Thursday, October 26, 2017

Thursday's Melt

From the top down:

"Nationwide, Trump has a dismal approval rating, and his brand as a businessman and top hotel designer has taken a drastic hit during his presidency, but among his base, the power of persuasion has been eye-poppingly strong....."

The propaganda pre$$ and ma$$ media must be so envious!

There is also something regarding when the anthem controversy began (it was designed to be a pro-war show of patriotism -- same as now -- so if you will please rise from your seat) on the front page, while inside you will find:

"Senate Finance Committee chairman Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican, said he doesn’t feel pressure to change the Senate’s eventual tax bill because of pressure from the White House. Almost all the key details of the tax bill remain a mystery....."

Hatch melting like snowflake?

Next to it is an article regarding the price-gouging healthcare $y$tem we got going here (inside they blame Trump). Good luck finding a pharmacy.


Family feared son’s suicide before Groton quadruple murder

That story doesn't mean anything to me, sorry, other than the coverage contrast with the Reeves' and man in Leominster (yes, how quickly things are forgotten).

"At first hearing, Amazon Key sounds creepy. But a few years ago, you might have said the same thing about a device that constantly listens to household conversations, waiting for you to request the latest news headlines or a delivery of toilet paper. Creepy or not, Amazon Echo and its Alexa voice-command system are now in more than 10 percent of all American homes, including mine. We let Google, Facebook, Amazon, and other Internet companies learn pretty much all there is to know about our lives, trusting they won’t abuse the privilege but shrugging when we learn they sometimes do. We’ve given them the stories of our lives. Why not give them our keys?"

They are more than the Lord of the Manor, and his attitude doesn't surprise me in the least. Fa$ci$t thinking is in full flower these days.


Expert panel strongly back[s] new shingles vaccine made by GlaxoSmithKline

That's as the FDA man is fighting opioids with all his (and their) medical might. 

Abandonment or abortion, is all infanticide.

EPA chemical review would exclude millions of tons of toxins

Hey, cancer is big bu$ine$$.


In Hammarskjold crash, UN report bolsters theory that tragedy was no accident

Yes, assassination by air crash is finally admitted but don't let that color your view regarding the official story regarding all the suspicious crashes ever since, etc, etc, etc. That just crazy conspiracy people, blah, blah, blah -- until 50 years hence after we all dead.

Israel approves settlement homes in east Jerusalem

Looks like the Israelis won the lottery, 'eh?

Related: "In 1948, people were struggling to comprehend the institutionalized violence of Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia. How could the citizens of these countries have sat by or even participated?"

Then there is the 21st-century echo.

"A court in northern Vietnam sentenced a student activist on Wednesday to six years in prison for using social media to promote a multiparty system and press freedom amid a heightened crackdown on dissent. Human rights groups have appealed for his immediate release and called on leaders of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Vietnam next month, including President Trump, to pressure Hanoi to improve its rights record....."

Yeah, but aren't they with us against China?

Taliban attack Afghan army posts, kill 13 troops

I'm sure it is Pakistan's fault (or Iran's), although it looks like the fox guarding the henhouse to me.

Hey, if the vote doesn't work out you can always secede.


Back to the U.S. politics:

"Actress accuses George H.W. Bush of groping her" October 25, 2017

Former president George H.W. Bush apologized after actress Heather Lind said he groped her as they posed for a picture at an event a few years ago — and that first lady Barbara Bush saw it happen.

In a brief response to the allegations, which Lind detailed in a recent Instagram post that she has since deleted, a spokesman for the 93-year-old former president did not explicitly deny Lind’s account, but said in a statement: ‘‘President Bush would never — under any circumstance — intentionally cause anyone distress, and he most sincerely apologizes if his attempt at humor offended Ms. Lind.’’

‘‘He touched me from behind from his wheelchair with his wife Barbara Bush by his side. He told me a dirty joke. And then, all the while being photographed, he touched me again,’’ Lind wrote in the lengthy Instagram post.

Lind said that Barbara Bush ‘‘rolled her eyes as if to say ‘not again’ ’’ when she saw what happened. Jim McGrath, spokesman for the 41st president, said the former first lady has no comment.

I'm sure someone does, and there are even worse secrets that have been buried by certain media outlets.

Lind also said that a security guard later told her that she shouldn’t have stood next to Bush.

Is this going to disrupt the state funeral and eulogies he will receive for being such a bipartisan, statesmen, etc, etc? I sure hope not.

The 34-year-old actress is the latest to accuse a prominent figure of inappropriate sexual conduct.

Dozens of actresses have gone public with allegations that disgraced Hollywood producer and former studio executive Harvey Weinstein either sexually harassed or assaulted them. Explosive reports by The New York Times and The New Yorker detailed previously undisclosed allegations of harassment and criminal sexual abuse that spanned several years. The Washington Post found three more similar cases.

I'm not even going to say it.

Millions of women and men have since taken to Facebook and Twitter, using #MeToo as they post their own experiences with sexual harassment or assault. Lind also used the hashtag on her Instagram post.

‘‘What comforts me is that I too can use my power, which isn’t so different from a president really,’’ she wrote. ‘‘I can enact positive change. I can actually help people. I can be a symbol of my democracy. I can refuse to call him president, and call out other abuses of power when I see them.’’ 

I was told that is W's calling!

Lind said she decided to talk about the incident after seeing a photo of Bush and former president Barack Obama shaking hands at an event last weekend. The two, along with three other ex-presidents, appeared at a benefit concert Saturday in Texas to raise money for hurricane victims.

Hit a sour note she did!

‘‘I found it disturbing because I recognize the respect ex-presidents are given for having served,’’ Lind said. ‘‘And I feel pride and reverence toward many of the men in the photo.’’

It’s unclear when exactly Lind shared the Instagram post, or when and why she decided to delete it.....

I think someone representing a certain family paid her a visit.

Actress Heather Lind has accused former president George H.W. Bush (front center) of groping her.
Actress Heather Lind has accused former president George H.W. Bush (front center) of groping her (JIM CHAPIN/AFP/Getty Images). 

You know, I now see why H.W. adopted Bill Clinton as the son he never had.


I even went and read the comments (and they are all defending HW!).

Trump says Clinton team funding for Russia info ‘a disgrace’

It is, and happy birthday, HRC!

Here are the presents the Globe presented to her.


Scott Brown says he’ll be more ‘culturally aware’ after comments to Samoans

God help you, Scotty.

Kingston formally launches US Senate bid for Republican nomination

He thinks Warren will melt.

"If you asked subway riders to rate the reliability of the T, most probably wouldn’t put it at nearly 90 percent. But go to a Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority website, and the subway dependability score over the past 30 days is 88 percent. What explains the yawning discrepancy between public perception and the MBTA’s assessment?"

Yeah, the juxtaposition of reality with official lies is all a problem of perception!

UMass Amherst researchers contrast effects of exercise on older men, women

Just don't eat the food (you can go for a smoke, though).

"Dartmouth College says it has placed three psychology professors on paid leave and restricted their access to campus pending the conclusion of investigations into allegations of ‘‘serious misconduct.’’ College spokeswoman Diana Lawrence said Wednesday that Department of Psychology and Brain Sciences professors Todd Heatherton, Bill Kelley, and Paul Whalen are on paid leave. The statement from the Ivy League school did not detail the allegations. It said it is engaged in a ‘‘thorough and impartial process that protects the rights of all parties and promote the safety of our campus community.’’ (AP)."

I would say what a bunch of lizards, yet that would be disrespectful to lizards.

Man rescues dogs from burning car

They were literally barking mad.

Maine Ex-fire chief sentenced to prison for arson

Job security?

Vt. Judge rules homeless men can stay in woods

Looks like Puerto Rico is no longer a national story.

Advocates cheer criminal justice bill — and slam DAs for opposing much of it

I can see why they would want to let drug dealers out of prison when I turn to the bu$ine$$ section.

State eyes flight rule to ship marijuana to islands 

Yes, when the wealthy want their weed the FAA may even bend a few rules for you (but no, not you). Depends on which way the wind is blowing.

After having a Coke I made a Sprint to Sears before the holidays even as millennials gravitate to Gucci glamour.

"The Federal Communications Commission will vote next month to eliminate a decades-old rule designed to preserve media diversity in local markets, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai (left) said Wednesday. The move is aimed at supporting economically struggling media outlets in an age of digital consumption. But critics say it will lead to greater media consolidation and the loss of independent voices. The regulations, passed in 1975, prevent any single company from owning both a full-power TV station in a given market and a daily newspaper at the same time."

It looks like it means something, but it really does not. The ma$$ media has become irrelevant. People are not watching or reading because they don't give a damn, and those that do no longer believe the trowels of BS propagated through their mouthpieces. Sorry.

Ford recalling more than 73,000 vans

I'm told a wiring problem could cause fires and other electrical issues.

"Avocado prices shot up. Hurricanes forced restaurants to close. The bill for a hacker attack came in. Those were reasons Chipotle Mexican Grill cited to explain its huge profit shortfall in the third quarter — just a few of the troubles on a long list. The burrito chain was also hit with a norovirus outbreak in Virginia and a public-relations nightmare when customers complained about rodents falling from a ceiling at a restaurant in Texas. It was a three-month stretch in which seemingly everything that could go wrong did. Executives made the case that the quarter of unfortunate events was an aberration, nothing indicative of foundational disarray. But investors who’ve been watching Chipotle work on its rocky comeback from the depths of the E. coli disaster in 2015 were skeptical: They sent the shares down as much as 15 percent, their worst intraday plunge in five years."

Had the same effect as the ex-presidents gathering as the meal is now coming back up!

"Kellogg is redoing its Corn Pops cereal boxes after a complaint that the art on the back is racially insensitive. The box shows cartoon Corn Pops hanging out in a retail mall. Author Saladin Ahmed complained on Twitter that the cereal box is ‘‘teaching kids racism’’ because the only brown Corn Pop depicted is working as a janitor scrubbing the floor. Within hours of Ahmed’s tweet Tuesday, the Battle Creek, Mich.-based maker of cereals and Pop Tarts said the artwork had been updated and will reach stores soon. Kellogg apologized and said it’s committed to diversity and didn’t intend to offend anyone."

You see? You are still on the bottom! 

All these alleged ignorant yet offensive events smell like an agenda-pushing campaign to keep such divisions in the news! The greatest advertising minds didn't realize they were being racists, sexist, perverted, etc, etc? They want the check so bad that no one speaks up in the meeting and everyone signs off on it? They are offering ignorance as an excuse?

"Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: General Electric Co. stock is falling....."


"Rising bond yields and a string of weak company reports and forecasts pushed stocks lower Wednesday as major indexes retreated from their recent record highs. Industrial and technology companies and banks fared the worst. Companies including telecom giant AT&T, aerospace company Boeing, chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices and credit card issuer Discover Financial Services all gave shaky results, disappointing forecasts, or both. That sent stocks downward, and in early afternoon trading the Dow Jones industrial average fell as much as 190 points, after setting a record the day before. Stocks recovered some of their losses in afternoon trading, but all 11 industry sectors in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index finished the day lower. Bond yields jumped to seven-month highs after a report from the Commerce Department showed orders for long-lasting manufactured goods and business investment grew in September. That’s good news for the economy, but it actually hurt stocks Wednesday, said Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at CFRA Equity Research, because it might lead to greater inflation....."

(Blog editor exhales as he happily logs out for the day)