So I'm doing this about once a year now. Read more... )

The "leaked" messages may be complete fiction from a troll, but I hope the police have plans for contingencies.

Turkish military blocks Istanbul bridges

The rumor mill suggests either (1) preparations for a massive PKK attack in Istanbul or (2) a military coup in progress.

Military coups used to be Turkey's national sport until the US refused to support the generals the last time they said they needed one in 1998. Turkey has been run by the Muslim Brotherhood since then. Opposition officers were jailed, opposition media was seized, Ataturk culture may no longer exist. If there is a coup, anybody could be responsible.

Seeing what analysts have to say:

Around the web:

  • Alison Arkin is reporting a military coup announcement and a helicopter firing on Turkish intelligence HQ. However, I have no idea who this person is or where she is getting her information.

The assassin Tommy Mair was an early subscriber to a South African nationalist agitation rag. ([Update #1] This information has been removed from the link. Was it the wrong Tommy Mair?)

The dumb fuck could have waited two weeks for the vote; Brexit was up in the polls until now.

Now watch the other side squirm and insist that a politically motivated killer was only mentally ill and it had nothing to do with his politics. ([Update #1] If the evidence of his motivation has been pulled, we're stuck with no evidence about his motivation. Still, it wouldn't surprise me.)
Update #2: his political motive is confirmed.

So I logged onto Facebook for the first time in a year or two and it recommends three people:

  1. My dad again
  2. Someone I briefly knew at a different school, and not the last person.
  3. A third person who I don't know but is someone who Facebook could reasonably have found through my friends network. The first two suggestions are not.

A possible explanation: the second person got me to join some other social network whose name I have forgotten. It's possible that I might have used the same email to join both and that Facebook bought and merged their database.

Another possibility is that I may have searched Facebook for the names of these acquaintances years ago and Facebook stored the search requests to datamine later. However, I don't see why I would have searched for this person if I knew that they used a different social network.

Earlier posts on this subject:

  1. Facebook recommends a co-worker with no apparent connections
  2. Facebook recommends my dad -- when I'm using a fake name
  3. Facebook recommends an organization that spammed my email account
  4. Facebook gives me its French version after I read Le Monde
  5. Facebook recommends pages for interests that I removed from my personal information
  6. Facebook recommends my dad -- when he's using a fake name
  7. Facebook recommends an old school acquaintance shortly after her account got hijacked by spammers
  8. Facebook recommends a website that I was reading the night before
  9. Facebook might be recording words spoken near your cell phone

From the Shorenstein Center:

The report shows that during the year 2015, major news outlets covered Donald Trump in a way that was unusual given his low initial polling numbers—a high volume of media coverage preceded Trump’s rise in the polls. Trump’s coverage was positive in tone—he received far more “good press” than “bad press.” The volume and tone of the coverage helped propel Trump to the top of Republican polls.

And with Trump standing in support of the gay community after Orlando while Democrats in Congress protested against a moment of silence for the victims and demanded the disarmament of ISIS's future victims, and with Clinton's creation of ISIS hanging around her neck, Trump probably just won the presidency. Sanders or Warren could beat him if Clinton is indicted, but the Democratic Party is probably too corrupt to allow that to happen.

Take it with a grain of salt, it's in the Mail after all:

A recent public letter warning against Brexit argued that EU laws have ‘a hugely positive effect’ on the environment. It was signed by the heads of a dozen green pressure groups including Natural England, the Green Alliance, the RSPB and the Natural Environment Research Council. What was not mentioned was that the European Commission funds eight of the 12 organisations directly.

[...]

The last time Britain had to approve a major transfer of power to Brussels was in 2007, when we ratified the Lisbon Treaty. Introducing the Bill in Parliament, the then Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, made a great song and dance of quoting a whole range of organisations in favour. ‘The NSPCC has pledged its support, as have One World Action, Action Aid and Oxfam,’ he said, looking pleased with himself. [...] It turned out every organisation he cited was in receipt of EU subventions. Hardly surprising, then, that they should dutifully endorse a treaty supported by their paymasters.

What was surprising was the extent of their financial dependency. When I asked the European Commission how much money it had paid these organisations, it emerged that Action Aid, the NSPCC, One World Action and Oxfam had among them been given €43 million in a single year.

[...]

Back in 2003, when the European Constitution was first being drawn up, 200 organisations supposedly representing ‘civil society’ were invited to submit their suggestions on what it should contain. All of them were in receipt of EU grants.

This sounds more like a racket than a government. I would not be surprised if all of it were true.

An unconfirmed report of how the Nevada Democratic caucus went

A motion was brought to the floor by the DNC chairwoman to retroactively change the nevada primary rules...to give a victory to Hillary instead of to Bernie (who had stood as the winner by all counts when the day began).

To "democratically" enact this, the chairwoman called for a voice-vote...and although the NAYS far-outweighed the YEAS, she declared it a 'YEA'...and the rules retroactively changed.

When a motion was brought to the floor to unseat the chairwoman...and it looked like it would succeed...she adjourned the meeting without following the rules and declared Hillary the victor. Then she ran off the stage behind a wall of state police, just moments before this picture was taken...

Earlier: Yglesias makes it big - "how is a journalist able to afford a million-dollar home?"

Now: Vox’s Puff Piece on Goldman Sachs Doesn’t Reveal Goldman Sponsors Vox

Vox’s Matthew Yglesias (4/25/16) gave a generous write-up to Goldman Sachs’ new commercial banking subsidiary, GS Bank, without noting that Goldman Sachs is a sponsor of Vox.

One of the revelations from the Panama Papers:

Among those companies is the Russian Sberbank, whose U.S. investment banking branch recently enlisted the services of the Podesta Group. According to its lobbying registration form, the firm will work on banking, trade, and foreign relations issues.

One of the three lobbyists working on the account is Tony Podesta, a bundler for the Clinton campaign and the brother of campaign chairman John Podesta, who co-founded the firm.

Previously: the Podesta Group lobbied for Russia to buy 20% of US uranium mining rights.


Probably related: Some natsec tweeters are endorsing a dead cat as the least bad candidate in this election. It is difficult to imagine a persuasive counterargument.

Wikileaked Hillary Clinton email #12166, dated July 25, 2012, shows Jared Cohen of Google Ideas working with al-Jazeera to develop a list of defecting Syrian officers and to encourage further defections. Quote:

Please keep close hold, but my team is planning to launch a tool on Sunday that will publicly track and map the defections in Syria and which parts of the government they are coming from. Our logic behind this is that while many people are tracking the atrocities, nobody is visually representing and mapping the defections, which we believe are important in encouraging more to defect and giving confidence to the opposition. Given how hard it is to get information into Syria right now, we are partnering with Al-Jazeera who will take primary ownership over the tool we have built, track the data, verify it, and broadcast it back into Syria

Cohen's email was sent to William J. Burns, Deputy Secretary of State; Jacob J. Sullivan, national security advisor to Hillary Clinton; and Alec Ross, Senior Advisor for Innovation in the State Department. Sullivan forwarded Cohen's email to Clinton, who forwarded it to her aide Monica Hanley.

Previously, al-Jazeera hosted exiled Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leaders who had given al-Qaeda free rein over Egypt. Also, the US support for extremists in Syria got so bad that a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff defected to Russia to try to stop it.

Jared Cohen has a reputation as a loose cannon, "doing things the CIA cannot do", with White House and State Department support. Interestingly, Hamas allowed him to travel to Gaza for reasons that the people at Stratfor were not aware of.

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