Midday open thread: Joint Chiefs chief—Afghan war at impasse; dogs know; state-by-state Tday recipes

Today’s comic by Matt Bors is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez—socialist but uses money

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Most googled #Thanksgiving recipes. What’s up with Utah and Mississippi? pic.twitter.com/unSF7enPRv

— Mark Elliott (@markmobility) November 21, 2018

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff concedes that 17-year-old Afghan war at impasse: At the Halifax International Security Forum on November 17, Gen. Joseph Dunford said the Taliban is “not losing right now, I think that is fair to say,” adding “We used the term stalemate a year ago, and, relatively speaking, it has not changed much”:

In July, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said “the president’s strategy is indeed working,” and Gen. Joseph Votel, the commander of U.S. Central Command, later expressed cautious optimism. Speaking to reporters in August, outgoing commander of U.S. Forces-Afghanistan Gen. John Nicholson also said he believed the strategy is working.

But the numbers suggest otherwise. 

Dogs know when they don’t know:

Researchers have shown that dogs possess some ‘metacognitive’ abilities — specifically, they are aware of when they do not have enough information to solve a problem and will actively seek more information. The researchers created a test in which dogs had to find a reward behind one of two fences. They found that the dogs looked for additional information significantly more often when they had not seen where the reward was hidden.

MIDDAY TWEET

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This new kind of politics — of bold ideas and diverse candidates — is the future of our politics and our party. And I’m proud to be a part of it.https://t.co/xZdPRzVCav

— Peggy Flanagan (Untamed) (@peggyflanagan) November 21, 2018

Resurfaced video confirms that Bernard L. Mcnamee, nominee for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, is biased against renewable sources of energy.

Did The New York Times deceive readers about North Korean missile bases?

Native woman of Plains Cree/Saulteaux descent promotes Truthsgiving: 

Thanksgiving is the third in a line of problematic holidays of the fall season — holidays that may seem harmless, but that actually have a grave effect on the well-being of Native Americans. The other two are Columbus Day and Halloween. From the second Monday of October, to the fourth Thursday in November, Native Americans are hammered with a barrage of racially offensive, culturally appropriative, and historically inaccurate inculcations. The list is extensive — Columbus day parades, statues, speeches and sales, offensive Halloween costumes, Pilgrim and Indian paraphernalia, and of course, all the parties, events, and classroom activities that even our children are subject to. All of which is an attempt to hide the unpleasant truths about this country’s real history.

Save the Children group: Civil war in Yemen has starved 85,000 children under 5 to death from starvation.

James Billington, who brought Library of Congress into digital age, dead at 89: 

James H. Billington, the librarian of Congress for nearly three decades, who led the nation’s treasure house of knowledge into the digital age and added millions of books, films and cultural artifacts to its historic collections, including a trove of tweets, died on Tuesday in Washington. He was 89. […]

His death came a little more than three years after he retired amid mounting criticism that he had presided over a series of management and technology failures in his last years in office. He stepped down in September 2015, having planned to retire at the end of the year. He was succeeded by Carla D. Hayden, the first woman and the first African-American to lead the Library of Congress.

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: It’s an all-new Pre-T-Dy show. And it’s all about Matt Whitaker today. No, seriously. That’s it. The whole damned show is about Matt Whitaker. The Trump team’s own Khashoggi assassination team, parachuted into the DOJ to dismember law & order.

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