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Interesting breakdown by @AaronParnas but it doesn't list the at least four alleged later meetings with Wagner (according to Wagner brass) in Abu Dhabi and Cairo or whether Prince covered himself with a proffer on his original perjury to HPSCI. forensicnews.net/erik-princes-l…
Then there is that gap in Bannon's proffer on whether Prince lied on his proffer. Even Prince's Intercept lawsuit filed in Wyoming seems problematic seeing that Prince somehow forget it appears he doesn't live there or do business in Wyoming. powelltribune.com/stories/eric-p…
The Intercept lawsuit is about the last meeting between Prince and Wagner's intel guy in the UAE. The Wagner guys view Prince with some skepticism since he was pitching his airplanes and IL-76s on the cheap..to Russians. They got a kick out of that. globalplanesearch.com/ilyushin/cargo…
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Oops. Turns out in suit against the Intercept in which "Wyoming" based Erik Prince is not registered to vote in Wyoming, his two companies are based in Delaware based but he does have a company called "Blackwater Medical" which smells PPE-ish. courtlistener.com/recap/gov.usco…
hmmm " Blackwater Septic Solutions" I kinda like the sound of that.
You will notice that Erik Prince doesn't actually own these companies, his lawyer does. Don Lansky. Lansky has been busy moving Erik's secret Libya stuff around. This is May of this year.
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With all the Orwellian horror that is going down in Hong Kong, always remember that Erik Prince's Hong Kong based FSG owned ISDC or the International Security Defense College in Beijing provides security training for Chicoms. #awkward
now that "Terrorists" are the actually the people of Hong Kong demanding freedom and justice from Communist China. Its kinda puts an awkward spin on anti terrorist training. Oh look... American instructors. ImageImageImage
Back in May of 2018, the Washington Post asked if Erik Prince had crossed a line? From the guy who wrote an oped about Trump's need to install a dictator or Viceroy to deal with Afghanistan so he could make money from Afghan's misery. washingtonpost.com/news/world/wp/…
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The EU has written twice to the UK requesting an Office in N.Ireland 📝

As @tconnellyRTE reported, the UK said No 🙅‍♂️

@DPhinnemore & I looked into it.

Turns out ***SURPRISE!! *** it's more complicated than you'd think.

And ALOT is riding on it ...

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rte.ie/news/ireland/2…
The leaders of 4 NI parties wrote a joint letter to @10DowningStreet urging the UK reconsider.

They described the rejection as "a breach of trust at this critical stage".

And pointed out that the #Protocol gives the EU a "right to be present" in NI.

2/7
belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-…
Sure enough, Article 12 of #Protocol is pretty explicit:
☑️EU wants a technical presence
☑️UK committed to enabling it.

As far as EU is concerned, this is pay-off for giving NI free access to Single Market.

But now UK is demurring cos seems bit of an ouch for sovereignty.
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1/ This is a great day for @twitter shareholders and the commonwealth.

"Twitter, Inc. Announces Partnership With Silver Lake and Elliott Management"

Ok, let's break this (announcement from @twitter) down:

prn.to/2TUVzII
2/

--Sycophants and stenographers (i.e., @CNBC) gathered at 10 Downing reporting that Prime Minister Dorsey has secured "Peace in our Time." Striking how badly the media (thus far) have misread what has happened here.
3/

--This "partnership" means total and near-unconditional surrender by @twitter. I challenge anybody to find an activist campaign, levied against a $10b+ company, that has resulted in 3 board seats in 5 business days;

What does this mean (i.e., what happened)?
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Thread alert!!

For those interested in what the future might hold, here are some thoughts on what happens now for #Heathrow and UK aviation policy after this seismic judgement

bbc.co.uk/news/business-…
Now government has said they won't appeal this judgement, what are the options for government?

The legal point is that the Aviation National Policy Statement should have taken into account the Paris Agreement on climate and didn't, which judge said was a misdirection in law
So govt could just re-write it (and get Commons to vote it through) with new wording on net zero referencing the legal target UK has

Would that work?

Well there would need to be some substantive policy to deliver otherwise there could be further legals
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Good luck #TheGreatHack. 🤞
#BAFTAs
Here’s the great @PeterBradshaw1 with his #BAFTAs predictions. He thinks #TheGreatHack *should* win. I suspect it will be worthy winner #ForSama but we’ll see...

theguardian.com/film/2020/feb/…
Look who I found in the Royal Albert Hall! Only the recently deposed @DamianCollins who got shafted off the DCMS committee. ‘It was that fucker Dominic Cummings, wasn’t it?’ I said. He neither confirmed or denied...
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Good move by SECSTATE here.

But kinda #AWKWARD for our Ambassador to Germany.

"It’s worth asking why Grenell developed a sudden and passionate need to defend Vlad Plahotniuc. Presumably this wasn’t an act of charity, but Grenell has failed to disclose what motivated his spirited public defense of Moldova’s top oligarch-cum-crime boss."
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#OnThisDay in 1864, Sherman and his army arrived in front of Savannah, which they would besiege for the next 10 days until the city fell. It was a busy day, but Sherman made time to greet one guest in particular: the captured president of the Central of Georgia railroad. #awkward Image
Railroad president Richard Cuyler was clearly a glutton for punishment, because according to Sherman’s aide, he asked the general to tell him “what portions of the railroad we had destroyed.” (Honestly, dude, it would be easier to tell you which portions we DIDN’T destroy …)
Sherman proceeded to list “step by step how much had been burned, how thoroughly the rails had been torn up, bent and twisted, etc., etc.” (Sherman was not enjoying this IN THE SLIGHTEST.) The aide noted Cuyler took it “very philosophically” and helped Sherman add up the damage. Image
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There is a HUGE screen outside of Union Station right now featuring Christine Blasey Ford's testimony in the Senate -- as Brett Kavanaugh is inside speaking at the Federalist Society annual fundraiser dinner. Compliments of @WeDemandJustice
There are also handmaids standing outside the Federalist Society-Brett Kavanaugh dinner. As Federalist Society members pass by them in tuxedos.
Oh man. Anti-Kavanaugh protesters are shouting "I believe Dr. Ford! I believe Anita Hill!" right in the faces of Federalist Society members as they're stuck waiting in line for their gala to start. For who knows how long. #awkward
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Was looking around TREB's website (not always intuitive) and stumbled across Board of Directors meeting minutes. How come I didn't realize they were there before? As you might expect from TREB, not a lot of transparency, but read thread for few #interesting things I read. /1 Image
Here's what I mean. Really, you had 11 board members, 9 staff members and 7 guests and this is all that you're reporting that was discussed? /2 Image
Most recent (Aug 2019): "approved a recommendation that TREB increase the maximum number of listings photos on Stratus to 40, from the current maximum of 20." So that's pretty big for Realtors and consumers. 📷👍 3/
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It’s #Monday, I’m boozing it up at a 4 seat bar, the #barkeep is a long pourer, and I’m all fucking set if I get something stuck between my teeth.👇🙃 #RandomThoughts #drinking #OutAndAbout
Shooting the shit with a friend, she’s proud to be doing well with her plants - unusual for her.

The key was a #video explaining the benefits of pruning.

She needs REASONS. She got them.

Apparently, pruning in a particular manner stimulates growth hormones.
#RandomThoughts
Of course, this led to me initiating a discussion about the #movie I just watched on Hulu, called “The German Doctor.”

The main character was Josef Mengele. #ThisHappened

People, this is why I’m known in my circles as “The Black Hole Of Conversation.” SMTH
#RandomThoughts
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Trump: Day 757
-169th Day at a Trump Golf Club
-224th Day at a Trump Property
-Spent More Than 6 Hrs at Golf Club
-Hasn't Consulted w/ Sec of Defense
-Received Silence in Pence Greeting
-Payless Shuttering All 2,100 Stores
-Farmers Going Bankrupt in Midwest
Add...
Day 862 since Donald Trump admitted to sexual assault — yet he’s still in the Oval Office
Add...
Day 713 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama.

The FISA warrant Trump referenced targeted Carter Page. #TrumpLies
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Speaking to a security conference in Munich, Pence tells his audience he brings greetings from President Trump... and not a single person claps. #awkward
Ivanka Trump is the only person in audience who doesn’t applaud after Angela Merkel points out the absurdity of Trump claiming German cars are a national security threat
OMG -- Pence was visibly shook in Poland when he received absolutely no reaction to what was clearly supposed to be an applause line about how "the time has come for our European partners to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal."
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Now we’ve got a report about the big #TrumpProtest today in London to mark the #TrumpUKvisit. @realDonaldTrump stayed away, complaining the British public had made him feel “unwelcome.”
.@POTUS managed to insult his host @theresa_may within hours of arriving, after @TheSun published this interview bit.ly/2NeCOeC. He slammed her #Brexit strategy, said he would kill a trade deal, and praised her arch rival @BorisJohnson #awkward
At their joint press conference, 40 miles from London, @realDonaldTrump said he’d apologized to the PM – but also said that the recording of the interview would prove it was all #fakenews.
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This!
As @theresa_may tells @HouseofCommons it's 'highly likely' Moscow ordered the attack on former Russian spy in Salisbury & most MPs show support to HMG to take strong action against Russia together with West & EU...
Remember this from @Nigel_Farage?
theguardian.com/politics/2014/…
What's the common point between:
- Farage: theguardian.com/politics/2014/…
- Le Pen: ft.com/content/010eec…
- Germany's AfD: time.com/4955503/german…
- Holland's Geert Wilders: forbes.com/sites/melikkay…
- Italy's Lega Nord: ft.com/content/0d33d2…
- Hungary's Orban: thedailybeast.com/how-putins-usi…
European far-right parties & their populist leaders love the idea they are the real & only patriots. Usually great orators, they focus on negative emotions: fear, resentment, nostalgia of a time that never was. But ask them about their relationship with Russia and they go silent!
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The #EU decision to trigger "nuclear option" #article7 against Poland is extremely awkward for UK and bad news for a deeply divided EU leadership that lost its head when Macron got elected. A 1/thread

telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/2…
First. The problem for Mrs May, both immediate and longer term.

1. The UK has invested huge amount of diplomatic capital in expanding UK-Polish relationship after #Brexit

German MEP on recent visit said Polish officials joking about sheer number of UK ministers who visited/2
They sent 150 Lightdragoons for Nato trip-wire, started Belvedere Forum and even deployed heavy weaponry (Wills n Kate) in the Summer.

Tomorrow May, Hammond and Boris all going. A PM, Fgn Sec and Chancellor in one hit. That's serious diplomatic love. /3
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When #Muslims say scientific knowledge in #Qur’an proves its Divine origin, #atheists laugh. Share this #thread with them 👇 they’ll quickly stop laughing! 😆/1
So let’s begin at the beginning shall we? The #BigBang, for starters /2
Scientists like Fred Hoyle themselves could hardly believe that all matter along with all laws emerged from nothing…/3
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