Saturday, May 25, 2019

Cry Baby


Janis Joplin


Friday, May 24, 2019

Darling Be Home Soon


Tedeschi Trucks Banks


Thursday, May 23, 2019

I Will Always Love You


Linda Ronstadt


Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Oh Swear


Danielle Howle


Makes sense in a GOP way


From the pen of Tom Toles

Tom Toles Comic Strip for May 22, 2019

This would be good


From the pen of Jen Sorensen

Jen Sorensen Comic Strip for May 21, 2019

She's on ICE in a safe place, know what I mean?


From the pen of Jim Morin

Jim Morin Comic Strip for May 22, 2019

And making a few bucks along the way


From the pen of Jeff Danziger

Jeff Danziger Comic Strip for May 22, 2019

The Killer In Town


Bad enough
that combat troops have to beware of enemy fire and friendly fire in combat, accidental deaths from the tools of their trade and suicides from lack of proper support when they get home, now there is a new killer appearing on the scene, cancer.
Coleen’s husband, Army Sgt. Maj. Robert Bowman, 44, was an Army Ranger who deployed to Iraq in 2004 with Recon platoon of the Fort Lewis, Washington-based 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment. His armored Stryker was hit by enemy fire at least 13 times during his 12 months overseas. Each time, depleted uranium in the Stryker’s armor would absorb the attack.

In retrospect, Coleen wonders what harmful particles shook loose in those blasts, what her husband breathed in. Bowman went back to Iraq in 2007 for another 15 months.

Once home, he started to feel ill. Visits to doctors suggested he had the flu. Finally, in 2011 Bowman got the diagnosis: cholangiocarcinoma, or bile duct cancer. It is a rare cancer in the general population, and very rare for someone as young as Rob.

But it’s not unusual to see rare cancers in younger service members anymore.

“It just was more and more families coming forward with exactly the same story,” Carroll said. “Stories of young service members who went into deployed areas perfectly healthy, and then came home and at a young age who were suddenly Stage 4 with very rare cancers.”

The stories don’t surprise Coleen. Her husband was a respected senior enlisted leader who was very close to his platoon. She has stayed in touch with the majority of them. Many of them are ill.

“Over a third of them had something wrong with them or have passed away,” Coleen Bowman said. She’s heard of several cases of brain tumors and other “strange tumors that they don’t even know what it is.”

For now, most of the data is anecdotal. It is stories passed from one spouse to another or by veterans in online forums or private support groups. The various databases run by the Department of Veterans Affairs and Defense Department that track cancer-related entries for health care are unwieldy or inaccessible for compiling trends.

There are also government registries where service members can self-report. But getting holistic, specific information on what units may have been exposed to, what illnesses its members are suffering from, and tying those illnesses to military service is difficult.
For certain this administration will do nothing to determine if there is a problem. But perhaps the real problem is the boy wonder who thought that depleted uranium was safe to use. Lord knows we have acquired a huge pile over the years but there is a big difference between no longer usable for nuclear purposes and no longer radioactive. And the dust is small enough to go all kinds of oplaces it shouldn't be. Maybe now someone will make sense of what is now anecdotal and get the proper measures and treatments in place sooner that usual.

Not everyone is a fox hound


Trevor Noah


Merrick Garland


Stephen Colbert


Texas - A Hotbed of The Stupid



The Lesser American Chicken Hawk



It worked the last time



Cry Baby


Janis Joplin


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Settle Down


Namoli Brennet & Amy Protscher


Can't Have That


From the pen of Tom Toles

Tom Toles Comic Strip for May 21, 2019

Nothing New Here


From the pen of Mike Lukovich

Mike Luckovich Comic Strip for May 21, 2019

Financial Wisdom from a Loser


From the pen of Michael Andrew

Michael Andrew Comic Strip for May 21, 2019

Donny is projecting again


From the pen of Nick Anderson

Nick Anderson Comic Strip for May 21, 2019

They aren't rich enough for clean water


They do work hard enough to put a plethora of good nutritious food on the tables of America and elsewhere but when they get home they can't drink the water. California's agricultural valleys have a new twist on an old problem.
But the debate in Sacramento feels far away in East Orosi, a farmworker community of about 500 nestled along the foot of the Sierra Nevada that is surrounded by fields of oranges. There, residents complain of conditions that resemble the developing world, not the richest state in the nation. Fears of nitrate exposure in the tap water — which numerous studies have linked to an increased risk of infant death, and at high levels, an elevated risk of cancer in adults — compound other difficult realities like faraway grocery stores and doctors, grueling work conditions, and a lack of political clout.

Veronica Corrales, the president of the East Orosi water board, wonders why more people are not outraged that, in 2019, people living in a state as wealthy as California lack such a fundamental necessity.

“Everyone is saying ‘America First,’ but what about us?” she said.

Many factors have led to the groundwater contamination reflected in the state’s data, but public health experts say the region’s agriculture industry has played an outsize role. Chemical fertilizers and dairy manure seep into the ground and cause nitrate contamination, like the kind plaguing East Orosi. Such contamination, which is common throughout the valley, takes years to materialize and even longer to clear up.

Arsenic is naturally occurring in some areas but can become worse with exhaustive groundwater pumping, which has been a longstanding problem in the valley and accelerated during the drought between 2012 and 2016.

For years, Martha Sanchez and her husband, Jose — who live in East Orosi and make their living filling crates with oranges or picking cherries — have received notices from the local water system that their taps are unsafe to drink from because of contamination. The family spends at least $60 a month for tap water they can’t use, Ms. Sanchez estimates, which is factored into the rent. To cook and wash dishes, Ms. Sanchez ladles bottled water into pots and pans from heavy blue jugs kept in the kitchen. She and her children shower using the water from the pipes, but she says it makes their skin itch.

“Some people around here drink it,” Ms. Sanchez said. “Here at home, I don’t use it at all for cooking, not even for beans.”

Ms. Sanchez’s family is given five free five-gallon jugs of water every two weeks, funded by a grant from the State Water Resources Control Board that was secured by Self-Help Enterprises, a community organization. But, Ms. Sanchez says, it is never enough to hold the family over, and they buy an additional four gallons.

These problems are not new. The failing infrastructure at the heart of the potable water crisis in these communities is tinged with the legacy of rural redlining, said Camille Pannu, the director of the Aoki Water Justice Clinic at the University of California, Davis, who likened the situation in the valley to the one in Flint, Mich. “Flint is everywhere here,” she said.

“The fact that more than a million Californians in 2019 have been left behind is really appalling,” said Jared Blumenfeld, the secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency. “I’ll never forget talking to people in Imperial and Coachella Valley who are like, ‘You know what, it’s amazing when we go back to Mexico, the water is better.’”

Mr. Blumenfeld said the “vast majority” of water systems with unsafe water are in small communities where there are too few customers to cover the cost of water treatment and maintenance. Laying even short distances of pipe can cost millions of dollars, which is sometimes feasible when costs are spread out among many people but not so for individual families, or when towns are especially remote.

“I’ve never seen as many small drinking water systems in any other state. California is unique in that way,” Mr. Blumenfeld said.
But not unique in all ways. In Flint the people on the receiving end of the disaster are black, in California the are largely Hispanic. The results are the same and the monied crowd isn't about to do anything until it shows up on their dinner plate.

I Hope Not


Seth Meyers takes a Closer Look at the Bolton's War on Iraq.


After you die


John Oliver looks at who looks at you


Will he get a gold watch ?



A little sciencing



All we will get fom it



And Chinese leaders know what they are doing



Monday, May 20, 2019

Silver Dollar


Sierra Ferrell


Glory Bound


The Wailin' Jennies


Uncle Chicken Hawk


From the pen of Jim Morin

Jim Morin Comic Strip for May 20, 2019

Choirboys


From the pen of Jeff Danziger

Jeff Danziger Comic Strip for May 20, 2019

That would be bad


From the pen of Stuart Carlson

Stuart Carlson Comic Strip for May 20, 2019

Conservasplaining


Tom Tomorrow shows us the marvelous reasonings why despite what you may think, you are a second class citizen.

An exceptional effect



One of these days



A Turn Away Kinda Guy



Sunday, May 19, 2019

Every Time


Lil Green


The Best Spreader Ever!


From the pen of Steve Sack


Yee-Hah!


From the pen of Marty Two Bulls

M2Bulls Comic Strip for May 19, 2019

Moving next door


From the pen of Mike Lukovich

Mike Luckovich Comic Strip for May 19, 2019

Too much deadweight, we hope


From the pen of Steve Breen

Steve Breen Comic Strip for May 19, 2019

Money Talks, Compliance Walks


All banks have some mechanism in place to watch for illegal transactions and maintain compliance with the laws. The larger the bank, the more people in place to watch. But as the Deutche Bank experience with Trump & Co illustrates, big profits can get in the way.
Suspicious activity reports are at the heart of the federal government’s efforts to identify criminal activity like money laundering and sanctions violations. But government regulations give banks leeway in selecting which transactions to report to the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.

Lenders typically use a layered approach to detect improper activity. The first step is filtering thousands of transactions using computer programs, which send the ones considered potentially suspicious to midlevel employees for a detailed review. Those employees can decide whether to draft a suspicious activity report, but a final ruling on whether to submit it to the Treasury Department is often made by more senior managers.

In the summer of 2016, Deutsche Bank’s software flagged a series of transactions involving the real estate company of Mr. Kushner, now a senior White House adviser.

Ms. McFadden, a longtime anti-money laundering specialist in Deutsche Bank’s Jacksonville office, said she had reviewed the transactions and found that money had moved from Kushner Companies to Russian individuals. She concluded that the transactions should be reported to the government — in part because federal regulators had ordered Deutsche Bank, which had been caught laundering billions of dollars for Russians, to toughen its scrutiny of potentially illegal transactions.

Ms. McFadden drafted a suspicious activity report and compiled a small bundle of documents to back up her decision.

Typically, such a report would be reviewed by a team of anti-money laundering experts who are independent of the business line in which the transactions originated — in this case, the private-banking division — according to Ms. McFadden and two former Deutsche Bank managers.

That did not happen with this report. It went to managers in New York who were part of the private bank, which caters to the ultrawealthy. They felt Ms. McFadden’s concerns were unfounded and opted not to submit the report to the government, the employees said.

Ms. McFadden and some of her colleagues said they believed the report had been killed to maintain the private-banking division’s strong relationship with Mr. Kushner.

After Mr. Trump became president, transactions involving him and his companies were reviewed by an anti-financial crime team at the bank called the Special Investigations Unit. That team, based in Jacksonville, produced multiple suspicious activity reports involving different entities that Mr. Trump owned or controlled, according to three former Deutsche Bank employees who saw the reports in an internal computer system.

Some of those reports involved Mr. Trump’s limited liability companies. At least one was related to transactions involving the Donald J. Trump Foundation, two employees said.

Deutsche Bank ultimately chose not to file those suspicious activity reports with the Treasury Department, either, according to three former employees. They said it was unusual for the bank to reject a series of reports involving the same high-profile client.

Mr. Trump’s relationship with Deutsche Bank spans two decades. During a period when most Wall Street banks had stopped doing business with him after his repeated defaults, Deutsche Bank lent Mr. Trump and his companies a total of more than $2.5 billion. Projects financed through the private-banking division include Mr. Trump’s Doral golf resort near Miami and his transformation of Washington’s Old Post Office Building into a luxury hotel.

When he became president, he owed Deutsche Bank well over $300 million. That made the German institution Mr. Trump’s biggest creditor — and put the bank in a bind.
Needless to say, all the perps have denied any wrong doing. Private Bankers can have an oversized influence on bank management because they generally bring in yuge profits. And the US regulators don't have a great track record of effective punishment to financial corporate wrong doers. But this is a lot of smoke at a bank that had already been burned big time by the Trumpian 'Business Genius'.

I'd tell them to kiss my ENTIRE ass!


Leslie Jones on Weekend Update


Weekend Update


SNL


Insight



Easy to understand



A hagiography that doubles as toilet paper as needed



Never wrestled his conscience



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