Insatiably Curious

Category: Politics (Page 1 of 3)

Chaos is being normalised by Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, and Vladimir Putin. And it’s all part of a larger destructive plan.

An atmosphere of weariness is descending on the mass of people. They were already weary of Brexit and are now getting weary of endless headlines about a constitutional crisis that never seems to end.

In the 1930s, the psychologist Erich Fromm noted that the ideal conditions for the rise of dictators and autocrats was a “state of inner tiredness and resignation”, which he attributed to the pace of life in stressed, industrialised societies.

Among the German working class, Fromm observed “a deep feeling of resignation, of disbelief in their leaders, of doubt about the value of any kind of political organization and political activity … deep within themselves many had given up any hope in the effectiveness of political action”.

» Read more of Paul Mason’s opinion in The Guardian…

John Bolton was either ousted or quit as the US National Security Adviser. Like the White House, he leaves behind a legacy of chaos, dysfunction, and no meaningful accomplishments

The turnover at the White House continues. It’s chaos over there. Who’s left? How many vacancies are there?

Washington Post / WaPo / WaPo / WaPo / WaPo / WaPo (Paywall)

NY Times / NYT / NYT / NYT / NYT

The Daily Beast / TDB

Politico / Politico

Axios / Axios

ABC News / ABC


Mother Jones




Los Angeles Times

The Hill


Vanity Fair

Miami Herald

Chicago Sun-Times


US extracted one of it’s spies from inside Russia in 2017 over fears Trump would expose the covert source to his buddy Putin

In a previously undisclosed secret mission in 2017, the United States successfully extracted from Russia one of its highest-level covert sources inside the Russian government, multiple Trump administration officials with direct knowledge told CNN.

A person directly involved in the discussions said that the removal of the Russian was driven, in part, by concerns that President Donald Trump and his administration repeatedly mishandled classified intelligence and could contribute to exposing the covert source as a spy.

The decision to carry out the extraction occurred soon after a May 2017 meeting in the Oval Office in which Trump discussed highly classified intelligence with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and then-Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak. The intelligence, concerning ISIS in Syria, had been provided by Israel.

» CNN has the exclusive on this…

» More at The NY Times » C.I.A. Informant Extracted From Russia Had Sent Secrets to U.S. for Decades

Trump is a national international security threat.

Republican Senator Kerry Roberts of Springfield, Tennessee calls for the elimination of higher education, calls it a ‘liberal breeding ground’

What grade did he complete?

A Republican Tennessee lawmaker says he supports getting rid of higher education because he argues it would cut off the “liberal breeding ground.”

Sen. Kerry Roberts of Springfield called for eliminating higher education while speaking about attending a recent abortion legislative hearing on his conservative radio talk show on Sept. 2.

Roberts specifically called out one activist who testified in favor of protecting abortion rights. He asserted without evidence that the woman’s beliefs were a “product of higher education” and claimed that getting rid of higher education would “save America.”

» Read more from the Associated Press…

Kerry Roberts is further proof that you can’t cure stupid.


Pentagon lists projects that will be delayed to divert funds to Trumps border wall

Who’s going to pay for the wall?

» He said Mexico was going to pay for it.

Turns out that was another of his lies.

The US military and all the people and companies that do work for them are going to pay. US tax payers are going to pay.

The Pentagon plans to divert funds from military construction projects in nearly half the 50 states, three territories and 19 countries to the southwestern border wall as part of President Trump’s efforts to bypass Congress and redirect spending to his signature campaign promise.

Nearly every facet of military life, from a canceled dining center in Puerto Rico to a small arms firing range in Tulsa, Okla., to an elementary school in Wiesbaden, Germany, will be affected by the transfer of $3.6 billion in congressionally appropriated funds detailed by the Defense Department on Wednesday.

The cuts involve projects such as rifle ranges, aircraft simulators, hangars, port repairs and a cyberoperations center in Virginia, with the biggest impact in Puerto Rico, Guam, New York and New Mexico. In the case of Puerto Rico, the Defense Department plans to divert funds from projects targeted after Hurricane Maria devastated the island in 2017.

» Read more about the cuts in the article by Emily Cochrane and Helene Cooper at very successful The NY Times…

Predictably, the pro-gun lobbyists and the NRA attack Walmart after they restricted ammo sales and in-store open-carry

Walmart had come under criticism over its response to the recent mass shooting at a store in El Paso, Texas. At first the chain announced it would ban violent video game displays but continue to sell guns. On Tuesday, CEO Doug McMillon announced that the retailer would discontinue selling certain types of ammo but would continue to sell deer rifles and shotguns.


McMillon also cited an incident in which a man entered a Walmart store armed with a rifle in hopes of scaring customers.

“These incidents are concerning and we would like to avoid them, so we are respectfully requesting that customers no longer openly carry firearms into our stores or Sam’s Clubs in states where ‘open carry’ is permitted — unless they are authorized law enforcement officers,” McMillon said.

The Walmart exec also urged Congress to strengthen background checks and reauthorize the assault weapons ban.

The NRA issued a statement calling the new policies “shameful” and accused Walmart of bending to the “pressure of the anti-gun elites.”

Read more by Igor Derysh at Salon

» These are good first steps. But much more needs to be done to curtail the mass killings in the USA.

Vulnerabilities Facing 2020 US Election Machines

At this year’s Defcon, it was Alex’s first time looking at the technology that voters use to cast their ballots — and he wasn’t impressed.

The machine he’s investigating is a ballot-marking device used to help people with physical impairments or language barriers vote, and it’s running a version of Windows that is more than 15 years old.

“These systems crash at your Wal-Mart scanning your groceries. And we’re using those systems here to protect our democracy, which is a little bit unsettling,” he said.

“I wouldn’t even use this to control a camera at my house. Or my toaster.”

Read more by Miles Parks at NPR…

Trump called Fox News correspondent into Oval Office to argue he wasn’t wrong about Alabama

This is sad. Seriously. He’s embarrassing himself. More than usual.

And now people are feeling sorry for the President. Your leader. This is embarrassing for the country.

Fox News senior White House correspondent John Roberts had just finished his 3 p.m. live shot on Thursday when President Donald Trump beckoned him into the Oval Office.

The President had one argument to make, according to an internal Fox email Roberts sent about the meeting provided to CNN.

“He stressed to me that forecasts for Dorian last week had Alabama in the warning cone,” Roberts wrote. “He insisted that it is unfair to say Alabama was never threatened by the storm.”

Read more at CNN…

More at AP, WaPo, The Independent, The Atlantic

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