Ivanka Boycott Backfires — Trump Effect?

Ivanka Trump Clothing Line Reports Record Sales

According to the e-commerce aggregator Lyst, from January to February, Ivanka Trump sales increased 346 percent, Refinery29 writes.

Nordstrom announced in early February that it would no longer carry the [the Ivanka brand]. Also last month, Neiman Marcus stopped carrying the first daughter’s jewelry line on its website, and employees of T.J. Maxx and Marshalls stores were instructed to throw away any signage advertising her wares. Kellyanne Conway… urged viewers to “go buy Ivanka’s stuff” during a February interview on “Fox & Friends.”

In other news the jobs report for February was 298,000 new jobs. That “Trump effect” is some effect.

Professional protesters for hire

Democrat groups paid ransom to hide the fact they were paying people to protest. Many of the Trump protesters during the runup to the November election and after were not spontaneous citizens airing their grievances but were paid professionals. Maybe that’s why so many of them wore masks, KKK style.  But the protesters weren’t the only ones who got paid…others who threatened to disclose these facts got paid $30,000 or up, to as much as $150,000 for their silence. Paid by whom? By Democrat groups who funded the protests, of course.

They wasted their money. We found out anyway. We suspected it all along. Never under estimate Democrat chicanery.

Trump the fixer to end climate change!

Trump to Slash Budget for Top Climate Change Agencies

That’s the trick that will put an end to all concerns about human-caused climate change. The only thing that has sustained it thus far is the ability of scientists to shake down the government for enormous research grants. Once that gravy train dries up we won’t be hearing much about climate change anymore. Climate scientists will be freed up for productive work.

GOP Congress lays an egg on Obamacare repeal

They’ve offered their own version of government-run health care, and it’s little better than the Democrat version. It’s getting exposed as the “Conservative Republican Alternative Program” which Steven Hayward reminds us is best understood by the obvious acronym CRAP. See his current Powerline post, Are Republicans Blowing it on Health Care? 

Yes, next question.

The stupid party needs your assistance Mr. President. They’re acting like they want to lose their majority.

Obama is laughing at them.

UPDATE: Cory Gardner of Colorado is one of the GOP sellouts.

Sorting Out Opiates and Opioids

Opiates are made from the opium poppy and opioids are synthetic derivatives. Morphine, codeine and heroin are opiates. Methadone, Percocet, Percodan, OxyContin (oxycodone), Vicodin, Lorcet, Lortab (hydrocodone), Demerol (pethidine), Dilaudid (hydromorphone), and Duragesic (fentanyl) are opioids.

Now that we have that straighten out, here’s the important news: Heroin Deaths In Denver Are Up 933% in 14 Years. So why is this happening? The Westword story, citing Kirk Bol of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), says:

Dreamland“As for why heroin deaths have gone up so much statewide, Bol notes that “there are a lot of theories. One of the prevailing ideas is that there has been some clamping down on opioid prescription painkillers — a greater awareness in prescribing and proper use — and some folks feel that people may be turning to heroin as a more available and accessible option. That theory considers it an unintended consequence of cracking down on opioid painkillers.”

“Bol stresses that he’s not endorsing this hypothesis or any of the rest. In his position, he’s tasked with putting together the data, and he leaves the interpretation of it to others.”

I believe the book, Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic, offers a more definitive answer.

Social Media and your Dopamine High

UPDATE: Too Much Social Media Use Linked to Feelings of Isolation

Millennial version of a double date

Millennial version of a double date

Addicted to Facebook? It’s not just a figure of speech to express how much you like it. It might be a real addiction little different from a drug or alcohol addiction. It can have some of the same life consequences. It can lead to social isolation rather than meaningful social relationships.

Social Media Triggers a Dopamine HighAccording to a study of Australian consumers by San Francisco-based media-buying firm RadiumOne, social media usage is a dopamine gold mine. “Every time we post, share, ‘like,’ comment or send an invitation online, we are creating an expectation,” according to the study. “We feel a sense of belonging and advance our concept of self through sharing.”

The dopamine high creates addiction so you want more and can’t get enough. The addiction creates a gold mine for marketers selling products that address the unfulfilled need for social connections. Worse, social media overloads prevent young people from learning social coping mechanisms for dealing with stress.

Simon Senik addresses this phenomnenon among Millennials.

Is the American Elite Really Elite?

Victor Davis Hanson compares the election of Donald Trump to the election of Andrew Jackson in 1828, and finds some interesting parallels in these men that tell us a lot about the American elite. As the Jacksonians did in 1828, Americans today elected Donald Trump because they are fed up with the pretenses of the so-called American elite class.

Media was always biased, now they’re outright liars.

Trump has offered no evidence or details to support his claim, and Obama’s spokesman has denied it.

That line is standard in every media story about the Obama Administration wiretapping Trump Tower. It’s been used by the NYT and AP a lot. It’s false.  Obama’s spokesman only said Obama didn’t personally order surveillance on Trump, he didn’t deny there had been wire tap surveillance. It was ordered by Lorretta Lynch, and I wrote earlier today why an order from Obama would not have been necessary. There appears to be evidence that an application was made to the FISA court and one was denied and another later approved. The information was leaked as intended, and that was a criminal act. See the reference to the timeline in a post below.

Senator Chuck U. Shumer said somewhere this afternoon, “The president is in trouble.”  He meant Trump but Trump is not in trouble. Obama might be, though.

In any event, all this sleaze is not going to work. Democrats are circling the drain. They are the ones without any evidence of any collusion  between Trump and the Russians regarding the 2016 election.