21 thoughts on “Picture This”

  1. save earth and bill will vote for you, don john the con.

    [hopefully that epithet “con” also will soon refer to being a convicted one] 


  2. new dr. prescription: take two dogs and get some exercise

    study reported by mayo clinic via cnn:

    The researchers compared the cardiovascular health scores of pet owners with those of petless people. In general, people who owned a pet were more physically active than those who did not, with healthier diets and blood sugar levels.
    But then they compared dog owners with everyone else and found that no matter their age, sex or education level, they benefited the most in terms of cardiovascular health.
    Take that, cat people.
    The findings are consistent with research that has shown that dog ownership leads to more physical activity. Meanwhile, pet ownership in general reduces stress, betters our self-esteem and makes us more social.
    Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, one of the lead researchers on the team, said what makes this study so significant is that it showed the benefits of having a dog go beyond just increased physical activity. The study included many factors that determined the health of the heart and arteries, like showing that dog-owners tend to also have a healthier diet than other pet-owners — thus contributing to a better cardiovascular health.

  3. while the twit is threatening even more tariffs (French wine being the latest), perhaps we should remind him of who holds (and what they might do to get his attention) our IOUs.

    from the Balance:

    The U.S. debt to China is $1.11 trillion as of May 2019. That’s 27% of the $4.1 trillion in Treasury bills, notes, and bonds held by foreign countries. The rest of the $22 trillion national debt is owned by either the American people or by the U.S. government itself. 
    China has the greatest amount of U.S. debt held by a foreign country. Japan comes second at $1.10 trillion. It’s followed the United Kingdom at $332 billion, Brazil at $306 and Ireland at $271 billion.
    …the top five countries owning U.S. debt. Combined, they hold 75% of U.S. debt held by foreign countries.


    What Happens If China Called in Its Debt Holdings
    China would not call in its debt all at once. If it did, the demand for the dollar would plummet. This dollar collapse would disrupt international markets even more than the 2008 financial crisis. China’s economy would suffer along with everyone else’s.
    It’s more likely that China would slowly begin selling off its Treasury holdings. Even when it just warns that it plans to do so, dollar demand starts to drop. That hurts China’s competitiveness. As it raises its export prices, U.S. consumers would buy American products instead. China could only start this process if it further expands its exports to other Asian countries and increases domestic demand. 


  4. so what more does vlad want don john to demolish?  the twit has destroyed or at least undermined the country’s confidence in the courts, the legislative branch, elections, safe public places, insuring clean air & water, repairing the infrastructure and their fellow americans.  hate and chaos rains.   he’s also in the midst of dismantling nato, sewing distrust in shelf-life of this nation’s word & treaty integrity.   so what else, vlad, or is the idiot now no longer useful?

  5. check this picture out of the twit and the bon bon at lunch in Biarritz.  is it just my imagination, perception angle maybe, or is don the con’s chair lower (making him look like a sullen little kid at the table) and macron’s higher giving him more visual authority? 

  6. wapo:

    President Trump stands to save millions of dollars annually in interest on outstanding loans on his hotels and resorts if the Federal Reserve lowers rates as he has been demanding, according to public filings and financial experts. 


    In the five years before he became president, Trump borrowed more than $360 million via four loans from Deutsche Bank for his hotels in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, as well his 643-room Doral golf resort in South Florida. 


    The payments on all four properties vary with interest rate changes, according to Trump’s official financial disclosures. That means he has already benefited from falling interest rates that were spurred in part by a cut the Federal Reserve announced in July, the first in more than a decade — and his payments could drop by millions of dollars more annually if the central bank grants Trump’s wish and further lowers short-term rates, experts said.
    “It will reduce his borrowing costs quite a bit if he gets what he wants,” said Phillip Braun, a finance professor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Braun said Trump’s savings could be even greater if Deutsche Bank permits his company to pay down the loans more quickly without a penalty, which banks sometimes allow. 


    Experts said it’s difficult to ascertain exactly how much Trump would save if he gets the reduction in short-term interest rates that he has urged, from 2.25 percent to 1.25 percent — a move typically reserved for economic emergencies.


    But the president would be substantially impacted by a rate cut, they agreed.


    Beginning in 2012, Deutsche Bank provide Trump’s company with about $364 million in loans….


    Bloomberg News found that for every quarter-point reduction, Trump could save $850,000 in annual interest rate payments, which would mean more than $3 million in annual savings if the Fed dropped rates a full percentage point as Trump has demanded. 


  7. SFB’s chair looks lower to me – Which would be mortifying to him. Stupid prick threatening to put tariffs on French wine. I heard him on television talking about it and he said that he preferred American wine to French wine even though he doesn’t drink wine. Thinks the EU should form its own army ( kinda like NATO?) Typical SFB move. Thinks he knows everything about everything but he doesn’t know shit about shit. And Mark my words he’s going to fuck up the G7 joint communicate as well … again.
    But on a lighter note, it’s Mrs. P’s birthday (she’d kill me if I said which one) so we’re out wandering around, going to spend the night in Pittsburgh, have a really nice dinner in a restaurant overlooking the city, take a little river cruise that sort of thing. You know, get the hell out of East Bumfuck for a micro vacation. 

  8. Poupon d’Fleur living the dream. Her mom was an Aussie cattle dog, pop was a Malamute.   Somewhere out West Texas way.  (Fence between them)

  9. Great observation.  Perhaps the great bulk sank the chair into the floor?  Looking at the French leader chair it does not appear to have any lengthening done to it, so perhaps a shortening did occur.

  10. Wonderful photo, but the skyline of NY always reminds me of a Peter Allen lyric

    On a grey little island

    In the shadow of giants

  11. If Bill Maher is so worried about the environment, why doesn’t he stop flying to Hawai’i every Christmas to smoke weed?

  12. Thank you, Jamie. Made me think about my first (of several) reads of Heinlein’s Destination Moon.

  13. IT “stands to save millions of dollars annually in interest” everything he does has an angle for himself!!!  Pig! 

  14. …too bad that Inslee dropped-out, he seemed like a viable candidate, on paper: executive and legislative experience, represents a politically-polarized state, embraces innovative and progressive ideas; i guess he just wasn’t provocative enough in today’s viral/sound-bite/insta-meme society? 

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