Solarbird (solarbird) wrote,

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good morning, it's 22 january 2017

CW: the link and first paragraph in nr. 4 is an explicitly pro-racial-genocide article published by Richard B. Spencer, neofascist alt-right founder and most recently famous for being punched but good on television during the inauguration.

Also, I went to the Spencer's in Northgate Mall. No sign of the pro-sexual-assault T-shirt there.

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Intercepted Russian Communications Part of Inquiry Into Trump Associates
JAN. 19, 2017 | The New York Times

WASHINGTON — American law enforcement and intelligence agencies are examining intercepted communications and financial transactions as part of a broad investigation into possible links between Russian officials and associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump, including his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, current and former senior American officials said.

The continuing counterintelligence investigation means that Mr. Trump will take the oath of office on Friday with his associates under investigation and after the intelligence agencies concluded that the Russian government had worked to help elect him. As president, Mr. Trump will oversee those agencies and have the authority to redirect or stop at least some of these efforts.

It is not clear whether the intercepted communications had anything to do with Mr. Trump’s campaign, or Mr. Trump himself. It is also unclear whether the inquiry has anything to do with an investigation into the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s computers and other attempts to disrupt the elections in November. The American government has concluded that the Russian government was responsible for a broad computer hacking campaign, including the operation against the D.N.C.

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12 Jones Day Lawyers Take Key Posts in Trump Administration
Marcia Coyle and C. Ryan Barber, The National Law Journal
January 20, 2017

[Hey, look who just got tapped to lead Civil Rights at the DoJ - anti-LGBT lawyer John Gore, best known for his defence of North Carolina's HB 2. It's open season on queers now!]

Jones Day, whose lawyers served key positions in the Trump presidential transition and litigated against the nation's health insurance law and for other major Republican objectives, will count 12 members in the new Trump administration.

Shortly before Donald Trump was sworn in to office Friday, the firm announced the moves, which Above The Law first reported. Two additional lawyers are also leaving—one will serve as special counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the panel that will soon be tasked with confirming a Trump-appointed Supreme Court justice, and the other will join a state attorney's office in Illinois.

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National Park Service Banned From Tweeting After Anti-Trump Retweets
William Turton
Gizmodo | Yesterday 8:04pm

The National Park service retweeted some sick Donald Trump burns, noting how, uh, lightly attended his inauguration was compared to Barack Obama’s in 2009. But now, the NPS has been ordered by its Washington support office to “immediately cease use of government Twitter accounts until further notice,” according to an internal email obtained by Gizmodo.

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Is Black Genocide Right?
We’ve been asking all the wrong questions
By Colin Liddell | Alternative Right
Richard B. Spencer, Editor

[For reference purposes; Richard B. Spencer's Alternative Right magazine used to spend time publishing pro-genocide articles. This is one.]

It strikes me that one of the main things about having a good debate is how it is framed. Get that right and the chances are something good will be the outcome. However, for too long now, when we consider questions of race, especially questions concerning the Black race, we have been framing things in completely the wrong way. Instead of asking how we can make reparations for slavery, colonialism, and Apartheid or how we can equalize academic scores and incomes, we should instead be asking questions like, "Does human civilization actually need the Black race?" "Is Black genocide right?" and, if it is, "What would be the best and easiest way to dispose of them?" With starting points like this, wisdom is sure to flourish, enlightenment to dawn.

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White House press secretary attacks media for accurately reporting inauguration crowds
by Brian Stelter
January 21, 2017 | CNN

[Notable because it's bald-faced easily-proven lie after bald-faced easily-proven lie. No connection with truth to be found. And CNN ran fact corrections after each one.]

"That's what you guys should be writing and covering," new White House press secretary Sean Spicer angrily lectured reporters on Saturday during his first remarks from the podium of the press briefing room.

He was referring to the delay in Senate confirmation for President Donald Trump's pick to lead the CIA, Congressman Mike Pompeo, but the comment came after a long digression about how many people had shown up to watch Trump be sworn in as president.

"This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period," Spicer said, contradicting all available data.

Aerial photos have indicated that former president Barack Obama's first inauguration attracted a much larger crowd. Nielsen ratings show that Obama also had a bigger television audience.

Spicer said, without any evidence, that some photos were "intentionally framed" to downplay Trump's crowd.

He also expressed objections to specific Twitter posts from journalists. And he said, "we're going to hold the press accountable," partly by reaching the public through social networking sites.

His statement included several specific misstatements of fact in addition to the overarching one.


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Analysis on the above "press conference"
Seen on Twitter
January 21, 2017


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Kellyanne Conway Says Spicer Brought 'Alternative Facts'
22 Jan 2017

[To sum: Trump et al brought 'Alternative Facts' in the press conference, which is apparently the latest attempt to relabel "bald-faced lies."]

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