Trump’s corruption

Forbes magazine has done a deep dive into the President’s real estate holdings and discovered that he’s getting paid approximately 175 million bucks a year in rent from tenants like the government of China and major banks like UBS, Barclays, J P Morgan and Bank of America. Coincidentally (or was it?)

In December, Trump tenants UBS, Barclays and JPMorgan, plus Trump lender Deutsche Bank, got waiver extensions from the Department of Labor that allow them to avoid part of their punishment for illegally manipulating interest rates and foreign exchange rates.

There’s more, of course. Read the article and decide for yourself whether Walgreens’ heavy lobbying of the White House facilitated its merger with Rite-Aid this year, a merger the Obama Administration and its monopoly regulators had declined to approve. Maybe it was on the up-and-up; then again, Walgreens’ brand Duane Reade pays Trump $3.2M per year in rent at his building at 40 Wall Street in NYC. Do you think the regulators knew that?

The man is a grifter and a lawbreaker.

Anyone recognize Karla Bonoff?

She wrote three songs which appeared on Linda Ronstadt’s Hasten Down the Wind album way back in 1976, but she’s also a singer in her own right. She, Kenny Edwards, Andrew Gold and Wendy Waldman formed Bryndle and released several albums over its life. All four were (Gold and Edwards died several years ago) and are solo artists of note.

Here’s Bonoff singing one of her more famous songs.

If you like that you should hunt up her other albums.

Science: what good is it?

Trump is considering privatizing the International Space Station.

You know, that’ll probably play well in Bumf*** where the Trump voters can reliably be found, according to the anthropologists at the New York Times and Washington Post. No future astronauts or engineers or people like that live out in rural America, I’m sure.

When can we get rid of this idiot?

Super Bowl Lii 52 pick-up LII

Here’s a half-hour presentation about the game from the NFL Network.

Sports Illustrated’s Monday Morning Quarterback column team makes its picks. They go 11-4 for the Patriots.

I have to agree. I don’t care how old Brady is (40) and how many times Belichick has taken teams to this game (10). Neither of them is too jaded to want to win, and they have the horses to do it. The Eagles’ Nick Foles is a good journeyman QB and Doug Pederson is a good coach, but I don’t see them getting to the top of the mountain this year.