The Resistance

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

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In other news, the attorneys general of New York and New Jersey have launched investigations of the Catholic church in the wake of Pennsylvania's investigation revealing widespread abuse.

Meanwhile, former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos has been sentenced for 14 days in prison for lying to the FBI. The light sentence is part of his agreement to cooperate.

Finally, the Wall Street Journal reports that Facebook knew about Russian interference all the way back in 2016 while it was happening, but they didn't stop it because of company infighting.

Internally, however, Facebook staffers were aware of fake news operations run out of Macedonia looking to make money from advertising. But the issue got bogged down between the policy team, which had no rules for fighting and disabling fake news accounts, and Facebook lawyers who were reluctant to do anything that smacked of trying to influence the election, the person said.

Here are some other stories I didn't get to this week:

Congressional Democrats say they will not allow Trump to withdraw from NAFTA and sign a separate deal with Mexico.

American officials say they have evidence that Bashar al-Assad is preparing to use chemical weapons in Idlib, the last province held by rebels in Syria.

Nike's online sales jumped over 30 percent after their ad campaign with Colin Kaepernick was unveiled.

Bloomberg reports that rich investors are just waiting for a disastrous Brexit to buy up property while it's "on fire."

When everyone is rushing out of a building on fire, there can be opportunities to find valuable stuff there,” Robin Marshall, Bain Capital’s co-head of European private equity, said Wednesday.

“We look at opportunities where there is scope for transformation at right valuations and it can be a contrarian view to what everyone else is thinking,” Marshall said at JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s European High Yield & Leveraged Finance Conference in London. “For us, Brexit presents such an opportunity.”

India's supreme court has legalized gay sex which was banned 150 years ago during colonial times.

The San Diego-Union Tribune reports that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly almost got into a fist fight with the head of the Border Patrol union, Chris Crane, because they're both assholes but Crane is practically a Klansman.

Axios reports that people in Trump's orbit are using that anonymous New York Times op-ed against each other.

Trumpworld sources tell Axios that officials rapidly shifted from trying to smoke out the author of the anonymous N.Y. Times op-ed, to using the guessing game to knife people they already hated — whispering the names of rivals and enemies as potential authors.

President Obama also returned to the campaign trail this morning.

Have a good weekend.

  • katanahamon

    Of the many things Rump drowns out of the world wide media is the huge outbreak in Europe of yes, the vaccine-preventable measles. They’re experiencing their own backwards-hillbilly-right-winger-bullshit about vaccines and some places have overturned mandatory vaccination of children. So, guess..I dare you..can you possibly guess what happened? (Cue game show waiting music..) Yep! You guessed correctly! Children and adults are needlessly, pointlessly, ignorantly, and tragically dying. Thousands are infected, likely many more thousands will be infected. Death rate is at least one per thousand, doesn’t sound like a pandemic, but when you consider that the life of that person could have been saved for less than the price of a latte, it’s really fucking sad.

  • katanahamon

    I still think it doesn’t send a good message that you can lie to the FBI and get 14 days in jail. Six months, minimum, or a year minimum sounds better. What’s 14 days..? Then what, he serves four days and gets out for “good behavior”?

  • Aynwrong

    I’m tired of just finding out about more abuse within the Catholic Church. People need to start losing their positions and going to jail. CLERGY NEED TO START GOING TO JAIL!

    Trump’s people need to start going to jail, and for a hell of a lot longer than 14 days.

    So those angry BREXIT populists really stuck it to their elites as much as our Real Muricans, huh… MORONS!

    John Kelly is 68 years old and is looking to throw down in the White House. Yeah, the county’s in good hands. ¯( ╯ _╰ )/¯

    I hope everyone has a really good weekend because right now I really need one.

    The kind of mood I’m in:

    • katanahamon

      The wild tomatillos are ripe along with my tomatoes..I made an absolutely killer batch of tortilla soup. Garnished with green onion, cilantro, guacamole, sour cream and eaten from thin chips, it’s heaven. I have a great recipe…

      • Aynwrong

        Ummm…. If that gets you a great weekend, that’s awesome. Enjoy…

        It sounds like it would go great with my bourbon, scotch and beer.

    • Christopher Foxx