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Russian treason convictions raise questions over US election hack

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/russian-treason-convictions-raise-questions-over-us-election-hack/ar-BBUasTO

Russian treason convictions raise questions over US election hack

By Mary Ilyushina, CNN

2/27/19

Convictions handed down this week in a high-profile treason case in Russia have reopened questions about the Russian hacking of the 2016 US presidential election.

On Tuesday, a Russian military court issued lengthy sentences to two top cyber-security experts, Russian news agencies reported. Sergei Mikhailov, a former officer with the Federal Security Service (FSB) -- Russia's domestic intelligence agency -- received 22 years in prison, and Ruslan Stoyanov, a former Kaspersky Lab employee, was sentenced to 14 years.

Both men had years of experience fighting cyber-crime, and Mikhailov was one of the few FSB officers who had the privilege of traveling abroad and interacted with Western colleagues at events and conferences.

Complicating matters is the secrecy surrounding the case. The court proceedings were closed, but Ivan Pavlov, a lawyer for one of the defendants, previously told CNN that Stoyanov and Mikhailov were involved in a two-year long secretive case of treason "on behalf of the United States."
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Posted by saidsimplesimon | Thu Feb 28, 2019, 10:55 AM (5 replies)

America has already fired Trump

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/opinion/america-has-already-fired-trump/ar-BBU9ymL

America has already fired Trump

By Robert B. Reich, Tribune Content Agency 18 hrs ago

Special counsel Robert Mueller's soon-to-be-delivered report will trigger months of congressional investigations, subpoenas, court challenges, partisan slugfests, media revelations and more desperate conspiracy claims by Donald Trump, all against the backdrop of the burning questions: Will he be impeached by the House? Will he be convicted by the Senate? Will he pull a Richard Nixon and resign?

In other words, will America fire Trump?

I have news for you. America has already fired him.

When the public fires a president before Election Day, as it did with Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon and Herbert Hoover, they don't send him a letter telling him he's fired. They just make him irrelevant. Politics happens around him, despite him. He's not literally gone, but he might as well be.

It's happened to Trump. The courts and House Democrats are moving against him. Senate Republicans are quietly subverting him. Even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told him to end the shutdown.
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Posted by saidsimplesimon | Thu Feb 28, 2019, 10:51 AM (2 replies)

Cohen: fears no 'peaceful transition' if Trump loses in 2020

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/cohen-fears-no-peaceful-transition-if-trump-loses-in-2020/ar-BBUaK3S

REUTERS

Feb. 27, 2019

Cohen: fears no 'peaceful transition' if Trump loses in 2020

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen said at the end of congressional testimony on Wednesday that he fears Trump will not allow his successor to peacefully take control of the White House if he loses the 2020 presidential election.

"Given my experience working for Mr. Trump, I fear that if he loses the election in 2020, there will never be a peaceful transition of power," Cohen said during his closing remarks before the House of Representatives Oversight Committee.

The remark from Cohen, who once said he would "take a bullet" for Trump but has since turned on his former boss, came in his closing comments. He said his concern about the 2020 transition was "why I agreed to appear before you today."
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(Reporting by Ginger Gibson, Doina Chiacu and Sarah N. Lynch; editing by Grant McCool and Lisa Shumaker)
Posted by saidsimplesimon | Thu Feb 28, 2019, 10:48 AM (6 replies)

Patriot propaganda

Manipulation of masses is an art form. This is how it is done, imo.

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Posted by saidsimplesimon | Mon Feb 18, 2019, 06:01 PM (18 replies)

Odetta, "Motherless child..."

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Posted by saidsimplesimon | Mon Feb 11, 2019, 02:12 PM (2 replies)

Amy Klobuchar for president? She'll say Sunday. Why she should -- and shouldn't.

https://www.twincities.com/2019/02/05/why-amy-klobuchar-should-run-for-president-and-why-she-shouldnt/

By DAVE ORRICK | dorrick@pioneerpress.com | Pioneer Press

PUBLISHED: February 5, 2019 at 5:09 pm | UPDATED: February 7, 2019

Amy Klobuchar for president? She’ll say Sunday. Why she should — and shouldn’t.

Klobuchar dropped the big hint Tuesday night following President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, when she told MSNBC that she’ll make the announcement on Boom Island — “as in, drop the mic,” she said — in Minneapolis.
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WHY SHE SHOULD
SHE’S A MODERATE DEM
Not too left, not too center; just right for Democrats looking for a contrast to President Donald Trump — but leery about all those further-left candidates. Those most-progressive candidates — think: Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker — are making left-field crowded, some think, leaving a gap in left-center for Klobuchar. Code word for this: “electability.”
SHE KEPT HER COOL WITH KAVANAUGH
Whatever you think about the Senate’s confirmation hearings of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Klobuchar got her 15 minutes of fame during it. Closer to five minutes, actually, but that works better for YouTube. For many Americans, this defined her — in a good way: polite but unflinching. Any doubts of the reach of that moment? Just open Google and start typing “Klobuchar and”; there’s only one place the crowd wants you to go.
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WHY SHE SHOULDN’T
SHE’S ‘JUST ANOTHER FACE’?
It’s one thing to have a moment during a Senate hearing, but it’s entirely another to bring thousands to their feet with soaring oratory (Barack Obama) or cathartic populism (Trump). Can the senator next door rally the masses?
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SHE’S FROM MINNESOTA
No Minnesotan ever becomes president.

https://www.quora.com/Do-you-think-Amy-Klobuchar-should-run-for-president

Do you think Amy Klobuchar should run for president?

Marsha Jackson, Retired Substitute Teacher
Answered Nov 25 2018 · Author has 570 answers and 18.5k answer views
I’m a Republican, but I was very impressed with Sen Klobuchar’s performance in the Kavanaugh hearings. She was one of the few Democratic Senators to study Judge Kavanaugh’s rulings on the DC Circuit and had relevant questions. The rest, for the most part, we’re either running for President or trying to be interviewed by CNN. I would seriously consider Sen Klobuchar.


Posted by saidsimplesimon | Thu Feb 7, 2019, 05:14 PM (21 replies)

As the Climate Collapses, We Ask: "How Then Shall We Live?"

https://truthout.org/articles/as-the-climate-collapses-we-ask-how-then-shall-we-live/

As the Climate Collapses, We Ask: “How Then Shall We Live?”

This is the first installment of a monthly series by Dahr Jamail and Barbara Cecil, entitled, “How, Then, Shall We Live? Finding Our Way and Peace of Heart Amidst Global Collapse.”

Although the wind
blows terribly here,
the moonlight also leaks
between the roof planks
of this ruined house.
—Izumi Shikibu
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What we have to share is written on a carrier wave of love for what we cherish. That love, moving outwards into the world through us, is the moonlight. What we write here is for those with the kamikaze courage to take in the facts of intensifying climate chaos, growing economic inequality, crashing biodiversity, growing fascism, a global debt bubble and extinction scenarios that are already coming through the front door. It is for those who are feeling the implications of these in the pit of our stomachs, even before the radical changes needed in our personal and collective lives dawn fully into awareness.

It is for those who, given all that is collapsing, are risking treasured images of the future, and venturing into conversations about adaptation rather than just mitigation. It is for those who are tiptoeing into the unthinkable with a question on their lips: “How then shall we live?” Or maybe more pointedly, “How then shall I live?”

We may (or may not) be a step or two ahead of you, down the path of accepting the likely demise of the biosphere, which exposes the lie of invincibility of Western civilization. We have learned that finding ways to take action, even in the smallest ways, staves off depression and cynicism.
…more at link
Posted by saidsimplesimon | Tue Feb 5, 2019, 08:47 AM (5 replies)

As the Climate Collapses, We Ask: "How Then Shall We Live?"

https://truthout.org/articles/as-the-climate-collapses-we-ask-how-then-shall-we-live/

As the Climate Collapses, We Ask: “How Then Shall We Live?”

This is the first installment of a monthly series by Dahr Jamail and Barbara Cecil, entitled, “How, Then, Shall We Live? Finding Our Way and Peace of Heart Amidst Global Collapse.”

Although the wind
blows terribly here,
the moonlight also leaks
between the roof planks
of this ruined house.
—Izumi Shikibu
….snip
What we have to share is written on a carrier wave of love for what we cherish. That love, moving outwards into the world through us, is the moonlight. What we write here is for those with the kamikaze courage to take in the facts of intensifying climate chaos, growing economic inequality, crashing biodiversity, growing fascism, a global debt bubble and extinction scenarios that are already coming through the front door. It is for those who are feeling the implications of these in the pit of our stomachs, even before the radical changes needed in our personal and collective lives dawn fully into awareness.

It is for those who, given all that is collapsing, are risking treasured images of the future, and venturing into conversations about adaptation rather than just mitigation. It is for those who are tiptoeing into the unthinkable with a question on their lips: “How then shall we live?” Or maybe more pointedly, “How then shall I live?”

We may (or may not) be a step or two ahead of you, down the path of accepting the likely demise of the biosphere, which exposes the lie of invincibility of Western civilization. We have learned that finding ways to take action, even in the smallest ways, staves off depression and cynicism.
…more at link
Posted by saidsimplesimon | Tue Feb 5, 2019, 08:45 AM (0 replies)
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