August 31, 2019

Posted by orrinj at 9:29 PM

MEANWHILE, IN AMERICA:


Posted by orrinj at 4:30 PM

ALL COMEDY IS CONSERVATIVE:

Farmers Reel After Sonny Perdue Mocks Them As 'Whiners' Amid Trade War Bankruptcies (Mary Papenfuss, 8/31/19, HuffPo)

At a Farmfest listening session with farmers in Minnesota, Perdue hit back at the complaints with his joke: "What do you call two farmers in a basement? A whine cellar."

As he pounded the table in mirth, some of the thousands of farmers at the event laughed nervously -- which was followed by boos.

"It was definitely not an appropriate thing to say," Minnesota Farmers Union President Gary Wertish told HuffPost. "It was very insensitive. It took everyone by surprise. He doesn't understand what farmers are dealing with, and he's the head of the Department of Agriculture. He's supposed to be working for farmers."

They finally got the protectionism they demanded and they hate it.

Posted by orrinj at 2:31 PM

SEEMS PRETTY CLEAR:


Posted by orrinj at 8:35 AM

TWO MORE IMMIGRANTS PUT OUT OF WORK:


Posted by orrinj at 8:31 AM

WHO DID DREYFUS RAPE?:

Polanski film on Dreyfus divides critics, as director stays away from premiere (KELLY MACNAMARA, 8/31/19, Times of Israel)

"In the story, I sometimes find moments I have experienced myself, I can see the same determination to deny the facts and condemn me for things I have not done. Most of the people who harass me do not know me and know nothing about the case," Polanski said.

Posted by orrinj at 8:22 AM

GOTTA FIND A NEW BABYSITTER:

Trump's Personal Assistant, Madeleine Westerhout, Shared Intimate Details of First Family (Katie Rogers, Annie Karni and Maggie Haberman, Aug. 30, 2019, NY Times)

Ms. Westerhout became an expert at reading his moods and translating them for other aides, according to those officials. She also became good at monitoring whom he was speaking with and, in some cases, alerting other White House officials if someone had called to try to rile the president up, as some of his outside advisers have been known to do.

Posted by orrinj at 6:56 AM

THE RED HAT IS THE RED FLAG:

Former Marine said he'd 'slaughter' antifa. The FBI, using Oregon's new red flag law, took his guns away (Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, 8/30/19, The Oregonian)

Shane Kohfield stood outside the home of Portland's mayor in July wearing body armor and a "Make America Great Again" baseball cap, a large knife strapped to one shoulder and a copy of his concealed weapons permit displayed on the other.

Using a loudspeaker, he warned the right-wing activists who turned out to condemn the city's handling of recent violent demonstrations that they needed to protect themselves against their anti-fascist, or antifa, rivals.

"If antifa gets to the point where they start killing us, I'm going to kill them next," Kohfield, 32, said. "I'd slaughter them and I have a detailed plan on how I would wipe out antifa."

An ex-Marine threatened to ‘slaughter’ antifa. The FBI, using Oregon’s new red flag law, took his guns away

That threat pushed the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task to take a series of extraordinary steps against Kohfield, including temporary seizure of a cache of his firearms under Oregon's new "red flag" law aimed at preventing gun violence, The Oregonian/OregonLive has learned.

Posted by orrinj at 6:47 AM

INFORMATION WANTS TO BE FREE:

Trump defends sharing failed Iran rocket launch photo (Times of Israel, 8/31/19)

Allison Puccioni, an imagery specialist at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation, said on Twitter that such resolution is not available to people in the open-source, or public intelligence community.

"The dissemination of this image seems out-of-step with the US policy regarding its publication of such data. Not sure what the political objective of dissemination was," she said.

The problem is not what he shares but what he doesn't: Open Source everything.

Posted by orrinj at 6:35 AM

KNOWING YOUR ALLIES:

Iran Issues Rare Criticism of India over Kashmir (FATEMEH AMAN, 8/30/19, Atlantic Council)

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran on May 23, 2016 (Narendra Modi Flickr)

Iran's Supreme Leader and a group of the country's grand ayatollahs have taken a rare position on Kashmir and condemned India's government for eliminating the area's special status. 

In the past, Tehran has been careful to avoid antagonizing the government in New Delhi and has sought instead to bolster Iran-India ties and to balance Iran's relations with India and Pakistan.

But India's decision to eliminate Kashmiri autonomy and impose what amounts to martial law on the Muslim-majority region has put the Islamic Republic in a quandary. Iran has called on both India and Pakistan to ease tensions, but put the blame for the new crisis on India.

Self-determination trumps mere alliances.