FAKE POTUS TELLS AIDES TO SHUSH IF THEY HURT RUSSIA’S FEELINGS
NBC News reports, “President Donald Trump’s national security advisers spent months trying to convince him to sign off on a plan to supply new U.S. weapons to Ukraine to aid in the country’s fight against Russian-backed separatists, according to multiple senior administration officials. Yet when the president finally authorized the major policy shift, he told his aides not to publicly tout his decision, officials said. Doing so, Trump argued, might agitate Russian President Vladimir Putin”. Supposedly “Behind the scenes, however, Trump has recently taken a sharper tone on Putin,” and NBC News asserts, “Putin’s claim earlier this month that Russia has new nuclear-capable weapons that could hit the U.S., a threat he underscored with video simulating an attack, ‘really got under the president’s skin’”. Evidently Trump allegedly had the realization that Putin is batshit, “So much so that after hearing Putin’s speech, Trump called the leaders of France, Germany and the U.K. to say the Russian leader sounded dangerous, so the four of them needed to stick together,” NBC News adds, noting, “Two officials said Trump told Putin during a phone call last week after Putin’s re-election: ‘If you want to have an arms race we can do that, but I’ll win.’” Oh it’s so Reaganesque in mythological content, TRUMPISTAN WATCH is shvitzing government cheese out of sheer nostalgia.
From NBC News.
WHEN YOU SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SYCOPHANTS…
CNN reports, “Several of President Donald Trump’s outside advisers have told him over the past week he requires neither a chief of staff nor a communications director, at least in the traditional definition of those jobs”. CNN adds, “Trump has expressed frustration at the management structure in the West Wing, believing it doesn’t suit the freewheeling style he employed as a businessman. And he’s persistently annoyed by headlines and television coverage of his presidency. After a year in office, he’s more willing to change long-established West Wing structures”. CNN notes, “He’s begun working around Kelly on a number of fronts, including during some phone calls with foreign leaders, on certain policymaking decisions, and in executing some of the past month’s staffing changes, people familiar with the matter said. Kelly, meanwhile, has sought to bring further order to the policymaking process”. Why not just fire the entire Deep State and spend the morning watching “Fox and Friends” before transitioning to “the gorilla channel,” which surely someone has made a reality from the fake news by now?
“THE DEVIL INCARNATE” MATTIS “JOKES”
POLITICO reports, “Defense Secretary James Mattis joked Thursday that he’d heard new White House national security adviser John Bolton is ‘the devil incarnate’ as the two men met for the first time outside the Pentagon. ‘I’ve heard that you’re actually the devil incarnate and I wanted to meet you,’ Mattis said as he and Bolton walked into the Pentagon past a pool of reporters.”
PRIVATE RUSSIAN SESSIONS NEEDS YET MORE DIRT
Business Insider reports, “Attorney General Jeff Sessions tamped down on Republican calls for a second special counsel on Thursday, announcing in a letter to several top GOP committee chairs that a special counsel to investigate possible FBI misconduct is not yet justified.” Business Insider adds, “In a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, Sessions wrote that the standard for bringing on a special counsel had not been met.” In other words, keep digging boys for Hillary email server plutonium uranium Huma Abedin Anthony Weiner Benghazi Deep State gold, boys! Of course this does not mean a little interference running cannot be done in the meanwhile as Business Insider notes, “Instead of having a special counsel investigate the Justice Department for any possible misconduct in its handling of the Russia investigation prior to special counsel Robert Mueller’s appointment, Sessions announced that US Attorney John Huber of Utah is examining the claims of wrongdoing.” Additionally, “Sessions said Huber was working in tandem with Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz in the review. Upon the conclusion of that review, Sessions said he will determine whether any of their findings merit the appointment of a special counsel.” Is he going to take down the Deep State? Shucks that is why TRUMPISTAN WATCH keeps watching, watching and waiting to see it all burn.
From Business Insider.
MCCABE RAISES HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS ONLINE FOR LEGAL DEFENSE
Reuters reports, “Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who was fired by the Trump administration but has said he was terminated because he is a crucial witness in the Russia investigation, has raised more than $292,000 in seven hours to help cover costs defending against other ongoing government probes.” Reuters adds, “A statement on the GoFundMe internet page unveiled earlier on Thursday said the goal was to raise $150,000 from the public but it was raised to $250,000 because of a response that ‘has been remarkable and beyond our expectations.’”
TED MALLOCH SUBPOENAD ON ARRIVAL IN BOSTON
The Guardian reports, “A controversial London-based academic with close ties to Nigel Farage has been detained by the FBI upon arrival in the US and issued a subpoena to testify before Robert Mueller, the special counsel who is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.” The Guardian adds, “Ted Malloch, an American touted last year as a possible candidate to serve as US ambassador to the EU, said he was interrogated by the FBI at Boston’s Logan airport on Wednesday following a flight from London and questioned about his involvement in the Trump campaign.” The Guardian received a statement from “Malloch, who described himself as a policy wonk and defender of Trump,” which “said the FBI also asked him about his relationship with Roger Stone, the Republican strategist, and whether he had ever visited the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has resided for nearly six years.” The Guardian notes, “Malloch said the federal agents who stopped him and separated him from his wife ‘seemed to know everything about me’ and warned him that lying to the FBI was a felony. In the statement Malloch denied having any Russia contacts.” The Guardian adds, “Malloch is ideologically close to Farage, the former Ukip leader who is also close to Trump and his former White House strategist Steve Bannon. Malloch has appeared on Farage’s radio show and the pair have been seen together in Brussels. News of Malloch’s detention by the FBI and subpoena was first reported by the far-right conspiracy theory website InfoWars after the controversial contributor Jerome Corsi said an alarmed Malloch had called him during the FBI interview.”
From The Guardian.
MUELLER INVESTIGATING RUSSIA’S ROLE AT THE RNC
Reuters reports, “Investigators probing whether Donald Trump’s presidential campaign colluded with Russia have been questioning witnesses about events at the 2016 Republican National Convention.” Reuters adds, “Mueller’s team has been asking about a convention-related event attended by both Russia’s U.S. ambassador and Jeff Sessions”. Reuters notes, “Another issue Mueller’s team has been asking about is how and why Republican Party platform language hostile to Russia was deleted from a section of the document related to Ukraine”. Reuters recalls, “At one committee meeting, according to people in attendance, Diana Denman, a member of the platform committee’s national security subcommittee, proposed language calling for the United States to supply ‘lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine’s armed forces and greater coordination with NATO on defense planning.’ But the final platform language deleted the reference to ‘lethal defensive weapons,’ a change that made the platform less hostile to Russia”. Reuters notes, “After the convention, Denman told Reuters in 2016, J.D. Gordon, a Trump foreign policy adviser, told her he was going to speak to Trump about the language on Ukraine, and that Trump’s campaign team played a direct role in softening the platform language.”
CARTER PAGE SAYS HE SPOKE WITH FBI ABOUT THE RNC
The Hill reports, “Carter Page, a former adviser to the Trump campaign, acknowledged on Thursday that he spoke with FBI investigators asking about whether he met with Russia’s ambassador on the sidelines of the 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC).” The Hill notes, “Page’s comments came hours after Reuters reported [previous item] that investigators on special counsel Robert Mueller‘s team have been questioning witnesses about interactions with Russians during an event on the sidelines of the RNC.” The Hill adds, “That event was attended by then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was a senator from Alabama at the time. Page reportedly met with Kislyak during the convention, though he has not publicly confirmed or denied the encounter.”
From The Hill.
SENATE JUDICIARY REQUESTS DOCS FROM CAMPAIGN AIDES
POLITICO reports, “The Senate Judiciary Committee’s chairman and top Democrat on Thursday released a request for new emails from two senior campaign aides to President Donald Trump, taking a fresh bipartisan step in their investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.” POLITICO adds, “Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the panel’s chairman, and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) sent a letter earlier this week to the Trump campaign’s attorney seeking emails from Rick Dearborn, who went on to play a prominent role in the presidential transition before reportedly leaving the White House earlier this year, and John Mashburn, who served as the campaign’s policy director and remains in the administration.” POLITICO notes, “Dearborn, a former top aide to Attorney General Jeff Sessions during Sessions’ Senate career, reportedly received an email in 2016 from an individual seeking to connect the Trump campaign with President Vladimir Putin of Russia. Mashburn, like Dearborn, was among the officials notified of efforts to effect a Russia-friendly change to the 2016 GOP platform. The letter from Grassley and Feinstein also asks the Trump campaign to search records for ‘possible misspellings’ of the name of George Papadopoulos”. The Washington Post adds, “Dearborn and Mashburn were also the recipients of phone calls made by campaign foreign policy aide J.D. Gordon as delegates to the Republican National Convention were debating what the party’s platform on Ukraine should be.”
MULTIPLE US CITIES UNDER CYBER ATTACK
The New York Times reports, “The dilemma confronts city and state officials with alarming frequency: Digital extortionists have hijacked their computer systems and demanded ransom. Multiple American cities are under cyber attack as The New York Times adds, “the suburbs of Dallas and in Birmingham, Ala., in North Carolina and in New Mexico, and twice in a matter of weeks at the Colorado Department of Transportation. And for the past week it has gripped Atlanta,” noting the Atlanta attack is “one of the gravest cyberattacks on record against a major American city.” Welcome to the twenty first century without a shot being fired – yet.
From The New York Times.
RUSSIA TO EXPEL 60 US DIPLOMATS, SHUTTER ST. PETERSBURG CONSULATE
The New York Times reports, “Russia on Thursday escalated a confrontation with Europe and the United States over the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain, saying it would expel 60 American diplomats and an unspecified number of envoys from other countries to retaliate for a mass expulsion of Russian diplomats working in the West and beyond that was ordered this week.” Additionally the Kremlin “ordered the closing of the American Consulate in St. Petersburg”. The New York Times notes, “Following his practice of avoiding public criticism of Russia, Mr. Trump made no mention of the expulsions during a speech on Thursday afternoon in Ohio. Hours later the White House issued a muted response, calling the Kremlin actions ‘a further deterioration’ in United States-Russia relations.”
From The New York Times.
YULIA SKRIPAL’S HEALTH IMPROVING, “CONSCIOUS + TALKING”
CNN reports, “The health of the daughter of a former Russian double agent,” Yulia Skripal, “poisoned in a nerve agent attack in the UK is ‘improving rapidly,’ according to the hospital treating her.” The BBC reports, “Ms Skripal is conscious and talking”.
RUSSIA CONDUCTS ANOTHER ICBM TEST
The Voice of America reports, “Russia has conducted another test of its new liquid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missile Sarmat, the Defense Ministry’s newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda announced Friday.”
From Voice of America.
WAR IS GETTING CLOSER BUT RESUME LIFE OF COMFORT UNTIL FINAL BLAST
Public Broadcasting of Latvia reports, “‘Russia’s Chief Air Traffic Control Center has informed the Latvian Civil Aviation Agency that the Russian Navy plans to conduct missile launches from 06:00 to 18:00 April 4 to 6 in the airspace above Latvia’s exclusive economic zone in the Baltic Sea,’ the ministry said.” Yes, you read that right! Missiles over Latvian airspace! War is getting closer! Public Broadcasting of Latvia notes, “The Russian side has called on the Latvian Civil Aviation Agency to close airspace to a height of 18 kilometers in the area for rocket firing, approximately 40 kilometers from the coastline of Latvia – a move that might effectively prevent all civilian aviation operating in the area.” To the surprise of no one but beguiled Russian officials, “The Latvian Ministry of Defense has summoned the Russian Federation’s military attache and expressed dissatisfaction with the situation,” primarily because, “Such training may endanger civil ships and aircraft over the Baltic Sea, the ministry said.” It could also endanger all of our futures, but that’s a separate matter also contingent on the belief that there is one. Public Broadcasting of Latvia adds, “Meanwhile the Russian Ministry of Defense was already reporting March 29 about other just-completed firing exercises taking place on the Baltic Sea. Other recent exercises have involved the use of S-400 missiles to shoot down simulated aircraft attacks.”
—–KNOW YOUR ENEMY—–
WHAT DID THE FAKE RUSSIAN POTUS DENY + WHEN DID HE DENY IT?
The Washington Post reports, “The White House and Michael Cohen have spent weeks declining to answer a basic question: Was President Trump involved in the $130,000 hush-money payment made to porn star Stormy Daniels?” The Washington Post adds, “Well, we finally have a denial.” Congrats America! The Washington Post notes, “experts say it could also undermine the nondisclosure agreement that Daniels signed preventing her from disclosing the alleged affair”. The Washington Post continues, “David Schwartz is a lawyer and spokesman for Cohen, Trump’s personal lawyer who has said he “facilitated” the Daniels payment.” That’s right, Trump’s lawyers have lawyers. The Washington Post adds, “Schwartz extended the denial further Thursday morning on NBC News, adding that Trump “100 percent” did not reimburse Cohen. That would seem to foreclose the possibility that Cohen made the arrangement without Trump’s knowledge but later billed him for it without explaining the charge. (The Wall Street Journal, for what it’s worth, has reported that Cohen at one point groused to others that Trump hadn’t reimbursed him for the payment.)”
From The Washington Post.
THEY MUST MEAN THE MEXICAN MILITARY, AMIRITE?
The Military Times reports, “President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis have discussed the possibility that the U.S. military front the costs for a border wall, the Pentagon confirmed Thursday.” For real? But I thought Mexico was gonna pay for muh wall. Imagine if for a whole year when Trump asked crowds who was going to pay for “the wall” during the campaign instead of hearing back “MEXICO!” he heard back, “our men and women in uniform!” or simply, “the military!” So it goes that surely the Pentagon must be referring to the Mexican military?! But no! The Military Times adds, “‘The secretary has talked to the president about it,’ said Pentagon press secretary Dana White.” If this comes to pass, let it go down as the greatest con in U.S. appropriations history.
From The Military Times.
MISUNDERESTIMATE THIS: CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA DATA DOCS
Tech Crunch reports, “More details have emerged about how Facebook data on millions of US voters was handled after it was obtained in 2014 by UK political consultancy Cambridge Analytica for building psychographic profiles of Americans to target election messages for the Trump campaign.” Tech Crunch adds, “A UK parliamentary committee has published a cache of documents provided to it by an ex CA employee, Chris Wylie, who gave public testimony in front of the committee at an oral hearing earlier this week. During that hearing he said he believes data on ‘substantially’ more than 50M Facebookers was obtained by CA. Facebook has not commented publicly on that claim.” Tech Crunch notes, “Among the documents the committee has published today (with some redactions) is the data-licensing contract between Global Science Research (GSR) — the company set up by the Cambridge University professor, Aleksandr Kogan, whose personality test app was used by CA as the vehicle for gathering Facebook users’ data — and SCL Elections (an affiliate of CA), dated June 4, 2014. The document is signed by Kogan and CA’s now suspended CEO Alexander Nix.” In it, “The contract stipulates that all monies transferred to GSR will be used for obtaining and processing the data for the project — ‘to further develop, add to, refine and supplement GS psychometric scoring algorithms, databases and scores’ — and none of the money paid Kogan should be spent on other business purposes, such as salaries or office space ‘unless otherwise approved by SCL’.” Interestingly, “Wylie told the committee on Tuesday that CA chose to work with Kogan as he had agreed to work with them on acquiring and modeling the data first, without fixing commercial terms up front,” Tech Crunch notes, adding, “The first section of the contract between the CA affiliate company and GSR briefly describes the purpose of the project as being to conduct ‘political modeling’ of the population in 11 US states.” Furthermore, “Upon completion of the project, the contract specifies that Kogan’s company may continue to make use of SCL data for ‘academic research where no financial gain is made’.” Tech Crunch adds, “The 11 US states targeted by the project are also named as: Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina and West Virginia.”
From Tech Crunch.
ICE WILL DETAIN PREGNANT WOMEN NOW
Where is that First Daughter feminist when you actually need a voice for women in this administration? Oh, right, Aryan princess Ivanka is fuseless. The Daily Beast reports, “Immigration and Customs Enforcement is ending its practice of automatically releasing pregnant women from detention”. On the left, it is not uncommon to hear ICE referred to as “Trump’s Gestapo” and it is for tactics such as this, the sort of everyday brutality that has become their trademark in the Trump era after going largely unnoticed despite skyrocketing deportations under Obama. Pregnant women are now being detained by ICE thanks to “President Donald Trump’s executive order ‘Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States,’ which requires stricter enforcement of immigration laws. Previously, the agency’s general practice was to release women from detention who were pregnant,” The Daily Beast notes, adding, “Now, pregnant women will only be able to get released if an ICE officer determines so on a case-by-case basis,” which is a nice cocktail for sexual exploitation and other forms of human degradation if you have a brain that functions even barely and feel human feelings you can see that.
From The Daily Beast.
OUSTED VA CHIEF SWINGS AT TRUMP PLAN TO PRIVATIZE VET CARE
POLITICO reports, “Ousted Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin is going down swinging.” POLITICO adds, “Shulkin is using his dismissal as an opportunity to step into the spotlight. Freed from the constraints of serving in the Trump administration, Shulkin is publicly — and loudly — raising red flags about what he sees as a sinister plot to privatize veterans’ health care.” POLITICO notes, “Within hours of Trump’s announcement via Twitter that he is replacing Shulkin with White House physician Ronny Jackson, the newly unseated secretary had published an op-ed in The New York Times and conducted an interview with NPR.” Like T Rex, “Trump announced Shulkin’s firing on Twitter, writing, ‘I am thankful for Dr. David Shulkin’s service to our country and to our GREAT VETERANS!’” It is horrible that he is allowed to do this, turn his Twitter into a series of edicts and fatwas to ravage our state of manpower and resources.
NEPOTISM: DONOR HELPS CONGRESSMAN’S WIFE TO STATE DEPT JOB
Newsweek reports, “A top fundraiser for President Donald Trump who surfaced in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe helped the wife of an influential Republican congressman obtain a State Department job”. Newsweek adds, “Elliott Broidy — a fundraising machine for Trump and Republicans — does not have a formal position within the Trump administration. But the new emails further illustrate Broidy’s power as a Washington broker”. Newsweek continues, “Marie Royce, the wife of Republican Representative Ed Royce of California and a longtime corporate executive, wrote several emails to Broidy last year that made clear her ‘number one position of interest’ was assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs. Trump nominated her for that role in January, and she was confirmed by the U.S. Senate last week.” Lucky us! Newsweek notes, “Royce’s husband is a 13-term congressman who also chairs the powerful House Foreign Affairs Committee. When asked about the emails, neither Broidy nor Marie Royce contested their accuracy.” Drain the swamp! After all, it hastens the search for bottom feeders.
WHO WANTS TO WEAR STAIN OF MEETING WITH RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR?
POLITICO reports, “In a letter to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) earlier this month, Anatoly Antonov asked for help in obtaining meetings with a slew of U.S. lawmakers and officials.” POLITICO adds, “Hatch has previously confirmed he met with Antonov, but a Hatch spokeswoman did not immediately reply for comment on this story. The Russian Embassy also did not reply. A White House spokesman declined comment.” POLITICO notes, “Antonov went on to list 20 top U.S. elected and administration officials that have refused or ignored his requests for meetings. White House chief of staff John Kelly, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Defense Department undersecretary of defense for policy John Rood are all listed as ‘officially’ declining Antonov’s overtures.” POLITICO continues, “The other administration officials listed as refusing to respond to Antonov include Vice President Mike Pence, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, FBI Director Christopher Wray and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell.” Furthermore, “Congressional leaders listed as not responding to Antonov include House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Antonov also said House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce and Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry won’t respond to him. Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel and DNC Chairman Tom Perez also have ignored Antonov’s requests for a meeting, according to the list. McDaniel is listed twice on the letter as ‘Ronna McDaniel’ and ‘Romnie McDaniel.’” Remember, she used to be a Romney.
KARL ROVE RETURNS TO TROLL TRUMP IN WSJ, RE: ILLUMINATI
For the gold medal in trolling enter contender Karl “W’s brain” Rove. “I recently received a dossier concerning an emergency meeting by some of America’s trading partners at the Illuminati headquarters in Venice,” Rove writes in The Wall Street Journal, adding, “The document came to me by sources and methods of intelligence I’m not at liberty to share. But for the record, Fusion GPS and its agents played no role in procuring or preparing this dossier.” Jesus is he a good troll. While Rove delves into how our trade partners could get together to organize against Trump’s arcane U.S. trade policy, all through this imagined meeting of 138 nations in Venice he calls the meeting of “the international advisory group known as Countries Shafted by Bad Trade Deals with the U.S., or Cosbatdus,” Rove points out in various ways how short sighted the different aspects of Trump’s trade policy have been to date. Then Rove cheekily concludes, “The Cosbatdus meeting ended in disarray, its final action to reject the proposed motto of ‘Make America’s Trading Partners Great Again.’ Member countries worried about trademark infringement complaints from Trump attorney Michael Cohen. They also weren’t convinced President Trump is correct that the only fair trade deal is where the other guy buys more from you than you do from him.” Karl Rove, gold medal troll. But this we knew! But to see it unleashed against the demons he helped spawn is really a very special treat, TRUMPISTAN WATCHians! We have suffered long enough to arrive at this precise moment in time and lived long enough to see this.
From The Wall Street Journal.
BRAINWASH: SINCLAIR SHAMPOO PRECEDES ANY CONDITIONING
Media Matters for America reports, “Weeks after CNN reported that Sinclair was requiring its local anchors to film promotional segments attacking the ‘irresponsible, one-sided stories plaguing our country,’ the widely lambasted segments have begun to air on stations around the country.” You know damn well whose messaging attacks on “fake news media” this is intended to echo. Media Matter for America adds, “between March 23 and March 27, at least 62 Sinclair stations reaching 29 states and D.C. have now run their own versions of the scripted segment. In the clips, local news anchors say things like, ‘I’m concerned about the troubling trend of irresponsible, one-sided news stories plaguing our country.’ The Sinclair employees also largely seemed to follow the other reported instructions delivered from the Sinclair corporate offices, such as wearing politically neutral colors (e.g. not red or blue).” Wear black for the funeral of our former nation. Media Matters for America furnishes examples of this horror show “from stations in Florida, Pennsylvania, and Nevada”.
GOODBYE RUSSIAN STATE-RUN RT FROM THE DC AREA, THOU ART BANISHED
Russian state-run Sputnik reports, “RT and Sputnik Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan has confirmed that RT’s provider company that broadcasts shows in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area will cease doing so.” Russian state-run Sputnik reports Simonyan whined on Twitter, “The provider company that aired our broadcast in Washington threw us out of the broadcast network,” adding, “Yes, because of our ‘foreign agent’ status.” Oh, pity!
—–RADIO MOSCOW: STORIES FROM THEIR PRESS AND OURS—–
HUMOR: ZUCK CONSULTS DATA BEFORE CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY
The satirical paper The Onion reports, “Accessing the data his platform has harvested over the years from its nearly 2 billion users, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reportedly prepared Wednesday for his upcoming congressional testimony by poring over the personal information of U.S. senators and representatives.” Zuck said, “I should be able to accurately predict their behavior and opinions and deliver a message they can immediately fall in line with”. The Onion adds, “At press time, sources confirmed Zuckerberg was researching the lurid details of the committee members’ personal lives and looking for something he could use as an icebreaker in his opening remarks.”
From The Onion.
IN MEMORIAM: JOHAN VAN HULST
The Washington Post reports, “An inspector from the Dutch education ministry arrived at Johan van Hulst’s teacher training institute in Amsterdam on the morning of June 19, 1943. He noticed youngsters and, with SS soldiers standing nearby, asked, ‘Are those Jewish children?’ ‘You don’t really expect me to answer that, do you?’ Dr. van Hulst replied.” The Washington Post adds, “Dr. van Hulst, who was credited with saving more than 600 Jewish babies and children during World War II and, in 1972, was named Righteous Among the Nations by the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial center in Jerusalem, died March 22 in Amsterdam. He was 107.” The Washington Post notes, “Dr. van Hulst was among more than 26,500 gentiles — 5,595 from the Netherlands — recognized by Yad Vashem for risking their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. Yad Vashem described Dr. van Hulst as a Calvinist Protestant who smuggled children to safety in a ‘large-scale’ rescue operation.” Horror of horrors van Hulst was confronted with the brutality as “Dr. van Hulst’s school was diagonally opposite a theater that was being used by the Nazis as a way station for Jews sent to the Westerbork transit camp in the northeastern part of the country. From there, Dutch Jews would be moved to death camps in German-occupied Poland.” Predictably, “For all the attention he later received for his success at saving lives, Dr. van Hulst said he was traumatized by memories of those he could not rescue. In September 1943, Dr. van Hulst recalled, he found out that the Jewish child-care center was about to be closed. He was asked how many of the remaining children he could smuggle to safety before they fell into the hands of the Germans. ‘Now try to imagine 80, 90, perhaps 70 or 100 children standing there, and you have to decide which children to take with you,’ Dr. van Hulst said, according to Yad Vashem. ‘That was the most difficult day of my life. . . . You know for a fact that the children you leave behind are going to die. I took 12 with me. Later on I asked myself: “Why not 13?”’”
From The Washington Post.
RESISTANCE ADVICE: GO AFTER THEIR SHAME + MONEY, BUT MOSTLY MONEY
Fortune reports, “If David Hogg has anything to do with it, Fox News host Laura Ingraham may soon be wanting for advertisers. The Parkland school shooting survivor, who’s become an outspoken advocate against gun violence since the February massacre, called on his more than 595,000 Twitter followers late Wednesday to help start an advertising boycott of Ingraham’s Fox show The Ingraham Angle. Hogg’s tweet listed Ingraham’s top 12 advertisers, asking followers to contact the companies and encourage them to cease advertising during the show.” In America, this is literally the only way to take back your life: wake people from their lives of privileged comfort from a perch on Twitter. It is the final result of what happens in a society like ours when you are a child and must remind the adults you are human. Remember: Trump was more outraged by Nordstrom dropping his daughter’s brand than he ever was by neo-Nazis killing someone else’s (white) daughter in Charlottesville. Also keep in mind: Ingraham has built a career railing against immigrants and Muslims primarily, but this is the line: going after a college-bound white, educated male. Observe the lines in our society are not so opaque.
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