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Tuesday, February 06, 2018

The House Intelligence Committee voted unanimously Monday to release a Democratic rebuttal to GOP accusations that the FBI misled a secret surveillance court. President Trump now has five days to decide whether the information becomes public. The vote means the political rancor roiling Congress is likely to continue. Both parties have accused the other of misrepresenting sensitive intelligence surrounding the ongoing probe into whether any Trump associates coordinated with the Kremlin to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. The panel's senior Democrat, Rep. Adam B. Schiff (Calif.), announced the vote results, saying GOP attacks on the Justice Department and the FBI show desperation on the part of the president's defenders. read more


On Monday, the Supreme Court rejected a Republican effort to halt a required redrawing of the state's 18 congressional districts before the year's midterm elections. That is a very big deal. Here's why. Republicans have controlled the line-drawing process in Pennsylvania for the last two decades. That control has created a congressional map that heavily favors Republicans -- they control 13 seats to the Democrats' five -- despite the fact that the state is a Democratic leaning one. (Before Trump carried Pennsylvania in 2016, George H.W. Bush in 1988 was the last GOP presidential candidate to win the state.) Earlier this year, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court said the map was drawn primarily for political purposes -- and, therefore, violated the state's constitution. The state Supreme Court ordered the state legislature, which is still controlled by Republicans, to make a new map for the 2018 election -- and have it approved by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.


Monday, February 05, 2018

Factmata Company aims to use artificial intelligence to weed out fake news By Jeremy Kahn Twitter Inc. co-founder Biz Stone and Craigslist Inc. co-founder Craig Newmark are investing in London-based fact-checking startup Factmata, the company said Thursday. It declined to disclose either the amount of the investment or the valuation of the deal. "It's critical for societal progress to proactively address misinformation," Stone said in a statement provided by Factmata. He said the company is "approaching the issue with exactly the right combination of big thinking, focus, and cutting-edge science." read more


Sunday, February 04, 2018

A central pillar of Rep. Devin Nunes' memo alleging wrongdoing by the FBI -- that the government did not disclose the political bias of a source when seeking a surveillance warrant -- is unfounded, House Intelligence Committee ranking member Adam Schiff told reporters Friday. But the memo alleges that those motivations were not included in the FISA application, and that senior Justice Department officials knew about Steele's anti-Trump bias. Schiff disputed the memo's assertion as "not accurate," saying the court was aware that there was a "likely political motivation" behind the Steele dossier. The California Democrat also said it is normal in FISA applications not to name individuals who may be sources of information.


Saturday, February 03, 2018

Renato Marriotti, New York Times: For weeks, allies of President Trump ratcheted up pressure to "release the memo." ... The president himself said, after the memo's release on Friday, that it "vindicates" him in the probe. But it does no such thing. The memo from House Republicans, led by Representative Devin Nunes, fell well short of the hype. ... In fact, Mr. Trump's approval of the release of the memo and his comments that releasing it could make it easier for him to fire Mr. Rosenstein could help Robert Mueller, the special counsel, prove that Mr. Trump fired James B. Comey, then the F.B.I. director, with a "corrupt" intent -- in other words, the intent to wrongfully impede the administration of justice -- as the law requires. read more


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-Hitler was far more one of yours than he was one of mine.

"The Nazi problem comes down to this: As an ultra-nationalist, socially conservative, anti-egalitarian and fascist ideology, Nazism naturally falls on the extreme far-right end of the political spectrum; but if it can be successfully argued that it's really a form of socialism, it would make more sense to place it on the far left. That being the case, it's becoming more and more common to encounter insistent polemics like this one published on the right-wing blog UFP News: see link

However, the assumption that because the word "socialist" appeared in the party's name and socialist words and ideas popped up in the writings and speeches of top Nazis then the Nazis must have been actual socialists is naive and ahistorical.

What the evidence shows, on the contrary, is that Nazi Party leaders paid mere lip service to socialist ideals on the way to achieving their one true goal: raw, totalitarian power.

In his 2010 book Hitler: A Biography, British historian Ian Kershaw wrote that despite putting the interests of the state above those of capitalism, he did so for reasons of nationalism and was never a true socialist by any common definition of the term: see link

For members of the Nazi Party, in fact, defending socialism on its own terms was a risky activity which could result in ejection from the party, or worse. Of party leader and dissenter Otto Strasser (whose similarly-minded brother, Gregor, would ultimately be assassinated by the Nazis), William Shirer writes: see link

The plain truth, writes Historian Richard J. Evans in The Coming of the Third Reich, was that Hitler and his party saw socialism, communism, and leftism generally as inimical to everything they hoped to achieve: again, see link

The proof was in the pudding. Not long after acquiring the reins of power, the Nazis banned the Social Democratic Party and sent its leaders and other leftists identified as threats to the National Socialist program to concentration camps. According to the Holocaust Encyclopedia: link

"Despite continuing certain Weimar-era social welfare programs, the Nazis proceeded to restrict their availability to "racially worthy" (non-Jewish) beneficiaries. In terms of labor, worker strikes were outlawed.

Trade unions were replaced by the party-controlled German Labor Front, primarily tasked with increasing productivity, not protecting workers.

In lieu of the socialist ideal of an egalitarian, worker-run state, the National Socialists erected a party-run police state whose governing structure was anti-democratic, rigidly hierarchical, and militaristic in nature.

As to the redistribution of wealth, the socialist ideal "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need" was rejected in favor of a credo more on the order of "Take everything that belongs to non-Aryans and keep it for the master race."

Above all, the Nazis were German white nationalists.

What they stood for was the ascendancy of the "Aryan" race and the German nation, by any means necessary.

Despite co-opting the name, some of the rhetoric, and even some of the precepts of socialism, Hitler and party did so with utter cynicism, and with vastly different goals.

The claim that the Nazis actually were leftists or socialists in any generally accepted sense of those terms flies in the face of historical reality."

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One of yours, dumbass. Try your nonsense meme out on Storm Front, it's well-liked there.

Here's what happened right after Trumpty Dumbty said, 'I'd love to see a shutdown' in the meeting...

"Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) clashed with President Trump at the White House Tuesday over his desire to shut down the government to force a compromise on legislation to curtail MS-13.

During a meeting with law enforcement and community leaders about the violent street gang, Comstock spoke up to oppose a shutdown. Her northern Virginia district is home to tens of thousands of federal workers and she lives near the CIA headquarters.

"We don't need a government shutdown on this," she said, according to video of the exchange. "I think both sides have learned that a government shutdown was bad, it wasn't good for them. And we do have bipartisan support on these things. And I think we need to talk about these cases that are going on."

"The Washington Post has done some actual great reporting," she said, flipping though printouts of articles and reading the headlines.

Trump interrupted her to insist Democrats were not in agreement.

"You can say what you want," he said. "We're not getting support from the Democrats on this legislation."

Speaking over him, Comstock continued to make her case. She said her bill, which calls for deporting suspected gang members, should go to the Senate for a vote."

But Trump ended the exchange with a curt "Thanks, Barbara," and looked away.

Moments earlier, Trump said he would "love to see a shutdown" if Democrats won't cooperate, according to the pool report."

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then later...

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You should see that woman Comtock. Ugly with a capital U! I wouldn't do her with Pence's tool. She's through in politics. I'll run Eric against her. Even he could beat her!

US labor shortage 2018

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Some of you people are just nuckin' futs. Others are outright racists.

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On soft gray mornings widows cry
The wise men share a joke;
I run to grasp divining signs
To satisfy the hoax.
The yellow jester does not play
But gentle pulls the strings
And smiles as the puppets dance
In the court of the crimson king.

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