—–ON THE AGENDA—–
FARABOOK’S ZUCK TO FACE CONGRESS
The Committee to Investigate Russia notes, “Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg will appear before members of Congress Tuesday and Wednesday.” For those tuning in at home today, “The Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees hold their joint hearing Tuesday, April 10th starting at 2:15pm ET. Zuckerberg will be the only witness, and the hearing will be streamed live online here.” Zuck will also be on the Hill Wednesday. Get ready for some heavy death cult GOP scapegoating. What FARAbook did is their fault for certain, but remember, they did not create Trump, unconditionally back him or continue to cram his legislative agenda through Congress, that is all on the death cult GOP and all of us, in turn. POLITICO adds, “Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will strike a contrite tone when he appears before Congress this week, saying that ‘we didn’t do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm.’” POLITICO adds, “‘…We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake,’ Zuckerberg said in written testimony to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which will hear from him Wednesday. ‘It was my mistake, and I’m sorry. I started Facebook, I run it and I’m responsible for what happens here.’” A mistake is what this kid calls letting the Kremlin funnel money through Yuri Milner into his company or giving the house away to Russia? No kid, a mistake is spilled soda, this is an epic cataclysmic catastrophe that disrupted the entire nation and its security. Move fast and break things was the FARAbook corporate motto, still is. POLITICO also notes, “As he gears up for his multiple appearances in Congress, the CEO huddled with lawmakers Monday on Capitol Hill,” Zuck was “dressed in a suit instead of his usual gray T-shirt”. Wow he took off his shitty t-shirt? That is something he never does for the American people, only foreign dictators and now Congress, groups under the general rubric of “people whose asses I need to kiss to make money and keep it”. A no tee Zuck is how you know it is serious, big league ass kissing time for the FARAbook mogul. (Also crucial merch reminder at this time: RU FAKEBOOK FRIEND TEE is available in white or black.)
SKETCH OF THE MAN WHO THREATENED STORMY DANIELS TO BE RELEASED
CNN reports, “Stormy Daniels’ legal team plans to release a composite sketch of the man the porn star says threatened her in 2011 when she was trying to sell her story about her alleged affair with Donald Trump, her lawyer said Monday.” CNN adds, Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti said, “We’re going to be releasing that tomorrow, along with a significant reward, asking that the public come forward, asking to identify this individual”. Avenatti added “that his team is ‘close’ to identifying the man who allegedly threatened Daniels.” CNN notes, “Daniels alleged in an interview last month that weeks after she agreed to sell her story to a magazine in 2011, a man walked up to her in a parking lot and threatened her and her infant daughter, saying, ‘Leave Trump alone. Forget the story.’” Bring it on.
The Hill reports, “Informal Trump adviser Roger Stone and InfoWars host Alex Jones will speak at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.” Why? In hosting this, the National Press Club debases itself yet again. The Hill adds, “Jones will give remarks and take part in a question-and-answer session about the defamation lawsuits filed against him for false comments he made on his show.” In case this is not rancid enough for you, “The event titled ‘Alex Jones Invades the Swamp’ will include a number of InfoWars staff”. Remember this is a show that is a cabal of conspiracy theories beloved by our fake Russian bullshit president. It’s not journalism, it’s not press; it just feeds these things because they have become bullshit. This is what your National Press Club hosts now, Trumpistan! Aren’t you proud? Don’t you see now how calls of “fake news” resonate? Remember, it’s the truth that costs money; the covfefe is cheap and easy to produce.
From The Hill.
POROSHENKO VISITS BERLIN WITH NORDSTREAM2 HIGH ON THE AGENDA
Deutsche Welle reports, “Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is expected to discuss the issue [of Nordstream2] with Angela Merkel during his visit to Berlin on Tuesday. It will be his first meeting with after the chancellor since the formation of her new coalition government in March. In an interview published in the Handelsblatt newspaper on Monday, Poroshenko called Nord Stream 2 ‘a political bribe for loyalty to Russia’ and warned of ‘massive’ negative consequences for Ukraine. He has suggested modernizing Ukraine’s gas pipelines as an alternative.”
From Deutsche Welle.
RAIDED: TRUMP’S LONG TIME PERSONAL LAWYER’S WHOLE WORLD
The New York Times reports, “The F.B.I. raided the Rockefeller Center office and Park Avenue hotel room of President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, on Monday morning, seizing business records, emails and documents related to several topics, including a payment to a pornographic film actress.” Delicious! Upon hearing this news, it was impossible not to feel a buoyant second wind sweeping the republic, a chance at a future, and impossible to miss the feeling of déjà vu, after having lived in Turkey in late 2013 when a series of similarly high profile police raids occurred against people key to Erdogan’s regime. The New York Times adds, “Mr. Trump, in an extraordinarily angry response, lashed out hours later at what a person briefed on the matter said was an investigation into possible bank fraud by Mr. Cohen. Mr. Trump accused his own Justice Department of perpetrating a ‘witch hunt’ and asserted that the F.B.I. ‘broke in to’ Mr. Cohen’s office.” In a surreal scene befitting a banana republic or the final days of this administration (fingers crossed), “The president, who spoke at the White House before meeting with senior military commanders about a potential missile strike on Syria, called the F.B.I. raid a ‘disgraceful situation’ and an ‘attack on our country in a true sense.’” According to The New York Times, “agents had a search warrant and typically would have presented it to office personnel to be let in. The documents identified in the warrant date back years,” adding, “The prosecutors obtained the search warrant after receiving a referral from the special counsel in the Russia investigation.” The New York Times notes, “The search does not appear to be directly related to Mr. Mueller’s investigation, but most likely resulted from information that he had uncovered and gave to prosecutors in New York.” Be on notice as “In his tirade against the F.B.I., Mr. Trump mused about the possibility that he might soon fire Mr. Mueller.” One thing is certain, while the president may cry, “witch hunt!” this is anything but as, “Mr. Sessions appointed the United States attorney for the Southern District, Geoffrey S. Berman, only in January. Mr. Berman is a former law partner of Rudolph W. Giuliani, a former New York mayor and a supporter of Mr. Trump.” America first! But with meaning! One more detail: Trump uttered all this with new National Security Advisor John Bolton to his left. Welcome to day one of the rest of your life. Be prepared to wear this stain forever, all of us.
From The New York Times.
AFTERMATH: TWITLER’S TINY TANTRUM
CNN reports, “President Donald Trump declared Tuesday morning that ‘attorney-client privilege is dead’ the day after the FBI raided the office of Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal lawyer and confidant.” CNN adds, “Trump also tweeted ‘A TOTAL WITCH HUNT!!!,’ apparently referencing special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.” Now is that not the most insanely predictable insanity? He should just resign already, that is what normal humans do when confronted with the fact that their former campaign chief and personal lawyer have seen their homes and offices raided by the FBI and the former campaign chief and former National Security Advisor are indicted on criminal charges.
TRUMP, BOGGED DOWN ON ALL FLANKS, VOWS SWIFT SYRIA RESPONSE
Reuters reports, “U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday promised quick, forceful action in response to a deadly suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria, appearing to suggest a potential military response.” Reuters adds, “Trump told a meeting with military leaders and national security advisers he would make a decision by Monday night ‘or very shortly thereafter’ on a response, adding that the United States had ‘a lot of options militarily’ on Syria.” Reuters notes, “Washington was weighing a multinational military response,” adding, “For the second time in less than 24 hours, Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron spoke by telephone to coordinate their response, the White House said.” CNN adds, “The US has not ruled out launching airstrikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in response to the weekend’s suspected chemical gas attack on civilians, Defense Secretary James Mattis said Monday.”
MICHAEL COHEN, THIS IS YOUR LIFE
The Washington Post reports, “Michael Cohen, the longtime attorney of President Trump, is under federal investigation for possible bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations.” The Washington Post adds, “investigators have been gathering material on Cohen for weeks, including his bank records.” Of note, “Two of the potential crimes being investigated — bank fraud and wire fraud — suggest prosecutors have some reason to think Cohen may have misled bankers about why he was using particular funds or may have improperly used banks in the transfer of funds,” and may directly concern the Stormy Daniels $130,000 question then. The Washington Post recalls, “Cohen has acknowledged facilitating a $130,000 payment in October 2016 to Daniels, who claims she had a sexual relationship with Trump in 2006.” The Washington Post notes, “Cohen may have been asked to provide explanation for the large-dollar transfers he made when he moved the money to a shell company and then to a lawyer for Daniels. The search requests for records related to the payment to Daniels cited investigators’ interest in possible violations of election law”. The Washington Post adds, “Squire Patton Boggs, the law firm where Cohen had an office for the past year, said in a statement Monday that its ‘arrangement with Mr. Cohen reached its conclusion, mutually and in accordance with the terms of the agreement.’” Well everyone is eager to take out the trash when it becomes inconvenient. You will note that this is a running theme of today’s TRUMPISTAN WATCH.
From The Washington Post.
MUELLER INVESTIGATING UKRAINIAN OLIGARCH’S PAYMENT TO TRUMP
The New York Times reports, “The special counsel is investigating a payment made to President Trump’s foundation by a Ukrainian steel magnate for a talk during the campaign”. In response to investigators’ requests, the Trump Organization, “handed over documents about a $150,000 donation that the Ukrainian billionaire, Victor Pinchuk, made in September 2015 to the Donald J. Trump Foundation in exchange for a 20-minute appearance by Mr. Trump that month through a video link to a conference in Kiev.” Michael Cohen, the fake Russian bullshit president’s beleaguered lawyer, “solicited the donation. The contribution from Mr. Pinchuk, who has sought closer ties for Ukraine to the West, was the largest the foundation received in 2015 from anyone besides Mr. Trump himself.” The New York Times notes, “Mr. Pinchuk is the son-in-law of a former president of Ukraine, Leonid Kuchma, who from 1994 to 2005 led a government criticized for corruption, nepotism and the murder of dissident journalists. Mr. Pinchuk, who has been accused by steel makers in the United States of illegally dumping steel on the American market at artificially low prices, drew more scrutiny during the campaign for his ties to Hillary Clinton and her family foundation. He has donated more than $13 million to that organization since 2006.”
From The New York Times.
WAKE UP + SMELL THE COVFEFE + WATCH IT GIT MADE
POLITICO reports, “Thousands of pages of internal FBI documents related to the bureau’s decisions emanating from the 2016 election were delivered to congressional investigators Monday, officials said — the latest document handover in a six-month-old probe that has proved frustrating for Republicans up to President Donald Trump.” So this is your covfefe fodder, input X. CNN adds, “The delivery comes amid a chorus of complaints that the Justice Department and FBI are working too slowly to produce the documents for the House Judiciary and Oversight committees.” Add more Congressional covfefe. CNN notes, “As of Monday, roughly 7,600 pages of documents have been produced to the House Judiciary Committee. The redactions, on top of the number of the documents shared, have fueled consternation from lawmakers, who have received productions about every two weeks,” so subtract redactions but use the infinite covfefe multiplier as a coefficient here. As you stir the covfefe, think of all the work that goes into making it as “FBI employees within the Office of the General Counsel work each day in two shifts from 8 a.m. to midnight reviewing the documents, officials said.”
RESIGNATION ROCKS CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA PARENT COMPANY
BuzzFeed reports, “A prominent supporter of Britain’s Conservative Party and backer of the country’s European Union withdrawal resigned as a director of Cambridge Analytica’s parent company the day after whistleblower Christopher Wylie told British lawmakers that an affiliated company had broken the law in its pro-Brexit campaign.” BuzzFeed adds, “Roger Gabb resigned from SCL Group and two affiliated British companies, according to a filing April 3 with the British government’s corporate registry, Companies House. Gabb’s resignations were effective March 28, the day after Wylie testified that a Canadian company had violated campaign spending laws in swaying the 2016 Brexit vote and had ‘undermined democratic institutions in all kinds of countries.’” BuzzFeed notes, “Gabb’s resignations bring to three the number of SCL officials who have left or been suspended following recent disclosures about Cambridge Analytica.” BuzzFeed adds, “Steve Tatham, a retired British Royal Navy commander who specialized in psychological operations and became a contractor for SCL’s defense subsidiary, said he was ‘appalled’ by revelations from Wylie and British news media and would no longer work with SCL.” BuzzFeed continues, “The departures of Gabb and Tatham come as Conservative Party politicians have been trying to distance themselves from SCL Group. Prime Minister Theresa May said allegations against SCL and Cambridge Analytica were ‘very concerning.’” BuzzFeed notes, “Gabb, 79, had been a director of SCL Group since October 2005, shortly after it was formed in London. He is a major SCL shareholder, owning between 25% of 50% of its stock and controlling 25% to 50% of its voting rights, according to a public filing with Companies House. Gabb also had been a director of two affiliated companies — SCL Analytics, which was formed in 2015, and SCL Insight, which was formed in 2016, records show.”
YULIA SKRIPAL DISCHARGED FROM HOSPITAL
Reuters reports, “Yulia Skripal has been discharged from hospital more than a month after she was poisoned by a military-grade nerve agent together with her father, a former Russian spy, the English hospital treating them said on Tuesday.” Citing BBC reports, Reuters adds, “Yulia has been taken to a secure location”.
NATO, RUSSIAN MILITARY LEADERS TO MEET NEXT WEEK
Russian state-run RT reports, “Senior Russian and NATO officials will meet next week amid heightened tensions over the Syria conflict, Russian newspaper Kommersant has reported. The head of the Russian General Staff, First Deputy Defense Minister Valery Gerasimov, and the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO in Europe, Curtis Scaparrotti, are due to meet in what will be the first such meeting since 2013”. Russian state-run RT adds, “So far, there is no information available on where the meeting might take place.”
From Russian state-run RT.
RUSSIA LAUNCHES MASSIVE MILITARY DRILLS
The Moscow Times reports, “Russian soldiers will put their combat experience in Syria to the test in military exercises held across a vast stretch of central Russia and two Central Asian countries.” The Moscow Times notes, “Russia’s Defense Ministry said in an online statement Monday that it had launched drills stretching from Siberia to the Urals and the Volga region, as well as in Russian military bases in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.” The Moscow Times adds, “The military district’s commander, Lieutenant General Alexander Lapin, was cited as saying that the Syrian experience will be used ‘in combat and operational training of the troops and military administration bodies.’”
From The Moscow Times.
RUNAWAY: RUSSIAN MARKETS TANK AS ITS LEADERS ARE GUTTER TRASH
The New York Times reports, “Russia paid a price in the financial markets on Monday for its standoff with the West.” Sad! The New York Times adds, “Investors dumped Russian stocks, bonds and the ruble in the face of new American sanctions and signs of cracks in the relationship between President Trump and Vladimir V. Putin, Russia’s president. The sell-off left Russian stocks down more than 8 percent and sharply raised borrowing costs for some of the country’s most important companies. The ruble dropped more than 4 percent against the dollar, and the price of government bonds fell.” Let it bleed, they can afford it – for now. The New York Times notes, “Companies targeted by the latest round of American sanctions suffered some of the sharpest drops Monday. The shares of United Company Rusal, one of the world’s largest aluminum producers, fell more than 20 percent. The company was included in the Treasury Department’s sanctions.” That’s Paul Manafort’s buddy Oleg Deripaska, who was also recorded on his yacht by a now jailed in Thailand former escort discussing former U.S. Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and the 2016 election coup plot with a Kremlin aide. Some people mix politics and pleasure all together way too much and so, they pay a very steep price, which is fine when you have billions of stolen dollars that must be spent in rubles now. Oleg Deripaska, your country is a prison and you made it that way. Sad! Poor Oleg, he’s now trapped in the country he worked hard to destroy, surrounded by people he has always treated as something less than animals! It’s like he is one of them, no different than any of them except for his billions and status. The New York Times adds, “The stock sell-off spread to large Russian banks, with Sberbank tumbling 17 percent and VTB 9 percent.” Bloomberg reports, “Russian corporate bonds are getting hit amid a selloff in notes from firms tied to the billionaires who were added to the U.S. sanctions list late Friday. The MICEX Corporate Bond Index dropped the most since early January, slumping along with the country’s equities.” The Financial Times adds, “Russia’s equities benchmark tumbled almost 9 per cent on Monday”. Sad! So much sad! Big league!
GREAT TUPAC FAN VLADISLAV SURKOV SUDDENLY TIRES OF THE WEST
The AP reports, “Russia has abandoned its centuries-long aspirations of integrating into the West and is bracing for a new era of ‘geopolitical loneliness,’ a top adviser to President Vladimir Putin warned in a magazine article released Monday.” The AP notes, “Vladislav Surkov wrote in the piece for Russia in Global Affairs that ‘Russia’s epic journey toward the West’ is over, marking an end to its ‘repeated vain attempts to become part of Western civilization’ over four centuries.” These are Surkov’s tears. The AP adds, “Surkov, a longtime Putin aide who served as his top strategist for many years and currently works as the presidential adviser on Ukraine, wrote: ‘Loneliness doesn’t mean complete isolation,’ but added that Russia’s openness would be limited.” The AP notes, “‘It’s going to be tough,’ he said, adding that Russia will face a long journey ‘through the thorns to the stars.’”
From the AP.
SHIT DMITRY PESKOV SAYS: SANCTIONS ARE A “FLAGRANT BREACH”
Russian state-run Tass reports, “The Kremlin sees the latest anti-Russian sanctions by the United States as an ‘outrageous violation of anything and everything.’” Pissy Peskov is TRUMPISTAN WATCH’s favorite Peskov of all. Russian state-run Tass adds, “The situation involving latest sanctions against Russia ‘is outrageous from the standpoint of legality and [this] violates anything and everything,’ Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. Asked if the Kremlin had anticipated such a move by Washington, Peskov said that Moscow had considered ‘a large variety of options.’” Poor pissy Peskov!
From Russian state-run Tass.
POOR SAD LITTLE RICH THINGS
Bloomberg reports, “The Russian government is racing to come up with measures to assist tycoons hit by U.S. sanctions announced Friday, focusing efforts on billionaires Oleg Deripaska and Viktor Vekselberg”. Bloomberg adds, “Deripaska and Vekselberg are likely to meet with government officials this week once they have a clearer sense of the impact of the limits on their businesses, people close to them said.” Global pairahs, friends of the Kremlin: poor little rich things. Or as Bloomberg notes, “At Davos this year, Oleg Deripaska threw a party with champagne, Russian folk dancers and a performance by Enrique Iglesias. Now the Russian billionaire is on an international blacklist usually reserved for terrorists and warlords.” Sad! As they say, nobody knows you when you’re down and out.
SWISS COMPANY BAILS ITSELF OUT OF VEKSELBERG MESS
Reuters reports, “Swiss engineer Sulzer (SUN.S) has agreed to buy five million of its own shares from its largest shareholder, Renova Holdings, which along with its Russian Chairman Viktor Vekselberg has appeared on a list of U.S.-sanctioned individuals and entities. The company took the action to prevent it from being hit by U.S. sanctions after the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control identified Vekselberg and his Renova Group, Moscow, as specially designated nationals on April 6.” Reuters notes that Sulzer “after taking legal advice it decided to reduce the holding of Renova, which held 63 percent in Sulzer, to prevent problems arising in the future.” The decision was made “Following an emergency board meeting on Sunday”.
GAZPROM’S ALEXEI MILLER: LIFE GOES ON
Reuters reports, “Russia’s Gazprom said on Monday that its CEO, Alexei Miller, had met Rainer Seele, the CEO of Austrian energy company OMV. Gazprom said in a statement that Miller and Seele had discussed cooperation including on the Nordstream 2 pipeline project at a meeting in Saint Petersburg.” Note for those who have traveled into the EU over land from Turkey, the OMV stations are the first “sign of civilization,” as a much beloved, late Turkish professor put it. This pipeline happens, it’s bye-bye civilization.
GOT TO GIVE IT UP
POLITICO reports, “A judge handling one of the criminal cases against Paul Manafort has again denied bail to the former Trump campaign chairman, but this time the court gave Manafort what could amount to a financial road map to securing his release.” POLITICO adds, “U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson said in an order Monday that Manafort had again fallen short in the latest of several attempts to assemble money, property and pledges to meet the $10 million bail amount she set in the money-laundering and unregistered foreign lobbying case brought against him in Washington by special counsel Robert Mueller.” POLITICO notes, “Jackson said she would not accept two properties Manafort has sought to propose as part of his bail package: a condo in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, and another property in New York City. The judge said the Alexandria property is not suitable because it was pledged to back a mortgage on Manafort’s Long Island home. She said the New York property isn’t an appropriate security because it is a focus of a separate bank-and-tax-fraud case Mueller’s prosecutors filed against Manafort in Alexandria in February. However, Jackson said other properties could make up a bail package for Manafort, including his Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, home and his condo in Trump Tower in New York. The judge cautioned that Manafort would have to show that he ‘is current on his mortgage obligation’ for the Trump Tower apartment. Manafort at one point fell behind on payments”. POLITICO adds, “In a separate order on Monday, Jackson granted Manafort’s defense team a last-minute extension to argue that evidence the FBI seized from his Alexandria condo in a early morning raid last July should be barred from use against him in the Washington case. Manafort’s defense asked for the extension about 90 minutes before the Friday midnight deadline she set for such motions. She noted that she’d told both sides to submit any extension requests 48 hours ahead of time, but she approved it anyway.”
—–KNOW YOUR ENEMY—–
TRUMP’S COMPANY ASKS PANAMA’S PRESIDENT TO INTERVENE IN DISPUTE
The Washington Post reports, “Lawyers representing President Trump’s company last month wrote directly to the president of Panama, asking him to intervene in a legal fight over the Trump International Hotel in the capital — and warning that the case could have ‘repercussions’ for Panama’s reputation.” That’s thug life and mafia rule for you, Panama and Trumpistan! The Washington Post notes, “The law firm, Panama-based Britton and Iglesias, wrote in Spanish to President Juan Carlos Varela on March 22 to ‘urgently request your influence in relation to a commercial dispute regarding the Trump hotel.’” The Washington Post recalls, “At the time, the majority owner of the Trump hotel — Cypriot-born investor Orestes Fintiklis — had kicked out the Trump Organization as the hotel’s manager, after a ruling from a low-level Panamanian judge. The president’s company was seeking to retake control.” Think about this as The Washington Post notes, “The request was extraordinary: The U.S. president’s company was asking the leader of a U.S. ally to intercede on its behalf, disregarding Panama’s separation of powers. It is the first known instance of the Trump Organization asking directly for a foreign leader’s help with a business dispute since Trump was elected.” Additionally, “The letter, obtained by The Washington Post, does not explicitly refer to President Trump or threaten any actions by the U.S. government. The letter refers to his company as the ‘well-known Trump Organization,’” The Washington Post notes.
From The Washington Post.
TRUMP SHOULD NOT GIVE EVEN IF HE KNEW WHAT THAT MEANT
Bloomberg reports, “President Donald Trump has been advised not to contribute to a fund set up to help former campaign aides and White House staffers pay legal bills related to the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election”. As if he knows what giving is!
MICHAEL COHEN’S THUG LIFE
Boston Magazine reports, “After pulling off an epic prank on then-candidate Trump during the summer of 2015, Tom Waddick, a Harvard senior and member of the historic comedy magazine, told 60 Minutes in an episode that aired Sunday he ended up on the receiving end of a fiery call from Cohen.” Boston Magazine adds, “It all started when the Lampoon broke into the offices of the Harvard Crimson and made off with the paper’s famed president’s chair. Staffers then reached out the nascent Trump campaign and—posing as the Crimson—offered the candidate the paper’s endorsement. Team Trump, Waddick said, was keen on the idea, so Lampoon staffers lugged the heavy president’s chair to Trump Tower in Manhattan. After a bit of chit chat, Trump posed for a thumbs-up photo with the group of students, whom he still thought represented the Crimson.” Boston Magazine continues, “But a few days later, Waddick told 60 Minutes, the Trump campaign unraveled the prank. The team was less than thrilled with the Lampoon staffers, and Cohen made sure Waddick knew of his discontent.” Boston Magazine notes, “He says, you know, “‘I’m gonna come up to Harvard. You’re all gonna get expelled. If this photo gets out you’ll be outta that school faster than you know it. I can be up there tomorrow,’ Waddick told 60 Minutes.” Doesn’t this take you back to when there was a collective understanding that Trump’s campaign was all just an elaborate prank, not necessarily by Russia, just one intended to punk our society, which at that point deserved a really swift kick to the ass anyways for being such a milquetoast burlesque comprised of lives of sleepwalking comfort? The good ol’ days!
From Boston Magazine.
IN SOVIET TRUMPISTAN, COLLECTIVE DATA THEFT HARMS YOU!
MIT Technology Review reports, “Today Facebook is releasing a tool that will allow its users to see if their Facebook profile was harvested by Cambridge Analytica. Facebook says 87 million people were affected, 71 million of them in the US,” adding, “focusing solely on the purloined data is a mistake. Much more important are the behavioral models Cambridge Analytica built from the data. Even though the company claims to have deleted the data sets in 2015 in response to Facebook’s demands, those models live on, and can still be used to target highly specific groups of voters with messages designed to leverage their psychological traits. Although the stolen data sets represent a massive collection of individual privacy harms, the models are a collective harm, and far more pernicious.” MIT Technology Review notes, “The value of this data is predicated on the emerging field of digital psychometrics, the science of quantitative measurement of psychological and personality characteristics. All people are presumed to fit somewhere on a matrix of ‘high’ and ‘low’ rankings of certain traits—most commonly the ‘OCEAN’ or ‘Big 5’ traits: openness to experience, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism.” MIT Technology Review adds, “And while they have their limitations, behavioral profiles are very good at estimating demographics, including political leanings, gender, location, and ethnicity. A behavioral profile of seemingly innocuous ‘likes’ paired with other data sets is both a good-enough map to far more information about a potential voter, and a way to predict what types of content they might find engaging.”
From MIT Technology Review.
—–RADIO MOSCOW: STORIES FROM THEIR PRESS AND OURS—–
US TELLS FANS TO “THINK TWICE” BEFORE GOING TO WORLD CUP IN RUSSIA
The Moscow Times reports, “The United States has advised its football fans to ‘think twice’ before traveling to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup amid strained relations between the countries.” The Moscow Times notes, “Global football body FIFA said last week that, with 16,642 tickets bought, American fans were the biggest foreign buyers out of almost 400,000 tickets sold in the most recent sales period. The United States men’s national team failed to qualify for the tournament, which Russia hosts in June-July, for the first time in three decades.”
From The Moscow Times.
BALTIC ART IN PARIS
The Baltic Times reports, “Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, together with French President Emmanuel Macron and First Lady Brigitte Macron and the Latvian and Estonian presidents, on Monday opened a Baltic Symbolism exhibition at the Musee d’Orsay in Paris. The exhibition, entitled Wild Souls: Symbolism in the Baltic States, is dedicated to the centennial of Baltic statehoods and is held under the patronage of the four presidents”. That is us Balts, wild souls indeed! The Baltic Times notes, “It features works by Baltic painters, graphic artists and sculptors dating from the 1890s to the end of the 1920s.” It is going to be so heavy. Check it out if you are in Paris now or in the near future! Send TRUMPISTAN WATCH postcards if you do and think longingly of this wild soul when you do.
From The Baltic Times.
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