NUMBER OF STORIES ABOUT NEWS THAT DOESN’T SUCK: 10
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TWITLER WANTS PEOPLE TO “SIT UP AT ATTENTION” LIKE IN NORTH KOREA
The Washington Post reports, “President Trump’s praise Friday for Kim Jong Un’s authoritarian rule in North Korea — and his apparent envy that people there ‘sit up at attention’ when the 35-year-old dictator speaks — marked an escalation of the American president’s open embrace of totalitarian leaders around the world. Reflecting on his impressions of Kim following their Singapore summit, Trump told Fox News: ‘He’s the head of a country, and I mean he’s the strong head. Don’t let anyone think anything different. He speaks, and his people sit up at attention. I want my people to do the same.’” Good morning, Trumpistan! Remember the American people are not and will never be Trump’s people beyond the GOP death cult sycophants and never, ever sit up at attention for this creature Russia has installed; the reason he has trouble distinguishing between people and animals is that as a cockroach, everything is so much bigger than him. Of course, “Later, when pressed by a CNN reporter about the comment, Trump claimed it had been a joke. ‘I’m kidding,’” when of course he was not because he is not intentionally funny ever. Why do so many “jokes” these days emanating from the White House have an overriding current of morally dubious content and gasps of inhumanity?
From The Washington Post.
FORTHCOMING REUNION OF PUPPET POTUS + MASTER EXPECTED
The Washington Post reports, “President Trump is expected to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin next month while he is in Europe for a NATO summit, according to a senior administration official and two diplomats familiar with his schedule. In a nod to those plans, Trump told reporters on Friday that ‘it’s possible’ he would meet with Putin this summer.” The Washington Post adds to the bad news, “Meanwhile, U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman is arranging for a delegation of Republican senators to visit Moscow, ending a long dry spell of congressional trips to the country following the Kremlin’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.” The Washington Post notes, “‘From Trump’s point of view, he’s had one successful meeting with Kim Jong Un, and now he wants to do the same with Putin,’ said Angela Stent, a Russia expert who worked in the George W. Bush administration. ‘His advisers have been skeptical from the beginning.’” The Washington Post adds, “Putin and Trump have met previously on the sidelines of international gatherings, but a one-on-one summit would be the first of its kind since the U.S.-Russia relationship plunged to historic lows after Moscow’s military intervention in Ukraine,” and then following the coup of November 9, 2016 that installed Trump as our fake Russian bullshit president. Horror.
From The Washington Post.
* SILENCE! PRESIDENT MATTIS IS SPEAKING!
POLITICO reports, “Defense Secretary Jim Mattis blasted Russia on Friday for its disruptive actions on the world stage — even as the commander in chief seeks closer ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin.” POLITICO adds, “‘Putin seeks to shatter NATO,’ Mattis warned in a commencement address at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. ‘He aims to diminish the appeal of the Western democratic model and attempts to undermine America’s moral authority. His actions are designed not to challenge our arms at this point but to undercut and compromise our belief in our ideals.’” Of course “the remarks offered a stark departure from President Donald Trump, who has long sought a friendlier relationship with Putin despite the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election clouding his presidency.” Task and Purpose adds, “Secretary of Defense James Mattis delivered a forceful message on Saturday to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy graduating class of 2018: Don’t be a victim. ‘Do not celebrate victimhood,’ Mattis said in his commencement address in Kings Point, New York on June 16. ‘Life as a leader is hard … enjoy it, embrace it, and practice your skill and put it to use when the hard times come, coaching the others to take disappointment in stride. And do not fall into cynicism which is just another word in the armed services for cowardice.’” We love you, Mr. President! Some day there will be schools, libraries, highways and perhaps an airport even named for our president James Mattis.
* #00045343 MANAFORT GOES TO JAIL
CNN reports, “Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will await his trial for foreign lobbying charges from jail. Two weeks after Robert Mueller’s prosecutors dropped new accusations of witness tampering on him, US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson Friday revoked Manafort’s bail, which allowed him out on house arrest.” CNN adds, “The judge emphasized to Manafort how she could not make enough rulings to keep him from speaking improperly with witnesses, after he had used multiple text messaging apps and called a potential witness on an Italian cell phone. ‘This is not middle school. I can’t take his cell phone,’ she said of Manafort. ‘I thought about this long and hard, Mr. Manafort. I have no appetite for this.’” CNN notes, “Three US marshals led Manafort out of the courtroom into the prisoner holding area immediately after the judge’s ruling. He was not placed in handcuffs. Before he disappeared through the door, he turned toward his wife and supporters and gave a stilted wave. Minutes later, a marshal returned to give his wife, Kathleen, still standing in the courtroom’s front row, Manafort’s wallet, belt and the burgundy tie he wore Friday.” POLITICO adds, “Manafort arrived shortly after 8 p.m. Friday at the Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Virginia, about a two-hour drive south of Washington. Manafort was assigned to the jail’s VIP block, a jail database showed.” POLITICO notes, “Trump on Friday called the ruling ‘Very unfair!’ on Twitter, further fueling speculation about a potential pardon.” POLITICO did not acknowledge the fact that the fake Russian bullshit president seems confused about the difference between the arraignment proceeding a criminal trial and is a formality usually outlining the charges and bail terms and a sentencing, which comes after a person has been convicted of a crime. Keep that in mind when you read the fake Russian bullshit president is negotiating over something vastly more complicated, such as nuclear weapons. Bonus: Manafort’s prison number kicks off with 45! A fitting tribute!
* MANAFORT IN JAIL SENDS A TREMOR OF FEAR THROUGH TRUMP’S MINIONS
The New York Daily News reports Trump’s new personal lawyer following a series of FBI raid on his old one, Rudy “Giuliani on Friday said the Russia investigation could get ‘cleaned up’ with pardons from President Trump in light of Paul Manafort being sent to jail.” To quote Private Russian Sessions, “There are consequences for those who break the law.”
From The New York Daily News.
* US INTEL IDENTIFIED SUSPECT RUSSIAN INTEL CUT OUT TO WIKILEAKS
Yahoo! News reports, “U.S. intelligence officials last year identified a ‘suspect’ who served as the ‘cut-out’ for Russian intelligence to funnel thousands of Democratic National Committee emails and documents to WikiLeaks, according to former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.” He added, “I don’t know whether the suspicions we had at the time were conveyed [to Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller] or whether they were validated,” noting they were, “pretty confident at the time but not sufficient enough to publicize it”. Yahoo! News recalls, “The precise means by which DNC emails that had been hacked by Russian intelligence made their way to WikiLeaks for public consumption has never been publicly revealed by the U.S. intelligence community. Nor has it ever been clear that U.S. officials had figured it out. That gap in the story of the Russian attack on the U.S. election has fueled conspiracy theories that the hackers were not in fact Russian state-sponsored hackers — as the intelligence community has firmly concluded. Instead, the conspiracy theorists have claimed, the emails were given to WikiLeaks by a disgruntled Democratic party ‘insider’ or even a spy planted inside the party.” Yahoo! News adds, “Clapper said he did find what he portrayed as an alarming degree of what he called ‘parallelism’ between Trump and the Russians.”
From Yahoo! News.
BREXIT CAMPAIGNERS TIES TO RUSSIAN EMBASSY, TRUMP CAMP REVEALED
The Guardian reports, “A leader of the Leave.EU campaign suggested sending a ‘message of support’ to the Russian ambassador after the then foreign secretary made a speech that was critical of Russia,” documents suggest. The Guardian adds, “The material also appears to show that Andy Wigmore, spokesman for the Leave.EU campaign and the business partner of Arron Banks, the biggest funder of Brexit, passed confidential legal documents to high-ranking officials at the Russian embassy and then denied it to parliament.” The Guardian notes, “The documents related to George Cottrell, an aide to Nigel Farage who was with him on the campaign trail for Donald Trump in July 2016. Cottrell was arrested by the FBI and charged with 21 counts of money laundering, bribery and wire fraud.” The Guardian adds, “Damian Collins, chair of the culture, media and sport select committee, said that Banks and Wigmore appeared to have misled parliament and ‘what we really need to know is why’. He added: ‘It makes you question whose side they are on.’” The Guardian adds it “has seen a series of exchanges that suggest a picture of communications between the embassy and the Leave.EU campaign running up to the referendum which continued in the period after Farage became an active supporter and campaigner for Trump. In October the Russian ambassador, Alexander Yakovenko, was identified by US special counsel Robert Mueller as a high-level intermediary between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. The documents about Cottrell’s arrest appear to have been handed over during a period in which Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, had his business dealings in Ukraine exposed and was replaced by Steve Bannon.” The Guardian recalls, “The New York Times published a story about a secret ledger of payments to Manafort – that were paid via the British Virgin Islands, Belize and the Seychelles – on 14 August 2016. On 19 August, the day that Bannon became campaign manager, Wigmore and Banks were invited to lunch at the embassy with Yakovenko. And on 20 August, documents suggest, Wigmore appears to have sent the papers about Cottrell’s arrest. A few days later Farage, along with Wigmore and Banks, travelled to meet Trump in Mississippi”. The Times of London published “a rare picture of Katya— or Ekaterina Paderina to use her maiden name,” Banks, the wife of Arron Banks at Trump’s Inauguration, over the weekend as well.
* LET IT BLEED: LOTS OF DATA STILL TO SIFT THROUGH AFTER COHEN RAID
BuzzFeed News reports, “The federal government has obtained more than 700 pages of content from encrypted apps on phones seized from Michael Cohen, put back together 16 pages of evidence found in a shredder at one of his properties, and extracted more than 300 megabytes of data from one of the Blackberrys seized in the April 9 raids on the office and residences of President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer. Lawyers from the US Attorney’s Office in Manhattan informed US District Judge Kimba Wood of the new materials in a letter filed with the court Friday afternoon.”
From BuzzFeed News.
ROGER STONE REVEALS NEW RUSSIAN CONTACT DURING CAMPAIGN
The Washington Post reports, “One day in late May 2016, Roger Stone — the political dark sorcerer and longtime confidant of Donald Trump — slipped into his Jaguar and headed out to meet a man with a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat and a viscous Russian accent. The man, who called himself Henry Greenberg, offered damaging information about Hillary Clinton”. Stone, a publicity and fame whore, told The Washington Post about the meeting. The Washington Post adds, “Greenberg, who did not reveal the information he claimed to possess, wanted Trump to pay $2 million for the political dirt, Stone said.” The Washington Post notes, “‘You don’t understand Donald Trump,’ Stone recalled saying before rejecting the offer at a restaurant in the Russian-expat magnet of Sunny Isles, Fla. ‘He doesn’t pay for anything.’ Later, Stone got a text message from Michael Caputo, a Trump campaign communications official who’d arranged the meeting after Greenberg had approached Caputo’s Russian-immigrant business partner.” But seeking to turn this whole thing on its head and blame Deep State, “Stone and Caputo, who did not previously disclose the meeting to congressional investigators, now say they believe they were the targets of a setup by U.S. law enforcement officials hostile to Trump. They cite records — independently examined by The Post — showing that the man who approached Stone is actually a Russian national who has claimed to work as an FBI informant. Interviews and additional documents show that Greenberg has at times used the name Henry Oknyansky. Under that name, he claimed in a 2015 court filing related to his immigration status that he had provided information to the FBI for 17 years. He attached records showing that the government had granted him special permission to enter the United States because his presence represented a ‘significant public benefit.’” The Washington Post adds, “There is no evidence that Greenberg was working with the FBI in his interactions with Stone, and in his court filing, Greenberg said he had stopped his FBI cooperation sometime after 2013.”
From The Washington Post.
CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA REBORN AS DATA PROPRIA + TRUMP 2020
The AP reports, “A company run by former officials at Cambridge Analytica, the political consulting firm brought down by a scandal over how it obtained Facebook users’ private data, has quietly been working for President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election effort”. The AP adds, “at least four former Cambridge Analytica employees are affiliated with Data Propria, a new company specializing in voter and consumer targeting work similar to Cambridge Analytica’s efforts before its collapse. The company’s former head of product, Matt Oczkowski, leads the new firm, which also includes Cambridge Analytica’s former chief data scientist.” The AP notes, “Oczkowski denied a link to the Trump campaign, but acknowledged that his new firm has agreed to do 2018 campaign work for the Republican National Committee. Oczkowski led the Cambridge Analytica data team which worked on Trump’s successful 2016 campaign.” The AP adds, “The description of Data Propria’s efforts overheard by the AP reporters tracks closely with the services Cambridge Analytica provided to both commercial clients and Trump’s 2016 campaign, including profiling voters based on data about them in a process known as ‘psychography.’ The technique classifies people according to their attitudes, aspirations and other psychological criteria to tailor advertisements or marketing strategies.” The AP notes, “Oczkowski told the AP that three of the people on Data Propria’s 10-person team are Cambridge Analytica alumni, but said they were focused on campaign operations and data analysis — not behavioral psychology.” The AP reports Trump 2020 campaign chief Brad “Parscale is a part owner of Data Propria’s parent company, a publicly traded firm called Cloud Commerce that bought his digital marketing business in August. Over the last year, Cloud Commerce has largely rebuilt itself around Parscale’s former company, now rebranded Parscale Digital. Parscale sits on Cloud Commerce’s board of directors and provides the company with the majority of its $2.9 million in revenue, according to the company’s most recent Securities and Exchange Commission filing.”
From the AP.
DARKNESS AT NUNES RECEIVED HILLARY EMAIL INFO FROM FBI IN 2016
So much for Deep State, The Hill reports, “The House Intelligence Committee’s top Democrat, Adam Schiff (Calif.), said Sunday it was ‘deeply disturbing’ that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) received classified information about Hillary Clinton’s emails from FBI field agents in 2016.” Wait what happened to the Deep State and FBI Secret Society that was out to get Trump, this sounds very different! The Hill adds, “Nunes said last week that FBI agents gave him information about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails, which were contained on former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner’s (D) laptop, in late September 2016. ‘We had whistleblowers that came to us in late September of 2016 who talked to us about this laptop sitting up in New York that had additional emails on it. The House Intelligence Committee, we had that, but we couldn’t do anything with it,’ Nunes told Fox News’s Laura Ingraham on Thursday.”
From The Hill.
* DEPARTURES: MARC SHORT, SHITE HOUSE LEGISLATIVE AIDE
The AP reports, “White House director of legislative affairs Marc Short has told staff that he’ll be leaving the position this summer. Two White House officials said Short disclosed his plans Friday. He did not offer an exact date, but said he would leave sometime this summer.” Off to the dustbin of history! The AP notes, “Short’s exit will be the latest in a series of high-profile departures in the last several months.” Sad!
From the AP.
EX-TRUMP CAMPAIGN OFFICIALS ADVENTURES IN SEPARATIST BOSNIA
Think Progress reports, “Late last week, a series of reports from local outlets across Bosnia and Herzegovina reported that a pair of former Trump campaign officials met with Zeljka Cvijanovic, the current prime minister of Republika Srpska (RS), a Bosnian Serb enclave whose local leadership has spent the past few years advocating for the breakup of the country. According to reports in both Alternativna TV and N1, Cvijanovic met in Banja Luka with Jason Osborne and Mike Rubino, a pair of American political consultants. It’s unclear why Cvijanovic elected to meet publicly with Rudino and Osborne, both of whom had key roles on Trump’s campaign and have worked closely with Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s former campaign manager.” Think Progress notes, “the meeting is the latest in a strange series of appearances from former Trump campaign officials with members of anti-democratic governments in the region — some of whom, like Cvijanovic, work directly for individuals sanctioned by the U.S. government, and are building secession movements with the help of Russia.” Think Progress adds, “A few weeks before Rubino and Osborne touched down in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lewandowski, who had been maintaining a relatively low profile during the Trump administration, popped up nearby in Belgrade. Lewandowski vaguely said he was there to meet with business officials to discuss developments in the United States.” Think Progress recalls, “Lewandowski ran Trump’s campaign until June 2016, when he was reportedly ousted by Trump’s family. Osborne initially worked on Ben Carson’s campaign, before switching over and becoming a senior adviser on the Trump campaign. (He is currently listed as the leader of the Republican Party on the Northern Mariana Islands.) And Rubino helped lead state-level campaigns for Trump, including Virginia and Maryland.”
From Think Progress.
RUSSIA APPEARS TO UPGRADE KALININGRAD NUCLEAR STORAGE BUNKER
The Guardian reports, “Russia appears to have upgraded a nuclear weapons storage bunker in its Kaliningrad enclave, in the latest sign of Moscow’s increased emphasis on nuclear arms in its standoff with Nato”. The Guardian adds, “The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) will publish satellite images on Monday which the group says show a storage facility in the Baltic coast enclave between Poland and Lithuania being deepened and then covered with a new concrete roof in recent months.” The Guardian notes, “The work on the bunker began in 2016, and the new roof was put on earlier in the summer.”
From The Guardian.
RUSSIAN MILITARY FACILITIES IDENTIFIED IN UKRAINIAN PRESS
Euromaidan Press reports, “After the Wagner disaster in Syria, Russian and Western journalists reported about its training facility near Molkino where members of that ‘private’ armed grouping were trained. But the Ukrainian portal Obozrevatel observes that ‘it would be naïve’ to assume that there is only one such site in Russia and points to the existence of three more. In the shadowy world of which such facilities are a part, this report should be treated as indicative rather than definitive; but it provides some important clues on where Moscow is currently training mercenaries and even terrorists whose existence it can often successfully deny.” Euromaidan Press adds, “The first of these is the Wolf International Center for Special Training which has branches ‘not only in Russia but also in Hungary, Serbia, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Greece and Taiwan,’ according to its website, Obozrevatel says. The head of this group is Denis Ryauzov, a military man who in June 2017 was included on the US sanctions list. The second is the Kadyrov Center in Gudermes, Chechnya. It came into existence in 2015 after Ramzan Kadyrov declared that he would open ‘the most up-to-date international center’ for the preparation of special forces.’ Kadyrov said it would train ‘not only people from Chechnya but from throughout Russia.’ And the third is the Partisan Center in St. Petersburg. In contrast to the heads of the other centers, Obozrevatel says, Denis Vasilyev, the head of the Partisan Center, ‘does not conceal the fact that he is preparing militants for war in the eastern part of Ukraine,’ not surprising since he himself fought for the pro-Moscow forces there.” Euromaidan Press notes, “These three are only the largest and most prominent. There are numerous other centers across the Russian Federation including in Pskov, Taganrog, Shakhty and even in Moscow oblast, Obozrevatel continues.”
From Euromaidan Press.
DERIPASKA’S NEW GENERAL DIRECTOR IS 30-YEAR RUSSIAN INTEL VETERAN
Meduza reports, “The new general director of Oleg Deripaska’s industrial group ‘Basic Element’ is reportedly Valery Pechenkin. Before coming to the company in the early 2000s, Pechenkin spent more than 30 years working in Russian intelligence, according to the magazine RBC. From 1997 to 2000, he even served as deputy director of the Federal Security Service and managed the agency’s counterintelligence department.”
LITHUANIA WARNS RUSSIA PREPARED FOR BALTIC CONFLICT
BuzzFeed News reports, “Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis is in Washington, DC, this week with a message: when Americans and Europeans fight, as they did at the recent G-7 summit, neither one wins. Another message: Russia is getting more, not less, prepared to take on both. ‘Russians are fully prepared to start the conflict with the Baltic countries,’ Karoblis told BuzzFeed News. ‘It’s absolutely clear.’” BuzzFeed adds in an interview, “Karoblis stressed in particular the potential problem NATO might have in Kaliningrad, a Russian province that lies between NATO allies Poland and Lithuania. Earlier this year, Russia deployed short-range Iskander ballistic missiles to the province, and the part of Russia’s most recent Zapad military exercises conducted in Kaliningrad, he said, broke from tradition in that they were offensive, not defensive, in nature.”
From BuzzFeed News.
* REPUBLIC OF NORTH MACEDONIA MAY BE NATO MEMBER SOON
Reuters reports, “Greece and Macedonia set aside three decades of dispute on Sunday as they agreed on a new name for the former Yugoslav republic, paving the way for its possible admission to the European Union and NATO.” Reuters adds, “The foreign ministers of the two countries signed an accord to rename the former Yugoslav republic the ‘Republic of North Macedonia’, despite angry protests on both sides of the border over a deal seen as a national sellout by some on both sides.”
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TRUMP IS HOLDING 2,000 IMMIGRANT KIDS HOSTAGE
CNN reports, “The US government has separated at least 2,000 children from parents at the border since implementing a policy that results in such family separations, the Department of Homeland Security confirmed Friday. From April 19 through May 31 of this year, 1,995 minors traveling with 1,940 adults who said they were the children’s guardians were separated due to the policy, Department of Homeland Security spokesman Jonathan Hoffman told reporters on a conference call.” CNN notes, “The officials used the opportunity, otherwise on the condition of anonymity, to accuse the press of spreading falsehoods about the policy.” The policy goes something like this: yes it is our policy to separate children from their parents at the border but you are a liar if you report that it is our policy as we wish to blame Democrats for something we created. However in reality, in a place where facts exist, “the government is charging the parents in the criminal justice system, children are separated from them, with no clear procedure for their reunification aside from hotlines the parents can call to try to track their children down.” Why won’t the good Nazis like Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen just own it already; they created this, Jeff Sessions announced it, no one else. And as The Washington Post reports it, “President Trump has calculated that he will gain political leverage in congressional negotiations by continuing to enforce a policy he claims to hate — separating immigrant parents from their young children at the southern border, according to White House officials.” That would make these 2,000 children hostages. The Washington Post adds, “On Friday, Trump suggested he would not change the policy unless Democrats agreed to his other immigration demands, which include funding a border wall, tightening the rules for border enforcement and curbing legal entry.” Shit throw some dynamite around the basketball hoops and call it Beslan. Of course, “Trump’s public acknowledgment that he was willing to let the policy continue as he pursued his political goals came as the president once again blamed Democrats for a policy enacted and touted by his own administration.” But listen death cults don’t do consistency; they don’t need to, not when you have sycophants for supporters.
IF YOU WANT TO BEHAVE LIKE NAZIS, OWN YOUR NAZI-LIKE BEHAVIOR
The Washington Post reports, “The Trump administration seems to be caught inside a ‘Twilight Zone’ episode, insisting without evidence that its own policy of separating undocumented immigrant children from their parents is somehow a long-standing law and that any blame should go to Democrats. The president got this ball rolling himself in a series of tweets and statements”. Of course “claims are violently divorced from reality”. As The Washington Post notes despite all the various laws of the last two decades Trump’s nativist aide Stephen Miller wishes to cite – the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Act, the “Flores settlement” from 1997, which was reversed in part by an appellate court – “none of these legal developments requires the Trump administration to separate them from their kids. Instead, separations are rising in large part because of a ‘zero-tolerance’ policy implemented by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.” As The Washington Post notes, “Many of these families are fleeing deadly violence in their home countries, particularly in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.” Finally press secretary and chief liar Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters last week, “I can say that it is very biblical to enforce the law. That is actually repeated a number of times throughout the Bible,” because we also have separation of church and state, but hey the law is the law. But hey since they went there, The Washington Post “Fact Checker doesn’t make it a habit to go around quoting Bible verses. But since Sessions and Sanders brought it up, the Bible also says: ‘When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt’ (Leviticus 19:33-34). And it says that ‘each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body’ (Ephesians 4:25).” Oh fuck, that’s in there too!?
From The Washington Post.
NOW FOR THE IMMIGRANTS IN CAGES
The AP reports, “Inside an old warehouse in South Texas, hundreds of children wait in a series of cages created by metal fencing. One cage had 20 children inside. Scattered about are bottles of water, bags of chips and large foil sheets intended to serve as blankets. One teenager told an advocate who visited that she was helping care for a young child she didn’t know because the child’s aunt was somewhere else in the facility. She said she had to show others in her cell how to change the girl’s diaper.” The AP adds, “More than 1,100 people were inside the large, dark facility that’s divided into separate wings for unaccompanied children, adults on their own, and mothers and fathers with children. The cages in each wing open out into common areas to use portable restrooms. The overhead lighting in the warehouse stays on around the clock.”
From the AP.
WELCOME TO CASA PADRE, AN INTERNMENT CAMP FOR CHILDREN
The Washington Post reports, “For more than a year, the old Walmart along the Mexican border here has been a mystery to those driving by on the highway. In place of the supercenter’s trademark logo hangs a curious sign: ‘Casa Padre.’” The Washington Post notes, “While most are teenagers who entered the United States alone, dozens of others — often younger — were forcibly separated from their parents at the border by a new Trump administration ‘zero tolerance’ policy.” The Washington Post adds, “On Wednesday evening, for the first time since that policy was announced — and amid increased national interest after a U.S. senator, Oregon Democrat Jeff Merkley, was turned away — federal authorities allowed a small group of reporters to tour the secretive shelter, the largest of its kind in the nation.” The nonprofit organization that runs the facility under federal contract, Southwest Key, “now houses 5,129 immigrant children in three states — approaching half the approximately 11,400 currently in federal custody — in facilities that are being strained to capacity.” The Washington Post notes, “Federal officials have not allowed reporters to visit the facilities that house the youngest children, and it is not clear precisely how many of those children are being held or where. In the two weeks after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the separation policy, on May 7, 638 adults were prosecuted, and they had been accompanied by 658 children, federal officials have said.” Now wait for the real Nazi echoes as, “Each day, the federal government sends Casa Padre a list of children detained at the border to be placed in the shelter, said Jaime Garcia, program director for Southwest Key. They arrive in white vans, half a dozen at a time. After they are fed, clothed and get showered, the boys spend up to 72 hours in ‘intake’ as they are vaccinated and checked for tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases and other maladies.” The Washington Post adds, “Once they are medically cleared, they join the throng of boys in the shelter, where they stay for an average of 49 days, according to Southwest Key officials. The number of children at Casa Padre is constantly rising — on Wednesday it was 1,469.” Now for the “Arbeit macht frei” moment as, “They line up in hallways featuring murals of U.S. presidents and inspirational quotes. President Trump’s image is the first a visitor encounters, drawn in black and white against the backdrop of an American flag. ‘Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war,’ reads the quote, a line from his 1987 book ‘The Art of the Deal.’” The Washington Post notes, ‘You might want to smile,’ Southwest Key executive Alexia Rodriguez told the journalists at one point. ‘The kids feel a little like animals in a cage, being looked at.’” Trump has used that word “animals” too to describe people in such circumstances.
From The Washington Post.
TRADE WARS ARE EASY TO WIN, RIGHT?
The AP reports, “China has fired back in a spiraling trade dispute with President Donald Trump by raising import duties on a $34 billion list of American goods including soybeans, electric cars and whiskey. The government said Saturday it was responding in ‘equal scale’ to Trump’s tariff hike on Chinese goods in a conflict over Beijing’s trade surplus and technology policy that companies worry could quickly escalate and chill global economic growth.” The AP adds, “The Commerce Ministry says ‘the Chinese side doesn’t want to fight a trade war, but facing the shortsightedness of the U.S. side, China has to fight back strongly.’” The AP notes, “The Ministry of Finance says Beijing will impose an additional 25 percent tariff starting July 6 on 545 products from the U.S. including soybeans, electric cars, orange juice, whiskey, salmon and cigars.” This is all of course “in retaliation for the Trump administration’s announcement Friday that it would impose duties of the same amount on $50 billion of Chinese goods.” Who is ready for the Great Lunatic’s seventh bankruptcy, this one bigger and badder than the others as it will bring the U.S. economy crashing down?! And naturally, “President Donald Trump is hailing his ‘very big tariffs’ on China,” because he is a very stable genius, just ask him.
From the AP.
TRUMP’S MUCH TOUTED ECONOMIC MIRACLE IS FAKE LIKE ALL ELSE
The Washington Post reports, “The average hourly wage paid to a key group of American workers has fallen from last year when accounting for inflation, as an economy that appears strong by several measures continues to fail to create bigger paychecks, the federal government said Tuesday.” The Washington Post adds, “For workers in ‘production and nonsupervisory’ positions, the value of the average paycheck has declined in the past year. For those workers, average ‘real wages’ — a measure of pay that takes inflation into account — fell from $22.62 in May 2017 to $22.59 in May 2018, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said.” And, “‘nonsupervisory’ workers saw their average hourly earnings jump 2.8 percent from last year. But that was not enough to keep pace with the 2.9 percent increase in inflation, which economists attributed to rising gas prices.” In a proper post-Soviet kleptocracy you also have the central statistics office lying in sync with senior regime officials; despite the decaying wages, the fact that they are being recorded alone is an act of resistance to the bullshit being sprayed over these lands by Trump, members of the Worst Family like Aryan princess Ivanka and death cult GOP sycophants.
From The Washington Post.
MIKE PENCE’S OFFICE IS TRUTH SIX FEET UNDER IN SWAMP LAND
The Washington Post reports, “Vice President Pence has transformed his office into a new entry point for lobbyists seeking to influence the Trump administration across federal agencies”. The Washington Post notes, “About twice as many companies and other interests hired lobbyists to contact the vice president’s office in Pence’s first year than in any single year during the tenures of Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Richard B. Cheney, filings show.” The Washington Post observes, “The approach has allowed Pence, a former congressman and Indiana governor, to emerge as a key ally for corporations inside the Trump White House even as the president vows to ‘drain the swamp.’ At the core of the operation is a feeling of extended family that courses through Pence’s inner circle, which includes friends, donors and former staffers who are among the lobbyists in regular contact with the vice president’s office.” Meet swamp creature “Bob Grand, a veteran Republican lobbyist whose firm billed corporate clients $3.3 million over the first 15 months of the Trump administration for lobbying that involved the vice president’s office. Grand helped Pence decide to join the Trump ticket in 2016 and then became a regular visitor at the White House, a repeated guest on Pence’s government plane, and a major financial backer — including as co-host of a Capitol Hill event Thursday night for the congressional campaign of Pence’s brother, Greg Pence.” Drain the swamp! Hasten the search for bottom feeders!
From The Washington Post.
WHAT’S IT LIKE TO COME TO WASHINGTON RIDING THE STUPID?
The Washington Post reports, “He was one of the fastest-rising political appointees of the Trump administration, an unpaid campaign intern with no professional experience who soared into a top job with a six-figure salary at the White House’s drug policy office. But on Jan. 14, in the hours after a front-page Washington Post story cast doubt on his résumé and qualifications, 24-year-old Taylor Weyeneth was feeling vulnerable.” The Washington Post adds, “Two months later, Weyeneth was gone — demoted, told not to speak publicly and finally fired as the political fallout spread.” As The Washington Post notes his “central qualification was loyalty and whose responsibilities included furnishing the White House with intelligence about career employees at a time when the administration distrusts the standing bureaucracy to an unusual degree.” The Washington Post adds, “In just over a year, Weyeneth received six promotions in the campaign and administration. They culminated with his appointment as deputy chief of staff at the Office of National Drug Control Policy, where he oversaw veteran employees and helped steer an operation that was supposed to lead the fight against the opioid epidemic.” The Washington Post notes, “Today, Weyeneth is doing temp work, including outdoor labor for a contractor at an intelligence agency. He is looking for private-sector work and is helping a substance abuse advocate on a project aimed at improving services for drug addicts.” And now this discarded detritus of Trump trash is “aiming for a second chance. He wants to add to his own narrative in the hope that potential employers might see a more complete picture when they look him up online. ‘Redemption,’ he said, describing his goal. ‘Being able to kind of rebuild, restart,’” or rehabilitate as the Soviets called it. “For the first several weeks, Weyeneth feared the press might write a story about him, focusing on his inexperience. When nothing was published, he said, he began to enjoy the job,” as number three at the Office of National Drug Control Policy. The Washington Post adds, “he was told to keep tabs on Richard Baum, a career employee serving as acting director, and other civil servants. At the time, White House officials feared Baum might be leaking to the press, according to interviews with knowledgeable officials. Weyeneth said he was told to move into an office close to Baum and report his activities to White House officials.”
From The Washington Post.
PROFESSOR WHO UNRAVELED CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA SCANDAL EXPLAINS
In Wired, Professor David Carroll writes, “More Than A year ago, after putting in a formal request, I received a letter and an Excel spreadsheet purporting to contain my voter profile from an obscure analytics company called Cambridge Analytica. Seeing my political beliefs modeled without my knowledge or permission was unnerving. But the detail that caused me the greatest distress was the currency I used to pay the request fee: British pounds. Why was American voter data being processed in Britain?” Carroll recalls, “About a year later, Facebook suspended Cambridge Analytica from its network—preempting a massive investigation that revealed that Cambridge Analytica had purloined millions of Facebook profiles for political purposes, using a deceptive personality quiz. That same day, I filed a legal claim against a network of companies, including Cambridge Analytica, in the High Court in London for failing to comply with the UK Data Protection Act of 1998.” Carroll continues, “This week, Facebook delivered a tome of responses to questions posed during Senate hearings in April. During his testimony, Zuckerberg dodged many questions with the phrase, ‘I’ll have my team get back to you,’ which he uttered 21 times. The ensuing written questions, so voluminous they numbered more than 2000 across 500 pages, obviously required Facebook’s most expensive and skilled wordsmiths to construct an impressive treatise on its business practices, while evading the most critical questions.” For example, “Who is Joseph Chancellor, Alexandr Kogan’s business partner and subsequent Facebook employee, curiously hired directly from the company that illicit hoovered up so much personal data? We still don’t know. Why did Mark Zuckerberg not disclose him to Congress, especially when that would have been extremely germane to the subject of the hearing? The documents didn’t explain.” Carroll observes naturally “public investigations happening in the UK and Canada tell a more revealing and complicated story—one that reporters in the US seem to be ignoring.” Carroll notes, “Americans haven’t yet fully grasped how malfeasance in the Brexit referendum and campaigns in the US might be intertwined in scandal.”
CONGRESSIONAL AIDE’S LEGAL DEFENSE FUND COMING UP SHORT
The Washington Examiner reports, “A GoFundMe page to raise a $500,000 legal defense fund for a former Senate Intelligence Committee aide charged with lying to federal investigators probing a leak involving a former campaign aide to President Trump has received just $1,690. Since opening it this week, 16 mostly anonymous people have given tiny amounts to the James Wolfe Legal Defense Fund. Some have used apparent fake names such as Bill Clinton and George Soros, though they were removed by today.” The Washington Examiner recalls, “Wolfe was indicted last week and pleaded not guilty. The New York Times is reviewing the work history of reporter Ali Watkins, 26, who had a three-year romantic relationship with Wolfe, 57, that ended last year. Federal prosecutors suspect that Wolfe leaked classified intelligence to reporters, a claim that he denies. They seized her records in the probe.” The Washington Examiner notes, “The case has drawn presidential fire and raised concerns about press freedoms.”
From The Washington Examiner.
THE GOOD CZAR KNOWS NOTHING BUT CONTROLS EVERYTHING
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “The Kremlin has sought to distance President Vladimir Putin from plans to raise the retirement age, saying that Putin has not been involved in recent discussions on the matter — a sensitive issue in Russia for decades. Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters on June 15 that Putin’s 2005 promise not to increase the pension age as president was made long ago and ‘the situation has changed since then.’” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty notes, “He spoke a day after Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev outlined a proposal to raise the retirement age from 60 to 65 by 2028 for men and from 55 to 63 for women by 2034,” which is pushing mighty close to current life expectancy rates in Russia. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty adds, “The changes would shorten the retirement period for many people in Russia, where the current life expectancy for men is 68. Russian government forecasts put life expectancy at 70 for men and 80 for women by 2024,” which is still below the U.S. and most of Europe.
UKRAINE LOSES CONTROL OVER SEA OF AZOV
The Kyiv Post reports, “Russia is slowly expanding its military presence in the Azov and Black Seas.” The Kyiv Post notes, “In the last few weeks of May, the Kremlin quietly redeployed six military vessels from its Caspian Fleet to the Azov Sea. They were shallow draught gunboats and coastal patrol boats designed for operations in shallow waters like those of the Azov Sea.” The Kyiv Post adds, “The government is planning to expand the border guard service squads to Henichesk, a small town in Kherson Oblast on the coast of Azov Sea, immediately to the north of Russian-occupied Crimea.” The Kyiv Post notes, “The confrontations at sea could also escalate from an economic blockade to a new active battlefront, experts say. Russia explains its growing presence in the Azov Sea by the need to defend occupied Crimea and the newly erected bridge from Ukraine.” Of course Russia does. The Kyiv Post adds, “Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said in 2016 that after Russia started its occupation of Crimea, Ukraine lost 70 percent of its navy, with only four warships and several dozen motor boats being saved. According to the official website of the Ukrainian Navy, Ukraine currently has 66 combat and auxiliary naval units, and more than 11,000 servicemen. In comparison, Russia’s Black Sea Fleet has more than 2,800 different vessels, based in Kerch, Sevastopol, Orsk, Yeysk and other Azov and Black seas ports controlled by the Kremlin.”
From The Kyiv Post.
TIPS ON HOW TO DELIVER THE TRUTH FOR AMERICAN MEDIA
The Washington Post speaks with George Lakoff, “An author, cognitive scientist and linguist who has long studied how propaganda works, he believes it’s long past time for the reality-based news media to stop kowtowing to the emperor.” Welcome George! The Washington Post adds, “‘Trump needs the media, and the media help him by repeating what he says,’ Lakoff said. That would be okay under normal circumstances, he told me, but ‘this situation is not normal — you have a sustained attack on the democracy and the news media.’ Unlike those who insist that what the president says is news and therefore must be reported, Lakoff proposes a radical reimagining of how the news media reports on Trump.” The Washington Post notes, “Instead of treating the president’s every tweet and utterance — true or false — as newsworthy (and then perhaps fact-checking it later), Lakoff urges the use of what he calls a ‘truth sandwich.’” The Washington Post continues, “First, he says, get as close to the overall, big-picture truth as possible right away. (Thus the gist of the Trump-in-Singapore story: Little of substance was accomplished in the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, despite the pageantry.) Then report what Trump is claiming about it: achievement of world peace. And then, in the same story or broadcast, fact-check his claims. That’s the truth sandwich — reality, spin, reality — all in one tasty, democracy-nourishing meal.” But most important, “Avoid retelling the lies. Avoid putting them in headlines, leads or tweets, he says. Because it is that very amplification that gives them power,” since, “That’s how propaganda works on the brain: through repetition, even when part of that repetition is fact-checking.”
From The Washington Post.
TRUMP RELEASES PHOTOS TO SHOW HE CAN GET ALONG WITH OTHERS LOL
The Hill reports the fake Russian bullshit president “on Friday tweeted photos of himself meeting with world leaders at last weekend’s Group of Seven (G-7) summit, accusing news outlets of reporting incorrectly that he has a negative relationship with world leaders.” Oh look, baby Trump needs to show he can play with the big kids and get along with others! Like we didn’t see that he isn’t toilet trained and pissed all over everything! The Hill adds, “In a string of tweets, the president posted photographs showing him smiling alongside world leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron at the summit.” We all heard his economic advisors say on live television insult Trudeau and read Trump’s tweets and remember he would not shake hands with Merkel when they first met but caressed the soft, tender, patriotic Kim just days after this G7 summit. We have a memory and remember shit something no about of fake POTUS approved photos can replace, unless we belong to the GOP death cult in which case willful forgetting and sycophantic adoration of the Great Lunatic is par for the course. But reality as always is all the fault of the “Fake News Media” or the Deep State or the FBI Secret Society or Comey or Hillary or anyone not named Trump, the benevolent purveyor of all truths. Of course “Trump’s tweets follow a viral photograph Merkel shared from the summit in which she can be seen looking sternly at Trump while standing over him across a table. Trump is seated in the photo with his arms crossed while others, including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton, appear to be watching Merkel.” Trump got bested and like a baby he says waaaaah!!!!
From The Hill.
CARTOONIST FIRED IN CLASSIC FASCIST MOVE
The New York Times reports, “Rob Rogers joined The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as a staff editorial cartoonist in 1993 and for years his cartoons have appeared in the newspaper roughly five days a week. But in late May, around Memorial Day, he said, they began disappearing. In just over a week, Mr. Rogers said, six of them were killed, one after it had been placed on a page. The first of the killed cartoons, which Mr. Rogers posted to social media and on his website, depicted President Trump placing a wreath on a tombstone that read ‘Truth, Honor, Rule of Law.’” The New York Times adds, “Over the past three months, Mr. Rogers said, 19 cartoons or proposals for cartoons were rejected by either the editorial page editor, Keith Burris, or the publisher, John Robinson Block.” And so it goes that on Thursday, “he was fired during an off-site meeting with two Post-Gazette human resources representatives.” The New York Times notes, “The firing is the latest controversy involving the newspaper’s editorial pages. In January, The Post-Gazette and its sister paper, The Toledo Blade, published an editorial titled ‘Reason as Racism’ that defended President Trump’s stance on immigration despite his profane description of countries like Haiti or those in Africa when discussing the issue. Mr. Burris, then the editorial page editor of The Blade, was the author of the editorial, which drew condemnation from the Post-Gazette newsroom”. Rogers wrote a New York Times op-ed, which appeared Friday, “I Was Fired for Making Fun of Trump”.
From The New York Times.
* BREITBART TRAFFIC DROPS AS TRUMP WILL TOO SOON ENOUGH
POLITICO reports, “Breitbart’s traffic declined in May for the seventh straight month, according to comScore metrics, bringing the site to its lowest level of readership since January 2015, and half of what it was a year ago.” Oh sad!
RUSSIAN TV CELEBRATES TRUMP’S CRIMEA IS RUSSIA COMMENTS AT G7
Business Insider reports, “Hosts of a show on Russian state-run TV channel Russia 24 celebrated President Donald Trump reportedly claiming to other world leaders that Crimea is part of Russia because everyone there speaks Russian.” If he’s yours then take him to Siberia for us, please.
From Business Insider.
—–THE GREAT GAME: BLOOD, SWEAT, TEARS + FOOTBALL—–
HUMAN RIGHTS, HUNGER STRIKE IN RUSSIA “UNWANTED BACKDROP”
The New York Times reports, “A praised Ukrainian film director imprisoned in Russia has been turning down food for a month, attracting international support and creating an unwanted backdrop for Moscow as the World Cup is underway.” Ah, totally echoes the regime in Moscow, just as the former paper of record totally echoes the regime in Washington, with this “unwanted backdrop” description of real human yearnings for freedom and liberation. The New York Times adds, “‘Time is running out,’ the writer Stephen King tweeted in an appeal for the director on Friday, ‘and he may die for his views.’” The New York Times notes, “The director, Oleg Sentsov, is waging the hunger strike to protest the detention of his fellow Ukrainians.” Then we have the customary atrocious “both sides” message The New York Times and Trump have used to deliver us white supremacy ad nauseum, as The New York Times adds, “Both sides in the four-year-old Russia-Ukraine conflict hold dozens of people deemed by the other to be political hostages.” Like, whose side are they on really because this is not neutral reporting it’s just straight up bullshit? This is the same shit Trump said about neo-Nazis in Charlottesville: “Good people – on both sides!” Who is tired of false moral equivalencies with fascists and Nazis? Anyone at all? Or everyone that you thought you did not need to argue this?
From The New York Times.
WHAT’S A WORLD CUP IN RUSSIA SANS ANIMAL ABUSE + ANTI-SEMITISM?
Business Insider reports on the first day of the World Cup, “a bear in a Jeep was driven through Moscow’s streets. The bear appears to be blowing a vuvuzela, a plastic horn that was a staple at the 2018 World Cup in South Africa and sounds like a swarm of bees. The bear then seemingly gives a ‘quenelle salute,’ an antisemitic gesture, before the jeep drives off and the video ends.” Business Insider adds, “The video was sent to Goal.com chief correspondent Peter Staunton, who confirms the clip’s authenticity and that the bear is real and not simply a man in a bear suit.” Business Insider notes, “The video has dark undertones. This is because the ‘quenelle,’ a salute that went viral in France over five years ago, is associated with racism, antisemitism, and regarded as an inverted Nazi salute.”
From Business Insider.
INJURIES AS TAXI STRIKES PEDESTRIANS NEAR RED SQUARE
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “A taxi plowed into a crowd of pedestrians in central Moscow on June 16, injuring several people, including soccer fans from Mexico supporting their national team in soccer’s World Cup that Russia is hosting. Moscow authorities said the taxi driver, identified as a man with a Kyrgyz driver’s license, lost control of his vehicle and injured at least seven people when the taxi drove onto a sidewalk near Red Square”.
—–RADIO MOSCOW: STORIES FROM THEIR PRESS AND OURS—–
* RESISTANCE ADVICE: SPEAK UP, EX-CIA + LAW ENFORCEMENT
The New York Post reports, “A former CIA director compared US immigration policy to Nazi Germany in an ominous Tweet. ‘Other governments have separated mothers and children,’ Former CIA and NSA chief Michael Hayden wrote on Saturday, along with a black and white photo of the Birkenau concentration and death-camp in Poland.” The Houston Chronicle reports, “Law enforcement leaders in Houston and elsewhere joined in Sunday on condemning President Donald Trump’s ‘zero-tolerance’ immigration policy, which is leading to the separation of thousands of young children from their parents in recent weeks. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said Sunday that children should not be kept in immigration detention centers and said the current situation highlights Congress’ failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform.” The Houston Chronicle adds, “‘Separating families harms children,’ Gonzalez said.”
* RESISTANCE ADVICE: IT’S BULLSHIT, NOT THE BIBLE, STUPID SESSIONS
NBC5 Chicago reports, “Christian leaders are condemning Attorney General Jeff Sessions for quoting the Bible to justify separating families at the border, saying he misinterpreted scripture. Sessions pointed to a passage from the New Testament during a speech Thursday to argue that all people who break the law are subject to prosecution.” NBC5 adds, “James J. Martin, a Jesuit priest and secretariat of communications for the Vatican, disagreed on Twitter with the interpretation. ‘It is not biblical to enforce unjust laws,’ Martin wrote. ‘Do not use the Bible to justify sin.’” NBC5 notes, “Other clergy noted the passage he cited has been misconstrued throughout history to excuse the actions of oppressive governments.” NBC5 adds, “Among those criticizing the administration’s immigration policies is the Rev. Franklin Graham, a close ally of the president. He offered a strong rebuke of the policies in a Tuesday interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network”.
From NBC5 Chicago.
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