Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Daron Acemoglu--Why Nations Fail--


Trmp admin split over whether to punish Burma for Rohingya Genocide.


Manafort trial begins--from CNN


Paul Manafort's trial won't be all about Russia--Natasha Bertrand


Facebook pulls fake accounts that minic Russian tactics.


Breaking news--Facebook taking down network of Russian fake accounts, meddling sites.


Women's denim dress deisgns, not all that great--but--


And now, after lunch, let's watch the all time best Stephen Colbert Show--

https://www.thedailybeast.com/stephen-colbert-goes-after-his-cbs-boss-les-moonves-accountability-is-for-everybody "Accountability is for everybody, unless it's your guy," Well, we should call out the abuses of those closest to us, even if they happen to be our-- kmk 7-31-2018

Wow, I've had some mighty fine lunches all over this world.

My very own 35X puzzle for today--QUIZ: Figure out at which lunch that DJT remark below was made. ha ha, I bet you cannot.

SATIRE: Overheard at lunch:

"Skirt. He's always chasing skirts and looking under it, so no time for anything else." "He should be delivered with a good kick to his posterior." "I love the way you put it." 7-31-2018

SATIRE: Oh, I got it, it's like trmp saying of Russian COLLUSION, ha ha "it could be 400 lb man on bed in NJ"

Ha ha, if you buy that, you buy anything, incld maga hat. From now onI will try to misspell everything trmp-related in lower case. ha ha let's see who laughs last, MUELLER or trmp, rhymes with shrimp. 7-31-2018

Twitter tries to second guess that photo and gate 35X--I tried but not easy--need to find time and which flights leave from 35 X wh is "holding pen" compared to NY Penn Station. Maybe that's why Politico reporter was there too, or it could be photo submitted by someone/anyone.

WindUpBird ‏ @MickieMo Jul 27 Replying to @JamesFallows What’s Jr doing on a regional flight? Doesn’t he have a aircraft or two at his command? 0 replies 1 retweet 0 likes You Retweeted Brett Aronow ‏ @brettaronow Jul 27 Replying to @JamesFallows Why doesn’t Trump Jr fly private if he is supposedly so rich? 0 replies 1 retweet 0 likes You Retweeted Dan Scherlis ‏ @Scherlis Jul 27 Replying to @JamesFallows Dan Scherlis Retweeted Jason Schwartz Dan Scherlis added, Jason Schwartz @JasonSchwartz If there is a god, their seats were in the same row https://twitter.com/politico/status/1022898235910832129 … 0 replies 1 retweet 0 likes You Retweeted Angry Deepest of States ‏ @ATG_CLC Jul 27 Replying to @JamesFallows I hate that gate so much. I have complained at least 3 dozen times to AA, nothing changes. Yes, as a common enemy it could unify even me and my ex wife. So why not M and Djr 0 replies 0 retweets 0 likes You Retweeted Richard Riley ‏ @rfrileyjr Jul 27 Replying to @dwsNY @JamesFallows As a flyer mainly out of Charlottesville Albemarle Regional Aiport (GOCHO!), I bow to no one in touting how tiny are the planes in which I must fly. Though I acknowledge CHO has no remaining prop plane service - which had its romance. 0 replies 1 retweet 0 likes You Retweeted Carmen Figueroa ‏ @msfiggy2u Jul 27 Replying to @JamesFallows Who looks TOTALLY relaxed? 0 replies 1 retweet 1 like You Retweeted Josh Turner ‏ @shuadc Jul 27 Replying to @JamesFallows The best is when there are flights leaving for Charleston, WV and Charleston, SC at the same time, both out of 35X. 0 replies 1 retweet 1 like You Retweeted James Fallows ‏Verified account @JamesFallows Jul 27 James Fallows Retweeted POLITICO If you’ve been to Gate 35X at DCA, you realize that these two opposing figures were momentarily unified by a greater common enemy, namely 35X. (It’s where you board the regionals, via buses. Has the grace and charm of main waiting area/ stockyard at Penn Station.) James Fallows added, POLITICO Verified account @politico Spotted: Robert Mueller and Donald Trump Jr. both waiting for their flights this morning at the 35X gate at DCA. And yes, there is a photo. https://politi.co/2AhoBfd Show this thread 17 replies 55 retweets 261 likes Kyi Kaung ‏ @KyiKaung 16m16 minutes ago Spotted: Mueller and Trump Jr. at DCA 0 replies 0 retweets 0 likes

Two ships pass in the day and don't notice--

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/399263-trump-jr-and-mueller-pass-each-other-at-airport-and-dont-notice Too good to be a co-incidence, don't you think? 7-31-2018

Mueller and Secret Service agent and Don Jr spotted at Washington DCA airport--

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/intel-democrats-have-more-russian-meeting-questions-for-trump-jr-1287326275792?playlist=associated Secret Service agent must be one protecting Don Jr. However, why is Mueller there? Maybe Don Jr being taken for questioning. Stay tuned. Also which flight were they going to take, to NY? 7-31-2018

35 witnesses in former trmp campaign chair Paul Manafort case--


People should just ignore trmp and his lawyer Guiliani, who just say what they want to defend T's backside.

it's trmp who makes things up and tweets garbled a k a untruths. They met but NYT's publishers acct differs from trmps'

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/7/30/17630298/trump-tweet-new-york-times-sulzberger Sulzberger says WH initiated the meeting and wanted it off the record, then trmp tweets nonsense. 7-31-2018

trmp so-called summit was useless--US spy satellite detects missile activity in N Korea

https://bgr.com/2018/07/30/eclipse-photos-international-space-station-gerst/ It was all trmp grand standing and Kim getting a (partly?) free trip to Singapore. He came and left in a Chinese plane and asked US to pay for hotel and USA (ie us, taxpayers) also paid for the bloody red carpet. Don't support trmp, support what the intel agencies say. 7-31-2018

Lunar eclipse photos taken from International Space Station, by astronauts.

https://bgr.com/2018/07/30/eclipse-photos-international-space-station-gerst/ The astronaut posted on his Twitter? account. Don't know how that works. 7-31-2018

Monday, July 30, 2018

Mount Vernon, home and estate/farm of George and Martha Washington.


Five novels of the Black Death.


Harry Turtledove--alternate history (fiction) ref Pearl Harbor.


Harry Turtledove--Guns of the South--fiction--what if the S won the Civil War.


Times publisher warned trmp about his rhetoric--


Death tolls rise as wildlfires rage across California.


trmp and his escalating attacks on free media--Times publisher comments--


The memoirs of Gen. tecumseh Sherman--Gutenberg Project


Sunday, July 29, 2018

Movie Gettysburg, wiki


Gettysburg, movie transcript.

This screenplay does not seem complete, and no stage directions or character names, and repetitive, yet somehow it reads like poetry. http://www.script-o-rama.com/movie_scripts/g/gettysburg-script-transcript-civil-war.html I can follow it up to some point, due to reading Mchael Shaara's Hell's Angels, on which it is based, but I get tired. 7-29-2018

Ben Franklin --world class traveler.


Walter Isaacson--Ben Franklin.


The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin--


Monticello--Jefferson's home and Esatate.


CSpan, author presentation on Battle of Antieitam.


Antietem Battlefield

https://www.nps.gov/anti/learn/photosmultimedia/tour-stop-2.htm Civil War site. We drove through Sharpsburg yesterday on our way to Shepherdstown to see 2 plays. Best books on Civil War are John Jakes' North and South and Michael Shaara's Killer Angels, https://www.amazon.com/Killer-Angels-Classic-Novel-Trilogy/dp/0345348109 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Killer_Angels Unfortunately, my copy is packed in some box, though I remember it well. Vividly brings to life the major and minor characters during 4 days of Battle of Gettysburg. I especially remember the detail about all the cherries ripe in the orchards during the march N by Robert E Lee's forces. Highly recommend these novels. km Kyi May Kaung Words Sounds and Images

Important--Russia liquidated 84% of US Treasury holdings before Helsinki

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6003457/Mystery-Russia-LIQUIDATES-holdings-Treasury-securities.html 7-29-2018

List of people sanctioned during Ukraine crisis


Civil Rights icon John Lewis hospitalized, expected to be released soon.


Thursday, July 26, 2018

Cohen claims Trump knew in advance of 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russians, in fact, leak might have been from Trump camp itself.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/26/politics/michael-cohen-donald-trump-june-2016-meeting-knowledge/index.html See also The Rachel Maddow Show 7-26-2018 Cohen's new lawyer Lanny Davis says they did not release that item. 7-26-2018

Jim Bakker evangelist scandal--loony as they come, sentenced to 45 years, served 5, still selling buckets of freeze dried food.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Bakker I don't see much difference bet trmp phenomenon and this man--big con games. High stakes players. Talks "good" talk, walks crooked. Only the present one worships the god of money and sex.
SIGH. Why do people not use their brains? 7-26-2018

A president can be impeached for incompetence--

https://www.washingtonpost.com/ surely he's not competent in any sense of the word. Just bumbling around making enemies, strutting around, spending money, playing golf, tweeting. Might not be mentally competent either. Anyone remember when the church leader went bonkers and hid under a chair. 7-26-2018

Quote of the day--A US President can be impeached for--

“The President, Vice President and civil officers of the United States shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” — Article II, section 4, U.S. Constitution How many times has trmp been called treasonous in the past week.

trmp CFO issued with subpoena


Conservatives back down from impeaching Rosenstein--

https://www.vox.com/2018/7/26/17616888/rod-rosenstein-impeachment-vote-trump-mueller Yes, they shld be discussing impeaching trump, not Rosenstein. 7-26-2018

Whole catalog--327 people involved with trmp Russia collusion case--

https://www.politico.com/interactives/2018/trump-russia-investigation-ties/ so called "witch hunt" will go on for years, lots of witches, bitches, warlocks. Lots of witch hunters doing legitimate patriotic duty. Lots of colluders. Here everyone color coded and short precis for all individuals. Keep this in your files. As one commentator said of trmps, "I never knew anyone who knew so many Russians." ditto that. 7-26-2018

Bill Shine puts a shine on things-see post below.

Now WH says it did not ban CNN reporter, Bill Shine plays juvenile word games--

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/26/white-house-disputes-ban-on-cnn-reporter-743418 Free Press shld stick trmp and co. once and for all. 7-26-2018

Like a Soviet-type economy--I have been saying this for some time.

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/24/trump-farmers-bailout-reaction-republicans-congress-737517 trmp wants to do everything by direct order--for all his supposed economic savvy,he doesn't understand macro economics. He knows how to deflect criticism and create "drama" THAT'S ALL. A country is not his private business. 7-26-2018

yeah, place the fox in charge of the hen house--


The Atlantic: Secretary of a State of Confusion--Pompeo hearing.

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/07/pompeo-senate-hearing/566045/ Pompeo barely managed to maintain a modicum of dignity as he struggled to align trmp's flip flopping tweets also known as "statements" with policy. Don't envy anyone working for the thankless oaf who professes to value "loyalty" himself, but fires everyone at random, esp. those with some spine who stand up to him. He understands saving his own skin and buttering himself and family, that's all. Good luck as they say-- 7-26-2018

Virtual currencies spark national security concerns.

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/26/virtual-currencies-spark-real-concern-about-national-security-threat-707200 After all, Bitcoin was used to finance Russian meddling in US 2016 election. Could be used for anything, incld buying arms or printing out 3D weapons. I don't trust Internet, it makes everything too easy, including for criminals and rogue regimes. Now, there's a move by Facebook shareholders to remove Z as chairman, which I think is a good thing. If my stock fell 24% I would remove that chairman and CEO too. BAD MANAGEMENT same for DJT. 7-26-2018

Paul Ryan does not support impeaching Rod Rosenstein.


CBSN live stream 24/7

https://www.cbsnews.com/cbsn/ When others cut you out or off. A lot of rationing of the news these days. FIGHT IT--I think news should be mostly free. News is news, right? 7-26-2018

trmp winding back against his other dictator friend Ergoden, now says will sanction Turkey for--

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/26/us-turkey-sanctions-american-pastor-743486 Easier to explain for Pompeo, huh? 7-26-2018

Vanessa T Don Jr divorce--is now contested, meaning can't agree on money yet.


One day ago--package labeled "Anne Thrax" mailed to Maxine Waters's office.

http://time.com/5348024/maxine-waters-office-evacuated-anthrax-threat/ Maxine Waters: All I have to say is this. There is nothing like a wounded animal. Waters has become a strong critic of trmp and his admin in recent months. 7-26-2018

Educatn Sec Betsy DeVos' 40 m yacht untied, causes 10,000 in damages--

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/betsy-devos-40-million-family-yacht-untied-causing-10000-in-damages/ SHAME. This woman is stinking rich, yet she is against write offs of student loans. Find out where her children go to school. 7-26-2018

DC residents want trmp's liquor license revoked as he's not of good character--they might win.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/they-want-trumps-liquor-license-yankedand-they-just-might-win?ref=wrap RESISTENCE should not lose HEART at this crucial moment in our nation's history. Prevent a DICTATOR. GRAB A WALLET has already brought down --'s clothing line. 7-26-2018

Zuckerberg now worth less than Buffet--


GOP tries to lower standards for child immigrant prisons. SHAME--


Atty Gen Sessions backs Rod Rosenstein in Boston.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/07/26/boston-sessions-backs-rod-rosenstein/sD1FI0n800376qHspOkSTM/story.html He'd better. 7-26-2018

Journalists fight back.


What the Queen eats in a day--


Eat like the Queen--eggy.


Queen's hats & coats--images--where Q. shops.


Duchess Meghan's denim dress--


Satire: Why is Trey Gowdy, hitherto rabid trmp supporter, suddenly critical??

https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/22/politics/trey-gowdy-trump-russia/ for me, I think of Gowdey as an unpleasant little grey weather vane--grey as in 52 shades. 7-26-2018

There we go--Putin gave trnp soccer ball with transmitter chiip.

http://fortune.com/2018/07/25/trump-putin-soccer-ball/ Bottom line--don't go to Russia. 7-26-2018

Bomb detonated near US Embassy in Beijing--

https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/26/asia/beijing-us-embassy-china-intl/index.html Now how would anyone get a bomb in Beijing? Trade wars? DJT must be out of his mind with fear and worry. 7-26-2018

Government has 100 Cohen tapes--well--well-well--


Facebook market plunge 24%= nearly 150 billion US $$$$

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/facebook-apos-market-value-plunged-225654203.html Well, ye reap as ye sow. Glad I am off FB FOR GOOD, literally. I read somewhere that he started his career by stealing student data from Harvard, I did not like my bad experiences on FB (an exact clone of me appeared), the ads I paid for were scams, the fake accounts and the Burmese hate sites, government military disinfo ref Rohingya on FB, and Z's evasion of Qs during the hearing. Now we need to see DJT's stock fall also, right? Yesterday first sh** dot closed down her clothing line. GRAB YOUR WALLET AND YOUR VOTES. 7-26-2018

Record nearly 1000 blog hits on this blog yesterday (Pompeo Hearing etc)

900 + blog hits on this blog yesterday. Mostly from USA. Since about 2 months ago, blog hits from France have completely dropped off top ten. Ditto Burma. Now a mix of Vietnam, Brazil,Russia, China etc. I don't see any pattern and quite evenly distributed except for USA, and as I blog mostly about USA now that makes sense. They don't look like bots, though I have no way of saying. A real bot would shoot up fantastical numbers even as I watched the stats, and it only happened once, from Russia. However, I would not rule it out. After all, all US intel chiefs from 17 agencies say Russia constantly meddles. Just so you know. Facebook stock is also falling. kmk 7-26-2018

SS (True Nazi!) bans CNN reporter from news conference--


Screenplay--The Manchurian Candidate--educational use ONLY.


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Angela Landsbury in The Manchurian Candidate.


2 conservatives try to impeach Rod Rosenstein.


"Facebook refused to take action," parents of Sandy Hook child victim of mass shooting.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jul/25/mark-zuckerberg-facebook-sandy-hook-parents-open-letter In my opinion, FB stock market plunge is entirely justified. I've seen too many fake accts or "bubble faces" and hate-mongering on FB (Burma) in end (2016) I had to delete my account. Grab you wallet, don't patronize FB, they work on ad money and even their ads are a scam. They just cater to people's sense of vanity and then don't want to take responsibility for anything posted on their website, including Burmese military govt propaganda the weasel hate-mongering fake monk and so on. Don't look at it, don't use it. In the same way, don't follow Mr t. on twitter. 7-25-2018

flim flam flip flop--trmp agrees to work towards zero tariffs.

The two things, zero tariffs and trade wars, are CONTRADICTORY, Mr. T. You can't "work for both" at the same time. SAD, how the--is unraveling. Mueller must be REALLY CLOSE now. Bolton walked back DC Putin summit too today, and Pompeao was grilled by Senators. Stay tuned. 7-25-2018

Facebook plunges more than 24%


Let no one think Putin is milquetoast--photos.--all from Internet

Crown is a modern replica made with real gems and white gold, original used by Catherine the Great, is in Russian State Diamond Fund. Anna Politkovskaya was gunned down in lobby of her own building.

Pompeo grilled in Hearing with Senate Foreign Relations Com-live

https://www.cbsnews.com/live/ As far as I heard, Pompeo was asked 2 Qs about Rohingya crisis in Burma, and also if "N. Korea understands de-nuclearization according to our definition." As you would expect, P. did not answer most of the Qs, and tried to distance "policy" from Trump's tweeted statements, which were read out to him by the Senators. Pompeo said he did not talk (afterwards)to the Helsinki US interpreter (Maris Gross, State Dept employee), but "spoke with (Russian Foreign Minister) Lavrov (the guy who visited Oval Off day after Comey was fired, with Kislyak) Disclaimer, I only heard the last few minutes of the Hearing, as did not turn on TV till then. Looking for transcript. k 7-25-2018

Bolton backtracks on Putin summit in DC--says "after'witch hunt' is over"

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jul/25/trump-putin-visit-delayed-latest-news-john-bolton-russia- statement Stay tuned, these guys are slippery. 7-25-2018

Teen girls HIV epidemic


She refused to sit down, Swedish student prevents Afghan asylum seeker from being deported.


Victor Sokhodrev, Russian interpreter.


Video interview of Irving Stone, Lust for Life, The Origin, Agony and the Ecstasy etc.


Special Master in Cohen case to release HUNDREDS of documents to prosecutor.


GM falls victim to trmp trade wars, metals prices sink profits.


Trmp admin's justification to add to citizenship question to census is unraveling.


Cohen has now officially turned on tmrp.


CNN--what happens if US released emergency oil reserves.


TRMS --7-23-2018


Daily Beast--someone wiped Marria Butina's wiki page and her alleged lover's

https://www.thedailybeast.com/who-whitewashed-the-wiki-of-alleged-russian-spy-maria-butina?ref=wrap Right now I can't read the whole thing, it keeps "jumping" somewhere else. 7-25-2018

More flesh eating bacteria cases--


Tuesday, July 24, 2018

trmp tweeted "Trump Derangement Syndrome" that's him.


ivanka trump closing her fashion line--GOOD--VICTORY for Grab Your Wallet.


Thomas Paine, English-born American revolutionary and Enlightenment thinker/writer, author of Common Sense.




Cambodian shoemaker and elections.


Queen's gifts of castles to family members--at least the right to live there?

https://people.com/royals/prince-harry-meghan-markle-adelaide-cottage-gift-queen-elizabeth-report/ After all, she is 92 and should settle her estate, but not all are her personal property, see post on Royal finances below. Well, compared to French and Russian monarchy they have done very well, very careful about public image. Now one of if not the oldest living monarch now that Thai king Phumipol has died, leaving the current king, who is a playboy. 7-24-2018

tarte tatin jacques pepin

https://ww2.kqed.org/essentialpepin/2011/09/11/tarte-tatin/ I've not yet tried this because don't have a cast iron pan. Help! 7-24-2018

Monday, July 23, 2018

CNN--satellite images show N Korea dismantling key nuclear test sites.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/23/politics/north-korea-satellite-images-38-north-sohae/index.html Well, even if trmo "succeeded" on N Korea, I doubt it will be enough to cover criminal offenses of collusion with a foreign power, obstruction of justice,money laundering etc. It will be like Nixon going to China, but in end Chinese "opening" was for China's benefit (economic miracle) and was "not enough" to counteract Watergate. We'll see. k 7-23-2018

Royal finances, UK--from wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finances_of_the_British_royal_family Interesting, as they say. 7-23-2018

Stella Mccartny tuxedo suit, maybe the one Prince Harry allegedly did not want Duchess Meghan to wear--

https://www.farfetch.com/shopping/women/stella-mccartney--mathilda-tuxedo-jacket-item-11523066.aspx?fsb=1&storeid=9155&size=20&pid=googleadwords_int&af_channel=Search&c=871228739&af_c_id=871228739&af_siteid=&af_keywords=pla-607042762072&af_adset_id=55866293975&af_ad_id=272805358751&is_retargeting=true&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIycO5wNK23AIVU-DICh1chwaAEAQYAyABEgIO9_D_BwE Doesn't seem that awful to me. But then I have been wearing men's jackets for over 25 years, for one thing men's clothes are cheaper. 7-23-2018

Iron Chef duck--


Iron Chef--black pig.


Iron Chef--Longan Chicken.


Big prawn curry.


Grandpa Kitchen--Brinjal curry.


Rattled and frustrated, trmp lashing out all over.


Longest lunar eclipse in 21st century--on Friday.


Butina is Alger Hiss moment.


Beef rendang recipe.


Sunday, July 22, 2018

2nd quote of the day--tulips, from Wikipedia

Carolus Clusius is largely responsible for the spread of tulip bulbs in the final years of the sixteenth century. He planted tulips at the Vienna Imperial Botanical Gardens in 1573. He finished the first major work on tulips in 1592, and made note of the variations in colour. After he was appointed director of the Leiden University's newly established Hortus Botanicus, he planted both a teaching garden and his private garden with tulips in late 1593. Thus, 1594 is considered the date of the tulip's first flowering in the Netherlands, despite reports of the cultivation of tulips in private gardens in Antwerp and Amsterdam two or three decades earlier. These tulips at Leiden would eventually lead to both the Tulip mania and the tulip industry in the Netherlands.[35] In 1596 and 1598, more than one hundred bulbs were stolen from his garden in two single raids. Between 1634 and 1637, the enthusiasm for the new flowers triggered a speculative frenzy now known as the tulip mania. Tulip bulbs became so expensive that they were treated as a form of currency, or rather, as futures. Around this time, the ceramic tulipiere was devised for the display of cut flowers stem by stem. Vases and bouquets, usually including tulips, often appeared in Dutch still-life painting. To this day, tulips are associated with the Netherlands, and the cultivated forms of the tulip are often called "Dutch tulips." The Netherlands have the world's largest permanent display of tulips at the Keukenhof. The majority of tulip cultivars are classified in the taxon Tulipa ×gesneriana.

Quote of the day--Russia's economic woes, from Wikipedia

The United States, the European Union and many other countries had imposed economic sanction on Russia following its military intervention in Ukraine in early 2014, Russia's annexation of Crimea and Russian assistance to separatists fighting Ukraine in the War in Donbass.[7] Despite the financial crisis, international aid to Russia was not considered likely.[15][16] Economic sanctions contributed to the decline of the ruble since Russian companies have been prevented from rolling over debt, forcing them to exchange their rubles for U.S. dollars or other foreign currencies on the open market to meet their interest payment obligations on their existing debt.[17] Fall in oil prices The Russian economy depends largely on crude oil exports. In February 2014 crude oil prices started to slide down due to the boom in American shale oil production. For every $1 decline in crude oil prices, the Russian economy loses billions of dollars. The price of oil fell from $100 per barrel in June 2014 to $60 per barrel in December 2014.[15][18][19] The drop in the oil prices was caused by a drop in the demand for oil across the world, as well as increased oil production in the United States.[20] This fall in oil prices hit Russia hard, as roughly half of the Russian Federation's governmental revenue comes from the sale of oil and gas.[19] Russia's economy suffers from Dutch disease, a term economists use to describe a situation in which a country focuses on developing its natural resources to the detriment of other economic activity.[21] In 2014, Russia needed an oil price of $100 per barrel to have a balanced budget.[22] As the price of oil falls, Russia continues to sell its oil at operational capacity, without the ability to dramatically increase oil production to compensate for the lower price, and thus due to the reduced profit from selling oil, the government has substantially lower income. Russia is not alone in feeling the ill effects of falling oil prices, as several other countries, including Venezuela, Nigeria, and Kazakhstan, also faced reduced revenues and economic activity.[23] In August 2015, oil prices fell to US$37 per barrel and then bounced to more than US$45 on 28 August.[24] Now as OPEC has reduced production from November 2016 oil prices have started to move up and so does the ruble. Other possible causes Russian President Vladimir Putin has been criticized for running a kleptocracy, in which a small number of rent-seeking plutocrats drain the economy.[25][26][27][28] Russia was ranked second in the world on The Economist's 2014 crony-capitalism index.[25] Putin accused the Western nations of engineering the Russian economic crisis.[29][30] He has also said, "Our (Western) partners have not stopped. They decided that they are winners, they are an empire now and the rest are vassals and they have to be driven into a corner."[30] Russia was already near a recession before the Crimean crisis, and Russia ranks low on the World Economic Forum's rankings of road quality, technological adaptation, and burden of government regulation.[31] Russia's already-weak economy left it less able to withstand the challenges imposed by low oil prices and international sanctions.[32] The Russian Central Bank's "erratic response" to the falling ruble has also been blamed for deepening the crisis.[33] Russian monetary policy Decline in the Russian ruble

Rubio talks about trmp, and putin.


FBI FISA warrants on Carter Page--definitely collusion.


Travel--Dutch courthouse in Bali--in Klunkung--been there, done that.


Saturday, July 21, 2018

Hostage crisis in LA Trader Joe's store ends, shooter in custody.


Florida man cotracted flesh eating bacteria from raw oyster.

http://www.businessinsider.com/flesh-eating-bacteria-eating-raw-oysters-florida-man-2018-7 Watch it, don't wade or swim, don't eat raw seafood incld sushi esp in summer. km Kyi May Kaung Words Sounds and Images

Late Night Comic Stephen Colbert--Friday--Putin at WH, Butina etc.


Impt intv--Salon.com interview of Timothy Snyder, author of On Tyranny--It's pretty certain trmp will try and stage a coup-

https://www.salon.com/2017/05/01/historian-timothy-snyder-its-pretty-much-inevitable-that-trump-will-try-to-stage-a-coup-and-overthrow-democracy/ And what to do--but it will work only at the beginning, not after "the tipping point." FYI, I lived through the 1962 coup by Ne Win in Burma. Students demonstrated and were shot, the student union was dynamited and it just got worse and worse. Snyder said "It makes me sad thinking about (what will/might happen in America soon) he gives a timeline of 3 years from 1 year. k 7-21-2018

Newest as plot thickens, trmp, Russia collusion, Flynn, KT McFarland, Butina, B's boyrfriend.

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show It does not look good for anyone, esp. the "elephant in the room" but he just goes on tweeting, cheating, lying and defeating the truth? Time for ACTION, really. 7-21-2018

Friday, July 20, 2018

Paper art--guns to flowers --


Documentary, natural history--David Attenborough, Seas to Skies, The First Animal.

https://ihavenotv.com/from-the-seas-to-the-skies-rise-of-animals-triumph-of-the-vertebrates Fascinating, Attenborough travels all over, talks to experts and explains so well. Painless learning. Also, excellent animation and illustration. Not at all stuffy, kmk 7-20-2018

MSNBC--last 9 days (of trmp flim flam) summarized.


CIA watchdog resigns.


House Republican's warning on trmp and Russia.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/20/politics/will-hurd-russia-donald-trump/index.html No good will come of this, trmp has betrayed USA and NATO countries. 7-20-2018

Michael Cohen was a big evidence hoarder, Avennatti said--

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-tape-michael-cohen-playboy_us_5b520632e4b0b15aba8e5db7 Dealing with such a sleazy and powerful client as DJT, Cohen had to keep good records. Now FBI has it all. GREAT. 7-20-2018

Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniel's lawyer, asks that ALL Cohen's tapes of trmp payments to women to keep them silent, be released.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFhrOfi2GGo Wolf Blitzer said he (Blitzer) voted for trmp. 7-20-2018

Flesh eating bacteria kills one in Virginia--


McDonald's tainted salads--


61 year old father of 2 Parkland shooting survivors is shot and killed after robbery at his convenience store in FL--WHY??

https://www.npr.org/2018/07/20/630811803/father-of-2-parkland-shooting-survivors-is-shot-and-killed-in-robbery So sad. People are just trying to make a living. 7-20-2018

trmp cartoons and images, all from Internet.

Burl Ives-Ave Maria