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(but it's required)Jamie Benson: Jan 5 – “Today is my last day working w/ the incredible @bpshow team. Thx to Bill for the opportunity, Ray + @cypavs for putting up w/ me & @peterogburn for teaching me EVERYTHING.”(Friday, Jan 19. 2018 07:42 AM)Jamie’s bio: P͟r͟o͟d͟u͟c͟e͟r͟ ͟@͟C͟B͟S͟N͟e͟w͟s͟R͟a͟d͟i͟o͟ | @͟b͟p͟s͟h͟o͟w͟ ͟a͟l͟u͟m͟ | DC defender / Maine made | email@example.com Hope this really means Jamie left4 better opp. BPS budget & audience size doesnt appear good – likely almost wholly dependant on union bankrolling. Patreon almost nil support, see: https://www.patreon.com/bpshow (88patrons, $423/mo total). Jamie did good work, added a lot 2 show, though Jamie & Peter together need adult supervision. Show best w/Bill there. Worried about Bill’s cough, it refuses 2go away. https://goo.gl/35WYu9The FBI is investigating if a RU banker illegally funneled money 2the NRA in order to help T campaign. FBI has focused on the activities of Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of RU’s central bank who is known 4his close(Friday, Jan 19. 2018 02:04 AM)relationships w/both Putin & NRA. Torshin was also seen speaking w/Trump Jr during a NRA gala in May 2016, when T got NRA’s endorsement. The NRA spent $30M to support T in the election – 3X what they spent on Mitt Romney. Most of that was money was spent by an arm of the NRA that is not req 2 disclose its donors. It is illegal to use foreign money to influence federal elections. https://goo.gl/j4URpfA huge question re Michael Wolff’s provocative-yet-sloppy book is: How did he get so much access? Wolff apparently was able2 inhabit the West Wing 4 an extended period while collecting blockbuster quotes & assembling juicy anecdotes(Thursday, Jan 18. 2018 02:57 AM)that show the WH as inept/confused/amateurish. Wolff initially gained T trust by criticizing T coverage in the press. Wolff then worked his way into the WH by pitching he was writing a book titled: The Great Transition: The First 100 Days of the T Admin. During W’s visits he conducted himself w/assurance, playing up his relationship with T, telling ppl he’d known T a long time & that T called him /the best/. Nobody until John Kelly thought2 question W’s motives/presence. https://goo.gl/x7Nw1aToday, on the MLK Jr holiday, Jorge Garcia, a 39yr-old landscaper from Lincoln Park, MI was deported to MX – despite having a spotless legal & tax record and a wife & 2 children – all of whom are US citizens. Mr Garcia is too old to(Monday, Jan 15. 2018 11:38 PM)qualify4 DACA, though it appears he would otherwise qualify. Whatever happened2 law enforcement &/or our court sys practicing discretion? Now it’s all about the total enforcement actions taken – govt agents, prosecutors, & increasingly r courts check their brains at the door. Meanwhile the racist/heartless Trump spent the day on 1 of his golf courses – which in & of itself makes a powerful statement compared 2prev Presidents. Despicable. https://goo.gl/hPcZXsJohn V Tunney, US congressman & senator from CA who was once hailed 4his Kennedyesque manner & whose 1970 Senate campaign inspired the Oscar-winning film “The Candidate” starring Robert Redford, died in LA on Jan 12 of prostate(Sunday, Jan 14. 2018 09:53 PM)Facebook’s startling new ambition is to shrink(Sunday, Jan 14. 2018 05:39 PM)As of 01/2018, China is refusing 2handle much of the West’s recycling anymore. China had been processing (or at least disposing of) at least 1/2 of the world’s waste paper/metals/plastic exports — 7.3M tons in 2016. China’s new ban(Friday, Jan 12. 2018 03:57 AM)covers imports of 24 kinds of solid waste, inc unsorted paper & low-grade PET plastic bottles. China also set new limits on impurity levels in other recyclables. Excess supply has caused the value of recycled feedstock 2 decline in recent yrs & reprocessing impure/mixed material is often not economical. China also says lrg amts of dirty/hazardous waste r often mixed in recycled material & this pollutes their enviro. https://goo.gl/Zt8iuYTrump Administration Drops Florida From Offshore Drilling Plan(Wednesday, Jan 10. 2018 03:05 AM)A Statistical & Demographic Profile of the US Temporary Protected Status Populations from El Salvador, Honduras, & Haiti(Wednesday, Jan 10. 2018 02:30 AM)Suspect T’s policy on these refugees has more to do with their dark skin than anything else.
http://cmsny.org/publications/jmhs-tps-elsalvador-honduras-haiti/The GOP tax bill will lower taxes for 95% of Americans in 2018, but within a decade 53% of Americans will pay more in taxes under the plan with 82.8% of the bill’s benefit going 2the top 1%.(Tuesday, Dec 19. 2017 07:03 PM)In 2018, the highest earners on avg will recv a larger tax cut than those making less. Those earning between $49,000 and $86,000 will receive an average cut of about $900, or roughly 1%. Those earning more than $733,000 would receive a cut of about $51,000, or roughly 6.9%. https://goo.gl/rHc16dThe Repub tax bill changes from a worldwide tax sys, which requires US companies 2pay US taxes on all their profits regardless of where it was earned, 2something called a territorial tax sys, under which co(s) don’t owe taxes 2the(Tuesday, Dec 19. 2017 06:13 PM)US govt on income /made/ offshore. More than ever, lrg business will juggle books 2show all profits r earned offshore. Such tax shenanigans also gives lrg business a competitive advantage over sml business who r not equipped 2undertake such machinations. Also, the new territorial tax sys will mean lrg business will no longer owe ANY tax if they repatriate /foreign/ earnings earned from this point forward. Thus while lrg business will show profits as earned abroad, the profits can still be sent here – where likely the profits were really earned. http://goo.gl/EwyxExOver next 10yrs, ~150k low-inc renters in CA will see their apt bldgs fitted w/solar panels. Regs approved this wk cleared way4 CA 2spend $1B over 10yrs — using proceeds from CA’s climate cg prgrm — on incentives 4landlords(Saturday, Dec 16. 2017 09:50 PM)2install rooftop solar panels. To qualify, apt bldg must include ≥5 subsidized units 4 low-inc tenants & it must either be located in a disadvantaged area or be inhabited mostly by families earning ≤60% of the area’s typical inc. Landlords will apply 4the incentives. By law, at least 51% of the utility savings go back 2the tenant. Seems 2me some of the savings should be used 2make the prgrm self-sustaining like LED streetlights. https://goo.gl/AmkjkwNK’s nuke threat few r talking about: The ability of NK 2safely op its nuke reactors & weapons program is questioned by experts given NK’s isolation from world expertise & lack of a safety culture. At the March 2014 Nuke Security(Saturday, Dec 16. 2017 03:54 PM)in The Hague, then SK Pres Park Geun-hye stated that Yongbyon, NK’s prime nuke research ctr, is home2 such dense concentration of nuke facilities that a fire in a sgl bldg could lead 2a Chernobyl-type event. Sim, a nat disaster or other sudden fault in NK’s outdated power grid could starve Yongbyon reactors of cooling & lead 2 meltdown. NK’s safety culture is questionable, as was made clear by video of Kim Jong Un smoking just feet away from an untested liq-fueled Hwasong-14 missile as it was erected on launchpad. https://goo.gl/qyvumS Hopefully a coup happens 1st.Tickled my contributions finally doing good. At least think they r given Doug Jones’ win. A bit concerning however is that campaign finance reports4 Doug show I mixed my $$$ w/quite a few longtime donors2 GOP stalwarts like Jeff(Wednesday, Dec 13. 2017 02:06 AM)Sessions, Sen Richard Shelby, former Rep Spencer Bachus, Karl Rove, Tom Donohue, Rob Riley, & Bill Canary. Seems some Repub attys in Birmingham & Mobile dislike Moore & donated2 Jones. Jones’ ties2 Rob Riley r espec troubling. The 2 worked 2help gen $51M in atty fees from a HealthSouth lawsuit- while Jones, @same time, “defended” former Gov Don Siegelman, whose co-defendant was former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy. Plus, Jones charged Siegelman $300k 4defense not rendered, as Doug quit b4 trial. Dont want 2b SJW, but keeping watchful eye. http://goo.gl/qynu7jBeginning ~10yrs ago, Moscow-based Kaspersky Labs tried2 damage rival competitor’s reputations by tricking their programs into classifying benign files as malicious. Per 2 former employees, some such attacks were ordered by(Wednesday, Dec 13. 2017 12:50 AM)KL’s co-founder Eugene Kaspersky, in part 2retaliate against rivals who he felt were aping his software rather than dev their own. KL’s engineers would take files like common critical drivers & inject bad code into them so they appeared infected. KL would then upload the doctored files anonymously2 VirusTotal flagging them as infected. Other AV engineers would then visit VT & create signatures that would flag all sim files. This often caused their AV programs 2quarantine perfectly good drivers from ppl’s computers causing system problems. http://goo.gl/fssZ1BI guess it all boils down2 what 1 believes gives meaning to mankind’s life. To me, man will only have significance if he survives the Darwinian nature of the universe in the long term. In only a billion yrs, r sun will have brightened(Tuesday, Dec 12. 2017 04:59 AM)enough2 boil the oceans. If man is 2survive, it will only be cuz of his unique intelligence & ability2 fav reshape his enviro. There is nothing else particularly special about man, espec not his ability 2practice cut-throat Darwinistic behaviors. If the nat Darwinian path led2 immortal life, we would see evidence of an entire universe teaming w/life that has survived the ages. We don’t. So man must uniquely fight against the natural Darwinian order & instead build the strongest poss united society in which all individuals & earth’s life forms thrive.jeff linder(Monday, Dec 11. 2017 11:39 AM)For halginsberg – Same principle. You want someone else to pay for things you deem worthy.halginsberg(Monday, Dec 11. 2017 10:34 AM)4 Jeff – 1st of all u wrote that I think gov’t should buy everything 4 everybody. Obviously, that’s false. Now u write that I want gov’t 2 buy baseball tix 4 poor kids. I don’t oppose such legislation but my preference is that the City of Baltimore should condition use of its city by O’s upon an agreement by team 2 distribute free or low-cost tix to poor Baltimoreans.jeff linder(Monday, Dec 11. 2017 10:11 AM)For Hal – You do think the government should buy tickets to baseball games for the less fortunate. What’s the difference between that and a voucher to a restaurant? The point stands. You think the government has the authority to spend someone else’s money on whatever you deem appropriate.Hal(Monday, Dec 11. 2017 09:35 AM)For jeff linder – not everything. I don’t think the gov’t should provide people with yachts or vouchers to eat at restaurants & not at the expensive others since I would b subject 2 same taxes that I support. But it’s easier 2 attack arguments I don’t make.
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click here for part 1 of this series Since 2010, the San Francisco Giants have won three National League pennants, two World Series, and are now competing for their third1. By roster talent alone, they are a good but not … Continue reading
The San Francisco Giants just won their third National League pennant in five years and, as of this post, are tied 1-1 with the Kansas City Royals in the World Series. The Giants were World Champs in 2010 and 2012.
Peter Hamby concludes his Oct 19 Outlook review of Alec MacGillis’s The Cynic, the Political Education of Mitch McConnell by questioning whether the author would have written such a negative appraisal if McConnell were a Democrat. Hamby points out that … Continue reading
It was a beautiful dream. In late September, Kentucky Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes seemed positioned to unseat Republican minority leader and Koch lackey Mitch McConnell. After heavy rotation of this ad, wherein a shotgun-totin’ Grimes takes dead aim … Continue reading
My goal is to post at least two commentaries plus the newsletter weekly right here at halginsberg.com. I’ve been pretty much on schedule. I am also writing more letters to the editor of the Washington Post, including one today, and … Continue reading
Corey Robin concludes in The Reactionary Mind that working and middle-class white men1 derive tangible benefits from conservative governance and therefore are acting rationally when they vote for plutocratic business off-shorers like Republican Mitt Romney. Historians Mark Lilla and Sheri … Continue reading
I’m not one of those “if you broke it, you’ve got to fix it” types. So even though the Cheney/Bush administration clearly created a favorable environment for the evolution of ISIL (I won’t call it ISIS since ISIS is a … Continue reading
Less than a month until the election. Please make sure you vote for the most progressive candidate in every race who has a chance to win. We’ll continue our coverage of the 2014 mid-terms this week. I have posted my … Continue reading
On Sunday September 21, over 300,000 people rallied in Manhattan at the People’s Climate March. Basically a feel-good event designed to spotlight popular concerns about anthropogenic global warming, the Marchers failed in at least one respect, they were pointedly ignored … Continue reading
First of all, I’ve got a new show number. Effective today, call 1 (844) FOR-HALG/1 (844) 367-4254 to reach the Hal Ginsberg Morning Show. Second, I will be launching a new website at www.halginsberg.com soon look out for that.
As a newspaper columnist, celebrated Jewish filmmaker Aviva Kempner is a very good baseball documentarian. In the Washington Post’s 2014 Yom Kippur edition, Kempner blasts the lords of baseball for scheduling games on the holiest of Jewish holidays thus forcing … Continue reading
We have just a few regulars scheduled this week but the Hal Ginsberg Morning Show will be just as good as ever. I’m also working on a new website which we will unveil within the next few weeks.
Dear Righty – why do you think you don’t believe housing, education, and healthcare should be deemed fundamental human rights?
I’ve been stepping up my blogging lately. If you have any interest in academic disputes and how costly an ill-considered tweet should be, you may want to check out my take on the decision of the University of Illinois not … Continue reading
Generally, I am skeptical of claims of anti-semitism in the academy. I think that people for a variety of reasons confuse legitimate criticism of Israel with anti-semitism. Accordingly, I was inclined to side with former University of Illinois Professor Steven … Continue reading
The weather is beautiful here in Montgomery County Maryland. I trust it is equally lovely on the Central California Coast. If you haven’t seen my letter in today’s Washington Post, here’s the link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/gina-raimondos-bad-return-on-investment-shouldnt-earn-her-the-governors-seat/2014/09/12/ecf377c6-39da-11e4-a023-1d61f7f31a05_story.html In every weekly newsletter, I urge … Continue reading
We missed trial attorney Cari Simon last week. She practices campus law with Doug Fierberg with and for whom I used to work. Cari joins us Monday to discuss a proposed new law in California that would add a presumption … Continue reading
A couple of articles really caught my attention over the weekend. In today’s Washington Post, George Will’s Paul Ryan rethinks the ‘makers’ and ‘takers’, and in Salon, Andrew O’Hehir’s, “Why acknowledging white privilege is not surrendering to ‘white guilt’”, a … Continue reading