Like Donald tRump now claims to be a promise fulfilled when he violated the Iran Nuclear Agreement by ripping it up and reimposing sanctions, he is keeping his promise to torture. tRump said during the campaign that he would use waterboarding and worse. He said he would kill terrorists and their families. He kept that promise in Yemen when he had Nawar al-Awlaki, 8-year old daughter of Anwar al-Awlaki, killed during a botched raid intended to kill an al Qaeda leader. The raid did not accomplish the mission, but did result in Nawar’s death and one dead SEAL. tRump’s message is clear by his choice of Gina Haspel to Director of the CIA; that torture worse than waterboarding is accepted US practice when interrogating “terrorists,” and if the Congress consents to Gina Haspel’s appointment, they are implicitly OKing torture. President Obama is partially to blame, because he had a chance to nip the practice in the bud when he was inaugurated. Instead, he decided to “look forward, not back” and let the Bush torture regime slide without prosecution or later when he didn’t release the torture report. The voters that chose tRump also bear some blame for torture now being an accepted US interrogation technique. To see the “or worse” fantasies wafting through tRump’s conspiracy fueled mind, watch an historical drama like Spartacus or The Borgia’s on Netflix to remind yourself where humans have gone in the past to interrogate political opponents.
Under President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, announced Admiral John Richardson’s nomination to succeed Admiral Jonathan Greenert as Chief of Naval Operations. Richardson began serving as the 31st Chief of Naval Operations on September 18, 2015. He has set out a strategy for new large surface combatants that uses some of the tricks the Navy is employing on the FFG(X) (eg USS Zumwalt) and the unmanned MQ-25 Stingray tanker: looking at existing hull forms as a base for a tailor-made future combatant that can evolve over time. This new two phase system can update weapons, power and electronic systems quickly to the latest version available which is a vast improvement over the old one-bid system during which the equipment was often out of date before the ship was commissioned. We can only hope the current occupant of the WH retains this valuable human resource (article below)
Navy’s top officer lays out aggressive new cruiser replacement approach http://www.defensenews.com/digital-show-dailies/navy-league/2018/04/12/navys-top-officer-lays-out-aggressive-new-cruiser-replacement-strategy/#.WudKm-eA1SA.twitter
The movie STRANGE DAYS depicts one road this technology can traverse and the short-lived series CAPRICA another, but putting those commercial entertainment possibilities aside, if only for purely medical health purposes, the technology must be researched and developed. Since it seems to be inevitable that the beetle will be exposed in China, Europe or some supra-government multi-national corporation, with Openwater leading in the field, there may be some U.S. control with the policy implications at the level of government.
Video games started as individual units played by one. Human’s need for socialization, cooperation and competition resulted in extra ports for additional players. The internet and technology extended the reach to world-wide gaming communities and a multitude of multi-player games. This new technology will be an enhancement of that community and extend to new generations which will willingly share in the ultimate hive community. Whether Borg or Cylon, some version is: Inevitable.
my comment to WIRED “TED 2018: Thought-Reading Machines and the Death of Love“
There are reports that John Bolton has been advising Donald tRump on world affairs, terrorism and nuclear arms focusing on North Korea and Iran. As UN Ambassador, Bolton once said, “if you lopped off the top 10 floor of the UN you would not see a difference in world policy,” and now he’s rumored to be up for National Security Adviser if or when H R McMaster departs tRump’s camp. Bolton’s absolute hatred of North Korea and Iran can only hasten the placement of the nuclear football up on the tea.
About this EmptyWheel tweeted “We’re all gonna die.” https://www.trendsmap.com/twitter/tweet/971149489355612161
Bolton to Replace McMaster? http://po.st/RH5Egz via @edbrayton
Bloodthirsty John Bolton eager to kill North Koreans https://www.salon.com/2018/03/01/bloodthirsty-john-bolton-eager-to-kill-north-koreans/#.WqAhkd6qe1U.twitter
Bolton: North Korea Could Sell Nukes to Iran, Islamic State, Al-Qaeda, or ‘Any Wannabe Nuclear Power Around the World’ http://bit.ly/2F6OyQt
Welcome back Sam and MajorityFM crew, Happy Thanksgiving leftovers like this Tweet analysis: Aside from tRump adding “(me)” to “your favorite President” in his tweet this morning: “We should have a contest as to which of the Networks, plus CNN and not including Fox, is the most dishonest, corrupt and/or distorted in its political coverage of your favorite President (me). They are all bad. Winner to receive the FAKE NEWS TROPHY!”, tRump also felt the need yesterday to triplicate “Russia” in another: “Since the first day I took office, all you hear is the phony Democrat excuse for losing the election, Russia, Russia,Russia. Despite this I have the economy booming and have possibly done more than any 10 month President. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” which inspired former US attorney Preet Bharara to send out this quote tweet: “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia! The President of the United States is Jan Brady” under which the first reply is a .gif of Jan Brady crying out “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia.” Having weathered two daughters struggling through those transitional years, I have to conclude that tRump often conducts himself like a high school freshman girl trying to gain the attention of the senior class cool kids clique, but even conning America into voting him into the White House, it still isn’t enough to be accepted into the club.
Food for thought: Be grateful for all this calm, the storm may be about to break –
earlier this week Business Insider and other outlets wrote about North Korea claiming its nuclear weapons capabilities include EMPs (electromagnetic pulse) weapons, transported via warheads above the earth’s atmosphere, emit rapid and invisible bursts of electromagnetic energy that could jam an entire continent’s entire power grid, phone lines, and internet. EMPs would jam the US electrical grid and destroy the online and telephone infrastructure that currently supports the US’s 320 million population. Airline and air traffic control electronics would also be destroyed.
Today, the American Radio Relay League posted a report that their members whom are part of the public/private partnership called MARS (Military Auxilary Radio System) will participate in a communication interoperability test from November 4 – 6. The stated reason for the test is to respond to being hit by a huge Coronal Mass Ejecta (CME) from the sun which coincidentally is equivalent to an EMP. (recall the movie INDEPENDENCE DAY when the aliens did the same)
Over the weekend tRump retweeted a video meme of himself driving a golf ball which hit and knocked down Hillary Clinton as she boarded an airplane. The Twitter account he retweeted is Mike at fuctupmind. The website listed on his bio is gab.ai which is a sign up page for a “new social network” appealing to the white nationalist leaning user featuring a leering Pepé face in the upper left corner. Mike’s gab page is festooned with videos and other memes attractive to that ilk ready made for linking to any social network. The domain .ai, according to Google, is assigned to artificial intelligence, so my questions are: 1. Is Mike at fuctupmind an AI bot gleaning alt-right memes. We learned this weekend that FaceBook delivered ads contoured to specific phrases including the “n-word” so that type of algorithm is in use now. But more importantly, 2. Who is behind gab.ai? Is it Steve Bannon/Robert Mercer using Cambridge Analytica/Breitbart to move public opinion like when Drudge would run what Dick Cheney would whisper, Fox would amplify, then Cheney would come on to discuss this “news” he had originally manufactured which led to the Iraq War. Yellow journalism goes way back to Joesph Randolf Hearst’s “Remember the Maine” in the 1890’s and the Russia’s “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” around 1903, but this new on line form of propaganda is overwhelming in its coverage.
Hi Sam, Though somewhat truncated, you played your appearance well on All In with Chris Hayes by quickly pivoting to Treasury Sec Mnuchin’s fraud at One West in a segment about his stuck up trophy wife, Louise Linton, but on to new news. Trump’s Science advisor for the Dept of State, Daniel Kammen, sent 45 a resignation today that has an embedded message. The first letter of each paragraph spell Impeach. You can read the letter on twitter or here http://mashable.com/2017/08/23/kammen-science-envoy-resigns-acrostic-impeach/#gcSVmH6FJiq7
Big article in International Business Times today by David Sirota and Lydia O’Neal about infrastructure privatization being pushed by Mike Pence and his examples of failure when governor in his home state. “Indiana has been a national leader in this area where you use private capital to build infrastructure,” Pence told one conservative radio host just after the 2016 election, signaling his eagerness to get started, but opponents of privatization have depicted Indiana as a heartland cautionary tale of get-rich-quick scheming and secrecy that led the state to sell off valuable public assets, which were then wildly mismanaged. To them, the Indiana story reveals the ideological zealotry of a politician who is now a driving force behind an infrastructure program that could radically reshape local economies and commerce in communities across the country, and for generations to come.
Hello MR Sam and crew,
My dad was one of the first hire employees of an agency created by the National Security Act of 1947, so our family lived in many foreign countries during my first fourteen years on earth including Germany, when I was 9 to 12 years old. At that time, the US Army sponsored Boy Scout troops across Europe for military and government dependents, and when I turned eleven I joined one in 1961. We left Germany in 1963 and ended up in Florida where, after getting settled in school, I joined a local troop in 1964. The differences between the two Boy Scout experiences were significant. In Germany we concentrated on earning as many merit badges as possible, we went on hikes, and we took part in weekend campouts regularly. During the six months I continued scouting in Florida, the only thing we did was practice marching. Meetings were held in a baptist church that usually featured holy-roller speakers claiming the Cubans were coming from 90 miles away, and we had to learn to duck and cover. It took a couple of months to convince my parents I wanted out, so they attended a meeting and the following month I joined an Optimist Club sponsored Conservation Club which was a huge improvement. Along with our monthly meetings, we went on several field trips and held bi-annual statewide week-long campouts. Oh, did I mention the club was about half female? What tRump did speaking at the Boy Scout jamboree was inculcate an extremely psychologically vulnerable group of adolescent males with a monstrous message that might-makes-right and bullies are best. While men’s rights advocates and rape culture degenerates must be proud after hearing tRump’s stump dump, liberals, women, and minorities are forced to live in a constant state of future fear.
Recently discovered some remnants of my past: