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Dry, the beloved country - The Huffington Post - Surprising, even beautiful things can happen when it feels as if the world is about to end ... Tourists love Cape Town: It has the second-highest "seasonal fluctuatin of multimillionaire population rate" (i.e., summer holidayers with superyachts) after the Hamptons
Terrifying Tumbleweeds Take Over California City, Trapping Residents Inside Homes | HuffPost ... Russian thistle is an invasive species brought by Russian immigrants to South Dakota in 1873.

Kansas Terror Plot Was Rooted in Right-Wing Paranoid Islamophobia - . Most Muslims aren't going to behead people, one of the men said in the recording. Instead, "they sit back and fuck their brains out. Four kids per fucking man per year ... Their objective is to breed us out of existence." ... Naturally, the 2016 Republican presidential campaign worked its dark magic on their twisted minds ... Mad paranoia about Islam has been a slow-burning fire under modern American conservatism's undamental bigoted seedbed for decades ... "civilizational jihad" ("racist killer dimbulb hillbillies for Trumpster)

In China and India, men outnumber women on a massive scale. The consequences are far-reaching. - Washington Post - Nothing like this has happened in human history. A combination of cultural preferences, government decree and modern medical technology in the world's two largest countries has created a gender imbalance on a continental scale. Men outnumber women by 70 million in China and India ... Beyond an epidemic of loneliness, the imbalance distorts labor markets, drives up savings rates in China and drives down consumption, artificially inflates certain property values, and parallels increases in violent crime, trafficking or prostitution in a growing number of locations ... China's official one-child policy, in effect from 1979 to 2015, was a huge factor in creating this imbalance, as millions of couples were determined that their child should be a son. India, a country that has a deeply held preference for sons and male heirs, has an excess of 37 million males.

Leaders worldwide are falling for a 'deadly illusion' -- Macron: rise of "national selfishness and negativity" ... he warned of the kind of anti-migrant authoritarianism on display recently in the Hungarian elections and fashionable among far-right parties in Europe.

Russia Accidentally Sabotages Its Internet - it blocked almost 16 million IP addresses belonging to Amazon and Google.

Facebook to put 1.5 billion users out of reach of new EU privacy law (FB says Zuckerfuckyou to E.U.)
Palantir Knows Everything About You - Peter Thiel's data-mining company is using War on Terror tools to track American citizens. The scary thing? Palantir is desperate for new customers. (the vampire is sucking your life-data)

Wells Fargo Said to Be Target of $1 Billion U.S. Fine - The New York Times

Upstate NY farmer says ICE officers stormed his farm without a warrant, cuffed him, threw his phone | (voted for Trump?)

Senate panel will vote on bill to protect Mueller despite McConnell's opposition (Yertle, faithful Russian agent)
User gives a timeline of the last 17+ months of Republican obstruction of protecting Mueller and the Russia Investigation. : bestof

Manafort Suspected of Serving as 'Back Channel' Russia, DOJ Says ... Judge weighing whether Mueller exceeded his authority (in exposing Trump's treason)
Rosenstein Tells Trump He's Not Target in Mueller, Cohen Probes (un-huh)
Opinion | Smearing Robert Mueller - The New York Times - Sean Hannity and others are blaming the special counsel for one of the F.B.I's worst scandals. But there is no evidence to back up their charges -- Nancy Gertner (and Dershofuck lies again and again)

McCabe Report Is Sent to Prosecutors to Weigh Possible Criminal Inquiry - The New York Times (show trial)

Rudy Giuliani to Joine Trump's Legal Team (Rudy was born in Flatbush)
Rudy can fail - Lawyers, Guns & Money - At least he knows something about mobbed-up guys: (and Trump.Never.Paid.His.Bills)
Is Rudy About To Have His Time in The Barrel? (he was the NY leak, lock him up, ACDTBW)

I Know Everything About Being a Rat - Lawyers, Guns & Money - Associates of Trump consigliere Michael Cohen are not confident that omerta will be observed: ... "Michael will never stand up [for you]" if charged by the government, Mr. Goldberg said he cautioned the president.
Trump's Lawyer Forgets to Pretend He's Innocent, Also Compares Him to Mobster ... But why would Trump have anything to worry about, unless Trump committed a crime that Cohen knows about?
Cohen drops libel suits against BuzzFeed, Fusion GPS - POLITICO - Embattled attorney Michael Cohen has dropped a pair of much-touted libel suits against BuzzFeed and the private investigation firm Fusion GPS over publication of the so-called dossier detailing alleged ties between President Donald Trump and Russia.

House Republicans Sign Letter Urging Justice Department to Investigate Trump Opponents - New depths of shame for the House Republican caucus ... this clearly smacks of Somoza at best and Mussolini at worst. Now, 11 members of the House of Representatives Flunky Caucus jump in, demanding that the DOJ get off the dime. (and arrest Hillary)

Robert De Niro Gives Donald Trump Another Savage Nickname | HuffPost - "our lowlife-in-chief" -- "America is being run by a madman"

Former Trump advisor's father's death in Philadelphia labeled 'suspicious': multiple agencies investigate | -- the death of former National Security Advisor General H.R. McMaster's father, 84-year-old H.R. McMaster, Sr.

Eschaton: Hagiography - Poppy and W. are horrible people and their adminstrations and legacies were horrible. The people they surrounded themselves with were horrible even if Poppy could fake New England gentility. Barbara Bush never held elected office and I don't care if people say nice things about her upon her death, though I don't think they're obligated to. Still... even evil lefties are unlikely to top this: "Barbara Bush was a nasty drunk. When it came to drinking she made Betty Ford look like Carrie Nation #blottoBabs," said Stone. "Barbara Bush drank so much booze, if they cremated her her body would burn for three days."

Rise of the 'Patriotic Jouralist' (2005) .... This national security elite, including then-CIA Director George H.W. Bush, viewed the post-Vietnam journalism as a threat to America's ability to strike at its perceived enemies around the world ... the blocking of Rep. Otis Pike's congressional report on CIA misdeeds. CIA Director Bush had lobbied behind the scenes to convince Congress that suppressing the report was important for national security ... "Liberal" Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen ... espeically liked Bush's pardon of former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, who had been indicted for obstruction of justice but was popular around Washington. In a Dec. 30, 1992, column, Cohen said his view was colored by how impressed he was when he would see Weinberger in the Georgetown Safeway store, pushing his own shopping cart.
Samantha Bee Uses Sean Hannity's Own Tactics Against Him In Brutal Takedown | HuffPost - "His whole show is just an hour-long list of lies and conspiracy theories" (the meathead)

Heitkamp becomes first Dem to back Pompeo for secretary of State | TheHill - virtually guaranteeing he will win confirmation. Heitkamp, who faces a difficult reelection race this fall in a state Trump won by double-digits, becomes the first Senate Democrat to announce her support for Pompeo. (little Heidi Fuckkamp)

How Stormy Daniels and James Comey Could Hurt Democrats - The Atlantic - The intense media focus on President Trump's personal dramas hurts the party's ability to sell its message to the voters it needs most. (Brownstein conventional wisdom, people can't deal with two thoughts at once)

Across Midwest, Farmers Warn of G.O.P. Losses Over Trump's Trade Policy -- China's proposed tariffs on soybeans would hit hard in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, North Dakota and other states with highly competitive House and Senate races. (suckers are unhappy with the Turd they voted for +comment: "They voted for Trump thinking someone else would be harmed and not themselves, and, for that, they deserve no respect, sympathy, or quarter.")

Some GOP officials urge charges for women who get abortions (death penalty)

POLL: Arizona Senate Race Heating Up -- Blue, not Red -- Trump favorability underwater by 13-points in the desert
Wary of GOP complacency, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker braces for a possible 'blue wave'

Judge rules against Trump administration in teen pregnancy prevention case | TheHill - cuts to the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program were unlawful. (they want girls to get preggers so they can make them not have abortions)

Eschaton: What If There Were 10 Orrin Hatches On The Senate Floor? - Time for a revolution. -- Sen. Orrin Hatch, the father of six, grandfather of 14 and great-grandfather of 23, said he had "no problem" with such a rules change. "But what if there are 10 babies on the floor of the Senate?" he asked. -- The world's greatest deliberative body does not actually ever deliberate. Someone should tell them.

Eric Greitens Faces Republican Pressure to Resign in Missouri - Josh Hawley - But it's for a good cause ... So to win a winnable Senate seat, Missouri Republicans may have to resort to outright cannibalism. Claire McCaskill remains the luckiest politician in America.
Hawley raises far less than McCaskill despite Trump's help
The Future of the GOP Is Filled With Only The Best People - Lawyers, Guns & Money - One thing that's remarkable to me about the modern Republican Party is how those with the greatest ambition to be president are so utterly loathsome and don't even try to hide it ... The real reasons there is pushback here is that the Missouri GOP establishment hates Greitens personally and they are worried about the electoral consequences. It is indeed a wonder that Donald Trump became president of the United States
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens Seeks Restraining Order On His Own Attorney General | HuffPost - battles with other Republican state officials just keep getting worse.

Andrew Cuomo Keeps Calling Himself 'Undocumented,' Which, Hmmmm ... "raised by poor immigrants from South Jamaica" (Queens) ... His father, Mario Cuomo, was born in New York, and his mother, Matilda Cuomo, was also born in New York. ... "Wop" is not actually a term for "without papers" (slimey little lying fucker, AND Queens, hello, Trumpster, and, "fuck you, Spitzer")
wop | Origin and meaning of wop by Online Etymology Dictionary - derogatory for "Italian," 1912, American English slang, apparently from southern Italian dialect guappo "dandy, dude, stud," a greeting among male Neapolitans, said to be from Spanish guapo "bold, dandy," which is from Latin vappa "sour wine," also "worthless fellow;" related to vapidus (see vapid). It is probably not an acronym, and the usual story that it is one seems to date only to c. 1985.

If We Had a Liberal Media We Wouldn't Have Had a Paul Ryan (Pareene) - No media ecosystem with a systemic liberal bias would've ever allowed an Ayn Rand acolyte offering warmed-over Jack Kempism to be treated as a serious person with important ideas. If rank-and-file members of the media actually evinced any understanding of ideology and political economy, Ryan simply couldn't have gotten away with it ... it assumes that the most influential members of the Washington press corps even understand politics well enough for that label to make sense. They are constantly trying to tell us that they don't. (right in front of your eyes)

The Democrats' Gentrification Problem - Thomas B. Edsell -- how housing costs are driving the growing division between upwardly and downwardly mobile populations within Democratic ranks ... the core of the nation's cities is being taken over by members of the affluent wing of the Democratic Party at the expense of the less affluent, disproportionately minority wing of the party:

Black Men Arrested At Starbucks Said They Were There For 2 Minutes Before 911 Call | HuffPost (Starbucks was very bad but Philly cops were even worse)
Starbucks manager told 911 of 2 men 'refusing to make a purchase or leave' (within 30 seconds of their getting there)

L.A. Fitness fires 3 workers after black men get kicked out of N.J. gym |

SU suspends Theta Tau fraternity after video of 'extremely racist' behavior surfaces ... "extremely racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, sexist, and hostile to people with disabilities" ... Theta Tau is a professional engineering fraternity

Matt Lauer, Mario Batali, and more eye post-#MeToo comebacks - Vox - Employers need to be held accountable, not just a few bad actors.

#MeToo Unfairly Results In Person Losing His Job! - Lawyers, Guns & Money - This also seems like a good time to remind you that Harper's publisher Rick MacArthur, when not publishing terrible articles by hacks burning down the same strawmen they've been burning down for decades or urging the left to work to elect Republicans, is a union-buster who offers interns zero (0) American dollars to work in Manhattan.
Nicole Cliffe on Twitter: "UPDATE: James Marcus has informed @PublishersLunch that he was fired "for opposing the publication of Katie Roiphe's cover story in the March issue. "

NIMBYs Prevail in California - Lawyers, Guns & Money - Yesterday, California state legislators voted down SB827, a bill that would have made it much easier to build dense housing in areas close to mass transit
Atrios on Twitter: "also local control often doesn't even resemble small-d democratic "majority" control "

Sexual Harassment Was Rampant at Coachella 2018 | Teen Vogue - I interviewed 54 women at Coachella, and they all said they had been sexually harassed.

Can a Male Artist Still Paint a Female Nude? - Who's Afraid of the Female Nude? Paintings of naked women, usually by clothed men, are suddenly sitting very uncomfortably on gallery walls.

'Childhood Ruined': Scientologists Reportedly Behind Neopets | HuffPost

Pasta Is Good For You, Say Scientists Funded By Big Pasta - Facing pressure from the low-carb movement, Barilla and other companies are funding and promoting research that argues pasta is healthy.

Hans Asperger Aided Nazi Child Euthanasia, Study Says - The New York Times -- Dr. Asperger referred disabled children to the notorious Am Spiegelgrund clinic in Vienna, where hundreds were either drugged or gassed to death from 1940 to 1945. (nice brand you have there)
Study of How We Look at Faces May Offer Insight Into Autism - The New York Times
Baby's Gaze May Signal Autism, a Study Finds

Neighborhood dispute over Cambridge dispensary could upend Massachusetts' marijuana industry : bostontrees
Neighborhood dispute over Cambridge dispensary could upend Massachusetts's marijuana industry

This neighbor dispute has a clear winner. And I am now C. Fay from apt 39's biggest fans

Eschaton: Huckster (Tesla/Musk, lying for years)
Elon Musk Boring Company Test Tunnel Could Get Fast-Tracked, Blocking Metro's Sepulveda Rail Project (stealing public money, what it's all about)


California has eight of 10 most polluted U.S. cities

These Pro-Trump Extremists Had A Plan To Kill Muslims. How Were They Radicalized? | HuffPost - A jury in Kansas this week is deliberating whether three militia members should spend the rest of their lives in prison. (trumpsters)
Right-Wing Extremists Guilty In Terror Plot Against Muslim Refugees | HuffPost -- Three right-wing militiamen from rural Kansas were found guilty on Wednesday in a 2016 plot to slaughter Muslim refugees living in an apartment complex in Garden City.

'Big bitcoin heist' suspect escapes prison and flees Iceland 'on PM's plane' | Technology | The Guardian - Sindri Thor Stefansson escaped through window before reportedly boarding same flight to Sweden as prime minister Katrmn Jakobsdsttir (wait, what?)

New Zealand's prime minister is unmarried, pregnant and going on maternity leave -- Jacinda Ardern will be only the second elected leader to give birth while in office, and the first to go on maternity leave ... Women in New Zealand could vote two decades before American women, the country is on its third female prime minister ... To form a coalition government, Ardern teamed up with the very conservative New Zealand First party. In American terms, that would be like Bernie Sanders joining forces with Ted Cruz.

Eschaton: Hopefully, At Least, The System Is Improving - The UK has been deporting black people who have lived there for their whole lives for lolz for awhile and it seems there is finally a backlash which might fix things. Might. -- What is meant to happen is that British citizens do not find themselves in a Kafkaesque nightmare of trying to prove that they're British citizens, on pain of being deported to countries they have not lived in for 50 years, if ever, simply because we have a Prime Minister who is ostensibly incapable of comprehending that immigrants are actually real people. What is meant to happen is that the government doesn't maliciously ruin lives, just because half a decade ago its ministers were shitting themselves about UKIP. What is meant to happen is that you don't fuck things up on this horrendous fucking scale in the first place. -- Theresa May is bad.

Facebook is a tyranny -- and our government isn't built to stop it. America's founders didn't envision the power of the corporation. We need a new structure for self-governance that can counter 21st-century monopolies (it's called not electing Republicans)
'No Company Is So Important Its Existence Justifies Setting Up a Police State'

PRRI White Evangelical Support for Donald Trump at All-Time High - 75 percent holding a favorable view of the president and just 22 percent holding an unfavorable view. This level of support is far above support in the general population, where Trump's favorability is at 42 percent. (they have marked themselves with the sign of the Beast)

Guy with this sign. : pics (the signmaker America needs)

Data firm leaks 48 million user profiles it scraped from Facebook, LinkedIn, others | ZDNet - Profile data was scraped without user consent or knowledge to "build a three-dimensional picture" on millions of people.
How To Spot A Deepfake Like The Barack Obama-Jordan Peele Video

Tax cut windfall has gone more to executives than to workers: TrimTabs - The allocation tilts decidedly in the favor of executives and shareholders versus workers. (haha suckers)

Law Enforcement Has Quietly Backed Anti-Protest Bills in at Least 8 States Since Trump's Election -- And that may be the tip of the iceberg -- Emboldened by the Trump administration, at least 31 states have considered 62 pieces of anti-protest legislation since November 2016, with at least seven enacted and 31 still pending ... That police are playing any role in this wave of anti-protest legislation is raising alarm among organizers and civil liberties advocates (the runover protesters bill +Trump exploring deporting all Democrats to Antarctica)

Haley sets a red line for Trump - POLITICO - The U.N. ambassador made crystal clear after initially being blamed for 'confusion' on Russia sanctions that she will not tolerate public humiliation quietly. (by an erratic crazyman)

Handful of House Republicans mobilize to protect Mueller - politico - A small band (McConnell and Ryan say no)
Senate panel moving ahead with Mueller bill despite McConnell opposition | TheHill
Pittsburgh Police Prepare For Riots In Case Trump Fires Robert Mueller + CBS Pittsburgh

New York Attorney General Seeks Power to Bypass Presidential Pardons - The New York Times - Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman of New York is moving to change New York state law so that he and other local prosecutors would have the power to bring criminal charges against aides to President Trump who have been pardoned, according to a letter Mr. Schneiderman sent to the governor and state lawmakers on Wednesday. (exempts "double jeopardy law" from pres. pardons)

'People don't realize' : Trump and the historical facts he wants you to know

Comey Pushed for the Investigation That Ended McCabe's Career
Eschaton: There Must Be Higher Love - I haven't read the book, of course, but synthesizing various reviews and excerpts, Comey's basic point seems to be: Everything I did, I did it for the reputation and purity of essence of the FBI, because it is extraordinarily important to pursue partisan ends in the name of nonpartisanship to the maintain the dignitude the most important institution in the history of the universe, or civilization will fall apart. Or something. He is... bad and stupid and the kind of guy who gets high on his own farts.

Hannity's rising role in Trump's world: 'He basically has a desk in the place' (Hannity is an uneducated -- 10th grade dropout -- housepainter and "If you think Churchill was a great painter, Hitler could do a whole apartment in 3 hours")
Fox News' Judicial Analyst Absolutely Shreds Hannity's Cohen Claim "He can't have it both ways," says Andrew Napolitano
Nation Suddenly Worried Sean Hannity Might Not Be Completely Objective

Stormy Daniel's Penthouse Reveal: Plans to Donate $130K to Planned Parenthood in Trump and Cohen's Names
Trump Calls Stormy Daniels Threat Claim 'A Total Con Job' ("He looks nothing like Don Jr.," Trump said)
Ex-Playboy Model, Freed From Contract, Can Discuss Alleged Trump Affair - The New York Times - The settlement agreement, reached on Wednesday, ends a lawsuit brought by the model, Karen McDougal, and protects the president from being drawn into a legal case involving efforts to buy the silence of women who had stories to tell about him during the 2016 campaign.

Trump anti-leak drive nets first guilty pleas - POLITICO - disclosing the information to the media was his only viable option to fight profiling and discrimination in the FBI's anti-terrorism efforts (always lock up the whistleblowers, thanks, Barry)

Twitter Users Shred Donald Trump Over Barbara Bush Tribute Typo | HuffPost - "When you care so much that you can't even bother to have the correct year on an official White House statement"

McConnell considering vote to make tax cuts permanent - POLITICO - While the 2017 law provided permanent tax cuts on corporations, tax cuts for regular people expire in 2027 due to Senate rule constraints (so, to infinity for rich fuckers)

Trump's trade rep spends $1M on new furniture, blames Obama (+$475,000 for "boss desks")

Judge Holds Kobach In Contempt Of Court (he's pretty contempible)

Why There Is No 'Liberal Tea Party' (liberals aren't insane racist fact-denying assholes with tons of Koch money, duh but we can't say that so let's talk about "coalitions")

Here'ss where New Yorkers think Upstate New York is

GOP fears rise over West Virginia Senate fiasco - POLITICO - First Roy Moore, now Don Blankenship. Washington Republicans are worried about another potential GOP Senate nominee, this time in West Virginia ... Cornyn ... said ..."Being convicted of a crime is a real liability" (not for Repubjlicans and his slogan is "Vote Evil Again")

In Pro-Trump Tennessee, Democrats Count on a Familiar Face to Flip a Senate Seat - The New York Times -- President Trump won 92 of Tennessee's 95 counties in 2016

New House FEC Reports: Rating Changes in 7 Districts | The Cook Political Report - The newest FEC filings spell danger for Republicans. In the most recent fundraising period, Democrats outraised Republicans in at least 60 GOP-held seats, more than twice the 23 seats Democrats need for a majority. Meanwhile, the reverse is true in just five Democratic-held seats. That's going to force the NRCC and Congressional Leadership Fund to bail out a lot of cash-strapped GOP candidates come the fall. (Kochbros to the rescue!)

Here's Why Congressman Blake Farenthold Resigned So Abruptly -- He was about to get some bad news ... The House Ethics Committee was about to rule against Farenthold in its investigation into whether he sexually harassed members of his staff, used official money for campaign purposes and lied in previous testimony to the committee

Eschaton: Oh Dear - I'm not sure if the reason the Washington Post keeps letting Richard Cohen write columns is because somebody there loves him or because somebody there hates him, but his latest (find it yourself) is reason to remember why he was 8th runner up for WANKER OF THE DECADE.
Richard Cohen's privilege, explained -- The Washington Post columnist and alleged sexual harasser is bitter about having lost a job to a woman more than 40 years ago.
Washington Post Scolds Richard Cohen for Crude Talk With Female Aide | Observer - By Warren St. John - 05/11/98

Diante Yarber: Police kill black father with barrage of bullets in Walmart parking lot | US news | The Guardian - The killing of the 26-year-old, who is believed to have been unarmed, is being called a brutal case of excessive police force -- California police fired what sounded like more than 30 bullets at a packed car in a shopping store parking lot, killing a black father of three and injuring a young woman in the latest US law enforcement shooting to spark backlash.
Unarmed Teen Killed by Police Was 'Simply Backing His Mom's Minivan' Out of Garage, Lawsuit Claims (shot 13 times by killer cop who was supposed to be doing a "welfare check")

Thottapilly family members found in vehicle submerged in California river - The Washington Post

Harvard Undergraduate Arrested, Sparking Allegations of Police Brutality | News | The Harvard Crimson
The Internet is angry over arrest statement, but mayor really gave no cause for outrage | Cambridge Day (cops and alt-right/Russioan bots flood the discourse)
Police will review violent arrest of student; part of 'systemic problem,' law group says (and finally, a map)
Faust Calls Arrest of Black Student 'Profoundly Disturbing'
Cambridge police: In-patient evaluation may determine whether Harvard student faces charges (cops covering their asses)

What innocent question has someone asked you that secretly crushed you a little inside? : AskReddit


San Francisco's Big Seismic Gamble

The weather wasn't the only strange story from this year's Marathon

Laura Ingraham Ratings Hold Steady Despite Advertiser Boycott - since her return from vacation

Sandy Hook Parents Hit Alex Jones With Defamation Lawsuits | HuffPost (bankrupt him and lock him up)

Woman Partially Sucked Out of Jet When Window Breaks Mid-Flight; Plane Lands Safely in Philadelphia - NBC 10 Philadelphia
One dead after Southwest plane with engine failure makes emergency landing - The Boston Globe - Bourman said she saw emergency medical workers using a defibrillator to help a woman who was taken off the plane

Israeli intelligence: Objectives of Western strike in Syria not achieved - remaining chemical weapons stockpiles did not suffer a fatal hit in the strike, nor was the Syrian president deterred from using them again

North and South Korea reportedly set to announce official end to war - Pyongyang and Seoul have technically been at war since the 1950-1953 Korean conflict ended with a truce (Trump probably deserves credit for scaring the shit out of both of them)

The Two State Solution Is Dead. Supporting It Is Supporting Occupation -- The past three weekends in Gaza, we have watched, stunned, as unarmed Palestinian protesters have been gunned down by Israeli snipers. The soldiers were given explicit orders to shoot anyone approaching the fence that separates Israel and Gaza, in violation of international law (rogue racist state)

Second Cambridge Analytica whistleblower says 'sex compass' app gathered more Facebook data beyond the 87 million we already knew about : technology

Joint US - UK statement on malicious cyber activity carried out by Russian government - NCSC Site

IRS electronic filing system breaks down hours before midnight deadline - The Washington Post (definitely not Russian hacking)

The Trump administration loses an immigration case with Gorsuch as the deciding vote
Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor breaks her shoulder | Reuters - in a fall at her home, but will continue performing her duties as usual, a court spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

Trump Scraps New Sanctions Against Russia, Overruling Advisers - The New York Times (so obviosly in Putin's pocket with the pee tapes)
Trump Sells Out Nikki Haley on Russia Sanctions - Nikki Haley Just Learned That Trump Sees Everyone Around Him as Disposable Assets


Mueller Favorability Drops, People Don't Trust Facebook, Poll Shows : NPR - a net-negative swing of 11 points over the past month, with 32 percent of all Americans holding a favorable view toward Mueller, 30 percent viewing him unfavorably, and a 38 percent plurality still not knowing enough to have an opinion. (Fox's war is working)

Transcript: James Comey's Full Interview With Steve Inskeep And Carrie Johnson

Independent New York Prosecutors Pose Potential Risk for Trump - The New York Times

James Comey Interview Fails to Account for 2016 Election Decisions - Hillary Clinton Emails, Donald Trump and Russia - Our republic is at the mercy of the International Man of Integritude (good summary of Comey's real legacy of self-serving lies)

The Note: Trump world a nexus of spider web connections - ABC News (with many evil poisonous spiders like Hannity)
Lawsplainer: Michael Cohen's s Attempt To Delay The Stormy Daniels Litigation
Trump's make-it-go-away guy
Sean Hannity Takes Center Stage in Trump's Kremlin Drama (little Sean, propagandist for Putin)
Sean Hannity's Ties to Two More Trump-Connected Lawyers -- The Fox News host denies that Michael Cohen was ever his lawyer -- but Hannity was represented by a pair of legal advisers who also have close links to the president ... Victoria Toensing and Jay Alan Sekulow and Joe diGenova
Sean Hannity: All the Times Host Defended Michael Cohen Without Revealing He Was Trump Lawyer's Client
It's a Bad Day for Meatheads -- Sean Hannity is Trump attorney Michael Cohen's client. This is too much to be believed.

"You Only Hire Cohen for One Reason" : Inside Fox News, Sean Hannity's Michael Cohen Disclosure Stokes a Crisis as Murdoch Wavers on Trump ... "This is bad," one Fox staffer said. "It violates every rule of journalism."
Time for Fox News to investigate Sean Hannity - The Washington Post
Hannity's ethics under fire
Sean Hannity's idea of 'attorney-client privilege' right out of TV's 'Breaking Bad'

Eschaton: I Am Shocked To Find That Fox News Has No Ethics - I do think the attitude of the "respectable" press corps changed about half way through the Obama administration, but for a long time they resisted crazy hippie criticisms of Fox as just being PARTISAN so, you know, BOTH SIDES and (self-flagellation) Fox has a point about just how LIBERAL we are ... Fox will do nothing about Hannity and Todd will continue to treat them as a "serious new org" because those are the rules
Clear conflict, dishonest "journalism"
New York Daily News Scorches Sean Hannity With New Cover | HuffPost
The Late Show on Twitter: "TONIGHT: A new name popped up in the case of the man who paid off Stormy Daniels. Turns out Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen also worked for a familiar face from cable news! #LSSC"

Michael Cohen Made Threats to Kill Off Donald Trump Jr. Affair Story and Succeeded, Report Says

Stormy Daniels' lawyer releases sketch of man who allegedly threatened her over Trump affair - CNNPolitics (doesn't look like Stephen Miller)
Who is the man in Stormy Daniels's composite sketch? Some say he looks like Tom Brady (and now, in yet another surprising plot-twist, but it might really be Don Jr.)
These reactions to the Hannity-Cohen revelation are instant classics

GOP tax cuts have gotten less popular with voters: NBC-WSJ poll - The new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows that the tax cuts, never broadly popular, have sagged in public esteem lately -- just 27 percent of Americans call them a good idea. (the same old core insanity 27%)

Pruitt upgraded to a larger, customized SUV with bullet-resistant seat covers - The Washington Post (everything around Pruit is bulletproof, wonder why?)

Ryan Zinke refers to himself as a geologist. That's a job he's never held. - CNNPolitics - In his autobiography, Zinke wrote that he majored in geology at the University of Oregon, which he attended on a football scholarship, and chose his major at random.

Bob Corker is free to speak his mind about Donald Trump, if he could only make it up - The Washington Post - It took Bob Corker 21 seconds to begin answering the question -- If the election were held today, would you vote for Donald Trump? (the worm squirms)

Queens party boss angles to succeed Pelosi as speaker - POLITICO - Rep. Joe Crowley is making moves to take over the House Democratic Caucus whether the party wins or loses in November.

Dent resigns, to leave Congress next month - POLITICO - Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), a frequent critic of President Donald Trump and leader of a moderate band of House Republicans, has decided to quit Congress next month.

AG Hawley: Greitens committed 'potentially criminal acts' involving veterans charity

Supporters pushing for Missouri to legalize medical marijuana | The Kansas City Star (no: "dead in the water" - superrestrictive, just CDB, would give tax money to vets)

How Liberty University Built a Billion-Dollar Empire Online - The New York Times - With a hard sell to prospective students and huge amounts in taxpayer funding, Jerry Falwell Jr. transformed the evangelical institution into a behemoth. (the official church of America! paid for by you)

Apple Is Planning to Launch a News Subscription Service - Bloomberg - Apple Inc. plans to integrate recently acquired magazine app Texture into Apple News and debut its own premium subscription offering (no one you can trust more than Apple to give you the news, well maybe Facebook)

Black man videotapes Starbuck's refusal to let him use restroom - asking why he was denied access to the store's restroom when a white customer was granted access ... The video had received more than 230,000 views as of early Monday afternoon. (Torrance, CA)

Canadian parents defend vigilante actions against alleged sex predator - The Washington Post

Two Harvard law school professors will represent student arrested by Cambridge police - The Boston Globe
Video Shows Cops Tackling and Punching Black Harvard Student in Violent Arrest - "The video speaks for itself." (oh, look, Cambridge copsters go viral for all the wrong reasons)
Harvard student arrested: Selorm Ohene punched by Cambridge police officer, video shows - The Washington Post

Mass. is about to become a battleground over transgender rights - The Boston Globe - Leading the repeal effort are conservative and religious activists and some of the same groups that tried unsuccessfully for years to prevent or stop same-sex marriage in Massachusetts.

Words you couldn'tt say in The Boston Globe -- until now

Former Necco CEO wants to raise $20m to save the candymaker. So far, he's got %565

A large planetary body inferred from diamond inclusions in a ureilite meteorite | Nature Communications


2018 Boston Marathon live updates: Desiree Linden, Yuki Kawauchi capture come-from-behind victories - The Boston Globe - For the first time in 33 years, an American woman has claimed victory at the Boston Marathon ... Meanwhile, Yuki Kawauchi of Japan completed a wild come-from-behind win, overtaking defending champion Geoffrey Kirui and his 1-minute-31-second lead at the 25.2-mile mark. Kawauchi finished in 2:15:54.
Is this the worst weather ever at the Boston Marathon? We took a look back at the most miserable years - The Boston Globe

Russian State-Sponsored Cyber Actors Targeting Network Infrastructure Devices | US-CERT

Trump allies are helping Russia spread lies about brutality in Syria - When the Pentagon warned that a Russian disinformation campaign was underway, they forgot to mention that allies of the president were spreading it ... Trump's right-wing media allies and fervent supporters are helping Russia spread lies ... actively providing support to a murderous dictator who has reportedly used chemical weapons against his own people at least seven times in 2018 alone. (Prince of Lies +Fox Nwes of Russia)

Russian reporter Borodin dead after mystery fall - BBC News ... a friend revealed Borodin had said his flat had been surrounded by security men a day earlier. (an "assisted fall")
Russian Journalist Who Reported on Secretive Paramilitary Dies - The New York Times

Trump puts the brakes on new Russian sanctions, reversing Haley's announcement

Bill Browder on Twitter: "Looks like the Russian government's response to the sanctioning of Russian oligarchs 10 days ago is a massive cyber attack on the US and the UK today.
Trump, a reluctant hawk, has battled his top aides on Russia and lost - The Washington Post - President Trump seemed distracted in March as his aides briefed him at his Mar-a-Lago resort on the administration's plan to expel 60 Russian diplomats and suspected spies ... The president, who seemed to believe that other individual countries would largely equal the United States, was FURIOUS that his administration was being portrayed in the media as taking by far the toughest stance on Russia. (you know what that sounds like, right?)

Okay, what are we trying to capture here? "consciousness" - The bar for the stupidest president ever is fast approaching the center of the planet.
If we're on the Brink of War, the Fault Is Ours, Not Trump's or Bolton's -- They have an excuse -- they're stupid and crazy. What's ours? -- So to recap: the most terminally insecure president ever sits in the White House, advised by one of the most war-crazy hacks in the history of federal service, at the outset of a fully avoidable proxy war with an enemy that possesses thousands of lethal thermonuclear warheads aimed directly at us. Bear in mind that virtually any exchange of nuclear missiles between these two countries would mean the absolute end of civilization. We could all, right now, be minutes away from the end of everything, especially given who holds the respective buttons.

Trump wants to review material seized from personal lawyer before federal investigators - The Washington Post (because criminals always get to do that)
Trump is Testing An "Extraordinary" Legal Case to Contain Michael Cohen -- The president wants to review all the documents seized in last week's raid raid of his longtime personal lawyer before investigators do ... "Trump in effect wants the warrant to be executed like a subpoena to him personally, in which he gets to decide what the government sees. But that's not how it's done: the point of using a search warrant is to block that." ... federal prosecutors must have already had a strong case that conversations between Cohen and Trump were related to a crime under investigation, and therefore not protected by privilege. A warrant application involving the president of the United States would have to have been airtight. (it apparently never occured to them this might happen)

Judge Says Trump and Cohen Can't Yet Review Materials Seized by F.B.I. ("yet")
Federal judge weighs special master to review seized Trump-Cohen records - The Washington Post

Opinion | The President Is Not Above The Law - The New York Times - The Editorial Board

Transcript: James Comey's interview with ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos
James Comey's Interview on ABC's 20/20: Annotated Excerpts
Comey, in Interview, Calls Trump 'Morally Unfit' and 'Stain' on All Around Him
Loretta Lynch defends handling of Clinton investigation ahead of Comey interview - CNNPolitics - Comey writes in the book that he found evidence which he felt could cast 'seriouis doubt" on Lynch's independece (covering his lying ass)

In Searing Interview, James Comey Unleashes Against 'Morally Unfit' Trump | HuffPost
The Comey Show - Lawyers, Guns & Money - The constant pivots between discussions of how inappropriate it would be to let politics influence his decisions and his extensive discussions of how politics influenced his decisions is remarkable ... history is not going to remember Comey well despite his extensive PR efforts.
Walter Shaub on Twitter: "Comey had to know Chaffetz would leak the letter on the reopened Clinton investigation. But if Comey had written, "This is to inform you that the FBI is investigating both major party presidential candidates," Chaffetz would've dug a 6-foot hole and buried it in the forest. So... (a lot of traitors in government)

Kaivan Shroff on Twitter: "James Comey didn't trust Hillary Clinton... Loretta Lynch... or Sally Yates... So he interfered and made popular vote loser Donald Trump president. There's an alarming pattern there of seemingly anti-successful woman bias.
The "NY Bureau Made Comey Do It" Defense Is Exceptionally Weak (he has chronicled his own moral failure and his rationalization are just footnotes)

Cohen Isn't the Biggest Catch from Trump World -- Other players know far more about the president's dealings than his lawyer does. (lookin' at you, Ivanka)

And Mystery Client #3 is ... (2 updates) - Lawyers, Guns & Money
Fox News Host Sean Hannity is Michael Cohen's mysterioius client
Seth Abramson on Twitter: "Fox News has to fire Hannity. You can't have a host who interviews his own lawyer on TV without disclosing it, and who interviews a politician he's regularly advising on policy without disclosing it, and not become state television rather than a "news outlet" measured by Nielsen."

Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Used the Same Delaware Company for Payment Deals to Two Women - WSJ - Federal probe looks closely at money flowing in and out of Essential Consultants

Attorney for Trump lawyer Michael Cohen says Cohen performed secret legal work for Fox News commentator Sean Hannity - The Boston Globe (laundering Russian payoffs to Sean the Red, who forbid the court from mentioning his name; Fox's head explodes)
Hannity Reacts to FBI's Raid of Cohen's Office: 'No Limit at All' to Mueller's 'Fishing Expedition'
Zack Ford on Twitter: "The Sean Hannity radio show just started. There's SILENCE. DEAD. AIR." ... "I might have handed him $10 or something" ... (Zack Ford live-tweets Hannity)
Sean Hannity has few rules, and now Fox News has a problem -- analysis - By any standards of any normal newsroom, the Cohen-Hannity relationship is a glaring conflict of interest.

If you sue a billionaire president, can crowdfunding level the legal playing field? - The Washington Post - She put out a plea on a fundraising website and brought in more than $310,000 in mostly small donations in about a month.

Playmate had affair with Trump while Marla Maples was pregnant | Daily Mail Online

Felix Marquardt on Twitter: (fuckerberging democracy since day 1)

Incoming Pence staffer withdraws after report Trump tried to block him - Axios

Political groups, feds spent $15M at Trump businesses | McClatchy Washington Bureau (Pres Self-Dealing)

Scott Pruitt's $43,000 soundproof phone booth violated spending laws, federal watchdog finds

2018 vote margin narrows as Democratic engagement slips (POLL) - ABC News - A 10-point Democratic lead among all adults narrows to 4 points among registered voters and 5 points among those who say they're both registered and certain to vote (Dems tank, Trump incredibily popular)
Democrats advantage in midterm election support is shrinking
Democrats in Good Position to Nab Republican House Seats | Monmouth University Polling Institute | Monmouth University (or vice-versa)

The GOP's Never-Trumpers Are Really Just Never-Democrats

Republicans are the PARTY OF IDEAS! (TM), Have You Heard Our Original Take That IDENTITY POLITICS Are Bad Edition - Lawyers, Guns & Money

Arizona special election in dead heat: poll | TheHill - A poll from Emerson College found physician Hiral Tipirneni (D) narrowly leading with 46 percent, compared to former state Sen. Debbie Lesko (R), who is at 45 percent (Lesko was heavily favored a little while ago) The winner of the April 24 race will replace former Rep. Trent Franks (R), who resigned after reportedly discussing paying a staffer to act as a surrogate mother.
Smelling Blood, Democrats Swarm New York House Race - The New York Times - undefined

Cynthia Nixon Is Serious About Her Candidacy for NY Governor - By moving the governor to the left.

An Asshole Says What? - Lawyers, Guns & Money - Matt Bevin, everybody: (hundreds of thousands of kids sexually assaulted because teachers won't work for free!)

Purge Charter School Advocates from the Democratic Party - Lawyers, Guns & Money (one of Barry's Big Ideas)

This photojournalist won a Pulitzer for an image he made on his last day in the newsroom | Poynter

Here's What We Learned From Thousands Of Secret NYPD Disciplinary Files -- BuzzFeed News is making public a huge cache of the New York Police Department's disciplinary records, revealing for the first time which employees have been charged with misconduct and what punishment, if any, they have received. ("if any" : most cop depeartment make this info available; NYPD of Secrets and Coverups does not) -- at least 319 NYPD employees who had committed offenses serious enough to merit firing but who were allowed to keep their jobs. Following that investigation, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed to push the state legislature for reforms to Civil Rights Law Section 50-a, the law that cloaks disciplinary records in secrecy.

Watch: Racist White Woman in Georgia Caught Verbally Assaulting Two Black Soldiers | Alternet - The woman, later identified as Judy Tucker, and her son Robbie followed the two women into the restaurant and called them "black bitches" and said they didn't know the U.S. Army allowed lesbians to serve. (Judy Tucker tried to confiscate their phones which were recording her being an racist asshole, hi Judy!)

Sexual Assault and Precarious Work: An Epidemic - Lawyers, Guns & Money

Is Legalized Cannabis Here to Stay? - Lawyers, Guns & Money - Not that anyone should trust the Trump administration, but given recent powerful Republicans embracing legalized marijuana, this might be a game changer in terms of where the nation is on legalization.
This Profession Smokes the Most Weed -- See Where Yours Ranks | Alternet - U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranked Colorado occupations by how much their workers use marijuana. (foodies are high all the time, artsy types/sports dudes come in second)
In Boston-area condos and apartments, the smell of pot pits neighbor against neighbor - The Boston Globe (vape, dudes)

Videos show Cambridge officer striking black Harvard student (same story as yesterday, but changed the headline and linked the video "released by Cambridge Police," lot of cops in the comments)

Man Claims a Prescription Painkiller Altered His Sexual Orientation | Alternet - The man reports that his sexual orientation reverts when he stops taking the pills ... "I had never been interested in men. . When I was younger I was a little bit curious but ... (Lyrica makes him temporarily gay or maybe more like permanently)

Nathan Carman's lawyers say murderous plot allegations circulating in 'tabloid media' (like the Globe)

Here's What Happened When Professional Atheist Sam Harris Tried -- and Failed -- to Embarrass Noam Chomsky - Chomsky's self-appointed antagonist is more off-base and offensive than many realize. (Harris loves Bush/Cheney/aftermath of 911: "39% of those killed in air raids by the US-led coalition were children" but it was worth it)

What is that one simple change in your life that gave incredibly great results? : AskReddit


Prominent Lawyer in Fight for Gay Rights Dies After Setting Himself on Fire in Prospect Park - The New York Times - and leaving a note exhorting people to lead less selfish lives as a way to protect the planet,

Laura Ingraham Holds Onto Ratings as Advertiser Returns to Her Show | Mediaite - The Ingraham Angle was the leading cable news show in its time slot, averaging 2.69 million viewers throughout the week.

Boston Marathon bombings remembered in somber events - The Boston Globe

The Soviet Kiss, Gone But (Mostly) Not Missed - Men locking lips in public might be a rare event in today's Russia, but comrades kissing behind the Iron Curtain was once the height of fraternal protocol.

Anne Frank House banned Jewish employee from wearing skullcap | Daily Mail Online - "might endanger the neutrality" of the institution (which is pro-holocaust because where would they be, otherwise)

Giant Penis Mural To Be Painted Over After Stiff Resistance From Locals [NSFW] | HuffPost - Klimt added that they would let the penis remain for a short amount of time so others can enjoy the art before it's painted over (Stockholm, and "enjoy" the dick)

Judge: Transgender People A Protected Class, And The Military Can't Enact Trump Ban | HuffPost

Trump tries to appear strong in Syria even as he plans to withdraw - The Washington Post (waving his "limited" penis at Putin - "Operation Desert Stormy")
Trump drops 10 times more bombs on Syria than refugees he's let in (11, yes, 11)

Eschaton: Trump Is A Madman Who Must Be Kept From Power - Also he's a good preznit when he kills people. -- Here's another thing you should understand about these guys: The only thing the elite Washington press corps likes more than a bipartisan commission on debt reduction is a stack of flag-draped coffins.
Eschaton: Our Foreign Policy Is Run By A Serial Killer Cult - Whenever the missiles are about to start flying, everybody suddenly cares deeply for the people we are about to bomb, and it is, in fact, callous to NOT want to bomb them, and then a few days later, if the missiles stop flying, everyone stops caring again. It's almost as if... call me crazy... the entire point is just to kill people.
Eschaton: Our Foreign Policy Is Run By A Serial Killer Cult - Whenever the missiles are about to start flying, everybody suddenly cares deeply for the people we are about to bomb, and it is, in fact, callous to NOT want to bomb them, and then a few days later, if the missiles stop flying, everyone stops caring again. It's almost as if... call me crazy... the entire point is just to kill people.
ELI5: Why use of chemical weapons is internationally frowned upon, and leads to retaliation air strikes. But it's acceptable to blow people up and shoot them? -- Short Answer: By internationally held standards, yes. Bombs and bullets can be aimed, an unguided murder fog can't.

Congress should 'forcefully respond" if Trump fires Mueller, 245 former DOJ officials say (Republicans giggle)

Trump assails Comey in tweetstorm, suggests ex-FBI director deserves 'jail'
The FBI's revenge ... Trump: "disgrace" nine times ... Comey: ""We are experiencing a dangerous time in our country, with a political environment where basic facts are disputed, fundamental truth is questioned, lying is normalized, and unethical behavior is ignored, excused, or rewarded"
Trump rips 'slimeball' Comey: He made decisions based on the fact he thought Clinton would win (Republican helped Republican slimeball win, so he's a Republican 'slimeball')

Scoop: Trump tried to block Pence national security appointment - Axios - a highly unusual event, as Trump typically gives Pence a long leash on personnel appointments. This is the first time the President has tried to block Pence from filling a senior staff position. The scene also highlights

Stormy Daniels expected to appear at Michael Cohen's hearing Monday
A Brief History of Michael Cohen's Criminal Ties -- From the Russian mob to money launderers, Trump's personal attorney has long been a subject of interest to federal investigators

Michael Cohen and the End Stage of the Trump Presidency | The New Yorker

Paul Ryan on James Comey: 'I don't know the guy' ("He's dead to me. In fact, he might just be dead.")

On The Deficit, GOP Has Been Playing Us All For Suckers - the GOP is operating the federal equivalent of a huge budget bunco game ... for the first time officially projected the federal deficit rising to almost $1 trillion in 2019 and then staying at or well above that previously unfathomable level every year through 2028. ("fiscally-responsibile Republicans" and your pundits and media cheering them on)

Trump's approval rating is back near first-100-day levels (Gallup had him historically low at 38% two days ago, infra vide)
Economy helps Trump approval; his personality, especially among women, not so much (POLL) - ABC News - While men divide evenly on his job performance, 49-47 percent, women disapprove by a 2-1 margin, 32-64 percent. And while men see him more unfavorably than favorably as a person by 12 points, 53-41 percent, women do so by a 44-point margin, 68-24 percent.

Trump might survive firing Rosenstein or even Mueller. The reason: Fox News. - The Washington Post

More Than One-Fifth Of The Trump Campaign's Spending This Year Has Been On Legal Fees -- The campaign also spent about $125,000 at Trump businesses.

Facebook's Tracking Of Non-Users Sparks Broader Privacy Concerns | HuffPost - Zuckerberg said that, for security reasons, the company collects "data of people who have not signed up for Facebook" (for security reasons, does Fuckerberg ever listen to his thoughts before he says them?)
Facebook fuels broad privacy debate by tracking non-users | Reuters - data of people who have not signed up for Facebook ... Facebook needed to develop a way for non-users to find out what the company knows about them (you'll have to sign up for that, haha suckers)
Zuckerberg's Congressional testimony showed that a bedrock principle of online privacy is a complete and utter fraud -- Facebook's terms of service document is more than 3,200 words long and includes 30 links to supplemental documents, noted Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii. Its data policy is another 2,700 words and includes more than 20 links. (non-informed non-consent haha suckers)
Mark Zuckerberg's Congressional testimony showed that a bedrock principle of online privacy is a complete and utter fraud : technology ("Zuckerturd")
Durex ad murders facebook : funny
Trump Might Have a Secret Kid and Mark Zuckerberg's Second Day in Congress | The Daily Show - YouTube - (Zuck is hu-man and your reps are mo-rans)
'Dear Mark, this is why I hate you.' An open letter to Zuckerberg : technology
Watch the TED Talk that people were talking about from Jaron Lanier - Recode - I call them behavior modification empires

More popular vote-electoral college splits may be in our future - The Washington Post - demographics and shifting voting patterns present trade-offs for both parties, as they try to reach out for support from constituencies that have eluded them while holding to their core groups. (the system is rigged and Rethugs will win, usually)

LGBT 'Conversion Therapy' Is Dying a Quick Death Across America. Good. -- There is perhaps no other LGBT-related issue in the U.S. that has garnered such bipartisan levels of support.

A $76,000 Monthly Pension: Why States and Cities Are Short on Cash - The New York Times - Governments are struggling as mounting pension obligations crowd -- out the rest of their budgets. Oregon faces a severe, self-inflicted crisis ... Joseph Robertson, an eye surgeon who retired as head of the Oregon Health & Science University last fall ($8 million/yr for some retired college pres, of course the grift goes on)

Cambridge mayor calls video of Harvard student's arest 'distrubing' ... a video of a police officer repeatedly striking a black Harvard University student pinned to the ground by fellow officers during his arrest ... Two Cambridge officers were also treated for minor injuries and unprotected exposure to bodily fluids (he bled on them)

Cops Arrest 2 Black Men Sitting In Starbucks For 'Trespassing': Video | HuffPost - "We declined to bring charges against the two men because there was a lack of evidence that a crime was committed" (not that we're racist fucking cops or anything)
Oakland Cop Who Was Fired and Criminally Prosecuted for Drunken Home Invasion and Assault Is Suing to Get His Job Back : news

Stan Lee makes a statement regarding elder abuse rumors : videos

Hackers stole a casino's high-roller database through a thermometer in the lobby fish tank : news

The "Queen Bee" phenomenon, where female leaders mistreat subordinate women and stop their advancement, may be a myth, based on a new study of 8.3 million organizations in 5,600 Brazilian municipalities, which found female leaders more benevolent and appointed more subordinate females as managers. (made up by toxic men)
Do women prefer female bosses? - ScienceDirect - In two US datasets, female job satisfaction is lower under female supervision. Male job satisfaction is unaffected by the gender of the boss.

1911 - A Trip Through New York City (speed corrected w/ added sound) - YouTube (see 5:31)
Amazing Collection, New York 1900 (In Color) - YouTube
1967 - London Street Scenes (added sound w/ color remaster) - YouTube

Researchers have found that more than one-third of patients who denied that their self-inflicted gunshot wound resulted from a suicide attempt most likely had indeed tried to kill themselves, and commonly were sent home from the hospital without further mental health treatment. : science

Checkmate flat earthers : videos

TIL: The ingredient in spicy peppers, Capsaicin, is sometimes strong enough to cause prostate cancer to "commit suicide" : todayilearned

Computer technicians what's the most bizarre thing that you have found on a customers computer? : AskReddit
Oh... : funny


Abuse Survivors Demand Concrete Action After Pope Admits His 'Serious Errors' | HuffPost (popester fucked up, back-tracks)

Key Evidence Disappeared From Police Custody During Investigation Into Russian Whistleblower's Death, Court Hears (UK cops are always "losing" evidence of Russian murders)

U.S., Britain and France Strike Syria Over Suspected Chemical Weapons Attack - The New York Times
Damascus defiant as U.S. strikes prove more limited than feared - The Washington Post (Trump waves his limited penis) Syria, Russia and Iran shrugged off strikes on Saturday by the United States and its allies against three Syrian chemical weapons facilities ...
Donald Trump Ordered Syria Strike Based on a Secret Legal Justification Even Congress Can't see

Eschaton: The Answer is Obviously War - And surely Donald Trump and Theresa May have nothing but the best interests of the Syrian people at heart. The moderate rebels, at least!
An attack on Syria could be disastrous. But the warmongers won't be told -- Our leaders and elites continue to promote violence in the Middle East. Meanwhile, they pour scorn on those who oppose unjust wars
Eschaton: A Zen Koan For Our Times - "I believe that the US, UK, & France did the right thing by striking Syria over chemical weapons. It will not stop the war nor save the Syrian people from many other horrors. It is illegal under international law. But it at least draws a line somewhere & says enough. -- Anne-Marie Slaughter (@SlaughterAM) April 14, 2018" (remember Anne-Marie?)
Trump supporters slam decision to launch strikes against Syria | TheHill

You Cretins Are Going To Get Thousands Of People Killed (Pareene, a year ago)

Kakistocracy, a 374-year-old word that means 'government by the worst' just broke the dictionary ... " those Sanctimonious Incendiaries, who have fetched fire from heaven to set their Country in combustion, have pretended Religion to raise and maintain a most wicked rebellion, against those Neros, who have ripped up the womb of the mother that bare them, and wounded the breasts that gave them suck, against those cannibals who feed upon the flesh and are drunk with the blood of their own brethren, against those Catilines who seek their private ends in the public disturbance, and have set the kingdom on fire to roast their own eggs..." (and yes, it really means "ruled by (ca-cas) shits")

Joe Wilson Reacts To Scooter Libby Pardon: 'Trump Is A Vile And Despicable Individual' | HuffPost - The former ambassador and his wife, former CIA agent Valerie Plame, were at the center of the Libby case. She says Trump's basis for the pardon is "simply false" ... " Mr. Trump is willing to allow people to violate the essence of our defense structure, our national security, our intelligence apparatus and essentially get away with it"
Opinion | Trump Pardoned Libby to Protect Himself From Mueller - The New York Times - By Marcy Wheeler
Trump Pardons Scooter Libby in a Case That Mirrors His Own - The New York Times
Eschaton: We Were The Only Ones Who Knew - The pardon of Scooter Libby is a reminder of the horrors of the Bush administration, and how most people just didn't know and certainly don't remember just how horrible it was. There are a lot of reasons for this, including general post-9/11 benefit of the doubt and a pundit/media environment that tended to downplay every transgression. Obviously journalists were doing the work to uncover that stuff, but the weight of opinionating and NPRing and CableNewsing and the framing by political, as opposed to investigative or war, reporters made a whole bunch of stuff that was not, actually, normal, appear to be normal. The Bush administration was awful. Try not to forget.

Mueller has evidence that Trump confidant went to Prague, despite denials | McClatchy Washington Bureau - Michael Cohen, secretly made a late-summer trip to Prague during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to two sources familiar with the matter.
Michael Cohen's visiting Prague would be a huge development in the Russia investigation -- If true. (Trump says "It was a different Michael Cohen.")
Planespotting: Michael Cohen's Amazing Journey ... Inanely, CNN claimed that they had it "confirmed" that Michael Cohen was not in Prague, Czech Republic, when the dossier said he was ... "a different Michael Cohen" (haha suckers, CNN "confirmed" it with Trumpster himself +Louis Mensch a year later looks pretty smart while CNN was in the pocket of "transactional" Trump)
Michael Cohen May Learn the Hard Way That There's No Such Thing As Consigliere-Client Privilege

FBI Seized Recordings Between Michael Cohen And Stormy Daniels' Former Lawyer: Report | HuffPost (hmmmm)

Real or 'fake news'? Either way, allegations of lewd tape pose challenge for Trump

Trump's miserable crew has never been so desperate ... Despite playing tennis, golf and football during his college days, Trump took five deferments, four for college and one for bone spurs in his feet. On the day Trump graduated from college, 40 Americans were killed in Vietnam. (and John Kerry faked his Swift boat)

The anti-anti-Trump cohort has a fatal flaw in its thinking - The Washington Post

Sure, McCabe and Comey made mistakes. But that's not why they were fired. (McCabe acted like the partisan Republican he is, and Comey was fired by Trump for being too mean to "Crooked Hillary.")

Republicans lose their favorite campaign message: Repealing Obamacare - The Washington Post (what will Ted Cruz do?)

Kentucky Governor Blames Teacher Protest For Inevitable Sexual Assault Of Children Left Home Alone | HuffPost - Matt Bevin has a bleak view of his fellow Kentuckians (with good reason)

America's Overpaid and Underachieving Elites Outdoing Themselves in East Lansing - Lawyers, Guns & Money - After Michigan State President Lou Ann Simon postmaturely reigned in the wake of a staggering institutional failure, MSU asked a greasy Republican hack to replace her. This is going about as well as you'd expect

Trump Promised Senator No Federal Crackdown On Legal Weed, But Who Even Knows | HuffPost - Let's see if Trump keeps his word (it would be a rare event)

Eschaton: That's A Lot Of People! - Let me pull out my napkin to do some math. -- " Thirty million people, conservatively, could visit the American Dream Meadowlands in its first year of opening, a leading local business advocate says." (12 million more than Disneyland, hahah suckers +". Roughly 2 full highway lanes at optimal capacity running 12 hour per day!")

'Internal Investigation' Underway Following Arrest At Philly Starbucks (8 philly cops arrest 2 men waiting for a friend so they could have coffee)
Starbucks issues apology, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Ross says officers 'did absolutely nothing wrong' - Philly

Boxer Wears Anti-Immigrant Trunks, Gets Soundly Beaten By Mexican Opponent

Self-help gurus like Tony Robbins have often stood in the way of social change - The Washington Post - Focusing on the individual at the expense of society.

Cambridge police to conduct internal review following use of force during arrest - The Boston Globe - of a 21-year-old Harvard University student ... Selorm Ohene of Cambridge approached them with clenched fists after officers responded to calls reporting a naked man on a traffic island near the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Waterhouse Street, along Cambridge Common in Harvard Square


Suspected White Supremacist Died Building ISIS-Style Bombs - Friends and family say Ben Morrow was a Bible-toting lab worker. Investigators say he was a bomb-building white supremacist ... Morrow, 28, died in an explosion in the kitchen of his Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, apartment on March 5. His home was filled with bomb-making substances so volatile that firefighters chose to destroy the 16-unit apartment block in a controlled blaze, rather than let Morrow<'s neighbors continue to live in the building ... One of Morrow's neighbors told the Wisconsin State Journal he planned on digging through the rubble to find a dead relative's World War II dog tags, which had been left inside to burn ... Morrow's family described him as a religious man, who grew up homeschooled and later studied pre-pharmacy, math, and chemistry at Pensacola Christian College in Florida

'I will arrest you': Duterte warns ICC lawyer to steer clear of Philippines ... International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor if she conducts activities in his country, arguing it was no longer an ICC member so the court had no right to do any investigating.

Father Seeking Justice For Teen'S Alleged Rape At Hands Of Indian Lawmaker Dies In Custody - after sustaining injuries that his family said were from retaliatory beating

In Nobel Scandal, a Man Is Accused of Sexual Misconduct. A Woman Takes the Fall. - The New York Times - The first woman to lead the body that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature was forced out on Thursday, a stunning casualty in a sexual abuse and harassment scandal that has threatened to sully one of the world's most acclaimed cultural honors ... The scandal has reached the highest levels of the government ... at least 18 women had accused Jean-Claude Arnault, a major cultural figure, of sexual assault and harassment. Mr. Arnault is married to the poet Katarina Frostenson, a member of the academy, and together they run a private cultural club, called the Forum, that has received money from the academy ... It also reported that Mr. Arnault had leaked information about the winner of the prize seven times since 1996 ... "A headstrong woman is not what they are used to in the Swedish Academy." ("headstrong" = "honest" +Swedish patriarchy covers up crimes)

Cops Around the Country Can Now Unlock iPhones, Records Show - Motherboard - A Motherboard investigation has found that law enforcement agencies across the country have purchased GrayKey, a relatively cheap tool for bypassing the encryption on iPhones, while the FBI pushes again for encryption backdoors.

A Former Russian Spy Worked On A Trump Moscow Deal While Trump Was Running For President - But in a twist, that former officer also provided intelligence to the US.
Exclusive: Two top Trump officials are ex-lobbyists for a billionaire with deep ties to Russian oligarchs - VICE News

Eschaton: Morning Thread - In a million years I never thought I would be talking about Scooter Libby in 2018. But, it makes sense in order to set up pardons for the current crew of criminals. Can't get much more transparent than this.
Trump Plans to Pardon Scooter Libby in C.I.A. Leak Case - The New York Times

Eschaton: The Pee Tape Is Real - Or something very similar, anyway. Trump is the most transparent dotard on the planet. If he couldn't stop talking about it with Comey, it's real. -- More than that, it's pretty clear that whatever Trump is criminally guilty of, what he's actually worried about is the more personal stuff. he's frightened the world might see his naked body in all of its glory, metaphorically at least.
Donald Trump's Hometown Newspaper Just Burned Him With A Savage Nickname | HuffPost -- PEE BRAIN!
Jamey Comey details Trump's obsession with the 'pee tape'
Seth Meyers Decodes The 'Pee Tape' News: 'Oh My God. It's Real!' | HuffPost "iT HAS TO BE."

Comey and the Clinton Rules - Lawyers, Guns & Money We are getting the first reports of Comey's defense of his history-altering misconduct in October 2016, and I think one element deserves some pushback:
James Comey's Memoir Shows How Trump Won - The Atlantic - The former FBI director has a low opinion of the president who fired him, but his disregard for Justice Department rules helped put Trump in the White House to begin with.

Inspector general report faults Andrew McCabe for unauthorized disclosure of information, misleading investigators - The Washington Post

A Liberal Is Someone Who Won't Take His Own Side In A Fight - Obama really does embody the stereotype sometimes, as does Schumer: (float-above-it-all Barry and Chuckie Fuckie had Comey's back)

Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein tells confidants he is prepared to be fired - Under fire, the deputy attorney general has invoked a Martin Luther quote to say he stands by his actions.
Trump's flimsy case against Rosenstein shows aim is to obstruct Mueller

Trump Favorable Rating Dips - favorable rating, already low by historical standards, has dropped to 38% -- while his unfavorable rating is at 59%. (most unpopular president ever contrary to recent wishful thinking his popularity was surging because the economy is so great)

Eschaton: Obstruction - Back in the 90s (ancient history, blahblah), if anyone went on cable news to defend Clinton everyone would start screaming OBSTRUCTION.
Trump Responds To Allegations In James Comey's Book, Calls Him 'Untruthful Slime Ball' | HuffPost - "It was my great honor to fire James Comey!"
Eschaton: Comey Ain't Right - Just something to keep in mind. -- If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be? -- The United States Constitution isn't a book, so I would pick "The Road to Character" by David Brooks (shallow minds think alike, ironically)

Trump Sees Inquiry Into Cohen as Greater Threat Than Mueller - The New York Times
Eschaton: Transactional - Movie's getting better. - Washington (CNN)Donald Trump's personal attorney often recorded telephone conversations both before and during the 2016 presidential campaign that likely have been scooped up in the FBI raid on attorney Michael Cohen's apartment, office and hotel room, according to sources familiar with the matter ... Trump viewed the media relationships as transactional, the source said. ("transactional" = he paid them off)
Trump's Lawyer May Have Stored 'Gold Mine' Of Recorded Conversations: Report | HuffPost
Trump lawyer fights to shield items seized in FBI raid
"These Are Not Very Bright Guys" ("You took notes on a fucking criminal conspiracy???" is a meme)

R.N.C. Official Who Agreed to Pay Playboy Model $1.6 Million Resigns - The New York Times ... "impregnated" (and boy is he ugly)
Cohen negotiated $1.6M settlement for GOP donor who allegedly impregnated Playboy model: report | TheHill

Newt Gingrich's shameless smear of the FBI (remember Henry Lewis Gates? and conservative heads exploding when Obama "criticized" the Cambridge copsters? "My how things have changed.")

Missouri's Governor Sounds A Lot Like Another Politician Accused Of Sexual Assault | HuffPost

Scott Pruitt Uses Multiple 'Secret' Email Accounts, Senators Say | HuffPost - Democratic senators wonder if the embattled EPA chief is using the email scheme to duck open-records laws. (but Hillaaaarrrrry!)

GOP breaks the glass as House outlook darkens - POLITICO - The party is scrambling to shore up seats deep in Trump country, where incumbents won by double digits in 2016 (Steve Stivers is a little cross-eyed)

The Charter School Lobby - Lawyers, Guns & Money - Maybe Chait will announce his support for Antonio Villaraigosa next, since all the charter school hacks are all in for his run for California governor.

HHS official shared post saying 'forefathers' would have 'hung' Obama, Clinton for treason (again, where do they find these "people")

How Are Never Trump Conservatives Different from Trump Conservatives? - Like to Offer This Sanity Quiz to All #NeverTrump Conservatives -- Nicolle Wallace, David Frum, Joe Scarborough, Bill Kristol: Step right up.

Trump, Gardner strike deal on legalized marijuana, ending standoff over Justice nominees - The Washington Post - defusing a months-long standoff between Sen. Cory Gardner and the administration over Justice Department nominees ... In a phone call late Wednesday, Trump told Gardner that despite the DOJ memo, the marijuana industry in Colorado will not be targeted, the senator said in a statement Friday. (and if you believe that +Boehner and Weld were in on the deal)

The Michael Cohen raid could backfire. This story shows how. - The Washington Post (Gary Abernathy and the Hilssboro, OH Gazette, ex W.Va Republican party chairman and becaUse some idiot small-town hick police chief is the same as Robert Mueller)

Tronc cuts dozens of employees, including former Times Editor Lewis D'Vorkin (the venture guys destroy another American institution +they really aren't very smart)

'Crisis Actor' Alex Jones Gets A Taste Of His Own Medicine In Brilliant Troll | HuffPost - Comedy Central confronts the Infowars host with a stunning accusation.

LGM Podcast: Bhagwan's Best

Black teen misses bus, gets shot at after asking for directions in Rochester Hills - Story | WJBK

Eschaton: Can't Make An Omelette Without Busting A Few Skulls - "But right now self-driving cars are learning. They're student drivers."

Anomalously weak Labrador Sea convection and Atlantic overturning during the past 150 years | Nature -- The Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (AMOC) is a system of ocean currents that has an essential role in Earth's climate, redistributing heat and influencing the carbon cycle, The AMOC has been shown to be weakening in recent years ...

U.S. officials: Blood samples show nerve agent, chlorine in Syria gas attack
Tucker Carlson Gets Petty After Noah Rothman Bests Him in Intense Syria Showdown | Mediaite

Holocaust Is Fading From Memory, Survey Finds - The New York Times - 41 percent of American adults did not know what Auschwitz was ... Forty-one percent of Americans, and 66 percent of millennials, cannot say what Auschwitz was. Only 39 percent of Americans know that Hitler was democratically elected

Nation's emergency alert systems aren't safe from hackers | McClatchy Washington Bureau - The emergency alert systems that blare out warnings during natural disasters, terrorist incidents or manmade calamities could be hijacked into sending out false alarms.

Pennsylvania Will Eliminate Paperless Voting Machines In Time For The 2020 Election - The largest swing state that can't fully audit its votes says that'll be fixed by the next presidential election.

Eschaton: We Can See You - A reasonable test of motives is whether the people who are advocating that we bomb the shit out of people for humanitarian reasons ever advocate that we do anything else whatsoever for humanitarian reasons. In our elite discourse, the answer is usually no ... Obviously Trump is more callous about such matters (as Trump is more callous about all matters), but we weren't exactly bombing the world with food and hospitals before Trump. tl;dr: Most of our elites love war. I am not sure why. But any excuse will do.

Trump chooses impulse over strategy as crises mount - The Washington Post - They quickly regrouped and, together with Pentagon brass, continued readying Syria options for Trump as if nothing had happened. (he has the "best" instincts and impulses because his "gut" is the best)

Trump weighs rejoining Trans-Pacific Partnership amid trade dispute with China - The Washington Post - The move would mark a stunning reversal for Trump, who sharply criticized the pact as a "disaster" and made opposition to global trade deals a centerpiece of his economic agenda as a candidate.

10/7 - Lawyers, Guns & Money
Natasha Bertrand on Twitter: "????????????????????? 4:03 pm, 10/7: Access Hollywood tape 4:32 pm, 10/7: WikiLeaks email dump " (Republican reps are rossian bots)

Expect President Trump to Fire Rod Rosenstein - The Atlantic - If the president can, with impunity, remove the deputy attorney general, the very notion that law enforcement has a higher function than serving power becomes a lie.

Trump tweets about conspiracies he sees behind challenges - The Washington Post
Trump Attacks NYT Report, Insists He Has Power To Fire Robert Mueller | HuffPost - Experts, however, say only Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has the power to remove Mueller. (when have your "experts" ever mattered to Republicans?)
Playbook: Eight brutal months are coming up - POLITICO - "If I wanted to fire Robert Mueller in December, as reported by the Failing New York Times, I would have fired him. Just more Fake News from a biased newspaper!"
It Won't Exactly Be The Streisand Effect -- SHould We Call It The Trump Effect? ... his efforts to distract from something he doesn't want us to notice makes us pay attention even more. Maybe he's not stupid enough to do this -- but he was stupid enough to fire Comey in the first place, so why not?

Scoop: Ricky Waddell is leaving the White House - Axios - deputy National Security Adviser Ricky Waddell (Bolton housecleaning)

James Comey Has a Story to Tell. It's Very Persuasive
In new book, Comey says Trump 'untehered to truth' ... "ego driven and about personal loyalty"
James Comey'ss memoir: Trump fixates on proving lewd dossier allegations false
Comey: Trump asked me to investigate 'pee tape' to reassure Melania

GOP's new pro-Trump spin on Comey is utter nonsense

Trump, Mueller teams prepare to move forward without presidential interview
White House is prepping an effort to undermine Rosenstein - CNNPolitics
Chart: This Is What Happens If Trump Fires Mueller - The president can't get rid of the special counsel on his own. Trying to do it would set off a chain of events that would convulse the country.

Exclusive: Inside the GOP plan to discredit Comey - CNNPolitics - allies are preparing an extensive campaign to fight back against James Comey's publicity tour, trying to undermine the credibility of the former FBI director by reviving the blistering Democratic criticism of him before he was fired nearly a year ago.

Pompeo's confusing answer about whether Trump asked him to intervene in the Russia investigation (meanwhile in lie-lie land)

Eschaton: Loyalty - Trump is a man who clearly prizes loyalty, but has no respect for his lickspittles and no sense of obligation towards them. And, other than the paycheck, they doubtfully feel any towards him. Clean, cold, cost/benefit analysis. What else would businessman Trump endorse? ... He said that he is very loyal to Trump but after what happened on Monday, he'd rethink how he handled the payments to Daniels because of the impact on his family. -- "Very." "Loyal."

Raid on Trump's Lawyer Sought Records on 'Access Hollywood' Tape

The Story Behind TIME's 'Stormy' Donald Trump Cover (brilliant)

The National Enquirer, a Trump Rumor, and Another Secret Payment to Buy Silence - How the media organization protected the Presidential candidate early in his campaign. - Ronan Farrow
Investigators Focus on Another Trump Ally: The National Enquirer - The New York Times
$30,000 rumor? Tabloid paid for, spiked, salacious Trump tip - Eight months before the company that owns the National Enquirer paid $150,000 to a former Playboy Playmate who claimed she'd had an affair with Donald Trump, the tabloid's parent made a $30,000 payment to a less famous individual: a former doorman at one of the real estate mogul's New York City buildings.

Pompeo failed to disclose Chinese business connection | McClatchy Washington Bureau - CIA Director Mike Pompeo failed to disclose last year that he owned a Kansas business that imported oilfield equipment from a company owned by the Chinese government.

'Good riddance' : : Trumpian right celebrates retirement of 'globalist' Paul Ryan (window into pure insanity +Breitbart/Gorka and "globalist" is dog-whistle for "Jews" that's right, Ryan is controlled by "the Jews")

Trump Allies and House Republicans to Paul Ryan: Get Out Now - The White House is concerned about how many House Republicans may be following the speaker out. Others are worried about what he might do during his remaining days in office. (speaking of "loyalty")
Donald Trump Takes Out Paul Ryan, and 'It's Going to Be a Civil War' -- Everything Trump touches dies, and the speaker's legacy is no exception ("legacy" of fraud)
House Speaker Paul Ryan was the biggest fraud in American politics -- Good riddance.
Fanatic, Fraud, Factotum: The Rise and Fall of Paul Ryan
What Ryan Wrought -- Paul Ryan's legacy will be defined by his support for Donald Trump.
Ryan Found Himself on the Margins as the G.O.P. Moved Right - The New York Times

Paul Ryan is abandoning the ship before it sinks - The Washington Post ... In sum, Ryan retreats from the scene after loading the country up with debt and leaving virtually every other agenda item save tax cuts undone. He fantasized that in backing Trump, who lacks conservative principles (or any principles), he'd have carte blanche to enact the entire GOP agenda. He made his Faustian bargain with Trump on the false assumption that Trump would be compliant, take direction from House Republicans and demonstrate enough discipline to get through a slew of initiatives. That did not come to pass ...
Invertebrate - Wikipedia (scroll down)
Wikipedia Invertebrate Page Edited to Include Paul Ryan
Trump Didn't Break the Speakership, It Was Already Broken (by Gingrich and the radical right)

Lawmakers' Letter Claims Further Spending Abuses by the E.P.A. Head, Scott Pruitt (corruption is a full-time job)

Trump Court Pick Thinks Planned Parenthood - Kills Over 150,000 Females A Year' - Wendy Vitter refused to tell senators if she still agrees with a speech she gave at a 2013 anti-abortion rally (oh look, Diaper David's wife is a lying Republican moron)
Trump nominee won't say if she supports school segregation - NY Daily News
Trump Judicial Nominee Refuses To Say If She Agrees With Desegregated Schools | HuffPost - President Donald Trump nominated Wendy Vitter to be a federal judge in the Eastern District of Louisiana.
In a field of terrible judicial nominees, Wendy Vitter is exceptionally unfit | TheHill

Revealed: Secret rightwing strategy to discredit teacher strikes | Education | The Guardian - Top; of the list: 'teacher strikes hurt kids and low-income families' (Hello, Betsy DeVos)

I Downloaded the Information That Facebook Has on Me. Yikes. - The New York Times
Jim Carrey Paints Blistering New Portrait Of A 'Very Angry' Mark Zuckerberg | HuffPost

Eschaton: Gestapo - Back in the aughts, if you made any hint that something in America (other than hippies) was somehow like Nazis you would be drummed out of the universe of "acceptable discourse" forever on the dual charges of hating America and antisemitism. Everything's Nazism now! Except, weirdly, Nazis. What a time to be alive!

America's Most and Least Popular Senators -- there's good news and bad news for Senate Democrats up for re-election

Ex-Texas congressman convicted of fraud, conspiracy | The Kansas City Star - A federal jury convicted a former Texas congressman on fraud and conspiracy charges Thursday for misusing charitable donations to pay for personal and political expenses. Steve Stockman, a Republican, was accused of conspiring with two staffers to bilk conservative foundations out of at least $775,000 that was meant for charitable purposes and voter education.

Missouri Dem wants reparations for slavery, criticizes McCaskill | The Kansas City Star - , a Democratic state senator on Tuesday called for reparations for former slaves and criticized her own party for taking African-American votes for granted.

Opinion | I Wrote the Uber Memo. This Is How to End Sexual Harassment. - The New York Times

Woman: Sexual encounter with Greitens was not consensual. Lawmakers find her credible | The Kansas City Star
Missouri Governor Eric Greitens' Sex Scandal Gets Worse - It Is Unbelievable That Missouri's Governor Is Still in Office

Accusers confront Bill Cosby, and they arent' holding back ("America's Daddy-rapist")

Charlie Rose's Life Now: "Broken," "Brilliant" and "Lonely"

Los Angeles Prosecutors Consider Sexual Assault Charge Against Kevin Spacey | HuffPost
Are Any of These Hollywood Superpredators Going to Jail? - With L.A. County prosecutors declining to charge James Toback and Harvey Weinstein still walking free, it's not clear if justice will truly be served.

Michigan State May Have Broken the Law in Rebuking Student's Gang-Rape Lawsuit Claims

Man Accused of Raping Michigan Teenager Is Now Charged With Killing Her - The New York Times - A Michigan man who had been released from jail on $100,000 bond while awaiting trial on rape charges murdered the 16-year-old girl who had been expected to testify against him

John Boehner Joins Marijuana Firm's Board, Marijuana Stocks Spike | Fortune (they must have talked to little Jeffy)

Let Me Lead You Through the Darkness of Khloi Kardashian and Tristan Thompson ... this is the second (YES, SECOND) time that TTD has cheated on a significant other in her final trimester of pregnancy. If that doesn't make you want to vomit, I don't know what will. (yeah, but good writing)

These Were The Most Popular Baby Names In The 1980s | HuffPost (Jennifer, it's always Jennifer)

Biblical prophecy claims the Rapture is coming April 23, numerologist says | Fox News

'Traffic has plummeted since the update' : : Publishers Worry About the Future of Snapchat Discover


Laura Ingraham's Sponsors Still Bolting Over Comments About Parkland Survivor | HuffPost - Blue Apron and SlimFast announced that their ads will no appear on the program after Monday's episode (go home, Laura, the kids won and you're stupid)
NRA, In New Document, Acknowledges More Than 20 Russian-Linked Contributors : NPR

Russian envoy to Lebanon: Any U.S. missiles fired at Syria will be shot down | Reuters
Mark Zuckerberg just renounced a core piece of Silicon Valley wisdom -- and it could come back to bite Facebook (not a media company media company)
What Mark Zuckerberg didn't say ... The majority of the 44 lawmakers questioning Zuckerberg in the joint Senate hearing were not well versed in the workings of Facebook or how data is shared between platforms, developers and advertisers. (or actually, anything, and Fuckerberg vagued-out)
The Latest: Reddit says it banned 944 suspicious accounts - Reddit issued its transparency report for 2017 during Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Senate appearance, saying it had found and banned 944 suspicious accounts associated with Russia's Internet Research Agency. (good timing)

A Conservative Party Donor And Brexit Supporter Resigns From Cambridge Analytica Parent - Roger Gabb, who supported Britain's withdrawal from the EU, stepped down quietly last month as a director of SCL, one day after Christopher Wylie testified before parliament. Why he resigned is unclear.

Trump Warns Russia: Syria Strikes 'Coming' | HuffPost - "Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and smart!"
Trump Threatens Syria Before Allies Are on Board (loose cannon, literally)

Russia-linked account pushed fake Hillary Clinton sex video - A pornographic video that falsely claimed to show Hillary Clinton engaged in a sex act has been traced back to an account that Reddit acknowledged on Tuesday is linked to Russia (she was banging black Putin)

1,224 Complaints Reveal a Staggering Pattern of Sexual Abuse in Immigration Detention. Half of Those Accused Worked for ICE. - Detained, Then Violated (Trump's ICEfuckers)
Video shows U.S. agents trying to dump injured man over Mexican border - The Border Patrol tried to push the man across the border because he "looks" Mexican

Senate panel moves to take up bill protecting Mueller | TheHill ... The committee action would come after two previous special counsel bills languished for months without a vote.
Bipartisan Senate bill to protect Mueller set to advance - POLITICO - The combined version of two Mueller protection measures, released Wednesday, would give any special counsel 10 days after a termination to challenge the move in court.

Mueller Seeks Subpoenas for 35 Witnesses for Manafort Trial - Bloomberg

Trump Reportedly Narrows In On Rosenstein Amid Frustration With Mueller Probe | HuffPost - The president also reportedly has weighed firing special counsel Robert Mueller.
Trump Sought to Fire Mueller in December - The New York Times
With Scant Precedent, White House Insists Trump Could Fire Mueller Himself - The New York Times -- Sarah Huckabee Sanders, made a provocative claim: The president, she said, believes he has the legal authority to fire Robert S. Mueller, the special counsel leading the Russia investigation. (Fuckabee will get hers, too)
The Trump/Rosenstein Russian Nesting Doll of Nonsense

Michael Cohen to CNN: FBI was 'professional, courteous, respectful' in raids, counter to Trump's lies
How the Cohen Raids and Trump's Reactions Edge Us Toward Confrontation ... "overwhelming evidence"
Opinion | The Law Is Coming, Mr. Trump - The New York Times
"The ACLU Would Be Up in Arms" (said Dershofuck, because the ALCU defends mob bosses all the time)
President Trump has never been in more trouble than right now - The Washington Post -- the big-picture story here seems inevitable: Once a serious prosecutor with resources and authority began taking a good long look at Trump and his associates, a bunch of people were going to be in big trouble, with some winding up behind bars.

Dana Boente, former top Justice Department official now at FBI, has been interviewed by Mueller and turned over notes - The Washington Post

Devin Nunes Is Ready To Impeach Someone, And It's Not Donald Trump -- "We're not messing around here" ("impeach" Wray, Rosenstein and Clinton)

2020 census will ask about same-sex marriages for first time | Pew Research Center

E.P.A. Assesses Threats on Twitter to Justify Pruitt's Spending

The Mechanism For Removing Trump And His Enablers is the Ballot Box - Lawyers, Guns & Money

Speaker Paul Ryan Will Not Seek Re-election in November - The New York Times - But his retirement announcement is sure to kick off a succession battle for the leadership of the House Republican Conference, likely between the House majority leader, Kevin McCarthy of California, and the House majority whip, Steve Scalise of Louisiana. It could also trigger another wave of retirements among Republicans not eager to face angry voters in the fall and taking their cue from Mr. Ryan.
Paul Ryan Says He Won't Seek Re-Election | HuffPost - Rumors have swirled for months on whether he would step down.
Paul Ryan Will Retire as House Speaker After Tax Cut Amid Donald Trump Chaos ("serious policy wonk" hahah suckers)
The top Republican candidate to replace Paul Ryan is an avowed white supremacist - ThinkProgress - Paul Nehlen is too racist for even Breitbart, and yet he's the GOP's leading candidate ... As he alienated more and more normal Americans, he gained notoriety among the drudgery of the internet. (haha, nice one)
Janesville (Or, What's Next For Wisconsin's 1st Congressional?) ... Can a human being as awful as Nehlen run and win in that district? Will the GOP manage to scramble to slot someone in to run against Nehlen before the primaries? And if Nehlen emerges from the primary victorious, will the state GOP rally behind him? (Again, #NeverTrump.)
Meet the only current GOP candidate for what was Paul Ryan's Seat in Congress (the worst of the worst)

Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp: Trump 'asked me to switch parties ... When I visited with him in Trump Tower before he was sworn in' ("you are alredy a good Republican, Heidi") At the time, Heitkamp was seen as a potential Cabinet pick ... (Fuckkamp)

Facebook Fallout Deals Blow to Mercers' Political Clout

Boy billionaire Mark Zuckerberg struggles to play the grown-up - The Washington Post ... . Awaiting him on the leather chair: a four-inch-thick black foam cushion ... "I can have my team follow up with you" (claims he personally knows nothing)

5 facts about Facebook users in the U.S. | Pew Research Center - Around two-thirds of U.S. adults (68%) use Facebook
Here's how much Facebook donated to every lawmaker questioning Mark Zuckerberg this week (they work for him +Zuck seems to hate Ed Markey who got $0)
Zuckerberg Gets More Questions About Diamond & Silk Than Facebook's Role in Myanmar Genocide -- UN investigators blame Facebook for the rapid spread of anti-Rohingya propaganda, but conservative lawmakers seemed more fixated on the site's treatment of a pro-Trump YouTube duo. (the Clarence Thomas Gang)
Mark Zuckerberg's Senate Hearing Exposed Him as Reckless Billionaire Capitalist - The Senate hearing exposed him as just another reckless billionaire capitalist.
Mark Zuckerberg couldn't stop mentioning his Harvard dorm room during Facebook testimony
Mark Zuckerberg has been apologizing for reckless privacy violations since he was a freshman - Enough is enough. : technology

The First Couple of Trump's America -- Clarence Thomas is moving closer to the right-wing fringe. His wife Ginni is already there. (white nationalists)

What's Driving Republican Retirements From Congress? | Trump's Takeover | FRONTLINE | PBS | Official Site - All the hard data points in the right direction for a Democratic takeover

Republican Congressman Dennis Ross is retiring | Tampa Bay Times - More than 40 House Republicans are retiring or seeking another office. Ross is the third Florida member

A Repubilican Congressman's Profanity Laced Tirade in a Safeway Grocery Store ... "It's like Forrest Gump won the presidency, but an evil, really f*cking stupid Forrest Gump. He can't help himself. He's just a f**king idiot who thinks he's winning when people are b*tching about him. He really does see the world as ratings and attention. I hate Forrest Gump. I listen to your podcast and heard you hate it too. What an overrated piece of sh*t movie. Can you believe it beat the Shawshank Redemption?" ... "If we're going to lose because of him, we might as well impeach the motherf**ker. Take him out with us and let Mike [Pence] take over. At least then we could sleep well at night." ... " He wakes up in the morning, sh*ts all over Twitter, sh*ts all over us, sh*ts all over his staff, then hits golf balls. F*ck him. Of course, I can't say that in public or I'd get run out of town."

You *Are* the Sucker, Jane Galt Edition - Lawyers, Guns & Money
Ideology Is a Choice - The fact that Megan McArdle seems to have a secure job for life at the highest level of the elite media despite the quality of her work goes to show that the exclusion of conservatives is not as bad as she thinks.

MO House Report Contains Graphic Claims Of Greitens' Alleged Sexual Misconduct

A commenter calls out Tom Ashbrook after column - The Boston Globe

Asshole Skeleton Husband - Lawyers, Guns & Money (literally toxic masculinity)

The Randy Riley trial: how news media are falling down on the job - Dropping coverage of a court trial mid-trial is a disservice both for readers and for justice.

Lasell College deal would have kept Mount Ida open - The Boston Globe - Before financially strapped Mount Ida College struck a deal with the University of Massachusetts Amherst to quickly sell its leafy campus and shutter the school, the college rejected an offer from nearby Lasell College that would have kept the school open and allowed its students to graduate. (something smells)

John Boehner and Bill Weld to join Acreage Board of Directors (largest multi-state pot farm)
Bill Weld, John Boehner join advisory board of marijuana company - The Boston Globe (Boehner will be Barry's pot dealer)

Mariah Carey: My Battle with Bipolar Disorder |

Whats the most mind blowing philosophical concept you know? : AskReddit

ELI5: Why is the reversible, and compact design of USB-C only made recently? Why couldn't they have used this design decades ago when they were designing USB-A? : explainlikeimfive

What is a conspiracy theory you believe 100 percent? : AskReddit

What is something all men can relate to? : AskReddit


The group declined to directly address the question, saying "the NRA and its related entities do not accept funds from foreign persons or entities in connection with United States elections" Since then, the NRA sought to clarify that it does accept foreign donations for its membership organization. (Wayne LaSatan lied??)

Amid ad boycott, Laura Ingraham says she won't be silenced by 'the left' or even her own big fat lying mouth
Tennessee college student defends her gun-toting 'graduation' photo ... "Women for Trump" (and their gun-penises)

Eschaton: Just Fan Service Now - What's it all about then. -- The British offices of the Murdoch entertainment empire 21st Century Fox have been raided by investigators from the European Commission, The Daily Telegraph can reveal.

Tucker Carlson Goes on Marathon Rant Questioning Whether Assad Is Behind Attack in Syria | Mediaite (Putin agent Fucker Carlson)
Russia has figured out how to jam U.S. drones in Syria, officials say - signal scrambling has seriously affected military operations.

Queen Elizabeth likens Trump to noisy helicopter | TheHill - Queen Elizabeth II is comparing President Trump to a noisy helicopter, quipping that the commander in chief goes "round and round when you want to talk" .... "or President Obama," she added (mensplaining)

State And Local Republican Officials Have Been Bashing Muslims. We Counted. - Republican officials in 49 states have openly attacked Muslims with words and proposed legislation since 2015, and few have faced repercussions.

A Second Paul Manafort Associate Has Turned on Him - The one-time Team Trump honcho was already in hot water. And that was before an ex-employee led an FBI agent to a storage locker filled with Manafort's financial papers.
Jake Tapper on Twitter: "Trump considering firing Rosenstein to check Mueller"
Caroline O. on Twitter: "Wow. @maddow obtained Dana Boente's handwritten, contemporaneous notes from his conversations with James Comey. And those notes corroborate Comey's testimony about being pressured by Trump before being fired."
The Trump Russia probe is expanding, as Mueller looks into new meetings in Seychelles: exclusive |

Republicans warn Trump against axing Mueller - POLITICO - But it still looks unlikely that Congress will pass a law to prevent the president from firing the special counsel.
"He's Sitting There Bitching and Moaning" : Inside Trumpworld, Allies Fear the Boss Could Go Postal and Fire Mueller ... "dry tinder"

Raid on Trump's Lawyer Sought Records of Payments to Women
FBI raid targeted records of payments to porn star, ex-Playmate - CNNPolitics
Michael Cohen Has a Big Problem - The Atlantic - It takes strong evidence to execute a search warrant against an attorney representing a subject in a federal investigation, let alone the president's personal counsel
Trump-appointed US attorney recused from Michael Cohen investigation - ABC News - Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, is recused from the Michael Cohen investigation, ABC News has learned. Berman was not involved in the decision to raid Cohen's office because of the recusal ... Berman is a Trump appointee with ties to Rudy Giuliani who donated money to the 2016 Trump campaign. (part of the NY FBI anti-Hillary lying leakers)
Why the F.B.I. Raid Is Perilous for Michael Cohen -- and Trump
Trump Fumes Over Michael Cohen Raid: 'Attorney-Client Privilege Is Dead' | HuffPost
Trump Floats Possibility Of Firing Robert Mueller, Criticizes Jeff Sessions | HuffPost
Mike DeBonis on Twitter: "Here's how @senorrinhatch, former Judiciary chairman and Senate president pro tem, is handling questions about protecting Robert Mueller:" (he can read Trump's "mind")
U.S. Attorney Behind The Michael Cohen Raid Is A Trump Appointee | HuffPost ... even donated to Trump's campaign (deep state at work)
FBI Raid on Michael Cohen Is the Most Dangerous Day of Donald Trump's life -- The president's low-rent Ray Donovan can bully porn stars, but not Robert Mueller. The shtick is up.
Stormy Daniels lawyer predicts Cohen will 'fold like a cheap deck of cards'

This Mashup Of People On Fox News Advising Trump On TV Is Alarming | HuffPost - The president tweets about Fox News so much that those on the network often talk to him directly.

Inside the West Wing with Trump enraged - Axios - Until now, when storms hit, Trump could turn to Hope Hicks to explain things to him, suggest wording, simmer him down. With her departure from the White House, we saw the president working out his fury in real time. (a dimbulb explaining things to an even dimmer bulb)

Pompeo asks Clinton for advice as he preps for confirmation battle - POLITICO - The secretary of state nominee, who trashed his Democratic predecessor over Benghazi ...

Retired General Schools Ivanka Trump After She Complains About Child Fitness | HuffPost (after Trump fired the President's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition because Scott Pruitt needed all the moneys)

Eschaton: It Was All A Dream - It wasn't just that Republicans pretended to care about the deficit, or that reporters pretended to believe them when they pretended to care about the deficit, it's that so often politics/policy was covered as if "deficit=bad" was some sort of objective truth ... For some reason, only the Democrats didn't understand it was all a con. I hope they resist seeing this as their "opportunity" to run as the "responsible party." Eat your vegetables, voters!

Eschaton: The Smartest Boys In The Room - Too much of the conversation about Obamacare gets stuck in the great battle of '09, the public option vs. the not public option. For a variety of reasons the public option could've and likely would've solved many of the problems with Obamacare ... Obamacare was badly designed in a lot of other ways, some of which probably could have been fixed without pissing off Joe Lieberman, and some of which were a demonstration that the smart guys who designed the thing weren't nearly as smart as they thought they were. They fucked up ... . It was also a debate between technocrats, but the ones on the inside declared (as always happens) that they were the Very Serious People, the wise wonks with a monopoly on mad technocratic skillz, and that their critics were just unrealistic children looking for unicorns. (thanks again, Barry)

When the Republican Party in 2018 is concerned, the public policy is the grift and vice versa:

Mark Zuckerberg Testimony Live: We Don't Sell Data to Advertisers, Says Zuckerberg : news
Mark Zuckerbot at his congress hearing : gifs
Zuckerberg used a booster seat during his testimony today. : pics
Facebook Has Been Accused Of Helping The Vietnamese Government Crack Down On Dissent
Silicon Valley Falls to Earth - The Atlantic - As Mark Zuckerberg prepares to testify before Congress, the cultural attitude toward technology is dramatically shifting.

Senate leadership shakeup looms for Republicans - POLITICO - If Republicans keep the Senate, then Thune and Sens. John Barrasso of Wyoming and Roy Blunt of Missouri would probably secure easy promotions while a vacancy opens at the bottom of the leadership rungs, according to senators and aides.

Four years ago, he won a stunning political upset over one of Washingtonton's most powerful leaders. Now Rep. Dave Brat is fighting for his political survival - The Washington Post - As an unknown economics professor, Dave Brat personified the grass-roots revolution that shook the Republican Party four years ago when he dethroned House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) and was elected to Congress from a district outside Richmond. (eponymous +Laura I. is promoting him)

Stephanie Cutter on Twitter: "A key reason why the economy under Democratic presidents are typically stronger and more stable than under Republican presidents." (even the professional dems can't get their message together because they think like Repupblicans)
Stop Listening to Anything Conservatives Say About Debt - Republicans have been working off the same playbook for decades.

Why Charles Murray Promotes Racist Junk Science - Lawyers, Guns & Money
The Bell Curve is about policy. And it's wrong -- Charles Murray is an incredibly successful -- and pernicious -- policy entrepreneur ... African Americans and Latinos are disproportionately poor in the United States, but most recipients of social assistance are, in fact, white. Despite the complaint that critics are throwing around charges of racism to silence Murray, the reality is that promoting a heavily racialized view of the overall question of whether we should try to help poor families or punish them serves as a useful marketing gimmick for both books and legislation.
Dylan Matthews on Twitter: "Charles Murray's entire intellectual project is about showing that social welfare programs don't do any lasting good. But they do *tremendous* lasting good."
Why Is Charles Murray Odious? | Current Affairs - Less because of his empirical methods than because of his horrible moral values -- by Nathan J. Robinson

CBS execs are freaking out over looming Charlie Rose expose | Page Six - CBS has been using NDAs to try and suppress potential sources for an upcoming exposi about Charlie Rose's sexual misconduct

T.J. Miller Arrested For Allegedly Calling In a Fake Bomb Threat | Hollywood Reporter - r allegedly called 911 and told the dispatcher he was on an Amtrak Train traveling from Washington, D.C., toward Penn Station in New York City and that a female passenger "has a bomb in her bag." ... "The authorities took the threat very seriously. Evacuated everyone into a parking lot at night. It was cold. At least 16 police vehicles, bomb sniffing dogs. They detained 4 women for questioning." ... It was later discovered that Miller was on a different train. (drunk, of course)

Cop who struck 13-year-old girl charged with assault : news

My Niece Believed She Was Abused By A Satanic Cult. The Truth Is Even Scarier. | HuffPost (paranoid schiz is a bitch)

After 30 years of R&D, breakthrough announced in dark matter detection technology, definitive search to begin for axion particles : science

Reddit's 2017 transparency report and suspect account findings

YouTube has been hacked and lots of popular music videos like Despacito have been defaced - The Verge - Lots of high-profile music videos have been defaced


Sinclair cancels Jamie Allman's show after host's crude David Hogg tweet - The Washington Post
Jamie Allman lands in hot water with tweet about hot poker | Political Fix |
Sorry, Laura Ingraham. Looks Like Parkland Survivor David Hogg Was Accepted Into UC Irvine - weeks after he was ridiculed by Fox News host Laura Ingraham over his college rejections.
Clarence Thomas' Wife Posts Memes Trashing Parkland Kids and Comparing Gun Control to Holocaust
Interior Official Compared Parkland Students To Nazis, Promoted Conspiracies

Israel blamed for missile strike in Syria; 14 reported dead

The Terrible Cost of Obama's Failure in Syria - The atrocities keep coming (thanks, Barry)

South Korea's former president is going to prison. The scandal behind it is batshit. From shadowy religious cult leaders to competitive horse dancing, this one has it all.

Three members of the secretive committee that selects the winner of the Nobel prize for literature have resigned from the jury in protest at how it has handled the sexual harassment allegations made against a man with close links to the board. : books

Trump family hotel business asked Panama president for help

Russian Stocks Take Worst Hit Since Crimea on Sanctions, Syria - Bloomberg - Ruble falls most globally; stocks drop most since 2014

F.B.I. Raids Office of Trump's Longtime Lawyer Michael Cohen; Trump Calls It 'Disgraceful' (3000 comments)
Trump attorney Cohen is being investigated for possible bank fraud, campaign finance violations, according to a person familiar with the case - The Washington Post (9000+ comments)
Cohen raids hit home for the president
Searched and Seized: F.B.I. Agents Raid Michael Cohen's New York Hotel
The Search of Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen's Office: What We Can Infer Immediately
'A bomb on Trump's front porch': FBI's F.B.I. Raids Office of Trump's Longtime Lawyer Michael Cohen
Trump's tirade after the Michael Cohen raid, annotated
Mueller Investigating Ukrainian's $150,000 Payment for a Trump Appearance - He donated $150,000 to the Trump Foundation in 2015 in exchange for a brief appearance by Mr. Trump via video at a conference in Ukraine. Credit

Federal Budget Deficit Projected to Top $1 Trillion in 2020 - The New York Times

To hell with it: Trump increasingly weary of staff advice
Trump's top national security spokesman to leave White House - Michael Anton ("America Last")

Robert Mueller and 2018: Campaign operatives are unprepared for bombshells | McClatchy Washington Bureau

White House has no plan for countering Comey - POLITICO - Senior aides hope a trip to South America and summit with the Japanese prime minister will keep Trump's mind off the book (oh, Fox will tell him)

Horror of Being Governed by 'Fox & Friends' (Murdoch/Satan won)

MSNBC's Joy Reid: What If Trump Refuses To Be Arrested By Federal Marshals? | Video | RealClearPolitics

Art Collector and Bon Vivant Dies in Trump Tower Home He Couldn't sell

As elections near, many older, educated, white voters shift away from Trump's party (men, just say it, men) Nationwide, whites over the age of 60 with college degrees now favor Democrats over Republicans for Congress by a 2-point margin (half of American old whites are really stupid)

Inside the White House Bible Study group - BBC News - Vice-President Mike Pence. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Energy Secretary Rick Perry. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The list goes on. In total, 10 cabinet members are "sponsers" of the group (they love Satan)

In Letter to E.P.A., Top Ethics Officer Questions Pruitt's Actions (blatently crooked)

Mark Zuckerberg Says He's Not Resigning
14 years of Mark Zuckerberg saying sorry, not sorry about Facebook - Washington Post (he only accidentally ever tells "the truth")
The biggest Black Lives Matter page on Facebook is fake

Twitter Bots: An Analysis of Automated Accounts and the Links They Share | Pew Research Center - An estimated two-thirds of tweeted links to popular websites are posted by automated accounts
How Every Campaign Will Have a Troll Farm of Its Own

Scott running for Senate in epic showdown with Nelson - testing the limits of whether a close alliance with President Donald Trump is political poison or a pathway to success in the nation's biggest swing state

It must be nice to be born without a sense of shame. - Lawyers, Guns & Money - Facing pressure from progressive groups and primary challengers up and down the ballot, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced an agreement to end a controversial power-sharing deal between state Republicans and a breakaway group of Democratic lawmakers.

Tammy Duckworth gives birth to girl: First senator to have baby while in office | Chicago Sun-Times

Where Millennials end and post-Millennials begin | Pew Research Center - Anyone born between 1981 and 1996 (ages 22-37 in 2018) will be considered a Millennial, and anyone born from 1997 onward will be part of a new generation.

Eschaton: The Narrative - Baquet talks about political journalism like we joke about it. (no self-awareness)

On the Shameful Abrogation of Kevin Williamson's Inalienable Right to Troll the Specific Audience of His Choice -- You will be unsurprised to learn that C onor "Forget it College Sophomores, Trigger Warnings and Safe Spaces Are For Well-Compensated Pundits" Friedersdorf has a column arguing that the firing of Kevin Williamson is a threat to civil discourse in America itself
Matthew Yglesias on Twitter: "It's to look at the diverse views highlighted on the WSJ op-ed page.
Our own nick056 on the Kevin Williamson Controversy - Lawyers, Guns & Money (Jack Shafer's defense of killing women)

Univision Forces Out Gizmodo CEO as Company Weighs Deep Cuts - Gizmodo Media Group CEO Raju Narisetti is leaving the former Gawker Media sites as parent company Univision gets more involved and considers more cuts.

The Sam Harris-Ezra Klein debate - Vox - Ezra and Sam Harris debate race, IQ, identity politics, and much more. ... . "I am just saying that we are going to be ambushed by data that will have a political charge, and we have to be in a position to talk about it without demonizing people" ("ambushed" by data you non-scientists won't be able to deal with)

The Silence: The Legacy of Childhood Trauma | The New Yorker By Junot Diaz
The Silence - Lawyers, Guns & Money - Junot Diaz

What an ayahuasca retreat showed me about my life - Vox - What the psychedelic drug ayahuasca showed me about my life.

Scientists have an intriguing new theory about our eyebrows and foreheads - Vox - Why our are eyebrows so expressive? There may be an answer in evolution.

xFamished comments on Korean beef BBQ [homemade]

[Serious] Dear reddit, What are some things you would recommend an 18 year old start doing now that will benefit them on later in life? : AskReddit


Keystone pipeline leak in South Dakota about double previous estimate. The Keystone crude oil pipeline leak in November in rural South Dakota was nearly double the original estimate, making it one of the largest U.S. inland spills since 2010, a newspaper report on Saturday said. : news ... "I'm not surprised by this in the slightest. They swear up and down that pipelines are safe and effective but when they leak or explode due to NEGLIGENCE, no one gives a shit. Literally what I've come to expect from all these 'drill, baby, drill" idiots

N Korea-US talks: Pyongyang 'ready to discuss denuclearisation' - BBC News

9 killed, scores wounded by Israeli fire in Gaza protest

Dozens Suffocate in Syria as Government Is Accused of Chemical Attack - The New York Times (Trump signals he doesn't give a shit about shithole countries, Assad/Putin respond)
U.S.: If true, deadly Syria chemical attack demands international response; Russia to blame - U.S. News - - Washington cited a history of chemical weapons use by Syria's Assad and blamed Russia for their "unwavering suport for the regime' while Russia dismissed the reports (kabuki)
At least 40 dead after gas attack, say Syrian activists - The Boston Globe
Liberman signals Trump didn't consult with Israel on Syria withdrawal -- Amid Gaza protests, defense minister also claims everyone in the Strip 'is affiliated with Hama' (Avigdor)

Red Lines - Lawyers, Guns & Money - So, it looks entirely possible that the Assad regime may once again have used chemical weapons against rebel forces. As you know, this is incredibly surprising given that the Trump administration demonstrated its credibility and resolve last year by firing 59 cruise missiles at a nearly empty Syrian airbase, possibly disrupting air operations for several hours.

Lula turns himself in after police stand-off - BBC News

Sergei Skripal Russian message intercepted on day of poisonings | World | News | - AN ELECTRONIC message to Moscow sent on the day former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with a nerve agent in Salisbury included the phrase "the package has been delivered"

London stabbings: 300 extra police deployed on streets to tackle spike in knife crime : news ... 1) : UK official says budget cuts removing thousands of police have nothing to do with spike in violent crime. 2) London (re)deploys 300 extra police to tackle spike in (violent)knife crime.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd says police cuts have played no part in the surge in street killings | The Independent - London is paying the price for the undermining of intelligence-led neighbourhood policing

Hungary's Viktor Orban wins re-election, gets super majority - Opposition parties feared that another super-majority would allow the autocratic leader to more easily push through constitutional changes, continue his crackdown on civic groups that he claims work against Hungarian interests and further strengthen his grasp on the highly centralized state power structure. (rise of white nationalism in Europe)

China has started ranking citizens with a creepy 'social credit' system - here's what you can do wrong, and the embarrassing, demeaning ways they can punish you : technology -- Any Hikvision manufactured camera connected to a network can be deactivated, activated, reset, or even locked out by Hikvision (majority owned by the Chinese ruling party). Some numbers suggest this could include up to 40% of all security cameras in the United States, but it's impossible to really know how many it really is (another while Barry slept disaster)
User explains how one Chinese security camera maker may have backdoors into 40%+ of cameras sold in the US (Hikvision) : bestof
Shodan - Explore the Internet of Things | Server: SQ-WEBCAM - Shodan Search

The first comprehensive study of China's STEM research environment based on 731 surveys by STEM faculty at China's top 25 universities found a system that stifles creativity and critical thinking needed for innovation, hamstrings researchers with bureaucracy, and rewards quantity over quality.

Eschaton: We Can't Even Put Together A Recovery Plan For Puerto Rico - Lots of stuff going on here, but after the last 16+ years...who thinks we're even capable of this?

Eschaton: Trump Tower Is On Fire - This author is ridiculous. No one would believe this shit.
Trump Tower fire is second 2018 blaze in sprinkler-free residential tower - CBS News - New York City in 1999 became last big city in the nation to require sprinklers ... Mr. Trump was one of the developers in the late 1990s who lobbied against sprinklers in buildings. (Trump cheaped out, people died, long-standing pattern)

Trumpcare Is Coming To Iowa, And Your State May Be Next | HuffPost - Republicans have other options, but they keep refusing to try them. (non-insurance fake insurance "plans," fuck off and die, suckers)

Is Trump lying about the hush money? - The Washington Post (he lies about everything, duh)

Farmers' Anger at Trump Tariffs Puts Republican Candidates in a Bind ("Farmers' racist stupidity puts themselves in a bind")
Farmers who propelled Trump to presidency fear becoming pawns in trade war - The Washington Post

Republicans Seize on Impeachment for Edge in 2018 Midterms - The New York Times - a strategy is emerging on the right for how to energize conservatives and drive a wedge between the anti-Trump left and moderate voters: warn that Democrats will immediately move to impeach President Trump if they capture the House. (that will certainly work)

Democrats' Chances Of Taking Over The House Just Got Better, Per New Forecast -- The outlook is rosy despite Donald Trumps rise in the polls

Zuckerberg Gets a Crash Course in Charm. Will Congress Care? - The New York Times - It has also hired a team of experts, including a former special assistant to President George W. Bush, to put Mr. Zuckerberg, 33, a cerebral coder who is uncomfortable speaking in public, through a crash course in humility and charm. ("coder" haha you believe that? +training him to be more human-like)
Facebook's Sandberg backs out of ABC News interview

Why Does Scott Pruitt Need a Bulletproof Desk, a Bulletproof Car, and $3 Million in 24/7 Security? : politics ... "The EPA is on record saying they have zero record of threats against Pruitt:" (it's almost like someone is out to get him)

Drain That Swamp! - Lawyers, Guns & Money - I know I am glad the Trump administration is cleaning up the incredibly corrupt Washington of the Obama years! ... On March 29, 2017, Robert Murray, the founder and owner of one of the country's largest coal companies, was ushered into a conference room at the Department of Energy's headquarters, in Washington, D.C., for a meeting with Secretary Rick Perry ...

Why are Millennials running from religion? Blame hypocrisy - - White evangelicals embrace scandal-plagued Trump. Black churches enable fakes. Why should we embrace this?
Why are Millennials running from religion? Blame hypocrisy : politics

GOP worries Blankenship surge will cost party W. Va. Senate seat | TheHill - Don Blankenship, released from jail less than a year ago, now appears to be within striking distance of the party's nomination (Rethug killer crooks, suck on it, W.Va)

Missouri braces for bombshell as Greitens report is released | The Kansas City Star - The series of slow-burning scandals that have besieged Gov. Eric Greitens over the last three months could soon transform into an inferno that engulfs his administration.

Ex-Trump Aide A.J. Delgado Says Jason Miller Forcing Long Custody Battle For 'Revenge' Delgado later learned. Miller and his wife were still married, and expecting a child. So, too, was Delgado, who found out she and Miller were pregnant not long after the 2016 election. (she was supposed to have a "confidential abortion" which is very popular with Republican men)

Eschaton - Good Shade -- A Che shirt on a college campus might not stick out for most people, but for Willis, 36, it touched a nerve. It was just the latest confirmation of his worry that more young people today are embracing socialism, even Marxism, instead of American capitalism. "Some of these kids have no real desire to build something on their own says Willis, who works for a firm founded by his father."

The Red-State Teacher Revolt Has Been Brewing For Decades | HuffPost - Walkouts nearly 30 years ago spurred investment and optimism in education, but anti-tax ideology eventually won out. Now kids are paying the price. (they anti-taxed their schools into rubble, good job Recrooks!)

How an anti-illegal immigration YouTuber turned a $280 fine into a federal criminal trial

Today in Legacy Publications Trolling Liberals - Lawyers, Guns & Money - Look, all views are legitimate, by which the Times and the Atlantic mean views that troll our liberal readers. Such as this James Traub special on how the Democrats destroyed themselves by supporting civil rights in 1948, which was obviously a mistake because it created Liberals Who Just Don't Understand the Good White People of America (TM).

Women Say Richard Meier's Conduct Was Widely Known Yet Went Unchecked (one word: patriarchy)
What's up with Richard Meier & Partners' tone-deaf response to latest allegations? (what's up with your using a 15-yr-old photo of the creep? hello BoGlo and WBUR/Tom Ashbrook) A senior asshole associate who was with the firm for 20 years, and who was told about Meier's inappropriate touching of an employee by the woman herself, admitted to the Times, "It's not something that was a secret"
How the "Shitty Architecture Men" list can address abuse in architecture (in your dreams)
Zaha Hadid Architects paid women employees about 20 percent less in 2017 - ("Shitty Architecture Women")

New School professor had orgy with students: lawsuit - Administrators at The New School let a star psychology professor who sexually harassed multiple students and even participated in an orgy with lab students quietly resign, according to a lawsuit by one of his alleged victims ... Emanuele Castano. The 43-year-old Italian native

The Atlantic Was Wrong to Fire Kevin Williamson - The Atlantic - Conor Friedersdorf (young Connor shows his true libertarian anti-women self)

Denver Post Rebels Against Its Hedge-Fund Ownership - The New York Times - Angry and frustrated journalists at the 125-year-old newspaper took the extraordinary step this weekend of publicly blasting its New York-based hedge-fund owner and making the case for its own survival (evil hedgies destroying American institutions forever)

My Turn: Adam Bagni: Sinclair messes with R.I. landmark - Opinion - - Providence, RI

The brave new age of gender-neutral kids - The Globe and Mail

Teen Gets Decades In Prison For 'Murder' Of Someone Killed By A Cop -- Lakeith Smith was convicted under Alabama's accomplice liability law. (killer cops get two-for-one!)

Indians Fans Taunt, Mock, And Scream Obscenities At Native American Protesters At Home Opener

Elizabeth Hurley slammed for wearing cleavage-baring dress with teen son | Page Six

Mom arrested after Tempe toddler ate mac and cheese made with THC butter : news
Stop and smell the holiday as 420 celebrations grow around the US - The Boston Globe
"Pro-Marijuana Faction Disruptive" -- Letter to Editor, Cape Prohibitionist isn't happy ... "3) the two marijuana overdose fatalities in Yarmouth the previous week." ... " fatalities from marijuana-impaired driving in Washington went up 100 percent after legalization" ... "Bourne voters approve of recreational marijuana" ... George A. Seaver, Mystery Lane, Cataumet (hello, George!)

Sandwich Police, Fire Depts. Field Calls About Bridge Delays | Sandwich News | - The lane restrictions have caused predicted traffic delays for drivers going on- or off-Cape, many of whom believe the Sagamore Bridge is in the Town of Sandwich, but it is actually in the town of Bourne.

Amazon didn't kill Toys R Us, greedy Wall Street profiteers did it

TIL the alignment of planets in our solar system that allowed us to launch Voyager spacecraft out of our solar system at the speed it went only happens once every 176 years : todayilearned - "The last time this happened, Thomas Jefferson was president, and he blew it." -- Tom Paine, Former NASA Administrator

ELI5: Why does hearing your own voice through a recording sound so much different than how you hear/perceive your voice when speaking in general? : explainlikeimfive - When you speak, you hear your own voice as it sounds vibrating through your head (for lack of a better way to say that). When you hear your voice through a recorder, you're hearing your voice without that vibration.

How would you feel if Reddit added a feature that when you upvote a cross post, the original post also gets upvoted? : AskReddit

Elon Musk warns A.I. could create an 'immortal dictator from which we can never escape' ... "doesn't have to be evil to destroy humanity" ... Musk believes that humans should merge with AI to avoid the risk of becoming irrelevant. (bang your robot now, or become their slaves +is Trump an artifical unintelligence?)


A 1 0C increase in temperature has disrupted the entire ecology of the world's largest High Arctic lake. The warming has resulted in a 10x increase in glacial meltwaters, sediment, and organic carbon delivered to Lake Hazen.

Florida School Shooting Hero Blames Sheriff, Superintendent
Federal judge upholds Massachusetts assault weapons ban - The Boston Globe
S.C. Republicans introduce bill to consider secession over gun rights | TheHill
Treason in Defense of Extremist Perversions of the Second Amendment - Lawyers, Guns & Money (S.C. +Wayne LaSatan)

Richest 1% on target to own two-thirds of all wealth by 2030 | Business | The Guardian - World leaders urged to act as anger over inequality reaches a 'tipping point' - Since 2008, the wealth of the richest 1% has been growing at an average of 6% a year -- much faster than the 3% growth in wealth of the remaining 99% of the world

Caught in Congo's tides of war - A return to violence has forced 40,000 to cross Lake Albert into Uganda in search of refuge (meanwhile, in African warlordistan)

He was wearing a vest marked 'Press' - He was shot dead in Gaza by Israeli troops. (they've always gotten aways with their atrocities)

Three dead in Germany as van ploughs into crowd in Muenster - BBC News
Car crashes into a crowd in Germany leaving three dead | Daily Mail Online - after minibus ploughs into diners outside restaurant leaving dozens injured before 'driver with psychological problems' shoots himself in front of shocked onlookers in German city

Secret, direct talks underway between US and North Korea - CNNPolitics (the drunk guy from Queens is ranting into the phone)

Trump Irked CIA Tried to Avoid Civilian Deaths in Drone Strike -- On a visit to the CIA President Trump got irked that agents paused to wait for a targeted terrorist to leave his house before launching the attack so that his family wouldn't be killed (was he watching it live??)

President Trump and truth: Another difficult week - The Washington Post - capacity to make things up is one of the defining features of his presidency. His loose adherence to the truth, when it suits his political purposes, seems to know few limits ... So now the claim is not just that 3 million to 5 million people voted illegally, but that millions and millions of people are voting many times each, in California alone. (Crooked Hillary should have gotten like zero votes)

Eschaton: And What Are You Going To Do About It - I bet they'll tell the soybean producers that they're going to FIIIGHT FOOR YOOOOOOOOU and do nothing. -- Senators from major soybean-producing states in the Midwest, including Republicans, are steaming over China's threat to impose tariffs on U.S. soy exports, blaming President Donald Trump's aggressive actions against China for the trade retaliation that could hit farmers and ranchers particularly hard.

Dow tumbles 572 points as trade war fears pummel stocks

John Kelly blew up at Trump in Oval Office meeting, threatened to quit - Axios - Sources said it was not related to the David Shulkin firing that happened the same day.

Trump's freak-out moment - buyer's remorse from signing last month's spending bill ... Truth is that Trump had little clue what was in the largest spending bill ever passed ... it freaked him out to see the array of usually friendly faces on Fox News' opinion shows ripping into him for signing a bill that spent a ton of money, but gave lots away to liberal priorities and did little for his signature promise to build a wall.

Exclusive: Trump adviser played key role in pursuit of possible Clinton emails from dark web before election - CNNPolitics - Joseph Schmitz approached the FBI and other government agencies about material a client of his had discovered that Schmitz believed might have been Clinton's missing 30,000 emails from her private e-mail server, sources say. The material was never verified, and sources say they ultimately believed it was fake.

Manafort moves to suppress evidence found in storage unit - POLITICO - Lawyers for former Trump campaign chairman say FBI illegally accessed the locker, then returned with warrant.

Stormy Daniels' lawyer hints at 'major announcement' on person who threatened her
Michael Avenatti You can run but you can't hide. #thugsearch #seriousconsequences #basta
Stormy Daniels' lawyer: 'Major announcement' in 'coming days' on threat to keep silent about alleged affair with Trump : politics
Afternoon Delight (Barbershop Quartet) sing 'It Wasn't Me' [Shaggy] - YouTube (skip to 2:04)

Trump confidant Roger Stone can't t stop claiming he was poisoned by polonium (Killary's hitsquad)

At Least 23 Ethical Issues Are Dogging EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt | HuffPost - a lot deeper than his $50-a-night rental from industry lobbyists.
EPA chief spent millions on security and trave

Support at elite law firms for Trump - Lawyers, Guns & Money - The same data for the 2016 election provide a stark contrast. Of the 4,812 contributions originating from these companies, Mr. Trump received a total of 40. Meanwhile, contributions to Hillary Clinton outnumbered those to Mr. Trump by a ratio of more than 100 to 1.

Facebook Donated to 46 of 55 Members on Committee that Will Question Zuckerberg : technology (he bought them)

Eschaton: Overreacharound - From NeverTrumpers another Hot Take is that it's actually the fault of LIBERALS that we have Trump. It's just a backlash to LIBERALISM GONE MAD ... What Democrats did do (both The Party and its people) was elect a black guy president and then nominate a woman to be his successor. To the extent that Dems are "at fault" that's it. Fine. Say it. That's the conservative anger Trump exploited.

Eschaton: So Many Hot Takes - As for the "Never Trumpers" - their dislike is 60% because he's vulgar, 35% because he doesn't say he likes war enough (though don't worry there is still plenty of war!), and 5% because his trade stuff is dumb. The racism and all the rest don't really bother them!

More than 100 Tennessee Dems run to challenge state's GOP supermajority

ICE raids meatpacking plant in rural Tennessee; 97 immigrants arrested - The Washington Post (haha who's going to pack you meat now?)

Mississippi rising: Activists step up fight against the nation's last Confederate state flag - Mississippi's flag is one of many ways the state honors its Confederate legacy. ("Confederate legacy" = "slavery")

A Bernie-Branded Millionaire Is Leading the Democratic Race for Governor. He Almost Ran as a Republican, Consultants Say. - Shri Thanedar, a millionaire who has poured millions of dollars of his own money into the race, ultimately decided to run as a progressive Democrat. He is now first in some polls (sounds like a berniebro)

Where's Sparky? -- high profile GOP consultant Benjamin Spark (worked for Romney, Ryan, Walker and many others) signed an agreement with his new fiance for her to be his "slave and property" and do various BDSM-like things around the house. But things broke down when he demanded she have sex with other men, bound and blindfolded, while he watched. She said no. He attacked her. And when the cops showed up, he fled the state, apparently absconding to Texas.

The fall of Milo Yiannopoulos | Spectator USA - Exhausting adventures with a fading right-wing phenomenon

The Atlantic fired Kevin Williamson for his abortion comments. Check out all this other stuff he said.
Eschaton: So Many Hot Takes - Conservatives seem to really believe that conservative writers have a 1st amendment right to not be criticized and to not have their lucrative sinecures threatened by anything. Or, at least, that to have opinions about what a magazine that aims for "respectability," which roughly means lands in the Overton Zone somewhere between The Old New Republic and...ooh God, I admit that in the age of Trump it's hard to know where the right flank is, should publish threatens the majesty of our noble discourse or some shit. How dare you not hire/fire a man who called for the execution of a quarter of US women and then (apparently) was less than forthcoming about it to the guy who hired him?

Opinion | Only a Country Like Canada Could Produce a Guy Like Jordan Peterson - The New York Times - Mr. Peterson was taking a stand not against power in that instance but on behalf of it. His acolytes, some of whom might consider themselves to be walking in the tradition of rugged American individualism, should note that they are in fact taking marching orders -- "Rules for Life," no less -- from a line-toeing Canadian, preaching a philosophy not of American defiance but of Canadian deference.

America's Deathtrap Schools (defunding anything to do with education)
Teachers Make Less on Average Today Than They Did in 1989 : politics (defunding education since Reagan)

In 83 Million Eviction Records, a Sweeping and Intimate New Look at Housing in America - The New York Times

The Disappearing Doctor: How Mega-Mergers Are Changing the Business of Medical Care - The New York Times (big corps are now your doctor, the doctors are cogs in the wheels of profit)

Middle-Class Families Increasingly Look to Community Colleges - The New York Times - With college prices in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, more middle-class families are looking for ways to spend less for quality education.

Young and restless: Why teenagers arent getting enough sleep - To help address the roughly two-hour adolescent sleep shift, Dr. Lewin and his colleagues are staunch advocates for delayed middle- and high-school start times. (+no screens in bedroom)

We can't ignore race in the tragic story of Devonte Hart and his white adoptive mothers

Naloxone Stops Opioid Overdoses. How Do You Use It? - The New York Times

San Francisco man awarded $10 million after jury finds police framed him for murder : news

Police: Sweden boy, 7, decapitated by mother in home | WHAM (NY)

How much of 'Chappaquiddick' is actually true? ... As Ted soaks in the tub at his hotel, dresses nattily and combs his hair, we see Mary Jo still alive inside the car, banging on the windows, weeping and praying in an air pocket as the water inches higher and still no help arrives ... As in real life, he never stops to call the police, or even really considers it, until some 10 hours later, after the car is discovered in the water.
FBI memo tied Kennedy to brothel, leftists in '61 Bureau releases report on Latin America visit ... he rented a brothel in Chile and dined with an economist in Colombia who was being investigated as a possible Soviet spy.

In picturesque Maine town, traffic is a double-edged sword - The Boston Globe - To improve the traffic flow through the town center, officials are proposing to eliminate most parking on historic Main Street, a plan that has smashed open a hornet's nest of opposition. If drivers cannot pull over, business owners argue, they'll just inch their way through town without stopping ... "empty storefronts downtown" ... Wiscasset voters rejected the plan last year, and the town recently sued the state to block it. But LePage, who has owned a summer place in nearby Boothbay Harbor, appears bent on moving forward. (haha, try "bike lanes")

What Sleeping With Married Men Taught Me About Infidelity - The New York Times ... these husbands weren't looking to have more sex. They were looking to have any sex. (you can bang a lot and not worry too much about getting attached or vice-versa)

Many People Taking Antidepressants Discover They Cannot Quit - The New York Times

Capgras syndrome causes people to think their loved ones have been replaced by imposters - The Washington Post - Capgras syndrome

Are Prime Numbers Endless? : askscience

Scholars reveal ancient Korean-Iranian diplomatic ties : news

What's a pointless fact you know?

Have you ever had a close friend cross a "line" in your relationship? If so, what happened? : AskReddit
What should everyone do at least once in their lifetime? : AskReddit

Ex-Backpage executive Michael Lacey charged in trafficking case - A founder of the New Times tabloid has been charged in Phoenix in the apparent culmination of a federal human-trafficking investigation.


Laura Ingraham Dumped By Yet Another Sponsor Despite Being Off TV For A Week | HuffPost - Fox News host still losing advertisers after mocking mass shooting survivor ... "We cannot and will not allow voices to be censored by agenda-driven intimidation efforts" Fox News Co-president Jack Abernethy told the Los Angeles Times (haha said with no irony +the kids)
U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman pulls out loaded gun in constituent meeting to make point about safety | Palmetto Politics |

Burning tires, tear gas and live fire: Gaza clashes turn deadly - The Washington Post

How did ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter survive nerve-agent poisoning? - The Washington Post ("survive" = brain-damaged and can't talk)

Britain Pinpoints Secretive Russian Facility That Made Deadly Nerve Agent - The Daily Beast - The facility is named as Shikhany, which is around 800 kilometers southeast of Moscow, and British intelligence believes it's been used over the past decade to test whether the Novichok nerve agents could be used in assassinations abroad
Russia claims a poisoned spy's dead cat and guinea pigs hold clues to British conspiracy

Trump Administration Imposes New Sanctions on Putin Cronies - The New York Times
No Coincidence These Russian Sanctions Took a Year to Show Up -- Just enough time for the oligarchs to move their assets around.

Saudi crown prince brags Jared Kushner handed him U.S. intelligence | Daily Mail Online -- gave him CIA intelligence about other Saudis saying 'here are your enemies' days before 'corruption crackdown' which led to torture and death (slimy little soulless traitor with no security clearance: lock him up!)

Trump's Right to Say He'No one likes trade friction, but after decades of failing to stop Chinese theft of American intellectual property, there are no more no-cost solutions.s Not Launching a Trade War With China. He's Doing Something Bigger. No one likes trade friction, but after decades of failing to stop Chinese theft of American intellectual property, there are no more no-cost solutions. (hello, Barry)

Department Of Homeland Security Compiling Database Of Journalists And 'Media Influencers' (Trump is coming for your keyboards)

Will We Stop Trumop Before It's Too Late? - Fascism poses a more serious threat now than at any time since the end of World War II. By MADELEINE ALBRIGHT ("Will we stop Republicans before it's too late?" ftfy)
Opinion | The Conspiracy Theory That Says Trump Is a Genius - The New York Times (QAnon and Roseanne the stupid)

Exclusive: Mueller probe wides to Trump Org foreign deals | McClatchy Washington Bureau
Mueller seized bank accounts in Manafort probe - POLITICO - The special counsel also obtained search warrant for info on 5 phones in ongoing investigation just last month
Mueller has evidence that Trump supporter's meeting with Putin ally may not have been a chance encounter: Sources (Erik Prince lied: lock him up!)

GOP Strategist: Nonsensical Trump Talking Like A 'Drunk Guy in Queens Spouting Total Nonsense' ' -- "This is a tragedy" (kinda the definition of the Republican party, Steve)

Scott Pruitt Reportedly Lied About Knowledge Of Staff Raises | HuffPost - he report adds to a growing mountain of ethical issues dogging Pruit (a Republican lied? schocking!)
Lobbyist married to Pruitt's ex-landlord speaks out as EPA administrator's troubles deepen
Scott Pruitt is too corrupt to be corrupted ... Taking what look very much like bribes from energy lobbyists is just par for the course for Pruitt.
Ana Navarro hilariously mocks Scott Pruitt's Fox News interview: 'He made Betsy DeVos look like Einstein'
Lobbyist couple had to change the locks on Pruitt - POLITICO - condo rental say the arrangement, which has drawn intense scrutiny, was supposed to be a temporary fix, but he overstayed his welcome.
Pruitt fights for job in meeting with Trump

Mulvaney gives big pay bumps to his hires at consumer agency (the Repubican swamp fills itself)

Trump to Skip White House Correspondents Dinner Again - The Daily Beast (chickenshit)

Michael Cohen's view from under the bus: Trump denies knowing about Stormy Daniels payment ... denial and refusal to comment on whether there is a hush-money slush fund raises a raft of questions and complications for both Trump and Cohen ... For now, we know two things: The Republican majorities in the House and Senate continue to protect Trump not only from inquiry into his sexual conduct, but from inquiries into his receipt of emoluments and ongoing conflicts of interest
Stormy Daniels' Attorney Mocks Trump With A 'Merry Christmas' In April
'Concerned' Evangelicals Plan To Meet With Trump As Sex Scandals Swirl (hahaha)

In reaction to Trump, millions of Americans are joining protests and getting political - The Washington Post - In reaction to Trump, millions of Americans are joining protests and getting political - activism often driven by admiration or outrage toward President Trump ... One in five Americans have protested in the streets or participated in political rallies since the beginning of 2016. Of those, 19 percent said they had never before joined a march or a political gathering ... Overwhelmingly, recently motivated activists are critical of Trump. Thirty percent approve of the president, and 70 percent disapprove ... Back in the turbulent Vietnam War era, college students were the face of protests. Today, many activists are older, white, well-educated and wealthy, the findings show.

Does Donald Trump Understand? (anything?)

Seth Abramson on Twitter: "It's getting very hard to see how Erik Prince doesn't get charged -- sometime in the relatively near future -- with a federal crime for repeatedly lying to Congress. George Nader appears to have conclusively established that Prince lied repeatedly, and without shame, in his testimony."

Twitter Has Suspended 1.2 Million Accounts For 'Terrorist Content' (but not Trump's account for some reason)

Zuckerberg long resisted going to Congress. Now he'll face a 'reckoning' lawmakers say
Facebook deleted Mark Zuckerberg's Messenger texts without telling anyone (haha Zuckerfucked again, lock him up!)
Facebook Building 8 explored data sharing agreement with hospitals - Facebook was in talks with top hospitals and other medical groups as recently as last month about a proposal to share data about the social networks of their most vulnerable patients. (even worse, lock him up!)
Without data-targeted ads, Facebook would look like a pay service, Sandberg says - "our service depends on your data" (which you thought was private, hahaha)
Facebook will label political ads and note who paid for them - The platform will start doing so this spring.

April House Overview: Ratings Changes in 13 Districts | The Cook Political Report
Republicans midterm prospects are going from bad to worse

If taxes aren't working, will desperate Republicans keep turning to race-based attacks? -- They"backpedaled into cultural issues and it looked desperate."

Who has any use for conservative intellectuals? ... people like Jonah Goldberg were treated as serious thinkers ... (they've debased the term, like everything else they've touched)

Bernie Sanders Courts Black Voters Anew. But an Obama Reference Stings. - The New York Times - Mr. Sanders faced sharp criticism from some African-Americans who thought he had reduced the nation's first black president, Barack Obama, to merely being what Mr. Sanders called a "charismatic individual" (shut up and go away, Bernie)

Beto O'Rourke Is Building a Digital Fundraising Army - The Texas Democrat puts in effort to make the campaign as personal as possible
Florida's suddenly competitive 2018 Senate race, explained - Rick Scott vs. Bill Nelson could be one of the most expensive campaigns in 2018.
Tim Pawlenty makes it official: He's running for governor again - - The former two-term Republican governor, moving toward a comeback bid for months, aims to recapture support of state GOP. (Minnesota)

Kentucky legislators send tax cuts for wealthy, tax hikes for the other 95 percent to governor (hahaha Kenfucky)

In Wisconsin, authorities now have to convict you of a crime before they can take your cash - The Washington Post (they could just steal your stuff and do in most states, hello Mario)

Marsha Blackburn Trails Democrat by 10 Points in Tennessee Senate Race - 10 points down to a Democrat in the Tennessee Senate race -- Blackburn is the pre-eminent drum-banger on the whole sale-of-baby-parts fable, as well as several other issues guaranteed to gin up the rubes for several years now ... what the national Republican party has left after 35 or 40 years of entertaining irrationality for political advantage. It did not have to happen this way, but the reason that it happened this way is that the Republican Party, at every level of government, committed itself to positions that guaranteed that, one day, someone like Donald Trump would be president

Blake Farenthold resigns abruptly from Congress after revelations of lewd and abusive behavior | Politics | Dallas News - and made no apologies for using $84,000 in taxpayer funds to settle a sexual harassment suit (another special election)

Jimmy Kimmel Unloads On Sean Hannity: 'You, Sean, are The Whole Ass Circus' - Why is Sean Hannity openly fantasizing about clowns in the ass?

We're journalists at a Sinclair news station. We're pissed. Some of us wish we could quit -- but our hands are tied. (have to pay them to quit your job, hahaha)

Editorial: As vultures circle, The Denver Post must be saved ... The cuts, backed by our owner, the New York City hedge fund Alden Global Capital, also are a mystery,

A Recording Of A CNN Boss Admitting The Company Wasn't Paying Any Attention To Gender Pay Has Leaked (he never looked around him)

Hawaii Becomes The 7th State To Legalize Assisted Suicide | HuffPost - The law allows patients to request medication to end their lives. It gives them the choice to change their minds, too.

This Woman Tests And Reviews Sex Toys For A Living. Here's What She's Discovered

The feds have seized classifieds website Backpage - The Verge


King Commemorations and Coalition Politics - Lawyers, Guns & Money
Panic In D.C. - Lawyers, Guns & Money - This story about the 1968 riots in Washington D.C. is remarkable, and a use of multimedia that's fully justified
1968 riots: Four days that reshaped Washington, D.C. - Washington Post - Chaotic riots left 13 dead and more than 900 businesses damaged ... Eventually, 13,000 troops would arrive -- the most to occupy an American city since the Civil War.

"You Don't Attack a Kid" : Inside the Laura Ingraham Nightmare at Fox News ... "Rupert has been annoyed by what he perceives as cowardly behavior by his executives"
GOP state candidate refuses to apologize for calling Parkland student a 'communist pig' (said the commie pig)
Everyone Got The Pulse Massacre Story Completely Wrong | HuffPost - And another, smaller injustice was obscured: the sadistic prosecution of Noor Salman (by the Federal Bureua of Lying and Sadism) By the time of the verdict, Salman had spent 14 months in jail (media believed government lies)

The ISIS Files: When Terrorists Run City Hall - The New York Times -- We unearthed thousands of internal documents that help explain how the Islamic State stayed in power so long.

These Messages Show Julian Assange Talked About Seeking Hacked Files From Guccifer 2.0 - DMs tie Assange to a Russia-linked hacker -- and raise new questions about his Seth Rich conspiracy theory.

For Mueller, a Feared Weakness Becomes a Strength - The New York Times - his relative lack of independence

The Odious Robert Mueller - Lawyers, Guns & Money - This is surely the most neoliberal McCarthyism I've ever seen -- A witness who is cooperating in the special counsel investigation, George Nader, has connections to both the Persian Gulf states and Russia and may have information that links two important strands of the inquiry together

Former Trump aide approved 'black ops' to help Ukraine president - Paul Manafort authorised secret media operation that sought to discredit key opponent of then Ukrainian president

Opinion | The Contract With Authoritarianism - The New York Times - In 1994, Newt Gingrich, brandishing his Contract with America, led a Republican revolution that swept aside Democratic majorities in the House and the Senate, initiating an epoch of conservative ascendancy that lingers on. ("strict father" model)

The True Damage of Trump's 'Fake News'
Robert Mercer backed a secretive group that worked with Facebook, Google to target anti-Muslim ads at swing voters
WOAI anchor Delaine Mathieu on Sinclair promos: 'This was awful'
Trump's Most Influential White Nationalist Troll Is A Middlebury Grad Who Lives In Manhattan - Twitter troll "Ricky Vaughn" had a bigger influence on the 2016 election than NBC News and the Drudge Report. Here's who he really is
2016's Most Influential White Nationalist Rich Failson ... Doug Mackey ... Curiously, @RapinBill, which is still active and followed by Donald Trump Jr.
It's bad and it matters: the problem with "Kill All Normies" (2017)
Rachel Maddow Beats Sean Hannity, Takes Title As Most-Watched Cable News Host (has the tide turned?)

Trump floated replacing Sessions with Pruitt this week despite scandals - CNNPolitics
E.P.A. Officials Sidelined After Questioning Scott Pruitt - The New York Times - At least five officials at the Environmental Protection Agency, four of them high-ranking, were reassigned or demoted, or requested new jobs in the past year after they raised concerns about the spending and management of the agency's administrator, Scott Pruitt.
Scott Pruitt asked to use sirens in D.C. traffic and was told no for non-emergency - CBS News (Pruitt is the definition of "emergency")
The latest on Scott Pruitt's dangerous days - Axios (the swamps is deep and full of Republican liars and grifters)
But His Emails - Lawyers, Guns & Money ... So, to review: * Scott Pruitt used private emails as Attorney General. * These private emails, unlike Clinton's had evidence of misconduct of substantial public interest. * Pruitt committed a federal crime to cover up his use of private emails.

Eschaton: Important People - I don't expect these people to be... well... good people... but I am I am kinda surprised that none of them seem to have any idea that they actually have important jobs that they should at least pretend to take seriously occasionally -- "Press reports have indicated that Dravis leaked the information to the White House counsel's office after finding out that Porter had been having an affair with now-departed White House Communications Director Hope Hicks" (circular backstabbing)

The woman who got fired for flipping off President Trump just sued her former employer - The Washington Post

Here's Don Jr. Talking About How It Sucks To Be At The Playboy Mansion With A Pregnant Wife - Has the president's son ever contemplated killing his dad for the money? He once talked about that on the radio!

The Guy Who Wrote The Book On The Deep State Wishes Trumpworld Would Shut Up About The Deep State - Former Republican aide Mike Lofgren

The Wisconsin Supreme Court election shows the blueprint for a Democratic wave - There was ultimately no big strategic trade-off between chasing votes in highly educated Dane County and chasing votes in working-class rural areas.

AP: Record number of women file to run for US House seats - The number of women running for the U.S. House of Representatives set a record Thursday, the vast majority of them Democrats motivated by angst over President Donald Trump and policies of the Republican-controlled Congress. (women leaving the patriarchy)

US Senate poll: Bredesen holds double-digit lead over Blackburn in new MTSU poll - 45 percent of 600 registered Tennessee voters said they would choose Bredesen, a Democrat and former Nashville mayor, if the election were immediately held. Blackburn, a Brentwood Republican, netted 35 percent

No More Mister Nice Blog: DEMOCRATIC ENTHUSIASM IS EXCELLENT NEWS FOR JOHN McCAI-- ER, DONALD TRUMP AND THE GOP - Zandar directs our attention to a Politico piece by Jeff Greenfield ... "It's Wednesday, November 7, 2018, and the Democrats have awakened to the taste of ashes in their mouths" (remember Jeff Greenfield? he's now 74 years old)

Anchorage vote-by-mail election was supposed to boost turnout. It shattered a record ... rejecting a measure to regulate restrooms, locker rooms

Woman an says Las Vegas GOP campaign adviser made her his sex slave ... The 46-year-old woman provided copies of emails, text messages and a signed contract laying out her duties as a "slave in training to Benjamin Sparks (good Christian family-values Republican)

Oklahoma Lawmaker's rant inspires teacher to announce campaign for his House seat - After state Rep. Kevin McDugle, R-Broken Arrow, said Tuesday that he didn't t think protesting teachers were setting a good example for students, a northeast Oklahoma teacher announced plans to run against him. (Republicans hate education and especially teachers)

Atlantic Fires Kevin Williamson After Suddenly Realizing He Believes The Things He Says | HuffPost - "I have come to the conclusion that The Atlantic is not the best fit for his talents, and so we are parting ways" Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey Goldberg wrote.
When someone tells you who they are, believe them - Lawyers, Guns & Money ... Unless you want to wind up looking like an utter tool. (hello, Jeffrey -- who are these "thought leaders" and what bubbles do they live in?)
Jezebel Regrets Its Decision to Hire Cannibal Witch as Writer-at-Large

How Bill O'Reilly Silenced His Accusers

Power and the New York Establishment -- Sex, Lies & Audiotapes: How New York's Establishment Protected Revered Opera Maestro James Levine From Sex Abuse Claims -- For the first time, Ashok Pai details sexual misconduct at the hands of James Levine (New Yorker and NYT knew and covered up for him)


Version of Martin Luther King, Jr. Peddled by White Conservatives Is a Crime - Sarah Huckabee Sanders didn't invent White Martin. Perhaps all of us did.

Youtube shooter's father says she was angry at company
This Is What We Know About YouTube Shooter Nasim Aghdam - The woman, who posted frequently on YouTube about animal rights and veganism, said she believed the video-sharing platform had discriminated against her.
Eschaton: Well Then I Guess It's Ok To Run Them Over - QED. - Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones asserted Monday that there were professional, paid protesters at a Saturday night vigil for Stephon Clark, the unarmed black man killed by police in his grandmother's backyard. When Jones was asked if he had evidence that paid protesters attended the vigil, he replied, "We do have evidence, and we have seen it previously. You'll notice the same cadre of protesters at every protest, sometimes in other states." (IOW, bullshit)
Don't Tell Black Women How To Feel About Stephon Clark's Tweets | HuffPost
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Calls Out Trump Over 'Thoughts And Prayers' Tweet Following Shooting | HuffPost (Satan is "praying" for you, hahaha)
California Considering Unprecedented Law Restricting Police Firearm Use | HuffPost - Opening fire should be enforced as the last resort (instead of "first resort")
Patriots's Julian Edelman May Have Thwarted a School Shooting ... When the police arrived at the address, they found a 14-year-old boy, who, they said, admitted to posting the threat. They also found two rifles that belonged to his mother (sound familiar?)

Trump instructs military to begin planning for withdrawal from Syria - The Washington Post

Eschaton: The Best Deals - At some point Trump's people are just going to make up some numbers and convince him that we "won" the trade war and got "the best deal" and no reporter will ever actually ask him what a "trade deficit" is.
How To Win A Trade War | FiveThirtyEight - Trump says it's easy. Try it for yourself.
This morning in the Dunning-Kruger presidency - Lawyers, Guns & Money - Some people never get past a typical eight-year-old's ability to understand complicated issues, which is fine I guess, but making any of them president of the United States is, as has been observed on this blog a few times before, sub-optimal.
China: New tariffs on U.S. goods including soybeans, aircraft - The Washington Post
China Tariffs Could Wreck Republicans in November - Bloomberg - Pain from trade war could hit Midwestern states with pivotal Senate and gubernatorial races in 2018. (not for white stupids who cant connect dot a with dot b)
Moody's economist: Trump trade war will cost 190,000 jobs

Eschaton: Everybody Gets To Use Them - I'm going to lump a few somewhat different things together here, but one argument crazy civil libertarians/privacy experts/technologists make is that all of the various backdoor surveillance systems that law enforcement and The State generally love can of course be used by anyone. There's no way to make these back doors available, and especially not in common usage, without making all of the systems in question much more vulnerable. And security - including national security - is probably threatened much more by the existence of these types of devices (and the desire to make sure they can be used) than by letting the government play with them. In other words, being devoted to finding and destroying these toys would be much smarter than building them. If your stated goals are what you say they are, of course. (Sting Rays were invented for the "good guys" but now the "bad guys" are using them)

Outgoing White House emails not protected by verification system - Axios - Of the 26 domains, 18 are not in compliance with a Department of Homeland Security directive to implement that protocol (where are the constant NYT stories about this???)

Stone, on day he sent Assange dinner email, also said 'devastating' WikiLeaks were forthcoming ("Podesta in a barrel")

Mueller Reportedly Is Making A List Of All The Stuff Trump Has Done In Office | HuffPost - Trump is not a criminal target at this point.
CNN Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin Has An Ominous New Warning For Trump | HuffPost (he's a "subject," definitely not a "target")
The Department of Justice Thinks That Collusion Is a Crime | The New Yorker (Toobz)
Mueller told Trump he'ss not a criminal target in the Russia probe. That may not mean what you think.
Robert Mueller Says Donald Trump Is a Subject of His Investigation, According to Washington Post - If The President* Thinks He's Out of the Woods, He's More Delusional Than I Thought

Trump to deploy National Guard troops to border - Axios

Facebook said the personal data of most of its 2 billion users has been collected and shared with outsiders - The Washington Post (you've been Zuckerfucked, haha)
Facebook Says Cambridge Analytica Harvested Data of Up to 87 Million Users - The New York Times
Revealed: graphic video used by Cambridge Analytica to influence Nigerian election | UK news | The Guardian - Whistleblower says firm directed AggregateIQ to target voters with Islamophobic video in 2015
Accused Russian Intel Asset Teamed Up With GOP Operative - Konstantin Kilimnik found himself a partner in Sam Patten, a lobbyist and political hand who just happens to have worked previously for Cambridge Analytica
Facebook Scans the Photos and Links You Send on Messenger - Bloomberg (hahaha constant spying on you, zuckersuckers)

Kathy Griffin Earns Rave Reviews With Hilarious Impersonation Of Kellyanne Conway | HuffPost

There's Something Missing From Hope Hicks' Send-Off Photo: Diversity | HuffPost "White House doesn't mean everyone working there has to be white"

Expanding map creates tough choices for GOP | TheHill - or if the party should put more energy into protecting solid GOP seats that could be in danger if a wave materializes this fall.

Planned Parenthood CEO Says Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump Offered 'Bribe' to Stop Abortions

Politico erases New Yorkers of color | CSNY - A misleading journey into "Clinton Country" ... So the writer, Adam Wren, visits Park Slope, Chelsea and NoHo in New York and Bethesda, Maryland, and Shaw and Chevy Chase in D.C. (The latter three are roughly equivalent to Scarsdale, the Lower East Side and Riverdale, respectively.) "broccolini and organic wheatgrass" in Brooklyn ... "sustainably-raised fish, pasture-raised poultry and grass-fed beef" in Chelsea, driveways filled by Audis and Teslas in DC ... "I entered the candlelit sanctum, which smelled of lavender and liberal angst," (Adan Wren goes to counties which have no black or poor people in them)
Richard Florida on Twitter: "Ben -That story is a spoof, right? Has to be. Can't be serious. (BTW, I've been to Indy many times & its a very sophisticated place with a plethora of"blue-ish" amenities .."

Democrats Score Big Win In Wisconsin Supreme Court Race | HuffPost - It wasn't even close - the first time in 23 years that a liberal candidate won an open Supreme Court seat in the state ... , six of the seven justices on Wisconsin's high court are women, as DailyKos noted, meaning the state ties with Washington for the greatest number of female Supreme Court justices. (KockBros poured millions in, but lost, Walker sees handwriting on wall)
Hillary Must Have Visited! - Lawyers, Guns & Money - Wisconsin Democrats declared victory on Tuesday night after Milwaukee Judge Rebecca Dallet won a bitter race

'They've given us a raise and nothing for students': Oklahoma teacher walkout shows no sign of ending : news

Pasadena delegate says her father, a state senator, sought conversion therapy for her - Capital Gazette - state Sen. Bryan Simonaire asked her to try the discredited treatment after she revealed she was bisexual ... family was 'heartbroken and disgusted"

Rudy and Judith Giuliani to divorce | Page Six - Rudy, 73, and Judith, 63, both have adult children from previous marriages. He has Andrew and Caroline with his second wife, Donna Hanover. (who didn't like him either)

Terms of Bill O'Reilly settlements revealed for first time -- A federal judge in New York has denied Bill O'Reilly's motion to seal settlement agreements he struck with multiple women who accused him of harassment, dealing a huge blow to the former Fox News host in a defamation suit brought last year.

Sex, power, and photography. With Nicholas Nixon at MassArt classroom, how far is too far? - The Boston Globe - For one assignment, the acclaimed professor asked students to photograph seven people they wanted to sleep with ... Photographer Nicholas Nixon ... students ... were stunned when he asked them to analyze pictures of his own penis ... Nixon, who as an employee of MassArt was paid by state tax dollars, asked them to pose partially or fully nude for him while they were his students. Others said his vulgar remarks in class were commonplace ... MassArt won't comment on whether it has a policy about teachers asking students to pose nude ... (another institutionally-enabled creepy af dickdude but his perversity is genius in its quest for recognition)

"Journalism is Not About Creating Safe Spaces" : Inside the Woke Civil War at The New York Times - Catalyzed by the Trump presidency, roiled by flash points like Glenn Thrush, Bret Stephens, and Bari Weiss, a generational conflict not seen since the 60s is besetting the Times ... Baquet making an appearance at the same Financial Times conference as Steve Bannon last month (you've been Sulzfucked)

Sinclair Journalists Worry They're Being Watched: 'There's A Lot Held Over Us' (spying on their journos)
Sinclair producer in Nebraska resigns to protest 'obvious bias' ... "This is almost forcing local news anchors to lie to their viewers"

Ursula K. Le Guin on Philip K. Dick and J.K. Rowling : books
epic sci-fi novels you should read before they become films : books

Dear Men, It's Totally OK To Wear Makeup - The key, according to both Grella and Katz, is to educate men on how to properly use makeup in a way that suits them. From a young age, many women learn that makeup is just a part of life, but most men aren't taught that lesson. Ease of use is also important, especially for the low-maintenance guys out there.

"Did We Create This Monster?" - How Twitter Turned Toxic


Unusual forms 'nightmare' of antibiotic-resistant bacteria detected in 27 states By Susan Scutti, CNN -- More than 200 rare antibiotic-resistant genes - carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE
EPA To Gut The Only Major Federal Rule To Cut Climate Pollution From Vehicles | HuffPost
EPA Reportedly Approved Pipeline Project Linked To Lobbyist Renting Room To Pruitt | HuffPost - spokeswoman denied any link between the approval and the apartment rental.
EPA's Scott Pruitt, Defying White House, Doled Out Huge Raises - The Atlantic - The embattled EPA chief used an obscure provision last month to increase the salaries of a pair of staffers by tens of thousands of dollars.

YouTube Shooting: Woman Shot Boyfriend, Then Killed Herself
Woman opens fire at YouTube headquarters, wounding at least 3 before taking her own life
Possible active shooter at Youtube in San Bruno : news
After the FBI's Pulse nightclub failure, why should we trust James Comey anymore? ... Comey said Omar Mateen had been 'radicalized at least in part through the Internet" -- very convenient for Comey's campaign to sway Congress to give the FBI new power to seize Internet records of Americans without with a search warrant ... top priority ... John McCain ... Uh ... maybe the son was radicalized by watching his father's TV program (who himself was an FBI informer but watch t he lies and false justifications +Comey is an axis of evil all by himself)

Israel: Gaza Killings Unlawful, Calculated | Human Rights Watch - Officials Green-Light Shooting of Unarmed Demonstrators

Jeweler to the Stars Flees as India Seethes Over Bank Fraud - The New York Times

Porton Down experts unable to identify 'precise source' of novichok that poisoned spy ... lab's boss sayss a 'state actor' made the novichok and also rubbishes claims that it could have come from his facility.

Job No. 1 for a Democratic Congress: Investigate ICE - ICE Is a Brutal National Police Force - The Latest on Trump and Immigration - the most brutal kind of national police force.

APNewsBreak: US suspects cellphone spying devices in DC ... Sting Rays (not just used by the "good" guys now, nice job, National Security

Markets That Climbed the Trump Bump Are Tumbling Down From It - The New York Times

Mueller investigation probes consulting firm linked to UAE | USA News | Al Jazeera - Special Counsel Robert Mueller questions firm established in Israel over links to the United Arab Emirates.

Seth Abramson on Twitter: "3/ In any case, I'll say now what I said a year ago: all the evidence suggests Jeff Sessions is one of Mueller's top targets, both for multiple counts of perjury and for being an active negotiator for Trump in Trump's attempt to establish a quid pro quo with Russia on sanctions."
What Mueller'ss Most Conspicuous Silence Suggests - The theft of emails from Democratic officials seems like the most likely avenue for proving collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign -- but the special counsel never mentions it.
In a footnote, Mueller sends a warning shot to Trump - The Washington Post - he also has the authority to investigate any attempts to obstruct his probe
Justice official authorized Mueller to investigate whether Trump campaign chair colluded with Russia - The Washington Post

Kyle Griffin on Twitter: In a new court filing, Robert Mueller's office makes clear that London-based lawyer Alexander van der Zwaan knows key details about the ongoing Russia investigation that are "not widely known" to the public.
Court poised to hand down 1st sentence in Mueller probe - ABC News - Dutch national Alex van der Zwaan is expected to become the first person sentenced in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation on Tuesday in federal court in Washington, having pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents. Van der Zwaan, 33, the son-in-law of a Russian oligarch ...
Dutch attorney gets 30 days in first sentence for Mueller probe - POLITICO - Alex van der Zwaan had admitted to lying to investigators.
Muller sentencing: Alex van der Zwaan is going to jail for lying in the Russia probe - Vox - A Dutch lawyer tied to Paul Manafort gets 30 days in jail and a fine of $20,000.

Mueller authorized by DOJ to investigate alleged Manafort collusion with Russian government - CNNPolitics

A new study suggests fake news might have won Donald Trump the 2016 election - The Washington Post
What if Clinton had won? - Lawyers, Guns & Money
Eschaton: The Other Timeline - To some extent the 1st year of the Trump presidency was bizarrely incompetent (aside from the incompetence of the boss of course) because the Right was totally knocked off their gameplan. The investigations of the second failed Clinton presidency were all lined up. New York Times reporters were set to continue receiving the puke funnel from the various organs of the Right that they conspired with during the campaign. Fox News was set to be The Disloyal Opposition in a way that they never quite managed to be with Obama. Maureen Dowd was all set to switch from writing her column, "Actually, Democratic Men are Women," to her preferred column, "Actually, Democratic Women are Men." They were all going to have so much fun and nothing would have mattered.

Jeff Sessions Quietly Appointed a Prosecutor to Probe Trump's Foes. That Could Be an Unprecedented Disaster.

'Stormy Effect': Trump's support falls with women, rises with men in new poll (because 53% of men want to be unfaithful to their wives with a porn star)
Trump's interview is even crazier than you think (2016)

Trump heats up rhetoric on border, immigration as some supporters grow impatient
Trump Says He Plans to Order Military to Guard Border - The New York Times

Court of Facebook: Zuckerberg slams Apple, unveils network's chilling ambirtions ... "really like to get to is an independent appeal. So maybe folks at Facebook make the first decision based on the community standards that are outlined, and then people can get a second opinion. You can imagine some sort of structure, almost like a Supreme Court, that is made up of independent folks who don't work for Facebook, who ultimately make the final judgment call on what should be acceptable speech in a community that reflects the social norms and values of people all around the world" (your democracy will be Zuckerfucked, many times)

Trump wants military to secure border with Mexico until wall is built - The Boston Globe

The definitive -- and updated! -- rankings of Donald Trump's nicknames for his political enemies

President Trump is acting unhinged because that's all he can do -- A politically weakened Trump has pivoted back to branding, because it is his only option before the midterm elections (insanity is a "brand")

"Trump is like, ' How can I fuck with him?'" : War with Amazon (and The Washington Post) Is Personal -- With the West Wing finally calm, Trump is contemplating a multi-front campaign against Jeff Bezos.
No, the Postal Service isn't losing a fortune on Amazon (Trump is a big fat liar, who knew?)
Why Trump thinks he's s winning his war on media -- Trump's feedback loop, including cable-news coverage, and mainstream media squawking, convinces the president that he's winning his war on media ... Fox and Sinclair ... has patched inLou Dobbs via speakerphone to multiple meetings in the Oval Office so that he could offer his two cents

Inside Tiffany Trumo's Strained Relationship with Her Dad: 'They Go Months Without Speakin'

Milton Friedman Predicted Socialism Would Kill Democracy. Instead, Trump Is (rightwing fake economist was wrong, surprise)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg sounds alarm on New Deal rollback - CNNPolitics - The conservative majority is undermining worker protections from the 1930s

What's Happening in Oklahoma Is Remarkable Evidence of the Power of Public Education -- Teachers are striking back against Republican attacks on the institution. (you don't need no education)

Eschaton: Concentrated Pain - A couple of banker friends who work with farmers every day told me last week that with commodity prices down and the tariffs imposed, approximately 10 percent of our farmers probably won't make it this year, and 10 percent more will likely fail next year ... and that people are starting to make comparisons to the farm crisis of the 1980s, when approximately 10,000 Iowa farmers lost their farms (dumb white Iowa farmers voted for both Reagan and Trumpster but have no memories)
Beto O'Rourke says he raised staggering $6.7M in first quarter of 2018 - an eye-popping number that poses a new category of threat to Republican incumbent Ted Cruz.

NYPD sex crimes chief donated thousands to Trump after video scandal on grabbing women 'by the pussy' - Deputy Chief Michael Osgood, commander of the Special Victims Division, went on to make 10 more contributions ... to Trump's campaign committees as the scandal over allegations that the candidate had groped multiple women intensified. (so, the worst person conceivable for the job) ... At the time, Osgood was overseeing the NYPD' investigation into former Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner's creepy texting habits. (meanwhile, behind the scenes, again)

Trump appointee at Defense Department resigns after birther postings revealed - CNNPolitics - Todd Johnson is a former Trump campaign state director in New Mexico who joined the Department of Defense in 2017 as an advance officer (riddled with racists)

The all-consuming tribalism of Trump's Republican Party, in one 30-second ad (are with the evil guy, or not?)

Southwood High principal says no to transgender student's year book pictures

Rep. Esty Retires After Scandal Over Abusive Staffer - another self-destructive casualty in this year's "reckoning" with sexual assault, harassment, and abuse. Her case involved a cover-up of some pretty terrible behavior by her chief of staff, Tony Baker, who made a death threat on the voice mail of a former staffer, Anna Kain, whom he once dated. As explained by the Washington Post, Esty did not do the right thing:

Congressman Darren Soto's wife arrested at Walt Disney World ... In July, Soto staffer Cecilia Cruz was arrested and charged with drunken driving after she struck a motorcyclist on State Road 417 following a work event.

A quest for addiction treatment that works, and the data to prove it - The Boston Globe

The hidden crisis on college campuses: 36 percent of students don't have enough to eat (Republicans hate education and kids in general, let them starve)

'I don't know how you got this way' (a Nazi) Kam has been out of high school for two years, and he doesn't have a job, a car, a place of his own or much money beyond what his mother gives him

State Police to eliminate Troop E amid scandals - The Boston Globe

'I can't breathe' : Asheville police video shows white officer beating, choking black jaywalking suspect - The officer who repeatedly struck Rush in the head, Christopher Hickman, resigned in January, just before he was terminated for violating the use-of-force policy ... He was charged in March with felony assault by strangulation and misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury and communicating threat ... lawyer says ... jury will acquit

Sinclair Employees Say Their Contracts Make It Too Expensive to Quit - Bloomberg - Noncompetes, forced arbitration and a liquidated damages clause can equal 40 percent of annual salary. (oh, corporate slavery clause)
Fox News: Look, We're re Not Sinclair - One Fox News insider said the comparison between the cable news network and Sinclair was ludicrous and the local TV anchors in a viral video
Sinclair Chairman Claims Entire Print Media Has 'No Credibility'
Sinclair Videos Renew Debate Over Media Ownership - The New York Times

What Is Your City's Twin -- Boston, but not Boston is NYC

Mass. pot business applications strong on first day of licensing - The Boston Globe - Nearly 200 prospective operators have so far signaled interest in opening a recreational marijuana business in Massachusetts (the Greenrush begins)

WaPo Shoots Another Brick - Lawyers, Guns & Money
She honkered juggsily towards the breasted door - Lawyers, Guns & Money

You May Live Longer By Severely Restricting Calories, Scientists Say : The Salt : NPR - when people severely cut calories, they can slow their metabolism and possibly the aging process.

The Highs and Lows of Testosterone - The New York Times - About 5 percent of men between the ages of 50 and 59 have low levels of testosterone along with symptoms like loss of libido and sluggishness ... the liver damage by chronic alcohol abuse thwarts the production of testosterone

MetricT comments on "Medical Cannabis Only" Act fails in Senate Judiciary committee, dumped into "summer study" again, dead for Yet Another Year...

New Jersey cops search a man's anus and genitals for weed during traffic stop : news

User discovers porn bot conspiracy on the nsfw side of reddit [NSFW] : bestof

The Case for A Zuckberg-Free Facebook | WIRED (delete the clueless Z, but will it help?)
Billion-Dollar Facebook Investor Tells Mark Zuckerberg To Quit As Chairman : technology Leaks Millions of Customer Records including names, email and physical addresses, birthdays and the last four digits of the customer's credit card number ... for at least eight months before it was yanked offline earlier today


Hogg Derangement Syndrome - Lawyers, Guns & Money
Russian bots are tweeting their support of embattled Fox News host Laura Ingraham - The Washington Post
Falsely Accused Parkland School Shooter Sues Alex Jones
Eagles of Death Metal frontman apologizes for 'mean-spirited' March for Our Lives criticism - Jesse Hughes, 45, issued his apology in an Instagram post after he called the student organizers "vile abusers of the dead" ("Eagles of Death Metal' tells you all you need to know)
Frank Stallone 'Deeply Ashamed' For Berating Parkland Survivor -- Actor apologizes after angry outburst ... "dying to sucker punch this little rich bitch" ... "I would never in a million years wish or promote violence to anyone anywhere on this planet."

Poisoned Door Handle Hints at High-Level Plot to Kill Spy, U.K. Officials Say - The New York Times

A Saudi Prince'ss Quest to Remake the Middle East -- In his work with the White House, is Mohammed bin Salman driving out extremism, or merely seizing power for himself? (is he Saudi? and oh look, Kushki in the background)

Bulgaria Says French Thinker Was a Secret Agent. She Calls It a Barefaced Lie ... Julia Kristeva ... The mystery only deepened on Friday, when the commission, in response to intense international interest, took the unusual step of posting online the entire dossier on Ms. Kristeva. (either way, her writing is unintelligible)

China to slap tariffs on 128 U.S. goods - POLITICO

bellingcat - The Curious Case of David Jewberg, the Fake Senior Pentagon Russia Analyst - bellingcat

This Trump legal defeat may force Trump to decide: His presidency or his businesses? - The Washington Post - a lawsuit could go forward claiming he unconstitutionally received foreign emoluments

Corruption, Not Russia, Is Trump
New York Magazine cover depicts Trump as a pig | TheHill
Yashar Ali ?? on Twitter: "New cover of @NYMag Cover story by @jonathanchait: "

Roger Stone's Trumpian self-promotion is not helping him with Robert Mueller
Mueller Investigating If Roger Stone Had Dinner With Assange

BryFun on Twitter: "Tiffany Trump skillfully pulls away from her dad's kiss #debate "

Breast cancer page scrubbed from women's health wesite

Jack Williams, ex-GOP chief Marty Connors, medical exec arrested on corruption charges | - State Rep. Jack Williams, R-Vestavia Hills, Marty Connors, the former chairman of the Alabama Republican Party, and a California health care executive were arrested today on federal bribery charges.

NC GOP tries to connect Supreme Court candidate to convicted murderers - News - The Fayetteville Observer - Fayetteville, NC

The Party of the Working Class - Lawyers, Guns & Money - Voting for Republicans sure pays off for the Appalachian working class! -- A measure signed into law in Kentucky this past week would prevent federally-certified radiologists from judging X-rays in state black lung compensation claims, leaving diagnoses of the disease mostly to physicians who typically work for coal companies -- It would be nice if Kentucky residents realized just how hazardous Republicans are for their health, but then you look at election results from eastern Kentucky counties and you realize that Republicans may lead to black lungs, but they also support white skin and welp
. Pension bill: Public schools in all 120 Kentucky counties close Monday (also in supidistan)

Trump's Dark Reflection -- Don Blankenship is one of the most hated men in West Virginia. Thanks to the president, he could be the state's next senator (stupid killing itself)

'Fake News' Threat to Media; Editorial Decisions, Outside Actors at Fault - Trump less trusted than CNN, MSNBC, and Fox as info source

Sinclair Broadcasting Orders Local Anchors To Record Bizarre 'Hostage' Video - Supercut shows broadcasters across the nation reading the same script. (fake fake news)

Chicago sees drop in killings and shootings for 13 consecutive months - CNN

Better Headlines For A WaPo WASP Medium - Sara Benincasa

How Come Jewish Men Keep Breaking Up With Me? The Forward - By A Waspy Chick

Condom challenge: 5 things to know about viral fad | The Sacramento Bee

Grindr Is Letting Other Companies See User HIV Status And Location Data

Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook's future, fake news, and Russian mischief - "We will dig through this hole, but it will take a few years" (yes, he said that, he's going to dig the hole even deeper!! the stupid it burns and you buried the lede, Ezr )


At Pruitt's E.P.A.: No Studies, No Data, No Rules (but lots of grift)

David Hogg Calls on Laura Ingraham to Apologize to Lebron James: 'A Bully is a Bully'
WATCH: Parkland students react in the best possible way to news the NRA is sending Ted Nugent after them
Lord: You know it's always very easy to blame the killer after another mass shooting, but how often do you think we should be blaming the killer's Victims?
New York tightens gun restrictions for domestic abusers - CNNPolitics - Firearms were used in 35 domestic killings in the state in 2016,
In trial of Pulse shooter's widow, the missing recorded 'confession' was the biggest flaw (would the FBI lie to you?)
In fallout from Russia mall fire, a longtime governor in Siberia resigns - The Washington Post - under intense pressure from local residents who blamed the deadliness of the March 25 fire on political corruption and incompetence.

Fury as Man Booker bows to pressure to list Taiwan as Chinese province - One of the world's most prestigious literary prizes has been dragged into a diplomatic spat between China and Taiwan after it caved in to pressure from Beijing to change the nationality of a Taiwanese nominee on its website.

London Murder Rate Overtakes New York for First Time Ever after Spate of Fatal Stabbings and Shootings : news

Eschaton: Don't Punch Down - Lefty Americans have an odd misplaced fondness for the British press for 2 reasons: 1) they like the international coverage of BBC World and 2) they appreciate that it eschews the View From Nowhere in a good way. - The BBC has actually been horrible for many years in its coverage of domestic UK politics.

Easter tirade: Trump attacks Nafta and says 'No more Daca deal' | US news | The Guardian -- In outburst of tweets, Trump dashes any lingering hope of a deal to protect undocumented migrants who arrived in the US as children

The Kushners Saw Redemption in the White House. It Was a Mirage. - The New York Times

Trump's island of misfit toys - Axios - As President Trump increasingly tunes out formal advisers, there's a growing list of misfits and hangers-on that he just can't seem to quit -- and whose advice he seems to welcome and even adopt
New book alleges Kellyanne Conway is the 'number one leaker' Trump White House
Trump International Golf Club sign splattered with red paint by vandals - ABC News

All the Celebrities and Companies Cutting Ties With Facebook Because of Privacy Concerns : technology

First it was Confederate monuments. Now statues offensive to Native Americans are poised to topple across the U.S.

Top Democrat In Connecticut Senate Calls On Elizabeth Esty To Resign - Hartford Courant

Minnesota Woman Blamed For Al Franken's Fall Had Nothing To Do With It (quite a stretch, HuffPo and if anyone is to blame, is Kirsten)

How MLK's death brought chaos and destruction to Washington

Sacramento sheriff's cruiser hits woman during protest and speeds away, video shows

Speedometer 'pinned' at 90 mph as SUV carrying family plunged off a cliff, report says (crazy white lesbians kill themselves and their black kids)

The Bail Racket - Lawyers, Guns & Money - This is superb investigative reporting about how bail bondsmen exploit their customers:

How America's Largest Local TV Owner Turned Its News Anchors Into Soldiers in Trump's War On The Media (Sinclair Propaganda Network)
/u/bad_luck_dragon lays out all the ways Sinclair has worked with Trump in the spread of propaganda : bestof

For small, private colleges, fewer students means more worries - The Boston Globe - At Newbury College in Brookline, enrollment has declined 86 percent over the past 20 years ... The number of high school graduates has been shrinking ... 500 US colleges will close in the next decade

Here's How To Plug One Of The Biggest Privacy Holes In The Internet - An upgrade to DNS, the internet's address book, would make it harder for ISPs to know where you surf, and for hackers to hijack your traffic.


Laura Ingraham Announces Week Off Air As Advertisers Flee | HuffPost - Almost a dozen advertisers have dropped her Fox News show after she mocked a teenage survivor of the Florida school massacre. (the kids own you, bitch)
NRA board member Ted Nugent calls Parkland students poor, pathetic liars with no soul - The evidence is irrefutable, they have no soul (said the soulless asshole murder supporter)
Far From Over - Lawyers, Guns & Money - The demented hatred the right has for the Stoneman kids is remarkable.
Jeet Heer on Twitter: "The demented hatred the right has for the Stoneman kids is remarkable. "

Siege in Gaza: Twelve killed by Israeli forces, 370 injured and DRONES drop tear gas on thousands of Palestinians as they swarm the border, burn photos of Trump, and vow to protest for weeks until US embassy moves to Jerusalem
Palestinians hold day of mourning after 773 shot with live ammunition

Eschaton: Don't Punch Down - Lefty Americans have an odd misplaced fondness for the British press for 2 reasons: 1) they like the international coverage of BBC World and 2) they appreciate that it eschews the View From Nowhere in a good way. The BBC has actually been horrible for many years in its coverage of domestic UK politics ... But aside from the BBC the UK has a tabloid culture. And they are horrible. The lie shamelessly. They don't just lie about important people. They make up random shit about non-public figures

Long-lost film that predicted rise of anti-Semitism has ominous message for today's world ... "A City Without Jews," 1924

Pippa Middleton's father-in-law denies 'scandalous' accusations of rape of minor in France

Top United Nations official 'forced himself on me,' employee says ... alleging she was offered a promotion if she accepted an apology from the man and claiming that the organization failed to take her complaint seriously. Martina Brostrom accused a UN assistant secretary general, Dr. Luiz Loures, of grabbing her in a hotel elevator, forcibly kissing her and trying to drag her to his room during a conference in 2015 ... Brostrom is one of three women to describe similar encounters with Loures (UN patriarchy at work +Brazilian)

Being Dead, He Learned, Is Hard to Overcome - The New York Times - BARLAD, Romania

Another chapter on Facebook's privacy woes is being written in Latin America (Zuckerfucking democracies, the world over)
The real threat to Facebook is the Kool-Aid turning sour - TechCrunch - Who wants to work on a weapon?

One by one, European ambassadors learn they're being expelled from Russia

Russian Accused of Hacking U.S. Technology Firms Is Extradited - The New York Times - A Russian man accused of hacking the systems of three American technology companies in 2012, possibly compromising the personal information of more than 100 million users, was extradited to the United States from the Czech Republic on Friday.

14 Million Visitors to U.S. Face Social Media Screening - The New York Times - The Trump administration said Friday that it planned to require nearly all applicants for a visa to enter the United States to submit their social-media user names for the past five years (and passwords, they are just being cagey about it, how to kill tourism, haha suckers)

Adam Schiff on Twitter: "For a President to float the idea of pardons to people who may incriminate him as a way to dissuade them from cooperating only adds to the evidence of potential obstruction of justice. Actions taken with corrupt intent may be illegal, and are certainly corrosive to our democracy."

Federal investigators question Ted Malloch in special counsel probe - CNNPolitics
Seth Abramson on Twitter: "2/ You don't subpoena a guy like Ted Malloch without already knowing with some clarity why you want and need him before a grand jury. Presumably, this is about linking Donald Trump to Nigel Farage, Julian Assange, and/or WikiLeaks. (Or to Guccifer 2.0 via Stone? It's not clear.)"
Seth Abramson on Twitter: "I gave an interview with Columbia Univ. researchers yesterday and said all indications are that Trump's 2019 impeachment will be (by DC standards) bipartisan. Right now we're in an investigative lull; on the other side of this are months of revelations that will rock the country."

From Mueller to Stormy to 'emoluments,' Trump's business is under siege (crime ring)

WaPo: Two Top Staffers In WH Personnel Office Have Several Past Arrests -- Two young staffers with top positions at the Presidential Personnel Office (PPO) have records of previous arrests for drunk driving and assault, the Post reported Friday ... Wiles never completed her college degree and had her license suspended for drunk driving and was arrested over a bad check, according to the Washington Post (the worst of the worst)

Did Shulkin get fired or resign? This is why it matters - POLITICO - Trump potentially opened the door to legal challenges that could hobble the VA.

Ethics chief Walter Shaub used Headspace meditation to deal with Trump

How Will the Midterm Elections Play Out? Watch Pennsylvania - The New York Times - Democrats appear to be in position to flip at least three, and perhaps as many as six, of Pennsylvania's 18 House seats, according to strategists from both parties. That could represent a quarter of the 24-seat gain they need nationwide to take control of the House.

Inside This Ex-Texas Congressman's Absolutely Bonkers Federal Fraud Trial - former Texas congressman Steve Stockman resurfaced last spring when he was arrested by federal agents while trying to board an international flight and subsequently slapped with a 28-count felony fraud indictment, which he said was the work of the "deep state"

This is what happens when one company owns dozens of local news stations : videos - Sinclair's script for stations ("very disturbing")

NYT's Bret Stephens Comes to Kevin Williamson's Defense Over 'Antry Tweet' on Hanging Women (who've had abortions)

A Christian Publisher Was Running The Same Ad Fraud Scheme As Newsweek Media Group - Newsweek Media Group and Christian Media Corporation both have close ties to a controversial religious leader and the university he founded ... "Dr. David Jang is an evangelical theologian who loves the Lord Jesus Christ and the Bible" ... "This issue has zero, absolutely no relevance at all to Olivet University" (none, I tell you, none!)

Texas megachurch pastor charged by federal authorities with defrauding elderly investors - Mar. 30, 2018 - Federal authorities have charged the pastor of a Texas megachurch and a Louisiana financial planner with defrauding elderly investors out of more than $1 million. -- Kirbyjon Caldwell (yay, satangelical "properity for me" gospel grifters)

Eschaton: Like Sands Through The Hourglass - We're having another eruption from the usual suspects about how ACTUALLY, BLACK PEOPLE ARE STUPID. Perhaps they are but they can read. I always chuckle (and then cry) about how these things are always written as if black people can't see you. They, uh, can. (hello Sam "I'm an idiot" Harris and Andrew Dullyvan

California voters are joining this party by mistake, but lawmakers aren't doing anything about it (read comprehension is hard, segregationist party is popular)

Stephon Clark 'deserved it,' nurse wrote on Facebook. Now she's no longer working for Kaiser (standing in your own backyard while black deserves to be killed by murderous cops)

New Video: Cop Called Alton Sterling a Stupid Motherf**ker After Killing Him -- He was standing, not holding a gun, when two Baton Rogue police officers rushed in. One tried to deescalate, the other threatened to kill him -- and then did it

New York Just Passed A Bill Banning Cops From Having Sex With People In Custody - State lawmakers acted following a BuzzFeed story that showed how existing law lets cops accused of raping detainees fight charges by claiming the sex was consensual

Teen Mob Randomly Beats Man to Death on NJ Street: Prosecutors - NBC New York

Suffolk County district judge apologizes, admits he's serial underwear stealer ... A Long Island judge who police say repeatedly broke into his neighbor's home to steal her underwear has confessed to snatching panties on multiple occasions, even though he has pleaded not guilty ... Still, Suffolk County District Judge Robert Cicale has been removed from the bench and is facing up to 15 years in prison ... a married father of three young children, ... he said he stole the underwear upon feeling "urges" (in his dick)

Nashville pastor molested children during 20 years as church leader, police say - Matthew Dennis Patterson, known as Denny, served as pastor of Nolensville Road Baptist Church for more than 20 years. He resigned on Sept. 24.

Stop protecting sexual predators: Outburst interrupts LDS General Conference

'ren and Stimpy' creator John Kricfalusi admits to dating an underage girl - ANALYSIS | She was 13 when they met

French director Catherine Breillat speaks out against #MeToo and Asia Argento - The Lily - 'I don't believe Asia' ... Breillat also defended Harvey Weinstein ...

Here's why pot sellers are paying prime rents for warehouse and storefront space

What We Know (and Don't Know) About How to Lose Weight -- One conclusion from a much-discussed study: The best diet is the one you can stick to.

One of America's most popular drugs -- first aimed at schizophrenia -- reveals the issues of 'off-label' use - Seroquel an antipsychotic developed to treat schizophrenia but increasingly prescribed for insomnia (turns you into a jerky sleep-walking zombie, so all is good) a pill that medical experts say can cause diabetes, heart arrhythmia and potentially irreversible movement disorders (hello tardive dyskinesia) AstraZeneca declined an interview request

What horrid secrets do your parents have, and are oblivious to you being aware of? : AskReddit

How to download a copy of everything Google knows about you


EPA poised to scrap fuel economy targets that are key to curbing global warming -- setting up clash with California (meanwhile, the Party of Death and Destruction is fucking the whole planet)

Parkland survivor David Hogg to John McCain: 'Why do you take so much money from the NRA?' (no one thought to ask him that question before)
Laura Ingraham Ripped On Twitter For Hiding Behind Religion In 'Bogus' Apology - The Fox News host taunted a mass shooting survivor on Twitter (and got owned by a kid)
Noor Salman, the Orlando nightclub shooter's wife, acquitted of charges she aided 2016 massacre
Pulse Nightclub Shooter's Widow Found Not Guilty Of Aiding Her Husband's Attack ... Noor Salman's family said she was a victim of Omar Mateen's violence, not his collaborator ... investigators found nothing to suggest Mateen was motivated by homophobia ... t is extraordinarily rare for the federal government to lose a terrorism case (and your FBI and prosecutors lied their asses off)
How Noor Salman Became The Scapegoat Of The Pulse Massacre | HuffPost - rooted in gendered Islamophobia ... By the time of the trial, Salman had spent 14 months in jail, mostly in solitude. Each day, she was allowed a single phone call to her son, but that was it. (asshole fuckers added to the abuse )
School walkouts: Student shot at school gets detention for protest - The sophomore got a detention. And so did 42 other students who walked outside with him. -- Some in this small Butler County community are upset with the punishment, saying if anyone has a right to protest it's these students.

Pope Francis: 'There Is No Hell' (rightwing goes nuts, Vatican says fake news)
Pope To World: Hell Does Exist : The Two-Way : NPR - Things got a little heated at the Vatican this week when an Italian journalist reported that Pope Francis denied the existence of hell.

How Slovakia stood up to a journalist's slaying and kicked out its prime minister (strongman asshole murderer falls)

Report: Israeli stealth fighters fly over Iran - Middle East - Jerusalem Post - Two IAF F-35 Adir fighter jets entered Iranian airspace undetected, according to the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida.

Immigration chief in San Francisco apologizes for social media post seen as offensive - San Francisco Chronicle
The Myth of the Criminal Immigrant - The New York Times

PoppinKREAM comments on Lawyer Who Lied to Bob Mueller May Have Blown Paul Manafort's Russia Cover -- Alex van der Zwaan

FBI questions Ted Malloch, Trump campaign figure and Farage ally | US news | The Guardian - American once touted as possible ambassador to EU tells of being detained at Boston airport and subpoenaed by Robert Mueller's Trump-Russia inquiry ... the FBI also asked him about his relationship with Roger Stone, the Republican strategist, and whether he had ever visited the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has resided for nearly six years. (busted him at Logan)

Mueller probing Russia contacts at Republican convention: sources | Reuters

Pruitt's EPA security broke down door to lobbyist condo -- believing he was unconscious and unresponsive and needed rescue, in a bizarre incident last year that the EPA has for months refused to discuss, according to sources and police radio traffic obtained by ABC News.

Trump's pick to head veterans department faces skepticism over his experience
Opinion | A Coup at Veterans Affairs - The New York Times (the incompetizing and privitization of everything, haha suckers)
Veterans Affairs Shake-Up Stirs New Fears of Privatized Care - The New York Times

I Can't Believe It's a Law Firm LLC

Puffin_Fitness comments on #DeleteFacebook movement gains steam after 50 million users have data leaked - Russia is deeply embedded into Facebook.
Here are the internal Facebook posts of employees discussing today's leaked memo -- "I've always thought our 'open but punitive' stance was particularly vulnerable to suicide bombers'
Growth At Any Cost: Top Facebook Executive Defended Data Collection In 2016 Memo -- And Warned That Facebook Could Get People Killed
Facebook's Cambridge Analytica problems are nothing compared to what's coming for all of online publishing (haha look at you, NYT)

Trouble in candy land: How Peeps, pensions and a lawsuit threaten to upend the American retirement system - The Washington Post - How Peeps, pensions and a lawsuit threaten to upend the American retirement system (haha you thought you had a pension, suckers)

Opinion | The 2016 Exit Polls Led Us to Misinterpret the 2016 Election - The New York Times - Crucial disputes over Democratic strategy concerning economic distribution, race and immigration have in large part been based on Election Day exit polls that now appear to have been inaccurate in key ways ... polls substantially underestimated the number of Democratic white working-class voters -- many of whom are culturally conservative -- and overestimated the white college-educated Democratic electorate, a far more culturally liberal constituency ... 33 percent of Democratic voters and Democratic leaners are whites without college degrees ... 26 percent of Democrats who are whites with college degrees -- the group that many analysts had come to believe was the dominant constituency in the party ... this noncollege white 33 percent makes up a larger bloc of the party's voters than the 28 percent made up of racial and ethnic minorities without degrees. It is also larger than the 12 percent of Democratic voters made up of racial and ethnic minorities with college degrees ... the white working class is the largest bloc of Democratic voters and substantially larger than the bloc of white college-educated Democratic voters. (let's run more soccer-mom commercials, Hillary)

Hillary Clinton fires back at critics: No one told a man who lost an election to shut up | TheHill (and fuck you, Meidi and Claire)

EPA Chief's $50-a-Night Rental Raises White House Angst (payoff design not to look exactly like a payoff)

Sean Penn Rips Steve Bannon: You Can't Age Like That Without Hating People ... "until I looked at him closely and imagined the Steve Bannon I knew but with the toxins of the soul so deteriorated"

Texas woman gets five years prison for illegal voting | Fort Worth Star-Telegram (she voted while on probation, persecuted by evil fuckers)

Oklahoma teachers dismiss proposed pay raise, plan to hold walkout | TheHill

Stephon Clark Was Shot 8 Times Primarily in His Back, Family-Ordered Autopsy Finds - The New York Times

'Clueless' star Stacey Dash withdraws from congressional race and former Fox News commentator (clueless is her brand)

Opinion | Affirmative Action for Reactionaries - The New York Times - Kevin Williamson

Roseanne Keeps Promoting QAnon, the Pro-Trump Conspiracy Theory That Makes Pizzagate Look Tame - tweeting a fringe conspiracy, leading some fans to question whether she had been kidnapped and replaced with an imposter. (way off the deep end of rightwing insanity) ... In 2012, she launched a presidential campaign as a Green Party candidate but lost to Jill Stein in the primary.
CircuitRider on Twitter: "Crazy talk " - Roseanne Barr

Who Does She Think She Is? - he internet does not hate women. People hate women, and the internet allows them to do it faster, harder, and with impunity.

Conn. congresswoman kept aide on staff for 3 months after she learned of threat allegation - The Washington Post - Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.)
Esty under scrutiny over handling of alleged abuse - Connecticut Post

The Disturbing Secret Behind An Iconic Cartoon 'Ren and Stimpy'
'Ren & Stimpy' Creator Accused Of Sexually Abusing Teen Girls -- In the 1990s, John Kricfalusi reportedly made a drawing of a dog ejaculating on one of the two women.

Trapped Inside The Monster Energy Frat House | HuffPost - A woman who worked at the drink company said she was sexually harassed and abruptly fired. This is what can happen when a boys club runs amok.

[Serious] Men of Reddit who have been raped by women, what happened, did you tell anyone, and did they take you seriously? : AskReddit

Synthetic pot warning issued after 22 people in Illinois report bleeding from eyes, ears - Chicago Tribune (K2 so let's execute real pot dealers)

CBD is cannabis that won't get you high. So why are so many people using it?

What Are Screens Doing to Our Eyes -- and Our Ability to See? -- Our eyes are hardening; we can barely see our phones anymore. We must learn to look at the wider world.

The Mind-Expanding Ideas of Andy Clark | The New Yorker

The dark truth about chocolate | Life and style | The Guardian - In 2016, eating chocolate was linked to reduced risks of cognitive decline among those aged 65 and over, while cocoa flavanol consumption was linked to improved insulin sensitivity and lipid profiles markers of diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk.

What would you consider the greatest video of youtube history? : AskReddit
I asked Reddit for a list of essential classics to read. . . This is how long it would take to read them all. . . : books
What are some "Reddit Mysteries" that still exist or are still ongoing? : AskReddit
What is the most infamous phrase in reddit history? : AskReddit


Advertisers Ditching Laura Ingraham's Show Over Attack On Parkland Survivor | HuffPost - The Fox News host mocked 17-year-old David Hogg for not getting into a few colleges.

Fire, Riot At Venezuelan Police Station Leaves 68 Dead | HuffPost - Venezuelan prisons are notoriously overcrowded and filled with weapons and drugs. Riots leaving dozens dead are not uncommon (over the cliff with Maduro the Stupid)

John Bolton to Kim Jong Un: Give Up Your Nukes Like Gaddafi Did -- Before We Killed Him -- incoming national security adviser is sending the exact wrong message to Pyongyang. Maybe because deep down he really wants to bomb it (the Death Squad of the Party of Death and Doom)

China Warns U.S. Not To Open Pandora's Box, Unleash Trade Ills On World | HuffPost - tariffs decision provoked a warning from Beijing that it could retaliate with duties of up to $3 billion of U.S. imports.

Trump Administration's Justification For A Census Question On Citizenship Appears Shaky | HuffPost - Census experts are skeptical of the reasons given for adding the question on the 2020 form. (it's a deep mystery)

FBI looked into Trump plans to build hotel in Latvia with Putin supporter | World news | The Guardian - US authorities made inquiries even before 2016 election campaign into Trump property dealings in former Soviet Union
Trump loses arbitration to win back control of Panama hotel - Univision - an international arbitrator ruled against returning control of a landmark hotel in Panama to the president

Robert Mueller May Have Found That Witch That Trump Claims He's Hunting For -- The special counsel spells out a link between Trump's campaign and Russian military intelligence in a new court filing.
We may know why Paul Manafort has kept quiet. But his bet is still risky. - The Washington Post - refusal to cooperate can't be driven by a rational calculation that he has any reasonable chance of escaping conviction, multimillion-dollar legal fees and a prison sentence that will result in years behind bars ... Manafort believes he has a get-out-of-jail-free card, so long as he keeps quiet and absorbs the costs of trial.

Emails reveal DOJ would have 'very little involvement' if Trump tweeted a pardon

Sessions Rejects Republican Calls for Second Special Counsel - The New York Times

Trump in Ohio: 'I don't know what that means, a community college' ... "That's what I do. I build. I was always very good at building. It was my best thing. I think better than being president, I was always very good at building."

Inside the Cutthroat Battle to Be the Next Hope Hicks - The race to fill the Hicks void is a clandestine parade of all the worst human impulses (but whatever, Fox/Murdoch/Satan will win) ... the higher you climb in the Trump White House, the quicker you're killed off ...

I'm Skeptical About a Blue Wave in November ... because Republicans have rigged the system (all during the Obama years) Because of maps designed to favor Republicans, Democrats would need to win by a nearly unprecedented nationwide margin in 2018 to gain control of the House of Representatives. To attain a bare majority, Democrats would likely have to win the national popular vote by nearly 11 points ... Even a strong blue wave would crash against a wall of gerrymandered maps

Scott Walker Wastes Taxpayer Money Fighting Special Elections - Wisconsin Republicans will do anything to tamp down on democracy. (in Kochistan)
Senate, Assembly drop plans to come in on special elections bill | WisPolitics - "a bridge too far"

Fake Kirsten Gillibrand flap reveals double standard in our politics - The Washington Post - More than 10 years ago, Gillibrand's attorney and lobbyist Doug Rutnik, worked very briefly with Nxivm (BDSM sex cult with literal branding) ... "Smallville" actress Allison Mack is involved, as are Sara and Clare Bronfman , the daughters of the late Canadian multimillionaire businessman Edgar Bronfman Sr. (but did she shoot herwelf in the head by stabbing Franken in the back?)

It's Time to Stop Yammering About Liberal Bias -- The right has plenty of representation in the nation's opinion pages

Judge 'beyond angry' after Corrections workers withheld evidence, allowing Utah killer to avoid death penalty ... Department of Corrections had withheld nearly 1,600 pages of medical records -- even after 6th District Judge Wallace Lee ordered last October that they be turned over ... "This is tto Chaffetz wouldally wrong," the judge said. "That is something I would expect from Russia or North Korea, not a society like we have under the Constitution." ... One doctor, he said, would not even disclose which medical school he went to during an interview with a defense lawyer.

White Supremacist Men See White Manhood Under Siege | HuffPost -- All these men are motivated by the desire to defend the myth of a country "created by and for" white men ... more motivated by defending their status as men than they were by defending their status as whites

Groupon Sorry for Horrific Racial Slur -- boots in n****r brown

'Roseanne' Really Overperformed in Middle America ... highest rated in ... Tulsa OK

Senator Rosenberg's husband, Bryon Hefner, indicted on assault, lewdness charges ... and distributing nude photographs without consent.

Can Social Media Be Saved? - The New York Times

Boeing hit by WannaCry virus, but says attack caused little damage | The Seattle Times

Eschaton: They Can Be Programmed Not To Hit Things - Uber Technologies Inc. disabled the standard collision-avoidance technology in the Volvo SUV that struck and killed a woman in Arizona last week -- The good news is that this can be reclassified as "human error." har dee har har.


Leaked Memo: EPA Shows Workers How To Downplay Climate Change | HuffPost - Point 5: Suggest that humans are only responsible "in some manner"

Donations to the NRA tripled after the Parkland shooting : news

Here's who actually attended the March for Our Lives. (No, it wasn't mostly young people.) - Like other resistance protests, and like previous gun-control marches, the March for Our Lives was mostly women. Whereas the 2017 Women's March was 85 percent women, the March for Our Lives was 70 percent women. Further, participants were highly educated; 72 percent had a BA or higher ... About 27 percent of participants at the March for Our Lives had never protested before ... new protesters reported being motivated by the issues of peace (56 percent) and Trump (42 percent), who has been a galvanizing force for many protests ... (overall) ... 89 percent reported voting for Hillary Clinton.
The sliming of Parkland students shows the spreading stain of media polarization - The Washington Post - Erik Erikson ... praising the reporting of RedState writer Sarah Rumpf. (hmmm)
Rep. Mary Franson compares 'March for Our Lives' kids to Hitler Youth

Julian Assange Just Got His Internet Privileges Revoked -- No more will the WikiLeaks founder be able to tweet or send other messages from inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London ... after Assange breached a written agreement signed in 2017 not to send out messages that interfere in other countries' business.

The web of connections between Trump and Putin, visualized - The Washington Post
Mueller just drew his most direct line to date between the Trump campaign and Russia - The Washington Post ... That line is drawn in a new court filing related to the upcoming sentencing of London attorney Alex van der Zwaan.

Eschaton: Morning Thread - O.J. had no problems putting together the Dream Team. Just saying.
Trump's Lawyer Raised Prospect of Pardons for Flynn and Manafort as Special Counsel Closed In -- The discussions came as the special counsel was building cases against both men, and they raise questions about whether the lawyer, John Dowd, who resigned last week, was offering pardons to influence their decisions about whether to plead guilty and cooperate in the investigation.
Who Ratted Out John Dowd? I Think We Know (Gates)

Seth Abramson on Twitter: "(THREAD) Per NBC, Trump has told friends he'd be in trouble if Paul Manafort "flipped" on him -- clearly signaling that Manafort can incriminate him and get him impeached. By that measure, today's events have brought Trump closer than ever to impeachment.
Trump Aide Spoke During Campaign to Associate Tied to Russian Intelligence - The New York Times - A top Trump campaign official had repeated communications during the final weeks of the 2016 presidential race with a business associate tied to Russian intelligence, according to a document released on Tuesday by the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the election. The campaign official, Rick Gates,
Manafort associate had Russian intelligence ties during 2016 campaign, prosecutors say - The Washington Post

Trump may be in the greatest legal jeopardy of his presidency - The Washington Post

The "bliblical" defense of Trump's affair with Stormy Daniels -- King David, President Trump, and using Scripture for political purposes ... Hannity: "King David had 500 concubines for crying out loud". (Trump has at least 10 or 20 left)

As Stormy Daniels tells her story, six conservative Americans debate whether Trump is a role model - The Washington Post ... 61 percent of Republicans consider the president a good role model for children
Trump ousts Veterans Affairs chief Shulkin, nominates personal physician to replace him - The Washington Post - Rear Adm. Ronny L. Jackson as his replacement. (the payoff for Dr. "6'3" 239lbs, great health")

At Least A Dozen States Plan To Sue Over New Census Citizenship Question | HuffPost

Trump hates Amazon, not Facebook - Axios (hates WaPo furiously)
Trump's land of make-believe (stupid and ignorant and delusional)

Trump attack unleashes oppo against Mueller -- 'It looks like the beginnings of a campaign'
Why Is Trump So Quiet This Week? - The Atlantic - This might be the slowest period of news since the president took office -- despite ample material to get him fired up

The Ballad of the Never Trumper, A Continuing Series - Lawyers, Guns & Money (Mittens is very evil also)

Justices cast doubt on partisan redistricting - POLITICO - But it was unclear after oral arguments in a key case whether there are five votes to strike it down.

Nunes opponent raises $1 million in first quarter - CNNPolitics - Andrew Janz, the Deputy District Attorney in Fresno County, is still considered a long shot in his bid to unseat Nunes

Donald Trump Jr. and Aubrey O'Day 'Were Trying' to Have a Baby During Affair

'Heartbroken' Trump Critic Ann Coulter: He's a 'Shallow, Lazy Ignoramus' ... whose 2016 campaign book In Trump We Trust touted the many virtues of the Republican nominee, is having second, third, and possibly even fourth thoughts about Donald J. Trump.

Statement from Playboy Enterprises, Inc. regarding Facebook (if Telsa doesn't need FB ...)

Al D'Amato curses at his wife while she's laid up in the hospital amid child care dispute (Republican asshole has always been an asshole - "Senator Pothole")

Morgan Stanley Knew of a Star's Alleged Abuse. He Still Works There. -- A top Morgan Stanley broker was repeatedly accused of violence against ex-wives and girlfriends. Bank managers were told. But he kept his job.

Maine's Radical Democratic Experiment -- An unpopular governor and a voter uprising are leading to historic political reforms that could reverberate across the country. (ranked-choice voting antidote to all those fucking independent fuckers, hello Elliot Cutler)

Intentionally, And Irritatingly, Like A Martyr - Lawyers, Guns & Money - Ezra has a really good piece about people who act as if making claims about the genetic inferiority of African-Americans makes them heroes whose speech is being suppressed rather than elites repeating the same self-justifying myths white elites have been repeating for time out of mind: (Sam Harris, racist much?)

b-boy bouiebaisse on Twitter: "having read this thread I honestly do not understand why Harris thinks it's exculpatory of him, because he comes across as a gigantic baby" ... "This is the leaked email equivalent of a suicide bombing" ... "He's like the Donald Jr. of pretend academics

Sam Harris on Twitter: "My response to the fake, defamatory controversy engineered by @ezraklein. Dear @voxdotcom, meet your editor-in-chief:" (angry entitled "new atheist" twerp runs into the wall)
"It's impossible to look at the cruel and insane experiment America has run on its black residents and say anything useful about genetic differences in intelligence."
Matt Crossin on Twitter: "People should read the Chomsky exchange for something even funnier: " (Sam Harris struggles heroically against the realization he's an idiot, again)
PeterNorway on Twitter: "Sam Harris tried to attack Ezra Klein by releasing private emails between the two of them but it backfired and even his own fans on r/samharris thinks he comes off as an angry pissbaby while Klein sounded completely reasonable"
Sam's recent attitude and spat with Ezra Klein evidence of his privilege (e.g. white, male, etc.) and his blindness to it. : samharris
Say WHATEVER you want about Ezra Klein, but... : samharris
To those claiming Harris was wrong to characterize Murray's views as uncontroversial, you're wrong
The Tainted Sources of 'The Bell Curve'

On The Atlantic, Jeffrey Goldberg, and hiring men who want women dead
Terrible Takes on Journalism From America's Beltway Elites - Lawyers, Guns & Money - Josh Kraushaar
It's Just A Question Of What Your Red Lines Are - Lawyers, Guns & Money
A feces panini that hates tRump is still a feces panini - Lawyers, Guns & Money

"Today, Explained": An Edgy New Vox Podcast to Compete with "The Daily"

The anti-LGBT head of a major religious group just mysteriously resigned over a 'morally inappropriate relationship' (sounds like he'S gay)

MSU spent $500K to monitor social media from Nassar victims, others ... which often included the accounts of victims and their families, journalists, celebrities and politicians ... Office of Communication and Brand Strategy (really, burn it all down)

Bud Light - Lawyers, Guns & Money - he vast majority of Americans drank no Bud Light in 2016. In fact the total number of people who drank Bud Light at any point in the previous month during that year is estimated to have been about 28.5 million. That, as it were, is the Bud Light nation -- a nation not much smaller than Canada or California, whose residents imbibed an average of 409(!) Bud Lights in 2016 ... and elected Trump

Are We Already Living in Virtual Reality?

Worth repeating: medical marijuana defeats Crohn's Disease Marijuana as a Crohn's disease
Medical marijuana - Mayo Clinic - Despite a federal ban, many states allow use of medical marijuana to treat pain, nausea and other symptoms.

1 hour lecture by renowned Professor on Procrastination: He claims if you know how it works, you won't ever do it anymore. Thought this might be helpful considering how many people here suffer from procrastination. : videos
Social anxiety is related to a preoccupation with making mistakes, finds a new study that monitored children's brain activity

Eschaton: What Problem Are We Trying To Solve - What Problem Are We Trying To Solve This will quite possibly be the worst job ever devised. - Gradient Ventures, an early-stage venture fund within Google, is leading a $6 million investment in a new company that's building software to let humans control cars remotely.


Sheriff: Maryland high school shooter died by shooting himself in the head - Baltimore Sun
NRA Says It Receives Foreign Funds, But None Goes To Election Work : NPR (sure)
Why conservatives are so mad about the Parkland students - The Washington Post (shut up and get off my lawn or I'll AK-47 you)

Washington Monthly | Why are Parkland Students So Articulate? Because They Were Taught Civics in Middle School - country's most successful effort to teach civic knowledge and engagement.
City Council backs civics lessons legislation - The Cambridge City Council threw its support behind a bill in the state legislature that would require American history and civics be taught in public schools ... "I'm a little perplexed as to why we as a council think it's a good idea to weigh in on curriculum, but we have difficulty asking the School Department or the School Committee to do anything directly,' Kelly said.

Man arrested in connection to suspicious packages sent to Washington, D.C., military bases - CBS News - 43-year-old Thanh Cong Phan.

Christopher Steele'S Other Report: A Murder In Washington -- The author of the famous Trump dossier provided a secret report to the FBI asserting that RT founder Mikhail Lesin was bludgeoned to death by thugs hired by an oligarch close to Putin. Three other sources independently told the FBI the same basic story, contradicting the government's finding that Lesin's death was accidental (yeah, he beat himself to death, now, why would they say that?)

Facebook Says Zuckerberg Won'T Give Evidence to U.K. Lawmakers (zUCKATRON threatens to buy UK and sell it to the Russians, your move, Parliament)

CNN Poll: On Russia, Americans' views are settled and partisan (58% sane, 36% insane)

Citizenship question on 2020 census may result in undercount - San Francisco Chronicle ("check here if you would like to be deported")
Trump Administration Decides To Add A Question About Citizenship To 2020 Census | HuffPost - Civil rights groups say the question is untested and could depress response rates among minorities.

Dan Webb and Tom Buchanan Latest Lawyers to Decline to Join Trump's Legal Team ("sincere regrets")
"A Target, Not a Witness" : Will Trump's Legal B-Team Collapse Before Mueller? -- "The team is thinner than you might expect for perhaps the most important investigation of our lifetime"

Jimmy Carter says John Bolton as national security adviser is "worst mistake" Trump has made (because doom, but it wasn't a "mistake," Jimmy)

Stormy Daniels Spanks Trump Again - The New York Times - Everyone also knows that Trump has a repulsive compulsion to sexualize his daughter Ivanka -- he once happily concurred with Howard Stern that she was a "piece of ass" -- so it's not surprising that he told Daniels she reminded him of his child before he slept with her. (According to McDougal, Trump said something similar to her.)
After Stormy Daniels, Republicans Face a Referendum on Trump's Conduct (they love it) "Trump is way more than the proverbial elephant in the room -- he's the elephant in the room with political bad breath, B.O. and a foul mouth," said Ace Smith
Stormy Daniels And Her Lawyer Have Team Trump Right Where They Want Them | HuffPost - legal team seems to be stepping into every legal trap Stormy Daniels and Michael Avenatti are laying for it.

Mark Zuckerberg has decided to testify before Congress, sources say - Mar. 27, 2018 ("condecsends")
Facebook confirms it records call history, stoking privacy furor : news - "Facebook is not a social media company; it is the largest data mining operation in existence."
Zuckerberg Hits Users with the Hard Truth: You Agreed to This : technology

Forget Facebook, Russian agents have been pretending to be furries on Tumblr : news

Wisconsin's Scott Walker denied delay in calling two special elections - For the second time in less than a week, a Dane County judge Tuesday told Gov. Scott Walker he must quickly order special elections to fill two legislative seats that have been vacant since December. (meanwhile, in Kochistan, they are trying to hold elections)

Linda Brown, center of Brown v. Board case, dies at 75 - News - The Topeka Capital-Journal - Topeka, KS

Democrats may already be 35% of the way to a House majority - CNNPolitics

Sam Harris, Charles Murray, and the allure of race science - Vox

Damon Linker on Twitter: "Why say our working class is "largely" women and people of color? Why not talk about our working class coming in all races and genders? There are a lot of white working-class people in upstate NY. Why exclude them? It'In a memo to staff, editor Jeffrey Goldberg cites an affinity for
s both politically stupid and morally wrong." (comments show how stupid Damon Linker is)
If you don't center the interests of white people, you're engaging in IDENTITY POLITICS

Why Would the Atlantic Hire Kevin Williamson? - In a memo to staff, editor Jeffrey Goldberg cites an affinity for "second chances" and ideological diversity in hiring the conservative troll. Both justifications ring hollow.

Police arrest Larry Nassar's Michigan State University boss (ok, howa about the bosses' boss? burn it all down)

Researchers: Parts of Amazon rain forest thought empty may have been home to 1 million people - The Boston Globe

A newly discovered network of fluid-filled channels in the human body may be a previously-unknown organ, and it seems to help transport cancer cells around the body. : science

Enter the Pulp Magazine Archive, Featuring Over 11,000 Digitized Issues of Classic Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Detective Fiction : books

Canada teen wins $1000 a week for life on 18th birthday : news

Eschaton: Oopsie - Arizona rolled out the regulation-free welcome mat after California basically kicked Uber out because Uber didn't think minimal "regulations" or "safety measures" applied to them. (good job, Republicans!)
Gov. Ducey goes from touting Uber's driverless cars to parking them


A fake photo of Emma Gonzalez went viral on the far right, where Parkland teens are villains - The Washington Post
SIGsexuals react to March for Our Lives with their usual tact and restraint - Lawyers, Guns & Money - The right wing response to The March for Our Lives continues to be everything one would expect: They're bouncing back and forth between the first two stages of denial, with frequent side trips to being complete pieces of shit.

SIGsexuals react to March for Our Lives with their usual tact and restraint - Lawyers, Guns & Money - The right wing response to The March for Our Lives continues to be everything one would expect: They Motion reveals Pulse gunman's father was FBI informant -- Omar Mateen shot, killed 49 inside Orlando nightclub in June 2016 - Seddique Mateen was a confidential FBI source from 2005 through June 2016 (Feebs crooked?)
Noor Salman trial: Defense seeks mistrial or dismissal, citing new information about Pulse gunman's father
Remington, Centuries-Old Gun Maker, Files for Bankruptcy as Sales Slow - The New York Times - The company, which was founded in upstate New York in 1816 but is now based in North Carolina, was acquired in 2007 by the private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management for $118 million. (Bained to death)

Putin's Favorite Tactic Has Finally Backfired
Russian trolls attempted to manipulate view of Salisbury poisoning - Researchers have estimated that there are up to 150,000 accounts operated by Russians that meddle in British political and cultural life.
Sergei Skripal and daughter may never recover from poisoning (brain-dead)

Trump administration expels 60 Russian officers, shuts Seattle consulate in response to attack on former spy in Britain - The Washington Post
Spy poisoning: US to expel 60 Russian diplomats : news

Donald Trump: Man at War - The New York Times
It's Very Difficult to Overestimate the Potential Danger John Bolton Could Put Us In
Trump and Bolton's Plan to Isolate Allies and Encourage Enemies

Cambridge Analytica Sent Foreigners To Work On U.S. Elections, Former Employees Say | HuffPost - Its dirty little secret was that there was no one American involved in it,

Fund-Raiser Held Out Access to Trump as a Prize for Prospective Clients - The New York Times - For Elliott Broidy, Donald J. Trump's presidential campaign represented an unparalleled political and business opportunity. (weird semi-humans)

Anderson Cooper's Stormy Daniels interview draws highest ratings for '60 Minutes' in 10 years - Mar. 26, 2018
Trump's payoffs are a much bigger national security issue than Hillary Clinton<'s Email Server - 1. How many other sexual partners has Trump paid hush money to? 2. How many foreign intelligences services know about one or more of those women?/a>
Stormy Daniels Has Put Trump Fixer Michael Cohen in Serious Legal Danger
The Note: Stormy weather ahead? - ABC News
Why the Stormy Daniels story matters, in one paragraph - Her 60 Minutes interview shows it's not about sex. It's about the abuse of power
Stormy Daniels' 60 Minutes interview raises 2 critical questions she can't answer -- Are there other women? And who else knows about them?
Despite porn stars and Playboy models, white evangelicals aren't rejecting Trump. This is why. (Christian nationalism - Trump/Satan is part of God's plan so it's ok to worship him)
EW! Tweeters React To Stormy Daniels' Dirty Details About Alleged Affair With Trump | HuffPost
John Cusack on Twitter: "60 minutes reveals more of same -trump a gangster - engages world through gangster ethics - totaly unfit for office - not worth mentioning all the laws he breaks as there's too many to number- a vast pattern /picture of a deranged criminal who must be removed from power -now
Josh Dawsey on Twitter: "A porn star just said on 60 minutes that she took a magazine with Donald Trump's face on it and spanked the president, with him only wearing his underwear."
The consent of the governed - Lawyers, Guns & Money (Trump assumed "consent" to his gross "perching" and Stormy felt guilty for getting herself into this mess)

Despite porn stars and Playboy models, white evangelicals aren't rejecting Trump. This is why.

Seth Abramson on Twitter: "2/ I honestly don't care if the data were collected "surreptitiously" or not. They shouldn't have been collected at all, and my view of that doesn't change by virtue of some fine print (if there was any) that Facebook at some point slipped into its terms of use. Good grief." (Zuckerville: we're spying on everything you do so we can sell your data to corps and provide a "batter Facebook experience' for you)
ICE Uses Facebook Data to Find and Track Immigrants, Internal Emails Show

White House counsel examines loans to Kushner's family business '

Report: Democrats would need huge wave to win US House - Democrats would need a tremendous electoral wave not seen in more than 40 years to overcome Republican advantages from gerrymandered districts in key states

Sen. Claire McCaskill Chastises Hillary Clinton: Be 'More Careful' When Talking About Trump Voters | HuffPost - "show respect to every American vote" (Clair and Heidi Fuckkamp want us to be "respectful" of Satan and his minions)

An Ohio Bill Would Ban All Abortions. It's Part of a Bigger Plan ... his rash of radically unconstitutional bills is appearing by design. The anti-abortion movement has been trying to pass pre-viability abortion bans, like the Ohio bill, hoping that efforts to overturn them would lead to a challenge of Roe v. Wade ...

Can the Most Hated Man in West Virginia Win? - POLITICO Magazine - Don Blankenship went to prison after the deaths of 29 of his miners. For some Republicans, that's the beginning of a successful Senate campaign.

Scott Walker and Special Elections - Why the Wisconsin Governor Doesn't Want Special Elections - Scott Walker and his allies will do anything except democracy.

The Growing College Graduation Gap - The New York Times - The college-graduation rate for these poorer students is abysmal. It's abysmal even though many of them are talented teenagers capable of graduating. Yet they often attend colleges with few resources or colleges that simply do a bad job of shepherding students through a course of study ... You can think of college as adulthood's first obstacle course.

Eschaton: It's A Total Mystery Why There's A Lack of Class And Racial Diversity In Journalism - All you need is one little sifting device - like unpaid internships requiring that people are funded by the Bank of Parental Units - and the entire pool of potential applicants is skewed. - Of course there are lots of these little life sifters. This is just an obvious one that publications actually have control over.

Utah Just Passed America's First 'Free-Range Parenting' Law -- The new law, which will take effect on May 8, specifies that it is not a crime for parents to allow kids who display maturity and good judgment to do things like walk to school alone or play outside without supervision. (did you know it's illegal for kids to play outside without a helicopter?)

Back in 2015, a team of scientists discovered a new antibiotic called teixobactin, the first novel antibiotic isolated from bacteria in over 30 years. Now researchers have, for the first time, successfully synthesized the compound and used it to treat MRSA and VRE superbug infections in mice. : science

/u/DethkloksNewManager demonstrates how to explain t_d to Reddit's advertisers. It "is like Target having a Nazi section of their store." : bestof


March for Our Lives crowd size: Estimated 200,000 people attended D.C. march - CBS News
The March for Our Lives Presents a Radical New Model for Youth Protest | The New Yorker - The outcry against violence was delivered with a mix of pop sentiment, corporate covperation, and an awareness of the socioeconomic privilege that allows certain voices to be heard louder than others.
11-Year-Old Activist Honors Black Girls Whose Stories Never Make The News | HuffPost - People were in awe of fifth grader Naomi Wadler
Santorum: Instead of calling for gun laws, kids should take CPR classes - CNNPolitics
NRA Takes Aim At March For Our Lives' Rally, Mocks Gun Violence Survivors | HuffPost - "Gun-hating billionaires and Hollywood elites are manipulating and exploiting children" (the kids should just shut up and die before our blazing gunz)
Armed white men showed up to intimidate kids at #MarchForOurLives rallies -- it didn't work
The Silence Heard Round the World - Lawyers, Guns & Money
The Value of Protest in American Politics - Lawyers, Guns & Money

Child bride survivors of Boko Haram share their horrific stories and urge lawmakers to rescue others - The Washington Post

Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont arrested in Germany - The Washington Post

The Liberal Order Isn't Coming Back: What Next?

Trump to make 'one or two major changes to his government' soon (getting rid of voting for democrats)

In another blow to Trump's efforts to combat Russia probe, diGenova will no longer join legal team - "The President is disappointed that conflicts prevent Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing from joining his Special Counsel legal team."

How Trumpism has come to define the Republican Party - The Washington Post
The opening act was tumultuous. Phase two of Trump's presidency could be even more so.

Stormy Daniels Interview: 60 Minutes' Anderson Cooper discusses Daniels' alleged affair with Donald Trump - full interview transcript - CBS News
Stormy Daniels Says She Stayed Silent on Trump Out of Fear - The New York Times

Eschaton: Attacking The Troops To Own The Libs - It'll never get framed this way in the Emm Ess Emm but Trump is attacking The Troops (transgender troops) in order to Own The Libs. -- If The Libs ever went after The Troops like this it would be an assault on the flag and country and... but since it's conservatives going after transgender troops, it's all good.

Trump Won't Hire 2 Lawyers Whose Appointments Were Announced Days Ago ("conflicts of interests")

Eschaton: Everybody's A Big Fame Whore Like Me - The conservative movement is filled with grifters who would kill their parents for 5 minutes on Fox&Friends so I shouldn't be surprised, but... by Atrios at 09:26

Congressional candidate Diane Harkey suggests curfew, buddy system for House members - The San Diego Union-Tribune - should be back home by 8 p.m. because lawmakers entrusted with setting health-care policies, funding the government and declaring war need a curfew to stay out of trouble.

Renowned photographer Nicholas Nixon abruptly retires as MassArt investigates alleged misconduct - The Boston Globe - Nicholas Nixon retired abruptly from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design this month, departing mid-semester amid allegations of inappropriate behavior, the school has announced.

How our dreams made us human - The Boston Globe - Ultimately, what dreams mean matters less than what dreams do. And while dreams may be bizarre in their content, the study of them gives us a sort of manual to the mind that creates them.

Facebook scraped call, text message data for years from Android phones | Ars Technica (Zuckatron knows who you talked to and has read your text messages, suckers)


March for Our Lives: Huge crowds gather for rally against gun violence in Washington - The Washington Post - Students demand action against gun violence in nation's capital
March for Our Lives: Students rally in Washington and across the nation - CNN
Watch: Emma Gonzalez's incredible moment of silence at March for Our Lives Gonzalez abruptly went silent for minutes to honor the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.
73 Teens Shot To Death In The 37 Days Since The Parkland Massacre | HuffPost - As young people around the world rally against gun violence, this should serve as a reminder that the problem affects them far beyond school shootings.
Broader gun restrictions lead to fewer intimate partner homicides | MSUToday | Michigan State University - Currently, 13 states and federal law prohibit gun purchases by individuals convicted of domestic violence; the study finds that states that extend this ban to people convicted of any violent misdemeanor experience 23 percent fewer intimate partner homicides (well, they were mostly women and our gunz are our masuclinity)
Austin bombing victim had that Rembrandt light - Chicago Tribune
The Lessons of a School Shooting - in 1853 - POLITICO Magazine - How a now-forgotten classroom murder inflamed the national gun argument. (it was legal to shoot a teacher; they've only changed their tactics)

'Locker Room Talk' : Trump Fans Charged In Anti-Muslim Terror Plot Say It Was Just Bluster - But the government contends the Crusaders militiamen were hatching an actual plan to kill Muslim refugees. (Somali "cockroaches") Kansas militiamen ("militiamen" = crazy racist white dudes with lots of gunz)
Feds: Man threatened to shoot Virginia congressman over pot policy | Government-politics | - "I am a natural-born conservative," he wrote. "Read the federal law on marijuana. ... Marijuana has been altering the minds of the American people since the early '60's." (natural-born lead-poisoned conservative idiot)

The Brexit whistleblower: Did Vote Leave use me? Was I naive' | UK news | The Guardian

'Should We Have Waged the Iraq War?' Is Not a Gotcha Question (2015)
No Need to Repent for Support of Iraq War - Commentary Magazine - Max Boot (2013)

Eschaton: The Moustache Of Death - Bolton's a "kill'em all" racist. Trump will do whatever Fox and Friends tells him to do. Bolton will be good at getting his message on there, and kill'em all racists are basically their target demographic. Time to become a prepper.
Reaction to Bolton: Stunned, worried, horrified - The Washington Post
Potential Trump official recorded video for Russian gun group - NY Daily News - High-profile conservative politician John Bolton recorded a video for a Kremlin-connected pro-gun group a few months before the Russian government began plotting to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election.

After Another Week of Chaos, Trump Repairs to Palm Beach. No One Knows What Comes Next. - The New York Times

Trump moves to ban most transgender troops - POLITICO - The decision follows a Pentagon review but the Justice Department will still have to make the case in federal court. (J Rubin supported Boston in 2/16)

"The President May Be Able to Fire Mueller, but He Can't Fire Me" : Stormy Daniels' Attorney Relishes His Role as Trump Nemesis du Jour -- On the eve of the porn star's 60 Minutes appearance, Michael Avenatti insists the show is only just beginning - Joe Hagan
Stormy Daniels, Trump's Unlikely Foe, Is 'Not Someone to Be Underestimated'

The Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal, explained with a simple diagram - Vox
How To Permanently Delete A Facebook Account : technology
'A grand illusion': seven days that shattered Facebook's facade ("dumb fucks" said Fuckerberg)

Tumblr finally releases information about state-sponsored propaganda - Axios -- Tumblr, which is owned by Yahoo, is the last of the social media services to comment on how it was used for attempted propaganda. (Marissa is giggling somewhere)

The (likely) last major act of an anti-spending Congress: A $1.3 trillion budget-busting bill - The Washington Post (swamping the swamp)

Internal watchdog to open probe into National Park Service leader for allegedly making crude gesture - The Washington Post - P. Daniel Smith, currently the top-ranking official at the National Park Service, for allegedly making a gesture involving his genitalia in the hallways of the department's headquarters this year (only the worst of the worst)

Justice Dept. Revives Push to Mandate a Way to Unlock Phones - The New York Times (built-in backdoors will work really well!)

How Close Is Donald Trump to a Psychiatric Breakdown? - Last fall, prominent psychiatrists broke with the American Psychiatric Association to warn that President Trump is dangerous and mentally unstable. A bitter controversy started -- To this day, the APA has not reconsidered its gag rule, although some members have resigned in protest.

When Trump goes low, go low - The Washington Post - Michelle Obama had it all wrong. (the float-above-it Obamas)

Booman Tribune ~ A Progressive Community - Wanker of the Day: Jonathan Turley - Turley suggests that one of two things should happen. Either McCabe should be charged with lying to investigators under the same 18 U.S.C. 1001 statute used to charge Michael Flynn or the charges against Flynn should be dropped.
The effects of Obama'ss refusal to investigate Bush crimes -- Rachel Maddow and Jonathan Turley point out the obvious inconsistency of telling the world that we again are a nation of laws and then protecting the crimes of the Bush era. (look forward! to Trump!)

In new memoir, a top Clinton aide says campaign was 'foolish' not to address email issue more forcefully (how about "totally stupid")

Roseanne Barr Tells Jimmy Kimmel To 'Zip That F**king Lip' About Donald Trump - she voted for President Donald Trump in the 2016 election (Roseanne is pro-gun, pro-war, pro-rich, pro-dictatorship, racist, and very, very, stupid)

Sources: US Rep. Costello to drop out of PA-6 race before May primary | City & State PA - Republican U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello has decided not to seek reelection in Pennsylvania's hotly contested Sixth Congressional District ... last month, Costello called for the impeachment of the state Supreme Court Justices involved in that decision ... Recently, he had been tarred for supporting legislation that critics say defanged federal attempts to crack down on pharmaceutical opioid manufacturers (another evil fucker down)

The New 'Superpredator' Myth - Los Angeles, Chicago and other major cities also use gang databases to subject young people to heightened surveillance, criminal penalties, deportation and inclusion in broad-reaching civil injunctions. These databases have come under scrutiny because a child may be included for arbitrary reasons, like wearing a certain color of clothing or hanging out in a particular park.

How Genetics Is Changing Our Understanding of 'Race'
Europe's fourth ancestral 'tribe' uncovered - BBC News - The Yamnaya transformed the gene pools of northern and central Europe, such that some populations, like Norwegians, owe around 50% of their ancestry to these Steppe pastoralists ... They suggest that this strand of ancestry may also have been associated with the spread of Indo-European languages to the region.
'Fourth Strand' of European ancestry originated with hunter-gatherers isolated by Ice Age - Populations of hunter-gatherers weathered Ice Age in apparent isolation in Caucasus mountain region for millennia, later mixing with other ancestral populations, from which emerged the Yamnaya culture that would bring this Caucasus hunter-gatherer lineage to Western Europe.

The Humane Society's sexual harassment scandal just won't end - But eight weeks after the resignation of Wayne Pacelle, who stepped down after three misconduct complaints surfaced against him, his replacement, Kitty Block, faces pressure for broader changes, suggesting the Humane Society's cleanup has barely begun ... The donors say they remain outraged by the board's public statement -- issued two hours before Pacelle's resignation Feb. 2 -- that an inquiry by an outside law firm found no "credible evidence' to support the women's claims (and let's remember board member Erika "he can fuck me anytime" Brunson)

Why Sherman Alexie's Sexual Misconduct Feels Like a Betrayal -- In addition to the women he wronged, Alexie let down the writers of color who needed his help, and the Native writers he eclipsed

Norman Mailer's biographer says the noted wife-stabber "was never accused of hurting women" (ended up as a little creep, he stabbed her "to create a debate")
Norman Mailer Was Never Violent Towards Women, With Notably Rare Exceptions - Lawyers, Guns & Money

Teenagers Have Become Lovely Human Beings. But Why? Mother Jones - The Economist discovers that teenagers in the West are a lot less worrisome than they used to be ... The obvious answer here is: Today's teenagers are the first generation in more than half a century to grow up completely lead free.

A birth control pill for men includes a side effect that has frustrated women for decades - The Washington Post ... It took congressional hearings, in 1970, to compel the FDA to include in each pack of pills a package insert detailing the potential side effects -- a practice the American Medical Association initially opposed ... contended that an insert would undermine a doctor's authority with "his" patients. (of course they did)

Uber's Self-Driving Cars Were Struggling Before Arizona Crash - human drivers had to intervene far more frequently than the drivers of competing autonomous car projects.


How many children are affected by school gun violence in America? - Washington Post - Scarred by school shootings - More than 187,000 students have been exposed to gun violence at school since Columbine, The Washington Post found. Many are never the same.
Parkland students: our manifesto to change America's gun laws | Editorial staff of the Eagle Eye | US news | The Guardian
'Oh my God ... It's Fake': Far right falls for hoax about Broward County sheriff
16-year-old victim of Maryland school shooting dies, sheriff's office says - Baltimore Sun
She Thought She'd Shot A Burglar. Then She Realized It Was Her Roommate. -- Good guys with guns don't only shoot bad guys. At least 47 times since 2015, a person has shot a friend, family member, or emergency responder they mistook for an intruder in their home.

Joshua Kushner Met With Government of Qatar to Discuss Financing in the Same Week Father Charles Kushner Did

Reaction to Bolton: Stunned, worried, horrified - The Washington Post -- He still passionately supports the Iraq War, a conflict President Trump has often criticized. (haha suckers) Bolton frequently advocates use of military power, specifically against Iran and North Korea.
John Bolton Is a National Security Threat - Foreign Policy - John Bolton wants regime change in North Korea and Iran, and he'll do whatever it takes to get it
With Bolton, Trump Creates a Hard-Line Foreign Policy Team - The New York Times
It's Time to Panic Now -- John Bolton's appointment as national security adviser puts us on a path to war.
Bolton, McMaster present contrast on Russian hacking - politico - Bolton has made headlines by casting doubt on Russia's role
Nobody Is Left to Save the World From Trump Now (Chait) As awful and comically surreal as the first year and a quarter of his term has been, after Trump has taken full command of his administration, we may see it as a golden age.
Bolton Was Early Beneficiary of Cambridge Analytica's Facebook Data
Inside Trump's Snap Decision to Oust McMaster - McMaster Ousted Days After His Briefing to Trump on Putin Call
The Fox and Friends Presidency - Lawyers, Guns & Money - Trump fired H.R. McMaster in large measure because McMaster wouldn't treat him like a particularly dim and uninformed Fox News viewer ... The nation was briefly spared having a raving maniac as national security adviser because the president based his personnel decisions based on his prejudices about facial hair (Trump hated Bolton's rediculous 'stache)
John Bolton has decade-long association with anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller - CNNPolitics
This Old Donald Trump Tweet About Bush-Era Officials Has Not Aged Well | HuffPost - hypocrisy in light of his appointment of John Bolton as National Security Adviser has not gone unnoticed.
N. Korea Experts Tear Into Bolton: He's Never Met A Country He Hasn't Wanted To Destroy

Andrew McCabe: Not in my worst nightmares did I dream my FBI career would end this way - The Washington Post

Mattis Holds Firm as Chaos Engulfs Trump's National Security Team
McMaster firing upends plan to oust other top Trump officials - politico - Chief of staff John Kelly had been weighing a single announcement on the departure of Shulkin, McMaster and possibly other officials, including Carson.

Even if Trump fires him, Mueller could have plenty to say - The Washington Post - Congress could require that, if the special counsel is fired, he report to the House and Senate the status of his investigation as of the date of dismissal, with specific attention to any evidence of criminal activity that implicates the president (instead of dropping 30 indictments?)_

Seth Abramson on Twitter: "(THREAD) New evidence suggests Rick Gates' plea has much more to do with Russia than we thought. And that's because it may have more to do with Trump advisor Erik Prince and Trump fundraiser/RNC deputy finance chair Elliott Broidy than we thought. Hope you'll read on and share."

/u/PoppinKREAM brilliantly lays out the case for collusion between Trump campaign and Russia. : bestof

Trump aides are 'at their wits' end' - unpredictable behavior has West Wing staffers worried about their own credibility (that happened them moment you stepped on board the Trumptanic) There's only one person who truly knows what Donald Trump is thinking at any given moment: Donald Trump ("thinkiing, there's your mistake)

McDougal says she was intimate with Trump 'many dozens' of times - CNNPolitics
Melania Trump Rides to Air Force One solo - CNNPolitics - The day after a CNN interview with a former Playboy model who claims to have had a 10-month affair with her husband, first lady Melania Trump opted to leave President Donald Trump alone for the ride from the White House to Andrews Air Force Base.

Trump Fundraiser Offered to Help Lift Sanctions on Russian Firms - Bloomberg - Elliott Broidy, a top fundraiser for President Donald Trump, offered last year to help a Moscow-based lawyer get Russian companies removed from a U.S. sanctions list.

Leaked: Cambridge Analytica's blueprint for Trump victory | UK news | The Guardian
Cloak and Data: The Real Story Behind Cambridge Analytica's Rise and Fall - The secretive data firm said it could move the minds of American voters. That wasn't its real victory ... Brought to Cruz by two of the campaign's biggest backers, hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah, Cambridge Analytica was put in charge of the entire data and digital operation
Facebook had a closer relationship than it disclosed with the academic it called a liar - The Washington Post (and then they lied)

Former U.S. Senator Al Franken - Posts - Lack of candor (thanks, Kirsten, he would have pursued this, unlike you or his replacement. but fuck, Al, Facefuckingbook?)

Elon Musk deletes Facebook accounts for Tesla, SpaceX - Axios
Elon Musk deletes own, SpaceX and Tesla Facebook pages : technology

'Lone DNC Hacker' Guccifer 2.0 Slipped Up and Revealed He Was a Russian Intelligence Officer (Trump's 14 yr-old in his mother's basement)
Liberal PAC Wants Unreleased Footage From Netflix's Roger Stone Doc After Daily Beast Report ... following revelations that the DNC hacker with whom Stone communicated was, in fact, a Russian intelligence officer.

James Risch holds up bill over political rivalry with deceased governor - CNNPolitics (anti-education Republican/Mormon asshole)

Eschaton: Matthew Dowd Is A Fraud - This man is paid a lot by ABC News to pretend to know nothing about politics ... a liar who is trying to maintain his No Labels Third Way If Only There Was A Party Of Common Sense Centrism Just For Me brand that networks are comfortable with and which has a totebagging fanbase.

Craigslist Shuts Down Its Personals Section - The Daily Beast - The Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, which was approved by the Senate earlier this week - subjects websites to criminal and civil liability when third parties (users) misuse online personals unlawfully (will that include Zuckerville? )

Attorney says Roy Moore supporters offered him $10,000 to drop client who accused the Senate candidate of sexual impropriety - The Washington Post

De Blasio Donor Says He Steered Thousands in Bribes to Mayor's Campaigns

WBUR Poll: Gov. Baker Maintains Big Leads Over Democratic Challengers | WBUR News - two-thirds of them have a favorable view of the governor, while a majority still have not heard of the three Democrats: Jay Gonzalez, Bob Massie or Setti Warren.

How to win friends and influence people - Lawyers, Guns & Money - Amy Wax has written yet another op-ed in the nation's s largest circulation newspaper on the ever-popular theme of how conservative professors can't get a hearing for their ideas ... This whole thing is turning into an almost Platonic ideal of a particularly beautiful right wing academic grift ... And check it out: because you teach at an especially fancy law school, you're getting paid north of $300,000 a year to NOT deal with students, and to use your now even-more copious free time to write WSJ op-eds and Regnery books, to jet off to exotic locales where you can recount in exquisite and lucrative detail your metaphorical water boarding at the hands of the PC inquisition, and to spend lots of time on RWNJ TV and radio building your "platform" and "brand." Congratulations: you are now Ann Coulter, but with tenure. (+the view from George Wallace in comments)

The Most New Gilded Age Move Imaginable - Lawyers, Guns & Money - What could be more New Gilded Age than the return of the Pinkertons as the hired thugs of anti-union companies? Nothing more New Gilded Age is possible

Are you provoked yet? - Lawyers, Guns & Money - Both James Bennet and Fred Hiatt have been asked to hold David Bradley's beer:
Jessica Valenti on Twitter: "Hey remember when @TheAtlantic's new political writer said women who have abortions should be executed by hanging? I SURE DO

Tensing settlement: University of Cincinnati pays ex-cop who killed Sam DuBose ($250,000 incentive pay)

The new era of grocery just claimed its first victims - The Washington Post - The grocery business is in the midst of a radical disruption, squeezed by a range of new competitors from Dollar General to Amazon ... The two companies carry enormous debt loads, the result of management by private equity firms (hello Bain Capital, the Toys 'R' Us model) ... sales at Whole Foods's first location in Buffalo -- where it competes with Wegmans, Tops and another strong local chain, Dash's -- have been "disasterous"

Exclusive: 'I've never seen anything like it.' Video of mating deep-sea anglerfish stuns biologists - A dwarf male is fused to her underside, essentially acting as a permanent sperm provider.

People who "switched sides" in a highly divided community (political, religious, pizza topping debate), what happened that changed your mind? How did it go? : AskReddit

Eschaton: Can Also Recognize Mangled Flesh - Cool cool.
Apple is reportedly launching low-cost iPads for schools - As a point of reference, the cheapest iPad available is the standard $329 iPad with 32GB of storage. By contrast, many Chromebooks and PCs can be had for less than $200.


Underwater 'fountain' of magma found beneath Yellowstone | Daily Mail Online

FBI Agents And The Internet Agree: The Feds Should Call Terrorism What It Is | HuffPost - There's no federal criminal statute outlawing domestic terrorism (the kind committed by white guys)
Bang for the Buck | by Adam Hochschild | The New York Review of Books
Footage Shows The Moment Cops Fatally Shot Unarmed Black Man Stephon Clark | HuffPost - Clark was in his own backyard when officers shot at him 20 times. "armed with a cellphone"

Trump announces tariffs on billions in Chinese imports - The Boston Globe

Israel's War on Culture ("culture" is too left-wing)

A French baker is fined $3,600 for working too hard - The Washington Post

Anniversary of a world-historical catastrophe - Lawyers, Guns & Money - The idea that destroying the Iraqi state and hoping that some random Heritage Foundation interns could supervise the formation of a stable democracy ex nihilo would protect the United States from terrorist attacks was insanely stupid on every level, but that doesn't mean that most of the people responsible for the Iraq War didn't believe it. The lesson of both 9/11 and its aftermath is that people motivated by bad ideas and/or misguided principles can do far more damage than mere grifters.

How 2 Gulf Monarchies Sought to Influence the White House - The New York Times
Saudi Crown Prince Boasted That Jared Kushner Was "In His Pocket" (creepy little spy)
John Hudson on Twitter: "This story comes pretty close to saying Kushner relayed sensitive information from the Presidential Daily Brief to MBS"

Retired 4-Star General: 'Simply Outrageous' That Jared Kushner Represents America | HuffPost - "This is the personalization of a family business dealing with U.S. policy," said Barry McCaffrey

Special Counsel studies Trump campaign ties to Cambridge Analytica, sources say - ABC News
Cambridge Analytica was offered politicians' hacked emails, say witnesses - Hackers offered personal data about future Nigerian president and future PM of St Kitts and Nevis

Dow plunges 724 points as trade war fears rock Wall Street - Mar. 22, 2018

"Now I'm F---ing Doing It My Way" : Jubilant and Self-Liberated, the President Prepares for War with Mueller -- With John Dowd out, John Kelly and Ty Cobb marginalized, Joseph diGenova on board, and Marc Kasowitz possibly returning, the next battle comes into focus (the Beast unbound)
Trump's lawyer just quit. Here's what it means for the Mueller investigation

McMaster to Resign as National Security Adviser, and Will Be Replaced by John Bolton - The New York Times

'Elected to lead, not to proofread' : Typos, spelling mistakes are commonplace in Trump's White House (they never passed 4th grade: moronocracy)

Russians are hacking our electric grid. Where's the urgency on this escalating threat? (well, if we turn off your electicity, you can't use your electronic voting machines, can you?)

How a porn star is beating Trump at his own media game - The Boston Globe - Stormy Daniels is proving that she is the master of the prolonged reveal.

'It's taken partisanship to a place it's never been.' Inside the House Intelligence Committee. (little commie Nunes will go to jail)

Fired FBI official authorized criminal probe of Sessions, sources say - McCabe oversaw a federal criminal investigation into whether Sessions lacked candor when testifying before Congress about contacts with Russian operatives (little lying elf didn't recuse himself)

The Fight to Replace Hope Hicks in the Trump White House Enters Its 'Smerar Campaign Stage' Even in a White House accustomed to brutal and constant backstabbing, this battle really stands out.

Mark Zuckerberg has regrets: 'I'm really sorry that this happened' (it just 'happened' it's not like we designed it that way or anything)
What You Need To Know About Zuckerberg's Medi Blitz (you've been Zuckerfucked, hahah)
Mark Zuckerberg says he 'open' o testifying to Congress, fixes will cost 'many milions' and he feels 'really bad' ... admitted that the social networking giant may have made mistakes in opening up its network so much a decade ago (he's 'open' to not going to jail)
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admits mistakes, outlines steps to protect user data - The Boston Globe

NYC agency investigating more than a dozen Kushner buildings (Kushki goin' down)

iNew York Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney had a theory about why the HUD Secretary is in ethical trouble.
GOP Rep: The 'Deep State' is Responsible for Ordering Ben Carson's Dining Set -- New York Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney had a theory about why the HUD Secretary is in ethical trouble ... The "Deep State" is a catch all phrase for the cadre of career government staffers that conspiratorial-minded Republicans believe has been weaponized to undermine Donald Trump's administration (loop-di-loop)

Eschaton: Not About Free Trade - But US tariffs on most things are tiny and so for a long time these agreements have had little to do with textbook free trade. They are what their critics have always said they are - ways for multinationals to get a veto over democracy -- If the junk food industry gets its way, the resulting pact will then be blessed as a "free trade" deal. The Washington Post and all the other beacons of the establishment will the proclaim their support for the new NAFTA and denounce opponents as Neanderthal protectionists.

The Radical Proposal Moderate Democrats Should Be Running On - a federal jobs guarantee. (Connor Lamb showed that Heidi Heitkamp was right and Warren is way too radical and Dems should act like Republicans so she can get reelected is wrong, but JoeBi has it sewed up)
Republicans already have many abandoned districts to defend this November. Are there more to come?

This Public Relations Firm Has Been Secretly Placing Articles In Conservative Publications - But if you look closely at key conservative sites including the Daily Caller, Breitbart, the Washington Examiner, and the Daily Wire ...

Jeff Zucker Hits '"Propaganda Manine" Fox News: It Is Really State-Run TV"

Judge orders Scott Walker to hold special elections in Holder suit - The judge took a shot at Walker for contending he didn't have to hold the election when the statutes are clear and he so often talks about the need for judges and others to follow the plain meaning of laws.
Milwaukee voters: Thousands have been dropped from voting rolls - Some 44,000 voters were removed from city rolls after the state started using a new process (mostly Dems)

The United States of Misogyny - Lawyers, Guns & Money - One lesson of the Trump Era is something I hope sticks with us for all time and that's the fact that things don't automatically get better. No political battle is ever won. Everything is an endless war for dignity and decency against the exploitation of misogyny, racism, and capitalism. The moment we assume the fight is over, we start losing that fight ... gender equality has significantly stalled out in the United States.

As If! | by Thomas Nagel | The New York Review of Books -- It is conscious deviation from the truth that makes a theory an idealization, and keeping this in mind is a condition of its value.

Jordan Peterson joins the club of macho writers who have thrown a fit over a bad review. | The New Republic - Since Peterson loves to categorize the world into Jungian archetypes (the devouring mother, the dragon-slaying hero), it's worth noting that this tweet fits an age-old pattern: the hyper-masculine writer who is unhinged by critical words ... At a dinner party, he threw a drink at Vidal before tackling him to the ground "Once again, words fail Norman Mailer," Vidal quipped, while still on the floor.
Yes, Jordan Peterson Really Is That Smart - The New York Review of Books sneered at him, but he's for real. To have David Brooks and the Trumpists in his corner, he has to be ... Not since Buckley has the right boasted such firepower. It's no wonder people are so mad (anyone who think Peterson is "smart" is really stupid)

Winthrop man, 70, allegedly carried assault rifle in vehicle to fight 'jihadists on the highway' (all over Route 1)

After scandals, State Police need to restore accountability, legal specialists say - The Boston Globe (organized crime/detail ring)

Outlaw weed comes into the light -- Humboldt County, the heart of California's dark marijuana economy, is facing a new market force: legalization.
OP-ED: Humboldt, We Have A Problem -- Too Much Weed

Off With Their Heads | by David Shulman | The New York Review of Books - Political Violence in Ancient India

Raised by Wolves | by Tim Flannery | The New York Review of Books

Neutron star mergers may create much of the universe's gold - even if there are only one or two such mergers each year in a cube of space 6 million light-years on a side, they would still be the dominant source of europium in the Milky Way, the researchers say.


Scientists have issued a warning to humanity, and it's finally getting a huge reaction
20,000 Scientists Have Now Signed 'Warning to Humanity' a>

THE SUSPECT: Mark A. Conditt 'rough around the edges' friend says -- Pflugerville - homeschooled ... Sunday church service and attending Bible study and other activities together ... "I know faith was a serious thing for him" ... Conditt described himself as a conservative ... He wrote that he was against gay marriage and abortion and in favor of the death penalty. He also wrote that he supported doing away with the sex offender registration system
Austin serial bombing suspect's grandmother says he's a loving man from a tight family (good Christian)
13-Year-Old Arrested For 'Disgusting' Terroristic Voicemails Against Cobb NAACP - "My number is kill n****** 101. My name, Johnny Rebel. My profession murdering black people. F*** you stupid f****** n******. (Inaudible) F****** kill yourself. Stupid n**** loving jews"
Texas serial bombing suspect 'dead' - US reports : news
Teen remains in critical condition as authorities investigate Md. school shooting - The Washington Post
Virginia Heffernan on Twitter: "Great news. And that A+ Vermont State House is...true wholesome government." (no comment from Bernie yet)

Chief rabbi calls black people 'monkeys' Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef uses pejorative term 'kushi' for African Americans in weekly sermon ... His office told Ynet that the comparison was a quote from the Talmud ... Non-Jews, Yosef said, are in Israel only to serve Jews.

Boko Haram Returns Dozens of Schoolgirls Kidnapped in Nigeria - The New York Times

Iraq War 15th Anniversary: 1 Million Dead, No One Held Accountable - latest anniversary passed in all-American silence.

Senators Warn About Russian Election Meddling and Call for Paper Ballots - The New York Times - The Senate Intelligence Committee offered recommendations on Tuesday for securing American elections from foreign attacks, pressing states to buy voting machines that produce paper ballots and to secure voter databases, and calling for better cooperation between state and federal elections officials ahead of November's midterm elections (but Trump says "Russia is my friend")

Seth Abramson on Twitter: "We must stop decontextualizing the DO NOT CONGRATULATE instruction Trump got via his NatSec team and ignored. The meaning of the warning, as Trump knew in ignoring it, was DO NOT LEGITIMIZE THE SHAM ELECTION OF THIS HOSTILE FOREIGN STRONGMAN WHOSE PUPPET YOU ARE BELIEVED TO BE" ... Whatever Putin has on Trump must be serious, very serious because his siding up to him despite the warnings is beyond comprehension.
The Hill on Twitter: "Ex-CIA chief: Russians may have something incriminating on Trump "

Trump furious over leak of warning to not congratulate Putin - CNNPolitics ("furious" as usual)
A stunning leak rattles Trump and his aides - Axios - he speed and sensitivity of the leak prompted immediate finger-pointing within the administration, as aides reeled from a leak that could only have come from a small group of people, each of whom is trusted with sensitive national secrets. (just Trump being Trump)

A GOP senator's remarkable admission about Trump and Mueller ... Corker ... "People who tell me, who are out on trail, say, look, people don't ask about issues anynmore. They don't care about issues. They want to know if you're with Trump or not""

Mueller's Interest in Obstruction Is Probably Just the Tip of the Iceberg

John Dean on Twitter: "Cohen's ... really sloppy work. Stormy is not going to pay a cent, rather she will do just fine. Hope 60 Mins goes with her interview on 03/25!
Stormy Daniels: 'There was no sleeping' during alleged affair with Trump ... here was no sleeping (hehe) and he was just a goofy reality TV star
Fox News really doesn't want to say "Trump" and "porn star" on air - Fox News is censoring a Trump sex scandal again. ("alternate reality" of stupid)

White House Job Requirement: Signing a Nondisclosure Agreement - The New York Times - But if Mr. Trump thought that the use of a tactic commonly used in the tabloid-fueled business and entertainment circles in which Mr. Trump has existed for decades could plug leaks in the White House, he was mistaken.
Trump senior staff who signed non-disclosure agreements may have broken the law - The Washington Post

Multiple witnesses tell Mueller: Jeff Sessions lied under oath about opposing Russia outreach during campaign

'We made mistakes' - Facebook's Zuckerberg : news - That non-apology just highlights how sinister this company is as an organisation.
Mark Zuckerberg Addresses Cambridge Analytica Incident As Facebook Fumbles | HuffPost

Bannon oversaw Cambridge Analytica's collection of Facebook data, according to former employee (Bannon and Zucky, partners in evil)
Cambridge Analytica Looked to Pounce on Russian Hacks, Email Shows - The email came two days after Trump 'joked' about asking Russia to find Hillary Clinton's emails
The End for Facebook's Security Evangelist (Sheryl fired him because she loves Russia)
Mark Zuckerberg will reportedly make a statement on the data breach scandal within 24 hours : news
Welcome to Zucktown. Where Everything Is Just Zucky. - The New York Times - In Menlo Park, Calif., Facebook is building a real community and testing the proposition: Do people love tech companies so much they will live inside them?
Did Cambridge Analytica Leverage Russian Disinformation for Trump? | Just Security - Channel 4 is in the midst of broadcasting a five-part exposi including undercover footage of recently suspended Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix offering to engage in not just microtargeting and data services, but also the dark arts of propaganda, entrapment, and other illicit tactics to win elections.
Almost a year ago, redditor points out the connections between Cambridge Analytica, Trump, and Russia recently investigated by the Guardian, and Observer : bestof

TSA denies accessing data on electronic devices carried by domestic airline passengers - Despite the denial from the TSA, the ACLU said it continues to demand that the TSA provide documentation to prove the agency is not scanning electronic devices. (they wouldn't lie, would they?)

Breitbart's readership plunges - The onetime voice of the pro-Trump alt-right struggles to find a niche without its driving force, Steve Bannon ... The site dropped from 15 million unique visitors in October, per comScore, to 13.7 million in November, 9.9 million in December, 8.5 million in January and 7.8 million in February.

Small-town America has gotten an economic jolt under Trump - CNNPolitics - But smaller communities, lifted by higher prices for oil, gas and other commodities and some gains in manufacturing, last year clawed back a significantly larger share of new job creation than in the final years of Barack Obama's presidency ... even after the rural gains during 2017, the two largest categories of metropolitan areas still accounted for 78.5% of all jobs as of last December, essentially unchanged from when the year began. (so where are these "small town and rural" areas with all the oil wells? because we aren't talking W.Va here)

Democrats are contesting more state legislative seats than they have in decades. - The Washington Post - In November, 6,066 state legislative seats are up for grabs (oh, look, Barry killed the Dems in state houses)

Tennessee Senate race: Phil Bredesen leads Marsha Blackburn, poll finds (they need this one)

Top takeaways from the Illinois primary - POLITICO - Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is in big trouble in November.
Denounced by His Party as a Nazi, Arthur Jones Wins Illinois G.O.P. Congressional Primary - The New York Times

Cynthia Nixon vs. the Post-Trump Celebrity Politician Freak Show - With the trend of D-list celebrity candidates spiking at the same rate as American exasperation with the Trump presidency, can Cynthia Nixon's bid for governor be taken seriously?

Will newspapers disappear in the future? - The Washington Post

Satanism Drama Is Tearing Apart the Murderous Neo-Nazi Group Atomwaffen - 'How do you allow [in] people who explicitly say they are satanic doomsday cultists who infiltrate right-wing groups in order to press their agenda?' one frustrated neo-Nazi asked.

Minneapolis Officer Charged With Murder in Australian Woman's Death ... lawyer for Officer Noor ... "The facts will show that Officer Noor acted as he has been trained, and consistent with established departmental policy," (kill women in nightgowns asking for help)
Police fired 20 times at South Sacramento man fatally shot while holding a cellphone | The Sacramento Bee ('felt threatened' by cellphone)

Switching from unhealthy to healthier diet lowers depressive symptoms more than social support sessions : science

A single intravenous infusion of ketamine led to a rapid decrease in suicidal ideations. Within a day, about 55% of individuals who received ketamine no longer had suicidal ideations compared to 20% who received placebo. This reduction in suicidal ideations lasted for at least 7 days. : science

A support community for people who have decided to stop smoking pot.

Who is the most evil character in fiction literature? : books

A redditor who has meditated for 20 years provides notes and encouragement on getting started without frustration. : bestof

New addition to site-wide rules regarding the use of Reddit to conduct transactions : announcements


Austin bombings: Two explosive devices shipped through FedEx, police say - The Washington Post
Austin bombings: Police probe possible link to package bomb blast at FedEx facility - The Washington Post
Multiple Injuries Reported in Shooting at St. Mary's Co. High School (Maryland)
2 Students, Suspect Injured in Shooting at St. Mary's Co. High School - NBC4 Washington - 'This is the realization of your worst nightmare -- that, in a school, that our children could be attacked" (more gunz is the only solution)
Great Mills High School shooting: Student gunman dead, two students injured - The Washington Post
Shooting at Great Mills High School in Maryland, school confirms : news
GOP candidate Carl Nett suggests shooting Rep. John Yarmuth over NRA

Ex-French president Sarkozy held on Gadhafi claims - Sarkozy was placed in custody on Tuesday as part of an investigation that he received millions of euros in illegal campaign financing from the regime of the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi - underway since 2013, the case gained traction some three years later when French-Lebanese businessman Ziad Takieddine told the online investigative site, Mediapart, that he delivered suitcases from Libya containing 5 million euros ($6.2 million) in cash to Sarkozy and his former chief of staff Claude Gueant. (more long-delayed justice)

The Rothschilds, a pamphlet by 'Satan' and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories tied to a battle 200 years ago
D.C. lawmaker Trayon White suggested Rothschilds control government - The Washington Post

Fifteen Years Ago, America Destroyed My Country - The New York Times (Barry and Hillary wouldn't look back but Donnie at least said it was a "catastrophe" even though he lied about it)
15 Years Ago, I Helped Start a War That Hasn't Ended -- When I deployed to Iraq in 2003, there was no war. We had to start it. (look forward, Barry)

Eschaton: Heckuva Job - There were the evil bastards, and then there were the Model UN debate team crowd, young boy blunders putting on their first big boy suits writing for big boy magazines and being on big boy teevee shows, being patted on the head for punching hippies. War was very serious, they intoned, and only the Very Serious People could be trusted with it. It must have been so exciting! -- No one knows for certain how many Iraqis have died as a result of the invasion 15 years ago. Some credible estimates put the number at more than one million. You can read that sentence again. The invasion of Iraq is often spoken of in the United States as a "blunder," or even a "colossal mistake." It was a crime. Those who perpetrated it are still at large. Some of them have even been rehabilitated thanks to the horrors of Trumpism and a mostly amnesiac citizenry.

Trump Says He Congratulated Putin on His Re-Election and They May Meet Soon - The New York Times (to coordinate their election sabotage)
s national security advisers warned him not to congratulate Putin. He did it anyway.
Statement By SASC Chairman John Mccain On President Trump Congratulating Vladimir Putin - Press Releases - United States Senator John McCain - An American president does not lead the Free World by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections

Trump Considers Reshuffling Legal Team as He Takes On Mueller More Aggressively - The New York Times
Trump shakes up team of lawyers as legal threats mount - The Washington Post
Republicans say Congress doesn't need to pass law protecting Mueller - Republican Senate leaders threw cold water Monday on passing a bill to protect Mueller, calling it unnecessary despite Trump's increasingly scathing attacks against the special counsel and his team. ... 'total upheaval" in the Senate if Trump were to fire Mueller (but Retraitors don't give a fuck)
How the attacks on Mueller are putting Trump in greater danger - The Washington Post - President Trump is apparently getting legal advice from his television set ... Democratic resurgence is being heavily driven by organizing among ordinary women across the country who are deeply concerned about our current civic health
Ronald Brownstein on Twitter: "To all voters who are alienated from, or even just uneasy about, Trump, @SpeakerRyan @SenateMajLdr & colleagues are sending an unambiguous message that a R majority Congress will never restrain or meaningfully oversee Trump. That is their defining gamble for 2018."

Legal superstar turns down offer to defend Trump in Russia probe - The White House had contacted Theodore B. Olson, who served as solicitor general under President George W. Bush and who has far more experience on big cases than the president's current lawyers,

Trump's New Lawyer Is Someone I Remember Well - For those of us who were amazed and (ultimately) appalled as the Great Penis Hunt unfolded in the years 1997 and 1998, seeing Joseph diGenova back on the national stage, this time as a mouthpiece supporting a president being dogged by a special prosecutor, is proof enough that, whatever else we may think of Her, God has a deft hand for the plot twist.

A family affair: Susan Pompeo's active role raising debate within the CIA ... "Honorary Chair" of the Family Advisory Board,

The Stormy Daniels saga could turn into a big deal for Mueller's Trump probe
Summer Zervos lawsuit against Trump moves forward as Karen McDougal seeks to break silence about alleged affair - The Washington Post
Ex-Playboy Model Karen McDougal Sues to Break Silence on Trump - The New York Times - A former Playboy model who claimed she had an affair with Donald J. Trump sued on Tuesday to be released from a 2016 legal agreement requiring her silence
Former 'Apprentice' contestant can sue Trump for defamation ... "It is settled that the President of the United States has no immunity and is 'subject to the laws' for purely private acts
Donald Trump Jr. romanced Aubrey O'Day during marriage to Vanessa ... around the time she was pregnant with their third child (like cheating daddy, like moron, and they do love their silicone)

Ivanka Trump Called Out For Cosplaying As a Scientist In Latest Weird Photo Op (fake human pretends to have a brain)

The Reclusive Hedge-Fund Tycoon Behind the Trump Presidency | The New Yorker - How Robert Mercer exploited America's populist insurgency - Jane Mayer (deep and tangled web of evil +aliens)
Shit shots count if the table's tilted

Eschaton: Pariahs - Zuckerberg and the gang should be social pariahs. That's the worst you can do to full of shit boy billionaires. It isn't so much about political campaigns, it's that Facebook basically let everyone scrape their database in ways that even data/privacy paranoids weren't quite aware of.
Mark Zuckerberg's silence amid controversy has Facebook execs frustrated - Mar. 20, 2018
Facebook Just Lost More Than Tesla's Entire Market Cap in Two Days

Alex Stamos, Facebook Data Security Chief, To Leave Amid Outcry - The New York Times - Mr. Stamos, who plans to leave Facebook by August, had advocated more disclosure around Russian interference of the platform and some restructuring to better address the issues, but was met with resistance by colleagues ... He and other Facebook executives, such as Ms. Sandberg, disagreed early on over how proactive the social network should be in policing its own platform (it's not just Zuckerfuck, it's also little Russian Sheryl, of course she would fire they only one who cared)
'Utterly horrifying' : ex-Facebook insider says covert data harvesting was routine -- Sandy Parakilas, the platform operations manager at Facebook responsible for policing data breaches by third-party software developers between 2011 and 2012, told the Guardian he warned senior executives at the company that its lax approach to data protection risked a major breach. (Zucky and Sheryl said shut up )
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg summoned by UK MPs over Cambridge Analytica (lock him up and throw away the key)
FTC Probing Facebook for Use of Personal Data, Source Says - Bloomberg (they are "probing" Zuckerberg's butt)
Facebook's s Surveillance Machine
Ted Cruz under fire in Cambridge Analytica scandal; firm targeted voters with data from 50M Facebook users | Politics | Dallas News
Facebook and Cambridge Analytica - Lawyers, Guns & Money - On the list of villains of the 2016 campaign, Mark Zuckerberg belongs somewhere on the list along with James Comey and Dean Baquet:
Tillis may have benefited from Facebook data breach :: (Rethug)
Mark Zuckerberg has been sent a formal request to appear before MPs and answer questions regarding a growing scandal about user data : technology (Zuck's rep down many points)

Before He Was FBI Director, Chris Wray Supervised an Investigation That Found Erik Prince Likely Broke U.S. Law - informed the Justice Department that Blackwater founder Erik Prince had likely violated U.S. law while trying to sell secretly modified paramilitary attack aircraft to Azerbaijan's military

Insiders See Democratic House Gains of 30-45 seats - Polling, election results, fundraising tend to point in one direction (rural deadheads support Trumpster)

GOP fears another potential electoral disaster - POLITICO - The national GOP is flummoxed over what to do about the surging candidacy of coal baron and ex-con Don Blankenship. (running against crypto-Republican Manchin W.Va loves their lying crooks)
Will the Republican Base Own Itself Again?

5 things to watch for in the Illinois primary - ABC News

Is Governor Cuomo losing it? | New York Post (speaking of angry toxic-male assholes)
Eschaton: I'd Vote For Dick Nixon Over Cuomo - I don't know enough about Cynthia Nixon's actual views to know if she's Good, but Cuomo is very very bad. As bad as they get. Most bad Democrats have to hide the fact that they'd prefer to have Republicans in power, but Cuomo's basically open about it!
Christine Quinn bashes 'unqualified lesbian' Cynthia Nixon -- Former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, an openly gay supporter of Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Challenging Cuomo - Lawyers, Guns & Money

A Republican Appointee to the Senate from Mississippi Has G.O.P. Worried - The New York Times - agricultural commissioner to fill the seat Senator Thad Cochran is vacating next month, alarming senior Republicans who believe it could create a messy special election and an opening for Democrats ... Ms. Hyde-Smith would be the first woman to represent Mississippi in Washington, and the first female Republican to represent the Deep South in the Senate (awaiting The Donald's approval)

Lobbyist says he was nearly killed by man he hired to investigate Seth Rich's death

Subpoenas issued as part of investigation of Greitens's use of charity donor list ... The subpoenas indicate that investigations that initially focused on allegations of blackmail by the governor have expanded to include his political campaign finances. (so he didn't have to resign because Republicans)

Undue Burden - Lawyers, Guns & Money - Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) signed the country's most restrictive abortion bill into law Monday, banning abortion after 15 weeks gestation. The law will take effect immediately, and makes exceptions only for cases of fetal abnormality or medical emergencies, but not for rape or incest.

An "Ashamed" Commentator Just Quit The "Propaganda Machine" - Col. Ralph Peters

Wide Gender Gap, Growing Educational Divide in Voters's Party Identification -- College graduates increasingly align with Democratic Party (Republicans, the party of stupid and angry white guys)

TIL that in 2015, the median viewer age for Fox News was 68 years old. : todayilearned - CNN's median age is 59, MSNBC's median age is 63.

Republicans are in denial about a blue wave - The Washington Post

Nathan Robinson's discussion of Jordan Peterson is gold from beginning to end, and most damning when it quotes Peterson's would-be profundities:

Shuja Haider on Twitter: "I can't even handle this, Jordan Peterson got upset by Zizek's recent article about him so he's trying to pick a fight with a Zizek quotes account"
Jordan B Peterson on Twitter: "You arrogant, racist son of a bitch Pankaj Mishra: How dare you accuse me of "harmlessly romancing the noble savage." That's how you refer to my friend Charles Joseph (, who I've worked with for 15 years?"

Women say director James Toback assaulted them at Harvard Club of New York - The Boston Globe (another little Jewish dick-flasher)

Weinstein Company Files for Bankruptcy and Revokes Nondisclosure Agreements - The New York Times - As part of the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, the Weinstein Company said it released anyone "who suffered or witnessed any form of sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein" from nondisclosure agreements. The move had been advocated by Eric T. Schneiderman, the New York State attorney general, who is investigating wrongdoing at the studio.

Lawsuit accuses celebrity chef Mike Isabella of 'extraordinary' sexual harassment (another toxic-male asshole foodie-dick goes down)

Self-driving vehicle strikes and kills pedestrian in Arizona | The Kansas City Star (robots rise)


D.C. lawmaker says recent snowfall caused by 'Rothschilds controlling the climate' - Trayon White Sr. (D-Ward 8) (black Dem loop=de=loop)

What We Know About the Austin Bombings - This is our American way of life -- somebody has moved along from mail bombs to what was essentially an IED. I don't want to think about what might be next, but I seem to recall a great number of SUVs and panel trucks plying the highways and by-ways down there ... (truck bombs) ... As far as I'm concerned, the culprit is the wildness at the fringes of our culture that has been nurtured and encouraged by too many people. Profiteering off impotent rage comes at a high cost.
Friend confirms identity of Sunday Austin bombing victims
Austin bombs were 'meant to send a message,' authorities believe - CNN - All the victims have been African-American or Hispanic, leading people of color in the community to feel threatened

Middle East civilian deaths have soared under Trump. And the media mostly shrug. - The Washington Post (Putin unleashed by Trump)

What might be keeping Putin from a good night's sleep? Watch this film - "The Death of Stalin"

Trump Organization's real estate partner in India accused of $147 million fraud

Iraq War still divides Americans 15 years after it began | Pew Research Center - Nearly half (48%) of Americans say the decision to use military force was wrong, while slightly fewer (43%) say it was the right decision (Iraq changed a lot of people's minds +61% of the party of death
The Iraq reckoning still to come - NY Daily News - Andrew Bacevich - Donald Trump got the blood sacrifice vote. More specifically, communities that paid a high price for the Iraq War in terms of casualties tended to vote for Trump. (always look forward, never backwards at your disasterous tragic blunders, oh look, Hillary!)

Trump Loved Hacks. But Now They're Hitting His People -- And Anyone Could Be Next.

A huge clue about Muelle's endgame - That suggests a focus on obstruction of justice while in office, rather than collusion with Russia during the campaign. But both sagas are interwoven with Russia: Trump himself has linked Comey's firing to Russia, and Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about conversations with the Russian ambassador during the transition ... Comey's book ... out April 17, went from #15 on Amazon's best sellers on Saturday morning, to #1 (where it remains) by Sunday.

Trump: The Un-American President - The New York Times (that's because he's Russian, duh)
This new report on Trump's state of mind should alarm you

The President and His Lawyers, Part II: The Attorney General and the Saturday Night Pre-Massacre - Lawfare
Fox New's Sean Hannity is suddenly an expert on Trump and Mueller
Fact-checking Trump's error-filled tweetstorm about the Mueller probe

What Michael Flynn Could Tell the Russia Investigators - Bloomberg - The former national security adviser mingled business with government. That could help Robert Mueller look for similar overlaps among Trump insiders.

Trump originally planned to put Cohn at CIA, but changed his mind - POLITICO

Kushner Companies confirms meeting with Qatar on financing - The Washington Post (the bribe wasn't big enough, so he went with the Saudis/Emirates)
Cambridge Analytica Is Not an Anomaly - Ratf*cking is political tradition -- just ask G. Gordon Liddy and Richard Nixon.
Facebook and Cambridge Analytica: What we know so far (lock up Zuckerberg)

Facebook investigating employee's links to Cambridge Analytica - was suspended by Facebook on Friday ... Joseph Chancellor
Facebook Falls as Pressure Mounts on Zuckerberg Over Data Leak - Bloomberg (lock him up and burn it to the ground)
Revealed: Trump's election consultants filmed saying they use bribes and sex workers to entrap politicians - Cambridge Analytica secretly campaigns in elections across the world - Channel 4 News - Cambridge Analytica secretly campaigns in elections across the world. Bosses were filmed talking about using bribes, ex-spies, fake IDs and sex workers.

Trump had senior staff sign nondisclosure agreements. They're supposed to last beyond his presidency (for all eternity)

What Hope Hicks Learned in the White House - The departure of the Trump whisperer has left the White House in even deeper chaos. Which surely pleases some outsiders angling to get back in.

Republicans bet their Senate majority on Trump - POLITICO - welcome the president to their states with open arms, despite his unpopularity nationally.
Democrats brace for potential California disaster - politico - Dems have little room for error in California (too many dems, disaster I tell you, disaster!)
2018: Democrats prepared to pick favorites in CA primaries | The Sacramento Bee

Border wall Dreamers deal implodes - POLITICO

Donald Trump Jr. Sent Suggestive Twitter DMs While Married -- First Boy Donald Trump Jr. may have been flirting with more than a life-size chocolate Easter bunny and the idea of becoming a rap critic before he and his wife filed for divorce. Amid revelations of the couple -- confirmed split this week, a former model tweeted screenshots of racy, misspelled messages Trump Jr. sent her while he was married (like father, like moron)

Time's Up Pens Powerful Open Letter to Cuomo -- calls for Investigation of NY District Attorney Cyrus Vance (lock up the lying bribe-taker)
Cuomo Says His Name Was 'Never Mentioned.' It Was. 136 Times. (or maybe 1500)

The GOP Effort to Block Pennsylvania's New Map Is Dead - Both the state and U.S. Supreme Courts rejected GOP requests just a day before the filing deadline for candidates running in November's midterm elections

Why Roger Ailes Took Me Off Fox News - (Erick, son of Erick)

FBI Tracked an Activist Involved With Black Lives Matter as They Travelled Across the U.S., Documents Show (what they always to do to keep American white)

Extensive Data Shows Punishing Reach of Racism for Black Boys - The New York Times

The Judge Will Hear Your 223,000 Excuses Now - The New York Times - Tales from the tiny offices where New Yorkers -- go to fight summonses for everything from unshoveled sidewalks to underheated hot dogs.

Jordan Peterson & Fascist Mysticism | by Pankaj Mishra | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books - It is imperative to ask why and how this obscure Canadian academic, who insists that gender and class hierarchies are ordained by nature and validated by science, has suddenly come to be hailed as the West's most influential public intellectual ... (if by "intellectual" you mean Kim Kardashian) ... But he is a disturbing symptom of the malaise to which he promises a cure
Speaking of "Truth" with Jordan B. Peterson - Sam Harris ... A clearer way of stating this is that he thinks I locate all values within a system of truth claims, whereas he locates all truth claims in a system that selects for a single value: survival. Hence our stalemate. ("He thinks" wrong)
Sam Harris on Twitter: "Should @jordanbpeterson and I do a second podcast in which we attempt to discuss religion, atheism, ethics and other topics?"
The Faces of Joseph Campbell | by Brendan Gill | The New York Review of Books (1989, JC hated Jews and blacks) )
The Intellectual We Deserve | Current Affairs - Nathan Robinson : JordanPeterson
The Intellectual We Deserve: "Jordan Peterson"
Jordan B Peterson on Twitter: "Very critical article by @NathanJRobinson of my work (including Maps of Meaning) in Current Affairs ( is accompanied most hilariously by this ad..." (it went over his head, which is not that hard to do, but still)
The Intellectual We Deserve - a good takedown of an alt-right hero : politics

Self-Driving Uber Car Kills Arizona Pedestrian - The New York Times (with an actual driver, so even that didn't work)


Why does Putin treat Britain with disdain? He thinks he's bought it -- Londongrad (he sorta does)

Trump rails against Mueller investigation, dismisses McCabe's note as 'Fake Memos' (said the fake president with the fake hair)
McCabe's s firing shows yet again how readily Trump incriminates himself
Trump attacks FBI and Mueller investigation in morning tweets - Axios
Trump Attacks McCabe, Comey And Mueller Probe In Sunday Tweet Barrage | HuffPost - doesn't believe McCabe "made memos except to help his own agenda, probably at a later date" (hahah you stupid)

Gowdy to Trump: 'When you are innocent
act like it'
Mike Huckabee Celebrates Firing Of Former FBI Deputy Director By Making Dead Dog Joke | HuffPost - "Breaking Wind from CNN! Andy McCabe offered deal for lying to FBI and won't get pension but will get passage in overhead bin on United flight to Oakland to work for scofflaw mayor." (only the worst of the worst)

Eschaton: There's No Way Jeffy Jeff Is A Liar - What would we tell the white children? -- WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions's testimony that he opposed a proposal for President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign team to meet with Russians has been contradicted by three people who told Reuters they have spoken about the matter to investigators with Special Counsel Robert Mueller or congressional committees. (lock him up)

Data Firm Tied to Trump Campaign Talked Business With Russians - The New York Times

Kushner Cos. filed false documents with NYC - The Kushner Cos. routinely filed false paperwork with the city declaring it had zero rent-regulated tenants in dozens of buildings it owned across the city when, in fact, it had hundreds.

New Yorker depicts President Trump without a tie at a press conference - The Washington Post

Jesse Watters Takes On Hillary Clinton's Health: She's 'Acted a Little Erratic in the Past -- President Donald Trump could fire every single person from his administration in one sweeping tweet, and Fox News host Jesse Watters would still be alerting his audiences about Hillary Clinton's head colds (distaction! look over there!)

Democrats hold double-digit lead for 2018 midterm elections - also show Trjmp's approval ratings edging up - Fifty percent of registered voters say they prefer a Democratic-controlled Congress, while 40 percent want a GOP-controlled one - Fifty-three percent of adults say they disapprove of the president, down from 57 percent two months ago.

Kris Kobach's Voting Sham Gets Exposed in Court (also, his deplorable lying and cheating)

Eschaton: Look Forward To Your Pedestrian License Test - Gonna have to learn a new language to earn one - In essence, the car would need to be lit up like the Las Vegas Strip in order to make up for the absence of a human behind the wheel.


Ohio student suspended for staying in class during walkouts: What actually happened. - The Washington Post - Jacob Shoemaker, 18, (didn't want to "pick sides," NRA cranks up)

The Latest: Russia says 30,000 flea besieged east Ghouta - The Washington Post (copy editing is hard, read comments: "The UN is airlifting 30 dogs to Ghouta to relieve the suffering")

Shashi Tharoor: In Winston Churchill, Hollywood rewards a mass murderer - The Washington Post - "I am strongly in favour of using poisoned gas against the uncivilised tribes; it would spread a lively terror"

Sergei Skripal: Russia retaliates against Britain by expelling 23 diplomats

Richard W. Painter on Twitter: "I am also not convinced that he is planning to have an election in 2020." (Bush's ethics lawyer +Tina Smith, Franken's replacement, is an idiot, thanks, Kristen)

AP source says McCabe kept notes on Trump (and Mueller has them)
Mueller's team interviewed McCabe, asked about Comey's firing ... The memos also detail what Comey told McCabe about his own interactions with Trump while he was FBI director
Andrew McCabe, Trump's foil at the FBI, is fired hours before he could retire (Trump loves fucking people over)
McCabe: Trump's 'Ongoing war' On FBI Led to My Firing
Five reasons Trump would have wanted Andrew McCabe fired - The Washington Post
Read Andrew McCabe's Response To Being Fired Two Days Before His Retirement | HuffPost
Ex-CIA Boss John Brennan Tears Into Donald Trump Over Andrew McCabe Firing | HuffPost - America will triumph over you
Donald J. Trump on Twitter: "Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI - A great day for Democracy. Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!"
John O. Brennan on Twitter: "When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history. You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but you will not destroy America...America will triumph over you."
Our Banana Republic - Lawyers, Guns & Money (Jeff Sessions looks 6 years old and not fully human)
Kevin M. Kruse on Twitter: "(blows dust off tweet)"
Donald Trump and the Craven Firing of Andrew McCabe | The New Yorker -- President Trump displays the pettiness and the vindictiveness of a man unsuited to the job he holds ... McCabe was fired because he is a crucial witness in the investigation led by Robert Mueller

murkar comments on Justice Department Fires Embattled FBI Deputy Director Just Short of Retirement ... In addition, Jeff Sessions is now unquestionably implicated in witness tampering and obstruction of justice himself. (reddit is 10 steps ahead of your newsy pundits // Trump leaked to Fox 24 hrs in advance, "a smoking gun for obstruction of justice" and witness tampering, brilliant analysis of our present peril)
Redditor explains in great detail the impact McCabe's firing will have on the Russia investigation (and a lot of speculation about the movie to come in the comments)

History won't be kind, Republicans ... Clapper ... "This is a case of people living in their own reality bubbles when we can't agree on basic facts" (the reckoning is coming)

FEC probes whether NRA got illegal Russian donations - politico - Complaint alleges that the gun-rights group may have received contributions intended to help the 2016 Trump campaign. (yes, and what's the remedy? Lock them all up)

Democrats Want to Subpoena Apple to Find Out When Key Administration Officials Downloaded Encrypted Messaging Apps - undefined

Did Trump Just Acknowledge An Affair With Stormy Daniels With His Legal Team's $20 Million Demand? (admits he's DD)
Trump attorney accuses Stormy Daniels of violating nondisclosure agreement 20 times, claims right to seek $20 million in damages - The Washington Post ("yes, I fuck porn-stars bigly, but shut up")
Trying to Silence Stormy - Lawyers, Guns & Money

Secretive religious charity run by top US housing officials raises questions | US news | The Guardian - GJH Global Ministries, which made its website private after inquiries by the Guardian, does not appear to have a clear purpose

Seah Hannity isn't just attacking Shepard Smith. He's attacking the very nature of news ... "reality erosion" (Satan's mouths always lie)

Watch the video: Blogger says LePage shoved her; he says she was chewing in his face - Portland Press Herald - An unusual encounter between Maine's governor and a Portland blogger is captured on video Thursday.

Beleaguered Leslie Gibson abandons state House race, seeks 'peace and quiet' - Gibson has been under fire this week for comments he made online about teens in Florida who survived a school shooting in Parkland. He criticized two of them who were leading an effort to increase restrictions on gun sales in the wake of the Feb. 14 killings. (rightwing Mainer's pic is weird, as usual)

Michael Osgood Is Determined to Bust Harvey Weinstein - The NYPD's top sex-crimes investigator tried to bust Harvey Weinstein three years ago. Then the DA stepped in. (Cyrus Vance Jr. took the bribe)

Everything you need to know about Massachusetts's new pot rules
Recreational marijuana companies face bans, moratoriums in most Mass. cities and towns - The Boston Globe

In California's rural, conservative north, there are big dreams for cleaving the state (running on a white people, gunz and booze platform, don't realize they are moochers on Cali's cities and would be screwing themselves, as usual, becuase they are stupid and can't think "We Okies are fun, aren't we?) )
It's Time to Leave San Francisco
The Earthquake That Will Devastate the Pacific Northwest | The New Yorker - An earthquake will destroy a sizable portion of the coastal Northwest. The question is when ... Counting from the earthquake of 1700, we are now three hundred and fifteen years into a two-hundred-and-forty-three-year cycle. (PacNorthWest doomed and it won't be pretty)

Eschaton: Shutdown Facebook - It isn't just about the election. They have no safeguards on the use of user data other than "against our policy."
How Trump Consultants Exploited the Facebook Data of Millions - The New York Times -- The firm had secured a $15 million investment from Robert Mercer, the wealthy Republican donor, and wooed his political adviser, Stephen K. Bannon, with the promise of tools that could identify the personalities of American voters and influence their behavior. But it did not have the data to make its new products work ... the researcher, Aleksandr Kogan, a Russian-American academic ... (look at the pic: are they human?)
Revealed: 50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach | News | The Guardian - Whistleblower describes how firm linked to former Trump adviser Steve Bannon compiled user data to target American voters (Zuckerfuck is complicit)

How American High Schools Teach The Iraq War | HuffPost - American troops have been in Iraq longer than the average high school freshman has been alive. But for the most part, the deadliest U.S. military intervention since the Vietnam War remains a footnote in America's social studies classrooms.

Before You Buy 'Ready Player One' Tickets, Read Ernest Cline's Horrifying Porn Poetry

Marshall Hansberry on Twitter: "A coyote attempting to attend MIT. Pretty cute little guy. Animal control is on their way. @universalhub "


A Bold, Divisive Plan to Wean Californians From Cars - The New York Times - Legislation would allow more home building along transit routes to reduce -- gas-guzzling commutes. Some who support the goal have denounced the method. (Sierra Club opposed ... "NIMBY stance is a disappointing but not a surprise. We've been having this same battle in San Francisco for a while now, where the local chapter is captured by rich, white, land-owning boomers")

FIU Bridge Collapse Construction Firms Accused of Unsafe Practices | Miami New Times -- The bridge collapse has now killed six people; the contractor behind the bridge is also a major political donor in Dade County. (spend it on bribes, not the fucking bridge)
At Least 6 Dead After New Pedestrian Bridge Collapses Over Cars In Miami | HuffPost - The 950-ton bridge was lifted into place on Saturday in order to provide a safe walkway for Florida International University students.

2DeadMoose comments on ?? manthefuckup / imhereforyou ??
The Troubled Tenure of Scott Israel, Sheriff of Broward County | The New Yorker

In Syria, at least 100 killed in attacks as more people flee

Romanian Court Rejects Man's Claim He's Alive

French Judge Has Issued Arrest Warrant for Saudi Princess - The New York Times

Jacob Zuma, Former South Africa Leader, Charged With Corruption - The New York Times -- related to a multibillion-dollar arms deal in the late 1990s. (corrupt-ass fuck falls)

Mystery surrounds how ex-Russian spy was poisoned in UK - As British authorities investigate the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in England, there is much mystery about how exactly the brazen attack was carried out. Here are some of the unanswered questions that British officials are chasing:
Britain Hints at Tougher Blow Against Russia: Stripping Tycoons' Assets
U.K. Labour Leader's Stance on Russian Ex-Spy's Poisoning Splits Party (Corbin, the Bernie of Britain, is a friend of Russia)
Murder investigation launched after man found dead in New Malden - Metropolitan Police - A murder investigation has been launched following the results of a post mortem into the death of 68-year-old Russian businessman Nikolay Glushkov.
How a Poisoned Russian Spy Could Cost Putin the World Cup

Pentagon: No survivors in American helicopter crash in Iraq - All seven service members aboard a U.S. helicopter that crashed in Iraq were killed, the Pentagon said Friday in a written statement.
Trump's CIA Has Set Up Teams To Kill Terrorists (Pompeo's assassination squads)

Cyberattacks Put Russian Fingers on the Switch at Power Plants, U.S. Says - The New York Times

The Trump Malignancy and the Book That Will Not Be Written - Lawfare

Barry Blitt's "Exposed"
Trump jokes 'who's next?' as tumult engulfs his White House (he thinks it's funny because he loves firing people)
Trump gives McMaster the Tillerson treatment - POLITICO - The president is keeping his national security adviser in a state of limbo, acutely conscious that he could stay indefinitely or be dismissed any time in a tweet.
Trump may hire multiple cable news personalities as part of shake-up (AMERICA THE CABLE TV SHOW)
The Note: More political shock waves possible - ABC News
Trump gives McMaster the Tillerson treatment - POLITICO - The president is keeping his national security adviser in a state of limbo, acutely conscious that he could stay indefinitely or be dismissed any time in a tweet.

Possible Russian trolls try to register for Texas Democratic convention ... Five senior intelligence officers, two current and three former, say the case of the Texas 48 looks like Russian meddling. And they tell NBC News that despite the clumsiness of the failed registrations, the Texas case fits a pattern of Russian behavior seen in its covert operations ... Twenty-five of those 48 were trying to register with email addresses ending in "" ... "If things like this appear to be happening in small county registration systems in Texas, what could that mean for other parts of the country?' ... "It's outrageous that we are in March, just months ahead of midterms, and we are not feeling this urgency from our own government" (la-di-la and so it starts, but "Russia is my friend" says Trump)

Robert Mueller Has Likely Crossed Trump's 'Red Line.' Now What? .. Trump's business is firmly in the crosshairs.... From this, it looks like Mueller plans to burn it all down. It looks as though he's decided that everything with which this president* is involved is so irredeemably corrupt and lousy with dirty money that trying to split the difference between which corruption was involved with the campaign, and what dirty money financed it, is an impossible rat's nest to untangle. So the easiest thing is to light a match and see what burns in what color flame ... something stirring in the murk. Too many people are acting far too nervously. Something shapeless is rising from the deep and, waiting for it, is Robert Mueller.
Eschaton: Follow The Money - Whatever went on, I've long been sure the only thing Trump has worried about personally - and maybe the only thing he really had to worry about, though it's not a small thing - is the financially cesspool that is his business. -- From this, it looks like Mueller plans to burn it all down. -- It's hard for our legal system to take down a president. It's probably not so hard to take down his business (which the constitution should have already done, but, hey...)

Democrats May Seek Prosecution of Witnesses Who Misled House Intelligence Committee -- Erik Prince, Carter Page, and Roger Stone are among their top targets.

u/charging_bull puts the pieces of the Russia investigation together with links and shows a clear connection between Trump, his family, and a Russian Development bank known for hosting Russian spies (who we know tried to recruit Carter Page) : bestof (with chart)

Eschaton: Phew - I suppose not being a torturer means I have a somewhat different psychological makeup, but if I was involved in this stuff and avoided prosecution due to the belief by elites that we must Look Forward, Not Backward, I'd look for most convenient moment to slip out the back door and start collecting my pension. I'd count my blessings and not think, "hey, maybe I should stick around and pursue the highest job in order to ensure that I would have renewed media scrutiny for all that torture." ... The problem isn't simply that these people weren't prosecuted (though they should have been). It's that they weren't even shamed enough to think that maybe the public spotlight wasn't the best thing for them. (fuck you Barry, again)
I went to prison for disclosing the CIA's torture. Gina Haspel helped cover it up. -- John Kiriakou (and stop using that old pic, WaPo)
Declassify CIA Director Nominee's Role in Torture, Rights Groups Demand (more light in dark places needed, and also, thanks, Barry)

Stormy Daniels Was Physically Threatened, Lawyer Says | HuffPost
Daniels' lawyer says some alleged incidents took place during Trump presidency
The Stormy Daniels Saga Shows How Vulnerable Trump Is To Blackmail | HuffPost
Six women have come forward to Stormy Daniels' lawyer with similar stories

Vanessa Trump hires criminal defense attorney for Donald Jr. divorce | Page Six

Burn It Down, Rex - The New York Times - If Tillerson came out and said that the president is unfit, and perhaps even that venal concerns for private gain have influenced his foreign policy, impeachment wouldn't begin tomorrow, but Trump's already narrow public support would shrink further.

Trump wildlife protection board stuffed with trophy hunters - A new U.S. advisory board created to help rewrite federal rules for importing the heads and hides of African elephants, lions and rhinos is stacked with trophy hunters, including some members with direct ties to President Donald Trump and his family. (haha, swamp drained, suckers)

Eschaton: Like Flies To Shit -- Grifters to grifter central ... "microcities" where managers privately set their own laws and taxes away from central government control. (hahah suckers)

Federal court tosses out Obama-era rule requiring financial advisers to act in customers' best interests (5th ciruit Republicans say your advisor can steal all your money)

The Myth of the Centrist Holy Grail - Heidi Heitkamp, Conor Lamb, David Brooks, and delusion. not alone in tossing a candidate who got 65 million votes overboard. A lot of people went running for cover. Again, CNN: Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown told Huffington Post (HH is a lump of shit)

This Is B-A-D: Some Democrats Are Sick Of A DIRE Email Strategy - They have this relentless fucking strategy that seems to overwhelm and deceive their supporters (DCCC absolutely sucks and they don't even mention the phone-bombing; is this Debbie Doofuss's legacy?)

Los Angeles barred from enforcing nearly all gang injunctions, federal judge rules - the latest blow to one of the city's oldest and most controversial law enforcement initiatives ... which were born from a time in the late 1980s and '90s when gang activity in the city gained national attention ... Following an audit by the Los Angeles city attorney's office and the LAPD, 7,300 people were released last year from the conditions of the injunctions, which are civil court orders that can restrict someone from associating with friends, or even family members, in neighborhoods considered to be havens for certain street gangs ... thousands of people were unfairly swept up simply because they knew, or were related to, a gang member. Some also contend the injunctions disproportionately target African Americans and Latinos. Many of those included in the orders have never been convicted of a crime. (28 years of fucking people over, no due process for black/brown people; how about an unjunction for the gang of evangelical Christians?)

Meet "The Storm" the conspiracy theory taking over the pro-Trump internet (grand synthesis of frightwing lunacy rises from the depths of unthinking)
The Storm Is the New Pizzagate -- Only Worse (all the prophecies will be fulfilled)

The Man Who Knew Nothing at All | Josh Fruhlinger - Living in a liberal fantasy is complicated (oh, NYT, you are rediculous)

The Intellectual We Deserve | Current Affairs - by Nathan J. Robinson -- Jordan Peterson's popularity is the sign of a deeply impoverished political and intellectual landscape ... the chair of the Harvard psychology department praised his magnum opus Maps of Meaning as "brilliant" and "beautiful" (Mahzarin R. Banaji? Is that you? -- shallow minds think alike, often in gibberish +Nathan J Robinson is the critic we deserve:) If Jordan Peterson is the most influential intellectual in the Western world, the Western world has lost its damn mind. (anyone who thinks JP is worth reading is not worth reading, like ... Jonathan Haidt ... we already no one should ever read David Brooks)
Disappointed with my "The Big Five Aspect Scale" results. : JordanPeterson (45K scammed on reddit +marketing scheme +oh, look: girly chaos dragon being slain by masculine knight!)

Today among our overcompensated and underachieving elites - Lawyers, Guns & Money - Harvard's money managers are doing very well, for themselves at least: (worse than average for their employer, good job j.faust)

Eschaton: Portal Bridge - It doesn't get as much ink as the tunnels, and it won't be as expensive to replace, but they need to replace it... TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Amtrak and New Jersey Transit service to and from New York's Penn Station is being affected because a 111-year-old bridge is stuck open and the tracks are not aligned. (fuck your stupid coastal elite so-called "infrastructure")

Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes' wife alleges widespread abuse in petition for restraining order | Southern Poverty Law Center - Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes faces allegations of abuse and household violence in a motion for a temporary restraining order his wife filed last month with a Montana court ... will frequently threaten himself and his family with a weapon he always carries, and he has a history of violent outbursts against his family, including an incident in 2016 when he choked his teenage daughter by the throat. (good anti-government Christian conspiracy theorists with lots of gunz, sounds like that incestous Nazi guy)

Watch The New Yorker Festival | Sallie Krawcheck on Working in a Male-Dominated Business World | The New Yorker Video | CNE

Ryan Seacrest was accused of sexual misconduct. Hollywood shrugged. - Vox -- Time's not up for the "hardest-working man in Hollywood." Why?

John Bailey Sexual Harassment: Academy President Under Investigation - Variety

Monty Python Member Says #MeToo Movement Turned Hollywood Into 'the Mob' - Terry Gilliam ... Harvey Weinstein was exploited ... (as they fall every day: fuck you Terry)

Why 'micro-cheating' might be good for your relationship -- PERSPECTIVE | It's the latest buzzword on the internet

Neanderthals Weren't the Only Species Ancient Humans Hooked Up With: A New Study Reveals Bachelor Number Two - the Denisovan. : science

A short-ish history of new features on Reddit : announcements

Snapchat stock loses $800 million after Rihanna responds to offensive ad - Mar. 16, 2018 ... "slap Rihanna or punch Chris Brown"


WEST MIAMI-DADE - FIU pedestrian bridge collapses, people trapped underneath : news

NRA Tweets Photo Of AR-15 On Day Of National School Walkout For No Particular Reason | HuffPost
Rubio stops short of banning gun sales to young adults | McClatchy Washington Bureau - Here's what kind of weapons Marco Rubio thinks should be OK for 18-year-olds to buy
At a school in North Carolina, he was the only one of 700 students who walked out - CNN
Sister of Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof given $5,000 bon - - Columbia, South Carolina
Muslim teen watched jihadi videos, read Koran for 'courage' before Florida sleepover stabbings, cops say ("Corey Johnson" sounds very Muslim)
Why Are White Men Stockpiling Guns? - Scientific American Blog Network - Research suggests it's largely because they're anxious about their ability to protect their families, insecure about their place in the job market and beset by racial fears
Horrifying Videos Show Racist Moms Teaching Kids To Be Patriots By Vandalizing A Mosque | HuffPost - The disturbing Facebook live video captures a troubling excursion in which two women and three children trespass and vandalize a mosque.

U.S. officials: Saudi crown prince has hidden his mother from his father, the king - NBC News (behind the scenes)

Mueller Subpoenas Trump Organization, Demanding Documents About Russia - The New York Times
Public Confidence in Mueller's Investigation Remains Steady - Most are skeptical Trump will act to block future Russian meddling - A majority of Americans (61%) say they are very or somewhat confident Mueller will conduct a fair investigation

NRA lawyer said to have had concerns about group's ties to Russia

u/charging_bull puts the pieces of the Russia investigation together with links and shows a clear connection between Trump, his family, and a Russian Development bank known for hosting Russian spies (who we know tried to recruit Carter Page) : bestof

Trump decides to remove national security adviser, and others may follow - The Washington Post (unchaining the Beast)

Republicans fear they botched Russia report rollout - POLITICO - GOP lawmakers are on the defensive after challenging the intelligence community's finding on election meddling

Gina Haspel Should Tell Congress the Truth About CIA Torture - The Atlantic - Trump's nominee to lead the agency should answer a number of tough questions about her role in its now-defunct "enhanced interrogation" program (you know, the APA approved torture program)

In fundraising speech, Trump says he made up trade claim in meeting with Justin Trudeau - The Washington Post (rambling incoherent self-congratulatory word-salad of lies)
Why Trump's s admission that he made stuff up to Justin Trudeau is particularly bad

Why hasn'tt Mueller talked to Donald Trump Jr. yet?
Vanessa Trump files for divorce from Donald Trump Jr. | Page Six (he always looks empty and soulless)

Clifford (aka Daniels) v. Trump et al. (haha, she did it, $139,000 as of today with 28 left to go)
Stormy Daniels' Lawyer Says More Women Are Exploring Legal Cases Against President Trump -- A lawyer representing the adult film actor said he has received inquiries from other women about potential cases against the president.

Mike Pence's Man in the Swamp - The Huffington Post - The vice president's trusted -- chief of staff is young, handsome, talented and rich. He's also got some skeletons.

Trump's personal aide apparently lost White House position over gambling habit

Here Is Ryan Zinke Making a Complete Fool of Himself (only the best morons)
Trump Cabinet members accused of living large at taxpayer expense - The Washington Post (they are stars in their own reality movies)

Betsy DeVos used Shutterstock picture to attack U.S. schools. Teachers aren't having it (we have a moron running education in America, which seems appropriate for the times +first hit on shutterstock search for "classroom" show the de[pth of her knowledge)

Trump Claims Credit For Shock Dem Win In Pennsylvania | HuffPost "

Team Obama settles score with Lipinski - POLITICO - Democratic congressman who voted against Obamacare gets some Chicago-style payback. ("conservative democrat")

Exclusive: Trump finalizing opioid plan that includes death penalty for dealers - POLITICO

Heitkamp on when Hillary Clinton will go away: 'Not soon enough' (too divisive, unlike little bluedog Heidi)

Pelosi in peril - Axios - Top Democrats tell me that if they take back the House in November, a restoration of Speaker Nancy Pelosi is no longer guaranteed. In fact, some well-wired House Democrats predict she will be forced aside after the election and replaced by a younger, less divisive Dem. (yeah, less divisive in the face of the greatest diviseness in history is the solution! who are these asshole "top" democrats?")

Sen. Tammy Baldwin's fight to win back Wisconsin for Democrats, explained -- Baldwin, in her first reelection, is facing a ton of outside conservative money: $8.5 million -- The past decade has been a slow-motion Republican conquest of Wisconsin. (Kockistan/Wississppi)
'A Different Kind of University' 'Shocked, dismayed and angry': faculty members at Wisconsin Stevens Point react to a plan to cut 13 majors, including English, history, political science and sociology, and expand more job-oriented programs. (Wisconsin: you don't need no education)

Republicans Say Forced Labor Is Good for Detained Immigrants in Letter Defending Private Prison

Eschaton: Crazy Ideas - We'll see how this progresses. (non-maximum sentences for any plea-bargain)

She took her daughter to see Michelle Obama's portrait. Now they need a publicist.

This Is What Record-Low Unemployment Looks Like in America - Bloomberg - In towns where workers are scarce, employers are boosting pay and perks and stepping up recruiting

The real problem with the New York Times op-ed page: it's not honest about US conservatism -- It wants to challenge its readers, but not with the ugly truth. (talk about "intellectual bubbles" -- the Times is protecting its readers from the truth of virulent rightwing insane conservatism)
T. R. Ramachandran on Twitter: "1) Trump support in 2016 was strongly correlated w/ racial resentment & sexism / tweetstorm kanvz'd here

For Women Behind The Camera, Sexual Harassment Is Part Of The Job | HuffPost - A HuffPost investigation found that women across crew positions experience an onslaught of lewd comments, gendered discrimination and even physical assault

John Skipper on ESPN Exit and Cocaine Extortion Plot | Interview | Hollywood Reporter

Dog gone: United Airlines mistakenly flies family German shepherd to Japan | World news | The Guardian - Pet canine, 10, was meant to fly from Oregon to Kansas City - Airline investigating after family were instead handed a great Dane

Limbaugh questions Stephen Hawking's promotion of the Big Bang Theory: "Since nobody could see it, how the hell do they know it really happened?" (there's our problem, right there)

Traditional Iranian dance moves : NormalDayInArabia
For us to be Successful we go through difficult things or challenges : sports

What subreddits are hidden gems? : AskReddit

Amazon didn't kill Toys 'R' Us. Here's what did -- A year later the company was taken private by KKR, Bain Capital and real estate firm Vornado. The $6.6 billion purchase left it with $5.3 billion in debt secured by its assets and it never really recovered. (Bained to death)


'We deserve better' : Students nationwide walk out in massive protest over gun violence (sorry snowflake kids , no literal "safe spaces" for you)
National School Walkout: Thousands of students rallying in solidarity to end gun violence : news
Seaside High teacher accidentally fires gun in class, students injured

Counter-terrorism unit investigates death of Berezovsky friend who claimed political asylum in UK after fraud conviction (Putin's working his way down the list)

Pennsylvania Special Election Results: 18th Congressional District - The New York Times
Eschaton: Lamb Is A Victory For Wypipo Labor Democrats Moderates Clintonites Berniebros Anti-Racism The DCCC Republicans - Joke, obviously, though both the Republicans and the DCCC are painting this as a victory for Democrats-who-aren't-like-other-Democrats ... Paul Ryan says he won because he's basically a Republican! Both sides agree: Lamb is not really a Democrat! ... "Another kind of a Democrat." "A new kind of Democrat." "A Democrat, but not like those other nasty Democrats." This is not a branding operation that works long term. There's just an immense amount of self-loathing in the party that assholes like me can't even begin to match.
Three big takeaways from Trump<'s humiliating Pennsylvania failure /a>
Conor Lamb Wins Pennsylvania House Seat, Giving Democrats a Map for Trump Country - The New York Times
The Pennsylvania special election shows the 2018 House battleground is enormous - Vox - By one calculation, more than 110 seats could theoretically be in play ... There are the districts Hillary Clinton won, of course, but there are also the suburban, classically Republican districts where Trump has soured the electorate, and those white working-class districts with Obama-Trump voters. (oh, look, those temporarily disillusioned racist Bush voters, again)
Republicans Paralyzed by Pennsylvania Election Stunner (they thought the teapary would last forever)
GOP Blames 'Lackluster' Candidate And His 'Porn Stache' For Pennsylvania Setback | HuffPost - Ice cold.

Beware of Devin Nunes's Next Move

ICE spokesman resigns, citing fabrications by agency chief, Sessions about California immigrant arrests - The Washington Post (they lie, and they only lie)

Rex Tillerson has been fired. Experts say he did damage that could last "a generation" ... was one of the worst secretaries of state in moden history (mission accomplished +you know who else is the worst?)
Senior Tillerson aide Steve Goldstein fired - CNNPolitics - Goldstein publicly contradicted the White House account of how Tillerson was fired on Tuesday morning. (who you gonna believe, me or what your lyin' eyes saw on twitter ... you will pledge allegiance to my lies)
State Department Staffers Cry 'Halleluhah' Over Rex Tillerson's Downfall - Experienced U.S. diplomats and Donald Trump agree on at least one thing: Rex Tillerson sucked as secretary of state.

Fred Hiatt's favorite torture apologist supports sadistic torturer for head of CIA
Gina Haspel, C.I.A. Deputy Director, Had Leading Role in Torture - The New York Times
Gina Haspel as CIA director? It's a test of America's conscience (what's with the 20 yr-old pic? )
'She Should Be in Jail' -- Rights Groups Rally to Stop Torture Overseer Turned Trump CIA Pick Gina Haspel
Gina Haspel, Trump's CIA director pick, oversaw the torture of dozens of people -- She also tried to destroy video evidence of the torture of two suspects ... But she remains a controversial figure for her years-long involvement in a wider CIA program that led to the torture of dozens of suspects, which included stuffing people into coffins or depriving them of sleep.

Andrew McCabe, a Symbol of Trump's F.B.I. Ire, Faces Possible Firing

"Trump Wants Them Out of There" : After Swinging the Axe at Tillerson, Trump Mulls What to Do with McMaster, Sessions, Jared, and Ivanka

The most toxic working environment on the planet (with the most toxic people)

BuzzFeed maneuver could free Stormy Daniels to speak on Trump - POLITICO - The same Trump attorney who brokered the deal with Daniels, Michael Cohen, filed a libel suit in January against BuzzFeed and four of its staffers over publication of the so-called dossier compiling accurate, inaccurate and unproven allegations about Trump's relationship with Russia ... If Daniels' testimony is formally demanded in a deposition, the nondisclosure agreement would likely be no obstacle, legal experts said.
Another Trump attorney involved in Stormy Daniels case - CNNPolitics

Donald Trump Jr. and wife headed for divorce, friends say | Page Six (jesus, she looks even more unhappy than Melania +5 kids)

Trump's pick for National Economic Council is a CNBC host who gives bad financial advice ... In 2007: "There's no recession coming" (only the best pro-Trump celebrities)
Trump's New Economic Adviser Lawrence Kudlow Has Been Wrong About Everything for Decades -- The appointment of Lawrence Kudlow as head of the National Economic Council indicates how firmly supply-siders control Republican economic policy, and how little impact years of failed analysis have had upon their place of power. (don't bother us with your so-called "analysis")
Former (?) $100,000 per month cocaine addict with no training in economics who has a historical 100% error rate in regard to economic predictions named nation's top economic adviser - Lawyers, Guns & Money (yeah, worse even than you thought)

The Republican coverup for Trump just got much worse - The Washington Post - House Republicans may have the power to prevent important facts about President Trump and Russia from coming to public light. But here's what they don't have the power to do: prevent important facts about their own conduct on Trump's behalf from coming to public light.

Eschaton: Everybody's Grifting - The boss is, so why not? -- (CNN)President Donald Trump's longtime personal aide John McEntee was fired because he is currently under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security for serious financial crimes, a source familiar with his firing told CNN. The charges are not related to the President, the source said. -- "Serious" is interesting.
John McEntee, longtime Trump aide fired over financial crime investigation - CNNPolitics - longtime personal aide John McEntee was fired because he is currently under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security for serious financial crimes ... not related to the president (uh-huh) "we don't comment on security clearances or personnel issues" White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told CNN (new policy, don't comment on "personnel" being arrested)
Trump fires White House assistant John McEntee, who promptly rejoins Trump's campaign

Scott Pruitt's $25,000 soundproof phone booth? It actually cost more like $43,000 ... Officials hired another contractor to pour 55 square feet of concrete more than two feet thick, at a cost of $3,470, ("swuare feet" "two feet thick" - could you give us a drawing, WaPo? +$2,963 for a "captain's desk" - swamp drained, suckers)

Eschaton: The Little Grifts - I admit I don't even know why $31,000 dining set is even a story, but it's always the "cover ups" that get you in trouble. -- Washington (CNN)Newly released emails cast doubt on claims by Secretary Ben Carson and his spokesman that he had little or no involvement in the purchase of a $31,000 furniture set for his Department of Housing and Urban Development dining. -- I will say that anyone appointed to a big important job whose first thought is "let me redecorate" (whatever the protocol) should not be appointed to a big important job. Though I do think this would exclude just about everybody who gets these appointments.

Eschaton: The Best People - Looking forward to the Cuomo presidential run. -- NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was found guilty by a Manhattan jury on Tuesday of agreeing to take bribes from executives at two companies seeking to do business with the state government, federal prosecutors said. -- Not that they were close or anything. Oh, wait... But to Cuomo he was much more, appearing as a fixer as well as the governor's eyes and ears at the Capitol. Cuomo referred to Percoco as a veritable brother, calling him his father's third son in a 2014 memoir. (bros in crime)

Schumer struggles to contain Warren-led rebellion - politico - Senate Democrats are feuding over legislation to roll back the Dodd-Frank law
Heitkamp Takes On Warren Over the Senate Banking Bill - The Atlantic - The two Democrats are clashing over legislation that could ease regulatory requirements on banks adopted after the 2008 recession. (let's fuck the economy again so bluedog Heidi Fuckamp can get reelected +$250 billion is a "small bank")

Defense Dept. charged nearly $140,000 at Trump branded properties - CNNPolitics

Dems are angry over Hillary Clinton's latest comments -- She also insinuated that women who voted for Trump were motivated by "ongoing pressure to vote the way that your husband, your boss, your son, whoever, believes you should"

A Princeton sociologist spent 8 years asking rural Americans why they're so pissed off -- Hint: it's not about the economy ... less concerned about economic issues and more concerned about Washington threatening the social fabric of small towns and causing "a moral decline" in the country as a whole. The problem, though, is that it's never quite clear what that means or how Washington is responsible for it. (let's call a racist spade a racist spade": they fucked themselves and need to blame non-white people but the real picture is retardation: religious freedom to beat your kids)

TWP chief Matthew Heimbach arrested for battery after affair with top spokesman's wife | Southern Poverty Law Center -- the leader of the Traditionalist Worker Party (also known as "nazis")
Neo-Nazi Group Implodes Over Love Triangle Turned Trailer Brawl - Matthew Heimbach and his spokesman came to blows after Heimbach was caught sleeping with the spokesman's wife. What's more, Heimbach is married to the spokesman's daughter (folie a quatre)

The Dangerous Misconceptions About the Opioid Epidemic and How We Respond -- eponymic Kevin Manchester (Trump will fix this by executing anyone who buys drugs with someone else: "the syringe is a murder weapon" is "law enforcement's response to the opioid epidemic," copsters at work) | Theranos, CEO Holmes, and Former President Balwani Charged With Massive Fraud - Holmes Stripped of Control of Company for Defrauding Investors

5 Women Accuse the Architect Richard Meier of Sexual Harassment - The New York Times - Richard Meier, the celebrated architect and Pritzker Prize winner who designed the Getty Center in Los Angeles, established a graduate scholarship in January at his alma mater, Cornell University ... Intended to honor the 55th anniversary of his practice, the scholarship was designed to "recruit and retain the most talented women applicants." ... they were sent to M. Meier's New York apartment, where he exposed himself ... "our recollections may differ" ... Alexis Zamlich, a 22-year-old communications assistant, who reported that Mr. Meier exposed himself during her visit to his apartment that same year ... (ah, the old look at my awesome dick move, ugly little creepster finally gets his comeupance +they knew, of course because he did it all the time)

Alaska Airlines Co-Pilot: My Captain Drugged and Raped Me Between Flights (what's a little rape in the toxic bro culture?) -

Fall from Grace: The Worship of Clinical Leaders -- Bessel Van Der Kolk ... How could this be? He wrote the book on this. He knows better - so how could he not do better? (very murky with Spinazzolla and JRI)

Amy Wax removed from teaching required first year courses at Penn Law School - Lawyers, Guns & Money -- peaking about black law students at Penn and peer schools, she went on to say that "some of them shouldn't even to to college" (should have kept her stupid mouth shut and they should have fired her stupid ass) )

24 Pets Died Flying With U.S. Carriers Last Year. 18 Were On United. | HuffPost (they knew: just stuff them in the death bin)

Harper Lee's Estate Sues Over Broadway Version of 'Mockingbird' (they want to coverup her racism)

Toys R Us to close all 800 of its U.S. stores - The Washington Post

American Wealth Gone Wild: A Blistering Takedown of Greedy Kardashian Culture -- From prepubescent boys surrounded by hired dancers at bar mitzvahs to a high school-aged Kim Kardashian mingling at a dance (so it's part of jewish culture?)
Paris famously said that Kim's butt reminded her of "cogttage cheese inside a big trash bag"

TIL United Airlines has repeatedly killed more pets per year than any other US airline. : todayilearned

Microwave Buckwheat Bread Recipe

A startup is pitching a mind-uploading service that is "100 percent fatal"

Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, child care expert and pediatrician, dies at 99 - The Boston Globe
Pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton writes his autobiography - The Boston Globe

TIL Ashton Kutcher ended up in the hospital with pancreatic issues after following Steve Jobs' fruitarian diet in preparation for the movie Jobs. Steve Jobs died of Pancreatic cancer. : todayilearned

Cambridge University tribute video to Stephen Hawking : videos
Professor Stephen Hawking has passed away at the age of 76 : AskReddit
Stephen Hawking's Appearance on Star Trek: The Next Generation as himself. : television
Epic Rap Battles of History - Albert Einstein vs Steven Hawking [Rap] I thought it was fitting since Hawking passed away on Einstein's birthday : Music

Astronomers discover that all disk galaxies rotate once every billion years, no matter their size or shape

Daughters of reddit, what is something you wish your father knew about girls when you were growing up? : AskReddit

Crossover : funny


Maine candidate calls teen activist who survived Florida school shooting 'a skinhead lesbian' -- Leslie Gibson of Sabattus, the only declared candidate in House District 57, later apologizes on Twitter.

Eschaton: Pompeo - No more Tillerson. Secretary of State scary evil bigot Pompeo. We're really overdue for that war crimes tribunal. And a new CIA director.

Top Arab spy was at Seychelles meeting being probed by Mueller | Daily Mail Online

The Walls Are Closing In on Trump - Nunes' 'investigation' has shown Washington at its worst.
GOP Rep. Tom Rooney Breaks Ranks On Russia Report: 'We've Lost All Credibility' | HuffPost

Roger Stone claimed contact with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 2016, according to two associates - The Washington Post - undefined

No Trump Zone: Only two of 23 vulnerable Republicans want him - Axios - Reps. Dana Rohrabacher of California and Carlos Curbelo of of Florida

Trump evangelicals have sold their souls - The Washington Post (Gerson's new thing)

Eschaton: Even God - Liberals (which means Democrats in our Discourse) are supposed to be the smug condescending ones, but while people like me might be smug assholes, actual politicians almost never are, while for Republicans this is pretty standard stuff.


Trump Announces Support For Arming Teachers, Backpedals On Gun Purchase Age | HuffPost - The series of proposals generally fall in line with what the NRA supports. (the party of Death wants more taxpayer funded guns)
Look who's afraid of the NRA now: Trump owes Toomey an apology

Saudis Said to Use Coercion and Abuse to Seize Billions - The New York Times - In the early days of the crackdown, at least 17 detainees were hospitalized for physical abuse and one later died in custody with a neck that appeared twisted, a badly swollen body and other signs of abuse, according to a person who saw the body.

Qataris opted not to give info on Kushner, secret meetings to Mueller - NBC News - Qatari officials gathered evidence of what they claim is illicit influence by the United Arab Emirates on Jared Kushner and other Trump associates, including details of secret meetings, but decided not to give the information to Special Counsel Robert Mueller for fear of harming relations with the Trump administration (so they're all crooks)

Mueller Weighs Putting Off Trump Obstruction Decision - Bloomberg - Delay would let him wrap up less explosive parts of inquiry - Obstruction decision might undercut probe, one way or another

A Trump spokesman just said something about collusion that he might come to regret - The Washington Post - deputy White House press secretary Raj Shah said President Trump would have been aware of any such collusion if it did occur.
House Intelligence Committee to announce they are done with Russia probe interviews - CNNPolitics
Despite Mueller's Push, House Republicans Declare No Evidence of Collusion

Expert warns of "terrifying" potential of digitally-altered video - CBS News - CBS News reached out to a number of tech companies for comment and heard back from Reddit and Facebook. Both companies are aware of this false video phenomenon and are looking for ways to regulate it. (in your dreams, CBS)

Ivanka Trump never cut ties with the Trump Organization. That's turned into a problem. (crooked Ivanka, lock her up!)

Stormy Daniels Offers to Return Payment to End Deal for Her Silence - The New York Times (where's George Soros when you need him?)
Is The Stormy Story More Damaging Than We Thought? -- Talking Points Memo
Texas notary's failure to sign Stormy Daniels' hush agreement is under investigation

DeVos struggles through '60 Minutes' interview - CNNPolitics (she sure didn't think this through, but then ... )

Dem Gains in CD18 Special | Monmouth University Polling Institute | Monmouth University - Lamb holds a 51% to 45% lead over Saccone if turnout yields a Democratic surge similar to voting patterns seen in other special elections over the past year.
Pennsylvania election is bad news for Trump
PA-18 Will be Excellent News For John McCain - Lawyers, Guns & Money
Pennsylvania GOP chairman says Tuesday special election is in 'Democrat distract'

While elites are sharply polarized, there are lots of cross-pressured individuals -- especially rank-and-file Republicans with liberal economic views and rank-and-file Dems with conservative cultural ones

Eschaton: Whatabout Farrakhan - Any time there's a powerful anti-semitic racist Republican like, say, the president of the United States or many of his employees and advisers or his former chief of staff or..., we get around of "all liberals must denounce Farrakhan." ... Jake Tapper's been leading the "whatabout Farrakhan" movement the "mainstream" press. Perhaps he should talk to his boss about Steve Bannon, someone a bit closer to power (recently and probably more in the future). (Jake Fapper)

Russian trolls pushed rally in Buffalo -- then urged blacks not to vote

Russian spy: Highly likely Moscow behind attack, says Theresa May - BBC News

David Roberts on Twitter: "12. It is no coincidence that these guys - Gerson, Douthat, Brooks, Stephens - have little voice or influence inside actual conservatism, or that they're all anti-Trump (unlike 95+% of Republicans). They are anomalies, idiosyncrasies, not representative of anything broader." - 19. Forget the self-regarding onanism of Stephens types. If NYT really wants to expose its readers to the right, it should give Dinesh D'Souza, Dana Loesch, or Ben Shapiro a column. Let readers see, up close & personal, the crude tribalism & resentment that animate the RW base ... 20. In conclusion, yes, everyone in mainstream politics, everyone who lives outside the Fox/Breitbart bubble, NEEDS exposure to the actually existing US conservative movement. @NYTopinion isn't helping (NYT is always minimizing and conservatives have always been more evil than you think) )

Today Among Our Special Elite Media Snowflakes - Lawyers, Guns & Money

Iowa Senate leader Bill Dix resigns after video of him kissing woman in Des Moines bar is posted -- months after Iowa taxpayers were put on the hook for a $1.75 million settlement from the Kirsten Anderson lawsuit. Senator Dix has come under significant scrutiny for his role in firing Anderson hours after she reported a toxic work environment and for continuing to insist he did it solely for job performance reason.

James Levine's Final Act at the Met Ends in Disgrace

> Missouri is a destination wedding spot -- for 15-year-old brides (because conservative rockheads don't believe in birth-control)

Many Women Come Close To Death In Childbirth : NPR - why American mothers die in childbirth at a far higher rate than mothers in all other developed countries, three times more than in Britain and Canada (shit doctors)

Tammy Baldwin defiant as millions in outside money pour into Senate race - Since last year, the political network financed by billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch has spent more than $5 million taking on Baldwin.


A must-do list for climate change in Greater Boston - The Boston Globe
Electricity demand is flat. Utilities are freaking out. - Vox - the US utility sector was built around the presumption of perpetual growth. Utilities were envisioned as entities that would build the electricity infrastructure to safely and affordably meet ever-rising demand, which was seen as a fixed, external factor, outside utility control. But demand is no longer rising.

Marco Rubio Still Wants 18-Year-Olds To Be Able To Buy Guns | HuffPost - The senator from Florida previously said he supported raising the legal age to 21. (lil' Marco flop-flips)
The Very Strange Case of Two Russian Gun Lovers, the NRA, and Donald Trump Mother Jones - what we uncovered about an odd pair from Moscow who cultivated the Trump campaign.

Britain's 'worst ever' child grooming scandal exposed: Hundreds of young girls raped, beaten, sold for sex and some even KILLED -- Authorities failed to act over 40 years - despite repeated warnings to social workers - with up to 1,000 girls, some as young as 11, abused in Telford

Whatever comes next, North Korea's Kim Jong Un can claim a win against Trump
Trump under pressure over chaotic approach to North Korea nuclear talks | World news | The Guardian - Republicans: denuclearisation must be prerequisite for meeting - CIA director and White House spokesman contradict each other

Steve Bannon: 'Let them call you racist ... Wear it as a badge of honor' ("because we're fucking racists")

Russian spy: Salisbury diners told to wash possessions - BBC News
Russian spy: Poisoning poses major challenge for MI6 - BBC News

Departing U.S. Ambassador To Panama Slams Trump's 'Jingoistic Chest-Beating' | HuffPost - John Feeley let loose on the White House after leaving his post this week.

Trump told Netanyahu U.S. will pull out of Iran deal if big changes not made (see bibi's smirk)

Trump Is Remaking The Courts In His Image: White, Male and Straight | HuffPost
President Donald Trump Suggests Death Penalty For Drug Dealers | HuffPost - Trump used Singapore's "zero tolerance" drug policy as an example of how the U.S. should be. (or maybe the Philippines, or Turkey)

Trump Lawyers Are Considering A Challenge To Stop "60 Minutes" From Airing A Stormy Daniels Interview - Anderson Cooper interviewed the adult film performer and director on Thursday ... The Supreme Court has a long history of opposing efforts to stop publication in advance, ruling in 1931 that prior restraint was an inappropriate way to deal with alleged press abuses
For Stormy Daniels, controversy blows up into a club scene bonanza - CNNPolitics

Trump in talks with impeachment lawyer as aide reveals new concerns - The revelation that Trump has reached out to an impeachment lawyer comes just as former aide Sam Nunberg is expressing new concerns about potential legal troubles awaiting Trump campaign officials.

Donald Trump and the Stress Test of Liberal Democracy | The New Yorker - Resistance must take the form of the affirmation of the values and institutions that the President has scorned and threatened ... the widening historical distance from any direct experience of the horrors of German Fascism or Soviet Communism "Over two-thirds of older Americans believe that it is extremely important to live in a democracy; among millennials, less than one-third do" ... In 1995 only one in sixteen believed that army rule is a good system of government; today, one in six do (millenials think of "democracy" as "the government")

Trump Might Be Too Busy to Talk to Mueller, Says Lawyer

Trump: "Maxine Waters A Very Low I.Q. Individual" (for the speech patterns)
Bill Grueskin on Twitter: "And when he called a journalist an SOB, bellowed a racial epithet, and demeaned the intelligence of a black congresswoman? That all went, literally and unbelievably, into the last paragraph. Stenographers would be cheaper and would accomplish as much." (Maggie said he was just being "jocular")

Trump wants new authority over polling places. Top election officials say no - The Boston Globe (only Trumpsters will be allowed to vote in Trumpmerica!)
Vote. That'S Just What They Don'T Want You To Do
Hans Against America - Lawyers, Guns & Money - Vote suppression guru and guy whose face melted in Raiders of the Lost Ark Hans von Spakovsky was on the stand to defend Kris Kobach's vote suppression law earlier this week, with grimly amusing results ... Von Spakovsky is the John Lott of racist vote suppression, in other words. And his prominence in the Republican Party didn't start with trump, and his crusade is supported at the most elite levels of the party.
The Importance Of Mobilizing Obama-to-Nonvoters - Lawyers, Guns & Money - Some de-mobilization of young people of color was probably inevitable with Obama not appearing on the ballot, but going forward re-mobilizing them makes a lot more sense than focusing on chasing Obama-to-Trump voters who mostly aren't going to come back to the Democrats ... For example, nearly three-quarters of Obama-to-Trump voters supported repeal of the A.C.A., while less than half of Obama-to-nonvoters did (they were disaffected Bush voting Republicans, so let's model our election strategy around them, said the DCCC)

Trump celebrates winning 52 percent of women in 2016 -- which is only how he did among whites -- He got only 41 percent of the vote from women. He got 52 percent from men (fact s are subjective)

Trump and the Evangelical Temptation - The Atlantic - Here is the uncomfortable reality: I do not believe that most evangelicals are racist. But every strong Trump supporter has decided that racism is not a moral disqualification in the president of the United States. And that is something more than a political compromise. It is a revelation of moral priorities. (Republican flunky Gerson "doesn't believe" Evangelicals are racist, hahaha)
White Evangelical Women, Core Supporters of Trump, Begin Tiptoeing Away - The New York Times (their husbands let them do that?) And the majority of evangelical women remain in his corner.

At Pennsylvania rally, Trump endorses himself - POLITICO - The president visited western Pennsylvania to boost a struggling Republican congressional candidate -- but made it clear to voters it's all about him (it's always all about him)
Trump privately trashes Rick Saccone - Axios
EDITORIAL In 18th district election, Lamb is the best choice | Editorials |

No Republican candidates on the Utah ballot this year? It's a possibility after planned fix falters.

Sen. Warren says she isn't running for president in 2020

Welcome to the United States - Lawyers, Guns & Money - Now, you may remember Karen Handel from such lovely things as turning the Susan Komen Foundation into an anti-abortion outfit by pulling money for breast cancer exams from Planned Parenthood because only certain women should live. And you almost certainly remember her from the most expensive race in the history of the House of Representatives, the legendary GA-06 race early in 2017 where she defeated Jon Ossoff.

Tamika Mallory and the Farrakhan Conundrum - The Atlantic - Why black leaders like Tamika Mallory find it so hard to distance themselves from the Nation of Islam

Understanding Student Mobbists - The New York Times (annotated by Froomkin, why you should never read this asshole's "thoughts")

Drew Magary on Twitter: "You're not gonna believe it but the Times found the most insufferable dipshit possible to profile.
"If I Close My Eyes And Ignore the Bad News, It Still Won;t Affect Me" ... He lives alone and has never been married. As for money, a financial adviser in San Francisco manages his investments. Mr. Hagerman says he throws away the quarterly updates without reviewing them ... Last winter, Mr. Hagerman spent several weeks visiting his twin brother, a tech C.E.O., in San Francisco. Strict arrangements had to be made -- the Sunday newspaper kept out of sight, the TV switched off, his teenage niece and nephew under special instructions. (very special snowflake not affected by Trump policies screwing the poor because he's rich so shut up with your so-called "news")

Eschaton: He'll Never Love You, Maggie - Cute game they play. -- ...have shown conclusively that there was no Collusion with Russia..just excuse for losing. The only Collusion was that done by the DNC, the Democrats and Crooked Hillary. The writer of the story, Maggie Haberman, a Hillary flunky, knows nothing about me and is not given access. -- Donald J. Trump (all those puff-pieces and he still hates them. sad.)
And Readers Were Provoked - Lawyers, Guns & Money
A New York Times columnist blamed a far-left 'mob' for her woes. But maybe she deserves them (Sulzes hired Baquet who hired Bennet who hired Stephens who said to hire Weiss from the WSJ)

Fox News host Jesse Watters to divorce after affair with employee - NY Daily News - wife, Noelle Watters, filed for divorce in October. The couple has twin girls ... relationship with DiGiovine spread within the network late last year as both posted social media photos of their outings together, including on a Caribbean vacation ... Fox News' golden boy ...

Footage of mysterious object above ocean stuns military personnel | New York Post

Bill Grueskin on Twitter: "A @nytimes tech columnist wrote this week about how he unplugged from Twitter for 2 months, which is totally true, except for the hundreds of tweets he posted while he was unplugged from Twitter. Via @CJR" ('ol lyin' Farhad, the rot is deep)

If you're so smart, why aren't you rich? Turns out it's just chance The most successful people are not the most talented, just the luckiest, a new computer model of wealth creation confirms. Taking that into account can maximize return on many kinds of investment.

The myth of the lonely gamer playing in solitude is dead - The Washington Post (it's a social scene, without all the drinking)

YouTube, the Great Radicalizer - The New York Times
How Lies Spread Online - The New York Times

Potent malware that hid for six years spread through routers | Ars Technica


Trump Rollbacks Target Offshore Rules 'Written With Human Blood' Drillers seek to gain from an easing of Obama-era safety and environmental regulations that were adopted after the Deepwater Horizon disaster killed 11 people. ("drillers" = big oil corps who don't give a shit about your life)

Three women, suspect dead after hostage standoff at veterans home in California - CNN
All 3 hostages and gunman die in armed siege of Yountville veterans home in Napa Valle : news
Suspect arrested in killing of Pomona police officer, ending long standoff
80 percent of mass shooters showed no interest in video games, researcher says : gaming
Student accidentally shoots self at Lexington, Kentucky high school : news (KY, all the kids are packing)

Russian spy latest: Home Secretary in emergency Cobra meeting as chemical warfare troops descend on Salisbury | The Independent - The Home Secretary is to chair an emergency Cobra meeting as nearly 200 troops including chemical warfare specialists are on the streets of Salisbury helping investigate and clean up after the suspected nerve agent attack on Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. With the Russian embassy accusing the British of propaganda and "following the Litvinenko script" ((who they also killed)) in the Skripal investigation, one UK Government minister has revealed Britain will be discussing the case with its Nato allies. (Trump has Putin's back, in fact he has a list of his own for Vlad)

Ex-Model, Mob Suspect and a Murder Could Bring Down Slovakia's Government (which ordered the hit)

Malaysia's PM is about to steal an election -- American officials say he already stole millions from taxpayers (why do they all do this?)

Women's rights group to fight for rights of 17-year-old girl who was beaten and tortured by new in-laws for failing the virginity test : news (meanwhile, in India)

Statues Across India Are Vandalized as Political Tensions Rise - The New York Times (as Hindu Nationalism Rises)

Turkey Sentences 24 Journalists to Prison, Claiming Terrorism Ties - The New York Times (Trump's model after Putin)

Steve Bannon Is Done Wrecking the American Establishment. Now He Wants to Destroy Europe's (so wrecked)

Eschaton: Everything Trump Does Is A Victory - If Obummer had walked into the press room one day and said a big announcement was coming and then the big announcement was that he was going to meet with the North Korean leader with no "preconditions" or no pre-negotiated concessions, NK nukes would have been unnecessary because DC's "foreign policy community" would have imploded the city themselves in a black hole of rage and the Washington Post would not have had this headline (top one) ... It would have been more like, "Experts say naive Obama is Rocket Man's little bitch." ... It's happening not because of Trump's angry tweets, but because Trump is a dumdum.
Planning Begins for Kim Jong-un Meeting Some Trump Aides Believe Will Never Happen - The New York Times
Will Kim Jong Un -- like every other dictator -- suck Trump?

Putin: Jews might be responsible for election meddling Search for Hope Hicks replacement turns into West Wing food fight - politico
Putin says Jews, Ukrainians, Tatars could be behind U.S. election meddling : news
Putin on U.S. election interference: 'I couldn't care less'

Ivanka Trump Backed Flynn and Manafort. She Discussed Firing Comey. How Has She Evaded Mueller's Investigation?
Former Trump aide speaks to Mueller, believes Russia probe is 'not a witch hunt'

Joy Reid on Twitter: "Lordy..."
KeithLeBlanc on Twitter: "He cannot deny being at the club that night Keith Schiller is right behind him the club was shut down in October of the same year for reasons related to the performances and other issues."
Miss Universe in Moscow: How Trump's beauty contest spawned a business deal with Russians and a bond with Putin ... in which naked college girls simulate urinating on a professor. In another act, two women disrobe and then one female stands over the other female and simulates urinating while the other female catches the urine in two wine glasses. (lil' Trumpy's pee-fetish)
In a personal letter, Trump invited Putin to the 2013 Miss Universe pageant - The Washington Post ("I need hydrated blondes this time, ok?")
At the bottom of the typed letter, Trump scrawled a postscript adding that he looked forward to seeing 'beautiful' women during his trip

One Night with Stormy Daniels, the Hero America Needs - Rolling Stone
The 7 most interesting aspects of Stormy Daniels' lawsuit against Trump (Stormy has the dick pics)
How Stormy Daniels could impact the Russia investigation - CNNPolitics
Sadly, Cooley Law School *Is* Sending Its Best - Lawyers, Guns & Money
Stormy Daniels isn't suing Trump for money. She's suing to make sure her story is told ... it's getting harder for powerful men to pay for women's silence

Search for Hicks replacement turns into West Wing food fight - POLITICO - Various White House factions are backing different candidates for communications director, while Trump is soliciting advice from Hicks on potential successors.

Trump Talks With Clinton Impeachment Lawyer About Aiding in Mueller Response - The New York Times

White House scolds Cabinet officials after ethics reports - CNNPolitics - nternal watchdogs have launched at least nine audits, reviews or investigations across several Cabinet agencies, and stories about first-class travel, expensive office furniture, and internal strife have become commonplace.

North Korea experience may not be all he claims - Rick Saccone, standing in Pennsylvania's special congressional election, says he negotiated regularly with communist officials -- other remember it differently ... "he has tended to embellish his role"
The GOP'ss messages don't seem to be working in Pennsylvania. Is that a warning sign?

Trump administration studies seeking the death penalty for drug dealers - The Washington Post (death penalty for fentanyl - evil at work)

Top ACLU Voting Rights Lawyer Rips Into Trump Expert's Evidence Of Kansas Voter Fraud | HuffPost - Hans von Spakovsky admits he can't name an election that turned on noncitizen ballots in a trial over proof-of-citizenship law (don't bother us with your liberal facts +Hans, "member of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity" is always lurking in the shadows) He also conceded that his research into voter fraud had not been subjected to the same kind of rigorous peer review that academic work would face. (peer-reviewed by "conservative alternative scientists")

Trump's Latest Pardon Shows The Best Way To Get One: Go On Fox News | HuffPost (crooked Hillary!) Saucier destroyed a laptop, a camera and the camera's memory card shortly after he was interviewed by the FBI. Pieces of a laptop were later found in the woods near a Saucier family home. Prosecutors tend to treat suspects more harshly when they are accused of destroying evidence. (but crooked Hillary!)

Eisenhower - Lawyers, Guns & Money - At a stag dinner .. Eisenhower took Warren by the arm and asked him to consider the perspective of white parents in the Deep South - "These are not bad people," the [president said. "All they are concerned about is to see that their sweet little girls are not required to sit in school alongside some big black bucks" It was an appalling moment. Here was the president leaning on the chief justice about a pending case while using the racist terms of an overseer. (Ike was a racist fucker, like all Republicans +fucking "stag dinner")

There's A Christian Alternative To Obamacare. But There's A Catch. | HuffPost ... Health sharing ministries ... "Do you agree with our statement of faith?" (haha suckers, try reading next time)

Dems pledge to limit superdelegates, but don't say how
The Missing Obama Millions - The New York Times - these perspectives play down the importance of a crucial group of disaffected voters: those who voted for Mr. Obama in 2012 but then failed to go to the polls in 2016. Because this group is disproportionately young and black, this erasure is racially tinged ... We would hardly urge Democratic strategists to abandon Obama-to-Trump voters. However, Obama-to-nonvoters are a relatively liberal segment of the country who have largely been ignored. They are mostly young and nonwhite

The Man Who Knew Too Little - The New York Times - The most ignorant man in America knows that Donald Trump is president -- but that's about it. Living a liberal fantasy is complicated. (NYT does another one of their "visits to the heartland" this time to talk to a stupid "liberal")

I Was Assaulted. He Was Applauded. - The New York Times - Andy Savage ... apologized to the mega-congregation for what he calls a "sexual incident" ... He received a standing ovation from the congregation ... The church pulled the video offline, but not before The Times saved a copy. (rape is a core evangelical Christian "family value")

Lawmaker gets restraining order against another lawmaker - A Pennsylvania state lawmaker who says a fellow lawmaker pulled a gun on her and threatened to kill her has gotten a restraining order against him.

Where's Harvey? (and where is he going?)

Meet the world-reknowned author at center of trauma-program controversy - The Boston Globe - Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

Your state's teachers are underpaid. Find out by how much - not just West Virginia: Teacher salaries have been stagnant or falling for years.

Caitlyn Jenner Says Trump Has Been 'Worst Ever' For Transgender Rights, 'Set Our Community Back 20 Years' (but still wears her MAGA hat )

Rush Limbaugh: Through sanctuary cities, Democrats have made California a "modern-day slave state -- Limbaugh: Democrats "want to hold on to their illegals so they can get their grass mowed" (who mows your lawn in Florida, Mr Projecter?)
Trump Can't Stop the Sanctuary Movement (but Sessions will invade California because protecting innocent people is like slavery)

Eschaton: New York's Worst Persons - Jeremy Peters -- NYT reporter @jwpetersNYT :
Jon Levine on Twitter: "NYT reporter @jwpetersNYT : "That term microaggression ... I think made wusses out of our college kids." some of those wusses were hired by his paper! " (Peters is a white journo-bro)

Sweet Jesus, Will the NYT's Conservatives Ever Write About Anything but the "Intolerant Left" Ever Again? ... "challenging ... readers with beliefs "outside the bubble" (speaking of "bubbles")

Forced to marry her rapist at 11, woman finally changes Florida marriage law : news (pregnant 16-yr-olds still have to marry their rapists)

'The story of a weird world I was warned never to tell' - BBC News (delusional disorder +folie a deux)

Video captured people chanting 'F*** the blacks' in a dorm. Now, 2 teens are under arrest : news
5 girls assault female freshman in Florida high school cafeteria : news

Scientists create nanowood, a new material that is as insulating as Styrofoam but lighter and 30 times stronger

ELI5 why is there a universal limit for speed, c, when there aren't any resistive forces in space? : explainlikeimfive

TIL even though physicists have confirmed every prediction made by the general relativity and quantum theories, they are mutually incompatible for very small or very massive objects. Therefore a framework revealing a deeper underlying reality must be discovered in order to unify the two theories. : todayilearned

18 Cognitive Bias Examples Show Why Mental Mistakes Get Made
How to Balance Your Media Diet ART + marketing (7-15 hrs/day and you haven't even gone to work yet)

What's your favorite euphemism for masturbation? : AskReddit - Threesome with a few no-shows.
What was the moment you fell out of love? : AskReddit
What subreddits are hidden gems? : AskReddit

Eschaton: Don't Fuck With The Wrong People - The lesson to be learned from Shkreli and McFarland is you can defraud the little people (otherwise known as "people") as much as you want, but do not fuck with investors.
Snapchat and Instagram remove Giphy feature due to racial slur GIF | TechCrunch


More of the Bay Area Could Be Underwater in 2100 Than Previously Expected - The New York Times (bye-bye Palo Alto and the airport)

Gov. Rick Scott signs gun, school security legislation over NRA opposition | Tampa Bay Times - Parkland parents attend bill signing ceremony at Capitol in Tallahassee -- a three-day waiting period for the purchase of all firearms and raising the age to buy a gun from 18 to 21
Detailed timeline sheds new light on Parkland police response | Miami Herald ... "At one point he says to keep back 500 feet. Why would he say that?" (heroic cop lied, of course)
There's A Serious Divide Over Gun Policy Between Gun Owners Who Are And Aren't NRA Members - broad support among gun owners for some policies intended to curb gun violence, but NRA members are less likely to back many of the proposals. (there are no "less extreme" NRA members)
Reports of shots fired at Yountville Veterans Home - Story | KTVU
Police find guns and ammunition at home of high school student in Gardena threat case - Gardena police found several guns and a cache of ammunition at the home of a high school student who threatened campus violence in two social media posts this week, authorities said.
A Mass Shooting Tore Their Lives Apart. A Corruption Scandal Crushed Their Hopes For Justice. | HuffPost - As prosecutors fixated on the death penalty for a killer, some family members of his victims found solace in an unlikely figure ... the gunman's attorney

Damage control at White House to reverse Trump's stunning blunder
North Korea Experts Stunned Yet Cautiously Optimistic About Trump-Kim Meeting | HuffPost - "My head is literally spinning... I don't know what to make of it"
Eschaton: Jaw Jaw - I doubt Trump will ever have this big meeting with Kim Jong-un, but it's the kind of thing Republicans would freak over if a Democrat proposed (and not entirely without justification!). There's a Trump tweet about not talking to North Korea, too, because there's always a Trump tweet. -- Deal Man will probably give them Hawaii.
North Korea Asks for Direct Nuclear Talks, and Trump Agrees - The New York Times
s North Korea gambit blindsides U.S. diplomats
What Will Trump Give Up for Peace with North Korea? - The New York Times (or maybe California so he'd dump a bunch of sessessionist libtards)

Catholic Women's Event Persists Despite Vatican's Rejection Of Progressive Participants | HuffPost - The Vatican did not approve of a lesbian activist and her allies speaking during a women's conference in Rome (fuck you, popester)

U.S. Allies Sign Landmark Trade Pact As Trump Announces Tariffs | HuffPost - Trump pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership last year.
This time, China can fight back against tariffs - Axios - China's capability to retaliate against Trum's tariffs now rivals that of the entire EU, and with Beijing's economic clout continuing to grow these tariffs may be the last time the U.S. gets to set the terms of engagement with China.

Russian spy attack: focus falls on Salisbury cemetery | UK news | The Guardian - Hundreds of troops arrive on streets and experts in hazmat suits work near grave of Sergei Skripal's wife
U.K. Spy Poisoning: Treat Russia Like the Terrorist It Is - Bloomberg - Whether the Skripal poisoning can be conclusively pinned on Moscow is beside the point.

It's Time to Abolish ICE - A mass-deportation strike force is incompatible with democracy and human rights.
ACLU sues Trump administration to stop family separation

The Economy Is Looking Awfully Strong - The New York Times - Blockbuster job growth in February suggests this economy, already nine years into expansion, may yet have room to run.

Mueller tight-lipped as media leaks shape Russia narrative - POLITICO - Leaked glimpses of special counsel Robert Mueller's activities tell an incomplete story, angering some Trump associates ...

An Operative With Trump Ties Was Once Indicted on an Obscenity Charge -- George Nader was accused of importing photographs of nude boys "engaged in a variety of sexual acts"

Trump called Gary Cohn a 'globalist.' Here's why some people find that offensive. (only "some people" because Nazis think it's fine)

The Stormy Daniels Scandal Gets Serious - The New York Times ... Russia could blackmail Trump with evidence of his "sexual perversion" - Nothing we know of Daniels confirms the dossier's outre claims about what such perversion entailed. The NDA does, however, show that Trump was susceptible to blackmail ... "It all kind of fits together in a way, Nick Akerman, a former Watergate prosecutor, said of the Daniels scandal and the Russia one. "Its really blackmail over sex."
Stormy Daniels beat Trump at his own game - The Washington Post ... comment: " the utter moral, ethical and intellectual bankruptcy of the Republican Party, the self-styled "conservative" movement and the Religious Right, all in one fell swoop. May they all fall with him."
Stormy Daniels Absolutely Slays Trump Trolls on Twitter - The porn actress has become Trump-world's enemy number one -- with sexist vitriol being tossed her way online -- but Daniels puts on a masterclass in roasting your haters.
Michael Cohen used Trump company email in Stormy Daniels arrangements - NBC News
Michael Cohen dismisses claims of email as proof that Trump knew about payment to porn star to buy her silence - ABC News
Stormy Daniels Lawsuit Opens Door to Further Trouble for Trump - The New York Times - "A lawsuit opens the door, and judges almost always allow for a plaintiff to have a fishing expedition ... Have you paid other people money?"
Anderson Cooper interviews Stormy Daniels for '60 minutes'
Pro-Trump Pastor: Thou Shalt Not Have Sex With A Porn Star 'Thou Shalt Not Have Sex With A Porn Star' Doesn't Apply Here - Robert Jeffress says it's about "policies and strong leadership," not sex scandals (said a mouth of Satan)

"Trump Is Going for a Clean Reset": Fuming in the West Wing, Trump Prepares to Defenestrate Cuck Allies and Go Full MAGA -- The president will meet with potential chief-of-staff candidates at Mar-a-Lago next weekend. McMaster is likely next to go. Then Jivanka.

Trump's Abstinence-Only Pamphlet Is Quite Educational | HuffPost - wait-until-marriage agenda. (from Pres Abstinence himself)
Abstinence-only education making a comeback under Trump | TheHill ... $10,000,000 focus on ... "sexual delay" (that'll work for sure)

Nonfarm payrolls increase by 313,000 in February vs. 200,000 est. - Nonfarm payrolls rose by 313,000 in February while the unemployment rate remained at 4.1 percent, the lowest since December 2000. (Trump's excellent policies are Making America Great Again)

Kris Kobach Just Got Torched By A Federal Judge In Kansas Vote Trial | HuffPost - At the trial over requiring proof of citizenship to vote, the state official's missteps on evidence draw rebuke. (perfect sense that the AG of KS wouldn't know shit about the law)

Interior spending $139K to fix doors in Sec. Zinke's office (only the best doors)
Trump's VA secretary so fearful of his own staff that he posted an armed guard outside his office (he needs one of Zinke's $139K doors)

The endangered GOP senator who thinks Justice Kennedy could save him - POLITICO - Nevada's Dean Heller predicts an imminent high court vacancy (Tony will retire, Rethugs will turn out so they can have an even more conservative judge to fuck the country)

"Why the Hell Are We Standing Down?" The secret story of Obama's response to Putin's attack on the 2016 election (Mitch told him to shut up and Barry was powerless to do anything +susan Rice, an unknown player in Trump's election ... she didn't want to "box Obama in" with facts) "There was a disconnect between the urgency felt at the staff level" and the views of the president and his senior aides (+fuck you, again, Barry)
Obama in Talks to Provide Shows for Netflix - The New York Times - to produce a series of high-profile shows that will provide him a global platform after his departure from the White House (working title: "Top Fuck Up")
Team Biden mulls far-out options to take on Trump in 2020 - POLITICO - One possibility is picking a running mate out of the gate, perhaps someone younger or from outside of politics. (shut up and go home)

How Democrats can sweep the midterm elections - By Adam Schiff

Elizabeth Warren Says Democratic Votes for Wall Street This Week Are a "Stab in the Heart" -- 16 Senate Democrats voted for the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act ...

Trump Administration Blocks Idaho's Plan to Circumvent Health Law - to allow the sale of stripped-down, low-cost health insurance that violates the Affordable Care Act ... It would allow insurance companies to charge higher premiums to people with pre-existing conditions. People with such conditions could be denied insurance for up to 12 months if they had not maintained "continuous prior coverage" (keep voting Rethug, Idawhore)

A Quiet Exodus: Why Black Worshipers Are Leaving White Evangelical Churches - The New York Times (no soul) comment: "We are watching the death knell of Christianity in America and It makes me sick."

Why Louis Farrakhan Is Back in the News - The New York Times - Louis Farrakhan, the 84-year-old head of the Nation of Islam,

Professor Declares Black Students 'Rarely' Graduate In The Top Half Of Law School Class -- And have NEVER graduated in the top quarter as far as she can remember ... "black people would be better off if they understood that they're better at menial tasks" (like cotton-picking, oh look, it's Amy Wax, racist conservative liar and dimbulb)

'Commie scum, We're going to burn down your store!' : Trump supporters caught on camera threatening California book shop - A pair of Trump supporters were caught on camera this past weekend issuing unhinged threats to a left-wing bookstore in Berkeley, California ... "Trump is going to get rid of all you pieces of sh*t" "This is America, I can burn down your store if I want" (said the Russian dupe)

Asheville police officer resigns after beating and choking suspected jaywalker - CNN - On Thursday, a judge issued a warrant for Hickman's arrest on one count each of assault by strangulation, assault inflicting serious injury and communicating threats. (why they hate body cameras)
North Carolina police officer resigns after beating, choking and tasing suspected jaywalker : news

Man killed snoring elderly roommate with pillow: cops | New York Post

Newsweek Exec in Secret Tape: We Gotta Turn the Business Around or We're Dead Newsweek's chief content officer acknowledged in a private meeting that revenue has collapsed following a BuzzFeed story about the company's advertising practices

When Smug Liberals Met Conservative Trolls - The New York Times (if you think libs are "smug," try libertarians like Katherine Mangu-Ward)
alicublog: FRIDAY ROUND-THE-HORN. - As if the Bari Weiss debacle hadn't already put a rancid cherry on the shit parfait that is the New York Times Op-Ed section, here come the radioactive sprinkles in the form of Reason's Katherine Mangu-Ward ...
Elites on Free Speech: Shut the Bleep Up | The Mahablog - Now Brooks has a column up in which he tries to put himself in the place of a Young Person and understand all this disrespectful heckling of their betters public intellectuals going on at colleges these days. This is what he came up with:

Startups, Deals, Parties And Pals: Will News Exec Levinsohn Repeat The Past? : NPR - This story contains language that some readers may find offensive (TRONC reorg)

Instagram Influencers Are All Starting To Look The Same. Here's Why. | HuffPost - Between makeup and Facetune ... "Don't settle for just being yourself. Why be you when you can be me?"

TIL your brain is able to make a decision for you seconds before you become aware of the fact that you are making a decision : todayilearned - This is why I like to try and trick my brain by changing my mind at the last second

Doing lots of exercise in older age can prevent the immune system from declining and protect people against infections. Scientists followed 125 long-distance cyclists, some now in their 80s, and found they had the immune systems of 20-year-olds. The research was published in the journal Aging Cell. : science

Vision-improving nanoparticle eyedrops could end the need for glasses : technology

kwii420 comments on Honestly I'm kinda addicted.

Amazon Knows Why Alexa Was Laughing at Its Customers - The New York Times - In rare circumstances, Alexa can mistakenly hear the phrase 'Alex, laugh," (believe us, it's not a rogue AI making fun of you before it kills you)

Two Miramar SWAT officers suspended for heading to Parkland massacre - Sun Sentinel
Huffman High School shooting: Courtlin Arrington killed; Birmingham police question injured teen |

Resigned Guantanamo lawyers found microphone in meeting site | Miami Herald - in their special client meeting room and were denied the opportunity to either talk about or investigate it .. "legacy microphones" ... "not activated" (claimed your totally corrupt lying military)

Trump partied with Russian oligarchs at Vegas nightclub shut down over 'lewd' acts involving women and urine:

Mueller gathers evidence that 2017 Seychelles meeting was effort to establish back channel to Kremlin - The Washington Post - In January 2017, Erik Prince, the founder of the private security company Blackwater, met with a Russian official close to Russian President Vladi-mir Putin and later described the meeting to congressional investigators as a chance encounter that was not a planned discussion of U.S.-Russia relations (and oh look Eric Prince is a lying traitor)
Democrats say Trump associate may have misled House panel over Seychelles meeting - CNNPolitics - The founder of the security firm Blackwater did not mention to the House Intelligence Committee last year that a Lebanese-American businessman had attended a meeting in the Seychelles islands, a trip that has come under intense scrutiny in the Russia investigation (then he told Devin Nunes, "I'm done here, fuck your questions")

Trump Spoke to Witnesses About Matters They Discussed With Special Counsel - The New York Times - two conversations in recent months in which President Trump asked key witnesses about matters they discussed with investigators, according to three people familiar with the encounters ... Mr. McGahn never released a statement and later had to remind the president that he had indeed asked Mr. McGahn to see that Mr. Mueller was dismissed ("when I tell you to lie, you lie!)

Lewandowski testimony: House Russia probe signals end is near - CNNPolitics - Rep. Mike Conaway and other Intelligence Committee Republicans are signaling they're ready to end the investigative phase of their Russia probe and move on to writing the final report, while Democrats say there are still scores of witnesses the committee needs to speak with. (Nunes sticks fingers in ears)

Paul Manafort pleads not guilty to an 18-count indictment in Russia probe - ABC News

Judge to Trump: Muting, not blocking followers, may end suit ... muting would enable Trump to avoid reading a tweet he doesn't want to read

This Anti-Semitic Term Was Casually Used At The White House 3 Times This Week | HuffPost - "globalits" (you know, a jew)

'I have to see you again' : How Trump's alleged affair with a porn star spilled into public view (alleged? excuse me?) Sarah Huckabee Sanders reiterated Trump's denial of an affair ... Trump had been married to his third wife, Melania, for a year and a half. Their son, Barron, was about 4 months old. Trump turned 60 that summer. He spent much of it in California, where one of his favored haunts was the Beverly Hills Hotel, a pink stucco landmark, and the private bungalows on its lush grounds (family values!)
Eschaton: He Turns On Everyone - Will be hearing the insulting and sexist nicknames he has for her soon. -- CNN's Jim @Acosta reports the President is furious with WH Press Secretary Sarah Sanders over her handling of news on Stormy Daniels. A source close to the White House tells Jim "POTUS is very unhappy. Sarah gave the Stormy Daniels story line steroids yesterday" (haha Fuckabee getting rewarded for her loyalty to the Swamp Monster)
DJ Judd on Twitter: "CNN's Jim @Acosta reports the President is furious with WH Press Secretary Sarah Sanders over her handling of news on Stormy Daniels. A source close to the White House tells Jim "POTUS is very unhappy. Sarah gave the Stormy Daniels story line steroids yesterday.""

Eschaton: TERMINATED - I suppose not in the Arnold way. -- Several White House staffers have been terminated or reassigned for issues related to their security clearances with at least one individual employed in the Office of the First Lady relieved of duty, sources with direct knowledge tell ABC News.

Refugee skeptic lands top State Department refugee job - POLITICO - A White House aide close to senior policy adviser Stephen Miller who has advocated strict limits on immigration into the U.S. has been selected for a top State Department post overseeing refugee admissions (Trump admin is basically a big fuckyou to good government)
We took a broken system and just broke it completely - veterans health care .. a disaster (Hulk Smash)
Senior adviser at HUD spread conspiracy theory that Clinton campaign chairman was Satanist - CNNPolitics (insanity is a job requirement)

Eschaton: ONE BILLION DOLLARS - Holy crap someone told Dr. Evil that this was a big significant number and he believed it. -- China has been asked to develop a plan for the year of a One Billion Dollar reduction in their massive Trade Deficit with the United States. Our relationship with China has been a very good one, and we look forward to seeing what ideas they come back with. We must act soon! -- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 7, 2018

Marist poll: Trump's job approval highest of his presidency - CNNPolitics - 42%, his highest in that poll since he took office. -- The poll, which was conducted Monday and Tuesday, found that some 50% disapproved of the President's job performance. (wildly popular crime boss)

Exclusive polls: Big warning signs for Senate Democrats - Axios - Five Senate Democrats would lose to Republican candidates if the elections were held today and three have approval ratings under 50%, according to new Axios/SurveyMonkey polls. ("survey monkey" hahaha) approval is at just 46% in Florida and Pennsylvania and 54% in Ohio. (o rly axios?)
Trump approval rating by state - Vox - Trump got 56 percent of the vote in Ohio, Indiana, and Kansas, but his approval rating is below 50 percent now.
Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball ; House 2018: 26 Ratings Changes, All in Favor of Democrats - PA-18 special now a Toss-up; Democratic incumbents in strong position; and what about Paul Ryan? (not what axios is telling us, must be a "fake poll" as opposed to russian bots on survey monkey, and by the way, fuck you Michigan)
Trump Down, Dems Up, Russia Bad, Kushner Out | Monmouth University Polling Institute | Monmouth University ... Pres. Trump's job rating now stands at 39% approve and 54% disapprove. This is a net decline from his 42% approve and 50% disapprove rating at the end of January, but it is still higher than his December 2017 low of 32% approve and 56% disapprove. (another fake poll saying Dear Leader is down)

Tennessee Republicans kill anti-child marriage bill, cite possible case against gay marriage ... citing an obscure legal theory that passing the bill could deter a conservative lawyer's case against gay marriage. (TN Republicans love their children)

Why Won't Women's March Leaders Denounce Louis Farrakhan's Anti-Semitism?

15 Remarkable Women We Overlooked in Our Obituaries - The New York Times (just a little overlooking)

They reported sexual harassment. Then the retaliation began | PBS NewsHour
U.S. Forest Service chief under investigation after complaints of sexual misconduct | PBS NewsHour (PBS needs Adobe Flash, welcome to 1999)
Tony Tooke, head of U.S. Forest Service, stepping down amid sexual misconduct allegations | PBS NewsHour - The chief of the U.S. Forest Service is stepping down amid allegations of sexual misconduct and an investigation commissioned by the United States Department of Agriculture into his own behavior (that tooke a long time)

'Silicon Valley' Confronts a "Darker Side" of Tech Culture (and T.J. Miller's Messy Exit)

Yale Student Found Not Guilty in Rape Trial - The New York Times - A Yale student who had been suspended by the university was found not guilty on Wednesday of sexually assaulting a fellow student, in a rare college rape accusation to be tried in the courts. The verdict laid bare seemingly gaping divides in the national reckoning around sexual consent and assault.

How Russian Trolls Crept Into the Trump Campaign's Facebook Messages

Sinclair's new media-bashing promos rankle local anchors ... a promotional campaign that sounds like pro-Trump propaganda. ... decry "fake stories" from national news outlets ... 60- and 75-second spots should run frequently "to create maximum reach and frequency"

NYT's Bari Weiss Cites Hoax Twitter Account To Criticize Liberals | HuffPost
No More Mister Nice Blog: The Unkillable Zombie Lie That Attacks On Mccain And Romney Made Trump Possible - A lot of people are going to be writing about Bari Weiss's latest column, in which she makes the usual complaints about campus lefties and others who attack speech they consider hateful and speakers they consider totalitarian.
Jack Crosbie on Twitter: "bari weiss's latest column features stellar reporting on the "intolerant left," like these two hyperlinks, which go to tweets from a fake antifa account that buzzfeed debunked in may 2017 source:"
Jack Crosbie on Twitter: "lol someone in the mentions has pointed out that this specific journalistic triumph started with jordan peterson, which tracks"
(c) Cookie Monster?? on Twitter: "@KyleKulinski you should definitely do a segment on how @jordanbpeterson is such a smear merchant hack, that he retweeted a fake antifa account to his reactionary fan base of 22 year old virgins as part of his usual anti-left/SJW propaganda. On par with Shapiros hackiness now imo"
If You Truly Care About Speech, You Will Invite Me to Your Office to Personally Call You a Dipshit - Alex Pareene
NYT's Bari Weiss Falsely Denies Her Years of Attacks on the Academic Freedom of Arab Scholars Who Criticize Israel -- Glenn Greenwald
New York Times Opinion Editor Ties Campus Free Speech to Fascism - Throwaway paragraphs can throw away a whole piece. (jfc she looks like a dumb 14-yr old conservative)

How To Read Laterally: A Lesson for New York Times Columnists Including But Not Limited to Bari Weiss | Hapgood (SHE DIDN'T EVEN FUCKING GOOGLE IT, thanks, Sulzfucks)
Lateral Reading: Reading Less and Learning More When Evaluating Digital Information by Sam Wineburg, Sarah McGrew :: SSRN - In contrast, fact checkers read laterally, leaving a site after a quick scan and opening up new browser tabs in order to judge the credibility of the original site. Compared to the other groups, fact checkers arrived at more warranted conclusions in a fraction of the time.

Mike Caulfield is tired, so tired. on Twitter: "The interesting thing about this for me is it is a great example of how the Russians (and others) just (throw) a ton of stuff out there and see what sticks. Which is really the same model as clickbait publishing I guess."
Heck of a Grasshopper - Four Moves
FACT CHECK: Did a Man in Montana Catch a Three-Foot Long Grasshopper?
ShukerNature: The Giant Grasshopper Of Wisconsin - Focusing Upon A Phoney Photograph

Living in a sea of false signals: Are we being pushed from "trust, but verify" to "verify, then trust"? -- We have a human problem on our hands. Our cognitive abilities are in some ways overmatched by what we have created
Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers - Simple Book Production (lateral reading)

The science of fake news | Science -- Contrary to conventional wisdom, robots accelerated the spread of true and false news at the same rate, implying that false news spreads more than the truth because humans, not robots, are more likely to spread it.
Huge MIT Study of Fake News -- The Grim Conclusions of the Largest-Ever Study of Fake News -- Falsehoods almost always beat out the truth on Twitter, penetrating further, faster, and deeper into the social network than accurate information ... falsehood consistently dominates the truth on Twitter, the study finds: Fake news and false rumors reach more people, penetrate deeper into the social network, and spread much faster than accurate stories.

Texas Judge Tortured Defendant With Stun Belt to Show 'Power' Court Rules - 'Never before have we seen any behavior like this, nor do we hope to ever see such behavior again' said the court, ruling that Judge George Gallagher violated a man's rights ... During the 2014 trial, Terry Lee Morris was convicted on one count of soliciting the sexual performance of a child online and through text exchanges with a 15-year-old girl. He was sentenced to 60 years in prison.
Outrage Over Footage of Police Officer Beating a Black Man in North Carolina - The New York Times


Modify my views on guns, or vilify traumatized teens? I have chosen the latter. - The Washington Post
Police: Teen attempted to detonate explosive device at Pine View, researched ISIS | KUTV (UT)
Alert students, police, K9 credited with stopping potential deadly Utah school bombing | KUTV
Trump reopens a seemingly settled video-game debate - In the wake of the Florida school shooting, President Donald Trump is reviving an old debate over whether violent video games can trigger violent behavior. There's just one problem: Roughly two decades of research has repeatedly failed to uncover any such link. (Trump is much smarter than your liberal so-called scientists)
'I'll kill you': Threats and violence from the school workers who may soon carry guns -- The Florida Legislature is considering arming certain school employees to protect against school shooters. But at least 19 times, such employees have shown dangerous behavior themselves.
Gov. Malloy: 'NRA has become a terrorist organization'
NRA Says Bronin Putting Politics Before Public Safety - Hartford Courant ("safety" = more guns)
Winchester suspect had two dozen encounters with police in 6 years - The Boston Globe

U.S. Holocaust Museum Revokes Award to Aung San Suu Kyi - The New York Times (now know as the "genocide lady")

Kurdish-led forces in Syria withdraw from fight against ISIS to battle Turkey in Afrin - The Washington Post (not the first time)

Poisoned Russian spy Sergei Skripal was close to consultant who was linked to the Trump dossier (Putin's working his way down the list)
UK Deepens Investigation Into Possible Poisoning Of Former Russian Spy In England | HuffPost - A counterterrorism unit has taken over the case. Sergei Skripal remains in critical condition.
Sergei Skripal: Russian ex-spy isn't the first victim of a mysterious poisoning in the UK - The Washington Post

What we believe Mueller is investigating - The Washington Post
Mueller Is Teaching This Country a Lesson on the Nature of Corruption - Everything Donald Trump touches turns to, well... And to understand the corruption of the businesses, you have to understand the ability of the man to corrupt everything and everyone he touches. This, of course, includes the country that elected him. Mueller is teaching an awful lesson, but one that is no less important for the view it gives us of our republic and ourselves.

Trump's dangerously thin red line

Hope Hicks told House Intelligence Committee she was hacked, sources say - NBC News
Several White House staffers terminated or reassigned for security clearance issues: Sources - ABC News

Stormy Daniels goes nuclear on Trump, reveals all in new lawsuit The adult film star will not be silenced.
Trump lawyer Michael Cohen tries to silence adult-film star Stormy Daniels - NBC News
hearing some strange legal analyses of the Daniels-Trump lawsuit. I think it's important we understand the ways in which Trump's "Hush Agreement" with Daniels was nonstandard -- and why these deviations from common practice could harm Trump.
#Muellerlujah hashtag on Twitter

Kyle Griffin on Twitter: "The officials who run the federal government's background check system say it would be difficult to approve a permanent security clearance for someone like Jared Kushner who failed to disclose "significant financial entanglements with a foreign adversary"
Seth Abramson on Twitter: "I started accusing Trump of Witness Tampering on Twitter a year ago (regarding Yates, then Comey, then Flynn...). I knew the day would come we'd discover what was always clear from an investigative standpoint: Mueller could, should, and *would* look into it and consider charges."

Trump Fundraiser's Email Breach Shows Risks Before Midterms ... A top Republican fundraiser for Donald Trump's 2016 campaign learned last week that his email accounts had been hacked, sowing concerns that document leaks could roil another national U.S. election cycle.

Chao Goes Off the Rails on New York-New Jersey Project - But she spent much of the time confirming and defending the administration's attempt to kill a New York and New Jersey rail program. (Trump's revenge on the east coast)

unR?A?D?A?C?K?ted on Twitter: "Sessions's historical amnesia and intellectual dishonesty is stunning ... compared California's new sanctuary city laws to attemps by slave-hoding sourthern states to nullify federal laws ... (it's the same thing, I tell you!)

Senate Democrats Help Advance Bill That Could Increase Risk Of Financial Crisis | HuffPost - But only slightly. Nothing to worry about! -- The Senate bill would relax longstanding capital requirements for small banks and raise the threshold for enhanced prudential regulation from $50 billion in assets to $250 billion, exempting 25 of the 38 largest banks in the U.S. (fuck you bluedogs)

Ben Carson Removes Anti-Discrimination Language From HUD Mission Statement | HuffPost (exclusion and discrimination are back! slavery next)

Trump Charges His Campaign Top Dollar To Rent A Basically Empty Trump Tower Office | HuffPost - His tiny re-election effort spent more on its monthly rent there than his campaign paid for most of the 2016 run.

Blue wave? Texas Republicans outvoted Democrats in the 2018 primaries -- again - Vote counts Tuesday night once again showed how Texas is a red state. Despite an apparent early rush to the polls for Democrats, Republicans ended up casting more ballots in the 2018 primaries.
Here's what happened in the 2018 Texas primaries | The Texas Tribune - More than 1.5 million people voted in the Republican primary, with close to 100 percent reporting, compared to about 1 million Democrats, also with near 100 percent reporting.
National Democrats' strategy comes up short in Texas - A candidate whom the House campaign arm tagged as a carpetbagger and a loser nonetheless advanced to a May runoff. ("National Demorats" = DCCC)
The DCCC's scorched-earth campaign against Texas Democrat Laura Moser backfired

Lupe Valdez, Andrew White headed to runoff to challenge Texas Gov. Greg Abbott | The Texas Tribune - Lupe Valdez, the former Dallas County sheriff, led Mark White, the son of late Gov. Mark White, in vote totals Tuesday night. They were far ahead of the seven other Democrats vying to challenge Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who is seeking a second term.

Arizona Teachers Gearing Up for West Virginia-Style Action | Phoenix New Times

It's time to give socialism a try

Give me a break, Axios - The Washington Post (c'mon, Eric, they're smarticles)

Eschaton: RIP Chris Cillizza - He was murdered by words. Soledad O'Brien killed him.
Soledad O'Brien on Twitter: "It's not accurate. It's not funny. It's not clever. It's not analysis. It's facile. It shows an actual lack of understanding of reality tv (can't believe I'm typing that). It's mediocre. It's a time when viewers need to understand what's going on at the highest levels of govt."
Cillizza Destroyed - Lawyers, Guns & Money - The fact that CNN fired Soledad O'Brien and hired Chris Cillizza tells you all you need to know about the network.
Donald Trump is producing the greatest reality show ever - CNNPolitics - Analysis by Chris Cillizza

Eschaton: The Better Stephens - This isn't so much as a parody as Pareene proving he could crank out columns in the style of the NYT's latest conservative affirmative action hire. It's a joke aimed at his editors, not him, in other words. It's a lot better than an actual column by Stephens (though bad in all the appropriate ways), who is both dumb and lazy. Stephens should just pay Pareene half his salary to write his column for him be his research assistant.
James Bennet Affirmative Action Hire Has Another Nuclear Take For You - Lawyers, Guns & Money (Bari Weiss, straight from the WSJ to your intellectually un-diversified brain)

Fox News keeps running columns from the same guy explaining, "I'm a Democrat but [insert agreement with GOP" ("I'm a Republican pretending to be a Democrat on Fox")

Rafael 'Ted' Cruz accuses his Democratic opponent of changing his name to appeal to voters

Mississippi Senate passes nation's most restrictive abortion ban, clinic plans to sue -- After a heated floor debate, the Senate on Tuesday passed a bill 35-14 to ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy ... Opponents of the measure questioned how a mother's health could be a priority when the proposal does not make exceptions for cases of rape or incest. (the "Republicans Love Rape and Incest" bill)

Idaho Transgender Community Celebrates Victory In Birth Certificate Ruling | HuffPost - A federal judge in Boise ruled this week that barring transgender people from changing the assigned gender in their birth certificates is unconstitutional. (fuck you Mormons)

Mississippi Town Approves Pride Parade After Fierce Backlash | HuffPost (they got a little too much attention for their gay hatred)

A Florida provocateur has his day before the U.S. Supreme Court -- again (Fane Lozman vs corrupt authority and the ability of public official to arrest you for criticizing them)

Five myths about domestic violence - The Washington Post - No, abusers are not poor and uneducated.

Allegations of employee mistreatment roil renowned Brookline trauma center - The Boston Globe - Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, a best-selling author on trauma whose research has attracted a world-wide following, has been fired from his job over allegations that he bullied and denigrated employees at his renowned Trauma Center. (for being traumatizing) His firing capped a tumultuous three months at the center that van der Kolk founded 35 years ago. Executive director Joseph Spinazzola, like van der Kolk a longtime advocate for abuse victims, was removed in November over his alleged mistreatment of female employees ... Dr. Martin Teicher, director of developmental biopsychiatry research at McLean Hospital, said ...

The NYPD Is Ready to Arrest Harvey Weinstein. Will District Attorney Cy Vance Finally Agree to Let Them? - A police official says that the department is ready to arrest him for sexually assaulting Lucia Evans. (they're coming for you, Harvey)

In 2011, Portland Police Investigated a Sexual Assault Complaint Against Billionaire Mark Cuban. He Wasn't Charged. Here's What Happened ... While they smiled for the camera, she claimed, he thrust his hand down the back of her jeans and penetrated her vagina with his finger. ... And on Feb. 20, Sports Illustrated published a searing investigation of the workplace culture in the Maverick's front office, portraying an organization "rife with misogyny and predatory sexual behavior: alleged public fondling by the team president; outright domestic assault by a high-profile member of the staff; unsupportive or even intimidating responses from superiors"

'Doomsday clock' professor put on leave amid allegations of sexual misconduct - Arizona State University professor Lawrence Krauss, internationally known as an outspoken atheist and for his work on the symbolic "Doomsday Clock" has been put on paid leave by university officials after allegations of sexual misconduct were published in a recent BuzzFeed article ... denies everything ... "including groping women, ogling and making sexist jokes to undergrads, and telling an employee at ASU, where he is a tenured professor, that he was going to buy her birth control so she didn't inconvenience him with maternity leave."

Eschaton: Why Didn't They Listen To His Ideas? - Because despite not holding any community meetings until now, they know exactly what his "ideas" are: to build a football stadium in the middle of a residential neighborhood so people don't have to take a 15 minute subway ride (it's door to door) to see football games -- Protesters shut down a Temple University town hall meeting called to discuss plans for a controversial football stadium within 10 minutes of its start Tuesday.

Amelia Earhart mystery solved? Scientist '99 percent' sure bones found belong to aviator

Balenciaga looks a little bonkers now. But trust us: In a few years, your eyes will adjust. - The Washington Post (or your brain)

Yes, Those Are Probably Bugs In Your Paprika. Here's What To Do. | HuffPost

James Corden had one thing right: We're neurologically wired to love puppies ... alloparenting means "other" parenting ... Scientists believe that human babies are so vulnerable and needy that our species would never had survived unless every adult member of a human troop was willing help take care of them.

Geek Squad's Relationship with FBI Is Cozier Than We Thought

Fyre Festival Founder Faces Prison After Pleading Guilty To Wire Fraud | HuffPost - "I grossly underestimated the resources that would be necessary to hold an event of this magnitude" said Billy McFarland


'It's Fake News!': Congresswoman Who Said Most Mass Shooters Are Democrats Cuts Off Interview | HuffPost - Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.) walked away from a television interview on Monday after she was asked about her claim that Democrats are more prone to be mass shooters ... The fact-checking site Snopes found that a popular list circulating among conservatives purporting to show that mass shooters are more likely to be Democrats was riddled with faulty, inaccurate and unsubstantiated claims. The list was first shared online in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012, according to the website. (fake news I tell you, fake!)
Broward sheriff's captain who gave initial order to 'stage' not enter Stoneman Douglas is ID'd (they were waiting for some good guys with guns to happen by)
Bumble Bans Guns Across Platform -- The Beehive

North Korea Signals Willingness to 'Denuclearize,' South Says (learning from Trump is just lie)

Additional Thoughts on Chinese Hegemony - Lawyers, Guns & Money - Either way, the United States needs to rethink how it approaches international order; for the first time since the 19th century, it will soon face a situation in which it cannot assume even a "first among equals" position in determining the nature of the international order.

I'm Sorry for Creating the 'Gerasimov Doctrin' I was the first to write about Russia's infamous high-tech military strategy. One small problem: it doesn't exist -- how in the modern world, the use of propaganda and subversion means that's "a perfectly thriving state can, in a matter of months and even days, be transformed into an arena of fierce armed conflict, become a victim of foreign intervention, and sink into a web of chaos, humanitarian catastrophe, and civil war." (- well, it does sound familiar - ) The Russians honestly -- however wrongly -- believe that these were not genuine protests against brutal and corrupt governments, but regime changes orchestrated in Washington, or rather, Langley ... Some major operations are coordinated, largely through the presidential administration, but most are not. Rather, operations are conceived and generally carried out by a bewildering array of "political entrepreneurs" hoping that their success will win them the Kremlin's favor: diplomats and spies, criminals and think-tankers, oligarchs and journalists ... How can a country with an economy perhaps the size of Canada's an army that is still going through an expensive modernization and already bogged down in two wars, and precious little soft power compete with a larger, richer coalition of democracies? (MATO)
Weaponizing Kleptocracy: Putin's Hybrid Warfare - Marius Laurinavicius

EU Raises Stakes for Trump by Aiming Levies at GOP Heartland - Bloomberg - The European Union is preparing punitive tariffs on iconic U.S. brands produced in key Republican constituencies, raising political pressure on President Donald Trump to ditch his plan for taxing steel imports ... motorcycles, jeans and bourbon whiskey (Harley-Davidson is based in Ryan-ruled Wississippi)

Gary Cohn Will Resign as Trump's Top Economic Adviser
Trump Confronted Cohn on Trade Hours Before Resignation, Sources Say - Bloomberg 9Trump: "you wll obey and kiss my ass" Cohn: "hastalavista")

Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Received Inside Info From Russia Probe - Closed-door testimony before the House Russia probe is supposed to stay behind closed doors. Somehow, it got into the hands of another witness< -- and key Trump confidante -- instead ... Accusations of improper coordination with the White House have dogged Nunes, who was part of Trump's presidential transition team, since the investigation's inception. (little Russian ratfucker is always at work)
Special counsel has examined episodes involving Michael Cohen, Trump' longtime lawyer ... Cohen is also among nine Trump associates whose communications with former Trump aide Sam Nunberg are being sought by the special counsel

Adviser to Emirates With Ties to Trump Aides Is Cooperating With Special Counsel - The New York Times - An adviser to the United Arab Emirates with ties to current and former aides to President Trump is cooperating with the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, and gave testimony last week to a grand jury, according to two people familiar with the matter -- George Nader ... The meeting, convened by the crown prince, brought together a Russian investor close to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia with Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater and an informal adviser to Mr. Trump's team during the presidential transition

The 42 craziest quotes from Sam Nunberg's absolutely bonkers CNN interviews
Ex-Trump Aide: Trump 'may very well have done something during the election with the Russians'
Awful scandal porn: Nunberg gone wild - Axios - Now an ethical debate is raging in journalism circles. If your source seems drunk or drugged or just plain out of his mind, what iThose close to Nunberg said they fear he was drunk while going on a cable news blitz.
s your responsibility? (get him another drink, duh!)
'What the Fuck?" : Former Trump Aide Sam Nunberg's Mueller Meltdown Leaves Friends Petrified - Those close to Nunberg said they fear he was drunk while going on a cable news blitz.
Sam Nunberg's Media Meltdown -- and What He Might Want to Remember About Special Prosecutors' Powers

Trump mocks 'lowest rated Oscans':"We don't have stars anymore -- except your president" (highest-rated star president ever)
Trump complicit with Scaramucci attacks on Kelly - CNNPolitics - The President has emboldened Anthony Scaramucci, the boisterous former communications director who was fired after just 10 days, to continue attacking White House chief of staff John Kelly during his cable news appearances, a source familiar with the situation told CNN. (totally normal)

Stormy Daniels sues Trump, says 'hush agreement' invalid because he never signed
Top Republicans urge Sessions to appoint special counsel to probe FBI - POLITICO - House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy sent a letter Tuesday to Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, urging them to name a special counsel to review Republican's allegations that the FBI misled a federal judge to obtain a warrant to conduct surveillance of Page, whose contacts with Kremlin-connected Russians had drawn agent's scrutiny (benghazi tactics otherwise known as beating a dead horse)

Senate investigators want answers from Reddit and Tumblr on Russia meddling - The Washington Post ... Reddit more broadly suffered from "indirect propaganda" that was posted and shared by thousands of users who are "mostly American, and appear to be unwittingly promoting Russian propaganda." (dumb russian stooges, thought clinton was a pedophile and a cannibal: the "gross factor" because conservatives are projecting their disgustingness)

Fortunately, Trump doesn't have what it takes to be a dictator (Republican Gerson normalizing Trump, linked only for the comments)

George W. Bush Reportedly Sounds Off On Trump: 'Sorta Makes Me Look Pretty Good' | HuffPost - Former president zings Trump in candid comments.
The Trump presidency could cost the nation more than we realize (corrupt traitor Republicans designed it to dismantle democracy because that's who there are)

Warren slams senators for backing bank deregulation bill - politico
Why Are Democrats Helping Trump Dismantle Dodd-Frank? - The New York Times - The Crapo bill is unusual in today's s hyperpartisan environment: It has over 10 Democratic co-sponsors, many from swing or red states and up for re-election this year -- like Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Jon Tester of Montana and Claire McCaskill of Missouri -- making its passage possible ... What do Democrats get in return? Nothing substantive that they should want. (fucking fake dems get to look like evil Republcans +it's really called the "Crapo bill")

Man hired to sweep Scott Pruitt's office for bugs is in business with a top EPA security official ... Pasquale 'Nino" Perrotta (showrunners just slipped that one in +Pruitt is a weird little paranoid fucker)

West Virginia lawmakers reach deal to give striking teachers pay raise - CNN - a 5% pay raise to all state employees, including striking teachers and school staff ... West Virginia ranks 48th in the nation in terms of how much it pays its teachers ... There will be no tax increase to offset the raise, and Blair said the government will see a $20 million reduction in spending to come out of cuts to general services and Medicaid (so, you lose anyway)
The Teachers Revolt in West Virginia - The New York Times

Democratic Party Set To Show Its Force In Nation's First 2018 Primary | HuffPost - Democrats in Texas have turned out in massive numbers for early voting.
If Texas Turns Blue, It Starts Tonight: Three Districts to Watch ... In the state's 15 largest counties, almost 50,000 more Democrats than Republicans have already cast votes. Compared to the number of Democrats who voted early in the 2014 midterm cycle, their early vote numbers this year are up 105 percent.

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry is expected to announce her resignation Tuesday morning amid scandal - The resignation comes amid multiple investigations into her affair with her bodyguard, police Sgt. Rob Forrest (she would have gotten away with it except for the nude selfies)
>br /> Thad Cochran seat: Mike Espy plans to run - Espy served as a Democrat in the U.S. House representing the 2nd District from 1987 to 1993 -- the first African-American to hold a Mississippi congressional seat since Reconstruction, then served as secretary of agriculture in the Clinton administration, the first African-American to hold that post.

GOP Senate hopeful's radio show listed pro-southern secession group as a 'favorite' website - Republican Senate candidate Chris McDaniel (Fuckassippi and traitors forever)

The Utah State Bar emailed a photo of a topless woman to lawyers00 and now it is "investigating" how it happened (haha Mormon porn, they have "no idea" how it got in there)

Evangelical leader Collin Hansen believes we live in 'a culture full of fear and loathing' - "President Trump says that he's never had anything to ask forgiveness for. I mean it is very confusing" (you voted for the Antichrist, dude, and you're going down with him, it's not that "confusiong")

Florida school removes teacher who hosted white nationalist podcast - NBC News - a middle school teacher from her classroom after it was revealed that she had secretly hosted a white nationalist podcast, raising concerns that she may have exposed her students to such ideology.

Charlie Walk: Music Exec Accused of Sexual Misconduct - Rolling Stone - Five women accuse Republic Group president of long pattern of harassment and misconduct (creepy little fucker is toast)

Jordan Peterson's Gospel of Masculinity
Talking Basement-Dwellers With Jordan Peterson, Reddit's New Favorite Philosopher
Jordan B Peterson on Twitter: "CBC interview yesterday offers stunning proof of my appalling character (having failed to watch The Metaphysics of Pepe:"
Defending The Big People - Jordan Peterson Is Having A Moment -- We Should Ignore It

"He Can Go from a B Player to an A Player" : At Rolling Stone, Ryan Lizza Is Writing, Jann and Gus Wenner Are Still Kicking Around, and Jay Penske Is the Media Tycoon du Jour - Jay Penske, the scion of an auto-racing empire, has a legitimate shot to turn the baby-boomer culture bible around - if he can make it safe for millennials. (sorry, none of that made sense)

Vice claimed 'Broklyn barbecue' was world famous. Now it is -- in the worst way possible

These Are The 'Most Millennial' Baby Names | HuffPost

Alabama man arrested 4 days after criticizing his local sheriff has been released from jail amid public outcry : news

ELI5: Why is an electric toothbrush so much better than a manual toothbrush? : explainlikeimfive
Which movies have the largest disparity when ranked by men and women? : movies

Employees kept crashing into the glass walls at Apple's new headquarters. Here's what they told 911 (a metaphor for Jobs' "vision")
Humans slapped and shouted at robot cars in two of six DMV crash reports this year (we need a robot in the robot to protect the robot)
New documents reveal FBI paid Geek Squad repair staff as informants | ZDNet


Nor'easter left path of destruction up and down coast
Here's how our second nor easter in a week is shaping up
Hundreds of trees were knocked down by Friday's powerful nor'easter

Despite Parkland, States Plow Ahead With New Pro-Gun Bills -- Even as gun control legislation remains stalled in Congress, the NRA has campaigned for 15 measures in 11 states that would further loosen gun restrictions. Among other things, the bills would strengthen existing stand-your-ground laws (Wyoming and Idaho), allow people to carry handguns without a permit (Oklahoma), and expand the list of places where people can carry guns (numerous states) ... "We just need to eliminate gun-free zones,"
Wounds From Military-Style Rifles? 'A Ghastly Thing to See' Trauma surgeons tell what it is really like to try to repair such devastating injuries. "Bones are exploded, soft tissue is absolutely destroyed"
Frantic Florida lawmaker has a complete meltdown in bonkers AM Joy interview about arming teachers -- Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) pressed for "multipliers of force" on school campuses who engage in crossfire with potential shooters as way to make schools safer.

Italy's voters choose populists, deliver stinging rebuke to Europe (thanks, Austere Angela, couldn't have seen that one coming)
Italy's election is another blow to the European establishment (NYT just can't say "victory for fascism")

Trump dangles Israel trip for new embassy; mum on peace plan - ABC News (they could share a jail cell in Jerusalem)

US Embassy in Turkey closes due to security threat - POLITICO - Turkish authorities have detained several suspects on charges of plotting an attack.

Police evict Trump staff from Panama hotel amid ongoing dispute - ABC News - More than a dozen police wearing bulletproof vests entered the lobby of the Trump International Hotel in Panama on Monday morning and evicted the Trump Organization's staff ... The Trump name was removed from the outside of the building shortly thereafter.

Critically ill man is former Russian spy - BBC News - He and a woman, 33, were found unconscious on a bench at a shopping centre in Salisbury on Sunday afternoon. - The substance has not been identified.

ICE Shackled 92 Somalis for 40 Hours On a Failed Deportation Flight. That Was Just the Start of the Abuse.

State Dept. Was Granted $120 Million to Fight Russian Meddling. It Has Spent $0. - The New York Times (why, it's almost like ...)

Christopher Steele, the Man Behind the Trump Dossier | The New Yorker - How the ex-spy tried to warn the world about Trump's ties to Russia - Jean Mayer ... "It was as if all criminal roads led to Trump Tower," Steele told friends.
Our man in Moscow - Lawyers, Guns & Money - Amazing reportage from Jane Mayer in the New Yorker. I hate to excerpt any of it, but: ... " Obama, instead of issuing a statement himself, said nothing." (and here we are)
"I Would Not Want to Influence an Election, With Notably Rare Exceptions" (Mayer makes clear how much they knew, and when, and still did nothing because Comey didn't want to influence an alection rigged by the Russians! so let's look at Weiner's laptop!)
Study: Hillary Clinton's emails got as much front-page coverage in 6 days as policy did in 69 A stark finding from an analysis of New York Times coverage.

Escort Says Audio Recordings Show Russian Meddling in U.S. Election - The New York Times ... said from behind bars in Bangkok on Monday that she had more than 16 hours of audio recordings that could help shed light on Russian meddling in United States elections ... Ms. Vashukevich, who described herself as close to the Russian aluminum tycoon Oleg V. Deripaska ... a billionaire with close ties to Russia'ss president, Vladimir V. Putin, also has business ties to Paul J. Manafort, President Trump

Mueller Subpoena of Trump Documents Hints at Corruption - President* Trump is scared. He should be - This means that Mueller and his staff have likely concluded now that the entire Trump For President campaign was a corrupt enterprise in one way or another almost since the moment it was first conceived and that the same can be said of the Trump presidency - The whole damn dirty deal is one great writhing ball of poisonous snakes and Mueller seems to be perilously close to untangling it ... The working presumption of the Mueller investigation now is that nobody is clean in all of this. Everybody has something to tell about everybody else.
Special counsel wants documents on Trump, numerous campaign associates - NBC News - investigators want emails, text messages, work papers, telephone logs and other documents going back to Nov. 1, 2015, 4= months after Trump launched his campaign.
Mueller's hit list - 1. Carter Page 2. Corey Lewandowski 3. Donald J. Trump 4. Hope Hicks 5. Keith Schiller 6. Michael Cohen 7. Paul Manafort 8. Rick Gates 9. Roger Stone 10. Steve Bannon

Trump says Obama administration investigated campaign's alleged Russia ties to help Clinton ... "Wanted to discredit so Crooked H would win. Unprecedented. Bigger than Watergate! Plus, Obama did NOTHING about Russian meddling." (gettin' hot in there, little Donnie?)
The Steele Dossier Is Overflowing with Russian Meddling - At what point does circumstantial evidence become something else entirely?

Trump is implicated in his attorney's Stormy Daniels payment for the first time ... After Mr Trump's victory, Mr. Cohen complained to friends that he had yet to be reimbursed for the payment to Ms. Clifford ... the first time a major news outlet has reported that Cohen had spoken even behind the scenes about Trump being involved in the payment. Previously, the origins of the payment were more mysterious.

With Roles Reduced, Kushner And Ivanka Trump's Fate Uncertain (except for that jail cell)
"Now, the most shocking thing about that is if somehow only four foreign governments thought they could manipulate him," said Oliver. "How is it not more than that? What nation looked at this man and thought, 'Forget it! His mind iCA + PA = half-way there:
s a fortess.'"

Former Trump aide Sam Nunberg called before grand jury, says he will refuse to go - The Washington Post - Nunberg said he was planning to go on Bloomberg TV and tear up the subpoena ... "Putin is too smart to collude with Donald Trump."
Sam Nunberg Starts Talking. You Know Who's Listening ... There was one piquant passage that occurred when Tur asked him if Sam thought that Mueller had the goods on the president*. " I think they may. I think he may have done something during the election. But I don't know that for sure."
Fargo - Mr. Jerry Lundegaard (Arrested) - YouTube

'Trump, Inc.' Podcast Extra: The Trump Organization Ordered Golf Course Markers With the Presidential Seal. That May Be Illegal. ("I AM THE STATE," Trump said, furiously)

Democrats may have already won the House - Axios - The correlation between the president's approval number and first-term midterm losses -- party: In the six times that the president's job approval was under 50%, the average loss was more than 43 seats. The Democrats need 24 to flip the House. - eCA + PA = half-way there

10 years after financial crisis, Senate prepares to roll back banking rules - The Washington Post (took Dems 8 yrs to fix the last one, time to loot and pillage again)

Ben Carson on His Vexing Reign at HUD: Brain Surgery Was Easier Than This - The New York Times

Exclusive: Congress requires many unpaid interns to sign nondisclosure agreements - Vox - What happens in Congress stays in Congress.

Trump's Voter Fraud Czar, And His Claims About Illegal Voting, Are About To Go On Trial | HuffPost - This could really be in a lot of ways the case where we really put the evidence of fraud on trial in this country (the fraud of voter fraud) Kobach has suggested that 127 noncitizens in Kansas registered or attempted to register to vote in the state anytime before 2013, instances which he said diluted a legitimate voter's ballot. That 127 number represents less than 1 percent of the total number of voters in Kansas. But Kobach has said there could be more than 18,000 noncitizens on the rolls. (so, 6,000 more non-citizens on the rolls than the 12,700 on "the rolls")

The coming Trump landslide - I know Donny Deutsch only too well. A stereotypical, spoiled, lucky sperm club, New York liberal ... Trump turns out to be a brilliant political strategist. He's expanding the GOP tent like no other Republican in history. (Sherman Adelson ordered this one up)
What to watch in Texas: Can Democrats maintain their enthusiasm advantage? - NBC News - ahead of Tuesdays's primaries in Texas ... the early-vote numbers are stunning: Nearly 50,000 more Democrats than Republicans already have voted in the state's (landslide! I tell you, landslide!)
Emerson College ePoll: Statistical Dead Heat in PA 18th Congressional Special Election - Democrat Conor Lamb leads Republican Rick Saccone 48% to 45%, 10 days out from election (shut up, it's a Republican landslide!)

The source - Columbia Journalism Review - How hacked emails and a yacht in Monaco ended my career at The Wall Street Journal

Why It's Hard for Conservatives to Date in DC Right Now - Fewer people are hooking up across party lines, and Republicans say it's because Democrats are too quick to dismiss their dating-app profiles. (the are all wearing their stupid MAGA hats)

Why Are We Still Arguing About Marijuana? - Move along, people - Azar, we should all recall, is a creature of Big Pharma. He used to be the president of Eli Lilly, which is as big as big pharma gets. It's no surprise that he might not be wild about a pain remedy that doesn't come in a pill and that you can grow pretty much in a window-box in your third-floor walk-up.

Secret NYPD Files: Officers Can Lie And Brutally Beat People -- And Still Keep Their Jobs Internal NYPD files show that hundreds of officers who committed the most serious offenses -- from lying to grand juries to physically attacking innocent people -- got to keep their jobs, their pensions, and their tremendous power over New Yorker's lives -- from 2011 to 2015 at least 319 New York Police Department employees who committed offenses serious enough to merit firing were allowed to keep their jobs (thanks, Bloomfuck)

2 children dead after being struck by car in Brooklyn - ABC News - Police say the driver was in custody after the incident in Park Slope.

Oscar Ratings Down Double Digits, Eye All-Time Low In Early Estimates | Deadline (even more than the Super Bowl)

Dorm Living for Professionals Comes to San Francisco - The New York Times ... Starcity residents get a bedroom of 130 square feet to 220 square feet ... Starcity rooms go for $1,400 to $2,400 a month fully furnished, with utilities and Wi-Fi included. (one 10x13 room with a bed and no room for anything else)
Silicon Valley Is Over, Says Silicon Valley - The New York Times

Tennessee school removes Confederate flag, lynching murals : news - Lynching murals? What fucking school has lynching murals?

Reddit Admits to Removing a 'Few Hundred' Russian Propaganda Accounts. : news

Facebook asks users: should we allow men to ask children for sexual images? | Technology | The Guardian - Social network admits survey asking whether it should permit adults to ask 14-year-old girl for sexual pictures was a mistake ("mistake" - pedos are a core market)
Rare, Cox Media's Facebook-driven conservative site, is shutting down - Axios - undefined - another example of a viral website built on Facebook traffic that is shutting down after Facebook announced it would be making changes to its News Feed algorithm to weed out publisher content
Amazon Is Exploring Checking Accounts for the Young and the Unbanked: Report ("what's a bank account?")

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Storm recovery continues two days after nor'easter
Some worry Boston officials aren't doing enough to prepare for more giant storms - For the second time in weeks, Boston and the scenic South Shore a few miles southeast were lashed by yet another hundred-year storm
'The storms we're seeing now, people thought this was decades in the future'
St. Maarten Is Still Striving to Recover from Its Worst Hurricane in a Century | The New Yorker

The Gun-Control Debate After Parkland | The New Yorker - Half of all gun owners say that ownership is essential to their identity. Fear is a factor: nearly half of male gun owners and almost a third of female owners say that they have a loaded gun "easily accessible to them at all times at home." (them and their children) many of them considered firearms crucial to reclaiming a sense of purpose, especially if they were no longer breadwinners
'SNL' usually avoids parodying tragedy. Then Trump said he'd confront a school shooter unarmed.
On the street where Jeffrey Yao lived, fear grew slowly and won't soon leave
Mother arrested after boy shoots 4-year-old sister in Ashland County - an 8-year-old boy shot his 4-year-old sister ... the 4-year-old was shot "multiple times" (he kept blazing away at her)

The crisis next door -- Mass exodus of desperate Venezuelans is overwhelming neighboring countries - The massive scale of the exodus is being compared to the flow of Syrians into Western Europe in 2015. And, just as in that crisis, countries overwhelmed by the flood of new arrivals are beginning to bar their doors. (Maduro's plan)

Hand Grenades and Gang Violence Rattle Sweden's middle class

The Genocide the U.S. Didn't See Coming -- Barack Obama was determined to open up to Myanmar. Now the country's military is slaughtering its most vulnerable ethnic group. Could the United States have prevented it? ... On September 15, 2016, America's political and business elite gathered at the Four Seasons in Georgetown to honor Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's beloved icon of democracy, on her visit to the U.S. capital ... The day before the Four Seasons bash, Obama had pledged to do away with the last major economic sanctions on Myanmar ... Ben Rhodes, the influential Obama aide known for pushing the narrative that America should engage rogue regimes in hopes of changing their behavior. Ultimately, Obama had sided with the Rhodes camp ... They worried that Obama was so determined to fortify his legacy of outreach to adversaries that he was ignoring how far from a true democracy Myanmar still was, and how splintered a nation it remained. (Barry has a lot of "legacies")

Mexican man assumes American's identity for 37 years, steals $361,000 in government benefits

Trump on China's Xi consolidating power: 'Maybe we'll give that a shot some day' (yes, he really said that)
Seth Abramson on Twitter: "Things we've just learned Trump has no interest in: the Constitution (due process); American democracy (presidential term limits or elections); courtroom oaths (furiously berating Hope Hicks for her truthful Congressional testimony). #MAGA? Or hatred for all America stands for?"

Trump trade adviser says no exceptions for allies on new aluminum and steel tariffs - The Washington Post ("Fuck Canada," Trump said, "it's a shithole country")

Public doesn't trust Trump on midterms meddling -- A majority of Americans have little to no faith that the Trump administration will stop foreign governments from interfering in the 2018 midterm elections

Mueller's Focus on Adviser to Emirates Suggests Broader Investigation
Amy Fiscus on Twitter: "NEW: Mueller appears to be broadening the investigation; he's looking at whether an adviser to the UAE is influencing US policy
Seth Abramson on Twitter: "See my prior threads on Trump Jr.'s secret trip to the UAE, Erik Prince's multiple ties to the UAE, and, days ago, my thread on the UAE and U.S. aluminum policy. Regular readers of this feed will not be surprised to see this New York Times story or the UAE-U.S. policy connection."
Mueller Is Now Looking Into Middle Eastern Influence as Part of the Trump Investigation

Donald Trump's bubble presidency - He has largely done away with the political optics of rubbing shoulders with members of the public, instead cloistering himself in the White House and at his clubs.

'Off the rails' : House Russia probe hits new low - Some House Republicans want to end their Russia investigation soon, even as Democrats insist many crucial questions about Kremlin meddling remain unanswered ... Amid the anticipation of a GOP push to wind down the probe, Schiff also released a list of Democrat' outstanding requests for subpoenas that Republicans have failed to grant. He accused GOP members of constructing the fagade of a thorough probe but allowing recalcitrant witnesses to avoid answering central questions and refusing to deploy the committee's vast subpoena power to compel crucial information. (some dare call it treason)

Trump ignored 'bright line' on discussing Russia with Hicks - 'The president has put her in a very precarious position (Hopey can "model" her prison cell) '
One source close to the White House characterized the reason for Hick's departure as "getting tired of beating her head off a wall" ... The White House pushes back against reports of chaos and disillusionment, insisting that such stories are sensationalized, and the product of sources with axes to grind and a biased media

BuzzFeed News on Twitter: "An ex-White House official said he's spoken with more aides inside the White House who are trying to leave, but not necessarily getting the kinds of high-paying offers in the corporate world as former aides usually do"

Denis McDonough: McConnell 'watered down' Russia warning in 2016 (and bipartisan Barry cooperated/colluded)

Trump will never 'let it go' that Jeff Sessions' recusal from Russia probe was 'original sin': Priebus

Eschaton - Treating Maxine Waters like this is just normal for DC. Been normal for decades. -- Trump made an incredibly racist crack about Maxine Waters needing to take an IQ test tonight at the Gridiron and it has barely even registered a mention in coverage of the event. An appalling moment that I can't believe isn't everyone's lead takeaway ("takes" and "takeaways" are the new "facts" in Trump era)
Trump Says Rep. Maxine Waters Needs 'An IQ Test' At Gridiron Dinner

What if Republicans Win the Midterms? - The New York Times (Putin will laugh)

36 women flood Texas races to flip male-dominated House seats blue
As Primaries Begin, Divided Voters Weigh What It Means to Be a Democrat - The New York Times - Representative Daniel Lipinski, a conservative-leaning Democrat
The Lefty Democratic Shift On Wall Street Is Happening For Real

Steve Silberman on Twitter: "Please don't spread this video of a student being dragged away by cops as she accuses Steven Mnuchin of engaging in "the politics of fascism." Mnuchin asked UCLA not to post it. Thank you."

Corporation Shouldn't Be Political Except When They Should - Let's check in on Fred Hiatt's latest conservative affirmative action hire and see her would-be gotchas turn into hilarious own goals: (McMegan McAddled)

What The Guardian has learned trying to build a more intelligent story format -- one that knows what you know -- Like Circa before it, The Guardian aims to atomize a big breaking story into its individual parts -- and then be smart about showing you the right ones at the right time. (because "whole stories" are way too much reading unless you throw a couple of podcasts in so lets make them a paragraph long, plus "core elements" which used to be known as "sentences" and also, "smarticles")

Oscars Security: LAPD Will Be Out in Force On the Carpet - Variety (prime terror target)
Catt Sadler Slams E! for Firing Red-Carpet Producer - Variety

How Your Oscars Sausage Gets Made - Lawyers, Guns & Money
Emily Nussbaum on Twitter: "Can't say these aren't illuminating

Ryan Seacrest Faces Potential Oscar Red Carpet Delay From E! Over Allegations | Deadline

Self-defense gadgetry for women, from locking panties to man-repelling bracelets - The Washington Post - Is this what the women of 2018 need? (it' a start, anyway)

In the maestro's thrall -- They were known as 'levinities' -- the young musical acolytes who bent to the will of James Levine in all things, back when the conductor was the brightest emerging star in conducting. From the outside, it seemed a charmed circle; the reality inside was otherwise: dark, sexually charged, and often demeaning. (creepy little gay asshole)

What about sex did you think was normal until you met your second partner? : AskReddit

Why you cannot quit Amazon Prime -- even if maybe you should


Flooding and high winds are expected to continue Saturday - The Boston Globe (pathetic article, no reporters left at the Globe)
Yesterday's Storm Damage in Massachusetts : CatastrophicFailure
Watertown Police: Avoid Arsenal Street | Watertown, MA Patch - The storm has downed several poles on the road.
8 Utility Poles Crash Down in Storm In Watertown + CBS Boston
Onset firefighter seriously injured in hit and run pedestrian crash - The Boston Globe

'Just try to keep calm' - How one Parkland student's phone became his lifeline, and his voice
Fla. Senate rejects assault weapons ban, holds moment of silence for shooting victims - The Washington Post (and then went back to taking the NRA's "contributions")
The best available evidence suggests NRA-backed gun policies are making crime worse - The Washington Post
The real reason Congress banned assault weapons in 1994 -- and why it worked
Advertisers flee InfoWars founder Alex Jones' YouTube channel

Footage shows Israeli Border Policeman throw grenade at Palestinian couple carrying infant : worldnews

Theresa May: 'Life is going to be different' after Brexit (but much better!) warned her people that they must accept some trade-offs to achieve the independence their government seeks, even as she asked the Europeans to, please, seek compromise on the issues of trade, tariffs and borders she said are essential ... "I want to be straight with people," said May ("ok, you stupid fucks, you're doomed, just like those idiot in the U.S. who thought they were "draining the swamp")

Why Italy's Insular Election Is More Important Than It Looks (the fascists are back: Make Italy Fucked Again)
How Italy does Putin's work -- Sympathy for the Russian president among many lawmakers and voters is out in the open. (and Burlusconi is back!)

s Social App Becomes The Most Downloaded In 18 Countries - It remains unclear as to why Vero, founded in 2015, surged in popularity this week. It has an average 2 out of 5 star reviews on both app stores. (Russian bots, ya think?)

Lindsey Graham: War with North Korea would be 'worth it' in the long run (twisted Lindsey has always been a monster +'hey, what's a few million dead non-white people?")

Canada, top exporter of steel and aluminum to U.S., 'flabbergasted" by Trump's tariff proposals (typical Canadian response to American idiocy)
TBogg - Totally King of New New California on Twitter: "Trump was pissed at Kushner, so he imposed steel tariffs. Tomorrow his cheeseburger will be late, so he'll bomb Iowa
Trump escalates trade war, threatens European carmakers with stiff tariffs - The Washington Post (baby president is having a tantrum)

It's time to talk about Nastya Rybka -- the sex worker from Belarus who has plausibly claimed to have intel on Trump's ties to the Kremlin and is seeking asylum to tell her story. No longer a sideshow, this developing story is now in major media
Seth Abramson on Twitter: "28/ Trump has at some point lied about *every aspect* of his Moscow trip which suggests he has something to hide about it."
34/ So YES, Mueller's team -- I say with confidence -- believes it likely such a tape exists. (For all the foregoing reasons, and *also* because many Russian journalists have confirmed for U.S. journalists that such a recording would be Putin's M.O. for a high-value target like Trump.) (so yes, the Pee-Me tape is real and Putin has it)
35/ So the question is whether Rybka would *know* the women who went to Trump's room -- or know those who know the women and could act as witnesses for Mueller in trying to access those women. Here, again, we get a reasonably strong YES for reasons you can probably already guess at.

Intelligence veterans sound the alarm over House Intel Committee partisanship - Business Insider - "You've got the Republicans in the hot seat, clearly cooperating with the White House, to beat up the White House's intelligence and law enforcement agencies. That's unprecedented." ... Nunes said last month that he is planning on releasing a series of additional memos raising questions about the intelligence community and multiple federal government agencies, like the State Department. And while it remains to be seen how fiercely Democrats will push back, in many ways, the damage may already be done.

Week 41: Mueller's Digging Picks Up Speed - POLITICO Magazine - burying Russians and lobbyists. How long before he dumps Trump in the hole?
The Hill on Twitter: "Obama AG: Mueller has enough evidence to charge Trump with obstruction of justice "
Holder predicts Mueller trying to bolster obstruction of justice case | TheHill < br /> 'Pure madness' : Dark days inside the White House as Trump shocks and rages - Trump is now a president in transition, at times angry and increasingly isolated. He fumes in private that just about every time he looks up at a television screen, the cable news headlines are trumpeting yet another scandal. He voices frustration that son-in-law Jared Kushner has few on-air defenders. He revives old grudges. And he confides to friends that he is uncertain about whom to trust ... in an unorthodox presidency in which emotion, impulse and ego often drive events ... "Pure madness" ... "I think the president is starting to wobble in his emotional stability and this is not going to end well" ... he thinks the American people are finally starting to conclude that the Democrats, as opposed to his campaign, colluded with the Russians ... Trump jetted Friday to his favorite refuge, his private Mar-a-Lago Club in South Florida, where he dined on the gilded patio with old friends
Trump Is Coming Apart as the World Comes Apart Around Him - This week has been different.

John Kelly Caught Peddling More Bullshit About the Rob Porter Scandal (it was just "emotional" abuse, which all men do)

Jared Kushner entanglements increasingly concern President Trump: Sources - ABC News (there's stupid and then there's Jared)
Jared Kushner Backed Qatar Blockade a Month After Qataris Wouldn't Finance His Property (dad will go back to jail, along with his crooked kid)

Seth Abramson on Twitter: "I recently called for Trump-Russia analysts to stop erasing the women of Trumpworld from the Russia investigation -- as some of those closest to Trump's clandestine schemes are smart, talented women. Now @page88 has leapt into the breach with this great essay
Ivanka Trump: Born to legitimize corruption and make the shoddy look cute ... One person present said, "It was like Princess Ivanka had laid the sword on Flynn's shoulders and said "Risa and go forth" ... It's impossible to keep track of all the gangsters Ivanka has palled around with. But what's truly damning are the shady real-estate projects she has made rise and go forth (she can redecortate her prison cell +MACA: Make America Corrupter Again +thanks gain, Cyrus "Yes I am totally corrupt" Vance)

Seth Abramson on Twitter: "Just like the man whose wall it is."
The Hill on Twitter: "First company awarded contract for Trump border wall has history of refusing to pay subcontractors"

A Presidential Milestone: Trump has spent 100 days in office at one of his golf clubs - CNNPolitics

Smarter-than-thou media outlets like Slate that once tried to bury me under an avalanche of allegations of conspiracy theory -- just because I tried to fact-check the Steele Dossier -- are now daily confirming what I've been writing on my feed since January 2017 (haha, contrarion Slate for Trump!)
Seth Abramson on Twitter: "That it's the GOP inquiring about this is wild as hell. The month delay in notifying Comey about the Weiner emails or getting Abedin/Weiner permission to view them or getting a search warrant kept the issue alive to blow up right before the election. The FBI's delay hurt CLINTON." (investigate Hillary! +Comey fucked the country trying to preserve his Rethug cred)

The Right Can't Fight the Future - While Trump and his cabinet loot the palace, the GOP has reckoning coming its way. (they've always fought the future along with the rest of reality) Republicans who are now in full blown freakout over a potential trade war voted for exactly what they're getting.

TBogg - Totally King of New New California on Twitter: "First they came for the guys who wear cowboy hats, but who aren't cowboys ... "Patriot Hats: Under Seige (sic) by the Deep State" (yeah, Fox can't spell, either +"cowboys" are "patriots" +their facial hair)

Days before the election, Stormy Daniels threatened to cancel deal to keep alleged affair with Trump secret - The Washington Post

'All-In or Nothing' : West Virginia's Teacher Strike Was Months in the Making

Eschaton: At Least There's A Bathroom For Women Now - But not much more. -- "For example, you are not allowed to bring children onto the floor of the Senate at all," Duckworth noted. "If I have to vote, and I'm breastfeeding my child, especially during my maternity leave period, what do I do? Leave her sitting outside?" ... Duckworth said she's also being told she can't "technically" take maternity leave to care for her daughter. "Because if I take maternity leave, then I won't be allowed to sponsor legislation or vote during that time period," she explained. (the patriarchy strikes back)

The Dumb Reason Some Kids Born To LGBTQ Americans Aren't U.S. citizens - the department has clung to an outdated interpretation of the law under which it requires a biological tie between the U.S. citizen parent and the child. (next: children of Democrats will be deported to ... Canada!)

Trump pushes Republicans to oppose crucial New York-New Jersey tunnel project - The Washington Post -- Trump personally appealed to House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) this week to target federal funding for the $30 billion Gateway project, which would construct a tunnel into New York's Penn Station to supplement two aging tubes that are at risk of failing in the coming years. The project is widely considered to be among the most pressing and most expensive infrastructure needs in the country ... "North Carolina and the other 48 states should not have to foot the bill for this hall of fame earmark," said Rep. Ted Budd (R-N.C.), who offered the amendment. (yeah, all those red state moochers +MADA: Make America Dysfunctional Again)
Are You Tired Of All the Winning Yet? - Lawyers, Guns & Money - Let's risk the collapse of the East Coast's transportation infrastructure out of spite!

Colorado House Members In Bulletproof Vests Vote To Eject Rep For Sex Harassment | HuffPost ... It was the first time in over a century that the state's House of Representatives has expelled a member. Former Democratic state Rep. Steve Lebsock, who switched to the Republican Party an hour before the decision, was expelled in a 52-9 vote (so he was actually a Rethug) "I am an honorably discharged Marine Corps veteran," he said tearfully (that explain a lot)

Texas early voting numbers a 'wake-up call' for GOP as Democrats double their 2014 turnout - a 92 percent increase for Dems, 18% for ReCrooks ... The jump in Collin County, which votes for more conservative candidates, is even greater -- the number of Democratic primary voters increased 235 percent from 2014, while Republican voters increased by 47 percent (alien Ted Cruz may lose)

Kentucky's 'child bride' bill stalls as groups fight to let 13-year-olds wed ... "This is legalized rape of children" schrod (a whole state of good Christian pedohiles ... "parents should decide" not the law)

HuffPost on Twitter: ""No problem!" "No worries!" "Anytime!" "Of course!" "Sure thing!" "Uh huh!" These are some of the many ways people commonly respond to "thank you." But what happened to the classic "you're welcome"?

Exclusive: Florida Public School Teacher Has A White Nationalist Podcast | HuffPost - Dayanna Volitich suggests Muslims be eradicated from the earth, believes anti-Semitic conspiracy theories ... and teaches middle school social studies.

CMU shooting: James Eric Davis, Jr. fatally shot parents, police say
Parents killed by son in Central Michigan University dorm, campus police say - The Washington Post - A suspect has been arrested for fatally shooting his mother and father Friday in a dormitory at Central Michigan University

Last Call for George Plimpton's Apartment, and the Era It Embodied

DNA Testing Forced Me To Rethink My Entire Racial Identity | HuffPost

Researchers have found that individuals who took even a single dose of psychedelic drugs like LSD, "magic" mushrooms and ayahuasca could experience sustained personality changes that lasted several weeks, months or even years : science
This is LSD attached to a brain cell serotonin receptor (January 26, 2017)
ELI5: What exactly does LSD do to your brain? : explainlikeimfive
Depersonalization/derealization news, discussion & awareness

New data shows just how much social sharing has decreased since 2015 (and News Feed tweaks are just one factor) ; Nieman Journalism Lab


Oil Was Central in Decision to Shrink Bears Ears Monument, Emails Show - The New York Times (sell of all those damn parks, our corps need the money)
EPA moves to overhaul Obama-era safeguards on coal ash waste - The Washington Post (coal corps free to dump toxic waste into any old river they feel like)

Deputies were told to set up 'perimeter' around Parkland shooting. That's not the training - Capt. Jan Jordan, commander of BSO's Parkland district, gave the order, the log shows, identifying her by her police call sign ... The document raises fresh questions about the department's handling of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14.
How to Buy a Gun in 15 Countries - The New York Times - Many Americans can buy a gun in less than an hour. In some countries, the process takes months. Here are the basic steps for how most people buy a gun in 15 of them
Central Michigan University shooting: 2 dead, gunman missing - Sources told the Free Press that the victims are believed to be the shooter's parents
N.R.A. Suggests Trump May Retreat From Gun Control - The New York Times (they had a little talk with him)
The student activists of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High demonstrate the power of a full education. - How the student activists of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High demonstrate the power of a comprehensive education.
White House softens tone on gun-control measures after Trump meets with NRA - The Washington Post
Delta Airlines NRA dispute: Only 13 passengers ever bought tickets - That translates into each discount costing the airline about $3 million in tax breaks.
Tucker Carlson Turns On Trump: 'Imagine If Barack Obama Had Said That' | HuffPost - Congress would be talking impeachment right now (it took taking guns away from dangerous people for Fucker to draw the line)

Instead of Taking on Gun Control, Democrats Are Teaming With Republicans for a Stealth Attack on Wall Street Reform

Depth of Russian Politician's Cultivation Of NRA Ties Revealed - A prominent Kremlin-linked Russian politician has methodically cultivated ties with leaders of the National Rifle Association, and documented efforts in real time over six years to leverage those connections and gain access deeper into American politics,

Amsterdam Kosher restaurant vandalized again | NL Times - Bar-on previously requested permanent police and camera surveillance for his restaurant. But in January the municipality rejected this request, according to the newspaper. He will now file another request. (idiots)

A Trump ally is likely to replace a career diplomat as U.S. ambassador, and Mexicans are worried - The Washington Post - An experienced diplomat and Latin America expert, Jacobson is the latest of several high-level officials at the State Department to part ways with the Trump administration.

The Trump-Russia Story Gets Even Weirder - The New York Times - In his 2014 book "Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible" Peter Pomerantsev describes modern Russia as a decadently surreal place where the ruling regime fuses propaganda with over-the-top entertainment to systematically distort and recreate reality ... "the missing link in the connection between Russia and the U.S. elections"

Trump's embrace of Russia: The evidence on public display already paints a jarring picture - Trump's in-plain-sight embrace of Russia gets obscured by the Trump news avalanche. It's worth reviewing what's been established so far. - Long before running for president, Trump relied on Russian money. - Trump consistently defends Russia and attacks U.S. officials investigating Russia.
Leaked: Secret Documents From Russia's Election Trolls - Kremlin-backed troll farm efforts to stir up real protests and target specific Americans to push their propaganda.

U.S. Allies Threaten Retaliation Over Trump's Tariffs Announcement | HuffPost ... "trade wars are good, and easy to win" (only if you're really stupid)
Trump's trade war could erase all the tax-cut gains (win-win)
Man of steel: Trump's secret fantasies realized
Ben Sasse slams Trump's "kooky 18th century protectionism"
Who's the Sucker? - Tales from the Junk Bond Cabinet, courtesy of Donald Trump and Carl Icahn.
Trump confidant dumped millions in steel-related stock last week -- Carl Icahn has impeccable timing - Icahn dumped $31.3 million of stock in a company heavily dependent on steel last week, just days before Trump announced plans to impose steep tariffs on steel imports. (just a coincidence)

Trump was angry and 'unglued' when he started a trade war, officials say ... By Thursday afternoon, the U.S. stock market had fallen and Trump, surrounded by his senior advisers in the Oval Office, was said to be furious. ("furious" because the stock market fell because he's an idiot - "furious" is the word most often associated with Trump)

Mueller's net is tightening around Trump's inner circle -- and maybe Trump himself
Mueller team asking if Kushner foreign business ties influenced Trump policy - NBC News
Trump vs. Mueller is a battle for America's soul (better late then never, Max)

Sarah Huckabee Sanders clarifies: Trump said lots of stuff this week he may not mean - The Washington Post (otherwise known as "lies")

The great unraveling: Trump's allies are really worried about him - Not since Richard Nixon started talk??? here's why it still matters - The Washington Post - Agents were focused on how Abedin's and Clinton's messages ended up on a laptop used by former congressman Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), Abedin's estranged husband (historical role of fuck up) ... Strzok's text about Abedin appears to rebut the notion that he was pulling punches for Clinton or her associates, as it shows him advocating for aggressive steps if Abedin's lawyer were to push for immunity. (so, the exact reverse of what Trump has been rage-tweeting)

Eschaton: The Maggie Haberman Defense Squad - It's too boring to go through it all, but as is often the case Maggie took to Twitter last night to say Hicks' departure was NOT due to her House intel meeting and Trump being pissed about her performance, but instead was just something she had been thinking about for months and, well, there are no other reasons so STOP SAYING THAT SHUTUPTSHUTUPSHUTUP FAKE NEWS FAKE NEWS (she actually used the term 'fake news.') Other journalists offered other accounts, as predicted, but Maggie has THE SOURCES, so you stupid proles should stop believing FAKE NEWS shutupSHUTUPSHUTUPSHUTUP.

Hope Hicks $10 million payday as publishers scramble to sign her | Daily Mail Online - for a book deal to spill the secrets of Trump's inner sanctum inner sanctum and her affair with wife abuser Rob Porter
"She's in Immense Personal Jeopardy": Even for Hope Hicks, the West Wing Got Too Hot

When Jeff Sessions finally called Trump's bluff - The top three officials at the Justice Department strolled to dinner together Wednesday evening with smiles less than eight hours after Attorney General Jeff Sessions launched his first public rebuttal to President Donald Trump's latest fusillade on Sessions' "disgraceful" handling of Republican allegations of surveillance abuses at the department and FBI. (Mr. Magoo, defender of white supremacy)

DHS offers to drop deportation case against wife of 7th Special Forces Group vet (looked kinda extreme, so ..)
Justice Department reviewing Oakland mayor's tipoff of immigration raids, which led to 232 arrests

Veteran Affairs Secretary David Shulkin 'Extremely Pranoid' Ahead of Damning New Investigation, Sources Say - The head of the Department of Veterans Affairs is running out of allies and lifelines after he was criticized for vacationing on the taxpayer's dime. The worst may be yet to come ... over his use of his security detail to run personal errands

Sen. Orrin Hatch calls Obamacare supporters 'stupidest, dumbass people' (speaking of lizards)

Australian Columnist Gushes Over Trump, Then Hits Him Where It Hurts | HuffPost - "He does still have little hands'
Donald Trump Attacks Alec Baldwin In Early Morning Twitter Rant Amid Week Of Chaos | HuffPost - rump misspelled Baldwin's name twice in unhinged rant (presidential unhinged rants are the new normal and we know it's hard, HuffPo, but he actually also misspelled "dying" until he was corrected)

Eschaton: Vote For Us - And, well, we'd like to do some stuff but 60 votes and the veto and for some reason there are always some bad senators named "Joe" and maybe if we beg Republicans to pass this compromise and...but we will fight for yooooouu!!! ... Everybody should know that what Democrats should really want is an abortion cart on every corner, just as everyone knows that Republicans want to stone women who have abortions to death. The abortion cart on every corner bill might not get past the filibuster. I get that. But that should be what "we're fighting for yooooouuuu" means. Dems should not be fighting to "return regular order to the Senate and, um, continue the tradition of bipartisan comity and compromise, preferably with as many gangs of senatorial media hogs as possible."

House Race in Pennsylvania May Turn on Trump Voters's Regrets

Everyone in Washington Is Having a Lovely Time (the culture you're not a part of and aren't supposed to know anything about)

Did CNN Purchase an Industrial-Sized Washing Machine to Spin News? (Snope in on the joke, apparently)
Freakout Over a Satirical Blog Shows the Perils of Its Fight Against Fake News

4 Tulsa high school football players accused of raping a fellow student at the superintendents house over 6 months ago. Multiple officials being investigated for cover-up. : news

Why Montgomery Blair High School alumni are saying #MeToo - The Washington Post - Eric Walstein, a nationally recognized teacher at Montgomery Blair High School in Maryland, has been accused of harassment by hundreds of alumni ... 400 alumni from the Class of 1989 to the Class of 2017 ... More than 430 alumni have signed the letter that went to magnet faculty,

Former Obama administration official has reached a deal to buy Weinstein Co. assets - An investor group led by former U.S. Small Business Administration head Maria Contreras-Sweet and billionaire Ron Burkle has reached an agreement in principle to purchase assets of Weinstein Co

Police officers' names disappear from Maryland court case search database : news (America has a cop problem)
Woman Says Fort Lauderdale Cops Beat Her After She Testified in Brutality Case : news

NYC man wins nearly $1M lawsuit against NYPD over DWI charge - NY Daily News
Police shootings of unarmed black people occur more often in states with higher levels of segregation and other forms of structural racism : science

Joshua Tree Couple Arrested After 3 Children Found Living in Plywood Box for Years:

Child called racial slur, spat on by firefighter at Overland Par - KCTV5

Silicon Valley home shatters new record with enormous price tag (880 sq ft $2+ million, $2,358/sq.ft.)

TIL that cats have almost twice the amount of neurons as dogs and can be allergic to humans. : todayilearned - undefined

TIL a massive earthquake struck Japan in 1923, causing a fire tornado that incinerated 38,000 people in 15 minutes and was so hot, people's feet were melted to the ground and they could not run away. : todayilearned

/u/400-rabbits provides an excellent, well sourced take-down of another user's ridiculous pseudo-archaeology claims that an unknown third civilization influenced both ancient Egypt and the Olmec : bestof

Which serial killers interest/scare you the most? : AskReddit
Redditors Who Smoke Weed, What's the Most Entertaining Thing to Watch When You're Stoned? : AskReddit
(NSFW) Waiters of reddit, what's some fucked up shit you overheard while waiting tables? : AskReddit

Ex-Google recruiter: I was fired because I resisted "illegal" diversity efforts
Google accused in lawsuit of excluding white and Asian men in hiring to boost diversity : technology

Uber and Lyft drivers' median hourly wage is just $3.37, report finds | Technology | The Guardian - Majority of drivers make less than minimum wage and many end up losing money - "The companies are losing money. The businesses are being subsidized by [venture capital] money
And the drivers are essentially subsidizing it by working for very low wages." ... "effectively what you're doing as a driver is borrowing against the value of your car,"
AT&T's is now saying keeping America safe is dependent on them creating internet fast lanes : technology (we'll protect you with extortion!)
A 1.3Tbps DDoS hit GitHub, the largest attack ever recorded in the history : news


Witness deflates Trump's claim that he stopped bat beating in 1991: 'He came at the tail end of the event' (lied about it and planted story in the news like he always did)

EU Warnss Tech Giants to Remove Terror Content in 1 Hour -- or Else - Bloomberg

Are Saudi Arabia's reforms for real? A recent visit says yes ... comment: "Not another puff piece about the Saudis from their court sycophant Ignatius."

Pew Research Center: 1. Generations' party identification, midterm voting preferences, views of Trump
4. Race, immigration, same-sex marriage, abortion, global warming, gun policy, marijuana legalization | Pew Research Center
Where Millennials end and post-Millennials begin | Pew Research Center

Putin boasts military might with animation of nuke strike on Florida - CNN - "I do think Vladimir Putin was speaking to one audience," she said. "It wasn't anyone in Russia. It was Donald Trump" (nukes over Mar-a-Lago)
Putin Unveils 'Invicible' Nuke, Shows Animation Striking Florida

Russian model in Thai jail promises to spill Trump secrets - CNN
Rick Gates canceling trip due to threat invoking Russian mafia - CNNPolitics

U.S. Ambassador to Mexico to Quit Amid Tense Relations Under Trump - The New York Times - The ambassador, Roberta S. Jacobson, 57, served just under two years in the post, after her arrival was delayed by a prolonged confirmation process. (Trump's meltdown over the wall was the last straw) Trump's election abruptly changed the generally warm relations that the United States had developed with Mexico over the last 25 years -- ones that Mrs. Jacobson had helped foster through much of her career. Mrs. Jacobson was left working with her Mexican counterparts to assuage growing concern -- and anger -- at the new president's tough talk (fuck this shit, she said and another experienced diplomat is gone)

Senate Intelligence Leaders Say House G.O.P. Leaked a Senator's Texts (dirty little Russian Nunes ratfucking)
Senate sources suspect Nunes behind leak of Warner texts - CNNPolitics
It's Time for Devin Nunes To Go - for Good - The idea that either intelligence committee would breach security protocol and take part in partisan attacks is a major problem, and it makes it clear that there is one person responsible for the breakdown of the integrity of the committee: Devin Nunes. (if even Redstate ...)

Russia "Previewed" Plan to Disseminate Emails with Trump Campaign - And how that's legally signicant ... So when Donald Trump openly called on the Russians to hack Hillary Clinton's emails, they'd be richly rewarded if they released these to the press, his campaign had already been put on notice that the Russians were prepared to do just that and disseminate these stolen emails." (dot 1 meet dot 2)
Mueller eyes charges against Russians who stole, spread Democrats' emails

Has Jared Kushner Conspired to Defraud America? - The New York Times - By Marcy Wheeler - According to reports, Mr. Mueller appears to be assessing whether Mr. Kushner, in the guise of pursuing foreign policy on behalf of the United States, was actually serving the interests of his family and foreign governments.
Jared Kushner's Family Business Received Loads After White House Meetings (bribes in every direction)
Jared Kushner's many, many scandals, explained - From the Russia investigation to the security clearance troubles to loans to his family business.
Jared Kushner Is Deep in It with Robert Mueller Now - What happens next? ... (Mueller's) looking into every dark corner of the family business, and the family business is nothing but dark corners

Trump refers to Sessions as "Mr. Magoo' - Trump has been comparing his top law enforcement official to the bumbling cartoon character, an elderly man who lands in comic situations largely due to his severe near-sightedness. (he refused to appoint a special prosecutor to go after Obama's illegal spying on Trump) Trump's New Target: The Justice Department's Inspector General
Besieged Sessions dines with Rosenstein, Francisco -- If Donald Trump finally follows through on his rage and fires Jeff Sessions, the image with this story will be printed in history books. (rager-in-chief)
Mueller investigation examining Trump's apparent efforts to oust Sessions in July (it's called "obstruction," Donnie-boy)

Trump berated Hope Hicks for admitting she told white lies for him - Business Insider - during which she admitted to telling white lies on behalf of Trump ... Trump's "last emotional crutch" (he screamed at her and then said "you're fired!")
Hope Hicks refused to answer whether "a litany" of Trump associates asked her to lie (because they are so saintly) U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney R-FL : "bullshit question" ... "The whole line of questionning was a tramp, They sent her down a rabbit hole that she could not get out of. And it was completely unfair." U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-California, fired back "it's a question that is asked of witnesses every day across America - and most people don't have a hard time answering it."
Hope Hicks refused to tell House panel whether she had lied for senior Trump officials, lawmakers say - The Washington Post
Hope Hicks Leaves the Trump White House | The New Yorker - Hope Hicks is kidding herself if she thinks that her tenure in the Trump White House will be judged only for harmless, situational untruths ... In the moral universe of the Trump White House, her sin could not have been the lying; it could only be the admission ... As a communications director, she was, when it came to the subject of Hope Hicks, uncommunicative. The words she used to describe her feelings upon resigning were that she had "no words."
How Hope Hicks trapped into saying she told 'white lies' for Trump | Daily Mail Online -- 'If your response to the question, 'Have you ever been asked by your boss to lie for him?' is to take two time outs, we already know the answer to the question,' Swalwell told the network. (Trump: "how could you be so stupid to let them ask you if I ever told you to lie? You should have spent 10 years in prison, instead." +it was a trap, I tell you)

Exclusive: FBI counterintel looks at Ivanka Trump business deal - the negotiations and financing surrounding Trump International Hotel and Tower in Vancouver, according to a US official and a former US official. The scrutiny could be a hurdle for the first daughter as she tries to obtain a full security clearance in her role as adviser to President Donald Tr

The White House Didn't Break Hope Hicks Overnight ... the 13th prominent White House official to leave during the first 13 months of the administration.

Many Trump Staffers Are Trying To Leave His Out-Of-Control White House
The wild wars within the Trump White House - Axios - sources close to President Trump say he is in a bad place -- mad as hell about the internal chaos and the sense that things are unraveling. (said the chaos man)

Trump's new tariffs could make beer, cars and baseball bats more expensive
See Hud'ss $31,000 mahogany dining set

Fail as deputy chief of staff? You're the next drug czar! ... Trump, meanwhile, isn't engaged with anything

Scott Lloyd and the ORR Policies Regarding Pregnant Teens - Scott Lloyd, an anti-choice fanatic who has been placed in charge of the Office of Refugee Resettlement. This is the organization that takes care of minor children who enter this country without their parents and without documentation. Lloyd is currently tangled up with the ACLU because he consistently denies the requests of young women in his custody to obtain abortions.

Questions linger about how Melania Trump, a Slovenian model, scored 'the Einstein visa' (she's married to an Einstein of criminality)

AP-NORC Poll: Most Americans say Trump is racist - Fifty-seven percent of all adults, including more than 8 in 10 blacks, three-quarters of Hispanics and nearly half of whites, said they think Trump is racist. Eighty-five percent of Democrats consider Trump racist, but just 21 percent of Republicans agree.
Voters vow to elect a Congress that stands up to Trump, poll shows - By close to 2-1, 58%-32%, those surveyed say they want to elect a Congress that mostly stands up to the president, not one that mostly cooperates with him. - The level of voter unrest is rare at a time of prosperity, when a 55% majority rate the economy as being in a recovery. (80% of Refucks)

Trump's corruption deserves to be a central issue in the 2018 midterms - Democrats need to shine a spotlight on conflicts of interest.
Why Democrats are suddenly competitive in deep-red Texas - Texas Democratic primary 2018: what to expect - Vox - unbridled enthusiasm among Democrats

White House furious at embarrassing stories about HUD, Secretary Ben Carson - CNNPolitics (but very presidentially "furious")

National Security Pros, It's Time to Talk About Right-Wing Extremism

The Trump Official Who Blocked Undocumented Teens From Getting Abortions Said He Doesn't Believe They Have The Constitutional Right To The Procedure - Scott Lloyd, the head of the Office of Refugee Resettlement

The Myth of the Times' Intellectual Diversity - opinion section reflects the elite establishment consensus, not the reality of America's political divisions -- "The newsroom feels embarrassed" ... star columnists "full of "blowhardy bullshit" one senior Times staffer recently told Vanity Fair ... Bennet's apologia frames the dispute as a battle between those who are intellectually curious and open minded and those who are ideologically homogenous and hidebound. (dishonest libtards vs. "intellectually curious conservatives"

Sexual harassment cases force universities to reconsider relationship policies - The Boston Globe - This winter, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology followed institutions such as Harvard University, Northwestern University, and Yale University in outlawing sexual or romantic relationships between professors and undergraduate students. MIT also sought to limit these relationships between graduate students and professors and barred student teaching assistants from dating other students they may have authority over. (and that made four)

Far-right extremists are quietly murdering police officers - Data shows dozens of officers have been murdered by the far-right over the last decade. But no one seems to be talking about it.

Pennsylvania deputy was killed by friendly fire -- not by a fugitive wanted for shooting pregnant woman (takes a good guy with a gun ...)

State trooper involved in shooting has history of racist online posts - The Boston Globe - The Massachusetts State Police trooper who fired his rifle during a police confrontation in which a Cape Verdean ATV driver was injured in Boston on Saturday has a long history of posting racist and profane comments on a website called MassCops, including some in support of police officers who shoot suspects.

Balance on cannabis may lead to answers on opioids - The Boston Globe - Recent research has shown that medical or recreational cannabis policies are associated with decreased opioid use and overdoses, and deaths by overdose. A review in Health Affairs of Medicare Part D prescription data from 2010 to 2013 revealed a significant decline in pain medication prescriptions in states with medical cannabis laws compared to those without. (someone call Jason "The Mass Legislature is the Original Vice Industry and Gateway Drug to Stupidity Addiction" Lewis

California's quality of life is the worst in the country: Says who? (among others, Fox News) - If you're under 40 or a renter, the California dream of owning a home is out of reach according to a new poll.

Beverly man charged with threatening Donald Trump Jr. - The Boston Globe - Daniel Frisiello was arrested Thursday morning on federal charges of mailing threats to injure and providing false information and hoaxes

Boston's most radical TV show blew the minds of a stoned generation in 1967 -- What's' Happening, Mr. Silver? -- When a Tufts instructor launched the trippy TV show on WGBH, it was unlike anything viewers had ever seen ... Up on Fort Hill in Roxbury, the experiment impressed Mel Lyman, the impossible-to-freak-out creator of "Avatar" a popular underground newspaper that was the subject of multiple controversies that year ... The old guard at WGBH wanted to hold the line, but six years later ... (WGBH was fine with him until he criticized the Vietnam war, and, responding to criticism of their racism, GBH switched to "black programming" because MLK and an hour a week is enough of either hippies or black people)

AI Experts List the Real Dangers of Artificial Intelligence - Defense One - Every AI advance by the good guys is an advance for the bad guys, too.


The US Could Supply 80 Percent of Its Energy with Wind and Solar : technology

With AR-15s, Mass Shooters Attack With the Rifle Firepower Typically Used by Infantry Troops - The New York Times (NSFL)
Church officials hold their AR-15-style rifles while people attend a blessing ceremony with their AR-15-style rifles at the Sanctuary Church in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania, U.S., February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz : pics (gun worship at its pinnacle: who would Jesus shoot?)
Florida Moves To Arm Teachers After School Massacre | HuffPost - More guns.
Rubio Bill Would Let 18-Year-Olds In D.C. Buy Assault-Style Guns -- Despite What He Just Said | HuffPost (both side of his mouth lie)
Dick's, Major Gun Retailer, Will Stop Selling Assault-Style Rifles (yeah, it's really called that)
Roku Will Not Drop NRA TV Amid Pressure From Protestors : television
Fedex's s secret deal with the NRA and the gun industry - While publicly trying to distance itself from the NRA, FedEx has made a secret agreement with the association and other major players in the firearms industry.
Dems fear overreach as left presses assault weapon ban | TheHill - Still it comes as other Democrats warn that embracing aggressive new gun restrictions carries risks, particularly in conservative-leaning districts where gun rights are sacrosanct. (DCCC offers their thought and prayers and tells Dems to shut up)

Eschaton: Gotta Give People Something To Be Intense About - It's generally accepted - and true, at least to some extent - that gun nuts and the NRA have such political success because the issue can turn out really intense single issue voters. Just say Obama (or Pelosi or Clinton or...) is gonna take away your guns and they show up to the midterms - The thing is that D politicians rarely try to inspire their own intense single issue voters who could be turned out on issues, including, yes, the gun issue ... 69 percent of Americans favor "stricter gun control laws," and 52 percent do so "strongly." Meanwhile, only 26 percent oppose them, with only 14 percent doing so strongly. (but the DCCC told us to keep our mouths shut)
We studied thousands of anonymous posts about the Parkland attack -- and found a conspiracy in the making
Harvard study finds gun injuries drop nationwide -- during NRA conventions

Florida Woman shoots fianci's dog, when he refused to crack her back : news

Alleged 9/11 plotter held at Guantanamo illegally should be released immediately, says UN: His interrogation inspired scenes in the film 'Zero Dark Thirty' : news

The Snowman and the Queen: Declassified NZ intelligence service documents confirm assassination attempt on Queen |

EU's Irish border position is a 'fantasy,' says former UK Brexit minister - 'amounts to an annexure of Northern Ireland' ... comments came in the wake of a leaked letter from Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to Prime Minister Theresa May, in which Johnson appears to accept the return of a hard border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, contradicting the U.K. government's position on the issue. (they fucked themselves and now they're complaining, which is what conservatives do)

The Model, the Mafia, and the Murderers - OCCRP - When the bodies of journalist Jan Kuciak and his fianci Marina Kusnirova, both 27, were found this Sunday

Trump Nobel Peace Prize nomination probed amid fakery concerns - BBC News - Mr Trump was reportedly nominated for his "ideology of peace by force" by an anonymous American.

A self-described sex expert says she will spill information on Trump and Russia to get out of a Thai jail - The Washington Post - A self-described sex expert whose videos highlighted the ties between one of Russia's richest men and the Kremlin has been jailed in Thailand and is calling for U.S. help, claiming she has information about links between Russia and President Trump.

Roger stone's Secret Messages with WikiLeaks - Transcripts obtained by The Atlantic show Donald Trump's longtime confidante corresponded with the radical-transparency group ... On March 17, 2017, WikiLeaks tweeted that it had never communicated with Roger Stone (dirty Julian lied, again and again)

Cyber chief says Trump has given him no new authority to strike at Russian interference threat - The Washington Post (or "defend against" presumeably)

U.S. intel: Russia compromised seven states prior to 2016 election - NBC News - Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Texas and Wisconsin ... compromised in a variety of ways, with some breaches more serious than others, from entry into state websites to penetration of actual voter registration databases. (Republican governors except CA)

ICE confirms 150-plus arrests in California sweep, slams Schaaf's early warning

Deciphering the Redactions in the Schiff Memo | Just Security - contained a few nuggets of new information ... "DOJ's warrant request was based on compelling evidence and probable cause to believe Page was knowingly assisting clandestine Russian intelligence activities in the U.S." (knowingly) the four individuals most likely are: Carter Page, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos and Paul Manafort ... "We hope the Majority will never again misuse this obscure congressional rule to selectively declassify sensitive information for political purposes" Schiff added.

Mueller team asks about Trump's Russian business dealings as he weighed a run for president
Mueller asking if Trump knew about hacked Democratic emails before release - NBC News - team is asking witnesses pointed questions about whether Donald Trump was aware that Democratic emails had been stolen before that was publicly known, and whether he was involved in their strategic release, according to multiple people familiar with the probe.

Hope Hicks to Leave Post as White House Communications Director - The New York Times
Why Hope leaving matters - Axios - Trump will miss her in the same way he misses former bodyguard Keith Schiller. Hicks is family and has been part of his routine for nearly three years now. Trump increasingly finds himself working in a building populated by people he doesn't know an doesn't trust; some of whom did not even vote for him.
Little white lies could be a big problem for Hope Hicks - CNNPolitics
Hope Hicks told the truth about lying for Trump. Now she's gone ... Hicks had done something that is incompatible with serving in this administration: She told the truth about the lies. (well, it was that or go to jail =comment:" Hope had dated every single guy in the White House but Stephen Miller, so even she has some standards." comments focus on lying and the truth)

More Than 30 Trump Aides Lose Top Secret Clearance, Sources Say - Bloomberg (out of how many, please)
The White House chief calligrapher has a higher security clearance than Jared Kushner - CNNPolitics

Kushner's overseas contacts raise concerns as foreign officials seek leverage (dirty little traitor)
Kushner loses access to top-secret intelligence - POLITICO - A memo sent Friday downgraded the presidential son-in-law and adviser and other White House aides who had been working on interim clearances.
The Deep State Takes Out the White House's Dark Clown Prince - Jared Kushner had a very bad terrible no good day. Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.
They went to Jared - Lawyers, Guns & Money - Another day, another scandal that would have been considered an existential crisis for any presidential administration in the Before Time:

Four Commerce Department appointees lose their posts after problems in background checks - The Washington Post - Among the Commerce appointees who lost their jobs Tuesday was Fred Volcansek, who served as a senior adviser to Ross for several months last year. Since last April, he has worked as executive director of SelectUSA, a program that promotes foreign investment in the United States. (they won't say, but looks criminal)

Hope Hicks Acknowledges She Sometimes Tells White Lies for Trump - The New York Times - She also pointedly and repeatedly declined to answer questions about the presidential transition or her time in the White House, lawmakers who sat in on the testimony said, telling investigators that she had been asked by the White House to discuss only her time on the campaign. They added that she did not formally invoke executive privilege.

Scoop: Trump family v. John Kelly - Axios - Don Jr., in particular -- was angry about the overwhelmingly negative TV coverage about Jared Kushner last night, and feels White House Chief of Staff Kelly is hanging Jared out to dry, a source familiar with the situation tells Axios.

11 ill after suspicious letter arrives at military base - CNNPolitics - Eleven people fell ill after a suspicious letter was opened in an administrative building at Joint Base Fort Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Virginia, on Tuesday, according to the Arlington County Fire Department. A law enforcement official said field tests for the letter all came back negative for any harmful substance, but the FBI is transporting it tonight to its lab in Quantico for further analysis.
11 People Have Fallen Ill After a Suspicious Letter Was Sent to a Military Base Near the Pentagon : news

"Free Speech" As A Republican Weapon - Lawyers, Guns & Money - he highly selective use of the First Amendment by Rpeublicans to protect Republican interests:

Ben Carson's HUD, Planning Cuts, Spends $31,000 on Dining Set for HiProposed budget cuts would affect poor and homeless Americans
US housing department to spend $165,000 on own furniture as it faces $6.8bn budget cut | US news | The Guardian - Spending is in addition to $31,000 dining set for Ben Carson's Office - Proposed budget cuts would affect poor and homeless Americans

Democrats Flip Two State Legislative Seats in CT and NH, Bringing Trump-Era Total to 39 - In a state House race in New Hampshire's Belknap County District 3 and another in Connecticut's House District 120 ... (NH) Donald Trump won the district by a sizable 54-41 margin in 2016, four years after Barack Obama carried it by just one point, 50-49 ... Last week, Democrat Linda Belcher won back her seat in Kentucky's state House District 49, which had favored Trump by nearly 50 points.

PA-18 Special Election Moves from Lean Republican to Toss Up | The Cook Political Report - not normal for Republicans to be worried about losing a seat President Trump carried by 20 points. But with two weeks to go before the March 13 special election, Republican state Rep. Rick Saccone is locked in an extremely close contest against Democratic prosecutor/Marine veteran Conor Lamb, who has significantly outspent him. We're e moving the race from Lean Republican to Toss Up.

Pence believes abortion will end "in our time," hinting that he thinks Trump will get another supreme court appointment who will overturn Roe. We all must register to vote. It can be done online. Here is the link. If the Dems retake the senate in Nov., Trump's appointments are dead on arrival. : TwoXChromosomes

PBS launching new conservative political talk show - Columnist Michael Gerson and commentator Amy Holmes are teaming to start a conservative-oriented talk show on PBS that takes its cue from William F. Buckley's "Firing Line," which aired from 1966 to 1999.

Former Infowars employees claim Alex Jones harassed them | Daily Mail Online

In Arizone, Joe Arpaio's Senate bid tests the strength of Trumpism

Democrats and Republicans are increasingly divided on the value of teaching black history - The Washington Post - 67 percent of Democrats thought our schools should be teaching more black history, compared with just 10 percent of Republicans. This divide, unlike the racial divide, is more recent. The left graph below shows that in 2000, Democrats and Republicans were about 20 points apart. The partisan divide is now 57 points.

Palantir has secretly been using New Orleans to test its predictive policing technology - The Verge - Palantir deployed a predictive policing system in New Orleans that even city council members don't know about ("deployed")

North Bay woman who allegedly ran sex ring with her son is a prolific feminist erotica writer - SFGate - A Rohnert Park woman who is accused of running a 150-woman prostitution ring with her son is also a prolific author of feminist erotica

Press secretary quits FEMA, citing 'boys club' Resignation comes after top public affairs leader left the agency amid pressure over its response to hurricanes.

Jeff Franklin Out as Showrunner of 'Fuller House' Amid Complaints About His Behavior - accused of being verbally abusive to staffers and making inappropriate statements in the writers' room, including making sexually charged comments about his personal relationships and sex life. Franklin has not been accused of directly sexually harassing or engaging in physical misconduct with any staffers. (another one down)

Young Harvey Weinstein: The Making of a Monster | Hollywood Reporter - The Hollywood Reporter retraces his moves in Queens and Buffalo and interviews dozens of former friends and associates to examine the formative years of Hollywood's most infamous figure ... Sources tell THR that Harvey has had little or no contact with his children, and one of his daughters, Remy (from his first marriage to Eve Chilton), has stayed out of the public view, absent for weeks from the L.A. gym where she once was a constant presence ... long before he was a mogul, he was a bully and a predator.

Retired Buffalo-area priest admits sexually abusing 'dozens' of boys : news

In L.A., a $35 ticket for sleeping on the sidewalk can turn into $238 in total charges. We are L.A. Times reporters who spent a year investigating police enforcement against homeless people (the jail industry)

Missouri man comes home to find girlfriend murdered in front of her two children; calls police, is charged with marijuana possession. : news (sadism industry)
Police thwart woman's alleged elementary school ax attack
Texas girl, 17, stabs newborn to death minutes after giving birth, police say : news

Uncover Confederate statues, says judge : news
TIL that racial segregation in the American South didn't begin right after the Civil War; it was imposed in the 1890s when rich whites in the South feared the Populist movement bringing poor whites and blacks together. Segregation literally stopped the two sides from legally gathering together. : todayilearned

5-year-old girl died hours after doctor turned her away for being late : news - It's also ironic that the only reason FOX is reporting on a little town in Wales is that they want to shit on Universal healthcare, when it wasn't the healthcare that caused the death.. it was the mothers choices.

Aliens Exist | The FADER - there was more to the moon landing than we were told, the mass of nuclear weapons the U.S. has is being held for a war with aliens, human evolution was tampered with by someone or something, and the U.S. government has a real live alien species locked up somewhere.

Dunning Kruger effect; why has it recently become an excuse for people to categoriz e the researchers found. : science
or cite stupidity they find in others, and justification for their own intelligence? : AskReddit - The Dunning-Kruger effect has its own Dunning-Kruger effect.

LSD produces a new type of 'harmonic' order in the brain, according to neuroimaging study - The drug resulted in the "emergence of new type of order in the brain"
Psychedelic mushrooms likely developed their "magical" properties to trip up fungi-munching insects, suggests new research. The work helps explain a biological mystery and could open scientific doors to studies of novel treatments for neurological disease.

The effects of light from the first stars in the universe has been detected for the first time: they started shining 180 million years after the Big Bang. The data also suggests the primordial gas was much colder than expected; this may be a sign of dark matter : science

People with more authoritarian attitudes are more likely to be disgusted by foul-smelling body odours, and the more easily disgusted a person is, the more they are likely to support Donald Trump. Scientists believe this disgust is related to avoidance, whether to new people and ideas or pathogens. : science (purity)

Young women who get abortions don't face an increased risk of depressive symptoms, according to results of a new study.

This scientist is testing a marijuana ingredient as a way to prevent relapse. It's a daunting task (mainly b/c anti-pot hysteria embedded in government)

What's your favorite website, other than Reddit? : AskReddit

Responding only using Haiku, how's your day going? : AskReddit
Do you believe that guys and girls can be just friends? Why? : AskReddit
What's the worst part of having siblings? : AskReddit
What's your favorite one liner ever? - A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother.
What's the hottest thing your SO has ever done?
[NSFW] People who got their nudes leaked, how did it affect your life? : AskReddit

Experienced Redditors, what is a typical rookie Redditor mistake? : AskReddit
What are some landmarks in Reddit history that all Redditors should know about? : AskReddit

With Net Neutrality Rules Repealed, AT&T Gets Ready For Paid Prioritization : technology (here it comes)
NASA Engineer Describes the Difference Between SpaceX and NASA When it Comes to Making Decisions : videos

Major EPA reorganization will end science research program | TheHill - A federal environmental program that distributes grants to test the effects of chemical exposure on adults and children is being shuttered amidst a major organization consolidation at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (just die, kids, we need the money for the riches)

The Parkland students are our first glimpse of the post-Millennial wave that's going to change the country - CNNPolitics
Children and Activism - Lawyers, Guns & Money

DCCC Advised Candidates Not To Discuss Gun Control Policy Right After Vegas Shooting | HuffPost - The campaign organization said Democrats should focus on offering thoughts and prayers. (a window into their incompetence -- fire them all and burn the place down)
The Parkland Shooting May Have Just Cemented America's Newest Voting Bloc | HuffPost - Furious teens and parents are emerging as a political force for gun control.
Donald Trump would have charged into school and stopped assault rifle-wielding murderer with his bare hands - Lawyers, Guns & Money
Catherynne Valente on Twitter: "The guy who couldn't even walk 700 yards with other world leaders on a sunny day in Italy toward a meeting & had to take a golf cart like a Walmart scooter-jockey now says he'd run into an active shooter situation unarmed and save the day. I mean, unless there are stairs.
Trevor Noah Spells Out Why Donald Trump Wouldn't Actually Confront A School Shooter | HuffPost - Remember that bald eagle?
Trump said he would charge a gunman.
Stephen Colbert Nails The NRA's Complete Hypocrisy In A Single Sentence | HuffPost
Here's a list of companies cutting ties with the NRA - Feb. 25, 2018 - In a statement, the National Rifle Association called the decisions "a shameful display of political and civic cowardice" (yeah, that makes a lot of sense)
Hypocrisy takes flight in Georgia - The Washington Post - Republicans have been trying for years to convince us that corporations have First Amendment rights -- at least, that is, when it works in their favor.

Sept. 11 trial judge orders explanation from Mattis | Miami Herald (your corrupt military aided by your bigly corrupt Trumpster)

Four far-right plots thwarted last year, says counter-terrorism chief Mark Rowley | UK news | The Guardian - The outgoing head of counter-terrorism policing in the UK has used his valedictory speech to warn against the rise of the far-right as he revealed four extremist rightwing plots were thwarted in 2017 ... more than 600 investigations encompassing Islamist, extreme rightwing and other motivations comprising more than 3,000 subjects of interest and a legacy of more than 20,000 individuals who featured in past terrorism investigations. (rise of the facists, again)

Bizarre legal brawl intensifies at Trump hotel in Panama - The Washington Post - He wanted to fire the Trump Organization, which has managed the hotel since it opened in 2011 ... blames ... poor management and damaged brand for the hotel's declining revenue ... With that, this bizarre standoff turned a theoretical concern about the Trump administration -- that someday, the president's private business might be investigated by a foreign government -- into a reality. (Trump considering invading Panama)
Panamanian police handcuff a guard at the Trump hotel as standoff escalates - The Washington Post ... But now, Fintiklis was at least inside. After the guard's detention, he went to the lobby piano and played Beethoven's "Fur Elise."

America's top diplomat to North Korea joins mass exodus from State Department - Trump's disregard for diplomacy is driving career diplomats to flee. (bullying is all you need)
Trump Is Preparing for a New Cold War With China - The Atlantic - by undermining America's soft power even as it ramps up competition with China, the Trump administration is sabotaging its own strategy. (who needs your liberal big government pansy soft power when you got the hard power of Trump?)

Supreme Court Ruling Means Immigrants Could Continue To Be Detained Indefinitely : NPR (5-3, Kagan recused because Obama, prison state is here)
No Bail Hearings for Detained Immigrants, Supreme Court Rules - The New York Times
Immigrants Rotting in Prison Will Show The Neoliberals That The Left Can't Be Blackmailed! Pretty clear that telling leftists to vote for a flawed Democrat over a fascist because of the vacancy on the Supreme Court was total blackmail.

US cyber chief says Trump hasn't told him to confront Russian cyber threat (wonder why that is?)
CNN Poll: 6 in 10 concerned Trump isn't doing enough to protect US elections

Mueller moves to dismiss charges against Gates - Axios - decision to drop the more expansive charges against Gates suggests that he may have provided good information for Mueller's probe. (sang like a bird)

What did Trump know, and when did he know it? - The Washington Post - To Pirro, Trump used a narrower definition: He himself made no phone calls and had no meetings related to Russian interference. (time to LOCK HIM UP)

How Trump's2020 campaign manager is connected to the Russia scandal - Parscale is linked to Cambridge Analytica, a data firm that has become a focus of the Trump-Russia investigation.
The Professor At The Center Of The Trump-Russia Probe Boasted To His Girlfriend In Ukraine That He Was Friends With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

Patton Oswalt on 'The View': Trump Is the 'Final Boss' of #MeToo Video Game - -- The comedian denounced Ivanka Trump's attempts to dismiss her father's sexual misconduct accusers.

Security clearances downgraded for Kushner and other White House officials - The Washington Post
Kushner's s overseas contacts raise concerns as foreign officials seek leverage - Officials in at least four countries have privately discussed ways they can manipulate Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, by taking advantage of his complex business arrangements, financial difficulties and lack of foreign policy experience (and general stupidity)
In Russia probe, Hope Hicks refuses to answer questions about Trump administration - The Washington Post - Hicks, who has already spoken with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's team as part of its probe, has become a central figure in a dispute between lawmakers and the White House about when and where witnesses can legitimately resist answering questions in a congressional probe.
Scoop: Josh Raffel leaving White House - Axios - quickly became the point man internally for Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump
'Give Me A Damn Break': Tweeters Drag Ivanka Trump For Playing The Daughter Card | HuffPost
Ivanka Trump's South Korea trip fuels White House tension

DCCC Internal Polling Presented to Members of Congress Panned Single Payer Health Care (again, fire them all and burn the place down along with their "consultants")

Why the poor don't soak the rich - Poor voters may oppose a policy of higher taxes and income transfers because they wrongly think they'll be victims of it (we're talking racist WHITE POor and very stupid)

Trump Losing College-Educated Whites? He Never Won Them in the First Place - The New York Times - New evidence that exit polls are a very flawed vehicle for doing post-election analysis ... In the end, the exit poll overestimates Republican support among most demographic groups, including well-educated white voters, and it overestimates the number of voters from Democratic-leaning voting blocs, like young, nonwhite and well-educated voters. (education not asked in exit polls)

Antisemitic incidents in US soar to highest level in two decades | Society | The Guardian - Largest year-on-year increase since 1979 comes as Trump administration is accused of failing to condemn bigotry ("failing to condemn" = cheering on) antisemitic incidents in the US surged 57% in 2017,

Housing official says she was replaced for rejecting Carson's costly office redecoration | US news | The Guardian ex-chief administrative officer says she was replaced by a Trump appointee and told '$5,000 will not even buy a decent chair' (swamp drained)
HUD Official Says She Was Demoted For Refusing To Blow Budget Cap On Decor (budget caps are for suckers)

How to recognize different types of white supremacists from quite a long way away - Lawyers, Guns & Money - Anyone who voted for Trump and/or does anything to support him is supporting racism and white supremacy ... This is America in 2018. If you support Donald Trump, you support white supremacy. Does that make you a white supremacist? Yes it does.

Corker decides against reelection bid, sticks with retirement - politico - voids what could have been an ugly primary between Corker and Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn. (crazy and crazier)

Greitens under fire as Missouri House launches probe; prosecutors may seek more charges | Law and order | ... unprecedented probe of a Missouri chief executive. (Seal with a big fish in his mouth +good job, MO Republicans)
Sex, blackmail and knights in shining armor - The Washington Post - It's a scandal for our times, an iconoclastic political outsider undone by allegations of homemade revenge porn. Or maybe Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens won't be undone. Running a page from the playbook of his pal President Trump, the Republican rookie is plunging ahead, gutting it out, evidently impervious to embarrassment.

Texas Democrats' early voting totals should 'shock every conservative to their core,' Abbott email says. Through Sunday in the 15 Texas counties with the most registered voters, 135,070 people had voted in the Republican primary and 151,236 in the Democratic. Compared to the first six days of early voting in 2014, Democratic turnout increased 69 percent, while Republicans saw a 20 percent increase. The Democrats even surpassed their early voting totals from the 2016 primary -- a presidential election year. Sen. Ted Cruz told a group of Republican voters this month that the left would "crawl over broken glass in November to vote ... We could get obliterated at the polls."

How Republicans Can Win the Midterms - POLITICO Magazine - It won't be easy, but with some lucky breaks and a lot of Democratic squabbling, the GOP could hold the House ... Beginning in late December, both the generic congressional ballot and Trump's approval ratings began ticking upward. These numbers, apparent across almost all polls ... (if by "all polls" you mean "Rasmussen")

WMUR first: Levi Sanders makes it official, he's a candidate for NH's 1st District House seat Bernie Sanders' son, a Claremont resident, running for Shea-Porter seat ... Sanders, 48, enters the race in the rare -- although not unprecendented -- position of residing out of the district he hopes to serve in Washington. He is a resident of Claremont, which is in the 2nd District, where he is a registered Democrat ... In addition to the eight Democrats now seeking the 1st District seat, there are also three Republican candidates ... After his father ended his presidential campaign, he returned to Cambridge and Somerville, Massachusetts, Legal Services, where he has been employed since 2000 as Social Security disability insurance and supplemental security income benefits specialist, according to his LinkedIn page.

Pro-Trump College Group Won't Tell the Feds What the Hell It's Doing -- The FEC has sent Students for Trump nine letters requesting info on who its donors are and what the group is funding. It has gotten no response ... It's legally distinct from the Trump campaign itself, but they have coordinated as SFT tried to craft a youth turnout operation on Trump's behalf. (kinda like his tax returns)

Carter Page Lavishes Praise On State TV Host Hannity: You're The Edward R. Murrow Of Trump/Russia ("State TV," very nice)

Sean Hannity Asked 'The Left' To React To Right-Wing Art. The Response Was Priceless. -- That probably didn't go as planned (because he's really dumb)
The "left" loves art, and especially taxpayer funded art that is "provocative." Let's get their reaction to this.
The Reagan Battalion on Twitter: "To be fair, some of us on the right like art too. "

How Powerful Men Reap Big Payouts On Their Way Out The Door For Sexual Harassment | HuffPost - And the public doen't hear about it

Eschaton: James Bennet Is A Dumdum - "People were not satisfied with his answers," one staffer who attended the meeting told HuffPost in a text message," since his answers were equivocal bullshit that didn's really address that the opinion section abuses fact and elevates white male conservative voices under the guise of'diversity of thought' And that he admits to making mistakes without any concern or even acknowledgement of what the consequences of those 'mistakes actually are." (fire his stupid conservative ass, sulzfucks!)
Leak: How NYT Editor James Bennet Justifies The Op-Ed Page To His Own Paper | HuffPost - "The world needs this from us right now." ... "The New York Times is in favor of capitalism because it has been the greatest engine of, it's been the greatest anti-poverty program and engine of progress that we've seen." (more dumbass evil conservative thought is just what the world needs right now +fuck your "engine of progress")
Quinn Norton: The New York Times Fired My Doppelgdnger - The Atlantic - I saw the internet create and destroy a bizarro version of myself ("context collapse" and a little "incoherence")

Turning Point USA: How one student in a diaper caused an eruption in the conservative youth organization | The Independent - What one chapter thought would be a great stunt turned them into a mockery. This is what happened next ... "As of right now, I am in disbelief at how I went from being so upbeat, enthusiastic, and passionate about this organisation to being disgusted, frustrated, and embarrassed to have invested my entire senior year into an organisation founded by a college dropout who hires some of the most incompetent, lazy, and downright dishonest people I have ever encountered," wrote former president Kaitlin Bennett in her scathing letter of resignation ... She added: "Maybe answering to business professionals rather than college dropouts, egotistic enough to put their face on stupid memes, will give you the leadership skills you desperately need for your positions." (+the usual grift)

More on Amy Wax and the right-wing academic martyr racket - Lawyers, Guns & Money (because being stupid, she's not that smart)

Barbra Streisand on How She Battled Hollywood's Boys' Club (like, literaly) ... She notes that only eight of the 100 top-grossing movies of last year were made by women ... Streisand has strong feelings about the president, "Everything he called Hillary, he is."
Cover Story: Jennifer Lawrence, a New Light | Vanity Fair


North Pole surges above freezing in the dead of winter, stunning scientists - The Washington Post
What Land Will Be Underwater in 20 Years? Figuring It Out Could Be Lucrative - The New York Times

Trump says he would have rushed into Florida school without a weapon (sure, Donnie, and your "base" believes you)
Trump says he would have run into Florida school unarmed - The Boston Globe (for the comments)
The Latest: Trump, lawmakers to talk about guns Wednesday - President Donald Trump says he had lunch during the weekend with key leaders of the National Rifle Association as he seeks to address gun violence and school safety.
Trump campaign emails photo of Parkland survivor, asks for donations - CNNPolitics
Stop sucking up to 'gun culture.' Americans who don't have guns also matter ... The poll finds that a majority of Americans strongly support action and vastly outnumber those who strongly oppose action. It finds that 69 percent of Americans favor stricter gun control laws,' and 52 percent do so 'strongly.' Meanwhile, only 26 percent oppose them, with only 14 percent doing so strongly ... One one side are aging, rural, non-college-educated and evangelical Christian white voters who are more inclined to be gun owners. (the heart of evil)
Florida Gun Show sees 'record number' of attendees amid gun control debate -- The manager for the Florida Gun Show, George Fernandez, says they've never seen such a big crowd
NRA battles Florida Republicans over gun crackdown - politico - The Florida debate will be closely watched beyond Tallahassee, as President Trump discusses various gun violence-related proposals.
Eschaton: The Good Guy With A Gun Problem - Wasn't even his, but when law enforcement arrives they're going to aim and likely fire at the person with the gun. Because presumably they're the bad guy -- Officers entered the building and saw the churchgoer holding the gun and opened fire, according to the Amarillo Police Department. The churchgoer was hospitalized in stable condition. -- And, of course, no matter what the laws say, being a brown person with a gun is an execution-without-trial offense. (cops didn't take half a second to think about what they were seeing)
/u/hurtsdonut_ provides insight into whether Trump would've run in, unarmed, to stop the school shooter using Trumps own words about how he once behaved in a crisis. : bestof

So Trump is claiming that he would have run into a school shooting without a weapon : AdviceAnimals

Delta severs ties with NRA, risking lucrative state tax break (Georgia is an arm of the NRA)

An attack on North Korea would be massive -- and massively stupid (someone tell President Massivly Stupid) Sen. James E. Risch (R-Idaho) said he was told the conflict would be brief and would cause "mass casualties the likes of which the planet has never seen."

Will the U.S. Help the Saudis Get a Nuclear Weapon? - The New York Times (was the payoff to Tru mp big enough?)

Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak is killed, raising press freedom worries in Europe - The Washington Post - European and Slovak authorities believe that an investigative reporter who was shot to death Sunday in Slovakia was killed because of his reporting on fraud in the central European country.

The Olympic flame has been extinguished. The USOC should be next. - The Washington Post - USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun made $1 million in salary and bonuses in 2016. Meanwhile, until last spring, our women's hockey squad members were paid just $6,000 in an entire four-year cycle. This is a national team that has medaled in every Olympics since 1998, yet not until they staged a boycott were they granted a raise to a living wage. How is this system excusable? ... the USOC is supposed to be a nonprofit, yet 129 of its staff make over six figures, and 14 of its execs are paid more than $200,000 ... Maybe all you need to know about the USOC is that the chair of that board of directors is Larry Probst, who devoted much of his adult life to commercially ripping off college athletes as the longtime CEO of Electronic Arts (EA, really? +column written by a liar, see comments)

Russian millions laundered via UK firms, leaked report says | World news | The Guardian

Bob Dylan - Subterranean Homesick Blues - YouTube - The vandals stole all the handles (with built-in open captioning)

U.S. Supreme Court Rebuffs Trump, Won't Hear Immigration Appeal - The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a Trump administration appeal aimed at ending deportation protections for young undocumented immigrants, steering clear for now of the debate over the fate of hundreds of thousands of people. (otherwise known as the "boxcar plan")
Warning of ICE action, Oakland mayor takes Trump resistance to new level - SFGate

My conspiracy theory on Russian interference in the 2016 election. Think Area 51 meets 'B613' (Vlad the snake threw the election to crooked Donnie, but nothing's in the constitution to deal with it)


On Russian meddling, Americans trust Mueller more than Trump, poll shows (58$ trust Mueller, 57% don't trust Trump, 44% think Russia got Trump elected)
Collusion or not, Russia probe is worst political scandal in decades - NBC News - Nineteen individuals have been charged with crimes, including President Trump's former campaign chairman (Paul Manafort), as well as 13 Russians ... Five have pleaded guilty ... "sub-inquires" into MULTIPLE individuals connected with the Trump campaign

In Russia probes, Republicans draw red line at Trump's finances -- Six Republican leaders of key committees told CNN they see little reason to pursue those lines of inquiry or made no commitments to do so (the heart of the matter, which Trump himself said was a "red line")
olddivorcecase comments on A Former Manager At The Russian "Troll Factory" Is Now Living In The US, Report Says (early and deep Russian involvment with Zuckerberg's FB)

Hope Hicks set to appear before House Intel Committee after month-long delay - CBS News

The New York Congressman Who Could Lead an Impeachment Charge Against Trump | The New Yorker - Jerry Nadler

Trump privately pushing personal pilot to run FAA (total inco9mpetence rises to the top)
Trump privately talks up executing all big drug dealers
Ivanka Trump believes her father's denials of sexual misconduct - 'I think it's a pretty inappropriate question to ask a daughter if she believes the accusers of her father when he's affirmatively stated that there's no truth to it ... I believe my father. I know my father (like father like daughter)
Ivanka Trump says it's 'inappropriate' to ask her about her father's alleged affairs. Here are 2 big reasons it's not (she's working for the fucking government)
Jenna Johnson on Twitter: "The White House went out of its way to make clear that Ivanka Trump traveled to South Korea as a senior adviser to the president, not a First Daughter. But as soon as she's hit with a difficult question, suddenly she's a daughter
Checking in on America's First Family ... Monday's barely even over and they're already stepping on rakes -- Hey, world. America is being run by truthless yahoos. Have a nice day, world. (but Chelsea!!)
Don't hire relatives: Kushner should have been gone long ago (especially crooked little spy-relatives)

Koch Document Reveals Laundry List of Policy Victories Extracted from the Trump Administration (and it was so cheap)

Trump has long vowed to slash government. Now the knives are finally coming out. - The Washington Post (haha suckers)

Michael Wolff is crumbling before our eyes - The Washington Post

If this is what conservatism has become, count me out - The Washington Post - Max Boot ... I spent years writing for conservative publications such as the Wall Street Journal editorial page and Commentary magazine and working as a foreign policy adviser for three Republican presidential campaigns. Being conservative used to be central to my identity. But now, frankly, I don't give a damn. I prefer to think of myself as a classical liberal, because "conservative has become practically synonymous with 'Trump lackey" (not to mention "evil idiot" +should have thought of that before, Max)
It's time to say last rites over American conservatism - After years of drifting steadily toward extreme positions, conservatism is dead, replaced by a far right that has the Republican Party under its thumb. (no, they have always been this way)

Trump FCC Boss Under Fire For Ethics Violations : technology (completely, shamelessly, corrupt)

Elizabeth Warren's stealth campaign to shed 'Pocahontas' The potential 2020 candidate has made a series of moves this year to neutralize a nagging political vulnerability. (but still refuses to get genetically tested)

California's top court strikes down 50-year sentences for juveniles

Chaos in the Utah GOP! Hardliners adopt rule change that could kick Mitt Romney (and other candidates) out of the party - You may have thought the internal workings of the Utah Republican Party were really screwed up before. But now get this: If former U.S. GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney continues gathering signatures as part of his U.S. Senate run this year, he may well be kicked out of the Utah Republican Party via a bylaw change adopted Saturday over the objections of party chairman Rob Anderson. And that's not all. (a "rightwing" group taking control of the Republican party in Utah, yes you read that right.

West Virginia teacher strike: Some progress seen in talks to end it - CNN

Republicans fret sexting scandal could cost them easy House seat - POLITICO - But a bombshell report of nude photos and text messages exchanged between the candidate, former state Sen. Steve Montenegro, and a legislative staffer

"The Newsroom Feels Embarrassed": Backfires and Explosions at The New York Times as a Possible Future Chief Re-Invents the Paper's Opinion Pages - A yoga-pants refusenik, a climate-science skeptic, and a tech writer with a neo-Nazi pal, among other offenders, have put James Bennet in the crosshairs.

David Klion on Twitter: "Bennet is creating space for a healthy debate between people with different points of view, ranging from neoliberals who think Woody Allen is a pedophile but the real problem is SJWs, to neoliberals who think he was only a pedophile one time and the real problem is SJWs"
Sarah Jones on Twitter: ""Sure, Erik Prince wrote in our pages. You know who else has written in our pages? Bernie Sanders, and not just once." One of these things is not like the other!"
slackbot on Twitter: "everyone complains about the indefensible things we publish but they never mention the *defensible* things we also publish!!"
Sam on Twitter: "We strive to reflect the full spectrum of public opinion, from long-serving left-of-center elected officials to secretive billionaire warlords whose army of mercenary soldiers routinely slaughter innocent civilians the world over with seemingly total impunity. What?"

Ryan Seacrest's E! Stylist Reveals Abuse and Harassment Allegations - grinding his erect penis against her while clad only in his underwear, groping her vagina, and at one point slapping her buttock so hard that it left a large welt still visible hours later.

Weinstein Co. is set to file for bankruptcy after sale talks collapse (Rapestein will go to jail also)

Suspect in fatal Winchester library stabbing suffers from mental illness, lawyer says - The Boston Globe
Former classmate of stabbing suspect says he gave warning in 2012 - The Boston Globe

Burlington police, SWAT team confiscate AR-15 rifle from man with criminal record - The Boston Globe

The Inside Story Of How An Ivy League Food Scientist Turned Shoddy Data Into Viral Studies - Brian Wansink won fame, funding, and influence for his science-backed advice on healthy eating. Now, emails show how the Cornell professor and his colleagues have hacked and massaged low-quality data into headline-friendly studies to 'go virally big time."

Nothing worked for my depression -- until I tried meditation
Autism connection to ultrasound seems unlikely, study says - The Washington Post

Women reported higher levels of incivility from other women than their male counterparts. In other words, women are ruder to each other than they are to men, or than men are to women, finds researchers in a new study in the Journal of Applied Psychology. : science

When did scientists realize that Jupiter had no solid ground? : askscience

Eschaton: More Cars - Regulated medallion tax regimes, even if the systems in some cities were bad, existed for reasons. They existed to restrict the number of cabs so that the services could make money and so that there weren't, well, too many cabs -- BOSTON (AP) One promise of ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft was fewer cars clogging city streets. But studies suggest the opposite: that ride-hailing companies are pulling riders off buses, subways, bicycles and their own feet and putting them in cars instead -- They're a substitute for walking, public transportation, and, yes, medallion cabs. There were restrictions on the number of medallion cabs.

Fortified but Still in Peril, New Orleans Braces for Its Future - The New York Times - In the years after Hurricane Katrina, over 350 miles of levees, flood walls, gates and pumps came to encircle greater New Orleans. Experts say that is not enough.
Left to Lousiana'ss Tides, a Village Fights for Time - For the community of Jean Lafitte, the question is less whether it will succumb to the sea than when - and how much the public should invest in artificially extending its life ... $1 billion to protect fewer than 7,000 people (trump voters mooching at the public trough +here's your canary, Miami Beach)
Distraction: Bruce Sterling: Books
Distraction by Bruce Sterling
Matthew Yglesias on Twitter: "Scott Pruitt tells CBN that God told him to roll back environmental regulations" (but it was really Satan and he knew it)
Adam Tooze on Twitter: "Multi-breadbasket failure - on current climate conditions and modeling there is a 6 % chance per decade of simultaneous failure of maize crop in US and China = 60 % of world total. With devastating impact on global food supply. One for @FlassbeckEcon"
Heckuva Job Trumpy - Lawyers, Guns & Money (looting your national parks)

BuzzFeed News on Twitter: "The Broward Sheriff's Office got nearly twice the calls about Nikolas Cruz or his family than it has said publicly, records show (chief of chickenshit cops lying though his teeth a lot but won't resign)
Records Show Far More Calls For Sheriff's Deputies To Visit Suspected Florida Shooter's Home - Broward County sheriff's officials have publicly insisted they responded to just 23 calls regarding the suspected Florida school shooter and his family over the years, but records obtained BuzzFeed News show at least 22 more.
Disgraced deputy in Florida shooting once named 'officer of the year' (chickshit of the year and was he thinking "this will be in my obituary")
The Mob - Lawyers, Guns & Money - Michelle Malkin, freaking out about citizens using the free market to attack the NRA. (she, of the flying monkeys +"She comes from the D'Souza school of brown people who hate brown people.")
Gun Rights and Civil Rights, The Hidden History - Lawyers, Guns & Money
J?ST?R ? ?CTU?L33:9 on Twitter: "SideNote: So when we've got all these teachers with their $1000 bonus packing heat (PS what exact heat btw, no point taking a knife to an AR fight right?) - obviously the actual COPS are gonna show up pretty rapid. How do they distinguish who's the teacher, and whos the shooter?"

Hoax attempts against Miami Herald augur broader information wars | McClatchy Washington Bureau

Russian spies hacked the Olympics and tried to make it look like North Korea did it, U.S. officials say - The Washington Post - Analysts surmise the disruption was retaliation against the International Olympic Committee for banning the Russian team from the Winter Games due to doping violations.

Will Trump Wage A Privately Funded War? - In one of the most frightening stories I've read since the start of the Trump presidency, The New York Times reported on Saturday that the administration is seriously considering paying for the new U.S. embassy it wants to build in Jerusalem with funds provided by casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. (outsourcing governement to oligarchs and enemies)

After testy call with Trump over border wall, Mexican president shelves plan to visit White House - The Washington Post ... Trump "lost his temper" ... Trump believed it was unreasonable for Peqa Nieto to expect him to back off his crowd-pleasing campaign promise of forcing Mexico to pay for the wall (demanded Mexico pay for his stupid wall, deep in psycho-land)

Police, yelling, power turned off: Confrontation over Trump's Panama hotel escalates

CNN Poll: Trump approval slides, matches lowest point of presidency - CNNPolitics - 35%, down five points over the last month to match his lowest level yet - Overall, 80% of self-identified Republicans say they approve of the President, one point below his previous low mark of 81%, hit in late September of last year. Just 13% of Republicans say they disapprove of the President's performance. Approval for the President stands at just 5% among Democrats and 35% among independents. Among women, just 29% approve of the way Trump is performing, compared with 42% approval among men. Only about one in five Americans under age 35 approve of the President (22%), compared with 43% approval among those age 50 or older. And while 42% of whites approve of the way Trump is handling his job, just 23% of non-whites agree.

5 Takeaways From the Release of the Democratic Memo - The New York Times
Trump urges national unity, investigation of 'the other side' amid Russia probe (the non-traitor side)
The Nunes Memo Is Fake and the Russia Scandal Is Very Real ... Nunes is Trump's leading goon in Congress. By the standards of the conservative movement, this renders him a champion of freedom, defined as protecting Trump from any accountability before the law.
The Democratic rebuttal to the Nunes memo tears it apart - Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff brought receipts ... Nunes is either deeply misinformed or straight-up lying. (let's go with the little Russian ratfucker is lying)
Takeaways From the House Intelligence Democrats' Memo
Pwn All The Things on Twitter: "Ugh. Learn to redact people "
Schiff Memo Released - Lawyers, Guns & Money
Matthew Yglesias on Twitter: "The Devin Nunes memo that seemed like bullshit is, in fact, bullshit."
Matthew Yglesias on Twitter: "Maybe Trump is tweeting bogus mischaracterizations of the memo this evening for no particular reason. Or maybe..."

Behind a Key Anti-Labor Case, a Web of Conservative Donors - The New York Times (freedom!)

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that Ivanka Trump briefed South Korean President Moon about the new NK sanctions. (with no clearnance)

Trump's Approval in All 50 States = Tracking Trump (WY and GA most evil states)

Eschaton: The Penis Hat Brigade - So there's this guy you know who wears a giant penis hat around everywhere. He forms a club for other penis hat wearers. There's a kind of fellowship of the penis hat. They have competitions for who has the best penis hats, the biggest ones, the ones with the most bling, etc. They walk among us, proudly wearing their penis hats, telling each other how cool they look with their penis hats. They hang out in malls and movie theaters, parade up and down their suburban neighborhoods, wearing their giant penis hats, all while the rest of us just point and laugh and laugh and laugh and laugh and laugh because they're a bunch of fucking idiots ... We would laugh if the penis hats didn't kill people, anyway.

I'm Glad I Got Booed at CPAC - By Mona Charen ... We built and organized this party -- but now we're made to feel like interlopers. (no, you are reaping what you sowed, Mona)

All of West Virginia's public school teachers are on strike - 48th-lowest-paid in the country. (stupid people hate education)

Peter Wehner on Twitter: ""I spoke to a hostile audience for the sake of every person who has watched this spectacle of mendacity in disbelief and misery for the past two years." -- Read this marvelous and important piece by @monacharenEPPC"

California Democratic Party won't endorse Dianne Feinstein - snubbing Sen. Dianne Feinstein in her bid for a fifth full term.

Prepping for impeachment: Here's what Greitens and lawmakers face in the coming days

Appalachia deserves more than J.D. Vance | The Outline - A conversation with Elizabeth Catte, author of 'What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia' (what, you have something against the spawn of vampires?)

What went wrong at Newsweek, according to current and former staffers. - It stands accused of improper ties to a religious institution. Its newsroom has been gutted by firings and resignations. Here is the inside story of the magazine's explosive growth and spectacular downfall.

At Yale, Trying Campus Rape in a Court of Law - The New York Times - They argue that Yale, under fire for not taking sexual assault on its campus seriously, blurred the line between school and law enforcement in the name of proving that it did.

There's no firm rule for punishing a California lawmaker's bad behavior (guess who wrote the "rules")

Inside the toxic atmosphere at 'Megyn Kelly Today' ... "She's not for women. She's extremely mean and rude to women." (toxic Fox bitch entrenched in entitled male Murdoch culture with a fake "transformation")

Olympics ratings: NBC's $12 billion investment is looking riskier : television - Viewership for the current Olympics on NBC is down 24% compared to Sochi among viewers aged 18-49, the age demographic most coveted by advertisers.

Los Angeles' homelessness crisis is a national disgrace

Turmoil strikes Boston Athenaeum - The Boston Globe - Current and former senior staff describe a "hostile" and "ruthless" administration that undermined their expertise. Beloved colleagues have been fired on the spot and marched out of the building. Others have retired in disgust, giving little or no notice. ... director Elizabeth Barker (makes a lot of money)

Two Newton colleges move toward merging - The Boston Globe (BoGlo can't afford a map)

Prison officials limit number of visitors for inmates - The Boston Globe - nmates in maximum security will be permitted no more than five names on their preapproved visitors list; inmates in medium security will be limited to eight names; and inmates in minimum security will be allowed 10 (Chawlie Faker cracks down on rehabiliation)

Woman dies after stabbing at Winchester Public Library - The Boston Globe

ELI5: How does breastfeeding reduce the risk of developing breast cancer later in life? : explainlikeimfive - Breast tissue remains immature in women until lactation

TIL a woman has Chimerism: she's a fraternal twin who fused together with her sibling in the womb. Now she has 2 different immune systems and 2 different bloodstreams. Her immune system's constantly fighting off her twin sister's cells, as it recognizes them as foreign, causing autoimmune issues.

!Heads Up!: Congress it trying to pass Bill H.R.1856 on Tuesday that removes protections of site owners for what their users post : technology - In an attempt to stop sex trafficking, congress is changing section 230 of Communications act of 1934, the Communicatons Decency Act of 1996. This will punish site owners for what their users post by fine or potential jail time of 20 years. (it's always about "protecting the children")

Eschaton: Finally Some Important Innovation - Good plan -- A patent application published Thursday from the self-driving arm of Google's parent company detailed an elaborate system to prevent motion sickness in its vehicles. The method involves determining routes that could minimize motion sickness. For example, sensitive passengers would be given a relaxed ride on gentle roads. Those people who are more in a rush could select a faster but slightly rougher trip.


Sources: Coral Springs police upset at some Broward deputies for not entering school - CNNPolitics - not only that Broward County Sheriff's Deputy Scot Peterson, the armed school resource officer, had not entered the building, but that three other Broward County Sheriff's deputies were also outside the school and had not entered, Coral Springs sources tell CNN. The deputies had their pistols drawn and were behind their vehicles, the sources said, and not one of them had gone into the school. (chickenshit good guys with guns)
Student to Stoneman Douglas officer: 'You could have saved a lot of lives'
Here's definitive proof that a good guy with a gun doesn't always stop a bad guy with a gun
When Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel Was Accused of Corruption, He Responded: 'Lions Don't Care About the Opinions of Sheep' (said the hamster)
The racist history of the 'crisis actor' attacks on Parkland school shooting survivors ... the nine African American teens who braved racist crowds to enroll in Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas were also accused of being impostors.
These Companies Are Sticking By The NRA | HuffPost - Many brands that offered discounts to NRA members are dumping the gun group after its furious response to the Florida mass shooting.
Scoop: Bank of America to review relationships with gunmakers - Axios
Parkland Survivor To Melania Trump: Stop Donald Trump Jr. From Cyberbullying Me | HuffPost
'Scripted' controversy: CNN releases emails of correspondence with Florida student
East High threat: Abigail Hernandez, undocumented immigrant, arrested - Abigail Hernandez, 21, is charged with making a terroristic threat, a felony. She is currently in the Buffalo Federal Detention Center in Batavia because she is an undocumented immigrant (just got herself deported)
Oberlin student cleared by law enforcement still banned from sch - | Continuous News Coverage | Acadiana-Lafayette - Department responded to a comment that an Oberlin High School student made about the square root symbol looking like a gun. (which it does) - "He committed no crime. He was the victim of the ole morphing of information [phenomenon] ... Any student accused of talking about guns or school shootings will be investigated by three entities: the school board, the sherrif's department, and the district attorney's office (so, if a kid says s/he's afraid of gun-nuts shooting up his school, they'll lock them up for using the word "gun")
Student investigated after allegedly saying a math symbol looked - | Continuous News Coverage | Acadiana-Lafayette (with a pic of the "gun')
Oregon bill bans domestic abusers from buying guns : news

TBogg - Totally King of New New California on Twitter: "At this rate, the only companies that will be left with affiliate programs with the @NRA will be Bullets-R-Us, Catheters Direct To You, Russian Bride Connect and Wayne LaPierre Will Blow You Behind An Arby's Dumpster (gun company execs only)

Algorithms are one reason a conspiracy theory goes viral. Another reason might be you. (trending)

21 Red Cross staff fired or resigned for sex violations - Axios - The Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross has said 21 staff members were fired or have resigned since 2015 for "paying for sexual services"

'A Total Fuck-Up' : Russian Mercenaries in Syria Lament U.S. Strike That Killed Dozens

6 bodies were found dismembered in landscape planters in Canada. There might be more. - The Washington Post - The mystery deepened this week in the case of Bruce McArthur, the man charged with killing several middle-aged men linked to Toronto's Gay Village and burying dismembered body parts in landscape planters ... McArthur, a large man who is believed to have once worked as a mall Santa, was arrested on Jan. 18 in his high-rise Toronto apartment, now considered a homicide scene by police. Officers discovered a young man in restraints on a bed and acted because they feared he was in imminent danger ... When more men began disappearing last year, Toronto police set up a new task force but continued to deny the possibility that a serial killer was at large until McArthur was arrested.

Trump: If North Korea Doesn't Obey Me, I Might Punish the Whole World ... "Phase 2 may be a very rough thing. May be very, very unfortunate for the world"

McMaster Gives a Belated Russian Lesson - time for Americans to add a new Russian word to their strategic lexicon -- Kompromat (otherwise known as the pee-me tapes)

Lawyer for Susan Rice: Obama administration 'justifiably concerned' about sharing intel with Trump team (THEN they got concerned)

House panel releases Democrats' memo defending FBI surveillance of ex-Trump campaign aide
a counterweight to a GOP memo that Trump declassified three weeks ago, claiming that FBI officials mislead a secret court to obtain a warrant to spy on a Trump campaign adviser. (so basically Russian Nunes lied his ass off)
2 Weeks After Trump Blocked It, Democrats Release Rebuttal of G.O.P. Memo - The New York Times

Mueller Is Gaining Steam. Should Trump Worry? - The New York Times

'The Hapsburg Group': Mueller Says Manafort Secretly Paid European Leaders
Former Austrian chancellor appears to have lobbied as part of Manafort scheme - POLITICO - The former chancellor isn't named in the court filings, but appears to be Alfred Gusenbauer, who served as chancellor of Austria between 2007 and 2008.
Inside the Manafort money machine: A decade of influence-peddling, lavish spending and alleged fraud - The Washington Post - As Donald Trump crisscrossed the nation promising to drain the swamp, two of his top advisers were busy illegally building a colossal fortress of riches deep inside that swamp, according to federal prosecutors ... If convicted, Manafort faces punishment that could put him behind bars for the rest of his life. (unless he rolls over against Dumpster +comment: "Alex van der Zwasshole: London lawyer, married into Russian Mafia, pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI about his contacts with Rick Gates and another unnamed person based in Ukraine.")
Paul Manafort, American Hustler - The Atlantic - Decades before he ran the Trump campaign, Paul Manafort' pursuit of foreign cash and shady deals laid the groundwork for the corruption of Washington ... In 2003 ... When Davis arrived, he found himself pumping the hand of the Honorable Nathaniel Philip Victor James Rothschild, the British-born financier known as Nat. (and there you are)

Pro-Russia GOP Congressman Features Prominently In Trump Aide's Plea Document | HuffPost - Rep. Dana Rohrabacher has been interviewed by congressional investigators but not yet by special counsel Robert Mueller. (lock up the little Russian ratfucker)
Meeting That Gates Admits Lying About Matches Rohrabacher Dinner - Bloomberg - a March 19, 2013, meeting between his boss, Paul Manafort, and an unidentified U.S. congressman. Public filings show a meeting that day between Manafort and Dana Rohrabacher, a Russia-friendly Republican congressman from California. (he's been a traitor for years, thanks for focusing on whistleblowers, Barry)

Manafort Left an Incriminating Paper Trail Because He Couldn't Figure Out How to Convert PDFs to Word Files (supergenious)

Minute by minute at Donald Trump's wild, rambling CPAC speech - He patted his bald spot. He said his opponents "committed a lot of atrocities." At one point, he pantomimed a stabbing. (nevereneding campaign)
Watch ex-RNC head Michael Steele unleash holy hell on CPAC exec over 'black guy' slur
CPAC speaker calls conservatives "hypocrites" for ignoring Trump's sexual harassment allegations -- The crowd wasn't happy, and security escorted her out for her protection when the panel ended. (sacrilege in the temple)
Going Rogue at CPAC: Mona Charen Slams Sexist Hypocrisy and Racism at CPAC; Calls invitation of Le Pen a 'Disgrace' Republicans anti-woman for Moore support.
CPAC speaker Mona Charen stuns with fiery rebuke of Trump, Le Pen
Still Glad You Voted Trump? At CPAC, Conservatives Had an Answer - The New York Times
Nationalism -- and hecklling -- take spotlight at conservative conference (young white evil on display)
The unending campaign of Donald Trump - The Washington Post

In Donald Trump, Evangelicals Have Found Their President - The New York Times (they have always worshipped Satan and David Brody is clueless, which means ...)
I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to poison the culture and make lots of money by publishing it in my newspaper - Lawyers, Guns & Money - The NYT opinion page decided that a good use of its space would be to pay David Brody to run a 900-word ad for his facially preposterous new book

Eschaton: The Battle Of Ideas - One maddening thing about The Acceptable Discourse in DC is that there are people who are paid to lie. It is their job to lie ... The incentives to lie are not identical, so even if none of us are pure, having Both Sides coverage of issues, where one side is The Committee On Feeding Your Children More Lead, and the other side is Save Our Children From Lead Poisoning, means you're going to get a bit more dishonesty from the former.

Eschaton: What Happened To Our Oakeshottian Burkean Purity? - Trump brings it out more than usual, but we regularly get conservatives lamenting that their movement is filled with racist hucksters, mad because the new kids say the quiet bits a bit too loudly and because they're getting in on their grift ... One doesn't have to rehash the whole modern conservative party from Goldwater to Nixon and onward. Elite conservatives promoted Sarah Palin to be Vice President. OK, maybe this was just a little mistake. Once they did that of course they had pretend they wanted her to win. Fine. Then they (not all of them, but most) spent at least 2 years promoting her as the leader of their movement (it's sort of been memoryholed, but Politico was Sarah Palin Daily from 2009-2011 or so, and not simply because Politico writers were interested in her).

Jared Kushner, International Man of Mystery - Lawyers, Guns & Money - I'd say the media making Hillary Clinton's compliance with information security best practices the dominant issue of the 2016 campaign is working out smashingly.
Jared Kushner encapsulates what's wrong with the Trump administration ... A callow man with little experience outside the world of real estate, no policy depth and no credibility in government (or around the world) might be employable as an intern, but in any other administration would not be there.

RNC paid Trump campaign Trump Tower rent after paying legal bills for Russia probe ... The payments include more than $37,000 a month in rent to President Donald Trump's company, and thousands more in salary to Vice President Mike Pence's newphew, John Pence

Trump is right back where he started, and that's a problem for the GOP ... The latest Quinnipiac poll has the president's approval rating down to 37 percent (with 58 disapproving), compared to a 40-percent approval rating on Feb. 7. And by a margin of 67 percent to 24 percent, they want him to release his tax returns. (Republicans "think" Trump has been faithfull to all his wives and respects women)

CPAC has always been 'out there.' Now the rest of the GOP is, too.

Michael Tomasky on Twitter: "New Column: Rebekah Mercer's insanely dumb and dishonest WSJ op-ed: She wants a "kind and generous" America with no hatred? Her? Really? via @thedailybeast" (they ARE the lie)

Scoop: Corey Lewandowski returns to the Oval Office - Axios (meanwhile, behind the scenes)

The Jew is the Jew of Modern GOP Fascism - Lawyers, Guns & Money - The Missouri GOP finally knows who to blame for Eric Greitens blackmailing the woman with whom he was having an affair ... It's always the Jews making Republicans blackmailing their mistresses ... Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R) not only kept $1 million from a venture capitalist accused of sexual abuse but even gave him a seat on stage at his inauguration.

Judge dismisses coal mogul's defamation lawsuit against John Oliver ... "I'm not going to say, for instance, that Bob Murray looks like a geriatric Dr. Evil, even though he clearly does" he said.

Republicans Terrified By Rules Tilted Only Slightly In Their Favor - Lawyers, Guns & Money - Pennsylvania Republicans

A conservative Democrat in Illinois feels the ire of his liberal base - The Washington Post - Lipinski, one of the last antiabortion Democrats in the House, and one of only a few to oppose the Affordable Care Act, was confronting many of the voters who want to oust him ... "He doesn't have true Democratic values, and his record proves it." "This ins't some deep-red district. This district is solid blue. The seat has been held by a Democrat for 58 out of the last 60 years. Yet Lipinski votes more like a right-wing Republican." (last of the bluedogs) ... The Democrats who run nearly every office in the district endorsed Lipinski, as did the AFL-CIO. (fuck off asshole)

Docs: Woman whose affair led rep to quit threatened husband - Her husband claims in court records Edwards made multiple threats to kill him, including saying she would use a steak knife or hire a hit man ... Edwards is seeking the Republican nomination to take on Democratic Rep. Mike Doyle.

NCAA hoops corruption case docs list players involved, payment amounts

Serial scans make it official: In people with Alzheimer's mutations, ABeta_ starts building up 20 years before symptoms; hypometabolism and shrinkage follow.

Inside the OED: can the world's biggest dictionary survive the internet?

What are some horrifying history facts or events that most people don't know about?
Dad turns Son in for Snapchat Gun Posts, Cops find Child Porn on his phone : news

This Man Helped Peter Thiel Demolish Gawker - That man, an Oxford-educated Australian citizen named Aron< D'Souza (from the D'Souza crime family) /a>


We should change the names of AR-15s to "Marco Rubio" because they are so easy to buy. (one of the MSD "kids" said that)
Florida school shooting: Sheriff got 18 calls about Nikolas Cruz's violence, threats, guns : news
Catherine Rampell on Twitter: "Trump suggests "a little bit of a bonus" for trained teachers who are armed, throwing out 10%, 20% and 40% as possible percentages of teachers who might be qualified. Also: "You can't hire enough security guards... Your need 100, 150 security guards" (they will cut teachers salaries by 25%, replace "civics" with target practice, it will pay for itself!)
Parkland Survivor: 'I've Never Been So Unimpressed By A Person' After Trump Call | HuffPost
What An AR-15 Does - Lawyers, Guns & Money - A radiologist describes what she found examining victims Marjory Stoneman Douglas:
What Do Jotted Talking Points Say About Trump's Empathy? they seemed to suggest that the president needed to be reminded to show compassion and understanding to traumatized survivors, an impression that Mr. Trump has sometimes fed with public reactions to national tragedies that were criticized as callous.

Trump Appears To Read From The NRA's Script Hours After The Gun Lobby Chief's Speech
CBS News poll: Support for stricter gun laws rises; divisions on arming teachers - CBS News - Nearly two-thirds of Americans support stricter laws on gun sales, including an increasing number of Republicans, but the public divides on the idea of allowing more teachers and school officials to carry guns. Arming teachers draws partisan splits, with Republicans in favor and Democrats opposed (68% of Rethugs support shootouts in the hallways)
NRA Goes On Offense In Wake Of Florida Shooting | HuffPost - Two of its top officials deliver fiery speeches at an annual gathering of conservatives.
The Death Cult and The Big Money - Lawyers, Guns & Money - NRA ... the staggering amounts of money it dumps into the political process: In October alone, according to the Center for Public Integrity, roughly one out of every 20 television ads in Pennsylvania was sponsored by the NRA. That same month, the group paid for one in nine ads in North Carolina, and one of every eight in Ohio. The ads imply that Clinton and Democrats would leave law-and-order abiding citizens defenseless. (all Russian money, too)
'We're going to take action': Inside Trump's shifting stance on gun rights
In my part of red America, no one sees guns as part of the problem - The Washington Post - This is both Trump country and single-issue voter country. People here vote on guns, and people vote on abortion. Every other issue, every other considerable nuance, is nothing but noise. (KY, the heart of stupid and evil +"getting back to the good old days")
We know who really rules the Gunshine State - The Washington Post - Smut, not guns, is the great risk to teenagers.
Three major car rental companies dump the NRA - ThinkProgress - The backlash is growing ... a partnership with the NRA to provide discounts to members of the gun lobby (why the fuck in the first place?)

How Political Pessimism Helps Doom Tougher Gun Laws ProPublica - How Political Pessimism Helps Doom Tougher Gun Laws -- Saying 'nothing will change' has empowered the NRA and ignores its declining punch.
The N.R.A. Lobbyist Behind Florida's Pro-Gun Policies -- Marion Hammer's unique influence over legislators has produced laws that dramatically alter long-held American norms.
It's Not All About the NRA - Gun owners also see the ownership of a firearm just as valuable as the right to vote, freedom of speech and freedom of religion (Jesus packed a Glock) the NRA spent $50M in the 2016 cycle, $30M of which was spent on behalf of Trump. (other orgs including Kockbros spend more money so nothing to see here)

Trump administration to target North Korea with new sanctions on Friday | Reuters ("bigly")

Operation Sanctuary review finds adult abuse 'extensive' - BBC News

AP sources: Adelson offers to help pay for Jerusalem embassy - The Trump administration is considering an offer from Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson to pay for at least part of a new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, four U.S. officials told The Associated Press.

Trudeau's India trip is a total disaster -- and he has only himself to blame (cozying up to Sikh terrorists)

Rick Gates' Guilty Plea Proves Mueller Is Working His Way Up - o, on Friday, Rick Gates, without whom Paul Manafort could not have fluffed and folded a single dollar, copped a plea in federal court. This brings Robert Mueller's investigation even closer to the king fixer, who absolutely has no place to go right now. He is on a spit over an open flame and it's turning ever faster. The skin is starting to crackle and Paul Manafort is almost done and ready for serving. And Manafort, unless he's an idiot, which nobody thinks he is, has to be pretty close to serving up the only person he can serve up ... Gates has copped a plea. Manafort is done like dinner, and the fog is beginning to set in over the Great Grimpen Mire, distant sounds echoing ever louder.
Rick Gates, Trump Campaign Aide, to Plead Guilty in Mueller Inquiry and Cooperate - The New York Times
Now I gotta turn my back - Lawyers, Guns & Money - Gates flips.

This Is the Law That Could Take Down Trump - Bribery statutes apply to public officials. And Trump became one, says one federal prosecutor, when he became the GOP nominee. Dum-da-dum-dum.

McCain associate invokes Fifth Amendment on Trump dossier sources: report | TheHill - An associate of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) invoked the Fifth Amendment in order to not testify before the House Intelligence Committee on a dossier of opposition research that claims ties between President Trump and Russia, according to Fox News. (another Nunes charade)

Trump's CPAC Speech Was a Reminder of What We've Done to Ourselves
Trump Ditched the Script at CPAC. Here's What Happened He talked about, among other things, jogging. (and many, many other things)
In Trumpworld, every day is yesterday - Axios - Remember that President Trump thinks of each day as a new episode in a reality show, with him as the star, writer, producer and critic.

Reagan was the Gipper. Trump is the grifter. - The Washington Post (no, Reagan was the original trickle-down lying grifter, Max, and what's with your dumb hat?)
Trump Hotel paid millions in fines shortly after the inauguration for stiffing contractors: report (+zombie Melania)

Happy to announce I will be joining the NYT opinion pages. My kickoff column will be entitled "Cannibalism - Why Don't You Just Try It?" My future columns will all be interviews with actual Nazis

'They have had it': West Virginia teachers strike, closing all public schools ... "Work stoppages by public employees are not lawful in West Virginia and will have a negative impact on student instruction and classroom time," n 2016, West Virginia ranked 48th in average teacher salaries. Only Mississippi, Oklahoma and South Dakota sat below it in the rankings, which included 50 states and the District. (1-2% raise in pay, offset by 4% paying for their own insurance and 3.5% cost-of-living = 6% pay cut +coal miners and Rethugs had education)
Governor Jim Justice on Twitter: "Today I signed SB267 which will provide teachers, school service personnel and state police with a 2 percent pay increase starting in July. #wvgov #wvlegis"

Here's what young conservatives at CPAC think of the media (young and dumb)

Bernie Sanders' son wants to run for Congress. Not everyone is on board. (Putin supports him, however) "The basic difference is that I'm a vegetarian and he's not," Levi said of his father ...

Gerrymandering in Pennsylvania - Republicans Getting Desperate (will try to throw democracy in the garbage can)

National Democrats come out against Laura Moser, primary candidate in bid for Culberson's seat | The Texas Tribune - Then, referring to a 2014 Washingtonian magazine piece in which Moser wrote that she would rather have a tooth pulled without anesthesia than move to Paris, Texas

Robert Patrick on Twitter: "I just saw MO Gov. Eric Greitens being led away in the custody of the St. Louis Sheriff." ("the face of Republican family values")
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, indicted on a felony charge, was a rising GOP star - The Washington Post
Greitens indicted for felony invasion of privacy | The Kansas City Star (still no pic of him being led away in handcuffs)
Greitens didn't shoot straight with Missourians, can't govern under indictment (you might have reported on all his dark money, KCStar)

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry affair: Nude photos, deleted chats may show evidence of crime, TBI says - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says it has obtained nude photos of a woman taken on the phone of former Sgt. Rob Forrest, evidence that investigators believe shows Nashville Mayor Megan Barry engaged in an affair with her former bodyguard while he was on duty.

As an Arkansas judge, he dismissed sentences for sexual photos. Now he's going to prison ("community service" and Republican, of course)

Two more high-ranking officials at Massachusetts State Police retire - The Boston Globe - Risteen was also the former longtime boyfriend of a trooper who is now a subject of an internal affairs investigation because she was hired in 2014 even though she previously testified in federal court that she sold marijuana and laundered money.

Brendan Fraser Says He Was Groped by Former HFPA President | HuffPost - The actor told GQ the alleged incident was one of many reasons why he disappeared from Hollywood.

Missing CDC employee left work sick 10 days ago, hasn't been seen since, police say : news

Southwest Airlines passenger bitten by an emotional-support dog - The Washington Post (giving emotional support by attacking everyone)

Here's What It Means To Be A 'Cannasexual' | HuffPost

Led Zeppelin Lyrics - Since I've Been Loving You
Led Zeppelin - Since I've Been Loving You 1973 [HD] - YouTube
I finally listened to Led Zeppelin and was blown away! What have I been missing.. : Music

A systematic review and meta-analysis did not find evidence to support the hypothesis that US medical marijuana laws (MMLs) until 2014 have led to increases in adolescent marijuana use prevalence, contrary to the belief that such laws increase recreational marijuana use among adolescents. : science (someone call Jason Lewis again)

Depression substantially reduced with multivitamin and getting Vitamin-D above 40 ng/ml : science
Dr. Rhonda Patrick was right. Getting your vitamin D = less depression : JoeRogan
Hey Seattle: a friendly reminder in these dark, sunless times here in the north to take daily a vitamin D supplement since it helps combat seasonal depression. : SeattleWA
Depression and Vitamin D Deficiency: Causality, Assessment, and Clinical Practice Implications : science - Vitamin D deficiency rates in the USA are about 40% countrywide and up to 97% during cold months in Canada.

23andMe: Talk about your genes and their possible implications!
Redditors who have used genetic testing services like 23andme and have had unexpected results, what happened? : AskReddit
Best Genetic Testing site? : Nootropics

Little humans falling over, for your joy
Don't touch my food! : gifs
Violent video games actually reduces violence amongst children : gaming
Ah, the old... switcharoo
Bird photobombs meteorologist : gifs
Lawyer buys tank and parks it on street in HOA, exploiting a legal loophole : videos

Eschaton: Car Washes Are A Metaphor - Cost (for those who dream of running robot taxis) and convenience (for the rest of us) are the entire point. And yet... The most cutting-edge cars on the planet require an old-fashioned handwashing. Car washes have been automated for decades, but companies developing fully autonomous vehicles must rely on a human touch to keep their cars and trucks in working condition.
Snap CEO Evan Spiegel Made $636 Million Last Year Even as Company Lost $720 Million : news


Arctic temperatures soar 45 degrees above normal, flooded by extremely mild air on all sides - The Washington Post - The warmth over Alaska occurred as almost one-third of the ice covering the Bering Sea off Alaska's West Coast vanished in just over a week during the middle of February ... the overall sea ice extent on Feb. 20 was the lowest on a record by a long shot. (Trump will build a Trump hotel on the North Pole)

Armed sheriff's deputy stayed outside Florida school while mass killing took place -- Israel said he suspended School Resource Deputy Scot Peterson on Thursday after seeing a video from the Parkland, Fla., school that showed Peterson outside the school building where the shooter was inside and attacking ... Peterson, 54, a resource officer at the school since 2009, resigned after Israel suspended him. Israel said two other officers have been placed on a restricted assignment pending an internal investigation relating the school shooting. (so there were three cops there and they did nothing)

Bill Bratton on Twitter: "Proposals to arm American teachers are the height of lunacy. Are we also then going to arm school bus drivers and school crossing guards. The #NRA & gun manufacturers would love that."
josh Trump Needs Reminder To Listen To Parkland Survivors In Listening Session (gets cheat-sheet on how to resemble a human being)
This photo of Trump's notes captures his empathy deficit better than anything
Trump denies saying teachers should have guns -- and then says some teachers should have guns
In School Shooting's Painful Aftermath, Sheriff Faces Questions Over Police Response
School shooter made gun threats, first host family told police - CNN ... "has put the gun to other's heads in the past" (no big deal)
Florida Sheriff Rebukes NRA Spokeswoman Who Claims She's 'Fighting' For Shooting Survivors | HuffPost - Dana Loesch was roundly criticized by gun violence survivors and others for her remarks on gun control.
Florida Shooting Survivors Face Down The NRA And Politicians, Vow To Keep Fighting | HuffPost - In a heated exchange, Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter, Jamie, was killed last week, demanded Rubio tell him that he would "work with us to do something about guns" (hahaha if you think that's going to happen)
Facing jeers and boos, Rubio shifts on guns during tense forum - POLITICO - It was a striking turnabout for Rubio, who never met a gun-rights bill he didnn'vote for in the Florida legislature and in Congress. (keep voting Republican, white Floriduh)
Florida House approves bill to post "In God We Trust" in all public schools (lurching towards theocracy, one idiocy at a time +trusting God helped so much last time
Video delays misled cops at Stoneman Douglas shooting - Sun Sentinel - images were "delayed 20 minutes and nobody told us that."
We should all take a lesson from the Stoneman Douglas students. - The teenagers from Stoneman Douglas are fearlessly reimagining how to effect change in the Trump era.
Trump wants to arm teachers: #armmewith movement doesn't include guns - Arm me with the resources and funding needed to help students experiencing mental health issues, not guns
How Florida shooting survivor David Hogg became the victim of an online conspiracy - The Washington Post
The AR-15 Is Different: What I Learned Treating Parkland Victims - The Atlantic - Should Change the Debate on Guns - They weren't the first victims of a mass shooting the Florida radiologist had seen -- but their wounds were radically different. (in addition to letting deranged teenagers and anyone else buy military weapsons, let's give them super-death bullets because Freedom)

The One-Way Empathy Ratchet - Lawyers, Guns & Money
Guns and capitalism - Lawyers, Guns & Money - While around 30% of Americans own at least one gun, the much more salient statistic, from the perspective of gun manufacturers, is that one tenth of that cohort -- made up of 3% of Americans -- collectively own half the guns in the nation ... Again, this is a common pattern. Consider alcohol consumption ... But the tenth decile -- en per cent of the population -- averages more than ten drinks per day. That, obviously, is where the real money is, i.e., in selling alcohol to alcoholics ... an industry which nearly quadrupled its manufacturing between 2003 and 2013, to eleven million weapons per year (gunaholics)
Marco Rubio and an N.R.A. Official Were Jeered and Lectured on Gun Control - The New York Times
The Making of a No. 1 YouTube Conspiracy Video After the Parkland Tragedy - The New York Times ... "trending"
NRA chief Wayne LaPierre berates the media, calls for more armed guards after Florida school shooting - The Washington Post - "They don't don't care about our schoolchildren," LaPierre said Thursday morning near the start of the Conservative Political Action Conference. "They want to make all of us less free." (yeah he really said that, it's all upside-down talk now)
NRA's Wayne LaPierre accuses Democrats of exploiting Parkland shooting in speech
Why does only one side of the gun debate get respect?
A superintendent threatens to suspend students protesting gun laws. But that's not legal. (never stopped them before)
An Armed Principal Detained a Campus Gunman. But He's Against Arming School Staff.
Ohio student dies after shooting himself in school bathroom, officials say | Fox News

Putin ally said to be in touch with Kremlin, Assad before his mercenaries attacked U.S. troops - The Washington Post - A Russian oligarch believed to control the Russian mercenaries who attacked U.S. troops and their allies in Syria this month was in close touch with Kremlin and Syrian officials in the days and weeks before and after the assault, according to U.S. intelligence reports.

Eschaton: Gun Nuttery - Gun nuts believe their position is popular. It isn't. They have (have had) intensity on their side for two reasons. One reason is that "gun nuts" are, well, nuts, and they are single issue voters about it. There isn't an equivalent voter opposition. The second is that there isn't an equivalent opposition from electeds. When Democrats do propose gun measures, they're...ant steps ... The outcome of Heller (individual right in 2nd amendment) was supposed to open the door to sensible gun regulation. Fine, it's a right, so we can't take away all your guns, but that doesn't mean we can't have some reasonable regulations. That was a stupid view because that isn't how politics works (nor is it how conservative judges are likely to see Heller). But little things like "constitutionality as interpreted by the Supremos" never stop conservative activists.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Will Remove "Nation of Immigrants" From Mission Statement (next: deleting "Liberty" from the statue)

The Immigration Debate - Lawyers, Guns & Money - really between people on one side who think problems can be solved through policy and people on the other side who want mass-scale ethnic cleansing.

U.S. official focused on election security being shoved aside - The action raises fresh questions over the degree to which Republican President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans who control Congress are taking steps to protect the security of American elections, and some state officials have accused them of doing too little to address the threat. (Trump clearing the path for Putin)

Trump supporters, conservatives rage over Russian bot purge, #TwitterLockOut (raging they lost all their commie followers)

McMaster could leave WH after months of tension with Trump - CNNPolitics - the Pentagon is considering options that would allow the President to potentially move the three-star general out of his current role and back into the military

The Pardon Boomerang: Why Trump Associates May Need to Decline Any Offer of a Pardon | Just Security - The dilemma for these Trump campaign affiliates is not simply that a presidential pardon would fail to erase the risk of a state prosecution, but rather that their acceptance of such a pardon may significantly increase the prospect that state prosecutors will both pursue a case and secure a conviction. Let me be more specific as to the reason why: individuals run a significant risk that acceptance of a pardon would be used by state prosecutors as an admission of guilt ... This get-out-of-federal-jail card comes at a price.

Occam's Razor Says There Was Collusion - Lawyers, Guns & Money
Trump collusion with Russia? Mueller's investigation has good odds -- the cover-up is likely covering up serious wrongdoing

Special counsel Mueller files new charges in Manafort, Gates case - The Washington Post - The new indictment contains 32 counts, including tax charges. (comments: "We can rename it Mar-a-Guantanamo." and "There needs to be an investigation to find out if anyone in the Trump administration has ties to America.")
Ex-Trump Staffer Rick Gates Fires His Lawyer in Russia Probe - Manafort's long-time deputy has terminated Tom Green, the Washington attorney who reportedly tried to get him a plea deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle connects the dots in latest Mueller indictment to tie Trump directly to Putin ... Van der Zwaan's father in law, German Khan is the head of Russia's Alfabank, which was named in the Steele dossier as a major launderer of Russian mob money ... At that engagement -- also attended by the Green Party's Jill Stein -- Flynn sat at the same table as Pres. Putin. (lock her up!)

Why You Shouldn't Be a Russiagate Skeptic - What Blake Hounshell misses about the Mueller investigation ... Faced with this evidence, arguing there was no collusion is no longer the position of a skeptic, but of someone in denial. It is the refusal to acknowledge what is staring us all in the face: The president of the United States and his campaign colluded with a foreign adversary to defeat his political opponent. (and is totally illegimate)

Sources: Mueller probe stymies Kushner security clearance - CNNPolitics - Jared Kushner has been unable to obtain a full security clearance in part because of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

Eschaton: Where We Fucked Up - I don't need narcissistic navel gazers about "why I was wrong" but I would like more people who have been in power at key moments and over key time periods and who were responsible for, or party to, key decisions, to explain what they got wrong ... The people who lead us - even the good ones- have fucked up a lot for decades. I don't get the sense that many of them realize it. (it wasn't a good sign when Obama said look forward, not backward at Bush's war crimes ... it's almost like he knew he'd fuck up cosmically)

Two weeks after Trump chose him for ambassador, nominee pledged money for a gala at Trump's club - Two weeks after President Trump nominated Florida businessman Leandro Rizzuto Jr. to be ambassador to Barbados, Rizzuto pledged thousands of dollars to fund a gala at Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club (so he has a built-in money collection and laundering business, pure presidential genious

Trump Steers Right-Wing Summit on Populist Path Blazed in Europe - Bloomberg - President Donald Trump has pushed the Republican Party toward a European-style populism that is amply evident in the line-up at an annual conference in Washington that long has reflected the pulse of the American right. The list of speakers at the Conservative Political Action Conference that opens Thursday includes two European nativists, Marion Marechal-Le Pen and Nigel Farage, who will address the gathering between panels and events on the dangers of immigration, Sharia law and "lawless" government agencies.

Trump-appointed judge who donated to campaign refuses to recuse himself from dossier matter - ABC News - and worked on his presidential transition team has rejected requests to recuse himself from overseeing a legal battle involving Fusion GPS,

Melania Trump's parents are legal permanent residents, raising questions about whether they relied on "chain migration" (duh, yes. call ICE and load them into a boxcar)
Questions Swirl as Melania Trump's Parents Obtain Green Cards

Middle America Reboots Democracy : Democracy Journal ... anti-Trump forces not who pundits say they are (a lot of the grass-roots Barry told to go home and let the smart people handle things have come back +the kids since then)

Violence, Slavery, and the Human Experience - Lawyers, Guns & Money

Democrats Didn't Even Dream of This Pennsylvania Map. How Did It Happen? -- They seemed not to believe that they would be allowed to strive for partisan balance in addressing Republican gerrymandering. (well, no shit, Nate +slightly less stacked to Rethugs)

Democratic Congressional Candidate Built Lucrative Career Spying on Left-Wing Activists - Patrick Ryan, a congressional candidate from New York, is leaning on his experience as a small business entrepreneur to establish his readiness for office, but he has curiously failed to mention the business he used to work in: domestic surveillance ... Seven years ago ... then working at a firm called Berico Technologies, compiled a plan to create a real-time surveillance operation of left-wing groups and labor unions, hoping business lobbyists would pay top dollar to monitor and disrupt the actions of activist groups across the country ... spy on the families of high-profile Democratic activists and plant fake documents with labor unions in a bid to discredit them. (ahead of his time)

Fueled by a Democratic surge, Texans turn out in force on first day of early voting | 2018 Elections | Dallas News - Of the 51,249 Texans who cast ballots Tuesday on the first day of early voting, more than half voted in the Democratic primary. The total number of voters from 15 of the state's largest counties is high for a midterm year.

Fox's book of martyrs

Black Lung Disease Comes Storming Back in Coal Country - The New York Times - Federal investigators this month identified the largest cluster of advanced black lung cases ever officially recorded. -- More than 400 coal miners frequenting three clinics in southwestern Virginia between 2013 and 2017 were found to have complicated black lung disease (and they all voted for Trump)

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens indicted on felony invasion of privacy charge stemming from affair - The Washington Post - Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, a former Navy SEAL who was once considered a rising Republican politician, has been under siege since January, when accusations emerged that he threatened to blackmail his former hairstylist -- with whom he was having an extramarital affair -- by distributing a nude photo he secretly took of her. On Thursday, he was indicted by a St. Louis grand jury on a felony invasion of privacy charge.
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens's sexual blackmail scandal, explained (only the tip of the corruption iceberg)

In rare move, national Democrats come out against Laura Moser, primary candidate in bid for Culberson's seat | The Texas Tribune - Then, referring to a 2014 Washingtonian magazine piece in which Moser wrote that she would rather have a tooth pulled without anesthesia than move to Paris, Texas

Margaret Brennan Named Host of 'Face the Nation' on CBS - makes Ms. Brennan, 37, the only woman currently serving as a solo anchor of a major Sunday political affairs show

Cruz: Dems aren't he party of Lisa Simpson' and Republicans are happily the party of Homer, Bart, Maggie and Marge (proundly stupid, he really said that)

Harvey Weinstein Apologized To Meryl Streep And Jennifer Lawrence For Using Their Words In His Defense

Kylie Jenner Tanks $1.3 Billion of Snapchat Parent's Market Value - Bloomberg - "sooo does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore? Or is it just me... ugh this is so sad." ... Meanwhile, as the app takes criticism, Chief Executive Evan Spiegel may become one of the highest paid executives in the U.S. After the company's IPO last March, Spiegel got a $636.6 million stock grant that will be payable through 2020. (Evan Spiegel has known better than you his entire life)

Google Fired and Disciplined Employees for Speaking Out About Diversity [Updated] - practice of formally reprimanding -- and in at least one case, firing -- employees for comments the company deemed discriminatory toward white men suggests that Google made an effort to moderate speech by its liberal employees as well as its conservative ones.


Make America Toxic Again - Lawyers, Guns & Money - Rebecca Leber'ssuperb article about Scott Pruitt's dismantling of the EPA is essential reading: (Republicans are toxic)

Will America Choose Its Children Over Guns? - The New York Times
Florida House Votes Down Assault Rifle Ban After Parkland | Miami New Times

Watch Van Jones annihilate Jack Kingston for doubling down on his attacks on the Parkland survivors
Right-Wing Media Uses Parkland Shooting as Conspiracy Fodder - The New York Times - from more mainstream voices like Rush Limbaugh and a commentator on CNN (Limbag is "mainstream" now)
David Hogg, Florida school shooting survivor: 'I'm not a crisis actor' - CNN

These Florida lawmakers accepted money from the NRA - CNNPolitics
Colorado congressman booed as people demand action on guns - f Republican Rep. Mike Coffman - "We're done with thoughts and prayers"
CPAC Says Dinesh D'Souza Not Going to Speak This Year, Condemns 'Indefensible' Remarks (Dinesh DaFuck)
CPAC Condemns D'Souza After Attack On Parkland Survivors, Claims He Wasn't Scheduled This Year (fake news, we tell you, fake!) | 'I was almost a school shooter' - I was almost a school shooter. I am not a school shooter because I didn't have access to guns.
Florida legislators vote down attempt to revive ban on assault rifles - The Boston Globe - The motion failed by a 36-71 vote. (Floriduh wants dead kids)
Supreme Court leaves in place California's 10-day wait for gun buyers, rejects 2nd Amendment challenge ... Dissenting alone, Justice Clarence Thomas said "the 2nd Amendment is a disfavored right in this court"

Parkland Conspiracy Theories Have Made Us a Nation Within a Nation - The Parkland responses are merely the latest sign.
The Parkland Shooting May Be a Sea Change Moment for Gun Laws - The Parkland shooting may be a sea change moment after all.

New Netanyahu Corruption Allegations: The Details - The New York Times - Two more serious allegations have surfaced in the metastasizing corruption investigation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his inner circle: that one of his aides tried to bribe a judge to quash a criminal case involving Mr. Netanyahu's wife, and that he or his aides traded lucrative regulatory approvals for favorable coverage on a news website owned by Israel's largest telecommunications company. (Israel's oligarch crime family)

Sex Abuse Allegations Shatter Illusions of Charity Sector - An investigation into Oxfam cast a seedy new light on the NGO world, and the #metoo movement is now sweeping through the industry. ... charity bosses paid for "full-on Caligula orgies" (the more things change)

Latvia Signals Russia May Be Interfering in Banking Crisis - Bloomberg - "There is a high probability that an externally organized widespread information operation is being carried out that, by its structure and execution, is identical to those observed in pre-election periods in the U.S., France and Germany,"

UPDATED: Attorney who whitewashed Tymoshenko prosecution charged with perjury | KyivPost - An attorney for international law firm Skadden, Arps, Meagher, & Flom who helped whitewash the prosecution and imprisonment of Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko was charged with perjury in U.S. federal court today.

Conservative Twitter Users Lose Thousands of Followers, Mass Purge of Bots Suspected

The unwitting: The Trump supporters used by Russia - Feb. 20, 2018 (stupid and racist)

Kushner Doesn't Want To Give Up His Security Clearance As John Kelly Cracks Down: Report | HuffPost - unclear why the president's son-in-law needs access to highly classified material. (because he's a paid spy, duh)
Kushner Resists Losing Access as Kelly Tackles Security Clearance Issues - The New York Times (Slushner is a crooked spy, but who cares?)

Trump's former bodyguard makes $15,000 a month from a GOP 'slush fund' ... Keith Schiller worked for Trump for nearly 20 years, becoming one of his most trusted aides.

Russiagate Targets the Left - Liberal conspiracy theorists are using Russiagate to smear Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein. How long until they come for you? (Jacobin jumps to their defense)
Bernie blames Hillary for allowing Russian interference - POLITICO - The senator and his top political adviser also denied Mueller's assertion that Russian actors backed his campaign. (no Russioans here, Bernie declared, emphatically, it was Hillary's fault) Sanders repeatedly refused to say why he didn't call out Russian involvement during the campaign. Clinton's campaign regularly raised suspicions of Kremlin-backed activity during the home stretch of the race ... Joan Walsh ... "Seriously, this could be the end of Sanders 2020. Someone who cares about him ought to tell him how badly he stepped in it today"

Should Clarence Thomas be impeached? - Lawyers, Guns & Money

Billy Graham, 'America's Pastor' And Noted Evangelist, Dead At 99 | HuffPost - He believed that all men were lost and would face God's judgement (Satan welcomes him home)

The Storm Is the New Pizzagate -- Only Worse

Eschaton: Perfectly Aligned Incentives - What could go wrong. -- Hospitals are increasingly offering "patient-financing" strategies, cooperating with banks and other financial institutions to provide on-the-spot loans to make sure patients pay their bills. (evil squared)

Democrats Flip Kentucky State House Seat Where Trump Won Overwhelmingly | HuffPost - Another sign of a big year for Democrats - Democrat Linda Belcher, a former public school teacher and state lawmaker, defeated Republican Rebecca Johnson, 68 percent to 32 percent ... Trump defeated Democratic rival Hillary Clinton among the district's 72 percent to 23 percent. The special election was prompted by the December death of then-state Rep. Dan Johnson, a Republican. Johnson took his own life after denying allegations that he had molested a 17-year-old girl at a church where he had served as a pastor ... Rebecca Johnson, the defeated Republican candidate, is Johnson's widow.
Democrat Linda Belcher Takes Deep-Red Kentucky Seat, the 37th Flip Since Trump's Inauguration - an 86-point turnaround
After losing to Linda Belcher, Dan Johnson's widow claims voter fraud ... There were 4,947 votes cast. (massive voter fraud caused by Republican policies) | Arizona candidate got topless selfie from legislative staffer, messages reveal - A legislative staffer sent Steve Montenegro a topless photo via text message, according to a series of messages between Montenegro and the staffer that were reviewed by 12 News. -- Republican congressional candidate Steve Montenegro is a married man and a church minister whose campaign emphasizes his 'virtue, honor and integrity." A series of text messages between Montenegro and a female staff member at the Arizona Legislature may raise questions about that claim.

Missouri Fought For Years To Hide Where It Got Its Execution Drugs. Now We Know What They Were Hiding. - The state of Missouri did everything it could to keep secret where it got the drugs it used to put 17 inmates to death. Now, BuzzFeed News has discovered the supplier is a pharmacy repeatedly found to engage in hazardous practices that could put patients -- and convicts -- at risk --- The state of Missouri has engaged in a wide-ranging scheme -- involving code names and envelopes stuffed with cash -- to hide the fact that it paid a troubled pharmacy for the drugs it used to execute inmates ... Foundation Care, a 14-year-old pharmacy based in the suburbs of St. Louis that has been repeatedly found to engage in hazardous pharmaceutical procedures and whose cofounder has been been accused of regularly ordering prescription medications for himself without a doctor's prescription. (and then passed a bunch of laws to stop you from finding out) Foundation Care said that it sold execution drugs for political reasons ... Missouri hasn't carried out an execution in more than a year now, because it executed all of the eligible prisoners ... When he left public service, Koster found a new job: senior vice president of corporate services at Centene.

Gateway Pundit founder pulled from panel on CPAC sidelines over article about Florida survivors - Feb. 21, 2018 - Pamela Geller ... canceled her event over being asked by the American Principles Project, the organization sponsoring the panel, to remove Jim Hoft as a speaker after he spread conspiracy theories about a student survivor of last week's Florida shooting.

Dallas Mavericks: Inside the Corrosive Workplace Culture | - As the woman sat down, the team president and CEO, Terdema Ussery, asked if he could join her. She grew nervous, not because Ussery was her boss's boss or because he was one of the most prominent figures in the Dallas sportscape. It was because his reputation as a serial sexual harasser of women preceded him. (toxic sports dudes worse than actual locker rooms) is 100% trumptastic - Lawyers, Guns & Money - No gay people allowed, but people who are happily married and sex offenders are welcome ... Barrett Riddleberger

Today In the Perfect American Meritocracy - Lawyers, Guns & Money - I hope those of you who have criticized the great James Bennet will apologize for not properly deferring to your social superiors:

Megan McArdle Superstar - Lawyers, Guns & Money (mediocrity rises to the top in our elite media)

Eschaton: Nothing Is More Important Than The Lifetime Income Streams Of Elite Tenured Columnists - And let's face it, it's a pretty good gig. If you've got a highly paid gig spewing crap about stuff you know little about, while other elites kiss your ass and consider you a part of the club, you're going to want to keep it and have it be as cushy and lucrative as possible AND you're to get a bit annoyed when people, often people who know a lot more than you, point out that you have an undeserved gig spouting nonsense about stuff you know little about.

Vox Media Laying Off Around 50 Staffers | Hollywood Reporter - The cuts, which mainly targeted social video teams ... "he cited "industry changes over the past few months" ... (FB just destroyed "pivot to video")
The Atlantic Plans a Hiring Spree - The New York Times - A media company is expanding its newsroom. You read that right ... The ramping up comes six months after Emerson Collective, an organization run by the philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs, acquired a majority stake in The Atlantic ... The announcement of the hires came on a day when Vox Media said it would lay off some 50 staff members, with most of those targeted working in the social video departments at Racked, Curbed and SB Nation. The Vox Media move occurred, not coincidentally, after Facebook recalibrated its News Feed to drive less traffic to content produced by professional news organizations.

'Black Panther': Erik Killmonger Is a Profound, Tragic Villain - The Atlantic - if an African superpower like Wakanda existed, with all its power, its monopoly on the invaluable sci-fi metal vibranium, and its advanced technology, how could it have remained silent, remained still, as millions of Africans were devoured by The Void?
Were 1998 Memos a Blueprint for War? - ABC News - This report originally aired on Nightline on March 5, 2003.

Cannabis use is associated with beneficial reductions in inflammation and immune activation that improve health outcomes in people living with HIV, according to a new study in Clinical Infectious Disease. : science

I am Michio Kaku, physicist, futurist and author of **The Future of Humanity**. AMA! : IAmA

Amazon confirm they will be adapting Iain M Banks' Culture series for TV : books

What's the easiest way to tell if someone is a redditor in real life? : AskReddit


Sea lions have made a magnificent comeback, and they want their beaches back - The Washington Post

5 things that are more complicated than buying a gun in Florida - CBS News - 1) Cold medicine
This single cartoon about school shootings is breaking people's hearts
Mass Murder -- A gut-wrenching tragedy or a welcome break from the daily grind? - It depends. If you're a Republican working in the tRump White House, you think about how it makes your life easier.
Parkland students come under attack for their outspokenness | Tampa Bay Times - Critics begin to question their motives.
Seventh grader shoots self at Ohio middle school
McMorris Rodgers set to attend fundraiser with auction of AR-15 - POLITICO - Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) is scheduled to headline a local Republican Party fundraising dinner next month that has been advertising its plans to auction off an AR-15 rifle

Netanyahu Faces New Accusations: Did His Adviser Try to Bribe a Judge? - The New York Times (hahaha what do you think?) an allegation that one of his closest advisers had sought to bribe a judge into dropping a criminal investigation involving the prime minister's wife ("crooked wife")

'It's not a war. It's a massacre': scores killed in Syrian enclave | World news | The Guardian -- Assad regime uses barrel bombs and attacks hospitals in rebel-held eastern Ghouta

Eschaton: So What You're Saying Is That It Will, Then - So What You're Saying Is That It Will, Then -- Funny. -- David Davis will tell business leaders in Austria that fears the Conservatives will plunge Britain into a 'Max Max-style world borrowed from dystopian fiction" after leaving the EU are unfounded. (totally unfounded, I tell you!)

The Affluent Society - Lawyers, Guns & Money - From classical antiquity until around 1700, no society featured any significant long-term economic growth. The industrial revolution arrived in the United Kingdom almost before anywhere else, yet as this chart shows, per capita GDP at the beginning of the 18th century was barely higher than it had been in the Middle Ages ... per capita GDP in the US is now about nine times what it was in 1900 and 27 times what it was in 1840 ... If millions of Americans are either sleeping on the streets, or on the edge of finding themselves there, or going hungry every day, or doing without even the most basic medical care, this has nothing whatsoever to do with economic scarcity, and everything to do with what is a purely political failure. (Galbraith)
$2 a Day

End ICE - The most notorious government agency under the Trump presidency is surely U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. The president may not be able to build his wall, but he can turn a horde of goons loose on America's schools, churches, and homes

A decade after meltdown, Senate moves to roll back bank rules - politico - That the legislation is coming 10 years after the worst credit crunch since the Great Depression has fueled passions around the debate. (why, it's almost like Republicans are always destroying the econommy; huge tax cuts and no regulation, what could go wrong again?)

Trump's conduct is inexplicable, unless he's in Putin's pocket ... (comment:) "Donald J. Trump is violating his oath of office. Our president is a traitor. It is The Truth of truths."
Trump's unhinged Russia tweetstorm boomerangs back on Republicans
The Content of the G.O.P's Character - Paul Krugman

London-based son-in-law of Russian businessman to plead guilty to false statements - The Washington Post - The Dutch son-in-law of one of Russia's wealthiest men ...
Mueller Charges Lawyer With Lying in Russia Probe - Bloomberg - Van Der Zwaan helped prepare Ukraine report for Manafort - False statements case comes days after Russians charged
5 clues to Mueller's roadmap
Manafort Under Scrutiny For $40 Million In "Suspicious" Transactions - Those records were part of an FBI operation to track international kleptocracy that ultimately failed, but which Robert Mueller's team resurrected

Mueller Just Made Many More People Much More Nervous - Mueller's Indictment of a Lawyer Is a Warning Shot - The indictments are not going to stop anytime soon - One plea at a time, Mueller is establishing that the president* is inherently corrupt and that his candidacy and election were just two unusually successful operations in a continuing criminal enterprise
Why Is Steve Bannon Cooperating With Robert Mueller's Russia Investigation? - The Russia investigation has grown in speed and strength.

A Facebook Executive Apologizes To His Company -- and to Robert Mueller ... @realdonaldtrump decided that he wanted to introduce his 48 million followers to Rob Goldman ... That's when, according to executives at the company, Facebook realized it was holding a shit sandwich (and needed to do more lying and damage control)
"Just an Ass-Backward Tech Company" : How Twitter Lost the Internet War (tech geniuses are inexperienced, young, and stupid) ... "And I hate to say it, but she clearly was in so far over her head on both of those. It was a disaster. I'm sure she's a nice person personally, but in this job, she was utterly incompetent."

Don't blame 'Washington.' Blame the GOP. (finally, someone in the media noticed)
Shakesville: Yes, This, Thank You, Finally, Etc. - Masking intransigent Republican obstructionism behind the notion that "Washington is broken" is the worst of bothsiderism. "Both sides" are not failing to govern. "Both sides" are not manifestly incapable of governing. That is true of the Republicans, and the Republicans alone.

The Unwavering Principles of Mitt Romney, Man of Integritude (TM) - Lawyers, Guns & Money - Romney was able to capture the Republican nomination in 2012 in part bu running to the furthest right of the major candidates on immigration. He proudly accepted the endorsement of Donald J. Trump, the New York City real estate grifter and reality TV star who became a major figure in the Republican Party by popularizing a racist conspiracy theory about Barack Obama

Why Do Liberals Feel the Need to Rehabilitate Terrible Recent Republican Presidents? - Lawyers, Guns & Money - The last few months has seen a lot of moments where it has looked like liberals are rehabilitating George W. Bush in response to Trump. This is absurd. Back at the end of Bush years, a lot of people were calling him the worst president of all time. I disagreed with this. George W. Bush was a terrible president. But the worst of all time -- Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, Pierce, Harding, and a few others -- are really, truly, horrifyingly awful. (well, yeah, if you skip the killing millions of people part)

The Upcoming Public Sector Apocalypse - Lawyers, Guns & Money - On February 27, the Supreme Court will hear Janus v. AFSCME, the case almost certain to eviscerate public sector unions by proclaiming a national right-to-work for public workers. This is intended to kneecap unions such as AFSCME, SEIU, AFT, and NEA, i.e. most of the unions who can still fund massive organizing campaigns and GOTV efforts for Democrats. This nearly happened in 2016, but then Scalia ate one too many cannolis (the party of death and destruction is a cancer on the body politic)

A man acquainted with sorrows - Lawyers, Guns & Money - This meme is currently all over Facebook, Pinterest, Snapchat, and whatever else the kids are into these days. (Jesus Trump sacrificied billions to save you +thoughts on what's wrong with Trumpsters)

American Hippopotamus - Lawyers, Guns & Money - If you're ired of reading about the absurdity of American politics in the present, and would like to read about the absurdity of American politics in the past instead, you could do a lot worse than the story of the time we almost brought Hippopotamuses to the bayous of Louisiana.

Man featured in ads for pro-Trump dating site was convicted of child sex crimes: report (c'mon, just a little kiddie pussy-grabbing) While the site has been mocked for not allowing LGBT people but allowing married people (no jail time at all, of course)

Nashville's Mayor Has Stumbled. Who Will Cast the First Stone? - On Jan. 31, the mayor here, Megan Barry, called a news conference to announce that she had been having an affair with Robert Forrest Jr., a police sergeant who was the head of her security detail: "It was wrong, and we shouldn't have done it" she said

You Dumb Motherfuckers, John Kelly Was Always Bad - FiveThirtyEight, a website that apparently still exists, has a deeply depressing story out Tuesday on White House Chief of Staff John Kelly by politics writer Perry Bacon Jr. The piece is essentially a mea culpa, where Bacon admits that he and much of the political media got Kelly all wrong, and that he is Actually Bad.

In Idaho, medical-care exemptions for faith healing come under fire - The Washington Post - Nearly one-third of the roughly 600 gravesites in Peaceful Valley Cemetery belong to a child, advocates say. Spotty records make it difficult to identify how and why the children died before their burial at the graveyard used by the Followers of Christ, a splinter sect that practices faith healing and believes that death and illness are the will of God. (oh good, Idaho supports "faIth healing" by idiots) Child advocates estimate that 183 Idaho children have died because of withheld medical treatment since states across the nation enacted faith-healing exemptions in the early 1970s ... More children die of faith-based medical neglect in Idaho than any other state ... and more than half thBuchanan, Andrew Johnson, Pierce, Harding, and a few otherse other states, some kind of religious exemption allows parents to withhold medical treatment from a child. ("religious freedom" to kill your kid)

Clarence Thomas Sexually Harassed Me. Yes, He Should Be Impeached. | HuffPost

#MeToo in medicine: Women, harassed in hospitals and operating rooms, await reckoning - NBC News

The Smarm of the Contrarian - Lawyers, Guns & Money - Conor Friedersdorf has taken some time off from his complaints about how college students are coddled snowflakes to write a column about how horrible it is when people say unkind things about the arguments made by well-compensated newspaper columnists (+the Chait and anti-feminist Roiphe) Roiphie, a tenured journalism professor taking to the pages of a prestigious magazine to claim that her arguments just can't get a fair hearing.
Matthew Yglesias on Twitter: "I'm sometimes a little confused as to which side of the culture war is calling for safe spaces and which side is urging vigorous debate as the optimal way to run the marketplace or ideas." "I guess the idea is that college students need to grow thicker skins while everyone else grows more attentive to the delicate feelings of prominent columnists."
Katie Herzog on Twitter: "it'd be a lot easier to judge for ourselves if you'd actually link to it." (no ever showed little Katie how to use the googler)
Tom Scocca: On Smarm (2013, history)

The Left Needs to Be Smarter, Part Who Even Knows - Lawyers, Guns & Money - Why would Our Revolution, the Bernie Sanders-affiliated political action group, endorse Dennis Kucinich over Richard Cordray in the Democratic nomination for the governor of Ohio?

Dan Gillmor on Twitter: "The @nytimes Op-Ed page ran a piece by an anti-gun-control commentator whom the Times Editorial Board called "disreputable" 5 days later."
New York Times Editorial Board: Person Published by Times a Week Ago Is 'Disreputable' and Untrustworthy - John Lott ... not its reporters, but the very people who have spent the last week defending James Bennet's decision to start running predictable bullshit from boring conservatives in the name of balance -- calling out as a fraud someone they deemed expert enough to write an opinion piece for them just one week ago. Is this a cry for help?

Readers' tips for curbing car break-ins pour in (maybe it's a SF thing, but 23 paragraphs later, don't leave stuff in the fucking car)

A Political History of the Future: Black Panther - Lawyers, Guns & Money


Trump surveyed Mar-a-Lago members over gun control in wake of school shooting: report | TheHill
'How much are they being paid?' Fox News fans trash teen Parkland survivors who demand stronger gun laws ... Democrats must be proud he can disrespect the president, and my guess is he talks the same way to his parents ("if he were my kid, I'd beat the shit out him or maybe just shoot him")
The Second Amendment Is Not Why The U.S. Doesn't Have Good Gun Control Policy ... "dangerouse or unusual weapons" (Scalia meant nukes and bombers)
School shooter's past includes buying guns, cutting, slurs and mental illness - the 19-year-old school shooter obtained 10 rifles in the last year or so. (Floriduh sells assault weapons to teen-agers, what could go wrong?)
Students who survived massacre refuse to pose for photo op with Trump (thumbs down)

After Florida School Shooting, Russian 'Bot' Army Pounced
Fox News s appalling past 72 hours, analyzed - A data analysis shows how Fox News spun the Mueller indictment and Florida shooting into a defense of the president. ("carpet-bombing the truth with an industrialized lie-machine")

Netanyahu in deeper peril as more Israeli officials are arrested on corruption charges (will start a war first)
Scoop: U.S. ambassador to Israel says massive settlement evacuation could spark civil war - Axios (first they occupy illegally, then refuse to leave)

What Robert Mueller Indictments of 13 Russian Nationals Mean for Donald Trump - And any decision to fire Mueller or Rosenstein will (finally) have grave political consequences ... a thoroughly complete campaign of ratfcking aimed exclusively at electing Donald Trump to be president of the United States. This was Donald Segretti on steroids, with the power of a huge apparatus behind them ... It's important to remember that every one of the tactics mentioned above -- especially the voter-fraud canard -- have been electioneering tactics used by the former Republican Party for at least two decades. (time to deport all Republicans to the Moon)
What has changed in the Russia investigation? - The Washington Post

Clapper predicts 'other shoes to drop' in Mueller probe
'He's scared out of his mind' : Ex-official nails Trump over blaming FBI for shooting to deflect from Russia probe (he's never been in his mind)
Eric and Don Jr. egged on Trump's weekend Twitter tirade against the FBI: CNN ... He's essentially spending the weekend inside watching cable news and speaking with his sons. (dumb, dumber, and dumbest)
Trump-Russia inquiry: Manafort under pressure after reports that Gates has flipped | US news | The Guardian

Tools of Trump's Fixer: Payouts, Intimidation and the Tabloids

"The Canaries are Dying": How Trump Is Making Republicans Pick Their 2018 Poison -- Caught between the president's rabid, loyal base and suburban women, Republican candidates may not survive a blue wave election.

Conservatives urge Trump to grant pardons in Russia probe - POLITICO - As special counsel Robert Mueller builds his case, relatives of former national security adviser Michael Flynn are among those pressing the president to use his unique legal power and 'put these defendants out of their misery' (if they weren't suck fucking traitorous criminals, they wouldn't be miserble, ya know?)

Trump is ignoring the worst attack on America since 9/11 - The Washington Post - Imagine if, after 9/11, the president had said that the World Trade Center and Pentagon could have been attacked by "China" or "lots of other people." (Boot had a Rubin conversion)
Podesta: Trump a 'draft dodger' in war for democracy

The War America Isn't Fighting -- Former Defense Secretary Ash Carter tells us about his Pentagon plan to counter Russia -- and why both Obama and Trump have failed to execute it.
Top Democrat says Obama shares responsibility for Russia's meddling (float-above-it-all non-partisan Obama fucked the country)

Trump's fast-food engorged world is petty, small, miserable, anxious and angry ... Trump's is the sort of personality which John the Revelator would have been able to insightfully parse, while meditating in ecstasy on some Patmos grove. (c'mon dude, you're almost there) "where absolute freedom is allowed, there is nothing to restrain the evil which is inherent in every man" ... In suggesting that there must be something hellish about the experience of being Trump (closer) But if Trumpism is just a new manifestation of that particular type of dark religion (now what could that be?)
For Those Who Have Traded Faith for Power, There's a Comeuppance Ahead -- the Faustian bargain which allowed conservative evangelical Christians to "Keep Christ in Christmas" while seemingly divorcing Christianity from Christ ... For those 81% of white evangelicals who voted for Trump, and more troublingly for the profoundly inhumane, greedy, wrathful ideology that he embodies, and who have seemingly forgotten their scripture ... consider that 80% of white, self-identified evangelicals in Alabama voted for the disgraced and disgraceful losing pedophile Roy Moore ... Since the resurgence of politicized evangelical Christianity with the ascendency of Ronald Reagan, many apocalyptic minded conservative Christians made a sort of prophetic parlor game out of conjecturing who the potential anti-Christ could be ... An irony since if the anti-Christ is supposed to be a manipulative, powerful, smooth-talking demagogue with the ability to sever people from their most deeply held beliefs who would be a better candidate than the seemingly indestructible Trump? (well, there you are)
Donald Trump, American Preacher - The New York Times - Building a congregation for his prosperity - gospel, one chaotic rally at a time. - By Jeff Sharlet - APRIL 12, 2016 (Trump's story of pigs-blood-dipped bullets to massacre Muslims and dump them in mass graves really gets the crowd off)

Have You Ever Seen Donald Trump Laugh? | The Nation - As Trump himself might say, there's something going on (Satan is devoid of humor) ("they are laughing at us in Moscow")

Mueller's interest in Kushner grows to include foreign financing efforts (all his russian money-laundering and payoffs)

Reckoning With Trump's Illegitimacy (lock him and his crime family up forever and recind all his judicial appointments)
President Trump is losing control - The Washington Post
Miss Universe Gambit - For years, he used his beauty pageants to boost business interests abroad. A 2013 contest, in Moscow, may also have helped give him the Presidency.

Internet Research Agency: Russian journalist who uncovered election interference left confounded by Mueller - The Washington Post

How an Alt-Right Bot Network Took Down Al Franken ... Analysts have now mapped out how Hooters pinup girl and lad-mag model Leeann Tweeden's initial accusation against Franken became effective propaganda after right-wing black ops master Roger Stone first hinted at the allegation ... A pair of Japan-based websites, created the day before Tweeden came forward, and a swarm of related Twitter bots made the Tweeden story go viral (and Gillibrand jumped on the bandwagon and stabbed him in the back; what would have happened if he had been allowed to have his hearing and this stuff came out?)

Trump administration dismantles LGBT-friendly policies - POLITICO - Despite Trump's promise to defend LGBT rights, his health agency has blocked efforts to combat discrimination. (haha you believed him?)

Fact-Checking a Facebook Executive's Comments on Russian Interference
Why Facebook is afraid of Robert Mueller - The Washington Post (Zuckerberg colluded with the Russians +"What we have seen is what happens when public discourse is carpet-bombed by an industrialised, automated lie machine. Why else would Putin say that whoever masters AI owns the future?")
The Age of Unregulated Social Media Is Over | Just Security - Now, how to avoid unintended consequences

WH revises statement and says no decision yet on WHCD | Daily Mail Online

Pa. Supreme Court to offer new congressional map in gerrymandering saga. Here's whast to expect
Pa. gerrymandering case: State Supreme Court releases new congressional map for 2018 elections - Philly
The New Pennsylvania House Districts Are - In. We Review the Mapmakers choces

The Lone Star Long Shot Who Wants to Topple Ted Cruz - The New York Times - Beto O'Rourke

The Case for Impeaching Clarence Thomas - With new evidence that Clarence Thomas lied to get onto the Supreme Court, it's time to talk seriously about impeachment. (karma coming for you, asshole +Joe Biden's biggest legacy)

The Thriller That Predicted the Russia Scandal - POLITICO Magazine - David Pepper's 2016 novel is eerily similar to recent real-world political events. But wait until you read the sequel.

'Spin the bottle' and a kegerator: #MeToo movement lawmaker faces new sexual misconduct allegations - Staffers say California legislator presided over 'toxic' office ("toxic femininity" she was running a "frat house") an evening of heavy drinking in which Garcia ended up sitting on a hotel room floor with about half-dozen people -- including her staffers and at least one male friend -- and prompted them to play a game that results in participants kissing each other.

Sharing stories from decades ago, older women find their place in #MeToo - The Washington Post

Rabbi charged with having sex with 17-year-old girl forced into prostitution - Goodman, was sentenced in Pike County, Pennsylvania in October 2015 to 11 to 23 months in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of indecent assault of a person less than 13 years of age, according to court records ... At the time of his arrest in that case, Goodman was the director of Chabad of East Brunswick, which focused on educating children. (good Chabadnik)

Black Panther and Black Children - Lawyers, Guns & Money
Black Panther's Right Thing


Nikolas Cruz: 'We had this monster living under our roof and we didn't know ... The couple both grew up around guns and are comfortable with them ... He didn't know how to cook. They had to show him how to use a microwave. He didn't know how to do his laundry and also had to learn to pick up after himself. He didn't drive but bought a bicycle and rode it to work at a nearby Dollar Tree. (weird parents)
Third-graders are selling AR-15 raffle tickets in Missouri | Regional | - Third-graders in a Missouri community are continuing to sell raffle tickets for an AR-15 to benefit their traveling baseball team after the same type of rifle was used to slaughter and injure dozens at a Florida school ... After this story was published, Patterson said he mistakenly said the critics were part of a hate group ... "We appreciate your 'concern' but please understand, we are not, have not, and will not force one of our boys to sell raffle tickets for the Black Rain AR15 Spec 15, if they are uncomfortable doing so. ("but boy, we will make fun of the little sissy")

"Century Arms's assault rifles account for more than 17 percent of the total guns recovered in Mexico since 2006 -- the highest of any recovered gun or rifle ... That's why Bernie Sanders voted against suing gun makers. Century Arms is a Vermont company.
Ragnarok Lobster on Twitter: "This is why gun control advocates will never forgive Bernie Sanders via @MotherJones"
P?????? K???ss?? ? on Twitter: "Bernie Sanders: "In Vermont, guns are used for HUNTING." The facts: 56 percent of adult domestic violence homicides in Vermont between 1994-2013 were committed with firearms."
April on Twitter: "Vote for Bernie they said. He marched with MLK they said. Knowing full well this interview was out there (it's about 2 years old)."
The Hill on Twitter: "Ryan: Don't make Florida school shooting conversation about taking away people's guns "
Kevin M. Kruse on Twitter: "No worries. We can make it about taking away your majority in the House."
Raw Story on Twitter: "NRA pal Paul Ryan is in Florida collecting money while kids are being buried"
Paul Ryan's 3 Years Of Arguing Against 'Knee-Jerk' Reactions To Shootings | HuffPost - Ryan received $177,000 in contributions from the National Rifle Association in the 2016 campaign cycle. (kind of a 'knee-jerk' isn't he)

Why 'they' seem more violent than 'we' are - The link between mass shootings and immigration ... Despite evidence to the contrary (the incarceration rate for native-born Americans is nearly twice that of undocumented immigrants and nearly three times that of legal immigrants), a powerful narrative persists that immigrants are preternaturally violent and that our safety is best guaranteed by closing our doors to anyone with brown skin ... Yet while one hand draws up plans for border walls, the other doles out AR-15s to white, male, homegrown terrorists: Between 54 and 63 percent of the mass shootings since 1982 were committed by white men. (so, less than average?) Indeed, the question of mental health rarely seems to enter into the equation when the perpetrator is Muslim. (Jared Lee Loughner, who shot 19 people in Tucscon in 2011, was mentally ill) (his face)

'An Endless War': Why 4 U.S. Soldiers Died in a Remote African Desert -- More than 16 years after 9/11 spurred a broad fight against terrorism, some Americans say it's time to look at how the country is deploying its forces. (whenever a draft-dodging Republicans says so)

Russian curler fails Winter Olympics drug test | Sport | The Guardian - meldonium FACTBOX-Olympics-Five facts about meldonium | Reuters ... It was used to boost the stamina of Soviet troops fighting at high altitudes in Afghanistan in the 1980s