Angela Merkel and numerous other German politicans have found information which they mistakenly thought was private is now available online (archived).
Longtime Pantsuit affiliated "national security" journalist William Arkin has quit NBC over the editorial pivot by NBC and Pantsuit at large to an overt Pro-War stance. Historically Pantsuitist have been covert in their anti-peace tendencies, but Trump as forced them into a corner with his efforts to curtail self destructive USG military adventures. Arkin's missive of resignation, rambling as it is, is reproduced below for the record: Continue reading
Reports are emerging that the US is considering 1990's cryptography style export controls for "AI Technology" (archived). If the proposed export controls were to actually work they could save the rest of the world substantial time dealing with yet more buggy US shitware. In the more likely case, the export controls likely won't serve for any purpose other than adding another pretext the USG can use as it move in lockstep with the rest of the 5eyes towards expanding digital customs searches on those entering and leaving the zone.
In the wake of Donald Trump's move to take the US out of the Hillary Clinton's Syrian civil war, the country is beginning to return to normal (archived). The Kurds in a move observer in the US may find puzzling, have swiftly pivoted towards trying to ingratiate themselves to the Assad regime now that the US soldiers they had been using as human shields are leaving. The Kurds readiness to turns towards Assad suggests they'd been keeping more friendly with the regime than the USG was willing to believe, and that the Kurds didn't have all that much faith in USG delivering them an independent Kurdish state.
Now the Kurds find themselves with the Turks to the north, who are especially motivated to do to the Kurds what Turks normally do to Kurds in order to prevent USG armed and trained Kurdish militants from causing them problems. Thusly it is appearing that after the US intervention, lasting changes are likely to be limited to little more than an augmentation of the distrust and resentment held by all parties involved towards the USG.
After presidential elections in parts of the Congo were postponed due to the ongoing Ebola outbreak, protestors attacked an Ebola treatment clinic in retaliation (archived). Several of the center's structures1 were burned and furniture was taken. None of the patients received positive test results for Ebola infection before they fled the attack.
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US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin issued a press release Sunday night assuring residents of the US that he called some banks who assured him there were no "liquidity problem" or "clearance and margin issues" (archived). Due to the US Government's ongoing partial shutdown the press release does not appear on the US Treasury department website (archived) apparently as part of their "lapse in appropriations contingency plan" (archived).
The announcement and its odd timing suggests that there actually are problems. Maybe that last 0.25% rate hike by the Fed after free dollars under Hussein Bahamas broke everything? Maybe someone out there put too much faith in the USG's timely payment of bills in spite of goverment shutdowns becoming a common negotiating tactic under the Hussein Bahamas adminstration? Whatever Mnuchin intended to convey with his message of assurance, the sentiment which lead to the press release is not reassuring.
After a quiet run following some minor post midterm election activity, US President Donald Trump is making an end of the year push. On foreign policy Trump has managed to push out Defense Secretary Jim 'Mad Dog' Mattis by comitting to two policies the ineffective appointee had been desperately blocking, withdrawl of troops in Syria and a plan for disengagement in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile at home Trump and the GOP controlled House of Representatives are threatening the GOP controlled Senate with a government shutdown if a spending measure which passed the House including ~5.7 billion USD for contruction of a physical barrier along the US-Mexico border fails.
A young woman with a crush on Dylan Storm Roof was entrapped by the FBI and hit with terrorism charges (archived). As per their usual modus operandi, the USG stooges further isolated and aggravated the socially isolated young woman until their became her entire social circle after which, the stooges arrested her in Toledo, Ohio. Earlier this week, also in Toledo, an FBI radicalized ISIS sympathizer was arrested after being similarly prepped for captivity by USG stooges (archived).
Physics professor and Danhua Capital founding partner Shoucheng Zhang appears to have been garbage collected by his side gig employer Stanford University (archived). The 55 year old Zhang was found dead December 1st and his death was attributed to suicide without investigation. Statements circulating claiming origin with Zhang's family are supposing Stanford University was central to Zhang's life and won't you pretty please contribute to Stanford in Zhang's memory while declining to investigate Zhang's suiciding?
French tyrant Macron decided to attempt quelling the popular revolt against his regime by offering "gibs me dats" to the French people. In four weeks the Yellow Jackets got Macron to offer more concessions than the local trade unions had in four decades, with Macron egregiously breaking a campaign promise not to surrender anything to street demonstrators. Response to Macron's offer appears to largely be negative as it is a continuation of Macron's supplication streak triggering disgust at a primal level in healthy persons (archived).
Over the weekend riot police maimed numerous protestors taking out eyes with their domestically produced "Flash-ball" firearms while other protestors lost hands to smoke grenades. Across the Channel the ongoing Brexit, but not really Brexit impasse continues as the deadline marches on towards a hard Brexit.