Saturday, December 29, 2018

Trump's goal-line defense of his base on The Wall could lead to much more hardship-related shutdown this time

All indications suggest that Donald Trump is dug in on insisting on funding for the southern border wall. Vlogger Tim Pool says he will never give in. Others say he wants to keep the government closed to impede an impeachment investigation.

We’ll see on Jan. 3, if Congress can come to its senses.  But it would require Republicans to help override a veto, as it would take them to impeach Trump.  There has been some talk that Mike Pence wants to offer a $2.5 billion compromise.

Republicans would have to “fire” Trump, so to speak.

We’ve had long shutdowns (3 weeks) before, during the Clinton years.  We think they will blow over.

OK, the stock market has gotten over the shutdown, and the Syria pullout.  Give credit to the vlogger "Economic Invincibility", whose brain style (like "Donovan's Brain", 1953)  traders listen to (and so do some conservative politicians).

What is so dangerous is that Trump has no shame in forcing others to “sacrifice” to please his “aggrieved” base, “The People”.  It sounds Marxist, or else ethno-nationalist.

Contractors don’t get paid, and some furloughed workers may not this time (they were in the past) and those working without pay can have trouble with mortgages and rent.

And Trump sounds mean in announcing a federal pay freeze.

When I worked for a Census survey, we were threatened with a shutdown in March 2011.  It didn’t happen. But I would have quit.  I was not willing to allow my own life to become barter for somebody else’s partisan political objectives.
Should ordinary citizens support the affected workers with crowdfunding?  Is this my moral obligation?  I’ve said even that I ordinary don’t run other people’s fundraisers under my own name (and the reasons I’ve explored elsewhere).  Should I contribute myself?  Maybe privately?  I never would have taken the idea seriously before.  This time it could be different.  Next week is critical.  I have a trust that I benefit from – and though this blog is not the right place to get into that – there are some ways I am supposed to behave with respect to “special needs”. It seems personally insulting, however, to be expected to be the backup for somebody else’s failed systems.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Baby Trump's impetuous use of "You're fired" this week (No, he can't fire the fed chairman)

Baby Trump threw one tantrum after another this week.  The latest came Sunday morning when he replaced resigning Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan as of Jan. 1,2019.  You can see the angry responses to Trump’s own feed here. 
I don’t know how “adult” Shanahan is with respect to the nuclear football, but his views may be closer to Mattis’s than the president expects.  But Shanahan will be involved in international meetings very quickly,   Mattis will probably work for a defense contractor and try to be influential. 

There is a lot of debate on both sides on Syria.  Not everyone agrees that the Kurds are at risk, or that the US had been accomplishing a lot there (other than intelligence gathering).  Rand Paul spoke about this on CNN Sunday morning.

Quite disturbing are claims that Trump is likely to fire Fed Chairman Jerome Powell.  This would rattle markets and undermine the idea of a fed independent of partisanship. But very recently Sunday, news sources ratified that Trump understand he does not have the authority to fire the fed chairman he had appointed.  Both Mick Mulvaney and Steve Mnunchin had committed this to news media by early Sunday, story by Mihir Zaveri in the New York Times. 

CNN reports that Mnunchin has called the nation's largest investment banks over the weekend to reassure them that Trump will not fire Powell. There is a copy of his letter on Twitter.  Treasury is one of the departments shut down. CNBC has a story on his letter noting that Treasury has essential employees on the job and that the system has normal liquidity. 
Here's a typical article on Yahoo! on the markets, with a comparison to 1987.  I remember Oct. 19 that year well.  A friend met me at SFO airport and told me that the market had crashed. 

Here’s Philip Rucker’s assessment of Trump’s crib in the Washington Post. 

The media, especially CNN, makes a lot of the partial shutdown. 

Update Dec 25

Catherine Rampbell on how Trump would handle a financial crisis. 

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Senate quietly votes for reinforcing power grid with older technology backups; can government shutdown affect cybersecurity?

The Senate has reportedly passed a plan to “dumb down” the power grid, which means retrofitting it with more manually controlled methods to restore power in case of cyber attacks which, however, would require air-gap jumping to attack.  Aaron Boyd reports for Nextgov. The current government shutdown has no effect on this/ 

Fifthdomain reports that slightly more of DHS is still on the job with the partial government shutdown for probably all of Christmas week now, and that includes all the critical response to cyberthreats.

But US Cert might not be able to send out its typical warnings to Internet users and installations.
In the video above, Ted Koppel really didn’t cover how air-gapping works in his book, as I best recall.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Self-segregated neighborhoods lead to lower real estate values in African-American neighborhoods

Christina Sturdivant Sani has a rather telling article about comparisons of real estate values in neighborhoods with many “black” residents and those without.

The Washington DC the price spread is about 15%.  But it is more in other cities.

It is not clear that this affects well-run high-rise condo buildings.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Many states prohibit employees and contractors from boycotting Israel

Glenn Greenwald writes in the Intercept about a Texas law that prohibits teachers (maybe all state employees and contractors) from participating in boycotts against Israel (or supporting the West Bank) while employed.  Apparently 26 states have these laws, and some are recent.

The case involved a child speech pathologist to work in the Austin TX school district. She was denied a contract when she refused to sign the oath.

The bill was intended to prohibit public funds to anyone who supports the boycott of Israel.
Of course, there will be a lawsuit regarding the First amendment – even  maybe compelled speech.
States have boycotted other states for anti-LGBT laws.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Could half of Oklahoma "disappear"?

Rebecca Nagle reports that half the land in Oklahoma could be return to native Americans.

Could this put normal private property at risk?  What does this say about other states?

Is this bad karma?

Does it affect “federalism”?
I’ve been to WinStar on I-35.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Amazon may become choosier about the profitability of what it lists

Whatever the controversy over Amazon’s moving to Arlington VA (Crystal City) and Long Island City, Queens, NYC, the Wall Street Journal has a possibly significant article (by Dan Gallagher) about Amazon’s looking at products it sells as “CRaP”, or “can’t make a profit”. 

So far that appears to apply only to foods, soft drinks, appliances, and maybe some furnishings. This concern seems to have to do with Amazon trying to become a hybrid Wal-Mart. Some items are relatively expensive to ship given their value. 

And it appears to apply only to stock items.

Still, you wonder if this could eventually matter for books (especially self-published) carried as POD, with the enormous volume of titles, many of which don’t sell for long.
Amazon has also offered Prime members some important new independent films (often science-fiction or detective mystery genre) for free, a smaller scale version of Netflix.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Zakaria: the rural v urban divide is now driving political and social strife

Fareed Zakaria has a major op-ed in the Washington Post, which he explains on CNN’s Global Public Square today, “The New Dividing Line in Western Politics”.  We’ve seen this most recently with the violent protests in France.
Better Angels should look at this.  It is not just rich v. poor, or traditional partisanship; it is also the urban educated elite compared to the “street smarts” (or “farm smarts”) or rural people.
Jobs are disappearing from rural areas, not so much to immigration (the dog whistle) but to automation and even changes in workplace culture.  It isn’t that clear-cut, though, as you see from the gig economy in cities.  Zakaria talks about robots as affecting jobs. 
There is also a divide on the issue of “now” v. “future generations” on climate change, and on who makes the sacrifices.
It reminds me of the quandary over student deferments from the draft in the 1960s.
Zakaria points out that rural voters have been irrational at the ballot box.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Removal of individual mandate makes Obamacare unconstitutional (Texas judge ruling)

A Texas federal judge, Reed O’Connor, ruled today (Friday, December 14, 2018) that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional, once the individual mandate (removed by Congress) goes away.  The repeal of the individual mandate would take place in 2019.  Stephanie Armour reported in the Wall Street Journal.  Bloomberg also has a report, by Tom Korosec and Kartikhay Mehrotra, emphasizing the politics of the decision. The judge has not been kind in transgender cases. 

The Supreme Court had ruled that it was constitutional according to the federal government’s power to tax.  Without the mandate, there is no such defense.

Yet Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican, had instituted such a mandate in Massachusetts when governor, as a matter of “personal responsibility”.
Congress has never done the math in figuring out how to do a system that works more like, say, Switzerland, private but well regulated to prevent abuse.
 The judge allowed Obamacare to stay in effect until appeals are done, so people need to use open enrollment right away, so it is said on CNN.  (The open period ended Dec. 15, but there are some extensions into January, Sarah Mervosh, New York Times.) 

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Social capital decreases as "elites" move deeper into their own separate worlds as if they were new universes

Fareed Zakaria, from CNN’s GPS, has a telling op-ed about the arrogance of today’s elite written after George H. W. Bush’s funeral. “I’m not calling to revive WASP culture. Just learn from it,” link .

He refers to an old code of contingently sacrificial chivalry where people in upper classes recognized their accidental privilege and would own up to it.  He gives as an example the “Women and children first” sequence of “Titanic”, as in James Horner’s 1997 movie.

That started breaking down over the issue of the Vietnam era draft, with the deferment fiasco.

I am reading Ben Sasse’s “Them: Why We Hate Each Other and How to Heal”, and David Brooks made reference to the loss of local social capital in a NYTimes piece Nov. 16, “It’s not the economy, stupid: How to conduct economic policy in an age of social collapse”. 
I don’t “hate” anyone in a different group as an “enemy” the way the tribalist fringe (on both and right) is behaving (and indeed some on Silicon value are trying to label and blackball some parts of the right as “enemies” for everyone)   But I am aloof socially to what is immediately around me, and find little point in getting involved in conventional voluntarism because it seems to lack much meaning, or continuity.  O enjoy the globalization, and have “almost” no interest in localism.  I am in danger of becoming called an “enemy of the people” if I don’t reach out when “asked to” once I have gone public, perhaps?  This is not quite the same thing as what Brooks and Sasse are talking about; it is even more subtle.

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Aussies develop a new cancer early-detection test; play professional sports and maybe risk losing a leg?

Jacob Passy in MarketWatch reports that researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia have developed a new cancer screening test based on certain specific DNA changes in cells.   The test is based on the way certain DNA fragments stick to (or are adsorbed by) heavy noble metals, especially gold.

It would be unlikely that any one test could detect all possible cancers (or that any one treatment could cure all of them).  Some reports, as this article, are skeptical.

The test works very differently from Jack Andraka’s, which uses nanotubes, but which still has a technique that might detect multiple kinds of carcinomas.

By the way, the strategy of detecting cancers with early detection in older people – seniors – might be mitigated by the social support systems for radical treatments.  There are good questions as to whether everyone needs general anesthesia for a colonoscopy often, or whether sigmoidoscopies still catch most problems and are much simpler – or whether swallowing a tiny camera could be a simpler test.  There are good questions as to what to do in a procedure if something is found.  As it stands now, I expect to do this in January.

There has been some media attention to the apparently compound double leg fracture of Washington Redskin’s quarterback Alex Smith, which may end his career.  The injury seems to have had something to do with the leg getting caught in the turf during a sack.  But the idea of an infection, whether introduced by the wound itself or later in the surgery, is particularly gruesome. 

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Activist attorney Bryan Stevenson says white America has no idea what really happens

Newsweek has published a long and challenging essay about the work activist attorney Bryan Stevenson, by writer Mary Kaye Schilling, “America Is Racist.  So What Do We Do Now?” The link is here.  The piece was suggested by Blendle Essentials.

Stevenson bases his ideas on the observation that most white Americans, especially older ones who grew up and prospered under some de facto segregation, have no concept of what non-white Americans experience. He gets into the history of lynching, and I wonder if Gode Davis had interviewed him in his unfinished documentary “American Lynching”.

I can remember a coworker in the mid 1990s who told me he was raising his son to expect discrimination. 

Some of the issues, in my own workplace experience have to do with different perceptions of personal success, in work and life.
I visited many of the areas in Alabama that Stevenson discusses in May 2014.

Friday, November 30, 2018

The Nation: citizens need to be more personal and aggressive with their activism (go door-to-door again?)

At a debate on immigration at George Washington University Thursday Nov. 29 between The Nation and The American Conservative, both pubs handed out “free” copies of their latest issues.
I wanted to point out an article by D.D. Guttenplan in the Nation, “9 Lessons from the 2018 Midterms. Progressives made significant gains, but now they need to organize bigger, better and smarter.” 

 (In the EU I couldn’t quote this entire byline, if that link tax were to go into effect!) 

There is a lot of attention to “Swing Left”, but what struck me in the article was the attention given to recruiting volunteers, and also being able to pay workers – and the attention that the writer wants people with more money to pay to local elections.

He wants people to be OK with phonebanks (robocalls?) and door knocking (fear of home invasions?)  But that’s how it used to be before the Internet, especially with issues like gay rights back in the 1980s (esp. when AIDS was getting started – I remember it too well). 
Now we have an elitist component that sees such tactics as beneath us.
I’ll cover the debate on Wordpress, but there was a lot about “the rich and the poor”, right next to one another, especially in the Tenderloin in San Francisco.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

New anti-cancer drug with few side effects may wipe out some major cancers

ABC News reports on a new anti-cancer chemotherapy drug that has few side effects and that is amazingly effective against cancers with one particular kind of DNA mutation (called NTRK). The story is here

Case histories include a boy cured of thyroid cancer (would it have helped Roger Ebert? – and I had a classmate die of this when I was growing up in the 50s) and a girl who was able to avoid a limb amputation.

Some of the tumors are sarcomas or are unusual.  But there may be some more common cancers that would be amendable.
The FDA link is here
Second picture:  My own referral for a future colonoscopy.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Fourth National Climate Assessment sneaked in to the media on Black Friday

On Black Friday, an agency in the Trump administration issues another dire report on climate change, following up on the Oct 8 report from the Intergovernmental Panel.
This is the Fourth National Climate Assessment, an update of a Nov. 2017 report, here

The report predicts enormous financial losses and deaths by 2100.  The report is specific as to regions of the country.

The general threats to infrastructure come from enormous events, like wildfires in the West that happen year round now and that move farther way from woodland-suburb interface, stronger hurricanes, out of season tornadoes in areas less used to them, and more extreme temperature events, which, for now, can include unusual out-of-season (especially in spring and fall) cold snaps from “polar vortices”.

Trump, to protect his "base", claims that the report is based on the most extreme projections. 
Some scientists want to place sunblocks (aerosols of sufates) into the stratosphere (CNN).  

A Facebook friend of mine has a detailed counter proposal (talks about the California drought and wildfires) here

Friday, November 23, 2018

Thanksgiving always leads to more moralizing about "mandatory" voluntarism (and maybe national service)

A rather challenging piece in the Washington Post by  Lisa M. O’Neill, “Americans are wildly generous at the holidays; and then it stops”.  

Well, I meet her first suggestion.  I do my giving in an automated fashion, through a bank, once a month, throughout the year.  That has an advantage of making the donation stream steady, so it’s not about waiting until the next catastrophe.

I don’t respond usually to sudden catastrophes, but I did volunteer in a Red Cross phone bank after Katrina in 2005 (it didn’t accomplish a lot because of the bureaucracy). The Paradise fire in California is rather staggering, and approaching the scale of a small nuclear explosion.  I do know someone near the affected area;  if I find out that it affected his work, I will do something.  But at some point, we have to think about, what if there really is a regional catastrophe of some kind (an EMP caused by North Korea)? With an unstable president, anything is possible.

Oh, yes, we can talk about policy – not just climate change – but why people keep overbuilding in interface areas – coastal or near forests, without proper construction and (in the case of fires) clearing of nearby land?

I did inherit a “trust” house, which was sold in 2017.  But had it been in a coastal area, I would have created my own evacuation plan and hotel arrangement, and ability to move computers and valuables to another location.  I would have had to have some sort of rebuilding arrangement already discussed with insurance companies in advance.  (Read the New York Times piece by Mary Williams Walsh on this matter, Nov. 20.) 

That works for hurricanes, but not for sudden events like large tornadoes or wildfires.

Getting back to the O’Neill piece, I admit, I’m not sociable enough to make much of all her calls for voluntarism.  Her comment on indigenous peoples is certainly challenging. 

I'll note her mention of the Tenderloin area of San Francisco. At one time it had been the "gay area" which gradually migrated to the richer Castro. I walked through the Tenderloin on the way to an Electronic Frontier Foundation forum in mid September and indeed saw "the rich and the poor" within feet of one another,  and was even accosted by someone who thought I was an undercover ICE agent!! 

But we can think how we manage the expectations that people participate in volunteering.  How well it works depends on our overall expectations as a community or culture from individuals. Personally,  I’m not much for putting on other people’s uniforms. Individually, a lot of more “intellectual” people (like “Economic Invincibility” on YouTube) find it hard to make it work.  Often service gets merged into narrow activism and almost unwelcome compelled speech.
More to the point is maybe volunteer camps – where people live in camps in devastated areas for weeks and take turns providing service.  We like to see college students do it.  Churches sponsor it.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

John Roberts sets the record about SCOTUS and the entire court system with Donald Trump

Chief Justice Roberts has spoken out against Trump’s complaints about the discretion of circuit courts of appeals, as with the asylum seeker issue. 

Trump had called the Ninth Circuit “Obama judges”.

The media is noting that Trump’s base seems to support even this behavior on Trump’s part as the “left behind” people have little reason to trust the standard institutions of our federalist and republican system.
Trump’s previously reported requests to possibly prosecute Hillary Clinton and James Comey fit this mode.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Pentagon does war game maneuver for massive cyber attack on power grid

Joseph Marka reports on Nextgov about a detailed war-game at Plum Island on Long Island on restoricing critical power grid components in the event of a cyber attack.  Here is the link with a very long detailed story
The maneuvers assume that various air gap jumpers must have been able to infect widely distant components, which are supposed to be isolated.
Pentagon planners appear to me more concerned about cyber, than flux EMP or various physical attacks.
 Plum Island is better known as an animal disease research center. 

Monday, November 19, 2018

Gruesome injuries, and football as a right of passage in the U.S.

The gruesome double-bone fracture of the lower leg of Redskin Quarterback Alex Smith at Fed-Ex Field Sunday reminds me, at least, of the whole machismo thing American culture has associated with playing football (not soccer), Washington Post story by Kareem Copland. 

The injury occurred apparently because the quarterback’s foot got caught in the artificial turf during a sack.  Redskin’s QA Joe Theismann had a similar incident in 1985, and it was graphic to look at.
Injuries of this severity are almost unpredictable in football.  But they can happen in baseball too, most of all with pitchers struck by line drives(Herb Score).

For all the recent data on the concussion risk leading to the moral status of football fanmanship (spectators allowed, not at Burning Man) the incident reminds me of the culture in the past when playing football was a gauntlet all young men ran to prove their competitive worth later.

Now that’s oppressive.
One other thing.  Pro sports teams have rapid ups and downs.  But could the Baltimore Orioles’s collapse have anything to do with the horrific events in the city from 2015 on?  Did the racism of the past explain why the old Washington Senators baseball team was so bad?

Friday, November 16, 2018

California electric utility may be liable for Camp Fire

The New York Times, in a front page story Thursday Nov. 15, reports (Ivan Penn and Peter Eavis) that California’s Pacific Gas and Electric utility could be liable for billions of losses in California wildfires, especially the Camp Fire that destroyed the town of Paradise, over 27000 people with many senior citizens.  

This would be so if a downed power line, still energized, started the fire.  Downed lines might have happened in high winds.  There would be questions if brush had not been cleared far enough from the lines.

But even a spark from a flat tire could start a fire. (I was in the Sacramento area in September, and there was a small fire near Apple Hill along Route 50. In fact, when I was in Texas, a rental care persistently gave me a false warning of low tire pressure which I disproved with a gauge.)
This is another danger for utilities, which have endured weapons attacks (in April 2013).  And (as on the International Issue blog Nov. 13) North Korea may have introduced the idea of a non-nuclear ground flux EMP weapon that a terrorist or saboteur could deploy.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Why support of single-payer health insurance for the US is naive

Scott W. Atlas reminds us of the difficulties of implementing a single payer “Medicare for All” healthcare system that would actually work, in a Wall Street Journal (about the "false promise") op-ed Tuesday Nov. 13.

Britain’s NHS is plagued by long waits even for life-saving treatments.  So is Canada’s single payer.
Germany and Switzerland (even France) have partially private systems involving employers, but better regulated than in the U.S. 

In 1998, I was able to get novel surgery immediately in Minneapolis for an acetabular fracture in a convenience store fall on a wet floor, on an employer policy.  I returned to work quickly and full activity (even if on crutches for a while) very quickly.  I remember the Academy Awards fundraiser party where I put away the crutches for the first time.

In the City Journal video above, libertarian journalist John Stossel plays devil’s advocate.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

A visit to Trump country: the economy in most of it is not doing well

I did a little citizen journalism this past weekend in the Pittsburgh area.  Some of it is documented on the “Bills Media Reviews” Wordpress blog – but I want to make a note that I drove through some towns in far western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio that are not doing very well.

Oddly, there is a nuclear power plant (West Beaver) near the Ohio line in Midland-ShippingPort, PA.  There is a new performing arts center in Midland.  But the businesses in most of the towns around there look decayed, and it was hard to find much that was open (Monday, November 12, legal holiday, middle of the day).  East Liverpool, Ohio, I found a diner with delicious hot dogs downtown and pretty crowded, but not much else downtown seemed to be open.

Generally, I didn’t find many major franchise or brand businesses – like fast food, major gas stations and convenience stores, major pharmacies or department stores (CVS, Walmart), etc. 
I have another blog devoted to trademark law, so when I see an areas without the presence of major chain store brands – which people hate, I know – that’s a sign of economic depression and poor employment.  Likewise, the infrastructure, and roads, are not in good shape, even street signs are wrong.

This area is Trump country.  Everybody here hates the elites and voted for him.  In a few towns, Trump may have saved some jobs, and he may have helped some specialized businesses in Ohio (I have a relative who owns a process-controller software company and he says Trump has been good for him).  But generally, the working people with relatively less education in these areas are still doing very poorly in “Trump” country.  The economies of most of these rust belt towns are not good.
So what do people in these towns need?  Not college education.  Vocational training?  Ask “Economic Invincibility”. 

 I don't think people living here really sit around and get fake news from Russian bots on Facebook. But they may have been fooled into believing that protectionism could work for them.  Protectionism just doesn't work, ever. 

Saturday, November 10, 2018

The controversy over Whitaker's "appointment" as acting AG by Trump

The appointment of acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is raising serious legal and practical concerns (after the sacking of Jeff Sessions). 

He is reported to have said he doesn’t consider Marbury v Madison (from high school American history) valid – judicial review.  He is said to deny separation of church and state.  We don’t know why Trump would appoint him except out of a superficial idea of “loyalty” (as earlier with James Comey), to hinder the Mueller investigation.
CNBC reports (Kevin Breuninger) on this with a detailed letter from Senator (Minority Leader) Chuck Schumer to President Trump, here

Furthermore the New York Times focuses on the constitutional issues, saying that Whitaker must go through the Senate confirmation process, in a story by Neal K. Katyal and George T. Conway III, here

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Protesters go over the line near a Fox host's home


Media sources report that protesters attempted a breaking and entering of Tucker Carlson’s (Fox News) home Wednesday night.

The Washington Post has a detailed story by Allyson Chiu, Perry Stein and Emma Brown.  The home is in NW Washington DC but media sources will not disclose more details.  Media sources report that Carlson and possibly other conservative journalists were doxxed.  Twitter and Facebook have removed their posts and Twitter has suspended at least one group (Smash Racism DC”).
Carlson’s wife called police while her husband was at work.  The acts committed could include vandalism or destruction of property and attempted breaking and entering (could have led to a home invasion).  If police have identified perpetrators, prosecution (for crimes committed inside the District of Columbia) by a United States attorney would be possible.  (Grand juries for these things meet in secret – I was robbed on the Metro once in 2013, really lost very little [but someone made $25000 of fake Metro cards on my credit card quickly before it was cancelled] – the perpetrator was not prosecuted for my robbery but jailed for another one.)

Tim Pool got into an argument on Twitter with Matthew Yglesias of Vox, who sympathized a bit with the protestors on wanting rich people to know what it feels like to be in danger (like of police profiling, maybe). 

I’ve never gotten the personal impression that Tucker Carlson is particularly extreme on the Right. 
However the level-headed Wikipedia reports some serious stuff about his past statements.
Listen to Pool’s analysis on the video.  This only gets worse. But he notes that protests near the homes of public officials have always happened. 
There are also reports of multiple protests tonight (John Bowden, The Hill) over fears that Mueller’s investigation of Trump will be impeded by the new interim AG, Whitaker, who denies that the Russians affected the 2016 elections. 

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Trump's first reaction to midterm results: start a slow-motion Saturday Night Massacre; there could be more soon

Here is a pretty definitive score on the results of the midterms, from Vox, as of 11 PM EST Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018.

Rick Scott beat Bill Nelson in FL, so David Hogg didn’t win on his home field!  (Hogg can be a Senator in 2031.)   Scott is probably pressured somewhat to moderation, however.

Trump’s firing of Jeff Sessions (who had started to mellow a little) and might end the Mueller probe (MSNBC)  Matt Whittaker acts as AG.  Republicans warn Trump not to stop the Mueller probe (Guardian).  Democrats will have subpoena power. 
A slow-motion Saturday night massacre?