Friday 24th of January 2020

“Still, it is telling that Trump and his allies have all but admitted to the basic charges against him, and that the best defense of Trump involves admitting his guilt.” –> Did Trump Just Admit To Withholding Material From the Impeachment Process?


Trade Wars are Neither Good Nor Easy to Win

PETER SUDERMAN at, “Trump Campaigned on Saving Factory Jobs, but U.S. Manufacturing Just Went Through a Year-Long Recession”:

Manufacturers have a clear culprit in mind for the sector’s poor performance. As The Washington Post notes in a report on the Federal Reserve data, the uncertainty and increased costs surrounding Trump’s trade war, which was billed as a way of supporting American factory jobs, has instead wreaked havoc on an export-heavy sector that relies on the global flow of goods to operate. Trump’s interventions were intended to prop up U.S. manufacturing. But they backfired, harming the people he claimed to help—who also happen to be some of the people who played a crucial part in his election.


There is an obvious lesson here, which is that, despite Trump’s repeated insistence to the contrary, trade wars are neither good nor easy to win; they raise costs on American consumers and businesses; they add complexity and uncertainty, disrupting supply lines and business plans even when threatened tariffs don’t go into effect. They have, in other words, exactly the predictable negative effects that economists have known of and warned about for years.

Thursday 23rd of January 2020

Gosh I wish I could get Apple Music in macOS Catalina to actually quit when I click the “Quit” button #Apple #Music #AppleMusic #Can’tQuit


Thursday 23rd of January 2020

“all you gotta do is start making things go wrong and Virginia can spiral out to fucking full blown civil war.” –> That Pro-Gun Rally in Virginia Wasn’t Exactly “Peaceful”


Wednesday 22nd of January 2020

R.I.P. Terry Jones —> Terry Jones, Monty Python Founder and Scholar, Is Dead at 77


Wednesday 22nd of January 2020

“Senator McConnell to the white courtesy phone; a Mr. Hamilton would like to have a word with you.” —> Hamilton on Impeachment and ‘High Crimes and Misdemeanors’


Tuesday 21st of January 2020

“Australia’s biggest mining company announced today that coal output was down because of smoke from wildfires, a crisis exacerbated by climate change, which is caused in no small part by the burning of coal. The irony was not lost on many Australians.


Monday 20th of January 2020

“Stressing that their duty to uphold the Constitution required impartiality in their role as jurors, Republican senators told reporters Friday that they would weigh all evidence before lifting President Donald Trump into the air and carrying him outside on their shoulders.”


Titans Drop Heartbreaker to the Chiefs

It’s funny how just a few plays can determine the outcome of a football game. The big difference for the Titans tonight was that instead of being the team making those “just a few plays” that swing the outcome of a game, as we’ve been more often than not the last three months, and certainly the last 3 weeks, we were the team giving up those “just a few plays.”

Case in point: take away just one of those touchdowns the Chiefs made in the waning minutes of the second quarter, and the Titans win that game. We go into the second half with a modest lead and can pound Derrick Henry. Instead, we went into the second half with the Chiefs having a modest lead, and Derrick Henry gets only three (3) carries–THREE CARRIES–in the second half.

Jim Wyatt, at

Running back Derrick Henry, dominant in the first two games of the postseason, was held in check on a day when the Titans abandoned the run in the second half while playing from behind.

Personally, with Derrick Henry having 16 carries in the first half for 62 yards, and only 3 carries in the second half for 7 yards, I don’t think it’s fair to say that Henry was “held in check” so much as is to say that without the lead, the Titans abandoned (were forced to abandon?) their winning formula. I just can’t for the life of me figure out why they did.

Still, who’d have thought back in the middle of October, when we were 2-4, that we’d be playing in our first AFC Championship game since 2002? The Titans, and the Titans Nation, wound up having a fantastic season, and certainly the last half dozen weeks have been an exhilarating ride!

If ownership can manage to keep the team together, next season could well be an even more exciting year! Go Titans!

Sunday 19th of January 2020

Michael Shannon was wrongly convicted of murder, even though two jurors voted to acquit him — a result of a Louisiana law rooted in discrimination. Why are split-jury verdicts still allowed in America?


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