ANOTHER TWITLER MELTDOWN OVER MUELLER UPON US
Bloomberg reports, “President Donald Trump returned to criticisms of the special counsel investigating Russian election meddling Wednesday, this time quoting Alan Dershowitz on Fox News mounting a vigorous attack on Robert Mueller, saying he never should have been appointed and that there was no evidence of a crime.” On Twitter, the fake Russian bullshit president wrote, “Special Council is told to find crimes, whether crimes exist or not. I was opposed the selection of Mueller to be Special Council, I still am opposed to it. I think President Trump was right when he said there never should have been a Special Council appointed,” adding, “In a subsequent message, Trump wrote, ‘there was no probable cause for believing that there was any crime, collusion or otherwise, or obstruction of justice!’” Sure, buddy.
FAKE RUSSIAN BULLSHIT POTUS CONGRATULATES PUTIN ON FAKE ELECTION
The Washington Post reports, “President Trump congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on his reelection victory in a phone call Tuesday and said he intends to meet with Putin to discuss various subjects, including an ‘arms race’ that is ‘getting out of control.’” The Washington Post adds, “The call was initially disclosed by the Kremlin and subsequently confirmed by Trump in remarks at the White House. Speaking to reporters in the Oval Office, Trump said he congratulated Putin on ‘his electoral victory,’ adding that he and Putin would get together ‘in the not-too-distant future.’” In their lovers chat, “White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she does not believe that Trump mentioned Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election or the recent poisoning of a former Russian spy in Salisbury, England, using a Russian nerve agent,” The Washington Post adds because why would the obsequious puppet challenge his master? The Washington Post notes, “Trump confirmed the call early Tuesday afternoon to reporters who shouted out questions during a short photo session in the Oval Office with visiting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.” The Washington Post adds, “The call appeared to catch U.S. lawmakers by surprise, and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) promptly denounced it. ‘An American president does not lead the Free World by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections,’ McCain wrote on Twitter. ‘And by doing so with Vladimir Putin, President Trump insulted every Russian citizen who was denied the right to vote in a free and fair election.’”
From The Washington Post.
CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA’S NIX BOASTS OF RUNNING TRUMP’S CAMPAIGN
The UK’s Channel Four continued its exposé of shady “data firm” Cambridge Analytica that appears to have bolstered its so-called “micro-targeting” tactic with the old KGB playbook. In this latest episode showcasing what fuckers they are, “Cambridge Analytica claims it ran ‘all’ of President Trump’s digital campaign – and may have broken election law. As the report went on air, the firm announced it has suspended chief executive Alexander Nix, pending a full investigation.” The Guardian’s Carole Cadwalladr, who broke the initial story, points out on Twitter how meaningless that is as, “Alexander Nix has been suspended from a shell company that has no employees and no assets. If you think this ends here, think again.” Channel Four “secretly filmed discussing coordination between Trump’s campaign and outside groups – an activity which is potentially illegal,” as “Executives claimed they ‘ran all the digital campaign, the television campaign and our data informed all the strategy’ for President Trump.” On the secret recordings, Nix boasted, “We did all the research, all the data, all the analytics, all the targeting, we ran all the digital campaign, the television campaign and our data informed all the strategy,” and of meeting Trump. Additionally Channel Four cameras filmed, “Cambridge Analytica’s senior executives,” as they discussed, “a twin-track strategy to campaigning, putting out positive messages through the official Donald J Trump for President campaign, while negative material was pushed out through outside organisations.” And in embarrassment to members of the GOP death cult, “Mr Nix also belittled representatives on the House Intelligence Committee to whom he gave evidence in 2017. He claims Republican members asked just three questions. ‘After five minutes – done.’” For his part, the top Republican on the House intelligence committee since DARKNESS AT NUNES fake recusal, Rep. Mike Conaway “said Monday he does not intend to call back Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix or other company officials to testify before the panel,” according to The Hill. Most disingenuously Conaway told reporters, “If Chairman Nunes wants to bring them in, I would certainly support that,” knowing full well DARKNESS AT NUNES exists to run interference on any and all investigations he can for Trump and Russia. Even though the House intelligence committee could not be less interested in investigating the most successful intelligence operation against the U.S. in history, CNN notes that Christopher Wylie, “A former Cambridge Analytica contractor and Facebook officials on Tuesday agreed separately to speak to Congress,” and The Washington Post adds Wylie will “give an interview to Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee as part of their investigation of Russian interference in the election.” Meanwhile POLITICO adds the Trump campaign is now “sprinting” away from their former masters of war (we can no longer pretend they just did messaging).
STEVE BANNON OVERSAW CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA DATA COLLECTION
The Washington Post reports, “Conservative strategist Stephen K. Bannon oversaw Cambridge Analytica’s early efforts to collect troves of Facebook data as part of an ambitious program to build detailed profiles of millions of American voters, a former employee of the data-science firm said Tuesday.” The Washington Post adds, “The 2014 effort was part of a high-tech form of voter persuasion touted by the company, which under Bannon identified and tested the power of anti-establishment messages that later would emerge as central themes in President Trump’s campaign speeches, according to Chris Wylie, who left the company at the end of that year.” Wylie noted, “Among the messages tested were ‘drain the swamp’ and ‘deep state’”. This is fascinating because “deep state” as a thing in American politics did not surface until the Russian investigations opened up following Trump’s fake victory or real coup, whichever you prefer by way of nomenclature to describe the disturbing events of the wee hours of the morning on November 9, 2016. The Washington Post recalls Bannon “served as vice president and secretary of Cambridge Analytica from June 2014 to August 2016, when he became chief executive of Trump’s campaign, according to his publicly filed financial disclosure. In 2017, he joined Trump in the White House as his chief strategist. Bannon received more than $125,000 in consulting fees from Cambridge Analytica in 2016 and owned ‘membership units’ in the company worth between $1 million and $5 million, according to his financial disclosure.” The Washington Post adds, “Wylie said that both Bannon and Rebekah Mercer, whose father, Robert Mercer, financed the company, participated in conference calls in 2014 in which plans to collect Facebook data were discussed, although Wylie acknowledged that it was not clear they knew the details of how the collection took place. Bannon ‘approved the data-collection scheme we were proposing,’ Wylie said.” Additionally Wylie said, “The only foreign thing we tested was Putin,” who noted, “It turns out, there’s a lot of Americans who really like this idea of a really strong authoritarian leader and people were quite defensive in focus groups of Putin’s invasion of Crimea.”
From The Washington Post.
“ACADEMIC” ALEKSANDR KOGAN SPEAKS, CLAIMS SCAPEGOATING
So you know how it goes when someone who built a career on promoting scapegoating claims now they are being scapegoated, well, meet Aleksandr Kogan, the so-called “academic” (probably a spy) at the heart of Cambridge Analytica’s mass theft of FARAbook profiles ahead of the 2016 sham election. The Guardian reports, “Aleksandr Kogan, a Moldovan-born researcher from Cambridge University, admits harvesting the personal details of 30 million Facebook users via a personality app he developed. He then passed the data to Cambridge Analytica who assured him this was legal, he said.” The Guardian adds, “Kogan also disputed Cambridge Analytica’s claim that he had approached them with the idea.” Remember, even the lies reveal further lies. Additionally, “Kogan laughed off suspicions that he is linked to the Kremlin. He said: ‘This one is pretty funny … anyone who knows me knows I’m a very happy-go-lucky goofy guy, the last one to have any real links to espionage.’”
From The Guardian.
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY NOW INVESTIGATING ALEKSANDR KOGAN
The Guardian reports, “Cambridge University has announced it is looking more closely into the activities of Aleksandr Kogan, the academic embroiled in the scandal over the use of Facebook data by the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica. The university said it had asked Facebook to provide ‘all relevant evidence’ about Kogan in relation to his involvement with the company’s data that may later have been passed to Cambridge Analytica.” Meanwhile, “The university said Kogan had not been suspended from his Cambridge role and was ‘continuing with his academic research’. In a statement, Cambridge admitted it had given Kogan permission to work with St Petersburg University, but was careful to emphasise that the project was separate from his work at Cambridge, where he was a researcher in the psychology department.” Kogan spoke to CNN in his own defense as well where “he said he believes that Cambridge Analytica was selling a ‘myth’ to political campaigns by suggesting they could offer a more sophisticated method of targeting voters by determining their personality types through social media.” He also claims no knowledge of the firms activities and connection to Donald Trump.
KOGAN BOASTED OF CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA WORK IN RUSSIA SPEECH
CNN reports, “The researcher at the center of the Cambridge Analytica data-mining scandal touted controversial techniques at a lecture four years ago in Russia, despite downplaying the methods in an email to colleagues after his work attracted international scrutiny.” CNN adds, “The Soviet-born researcher, Aleksandr Kogan, started working with Cambridge Analytica in 2014. That same year, he teamed up with students and researchers from St. Petersburg State University, one of the top schools in Russia, to pursue a data-harvesting project similar to the one that produced the data he sold to Cambridge Analytica.” CNN notes, “For his partnership with the university, Kogan traveled to Russia three times. In lectures to students, according to videos reviewed by CNN, he painted a different picture than what he told colleagues in a recent email in which he downplayed his work.” He basically boasted everything could be determined about a person from their FARAbook page, the opposite of what he told CNN yesterday. So he’s a little liar too. Surprise!
FARABOOK AUDITORS WENT TO CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA, TOLD STANDDOWN
CNBC reports, “The U.K.’s data protection watchdog ordered Facebook’s auditors to back down from a probe into a political analytics company accused of wrongly harvesting the data of millions of its users. The tech giant was planning to investigate Cambridge Analytica’s servers and systems, but the Information Commissioner’s Office told Facebook on Monday that it should withdraw from the research firm’s London premises. The ICO said it would seek to gain its own warrant to access the company’s computers and servers.” After two years of being well aware of Cambridge Analytica’s possession of its data now that a sword hangs over them, “Facebook had said Monday that it was pursuing a forensic audit of Cambridge Analytica and had hired digital forensics firm Stroz Friedberg to determine whether the data analytics company still possessed Facebook user data.” However, “in an updated statement later that day, Facebook said: ‘Independent forensic auditors from Stroz Friedberg were on site at Cambridge Analytica’s London office this evening. At the request of the U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office, which has announced it is pursuing a warrant to conduct its own on-site investigation, the Stroz Friedberg auditors stood down.’”
NOW A FARABOOK WHISTLEBLOWER EMERGES
The Guardian reports, “Sandy Parakilas says numerous companies deployed these techniques – likely affecting hundreds of millions of users – and that Facebook looked the other way”. The Guardian adds, “Hundreds of millions of Facebook users are likely to have had their private information harvested by companies that exploited the same terms as the firm that collected data and passed it on to Cambridge Analytica, according to a new whistleblower.” The Guardian reports, “Sandy Parakilas, the platform operations manager at Facebook responsible for policing data breaches by third-party software developers between 2011 and 2012, told the Guardian he warned senior executives at the company that its lax approach to data protection risked a major breach.” Of note, “Parakilas said Facebook had terms of service and settings that ‘people didn’t read or understand’ and the company did not use its enforcement mechanisms, including audits of external developers, to ensure data was not being misused,” The Guardian adds. Furthermore, “Parakilas said he ‘always assumed there was something of a black market’ for Facebook data that had been passed to external developers. However, he said that when he told other executives the company should proactively ‘audit developers directly and see what’s going on with the data’ he was discouraged from the approach. He said one Facebook executive advised him against looking too deeply at how the data was being used, warning him: ‘Do you really want to see what you’ll find?’” Well better him than all of us now, FARAbook.
From The Guardian.
ZUCK A NO SHOW FOR INTERNAL FARABOOK HIGH SCHOOL ASSEMBLY
The Daily Beast reports, “Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg declined to face his employees on Tuesday to explain the company’s role in a widening international scandal over the 2016 election,” because he’s clearly an enormous coward and totally freaked out that he is no longer America’s golden boy but the kid who sold us out to a fascist enemy power. Thanks again, Zuck! The Daily Beast recalls, “Facebook employees on Tuesday got the opportunity for an internal briefing and question-and-answer session about Facebook’s role with the Trump-aligned data firm Cambridge Analytica.” Of course “Zuckerberg himself wasn’t there,” because that would call moral and intellectual courage, the ability to face one’s crimes and consequences instead of enjoy life in what is basically a playground for half-educated adults with way too much money and even more power. Of course, “That was the same approach the company used on Capitol Hill this past fall, when it sent its top attorney, Colin Stretch, to brief Congress,” because Zuck is hiding from us after prostituting himself and our data to the Russians. And guess who else did not attend? Yes, Sheryl Sandberg also declined to face the FARAbook staff or consequences.
From The Daily Beast.
YOU CAN RUN BUT YOU CAN’T HIDE: ZUCK + SHERYL REPORT TO CONGRESS
POLITICO reports, “Lawmakers are demanding to hear directly from Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg on the growing controversy over the misuse of its data by Trump-linked Cambridge Analytica, as the social network confronts its most serious political crisis ever in Washington.” They can run, but they cannot hide! Oh wait, they probably can behind a wall of lobbyists and money and power. However who knows how long they can hide behind a mask of lower level employees as “Several lawmakers want top Facebook executives to testify — with some Republicans joining Democrats’ criticism of the onetime Capitol Hill darling,” POLITICO adds.
FTC OPENS INVESTIGATION INTO FARABOOK
The Washington Post reports, “The Federal Trade Commission has opened an investigation into Facebook following reports that a data analytics firm that had worked with the Trump campaign had improperly accessed names, ‘likes’ and other personal information about tens of millions of the social site’s users without their knowledge.” The Washington Post adds, “The FTC probe,” sadly “marks the most substantial political and legal threat yet to Facebook as it grapples with the fallout from Cambridge Analytica and its controversial tactics. And it could result in the U.S. government slapping Facebook with a massive fine,” which would be so well deserved but not satisfy the deep yearning certainly many in the public certainly feel for someone to actually face consequences for this massive fraud and go to jail. The Washington Post notes, “At issue for the company — and at the heart of the FTC probe — is a settlement they reached with the agency in November 2011, ending an investigation that Facebook deceived users about the privacy protections they are afforded on the site. Among other requirements, the resulting consent decree mandated that Facebook must notify users and obtain their permission before data about them is shared beyond the privacy settings they have established. It also subjected Facebook to 20 years of privacy checkups to ensure its compliance.” The Washington Post adds, “Recently, though, former FTC officials have said that Facebook’s entanglement with Cambridge Analytica may have violated the company’s legal agreement with the federal watchdog agency.”
From The Washington Post.
UK PARLIAMENT WANTS TO TALK TO ZUCK
The Independent reports, “MPs have summoned Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg to give evidence over the ‘catastrophic failure of process’ behind the Cambridge Analytica data breach.” The Independent adds, “Damian Collins, chair of the influential Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (DCMS), said the social media giant had previously given ‘misleading’ evidence to Parliament and ‘consistently understated the risk’ of user data being used without their consent.”
From The Independent.
MCCABE ASKED ABOUT MEDIA CONTACTS SAME DAY COMEY WAS FIRED
The Washington Post reports, “The troubles that led to the ouster of Andrew McCabe as FBI deputy director began the same day that his boss, James B. Comey, was fired, when FBI investigators exploring media leaks approached McCabe for a conversation”. The Washington Post adds, “The investigators, who reported to McCabe, wanted to know about his dealings with the press”. Additionally, “The Justice Department inspector general now thinks that McCabe was not completely truthful with them”. The Washington Post notes, “The episode figures prominently in a forthcoming inspector general report expected to allege that McCabe authorized a disclosure of information to the Wall Street Journal and then misled investigators about it. Though the Justice Department inspector general thinks that McCabe was not candid on multiple occasions — both under oath and not — the May 9 conversation is thought to be one of the first examples.” For his part, McCabe “acknowledges that he authorized two FBI officials to talk to a reporter, though he denies that doing so was inappropriate and claims he ‘answered questions truthfully and as accurately as I could amidst the chaos that surrounded me.’ The inspector general has not yet released the report”. The Washington Post notes, “McCabe has alleged that his firing is a political attempt to undermine the FBI and special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who is probing whether the Trump’s campaign coordinated with Russia to influence the 2016 election. President Trump has made his distaste for McCabe well known and seized on his termination to take aim at the Russia probe, which he has called a witch hunt.”
From The Washington Post.
SENATE INTEL BARRELS ALONG
The AP reports, “With the 2018 primary season already underway, leaders of the Senate intelligence committee are launching an effort to protect U.S. elections from a repeat episode of foreign interference.” The AP adds, “Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the panel, will preview some of the committee’s recommendations for improving the nation’s election infrastructure at a news conference Tuesday. On Wednesday, the committee will hold a hearing examining attempted hacks on state elections systems in 2016 and the federal and state response to those efforts.” The AP notes, “The committee has prepared a larger report on the issue, one of what could be several reports to come out of the committee’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Burr and Warner have said this report is the most urgent because of the threat that it could happen again in 2018.” POLITICO adds recommendations “include establishing a voluntary state election security grant program but do not suggest a cost, a key sticking point for Democrats, who want Congress to allocate millions of dollars to help cash-strapped states upgrade outdated voting technology.” Useless as this is, be assured it’s really useless as, “The election security recommendations steer clear of specific mandates, instead largely emphasizing overarching approaches or priorities. Among them are that the United States should signal that foreign election interference is a ‘hostile act, and we will respond accordingly,’” just as we have done after 2016? Nary a hair of what remains on Putin’s head has been disturbed by our tremendously lacking response to date. Words without money are meaningless in Washington.
KEEPING UP WITH DMYTRO FIRTASH: THE KEY TO EVERYTHING (REVISED)
Dmytro Firtash, the Paul Manafort-linked Ukrainian oligarch, had a status hearing in Austria and is again out on based on a Chicago Tribune report from last Friday. In it The Chicago Tribune reports, “Webb on Friday wrote to U.S. District Court Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer to warn her that Firtash’s extradition may once again be imminent. A ruling in an Austrian court case now expected Tuesday could quickly lead to Firtash’s extradition ‘sooner than was predicted’ previously, warned Webb, who wants Pallmeyer to toss out the case before Firtash can be put on a plane bound for O’Hare International Airport.” Don’t get excited though, he still is not here in Chicago where we await him with great anticipation as “The case initially attracted international interest because of Firtash’s ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. It has since taken on increased significance because of Manafort’s October indictment on charges of failing to register as an agent of former pro-Russian Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, a close ally of both Firtash and of Putin, and of laundering payments from Ukraine to evade taxes.” TRUMPISTAN WATCH hears he is out on bond in Austria. In light of recent events and the Cambridge University ties of Cambridge Analytica’s Aleksandr Kogan, let’s recall that The Times of London reported last year, “Cambridge university has accepted more than £6 million from a Ukrainian oligarch wanted on criminal charges in the United States and Spain.”
TRUMPISTAN WATCH note: An item about Dmytro Firash yesterday mistakenly cited a story from last year incorrectly as if it was a recent report, rather than noting a detail from that report in light of more recent developments. Firtash was in court in Austria on Tuesday, which also should have been better noted in the original item.
SAME KGB SCUM WHO MET POMPEO NOW TAUNTS THERESA MAY
The Sun reports, “Vladimir Putin’s top spy has accused Theresa May of ‘childish naivety’ in claiming she can stop the feared SVR, successor to the KGB, from conducting espionage against Britain. Sergey Naryshkin, 63, vowed to keep spying on Britain after the Prime Minister expelled 23 Russian diplomats from London”. Of course, “His comments make clear Russia has no intention of holding back its espionage against Britain,” The Sun notes.
From The Sun.
LET THE DOOR SLAP THE KGB SCUM REAL HARD ON THE WAY OUT
CNN reports, “Twenty-three Russian diplomats have left the UK for Moscow less than a week after being expelled over the poisoning of a former spy in Britain. Around 80 people, including the diplomats’ families, flew out of Stansted Airport near London on Tuesday to the Russian capital.” The Daily Mail adds, “A group of 23 Russian diplomats suspected of spying for Vladimir Putin in Britain have been flown back to Moscow on a controversial VIP jet dubbed ‘Air Cocaine’”. The Daily Mail notes, “The elite Ilyushin aircraft that flew to London Stansted to pick up the envoys and their families is at the centre of an alleged major drugs smuggling row linked to the World Cup.” The Daily Mail adds, “The plane sometimes ferries premier Dmitry Medvedev, foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, and Putin’s top security chief, ex-FSB boss Nikolai Patrushev – but in December there were claims it carried a controversial cargo of drugs to Russia in diplomatic bags.”
From CNN and The Daily Mail.
US ACCUSES RUSSIA OF SUPPORTING TALIBAN
CBS News reports, “As the Trump administration continues advocating for a peace process in Afghanistan, U.S. officials are accusing the Russian government of hindering their efforts. Moscow has increased its support for the Taliban over the last year and a half amid decaying U.S.-Russia relations”. CBS News adds, “Russian support for the Taliban, which has been at war with U.S.-led coalition forces since 2001, includes the sharing of sensitive intelligence data.” CBS News notes, “Russia, meanwhile, insists that they are only trying to help destroy ISIS – a Taliban rival — in the country, and that the U.S. is supporting ISIS. Russian support for the Taliban has led to public disagreements among American and Russian government officials and continues to enrage the U.S.”
From CBS News.
US ACCUSES RUSSIA OF DEPLOYING BANNED CRUISE MISSILE
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “The commander of U.S. nuclear forces says that Russia has increased its deployment of cruise missiles that Washington asserts are in violation of a key Cold War arms-control treaty, a signal that Moscow continues to be undeterred by U.S. warnings.” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty adds, “The comments on March 20 by General John Hyten come with U.S. officials moving more aggressively to confront Moscow and the suspect ground-launched cruise missile, which Washington first publicly identified four years ago as being in violation of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty.” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty notes, “U.S. officials say that in recent months, however, Moscow has begun quietly shifting its approach away from abject denials of the U.S. accusations to more of a dialogue with U.S. negotiators.” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty recalls, “The INF treaty essentially banned all ground-launched, medium-range cruise and ballistic missiles from Europe.”
NATO HAS SITE FOR NEW LOGISTICS COMMAND IN GERMANY
Reuters reports, “A proposed new NATO logistics command would be based in the southern German city of Ulm, the German Defence Ministry told lawmakers on Tuesday. It said a broad plan for the new Joint Support and Enabling Command (JSEC) would be completed by mid-April, with a formal decision by NATO expected at a meeting of NATO defense ministers from June 7-8.”
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TRUMP ORGANIZATION’S INDIA PARTNER ACCUSED OF MASSIVE FRAUD
The Washington Post reports, “A real estate investment company that partnered with the Trump Organization on an office tower project in India has been accused of defrauding its foreign investors of at least $147 million, according to documents”. The Washington Post adds, “Two global investment companies based in New York and London that have invested nearly $300 million in the Indian real estate development company IREO filed a criminal complaint with New Delhi police last month alleging that the fund’s Indian managing director, Lalit Goyal, co-founder Anurag Bhargava and others engaged in ‘large-scale fraud’ by ‘illegally siphoning off’ at least $147 million of investor money, although the actual sum could approach $200 million, they allege. Police in New Delhi said they have received the complaint but declined to discuss the matter further.” So what else is new, just another partner of our fake Russian bullshit president accused of fraud on a global scale? The Washington Post notes, “The two firms are the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, a charity of the British billionaire Christopher Hohn, knighted for his philanthropic work in 2014, and Axon Partners, an equity firm run by former Goldman Sachs executive Dinakar Singh.” The Washington Post recalls, “Trump Jr. visited India in February on a tour packed with glitzy events to promote his family company’s other Trump-branded towers in the cities of Pune, Mumbai and Kolkata, as well as new residential towers just a few miles away from the planned IREO office tower.”
From The Washington Post.
MELANIA TROLLS ALL OF US
The Hill reports, “First lady Melania Trump on Tuesday is set to meet with leaders from the tech industry to discuss the impacts of cyberbullying and the effects of the internet on children.” Does she even know who her husband is?
From The Hill.
CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA’S EX EMPLOYEES MORPH INTO NEW IDENTICAL FIRM
BuzzFeed News reports, “Two data scientists who were instrumental in the founding of political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica have scrubbed any mention of the controversial company from their social media profiles — but they are quietly building a new, and similar behavioral analysis firm”. BuzzFeed adds, ‘Tadas Jucikas and Brent Clickard, former close colleagues of Chris Wylie, the man who blew the whistle on Cambridge Analytica, founded Genus AI in May 2016 as an artificial intelligence company that “integrates 3rd party as well as 1st party data sources and applies proprietary insights and algorithms to unlock the value hidden in data,’ according to its website. Some of those techniques were ostensibly shaped by their time at Cambridge Analytica’s parent company, SCL Group, where they, along with Wylie, pioneered practices that would form the basis of the data mining outfit, which is currently under fire.” BuzzFeed notes, “The company also hired Jesse Kamzol, the chief data officer at the Republican National Committee from February 2015 to August 2017, as its head of data.” In countries like Turkey and elsewhere, this is not an unfamiliar tactic for shady, politically connected firm to do, to literally morph into new entities lacking notoriety when previous ones are exposed.
NOT AN ACCIDENT: NAZI WINS DEATH CULT GOP PRIMARY IN IL HOUSE RACE
The Hill reports, “Republican candidate Arthur Jones, a Holocaust denier who has been disavowed by his own party, will be the GOP’s nominee in a suburban Chicago congressional district after he ran in Tuesday’s primary unopposed.” This is not an accident. The death cult GOP had a choice, they could have put up a candidate in this district, anyone, and chose not to, hereby doing one more thing to normalize the racial hatred that has been promoted by our fake Russian bullshit president for the better part of the last two years. The Hill notes, “Jones’s campaign website contains a section called ‘The Holocaust Racket’ in which he argues that there is ‘no proof such a so-called “Holocaust” ever took place anywhere in Europe against the Jews’ and that Jews are ‘directly responsible for the murder of at least 300 million people.’” This is how shit the modern day death cult’s candidates’ education is because really, this is next level poison in the head swilling around with ignorance. The Hill also notes, “Jones in February told the Chicago Sun-Times that he’s a former leader of the American Nazi Party.” The Hill adds, “He’s long been a stain on the Illinois Republican Party, which has successfully blocked his previous congressional bids. The state Republican Party has disavowed his candidacy, with the state party chairman calling him a Nazi,” but that disavowal is pretty meaningless in the face of no substantive action.
From The Hill.
SETH RICH SIDESHOW: ASSHOLE LOBBYIST NOW COMPLAINS ABOUT DIRTY
The Washington Post reports, “As conspiracy theories swirled around the murder of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich, lobbyist Jack Burkman took the unusual step of launching his own private investigation. A man with military and security experience stepped up to help. Now Burkman alleges that man, Kevin Doherty, nearly killed him.” So life lesson: you get involved in the dirtiest forms of politics, expect to get dirty. As The Washington Post notes, “Burkman, a conservative lobbyist who has also raised money for Rick Gates, a former Trump campaign official who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, and protested gay athletes in the NFL, is used to controversy. But Doherty’s arrest Saturday by Arlington County police on charges of malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony caps a saga stranger than Burkman’s own conspiracy theories. ‘It’s a horror story,’ Burkman, of Arlington, said in an interview Monday afternoon. He is still recovering after being shot several times and run over by an SUV last Tuesday.” Yes, we are sort of more and more like Ukraine by the day now. The Washington Post adds, “Doherty briefly worked for Burkman’s Profiling Project, which was formed to build a psychological portrait of Rich’s likely killer. While police have concluded Rich was likely shot during a random robbery, many conservatives have claimed he was killed as part of a political conspiracy. Burkman offered a six-figure reward for information on the shooting.” By way of a bit of background, “Burkman said Doherty presented an impressive resume — ex-Marine, ex-special agent — and did good work. But tension quickly developed. In Burkman’s view, Doherty began speaking to reporters out of turn and tried to take over the investigation,” The Washington Post notes. But, “In February, Burkman had moved on to a new investigation. He had put out a call for whistleblowers in the FBI, offering $25,000 for any information exposing wrongdoing in the presidential election,” The Washington Post reports, adding, “A man reached out, describing himself as a senior FBI official with information about then-agency deputy director Andrew McCabe,” and, “His source dropped off two packets of emails under a cone in a garage at the Key Bridge Marriott in Rosslyn”. Now wait for it: “The last drop was supposed to be ‘the big one’ — the full inspector general report on McCabe, which still has not been released. Instead, when Burkman bent over to pull the papers out from under the cone, he was shot in the buttocks and thigh. As he ran out of the garage with his dachshund in his arms, he was hit by an SUV. He said the car backed up to hit him again.”
From The Washington Post.
ALEX JONES HOST KREMLIN ADVISOR SAYS 77% INDICATES DEMOCRACY
Media Matters for America features the transcript from conspiracy theorist Alex Jones show where he states “that’s not a dictator when you’re elected with 76 percent,” about Russia’s recent sham elections. His guest who he made this to? Oh a former Kremlin advisor by the name of Alexander Nekrassov less you worry there was no Russian rubber stamp approving this message.
RUSSIAN STATE MEDIA TEASES ROLE IN SKRYPAL POISONING
ABC News reports, “Among Russia’s denials that it cannot have been involved in the poisoning of the former spy in Britain two weeks ago is a claim by its foreign ministry that Russia and the Soviet Union never had a program to develop the type of nerve agent that British authorities say was used in the attack, known as ‘Novichok.’” However, “on Tuesday, one of Russia’s main state news agencies published an interview with a man who said he had overseen the creation of the series of nerve agents in a Soviet government lab.” That interview, according to ABC News, “published by the news agency, RIA Novosti, had sought to highlight a Russian argument that the type of nerve agent used to poison Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal could have been produced in Britain, but it seemed to inadvertently undercut denials by senior Russian officials that the program developing Novichok agents ever existed.” ABC News is of course wrong as, “The man, Leonid Rink, said he had overseen a team at a Soviet government lab in central Russia developing the nerve agents. Rink said he had worked for 27 years at the state Scientific Research Institute of Organic Chemistry and Technology in the town of Shikhani. In the article, RIA Novosti refers to Rink as ‘the creator of Novichok.’” How can we expect our media to face down an adversary if they do not understand who they are and the ways they operate? Oh right, this is why so many Americans gave up on American media and part of what lead us to this point already. The point of all of this is to get you to believe nothing and ultimately do nothing.
From ABC News.
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