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JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

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In other news, the average CEO now makes 312 times more money than average workers according to a new report from the Economic Policy Institute. Moreover, compensation for CEOs now even dwarfs the pay of other rich people.

The gap between the compensation of CEOs and other very-high-wage earners is also substantial, with the CEOs in large firms earning 5.5 times as much as the average earner in the top 0.1 percent.

Meanwhile, Interior Ryan Zinke says record-setting wildfires are actually caused by non-existent "environmental terrorist groups," not climate change.

Finally, the Wall Street Journal reports that Trump has rewritten an Obama-era directive giving the Pentagon authority to launch cyber attacks. Trump's version reportedly gives the Pentagon more authority to do what they want without interagency approval. And I don't know if this is a good or bad thing, but if it comes from Trump it's probably bad.

Mr. Trump signed an order on Wednesday reversing the classified rules, known as Presidential Policy Directive 20, that had mapped out an elaborate interagency process that must be followed before U.S. use of cyberattacks, particularly those geared at foreign adversaries.

The change was described as an “offensive step forward” by an administration official briefed on the decision, one intended to help support military operations, deter foreign election influence and thwart intellectual property theft by meeting such threats with more forceful responses.

I'm signing off a little early today because I have a headache and I can't even focus my eyes to type more. See you tomorrow.

  • Draxiar

    Does anyone else wonder if Directive 20 will be used *against* trump? I certainly don’t know exactly how it works but if the Pentagon sees trump as an actual domestic threat conspiring with a hostile foreign power…?

    *removes tinfoil hat*

    • As much as I want Trumpov to be booted out of the WH I think this would set a HORRIBLE precedent.

      • Scopedog

        Yep. We don’t need a reverse version of Seven Days In May.

  • muselet

    “Environmental terrorist groups.” Is Ryan Zinke seriously suggesting that a bunch of extremist environmentalists are setting fires? Why? That makes even less sense than Ronald Reagan’s line about trees being responsible for more pollution than cars.

    Either stupidity has become a dominant trait or Rs are becoming seriously inbred.

    –alopecia

    • ninjaf

      “Environmental terrorist groups.” Is Ryan Zinke seriously suggesting that a bunch of extremist environmentalists are setting fires? Why? That makes even less sense than Ronald Reagan’s line about trees being responsible for more pollution than cars.

      How many conservative whack jobs have we seen arrested for doing something that “libs” do to prove that’s what they do? This is just garden variety Republican projection. They would do it, so they are going to accuse liberals of doing it.

    • Scopedog

      And wasn’t a right-wing conspiracy loon arrested and will be charged for setting one of the major fires going on right now in California?

      • muselet

        Yup. I hope he gets sentenced to work on fire lines the rest of his life. I can be petty that way.

        –alopecia

  • Aynwrong

    Hopefully there are those in the Pentagon who are going to whatever they have to to protect this country from from Russian meddling regardless of the Tangerine Traitor.