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Miller: "this is all I care about-I don't have a family. I don't have anything else-This is my life"

As the meeting ended, Miller held up his hand to make a final comment. “I didn’t mean to come across as harsh,” he said. His voice dropped. “It’s just that this is all I care about. I don’t have a family. I don’t have anything else. This is my life.”

Way More:

Revealed: quarter of all tweets about climate crisis produced by bots

Draft of Brown study says findings suggest ‘substantial impact of mechanized bots in amplifying denialist messages’

The social media conversation over the climate crisis is being reshaped by an army of automated Twitter bots, with a new analysis finding that a quarter of all tweets about climate on an average day are produced by bots, the Guardian can reveal.

The stunning levels of Twitter bot activity on topics related to global heating and the climate crisis is distorting the online discourse to include far more climate science denialism than it would otherwise.

An analysis of millions of tweets from around the period when Donald Trump announced the US would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement found that bots tended to applaud the president for his actions and spread misinformation about the science.

The study of Twitter bots and climate was undertaken by Brown University and has yet to be published. Bots are a type of software that can be directed to autonomously tweet, retweet, like or direct message on Twitter, under the guise of a human-fronted account.

“These findings suggest a substantial impact of mechanized bots in amplifying denialist messages about climate change, including support for Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris agreement,” states the draft study, seen by the Guardian.

On an average day during the period studied, 25% of all tweets about the climate crisis came from bots. This proportion was higher in certain topics – bots were responsible for 38% of tweets about “fake science” and 28% of all tweets about the petroleum giant Exxon.


All of us could.

Judge Jackson: Stone not prosecuted for standing up to potus-Prosecuted for covering up for potus

#JudgeJackson stated that #RogerStone was guilty of witness tampering and lying in federal court. The charges against Stone were about his false testimony to the House Intelligence Committee regarding the #Wikileaks scandal during the 2016 campaign. Despite the pressure from #DonaldTrump, the Justice Department ignored his sentencing recommendation and gave Stone 40 months. Judge Jackson finalizes the trial by stating,” He (Stone) was not prosecuted, as some have claimed, for standing up for the president. He was prosecuted for covering up for the president”.


While Republicans Applaud the president-


U.S. defense agency personal data may have been 'compromised': letter

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. defense agency responsible for secure communications for the U.S. president and other high-level officials said social security numbers and other personal data in its network may have been “compromised”, in a letter seen by Reuters that was sent to potential victims.

The Defense Information Systems Agency, which calls itself a combat support agency of the Department of Defense on its web site, employs 8,000 military and civilian employees.

The letter says that between May and July 2019, personal data may have been compromised “in a data breach on a system hosted by,” the agency.


Red-state Utah embraces plan to tackle climate crisis in surprising shift

Utah aims to reduce emissions over air quality concerns as other red states are also starting to tackle global heating

In a move to protect its ski slopes and growing economy, Utah – one of the reddest states in the nation – has just created a long-term plan to address the climate crisis. And in a surprising turnaround, some of the state’s conservative leaders are welcoming it.

“If we don’t think about Utah’s long-term future, who will?” Republican state house speaker Brad Wilson said at a recent focus group to discuss the proposals.

At the request of the Republican-dominated state legislature, a University of Utah economic thinktank produced the plan to reduce emissions affecting both the local air quality and the global climate. Project lead Thomas Holst, an energy analyst, never expected to be at the helm of an effort like this. A few years ago, the Utah legislature passed a resolution urging the EPA to “cease its carbon dioxide reduction policies, programs, and regulations until climate data and global warming science are substantiated”.

But now the perspectives of some state lawmakers – and of Holst, who spent most of his career in the oil and gas industry – have shifted.


The end of Michael Bloomberg in 2:19.


He wants to take back the Houe so he won't be impeached again? Good lord.

Trump’s assault on the House
Published by digby on February 17, 2020

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told Axios that Trump is “going to travel for us. If you look at where we’re playing, he’ll be going. He’s already made that commitment to me.”

Trump has indicated to aides that he is committed to winning back the House this year, a senior administration official tells Axios — largely because McCarthy has told him it’s possible.
A second administration official said Trump wants revenge on Democrats for putting him through “months of hell” with impeachment and a flurry of investigations.
Imagine that.

Republicans privately admit that the chances of winning back the House are pretty slim so they’re obviously just trying to keep Dear Leader happy by telling him that he can get it back. Unfortunately, Trump doesn’t like to play in small venues so he won’t be going to individual districts but Kevin McCarthy says he’s sure Trump will attend some dinners so that will be helpful.

It occurs to me that the Trump party is entirely dependent on Trump to do everything now. The rest of the party is merely there to serve him and protect him. Luckily for them Trump is incredibly generous and always puts the greater good ahead of his own needs so they can count on him to go the extra mile to help their campaigns.


What? No Convertible?

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