A number of "leading academic journals" are reeling after an experiment being dubbed "Sokal 2.0" where so called "prestige journals" published hoax papers in their own areas of expertise (archived). Continue reading
In a piece published as part of their end of the week newsdump the NYTimes wrote a piece concerning Deputy US Attorney General Rodney Rosenstein's stalled coup attempt against US President Donald Trump (archived). According to the story after Rosenstein authored a memo recommending James Comey's firing Rosenstein solicited persons1 with access to the White House to surveil the president while Rosenstein himself would gaslight the president. Then according to the plan Rosenstein and conspirators would use recordings of a man reacting in anger to having been gaslit as evidence of "incapacity" and mount a coup from there.
Given the Pantsuit venue in which the report appeared, the plot appears to have been unsuccessful to the point its supporters had to escalate the gaslighting by collaborating with Pantsuit media to publish the plot, likely with critical details altered in order to bait the president into acting clumsily before he cements hold of the Senate in this fall's midterm elections. Earlier this month the NYTimes published a piece (archived) claiming to be from a Trump administration insider sabotaging President Trump's agenda from the inside. While the earlier piece is as likely to be fanfiction as it is the daydreams of a deskriding pantsuit manlet in a government office, the point of publishing these pieces is clearly to bait Trump into premature retaliation before the next congress is sworn in.
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According to the NYTimes piece members of the President's cabinet were named ↩
A lawyer representing the criminal organization calling itself the United States Government decided this week to newly assert that they "intercepted conversations abroad" that the fellow was having in a case that has already been working its way through courts for seven years (archived). During this time Agron Hasbajrami and his lawyers have been arguing that the USG conducted an illegal "backdoor search" to acquire a warrant, something the USG's counsel is now all but admitting to except with a sprinkle of magic foreign surveillance pixie dust.
Like the Ulbricht affair, like the FBI training 'terrorists' to give themselves wins in the press, and like the spurious attachement of imaginary 'money laundering' charges to any case offering them a chance to steal a bit of it… The USG can't be trusted to play by its own rulebook though it would be happy to throw it at you. And if really backed into a corner in its own courts, nothing is more reliable than the criminal cartel pleaing "Muh Foreign Policy!" and "Muh National Security!"
The family of the soon to be late former Vietcong prisoner John McCain announced that the Arizona Senator has decided to stop seeking treatment for his brain cancer. Since announcing his brain cancer McCain has been absent from his duties in the US Senate as a captive of cancer. This is the latest in a long line of surrenders which have defined the elder lich's career as a Naval Aviator, Senator, and twice failing US Presidential candiate.
Microsoft has announced that they are going to begin to take steps against efforts to interfere in their democracy (archived). The steps they plan to take involve boosting their friends and silencing everyone else (archived) on platforms they can influence. This is clearly an attempt by Microsoft to undermine "democracy" by conducting lobbying activities and making non-monetary campaign contributions while screaming "OMG HAXx0RZ" as a distraction while they undermine it all.
A group calling itself the government of New Zealand has banned sales of homes to foreign nationals in an attempt to curb rising prices (archived). Under the measure, which exempts buyers of Australian and Singaporean nationality, foreigners would be restricted to purchasing apartments in large scale block developments.
In recent years New Zealand has seen substantial real estate demand from wealthy buyers from China and the US looking for a retreat from instability in larger Anglophone areas. With home ownership among adult New Zealanders floating around ~25 percent, this measure has the potential to deliver some serious pain to their rental market.
A bill being considered in the US congress would drastically increase the fines the criminal organization calling itself the US Government imagines it can levy for radio frequency actors that refuse to surrender to USG extortion (archived). The full text of the proposal as it was presented July 24th is presented below: Continue reading