Weekend link dump for September 2

“The Untold Story of NotPetya, the Most Devastating Cyberattack in History”.

Brian Kemp – Republican Secretary of State of Georgia, and nominee for Governor – Enemy of Democracy.

“Giraffes, the gentle giants of the African savanna, are undergoing a silent extinction. According to experts, the wild giraffe population has declined by about 40% since about 1990. The main cause is habitat loss and illegal hunting for the bushmeat trade, but giraffes are also targeted by trophy hunters. Their parts—made into pillows, boots and gun handles, among other things—are traded internationally for commercial purposes.” For crying out loud, don’t buy boots made of giraffe leather!

“Obamacare is more popular with American voters than the Republican-enacted tax cuts, according to a new Fox News Poll.”

RIP, Neil Simon, the “most successful playwright in American theatre history”.

“No, a Teen Did Not Hack a State Election”.

“Actually: Trump can’t unilaterally kill NAFTA; this is only a possible step toward any new trade deal involving Mexico; it’s probably not a good step; and it may not actually lead to any new deal at all. In other words, it’s precisely the puffery we’ve come to expect from a president who doesn’t understand what his own administration is doing, or doesn’t care.”

“Here’s House Republicans’ list of all the Trump scandals they’re covering up. It’s not a short list.”

This is the best summary of the life and mythos of John McCain I’ve seen so far.

Happy 100th birthday to Katherine Johnson, the woman who hand-calculated the trajectory for America’s first trip to space.

Don’t forget the stories of the women they abused in the workplace. Don’t forget that C.K. called one of his accusers and apologized for an offense unfamiliar to her, meaning he got her confused with some other woman he pressured into an unwanted sexual scenario. Don’t forget how these women saw their careers hurt because of him. Don’t forget how Rebecca Corry has received death threats for speaking out about CK. Don’t forget Lauer’s button that locked his office door at a distance. Don’t forget that Lauer smugly rejoiced in the firing of Ann Curry, who went to management when a female staffer came to her in tears over his horrid behavior. Don’t forget Lauer allegedly sexually assaulted a co-worker at his desk while she was unconscious.”

RIP, Michael Pickwoad, production designer for Doctor Who.

The red delicious apple is no longer #1.

“The researchers were stunned to find Russian troll accounts tweeting about vaccines, but unraveling why they would stoke the vaccine debate was mind-boggling, too.”

Big Al‘s big day.

“The Department of Education would act as arms dealer, dispensing cash for guns.”

“All of you out there trying to engage me or other fed-up women regarding what Louis C.K. needs or why his professional career should be salvageable — nope. After what’s come to light about his recent actions, if you’re defending him, do it somewhere else. If you read this piece to the end, and you think what he did this week is OK, we’re never going to agree. Good luck with those conversations about everything except assisting survivors and changing toxic power dynamics. If you bring up what abusers need right out of the gate, I’m opting out of those discussions.”

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7 Responses to Weekend link dump for September 2

  1. Bill Daniels says:

    The ‘Trump scandal list.’

    • President Trump’s tax returns- No scandal here. He’s not required to make them public any more than Obama was required to make his college documents, including his status as a foreign student on financial aid forms available to the public.

    • Trump family businesses — and whether they comply with the Constitution’s emoluments clause, including the Chinese trademark grant to the Trump Organization. That’s a long stretch to a maybe.

    • Trump’s dealings with Russia, including the president’s preparation for his meeting with Vladimir Putin Trump has been the worst thing the US could do to an ascendant, aggressive Russia. Fail.

    • The payment to Stephanie Clifford — a.k.a. Stormy Daniels Yawn. This is pussy tape pablum.

    • James Comey’s firing Swamp rat Rosenstein recommended his firing, in order to set in motion the ‘muh Russia’ witch hunt. Why is Rosenstein not facing a scandal? He’s the one who recommended the firing, in writing.

    • Trump’s firing of U.S. attorneys Yawn. That’s within the President’s purview.

    • Trump’s proposed transgender ban for the military These are folks that either (take your pick) have a serious medical issue, or a mental issue. Either way, that detracts from military readiness, in the same way someone with diabetes detracts from military readiness.

    • Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s business dealings I don’t know what they are talking about here.

    • White House staff’s personal email use Again, have no idea what they are talking about.

    • Cabinet secretary travel, office expenses, and other misused perks I’m upset about Ben Carson’s table, Pruitt’s phone, and a few other things. Legitimate beef, right here.

    • Discussion of classified information at Mar-a-Lago Trump had to immediately move his campaign headquarters, once Rodgers of the NSA told him he was being spied on. Considering that Obama, Hillary, and the rest of the folks who were actually IN on the spying of Team Trump also discussed classified info on Hillary’s home brew server, the chutzpah in making a claim against Trump is simply astounding.

    • Jared Kushner’s ethics law compliance I think Jared is a snake, I don’t trust him, and I believe that just like Kissenger, Rahm Emmanuel and others, his first loyalty is to Israel, not America. He needs his security clearance pulled.

    • Dismissal of members of the EPA board of scientific counselors Not familiar with this.

    • The travel ban I will support my President in his efforts to keep US citizens safe. We don’t need another 9/11, San Bernadino, or Orlando. Frankly, we don’t need another Kate Steinle or Molly Tibbit, either.

    • Family separation policy Criminals get separated from their kids. Don’t want to get separated, don’t break into the US illegally. There need to be negative consequences for doing that.

    • Hurricane response in Puerto Rico The only part of the response that failed was the ill fated electric contract to that shell company that was quickly terminated. Well, I take that back. Allowing the San Juan mayor to hide cargo containers of aid so she could complain about Trump instead of helping her people also pissed me off. Other than that, we did the best that could be done. We, the US taxpayers, rebuilt the entire electric grid, basically from scratch, because what they had was ancient, decrepit, virtual 3rd world electric infrastructure. That’s not our fault.

    • Election security and hacking attempts This is rich, Obama, who told us that no serious person could even believe that an election COULD be hacked, and who told his chief of cyber security to stand down when actual hacking was attempted by foreign governments, is now leading the ‘resistance,’ complaining about the very thing he explicitly allowed and covered up. Chutzpah.

    • White House security clearances Meh. What do you expect when Team Obama still controls the guys who actually give out those clearances.

  2. Bill Daniels says:

    “The Department of Education would act as arms dealer, dispensing cash for guns.”

    Well, the Obama administration armed foreign criminals and terrorists (hat tip to McCain for his help in arming Al Qaeda). All things considered, arming law abiding US citizens entrusted with our most precious resource, our kids, seems like a definite improvement.

    RIP, BP officer Brian Terry.

  3. Manny Barrera says:

    Couldn’t you add some more fibs to the list, so that I will know all the Trump Party talking points?

  4. Bill Daniels says:


    Why? I’m enjoying your newest talking point….that space exploration is now racist, because Drum[f….


    I’m also going to enjoy the lawyer to washed up strippers, Avenetti, hold his own ‘resistance’ rally when Trump comes to stump for Cruz. Texans will get to see the real story on Beto, that he’s a puppet of the coastal elite, backed by Soros. I was surprised that Channel 2, in the middle of a bunch of softballs, actually asked him about that this morning.

  5. Manny Barrera says:

    Bill let us call it was it is, “Space Fart”, where will the money come from? Some more tax cuts to the billionaires? Where that great big beautiful wall? Where is all that awesome infrastructure? NAFTA making Mexico great again, the workers there will get higher pay, no such guarantees for workers here. Welfare for farmers. Stops workers visas but gets his quota of foreign workers for his places. You’ll are something else.

    We have to bum a ride to the space station from the Russians. You’ll believe everything that comes out of that liars mouth, how pathetic.

    Bill go post more often in Big Jolly they believe all that bull you post. Have a great day. Do I believe what one person saw once or the data from the FBI that is the motto over there.

  6. Bill Daniels says:


    A small part of Space Force is the US sending our own astronauts into space again, instead of, as you so correctly point out, enriching the Russians by paying for them to Uber our people to the space station. Uh, whose watch did that begin on again? Oh, yeah, it was Obama. But hey, Muslim outreach was a much more noble goal than actual space exploration, amirite?

    Your guy, Obama, helped the Russians gain hard currency by paying them to take our astronauts to the space station. Collusion! Trump is putting an end to that practice. Muh Russia, indeed.

    Happy labor day, Manny, and Happy labor day to all of the Kuff crew.

  7. Manny Barrera says:

    Bill I never voted for Obama, I voted for McCain, and I think I voted for Jill Stein in 2012. Can I prove it no, but it is true.

    I know you have never seen anything written by me claiming I supported Obama. I never voted for George W. Bush for president either, Governor yes.

    But even if I had voted for Obama, he is a hell of lot better than the piece of crap that sits in the White House. I did not like him because he saved the banks but did almost nothing to help the working men and women. I am still pissed that the banks raised the interest on my credit cards because they screwed up. I paid them all off and don’t do business with any of those banks anymore.

    I normally vote for what I consider the best candidate or the least evil, but when Trump came down those escalators and called all people that look like me rapist and drug dealers I promised myself that I would never vote for a Republican again if he became their nominee.

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