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‘The President of the United States is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country’

Jane Rosenzweig at the NY Times writes »

I can’t tell you what’s going to happen to his blockbuster complaint about the president’s behavior, but I can tell you that the whistle-blower’s college writing instructor would be very proud of him.

As a writing instructor myself for 20 years, I look at the complaint and see a model of clear writing that offers important lessons for aspiring writers. Here are a few:

The whistle-blower gets right to the point.

We know right away what his purpose is and why we should care. He wastes no time on background or pleasantries before stating that he is writing to report “an ‘urgent’ concern.” And then he immediately states it:

In the course of my official duties, I have received information from multiple U.S. Government officials that the President of the United States is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election.

Read the whole NY Times article »

The unclassified whistleblower complaint, dated August 12, 2019, can also be read in full here »

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?

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NY Times / NYT / NYT / NYT / NYT

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Axios / Axios

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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.

“Undercover” — Valerie Plame for Congress

Ex-CIA operative Valerie Plame is running for Congress

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.

 

The new ‘Volfefe Index’ attempts to measure Trump Tweets impact on market

JPMorgan created the “Volfefe Index” — a reference to Trump’s viral 2017 “covfefe” tweet which remains unexplained — in an attempt to measure how Trump’s tweets impact volatility in U.S. interest rates.

Out of about 4,000 non-retweets occurring during market hours from 2018 to the present, only 146 moved the market.

Most of Trump’s tweets come around noon to 2:00 pm, with a 1:00 pm tweet roughly three times as likely to arrive at any other hour of the afternoon or evening, according to J.P. Morgan’s report.

Trump’s 3:00 am tweets are also more common than 3:00 pm tweets, which can be a nuisance for U.S. rates markets, since overnight market depth tends to be thin.Trump is presumably asleep from 5:00 am to 10:00 am, according to the report, since there’s a lull in tweeting activity during that time.

» Read more about the Volfefe Index at CNBC

See also The Hill, CNN, Bloomberg

Interesting » Study links lower emotional intelligence to prejudiced, right-wing views

Not surprising.

People who score lower on emotional intelligence tests are more likely to hold right-wing and prejudice attitudes, according to new research.

Psychologists have long been interested in how personality traits and cognitive abilities relate to political ideologies and prejudice. Past research, for example, has shown that people with lower cognitive abilities are more likely to hold right-wing and prejudiced attitudes. But relatively few studies have examined how emotional intelligence factors into the mix.

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The results echo those of a similar 2017 study, which indicated that people who scored lower in trait Emotional Intelligence were more likely to hold right-wing and subtly racist views. Why? People with lower emotional intelligence have less empathy and are less able to assume the perspective of others, the authors suggested.

» Read more at Big Think

 

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…

Jim Carrey » Osama bin Laden doesn’t hold a candle to Mitch McConnell

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