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“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.”

–Winston Churchill

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  1. Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

    Excellent choice of quotation this morning, Alva. 

    The OD is running out of options. So, it seems the Whitest House has been sitting on this manuscript, thereby kneecapping the senators who work for him and Senate Majority Leader, Mitch “Yertle” McConnell.

    Or did I miss something?

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      Ttump has never been concerned about anyone’s kneecaps . . .

      Now bonespurs, well, . . . 

    • Yeah, and I feel so sorry for them all. House managers presented a pretty solid case for exactly what Bolton is claiming. GOP Senators were simply unhappy that the WH knew that Bolton had written this corroboration and didn't tell them.

      Republican Senators were perfectly willing to go along with the cover-up so long as it didn't backfire on them. Just how far does a group of 53 Senators have to bury their heads to where they couldn't see this coming?

  2. JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

    Add this to the "unintended consequences" file.

    The Trump administration is forcing these workers out West. Now they want to unionize.

    Employees at the headquarters of the federal government's main land-management agency are trying to unionize in response to a controversial reorganization plan to relocate hundreds of staffers thousands of miles away from Washington.

    The fledgling labor organizing effort comes amid a Trump administration plan to move more than 200 positions from the Bureau of Land Management based in Washington to offices out West, including to a recently opened headquarters in Grand Junction, Colo. 

  3. Diogenesdemar says:

    Fifty year ago . . .

    “We had to burn down the village to save it.”

    Today . . .

    ”We had to burn down . . .

    a) the Senate  b) the Constitution  c) America  d) all of the above

    . . . to save Ttump.”

  4. harrydobyharrydoby says:

    In other news — what are those wacky kids up at CU Boulder up to?

    Concrete that is alive, reproduces, and absorbs CO2!

  5. Diogenesdemar says:

    “We have to burn down the planet to save the carbon companies!” . . . 
     

    Greta Versus the Greedy Grifters

    One can only surmise that Mnuchin slept through his undergraduate economics classes. Otherwise he would know that every, and I mean every, major Econ 101 textbook argues for government regulation or taxation of activities that pollute the environment, because otherwise neither producers nor consumers have an incentive to take the damage inflicted by this pollution into account.

    And burning fossil fuels is a huge source of environmental damage, not just from climate change but also from local air pollution, which is a major health hazard we don’t do nearly enough to limit.

    The International Monetary Fund makes regular estimates of worldwide subsidies to fossil fuels — subsidies that partly take the form of tax breaks and outright cash grants, but mainly involve not holding the industry accountable for the indirect costs it imposes. In 2017 it put these subsidies at $5.2 trillion; yes, that’s trillion with a “T.” For the U.S., the subsidies amounted to $649 billion, which is about $3 million for every worker employed in the extraction of coal, oil and gas.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/27/opinion/greta-thunberg-mnuchin.html

    • PseudonymousPseudonymous says:

      Think of the employees on the death star!!

      • ParkHill says:

        Capitalism is a bitch. Think of the buggy industry.

        Think of all the insurance jobs that go away when we change from private insurance to public health care.

        Think of all the oil extraction jobs, and once you add in Voyeur's multiplier effect, and then the multiplier applied to the multiplier… where will it end!?

        The Colorado economy is doomed. 

        • Conserv. Head Banger says:

          "when we change from private insurance to public health care……" I would not bet my life savings on that transition happening any time soon. Even Elizabeth Warren has backed away from it.

  6. harrydobyharrydoby says:

    Proof that in the Trump administration, only the most idiotic, destructive and self-defeating policies will be supported.  And now it's double-down time on steel tariffs!

    President Donald Trump has announced plans to broaden his tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum, saying the existing tariffs had not proved as effective as he had hoped in reviving U.S. production.

    Economists have long argued that by raising the price of steel and aluminum, Trump’s tariffs would make it more expensive to produce things like nails or cars in the United States — and would encourage companies to import more of those items, rather than making them in the United States.

    Chad Bown, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, called this an example of “cascading protectionism” that he said was “entirely predictable.”

    “Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs have raised the cost of key inputs, making American companies that rely on those metals less competitive worldwide,” Bown said. “Now Trump is expanding his tariffs to shield their products from competition as well. Where will it end?”

    Richard E. Baldwin, a professor of international economics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, wrote on Twitter that Trump was learning this particular lesson in economics “one failure at a time.”

     

    • MADCO says:

      D's only hope in Pennsylvania is an electable nominee and that the coal miners know all the rules are gone and coal still ain't coming backc like it was before. and steel workers need to know about Trump steel promises have screwed them over and over.

  7. harrydobyharrydoby says:

    Dershowitz's "Argle-Bargle" defense…

    Mr. Dershowitz, an emeritus Harvard Law School professor, was the last of President Trump’s lawyers to present late on Monday. His presentation was panned by Democratic senators — including Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, a former Harvard law professor herself, who declared it “nonsensical.”

    “I truly could not follow it,” she said.

    “It was just like word salad,” Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Democrat of Rhode Island, said. “It’s an embarrassing day for Harvard Law School.”

    “In the end, he admitted that he’s a total outlier in the case that he’s making,” Senator Christopher S. Murphy, Democrat of Connecticut, said.

    Senator Patrick J. Leahy, Democrat of Vermont, added, “I now understand listening to Professor Dershowitz that he’s smarter than all other professors. He said so himself.”

  8. PseudonymousPseudonymous says:

  9. PseudonymousPseudonymous says:

    If I had a dollar for every time someone told me this…

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