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September 01, 2018 06:47 AM UTC

Labor Day Weekend Open Thread

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  • by: Colorado Pols

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  1. It seems Mikey will have to make do without Koch money this time around.

    Kochs release their all-bro 2018 House incumbents slate

    “Who’s not on the list? The “most vulnerable House Republicans including Reps. Barbara Comstock of Virginia and Mike Coffman of Colorado in addition to any Republicans from top House battleground states such as California, New Jersey or New York.” The Kochs really don’t like to lose, and definitely see the writing on the wall there. They aren’t going to be carrying what they consider dead weight through this cycle.”

     

  2. "Weird Al" Yankovic on getting a Hollywood Star:

    Please, please don't pickaxe my star. I know it's all the rage these days, but that's not cool. Unless at some point in the future, I do something unfathomably monstrous and evil in which case, sure, fine, okay, go ahead.

    I like him.

  3. Oh how I'd like to see Megan McCain run for office!

    Did anyone else notice how uncomfortable Ivanka and Jared looked sitting there in the National Cathedral?

     

  4. Sometimes it's the comments said in passing that are so illustrative. From the American Furniture Warehouse advertising circular:

    Conservative political strategists acknowledge Polis’ voting record and history of championing some of their causes, including on education and privacy. But they argue that the policy positions Polis has taken since announcing his bid for the governor’s mansion — and a history of hostility toward the oil and gas sector — put him far to the left.

    Hostility toward the oil & gas sector is not a left/right issue, aside from the fact that O&G buys Republicans. It's illustrative that the main complaint is not a liberal vs. conservative one, it's that he's not in the pocket of the industry that owns the Republican party.

    1. David, I was a little slow on the uptake, but finally realized your dry humor in referring to the Denver Post as the AFW advert rag.  Alden has allowed them to hire new reporters (at likely lower salaries than the experienced reporters they replaced), so they are getting a small reprieve, even if they are still forbidden to mention their masters who must not be named (but that's not censorship, right?).

  5. Putin's got his own troubles these days: protests over proposed austerity measures on pensions, stalled wages, cutbacks on all social services, rising population, and escalation of military spending.

    If his puppet Trump doesn't come through for him in ending sanctions, Putin must try to stimulate Russia's economy and placate his people in other ways (not including giving up any of his immense personal $70 – 200 billion wealth).

    So our resistance to Putin's' puppet here  is part of the worldwide resistance to tyrants.

     

    1. Russia has a 3rd world economy (oil and minerals are 70% of their exports earning hard currency) of about $2.5 trillion (vs US $20 Trillion), and the price of oil is the only thing keeping them afloat.

      In May 2016 the average nominal monthly wages fell below $450 per month,[98] and tax on the income of individuals is payable at the rate of 13% on most incomes.[99] Approximately 19.2 million of Russians lived below the national poverty line in 2016,[100] significantly up from 16.1 million in 2015.

      A poll completed in 2018 among 1400 managers of non-hydrocarbons Russian businesses demonstrated high level of pessimism, with majority describing the economic situation in the country as "catastrophic". 73% of respondents in large businesses and 77% in medium and small are dealing with a "crisis" while only 4% described it as "good". 50% suffered from increased real tax rates, 60% was hit by increasing public utilities tariffs.[101]

      Their billionaire kleptocrats, including Putin, have shipped as much wealth overseas as there is remaining in country — with income disparity by far the worst in the world.

            1. Now you've done it, CHB. Here is the Pussy Riot Labor Day Weekend Special. PR protested the treatment of Russian dissidents at the World Cup Final, and were consequently jailed and banned from sports events for 3 years. 

              Their first song in English, I can't Breathe , was dedicated to the memory of "all those from Russia to America and around the globe who suffer from state terror – killed, choked, perished because of war and state sponsored violence of all kinds ".

               Straight Outta Vagina and  Police State are upbeat pop songs, but the visuals are wrenching.

              "Make America Great Again" is raw and brutal, more protest than song.

               

              1. Sorry MJ. I was a radio disc jockey in college and am always humming tunes of one form or another. Was listening today to Gogol Bordello, from New York City; their genre best described as "gypsy punk." 

                Now I need to dig out my CD or two of electronic techno-pop dance from the Caucasus Mountains of Russia. Picked that up some years ago when I was doing some climbing over there.

                Now back to our regularly scheduled, and well deserved, bashing of Trump. However, one thing I do admire about Trump is that he is a master craftsman in being a grifter and con man.

      1. Well- a third world economy, with large swaths of 4th world populace and 1st world financial manipulation skills (to include investment, lending, organized price fixing, theft and white collar crime, taxation as wealth accretion and laundering) and 1st world arms dealers and cyber skills.

        Disparity  also in education, off shore investment and access, and information.

         

    2. Your estimate is low.
      THere is a source, largely inspired by the Panama Papers – it traces and estimates – he controls/possesses / / benefits from at least 5–10x your estimate

      1. I just had a post on the Williams/King thread disappear after being posted for an hour.  It had several links embedded but all from credible news sources?  Is there a limit on embedded urls before your magic box considers it spam?  Oddly, this time it did post and was there for about an hour.  

  6. If there's other elderly proggers here, maybe I'll see you tonight at the Yes Featuring Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman show. I'll be the old guy. Wait .. that doesn't narrow it down much. laugh

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