—–ON THE AGENDA—–
RUSSIAN STATE MEDIA SAYS TRUMP TO MEET THEIR NEW AMBASSADOR
Russian state-run RT writes, “The new Russian Ambassador to Washington, Anatoly Antonov will present his credentials to US President Donald Trump on Friday, the White House has confirmed.” How horrible. This has not appeared yet in U.S. media. Russian state-run RT notes, “On the day of Antonov’s arrival to the US, the State Department announced the closure of three Russian diplomatic offices, including the consulate in San Francisco, California.” Welcome to America, buddy, have fun inspecting your nation’s puppet in the White House. Be sure and thank him for his service to your country.
From Russian state-run RT.
RUSSIAN FACEBOOK ADS COULD HAVE REACHED 70 MILLION AMERICANS
The Daily Beast reports, “Russian-funded covert propaganda posts were likely seen by a minimum of 23 million people and might have reached as many as 70 million, according to analysis by an expert on the social-media giant’s complex advertising systems. That means up to 28 percent of American adults were swept in by the campaign.” One problem: they were not so covert. The fake news stories being shared were because people simply did not know the origins and did not care as pre-existing beliefs and biases were reinforced. As The Daily Beast notes, the amount Russia spent, “$100,000 on Facebook can go a surprisingly long way, if it’s used right.”
From The Daily Beast.
UDAY ON THE HILL: ADOPTIONS IS NOW CODE FOR HILLARY’S FITNESS
Business Insider reports, “Donald Trump Jr. told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday that he agreed to meet with Russians who had promised his father’s presidential campaign damaging information on Hillary Clinton because he wanted to assess Clinton’s ‘fitness’ and ‘qualifications’ for office.” That’s a hell of a spin! Uday met a Russian lawyer on a fact-finding mission! Did you hear about pizzagate? Previous spins include adoptions and think of the children! Why won’t you please think of the children! They also hid Uday from view of photographers working for the lamestream fake news media when Capitol police escorted him in so there are no Uday perp walk-like pictures leaving TRUMPISTAN WATCH feeling all kinds of cheated. What the hell happened to “Jews will not replace us”? Princeling Jared had a nice perp walk-like photo op coming through the Capitol. Is it only on the other when it is convenient now? That’s not fair but that’s always how that works. And it turns out it was all fake as The Washington Examiner reports Uday was not even under oath.
UDAY ON THE HILL: WHAT DIDN’T UDAY SAY?
The Washington Post reports, Uday “Donald Trump Jr. took questions Thursday from Senate investigators about his meeting with a Russian lawyer and other topics central to inquiries into Russian influence in the 2016 election, but he frequently said he could not provide important details, according to people who attended the hearing.” Shock! What else didn’t Uday say? Uday “promoted his view that the 2016 meeting was inconsequential.” Of course! Minor treason is the new black. Uday did say one thing, though. The Washington Post reports, “In his statement Thursday, Trump Jr. said that ‘it was clear to me that her real purpose in asking for the meeting all along was to discuss Russian adoptions and the Magnitsky Act,’ which imposed sanctions on those deemed responsible for the death of a Russian whistleblower, Sergei Magnitsky, who died in jail after describing a massive corruption scheme involving Russian officials.” As they say, follow the money.
From The Washington Post.
MUELLER LOOKING TO INTERVIEW WHITE HOUSE AIDS ON AIR FORCE ONE
CNN reports, “Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team has approached the White House about interviewing staffers who were aboard Air Force One when the initial misleading statement about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower was crafted”. CNN adds, “Mueller’s questions could go to the issue of intent and possible efforts to conceal information during an obstruction of justice investigation. The answers to Mueller’s questions also could illuminate the level of anxiety surrounding the meeting and the decision-making that followed.” No one has been interviewed yet, so plenty of time to come up with something new adoptions is code for. Maybe involve Soros in some new conspiracy to keep things fresh?
APPELLATE COURT SAYS FUCK YOUR BAN
POLITICO reports, “President Donald Trump’s travel ban policy suffered another defeat Thursday as an appeals court rejected the administration’s attempt to deny grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins of Americans a temporary exemption from the controversial executive order.” Family, according to Trump, is just the children you are made to pay for. So that’s the appellate court saying fuck your ban. POLITICO reports, “A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously declined to overturn a district court judge’s ruling that the administration was taking too narrow a view of an exception the Supreme Court carved out from the travel ban in June.” The travel ban is also known as “the Muslim ban,” because Trump thinks non-brown terrorists are “some very fine people” and there are plenty of them already in the country. The whole policy is basically more Breivik less bin Laden.
NATO MILITARY COMMITTEE GENERAL PAVEL MEETS GERASIMOV IN BAKU
Reuters reports citing Russian state-run Interfax, “General Valery Gerasimov, the chief of Russia’s general staff, on Thursday used a meeting with General Petr Pavel, the chairman of the NATO military committee, to reassure him about upcoming Russian war games” Zapad. According to Reuters, “Interfax said Gerasimov, during a meeting in Azerbaijan, had told Pavel that the war games were purely defensive in nature, not aimed at any third countries, and designed to help secure the security of Belarus.” NATO’s statement was far, far more terse stating, “This face to face meeting demonstrates a clear mutual interest to maintain the military lines of communication, in line with NATO’s policy of transparency and ongoing dialogue at the political level with senior Russian leadership.” Neither man looks pleased in the photo NATO released. The expressions look as if to say what the hell have the political leaders gotten us into? Vestnik Kavkaza reports Gerasimov also met with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.
NATO DOES NOT HAVE A DEFENSIVE CYBER COMMAND BUT WILL BUILD ONE
IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly reports, “NATO is in the process of building its own integrated cyber command structure for defensive purposes, although offensive capabilities will still reside with member nations, NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Defense Investment” Camille Grand said at the ComDef 2017 Conference.
ZAPAD WATCH: UKRAINIAN FEARS FOR WHAT RUSSIANS CALL ALL OF RUS
The BBC reports, “Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he fears that Russia could use massive military manoeuvres next week as a cover for invasion.” While NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is all like it’s ok, it’s chill, the true horror of Russian occupation is not something he knows intimately – however Merkel does, which is why she leads Europe at this moment, thankfully.
From the BBC.
HAS THE NEW HEAD OF THE FBI CHECKED TRUMP’S TWITTER?
POLITICO reports, “FBI Director Christopher Wray said Thursday that he has not picked up any indication that either President Donald Trump or the White House is seeking to interfere with the ongoing probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.” In Wray’s words, “I can say very confidently that I have not detected any whiff of interference with that investigation”. Has Wray checked Trump’s Twitter? Seriously, check his Twitter!
THIS MAN COULD FUCK AMERICA IF HE WANTS TO — AGAIN
Newsweek reports, “Robert J. Higdon Jr. is one of 11 presidential nominees scheduled to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. But he is the only one from that list who, if confirmed, could decide the fate of the special counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible coordination with the campaign of President Donald Trump.” Joy! Don’t you love how precarious everything is that we are constantly told this one individual not named Trump can fuck America? The only thing that tops it is how we are simultaneously informed Trump and the vote are legitimate but also not quite. At what point in this dystopian odyssey to people wake up and say enough is enough and demand the truth in a meaningful, in the streets sense? Now here is the great caveat on this latest Newsweek story: “If Trump calls for the removal of special counsel Robert Mueller and enough officials recuse themselves, resign in protest or lose their jobs before carrying out the order, the decision could become Higdon’s.” Your government is basically Russian roulette now. They will fire a lot of blanks, but eventually they will hit a live round capable of murder and the republic we knew will be but a splatter on the sidewalk. Like this article, they is whoever you want they to be: Trump, the whole Trump trash family, Russia, white supremacists. Who is the media informing us is destroying America this week? All of the above? At once?
The New York Times reports, “The Russian information attack on the election did not stop with the hacking and leaking of Democratic emails or the fire hose of stories, true, false and in between, that battered Mrs. Clinton on Russian outlets like RT and Sputnik. Far less splashy, and far more difficult to trace, was Russia’s experimentation on Facebook and Twitter, the American companies that essentially invented the tools of social media and, in this case, did not stop them from being turned into engines of deception and propaganda.” In a most nonshocking revelation at this point in the game, The New York Times reports, “An investigation by The New York Times, and new research from the cybersecurity firm FireEye, reveals some of the mechanisms by which suspected Russian operators used Twitter and Facebook to spread anti-Clinton messages and promote the hacked material they had leaked.” The New York Times adds, “On Twitter, as on Facebook, Russian fingerprints are on hundreds or thousands of fake accounts that regularly posted anti-Clinton messages.” While “Both Facebook and Twitter say they are studying the 2016 experience and how to defend against such meddling,” Twitter also said, “We, as a company, should not be the arbiter of truth.” The New York Times notes, “In February last year, at a conference in Moscow, a top cyberintelligence adviser to President Vladimir V. Putin hinted that Russia was about to unleash a devastating information attack on the United States.” The advisor, Andrey Krutskikh, said, “We are living in 1948,” a reference to the Soviet Union’s first atomic bomb test, “I’m warning you: We are at the verge of having something in the information arena that will allow to us to talk to the Americans as equals.” That is all Russia really wants. And it still won’t happen for them. Sad!
From The New York Times.
THIS SERVES THE PUBLIC’S RIGHT TO KNOW HOW, JULIAN?
As if there was any doubt WikiLeaks was in Russia’s employ, it’s latest release of Raytheon missile control systems begs the question: this serves the public’s right to know how, Julian? Russian state-run Sputnik writes, “WikiLeaks has revealed four secret documents from the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) Protego project of microcontroller-based missile control system for Pratt & Whitney jets equipped with air-to-air and air-to-ground missile launch systems.” That’s it, now the American people know The Truth! This is WikiLeaks unmasked pure and simple as conduits for Russian taunts of America. Julian probably feels so big and strong with Russia on his side standing up to big bad Uncle Sam, but just remember these Toby Keith lyrics: “We’ll put a boot up your ass, that’s the American way!” And never forget when Ellsberg met Snowden, he told the traitor kid to go watch “Dr. Strangelove”.
ALL THE DUKAKIS-STYLE PICS OF BORIS JOHNSON YOU CAN DREAM OF
The Telegraph reports, “Boris Johnson has been pictured enjoying a ride in a British tank during a diplomatic trip to Estonia.” It’s comparative cringe studies whether you find these images or those of former presidential candidate Michael Dukakis back in 1988 more unsettling. Tragically Johnson is in Estonia as part of the European Reassurance Initiative, something The Telegraph reports he noted, “Speaking on Monday, he said Britain was a ‘reassuring presence’ for allies facing ‘Russian antagonism’.” Reassuring!
From The Telegraph.
—–RADIO MOSCOW: STORIES FROM THEIR PRESS AND OURS—–
MOSCOW OFFICIALS PLAN TO REMOVE PLAQUE HONORING BORIS NEMTSOV
The Moscow Times, citing Russian state-run TASS, reports, “Moscow officials are planning to remove a plaque installed in honor of slain opposition politician Boris Nemtsov”. According to The Moscow Times, again citing Russian state-run TASS, “City officials believe the plaque should be removed because it was installed on Thursday illegally”. Officials said it represented “lawlessness,” and they meant this without irony because in Russia irony, like most good things, is dead. Only god lives but they have renamed him Vladimir Putin.
From The Moscow Times.
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