JARED WATCH: SENATE WILL QUESTION PRINCELING WITH NEW WH GIG
The New York Times reports this morning that the Senate intelligence committee will question princeling Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and an advisor who was conspicuously absent during last week’s political catastrophies, as Kushner was skiing in Aspen on “family spring break” with wife Ivanka and the other Trumpkins. The New York Times reports, “The White House Counsel’s Office was informed this month that the Senate Intelligence Committee… wanted to question Mr. Kushner about meetings he arranged with the Russian ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak, according to the government officials. The meetings included a previously unreported sit-down with the head of Russia’s state-owned development bank. Until now, the White House had acknowledged only an early December meeting between Mr. Kislyak and Mr. Kushner, which occurred at Trump Tower and was also attended by Michael T. Flynn, who would briefly serve as the national security adviser. Later that month, though, Mr. Kislyak requested a second meeting, which Mr. Kushner asked a deputy to attend in his stead, officials said. At Mr. Kislyak’s request, Mr. Kushner later met with Sergey N. Gorkov, the chief of Vnesheconombank, which drew sanctions from the Obama administration after President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia annexed Crimea and began meddling in Ukraine.” White House spokeswoman Hope Hicks confirmed these meetings took place – so remember that when it is all denied or blamed on Obama, Soros, deep state, the Illuminati, some minority group later. Who are these people? They went skiing with this going on during the first 100 days — on what planet? On the planet where you know you may face treason charges someday, an offense that can bring the death penalty in the U.S., and you should have your thrills now? Quel surprise! Quel horreur! Meanwhile on planet Trump, the president plans to announce Monday “the White House Office of American Innovation,” to be headed by none other than princeling Jared.
RUSSIA ERUPTS IN PROTEST
“A wave of unsanctioned rallies swept across Russia on Sunday to protest corruption in the government of President Vladimir Putin, in a nationwide show of defiance not seen in years,” The Washington Post reports, noting “the Kremlin had tried in vain to prevent with bans and warnings.” Russia’s “Police responded with barricades, tear gas and mass arrests in cities across Russia,” e.g. the only way they know how. They hauled off “more than 700 demonstrators in central Moscow” to prison, including opposition leader Alexey Navalny. The iconic shot from Sunday’s eruption of a “Russian Spring” shows us just how manly Putin really is for senselessly beating and needlessly arresting his own people. Look at the riot police, they see their manhood is threatened by having to treat such a beautiful woman in such unspeakable ways and to defend what? Corruption? The Russian state mafia? The BBC reports, “TV pictures showed demonstrators chanting ‘Down with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin!’, ‘Russia without Putin!’ and ‘Putin is a thief!’.” And POLITICO Europe notes the demonstrations “took place in more than 80 towns and cities across Russia”. Bigly! The demonstrations were the largest show of mass defiance since 2011-2012 during the parliamentary elections. Those demonstrations were blamed on then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; Sunday’s demonstrations were blamed on paid protesters, something Shaun Walker of The Guardian notes on Twitter is “an old one but good one”. Russian state-run TASS quotes Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on his utmost concern for the people: “They (protesters) came to the city’s center, blocking traffic and hindering safety of crowds of pedestrians”. The Guardian reports Peskov naturally called the protests “a provocation,” and “In Nizhny Novgorod, parents of five children who took part in the protests were charged with ‘improper parenting’, according to Interfax news agency.” Russia aches because Putin has offered it only shame at this stage. POLITICO Europe notes of Putin, “Only Joseph Stalin ruled Russia for longer.” Trump was silent on Twitter and otherwise about the matter of opposition leader Alexey Navalny’s arrest, the detention of an American journalist, Alec Luhn, and the eruption of protests across all of Russia but he did praise General Kelly’s work at the border keepin’ Mexicans out on his favorite medium for those brain farts of his, Twitter. The State Department however spoke up to condemn the brutality, “detaining peaceful protesters, human rights observers, and journalists is an affront to core democratic values.” Alexey Navalny had a defiant court appearance Monday in Moscow where he posted a selfie and called for Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev to be called as a witness. He faced up to 15 days in jail, a sentence he received for his horrific transgression of encouraging Russians to express themselves in the streets.
MOSCOW MARINE ANCHORED AT THE KREMLIN
Moscow Marine Le Pen received a state welcome in Moscow from Putin on Friday (initially it was unclear if the two would meet, but surely Vlad did that so as to show who owns who). The two were shown sitting around a table and photographed shaking hands as if Moscow Marine were already the head of state. Recall, a few weeks ago Trump would not shake hands with one of our strongest allies in the world, Angela Merkel, as a point of contrast. Naturally Putin denies any campaign of influence. “We don’t want to influence in any way the events going on [in France],” Putin said, even as it is so obvious because do you trust your eyes and ears or do you trust Putin? French news weekly L’Express, according to The Daily Beast, called the meeting, “altogether exceptional”. However, let history record that Moscow Marine, the great nationalist, sold her party first to Russia before she plans to sell the nation. “In 2014, when Le Pen’s National Front Party could not secure any loans from French banks, she turned to Russia and received millions of dollars from a now defunct institution there. Putin, at the same time, received endorsement from her party for his takeover of Crimea,” The Daily Beast reports. As for her meeting Friday with Putin, who surely enjoyed himself, “it was widely assumed that Le Pen was in Moscow Friday as a loyal ally looking for more funding.” Naturally, Reuters reports, “Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s spokesman, told reporters on a conference call that Putin and Le Pen had not discussed the possibility of Russia offering any financial help to her political party.” “Peskov Denies” would make a fine title for a play when this is over, assuming it is not all ending in a nuclear exchange, no?
MERKEL NATO BILL
The Times of London, citing a German minister, reports that our idiot Russian puppet president did something Vlad and Bannon have their fingerprints all over if true and supposedly handed Chancellor Angela Merkel a bill for hundreds of billions that Germany, Trump claimed, owed NATO. The morning after that meeting, Trump attacked Germany on Twitter saying much the same thing, so one way was privately, the other way was publicly, in both cases he is a national shame working to advance Russian interests not American ones. “The concept behind putting out such demands is to intimidate the other side, but the chancellor took it calmly and will not respond to such provocations,” The Times of London quotes the German minister. Who else behaves this way out of weakness? Hmm…
From The Times of London.
TILLERSON WILL ATTEND NATO SUMMIT
CNN reports that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will attend the NATO meeting on March 31 after reports emerged he planned to skip it and would be meeting with Putin before meeting with our allies who have helped us in contrast to Russia which engages in active measures to oppose U.S. interests everywhere in the world. The State Department spokesman Marc Toner made the announcement of conflicting dates in his press briefing Tuesday, which set off a firestorm in the press and among officials who “expressed concern at the decision.” Newsweek reminds us helpfully that the meeting was originally scheduled for April 5-6, so everyone else is inconvenienced in every way by Rex “America First” Tillerson, a lovely intro, surely.
McCAIN TALKIN’ WORLD WAR III BLUES IN BRUSSELS
Senator John McCain was in Brussels on Saturday attending the German Marshall Fund Forum and talking Trump and Russia because he is a patriot, Bloomberg reports. “I would very much like to see the president address this issue including the issue we continue to wrestle with that is the Russian interference in the last election,” McCain said of Trump. “There are a lot of answers that are required.” Trump will not like those! He also stated the obvious on Ukraine, not the Trumpian Kremlin litany of excuses and lies concerning Russian aggression there, namely “Putin has stepped up his aggression in Ukraine, Ukrainians are dying,” adding, “and we need to give them weapons with which to defend themselves”.
EVERYONE GOT RICH ON DIRTY RUSSIAN MONEY
CNN Money reports basically every major bank in the world made money off of dirty Russian money. Quel surprise! Everyone getting rich off dirty Russian money was the ostensible read-between-the-lines excuse for never cracking down on Russia’s errant behavior as soon as the political assassinations started back in the early aughts. Profits over people! Or if you prefer in the more staid language of CNN Money, “Some of the world’s biggest banks processed hundreds of millions of dollars reportedly from a vast Russian money-laundering scheme, data from leaked documents show.” Quel surprise! “The data show that major U.S. banks including Bank of America (BAC), JP Morgan (JPM), Wells Fargo (WFC) and Citi (C) all processed money from the scheme. Global banks HSBC (HSBC), Deutsche Bank (DB), Standard Chartered (SCBFF) and Barclays (BCS) also appear to have executed transactions.” Their punishment? LOL. Do you even live on this earth to think there would be much of one? Either they knew or were, in the vernacular of the day, a bunch of cucks. While “CNNMoney has not independently confirmed the authenticity of the documents,” obtained by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, “The bank documents detail roughly 70,000 transactions made between 2011 and 2014.” Notice: the leaker did not go to WikiLeaks with documents that would incriminate the Russian mafia state. “None of the banks contacted by CNNMoney denied that they had processed the transactions. Many did, however, say they were committed to preventing money laundering activities.” CNNMoney graciously includes the various responses from the banks, which range from HSBC, Standard Chartered and the Royal Bank of Scotland being “committed” to “fighting financial crimes” and “preventing fraud, money laundering and terrorist financing” to UBS, Citi, ING, Barclays and the Bank of China noting their “robust,” “serious obligations,” “specific policies and regulations,” “rules and regulations in all the jurisdictions in which it operates” and my personal favorite for full irony in a nation whose political elite’s one party is synonymous with corruption and princelings to the population, “Bank of China assigns high priority to anti-money laundering and financial crime prevention. It is treated as a key compliance risk and the bank adopts a zero tolerance approach towards money laundering and financial crime.” Yet…
From CNN Money.
DARKNESS AT NUNES: TONIGHT AT NUNES
The Charles Mingus-y sub-sub heading was proposed by a reader and I am inclined to run with it because here we bring you the very be-bop improvisational tale of Devin Nunes the night before he claimed Trump was true and accurate that he was wiretapped by the last legitimate president of the United States, Barack Obama. The Daily Beast’s Tim Mak gives us the sort of story we have the Trump presidency for: to keep the presses rolling with salacious, bizarre gossip. Hours before Nunes said the president, whose transition team he served on, is right and true, “he practically disappeared”. Evidently he was traveling “with a senior committee staffer in an Uber” – I can’t imagine the Russians or any other nation might be bribing or hiring Uber drivers in the DC area for info when the press is active enough in swooping up the gossip, could you? At which point in their journey, only Uber and its myriad tech officers and colleagues of Nunes could say (was it near the Russian Embassy or Ambassador’s residence?), but Nunes “received a communication on his phone, three committee officials and a former national security official with ties to the committee told The Daily Beast” and he sprung from his vehicle like a thief in the night! Thief! Thief! “By the next morning, Nunes hastily announced a press conference. His own aides, up to the most senior level, did not know what their boss planned to say next. Nunes’ choice to keep senior staff out of the loop was highly unusual.” Accordingly, he had “a bombshell to drop” that, in his own words, “The intelligence community incidentally collected information about U.S. citizens involved in the Trump transition”. Quel horreur! CURTAIN. Next scene: “Immediately after the press conference, Nunes went to the White House to brief the president.” ENTER THE CHORUS. “Democrats and Republicans were taken by surprise by Nunes’ actions.”
From The Daily Beast.
DARKNESS AT NUNES: UNDER COVER OF DARKNESS
POLITICO reports, “At a press briefing, Nunes also announced the cancelation of a public hearing on Tuesday with members of the Obama administration to discuss Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. Scheduled to testify were former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan and former acting Attorney General Sally Yates.” The ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, “blasted the decision”. Schiff stated the obvious and “suggested it might have been done to avoid the kind of bad publicity for the White House that followed a public hearing earlier this week”. On Friday, Schiff noted, ““There must have been very strong pushback from the White House about the nature of Monday’s hearing”. You mean like a total white boy meltdown? Yes, presumably.
MANAFORT: OFF THE SHORE, ON THE HILL
Paul Manafort, the former campaign manager and ongoing advisor to Trump who formerly held a similar shadow role in Ukraine’s Party of Regions has agreed to testify before Congress, which is not so much an act of generosity as an effort to avoid a subpoena. It was also likely intended to deflect from Nunes’ panic moves of closing hearings and disappearing into the night from an Uber earlier in the week. POLITICO reports, “Manafort’s counsel had contacted the committee and offered his client for an interview. Manafort’s counsel reached out to the Senate Intelligence Committee with the same offer, according to a Senate source.” Nunes “said it had not yet been decided whether Manafort would appear before his panel for a public hearing or a private interview.”
CARTER PAGE AND ROGER STONE “VOLUNTEER” TO TESTIFY
CNN reports on Friday, Trump campaign aides Carter Page and Roger Stone said they are “willing to speak to the House Intelligence Committee about their role in Trump’s campaign for the committee’s investigation into Russian meddling in the US election.” Stone’s lawyer sent a letter, which says in part, “As Mr. Stone has repeatedly stated publicly since these matters have come to light, he is eager to voluntarily appear in open session in front of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence without the necessity of a subpoena. Mr. Stone is anxious to redress the false and misleading way he has been portrayed by some on the Permanent Select Committee.” Last Thursday, Carter Page wrote House intelligence committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes and ranking Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff, “I would eagerly welcome the chance to speak with the Committee to help finally set the record straight following the false evidence, illegal activities as well as other lies distributed by certain politically-motivated suspects in coordination with the Obama Administration”. Why did Page and Stone’s lawyer leave out their other favorite boogeymen Soros and the Illuminati? And please if this is not to avoid a subpoena then Russia is also too a free country and Sarah Palin really can see it from her house.
POLL: AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON
POLITICO reports Quinnipac University released a new poll Friday showing a majority of Americans “think that an independent commission should investigate possible links between Trump campaign members and the Russian government”. The poll “surveyed 1,056 voters nationwide from March 16-21” and found that “66 percent of respondents said they wanted an independent commission to investigate the links between Trump campaign advisers and the Russian government, compared to 29 percent who did not think so”. Additionally, “Sixty-five percent of respondents think alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election is either ‘very important’ or ‘somewhat important,’ and 63 percent said they were ‘very concerned’ or ‘somewhat concerned’ about Trump’s relationship with Russia.”
RUSSIAN FOR HIGH TIDE
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross will not divest from his stake in Diamond S Shipping Group Inc., reports the Center for Public Integrity. Diamond S Shipping Group Inc. is quite the outfit as “one of the world’s largest owners and operators of medium-range tanker vessels,” which also happens to sail under Chinese flags. More curious, according to its own 2014 Securities and Exchange Commission filing, Diamond S Shipping Group Inc. will “call on ports located in countries subject to sanctions and embargoes imposed by the U.S. government and countries identified … as state sponsors of terrorism, such as Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria”. And wait, it gets better as “one of Diamond S Shipping’s main customers recently acquired a stake in a Russian national oil company.” Ross said, “he doesn’t believe the shipping investment presents a conflict” even though the investment actually does represent exactly that, a conflict. Ross agreed to step down from any positions he held and be a “passive investor,” which is a joke, right, when you are the U.S. Secretary of Commerce? The Center for Public Integrity reports, “In 2011, Ross’ private equity company, WL Ross, led a coalition of investors that put about $1 billion into Diamond S Shipping. According to the company’s 2014 SEC filing, his private equity firm at the time was the company’s largest shareholder, with nearly one-third of the company’s shares. It is impossible to determine the exact value of Ross’ stake in the privately held Diamond S Shipping based on his government-mandated financial disclosures.” However, “the total value of assets he said he is not divesting” including “investments in transoceanic shipping and real estate financing interests, together falls between $12.2 million and $36.5 million, according to the disclosures, which value assets within a range.” As for Diamond S Shipping Group Inc.’s role in Russia, naturally “Diamond S Shipping’s business relies heavily on a handful of customers, including Glencore PLC, whose deal to invest in Russian national oil company Rosneft has drawn scrutiny from American and European regulators. In December 2016, Swiss-based commodities giant Glencore announced it would join with Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund to buy a 19.5 percent stake in Rosneft.” Interestingly “Glencore provided more than 10 percent of Diamond S Shipping’s revenue during the fiscal year that ended March 31, 2013” and “MarineTraffic data show the company’s vessels have made more than 30 visits to Russia since 2012.”
From the Center for Public Integrity.
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FORGET THIS WAR!
America’s other-other war, America’s longest ever, Afghanistan, bleeds on and no one should forget this is where the nexus of the death of the Soviet Union meets the rise of Al Qaeda. So here is your reminder! TRUMPISTAN WATCH stares into the abyss seven days a week so you can spend seven minutes in the morning (or the afternoon if you are reading from Europe!) doing so. It’s our pleasure and legacy. So, knocking from below, as usual, are the Russians! And “The top U.S. general in Europe told lawmakers Thursday that Russia and the Taliban are growing increasingly close, suggesting that the Kremlin might even be supplying the insurgent group.” Well, their Kalashnikovs are so popular they have killed or maimed generations of Afghans and the land mines Russians flung from helicopters during their exodus in 1989 have had much the same effect on the generations since then! If you did not know history at all, this might devastate you, but I trust our TRUMPISTAN WATCH readers are better than your average drain pipe sucking, reality TV viewing, Oxy overdosing American and if you are not, this is also your reminder to wake up! There is light outside the meth lab or video game marathon of your life – just maybe not in Afghanistan.
From The Washington Post.
IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly reports “NATO has recorded a sharp rise in Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) scrambles over the past year as the increase in Russian aircraft movements in the Baltic region has been swelled by a similar upswing in the Black Sea region”. The report continues, “Lieutenant Colonel Bernhard M (whose surname has been withheld for security reasons), the Senior Operations Officer at the Static Air Defence Centre (SADC),” stationed in Uedem, Germany, “the site of one of NATO’s two Combined Air Operations Centres (CAOCs),” said, “There was an aggregate doubling of ‘Alpha’ (Air Policing) scrambles in 2016 compared to earlier years. The challenges for us are produced almost in all cases by the Russian Aerospace Forces [VKS]”. In terms of raw numbers, “In 2014 there were 480 ‘Alpha’ scrambles for NATO European QRA aircraft, of which 400 involved Russian military aircraft. In 2015 there was the same number, while in 2016 there were 807 ‘Alpha’ scrambles across both CAOCs, of which 780 involved Russian military aircraft. One reason for the sharp rise in 2016 was that NATO decided to include Turkish Alpha scrambles along the Turkish border to Syria for the first time”.
IF BREXIT WERE ANY HARDER IT WOULD BE AN AMERICAN PORN PARODY
Jean Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, had one of those wonderful European-style sit down lunches with The Financial Times on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome and therefore the European Union. Juncker spent his lunch tearing Trump a fresh one for the occasion. TRUMPISTAN WATCH need find no occasion other than daily life under the Trump regime in modern America, but Juncker has a really good one and he carpe diems it all right. Juncker said he told Pence, “Do not say that,” about encouraging others to follow the lead set by the U.K. with Brexit, “do not invite others to leave, because if the European Union collapses, you will have a new war in the western Balkans,” which is precisely what Russia desires if you consume as much of their bilious hate and lies as TRUMPISTAN WATCH. Any effort to divide a population will be seized by the Russian state to create the conditions for a takeover of resources and power. As Russia has the largest landmass of any nation on earth and has killed millions by the tens of millions in order to accomplish this in the past, including its own people who it still treats as serfs, this is a threat that must be taken seriously. Juncker also noted, “For the first time in postwar history we have an American president giving the impression he is not interested in European affairs,” before taking one last opportunity to slight the douche a l’orange, “he does not understand anything about Europe”. Of the multitude of examples to this effect Juncker could cite, what does he choose? Well, “He had Tusk [Donald Tusk, president of the European Council] on the phone and he thought it was me.” Oh dear!
From The Financial Times.
WELL WORTH A LISTEN: KGB SECRETS + SPIES ON BBC’S THE FORUM
Unlike American media, the BBC sits down three imminently qualified PhDs who they requested, as opposed to American media, which puts on most any “expert” who has a PR agent to push them into the role. The results are sunshine on the history of the KGB, active measures, the evolution from Cheka to modern FSB, basically an adult public conversation in a way that we in America are just thoroughly unaccustomed to in our own public life. If you are listening from America, you may find yourself asking, oh my god, who let the adults in the room? And in this instance adult doesn’t mean boring or pornographic, it means fascinating, which is an unfamiliar usage of the term this side of the Atlantic where many complain “adulting is hard”. “To explore the KGB and its legacy, Bridget Kendall is joined by the Cambridge historian, Professor Christopher Andrew, the Anglo American intelligence and policy expert, Dr. Calder Walton and Russian historian, Dr. Svetlana Chervonnaya.” The biggest takeaway: unlike intelligence agencies in the West, which see their mission as telling truth to power, the legacy of the Cheka, KGB and now carried into the FSB is one of protecting the party and the state. They do not see their role as guardians of the security of the people (usually because they were too busy terrorizing them) nor the truth. The other critical takeaway: in all of Soviet life Dr. Chervonnaya highlights the relative lack of corruption within the KGB’s ranks, meaning worthy agents rose through the ranks. Both insights are valuable in light of the current struggle stateside against their efforts to capture our state in what can be described as a realization of many Cold War nightmares. Well worth the listen.
From BBC The Forum.
RUSSIA DECIDES TO FORMALIZE ITS WH PRESS PRESENCE
The Russian state-run media outlet Sputnik News has decided to formalize the presence of the Russian state in the White House and formally apply for press accreditation. Foreign Policy bestowed the hyper-generous accolade upon it of calling it the “BuzzFeed of propaganda,” which is also deeply unkind to BuzzFeed which does real reporting in addition to being a listicle, content-farm, BuzzFeed actually tries to trick you into intelligence whereas Sputnik is pure stupid. Seriously everyone owes Sheera Frankel at BuzzFeed mountains of gratitude for her early reporting on Russian hacking so at least even the cushioned-for-mass-understanding nickname of the hackers as “Cozy Bear” and “Fancy Bear” were at least in the popular vernacular – who can do that nowadays without a listicle farm to their name? Or celebrity news? Or sensational headlines? POLITICO notes, “A poll on its [Sputnik] site on Friday asked ‘In your opinion, does the mainstream media offer unbiased coverage of Crimea’s reunification with Russia?’” Another winning in inaccuracy points headline from the 2016 Hotel California election – where you can check in but never check out — “Secret File Confirms Trump Claim: Obama, Hillary ‘Founded ISIS’ to Oust Assad”. TRUMPISTAN WATCH sees no reason why the current administration won’t welcome the Russian state with open arms and roll out the doormat for them. Welcome to full Trumpistan!
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SPOTTED ABOUT TOWN! HUMA ABEDIN, EMIN AGALAROV, DAVID FOSTER!
Straight from the tabloids of New York City to your inbox — that’s how we roll at TRUMPISTAN WATCH! The New York Post has an item about Huma Abedin’s coming out of sorts post-Clinton and her plans to stay wed to “sext-aholic” ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner because hello, her family is Saudi and divorce is just not in her vocabulary. In any case, The Post has this detail about her West Coast adventures: “She made a very public visit to Disneyland with actor Tony Goldwyn — who played the president on ‘Scandal.’ She also attended the Hollywood Walk of Fame Star ceremony for film producer Haim Saban on Wednesday with famous womanizer and composer David Foster.” Now yawn, I know, but if not for the fact that Emin Agalarov, the son of Azerbaijani-Russian Oligarch Araz Agalarov who was Trump’s host for Miss Universe in Moscow in 2013, just posted a photograph to Instagram departing from LAX and tagging David Foster. As this is not just the presidency but also a reality show, we monitor the biggest trash in the world and this is not it, albeit it’s close. That honor goes to Serbian tabloid Kurir with an item about how the husband of a turbofolk singer is driving for the Trumps. We also regret for the aforementioned reason not paying any attention in TRUMPISTAN WATCH to a “private Russian session” Jared Kushner’s brother had with Roman Abramovich’s wife over sushi recently in New York.
RESISTANCE ADVICE: THE TURKISH PEOPLE
The Guardian has an excellently timed piece given global anti-authoritarian currents blossoming alongside the red caps furor for a führer, “How to survive tyranny: 10 pieces of advice from Turkey”. The Turks advise a number of things, so let’s run through them! “Head off the threat at the onset,” meaning “The moment you notice your government using any form of hate speech to debase a group – women, migrants or minorities, for example – is the moment to speak out, confront – and withdraw support.” Ok, too late for that – next! “Spread facts – but stay safe,” which you must do by installing a VPN or Virtual Private Network as soon as possible if you have not already, especially since in the U.S. it looks like your Internet Service Provider (ISP) may soon be able to sell your data for the Russians and Chinese to gobble up in time for 2020, an election that is sure to be Russian v. Chinese hackers, to say nothing of the domestic nutters like Bannon on the lose like rabid dogs with rabies within the administrative state. So, a few facts from tech friends: I’m told free VPNs usually have back doors and a good recommended one is Private Internet Access, but there are others, ask around. “Assume everyone is lying to you – including your allies,” is asking too much of naïve, friendly Americans, but we can start by calling lyin’ Trump a lying liar who lies because he can’t stop lying. “Never assume democracy is the default mode – it needs constant protection,” is something we learn anew each and every day here now. “Respect for justice is sacrosanct,” especially now as the judge in Hawaii who struck down Trump’s Muslim travel ban lives under protection after numerous death threats and Trump has attacked the Ninth Circuit and fired one acting Attorney General who defied an earlier, more horrendous version of Trump’s Muslim travel ban. “Do not wait for the tyrants to leave because they won’t,” no, and in fact all of their offspring will rage on at a luxury ski town during the most important week of the administration after the first on taxpayer dollars because they know this shit will not last forever and if they have it, spend it – even though it is not theirs to spend! “Do not treat all government supporters as monsters,” because “Most of them are ordinary citizens … people you know, you have talked to. They are not mere monsters, but they have deep insecurities.” Well, yes, obviously. Most Trump supporters seem to have deep, dark insecurities about the inferiority of their sexuality and the superiority of their race coupled with an astonishing level of ignorance. “Use humor,” or else people will cry and look away. “Seek international support” because we are not alone! “The state is afraid of your thoughts – that is your power,” so use it to not only express yourself, but own your wellbeing, mental clarity, decisiveness and moral resoluteness.
From The Guardian.
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