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By the time Obama left office in January 2017, the risk of Armageddon hadn’t receded. Instead, Washington was well along in a modernization program that is making nearly all of its nuclear weapons more accurate and deadly.

And Russia was doing the same: Its weapons badly degraded from neglect after the Cold War, Moscow had begun its own modernization years earlier under President Vladimir Putin. It built new, more powerful ICBMs, and developed a series of tactical nuclear weapons.

President Donald Trump has worked hard to undo much of Obama’s legacy, but he has embraced the modernization program enthusiastically. Trump has ordered the Defense Department to complete a review of the U.S. nuclear arsenal by the end of this year.

Reuters reported in February that in a phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump denounced the New START treaty and rejected Putin’s suggestion that talks begin about extending it once it expires in 2021.

“The idea that we could somehow fine tune a nuclear conflict is really dangerous thinking,” says Kingston Reif, director of disarmament and threat reduction policy at the Arms Control Association, a Washington-based think tank.

One leader of this group, William Perry, who served as defense secretary under President Bill Clinton, said recently in a Q&A on YouTube that “the danger of a nuclear catastrophe today is greater than it was during the Cold War.”

Perry told Reuters that both the United States and Russia have upgraded their arsenals in ways that make the use of nuclear weapons likelier. The U.S. upgrade, he said, has occurred almost exclusively behind closed doors. “It is happening without any basic public discussion,” he said. “We’re just doing it.”


Maggot Brain won’t be around in 2021. Not sure about Putin. Hopefully, the two male dimwit aholes won’t blow up the world before then!


Sad news–Conyers is the sponsor of the House version of M4A


Michigan Rep. John Conyers, a Democrat and the longest-serving member of the House of Representatives, settled a wrongful dismissal complaint in 2015 with a former employee who alleged she was fired because she would not “succumb to [his] sexual advances.”

Documents from the complaint obtained by BuzzFeed News include four signed affidavits, three of which are notarized, from former staff members who allege that Conyers, the ranking Democrat on the powerful House Judiciary Committee, repeatedly made sexual advances to female staff that included requests for sexual favors, contacting and transporting other women with whom they believed Conyers was having affairs, caressing their hands sexually, and rubbing their legs and backs in public. Four people involved with the case verified the documents are authentic.

And the documents also reveal the secret mechanism by which Congress has kept an unknown number of sexual harassment allegations secret: a grinding, closely held process that left the alleged victim feeling, she told BuzzFeed News, that she had no option other than to stay quiet and accept a settlement offered to her.

“I was basically blackballed. There was nowhere I could go,” she said in a phone interview. BuzzFeed News is withholding the woman’s name at her request because she said she fears retribution.

Last week the Washington Post reported that Congress’s Office of Compliance paid out $17 million for 264 settlements with federal employees over 20 years for various violations, including sexual harassment. The Conyers documents, however, give a glimpse into the inner workings of the office, which has for decades concealed episodes of sexual abuse by powerful politic

al figures.


What will be the result when victims of domestic violence/rape report it? This shite is out of control!


Ouch. A weakened Conyers is bad.

They’re falling like trees in a Zinke national park:


Now THIS is what I call turning lemons into lemonade:

Nobel Prize Winning Economist Says Non-US Countries Have Unique Opportunity To Reform Intellectual Property

For well over a decade, we’ve noted that Nobel Prize-winning economist Joe Stiglitz has been one of the many, many economists who are skeptical of the benefits of our current patent system, noting that it appears to do a lot more harm than good, both to the process of innovation and (importantly) to the wider distribution of the gains from innovation. He’s been particularly critical of pharmaceutical patents over the years. And, it appears that he may sense a somewhat unique opportunity to actually get countries around the world to actually rethink traditional patent and copyright regimes — in part because the US, under the Trump administration, is pulling back from various international agreements and fora.

(Stiglitz) said developing countries must use the Trump administration as an opportunity to realise that the US hasn’t played the global leadership role it claims to have and take the initiative to negotiate new systems of globalisation, such as reforming intellectual property laws that benefit large corporates at the expense of social welfare.

Speaking out in South Africa is timely, since the country is considering a new patent law that would increase access to drugs that have been cost-prohibitive due to patents.

Stiglitz… welcomed South Africa’s draft changes and urged the country to continue working on the paper. “Any intellectual property regime has to get a balance on innovation on the one hand and dissemination on the other,” he said.

“You should be very concerned about anything that impedes competition,” said Stiglitz, warning South Africa and other developing countries of assisting corporations like big pharmaceutical companies to establish monopolies that don’t benefit local health systems or economic growth.

Stiglitz disputed claims that stringent intellectual property laws are necessary for innovation.

“There’s a whole history of using intellectual property law to try to squelch innovation,” he said.


Eh…I think Stiglitz’s overall conclusion is correct (particularly regarding IP in developing countries), but his broad assumptions about how intellectual property works in developed countries go too far. He sees problems with the current regime and wants to kill the patient to cure the disease.


I swear TPTB won’t be happy until no one has a job and we’re all sitting at home all day consuming mass media having food delivered into our homes by Amazon.

But I guess once in awhile we’ll need to ‘get out’ and that’s when we order up our driverless car filled with cameras?

Uber is taking a big risk by ordering 24,000 cars from Volvo

Despite recent setbacks, Uber is making another big bet on driverless technology.

Uber has signed a deal with Volvo for 24,000 XC90 sport-utility vehicles for delivery between 2019 and 2021. With this deal—worth about $1 billion—Uber is essentially betting the company on a self-driving future.


yeah, except by then, we won’t be able to afford food from Amazon, we’ll be out foraging road kill and wild plants and maybe tending to our gardens, although that isn’t really cheap either, at least at first, if you live near “urban” wildlife. 😉

i know several techies who think the cars that drive themselves are fine. I hate them. I know, i know, they may have fewer accidents than the same number of humans. I’d like to see a LOT of studies of that before i want to be anywhere near one.


Gee, why am I not surprised to see this from Ralph Northam’s Communications Director?


Dan Loeb Exchanges Racially Charged Emails with Top de Blasio Official

Billionaires get mad when they don’t get their way:

Just weeks before Daniel S. Loeb, an outspoken charter school proponent and one of the biggest donors in New York politics, unfavorably compared a top African-American state senator to the Ku Klux Klan, he exchanged a separate series of caustic and racially charged emails with a top official in the de Blasio administration.

Loeb is a huge donor to Cuomo.

“There is right and wrong and you put your bureaucracy, the union puppets you serve, over the interest of little vulnerable black children and their families,” Mr. Loeb wrote in June 2017 to Richard Buery, the deputy mayor for strategic policy initiatives, in emails obtained by The New York Times under the state’s Freedom of Information Act.

They call Loeb an “activist investor” who targets other companies. In this instance he’s targeting public schools in his role as Chairman of the board at Success Academy.

Mr. Buery, who is African-American and is credited by the de Blasio administration as the architect of its universal prekindergarten initiative, wrote in the same email chain, “Do you really not see the hubris of your lecturing me about the plight of black children and what they need?”

In that other “activist” attack by Loeb that the NYT article references:

Billionaire hedge fund manager Dan Loeb will remain the chairman of Success Academy’s board of directors despite an incendiary racial remark he made about a black legislator, a spokeswoman for Success said Friday.

The leaders of Success, New York City’s largest and most influential charter network, were silent for about 12 hours after Loeb’s remark that Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Democratic leader of the New York State Senate, had done “more damage to people of color than anyone who has ever donned a hood”

Yes, comparing a black politician to the KKK is certainly “incendiary”, so Eva finally had to say something (and of course does some attacking of her own while she did so):

On Friday afternoon, Success CEO Eva Moskowitz broke her silence, saying in a statement: “An apology for these comments was appropriate and absolutely necessary. While it is true that anti-charter policies hurt children of color, we must recognize there are electeds who in good faith hold differing positions on schooling.”

Is it just me or does it sound like Moskowitz uses the word “electeds” in a derogatory way? I’ll bet that these super-rich people in the donor class think of themselves as better than “electeds”. Wanna bet?


How Kids Not in Charters Are Hurt by Charter Funding System — A Case Study

It’s really easy to sit back and make esoteric arguments about how Ohio’s charter school funding system hurts kids who are not in charter schools. And there’s a recognition from leaders in the Ohio General Assembly that the funding system — which diverts state funding meant for a district to a charter — is a shell game that leave school districts with far less state revenue than the state says they need to effectively educate their students. This, in turn, forces school districts to use sometimes large segments of their locally raised revenue to make up the difference.

But what does that mean for a kid attending a local public school district?


They are the ‘Elite.’ Don’t throw up; that’s what they believe (as sickening as it is).


On the lighter side of the news Highlights from Trump’s first turkey pardon
Since he’s over turned Obamas E/Os left and right i’m surprised that Trumpcorp didn’t E/O a reversal of Obama E/O on the Turkeys from the 8 years of the Obama administration.
In reality their are 2 turkeys he may have to pardon JR and his son in law 🙂
No links just an attempt at humor


It’s a shame the turkeys couldn’t bite him. Remember that video of the Bald Eagle in his office? Too funny! 🙂


They can do some damage with those claws.

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