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    • Cover-upped says:

      The White House acknowledged Friday that administration officials directed a now-infamous Ukraine call transcript be filed [hidden] in a highly classified system, confirming allegations contained in a whistleblower complaint that have roiled Washington.
      In a statement provided to CNN, a senior White House official said the move to place [hide] the transcript in the system came at the direction of National Security Council attorneys.
      “NSC lawyers directed that the classified document be handled [hidden] appropriately,” the senior White House official said.
      White House officials say the transcript was already classified so it did nothing wrong by moving it to [hiding it in] another system. …the statement did not explain whether anyone else in the White House was part of the decision to put the the Ukraine transcript in the more restrictive system. The transcript of the Ukraine phone call — which the White House released publicly on Wednesday — did not contain information like intelligence secrets or military plans that might ordinarily merit moving it to a highly classified system.
      The White House’s statement on Friday indicates an effort to paint the practice as sanctioned by lawyers and overseen by the National Security Council, rather than a politically motivated attempt to keep Trump’s conversations from becoming public.

  1. Footnote says:

    Edward R. Murrow, “See it Now” (CBS-TV, March 9, 1954)
    “A Report on Senator Joseph R. McCarthy”
    (transcript) Video:

    “We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men — not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate and to defend causes that were, for the moment, unpopular.”
    “This is no time for men who oppose Senator McCarthy’s methods to keep silent, or for those who approve,” Murrow continued. “We can deny our heritage and our history, but we cannot escape responsibility for the result. There is no way for a citizen of a republic to abdicate his responsibilities. As a nation we have come into our full inheritance at a tender age. We proclaim ourselves, as indeed we are, the defenders of freedom, wherever it continues to exist in the world, but we cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.”

  2. Cassandra says:

    Scientists decry ‘ignorance’ of rolling back species protections in the midst of a mass extinction : At least 277 plant and animal species have gone extinct in North America since the 1700s, data show. (Washington Post 8/16/19)
    Areas in red show where indigenous organism populations have dropped below the “safe” limit of ecological stability, according to a 2016 study. (click to enlarge)

  3. Artefactual says:

    (October 1, 2019): This Historic D-Day Audio Captured From Inside A Landing Vessel* Was Found By Accident In A Basement
    * actually the deck of the USS Ancon, the flagship for the assault forces that landed on Omaha Beach in Normandy
    See also Washington Post
    “On Monday, a Florida researcher who discovered what appears to be the original tape of Hicks’s famous broadcast in an old log cabin donated it, and other historical artifacts, to the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va.
    Bruce Campbell, 63, of Loxahatchee drove the material from his home to the memorial and turned it over to John Long, the memorial foundation’s director of education.
    The donation included recordings of all of Hicks’s reports, before, during and after D-Day, as well as recordings of other legendary World War II journalists, such as Edward R. Murrow. It also included rare parts of the primitive tape recorder that was used.”
    Re: Bruce Cambell’s Recordgraph Amertapes collection see
    The Recordgraph sound recording and reproducing system used uncoated 35mm Cellulose Acetate film as a recording medium.
    George Hicks D-Day audio excerpt

  4. Footnote says:

    “Gabriel Over the White House” is a 1933 American pre-Code film starring Walter Huston that has been described as a “bizarre political fantasy” and which “posits a favorable view of fascism.” [“the film received the financial backing and creative input of William Randolph Hearst”].
    “…When Congress impeaches him [U.S. President Judson C. ‘Judd’ Hammond (Huston)], he responds by declaring martial law, dissolving the legislative branch, assuming the “temporary” power to make laws as he “transforms himself into an all-powerful dictator.” He orders the formation of a new “Army of Construction” answerable only to him and nationalizes the manufacture and sale of alcohol.
    The reborn Hammond’s policies include “suspension of civil rights and the imposition of martial law by presidential fiat.” He “tramples on civil liberties,” “revokes the Constitution, becomes a reigning dictator,” and employs “brown-shirted storm troopers”, called “Federal Police”,[10] led by the President’s top aide, Hartley ‘Beek’ Beekman (Franchot Tone).
    When he meets with resistance from the organized crime syndicate of ruthless Al Capone analog Nick Diamond, the President “suspends the law to arrest and execute ‘enemies of the people’ as he sees fit to define them,” with Beekman handing “down death sentences in his military star chamber” in a “show trial [that] resembles those designed to please a Stalin, a Hitler or a Chairman Mao,” after which the accused are immediately lined up against a wall behind the courthouse and “executed by firing squad.”
    By threatening world annihilation with America’s newest and most deadly secret weapon, Hammond then blackmails the world into disarmament, ushering in global peace.[12] At the very moment the other nations of the world finish acceding to his “covenant” of world disarmament, Hammond, his supposed divine mission completed, suffers a fatal stroke which also seems to be divinely attributable and the story ends.
    The Library of Congress comments: “The good news: he reduces unemployment, lifts the country out of the Depression, battles gangsters and Congress, and brings about world peace. The bad news: he’s Mussolini.”
    Impeachment and declaration of martial law sequence: “Gabriel Over the White House” (1933)

  5. Nightmare fuel says:

    “Man has massive, rotting scrotum removed after avoiding doctors for decades : Doctors believe he had an untreated parasitic infection.”
    “…Though blood testing did not definitively determine what caused his extreme case, the doctors suspect that it started with untreated lymphatic filariasis, a parasitic disease caused by roundworms that are transmitted by mosquitoes bites.
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, lymphatic filariasis affects more than 120 million people in 72 countries in the tropics and subtropics of Asia, Africa, the Western Pacific, and parts of the Caribbean and South America. In the Americas, the disease is endemic in only Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Guyana, and Brazil.”

    • Update says:

      Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) sent a letter to acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on Friday asking the White House to explain the recent series of departures from various cybersecurity offices.
      “A White House data breach would give our adversaries an untold advantage in almost every foreign policy and national security matter,” Lieu wrote.
      The letter is the first known step from a member of Congress seeking answers from the White House on how they are protecting themselves from potential cyber and national security threats.
      Lieu’s letter also brings up concerns about how consolidation in cybersecurity offices “fits the President’s history of obstructing and hiding transcripts and government business by manipulating internal bureaucratic procedures.”
      Lieu’s letter:

  6. Attention, meatbags says:

    ‘The problem with Amazon’s speedy shipping, in one graphic” (Vox)
    “The quota system pushes you to really not work at a pace that’s normal, but at a pace where you’re almost running for the entire 10 hours.”
    Humans must become cyborgs to survive, says Elon Musk

  7. None dare call it treason says:

    An internal memo on cybersecurity, obtained by Axios, warns that “the White House is posturing itself to be electronically compromised once again.”

    “An internal White House memo published today by Axios reveals that recent changes to the information operations and security organizations there have left the security team in tumult, with many members headed for the door. And the chief of the White House’s computer network defense branch—who wrote the memo after submitting his resignation—warned that the White House was likely headed toward another network compromise and theft of data.
    The White House Office of the Chief Information Security Officer was set up after the 2014 breach of an unclassified White House network by Russian intelligence—a breach discovered by a friendly foreign government. But in a July reorganization, the OCISO was dissolved and its duties placed under the White House Office of the Chief Information Officer, led by CIO Ben Pauwels and Director of White House IT Roger L. Stone. Stone was pulled from the ranks of the National Security Council where he was deputy senior director for resilience policy. (Stone is not related to indicted Republican political consultant Roger J. Stone.)
    The resulting changes have put an emphasis more on convenience than security. The Office of Administration at the White House has reportedly been purging information security staffers while responsibility for cybersecurity is outsourced from the streamlined IT operations team. In August, White House CISO Joe Schatz left the White House for a tech consulting job. And according to the memo, senior security experts have been leaving en masse since then as the White House has become increasingly hostile to the information security team.”

  8. Svante Arrhenius says:

    According to a new U.S. Army report, Americans could face a horrifically grim future from climate change involving blackouts, disease, thirst, starvation and war. The study found that the US military itself might also collapse. This could all happen over the next two decades, the report notes.
    The senior US government officials who wrote the report are from several key agencies including the Army, Defense Intelligence Agency, and NASA. The study called on the Pentagon to urgently prepare for the possibility that domestic power, water, and food systems might collapse due to the impacts of climate change as we near mid-century.
    The report was commissioned by General Mark Milley, Trump’s new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, making him the highest-ranking military officer in the country (the report also puts him at odds with Trump, who does not take climate change seriously.)
    The report, titled Implications of Climate Change for the U.S. Army, was launched by the U.S. Army War College in partnership with NASA in May at the Wilson Center in Washington DC. The report was commissioned by Gen. Milley during his previous role as the Army’s Chief of Staff. It was made publicly available in August via the Center for Climate and Security, but didn’t get a lot of attention at the time.
    The two most prominent scenarios in the report focus on the risk of a collapse of the power grid within “the next 20 years,” and the danger of disease epidemics. Both could be triggered by climate change in the near-term, it notes.
    The report also warns that the US military should prepare for new foreign interventions in Syria-style conflicts, triggered due to climate-related impacts. Bangladesh in particular is highlighted as the most vulnerable country to climate collapse in the world.”

  9. Stay tuned says:

    Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump 6:23 PM – 26 Oct 2019:
    “Something very big has just happened!”

    “…We now return you to the music of Ramón Raquello, playing for you in the Meridian Room of the Park Plaza Hotel, situated in downtown New York.”

  10. $10,000,000,000 says:

    President Donald Trump ordered former Defense Secretary James Mattis to “screw Amazon” out of the chance to bid on a $10 billion Pentagon contract, a new biography of Mattis says, according to a report this week by military-focused website Task & Purpose.
    The cloud computing services contract, for the Defense Department’s Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI), was awarded to Microsoft on Friday. Trump issued his directive to Mattis during a phone call last year, the biography said, according to Task & Purpose, which received an advance copy. CNET hasn’t reviewed the biography, “Holding the Line: Inside Trump’s Pentagon With Secretary Mattis”, by Guy Snodgrass, a former speechwriter for Mattis.

  11. Eavesdropping says:

    WhatsApp has sued Israeli surveillance firm NSO Group, accusing it of helping government spies break into the phones of roughly 1,400 users across four continents in a hacking spree targeting diplomats and senior government officials among others. In a lawsuit filed in federal court in San Francisco on Tuesday, messaging service WhatsApp, owned by Facebook Inc, accused NSO of facilitating government hacking sprees in 20 countries – including Mexico, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
    NSO has denied the allegations.
    NSO’s spyware has repeatedly been found deployed to hack journalists, lawyers, human rights activists, political dissidents and rivals.
    The spyware was also implicated in the gruesome killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was dismembered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last year.

  12. Head cheese says:

    A federal appeals court nominee broke down in tears during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday, reacting to a scathing letter against his confirmation by the American Bar Association after it conducted 60 interviews and concluded that he was “not qualified” for the judicial branch.
    President Donald Trump nominated VanDyke, who currently serves as a deputy assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division at the Department of Justice, last month for the post on the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals. The President has repeatedly attacked the liberal-leaning 9th Circuit for rulings that have blocked administration initiatives, especially on immigration.
    So far, at least six of the President’s nominees have received a “not qualified” rating as the Trump administration and the Republican-led Senate has transformed the face of the judiciary by placing nearly 160 nominees on the federal bench including two Supreme Court nominees. But the letter triggered an angry backlash from supporters of the Harvard-educated lawyer who called it a hit job from a liberal-leaning group.
    ABA letter:

  13. Lucy's football says:

    “Trump abandons plan to freeze fuel efficiency standards of cars”
    “The White House appears to be abandoning its plan to freeze the fuel efficiency standards of cars at 2020 levels, reversing a cornerstone policy of Trump’s campaign, reports The Wall Street Journal.”
    “The move could leave General Motors, Toyota and Fiat Chrysler in a lurch. The companies sided with the president in a legal battle over whether California could set its own fuel economy standards. From the outside, it seemed they capitulated to his demands, rather than the overwhelming evidence that vehicle emissions need to be cut in order to protect against climate change. Now, they may have squandered a lot of goodwill and damaged their reputations without getting what Trump promised.”

  14. Profit and Loss says:

    “California governor pleads with residents to stop targeting utility workers”
    “California governor says if PG&E doesn’t get itself out of bankruptcy the state could take it over”
    “The Northern California utility, which has come under fire recently for cutting power to thousands of people as part of its plan to prevent wildfires, filed for bankruptcy protection in January while facing billions of dollars in claims tied to deadly fires. Newsom said that his office aims to get the company out of bankruptcy by June 30, 2020 by first working on a plan with PG&E and other stakeholders.”
    “About 1,400 PG&E customers remain in dark from shutoffs that blacked out 1.1 million”
    “How PG&E fell 10 years behind San Diego on wildfire safety : Massive power outages highlighted how far behind PG&E is compared with San Diego Gas & Electric” “Utilities in both Northern and Southern California faced the same problem last week: How to keep power lines from sparking wildfires in the ferocious winds that were forecast to roar across tinder-dry lands in their areas.
    But while PG&E, the state’s largest utility, shut off power to an estimated 2.5 million people, causing massive disruptions to homes, businesses and schools, San Diego Gas & Electric cut the power to only about 65,000 people.
    A big reason for the difference, experts say, is that the San Diego company has spent the last decade modernizing its power grid and focusing relentlessly on reducing fire risk, while PG&E has lagged.”

  15. McLeod says:

    Fire crew walks along a blackened ridge as they battle the Getty fire, Oct. 28, 2019, in Los Angles. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  16. Mike says:

    “A Top Medical Journal Is Coming Out Hard Against Criminalizing Drug Users : A special drugs issue of The Lancet says doctors need to protect drug users from politicians who take a punitive approach.”
    “The Lancet: 20th century views and responses to drug use are no longer fit for purpose”
    Lancet: “Global patterns of opioid use and dependence: harms to populations, interventions, and future action”
    See also Lancet:

  17. Egress says:

    Longtime GOP Rep. Peter King announces he will not seek another term in office, becoming the latest in a growing list of Republicans who are not seeking reelection in 2020.
    So far, almost two dozen Republicans have announced this cycle that they are retiring from the lower chamber, resigning or running for other offices.
    A handful of those departing lawmakers would have faced tough reelections in competitive districts, but a vast majority occupy safe, conservative seats.
    List of the lawmakers who aren’t seeking reelection in 2020:
    Rats From a Sinking Ship : A new documentary chronicling a rodent’s invasion of the Gulf Coast is part quirky tale, part sobering climate change parable.

  18. Eddie Haskell says:

    Donald Trump Jr was booed off stage and forced to abandon a book tour appearance at the University of California’s Los Angeles campus – due to a protest by supporters of his father.
    The event, organized by conservative group Turning Point USA (TPUSA), was disrupted by chants of “Q and A! Q and A!” after the audience was told the president’s son would not take questions, video showed.
    It was intended to promote Mr Trump’s book, “Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us”, which takes aim at liberal and left-wing politics.
    But Mr Trump’s appearance lasted only about half an hour, with he and partner Kimberly Guilfoyle forced off the stage by the chants from a section of supporters.
    Their chants erupted after Mr Trump said students “being able to question things, to be able to stand up to” authority was important.
    “You’re not making your parents proud by being rude and disruptive and discourteous,” Ms Guilfoyle told the protesters. “I bet you engage and go on online dating because you’re impressing no one here to get a date in person.”

  19. Major Tom says:

    NASA Reverses Course After Giving Asteroid Nazi Name
    “It’s the furthest celestial object we’ve ever visited with a spacecraft — asteroid Ultima Thule has been fascinating scientists ever since NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft visited it last winter.
    Now it’s back in the news for an embarrassing reason: NASA renamed the space rock on Tuesday after backlash about its old name’s Nazi connotations, Agence France-Press reports.
    NASA’s new name for the asteroid is “Arrokoth,” meaning “sky” in the Native American Pohatan language.
    “Ultima Thule” originally referred to a mythical, far-away location in classical myths. But the name was later coopted by Nazi occultists who used it to refer to ancestral land of “Aryan” people, according to AFP. The name is still in use in alt-right circles and is even the name of a Swedish white-power rock group.”

  20. White House Louse says:

    “Somewhat lost in the frenzy over impeachment this week was a report from the Southern Poverty Law Center on Stephen Miller, a White House speechwriter and close adviser to the president.
    An analysis of more than 900 emails from Miller to editors at Breitbart News, the report shows Miller’s single-minded focus on nonwhite immigration and his immersion in an online ecosystem of virulent, unapologetic racism. The Miller of these emails isn’t just an immigration restrictionist, he’s an ideological white nationalist.
    It’s tempting to dismiss this as old news. Miller is, after all, the architect behind the Trump administration’s most draconian border and immigration policies, as well as some of its harshest anti-immigrant rhetoric.”

  21. Juche Fruit says:

    North Korea has launched another volley of insults at former vice president Joe Biden, calling him a “rabid dog” who is greedy for power and deserves to be beaten to death.
    The attack came two weeks after Biden issued a statement attacking President Trump’s North Korea policy and referring to that country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, as a “murderous dictator.”
    In response, North Korea laid on the animal metaphors thick and fast, calling Biden a crafty, rabid dog keen at getting at others’ throats, and a profiteer.
    “A crow is never whiter for often washing,” the Korean Central News Agency said in a commentary.
    “Anyone who dare slanders the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK, can never spare the DPRK’s merciless punishment whoever and wherever,” it said, referring to the country’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
    “And he will be made to see even in a grave what horrible consequences will be brought about by his thoughtless utterances.”
    It then returned to the animal theme.
    “Rabid dogs like Baiden [sic] can hurt lots of people if they are allowed to run about. They must be beaten to death with a stick, before it is too late,” it wrote. “Doing so will be beneficial for the U.S. also.”

  22. 멘탈붕괴 says:

    Secretary of Defense Mark Esper landed in South Korea on Thursday to navigate renewed threats from an “enraged” North Korea and newly heightened strain in the alliance with Seoul that congressional aides, lawmakers and Korea experts say has been caused by President Donald Trump.
    Trump is demanding that South Korea pay roughly 400% more in 2020 to cover the cost of keeping US troops on the peninsula, a congressional aide and an administration official confirmed to CNN.
    The price hike has frustrated Pentagon officials and deeply concerned Republican and Democratic lawmakers, according to military officials and congressional aides. It has angered and unnerved Seoul, where leaders are questioning US commitment to their alliance and wondering whether Trump will pull US forces if they don’t pay up.
    “Nothing says I love you like a shakedown,” said Vipin Narang, an associate professor at MIT who follows the Korean peninsula, summarizing South Korean uncertainty about the US.

  23. Pardon me says:

    “On Friday, President Trump’s longtime political adviser Roger Stone was found guilty on seven criminal charges related to testimony he gave to Congress as part of investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Those charges included five counts of offering false statements, one of obstruction and one of witness tampering. Stone is scheduled to be sentenced early next year.”

    • Law & Order says:

      Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump 9:13 AM – 15 Nov 2019:
      “So they now convict Roger Stone of lying and want to jail him for many years to come. Well, what about Crooked Hillary, Comey, Strzok, Page, McCabe, Brennan, Clapper, Shifty Schiff, Ohr & Nellie, Steele & all of the others, including even Mueller himself? Didn’t they lie?….
      [continues] ….A double standard like never seen before in the history of our Country?

      “It’s important to appreciate how deeply dangerous this sentiment really is. The difference between Stone and those figures mentioned by Trump is that Stone committed crimes and has been convicted for them, while those others have not.
      Trump’s constant use of disinformation warfare, and his serial attacks on the justice system, are all about trying to erode people’s ability to make this basic distinction, that is, to erode their faith that the justice system can actually parcel out real justice.”

  24. Power to the People says:

    Central New Mexico Battles for Control of Electric Systems : New Mexico electric co-ops face challenges as new state mandates are pushing utilities to replace fossil fuels with renewable and non-carbon resources.
    SOCORRO, N.M. (AP) — Socorro is charged up about building its own electric utility to offer cheaper, cleaner electricity to local consumers than they get from the 75-year-old Socorro Electric Cooperative.
    Mayor Ravi Bhasker and city councilors are pursuing an independent contract with Guzman Energy LLC, an upstart power provider that’s challenging the long reign of Tri-State Generation and Transmission, which currently supplies all wholesale electricity to Socorro and 10 other rural New Mexico cooperatives.
    The city says Tri-State, which relies heavily on coal plants, charges far higher wholesale rates than other providers like Guzman can offer through solar and wind facilities that have plummeted in price in recent years.
    The Socorro co-op, they add, has done nothing to mitigate those high costs, such as building local renewable systems independently of Tri-State to save money for co-op members. And that, in turn, has forced local consumers to use expensive electricity.
    In 2006, Tri-State’s 3 coal-fired power plants emitted 14.3 million tons of CO2 and 6,500 tons of SO2.
    “Power Marketer to Tri-State: We’ll Buy and Close Your Coal Plants” Denver-based Guzman Energy on May 28 announced it wants to buy three coal units primarily owned by Tri-State, close those units, and replace 800 MW of generation with solar and wind resources along with gas-fired generation. Guzman, which calls itself an energy marketing, trading, and investment company, has said the cheaper cost of renewables would provide Tri-State’s member cooperatives with savings under the plan. Guzman said its plan would cost about $500 million.
    Meanwhile: Tri-State Generation & Transmission’s largest member, United Power, has asked Colorado regulators to help set a fair charge to exit the utility’s service. It is the most recent sign of unrest among the G&T provider’s cooperative members, which are seeking cheaper and cleaner power supplies.
    Separately, La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) has filed a complaint with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission asking regulators to determine its own exit charge. According to La Plata, it requested an estimate from Tri-State four months ago but has not received the information.

  25. Newton says:

    In search for cheaper, longer energy storage, mountain gravity could eventually top lithium-ion
    Mountain gravity energy storage could be a viable way to store electricity for longer durations and at larger scales than lithium-ion battery storage can, according to a study recently published in the academic journal Energy. See
    The researchers propose that a motorized system similar to a ski lift could pull containers full of sand to a crane at the top of a mountain. The sand can then be sent back down the mountain propelled only by the force of gravity, generating electricity in the process.
    The basic concept is similar to a gravity storage technology proposed by the Swiss company Energy Vault, which recently received a greater than $100 million equity investment from SoftBank’s Vision Fund. That technology generates electricity through gravity by lowering concrete blocks in a tower.

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