What do the numbers tell us?

    During the period  Orion and artappraiser discuss in their interesting   adjacent blogs something else happened.

    US Unemployment %

    Feb 2008    4.9

    Feb 2009    8.3

    Oct 2009   10.0 

    Feb 2012    8.3

    Feb  2015  5.5

    Some unemployment level is pretty much painless. ¨Frictional¨ . People who´ve just left one job and are quite happy to take a break.

    Statisticians know the number,I don´t.    But let´s say it´s at @3%.  So the swing in ¨involuntary¨ unemployment was from

    1.9% in Feb 08 to

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    Lawrence O'Donnell at the NYC Women's March on 5th Ave. Jan 21st, 2017.jpg

    There have been all these rumors of O'Donnell's demise at MSNBC.

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    Trump, Capitalism's Most Grotesque Contradiction

    Josh Marshall has a nice chart that gives a cozy back of the napkin feel to the sale of one country to the phenomenally rich autocrat of another (nominally less powerful) country.



    With Kushner Revelations, The Worst Case Scenario Comes Into View

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    I had this great Memorial Day Weekend.

    My son and I watched the Twins game; and we won!

    Somehow when your team comes from behind and wins and is Numero Uno in the standings.

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    Univ. of Maryland: A Homegrown Terrorist Who Grew Out Of The Soil


    "Make no mistake about it... This is a lynching..."


    May 22, 2017 | David Zirin | The Nation

    A Lynching on the University of Maryland Campus



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    How Do We Defeat the Spectacle?

    Let's face it America, we love a good or a bad spectacle, amirite? It is the only thing that can explain how we ended up with Trump. 

    The Society of the Spectacle is my go to work for figuring out the Trump era. Our backward tumble towards intellectual darkness is happening at lightening speed, and it is a little bit scary.  But the Spectacle itself is a shining beacon to individuals craving a modicum of agency over their own lives. 

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    Trump Russia Affair In The Wayback Machine To March 2017

    Just for the hell of it... Posted for posterity . . .

    The following is Tweet thread posted by Seth Abramson.

    Seth [wiki] is an American poet, editor, attorney, freelance journalist, and professor.

    And has been accused of Trump conspiracy tweetstorms as the infowars of the left.

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    Comey and Rosenstein wore wires. That's what the FBI does

    Among the scattershot defenses mounted by the Trump's pitiable defendersf:


    Why didn't Comey turn Trump in as soon as Trump started leaning on him?


    Who says he didn't?


    Work with this hypothesis.


    Comey to his immediate superior: ( Rosenstein) "Trump is attempting to extort me to conspire in cover up.  He's still got some ambiguity available. "(January 27)


    Rosenstein:"See where it goes.  Wear a  wire."


    Evidently, Trump did not stay awake through Donnie Brasco.


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    The Memories From This Old Band Roadie Hang Heavy From The Past

    Bear with me . . .


    THE COMA-TONES 1991. Gio Vitanza, Divo Garcia, Jimmy (James) Gonzales, Brian Waters, and Grant Johns.

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    Radical Second Things: This is the Chance for Americans to Rebuild and Take Control

    The United States is in crisis mode and feels like it has since roughly 2014. There were abnormal and bizarre mass shootings like the Aurora shooting in 2012 that seemed to be hinting at something weird but life still seemed normal. When the Obama administration's militarization of the police collided with racial tensions in Feguson, Missouri, however, the U.S. got crazier than I've ever seen.

    ¨He´s a good guy¨

    The President to the Director

    ¨I hope you  can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go..He

    Is a good  guy¨

    Take but degree ( the law*) away, untune that string  ,

    and hark  what discord follows! Each thing meets

    In mere oppugnancy . The bounded waters

    Should lift  their bosoms higher than the shores,

    And make a sop of all this solid globe.


    The many reports I have seen where pundits share their shock and awe that Trump allowed a Russian into the Oval Office have brought me a laugh from the past.  

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    Abu Shiksa is dead! Long live Goyische Kopf!

    Knowing, as we do, that Jimmy Carter's Secret Service nickname was "Deacon" is not without elucidative contribution to our understanding of the man, nor are "Lancer" and "Rawhide" utterly incomprehensible as "reductios" for JFK and Reagan.


    With this in mind, we may be forgiven, I think, for drawing unflattering inferences vis-a-vis the esteem in which President Trump is presently held in the Holy Land from the recent memo circulating out of Shin Bet HQ.


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    Back From The Abyss? Not So Fast

    Tuesday night was a symptom.  The disease of rot is much worse.  From a TPM commenter, this pretty much sums up the problem, but to carry on with the health metaphor, it doesn't provide a prognosis, or a treatment.  We are in big trouble:

    The long term picture is what is most worrying: the damage is extensive. Very extensive. People are under the impression that this is an anomaly (and it is, to be sure) that will be corrected with an election. 

    It won't.

    Hating 62 million people

    is not just wrong , but also could  be how  we ´ll  blow it . The way we  lose the next election.

    The initial clause is  the most important one . The reason to do the right thing is , it´s the right thing.  But... it is nice to win. And immensely important to  those who will be desperately damaged while this nonsense continues.

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    Sally Q. Yates.jpg

    I just kept thinking about Yates.

    I am old and have no yearnings (so to speak) anymore.

    But damn!




    This is my high-level take on the Tuesday Night Massacre, boiled down to the "big beats," as we screenwriters like to say...
    • GOP uses Trump to knock off most qualified candidate ever (Hillary).
    • Trump sputters, so GOP uses Comey to run Clinton through and simultaneously set up Trump for impeachment.
    • GOP uses this boorish "yokel" to get back into power, but they're embarrassed by his crude mouth and behavior..so they use Come

    Get ready for President Pence

    Well I 'll start it.

    5 30 pm today was the start of Trump´s ceasing to be President.

    Theoretically if a powerful enough group of Republican Grandees got to him this could still be cut  off at the pass.

    But that would have had to happen before 5 30 and it didn´t. No rational politician /human being would have issued this afternoon´s statement that the head of the FBI had to be fired because his handling of the Hillary email matter was unfair to her. That had to have been Trump´s own invention. 

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    Can We Arrest the Congress for Robbery and Attempted Murder?

    open gravesMy life is on the line as are the lives of millions of others. My continued existence depends upon access to an expensive mix of medications and medical care for I live with a double-lung transplant. My yearly out-of pocket expenses are already over $20,000 a year. With the "improvements" proffered by Trump and the Republicans, that amount will at least quintuple - just for the insurance, and forget about deductibles and co-pays. Without a medical "lifeline" I will die. I suspect that most of us will have someone we know or love who will lose their lives.


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