NUMBER OF STORIES ABOUT NEWS THAT DOESN’T SUCK: 11
(denoted with a *)
—–ON THE AGENDA—–
BLOODY WORLD CUP STARTS
NPR reports, “The 2018 World Cup is the latest large international sporting event hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin. For the next month, hundreds of thousands of soccer fans will flock to Russia to watch 32 national teams play for the title of world champion. Nothing – and no one – will be allowed to disrupt the party.” NPR adds, “In Russia, the authorities have cracked down on the slightest dissent: After a World Cup sign near the MSU [Moscow State University] campus was defaced recently, two students were arrested during an exam and a third was threatened with criminal charges.” And NPR notes, “Russia’s law enforcement agencies have heard their orders,” adding, “Russian law enforcement has taken ‘preventative measures’ and will work to prevent ‘bad ideas’ from being put into action”. That is code for anti-democratic pre-emptive round ups of undesirables the Russian mafia state deems a threat to its own wellbeing and appearances. But as Der Spiegel notes, “a billion people will be tuning in as Putin presents Russia as a strong and modern country,” which is everything it is not. Der Spiegel knows this, adding, “The World Cup, though, will be merely the apex of the great autocrat festival of 2018.” Let’s hope some dominoes fall soon thereafter; recall the Soviet Union came crashing down in just three days. Meanwhile Bloomberg notes the organization for the pageant cost more than $11 billion and six years in an article noting that the “World Cup May Give Russians Little Cheer” as if they had any reason at all to. The New York Times provides a list of all the ways in which Russia fell short in “its bid as part of a concerted effort to transform its post-Soviet self into a modern, model global citizen”: “annexing Crimea, backing a separatist insurgency in eastern Ukraine, providing the missile battery that shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and propping up a bloody dictator, Bashar al-Assad, in Syria. Various Kremlin critics abroad died or fell ill under mysterious circumstances, while scores of activists at home were either jailed or their organizations were shuttered. Russia made ‘gay propaganda’ illegal and weaponized social media to meddle in Western election.” Let the “games” begin! Well as The Telegraph reports FIFA knew what it was getting into as newly disclosed internal FIFA documents show Russia’s bid “was rated worst for ‘threat and risk’ out of the nations vying to host the tournament, including England’s, which was found to be safest”. [More in “THE GREAT GAME: BLOOD, SWEAT, TEARS AND FOOTBALL”]
* WH COUNSEL MCGAHN RECUSED STAFF, COBB SAYS “DEATH SPIRAL”
POLITICO reports, “White House Counsel Don McGahn recused his entire staff last summer from working on the Russia investigation because many of his office’s lawyers played significant roles in key episodes at the center of the probe, former White House attorney Ty Cobb said on Wednesday.” POLITICO adds, “McGahn made the decision to halt his staff’s interactions with Special Counsel Robert Mueller because many of his own attorneys ‘had been significant participants’ surrounding the firings of national security adviser Michael Flynn and FBI Director James Comey, Cobb said.” Cobb said this “during a panel discussion hosted by George Mason University in Northern Virginia.” Former top Obama White House ethics attorney Norm Eisen told POLITICO, “It tells us how deeply rooted this scandal is in every different part of the White House”. POLITICO notes Eisen “also praised McGahn’s recusal decision as the right one to make from an ethical standpoint.” POLITICO adds, “McGahn and at least two of his top aides, chief of staff Ann Donaldson and former senior associate counsel James Burnham, have sat for interviews with Mueller.” And then POLITICO concludes with this observation from Cobb, Trump’s former lawyer: “I think it’s a question of trying to limit the damage at this stage of the game and maybe there will be a turnaround in another generation, but it’s a death spiral to the bottom at this stage of the game.” Well wow! Of course! But to hear it from the president’s own former lawyer, this is special. Hold onto this. TRUMPISTAN WATCH is not alone. Nor are you. And TRUMPISTAN WATCH was not being hyperbolic either. Affirmation of the worst sort, hear ye, hear ye.
BREXIT FUNDERS MET WITH RUSSIANS JUST AFTER MEETING TRUMP
CNN reports, “Two British political operatives were in regular contact with the Russian ambassador in London while they campaigned for, and met with, Donald Trump in the United States in 2016, a review of emails and social media posts shows. Arron Banks and Andy Wigmore were prominent figures in the 2016 campaign for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.” CNN notes, “Banks’ donation of more than 8 million pounds (nearly $11 million) to the pro-Brexit campaign is the subject of a probe by the country’s Electoral Commission, amid concerns of Russian interference. After successfully campaigning for Brexit in June, the men’s attention appeared to turn to the United States.” CNN adds, “In August 2016, Banks and Wigmore attended a Trump rally in Mississippi with Nigel Farage from the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). Farage spoke at the event, and was introduced by then-candidate Trump as ‘the man behind Brexit.’” CNN notes, “Social media posts show the men traveled to Las Vegas for the final presidential debate in October 2016 and Banks told CNN he also attended a Trump event in St. Louis.” Of course, “After the election, Banks and Wigmore were among a small group of Britons who visited the then-President-elect at Trump Tower in New York City. Throughout the same period, Banks and Wigmore were in regular contact with the Russian ambassador in London.” CNN recalls, “Beginning in late 2015 and continuing into 2016, Banks was offered the opportunity of involvement in a $3 billion consolidation of six Russian gold mines with a company part-owned by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s former deputy chief of staff, Kirill Androsov.” CNN continues, “Four days after Trump was elected, Banks Wigmore and Farage had what they say was an unplanned meeting with the then-President-elect in Trump Tower. Afterward, the men posed proudly with Trump outside a set of gold-plated doors in Trump’s building in Midtown Manhattan. A few days later, Banks and Wigmore met with the Russian ambassador to the UK, Alexander Yakovenko.”
* MICHAEL COHEN LIKELY TO FLIP AS LAWYERS ABANDON HIM
ABC News reports, “Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s longtime confidant and former personal attorney, is likely to cooperate with federal investigators, as his lawyers are expected to leave the case”. ABC News notes, “To date, Cohen has been represented by Stephen Ryan and Todd Harrison of the Washington and New York firm, McDermott, Will & Emery LLP, but a source representing this matter has disclosed to ABC News that they are not expected to represent him going forward. Ryan declined to comment. A source familiar with the matter tells ABC News that among the reasons for Cohen’s change in counsel is a fee dispute.” ABC News adds, “No replacement counsel has been identified as of this time.” ABC News continues, “Cohen, who is under federal investigation now with no legal representation, is likely to cooperate with federal prosecutors in Manhattan,” noting, “This development, which is believed to be imminent, will likely hit the White House, family members, staffers and counsels hard.” Good. Let the truth bleed out and flow like rivers to replenish these lands.
From ABC News.
DOD SAYS MATTIS KNEW OF SOUTH KOREA “WAR GAMES” ANNOUNCEMENT
Reuters reports, “U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was not caught off guard by President Donald Trump’s announcement that he was suspending military exercises with South Korea, a Pentagon spokeswoman said on Tuesday, adding he was consulted ahead of time. Pressed on whether he was surprised by the decision to halt the military drills, spokeswoman Dana White said: ‘There were no surprises.’” Reuters adds, “Other current and former U.S. defense officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters they were surprised by the announcement and expressed concern”.
* GIULIANI’S SON LOSES WEST WING ACCESS
Axios reports, “Several months ago, Donald Trump ordered the promotion of Rudy Giuliani’s son. But instead of getting promoted, he has lost his West Wing pass.” Axios adds, “Trump ordered junior White House staffer Andrew Giuliani’s promotion after dining at Mar-a-Lago with Rudy Giuliani, who subsequently became the president’s lawyer. He directed his body man, Jordan Karem, to ensure Kelly promoted Andrew to special assistant to the president,” because this is totally how things should work at the highest levels of the state. Axios reports, “chief of staff John Kelly did not follow through on the order, and Andrew has not been promoted. Kelly and others, including Office of Public Liaison director Justin Clark, won’t promote Andrew because they think he ‘subverts the chain of command’ and claim he had other issues in the workplace that they weren’t happy about, according to two sources familiar with the situation.” Think of the irony of the subversion of chain of command in this context, it’s spectacular, delicious even. Also my god, other issues!? In Trumpistan that could literally be anything from domestic violence to pedophilia to treason – or some combination therein! Axios notes, “Kelly took away Andrew’s blue staff pass about two weeks ago, revoking his West Wing access. He now only has a green pass, which means he can’t enter the West Wing without an escort.” Sad!
HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE DEATH CULT GOP UPS PRESSURE ON DOJ
Bloomberg reports, “House Intelligence Committee Republicans and other GOP lawmakers on Wednesday stepped up their demands for the Justice Department and FBI to turn over more information about their investigative decisions and tactics during the 2016 presidential election.” Bloomberg adds, “Representative Mike Conaway of Texas said he and other GOP members of the intelligence panel signed two letters on Wednesday underscoring their contention that all committee members should get a look.” Horror. If the death cult GOP’s finale is mass slaughter, look no further than Conaway and his colleagues. We now have kiddie internment camps, again, afterall.
* WHO WANTS TO BE IN THE BUNKER AS THE DEATH CULT GOES DOWN!?
POLITICO reports, “The White House – which has been having trouble filling positions as it bleeds staffers – is now trying to find recruits at a conservative job fair on the Hill. ‘Interested in a job at the White House?’ is the subject line of an email that was blasted out widely to Republicans on the Hill late Wednesday advertising the upcoming event.” Who wants to be in the bunker as the death cult goes down?! Bring your children, Trump promises (but is probably lying) about there being enough cyanide to go around as the Red Army closes in! POLITICO adds, “It promises that ‘representatives from across the Trump administration will be there to meet job seekers of every experience level.’ A person familiar with the planning said that Johnny DeStefano, who oversees the White House personnel department, and Sean Doocey, a deputy assistant to the president for presidential personnel, are expected to be on hand, among other officials from the West Wing.” Oh boy! POLITICO notes, “The fair is being hosted by the Conservative Partnership Institute, an organization founded by former Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint last year,” adding, “A job fair is seen as an unusual step for a White House to take. Typically jobs in the executive branch are coveted career-making opportunities.” That was before the occupation of the White House by an illegitimate puppet president imposed by an enemy nation vis-à-vis a cyber coup. That was then, this is now. The job fair is Friday for all who are looking to join the death cult before its apocalyptic final days! They will need more fresh faces to front for the death cult soon, too, as CBS News reports, “Press secretary Sarah Sanders and principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah are both heading for the exits”. You too can pay a lawyer through the nose for the privilege of living in the bunker, being witness to high crimes and maybe getting a privileged cyanide capsule when the apocalyptic end comes to (albeit those are probably most likely reserved for the children)!
CULT MEMBERS NEVER THINK THEY ARE IN A CULT
The Washington Examiner reports, “Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., pushed back on comments from Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., comparing their party to a cult, arguing Corker was ‘upset’ to be ‘passed over’ for secretary of state.” In other words, anyone who is not in the death cult GOP is a jealous suppressive person, how un-cult like. The Washington Examiner adds that Matt Gaetz, the Trump zealot who took a Holocaust denier to the State of the Union told MSNBC’s Katy Tur, “The GOP is not a cult,” adding, “We’re a party built on principles that right now are increasing economic opportunity for millions of Americans.” Yes the Nazi economy was booming too right up until Stalingrad, too, dear. Corker said Wednesday, “We’re in a strange place. It’s becoming a cultish thing, isn’t it?” Corker added, “It’s not a good place for any party to have a cult-like situation as it relates to a president that happens to be purportedly of the same party”. Heil, heil the leader – this is not a mere cult! It is in fact a death cult.
From The Washington Examiner.
PUTIN’S CABINET RESHUFFLE CONTINUES WITH FEW CHANGES
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “Vladimir Putin has fired his main adviser on Internet issues, the latest in a series of personnel moves that the Russian President has made since being inaugurated for a fourth term. An order posted on the Kremlin website on June 13 did not specify why German Klimenko was being pushed out.” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty adds, “In other personnel moves, Putin opted to retain his chief of staff, Anton Vaino, two deputies — Sergei Kiriyenko and Aleksei Gromov — and top aides including foreign policy adviser Yury Ushakov and Vladislav Surkov. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov will also keep his position.”
UKRAINE + RUSSIA DON’T AGREE ON UN PEACEKEEPING MISSION TERMS
Reuters reports, “The foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France met in Berlin on Monday to discuss the implementation of a fragile ceasefire for Ukraine and the deployment of a UN peacekeeping mission in the country’s conflict zone.” Notice who is absent and whose credibility used to mean the world and be of the utmost importance in global peacemaking negotiations. Reuters adds, “German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said after the four-way talks that Russia and Ukraine agreed in principle on a UN peacekeeping mission, but their ideas about how to implement it were still ‘very much apart.’” Peacekeepers would solidify the status of the Donbass as disputed, something Ukraine is very much fighting.
* NAVALNY RELEASED FROM JAIL ON MORNING OF WORLD CUP KICK OFF
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “Russian opposition politician and anticorruption campaigner Aleksei Navalny has been released from jail after serving 30 days for organizing protests against President Vladimir Putin. Dozhd TV reported on June 14 that Navalny left a Moscow detention facility and posted Navalny’s photo on Twitter.” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty adds, “Moscow’s Tver district court on May 15 found Navalny guilty of repeatedly violating regulations for organizing public gatherings and sentenced him to 30 days in jail.”
DON’T BELIEVE RUSSIA: DIGITIZED NOT DESTROYED GULAG RECORDS
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “Russia’s Interior Ministry says it is digitizing thousands of registration cards of prisoners caught up in the Soviet-era gulag camp system, not destroying them as historians warned.” So first of all, “happy” deportation day to all “celebrating” this sorrowful occasion in the Baltic states as today marks 77 years that many of our families had their relatives abducted and disappeared in the middle of the night without explanation or warning, loaded onto train cars and vanished to gulags, many never to be seen from again. If this is your family as it is the case for TRUMPISTAN WATCH, one core belief lingers over the generations: never trust the Russian state, never trust the Russian state to tell you the truth, never believe the Russian state when they say they are doing something good for your family. The fact is Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty notes, “The ministry released its statement on June 13, about a week after a Russian researcher first made the charge that the records were being destroyed,” so it took them a whole week to come up with some sort of explanation, both betraying a lack of urgency and truth in the matter. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty adds, “According to historians, the registration cards contain key information about people caught up in the sprawling prison camp system that existed for decades during the Soviet era. The Moscow-based Gulag History Museum, considered the country’s foremost exhibition of the prison camp system, said earlier this month that researcher Sergei Prudovsky had discovered a directive from 2014 ordering the destruction of the cards.” That sounds much more like the Russian state we know and loathe.
* ESTONIA TO BUY MISSILES, AIR DEFENSE SYSTEM
Defense News reports, “Estonia says it has agreed to buy a short-range air defense system complete with Mistral surface-to-air missiles from MBDA Missile Systems, a major €50 million (U.S. $59 million) military deal for the small Baltic country. Tuesday’s contract by Estonia’s state defense investment agency and the pan-European armaments and missile manufacturer also includes training missiles, simulators, testing and maintenance equipment for delivery starting in 2020.” Looks like no one wants Russia back but the corrupted, ignorant and deranged. What a surprise.
From Defense News.
* EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ORDERS EU TO STOP USING KASPERSKY
EurActiv reports, “MEPs have called for the EU institutions to put more money into their in-house cybersecurity units and, in a contentious move, also demanded they stop using products from ‘malicious’ Russian firm Kaspersky Lab.” EurActiv adds it is a “first-ever such call from an EU institution, the MEPs want EU institutions ‘to ban the ones that have been confirmed as malicious, such as Kaspersky Lab’. The resolution was approved with 476 votes in favour, 151 against, and 36 abstentions.”
VENEZUELA WILL REFINE FOREIGN CRUDE TO MAKE UP FOR SHORTFALL
Reuters reports, “Venezuela is considering producing fuels from foreign crude oil for the first time, according to planning documents seen by Reuters, as the country struggles to meet its obligations despite having the world’s largest crude reserves. State-run oil company PDVSA may process up to 57,000 barrels per day (bpd) of foreign crude in June at the country’s largest refinery, according to a monthly refining plan which was viewed by Reuters,” adding, “The output would help fulfill fuel contracts for Russian, Chinese and other customers and reduce purchases of fuels for domestic use, the documents showed.”
* TAKE ME OUT
POLITICO reports, “Special counsel Robert Mueller made public new evidence Tuesday that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort directed an organized but unregistered lobbying campaign in the U.S. on behalf of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. In a public court filing, Mueller’s team released two memos from 2013 detailing Manafort’s involvement in efforts to influence debate in Congress and in the U.S. press about the imprisonment of Yanukovych’s main political rival, Yulia Tymoshenko.” This is particular ironic now how eager he was to defend the incarceration of someone else involved in politics at the highest levels given that he is on the eve of his own arraignment, the one that could finally land him in jail. POLITICO notes, “Manafort is facing a September trial on charges that he violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act by failing to register with the Justice Department in connection with the lobbying campaign, among other charges. Mueller’s prosecutors obtained a new indictment last week, adding new charges that Manafort sought to obstruct justice by tampering with the potential testimony of two people involved in the lobbying campaign,” who appear to be Alan Friedman and Eckart Sager. POLITICO adds, “In what appears to be an incomplete, draft memo titled ‘US Consultants — Quarterly Report’ and addressed to Yanukovych, Manafort wrote that he had ‘organized and leveraged the visits of’ two Hapsburg group members ‘to make critical in-roads in how policymakers view Ukraine.’ The memo is dated April 22, 2013. Romano Prodi, a former Italian prime minister and a member of the Hapsburg group, had visited Washington and met with Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and congressional staffers the month before.”
The Washington Examiner reports, “Special counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday filed a request for 150 blank subpoenas in the Eastern District of Virginia, where former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort lives. The two-page filing reveals little, but says that that each subpoena recipient must appear in the Alexandria, Va., courthouse on July 25 to testify in the case.” The Washington Examiner adds, “The 150 blank subpoenas amount to 75 total possible subpoenas — in each case, a subpoena is needed for the witness and another is needed for the defense. Court documents filed in April show that Mueller’s team was pushing to subpoena 35 witnesses in the trial. In May, court documents showed he had filed 70 blank subpoenas.”
From The Washington Examiner.
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TRUMP, REP. STEVE KING TWEET SUPPORT FOR WHITE SUPREMACISTS
The Washington Post reports, “President Trump appeared awfully eager to throw his support to Corey Stewart, the new GOP nominee for Senate in Virginia, despite the fact that he is an apologist for white supremacy”. So the fake Russian bullshit president is a supporter of a lost cause, but this we knew and have known for some time. In related death cult GOP loves white supremacy and Tweets its support for it news, The Washington Post reports, “Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa is drawing scrutiny after sharing a social media post from a British white nationalist who has described himself in the past as an admirer of Hitler’s Germany and a ‘Nazi sympathizer.’” The Washington Post notes King “retweeted the British white nationalist Mark Collett”. Ladies and gentlemen, if this is the master race, we are doomed. Even if it is not, we are doomed. And the death cult GOP was silent because again, not a cult, just ask the GOP death cult’s members.
PARENTS TOLD KIDS ARE TAKEN TO BE BATHED + NOT RETURNING
CNN reports, “The undocumented immigrant from Honduras sobbed as she told an attorney Tuesday how federal authorities took her daughter while she breastfed the child in a detention center, where she was awaiting prosecution for entering the country illegally. When the woman resisted, she was handcuffed, Natalia Cornelio, the attorney with the Texas Civil Rights Project, recalled from her interview with the woman, who had been detained under the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy to refer anyone caught crossing the border illegally for federal prosecution.” CNN adds, “Since the policy was announced in May, some 500 children have been separated from their parents within the last month, according to Miguel A. Nogueras, an assistant federal public defender for the Southern District of Texas in McAllen, citing an unofficial count by an attorney in his office.” CNN notes, “Some parents who are under arrest tell public defenders they don’t know what happened to their children, Nogueras said. Some parents also claim they have been told their children are being taken to be bathed or cleaned up, then the adults don’t see them again.” Does that set off any alarm bells for the obvious echoes of Nazi Germany, as it should! It really should! Only this is happening now on our watch. Imagine where we will be 18 months from now. Recall what things you said were impossible 18 months ago. Cornelio, the attorney, told CNN, “The government is essentially torturing people by doing this”. Nogueras, the public defender, added, “It depends on who the agent is on that day. They’ll be told, ‘We’re going to separate your kids so they can bathe.’ And that’s not true.” As the Jewish newspaper The Forward writes, “The thought of being a parent and watching our children taken away to the unknown has a familiar and deeply disturbing place in our own [Jewish] history. Images of SS officers in concentration camps separating children from their parents come readily to mind when reading these stories. To be clear, we are not claiming that our country is committing a genocide, nor do we want to, in any way, trivialize the horrors of the Holocaust. However, for our country to be employing the same barbaric practice as Nazi concentration camps is simply unconscionable.” The Forward adds, “The modern Jewish ethos is deeply rooted in this trauma, and from an early age we are taught to ‘never forget.’ But never forgetting is meaningless if the memories do not instruct the present. We are presented, today, in our time, with our own government taking children away from their parents for no purpose other than abject terror.”
REHABBING PRINCELING JARED + MAYBE SECURING A PARDON FOR DADDY
Vanity Fair reports princeling Jared is “exuding confidence now that his security clearance has been restored and he’s all but vanquished his foe, Chief of Staff John Kelly (not to mention he had a windfall investment year, raking in $82 million in 2017). Talk of Kushner returning to New York has quieted. ‘Jared is winning,’ a former West Wing staffer said. But instead of trying to fix problems around the globe, Kushner has refocused on a much narrower agenda—and earning points with the sorts of coastal constituencies that have spurned him. Sources say that is partly why Kushner hosted his own Kim summit with Kim Kardashian, and is aggressively lobbying his father-in-law to pardon more people. It’s part of Kushner’s strategy to repair his reputational damage with liberals.” Recall princeling Jared’s own Daddy is an ex-con so surely a bit of a rub for the old man is likely in the works too.
From Vanity Fair.
* PRIVATE RUSSIAN SESSIONS CHURCH IS AGAINST FAMILY SEPARATIONS
The Baltimore Sun reports Private Russian Sessions “is Methodist, a member of Ashland Place United Methodist Church in Mobile, where he’s been a Sunday school teacher.” The Baltimore Sun adds, “A headline on the current website front says: ‘United Methodists fight separation of immigrant families.’ It refers to the separation of children from parents as a ‘nightmare,’ and says the United Methodist Council of Bishops asked the government to stop the practice.” The Baltimore Sun concludes, “Clearly, Jeff Sessions could not be more at odds with the resolutions of his church and the teachings of his savior. Lord, have mercy on his soul.”
From The Baltimore Sun.
EX-TRUMP ADVISOR: “GLOBAL RESTRUCTURING” TO BRING EX-USA TO EVIL
Real Clear Politics reports, “Former Trump advisor Sebastian Gorka comments on the ‘larger strategic’ significance of President Trump’s foreign policy and explains how everything is part of one ‘geopolitical restructuring’ plan.” Yes Trudeau with his vision of women’s rights and a livable future is intolerable, but that Kim and North Korea, with a country like a concentration camp, that is the future we want! No, the future we deserve!
From Real Clear Politics.
CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA CHIEF DATA OFFICER/CEO NOW PRIVACY ADVOCATE
From the department of trolling for the lolz comes news from Business Insider that, “Alexander Tayler, Cambridge Analytica’s former chief data officer and acting CEO, is now touting his services as a ‘data privacy advocate’ after the company’s collapse.” Shut up! My goodness, the Stasi would also like to come and clean your house. Business Insider adds, “Tayler has established a website promoting his expertise, first spotted by the Finacial Times. He has also updated his LinkedIn with his current role as an independent consultant.” Business Insider recalls, “Tayler worked at Cambridge Analytica from April 2014. He was the firm’s data chief for more than two-and-a-half years, before he became interim CEO after the departure of Alexander Nix,” adding, “Tayler was also involved in setting up Emerdata, which was seen as a successor to Cambridge Analytica, before it too was consumed by the Facebook scandal.” Business Insider notes, “Tayler is now shaking off Cambridge Analytica’s tarnished reputation by describing himself as a ‘data science consultant, data privacy advocate, and tech entrepreneur,’ on a sparse new website.” Keep scrubbing Alex, the shit won’t come off so easily!
From Business Insider.
FINNISH JOURNALIST WHO EXPOSED RUSSIAN TROLLS TRIAL UNFOLDING
Up North reports, “A critically important court case about the limitations on free speech in Finland is unfolding in a Helsinki court this week. Jessikka Aro, a well known Finnish journalist with the country’s national broadcaster, has been the target of Finnish and Russian pro-Kremlin trolls after exposing the Kremlin’s social media troll factory in St. Petersburg in 2014.” Up North adds, “Finland’s most prominent pro-Kremlin online media platforms, MV Lehti, is well known for its vicious attacks against critics of Vladimir Putin. In 2015, the paper undertook an aggressive trolling campaign against Ms. Aro. Her movements and activities were tracked by pro-Kremlin MV Lehti associates and posted online and hateful memes and stories posted in efforts to destroy the accomplished journalist’s career.” Up North notes, “Well known Finnish pro-Putin extremist, Johan Bäckman, was among the first to attack Ms. Aro. Bäckman has actively worked to deny the occupation of the Baltic States and is the self appointed Finnish and EU ambassador to Russian occupied areas of Donbas and set up the so-called ‘embassy of Novorossiya’ in Finland. According to his website he is an adjunct professor at the University of Helsinki.” Up North adds, “The trial against MV Lehti and its founder, Ilya Janitsky, includes Bäckman and two other individuals.” Up North concludes, “The anti-Baltic and Western propaganda tactics that were developed, in part by Bäckman in Finland, are now being exported as far away as Canada, where pro-Kremlin writers are using similar language and tactics to attack western support for Baltic sovereignty.”
From Up North.
CNN REPORTER DEFENDS HIMSELF: I WAS QUESTIONING A DICTATOR
Mediaite reports, “CNN’s Jim Acosta defended himself from critics who are complaining about him shouting questions to President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un during their meeting in Singapore. When Trump met with the North Korean dictator earlier this week, Acosta tried to ask Kim from a distance if he’s prepared to give up his nuclear weapons. Acosta continued to ask questions to Kim and Trump throughout their summit.” Clearly the goal here is to prevent questions being asked of our own would be tin pot dictator but that is not going to happen because even if he is to kill millions, many will survive and live to tell the truth again someday. Of course Acosta’s questions “got on Trump 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale‘s nerves. He even, bizarrely, called for the White House correspondent to lose his press credentials over the incident.” You can see why this conditioning is happening and you should be alarmed by it. Trump is not unlike Kim; will Trumpistan end up like North Korea?
IN LITHUANIA, PROPAGANDA OVER A DEAD BOY IS FAKE BULLSHIT
Reuters reports, “Lithuania’s defense minister said on Wednesday a report about a U.S. armored vehicle supposedly killing a boy there was fake news and an attempt to discredit NATO exercises in the Baltics.” Reuters adds, “Posted to an obscure website but made to look like a story from Lithuania’s top news website Delfi, the June 7 blog saying a U.S. Army vehicle hit a boy on a bicycle bore the hallmarks of a fake rape claim published last year”.
—–THE GREAT GAME: BLOOD, SWEAT, TEARS + FOOTBALL—–
* PUTIN WELCOME TRUMP AT WORLD CUP BUT THAT’S NOT WHO’S THERE
The Washington Times reports, “President Trump is welcomed to attend the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Wednesday.” The Washington Times adds, “Foreign leaders currently expected to attend World Cup games include top officials from countries including Armenia, Lebanon, Panama, Paraguay and Saudi Arabia, among others, Russia’s state-owned TASS newswire reported Wednesday.”
From The Washington Times.
MILITIAS GUARDING WORLD CUP TIED TO PUTIN’S WARS ABROAD
Reuters reports, “Russian paramilitary units providing security for the soccer World Cup included among their members Cossack fighters who took part in clandestine campaigns in Ukraine and Syria that Kiev and Washington condemn as backed by Moscow. More than 800 members of at least six local Cossack organizations will patrol the streets, fan zones and team bases during the five-week tournament starting on Thursday, according to Cossack leaders and regional officials.” Reuters notes, “In some places in Russia they will also work on match days as stewards or volunteers, the Cossack commanders said,” adding, “At least 19 members of these groups have been identified by Reuters as having fought either alongside Moscow-backed separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine or as Kremlin-backed private military contractors in Syria in support of Moscow’s ally, President Bashar al-Assad.” Who said this wasn’t a blood sport?
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