Morning Reads for Friday, June 16, 2017

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John Vestal
John Vestal

The problem with bread crumbs in space was first noted when ‘helluva engineer’ John Young pulled out his famous contraband corned beef sandwich and handed it to Gemini 3 crewmate Gus Grissom in ’65. Grissom took a small bite and crumbs went everywhere.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Don’t forget the time Homer Simpson smuggled some chips on board…

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

The Trump achievement of the week:

It took Precedent Trump less than 5 months to first reach 60% disapproval. No Dem since before Nixon has ever achieved that, if any. It took Bush I 3.5 years, and Nixon and Bush II each nearly 5 years. Amazing!

Noway2016
Noway2016

Wouldn’t want to be Megyn this am. First, she vastly underwhelms with Putin interview and now she’s gonna air a highly selectively edited Alex Jones interview this weekend. Can you say “set up?” That is…unless Senior Jones releases his own recording of the entire thing first! LOL! I hope she enjoys her duties on the mindless morning show enjoying the cooking segments.

Lea Thrace
Lea Thrace

http://newstome.blog.ajc.com/2017/06/14/senior-medicare-patrol-comes-up-empty/

18Mil is not a lot compared to total federal expenditures. But I would speculate there are probably tons of programs like this that provably show no value. 18Mil times 100 or more adds up. I wish there was more logical oversight of programs/grants like this.

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Agree. It is widely reported by federal agencies like the GAO and others that, depending on the categories of impacted taxpayer monies, Medicare is screwed out of $60 billion to $140 billion a year or about 25 cents on the dollar.

Soapbox: privatizing it under sound regulation would cut costs dramatically as no net profit would approach 25% and many of the bureaucratic related agencies could go away.

But no progressive Democrat likes privatizing and Republicans love complicated regulations that benefit the influential not the public.
Both love wallowing in an unlimited pot of money.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Although the Guardian article on the London fire, explains the cladding issue and the lack of timely up grading of the code for existing structures (this building had no sprinkler and 1 staircase with 6 units totaling 10 bedrooms a floor), what it does not look at is enforcement. The blocks are community owned property, but the management of the blocks are contracted out to private firms. These companies are also allowed to hire private inspectors and regulators. The local fire brigade has no authority over the inspection of the buildings.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Does this mean I can use my rime account in the future for when I buy my Wisconsin wild trout, grass feed steaks (on sale of course) and my bulk pound of dried black currents?

https://www.axios.com/amazon-is-buying-whole-foods-2442735599.html

Ellynn
Ellynn

If you get your power from the Southern Company…

https://www.axios.com/nuclear-scramble-on-tax-credits-2442400126.html

Lea Thrace
Lea Thrace

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/875701471999864833

He cannot help himself. Why can no one tell him to just. shut. up.

davidmac
davidmac

He’s never been told “NO.” before in his life or had any consequences for bad behavior. Why start now?

David C
David C

Meanwhile, local and national GOP doing a bit of expectation setting and a bit of early blame-making in case things go bad: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/16/georgia-special-election-gop-worries-239619 “While no one is willing to publicly write off Handel’s chances just yet — Republicans stress that she remains competitive and point to robust GOP early voting figures — several private surveys taken over the last few weeks show Republican nominee Karen Handel trending downward, with one private party poll showing 30-year-old Democrat Jon Ossoff opening up a more than five-point lead in the Republican-oriented, suburban Atlanta seat.” The candidate’s blaming DC: “Handel, whose team views Trump… Read more »

David C
David C

‘Private polling’ aside, I still don’t see this as anything other than 51-49 either way, but it’s possible both things are true:

1) If Trump wasn’t a dumpster fire, the GOP wouldn’t be having problems here.

2) Handel, who as a woman who’s identified with a more moderate wing of the state party seems like she should be great on paper, is in practicea bit of a dud as a perpetual candidate, and her campaign team has done a lousy job selling her.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Any more word on the white powder found in Handel’s neighborhood?

Noway2016
Noway2016
Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Does the list include the War on Christmas?

Noway2016
Noway2016

Breaking and disturbing. Assassin targeting Repubs had list with more Repubs on it….

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

The violent Democratic Socialist alt-left has lost its collective mind! THEY are the violent people who attacked attendees coming out of Trump campaign rallies in 2016, as well as slipped into those rallies and started fights that the media mislabeled “Trump rally violence” without honestly saying it was the alt-right. THEY are the people who trashed Washington, DC, in January. THEY are the people who’ve been burning and trashing universities. THEY are the people who attack any rally held by Conservatives of any sort – even gay Milo. (I guess only libtard gays are acceptable to them.) THEY are the… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

+ one freaking billion!!!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

“In the past 10 years when you look at murders committed by domestic extremists in the United States of all types, right-wing extremists are responsible for about 74 percent of those murders,” Pitcavage says. You have to go back to the 1970s to find the last big cycle of far-left extremism in the U.S. Both Pitcavage and McNabb say we have been in a predominantly far-right extremist cycle since the 1990s — the abortion clinic bombings and Oklahoma City, for example. And, more recently, racially motivated attacks such as the one at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, the mass shooting… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016
ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

I dont know whether you are just that ignorant or in a bubble of such dimension that you dont recall that almost every act of domestic terrorism in the last 40 years has been right wing…then again you could be going senile in which case its not your fault…

Noway2016
Noway2016

It’s really cute the way you and Drew flail frantically to go back ten years, forty years to find examples you can cite of conservative misdeeds. We be talking about current Lib insanity since Trump began running and his subsequent election. Nice deflection, through, albeit in a very elementary way.

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

Typo correction: In case you didn’t figure out, the first word on Line 4 should be “alt-left”.

xdog
xdog

Odd to hear a gopers trying to get the vote out. And KH said she can really Handel it. I claim foul.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Although a few posters here might wish that I had been there, there was an explosion here in Bogota a little while ago. Second floor bathroom of Andino Mall. Police here calling it terrorist attack. No details about who did it. The wife suggested we go there this afternoon for a movie. Her family came over instead. Again , very, very early in the event. Ol’ Noway been in that place a thousand times!
http://www.wral.com/popular-mall-in-colombia-evacuated-after-explosion/16768901/

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I’d never wish personal harm on anyone. Even you. Staying in South America, the lack of attention being paid to those being killed by the Meduro regime in Venezuela is disheartening.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Watching the news coverage of this attack was surreal. Each camera angle saw a place we’d both been dozens of times. Just lucky not to have been there. Just like my having a ticket on Pan Am 103 from London to USA a week later in December 1988. You just never know, I guess.