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Obama had the Post-Racial administration... Trump has the...

... Post-Truth administration ...


How did we elect such a weird man?

His weird handshakes, where he tries to yank the other guy's arm off and pulls them off balance...

His hair. Oh, that hair. The work of an extremely vain man who doesn't have a clue about how fake it looks...

His obesity. The man has gotten truly yuge. Big fat ass. And yet he insists on playing golf without a coat, with photographers around. Doesn't he realize how pathetic his fat ass looks?

His rudeness. Shoving other world leaders out of the way, and then jutting out his chin just like Mussolini. Very weird.

His creepy leering remarks about his own daughter.

His creepy remarks about being a sexual predator on other women, including married women.

The constant exaggerating, lying, conniving.

Now, I can understand a right wing backlash. The pendulum swinging to someone more conservative for the next four or eight years.

But this bag of weirdness? It makes NO sense!

Feds approve $647 million grant for Caltrain electrification project

Source: San Jose Mercury News

In a stunning reversal, the Federal Transit Administration said Monday that it will approve a $647 million grant to electrify Caltrain tracks, nearly doubling capacity on the overburdened San Jose to San Francisco commute route.

The approval comes after months of delays and worries by Caltrain officials and Bay Area leaders that the Trump administration would cancel the grant. If the funding hadn’t been approved by June 30, the $2 billion track electrification project would have lost key construction contracts.

The electrification work will mean faster and more reliable trains on a 51-mile stretch of the Caltrain corridor along the Peninsula, offering more than 110,000 rides per day, up from 60,000. The project will also create 10,000 jobs in California and around the country. The first electric trains are expected to be in service by early 2021, if not sooner, and construction on the project should start in 60 to 90 days.

“This news, quite clearly, is electrifying,” said Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO Carl Guardino. “This is all the major holidays wrapped into one with a beautiful Caltrain bow around it.”

Read more: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/05/22/federal-fta-grant-caltrain-electrification/

This indeed is very good news not only for the Caltrain service between SF and Silicon Valley, but also for the California High Speed Rail project which will use the electrified Caltrain route through the Peninsula.

Despite the naysayers, it looks like California may finally catch up with the rest of the civilized world in moving people around in the most efficient manner.

Saudi Arabia Exposed

While Trump is orb fondling and curtsying to the Saudi king, watch this video to see what it is really like to live in that nation...

Mexico agrees to pay...

...for impeachment...

I used to enjoy watching the national news...

But now it's gotten too repulsive every time Trump is shown speaking on screen. His whiny nasal voice, his sniffing and snorting, and even worse, the constant lying and conning. It's revolting.

For a while I was just muting the sound when he came on. But his mug has gotten even redder and uglier with every passing day. So I just turn off the TV entirely.

I'm not about to "tune in, turn on, and drop out", just yet, but I think it's going to be at least four years of getting my news from sources that don't show Trump.

Anyone have suggestions for Trump-free news zones?

It's So Much Harder to Escape Poverty Than You Might ThinkIt Can Take Decades and an Incredible Str

And then you retire and realize that you're poor once again and have to re-learn how to do without...

It's So Much Harder to Escape Poverty Than You Might Think—It Can Take Decades and an Incredible Streak of Good Luck

In order to get out of poverty, you have to basically be extremely lucky for almost 20 years, according to a new bookThe Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy, by economist Peter Temin.

So many deep-seeded factors have lead to the economic and wealth inequality in the U.S. today (from slavery through to the new Jim Crow prisons crisis of today, to technological shifts, to globalization, corporatization and so much else) that few Americans stand a realistic chance of ever changing their economic status. Writer Gillian B. White explains this in a detail in an April 27 piece in the Atlantic, which sums up Temin's new book.

In the book, Temin explains the problem via a concept he calls the “dual economy." He divides the American economic system between an “FTE sector” of college educated, computer literate, high-salaried people (he estimates these make up about 20 percent of the roughly 320 million Americans); and the “low-wage sector,” (which represents the majoirty of the nation).

Temin's estimates trace workers' families back to before 1970, and he does the math to determines that America’s economy runs on a two-class system, in which race plays a significant role. He establishes that it would take almost 20 years of “nothing going wrong,” as White’s piece puts it, for an average person in poverty to dig their way out.

As White summarizes in the Atlantic:

“Education is key, Temin writes, but notes that this means plotting, starting in early childhood, a successful path to, and through, college. That’s a 16-year (or longer) plan that, as Temin compellingly observes, can be easily upended. For minorities especially, this means contending with the racially fraught trends Temin identifies earlier in his book, such as mass incarceration and institutional disinvestment in students, for example. Many cities, which house a disproportionate portion of the black (and increasingly, Latino) population, lack adequate funding for schools. And decrepit infrastructure and lackluster public transit can make it difficult for residents to get out of their communities to places with better educational or work opportunities. Temin argues that these impediments exist by design.”

The judge calling for a return to the guillotine

Impeachment is slower, but not as messy.

The judge calling for a return to the guillotine

Ninth Circuit Appeals Court Judge Alex Kozinski holds provocative views on the death penalty. In an interview with Lesley Stahl this week, he advocates for the firing squad — even the guillotine.

“It’s 100 percent effective, and it leaves no doubt that what we are doing is a violent thing,” he tells Stahl on the broadcast.

But look past the shocking sentiment and French Revolution imagery and see Judge Kozinski’s broader notion: killing a person — no matter how it’s carried out and how legally justified courts deem it — is vicious.

“If we’re going to take human life, if we’re going to execute people, if the state is going to snuff out a human being,” he says, “we should not fool ourselves into thinking that it’s anything but a violent, brutal act.”

Family Feud

One of my favorite shows. It's mindless but it can be fun trying to guess what the average polled group of Americans would answer to various questions, some of which are leading with double entendres. And of course, the contestants can be hilariously clueless. Like a recent one who gave an answer that was already given, and then kept assuring Harvey, "It's up there, I know it is!"...

But what is it with Steve Harvey and the cars? All last year when he pointed at the automotive prize for five day winners, it would be "A brand new Ford Fusion" or other Ford product, menationed by name.

But this year the Fords are gone, and instead a perfectly acceptable Jeep Renegade. OK, granted the Renegade is not the most attractive ride, but hell it IS a Jeep. They are not necessarily supposed to be good looking.

So I am guessing that Family Feud had a deal with Ford and part of that deal was to announce the brand and the model several times in each show. Maybe Fiat Chrysler cheapened out, agreed to provide a low end model but didn't sweeten the deal as much as Ford had. Just guessing, mind you. I wouldn't think that Harvey has a love for Fords and a hate for Jeeps. Or does he?

What do you call it when someone lies so massively they soon contradict themselves?

"Going The Full Donald"...
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