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Disrupting Racism (And Any Other -Ism) On Thanksgiving

Crooks and Liars - 26 min 52 sec ago
Disrupting Racism (And Any Other -Ism) On Thanksgiving

Who needs help navigating the holidays? Any of you excited to bite your tongue when Grandma talks about "the *whispers* BLACKS" or when your cousin bitches about the "Mexicans" taking jobs away? How about when someone you love brags about "Jewing" someone down on the house they just bought? You psyched to grin and bear it?

No one likes confrontation. Wait, I take that back. Some people like confrontation. But lots don't, and it's those people I'm talking to. Here's a round up of articles that can help you deal with your family/friend/co-worker's particular brand of bigotry without feeling like they've won, and that you've done nothing to disrupt it.

Here's the thing, though. You need to do this work to prepare — before you see them. You KNOW who will be at Thanksgiving. Christmas. The holiday office party. It happens every year, and you know who you'll encounter. So whoever it is, whatever brand of bigotry they spout, run down this article to find something that helps you cope. I'm about to hand you a huge number of resources with advice for all personality types - on how to handle these situations. But you have to prepare.

Learn your facts. Say the words before the event. In your room, in your bathroom, in front of a mirror, whatever. Let the air pass over your vocal cords and the words come out of your mouth. It's as much physical muscle memory as emotional and social muscle memory, and it takes practice. Just like anything difficult does.

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Federal judge blocks Trump's asylum ban

Daily Kos - 59 min 47 sec ago

A federal judge is once again standing in the way of Donald Trump’s illegal orders—this time his proclamation blocking people who cross the southern border between ports of entry from applying for asylum:

"Whatever the scope of the president's authority, he may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden," Tigar wrote in his opinion. "Asylum seekers will be put at increased risk of violence and other harms at the border, and many will be deprived of meritorious asylum claims."

The immigration law in question says that migrants can apply for asylum “whether or not at a designated port of arrival.”

This is likely another place where Trump will look to Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch to bail him out by being a lapdog and a sociopath, respectively. 

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Morning Digest: Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams says she'll run for office again after slim 2018 loss

Daily Kos - 1 hour 26 min ago

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar.

Leading Off

GA-Sen: On Sunday, two days after acknowledging Republican Brian Kemp as the winner in this year's race for governor, Democrat Stacey Abrams told CNN's Jake Tapper that she plans to seek public office again, though she didn't specify a race or a timetable:

"I'm going to spend the next year as a private citizen, but I do indeed intend to run for office again. I'm not sure for what and I am not exactly certain when. I need to take a nap, but once I do, I'm planning to get back into the ring."

After turning in the best gubernatorial performance by a Georgia Democrat in decades with her 50-49 loss, Abrams would be a top contender to challenge GOP Sen. David Perdue in 2020. However, if she does indeed plan to take a full year off (which would be quite understandable after a bruising year and a half on the campaign trail), it might be too late to mount a Senate race. That said, Abrams' name-recognition and fundraising prowess could allow her to wait longer than most candidates.

Categories: Politics

Mike's Blog Round Up

Crooks and Liars - 1 hour 26 min ago
Mike's Blog Round Up

Strangely Blogged: Trump rake-steps in deep "Schitt"

Reality-Based Community: A warning to states on marijuana tax revenue.

Scottie's Toy Box - Cartoons of the week

And then there's this, Wally: John Scalzi re-prints and reads aloud his short story on automated customer service.

Blog round up by Fran Langum, associate editor of C&L and also producer/co-host of The Professional Left Podcast. Send tips to mbru (at) crooksandliars (dot) com.


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The Republican Party And The Undermining Of American Democracy

Crooks and Liars - 1 hour 26 min ago
 The Republican Party And The Undermining Of American Democracy File 20181110 116853 1643xq1.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1 In this December 2017 photo, U.S. President Donald Trump congratulates Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, while Paul Ryan looks on, during a ceremony at the White House after the final passage of tax overhaul legislation. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Bruce J. Berman, Queen's University, Ontario and Daniel Levine, University of Michigan

The transformation of the Republican party from a recognizable center-right conservative political party to what it has become under Donald Trump began a half century ago.

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Categories: Politics

Cartoon: Notification bloatification

Daily Kos - 1 hour 36 min ago

Finally taking a break from politics this week. In the early days of social media, it seemed a notification was a notification. Someone mentioned you or tagged you in a photo, you got pinged, and that was that. Over the past couple years or so, I've noticed both Facebook and Twitter desperately throwing random notifications into the mix about various friends' activities. I'm getting Facebook alerts about people I don't know commenting on posts written by people I don't know. Once in a while, Twitter burps up some obnoxious little nudge informing me that someone has tweeted, or liked a tweet. Now, before people write me with advice about changing my settings, let me assure you I have tried everything humanly possible. At least in some cases, YOU CAN’T TURN THEM OFF. (I realize this is hardly the biggest problem in the world right now, but it’s fun to complain about.)

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Abbreviated pundit roundup: Protecting Mueller's investigation, California wildfires and more

Daily Kos - 1 hour 56 min ago

We begin today’s roundup with a very important piece by Nelson W. Cunningham, former federal prosecutor and general counsel of the White House Office of Administration, on the transparent ploy by Donald Trump to hinder Robert Mueller’s investigation and the ability of acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to curtail the investigation even without firing Mueller: 

[T]here is another, more insidious threat to the investigation: that Whitaker will curtail it without firing Mueller and that, because of a loophole in the special-counsel regulations, the public would not find out until far too late. On “Fox News Sunday” this past weekend, Trump said he wouldn’t stop Whitaker if he wanted to limit the investigation. “It’s going to be up to him,” Trump said. “I would not get involved.” 

The regulations establish the special counsel’s independence and give him a wide ambit, but they also require him to report — in advance — to the attorney general all significant actions that might be taken. The attorney general, in turn, may request that the special counsel explain a contemplated action, and “may, after review, conclude that the action is so inappropriate or unwarranted under established Departmental practices that it should not be pursued.”

The attorney general is directed to give “great weight” to the special counsel’s views but, otherwise, his discretion to overrule is broad and cannot be appealed.

Here’s the loophole in regulations that would keep Congress from learning about such an overruling in a timely way: The attorney general is required to notify Congress that he had taken the action only “upon conclusion of the Special Counsel’s investigation.”

Harry Litman, a former deputy assistant attorney general, provides an overview of the status of the investigation at The Los Angeles Times:

If any of the as-yet uncharged cooperating defendants opts to go to trial, that process will take at least many months. And we likely have not seen the end of Mueller’s efforts to secure information — or, preferably, testimony — from the president. Trump’s answers to Mueller’s initial written questions are supposed to be submitted to the investigators this week, but they won’t begin to provide a satisfactory account of the president’s conduct and mental state.

Even if Mueller is not about to close up shop, it is increasingly likely that the full contours of his inquiry will be sketched out and known to the public by year’s end. For the president and his circle, it is not shaping up to be a pretty picture.

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What do you mean by Medicare for All

Balloon Juice - 2 hours 9 min ago

At the Health Affairs blog, I co-authored a piece with RAND’s Mark Friedberg and Jodi Liu asking a very simple question: When someone says Medicare for All, what do they mean?

For policy analysts, such high-level proposals quickly draw a question: “What do they really mean by Medicare?” Medicare has multiple components: traditional Medicare (Part A and Part B, also called original Medicare or fee-for-service Medicare), Medicare Advantage (Part C), and Medicare prescription drug plans (Part D). Each of these components requires a separate premium, and Parts C and D plans are offered by private insurers…..

There are serious holes in the insurance design features of Medicare in that there is no out of pocket maximum and low incentives for care coordination. Drugs and physical health services may or may not be seen as complements or substitutes as appropriate. These problems are often ameriolated if not resolved by beneficiaries buying Medigap plans or integrated Medicare Advantage plans.

As there is significant political movement towards a variety of Medicare for All proposals, we need to know what we are talking about. Is it Medicare as it is with new age qualifications? Is it a comprehensive no cost sharing cover everything proposal where the only thing that ties it to Medicare is branding and claims processing infrastructure? Is it something in between?

We must know what these answers are in order to actually figure out how things could work and how the transitions that need to be managed could be managed. The tough work of converting a slogan into policy requires honesty.

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Daily Kos Radio is LIVE at 9 AM ET!

Daily Kos - 2 hours 26 min ago

It occurs to me, as we prepare to wind up a short week of live shows due to the holiday, that alien observers, or perhaps future anthropologists, might very well think that participation in ritual traffic jams is the real point of Thanksgiving. Like the Running of the Bulls, or something.

I have a theory that this food-based holiday might keep Donald Trump relatively quiet on the Great Twitter Machine. He’s off to Mar-a-Lago, where club members value his personal mingling more so than bombastic tweeeting. Trumpologists may want to keep a close eye on whether he indulges that favorite habit, or whether he cloisters himself to stew in his own juices.

Meanwhile, we’ll spend the day in the usual way, rounding up the Best of the Worst of What’s Wrong with America Today.

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Donald Trump didn’t destroy the world yet, and Robert Mueller didn’t save it yet, but David Waldman and KITM always exceed our expectations: The Trump campaign paid millions to Trump businesses during the midterm elections. No one would expect otherwise. Also, Playacting Attorney General Whitaker's term immediately commences with illegal activity, And in death, Jamal Khashoggi further exposes the corruption of Kushner and Trump. Trump misremembered Finland’s forest management system. Trump misremembered where he was this weekend. He however remembered Smoky Bear crossed him before. He remembers those things. Even before we hear from Mueller, Greg Dworkin can tell you things are getting shaky for Trump. A Californian Gop Congresswoman loses a race she thought wasn’t even competitive. It’s not just Californians telling Donald to kiss their red ass either. Trump is losing his grip on white suburban women, and parts of the rural and white working class. The $12 billion bailout program for farmers in the line of the Trump trade war hasn’t helped. His border stunt is clearly a profound betrayal of our military. Trump Country keeps falling further behind. The GOP has just two problems: Trump and Trumpism. Meanwhile the Daily Kos community came together for a woman and her parrots. Crazy numbers turned out to vote for Democrats for the House, and Democrats won Senate seats in 7 Trump states. No wonder that Dotard seethes. Nativism isn’t going away, as the Republican party becomes smaller, whiter, and hotter. Marco Rubio evolves to survive.

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On the Road and In Your Backyard

Balloon Juice - 4 hours 26 min ago

Good Morning All,

On The Road and In Your Backyard is a weekday feature spotlighting reader submissions. From the exotic to the familiar, please share your part of the world, whether you’re traveling or just in your locality. Share some photos and a narrative, let us see through your pictures and words. We’re so lucky each and every day to see and appreciate the world around us!

Submissions from commenters are welcome at tools.balloon-juice.com

Have a wonderful day, and enjoy the pictures!

 

Today, pictures from valued commenter Mike in Oly.

My husband and I drove to the other side of the mountains to check out the fall color. We were not disappointed.

Taken on 2018-10-21 00:00:00

Tieton River, WA

Towering cliffs of lava and basalt from ancient volcanoes line the valley and provide a dramatic backdrop for the autumn foliage.

Taken on 2018-10-21 00:00:00

Tieton River, WA

A colorful show everywhere one looks.

Taken on 2018-10-21 00:00:00

Tieton River, WA

The warm sunny afternoon was perfect for a wander along the river and thru the woods.

Taken on 2018-10-21 00:00:00

Tieton River, WA

The color was simply amazing.

Taken on 2018-10-21 00:00:00

Tieton River, WA

This area is on the dry side of the Cascade Mountains and is mostly oak, pine and some fir, cottonwood and a few other assorted trees tossed in. Oaks dominate.

 

Thank you so much Mike in Oly, do send us more when you can.

 

Travel safely everybody, and do share some stories in the comments, even if you’re joining the conversation late. Many folks confide that they go back and read old threads, one reason these are available on the Quick Links menu.

 

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Tuesday Morning Open Thread: Second Time, As Farce

Balloon Juice - 4 hours 30 min ago

No surprise: The Thief-in-Chief’s “princess” acts as though the law doesn’t apply to her, because when has it ever?

Hot take: This news will change exactly zero opinions about the Trump Crime Family… but the NYTimes is (further) beclowning itself, because the suits responsible for assigning front-page headlines have decided they can’t back down now


 
Speaking of C.R.E.A.M…

Repub America! It’s not just a kleptocracy — it’s also a kakistocracy!

Categories: Politics

Seth Meyers Analyzes Trump's Weird Lie About Raking in Finland [VIDEO]

Little Green Footballs - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 23:47

Seth takes a closer look at President Trump making up another weird thing about a foreign country while attacking a retired admiral for not getting Osama bin Laden sooner.

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A Quick Note on the Most Recent Kerfuffle Between the President and Admiral McRaven

Balloon Juice - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 23:44

The President has decided to once again get into a public kerfuffle concerning Admiral (ret) William McRaven. This has, of course, led to a lot of retired senior officers, as well as former senior civilian appointees, to come to Admiral McRaven’s defense and to call out the President regarding his remarks. I think it is important that we step back a bit and try to understand what we are actually observing with this ongoing series of rebukes of the President by retired senior officers and civilian appointees. This is not some bizarre new era of partisanship or political polarization. Rather, what is happening, why these retired senior officials – uniformed and civilian – keep speaking up has to specifically do with this President, how he communicates, what he communicates, his behavior, and the official actions he’s taking.

Almost all of these officials either spent their careers with no partisan affiliation because they were serving in the US military or were senior civilian officials appointed by Republican presidents because they were considered to be part of the Republican/conservative national security and foreign policy establishment. We’ve even reached the point when a group of prominent conservative lawyers, many of whom have held senior appointments in previous Republican administration, have decided to make a very public break with this administration and its Federalist Society allies, which is separate from the pushback regarding Admiral McRaven. While what we’re seeing is unprecedented in modern American political history, it is not surprising. Each of these retired senior officials that are speaking up are doing so because in their professional estimation the President is something completely outside of the norms of American politics. And, as a result, they are forced to themselves do something outside of the norms by publicly speaking out. That failing to do so would mean they were failing in their professional responsibilities even in retirement.

Earlier today COL (ret) Jack Jacobs, who is both a Medal of Honor awardee and a self described political conservative, was interviewed by Nicole Wallace about the President’s most recent dustup about Admiral McRaven. The clip is below and it is well worth the four or five minutes of your time.

I can honestly state that I was not expecting a reference to Rabbi Hillel in his response to Wallace’s question!

Open thread!

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Vintage TV Ad: 'Make Your Husband Lucky In 25 Minutes'

Crooks and Liars - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 23:30

What's your favorite Thanksgiving side dish? Open thread below...


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C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Parliament

Crooks and Liars - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 23:01

Forty years ago today, Parliament's album Motor Booty Affair first hit the record shelves. Waves on the water got all funky!

What are you listening to tonight?


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Open thread for night owls: Excerpts from the December edition of Harper's Index

Daily Kos - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 23:00

Some excerpts from the December edition of Harper’s Index:

  • Chance that an American believes that all members of the armed services should be described as heroes: 1 in 2
  • That a German does: 1 in 7
  • Amount of FEMA funding that has been transferred to ICE this year: $9,800,000
  • Percentage of Americans who have had to evacuate their homes because of a natural disaster: 22
  • Factor by which national parks have warmed more rapidly than the United States as a whole since 1895: 2.5
  • Portion of millennial men who identify as socialists or democratic socialists: 2/5
  • Of millennial women: 1/5
  • Percentage of Americans who believe that men and women have different leadership style: 57
  • Percentage of those Americans who think women generally have the better approach: 22
  • Who believe that men generally do: 15\Percentage by which a US teenager was more likely to use marijuana than adults in their fifties or sixties in 2011: 121
  • By which adults in their fifties or sixties are more likely to use it than a teenager today: 3
  • Percentage of Americans aged 13 to 17 who cite texting as their favorite way to communicate with friends: 35
  • Who cite talking in person: 32

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On this date at Daily Kos in 2012President Obama can and must take serious action on climate change and without Congress:

After a presidential campaign during which "climate change" was almost never even whispered by the candidates nor a question asked about it during their debates, the term finally made an appearance at President Obama's first post-election press conference Nov. 14 when Mark Landler popped the question. The president responded at some length, hinting that "climate change" would be paid some serious attention during his second term, starting out with an "education process."  

Unfortunately, as A Siegel illustrated in a spot-on critical essay analyzing the subtext of what Obama said, how it related to the president's first-term record on climate change and the mess that White House press secretary Jay Carney made the next day of the president's comments, that education process needs to start in the White House with Obama's senior staff.

So far, "encouraging" is an optimistic assessment of Obama's reply to Landler's question. Lots of crossed fingers among environmental advocates.

At Mother Jones, Chris Mooney has done what many of those advocates will be doing over the next couple of months, laying out what Obama could accomplish even with a Congress that is brimful of climate-change deniers and policy delayers.

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On today’s Kagro in the Morning showGreg Dworkin recaps another weekend in Pleasure! And Paradise. The blue wave continues rolling in. As Trump begins to lose his grip, noted genius Maco Rubio decides he has to become Trumpier. CIA pins Khashoggi on MBS. WH set to ban Acosta again. 

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Lou Dobbs In A Fury Over Jim Acosta Getting His Press Pass Back

Crooks and Liars - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 20:49
Lou Dobbs In A Fury Over Jim Acosta Getting His Press Pass Back

FOX Business Host and resident crank, Lou Dobbs, really doesn't like that Jim Acosta was allowed to get his press pass back after a district judge ruled in his (and CNN's) favor last Friday. Dobbs starts off this insane segment by positing whether there is ever a time "where you have to tell a District Court Judge to go to hell."

Lou doesn't understand that if you do that, you probably would end up being found in contempt of court and end up in a nice jail cell overnight. But, by all means, I encourage him to try it some day.

He continued by questioning the very bedrock of court, wondering why "you have to follow the District Court Judge and create rules and cannot run the White House the way it has been."

Yeah, those pesky First (free speech) and Fifth (due process) Amendments are tricky ones, right?

FOX Bigot Network, taking every opportunity to shred the Constitution and our Bill of Rights at every chance....only to protect Hair Fuhrer. If Obama had done this, they'd be calling for impeachment.

Full transcript via Media Matters. Watch Gregg Jarrett nod in lockstep with Papa Lou, too.

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Terrifying Read: “‘Nothing on this page is real’”

Balloon Juice - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 20:31

It is, in truth, one heckuva story. Neither of the main characters have anything but the best of intentions, and yet… Kudos to the Washington Post for demonstrating “How lies become truth in online America“:

NORTH WATERBORO, Maine — The only light in the house came from the glow of three computer monitors, and Christopher Blair, 46, sat down at a keyboard and started to type. His wife had left for work and his children were on their way to school, but waiting online was his other community, an unreality where nothing was exactly as it seemed. He logged onto his website and began to invent his first news story of the day…

He had launched his new website on Facebook during the 2016 presidential campaign as a practical joke among friends — a political satire site started by Blair and a few other liberal bloggers who wanted to make fun of what they considered to be extremist ideas spreading throughout the far right. In the last two years on his page, America’s Last Line of Defense, Blair had made up stories about California instituting sharia, former president Bill Clinton becoming a serial killer, undocumented immigrants defacing Mount Rushmore, and former president Barack Obama dodging the Vietnam draft when he was 9. “Share if you’re outraged!” his posts often read, and thousands of people on Facebook had clicked “like” and then “share,” most of whom did not recognize his posts as satire. Instead, Blair’s page had become one of the most popular on Facebook among Trump-supporting conservatives over 55.

“Nothing on this page is real,” read one of the 14 disclaimers on Blair’s site, and yet in the America of 2018 his stories had become real, reinforcing people’s biases, spreading onto Macedonian and Russian fake news sites, amassing an audience of as many 6 million visitors each month who thought his posts were factual. What Blair had first conceived of as an elaborate joke was beginning to reveal something darker. “No matter how racist, how bigoted, how offensive, how obviously fake we get, people keep coming back,” Blair once wrote, on his own personal Facebook page. “Where is the edge? Is there ever a point where people realize they’re being fed garbage and decide to return to reality?”…

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It was barely dawn in Pahrump, Nev., when Shirley Chapian, 76, logged onto Facebook for her morning computer game of Criminal Case. She believed in starting each day with a problem-solving challenge, a quick mental exercise to keep her brain sharp more than a decade into retirement. For a while it had been the daily crossword puzzle, but then the local newspaper stopped delivering and a friend introduced her to the viral Facebook game with 65 million players. She spent an hour as a 1930s detective, interrogating witnesses and trying to parse their lies from the truth until finally she solved case No. 48 and clicked over to her Facebook news feed…

The house was empty and quiet except for the clicking of her computer mouse. She lived alone, and on many days her only personal interaction occurred here, on Facebook. Mixed into her morning news feed were photos and updates from some of her 300 friends, but most items came directly from political groups Chapian had chosen to follow: “Free Speech Patriots,” “Taking Back America,” “Ban Islam,” “Trump 2020” and “Rebel Life.” Each political page published several posts each day directly into Chapian’s feed, many of which claimed to be “BREAKING NEWS.”…

She had lived much of her life in cities throughout Europe and across the United States — places such as San Francisco, New York and Miami. She’d gone to college for a few years and become an insurance adjuster, working as one of the few women in the field in the 1980s and ’90s and joining the National Organization for Women to advocate for an equal wage before eventually moving to Rhode Island to work for a hospice and care for her aging parents. After her mother died, Chapian decided to retire and move to Las Vegas to live with a friend, and when Las Vegas become too expensive a real estate agent told her about Pahrump. She bought a three-bedroom trailer for less than $100,000 and painted it purple. She met a few friends at the local senior center and started eating at the Thai restaurant in town. A few years after arriving, she bought a new computer monitor and signed up for Facebook in 2009, choosing as her profile image a photo of her cat…

Chapian didn’t believe everything she read online, but she was also distrustful of mainstream fact-checkers and reported news. It sometimes felt to her like real facts had become indiscernible — that the truth was often somewhere in between. What she trusted most was her own ability to think critically and discern the truth, and increasingly her instincts aligned with the online community where she spent most of her time. It had been months since she’d gone to a movie. It had been almost a year since she’d made the hour-long trip to Las Vegas. Her number of likes and shares on Facebook increased each year until she was sometimes awakening to check her news feed in the middle of the night, liking and commenting on dozens of posts each day. She felt as if she was being let in on a series of dark revelations about the United States, and it was her responsibility to see and to share them.

“I’m not a conspiracy-theory-type person, but . . .” she wrote, before sharing a link to an unsourced story suggesting that Democratic donor George Soros had been a committed Nazi, or that a Parkland shooting survivor was actually a paid actor…

If only Zuckerberg had been content to stick with objectifying the women in his Harvard class… yeah, I know, *someone* was gonna introduce a Facebook-style tech weapon into our badly prepared society. We’re a herd animal, and the Faceborg is an invisible village accessible to even those least prepared to live responsibly. WASF.

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Soybean Exports Have Crashed in 2018

Kevin Drum - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 19:52

Apropos of nothing in particular, I thought I’d check in and see how US soybean exports are doing. As you’ll recall, we ship a lot of soybeans to China, but in July China levied a 25 percent tariff on American soybeans in retaliation for our tariffs on steel, aluminum, and other products. Here are exports to China in 2018 compared to 2017:

Exports to China dropped to nearly zero as soon as the tariffs were put in place. But maybe exports to the rest of the world have made up for this. Let’s take a look:

Nope. Summer exports weren’t too far from normal, but the big fall soybean season has crashed completely. September shipments were down by a quarter, while October and November shipments (through 11/18) were down by nearly half. This is the price of stupid trade wars.

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But her emails: Ivanka Trump used personal email account to conduct government business

Daily Kos - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 19:09

But her, sigh, emails.

Ivanka Trump sent hundreds of emails last year to White House aides, Cabinet officials and her assistants using a personal account, many of them in violation of federal records rules, according to people familiar with a White House examination of her correspondence.

Yeah, that's right. After the 2016 election from hell, in which we learned that government email retention protocols are among this nation's most sacred duties, et cetera, and so forth, top White House adviser Ivanka was staggeringly unclear on how all that email business should work.

She and Jared set up their own private email addresses during the transition, and Ivanka just kept using it once she was given a White House desk. And we are assured, since Ivanka Trump is both SUPER POWERFUL IMPORTANT ADVISER PERSON and doted-upon daughter of an idiot manchild, one who cannot possibly do wrong and always has secret private opinions that are much less monstrous than the stuff the people she advises end up doing, that this was all a big oops because she didn't know the rules and nobody told her the rules and to be honest the very concept of "rules" is so baffling to everyone in this White House that we should just be grateful for each day that passes without her and Jared trying to steal the copper wiring out of the walls.

People close to Ivanka Trump said she never intended to use her private email to shroud her government work. After she told White House lawyers she was unaware that she was breaking any email rules, they discovered that she had not been receiving White House updates and reminders to all staff about prohibited use of private email, according to people familiar with the situation.

Yeah. Yeah, that's what we're gonna go with. Ivanka Trump was Extremely Super Unclear on whether or not there were special rules surrounding government email usage. Totally slipped her mind. Nobody on staff bothered to mention it. Oopsie-poopsie, and so forth.

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