This Week’s Impeachment Schedule: Trump’s Turn in the Barrel

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Bad days ahead for Donald Trump…

And that’s not all. We have a late entry…

Gordon Sondland will be interesting because he’ll be trying to avoid a perjury charge after blatantly lying to defend Trump in his first appearance.

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Brother Holy Cruise Missile of Mild Acceptance  Nov 18, 2019 • 6:08:44pm

I love infrastructure week.

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Dread Pirate  Nov 18, 2019 • 6:13:02pm
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BigPapa  Nov 18, 2019 • 6:17:32pm
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GlutenFreeJesus  Nov 18, 2019 • 6:19:00pm
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Joe Bacon 🌹  Nov 18, 2019 • 6:24:12pm

re: #4 GlutenFreeJesus

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Not enough. You got to hit Powerball!

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Decatur Deb  Nov 18, 2019 • 6:26:56pm

re: #4 GlutenFreeJesus

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For 500K you should rate governor of American Samoa.

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Charles Johnson  Nov 18, 2019 • 6:27:28pm
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jaunte  Nov 18, 2019 • 6:28:48pm
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Dread Pirate  Nov 18, 2019 • 6:35:23pm

After shaking down South Korea and Japan for a 400% increase in protection payments Pompeo heads to Europe to shake down our NATO partners.

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Decatur Deb  Nov 18, 2019 • 6:38:36pm

re: #9 Dread Pirate

After shaking down South Korea and Japan for a 400% increase in protection payments Pompeo heads to Europe to shake down our NATO partners.

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It’s likely we will get rid of these clowns. Then, when we hit the brakes, there’s going to be worldwide whiplash.

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Disloyal Archangel  Nov 18, 2019 • 6:46:17pm
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Dread Pirate  Nov 18, 2019 • 6:52:43pm
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DangerMan (misuser of the sarc tag)  Nov 18, 2019 • 6:57:01pm
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DodgerFan1988  Nov 18, 2019 • 7:02:14pm
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DangerMan (misuser of the sarc tag)  Nov 18, 2019 • 7:06:13pm
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Dread Pirate  Nov 18, 2019 • 7:09:30pm
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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Nov 18, 2019 • 7:16:58pm

re: #12 Dread Pirate

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That’s one of the newspapers in her district. If she loses the Watertown Daily-Times and the related papers of that organization I think she could be in pretty big trouble next year facing re-election.

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Nov 18, 2019 • 7:21:28pm

I was listening to NPR today while driving when the news there covered Pompeo’s statement regarding West Bank settlements. He explicitly announced it as reversing an *Obama* policy.

“Turning now to Israel, the Trump administration is reversing the Obama administration’s approach towards Israeli settlements.”

He goes on to claim that the US policy has been inconsistent, but it’s interesting that the lead-in line is playing straight the base.

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dat_said  Nov 18, 2019 • 7:28:43pm

There’s a new whistleblower.

(Not sure if that needs a sarc tag)

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Dread Pirate  Nov 18, 2019 • 7:28:47pm
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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Nov 18, 2019 • 7:31:01pm

re: #20 Dread Pirate

It’s all too complicated for the typical person to follow. I certainly have lost count of the actors and each of their roles.

I’ve begged before and will do again: we need a chart, a very big chart.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Nov 18, 2019 • 7:32:31pm

Example: The Trumper(s) on my Facebook timeline just shout READ THE TRANSCRIPT! That is what they think proves that Trump is just being tormented by satanic leftists. These Trumpers have no interest on knowing anything in more detail than what a sentence of three words can communicate.

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Dread Pirate  Nov 18, 2019 • 7:48:02pm
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Belafon  Nov 18, 2019 • 7:48:35pm

Aquaman, the story of the consequences of one woman having two husbands.

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HappyWarrior  Nov 18, 2019 • 7:48:48pm

re: #22 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Example: The Trumper(s) on my Facebook timeline just shout READ THE TRANSCRIPT! That is what they think proves that Trump is just being tormented by satanic leftists. These Trumpers have no interest on knowing anything in more detail than what a sentence of three words can communicate.

They don’t live in reality. There is no transcript. Trump is his own worst enemy too.

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Belafon  Nov 18, 2019 • 7:53:45pm

In good news:

Former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli will remain in prison after the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected his effort to overturn his conviction and seven-year sentence for securities fraud and conspiracy.

The justices refused to hear Shkreli’s appeal of his August 2017 conviction and $7.36 million forfeiture for cheating investors in two hedge funds he founded, and trying to prop up the stock price of biotechnology company Retrophin Inc, which he once ran.

Shkreli, 36, argued that the jury instructions about the harm to his investors undermined his defense that he had acted in good faith. Shkreli also said the forfeiture was excessive because some investors received profits.

“It was a long shot,” Shkreli’s lawyer Mark Baker said in an interview. “We’re disappointed, but will move on.”

Shkreli is serving his sentence at a low-security prison in Allenwood, Pennsylvania. He is eligible for release in September 2023, when he will be 40.

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Jay C  Nov 18, 2019 • 7:57:51pm

re: #23 Dread Pirate

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So the Admin is going to go ahead with The Great Deflection? I notice they’re starting with the Senate: where I suppose they think they’ll get a better reception.
They’re probably right about the venue: but I’m wondering just how far Barr’s little counter-witch-hunt BS is going to get….

ADD: I just re-read the link and see the Chairman of the SJC is Lindsey Graham. So the BS is likely to be flying in blizzard force.

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uriel  Nov 18, 2019 • 8:07:45pm

Since people sometimes post songs, I thought I would as well.

Can’t say what brought it to mind. Life’s a mystery that way…

Flobots - Handlebars

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The Ghost of a Flea  Nov 18, 2019 • 8:08:41pm

re: #25 HappyWarrior

Take any text…video, written document, speech…

…one way to engage with it critically, applying language skills and reasoning skills to tease out meaning, or many permutations of meaning, consciously using a framework of analysis and a modicum of skepticism. It’s not guaranteed that you’ll understand the text, and it may be that the text cannot be refined to a single clear meaning (and even the author stating their intent does not perfectly translate into “the text has only one meaning).

…but one can also engage with a text in bad faith, working backwards from an decided-on position and curating the text to meet their needs. And at the deepest level of bad faith, there is no engagement with the text, just the invocation of the text as authority. We’re seeing a lot…a lot…of the latter these days. The Bible, the Constitution, the song “Born in the USA”: all are invoked but not engaged with. In the era of Trump and instantaneous communication, right-wing bullshit hinges on fast turn-around of talking points: repeat the new thing with full conviction until it stops works, take up the new assigned bullshit and repeat it with equal intensity. Bad faith…and Frankfurter’s “On Bullshit”…define the conversation.

Read the transcript isn’t a call to action to read the transcript, it’s a ritualized disavowal raised specifically as a substitute for doing the thing. It means “don’t read the transcript, accept as axiom that this document exonerates Trump, that is just as good as reading the document.” Even individuals that do read the transcript have been told what it means beforehand, and do not have to extract meaning from the text through thought and reflection.

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Nov 18, 2019 • 8:12:59pm

re: #29 The Ghost of a Flea

Take any text…video, written document, speech…

…one way to engage with it critically, applying language skills and reasoning skills to tease out meaning, or many permutations of meaning, consciously using a framework of analysis and a modicum of skepticism. It’s not guaranteed that you’ll understand the text, and it may be that the text cannot be refined to a single clear meaning (and even the author stating their intent does not perfectly translate into “the text has only one meaning).

…but one can also engage with a text in bad faith, working backwards from an decided-on position and curating the text to meet their needs. And at the deepest level of bad faith, there is no engagement with the text, just the invocation of the text as authority. We’re seeing a lot…a lot…of the latter these days. The Bible, the Constitution, the song “Born in the USA”: all are invoked but not engaged with. In the era of Trump and instantaneous communication, right-wing bullshit hinges on fast turn-around of talking points: repeat the new thing with full conviction until it stops works, take up the new assigned bullshit and repeat it with equal intensity. Bad faith…and Frankfurter’s “On Bullshit”…define the conversation.

Read the transcript isn’t a call to action to read the transcript, it’s a ritualized disavowal raised specifically as a substitute for doing the thing. It means “don’t read the transcript, accept as axiom that this document exonerates Trump, that is just as good as reading the document.” Even individuals that do read the transcript have been told what it means beforehand, and do not have to extract meaning from the text through thought and reflection.

And thus it’s very similar to bad religion and cult behavior.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Nov 18, 2019 • 8:18:10pm

re: #29 The Ghost of a Flea

Yes, rituals.

Just now reading my Facebook feed, another Trumper with a ritual.

I long ago settled on the idea that the worldview collapse we are seeing is the defining element of my life. In intellectual circles the 18th and 19th centuries brought quite a change, but the masses were not really confronted with the problems of beliefs (magical beliefs, in whatever religion) until the 20th century brought about mass media and rapid communication.

Every Trumper in my timeline(s) in social media are also highly religious, or at least wrap their public personas in highly religious garb.

The gimmick of the deep pocket GOP machinery has been, since Reagan, to fleece the religious. The religious right leaders have gone along with it because, frankly, they’ve been fleecing their flocks for a long time.

I’m still waiting for a national-level Democratic party candidate that will touch this hot potato. There are local Dems who will, but so far none of the ones on the national debate stage seem to want to engage. Mayor Pete tried a subtle approach of making the religious feel guilty for supporting Trump, but that card only plays in the already “progressive” Christian circles, which are small in number compared to the fundamentalists.

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The Ghost of a Flea  Nov 18, 2019 • 8:18:42pm

re: #30 FFL (GOP Delenda Est)

At this point, I really think that the US “right” is defined by what I described—intentionally being shallow, not engaging even with the sources they cite—not by any thing they cite as a common goal.

That’s why it’s a mix of con men, narcissists, and fanatics. Different types of dudes that either need others not to think, or don’t want to think themselves…mostly because they’re driven by a belief that they are Right (moral) and Right (correct) a priori.

Hence Randian millionaires, racists, religious zealots, grifters acting in alliance: all of them need a rube base, but also sample the magical thinking that sustains rubes, creating this spiral descent into…Trumpy nonsense.

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Eventual Carrion  Nov 18, 2019 • 8:22:26pm

re: #23 Dread Pirate

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Well, this is really more for entertainment and diversion/escape to a specific audience rather than a search for truth and facts.

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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Nov 18, 2019 • 8:25:56pm

re: #15 DangerMan (misuser of the sarc tag)

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This is what happens when two guys in the hospitality business decide to run an amateur covert op.

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BeachDem  Nov 18, 2019 • 8:26:31pm

Getting back to the “Meth. We’re on it” ad campaign,

Genius Gov. Kristi Noem bought into the adage that any publicity is good publicity. She suggested the campaign was successful because so many people were talking about it…
she called the anti-meth initiative “a bold, innovative effort like the nation has never before seen.”

Bill Pearce, assistant dean at the University of California at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, had the best response to that bit of bullshit:

‘When they’re running you out of town, pick up a baton and pretend you’re leading the parade’

washingtonpost.com

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Dread Pirate  Nov 18, 2019 • 8:48:35pm
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TedStriker  Nov 18, 2019 • 8:54:14pm

re: #36 Dread Pirate

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Belafon  Nov 18, 2019 • 8:55:01pm
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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Nov 18, 2019 • 9:15:59pm

re: #38 Belafon

This parallels the dumbing down of so many television networks which started out (years ago) with visions of educational value, and ended up trying to convince us that breaking up Oreo cookies and folding them into store-bought ice cream qualifies as “cooking”.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Nov 18, 2019 • 9:17:11pm

Spectrum replaced my router with a newer one and we’re now back on line. can go back to using the MacBook instead of the iPad.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Nov 18, 2019 • 9:17:51pm
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Dread Pirate  Nov 18, 2019 • 9:19:34pm
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Joe Bacon 🌹  Nov 18, 2019 • 9:19:41pm

Tomorrow the last phase of seismic retrofit starts in my apartment with plumbing upgrades and I get a new toilet with extra bolts securing it to the floor…what joy…

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Nov 18, 2019 • 9:20:48pm

So I checked out the physics (major) curriculum at my alma mater, and surprised to see that they finally changed the classes and text books last year. For four decades the classes and texts, for undergraduates, remained pretty much set, except for the time the school changed from quarters to semesters, which required some minor repackaging.

The current curriculum seems so much better than when I went there many, many years ago. Hopefully the students are learning more/better.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Nov 18, 2019 • 9:27:47pm

People outside the field may not know, and certainly the people with whom I have discussed this subject, that physics for an undergraduate curriculum has no need to change, in the subject matter, much from what it was 40 years ago. I’d even go back 50 years. And much of what needs to be learned was discovered before the 20th century.

I suppose this is why physics is thought of as a bit of a dead field. Sort of like philosophy as a major - what will an undergraduate today need to be different than say a student in 1959 would have needed?

Of the physical sciences, probably the Earth sciences (geology, etc.) are the only specific fields of study in which the past half a century has needed a good reworking in the curricula.

Contrast this with biology, where applied genetics and genomics has really forced a transition in undergraduate education.

The applied fields (computer science/engineering, the rest of engineering, medicine, etc.) have seen recent changes that are dramatic and force changes in education. But the more ivory-tower subjects (philosophy, math, physics) are pretty sclerotic by now.

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Dread Pirate  Nov 18, 2019 • 9:29:39pm

When was the last time a Republican investigation found actual wrongdoing?

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Ace Rothstein  Nov 18, 2019 • 9:34:52pm

re: #46 Dread Pirate

Never.

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KingKenrod  Nov 18, 2019 • 9:40:06pm
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uriel  Nov 18, 2019 • 11:19:52pm

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