solarbird: (Lecturing)
There's a lot of speculation going around that the Trump administration is ignoring California's request for disaster declaration. There has been a fake news report that it was explicitly denied; that's not true, as far as I can tell. (The only source for the version going around is a fake news site identifying itself as the Sacramento Dispatch; said newspaper does not exist, the domain was registered on January 17th, it's fake, do not quote.)

However, California did request declaration on the 10th, as can be seen here, on real news sites:

http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article132113664.html
http://www.krcrtv.com/news/local/northstate/gov-brown-requests-presidential-major-disaster-declaration/326144202

And there has as yet been no response. By contrast, Louisiana also requested declaration on the 10th, due to tornadoes, as can be seen here:

http://www.nola.com/weather/index.ssf/2017/02/gov_edwards_requests_new_orlea.html

And that was approved by Mr. Trump on the 11th, as can be seen here:

http://wgno.com/2017/02/11/president-trump-approves-louisiana-tornado-disaster-request/

Rank-and-file in the GOP have been agitating against - and in Congress, actively voting against - disaster relief for Democratic controlled states for some time, such as Hurricane Sandy in New York, while voting for disaster relief in their own states. So there is an open question: is this now executive policy as well?
solarbird: (Default)
I need a title for these. When it was a fundamentalist watch, I called it the Cultural Warfare Update. That doesn't fit here.

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Guess who said this was their goal: "the strategic control of the USA...and the refusal to allow liberal values to dominate us."
leahmcelrath on Twitter
11 December 2016

[I'm including the links and full text of this entire thread.]

https://twitter.com/leahmcelrath/status/808027467617288193

@leahmcelrath 7h7 hours ago
Alexandr Dugin is Putin's geopolitical ideological mentor. He outlined a vision for a new Russian Empire. Above is part of his strategy.

@leahmcelrath 7h7 hours ago
Alexandr Dugin has a Facebook page. Days after the U.S. election, he posted "So. Washington is ours."

@leahmcelrath 7h7 hours ago
I encourage you to read Dugin's FB page for yourself, while remembering he is literally Putin's idealogical mentor: https://m.facebook.com/alexandr.dugin

‏@leahmcelrath 7h7 hours ago
During the U.S. presidential campaign, Dugin "endorsed" Donald Trump. http://www.weeklystandard.com/putins-rasputin-endorses-trump/article/2001344

@leahmcelrath 6h6 hours ago
Dugin's Facebook page is awash with praise for Trump and celebrations of Trump's win. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cza1FwkUcAAyubn.jpg

‏@leahmcelrath 6h6 hours ago
Dugin's (read: Putin's) ideology is a bizarre blend of white supremacy and a geographical emphasis on "Eurasia". http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/07/27/geopolitics-russia-mackinder-eurasia-heartland-dugin-ukraine-eurasianism-manifest-destiny-putin/

@leahmcelrath 6h6 hours ago
The explicit, literal goal of Dugin's/Putin's ideology is destruction of Western liberalism and destabilization of Western democracies. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cza6XEoUoAAWzUH.jpg

@leahmcelrath 6h6 hours ago
Guess who else besides Putin likes Dugin (and writes for his website)? "Alt Right" founder and darling of Breitbart: Richard Spencer.

@leahmcelrath 6h6 hours ago
This is Richard Spencer retweeting Alexandr Dugin's tweet featuring an article by Spencer on Dugin's website: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CzbBN7pVQAAjQTu.jpg

@leahmcelrath 5h5 hours ago
Richard Spencer's wife is a Russian scholar who has translated Dugin's work to English. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/meet-the-alt-right-spokesman-thrilled-by-trumps-rise-w443902

@leahmcelrath 3h3 hours ago
Spencer's "Alt Right" neo-Nazi rebrand gained a natl platform on Breitbart thanks to Trump advisor Steve Bannon: http://m.motherjones.com/politics/2016/08/stephen-bannon-donald-trump-alt-right-breitbart-news

@leahmcelrath 3h3 hours ago
This is a thorough compilation on @dailykos of resources regarding Putin, Dugin, Spencer, Bannon, and Trump: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/11/18/1601406/-Everything-You-Need-to-Know-About-Steve-Bannon-Breitbart-Russia

@leahmcelrath 3h3 hours ago
Key to understanding Durbin/Putin and Bannon/Trump: Their shared ideological goal is restoring white male supremacy a/k/a "TRADITIONALISM".

@leahmcelrath 2h2 hours ago
Please note: I'm NOT using "white male supremacy" in some sort of race or gender studies buzzword way here. This is their LITERAL goal.

@leahmcelrath 2h2 hours ago
Under traditionalist ideology, outgrowths of liberalism like sexual/racial equality, reproductive freedom, & same-sex marriage are anathema.

@leahmcelrath 2h2 hours ago
This is why conservatives Republicans like @davidfrum and @BillKristol speak out against Trump and his ilk. There's an ideological split.

@leahmcelrath 2h2 hours ago
United in their aversion to multiculturalism and liberalism, these so-called traditionalists reach out to one another across national lines.

@leahmcelrath 2h2 hours ago
However, while traditionalists might reach out across national boundaries, the reality appears to be Russia has played THE dominant role.

@leahmcelrath 2h2 hours ago
Much of what we perceive to be American fringe right wing content appears to originate from Russia's Dugin.

@leahmcelrath 2h2 hours ago
Anti-Muslim fear mongering? Dugin. Anti-liberalism? Dugin. Anti-Soros? Dugin. Satanic pedophile rings? Dugin. Swamp metaphors? Dugin.

@leahmcelrath 2h2 hours ago
It's as though Dugin threaded his arm right through Steve Bannon's orifices and into Trump's bottom to make the Donald a literal puppet.

@leahmcelrath 2h2 hours ago
Trump + Breitbart + viral false news written in Balkans & shared on FB + Twitter "alt right" & "alt left" social botnets = destabilization

@leahmcelrath 2h2 hours ago
Dugin's ideology was spread throughout the U.S. campaign season via a massive Russia propaganda and cyber warfare campaign.

@leahmcelrath 2h2 hours ago
I'm not saying the United States doesn't have its own native fractures. Racism and misogyny are thickly woven in our cultural fabric.

@leahmcelrath 2h2 hours ago
In war, you seek to exploit the weaknesses of your enemy. Putin poured *massive* resources into existing U.S. fissures to crack them open.

@leahmcelrath 1h1 hour ago
That's how I got started down this line of inquiry: I noticed on the DAY AFTER THE ELECTION that the MAGA botnets were gone. Gone. Poof.

@leahmcelrath 1h1 hour ago
I didn't think to make copies of my block lists beforehand because I didn't understand botnets. I thought even "trolls" were real people.

@leahmcelrath 1h1 hour ago
Like all vocal Clinton supporters, I was targeted hard over the last year. I blocked hundreds, perhaps thousands, of MAGA accounts.

@leahmcelrath 1h1 hour ago
When I noticed the MAGA silence the day after the election, I checked my block list. Only a few dozen of those accounts remained.

@leahmcelrath 1h1 hour ago
When I realized those accounts had been a weapon of either the Trump campaign itself or a supporting entity (i.e. Russia), I began digging.

@leahmcelrath 1h1 hour ago
A lot of the MAGA/grandma/veteran/Christian/IStandWithIsrael accounts? Botnets. A lot of the Bernie Bro/NeverHillary accounts? Botnets.

@leahmcelrath 1h1 hour ago
Many Americans on social media during this election thought we were fighting with each other when we were really being targeted by psy-ops.

@leahmcelrath 1h1 hour ago
To bring this back to Dugin: 1. Internally destabilizing the U.S. weakens us. 2. A weak U.S. is easier to overpower strategically.

@leahmcelrath 1h1 hour ago
Putting a Putin puppet in office as POTUS? That's the coup de grace. We must do everything legally in our power to stop it. #RESIST


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The CIA’s Absence of Conviction
Craig Murray
11 Dec 2016

[Craig Murray is a former ambassador from Great Britain to the United States. He does not believe the CIA's findings on Russian involvement in the election. What I know of him is limited, but he has some degree of historical credibility, and I am _not_ aware of him flying off into conspiracy wingnuttery in a general sense, unlike many in the proposed Trump cabinet.]

https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2016/12/cias-absence-conviction/

I have watched incredulous as the CIA’s blatant lie has grown and grown as a media story – blatant because the CIA has made no attempt whatsoever to substantiate it. There is no Russian involvement in the leaks of emails showing Clinton’s corruption. Yes this rubbish has been the lead today in the Washington Post in the US and the Guardian here, and was the lead item on the BBC main news. I suspect it is leading the American broadcasts also.

A little simple logic demolishes the CIA’s claims. The CIA claim they “know the individuals” involved. Yet under Obama the USA has been absolutely ruthless in its persecution of whistleblowers, and its pursuit of foreign hackers through extradition. We are supposed to believe that in the most vital instance imaginable, an attempt by a foreign power to destabilise a US election, even though the CIA knows who the individuals are, nobody is going to be arrested or extradited, or (if in Russia) made subject to yet more banking and other restrictions against Russian individuals? Plainly it stinks. The anonymous source claims of “We know who it was, it was the Russians” are beneath contempt.

[Note: as per last mail, there is now a non-anonymous source, but he wouldn't've known about that when he wrote this column.]

[Note: This blog post is being converted into "conclusive evidence" that it was "a Washington insider" who leaked the DNC material to Wikileaks. This is being repeated unquestioned in Trumpist and Trump-friendly circles. See:
http://theduran.com/russia-not-behind-clinton-leaks-conclusive-evidence-emerges-work-washington-insider/

Note that The Duran is a Russian media site run by Vladimir Rodzianko:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/vladimir-rodzianko-71aa4010

...who also runs an important show on Russia Today (RT). It is also being used as evidence that "insiders" led by Hillary Clinton are planning a coup d'etat against Donald Trump.]


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Bipartisan Senate Group Calls for Probe of Russian Hacking in US
BENJAMIN SIEGEL
ABC News
Dec 11, 2016, 9:34 AM ET

[Meanwhile, this is also going on]

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/bipartisan-senate-group-calls-probe-russian-hacking-us/story?id=44121931

A group of Democratic and Republican senators are calling for bipartisan support for an investigation into cyberattacks against the United States by foreign governments following reports of alleged Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Saying that cyberattacks by foreign governments pose "grave threats" to U.S. national security, the senators' statement said: "This cannot become a partisan issue. The stakes are too high for our country."

Two Democratic senators -- Chuck Schumer of New York and Jack Reed of Rhode Island joined two Republican senators -- John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina -- in issuing the statement.


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It's amazing how much these Totally Not Nazis love invoking Nazis.
Twitter, Breitbart
(Collected by Solarbird)

Breitbart invokes Nazi playwright and poet laureate Hanns Jonst ("When I hear culture... I reach for my Browning") against the concept of peer-review in science ("When you hear a scientist talk about 'peer review,' you should reach for your Browning'):

https://twitter.com/kelseyrkennedy/status/808400664535695360

And climate scientists start getting pictures of Browning pistols in their twitter feeds:

https://twitter.com/PeterGleick/status/808816504275775488

Hanns Jonst:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanns_Johst

The Breitbart article, which solves your "peer-reviewed science is a good thing" "fallacy" by referring people to CFACT, a Washington, D.C. based political action group lobbying against environmental protection. They also argue other points, such as asserting that there was no nuclear disaster at Fukushima. This is the article link:

http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/10/28/hear-scientist-talk-peer-review-reach-browning/

Relevant excerpt:

Everyone on the Alarmist side of the argument is forever invoking “consensus” and “peer-review” because the Appeal to Authority is all they’ve got. Their science is tainted beyond redemption and the only hope they’ve got of persuading the world that it’s not is to hide the facts behind barriers of supposed expertise: “You little people cannot possibly be expected to understand these complex matters. Instead you must take on trust the expertise of the climate scientists who have written all these learned papers. And the reason you can take on trust the expertise of their learned papers is that they have been carefully assessed by other climate experts in the process we call ‘peer-review'”.

[...]

Bear this in mind next time you find yourself in an argument about climate change with an Alarmist. Almost certainly, they will attempt to pour scorn on your relative lack of scientific expertise. To which you can safely and confidently reply that the authorities they are invoking as their arbiter of higher truth are very likely a bunch of charlatans and chancers.

Also be sure to point out – as I do in my book Watermelons – that neither Watson and Crick nor Einstein were peer-reviewed.

Then finally, if they still won’t shut up, sock them with this: The Climate Truth File from CFACT, in which you’ll find every cod-scientific fallacy about climate change debunked.


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Department Of Energy Defies Trump, Won't Name Climate Change Workers
NPR News | December 13, 2016

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/12/13/505440178/department-of-energy-defies-trump-wont-name-climate-change-workers

The Department of Energy is refusing the Trump transition team's request to name those who have worked on climate change within the department, because of concerns about what the incoming administration will do with the names. President-elect Donald Trump has denied climate change is real.

NPR's Jennifer Ludden tells our Newscast unit the request of such names was included in a 74-question document distributed to the agency's workforce. Jennifer says, "The Trump team wants the names of career employees and contractors who have attended U.N. climate talks over the past five years. It also wants emails about those meetings."


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Scientists are frantically copying U.S. climate data, fearing it might vanish under Trump
Washington Post
By Brady Dennis December 13 at 11:07 AM

[The Harper administration in Canada went on a wholesale ransacking of scientific and engineering libraries. This fear is _not_ unfounded.]

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/12/13/scientists-are-frantically-copying-u-s-climate-data-fearing-it-might-vanish-under-trump/

Alarmed that decades of crucial climate measurements could vanish under a hostile Trump administration, scientists have begun a feverish attempt to copy reams of government data onto independent servers in hopes of safeguarding it from any political interference.

The efforts include a “guerrilla archiving” event in Toronto, where experts will copy irreplaceable public data, meetings at the University of Pennsylvania focused on how to download as much federal data as possible in the coming weeks, and a collaboration of scientists and database experts who are compiling an online site to harbor scientific information.

“Something that seemed a little paranoid to me before all of a sudden seems potentially realistic, or at least something you’d want to hedge against,” said Nick Santos, an environmental researcher at the University of California at Davis, who over the weekend began copying government climate data onto a nongovernment server, where it will remain available to the public. “Doing this can only be a good thing. Hopefully they leave everything in place. But if not, we’re planning for that.”


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Trump Says He Won't Sell His Businesses To Address Conflicts Of Interest
NPR News
December 11, 2016 2:39 PM ET

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/12/11/505178322/trump-says-he-wont-sell-his-businesses-to-address-conflicts-of-interest

President-elect Donald Trump suggested Sunday that he will not sell off his business operations to avoid conflicts of interest during his presidency. He said he will instead allow his grown children to manage them.

"My executives will run it with my children. It's a big company. It's a great company. But I'm going to have nothing to do with management," Trump told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday.

Trump said recently that he will take steps to separate himself from his business operations and will announce details at a major press conference this coming Thursday. That announcement led to speculation about whether Trump planned to divest himself from his businesses by selling off his vast network of hotels, golf courses and licensing agreements.

But the comments Sunday suggest nothing has really changed since Trump first began addressing the issue during the campaign, and that Trump has no intention of selling.


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The Kremlin Gloats Over Trump’s CIA Tantrum
Nobody in Moscow is admitting Putin or his minions ordered attacks on the U.S. elections, but the Kremlin is pleased as punch with the result.
Anna Nemtsova
12.12.16 9:01 PM ET

[I'm including this Daily Beast article mostly because it's one of the few I've seen that actually talks to Russians about all this. It has no conclusions, but at least they're talking to actual Russians.]

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/12/12/the-kremlin-gloats-over-trump-s-cia-tantrum.html

MOSCOW — The news that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump called CIA claims about Russia’s involvement in the election process “ridiculous” was cause for celebration in Russia.

...

So Russian hackers, as such, are not big news here, and in this case their actions are defended in language similar to that used when describing the “little green men” who seized parts of Ukraine.

“We cannot exclude the fact that some patriots in the government, or in the intelligence and in non-governmental circles, could help Wikileaks pin down the U.S. criminals [in the Obama administration], so Hillary [Clinton] gets defeated,” Sergey Markov, a member of the Public Chamber, said in a phone interview with The Daily Beast on Monday. Markov said that he wrote “recommendation notes” on this issue to President Putin, which he passed to the country’s leader via Kremlin channels.

...

“To investigate we have to first hear the CIA report with hard evidence,” Irina Borogan, a journalist from Agentura.ru told The Daily Beast. Borogan and her partner Andrei Soldatov investigated Russian cyber crime staged by the Kremlin for more than six years. “I suppose that the attack on the Democratic Party was ordered by the Kremlin,” she told The Daily Beast, but nobody in the press here has the wherewithal to prove it.

Former Duma Deputy Vladimir Ryzhkov said it’s not surprising the groups of hackers who’ve been dubbed Fancy Bear and Cozy Bear are alleged to work in close connection with the Russian ministry of defense.

“Even 10 years ago the Kremlin had the so-called ‘Hundred Cyber Officrs’ trained for cyber war,” Ryzhkov told The Daily Beast. “I would not be surprised if they moved more than 100 officers to targeting the U.S.”

But, again, at the level of the public and the press, there is no proof. So Russia’s independent outlets cannot wait to hear the names of Russian officials or their cronies (or a guy “sitting in a bed” somewhere in Novosibirsk, if you will) who are helping Trump.


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Russia’s American coup
The U.S. is finally waking up to the fact that it has been turned into a subordinate ally to Russia, thanks to Putin and Trump
Scott Gilmore, for MacLean's
December 12, 2016

[For those unaware of it, MacLean's is a respected Canadian news magazine.]

http://www.macleans.ca/news/world/russias-american-coup/

Some of the most important moments in history happen fast, like a flash of lightning. A tank crosses a border or a prince is assassinated and everyone knows the world has changed, even before the sound of thunder rolls over them.

Other epochal shifts are more subtle and incremental. In 18th-century England, very few people would have known what a Spinning Jenny was, and fewer still would recognize what the automation of weaving meant for the world.

For the last two years we have been living through one of those less obvious historic transformations. It didn’t happen all at once, it’s still not over, and even now we can’t say how deep or far it will go. But it happened, moment by moment, until we woke up in a cold day in December and realized that Moscow had effectively installed the next president of the United States.

That sounds hyperbolic, doesn’t it? Even writing it I have to pause and stare at that sentence. But these are the facts: The CIA and over a dozen other U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded Russia hacked into both the Republican and Democratic party computers. Senior Russian officials have admitted that they leaked the Democratic data to WikiLeaks. Those emails were then strategically published over the course of the presidential campaign. Why? A member of the House Intelligence Committee states there is “overwhelming evidence” Russia’s goal was to elect Donald Trump.


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GOP leaders shield Trump from expanded Russia probe
Despite calls for expanded investigations, Republicans are content with their existing oversight of alleged Russian misdeeds.
By Austin Wright
12/12/16 06:30 PM EST

[This is what you get when you set a recent precedent of shielding previous administrations from, say, punishment for systemic use of torture.]

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/republicans-russia-donald-trump-232528

Congressional Republicans spent years investigating Hillary Clinton’s emails and launched a special committee to get to the bottom of the Benghazi attacks.

But when it comes to alleged Russian interference in the presidential election, the GOP appears to be taking a more restrained approach.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) are rejecting growing calls for a wide-ranging special congressional panel to investigate the issue, instead pointing to the narrower oversight work already being performed by the House and Senate Intelligence Committees.

This approach offers no guarantee that final investigative reports will ever be released to the public — and potentially shields President-elect Donald Trump from a deeper congressional investigation looking into Russia’s motives.


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Transition Adviser Peter Thiel Could Directly Profit From Mass Deportations
Spencer Woodman, for The Intercept
2016-12-12

https://theintercept.com/2016/12/12/transition-adviser-peter-thiel-would-directly-profit-from-mass-deportations/

Palantir Technologies, the data mining company co-founded by billionaire and Trump transition advisor Peter Thiel, will likely assist the Trump Administration in its efforts to track and collect intelligence on immigrants, according to a review of public records by The Intercept. Since 2011, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency’s Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) has paid Palantir tens of millions of dollars to help construct and operate a complex intelligence system called FALCON, which allows ICE to store, search, and analyze troves of data that include family relationships, employment information, immigration history, criminal records, and home and work addresses.

In a separate multi-million-dollar contract signed in 2014, Thiel’s $20 billion company is building a complex case management system for ICE’s HSI, which processes tens of thousands of civil and criminal cases each year.

Working closely with a President-elect who has pledged to dramatically expand ICE, Thiel’s varied connections to the immigration agency place him in a position to potentially benefit financially from a deportation campaign that carries highly personal stakes for millions of Americans.


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Intelligence figures fear Trump reprisals over assessment of Russia election role
Spencer Ackerman
The Guardian
2012/12/11

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/11/intelligence-agencies-cia-donald-trump-russia

Legislators overseeing the CIA and other intelligence agencies have told the Guardian they will be vigilant about reprisals from Donald Trump over an internal assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to ensure Trump’s victory.

Fears of retaliation rose within US intelligence agencies over a tense weekend that saw Trump publicly dismiss not only the assessment but the basic competence of the intelligence apparatus.

“When the president-elect’s transition team is attempting to discredit the entire intelligence community [IC], it has never been more important for the IC and Congress to guard against possible political pressure or retaliation against intelligence analysts,” Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, told the Guardian.

Like his Democratic colleagues on the panel, Wyden is pressing Barack Obama for additional public disclosures revealing Russian electoral interference. Such pressure has placed the CIA and other intelligence agencies between the incoming president to whom they will soon answer and a chorus of legislators, mostly but not exclusively Democrats, who consider the Russia hack a national emergency.


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Electors want briefing on Russian interference
The Hill
By Jennifer Calfas - 12/12/16 10:33 AM EST

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/309938-electors-press-for-intelligence-briefing-on-russian

Ten Electoral College electors have asked U.S. intelligence officials for more information on ongoing investigations surrounding President-elect Donald Trump’s relationship with Russia.

The group of electors, which includes the daughter of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), wrote an open letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper asking for the information ahead of their Dec. 19 meeting to formally vote for the next president.

“The Electors require to know from the intelligence community whether there are ongoing investigations into ties between Donald Trump, his campaign or associates, and Russian government interference in the election, the scope of those investigations, how far those investigations may have reached, and who was involved in those investigations,” the letter read. “We further require a briefing on all investigative findings, as these matters directly impact the core factors in our deliberations of whether Mr. Trump is fit to serve as President of the United States.”

Nine Democrats and one Republican signed the letter. The Republican, Christopher Suprun, has said that he won't vote for Trump when the Electoral College meets.
solarbird: (Lecturing)
Some of this is pretty decently known already, but note the emerging word "presstitutes," item 8 on FBI hacking rules changes (which amount to unlimited hacking), and item 9 on Mr. Trump's weaknesses. Also, the NPR story implies that the expected crackdown on science and knowledge is already in the transition paperwork.


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Retracted Allen B. West Facebook page post advocates "extermination" of "Muslims" -
Page editor deletes post, apologises
Saturday, December 10, 2016

This extermination/genocide "meme" was posted by someone with posting access to the Allen West account on Allen West's facebook page:

https://twitter.com/rezaaslan/status/807840920288665600

Here is the editor's retraction, calling it "despicable" - however, it had to have been posted by a staffer, even if it was without the editor's approval. See the screencapped apology here:

https://twitter.com/mowheeler/status/807953723280490496

Who is Allen West? Former GOP representative from Florida who met with Mr. Trump and fired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn a few days ago:

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/308802-allen-west-meets-with-pence-flynn-at-trump-tower

Who is Michael Flynn:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/03/us/politics/in-national-security-adviser-michael-flynn-experience-meets-a-prickly-past.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2016/12/06/donald-trumps-most-terrifying-appointment/


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Donald Trump Ties C.I.A. Reports on Russian Meddling to Democrats’ Shame
The New York Times
By NICHOLAS FANDOS - DEC. 11, 2016

[The buried lead here is that Mr. Trump will not receive daily intelligence briefings. Mike Pence will.]

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/11/us/politics/trump-russia-democrats.html?_r=0

He also indicated that as president, he would not take the daily intelligence briefing that President Obama and his predecessors have received. Mr. Trump, who has received the briefing sparingly as president-elect, said that it was often repetitive and that he would take it “when I need it.” He said his vice president, Mike Pence, would receive the daily briefing.

“You know, I’m, like, a smart person,” he said. “I don’t have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years.”


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Harry Reid: FBI Chief Comey Covered Up Russian Hacking, Should Resign
Slate
By Daniel Politi
December 10, 2016

[The Washington Post's story on this did not have named sources. Slate's does.]

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2016/12/10/harry_reid_says_fbi_chief_comey_hid_information_on_russian_hacking_should.html

Outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid came out guns blazing against FBI chief James Comey on Sunday, saying he should be ousted for covering up information regarding Russia’s efforts to meddle with the U.S. elections. Reid went as far as to call Comey the “new J. Edgar Hoover,” saying he had the information of Russian involvement in the election and kept it from the American public.

In an interview with MSNBC, Reid said the FBI knew that the CIA had concluded with a high level of certainty that the Russian government was trying to get Donald Trump elected, as reported in an explosive story in the Washington Post. “This is not fake news. Intelligence officials are hiding connections to the Russian government. There is no question,” Reid said. “Comey knew and deliberately kept this info a secret.”

(Washington Post story: http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2016/12/10/cia_concludes_russia_tried_to_interfere_in_u_s_elections_to_help_trump_win.html )


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Trump Transition Asks Energy Dept. Which Employees Work On Climate Change
NPR
December 9, 2016

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/11/us/politics/trump-russia-democrats.html?_r=0

Among his campaign promises, President-elect Donald Trump vowed to increase domestic energy production and roll back President Obama's efforts to combat climate change. A lengthy questionnaire recently sent to the Department of Energy suggests that effort may dig deep.

Among the transition's inquiries, NPR's Jennifer Ludden reports:

"It wants to know who at the Department of Energy attended domestic and international climate talks. It wants emails about those conferences. It also asks about money spent on loan-guarantee programs for renewable energy. ... The Trump team questionnaire also asks about the Energy Department's role in the Iran nuclear deal, which Trump has called 'stupid.' And it asks for the 20 highest paid employees at the department's national laboratories."


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Trump names Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma attorney general suing EPA on climate change, to head the EPA
The New York Times - December 8
By Chris Mooney, Brady Dennis and Steven Mufson

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/12/07/trump-names-scott-pruitt-oklahoma-attorney-general-suing-epa-on-climate-change-to-head-the-epa/?utm_term=.654b9d820425

President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday nominated Scott Pruitt, the attorney general of the oil and gas-intensive state of Oklahoma, to head the Environmental Protection Agency, a move signaling an assault on President Obama’s climate change and environmental legacy.

Pruitt has spent much of his energy as attorney general fighting the very agency he is being nominated to lead.

He is the third of Trump’s nominees who have key philosophical differences with the missions of the agencies they have been tapped to run. Ben Carson, named to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development, has expressed a deep aversion to the social safety net programs and fair housing initiatives that have been central to that agency’s activities. Betsy DeVos, named education secretary, has a passion for private school vouchers that critics say undercut the public school systems at the core of the government’s mission.


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The Tide Is Turning Against the Oligarchs
Paul Craig Roberts
December 5, 2016

[The main point of posting this is to note the phrase "presstitute media" as the de-Nazified version of "lugenpresse," or "lying press."]

http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2016/12/05/the-tide-is-turning-against-the-oligarchs-paul-craig-roberts/

The ruling oligarchy and their presstitute media have become desperate now that they are losing control over explanations and Americans’ minds. Thus, they charge independent Internet journalists such as myself with being Russian agents peddling fake news. Recent legislation in the House of Representatives, the list of 200 alleged Russian agents, and the attacks on president-elect Trump from within the US intelligence community make it clear that pressures on truthtellers are increasing.


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Wall Street Wins Again as Trump Picks Bankers, Billionaires
Bloomberg.com - by Max Abelson
November 30, 2016 — 1:49 PM EST November 30, 2016 — 4:51 PM EST

Hedge fund manager Whitney Tilson was feeling happy Wednesday morning.

After Donald Trump ridiculed Wall Street on the campaign trail, the President-elect tapped former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. executive Steven Mnuchin to be his Treasury secretary and billionaire investor Wilbur Ross to lead the Commerce Department. Trump even met with Goldman Sachs President Gary Cohn inside Trump Tower.

It would suit Tilson just fine if voters who backed Trump because he promised to rein in Wall Street are furious now that he’s surrounding himself with bankers and billionaires.

“I can take glee in that -- I think Donald Trump conned them,” said Tilson, who runs Kase Capital Management. “I worried that he was going to do crazy things that would blow the system up. So the fact that he’s appointing people from within the system is a good thing.”


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Today, the FBI becomes the enemy of every computer user and every IT security professional worldwide
OpSec Monkey
December 1, 2016

[I wrote in against this rule change back in... late October?]

http://opsecmonkey.com/today-the-fbi-becomes-the-enemy-of-every-computer-user-and-every-it-security-professional-worldwide/

Today December 1, the United States FBI is granted new powers to intrude into any computer anywhere on the globe, instantly changing the FBI from a random law enforcement agency to a global adversary. Law enforcement agencies are expected to be met with open arms and treated as good guys. There’s not going to be any good guy treatment of the FBI here, and for good reason.

The U.S. FBI has been sort of a random law enforcement agency somewhere on the planet doing physical law enforcement work, kind of like the Bundespolizei in Germany would appear to an American, or the way the Policía Federal Argentina would appear to a European. Today, the FBI becomes a global adversary and enemy to every security-conscious computer user and to every IT security professional, similar to how the mass surveillance agencies are treated. The FBI has requested, and been granted, the lawful power (in the US) to intrude into any computer in the entire world. In 95% of the world, this makes the FBI no different from a Russian or Chinese criminal intruder, and it will be treated in the same way by people defending their systems; defending their homes.


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Trump biographer: Stop overestimating him — he’s a cross between a junkie and a hungry chicken
David Ferguson - Raw Story
09 Dec 2016 at 16:40 ET

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/12/trump-biographer-says-stop-overestimating-him-hes-a-cross-between-a-junkie-and-a-hungry-chicken/

In a scathing editorial published Friday, The Truth About Trump author Michael D’Antonio said that critics who think President-elect Donald Trump will behave with more maturity and gravitas when he takes office are missing the point.

“The President-elect probably cannot control himself,” D’Antonio wrote in the New York Daily News. “I interviewed him for six hours when writing a biography, and I mean that literally.”

Trump’s habit of teeing off on average Americans on Twitter, D’Antonio said, is symptomatic of his bottomless desire for approval and attention and his inability to moderate his feelings when he feels that he is under attack.

“Long an advocate of responding ’10 times harder’ when his feelings are hurt — and they are very easily hurt — Trump has a tendency to strike with massive force without much concern for the size or vulnerability of the person in his sights,” D’Antonio said. “I suspect this is because the pain he feels when criticized doesn’t depend on the source. No matter who speaks out, he cannot bear disapproval.”
solarbird: (pony-zebragirl)
Jack Chick is dead. One would've hoped he'd have been sacrificed to the Pope by a group of lesbian witches using rituals learned from Dungeons and Dragons, but no, he died asleep in his bed at home. One can't have everything, I suppose.
solarbird: (Default)
What the Oregon shooter’s manifesto tells us about the dangers of toxic masculinity
What does it mean to be a 'real man?'
By Harris O'Malley

grotesque

Oct. 7th, 2015 07:18 pm
solarbird: (korra-on-the-air)
So basically, the Birmingham, Alabama PD has had a policy of using pepper spray on non-violent schoolchildren, as punishment for things like "back-talking."

Yes, those are all actual and correct words in the actual and correct order.

"The judge, however, stated that Birmingham SROs use of the spray on students for non-violent minor incidents was unconstitutional. He was critical in his 120-page opinion of what he saw as Birmingham SROs "cavalier attitude" towards use of the spray for minor infractions such as back-talking school officials."

Anyway, now that they're being told to train officers about this by the court, they're outraged and seeking further appeal. Here's the kind of usage record they have and are defending:

"[D]uring the period of 2006 through 2011, Birmingham public schools used chemical spray on 110 different occasions, resulting in over 300 students being injured. Another 1,200 were exposed to the chemical spray (other than the intended targets)."

I suppose it's possible this could be more grotesque, but you'd have to work at it. Or move up to rubber bullets and/or live ammunition.
solarbird: (korra-on-the-air)
NWCN just reported that all the dead in Oregon are women. Shooter was male, shooting into a computer lab. Are we looking at another École Polytechnique Massacre?

eta: This is also being reported:

Kortney Moore, 18, from Rogue River, was in her Writing 115 class in Snyder Hall when one shot came through a window. She saw her teacher get shot in the head. The shooter was inside at that point, and he told people to get on the ground. The shooter was asking people to stand up and state their religion and then started firing away, Moore said. Moore was lying there with people who had been shot.
eta2: From a press conference carried by the NWCN Eugene affiliate, but with poor audio: the three wounded who are in critical condition are also women. (update: the three wounded who are in critical condition at one particular hospital are also women. Wounded were taken to multiple hospitals.)

eta3: Possible advance notice post on 4chan. Here's the link to the We Hunted the Mammoth summary, and here is a cache of the now-deleted thread. TRIGGERS ABOUND: misogyny, violence, murder. subETA3: 4Chan's ID of a specific person was wrong. We do NOT KNOW whether that means the anonymous person was a coincidence; the post the night before was, after all, anonymous.

eta4: KGW reporting all victims sent to Springfield for care were women.

eta5: Sheriff press conference says numbers are confusing, here's the best they have:
  • 10 fatalities (includes shooter)
  • 7 additional injuries
  • 3 of critical moved to another hospital in eugene (2 serious, 1 critical)
eta6: The other four are at Mercy Medical Centre, closer - not sure of the critical/serious count, missed it. One died after arrival. All identified as women, age range given, I think 18-56 but I'm not sure.

Interesting note: if they were asking about religion, one of the 4chan responders to the threat thread (which may and may not have been the shooter) advised the poster not to shoot "churchies" for reasons.

eta7: 3 Stable, 1 Critical, at Mercy Medical. That's also where one of the victims died, in surgery.

Thank you!

Aug. 30th, 2015 10:29 am
solarbird: (Default)
THANK YOU everyone who came to the show! If you're trying to find our website, it's down right now because of the windstorm. We have power again, but our network uplink provider is estimating we won't be be back online until 3pm. See you then!
solarbird: (korra-excited)

NOW IT CAN BE TOLD: We will be having the official release event for Bone Walker: The Free Court of Seattle Original Soundtrack Album at Conflikt 2015 in Sea-Tac, just south of Seattle, Washington. It will also be the release event for book two in the Free Court novel series, also called Bone Walker.

This is going to be a full-band event, with readings, details of all of which will be forthcoming once everything’s nailed down. Certain key guest players from the album will be joining us on stage, and it’s going to be awesome.

Otherwise, sorry I’ve been a bit quiet, things are happening. More to come soon. Lots more, I hope. :D

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