Closing Thought–30Sep19

Remember back in July and the President’s trip to Asia of the G20? Or was it the G7? Or was it….who knows he went on a trip and did a marvelous job representing the United States…..

My favorite “Bad Lip Reading” has a marvelous take on this meeting….

 
These guys are very funny…..please enjoy……
 
“Lego Ergo Scribo”

The Biden Saga

As the election approaches we are getting more and more negative stuff…..the biggest story so far is the BIden’s well the son Hunter is more like it and his dealings in Ukraine….

So to help my readers understand this story line…..maybe this would help my reader decide where to place their support…..

Just what did Joe Biden’s son do in Ukraine? Reporters are revisiting the question as Democrats continue their impeachment probe of President Trump. After all, Trump is accused of pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky into investigating Hunter Biden’s activities there. In what the Atlantic wryly calls “socially acceptable corruption,” Hunter became a director of Ukraine’s biggest natural-gas producer, Burisma, in 2014, with no prior experience and an obvious connection to President Obama’s White House. Joe Biden, then vice president, visited Ukraine in 2015 to apparently urge officials to renew their own anti-corruption crusade. Now, the complications:

  • Biden successfully pressured the Ukrainian government to fire top prosecutor Victor Shokin after he failed to properly investigate corruption—including at Burisma, per the Intercept. Biden even threatened to hold back $1 billion in US loan guarantees unless Shokin got kicked out. But Trump, Rudy Giuliani, and others claimed Biden was trying to curtail the Burisma investigation.
  • Casting doubt on the official story, the Hill says Ukraine’s top prosecutor still had cases open against Burisma in 2016. And Shokin claims in an affidavit for a European court that he was told Biden didn’t like him investigating the gas company. “The truth is that I was forced out because I was leading a wide-ranging corruption probe into Burisma Holdings, a natural gas firm active in Ukraine and Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, was a member of the Board of Directors,” he testified. Documents obtained by the FBI in an unrelated case show that Hunter and his business partner, Devon Archer, made $3 million in fees from Burisma.
  • “And simply fraudulent are news reports insisting that [Joe] Biden wasn’t influenced by his son’s presence on the Burisma board, because it’s impossible to know,” writes Holman Jenkins at the Wall Street Journal. “Mr. Biden, instead of insisting that Ukraine’s chief prosecutor be fired, might have insisted he prove his bona fides by reopening his dormant Burisma investigation. We just can’t know.”
  • But another former Ukrainian prosecutor, Yuriy Lutsenko, said Friday that he didn’t know of “any possible violation of Ukrainian law” by either of the Bidens, USA Today reports. Lutsenko, who wrapped up the Burisma probe in 2017, added: “Hunter Biden cannot be responsible for violations of the management of Burisma that took place two years before his arrival.”
  • Maybe Bill Maher nailed it in a Friday tweet that urged politicians to tell their kids to get “a real job. Not a ‘consulting’ job cuz your [sic] somebody’s kid. It looks swampy.”

Keep in mind that is corruption is your thing then you must condemn ALL corruption no matter which side of the blurred aisle you sit on.

Be Smart!

Learn Stuff!

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

That ‘Marvelous’ Tax Cut

This will be the first resurrection of the VOMITORIUM…..

About two years ago the Trump tax cut went into effect and we were promised so much to sell them to the public by Trump, Mnuchin and Kudlow the dude that played an economist on TV…….and yet NOTHING they promised to the public has occurred…..corporations are smiling with the windfall of profits because of the cuts….

But the biggest bullsh*t promise was that these tax cuts would slash the federal deficit…..so far after two years that is NOT happening….

“A treasury secretary who can’t count needs to be held accountable.”

That was the message progressive advocacy group Americans for Tax Fairness (AFT) directed at Steve Mnuchin Friday, marking the two-year anniversary of the treasury secretary’s claim that the GOP’s 2017 tax cuts would slash the U.S. budget deficit “by a trillion dollars.”

AFT pointed out in a statement that the deficit has soared in the two years since passage of the tax legislation. CNN reported earlier this month that the deficit topped a trillion dollars during the first 11 months of fiscal year 2019.

“Mnuchin’s empty promise shows just how much the 2017 tax cuts for the rich were a scam on the American people,” said AFT executive director Frank Clemente. “Mnuchin’s prediction was off by $1 trillion.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/27/1-trillion-say-progressives-two-year-anniversary-mnuchin-claim-trump-tax-cuts-would

Another economic lie from Trump and his Boyz that has NOT materialized……manufacturing is NOT returning…..factories are NOT re-opening…..and those millions of jobs have yet to appear…….Mexico is NOT paying for the Wall our military families are…..all in all this is just bullshit with a capital “B”.

What more will it take for the American people to wake up and vote these corrupt toads out of office?

Be Smart!

Learn Stuff!

VOTE!

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

 

M-IC: Make A Killing From Killing

I have been an antiwar supporter for many decades and have tried to bring the control of the Military-Industrial Complex over the foreign policy of the US……

If you would like a refresher…..https://lobotero.com/2019/01/28/what-is-the-military-industrial-complex/

The M-IC has made trillions over the last 70 years…..

Though I encounter students and other young people who have never heard the term I hope most Americans are aware of the “Military Industrial Complex.” In his final speech to the nation President Eisenhower, surprisingly since he oversaw much of its formation, warned citizens of the growing danger of the “permanent armaments industry” controlled by those who owned and profited greatly from this new scientific and technological establishment. Many of the giant arms industries, both industrial and high tech, that dominate the corporate landscape today came into existence as the result of war and would long ago have gone out of business in the absence of the guaranteed government profits flowing from the manufactured wars that sustain them today.

Few citizens have ever heard of Charles Wilson of the General Electric Corporation who served as the “czar” of arms production during World War II. In 1944 as victory loomed the nation awaited the return of 16 million veterans. Would unemployment and bread lines await them again? “What we need,” said Wilson, is a “permanent war economy,” neglecting to add that such a scheme would also require permanent enemies.

Making a Killing From Killing

Too many people do not realize how much power the M-IC has over the process of government….and we were warned by Ike but it was NOT heeded…..

But if my reader is still in the dark about the M-IC then please watch this short video and learn…..

WE all should be aware of this because of the siphon it has on taxpayer money….money that YOU pay for every pay check.

Be Smart!

Learn Stuff!

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

Those Larger Questions Of Life

There are some philosophical questions that need to be asked….for instance…… Is there a God?  Why are we here?  What’s love got to do with it?

Hold that thought.

On another front….Sue goes to the store and brings MoMo a new toy every time….she now has moved past one toy box to two……

Image

And this does not include the 5 or 6 others that are already in the yard.

Most of the toys are high quality and cost as much as $20….and yet MoMo favorite toy is a simple string……

Image

To give you an idea of just how much fun a simple piece of string can be…….

Now there is the REAL question to be answered…..why is a piece of string so much fun?

Enjoy your Sunday….Im shall endeavor to stay cool….not something easy to do when you live in the Deep South….

 

A Few Chuq’s Thoughts

****WARNING:  STRONG LANGUAGE CAN BE OFFENSIVE TO SOME****

I have been anything but civil to Trump and Trump supporters but with good reason.

Their Fearless Leader to begin with….he has said more crap than a used car salesman but this one hit me hard…..

President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign attacked Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York in a campaign email Tuesday for her calls to abolish the Electoral College, telling supporters that “this is our country, not theirs.”

The attack was prompted by comments Ocasio-Cortez made last week in which she called the Electoral College a “scam” and said that the constitutionally mandated way the United States picks its presidents dilutes the voting power of people of color, as well as voters in large cities.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-campaign-attacks-aoc-democrats-our-country-not-theirs-n1047061

……”this is our country not theirs”?

Any one that makes such a comment and then believes it to be true is a racist fucking Nazi.  Dividing the country like that is a fascist ploy and the only way this moron cocksucker can ever win a vote.

Talk about “low IQ” this man and his supporters are the very definition of “low IQ””

There is more….

His Majesty Trump has a hard on for the Chinese….

As part of his ever-escalating trade war with China, Donald Trump has ordered Americans to stop patronizing Chinese restaurants.

“If they think they can outsmart me, they better think again,” said the master negotiator. “I am hitting them where it hurts, in the stomach. This was always my nuclear option and I’m using it. No more family nights at the local Chinese restaurant … no more takeout.”

Following Trump’s latest directive, which he put out in a tweet, a few staff members gently tried to explain to Trump that the People’s Republic of China does not own any restaurants in the United States, let alone Chinese restaurants; that this boycotting of Chinese eateries will have no effect on our adversary.

“Maybe not,” said Trump, “but it will severely cut down on the food they export to our country. Where do you think all those Peking ducks come from? And those fortune cookies? And that special, secret sauce for General Tso’s chicken? … China.”

This man is so fucking stupid…..Peking duck is a cooking method not a place…..fortune cookies are an American invention and so is General Tso’s as well.

Apparently this shit of brains thinks all Chinese eateries are owned by the country of China.

Now for a good example of supporters.

One small phallus of a person made the best STUPID remark of the week.

“Obama resigned because he knew Trump would beat him” (paraphrase)

Here is where this skid mark made the statement…..

A meme has been spreading around Facebook and Twitter that shows a man, purportedly a Trump supporter, claiming that former President Barack Obama resigned in 2016 because he knew he would lose to Donald Trump.

I know, we are laughing too.

Here is the tweet that started it all:

A user named Tyler said, “Obama was too scared to run against trump because he knew trump would destroy him. That’s why Obama retired.”

https://www.politicalflare.com/2019/08/trump-supporter-says-obama-resigned-in-2016-because-he-knew-hed-lose-to-trump/

I have seldom been too fucking keen on people that mindlessly voted GOP and with Trump they prove to me just how fucking ignorant they really are.

Someone famous once said “Stupid is as stupid does” (I know who made the fucking statement I did not like the movie)

On to the Impeachment saga!

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/25/impeachment-trump-describes-blatant-violations-perfect-conversation-rambling

How many times have we fucking heard that our voting process is the best in the world?

Looks like anyone that wants to change things in the process all they have to do is just a little hacking…..

A report issued Thursday by some of the country’s leading election security experts found that voting machines used in dozens of state remain vulnerable to hacks and manipulations, warning that that without continued efforts to increase funding, upgrade technology, and adopt of voter-marked paper ballot systems, “we fear that the 2020 presidential elections will realize the worst fears only hinted at during the 2016 elections: insecure, attacked, and ultimately distrusted.”

Researchers Assembled over 100 Voting Machines. Hackers Broke Into Every Single One.

**** I APOLOGIZE TO ANYONE THAT IS OFFENDED BY THE LANGUAGE BUT YOU WERE WARNED****

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

Saturday FYI

A new weekend and more FYI needed by my readers to function properly in this society …….

First, chocolate milk.

I remember a few years ago a poll was taken and a good portion of those answering the questions thought chocolate milk came from brown cows…….silly huh?

Well sports fans not much has changed over the years…..a new survey …..

According to a recent survey, seven percent of Americans believe chocolate milk comes from brown cows.

The survey was conducted by the Innovation Center of US Dairy in April. 1,000 adults 18 and over were asked questions about the role milk plays in their daily lives, Food & Wine reported.

The study found 48% of respondents weren’t sure where chocolate milk came from. Seven percent thought chocolate milk only comes from brown cows.

That adds up to about 16.4 million people, more than the population of Ohio.

The Washington Post linked the study to past studies that consistently show many Americans have no idea where their food comes from. For example, a study in the 1990s found that nearly 20% of people did not know hamburgers are made from beef.

I enjoy a snack of a glass of wine some nice cheese……soft is good but a good aged cheese is something to savory….and it is good for your longevity…..

As delicious as it is, cheese has a bit of a reputation for being bad for you but now new research has given us the news we’ve been waiting for.

Aged cheeses like cheddar, brie and parmesan could help boost life expectancy and prevent liver cancer.

The study, from Texas A&M University, found that these cheeses contain a compound known as spermidine which stops damaged liver cells from replicating.

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/cheese-health-benefits-live-longer-study-a7701761.html

Generate electricity from the night sky…..sound like SciFi?

An innovative new device is able to generate electricity from the night sky, according to a new study.

The research, published in Joule, highlights a new device that uses radiative cooling and is able to generate enough electricity for an LED light bulb, even at night.

“Remarkably, the device is able to generate electricity at night, when solar cells don’t work,” the study’s lead author, Aaswath Raman, said in a statement. “Beyond lighting, we believe this could be a broadly enabling approach to power generation suitable for remote locations, and anywhere where power generation at night is needed.”

https://www.foxnews.com/tech/breakthrough-device-can-generate-electricity-from-the-night-sky

The newest fad these days is to freely give up your DNA to companies that could use it where they see fit……and news has come out that it could be used to get a job…

The Silicon Valley company has for months been quietly making inroads into clinical trial recruitment by emailing customers who’ve opted in with recommendations about studies that might be appropriate for them. It has recruited for studies, both interventional and observational, in disease areas including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, eczema, and liver disease, a spokesperson for the company confirmed.

But the new partnership with TrialSpark, which offers a tech-powered alternative to traditional contract research organizations, may help 23andMe address one of the biggest challenges in clinical trial recruitment: geography. The idea is that patients who want to enroll in a clinical trial centered out of, say, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, won’t have to fly to New York and can instead participate by visiting their local doctor’s office.

23andMe, moving beyond consumer DNA tests, is building a clinical trial recruitment business

Sorry but if they want my DNA then they will need a court order.

Finally, there may soon be a limit to who is allowed to be buried in Arlington…..

In an effort to save dwindling space, the Army is proposing new rules to limit who can be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Under the current rules, the cemetery, which dates to the Civil War, would run out of space by the mid-2050s, the Army says. The proposed restrictions would preserve the cemetery’s lifespan for another 150 years. “Arlington National Cemetery is a national shrine for all Americans, but especially those who have served our great nation,” Acting Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy said in a statement. “We must ensure it can honor those we have lost for many years to come.” Under the proposals, veterans who retired from active duty and were eligible for retirement pay would no longer be automatically eligible for in-ground burial, the AP reports.

They would be eligible, though, for above-ground “inurnment” of cremated remains. Those who were killed in action or received awards such as the Purple Heart or Silver Star could still receive an in-ground burial. US presidents and vice presidents also would retain eligibility. More than 400,000 people are buried in the Army-run cemetery, and only 95,000 burial spaces remain, though a planned expansion will add 37 acres of burial space and more than 10 years of life to the cemetery under the existing rules. The proposed new rules will now be subjected to the federal rulemaking process and published in the Federal Register, which allows the public to submit comments. If the public comments prompt no revisions, the new rules could take effect in about nine months.

All the news that you cannot possibly use……

That is about all I have right now……may you enjoy your Saturday…..I have a standing date with MoMo….her walks are short these days…..95 and NO rain for 60+ days……everything is really thirsty these days…..and the heat gets to her badly so we cut short the world of new smells until cooler days return.

Image

“Lego Ergo Scribo”