Daily Check-In 08/30/2018

Thursday, August 30, 2018

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

Part distraction, part disinformation, and part NPD, Trump is now claiming that the Lester Holt video was faked, or altered, or fudged, or selective edits to show him admitting that he fired Comey for the “Russia Thing”.  He did the exact same thing following the Billy Bush tape, claiming that was faked, too.

It’s interesting why he decided to pick now to make this claim.

 

COHEN

 

TRUMP THE RUSSIAN ASSET

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

This statement, at least the headline, reminds me of the old phrase “A broken clock is right twice a day.”  I agree that those companies are too large and should be broken into smaller companies, but definitely not for the reasons Trump says.

For the young kids out there, clocks used to be analog and had these things called hands that would move.  When the clock would break, the hands stuck in the same spot.  Eventually, twice a day, the broken hands would match the current time, hence the phrase above.

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

McCAIN

 

IMMIGRATION

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

ATTACKS AGAINST JOURNALISTS

 

 ENVIRONMENT

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

 

PREGNANCY

 

NFL

From this comment in the NFL Subreddit /r/nfl

A reminder, since there’s some misinformation that pops up in every single one of these threads:

• ⁠If Kaep win this, it does not immediately void the CBA.It doesn’t void it at all. There’s an almost infinitesimally small chance it would even open the door to the CBA being voided.

• ⁠This is a labor grievance as laid out in the CBA, similar to appealing a suspension.It is not currently a lawsuit against the league, like Brady and Elliot’s cases were.

• ⁠Just because there may be a legitimate reason that people wouldn’t hire him doesn’t mean collusion didn’t also happen.

editing to add

• ⁠If he wins this, he only wins “the amount by which the collusion damaged him,” i.e. whatever the impartial arbitrator thinks he should have earned had he been signed.That’s going to an especially the interesting part of the case, if it gets that far. My guess is it would be somewhere in the realm of the average cost of a serviceable backup’s contract, like a McCown or a Fitzpatrick.

• ⁠The burden of proof for Kaepernick is “a preponderance of the evidence,” or 51% of the evidence.This is the “more probable than not” phrasing that the league used in the Brady case.

• ⁠Kaep does not need to prove collusion between all 32 teams.He needs to prove it between any two of 33 parties: the 32 teams and the league office.Two teams agreeing that neither would sign him would constitute collusion. A single team agreeing with the league office would also constitute collusion.

• ⁠Whether or not Kaep turned down contracts is irrelevant to whether or not collusion happened.He could say no to thirty straight offers, but if the last teams in the league got together and said “well, no way in hell we’re signing this ingrate,” that would constitute collusion.

• ⁠Even if he turned down contract offers from all thirty two teams wouldn’t mean he wasn’t colluded against. If every team agreed not to offer him anything more than the veteran minimum, and they all did, and he turned them all down…that would still be collusion.

• ⁠It’s true that Kaep opted out of his contract with San Francisco, but he did so after being told explicitly by John Lynch that if he didn’t the team would be cutting him even later in the year.There was absolutely no reason for him not to opt out to get a head start on free agency.Regardless, that point is irrelevant — see above.

edit 2:

I’m aware that the New York Times article says his damages could be tripled.Based on the language in the CBA (defining compensatory damages as “the amount by which any player has been injured as a result of such violation” and allocating “compensatory damages shall be paid to the injured player or players” and “non-compensatory damages, including any fines, shall be paid directly to any NFL player pension fund, any other NFL player benefit fund [or other charities]”) implies to me that that’s not the case.It reads as though teams can be subject to escalators if they’ve been found guilty of collusion under this CBA at least once already.To my recollection, none have, so it’s unlikely that punitive damages would be awarded, and it’s certain that that money would not go to Kaep.

I’m not a lawyer, though, so I could be missing some nuance — in particular with regards to the Times’ reference to an “open hearing.”Feel free to set me straight.

 

TRADE WAR AND ECONOMY

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

DOXXING

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

#METOO

 

ELECTION 2018

Florida

 

Texas

 

PROGRESS IS PROGRESS

 

RUMOR MILL

 

That’s it for Thursday.  There are some rumors floating around about something big happening on Friday, but those are still just rumors.

I’m changing some of the section headings around and checking to see what stays, what gets moved around, and what goes.  Each one has a reason for being included, but there’s not always stories for it for the day.  Plus, with all of the headings, this post gets longer every day.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

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