—–ON THE AGENDA—–
FARABOOK TO HOLD INTERNAL HIGH SCHOOL ASSEMBLY TODAY
The Verge reports, “Facebook has scheduled an open meeting to all employees Tuesday to let them ask questions about the unfolding Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal, according to an internal calendar invitation”. Yeah they really are in high school and the class president said the n-word and then joined some bullies in emptying a weak kid’s change out of his pockets by lifting him and dangling him by his ankles over the toilet. People’s feelings are hurt. The Verge adds the FARAbook high school assembly “is scheduled for 10AM PT, will be led by Paul Grewal, the company’s deputy general counsel. Grewal is expected to explain the background of the case, which involves the user profiles of as many as 50 million people being used by Cambridge Analytica as part of its ad targeting efforts during the 2016 election. Grewal is also expected to take questions via a polling feature found on the meeting’s internal event page.” Suckers! You thought you could go have a smoke in the parking lot? But “Tuesday’s meeting is scheduled to last for just 30 minutes,” so you can have one after. And Mark will remain class president, of course, but the headmaster wants to know if you have any alternative explanations for these disturbing events. However student government Friday will be the real shisthow because “One employee I spoke with said the move felt like a stopgap measure designed to buy the company time until the weekly all-hands meeting on Friday, which CEO Mark Zuckerberg is expected to speak at,” The Verge adds. Prepare your spitballs and paper airplanes for then. [More below in “BREAKING”.]
From The Verge.
MUELLER’S TEAM + TRUMP’S GOON SQUAD OF LAWYERS MET LAST WEEK
CNN reports, “As President Donald Trump’s reaction to special counsel Robert Mueller grows more irate by the day, attorneys on both sides sat down last week in a rare face-to-face discussion about the topics investigators could inquire of the President. It was the first in-person meeting after several weeks of informal discussions between the two sides”. CNN adds, “Mueller’s team added granularity to the topics it originally discussed with the defense team months ago, like the firing of FBI Director James Comey, according to one of the sources. This time around, for instance, the prosecutors said they would ask about Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ involvement in the Comey dismissal and what Trump knew about national security adviser Michael Flynn’s phone calls with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in late December 2016.” This might help explains why our fake Russian bullshit president has gone full meltdown and Aryan princess Ivanka is going full Trumpistan with her photo ops [see “KNOW YOUR ENEMY”] as of late. CNN notes, “The meeting makes clear that Mueller’s investigation into contact between Russians and the Trump campaign and other criminal matters isn’t likely to end anytime soon and still may focus on Trump and what he knew. The meeting and its revelations also have unleashed a new level of Trump’s public hostility toward Mueller, even while some of the President’s advisers show a willingness to negotiate Trump’s testimony.”
FAKE RUSSIAN BULLSHIT POTUS HIRES DEEP STATE CONSPIRACY LAWYER
The New York Times reports, “President Trump hired the longtime Washington lawyer Joseph E. diGenova on Monday, adding an aggressive voice to his legal team who has pushed the theory on television that the F.B.I. and Justice Department framed Mr. Trump.” The New York Times adds, “Mr. diGenova, a former United States attorney, is not expected to take a lead role. But he will serve as an outspoken player for the president as Mr. Trump has increased his attacks on the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III,” noting, “Mr. diGenova has endorsed the notion that a secretive group of F.B.I. agents concocted the Russia investigation as a way to keep Mr. Trump from becoming president.” Of course, “Little evidence has emerged to support that theory,” thrusting it full on into the realm of crazy people connected to Russia bullshit conspiracy theory talk. The New York Times notes, “Mr. diGenova is law partners with his wife, Victoria Toensing. Ms. Toensing has also represented Sam Clovis, the former Trump campaign co-chairman, and Erik Prince, the founder of the security contractor Blackwater and an informal adviser to Mr. Trump.” Additionally, “Ms. Toensing also represents Mark Corallo, the former spokesman for the Trump legal team who has accused one of the president’s advisers of potentially planning to obstruct justice with a statement related to a 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer who supposedly had damaging information Hillary Clinton.” Also one look at a picture of diGenova and you are likely to concur that how is this not a Zack Galfiniakis character? He sounds loopy enough to actually be one. Maybe Galfiniakis is making a “Borat”-style verité film about the Trump legal effort – or wouldn’t that be awesome?
From The New York Times.
WHY IS IT CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA USES THE SAME TRICKS AS THE KGB?
The UK’s Channel 4 reports, “Senior executives at Cambridge Analytica – the data company that credits itself with Donald Trump’s presidential victory – have been secretly filmed saying they could entrap politicians in compromising situations with bribes and Ukrainian sex workers.” Who else does this folks? KGB scum. Channel 4 notes, “Offering bribes to public officials is an offence under both the UK Bribery Act and the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Cambridge Analytica operates in the UK and is registered in the United States,” but like all else that surrounds our fake Russian bullshit president, legality is never so much a consideration as what is possible and what lawyers and PR agents can fend off. Who else cheats like this? KGB scum. Channel 4 notes, “Along with Mr Nix, the meetings also included Mark Turnbull, the managing director of CA Political Global, and the company’s chief data officer, Dr Alex Tayler.” The Guardian adds, “Cambridge Analytica has sold itself as the ultimate hi-tech consultant, winning votes by using data to pinpoint target groups and design messages that will appeal powerfully to their interests, although it denies using Facebook information in its work,” but increasingly doesn’t that just look like a smoke and mirrors claim as the KGB-style tactics are revealed? Why would such a sophisticated model require such outdated methods of coercion and blackmail if it were effective? In case your not convinced yet of the overlap, Nix told the undercover reporters that the company often works through shells to avoid leaving a trace for it’s psyops and “Covers include the setting up of fake academic projects, sometimes simply going in on tourist visas”. Additionally, The Guardian adds, “Nix also offered details regarding the services of professional ex-spies from Britain and Israel.” Again if their data game was so solid, why the analogue tricks from the old KGB playbook? If it looks like and smells like…
UK AUTHORITIES SEEK SEARCH WARRANT FOR CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA
BBC News reports, “The UK’s Information Commissioner is to apply to court for a warrant to search the offices of London-based political consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica.” BBC News adds, “UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham is investigating Cambridge Analytica over claims it used personal data to influence the US presidential election.” BBC News notes, “Ms Denham demanded access to the firm’s databases and servers after it missed her Monday deadline. She said her office has been investigating political campaigning and the use of political data for many months – the allegations against Facebook and Cambridge Analytica were one strand of that work.”
From BBC News.
ALESKANDR KOGAN WHO STOLE FARABOOK DATA THROWS UP SMOKE
CNN reports, “The data scientist who gathered information on millions of Americans for Cambridge Analytica, the controversial data firm that worked for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, says he would be happy to testify before Congress and speak to the FBI about the work he did for the company. Aleksandr Kogan made the remarks in an email he sent to colleagues at Cambridge University”. Kogan wrote, “I’ve also seriously been asked if the FBI has reached out, if the two congressional committees in the United States have reached out, and if Parliament or any authorities in the UK have reached out. No one has—I suspect they realize I’m actually not a spy. Though if anyone does, I’d be more than happy to testify and speak candidly about the project.” CNN notes, “Kogan, who still works for Cambridge University, now runs an online survey company. The company, Philometrics, says it uses artificial intelligence to forecast people’s views on various issues.” Good thing Cambridge University has never had an issue before with a spy ring. And yes, Kogan is Russian, of course. Why wouldn’t he be?
FARABOOK CHIEF SECURITY OFFICER IS OUT
The New York Times reports, “As Facebook grapples with a backlash over its role in spreading disinformation, an internal dispute over how to handle the threat and the public outcry is resulting in the departure of a senior executive. The impending exit of that executive — Alex Stamos, Facebook’s chief information security officer — reflects heightened leadership tension at the top of the social network.” The New York Times notes, “Much of the internal disagreement is rooted in how much Facebook should publicly share about how nation states misused the platform and debate over organizational changes in the run-up to the 2018 midterm elections”. The New York Times adds, “A detailed memorandum Mr. Stamos wrote in early 2017 describing Russian interference was scrubbed for mentions of Russia and winnowed into a blog post last April that outlined, in hypothetical terms, how Facebook could be manipulated by a foreign adversary, they said. Russia was only referenced in a vague footnote. That footnote acknowledged that Facebook’s findings did not contradict a declassified January 2017 report in which the director of national intelligence concluded Russia had sought to undermine United States election, and Hillary Clinton in particular.” Of course, “Facebook’s decision to omit Russia backfired,” because obviously it would as “Weeks later, a Time magazine article revealed that Russia had created fake accounts and purchased fake ads to spread propaganda on the platform, allegations that Facebook initially denied.” The New York Times recalls, “By last September, after Mr. Stamos’s investigation had revealed further Russian interference, Facebook was forced to reverse course. That month, the company disclosed that beginning in June 2015, Russians had paid Facebook $100,000 to run roughly 3,000 divisive ads to show the American electorate.” Count all the FARAbook fails.
From The New York Times.
FARABOOK SHARES FALL EIGHT PERCENT
CNBC reports, “Facebook shares fell as much as 8 percent on Monday after reports that Cambridge Analytica mined the data of over 50 million users of the social network without their permission.” Bloomberg adds, “Mark Zuckerberg’s fortune dropped $4.9 billion Monday”. Sad!
STATE DEPARTMENT HAS $500K CONTRACT WITH CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA
Agence France Presse reports, “The US State Department has a $500,000 contract with the British analysis firm facing allegations it misused Facebook user data and offered to dig dirt on its international clients’ election opponents. A State Department official told AFP on Monday the agency’s Global Engagement Center has a contract with Strategic Communications Laboratories (SCL) Group, the parent company of under-fire Cambridge Analytica.” Agence France Presse notes, “A public record of the contract on a US government site, spotted by the Defense One news website, lists its value as $496,232 and states it was awarded to the ‘SCL Group Ltd of London’ on February 17, 2017.”
From Agence France Presse.
CAR THAT PICKED UP YULIA SKRIPAL AT AIRPORT UNDERGOING FORENSICS
The Telegraph reports, “The vehicle used to pick up Yulia Skripal from Heathrow when she arrived in the UK from Moscow has been seized by the military for forensic testing.” The Telegraph adds, “Miss Skripal was picked up from the airport on Saturday March 3 by Ross Cassidy, one of Col Skripal’s closest friends, who drove her back to her father’s house in Salisbury.” The Telegraph notes, “Intelligence officers have suggested that the toxin may have been hidden in her luggage, either impregnated in an item of clothing or cosmetics or else in a gift, meaning Miss Skripal was deliberately targeted to get at her father.” The Telegraph adds, “Today, inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will visit the defence laboratory at Porton Down to collect nerve agent samples used in the attack for independent testing. The tests are expected to last at least two weeks.”
From The Telegraph.
NO SIGN OF FORCED ENTRY AT NIKOLAI GLUSHKOV’S LONDON HOME
The Guardian reports, “Police investigating the murder of the Russian businessman Nikolai Glushkov say they have found no evidence of forced entry into his home in New Malden, south-west London. On Monday, officers launched fresh house-to-house inquiries in the neighbourhood.” The Guardian notes, “The 68-year-old was found dead at the property on Clarence Avenue on 12 March and a postmortem showed he had died from compression to the neck, suggesting he was strangled. Police ruled out suicide and launched a murder investigation on Friday.”
From The Guardian.
NOT OUR VOZHD
The Washington Post reports, “With his reelection, Vladimir Putin took one step closer to becoming Russian leader for life.” Of note, “Margarita Simonyan, the editor in chief of pro-Kremlin network RT, wrote that Putin had turned from president to ‘our leader,’ or vozhd — a word with medieval roots that was applied to Joseph Stalin in the Soviet era,” The Washington Post adds.
From The Washington Post.
NEVER BELIEVE ANYTHING UNTIL THE KREMLIN DENIES IT
Reuters reports, “Russian President Vladimir Putin struck a softer tone towards the West on Monday after winning his biggest ever election victory, saying he had no desire for an arms race and would do everything he could to resolve differences with other countries.” If you believe that, prepare to meet your end and freedom’s end.
GET READY WORLD, WAR IS INEVITABLE
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “Russian armed forces have launched large-scale military exercises in southern parts of the country and in occupied Crimea and the breakaway Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The exercises began on March 19, the day after Russia held its presidential election, which incumbent President Vladimir Putin won in a landslide.” Well a certain little guy with a heavy Napoleon complex feels emboldened.
—–KNOW YOUR ENEMY—–
ARYAN PRINCESS IVANKA GOES FULL TRUMPISTAN IN LATEST PHOTO OP
The Huffington Post reports Aryan princess “Ivanka Trump, daughter of President Donald Trump, visited Iowa on Monday to promote her father’s stalled infrastructure initiative. While touring a local education program, the White House adviser donned a lab jacket, goggles and a pair of gloves and conducted a science experiment. She measured the nicotine levels in the ‘vape juice’ used in e-cigarettes”. Then Aryan princess Ivanka “shared images from the visit on her social media accounts” and because it was full Trumpistan “folks on Twitter blasted her, both for the meme-worthy photo op and for making the trip despite having no experience or expertise in infrastructure, science or education,” because how the hell could they not? Full Trumpistan!
From The Huffington Post.
WH SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR HEADED FOR DIVORCE TOO
AOL reports, “Dan Scavino is reportedly headed for divorce.” Sad! AOL adds, “Jennifer Scavino, the wife of the White House social media director, filed for divorce in late January”. The news comes after “Just days ago, Donald Trump Jr.’s wife Vanessa also filed for divorce after 12 years of marriage. Following the resignation of With White House communications director Hope Hicks, Scavino, 42, became the longest tenured Trump aide.”
WHO THE HELL IS HEATHER NAUERT? SHE MUST BE KNOWN TO SOMEONE
The AP reports, “When the ax fell on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, his spokeswoman was half a world away, a distance he and his inner circle preferred and enforced.” For now following T Rex departure it is “Heather Nauert whose star is ascendant.” But why? Now, “Only three State Department officials — all men — now outrank Nauert, a former Fox News anchor who declined to comment for this story.” But why? The AP notes, “Frustrated at being sidelined, Nauert almost quit several times. She had been telling associates she was ready to move on.” Allegedly, “Nauert told associates she was taken aback and recommended a colleague for the job. But when White House officials told her they wanted her, she accepted.” The AP adds, “The new role gives Nauert responsibilities far beyond the regular news conferences she held in the briefing room. She is overseeing the public diplomacy in Washington and all of the roughly 275 overseas U.S. embassies, consulates and other posts,” something she is utterly unqualified for. Now wait for it: “She is in charge of the Global Engagement Center that fights extremist messaging from the Islamic State group and others. She can take a seat, if she wants, on the Broadcasting Board of Governors that steers government broadcast networks such as Voice of America.” Who is she known to and from what dark corner of the abyss that we now find ourselves in did this creature spring? Well, “Nauert, who was born in Illinois, was a breaking news anchor on Trump’s favorite television show, ‘Fox & Friends,’ when she was tapped to be the face and voice of the administration’s foreign policy.” Dear god, there is no god but “Fox and Friends”.
From the AP.
REBRANDING RUSSIA SO IT’S NOT SEEN AS SUCH A SHITHOLE
Reuters reports, “Back in 2014, First Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration, Vyacheslav Volodin, stated ‘If there’s Putin – there’s Russia, if there’s no Putin – there’s no Russia.’ Putin would want nothing more than the West and the Russian population to agree. While Russia is broad and diverse, the country has become hostage to Putin’s persona and his emergent ideology. This presents a crisis of identity. For a country that desires the status of a great power and civilization rather than that of Putin’s personal fiefdom, Russia requires a mission statement – an ideology offering a distinct worldview.” Reuters notes, “Putin needs this ‘raison d’être’ not only as a distraction from Russia’s stagnating economy, but also to provide a legacy that offers an alternative to the Western model of liberal democracy.” Reuters adds, “In recent years, several distinct themes have emerged from the Kremlin: sovereignty, conservatism, orthodoxy, and a messianic drive for great power status.” Reuters observes, “much of the emerging ideology defines itself more by what it’s against than what it’s for: anti-American, anti-West, anti-liberalism, anti-globalization, anti-cosmopolitanism and anti-progressive. In many of his speeches Putin cites Ivan Ilyin, a Russian philosopher who warned in a 1950s essay that terms like democratization, liberalization and freedom were tools for destroying the unity and Eurasian spirit of the Russian civilization.” Yes, the Russian spirit is authoritarian, rigid and unfree – until it gets on a plane for London, New York, Paris.
FAKE RUSSIAN BULLSHIT POTUS PROMOTES REAL RUSSIA PROPAGANDIST
Media Matters for America reports, “In a special appearance on Fox & Friends this morning that President Donald Trump promoted on Twitter, Fox News host Sean Hannity said there ‘never was any Trump-Russia collusion,’ claimed that Hillary Clinton and top FBI and Justice Department officials should be investigated and prosecuted, and lashed out at the ‘fake news media.’ The interview and Trump’s tweets about it shed light on the feedback loop between the president and Fox,” that may or may not be running through the Kremlin or the basement of a 400 pound man or maybe even China, or maybe it’s all a witch hunt and a hoax? Media Matters for America notes, “Trump frequently watches the program and tweets along with segments that catch his attention. Hannity is one of the president’s favorite television personalities, and he plays a dual role as the host of Fox’s most-watched show and as a trusted presidential adviser and confidant.” It’s the I-Can’t-Believe-This-Is-Not-Our-Real-President administration after all!
THE FIRST TRUMPISTAN WATCHIAN HAS A PODCAST, SO LISTEN TO IT
Edward Lucas, formerly of The Economist forever, has a new podcast series that he humbly describes as “a mix of ‘i told you so’ historical stuff (from 2005) and the latest columns” for The Times of London. American listeners can enjoy his soothing British accent with their morning covfefe or even mille fieulle covfefe. It’s worth a listen!
—–RADIO MOSCOW: STORIES FROM THEIR PRESS AND OURS—–
KREMLIN SCUM SEAGAL ACCUSED OF RAPE + SEXUAL ASSAULT, AGAIN!
ABC News reports, “Two women have come forward to accuse action star Steven Seagal of sexual assault and rape. Regina Simons and Faviola Dadis made the allegations during a press conference alongside their attorney Lisa Bloom. The women have also filed a police report with the Los Angeles Police Department, according to Bloom.” He is also guilty of being Kremlin scum, too, of course. ABC News notes, “Responding to the accusations from them and others, Seagal told ‘InfoWars’ that women have “lied and been paid to lie about me without any evidence, any proof, any witnesses.” At least he has 60 percent self awareness as ABC News notes, “He also said ‘40 percent of these claims are false.’”
From ABC News.
RESISTANCE ADVICE: TROLL BABY TROLL
The Indianapolis Star reports, “A day before the official release of a Marlon Bundo book crafted by Mike Pence’s daughter and wife, John Oliver beat the Pences to the punch with his own children’s book about the vice-presidential pet. On Sunday night’s episode of ‘Last Week Tonight,’ Oliver unveiled ‘A Day In The Life Of Marlon Bundo’ to the world and announced that it was on sale now at Amazon.” The Indianapolis Star adds, “But Oliver points out that his book has some major differences from ‘Marlon Bundo’s Day in the Life of the Vice President,’ a book released Monday that was written by Charlotte Pence, the vice president’s daughter, and illustrated by Karen Pence. ‘You’ll notice right away that our rabbit has a bow tie, so there’s that,’ Oliver said of the differences in the two children’s books. ‘Also, our story is about Marlon Bundo falling in love with another boy rabbit because our Marlon Bundo is gay.’” The Indianapolis Star notes, “Oliver said he was troubled by what he described as Pence’s anti-abortion and anti-LGBTQ stances and by the fact that Pence is the one person President Donald Trump can’t fire.”
From The Indianapolis Star.
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