Welcome to Trump’s Patriot Act

Under cover of redressing what President Donald Trump and his allies call the FBI’s “witch hunt” over (Mike Flynn’s) collusion with the Kremlin, Mitch McConnell, via an amendment to the PATRIOT Act, will expressly permit the FBI to warrantlessly collect records on Americans’ web browsing and search histories. In a different amendment, McConnell also proposes giving the attorney general visibility into the “accuracy and completeness” of FBI surveillance submissions to the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court. Versions of the amendments circulating Monday were shared with The Daily Beast…

“Under the McConnell amendment, Barr gets to look through the web browsing history of any American—including journalists, politicians, and political rivals—without a warrant, just by saying it is relevant to an investigation,” said Senator Ron Wyden, who has been trying to ban warrantless surveillance on such records.

Here we are, heading back into the McCarthy Era, again, under the misleadership of the Republican Cowards Party. Again.

NIH cuts coronavirus funding budget


The Great Ignoranus could make anyone’s head hurt

Researchers expressed alarm this week after the National Institutes of Health abruptly cancelled funding for a long-standing research project by US and Chinese scientists to examine how coronaviruses leap from bats to humans, potentially causing devastating pandemics—such as the one we are currently experiencing by a coronavirus genetically linked to those found in bats.

The funding cut could set back critical research into preventing such disease spread, scientists say. They also expressed dismay that the decision was prompted by unfounded conspiracy theories and what some see as a wider attempt by the Trump administration to deflect criticism of its handling of the pandemic by blaming China for unleashing the disease.

The NIH has not provided a clear explanation for its move to cancel the funds…

but, if you think it has nothing at all to do with chickenshit bureaucrats running and hiding from conspiracy theories floated by the Fake President…I have a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell you real cheap. A deal.