Obscenity Prayer (Open Thread)

My sister and I met for drinks recently at a pirate-themed bar, and this is where the hostess put us:

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It’s almost like she knew us or something. Weird!

I’m trying to reach a state of Zen-like calm about Election 2016, which, contrary to my earlier predictions, has become even more fraught than 2008. I’ve come up with this Obscenity Prayer to keep my blood pressure within normal parameters and reduce the urge to reach through the screen and throttle random strangers:

FSM, grant me the indifference to ignore brainless, provocative drivel,
The patience to endure well-meaning nonsense politely,
And the motherfucking wisdom to tell one form of bullshit from another.

Here’s where I’m at: I voted for the person I thought would make the best president. I’ll work my ass off to elect the Democratic Party ticket this fall. And that’s all I can control and/or should worry about.

See how easy that is? I predict this state of enlightenment will last at least an hour or so — maybe even half a day if I don’t read comments.

What are you up to this long weekend (in the US)? Hubby and I are taking a little vacation to celebrate our anniversary, so I’ve got that going for me!



Friday Recipe Exchange: Memorial Weekend Grilling

Bourbon Chicken Appetizers

A little early tonight because it looked like we could use a new thread. Apologies for any errors. I’ve spent most of the afternoon with agents, mortgage brokers and inspectors. There were no brain cells left for proof-reading. It has been a whirlwind of activity since the moment the house went under contract. I had forgotten how fast it all moves. So from the recipe blog:

I was going to post the recipes I’d picked out for guests next week, but then realized it was Memorial Day weekend and decided to switch it up for that occasion. There won’t be a recipe exchange next week, we’ll catch up after that.

Starting things out, Stuffed Jalapeno-Cheddar Burgers and Sweet Potato Fries, complete menu, recipes and shopping list can be found here.

Grilled Potato Packets come in two flavors here.

Click here for Citrus Glazed Baby Back Ribs.

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Searching for rib photos this week, I came across several yummy recipes from JeffreyW (along with obligatory mouth-watering photo series).

Spare ribs (pictured above) are here.

Braised Baby Back Ribs are here.

Click here for Country Ribs

Each one has a different rub or sauce, something for everyone.

What’s on the menu for your holiday weekend? As with every year, my father and brother will be helping to put up the impressive display of flags around town (they are flags presented at a veteran’s funeral and donated by the families for display). What summer flavor are you looking forward to most? What are some of your favorite holiday weekend recipes?

Finally, tonight’s featured recipe:

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I have a bottle of very fine and expensive whisky in my house. I’ve been having fun experimenting with it in many recipes, finding it really brings out the flavors in beef and adds a complex appeal to chicken and desserts.

With this recipe, it’s all about the bourbon and bacon.

Grilled Bourbon Chicken Appetizers

12  servings

  • 1- 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  •  1/4 cup chopped Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  •  1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Bourbon whisky (how much you use and what you do with the leftover is between you and your bottle)
  • 8 oz pineapple chunks
  • 12 strips of sliced bacon (should be a pound)
  • 12 short wooden skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes before assembling and grilling*

Cut chicken breasts into 1-inch x 2-inch cubes, you should have 36 pieces (you can soak in bourbon if you like)

Mix together Chipotle peppers, brown sugar, cayenne pepper and add enough whisky and pineapple juice to make a thick sauce. Set aside about 2-4 tbsp for mopping during cooking. For the remainder, cover chicken cubes on all sides with the sauce and let marinate for at least 1 hour.

To assemble: Start with a pineapple chunk, add one end of full bacon strip, add chicken cube, then wrap bacon around the top of the cube and skewer, add another cube of chicken, wrap bacon around the bottom of that piece of chicken, then skewer, add a third and repeat with the bacon strip, you’re creating a ribbon with the bacon. Finish with a pineapple chunk.

Grill over medium high heat (if using coals, start over hot coals, then move away from direct heat for the remainder of cooking time), turning frequently. Add more sauce as desired. Cook until chicken is 160-165 degrees. Shouldn’t take more than 10-15 minutes, don’t overcook or you’ll have dry, rubbery appetizers. Serve hot.

*please don’t forget this step or all you’ll have for appetizers is flaming skewers.

That’s it for this week. I hope you have a safe and fun holiday weekend. But take a moment and remember those who have served – TaMara








No One Could Have Predicted- Trump/Sanders Debate

To the surprise of no one but and some clown from Vermont, Donald Trump is not going to debate Bernie Sanders:

“Based on the fact that the Democratic nominating process is totally rigged and Crooked Hillary Clinton and Deborah Wasserman Schultz will not allow Bernie Sanders to win, and now that I am the presumptive Republican nominee, it seems inappropriate that I would debate the second-place finisher,” Mr. Trump said.

“Likewise, the networks want to make a killing on these events and are not proving to be too generous to charitable causes, in this case, women’s health issues. Therefore, as much as I want to debate Bernie Sanders — and it would be an easy payday — I will wait to debate the first-place finisher in the Democratic Party, probably Crooked Hillary Clinton, or whoever it may be,” Mr. Trump said in his statement.

Mr. Sanders is trailing Mrs. Clinton by hundreds of delegates and has repeatedly said he would look forward to debating Mr. Trump. Mrs. Clinton declined an invitation from Fox News to debate Mr. Sanders ahead of the California primary. Mr. Sanders is locked in a tight race with Mrs. Clinton in California and has been trying to generate free media in the state, where it is expensive to advertise.

There is no upside to Trump debating Sanders, just as there is no upside for Hillary standing on stage graciously being yelled at and having Bernie wag his finger at her. Why? Because he LOST. It’s over.

At this point Sanders is just making an ass out of himself while making Joe Manchin look like a good Democrat. Well played, Bernie. You just got rickrolled by a douchebag and probably still doesn’t even realize it.



Open Thread: Nice — Sandra Fluke Is Still Punishing Rush Limbaugh

Per Politico:

[T]here are signs that all is not well in the Limbaugh radio empire. Because even as his influence is sky high and his dominance at the top of talk radio remains unchallenged, as a business proposition, Limbaugh’s show is on shaky ground. In recent years, Limbaugh has been dropped by several of his long-time affiliates, including some very powerful ones: He’s gone from WABC in New York, WRKO in Boston and KFI in Los Angeles, for example, and has in many cases been moved onto smaller stations with much weaker signals that cover smaller areas.

Why? Because four years after Limbaugh called Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” on air, spurring a major boycott movement, reams of advertisers still won’t touch him. He suffers from what talk radio consultant Holland Cooke calls a “scarlet letter among national brand advertisers.” And for someone who has said that “confiscatory ad rates” are a key pillar of his business, that spells trouble. (Limbaugh ignored multiple interview requests.)

Limbaugh’s extremely lucrative eight-year contract—estimated to be worth roughly $38 million a year—is up this summer. What will happen to “America’s Anchorman,” as Limbaugh quasi-ironically refers to himself, once the contract is up, is anybody’s guess. Because as he is learning, political power does not necessarily a stellar business make…



Paying for expensive cures

The Incidental Economist at Academy Health  is examining the next wave of very expensive therapies that could be cures for rare but extremely expensive diseases:

most diseases which are the focus of gene therapy research are relatively rare. Most of these conditions affect children. In addition, gene therapy is more like a procedure than a drug. You perform it once, and potentially achieve a lifetime cure. There’s no way that, like many pharmaceutical products, profits can be made on volume.

It’s important to note that at this time, we still don’t have a lot of promising results in human subjects. But we’re getting close – close enough that it’s best we consider how we might pay for this now, rather than wait until it’s here and we all start fighting about it.

We may expect that prices for gene therapy might approach previously unseen amounts. The only gene therapy currently approved for use in Europe is Glybera. It treats lipoprotein lipase deficiency, a rare illness. It’s now priced at more than $1 million per patient, even though, as the authors point out, its efficacy is not without doubt….

The authors offer some ideas on where to start. First, they present some estimates on the current cost of managing genetic disorders. Cystic fibrosis costs almost $6 million per patient over a lifetime. Gaucher disease about $5 million, sickle cell disease $1 million, and Hemophilia A between $5 and $10 million.

In the United States, the current regulatory regime has the current insurer of a patient with a rare, extremely high cost disease pay for ongoing treatments.  There is an obligation that insurers pay for medically necessary non-experimental treatment regimes.  FDA approved gene therapy regimes that promise a high probability of a cure instead of a lifetime of maintenance treatments, acute crisis response and symptom alleviation would  easily qualify as a medically necessary treatment.  This would produce a major collective action problem and a game of hot potato.

Let’s make some major assumptions.  Let’s assume there will be a Cystic Fibrosis genetic therapy regime that offers a high probability of a cure and once the regime is completed, the individual’s medical expense profile goes from $200,000 to $300,000 per year to a profile that is indistinguishable from their age-group cohort.  Let us also assume that the gene therapy is fairly priced (let’s not argue what “fair” means) at the cost of several years of alternative treatment (think $1 million dollars or more).   Let us also assume there are multiple insurers and people with cystic fibrosis can change insurers (from Employer Sponsored coverage to Exchange to CHIP to Medicaid) with fairly low costs compared to the alternatives of cure or ongoing maintenance treatments.  And finally, let us assume that insurers can’t directly and legally deny coverage for people with cystic fibrosis.

What are the incentives for insurers under the current regulatory regime?

The most basic incentive is to make someone else pay and do as much as possible to be as ugly for the cure regime possible.

When there are multiple payers, whomever pays for the cure is producing massive social benefits and massive individual benefits through better health and  quality of life.  They are spending several years or more of the alternative treatment costs to eliminate future costs of the alternative treatment because the patients’ lungs now work well.  They pay out a million dollars in Year 1 so that the member with CF does not have ten or twenty more years of $300,000 a year treatments.  On net, society is savings $5 million dollars in net present value treatment costs ($1 million for a cure vs. 20 years @$300K/year for $6 million).  However due to churn, the insurer that pays for the cure won’t capture the long run savings.

With that incentive structure in place, every payer has a strong incentive to get someone else to pay for cures.

How do we solve this problem?

There are two very plausible solutions.  The first would be to nationalize the costs of genetic cures for rare and very high cost diseases much like how we nationalize end stage renal disease costs.  Medicare would pay for these genetic cures at a very early age and any needed follow-up care that is specifically tied to the cure.  After the cure period is over, the treated individual would be placed back into the regular insurance world.  The federal government would pay out the million dollars for a cure but society as a whole would capture the multi-million dollar long run benefits.  This works because the government has an extremely long shadow of the future and can wait to capture dispersed benefits.

The other method would be a tweak on my idea to create property rights and income streams from pushing prevention:

Make it worth the while of an insurer to actively push good long term preventative care even accepting churn will and should happen. Follow-on transfer payments could be made by future insurers to the insurer that paid for the preventative care that has immediate costs but long run pay-offs.

The size and duration of the payments would differ depending on the pay-off period and either the cost of the preventative care or the net costs avoided….

An IUD is a bit different. Here the immediate treatment cost is fairly high and the duration of the benefit is three to ten years. Insurer B could conceivably make preventative care benefit payments back to Insurer A of $20 a month if the calculation is based solely on the cost of oral hormonal contraception. If there is calculation of averted pregnancies, transfer payments of $40 or $50 per month could be justified under some assumptions. These payments would stop after a reasonable calculated life span of an IUD or the actual removal of the device.

Finally, the HPV vaccine has a very different profile. It’s main cost saving function is avoiding cancers a decade or more after the administration of the vaccine. There is massive churn in a decade, especially among teenagers who become young adults. Two payment schemes could be created. The first would be the vaccine avoidance payment of a few dollars per month until an individual is 18. Then a decade later a second payment stream would be created. This stream would be a small monthly sum for cancer treatments avoided.

In a CF genetic cure scenario, the insurer who pays for the cure of CF could receive a payment each year from other insurers equal to either a lifespan adjusted cost of the cure (for instance annual $50,000 payments for 20 years) or a larger annual payment based on the averted costs of the next best alternative ($300,000/year for 20 years). Doing that would prevent a game of hot potato, intentional ugliness and cure avoidance as curing now becomes either net revenue neutral for an insurer or a net revenue generator for insurers that aggressively long term cost efficient cures even as there is a massive short term cost.








The Puke Funnel In Action

It never ends with our media:

To some, the comparison to Clinton’s case may appear strained. Clinton has said none of the information on her server was marked classified at the time. In many cases, it was marked as unclassified when sent to her by people in the State Department more familiar with the issues involved.

By contrast, sailors are trained early on that the engine compartment of a nuclear sub is a restricted area and that much information relating to the sub’s nuclear reactors is classified.

Still, it’s far from obvious that the information Saucier took photos of is more sensitive than information found in Clinton’s account. Court filings say the photos were clear enough that they reveal classified details about the submarine that could be of use to foreign governments, such as the vessel’s maximum speed.

However, the Navy says the photos are classified “confidential,” which is the lowest tier of protection for classified information and is designated for information that could cause some damage to national security but not “serious” or “exceptionally grave” damage.

Intelligence agencies claim that Clinton’s account contained 65 messages with information considered “Secret” and 22 classified at the “Top Secret” level. Some messages contained data under an even more restrictive “special access program” designation.

Clinton and her campaign have disputed those findings, calling them a result of “overclassification” and urging that the messages be released in full.

However, Clinton’s critics and some former intelligence officials said she should have recognized the sensitivity of the information. They’ve also noted that about 32,000 messages on Clinton’s server were erased after her lawyers deemed them personal.

“The DOJ is willing to prosecute a former sailor to the full extent of the law for violating the law on classified material, in a situation where there was no purposeful unsecured transmission of classified material,” conservative blogger Ed Morrissey wrote last year. “Will they pursue Hillary Clinton and her team, at the other end of the power spectrum from the rank-and-file, for deliberate unsecured transmission of improperly marked classified nat-sec intelligence? Will they pursue the same kind of obstruction of justice charges for Hillary’s wiping of her server as they are for Saucier’s destruction of his laptop?”

From the fever swamps of wingnut blogs to Wolf Blitzer’s mouth. Seriously, how long before this is on CNN?



Cost savings, reform and interest groups

Stat News has a report from last month on opposition to the Medicare Part B drug payment reform scheme that highlights the challenge of any reform effort that attempts to line incentives up to more cost effective but clinically similar care.

Under the Part B program, doctors, and hospitals buy a medicine, and the government reimburses the average sales price plus 6 percent. But the experiment, which would run five years starting this fall, would pay physicians the average price, plus another 2.5 percent and a flat fee of $16.80, not including reductions required by sequestration, or automatic spending cuts. The program would also pursue ways to pay for medicines based on different definitions of value….
The missive from the senators is not surprising. Even before the administration unveiled its program last month, there was heated opposition. Since then, more than 300 groups representing physicians, drug makers, and patients also released a letter that encouraged the administration to withdraw its proposal. And many of these groups have been lobbying Congress.

“The proposal, which was rushed through review without physician or patient input, lays out an experiment (that is) not based on quality metrics,” said the Community Oncology Alliance, a trade group that represents smaller cancer clinics, at the time the program was unveiled last month.

Right now there if there are two drugs that have identical expected clinical outcomes for a patient, the Medicare Part B payment regime gives the prescriber a very strong incentive to prescribe the more expensive drug. If Drug A costs $2,000 a dose and Drug B cost $100 a dose, the doctor makes $180 from prescribing Drug A while he only makes $6 from prescribing drug B. The new reform tweaks that a bit. Drug A would give the prescriber a fee of $66.80 while Drug B would have a fee of $18.80. There is still a gap where prescribing Drug A is better for the doctor than the clinically identical Drug B but the gap is smaller.

This is supposed to be provider level budget neutral. Prescribers who mainly prescribe low cost drugs will see higher reimbursement. Prescribers who prescribe mainly high cost drugs will see much lower reimbursements.

The area of cost savings that may occur is if there is a composition shift in the drugs prescribed. If prescribers switch from high cost Drug A to lower cost Drug B because the gap in their reimbursement is far smaller, then the system as a whole saves money and the patients save money as their co-insurance and deductibles are not tapped for as much cash.

This is fairly dry technical policy writing. The point of opposition is from prescribers who currently prescribe high cost drugs (even if there are no low cost substitutes) as this policy change will take money out of their pockets which means their mistress might have her allowance cut. Concentrated losses lead to far more opposition than dispersed gains lead to support.

Medicare Part B drug payment reform is not a huge deal in the scheme of things. It would be a step in the right direction in a marathon of cost control. But that step illustrates the difficulty of taking money away from incumbent recipients to rejigger incentives so they are a bit less perverse.








Friday Morning Open Thread: Cat Funding Bleg

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Balloon Juice lurker, former Sadly, No! regular, and founder of FireMeganMcArdle has a bleg:

My 17 year old snowshoe siamese Binkley has been very sick the last few months. The good news is he’s going to be ok, the bad news is his treatment so far has cost more than my rent at a time when that alone is not so easy for me to cover, and he’s probably not done yet. So I’ve swallowed my pride and started a gofundme

I just tweeted a good shot of him looking at Obama on tv in 08, if you’re curious about the fuzzball in question.

GoFundMe page here, if you have a soft spot for meezers.

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What else is on the agenda, as we wrap up the week and/or prepare for the holiday weekend?



Late-Night Internet Chew Toy: The MAKE AMERICA GRATE Debate

Okay, yeah, this is almost certainly not gonna happen. (In any other election year, I’d bet on ‘certainly not’, but this is not like any other year.) But the mere suggestion has brought so much joy to media spokesmodels with a phobia for dead air, not to mention internet snarksters…

The professionals at the Washington Post, company paper for the town whose majority industry is politics, spell out the scam:

Trump said in a press conference here that he would debate Sanders only if $10 million to $15 million went to a charity, perhaps one specializing in “women’s health issues.” It’s assumed that the bulk of that money would have to come from a television network. No network immediately stepped forward to claim interest on Thursday…

“We could have a lot of fun with it,” Trump said. “I would love to debate Bernie, actually. I mean the problem with debating Bernie is he’s going to lose [the nomination] because, honestly, his system is rigged just like our system is rigged.”

At an afternoon rally in Ventura, Calif., Sanders said he would “look forward” to challenging Trump on issues ranging from climate change to the Republican’s insults of Latinos, Muslims and women.

“I think we’re going to have to rent out the largest stadium you have here in California,” Sanders said of a theoretical debate. “I can’t wait for that, because we’re going to ask Mr. Trump why he thinks giving hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to the wealthiest people in this country is a good idea.”

In an interview with ABC News, Clinton said she had taken the whole suggestion — first made by Sanders earlier in the week — as a joke. The former secretary of state, who is expected to clinch the nomination in California, said she is looking ahead to her own debates with Trump in the fall…

But THEN, out of the YouTube’d heart of the internet, a new hope

Politico loves that twist:

… “It would be among the most watched debates in the world,” touted Uygur. “It would be a clash of the titans in terms of ideology from the right and the left without the establishment in the middle.”

Uygur told POLITICO that The Young Turks, a left-leaning online video news channel that boasts more than 200 million views a month on YouTube, would be the perfect setting for such a meeting.

“They’re outsiders. We’re outsiders. They both complain about the establishment. We’re against the establishment,” he explained. “There is no better place for two anti-establishment figures on the right and the left to debate than The Young Turks. Our whole bread and butter is fighting against the establishment.”…

It will come as a surprise to many observers if the Young Turks actually have a spare million dollars lying around, but hey, that’s what GoFundMe is for, right?

Deadbeat Donald, of course, has already made bank on free media from this stunt, even though in pure political terms he has less than no reason to share any of it with St. Bernie. And Sanders’ closest advisors are showing their usual gift for saying all the wrong things on camera…

Much more below the fold, for the evil-minded curious. Read more



You Come at the King…

You best not miss:

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Funny stuff.








Baby Wallabies Against Trump

So this happened today. I can’t tell you how annoying this woman is in her defense of the worst of Republican politicians. I thought this was hysterical. Trump has driven her to exotic pets. And that Kyle Clark did it all with a straight face was even better.
Kyle Clark:
Trump’s takeover of the GOP has caused our Republican political analyst to seek comfort from an emotional support animal. A wallaby. We talked about feelings today. 
 I had some good news today, I’m under contract. Still so many things could still go wrong, but fingers crossed. Consider this an open thread.







Some leaves sad

The first game 7 of the Eastern Conference NHL play-offs is starting in a couple of minutes.

It has been a great series but someone will be leaving sad tonight.

Let’s go some team….

Open Thread








Thursday Evening Open Thread: Crowning Glory of the Ubermensch

I too can remember when Burt Reynolds slayed with that ‘I paid for it, so it’s my hair’ line… back on Johnny Carson’s show in the 1970s. Gawker performs a public service with its deeply researched investigative report on the possible roots of That Urine-Colored Thing on Donnie’s Head:

Is Donald Trump’s Hair a $60,000 Weave? A Gawker Investigation
A tipster who claimed knowledge of Trump’s hair recently came to Gawker with a potential solution to the enigma: Trump’s hair is not his own, costs tens of thousands of dollars for installation and upkeep, and comes from a man as mysterious as Trump is bombastic.

This solution that Trump, our tipster says, sought for his hair woes is a little-known, patented hair restoration treatment called a “microcylinder intervention.” It’s only performed by one clinic that we know of—Ivari International—where our source once sought treatment, and where he says he learned of Trump’s apparent patronage. What’s more, Ivari’s New York location was inside Trump Tower—on the private floor reserved for Donald Trump’s own office…

Srsly, this is good political work, because it’s much more likely to get under Deadbeat Donald’s extremely thin skin — and thereby damage his credibility with low-info voters — than respectable sercon reporting like TPM‘s “Trump Unites Generations Of White Nationalists”:

Tucked away in the woods of middle Tennessee’s Montgomery Bell State Park, 300 “white advocates” gathered over the weekend at the fourteenth American Renaissance conference to reflect on just how much fuel Trump has added to their movement this election cycle.

“I’ve never felt this sense of energy in our movement,” the conference host, Jared Taylor, said in his opening remarks. “I’ve never been more optimistic.”

For the conference, American Renaissance, a white nationalist publication, brought advocates for a white ethno-state together with Holocaust deniers, eugenicists and confederate sympathizers. American Renaissance and many of the groups the conference speakers are associated with are designated as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center…

Trump’s candidacy and the proliferation of white nationalist media online have put the old guard of white advocacy in touch with the new. At the conference, anti-immigrant, pro-Confederate old-timers rubbed shoulders with the young men of the “alt-right”—a loosely defined amalgam of isolationist white nationalists who crusade against political correctness and thrive on the Internet…

Repeat along with me: “It’s about ethics in gaming political journalism… “



We Had a Good Run…

Prolly no real need to worry about Trump, anyway:

For the first time, researchers have found a person in the United States carrying bacteria resistant to antibiotics of last resort, an alarming development that the top U.S. public health official says could signal “the end of the road” for antibiotics.

The antibiotic-resistant strain was found last month in the urine of a 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman. Defense Department researchers determined that she carried a strain of E. coli resistant to the antibiotic colistin, according to a study published Thursday in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, a publication of the American Society for Microbiology. The authors wrote that the discovery “heralds the emergence of a truly pan-drug resistant bacteria.”

Colistin is the antibiotic of last resort for particularly dangerous types of superbugs, including a family of bacteria known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, which health officials have dubbed “nightmare bacteria.” In some instances, these superbugs kill up to 50 percent of patients who become infected. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called CRE among the country’s most urgent public health threats.

Health officials said the case in Pennsylvania, by itself, is not cause for panic. The strain found in the woman is treatable with some other antibiotics. But researchers worry that the antibiotic-resistant gene found in the bacteria, known as mcr-1, could spread to other types of bacteria that can already evade other types of antibiotics.

This is very, very, very serious.








Today In Unsolicited E-Mails

I get mail.  This one came today, unsought, unanticipated, and unctuous, from some placement/staffing guy who clearly understands the extensive personnel needs of a writing teacher and sometime scribe:

I am representing the below talented professionals passively seeking their next permanent position.

“Passively seeking…”

A Maid Asleep *oil on canvas *87.6 x 76.5 cm *signed c.l.: I·VMeer·

I’m so using that one as soon and as often as I can.  “I’m passively seeking my Nobel Prize in procrastination…”

(Actually, it made me think of Zombie Eyed Granny Starver Paul Ryan’s non-candidacy for president this year, but that’s another story.)

Consider this a safe-zone thread, open to any and all commentary about anything other than Bernie Sanders’ campaign, character, prospects or destination.  Hell, save the Hillary and Drumpf talk too.  This one’s for the more comfy* absurdities that attend us every day.

*My fingers sped past my brain in my first attempt at that word:  confit.  Almost left it that way — I like the idea of confit absurdities.

Image:  Johannes Vermeer, A Maid Asleep c. 1656-1657