Daily Check-In 03/21/2018

Wednesday March 21st.  First day of Spring.

FDoS

 

 

CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA AND FACEBOOK

 

So, Cambridge Analytica is under so much scrutiny, the Mercer’s are trying to move everything over to a new company called Emerdata, but in the process they were caught, and their ties to Erik Prince have come forward.

This is big.

One major part of a conspiracy is getting everyone together for a common purpose.  Who’s involved, and how do they know each other?  How do they communicate?

Years ago, in an argument with someone who turned out to be a Russian Troll (I didn’t know it at the time, but is was during the ClimateGate scandal).  I posited what I call the Lunch Theorem of Conspiracies to debunk their claims of a global conspiracy of climatologists trying to rig data to cripple the oil industry.  It goes like this…

If the members of the conspiracy have not met for lunch at some point, there is not a conspiracy.

Lunch is one of the most basic tasks of existence, yet coordinating groups of people to eat together is a pain in the ass.  Something always goes wrong where one party has something that comes up, or someone doesn’t want to eat with someone else in the group, or just as everyone agrees to ribs, the vegan shows up.

A conspiracy to steal the Presidency is much more advanced than getting lunch, and one thing that’s always racked my brain was how do all of these people and parts fit together.  When did they have lunch?  Who hosted lunch?

Seeing that CA worked with parties connected to Erik Prince makes things like the Alfa Bank Server described in Daily Check-In 02/20/2018 fall into place.

 

MUELLER AND RUSSIA

Mueller has been looking into Trump’s ties to CA for a while, but this story coming out now shows that he’s far ahead of the game.

Active FBI Director Andrew McCabe had investigated Attorney General Jeff Sessions for possible perjury charges and his connections to Russia.  Let me repeat that.

THE FBI DIRECTOR WAS FIRED BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TWO DAYS BEFORE RETIREMENT AFTER INVESTIGATING THE ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR POSSIBLE FELONIES.

 

AUSTIN

I mentioned yesterday in Daily Check-In 03/20/2018 about how fast the bomber could be found with the data available from a logistics company.

The terrorist was a home-schooled religious extremists who likely was radicalized further online.  The only thing missing at this point is a red cap.

 

#NEVERAGAIN

The March For Our Lives is this Saturday.  Find a location near you.

 

STORMYWATCH, FROM THE STORMCENTER 6000 METEOROPORNOLOGICAL CENTER

I’ve decided to include all of the sex-related issues and lawsuits under Stormywatch.

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

Sometimes I wonder how much doesn’t get out.  Other times, I wonder how much they have to drink to make their jobs tolerable.  20 years from now there will be a spike in failing livers from the D.C. area that need replaced.

 

CONSERVATIVES, NOT NATIONALISTS; OR, HOW NOT TO GOVERN

“A big part of Breitbart’s success was that there was a niche to be filled that Fox News was not able to fill at that point,” said Faris, who co-authored a study on the conservative media ecosystem during the election. But now, with Fox‘s primetime hosts having fully embraced the president, he says, “The role, the importance of Breitbart is diminished.”

Gee, who would have thought that more women are leaving the Party that attacks a woman’s right to safe medical care, reproductive choice, belittles their opinions and endorsed a misogynist and rapist as President.

 

TRUMP ORG AND CORRUPTION, FROM THE WATER IS WET DEPARTMENT

  • Republican National Committee spent $271K at Trump’s businesses last month: report
  • Donald Trump Jr. Had an Affair With Aubrey O’Day During Vanessa Marriage 
  • Donald Trump Jr. Pushed ‘Blatantly Illegal’ Project In India, Former Official Says — ‘Trump, Inc.’ Podcast

    The Trumps’ first India project, in Mumbai, was halted in early 2012 after investigators found significant “irregularities.” The investigators had been tipped off by a state lawmaker who suspected a $100 million fraud scheme and warned of “gross violations” in the project’s plans. Authorities revoked the building’s permits. A few months later, in April 2012, Trump Jr. traveled to Mumbai and, along with partners, met with a top official there to try to get the project restarted. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan declined.

    The Trumps were back in India in 2014, after a new government came into power, Narendra Modi’s BJP. The Trump Tower Mumbai — a gold-hued skyscraper that the Trump Organization bills as “unlike anything you have ever seen”—is now slated to finished next year. It is one of five Trump-affiliated projects currently under development in India.

     

  • Kushner’s N.J. Trump Tower Got $200 Million Loan From Citigroup

    Trump Bay Street, a New Jersey luxury apartment tower part-owned by Kushner Cos., received a $200 million loan from Citigroup, according to two people familiar with the deal.

    It’s a coup for Kushner Cos. and their partner KABR Group, which need the funds to repay a construction loan that came due in September, as well as individual Chinese investors who put $50 million in the building through a visa-for-investment program. The companies had trouble finding lenders last year after Jared Kushner’s sister traveled to China, Bloomberg reported at the time.

 

 

 

 

  • Summons Issued For Trump In Emoluments Case

    A lawsuit filed by D.C. and Maryland against President Trump over his alleged business conflicts has been expanded to include Trump in his personal capacity as a businessman, which means that a summons has been sent to perhaps the most famous address in Washington: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

What I really like about this lawsuit is that it comes from two Local AG’s suing on behalf of hotels in their jurisdictions that are losing business to Trump Org.

 

CAN WE GET BACK TO POLITICS?

 

 

RUMOR MILL:  NADER GETS IMMUNITY AND FACEBOOK RAGE

Dr. Dena has a very good, in-depth, and emoji-filled thread about George Nader, Elliot Broidy, and who Nader can deliver.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The knives are out for Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and his cronies.  Each and every shitty thing he’s done, said, place he’s been to or shitty person he’s hung out with is coming to the surface.

Two of the themes going around are Zuckerberg’s money ties to Russia, which I’ve covered before, and his Presidential ambitions.

During 2017, there was a lot of talk about how he was angling for a possible Presidential campaign in either 2020 or 2024.  He was traveling around the country, hanging out with politicos, and had claimed that he “found God”.

I was always suspicious of that move myself.  Zuckerberg was an outspoken atheist for years.  Being an atheist in America is becoming a little more accepted, but they’re still one of the least trusted groups in the country.  Saying that one doesn’t believe in a diety is political suicide in America.  Meanwhile, proclaiming one’s faith is almost a prerequisite for drawing voters.  It’s not enough to quietly believe, but one has to be loud and obnoxious about it.

So, when Zuckerberg said that he “found God,” my first thought was “Fuck, is that obnoxious shit going to run for office?”  Then, he went on a tour of the Midwest states like Iowa and Kansas.  That confirmed it for me.

Now, he’s in a world of shit, and I hope it gets worse.  Facebook’s business model is selling data.  We’re not users of Facebook, we’re the commodity.

 

That’s it for today.  I’m running behind today, and a little tired.  I’ve been playing with a different format the last few days, mainly because I’m grabbing a lot of news articles about groups of subjects.  One thing that bothers me with modern reporting is the mini-story.  500 words about one sound byte from another report, then another 500 words about another sound byte, then another article, and so on and so on.  I’m over 2200 words right now, but I’m also long-winded.  I’ll see how this format works for another day or so.  I’ll keep it if I like it.  If not, I’ll use it when needed.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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