Morning Reads for Friday, August 16, 2019

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Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Following up on yesterday’s comment about the Trump administration’s gutting of the State Department…. It started under Tillerson, who took the job thinking we was working for an actual businessman, not someone playing one TV, then had to quit after realizing that Trump was a “moron” and saying so out loud. Least it be forgotten, more 5h!+ you can’t make up, that Tillerson’s “moron” comment followed a meeting on Afghanistan in which Trump compared “the decision-making process on troop levels to the renovation of a high-end New York restaurant.” Read about the deep state (ya gotta speak the language when… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Laugh for the day—-Trump, whose physician a year or two ago had to report Trump an inch taller so Trump’s height-weight wouldn’t qualify him as clinically obese, mocked someone that had been protesting at his rally about being overweight.

Cap’n Tinyhands may have identified the wrong person as the protester, and instead mocked a supporter. No harm no foul, since the Trump movement is “built on love”. He said so hisself later in the rally, so you know it has to be true.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Trump indeed is thinking of the future. He asked if it’s possible to buy Greenland.

The US is running a trillion dollar budget deficit that will have paid off the national debt in 8 years, so we gotta invest in something, Trump having already fixed our infrastructure as only he could do.

And what with global warming, Greenland’s ice will be gone and the island habitable by the end of the century, if it’s not underwater.

Leave it to a real estate guy to clock a good investment.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/trump-has-asked-aides-if-its-possible-to-buy-greenland-sources-say/ar-AAFRyS0?ocid=spartanntp

xdog
xdog

Trump again disappoints with his halfway measures. A real deal-maker interested in Greenland would make an offer for Denmark.

The BBC says Harry Truman offered Denmark $100m for Greenland in 1946. First I heard of that.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49367792

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

I wasn’t aware of that either and had also came across reference to Truman’s interest in connection with the story about Trump. That reference also noteed that US SoS Seward, he who purchased Alaska from the Russians mid-ninetheeth century, had an interest in US purchase of Greenland.

A point of trivia is the glacier-covered island was named Greenland to attract colonists, while the nearby volcanic Iceland, cold, but much warner than Greenland got its name to deflect colonists to less-hopitable Greenland.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

On the morning lead link about misinformation about a nuclear accident in Russia:

“Such a case only increases the number of people who stop believing in official information,” he said. “In the long run, this will turn into serious problems for the Kremlin. The Russians will no longer believe any official information, even when it is true.”

This is a case that reinforces Moscow Mitch sticking with the old USSR way of saying nothing when it’s bad news, notwithstanding what Trump does.

Mr. Bear
Mr. Bear

The stuff that is coming out of research into NASA’s 1960’s space program is very interesting. It turns out that a number of mistakes were made in our space program that can be traced back to the Soviets being dishonest about events in their space program. In several cases, we initially followed a path which ended in problems because we didn’t know that the Reds had already gone up the same dead end. And, trying not to be snide here, some of that vaunted “Advanced Soviet Technology” looks like it came from a Russian steam locomotive factory. Which it probably… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

There’s a reason China and others try to steal our stuff and the Russians. Vaulted or not, it’s serious stuff.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Have you seen the video of that explosion? Really incredible.

Also, the google sat view of that town shows at least 8 Russian submarines:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Severodvinsk,+Arkhangelsk+Oblast,+Russia/@64.5811631,39.787979,1529m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x441842144c395125:0x6c58295f371382a3!8m2!3d64.5661757!4d39.8505981

Ellynn
Ellynn

To add to the “Delight of the Masses” link, here is a write up to the pizza place mentioned in the article. Also, If you are not following Jessie’s page for all your Savannah and low country foodie info, you should start.

https://eatitandlikeit.com/pizzeria-vittoria-napoletana-set-to-open-in-starland-district/

Gregs
Gregs

How long will it take for the “base” to turn on the base president when they can’t get there chicken nuggets, hot wings and chic fil a?

https://www.macon.com/news/state/georgia/article234078662.html

chefdavid
chefdavid

It will be great knowing that they are made by Americans again.

Gregs
Gregs

Perhaps, but chicken will sell for $10 per pound since there wouldn’t be any cheap labor to exploit and terrorize. Get ready for a $19 grilled chicken sandwich

Will Durant
Will Durant

If chicken processing has to wait on “Americans” to do it then we are about to have a chicken overpopulation problem. On the desirable jobs scale it ranks somewhere below garbage collection and maybe slightly above cleaning out portable toilets. Nah, there are some jobs I’m fine with those from the other Americas doing, even Canadians. We need an itinerant worker visa system and strictly enforce the law on any company that tries to circumvent it.

Grindelwald
Grindelwald

I’ve long said that, if we really cared about ending illegal immigration, we’d crack down on employers, not the employees.

But if we did that, Trump wouldn’t have anyone to mow the grass or wash the dishes at his golf clubs, Chick-fil-A biscuits would start costing more, and we’d actually have to reckon with the fact that the “capitalism” we love requires cheap (both in pay and lack of benefits) exploitable labor.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Why American is and always will be great. (IMHO)

Follow the whole threads. The caption on the one in the last thread with the pallbearers choked me up.

https://twitter.com/dcbigjohn/status/1162506808629444610

https://twitter.com/dcbigjohn/status/1162740476379709442

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Mark Sanford is challenging Trump for the GOP nomination in 2020. Sanford spent much of a Meet the Press interview this morning saying Trump was damaging the country and taking it in the wrong direction. Yet Sanford’s answer near the conclusion of the interview when Chuck Todd asked if Sanford would support Trump as GOP nominee in light of that was a prompt and unequivocal yes. It illustrates why those very much opposed to Trumpism would be wasting 2020 votes on GOP candidates. Fealty to their own futures and the party itself trumps (pun intended) what’s happening to the country… Read more »