Lessons from Gary Cohn

First, a poem:

And some lessons from Jennifer Rubin:

Second, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and other fiscal conservatives never came to terms with the conflict between their brand of supply-side economics (including deregulation, corporate tax cuts) and Trump’s populist economic views (bigger government, protectionism, immigration exclusion). To the extent that the GOP was counting on the former to usher in an era of GDP growth and rising wages, it must now recognize that the latter (e.g. populism) will undermine their ambitious goals.

Third, Congress remains pathetically timid. Ryan’s idea of a solution is to persuade Trump to narrow tariffs to “just” China. The notion that Congress might actually take back the power to impose tariffs seems too frightening for Republicans to contemplate. Once again, we see that our system of checks and balances falters when Republicans consistently put partisan loyalty over their obligations to the country. [emphasis mine]

Fourth, as much faith as the public might have in Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, he’s not a miracle worker and can’t put out every fire that Trump sets. The Post reports, “Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson privately warned senior trade officials on Tuesday that President Trump’s proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum could endanger the U.S. national security relationship with allies, according to five people familiar with the meeting.” It is not clear whether they got a hearing directly with the president, but in any event, they cannot make up for the intellectual deficits and temperamental weakness of the commander in chief.

Fifth, if Trump is this irrational and impervious to reason on a matter such as trade, we should not expect in the midst of a national security crisis for him to act with any greater sobriety or restraint. We have been extremely fortunate not to have yet faced an international crisis not of our own making — e.g. a new war in the Middle East, Russian aggression in the Baltic states, a North Korean missile hitting an ally in the region. If and when that comes, Trump — just as he did on trade — may decide to take the counsel of cranks, not of sound and sensible advisers.

Republicans vs. Pope Francis

As you know, Pope Francis is pretty awesome.  Alas, as Republicans have had a few years to get used to the fact that Pope Francis sees his role to look out for the poor, oppressed, imprisoned, etc., (I seem to recall some major religious figure talking a lot about this) rather than hating on gay people and obsessing on human sexual relations their opinions of him have notably declined.  From Pew:


Men are from wars, women are from Hogwarts

Or something like that.  Thanks to MDG for bringing to my attention this interesting 538 article on how IMDB movie ratings are heavily skewed by male preferences.  Here’s a screenshot of the top 9 weighted by gender (click through for the full interactive chart).

Women not so big on the Godfather.  And look at that all-gender love for Shawshank (really need to watch that with David).

Anyway, somebody had the cool idea of finding out which films had the overall largest difference in ratings by gender and here you go:

Short version… what do men have against Harry Potter?  The first couple are fine and after that they are generally quite good.  As for the movies men love way more, it seems the common theme is violence– war and westerns.

Anyway, pretty interesting.  Would love to see some actual social science with this data.


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