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On election night.
It was an all too rare moment of blunt truth. Yes, it's a difficult segment to watch, but all the more important now.
The NBC reporters had been yammering on, in the same tone and terms they generally use, in that chummy way they talk to each other and uttering terms and phrases they clearly have said so many times that they all just accept this news banter as the norm.
Then, they brought on their Chief Foreign Correspondent, Richard Engel, and in a scant few minutes, he brought up the shattering reality of what this means and just how disruptive it is. He noted how he has had reports of generals studying the Constitution to examine their obligations if Trump actually orders them to deport millions of people from the United States. He noted how people around the world have noticed the rise of right wing 'populists' around the world who are being elected to lead countries and the nationalist fervor that is sweeping so many countries now. And how the United Staes may become like a stalled ship in the ocean, looking only inward with nationalist infighting, and that other nations will dominate the world seas/stage.
There was a stunned silence followed by some slight bluster from most of them and even one attempt at understanding and conversation about repercussions. Their body language, especially Todd's speaks volumes.
Then they switched over to Andrea at the Clinton campaign's location, who at the time still had nothing to report on whether she was coming there (as was evident before they even switched to her). They had Engel on a bit longer though I can't find that part. If I recall, he called out media coverage that willingly provided Trump such a platform, noting that even 'bad' publicity still provided him with hours of publicity.
Shortly thereafter, Engels was gone, trundled off quickly after providing the most meaningful analysis of the night.
Posted by suffragette | Wed Nov 16, 2016, 03:02 PM (23 replies)
This last week we have seen Comey insert the FBI into the end of the election by first issuing a cryptic statement about the 'possibility' of emails 'perhaps' associated with Hillary being discovered by the FBI in connection with its investigation into Weiner sexting with an under-aged girl from across state lines.
This week,the FBI released information about its 2001 investigation of President Bill Clinton's pardon of Marc Rich, stirring up new discussion and speculation over a 15 year old process and story.
The timing of both of these actions is suspect, especially since these aren't issues that have a resolution before Election Day, but instead are aimed at stirring up feelings of trust or distrust in voters.
As Obama has now said:
"I do think that there is a norm that when there are investigations we don't operate on innuendo and we don't operate on incomplete information and we don't operate on leaks," Obama said in the interview, which was taped Tuesday. "We operate based on concrete decisions that are made. When this was investigated thoroughly last time the conclusion of the FBI, the conclusion of the Justice Department, the conclusion of repeated congressional investigations was she had made some mistakes but that there wasn't anything there that was procecutable."
Yet, the information selectively put forth looks EXACTLY like the kind of innuendo that usually occurs in whisper campaigns and that type of information doesn't depend on accuracy for impact. The impact is in the focus being shifted to discussion of possibilities based on suspicion, rumor and distrust.
I've been wondering more about the story that started this whole chain of events, specifically about the timing of that story. So I went back for another look at it and then at the background of the reporter.
Alana Goodman broke the story for the Daily Mail on September 21, 2016. The story includes the information that the sexting began in January 2016 and went on for some time, "months-long" is what the article notes.
The article gives one clue as to how long the Daily Mail had the information and that it wasn't discovered by them but was delivered to them, stating that:
"DailyMail.com reached out to the 15-year-old girl's family earlier this month after receiving information about her relationship with Weiner."
This raises questions about the timing, both in terms of whether the information was specifically given to the Daily Mail in early September to be released just before October and whether the Daily Mail further waited until late September when they already had the story in early September.
That got me curious about the reporter. It turns out she has quite the history in other very conservative media. Her bio from her previous position at the Washington Free Beacon states "Alana Goodman is a staff writer for the Washington Free Beacon. Prior to joining the Beacon, she was assistant online editor at Commentary. She has written for the Weekly Standard, the New York Post and the Washington Examiner. Goodman graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 2010, and lives in Washington, D.C." That page includes links to some of her stories there, which are predominantly anti-Clinton hit pieces.
She has also appeared on Fox for one of the stories about Clinton which she apparently broke.
Most interesting, in terms of the timing question, is that this is not the first time Goodman has launched an October surprise at a Democratic candidate.
Mother Jones magazine had a 2015 article about the Washington Free Beacon, noting its "success" at investigation and highlighting some of Goodman's work as an example.
In May 2014, reporter Lachlan Markay obtained a secret list of donors' pledges to the progressive Democracy Alliance—something akin to getting the Koch brothers' political ledgers. A month later, Goodman posted previously unreleased audio of Hillary Clinton candidly discussing her vigorous defense, as a young court-appointed attorney, of an accused child rapist. In October, she uncovered Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor's college thesis, in which he described school desegregation as a "figurative invasion." Two weeks later, the Democrat lost his reelection race. Like the Southern Avenger expose, each of these stories was picked up by the mainstream media, a rare accomplishment for a conservative outlet.
Posted by suffragette | Wed Nov 2, 2016, 03:53 PM (0 replies)
Like a Banana Republic, and asking what we have come to, to have a display like trotting out the women accusers and bring them to the audience.
Then he said it was like Wrestlemania.
Posted by suffragette | Sun Oct 9, 2016, 11:03 PM (24 replies)
when he went on (and on) about "the cyber."
Agree with WAPO, just completely out of his depth.
As far as the cyber, I agree to parts of what Secretary Clinton said. We should be better than anybody else, and perhaps we're not. I don't think anybody knows it was Russia that broke into the DNC. She's saying Russia, Russia, Russia, but I don't -- maybe it was. I mean, it could be Russia, but it could also be China. It could also be lots of other people. It also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds, OK?
You don't know who broke in to DNC.
But what did we learn with DNC? We learned that Bernie Sanders was taken advantage of by your people, by Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Look what happened to her. But Bernie Sanders was taken advantage of. That's what we learned.
Now, whether that was Russia, whether that was China, whether it was another country, we don't know, because the truth is, under President Obama we've lost control of things that we used to have control over.
We came in with the internet, we came up with the internet, and I think Secretary Clinton and myself would agree very much, when you look at what is doing with the internet, they're beating us at our own game. ISIS.
So we have to get very, very tough on cyber and cyber warfare. It is -- it is a huge problem. I have a son. He's 10 years old. He has computers. He is so good with these computers, it's unbelievable. The security aspect of cyber is very, very tough. And maybe it's hardly doable.
Posted by suffragette | Tue Sep 27, 2016, 02:57 PM (10 replies)
In the first few minutes, she admonished the Republican candidate for not following the agreed upon rules, then shut him down when he tried to transparently rephrase his question to get around the rule.
Another moderator followed that immediately with another question, so they did not allow his question (which violated rules) to be hanging in the air for an answer.
The first moderator followed that up with reiterating the rules again.
Holt could take a lesson.
Posted by suffragette | Mon Sep 26, 2016, 11:24 PM (4 replies)
After the thorough trouncing of him by Hillary.
Posted by suffragette | Mon Sep 26, 2016, 11:10 PM (22 replies)
Washington state has scheduled a Governor's debate to immediately follow the Presidential debate tonight.
I'm curious if other states are doing this, too.
Posted by suffragette | Mon Sep 26, 2016, 06:29 PM (4 replies)
If the Democrat causes an upset in November and wins Montana’s only seat in the House of Representatives, she will become the first Native American woman ever to serve in Congress.
Montana is on the 2016 Red to Blue list, a Democratic list of traditionally Republican states the party hopes to win in its bid to take the House as well as the White House.
Even if Juneau loses, however, she is surfing a wave of energy affecting a population that conventional analyses of US politics often define as ambivalent. From protests over a proposed pipeline in North Dakota being hailed as a new civil rights movement to a record number of Native American candidates running at state and federal level, passions are running high.
“It’s awesome,” Juneau said in a telephone interview. “It’s really exciting, this new surge of people becoming involved. I feel it, particularly when I’m in Indian Country and among young people wanting to work on my campaign. It’s a sea change.”
Posted by suffragette | Sat Sep 17, 2016, 03:19 PM (2 replies)
Fifty years ago, hers was one of hundreds of Native American families whose homes and land were inundated by rising waters after the Army Corps of Engineers built the Oahe Dam along the Missouri River, part of a huge midcentury public-works project approved by Congress to provide electricity and tame the river’s floods.
To Ms. Bailey, 76, and thousands of other tribal members who lived along the river’s length, the project was a cultural catastrophe, residents and historians say. It displaced families, uprooted cemeteries and swamped lands where tribes grazed cattle, drove wagons and gathered wild grapes and medicinal tea.
“Even though it’s been more than half a century, they still feel this loss,” said Michael L. Lawson, the author of “Dammed Indians,” a history of the government’s dam projects along the Missouri. He said about 56,000 acres of Standing Rock Sioux land had been condemned for the dams and 190 families relocated. Theirs was one of 23 reservations affected by the project.
“Just about every part of their economy and living situation was impacted,” Mr. Lawson said. “They lost their most important resources in the bottom lands.”
As a result of the dam's construction the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation lost 150,000 acres (61,000 hectares) bringing it down to 2,850,000 acres (1,150,000 ha) today. Standing Rock Reservation lost 55,993 acres (22,660 ha) leaving it with 2,300,000 acres (930,000 ha). Much of the land was taken by eminent domain claims made by the Bureau of Reclamation. Over and above the land loss, most of the reservations' prime agricultural land was included in the loss. The loss of this land had a dramatic effect on the Indians who lived on the reservations. Most of the land was unable to be harvested (to allow the trees to be cut down for wood, etc.) before the land was flooded over with water. One visitor to the reservations later asked why there were so few older Indians on the reservations, and was told that "the old people had died of heartache" after the construction of the dam and the loss of the reservations' land. As of 2015, poverty remains a problem for the displaced populations in the Dakotas, who are still seeking compensation for the loss of the towns submerged under Lake Oahe, and the loss of their traditional ways of life.
On July 26, 2016 the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe was stunned to learn that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had given its approval for the pipeline to run within a half-mile of the reservation without proper consultation or consent. Also, the new 1,172 mile Dakota Access Pipeline will cross Lake Oahe (formed by Oahe Dam on the Missouri) and the Missouri River as well, and disturb burial grounds and sacred sites on the tribe’s ancestral Treaty lands, according to Dakota Access, LLC.
Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners will build, own and operate the proposed $3.78 billion Dakota Access Pipeline and plans to transport up to 570,000 barrels of crude oil fracked from the Bakken oil fields across four states to a market hub in Illinois. The pipeline—already facing widespread opposition by a coalition of farmers, ranchers and environmental groups—will cross 209 rivers, creeks and tributaries, according to Dakota Access, LLC.
Standing Rock Sioux leaders say the pipeline will threaten the Missouri River, the tribe’s main source of drinking and irrigation water, and forever destroy burial grounds and sacred sites.
Posted by suffragette | Fri Sep 9, 2016, 01:45 PM (7 replies)
I was looking for more information on plans to ship crude oil from the United States since it seems much of the new production and transport of oil and coal is aimed for this.
While searching I came upon a strong Trump connection at the center of doing this. Looks like this is his vision for our future: gouge out the raw resources here and transport them across country no matter the cost to our environment, health and livelihoods, export them across the world, then import back items such as his clothes to enrich him and his buddies.
More reason to support the courageous people who have come together across the United States and Canada to put a halt to this.
From May 2016
U.S.-based Continental Resources is seeking to sell Bakken crude oil to South Korea in a move being described as a major coup in the aftermath of the lifting of the U.S. crude oil export ban in January.
Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm told an audience last week as an opener for a speech by Donald Trump that he had recently returned from South Korea where he was engaged in negotiations to deliver Bakken crude to the East Asian nation, Argus Media and National Gas Intelligence reported.
“And we are going to be able to do that. We are going to have Bakken oil going to South Korea,” Hamm opined.
From June 2016
Continental Resources Inc. is fracking again.
Hamm, 70, attended a summit with tax experts and other business leaders at Trump Tower in New York on Thursday. An adviser role would be a familiar position for Hamm, who four years ago worked with then-Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
Hamm said Trump has been earnestly listening to his ideas, dating back to a 30-minute discussion of the American energy renaissance in 2011. Trump may not come off to the public this way, “but he’s someone who is very willing to listen to folks that he believes,” the oil executive said.
His top advice? Remove regulatory barriers to energy development and shift the U.S. approach to fossil fuels. Under the Obama administration, there’s “a target on everybody’s back in this industry,” Hamm said.
From Sept 2016
Company Led by Donald Trump's Energy Aide Says Its Oil Will Flow Through Dakota Access Pipeline
Continental Resources — the company founded and led by CEO Harold Hamm, energy adviser to Donald Trump's presidential campaign and potential U.S. Secretary of Energy under a Trump presidency — has announced to investors that oil it obtains via hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) from North Dakota's Bakken Shale basin is destined for transport through the hotly-contested Dakota Access pipeline.
The company's 37-page September 2016 Investor Update presentation walks investors in the publicly-traded company through various capital expenditure and profit-margin earning scenarios. It also features five slides on the Bakken Shale, with the fifth one named “CLR Bakken Differentials Decreasing Through Increased Pipeline Capacity” honing in on Dakota Access, ETCOP and how the interconnected lines relate to Continental's marketing plans going forward.
In a section of that slide titled, “Bakken Takeaway Capacity” a bar graph points out that the opening of Dakota Access would allow more barrels of Continental's Bakken fracked oil to flow through pipelines.
Dakota Access is slated to carry the fracked Bakken oil across South Dakota, Iowa and into Patoka, Illinois. From there, it will connect to the company's Energy Transfer Crude Oil Pipeline (ETCOP) line, which terminates in Nederland, Texas at the Sunoco Logistics-owned refinery.
Posted by suffragette | Wed Sep 7, 2016, 04:44 PM (2 replies)