Rob’s Weekly News Wrap-up, 01/11- 01/18

My week closed with a day of doctor’s appointments and chores.

I’ve started a memoir so I’m thinking about limiting myself to
posting twice a week.

Or maybe three times.

Today is the day of the 2019 Women’s March.

Scanned handout from the 2017 Women’s March

I hope a trumped-up right-wing non-controversy doesn’t suppress turnout.

I’ll have photos and videos by this evening.

The week was a frenzy of news, most of it bad for Trump and the GOP.

Trump is losing support from his base and the new freshman democrats in
the House have made a laughing-stock of Mitch McConnell.

#WheresMitch

The week closed with the revelation that Trump may have ordered Michael Cohen to lie to Congress; or maybe not.

We are in the longest most damaging government shut-down in US history and most Americans are too savvy to buy GOP attempts blame Democrats.

2019-01-14 most americans blame president donald trump, gop for shutdown polls morning joe msnbc - youtube
Most Americans blame the Trump GOP for Shutdown

The President is holding us hostage and demanding a ransom of five billion dollars from the House. He is also creating a crisis to distract us from the fact that he is under investigation for conspiring to defraud the American People.

To quote Stephen Colbert:

“That looks bad, but only if we start accepting evidence as proof.”

This list is not complete, there is simply too much news this week

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Precious Illusion

as I watched

your photograph fade

and

disintegrate

I wept because

I knew

it was

the last time I’d

see you

(c) Rob Goldstein January 2019

A scan of a weathered photograph of a young woman in her teens
Sandy at 17

 

This month marks the second anniversary of my Sister’s death. I need to take a few days off from my blog to let myself grieve.

I’ll be back soon…

Rob

Rob’s Weekly News Wrap-up 12/21-12/28

The “Elves” are citizen activists in the Ukraine and Germany who use their computers to counter Russian propaganda:

Sweden has launched a nationwide school program to teach students to identify Russian propaganda. …In Lithuania, 100 citizen cyber-sleuths dubbed “elves” link up digitally to identify and beat back the people employed on social media to spread Russian disinformation. They call the daily skirmishes “Elves vs. Trolls” (above) ….Consortiums such as StopFake.org, about Ukraine, and Correctiv.org in Germany have sped up fact-checking with new digital tools and with cross-border journalistic partnerships. ….

Democracy Digest

I hope you find this video about the Baltic ‘Elves’ as interesting and inspirational as I did.

This week was dense with news despite the focus of most news outlets on Trump’s shut down of the Federal Government.

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Ari Melber is brilliant

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Rob Goldstein 2018

Uncle Sam Poster made from a public domain template.

Saturday News Wrap Up, 12/01 thru 12/07

These were some of the major news stories in the  United States for the week of 12/01-12/07.

This collection of videos is not comprehensive.

On a personal note, I’m sick with a nasty flu bug so I’m laying low.

Screenshot from the The SDNY Sentencing Memo on Michael Cohen
The SDNY Sentencing Memo on Michael Cohen

Here is the full text of the SDNY sentencing memo on Michael Cohen

George Bush Senior dies at the age of 94 – BBC News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The CIA’s Evidence Linking Saudi Crown Prince to Khashoggi Killing
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Dow plummets on US-China trade worries December 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the chart that just created widespread panic on Wall Street
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 North Carolina election fraud investigation focuses on absentee ballots
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Internal Facebook Emails Released: What They Reveal
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John Brennan: President Donald Trump Showing Us He’s Incompetent | Morning Joe | MSNBC 12/07

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Experts: Mueller, Feds Just Upped Trump’s ‘Legal Exposure’ | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC  12/07

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mueller says Manafort lied about contacts with Trump administration in 2018 CNN 12/07

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Cohen Told Robert Mueller About Contacts Between Trump Aides And Russia | Hardball | MSNBC 12/07

 

 

 

 

 

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James Comey speaks out after closed-door hearing with lawmakers 12/07