Thursday, June 30, 2016

After the Rain and Humidity: A Brief Weather Update; Forget Brexit, Will This Supermodel Get to Keep Up Her Quarter-Billion-Dollar Lifestyle?

The C&O Canal and its adjoining towpath in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., at evening, June 28, 2016.

This photo featured in this CWG entry and reposted from Hannah Campbell's Twitter feed.


Very tired as I start this entry shortly after midnight. It's honestly and truly not going to be a lengthy one. I got back from the gym a short while ago. It was a full 3+ hour multi-part workout with jog, weightlifting, some core, and a swim.

Gyms night endings are almost always infinitely better than my bar night endings -- and the next morning IS always infinitely better.

Just sayin' ...

A cloud-to-ground lightning bolt striking somewhere in or near Silver Spring, Md., with the Washington Monument and downtown Washington, D.C., in the foreground, as seen from a balcony in Crystal City (Arlington), Va., June 28, 2016 in a photo taken by Tyler Reber and reposted his Flickr page to this CWG entry.

Given the darkness, this picture had to have been taken in the wee hours of June 28th since the storms were over by nightfall on the 28th.


I just cooked dinner -- steamed broccoli, jasmine rice, and pork chops. I love steamed broccoli -- all the more so because the Bush Pork Rind Dynasty hates it.

McPherson Square with its equestrian statue, Washington, D.C., 7:13PM June 28, 2016.

I had just gotten off the Metrorail and a drenching downpour had just ended. Here the storm clouds are visible to the south.


Of note, the Safeway on 17th Street has been out of a lot of items lately -- apparently, because the cargo elevator isn't working that allows the store stockers to bring the food to the floor. The big absence has been Seltzer water, which is really annoying for me, although I found one 12-pack of Canada Dry. (I also mix the Seltzer water in fruit punch-flavored Gatorade to weaken it.)

I was busy at work today although I need to be a bit more quicker on a major task that is just getting underway (the multi-part production of the annual ginormous VTO AMR).

Evening sky looking west northwest as seen from Thomas Circle just after heavy rain showers, Washington, D.C., 7:20PM June 28, 2016.

Note the anti-crepuscular rays of the Sun. These are also sometimes called "Buddha Rays." Crepuscular rays shine down and are poetically called "Jacob's Ladder," among many other names.


I had wanted to post a rainfall / precipitation update since there has been decent rainfall -- generally in the 1/2" to 2" range, depending on location -- across the Baltimore/Washington region over the past three days, but the Sterling (LWX) climate page was down earlier and I've already composed this entry.

NWS Doppler radar estimated precipitation for the Washington, D.C., area for June 28, 2016. This image appeared in the second CWG entry linked above.

The code (in inches) is on the right.


As a result, the only info I had was from the 3-day hourly observations for KDCA, KBWI, KIAD, and KDMH. (KIAD was the exception in that it got very little, but it is the highest of the four main regional NWS climate stations for year-to-date and month-to-date.)

KDCA: 1.22"
KBWI: 0.56"
KIAD: 0.06"
KDMH: 0.53"

The rainfall has come in bouts of showers and thunderstorms. However, a cold front cleared the area and today was a lot dryer and with blue (rather than blanched white) skies.

To bring it home, at the current midnight hour, KDCA is at 70F with a 55F dew point -- as opposed to 86F with a 75F dew point at 4PM on Tuesday (creating a 95F heat index).

Looking ahead, the Fourth of July holiday weekend is almost upon us -- it falls on a Monday this year -- so the office will be fairly empty by Friday. I don't have any particular plans on the 4th, although on the 3rd (Sunday), I am meeting Quill and Andrea for lunch in Bethesda at either Rock Bottom or Tapp'd. They haven't met before and I'd like them to meet.

It's odd that my closest friends these days are all straight women including Andrea, Quill, and (I have to say these days), my mom.

Receding storm clouds as seen looking almost directly up from the 1400 block of P Street NW, Washington, D.C., 8:07PM June 28, 2016.

It was more of a heavy downpour than a thunderstorm.


Keeping Up a Supermodel's Quarter of a Billion Dollar Lifestyle ...

Before concluding this entry, I would like to point out this article that appeared on the Daily Beast website that, in turn, comes from newspaper accounts in the UK including in the Telegraph, Daily Mail, and Mirror (no, it's not about Brexit). Here is the article headline (with link embedded) and associated image:

Sub-headline: Former supermodel Christina Estrada is pleading with a London court for millions from her ex to keep up her high-flying lifestyle-including $1.3M a year for clothes

Long story short, Estrada was married to Saudi billionaire Dr. Walid Juffali, now being treated for cancer in a Zurich hospital, who in 2012 decided to marry another woman while married to her (remember that having multiple wives -- that is, polygamy -- is encouraged in Saudi Arabia, especially if you are bajillionaire and/or in the House of Saud), so they broke up and now she is suing for a ginormous sum.

The problem, as I see it, is that rather than just saying she wanted a percent of his purported US$11 billion wealth, Estrada laid out her "lifestyle to which she has become accustomed" expenses in such morally agonizingly offensive detail.

The article has to be read to be believed in terms of her purported expense needs.

My guess is her attorney, sorry, solicitor Frances Hughes, had her do this -- and in the process, gave her royally bad advice because it allowed the other side play up the outlandishness of it all to the rapacious British papers, which were only too eager to oblige.

The part about the opera expenses and seeing The Nutcracker -- and being Estrada then being told it is a ballet -- is kind of hilarious.

Too bad that wasn't televised (was it?).

I was thinking that if M. WADE Tipamillyun had a such a bajillionaire husband -- instead of the one he does -- and they broke up, he'd have the same kind of lawyer who would have him draw up the same sort of list, except items such as the £109,000 ($146,000) a year for haute couture dresses would instead be for "the latest and greatest lines of Diesel jeans" and rather than a £40,000 ($53,000) annual budget for fur coats, it would be for ridiculous plunging "V" neckline muscle shirts.

Oh, and instead of it being in London's High Court, it would be at D.C. Superior Court's Family Court Operations Division.

The possibilities for hilarity to ensue would be endless.

Evening sky after the rain, 1400 block P Street NW, Washington, D.C., 8:07PM June 28, 2016.


OK, I guess that's about all for now. My next planned update will be either Friday or on Saturday. For tomorrow (Thursday) night, I might be going to the National Press Club with a friend / co-worker who is a member.


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Another Crummy D.C. Lifetime No Achievement Award Weekend, but a Good Monday Night Gym Workout; the Confederate Belle Gets a Mercedes

A yellow tiger lily growing along S. Southstreet Ave., Rockville, Md., 3:28PM June 26, 2016.


Home in my wee, lamp-lit efficiency on this summery warm and humid summer night in late June somewhere in the "mid-teens" of 21st Century Washington, D.C., late-stage imperial capital city.

The window air conditioner is purring but not being particularly effective, although I often tend to be internally overheated -- sweating until I am suddenly shivering in the wee hours. I never have understood that, unless it really is "andropause."

A yard along S. Stonestreet Ave., Rockville, Md., 12:09PM June 26, 2016.

Yes, it's called "South Stonestreet Avenue" -- as opposed to "North Rockavenue Street," which wouldn't make any sense. This is in "East Rockville" and located right alongside the Metro Redline and MARC Brunswick Line / Amtrak train line.


It's about 79F outside and the dew point is about 68F, so it's quite humid at the 11PM hour as I write this. There is a bit of southerly breeze. The Sterling (LWX) NWS radar shows some scattered showers and t-storms forming just to the southwest and west of the immediate D.C. area but looking outside from my 5th floor window facing in that direction, I see no lightning, just clouds wanly illuminated by the lights of the city and the skyline of Rosslyn about 2-1/2 miles away (as the crow flies) twinkling and shimmering in the thick night air.

The Sterling (LWX) NWS radar in standard composite mode looped from 10:50PM to 11:12PM EDT June 27, 2016.


There were a few showers around 6PM but they didn't amount to much.

I'm back from a good multi-part gym workout that represents a triumphant end to a day that began very badly in that I was in a terrible mood following yet another shitty weekend in a shitty life and time. To be clear, nothing objectively bad happened, and I mostly did my usual Sunday stuff of barhopping, but in the end, it was a shitty weekend because, as stated, I'm living a shitty life and time.

Part of the issue is that after my strenuous Saturday workout, I felt rather lousy Saturday night and that sort of morphed into a weird head cold by Sunday. Of course, I had gone to Old Ebbitt Grill and Trade after that, so perhaps there was an element of being dehydrated.

On Sunday, I actually made it to Rockville by noon on a Metro to Shady Grove that -- BAFFLINGLY -- arrived within 1 minute of my arrival at the Dupont Circle station and zipped all the way to Rockville with NO single tracking, NO door problems, NO overcrowding (which contributes to door problems), NO screaming babies, NO smoke in the tunnel, and NO all-purpose mystery delays.

How could this be? It violated every precept of how the Metrorail system actually runs.

Perhaps the War with Eurasia Eastasia really is within measurable distance of ending and the overclass can cease destroying the surplus value of industrial society to maintain and grow its power.

Naaaah ...

(I've been on a 1984 kick the past few weeks including the John Hurt and Richard Burton movie version.)

Anyway, I went over to DD's house near the Rockville Metro station and saw his two ancient basenji dogs that was the nominal purpose of my visit and that it is unlikely I will see again. Thereafter, DD, his wife, and two young children and I walked over to Rockville Town Center and went to a new restaurant called "World of Beer" located there.

The Regal Theatre in downtown Rockville, Md., 2:17PM June 26, 2016.


After lunch, I followed them on foot to a house for sale on which they are considering putting an offer (the next picture below was taken from an upstairs room in that house). Thereafter, I headed back to the Metro (amazingly, equally as fast and delay-free as the outbound trip) and returned to D.C. where, of course, I went to Trade and, thereafter, to No. 9.

I also tried to go another place but that didn't go well -- no, not THAT place (I give up on that one), nor my unlikely grotto bar-in-a-restaurant hangout -- so I just came home in quite a bad mood and went to sleep by 930PM.

Upstairs window suburban view from a house in Rockville, Md., 2:48PM June 26, 2016.


I slept for nearly 11 hours less any time I was awake and trying to fall asleep (after about 4AM, it was all brief REM-state sleeps with the usual wild dreams including one where Flippo, my plush powder blue stuffed hippo, was an actual blue dog, of a sort, with a round head and that I was petting).

I was not a happy camper at work this morning and continued to ponder about whether, when, and how Quill and I will move in together in a more tranquil Montgomery County, Maryland suburb in the next six months or so. My colleague and sometimes supervisor Laura is actually good to talk to in those circumstances.

Colorful fake balloons* in the 1700 block of P Street NW, Washington, D.C., 4:25PM June 26, 2016.

*These aren't real balloons but the fake balloons on plastic sticks. They last a lot longer than actual balloons. This was placed outside the Gables Dupont Circle apartments.


My workday was OK, although things are bit up-in-the-air as the new contract year gets underway in July. I'm working on an important document involving one of DOE's national laboratories and I'm trying to write it well, all the more so given the intended ultimate audience.

I almost skipped the gym tonight given how crummy I felt, but I went and had a good workout including a 6.67 mile jog (60 minutes plus 5 minute cool down), weightlifting, a core workout, and a 15-minute swim.

My weight has notched up to 150 pounds (from a low of 142 pounds about 15 months ago but still down considerably from the flabby 185+ pounds four years ago). However, I am fairly certain a good part of this is some muscle mass that I've put on (and can notice) in the past several months.

I think.

I just want to avoid going back to as pudgy and awful as I was ...

Well, actually, this is a picture of a ginormous grazing hippo in Chobe National Park, Botswana, Dec. 3, 2009 that Quill's brother took this photo while on a trip Africa.


That's about all for now. I had planned a political-themed update as well, but I'm just not up for writing that right now.

According to the radar, it should start raining shortly with at least a brief (maybe 10 to 15 minute light-to-moderate rain shower). I hope so.

For tomorrow evening (a non-gym night), I'm not sure if I'm going to go to the happy hour at Hill Country over by Gallery Place with Andrea & Co., I may just skip that since the place is a bit expensive and that isn't really my kind of cuisine. Besides, I'm still a bit reluctant to see one person -- ohhh, never mind. I don't want to get into that now.

Instead, I may just meet my neighbor Fred at Floriana. I'd like to hear about his 40th high school reunion last week.

Trade, Washington, D.C., 5:02PM June 26, 2016.


It's now raining outside. Good. Oh, and one of my few remaining friends from 5+ years ago (recall I've had a general housecleaning of friendships in the past few years, especially of these older friendships, or so it would seem), the one who lives down in Metro Atlanta has a new car.

I refer to the Confederate Belle.

Yes, the Confederate Belle is now tooling around Greater Atlanta in a Mercedes (and still NOT taking MARTA). The new Mercedes is "through work" because his employer decided he needed one to go with a new title.

He sent me a picture of this new Mercedes, but out of respect for his privacy, I won't feature it.

Suffice it to say, it's not another one of M. WADE Tipamillyun's silver-white BMW jobs that he buys every 18 months like clockwork to prove those Virginia exurban-sourced pedigree bona fides.

Wall-P -- with whom the Confederate Belle used to work at some hideous, high-octane D.C. law firm years ago -- is duly impressed as is The Staff. She'll be "Jonesing" it, wanting -- demanding through tears -- Wall-P get one. Wall-P will dutifully comply.

However, he'll insist over her objections on having over the review mirror large fuzzy dice and a bumper sticker for the "Republic of Poontang" with silhouetted female figure.

That's Wall-P's idea of "whimsy" and "play" when he's not doing the bidding of his oligarchical overclass paymasters -- and being enthralled by power and money and wowed by the Neoliberal World Order's Washington Consensus conventional wisdom. Of note, that Neoliberal World Order continues to shit a brick over the Brexit vote.

As for you, Confederate Belle and your new Mercedes, just don't be drivin' it to frickin' Alabama on random weekends.

Finn relaxing in his suburban Atlanta home.

Will he get to ride in the Mercedes??


OK, I'm done with this entry. Next planned entry will be Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.


Saturday, June 25, 2016

Jukebox Saturday Night for June 25th, 2016: The Freedom, Morning, & Prayer Expression Edition

"Kei's Song" by David Benoit from his Freedom At Midnight album (1987)

I really like this song -- especially the part about 1:50 into this video with the "cascading strings" sounds that occurs a second time around 3:45. As for the YouTube video selection, I chose this one among several possibilities because I liked all the peaceful still images it features of flowers and plants on window sills overlooking what appear to be English gardens on gentle rainy days, cozy houses, and so on.

The three images in this entry are screenshots from this video.

The song ends at 4:40 and the remaining nearly full minute are just silent stills of pleasant flowers-in-window sills images.


Next up, another song by that wonderful jazz-fusion / smooth jazz band Spyro Gyra ...

"Morning Dance" from Spyro Gyra's album of same name (1979)

This song and album overall were among the group's biggest hits. The song has a nice Caribbean feel to it with the use of the steelpan (steel drums).


Let's conclude with something suitable Saturday night upbeat and energetic ...

"Express Yourself" by Madonna from her mega-hit album Like a Prayer (1989)

This is an odd video -- before reading the Wikipedia article about it, I really wasn't quite sure what it story it was trying to tell, especially with the vaguely Nazi-looking guy and the watery prison pen and all the mayhem taking place, as well as the guy played by Cameron Alborzian and a cat that is featured prominently.

Honestly, I don't particularly like Madonna as a person and a relentless celebrity juggernaut of the past 33 years with talent that pales in comparison to, say, Michael Jackson despite her almost unmatched global fame. However, some of her songs -- such as this one -- I do like.


OK, that's all for now. I am refraining from any additional posts tonight except for this micro-update to note that I went to the gym this afternoon and had a good multi-part workout. This included an hour-long jog plus 5-minute cool down (6.64 miles), decent weightlifting, some core exercise, and a short swim. The gym was not crowded and quiet so it was pleasant.

Last night, I went to Floriana's downstairs bar and then Trade and No. 9.

At Floriana, Dito was showing Cape Fear -- the 1991 version and yet another movie I have intentionally avoided all these years. Right before the worst of the bloody violent worst parts, he thankfully changed it to Tootsie.

Tonight, I'm thinking Floriana, Old Ebbitt Grill Old Bar, and Trade. Tomorrow, as I mentioned in my previous entry, I'm going up to Rockville for lunch with DD.

OK, that's all for now. My next planned update will be late Monday or early Tuesday, although I need to finish a work assignment and may have to do it after the gym on Monday night.


Friday, June 24, 2016

Friday Night Low-Key Blog Feature: Playing In the Tune of June

A cumulonimbus cloud (thunderstorm) with flattened anvil top is illuminated by the setting Sun as seen from Gainesville, Va., June 21, 2016.

This picture was taken by John Stiteler and reposted in this CWG entry from his Facebook page.


Friday evening.

This is a genuinely very brief update.

I'm home on this early summer Friday evening. It is a warm and humid evening and there is a brief gentle downpour occurring outside here where I live in the District -- at the west end of the "U Street Corridor" and just outside the northeast edge of the Dupont Circle neighborhood.

(I hate how Blogger always underlines "Dupont" in red because it thinks the spelling is wrong, preferring the DuPont family name spelling with capitalized "P," but that's not how the D.C. neighborhood or traffic circle spells it.)

Speaking of Dupont Circle ...

Dupont Circle, Washington D.C., Friday evening, 6:15PM June 24, 2016.


It's about 80F (well, a bit lower now in the rain) and the dew point is nearly 70F, so it is quite muggy.

This rain shower is from a dissipating thunderstorm -- now free of any lightning or thunder, as near as I can tell -- that drifted due south out of Maryland. The looped Sterling LWX radar image shows this well. I doubt this shower will hold together to reach KDCA to drop any measurable rainfall there.

Sterling (LWX) NWS standard version composite radar looped 6:53PM - 7:21PM June 24, 2016.


My previous entry on the stunning Brexit vote results -- "Leave" won 52% to 48% (oooh, and all the agonized handwringing today by the corporate media) -- preempted a planned regular update that I intended to post.

I had a good gym workout last night, featuring my usual jog (reaching 6.69 miles over 60 minutes plus 5 minute cool down), moderate-to-almost-strenuous weightlifting, and a core routine of the sort I haven't done of late, all capped by a brief stint in the steam room and a short swim.

The fountain at Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C., 6:15PM June 24, 2016.


My weekend plans starting with tonight are:

For tonight, I'm going to get dinner at Logan Tavern and go to one of my usual places (Trade and/or No. 9).

Saturday: Gym tomorrow, laundry and blog entry tomorrow evening, Old Ebbitt Old Bar late night dinner and one of my regular places. In other words, the usual, although I am tempted instead to take a long walk during the day and skip the gym and just enjoy the summertime.


June 23, 2016 Pearls Before Swine

Click on image for larger version.


Sunday: Lunch with DD up in Rockville. I'm actually going there to see his two very old and decrepit basenji dogs, one in particular that probably doesn't have much time left. Obviously, I'm not going to say that to his two young children that that's why I'm there.

Thereafter, I'll perhaps take a walk.

Speaking of pets, I would like to post this picture ...

This is a picture of my good friend MM's cat "Atticus" in the bathtub. He is an adorable cat that is also unusual in that he quite likes water. He has a companion cat at home.


I need to find time this weekend as well to work on something that I didn't quite finish this week, an important work assignment for the federal client.

OK, that's all for now. My planned next update is tomorrow evening -- at least a jukebox Saturday night feature if not an additional update.


SHOCKER: UK VOTES FOR EU "BREXIT"; Neoliberal World Order Stunned; Sebastian Mallaby's Tweets, White Papers All For Naught

**This entry was posted June 24, 2016.**

**Updated 9:57AM and 7:25PM 6/24/2016: See below.**

New York Times headline on the results of Britain's EU referendum "Brexit" vote, 12:17AM June 24, 2016.


This entry is coming to you at the ridiculous hour of 330AM because I tried to compose it over the course of several hours (after I got home from the gym) while watching the results of Great Britain's historic EU referendum -- "Brexit" vote -- slowly but relentlessly arrive. Along the way, I got distracted with and instead wrote two entries -- a lengthier one and a brief one. Except the brief one morphed into the longer one. this abbreviated edition with all results being reported.

Anyway, here is the headline message:


BBC map of Brexit vote with all 382 local authorities reporting.


So the Brexit vote won 51.9% to 48.1% -- that is, just about 52% for "Leave" and a tad over 48% for "Remain," the only two options. All 382 "local authorities" are now reporting across the UK.

Turnout was high at 72.16% of the British electorate overall across the four "nations" that make up the UK -- England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The actual vote total (which may change a bit) is put at 17,410,742 million to leave and 16,141,241 to remain in the EU. A solid majority in Scotland and a majority in the Greater London area voted "Remain," as did Northern Ireland, but the bulk of England (beyond London) and Wales voted "Leave." Ironically, if Scotland had broken away, it wouldn't have had to worry about this at all.

The "local authority" that voted most strongly to stay was Gibraltar (yes, that Gibraltar of Rock fame) at 95.9% with an 83.5% turnout. The town of Boston in Lincolnshire voted most strongly to leave at 75.6%.

Left: The top 10 "leave" and top 10 "remain" local authorities by percentage of vote for either option. (This was taken with about 90 percent of the vote counted, but I don't think anything changed.)

At one point, the UK Guardian -- whose site I was using along with the BBC one to get election results -- had the following statement:

"Many media organisations have now called it for leave. The picture that is emerging is of a heavily polarised country, with remain areas coming in more strongly for remain than expected, and leave areas more strongly for leave. Geographically, Scotland and London have voted overwhelmingly for remain, but England leans heavily to leave."

Brexit votes by nation within the United Kingdom with all four nations -- England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales -- counting complete.

The election results took a long time to come in -- and it appears that many people across the UK stayed up into the wee hours to watch them arrive.


The really good news is that the neoliberal world order-- the EU bureaucrats, the German bankers with their moralizing and "austerity forever" path of ruination, the speculators and financiers of Wall Street and "The City," and the frickin' Washington Consensus crowd -- got a really swift kick in the ass tonight. More on that below.

This is a population-based histogram map of the outcome across the UK's 382 local authorities voting in this referendum with all but four reporting.

It was actually in Tory-represented areas where the vote was most heavily for "Leave" -- in direct defiance of British Prime Minister David Cameron's personal, full-court effort on behalf of the "Remain" vote. His own political future is quite cloudy at the moment. Good. The last election outcome was pretty shitty.

The takeaway message here is that Cameron screwed up but Labour really didn't "win" anything big. The whole Brexit vote was the doing of UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage.


Sebastian Mallaby has yet to update his Twitter feed after hyperventilating on this issue for weeks with lots of fearmongering about how it's the end of the world -- rather than just a hard kick in the ass of his beloved neoliberal world order. Mallaby's "defeat" in this is probably the most satisfying outcome for me personally, but I'll get into that in a subsequent entry.

I will say that Mallaby is likely to be as right about the "apocalypse" of a Brexit from the awful EU as he was when he was one of Fred Hiatt's editorial writers for the WaHoPo on any economic, financial, or foreign policy issue.

Leave supporters celebrating their unexpected victory in the Brexit vote June 23 or 24, 2016 (unsure of photo time).


The EU has become a hideous institution of the neoliberal overclass world order -- enforcing a regime of austerity, misery, and poverty on so many of its member countries all at the behest of German bankers and their endlessly unctuously moralizing German government enforcers (yes, this means you Angela Merkel).

A woman dressed up in quite the Union Jack outfit arrives to vote in the EU referendum in the UK, June 23, 2016.

It's nice to see a little bit of that American garish simplicity in Great Britain.


The EU and its besuited Brussels diplomats and economists also is facilitating the immigration crisis and quasi-fascist backlash that has erupted in so many European countries as a result of the "open borders for anybody" policies that member states are supposed to have -- and resulting in the deaths of so many thousands of people including this little boy making the perilous trip in search of a better life.

Dawn breaks over the City of London Financial District -- with its futuristic looking skyline -- on June 24, 2016 the day after the unprecedented British vote to leave the European Union.


The British pound collapsed over 10 percent in early morning trading -- falling to levels not seen since the near-parity episode in 1985 (which I well remember even though I was only 15, as I followed crap like that back then). The pound fell to US$1.33 at one point this morning. (The 1985 low was, I believe, US$1.03 -- but that was in a different world back then.)

Screw these financial market rigged casinos (is there any other type of casino??). On balance, they cause more economic and financial harm than do good in the way they currently are configured and run.

Happy "Leave" supporters celebrating the Brexit vote returns in the late hours of June 23rd or wee hours of June 24, 2016 (unsure of photo time).


Returning to my favorite topic of complaint, the Washington Consensus crowd, last week, Fred Hiatt committed some journalistic mal-ethics by having Sebastian Mallaby (see above)-- now ensconced at the Council of Foreign Relations -- write an op-ed on behalf of his overclass paymasters featuring the usual hysterical fearmongering of the "Remain" side but without mentioning (at least in the online edition) Mallaby's former role as an editorial writer.

"Remain" supporters in London watched stunned as the "Leave" vote pulls an upset victory, June 23 or 24, 2016 (unsure time the picture was taken).


That is, Fred Hiatt didn't at least admit his own ideological "conflict of interest" by identifying Mallaby as a former editorial writer for Fred Hiatt (as his boss) who wrote all the unsigned editorials for The Post back in the late 1990s and early 2000s cheerleading the free trade fetishizing, offshoring-and-outsourcing-is-great, financialization-of-everything favored by the neoliberal world order.

Except Beltway "Professional Centrists" of Hiatt's ilk don't even comprehend that theirs is an ideology, and they take it is as "self-evident" in service to the overclass priorities of "globalization," austerity, cutting government pension programs (read: Social Security), hard money, and unbounded immigration.

Oh, and while Mallaby was doing the bidding of the neoliberal overclass, his then-fellow editorial writer Benji Wittes was first fawning over Ken "Fallen" Starr during his Monica Phase and then, in the post-9/11 world, neoconservative warmongering and "Deep State" surveilling while yapping about the joys of drones and, weirdly, how great is Guantanamo Bay detention facility.


Leave supporters celebrating the Brexit vote outcome.


UPDATED 9:57AM 6/24/2016

Here is this morning's online New York Times headline:

It looks as though Prime Minister Cameron is resigning. Good. World stock markets fell sharply this morning -- but these are transient panics that will pass. These markets have too much power over the actual world anyway and yet produce little of real value. "Liquidity" -- that's bullshit-speak.

Here is a high-resolution map showing Brexit results taken from the New York Times:

Download and open in Paint or some such program to see the full map. It is necessarily reduced in size here.

End of Update.


UPDATED (2) 7:25PM 6/24/2016

So Fred Hiatt dutifully featured another op-ed by Sebastian Mallaby in today's WaHoPo that was a neoliberal overclass cri de cœur for the Brexit vote. I have a few comments in there including one in reply to a rather remarkable one by someone called "Sustainable Abundancy". Also, of note, a weird narrative fanned by the mainstream media has taken hold whereby the British didn't understand for what exactly they were voting and now "regret" it.

For his part, Paul Krugman in this blog posting seemed to blame equally the hapless Cameron government and the extremist jingoism of the British tabloids for the Leave victory, although he is uncertain of the ultimate adverse effects.

End of Update 2


OK, with that I am going to sign off and go to bed now. I'll try to post an update tomorrow but I'm not sure. It might not be until Saturday.

At this point (as I post this at 2:10AM), all authorities have reported. The last two were Cornwall and some place called "Basingstoke and Deane District" -- both voted narrowly to "Leave" the EU.