Nowadays there is a fair amount of electronica on YouTube that really helps me with working existence. And this is, as of today Tuesday, the early part of the work week, so I'm in the soup. Some sort of musical accompaniment has to soothe the increasing annoyance I feel that, given the increasing foreboding we feel at the system's ultimate doom, we're still trapped within it!
Essays and Open Threads
Coalition confirms BBC exclusive: 3500 IS family members left Raqqa and 250 fighters in ceasefire. Convoy stretched for 8km. Deal agreed by "local partners", coalition says it didn't want anyone to leave. Western officer was present at negotiations but didn't take "active part".
In this remarkable exchange between U.S. Rep Jim Jordan (OH) and Attorney General (in name only) Jeff Sessions, we see Jordan lay out a summary of the specific crimes of collusion committed by FBI and DNC operatives in 2016.
A bit surprising that a quick search here indicates no one has yet blogged about Trumpster's choice as next chairman of the Federal Reserve: Jerome Powell, who is not an economist, but a lawyer. Powell, a Republican, has been on the Fed Board of Governors since 2012 when he was appointed by--who else?--Barack Obama.
Hello good people and welcome to the Tuesday early edition of Caucus 99 % open thread. The world may be going to hell in a hand basket, but nothing says we can't have fun with words and ideas.
Josh Marshall is a pitiful little hack that keeps hoping that someday he’ll be ‘recognised’ as a journalist. If you read his articles you can see how damn hard he tries to be relevant. It’s never going to happen. No matter how much he tries.
Good news. Bernie is still getting under the skin of the establishment, so he must be doing something right.
How do I know this? Because of headlines like this:
How will Democrats cope if Putin starts playing dirty tricks for Bernie Sanders (again)?
November 13 is the 317th day of the year, there are 48 days left
Today's number is 13
13 is a prime number, it is the 6th prime
13 is also a prime if the digits are reversed (31)
13 is a pythagorean prime (13 = 3**2 + 4**2 & 13 = 4n+1 where n =3)
Jimmy Dore discussed this today:
"Purple haze all in my eyes
Don't know if it's day or night
You got me blowin', blowin' my mind
Is it tomorrow, or just the end of time?"
"Two top former U.S. intelligence officials said Sunday that President Trump is being “played” by President Vladimir Putin on Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and accused him of being susceptible to foreign leaders who stroke his ego."
I always thought it was about the buds.
Can the grassroots crumble the corporate culture? Roots do break apart rock. This week's edition features some stories of efforts to change the system. As usual we'll look at the whirlwind of news from Alabama to Asia, from Saudi Arabia to Russiagate, from armistice day to veterans day, from war to peace and prosperity, and more....
World History this day
1793 -- The first Mayor of Paris, was guillotined.
1918 -- Austria became a republic.
1927 -- Trotsky was expelled from the Soviet Communist Party.
1956 -- Morocco, Sudan and Tunisia joined the UN
1956 -- Israeli soldiers shot Palestinian refugees to death in Rafah
US History this day
All I can say is "Amen".
To quote Marcus Aurelius:
What is not good for the swarm is not good
for the bee.
Got any photos for this weekend?
Today, Veterans Day 2017, is nothing like Veterans Day 1977, forty years ago when I observed my first Veterans Day after getting out of the military.