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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 | firstname.lastname@example.org 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/35WYu9
The 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/j4URpf
A 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/x7Nw1a
Today, 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/hPcZXs
John 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
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/Zt8iuY
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/rHc16d
The 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/EwyxEx
Over 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/Amkjkw
NK’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/qynu7j
Beginning ~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/fssZ1B
I 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.
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.
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.
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.