I did not drink enough red bull for this.
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Sunday, 27 May 2018

Giuliani Admits ‘Spygate’ Is PR in Anticipation of Impeachment

quote [ Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani confirmed on Sunday that the president and his allies’ attempts to discredit the Mueller investigation — including the most recent so-called Spygate controversy — are part of a public relations campaign aimed at staving off impeachment. “It is for public opinion..."

Giuliani’s comment came amid pressure from host Dana Bash to acknowledge that he and Trump were using a “very specific, very political strategy to undermine [the Mueller] investigation” ]

Hoookay - remind me to hire him if I'm ever facing a firing squad.
[SFW] [politics]
[by knumbknutz@11:33pmGMT] [2 comments]

Friday, 25 May 2018

The NFL's new anthem policy was not as unanimous as the league wants people to believe

quote [ When the NFL first announced its controversial new anthem policy, commissioner Roger Goodell claimed in a press conference that it was "unanimously adopted" by the NFL team owners.

However, ESPN reported that the league never took a formal vote on the new policy, and that, "Not taking an official tally is atypical for a major resolution." ]

This is mildly entertaining, as this has been making the rounds as a "unanimous vote by the owners" and it turns out that the NFL is in the midst of some serious backtracking and pulling of their collective feet out of their mouths.
[SFW] [business] [+2 WTF]
[by knumbknutz@3:43pmGMT] [22 comments]

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Trump Jr. and Other Aides Met With Gulf Emissary Offering Help to Win Election

quote [ ...a company connected to Mr. Zamel had been working on a proposal for a covert multimillion-dollar online manipulation campaign to help elect Mr. Trump, according to three people involved and a fourth briefed on the effort. The plan involved using thousands of fake social media accounts to promote Mr. Trump’s candidacy on platforms like Facebook.

There were concerns inside the company, Psy-Group, about the plan’s legality, according to one person familiar with the effort. The company, whose motto is “shape reality,” consulted an American law firm, and was told that it would be illegal if any non-Americans were involved in the effort. ]

Full in extended ((NYT/Paywall/etc.)

[SFW] [politics] [+8 WTF]
[by knumbknutz@2:40pmGMT] [29 comments]

Friday, 18 May 2018

Trump’s NASA Chief: I Fully Believe and Know the Climate Is Changing

quote [ “I don’t deny that consensus that the climate is changing,” he said. “In fact, I fully believe and know that the climate is changing. I also know that we humans beings are contributing to it in a major way. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas. We’re putting it into the atmosphere in volumes that we haven’t seen, and that greenhouse gas is warming the planet. That is absolutely happening, and we are responsible for it.” ]

Jim Bridenstine, was a well known climate change denier when he was confirmed as head of NASA last month. Now says he fully believes in anthropogenic climate change. That's a relief.
[SFW] [environment & nature] [+6]
[by knumbknutz@9:40pmGMT] [2 comments]

Multiple fatalities reported; sheriff states 2 people detained after school shooting

quote [ SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — Officials say at least three people are being treated for gunshot wounds and two people have been detained following a shooting at a high school near Houston.

There have been multiple fatalities reported following a school shooting at Santa Fe High School, according to CNN. At least eight are believed to have been killed according to local news affiliates. ]

because - why wouldn't this happen again.
[SFW] [dystopian violence] [+5 Sad]
[by knumbknutz@3:53pmGMT] [24 comments]

GOP Congressman: Rising Sea Level Caused by More Dirt on Ocean Floor

quote [ Brooks wasn’t buying it. “Let’s assume for a moment that what you’re talking about has some kind of factual, rational basis for it, that ice has melted. Are there other factors?,” he asked. Brooks proceeded to explain that rivers carry dirt into the sea, causing the sea level to rise.

"Every time you have that soil or rock deposited into the seas, that causes the sea level to rise, because now you’ve got less space in those oceans, because the bottom is moving up" ]

This is why I drink. Better yet - I'll do a long bong rip...
[SFW] [environment & nature] [+6 WTF]
[by knumbknutz@4:23amGMT] [9 comments]

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Senate votes to reverse FCC order and restore net neutrality

quote [ Senate Joint Resolution 52 officially disapproves the rule under the Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress to undo recently created rules by federal agencies. It will have to pass in the House as well and then be signed by the president for the old rules to be restored (that or a two-thirds majority, which is equally unlikely). ]

Not holding my breath that this is anything but midterm posturing, but - at least step one got accomplished.
[SFW] [business] [+6 Good]
[by knumbknutz@4:21pmGMT] [5 comments]

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Facebook details policing for sex, terror, hate content

quote [ Facebook pulled or slapped warnings on nearly 30 million posts containing sexual or violent images, terrorist propaganda or hate speech in the first three months of 2018, the social media giant said Tuesday.

In an unprecedented report responding to calls for transparency after the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal, Facebook detailed its actions against such content in line with its "community standards".

Facebook said improved technology using artificial intelligence had helped it act on 3.4 million posts containing graphic violence, nearly three times more than it had in the last quarter of 2017. ]

Robots are taking over board moderation...
[SFW] [business] [+4 Interesting]
[by knumbknutz@12:51amGMT] [5 comments]

Monday, 14 May 2018

Jerusalem embassy and Gaza protests: 43 Palestinians killed by Israeli gunfire at border

quote [ Dozens of Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israel on Monday in Gaza as dignitaries convened in Jerusalem for the highly anticipated official opening of the U.S. embassy. At 4:00 P.M., the opening ceremony of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem began at the American consulate in the Arnona neighborhood, which is now the official U.S. Embassy. ]

Sure. Move the US embassy to Jerusalem. What could possibly go wrong?

Full in extended as well as live update links.

[SFW] [dystopian violence] [+9 Sad]
[by knumbknutz@3:35pmGMT] [9 comments]

Delaware becomes first state to ban child marriage

quote [ Delaware has become the first state to ban child marriage. Gov. John Carney (D) signed the measure into law on Wednesday, setting the minimum age for marriage in the state at 18, WDEL reported.

The law went into effect immediately. Under past law, minors in the state could be married at any age with the approval of a judge. ]

Full in extended. My apologies for forgetting to do the full in extended on my last posting and slamming everyone headfirst into a WSJ paywall. As they say - to err is human, to point it out with glee is the internet.

[SFW] [crime & punishment] [+5 Good]
[by knumbknutz@1:07amGMT] [5 comments]

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