Sorry it took so long to respond. For readers (beyond you and I), I bolded your text-only stuff. Again, thanks for providing the info:) In the effort to get through all these links, I have weighted my responses towards unedited, brief, and (hopefully) non-confrontational.
Does the below sum it up? Feel free to add here. My goal is set a baseline of 3–5 basic assertions :)
- Trump is unfairly targeted by the media
- The Russian hacking scandal is not relevant and/or true
- The establishment (mainly elite democrats) are trying subvert democracy by deposing a fairly elected president.
My questions to you
- If the independent investigation finds Trump guilty of collusion with the Russians, would you accept their findings? It’s a big if — it’s also a good baseline here. He can be fairly elected — and still be a creature of Putin.
- If this (highly unlikely) scenario happens, do you agree that Trump has to go?
The demands of the radicalized party base are being amplified by growing calls from a series of Democratic candidates…www.nytimes.com
Here, it seems that (most) everyone is calling for a bipartisan investigation. If Bill Clinton, Obama, or Bush 41/43 had (allegedly) been rocketed to power by Russian intervention…well…it’s a false equivalency — I guess. Trump’s involvement in Russian hacking could be total BS. Strangely, he doesn’t seem to act like it. Perhaps, that’s his personality — guilty or no. As an American citizen, I want to know if Trump is Putin’s creature. If he’s an agent of Russia, he’s got to go. If not, we can lay it to rest. Can we agree on that?
A major new study out of Harvard University has revealed the true extent of the mainstream media’s bias against Donald…heatst.com
My thought here. I agree with you! The media is biased against Trump — yet each side feeds off that hostility. And, both sides profited — big time. He got billions of media airtime bucks while ad/media sales went through the roof. If he hadn’t been so outrageously divisive (inviting media scrutiny), would he have been so popular? Disclaimer — I often deal with polling numbers (cited in the article above) as a data scientist. I’m suspicious of polls. You should be too.
President Trump won’t be impeached and won’t be driven from office by the flurry of lies and half-truths directed…pjmedia.com
As a citizen, I look forward to the independent investigation. Imo, everything else is smoke. If Trump is innocent (and he probably is), the country can move on.
Are you saying the lady (with the oxygen tank) was inciting violence? I guess it’s possible — what a badass! Partisan thugs are not acceptable — unless you’re Gianforte. He’s such a badass too! He and the bird-dogging-oxygen-tank lady should step in the Thunderdome!
While some claim that allegations of media networks being in bed with (or at least biased in favor of) the current…ijr.com
These guys are all part of the same meritocracy/class. They intermarry, and, freely share info at the breakfast table. On the flip side, you have Matlin and Carville. I wonder how that relationship impacts our oligarchy?
Networking Site Meetup Wants to Coordinate Trump Resistance
(NEW YORK) — Meetup is taking a leap into the Trump resistance. The New York-based networking site will unveil plans in…time.com
What’s wrong with Meetup being politically active? Trumps immigration policies directly impact Tech corps — and their lust for cheap/foreign/slave-labor’ish/politically-powerless talent. Oh well, what do I know.
Amazon, ‘The Washington Post’ and That $600 MIllion CIA Contract
It’s been a rough couple days for The Washington Post. Word emerged that hackers invaded its internal system-for a few…www.thenation.com-
Disclaimer — I use AWS (Amazon). Most tech folks use Amazon for cloud storage and data processing. This kind of thing is inevitable as Amazon is largely used by everyone. They should have disclosed it — no doubt. Corporate folks don’t disclose damaging info — in advance. Bezos is no different. Amazon is so large…well…something like this is inevitable. What was the CIA going to do — use Google Cloud?! Guess I’m not as shocked as I should be.
White House lawyers last month learned that the former national security adviser Susan Rice requested the identities of…www.bloomberg.com
Ms Rice appeared on the PBS news hour last week and declared she knew nothing about the unmasking. In other words, she…medium.com
Yep, it’s possible that Susan Rice was illegally spying on Trump’s transition team. Hopefully, the independent investigation will uncover the truth here. That said, Flynn appears to have been a paid agent of Turkey. Manafort — he’s done a fair amount of well paid work for Russian Oligarchs. Trump’s team is a very interesting (irresistible) cast of characters. If she deliberately spied on them…well..that’s like halloween binge candy to a security professional.
In the process of eavesdropping on communications, one of our intelligence services just happens to record the…medium.com
Do you think Trump will roll back the NSA’s expansion? Personally, I’d love to see a repeal of the Patriot Act. That could be a big win for him — bringing an end to the surveillance state.
Employees of The Washington Post erupted in applause when they learned of the widespread reading of an anonymously…www.dailywire.com
This was a success story for them, no? They made a deadline — worked extremely hard to get it out. Are they partisans, yep. Still worthy of congratulations, yep. I’m sure Fox News and Breitbart celebrate when one of their stories gets traction. I congratulate them too. Producing anything complex and/or interesting is worthy of celebration.
The blizzard of lies and distraction blowing through Washington is not just any routine stuffstorm, but a calculated…townhall.com
At worst, if the independent investigation gives Trump the firing squad, you get Mike Pence. That’s not so bad? He’s way more conservative than Mitt Romney.
Lest there is any doubt about the end game.
Trump will be forced from the presidency. The only question is by what means, and how much further damage this wounded…prospect.org
Yes, that’s a bipartisan wet dream — shared by many. Trump is pretty savvy, tho. Imo, he’s been avoiding prosecutions and bankruptcies for decades. He’s survived — he’s good at this. Trump would have to be charged with collusion and/or espionage to reach that kind of end game. Unless, of course, he quit. If he can find a way to win (by quitting), that scenario seems more likely. Full disclosure — I don’t believe Trump is a moral human being.
Here is reasoned essay laying out the evidence/lack of evidence regarding Trump/Russia collusion, by a democrat no less;
Contrary to what folks on reddit and Twitter seem to think, I have no love for Donny “why the Civil War” Trump nor Vlad…medium.com
Hopefully, we’ll get a straight answer from the independent investigation.
On March 2, a disturbing report hit the desks of U.S. counterintelligence officials in Washington. For months, American…time.com
It’s no secret that Russians are really good at hacking, bots, and algorithms. Their skills are admired by many — including myself.
It’s a start. What I love about Medium is that folks can agree (and disagree) without becoming trollish. Seriously, if America is going to extricate itself from this mess, both sides will have to talk. Thanks again.