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GDP growth for the last three quarters of 2018: 4.2%, 3.4%, 2.2%.

Consensus estimate for 1Q2019: 1.5%.

It sure looks like Trump bought about a quarter and a half of fake "prosperity" with his tax cut and things are continuing to cool off.

Genuinely concerned that he's going to start a war to take people's minds off it if the economy goes into recession.

Stan Ridgway was one of the most wonderfully strange things from the 1980s, first with Wall of Voodoo then with a number of solo albums.

Here he goes "noir" and with his offbeat voice and clever lyrics, it just...works. It's the title cut from his first solo album in 1986.

Stan Ridgway - The Big Heat

The EU legislature has voted to get rid of daylight savings time starting in 2021.

More Flying Dog winter warmer and In Cold Blood.
I’m rather warming up Matt Smith as The Doctor.

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@mike_jones Let’s hope that the info they ultimately decide to release to the public is done so with transparency, so that we do have enough data to make our own judgment of the findings.

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I’ve had the fortune and the pleasure of seeing play . He transcended the game and I’m happy he was able to retire as a . He’ll go down as one of the best to have ever played. He’s guaranteed to go into both the America and the Japanese baseball hall of fame. On a side note, because of him Field started featuring on its menu at the ballpark. The sport will surely miss this one of a kind class act.

So the Mueller report is out.

Lots of people are talking about what it means.

NONE of them know what's in it.

My suggestion: withhold judgment until we've actually seen what's in it.

If you're going to judge Mueller, do so on the basis of whether the report is honest and thorough, not on its conclusions.

Second suggestion: don't watch any "news" programming on TV this weekend.

A local historian has found the location of the first grand slam HR in Major League history. It was hit by Roger Connor of the Troy Trojans, against the Worcester Ruby Legs on September 10, 1881 at Riverside Park in Rensselaer, NY, near the location of the current Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak station.


Stanford has done a study of >100 million traffic stops. Findings include:
- black drivers are more likely to be stopped than white or Hispanic drivers.
- the disparity drops for stops at night
- once stopped, black and Hispanic drivers are more likely to be ticketed, searched, and arrested
- black and white drivers are roughly equally likely to be found with contraband in a search, and Hispanic drivers less likely

Tell me again there's no white privilege.


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Hate is profitable. Massive platforms "optimize for engagement," with algorithmic recommendations for every bit of content or action, from "you might also like" to prioritizing things that will get you to click, comment, share. They won't fix it. It's working just fine for them.

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Of all my international travels, New Zealand was always far and away my favorite. Its natural beauty is breathtaking, but its people and their embrace of diversity shone above all. As a Native Hawaiian, the enlightened path forged between Maori and the west is inspiring. And that it was U.S. exports of white nationalism that fueled this massacre is devastating.

Tonight’s : The Vampires of Venice and a nice local Dubbel:

Today's episode of "Adventures in Fine German Engineering".

Had a sticky brake caliper on my , so I got a replacement and set about changing it. Start to take off the brake line. Banjo bolts? Ha! Helmut and Franz had a *better* idea: screw the brake line *right into the caliper*.

Which means that instead of just putting in a bolt, you get to rotate the whole (heavy) caliper to remove the brake line.

Never seen that one before. Other than that, it was a really easy job, though.

$39.95 to hold your newborn after a C-section is some serious shitty late-stage capitalism.

Today's rant: Tebibytes. Do they do anything but cause confusion?

New (to me) band heard on local independent radio last night: Hajk.

Made me think a bit of Metric, maybe with a bit of CHVRCHES mixed in.



Okay, this is very cool. Place in Brooklyn (of course) collects old electronics for recycling, keeps the interesting looking ones and rents them out as props.


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