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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Linkee-poo don't wanna know your name, cause you don't look the same, the way you did before

I'll just start by pointing out that the Trump administration's DoJ has asked the Supreme Court to take up the appeal of their travel ban even before the 9th Circuit rules (SCOTUS will probably wait until after that ruling before deciding, as, IIRC, that's precedent). And just as a reminder, this was meant to be a "temporary ban" that "would last a few months" while the administration "reviewed screening procedures" to make sure no nasty people were admitted to the US. Note the first travel ban was signed four months ago, "few" is often defined as "three." So, how's that review coming?

A comic about the Janes Collective. I wasn't fully awake when Roe v Wade was decided, but I was awake when I heard women talking about abortion in the 70s about what it was like before. This, more than anything else, is why I'm pro-choice. (Grokked from Cherie Priest)

"Democrats on the panel say they believe the latest direction of Nunes’s investigation is designed to deflect attention from the Russia probe. In April, Nunes was forced to recuse himself from the committee’s probe of Russia because of allegations he may have inappropriately disclosed classified information." Nothing to see here folks, just a chairman who had to recuse himself attempting to divert the spotlight from the investigation he had to recuse himself from. Although the intelligence agencies decided to provide information for all unmasking requested of them, including the House Intelligence Committee, because guess who asked for the most of them. Well, it's no fun if you don't make a guess. (Grokked from Chuck Wendig)

NPR fact checks the President's speech on withdraw from the Paris Climate Accords. It's like shooting fish in a barrel. And while it's interesting, it's by no means either exhausting or complete (it picks the low hanging fruit, and leaves a lot on the table that is also easily disputable without much hard research or deep subject matter investigation). Mostly these things are meant to be annotated transcripts of speeches. Basically the speech was a foregone conclusion and this was merely the end of the process to make it look like he is considerate and well informed. The speech itself was a giant circle jerk, including the cheerleading section.

Nice Farage, he of "Brexit" fame, is a person of interest in the Russian-Trump investigation. Well, I didn't see that plot twist coming.

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