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Daily Reading #130

The big story in these is the active open investigations going on around the many Clinton crimes and criminal associates :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04JaYmIaNqE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLOw9NGfEYc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7dJIgm3d78

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSEGlVdWm6Y

Pablo Escobar presents a radically-different interpretation of European history, but factual, analytical.  So different that you can’t remember it  afterwards without a lot of rehearsal :

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/05/12/the-decline-of-the-west-revisited/

The United States has a foreign policy, the single mistake that is taking the country down the fastest. The mistake is not this foreign policy or that, but rather the attempt to play a game unplayable by mere human minds, although the turn to negative-sum is a separate sin that compounded the evil.

Foreign policy is the first evil, we know that because foreign wars have produced all of the ‘landmark social legislation’, taxes and business subsidies that make up our various domestic policies :

https://www.thenation.com/article/explains-trumps-sharp-face-saudi-arabia/

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/05/iran-rouhani-denounces-middle-east-ignorance-170522204903139.html

If we didn’t have a foreign policy, if we treated every country strictly neutrally, we wouldn’t have to make trade-offs, we could expect civilized behavior from them all, according to international law.  It would not prevent the citizens of the US from pursuing their interests, it would merely prevent government assistance in pursuing what it thinks are our interests, but aren’t, currently costing $1T / year :

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-saudi-visit-and-trumps-unprincipled-foreign-policy/

Stories about pedophilia are a constant, but they don’t get any play as a social phenomena, an aspect of the corruption that pervades our society :

http://www.torontosun.com/2017/05/09/webcam-sex-tourism-raid-of-suspected-pedophiles-home-in-the-philippines-reveals-rising-abuse

Cyber security considered as weapons of mass destruction :

https://thewire.in/137220/wannacry-cyber-security-threat-us-non-proliferation/

National income distribution has shifted to the top, leaving the middle class with falling standards of living :

https://www.stratfor.com/weekly/crisis-middle-class-and-american-power

One aspect of the income shift is the various ways of avoiding taxes.  Malta is another of the world’s tax havens, this is another Panama Papers case :

https://eic.network/projects/malta-files?utm_source=POLITICO.EU&utm_campaign=3ace0b74a9-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_05_22&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_10959edeb5-3ace0b74a9-189891945

This is an insane situation, chronic shortages of sodium chloride and sodium bicarbonate IV drips. Free markets for products made from plastic bags plus sodium chloride and water or sodium bicarbonate and water can’t have shortages like this. Obviously, it is built into the market for drugs by the FDA’s power to control that market, tho the NYTimes doesn’t notice that :

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/21/health/sodium-bicarbonate-solution-critical-shortage-hospitals.html

This is a cultural conservative view.  But the academic’s community turn away from reason is the base issue :

https://philosophyofmetrics.com/lets-burn-down-the-universities/

Pacifica Radio isn’t entirely anti-war, of course :

https://www.blackagendareport.com/activists_confront_amy_goodman_on_syria

If we had to pick one measure of our government’s ability to do important jobs well and carefully, handling nuclear waste would be a good one.  They are lousy at it, ditto the environment on every government installation :

http://thebulletin.org/predictable-nuclear-accident-hanford10774

Just after I wrote that, I found this :

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2017/05/environmentalists-ignoring-elephant-room-u-s-military-worlds-largest-polluter.html

“The fossil fuel industry is dying”.  There is a great deal of wishful thinking in this, as well as some outright incorrectness, e.g. “solar has greater EROEI”.  However, the bits about debt and subsidies are certainly correct, ditto chaos. Chaos, of course, is everywhere in markets, so that isn’t special. Otherwise, it is very difficult to know the reality of any of these numbers, even for the firms most involved, because of all of the taxes and subsidies :

http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/05/gaius-publius-dying-fossil-fuel-industry.html

A reminder that Arabia has produced a great civilization, many threads of which humans use everywhere today, more of which we should :

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/05/whispers-of-scandal-over-the-rescue-of-timbuktus-manuscripts/

Tolerance is hard for humans, nobody is special when it comes to tolerance for others :

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/05/iran-rouhani-denounces-middle-east-ignorance-170522204903139.html

I have seen many claims, but not the evidence that there is actually a big increase in pedophilia cases and arrests.  There has been an increase, but so far it doesn’t seem coordinated from one place, as it would likely have been if the FBI was distributing evidence from the emails on Antony Wiener’s laptop. These networks have been proliferating for many years, many children prostituted as the minimum of their crimes, which often go considerably beyond that.

I have seen Trump’s personal friend Roger Stone claim that Trump understands about pedogate. I have seen half a dozen claims by other people who say they know that is true. I see the same about Sessions. I see claims by NYPD that they have copies of the emails that they will release if the FBI doesn’t begin investigations and make prosecuteable cases. There are waves of rumor in the various open source investigations and commentators on them that waves of arrests of high-level people are coming. FBIAnon above fans those flames.

Beyond that, I haven’t seen much actual action.  Citizens in open source investigations are moving these cases, nobody was investigating Seth Rich’s death until citizens got involved. Nobody is investigating the Petersen girl’s death in Haiti, the deaths of Wikileaks associates, … :

https://townhall.com/columnists/katiekieffer/2017/04/03/why-isnt-hillary-clinton-in-jail-n2307710

The negotiations behind China’s One Belt One Road initiatives :

https://thewire.in/138647/obor-china-india-gains/

Daily Reading #12F

Israeli-Neocons are still driving the country to war :
I have not liked politicians for a long time, and don’t see much difference between Ds and Rs, on average, but the Democrats allied with Clinton are a new low in the US.  That is an evidence-based judgement, pedophilia, human trafficking and organ trafficking in addition to very large-scale fraud and self-dealing while in office are their crimes.

There are, I am almost convinced, some big things about to happen.  Trump is not entirely what he seems to be, doesn’t always say what he thinks, I think.

There is a lot of stuff happening on the Pizzagate / Pedogate front, and they connected very directly to Clinton on multiple fronts.  This is not made up, and will be entirely revealed when those 650K emails finally get loose, which they will because the NYPD apparently made enough copies to hold over the FBI’s head if the FBI doesn’t proceed to indictments.

Additionally, there are many lists of people and connections through these threads of analysis, investigators with Grand Juries and subpoenas will have a lot of background material to begin their work, exactly what is most needed in tracing the threads of deep corruption through our society :
A chief of Detectives in the NYPD backed all of Erik Prinz’s statements up, leaks from the NYPD and FBI continue.

This stuff is not made up.  The publicly-known connections are still tenuous in terms of culpability, but those emails must have started up a lot of investigations, this is certainly a record number of arrests in large pedo rings. Comey was not joining the crusade, I think, covering up for Clinton.

The Clintons have been criminals since the beginning, before Arkansas.  They closed down the Clinton Foundation’s exposed part, pooff, a couple of $Bs gone somewhere, nobody will ever know because they destroyed all those records. But they are really exposed on pedogate, organ harvesting, kids for sacrifice, all the murders of investigators and inside whistle blowers and friends of Julian Assange.  When people start tracing back the supply of organs, exactly where they come from, etc., or when the FBI sends 400 agents to Haiti and every parent who lost a child is contacted and photo lineups used to ID the perps, then the links to the Clintons will be very clear. We already know that Hillary was a long-time associate of Laura Silsby, one of the child traffickers that Haiti arrested.

Now we need to get rid of the #2 guy in the FBI, Andrew McCabe, head of the counter-intelligence division, and the CIA’s man in the FBI, who has received a $650K bribe via political contributions to his wife’s campaign.  He has been sitting on all of Clinton’s Clinton Foundation, Haitian, etc. crimes, Jeffrey Epstein, proprietor of pedo island, good friend of the Clinton’s, they visited Pedo Island often.

Add in the very many people combing through records following leads in the various open source investigations, and the Clintons don’t have a prayer.  Nor any of their oligarchic friends, there is going to be a house cleaning in this country.  But given that their crimes are pedophilia, organ harvesting, murder, very large-scale fraud, drugs, trafficking people for many reasons, this could get ugly.

I do not believe I am at all exaggerating the magnitude of what is happening under the surface here. Thus ultimately what is driving the absolute craziness of “Putin did it!!” pounded into every single story on NPR.  Massive unreason covering great evil.

You owe no allegiance to people of this type. They cannot possibly represent your interests.

Our legacy media does not apply consistent standards :

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-21/media-trump-dont-cozy-dictators-unless-theyre-right-dictators

Wiping out one’s history instead of learning from it is a serious mistake for a culture :

http://www.occidentaldissent.com/2017/05/19/lessons-from-new-orleans/

An essay on the importance of Stephen Jay Gould :

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/05/stephen-jay-gould-science-race-evolution-climate-change

Police misuse the data the government collects, there is effectively no oversight.  This is likely true at the Federal level also :

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/40664-california-authorities-are-failing-to-track-and-prevent-abuse-of-police-databases

Daily Reading #12E

There are many predictions of Trump’s impeachment, all fantasy and unreason.  Trump has not lost support in his base, despite so many of us being very pissed about the lack of progress in draining the swamp.  Republicans control the House AND the Senate.  This is more of the big-lie propaganda on display :

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-20/hbo%E2%80%99s-bill-mahar-bets-100-rubles-trump-%E2%80%9Cwill-be-out-christmas%E2%80%9D

Our President can give a good speech.  I hope he understands all the lies it contains :

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-21/donald-trumps-saudi-speech-full-transcript

Meanwhile, the country he denigrates is the only functioning democracy in the ME, and I include Israel in that list :

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/iran-election-rouhani-saudi-arabia-trump-bad-news-a7746146.html

A reminder about how new it all is, 1888 was the first ‘long distance’ automobile trip, 106 kilometers, 66 miles :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bertha_Benz

The bastards in our Israeli-Neocon Deep State are the source of the push for war. The US has absolutely no right in law to be inside Syria with any military force, much less bombing and strafing Syrian military forces. War crimes, no question at all. Major violations of basic international law and norms, human rights, devastated lives :

http://www.moonofalabama.org/2017/05/us-attacks-syrian-government-forces-it-now-has-to-make-its-choice.html#more

http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/the-lights-are-going-out-in-the-middle-east

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2017/05/25/syria-horrorscape-aleppo/

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/05/19/getting-assange-the-untold-story/

Trump isn’t undermining US power, he is revealing the weaknesses in that power. The Israeli-Neocons are directly responsible for most of the political trends that lead to the election of Donald Trump :

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-05-19/russians-are-laughing-at-the-u-s-not-just-at-trump

The FBI and CIA continue morphing into the Stasi :

http://www.alternet.org/grayzone-project/fbi-has-new-plan-spy-high-school-students-across-country

https://theintercept.com/2017/05/19/sweden-withdraws-arrest-warrant-for-julian-assange-but-he-still-faces-serious-legal-jeopardy/

No business would have such stupid policies.  Of course, no business would have guaranteed student loans, so there wouldn’t be any graduates in debt, and thus not so many well-off college administrators and professors :

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-19/americans-are-paying-38-to-collect-1-of-student-debt?cmpid=socialflow-twitter-business&utm_content=business&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

The CIA is a major driver of world events in recent history and an even more powerful shaper of the information that reaches your newspaper, TV and internet.  Extrapolate :

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-20/10-crazy-conspiracy-theories-became-conspiracy-facts

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/05/19/seth-rich-craig-murray-and-the-sinister-stewards-of-the-national-security-state/

The CIA, CIA-associated mafias and the military are the importers of heroin :

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-05-11/the-heroin-business-is-booming-in-america

All pedophilia does not emanate from the CIA, meaning the CIA doesn’t have to work too hard to inveigle some people into the practice, and thereby own them :

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2015/06/magazine-piece-sky-stories-child-sex-abuse-150609111422880.html

Mining the deep ocean ice-methane clathrates produces a great deal of methane :

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-39971667

Weirdness in America :

https://fabiusmaximus.com/2017/05/20/today-in-american-weirdness/

Gee, you mean the Special Forces are actually mostly hype also? Yes, they can fight, but not especially specially.

In their defense, what institution in our modern world lives up to the image it wishes to create for itself? Still, they supposedly had very special skills, local language and cultures, and could blend in with the community :

http://freerangeinternational.com/blog/?p=6847

Farmland is down, asset prices falling in many areas :

http://wolfstreet.com/2017/05/19/commodities-bust-hits-farm-lenders-delinquencies-surge-225/

http://wolfstreet.com/2017/05/17/classic-collector-car-prices-fall-how-asset-bubbles-unwind/

This is life extension research.  Brain function declines precipitously in the last year of life, and anything which increases its function, prevents degradation after injury will increase longevity :

http://neurosciencestuff.tumblr.com/post/160926079968/image-caption-star-shaped-cells-known-as

Food trends, we are a nation of foodies :

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-restaurant-menu-trends-0521-biz-20170519-story.html

This bit of change is uplifting, shows the power of the individual, and the rapidity with which a culture can change itself :

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170511-the-indian-village-addicted-to-chess

I agree, don’t change your password, change your encryption standard. NIST is an arm of NSA. NSA has shown no interest in increased security, AES is something they can manage because they can accelerate the AES mechanism in electronic logic and thus try 1 trillion passwords / second, according to Snowden.  That means that NSA collects passwords and writes password-prediction programs, as that is easier than brute-force attacks on the 256-bit AES key space :

http://www.ibtimes.com/my-password-secure-nist-advises-against-periodically-changing-passwords-2541293

 

Daily Reading #12D

I don’t disagree with James Downton (a pseudonym) in that yes, the whole bureaucracy is in opposition to Trump.  But, for whatever reason, he downplays the major source of the opposition, from whence has emanate so much of the animus. Those are the State Department, some parts of the military, the higher echelons of the intelligence services and the more secretive parts, the more secretive parts of the FBI and various threads of associations inside all of the police forces of the world, especially their secretive parts.  Every police force has them.

The government is out of citizen’s control, and has been since our National Intelligence State evolved within the growth of centralization of the world’s power in DC.  Just like so many civilizations in the past, we are being taken over by our apparatus that was created to defend us :

http://thefederalist.com/2017/05/19/watching-slow-motion-coup-detat/

https://consortiumnews.com/2017/05/18/when-the-trump-coup-makers-cometh/

George Webb’s interpretations of recent history as the middle of a rapidly-evolving open source investigation, is getting mind-blowing.  No kidding, him acting as feet-on-the-ground investigation with a pick-up internet team of researchers behind him, who merely search to combinations of terms, read a lot, be skeptical and pass along tidbits and links. Webb’s role has morphed, he is now pulling together other groups to look at specific aspects of people and events.  It turns out, there is nobody who can escape the net of paperwork and social media Connections lead them to connections, all intertwined by business and political interests.  Either our government was already unbelievably corrupt, or the Clintons did a job on the entire Federal government, because Hillary’s misuse of the State Department for her own benefit was pretty large-scale. The many threads lead back to Hillary.

George Webb and his team are a handful of people looking into this corruption in a systematic way, tho I keep hearing that the FBI has something very large going on.

When you follow the twists and turns of that story, and so many threads not yet pulled, add in the fact that Webb is just one person and it is a big country so it is unlikely Webb is finding much of the total, a person could easily conclude that this country is infested with mafias.  Every time you turn around, there is another major scandal being covered up. None of which, so far, have had to do with Trump, no matter how much evidence they claim, but never produce.

https://voat.co/v/pizzagate/1674548

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2Gq1yIe4QA&t=15s

Israel is not good for Jews :

http://mondediplo.com/2016/03/04israel

I agree with his observations that the Democrats are acting crazy, along with their allies. Dancing in perfect step, all of them at once. A choir master hopes for such timing and coordination as exist among the many voices of the Clinton campaign, the NYTimes, WaPo, CNN, etc.  Did you see CNN’s ratings are now above FOX’s ratings for 24-hour news and the various major shows? I don’t see that any party is correctly evaluating how fast the socio-politico-economic world is changing, and in so many dimensions at once.

Another way of saying that is “All major media now reflects the Israeli-Neocon view of the world”.

https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2017/05/15/liberals-are-an-inferno-of-flaming-crazy-and-we-should-pour-gasoline-on-the-fire-n2326754

Power to do good is power.  Power can be mis-used, and often is :

http://www.alternet.org/grayzone-project/ignored-western-media-syrians-describe-nightmare-armed-opposition-brought-them

Israeli-Neocons and their many voices have a lot to answer for :

http://www.alternet.org/grayzone-project/ignored-western-media-syrians-describe-nightmare-armed-opposition-brought-them

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/yemen-civil-war-an-interview-with-foreign-minister-sharaf-a-1148303.html

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-20/fallacy-demonizing-russia

http://mondoweiss.net/2017/04/moralizing-propaganda-analysis/

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/16/the-real-reason-the-israel-palestine-peace-process-always-fails

Another article on EMP and the aftermath :

https://townhall.com/columnists/katiekieffer/2017/05/15/tick-tock-emp-war-looms-n2326771

Building loyalty in the modern age :

https://www.insideelections.com/news/article/lessons-for-trump-detractors-members-of-congress-from-a-loyalty-expert

Old-timey cooking and favors :

http://www.archivejournal.net/issue/4/notes-queries/cooking-in-the-archives-bringing-early-modern-manuscript-recipes-into-a-twenty-first-century-kitchen/

Note the difficulty in understanding why tree species distributions appear to be moving :

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/trees-in-eastern-u-s-head-west-as-climate-changes/

Daily Reading #12C

Elites are the problem, Trump is merely a symptom, of course :

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/removing-trump-wont-solve-americas-crisis/

http://thefederalist.com/2017/05/17/media-elite-indulging-dangerous-fantasies-removing-trump-office/

Open source investigations are powerful things :

https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2017/05/18/surgeon-at-seth-richs-hospital-says-his-wounds-were-not-fatal/

This is a very long article pointing out that technical people control much power, which could be used for good. Naive, idealistic, … Organizing is not the way to go. Instead, become excellent leakers, insiders who know all the corporate secrets :

http://idlewords.com/talks/notes_from_an_emergency.htm

This makes it clear that public comments are an easily gamed system, although you have to be smarter than this ‘bot is for it to be effective :

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170510/08191137334/bot-is-flooding-fcc-website-with-fake-anti-net-neutrality-comments-alphabetical-order.shtml

Did you know that the 30-day mortality rate for an MD’s patients admitted to the hospital is 10+%?  Seems like to me a very good reason to stay away from physicians :

https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/05/the-older-the-doctor-the-higher-the-patient-mortality-rate-study-finds/

Who would have guessed? The media is biased !!! Against Trump!! Can you believe it? :

https://heatst.com/culture-wars/harvard-study-reveals-huge-extent-of-anti-trump-media-bias/

Yes, science and engineering are team plays, working with a big team on a challenging technical project is an exciting them. Engineering is a fun profession, management aside :

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-social-butterflies-apt-physics.html

Good for Glen Greenwald, being friends with Chelsea Manning.  She is a heroine :

https://theintercept.com/2017/05/17/chelsea-manning-is-a-free-woman-her-heroism-has-expanded-beyond-her-initial-whistle-blowing/

Democratic establishment and Clinton are intent on making Russia an enemy. How can this make sense? :

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/05/17/chasing-red-squirrels-in-dc/

Yes, conditions for children growing up are very constrained compared to recent history and all small towns and farms :

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-case-for-free-range-kids/

Daily Reading #12B

The Deep State vs Trump is finally a legacy media topic.  I came to that conclusion, that the Deep State is the enemy, at least a year ago. I wasn’t the first.  The pieces of the CIA’s growing power and the associated power of special forces, public and private, have been exposed over a long time.  When you add it all up, and ask who profits from this long chain of events, well the CIA and those political powers that want to control US foreign policy and as much of its spending as possible. That includes all of the US’s special friends and their intelligence agencies and their special forces and military. Any sociologist would look at this kind of fraternization and expect information conduits to exist. What institution in the US has not been infiltrated and not used by the CIA and its friends as fronts for agents and cover for imports?

As the US has been infiltrated, probably so have all the countries whose police, military and intelligence services mingle with ours :

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-18/there-coup-attempt-underway-america

Indeed, the full-propaganda approach to ‘news’ endangers our nation, both by impeding the flow of knowledge needed for good decisions and because of the director of that, the Deep State :

http://www.moonofalabama.org/2017/05/it-is-fakenews-day-on-north-korea-syria-and-the-us-president.html#more

The Seth Rich story is getting much more interesting.  He was almost certainly the Wikileaks source, and he was killed afterwards, the latest in a long list of people who died investigating the Deep State’s affairs :

https://straightlinelogic.com/2017/05/17/lets-connect-the-dots-by-robert-gore/

Applying equal ethical standards to all sides in Syria :

http://mondoweiss.net/2017/04/moralizing-propaganda-analysis/

Fabius Maximus is wrong that China has great leadership.  They are managing their economy. They are spending the nation’s wealth on a policy. It looks good now, but it isn’t bottom-up, locally-directed change. As a strategy for countering the US’s goal of world domination, excellent. As the best of the many opportunities the Chinese people could have used the money for? Of course not, it can’t even be close, we know how hard those kinds of optimization problems are, and how the answer is always in something unseen because the total system of nations, elites, economics, masses, trade, rising and falling value of currencies and goods, intelligence agencies and defense forces, control of the press and control of many of the countries of the world’s vote in the UN is seriously complex, meaning it isn’t predictable because of complex internal dynamics.

China has stored up problems with its centrally-directed economy and politics, however much it looks like unity to the outside world, and the nation is unlikely to last much longer than the US :

https://fabiusmaximus.com/2017/05/16/china-infrastructure-one-belt-one-road/

Who would have thought? Julian Assange wasn’t guilty of rape all this time the Brits have kept him in the Ecuadorian embassy :

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-19/swedish-prosecutors-end-rape-investigation-against-julian-assange

Venezuela’s trajectory is like what most modern countries have gone through, moving from a mostly-free market economy to one heavily socialist. Particular conditions in Venezuela have produced much the same failure, they all ran out of other people’s money. Big nations have more wealth to squander, so last longer, which is why the US and Europe are still alive :

https://mises.org/blog/venezuela-chavez-prelude-socialist-failure

One of Alex Jones’ commentators stated that the special prosecutor was a brilliant strategy, that it is so open-ended it will be turned against the Democrats and Clinton, but meanwhile it stops much of the news on the subject of Russia and Trump’s colluding, which they didn’t, of course :

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/2017/05/18/russia-probe-has-gone-from-counterintelligence-to-criminal-graham-says-after-rosenstein-briefing/

https://pjmedia.com/spengler/2017/05/18/a-coup-attempt-not-a-constitutional-crisis/

Daily Reading #12A

I like context and perspective, this is great :

http://www.theospark.net/2017/05/breaking-news-trumps-taxes-now.html

The FBI is not the good guys, whatever the PR :

https://theintercept.com/2017/05/16/how-an-undercover-fbi-agent-ended-up-in-jail-after-pretending-to-be-a-journalist/

Very excellent analysis of the blindness and hypocrisy on the left that allows the insane push to eliminate Trump from the political system :

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/05/15/the-magic-liberal/

This has a good analysis of the latest on Trump giving away intelligence sources :

http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/05/200pm-water-cooler-5162017.html

The latest on the Seth Rich story.  The English Ambassador would be able to resolve this, he claims to have been the intermediary to Wikileaks :

https://youtu.be/wQRDkppCqNM

http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/Craig-Murray-DNC-Hacks-Russia/2016/12/12/id/763459/

“10 times cheaper”, electric vs oil-fuels, is complete BS, despite originating at Stanford.  The idea that we will abandon 100s of $Bs of investment in gasoline and diesel engines in a period of 8 years is not economic thinking. Nor is the idea that EV is intrinsically cheaper, the power has to come from somewhere, direct gasoline to motion is inherently more efficient than electricity generated in a power plant, 20+% loss in transmission and more lost going into and out of the battery.  In addition to the fact that the electric transmission grid couldn’t be improved enough in 8 years to support all of the EVs he thinks will happen :

http://business.financialpost.com/news/transportation/fossil-fuel-vehicles-will-vanish-in-8-years-in-twin-death-spiral-for-big-oil-and-big-autos-says-study-that-shocking-the-industry

https://www.masterresource.org/electric-vehicles/energy-usage-cost-gasoline-vs-electric/

Who is responsible for the WannaCry ransomware’s success? NSA for building the tools and allowing them to get loose, or Microsoft for building buggy software? Or all the people continuing to run old OSs and not patching their OSs religiously?

Everybody, obviously. Software has been such an enormous productivity enhancer people have been willing to put up with crap from Microsoft. Security issues will finally push everyone to Linux and OpenBSD :

https://www.theverge.com/2017/5/15/15641198/microsoft-ransomware-wannacry-security-patch-upgrade-wannacrypt