Sunday, 26 March 2017
quote [ It is part of a wave of demonstrations taking place throughout the country
Thousands of people crowded into Moscow's Pushkin Square on Sunday for an unsanctioned protest against the Russian government, part of a wave of demonstrations taking place throughout the country.
Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption campaigner who is leading the opposition to President Vladimir Putin, was arrested while walking from a nearby subway station to the demonstration, according to Associated Press journalists at the scene. ]
At least they didn't murder him, yet.
Friday, 24 March 2017
quote [ There has been one end game strategy with Trumpcare for a month: Eventually just put the bill on the floor, and dare members to side either with it or with Obamacare. This will be put to its test Friday, after a Thursday of collapsing negotiations and ongoing recriminations surrounding the ACA. ]
The holdouts will probably fall in line today. Otherwise, they'll be a bunch of Losers.
UPDATE: THEY PULLED IT. THE CLOSER COULDN'T CLOSE THE DEAL.
Thursday, 23 March 2017
quote [ A former Russian MP has been shot and killed in the centre of the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, in what the Ukrainian President described as an “act of state terrorism” by Russia. Denis Voronenkov, who testified to Ukrainian investigators and criticised Moscow’s illegal annexation of Crimea, was shot dead by an unidentified gunman near the entrance of an upscale hotel. ]
Russian politics, although not actually in Russia.
quote [ In his second hastily called press briefing on Wednesday, House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) did little to quell a storm of speculation he kicked up hours earlier by divulging that the intelligence community “incidentally collected” information about President Donald Trump and his staff during the transition.
Nunes rushed to the White House to brief Trump on his recent findings at the same time that his committee is in the middle of an ongoing investigation into Russia’s interference in the election, which includes a probe into ties between Trump allies and Russian officials. ]
Nunes just shit on his own Congressional investigation. Another step closer to the inevitable independent comission.
Wednesday, 22 March 2017
quote [ Martin McGuinness was the IRA leader who became a peace negotiator - a committed Irish republican who ended up shaking hands with the Queen.
His life followed an extraordinary trajectory between violence and politics, moving from being a senior commander in the IRA to helping broker talks that eventually led to the peace negotiations of the 1990s.
Eventually, he became Northern Ireland's deputy first minister, forging an unlikely alliance with Ian Paisley, the DUP leader who was the fiercest - and loudest - critic of the republican movement. ]
Terrorist, Freedom Fighter, Patriot, Statesman
Still hated by many in the UK.
quote [ The trolls set out to distract and divide the invigorated left.
Bev Cowling, 64, saw a sudden deluge of requests to join the Sanders Facebook groups she administered from her home in Toney, Alabama. All of a sudden, they were getting 80 to 100 requests to join each day. She and the other administrators couldn’t vet everyone, and the posts started getting bizarre. “It came in like a wave, like a tsunami,” she said. “It was like a flood of misinformation.”
“Russia’s information war might be thought of as the biggest trolling operation in history,” and its target is nothing less than the utility of the Internet as a democratic space.” ]
A very interesting read, about how social media has been rendered practically useless as a medium for discussion or organizing.
Saturday, 18 March 2017
quote [ James Cotton, the veteran blues harmonica player who performed with Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, among others, died at age 81.
He launched his own career as a teenager and toured with both Williamson and Howlin' Wolf. In 1953, he recorded his first Sun single, "Straighten Up Baby," which he followed up with "Cotton Crop Blues." At age 20, he began touring and recording with Waters and is featured on that artist's At Newport LP (1960), most notably "Got My Mojo Working."
Cotton would later find himself playing with Matt "Guitar" Murphy and Hubert Sumlin, and would go on to explore blues-rock with performances with Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, B.B. King, Santana, Steve Miller and Freddie King, among others. ]
One of the greats.
Thursday, 16 March 2017
quote [ Mark Rutte's party is set for 31 seats, with Geert Wilders' anti-immigrant party predicted to win 19.
Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament until earlier this year, said he was "relieved" Mr Wilders' party had lost.
"We must continue to fight for an open and free Europe!" he added on Twitter (in German).
However, Mr Wilders warned that Mr Rutte "has not seen the last of me".
He previously said that the "patriotic revolution" would continue to take place, and "the genie will not go back into the bottle". ]
The Nationalist Right lost this round, but they're not going away.
Wednesday, 15 March 2017
quote [ A US general says an American ally shot down a small quadcopter drone with a Patriot missile.
Recently, there have been reports that some groups, for example in Iraq, have taken to attaching weapons to small, commercial drones and using them against security forces.
"I'm not sure that's a good economic exchange ratio," he told an audience at the Association of the United States Army's Global Force symposium in Alabama.
"In fact, if I'm the enemy, I'm thinking, 'Hey, I'm just gonna get on eBay and buy as many of these $300 quadcopters as I can and expend all the Patriot missiles out there'." ]
Humor category, cuz Patriot missiles cost around $3million/copy.
quote [ The indictments mark the first criminal cyber charges ever brought against Russian government officials.
The Justice Department announced Wednesday the indictments of two Russian spies and two criminal hackers in connection with the heist of 500 million Yahoo user accounts in 2014, marking the first U.S. criminal cyber charges ever against Russian government officials.
The indictments target two members of the Russian intelligence agency FSB, and two hackers hired by the Russians.
The charges include hacking, wire fraud, trade secret theft and economic espionage, according to officials. The indictments are part of the largest hacking case brought by the United States. ]
Russians, they're everywhere.
Includes actual FSB agents.
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