Saturday, November 26, 2016


Throwing Muses with Bright Yellow Gun. AFAIK only hit on their 1993 album University.

Alternative rockband from Newport, Rhode Island. Formed in 1981. Lead singers are old acquaintances: Kristin Hersh and Tanya Donelly.

Garbage with I think I'm Paranoid. Album Version 2.0 (1998).

Formed in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1993. Still around, still the same band members: Butch Vig, Steve Marker, Shirley Manson, Duke Erikson.

Goede nacht.



From The New York Slimes' prime economics editor, Paul Krugman, Nov. 9, 2016:

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"It really does now look like President Donald J. Trump, and markets are plunging. When might we expect them to recover?

Frankly, I find it hard to care much, even though this is my specialty. The disaster for America and the world has so many aspects that the economic ramifications are way down my list of things to fear.

Still, I guess people want an answer: If the question is when markets will recover, a first-pass answer is never.

Under any circumstances, putting an irresponsible, ignorant man who takes his advice from all the wrong people in charge of the nation with the world’s most important economy would be very bad news. What makes it especially bad right now, however, is the fundamentally fragile state much of the world is still in, eight years after the great financial crisis.

It’s true that we’ve been adding jobs at a pretty good pace and are quite close to full employment. But we’ve been doing O.K. only thanks to extremely low interest rates. There’s nothing wrong with that per se. But what if something bad happens and the economy needs a boost? The Fed and its counterparts abroad basically have very little room for further rate cuts, and therefore very little ability to respond to adverse events.

Now comes the mother of all adverse effects — and what it brings with it is a regime that will be ignorant of economic policy and hostile to any effort to make it work. Effective fiscal support for the Fed? Not a chance. In fact, you can bet that the Fed will lose its independence, and be bullied by cranks.

So we are very probably looking at a global recession, with no end in sight. I suppose we could get lucky somehow. But on economics, as on everything else, a terrible thing has just happened..."

So, "If the question is when markets will recover, a first-pass answer is never."


The Dow Jones Industrial Average, NOV 25, 2016:

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This Keynesian asshole has by now been proven so many times DEAD WRONG that the credit he still enjoys is, in one word, unbelievable.

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Thursday, November 24, 2016


DowneastBlog wishes its readers in the US and Canada a Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Also, think of the service members out there. It might be that some of them have to make do with this:

So maybe you might want to invite one or more of them at your richly filled table.

"We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known.
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!

We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant,
And pray that Thou still our Defender will be.
Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!"

Amen and enjoy!


Sunday, November 20, 2016


The video starts with some thoughts by a Thierry Ardisson, who I assume is a virtual unknown outside France but who in his own country seems to be a household name in talk shows. he's also a TV and movie producer.

After that... see for yourself:

I fail to see the anti-Trump rants but what is clear is the astounding low intellectual level of these imams. Their incoherent and illogical sermons are, apart from the depressing lack of sound, well thought out arguments, characterized by the incurable tendency to navel gazing so typical for the followers of the prophet. Small wonder the islamic world cannot produce anything requiring intelligence, logic, precision and a commitment to quality. And to think that attendance to these clowns is on the rise!



To paraphrase our buddy CDR Salamander, General Flynn goes Outlaw Mike - even though I read somewhere he's a registered Democrat.

I've been saying this for a decade at least:

"Islam is a political ideology, which is pretending to be a religion. Islam is like a cancer. In this case, a malignant cancer. It has metastized."

Well, we all know what has to be done with cancers, before it's too late.