15 January 2017

To err is human

Well, this is an interesting sequence of events I just learned about. 2000 Tad Devine works for the Democratic Party as senior strategist on the Al Gore election campaign. 2004 Tad Devine works for the Democratic Party as senior adviser on the John Kerry election campaign. 2006 Tad Devine works with Victor Yanukovych on his Prime Ministerial election campaign. 2010 Tad Devine works with Paul Manafort on Victor Yanukovych’s Presidential campaign. ... Read more

14 January 2017

Rosneft… and Trump?

As my Trump timeline continues to grow, I’ve been made aware of the following interesting ‘coincidences’ that deserve pulling out into their own article. From the Orbis Trump dossier, memo dated 18 October 2016: In terms of the substance of their discussion, SECHIN’s associate said that the Rosneft President was so keen to lift personal and corporate western sanctions imposed on the company that he offered PAGE/TRUMP’s associates the brokerage of up to a 19 per cent (privatised) stake in Rosneft in return. ... Read more

11 January 2017

Trump intelligence allegations from Buzzfeed

Last night Buzzfeed published a PDF document containing alleged intelligence reports about Donald Trump. I stayed up late running it through OCR and cleaning up the results. Here’s the content of the document as a regular web page you can easily search, quote, read on your phone, whatever. For more background, you might want to check out my Trump and Russia timeline post, which I’ve been updating regularly. I may have “overcorrected” a few typos, such as spelling Paul Manafort’s name consistently (the original documents seem to use two ‘n’s in some places). ... Read more

2 January 2017

Those coal industry jobs are not coming back

Shortly after the election I was driving, and feeling too lazy to find something on the MP3 player. I found myself listening to NPR on FM radio. They were interviewing people in West Virginia, which used to be a solidly Democratic state but went full Trump in the election. NPR were asking Trump voters why they had voted the way they had. Many of the people interviewed were unemployed, and had formerly worked in the coal industry, which was once the main source of unemployment in the state. ... Read more

19 December 2016

Your Stars for 2017

Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 19) Juno has captured new images of Jupiter’s northern lights. Like you, they are filled with energy for the months ahead. You have a great deal of unused capacity which you have not turned to your advantage. Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20) Distant events may have an impact on you this week. The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory has detected gravitational waves which may provide the first evidence for quantum gravity. ... Read more

18 December 2016

Electoral college

On Monday, the Electoral College will meet to decide who to confirm as the next President of the USA. In 1788 Alexander Hamilton explained the purpose of the exercise: Nothing was more to be desired than that every practicable obstacle should be opposed to cabal, intrigue, and corruption. These most deadly adversaries of republican government might naturally have been expected to make their approaches from more than one quarter, but chiefly from the desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils. ... Read more

12 December 2016

Donald Trump and Russia: a timeline

I kept reading about Trump’s many ties to Russia, but none of the news outlets ever presented a timeline, so I decided to assemble one myself with links to the source articles. I started in 2016, but I’ve been updating it every day or two as events unfold. When the award-winning history book gets written, not every event in this timeline will turn out to have be relevant. Some things mentioned below are doubtless meaningless coincidences. ... Read more

9 December 2016

New broom

They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. I gave it a good try, but the whole thing of 2-3 posts a day just didn’t work out. People are too attached to their walled garden social networks. With a very few exceptions, I didn’t get comments. So, this site’s going back to being a place for things I’ve written. For the time being, I’m not going to bother with a comments system either. ... Read more

26 November 2016

“Government Accountability Institute”

Donald Trump’s chief White House strategist Stephen K. Bannon accepted $376,000 in pay over four years for working 30 hours a week at a tiny tax-exempt charity in Tallahassee while also serving as the hands-on executive chairman of Breitbart News Network. During the same four-year period, the charity paid about $1.3 million in salaries to two other journalists who said they put in 40 hours a week there while also working for the politically conservative news outlet, according to publicly available documents filed with the Internal Revenue Service. ... Read more

24 November 2016

White guy calls for the end of identity politics

In the New York Times, Mark Lilla identifies Hillary Clinton’s outreach to people of color as triggering the backlash that caused Donald Trump to be elected: But when it came to life at home, she tended on the campaign trail to lose that large vision and slip into the rhetoric of diversity, calling out explicitly to African-American, Latino, L.G.B.T. and women voters at every stop. This was a strategic mistake. ... Read more

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