Daily Check-In 03/30/2018

Friday, March 30th.  Good Friday, for those into that kind of thing.  For the non-religious out there, Happy “Good luck trying to get a bacon cheeseburger and not fish for lunch” day.

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

Yevgeny Nikulin was a hacker that was involved in many computer crimes, including a possible link to the Weiner Laptop Drama from shortly before the 2016 election.  Louise was on this guy a while back.

Why do I have a feeling that when Roger Stone goes down, he’ll try to make some type of crazy last stand that ends with suicide by cop?

This last one was in the Rumor Mill yesterday Daily Check-In 03/29/2018.  It’s being reported by multiple outlets like The Guardian, so I’m less skeptical of the story, but it’s basically reporting that Ted Malloch said he was stopped by the FBI.  There are no statements from anyone else there.  Nothing from the FBI, his family, or any other witnesses.  The only reports are from Ted and his friends, who aren’t exactly the most reputable characters.

Plus, there’s a detail I can’t shake.  Ted says the FBI confiscated his phones, but he called one of his friends during interview.  Then, they took his phones with them as evidence.

Something doesn’t add up on that.  For the FBI to confiscate his electronics, they’d need a warrant.  There’s no mention that he had a lawyer present, yet they interrogated him pretty hard.  Meanwhile, every other instance of the FBI interviewing someone in this case has them going out of their way to not do any activities that could even be slightly interpreted as improper or illegal.  When George Nader was stopped (Daily Check-In 03/06/2018), Ted’s story is pretty similar.  With George Papadopoulos, his arrest was so by-the-book that the FBI didn’t ask him any questions until after his lawyer showed up.

I’m halfway between misinformation and planted honesty.  We’ll see where this goes.

 

CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA AND FACEBOOK

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

TEACHER STRIKES IN CONSERVATIVE AMERICA

Following years of anti-union, anti-government, and anti-social policies, teachers in Kentucky, Arizona, and Oklahoma are following West Virginia’s lead with state-wide strikes.

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

 

STORMYWATCH, FROM THE STORMCENTER 6000 METEOROPORONOLOGICAL CENTER

 

MEDIA MATTERS, AND WHY MEDIA MATTERS

Sinclair Broadcasting is forcing local news channels to spread pro-Trump propaganda.  There is no reason to pussyfoot around this.

 

CAN WE GET BACK TO POLITICS?

 

 

RUMOR MILL: CHURCHBELLS ARE RINGING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eric Garland posted Houston megachurch pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell insists bonds he sold are legitimate earlier today.  Aside from getting a kick out of watching one of these megachurch pastors getting busted on Good Friday, I like it because it reminds me to keep churches in the spotlight.

One of the tools used to funnel Russian money into the Republican Party in 2016 was the church system.  Just like the NRA, they were used to infiltrate the party and serve as proxies for Russian interests in the election.

Plus, I personally find the whole idea of the megachurch to be an affront to piety and humility that religion claims as its primary qualities.  Nothing says hypocrisy like telling an 80 year old woman living off of her Social Security check that she needs to give more money to a multimillionaire to buy a private plane and third summer home.

 

 

That’s it for today.  It’s a little short today.  Last night was a long one for me, and I’m working on about 3 hours of sleep.  I try not to write when I get too tired.  I make stupid mistakes, and don’t catch them until it’s too late.  Besides, my to-do list is pretty crazy.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

 

 

 

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