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In story: 19 - 26 February 2018

African Film Festival NY
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visit my favorite film library has screened new and archival work from the continent every year for the past 22 years.

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Whose Black Panther? backstory at: imixwhatilike.org

< wipes tears >

Box office success developing ...
Happy Black History Y3 D51!


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In story: 19 - 26 February 2018

Battle of Ukrainian Oligarchs ...
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A Viktor's Revenge ... from the time Yanukovich was in power and the corruption of Tymoshenko raised eye brows ...

[links added are mine - Oui]

Mueller's Move on Ex-Skadden Lawyer Puts Heat on Manafort, Gates | Bloomberg |

.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller intensified legal pressure on ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates, by filing a false-statements case against a lawyer who did Ukraine-related work with the two men.

Prosecutors accused the attorney, Alex van der Zwaan, of lying to the FBI and Mueller's office about conversations related to a report supporting the legitimacy of a Ukrainian criminal prosecution of a former prime minister.

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A month after Manafort's departure, van der Zwaan communicated about the report with Gates and a second unidentified person, prosecutors said on Tuesday, and then lied about it when the FBI and Mueller's office later asked about the exchanges.

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Last year, van der Zwaan married the daughter of Russian oligarch German Khan, according to the London Tatler. Khan is a shareholder of Alfa Group, a Russian banking and investment concern, and a board member at LetterOne Holdings, the investment vehicle set up by the founders of Alfa Group. A spokesman for Khan didn't immediately provide a comment.

Secret Recording

Prosecutors say van der Zwaan lied about his talks with someone else, who they identified only as Person A. The lawyer told investigators he last spoke with Person A in 2014, when in fact they spoke in September 2016 during the secretly recorded call with Gates.

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After the pro-Russian government was run out of town in 2014, the new authorities began investigating misuse of funds by the Yanukovych government.

The Ukrainians asked the U.S. Justice Department for help in questioning Manafort and Skadden lawyers who worked on the report. Among those the Ukrainians sought to interview was van der Zwaan, a Russian speaker.  

Breaking News: Ukraine is a corrupt nation with oligarchs ready to switch sides pro-Russia of pro-West. ;-)

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In story: 19 - 26 February 2018

Re: People &amp; Klatsch
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Charlie Rose, perv, interviews James Clapper, perjurer, at Council of Foreign Relations, Oct 2016

because it's funnier in retrospect

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Richard Pinedo
LinkedIn
entrepreneur, "Auction Essistance from 2012 to 2014"
author, EBay Incognito! (2013)
and
marketing director at a Ventura County search optimization firm named SEO Distortion from March 2014 to October 2017.

< wipes tears>

I reckon, in 2014 either KRYLOVA or BOGACHEVA took a seminar in VenCo, CA for the low, low price of $199.95.

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Drinkman took a bargain in 2015. Smilianets was sentenced Wednesday. Three additional Russian co-conspirators of the international hacking ring are still at large.

That was Friday.

Saturday Mueller notified the real US press that investigators had just arrested and prosecuted a fence for stolen bank accounts of real US persons. GOOG returns on this story are up to 191,000 a/o Tuesday.

Ex. Who is the California man who just pleaded guilty to unwittingly [!] aiding Russian interference in the 2016 election

Through the company, Pinedo sold bank account numbers to users, according to court documents. He often purchased stolen bank information over the internet before selling it to his clients.

Pinedo confessed to selling some stolen accounts to users outside the United States, including those [accounts] the special counsel's office accused of being involved in the plot to swing the election.

IRA indictment

14 bank account numbers purchased by defendants, by bank, p 33
8 stolen US identities (SS numbers), by initial, p 35
plus unspecified number of counterfeit US state driver's licenses  (Which is funny: I've had a PayPal account since '04 or '05, and I can't remember if or when I had to present an electronic copy of US ID to open it.)


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Monday, MSNBC's presenter repeated Podesta's fabrication of the indictment's facts for Face the Nation (Sunday), saying, IRA's "political advertising" for Michigan and Wisconsin, so-called purple states, produced an unexpected ballot outcome. These are states where Trump narrowly defeated Who?

There is no such information in Mueller's indictment. As I have demonstrated with excerpts (above), Mueller's investigation does not report IRA "focus" on either Michigan or Wisconsin. Read it yourself.

Podesta's fabrication of facts presented as evidence of IRA's illegal electioneering serve only to furnish a supposition, but for Russian "political advertising", Trump probably would not have been elected.

Furthermore, the MSNBC presenter elaborates a fabricated  electoral advantage produced by IRA "political advertising" for presidential candidate Jill Stein.

Stein got 1% of total popular votes, 0 electoral votes.

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credit:J. Crew Spring 2018 persona

Attorney Pleads Guilty to Lying to Mueller Investigators

Alex Van Der Zwaan, who was fired last year by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, a prominent* New York law firm, admitted to lying to Mueller's investigators about his interaction with Rick Gates.
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The charge against Van Der Zwaan does not involve election meddling or the Trump campaign's operations. It stems from the special counsel's investigation into [FARA VIOLATIONS] Manafort and Gates are accused of directing on behalf of pro-Russian Ukrainian interests.

* an extraordinary understatement

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In story: 19 - 26 February 2018

Re: Living On the Planet
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re: self-radicalization, data exploration and analysis (Emory University, Atlanta, GA)



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In story: 19 - 26 February 2018

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re: history, "Victorian Age," Orientalism, hysteria

Headline of the Day -100: February 16, 2018

Lunatic right-wing Member of Parliament Noel Pemberton Billing publishes an article in his journal Vigilante implying that dancer Maud Allan, currently appearing in a private production of Oscar Wilde's Salome (private because Wilde's plays are still banned in Britain), is a lesbian who is associated with pro-German homosexual conspirators or something. The article is titled "The Cult of the Clitoris," because of course it is. Pemberton Billing has previously claimed  ... Allan will sue Billing for libel but will lose. ... The case will be the first ever discussion of lesbianism in the British popular press (the judge, who is called Justice Darling because of course he is, begged the press, in vain, not to report the details) and the first appearance of the word clitoris in the London Times.

archived
Salammbo

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NBC | Russian trolls flood Twitter after Parkland shooting
"Covert Russian propaganda flooded Twitter after the Parkland shooting to stoke America's raw divides."
VOA/NPR | As An American Tragedy Unfolds, Russian Agents Sow Discord Online
For Bret Schafer, an analyst with Hamilton 68, a site tracking Russian influence on Twitter, the pattern is becoming all too familiar. Hamilton 68 follows 600 accounts run by the Russian government, Russian trolls, bots and individuals sympathetic to the Russian point of view. Data collected by the site over the past few months suggests that Russian social media accounts are now regularly seizing on divisive or tragic news to rile up segments of American society.

"The Kremlin doesn't care about gun control in America, they have no skin in this game," Schafer says. Accordingly, some accounts tracked by Hamilton 68 spew extreme, pro-gun rhetoric. Others attack the National Rifle Association.


CNN | Russian bots promote pro-gun messages after Florida school shooting
"according to Hamilton 68, a tool launched by the Alliance for Securing Democracy"
Vanity Fair | RUSSIAN BOTS ARE USING 2016 TACTICS TO HIJACK THE GUN DEBATE ON TWITTER
"History is repeating itself in the aftermath of the Parkland shooting."
The Hill | Russian bots flood Twitter with pro-gun messages after Florida shooting: report
"'We expect Russia to continue using propaganda, social media, false-flag personas, sympathetic spokespeople and other means of influence to try to exacerbate social and political fissures in the United States.' "

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In story: 19 - 26 February 2018

Living On the Planet
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In story: 19 - 26 February 2018

Living Off the Planet
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Basically, IRA did NOT know they ought to contract or stimulate any illegal "political activity" in Michigan or Wisconsin, according to the indictment.

To answer Ms Cordat's question.

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&tc

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In story: Is a Russian Troll Farm Destroying US Democracy?

Re: Digital Tools for Autocratic Regimes
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Artificial Intelligence does not exist.  

GOFAI is deader than a door nail.  Neural nets are incapable of operating in the Real World (see recent comments by Hinton and Le Cun.) Watson is "not ready for prime time."  Deep Learning is a joke.

Unless you're into False Positives.

In summary ...

`AI-powered' is tech's meaningless equivalent of `all natural'

"The term is complete bullshit," said the CEO of a major robotics company that shall remain nameless, but certainly employs in its robots what most would agree could be called AI. It's a marketing term used to create the perception of competence, because most people can't conceive of an incompetent AI. Evil, perhaps ("I'm sorry, Dave, I can't do that"), but not incompetent.



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In story: DNC Server Intrusion and Unswered Questions [Update]

Re: DNC Server Intrusion and Unswered Questions
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DNC and the Clinton campaign was told by the Sanders data processing staff their computer security was non-existent.  Instead of fixing the problems the Clinton campaign and the DNC chose to use the profession courtesy of the Sanders people to attack Sanders.

 

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Basically, Hillary Clinton was impervious to information from outside her little circle of friends, groupies, tick birds, and parasites.  Her campaign was told, several times, they were in trouble in Wisconsin and Michigan.  Following their leader they chose to stick their heads up their ass and ignore the warnings.

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29. ... c. Only KRYLOVA and BOGACHEVA receied visas, and from approximately June 4, 2014 through June 6, 2014, KRYLOVA and BOGACHEVA traveled in and around the United States, including stops in Nevada, California, New Mexico, Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana, Texas, and New York to gather intelligence.
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31. ... For example, starting in or around June 2016, Defendants and their co-conspirators, posing online as US persons, communicated with a real US person affiliated with a Texas-based grassroots organization. During the exchange, Defendants and their co-conspirators learned from the real US person that they should focus their activities on "purple states like Colorado, Virginia & Florida." After that exchange, Defendats and their co-conspirators commonly referred to targeting "purple states" in directing their effors. [p 13]
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80. On or about August 19, 2016, Defendants and their co-conspirators used the false US persona "Matt Skiber" account to write to the real US person affiliated with a Texas-based grassroots organization who previously had advised the false persona to focus on "purple states like Colorado, Virginia & Florida." Defendants and their co-conspirators told that US person, "We were thinking about your recommendation to focus on purple states and this is what we're organizing in FL." [p 29]
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85. On or about September 22, 2016, Defendants and their co-conspirators created and purchased Facebook advertisements for a series of rallies they organized in Pennsylvania, called "Miners for Trump" and scheduled for October 2, 2016. [p 30]


NANCY CORDAT: For anyone who voted for Who? these new indictments mean what?
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JOHN PODESTA: ... as one of your previous guests, Senator Koontz, noted, we won the popular vote by three million votes, ah, they were pushing votes, just to give one example, to Jill Stein. Her vote in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, was greater than the gap between, ah, Donald Trump and Who? in those states. So you can't prove that it did affect the outcome, but it certainly seems likely that it did have some impact.
CORDAT: But it does beg the question, How is that these Russian operatives knew how to focus on purple states like Michigan and Wisconsin, and your campaign didn't?


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So no regular Syrian troops. If I'm not getting my atrocities wrong, those are the guys everyone thinks it is A OK to bomb, without starting a war with Russia or pretending it was a mistake?

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In story: 6 Nations Rugby Championship 2018

Re: 6 Nations Rugby Championship 2018
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Brian O'Conner has an article in today's Irish Times arguing that Irish rugby is the poorer for it's shabby sacking of Gatland many years ago. I have commented there as follows:

Gatland was a much younger, less experienced, coach when he coached Ireland twenty years ago and has learned and matured a lot since. He only had a 45% win ratio with Ireland which is a lot less than any coach since. (O'Sullivan 65%, Kidney 52%, Schmidt 71%).

That said, his sacking and replacement by Eddie O'Sullivan was a bit shabby, but no more so than Eddie O'Sullivan's treatment since he held the Ireland job. Eddie can't even get an interview for any job that comes up in Ireland.

O'Driscoll was the top 13 in that Lions squad and the fact that the Lions won the last Test without him is neither here nor there. It was the forward pack that won that game and either O'Driscoll or Davies could have done the job required of the no. 13 that day.

Gatland has kept the spat going over the years with his comments about Ireland players and so can hardly complain that he gets a bit of stick in return. It is a coach's lot to have to move on every few years and Gatland's career took off with the opportunities he got with Connacht and Ireland.

Many in Ireland will always have mixed feelings about being part of a British (and Irish) Lions squad which is basically a money making venture of little benefit to Irish rugby. Fair dues to Gatland for making a success of recent tours, and also for his track record with Wales despite the often chaotic relationship between the Welsh regions and Union.

But really Brian O'Connor is only milking a media created "fake news" hysteria. No one in Irish rugby much cares who the Welsh coach is - we just want to beat them! Another click-bait article from the Irish Times stable of rugby "experts" who don't really know or write much about rugby!

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In story: 18 USC 2,371,2349,2028A

Unwitting Co-conspirator
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Independent, 19 Feb 2018



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The Nation, 2 Feb 2018



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News and Views

 19 - 26 February 2018

by Bjinse - Feb 20, 16 comments

Your take on this week's news

 12 - 18 February 2018

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Your take on this week's news

 Open Thread 19 - 26 Feb

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Threading is the dizziness of freedom

 Open Thread 5 - 18 Feb

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The purpose of life is to live it, to thread to the utmost

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