Angry gentleman plows into Moonlite Bunny Ranch with 18-wheeler while women sleeping Boing Boing (resilc)
We finally have the Juno spacecraft’s first results on Jupiter Popular Science (UserFriendly)
Waves Rippled Through Greenland’s Ice. That’s Ominous Climate Central (MoiAussie)
Ancient DNA evidence shows hunter-gatherers and farmers were intimately linked ScienceDaily (Chuck L)
“Thousands’ of known bugs found in pacemaker code BBC (Chuck L)
Hong Kong and Macau regulators intensify efforts against money laundering, financial crime and terrorist funding South China Morning Post (J-LS)
Trump in G7 clashes over trade and climate Financial Times
Chairman of Meatpacker at Center of Brazil Corruption Probe Resigns Wall Street Journal
Operation “Grand Dawn” Post 1 Sic Semper Tyrannis (Chuck L)
Saudi Arabia and Russia stuck in unlikely oil alliance Financial Times
Why the Palestinian Authority Should Be Shuttered New York Times (David L)
U.S. Air Strikes in Syria Kill More than 100 Reuters (Bill B)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Chipotle Says Payment System Was Hacked Fortune (Chuck L)
Kushner and Russia
Exclusive: Trump son-in-law had undisclosed contacts with Russian envoy – sources Reuters (furzy). Way way WAY down in the story:
There may not have been anything improper about the contacts, the current law enforcement official stressed.
Jared Kushner’s Russia Problems New Yorker (furzy)
Lambert helpfully sent this:
Ryan Lizza seems to be the source. The form is SF-86. May 26:
We still don’t have a crime in this case, but there is an awful lot of coverup.
The illegality claim Lizza cites comes from “several Democrats” in a letter on April 13:
While officials can lose access to intelligence, or worse, for failing to disclose foreign contacts, the forms are often amended to address lapses. Jamie Gorelick, Mr. Kushner’s lawyer, said that the questionnaire was submitted prematurely on Jan. 18, and that the next day, Mr. Kushner’s office told the F.B.I. that he would provide supplemental information.
This is not just bureaucratic paperwork. The form warns that “withholding, misrepresenting, or falsifying information” could result in loss of access to classified information, denial of eligibility for a sensitive job and even prosecution; knowingly falsifying or concealing material facts is a federal felony that may result in fines or up to five years imprisonment.
Clearance holders are often allowed to amend disclosure forms and avoid punishment if omissions are deemed oversights rather than deliberate falsifications, and prosecutions are rare.
So it looks to me like Gorelick got the toothpaste back in the tube on April 6, as she would try to do, the Democrats tried to stamp on the tube April 13, as they would try to do, and The New Yorker is stamping on the tube to get the toothpaste out again, as they would try to do. I did a brief search for SF-86 prosecutions, but all I can find is this podcast, which I don’t have time to listen to:
Presumably, if there were a history of SF-86 prosecutions with any big fish, we would already have seen timelines in sidebars. So I think it’s safe to assume they don’t exist. I mean, Sandy Berger wasn’t prosecuted for stealing classified documents from the National Archives by stuffing them into his pants and walking out with them.
Trump Pushing Big White House Changes as Russia Crisis Grows Wall Street Journal (J-LS)
White House considering vetting Trump’s tweets: report The Hill (UserFriendly)
Yes, Trump Is Making Xenophobia More Acceptable Bloomberg (Dr. Kevin)
Warren Demands Trump Aide Gary Cohn Recusal From White House Proposal That Could Benefit Goldman Sachs David Sirota, International Business Times
Dear NYS Senators: Pass the New York Health Act NYSHealth (martha r)
Hillary Clinton invokes IMPEACHMENT in speech to grads Daily Mail (martha r)
A Shadowy Corporate Lobby Is Quietly Trying To Ban Protesting Across The U.S. Activist Post (martha r)
Election Excitement Builds as Democrats Flip Two Red Districts Common Dreams (martha r)
A New Way to Challenge the Failed “War on Drugs” Ralph Nader, Common Dreams (martha r)
It All Began with Bernie.” Candidate khalid kamau Reflects on a Newly Progressive South. Progressive (martha r)
Democrats – Lemmings in Search of a Cliff: Why You Shouldn’t Bet the Ranch on 2018 Common Dreams (jess m, martha r)
— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) May 26, 2017
FEC faults Cruz on Goldman Sachs loans in rare unanimous vote The Hill (UserFriendly)
Russia Is on TV, but Health Care Was the Central Issue in Montana’s Election Intercept (martha r)
Kill Me Now
Hillary Clinton Is Furious. And Resigned. And Funny. And Worried. New York Magazine. Reslic: “2020 Clintoon/Booker. Run 4 the hills.”
Clinton makes digs at Trump BBC. Yes, you do need to keep tabs…
Winners And Losers Of The Recent Nuclear Holocaust McSweeneys (Dan K)
Barack Obama on food and climate change: ‘We can still act and it won’t be too late’ Guardian (J-LS). Dear Lord, an awfully transparent effort to whitewash his inaction.
Federal prosecutor found dead in water on Hollywood beach Miami Herald. Martha r: “A young prosecutor “very motivated by public service”. serious head wound. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s district. The story may grow if FBI & U.S. Attorney’s office get involved.”
Black Injustice Tipping Point
74 Seconds podcast: ‘The whole world is watching Minnesota’ Minnesota Public Radio News. UserFriendly: “Really well done.”
Police State Watch
DAPL Photographer Cleared of Charges After Drone Footage Proves His Case Common Dreams (martha r)
Soft US economic data dampens hopes of a rebound Financial Times
Air rage: why does flying make us so angry? Science says it’s about class Guardian. Important, and much wider-ranging than the headline suggests.
Commencement Address, American University in Beirut, 2016 Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Medium (Chuck L). Taleb manages to make himself seem likable for the first time evah. Plus a good speech.
Antidote du jour (Kittie Wilson via Lawrence R):
And a bonus antidote by Stephen Biddlecombe, who was short-listed in the first Annual Comedy Wildlife Photography awards, via Richard Smith: