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First lady's chief of staff and former WH press secretary resigns over violent protests


(CNN) Stephanie Grisham, the former White House communications director and press secretary and current chief of staff for first lady Melania Trump, submitted her resignation Wednesday afternoon, effective immediately, in the wake of the violent protests, a White House official says.

Grisham was one of the longest-serving Trump administration officials, having begun her tenure working for then-candidate Donald Trump in 2015 as a press wrangler on the campaign trail. Grisham entered the White House as deputy press secretary under Sean Spicer, but in March 2017, Melania Trump hired her for her East Wing staff. As East Wing communications director, Grisham quickly became the first lady's most prominent staffer, acting as defender, enforcer and, often, protector.

Grisham declined a CNN request for comment. The first lady's office did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment.

President Donald Trump's inciting and refusal to condemn the violence is causing increased discussion among his aides about resigning. While there are only 14 days left in Trump's administration -- and many aides' final days will come before January 20 -- many are disgusted by the President's behavior and no longer believe they can serve him. Whether more join Grisham in resigning remains to be seen, but the level of frustration inside the White House is leading to a growing sense that Trump will be more isolated than ever in his final days in office.


her qualifications include multiple DUIs and being fired for fraud


Swedish Winter Picnic tips


Sun and fresh air - it really whets the appetite. Few things taste as good as a picnic. Here are the picnic tips!

Warming drink in a thermos

Hot blueberry soup, rosehip soup and hot chocolate are good. It is not directly a new reconnaissance but, have you tried to combine with these.
Blueberry soup - is also very good with rosehip soup's taste buds - almond biscuits and a dollop of cream. Or roasted coconut, crushed cardamom and Greek yogurt.
Rosehip soup - serve with almond crusts, digestive or salt-roasted, coarsely chopped almonds. Preferably with a dollop of cream.
Hot chocolate - mix in grated chocolate (preferably flavored), mashmallovs, caramel, Turkish pepper or maybe you have crackers left in the freezer - incredibly good to let melt in the chocolate.

Cooking on a pot or soup

Cooking a pot over an open fire is very cozy.
If you want to make it easier for yourself, bring a ready-made stew / soup and heat it by the fire and spoon it into a bowl.
If you do not want to make a fire, it works fine with Trangiakök.
If you do not want to walk out into the woods, Trangiakök also works in the garden or park.
If you want, you can also heat everything at home and bring it in a thermos.
There is of course a wealth of taste, texture and filling to choose from. I like to drink smooth soups in a cup and have stuffing on the side.

Flea market bargains

Buy old pots, frying pans and coffee pots at flea markets that can be used for fire cooking - they tend to get a little burnt and black.
My best finds are some small pots with long stalks that we usually heat soup over the fire on. And an old coffee pot that always hangs with us when a fire is to be lit.


There are many different flavors that have found a place in the poor theme. So maybe it's time to clean it?
Pour hot water into the thermos, do not fill it completely.
Mix 1 tablespoon baking powder.
Tighten the lid firmly and set the thermos upside down (leaning towards something).
Let it stand and bubble until the water has cooled and then wash off. You can also mix in a tablespoon of vinegar if it smells really strong. This works well, then the aroma and taste unfortunately settle in the lid (which is usually made of plastic).
So the very best thing is actually to have a few different thermoses to switch between. Maybe one for coffee, one for hot water and one for tastier things like broth and soup. Cooling tips: Now of course it depends on where you are in Sweden and how cold it is. Maybe you do not need any cooling tips at all, but if needed, here it is:
Best cooling lamp - a frozen plastic bottle of water, juice, juice that lasts much longer and can be drunk later.
A bag of frozen berries or fruit works well as an ice cream cone and can then be stuffed into the juice.
Food muffins, pizza buns or mini pie. Good picnic material all together.
A good tip is to bake a large batch and keep it in the freezer. When the picnic is approaching, you put frozen food in the basket, which slowly thaws, and keep the rest of the food bag cold.

Have a nice winter picnic!

Ossoff's lead continues to grow. He's now up by 12,806 votes. That's larger than Biden's victory.


holy shit, my MSNBC stream is artificially sped up, so Kornacki sounds like a gerbil on crack


Massive ovation for Stacey Abrams.

The Exploited - Dead Cities EP (1981)

Secret Records ‎– SHH 120
Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM

Black Flag - Slip It In

SST Records - SST 029
Vinyl , LP, Album
Dec 1984
Hardcore , Punk

Calvin Harris Vs Steve Aoki & Afrojack Ft Miss Palmer - No Beef Feels So Close (Joey Beatz Remix)

Germany bows to Keynes, again

Say it quietly, but Germany has learnt the lessons of Keynes. Would that others had done so too.


Thorvaldur Gylfason

The hallmark of Germany’s Wirtschaftswunder since World War II has been the unwavering pursuit of price stability, underwritten by an independent central bank—first the Bundesbank and then the European Central Bank. Control of inflation was considered paramount, an understandable priority in view of Germany’s disastrous bout of hyperinflation following the first world war. Less understandable was Germany’s postwar aversion to Keynesian stabilisation, as practised in France, Italy, the United Kingdom, the United States and elsewhere. This aversion, partly ideological, was to prove inconsequential, at least domestically. Germany’s dynamic, export-driven economy performed well by several measures—even if since 1990 its unemployment rate has fluctuated more than in France, Italy, the UK and the US, as assessed by the standard deviation. German austerity proved more consequential abroad, though, as Greece was to discover after the financial crisis of 2007-09.

Domestically, Germany managed that crisis remarkably well, experiencing a much smaller drop in output than the above four comparators. Unemployment fell gradually from 11 per cent in 2005 to 3 per cent in 2019, with only a minor uptick in 2009. How did Germany do this? Through fiscal stimulus, with encouragement from the International Monetary Fund. John Maynard Keynes had arrived in Germany. At the same time, ideological opposition to fiscal stimulus from Conservatives in the UK (as with Republicans in the US) bent on austerity wrought a much larger decline in output than on the European continent, as well as increased unemployment. They had turned their backs on Keynes.

History repeating itself

History is repeating itself. With brute force, the pandemic has brought home a basic economic law: Ivan’s expenditure is Olga’s income. As incomes have collapsed, unemployment has risen (Table 1). In Germany, as well as in France and Italy, the increase in unemployment has been modest, while in the US the unemployment rate has more than doubled—doubling too in my native Iceland. How did this happen? Germany resorted again to aggressive, well-targeted fiscal stimulus—enough to keep unemployment rising by no more than one percentage point, from 3 to 4 per cent, compared with an unemployment rate of 7 per cent on average since 1990. At the beginning of the pandemic last March, the German authorities launched an ambitious rescue operation (Soforthilfe), designed to safeguard public health, jobs, firms and social cohesion. To finance the stimulus, the German government would borrow nearly €300 billion, equivalent to close to 10 per cent of German gross domestic product and €3,600 per capita. Keynes would have been impressed.

Source: IMF World Economic Outlook (October 2020)

Output, not input

This rescue operation—the most ambitious in German history—needs to be assessed not in terms of the magnitude of the fiscal and financial injection of public funds into private hands but rather in its overall economic effectiveness. The output is what matters, not the input. The monies offered by the German authorities reached the intended recipients promptly. Self-employed persons—artists, for example—and businesses with up to five employees received up to €9,000 and self-employed persons and businesses with up to ten employees received up to €15,000, to cover the first three months of the pandemic and keep impatient creditors and landlords at bay. The payments were made without time-consuming means-testing. France launched its own rescue plan, at a cost of €235 billion in fiscal outlays, augmented by nearly €330 billion in public loan guarantees. Italy’s rescue plan has thus far cost about €110 billion plus €400 billion in loan guarantees. All three countries have also benefited from a loosening of the ECB’s monetary-policy stance.

Complex cocktail.............


Harry and Meghan's "choices" likely mean their royal future is over

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there are no links other than what is in the text, so the 4 paragraph rule doesn't apply to this

Any chance of future royal roles for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is now “dead in the water,” according to royal sources talking to the Daily Mail. “It’s solely down to the choices they have made,” a source told the Mail. “There is no anger or animosity [on behalf of the Royal Family]. But every commercial deal that has been done by the Sussexes has been a nail in the coffin of any kind of return to royal life.” This means that Harry and Meghan’s big-money declarations of independence from the royal family—led by their multi-million deals with Netflix and Spotify—have invalidated their futures as royal family members. Another source told the paper: “To come back would mean they would have to undo all the commercial tie-ups they have already done, and clearly Harry and Meghan don’t want to do that. That is absolutely their choice and the queen has agreed they can pursue these new careers. But to cap it all, they have bought a house 6,000 miles away, which is an unmistakable statement of intent on their behalf.” Sources also told the Mail that it was unlikely Harry would be able to get back any of his military roles, which will be a bitter blow to the prince who spent ten years in the army and is incredibly proud of his association with the armed forces. But neither Meghan nor Harry will lose their titles. The Daily Beast and other publications recently reported that Harry and Meghan wanted a 12-month extension to their “Megxit” probationary period, agreed when they left their senior royal roles last year.

That now doesn’t seem likely. “Harry was told very clearly in January by his grandmother that ‘you work for the monarchy, the monarchy doesn’t work for you,’” one source told the Mail. “And if you can’t accept that, then you need to walk away. Her Majesty was remarkably clear and decisive on that point and has never deviated from it, not once. I think what has evolved this year across the Atlantic has only served to prove her point.” “The deals they have done since moving to California clearly show the truth of it: they simply had ambitions that were completely incompatible with being members of the Royal Family,” an “insider” told the Mail. “It was their choice to leave and seek their fortunes elsewhere. No one exiled them. Indeed, the queen made clear she didn't want Harry and Meghan to go and that they are still very much-loved members of her family and have her support. “Harry and Meghan are clearly where they want to be, and good luck to them. But their subsequent career choices have scuppered any chance of retaining even a quasi-official royal role. You simply can’t do both roles without conflict. And contrary to speculation, it was actually a pretty straightforward decision on Her Majesty's behalf. “The queen knows you can’t have a working member of the Royal Family also being paid millions of pounds by Spotify to tell people to ‘swipe and follow’ their podcast, or encouraging consumers to buy a certain brand of coffee. The two are simply incompatible.”

Queen took “all of two seconds” to nix Harry’s Cenotaph plan

The Daily Mail also reports that the queen personally decreed that a wreath would not be laid in his grandson Prince Harry’s name at the Cenotaph in London to mark Remembrance Sunday last November—and that she made up her mind ruthlessly quickly, taking “all of two seconds” to make up her mind, according to the Mail. The story is in direct contravention to the original Palace line—that it had been courtiers who had taken the decision to not allow the laying of the wreath without consulting the queen. “Remembrance Sunday is sacrosanct when it comes to Her Majesty’s diary,” a source told the paper. “It’s one of the most important dates in her calendar and nothing is done without her knowledge. People were suggesting the Palace’s reaction to what Harry asked was petty. But it was the queen’s decision. And what’s more, she actually had very strong views on the subject.” Another source told the paper: “While she has enormous admiration for Harry’s achievements both in and out of the military, this was seen as an example of his lack of understanding at what it means for him to be a non-working royal. The queen is very firmly of the opinion that you can't pick and choose what you do when it comes to the institution. Either you are in—or you are out.” Harry and Meghan were photographed at the Los Angeles National Cemetery on that Sunday—and were criticized for staging what many saw as a tacky PR attempt to overshadow the royals’ gathering at the Cenotaph itself. It was also revealed that the actual wreath that Harry wanted to be laid in his name had been unearthed, languishing in a cardboard box at the Royal British Legion’s Kent HQ.

Senior palace figures hope Meghan will drop her case

Can Meghan find an elegant way to drop her legal case against Associated Newspapers, the publisher of the Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday? Senior figures at the palace certainly hope so, according to a report in The Sunday Times. There is a possibility that Meghan could get what is known as a “summary judgement” later this month (when the judge decides he does not need to hear witnesses or consider further evidence to pronounce his verdict), but it is unlikely. That will open up the astonishing prospect of Meghan facing off in court against her estranged father, Thomas, because the case centers around Meghan’s claim that her privacy rights were breached when the Mail on Sunday published extracts from a letter she wrote to him in 2018. The Sunday Times reports that the prospect of that happening is being regarded with increasing horror at the palace, where courtiers are “astonished” the case has even got this far, and that several former Sussex staffers are already preparing to be grilled in the witness box. They are desperate for Meghan to drop her suit “to protect the royal family.” One courtier told The Sunday Times: “A trial would be traumatic for Meghan and Harry, it will expose palace operations, members of staff would be dragged into it on the witness stands...it would be deeply uncomfortable for the institution.” The Sunday Times reports on a long-circulating rumor that Harry and Meghan first sought the advice of lawyer Gerrard Tyrrell, who acted successfully for the Prince of Wales after the Mail on Sunday published extracts in 2005 from his private diary, in which he described the Chinese leadership as “appalling old waxworks.” Tyrrell warned the Sussexes not to sue the Mail on Sunday, but that Meghan and Harry ignored his advice. The trial had been scheduled for this month but was postponed at Meghan’s request for reasons described as “confidential.”

Kate has tried to reach out to Meghan, with no success

The Mail also reports that Kate Middleton and the Countess of Wessex (Sophie, Prince Edward’s wife) have both repeatedly “reached out” to Meghan, particularly after she told ITV’s Tom Bradby how unhappy she was. But their conciliatory overtures were “rebuffed,” the Mail said. The Mail also says that Prince William and his father Prince Charles have become close. “William has realized that if he is going to make it work, he needs to be more aligned with his father and they need to work as a team,” a source told the paper. William and Kate have also reportedly grown closer in recent months. The paper said all eyes would be on William and Harry if they are reunited for Prince Philip’s 100th birthday in June, and then the unveiling at Kensington Palace of the memorial statue to their mom, Princess Diana. “If the two brothers can make that work, then we have hope,” a source told the Mail.

Going live

Harry and Meghan’s new Archewell website went live this week, featuring a huge picture of Diana with Harry as a baby on her shoulders. A second picture shows Meghan with her mom, Doria. The use of the picture of Harry with Diana, and the fact that the website makes absolutely no mention of either Harry or Meghan’s father, has attracted the ire of some critics. A syntactically awkward joint statement from the couple on the website’s landing page, entitled a ‘letter for 2021’ reads: “I am my mother’s son. And I am our son’s mother. Together we bring you Archewell. We believe in the best of humanity. Because we have seen the best of humanity. We have experienced compassion and kindness, From our mothers and strangers alike. In the face of fear, struggle and pain, it can be easy to lose sight of this. “Together, we can choose courage, healing, and connection. Together, we can choose to put compassion in action. We invite you to join us. As we work to build a better world. One act of compassion at a time.” Veteran royal journalist Phil Dampier told the Daily Mail it was “very significant” that Harry “called himself his ‘mother’s son’ but made no mention of Prince Charles.” Charles walked Meghan down the aisle on her wedding day when her father did not attend. The website listed five organizations Harry and Meghan said they have chosen to support. They include: the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University; the Center for Humane Technology in San Francisco which aims for “safer, more compassionate online communities;” the Loveland Foundation, which offers mental health support to Black women and girls; the Center for Critical Internet Inquiry at the University of California in Los Angeles, which champions racial and economic justice in the technology world, and chef José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen, which is building four community relief centers in regions affected by hunger, starting in Dominica and Puerto Rico.

This week in royal history

Can it really only be a year since Harry and Meghan quit the royal family? Why yes! On January 8, 2020, the royal couple published their bombshell website which said they were planning to “step back” from frontline royal duties. The website laid out a comprehensive vision of how they would like their roles to be configured going forward—but they have instead been completely cut out of the royal family’s public life.

Unanswered Questions

How bad will this be? Meghan’s estranged sister Samantha Markle is due to release her long-trailed memoir, The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister Part 1, on January 17. The book promises to “tell the hidden truths about her family, as a royal fairy tale plummets from the tea towels,” and describes Markle, who is in a wheelchair and suffers MS, as a “squeaky wheel” who is “no stranger to challenges or tenacity.”
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