Daily Check-In 02/28/2019

Thursday, February 28, 2019

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

Kushner’s Clearance

WASHINGTON — President Trump ordered his chief of staff to grant his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, a top-secret security clearance last year, overruling concerns flagged by intelligence officials and the White House’s top lawyer, four people briefed on the matter said.

Mr. Trump’s decision in May so troubled senior administration officials that at least one, the White House chief of staff at the time, John F. Kelly, wrote a contemporaneous internal memo about how he had been “ordered” to give Mr. Kushner the top-secret clearance.

The White House counsel at the time, Donald F. McGahn II, also wrote an internal memo outlining the concerns that had been raised about Mr. Kushner — including by the C.I.A. — and how Mr. McGahn had recommended that he not be given a top-secret clearance.

We know that the FBI, CIA, DOJ, and most anyone who’s ever been anywhere near top secret info knew that giving Jared Kushner a clearance was a bad idea.  Let’s add the White House Counsel and Chief of Staff to that list.

The only people who thought this was a good idea was Trump and Kushner.

 

 

 

 

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

Something I completely overlooked yesterday Daily Check-In 02/26/2019 was that Cohen claimed that Trump’s lawyers Jay Sekulow and Abbe Lowell edited his statement to Congress.  You know, the statement that was proven to be false and earned Mike a felony conviction for lying to Congress.  There was so much that was uncovered yesterday that it was hard to keep track of it all.

Also, the ball is now rolling on bringing EVERYONE in.  This ends with RICO against Trump Org.  In yesterday’s hearing alone, Cohen pointed out dozens of crimes committed on behalf of the organization and family.  Names are being named, evidence being collected, and subpoenas are getting issued.

 

TRUMP THE RUSSIAN ASSET A.K.A INDIVIDUAL-1

North Korea

I’d like to say that I’m surprised that Trump screwed this up, but I can’t.  I’m waiting to find out that the whole meeting was a cover for Trump to meet Lavrov.

 

 

TRAITOR TOTS

 

Gaetz

I’m waiting for a little more information on this, but if this is accurate, then Florida Man Matt Gaetz deserves to be well and truly fucked.

Gaetz has no connection to Cohen, but he is connected to Roger Stone and the Trump Administration.  And if he received a call from Trump, was overheard saying that he was “happy to do it” for him, and it was about that tweet to Michael Cohen, he can look at some serious penalties.

 

SHUTDOWN & IMMIGRATION & EMERGENCIES

 

CONGRESS

Mark Meadows

 

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

RIGHT WING TERRORISM & WHITE NATIONALISM

 

SCOTUS & COURTS

 

#METOO & WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

This became a hot topic during the 2000 presidential campaign when Vice President Al Gore was criticized for saying he had invented the Internet. (Hence McDaniel’s aside.) As with Obama, that wasn’t really what Gore was saying: He was hyping (or overhyping) his role in encouraging the commercialization of the Internet. Gore should have said that he helped create the Internet as we now know it, which is more accurate, if still grandiose.

But as Scientific American wrote in 2012, the Internet itself derived directly from government work. It began as ARPAnet — named for the Department of Defense’s Advanced Research Projects Agency. In 1972, ARPA became DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

ARPAnet was a network that at first, in 1969, ran only between Utah and three universities in California. Slowly, it built outward and by 1977 covered locations on both coasts. During that period, DARPA scientists Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn invented a protocol for carrying traffic over the Internet called TCP/IP, or Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol. If you’ve ever heard of an “IP address,” in essence you’re hearing about Cerf and Kahn’s work.

We’re cruising through this awfully quickly, but: About a decade later, engineer and computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. He created a way that the Internet could be used to more easily share information by developing a language that more easily allowed for documents to link to one another. And, voilà.

ARPA was the government. DARPA was the government. Berners-Lee was working for CERN, a European agency. Oh, and he’s British.

Certainly there were innovations that stemmed from the private sector — many innovations, and important ones. But saying that the Internet didn’t come from government is simply wrong.

Flight and cars? McDaniel is on more-solid ground, though the invention of the car is usually credited to Karl Benz. As a Michigander, though, she should also probably be aware of the central role the government has played in recent years in bolstering the continued viability of the automotive industry. A minor reason her uncle lost in 2012 was popular support for Obama’s intervention to support the automobile industry after the recession.

Incidentally, it’s worth quoting Obama’s “you didn’t build that” speech more fully:

“If you were successful,” Obama said, “somebody along the line gave you some help. … Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

He continued: “The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.”

As it turns out, that’s true.

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

TRADE WAR, HEALTH CARE, & ECONOMY

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

PRIESTS & RELIGION

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

ELECTIONS

 

THINKING AHEAD

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

 

RUMOR MILL

I had more stuff from Twitter, but my notes app crashed and lost it.  Shit happens.

 

That’s it for Thursday.  I wanted to make a correction.  On Daily Check-In 02/21/2019 I talked about the Enterprise Theory, and I left out an important part.  I didn’t realize this until I started listening to Andrew McCabe’s book early this week.  I’d like to add the following aspects of Enterprise Theory.

One tool that law enforcement uses in fighting organized crime by viewing all of the crimes performed by the individuals as a way to benefit the organization. The actions and crimes executed by one group may not be directly related to those performed by another group, but they both benefit the whole organization.

Think of it like a regular company with multiple divisions.  There’s an IT department, and HR department, a Maintenance department, Legal, Logistics, Sales, Marketing, R&D, and a few others.  IT doesn’t do things that directly relate to Sales, and Sales doesn’t relate to Logistics, but what they all do benefit the company.

That’s what Enterprise Theory looks at.  Who benefits from the crimes, and how are they related?  John the Pimp might not have anything to do with Barry the Scumbag Lawyer’s insurance scam, but money from both of their projects goes up the chain to Vinny the Boss.  Eventually, Barry’s clients and John’s clients might overlap, and John and Barry might work together on setting up another scheme involving trafficking or drugs.  All of this goes to benefit Vinny the Boss and his organization.

I hope to take some time this weekend to write some background on the Grand Theory, and do some housecleaning on the site.  That said, I look forward to the shit sandwich I’m about to eat.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

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