Einstein’s theory of happiness sold for $1.3M at auction

While Albert Einstein’s theory of happiness may be relative, it fetched $1.3 million at a Jerusalem auction…

The Nobel-winning scientist’s musings, on a handwritten note, may not be as famous as his groundbreaking theory of relativity, but they still shed light on one of the great modern minds.

Winner’s Auctions and Exhibitions said Einstein was traveling in Japan in 1922 when he was told he would be awarded the Nobel Prize in physics. In Tokyo, Einstein scribbled the note in German to a bellboy after he did not have cash to give him a tip.

“A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness,” it reads.

RTFA for more advice from a smart guy.

Ex-Spy Chief Says Putting Trump in Office is a Russian Success “Beyond Their Wildest Expectations”


Trump? Sheesh!

❝ Former intelligence chief James Clapper says President Trump is dead wrong about Russian interference in America’s elections. And they’re going to get away with it again, he warns.

❝ James Clapper, a crusty ex-cargo pilot who rose through the Air Force ranks and retired as director of national intelligence in January, only to emerge publicly as one of President Donald Trump’s foremost critics, wants you to know that no matter how much Trump rants about the “Russia hoax,” the 2016 hacking was not only real and aimed at electing Trump but constituted a major victory for a dangerous foreign adversary. “The Russians,” he said, have “succeeded beyond their wildest expectations…”

❝ Clapper is sticking with his view that the allegations are “worse than Watergate,” given that the Russiagate investigation involves “a foreign adversary actively and aggressively and directly engaging in our political processes to interfere with them and to undermine our system, whereas in Watergate you were dealing with a two-bit petty burglary, domestic only…”

❝ “…the Russians succeeded, I believe, beyond their wildest expectations. Their first objective in the election was to sow discontent, discord and disruption in our political life, and they have succeeded to a fare-thee-well. They have accelerated, amplified the polarization and the divisiveness in this country, and they’ve undermined our democratic system. They wanted to create doubt in the minds of the public about our government and about our system, and they succeeded to a fare-thee-well.”

“They’ve been emboldened,” he added, “and they will continue to do this.”

RTFA for a bit more detail from the interview in POLITICO. Clapper covers the range of doofus American politics from Trump’s brigade of chumps who believe the sun shines out his rank butt – to sincere critics of systemic electoral failures which feed perfectly into the plot.

Trump & Republican Dirty Fuel Pimps Hand Over $20 Billion-a-Year of Taxpayer Subsidies

❝ Millions of Americans may be struggling to pay routine household bills, but still US taxpayers are handing out a whopping $20 billion in fossil fuel subsidies a year.

This is the major finding of a new report Dirty Energy Dominance: Dependent on Denial published by Oil Change International today.

Subsidies are where the government gives financial incentives to artificially lower the cost of production or consumption of fossil fuels to encourage more drilling or oil, gas, or coal use.

❝ …The irony gets worse. There is something morally wrong with a billionaire-led Administration handing out money to rich executives, when this money could help America’s poorest and most at need.

The cost of the subsidies to American taxpayers is equivalent to the projected 2018 budget cuts from Trump’s proposals to slash 10 public programs and services, including supports for America’s most vulnerable children and families…

❝ The US spent on average $2.5 billion annually subsidizing the exploration of new fossil fuel resources in 2015 and 2016, even though the science clearly shows that fossil fuel expansion must stop immediately in order to meet internationally recognized climate goals.

Government giveaways in the form of permanent tax breaks to the fossil fuel industry – one of which is over a century old – are seven times larger than those to the renewable energy sector.

So, the Clown Show in Congress continues to cut subsidies to homeowners trying to save on energy costs with solar and other green alternatives – while perpetuating the taxpayer handout to oil and coal companies. Mail me a penny postcard when the crew in DC grows enough backbone to stand on their own and oppose the profit-hungry crooks they really work for.

Trump Wanted to Change Alaska’s Denali Back to Mount McKinley to make Bigots Happy in Ohio

❝ President Donald Trump brought up a campaign promise during a March meeting with the U.S. senators from Alaska, asking whether he could roll back President Barack Obama’s 2015 decision to rename the tallest mountain on the continent…

Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan were meeting with Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in the Oval Office to talk about issues affecting Alaska…The president then raised another of Obama’s Alaska decisions. “Wasn’t the name of a big mountain in Alaska changed by executive order?” Trump asked, according to The Alaska Dispatch News – Obama announced in 2015 the federal government was changing the name of Mount McKinley to Denali, the Native Alaska name for the peak…

❝ The president brought up the idea of changing the name back to Mount McKinley, named for a U.S. president who never visited the 49th state, and the senators quickly argued against it. “Lisa—Senator Murkowski—and I jumped over the desk. We said, ‘No, no!'” said Sullivan, who was speaking at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Anchorage, the newspaper reported.

When the president asked, “Why?” Sullivan answered, “The Alaska Native people named that mountain over 10,000 years ago.… Denali, that was the name,” according to the newspaper…

❝ Trump, then just two months into his presidential campaign, reacted strongly. “President Obama wants to change the name of Mount McKinley to Denali after more than 100 years. Great insult to Ohio. I will change back!” he said in a tweet, referring to President William McKinley’s home state.

❝ Alaskans slammed Trump’s tweets. “We wanted that change for a long time, and now we finally have it, and we need to leave it alone,” Victor Joseph, president of Tanana Chiefs Conference, a consortium of 42 Athabascan tribes in Interior Alaska, told the Associated Press last year. “It was an insult to the first people of this land when they took away the name and gave it to somebody else.”

Trump’s racist politics betrays him once again. Aside from being criminally incompetent to manage the affairs of this nation, his affection for bigots and racist politics smears this whole nation with the stupidity that lead a minority of voters to go for Trump in the 2016 election.

Shady details from Puerto Rico’s contract with Whitefish Energy


Whitefish chopper working on tower repairs

❝ Puerto Rico has now endured the longest power failure in U.S. history, after Category 4 Hurricane Maria tore a path of destruction across the island on Sept. 20. One of the contracts the island’s beleaguered government signed in order to get the lights turned back on is with a tiny Montana-based company named Whitefish Energy.

The contract, worth $300 million, calls for Whitefish — which employed just 2 employees as of late last month — to repair power lines to connect critical infrastructure. The no-bid contract with a tiny, inexperienced company that happens to be based in the hometown of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has raised eyebrows in Congress and Puerto Rico, where multiple investigations are now underway to determine how the contract was awarded…

❝ Late Thursday, the signed contract was leaked and posted online. It shows that what at first appeared to be a shady deal is actually an unbelievably shady deal…

❝ First, there is language that prohibits the Puerto Rican Electric Power Authority, known as PREPA, as well as the Puerto Rican government, the head of FEMA, and even the Comptroller General of the U.S. to audit or review the prices that Whitefish is charging under the contract, or the profits it is earning…

❝ The wages and equipment charges in this contract are extremely high. According to the contract, site supervisors are earning $330 an hour for their work, while project accountants are earning $440 per hour. The lowest-paid workers, according to the contract, are making $140.26 an hour.

Wander through this article from NPR. Sleazy, profiteering, are the first couple of words that come to mind. FEMA and the Trump Bridge Club get away with an amazing amount of crooked and unethical behavior as it is. This deal is worse than some of the theft engineered into the Liberation of Iraq from non-existent Weapons of Mass Destruction.

I have to wonder if Deutsche Bank is supplying our Fake President with an anonymous account just for the money he steals from American taxpayers.