California: Why bother?

Things look like they’re going swimmingly with the FBI investigation.

Well, that’s true, unless the FBI gets a grand jury to subpoena her, right?

Meanwhile, Pagliano is taking the Fifth Amendment in the civil Judicial Watch deposition. The FBI has already given him immunity. He doesn’t have to say anything to anyone else. It’s strongly implying something illegal happened, if he’s invoking his right against self-incrimination.

Last week Guccifer changed his plea for a number of charges to guilty in exchange for his cooperation with the government. The details on which investigations he’s helping with are secret.

Meanwhile, Clinton ran to California to campaign hard. Why? She mathematically won weeks ago, right? All she has to do is wait for the convention for those superdelegates to push her over the top. She already has a significant lead in regular delegates.

These stories in context to what is known about when and how the private email server was set up, that the server was shutdown because of a hacker attack and the emails discussing them were not included in the ones Clinton turned over the FBI (and presumably recovered from elsewhere, and the hacker attack was not reported to the proper authorities, it’s looking a lot like Clinton could be indicted. Never mind the mishandling of classified documents or the even more damning scenario that Clinton’s State Department was coordinating with the Clinton Foundation.

Clinton knows what’s happening. She’s not even running for herself anymore. She’s doing her best to delegitimize any claim Sanders has on the nomination. Clinton is trying to build a last stand for the Democratic establishment to hold power. Whether it’s her VP pick or someone else parachuted in as an actual nominee at the convention, the Democratic establishment does not want Sanders.

I just reached the bit in Thomas Frank’s book that explains in just how lame Obama’s efforts to reform really were, how Obama has been pretending to have his hands tied for years. It’s obvious Obama is full of shit about his hands being tied, that he’s doing the best as humanly possibly with an obstructionist Congress. However years of listening to Tea Party extremists cause me to excuse Obama more than he deserves. Frank immediately jumps into how the antitrust laws are still on the books. There’s nothing Congress could have done to stop the executive branch from enforcing existing laws that are currently being ignored. It’s a truth I’ve known for years, but Frank’s words kicked me in the head about Sanders. Bernie really could walk into office and attempt to break up the banks without anyone else cooperating.

Clinton might be doomed, but she’s more concerned about Sanders disrupting business than Trump destroying the nation.

2016 presidential election 05.28.16

The 2016 presidential election baffles me. I keep most of my political bullshit on Twitter these days. It doesn’t warrant deeper discussion from me. Apparently I read more news than the average person, but I lack the wit and depth to write much with original insight. This is more a diary entry than a blog post, but my hands ache too badly this morning to write.

I was certain the Republicans were going to continue to resist Trump until the end, knowing that he’s a fraud. Now they’ve all knuckled under to fall in line behind him. There’s part of me that still suspects that there might be rule changes at the convention. Cruz, Romney, and Ryan all made too much noise about their plans to snatch the nomination away from Trump at the last minute. Trump outmaneuvered them at every turn.

Trump still seems like he could be a Clinton stooge to me anyway. He’s so cartoonishly foul and abrasive that it’s hard to accept that he’s doing anything other than stirring up the rabble, not trying to win an election. However, many of the locals have rallied to him. Originally Ben Carson was most popular around here, then Ted Cruz. It’s creepy now to hear people speak of Trump with reverence, eager to see him destroy Hillary. It’s a broad spectrum of white people, from professionals to underclass.

Hillary Clinton herself is easy to understand. She “won” weeks ago, probably before the New York primary. Not for a moment do I believe that she won fairly. Her margin of victory was inflated by purges of certain registered Democrats, closed and limited polling places in certain precincts, rampant abuse of absentee ballots, hacked voting machines, and other shenanigans. She truly did win most of the places that she won, but not by so great of margins. She did this to push her inevitability, nudging the later voters who need to vote for a winner against the terror of Trump.

What confuses me is Clinton’s hardcore supporters. The Bernie Bro meme is boring at this point. I get it. It’s a misdirect for hippypunching, slapping a young white misogynist male mask on anyone who finds Clinton’s policy and past repulsive. It’s this week that the State Department OIG report was leaked, confirming what many were able to infer from the sparse news on Clinton’s private email server. Allegedly sane adults are still ignoring that Clinton is in serious danger from what is now clearly a FBI investigation (not a security review.) A relatively sympathetic agency with less access to the full evidence as the FBI has written a report that suggests that Clinton could already be charged with perjury, obstruction of justice, and probably gross negligence. Still, Clinton’s supporters chant, Sanders has no path to victory and he needs to drop out.

Aside from that State Dept OIG report:

Isn’t it becoming clear that there is a very strong possibility that the FBI investigation is about a lot more than the mishandling of classified information?

If these Hillary supporters hate Sanders so much, fine. He has no conventional path to the nomination now. As as Sanders supporter I knew that weeks ago. However, sticking their fingers and shouting loudly about how arrogant and foolish Sanders is does not change that their candidate of preference is connected to an FBI investigation that could destroy her as a viable candidate. Sanders may never be president, but Hillary might not either.

An aside- The Democrat doofuses who hate Sanders most seem to be the same fucking sheep who buy into the myth that Nader is the reason Gore “lost.”

Another aside- Trump agreeing to debate Sanders, then backing out twice, while the media cycle was high on the growing implications of the FBI investigation into Clinton’s private email server? A dumb blunder by Trump or a way to take heat off of Clinton?

how vulnerable was Hillary Clinton’s private email server?

Pretty damned vulnerable. Lifting from a comment on Reddit:

This is what has been confirmed so far:

This is now further demonstrated as a complete and total act of negligence based off this linked article from Judicial Watch which shows that in 2009, Cheryl Mills met with the NSA regarding acquiring a secure Blackberry:

In meeting with the NSA person today ([Redacted] NSA’s rep to DOS) – she indicated they could address our BB so that BB could work in the sciff [Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility] and be secure based upon some modifications that could be done to each BB (more below).

In other words, she was aware, to at least a certain degree, of requirements for properly implementing something like Exchange ActiveSync (mobile access to the e-mail server) and simply ignored them.

morning 04.08.16

DC said made rumblings they were going to relaunch Vertigo recently, but that seemed like a bad idea. Some of their current titles aren’t that bad. Now the flagship for what would have been the Vertigo relaunch is getting its own imprint, Young Animal. Good. This is a better plan. Giving Gerard Way his own little corner to riff off Grant Morrison is better than forcing anything that doesn’t that mold out of Vertigo.

HIV overcomes CRISPR gene-editing attack. Well, damn. This is disappointing. The researchers were only surprised by the speed HIV could do this though.

Maybe John Podesta is scum but this amuses me. Clinton campaign chair: ‘The American people can handle the truth’ on UFOs. Then again, I wouldn’t trust a Clinton to tell the truth about anything.



morning 04.02.16

View From Space Hints at a New Viking Site in North America. This deserves its own post, but it’s a busy morning.

The site is on the southwest coast of Newfoundland, about 300 miles south of L’Anse aux Meadows, the first and so far only confirmed Viking settlement in North America, discovered in 1960.

Pynchon in Public. A podcast devoted to Thomas Pynchon!

Turkey moves to rebuild San Stefano Russian Monument in Istanbul. After the blowup at the Syrian border, Russia and Turkey are attempting to repair relationships by rebuilding monuments from their conflict during World War I. That seems… backwards.

Clinton aides unite on FBI legal strategy. All four Clinton aides in the State Department being interviewed by the FBI have hired the same lawyer (Beth Wilkinson) and each are paying a flat fee. Politico says that the aides must think there must not be much of a case, because they’re not in fear of one person turning on the others, which would made the lawyer’s job difficult. My theory is that they have a plan as to who is going to fall on his sword to protect Hillary. They are the firewall. This is all about coordination. All they have to do is protect Clinton, hope she is elected, and whoever is the fall guy gets the same treatment Scooter Libby received.

My hero: Flann O’Brien by John Banville.

NASA Satellite Images Uncover Underground Forest Fungi.

Rover reveals puzzling sand dunes on Mars. Some of this is only now catching up with the crazy speculation from orbiter photos from the late ’90s.

Possibly one of the last recorded interviews with Dan O’Bannon.

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Anti-languages. The cants of the persecuted and criminal.

The Temple of Bel should not be rebuilt.

Hillary is more than a hippypunching addict

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What’s really going on here?

The incident feels semi-staged. Hillary was waiting to unleash one someone challenging her from the left- anyone. Activists have been asking her the exact same question for months. It wasn’t something she’s not heard before.

Clinton loves to play victim. When the heat turns up questioning her integrity, it’s rote for her to howl in rage and point the finger at anyone other than herself. Sometimes it’s someone who’s guilty of something just as crappy as her or worse. Sometimes it’s a non sequitor to attack someone she just feels is a threat. Although Sanders isn’t a serious threat anymore (unless the internal polling for the upcoming primaries are worse for her than we know yet,) Clinton resents that he’s given her as much trouble has he has.

The problem is that Clinton is horrible at this. Who is her intended audience?

Clinton fans love it. She’s hippypunching! Yay! Punch those hippies who don’t know how good they have it!

Sanders fans hate it. Most of us planned to vote for Clinton. No matter how disgusting she is, as the alternative is worse. However, she’s doing that Karl Rove thing is attacking an opponent’s strength as his weakness. Sanders beats her in integrity by a mile. Only her most partisan supporters believe otherwise. Does she really have to grind our nose in shit? She’s coming off as a sore winner.

Republicans laugh at this nonsense. Right or wrong (almost always wrong) on every other issue, they’ve been hip to the Hillary is an entitled kleptocrat story for a very long time.

The undecideds at this point will remain undecided for several months, if they vote at all in the general election. What do they care about the primaries? Will they even see this video?

Maybe Clinton is feeling the pressure of her upcoming FBI interview and misplayed her little stunt. Sanders campaign is lying? It’s Hillary Clinton and her aides being interviewed by the FBI. It makes more sense that Sanders refused to discuss the emails. Clinton would love to tar him somehow as being the reason why she burns. This is the real reason why Sanders has stayed in the race, not because he believes that he can win 58% of every state this point on or a silly superdelegate strategy. Hillary cannot stand that and will attempt to destroy anyone so that she can be the only alternative to the abyss.

Ahab might finally get his white whale

The rumors of the number of FBI agents working on the Clinton private email server investigation went from 150 to 147 to less than 50 to 12. Some people were chortling about how the entire investigation has been blown out of proportion, that it’s quite a minor investigation. Perhaps.

Last night news broke that the investigation is near complete and interviews will begin in the coming weeks, possibly within days. It’s suggested that Comey himself may be interviewing Clinton.

It would make sense why the number of FBI agents involved kept dropping is because they were reassigned after the grunt work was completed. 150 agents does seem excessive. That number does seem absurdly high in retrospect. The new Time article sticks with 20 to 30 agents. The journalist who reported 12 agents yesterday also happens to be a former employee of John Kerry. Yep… no agenda there.

The Time article reminds that Comey was involved with in the Whitewater case in 1996:

In 1996, after months of work, Comey came to some damning conclusions: Hillary Clinton was personally involved in mishandling documents and had ordered others to block investigators as they pursued their case. Worse, her behavior fit into a pattern of concealment: she and her husband had tried to hide their roles in two other matters under investigation by law enforcement. Taken together, the interference by White House officials, which included destruction of documents, amounted to “far more than just aggressive lawyering or political naiveté,” Comey and his fellow investigators concluded. It constituted “a highly improper pattern of deliberate misconduct.”

I still have no opinion on Whitewater, by the way.

morning 03.30.16

The intent was to blog a ton of shit today, since Elijah had to go to the library in Amite. However, Kat got a flat tire. We swapped cars and I need to sort this out before it’s time to go in for the night shift.

How Cerebus the Aardvark explains Trump. Jeet Heer outdid himself here. Immediately people began mocking his tweetstorm, as Heer tends to do. The mockery was hilarious too, but they know damned well they are just jealous they didn’t come up with it first. Serious? Timely? Incisive? Irrelevant. It’s fucking funny.

Paul Bowles in Morocco: The Lost Recordings. Brian Eno threw a link up to this last night.

double horn group

Relive the Punk-Rock Scene of 1970s Los Angeles. It’s a slideshow of photos from the old Slash magazine.

The number of FBI agents investigating the private email server of Hillary Clinton is actually less than 50, not 147. However, that’s likely more than 8 agents, which is some other disinformation that’s been floating around.

Another judge is allowing Judicial Watch to take sworn testimony from officials in relation to Clinton’s email server setup. Ugh. Did Clinton do shady, illegal shit. Hell yes. Is Judicial Watch going to act with integrity in the pursuit of justice? Absolutely not.

Extinction, Gilgamesh, Miyazaki’s Wolfchild, etc. (A Riff). Biblioklept on fire here. I doubt if I have the strength to read Dawson’s Extinction: A Radical History, but damn… i’m tempted.

The Bohemian Caverns are closing again. Bullshit.

Drone footage to the damage at Palmyra.

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Curator Forced to Kill Out-of-Control Bio-Art Exhibit. Was this intended to end any other way?

Turkey might be killing journalism but they’re embracing their Byzantine heritage after many years rejecting it as Greek. Yay? By the way, I see mention today that the government has installed someone from an allegedly radical Islamist newspaper Yeni Akit as the new editor in chief of Zaman.

In Syria, militias armed by the Pentagon fight those armed by the CIA. Let’s just stick to that headline. Maybe in some small part the Syria conflict is a proxy war between elements of the United States government? Nahhhhhhhh……

New edition of Marcel Duchamp: Boîte-en-valise. Only $195?! I’ll take two.

The age of human remains and associated fauna from Zhiren Cave in Guangxi, southern China. Jaw of Homo sapiens in China 100,000 years ago. Chew on that, Out of Africa 60k or whatever bullshit.

Novel collagen fingerprinting identifies a Neanderthal bone among 2,000 fragments. 50,000 year old Neandertal bone found at Denisova Cave. It has a fingerprint on it?!

Yeah, yeah…. some of this deserved to be broken up over several posts. However, it’s this or nothing.

now is the only time for playing the Cruz scandal card

No one enjoys my political conspiracy theories but me, but fuck it! I remember when I had visits to my old blog from the Justice Department domain back in 2002 and 2003 when I was making wild speculations about Cheney, Ashcroft, ect. Perhaps I can give some more people a smug laugh at my tin-foil nonsense.

Ted Cruz seems to be on verge of blowing up in sex scandal. Someone on Reddit pointed out Cruz donated $500,000 to the SuperPAC of Carly Fiorina and that Fiorina’s campaign manager was someone allegedly connected to Cruz. It’s just weird.

My original crackpot theory was that Trump planned to dump all of his support to Cruz, the most unelectable candidate other than Carson (who was a grifting joke.) Remember how Trump and Cruz were such buddies in distant 2015. Trump boosting Cruz was supposed to drive the Republican party so far right that it’d be near impossible to maneuver back to the middle for the general election. That sets up Clinton for an easy win. Yep. I still believe that Clinton and Trump colluded.
However, Trump couldn’t lose. No matter how noxious racist thing he said, he kept succeeding. He’s stuck with the nomination and plans to stay in for general to fall on his sword for Hillary and destroy the Republican party in the process.
Now forces are coalescing for Cruz. It’s implausible that anyone in the Republican establishment wants Cruz as the actual nominee. They’ve resigned themselves to shilling for him as their stooge so that they can snatch the nomination from Trump at a brokered convention. All they have to do is help Cruz get just enough delegates to keep from Trump from getting 1,237 delegates. Then they can throw in a Ryan or Romney or whatever. I’ve no idea whether they’re trying to save the party or win. They’re probably too terrified and confused to come up with a decent plan.
However, Trump/Clinton don’t want a brokered convention obviously. It’s time to destroy Cruz with the scandal they had in their back pocket because it will be useless in the general election. Trump being so friendly with Cruz makes even more sense now, Not only was he too far right, but he would be easy for Clinton to destroy in the general election.
The nominee needs to be Trump for Clinton have this election more secure. If it’s brokered and Trump’s threats of riots fail, the Republicans might accidentally pick someone electable.