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Wisconsin 4-month run-up: Clinton leads by 6 points ... until Nov. 8:

Here's a shot of RCP's aggregate of polls (about 20, listed at the link), showing Clinton consistently leading Trump by around 6-7 points from August until the last poll on Nov. 6 -- including both Comey letters, which don't seem to have moved the needle perceptibly:

But on Nov. 8, Trump miraculously gained 8 points to win. So what happened?


JFK: "Fidel Castro is part of the legacy of Bolivar"


On an earlier trip through Latin America, I became familiar with the hopes and burdens which characterize this tide of Latin nationalism. Fidel Castro is part of the legacy of Bolivar, who led his men over the Andes Mountains, vowing "war to the death" against Spanish rule, saying "Where a goat can pass, so can an army."

Castro is also part of the frustration of that earlier revolution which won its war against Spain but left largely untouched the indigenous feudal order. "To serve a revolution is to plow the sea," Bolívar said in despair as he lived to see the failure of his efforts at social reform.

-- from: Speech at a Democratic dinner, San Juan, Puerto Rico, December 15, 1958, in John F. Kennedy, The Strategy of Peace, 1960, pp. 167-68

Recount would have to move quickly

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Patrick Marley and Bill Glauber - 1:39 p.m. CST November 25, 2016

Wisconsin could be at risk of missing a Dec. 13 deadline to certify its 10 electoral votes if clerks can't complete an expected recount by then.

Hitting the deadline could be particularly tricky if Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein is able to force the recount to be conducted by hand, Wisconsin's top election official said.


Wisconsin's last statewide recount was in 2011 for a state Supreme Court seat and the outcome did not change. The recount showed Justice David Prosser defeated challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg by 7,004 votes a slightly tighter margin than the 7,316-vote victory he had in initial returns.

That recount took more than a month. This one would have to happen more quickly to meet the Dec. 13 deadline. "You may potentially have the state electoral votes at stake if it doesn't get done by then," Haas said. A lawyer with Stein's campaign has said she wants the recount done by hand. That would take longer and require a judge's order, Haas said.

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/11/25/recount-would-have-move-quickly/94417686/

Sound like she's serious about this.

Let's say the Stein recounts reverse MI, WI, and PA

and the EC vote swings. Are we finally ready for Hillary?

Screen-shots: Wisconsin vote totals don't match ballots cast

WISCONSIN: An image of the electronically calculated count in Sauk County, Wisconsin, showing 2,700 more votes tallied than ballots cast. The vote totals with arrows should all be the same:

from: https://twitter.com/ElectProject/status/801085767984578560
The numbers display that in 3 precincts in Outagamie County, all won by DT, more votes were counted for President than cast:

from: https://twitter.com/SuzanEraslan/status/801075201584795648

The vote count snafus in these two counties are among a dozen counties identified by election integrity activists as reporting improbably high turnout levels—above 85 percent—in the presidential election. “Either these voter turnout percentages are an historic achievement, unparalleled in my experience, or the unofficial results are not true and correct,” wrote Richard Hayes Phillips, a PhD statistician, in an early analysis of 12 Wisconsin counties, including Sauk and Outagamie counties.

Source: http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/pressure-builds-presidential-recounts-key-2016-swing-state


"The Last Two Days": President Kennedy in Texas, Nov. 1963

"The Last Two Days," covering President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jackie's trip to Texas: San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas, 21-22 November, 1963.

Introduction du Memorial France-Irlande par president Hollande

on the occasion of Armistice Day, Nov. 11, 2016:

Aujourd’hui, la France et l’Irlande sont réunies dans le souvenir du sang versé ensemble pour la liberté. Ce monument que nous inaugurons est le symbole de la mémoire partagée entre nos deux pays et le témoignage de l’hommage de la France aux Irlandaises et Irlandais qui se sont sacrifiés pour elle.

Aujourd’hui, nous retrouvons le souvenir de cette fraternité d’armes que nos aînés ont partagée dans les guerres du siècle dernier, à l’occasion du centenaire de la bataille de la Somme que nous avons commémoré en rendant hommage aux plus de 200 000 Irlandais venus du monde entier, engagés dans la Grande Guerre.


En France, le 11 novembre, journée d’hommage à tous les morts pour la France, est aussi l’occasion d’avoir une pensée pour toutes celles et tous ceux qui sont venus du monde entier pour combattre sur nos terres.

Aujourd’hui, autour de ce monument, nous adressons à nos amis irlandais un message de profond remerciement et d’éternel souvenir.

François Hollande

publié le 07/11/2016


Four killed on ride at Australia’s biggest theme park

Source: Irish Ttimes

Four people have been killed in an accident at a theme park on Australia’s east coast, officials said.

Two men and two women died while on the Thunder River Rapids ride at Dreamworld, a popular attraction on Queensland’s Gold Coast. “Dreamworld is working as quickly as possible to establish the facts around the incident,” theme park officials said in a statement, adding that they were working closely with emergency authorities and police.

“Dreamworld’s focus and priority is with the families of those involved in this tragedy and will be providing an update to the public as soon as information becomes available.”

Queensland police said they were called to the site at Coomera around 2.20pm following reports that a number of people had been injured by a conveyor belt. “Four adults have been confirmed as being deceased."

Read more: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/asia-pacific/four-killed-on-ride-at-australia-s-biggest-theme-park-1.2842445

Australia's Disneyland per BBC World . . .

Well Wolf, the only head of state he could name was Chris Rock,

but his fart joke made us laugh so we're calling this a Trump triumph . . .

Piketty: Hillary, Apple et nous

Thomas Piketty compares Trump supporters to Le Pen's and suggests that Hillary improve her status among former Sanders supporters by building on the recent EU decision to force Apple to pay a minimum corporate tax on its Irish operations:
LE MONDE | 10.09.2016 -- Par Thomas Piketty (professeur à l'Ecole d'économie de Paris)

Dans moins de deux mois, les Etats-Unis auront un nouveau président. Si Donald Trump l’emporte, ce serait une catastrophe pour son pays, mais aussi pour le reste du monde. Raciste, vulgaire, imbu de lui-même et de sa fortune, il incarne ce qu’il y a de pire en Amérique. Et le fait qu’Hillary Clinton ait tant de mal à le distancer dans les sondages nous interpelle tous.

La stratégie de Trump est classique : il explique aux petits Blancs malmenés par la mondialisation que leur ennemi est le petit Noir, l’immigré, le Mexicain, le musulman, et que tout ira mieux si le grand milliardaire blanc les en débarrasse. . . . Beaucoup d’électeurs de Trump ou de Le Pen ont au fond d’eux une conviction simple : il est plus facile de s’en prendre aux immigrés qu’au capitalisme financier ou d’imaginer un autre système économique.


Car si les entreprises comme Apple et consorts ont évidemment apporté au monde des innovations considérables, la vérité est que ces géants n’auraient pu émerger sans des décennies de recherche publique et d’infrastructures collectives, tout cela en bénéficiant de taux d’imposition plus faibles que les petites et moyennes entreprises américaines comme européennes (et si le patron d’Apple et ses collègues prétendent le contraire, qu’ils publient enfin le détail de leurs comptes). Cette complexité doit être expliquée, ce qui exige transparence et courage politique. Le moment est venu pour Hilary Clinton d’en faire la démonstration.

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