. Even PA and VA look like they might be coming back into play, though polls still show her with a lead.

      1. petal

        They keep sending surrogates to NH- whether it’s Bill Clinton, Bernie Sanders, or Cecile Richards. They’re scared. I’m seeing a few more signs here and there for her, and yesterday I saw someone with an HC button on their coat(a first). I thought about saying something when I saw the woman in the grocery store parking lot but I was good. Haven’t seen an increase in Trump stuff, but I know for a fact people are keeping that on the DL and not telling anyone unless they really, really trust them. They’re afraid of blowback, especially at work. It’s ugly.

    4. Massinissa

      I find the term sort of apt, because theyre almost implying that the wall could fizz out really quickly in a relatively short timespan. IE I doubt these ‘firewalls’ will still be around in the same form by 2020.

  22. frosty zoom

    well, i must apologize for not having been clear as my statement regarded editing and not misogyny. The “other” implies that ms. clinton’s gender is legitimate grounds for criticism. i personally, as i imagine you do as well, feel that one’s gender must have no bearing upon her or his’ opportunity to do anything, be it playing first violin, playing second base with the houston stealers or being el/la presidente del third rock from the sun.

    sorry for any confusion,


  23. JTMcPhee

    On the nature of ISIS, following a note from yesterday about how the ISIS whatever-it-is has surfaced in East Asia, on the frontiers of China, like Hordes in former times:

    Frickin’ Chinese and their curse about “living in interesting times…”

    The ISIS phenomenon seems to me to be a dark reflection of the whole neoliberal shadow. And is it not interesting, how elastic and nimble and durable a political economy like the ISIS structure can be when, it is wrapped around an ORGANIZING PRINCIPLE, that “missing link” I keep harping about amongst all the compartmentalized intelligent disparate discourse about what “WE” should be doing about this, that, or the other policything…

    Nice, decent people, especially when constantly buzzed and seduced by the miasma of combustoconsumption culture (even when aware that something is so very wrong), and the flood of Bernays sauce that we all are drowning in, seem to have a very hard time coalescing with any potency and persistence around the kind of “organizing principle” that might counter and dissipate the MOREism and “fundamentalism” memes and tropes and shibboleths. There are lots of actions ordinary people could do together, to better everyone’s condition and life, if a plurality at least could all somehow see past the bullsh!t of divisive propaganda, and all pull on the same end of the rope. (Maybe that is a complete pipe dream, given what one can observe from history and current conditions and behaviors, but it appears that the ISIS thingy might be accomplishing that organizing, in its own cruel way — I recall the insight accorded by Frank Herbert to Paul the Kwisatz Haderach, that he could not be kind without being cruel, or cruel without being kind, in using his move-the-universe power…)

    Maybe only the Hordes on a Mission with G_d on their side, and “war bands” and neoliberals pursuing personal pleasure and neocons in pursuit of hegemony and looting, are capable of such sustained ferocity and intention and persistence. Because of the nature of the Beast. That would be too bad,..

    For those wanting to venture into some disturbing source material, try “The Management of Savagery,” by Sheik Abu Bakr Naji, as a tight statement and intriguing manifesto of the overall flow and flexibility and grand plan of the Islamic State people. There are probably more accessible versions of the document out there. One wonders if the Great Hordes of the past worked from similar texts…

    It’s pretty obvious that the Great Gamers’ noises about “destroying ISIS” are at best insincere and incompetent, since all policy is “about” bombing and “sanctions” and such that just ensures a steady flow of new adherents to the ISIS banner. As an alternative? For all the horror and seemingly mindless “savagery,” we read that ISIS leadership provides a “consumer protection bureau,” and simple non-usury banking and other public services including health care — albeit once again in a two-tier structure, where the “terrorists” (fighters) get a larger piece of the pie. Governance is nonetheless provided.

    It will be interesting to see how the structure plays out over time. “Winning the Battle For Mosul” ain’t gonna be the end game. And changing the rules of US bombing to allow blasting the oil wells of Syria and Iraq territory under ISIS control to try to weaken the structure (at the cost of untold “civilian” suffering) will increase war profits and advance careers for Our Side, but over the long haul?), what is that going to do? What tools, other than disengagement against huge institutional pressure the other direction (and now that “we” have infected the ME with weapons and chaotic violence and legitimized ISIS as an entity) does “the West” have to try to dissipate this latest Horde?

    Our fokking planners and generals and politicians and statesmen are incompetent, self-pleasing, panty-waist decadent pikers, next to that kind of adamant fire. And I hate that such is the case – not that any of “our” rulers gives a sh!t whether the rest of us live or die, or whether ISIS burns or beheads or executes or even grows or spreads, as long as it’s not their pearly a$$e$ in danger… But hey, at least with all those nuclear and increasingly lethal other-type weapons, if things look really bad, our Rulers can clear the table by doing what my neighbor suggests, “turn the desert into glass…”

    Somebody, some group or groups, is operating the complexity in their favor, and at “our” extraordinary cost, whether the rest of us want it to happen or not.

    What is it “we” want from “our” political economy, and what can and will “we” do to to make it happen?

    1. NotTimothyGeithner

      With Islamic terrorism or struggle depending on your point of view, the great trend was Bin Laden and his cronies became rock stars after Afghanistan and then 9/11. Would be terrorists sought them out for guidance or approval. Bin Laden and his gang didn’t want to give up their special status by risking someone out doing them, so they pushed for martyr style operations.

      ISIS, Al Nursa, and so forth exist in a world where there are no longer legitimate leaders to seek out, so they are free to pursue their own strategies. ISIS’s brand took off without a Walt Disney overseer or central authority. Bagdhadi isn’t doing NYT’s interviews, so would be “terrorists” have freedom to become whatever they want and to use the ISIS brand. ISIS central will claim all events for the sake of authority, and every group will claim to be ISIS for legitimacy when it comes to recruiting.

      1. JTMcPhee

        …and Obomba and Clanton and Trump etc. are “screens on which anyone can project whatever they care to” and be part of the Brand…

        I guess the notion of some kind of species-healthy “organizing principle” is just a chimaera, and humans are just self-serving dead-enders — that would seem a best-fit with the evidence, at least the stuff that catches my attention. Time to go review my Futilitarian catechism.

        1. OpenThePodBayDoorsHAL

          I recall a guy who rode his bike around the world, 40,000 miles, he said it was a process of hearing the exact same story, repeated over and over no matter where he went. “I want to feed my family, keep a roof over my head, get some help when I get sick, not get killed for no reason, and get my kids educated”.
          Seems to me those are “organizing principles”

          1. JTMcPhee

            Exactly. Next trick is plaiting a rope that all those people can tail onto (that’s a nautical term, folks) and pull the Idols of Molech and his buddy Mammon off their pedestals.

            Got to also get those many people across that 40,000 mile span to kind of set aside tribal loyalties and subjugation to the worst among them, though, and become willing to live on just enough to eat to their real hunger and drink to their decent thirst…

            Looks to me that the ISIS thingy is having some success in rope-making, more’s the pity.

            “Oh look! A guy in a turban or keffiyeh! Burn him! Stone him! Cut his head off! and his wife and children too, lest there be more of them…”

    2. Rhondda

      “Maybe only the Hordes on a Mission with G_d on their side, and “war bands” and neoliberals pursuing personal pleasure and neocons in pursuit of hegemony and looting, are capable of such sustained ferocity and intention and persistence.”

      I think of Atwood’s God’s Gardeners a lot these days. They had sustained focus, intention and persistence. I would rather be a God’s Gardener than a Fremen.

      I like your thoughts, JTMcPhee.

  24. Pat

    Mook seems to think this is going to be the largest turnout election ever. All because it is now going to be close. Wow, apparently the last weeks have finally made it clear that their strategy did not work. Oh, and it wasn’t just the new email thing, try the ACA increases, which they should have been in front of from the beginning. Because that was not expected.

    1. Pat

      For the record, contrary to Behar and Robby’s assertion that once Clinton gets into office and puts her nose to the grindstone people love her, like as Senator, not everyone. I grew to consider Clinton a waste of space during her Senate term because it was obvious over and over that she was working hard to be President, but the average citizen of NY were of no interest to her and would be thrown under the bus in a hot minute if they might get in the way of her ambition. It was only once I realized that she lies about her positions and her record that I learned to check everything ever said about her and discovered that she was corrupt, criminal and was not a victim.
      No, you friggin’ idiots, people will not learn to love her because once the mask is ripped off, it cannot be put back on.

    2. jrs

      sigh high turnout, ruling class gets another endorsement from the public, well maybe not if they all vote 3rd party.

  25. cripes

    Have I mentioned lately what a narcissistic liar Obama is?

    Obama, always prone to shooting off at the mouth before actual trials have commenced, decrees Bradley / Chelsea Manning guilty:

    “We are a nation of laws. We don’t let individuals make decisions about how the law operates.” (unless Hillary) “He [Bradley Manning] broke the law!”

    Mr. soon-to-be-gone Obama couldn’t resist issuing yet another of his premature articulations, this time defending suspect Clinton.

    “I do think that there is a norm that when there are investigations we don’t operate on innuendo and we don’t operate on incomplete information and we don’t operate on leaks. We operate based on concrete decisions that are made,”


    There was no innuendo and no leaks, and the “information” explicitly said it was “incomplete” because it was just discovered, and warrants had yet to issue to examine them.

    Maybe we can dispose of the entire criminal process, and just let Obama pick winners and losers.

    Thankfully, his pronouncements will have diminishing importance in the very near future.

    God, what a horrible “lawyer” he must have been, laughing at the law and the constitution every step of the way.

    1. Otis B Driftwood

      Obama will be remembered as the black James Buchanan. Oh, okay, so he didn’t lead us into a Civil War, but he has been the consummate neoliberal lapdog. A mediocrity in a time when we needed and expected greatness.

  26. allan

    A Rare Moment of Unity on Capitol Hill, Thanks to Trump’s Taxes [NYT]

    Be afraid, be very afraid.

    There may be a silver lining in the revelation that Donald J. Trump paid no federal income tax for years or even decades: a comprehensive overhaul of the nation’s loophole-riddled revenue-gathering system. …

    For one thing, both Democrats and Republicans want to do something to fix the much criticized corporate tax code and would like to produce an immediate revenue windfall by luring back profits now held abroad by American corporations. …

    Can I give my credit card company an `immediate revenue windfall’
    by offering to pay them back 15¢ on the dollar?

    1. ewmayer

      “both Democrats and Republicans” — Ah yes, we are reminded that of all the euphemisms in the favored vernacular of the American political-elite, none should frighten us more that the various versions of “in the spirit of bipartisanship.”

    2. craazyboy

      The GWB “special” tax repatriation rate was 5%. Sounds like they’re getting greedy at 15%.

        1. craazyboy

          “American multinational corporations are now holding a staggering $2.5 trillion in profits overseas, refusing to bring the money back at the current tax rates until they get a special deal.”

          Makes you have fond memories of the ‘ole tax and spend democrats.

          I’d like someone to figure out how much got there because of creative multinational corporate bookkeeping. [transfer cost]

  27. OIFVet

    Re Central Europe resents double EU food standard. Those uppity Slavs think that they are equal to the Western master race?!

  28. JEHR

    Re: The Kingdom of the Dead
    Oh, if only we could have such stories told about all those places that have been devastated by war at some time in the past and have since come home where they belong. I am waiting for the Syrian stories.

  29. Gareth

    Has there ever been a presidential election in which both major party candidates so vigorously played the victim card?

    1. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

      We are all victims of something in life.

      The game, as it has evolved, unfortunately is about making one’s victimhood more grievous those of others.

      “I am Spartacus.”

      “I am Spartacus.”

      “No, you’re a victim.”

      “Yes, I am a victim.”

      “I am a victim.”

      “I too am a victim.”

      “Me three.”

    2. temporal

      Nobody likes me
      Everybody hates
      Guess I’ll run for President

      Vote for me because I can’t possibly keep my promises, even if I wanted to. Which I don’t.

  30. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

    Wanda to invest in all six Hollywood studios.

    How does that future look like – will there be Hollywood movies where good guy China saves America or, valiantly defends her South China Sea – and defeats encroaching imperialists?

  31. allan

    Wells Fargo says SEC is also investigating its accounts scandal [LATimes]

    Wells Fargo & Co. confirmed Thursday that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has joined the growing number of state and federal agencies investigating the company’s sham-accounts scandal.

    The SEC, along with the U.S. Department of Justice, the offices of state attorneys general, congressional committees and others, have “undertaken formal or informal inquiries, investigations or examinations arising out of certain sales practices of the company,” the San Francisco bank said in a regulatory filing. …

    You don’t want to mess with Inspector ClouJo.

    1. temporal

      Yet the always rational market of Wells Fargo customers simply asks for their pudding before they have finished their meat.

      It’s hard to imagine why big banks might operate on the assumption that laws are for paying fines to ignore.

  32. Vatch

    Why historians would make bad policy advisers Aeon

    I read it, and I don’t see anything in the article that supports the title. Perhaps there is support for the thesis that historians might not be good policy advisers, but that’s quite different from saying that they would be bad advisers. Did I miss something? What do others think?

    1. Katharine

      I agree. I didn’t think it lived up to the title. At one point, it did say something to the effect that politicians don’t like nuance, which is what historians are good at, but that doesn’t mean historians are bad advisors, rather that politicians are bad advisees.

  33. Carolinian

    Excellent Fisk in Links. That’s some real reporting. And the backgrounder on the Balfour letter was also good. Thanks for these.

    Re Balfour one could suggest that the Brits did eventually pay a price for their imperial hubris via two horrific world wars–wars that had at least some roots in the era of colonialism. One wonders what price the US will pay for its own imperial hubris. 9/11 merely the warm up?

    Meanwhile Pam Martens has some great dope in today’s post.

    Kadzik had been Podesta’s attorney during the Kenneth Starr investigation of Bill Clinton’s sexual involvement with Monica Lewinsky when she worked as an intern at the White House. Podesta was investigated for his potential role in helping Lewinsky get a job outside of the White House. In an email released by WikiLeaks from 2008, Podesta writes that Kadzik is a “Fantastic lawyer. Kept me out of jail.”

    1. Katharine

      One world war, really. They were well into the first before the declaration was issued. But you’re certainly right about imperial hubris, theirs and ours. Considering how many commentaries still suggest they haven’t noticed the empire is over, I wonder what our own lag time will be.

      1. Carolinian

        Balfour was of a piece with the colonial era that preceded it. They thought colonizing the ME with Europeans would be strategic.

    2. JTMcPhee

      Tell me which Brits paid a high price for those centuries of Empire and hubris? Can’t think of too many of the Upper Crust, so many of whom thought Herr Hitler and his policies were “just the thing,” other than those gallant sons who volunteered to fly Hurricanes and Spitfires. The ones who kept calm and carried on? Mostly the Downstairs and dustman contingent…

      And it seems like the City, other tan a little inconvenient bombardment, did and continues to do quite well…

  34. jhallc

    The Jacobin – “The Places Left Behind”s

    It seems to me that The Clinton Foundation has taken the “New Market Initiative” and taken it on the road to places like Columbia and Haiti.

    IIRC the story the other day of the owner of the fish market in Columbia who stated that the Clinton’s “charitable foundation” pushed her to take out loans to expand her business, with promises of opening doors to new high end markets. That lasted all of 1 year and then she was encouraged to sell to a middleman at a much lower, unsustainable price, who would then sell onto her previous higher end retailers (restaurants and hotels). She was not very complimentary of the CF.

    1. Judith

      From wikipedia: The Eurasian eagle-owl is largely nocturnal in activity, as are most owl species, with its activity focused in the first few hours after sunset and the last few hours before sunrise.[64] However, in the northern stretches of its range, partial diurnal behavior has been recorded, including active hunting in broad daylight during the late afternoon. In such areas, full nightfall is essentially non-existent at the peak of summer, so eagle-owls must presumably hunt and actively brood at the nest during daylight.

  35. alex morfesis

    stardate 3-11-16…BREXIT is now NIXIT…100 years ago, supreme court justice hughes was sure he was going to be the next president, but some folks in california did a karl rove and magically, a few days after the election, wilson had a lead and the electoral votes to retain his throne…Wilson won with the help of woman voters, who would get the “federal” right to vote in a few years, but had already obtained voting rights in certain states…

    Jeannette Rankin was elected the 1st female congress critter and was anti war enough that she was the only person to question pearl harbor and vote against entering ww2…

    and franz joseph was taking his last breaths, as his reign of incompetence had led to the collapse of the power of austria, having pushed world war one forward by having “taken” bosnia in 1908, in a foolish attempt to deal with his impotence and incontinence…

    but the butterflies don’t care that mankind is so foolish…there is another flower to sniff and smell…

    1. Anonymous2

      My favourite remark re the Brexit judgement.

      If the Government lose again in the Supreme Court they can always appeal to the European Court.
      Oh hang on………..

  36. Otis B Driftwood

    Okay, regarding the Cubs triumph last night, wouldn’t it be grand if this historic year that has seen the breaking the curse of the of the Billy Goat might also break (or at least begin to break) the curse of the two-party duopoly?

    I’m voting for Jill Stein.

  37. oh

    Thanks for the antidotes of the day:

    A beautiful bird, the wise owl and
    the yard sign that says it all!

  38. Eleanor Rigby

    Longtime reader. This is possibly a naive question: If there is a split between Pentagon and State, and also split between FBI & Justice, what does this say about our government?

    1. Lambert Strether

      It says we have checks and balances. Federalist 51:

      A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions

  39. Lambert Strether

    1:31AM I am turning off comments to rip out a thread that begins with an anti-Semitic comment by a previously banned account who jailbroke. The outage should be brief.

    1:48AM Comments back on. WordPress is finicky about ripping out threads (it likes comments removed in a certain order) so I hope your responses end up in the right place.

    Thanks to the NC readers who reasoned with the original commenter and provided data refuting him, but the comment cannot have been made in good faith to begin with, and we don’t want to legitimize the discourse.

    NOTE Please don’t re-open the thread by responding to this!

  40. Greg Bacon

    Yes, don’t deal with the obviousness of who is really in charge of the WH, the Pentagon, the FED and Treasury and Congress, just drool over some multi-millionaires from Chicago winning some silly ass game that is nothing more than a distraction.

    There’s a couple more ME nations that I***** wants smashed and they don’t care how much blood or treasure it costs Americans.

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