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The Mexican peso says Trump didn't win debate

Financial markets wasted no time in giving their verdict on the first U.S. presidential debate: Donald Trump didn't do well.

As Trump and Hillary Clinton sparred on live TV, one key financial barometer of the Republican nominee's prospects started moving sharply: the Mexican peso soared more than 2% against the dollar.

In recent weeks, the Mexican currency has been moving in the opposite direction to Trump's poll numbers. As they have improved, the peso has dropped, hitting an all-time low against the dollar ahead of Monday night's debate.

Its sudden leap during the debate was a clear reaction to Trump's performance, according to Ihab Salib, head of international fixed income at Federated Investors. A CNN/ORC poll of debate watchers released after the event found 62% felt Clinton won compared with 27% for Trump.
- CNN Money, September 27, 2016: 8:26 AM ET

Her name is Alicia Machado.

Donald Trump called her "Miss Piggy" and "Miss Housekeeping."

Her name is Alicia Machado.

- https://www.hillaryclinton.com/briefing/videos/2016/09/27/new-video-features-former-miss-universe-alicia-machados-story-on-trump-demeaning-women/

This pic sums up the candidates' relative analytical powers

- @JustinCentric

That was a good old-fashioned ass-whuppin'

She was so great -- loved her Happy Warrior swagger, command of the facts, and direct appeal to the best in us.

Congratulations, Madame President.

If Hillary wins Georgia, I'll eat my neighbor's Confederate flag*

It's going to take a lotta lotta work to win Georgia. Clinton will need huge Dem turnout in non-suburban Atlanta (mainly Fulton, DeKalb, and Clayton counties), as well as Athens, Savannah, and the scattered "blue dots" around the state. There is a lot of work to be done registering likely Democratic voters, and of course overcoming the standard vote suppression tactics and the potential problems with electronic voting machines (/tinfoilhat). AND we're going to need a lot of the suburban "Security Moms" and a good chunk of the few moderate Republicans left in this state to cast a vote for sanity this time around.

Don't forget, a somewhat facetious overview of large-ish cities in the U.S. rated Atlanta America's most redneck city. (But Atlanta is also regarded as a "Black Mecca.") The problem is the rest of the state.

Ellijay, GA

Gainesville, GA

I'm not saying it can't be done, but I'm saying we should certainly not count Georgia in the Win column just yet.

By the way, last time I checked, it's still August.

* Disclaimer: I don't actually have a neighbor with a Confederate flag any more -- fortunately those assholes moved out of the neighborhood a few years back.

"Unconventional" - Paris Review comic about the 1968 Dem convention

by Nathan Gelgud.

The series is worth a look -- high level, and more of a "look" than a "read," but entertaining and, for me at least, informative. It's up to five installments now, with more on the way.


White Boy Privilege

This poem by a 14-year-old young man from Atlanta has gone viral, so chances are you've already seen it elsewhere -- but if not, check it out. I think it's a powerful and honest statement from a very thoughtful eighth-grader.


This is what happens when you reply to spam email

Signed the petition, in honor of Caroline Previdi, "a lover of freedom" --

who was six years old at the time of her murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a week before Christmas 2012.

Nixon Policy Advisor Admits He Invented War On Drugs to Suppress 'Anti-War Left and Black People'

Nixon Policy Advisor Admits He Invented War On Drugs to Suppress 'Anti-War Left and Black People'
by Julianne Escobedo Shepherd
Jezebel Magazine, 3/22/2016
Dan Baum, writing in support of drug legalization at Harper’s, has unleashed a frank 1994 quote from former Nixon policy advisor John Ehrlichman, and as inadvertently salient an argument for legalizing drugs as any I’ve ever seen:

At the time, I was writing a book about the politics of drug prohibition. I started to ask Ehrlichman a series of earnest, wonky questions that he impatiently waved away. “You want to know what this was really all about?” he asked with the bluntness of a man who, after public disgrace and a stretch in federal prison, had little left to protect. “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.

I must have looked shocked. Ehrlichman just shrugged. Then he looked at his watch, handed me a signed copy of his steamy spy novel, The Company, and led me to the door.

- more: http://jezebel.com/nixons-policy-advisor-admits-he-invented-war-on-drugs-t-1766359595

The ongoing suffering caused by this craven policy boggles the mind.
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