Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Flabbergasted / Q

"Today's Blind Items - St. Charles House Of Horrors" (CDaN).  The guesses (less choice links removed):
"Super PAC donation: David Vitter (St. Charles House of Horrors)
A+ list actor: Ben Affleck or Johnny Depp
Republican backed political candidate/consolation prize: Rick Perry (14th United States Secretary of Energy)
or
Marco Rubio (re-election to Senate after he said he wouldn’t seek re-election)
Mastermind and father killed: Saudi Prince Mansour bin Muqrin SON of Muqrin bin Abdulaziz
Disgraced A+ list producer: Harvey Weinstein
A list actor/A list girlfriends raped by producer: Brad Pitt/Gwyneth Paltrow/Angelina Jolie
Movie filmed in New Orleans: "Bad Moms"
Actress with A list husband: Mila Kunis (Ashton Kutcher)
Actress with A+ list husband in the closet: Jada Pinkett Smith (Will Smith)"
Two curious stories that came up in the discussion: "Trial Lawyer Steve Mostyn, Soros Ally, 1971-2017" ("suicide") and "Helicopter pilot, 32, died in mid-air collision alongside three others after a plane ‘suddenly dropped in height’ over Rothschild’s estate".

"Monbiot Still Burying his Head in Sands of Syria" (Cook).  A lot more polite than I would be.  Monbiot's conduct is consistently monstrous.

"Laurier apologizes to teaching assistant who aired clip of gender-pronoun debate".  The universities will eventually have to close down as there won't be any permitted speech.  Note her offense was failing to complain loudly enough about a shunned thinker:  "On the recording of the meeting, Shepherd is heard tearfully defending her decision to play the clip while staff accuse her of being transphobic and liken her failure to condemn Peterson to remaining neutral on the views of Adolf Hitler."  Note also that the only reason she was saved is that she was wise enough to make a surreptitious audio tape of her savonarolas.  Finally, note that the main accuser got hoist with his own petard as he set up a 'power imbalance'!  These are our best and brightest, and they are all virtue-signaling, identity-politics, morons!

"McMaster Calls Trump an Idiot" (tnb).  Sheldon!

"The Lost Journalistic Standards of Russia-gate" (Parry):
". . . why does the Times trust the uncorroborated assertion that Mifsud told Papadopoulos about the emails — and trust the claim to such a degree that the newspaper would treat it as flat fact? Absent corroborating evidence, isn’t it just as likely (if not more likely) that Papadopoulos is telling the prosecutors what he thinks they want to hear?

If the prosecutors working for Russia-gate independent counsel Robert Mueller had direct evidence that Mifsud did tell Papadopoulos about the emails, you would assume that they would have included the proof in the criminal filing against Papadopoulos, which was made public on Oct. 30.

Further, since Papadopoulos was peppering the Trump campaign with news about his Russian outreach in 2016, you might have expected that he would include something about how helpful the Russians had been in obtaining and publicizing the Democratic emails.

But none of Papadopoulos’s many emails to Trump campaign officials about his Russian contacts (as cited by the prosecutors) mentioned the hot news about “dirt” on Clinton or the Russians possessing “thousands of emails.” This lack of back-up would normally raise serious doubts about Papadopoulos’s claim, but – since Papadopoulos was claiming something that the prosecutors and the Times wanted to believe – reasonable skepticism was swept aside.

What the Times seems to have done is to accept a bald assertion by Mueller’s prosecutors as sufficient basis for jumping to the conclusion that this disputed claim is undeniably true. But just because Papadopoulos, a confessed liar, and these self-interested prosecutors claim something is true doesn’t make it true.

Careful journalists would wonder, as Shane did, why Papadopoulos who in 2016 was boasting of his Russian contacts to make himself appear more valuable to the Trump campaign wouldn’t have informed someone about this juicy tidbit of information, that the Russians possessed “thousands of emails” on Clinton.

Yet, the prosecutors’ statement regarding Papadopoulos’s guilty plea is strikingly silent on corroborating evidence that could prove that, first, Russia did possess the Democratic emails (which Russian officials deny) and, second, the Trump campaign was at least knowledgeable about this core fact in the support of the theory about the campaign’s collusion with the Russians (which President Trump and other campaign officials deny)."

"How Turkey, Iran, Russia and India are playing the New Silk Roads" (Escobar).  The world has clearly divided up between those seeking peace and prosperity through human development, and those being led around as slaves by the Khazars.  It is crazy that it is that simple, but here we are.

After an unbelievable series of horrible political choices which have led directly to horrible human development outcomes, is India finally getting 'woke'?:  "India Scraps $500M Military Deal With Israel Amid Rising Popular Concern About India’s Complicity in Israeli Crimes".

"She Said A Powerful Congressman Harassed Her. Here’s Why You Didn’t Hear Her Story."  There should be a law that non-disclosure agreements that protect patterns or potential patterns of illegal activity - and sexual assault is, if you can believe it, illegal! - are unenforceable.  Conyers is a guy that seems to mean well, but nothing he does ever adds up to much of anything, probably explained by blackmail pressures on him due to his proclivities.  Getting rid of the highly blackmailable is part of the conspiracy theory process of leading to good governance.  Of course, the other side of it is that victims wouldn't get paid without going to court.

"Exclusive: NYT White House correspondent Glenn Thrush’s history of bad judgment around young women journalists".  Tweet (Julian Assange):
"After WikiLeaks exposed Glenn Thrush the New York Times hired him."

"Security Breach and Spilled Secrets Have Shaken the N.S.A. to Its Core" (Shadow Brokers)  (my emphasis in red!):
"One N.S.A. official who almost saw his career ended by the Shadow Brokers is at the very top of the organization: Adm. Michael S. Rogers, director of the N.S.A. and commander of its sister military organization, United States Cyber Command. President Barack Obama’s director of national intelligence, James R. Clapper Jr., and defense secretary, Ashton B. Carter, recommended removing Admiral Rogers from his post to create accountability for the breaches.

But Mr. Obama did not act on the advice, in part because Admiral Rogers’s agency was at the center of the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. Mr. Trump, who again on Saturday disputed his intelligence agencies’ findings on Russia and the election, extended the admiral’s time in office. Some former intelligence officials say they are flabbergasted that he has been able to hold on to his job."
Mueller grazes the third rail!: "Special Counsel Mueller Now Probing Kushner's Contacts With Israeli Officials During Transition, WSJ" (Durden).

Treaty drafting porn:  "How a missing 'the' enabled Israeli occupation" (Baroud).

Tweet (Peychauds Bitters‏):
"no comment"
For conspiracy completists only, a /pol/ Q thread. "How Mueller & President Trump are Pulling the Biggest Sting in History".  Background.  "4Chan User “Q” Warned Lynn De Rothschild About Deadly Plane Crash 3 Days Before It Happened".
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