Saturday, January 21, 2017

The Other Women

So what about the women who aren't marching?
“They can protest, it’s their right, but don’t call it the ‘Women’s March.’ That makes it sounds like it’s a big unified thing, when really they’re picking very divisive issues and protesting against Trump – who by the way is now our president – instead of for something that would bring us all together,” Ellie Todd of South Carolina said.

The Women’s March in Washington, D.C., is expected to draw approximately 500,000 women to the city. The event plans to show the world that “women’s rights are human rights.” Attendees are marching for issues like gay rights, abortion, immigration and the environment.

Another Trump supporter said the march didn’t make sense, because women aren’t being forced to give up their rights.

“I think it’s great, do your thing, but I just don’t know what they’re doing it for. They’re talking about rights, women’s rights, but what rights are being taken away from any women?” Susan Clarke questioned.
Marchers without a cause?

All Wet

There's nothing sadder than a wet dog, or washed-up activists:
The latest target of PETA's ire is the film A Dog's Purpose, which you might otherwise assume they would approve of. After all, it portrays a dog as a thinking spiritual being which speaks through narration. That's how PETA tends to think of all animals. But any alignment with their worldview was apparently negated by the treatment of a canine star in the film. From Variety:
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have called for a boycott of Universal’s upcoming movie “A Dog’s Purpose” in the wake of the release of video showing a dog being forced into churning water on the set.
“PETA is calling on dog lovers to boycott the film in order to send the message that dogs and other animals should be treated humanely, not as movie props,” the group said.
The call for the boycott came on Wednesday, when TMZ released a leaked video from November, 2015, footage of a German Shepherd being forced into turbulent water during the making of the film.
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The dog had reportedly rehearsed the scene without incident prior to filming but grew apprehensive once cameras were rolling. Ultimately, the dog got wet against its will. That's what happened. A dog got wet.
Well, hippies do hate water, therefore they feel animals do, too...

A Whale Of A Tale

There be illiterates here:
The fight has been going on since the middle of 2015, when the former tenants, a restaurant named “The Change,” went out of business. Since then, “Moby Dick’s” has been trying to take over the space. Strata, the building’s owners, have insisted “that the word ‘Dick’ in Moby Dick was an offensive term,” and wouldn’t be allowed.

Strata is also claiming that a “Moby Dick” sign would hurt the value of the other properties nearby and that the restaurant would cause “increased litter and violate city laws on odor.” Mengfa International, the restaurant’s owners, say those claims are ridiculous. They believe the name “isn’t offensive to the public, given its literary significance and fame.”

It’s not like this is the first “Moby Dick’s” restaurant either. The franchise started in White Rock, a small city within British Columbia. They planned on expanding into a larger market and this location in Vancouver was going to be the start of that. No one in White Rock has complained about the name, in fact the Yelp reviews are almost completely positive.
Where's Captain Ahab when you need him?

First Order Of The Day

President Trump makes his first move:
Trump says in the order that he will be seeking “prompt repeal” of the Affordable Care Act. Pending full repeal, however, he will “take all actions consistent with law to minimize the unwarranted economic and regulatory burdens of the Act.” He also says the executive order will give individual states “more flexibility and control to create a more free and open healthcare market.”

The executive order continues:

To the maximum extent permitted by law, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) and the heads of all other executive departments and agencies (agencies) with authorities and responsibilities under the Act shall exercise all authority and discretion available to them to waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement of the Act that would impose a fiscal burden on any State or a cost, fee, tax, penalty, or regulatory burden on individuals, families, healthcare providers, health insurers, patients, recipients of healthcare services, purchasers of health insurance, or makers of medical devices, products, or medications.
According to Fox News, Trump’s chief of staff Reince Priebus also issued a memo that directs federal agencies to freeze all new regulations and those that may be in the pipeline until the Trump administration is able to review them.
Draining the swamp, one order at a time...

Friday, January 20, 2017

The Stripping Of The Green

Real change for climate change:
Everything on the White House related to climate change has been placed in a mirror archival web address designated obamawhitehouse.archives.gov.

The new official whitehouse.gov for Trump has in its place an America First Energy Plan.

"A brighter future depends on energy policies that stimulate our economy, ensure our security, and protect our health. Under the Trump administration's energy policies, that future can become a reality," the plan reads.
Fake science is out?

Bye Bye Big Bird?

No more subsidized art?
The next administration is working on plans to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The Hill reported Thursday.

Combined, the three departments cost around $741 million in 2016, and is a small part of a host of budget reforms needed to cut more than a trillion a year from the federal budget.

Eliminating funding to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which runs PBS and supports shows like Sesame Street, is not a new idea. Mitt Romney suggested cutting the CPB during the 2012 presidential campaign, and was quickly criticized. President Barack Obama even accused Romney of trying to kill Big Bird in a campaign ad.
Looks like Elmo might have to work for a living after all...

Electronic Village People

No fake news for them:
“To me, it’s blatant censorship that I find very surprising,” said Greg Quartucci, who has been a member of the YMCA in Valparaiso for more than a decade.

He said CNN has been a fixture on a TV at the Valparaiso Y for years.

“The timing of this was very peculiar because I think it was basically a day or two after Mr. Trump claimed that CNN was fake news,” Valparaiso YMCA member Greg Quartucci said. “I think they switched to the cooking channel.”
It's more accurate...

Number 45

He's now President. And he's not Barack Obama:
In contrast to his predecessor Barack Obama, who had a habit of mentioning himself often throughout his speeches, Trump mentioned himself just three times in two sentences, while referring to “we” the American people 45 times.

The first time Trump referred to himself came about halfway through the speech, when he said: “The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.”

Trump’s other two references to himself came shortly afterwards.

“I will fight for you with every breath in my body – and I will never, ever let you down,” Trump said. That was the extent to which Trump gave himself any mention in his inaugural address.
He now has the power. Of course, some still aren't happy, and some will need therapy, but it's Trump's turn now. How will he use it?

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Obama Bill

Guess who's going to be paying for it:
The increased debt incurred under Obama equals approximately $75,129 for every person in the United States who had a full-time job in December.

The $9,334,590,089,060.56 that the debt had increased under Obama as of the close of business on Wednesday is far more debt than was accumulated by any previous president. It equals nearly twice as much as the $4,889,100,310,609.44 in additional debt that piled up during the eight years George W. Bush served as president.

When Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009, the federal debt was $10,626,877,048,913.08. As of the close of business Wednesday, it was $19,961,467,137,973.64. The final debt number for Thursday, Obama’s last full day in office, will not be released until after Donald Trump is sworn in as president on Friday.
The buck never stopped with him...

Looking for A Few Good Bureaucrats

Reform the IRS by...making it bigger?
Mnuchin said that while some have questioned, including himself, the number of employees at the IRS, he would consider increasing the size of the labor force.

“The IRS headcount has gone down quite dramatically, almost 30 percent over the last number of years. I don’t think there is any another government agency that has gone down 30 percent. Especially for an agency that collects revenues, this is something that I’m concerned about,” Mnuchin said.

“Perhaps the IRS just started with way too many people. I am concerned about the staffing of the IRS,” Mnuchin told the Senate panel.
With all due respect, it's about a lack of quality, not quantity...

Fake News Backpedals

On second thought:
The New York Times reported that when Perry accepted the nomination for Secretary of Energy, he “initially misunderstood” the job and had no clue that the energy secretary is in charge of safeguarding the nuclear arsenal.

The source for the Times story, former Trump transition official Michael McKenna, told the Daily Caller Wednesday that the Times misinterpreted him and “of course” Perry understood that the Department of Energy role includes controlling the nation’s nuclear arsenal.

Journalists initially cheered the report, but started criticizing the Times story and sharing articles that debunked the original story after it was discovered that the report was false.

“I officially retract my snarky Rick Perry tweet c/o the NYT,” writer Andrew Heaton wrote on Twitter. “I stand by my snarky Dancing with the Stars tweets.” Asked why he was retracting in a reply to his tweet, he added: “It appears the NYT had a pre-existing opinion and then slopped some dubious reporting on top to confirm.”
Even hacks know fake news when they see it...

Preppers On The Left

Bitter losers and their guns?
An unapologetic liberal, he was no fan of firearms. He had never owned one before. But Waugh, a 31-year-old from Independence, Missouri, couldn’t shake his fears of a Donald Trump presidency — and all of the chaos it could bring. He imagined hate crimes and violence waged by extremists emboldened by the Republican nominee’s brash, divisive rhetoric. He pictured state-sanctioned roundups of Muslims, gays, and outspoken critics.
This sounds exactly like what a Hillary Clinton administration would look like, just switch out the group members targeted for roundup: Christians, white-men, etc. In fact, this actually happened under President Obama. And as far as "violence waged by extremism," we've also had a steady dose of that too.
“I kept asking myself, ‘Do I want to live under tyranny?'” said Waugh, who supported Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary and later backed Hillary Clinton. “The answer was absolutely not.”
Waugh is not alone.
“We’re tired of being perceived as wusses who won’t survive when shit hits the fan,” said Stacy, a Texas Democrat who recently caught the prepper bug. She spoke with Vocativ on the condition we not publish her last name. “I, for one, don’t like to be thought of as some precious snowflake.”
Well...you're acting like one, aren't you?

Wanted: An Impeachment

Thus it begins:
Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin won election in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District for the first time in 2016, and it appears the former state Senate majority whip wants to make his mark, by impeaching the president-elect. Raskin currently serves as a professor of constitutional law at the American University law school.

“Right now it looks pretty obvious that he’s on a collision course with the Emoluments Clause,” Raskin asserted. “He has refused to divest himself of tens or hundreds of millions of dollars of business interests he has around the world doing business with foreign governments.”

Trump announced in a press conference early January that he planned to cede control of all of this business interests to his two sons, Donald Trump, Jr., and Eric Trump. Ivanka Trump moved to Washington, D.C., with Jared Kushner, who has a place in the White House as a key adviser.

“It says that no elected official, either member of Congress or the president of the United States, can accept a gift, an emolument or any payment at all from a foreign government,” Raskin continued. “He [Trump] just simply refuses to accept that reality. So if he goes into office and he refuses to divest himself, the moment that the first conflict comes up, that’s going to look like an impeachable offense.”
And some people simply refuse to accept the reality that they lost. But that's not stopping them from trying...

Fake News Fear

It seems that CNN is engaging in a rather dangerous bit of wishful thinking:
Blitzer introduced the segment, saying, “What if an incoming president and his immediate successors were wiped out on day one?” and from there, CNN contributor Brian Todd took over to outline the line of succession if an attack blew up the inaugural dais, killing both Trump and Pence.

The upshot was that in the case of both heads of state being killed, the Secretary of State would take over. Currently that man is Secretary of State John Kerry, But in case some objected because his office would also end as of noon on Inauguration Day, then it would be the Speaker of the House — Republican Paul Ryan — or even Obama’s Under Secretary for Political Affairs Tom Shannon.

The report also noted that the designated survivor appointed by the Obama administration could also become president in the case of a disaster. So, in CNN’s analysis, most of the people who would take over in the worst-case scenario would keep the Obama administration in power, at least indirectly.
Who says he couldn't have had a third term, even by a default coup?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Illegitimate Criticism

The purveyors of fake news don't like being called out:
“I actually think this was a pretty easy call in terms of its news value,” Zucker said. “The fact is, the top four intelligence chiefs of the United States decided to include in their briefing to the president and president-elect a two-page summary of allegations involving the president-elect. That is newsworthy by any definition.”
“We didn’t pass judgment on the allegations. We reported we had not been able to corroborate them. But the news was that the two most powerful people in the world had been briefed on the existence of these allegations.”
“It’s just unfortunate that the most powerful person in the world is trying to delegitimize journalism and an organization that plays such a vital role in our democracy,” Zucker added.
I think CNN has done a pretty good job of that on their own...

Let Them Eat Canapes

The elite wonder wht the poor people are doing this week:
For years, economic inequality has ranked as one of the most discussed issues at Davos, both in the formal conference agenda and in the conversations that fill hallways and the private parties and dinners held throughout town. For years, little to nothing has changed.

“People talk about inequality, how it’s a major problem, the greatest threat to globalization and the global economy,” Mr. Stiglitz said. “You have to recognize that the way we have managed globalization has contributed significantly to inequality. But I have not yet heard a good conversation about what changes in globalization would address inequality.”

That is not an accident, he surmised. Any sincere list would have to include items that involve transferring wealth and power from the sorts of people who come to Davos to ordinary workers via more progressive taxation, increased bargaining rights for labor unions, and greater protections for labor in general.

Same as every other year, Davos is again plastered with the slogan of the World Economic Forum: “Committed to Improving the State of the World.” But whatever improvements are supposed to be made, one can safely assume they will not conflict with those in attendance continuing to enjoy the state of the world as it is now, with canap├ęs and aged Bordeaux and private jets at the ready.
They're there for your own good, you know...

Last Day At The Office

They're outta there:
“You’re always aware that it’s a special privilege to work there and not something to take for granted,” said Nate Lowentheil, who worked on Obama’s National Economic Council for the last three years. “It’s particularly hard knowing the next wave of people coming are going to be working to reverse the things you were working to advance until your very last hour.”

There were tears on the faces of some White House aides on Tuesday as press secretary Josh Earnest appeared in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room for his final press briefing — his 354th as press secretary, Earnest said. Even former staffers were invited to return to the White House witness Earnest’s last round of jousting with reporters.

“I’m going to miss it,” Earnest said. “It will take some getting used to seeing somebody else standing up here doing it.”
Whether anyone will miss them is another matter...

The Malaise Legacy

What, exactly, did Obama accomplish? Not much:
Over the course of his eight years, he has signed just 1,227 bills into law — less, even, than one-term Presidents Carter and George H.W. Bush. Digging deeper into the numbers, Congress spent less time in session, handled fewer business on the chamber floors and generally sputtered for much of Mr. Obama’s tenure, according to The Times’ index.
Blame for the poor showing falls across Washington. Some analysts say a Congress with four years of divided control hamstrung Mr. Obama, while others say the president failed to find ways to work with the legislature that voters gave him — particularly after the 2010 elections.
“The president was never good at reaching across the aisle. So when the composition of Congress changed relative to what it was in his first two years, he wasn’t able to accommodate that very well,” said Andrew Busch, a presidential scholar at Claremont McKenna College in California. “He never accustomed himself to operating in a system where he was not the sole player.”
All hype, no change...

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Unhappiest Generation

Obama leaves office, young people hardest hit:
The "Youth Misery Index" spiked to 113.4 in early 2017, up from 109.9 last January, and 83.5 in 2009 when Obama took office, according to the conservative Young America's Foundation. It is calculated by adding youth unemployment, student loan debt, and national debt per capita numbers.

Under Obama, it has increased 36 percent.

"President Obama has done his young supporters a remarkable disservice by running up the national debt at an incredible rate while failing to adequately address the student loan crisis," said Ron Robinson, president of Young America's Foundation, in a statement. "Young people are increasingly conscious of the Left's inability to offer practical solutions to the problems they face every single day."
It's at least one way to turn them into future conservatives...

Payment Due

The debt comes due:
Congress and the president will "need to consider policy changes to the entire range of federal activities and spending— entitlement programs, other mandatory spending, discretionary spending, and revenue."

A new worry is that the federal debt held by the public reached 77 percent of economic output at the end of 2016, and is expected to match the record high of 106 percent in 2032, according to GAO's calculations.

The U.S. has always had some debt, the report noted, but the current situation is "unusual." When the debt hit the previous peak of 106 percent, the government was ramping up defense spending for World War II, and didn't face the large future deficits expected today because of spending commitments not supported by taxes.
Well, we've had the higher taxes, so something else needs to be done...

Short Attention Span Sports

Because, apparently, pro sports isn't dumb enough:
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is, according to WFAA-TV, working to figure out how to cater to millennial viewers, who, on average, have an eight-second attention span, according to a 2015 study by Microsoft, because they find it “difficult to filter out irrelevant stimuli.”

The biggest detractor for young viewers comes late in the game, when multiple timeouts can stretch the final 30 seconds into 10 minutes or more. During a press conference last week, Silver said the NBA is tracking the end of games “very closely,” adding that the league’s committee plans to take a “fresh look” at game length at the end of the season.

“It’s something that I know all of sports are looking at right now, and that is the format of the game and the length of time it takes to play the game,” he said. “Obviously people, particularly millennials, have increasingly short attention spans, so it’s something as a business we need to pay attention to. … When the last few minutes of the game take an extraordinary amount of time, sometimes it’s incredibly interesting for fans, other times it’s not.”
By this standard, baseball is for geniuses...

The Gorilla In The Room

Yes, you can make jokes about a dead ape:
Led by Dr. Leasa Evinger, the Clemson Director of Residential Living, the training emphasized that RAs have a responsibility to uphold students’ First Amendment rights, according to the student, who also provided an audio recording of the meeting to The Fix.
It launched with a video that introduced RAs to basic First Amendment protections, such as the right of citizens to criticize the government. The video also examined the limits of free speech, including harassment, vandalism and threats. A component of the video also addressed college and university policies outlawing so-called “hate speech,” which are routinely struck down in court.

Several RAs reacted with surprise upon learning “hate speech” is fully protected by the First Amendment, the source in attendance said.
Harambe would have appreciated the humor in this. It's those filthy humans who have a problem...

Across The Divide

Who says Obama couldn't bring people together?
Both groups acknowledge that they are not likely allies. But, the issue of protecting women and girls from potential predators is imperative, the policy director for the Family Policy Alliance said.

“How wrong does something need to be for a Christian family group, and a radical feminist group, to take their argument together to the Supreme Court?” Autumn Leva said. “[This is a] privacy and safety matter and we’re asking the high court to acknowledge that.”

The Obama administration released a mandate last year ordering schools to allow transgenders in the bathroom and locker-rooms of their choice. Schools that don’t follow the new guidelines could risk their federal funding, the administration declared.
Women do know better, after all...

Fake Gate

So Trump should be impeached-before he even takes office?
WATERS: Here’s what I’m trying to get to—if we discover that Donald Trump or advocates played a role in helping to devise strategy, if they are the ones came up with crooked Hillary, if they are the ones that came up with she’s ill or there is something wrong with her energy and the way he basically described her in the campaign, I think that is something that would put the question squarely on the table whether or not he should be impeached.

MATTHEWS: So you think you could have impeachable offense before you take office, in other words?

WATERS: I think that at the point that investigation discovered and can confirm and document any of that — that that they had a role in helping to strategize, they had a role in attempting to determine the outcome in many ways that they used the information that they got from the DNC when they hacked into our email, et cetera — If that was used against Hillary Clinton in someway, yes, I think that’s impeachable.
This is what delusional sore losers really believe...

Monday, January 16, 2017

Blogging In The Years: 1991

Operation Desert Storm and the butt-kicking of Saddam Hussein has begun:

Blogging In The Years: 1961

In his farewell address, President Eisenhower has a warning:

The Content Of Their Clothing

Somehow, I don't think this is what MLK had in mind for the future:
The seminar on “The ‘Privilege’ Your Clothes Show and the ‘Power’ Your Attire Speaks” will apparently discuss the numerous “biases” and “societal oppressions” associated with various fashion trends, according to a list of “Teach-in 2017 Sessions” obtained by Campus Reform.

“This session will discuss how fashion trends and cultural appearance can impose oppressive effects on marginalized populations, such as students, employees, women, and transgender identities,” a description for the teach-in explains, adding that participants will “address biases related to natural hair, cultural attire, and the societal oppressions associated with them.”

...

Additionally, the seminar will discuss the “various ways these populations can show up to class/work and be received differently,” with the intent of helping students to “identify pathways to liberation for underrepresented populations in the classroom and in the workplace through authenticity.”
Clothes make the morons...

One More Temper Tantrum

Sore losers are staying home:
The most recent dropouts came as a result of the spat Trump had with Rep. John Lewis over the weekend on Twitter, according to Rep. Ted Lieu of California.

“For me, the personal decision not to attend [the] inauguration is quite simple: Do I stand with Donald Trump, or do I stand with John Lewis? I am standing with John Lewis,” Lieu said in a prepared statement.

Lewis called Trump’s win “illegitimate,” in an interview with NBC News Friday, a move that prompted Trump to fire back a response on Twitter. “Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk – no action or results. Sad!” Trump wrote in a pair of tweets early Saturday morning.

Lieu and Lewis joined Democratic Reps. Luis Gutierrez, Katherine Clark, John Conyers, Primila Jayapal, Jared Huffman, Mark DeSaulnier, Lacy Clay, Earl Blumenauer, Adam Smith, Barbara Lee, Raul Grijalva, Kurt Schrader, Jose Serrano, Nydia Velazquez, Mark Takano, Yvette Clarke, Judy Chu, Jerry Nadler, and Adriano Espaillat.
If they stayed home for the next four years, that would be a bonus IMO...

Red Haze

In North Korea, pot smokes you:
The claim that marijuana is legal in North Korea is not true: The North Korean penal code lists it as a controlled substance in the same category as cocaine and heroin. And the person who would likely help any American charged with a crime in North Korea emphatically rejects the idea that the ban is not enforced. "There should be no doubt that drugs, including marijuana, are illegal here," said Torkel Stiernlof, the Swedish ambassador. The United States has no diplomatic relations with the North, so Sweden's embassy acts as a middleman when U.S. citizens run afoul of North Korean laws. "One can't buy it legally and it would be a criminal offense to smoke it," Stiernlof said. He said that if a foreigner caught violating drug laws in North Korea happened to be an American citizen, he or she could "expect no leniency whatsoever."
You'd have to be high to go there in the first place, wouldn't you?

Free Speech Hurts

Those talk show radio kids ruined everything:
“You had two of the most unpopular presidential candidates selected by the two parties in history. Doesn’t that say something’s wrong, something serious is wrong?” host Steve Kroft asked.

Obama responded, “It indicates that there is a lot of cynicism out there. It indicates that the corrosive nature of everything from talk radio to fake news to negative advertising has made people lack confidence in a lot of our existing institutions. I think it indicates, at least on the Democratic side, that we’ve got more work to do to strengthen our grassroots networks.”

“In some ways, the Democratic Party hadn’t constructed itself to get that message out to the places it needed to get to,” he continued. “The Tea Party I have huge disagreements with, obviously. But I give them credit for having activated themselves. And they made a difference in terms of moving the Republican Party, in terms of moving the country in a particular direction. It’s a direction I disagreed with. But it showed that, in fact, you get involved, if your voice is heard it has an impact.”
Funny how that works in a democracy...

Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Plan

Rand Paul reveals the Obamacare replacement plan:
His replacement plan aims to take away the mandates on insurance plans sold in the individual market, which is for people who don't get insurance through work. The individual market includes Obamacare's exchanges.

The law requires insurers on the market to offer plans that include 10 essential benefits. Paul said those requirements have added costs.

"We are going to legalize the sale of inexpensive insurance — that means getting rid of the Obamacare mandate on what you can buy," he said.

Another part of Paul's plan is to ensure that small businesses can group together to buy insurance.

Paul referenced his own ophthalmology small business. He said that if one of his employees got cancer it was "devastating" to insurance costs.

"There is no reason why someone with four employees shouldn't join with hundreds of businesses that are small to get leverage to bring prices down and also to get insurance that can't cancel you," he said.
There are alternatives, and they will be available, whether Obamacare backers want to admit it or not...

Backward The Foundation

Whatever happened to the Clinton Foundation?
The layoffs will take effect April 15, the Clinton Foundation said in a filing with the New York Department of Labor Thursday, citing the discontinuation of the Clinton Global Initiative. The move is part of a plan put in motion ahead of the presidential election in order to offset a storm of criticism regarding pay-to-play allegations during Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.
The layoffs were reportedly announced internally in September, ahead of Clinton’s stunning loss to President-elect Donald Trump. Many other employees had already begun looking for or accepting other jobs at that time, as it had become clear the future of the initiative was in doubt. It’s unclear how many of the once 200 strong staff might remain at the Clinton Foundation in some other capacity.
Corruption breeds crumbling...

When In Doubt, Listen

The elite acknowledge:
Critics often accuse the yearly World Economic Forum in the Swiss Alps of being a snow-covered playground for well-heeled business and political elites. But founder Klaus Schwab said this year’s event, which opens Monday before a public start Tuesday, is reaching out to populist politicians who have ridden a wave of discontent among the masses.

“It’s important to listen to the populists, and actually we have several sessions where we deal with these issues, and we have representatives of populist parties here with us,” Schwab said in an interview Sunday with The Associated Press. “We have to take it (populism) seriously.”

For a forum that strives to take the pulse of the world each year and produce “a real hub of a global discussion,” Schwab said “it would be soundly unrealistic and far from realities if we did not integrate the concerns of populists very much into our own deliberation.”
Power to the populists?

Bob's Buzz

When you've lost Bob Woodward:
I think what is under reported here is Trump’s point of view on it. You laid it out when those former CIA people said these things about Trump, that he was a recruited agent of the Russians, and a useful fool, they started this in Trump’s mind. He knows the old adage, once a CIA man, always a CIA man. No one came out and said those people shouldn’t be saying those things. So then act two is the briefing when this dossier is put out.

“I’ve lived in this world for 45 years where you get things and people make allegations — that is a garbage document. It never should have been presented as part of an intelligence briefing. As you suggested, other channels have the White House counsel give it to Trump’s incoming White House counsel. So Trump’s right to be upset about that. I think if you look at the real chronology and the nature of the battle here, those intelligence chiefs who were the best we’ve had, who are terrific and have done great work, made a mistake here. And when people mistakes, they should apologize.
Real journalism used to be a thing...