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

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Wonderful story about Roger Moore aka James Bond.

Sorry I can't link to the original source. Wish people would respect people's ideas. 

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Looking for Breadcrumbs from Russia to Trump

We've heard about the connections between Team Trump and Russia's favorite money launderers, Cyprus banks. We've heard about the shady Icelandic bank that reportedly kept refilling Trump's real estate coffers from Red sources.

Now, the House Dems are looking for another route to get some concrete proof. +Bloomberg "Democratic lawmakers asked Deutsche Bank AG to hand over its findings on two politically charged matters -- its banking on behalf of now-President Donald Trump and trades from the bank’s Moscow operation that helped move some $10 billion out of Russia. ... The lawmakers asked whether the bank’s loans to Trump, made years before the New York developer ran for president, “were guaranteed by the Russian government, or were in any way connected to Russia.”

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Chromatics Appear in Twin Peaks

Wonder who that band was that appeared, soaked in blue light, at Twin Peaks "Bang, Bang, Bar"? I did. Portlands's Chromatics with Ruth Radelet, sang Cherry -- as in "That's mighty fine cherry pie"?

Chromatics And Johnny Jewel To Appear On The New

Music on Google Play:


Chromatics – Cherry (Lyrics)

Tells me some things I don’t want to know
And I can’t see
A light at the end for us anymore
But I can’t keep crying
All of the time
No I can’t keep crying
All of the time

Can be very sweet when she needs a friend
But it’s only
A mask that she wears so she can pretend
And I can’t keep running
All of the time
No I can’t keep running
All of the time

I hate that it’s true but you make me blue
I kept waiting
For you to find what I see in you
And I can’t keep quiet
All of the time
No I can’t keep quiet
All of the time


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Trump's Budget Blunders, as in Plural

As I posted yesterday, the Trump budget basically double-counts mythical new tax revenues, amounting to a total error of perhaps (nobody knows for sure) $6-12 Trillion . It got worse with new disclosures today. Now, this has nothing to do with the Republicans' religious belief that cutting taxes on the rich magically causes dramatic increases in tax paid by the rich. These errors exist even if you assume that works exactly as the Republicans claim.

“This is a mistake no serious business person would make,” Lawrence Summers, the former treasury secretary, explains in The Financial Times. “It appears to be the most egregious accounting error in a presidential budget in the nearly 40 years I have been tracking them.”

That referred to Trump's team including dubious new tax revenues created by an unprecedented string of growth first in their estimates of the tax cut cost, then again in the budget revenues.

Today, we found out that the Trump budget includes both the elimination of Estate taxes., and soaring new revenues from, ta dah, Estate taxes "... is proposing to balance the federal budget in part by simultaneously increasing estate taxation and eliminating estate taxation... One example of the budget-ledger legerdemain: Mr. Trump has pledged to end estate taxation. His budget, however, projects that the government will collect more than $300 billion in estate taxes over the next decade. Indeed, the Trump administration projects higher estate tax revenue than the Obama administration did because it expects faster economic growth."

Summers blog again: "The Trump team prides itself on its business background. This error is akin to buying a company assuming that you can make investments that will raise profits, but then, in calculating the increased profits, counting the higher revenues while failing to account for the fact that the investments would actually cost some money to make. The revenue generated by the investments might exceed their cost (though the same is almost never true of tax cuts), but that does not change the fact that the investment has a cost that must be included in the accounting." 

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Debut Novel by Chef Donia Bijan

What a surprise! I used to go to this woman's cafe in Palo Alto, CA weekly. Great, French food. Lost track of her and now she's a novelist. I know nothing about the book yet.

There is a book signing at Draeger's Market, 1010 University Drive, Menlo Park, CA Thursday, June 1, 2017 5:30 – 6:15 PM

Ah, Amazon has a listing and description:é-Leila-Novel-ebook/dp/B01JKHTMUC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1495648020&sr=8-1&keywords=donna+bijan

“A glorious treat awaits you at the literary table of Donia Bijan.” —Adriana Trigiani

Set against the backdrop of Iran’s rich, turbulent history, this exquisite debut novel is a powerful story of food, family, and a bittersweet homecoming. When we first meet Noor, she is living in San Francisco, missing her beloved father, Zod, in Iran. Now, dragging her stubborn teenage daughter, Lily, with her, she returns to Tehran and to Café Leila, the restaurant her family has been running for three generations. Iran may have changed, but Café Leila, still run by Zod, has stayed blessedly the same—it is a refuge of laughter and solace for its makeshift family of staff and regulars.

As Noor revisits her Persian childhood, she must rethink who she is—a mother, a daughter, a woman estranged from her marriage and from her life in California. And together, she and Lily get swept up in the beauty and brutality of Tehran.

Bijan’s vivid, layered story, at once tender and elegant, funny and sad, weaves together the complexities of history, domesticity, and loyalty and, best of all, transports readers to another culture, another time, and another emotional landscape.

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Pope Francis Gifts Trump Some Heavy Reading On Subject POTUS Calls 'Bulls**t'

Since President Trump finds the daily intelligence memo too long to read, I'm not holding by breath that he'll read the Pope's 184 pgs on climate change. As a cartoon once put it on another subject: "Can't you have Fox News read it to me?"

+Yahoo News "In the 184-page “Laudato Si,” Francis makes the case that climate change is inherently a moral and spiritual issue that disproportionately affects the poor and the marginalized. The encyclical outlines Francis’ belief that the environmental crisis facing the world today is caused by human activity, and that the world’s leaders must act swiftly to confront what he calls a “global problem with grave implications.” 

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Trump may have revealed the location of 'nuclear submarines' on phone call to Duterte via @BI_Defense

Widely-distributed transcripts of call to vicious Philippine dictator include President Trump discussing the location of U.S. nuclear submarines. "The submarines make up the most secretive part of the US's nuclear deterrent. Essentially, even if an attacker could somehow neutralize all the US's nuclear weapons on land, they'd be unable to find the submarines. As a matter of national security, only the captains and crew of the submarines know for sure where they're located."

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'Irritating': UK scolds U.S. officials who leaked name of Manchester attacker via @Reuters

British officials tell BBC that U.S. leaks threatened their pursuit of suspects in the Manchester bombing. This after President Trump followed his leaks in Israeli intelligence by revealing the location of nuclear subs to the Philippine dictator.

+Reuters "Asked whether the U.S. leaks had compromised the investigation, Rudd said: "I wouldn't go that far but I can say that they are perfectly clear about the situation and that it shouldn't happen again."

Christopher Meyer, UK ambassador to Washington from 1997 to 2003, said on Twitter that Rudd had been "quite right to give the U.S. a kicking.""

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Jared Kushner is also a Slumlord

Ivanka Trump's hubbie doesn't just sell high rises to wealthy Chinese, and meet with Russian banker-spies. He badgers the poor for rent when their toilets are backing up.

"In the cases that Tapper has brought to court on behalf of JK2 Westminster and individual Kushner-controlled companies, there is a clear pattern of Kushner Companies’ pursuing tenants over virtually any unpaid rent or broken lease — even in the numerous cases where the facts appear to be on the tenants’ side. Not only does the company file cases against them, it pursues the cases for as long as it takes to collect from the overmatched defendants — often several years. The court docket of JK2 Westminster’s case against Warren, for instance, spans more than three years and 112 actions — for a sum that amounts to maybe two days’ worth of billings for the average corporate-law-firm associate, from a woman who never even rented from JK2 Westminster. The pursuit is all the more remarkable given how transient the company’s prey tends to be. Hounding former tenants for money means paying to send out process servers who often report back that they were unable to locate the target. This does not deter Kushner Companies’ lawyers. They send the servers back out again a few months later."

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We’re Seth Rich’s parents. Stop politicizing our son’s murder

There are real victims of the right wings' smears. Such as the parents of a dead son being exploited to protect possible traitors.

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