2016 Friday, Aug 26, 2016

U.S. economy grew slower last quarter than initially estimated

Initial estimates of the economy’s growth last quarter turned out to be overconfident, new data released Friday shows. The latest gross domestic product figures released by the Commerce Department found the value of goods and services produced last quarter actually increased at a 1.1 percent rate, down from the 1.2 percent rate initially reported. The report did, however, reveal a higher rate of household consumption and an increase in worker wages, indicating that some of the sluggishness caused by falling government spending was offset by increased personal wealth and consumer spending. Economists remain optimistic the third quarter will show greater growth.

Source: Bloomberg

Rio police charge U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte with filing false robbery report

American swimmer Ryan Lochte was charged Thursday by Brazilian police with filing a false robbery report during the Rio Olympics. In a statement, the police said Lochte will be notified and can decide if he wants to introduce a defense in Brazil, The Associated Pressreports. The indictment will also be sent to the International Olympic Committee’s ethics commission. Lochte had said that while returning to the Olympic Village from a party Aug. 15, he and three other swimmers were robbed at gunpoint by men with badges. Police say a video instead shows an altercation between the swimmers and armed security guards. Lochte later said he was intoxicated at the time and the confrontation was caused by his behavior. In Brazil, the penalty for filing a false crime report is up to 18 months in prison. If he does not return to Brazil to face the charge, Lochte could be tried in absentia.

Source: The Associated Press

2016 Thursday, Aug 25, 2016



2016 Wednesday,  Aug 24, 2016


2016 Tuesday,  Aug 23, 2016

  • War in Afghanistan (2015–present)
    • A service member becomes the first U.S. military combat casualty in Afghanistan since January 2016 when he is killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) while on patrol near the city of
  • Philippine officials believe they may have recovered biggest natural giant clam pearl in the world — weighing 34kg. Officials are awaiting confirmation from gemologists that the find is indeed the world’s largest pearl. If confirmed, it will beat the current record holder, thePearl of Lao Tzu, which weighs 6.4kg. (BBC)

Clinton faces increasing criticism over emails, Clinton Foundation

Hillary Clinton is fending off criticism over the Clinton Foundation, which Donald Trump blasted Monday as being “the most corrupt enterprise in political history.” Call logs reveal Clinton’s chief of staff received at least 148 phone messages from the Foundation’s chief operating officer between 2010 and 2012 — while Clinton was serving as secretary of state — while Fox News notes that “no other individual or non-profit appears in the logs with anything like that frequency.” Meanwhile, after the announcement Monday that the FBI found 14,900 previously undisclosed work-related emails on Clinton’s private server, the campaign is scrambling to downplay their importance. Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon said Monday that Clinton handed over “all the work-related emails she had in her possession in 2014,” but maintained the campaign supports the release of any new material the State Department deems relevant. “We’ve already released, I don’t know, 30,000-plus emails,” Clinton said on Monday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. “What’s a few more?”

Source: The Washington Post, The Week

Former Fox News anchor calls network a ‘sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult’

Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros asserts in a lawsuit filed Monday that sexual harassment at the network went beyond ousted chairman Roger Ailes. “Fox News masquerades as a defender of traditional family values, but behind the scenes, it operates like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult, steeped in intimidation, indecency, and misogyny,” Tantaros’ lawsuit says. She also accused former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown of inappropriate comments and touching when he was a guest on her show and said fellow Fox host Bill O’Reilly repeatedly invited her to his Long Island home, which he assured her would be “very private.” Ailes has denied all allegations of sexual harassment.

Source: The New Republic, New York

2016 Monday,  Aug 22, 2016



Mislabeled pills reportedly found in Prince’s home


Pills discovered at Prince’s Minnesota home after his death were labeled hydrocodone but contained fentanyl, the opioid that killed him, said the Minneapolis Star Tribune, citing a source with knowledge of the investigation. The musician’s autopsy report says he died from an accidental, self-administered overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 100 times more powerful than morphine. Investigators are not sure how the recording superstar obtained the drug — he didn’t have a prescription — but they are leaning toward the theory that he did not know the pills contained the drug.

Source: Star Tribune


2016 Sunday,  Aug 21,  2016

29 Replies to “08.26.2016”

  1. Attn. JR:

    my retired doctor friend says that Hillary is actually in pretty bad shape physically ever since her fall and concussion. Apparently there was/is some severe long-term brain damage (covered up by the MSM, naturally), and she has symptoms of Alzheimers but only worse. He’s speculating that she may not even last until the election.

    Also note the extent to which her handlers keep her from potential falls, chair lifts, short stair climbs, etc.

  2. There’s a scene near the end of the movie “The Perfect Storm” where one of the crew fights like hell swimming and diving to reach an empty hold near the bottom of the sinking ship. For the moment, he has found a large air pocket in the upside down ship. He looks around the room, saved from drowning for the moment, but realizing that those creaking sounds and rumbles are signs that the salt water pressure is building at the ship continues to dive toward the abyss.

  3. edited version:

    There’s a scene near the end of the movie “The Perfect Storm” where one of the crew fights like hell swimming and diving to reach an empty hold near the bottom of the sinking ship, where he finds a large air pocket in the upside down ship. He looks around the room, saved from drowning for the moment, but realizing that those creaking sounds and rumbles are signs that salt water pressure is building as the ship continues to dive toward the abyss.

  4. “Large families happen when pleasure is religiously pursued. Each offspring is a potentially successful conduit that will both assist and compete against other conduits depending upon the closeness of their DNA – typically.”

    well, first, the old folks didn’t have effective contraception, and even if they did, there was advantage to mainly farmers (which mainly they were) in lots of cheap, slave-like labor on the farm (as formal slavery was abolished). there was also the problem back then of infant and child mortality. so, it’s just another strategem that was useful for its time, then got quickly outdated, mainly by improved medical care and urbanization, mechanization.

    minor points. overall, another great essay by james on the max power principle.

  5. BTW, i have similar pictures of relatives from that period on both sides of the family. both were farmers. one pic even has their favorite horse in the picture, as in the post. one of the family, apparently.

  6. i wonder if it’s worth asking JR to meet us for drinks in NYC? OK, well, JR can you afford the time and RT ticket from Boston? we’ll buy the drinks, and I’m flying for over 9 hours straight to get there.

  7. “The bankruptcy of one measly shipping company will look like a zit on the ass of a diving blue whale as countless trade operations seize up for lack of confidence that they will ever be paid. Then what?”

    i didn’t realize that blue whales had asses. i guess so, somewhere around the tail section, near the anus.

  8. yup. back in the day, when they were first releasing these mel brooks classics, i had a crush on both of them. i know madelin passed on, but i think terry gar is still around, retired.

  9. poor heath is hard to hide from the public:

    “Donald Trump and his top surrogates have claimed that she faces a health crisis, citing selectively edited videos of public events to advance claims she’s suffered seizures.

    There is no credible evidence to support any of these claims. Clinton’s physician — the only person to speak on the record who has actually examined her — has repeatedly affirmed the former secretary of state’s health and fitness for the highest office in the land.

    In an interview on “Fox News Sunday” in August, former New York City mayor and Trump surrogate Rudy Giuliani first accused the mainstream media of hiding evidence, then encouraged doubters to “go online and put down ‘Hillary Clinton illness.’ “”

    more here:


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