Last week, I mentioned that the crackpot conspiracy website, InfoWars, was issued coveted White House press credentials, a decision that appears consistent with the ongoing Trump-Bannon mission to destroy all distinctions between knowable facts, speculation, opinion, propaganda and lunacy.
Prior to last night's Super Bowl, Infowars owner, Alex Jones, explained that the halftime show starring Lady Gaga would be a Satanic ritual, which he knows because... well er... watch Jones explain it in the video below. The muddle of Gaga's alleged connection with Pizzagate (Hillary & Podesta's child sex slave ring) and spirit cooking is a thing to behold.
Keep in mind, Trump treats the man in the video like an honest purveyor of real news, while he calls major mainstream media outlets "fake news."
For the record, the halftime show was praised by many, including Marco Rubio, Ivanka Trump and even Fox News. A rabbi who is part of our little group watched it with us last night, and liked it. There was nothing outrageous. No wardrobe malfunctions. No Black Panthers. Just a slick halftime show that began with lots of patriotic stuff, followed up with elaborately choreographed performances of her hit songs.
For those who don't know, Kasparov is possibly the greatest chess player of all time, as well as a political activist and Putin critic who has faced arrest, repeated harassment, threats and beating by Putin's henchmen.
Ever since Arnold Schwarzenegger took over his television role on Celebrity Apprentice, Donald Trump has regularly thrown barbs about the ratings at Arnold. Well Trump didn't waste an opportunity to be Trump at the National Prayer Breakfast earlier this week. Apropos of absolutely nothing, he used the ordinarily somber event to attack again:
"I want to just pray for Arnold, if we can, for those ratings."
For Donald, it is always and only about repairing and pumping up his fragile sense of grandiosity.
Appearing on MSNBC's Hardball TV program on Thursday night, [Trump "Counselor" and mouthpiece Kellyanne] Conway referred to the "Bowling Green massacre" as part of her attempt to justify Trump's temporary restrictions on refugees and nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries. "I bet it’s brand new information to people that President Obama had a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program after two Iraqis came here to this country, were radicalized and they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre," Conway said "Most people don’t know that because it didn’t get covered." However, it seems likely that the incident Conway refers to didn't get covered because there is an overwhelming consensus that there was no massacre at all. She appears to have come down with another case of the 'alternative facts.'
Seems likely it didn't happen? Overwhelming consensus? It did not fucking happen. Talking about consensus is giving ground to gaslighting by an administration determined to destroy distinctions between knowable facts, informed opinions, speculation, ignorance and lies.
In other gaslighting news, the White House issued press credentials to InfoWars, the crackpot conspiracy website run by Alex Jones. Meantime, Trump refused to take questions from CNN reporter Jim Acosta because he is, in Trump's words, 'fake news.'
(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump threatened in a phone call with his Mexican counterpart to send U.S. troops to stop "bad hombres down there" unless the Mexican military does more to control them itself, according to an excerpt of a transcript of the conversation obtained by The Associated Press.
The excerpt of the call did not make clear who exactly Trump considered "bad hombres," — drug cartels, immigrants, or both — or the tone and context of the remark, made in a Friday morning phone call between the leaders. It also did not contain Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto's response.
On Monday, I opened my Flickr photo account to find that over 900 of my 1800 images had been deleted. It happened some time in the prior two weeks. Some photos had been replaced by offensive images related to my benign photo titles so, clearly, it was vandalism. For various reasons, among them the fact that I use 2-step authentication, I don't believe the vandal got into my account through the front door using my password.
Last night, I opened my Flickr account to do further damage assessment and begin the restoration process. No need. Everything was fixed. The offensive photos were removed and, best as I can tell, all of my photos were recovered. I assume the hack was on Yahoo-Flickr's end, and I guess they caught it and restored my images.
Movie Anachronism: Hidden Figures, a based-on-real-life film about the hardships and achievements of black women who did mathematical computations for NASA, included a closeup of an IBM Selectric typing letters on a page some time after Alan Shepard's historic May 5, 1961 suborbital flight, but before Gus Grissom's July 21, 1961 Liberty Bell 7 flight.
The Selectric wasn't introduced by IBM until July 31, 1961, 10 days after Grissom's flight.
I didn't know the introduction date of the Selectric. I thought it was introduced in the mid-60s, but checking on my phone (a theater no-no), I was surprised to learn that the error was such a close call. Did NASA have special pre-introduction Selectrics? I have no idea, but movie anachronisms are discovered all the time. Every historical film has a few.
If and when I have more time this week, I'll be back with more thoughts on Hidden Figures, Paterson, Zero Days and the L Word Mississippi: Hate The Sin. For now, I'd suggest that you catch Zero Days, a documentary exposé on the Stuxnet worm, which was used to attack the Iranian nuclear program. It's a must-see in today's world of nation-sponsored cyber-spying and cyber-warfare.