Sunday, September 29, 2019

Misty Mountain


24 comments:

  1. listener said 9/29/2019 12:48:00 AM
    Quite the week, eh?
    First DT and Ukraine, then the NRA and Russia.
    FINALLY what we have long suspected about the players is coming into the light.

    One wheel after another is coming off Trump's wagon. It looks to me like quite a few people involved with his administration are blabbing in hopes of escaping blame. But count me one of those who is ready for less news.

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  2. Rudy Giuliani: Ukraine sources detail attempt to construct case against Biden [Click] Ukranian state prosecutor reported to have fed Rudy falsified “information” to reel in Trump. This whole thing isn’t clear on first reading, but Rudy appears to be in very deep doo-doo, and making things steadily worse for his client. Factoid: Rudy mentioned 31 times in whistle-blower report.

    CNN polls [Click] show three-way tie in Nevada (Biden, Sanders, Warren) and Biden well ahead in South Carolina among those who have made a choice, but more than half those polled haven’t decided at this point. But IMO, by the time SC votes next year it will be too late for a Biden surge.

    Politico: Trump’s road from wishing for impeachment to dreading it. [Click] It was a pretty short road, no?

    Pelosi Turns to Schiff to Lead Impeachment Inquiry [Click]

    ABC News poll: [Click] Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe Trump's encouragement of a foreign leader to investigate Trump's political rival and his family is a serious problem, but only 17% said they were surprised by the president's actions

    Trump Caught Off Guard by Impeachment Storm [Click] This excerpt is an “old” story (from two days ago), but still good reading. The full column is here [Click]

    Book review: Piety & Power: how Mike Pence went all-in for Donald Trump [Click] The review is enough for me.

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    1. Comment emended:

      BTW, Autumn seems definitely to have arrived here yesterday. Fingers crossed. A correspondent of mine in Montana told me about the big early snowstorm hitting them (mostly just farking cold where he is, in Missoula). When I told my sweetie about it, she pointed out that Japan is being hit by one big typhoon after another--but there is no such thing as global warming. Of course I agreed, and opined that the snow is surely God's punishment of Montana for voting Republican. Clear as branch water, that.

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    2. We've been having beautiful weather here, but overall rather warmer than one would expect for mid to late September. On the other hand, July and August had terrible heatwaves, but in between those the weather was not as warm as one would expect for those months. But there's no global climate change, no sir! That's just a leftist conspiracy to force upstanding Americans to use that terrible, un-American wind and solar power instead of good, honest to God coal and oil!

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    3. I laughed out loud when I read that 2/3 of Americans see the Ukraine mess as a problem, but only 17% were surprised by it! ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  4. Vox: Trump loyalists are working hard defend the president. It isn’t going well. [Click] “Stephen Miller struggles on Fox News, and other lowlights from the Sunday morning efforts to defend the president.”

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  5. Ukraine-Rudy-Trump muck getting a little clearer. [Click] I’m disinclined to expend much brainpower on this maze—that’s a job for the Senate Intelligence Committee. But, Oh, Lord...

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  6. Elon Musk unveils Starship designed to take crew on round-trips to Mars [Click] The photo is of the second stage, but OH!! This looks like something from the 1950’s! I love it!

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  7. We have been using generic ranitidine (famous brand name "Zantac") for stomach acid relief for several years; much better than antacids. Some manufacturers' ranitidine is reported to be contaminated with nitrosamines Per Auntie Beeb. [Click] The best alternative (better, actually) is evidently famotidine (famous brand name "Pepcid"), generic price about the same as generic ranitidine, which has no known drug interactions.

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    1. Alan, just because I don't always reply, please don't think I don't read and appreciate your efforts. You keep me very well informed, and often entertained as well.

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    2. Thank you, Cat. It's a psychological outlet for me.

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    3. Clarification: Ranitidine has few drug interactions, famotidine has none if I read correctly.

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    4. I heard today that Ranitidine has become associated with cancer risk...at least in lab animals. But it's been pulled from the shelves in France and Canada and other countries. Worth skipping!

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    5. It isn't the ranitidine, but small amounts of impurities in certain preparations of it. And consider that esophageal reflux is a strong risk factor for esophageal cancer, which often goes undetected until it is too late to be successfully treated by current means. A friend of ours went that way.

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  8. I still like this Politico headline from several days ago:

    "From DC swamp, Trump dives into Ukrainian cesspit"

    And reportedly Ukranians don't see why folks in the US are worked up about it...

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    1. LOL It is a great headline. Seems to me, a cesspit is the perfect place for the Great Orange Menace.

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  9. Spiders Can Fly Hundreds of Miles Using Electricity [Click] Scientists are finally starting to understand the centuries-old mystery of “ballooning.”

    Bacteria Survive in NASA’s Clean Rooms by Eating Cleaning Products [Click] Their abilities could make it harder to stop Earth microbes from contaminating other worlds.

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  10. The whistleblower at the center of the impeachment investigation of President Trump will testify in the House “very soon,” though in a way that will protect his identity, the Democrat leading the probe said Sunday, the Wall Street Journal reports.
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    “President Trump was repeatedly warned by his own staff that the Ukraine conspiracy theory that he and his lawyer were pursuing was ‘completely debunked’ long before the president pressed Ukraine this summer to investigate his Democratic rivals, a former top adviser said on Sunday,” the New York Times reports.

    “Thomas P. Bossert, who served as Mr. Trump’s first homeland security adviser, said he told the president there was no basis to the theory that Ukraine, not Russia, intervened in the 2016 election and did so on behalf of the Democrats. Speaking out for the first time, Mr. Bossert said he was ‘deeply disturbed’ that Mr. Trump nonetheless tried to get Ukraine’s president to produce damaging information about Democrats.”
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    Schiff: Intelligence Committee will seek records of Trump phone calls with Putin and other world leaders. [Click]

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  11. I forgot to say that yesterday (Saturday) we gathered ginko nuts, and today we cleaned them. Pickings were a bit slim this year, but we gathered enough for ourselves and to share with good friends.

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