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When This Company Stopped Selling Directly, Its Customer Base Increased by 700 Percent
The FixUpdater realized it would better serve its customers by establishing industry partners who could facilitate referrals when they'd be needed most.
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July 31, 20176 min read
In this series, The Fix, Entrepreneur Associate Editor Lydia Belanger shares her conversations with founders and executives whose solutions to inefficiencies can inspire others to find new ways to save themselves time, money or hassle. This article is included in Entrepreneur Voices on Growth Hacking, a new book containing insights from more than 20 contributors, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders.
''I wish I had known about this a month ago!''
That's what many new customers said about Updater in its early days. They'd find out about the product, a software platform that allows people to keep track of their to-do list before moving, but often just a few days before their move date. By then, they had already taken care of setting up new utilities, changing their addresses and many of the other hassles moving requires. Having access to Updater earlier could have kept them better organized and saved them hours of time.
''We could still help them,'' says Updater founder and CEO David Greenberg of these late-to-the-game customers, ''but we couldn't be as helpful to them.''
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While the company's executives were grappling with this issue, they spoke with leaders in the real-estate industry. They learned that property management companies, real estate brokerages and others in the space were struggling to help their clients and residents through the moving process. These players wanted to extend their services beyond just finding new homes for their clients.
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By teaming up, both sides could create a win-win solution for everyone. Updater wanted to connect with more customers -- and connect with them earlier in order to give those customers the best possible experience with its product. Real estate brokerages, property management companies, relocation services and others in the space wanted to better serve their clients by helping them find trustworthy moving companies and keep track of moving tasks -- in turn bolstering client relationships.
The fixTo solve its
customer acquisition problem and attract users en masse, Updater adopted a new mindset: While its product serves movers, the real-estate industry, relocation services and even universities are now its direct customers.
The company began establishing partners and licensing its software directly to them. This meant that, as of February 2015, the general public could not access Updater without a referral. The invite-only model gives Updater's paying partners an advantage and adds an element of exclusivity, given that their clients cannot use the tool without their help.
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Partnerships took time to establish. In 2013, Updater had just five partners in the real estate space. In 2014, Updater had 55, and by the end of 2015, that number jumped to 225. Today, Updater doesn't release the exact number, but it has more than 660 across all 50 states, and the company says it adds an average of 30 more partners every quarter, with ''nearly no churn.''
Updater allows its partners to co-brand the interface so that the software is customized. For example, agents can upload their photo, personalize their profile and check in with clients. Clients also can find localized information about the best moving services and utilities in their area.
For those who want to benefit from Updater's services but don't have a referral, they can request one on Updater's website. If that avenue doesn't work, Updater provides free content for movers to help them avoid common moving pitfalls, know what questions to ask their real estate agent, discover trustworthy moving companies and more.
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The resultThroughout 2014 and into the first quarter of 2015, the number of moves being processed through Updater was growing at a good pace: It leaped from 1,126 transactions to 4,559, or more than 300 percent growth in a year. But it wasn't until the model changed in the second quarter of 2015 that Updater saw a huge spike. A couple of months after the company pivoted to invite-only, the number of moves being processed jumped to 38,502 -- more than 700 percent from the previous quarter.
''We were able to simultaneously onboard five or 10 pretty big partners all of a sudden at once because we finally went live with that integration platform,'' Greenberg says. ''There was almost a waitlist, if you will, of partners who wanted to get on the platform, but couldn't because we had not yet finished building the integration platform."
The number of quarterly moves has continued to grow -- to 535,782 during Q2 2017. This is nearly a 1,300 percent increase from when the company pivoted the model two years ago. Today, Updater self-reports that it processes 11.68 percent of all U.S. moves. Partners refer clients to Updater an average of three to 10 weeks in advance of their move dates.
For other businesses wondering whether an invite-only model is right for them, Greenberg suggests asking yourself where your customers are, and whether there are other businesses ''a bit further up the food chain'' who can be the liaisons between you and your end users. He also notes that he's gotten inquiries from companies in the estate planning and funeral industries -- ''other technology companies that are focused on a life event'' -- about how to apply the model.
Another take Updater can't just onboard new partners and expect them to do all of the work, of course. Maintaining such relationships is crucial to foster loyalty in the face of potential competition. Plus, the company has to check in regularly to make sure that those partners are getting their clients to take full advantage of the platform and that those clients are having a positive experience, explains Bill Cates, president of Referral Coach International and author of Beyond Referrals.
''You're asking this partner, this other firm, to promote this tool. It's a value added, it's nice, their clients or customers probably appreciate it, but is it promoted well enough? Is it ongoing? Is it embedded in parts of their website or other ways that they communicate?'' Cates says. ''If someone was thinking of borrowing this idea or adopting it to their world, that's one of the key things, to be very clear on what the expectations are. How are you going to measure it? Obviously there are tracking mechanisms, and you can figure out which traffic is coming from which source.''
As Greenberg explains, the largest team of employees within Updater is its client success team, which manages relationships with its partners and tracks closely to make sure that they're getting a return on investment -- that Updater is helping them generate referrals, retain clients or improve resident satisfaction. Updater not only reminds its partners of how it's helping them, but uses this information to learn what's working well and what's not.
Last week, an unsuspecting woman boarded a plane from New York to Dallas and switched seats with a woman named Rosey Blair, who had asked to sit next to her boyfriend. The woman ended up with a new seatmate, Euan Holden, a former professional soccer player turned model, and chatted with him throughout the flight. What she didn't know was that Blair, seated behind her, was surreptitiously photographing her and Holden's every interaction, recording it all in a Twitter thread that went viral and garnered the hashtag #PlaneBae.
Now the woman, who has asked to remain anonymous, has spoken out about her experience and the consequences she has suffered as a result.
In a statement issued through her lawyer to Business Insider she wrote:
I am a young professional woman. On July 2, I took a commercial flight from New York to Dallas. Without my knowledge or consent, other passengers photographed me and recorded my conversation with a seatmate. They posted images and recordings to social media, and speculated unfairly about my private conduct.
Since then, my personal information has been widely distributed online. Strangers publicly discussed my private life based on patently false information.
I have been doxxed, shamed, insulted and harassed. Voyeurs have come looking for me online and in the real world.
I did not ask for and do not seek attention. #PlaneBae is not a romance'--it is a digital-age cautionary tale about privacy, identity, ethics and consent.
Please continue to respect my privacy, and my desire to remain anonymous.
Her comments confirm many people's worst suspicions about the event'--that she was being exploited for viral fame unknowingly, and unwillingly, to nefarious ends.
Immediately following the flight, Holden embraced his newfound fame, even adding ''Plane Bae'' to his Twitter bio. Blair also sought to capitalize on the situation. ''I'm an actress, comedian and a writer and so is my dude. Also if anyone wants to send us plane tickets we are more than happy to try and find your very own #PlaneBae,'' she tweeted, before asking for a job at BuzzFeed. Brands also jumped into the fray, as brands are wont to do. Alaska Airlines called what Blair did a ''good deed'' and offered her a free flight. T-Mobile offered Blair free Wi-Fi.
While Blair was busy blocking critics on Twitter, many others attempted to shout to the millions of Twitter users the thread had attracted that this wasn't some meet-cute romance story. Blair, knowing nothing about the two passengers' personal lives, sexual orientations, or private business, projected a false narrative onto them in order to go viral.
The woman in the thread reached out to Blair directly and gave a statement to the Today show making it clear that the tweets were misleading and that she wanted to be left alone, yet Blair posted a video encouraging her followers to seek out the woman's personal information.
Somehow, after all of this, fans of the thread still remained adamant that no wrong had been committed. ''We do it everyday to celebrities. No difference. Outrage culture is so dumb,'' wrote one Instagram user below a BuzzFeed News post on the story. ''It was harmless, and it's over. Seriously,'' someone else said. ''Why is this such a big deal?'' asked another. ''It's not an invasion of privacy.''
But it is an invasion of privacy, and the woman's statement proves just how harmful such an act can be. Despite the fact that she did everything in her power to remain anonymous from the moment she became aware of the thread, she still had her personal information and address revealed and received so much harassment that she quit social media.
The fact that she made her statement via a lawyer suggests that she may have plans to sue, something many people on Twitter support. Whether she receives compensation for the damage inflicted, her saga offers a lesson about viral fame and consent. Blair issued an apology for her actions on Wednesday. Perhaps users will think twice about sharing a viral-romance Twitter thread again.
Reflecting on the aftermath of the #PlaneBae saga, one man on Twitter wrote, ''Nobody told us that our '15 Minutes of Fame' would include shaming, insults, threats, etc. And that we might not have even asked for it.''
finally a topic I can chime in about, as I’m currently living in Croatia I
hope I can give some useful perspective on the whole WC phenomenon. Football
(Soccer) is like a religion here, people are extremely passionate about it,
especially when it comes to the national team. The whole situation is bordering
on insanity, to give a few examples:
All shops (and I do mean all) will only be open
until 4pm (finals game is at 5), the shops are usually open til at least 8pm on
Employers have been encouraged (by the prime
minister) to give their employees a day off on Monday (when the team is
expected to fly in)
The finals are being presented as the greatest
achievement of the Croatian people in general (and that will remain so
regardless of the outcome)
The team and the coach will receive something
similar to the Presidential Medal of Freedom
During the semi-finals match the streets were
basically deserted, very post-apocalyptic and a great time to rob a bank :)
As for why is the WC not rigged in a different way let me put forward a
theory. Croatian economy is basically in shambles, there is virtually no
industry, and tourism is the only income stream, the result of all that is a
mass exodus out of the country, primarily to Germany and Ireland (nice article
from the Agency).
The government is corrupt and the bureaucracy in huge and extremely
inefficient, a running joke.
Croatian team doing so well is the ultimate panem et circenses move and the ultimate
distraction. As the WC started government announced retirement system reform
(some context here),
which would basically rob people of the money they’ve been putting in as
retirement savings for the past 20 or so years, needless to say this could be
the last straw, and the handful of people still here could actually decide to
express their feelings to the government in less than civil way, and that EU
wants none of that crap.
The last time Croatian team did well in the World Cup was 1998 (they were
defeated by France in the semi-finals and came in 3rd), and that was just as the
shockwaves from Privatization were starting to thoroughly ruin every aspect of
Croatian society and economy (check out the table here), all in
all if Croatia wins I expect shit to hit the fan in a big way (economy and
emigration wise) once the euphoria wears off and people realise they’ve been
robbed (although it will be too late as usual and the rich will get richer).
As a fun tidbit, a win against Russia could be an echo of some energy wars,
where the Americans are all for Southern routes (backing Croatia at the
moment), while the Russians are pushing for north, nice piece about the
and some fun here.
There is a lot of context yet to unpack and if you guys are interested to
know more or have some additional questions I’d be more than happy to provide
answers and boots on the ground reporting.
Looking forward to the show today, keep up the great work!
I’m also quite stumped with the world cup results. Can’t understand the results if we are to think some kind of “arrangement” is at play, specially with how much the directv world cup commentators down here (latin america’s directv which has 3 distinct feeds: Brazil, central america, & south america. I’m on the latter feed) spare no time to praise how the “multicultural” migrant policies of France & Belgium (among others) have made their teams “better” and are “responsible” for having those teams in the finals & 3 place matches, going as far as having lengthy on air chats among themselves on how this is true, and giving a round of applause to these countries for their policies (quite nauseating) . Seeing how “ethnically pure” Croatia is, this is quite a head scratcher.
But here are some things that they have spoken about too that I have seen mostly ignored about the US’ & EU’s m5m.
When Croatia beat Russia, one player and another team member of the Croatian team made a video dedicating that victory to the Ukrainian people. One of them (the one on the left in the video) was sent home because of the video. https://www.express.co.uk/videos/545772/World-Cup-Croatia-s-Domagoj-Vida-shouts-Glory-to-Ukraine
Then, there’s also the praise the same directv commentators have given many of the Croatian team members, particularly Luka Modric, for how have they been able to “raise to greatness” despite having enduring the hardships of the Yugoslavian civil war, most of them having fled their countries and become migrants because of this war, with FIFA even considering giving him the VIP award: The Golden Ball https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2018/07/14/sports/soccer/ap-soc-wcup-croatia-modric.html
As you can see, it’s a win-win for FIFA and globalist. Migrant stories all over, even thought they’ll have to swallow their “diversity thanks to migrants” plea if Croatia wins.
On a separate note and as I watch the match, isn’t it odd how the 3rd place match is between UK & Belgium even thought they already played a match in the first round? Albeit not impossible, it is hard for 2 teams that had played against each other in the first round to play again in the final match or, like the UK & Belgium, for 3rd place.
Most interesting about this match is that, as I write this, the home of the EU parliament’s multi culti team is beating the Brexit team 1-0, with the goal scored within the first 5 minutes of the match. If this is not the globalist making a statement, I don’t know what is... if this result holds.
England v Croatia: Donald Trump handed CROATIA shirt ahead of England match | World | News | Express.co.uk
Express. Home of the Daily and Sunday Express. CROATIA President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic has been busy drumming up support ahead of tonight's World Cup semi-final by presenting Donald Trump with his own red and white national team shirt. PUBLISHED: 18:04, Wed, Jul 11, 2018 | UPDATED: 18:14, Wed, Jul 11, 2018
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic presents Donald Trump with a Croatia shirt
The two leaders were pictured with the shirt during a break in proceedings at the 2018 NATO summit in Brussels earlier today.
Mr Trump has a passing interest in football and his son 12-year-old son Barron has previously been spotted in an Arsenal shirt.
He also numbers Manchester United owners the Glazer family as among his friends, and even appeared on ITV's Saint And Greavsie in 1992 when, astonishingly, he was invited to take part in the live draw for that season's League Cup.
And Mr Trump also joined in the World Cup talk when he met his Portuguese counterpart Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
He started the conversation by asking Rebelo de Sousa about Portugal legend Ronaldo.
He said: "So, tell me, how good a player is he? Are you impressed? They say he is the greatest ever."
The Portuguese politician responded: "I'm very much impressed. He's the best player in the world."
Mr Trump then revealed his youngest son Barron knows everything there is to know about the superstar who has just left Real Madrid for Juventus in an £88.5m transfer.
England and Croatia go head-to-head in Moscow later this evening for a place in Sunday's World Cup Final.
Uruguay fans wear Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un masks
Fans across the country are preparing to roar on the Three Lions as they battle their way through their first semi-final in 28 years.
Gareth Southgate's boys have been backed to go all the way, after a tense 2-0 win over Sweden in their quarter final clash.
The whole country is eagerly awaiting tonight's clash, which kicks off at 7pm BST at the Luzhniki Stadium, with tens of thousands of fans already beginning to make their way towards screens showing the big match.
The Duke of Cambridge, who is president of the Football Association, backed the England squad with a special rallying cry.
The Duke, who is a an avid football fan and Aston Villa supporter - offered wished team good luck as they strive to make history in Russia and said the squad have ''fired up a generation''.
He said: "A new generation is enjoying the magic of this World Cup run. The whole country is right behind you tonight. Come on England '' it's coming home!''
And when asked by reporters if football was coming home, his brother Prince Harry quipped: ''Most definitely."
England v Croatia: England fans gather ahead of World Cup semi-final Wed, July 11, 2018 England fans have arrived in Russia ahead of tonight's World Cup semi-final match against Croatia EPA
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England fans in Moscow's Red Square
England have faced Croatia in seven matches before and won four times. They lost once and drew twice in previous fixtures against Croatia.
But England are tipped to have a good chance on toppling their long-time rivals.
According to bookmakers Ladbrokes, England's match against Croatia is set to smash viewing figure records in the UK.
When England won the World Cup in 1966, a record 32.3 million people tuned in, but Ladbrokes have slashed odds to 5/1 that figure will be beaten tonight.
Twelve Russian intelligence officers were accused Friday of trying to interfere in the 2016 presidential elections, including a hack of Democratic National Committee.
The allegations came in the latest indictment from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the elections and possible ties to President Donald Trump's campaign. The announcement comes days before Trump's scheduled meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin; the president pledged this morning during his visit with British Prime Minister Theresa May to raise the issue of election meddling with Putin.
WATCH: 12 Russians accused of hacking Democrats in 2016 US election
According to the indictment, the officers worked for a military agency known as ''GRU,'' which conspired to hack into computers of those working on the elections with the goal of stealing and releasing documents. That includes the DNC, but also computers associated with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee as well as those of volunteers and employees of the Hillary Clinton campaign.
READ MORE: The giant timeline of everything Russia, Trump and the investigations
Starting in June 2016, they released tens of thousands of these documents using online pseudonyms, such as ''Guccifer 2.0'' and ''DC Leaks.'' They used a network of computers around the world, a system paid for with cryptocurrency, to conceal their identities.
They also broke into the computers of those charged with overseeing elections, including state election officials and secretaries of state, as well as companies in charge of election technology and software.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said he has no evidence that the hacking changed the outcome of the 2016 election, nor that ''any American was a knowing participant in the alleged unlawful activity.''
Read the full indictment below.
Mueller Plagiarizes Right-Wing YouTube Journalist's Lawsuit Against Podesta in New Russian Indictments; DOJ's Big Splash Appears Fabricated '' True PunditTrue Pundit
Featured Politics SecurityMueller Plagiarizes Right-Wing YouTube Journalist's Lawsuit Against Podesta in New Russian Indictments; DOJ's Big Splash Appears FabricatedU.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has spent untold millions investigating Russia, President Trump and all things Trump but his latest indictments of 12 alleged Russian operatives lifts language and content from the pending lawsuit of a humble YouTube journalist.
George Webb sued John Podesta in 2017, along with other elected and public officials including Justice Department personnel but today, exact language, accusations and content from Webb's suit appeared in the Justice Department's indictment. Beyond strange.
Mueller swiped Webb's hacking allegations against Imran Awan and simply flipped them '-- almost word for word '-- and made the exact allegations against Russian operatives.
How did the exact wording and language from Webb's civil lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia appear in Mueller's big criminal Russian indictment?
Is the Special Counsel cutting corners now and simply stealing content from other lawsuits? Even a suit against DOJ personnel? Where is all the money going to then?
This is far from a coincidence, based on an analysis of the two court filings. Who on Mueller's team plagiarized Webb's legal filing and tried to mask it as ''new'' and ''breaking'' revelations? Seems like a rushed job for sure.
This is a legal sham, complete with Rod Rosenstein's impromptu press conference on Friday announcing the indictments.
When was Mueller's new indictments drafted, during Thursday's House testimony of FBI Agent Peter Strzok? Why would you need to steal content for Russian indictments if your case was well researched and legitimate?
Some slick sleuthing from Twitter investigator @myhtopoeic pinpointed the plagiarism, a practice likewise considered taboo in legal circles '-- not only the literary arena.
Mueller's ''new'' indictment seems to mirror the majority of Webb's civil suit in theme, wording and allegations. Here is one glaring example.
From Webb's suit:
From Mueller's indictments:
Millions of your tax dollars at work. Stealing content for a supposed high-profile lawsuit.
Webb was not available for comment.
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President of CrowdStrike Services & CSOShawn Henry is the president of CrowdStrike Services and CSO and a retired executive assistant director of the FBI. Henry, who served in three FBI field offices and at the bureau's headquarters, is credited with boosting the FBI's computer crime and cybersecurity investigative capabilities. He oversaw computer crime investigations spanning the globe, including denial-of-service attacks, bank and corporate breaches, and state-sponsored intrusions. He posted FBI cyberexperts in police agencies around the world, including the Netherlands, Romania, Ukraine and Estonia. He has appeared on "60 Minutes", "CBS Evening News", "Good Morning America", "The Today Show", "Dateline", "Rock Center with Brian Williams" and C-SPAN. He has been interviewed by Forbes, BusinessWeek, The Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press and USA Today.
Henry earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Hofstra University and a master's degree in criminal justice administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Awan Brothers: House Report Concluded Pakistanis Made 'Unauthorized Access' To Congressional Servers : conspiracy
I have never read anything that said Stone or Flynn had FISA warrants so can't tell you why. Could you link to any source claiming this?
It's not clear if they were included in the October request, but it's pretty clear they were in the denied summer one. which would still beg the question of why Papadop was not included in either one:
The Guardian has learned that the FBI applied for a warrant from the foreign intelligence surveillance (Fisa) court over the summer in order to monitor four members of the Trump team suspected of irregular contacts with Russian officials. The Fisa court turned down the application asking FBI counter-intelligence investigators to narrow its focus. According to one report, the FBI was finally granted a warrant in October, but that has not been confirmed, and it is not clear whether any warrant led to a full investigation. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/10/fbi-chief-given-dossier-by-john-mccain-alleging-secret-trump-russia-contacts
Cnn ref to the 4 being investigated: http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/18/politics/paul-manafort-government-wiretapped-fisa-russians/index.html
Four Targets Even before Mueller was appointed, FBI investigators focused on four Trump associates: Paul Manafort, former campaign chairman, Michael Flynn, former national security adviser, Carter Page, cited by Trump as a national security adviser, and Roger Stone, a Trump friend and supporter who openly engaged with hackers calling themselves Guccifer 2.0, which US intelligence says was an online persona created as a cover for Russian intelligence agents.
Obviously he was working with the FBI before his lying indictment. He's make a bad inside source to help the investigation if everyone knew he was cooperating with the Feds.
I actually agree. The timing of him joining the campaign actually makes me believe he might actually be the insurance policy. Also seems likely though that no one in the campaign bit at his bait of "hey guys i've got the emails." If they had, it would be in the news by now.
That's why we have indictments such as Papadolopous and Flynn for lying. Wait, so he was working with them prior to this but the indictment for lying is legit?
The first request for FISA was not denied. You're thinking of the subpoena.
You REALLY need to read more. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38589427
Lawyers from the National Security Division in the Department of Justice then drew up an application. They took it to the secret US court that deals with intelligence, the Fisa court, named after the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. They wanted permission to intercept the electronic records from two Russian banks.
Their first application, in June, was rejected outright by the judge. They returned with a more narrowly drawn order in July and were rejected again. Finally, before a new judge, the order was granted, on 15 October, three weeks before election day.
Mueller indictment sheds new light on Russia's 'nasty' secret election hacking units
The Justice Department's Friday indictment of 12 Russian officials described them as midlevel functionaries staring at computer screens in windowless offices in the bowels of the vast Kremlin bureaucracy.
But Friday's indictment also shows how the front-line Russian intelligence agents who U.S. officials believe hacked the 2016 presidential election '-- some of world's most capable cyberwarriors '-- operate, and how they did a lot more than steal and disseminate embarrassing emails from Democratic party officials.
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The operatives from two units within Russia's GRU military intelligence agency meddled in the election through an elaborate series of coordinated high-tech influence operations, and by using a global network of anonymous servers, bitcoin purchasers and other unwitting cutouts to cover the digital tracks, according to the indictment.
And, according to the 14-page charging document, the Russians deeply infiltrated two key Democratic Party organizations and key aspects of Democrat Hillary Clinton's campaign'--watching their every move via real-time digital surveillance until just weeks before the election.
That kind of extraordinary capability allowed the Russians ''to virtually look over the shoulders of Democratic campaign staffers in real time throughout most of the 2016 campaign,'' said Ed McAndrew, a former federal cybercrime prosecutor and Justice Department lawyer. He attributed the ''extremely high level of sophistication of the Russian GRU hackers'' to their ability to combine sophisticated social engineering techniques and custom-designed malware with more simple spearphishing techniques used to obtain passwords of more than 300 unsuspecting victims from the Democratic party.
''These GRU units are dedicated, well-organized and well-funded, and they're perfectly capable of causing havoc in our electric grid as well as insecure election systems,'' said Joel Brenner, a top official at the National Security Agency and Directorate of National Intelligence during the Bush and Obama administrations.
''Nasty,'' was how Brenner described the GRU activities laid out in the 14-page indictment, which disclosed the names of the 12 Russian military officers who allegedly led the campaign. The indictment also disclosed for the first time the names of the units within the GRU, officially known as the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Russian General Staff, that prosecutors said led the effort.
One of them, Unit 26165, meticulously hacked and stole the information, while the other, 74455, set up the elaborate infrastructure around the world that was used to disseminate the material and make it look like a series of unrelated incidents.
At a news conference Friday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein summarized the case against the 12 Russians as a crime of money laundering, aggravated identity theft and conspiracy to access computers without authorization '-- all done in furtherance of their efforts to influence the election.
The indictment went into far more detail, describing how Unit 26165 hacked and stole vast troves of data from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee beginning in March 2016, and then used that access to do the same thing to the Democratic National Committee.
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By April 2016, the GRU operatives hacked and stole more than 50,000 emails from Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta and other campaign officials. Then they released them at strategically opportune times, the indictment said, through various cutouts and websites they set up and operated with fictitious personas, including Americans.
By capturing the keystrokes and computer activities of their victims, they also captured communications about fundraising, voter outreach projects, data about the DCCC's finances, personal banking information and even files about Clinton's Achilles Heel, the Benghazi investigations. They also accessed third-party cloud-computing services to obtain politically valuable data about the DNC's analytics, the indictment said.
And both units covered their tracks so meticulously through an elaborate series of countersurveillance measures that they secretly remained inside the Democrats' systems until October 2016, the indictment said, despite the efforts of a top U.S. cybersecurity firm to flush them out that began five months earlier.
CrowdStrike, the cybersecurity company hired by the DNC, declined to comment. DNC Chair Tom Perez didn't address that issue specifically, except to say in a statement that the GRU units' efforts to disrupt the U.S. electoral process ''have grave implications for our democracy.''
''Today's indictment makes clear just how vast this operation was,'' Perez said. That scope included the GRU units' penetration of a state election board's website, from which they stole information related to about 500,000 voters.
On Saturday, CrowdStrike provided a statement from the DNC, in which it said that while some of the malware had remained in its system, it had been quarantined.
''This Linux based version of X-agent malware was a remnant of the original hack and had been quarantined during the remediation process in June 2016,'' according to the statement from Adrienne Watson, the DNC's deputy communications director. ''While programmed to communicate with a GRU-registered domain, we do not have any information to suggest that it successfully communicated, exfiltrated data, corrupted our newly built systems, or breached our voter file following the remediation process.''
The former Justice Department and NSA cybersecurity officials said the indictment also was noteworthy for what it said about the multi-agency U.S. effort to unravel the GRU units' activities back in 2016, and to gather enough evidence about the individuals responsible to prosecute them in federal court.
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Brenner, the former NSA senior official, said the investigation must have been ''amazingly thorough,'' for instance, to be able to identify the GRU agents operating behind the scenes, including those who engineered the custom malware used in the DNC intrusions.
''I don't know how you do this except by penetrating the defendants' systems,'' Brenner said. ''Our intel services should be congratulated.''
An embattled FBI official who led investigations into both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump testified in a cantankerous open hearing on the Hill yesterday. Peter Strzok, formerly the second in command of the FBI's Counterintelligence Division, lost his position after texts he exchanged on government systems with his also-married lover and colleague Lisa Page revealed extreme bias against President Trump and his voters.
Yesterday's joint hearing in front of the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees was the first public hearing Congress held with the official who launched the Russia probe two years ago. Here are a few key takeaways from that hearing.
1. This Is What DOJ Obstruction Looks LikeThe country is two years into the FBI's probe of whether Donald Trump colluded with Russia to steal an election. Not a single charge has been brought by the FBI or by the Office of Special Counsel alleging collusion or treason or anything close to the charges that supposedly necessitated this investigation.
Congress began asking some questions of the FBI and Department of Justice about how it was conducting the investigation. Through the oversight process, Americans learned that the infamous ''dossier'' that laid out a case of collusion was secretly bought and paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. This dossier was used to secure wiretaps against Trump associates (other surveillance methods, including human informants, were also used).
The dossier was fed to both the FBI and State Department. Top intelligence officials were leaking about the Russia investigation to CNN and other media outlets. A top DOJ official's wife worked for the firm that Hillary Clinton hired to run the ''Russia'' operation. That firm fed their opposition research to the FBI through him.
The Senate Judiciary and House Intelligence Committees, along with the Senate Homeland Security committee, House Oversight, and House Government Reform committees, have worked hard to uncover these details and in the face of unprecedented obstruction. Requests for documents are met with stonewalling, delays, redactions, leak campaigns, and outright refusals. Threats of subpoenas are routinely made to force even minor compliance.
Despite the length of yesterday's hearing, congressional overseers were able to elicit almost no substantive answers to the questions they asked. Strzok claimed he was not answering questions because the Department of Justice told him not to answer questions. No matter the question, Strzok refused to answer any question about his role in the Russia probe, with almost no exceptions.
The hearing was a public revelation of the stonewalling and obstruction the DOJ has enforced against congressional oversight.
2. Strzok Somehow Came Off Even Worse Than He Did In His TextsDespite his significant role in the Russia and Clinton investigations, the only picture Americans had formed of Strzok was based on his text messages. He spoke of his loathing of President Trump, Trump's voters, and congressional oversight. He talked of stopping Trump's election, of insurance policies to deal with his candidacy, and fantasies of impeachment.
The texts were between him and his also married colleague, another top-ranking official in the Department of Justice. The hearing demonstrated the texts were at best an accurate reflection of the man who wrote them. If anything, the texts were understated.
Strzok chose to present himself to the world as a smug, arrogant, and peevish man. He was defensive and condescending. His answers were almost mind-blowingly implausible. It wasn't just that he lacked good judgment or even-handedness. It's that he didn't seem to have a grip on reality. He kept saying he wasn't biased, when his bias is indisputable.
He told investigators that he would like to answer a question but that his attorneys weren't letting him. If they later told him he could answer, he'd say he didn't remember. He implausibly said that his affair didn't put him at risk of compromise, in contrast to his agency's policy.
3. Democrats Run InterferenceAlmost immediately, Democrats on the House and Government Reform Committee attempted to shut down the hearing. When that failed, they resorted to near-constant parliamentary inquiries and objections. At one point they actually cheered and applauded Strzok, despite his ethical failings and poor judgment, which have threatened the entire Russia investigation. The man is under internal investigation for his behavior. Yet one Democrat said he'd like to offer Strzok a Purple Heart, a military decoration awarded to those wounded or killed while serving in the U.S. military.
As silly as this behavior may seem, it indicated how Democrats hope to handle all oversight of the FBI and DOJ's handling of the Russia probe. The message went out that every hearing will be a clown-show, even by the typical grandstanding attendant to congressional hearings. Democrats on oversight committees have fought transparency of the Russia investigation, portraying it as obstruction of a legitimate probe. All signs indicate that opposition to oversight will continue.
4. DOJ Clearly Hiding Its Relationship With Democratic-Funded Smear GroupThe FBI and DOJ frequently instructed Strzok not to answer substantive questions from Republicans. One line of inquiry pursued by Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, was regarding communication between the FBI and Fusion GPS, the group that concocted the ''Russia'' dossier and messaging plan on behalf of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee. Strzok generally declined to answer questions.
But Strzok did admit that Bruce Ohr, husband of Fusion GPS operative Nellie Ohr, funneled documents to the FBI related to the Russia case. He refused to say what those documents were. Yesterday, Sen. Chuck Grassley asked DOJ to declassify the dozen reports summarizing Ohr's 12 information-sharing meetings with the FBI.
The FBI used Fusion GPS-hired Christopher Steele until the end of October, when he was terminated for lying about his leaks to the media. But Fusion and Steele were able to continue funnelling information to the FBI using colleague Nellie Ohr and her husband Bruce Ohr, a top DOJ official who worked closely with acting Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
When the Russia story first broke, Americans didn't realize that the dossier was a secret Clinton/DNC operation, or that the unverified opposition research was sent to various Obama officials in multiple agencies. Americans didn't know that a top DOJ official was married to an employee of the group that created the dossier, or that he was used to get information into the government.
5. The Mystery Of Why The Investigation StartedStrzok said he didn't see the dossier until mid-September. His electronic communication that started the probe didn't include official intelligence. Given the politically explosive nature of the investigation, the FBI and DOJ have failed to explain what they were thinking in starting a probe of the Trump campaign.
The entire investigation has major problems from start to finish, whether it's the use of a dossier that Steele created and Bruce Ohr sent to the FBI, or the fact that Strzok ended up having to be removed from the investigation for his obvious and extreme bias. Strzok said Mueller never asked him about his texts, and didn't seek to find out more from him about what his ''insurance policy'' or ''impeachment'' rhetoric meant.
Again, the hearing was less than substantive because of the ongoing obstruction and stonewalling campaign engaged in by DOJ. That was itself instructive.
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An Iranian uranium-enrichment facility outside Isfahan, in 2009 Vahid Salemi / AP Editor's Note: This article is part of a debate about whether to stay in the Iran deal. Read the other entries here.
The fundamental question when discussing a nuclear deal with Tehran is this: Are you prepared to fight over it? If not, then any deal is a good deal. This willingness to go to the mat also affects whether you are prepared to push back against the clerical regime in the Middle East, especially in Syria and Iraq, and even whether and how you are willing to advance a regime-change policy'--regime change, incidentally, being what an increasingly big and vocal slice of the Iranian people want. Westerners should appreciate the religio-political evolution of the Islamic Republic. The rebellion against an Islamist clerisy ought to ring our inner chimes and make us realize that the Western and Islamic worlds share a lot of intellectual property, that they are, as V.S. Naipaul astutely noted after traversing the Middle East and landing at Bombay, two branches of the same family.
But the debate over the deal illuminates much about the debate over differing approaches to the Islamic Republic. In a recent Atlantic article, Phil Gordon sums up the things I wouldn't concede to the regime as if those demands were unreasonable: Absolutely, I would never concede advanced centrifuges, long-range ballistic missiles, inspections that never touch Revolutionary Guard bases'--where we know the regime once worked on nuclear triggers'--and nuclear-weapons research files and personnel that are all off limits to International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors. Just the concession of the last two means in practice that one can never know whether the regime is cheating outside of surveilled sites. This ought to be a critical issue for anyone who cares about the deal's substance, and not just about punting a problem down the road.
Obama conceded an industrial-scale nuclear-weapons industry and all we got in return is a bit of time. Once Iranian engineers perfect high-velocity centrifuges, which will take Ali Akbar Salehi, the atomic ''energy'' chief, and his merry men no more than a decade, it's game, set, match. Unless a miracle happens, the Central Intelligence Agency will have no means to detect bomb-grade enrichment at small cascades the mullahs could disperse throughout the country. When we have a deal that Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, Revolutionary Guard Corps Commander Mohammad Ali Jafari, the Quds Force and expeditionary militia overlord Qassem Soleimani, and Salehi all approve of, we have a deal that everyone should run from. Obama did not. I strongly suspect because he had already conceded the bomb.
And without a willingness to risk direct confrontation with the regime, regional pushback against Tehran will always just be rhetoric'--the type of pro forma comments you heard regularly from Hillary Clinton's foreign-policy people, or now at Brookings in well-intentioned strategy sessions. If Washington retains the nuclear agreement, even economic pushback against the regime for its barbarism in Syria is an illusion, since any serious coercion runs smack into the guiding principle of the JCPOA: sanctions relief in exchange for temporary nuclear restraint.
To punish seriously the mullahs for mass murder in Syria'--and the Iranians have been essentially running the savage ground game since the late Revolutionary Guard General Hosein Hamedani took over the Syrian militia system in 2013'--sanctions would need to be big, too big probably for the confines of Obama's deal. (The Iranians really want to keep the deal because of all its strategic goodies, so they might be willing to endure significant sanctions pain before they call it quits.) In the eyes of the Europeans and most Washington Democrats, acceptable sanctions against Iran for its crimes in the Levant will always be just south of where they might jeopardize the JCPOA. That sad fact may even be why the Trump administration's sanctions against the Islamic Republic have so far been'--with the possible exception of its designation of the entire Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization'--pretty lame. The Trump White House's sanctions'--barring the Rev Guard designation'--could have been approved by Obama.
To put it another way, the JCPOA helped strategically and ethically to enfeeble former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, and former National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster. Former ambassador Frederic Hof, who oversaw Syria policy at the State Department after 2012, claims that concern about the nuclear diplomacy and outreach to the Islamic Republic just morally annihilated the Obama administration's approach to Syria. I'm willing to accept the contention that Obama would have done nothing in Syria regardless of his outreach to Khamenei because he was deadly serious about downsizing America in the region. The all-critical inflection point for Mr. Obama's red-line Syria fiasco in 2013 may not have been his dreams of engaging Khamenei but the fear of a Middle Eastern slippery slope. The two aspirations are not, of course, mutually exclusive.
Gordon himself wasn't content with the position that Obama took on Syria. All to his credit, I guess, though I have to ask how he could have squared doing anything serious in Syria and maintaining the JCPOA. They seem mutually exclusive to me. It makes no sense'--unless one is scared of war with the clerical regime beyond all else'--for the United States to allow the regime more money for its imperialism. Surely among the most embarrassing moments for the Obama administration was when Ben Rhodes, the deputy national security adviser, and Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan suggested that monies gained through the nuclear agreement would largely go to domestic spending'--as if the Islamic Republic were a Western welfare state.
The JCPOA has effectively made America a handmaiden to the clerical regime's adventurism. We will soon see what President Trump will do if he walks away from the atomic accord and whether that act will oblige him to deal more forcefully with Iranian imperialism. His allergy to America in the Muslim Middle East is strong, perhaps as strong as Obama's.
On that depressing note, let me turn to regime change, where things look better. To be clear: I don't view regime change as an answer to the mullahs' quest for the bomb. I would support regime change even if the ruling clerical elite and the Revolutionary Guards weren't gunning for nuclear weapons. And I would not base any U.S. strategy on an atomic timeline. Regime change ought to be the ultimate goal of American foreign policy toward the Islamic Republic for the simple reason that only when the Islamist dictatorship collapses will Iranian malevolence against the United States cease. I do think it's highly unlikely that, if the theocracy falls, the succeeding Iranian government will develop nuclear-tipped missiles. If the next government is democratic, which is likely given the evolution of Iran's polity, it certainly won't, since the clerical regime's hegemonic ambitions have limited traction in Iranian society, and domestic demands, as we have witnessed in the risings in 2009 and the end of last year, will take precedence.
I don't know if the Islamic Republic is ''on its last legs.'' Yet the regime experienced a near-death experience during the Green Revolution protests in 2009-2010. The profound regime depression provoked by the provincial demonstrations, which started last December, continues. (This has undoubtedly been helped by Mr. Trump, who scares the regime, and has helped to send the riyal through the basement floor. More credit goes, of course, to the Islamic Republic's fundamental dysfunction, especially in economics. ) There are many reasons to believe that the theocracy is in serious trouble.
When George Kennan wrote his famous article on ''The Sources of Soviet Conduct,'' he didn't think the U.S.S.R. was near collapse. The potential imminence of such a collapse is not why we should want it in Iran. We should want it because we recognize the regime's implacable, virulent hatred of the United States, and its religious-fascist roots that give birth to awful conspiracies and vicious imperialism. One of the most disconcerting things about the Obama administration's approach toward Iran was how it so misread, miscast, or usually just ignored what the Iranian regime was saying. Iranian president Hassan Rouhani is many things, but a ''moderate,'' as Western media tends to describe him, is not one of them. Khamenei is way, way beyond ''complicated,'' to use Mr. Obama's description. If the Roman God Mendacious came down to earth, he would be Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Doing what we can'--and yes, we undoubtedly will make stupid mistakes in this effort'--to get rid of this regime would be a blessing to us and the region. It's always good to remember what Bob Kagan remarked about waging foreign policy: Like in baseball, if you bat just a bit north of .300, you'll probably make it into the Hall of Fame.
Concerning past parallels that concern Gordon, I don't believe that Ronald Reagan single-handedly brought down the Soviet Union. Far from it. The inhumanity'--the unsustainable, impoverishing, soul-erasing, fun-obliterating contradictions of communism'--brought down the Soviet Union. Reagan's willingness to build up American defenses and push back, and to state clearly what folks like Henry Kissinger and Jimmy Carter seemed unable to say'--that the Soviet Union was an evil empire ready for the dustbin'--gave a timely shove. Without Reagan, the U.S.S.R. might have lasted far longer.
And Reagan certainly didn't allow arms-control treaties to stand in the way of the larger mission. Neither should we. We can ratchet up a lot of economic pain for the Iranian regime. Rouhani made a lot of promises before he was elected president, promises that he could not keep. Broken promises and lost hope can provoke internal unrest.
Before anything else, the United States has to get the rhetoric right. President Trump's statements about tyranny and human rights in Iran have been better than President Obama's (they could hardly be worse). But there is certainly lots of room for Washington to echo and amplify the cause of those fighting against religious dictatorship. We know from the dissidents behind the Iron Curtain that such rhetorical support kept men and women spiritually, sometimes physically, alive. We should never treat Iranians as if they are somehow different than non-Muslims. I don't support arming Iranian minorities, even the ones who've been cruelly oppressed by the regime. But I certainly do think America can do more to publicize their plight and punish the mullahs economically, diplomatically, and legally for their ghastly behavior. And there is, of course, a place for the CIA. Not a big one. I have been involved in Iranian covert action and read voluminous files about the agency's covert activities elsewhere: I have no delusions about what can and cannot be done. But Langley could do, I am sure, a lot more to fracture the fraternity of the Revolutionary Guards and bring dissident entertainment to the masses.
People like Obama and former Secretary of State John Kerry want to believe that greater commerce with Iran, plus patience, will set us free. That's the approach they would probably still like with North Korea'--bribery as diplomacy, and the illusion that money will soothe the totalitarian beast. But North Korea has nukes, they have thousands of artillery tubes that can level Seoul, and the U.S. has only the option of nuclear retaliation against them to prevent things from getting really awful. The only question that remains is why anyone would want to walk down the same path with the Islamic Republic. The Agreed Framework of 1994 is the JCPOA.
I am always amused by how men of the left, whenever the possibility of military confrontation looms, find comfort in the supposedly transformative promise of capitalism. This is a particularly Western'--Christian'--way of looking at the mainspring of the soul. One would think given the fertile history of capitalism cross-breeding with fascism that American liberals would be more judicious in such hopes. In Iran there is no paralyzing tension between a Revolutionary Guard commander or mullah making millions while plotting the deaths of thousands in Syria, installing in Lebanon ever-better conventional missiles aimed at Tel Aviv, or building nuclear triggers at Parchin.
It's the hardest task but the first commandment in foreign affairs'--one that has bedeviled both Democratic and Republican administrations in dealing with the Islamic Republic: Don't mirror image. We need to take Iranian revolutionaries seriously. They have principles and pride. They have integrity and a cause. The United States and the clerical regime haven't had problems, as President Obama sometimes suggested, because we'd failed to reach out and because we misapprehended each other. We haven't had problems because they seized our diplomats, or because we supported (however lamely) a coup against Mohammad Mosaddeq in 1953. Look into the archives of the State Department and the CIA and you will see that Washington regularly tried to engage, even before Bill Clinton started apologizing for the British Empire.
We remain at odds because we are enemies, because they choose to be our enemy. For cause: Americans' most basic beliefs, let alone all the desiderata of modern Western culture, are carcinogenic to them. If Obama and his diplomats had gone into nuclear negotiations with the clerical regime with that understanding guiding them, the JCPOA as it is surely would not exist.
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Reuel Marc Gerecht is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He has served as a Middle Eastern targets officer with the CIA's Directorate of Operations, and is the author of
Know Thine Enemy: A Spy's Journey into Revolutionary Iran.
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The Absolute State of the Union: Faction and Retortion
I wish all Americans a Happy 4th of July. I hope you celebrate and take the day to appreciate our remarkable Republic.
For me, the 4th of July is a somewhat melancholy day'--the American Republic seems ailing, and has for some time.
Can the American experiment work?
One of my habits is to reread the Federalist Papers on the 4th of July. I know, that's not normal, but it's proven a good habit for me.
Read 54 tweetsThe most important question you asked is this:
"Why does Strzok have FBI lawyers"
Why were these FBI lawyers dictating what Strzok could say?
The easy answer is to protect the FBI.
This is wrong.
The correct answer is to protect the Ongoing Investigations. https://twitter.com/DropTha_Mic25/status/1012803008135139328
Strzok already HAS his own attorney.
zuckerman.com/people/aitan-d'..."We did not have confidence that Strzok's decision to prioritize the Russia investigation over following up on the Midyear-related investigative lead discovered on the Weiner laptop was free from bias."
Read 21 tweetsToday in
#FatStudyGroup, we reading Chs9-10 of Solovay, S. (2000). Tipping the scales of justice. Amherst, New York, USA: Prometheus Books.
In the ninth chapter, Solovay reviews how weight often intersects with other (usually protected) categories, such as gender and/or race. She provides several examples of cases where this has occurred, and how the courts have negotiated the issue.
In the longest chapter in the book, Ch10, Solovay considers whether fat people should find protection under existing disability laws. She begins by noting how contentious this idea is, both in the fat activist community and in the disability community.
Read 14 tweetsIf you want to kill people, the most effective way to do this in the modern era (since gun laws and annoying people like the Police will make things awkward) is to persuade people to stop (or never start) a statin.
Over the long term, 1 in 10 will be killed by that choice.
You can even write books about it and make money.
And be seen as a crusader against a crooked medicogovernmental conspiracy.
The internet is a good place to operate, because most lay people can't distinguish scientific reasoning from pseudoscience, and because ...
Excellent question from Arnab:
Read 222 tweetsIn religion, we talk about the "nones" (those who have left faith) and the "dones" (those who are over church). But I want to talk about another group: The Exiles. 1/
Exiles would be part of a faith community if they could. But something keeps compelling them to move on, to not settle. 2/
Some are forced into exile, others go into self-exile. 3/
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Iranian Defector: 'U.S. Negotiating Team Mainly There to Speak on Iran's Behalf'
An Iranian journalist writing about the nuclear negotiations between the United States and Iran has defected. In an interview Amir Hossein Motaghi, has some harsh words for his native Iran. He also has a damning indictment of America's role in the nuclear negotiations.
''The U.S. negotiating team are mainly there to speak on Iran's behalf with other members of the 5+1 countries and convince them of a deal," Motaghi told a TV station after just defecting from the Iranian delegation while abroad for the nuclear talks. The P 5 + 1 is made up of United States, United Kingdom, Russia, China, France, plus Germany.
The British Telegraph has details of Motaghi's defection:
A close media aide to Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian president, has sought political asylum in Switzerland after travelling to Lausanne to cover the nuclear talks between Tehran and the West. Amir Hossein Motaghi, who managed public relations for Mr Rouhani during his 2013 election campaign, was said by Iranian news agencies to have quit his job at the Iran Student Correspondents Association (ISCA). He then appeared on an opposition television channel based in London to say he no longer saw any ''sense'' in his profession as a journalist as he could only write what he was told. ''There are a number of people attending on the Iranian side at the negotiations who are said to be journalists reporting on the negotiations,'' he told Irane Farda television. ''But they are not journalists and their main job is to make sure that all the news fed back to Iran goes through their channels. ''My conscience would not allow me to carry out my profession in this manner any more.'' Mr Mottaghi was a journalist and commentator who went on to use social media successfully to promote Mr Rouhani to a youthful audience that overwhelmingly elected him to power. Daniel Halper was formerly online editor of The Weekly Standard.
FOOTAGE of Jean-Claude Juncker staggering around the NATO summit sparked fresh claims the EU President was drunk on the job.
The famously thirsty Eurocrat was seen being propped up and helped down steps by world leaders while mingling with Donald Trump and Theresa May before a big dinner in Brussels.
Jean Claude Juncker was seen being helped to walk at the Nato summitThe excruciating video shows him being aided by Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko, and at one point Mrs May walked past, looking on in apparent concern.
Photos also emerged of Mr Juncker appearing to mock the US President by sitting in the American chief's seat and posing for the cameras.
He was later seen leaving the security alliance meeting in a wheelchair - with allies insisting that he was suffering from a painful back condition.
The 63 year old has previously claimed he suffered from sciatica - which can affect movement.
The Eurocrat was seen being propped up and helped down steps by world leaders while mingling with Donald Trump and Theresa MayEU officials insisted the incident was a reoccurrence of the Brussels chief's longstanding illness and pointed out he was back on duty at NATO first thing on Thursday.
But Martin Reichardt, an MP for the far-right Alternative for Germany party, accused Mr Juncker of a ''shameless appearance'' and being ''falling down drunk''.
During a speech in Ireland last month he explained that the condition made him unsteady on his feet, joking he'd ''prefer to be drunk''.
However it is far from the first time that the former Luxembourg premier's alleged fondness for refreshment has got him into trouble.
He faced questions about his fitness for office in 2017 after staggering around at UN peace conference.
Diplomats said he was ''very visibly p***ed'' during key talks in Geneva over Cyprus.
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He caused a stir during the conference with his drink-fuelled erratic behaviour.
It included collisions with people and furniture, and being very familiar with junior aides
And at an EU summit in Latvia in 2015 a clearly inebriated Mr Juncker slapped a series of arriving EU leaders in the face in front of TV cameras.
He also loudly branded Hungary's PM Viktor Orban ''a dictator'' as he arrived, before also slapping him in the face.
Bonkers Euro boss Jean-Claude Juncker's oddest moments - from Benny Hill head slapping to bizarre outbursts
Juncker wankelt en wordt door wereldleiders overeind gehouden | NOS
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Juncker werd door verschillende wereldleiders, waaronder de presidenten van Finland en Oekra¯ne, overeind gehouden. Later moest premier Rutte de Commissievoorzitter begeleiden bij het weglopen.
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Rutte werd gevraagd naar het gedrag van Juncker. Volgens de premier had Juncker last van zijn rug.
De Commissievoorzitter had gedurende het hele evenement toch een flinke glimlach op zijn gezicht. Volgens Rutte was dat omdat Juncker een man met "een goed humeur is". Ook zegt hij dat de rugproblemen bij Juncker al langer aanhouden. "Het is niet op enige manier levensbedreigend, maar het is een probleem waar hij last van heeft. Dan heeft hij pijnaanvallen."
De Luxemburgse Commissievoorzitter wil zelf niets zeggen over mogelijke gezondheidsproblemen. Ook zijn woordvoerder gaat tegenover persbureau ANP niet in op de kwestie. "Het is niet aan ons zijn gezondheidstoestand in het openbaar te bespreken."
Sir Vortex Ring on SC legality
Adam, I’m a helicopter pilot who supports himself as an attorney.
Constitution is silent as to who has the final say concerning
constitutionality. The power of judicial supremacy was first asserted by John
Marshall in the case of Marbury v. Madison, which really pissed off Thomas
judicial supremacy has become generally accepted, it has been not been always
respected by the other branches. Andrew Jackson is supposed to have famously
said about the court's decision in Worcester v. Georgia "John Marshall has made his decision; now let him enforce it!”
An out-of-control court could be reigned in by
Congress simply eliminating some or all of its appellate jurisdiction under
Article III, Section 2. For example, Congress could say the court has no
authority to hear abortion cases.
There is an argument that conviction by the
Senate does not require removal from office. Article I, Section 3
says “Judgment in the case of impeachment shall not extend further than
to removal from office . . . .” In the Clinton impeachment, it was surmised that
the Senate could have convicted him but then made the punishment something less
than removal, such as a public censure.
3. Life Tenure
Getting back to John Marshall, the fourth chief
justice, he served for 34 years from 1801 to 1835. Since the Constitution was
written 14 years earlier in 1787, of course they knew people could serve for a
Kris, Knight of the Vortex Ring State
Hi Adam, just wanted to clarify
very quickly your questions on the Supreme Court.
Constitutionally, the Supreme Court is NOT the arbiters of whether law is
constitutional or not. This power was seized in one of the most early Supreme
Court cases that happened in this country in a case called Marbury verses
Madison. When the Constitution was being drafted, Madison always wanted the
Supreme Court to have this power (now known as judicial review), however, the
founders felt that the Supreme Court would be too powerful should they have
this power. The details of the case are not particularly important, what is
important is that this case set the precedence going forward to have judicial
In court cases, there is something called standing. This is a fancy legal term
that describes something very simple; a person cannot sue UNLESS they can show
direct a direct connection to the case. The idea is, suppose you were taking a
medication and it caused some physical or psychological harm to you and you
relayed this story on the podcast. I would not be able to sue on your behalf because
the harm has not happened to me. Instead, YOU would have to sue (and as such,
be listed as the plaintiff). This prevents companies from being sued by every
person in the United States out of moral outrage.
For reasons that require an entire book to cover, we sit on pins and needles
waiting for Supreme Court decisions, many of which, the Supreme Court does not
have any jurisdiction over. It is worth noting that the Supreme Court does NOT
issue rulings, they issue opinions or decisions. Look at the top of any
assenting or dissenting opinion (Google Roe V Wade assenting opinion and that
should bring up the Supreme Court website with the actual opinions written by
The disgraced movie producer reached out to Taki with a 'world exclusive' about Rose McGowan and Asia Argento. He used to ring me via his assistants and make me wait on hold. It was normal; he was, after all, the biggest Hollywood tycoon of them all. This time he called me directly, there was no 'Harvey Weinstein wishes to speak to you, please wait on the line' stuff. The old growly voice was the same and he went straight to the point: ''I've got a world exclusive for you, are you interested?'' We agreed that I go to him, as I live in a very stuffy building on the Upper East Side of New York and Harvey's reputation has taken a beating of late.
The last time we met I had gone to his downtown office where many of the alleged sexual assaults had taken place. Michael Mailer, son of Norman and a movie producer himself, had an appointment with Harvey to discuss the making of a film of my prison book Nothing to Declare. Harvey had a beautiful assistant keep us company for at least half an hour while we waited for the great man. After hearing us out, he proposed a documentary on my love life instead. Naming names and gory details. That was a no-no on my part, but we parted as friends. ''You're nuts not to do it, it's a great story, just think of all the babes and stars you've had, you'll be a star in no time'...'' or words to that effect.
This time there was no wait. His office is a small one just above Cipriani's across Grand Central station. A pretty German secretary came down and took me straight to him. He looked the same, a bit paler than usual. Ben Brafman, his lawyer, joined us and Harvey gave me the exclusive. It was his take on Rose McGowan's account of the 'open borders' nature of the relationship between Asia Argento, another woman who claims to be a Harvey victim, and Anthony Bourdain. Argento was canoodling with a Frenchman half her age and was photographed doing it before Argento's boyfriend Anthony Bourdain committed suicide. Her friend McGowan claimed that Asia and Anthony had an open relationship. It was obviously not true, says Harvey, but dead men tell no tales, so the girls made it up. Harvey made a sketch of the twisted story for me and I couldn't help feel sorry for him. He was, to use a terrible clich(C), clutching for straws.
I'm sure people will speculate about this, regarding Anthony Bourdain's girlfriend. https://t.co/J7dZATphmB #AsiaArgento
'-- Perez (@ThePerezHilton) June 9, 2018
We then chatted about his life and how he had lost not only his business and reputation, but also his family, his homes, and was now facing prison. Actually he is facing life in prison because at 66 years of age and not in good health, even five years in an American jail is a death sentence. Here's what he had to say to me: ''You were born rich and privileged and you were handsome. I was born poor, ugly, Jewish and had to fight all my life to get somewhere. You got lotsa girls, no girl looked at me until I made it big in Hollywood. Yes, I did offer them acting jobs in exchange for sex, but so did and still does everyone. But I never, ever forced myself on a single woman.'' Call me na¯ve or stupid, but in a funny way I believe him. I've seen Harvey in action during my annual Christmas party, the one I throw every year in New York with Michael Mailer. He hits on every young woman but in a na¯ve way. ''Will you give me your address and I'll make you a star,'' is the theme of the pickup. Some say yes, some say no. His reaction was always the same. Smile and laugh and hit on the next one.
Although some will say I'm prejudiced, I have doubts about women who come out of the woodworks years later, or return for more after allegedly being raped by Weinstein, la Argento, who went out with the movie mogul for close to ten years (Argento has said the relationship continued for five years). The mood in America, however, makes a fair trial almost an impossibility. The #MeToo movement will bury any judge or jury that doesn't throw the book at him. What I don't get is, haven't they had enough? He's lost everything and is called a monster even by my concierge at a London hotel who overheard me discuss this story with my editor. Hollywood has always treated women like dirt. In my book the one that got caught should not pay for the rest of the bums that make these horrible films of today. At least Harvey made good ones. Very good ones at that.
Trump to ask Russia to join NATO???
OPCW Issues Fact-Finding Mission Reports on Chemical Weapons Use Allegations in Douma, Syria in 2018 and in Al-Hamadaniya and Karm Al-Tarrab in 2016
THE HAGUE, Netherlands '--6 July 2018'--The Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), issued an interim report on the FFM's investigation to date regarding the allegations of chemical weapons use in Douma, Syria on 7 April 2018.
The FFM's activities in Douma included on-site visits to collect environmental samples, interviews with witnesses, data collection. In a neighbouring country, the FFM team gathered or received biological and environmental samples, and conducted witness interviews.
OPCW designated labs conducted analysis of prioritised samples. The results show that no organophosphorous nerve agents or their degradation products were detected in the environmental samples or in the plasma samples taken from alleged casualties. Along with explosive residues, various chlorinated organic chemicals were found in samples from two sites, for which there is full chain of custody. Work by the team to establish the significance of these results is on-going. The FFM team will continue its work to draw final conclusions.
The Fact-Finding Mission also issued a report on 2 July 2018 addressing allegations of chemical weapons use in Al-Hamadaniya, Syria on 30 October 2016, and Karm al-Tarrab, Syria on 13 November 2016. On the basis of the information received and analysed, the prevailing narrative of the interviews, and the results of the laboratory analyses, the FFM cannot confidently determine whether or not a specific chemical was used as a weapon in the incidents that took place in the neighbourhood of Al-Hamadaniyah and in the area of Karm al-Tarrab. The FFM noted that the persons affected in the reported incidents may, in some instances, have been exposed to some type of non-persistent, irritating substance.
The FFM's reports on the allegations of chemical weapons use in Douma, Al-Hamadaniya, and Karm Al-Tarrab have been shared with States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention. The reports were also transmitted to the UN Security Council through the UN Secretary-General.
BackgroundIn response to persistent allegations of chemical weapon attacks in Syria, the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) was set up in 2014 with an on-going mandate ''to establish facts surrounding allegations of the use of toxic chemicals, reportedly chlorine, for hostile purposes in the Syrian Arab Republic''.
The FFM's mandate is to determine whether chemical weapons or toxic chemicals as weapons have been used in Syria. It does not include identifying who is responsible for alleged attacks. Attribution was part of the mandate of the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism, set up by the UN Security Council, which expired in November 2017.
The FFM has previously confirmed with a ''high degree of confidence'' the use of chlorine, sulfur mustard, and sarin as weapons.
The FFM is required to study available information relating to allegations of use of chemical weapons in Syria, including information provided by the Syrian Arab Republic and others. The FFM employs investigative methods to determine if chemical weapons have been used. It interviews witnesses and obtains environmental and bio-medical samples and physical evidence for analysis.
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons operates according to a strict confidentiality regime, which governs the operations of the Organisation, protects the integrity of its investigations, ensures the security of its technical experts, and determines what information can be made public.
As the implementing body for the Chemical Weapons Convention, the OPCW oversees the global endeavour to permanently and verifiably eliminate chemical weapons. Since the Convention's entry into force in 1997 '' and with its 193 States Parties '' it is the most successful disarmament treaty eliminating an entire class of weapons of mass destruction.
Over 96% of all chemical weapon stockpiles declared by possessor States have been destroyed under OPCW verification. For its extensive efforts in eliminating chemical weapons, the OPCW received the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize.
More InformationNote by the Technical Secretariat: Interim Report on the Progress of the Fact-Finding Mission Regarding an Incident of Alleged Use of Toxic Chemicals as a Weapon in Douma, Syrian Arab Republic, on 7 April 2018Report of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission in Syria Regarding the Incidents in Al-Hamadaniyah on 30 October 2016 and in Karm Al-Tarrab on 13 November 2016Fact-Finding MissionOPCW Fact Sheetsspecial-sections/syria/the-fact-finding-mission/
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It is already one of the most talked-about TV series of 2018, before a single episode has even aired. Yet little has been publicly revealed about Who Is America?, the new comedy from Ali G and Borat creator Sacha Baron Cohen, which has been filmed undercover for a year and kept under wraps by its stateside broadcaster Showtime. However, judging by the furious responses of those who have fallen foul of the notorious British comic's latest setups, the show seems certain to generate intense controversy within the febrile world of US politics.
Related: Will Sacha Baron Cohen's undercover series be the TV event of the year?
A number of unwitting victims have already reacted angrily after realising that they have been hoodwinked by the series, which begins on Sunday in the US and on Monday on Channel 4. On Tuesday, Sarah Palin shared on Facebook that the satirist had ''duped'' her into an interview by disguising himself as a disabled American military veteran. ''I join a long list of American public personalities who have fallen victim to the evil, exploitive, sick 'humor' of the British 'comedian' Sacha Baron Cohen,'' Palin wrote.
In the wake of Palin's admission, a number of other conservative figures have revealed that they too were tricked by Baron Cohen. Roy Moore, the Alabama senate candidate whose campaign was derailed by accusations of sexual misconduct that he denies, threatened to sue the satirist after being duped into appearing at a mock event celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of Israel, while disgraced former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio says Baron Cohen interviewed him while disguised as a Finnish comedian. Rightwing radio hosts Joe Walsh and Austin Rhodes have also confirmed they had been interviewed undercover by the satirist.
Another confirmed victim is former US vice-president Dick Cheney, who, in one of the few clips released in advance of the series' launch, is seen enthusiastically autographing a ''waterboarding kit''.
While the majority of those who have admitted to being duped by Baron Cohen are Republicans, his undercover operation is thought to have targeted a number of other personalities. Veteran broadcaster Ted Koppel has said he was interviewed for the series.
According to rightwing commentator Matt Drudge, former Democratic presidential candidates Howard Dean and Bernie Sanders have also been duped into appearing on Who Is America?, while OJ Simpson is rumoured to appear in the series.
That Baron Cohen has seemingly managed to deceive so many political and cultural big beasts will be unsurprising to anyone familiar with his career to date. Over the past two decades, the satirist has acquired a fearsome reputation for embarrassing high-profile figures on both sides of the Atlantic. In the guise of his rude-boy character Ali G, he was able to score interviews with Jacob Rees-Mogg, Tony Benn and Noam Chomsky, while as the hapless Kazakh journalist Borat he managed to convince a Virginian rodeo to let him sing a mangled version of the Star-Spangled Banner.
Yet in recent years Baron Cohen has moved away from pranks and into scripted films such as The Dictator and Grimsby, fuelling suggestions that he had become too recognisable to pull off ambush TV.
That risk of being rumbled perhaps explains the secrecy around Who Is America?. The series was announced only a week before its air date, a highly unusual move in an industry where shows tend to be promoted months or even years in advance, and '' aside from the brief clip of Cheney '' no footage from it has been released to the public. An early trailer, released before the show's official announcement on Monday, played up to the sense of mystery.
''We'd like to tell you about a new comedy that's coming, but we can't,'' a voiceover says. ''The creators won't let us show you a scene, the lawyers won't let us tell you the name of the star and we can't even reveal the show's title or we'd be breaking our non-disclosure agreement.''
The reactions from Palin and others suggest that such secrecy has reaped results, but it remains to be seen whether Baron Cohen's powers of deception extend to the current occupant of the White House. The satirist and Donald Trump have history: Trump walked out of an interview with Ali G in 2003, and later published a video criticising a stunt in which Baron Cohen spilled ''the ashes of Kim Jong Il'' on TV presenter Ryan Seacrest at the 2012 Oscars.
Baron Cohen has used footage from that Trump video '' in which the then-Apprentice host tells him to ''go to school, learn about being funny'' '' in a trailer teasing the new series. It concludes with the logo for the now-defunct Trump University and the message ''Sacha graduates soon''. Given Baron Cohen's past form, it's a threat that even the president of the United States should take seriously.
Sasha Baron Cohen's "Who Is America?" could not come at a better time '-- Quartzy
British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen (aka Ali G, Borat, and Br¼no), is back'--just in time'--with his new show: Who is America? Filmed secretly over the past year, this satirical comedy series ''explores the diverse individuals'... across the political and cultural spectrum, who populate the United States''.
Already Baron Cohen has created controversy by releasing a clip showing former US vice president Dick Cheney signing a waterboarding ''kit''. He has also infuriated former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin after she discovered she'd been duped by the comedian who interviewed her posing as a disabled US veteran.
If this new project is anything like the work Baron Cohen did on Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006), this could be just show the world needs right now.
In the film, Baron Cohen plays Borat Sagdiyev, a Kazakh reporter making a documentary about life in the US. Although his character is fictitious, many of the interactions with him are not. Borat's naivet(C), misogyny, racism, anti-Semitism, and homophobia reflect the same views in some of his documentary subjects.
At a Virginia rodeo, for example, manager Bobby Rowe responds to Borat's passing comment that his country hangs homosexuals, with: ''That's what we're trying to do here'', before casually continuing with his recommendation that Borat shave his mustache so that he look ''less Muslim.''
The Borat portrait of America may have generated controversy at the time, but from today's perspective, the examples from the film are prescient. A request for a gun to shoot Jews is met with nonchalance. In his encounter with University of South Carolina frat boys, Borat's casual misogyny and racism are met with enthusiasm as the students bemoan the end of slavery and complain that minorities now have all the rights.
But the encounter between a fictional character and the real world did more than reveal the ugly underbelly (and the occasional kind character) of Americans. It encouraged a critical engagement with documentary media'--and that is more important than ever.
Each encounter between Borat and his subjects invokes the documentary tradition, which allows an investigator with a camera to produce a truth through their own perspective. At the same time, each encounter draws attention to those limits of the tradition by reminding viewers that an interview's structure and content are often determined by the person holding the camera. And it encourages the viewer to question just what, exactly, in those sequences was real, and what was confected.
It's showtimeIf Baron Cohen's recent Twitter promotions are any indication, Who is America? could demand similar, necessary scrutiny on the part of the viewer.
On July 4, Baron Cohen posted a video to his Twitter account, described as: ''A message from your President @realDonaldTrump on Independence Day''. Beginning with a screenshot of Trump's Fourth of July wishes and a written declaration that ''our country is doing GREAT,'' the video appears to be a denunciation of Baron Cohen by Trump (who had previously been embarrassed by him in an interview as Ali G), including a demand that the ''third-rate character Sacha Baron Cohen'' should ''go to school and learn about being funny.'' The clip closes on a written announcement that ''Sacha graduates'' followed by the Trump University logo.
On one level, it is opportunistic promotion by Baron Cohen, using a 2012 video from Trump's ''From the Desk of Donald Trump'' vlog to promote his new show. On another, it demands questions of provenance: where did this footage come from? And when? There is no indication of its origins on screen.
While it offers Trump's own confession of violent dislike for Baron Cohen, this was not a recent tweet intended as a holiday announcement. And what do we make of the statement that ''Sacha graduates'' from Trump University, an unaccredited, defunct organisation subject to class action lawsuits for fraud and negligent misrepresentation?
Will Trump issue his usual verdict for things he doesn't like'--that this is simply ''fake news?'' There are two meanings for this phrase which is suddenly in such regular use. There are those who see it as inaccurate reporting, inflammatory clickbait and misinformation gone viral'--and warn against extreme credulity whereby too many people are willing to believe something that appeals to their ideals and prejudices. Then there is the sense of outright dismissal, that leads to a failure to engage with either form or content.
Who is America? has the potential to intervene and undo this damage. If it continues the intriguing layering of fiction and non-fiction that Baron Cohen started with Ali G, Borat, and Br¼no, there is an opportunity to return viewers to the necessary critical perspective required for documentary and non-fiction media.
The program is likely to encourage a host of responses from furious disavowal to delight in the ''gotcha'' element associated with Baron Cohen. But its blurring of truth and fiction could also make decisions to accept or reject what is being shown more difficult'--Baron Cohen's sly comedy offers viewing that engenders trust and doubt simultaneously. Who is America? could encourage audiences to investigate how this was produced, and what actually happened. It could mean searching for clues of a hoax and focusing on the facts that linger. This is the non-fiction media literacy we all need in the era of Trump.
This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.
THERESA May stole Donald Trump's limelight on the first night of his official visit to the UK.
The PM looked elegant in a long crimson dress paired with red heels for dinner with the US President at Blenheim Palace. But what was on her arm? Read on for more...
Theresa May and Donald Trump climb the steps to the entrance of Blenheim PalaceWhat is on Theresa May's arm?Theresa May was wearing a diabetes monitoring patch.
The monitoring system introduced back in 2016 was a breakthrough for people with the autoimmune disease.
It means they will no longer have to frequently conduct finger prick tests to know what their sugar levels are.
When placed on the back of the upper arm, a tiny filament goes through the upper level of the skin.
Theresa May and Donald Trump stand with Philip May, right, and Melania Trump, left , at the steps of Bleinheim Palace, OxfordshireWhat are the patches for?The small white circular patch monitors blood sugar levels.
Information is transferred from the white patch to a digital reader, which will let the wearer know the current state of glucose in the system.
This then indicates the best time to inject with insulin.
'HER HEART ISN'T IN IT' The PM 'is a Remainer who has remained a Remainer' says Rees-Mogg
See EU in court May reveals the 'brutal' Brexit advice Trump gave her '' to SUE the EU
VISITING HOURS Will the US President meet the Queen and when will he speak to Theresa May?
SIR BERNARD JENKIN Brexit victory would be like winning the Falklands War
YOU MAY GO Overwhelming 62% of voters want Mrs May to stand down as PM before next election
BACK ME OR BREXIT DIES Theresa May delivered a strong ultimatum to her warring MPs
Is Theresa May a diabetic?May was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2013, following a blood test after her recent weight loss.
The condition means her body cannot produce insulin, so she must now inject herself with the hormone at least twice a day for the rest of her life.
Although it was a "real shock", May, then Home Secretary, told the Mail on Sunday it was a case of "head down and getting on with it".
There is nothing of real substance to celebrate about the European Union at the moment, and every Brit unwilling to be dragged down by this giant tramp steamer should make their feelings more voluble than at the moment. With Italy, Spain, Hungary, Austria and even Germany itself now at odds with the Macron-Merkel view of its future, the cabal in Brussels simply cannot afford to lose the income it derives in contributions and trade surpluses from the United Kingdom, its third biggest economy. If Theresa May won't deliver Sovereign Brexit, then she must be forced out. That process begins in Parliament tomorrow.
Bastille Day having come and gone (a remarkably subdued affair in my neck of the woods), today the French football team takes on tiny Croatia for the title of World Champions. But tomorrow will be Monday, and on that day the People of France will once more deal with the reality of their country's debt problems, the future it faces under Hard Man Emmanuel Macron, and the even more uncertain future of the European Union which they and the Germans founded in the 1950s.
The Macronisation of France is now well under way (President Macron is no Sarkozy lightweight) and for the British resident here it offers a strong sense of d(C)j vu for anyone who lived during the Thatcher era. Macron's ''centrist'' positioning is a risible patriotic appeal he makes in speeches, but his behaviour suggests otherwise.
On the SNCF strike, he chose largely to ignore it and wait for the Unions to buckle, which they did. He has already brought four fat, large publicly owned companies forward for privatisation, with the familiar promises of quick profits for the plebs, but down the road the usual pattern of profiteering and obscene directorial bonuses will doubtless materialise. After all, Emannuel's Alt State banking masters pushed him into the Elys(C)e Palace to further the process of transferring capital and control to the powers one occupied by the Unions.
If Macron isn't stopped (and I see no sign that he will be) then the regionally devolved communitarian black market tax culture that many citizens, tourists and settlers have grown to love will be replaced by one in which (as we shall see later in regard to Greece) there is no hiding place from the (C)lites determined to turn everyone upside down and empty their pockets of cash, and their bank accounts of ''electronic'' money.
The President is gathering power to the Centre. His popular move of abolishing the local habitation tax takes money directly out of the Mayor's control. Equally, on ''safety grounds'' he has reduced the non-motorway speed limit to 80 kph '' about 50 miles an hour. But there are plans to invest heavily in far more cameras to enforce that law, which '' like the motorway cameras '' bear no relation to safety at all: they are there on 30kph exit lanes to slam the motorist at '¬70 a pop, with no realistic right of appeal. It should mean a whopping increase in the Revenue take'....and it will have two effects: raise the already horrendous cost of motoring, and make many 50+ residents turn their attention to the train.
The massive French investment in TGV wifi trains for business travellers is beginning to make rail travel look like a better alternative for the private citizen: Bordeaux to Paris is now much faster than by car, involves no toll or petrol costs, and to avoid tolls now means travelling at 50mph'....a long, slow journey. In turn, it offers none of the parking charges, queues, late arrivals and security madness asssociated with flying.
Macron has approved a massive promotion to win back SNCF passengers. For the first time in years, it stands a chance of making money. At which point, Macron or his successor will privatise it'....and prices will sky-rocket.
Emmanuel Macron may have no soul, but he has an astonishing brain. The way he uses it does not appeal to Angela Merkel '' but then, as a former Communist Youth Leader, it wouldn't. In Germany, unser geliebter F¼hrer has been replaced for the last fifteen years by unsere geliebte Mutti. In France, L'Emp(C)reur has been recreated by the Boy Wonder and his ideas about how to get France en marche. The two leaders don't like each other much, but the dreadful state of the European Union founded by their forefathers is a far bigger problem than their clash of personalities and ideas.
Across the Channel in the less than United Kingdom, 52% of the voters decided two years ago that the time had once again come to rescue Europe from itself, having correctly observed that the EU (and its unaccountably feral children the European Commission, the euro and the Central Bank) were all out of control, along with the progeny of authoritarian grandeur delusions at times fuelled by alcohol, at other times by corrupt greed.
But this ill-defined purpose is at odds with the focused aims of the various Alt States globally, and the myopic quasi-religious zeal of the LibLeft in England and Nationalists in Scotland. As a result, Britain has a clear majority of bureaucrats, globalists, space cadets and legislators who '' for variously cynical, self-interested, fluffy, naive and at times impenetrable ''reasons'' '' want to stay on board the SS Eutanic.
So having had a celebration of allegedly eternal Liberty, Equality and Fraternity yesterday in France, what is the State of the Union that now binds it and 26 other States together? It is important for Brits to get a clear idea of this, because the British media are now so compromised by blind ideology, self-interested ownership and blatant Alt State censorship, they are giving (on a daily basis) a shamelessly narrow view of the real situation on the European continent in general, and the eurozone in particular.
Ironically, here in France the media are being far more open and honest about the huge crises the EU faces. The behaviour of African migrants at first in Calais and now in Paris has been headline news on a weekly and sometimes daily basis. The fact that Europe 'is split wide open about migration' (and that police forces are suffering low morale in the face of it) is openly debated, especially in the press:
Not too far from my place, travelling east, lies the Italian border, where the duly elected government is turning back refugees and trying to expand the economy, both in direct contravention of the directives of Brussels-am-Berlin. This too is widely reported, but the mainland media (especially broadcast) are far more circumspect about the parlous state of the Italian banking system, where close to '¬800 billion of bad loans are still on the balance sheets and looking immovable. Both Italy's ruling Coalition Parties want to leave the eurozone, and both believe the banking problem is fundamentally insoluble, not least because on top of the bad loans , Italy owes Draghi's ECB a staggering '¬565 billion of sovereign debt, most of it on a shortish term basis.
This is a much more unstable and far bigger problem than the one that landed Greece in the vassal sin-bin. Drive down Italy through Modena and Parma, and from the lower half of the Adriatic coast you can hop onto an overnight ferry to the Land of the Gods, where in 2018 there are three million fewer mortals than there were a decade ago.
There in Greece we see one of the great and unforgettable artworks of the EU punishment system, mixed with early 20th century Berlin economics. Although the ordinary Greek people are slated by the Western media as if they had personally run up the country's original '¬150 billion sovereign debt, the money was borrowed under false pretences, by a right-wing government, from JC Trichet's ECB '' using expertise sold to them by a Goldman Sachs team whose leader was Gary Cohn '....currently economic adviser to President Trump.
Trichet was asleep at the wheel and Goldman plus the Greek Right (C)lite defrauded the EC. But nobody went to jail'....taxes were raised dramatically, State pensions embezzled by the ''creditors'', and the ordinary Greek paid by having his job, tourism business, State social weal and properties bought up cheaply'.....advice upon which was given to wealthy German clients by none other than Guy Verhofstadt.
This is the latest obscenity from Greece: the Brussels controlled ''Government'' has invented something called ''tekmirio''. They decide how much money you need each year to support your lifestyle and then tax you if you can't produce the income to show you can afford to live as you do. For example, they estimate a couple needs need '¬4000 a year to own a 1975 Beetle van, and around '¬10,000 a year to live in an 80 square metre flat'...a ludicrous estimate. If you don't have it, they tax you on the difference.
Disturbingly draconian new measures have been introduced to force everyone to use credit cards '' and fine people who don't, to ensure every last transaction is recorded and available to be taxed. It is Teutonic tax accountancy gone mad, but it is also revenge, red in tooth and claw. I wonder if any Remainers still reading this piece think it will be any different for the UK once our capitulation is complete.
Further north, Hungary has spent a billion euros building a wall cum fence to keep opportunistic migrants out. Viktor Orban's wicked sense of humour has now resulted in the EC receiving a bill from Budapest for exactly that amount, ''because it was their idiotic migration policies that forced us to to do it''. Orban is the Iceland of the EU: he kicks out globalist banks, comes down hard on Soros front-organisations, continues to refuse any inducements to join the euro'....and keeps on getting elected. The Hungarian leader is not going away any time soon, and the federalist fanatics have backed off'....for now. Are you paying attention, Ollie and Theresa at the back there?
Wherever you look in the EU, it's a mess '' a mess created by the appalling social science and Stone Age economic ideas promulgated from the various carpet baggers and drunks in Brussels. Mario Rajoy '' an utterly corrupt bumboy for the EC '' has at last been caught with his hands in the till, and fallen from power in Spain. His successor, the socialist Pedro Sanchez, is already out of step with the EC: he has, I am told, made it clear to some senior Commission members that Spain isn't going to march in step with austerity much longer.
As for Germany itself, Mutti is not quite so geliebte as she used to be. The migration crisis she created (and Interior Minister Seehofer's demands that it be scrapped) now means in the ranks of the CDU, many are already awaiting her departure and jockeying for position. Merkel is praying that Seehofer's regional Party will lose in the forthcoming Bavarian elections, but this is unlikely. Meanwhile, support for the Nationalist anti-EU AfD Party is growing again.
But this is as nothing compared to pressure from other EU Member States, because most of them no longer accept her ''European'' policy, correctly discerning that it is designed (as usual) to benefit Germany. Things did not go well at the European Council summit: Spain's Sanchez made his views eminently clear, and nationalist Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz hob-knobbed openly with Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbn and Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini.
The LibLeft in the West '' blindly formulaic as always '' take the simplistic view: nationalism = ''Hard'' Right = racist = fascist. It was expressed some weeks ago in a spectacularly empty-headed ''analogy'' drawn by the hysterical and self-dramatic clown Baron Adonis:
In fact, it is nothing of the sort: Brexit is the reaction of a Top 3 EU economy to unelected, corrupt and authoritarian mendacity in Brussels, and the German drive towards federalism. The British People have voted to get away from simply becoming a regional vassal in the crypto-soviet Berlin-dominated wannabe Empire'....and in this, we are entirely in step with the growing alarm in almost every EU member State. To suggest that this is a goose-step, however, is preposterous.
The LibLeft calls UK Leave voters ''Little Englanders'', ''poorly educated'' and ''ignorant''. In truth, the danger to Britain here is Little Socialists who don't get out enough, Big Business that likes big markets it can control, and big banks who want technology to aid them in emptying the pockets and savings of The People.
This battle remains the one so admirably summed up by Kate Hoey at the outset in 2016: ''This is not about nationalism, it is a battle between The People and the the State''.
I might refine it somewhat in the light of experience, and write, ''This is not about knuckle-headed Far Right racism, it is a fight between the power of the People and the creeping power of unelected globalist Alt States''.
But the principle remains the same'....and nobody should expect the people next door to do the donkey work. The counterfeit Brexit proposed by Theresa May and her now 90% Remainer Cabinet comes back to the Commons tomorrow. Bombard your Tory MPs and Conservative Associations to support the four amendments neutralising her Chequers deceit, and please
DO YOUR BIT TO BRING DOWN THIS GHASTLY WOMAN AND HER WEAK-KNEED CABAL OF NEOLIBERAL GLOBALISTS Last night at The Slog: Tories who obviously need some backbone stiffening
Trump intends to bring about the collapse of the liberal international order, in its commitment to open societies and its institutions.
July 13, 2018 German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a media conference at the European Union summit in Brussels on Friday. Credit Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Associated Press Some near-forgotten anniversaries are worth commemorating. One hundred years ago '-- Bastille Day, 1918 '-- Theodore Roosevelt's youngest son, Quentin, was killed in aerial combat at the Second Battle of the Marne. Twenty-six years later, Quentin's oldest brother, Ted, also died in France, after landing at Utah Beach on D-Day.
Quentin and Ted are buried side-by-side at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer. It's a moving sight for everyone who still believes in the cause for which they and their brothers in arms fought and died '-- above all, the idea, possibility and preservation of a free world, anchored and inspired by America but not subservient to it.
In other words, the things that Donald Trump has spent his presidency trashing under the historically sordid banner of ''America First.''
That trashing reached some sort of climax this week with the president's excruciating tantrum against Germany at the NATO summit in Brussels, followed by his gratuitous humiliation of British Prime Minister Theresa May via an interview in a Murdoch tabloid. Maybe next he'll propose that Vladimir Putin rejoin the Group of 7 '-- except he already did that in Canada more than a month ago, right around the time he launched a trade war with Canada, Mexico and the European Union.
What does all this achieve?
No doubt just what Trump intends: the collapse of the liberal international order, both in its animating commitment to open societies as well as its defining international institutions '-- the G-7, NATO, the European Union, the World Trade Organization. Seen in this light, the president's wretched behavior isn't '-- or isn't merely '-- the product of a defective personality. It's the result of a willful ideology.
So much should be clear by the president's negotiating style, guaranteed as it is to elicit ''no'' for an answer.
It's fair to expect that other NATO members should spend more of their gross domestic product on defense; and fair to expect, too, that they should reach the 2 percent benchmark sometime sooner than 2024. It isn't fair to demand, as Trump does, that they reach the 2 percent mark by January, and then increase it to 4 percent.
It's fair to say that the U.S. could use its leverage to negotiate more advantageous trade deals. It isn't fair to insist on politically untenable trade concessions he knows other countries won't make '-- a sunset clause for Nafta, for example '-- in order to destroy these agreements permanently while blaming the other side.
It's fair to say that it will be difficult for Britain to negotiate an independent trade agreement with the U.S. if it maintains E.U. rules on trade in goods. But Trump's goal isn't to help steer May through Brexit. It's to bring her government down and replace her with Boris Johnson, because the former foreign secretary ''obviously likes me and says very good things about me.''
Above all, it's fair to prod and cajole and quarrel with our core allies '-- in private. But Trump is out to embarrass them in public, putting them to the choice of becoming enemies or toadies, breaking up or sucking up. That's no doubt fine with him: America First is America Feared. But it is also America hated, and hated with justification. Where's the upside in that?
For Trump, the upside is the substitution of a liberal order with an illiberal one, based on conceits about sovereignty, nationality, religion and ethnicity. These are the same conceits that Vladimir Putin has long made his own, which helps explain Trump's affinity for his Russian counterpart and his distress that Robert Mueller's investigation ''really hurts our relationship with Russia,'' as he remarked Friday.
It also explains his undisguised contempt for contemporary European democracy and his efforts to replace it with something more Trumpian: xenophobic, protectionist and truculent. This is the Europe of Germany's Alexander Gauland, France's Marine Le Pen, Britain's Nigel Farage, Hungary's Viktor Orban, Poland's Jaroslaw Kaczynski, and Italy's Matteo Salvini. Note that the last three are already in power.
All this must be gratifying to Trump's sense of his historical importance. For America, it's a historical disaster. The United States can only lead a world that's prepared to follow.
But follow what? Not the rules of trade that America once set but now claims are rigged against it. Not the democratic ideals that America once embodied but now treats with disdain. Not the example of fighting bullies, after it has now become one.
This will suit Americans for whom the idea of a free world always seemed like a distant abstraction. It will suit Europeans whose anti-Americanism predates Trump's arrival by decades. And it will especially suit Putin, who knows that an America that stands for its own interests first also stands, and falls, alone. Surely the dead at Colleville-sur-Mer fought for something greater than that.
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In what has become something of a trend, dockless rental bikes recently introduced to communities around the Boston area continue to end up underwater.
In the past several weeks, at least four of the free-standing bikes '-- two owned by Ofo and two owned by LimeBike '-- have reportedly been found submerged in Arlington, Quincy, and East Boston, as residents grow accustomed to a new wave of bike-share companies rolling out their services locally.
On Thursday, Boston resident Steve Holt spotted a LimeBike among the seaweed at the Portside at East Pier, in East Boston, he said.
''@limebike locations are just everywhere in #EastBoston!'' he joked on Twitter. The tweet included a picture of the bright green bike just beneath the ocean's surface.
The same day, someone walking through the Fresh Pond area, where Cambridge and Arlington meet, noticed a LimeBike in a small pond near the Minuteman Bikeway trail. The person posted a picture of the bike in the water to a Facebook group for Arlington residents.
''One down,'' the person reported. ''A LimeBike flavoring the waters around Alewife Station, seen today.''
The company had its bikes ending up in water in Yonkers, N.Y., in May, shortly after its services were introduced there.
Reports of similar incidents have also come in from people in Texas, California, Washington, and Colorado.
''Lime has become very popular in the Boston area; in fact, nearly 70,000 trips have already taken place throughout the greater Boston metro [area],'' a company spokesperson said in a statement. ''Out of the hundreds of LimeBikes in use, only a few have been vandalized, which is consistent with the low rate of vandalism and theft '-- less than 1 percent '-- we experience nationwide.''
LimeBike, which recently launched in Arlington, Belmont, Everett, Watertown, Malden, and several other communities, uses a system similar to that employed by Boston's Blue Bikes; however, riders don't need to return a used bike to a dock once they are finished. Bikes can be located by using an app that tells users where they can pick up a ride.
Officials in communities where the bikes have been introduced have been trying to coach residents on how to properly store the rides when they are done using them.
''Please be sure to park and ride responsibly. Park on the sidewalk (don't ride on it) and never block the public ways,'' officials in Arlington said Monday. ''Be a good ... neighbor.''
Belmont police reminded residents not to report the presence of bikes to the department as an emergency.
''The lime green bikes popping up around town belong to a bike share company,'' police said in a tweet Wednesday. ''Please do not dial 911 to report a @limebike in your neighborhood.''
The two recent LimeBike reports follow an incident in Quincy late last month where police plucked a pair of Ofo Bikes out of the harbor, sparking an investigation.
At the time of the underwater discovery, which required the assistance of the department's dive team, an official from the bike company said that while there have been some ''bad actors,'' for the most part residents have ''warmly embraced'' the new bike-sharing program.
Elon Musk Unmasked as Top Donor to House Republican PAC - The Daily Beast
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has been revealed as a top donor to a Republican PAC aimed at keeping control of Congress. Filings published by ProPublica this weekend show Musk contributed $38,900 to the Protect the House PAC, joining the likes of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and Houston Texans owner Robert McNair in the PAC's top 50 donors. The PAC raised more than $8 million in the second quarter for Republican lawmakers hoping to fend off Democratic challengers. Musk has a history of donating to both parties, but contributions to the Republican Party raised eyebrows on Twitter, where many questioned how the ''socially liberal'' billionaire vowing to fight climate change could support the GOP's platform.
Elon Musk, chairman and chief executive officer of Tesla Motors
Tesla rolled out a new attendance policy for all U.S.-based hourly employees on July 1st, according to documentation shared with CNBC. The policy spells out specific penalties for lapses in attendance, and Tesla says it is meant to make it fairer -- for instance, employees who are 10 minutes late won't be penalized as harshly as those who are one hour late.
The changes to Tesla's attendance policy come weeks after the electric vehicle maker announced plans to slash its salaried workforce by at least 9 percent, or about 4,000 workers. The company is pushing hard to ramp up the production of its Model 3 electric sedans, and to achieve positive cash flow and profitability in the second half of this year.
Among other things, the policy says that managers can give workers demerits for showing up even one minute late to a scheduled shift, or leaving just one minute before the shift's official end, without permission. If employees rack up a certain number of these demerits, called "occurrences" internally, their employment will be terminated. Newer employees get fewer chances than those who have worked at Tesla for more than three months.
As an example, a long-time worker could be fired after nine occurrences of showing up five minutes late. That same worker might get only five chances to show up an hour late.
In addition, workers can be required on short notice to work overtime for "critical business needs" when "directed by Vice President level [managers] or higher."
Hourly employees include workers in Tesla's factories, call centers, service centers and roadside assistance groups, among others.
Tesla told CNBC, "Based on employee feedback, we've recently updated our attendance policy to be more fair and flexible. We're appreciative of the hard work by our production teams, and regularly review policies to work for our employees. The policy update has been in the works for nearly two months and is similar to what you would find at other companies.''
Here's the new Tesla attendance policy in its entirety. (Formatting has been removed to protect source confidentiality.)
Israeli space probe to land on Moon in 2019 - BBC News
Image copyright EPA Image caption Israel Aerospace Industries' Ofer Doron said the probe "showed the way for the rest of the world" An Israeli non-profit organisation has announced plans to send the first privately-funded pilotless spacecraft to the Moon.
SpaceIL said the probe would be launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in December on a Falcon 9 rocket built by Elon Musk's SpaceX company.
It is expected to land on the Moon in February 2019.
The spacecraft will plant an Israeli flag on the Moon's surface and carry out research into its magnetic field.
SpaceIL's project began as part of the Google Lunar XPrize, which offered $30m (£23m) in prizes to inspire people to develop low-cost methods of robotic space exploration. However, the competition expired this March, with the $20m grand prize for landing on the Moon unclaimed.
Despite the setback, SpaceIL continued developing its spacecraft, which is being built in co-operation with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), a state-owned firm.
So far it has spent about $88.5m, much of which it has received from the South African-born Israeli billionaire businessmen Morris Kahn.
Image copyright SpaceIL Image caption The probe will plant an Israeli flag, and then conduct research into the Moon's magnetic field Ido Anteby, CEO of SpaceIL, told a news conference in the Israeli town of Yehud on Tuesday that its probe would be the smallest yet to land on the Moon.
It is about 2m (6.6ft) in diameter and 1.5m high, and will weigh only 585kg (1,300lb) at launch. More than 400kg of that weight is fuel that will be burnt off by the time it lands on the Moon.
The spacecraft is a "hopper", which will land and then take off again with the fuel left in its propulsion system, and then perform another landing 500m away, which was a condition of the XPrize.
If successful, SpaceIL's mission will make Israel the fourth country in the world to "soft land" a probe on the surface of the Moon - after the former Soviet Union, the United States and China.
Mr Kahn said he hoped the mission would create an "Apollo effect" for the next generation in Israel - a reference to the enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and maths triggered by Neil Armstrong's Moon walk in 1969.
"This is a tremendous project," he added. "When the rocket is launched into space, we will all remember where we were when Israel landed on the Moon."
Ofer Doron, head of IAI's space division, said Israel was "going to show the way for the rest of the world" to send a spacecraft to the Moon at a reasonable cost.
Kids in cages and Caves
Ham-designed Gear Used in Thailand Cave Rescue | Hackaday
Unless you live in a cave, you've probably heard a little about the thirteen people '-- mostly children '-- trapped in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Thailand. What you may have missed, though, is the hacker/ham radio connection. The British Cave Rescue Council (BCRC) was asked for their expert help. [Rick Stanton], [John Volanthen] and [Rob Harper] answered the call. They were equipped with HeyPhones. The HeyPhone is a 17-year-old design from [John Hey, G3TDZ]. Sadly, [G3TDZ] is now a silent key (ham radio parlance for deceased) so he didn't get to see his design play a role in this high-profile rescue, although it has apparently been a part of many others in the past.
The HeyPhone is actually considered obsolete but is still in service with some teams. The radio uses USB (upper sideband, not universal serial bus) at 87 kHz. The low frequency can penetrate deep into the ground using either induction loop antennas like the older Molephone, or '-- more commonly '-- with electrodes injecting RF energy directly into the ground.
You can find a very detailed article about the radio from 2001 if you want more details. The system is somewhat dated, but apparently works well and that's what counts.
What we find interesting is that in today's world, people take wireless communications for granted and don't realize that cell phones don't work underground or in the face of widespread disasters. We would imagine most Hackaday readers know how cell phone towers use ''cellular reuse'' to support more than a handful of phones. Ask some non-technical friend if they know how a cell phone works and you'll be surprised how few people understand this. Ham radio operators and hackers are vital to building and deploying specialized radio systems in times of disaster or '-- in this case '-- where people need rescuing from an odd environment.
We were glad to see a nod to some hacker gear in the popular press. But we almost wish there had been more reporting on the volunteer divers and their hacked radio gear.
We've talked about VLF radios before, but not for caving. Of course, in the old days, all radio was VLF and it might have even had some unintended consequences.
VIDEO - Panelist cries discussing racism, republican party - YouTube
And now the game where we ask very important people about very unimportant things. Speaking of important people, our guest today has been listed as the eighth most powerful woman in the world. She is the former finance minister of France and since 2014 has been the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund. Christine Lagarde, welcome to WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME.
SAGAL: I should say, to begin with, we've never spoken to the head of an important international alliance before. So how should you be addressed - as director Lagarde, Madame Lagarde? We don't know.
CHRISTINE LAGARDE: Oh, you get - the easiest is that you call me Christine. Most people at the IMF call me MD.
SAGAL: MD for Managing Director.
LAGARDE: MD - that stands for Managing Director. And I quite like it because it reminds me of this very nice lady in the "James Bond" films.
SAGAL: Oh, yeah.
LAGARDE: But I'm not...
SAGAL: Well, that's very cool. Yeah. One of the first things we're kind of curious about is what you do. And now we assume that you have people killed. Is that...
LAGARDE: No, no, no, no, no.
SAGAL: No, no, no, no, no, no, of course not. That was not a guilty laugh at all. So seriously...
SAGAL: Could you - I know this is a complicated question, but nonetheless, as I understand it, you spend all day having people call you up and asking you to lend them money.
LAGARDE: Well, in tough times, yes. At the time of the financial crisis, everybody was knocking at the door asking for that. Then, it improved over time. At the moment, it's sort of stable.
LAGARDE: But we're getting a little bit worried because of all sorts of issues like monetary tightening, like financial costs rising and capital flows coming out of the big emerging market economies around the world that are running into troubles.
SAGAL: Have I mentioned that we're all humanities majors here, and...
PAULA POUNDSTONE: Christine, it's Paula Poundstone here. Do they pay interest on this loan?
LAGARDE: It depends whether you're a rich country or you're a developing country. If you're a developing country, we'll lend you money at 0 percent interest rates because, clearly, you're in trouble. Your per capita GDP is low. And it would be totally abusive and unfair to lend at expensive interest rates.
POUNDSTONE: What's the definition...
SAGAL: Of, like, between...
POUNDSTONE: ...Of a rich country or a developing country?
LAGARDE: It's defined with reference to the amount of dollars per person and per year.
LAGARDE: If you are below $4,000 per person, then you're a low-income country.
SAGAL: Right. Basically, above-ground pools, no interest. In-ground pool, interest.
ADAM BURKE: I just discovered I'm a developing country...
SAGAL: Yeah. You are.
BURKE: ...Which is terrible.
SAGAL: Speaking of pools, we researched your background. In addition to the, you know, the extraordinary, important education and various posts, we discovered that you, at one point, were a competitive synchronized swimmer.
SAGAL: All right.
FAITH SALIE: So how do you feel about men in Speedos?
LAGARDE: Now, I listened a little bit to that part of your show. Didn't you say something about people shaving and being far more attractive once shaved?
SAGAL: Yes. That's what we were discussing.
SAGAL: Actually, I think it's important that we get the opinion of the Managing Director...
SAGAL: ...Of the International Monetary Fund. What do you, Christine Lagarde, think of men in Speedos?
LAGARDE: Well, I'm more interested in, actually, the issue of shaving or not shaving because I'll tell you something.
LAGARDE: When you're a synchronized swimmer...
LAGARDE: ...It's critically important that you have at least a little bit of hairs on your legs because that is actually a sensor of how high and how vertical you are in the water.
SAGAL: So it is - I've never heard anything like this.
POUNDSTONE: Me neither.
SAGAL: So you're saying that synchronized swimmers need to have a little bit of hair in their legs. They can't be completely smooth. Why is that?
LAGARDE: It's very weird because when you're a synchronized swimmer, if you shave your legs completely, you lose sense of where you are and how well you're doing.
SAGAL: Oh, my God. So it's like you're Samson. And you...
SAGAL: What you're telling me is, like, when you see synchronized swimming, as you once were, and these women are in the pool and their legs are straight up in the air, they can only tell that their legs are straight up in the air or wherever they're supposed to be because of the sensory feeling from the hairs on their legs.
LAGARDE: Exactly right. Perfect.
SAGAL: And I didn't...
SAGAL: Wait a minute. This is wonderful because I did not know that I would have anything I could talk to you about.
SAGAL: I wanted to ask if your career - were you a competitive synchronized swimmer? Did you actually go to competitions and...
LAGARDE: Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah. Yeah. No. I was on the French national team for a couple of years.
SAGAL: You were on the French national synchronized swimming team.
SALIE: Oh, my gosh.
POUNDSTONE: Do you use anything that you learned there in deciding who to loan money to?
POUNDSTONE: If there's somebody who comes from a country that's clearly not going to be good for the money, do the little hairs on your legs kind of tingle?
SAGAL: Well, Christine Lagarde, we are delighted to talk to you. It is a pleasure to get to know you. But we have, in fact, invited you here to play a game that, this time, we're calling...
BILL KURTIS: Lagarde, meet La Guardia.
SAGAL: We thought we'd ask you about America's greatest mayor, Fiorello La Guardia of New York City - a man much better than the airport they named after him.
SAGAL: Answer 2 out of 3 questions about the Little Flower, as he was known, and you will win our prize for one of our listeners - the voice of anyone from our show they choose on their voicemail - boo, boo. Sorry. Bill, who is Christine Lagarde playing for?
KURTIS: Carl Hegg of Princeton, N.J., who's celebrating his 90th birthday.
SAGAL: That's exciting. Are you ready to play?
SAGAL: All right. Here we go. Your first question. Now, Fiorello La Guardia was an immensely popular figure in his day. He received what tribute from President Franklin Roosevelt? A, Roosevelt said, he's just 5 feet tall, but it's all vim; B, upon meeting Winston Churchill, Roosevelt said, quote, "he's like an English La Guardia," or C, Roosevelt said, quote, "the only thing we have to fear is Fiorello La Guardia"?
LAGARDE: I'd say B.
SAGAL: You're going to go for B - upon meeting Winston Churchill, he said he's like an English La Guardia. You're right. That's what he said.
(SOUNDBITE OF BELL, APPLAUSE)
SAGAL: Which is the highest praise Roosevelt had. Next question. La Guardia went on a campaign in New York City against crime and vice. He once declared that the sale and possession of what would be illegal in his town? Was it A, violin cases; B, slingshots, or C, artichokes?
LAGARDE: What was B? I didn't hear what...
SAGAL: B was slingshots.
LAGARDE: OK. I'll say B because I have no idea what you're talking about.
SAGAL: I just want you to know, now you know how I felt talking to you about international finance.
SAGAL: No. In fact, it was artichokes.
SAGAL: It really was. Artichokes - Mayor La Guardia said the Mafia was controlling the artichoke market, and thus, he banned their sale until prices came down.
All right. Now this is exciting. If you get one - this last question correct, you win our prize. Here is your last question. The mayor died in 1947, but his influence lives on. What other important feature of modern life has been credited to Mayor La Guardia? Was it A, the 10 Items or Less express lane in the supermarket, which he demanded after having to wait in line for 20 minutes to buy a single tomato; B, thong underwear, which strippers in New York invented to get around La Guardia's anti-nudity laws, or C, the website BuzzFeed, which was named after the mayor's practice of public feedings of his dog, Buzz.
LAGARDE: I'll say C.
SAGAL: You're going to go for C. You're going to say that the website BuzzFeed...
POUNDSTONE: You know, the crowd is moaning. That means that you have the chance to change your answer.
BURKE: Christine, are the hairs on your legs telling you anything about where you might be?
LAGARDE: All right, B.
SAGAL: B. And the answer is B. Yes. Congratulations, everyone.
SAGAL: What happened was, as I said, he went on a campaign against vice in the city. The strippers were told they had to put on underwear to perform. But they wanted to expose as much of themselves as possible, so they invented thong underwear.
SAGAL: Isn't that amazing?
POUNDSTONE: That is amazing.
SAGAL: It also allowed them to be more sensitive to the environment because the hairs exposed to the air.
SAGAL: Bill, how did Christine - how did the Director of the International Monetary Fund...
SAGAL: ...Do on our show?
KURTIS: You know, she did marvelously.
KURTIS: Two out of three - you're a winner, Christine.
SAGAL: Christine Lagarde is the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund. Ms. Lagarde, thank you so much for joining us on WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME.
POUNDSTONE: That was fun. Thank you.
SAGAL: Thank you so much.
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VIDEO - Donald Trump told Theresa May how to do Brexit 'but she wrecked it' '' and says the US trade deal is off
DONALD Trump today accuses the PM of wrecking Brexit '-- and warns she may have killed off any chance of a vital US trade deal.
The US President delivers his incendiary verdict on her negotiating strategy in a world exclusive interview with The Sun.
In a world exclusive interview with The Sun, Donald Trump said Theresa May had ignored his advice by opting for a soft Brexit strategyIn an extraordinary intervention timed to coincide with his UK visit, Mr Trump said Theresa May ignored his advice by opting for a soft Brexit strategy.
And he warned her any attempts to maintain close ties with the EU would make a lucrative US trade deal very unlikely.
Mr Trump said: ''If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the UK, so it will probably kill the deal.''
Donald Trump said Theresa May's new soft Brexit blueprint would 'kill' any future trade deal with the United StatesHis comments, damaging to the Prime Minister, come as he delivers his most brutally honest verdict yet on Britain in which he also:
Accused EU leaders of destroying its culture and identity by allowing in millions of migrantsTore into London Mayor Sadiq Khan for not standing up to terroristsBlamed Khan for spiralling crime in the capitalInsisted former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson would make ''a great Prime Minister''Denied once branding Theresa May a ''bossy schoolteacher''Maintained he would keep ties with Russian tyrant Vladimir Putin despite the Salisbury Novichok poisoningsDemanded Britain and other Nato countries spend more on defenceSpoke of his sadness at feeling unwelcome in the capital by anti-Trump protestersClaimed millions of Brits backed his policiesTold of his pride at taking wife Melania to meet the QueenMr Trump's remarks come as he prepares to meet the PM for a working lunch at Chequers.
He will then board a helicopter for Windsor Castle to meet the Queen before flying up to Scotland for a private two-day visit.
Thousands of people are expected to take part in a series of protests during his stay in the UK.
I told May how to do Brexit but she didn't listen to me Donald Trump with The Sun's Political Editor Tom Newton Dunn. The Sun was the only British media outlet Trump spoke to before his arrival in the UK for his first visit as PresidentTHERESA May's new soft Brexit blueprint would ''kill'' any future trade deal with the United States, Donald Trump warns today.
Mounting an extraordinary attack on the PM's exit negotiation, the President also reveals she has ignored his advice on how to toughen up the troubled talks.
Instead he believes Mrs May has gone ''the opposite way'', and he thinks the results have been ''very unfortunate''.
His fiercest criticism came over the centrepiece of the PM's new Brexit plan '-- which was unveiled in full yesterday.
It would stick to a common rulebook with Brussels on goods and agricultural produce in a bid to keep customs borders open with the EU.
But Mr Trump told The Sun: ''If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the UK, so it will probably kill the deal.
US President Donald Trump talks candidly to The Sun about the British Prime Minister Theresa May and Brexit Theresa May greets President Donald Trump at Blenheim Palace''If they do that, then their trade deal with the US will probably not be made.''
Mr Trump made the bombshell intervention during a world exclusive interview with The Sun '-- the only British media outlet he spoke to before his arrival in the UK for his first visit as President.
US President Donald Trump talks candidly to The Sun about UK / US deals It will pour nitroglycerine on the already raging Tory Brexiteer revolt against the PM.
And in more remarks that will set off alarm bells in No10, Mr Trump also said Mrs May's nemesis Boris Johnson '-- who resigned over the soft Brexit blueprint on Monday '-- would ''make a great Prime Minister''.
Theresa May and Donald Trump walk across the courtyard at Blenheim Palace, where they attended a dinnerA big US-UK trade deal, long promised by Mr Trump, is cherished by Leave campaigners as Brexit's biggest prize.
But the President said Mrs May's plan ''will definitely affect trade with the United States, unfortunately in a negative way''.
He explained: ''We have enough difficulty with the European Union.
''We are cracking down right now on the European Union because they have not treated the United States fairly on trading.
''No, if they do that I would say that that would probably end a major trade relationship with the United States.''
President Donald Trump and Melania Trump depart for dinner with PM Theresa May at Blenheim PalaceQuestioned on Boris's comments at a private dinner two weeks ago that Mr Trump ''would go in bloody hard'' if he was negotiating Brexit, the President swiftly replied: ''He is right.''
He added: ''I would have done it much differently. I actually told Theresa May how to do it but she didn't agree, she didn't listen to me.
''She wanted to go a different route.
''I would actually say that she probably went the opposite way. And that is fine.
''She should negotiate the best way she knows how. But it is too bad what is going on.''
US President Donald Trump talks candidly to The Sun about Trade AFP or licensors
Theresa May rolled out the red carpet for President Trump and wife Melania during their first night in BritainAsked if that meant he would be prepared to walk away from the negotiating table, Trump replied: ''Oh, absolutely. I think what is going on is very unfortunate. Too long.
''You know, deals that take too long are never good ones. When a deal takes so long, they never work out very well.''
Mr Trump also went even further in questioning whether Mrs May's new Brexit plan upholds the referendum result '-- which he claimed he predicted two years ago. He said: ''The deal she is striking is a much different deal than the one the people voted on.
''It was not the deal that was in the referendum. I have just been hearing this over the last three days. I know they have had a lot of resignations. So a lot of people don't like it.''
President Donald Trump and Melania Trump arrive at Blenheim Palace for dinner with Prime Minister Theresa MayDespite the withering criticism of Mrs May's Brexit strategy, Trump insisted he still thinks she is ''a very good person''.
He also denied claims that she bores him.
Asked about a report in The Washington Post that he thinks of Mrs May as ''a bossy schoolteacher'', Mr Trump said: ''No, no, no, no. I never said anything bad about her.
''That is fake news. I think she is a nice person. I get along with her very nicely. The Washington Post is totally fake. They are just a lobbyist for Amazon.''
Recalling a visit to one of his luxury golf resorts in Scotland two years ago, Mr Trump said: ''I predicted Brexit.
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Donald Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump were welcomed by Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip May''I was cutting a ribbon for the opening of Turnberry '-- you know they totally did a whole renovation, it is beautiful '-- the day before the Brexit vote.
''I said, 'Brexit will happen'. The vote is going to go positive, because people don't want to be faced with the horrible immigration problems that they are being faced with in other countries.
''You remember that Barack Obama said that there is no way it is going to happen, and the UK will get to the back of the line if it ever does, right? I said Brexit will happen, and I was right.''
At a press conference in Brussels yesterday at the end of a summit of Nato leaders, Mr Trump again cast doubt on whether the PM's soft Brexit plan was true to the referendum result.
He said: ''I don't know if that's what they voted for.''
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Donald Trump, unlike predecessor Barack Obama, predicted BrexitDowning Street was left shell-shocked by the criticism.
Mrs May rushed out her own statement to hit back at the President's claim.
The PM insisted: ''We have come to an agreement at the proposal we're putting to the European Union which absolutely delivers on the Brexit people voted for.
They voted for us to take back control of our money, our law and our borders and that's exactly what we will do.''
'HER HEART ISN'T IN IT' The PM 'is a Remainer who has remained a Remainer' says Rees-Mogg
See EU in court May reveals the 'brutal' Brexit advice Trump gave her '' to SUE the EU
DON-T YOU WANT ME? Donald Trump's UK visit - when did he arrive and who is he meeting with?
SEX TEXT SHAME Minister quits as texts revealed 'demanding sex & calling himself Daddy'
REMOANER CONSPIRACY Ex-minister accuses May of 'cloak and dagger plot to sabotage Brexit'
GOLF WAR Trump waves at angry protesters before teeing off at golf course in Scotland
Johnson tipped as future PMEPA
Donald Trump tipped former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson as a future Prime Minister US President Donald Trump talks candidly to The Sun about Boris Johnson DONALD Trump praised Boris Johnson as a future Prime Minister.
The US President described the former Foreign Secretary as ''a very talented guy'', adding: ''I like him a lot.''
He said: ''I have a lot of respect for Boris. He obviously likes me, and says very good things about me.
''I was very saddened to see he was leaving government and I hope he goes back in at some point. I think he is a great representative for your country.''
Asked if the ex-minister could be in No 10 one day, he replied: ''Well I am not pitting one against the other. I am just saying I think he would be a great Prime Minister. I think he's got what it takes.''
Novichok attack will not stop Trump meeting Putin
BRITAIN'S fury over the Salisbury nerve agent attack will not stop Donald Trump from bonding with Vladimir Putin next week.
The President flies from the UK to a summit with the Russian leader in Helsinki on Monday.
Quizzed on whether the Novichok attack made him reconsider, he said: ''I think getting along with China, getting along with Russia, is a good thing.''
He suggested Mrs May's plans for a soft Brexit was a hostile move towards the US because ''the European Union is very bad to the United States on trade''.
Theresa May has urged Mr Trump to tackle Mr Putin on Novichok and other international outrages, including cyber attacks.
Mayor Khan doesn't like me but I say to him: You've done terrible job on terrorDONALD Trump today claims Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is responsible for the terror attacks on the British capital.
The Labour heavyweight has ''done a very bad job on terrorism'' by allowing so many migrants to come to the city, the President controversially argues.
US President Donald Trump talks candidly to The Sun 'about London's Mayor Sadiq Khan Dan Charity - The Sun
Donald Trump claimed Sadiq Khan is responsible for the terror attacks on the British capitalThe incendiary remarks are the most vicious in the White House boss's long-running feud with London's first Muslim mayor.
It began more than two years ago during Trump's US presidential election campaign when Mr Khan attacked his vow to temporarily ban all Muslims from entering America.
Deepening the duo's bitter war of words again, Mr Trump told The Sun in an exclusive interview ahead of his arrival in Britain: ''I think allowing millions and millions of people to come into Europe is very, very sad.
''I look at cities in Europe, and I can be specific if you'd like. You have a mayor who has done a terrible job in London. He has done a terrible job.
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has 'done a very bad job on terrorism', says Trump''Take a look at the terrorism that is taking place. Look at what is going on in London. I think he has done a very bad job on terrorism.
''I think he has done a bad job on crime, if you look, all of the horrible things going on there, with all of the crime that is being brought in.''
London was hit by four terror attacks last year '-- including in Westminster, London Bridge, Parsons Green Tube station and Finsbury Park's mosque.
Speaking to The Sun inside the US Embassy in Brussels, the US President also revealed he thinks Mr Khan has shown a lack of respect to America by attacking him personally.
The US President also revealed he thinks Mr Khan has shown a lack of respect to America by attacking him personallyMr Trump added: ''I think he has not been hospitable to a government that is very important. Now he might not like the current President, but I represent the United States.
''I also represent a lot of people in Europe because a lot of people from Europe are in the United States.''
Mr Trump also clashed with Mr Khan after last June's van and knife rampage on London Bridge and Borough Market '-- mocking the mayor for his appeal to Londoners to stay calm.
The President tweeted: ''At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is 'no reason to be alarmed!'''
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Donald Trump clashed with Sadiq Khan after last June's van and knife rampage on London Bridge and Borough MarketMr Khan described the tweet as ''ill-informed''.
A source close to Mr Khan last night pointed out that the Home Office is in charge of immigration policy for London and the whole country and not those in City Hall.
Meanwhile, a Tory MP faced calls to be suspended yesterday after being accused of Islamophobia over a picture he tweeted of Mr Khan.
Michael Fabricant posted an image with the London Mayor's head on an inflatable pig that is being mounted by a second pig along with Mr Trump laughing.
Piers Morgan and Sadiq Khan get into furious row over crime stats in London as GMB host asks 'Is my child going to be stabbed in the street?'The tweet is thought to be in response to Mr Khan's decision to allow a 20ft ''Trump Baby'' blimp to be flown over London during the President's visit.
Mr Fabricant deleted the image and claimed he did not see that it featured Mr Khan's face, saying: ''My fault was not checking it closer on my iPhone first.''
But Labour's Luke Pollard said: ''Tweeting racism is not a good look for a Conservative MP when there is a real problem with Islamophobia in the Tory party.''
Trump on London crimewave
DONALD Trump says London is in the middle of a crimewave '-- and blasted Sadiq Khan for failing to tackle the problem.
He said the mayor has ''done a bad job on crime''.
It follow suggestions by the President earlier this year that gangs in the capital were getting round our strict gun laws by stabbing people instead.
Mr Trump said: ''Yes that's right '-- they don't have guns, they have knives.''
More than 50 Londoners have been killed with knives this year. Nine people have been shot.
In 2017, there were at least 115 murder probes with 80 deaths the result of stabbings.
Blood on the wallsONE British hospital is so bad that it has ''blood all over the walls'', the President has claimed.
Recalling an article he read recently, Mr Trump said: ''They had a story in one of the major New York newspapers recently about your hospital. You know about that story? I'm sure you've seen it.
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Donald Trump claimed that one British hospital is so bad that it has 'blood all over the walls'''What they say is, it is worse than any hospital they have ever seen in a war zone.
''It is right in the middle of London. I guess it used to be the ultimate and now there is, you know, there is blood all over the walls, all over the floors.
''It was a very major story and I have heard it from others, too, so I think it is very sad. Very sad.''
It is the second time the US leader has attacked the hospital, which he has not named.
It is believed to be the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, East London, where a record 702 stabbing victims were treated last year.
Trump dubbed it ''a war zone'' during a speech in May to the National Rifle Association about the spiralling danger posed by knife crime.
Leading Royal London trauma surgeon Dr Martin Griffiths later said he would be ''happy to invite Mr Trump to my prestigious hospital''.
Migrants 'harm UK'BRITAIN and the rest of Europe is ''losing its culture'' because of immigration, Donald Trump says.
The wave of migrants from the Middle East and Africa is permanently changing the continent for the worse, the 72 year-old president argued.
Donald Trump says Britain and the rest of Europe is 'losing its culture' because of immigrationAnd he claimed the situation pains him personally as the son of two EU countries.
Mr Trump told The Sun: ''I have great love for countries in Europe.
''Don't forget, essentially I'm a product of the European Union, between Scotland and Germany.
''Right? My father Germany, my mother Scotland.
Trump says the wave of migrants from the Middle East and Africa is permanently changing the continentBut in a controversial outburst, he added: ''I think what has happened to Europe is a shame.
''Allowing the immigration to take place in Europe is a shame.
''I think it changed the fabric of Europe and, unless you act very quickly, it's never going to be what it was and I don't mean that in a positive way.
''So I think allowing millions and millions of people to come into Europe is very, very sad.
''I think you are losing your culture. Look around. You go through certain areas that didn't exist ten or 15 years ago.''
Mr Trump made tackling illegal US immigration one of the planks of his 2016 election campaign.
No1 fan loves his football shirt giftPaul Edwards The SUN
President Trump with an England shirt presented to him by The Sun''MR President, these gentlemen are from The Sun,'' an aide formally announced as we were ushered into the Trump inner sanctum.
Entering the court of an emperor, it pays to bring a gift.
We presented him with an England shirt when we interviewed him at the US Embassy in Brussels on Wednesday, ahead of the Nato summit.
''Oh wow. I love gifts,'' he said, happily obliging our photographer Paul Edwards by holding the personalised top up with a trademark grin.
''You don't hear the word England as much as you should,'' he continued.
''I think England is a beautiful name.''
Two things about him struck me most.
Paul Edwards The SUN
Donald Trump was all smiles as he posed with his new giftFirst, Trump has total power. Nobody on his White House staff tells him what to say, or questions him when he says it.
When Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced our scheduled ten-minute slot was almost up, the President swiftly interjected: ''No, give them a little bit more.''
We stayed for 28 minutes, with no more prompts to go.
Secondly, he is a very sensitive man, constantly saying how much various people like him. It clearly pains him today that he is not being welcomed to Britain as a hero and our most important ally.
On our way out, we met Trump's Chief of Staff John Kelly. The former US Marine Corps general took me aside and said: ''I read The Sun every day. I love Britain.''
Why would I stay in London when I feel so unwelcome?AP:Associated Press
Donald Trump, pictured arriving in the UK, admitted he 'feels unwelcome' in LondonDONALD Trump has admitted he ''feels unwelcome'' in London as a major security operation was launched for his arrival in the UK yesterday.
But the tycoon insists real British people ''love the President of the United States''.
Mr Trump told The Sun he will be largely staying away from the capital to avoid huge street protests of up to 200,000 today.
But he blamed them on politicians '-- singling out his nemesis, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.
Revealing he has been told of the 20ft ''Trump Baby'' blimp that will be flown above Parliament Square today, he said: ''I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London.
''I used to love London as a city. I haven't been there in a long time. But when they make you feel unwelcome, why would I stay there?
Mr Trump told The Sun he will be largely staying away from the capital to avoid huge street protests of up to 200,000''And when I say that I am talking about government because the people of the UK agree with me.''
Mr Trump let his true feelings slip during an exclusive interview with The Sun hours before Air Force One touched down at Stansted Airport at 2pm yesterday.
Of his four-day visit, he added: ''Many people are delighted. I get thousands of notifications from people in the UK that they love the President of the United States.''
He described a West London pub being renamed The Trump Arms for the duration of the trip as ''wonderful'', adding: ''I love those people. Those are my people.''
Donald Trump insists real British people 'love the President of the United States'Mr Trump added: ''You know, a poll just came out that I am the most popular person in the history of the Republican Party '-- 92 per cent. Beating Lincoln. I beat our Honest Abe.
''But the people of the UK, and I'll bet if you had an honest poll, I'd be very strong. They want the same thing I want. I love the UK.''
His trip is a lower key working visit rather than the full state visit that the Queen invited him on 18 months ago.Asked why he has failed to visit Britain as President until now, Mr Trump said: ''Well, you know the United States has been very busy. We have been doing very well.''
Theresa May hosted a dinner with 150 business bosses at Winston Churchill's birthplace Blenheim Palace for Mr Trump last night.
Donald Trump arrives in UK and boasts that Brits 'like me a lot'The Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards' bands opened the event with a military ceremony in the Great Court.
Mr Trump and wife Melania are travelling everywhere in his Marine One helicopter to avoid demonstrations '-- including in and out of last night's accommodation at the US Ambassador's residence, Winfield House in Regents Park.
Protesters outside mounted a ''Keep Trump Awake'' rally '-- banging pots, pans and drums and blowing vuvuzelas from 8pm.
But when an estimated 200,000 protesters meet for the ''Together Against Trump March'' in central London at 2pm today, he will be at Chequers for talks with Mrs May.
The Trumps then fly to Scotland to spend the weekend at his golf resorts in Turnberry and Aberdeen.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn attacked Mrs May for inviting Mr Trump to Britain while ''his dangerous and inhumane policies are putting the lives and wellbeing of millions of people at risk''.
Trump to meet 'incredible' Queen
DONALD Trump described the Queen as ''a tremendous woman'' ahead of their first meeting today.
The US President and wife Melania were due to have tea with the 92-year-old monarch at Windsor Castle this afternoon.
He told The Sun he was not nervous about it '-- but was in awe of Her Majesty's flawless public service.
Mr Trump said: ''She is a tremendous woman. I really look forward to meeting her. I think she represents her country so well.
''If you think of it, for so many years she has represented her country, she has really never made a mistake. You don't see, like, anything embarrassing. She is just an incredible woman.
''My wife is a tremendous fan of hers. She has got a great and beautiful grace about her.''
Mr Trump's Scottish-born mum Mary was an obsessive fan of the Queen, he said.
He added: ''My mother loved the Queen. Any time the Queen was on television, my mother wanted to watch it.'' Her Majesty will meet Mr Trump and the First Lady at the dais in the Quadrangle of the historic royal residence in Berkshire.
A guard of honour, comprised of the Coldstream Guards, will give a royal salute and US anthem The Star-Spangled Banner will be played.
Mr Trump and the Queen will then inspect the guard of honour and watch the soldiers march past.
Afterwards, The President and First Lady will join the Queen for tea inside the castle.
Her Majesty has met with previous White House couples including Barack and Michelle Obama, George W and Laura Bush, and Ronald and Nancy Reagan.
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Donald Trump told The Sun he agrees with Jim Mattis '100 per cent' on defence spendingTHERESA May must listen to her generals and hike defence spending to keep the Special Relationship intact, said Mr Trump.
His Secretary of Defense asked the UK Government to go significantly above Nato's minimum target of 2 per cent of GDP in funding for its military as the US's major ally.
The President told The Sun he agrees with Jim Mattis ''100 per cent''.
He added: ''Two per cent isn't enough. The US pays 4.2 per cent of a much larger GDP.
''I'm very impressed that Jim sent that letter. I think that is an exact right letter.''
Mr Trump defended himself against allies' charges of blackmail over his demand for rapid rises in all 29 Nato member states' defence budgets.
Asked if he was a bully, he said: ''I'll tell you what, we've had 40 years of presidents saying the same thing in a nicer way and they got nothing, so call it what you want.
US President Donald Trump talks candidly to The Sun about' Defence budgets' ''They're taking advantage of the United States. I'm not going to let it happen.''
Mr Trump caused panic by implying he could pull the US out of Nato if other countries did not hike their contributions.
He was asked at a Brussels press conference if he had threatened to withdraw and replied: ''I told people I'd be very unhappy if they didn't up their commitment. Yesterday I let them know I was extremely unhappy.''
He insisted nations had finally agreed to increase expenditure, adding: ''Everyone in the room thanked me.''
But French President Emmanuel Macron denied Nato allies had agreed a spending rise.
The US wants its Nato allies to share more of the financial burden on defence.
In 2014 Nato nations committed to moves toward reaching the 2 per cent of GDP figure within 10 years.
Nato estimated just 15 members will meet the aim by 2024 based on current trends.
Trump met by protesters
By Nick Pisa and Greg Wilford
THE £30million security operation to support Donald Trump's visit was put to the test soon after he arrived when demonstrators gathered where he was staying.
Mr Trump's plane Air Force One touched down at Stansted Airport in Essex before a helicopter took him and First Lady Melania to the US ambassador's residence, Winfield House, in London's Regent's Park.
Around 400 protesters were gathered there to stage a Wall of Noise demo, banging pots and pans and blowing whistles.
The property had been surrounded by a specially built 9ft-high steel fence with concrete bollards.
Turnstiles and metal detectors were at the building's entrances, guarded by US Secret Service agents all wearing earpieces and shades.
Cops were in the minaret of the nearby Regent's Park mosque overlooking the residence, while armed officers patrolled its perimeter.
And US agents on golf buggies patrolled the park as amazed tourists and office workers looked on.
Last night, Mr Trump and Melania flew in the President's Marine One helicopter for a black tie dinner hosted by PM Theresa May and hubby Philip at Winston Churchill's Oxfordshire birthplace Blenheim Palace.
Meanwhile, as many as 100,000 are expected to gather in central London in a protest today called by organisers Together Against Trump.
But with around 10,000 cops on duty in an operation codenamed Manifold, tight security means he and Melania will be kept well away from any demonstrators.
Mr Trump had said he was ''fine'' with planned protests. He said: ''I think they like me a lot in the UK.''
The Sun Says
THE UK-US trade deal is dead. Nato is a rip-off, the NHS is a shambles and London's Mayor is terrible. Agree with him or not, Donald Trump at least speaks plainly and means it.
We wish we could say the same of our Government.
Theresa May insists her Brexit ''red lines'' will all be fulfilled. That may even be technically true. But she is in danger of blurring each one so much that their true meaning is lost.
Take the proposed new trade deals with giant non-EU economies which she has made pivotal to our future.
Trump tells The Sun that Mrs May has already killed the biggest, with America, by tying us to EU rules on food and farming. Those same restrictions will make it extremely hard to do ANY deals.
That's madness. And it is disingenuous to talk up Britain repeatedly as an independent global trading power while knowingly binding our hands.
No10 claims we are taking back control of our laws too. But the ECJ will still in effect have a final say if we are bound to EU rules.
Mrs May says free movement will end. But her proposed immigration policy still doesn't seem to give us complete control over EU migrants.
How about our payments to Brussels? They will no longer be ''vast'', she says.
OK. But will they still be ''big''?
Even if the EU agrees to all this, Tory backbench Brexiteers say they'll vote it down in the Commons.
We have every sympathy. But where will that leave us? It's the only plan on offer. The PM won't harden it up. And Parliament won't sanction ''no deal''.
Our future is in the balance here. The Cabinet cannot surely now be thinking about taking summer holidays. Time is running out '-- and it's stalemate.
Only one thing is making progress . . . Tory poll numbers, slowly heading south.
VIDEO - If Firefighters Are Concerned About Exposure to Cell Towers and Antennas, Maybe Everybody Should Be. 5G Complaints by San Francisco Firefighters Are Unsettling.
If firefighters are willing to run and leap and climb and jump into burning buildings and forests but aren't willing to be subjected to prolonged periods of radiation exposure from cell towers and antennas, maybe the rest of us shouldn't be willing to be either.
The International Association of Firefighters made its stance known 14 years ago:
The International Association of Fire Fighters' position on locating cell towers commercial wireless infrastructure on fire department facilities, as adopted by its membership in August 2004 (1), is that the IAFF oppose the use of fire stations as base stations for towers and/or antennas for the conduction of cell phone transmissions until a study with the highest scientific merit and integrity on health effects of exposure to low-intensity RF/MW radiation is conducted and it is proven that such sitings are not hazardous to the health of our members.
U.S. firefighter groups have long opposed cell towers and antennas on their stations. In California, they fought to prevent them from being installed due to health concerns.
A May 2018 CBS news story from Sacramento, CA about the installation of 5G small cell towers references complaints reported by San Francisco firefighters:
Firefighters in San Francisco have reported memory problems and confusion after the 5G equipment was installed outside of fire stations. The firefighters claim the symptoms stopped when they relocated to stations without equipment nearby.
All sources of cell phone and wireless WiFi radiation are not magic. They never have been. Decades of research from government, independent, industry, and military scientists have already proven harm.
In 2011, The World Health Organization classified all sources of cell phone and wireless WiFi radiation as a possible carcinogen in the same category as chloroform, engine exhaust, and led. Many experts believe it should be reclassified as a Carcinogen.
This isn't just about cancer. Exposure can lead to symptoms and illnesses referred to as ''Microwave Sickness'' or ''Electrosensitivity.'' This is actually more common than we have been led to believe.
Research has confirmed that exposure can
Worsen pre-existing conditions even when it didn't cause themDisrupt the blood-brain barrier which can cause it to leakCause a cumulative toxic effect when combined with other toxins Harm pets, nature, and wildlifeIt's not just The Telecom Industry aka ''Big Wireless'' that doesn't seem to care about any of this. Many of our elected officials as well as current and former government employees don't seem to care either.
20+ year old legislation as well as outdated safety standards and testing'' not science '' has made it possible to avoid using ''The Precautionary Principle'' in regard to all digital and wireless devices, products, and infrastructure.
Concerns about cell towers '' 5G and otherwise '' and other sources of WiFi radiation has been reported quite a bit already '' especially over the last few months.
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VIDEO - Questions Raised About 5G Risks Before Sacramento Launches Service CBS Sacramento
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) '' Sacramento will be the first city in the country to get 5G cell service later this summer, but health concerns are now being raised about the equipment.
5G uses high frequency waves and is supposed to be 100 times faster than the current cell phone service. However, the 5G waves don't travel as far as current wireless frequencies so instead of large cell phone tower equipment spread far apart, the 5G requires small cell sites closer together.
The FCC does set exposure limits for cell site antennas that transmit signals to phones.
Research has been done on the effects of cell radiation but it has been inconsistent. According to the National Cancer Institute, ''A limited number of studies have shown some evidence of statistical association of cell phone use and brain tumor risks, but most studies have found no association.''
Firefighters in San Francisco have reported memory problems and confusion after the 5G equipment was installed outside of fire stations. The firefighters claim the symptoms stopped when they relocated to stations without equipment nearby.
The wireless industry told CBS13 that decades of research shows no known health risk from this type of energy. In fact, a spokesperson says the occurrence of brain tumors in the United States has actually gone down since cell phones were introduced.
''The safety of cellphone consumers is important to CTIA and the wireless industry. We follow the guidance of the experts when it comes to antennas and health effects. Following numerous scientific studies conducted over several decades, the FCC, the FDA, the World Health Organization, the American Cancer Society and numerous other international and U.S. organizations and health experts continue to say that the scientific evidence shows no known health risk to humans due to the RF energy emitted by antennas and cellphones. The evidence includes analysis of official federal brain tumor statistics showing that since the introduction of cellphones in the mid-1980s, the rate of brain tumors in the United States has decreased.''
The City of Sacramento partnered with Verizon to offer 5G. A spokesperson told CBS13 the City of Sacramento currently has six active 5G sites- all are on SMUD utility poles:
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Well, the whole thing is depressing and I'm sure John C Dvorak keyboard when he gave me this is No, Agenda.
I just read an article today about how California is the great. Hope of recycling the great. Hope I'm sorry. You read the same article. No. Oh, I didn't save it because I'm like, all right, what you didn't say the fix the poop and then I'll believe it excited that they can't we're over recycling.
Huh, the little plastic bags that they've you know banded but they still around and they were back. Yeah, they don't want them wait the recycle bags that the homeless people use to poop in. Yeah. Oh my goodness. It don't want anyone bubble wrap. I don't want that crap that Amazon stuffs in the package that you pop the big giant pillow, huh? I can't find the story. I don't know where it was and they said no no, we can't take it anymore. We don't know what to do with the stuff they did and what what is it amount to?
I don't know. What's the base. What do you think's really behind it, you know all of our crap everywhere. It's shiny shiny. Don't take oh we discuss this. Yeah. They made a big stink about it. Literally. Yeah. No the what I remember is our recycling is so poor that the recycled material is too contaminated. The Chinese don't want to deal with it. That was the article. Yeah, what would you have it in other words? They used to have a broader like, you know, there's a little dirt in a bag or something. They didn't now it has to be something like 99% Not not hot. Not that high like nine right Christine, but we can't seem to deliver that.
Well, I'm sorry I can't warn you enough. But we do need you there on the seeing boots-on-the-ground as the ship sinks.
That is kind of important for you to stay in California. So they're putting all these bags in the dump. Good ol Days.
Well before we get underway here at the D. I think that anyone listening to this program would realize that this would be a very important show important episode in light of the enormous amount of energy spent on going through nine hours of FBI testimony, which anything that involves C-SPAN is always a lot of work and that came in Thursday, you know, a lot of things that we need to look at with the a lot of hate towards the u.s. From the UK just a lot to do. I think it was obvious and important show would you agree?
No, but I only see they just to be a dick ton truck just like a UK usually does photos in the newsletter you can I you're not going to let me finish my statement cuz I'm a little pissed off. Okay, this is Port we got for this show. I have other things to do with my life. Oh, yeah right now I'm serious. Why don't we just take the summer off?
Just take the summer off and just ridiculous off and be not to be a bad idea. Okay, I just need to get it out of my system cuz it's just going to sit there festering cuz I'm pissed about it. Yeah, everybody. Okay, wait for the analysis. It's going to be a great show what like 30 people may be donated total including under 50. Come on. All right, I'm done. Yes. I saw the pictures in the newsletter.
I've got the pictures in the newsletter would get us more donations than yeah, you know that or they pictures maybe the pictures are so depressing that I mean, it's well, they were deterred it possible. We did get a nasty note for some guy. I should read it. Now. Let's just explain what we're talking about here. There were protests in the United Kingdom as the president was there the United States president and the protests were all about how Trump is horrible. He's Hitler was wait on this. This is here's a short Trump rotation.
That's Hilary Hilary Hilary Hilary slowed down and that way I want you to remember what that I mean. When can you play Spit up the regular speed know? I can't well then that's Hillary. But what did Hillary actually say compared to what did she do after the election? I got to clip the Hillary concession are the archive click play. I can relate it done. What does she do instead?
Work together against him. Does she offers fantastic American she is. Yes. Yeah.
And he's before you go there. I just want to make the final comment about those pictures that are in the newsletter. Yes, which is nobody in the mainstream media over here show to any of this they short sheeted the demonstration which was massive. Yeah, they they pretty much only show the the blimp that will blimp is a big word the pathetic balloon balloon and that was pretty funny, but they didn't show any of the demonstrations which was really rude very Unwritten seems to me while I saw signs, you know Americans in the UK, you know, so there's a bunch of expats doing this as well have to endure constant needling while you live there. I know I have I've British friends and when I talk to them is like your guy Trump, there's a lot of that so I'm sure they're sick of it, but you know taking it.
Nice in the world Workers Party made all the signs. Well, a lot of them were made by then, but there was also a liberal party made a lot of signs. There was just a lot of nonsense going on and it was should have been reported on it didn't get reported that one of the reports on the thinking maybe hear one of the question was would just glossed over like oh there was a big protest but it wasn't as big as they'd hoped. That was that was the report what part of the issue although the protests went on long enough for them to cover it. MSNBC Andrea Mitchell had three screens because we had the president with the queen and of course, he looked like a buffoon. He did it all wrong. Didn't you know didn't do protocol turn his butt to the queen. I'm not sure what he did wrong. Then we yes, then we had the protests and then we were all waiting for Rod Rosenstein to come out with these fantastic indictments of more Russians. And here's a clip
Andrea's hate to see the president leaving Windsor Castle. So that was a very abbreviated Royal welcome. This is not at all the state visit the overnight the safe dinner that the Obamas and other presidents Ronald Reagan when I hear this what these people want, they want a fairytale. They want a fairytale about there's the queen and so romantic get so old world. It's a wonderful in your bombers knew how to do it. Right? I have a state visit. They overnight the state dinner at the Obamas and other presidents Ronald Reagan and writers. He was at Windsor the Obamas worth Buckingham Palace. He had tea with the queen so he can say that there was a royal welcome, but this is a direct result of his policies for his pronouncements his violation of intelligence agreements by announcing things about what happened in Manchester other offenses that have been made and now again with this,
Visit again with this interview that he did. I like the use of the word again and Andrea Mitchell does it a lot but you'll hear it more and more in the M5 and lexicon again, which is now we can just cut made everything that has been said about Trump the entire rotation just goes into the word again. Then you see what he's a gangster other offenses that have been made and now against it again interview that he did with the British tabloid which so offended and could have to be undermining the picture Theresa May's Prime ministership. We're going to have to leave it there been a remarkable show three ways. And of course what's happening at Windsor and most importantly in terms of the American election process what?
Here with resistance announcement no-trump did an interview with the Sun that is the British tabloid. She mentioned and the interview was actually recorded on the tape. It wasn't just the printed interview which made it more interesting for our show. Here is the offense that our president made and by the way, she's not my queen. I just wanted people to know that they do and deal like that. He will most likely because we'll be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with you gay. So it will probably kill the deal was if they do that their trade it with you. I will probably not be made.
What did you mean? Because we have enough difficulty with with your opinion. You know, we are.
we're cracking down right now under your opinion because
They have not treated the United States fairly on trading know they do that. I would say that that would probably in a major trade relationship with United States. I actually told the reason they had to do it but she didn't agree with she didn't listen to me what she did was no I told her how to do it. That would be up to her to say but I told her how to do it. She just she wanted to go different routes. And so you would be available to wait if it didn't give you the runs.
So absolutely I think what's going on. It's very unfortunate $2 deal to take too long. I'll never good one. You mean by that you going to be able to instill somehow?
They never work out the way. I did give Teresa who I like. I did give her my views on what she should do and how she should negotiate.
And she didn't follow those I would I would actually say she probably went the opposite way if you really look and she probably went the opposite way. That's fine. You know, she should negotiate the best way she knows him.
Oh so offencive know so expensive to say these things any any gave her here's how I would do it and she went the other way, okay.
Yeah, the sun made him out and out of a molehill and everybody got all bent out of shape. And then again there was all these crazy protesters which were like completely unhinged. Yeah with all kinds of mixed messages, which I thought were fascinating personally, especially the breakfast stuff cuz you can just see this is the everybody that was in the street marching with Trump as a big piece of poop with red hair every one of these people are not they're all remainders. But you know, I've never went to London to do a report that he went to London and they met with the queen but didn't know he met with the queen in Windsor and anyone can blenhiem. The big castle to have is fancy dinner or that was with many others boy. You never went to London, you know, you said in that same interview said I didn't go to London because didn't seem like people wanted to welcome me. It's just by the way, you're not doing this to Donald Trump be doing this to the American people.
Which but again with these Y and I just drive and I mentioned this again in the newsletter, which is why I believe that mainstream media and I assisted not play anything about the demonstration cuz it would if it would have gotten under American skin. I mean, yeah, even the people hate Trump.
What business of yours they hate him like this. I'll just tell your wife because this is the the remainers who hate Trump that says you were call Trump, you know multiple times. I said, well, you know, it wouldn't be a good idea if you guys stay in the EU because it's going to be hard for us to do a deal. We're doing a deal with the big block and then we can't do a deal with you. He's friends with Nigel farage, you know, because like, oh, you can't wait. I hope that the people of England speak their mind and that they they both that was the day before brexit. Of course, he's complicit. He did it. This is the great thing people are blaming brexit on Trump.
Yes, they are and it was very clear in the in the protests. So I understand brexit is going to go down to defeat because took his foot off the pedal by quitting. Yep, and I blimp crash. Yeah.
Well, there was plenty of hate back here. If you want to get into it. I have a multi parter from NPR which was beyond a typical for them.
I guess the silence means you're angry at the mullet. Yeah, you're interested in this is what I are interested in having each. Well NPR has still has credibility certainly with a hundred credibility. They got even though their news director was unceremoniously fired for being a douchebag in the hashtag me to movement their news is still pretty good. But listen, this is on point and Michael's did a bang-up job of helping to go. There was a very long episode we cut it down to just a couple of Clips here, but it's the way they're speaking and there's multiple people in these clubs. I'll try and mention them by name multiple people who are using existing but also knew,
Memeology I would call it and trying to launch new memes, you know, cuz what do we have now did not not necessarily on his personal being but about what he does.
I don't have the rotation in front of me. Oh wait. No you don't pay the webpage somewhere for this. Oh, yeah, it's electric weenie. Yeah. Okay, that's cause me quickly. I'm sorry. I should get these things right well and it doesn't matter here are a couple and thus the topics this is really about Trump and the topics discussed and this were visited UK NATO and of course his upcoming meeting with Putin European leaders are finding that there is no way to really understand this man. He is unpredictable to the point where they have no faith or trust in him and I think it's forcing them to to consider whether there are alternatives to depending on the United States at least for the next two and a half years, whether they have to charge more of an independent course, I don't think any of them really want to contemplate a closer alignment for instance with China.
You know our great power and certainly at this point Russia is out of the question, but they I think feel like they can't depend on America. They don't know what to expect and this is a global political crisis Lisa. Where do you think it's that serious a global political crisis or do you think people are just kind of listening to the president and thinking well, you know, wait 15 minutes and see what he says. Oh no. Oh, no, I think it's a global political crisis. I totally agree with Michael Global political crisis. We are witnessing John. That's somebody told us because we need to know this or the show, by the way, the website is Cosmic. We need.com slash Trump underline flaws.
HTM exactly, I love you, man. Thanks for keeping with our show format in the style guide. That's very important. Here. We go bureaucrats around the world because of this Global political crisis don't know what to do. And it's unclear for those mid-level bureaucrats. They don't European bureaucrats and they don't know if what the US side is telling them is true. If it's agreed to Across the administration if those are promises that those that the US side can keep and that makes getting anything done basically impossible including sharing intelligence is a big point of a lot of these alliances a big piece of it, right? So it's a it's a global disruption tour is a big problem Global. This isn't that good The Glass Russian tour. He's coming your way and I'll not take a lot of nerve.
And now there's no bias there. I was just in the are those guys are on the up-and-up the in this next clip. There's a term that is used a little differently in general but they they are using it here and I want everyone to be on the lookout for this because you know, one of my favorite terms wasn't lookout for someone talking about the New World Order and we have all kinds of variance. But in the past couple of days since Trump went to the UK, I've been hearing the follow that they are you what do you think about this notion that the Trump is compass basically talking to his folks back home and he's and if a few foreign leaders are bruised in the process, so be it.
I think that's partly true. He is talking to them. He's also talking for Vladimir Putin. They just New York Magazine's cited in his Rayleigh report during his really right after Trump's inauguration CIA called in his Rayleigh intelligence operatives and said to them basically Putin has something on the president and we were advised you not to share any secrets with him. Well, then a few months later in the Oval Office. He did share a particular secret about Isis with the Russian Ambassador and foreign minister and you know, if if that's what the CIA was thinking about the president then he has done nothing since to contradict that view that Putin has something on him and what Putin wants above all is what the president has been doing disrupting crashing.
The structure the liberal order and this weekend this week the Cornerstone of American Security. Okay. The term is the liberal World Order. Typically it's now being used everywhere.
And this is new I didn't you caught that. I caught something in this little piece that was interesting a used one of these slippers that the mainstream media does where he makes an assertion and then proves it was something that's got nothing to do with it. The very beginning. He says all the CIA and the what was supposed to do you stop it when you're running can't maybe are you what do you think about this notion that the compass compass basically talking to his folks back home and he's and if a few foreign leaders of bruised in the process, so be it.
I think that's partly true. He is talking to them. He's also talking for flat Amir Putin this week New York Magazine cited in his Rayleigh report during his really right after Trump's inaugural cited patient CIA called in his Rayleigh intelligence operatives and said to them basically Putin has something on the president and we would advise you not to share any secrets with him. Well, then a few months later in the Oval Office. He did share a particular secret about Isis, right? Cuz there's something that no one witnessed. No, it's not. No, it's not it at all.
He says the CIA told the Israelis Israelis don't share anything with Trump because boutin's got something on them, right and then to prove his point he says and then it happened.
Trump told somebody something but wait a minute the Israelis, you're not supposed to talk to Trump and not give Trump info if Trump says something about something whatever it is. What's that got to do with it? It is not a proof.
What kind of convoluted reporting is what somebody who's sitting there? Say, wait a minute. What are you talkin about athletes they wouldn't do that because then they know that we can't clip it. That would be completely wrong. So let's go over this again the CIA told Israeli intelligence not to talk to Trump because Trump's compromised, right?
And then Trump talked about something that Russians did to the public in some clothes this no no no, no. No, he mentioned something about and Israeli initiative, but that's the way I recall the story while he told the Russians that
Trump telling the Russians something about these Raley's in regards to Isis wouldn't play it back and I may have missed that mistake in this.
I think you might have and if I find leaders are bruised in the process, so be it.
I think that's partly true. He was talking to them. He's also talking for Vladimir Putin this week New York Magazine cited in his Rayleigh report during Israeli. Right after Trump's inauguration CIA called in Israeli intelligence operatives and said to them basically Putin has something on the president and we would advise you not to share any secrets with him. Well, then a few months later in the Oval Office. He did share a particular secret about Isis. So what they're talking about is some highly sensitive Israeli intelligence on I jump to conclusions some of it still holds because these Raley's clearly didn't listen to that advice and they told from some Secret
But Isis, yeah, but that could have been planted for a purposes check Trump out.
Whatever the case the way this guy. What is it? Okay, the CIA knows that Russia has something on Trump supposedly which may account for the cia's being so adamant about screwing with the president the United States. Yeah.
I have no idea. It's the PV table if there's something there must be something there must be low.
It's the pee pee tape and what else could it be? That's the one we all want to see nothing. Will my life will not be complete until I've seen the p p tape. The guy does say something very weird at the end here that I would do want to highlight. He structure the liberal order and this weekend this week the Cornerstone of American Security. Oh really is NATO the Cornerstone of our security since when yeah, this is NPR. I just want to point it out. I mean it yeah, maybe know it's the Cornerstone of European suggested protect ourselves. Yes.
Hey, let's take a call colors are listening to NPR unless you what they have to say. Yeah, I wanted to make the point that it's no coincidence that trumps attack on our European allies, you know, his gift to Putin that he chose to do it in such a way where he's attacking the two female European leaders. And if you put that in the context of what he said about Elizabeth Warren this week who you know, I'm no huge fan of hers necessarily but his implications about gently forcing her to take a DNA test. You know, that's a president talking about a senator, you know, making fun of me to movement. I believe implying rape so intimate massage and he's definitely a tool he's been using and I would also like to make a point that he's using this to also appeal to the right in these European countries. So it's
Pancho's in space. He's trying to build a an International Group which I find extremely frightening given the history of last century. The colors point is that he is a trained misogynist uses it everywhere to his political advantage and is attacking female European leaders. I thought it was just a buffoon who didn't know what he was doing now, he's some Grace now, let's go over to things with the guy said he had this thing about Elizabeth Warren. Okay, we're just ignore that. Yeah, and it had nothing to do with rape. They're taking shake a DNA cuz you were raped I guess what he's trying to imply
What's what are they if you take a look at your Bright Now, who is the dominant country Germany? Was that run by a guy?
It's uncertain at this point. I need some proof. Yeah. Well, there's that. It does look a little like reruns. It's okay. And then what was their best ally in the EU? That's really up top of the news. I think it's the United Kingdom. So Trump's attacking two women out of the blue misogynist. I already do leaders of the two most important countries in the EU. It's beautiful, but that's just a call or you can granted he was pretty professional-sounding. Actually. I kind of liked it. I wish my oldest Jill well could be I'm going to throw in just now the gratuitous fantastic Trump rotation mean it's just terrible when the federal government is in charge of large numbers of of lives. It's not efficient. It's not fast moving. It's not built to be compassionate.
And she main so your heart absolutely breaks. You one does wonder why this isn't remaining in the news in a more prominent and visible way I think to some degree. It sounds so horrible to say it. But the reality that it's you know, the story is going to become familiar. We know the Contours. We know how terrible it is people have seen it and related to that is the fact that trumpets non-stop, you know, chaos Scandal outrage machine nonstop chaos Scandal outrage machine that great show tell if it was super long, it's not even a good acronym I no. No, I was just very good woman that you can make it to him that an acronym. I think it would catch on. Yeah, but it's it's m s c c o m
No, it doesn't work. Now. I want to transition with the final clip into the Peter struck testimony, but I want to leave it open cases anything else you wanted to do hear about brexit or NATO or anything of that ilk?
Well, I got too much stuff from the hearings because I guess because a lot of it is hilarious. Yeah. Well, I don't have hilarious stuff all I have and that's why I want to Segway in a transition is I believe my theory is holding true and that the cover up is right before our very eyes and some people know it some people don't but it's very easy to see what's going on. I didn't need why did but didn't need to watch eight hours of testimony. We needed to watch eight hours just to get the funny shit because it was fantastic and I'd probably should play this very short clip beforehand. Well before you leave ideal except just as in regnum. Well, no this is going to help you. This is not go on. This is this is former DHS secretary Michael Brown remember him brownie. Oh, yeah brownie brownie from Audi 8 Katrina. Good job. Brownie. Here's what he has to say about Senate hearings to go back about just a regular hearing.
Yes, an under secretary or any other government official is going to go testify cuz testimony is cleared through the Office of Management and budget that testimony is given to the Senators and congressmen in advance. The questions are given to the witness in advance. If you need to show there's a production. I just wanted to make sure everyone remember that this is a script.
Danny went off script, which is why most people there were pissed. That's why they were yelling and screaming they were going off script. Exactly. Exactly. Let me play this last bit from on point cuz that kind of leads into my into my assertion and and they're one moment. I've Just Seen bits of the hearing but there were moments when struck really struck some some very Noble and I'm a public servant I represent the f I resent this the invitation that I have somehow, you know, just honored my job is on he he he came off pretty well and those moments and but but on the other hand the Republicans, we're certainly right to say they were alarm to hear how you know how how dismissive he was of trump and of and of Trumps followers. However, it cost private that those were private Communications people are allowed to have political opinion.
Yes, he was and they only came to life because they were done on the public email and that was only done apparently to avoid marital complications. Okay. Now I've been saying from day one that these text messages look nothing like two people in relationship. My main thing was I couldn't find the and I did as much work as I could and what we had available with the unit bite you the unified encodings of emojis that were translated into these transcripts of the text messages and I saw no lovey dovey talk at all. It's just none, you know, not a single heart emoji, you know eggplant Emoji no Peach Emoji, no tongue Emoji. Hey, I know my Emojis and there's a reason for this and part of it is this now you and miss Page used personal phones and accounts to communicate. Have you turned over those Communications to the Inspector General?
No, sir. It's not why not sir. They asked and working with my attorney Inspector General and I arranged it in agreement where I would go through my personal accounts and it didn't see any material that was relevant FBI business and turned it over those reviewed there was not in my understanding is the inspector-general was satisfied with that action. Okay. So what happened here is Peter struck was asked very similar similar to the Hillary Clinton, by the way, I guess it's how things work in government. Could you just go through all that stuff and just give us what you find is relevant. Don't give it all to us so we can take a look at it. And he says we have all of this stuff all this personal stuff on iMessage + Gmail + Gchat and that was not relevant at all to the case whatsoever.
So I guess all of the lovey-dovey stuff was there all of it. Somehow all of the official.
had to be taken in context and the context is incredibly important is what I've been trying to explain for a couple of couple of shows now that and and this is Scott Adams actually helped me come to this conclusion because when the first text came out weeks and weeks and weeks and weeks ago Scott Adams in one of his Periscope said, you know, we have to take into context that these people were lovers and they're so Peter struck and say hey baby, don't worry. I'll stop him. I'll Take On The World then you know, you feel a certain way everyone feels that that was positioned from the beginning from the very beginning. It was the lovers no one asked. It just came out immediately that was put out in front which is against FBI policy as well freising and that I believe or just some degree so that the conversations they had on their non private their their conversations that we received the we've seen the ones that we've seen that they would be put into a context.
But if you remove that context and see it as one colleague to another and this is always been my problem with text messages. There's no context within text messages, but we were given the context right from the get-go their lovers. That's how you have to read all this Trey Gowdy. Not only does I think he he knows what's going on. Listen to this exchange here investigating this alleged Russian collusion with the trunk campaign. You're the lead investigator you originated the investigation, you're the point of contact you drafted the document and here you are before you've interviewed a single solitary wouldn't have saying F Trump then that same day your colleague at least a page wrote know just how we use his colleague almost does air quotes to accentuate. That way. He she doesn't to be stops and says your colleagues very very yeah, we'll still do it again.
What's that same day your colleague least a page wrote. Maybe you're meant to protect the country from that minutes. And you responded. I can protect the country at many levels. We're not even a week into an investigation that you originated approved with a contact for you had an interview at a single solitary Soul until August 11th, and you're already promising to protect the country from that Menace Donald Trump. And then on August 8th, you still had interviewed anyone your eight days into your Russian collusion with the Trump campaign investigation and he got another text from your
Colleagues not ever going to become president. Right? Right and you replied no. No, he's not. We'll stop it by the time you promised to stop him for becoming president on August 8th. How many interviews as you conducted biscotti? So to answer to that one with regard to how many interviews had or had not been conducted. I've been directed by counsel for the FBI not to answer that question second, sir. I think it's important to take those texts and the context of how they were written and what they meant and it and someone may ask you that question agents drunk, but I didn't I asked you how many people you interviewed before you wrote If you want to get into context let one of my other colleagues do that with you. Here's what I want to know.
He is in Canada Trump. So when you said no Donald Trump's not and and connection with a question going to become president. What's the it ship it Sherman Gotti that text needs to be taken in. The I'm asking look if you want to have a debate over a two-letter word what I have to do that some all the time. What and who did you mean by it Mr. Rowdy as I stated that text was written late at night in shorthand. I don't hear when it was read about I don't care what their wording longhand cursive. I don't care about any of that. I want to know what it meant agents truck. It would be his candidacy for the president what not. Yeah my sense that the would not vote him into right right. Well, we got to the wheel yet. Well, I'm doing the deck so we'll stop.
You were speaking on behalf of the American people. Is that correct? Mister Gatti what my testimony is and what I said during extensive asking you this question during my prior interview is I don't recall writing that text what I do not going to text what I can tell you is that text in no way suggested that I are the FBI would take any action to influence the candidate agent and it does like a fantastic answer to a question nobody. Mr. You asked him and he is even legally permitted to answer most you can hear the Gowdy knows what's going on or he's just a really good prosecutor and he he I think he knows what's going on. He knows the the context is what's been changed and he's trying to highlight that and I think he's right cuz if you is the public and it's too late it's not going to work everyone already thinks by the way, it's misogynist just to go ahead and believe that right away.
No, it's I'm not buying this. I think that when you remove this is the cover up in front of our very eyes you removed the contacts and you think hey these are too if it were two dudes who are not in a relationship hell would break loose it would be a different conversation.
Okay. Well, I mean what you're saying is that the guy's just a douchebag lover will go Mark goes after and the bed and go Mart has do you have that clip? I have the all of them are good. I was like gohmert is I think by the way completely valid for him to ask this question.
Completely valid. Well, let's let's play the second half of the number cuz it's too long part one Domer goes after the guy for not following up on some early reports about The Clinton server that goes on and on and then starts pretty evasive and Gomer gets hurt by the way. He's not answering anything and he's pretending he doesn't remember anything or saying he doesn't remember anything and then go Mart starts to get hurt and then we go into part two, which is this this clip and you do it with a straight face and I watched in the in the private testimony you gave and I told some of the other guys he is really good. He's lying. He knows we know he's lying and he could probably pass polygraphs amazed at such a man. No, this is my jaw Heron time. I used to be for us to this point of order know the general state is point of order Committee. Just this witness was under
And if I should just say Off Script and set of point of order that that would be fun here Mister jam and off script of script my agent of the F line. There's no way that I asked him to withdraw it. I do not withdraw it. He is not a member of Congress. It's not a violation of the rule and just as you have been expressing bias through your members about what I hear that he was ever tried the woman from Rhode Island. Yes gentleman. That's the only from Rhode Island know the discretion. This man has done a gentleman from his full suspend for a moment is the disgrace and it won't be recaptured anytime soon because of the damage you've done to the justice system and I've talked to MPI just around the country. You've been bearish down you've been embarrassed yourself and I can't help but wonder when I see you looking there with a little smirk. How many times did you look so innocent into your
Wife's eyes and lie to her. Remember what machine are pleased with medication the general. I just need to stop them. That was the line of the century.
You need your medications. Oh, my goodness is good. This is this is this is still why we do it in control the time for me to respond to be formidable. It will be permanently during your investigation besides the one questioning you mentioned before that or after that to this day. We have order Mister chairman.
Point of order Mister chairman. Did you almost a this point of order it is I think against the rules the house remember the committee to be impugning the character of a witness to the ask questions to illicit purposes hearing is solicit information. He should ask questions to listed information should not be Computing the character of the witness for the gentleman is by the rules of house only are directed to members of the house and the president State they were in other words. It is okay to impugn the character Witnesses in in any way whatsoever. But listen, I've heard many members in your side of the impugned the character somebody who is covered by the rules of the house, but the gentleman that the gentleman has twenty seconds left will be turned back on and he can complete his time and then then witness can respond. So if you talked to Hilary other than Hillary Clinton other than the time she was examined in front of the witness.
Throwing away what you have with all the bias. You have never even gotten a thank you. How you back? Did you ever see a reaction shot of struck? When government was doing that cuz I couldn't find one.
I think it was a couple in there. It was during their thing and that where you really chewed him out, but I don't know by the way there was a just as a side there was a clip going around that witters struck making this kind of alien looking face. Yes. Was that a shop job or was that for real? I I found it. Okay was for real. I don't have the note here, but it was at it was in the v. I think it's around 5:35 hours and 31 minutes that. He drops his head and he looks up above and he gives that creepy look at it was only a split second but it was real. Yeah. We'll see if there's can hold it all the time. Did you know if there's going to be all there is to it. So go Mart mentioned something about you could probably pass a polygraph test. And so I was very interested in this and I did some record, you know.
The the the time that is valid that whole sequence.
Yeah, it was very good. It's Raul Labrador who I believe from Idaho and he and drow Labrador funny observations. I'm curious if this is the first time that Russia tried to interfere with an Americano. No, no, no. No, that's not Rod know. It's who was it that did that Labrador did something else Labrador was good though. That's actually a good fun. It's very funny clip what you play that and I'll hear out of scope one. Sorry autoscope. Yes now I remember this was good. What was the last time you were subject to a polygraph approximately?
Two or three years ago two or three years ago to your knowledge. Have you ever failed a polygraph or found to be out of scope? I've never found one. I was out of scope prior to my last polygraph.
When was and that would have been at what time you said two to three years ago? Could you be more specific sir? I think we can cut to the chase. I think there's an email to talk to about people being out of scope for a polygraph which generated my last polygraph. Don't worry. We're going to lie cut to the gang Ray. So you want to go ahead and set a January 2016 when you received a text got an email, correct, sir, if that's the date I'll stipulate to that. I don't have the house will take that. If you license an examiner ever accuse you of attempting to use countermeasures to during a polygraph examination not to my recollection know you received your email and January's you state and you stipulated to your polygraph was out of scope in January 2016 to your knowledge. How long was your polygraph out of scope sir? I don't know. I recall it.
The penultimate the second polygraph I had was when I was the supervisor of Washington field office, which would have occurred somewhere between 2008 and 2011 my understanding what kind of scope means to the FBI's that polygraph stuff kind of five year span of Effectiveness or or or validity. We several people were trying to including me trying to get read into a particular. I'm glad you got this job because I was so busy with the other thing. I heard it and I'm glad that you needed some research on this on the otoscope stuff. Yeah.
Yeah, there's some good stuff online about it. But he kind of tells everything it was your out of scope. You have two parts of your top secret clearance or taking away from you. Especially one aspect special circumstance eses documents or something Cs and it's got a funny name. I mean if you look it up is got to find it means something funny but it has to do with what he was just getting on he was Hillary and with Trump he had to have that clearance but because he was out of scope. Technically. He had to have that clearance tool from him. So he should not have been doing him a zero cash investigation. Right right now now struck tries to say well unless I lied on the polygraph that that's what I understand. It's a clip continues. Did you play all the trip one? Yeah.
Yeah, as it continues this guy makes this is Doug Collins from Georgia. I believe from Georgia when I believe it's the was the ex-basketball player. I could be wrong anyway play part 2 and then I explained what I found out during the time that you were out of scope. Did you have access to SDI? Yes, sir. Are you aware that it is f the opposite each other a failure or out of scope polygraph the term, there's not terminate a top-secret. But however failure of this would require you to be read out of s c i access although you could maintain your top secret. This was a direct answer from a question that I posed and was received within the last week. Were you aware that you should have been read out of n e s c i information sensitive compartmented information. I believe used the word failure which implies in my mind a failed poly. I am not in was not aware of the fact that an out of scope polygraph required to read out of SC. Then the power I accept that
Throughout but I want that bed back to the question. There's answer came back from the from the F Justice itself.
That it was that is the procedure. So the next question I have is after the 26 that you did your polygraph. At. What time you said you were out of scope your brought in by giving a polygraph. When would that have them against through my recollection is the 2016 time frame but after that email, but I don't know when within a month or two. I think are you also aware in the publicly stated version of IG report that there has been some serious questions and issues concerning polygraph information and lack of polygraph procedures the Department of Justice an FBI. That was brought out by the inspector-general. I'm not generally aware that there was a report but I'm not aware of the conclusions one of the general concerns on this is it when you're out of scope and this is the answer counting by from Department Justice. You should have been read out of s the my concern is is it during this time frame you were involved in two very high-profile. What would have been released getting ready for SC information, which you are not read out of
So he shouldn't have been doing either one of those investigations and he pretends to not know what the hell's going on. Right? So if you look a little deeper, apparently the the
the polygraph test that he took the previous time or during sometime before January 2016 or whenever actually that's when he got his family. He did the polygraph test later had to do the semi fail getting out of scope according to the documents means that doesn't mean that you failed the polygraph, but it means it was something fishy about it, right and or is either something fishy about or you have gone too long. Then now there was over five years without taking a polygraph test the dogs too long ago, but that's not what the situation was, but I think it's some point he mentioned. I don't know how to interpret polygraph lines. I think it was on its full of it. They was out of scope during the polygraph.
That's the way what are you there? Yeah, it's it's from the affair. Okay. So if someone asked about that and he lied about the affair, well, you said it earlier you said you didn't know but it's there's Asian you cannot you cannot have a you cannot be a superior or or working with somebody in certain kinds of situations and most going to go see he he was fishy about the affair and hope right man. He shouldn't have been doing any of this stuff if you haven't been up there talking today because he wouldn't have gotten himself in this point. Of course, of course didn't even didn't think of that one.
By the way, can we just stop and say at least a page looks hell of a lot better than her High School yearbook photo. We've been seeing she looked pretty good. I saw that you got all dolled up you got there. She got the pumps on for the park block the pump keeper Park.
All right, so I do I want to get two things. I want to play the the the chairman of the committee had.
Strikes read from his document. Yeah read and I thought that was funny. I thought that's worth playing and then I also want to place a couple of things the Democrats did that cracked me up. So I haven't I have an ISO here for consideration. Okay. I'll give it a listen here. It's all right. How Will trump I was playing it already. Here we go. Hi, how is Trump? Other than a douche? How is Trump other than do I'll take it. It's a good recommendation end of show. Hi. How is Trump other than to do that is my ringtone. Hi, how is Trump other than a douche? It's a great ringtone. Hi. I was in other than to do. Hello have that coming out of my flip phone. People will totally go nuts.
Where is this where you struck reading texts? Are you go or as one congressperson as one Senator said strazak, I forgot. I forgot who that was in front of you have a one sheet of paper that was presented to your a few minutes ago. And I'm going to just go to go to a date and then ask you to read your own worst in March to hold on is not the German. This is Aisa.
Oh, is that Daryl? Yeah, it's been it just narrowly a date and then ask you to read your own words, March 4th 2016.
You want me to read this? Yes, please. Yes, sir. Oh, oh em. Gee, he's an idiot May 4th 2016. I think that was a poor very poor reading of the for this audition. That's a lot better than put some soul into it man. Cuz oh em gee he's an idiot want me to read this? Yes, please. Oh, oh em. Gee. He's an idiot.
May 4th 2016 now the pressure really starts to finish Mi July 19th, 2016. Hi, how is Trump other than a douche Melania July 21st. 2016 Trump is a disaster. I have no idea how destabilizing his presidency would be August 6th 2016. I don't believe I wrote this text sir. Okay, it's been attributed to you. So we'll go on to the in krog estate 2016 and I'll preface it by saying this for context miss Page said not ever going to become president. Right? Right. No. No, he's not. We'll stop it. Repeat that again. No, no, he's not. We'll stop at August 15th 2016.
I want to believe the path you were throughout for consideration and Andy's office that there's no way he gets elected but I'm afraid we can't take that risk. It's like an insurance policy and the unlikely event you died before you're forty on October 20th 2016. I can't pull away what and I defer to the chairman but like one letter if you don't mind why the F what the f happened to our country lease? Okay, read it again that way did you not not until he or do you just want me to repeat it, please? Okay, sir. Sure, happy to indulge you I can't pull away what happened to our country lease. I want to go back to the Gowdy bit because now we're we're talking again about the who is the Wii and in the first case cuz God he did a pretty good job on this with him in the first place. It's well, we you know, that would mean the American people and here's how guy I know is you're going to pull as a good clip your testimony a couple of weeks ago was the we met the American people which I found
Choosing because on November the 7th which is the day before the election. You said this he's you were concerned that those same American people that you were speaking on behalf of might actually elect Donald Trump president. So you said OMG this is effing terrify. I think we know what effing mean I'm pretty sure we have OMG down to what was terrifying about those same American people you trusted to stop him in August not stopping him and November. What was so terrifying about that agent Mister Gatti. I had do not have a copy of the transcript. We have not been provided that transcript is your tax Mister Gatti. What I would say in that is one. I was not referring to the American electorate at all the American and I respect and their decisions in their right to vote is absolutely a Cornerstone of our democracy. So it no time did I insult or calling the question the the the Judgment or the
The power of the American electorate what I was expressing in that tax is my personal belief and my personal sense of how I saw and what I believed in the potential upcoming and then that's what I find. So confounding because in August you blamed the way on the American people that the American people would stop it cuz you don't want it to be you at least you don't want it to be given five minutes to answer. That's when you got to jump in. Oh shit their own choices. We have been we have been don't this a rassman 9 minutes. What I find confounding agents truck is you were counting on the American people. That was the way you referenced in August when you said we'll stop it, but the American people didn't stop.
He actually won so then we go to March of 2017 and you're already talking to longingly about him resigning we will stop him and I agree if it was two FBI dudes and there was no relationship would have been a very different freak out in America right now.
Well, the whole thing is depressing now. I do have a couple of counter Clips just so we can balance this a little bit on some notes from people thinking that we're just bashing or boost and Trump. I don't know what we're bashing. But let's say we could some of the damage to stop stop. Yeah you and I could make more money if we decided to just go all Nutjob right-wing Republican. All right a-holes, we could make a lot more money. Yeah, we could we could do very well for ourselves as the duration. It's a consideration of this point. No, it's not and I'm doing a pitch. It'll be this.
Frogs are growing balls. We never went to the moon. Oh, wait a minute. I say that already that's so they here. Let me there's a bunch of dirt cuz this is a typical of the Democrats when they get the floor every other guys a Democrat and they get the floor besides taking the floor by screaming and yelling all the time that do Republicans.
This is never under interrupted the Democrats when they said something like this. This is hearings Democrats from TB.
You can't handle the truth. And the truth is this is the most corrupt Administration ever and it's going to be exposed by Robert Miller. Thank God you'll back and I thank you. Yeah, it was nothing to do with the hearings, but they got to get your two cents worth in May hearings Democrats from GWT. Recognize. Thank you mister chair. I don't know where to start if I could give you a purple heart I would but this is the same reaction. I had the first time I heard it purple heart is when you're wounded may have both my grandfathers have purple hearts. It's just a tad insulting. Yes, just a little bit on the insult and it also shows I don't know ignorant start.
If I didn't ever did everyone who rubber give you a purple heart, I would where's the eruptions you deserve one? This has been an attack on this is by the way if it's in the social justice mean he has literally been injured according to today's politically correct standards because words do actual harm. They really hurt you bullet. Yes. It is equal just like, you know, it's terrorism really?
She start if I could give you a purple heart, I would know you just you actually answered. Are you guys just give I'm going to go to number three, this is Natalie. Who is the reigning Democrat? Does that next to the German? He's the he would be the chairman if the if the Republicans take over I must say before I begin my formal statement that
this country has a number of emergencies right now under the jurisdiction of this committee, which we not spending any time or any attention to the leading one obviously being the fact that three thousand children were
improperly taken away from their families and the administration seems either unwilling or out of a total incompetence on able to return the kiss their families even under court order. We ought to be holding hearings about the intentions or the confidence the department Department in service of the Department of Homeland Security on this question.
And then and then we have the great. This is the last of these little Clips earrings Democrat Sheila Jackson. What we have not done is investigated the children being stolen away from their families nor have we looked at our president meeting with mister Putin getting his annual performance review on defending our NATO allies performance. I thought that was a great line now. She went she went on and on and I do have one. I saw of her. She's condemning everybody that had anything to do with Hillary losing and then she has interesting mispronunciation of Julian Assange.
Wait a minute. Now you're competing with your own eyes. Oh, man. I mean as a good one, let's just see we have we have where is she had like that one a lot. Here we go. Here is Julian is any leaks? Julian Assange? Hi. How is Trump other than to do with leeks? Julian Assad? I don't know. It's a toss-up to toss up. I'd like to come back to the to my final clip in this series. Okay. I have one more series and I'm done. Okay, then. Yeah, I'll I'll just wrap this up because you know, we've had the the we now we understand the way in this casement between two FBI agents and now we go back to the reason that struck was kicked off the and not as the official term used is kicked off the Mueller team and it's obvious that Mueller saw this guy and this relationship exactly for what it was two FBI agents.
Firing the weather real stuff to back it up or not. We don't know but he didn't see it as two lovebirds, but we're going to go into one other time. May 17th. 2017. Bob Muller's appointed your friend Jim, He's been fired. He's already leaked the memos to his wall Professor friend and mother a special counsel. Do you remember how long it took for you to start talking about impeachment after Bob Mueller was appointed. I don't surf one day one day and you are talking about impeachment and for anyone who may have missed it the day after his appointment agents truck you did it again five days later. Now how many interviews have you done as part of the special counsel team within the first five days of his appointment.
Sir, again same answers before I can't get into details right in the answer is also the same as zero. No interviews have been done. I don't know if that's true or not. No interviews had been done by August the 8th when you're talking about stopping him and how terrifying it would be for him to win and how you can protect the country and no interviews have been done before you're talking about impeachment of the president.
What are my motor kicks you off of the investigation Asian strut? My question is if you were kicked off when you read the text shouldn't you have been kicked off when you wrote them? Not at all.
Well, it wasn't the discovery of your text. Mr. Struck. It was the existence of your bias that got you kicked off nervous to God. He wasn't I do not have bias my personal opinion in no way to get on. How did you get kicked off Mister Gatti my understanding why I was kicked off was it based on understanding of those texts? And the perception that they might create will hang on. Hang on. Hang on a second opportunity you're saying it was the perception the 13 Democrats on the special counsel Problem. Clean one who went to what he hoped was a victory party. That's a perception problem too. They weren't kicked off you were what were you kicked on Mister Gatti? I cannot speak to special counsel. Mona reasons. Why he did? How long did you talk to him? When he let you go. My recollection is a short meeting somewhere between 15 to 30 minutes. Probably around 15 minute. And your testimony is Bob Mulder did not kick you off because of the content of your text.
He kicked you off because it's on the parents that he was worried about her my testimony what you asked and what I responded to was that he kicked me off because of my bias. I'm stating to you. It is not my understanding that he kicked me off because of Any bias that it was done based on the appearance. If you want to represent what she said accurately. I'm happy to answer that question, but I don't appreciate what was originally said being changed. I don't give a damn what you appreciate agents truck. I don't appreciate having an FBI agent with an unprecedented level of animals working on two major investigations. You're in 2016 Bingo boom shakalaka.
Can I take your position and try to explain what you're doing? Yeah.
And tell me you can tell me if I'm wrong. Okay, what this amounts to is that this was actually a conspiracy between struck and Lisa Page weren't lovers. Maybe not we have no actual. Well, let me start I'm sorry lovers but they were conspirators. Hence. The reason for not giving up any of the texts that were personal if you noticed that from his personal phone because if you looked at those text, you would see no lovey-dovey stuff because there was no lovey-dovey stuff. They weren't lovers they were conspirators. And that's the reason he failed the lie detector test. He may not even been grilled about having an affair. But but just this scheming and plotting against the current regime may have come out in some funny way and there was a lot of hints in the people asking questions including gohmert.
Who said specifically you could probably pass a lie detector test.
What we but we have it here is the elimination of a conspiracy by molar. Yep. More more saw it. He got rid of it, but we have to protect the agency at cetera et cetera. And so from the get-go this lovers thing was dreamed up and it was it was a yeah, and it was question is will she have we seen an interview or even a Paparazzi shop of either of the other spouses know do we know if it has anyone filed for divorces their separation? There's no reporting. I really don't know but you'd think that in today's shipment Place Papa, right? Right. Yeah, we're tracking people on airplanes making up stories about them. So why wouldn't someone do that? Why isn't it out there? I don't know but I agree with you. I think that that's the polygraph ahead and put that together. You nailed it on that.
But the rest is just two people conspiring ends and they had Andrew McCabe and all kinds of other people involved in that insurance policies. It just becomes a little more real when you remove the lovey-dovey thing which was given to us as fact from the get-go.
That's the cover up and that's how they can soften all this. Can you hear everything from the NPR interview? I go that's ridiculous. That's private life. I would have to cuz of course everybody feels that way because people are sick, you know, people have affairs people probably people who are presenting these programs. Do you know what that's like
So they o'shit it that'd be horrible or something. That's just my opinion. So it's a it's a war of your mind is what this is good one fantastic. It is the one of the best openly covered up things I've ever seen.
Well, I like this angle I'll subscribe to it because it makes it does make more things fall into place. Your emoji thing is what triggered the whole thought on your part obviously and then and you were skeptical about the affair for the beginning. I was I just took it for granted. I was mistaken. I think now that I look at cuz it's the only thing that actually makes sense and these two guys are this was a this guy's a bad actor and he looks like one maybe is a lizard. I have a I have a real No Agenda out there alternative Theory.
This is Peter structs. Wikipedia page is incomplete at best and probably some of its fabricated Peter struck his son. He's actually Peter struck Junior and his father Peter struck senior worked initially as a lieutenant. I think Lieutenant Colonel. I'm looking from old newspaper clippings actually, so it's not just some web page but it's a newspaper clippings and later for Bill text Ron, but first it was Army engineers and then later. Yeah, here we go, Lieutenant Colonel US Army Corps of engineer later in in
Intelligence that would be defense intelligence and then after retiring he worked for Bell text Ron and he this. Happened for six years with his son there with him and his family. Do you know where he was where Peter and rock Junior grew up in Iran?
Oh Peter struck Junior grew up in Iran. And this is not reflected on his Wikipedia page. What is Dad? He you know, there's a pretty good interview about him that I have here. Now. What was the years do we know? Yeah, I think it was shy years. Oh, yeah. No it was oh yeah. Oh, yeah for sure. He actually liked Khomeini. His dad was a fan of Khomeini see emptiness. There's a dating here error anyways instruct whose job with bell text. Ron was terminated when he left her on he's already making plans to fly to Saudi Arabia early next week to check on a new job with a Construction Enterprise there. Let me see where it talks about his kid.
Similar says your son left when he was when his son was six years old now take into account now and this is just a really out there. Yeah, I'm enjoying it is fine or listeners a few of them that get that to help sponsor this show are enjoying it to continue. I I would assert that Peter struck Junior and of course, he was a part of the you know, the whole FBI team and Department of Justice when Obama was doing this off book deal with Iran. Remember this wasn't something that went through the center. There was an agreement that he wrote billions of dollars went over there Valerie Jarrett definitely pushing for neuron deal. There's a lot in this truck text and a lot that he says in his testimony. He I think that there's a distinct possibility and I have to go much deeper on this. I'm going to need help from our producers.
I think there is a distinct possibility that struck Junior was actually a spy for Iran.
And that who knows what what this what this hearing is about. Who knows? What who who is maybe for all I know Mueller is trying to out this guy. I don't know but there's none like this. Let's take it a step further if you're going to go in this crazy Direction, which is nuts. Yes. I do business with Saudi Arabia. A lot of people realize John Brennan the CIA director Muslim the Muslim
I would assume it's possible that struck senior Turner and Muslim and struck jr. Is a Muslim. Does she could work with a bomb quite easily who I still believe is a Muslim. I know it's nuts to think that but if you read the documents, right Daniel pipes, very renowned researchers at the Hoover Institute. And he's got essays on this CD says there's no doubt that that Obama is a Muslim and I don't understand why nobody even wants to discuss it and open-ended open for him or ask him. I mean, he said a number of times that he's a Muslim but then people doing it on in or you're not so there's a narrative going on that may or may not be
You know based on the on Muslims doing some doing some business and then trump. It looks like he hates Muslims so you'd go after him.
You may or may not hate Muslims. You don't know I mean
He's just skeptical of Muslims. That's say so there's a lot to be said for that Theses. I like the conspiracy thing. I think is a little more solid obviously than this but the fact that this is all expunged. So there were his wiki page is pretty telling the in 2011. There was an Iranian plot to kill the Saudi ambassador.
the FBI special agent who signed the complaint regarding the Iranian code forces and this assassination attempt strike. Yes, sir.
It's a d e n that's a DEA case. I don't know why FBI is in it all of a sudden but I would thought it would be what would it be DEA? Oh if you read the it's a very lengthy document.
Enforcement agency. Yeah this it wasn't it was DS case and it got taken over by the FBI.
And I'm not I'm a little incomplete on this but I'm just seeing all these different things instructs background related to around not not reflected in his in His official or semi-official biography. We all know Wikipedia is
this was months or are a bus ER sentence in New York federal court to 25 years in prison for conspiring with Iranian military officials to assassinate the Saudi Arabian bastard United States. Who hates the rain Ian's is the Saudis who also move to Saudi Arabia struck family after they were done wrong.
Yeah, it's very spooky. Now. It's just an out-there Theory it really is and then that far out and the only reason I say that is because this this information is not in the Wiki page, but it would give struck much more incentive to go. So idiotic about Trump because you knew one thing for sure Trump was going to blow up the Arundel and this guy if you truly was an agent or not per table, maybe just in the wrong lover, you know, that would be that would make a lot of sense that he would be so adamant about stopping the guy.
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updates France the globalist have won the globalist world order for two two against Croatia. Yeah, of course. Yeah. Yeah. We have some people writing in I sent you the note. You saw that note. Yeah. Yes. I saw the nose, but I don't think it really makes any sense now to deconstruct it's over. Well, I know but I thought that note he had kind of predicted this. Yes that that the globalist will include went because they they have more immigrants. They have more immigrants on their team and they're more and more in Croatia's notorious for you know probation. And so it's because friends said all these immigrants on their team as if yeah.
They would win because I only said it was a message that look we need and that was shown in the pictures of the Guardian had this crazy signage on there that they put up all over town during their. Oh, yeah. It was a pro-immigrant thing. We need more immigrants in this I'm telling you this brexit thing is dead. Yeah. I think I have to agree with you it is way over.
So nice. Try Britta. You just going to be a cog in them in the German to New German Empire. Let's call it what it is, right?
Which is probably safer for the world except just probably going to be Germans. They can I do have let me get that in my last couple Clips out of the way cuz there's a couple of other little items. So there was side lies to this investigation church. And this is Jordan. Who's that guy from Ohio has it was under attack, right? He's under attack for hashtag. He's a spirit a cashmere attack Yes means smeared this play Jordan and PQ. This is a little sided. I wanted to play it because I heard this I lit up like you would and you probably heard this too and thought the same thing. I haven't done any research, but I think it was just that we should keep keep in tuned for Jordan and pqg but we'd sure like to know I want to refer you to I don't know that you have this in front of you but this is the house intelligence committees report.
Chapter 6 there's a footnote on page 113 and it says this in late March 2017. Daniel Jones met with the FBI regarding pqg the pin quarter Group, which he described as exposing foreign intelligence foreign influence in Western election. He told the FBI the pqg was being funded by 7 to 10 wealthy donors located primarily in New York and California Who provided approximately fifty million dollars.
He further stated that pqg had secured the services of Steel his associate and Fusion GPS to continue exposing potential Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential elections. Are you familiar with this meeting Mister Jones had with the FBI. I'm not I don't know if that's accurate or not, but I'm not aware. I'm going from the intelligence report that the majority issued from the house intelligence committee. I'm not aware of that meeting or who that is. Have you ever spoke with Daniel Jones know do you know Mister Jones at all? I do not. All right. Yeah, I did catch this and you know, it appears that our internal federal law enforcement known as the FBI has outsourced it just ignore Mass amounts of work to former colleagues who go off and start these little independent groups with just phenomenal contracts the same goes for crowdstrike, which we'll talk about in a moment, but this is the same.
This is a group led by Daniel Jones and he has, you know been involved with government specifically even though it's on their on their own website with the FBI for years.
And this is what has happened is we did you know just like DHS we Outsource it 2x DHS a whole so they can build all the naked body scanners the FBI outsources their intelligence to their ex-colleagues and pays them good money because you know that when they get out they'll be doing the same thing.
Yeah, it's a real it's it's a disgusting is that actual corruption? It is corruption. Yes just told corruption. Now. The other thing Jordan brought up was the Simpson and corn connection including the connection with David Corn. The guy who used to be the commentator. There was out of the misogynist The Nut Job ad Mother Jones and he had something to do with this dossier in the beginning. Apparently. I just want to play this little cuz there was a there's confusion over the possibility that there's two days. I'm sorry accidentally injected my direction from the FI. I may not have that guy got let's go back to the email that you sent that you won't talk about. Are there three copies of the dossiers as evidenced by what you said this email. So to be clear I want to talk about this email. I want nothing more that all
The three copies of what the McCain copy the BuzzFeed copy and the one that you got from corn and Simpsons. They're the most I can say is we received a variety of copies of and different types. We ask you one other question. Let me ask you one other question.
Lynn Simpson testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on August 22nd 2017. He was asked did anyone from Fusion ever communicate with the FBI?
His response. No, no one from Fusion ever spoke with the FBI. So here's what I'm having trouble understanding Glenn Simpson says no one ever spoke with the FBI.
How is it that you got a copy of the dossier from Simpson someone candy corn today?
So that came up and didn't I would say without any collusion.
This is the only clip that overlap that we had today. Oh that you had that clip. That was the only one everything else. We had different things we brought to the so that's where the part was good. I think we have some second since about this inexplicable last clip. This is the this is just a local analysis done by just a rack clipped as is only 12, was it 12 seconds or so, it's a wrap clip after they go through all their discussion of this event. And I want you to listen carefully to this and tell me what you think is wrong with the logic of attention for the appearance of bias.
Huh? This is let me just understand what's being said here because he did not leak that proves that he had. No bias. That's what they said. Hey makes nothing but sense to me everybody and in weather today and people wonder people want to what's going on with your news, you know, you know, I mean one of the one of the adult under forties whose, you know, doing AP exams and stuff and she got her final year of school and state communications class and Elise. She's do you want to see his daughters Elise Elise? Yeah or a leash Elise Elise e l i n e l g an adult under 40, of course, she's twenty-one.
Just to give you an understanding of why people are misunderstanding things or take things for granted and things to take care of communications class and she had to get an extremely expensive book, which is just another Ripple another scam these children go this angers me a hundred dollars for a textbook. Okay, scam and you all you could rent it from Amazon for $60 rent a book from Amazon travel scam scam scam and and I'm in some of those text books and she goes to the index and shooting their I am, you know about podcast of what you do in there. Yeah. I was just hanging out and you know, there's about what was your name in there? Yeah. I know the whole he'll yell. Okay the history of podcasting.
Which by which was pretty good it's better than most of the counts but it also wasn't completely right and so you always have to think well if that's not right what else is not right in the book and so then there's a question on a test.
I think it was a practice test and she says, okay what?
What caused the decline of news of the news business then it was in the context of newspapers. Yeah, and I said well, that's usually what you have the question. I can give you the right answer. What was he go be the answer you guys television that would be one but it was more modern.
So it all depends on how you daddy is in element. The thing is okay. Here's the history goes like this. He was actually television that really brought the newspapers to their knees required all the stuff that took place in the newspaper business from joint operating agreement, which were the thing that saved the newspapers, even though it was sketchy to the decline of the evening paper all came about because of Television television sent the newspapers into their death spiral.
Yes, the classified things was propping up a lot of papers and when Craigslist came along although it was offered to the newspapers directly, even though they I'm sure they don't discuss that in there has the kind of a joint venture whatever the newspapers did their basic we know how to do what we're doing get out of here. And that was the end of that that really hurt the papers in my bed. So very badly cuz that wasn't it was as you say it was propping up the revenue so I picked up the store and I said, well I was there when this happened what happened was they lost their classified business which was propping up the news and then they couldn't make money anymore.
But the correct answer according to the test is the move to digital. That's the answer.
If that's the type of thinking critical thinking and historical relevance, people are being taught. You got a question University.
Move to digital was was it hail Mary to try and it was because of loss of the revenue of the classifieds. They had to go digital because everyone's well that and the fact the news. One producing is
You know, it's arguable position. That would be it's debatable right? I thought it was highly debatable too. And I think the move to digital is just too short of an answer.
It's not that important too complicated. It's a complicated answer is this series of problems that took place in the move to digital is just the last of would might be another event after the move to do oil right that further erodes this they're they're going to be the answer. I don't know Facebook shallow. This is yes, you know requires a little more thought than this. So that's why you can get news reports like the ones we just played and since it's only 11 seconds. I'll play it again Drew attention for the appearance of bias against the President yesterday the fact that he didn't leak any information and it makes no sense.
I can't help that he's taking what does she do? What did she expect to do with this certificate? What is she getting out of this regular graduate graduate from she's in junior college? No, no. No, she she's going to be a scene. She senior senior in a regular old. Yes.
And they're teaching this sounds like a to be honest about it sounded that that was like a high school text.
What did you what did they say about podcasting that was inaccurate? I'd have to get it again, but you never mind. It's not that important. It's not that important and it's also my version of History who knows everyone can have a different version. It's fine. I really don't care.
So now we have the oh well before so the presidents on his way to meet with Putin and and and then the the New Meme is launched. He should not meet with Pocono because Putin or election.
I like the fact that the Democrats varies Democrats are coming out and telling the president what he should or should not do very and they're just standing. There's no way he's going to pay attention to any of the more but this is the worst kind of grandstanding and head in front of the 2018 elections. Yeah, I think they're they're starting to blow it to be honest about it. But the timing the timing of course is fantastic. I think in in the president's favor to have a new 12 12 new Russians indicted on you know, the very last minute of your business week there on a Friday, you know, I have a clip. I have a clip I would love to hear it. But first I want to play the pre clip which is 12 indicted stunning detail. I think it's funny how long they're in the indictment against twelve Russian intelligence operatives stunning in this detail. Like know just how aggressively rush it was in stealing a huge amounts of data from Democrats.
Interfere with the 2016 election starting amount of detail live renting Iran. I read the stunning amount of detail which interesting enough at times to the letter is identical to a lawsuit filed in California in 2017 by George Webb, if you remember that name George Webb's some ex-intelligence guy who was doing video after video after video. Remember this we played a couple of his Clips. He's still got just like a daily videos that could be five could be 15 minutes and he he was mainly talking about podesta and in 2017, he stood podesta and other elected and public officials including some in the justice department and his allegation was that it was the swon brothers.
Who hacked into the DNC podesta system DNC the d c c c c c c and there was those guys that did the hack grew obviously, you know working for Debbie Wasserman Schultz probably had access to a lot of things and we know that these guys were just let off the hook very easily with some slap on the wrist for I think a rather outrageous banking fraud. I think I would get in more trouble. Yeah, you would and I that's why I think the whole thing was so sort of a CIA scam well,
Who knows exactly but the fact that some pieces of the indictment where I have the both of them in the show notes identical to the Mueller indictment of the spear fishing setup where they use Blues instead of actblue. People click on that. I mean all of this seems you could say it was plagiarized. I don't know if it was but to say, oh such incredible detail. Yeah. It was a lot of detail for a justice department who never saw the server.
They never saw it. This is like the WTC 7 will go away. Well here we need a jingle the server got well server won't go away. Which let me let me add something to this and just goes back to the PQ be that we were talking about.
Crowdstrike, which has Ukrainian backing Ukrainian co-founder.
Who hate Russians? I might want to point out at least a lot of them do a lot of them do that's what crowdstrike is about and the CEO is Shawn Henry good friends with Robert Mueller lunch is within goes to symposia with him together.
And these are the guys that got the server and made all these allegations now cited as a top US security firm.
So the FBI's indictment, not only is it based upon third-party and not any investigating? They did There's also no way to go back and check it because the servers have been wiped clean. So this whole indictment can never hold any water. There's no proof to show.
And unless you know somehow you're going to say well these guys seem okay. Yeah, we'll just take their word for it.
Yeah seems unlikely. So that's the way how do you say play the second half Russian command unit 26165 in charge of stealing information headquartered in this building in Moscow and 18 Mi away here where unit 74455 allegedly weaponize the information posting online including through Wikileaks damaging information on Hillary Clinton and Democrats. Just three days before the Democratic National Convention was afraid the Russians as number one example, and I've been suggesting they appear to step up their attacks on Clinton on the same day as nice cyber effect. By the way this appeal from candidates Trump Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing that very day according to the document the Russian conspirators for the first time to hack email account. Anna domain used my cousins.
Personal office for also claims a hacker entitled listen for 2.0 reached out to someone close to the Trump campaign believe to be his longtime strategist Rodger Stone writing. Do you find anyting interested in the docs I posted and then please tell me if I could help you any house soon himself was not indicted. He told ABC news that he gives the person mentioned in the indictment. He instead he's done. Nothing wrong to any objective person who will read that exchange will see that it's benign. It's an Oculus morning special colors indictment list is growing 32 people indicted so far with five felony conviction in more than one hundred criminal charges.
Yeah, great horse that that's brought up on the earrings constantly always 100 people but in charge and then custom a dying dinosaur for like these are offer like, you know, littering producer Chris K attended a private or semi-private demo from the crowdstrike folks the people who brought you the pew pew map and they sent us a little reporter, which I'd like to share.
Good day to the OG pot father sent you a tweet about this week ago. I attended a crowdstrike demo here and you sent me a ton of screenshots, which I will share with you John and maybe put them in the
I don't know. I don't know if it's useful for anything but it's just interesting to see how appointment the newsletter. It was an eye-opening experience. I did get a few jokes in on the pew pew map and them doing the DNC server hack job and not the FBI. There's a producer ladies and gentlemen, when I did that they seem quite proud that they did the DNC breaking investigation and exposed. Oh those Russians part of the hack.
They are thoroughly convinced. It was the Russians and not an inside job, which is the theory I agree with that was way too much data moved for it not to be done inside the network. I can't even transferring that much info that quickly over an internet connection throughout the demo. They threw out a lot of Buzz terms. They said their staff are all all all former CIA and NSA the Outsourcing of your intelligence. The guy who did the devil for me was a seven-year veteran or the NSA. I have no doubt. The crowdstrike is a project of the Intel community and now check this cuz we know a lot of people who work at this company. They leverage Splunk to build out their product. A lot of Pacho people went to Splunk.
The briefly on Michigan Splunk is a a product that you put on I think on top of a database. It's basically a data mining engine and it's used lot for recommendations. And for some some funky way of using a database obviously important doing a poor job of explaining it but it is a data mining tool and a lot of the times yeah, and they went public and everyone made a lot of cash over there.
They leopards belong to build out their product I've used before so I'm not surprised. This is the route they went it makes me wonder if Splunk is an Intel Community project as well. Yes, and you know for them going public I would say, yeah, probably if they they were very successful offering I'm certain that the NSA is like the CIA and that no one ever truly requires. They truly retires to just move on to another arm of the organization. I learned a lot about that for my wife's Granddad. He's retired as a whole bunch of private stuff here about what he did came back to the at times. I found myself getting caught up in the sales pitch on all the fancy screens. Of course my No, Agenda and knock ya lations kicked in and pulled me back from going full retard never go full retard. That's what he says. We never got to the pricing structure. I'm still waiting for that Whopper of a number to come back. It's a nice product and I have no doubt. It can replace antivirus malware and firewall functions at the desktop just like the Cisco Firepower product its strength isn't getting enough people to use the product in the works.
To learn and detect new exploits in the tax. They talk about machine learning but they are very much using actual humans since the machines can't learn yet with the so-called AI they refer to the team as the managed Hunter team and they called them their Force multiplier and they also offer what they call their white glove option. This is someone crazy enough to allow them to view all their data and step in with a live attack is detected and two remediated for you. Anyone who chooses that option needs to be fired blower some of the bus terms they threw up and not sure if this will help the show, but I was wanting to share what I learned as a fellow dude named Ben. Yes, the dude's name Ben make it happen and it's always loved the show. I grew up watching you on m t v and weeding Jones columns on a bit overdue for donations. So I need to rectify that before. I for wonderful on douchebag. Here's some of the buzzword trims 125 billion events today.
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Nothing, nothing there doesn't make sense led by a guy who was friends with Robert Mueller.
Who just indicted People based upon his buddies information from his commercial company? I'd say shaky at best sale least for that.
Now that doesn't mean that we didn't have enough people going just ate shit over Trump having the audacity to go see Putin. And again, I think I think if anything he set it up this way like yeah, go ahead tell him now is perfect before I go over there. But everyone go crazy and asked me to you know to not go or to tell Putin now the extradite these people if there's just all kinds of s CNN was just going nuts. Hold on a second was extra dice extradition requested. It wasn't being know. It's being in the indictment. Yeah, that's a good question.
Well, I have it here. I guess I could I can do a quick search. I don't think extradition was was asked for first not let me just see what's open. Here we go. Let me do a quick search.
No, he's not extra not even found. So no, of course not no no. No. No, of course not I mean you think you could at least go against the 265 guys let alone the 74455 drive but also, you know an indictment is not a conviction, but you'd think it was
Anyway, so the approving is crazy putinism not prudent is doing all kinds of crazy stuff. Actually. I'm starting how any smarter than that dummy Trump. Well, here's Meet the Press from this morning's report that you and I were talking about before the show. It also notes that among the things the Russians did was mining for Bitcoin Bitcoin gets complicated. But basically what that does is you have a computer system that does incredibly complicated computations and by completing them the system allows you to generate more Bitcoin, which means the Russians generated money to make this happen. They literally minted money to hack our election system. Now the president saying well, I don't know if I'm going to ask for extradition. He's stunning if someone broke into the Bureau of Engraving and printing and stole American dollars to commit a crime against the United States, it would be an immediate call for extradition. They are literally his little surprise. Yeah, that sounds like a good comparison to me this guy off.
Not sure what it's like stealing the plates and printing US Dollars know so it's really not isn't that great. That's the funniest thing. I've heard for quite a while. I'm going to give you a borderline tip of the day for that being so outrageous. Well, what's the number to and listen carefully to what she's really saying? This is Cynthia Hoover. Now if I'm actually does go to Helsinki meets with Putin and has some kind of cordial interaction with him or even reached the deal on something quite concrete like Syria. The Russian press is is is going to be able to sort of the say that any naysayers to this new kind of date on operational are are simply again echoing this old story of christophobia and and and that place very well to the Russian people.
Okay, so if I understand you correctly if Trump and Putin somehow arranged to create peace in Syria. That is too bad. It's bad because it's bad because then we could say because in the Russians can promote themselves as not being horrible.
I mean, I'm speechless over this kind of logic to these people deal in and I love that. She says rapprochement Grossmont and and Rousseff obn rapprochement. I mean gee mom, I do tell you well, then we have this symbol. I know you have a lot of contacts in the National Security controls to Kimberly Dozier blue. She is a former CIA opportunity. What do you know about the current threat?
Well, this current threat is something that is much discussed much recognized by the intelligence Community by the Pentagon and it's something that they are daily fighting against so you're getting a bird's-eye view of what president Trump is getting briefed. Probably nearly daily that said what Trump hasn't done to our knowledge is to declare some sort of War on Cyber Threat by Russia the same way there was a declaration of war on Al-Qaeda war on terrorism and while every day you've got National Security Professionals battling it out in cyberspace against Moscow. What you don't have is a concerted effort with extra resources like we had in the war on terror and that's what they don't seem to be able to get across to the president in the briefings to him and it's a it's a matter of frustration for a lot of people
Maybe it's going to take some major hack before he gets that they are not just adversaries but enemies probing you defenses every single day will be our defenses. There's we're not doing enough with cyber. It'll take a major hack before this dummy figures it out stupid stupid dummy. And this one this one took the cake has proven and prepare for that face-to-face meeting the people of Ukraine for watching closely. Does this meeting signal a resolution for the Crimean peninsula where we should just remind you there's a war going on by Russia on Ukrainian territory John. There's a war going on in Crimea. I didn't know that you didn't know working on in Crimea. Did you not hear the reporter? Just say that
Listen again. I think it's the war on prices solution for the Crimean peninsula where we need to go to our spot.
I think it's a war on prices at Ivan's furniture. And with that I think we should should take a little break and I need a breather after that big MRI for your consideration. Okay, sir, I'm sorry. Yes. Yes.
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A couple of things that are kind of interesting. Okay. I do have another I so you're not so I just I so heavy cuz I well this one just I'm going through the clips and they're all up on the screen and I go and I close them out when it goes and this one just showed up. I don't even know or remember cutting it but this is the crime terrorism Espionage flip crime terrorism and Espionage know it doesn't cut it by new pod cannot buy today stand. No, I mean you should have spread these out. I mean, you're just shooting your Wad and you know, it's like I'm not going to clean it up. This is early-stage either got it or you don't yeah. I'm not going to spread anything out. I do have a clip of the day for you.
You do. Well, I mean, I think it's I think it's a it's a clip for you. It's for you cuz I know how much you'd love these clips. Do I have to get? Okay, hold on. Let me get some Jingles. I don't even know what it is, but I can guess what it is. I'm going to get at least one jingle setup. Okay, which clip and my playing here Oakland Zoo gondolas Oakland Zoo gondolas in the afternoon. They were suspicious about the system the gondolas started moving again at about 2:30 this afternoon as you spokeswoman said passengers were inconvenience, but no one was hurt. They are state-of-the-art custom-made gondolas swiss-made and was state-of-the-art technology electric for the fully digital. There was a visual glitch
If you have computer problems, I feel bad for that comes from the home of Silicon Valley later than gentleman is just a glitch and it was a double glitch report. It was a fantastic doubled richer riches. There are the rare but when you find one in the wild is very satisfying. Geez, I'm going to give you you know, I can't give it clip of the day for that. But I'm going to give you a borderline deserve that and then this week as we've been tracking this progress over years. We even have a nickname for him that apparently now people are using as well. I believe we join the term
Junker, the drunker than European commission president include you in the 63 stumbles and lost his balance on Wednesday evening has said he's from sciatica and others confirmed. He complained his back pain, but he does have to call him for some time for some time. But I think you have to go to the commission to ask for more information. Reached down to the European commission for comments. Spokesperson said it's not appropriate to discuss issues publicly. I think we know the answer.
The guys the guys the South you have to see the clip because I was the clip. No, not the clip the clip that I just played from your old news when both people who are answering the question one of which is the Dutch prime minister Margaret when they're saying as well, you know, he has no official, you know, I don't think there's any health problem there winking at the camera.
Oh are they? Yes subconsciously one. I like a little smile and both. Yeah, the first guy to everyone knows is like the Biggest Secrets. The guy is a lush. Yeah. He's an alcoholic obviously and he needs to be helped.
Yeah, he's in public representing the EU and he's sloshed. I mean come on. I mean anyone who who denies this should be on the mower team.
That was good when I'm practicing for my Albright career may have to go there. I have a couple of leftovers from the early part of the show. I might as well play them get my stuff out of the way. I do have one news item. All right. Yeah, I remember the era and I've always equated the current ride-sharing are with the hitchhiking are of the late sixties. There's a lot of you know free Transportation, but it just gets not free anymore that's controlled because there's absolute answer but they're checking era ended because of rapes and murders that's kind of summarize things. Even though I had a friend who his shy from coast to coast which is a big deal was I got magic on her a lot of people did well, let's put it this way the reporting about rapes and murders stop hitchhiking.
Yes. Yes, that's probably more accurate. Well, this is going on with right showing now. We're hearing a lot of this sort of thing Cisco voice trusted a man who they're calling a serial rapist. The man authorities claimed pulled his victims into thinking that he was there Rideshare driver and then sexually assaulted
anyway, they went on for ten minutes giving this reported some creep that I don't know who they are. They how did intercepting these calls. So they just driving around the colony a quite an in-depth article about how this is done. There's there's ways that they can spoof the app or spoof with GPS locations a number there's the number of things that are being done so they can get you ride that can find out if you have a ride that can then drive up themselves and grab the ride or they can book a ride on your behalf and then have the GPS, you know spoof the GPS. It looks like you're in the car driving around and then you get charged and they get the money. I mean, it's a whole bunch of different things that are possible technology man. It's glitch. It's just a glitch, baby.
Professor Ted moment there and can we please this is your this is your work but can we please stop with this Bogut is ride-sharing moniker. It's not ride-sharing. And and now we have buber of course is invested in line in these damn bikes these scooters electric scooters discourage of Austin on the sidewalks.
So I looked into this and they call it bike-sharing. You're not sharing anyone's personal bike that you're Lansing Hertz car rental of bikes sharing. Let's car-sharing. I mean, it's it's Bogan if it's not true and it makes it sound friendly, but it's not it's just it's just the scooter rental just call what it is not sharing anyting.
Did I leave you know, go ahead well, let me play couple other things. I've listen. I don't think I have the whole commercial. Maybe I have part of it. This product called m b o m yeah mbsr people who are nuts from that's just another it's a a psychotic drug. He might be but the point is they got a little piece of information in here. I've never heard on any as the disclaimer. I've never heard anything like this or moderates.
All right. Sounds like a winning product. It's your Crohn's disease. Well, I got like if you have Crohn's disease you pretty damn desperate so I can handle anything people would love anything that helps. That would be true.
So this disease or this disease this drug could cause this brain virus. I guess it will kill you or something. Yeah.
There's never been a reported incident but using in tibia, so where do they get this information from and why do they have to disclaim something that's never happened? I don't know. I've never heard it never on any as you know, we both listed these drug commercial, you know, I've never heard anything like that.
I I've seen this commercial I've heard this before I never thought the clip it but you're absolutely right. That's what they're saying is like this caused could cause PLM which could virus in your brain you'll die but this never happened but if anyone you know, if you're feeling where you got a headache. This is your own Theory just add on a horrible stuff in there to get people to take it because you're old Theory. Well the theory is and this is evidence with cigarette packages. The more the bigger the warning the more horrible the warning the more inclined people are to buy the products and use it and why this is I can explain but this is why the cigarette companies in Europe in particular where this is mandatory have the most unbelievable pictures.
And you know, it's gotten to a point. I know that people in the Netherlands certainly a joke about his saying I have baby dying of cancer. Can I trade that who has a horrible lung picture? I mean the playing these games like Go Fish.
Go Fish isn't as above play just walk away girl and freedom of thought yeah, this is from this is a Russian bot. I presume.
The walk away movement is just rushing box. You know that don't you it's not real.
I I don't I can't even remember what it's about. Well, you know the walk away campaign. Yeah walk away, right? Well, yeah, I'll know right? You're right. Right right the walk away campaign, right this look like okay, you don't have to play this yet the walk away campaign. Well, I don't know that it's Russian bought so it's not but that's because only do the test No Junk. Yeah, that's what's being said because of course. It's a real thing. Okay, you have me confused cuz I was lost track of it all wrong. I'm sorry. No, that's we had a couple of things template Rose ago about a little bit. I forgot all about it. And there's a bunch of people that are kind of getting it kind of kick-started to use that word. Well, it's also it's a format. Would you point it out? It is a a new format used on YouTube. Maybe not new but more people are doing it. It's confession Booth Style. Hey, y'all's hey y'all your lot of Catholics like this.
Yeah, yeah. Hey, let me tell you about my my walk away moment. It's real it's which is important because that is what reality TV is you see the scene. Then you have the confession Booth people understand confession Booth video very well. So I think it's highly effective. I never thought about it. It's coming from reality TV.
Whether it is now as you mentioned it all these the scenes the same. It's like they're talkin. Oh, yeah, Billy and he left me and I you know, yeah. Well this one girl, I like this one this one they had a had a nice message to it. And I thought it was sincere even though when I retweeted it, I got he has both she's always been you know, Republicans Blotto things just Republican share, but I don't think so, you know, the real issue is that we have a news media that answers to corporate sponsors not to actually conveying real news and sadly the majority of Americans are getting their news from those sources.
everyone like me who's getting shunned who's getting?
Insulted my friends my family just because you want to be able to think for yourself and you want to be able to Advocate that everyone should be thinking for themselves.
I'm seeing a lot of that. Yeah, I thought that was a good No, Agenda message. Totally No Agenda message and I what I like about the walk away is it doesn't say become Republican. It says walk away from this. This is not what I want. Yeah. It's very different from become Republican, right? I need to read a little passage here from the interview in The Spectator who interviewed Harvey Weinstein who at 66 is facing but pretty much life imprisonment for him because he wouldn't need much for him to die in jail and very tasty little quote here that I'd like to share from this interview.
This is Harvey speaking to the interviewer. Listen, you were born rich and privileged and your handsome. I was born Poor Ugly Jewish and had to fight all my life to get somewhere. You got lots of girls. No girl ever looked at me until I made it big in Hollywood. Yes. I did offer them acting jobs in exchange for sex. But so did and still does everyone but I never ever forced myself on a single woman call me naive or stupid but in a funny way, I believe it.
And here is the reporter speaking. I've seen Harvey and Ashton during my annual Christmas party. The one I throw every year in New York with Michael Miller. He hits on every young woman but a naive way quote. Will you give me your address? I'll make you the star. He's a season to pick up some say yes some say no his reaction is always the same smile laugh and hit on the next one.
He's going to say he dated Asian Shinto apparently for 10 years.
Before she claimed that he raped her which I'm not saying he didn't.
There's a lot of information that's still coming out and Harvey Weinstein's a douche and deserves to be in jail. But I what are you saying? Listen? Carefully? It's still happening. Yeah. Yeah. I mean people really want to be on the screen. But as you said it will all go away. Once we once they have that one special election with the
You know they do who who wrote something in a yearbook.
Yeah, right that Palace dropped it's gone. It's gone. It's just gone it's done. I guess we fixed it. Everything's Fair now everything's good for the women.
Okay. All right. I need to discuss two quick things actually three in context of OTG Off the Grid and that means your profanity and anti-tracking more tracking from Silicon Valley three stories and clip the first one the woman who was tracked and made a meme and a Twitter thread on the airplane.
You remember the story now you do. I was appalled by it. This is where you know, they switched seats on the airplane and this girl boyfriend. He starts basically taking pictures making a whole story out of nothing. The woman is very upset by this. She says I've been ashamed insulted harassed voyeurs have come looking for me online and the real world. I did not ask for do not seek attention. This is this is a cautionary tale about privacy identity ethics and consent.
She should sue mm interesting Leda story here mentions that her lawyer made it was made via her lawyer, which of course suggests. She may have plans to sue sue Twitter and I I think the think you got based upon the fact that they remove content for other reasons. I think she may have some case but the response from the universe of the Twitter is please
It was harmless. It's over get over it. What's the big deal? This is not an invasion of Privacy Film or gay more gay on it. It says not an invasion of privacy.
What's the big deal? We do it every day the celebrities like that for that $2. Great. You got an ailing. It's pretty good. So there's that one. Then there are two. Well, actually there was a hack that just came in this morning and I want to talk about this particular hack Timehop. I don't know if you've heard of Time Hop. I had not heard of it. I have heard of it, but I don't remember what it is time hop is am very popular with the adults under forty and I'm speaking to them specifically, but anybody who uses these you just have to or probably three times in the show, it's Malena obviously some reason. Yeah. Well, I've said this previously which you don't remember I said when Millennials prefer to be called adults under 40, I don't know one Millennial that prefers to be called that. All right, so it's millennials.
Timehop is a platform where you give them access to all of your accounts your social media accounts and they track everything so they their interface is a way for you to easily hop back in time to see what happened across your social media channels at a specific date or specific time now the phallus and they they were compromised and there's millions, of course of of pieces of information out there. You know, it's reached this is what happens but the problem with this is that you gave been going to go a second ago. You used the word Palace policy. I meant, you know, why don't you listen I'm talking about is that all you and I can do that. It's not funny if we're funny I could understand, you know, just can't fucking my rotor. It's a Jerry be buying my fucking amount of donations. I don't need to take that abuse. Okay.
Uploading your information and your access controls to a centralized platform is stupid. You think there's another one and I'm going to tell you right now called update or.com and update or.com is a company that is being heavily marketed to Millennials and college kids because it helps you move. So what you do is you give them your your address your cell phone all your subscriptions your cable subscription your credit card number you give them everything and when you move they take care of it all and all the management companies of all buildings in America are now signing on to this system where they have all of your information to make your move easy, and I tell you I seen this and heard it with my own eyes. It's great. This is so handy. It's so easy particularly when you're moving around during your college Years from one apartment or dorm your address changes.
And I just wanted to read their business model cuz it they're pretty big company. Just so people understand what their business model is hundreds of the most prominent real estate companies in the US from real estate broker just a property management companies rely on updater to help their clients transition to their new home with significant Market penetration of all us household news updater enables contextual and personalized Communications between relocating consumers and the US business is spending billions of dollars trying to reach them you are being taken
And it's dangerous because these guys get hacked they got a lot more than you know, some token authorization like the time hop people and I'll say the same for the what's the name of the company that will protect your identity those guys will get hacked to and everyone's identity will be out in the open. Once again. This is a bad thing to be a part of
And the Elvis stamps from that I think it was a financial services company that you'd put all your accounts and with their system, but you also service does this too and and all of a sudden you get magazines and all kinds of crap showing up.
I don't know about the postal service. I do I've done it but
what I've done it I've used them and we've talked about it on the show doesn't matter. He don't remember we used I've used them and then they put you on list. You don't think these guys put you on list. Yes, they're selling it. That's what my whole point.
Or is there a fee for this not to the college student know? Oh, well, there you go. There you go. Now you product I just read you the business model. I know I heard that but it didn't know that there was just productizing these for users. You mean kids kids. Yeah. Well they show I'm looking at the users on the day of a bunch of pictures and there's mostly young women some old guy.
Black old guy, you know Mom looking woman, so they're not marketing directly the kids not in maybe not the website but they are at colleges. You better believe it. That's where I got the information. I'm going to have to sign up for some. Well I can see it. They're not dumb. They're just misinformed and they say, oh it's so great. It's so handy, but they're giving the credit card numbers everything's in there wouldn't be a good idea and then finally get hacked and boom you're broke. I finally just to add some more context to the reason why I like my Kyocera flip phone, which is not having app infrastructure apps are just evil and it's not about the GPS. In fact these researchers from University in Boston yet, which one did some tests and here's what they learn all the side panel attack because it Target sensors in your device that weren't designed to provide location like the accelerometer measures how fast the phone is using the gyroscope make tracks?
Asian and the magic, which works like a digital compass devara new bear is a professor at Northeastern volts really realized that their mobile phone with access to all these sensors is in some sense potentially like the best find device you can imagine and he says combining readings from the sensors put armed criminals with secret info has it become more and more accurate this may become primary means of generating users privacy. They tested it out in cities from New York to London and say it works best in places like Boston or streets aren't set up like a grid if you were to travel the same path everyday, we have extremely high probability to guess where you live where you work with the attackers could access your device through malicious app, like the simple slight the researchers created their need to have an OP installed on the phone. Once that is done. All the other process is automatic and he says,
May I have complete access to some of the sensor is in your device without asking for permission as long as you have your phone search on and the office already installed on your phone list would record your information became use Android devices for the study but they would also work on the iPhone because permissions for the sensors are similar Apple declined to comment Google tells us if latest operating system quote restricts access to sensors such as accelerometers in gyroscopes and smartphone sensors. Do not directly provide user location data and this research highlights just how difficult it would be to use the sensors for location tracking is there currently a way for users to turn all these sensors off. Unfortunately, that's not the teen is now searching for a solution meantime. The best way to protect yourself is only download apps from Google and apple official stores and always keep your operating system up-to-date. I'll get right on that.
Only to point out that as I said is all the sensors it's not just the GPS and there's it's very accurate, you know, the you know, the compass app doesn't use the GPS. It uses the accelerometer, you know a whole bunch of things. I think we have an opportunity for a nap ourselves. That would that would counteract this whole thing may put you back on track. Do you mean like shut it down? Yeah. I don't think that's possible. Come on may be able to shut down all those sensors Shoulda Woulda Coulda I'll bet you can maybe maybe and then I have to report something, you know Theodore the debatable his first word. No, wait, wait, wait. Wait, is it going to hurt my feelings?
App app really is first word was app app. Oh my God.
I'm very sorry to hear this. Well fact, how do you feel?
I thought it was kind of funny. So they're just giving the kids the iPhone to shut them up like every other parent they would they refuse to do something like that. They're not idiots. They gave him a taste of the good stuff though. Otherwise you wouldn't be asking for it.
Well, he points the cognac when he says he doesn't know he's getting a good education Grandpa's on the case. This is good news. Hey Gramps, get my Binky in that again. Will you?
Report from the opcw which is worth sharing because you know, what? What do we know about Assad and chemical weapons?
Well depends on what we're told I mean a lot of it is we've had the point of the most Reapers engineer to know what we know. Well the most recent attack on April 7th was chlorine was it not it was Kareem killing people and it was Assad's I remember they had the proof and the thing came to the roof. Look here it is. This is all Assad's doing
Well, the only talking about Bashir not not Julian exactly. But she all Assad the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons opcw issued an interim reports on their investigation to date regarding the allegations of chemical weapons used in Dumas Syria on April 7th. The activity didn't do my included on side. This is collected environmental samples into your Witnesses data collection in in a neighboring country the team gathered or received biological environmental samples and conducted witness interviews. Hold on.
it turns out there's a bunch of bullcrap opcw designated Labs conducted analysis of prioritized samples. The result results show Led know organophosphorus nerve agents or the degradation degradation products were detected in the environmental samples or in the plasma samples taken from a legend casualties along with the explosive residues very is chlorinated organic chemicals were found in samples from two sides for which there's a full chain-of-custody work by the team to establish. The significance of these results is ongoing so they're going to try and up the chain of custody cuz they know where it came from and guess what it wasn't from Assad.
Gee, did you hear it or reporting on that? Well, the first time this happened when they determine those early rocket attacks that were violating Obama's Red Line. Yeah, those early reports indicated that it wasn't a sod and there was plenty of documentation to back that up and we didn't hear much about that if anything so I would guess that know you're not going to hear anything about it because it doesn't fit into the scheme of things exactly.
Exactly, but I'm glad that we are have a chance to report these things just need the headline. It's enough. It's kind of depressing.
Well, I think that we do important work is depressing not supposed very little conversation this last round and and the news is just worse than ever about reporting real news instead of what you know, some narrative somebody dreamed that was the CIA one since a report and I blame the CIA for this all the station. They have some sort of a the goods on Trump or they think they do about the Russians have on him which sounds like it sounds like it doesn't make a lot of sense to me. I'm sorry.
A trip to the other side. I thought it means we have ten minutes left going we have about five minutes left. Israel are going to land on the moon in 2019. Obviously just to visit their moon bases.
But they just pretending it's a new thing. I'm glad they're doing that. So now it'll be finally will get a race and maybe bring back the Saturn V or whatever it took to get to the moon.
So I'm told but that's not why I break into second half of show. No, I bring to you the true and hold on a sec. It was that some sort of news report.
What is that? Just something was unwell, and I know the Israeli no Israeli announce the sent a satellite up.
Let's see space l said they're sending a probe will be launched from Cape Canaveral and it was Alcan 9 rocket built by Elon Musk. Okay, and they're going to land a probe on the moon. Not a person a probe any best doesn't make it.
No, I'm not going to bed because he's on that any we still has a Tesla flying and who of course has been unmasked as a top donor to house Republican.
Add to a pack and they want to think about shorting Tesla tomorrow.
They called me and said you'd like to have dinner. So dinner was finished moving out of the sun while I mean and I thought well this may be the last time I'll see how he's going away and I'm moving from Washington. And so I don't you all see I said to Howard I was John Kennedy assassinated because he was about to give our most vital secretive and I said I most vital secret I said, he leaned forward and looked me in the eyes and he said the alien presence. He took my hand and walked away.
Stories about the Majestic 12 are true and those involved with the top secret group. We're ready to take such drastic measures to keep its existence hidden. Was it discontinued? Do you think that mj-12 still in existence today? Well, what I've been told is that they have changed the letters and the numbers probably more than once. So it's the same idea. It's the same control same files same archives same power if you look at what has happened in the last six year. It's really possible that more decisions have been made in a side of our government because of this subject ET and Technology.
And many of us whatever know yeah, baby. There you go. Yeah, it doesn't make any sense if you follow them better than literature.
And it all include the course of document in that and then in subsequent discussions that have made been made public the most interesting of which of course took place in I think it was March or may of 2001 just before nine-eleven where there was something like forty of these guys from different parts of the government and all over the place making this huge confessional in Washington DC have open disclosure open disclosure and they had all kinds of discussions about this. It's believe that the literature believes that the Russians know about this there was nothing to disclose that Kennedy was going to tell them they didn't know
Well, and they were in cahoots with us these guys, you know blast them once in a while with with a in fact that that famous Russian new recently. That was I think it was three years ago. They blasted a big bomb in the
atmosphere 10 miles of 20 mi up or something. It was into some obscure part of Russia and it was it was in violation of the of the treaties about blowing a bombs above the F. Yeah. Yeah. Nobody made a fluster said anything about it because that was obviously done for some deterrence purpose.
Well, I don't know why this how daring I know you got it against the History Channel.
Choose you brought that that I can tell us the history Chuck. Is that one guy? Who is that weird? Looking character with all the hair? I love looking at that guy. Fantastic. I'm just going to bring field back up to speed on this. So yeah, it seems unlikely. All right, you guys think we're going to close this out for today. I do have one more one more.
I've been I'm going to put these off to the next unless you want to cook. No, no, we're done know and you said no we do need your support dvorak.org/na for our show on Thursday. We will once again put the work in and it will be plenty to do because of the meeting which will see how it goes in Helsinki where we have boots on the ground as well so full reporting for you. But since you're still in second have it shows it possible that both Trump and Putin are reptilians and they're going to bring their to reptilian translators and do some sort of some sort of a deal. I'm looking forward to it may be good, but we'll shape-shifting melt into each other.
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Sure, happy to indulge e o m g he's an idiot in the future down the underpinnings of what represent Law and Order in this country. I have always told the truth. The gentleman controls the time it is a three ring circus. I cannot express to you my love of FBI regular door. Please don't give a damn. How many times did you look so innocent into your wife's to suggest somehow that we can parse down the words of shorthand text phone conversations. Like there's some contract for a car Chevrolet Cruze and this is this your number I did verify that which is still true the itemization amount financed. It is a three ring circus regular order why the F what happened to our country?
Between Russia and the Trump campaign the other guys he is really good. OMG, you need my texts have created confusion and cause pain to people I love what has happened to our country.