27 May 2017

About That Little Dutch Boy

If you're old enough you know the the story of the little Dutch boy
A short story within the novel has become well known in its own right in American popular culture. The story, read aloud in a schoolroom in England, is about a Dutch boy who saves his country by putting his finger in a leaking dike. The boy stays there all night, in spite of the cold, until the adults of the village find him and make the necessary repairs.

Donald J. Quisling keeps yapping about leaks, generally alleging that the "deep state", aka the civil service, is sabotaging his regime. The problem with this is that it's false ("Averages by Appointment Type Through September 2014") that the upper level of civil service is Obama insurgents: on average they pre-date Obama by some years.

So, what's going on? It looks rather simple. The Intelligence Community understands that Donald J. Quisling is implementing an oligarch regime just as Putin did: passing USofA resources to favored private entities. From a national security point of view, that's a tad anti-democratic. The best way to slow that move down is to get rid of Donald J. Quisling, and put the fear of God into Pence and Ryan.

Not to mention Jared consorting with known Russian spies.

26 May 2017

I Wish I Had a Photographic Memory

The attentive reader notes that the quote preamble to these endeavors has changed structure some over the years. These days, the top few are (semi-)permanent, while the middle change every now and again as part of the housecleaning, while the last turns over on Sunday (if I remember!).

Among the permanent is the quote from Ernst Haas, which he spoke while leading a workshop I attended in Maine. The they, as noted, was Magnum Photo. According to the Wiki article, no one was asked to leave, which is the legend I've known, but a rather large number are listed as "Withdrawn". I suspect that's resignation in front of firing. For example, Charles Harbutt's Wiki page says:
He left the group in 1981, citing its increasingly commercial ambitions and the desire to pursue more personal work.

In any case, Haas continued a level of association. My recollection, not in the Wiki article, was that Haas was one of the first members who was not a founder. Which brings us to today. The NYT has an article on the new version of the International Center for Photography in NYC. Alas, Haas isn't mentioned in the article, but I'll offer up Part The Second after I see the show. Anyone within a hundred miles of NYC really ought to go.

25 May 2017

The Deplorables

Remember that quote from Hillary?
"To just be grossly generalistic, you can put half of Trump supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables," Clinton said. "Right? Racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it."

Well, just toss this one in the basket:
At that point, Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him. Faith, Keith and I watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the reporter. As Gianforte moved on top of Jacobs, he began yelling something to the effect of, "I'm sick and tired of this!"

Neville Chamberlain Trump's sycophants are Neanderthal. And proud of it. And, if you don't read up on the story, Jacobs was just trying to get an answer to a simple question: what was Gianforte's view of the AHCA with the just released CBO score.

24 May 2017

Can You Hear Me Now?

Regular reader will, likely, recall the missives offered in these endeavors to the effect that Neville Chamberlain Trump has always had a simple grift as goal: to implement the Leona Principle, "Only the little people pay taxes!". In particular, that he and the other members of his Billionaires Club object to progressive taxation, now more than ever. Again, the notion of progressivity in income taxation rests on the notion of shared sacrifice, and that such sacrifice should, to some extent, be based on the further notion that those who can afford to pay a bit more should. When income is more or less not starkly unequal, the degree of progressivity need not be stark. It's not full blown Marxism, "from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs", but as income inequality grows ever more stark, the maintenance of a Federal budget which maintains according to the needs of the neediest (viewed per capita, not per budget year expenditure) of necessity means that the 1%'s contribution must, of course, grow, being the only ones with any moolah. Since the 99% have a diminishing share of GDP. The 1% have won. They've gotten the President who will take the pressure off, just like he did with Comey.

"What have you got to lose?" was Neville Chamberlain Trump's bait. His first budget is the switch. The 99% will lose a lot. And it didn't take long for the truth to out. But with Right Wingnuts controlling the other 3 branches of government, and the next 2 individuals in the line of succession, dumping Neville Chamberlain Trump for one of them won't fix the problem. The justification, of course, is that the USofA has become two countries: the job/wealth creators and the spongers, and that the Life of Riley enjoyed by the spongers is over. There's a new sheriff in town, and he's kicking ass. Not the Populist Reality promised by the Populist Candidate.

As the dictators which Neville Chamberlain Trump is so enamoured of know, such a bifurcated society can only exist with a Police State. That's close on the horizon.

Will the low information, low education, low skilled voters who did this to the rest of us figure it out? Don't bet on it.

Of course, the top 5 states getting SS disability are Trump States.

18 May 2017

The Life of Riley

If you're old enough, you've seen (likely in mid-afternoon re-runs on over-the-air TeeVee in the 60s) "The Life of Riley", in which William Bendix played a lazy middle aged white guy who's just stupid, IOW your typical Neville Chamberlain Trump voter. So, why bring up such a long ago past? Because Derek Lowe has another takedown of TrumpCare FDA "Now This Is A Drug That Does Not Work":
And I think add this every time we have a big drug trial wipe out: keep in mind, that under a safety-only regulatory regime, that people would have been taking this drug (and paying for it, one way or another) for the last few years now, and it would have done them no good at all. When they could have been actually taking something that might help them. We do not know enough about investigational drugs to approve them without efficacy data.

If you're a biostat anywhere, public or private, the Gottlieb cabal isn't your friend. But you've read that sort of thing here before. Quant in the various venues of human rule making (FIRE, in particular) is less useful than reading the NYT. But quant dealing with God's Laws is another matter altogether. There's real value there. And the CxO brigade would just as soon not have to prove their compounds and devices actually benefit patients.

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During the campaign Neville Chamberlain Trump made a point of criticising Obambi for his use of Executive Orders. Obambi, by such talk, was the prime abuser of executive power in all the history of the country. Here's a list and you can see that Neville Chamberlain Trump is way, way ahead. On an annual basis or term basis since Truman, Obambi is at the bottom. Another big lie.

And, BTW, the count for the first 100 days is 32 for Neville Chamberlain Trump which puts his annualized total at 116. Another big lie.

Who said we're a data driven society?

17 May 2017

What The Doctor Told Me

Dr. McElhone used to say, "the answer is obvious to even the most casual observer." That was how he reacted to knuckleheads. But, then, he was Ph.D. in math stat, which isn't an easy thing to do anywhere. And it's really not easy at Iowa State.

So, today, yet again, we get more leaks; that Flynn told the WH that he was under investigation by the FBI on 4 January, weeks before he got his NSA appointment. The talking heads were beside themselves, at least the left heads, with the question: what's the attraction twixt Neville Chamberlain Trump and Flynn???? And the answer has been staring at the rest of us since Flynn became publicly attached to the campaign. Neville Chamberlain Trump is batshit nuts. Flynn is even more batshit nuts. So, Flynn whispered sweet crazies in Neville's ear, and Neville got a massive hard on. Neville just misses those hard ons. It's just that simple. Loonie birds flock together.