November 7, 2019

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THE OPPOSITE OF ANTIFA (profanity and trumpology alert):

Members of violent white supremacist website exposed in massive data dump (DAN GOODIN - 11/7/2019, Ars Technica)

Editor's note: this article discusses a hate group's uses of racist language that may be hard to read.

Private data for Iron March, a notorious website for violent white supremacists, has been published online in a stunning leak that exposes a trove of detailed information on as many as 1,000 or more members. The 1GB SQL database appears to contain the entirety of the site's information, including user names, private messages, public posts, registered email addresses, and IP addresses.

The leak was posted on the Internet Archive on Wednesday by an anonymous individual using the handle antifa-data.

The red hat is the red flag.

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American optimism, longevity, and the role of lost hope in deaths of despair (Carol Graham, November 7, 2019, Brookings)

We are the only rich country in the world where mortality rates are going up rather than down. And that is driven by preventable deaths due to suicide, drug overdose, and alcohol related disease-so-called deaths of despair.

The first step toward solving this is to understand who is unhappy and why, since we know pessimism shortens lives. As Kelsey O'Connor and I show in a new paper based on historical data for the U.S published in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, optimists have longer and better lives. My research with Sergio Pinto, meanwhile, finds that middle aged, less than college-educated white men in the U.S. are the least hopeful cohort, and, not coincidentally, are also the group that is most likely to die of deaths of despair. In contrast, poor Blacks and Hispanics, who are objectively worse off, are much more optimistic and resilient.

UBI is inevitable because white men don't have a work ethic.

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State Department official says Trump wanted Zelensky to mention 'Clinton' in investigation announcement (The Week, 11/07/19)

A transcript of the testimony of Europe adviser George Kent was released Thursday. In it, Kent discusses how U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland "was pushing" to have Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky give a television interview in which he would announce a "willingness to pursue investigations" involving Burisma, the gas company where former Vice President Joe Biden's son served on the board, and alleged Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election.

Kent also testifies that he heard that, based on Sondland's discussions with Trump, it appeared Trump "wanted nothing less than President Zelensky to go to [a] microphone and say investigations, Biden, and Clinton."

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Top diplomat says U.S. abandoned Kurds to "catastrophic" Turkish assault (Dave Lawler, 11/07/19, Axios)

The U.S. "didn't try" to stop the "catastrophic" Turkish invasion of northern Syria last month, according to a sharply critical internal memo sent by a top U.S. diplomat and obtained by the New York Times.

Why it matters: The diplomat, deputy U.S. envoy to the anti-ISIS coalition William Roebuck, said the U.S. had abandoned its Kurdish allies to a Turkish onslaught that involved "war crimes and ethnic cleansing." Those concerns have been widespread in the Pentagon and State Department but not stated publicly by senior officials. Roebuck sent the memo on Oct. 31 to the U.S. envoy for Syria, James Jeffrey.

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Evidence in Stone case: Trump may have had "direct role" in team's leverage of Russian interference (SHIRA TARLO, NOVEMBER 7, 2019, Salon)

The calls were reportedly disclosed by prosecutors on the first day of arguments in the criminal trial of Roger Stone, a longtime associate and informal adviser to the president, who faces charges of lying to federal investigators about his efforts to connect with WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Prosecutors said Stone spoke to Trump six times during the summer of 2016, including on the day the Democratic National Committee announced it was hacked. The U.S. intelligence community concluded that Russian intelligence officers released tens of thousands of emails stolen from Democrats to WikiLeaks, which were disseminated at critical points during the campaign cycle in an attempt to boost Trump's campaign and hurt his rival: Hillary Clinton.

"The phone records are the first concrete suggestion that Trump may have had a direct role in his campaign's effort to benefit from Russia's hidden hand in the election," wrote Sharon LaFraniere, an investigative reporter at The New York Times. "At the very least, the calls and other evidence underscored the eagerness of senior campaign officials and other Trump associates to reap the rewards of what the former special counsel Robert Mueller later called a sophisticated and alarming covert Russian influence operation."

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Trump: We should keep Syria's oil. The Pentagon: Nope. (Alex Ward, Nov 7, 2019, Vox)

[T]rump was clear about who that oil would belong to: "We're keeping the oil -- remember that," he told a gathering of Chicago police officers in late October. "I've always said that: 'Keep the oil.' We want to keep the oil. Forty-five million dollars a month? Keep the oil."

Unfortunately for Trump, it seems the US military isn't so keen on that idea -- perhaps because stealing Syria's oil could constitute a war crime. On Thursday, the Pentagon's top spokesperson told reporters in no uncertain terms that the US would not be keeping any of the revenue from those oil fields.

"The revenue from this is not going to the US. This is going to the SDF," Pentagon spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman said, using an acronym for the Kurdish-led, US-allied Syrian Democratic Forces.

I checked with others in the government to ensure that was actually the policy. Turns out that it is. "The SDF is the sole beneficiary of the sale of the oil from the facilities they control," a senior administration official told me.

If we had a legitimate president, such behavior would be treasonous.

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President Donald Trump ordered to pay $2M to collection of nonprofits as part of civil lawsuit (AARON KATERSKYNov 7, 2019, ABC News)

President Donald Trump has been ordered by a New York State judge to pay $2 million to a group of nonprofit organizations as part of a settlement in a civil lawsuit stemming from persistent violations of state charities laws.

The payment is the final resolution to a case brought by the New York attorney general's office after the Trump Foundation held a fundraiser for military veterans during the 2016 campaign. was that Donald was guilty of what the GOP claimed Hillary had done.

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Bolton prepared to testify in impeachment probe pending court ruling - report (TOI STAFF and AP, 11/07/19, Times of Israel)

Former US national security adviser John Bolton is reportedly willing to testify in the Trump impeachment inquiry about the administration's involvement in Ukraine, if a federal court resolves a constitutional dispute between the White House and Congress.

Bolton could be a star witness for the Democrat-led House inquiry, and his testimony would go against strong opposition from the White House.
He would likely confirm previous witness accounts of the Trump administration's efforts to push Ukrainian officials to investigate Joe Biden and his son in exchange for military aid, according to a Thursday report from The Washington Post, citing "people familiar with his views."

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The case for amnesty: why it's time to offer citizenship to illegal immigrants (The Spectator, 9 November 2019)

There is an unspoken truth about British life: we have two classes of citizen. The first are those born or formally settled here, who have all the rights and protections of the law. Then there are perhaps a million others who may have lived here with their families for years but without the proper documents. They can be our neighbours, work in our shops, contribute to our economy -- yet they do not have the same basic protections and are far more vulnerable to exploitation. These are the so-called illegal immigrants, and it is past time to offer them amnesty.

Britain has become the most successful melting pot in Europe, absorbing 2.5 million people over this decade without the far-right backlash seen in much of the continent. A recent Pew study showed that Brits are more likely than any other Europeans to say that migrants make the country -stronger. This is why the Windrush scandal was so damaging to the Tories. To deport people who have been living here peacefully for years because they did not have documentation was not just inhumane but fundamentally un-British. The same principle applies to a great many people who could be considered illegal migrants.

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Then there's the issue of of his properties becoming synonymous with corruption, racism, misogyny, insanity and some possible light tax fraud. In May, we learned that tenants in New York's Trump Tower were selling their condos at a loss just to escape the taint by association, and a new report from the Washington Post shows the president's Chicago hotel is suffering a similar fate, thanks to the stench du Trump:

Profits fell 89% from 2015 to 2018, from $16.7 million to $1.8 million, according to documents filed with Cook County, Ill. Trump's hotel struggled even as other Chicago hotels held steady or thrived. "Performance of [the Trump hotel] is clearly disassociated from that of its competitive set," the company's lawyers said in a letter to the county seeking to lower the hotel's taxes. The lawyers said the problem was a reaction to Trump's politics. They even quoted a line from a 2018 Washington Post article, in which one small-time investor described the effect of Trump's candidacy on his buildings thusly: "Then the Embarrassment came."

At the Chicago hotel, former employees said they saw the decline up close. It began in 2015, when Trump's rise as a hard-right politician began to alienate the rich, urban customers to whom the hotel catered. Then came election night. "A [supervisor] walked by me real fast and said: 'Oh, my God, he just won Michigan. It's over,'‚ÄČ" said Connor Buhagiar, a waiter who worked in the hotel's Michelin-starred restaurant, Sixteen. Inside the bar, Trump supporters were cheering. Outside, however, "I looked out the window and looked back down Michigan Avenue, and I saw a line of protesters coming, already," to picket the hotel, Buhagiar said.

In addition to the Chicago property, business at Trump Doral in Miami is also reportedly in "steep decline," which a tax consultant hired by the Trump Organization attributed to the "negative connotation...associated with the brand." The company has also lost contracts with hotels in Manhattan and Toronto. And in a sign that even people inside the family business know the name is dragging down profits, virtually every mention of "Trump" has been stripped from two Central Park ice rinks.

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Trump-backed allegations against Biden 'not credible,' testified US official now touted by Trump (MIKE LEVINE, Nov 7, 2019, ABC News)

"The definitive account on all of this is the one from Ambassador Volker," one of Trump's staunchest allies, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told reporters on Wednesday morning.

Around the same time, Trump tweeted a "thank you" to Volker for his testimony, a transcript of which was released by the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday.

But whatever Volker's testimony means for Trump's possible impeachment, the career diplomat's account explicitly undercuts the specific allegations against Biden that Trump and his allies have been pushing online and on TV for months.

"No evidence was brought forward to support (the allegations)," Volker, Trump's special envoy to Ukraine until two months ago, testified under oath. "I thought they were very self-serving and not credible."

Every bit of the Ukraine approach was obstruction of justice.