Nesting Sessions

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Pat Bagley)

In other news, the latest National Climate Assessment released by the federal government says there is "no convincing alternative explanation" for climate change that doesn't involve human influence.

Meanwhile, House Republicans from New York and New Jersey say they cannot support the House Tax Cut Bill in its current form because of the massive state and local tax hikes.

“Eliminating the SALT deduction would be a geographic redistribution of wealth, picking winners and losers. New York is a net contributor to the federal coffers with regards to both tax policy and spending policy and that is even with the SALT deduction,” [Rep. Lee Zeldin] said in a statement.

He's absolutely right.

Finally, the Associated Press has published the inside story of the hacking of Democratic emails during the 2016 election. There's some new information in here, including Gufficer's explicit cooperation with WikiLeaks. There's also our dumbass political press who lapped up every second of it.

The first document Guccifer 2.0 published on June 15 came not from the DNC as advertised but from Podesta’s inbox, according to a former DNC official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

The official said the word “CONFIDENTIAL” was not in the original document.

Guccifer 2.0 had airbrushed it to catch reporters’ attention. [...]

The publications sparked a media stampede as they were doled out one batch at a time, with many news organizations tasking reporters with scrolling through the thousands of emails being released in tranches. At the AP alone, as many as 30 journalists were assigned, at various times, to go through the material.

Guccifer 2.0 told one reporter he was thrilled that WikiLeaks had finally followed through.

“Together with Assange we’ll make america great again,” he wrote.

Here's my extremely short review of Thor: Ragnarok -- It was whimsical and funny, a lot of fun, and the soundtrack was filled with synth-y, 8-bit retro goodness. I recommend it.

Here are some other stories I missed this week:

Cuban official says the Trump regime is lying about the so-called "sonic attacks" to justify rolling back relations. I agree!

Unlike Papa John's, Pizza Hut says political protests in the NFL are not hurting their sales at all. They say sales are great.

The ACLU has filed a lawsuit seeking the release of 10-year-old Rosa Maria Hernandez, the girl with cerebral palsy who was abducted by immigration authorities after undergoing emergency surgery.

[Update... she's free]

Reuters reports that former miners in Coal Country are refusing to participate in training programs for new jobs because Trump is going to make everything great again, or something. Spoiler: Trump isn't going to do shit.

Cybersecurity researches say former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort used "Bond007" as a password for his Adobe and DropBox accounts. Isn't he more Blofeld and Bond?

The city of Houston is reportedly considering building hundreds of new homes on a floodplain where Hurricane Harvey just tore through the place. Smart!

If I missed something else you consider important you can share it here. Have a good weekend.

  • mnpollio

    As someone who is part Italian and grew up eating authentic pizzas, I can attest that Papa John’s pizzas are garbage. But even if they were the greatest pizzas on earth, I would not give that asshat who runs it one penny of my hard-earned cash so he can roll in the lap of luxury while dissing his employees and rubbing shoulders with the Rethuglicans. People like Papa John are what is wrong with the country.

    And the same can be said for the clueless coal miners as well. There comes a point where people’s insistence on refusing to change with the times to benefit themselves and those around them segues from unlikely hope to stubbornness to just rank stupidity and ignorance, and coal miners like those mentioned above crossed that last line an age ago. Quite frankly, let them stagnate and let their way of life die already. It is not worth mourning over it anymore.

  • Aynwrong

    I’ve never once stepped inside or eaten at a Papa John’s. I do not feel the least bit deprived because of this.

    I may need a magnifying glass and a pair of tweezers to locate some residue of sympathy for these particular miners. Waiting for Trump?!? Yeah, good luck with that.

    • Christopher Foxx

      I may need a magnifying glass and a pair of tweezers to locate some residue of sympathy for these particular miners.

      I’d need an electron microscope and even then doubt I could find any sympathy for these idiots.

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  • muselet

    Given the Cuban reaction to reports of mysterious hearing damage among the US diplomatic staff—including inviting the FBI to investigate and offering complete cooperation—I’d say Cuba isn’t behind the sonic attacks. That’s not to say the attacks aren’t real, they do appear to be, just that Cuba probably isn’t involved. The Trump administration is trying to erase yet another bit of Barack Obama’s legacy, is all.

    Bond007? Good grief. (A cricket commentator named Henry Blofeld retired from the BBC in September. His father, Thomas, attended Eton with Ian Fleming, and it’s likely Ernst Stavro Blofeld was named after the elder Blofeld. Not relevant, really, but when has that stopped me?)


    • JMAshby

      It just seems implausible to me that the Cuban government possesses technology none of our own government agencies can explain.

      • Badgerite

        Good point.

      • muselet

        Let me correct myself. Theoretically, infrasonic and ultrasonic sounds can cause hearing damage and other health effects, but there’s no explanation I can find for how to weaponize the effect. Maybe someone, somewhere has figured out how and is staying shtum, I don’t know. There are reports of a range of symptoms from the diplomatic staff in Havana which are hard to explain, but poking around the more reliable quarters of the internet leads me to conclude those symptoms don’t seem to connect either to one another or to a single source.

        Regardless, the Cuban government has been nothing but cooperative with US investigators, which would indicate a lack of involvement in whatever might be going on. Again I say, this is the Trump administration undoing everything the Obama administration did, probably because Donald Trump is a petty little man who’s still smarting from the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

        I stand by the story about Thomas Blofeld and Ian Fleming. Henry Blofeld told the story in an interview after his retirement, and he would know.