Thursday, March 15, 2018

Old Orange (is Yeller...)

Mueller subpoenas Trump Organization
for documents related to Russia

Special counsel, Robert Mueller, has subpoenaed the Trump Organization to turn over documents, including some related to Russia in a sign that the investigation is closing in on the president.

The subpoena was delivered in “recent weeks” and includes an order for the Trump Organization to turn over all documents related to Russia.

This is the first leaked order directly aimed at Trump’s businesses. What will followers of the Trump Religion (true believers) do?

Asked by the New York Times last year whether he would consider Mueller examining his and his family’s finances a “red line”, Trump said: “I would say yes. By the way, I would say… it’s possible there’s a condo or something, so, you know, I sell a lot of condo units, and somebody from Russia buys a condo, who knows?”

On Twitter, Trump has said he has had “nothing to do with Russia – no deals, no loans, no nothing”.

Yesterday, Democratic lawmakers investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin alleged that the future president’s private company was “actively negotiating” a business deal in Moscow with a sanctioned Russian bank during the 2016 election campaign.

The statement by Democrats on the House intelligence committee, who have had access to internal Trump Organization documents and interviewed key witnesses, raises new questions about the Trump Organization’s ties to Russia and its willingness to deal with a sanctioned bank. (There goes the DEAL, Art.)

One month before Trump laid down the “red line,” Don McGahn, the White House counsel, threatened to quit after Trump asked him to have Mueller fired.

Meanwhile a new poll from Pew Research Center found 61% of Americans were very or somewhat confident Mueller will conduct a fair investigation.

In the meantime, Trump keeps a steady hand of the ship of state.

Mueller was appointed in May 2017 to investigate whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to sway the 2016 presidential election in his favor.

He is also reportedly investigating whether Trump obstructed justice by firing former FBI director James Comey, who has said he refused to give the president his loyalty. (based on contemporaneous notes that James Comey took after these meetings.)

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Pi day ( 3.14)

30 years ago...

a little theory: "There are no stories..."

"Day for Night"

a WONDERFUL sequence:

Oh... a little music

And, speaking of Pi...

I/O Identification

The Pi is small, but how small is small? Try the micro mote.

A penny for your thoughts...

If you want a smaller DESKTOP computer... try

And, like Pi, you can run Slacko-Puppy Linux!

Why Puppy?

The smallest thing I can think of...

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Moron Worship

“We, the undersigned mental health professionals, believe in our professional judgment that Donald Trump manifests a serious mental illness that renders him psychologically incapable of competently discharging the duties of President of the United States. And we respectfully request he be removed from office, according to article 4 of the 25th amendment to the Constitution, which states that the president will be replaced if he is ‘unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.’”

"Shrinks Battle Over Diagnosing Donald Trump: Chaos in the White House fuels discord among the experts."

On January 31, Psychology Today editor-at-large Hara Estroff Marano brought to light “Can Donald Trump or any public figure be deemed to have mental illness, even based on specific, well-publicized criteria reflecting observable behavior?”

The current DSM (Version 5) places pathology (the study of the nature of diseases; something abnormal) in the realm of the observable (to watch carefully--especially with attention to details or behavior--for the purpose of arriving at a diagnosis).

"If we perceive that state power is being abused by an executive who seems to be mentally unstable, then we may certainly speak out, not only as citizens, but also, we would argue, as professionals who are privy to special information and a responsibility to educate the public. For whatever our wisdom and expertise may be worth, surely we are obligated to share it.”

The question is this: "What kind of world do we want to leave behind for our grandchildren and OURSELVES?"

Not this one.

My cardiologist interrupted my transition to bardo. Blame him!

For "Dances of the Luminous Bardo," see THIS LINK.

Register to vote.

And, then VOTE!

If you are not part of the solution, then you are part of the titrate.

Friday, March 9, 2018

"Honest John" Trump

There is no doubt that "Honest John" Trump IS the voice of America.

Everyone has a theory about Trump’s early morning tweets. Some think they are to distract the press from his administration’s weaknesses, or to frame the public debate. Others think his shifts from one topic to another indicate mental instability. I think BOTH distraction and instability are in play.

But Media Matters for America has convinced me the truth is simpler: The president is just live-tweeting Fox, particularly Fox & Friends.

The president likes to parrot what he sees on FAUX. We know Trump watches several hours each day.

The FAUX-Trump feedback loop is happening far more frequently than you first think. The strategy to Trump’s Twitter feed; Trump is being distracted by Trump.

For a man with unparalleled access to an intelligence community, funded at $73 billion last year, Trump prefers to rely on FAUX snews to misunderstand current events.

Sometimes Trump’s tweets don’t correspond to FAUX snews coverage—his boasting about the economy, being a case in point. Other times, they parrot FAUX. For example, Trump tweets about a guest who was just on Fox & Friends.

On his first morning back in Washington after an 11-day winter vacation, Trump generated five consecutive tweets based on FAUX. His tweet urging the imprisonment of Huma Abedin followed a Fox segment on the former Hillary Clinton aide. When he tweeted that “it was just reported” there had been no commercial aviation deaths in 2017, and took all credit. That report was from Fox & Friends.

Many of the president’s most vicious tweets, which seem to come out of nowhere, make more sense when you realize that they are just his knee-jerk reactions to FAUX’s opinions.

Trump’s morning tweets upend parts of the news cycle, with some cable news producers and assignment editors redistributing time and resources to cover his latest comments. Others waste neither time nor resources. Statements from this president are inherently not newsworthy.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The Shadows Know...

Last night, the chaotic White House was dealing with the resignation of Gary Cohn and new allegations in the Stormy Daniels saga.

Then, the New York Times published a story about a man named George Nader, an adviser to the United Arab Emirates.

The Trump campaign appears to have yet another dark frontier.

Last year, The Washington Post reported on a secret meeting between representatives for the United Arab Emirates, Blackwater founder Erik Prince, and a Russian investor with close ties to Vladimir Putin, which took place on an extremely remote Seychelles island just days before Donald Trump’s inauguration.

It is unknown at this time what Prince and the Russian envoy discussed.

Sources told the Post that the goal was to open a dialogue with the Russian government outside of normal diplomatic channels.

As we now know, that meeting was arranged with the help of Nader, who the F.B.I. picked up at Dulles International Airport in January.

He was immediately served with search warrants and recently testified before a grand jury.

Why is Mueller interested in the Trump campaign’s contacts with the ($$$$$) U.A.E.?

What does the Seychelles meeting imply for the future of Trump’s future*?

* reviewed by the department of redundancy department.