Wednesday, November 30, 2016
First Steve Mnuchin at Treasury, now this. Trump’s two top fiscal officers may end up being Goldman Sachs alums, one of them among the biggest cheeses at the firm. This, after months of calling Ted Cruz a Wall Street puppet because he’s married to a Goldman employee and had a small margin loan from the bank. And this, despite Trump’s most darkly memorable speech of the campaign having accused Hillary Clinton of selling out average Americans to “international banks.” Footage of Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein even ended up in Trump’s “closing argument” ad as visual shorthand of the evil forces of finance who were pulling Clinton’s strings.
There are a lot of talented people at Goldman Sachs.
A "newly vibrant Washington" is evidence that Suzanne Collins's novels were either unwittingly or on purpose about the growth of the capital city at the expense of everyone else. Here's hoping Washington, D.C. becomes quite a bit less vibrant under President Trump. It will be a signal that Trump and Congress have done their jobs. As for all the hipsters who moved to D.C. in order to share in the bounty created by others, they'll still be hip; albeit not in Washington, D.C. They'll be advancing culture and culinary pursuits in other cities populated by people who are actually productive, as opposed to living off of the production of others.
Dutch euthanasia law used to kill Mark Langedijk who decided death was the way to escape | Daily Mail Online
A 41-year-old man has ended his life by fatal injection rather than carry on living as an alcoholic, in a radical new extension of Holland’s euthanasia regime.
Mark Langedijk decided that death was the only way to escape from his addiction to drink, according to an account published by his brother.
Mr Langedijk set the date for his own death and was joking, drinking beer and eating ham and cheese sandwiches in the hours before his GP arrived at his parents’ home to administer fatal injections, it said.
It's a 100 percent effective cure for alcoholism, however.
Colorado Peak Politics | ACTUALLY, NO ONE CARED: Mountain Towns Have Better 2016 without Defunct Bike Race
We’ve always looked sideways at the absurd claims made by tourism bureaucrats that the USA Pro Cycling Challenge attracted a million spectators to Colorado each year. Even if they counted people who were tied up in traffic because of closed roads, the number wouldn’t come anywhere close.
Now a year has passed since the defunct bike race last shut down Colorado streets and we have some interesting data about the economic impact of the race and all of these spectators: none of it mattered. At all.
After Terrorist Attack, OSU Students Want The Right to Carry Firearms on Campus, Including 'Miss Ohio'
Buckeyes for Concealed Carry on Campus, a chapter of the national group, Students for Concealed Carry, posted a public statement on their Facebook page and created an online petition via Change.org asking the Ohio Senate body to revise HB 48. The law currently allows campus carry in Ohio, but delegates that decision to each individual school and reduces the penalty of having a gun on campus from a felony to a misdemeanor. Unlike the Texas version of “campus carry,” Ohio State University was allowed to opt out of allowing permit holders to carry firearms on campus.
We need guns to protect us from alt-right, white supremacist loony-tunes like the guy who shot up Ohio State.
This is particularly true on the subject of tobacco regulations. The FDA has been combative toward vaping (which has allowed so many smokers to finally get off of tobacco) rather than embracing it as a less harmful alternative. Other options, such as the smokeless Snus, have similarly run into trouble because the agency wouldn’t grant the manufacturer authority to label them has a healthier alternative to cigarettes. They followed a similar pattern when it comes to the labeling of cigars, where their actions have driven up manufacturing and packaging costs which put smaller producers at risk.
They're happy in tabaccy-land tonight.
When Harry Reid and the rest of the Senate Democrats teamed up three years ago to nuke the filibuster on presidential appointments, Republicans warned them they’d live to regret it. Now that day has arrived, and Chris Coons tells CNN’s Kate Bolduan he does regret it — mainly because, as Republicans tried to tell Democrats, they have no way of stopping a Republican president from appointing “extreme” nominees to key positions. Coons, who is trying to block Jeff Sessions’ nomination as Attorney General, says that Republicans need to help him and other Democrats out now.
Politicians have *really* high discount rates, I've noticed. They shouldn't be in charge of anything.
What makes this report particularly interesting, beyond its categorization by sexual activity, is it examines widely varied safety and health behaviors from bike helmet and seat belt use to substance abuse, diet, doctor’s visits, exercise, and even tanning bed use.
The report also found these virginal teens did not drink Boone's Farm "wine", smoke cigarettes and marijuana, swear like truck drivers, drive fast automobiles and motorcycles, yell "whoo hoo!" a lot, or look back on their teen years with wistfulness, nostalgia, and regret.