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Oct 22 2017

Open Thread

Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth. - Albert Einstein

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  1. Bodhisattva says:

    As Hillary Clinton was beginning her job as President Obama’s chief diplomat, federal agents observed as multiple arms of Vladimir Putin’s machine unleashed an influence campaign designed to win access to the new secretary of State, her husband Bill Clinton and members of their inner circle, according to interviews and once-sealed FBI records.

    Some of the activities FBI agents gathered evidence about in 2009 and 2010 were covert and illegal.

    A female Russian spy posing as an American accountant, for instance, used a false identity to burrow her way into the employ of a major Democratic donor in hopes of gaining intelligence on Hillary Clinton’s department, records show. The spy was arrested and deported as she moved closer to getting inside the secretary’s department, agents said.

    Other activities were perfectly legal and sitting in plain view, such as when a subsidiary of Russia’s state-controlled nuclear energy company hired a Washington firm to lobby the Obama administration. At the time it was hired, the firm was providing hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in pro bono support to Bill Clinton’s global charitable initiative, and it legally helped the Russian company secure federal decisions that led to billions in new U.S. commercial nuclear business, records show.

    Agents were surprised by the timing and size of a $500,000 check that a Kremlin-linked bank provided Bill Clinton with for a single speech in the summer of 2010. The payday came just weeks after Hillary Clinton helped arrange for American executives to travel to Moscow to support Putin’s efforts to build his own country’s version of Silicon Valley, agents said.

  2. Bodhisattva says:

    Province downplays bird death issue as it expands wind power


    Environment Minister Shannon Phillips says Alberta is taking precautions to ensure minimal impact on bird and bat populations as it expands the use of wind power in the province, but she says allegations that wind energy is a major killer of winged wildlife have been vastly overblown in the past.
    Conservationists aren’t so sure however, and believe the province must do more to mitigate an increasing threat to birds and bats — especially the winged mammals — from new turbines in the province coming over the next decade.
    Alberta currently has about 900 operating wind turbines, with the third-largest generating capacity among provinces, according to the Canadian Wind Energy Association. The NDP government wants to significantly boost wind energy, with a plan to have 30 per cent of Alberta’s power supply coming from renewables such as wind, solar and hydro by 2030.
    Opponents of the NDP have accused it taking a hard line on the environmental impact of fossil fuel projects such as the oilsands while subsidizing wind power technology that has a far greater impact on Wildlife.

    Editorial: All bird deaths are regrettable


    The NDP, like many governments, is embracing wind energy as an environmentally friendly alternative to coal-fired electricity plants.
    Alberta already has approximately 900 wind turbines, offering the third-largest generating capacity among the provinces, according to the Canadian Wind Energy Association. The NDP wants to have 30 per cent of Alberta’s power supply coming from renewables — including wind, solar and hydro — by 2030. That means the number of wind turbines will only increase, and with it, a greater risk to birds and bats.
    Sadly, the government seems dismissive of the danger to wildlife, with Environment Minister Shannon Phillips saying criticism of the technology is misplaced.
    “The fact of the matter is, a lot of this is based on some myths about renewable energy,” said Phillips.
    “There are certainly environmental effects from everything that we do, everything, including renewable energy. However, it is often vastly overstated and it’s a well-loved conspiracy theory that the environmental effects are somehow devastating to either the migratory bird or bat population.”
    As evidence of its position, the province notes that a 2013 Environment Canada study on the causes of bird deaths — pegged at approximately 269 million annually nationwide — found 95 per cent were caused by cats and collisions with windows, vehicles and power lines. Wind generation wasn’t listed among the top factors.
    The government estimates that each existing wind turbine in Alberta causes the deaths of two to three birds and three to seven bats annually, putting the current totals at between 1,800 and 2,700 birds, and between 2,700 and 6,300 bats provincially — or up to 9,000 fatalities in total.

  3. Bodhisattva says:

    Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), committed attempted character assassination against President Trump and General Kelly.

    Now she’s demanding an apology from General Kelly, accusing him of the same.

    Don’t hold your breath, Freddie.

    Say, isn’t a black woman wearing a cowboy hat cultural appropriation?

    (Credit for that last line goes to Kirklesworth.)

  4. Bodhisattva says:

    Oh wow… look who’s concerned about “illegal border crossings” all of a sudden.

    Guess why!

    Keep a ‘wary eye’ on U.S. travel visas, Goodale tells American counterpart
    Ralph Goodale says some migrants are obtaining U.S. travel visas for the sole purpose of coming to Canada.

    Canada’s Public Safety Minister has told his American counter part to keep a “wary eye” on the travel visas it issues to the United States.

    In an interview Sunday with CBC News, Goodale said Canadian officials have identified trends where documents issued from certain U.S. embassies and consulates are being misused.

    “We have asked them to go back upstream and examine the pattern of these travel documents being issued and how come the people to whom they were issued appear to have had no intention of staying in the United States, but were simply using the documents as vehicles to get into the United States and then make a bee-line for the Canadian border,” Goodale explained.

    While the minister refused to identify diplomatic missions that have been problematic, Nigeria is one place where people obtained visas to visit the U.S. with the intention of heading to Canada.

    The minister said acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke was very receptive to the suggestion and indicated the U.S. is also looking at putting up signs at irregular crossings on its side of the border with messages to dissuade those seeking asylum in Canada.

  5. Bodhisattva says:

    The NFL is banned from my house/my TV until they get the players who are kneeling, raising fists, etc. in line.

    NFL HELL: Several Stadiums Nearly Empty As Anthem Protest Backlash Rolls Into Week 7

  6. Bodhisattva says:

    And the hits keep coming…

    Twiggy Ramirez, Marilyn Manson Bassist, Accused of Rape

    Longtime bassist for Marilyn Manson Twiggy Ramirez (born Jeordie White) has been accused of rape by Jessicka Addams, lead singer in the band Jack Off Jill.

    Addams detailed the alleged assault in a lengthy Facebook post, writing that she and Ramirez entered into a relationship in the ’90s — when she was 18 — that became physically violent in the following months and years. She detailed a pattern of abuse that began with jealousy and escalated into hitting her repeatedly.

    During a tour break with Nine Inch Nails, who White also played with, the musician allegedly visited Addams at their friend Pete’s apartment. “He forced me on to the floor with his hand around my neck,” she wrote. “I said NO. I said NO. I said it so loud enough, that Pete came rushing in from the other room to get him off of me. But I had been raped. I had been raped by somebody I thought I loved.”

    Manson released a statement to Pitchfork about the accusations. “I knew Jessicka and Jeordie had a romantic relationship many years ago and I considered and still consider Jessicka to be a friend,” he said. “I knew nothing about these allegations until very recently and am saddened by Jessicka’s obvious distress.” White left Manson’s band in 2002 before returning in 2008. In the past, he also performed in Nine Inch Nails and A Perfect Circle.

    38 accuse writer/director James Toback of sexual harassment

    Writer and director James Toback, who received an Oscar nomination for writing “Bugsy,” has been accused of sexual harassment by 38 women in a report published Sunday in The Los Angeles Times.

    In the report, many of the women allege that Toback approached them on the streets of New York City and promised stardom. His meetings would often end with sexual questions and Toback masturbating in front of them or simulating sexual intercourse with them, according to the accounts.

  7. Bodhisattva says:

    US Preparing to Put Nuclear Bombers Back on 24-Hour Alert

    The U.S. Air Force is preparing to put nuclear-armed bombers back on 24-hour ready alert, a status not seen since the Cold War ended in 1991.

    “This is yet one more step in ensuring that we’re prepared,” Gen. David Goldfein, Air Force chief of staff, said in an interview during his six-day tour of Barksdale and other U.S. Air Force bases that support the nuclear mission. “I look at it more as not planning for any specific event, but more for the reality of the global situation we find ourselves in and how we ensure we’re prepared going forward.”

    Goldfein and other senior defense officials stressed that the alert order had not been given, but that preparations were under way in anticipation that it might come. That decision would be made by Gen. John Hyten, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command, or Gen. Lori Robinson, the head of U.S. Northern Command. STRATCOM is in charge of the military’s nuclear forces and NORTHCOM is in charge of defending North America.

    Putting the B-52s back on alert is just one of many decisions facing the Air Force as the U.S. military responds to a changing geopolitical environment that includes North Korea’s rapidly advancing nuclear arsenal, President Trump’s confrontational approach to Pyongyang, and Russia’s increasingly potent and active armed forces.

  8. Bodhisattva says:

    North Korea is ‘mass producing biological weapons’ and could unleash smallpox, cholera, plague and anthrax on US troops
    This chilling prospect is laid bare in a shocking report which states highly infectious diseases could be spread via a missile, drones, planes and sprayers

    KIM Jong-un is feared to be secretly mass producing biological weapons to unleash nightmarish plagues on US troops, a report has found.

    Under the cover of a farm lab, it is claimed North Korean chemists could be weaponising some the world’s deadliest diseases such as smallpox, Black Death and cholera which could lay waste to millions of people if an epidemic was sparked.

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  17. Feet2Fire says:

    Senate Probe Asks Whether Robert Mueller Alerted Obama Administration to Russian Bribery Scheme

    The Senate Judiciary Committee is looking into the 2010 sale of U.S. uranium to Russia under then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and whether then-FBI Director Robert Mueller alerted the Obama administration about its investigation into Russians involved in the deal, according to Newsweek.

    …Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley sent an October 12 letter to various agencies involved in the deal that noted, “in 2009, when the validity of the mining licenses was at issue, the Chairman of Uranium One, Mr. Ian Telfer, donated $1 million to the Clinton Foundation via his family charity called the Fernwood Foundation.”

    [Read more on Breitbart, at: ]

    –We all should send Senator Chuck Grassley a big thank you or call his office and tell him we appreciate his efforts. He seems to be one of the few Congress critters who actually tries to earn his keep and focus on the interests of American citizens.

    Contact info:

    Mailing Address: 135 Hart Senate Office Building
    Washington DC 20510
    Phone Number: (202) 224-3744
    Email Address:

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  19. KirklesWorth says:

    Federalist: If The European Union Bans Roundup, It Could Lead To A Global Food Crisis

    It is now obvious that this outlier report was prepared and promoted by dishonest activists to wage an international assault on a safe, necessary chemical just because they hate the company that makes it. Even more shameful is that EU leaders are capitulating to these charlatans, destroying the livelihood of European farmers, disrupting the international food supply, and potentially causing a food crisis in Europe. But they are not sleepwalking. Their eyes are wide open to this sham.

  20. KirklesWorth says:

    The liberal Independent makes the case to not raise the minimum wage.

    Independent: If you really care about social mobility, you won’t support paying interns

    By simply forcing all the businesses involved to stump up cash for the unpaid internships they currently offer, we’re not only failing to realise the true value of internships, but also absolving the Government of its duty to provide a financial safety net which evens the playing field.

  21. MAS says:

    Real Russian interference and she gets a pass.

  22. KirklesWorth says:

    The liberal Independent now tacitly admits that men are better with money.

    Independent: Women in top paying jobs 38% poorer than male colleagues when they reach old age, says study

    Women in top paying jobs will on average be 38 per cent poorer than their male colleagues when they reach old age, new research suggests. According to a study by Swiss bank UBS, the average 25-year-old woman living in a developed country currently earns 10 per cent less than a man of the same age. When taking into account a career break for women – as females still tend to be the main caregivers for children and ageing parents – by the time they are 85, women will have 43 per cent less wealth than men, the study, which is entitled ‘How women can best protect and grow their wealth’, suggests.

  23. KirklesWorth says:

    I guess they will just have to refer to “persons with a uterus” from now on.

    Louder w/Crowder: UK Government: Don’t Say “Pregnant Woman” Because It Offends You Know Who…

    The UK government says the term “pregnant woman” should not be used in a UN treaty because it “excludes” transgender people. Feminists reacted with outrage to what they said was the latest example of “making women unmentionable” in the name of transgender equality.

  24. KirklesWorth says:

    Right Wing News: Cop-Bashing Daughter Puts Her Own Mom’s Coffee Shop Out Of Business

    Actions have consequences and family can be a royal b*tch. In Lynn, Massachusetts, the White Rose Coffeehouse just closed its doors. Permanently. The manager there decided to go on a livid, hateful rant on Facebook against cops. She called them racists, bullies and killers. Of course, when the owner found out about the cop-bashing, she fired the manager. There’s just one problem… that was the owner’s daughter. The blowback on all this was over the top extreme and deservedly so. Kato Mele owns the coffee shop. Her daughter is Sophie, age 23. It’s a really crappy day when you lose your business and it’s even worse when you have to fire your own kid over it.

  25. StephaneDumas says:

    I guess Carter got a moment of reason of saying some inconvienent truth. How long before he got an “accident”?

  26. KirklesWorth says:

    Isn’t John McCain’s 15 minutes up yet?

    CBS Politics: McCain slams “bone spur” excuse to escape service
    CNN: Did McCain mock Trump’s draft deferments?
    Independent: John McCain appears to criticise Donald Trump for ‘draft dodging’ Vietnam War service
    USA Today: John McCain mocks President Trump’s ‘bone spur’ excuse
    Time: John McCain Takes a Veiled Swipe at Donald Trump’s Medical Exemption From the Vietnam War
    Wash. Times Politics: McCain issues veiled criticism of Trump’s Vietnam deferment
    MSNBC: Joe: Bush, McCain are people to raise up;…
    Fox News: McCain slams Americans who dodged Vietnam draft with ‘bone spur’
    NPR: McCain Takes Swipe At President For Vietnam ‘Bone Spur’ Deferment
    Daily Caller: Bush And McCain’s Discredited Alternative To Trumpism
    New York Post: McCain takes veiled shots at Trump over draft dodging
    CNN: The Arizona senator criticizes those who avoided the draft by finding a doctor to say they had a bone spur
    CNN: McCain appears to mock Trump’s draft deferments
    Daily Caller: John McCain Seems To Take Shot At Trump Over Vietnam Deferment [VIDEO]
    The Hill: McCain appears to take swipe at Trump’s ‘bone spur’ Vietnam deferment
    The Hill: McCain takes swipe at Trump’s ‘bone spur’ Vietnam deferment
    USA Today: John McCain mocks Donald Trump’s deferment ‘bone spurs’ (without naming him)
    Independent: Joe Biden finds feud between John McCain and Donald Trump ‘laughable’
    Zero Hedge: McCain As Metaphor
    New York Times: McCain in Twilight: An Unfettered Voice Against Trumpism

  27. Yann Royer says:



    LOOOOOOL ! ! !

  29. StephaneDumas says:

    I saw that article from the *cough cough* Huffingtom Post written last August this with the recent “Harveygeddon” involving Harvey Weinstein and other Hollywood celebrities gived me inspiration for a Willy Wonka moment.
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  30. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Maybe the pussy hats are just out of fashion.

  31. Mr. Freemarket says:

    One or two other things with Dana. She isn’t asking for others to come to her defense. She has her concealed carry permit, and she is willing and able to take care of business, if necessary.

    Liberals like women who are helpless. Just ask Harvey.

  32. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Guns don’t actually keep us safe. I’ve got a gun in a room in my basement that has made no effort to actually keep me safe.

    Of course, it hasn’t gone out and threatened anyone, either. So maybe my gun is just defective or lacks ambition.

    OTOH…people with guns keep us far safer than people without guns.

  33. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Maybe the dementia really has set in…..

  34. Mr. Freemarket says:

    You should have heard my daughters and sister discussing the lack of storage space for their shoes.

    Maybe women have less money at retirement for reasons other that how much they are paid.

  35. Anonymous says:

    From “Jimmy Carter Lusts for a Trump Posting,” by Michael Cohen, NYT, 21 Oct 2017:

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