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RIP Roger Moore

Sir Roger Moore, Who Portrayed James Bond as a Playful Superspy, Dead at 89

Sir Roger Moore, the third actor to take on the legendary mantle of James Bond, has died of cancer at the age of 89.

A star of the TV screen during the mid 20th-century—in starring roles such as Ivanhoe, Maverick, and most famously as Simon Templar in The Saint—Moore achieved global fame when he replaced George Lazenby as the new star of the James Bond franchise. Moore played the hero—a suave, more humorous bent on the iconic British spy in comparison to his predecessors—across seven feature films between 1973 and 1985, covering franchise classics like The Man with Golden Gun and The Spy Who Loved Me.

well damn, today’s really shaping up to be a rather depressing one isn’t it?

can’t even tell you how many times i must’ve watched and rewatched the 007 movies as a kid growing up… kinda feel like an old childhood friend just died or something.

#SadPanda  #Sigh

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Suicide Bomber Attacks Ariana Grande Concert

Manchester Arena Suicide Bombing: 22 Die at Ariana Grande Concert

MANCHESTER, England — Children were among 22 people killed in a suicide attack after an Ariana Grande concert at Britain’s Manchester Arena, police said early Tuesday.

The bomber also died when he detonated an improvised explosive device near one of the venue’s exits at 10:33 p.m. local time (5:33 p.m. ET) on Monday, according to authorities.

Eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos was among the fatalities, according to her school.

Officials said 59 other people were wounded, including some who suffered life-threatening injuries. Many others remained missing.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack but produced no evidence. Earlier, a 23-year-old man was arrested in Manchester in connection with the attack.

The pop star’s fan base is primarily girls and teenagers, so the venue was packed full of families. Continue…

heard about this on the news this morning on the drive into work, and man… fucking horrible… bunch of parents and kids at a concert… fucking animals… actually that’s an insult to animals, and i’m not really sure what the best word to describe these evil assholes anymore.

damn man.

LIST: Recent Major Terror in Europe…

3,500 suspected terrorists in UK…

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RIP Chris Cornell

Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell has died

Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave, has died aged 52. The singer’s representative Brian Bumbery confirmed the news to the Associated Press, describing the death as “sudden and unexpected”, The Guardian report.

According to Bumbery’s statement, the grunge icon passed away in Detroit on Wednesday (May 17). His family will work closesly with the medical examiner to determine the cause of death and have asked for privacy at this time.

oh man, what sad news…

i got home last night just in time to sit down and watch the “I Am Heath Ledger” that i was looking forward to seeing… really good by the way, and kinda left me both amazed at just how much he accomplished, and even more sad at his passing — learned quite a bit about the guy that i didn’t know as well.

then i turn around and hear about this on the radio while driving over to Wawa for my morning coffee fix (i’m hopelessly addicted)… and was like “oh shit man, really?!”… they guys on the radio said something about it being a possible suicide?

#WTF  #SadPanda

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Hey Comey, You’re Fired!

F.B.I. Director James Comey Is Fired by Trump

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday fired the director of the F.B.I., James B. Comey, abruptly terminating the top official leading a criminal investigation into whether Mr. Trump’s advisers colluded with the Russian government to steer the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

The stunning development in Mr. Trump’s presidency raised the specter of political interference by a sitting president into an existing investigation by the nation’s leading law enforcement agency. It immediately ignited Democratic calls for a special counsel to lead the Russia inquiry.

Mr. Trump explained the firing by citing Mr. Comey’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, even though the president was widely seen to have benefited politically from that inquiry and had once praised Mr. Comey for his “guts” in his pursuit of Mrs. Clinton during the campaign.

But in his letter to Mr. Comey, released to reporters by the White House, the president betrayed his focus on the continuing inquiry into Russia and his aides.

“While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau,” Mr. Trump said in a letter to Mr. Comey dated Tuesday. White House officials refused to say anything more about the three occasions Mr. Trump cited. Continue…

i was a little surprised last night when i pulled up my twitter feed on my phone and the first thing i saw was something about the FBI director being fired — on techcrunch of all places… i’m sure some people were surprised, it sure sounds like James Comey was from what i’ve read, since the first he heard about it was seeing the news on the TV… man, what a shitty way to find out you just lost your job, y’know?

anywho, can’t say i’m really all that surprised… if anything, i would’ve thought that Trump would’ve let him go in the first few weeks after taking office, to be honest.

10 Major FBI Scandals On Comey’s Watch…

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X-37B Two Years Later

Air Force Releases Photos of X-37B Plane After 700 Days in Space

Early Sunday, a sonic booming could be heard across central Florida as an unmanned, reusable space plane landed at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Shortly after the unannounced landing, the Air Force tweeted that an X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle had returned from orbit.

The space plane had been circling Earth for over 700 days. It was launched by an Alliance Atlas V rocket on May 20, 2015. The X-37B’s orbital mission was entirely classified and we still don’t know exactly what it was doing up there all this time.

man, that’s kinda crazy… i remember reading and blogging about this when it launched, and totally forgot all about it until i stumbled across this just now — so it’s been up there orbiting around our lovely little blue dot for the past two years?

wow.

PS. what’s up with the guys in the white hazmat suits? seems kinda weird… what kind of experiments are they doing up there in space?!

#curious  #blink

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Millennials Living @ Home

Here’s how many millennials live with their parents in each US state

Nearly one in three millennials lives in their parents’ home.

The US Census Bureau recently released a study on how young adulthood has changed between the 1970s and today. One of the main topics covered in the study was living situations.

In 1975, a 57% majority of young adults aged 18-34 lived with a spouse, while just 26% of adults lived in their parents’ home. In 2016, only 27% of young adults lived with a spouse, while the proportion of 18-34 year olds living with their parents went up to 31%, becoming the most common living situation.

daaaaaaaaamn..!!!!

i knew that more kids millennials were living at home these days that like every before… but seeing it broken down by percentages at the state level really hits home — pardon the pun.

#yikes  #surprised

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Lefties Threaten Violence, Rose Parade Cancelled

Portland parade canceled after protesters threaten to rough up Republicans

Protesters in Portland, Oregon, have gone from blocking streets and disrupting City Council meetings to threatening to rough up Republicans, and James Buchal is sick of it.

The chairman of the Multnomah County Republican Party, Mr. Buchal accused city officials of kowtowing to “domestic terrorism” after an annual parade was canceled over a warning from radicals who said they would wreck the event unless Republicans were excluded.

“[O]nce again, local civic leaders didn’t do enough to prevent organized gangs of criminal thugs from running rampant in the city,” Mr. Buchal said Wednesday in a statement. “According to the criminal elements, they control the streets of Portland.”

Organizers of the 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade scrapped the Saturday event after receiving an anonymous email offering a choice: Either bar the Multnomah County Republicans or “we will have two hundred or more people rush into the parade into the middle and drag and push those people out.”

“You have seen how much power we have downtown and that the police cannot stop us from shutting down roads so please consider your decision wisely,” said the email from thegiver@riseup.net.

what a week for the lefties… first there was all that crazy bullshit with Ann Coulter being threatened and cancelling her talk at Berkley, rightfully raising lots of questions about our first amendment right to free speech… she should’ve been welcomed with open arms, even if many of the students didn’t like or agree with what she had to say… at least sit down, be quiet, and listen to what she says first… then you can argue and debate — that’s a good and healthy thing, especially for any democracy.

then today i read about this rose parade being cancelled because a local “anti-fascist” liberal group in oregon threatened to mob and beat up people in a fucking rose parade because some republicans are involved? are you fucking serious?!

first thing it reminded me of was the “brown coats” in early 1930’s germany… gangs running around, beating people up, and threatening violence against other people and groups to keep them quiet — seriously, think about it for a second.

ugh, whatever.

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U.S. Drops MOAB In Afghanistan

U.S. drops ‘MOAB,’ a ‘Mother of All Bombs,’ in Afghanistan

The U.S. Air Force has deployed a so-called GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, known as the “Mother of All Bombs,” in Afghanistan, according to reports citing military personnel. The bombing was confirmed by White House spokesman Sean Spicer in his daily press briefing.

The more-than-20,000-pound bomb, referred to as a bunker buster, was dropped Thursday by an MC-130 aircraft, operated by an Air Force special unit, NBC reported.

Sources told the news organization that the mission targeted an ISIS tunnel network and personnel in the Achin district of Nangarhar Province, near the border with Pakistan.

MOAB is the largest nonnuclear bomb and is valued primarily for its ability to penetrate deep into Earth’s surface. According to an article from the Global Research Centre for Research on Globalization, such bombs are able to drill through 200 feet of reinforced concrete.

holy shit man! the largest non-nuclear bomb in the world, with a 1 mile blast radius?!

g’damn.

saw a tweet scroll by with something like “are we headed to WWIII?” and clicked the link… damn man, that’s some crazy shit… then again, on the flipside, maybe we should’ve been dropping these damn things on those crazy cave systems in afghanistan all along, and flush all those Taliban/Al-Qaeda/ISIS terrorists out.

China flaunts military might on state TV…

PS. just thought of that scene in the first Iron Man movie, with Tony Stark giving that weapons demo… lol

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U.S. Strikes Syrian Airbase

Russia condemns Syria missile strike ordered by Trump

(CNN)Russia and Syria have condemned the first US military strike against the Syrian regime, launched after a chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of civilians earlier in the week.

The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, denounced the strike on a Syrian airfield as “act of aggression” Friday and said it violated international law. Western leaders backed the US action, saying Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had brought it on himself.

On the orders of President Donald Trump, 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles were launched from US warships in the eastern Mediterranean. The missiles were directed at the Shayrat airfield, believed by the US to be the base for warplanes that carried out the chemical attack on a rebel-held town in Idlib on Tuesday.

Syria said six people were killed in the strike.

Trump said he ordered the operation after Tuesday’s attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun that killed more than 80 people, including many children. Pictures from the aftermath of the attack, showing dead and injured children, shocked the world.

Western nations blamed the Syrian regime for the attack. But Russia said it did not believe the Syrian government held any chemical weapons.

i was pretty confused last night when i got a text message from a friend asking if we were now at war with syria, and mentioned something about missiles… having no idea what the hell they were talking about, i brought up CNN and was like “whoa… what the shit is going on?!”

heard about that chemical attack by assad, and thought that was soooooooo incredibly fucked up… even more so, since this is at least the second (or third?) time he’s used chemical weapons against his own people… and last i remember, they came to some agreement back under Obama and removed “all” chemical weapons.

yeah right.

personally, i’m happy — well, maybe that’s not quite the right word here — that Trump ordered the strike, and at the very least sent a damn strong message to syria (and russia/iran)… hopefully it doesn’t escalate, but can we really sit back and do nothing?

PS. i can only take the news in small blocks, so depressing.

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Robots Will Replace Us

Robots will take a third of British jobs by 2030, report says

A third of existing British jobs are at risk of being taken over by robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) within 15 years, a report reveals.

As many as 30pc of existing roles in the UK could be automated by 2030 with the most at risk industries being waste management, transportation and manufacturing, according to an analysis by PwC. However, the report stressed that automation won’t result in rocketing unemployment.

“The UK employment rate is at its highest level now since comparable records began in 1971, despite advances in digital and other labour-saving technologies,” said John Hawksworth, chief economist at PwC.

Mr Hawksworth anticipates that manual and routine tasks will be susceptible to automation, with social skills and creative roles being more protected. “That said, no industry is entirely immune from future advances in robotics and AI,” he said.

feel like we all have a feeling that this not only coming, but it probably inevitable… between all the recent advancements in AIs and robotics, half of us are probably gonna be out of a job.

thankfully, they still need coders/designers… at least for now, and if that ever changes in the future, hopefully i’ll be retired by then.

#KnocksOnWood

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ISPs Can Now Sell Your Web History

The Senate Just Voted to Let Internet Providers Sell Your Web History

Today, the US Senate voted 50-48 to overturn broadband privacy rules that would have required internet service providers get consumer consent before selling their web browsing data to advertisers or other data companies.

The rules, which passed in October of last year, govern the collection and selling of private data by ISPs like Verizon, Comcast, or AT&T. Those rules would have required internet providers to ask for permission before selling data about your usage, like web browsing history and location, as well as data about finances, health, app usage, and more. The Senate just voted against it.

interesting read… still kinda mulling it all over in my head, but i appreciated reading some of the history leading up to the vote, etc… to be honest, i just figured they were already doing that shit in the background and don’t really care too much.

on the flipside, i’m not overly keen hearing about my TV “watching” me and gathering / selling my viewing habits to advertisers… so i guess i can get confusing and be a bit of a mess.

#hmmmmm

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Post London Attack Questions

What Britain Must Ask Itself after London Attacks

U.K. authorities have been preparing for a terrorist attack of this kind for years.

At 2:40 p.m. London time, a terrorist drove a vehicle into pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge. Then, reaching the north side of the bridge over the River Thames, he smashed into the gates of the British Parliament. Leaving his vehicle, he fought with police officers just inside a Parliamentary checkpoint. He was then shot and killed by armed police. Regrettably, before he died, the terrorist murdered one police officer and two other individuals and injured at least 20 others.

By utilizing a motor vehicle and knife and by targeting police (though this may have been pursuant to a desire to enter the Houses of Parliament), this assault follows Daesh (a.k.a. ISIS) methodology. And coincidentally or not, today is also the first anniversary of the Daesh attacks in Brussels. It is so far unclear whether the attack is linked to or inspired by Daesh — but I would bet very strongly that it is.

Regardless, British officials must now answer three pressing questions.

First, was the suspect operating alone or as part of a larger cell? Here, we must recognize that Britain’s terrorism environment is diverse. There are the loser-lone-wolfs in the vein of Omar Mateen, the Orlando nightclub shooter, but also skilled, multi-member cells. Daesh has previously planned highly compartmented, multi-stage attack plots in Europe. And in January 2016, it specifically threatened London’s Tower Bridge (not Westminster Bridge) and the then-prime minister, David Cameron. Authorities must quickly identify the suspect’s connections and learn whether (as with Daesh plots in France) he was advised by operatives abroad.

This leads us to the second question: Was the suspect known to the authorities? I suspect he was. British counterterrorism authorities retain a highly advanced database of jihadists and their sympathizers. This is helped by the fact that U.K. spy agencies have great latitude to identify and monitor terrorist suspects. The challenge, however, is that the number of terrorist suspects in Britain reaches into the thousands. Correspondingly, counterterrorism investigators must prioritize resources on those individuals they believe to pose the most significant threat. They cannot monitor everyone all the time. That said, if the suspect does turn out to be a known threat, political pressure will grow for a reintroduction of the now-defunct “control orders,” which imposed electronic tagging on terrorist suspects in lieu of prosecution.

Third, the U.K. must consider how well it responded today. While the Paris and Brussels attacks led the British to improve their response capacity to so-called roaming attacks, more must be done. Until now, the specific focus has been on investment in improved SWAT counterterrorism capabilities. But those efforts have been prioritized for London. Two immediate issues for the British are that the physical security of Parliament and the personal security of the British prime minister and the Queen are inadequate. Continue…

there’s always plenty of questions in the aftermath of these types of aggression / attacks… and sadly, we’ve become quite used to asking and hearing all the responses over the past decade or so… with so many terrorist attacks, after awhile i wonder if most people simply kinda tune it out?

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London on Lockdown

UK Parliament on lockdown; police treating as terror attack

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has issued a statement:

“There has been a serious incident near to Parliament Square this afternoon which is being treated as a terrorist attack until the police know otherwise.

“The Metropolitan Police Service is dealing with the incident and an urgent investigation is underway. My thoughts are with those affected and their families.

“I would like to express my thanks to the police and emergency services who work so hard to keep us safe and show tremendous bravery in exceptionally difficult circumstances.”

so basically, some guy mowed down some people on the bridge… then ran away on foot and stabbed a police officer? least, that’s what i’ve gathered so far… damn man, either way, always sad and a little crazy to hear this kinda of shit happening.

personally, i think the UK parliament should reconvene as soon as they get a thumbs up on it being secure…

#ugh  #disgusted

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Equal Rights For Fembots!

Japan Grants Suffrage To Female Robots

TOKYO—Ending a decades-long struggle for gender equality at the ballot box, Prime Minister Shinzō Abe of Japan signed a new measure into law on Thursday extending the right to vote to female robots.

The landmark legislation, hailed as a victory by Japanese suffragette androids everywhere, will for the first time allow the nation’s entire adult robot population to participate in elections, regardless of which simulated sex organs they have been equipped with.

“Despite their many contributions to our society, female robots have never been allowed to participate in our democracy,” Abe said at a press conference, flanked by feminine-looking automatons that can pour drinks, model fashions on the runway, immediately identify and neutralize criminals, and comfort the elderly. “They’ve served us as doctors, autonomous traffic drones, hover-nannies, and internationally popular musical sensations. Now, it’s time we let them vote.”

“This is a momentous day for all Japanese citizens,” he added. “Whether you were born naturally or assembled from a web of nano-tubes and imbued with a lifetime of artificial memories.”

it’s about damn time, right?!! i mean, if you can give murdering rapists and illegal aliens the right to vote — then why not the fembots?

humanity just took a small step forward if you ask me…

#smirk  #heh

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Winter Strikes Back

Winter strikes back: Cold hits the East Coast with a blizzard on the way

Freezing temperatures hit much of the Northeast this weekend, and a blizzard is expected to sweep through New York and Boston on Monday in what could possibly be the region’s biggest snowstorm of the season.

The March storm, which has followed what has been a mild winter for the region, could dump up to 18 inches on Central Park between late Monday and Tuesday morning, according to The Associated Press.

The storm could bring periods of intense snowfall, with as much as 2 or 3 inches per hour possible at times.

Washington, D.C., could get 6-10 inches, Baltimore could see 8-12 inches, and Philadelphia is forecast to get 10-14 inches.

feel like everybody’s been talking about this coming winter storm all day today, and i’m seriously not looking forward to it… i know i’ve bitched a little about this weird/warm winter we’ve been having this year, but i just can’t get excited about snow and sleet.

damnit.

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Wikileaks vs. CIA

WikiLeaks Releases Trove of Alleged C.I.A. Hacking Documents

WASHINGTON — In what appears to be the largest leak of C.I.A documents in history, WikiLeaks released on Tuesday thousands of pages describing sophisticated software tools and techniques used by the agency to break into smartphones, computers and even Internet-connected televisions.

The documents amount to a detailed, highly technical catalog of tools. They include instructions for compromising a wide range of common computer tools for use in spying: the online calling service Skype; Wi-Fi networks; documents in PDF format; and even commercial antivirus programs of the kind used by millions of people to protect their computers.

A program called Wrecking Crew explains how to crash a targeted computer, and another tells how to steal passwords using the autocomplete function on Internet Explorer. Other programs were called CrunchyLimeSkies, ElderPiggy, AngerQuake and McNugget.

The document dump was the latest coup for the antisecrecy organization and a serious blow to the C.I.A., which uses its hacking abilities to carry out espionage against foreign targets.

The initial release, which WikiLeaks said was only the first installment in a larger collection of secret C.I.A. material, included 7,818 web pages with 943 attachments, many of them partly redacted by WikiLeaks editors to avoid disclosing the actual code for cyberweapons. The entire archive of C.I.A. material consists of several hundred million lines of computer code, the group claimed.

In one revelation that may especially trouble the tech world if confirmed, WikiLeaks said that the C.I.A. and allied intelligence services have managed to compromise both Apple and Android smartphones, allowing their officers to bypass the encryption on popular services such as Signal, WhatsApp and Telegram. According to WikiLeaks, government hackers can penetrate smartphones and collect “audio and message traffic before encryption is applied.” Continue…

sometimes it seems like you can see, or maybe even appreciate what wikileaks is doing… maybe… or at least you can understand the idea and thinking behind it… but then they turn around and do something like this, and i really really find it hard to be okay with them — this is simply fucked up on many levels, and i truly hope that the FBI has a fire under their collective asses to find out who exactly is responsible for this “leak” and how the fuck wikileaks got a hold of it… all governments do this shit, but having specifics like this released in such detail really is a gigantic dickpunch.

fuck man.

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The Press Is Not the Enemy

The press is not the enemy… but it’s not objective, either.

Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, had an unfortunate turn of phrase the other day. She said it’s the mission of the press to “control exactly what people think.”

My suspicion is that this was less a Freudian slip than a simple slip-up. Brzezinski was referring to her fear that President Trump may be trying to control the way people think by discrediting the media — whom he calls “enemies of the American people” — and she lost her rhetorical footing, stumbling into saying that mind control is “our job.”

But the misstatement resonated with a lot of people, as did Trump’s claim that the press is an enemy of the people.

The first thing that needs to be said is that whenever you hear a politician talk about “the American people,” either they’re over-generalizing to the point of banality, or they’re referring to only one segment of the American public. “The American people love an underdog” is an example of banality. The press “is the enemy of the American people” is a highly subjective declaration.

I don’t blame journalists for taking offense. It was a grossly irresponsible thing for the chief constitutional officer of our government to say. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a point or that people are crazy for seeing it. Continue…

i’m not sure what happened to victor hanson, since he hasn’t posted anything new on NRO since december 16th… but i still hope he’ll be back at some point, because i really do enjoy looking up his latest op/ed’s on friday’s and seeing what he has to say… damnit… but oh well, guess for the time being i’ll just have to snag whatever article grabs my attention.

PS. emmmm… starbucks double-shot.

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MSNBC: Our Job Is To Control What People Think

Brzezinski: ‘Our Job’ Is to Control ‘Exactly What People Think’

Controlling “exactly what people think” is the job of the media, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski boldly declared Wednesday morning.

While discussing President Trump’s entreaties to the American people to remain skeptical of the press, Bzezinski worried that if the economy turns south, Americans may end up trusting him over the media.

“And it could be that while unemployment and the economy worsens, he could have undermined the messaging so much that he can actually control exactly what people think,” Brzezinski said. “And that, that is our job.”

SCARBOROUGH: “Exactly. That is exactly what I hear. What Yamiche said is what I hear from all the Trump supporters that I talk to who were Trump voters and are still Trump supporters. They go, ‘Yeah you guys are going crazy. He’s doing — what are you so surprised about? He is doing exactly what he said he is going to do.'”

BRZEZINSKI: “Well, I think that the dangerous, you know, edges here are that he is trying to undermine the media and trying to make up his own facts. And it could be that while unemployment and the economy worsens, he could have undermined the messaging so much that he can actually control exactly what people think. And that, that is our job.”

The comment failed to raise any eyebrows from her co-panelists. Instead, her co-host, Joe Scarborough, said that Trump’s media antagonism puts him on par with Mussolini and Lenin.

SCARBOROUGH: “It’s the — it’s the ground noise that he is throwing out there also, whether he is questioning, Mark, the legitimacy of federal judges to do what they have done since Marbury v. Madison. It’s when he says the media is the, quote –“

BRZEZINSKI: “Enemy.”

SCARBOROUGH: “– ‘enemy of the people’, where he sounds like Mussolini or Lenin which obviously causes concern that phrase right there makes him sound more like a dictator in training, when he sends Stephen Miller out and says, basically the president has absolute power, he shall not be questioned.”

Scarborough also accused Trump’s base of having a “blind spot” on the issue of illegal immigration.

speaking of information warfare and fake news… at least for a brief moment, she was completely honest.

g’damn.

#chuckle

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Russian Military Continues Massive Upgrade

Russia military acknowledges new branch: info warfare troops

MOSCOW (AP) — Along with a steady flow of new missiles, planes and tanks, Russia’s defense minister said Wednesday his nation also has built up its muscle by forming a new branch of the military — information warfare troops.

Sergei Shoigu’s statement — which came amid Western allegations of Russian hacking — marked the first official acknowledgement of the existence of such forces.

Speaking to parliament, Shoigu said that the military received a sweeping array of new weapons last year, including 41 intercontinental ballistic missiles. He added that the wide-ranging military modernization will continue this year, with the air force set to receive 170 new aircraft. The army will receive 905 tanks and other armored vehicles, and the navy will receive 17 new ships. Also this year, three regiments of Russia’s strategic nuclear forces will receive new intercontinental ballistic missiles, Shoigu said. Each regiment has up to 10 launchers. […]

U.S. intelligence agencies have accused Russia of hacking Democratic emails to meddle in the U.S. election, a claim Moscow has denied. Some EU officials also voiced concern that the Kremlin could seek to influence this year’s elections in the Netherlands, France and Germany.

Retired Col. Gen. Leonid Ivashov, the former head of the Defense Ministry’s international cooperation department, said that Russia should rely on information warfare troops to fight back against what he described as Western propaganda.

“We must stop offering excuses and force the West into the defensive by conducting operations to expose its lies,” Ivashov said in remarks carried by RIA Novosti news agency.

sure does feel like russia is leaning ever closer and closer to the old “USSR”, doesn’t it? i’m sure not very many in the intelligence field are in the least bit surprised by this… more like russia just made it official, if nothing else.

kind of makes me wonder if russia/china has had an active hand in all this “fake news” talk — and if so, how much so? hmmmmm.

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Winter Freak 2017

WINTER FREAK: 2,805 record high temps in month…

The weather this February keeps getting weirder. At a time when Arctic blasts usually sweep across the nation and Northern states are covered in snow and ice, historically warm air has flooded the eastern two-thirds of the nation.

All-time February record high temperatures are falling and the air feels more like early May.

Wednesday’s average high temperature over the Lower 48 was forecast to soar to a balmy 59 degrees – “the near warmest February day during the last three decades”, said Ryan Maue, a meteorologist for WeatherBell Analytics.

A stunning 2,805 record high temperatures have occurred across the nation this month compared with just 27 record lows.

The warmest air with respect to normal has focused on the Midwest and, in some areas, it’s unlike anything they’ve ever witnessed.

feel like i keep finding myself saying this, especially over the past week or two… but damn, i’ve never seen it this warm in february around here! at least as long as i’ve lived here in virginia, which is probably going on 20 years now… we’ve had some weird and freaky warm weather in december a couple times, but it’s usually cold as shit come february… but it’s been up in the 70s quite a few times just in the past week or so.

i love it… but yeah, pretty damn weird all the same.

#hmmmmmmmm

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