Friday, January 6, 2017

First snow of 2017 in Brooklyn
[about 1 inch]

  Winter Storm Helena Spreading Snow and Ice Into the South; Watches Also Issued in New Jersey, Long Island, New England - January 6, 2017

The Great Wall of Conspiracies and Reversals

In another Trump reversal ... he now expects us to pay for his wall. Did he say, "Bill them later?" Shall we hire Mexican laborers? Trump will also change his opinion about US intelligence agencies. I know what many of you are thinking ... Maybe he'll change his mind about being president.

  Trump asking Congress, not Mexico, to pay for border wall   CNN - January 6, 2017
President-elect Donald Trump's transition team has signaled to congressional Republican leaders that his preference is to fund the border wall through the appropriations process as soon as April, according to House Republican officials. "The dishonest media does not report that any money spent on building the Great Wall (for sake of speed), will be paid back by Mexico later!" Trump tweeted Friday.


Today, Trump will meet today with the heads of the C.I.A., F.B.I. and N.S.A. to discuss evidence that Russia used hacking to help him win the election, an assertion he disputes. The classified briefing has already been presented to President Obama. Some of the officials who testified before a Senate committee on Thursday said the president-elect's statements about intelligence agencies were undermining morale.

  Trump election: US 'identifies agents behind Russian hack'   CNN - January 6, 2017
The US has identified the Russian agents behind alleged hacking ahead of the presidential election won by Donald Trump in November, reports say. The agents, whose names have not been released, are alleged to have sent stolen Democratic emails to WikiLeaks to try to swing the vote for Mr Trump. Russia denies any involvement and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says Moscow was not the source. Intelligence officials are due to brief Mr Trump, who doubts the claims, later. Vice-President Joe Biden lambasted the president-elect on Thursday for attacking the intelligence community over the claims, saying it was "absolutely mindless" not to have faith in the agencies.

The 50th year of the Consumer Electronics Show (January 5-8, 2017) - features home technology as we move to "Smart Homes". My children buy a lot of smart products specially for the kitchen. My daughter Zsia has the new Samsung fridge which allows her to run videos (with music) she created while working in the kitchen. Yesterday was her dad Ralph's 79th birthday. He passed 11 years ago. She created a video featuring this pic of him. (You can pause the video). I wish we could have done that when my children were growing up. We were always a tech family. If he were alive, Ralph would have followed today's political scene, also having met Trump along the way. Ralph being in the hairpiece business, I learning "the comb over" style Trump wears and knew he doesn't wear a wig.