July 20, 2018
Several cyber security bigwigs and a number of other top FBI mandarins are walking away from the Bureau. According to the Wall Street Journal:
"Senior U.S. intelligence officials warn that the country is at a "critical point” facing unprecedented cyberthreats, including Russia’s ongoing attacks on the American political system. The retirements also come as the FBI is facing regular criticism from President Donald Trump and his supporters, and is working to attract and retain top cyber talent. more...
According to an Oxford study, over half a billion dollars have been spent on social media efforts to manipulate public opinion worldwide since 2010. From the article:
"Including U.S. government programs aimed at countering extremists such as Islamic fundamentalists, about $500 million has been spent worldwide on research, development or implementation of social media "psychological operations” since 2010, the authors estimated.
"The manipulation of public opinion over social media platforms has emerged as a critical threat to public life,” the researchers wrote. They warned that, at a time when news consumption is increasingly occurring over the Internet, this trend threatens "to undermine trust in the media, public institutions and science.” more...
Andrew Napolitano has an article on Fox News today about "Trump knows more about negotiating than his hysterical critics." It's a good one.
July 19, 2018
Update from Tim:
Here is more on Glick's thesis. Apparently Trump's meeting with Putin prevented Hizbollah from intervening in Syria.
I have been hearing lots (and have tuned out most) of the criticism of Trump's performance in Helsinki. If you listen to some of the "respected pundits," you'd think -- to use Star Trek terminology -- that Trump "gave away the home world." I've kept in mind that most of the criticism is from people who have never sat down at a desk across from a foreign leader, even a friendly one, so it's mostly Monday-morning armchair quarterbacking.
I think William Katz, of Urgent Agenda, puts things in very good perspective here, and I'll quote him:
And so it goes. Democratic complaints are a joke. However, the criticism of President Trump's performance at yesterday's press conference with Putin is bipartisan, and the president has to take note. His comments were sloppy and poorly chosen. In truth, this president is not terribly articulate on his feet. He exaggerates, he brags, he is far too effusive, especially in his attitude toward Putin, a thug if ever there was one.
Oh yes, it's true, other presidents have done the same or worse. President Nixon actually quoted Chairman Mao during his visit to China, honoring a man who'd killed millions. President Roosevelt sat down with Joe Stalin, and gave plenty away at Yalta. And Obama restored relations with the criminal Fidel Castro without asking for anything in return that would help the Cuban people. Jack Kennedy got completely rolled by Nikita Khrushchev at a summit in Vienna in 1961. All true.
But people forget, and Trump is president, intensely disliked by the press and by most of the Washington swamp dwellers. They want to bring him down, and he gave them the chance with his loose tongue.
As Laura Ingraham remarked, his rhetoric is one thing, but his record is far better. He generally gets what he wants, and gets far more than Field Marshal of the World Barack Obama ever dreamed of. But then he steps all over his achievements with his open mouth. We forgive him, but we're getting tired of it.
Another Walter Williams home run.
Read it here.
From the article:
By creating and enforcing neutral rules, we minimize conflict. Consider one area of ruthless competition where that’s demonstrated — sports. The 52nd Super Bowl featured the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots. A lot was at stake. Each player on the winning team would earn $112,000; losers would get half that. Plus, each winner would get a Super Bowl ring that might cost as much as $40,000.
Despite a bitterly fought contest and all that was at stake, the game ended peaceably, and winners and losers were civil to one another. How is it that players with conflicting interests can play a game, agree with the outcome and walk away as good sports? It’s a miracle of sorts. That "miracle” is that it is far easier to reach agreement about the game’s rules than the game’s outcome. The rules are known and durable. The referee’s only job is evenhanded enforcement of those rules.
Suppose football’s rules were "living” and the referee and other officials played a role in determining them. The officials could adjust the applications of the rules. Suppose the officials were more interested in the pursuit of what they saw as football justice than they were in the unbiased enforcement of neutral rules. In the case of Super Bowl LII, officials might have considered it unfair that the Eagles had never won a Super Bowl and the Patriots had won five. If officials could determine game rules, team owners, instead of trying to raise team productivity, would spend resources lobbying or bribing officials. The returns from raising team productivity would be reduced. Also, I doubt that the games would end amicably. The players probably wouldn’t walk off the field peaceably, shaking hands and sharing hugs, as they do now.
Read the whole article at GOP USA.
Chicago could soon test universal basic income programhttp://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/07/17/chicago-could-soon-test-universal-basic-income- program.html
July 18, 2018
The United Nations seeks to impose unrestricted migration on the nations of the world. Here's the straight dope:
"The text of the United Nations Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was finalized last Friday, an inter-governmentally negotiated agreement prepared under the auspices of the United Nations to cover all dimensions of international migration. It will be formally adopted by UN member states at the Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration to be held this December in Morocco. UN Secretary General António Guterres said the Global Compact reflected "the shared understanding by Governments that cross-border migration is, by its very nature, an international phenomenon and that effective management of this global reality requires international cooperation to enhance its positive impact for all. It also recognizes that every individual has the right to safety, dignity and protection.”
Whether we are managing people, business processes, visionary leadership or important innovation efforts, the need to mitigate stupid, wasteful directives, interjections and interruptions has become an essential requirement if we are to grow socially and economically, says retired Professor James Smith. It’s the key to successfully teaching, mentoring, leading and managing our resources to "to precipitate the next great something.”
Unfortunately, those among us who once were mostly just a nuisance have become abundant, noisy, persistent, often serious troublemakers who make life and progress far harder to navigate – to the point where they gravely disrupt our progress and social harmony. Maybe we just need a few people with the courage and presence of mind to speak out, step forward and refuse to take it anymore, Professor Smith suggests.
July 17, 2018
I am afraid that there is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don't want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public.
Booker T. Washington
Ch. V: The Intellectuals and the Boston Mob
A group of black incoming freshman to Washington University in ST. Louis were wrongly stopped for a "dine and dash" incident at an International House of Burgers, er, Pancakes in the near suburb of Clayton, Mo.
Mandalay Bay is suing the shooting victims in order to get the case into Federal court.
From the article: more...
Conservative HQ fleshes out some of the more interesting things in the Putin Summit. From the article:
"One of the crazier moments of the news conference was when Putin schooled the media on the legal framework by which Robert Mueller could move forward with his charges against the 12 Russians named in the recently announced indictment:
Romney, who calls Russia our "No. 1 geopolitical foe," doesn't seem to realize it's the 21st century. #RomneyNotReady http://t.co/xcvhOAFS
— The Democrats (@TheDemocrats) October 22, 2012
You know, when Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State she made a big show of her "Russian reset" including carrying around a big cardboard button. Yet when President Trump meets with the Russian President and actually tries to reset relations with the world's second most powerful country (and Russia IS the second most powerful, despite ambitions by China to the contrary) he is branded a traitor. Strange.
When Barack Obama told Russia's Potemkin Village President Michael Medvedev that he would have more flexibility after the election he was a statesman. Trump fails to publicly scold Putin and he's a villain, in the pay of Russia. Strange; Obama was being statesmanlike promising to give Putin more once he no longer has to face the voters.
When Hillary brokers the sale of a quarter of all uranium in the U.S. to a Russian company in return for big donations to the Clinton Foundation that was just a fluke. When Trump meets with Putin and offers him nothing of substance that's an outrage.
We seem to have a serious problem with misplaced anger in this country. more...
Vladimir Putin accused U.S. national security apparachniks of funneling money to Hillary Clinton.
From Gateway Pundit: more...
July 16, 2018
This guy gets it.
Delaware's Democratic Senator Chris Coons has issued a call to sanity for the Democrats.
"""Jf we as a Democratic Party are going to move from a minority at every level that is dedicated to resistance, to a majority that is capable of governing, we have got to move from grievance to optimism," Coons said in a speech in Washington. "And we've got to abandon a politics of anxiety that is characterized by wild-eyed proposals and instead deliver ideas and practical solutions." more...
July 15, 2018
In a shocking turn of events the St. Louis Cardinals fired manager Mike Matheny Saturday night.
According to the Belleville News Democrat:
"Matheny was stunningly fired Saturday night following an 8-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds, a defeat that dropped St. Louis to 47-46 and 7 1/2 games back of the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs.
Bench coach Mike Shildt was named the team's interim manager. Hitting coach John Mabry and assistant hitting coach Bill Mueller were also fired.
The Cardinals haven't missed three straight postseasons since 1997-99.
"These decisions are never easy, but we felt that a change in leadership was necessary as the team prepares to enter into the second half of the season," Cardinals President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak said. "I would like to thank Mike for his exceptional commitment and devotion to the Cardinals organization, including many fond memories of our years working together."
The Cardinals haven't just underperformed, they seem blase' and nonchalant in their play, loafing and unconcerned. That goes directly to the manager, who should never tolerate laziness from his players. Matheny just didn't seem to be able to make these guys hustle. Often they would miss outs by taking their sweet time when they could have hustled. Games are lost that way.
I think this is welcome news. I wish Matheny well, but it was time for a change.
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