08-072618 – IM to MR Korean Denuclearization?

During the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing yesterday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was asked a question by Sen. Ed Markey about tRump having been “taken for a ride” by Kim Jong Un re denuclearization.  Pompeo said. “May I? Fear not, this administration has taken enormously constructive actions that have put us in a place that is far better than in either of the previous two administrations, one Republican and one Democrat. We have put an unequaled sanctions regime in place… until such time as denuclearization as we define it is complete. Pressure on the regime is clearly being felt. We still have lots of work to do, but unlike previous administrations, we have no intention of allowing the U.n. sanctions that we led the charge to be put in place, to allow those sanctions to be lifted or not enforced. And until such time as Chairman Kim fulfills the commitment that he made, I am incredibly hopeful that he will. We have not been taken for a ride, senator. I hope you can sleep a little bit better tonight.”

But today, Radio Free Asia reports that the Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party has decreed that North Korea will not relinquish its nuclear arsenal, which it termed a “precious legacy” of the country’s late leaders, according to local sources, despite an earlier pledge by party chairman Kim Jong Un to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

So, what will be the tRump/Pompeo/Bolton response or does tRump have to call Putin first?



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The Coming Kushner Denouement; #JustAskJared

The tweet I read said that Donald #tRump was scheduled to be on Faux News this morning in his usual attempt to get ahead of the news cycle when he feels the need to deflect from a major devastating news story that’s about to come out this week. Jared Kushner was thrown under the bus earlier this week, because he pushed a call through to #tRump in Air Force 1 that turned out to be a prank call (see #1 below.) This flub came after a pathetically weak interview in Israel during which he delivered threats to Palestinian leadership to get on the #tRumpTrain as it careens down a long economic slide into a major recession. Kushner was responsible for possible harm to our military base and personnel in Qatar, because he is desperate to refinance his 666 5th Ave New York property. Although the Air Force 1 prank call was embarrassing, could it have been the reason for #tRump’s need to massage the narrative? Are there other legal dangers lurking ahead that may distract from a huge July of intersecting forces including the recently announced summit with Putin in Helsinki?

A quick stroll through the search engine turns up several legal battles Kushner is involved in that will obviously require more attention on his personal woes than he has available for his role as White House advisor, so it may be time to cut this major load loose.

1. Jared Kushner is an idiot who may have allowed an obviously fake prank caller to talk to #tRump

A comedian pretending to be Sen. Bob Menendez called President Trump on Wednesday and got a callback from Air Force One. They chatted and the comedian posted the conversation.

But this is not the real story. The real story is that the competent people in the White House—and there are still a few left—called Menendez’s office and were told that the senator hadn’t tried to reach Trump. So they killed the call. But the comedian also managed to talk to Jared Kushner, who was fooled and sent the message along. That’s why Trump called back.

2. How Michael Cohen got Jared Kushner into Gowanus

Kushner might not have been in Gowanus in the first place if it wasn’t for Michael Cohen — President Trump’s personal lawyer and the current subject of an FBI investigation.

Cohen helped broker the 2014 deal and represented the site’s seller, developer Herbert Chaves, according to two sources close to the transaction. The sources said that Cohen’s personal ties to the Kushner family — Jared Kushner is Trump’s son-in-law — may have made it easier for them to land the site. “I think it helped that Kushner had an ally,” said one source familiar with the deal.

3. Donald Trump’s and Jared Kushner’s buildings are among the worst polluters in New York City, report finds

Trump Tower at 725 Fifth Avenue, Trump International Hotel & Tower at 1 Central Park West and Kushner family-owned 666 Fifth Avenue—along with other luxury skyscrapers including the Baccarat Hotel and Residences and 157 West 57th Street—were part of a group representing 2 percent of buildings in the city that emitted nearly 50 percent of the pollution, according to a report by local environmental nonprofits cited by HuffPost on Thursday.

4. Does Jared Kushner really remember where he comes from?

Perhaps Kushner opposes large parts of his father-in-law’s immigration program and has been opposing them privately. But it’s also possible that Kushner has no problem reconciling his family history with Trump’s policies. Rae Kushner was an eloquent, plain-spoken critic of U.S. immigration policies. Her grandson Jared’s public silence speaks volumes, too, in its own way.

5. Jared Kushner’s family company files lawsuit alleging anti-Trump bias caused delays to Jersey City project

Jared Kushner’s family-owned real estate company has sued Jersey City over construction delays to its development project it alleges are a result of a “political animus towards President Trump,” his father-in-law.

Kushner Cos. filed the federal lawsuit on Wednesday claiming that the city and its redevelopment agency broke a multimillion-dollar contract for the One Journal Square project because Kushner is married to Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, and both serve as senior White House advisers.

Head on the block, Kushner? #JustAskJared

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18-050918-IM to MR tRump OKs Torture

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.

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18-043018-IM to MR – CNO John Richardson

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

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Mind Reading Technology is here, discuss…

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

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18-030718-IM to MR John Bolton as NatSecAdviser


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

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17-112717 IM to MR the (me) tweet and Preet’s

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.20171127_1042582068015148.jpg

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17-102617 IMtoMR: Responding to a NKorea EMP attack

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)



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17-091817-IM to MR who’s behind gab.ai

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.

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17-082317-IM to MR Impeach embedded in resignation

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

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