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Monday, December 25, 2017

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin got an unwanted present for Christmas: a gift-wrapped box of horse manure. Psychologist Robert Strong said he "borrowed" the manure from a friend and sent it to Mnuchin as a political statement. "In the long run, if we don't do stuff like this, what are we going to have left?" Strong's card on the gift read, "Dear Misters Trump and Mnuchin, we are returning your Christmas gift of the Republican tax plan because it's complete horse ---. Sincerely, the American people." read more

Sunday, December 24, 2017

The people of Los Angeles can be forgiven if they were a little quick to jump to extraterrestrial conclusions. The government did, after all, just admit that it had spent $22 million to investigate unidentified flying objects. And after 70 years of keeping the government installation known as Area 51 under wraps, Uncle Sam conceded that, yes, it did exist, and yes, some super-secret stuff went on there. So, it's perfectly logical that Angelenos gazing into a darkening sky around 5:30 p.m. Friday would assume their city was in the midst of an alien invasion as they saw this: read more

President Trump was in a celebratory mood on Friday night and told a group of his wealthy friends, "You all just got a lot richer" after he signed the tax cuts into law. Trump reportedly uttered the words to a group of friends who were having dinner nearby at Mar-a-Lago, including two friends who spoke to CBS News about the remark. Anyone spending time at what has come to be known as the "Winter White House" is not exactly suffering economically, considering the initiation fee is $200,000 and annual dues are $14,000. Trump's words to his rich pals mark a stark contrast to what he has been saying for weeks now as he has insisted that the massive tax cut would benefit the middle class above all. "The rich will not be gaining at all with this plan. We are looking for the middle class and we are looking for jobs -- jobs being the economy," Trump had said in September, for example. read more

Saturday, December 23, 2017

In July and again in September, Republicans narrowly failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act. But their newly passed tax legislation included a provision getting rid of Obamacare's mandate requiring Americans to buy insurance, and President Donald Trump immediately declared victory in the partisan health care wars. "When the individual mandate is being repealed, that means Obamacare is being repealed," he crowed at a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday. "We have essentially repealed Obamacare." Well, no. The individual mandate is only part of Obamacare. It wasn't even included in the original health care plan that Barack Obama unveiled during the 2008 campaign. The mandate did become an important element of Obamacare, and the only specific element that a majority of the public opposed. read more

The U.S. State Department has told refugee agencies it will sharply pare back the number of offices across the country authorized to resettle people in 2018 as President Donald Trump cuts the number of refugees allowed into the United States. The announcement was made at a Dec. 1 meeting in Washington with State Department officials and representatives from nine major refugee agencies, several executives of the agencies said. Advocates said the decision is likely to lead to the closure of dozens of resettlement offices around the country, potentially leaving some refugees without access to services that help them integrate into American life. Several state refugee coordinators said they had also been made aware of the closures. Refugee resettlement in the United States is handled by nine non-profit agencies that receive funding from the federal government for some of their refugee work. read more


- just a fulfillment

Everybody's a psychologist.... and a perpetual critic.

"By keeping the narrative arcs to a concentrated minimum, Steven Moffat – for his final Doctor Who script – can flesh these characters and their stories out (and he really does), free from the need to gallop through exposition to get to a resolution. The advantage here is we all know where "Twice Upon a Time" was heading, but it was about how it was going to get there."


"It's an almost impossible task to cram all of that into 60 minutes and that's before Steven Moffat decided to bring back the first incarnation of The Doctor!

This evening the 2017 Christmas special Twice Upon A Time finally aired and for the most part... it worked!

It's an emotional rollercoaster to watch and the minutes whizz by so fast, too fast. I felt the ticking clock in my living room was ticking a little louder, counting down to the moment we had to say goodbye to Capaldi's Doctor."


As a Christmas Special, a send-off to Capaldi, and an brief introduction to a female #13, it was always going to be more busy fun than a seeker of critical acclaim. And misogynists definitely won't like the whole idea. Present company excepted, hopefully.

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