—–ON THE AGENDA—–
FAKE PRESIDENT WILL ONLY SPEAK TO FAUX NEWS FOX “JOURNALISTS”
The Hill reports, “President Trump is set to sit down for an interview with Fox Business host Lou Dobbs on Wednesday, marking the president’s 14th appearance on Fox News or Fox Business since taking office.” Dobbs is a Trump cheerleader whose primary role as a hagiographer is to buttress the president’s overblown ego. The Hill notes, “He last appeared an another major network in May, when he interviewed with NBC News’s Lester Holt after firing FBI Director James Comey.” That interview was a disaster for Trump as he admitted he fired Comey over the Russia investigation, which directly led to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, along with Comey’s memos once released. The Hill adds, “Trump has not appeared on CBS since May 1, ABC since January, CNN and CNBC since August 2016 and MSNBC since May 2016.” Who is the snowflake afraid of a little sunlight again?
From The Hill.
SURPRISE! OPPOSITION PAID FOR OPPOSITION RESEARCH
The Washington Post reports, “The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped fund research that resulted in a now-famous dossier containing allegations about President Trump’s connections to Russia and possible coordination between his campaign and the Kremlin”. Shock! Opposition pays for opposition research! Stop the presses! The Washington Post adds, “Marc E. Elias, a lawyer representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC, retained Fusion GPS, a Washington firm, to conduct the research.” The Washington Post notes, “Elias and his law firm, Perkins Coie, retained the company in April 2016 on behalf of the Clinton campaign and the DNC. Before that agreement, Fusion GPS’s research into Trump was funded by an unknown Republican client during the GOP primary.” TRUMPISTAN WATCH wagers Jeb or Ted Cruz campaigns. For the sake of all the lonely, sad, pathetic conspiracy nuts out there, let’s hope it is Jeb and someone tight with the Bush family because sometimes it can be fun to watch the crazy get worked up and what other mundane thrills are left in Trumpistan?
From The Washington Post.
DOCUMENTS FROM OPERATIVE’S ESTATE GO TO INVESTIGATORS
ABC News reports, “U.S. Senate investigators sought and received materials from the estate of Peter W. Smith, a longtime Republican operative who reportedly acknowledged shortly before his death that he spearheaded an effort to obtain missing Hillary Clinton emails from Russian hackers.” ABC News recalls, “Smith, a private-equity executive from Chicago who had been active in Republican politics, died at age 81 on May 14. Ten days earlier, he told a reporter from the Wall Street Journal that he had led a robust bid during the early months of the 2016 presidential contest to find what he thought were hacked copies of Clinton’s emails in hopes of using them against her during the campaign.” ABC News adds, “Of interest to investigators, the sources told ABC News, are documents and electronic communications that could help determine whether Smith worked in concert with anyone from the campaign of then-candidate Donald Trump. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has asked for those documents and the Smith estate has begun turning them over”.
From ABC News.
PROTESTER THROWS RUSSIAN FLAGS AT FAKE RUSSIAN PRESIDENT
NBC News reports, “A screaming protester lobbed several small Russian flags at President Donald Trump on Tuesday as he walked into a lunch with Senate Republicans inside the U.S. Capitol.” The video features accompanying audio, “Trump is treason! Trump is treason!” The video notes, “The protester identified himself as Ryan Clayton of Americans Take Action.” NBC News notes, “Trump didn’t flinch as the airborne flags headed his way, reacting only by giving a thumbs up,” because that’s how he actually feels about Russia. NBC News adds, “Clayton appears to have posed as a member of the media throughout the morning and was even seen as part of a group of journalists talking to Sen. Bob Corker,” and, “Clayton was part of a similar incident occurred in July.”
From NBC News.
SURPRISE! REPUBLICANS ARE REALLY OUT TO SABOTAGE INVESTIGATIONS
POLITICO report, “House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy announced Tuesday they would open a joint investigation into decisions made by the Department of Justice during the 2016 campaign.” Yes, that’s Trey “Benghazi” Gowdy who mouths words but only stupid comes out. As Trump is obsessed with IQ and the white race, Gowdy is a major drag on any such claims of superiority or supremacy. POLITICO continues, “The Republicans said they have a host of questions, including over the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified information and the FBI’s investigation into campaign associates of President Donald Trump.”
SENATOR JEFF FLAKE BOWS OUT OF REELECTION, ATTACKS TRUMP
POLITICO reports, “Embattled Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake will retire after his current term expires, he announced on Tuesday in a decision that further roils a 2018 Senate landscape marked by multiple Republican retirements.” As the moderate non-crazy Republicans retreat, they leave us stumbling into an abyss of authoritarianism by not holding the line. POLITICO notes, “Flake was one of the most vulnerable Republican senators up for reelection next year. A vocal critic of President Donald Trump throughout and since the 2016 campaign, Flake said it became clear that that opposition would make it impossible for him to get through a Republican primary.” So what did he do? POLITICO reports, “He took to the Senate floor to deliver a full-throated denunciation of Trump.” From POLITICO: “We must never adjust to the coarseness of our dialogue, with the tone set up at the top,” Flake said. “We must never accept the deadly sundering of our country. The personal attacks, threats against principles and freedoms and institutions, and flagrant disregard for decency. Reckless, outrageous and undignified behavior has become excused as telling it like it is when it is actually just reckless, outrageous and undignified,” Flake continued. “And when such behavior emanates from the top of our government, it is something else. It is dangerous to a democracy.” Preach! And amen. Senator Bob Corker who pretty much did the same last week continues to speak out on a day when Trump was on the Hill, giving such a doozy of an interview to CNN that they even made a listicle out of his “9 most devastating lines”.
GOP REFUSES TO PAY ROHRABACHER’S TRAVEL TO KISS KREMLIN ASS
The Daily Beast reports, “House Republican leaders have taken the extraordinary step of curtailing Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s (R-CA) ability to conduct official business out of fear that he is too compromised by his ties to Russia.” What took so long gentlemen? This happens from time to time, last year after the failed coup in Turkey, it was the Gülen Movement’s moment, now it is Russia’s turn at full on Congressional duck and cover drills over lobbying and travel expenses. The Daily Beast reports, “the House Committee on Foreign Affairs has placed heightened restrictions on the trips abroad that he can take with committee money as well as the hearings he can hold through the subcommittee on Europe that he chairs.” Just to repeat: what took so long? Recall, Rohrabacher is known to be Putin’s favorite Congressman. Of note, “When the California congressman made a pilgrimage this summer to see Assange, who is holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, he had to do it on his own dime.” The Daily Beast adds, “Rohrabacher had requested committee funding for the trip but was denied. The congressman’s staff confirmed that he ended up using his own money,” which is beyond. Imagine spending a dime to get near one of the biggest narcissistic creeps on the planet. Well to be fair, Rohrabacher was probably reimbursed by a different government’s dole. Of course, “In the past Rohrabacher has used subcommittee hearings to approvingly compare Putin to Trump, introduce pro-Russian conspiracy theories into the congressional record, and allow pro-Russian voices to cast doubt on the work of America’s intelligence agencies. Since his botched effort to host the anti-Browder film, however, Rohrabacher has not requested a subcommittee hearing,” The Daily Beast adds. What a Kremlin tool.
From The Daily Beast.
NATO ALTERING COMMAND STRUCTURE TO DETER THE RUSSIAN BASTARDS
Newsweek reports, “NATO will reportedly revamp its command structure to prepare for a fast-moving—and possibly Arctic—conflict with Russia as tensions return to near–Cold War levels.” Citing a Wall Street Journal report, Newsweek notes, “In NATO’s quarterly meeting in November, defense ministers will discuss creating two new commands to improve logistics and protection for supply lines”. One step closer to the so-called “military Schengen” U.S. military leaders on the continent have called for.
NATO TO PRESSURE RUSSIAN BASTARDS ON ZAPAD TROOP NUMBERS
Deutsche Welle reports, “NATO ambassadors are set to meet their Russian counterpart to discuss a range of issues, including joint Russian-Belarusian war games. Western estimates say troop involvement was much higher than the Kremlin reported,” during the Zapad military exercises last month.
From Deutsche Welle.
RUSSIA’S PROSECUTOR GENERAL YURI CHAIKA NEEDS TO SHUT THE HELL UP
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “Russian Prosecutor-General Yury Chaika has urged U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to launch a criminal case against British investor William Browder, the man who had initiated the Magnitsky Act, which sanctions Russians for alleged human rights abuses. In a statement broadcast by the Rossiya 24 TV channel on October 24, Chaika said he had sent a letter to Sessions asking him to launch a probe against Browder and his associates, as well as to reconsider the Magnitsky Act.” A letter? You assholes put it in writing in this political environment and expect results? Seriously, for real?! What do the Russian government officials imagine themselves to be dog walkers instead of rats themselves? This is quite a bit too much progress on the food chain even in their own imaginations. Yuri Chaika, give up and shut up.
POLICE IN MOSCOW SUBURB THREATEN TO KILL NAVALNY SUPPORTERS
The Moscow Times reports, “Police in a Moscow suburb have threatened to kill supporters of opposition politician Alexei Navalny, after they compared police wages in Russia to those in Sweden. Swedish police officers earn an equivalent of $4,500 per month on average, compared to their Russian counterparts who take home $625 monthly. In a YouTube video posted by Navalny’s election campaign team in Korolyov on Monday, one of the politician’s supporters is heard comparing police wages in Russia and Sweden. In the YouTube video, The Moscow Times reports, “the officer is heard yelling to the departing Navalny supporter,” death threats. The Moscow Times notes, “The video culminates with the officer calling the video’s author a ‘Swedish homosexual.’” There are so many much worse things! Not that there is anything wrong with that! Try Russian national, not citizen, because Russians have no rights. Not that there isn’t everything wrong with that!
From The Moscow Times.
TWO NAVALNY SUPPORTERS JAILED IN SOCHI
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “A court in the Russian city of Sochi has jailed two activists supporting opposition politician Aleksei Navalny‘s presidential election campaign. In an October 24 decision, the court in the Black Sea resort city ruled that Konstantin Gudimov and Olesya Khristosenko took part in unauthorized rallies and ordered them held in detention for 12 and eight days, respectively.” And yet they persisted.
KSENIA SOBCHAK CALLS FOR RELEASE OF POLITICAL PRISONERS
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “Socialite and opposition-minded journalist Ksenia Sobchak has called on the authorities to release all political prisoners as she gave her first press conference since announcing she will run in the presidential election set for March.” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty notes, “On a large screen behind her, Sobchak aired a video clip of several people considered political prisoners in opposition and human rights circles. They included: Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov; Oleg Navalny, brother of opposition leader Aleksei; the former security chief of the now-defunct Yukos oil company, Aleksei Pichugin; opposition activist Dmitry Buchenkov; and theater director Kirill Serebrennikov.”
RUSSIAN AND UKRAINE HIT BY CYBER ATTACKS
Gizmodo reports, “Russian cybersecurity firm Group-IB reports that at least three Russian media outlets have been attacked, counting as well ‘state institutions and strategic objects in Ukraine as its victims’. The firm told Motherboard that an airport in Odessa, the Kiev subway, and the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine had all been affected by a ‘new mass cyberattack’.” Gizmodo added, “Russian news Interfax announced via Twitter that it was working to restore its systems after hackers took down its servers.” Gizmodo notes, “Once infected, victims are directed to a Tor-hidden website whereupon a ransom of 0.05 Bitcoin is demanded (about $364 at the time of writing). If the ransom is not paid within roughly 40 hours, the cost of decrypting the lost data is increased. The ransom message, a red font on a black background, appears to be similar to one used in the NotPetya attacks this June.”
—–KNOW YOUR ENEMY—–
WHAT ONE POLL SAYS ABOUT WHITE NATIONALISM IN THE U.S. MILITARY
The Military Times reports, “Nearly one in four troops polled say they have seen examples of white nationalism among their fellow service members, and troops rate it as a larger national security threat than Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a new Military Times poll.” As a veteran acquaintance turned think tanker wrote on Facebook yesterday, The Military Times is not known for its rigorous polling methodology, which is in no way to minimize problems with race relations in America. Nonetheless, as “The troops were surveyed about one month after white supremacist groups and counter-protesters clashed in Charlottesville, Virginia,” it is an interesting time to take stock and considerably disturbing that “Concerns about white nationalist groups were more pronounced among minorities in the ranks. Nearly 42 percent of non-white troops who responded to the survey said they have personally experienced examples of white nationalism in the military, versus about 18 percent of white service members.” The Military Times adds, “When asked whether white nationalists pose a threat to national security, 30 percent of respondents labeled it a significant danger, more than many international hot spots, like Syria (27 percent), Pakistan (25 percent), Afghanistan (22 percent) and Iraq (17 percent),” which is absolutely accurate as no one can do to us what we can do to destroy ourselves. More disturbing yet is that “a notable number of poll participants also bristled at the assertion that white power ideology is a real problem.” Rather, “Nearly five percent of those polled left comments complaining that groups like Black Lives Matter — whose stated goal is to raise awareness of violence and discrimination towards black people — weren’t included among the options for threats to national security.” As for survey methodology, The Military Times writes, “Between Sept. 7 and 25, Military Times and conducted a voluntary, confidential online survey of U.S. service members,” and “The survey received 1,131 responses from active-duty troops.”
From The Military Times.
TODAY IN LIGHT DISINFORMATION
The New York Times reports, “It was Kabul and it wasn’t Kabul. There was a clock and there wasn’t a clock. Soon after a two-hour secret visit to Afghanistan by Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson on Monday was publicly disclosed, the American Embassy and the office of President Ashraf Ghani made statements about their productive meeting in Kabul. The problem is that the meeting was not in Kabul, but in a windowless room in Bagram, the heavily fortified American military base a 90-minute drive away. The misinformation, apparently meant to obscure the true venue, was betrayed by discrepancies in similar photographs released by the Americans and the Afghans.” Oh, this is always fun, like spotting bottles removed from part of a scene in a movie that was shot over days. The New York Times notes, “the version released by Mr. Ghani’s office erased the large digital clock showing ‘Zulu time’ — the military term for Coordinated Universal Time — and a red fire alarm behind Mr. Tillerson and Mr. Ghani, in what would be a giveaway that it was an American military facility.” The New York Times adds, “The cable on the wall to power the clock and the fire alarm was not completely obscured in the altered version, instead appearing to fade into the wall.”
From The New York Times.
—–RADIO MOSCOW: STORIES FROM THEIR PRESS AND OURS—–
RESISTANCE ADVICE: DIVEST FROM HATE MONGERS’ BACKERS
Bloomberg reports, “A group that says it’s opposed to racist news sites is urging universities and pension funds to pull their money from Renaissance Technologies because one of the hedge fund firm’s leaders is a financial backer of Breitbart News. Sleeping Giants, whose members are anonymous, began the campaign Monday by targeting Michigan State University, which has about $50 million invested in a Renaissance fund. The group said in a statement on Twitter that it aims to draw a connection between investments in Renaissance and ‘hate speech and bigotry.’” Bloomberg notes, “Michigan State, based in East Lansing, said in a statement that any attempt to connect its investments ‘to financing white nationalism is misleading and irresponsible.’” Breitbart, Renaissance and the Mercers would not comment. Bloomberg adds, “The links between Renaissance and Breitbart are indirect. Mercer, who spent more than $2 million on pro-Trump advertising last year, has a personal investment in the site. Renaissance mostly invests in publicly traded stocks and other liquid instruments. Outside investors such as Michigan State pay Renaissance fees for managing their money. But not all those fees go to Mercer. Renaissance’s founder, billionaire former mathematics professor James Simons, is a prominent Democratic Party donor who spent millions of dollars backing Hillary Clinton in the last election. The other co-CEO, Peter Brown, has also given to Democrats.” You see, money does not care who owns it but people who have it sure as hell hate to lose it. For its part, “Sleeping Giants formed after last November’s election and has pressured companies to stop advertising on Breitbart. It says more than 3,000 advertisers have dropped the news site.”
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