UK TO PNG 23 KGB SCUM BASTARDS, FREEZE BILATERAL RELATIONS
BBC News reports, “The UK will expel 23 Russian diplomats after Moscow refused to explain how a Russian-made nerve agent was used on a former spy in Salisbury, the PM says. Theresa May said the diplomats, who have a week to leave, were identified as ‘undeclared intelligence officers’.” BBC News adds, “The UK later told the UN Security Council that Russia had used ‘a weapon so horrific that it is banned in war’ in a ‘peaceful’ British city.” Additionally, “Mrs May also revoked an invitation to Russia’s foreign minister, and said the Royal Family would not attend the Fifa World Cup in Russia later this year,” the BBC notes. And, “Addressing the UN Security Council, Britain’s deputy UN ambassador, Jonathan Allen, accused Russia of breaking its obligations under the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.” For her part, “The US ambassador Nikki Haley said Washington stood in ‘absolute solidarity’ with Britain, citing the ‘special relationship’ between the two countries and saying the US would ‘always be there’ for the UK,” BBC notes, adding the UK would also “all planned high-level bilateral contacts between the UK and Russia”. Good. A nice start. Meanwhile Reuters reports in response to the measures, the Russian Embassy in London whined, “Britain’s expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats following the poisoning of a former double agent is a hostile and unjustified action”. Sad! That is what they always say when they get caught. Remember: never believe anything until the Kremlin denies it.
NATO CALLS ON RUSSIA TO DISCLOSE NERVE AGENT PROGRAM DETAILS
Reuters reports, “The Western NATO military alliance called on Russia on Wednesday to give Britain ‘complete disclosure’ of the Soviet-era nerve agent used in an attack on a Russian double agent on March 4, following a British briefing to allies at NATO headquarters.”
FAKE RUSSIAN BULLSHIT POTUS WANTS TO BE UNHINGED ASSHOLE
The New York Times reports, “Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reviewing a recommendation to fire the former F.B.I. deputy director, Andrew G. McCabe, just days before he is scheduled to retire on Sunday, people briefed on the matter said. Mr. McCabe was a frequent target of attack from President Trump, who taunted him both publicly and privately.” On the bright side, this will rub everyone at the FBI the wrong way as they investigate our fake Russian bullshit president. The New York Times adds, “Now, Mr. Sessions is the final arbiter of Mr. McCabe’s dismissal, shortly before his retirement takes effect Sunday. Though no decision has been made, people inside the Justice Department expect him to be fired before Friday, a decision that would jeopardize his pension as a 21-year F.B.I. veteran.” It is a sick thing to do to a person, especially one not deserving of this kind of treatment. Traditionally in U.S. politics this is not a line that is crossed, even for the most egregious law breakers and offenders – neither of which is the case with McCabe.
From The New York Times.
DOCUMENTARY PRODUCER SAYS STONE WANTED TO MEET JULIAN ASSWIPE
POLITICO reports, “Roger Stone was attempting to meet with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in the summer of 2016, a producer for ‘Get Me Roger Stone’ said on Tuesday.” POLITICO notes, “Morgan Pehme, a producer for the documentary, said on MSNBC that during an interview with Stone for the documentary, the then-informal Trump adviser ‘was trying to meet with Julian Assange.’” Pehme said, “We don’t know if it was successful”.
TREY “BENGHAZI” GOWDY SIDES WITH CIA OVER HOUSE INTEL DEATH CULT
The Washington Post reports, “ the House Intelligence Committee’s GOP report just took another credibility hit, this time from within the party’s ranks. A key Republican sided with the CIA on Tuesday about Russia’s intentions for Trump. In a statement, Rep. Trey Gowdy (S.C.) said it was ‘clear based on the evidence’ that Russia wanted Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to lose. Russia wanting Clinton to lose is the same thing as wanting Trump to win, a Gowdy aide clarified.” Damn. And this is Trey “Benghazi” Gowdy we are talking about, not even some vestige of a pro-Hillary stronghold like the FBI Secret Society! Sadly though, Gowdy does not go full truth as “Gowdy said he agrees with the rest of his committee’s findings (most notably that there was no evidence of collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia)”. Bullshit. However, his partial sunlight on the facts is significant as “Gowdy is the only Republican who read the classified surveillance from the CIA on Russia and Trump,” The Washington Post notes. Maybe this is how he compensates for helping DARKNESS AT NUNES out with that memo of shame? Nonetheless, when prominent members of the GOP death cult do not go full on death cult, it is worth noting the multiple forms of shade that are thrown on the whole collective suicide pact to let the KGB take over the USA and everywhere else in the world for that matter.
From The Washington Post.
SPECIAL OPS IN THE BALTICS TO GET A BOOST
Stars and Stripes reports, “The Pentagon intends to spend more than $15 million to improve working conditions for special operations forces on missions in the Baltics, where elite U.S. troops have been a quiet but steady presence in recent years.” Stars and Stripes adds, “The Pentagon’s 2019 budget calls for establishing new operations and training facilities in Estonia, one of NATO’s smallest and most exposed member states that shares a border with Russia,” at an undisclosed Estonian military site. Stars and Stripes notes, “Unlike other U.S military efforts in the region, the military offers few details about what its special operations troops are up to beyond general statements about working with allies. SOCEUR [Special Operations Command Europe] declined to say how many of its troops are currently in the Baltics, and details of the training are generally not available.” Stars and Stripes adds, “The upgrade for SOCEUR’s forces in the Baltics is a sign that those troops could be in the region for the long haul.”
From Stars and Stripes.
SHIT SERGEY LAVROV SAYS: AMERICANS WANT TO BE IN SYRIA FOREVER
Russian state-run Tass reports, “Russia has no reasons to doubt Washington’s pursuit for a firm foothold in Syria for the long term, if not perpetually, and to press for dismembering that Arab republic, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after talks with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Chavusoglu in Moscow on Wednesday.” At his most ludicrous and not credible at all, Sergey Lavrov spun a conspiracy that echoed Chief of the Russian General Staff Valery Gerasimov’s. According to Russian state-run Tass, Lavrov said, “Yesterday, our Foreign and Defense Ministries publicly announced that preparations are being made for new provocations involving chemical weapons, in particular, such incidents are planned to be staged in Eastern Ghouta in order to attract the global community’s attention. As always, they will be wailing about civilian suffering and civilian victims, and the US-led coalition may use it as a pretext to use force, particularly attacking the Syrian capital”. Of course, Russia and their ally the Baathist butcher of Syria Bashar Al Assad are the ones actually using chemical weapons against civilians in Syria, but everything horrible Russia does, which is a lot, must be deflected onto America or the CIA for reasons of enduring personal grievance among the embittered old guard Kremlin elites who are deeply sad that their toilet bowl country cannot just miraculously be better.
From Russian state-run Tass.
RUSSIAN ACTIVIST FLEES TO FINLAND, ACCUSING FSB OF TORTURE
The Moscow Times reports, “A Russian antifascist activist has fled to Finland after accusing the Federal Security Service (FSB) of torturing him, his lawyer said.” The Moscow Times adds, “Ilya Kapustin was one of several St. Petersburg-based activists who have been kidnapped or tortured by security forces this year, Russia’s liberal opposition Yabloko said last month. Late in January, Kapustin recounted being electrocuted for nearly three hours by FSB officers as part of an interrogation into a terrorism investigation, the Media Zona news portal reported.”
From The Moscow Times.
UKRAINE BARS ITS ATHLETES FROM COMPETING IN RUSSIA
The AP reports, “The Ukrainian government has ordered its athletes not to take part in any competitions held in neighboring Russia, which the country accuses of occupying its territory. The Ukrainian Youth and Sports Ministry issued a decree Wednesday to ‘prohibit … the participation of members of the Ukrainian national sports teams in any sports competitions held on the territory of the Russian Federation.’” The AP notes, “The first competition to be affected is next week’s final round of the biathlon World Cup in the Russian city of Tyumen. The Ukrainian team won’t take part, and the United States and Czech biathlon teams have also pulled out, saying Russia’s record of doping makes it an unsuitable host.”
From the AP.
NATO MEMBER BULGARIA PICKS RUSSIA TO OVERHAUL MIG PLANES
Reuters reports, “Bulgaria has chosen Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG (RSK MiG) to overhaul and maintain its 15 ageing, Soviet-made MiG-29 fighter jets until 2022, Defence Ministry documents show. The Black Sea state is a member of the European Union and NATO but deemed RSK MiG the only supplier able to provide reliable support for its MiG 29s, which date to when Sofia was part of the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact alliance in the 1980s. Bulgaria therefore did not invite other bidders for the deal.” Reuters notes, “Sofia has said it needs to keep its Soviet-era aircraft operational after plans to buy eight new fighter jets from a fellow NATO state hit a procedural snag. The process is expected to start almost from scratch later this year.” Reuters notes, “Some eastern European NATO allies that were once Soviet satellites still rely on Russian-made military jets – two-thirds of Poland’s military equipment dates from the pre-1991 Soviet era, for example. But NATO has encouraged eastern European members to develop, buy and operate new alliance weaponry compatible with older Soviet-era systems.”
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TRUMP LOVES HIS ABILITY TO LIE AS MUCH AS HE LOVES RUSSIA
The Washington Post reports, “President Trump boasted in a fundraising speech Wednesday that he made up information in a meeting with the leader of a top U.S. ally, saying he insisted to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that the United States runs a trade deficit with its neighbor to the north without knowing whether that was the case.” In his meandering, self-congratulatory, unhinged, barely coherent speech in Missouri, he attacked allies and the media. The Washington Post points out in one anecdote involving a bowling ball and Japan, “It was unclear what he was talking about.”
From The Washington Post.
IF TRUMP’S ACCUSERS ARE LIARS, WHY THE EFFORT TO SILENCE ONE?
The Washington Post reports, “A top Trump Organization attorney filed a secret legal document to keep Stormy Daniels from talking about her alleged affair with President Trump, deepening links between Trump’s company and the effort to silence the porn star.” The Washington Post adds, “The Trump Organization quickly distanced itself from the document, filed as part of confidential arbitration proceedings in Los Angeles on Feb. 22. The document was made public Wednesday evening by CNN and the Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post confirmed its authenticity with Michael Avenatti, a lawyer for Daniels.”
From The Washington Post.
IS THERE A GOVERNMENT THAT HASN’T TRIED TO BUY PRINCELING JARED?
Crain’s New York reports, “Two months after Jared Kushner joined the White House as a senior adviser, his family firm sold a stake in a Brooklyn building to a unit of a company whose largest shareholder is the government of Japan.” Is there a government anywhere on earth that has not tried to buy princeling Jared? Crain’s New York adds, “The buyer of record in the $103 million deal for 175 Pearl St. was Normandy Real Estate Partners, a New Jersey-based investment firm. But documents filed in Tokyo show that it was operating on behalf of a subsidiary of Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp. By law, the Japanese government owns at least a third of NTT, in effect a controlling share.” Crain’s New York notes, “At the time of the March 31, 2017, deal, Kushner was helping his father-in-law, President Donald Trump, oversee trade policy.” Of course. But none of this was an effort to buy off princeling Jared, just ask everyone involved, they will all tell you money does not care who owns it but also that they are special and meritorious and deserving. It is a contradiction that cannot be explained with logic.
From Crain’s New York.
IT IS PRICEY TO TRANSPORT TRASH
The AP reports, “Former health secretary Tom Price repaid the government nearly $60,000 for his costs flying on private charters for official business, House Democrats revealed Tuesday. But White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway flew on some of those same trips, and Democrats want to know how much that cost.” The AP notes that when it comes to transporting the precious Trumpistani elites, “Spending on travel and office furnishings by top officials have become a running story in a tumultuous first year for the Trump administration,” just like a proper kleptocracy. The AP adds, “Last spring, Conway accompanied Price to Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire, Tennessee, and West Virginia, to highlight the Trump administration’s efforts to counter the opioid epidemic. Her participation at local events received media coverage at the time. She also flew with Price to Philadelphia.” The best people.
From the AP.
REXIT BRINGS RELIEF AT STATE DEPARTMENT
POLITICO reports, “State Department employees had one main reaction to Rex Tillerson’s ouster as secretary of state on Tuesday: ‘Good riddance.’” POLITICO adds, “President Donald Trump’s decision to fire the top U.S. diplomat sent a wave of hope through a department battered by low morale under Tillerson, who dismissed the expertise of career diplomats and sought to downsize the department. Tillerson was also widely seen as unable to speak for the president, who frequently undercut him on policy issues.” What did T Rex do exactly besides take an axe to the department, curl up like a ball, and in a final muted, emotional scream drop truth bombs on Russia? Oh right, the tickle fights with Lavrov in their jammies while braiding each other’s hair. POLITICO notes, “Several current State officials said they also hoped to bid farewell to Tillerson’s top aides, including chief of staff Margaret Peterlin and policy chief Brian Hook, whom they criticize for forming a protective and secretive clique around the secretary during his nearly 14-month tenure.” POLITICO sounds a note of caution about Pompeo at State, adding, “One recently departed State Department official noted that Pompeo had a reputation in some quarters of the CIA as a political partisan, warning: ‘If people at State disliked Tillerson, they might downright hate Pompeo.’” POLITICO also notes, “Tillerson had been more hawkish on Russia than the president.” Can you imagine?
WHAT’S UP WITH PUTIN’S PLASTIC FACE?
The Sun spoke to “leading UK cosmetic surgeon Gerard Lambe” who “reveals the Russian leader has had numerous procedures over the years to make him look younger, tougher,” and also more ridiculous. Lambe “claims the Russian leader’s face displays the tell-tale signs of cosmetic work,” as “Vlad was once a bulgy-eyed Mr Bean lookalike with a chin as weak as your nan’s lemon squash.” The Sun writes in Russia, “One popular joke goes: ‘In response to the charge there are no new faces in Russian politics, Vladimir Putin got one.’” Lambe said, “while our face shape can become thinner with age – his is noticeably wider and plumper.” In The Sun, Lambe throws some shade, “This would be largely down to cheek fillers. I’d say he’s clearly got a dedicated aesthetic surgeon on his team as these fillers were certainly quite subtle to start.” Ah yes, to start but no more! Lambe also told The Sun, “”I can also see a subtle upper eye lift and quite likely a chin lift”. His assessment? “Overall, I would say hold back on the fillers Mr Putin as there is too much and that’s why it looks much more obvious now,” Lambe told The Sun. Other plastic surgeons told the tabloid, “it was likely that he’d undergone Botox in his forehead, an eye-lift on his lower lids, and an injection of cheek filler.” Is this not all the most macho, manly thing ever? Yeah, hardly! What a farce it all is, from his face to his beefcake complex to his KGB conquers the world politics of fear, all brought on by the little guy’s Napoleon syndrome.
From The Sun.
THE THEORY + LOGIC OF THE SKRIPAL POISONING
The Washington Post carries a piece of commentary and analysis by Steven Hall who ran the CIA’s Russia operations on the Skripal poisoning. “Why the Russian government decided to make the attempt on Skripal is not a difficult question,” Hall notes, adding, “Putin apparently decided to send a strong message to current and future members of the Russian intelligence services: If you cooperate with the West, even if you end up living outside Russia, we will find you and kill you.” Hall continues, “The use of poisons in attempted assassinations (most likely performed by the Russian external intelligence service, the SVR, or possibly the military service, the GRU) has an added psychological element. In effect, Putin is saying: Not only will we find and kill you, but we will do it in particularly gruesome fashion. Your family may also be targeted.” Critically Hall notes Putin may have ordered the Skripal poisoning because he could. Hall writes, “Putin has shown himself to be an expert at understanding the difficulties open Western societies have when it comes to punishing Russia for illegal acts. Whether it is annexing part of another country, as he did with Crimea, or having the Russian intelligence services attempt assassinations on foreign soil, Putin has calculated that Russia can weather any storm the West can come up with in response. Yes, Russia paid something of a price in sanctions after the annexation of Crimea, but not enough to really worry Putin and his oligarchs, who by and large simply pass the suffering along to the Russian people. The Kremlin knows that eventually the sanctions will be lifted. Putin also knows that the West is not eager for direct military confrontation. That leaves him with plenty of room to maneuver.” Hall adds, “Putin has been clever by using his intelligence services in this attack, thus robbing NATO and the United Nations of a specific casus belli against Russia. Yes, using a military-grade nerve agent that only Russia could have produced does have a military element to it, but this was not a full-on military attack against Britain. It has the deniability all Russian active measures have.”
From The Washington Post.
WIKIPEDIA IS STILL NOT A SOLID SOURCE, YOUTUBE
Wired reports, “YouTube will now begin displaying links to fact-based content alongside conspiracy theory videos.” Wired adds, “Here’s how it will work: If you search and click on a conspiracy theory video about, say, chemtrails, YouTube will now link to a Wikipedia page that debunks the hoax alongside the video. A video calling into question whether humans have ever landed on the moon might be accompanied by the official Wikipedia page about the Apollo Moon landing in 1969.” One problem: Wikipedia is still not a solid source, but it links to potential sources. You think the moon landing was fake crowd are educated enough to know what that means? As Wired notes, “Wikipedia in particular can also be edited by anyone, and has had its own reliability issues in the past.” Also of note, “The problem with the recommendation algorithm is that it feeds users ever-more extreme content, sometimes straying from what they searched for in the first place. For example, if you search for a video about the Holocaust, YouTube might recommend that you then watch one about how the tragedy was a hoax. The recommendation system isn’t designed to ensure you’re informed; its main objective is to keep you consuming YouTube videos for as long as possible. What that entails has mostly been an afterthought. Even if every conspiracy video is served up with a Wikipedia article contradicting the information that it presents, there’s no guarantee that users will choose to read it over the video they’ve already clicked on.” Basically the Holocaust was a hoax videos or Alex Jones are fat and sugar for the poorly educated brain. Also, “YouTube’s algorithm system serves to radicalize users, and until that’s fixed, the company will likely continue to suffer from scandals related to misinformation,” Wired adds. Fortune reports, “YouTube claims Wikipedia will only be one of its nonsense-debunking sources,” but offers up no alternatives beyond corporate brain spew. Remember, when it comes to the tech world, in the immortal words of The New Yorker, “Me being awful is what’s hot right now.”
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RESISTANCE ADVICE: THE CHILDREN KNOW THE GOP IS A DEATH CULT
The Washington Post reports, “Tens of thousands of students across the country walked out of their classrooms Wednesday and onto athletic fields and city streets as part of a massive national protest on gun violence spurred by a Florida high school shooting a month ago that left 17 dead. The walkouts, which came 10 days before a march on Washington that could draw hundreds of thousands of students to the nation’s capital, are unprecedented in recent American history, not seen in size or scope since student protests of the Vietnam War in the late 1960s.” Thank you Donald Trump, the NRA and both of their pal Russia for giving a generation a civics lesson. Our nation could not have screwed up so badly if the children recognize a death cult when they see one and take to the streets to object, but it does mean clearly the adults are not adults at all but have lost their minds. The Washington Post adds, “In Washington, politicians and administration officials heard Wednesday’s message up close. Hundreds of high school and middle school students from local districts gathered at the White House carrying signs protesting gun violence and those who oppose gun-control measures. Just before 10 a.m., the crowd fell silent and sat down on Pennsylvania Avenue, their backs to the White House, with fists and signs held high. They sat quietly, one minute for each of the Stoneman Douglas victims. As the silence was broken at 10:17, the crowd began chanting, ‘We want change!’” They don’t want to die. Objection sustained.
From The Washington Post.
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