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Weekend link dump for December 16

“These power grabs highlight one of the most disturbing facts about American politics today: The Republican Party has become institutionally indifferent to the health of democracy. It prioritizes power over principle to such an extreme degree that it undermines the most basic functioning of democracy.”

“So why are Wall Street and some economists suddenly worried about a recession?”

“It’s an animal that has another animal stuck up its nose.”

“A good way to think about taxidermy is to imagine you’re God.”

“The rapidity with which Bitcoin prices are falling give some hope that the entire disastrous episode will soon be over. If the current rate of decline (50 per cent per month) is maintained, Bitcoins will be worth less than dollar coins in a year’s time, and their impact on electricity demand will be negligible. That’s equivalent to taking a small country like New Zealand off-grid.”

“In perfectly Trumpian fashion, Ayers appears to have stiffed his boss in a richly humiliating way so that he could cash in big time on his name and political movement.”

New frontiers in lying, from Donald Trump.

“This is not a case of possible collusion. This is sweeping, multi-layered, high level conspiracy led by Vladimir Putin and the Russian intelligence community and involving the active cooperation and complicity of a man who was a candidate for president and then president
…as well as his entire team. This is the biggest scandal in the history of the American presidency and there is not another that is close to it. But that is not all we know.”

What’s the deal with the Deal or No Deal models?

This is easily the best longform story about cruising with cryptocurrency I’ve ever read.

RIP, Evelyn Berezin, computer pioneer and inventor of the first word processor.

RIP, Rosanell Eaton, longtime civil rights and voting rights advocate.

A Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me TV series is in the works.

“JUST IN TIME for Christmas, Preservation Houston has begun marketing a new type of Astrodome memorabilia: 4-in. beverage-coaster-sized squares of AstroTurf removed from the stripped-down stadium — along with loads of other major league hardware — in October 2013.”

What do you suppose the National Enquirer knows about Donald Trump?

RIP, Sondra Locke, Oscar-nominated actress and former partner of Clint Eastwood.

RIP, Nancy Wilson, Grammy-winning jazz singer, actress, and civil rights activist.

This story about the friendship between Charles Barkley and a gentleman named Lin Wang is the best thing you will read today.

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  1. Bill Daniels says:

    Regarding the National Enquirer/Trump story:

    From the article:

    “But the disclosure might just be scratching the surface. Based on court documents and a plethora of media reports, Trump and his aides have worked for years with the tabloid to kill incriminating stories. AMI’s CEO David Pecker also had a decades-long copacetic friendship with Trump.”

    Remember when the government came out and said it would be OK for families of hostages held by Islamic terrorists could legally pay to get their relatives back alive? Paying off women to keep quiet about consensual affairs is not a crime. Extortion, however, IS a crime.

    Funny how Mr. Mueller isn’t all over the extortion crime committed by Stormy and abetted by Avanatti.

    So the National Enquirer worked for years, years before Trump ran for president, to kill unflattering and embarrassing stories about Trump. Seems pretty clear that Trump continuing that tradition to kill the Playmate story is NOT a campaign contribution. The history of catch and kill disproves the narrative that Trump did something illegal. The article ADMITS this isn’t Trump’s first rodeo in this arena.

  2. Bill Daniels says:

    Regarding Bitcoin, can I just publicly admit I have no idea how this works, or is even a thing? I’m reminded of the people who, back in the day, said not to invest in Enron, because no one could understand how they made their incredible ROI’s. It seems like everyone expected Hillary to win, and thus for the stock market to tank, which made Bitcoin skyrocket in value, but when Trump won and the exact opposite took place, Bitcoin started tanking.

  3. Bill Daniels says:

    The seals with eels in their noses sound like the “Tide pod challenge” phenomenon isn’t relegated only to young humans. Who knew?