Jan. 10th, 2017

solarbird: (korra-no-fucking-around)

Looks like “You’re not comin’ for us / we’re comin’ for you” isn’t just a slogan, it has a riff.

Lots of atonal power chords, go fig.

No idea if it’s a whole song yet, but here’s hoping.

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solarbird: (korra-on-the-air)
This is a link to the raw PDF of the 35-page dossier currently exploding the internet:


The allegations are unverified. Michael Cohen says he has never even been to Prague. [eta: We now know this was a lie.] Mr. Trump is all-caps screaming FAKE NEWS. Interestingly, WikiLeaks immediately denounced the dossier. ( https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/818992803829137408 )

The source, according to CNN, is a former British intelligence agent who now runs a private security and intelligence firm. (See: http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/10/politics/donald-trump-intelligence-report-russia/index.html ) Quoting CNN: "The allegations came, in part, from memos compiled by a former British intelligence operative, whose past work US intelligence officials consider credible. The FBI is investigating the credibility and accuracy of these allegations, which are based primarily on information from Russian sources, but has not confirmed many essential details in the memos about Mr. Trump." CNN also reports that these documents were included in the intelligence briefing with Mr. Trump this week.

Here is Buzzfeed's story on the allegations:


Here is Buzzfeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith's letter to his staff about their decision to publish:


Mother Jones had material on this before the election, and published this story, which I forwarded around some at the time:


This is a reasonable reaction writeup - "Take a deep breath," on Lawfare Blog:

solarbird: (korra-on-the-air)
If you'd asked me five years ago if Teen Vogue would be doing some of the best journalism right now, I'd've laughed. Oh well. (Item 2)

Item 4 is particularly important from a historical standpoint; it may be 'history' now, but Richard Nixon did actively sabotage peace talks in 1968 in order to hurt Hubert Humphrey's election campaign. We have H. R. Haldeman's own notes and records showing it now. It is a fact.

Item 5 is something we've talked about before, in terms of non-cooperation. Have you talked to your local councils about not cooperating with, say, mass deportations? If not, now is when you need to be doing it. (And if you didn't get that action item - if you're new to the list - send me mail, I'll resend it.) Such non-cooperation needs to be systemic.

It's January 11, 2017; this is the news )

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