—–ON THE AGENDA—–
HIS HEINOUS, THE GREAT LUNATIC TO ADDRESS HATE GROUP
Newsweek reports, “President Donald Trump will be the first sitting president to address the Family Research Council’s Value Voters Summit,” which is nothing like what it is made to sound like at all as “the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) described as a ‘rogues’ gallery of the radical right.’” In other words, the KKK and Nazi types Trump calls his homeys. Newsweek adds, “Trump will be the keynote speaker at Friday’s event, which will also be attended by his former strategist, Steve Bannon. Other speakers include the founder of anti-Islam group ACT for America and former Trump strategist, Sebastian Gorka.” So he is co-headlining with a Nazi and his buddy the white nationalist will look on, two so-called men he used to employ. “Values voters” is shorthand for hard-core homophobes who are likely repressing a hell of a lot that it manifests itself in this form of anti-gay hate. Afterwards, things will move to the main lawn for a traditional cross burning and a few rounds of racist banter, because, you know, values and family are very important.
FORMER AMBASSADOR SAMANTHA POWER TO HOUSE INTEL COMMITTEE
USA Today reports former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations under Obama Samantha “Power is scheduled to meet with the House Intelligence Committee in a closed-door session Friday morning”. According to USA Today, “Power is expected to be questioned Friday about whether she asked that the names of Trump campaign aides be disclosed in classified documents”. Which is to say remember the unmasking bullshit brought forth as a distraction by DARKNESS AT NUNES? Well they plan on wasting her time with that while we have an ongoing attack by a foreign adversary because the Republicans really are actually a lot less concerned about the flag and patriotism than they talk about. Surprise!
From USA Today.
FLYNN ASSOCIATE’S DARK WEB EFFORTS TO GET AT HILLARY’S EMAILS
The Guardian reports, “A close associate of Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn arranged a covert investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server when she was secretary of state, and through intermediaries turned to a person with knowledge of the ‘dark web’ for help.” According to The Guardian, “Flynn is personally and ideologically linked to Barbara Ledeen, a longtime conservative activist who works for Republican senator Chuck Grassley on the Senate judiciary committee,” you know, the committee that is investigating the Justice Department investigation into Trump’s Russia collusion and treason, not actually doing anything about the Lubyanka shitstain masquerading as the president of our nation. The Guardian notes, “Ledeen’s husband Michael Ledeen is also a confidante of Flynn, and co-authored a book with him last year.” The Guardian adds, “According to interview notes released by the FBI last year, Ledeen decided in 2015 to launch her own investigation into Clinton’s use of the server. At the time, she was a staffer on the Senate judiciary committee.” Her name was redacted but The Guardian has confirmed several ways including with the Senate judiciary committee that it is in fact her. How badly must the roof be burning before we say the house is on fire?
From The Guardian.
HOUSE INTEL WILL SUBPOENA ROGER STONE OVER ASSANGE INTERMEDIARY
CNN reports, “The leaders of the House intelligence committee are warning that President Donald Trump associate Roger Stone will be slapped with a subpoena Friday if he does not reveal the name of his intermediary with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.” CNN notes, “after the hearing,” behind closed doors last month with Stone and the House intelligence committee, “Stone told reporters that he answered all of the committee’s questions but one: his ‘intermediary’ to Assange.” Curiously, “Stone said his conversation with the intermediary was off-the-record and with a journalist, and he would honor the agreement to protect the journalist’s identity. But he added that he planned to go back to the intermediary and ask to release him from the off-the-record agreement.” Is it Glenn Greenwald or Sean Hannity or some other propagandist “journalist”? Laura Ingraham? Stephen Cohen? Which suspected turncoat is it Roger?!
FAKEBOOK, TWITTER ARE LIKE THE SOVIET UNION OR “MODERN” RUSSIA
The first two paragraphs of a Washington Post story on Fakebook scrubbing the scene of the crime is a must read: “Social media analyst Jonathan Albright got a call from Facebook the day after he published research last week showing that the reach of the Russian disinformation campaign was almost certainly larger than the company had disclosed. While the company had said 10 million people read Russian-bought ads, Albright had data suggesting that the audience was at least double that — and maybe much more — if ordinary free Facebook posts were measured as well. Albright welcomed the chat with three company officials. But he was not pleased to discover that they had done more than talk about their concerns regarding his research. They also had scrubbed from the Internet nearly everything — thousands of Facebook posts and the related data — that had made the work possible.” Meanwhile over at Twitter, POLITICO reports, “Twitter has deleted tweets and other user data of potentially irreplaceable value to investigators probing Russia’s suspected manipulation of the social media platform during the 2016 election, according to current and former government cybersecurity officials.” Thomas Rid, a cybersecurity and information operations expert called it “a scandal”. You know who else did and does this kind of shit? The Soviet Union or so-called “modern” Russia.
DELAYS FOR NO REASON ON RELEASE OF RUSSIAN FAKEBOOK ADS
PBS NewsHour reports, “A top Facebook executive,” Sheryl Sandberg, “says ads linked to Russia trying to influence the U.S. presidential election should ‘absolutely’ be released to the public, along with information on whom the ads were targeting.” Great, now where are the ads, where is the info, why are researchers being blocked and obfuscated? Well… PBS NewsHour notes, “Previously, Facebook declined to make the ads public. While Facebook’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, now favors the release, she didn’t say Thursday when the company would do so.” Stall, stall! Was this the mission Zuckerberg sent her to Washington with? Fakebook’s strategy appears to be veneer of transparency publicly, privately hold the line of denial and obfuscation until it is no longer tenable. Remarkably however, PBS NewsHour reports, “Facebook, she said, does owe America an apology.” No words. But you all get to keep the money. If the $70,100,000 holds as the sum from Trump and Russia (it won’t, it will be more), that’s less than a buck per American we were sold for. Bloomberg adds Sandberg, “maintains that it’s up to Congress to decide when to do so”. Looks like the antisocial network’s notion of corporate responsibility is complicity.
WHY WON’T SHERYL SANDBERG ANSWER THIS ONE GOOD QUESTION?
CNN reports, “Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg will not say whether her company has identified similarities in how Russian agents and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign used the social media platform ahead of the 2016 election.” Good on Mike Allen of Axios for getting that much out of her, or at the very least lighting a match. CNN notes it was not once either as “Sandberg repeatedly refused to answer when asked whether Facebook had seen an overlap in how Russians and the Trump campaign targeted their ads toward users.” Note that “repeatedly”. Everyone needs to ask all Fakebook executives this exact question immediately, repetitively until someone at the antisocial network blinks and answers the goddamn question. Wear them down as the Russians did us via Fakebook! Recall: Fakebook had employees “embedded” on Trump’s digital team. They know things, things they are not saying. A shonda.
TWITTER BOTS ACCOUNTED FOR 1 IN 5 ELECTION TWEETS BEFORE ELECTION
Mother Jones reports Twitter bots “tracked over a month-long period before the US election by University of Southern California researchers,” found “that bots were deeply entwined in political conversation on Twitter—accounting for 1 in 5 election-related tweets.” According to Mother Jones, “USC professor and lead researcher Emilio Ferrara, who has studied the influence of bot networks since 2012,” noted “bots are particularly effective at getting a message to go viral among authentic human users.” Ferrara says up to 15 percent of Twitter is in fact bogus bots.
From Mother Jones.
OF COURSE RUSSIAN INFILTRATION IS MUCH WORSE THAN WE’VE BEEN TOLD
CNN reports, “Russian efforts to meddle in American politics did not end at Facebook and Twitter.” Surprise! CNN “shows its tentacles extend to YouTube, Tumblr and even PokémonGo.” Do not think it stopped there either, both the effort to influence the public as well as the government because no way in hell did it. CNN reports, “One Russian-linked campaign posing as part of the Black Lives Matter movement used Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr and Pokémon Go and even contacted some reporters in an effort to exploit racial tensions and sow discord among Americans”. According to CNN, “The campaign, titled ‘Don’t Shoot Us,’ offers new insights into how Russian agents created a broad online ecosystem where divisive political messages were reinforced across multiple platforms, amplifying a campaign that appears to have been run from one source — the shadowy, Kremlin-linked troll farm known as the Internet Research Agency.” CNN adds, “The Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts belonging to the campaign are currently suspended. The group’s YouTube channel and website were both still active as of Thursday morning. The Tumblr page now posts about Palestine.” What’s more CNN reports, “Just a day after the shooting of Philando Castile by police in a suburb of Saint Paul, Minnesota in July 2016, local activists in Minnesota noticed a Facebook event for a protest being shared by a group they didn’t recognize.” Again this became a case where local, informed activists called shenanigans. Don’t Shoot Us also “worked to promote… a protest at a courthouse where one of the officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray was due to appear” in Baltimore.
T REX AND LAVROV ON THE TELEPHONE
Russian state-run TASS reports, “Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have discussed the situation in Ukraine in a telephone conversation,” citing a Russian Foreign Ministry statement. According to the statement, “The two top diplomats touched upon the implementation of the Minsk Agreements, taking into account the results of the October 7 meeting between the Russian and US special representatives, Surkov and Volker” in Belgrade. Additionally, “the parties expressed their support for continuing meetings in this format.”
From Russian state-run TASS.
RUSSIA PROTESTS REMOVAL OF FLAGS FROM SHUTTERED CONSULATE
The Moscow Times reports, “Russia’s Foreign Ministry has issued a statement of protest after American authorities reportedly took down several Russian flags from a seized consulate in San Francisco.” Russia whined, “We consider such a move as an extremely unfriendly step”. Well what do they think we make of their puppet lunatic squatting in the White House? By contrast, “extremely unfriendly” and a seized flag means they got off pretty easy. But they whine merely to grate and remind us, like spoiled children, that they are such needy and attention seeking brats. Russia whining, the only thing they do at an Olympic level without the use of anabolic steroids.
From The Moscow Times.
RUSSIA MAY SEND MORE ISKANDER MISSILES TO KALININGRAD
Reuters reports, “Russia may send more Iskander tactical missiles to its Kaliningrad exclave in response to the latest U.S. actions in the Baltics, the [Russian state-run] RIA news agency cited the head of the lower house of parliament’s defense committee, Vladimir Shamanov, as saying on Thursday.” Reuters also notes Russia whined and “accused the United States on Thursday of illegally building up its forces in Poland and the Baltic region, saying it had quietly deployed an entire armored division in breach of the main pact that governs Moscow’s relations with NATO.” Remember: Russia only respects strength.
TURKS ENTER SYRIA WITH RUSSIA AND IRAN
Bloomberg reports, “Turkey sent special forces and commandos over the border into Syria, the start of a joint mission with Russia and Iran whose stated goal is to monitor a cease-fire agreement and pacify a stronghold for Islamic militants — but one that also has major implications for the region’s Kurds.” It also represents a dramatic realignment for Turkey away from NATO.
FORMER AG LORETTA LYNCH BEFORE HOUSE + SENATE INTEL NEXT WEEK
USA Today reports former U.S. Attorney General under Obama Loretta “Lynch will answer questions on Capitol Hill next week”. USA Todays adds, “She is expected to meet behind closed doors with both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees.”
From USA Today.
—–KNOW YOUR ENEMY—–
PRINCELING JARED’S SECURITY CLEARANCE FORMS A BIG OL’ MESS
CNN reports, “The head of a government bureau responsible for clearing background checks told lawmakers Wednesday he has ‘never seen that level of mistakes’ when asked about numerous omissions in Jared Kushner’s security clearance application.” Well what else is princeling Jared good for? Epic mistake was actually what his mother said when she found out she was pregnant with him. The form is long, but it is not hard per se, unless concealing things or the fabulousness of your lifestyle prevents you from actually filling out the form yourself. According to CNN, “Charles Phalen, the director of the National Background Investigations Bureau, a newly created division within the Office of Personnel Management, made the comment in response to a question during a House subcommittee oversight hearing.” Recall as CNN notes, “Kushner’s initial SF-86 form did not mention any foreign contacts, though he quickly supplemented it to indicate that he would provide that information. He updated the form in the spring, listing about 100 contacts, but did not mention the June 2016 meeting he attended with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, Donald Trump Jr., and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. He updated the SF-86 forms once more in June to include that meeting.” Well, filling out forms is for plebes anyways, like accountability, taxes, and MAGA.
PRINCELING JARED IS ALSO A SHITTY REAL ESTATE DEVELOPER
Bloomberg reports, “The midtown Manhattan office tower owned by Kushner Cos. and Vornado Realty Trust is on track to lose $24 million this year, marking the worst performance for 666 Fifth Ave. since a 2011 refinancing.” Bloomberg adds, “The property had net operating income of $18.3 million for the six months ending in June, according to data filed by the property’s lenders. Debt payments were $30.4 million during the period. The tower’s cash flow is enough to cover only about half of the debt payments on the building, down from 66 percent last year. The ratio has been declining every year since Vornado became a partner in the skyscraper as a result of the refinancing.” Bloomberg notes, “The losses stem from a $1.2 billion mortgage that Kushner Cos. took on in 2007, when the tower was purchased at the peak of New York’s commercial-property market. While the refinancing temporarily lowered interest payments on the loan, rates have been climbing as a February 2019 repayment deadline approaches. The building is 30 percent vacant.” And New Yorkers sure as hell are not rushing now to give these Mafiosi kleptocrats a dime more than our taxes demand these days. Bloomberg concludes, “The firm has searched around the globe,” yet they got nothing. Oh the problems of a young Trumpistani globalist who is part of la famiglia!
BOTS FOR THE BIRTHDAY BOY
BBC Trending reports, “When President Vladimir Putin turned 65 on 7 October, he was not short of online well-wishers. But how many were real?” Not very many, if any it turns out! As BBC Trending notes, “A hashtag which translates as ‘Happy Birthday President’ began trending in early that day in Russia.” BBC Trending reports, “While the tweet was shared more than 800 times, none of those sharing it appear to be Russian speakers. They also seemed to lack the personality of an individual, were often advertising services, and with account information containing frequent typos,” and “Several also contained sexually explicit content.” Oh yes, Putin is so big and strong and powerful that his ego and propaganda team require fake online birthday wishes to make him seem so popular. Just like a great, masculine leader!
From BBC Trending.
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