@ThomasWictor@steph93065 The narrative Trump is too scared/weak/fooled to fire Sessions and that he's reduced to impotently railing against him on Twitter is too stupid for words.
Trump already pulled off a briliant operation when he brought in Scaramucci for ONE WEEK to force Priebus to quit.
@ThomasWictor@steph93065 "Yeah? Well that was only an operation that lasted ONE WEEK, dude! Of course Trump & his team aren't smart enough to pull a deception operation lasting longer than one week!"
Solipsism is an ugly thing.
@ThomasWictor@steph93065 Trump's kept the plotters tricked for over a year and a half while all the evidence was collected, kept them talking/plotting among themselves while they were under FISA surevillance, got them all on the record under oath lying repeatedly about what they did.
When I talk about lynching, I give my students the numbers.
As part of my first lecture in my course, I note the rising trend of African Americans lynched before 1920 – telling students there were 36 African Americans lynched in 1917, another 60 in 1918, and another 76 in 1919.
I give out the numbers, and they write them down.
Numbers serve a way for us to get our minds around such an unspeakable tragedy, to quantify it, to track it, to try to make some sort of sense of it.
But it's also a way to minimize the true terror of what happened.
THREAD: I want to take a moment to elaborate why we should be so concerned that Jim Clapper, John Brennan, Admiral McRaven, Mike Hayden, and other officials feel it necessary to speak out against Trump:
1) Lost amid the controversy last week about Trump yanking Brennan's security clearance is just how unusual it is for any of these officials to be speaking publicly—and that fact alone should be cause for concern....
2) This is no ordinary political criticism. Do not fall into Trump's trap that this is just more of the same, more partisan sniping from the Swamp from swamp creatures....
I am about to tell you an epic tale about subterfuge, dating in the 21st century and the fall of human civilization. This actually happened to me and it could happen to you too. Get some popcorn. *Thread*
So a few weeks ago I was on the Tinder machine shopping my soul around and I match with a very attractive young lady. No bio. Fairly innocuous.
I message her some random shit and we chat for an hour or so and she says "here's my number text me" I'm like okay sure thing.
1) It is never fun to tackle fact checkers, but this one is a case study in that modern art of omitting details, stating unsupportable assertions as fact, slipping things in, manipulating a narrative. Opinion as "fact." So let's go through it. washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/…
2)"Ohr exists in a netherworld — a subject of fascination in right-leaning media". Right, though piece fails to note that is because mainstream media is more "fascinated" by Omarosa than it is the news that a high ranking DOJ official--
3)--whose wife worked for Clinton oppo-research group Fusion GPS--was feeding said oppo research to the FBI. And that the FBI was taking it even after having officially terminated Fusion employee Christopher Steele as a source, for breaking FBI rules.
Global aerospace giant Boeing recently said it will hire 1,500 more engineers to drive digital innovation at its engineering and technology centre in Bengaluru.
2 Siemens, which is giving a big push to its digitisation drive in India, will hire 4,000 people over the next two years, primarily to strengthen its research & development (R&D) centre and digital innovations.
3 Tata Steel has hired 100 fresh graduates over the past year as it looks to diversify its product portfolio, support expansion and acquisitions.
1/So, the other day, @Annaleen asked if capitalism would be around forever, so here is a thread about that.
Short answer: Depends on how you define "capitalism".
2/If you defined "capitalism" as "markets with property rights" - i.e., people claiming ownership over stuff and then exchanging it - then capitalism will probably be around forever.
I highly doubt that a fully planned economy is in the offing, even with very smart AI.
3/There is an argument that a sufficiently smart AI could anticipate our desires, weigh them, and arrange the economy to optimize our utility, but A) this is way too science-fictiony at this point, and B) I doubt we'd want that even if it were possible.
Landmark study in Germany scrutinized every anti-refugee attack in the country, 3,335 in 2 yrs, concluded that wherever per-person Facebook use rose to one standard deviation above the national average, attacks on refugees increased by about 50 percent. nytimes.com/2018/08/21/wor…
Estimates "...this effect drove one-tenth of all anti-refugee violence. The uptick in violence did not correlate with general web use or other related factors; this was not about the internet as an open platform for mobilization or communication. It was particular to Facebook."
"Other experts, asked to review the findings, called them credible, rigorous — and disturbing. The study bolstered a growing body of research, they said, finding that social media scrambles users’ perceptions of outsiders, of reality, even of right and wrong."
“O father of Sa’eed, whenever I recite the book of Allah and I remember its many conditions and agreements and covenants upon us, I lose hope.”
“My brother, the Qur’an is the speech of Allah and thus it is inclined to power and unbreakable might. As for our actions, they’re inclined towards weakness and deficiency, and so act with moderation, do your best and be happy (i.e. that you will be rewarded)”
These are the leaders and the true inheritors of prophets.
Who open up the horizons of hope for people,
Who insist that despair has no place in the life of a Muslim,
Who describe to them the ease of Islam, the enormity of Allah's mercy, and what they're missing out on.
Dateline: 11.30pm circa 2014. I was getting inpatient and tetchy at the now 30 minutes wait. I turned to my colleague-in-the-waiting-game and told him I was leaving. Just then, someone walks into the waiting room and announced that “His Excellency will see you now”.
And so, we were ushered into the presence of Baba Oloye’s first son, the irrepressible @bukolasaraki in his elegant best,seated alone in his study.He stood up to greet us & quickly apologized for keeping us waiting.Niceties over,he delved into the issues why he wanted to see us.
He was the Senate Committee Chairman on the Environment & wants to know how he can use the privilege to address issues that matters most to the people.He didn’t want to just sit in Abuja & do the same things which end up not being impactful.He wanted to feel the pulse of the ppl.
So essentially this article states that Trump and his team knew Flynn was under investigation for his work with Turkey / Flynn Intel Group, and NOT the Sergey Kislyak stuff, but they picked up the Kislyak stuff because they unmasked Flynn's name and started investigating.
It looks like our little mafia friend (shippin' off to Boston to find my Whitey leg) had a little freakout last night, defending THE MANAFORT BROTHERS archive.is/vQuAa
In order to give her the benefit of the doubt, I think @LauraEhrig might want to see this.