Wednesday, November 30, 2016

John Brennan" Interview Highlights | Trump: "Hence, legal documents are being crafted which take me completely out of business operations. The Presidency is a far more important task!" | A man stole a bucket of gold flakes valued at $1.6 million (on 9.29.16) in midtown Manhattan, and the police is "still looking for him". - And how would you interpret this?! | M.N.: Somehow, the NYT caught some wind into its sails (from their desk fans, probably), and decided to rail a bit, within the limits of its self-imposed editorial propriety, against the Twitter-In-Chief!

CIA Chief Says Tearing Up Iran Nuclear Deal Would Be 'Height Of Folly'

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The director of the CIA has warned U.S. President-elect Donald Trump that abandoning the nuclear deal with Iran would be "disastrous" and "the height of folly."


John Brennan" Interview Highlights:
Russia continued to hold the key to Syria's future, he said, but he expressed scepticism about its willingness to come to any kind of deal. He said Moscow had been "disingenuous" in negotiating tactics, seeking to draw the process out in order to "choke" Aleppo.
"I do not have confidence that the Russians are going to relent until they are able to achieve as much tactical battlefield successes as possible," he said. 
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On the role of Russia in trying to influence the US election by hacking and releasing information, the CIA director confirmed Russia had sought to carry out such activity but said he would defer to domestic counterparts as to the impact.
He did confirm that he had had conversations with his Russian opposite numbers to challenge them over these actions and warn them that they would backfire. 
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Terrorism remains an overriding concern. The team planning external attacks within the so-called Islamic State remained "very active", Mr Brennan said, and was seeking to demonstrate that - despite setbacks on the battlefield - the group still had the ability to carry out attacks against the West.
The CIA director said he had not yet sat down with the new team to discuss the capabilities and programmes the CIA had but he was ready to do so. 
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Some members of the new administration, such as Gen Michael Flynn, have talked of the US needing to recognise it was in a "world war" with Islamist militants.
When asked if language about "world wars" was helpful, the CIA director said the new team needed to be "disciplined in the language that they use [and] the messages that they send. Because if they are not disciplined, their language will be exploited by the terrorist and extremist organisations as a way to portray the United States and the government as being anti-Islamic and we are not." 
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"Without a doubt the CIA really took some body blows as a result of its experiences," he said. "I think the overwhelming majority of CIA officers would not want to get back into that business."
The pace of drone strikes increased during the Obama administration although responsibility for many of them has shifted to the military rather than the CIA. When John Brennan ran counter-terrorism operations in the White House, he was instrumental in putting in place a series of rules over drone strikes.
So could a new administration simply rewrite the rules on drone strikes as well as the handling of detainees?
"This is where there is tremendous responsibility on the new administration…to make sure that they use the great capabilities that this government has as effectively and as judiciously as possible," he told the BBC, arguing that if powers such as drone strikes were misused, they could prove counterproductive to US security. 
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CIA chief warns Trump: Scrapping Iran deal 'height of folly'

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In a BBC interview, John Brennan also advised the new president to be wary of Russia's promises, blaming Moscow for much of the suffering in ...
CIA chief: Tearing up JCPOA will be 'height of folly'
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Donald Trump Says He Will Be 'Leaving My Great Business in Total'
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M.N.: Very good photo, I really like it: he looks very expressive, conveying the range of the complex and contradictory emotions: e.g. anger, hurt, power, strength, persistence, search for understanding and support - political "love", etc., and above all - sincerity, or so I hope, shackled forever by my illusions. 


 ‘If this photo had a caption, it would be: “Honey! What are you doing back so early?”’ Donald Trump with Mitt Romney. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images
A follow-up photo from "The Guardian", apparently of the same dinner: playful, jovial, warm, enjoys the game. 

Steven Mnuchin Is Donald Trump’s Expected Choice for Treasury Secretary

  1. Hence, legal documents are being crafted which take me completely out of business operations. The Presidency is a far more important task!
  2. do this under the law, I feel it is visually important, as President, to in no way have a conflict of interest with my various businesses..
  3. great business in total in order to fully focus on running the country in order to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! While I am not mandated to ....
  4. I will be holding a major news conference in New York City with my children on December 15 to discuss the fact that I will be leaving my ...
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Trump says he will leave his businesses “in total” in order to “fully focus” on running the country:


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M.N.: A man stole a bucket of gold flakes valued at $1.6 million (on 9.29.16) in midtown Manhattan, and the police is "still looking for him". - And how would you interpret this?!

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Bucket of gold flakes valued at $1.6 million stolen from truck

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man stole an aluminum bucket full of gold flakes valued at $1.6 million from the back of an unattended truck in midtown Manhattan on ...

Bucket of gold flakes valued at $1.6 million stolen from truck

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(CNN)There's a reason you aren't supposed to leave vehicles unattended in the middle of New York. You never know how valuable their contents can be.
A man stole an aluminum bucket full of gold flakes valued at $1.6 million from the back of an unattended truck in midtown Manhattan on September 29. The pail weighed approximately 86 pounds.
An armored truck company was making a pickup and left the back of the truck open and unattended in front of 48 West 48th St. between 5th and 6th avenues. In the time the truck was left alone, a man was able to walk up and make off with some of its precious cargo.
Surveillance video showed a man taking a bucked off the back of the truck.
Surveillance video showed a man taking a bucked off the back of the truck.
In surveillance footage released by the New York Police Department, a man walks up to the back of the truck, grabs the bucket, and shuffles off with it in broad daylight. At first, he's about to walk past the truck, but then he notices the unattended bucket and makes a turn to grab it. The video shows two men chatting in front of the truck as the suspect walks away with the gold.
The men don't seem to notice the gold disappearing. In the footage, the thief can be seen struggling under the weight of the loot.
The NYPD is still looking for the thief. He is described as a Hispanic male who is about 5 feet 6 inches tall, 150 pounds and between 50 and 60 years old.
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B Strong Zip Hoodie


M.N.: Not bad, looks real strong, but somewhat empty, like a straw-man. Be strong and bright, "Brightbart": I did pitch in some help with your ad (you probably need it, to uplift your bottom line), maybe someone will buy it, but not me: your empty hoodie looks too flimsy, of too mediocre a quality, and too zipped up, to my taste; and your "B" looks like a grade mark (which is not bad at all, but still it is not "A") and it is somewhat more scratched than it should be. But do be strong, and do be bright: you need it. 
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Hillary Clinton has been out and about of late, enjoying her time in retirement.

M.N.: You look good, Hillary! And even better without any makeup: more natural and more yourself. We love you even more, and no matter what.

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slasher should not have been in our country, says Trump


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M.N.: Somehow, the NYT caught some wind into its sails (from their desk fans, probably), and decided to rail a bit, within the limits of its self-imposed editorial propriety, against the Twitter-In-Chief: 

"He tweets, he posts, he incites. He trolls. He commands a global platform and will soon be America’s commander in chief. But it has to be said, and said again: This is not normal. It demeans the presidency."

I dare to disagree with this, and the most emph-emph-emphatically: Let the man tweet! He is entitled to! Do not try to deprive him of the opportunities that you fully enjoy yourselves and more. Dig deeper, the NYT! Unleash your fork-shaped tongue! Bite! Release your poisons to the fullest, we will collect them and send the package to the pharmacy, to be processed into the healing social medicine. Return to sailing in the open ocean! 
And now they will say that I am trying to incite the NYT! 

Mr. Trump, Meet the Constitution - The New York Times

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When Donald Trump, hand on the Bible on Jan. 20, swears to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, we the people will have good reason to doubt he knows what he’s talking about. Consider what he tweeted out on Tuesday:
“Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag - if they do, there must be consequences - perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!”
Here’s where we explain what shouldn’t need explaining. Flag-burning is constitutionally protected speech. The Supreme Court has made this clear, in a ruling joined by Mr. Trump’s favorite justice, Antonin Scalia. It’s popular to want to punish flag-burners — pandering politicians, including Hillary Clinton, have tried. But the First Amendment exists to protect unpopular, even repulsive forms of expression. As the Supreme Court said in a 1990 decision finding a federal law against flag-burning unconstitutional, “Punishing desecration of the flag dilutes the very freedom that makes this emblem so revered, and worth revering.”
It’s interesting that so many of the people who are eager to punish flag-burners, like Mr. Trump, are at the same time so untroubled by speech that offends minorities, women and other Americans. They rail against any concern about that kind of speech as “political correctness.” But in this country, flag-burning is about as politically incorrect as anything you can do. Where is their courageous defense of speech now? Isn’t Mr. Trump the man who stood up for the freedom to say brutally unpleasant things? Who said, at the Republican convention: “I will present the facts plainly and honestly. We cannot afford to be so politically correct anymore.”
The court, by the way, has also declared that citizenship cannot be stripped away, not by Congress or the president, not in this democracy.
Some may choose to read Mr. Trump’s social-media rants as relatively meaningless — the ramblings of a sleepless id, unmoored from thought or knowledge but tuned to Fox News, which apparently was airing a piece on college flag-burners at about the time Mr. Trump sent his tweet.
But we don’t have the luxury of merely mocking someone who is now as powerful as Mr. Trump. Before you tune him out, remember what the right-wing propaganda site Breitbart was celebrating on Tuesday — that Mr. Trump’s social-media presence allows him to get his message to millions, bypassing “corporate media.” He has more than 16 million Twitter followers. With Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, he can feed lies and ignorance directly to 36 million people.
He tweets, he posts, he incites. He trolls. He commands a global platform and will soon be America’s commander in chief. But it has to be said, and said again: This is not normal. It demeans the presidency.
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