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In Bill Barr, Trump Has a Roy Cohn Upgrade
www.nytimes.com

...President Trump famously asked, "Where's my Roy Cohn?" Demanding a stand-in for his old personal lawyer and fixer, Mr. Trump has actually gotten something better with Bill Barr: a lawyer who like Cohn stops seemingly at nothing in his service to Mr. Trump and conveniently sits atop the nation's Justice Department.

Mr. Barr has acted more like a henchman than the leader of an agency charged with exercising independent judgment. The disturbing message that sends does not end at our borders " it extends to countries, like those in the former East Bloc, struggling to overcome an illiberal turn in the direction of autocracy.

When Mr. Trump sought to have President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine announce an investigation of his political opponent, he likely expected a positive response. After all, politicized prosecutions had been part of Ukraine's corrupt political culture for years.

On Monday, when Michael Horowitz, inspector general for the Justice Department, released a report that affirmed the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election was justified, Mr. Barr immediately turned on his own agency in defense of the president.

"The F.B.I. launched an intrusive investigation of a U.S. presidential campaign on the thinnest of suspicions that, in my view, were insufficient to justify the steps taken," he said.

Similarly, Mr. Barr's response to the report from Robert Mueller on Russian interference and Mr. Trump's purported presidential misconduct was to cast doubt on his own staff, questioning their work product as well as their ethics and legal reasoning. Even before he became attorney general, Mr. Barr questioned Mr. Mueller's investigation of the president for obstruction of justice in a 19-page legal memo he volunteered to the administration.

And where he could have neutrally passed Mr. Mueller's findings to Congress, he instead took the widely criticized and unusual step of making and announcing his own legal conclusions about Mr. Mueller's obstruction inquiry. He followed up this Cohn-like behavior with testimony in the Senate, where he insinuated that the United States government spied on the Trump campaign. Mr. Barr apparently has decided that, like Cohn, he serves Donald Trump and not the Constitution or the United States, flouting his oath of office and corrupting the mission of the Justice Department. ...


The drugs are cheap.
The shaman is the expensive part.
#11 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

Check this out:
www.fastcompany.com

Fascinating read:
Silicon Valley's psychedelic wonder drug is almost here

A new startup called MindMed could have the key to providing the upsides of psychedelic drugs for both focus and addiction treatment"while cutting out the downsides of tripping....MindMed, a company that's taking psychedelic drugs and turning them into medicine. Its first drug has the potential to turn a person's addictions"to cocaine, methamphetamine, morphine, sugar, alcohol"off like a light switch. It has a clear opportunity to help lower the nearly 70,000 annual drug overdose deaths that take place in the U.S. But the compound, 18-MC, has yet to undergo human efficacy trials, leaving open a big question: Will it even work?

What utterly baffles me is how the right can spout bald faced lie after lie and their turd gobblers keep eating them. Democrats are NOT perfect but let us be real when I am talking about the right today I see and mean big lies on things everyone knows or should know as indisputable facts. This kind of BS takes me back to Bill Clinton and the Meaning of "Is" when he was being evasive about getting a BJ from Lewinsky. He was simply being evasive and everyone - I mean EVERYONE - knew it happened. This is so much worse and even sinister because these are outright lies about things that factually are a part of the open record.

This boils down to Propaganda (aka "Talkig points") and the nativity of the gobblers eating it up. They see it over and over. Personally I think there should be an investigation of several news outlets. I am all for freedom of speech but entertainment TV posing as news should be outlawed period. That does mean left of right gobblers.

Here are five basic rules of propaganda, courtesy of Norman Davies in his extraordinary book "Europe: A History":

- The rule of simplification: reducing all data to a simple confrontation between 'Good and Bad', 'Friend and Foe'.
- The rule of disfiguration: discrediting the opposition by crude smears and parodies.
- The rule of transfusion: manipulating the consensus values of the target audience for one's own ends.
- The rule of unanimity: presenting one's viewpoint as if it were the unanimous opinion of all right-thinking people: draining the doubting individual into agreement by the appeal of star-performers, by social pressure, and by 'psychological contagion'.
- The rule of orchestration: endlessly repeating the same messages in different variations and combinations.

BTW Trump's FAA administrator was cool with allowing the 737MAX to kill upwards of 3,000 people.

www.cbsnews.com

"Federal Aviation Administration officials Wednesday tried to defend the decisions they made after a 737 Max jet crashed in Indonesia last year. But in a Senate hearing, it was revealed they predicted a second malfunction was likely. Sadly, they were right, and the Max has been grounded ever since the deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash in March."

www.chicagobusiness.com

An internal FAA risk assessment conducted after a Lion Air flight crashed off the coast of Indonesia in October 2018, predicted another 15 of the jets would crash over the next 45 years without a fix, according to documents released by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
The analysis predicted there would be 15 fatal accidents killing 2,921 people over a 45-year period with a fleet of 4,800 of the aircraft. The results were based on what would happen if the agency had taken no action"and at that point the FAA had not only alerted pilots but was working with Boeing to redesign the plane, according to an agency official briefed on the matter who wasn't authorized to speak about it.

It is testimony by Horowitz like this that lead CNN/NYT/WashPo and all their hangers on to ignore the Horowitz hearing because it was so devastating to The Narrative that they have been forcing down the true believers throats for the past two years.

donald will print and frame his own cover page.

#15 | Posted by REDIAL at 2019-12-11 10:54 PM | Reply | Flag:

www.independent.co.uk

Trump's team photoshops his face over Greta Thunberg's on Time Person of the Year cover

He's a fucking toddler.

Fat Nixon has already rolled back ACA protections so much that insurance companies are no pushing policies that cover basically nothing and they openly lie about it.

slate.com

"The Trump administration is now bringing cruddy back. In yet another aggressive move to undermine the Affordable Care Act, it issued a new regulation on Wednesday that will make it easier for companies to sell inexpensive insurance plans that are not required to offer basic benefits and can discriminate against Americans with pre-existing conditions.

Worse, the decision could ultimately drive up the price of insurance on Obamacare's exchanges by creating a parallel, lightly regulated market for cheap coverage that siphons off healthier customers.

The new rule will allow companies to offer longer-lasting versions of what the industry calls "short-term, limited duration" health policies. Under old regulations put in place by the Obama administration, these plans could last no more than three months at a time before customers had to reapply for them. Going forward, they will be able to last as long as 36 months. "

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