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humphrey

When will the MSM give this the attention that it deserves?

humphrey

I think that there is a lesson to be learned here. Instead of mass incarceration.

But with Sessions in charge it is only a pipe dream.

polarbear4

Jeffrey St. Clair writes well, and I like this nature/politics article.

I catch a flash of white circling above me. Osprey? Swainson’s hawk? I dig into my pack and extract my binoculars and am quickly distracted by a weird motion on the ridgeline across the valley. I glass the slope. Four legs are pawing frantically at the sky. It is a wolf, rolling vigorously on its back, coating its pelt in dirt, urine or shit. Something foul to us and irresistible to wild canids.

The wolf rolls over and shakes. Dust flies from his fur. He tilts his head, then rubs his neck and shoulders onto the ground. He shakes again, sits and scans the valley.

His coat is largely gray, but his chest is black streaked by a thin necklace of white fur. He presents the classic lean profile of the timber wolf. Perhaps he is a Yellowstone native. He was certainly born in the park. His neck is shackled by the tell-tale telemetry collar, a reminder that the wolves of Yellowstone are under constant surveillance by the federal wolf cops. He is a kind of cyber-wolf, on permanent parole, deprived of an essential element of wildness. The feds are charting nearly every step he takes. One false move, and he could, in the antiseptic language of the bureaucracy, be “removed,” as in erased, as in terminated.

More at the link.

jcitybone

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/07/10/heres-the-big-problem-with-the-trump-camps-latest-spin-about-don-jr/?utm_term=.8df5b92636ae

The Trump camp’s spin in response to the latest revelations about Donald Trump Jr. is roughly as follows: Yes, Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort did meet with a Kremlin-connected lawyer in the expectation that the lawyer would provide them with information that would damage Hillary Clinton. But this is okay, because they didn’t know the identity of the lawyer beforehand, and at any rate, the promise of damaging info went nowhere, so no “collusion” happened.

The problem with the claim that they didn’t know whom they were meeting with is not simply that it strains credulity in the extreme, though it certainly does. Rather, it’s that this assertion will now be subjected to very intense investigative scrutiny, as Bob Bauer, a top campaign lawyer with Perkins Coie, explained to me in an interview this morning.

“It does not help their case that you have a very specific operational instance where the campaign decided it was prepared to welcome assistance from a Russian source,” said Bauer, who has previously argued in a series of posts that the law prohibits cooperation with foreign nationals to influence a U.S. election. “You are not permitted to solicit or accept anything of value from a foreign national to influence an election. You cannot enter into a conspiracy with a foreign national to influence an election.”

“What was precisely her connection to the Russian government?” Bauer said. “Investigators are going to try to dig as deeply as possible here.” But Bauer added that it might not even have to be established that she did “report back to Moscow” for this to rise to the level of accepting help from a foreign national in influencing an election. Bauer concluded: “This should draw an awful lot of investigative energy.”

humphrey

Corruption is everywhere and Mexico is supposed to be one of the good guys.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/mexico-spying-targeted-probe-43-missing-students-experts-151728340.html

Mexico City (AFP) – International experts sent to Mexico to investigate the disappearance of 43 students in 2014 were targeted with spyware sold to the government, researchers said Monday.

Adding to a snowballing scandal over spying on journalists, activists and other public figures in Mexico, computer security experts confirmed that the independent investigation into the disappearance and alleged massacre — an atrocity that drew world condemnation — was targeted with a highly invasive spyware known as Pegasus.

“The infection attempts took place in early March of 2016, shortly after the (independent experts) had criticized the Mexican government for interference in their investigation, and as they were preparing their final report,” said researchers at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab.

The research lab was among the groups that previously found the same spyware targeted the phones of leading journalists, anti-corruption activists and human rights campaigners.

The government denies the alleged spying and has ordered the attorney general’s office to investigate.

The spyware, known as Pegasus, effectively turns a target’s cell phone into a pocket spy, enabling remote access to the user’s data, camera and microphone.

It is made by a secretive Israeli firm called NSO Group, owned by US private equity firm Francisco Partners Management.

humphrey

Duh! Putting a hold on stuff that they weren’t going to get anyway. Just brilliant!

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-vote-idUSKBN19V29W?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=5964082004d3011e84440c84&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

U.S. President Donald Trump’s commission to investigate possible election fraud on Monday put a freeze on its effort to collect sensitive voter data from states in the face of growing legal challenges.

In an email, the panel’s designated officer, Andrew Kossack, asked state elections officers to “hold on submitting any data,” the commission said in court filings.

Several state elections officials confirmed receiving a letter from the panel stating that it would provide further instructions after a federal judge had ruled on a complaint filed by a watchdog group, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), which is seeking a temporary restraining order.

Earlier on Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union sued the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, alleging violations of federal law requiring transparent government.

The bipartisan panel, led by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, asked the 50 U.S. states for a host of voter data, including birth dates and the last four digits of voters’ Social Security numbers.

humphrey

I have no idea what this is all about. Maybe someone could explain.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-hungary-soros-idUSKBN19V1J4?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=59640f2704d3012f967f7174&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

Israel’s foreign ministry has issued a statement denouncing U.S. billionaire George Soros, a move that appeared designed to align Israel more closely with Hungary ahead of a visit to Budapest next week by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Soros, a Hungarian-born Jew who has spent a large part of his fortune funding pro-democracy and human rights groups, has repeatedly been targeted by Hungary’s right-wing government, in particular over his support for more open immigration.

In the latest case, Prime Minister Viktor Orban has backed a campaign in which Soros is singled out as an enemy of the state. “Let’s not allow Soros to have the last laugh” say billboards next to a picture of the 86-year-old investor, a campaign that Jewish groups and others say foments anti-Semitism.

Soros, who rarely addresses personal attacks against him, has not commented on the billboards. But Hungarian Jewish groups and Human Rights Watch, an organization partly funded by Soros, have condemned the campaign, saying it “evokes memories of the Nazi posters during the Second World War”.

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