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Jim Fawcette
Like tennis, wine, and bad sci-fi.
Like tennis, wine, and bad sci-fi.

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Anyone Lose a Nuclear Football?

Onion: PALM BEACH, FL—Noting that it had already been there for almost two weeks, Mar-a-Lago assistant manager Chris Mahoney reportedly wondered Monday if anyone was coming to collect the nuclear briefcase from the club’s lost-and-found. “Someone noticed it in the dining room and dropped it off, and it’s just been sitting at the bottom of the bin ever since,” said Mahone

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The All-Male Photo Op Isn’t a Gaffe. It’s a Strategy

Did you, like me, share and ridicule the photo of an all-male Republican group trying to eliminate insurance coverage for women? This author claims we were played.

Jill Flippovich: "At some point, we have to ask: Is this really a pattern of errors? Maybe these aren’t tone-deaf mistakes at all, but intentional messages to right-wing supporters.

"It didn’t hurt him with men, though — Mr. Trump won them with the biggest gender gap since the advent of exit polling. That he was running against Hillary Clinton, the quintessential Hermione outsmarting the boys in class, brought this white masculinity message into sharper relief: Trump supporters didn’t just oppose Mrs. Clinton, they hated her with unchecked phallic rage, wearing “Trump That Bitch” T-shirts."

And: "For liberal women, this latest all-male photo is a visualization of our worst fears realized. For many Trump supporters, though, it’s evidence of a promise fulfilled."

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Social Justice Warriors, United Airlines and the Leggings Imbroglio

Back in reality, two teens flying on employee passes had to return for another flight because they didn't meet the UAL employee dress code. Those teens did not complain and reportedly say they are fine with rule.

But this became a Tweetstorm because a woman saw this, rushed to the judgment that was a case of "policing women's clothing", without even attempting to get the facts straight. Celebrities with impulsive posting fingers such as model Chrissy Teigen and actors Seth Rogen and Patricia Arquette jumped in.

Meh. This is one of those instances that actually make me sympathize with alt-righters and Gamergaters -- Social justice warriors truly are sanctimonious bores.

How two teens in leggings became a PR mess for United Airlines via @Reuters

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The "You Lie" Budget

Remember the congressman that screamed, red faced, at President Obama during a State of the Union address, "You lie!"? The organization he is president of is said to have created the Trump45 budget, such as it is.

Who funds the Heritage Foundation? Think: Swift Boat, climate change is a hoax, Big Oil and Too Big Banking "Over four decades, it has received money from some of the nation’s most conservative tycoons, including Richard Mellon Scaife, heir to the Mellon banking fortune and Gulf Oil money; the Koch brothers; and more recently the Mercer family, which was influential in the Trump campaign."

What else has the Heritage Foundation done, you might ask. Well, what we now call Obamacare was created for the Republican Party in the 1980s to -- as Newt Gingrich has admitted -- prevent American from going to single-payer healthcare. Yup, the insurance mandate with subsidies for the poor was the Republican insurance plan from for 30 years until Obama got it passed, in which case they suddenly started hating it. Funny how that works.

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Imagine if President Hillary Clinton Was...

If HRC had been elected, imagine the outrage - outrage, I tell you! - if she did this:

Chelsea's Husband Put in Charge of a special agency to outsource federal government work to private companies.

Chelsea Given Security Clearance and an office in the White House while running the Clinton Foundation.

Hillary's Son-in-Law Met with Russian Spies and Putin's favorite banker.

Converted the Clinton Foundation into a For-Profit Company , left Bill in charge, then claimed there was no conflict because Bill would never talk to her about it.

Held a classified briefing on North Korean missiles in public at her own resort while customers of her resort took photos and posted them online.

I could go on, but you get the idea. 

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Committee to Question Kushner over Russian Bank That Housed Spy

The Senate Intelligence Committee wants to question President Trump's son-in-law and top advisor, Jared Kushner, over previously-unreported meetings not only with the Russian ambassador, and top spy, but with Sergey N. Gorkov, the chief of Vnesheconombank {VBN}, which the United States placed on its sanctions list. VBN has housed and paid for the legal defense of a man convicted of spying on the U.S. for Russia. "Mr. Gorkov is a graduate of the academy of Federal Security Service of Russia, a training ground for Russian intelligence and security forces. And as the head of Vnesheconombank {VBN}, Mr. Gorkov presides over a bank whose supervisory board is controlled by members of Mr. Putin’s government..."

Not in the NYT's piece is that VBN has been involved with a man convicted of spying on the U.S. This man was arrested by the NY A.G. that was recently fired by Trump.

Wiki: "Evgeny Buryakov was arrested on January 26, 2015 and charged with, and plead guilty to, spying on the United States for the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR).[5][6] Buryakov was a New York-based Deputy Representative of Vnesheconombank ,[7][8] Russia's state-owned national development bank.[9] Buryakov operated with non-official cover, and was thus not entitled to diplomatic immunity.[5] Buryakov conducted his espionage with the assistance of Igor Sporyshev, Trade Representative of the Russian Federation to New York, and Victor Podobnyy, an Attaché to the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations.[5]

And: "Buryakov's defense, financed by Vnesheconombank, argued that he was protected from the charges by virtue of being an official employee of the Russian government, though this argument was rejected by Judge Richard M. Berman.[11][17] Buryakov ultimately plead guilty to the charges against him, and is expected to serve a sentence of 30 months in prison"

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America is Fighting the Wrong Battle on Trade

While America is discussing how to "bring back the good manufacturing jobs", we're getting beaten in creating the robotics industry that makes them irrelevant and extinct. (embed, paywall): "The U.S. is being beaten by European and Japanese firms in the race to supply cutting-edge production machinery behind the new automated factory floor."

Just as the government supplied leadership that catalyzed and incubated the semiconductor, computer, and software industries, our government should be backing robotics, alternative energy, and mass transit innovation. The future of America doesn't lie in walls and lathes.

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24 hours in a Detroit ER: on the frontline of America's healthcare debate

Great piece about ER treatment in a non-profit hospital. 
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