UK locks up citizen for reporting on criminal trial
He wasn't even in the courtroom or disrupting the case. He was arrested for reporting on a trial involving Muslims allegedly committing child abuse. It seems the judge ordered him arrested and jailed for a year, and has since been ordering news media in England not to report on his imprisonment.
It hasn't been getting much attention in the news, mostly because the news has moved on to all Trump all the time after a long 8 years of refusing to report on anything critical of the government while Obama was in power.
Also, judging by the reaction to #MeToo, people in the news media enjoy getting groped. Or at least are conditioned to accept it without protesting.
That's where the sudden need for a FISA warrant came from. Most likely, if the Obama administration (following Mike Roger's audit) had simply dropped the issue, punished the contractors, and let the election happen normally, it would have all been swept under the carpet. Instead, they doubled down, got their FISA warrant under false pretenses, and tried to use it to cover up their past activities and make sure Trump lost.
I lived through the Clinton impeachment issue, though I didn't pay much attention during his first presidential election. I favored impeachment at the time, as a Libertarian, based on a number of issues. Obviously, I felt that perjury (the most significant crime he was charged with) was something he was both obviously guilty of and serious enough to at least consider the impeachment process on its face. It boggles my mind that someone nominally on the Republican side who actually lived through that period would say that Bill Clinton didn't commit impeachable offenses. Perjury by government officials absolutely must be an impeachable offense. Why? Otherwise the President and his staff, or the judicial branch and theirs, can lie to Congress with impunity, making a mockery of oversight and public accountability, and blocking Congress and the courts from being able to do their job.
You can argue that it might be politically unwise to use lying about sex (and sexual harassment, under oath in court) as a reason for impeachment. But the crime of perjury is undeniably and necessarily impeachable.
Notice how the unemployment rate "fell" to "an 18 year low"? This is an unemployment number; low is good. But it's written to sound negative. And payrolls rose by "just" 164,000, while hourly earnings (wages) rose by 4 cents (2.6%), "a shade less than expected".
They signed a deal with Netflix for $50 million to produce TV shows. What experience and skills do they have producing TV shows? Zero. On the other hand, Obama has experience writing books... or at least having them ghostwritten. Fictional autobiographies, specifically. So Michelle Obama's memoir is at least in a field the Obamas know well. But how many copies of her autobiography do they expect to sell? It's not like Michelle Obama accomplished anything significant while in office.
I'm not saying the government should step in to stop them making money hand over fist. I'm just questioning why people are giving them all that money. Could it be... delayed payment for considerations delivered while office?
Trusted FBI source and Russian oligarch denied Russian collusion with Trump
I'm betting they didn't disclose that to the court, meaning a lie by omission. Even if a Russian denial (admittedly a Russian they apparently trust enough to work with to the tune of $25 million, which presents its own ethical and legal issues for Mueller) would not sink such an application, it is a factor that should be weighed by the court, especially with so much weight being placed on Steele's single-source credibility.
Mueller is now vulnerable to a conflict of interest charge in his role as special counsel because of his involvement with Deripaska.
Mueller was likely involved in the Whitey Bulger case where 4 innocent men were jailed for murder
Mueller was appointed as FBI director shortly before 9-11 and was absent from his post for 33 days during that time
The FBI missed warnings during that same period that might have led them to catch the hijackers before they struck
Completely botched the anthrax cases, costing a $6 million settlement and a suicide
Boston Marathon bombings also happened on his watch, and the FBI failed to act on multiple tips
While special counsel investigating alleged Russian collusion, failed to ask Wikileaks who provided the emails they leaked, while alleging those emails were leaked by the Russians in collusion with Trump
Raided Trump's personal lawyer Cohen, but the judge (with Clinton-Soros connections) would not allow the prosecutors to review the material themselves. Despite this, the material has been leaking into the media at a breakneck pace, suggesting they did in fact review it
Judge TS Ellis is demanding Mueller document his scope of authority to bring charges against Manafort
Indicted supposed Russian companies that he expected to never appear in court, until they did, and started demanding to see his evidence against them
Formed an alliance with New York AG Schneiderman, who has since resigned over allegations he abused multiple women in what he claims was "role-playing"
Granted immunity to a person who has pled guilty to child pornography charges
"Involuntary celibacy" (in the form of men who want to be in sexual relationships, but for various reasons feel unable to find willing partners) is a real problem. It doesn't justify violence by those men. It does justify consideration of possible solutions, because it's a problem rooted in biology: men want sex and those who are unable to get it will degrade eventually to violence, probably rooted in a biological drive to reproduce by force if no other option is available. That's a real problem that can be addressed by means other than scorning the people who are suffering -- the vast majority of whom have not and will not turn to violence.
The traditional solution to this problem is monogamous marriage. One man per woman, one woman per man, no sex before marriage, strong encouragement both social and economic to get married young, have kids, and stay married.
With the right sort of social pressure, even those charismatically challenged will find themselves with a partner. Maybe not the most desirable, but better than none.
The social fabric of western civilization is like a fence in an empty field. As the saying goes, "I'll let you remove the fence when you can explain why it is there." The left has been busy removing the fences without asking permission.
The way things are going, the gun industry might need to develop its own financial infrastructure. That won't be easy. But the thing is, once you've done it? You're free, and they have no hold on you any more.
If he did, as claimed here, putting him in charge of the National Rifle Association may be a big mistake. On the other hand, people do change their minds. This is the sort of thing it's good to know about before holding a vote.
Now that he has the position, we'll have to wait and see, I suppose.
This doesn't read like a failure to replicate to me. It seems more like they did replicate the effect, but don't think it's caused by the experimental inputs, and propose an alternative hypothesis. Previous experiments reported the odd behavior with power levels and direction. The only thing new about this experiment (aside from yet another location replicating the basic results) is that they have a new possible explanation for why it does what it does.
Fair enough. If they are right, we understand it a bit more, and it won't work in space. But I'd like to see more experiments conducted to verify their explanation. Because, to borrow a phrase, it still moves.
Supporting my conclusion that Page is the informaant
Remember, the FBI doesn't need to actually prosecute the person they put surveillance on. All they need to do is convince a court he might be a Russian agent, and then tell him to get in contact with the people (or someone close to the people) they want to listen to. And the FBI has used Page as an informant before. If they don't mention that to the court, they can use his associations with Russians to suggest he should be spied on. And he then becomes a walking wiretap without even the need to wear a physical wire. If you want to listen to someone's phone calls, just have your patsy Page give their secretary a call. The two-hop rule means you can then evesdrop on the principal.
That adds the DNI to the list of confirmed agencies involved. And it means that there is going to be a paper trail at the other agencies. How did they justify paying him? What was the work product? Was it accurate, or fraudulent? Who at the CIA (besides, obviously, the person at the top) was involved? Who at the State Department authorized this?
The list of people to question about this just got a lot longer.
"Not so long ago, and not so far away, the Democrats -- some of whom are still alive in prison to this day! -- used the intelligence agencies of the United States in a coup attempt against the legitimately elected President Trump. The agencies involved were the FBI, CIA, NSA, DOJ, and many others. I can see you are puzzled, you don't recognize those names from your civics class? Those agencies are no longer around today; they were disbanded, their buildings demolished, and the earth upon which they had stood was salted, so that nothing would ever grow from their poisoned trees again..."
We already know British intelligence was involved to some degree, without having any details. We know the head of one of their intelligence agencies resigned shortly after Trump's election, after only a few months on the job. It would be too much of a coincidence for that to not be related.
The House Intel committee is now investigating former SecState Kerry's role in the dossier. Were any of Obama's cabinet officials not involved?