…turn on, tune in [DOT 23/10/20]

nope out...

…so…be honest


…how many of us learned our lesson…& how many watched the damn “debate”?





…maybe the incumbent would have preferred to play baseball?


…because on the one hand it’s hard to believe it wasn’t the biggest shitshow on offer

As he raises questions about his opponent’s standing with China, President Trump’s taxes reveal details about his own activities there, including a previously unknown bank account.

[…among other things it turns out he’s paid the better part of $200,000 in taxes to China in the last few years…& that’s not even the thing that really leapt out at me from this one?]

Mr. Trump’s plans in China have been largely driven by a different company, Trump International Hotels Management — the one with a Chinese bank account.

The company has direct ownership of THC China Development, but is also involved in management of other Trump-branded properties around the world, and it is not possible to discern from its tax records how much of its financial activity is China-related. It normally reports a few million dollars in annual income and deductible expenses.

In 2017, the company reported an unusually large spike in revenue — some $17.5 million, more than the previous five years’ combined. It was accompanied by a $15.1 million withdrawal by Mr. Trump from the company’s capital account.

On the president’s public financial disclosures for that year, he reported the large revenue figure, and described it only as “management fees and other contract payments.”


And not long after winning the 2016 election, Mr. Trump reported selling a penthouse in one of his Manhattan buildings for $15.8 million to a Chinese-American businesswoman named Xiao Yan Chen, who bought the unit, previously occupied by Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, in an off-market transaction. Ms. Chen runs an international consulting firm and reportedly has high-level connections to government and political elites in China.

…but on the other hand


President Trump and his advisers have repeatedly discussed whether to fire FBI Director Christopher A. Wray after Election Day — a scenario that also could imperil the tenure of Attorney General William P. Barr as the president grows increasingly frustrated that federal law enforcement has not delivered his campaign the kind of last-minute boost that the FBI provided in 2016, according to people familiar with the matter.

Democrats are still haunted by the ghosts of 2016. But some are allowing themselves to contemplate a Biden victory big enough to reorder the nation’s politics.






Trump Is Giving Up

…& the competition the last few days has been something fierce

What Does Amy Coney Barrett Mean for the Supreme Court?
Manafort Prosecution Barred by Double Jeopardy Rule, N.Y. Appeals Court Says


Deposition of Ghislaine Maxwell, Charged in Epstein Case, Is Revealed


Richard Grenell, a close Trump ally who has served numerous roles in the administration, quietly embarked on a pre-election mission last month that was at least partly intended to persuade President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela to give up power.


What if Beating Trump Is the Easy Part?



Elliott Broidy, a former top fund-raiser for President Trump, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to conspiring to violate foreign lobbying laws as part of a covert campaign to influence the administration on behalf of Chinese and Malaysian interests.




New financial filings showed the extent of the president’s cash troubles, as he is now badly outmatched by Joe Biden.


In remarks at a closed-door Senate GOP lunch, McConnell told his colleagues that Pelosi (D-Calif.) is not negotiating in good faith with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and that any deal they reach could disrupt the Senate’s plans to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court next week.

With far less money than anticipated, campaign officials are scrambling to address a severe financial disadvantage against Joseph R. Biden Jr., producing something of an internal blame game.


The Federal Reserve was meant to take $454 billion and drastically expand it. So far, it has lent $20 billion.



Ex-Spy Was Central to Project Veritas Hiring Effort, Testimony Shows


Man Pleads Guilty to Cyberstalking Tulsa Mayor Before Trump Rally


Breonna Taylor Grand Juror Says Homicide Charges Were Not Presented


It’s hard to imagine that things could get worse. But draft recommendations from a Trump-appointed policing commission prove that they could.


How the F.D.A. Stood Up to the President



The Trump administration is considering labeling some of the most prominent humanitarian organizations in the world, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Oxfam, as “anti-Semitic,” according to two people familiar with the discussions.



Watergate Led to Reforms. Now, Would-Be Reformers Believe, So Will Trump.

…not that he’s the only thing that needs reforming




…shadowy AI service, you say?

What Is Happening With the Antitrust Suit Against Google?


The time to do anything substantive about the overwhelming power of the giant tech companies passed very long ago.


Two weeks ago, House lawmakers concluded a 16-month investigation into Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook and called for sweeping changes to curb their market power. The lawmakers’ verdict: Traditional antitrust laws aren’t up to the challenge, and the laws need their biggest overhaul in more than 40 years.

…& while we’re on the subject of things that are anti trust


…or at any rate imply a healthy degree of well-founded suspicion


…or inspire, in some cases


Iran and Russia have both obtained American voter registration data, and Tehran used it to send threatening, faked emails to voters that were aimed at influencing the presidential election, top national security officials announced on Wednesday evening.

…sure…Iran is the one to blame

Russia Poses Greater Election Threat Than Iran, Many U.S. Officials Say

…I’m sure the Russians were just looking after that shit for safekeeping

It’s quite an accomplishment, but in only five months, the director of national intelligence, John Ratcliffe, has already put himself in the running to be considered among the most destructive intelligence officials in U.S. history.

…but we probably shouldn’t worry about that kind of thing




…growing up in a place which wouldn’t even let the cops have guns until not so long ago…& still only makes an exception for a minority…I confess that I often struggle to get my head around the amount of americans who feel the need to own a gun…but am I the only one that finds this disturbing?


…or should I just be investing in tinfoil futures?

I Spoke to a Scholar of Conspiracy Theories and I’m Scared for Us

…& speaking of explanations for the not-from-around-here crowd…this may not tell you anything you don’t know but seemed interesting on the basis that it’s obviously pitched that way?


…whereas this seemed more like a “to whom it may concern” kinda deal


…while these are just plain concerning


The Coronavirus Has Claimed 2.5 Million Years of Potential Life in the U.S., Study Finds


…& that last one doesn’t make this next one any easier to swallow given that (as I understand it) the Sackler family already shifted what would amount to actual truck loads of cash out of the thing


…& by shuttering it would void at least some of the suits pending against the company

Some state officials said the Justice Department agreement did not go far enough. Maura Healey, the attorney general of Massachusetts, said it failed to hold either the company or the Sackler family to account. “Justice in this case requires exposing the truth and holding the perpetrators accountable, not rushing a settlement to beat an election.”


…it’s funny how sometimes the timing of one thing seems to line up with another thing when the other thing involves the conjuction of the courts with the first thing



…well…not funny…”fucked up in a really obvious manner” isn’t a recognized substitute, though…yet




Will Florida, the Recount State, Be Ready for the Election?







  1. Buying guns in response to a pandemic is just a little bit odd….not like you can shoot the virus
    Anyhoo I downloaded the gubment Rona tracer app I’m supposed to quarantine if it pings me coz someone has the Rona nearby so I’m a little bit disappointed it’s not pinging away yet
    Maybe I’ll get a couple hits over the weekend
    Tbh I mostly got it to mess with the HR woman
    Gonna be fun to see how she tries to get around gubment rules

      • Just the other day while driving a saw a truck (it’s always a truck) that had–among other idiotic stickers–a sticker that declared “Self Defense is a Human Right.”  While that may be true, Mr. Redneck Dumbfuck, owning a GUN is NOT a human right.

          • …it’s not that I entirely don’t get it…& I find the history of how the gun rights thing played out in the era that produced the black panthers pretty fascinating to tell the truth…so I’d fare say I’d be interested in hearing a but more about the left-leaning arguments for who might consider owning what

            …but from the statistics I’m familiar with I think one of the things I really struggle with is how some folks seem to get addicted to adding to their collection to a point that seems like stockpiling…so I guess I’m curious about what constitutes enough guns to those that feel the need

            …admittedly I’m probably relying on my ability to talk (or I guess shout from a hopefully secure location) at any barbarians at my gate until their eyes glaze over?

            • I think it’s safe to say that very few people own only 1-2 guns, but I can only speak for myself.  What I had on hand was mostly good for target shooting or hunting, not necessarily what you want when the Stormtrumpers show up and you don’t want to go quietly.  So I bought a few more to suit that purpose.

              • …obviously I don’t mean to pry so I don’t necessarily expect details but I’m given to understand that the sort of extras you refer to tend according to some to be along the lines of a pump action/semi-auto shotgun

                …& I’m not a complete stranger to firearms so I don’t think that owning them is inherently unthinkable or anything

                …on the other hand one of the reasons I found the fact the piece I linked was about California to be interesting is that I’ve spent some time there (visiting rather than living) with folks I tend to think of as not being inclined towards gun ownership

                …but many moons ago when there were riots going on I recall one of them suggesting that folks were (& I believe this is a direct quote) “stockpiling automatic weapons” on the grounds that they didn’t have time to learn to be proficient & just wanted something that held a lot of bullets & emptied them fast so they could “spray the room”

                …I began by assuming they were kidding & was more than a little thrown when they turned out not to be…not least since my understanding is that accuracy is harder rather than easier when dealing with automatic fire & there were plenty of stories of tragic deaths due to indiscriminate drive-by shootings around the same time so it seemed counter-intuitive in a variety of unsettling ways

                …I’m a little unclear on whether that kind of thing would be legal anyplace these days but I’m certainly inclined to think that turnabout is fair play…which the stuff that went on once the panthers started arming themselves suggests the right-wing gun-toting types (like the ones hanging around polling stations ostentatiously open-carrying) very much don’t?

                …hopefully my interest in such things will get to remain academic

  2. I did not watch the debate last night. Instead, I made a simple salad of some deli roast beef, some Swiss cheese, hard boiled some eggs, and Bibb lettuce. Had to use it all up anyway. Then we settled in to watch some Law & Order reruns, which despite their plot lines, always give us a rosy glow. Look! It’s the old New York! This must be about 1998! No masks. Things are open. Horrible what happened to that poor girl but imagine being able to leave the crowded hallways and classrooms of Hudson University and squeeze into a bar known to the undergrads for having a loose carding policy and not feel like you were signing your own death warrant. I mean for the girl, yes, but she couldn’t have known…
    Anyway, we watched some recaps this morning and people talked about how Trump was much less unhinged than at the first one. “I guess that cutting-the-mic threat really worked. Like the old Banhammer.”
    “The what?”
    “Gawker used to have it. They’d ban commenters, seemingly at whim, and explain why. Now the at-death’s-door remnant sites just ban commenters and never explain why. And several of those sites ultimately got banned by Home Office.”
    “What’s Gawker?”
    I’d pay money to regain some of that lost, pre-Gawker innocence I once had.

    • …I’m certain you’re not alone in feeling wistful for a time when gawker was still a thing & few of us could imagine the depths to which the current affairs shitshow would plummet…let alone how poorly we’d fare in the face of this pandemic

      …clearly I need to up my intake of pre-cluster-fuck police procedurals

    • I miss the old Pirate Ship, too, Cousin Matt💖
      Denton was ABSOLUTELY an asshat.
      But that said, Lysistrata Petermotherfuckingthiel FOREVER, and may he rot in jail somewhere forever, for the crimes he’s most likely committing, as someone on the inside** of this contemptible administration.
      (**Dude’s got TOO MANY friends on the inside, to *not* be playing a game extremely similar to Erik Prince.)

      • …see, now I want a t-shirt that just says 


        …on the front…&


        …on the back

        …I feel like I’d never be able to pick one particular bastard to use for an image so I figure that way it would be evergreen?

  3. I watched the debate last night. The best you can say in regards to Trump is that, if literally nothing else, he appeared to almost kinda sorta be able to string together two sentences without completely sounding dumb. Which doesn’t mean their wasn’t an avalanche of lies and that he didn’t still lose to Joe Biden, just by virtue of Biden knowing what he was talking about, but I’m willing to bet the debate moves numbers for Trump, because this is a hell year and nothing makes sense. Or it will change absolutely nothing.
    I do think it’s interesting that Trump (the man who says Black Lives Matter is a terrorist organization and has blown so many racist dogwhistles I think most of America now has supersonic hearing) keeps making a play for black men. Damon Young once said Black Men are the White People of Black People, and the fact that Trump is polling well with them kinda sort of proves him right.
    I guess Trump was somewhat less unhinged last night, which is crazy when a President says the 525 children he ripped away from their parents are well taken care of, that immigrants who show up for court dates have low IQs, keeps screaming about a laptop (which as a Moderately Always Online person, even I had to take a minute to figure out what he was talking about), how he had done more for black people than Abraham Lincoln (which Biden later body slammed him for), how “wind power” kills birds, touted that the treatment he received for COVID was the same thing as a cure for the virus, and how Biden was a “typical politician” because Biden kept mentioning that there are people missing at the dinner table or in their bed. The bar for him is soooooo fucking low, and it was remarkable to me that, at least on CNN and MSNBC, no one (at long live last) was willing to give Trump credit for just showing up and not dying on his ass.

    • I’ve heard rumors that his support among Black and Latino men is due in part to their feeling that the Democrats have taken them for granted (which is true), but I’m still kind of dumbfounded that they would think voting for Trump (or any Republican) is somehow a good plan to address the problem.

      • We have a strong contingent in Florida who are from Cuba (getting pretty old now) or are members of their families, and they vote Republican because they still somehow believe that a Republican president will declare war on Cuba and restore their country (by which they mean their personal property) to them. I had a conversation with one 10 or so years ago, and I said, wait, you think I’m going to support someone sending my, or anyone’s, kid off to die to get you your land back? Your “property” isn’t worth a single human life, but if you want it, YOU go get it. Things went downhill after that. 

    • I watched about 20 minutes and I was also astonished that Trump managed to comport himself with the same level of gravity as a 9-year-old. It was a serious step up from the tantrums, screaming, and incoherent ranting of the first debate. This one mostly just featured incoherent ranting. So, pivot, I guess? 
      I haven’t looked yet, because when you look into the abyss the abyss looks back into you, but I’m sure the MAGA horde is claiming that Trump’s masterful rhetoric and presidential mien TOTALLY blew Biden away. This is of course untruthful, but a) that won’t stop a MAGA and b) they are desperate for straws to cling to. 
      In other news, I dragged my unwilling daughter out at 7 am yesterday morning and voted, no lines, no waiting, no Proud Boys poll watching, no problem. So now all I have to do is wait until election day, tamping down my fear through the sweet embrace of alcohol. 

      • “no lines, no waiting, no Proud Boys poll watching, no problem”
        This is EXACTLY why my roommie and I are going to vote after work next week (if not tomorrow–if our voting place is open!)
        Because with the news which came out from AG Ellison’s office yesterday;
        I AM extremely worried, that what I’ve been afraid of–someone taking over polling places with guns in MN05, so that we can’t enter, because they’re fucking TERRIFIED of itty-bitty little Ilhan (seriously, they ACT like she’s some sort of hulking 10′ monster, when in reality, she’s just a tiny, petite, little wisp of a woman!😆😂🤣)
        She’s about as intimidating as *I* am… barely over 5′, AND I’ve got probably a good 50-70 pounds over her–so compared to tiny little Ilhan, I’m a goddamned BRUTE…
        If it weren’t SO GODDAMN PATHETIC, it really would be hilarious, how fucking TERRIFIED all those big, tall, white dudes with their guns are, of someone who is literally probably *half* their size. 
        All because she’s a woman with brown skin, who has a strong personality, doesn’t back down & act “submissive” like they want, when she’s confronted, AND because she wears Hijab.
        She–like me–is the sort of tiny, which makes kids & animals extremely comfortable & puts *them* at ease, because we’re so close to their OWN size.
        But she makes big, tall, supposedly “strong” men quake in their damn boots.
        And I HOPE to god, that I’m wrong, but I do sincerely worry, that some of those gun-hugging cowards will try to intimidate, if not outright SHOOT people, to keep them away from voting for her.

        • …I hope you manage to vote unopposed by the forces of hulking male fragility in all their overly-armed insecurity

          …that lady is a marvel & she deserves the literal legions of support she has just as much as those supporters deserve to be able to cast their votes freely & without fear or favor…just like everyone else does…but maybe more so because if they were smart enough to vote her into congress they aren’t the kind of votes we could just as soon do without

          • Thanks, Rip!
            I’M REALLY excited, especially after going t tge Textile Center Garage Sale a couoke hours ago, and driving over & back through the part of town (Mpls, right on the St. Paul boundary, off University Ave–so right around the U of M & Cedar/Riverside area)…
            I saw exactly *one* sign for Ilhan’s opponent.😁😁😁
            There were too many Ilhan signs & Biden/Harris/Bye Don signs to count.
            So if the ballots can be cast, and manage to get counted?
            Pretty sure it’s Ilhan’s

  4. I watched the first part of the debate until I could no longer take the lies.  Trump did seem much more sedated in the beginning but eventually got going with his greatest hits collection.  The moderator was super passive, if not for the mute threat she would have been overrun.  Before I gave up I saw a competent sounding Biden that got in some zingers vs a more and more unhinged pile of shit. 

  5. farscy is a ninja nao! 

    in unrelated news….goddamn does it feel good to have me hair long enough to tie back again…. feels like im me again
    shaving it all off coz i figured i needed to look more professional was the worst decision ever…. i may be a samson like character…well…ish…

  6. President Trump and his advisers have repeatedly discussed whether to fire FBI Director Christopher A. Wray after Election Day — a scenario that also could imperil the tenure of Attorney General William P. Barr as the president grows increasingly frustrated that federal law enforcement has not delivered his campaign the kind of last-minute boost that the FBI provided in 2016, according to people familiar with the matter. ….

    I can’t believe this is happening. I can’t believe they talk about this openly and here isn’t even the slightest hint of blow-back, much less prosecution. trevor noah was so right when he called trump america’s african dictator back in 2015:

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