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It's really weird.  I'm not one to automatically assume Mueller, especially when hashtagTheResistance are all parroting the same thing....but the Russia probe, conservative and social media do seem to be common factors among these people who have been quiet of late.  Kim Dotcom, who keeps on claiming he knows passed on the info to Assange and it wasn't the GRU (because there's no way the GRU would ever use cut-outs) is another curiously silent party.

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Well, Tucker's reporting of the incident differs quite significantly from the police report....

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And Fox's usual MO is to whine and play the victim.

I've seen speculation that it is Mueller-linked, but people are always saying that about everything.  On the other hand, Mifsud, the missing professor, has suddenly reappeared and wants to testify to the Senate.

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So, there might be something going on.

FOX News' Twitter account has been silent the last two days.  This silence has coincided with tamping down on the MAGA crazy and a visit from Murdoch to McConnell.  Giuliani has been quiet for the same period of time.  Wikileaks, Drudge and National Enquirer have also gone quiet, not tweeting in several days or, in the case of Drudge, completely scrubbing their account.

This is all happening the same time period that Trump is having his weird "can't be bothered to do Veterans Day" thing.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: November 12, 2018, 09:24:13 am »
Hey now, Wilson Fisk was a man of culture with good intentions.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: November 12, 2018, 03:21:13 am »
Maybe he could have gone if he didn't just throw his umbrella on the ground before getting on Air Force 1 the other week.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: So Dems might have the Senate
« on: November 10, 2018, 05:10:58 pm »
You all know I like to dunk on Nate Silver as a dweeb who thinks he can understand politics via statistics, instead of some weird and incoherent hybrid of history, economy, political science, behavioral psychology and group dynamics...but a numbers-based approach does have its advantages

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/something-looks-weird-in-broward-county-heres-what-we-know-about-a-possible-florida-recount/

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Unusually, the votes tabulated in Broward County so far exhibit a high rate of something called “undervoting,” or not voting in all the races on the ballot. Countywide, 26,060 fewer votes were cast in the U.S. Senate race than in the governor race.1 Put another way, turnout in the Senate race was 3.7 percent lower than in the gubernatorial race.

Broward County’s undervote rate is way out of line with every other county in Florida, which exhibited, at most, a 0.8-percent difference. (There is one outlier — the sparsely populated Liberty County — where votes cast in the Senate race were 1 percent higher than in the governor race, but there we’re talking about a difference of 26 votes, not more than 26,000, as is the case in Broward.)

To put in perspective what an eye-popping number of undervotes that is, more Broward County residents voted for the down-ballot constitutional offices of chief financial officer and state agriculture commissioner than U.S. Senate — an extremely high-profile election in which $181 million was spent. Generally, the higher the elected office, the less likely voters are to skip it on their ballots. Something sure does seem off in Broward County; we just don’t know what yet.

And here is the graphic:


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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Drinks are on the Supreme Court
« on: November 09, 2018, 02:54:17 am »
Depending on how this role goes, it may simply be a stopgap measure until I figure out what to do PhD wise.

We'll see.  It does mean not having to dip into the savings to pay for rent though, which is always nice.  Edit: hell, doing my daily commute on the Central Line might be enough to kill my will to live.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: November 08, 2018, 10:08:22 pm »
There seems to be a solid legal argument for this:

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If you don’t believe us, then take it from Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, whom President Trump once called his “favorite” sitting justice. Last year, the Supreme Court examined the question of whether the general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board had been lawfully appointed to his job without Senate confirmation. The Supreme Court held the appointment invalid on a statutory ground.

Justice Thomas agreed with the judgment, but wrote separately to emphasize that even if the statute had allowed the appointment, the Constitution’s Appointments Clause would not have. The officer in question was a principal officer, he concluded. And the public interest protected by the Appointments Clause was a critical one: The Constitution’s drafters, Justice Thomas argued, “recognized the serious risk for abuse and corruption posed by permitting one person to fill every office in the government.” Which is why, he pointed out, the framers provided for advice and consent of the Senate.

What goes for a mere lawyer at the N.L.R.B. goes in spades for the attorney general of the United States, the head of the Justice Department and one of the most important people in the federal government. It is one thing to appoint an acting underling, like an acting solicitor general, a post one of us held. But those officials are always supervised by higher-ups; in the case of the solicitor general, by the attorney general and deputy attorney general, both confirmed by the Senate.

Mr. Whitaker has not been named to some junior post one or two levels below the Justice Department’s top job. He has now been vested with the law enforcement authority of the entire United States government, including the power to supervise Senate-confirmed officials like the deputy attorney general, the solicitor general and all United States attorneys.

We cannot tolerate such an evasion of the Constitution’s very explicit, textually precise design. Senate confirmation exists for a simple, and good, reason. Constitutionally, Matthew Whitaker is a nobody. His job as Mr. Sessions’s chief of staff did not require Senate confirmation. (Yes, he was confirmed as a federal prosecutor in Iowa, in 2004, but President Trump can’t cut and paste that old, lapsed confirmation to today.) For the president to install Mr. Whitaker as our chief law enforcement officer is to betray the entire structure of our charter document.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: November 08, 2018, 06:12:24 pm »
Compromise: they're only making some of the fricking frogs gay, and only some children deserve to be locked up in desert prison camps

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Apple Talk / Re: Obligatory Invisibles TV Show Thread
« on: November 08, 2018, 05:53:46 pm »
Ed Skrein has apparently expressed interest in playing King Mob in the past.  He wouldn't be the worst choice, though there are probably better options I can't think of.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: November 08, 2018, 05:46:34 pm »
The doctored footage came from Infowars

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Drinks are on the Supreme Court
« on: November 08, 2018, 05:11:21 pm »
No more dealing with asshole children, thank god.  Nope, now I'll be dealing with asshole lawyers.

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