Morning Reads for Aug 1

I’m sad summer is now coming to a close. I suppose there will be another one in a few months.

  1. Update on Carter’s development around Georgia State Stadium. 
  2. Mattis’ Diplomatic Judgement Akin to Carter’s
  3. America Needs Jimmy’s Cardigans Now More Than Ever
  4. Sonny Thrust into International Spotlight
  5. His Oped on How Trump Will Protect American Farmers
  6. GSU Researchers Discover Thin Gap on the Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram (the most fundamental of all maps in stellar astronomy, duh). 
  7. Hank Johnson introduces two data privacy bills.

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chefdavid
MattMD_actual
MattMD_actual

Ed,

Let me be the first to congratulate you on posting these morning reads during the actual morning.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Sonny’s leading the charge for welfare for farmers despite trade wars being easy to win. Trump knows all about war what with his Vietnam experience and everything.

Some have said a trade war will require much more than $10 to $12 billion in farmer welfare. We can raise more tax revenue for more farmer welfare by further cutting taxes for the rich, or Trump can capitulate and declare victory. It’s a rare win-win circumstance for the Trump party.

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

“$10 to $12 billion in farmer welfare” a fine example of SOCIALISM. ( and the money will be borrowed from the Chinese. LOL)

Mr. Bear
Mr. Bear

The farm tariff “problem” is classic. The government discovers a problem and creates a “solution”. The solution then sets into motion another problem, which requires another solution. It’s like a dog chasing its tail.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Even the trade ‘win’ on soybeans with the EU was not really that big of a deal in the ricing world. The EU had already increased their exporting of US soy buy over @00% from last year going into July, since Brazil soy prices went up after China start buying from there. The only one really winning is Brazil.
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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-25/why-the-eu-was-already-likely-to-import-more-u-s-soybeans

bethebalance
bethebalance

Of course, just because you support Trump doesn’t make you a member of a cult, but there are Trump cults:
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/%e2%80%98we-are-q%e2%80%99-a-deranged-conspiracy-cult-leaps-from-the-internet-to-the-crowd-at-trump%e2%80%99s-%e2%80%98maga%e2%80%99-tour/ar-BBLlNdc?ocid=ientp

The real problem is that all this disinformation spreads as clickbait, and gobbled up by the mentally ill and lemmings.
I would bet a large chunk of change that the source of all this info- that the leader of the cult- is a foreign intelligence operative. Probably Russian.

armanidog
armanidog

“On St. Catherine’s Island in Georgia, in the very center of the 98- to 131-foot-wide McQueen Shell Ring, Sanger and his colleagues found a small burial pit containing the burned, crushed bones of seven people. They were mingled with animal remains, stone tools, and a broken copper band. It looks like the kind of burial—and the kind of artifact—that belongs much farther to the northwest, not on the Georgia Coast. The surprising find links the ring builders to the wider network of trade and cultural exchange on the mainland… Sanger and his colleagues compared the chemical composition of the copper… Read more »

Ellynn
Ellynn

They have found comparable upper Michigan copper objects as far south as Tabasco province in Mexico.

armanidog
armanidog

They were surprised because the coastal Indians were thought to be out of the loop for culture and trade. “But for a long time, it has looked like coastal communities in what is now the southeastern US were left out of that loop. Around the same time that societies farther north and inland were settling down and forming social and political networks, people on the southeastern coast were heaping shells into broad rings around open plazas, some as wide as 650 feet. These shell walls reached several yards high, and radiocarbon dating suggests they took centuries to accumulate. We know… Read more »

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

While we’re on the subject of paleontology, Topper is one of my favorite Southern digs, very interesting info about our ancient past. Here’s an older article; you can probably find more recent info if interested.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/11/041118104010.htm

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Stunning evidence. Amazing what man has done in such a short time here. A docile climate for the last 9000 years has to massive innovation which has allowed 7 1/2 billion folks thrive on the planet and have almost instantaneous communication. We can now detect events from the actual Big Bang event itself. Unreal.

Ellynn
Ellynn

For those of us with little time, ADHA or both…

https://www.gzeromedia.com/videos/in-60-seconds-launches-monday-july-30/

Noway2016
Noway2016
Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Shout out to snorting oxy and Fentanyl patches: the key to longevity!!

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

MAGA ahead of his time, or part of the catalyst?

Benevolus
Benevolus

More like selling snake oil at a time when it becomes an internet craze.
Like this Q-anon thing. What the hell is that about?

Noway2016
Noway2016

I’d not heard of the Q thing before this am. And I know this may surprise you coming from me, but it sounds like Moonbat Territory to me…

Noway2016
Noway2016
downthemiddle
downthemiddle

And where is Jim Acosta? What a ‘bag!

bethebalance
bethebalance

Pretty sure Trump called Acosta to congratulate him on all his years of professional reporting.

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

Uhh… But the Dems keep telling us there are no non-citizens registered to vote! And this is just in one state. Wonder where pulling on this string will lead?
http://dailycaller.com/2018/02/27/legal-group-sues-for-records-100k-noncitizens/

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Democrats have never said “there are no non-citizens registered.” I think you’re conflating being registered with actually voting. As Noway’s article from yesterday pointed out, folks can wind up getting registered without their knowledge (i.e., they fill out their information for a ballot petition. (Note: helping prove my point was not Noway’s intention, he should read the articles before he posts) There isn’t anything illegal about registering. I’d also note that PILF, the group bringing the lawsuit, is heavily associated with Kris Kobach, the Kansas Secretary of State. You’ll recall Kobach just lost a major voter fraud case so badly… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I’d also note that the Pennsylvania study PILF is referencing found non-citizen names “matching” voters in the statewide registration database.
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They’ve tried a similar argument in the past, referring to “foreign sounding” names in voter databases.
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“During cross-examination, Dale Ho, the director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, asked Richman if he would have flagged the name ‘Carlos Murguia’ as a foreign-sounding name. After Richman answered yes, Ho informed him that Murguia is a federal judge in the same courthouse as the trial.”
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https://www.aclu.org/blog/voting-rights/fighting-voter-suppression/kobach-exposed-trial

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

So millions streaming into the US illegally and California much less other states. They let them vote legally in local elections which is absurd!! And with no voter ID they can vote in presidential elections too. And encouraged to do so! Andrew calls this a blind squirrel!! He is the BLIND SQUIRREL! Trying to find a Russian voting in the last election and is the reason Hillary lost is the joke! It is a needle in a haystack! Lord Obama said so himself. But hell no. We have to listen to the lying, a frame job on Trump, the FBI… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

Damn, that was Bill McKinney territory there! Where’s Burt Reynolds when you need him?

bethebalance
bethebalance

You brought up the lawsuit in Penn.
ACP responded with thoughts on the merits and odds of success.
Do you care to respond to that?

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

Sure. ACP gave a litany of opinions with no sourcing (which he always loves so much). Some of his opinions I agree with, some I don’t.

Like the old Dave Mason song, “There ain’t no good guy. There ain’t no bad guy. There’s only you and me, and we just disagree.”

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

So millions streaming into the US illegally and California much less other states. . This statement is a dead giveaway that you aren’t that informed on immigration issues (shocker). The majority of “illegal immigration” comes from visa overstays and not from border crossings. Since 2007, there have been half a million more visa overstays than illegal entries. In 2014, visa overstays represented 66% of undocumented immigrants. . In addition, according to a 2016 report, the undocumented population of the United States has fallen every year since 2008. . If illegals voted conservative . This kind of goes back to my… Read more »

bethebalance
bethebalance

You forgot to debunk the myth about non-citizens voting in federal elections, which I’m sure you’ve done several times already.
Maybe if you could boil down all the facts into a narrative that can be a short rhyming limerick or something, that would fit the attention span and emotional needs of many.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

There once was a gal from Ibiza who came on a tourist visa. When the visa expired, she should have retired, but she chose to plant herself here. One day she went to the park. Where there a fella yelled “Hark!” “I’m a guy on a mission, will you sign this petition? Hey, thanks for lending an ear!” After the signing was over our gal was a registered voter. It wasn’t her goal to get placed on the roll and it wasn’t illegal at all. The gal got a call from Clinton who sent her a proposition to go cast… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

Jose wanted to vote for Obama
He said it would help out his mama,
But to vote here illegally
Would be a bad felony
And he just wanted to raise up some llamas.

bethebalance
bethebalance

Awesome.
Limericks are the future of public policy, I know it.
Because of your efforts, I’ll contribute:

There once was a hungry squirrel,
who only wanted a nut,
So he climbed up a trunk,
and shouted some junk,
Then realized that he was the nut.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Big John is out on his a—
Cause Juan will work for cash
under the table
for less than John’s able
to charge for mowing grass.

Jose has to paint fences
and only gets paid a pittance.
But they get in his face
Cause of his race
And scream their indignance.

No one blames the bosses
for white folks’ job losses.
It’s only Hispanics
that cause such panic
Because apparently people are unwilling to admit that we’re all being played by the wealthy and the corporations.

Benevolus
Benevolus

There once was a meth head from Duluth
Who thought photo ID led to truth
But then his vote was denied
‘Cause they said he had lied
As his picture still showed him with a tooth

Benevolus
Benevolus

Yes, if states are registering ineligible people that is a problem for the state, and we need to fix that.
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But that website has got their triggering phrases down pat. They probably have guidelines for the headline writers at this point, indicating that every headline should include a trigger phrase, of which there are many, but a few would be:
Hillary Clinton
Nancy Pelosi
MS13
non-citizens
border (anything)
liberal elite
socialism
Bernie Sanders
Obama
witch hunt
deep state
gender identity
and many more

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Benevolus, that is a pretty good start on the long list of ills plaguing this country! Keep up the good work!

bethebalance
bethebalance

They’re more like the trigger words used to brainwash the Winter Soldier.
Sorry, dude, there are problems in this country, but at the top of the list is idiotic beliefs and an unwillingness to work together.

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

I totally agree with you on the idiotic beliefs that can’t work, don’t work and have never worked.
Millions of illegals streaming into this country can’t work. It doesn’t end well. Too many problems. Look at Europe and Germany now… Taxing and regulating your way to prosperity can’t work. You run of other people’s money at some point.

bethebalance
bethebalance

Fine, that all can be fixed. It’s called comprehensive immigration reform. But you ain’t gonna get it unless you’re willing to negotiate w Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. Who, btw, also want to solve problems. (spoiler: they don’t believe in open borders no matter how many times your “news” sources say so.) It’s the demonization, the calling them “plagues” that doesn’t help getting the problems solved. It exacerbates the difficult time that both parties have in making compromises. So, call them the devil, but if your guy can make a deal w North Korea, he can surely get one done… Read more »

bethebalance
bethebalance

I mean, there is a bill just sitting in committee in the House right now, which Ryan and Co. won’t let out, which virtually all Dems and many Repubs want to vote on, which is a start to immigration reform, and which funds heightened tech at the border and more border enforcement. Virtually all Dems- including Pelosi and Schumer- voted for comprehensive immigration reform in 2006 and 2013 that had tens of BILLIONS of dollars for border enforcement. No, the problem is a failure of many Repubs to even begin to approach an actual way to solve the problem. You… Read more »

Ellynn
Ellynn

Or Trump says he likes a deal like Graham and Durban’s, which funds the majority of the wall, has high tech funding, saves the dreamers, and reforms legal immigration – in the morning – and then has a meeting at the White house in the afternoon where the pair get surprised with folks like Stephen Miller, Sens. Cotton and Perdue saying no deal unless you lower the legal number of immigrants, change the rules so more Euro-Centric countries (AKA Merritt Based) are favored over what the president call “$#5*hole countries, and change family based migration (AKA Chain Migration) limited to… Read more »