And they come with no warning,
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Continual crisis!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Linkee-poo has a bird you can watch

So is it just me or it seems with all of the Trump Administration if you scratch hard enough you find Putin?

"Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is doing business with a close relative of Russian President Vladimir Putin and failed to disclose their relationship while being confirmed for his Cabinet spot, documents showed Sunday." And it's true that the arrangement, while dodgy, isn't illegal. However, lying on federal forms is a felony.

"When President Donald Trump’s eldest son met with a Russian lawyer in June 2016 after being promised 'information that would incriminate' Trump’s election opponent Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump Jr. suggested that a U.S. law the lawyer was lobbying against could be reconsidered if Trump became president, according to the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya." People are starting to throw each other under the bus.

"In the fall of 2010, the Russian billionaire investor Yuri Milner took the stage for a Q. and A. at a technology conference in San Francisco. Mr. Milner, whose holdings have included major stakes in Facebook and Twitter, is known for expounding on everything from the future of social media to the frontiers of space travel. But when someone asked… Who were his investors? — he did not answer, turning repeatedly to the moderator with a look of incomprehension… Now, leaked documents examined by The New York Times offer a partial answer: Behind Mr. Milner’s investments in Facebook and Twitter were hundreds of millions of dollars from the Kremlin… His companies sold those holdings several years ago… Among Mr. Milner’s current investments is a real estate venture founded and partly owned by Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and White House adviser.

"NPR CEO Jarl Mohn apologized to angered staffers in a contentious meeting Friday afternoon even as additional women accused the network's former top news executive of sexually harassing them."

"In an update, Paul's senior adviser Doug Stafford sent a statement to the Bowling Green Daily News that Paul, 54, 'has five rib fractures including three displaced fractures.'" Good thing Sen. Paul has excellent health insurance. Also, the neighbor arrested for tackling Rand Paul is also a doctor, and lives next door.

"But this is completely unfair to Trump. A look at this fuller remarks makes clear he did know that Japanese cars are built in the United States. He even talked about it at-length and praised the manufacturers for the amount of jobs they've created here." So apparently the president made some comment about getting the Japanese to build cars in the US, yes they already do and yes he knows it. That's not my issue with this. How will this fare with all the "buy American" supporters he has?

"Broadcom made an unsolicited, $103 billion offer for rival chipmaker Qualcomm, the tech industry’s largest attempted takeover that is destined to come under intense regulatory scrutiny." Broadcom is also moving its headquarters from Singapore to the US which will help it avoid going through CFIUS reviews. You might remember CFIUS from the Clinton-Uranium-Russia brouhaha.

"In his first stop of an extended trip in Asia, Trump stood with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a news conference and suggested the United States will arm Japan, much as the United States has done with allies in the Middle East like Saudi Arabia. He did not deny reports that he has expressed frustration that Japan did not shoot down a ballistic missile North Korea recently fired over its territory." Well, we'll be selling them the capability to possibly do that, they don't currently have it (and there's the bit about the Japanese Constitution that we forced them to sign at the end of WWII). Not to mention the geo-political issues of basing an anti-missile system in Japan.

"President Donald Trump says the mass shooting at a Texas church 'isn’t a guns situation,' but is a 'mental health problem at the highest level.'" I think the gun problem helped. Note how president Trump is rolling out the narrative that we'll discover, a long history of mental problems… blah blah blah… bang bang bang (also note the ongoing search in Las Vegas to develop that narrative). But, okay, it's a mental health problem. WTF are you going to do about it Mr. President? Maybe, say, national insurance that covers everybody that includes mental health?

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