Very short post this morning.  Long one was wiped out when our “big pipe” onto the net went down.  We are in severe thunderstorms this morning so “hold that drought.”  I will be making notes and updating as we go…on battery power right now.  Rain  and hail coming down like mad.

Briefly: :  Bitcoin 7,500, Dow Futures +40.

Wow Weather

This is what the rain looks like when it’s coming down hard enough to take down satellite links.

The National Weather Service has an advisory out for the Plains starts this morning and looking at NEXRAD, you can see how our part of Texas has a line of storms coming through.  We’re under that red stuff.

The bad news is we’re still in a drought, but this will give us enough water to make lawn mowing an issue again shortly.  Almost 1/2-inch of rain in 10-minutes.

In Three Rings:  Circus America

In the first ring,. we see the $20-million Mueller Fishing and Hooker expedition is trying to get Paul Manafort jailed.  Seems he called someone on his cell after being indicted and (OMG!) talked to them.

“Attempted Witness Tampering” says the chief fisherman’s brief.

Lesson?  Next time you get indicted for something having nothing to do with Russia collusion, don’t call anyone, OK?

Lesson #2:  Don’t use iCloud to hide documents and data you don’t want seized.  Moving on…

In the Third Ring

We have Trump’s chief apologist/lawyer Rudy Giuliani going on about this and that about the idea of president Trump pardoning himself.

The Tweeter-in-Chief firing off overnight with:

“What is taking so long with the Inspector General’s Report on Crooked Hillary and Slippery James Comey. Numerous delays. Hope Report is not being changed and made weaker! There are so many horrible things to tell, the public has the right to know. Transparency!”

Peanuts?  Popcorn?  NUTS?

We figure Jeff Sessions will want to get his resume polished up with this report: Trump blames Sessions for ‘Russian Witch Hunt Hoax’.

And in the Center Ring

With all the hullabaloo about kneeling and football, a planned visit of the Philadelphia Eagles to the White House has been canceled.  Mr. Hardly-Ever-Tweets explaining:

“The Philadelphia Eagles Football Team was invited to the White House. Unfortunately, only a small number of players decided to come, and we canceled the event. Staying in the Locker Room for the playing of our National Anthem is as disrespectful to our country as kneeling. Sorry!

We have had many Championship teams recently at the White House including the Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Pittsburgh Penguins, New England Patriots, Alabama and Clemson National Champions, and many others. National Anthem & more great music today at 3:00 P.M.

But, the Eagles were dis-invited because so few were interested.  But Philadelphia’s democrat-in-chief mayor used the occasional to pimp the Trump-hater brand calling the prez a fragile egomaniac.   Hmmm…when comes to slurs “fragile egomaniac” versus “career democrat politician” is a close call – not sure which is worse.

I swear to you this is not news.  But it’s a fine example of what we’ve pointed out previously:  Namely that a) there is too much “news channel capacity” and not enough content to fill it.  And b) Trump is going around the corporate-locked news with Twitter which could lead to why Homeland is reported  compiling a list of alt-news influence-makers.

What’s missing in the discussion is how all WH credentialed journos have to go through background checks.  And, if you read my 2012 book Broken Web, it’s clear that unfettered access to the net is one thing but using social and pseudo news sites to incite?  Quite another.

Split-Shot Americano Tall President??

Howard Schultz is backing out of Starbucks after making megabucks and is reported eyeing politics.  Perhaps enough so he will become the next “rich guy to buy the White House.”  SSATP, maybe?

With a reported $2.8 billion, he could likely be a serious bidder.  No need of a Foundation, or Vichy government,  huh?

And gosh, think about all the restrooms where homeless could see vote Howard posters!  Make fine local campaign offices, too…Why, people could register while peeing!

Congressional Pricks Dept.

OK, let’s face it:  Only ONE guy (Trump) has been working the NorK talks.

But now we’re seeing how the mad dogs of Congress are lining to to try and scam some of the credit.

Here’s a plan:  STFO *(stay the f out) of Trump’s deal.  If there is a deal, he has to desk it…so he will bring it in. Save the grandstanding BS.  If no deal, then stay in Washington and DO NOTHING like usual, ‘K?

(God save us from Congress and other career toads.)

Speaking of the NorK’s  – good article over here on how China will be making a mint on new trade with the NorKs if a semi-peaceful end comes to the talks.

Now, who is it tells you (daily) “Everything is a business model!”?

Monetizing the Dead

Still in style, apparently as CNN rolls with “Remembering RFK, 50 years later/”  We can’t help but call it double monetizing,  of the dead and of the democrats.  Republicans need to buy a network, yeah?

Mexico Retirement Plans?

Uh.. rethink: American couple shot dead in Mexico home in apparent botched robbery, official says.   Course it could happen anywhere, but…..

If you really want to live in a city with cartel influence, try Chicago.

Party?

Now that we know The moons of some giant alien planets could host life. we can ask the important question.

Sure they can host life, but do they host parties?

Don’t be confused: Try togetherness: Study promotes cooperative weed management to curb herbicide resistance is about the other kind of weed.

Seriously?  Here’s one to read completely”: How does alcohol influence the development of Alzheimer’s disease?  If you can’t remember to read it…

Dark Side of Climate Change

It could crash the global economy:

Except, since we’re really in Global Cooling and the Earth is now in the 206-year solar cycle chill (the Maunder Minimum ring a bell), it could be a clever ruse to save energy now so we don’t all freeze later.

If you plan a move to some new part of the country, do consider SOUTH OF 40a degrees, not north of it.  Varies, of course my how much data you can handle.

Peoplenomics tomorrow and more here Thursday… power’s back on and so’s breakfast…Dow futures now down 4.