July 31, 2018
by Doug “Uncola” Lynn:
(This Full List is a reference for THIS SHORTER LIST)
The American Experiment
1.) The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head, Scott Pruitt, was publically harassed at a restaurant by a school teacher whose young son loves animals and clean water. However, although President Trump said Mr. Pruitt had “done a really good job with deregulating the government” and “to allow for a thriving economy” the EPA administrator announced his resignation on July 5th, amid no less than 19 open EPA Inspector General investigations.
2.) A U.S. Secret Service officer was injured in an assault while on patrol outside the White House shortly after a major immigration rally.
3.) Economists at S&P Global claimed higher spending on gas could offset one-third of the gains from Trump’s tax cuts; with low- and middle-income families feeling the pinch much more than higher-income earners.
4.) Two days prior to the Fourth of July, vandals threw a brick through the window of the Nebraska Republican Party’s headquarters in Lincoln, Nebraska and spray-painted “ABOLISH ICE” in blood-red capital letters there.
5.) Trump’s Department of Education said it will begin directing schools and colleges to adopt race-neutral admissions standards.
6.) Gallup, Inc. claimed 2018’s Fourth of July marked a low point in U.S. patriotism with a record-low 47% of Americans saying they were “extremely proud” of their country.
7.) In the Democratic National Committee’s annual Fourth of July statement, chairman Tom Perez said “our most fundamental values are under attack” and lamented the “problems” of low-paying jobs, health care, immigration, injustice to people of color and members of the LGBTQ community, a recent Supreme Court decision on public unions, and the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. He also expressed concerns that “thousands of children have been separated from their parents at our southern border,” and added:
At our highest court, workers’ rights are being taken away, voting rights are under assault, Muslim Americans are being discriminated against for their faith, and women’s right to choose is under threat like never before.
8.) A triggered member of the Green Party of Texas named Kino Ahuitzotl Jimenez, who was seemingly angered over President Donald Trump’s lack of tolerance, attacked a teenager for wearing a MAGA hat in a local Whataburger restaurant; evidently, because that type of apparel must not be tolerated.
9.) In the aftermath of Rep. Maxine Waters calling for unwarranted harassment of Trump administration officials, nearly 200 black female leaders and allies wrote a letter to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer excoriating them for their “failure” to protect Rep. Maxine Waters from “unwarranted attacks from the Trump administration and others in the GOP”.
10.) President Trump said he would offer Sen. Elizabeth Warren $1 million to prove her Native American heritage.
11.) A Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll showed immigration as a top issue for U.S. voters, with the economy as a close second.
12.) Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s district logged over 16,000 feces complaints in one week as Democrat Maxine Waters’ district was labeled a shithole.
13.) Aides described the President Trump as “personally invested in the 32-point plan” for massive federal reform.
14.) Texas land owners reported receiving letters from the government notifying them that their land will be surveyed for “tactical infrastructure, such as a border wall”.
15.) As President Trump nominated U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court who believes judges must “interpret the U.S. Constitution as written” and “not make law”, the Democrats, in turn, vowed “the fight of a lifetime” to keep Kavanaugh off the Supreme Court. Senate Democrats later conspired in a plan to stall Kavanaugh’s nomination process.
16.) President Trump pardoned Oregon cattle ranchers Dwight Hammond and his son whose case led to the armed 41-day occupation of the Federal Government’s land, where one occupier, Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, was shot dead by Government Administrators over cattle grazing rights on the Federal Government’s breeding ground for greater sandhill cranes and other native birds.
17.) A survey by the Pew Research Center revealed that President Trump is as popular as Obama was in the middle of his first term.
18.) Republican alarm bells were sounded upon reports of Democrats having registered 12 million more voters.
19.) It was reported that a huge child-sex-trafficking ring was exposed by Trump’s enforcement of the Zero-Tolerance border policy.
20.) The New York Times reported that President Trump had raised more than $88 million for his re-election campaign over the last year and a half, giving him a dramatic head start on prospective Democratic challengers in the 2020 race.
21.) A newspaper in Idaho reported that two security experts from the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory lost a small store of radioactive plutonium in March, 2017 which was “now part of a much larger amount of plutonium that over the years has gone quietly missing from stockpiles owned by the U.S. military, often without any public notice”.
22.) After the Trump-Putin meeting in Helsinki, Pulitzer-Prize-winning conservative columnist, George Will, called Trump a “sad, embarrassing wreck of a man”.
23.) A few days after the Trump-Putin meeting in Helsinki, The Rasmussen Reports revealed a Presidential Tracking Poll that showed 44% of Likely U.S. Voters approved of President Trump’s job performance; with Fifty-four percent (54%) disapproving.
24.) Non-citizens legally registered to vote in San Francisco school elections as Republicans pushed back against the “noncitizen voting push in liberal jurisdictions”.
25.) The deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), claimed that national borders create “an injustice”.
26.) July was revealed to have been a “busy month for illegal immigrants committing heinous crimes” as “an illegal immigrant who had been deported eleven times attacked his wife with a chainsaw in front of their children, another got charged with a series of violent rapes and dozens were arrested for operating a major human and drug smuggling enterprise in a major U.S. city”.
27.) Authorities in Sioux Falls, South Dakota arrested a 43-year-old man after they found explosive devices at his residence, as well as ammonium nitrate, aluminum powder, firearms, and multiple items related to the anti-fascist militant group, Antifa.
28.) Students at Lee University in Tennessee petitioned to override Vice President Mike Pence’s First Amendment right because they perceived his political views as being at odds with Christian values” and accused Pence of “outright bigotry against the working and poor classes, the “LGBTQI+ community, immigrants, and the black community”.
29.) A joint investigation by the Washington Examiner and the nonprofit watchdog group Judicial Watch found that former President Clinton gave 215 speeches and earned $48 million while his wife presided over U.S. foreign policy, raising questions about whether the Clintons fulfilled ethics agreements related to the Clinton Foundation during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.
30.) A report from the Migration Policy Institute found that 22% of the U.S. population does not speak English at home.
31.) The Denver Post published a letter from a Lakewood, Colorado resident calling President Trump a traitor, and that “Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were executed” based on less evidence than what she claimed the Trump administration had done.
32.) Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was destroyed with a pickaxe. The stars of Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, and Kevin Spacey were not damaged in the least.
33.) As California Rep. Maxine Waters said that Americans should be “out in the streets screaming” about President Trump, a Marine veteran and a man wearing a Trump shirt were violently attacked in Los Angeles.
34.) The Wall Street Journal reported on parents paying videogame tutors $20 an hour so children will fare better on “a social proving ground”.
35.) According to a new analysis by David Wasserman of the Cook Political Report, the Democrats “remain substantial favorites for House control” because “Republicans are defending 42 open or vacant seats, a record since at least 1930”.
36.) President Trump tweeted that he would be willing to “shut down” government if the Democrats did not give Republicans the votes for Border Security, which includes the Wall. He added:
Please understand, there are consequences when people cross our Border illegally, whether they have children or not – and many are just using children for their own sinister purposes. Congress must act on fixing the DUMBEST & WORST immigration laws anywhere in the world! Vote “R”
37.) Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said border “wall funding looked unlikely to be included in the current legislation”.
38.) Americans for Prosperity, the network backed by billionaire industrialist Charles Koch, said pro-growth Democrats may also get their support. In response, Trump called the Koch brothers a “total joke” and “Two nice guys with bad ideas”, who “want to protect their companies outside the U.S. from being taxed,” while Trump supports the American worker.
39.) There were reports of a violent Portland, Oregon Antifa cell planning a “direct confrontation” with participants of an upcoming pro-Trump rally.
40.) Republican strategists claimed President Trump’s approval was sinking “in some educated, affluent congressional districts with lots of independent voters the party needs to hold the House”. The “current anguish” of the Republican strategists was due to the fact they have swallowed hook-line-and-sinker the Mainstream Media’s false narratives of “Trump’s decision to separate families crossing illegally into the United States” and “his performance at the Helsinki summit”.
Capitalism & Marxism
41.) The Wall Street Journal reported that retail mall vacancies hit a six-year high as online shopping took “a toll”.
42.) Socialist Democrats claimed the socialist former presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, was “too right-wing”.
43.) More protests took place in the socialist nation Venezuela as the country began running out of water.
44.) Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman, Tom Perez, declared the Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to be the future of the Democratic Party.
45.) It was reported that the US trade deficit plunged the most in 10 years.
46.) It was reported by the U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics that the economy added 213,000 jobs in June; and the number of employed Americans was 155,576,000, setting its tenth record of the Trump presidency.
47.) Democrats saw nothing positive in the new June jobs report that highlighted 213,000 new jobs and issued a statement criticizing President Trump’s jobs agenda as “reckless”.
48.) U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data showed the national seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for Hispanics and Latinos in the U.S. labor force fell to the lowest level on record.
49.) It was reported that hyperinflation hit 46,305% in Venezuela as food prices soared 183% in one month.
50.) The Census Bureau released data showing the U.S. merchandise trade deficit with China set a record through May, hitting $152,237,500,000 for the first five months of 2018.
51.) Rising gas prices raised concerns for the U.S. economy amid unease over rising inflation and President Trump’s escalating trade war with China.
52.) It was reported that hope for income growth collapsed as real wages stagnated for the second month in a row.
53.) The rich became richer as JP Morgan posted a record second-quarter profit on an unexpected jump in trading revenue.
54.) A Commerce Department report said strong retail sales suggested robust economic growth in the second quarter; even as “the department store apocalypse” was reported to now taking its toll on New York City.
55.) Speaking at the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in South Africa, Former President Obama raised the notion of a universal guaranteed income as a way to reduce what he called “yawning disparities in wealth, education, and security across different socioeconomic groups”. Obama also chided wealthy individuals for their big houses before returning home to his “$8.1 million eight-bedroom, nine-and-a-half bathroom mansion in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the world”.
56.) The new darling of the Democratic Party, Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, said: “Capitalism will not always exist”.
57.) Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the U.S. economy was growing ‘considerably stronger’ and backed more interest rate hikes.
58.) The Wall Street Journal reported expectations by the Trump administration for annual budget deficits to rise nearly $100 billion more than previously forecast in each of the next three years, pushing the federal deficit above $1 trillion starting next year.
59.) After President Trump Tweeted that “China, EU are manipulating their currencies” and that “Fed “tightening now hurts all that we have done”, the U.S. dollar tumbled; because truth should be seen but not heard. Trump also added that “the U.S. should be allowed to recapture what was lost due to illegal currency manipulation and BAD Trade Deals” and said:
Debt coming due & we are raising rates – Really?
60.) As the Associated Press (AP) reported that Democratic socialism was surging in the age of Trump, former FBI Director, James Comey, implored his perceived saviors in the Democrat Party to “dump the Socialist Left” because “America’s great middle wants sensible, balanced, ethical leadership”.
61.) In an interview on CNBC, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) said that Democrats will end the Trump tax cuts if they take power in November and also promoted a 50% tax hike on American earners.
62.) The White House announced a $12 billion “short-term” stimulus plan to help US farmers hurt by China’s “illegal” retaliatory tariffs.
63.) After people threatened to boycott Netflix in the wake of the Obamas signing a deal with the streaming service a report in mid-July showed that Netflix stock lost 4.3% ahead of earnings.
64.) Facebook stock entered bear market territory, losing 20 percent off its 52-week high as the company’s daily active users declined and its worldwide daily user growth slid for its sixth straight quarter. The more than 100 billion dollar rout was reported as the biggest loss in stock market history.
65.) Unsurprisingly, The New York Times blamed Russian fake news and the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica (i.e. alleged scandal of data-harvesting on behalf of Donald Trump) for Facebook’s stock rout instead of the company’s increasingly Orwellian inclinations.
66.) Twitter shares crashed 17% after a drop in users as the social media company warned that more declines were expected.
67.) It was reported that California, Illinois, New Jersey and New York were “drowning in irretrievable debt” and are unable to make pension payments to retired government workers.
68.) As America’s second-quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP) jumped 4.1%, The New York Times warned its readers: “don’t expect the boom to last” because the growth was skewed by “a surge in soybean shipments” in advance of “President Trump’s trade policies”.
69.) It was reported that household debt in the United Kingdom was “worse than at any time on record”.
70.) As the Trump administration grappled with a mushrooming budget deficit, the U.S. Treasury raised its 2018 borrowing need to $1.33 trillion.
71.) Foreign ministers from China, France, Germany, Russia and the U.K. convened in Vienna, for the first time without the U.S., in order “to ensure the continued implementation” of the Iran Nuclear Accord.
72.) A secret 2006 U.S. Government document was revealed describing a plan to destabilize the nation of Syria by using extremists, Muslim Brotherhood, and elections.
73.) It was reported that radioactive material was stolen from vehicle in Mexico City.
74.) In early July, another “238 Christians were killed and churches desecrated by Muslims” in the west African nation of Nigeria; bringing “the death toll of Christians to more than 6,000 since the start of 2018”. The genocide has been ignored by the international community.
75.) European Union leaders announced that officials from the EU and China were coming together to strengthen and protect their international trade relations from Trump’s “America First” agenda.
76.) Claiming that the Brexit “dream is dying” and that Britain was waving “white flags in talks with Brussels”, two men in Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet resigned in protest.
77.) At the NATO Summit in Belgium on July 11, 2018 President Trump told the Secretary General of NATO that it was “totally unfair to the American taxpayer to have to pay to defend Germany from Russia, only to have Germany turn around a pay billions for fuel to Russia and that “something’s got to be done about this”.
78.) “A week after North Korea reportedly lashed out at the US for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s ‘extremely troubling’ insistence that it abandon its nuclear program and its weapons before economic sanctions are lifted – raising suspicions that China had asked Kim to put the breaks on the detente as trade tensions escalated” – North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un thanked President Trump for his “strong will” and “sincere efforts” in a formal letter.
79.) While “England happily, willingly, takes endless numbers of moon-cult worshiping savages that throw acid in women’s faces, mutilate their vulvas, and force them to wear black garbage bags in public”, it was blogged that “a plane flying from Iceland to England was turned away because a single internet blogger had been banned from England for ‘misogynist’ writings”.
80.) President Donald Trump told the U.K. Prime Minister, Theresa May, “how to do Brexit, but she wrecked it” before announcing that the “U.S. trade deal was off”.
81.) The New York Times admitted that: “Trump Got From NATO Everything Obama Ever Asked For”.
82.) U.K. Prime Minister, Theresa May, warned that Brexit might not happen at all.
83.) In an interview with CBS Evening News anchor Jeff Glor in Scotland, President Trump named the European Union his “biggest foe globally right now”.
84.) “Unless more than 10,000 migrants are deported per year”, Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini claimed it would take “50 years to expel a backlog of 500,00 illegal immigrants” there.
85.) Just as Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, “appeared to be laughing at” President Trump and “playing to his audience of the intellectual elite in a manner that was sure to infuriate Trump” during an interview with Andrea Mitchell at the Aspen Security Forum – Mitchell informed Coats that the White House had just invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to Washington, D.C., for a second meeting this fall.
86.) During an interview with CNBC, President Trump warned Russian President Vladimir Putin: if their dealings don’t “work out”, Trump will be the worst enemy Putin’s ever had.
87.) Knife attacks, gun attacks, rape attacks, and homicide, continued to rapidly rise in England; quite possibly due in part to “Leftist London Mayor Sadiq Khan” doing everything in his power to cut “police stop and search tactics” that have “unfairly targeted minority ethnic groups” before “reversing his stance as crime began to surge”.
88.) In response to Iranian President Rouhani’s warning to U.S. President Donald Trump that hostile policies could lead to the “mother of all wars”, Trump Tweeted back in all capital letters that Rouhani better stop the threats or suffer historic consequences; as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, lowered the boom on Putin and put Iran on notice.
89.) Two days after he sent an all-caps warning of future conflict with Iran, President Donald Trump “tempered his threatening rhetoric” and said “his administration stands ready for Iran to come back to the negotiating table”.
90.) U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said North Korea was making bomb fuel despite their denuclearization pledge.
91.) The EU chief caved-in to Trump’s art of the deal and pledged to lower trade barriers with the US.
92.) It was reported that the Trump administration was quietly pushing ahead with a bid to create a new security and political alliance with six Gulf Arab states, Egypt and Jordan, in part to counter Iran’s expansion in the region.
93.) It was reported that the city of Paris, France had 300,000 illegal immigrants crammed into just one tiny suburb.
94.) Charges against President Trump’s accuser, Stormy Daniels, were dropped on a technicality following her July 12, 2018 arrest at an Ohio strip club as part of a human trafficking and prostitution sting. According to the arrest report, Daniels “was observed using her bare breasts to smack patrons, as well as grab the breasts of female patrons”.
95.) It was reported that “President Donald Trump’s longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, secretly recorded a conversation with Trump two months before the presidential election in which they discussed payments to a former Playboy model”. In response, Trump waived his attorney-client privilege on the secret recordings and Tweeted that he “did nothing wrong”. It was later reported that U.S. Prosecutors were reviewing 12 audio recordings seized in the April 2018 raid of Cohen’s home, office and hotel room.
96.) CNN broadcast an audio recording of Presidential Candidate Donald Trump discussing with his attorney Michael Cohen how they would buy the rights to a Playboy model’s story about an alleged affair Trump had with her years earlier.
The President & the Porn Star
97.) In the investigation of President Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, it was revealed that federal prosecutors had 1.3 million of Cohen’s files.
98.) President Donald Trump’s longtime lawyer Michael Cohen hired Lanny Davis who once served as special counsel to former President Bill Clinton.
99.) President Trump’s attorney and spokesman, Rudy Giuliani, said Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen should cooperate with federal investigators.
The President, Lawyers, Spies, & Media Lies
100.) To insure cooperation in the Russia probe, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) threatened to subpoena officials of the Obama Administration. Nunes also said: “We’re not going to be threatened by the Democrats. They’re the ones that have all this blood on their hands.”
101.) Ten days after Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) told Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to release whatever evidence he had in the Russia investigation and “finish it the hell up because this country is being torn apart”, Special Counsel Robert Mueller tapped even more prosecutors to help with his growing Trump probe. According to Bloomberg’s update on the inquisition of Trump’s suspected treason with Russia:
…more money is being spent on work done by permanent Department of Justice units than on Mueller’s own dedicated operation. The DOJ units spent $9 million from the investigation’s start in May 2017 through March of this year, compared with $7.7 million spent by Mueller’s team.
102.) Two days after America celebrated Independence Day, it was reported that Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manfort, remained in solitary confinement.
103.) In apparent “violation of Justice Department policies and, perhaps, legal prohibitions on disclosure of grand jury secrets”, claims were bolstered that AP reporters and FBI agents colluded in a conspiracy against Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.
104.) In her to excuse avoiding testimony before congress, former FBI attorney Lisa Page was reported to have lied about her access to FBI documentation and later reported that the DOJ had not notified Page of Congress’ outstanding requests to interview her for over seven months.
105.) In his testimony before Congress former FBI agent Peter Strzok said he was instructed by FBI Counsel not to answer questions about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation before insisting that “he never allowed personal opinions to influence his work”.
106.) During Peter Strzok’s testimony to Congress, Jim Jordon (R-Ohio) got the former FBI agent to admit that the FBI received the Hillary Clinton Funded “Golden Shower” dossier on Trump from the FBI’s Bruce Orr (whose wife worked for Fusion GPS) – which was an astounding admission on internal collusion – before Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) interrupted the exchange.
107.) Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas said during the hearing with former FBI official, Peter Strzok, that the Inspector General discovered that nearly all of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails were sent to a foreign entity and that the FBI didn’t follow-up on that finding.
108.) Furthermore, it was revealed that Strzok, himself, actually knew Clinton’s emails were in the hands of a foreign entity, that a whistleblower from the State Department tried delivering significant evidence in the Clinton email investigation which went nowhere, and that Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, was called four times from someone wanting to brief him about this, and he never returned the call.
109.) In an effort to divert publicity away from the Capitol Hill testimony of disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok, and to subvert President Trump’s efforts toward peace with Russia, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the Mueller Investigation’s single indictment of Twelve Russian intelligence officers for alleged election hacking under President Obama’s watch; even though, according to Rosenstein , “no American was a knowing participant” in the Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election and there was “no allegation in the indictment of any effect on the outcome of the election” .
110.) Regarding the Russia indictment, President Trump Tweeted questions as to “why didn’t Obama do something”, especially when it was reported that President Obama was informed by the FBI in September , before the election”. Trump also Tweeted these questions: “Where is the DNC Server, and why didn’t the FBI take possession of it? Deep State?
111.) In the wake of Robert Mueller’s 29-page (evidence free) indictment of 12 Russians for election hacking, some in the media once more began to question the extent of American involvement.
112.) The veteran GOP political operative, Roger Stone, said he was the ‘US person’ mentioned in the Mueller indictment of the 12 Russians.
113.) Initial claims were made that Republicans were preparing to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein because they felt Rosenstein had “continually stonewalled their investigation into corruption at the FBI” but Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) later ruled out the possibility of impeaching Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, saying there was “not enough support for his ouster”.
114.) In the aftermath of FBI agent Peter Strzok’s appearance before Congress, the full Editorial Board of The Wall Street Journal said: “President Trump will have to declassify a host of documents if he wants Americans to learn the truth about what happened in 2016”.
115.) Former CIA Officer and whistleblower Kevin Shipp says what Hillary Clinton did with her charity and Uranium One is the biggest espionage case involving government officials in the history of this country, and “that James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, was protecting her and leaking things to the media and lying” and that John Brennan, Director of the CIA, protected “her by starting a false investigation (on Trump) and stirring things up with this (false/unverified) dossier”
116.) The evening before his historic meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Trump lamented the “hatred and dissension” in the U.S. and Tweeted that “no matter what he achieves in Helsinki, journalists will bash him for being not good enough or for kowtowing to Putin.
117.) There was speculation in the media that President Trump had resisted an interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, leaving the decision on a subpoena before the fall elections.
118.) Just prior to his meet with Russian President Putin, Donald Trump Tweeted:
Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!”
119.) After Trump’s meeting with Putin, the U.S. President called the Russian leader’s denial of election meddling ‘very powerful’ as Putin said he wanted Trump to win and laughed about the “golden showers” dossier.
120.) In the press conference following the Trump-Putin meeting in Helsinki, Trump shocked the Mainstream Media by again raising legitimate (and still unanswered) questions regarding the Democratic National Committee’s missing server and Hillary Clinton’s missing emails; as Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed U.S. intelligence agents funneled $400 Million to the Hillary Clinton Campaign.
121.) The AP later reported on Trump’s “week of walk-backs” on Russia and the Federal Reserve and cited the Russian general prosecutor’s office retraction of Vladimir Putin’s claims of his Helsinki reference to $400 million being funneled to Hillary Clinton because, according to the AP: “The notion of a $400 million donation to the Democrat’s campaign would be out of the question”.
122.) In the immediate aftermath of the Trump-Putin meeting, the Obama Administration’s CIA director, John Brennan, charged that President Trump’s post-summit press conference with Russia President Vladimir Putin was an act of treason; as disgraced former FBI Director, James Comey, called for a coup against the sitting president by means of patriots standing up and rejecting Trump’s behavior.
123.) In a continuing effort to demonstrate his unquestionable professionalism and complete lack of bias, former FBI Director, James Comey, also Tweeted that “anyone voting Republican this fall is un-American”.
124.) On the day of the Trump-Putin meeting, the New York Times offended many in the LGBT community by posting a homophobic cartoon of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin as gay lovers.
125.) “Just days after special counsel Robert Mueller charged 12 Russian intelligence officials with directing a sprawling hacking effort aimed at swaying the 2016 election” and “just hours after President Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin”, federal prosecutors charged an alleged Russian agent and “Gun Rights Activist”, named Maria Butina, for using the National Rifle Association (NRA) as a conduit to influence members of the Republican Party. It was later discovered that Butina had high-level contacts in Washington DC; even taking part in 2015 meetings between a visiting Russian official and two senior officials at the U.S. Federal Reserve and Treasury Department.
126.) In the wake of the Trump-Putin meeting, Russia’s elite and media celebrated the meeting as victory for Putin and “an end to the West’s attempt to isolate Russia”, as U.S. cable news networks saw “the apocalypse”, Trump as a worse-case-scenario Russian mole, and Trump’s performance as an act that will ‘Live in Infamy’ as much as Pearl Harbor or Kristallnacht.
127.) Former U.S. President Barack Obama, while on foreign soil, also disparaged “strongman politics” and called today’s times “strange and uncertain,” before adding that “each day’s news cycle is bringing more head-spinning and disturbing headlines.”
128.) The day following his meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump Tweeted that the “Fake News is going crazy!” as Democrats demanded the Trump-Putin interpreter to testify before Congress , and a bookmaker increased the chances of Trump being impeached.
129.) It was reported that Vladimir Putin gave Trump 160 terabytes of communication intercepts of all people behind fake “Russia Collusion” and more.
130.) President Trump was asked by a pool reporter whether Russia is still “targeting” the United States, and Trump said “no”. But later, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that Trump was saying “no” to more questions, and not answering the specific question about Russia.
131.) As former top FBI lawyer Lisa Page testified during two days of closed-door House hearings, it was revealed the FBI concealed information showing the Chinese acquisition of “classified and top secret intelligence” from Hillary Clinton’s “home-brewed private server”.
132.) During a Q&A with CNN’s Lester Holt at the Aspen Security Forum, FBI Chief Christopher Wray threatened to quit if Trump invited Russian agents to the U.S. and said:
I do not believe Special Counsel Mueller is on a witch hunt. I think it is a professional investigation conducted by a man I’ve known to be a straight shooter.
133.) President Trump hinted at a second summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin as he, again, blasted Fake News as the “real enemy of the people”.
134.) Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office released an itemized list of more than 500 pieces of evidence that prosecutors are considering for use against Paul Manafort as the former Trump aide’s Washington D.C. trial approaches.
135.) At the Aspen Security Forum , CIA Director Mike Pompeo said: “I don’t love WikiLeaks”, and that “WikiLeaks wants to take down America and will work with anyone to do so“.
136.) It was reported that Ecuador would soon hand over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to authorities in the United Kingdom.
137.) As it was announced that Special Counsel Robert Mueller would give Democratic lobbyist, Tony Podesta, immunity to testify against Trump’s former campaign chair, Paul Manafort, claims were made that the Deep State was “using the Mueller probe to protect Clinton insiders from criminal investigation”.
138.) Just as senior U.S. intelligence officials warned that the country was at a “critical point facing unprecedented cyberthreats”, three of the top cybersecurity officials at the FBI said they were retiring from government service. According to “people familiar with the matter”, the departures came as cyberattacks were a “major concern for the country’s security agencies, including Russia’s ongoing attacks on the American political system”; and, also, “as the FBI is facing regular criticism from President Donald Trump and his supporters”.
139.) An author by the name of Tim Wiener, who won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for reporting and writing on American intelligence, wrote the following in a Reuters commentary:
…Trump has made real enemies in the realm of American national security. He has struck blows against their empire. One way or another, the empire will strike back.
140.) The Wall Street Journal identified former CIA Director John Brennan as an “Obama-Clinton partisan” who “was pushing information to the FBI and pressuring it to act” and who “then took the lead on shaping the narrative that Russia was interfering in the election… which quickly evolved into the Trump-collusion narrative”.
141.) Former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper admitted in a CNN interview that former President Obama instigated the ongoing investigations into Donald Trump and those in his orbit.
142.) In an example of apparent selective cooperation, the Department of Justice released a heavily redacted copy of the Carter Page FISA warrant application and several renewals to The New York Times, which accused Page of being a Russian spy; even though Page hasn’t been charged in the nearly two years since the application was filed with any of the allegations contained therein.
143.) The National Review’s Andrew McCarthy described why the FISA applications on Carter Page confirmed the FBI’s reliance on the unverified Steele Dossier.
144.) It was revealed that Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson doubted the credibility of a source for the unverified Steele Dossier.
145.) As the DoJ released the redacted FISA applications on former Trump aide Carter Page, President Trump Tweeted that it was “Looking more & more like the Trump Campaign for President was illegally being spied upon (surveillance) for the political gain of Crooked Hillary Clinton and the DNC”, before Republican Senator Marco Rubio refuted Trump’s contentions by telling CBS’s “Face the Nation” that he “wouldn’t consider that spying on a campaign”. Rubio’s soundbite refutation was then conveniently proliferated all throughout the mainstream media to counter the reporting of Trump’s Tweet on Spygate.
146.) Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said during a Fox News Sunday interview that President Donald Trump’s advisers should consider leaving the White House if Trump “continues to publicly disparage the nation’s intelligence community and cast doubt on the evidence that Russia interfered in the 2016 election” before saying: “if there were any evidence that President Trump committed any crime with regard to Russia, [the Ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee] Adam Schiff would have leaked it”.
147.) It was reported that President Trump was looking into revoking the security clearances of several top Obama-era intelligence and law enforcement officials, including former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former CIA Director John Brennan, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and former Director of National Security Michael Hayden (who worked under President George W. Bush). Of course, Congress pushed back against revoking the clearances.
148.) A federal judge in Alexandria, Virginia, granted the request for five witnesses to testify with immunity in the criminal trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
149.) The New York Times reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller was now examining President Trump’s tweets in a wide-ranging Obstruction of Justice inquiry. But the times did not identify Mueller in that article as the man who delivered highly enriched stolen uranium to Russia in 2009 on behalf of Hillary Clinton.
150.) Pursuant to # 113 above, Republicans began impeachment proceedings against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein before backing down once again; this time saying “contempt charges will do”.
151.) In response to reports of former Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen’s allegation that Trump knew in advance about the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower in which Russians were expected to offer his campaign dirt on Hillary Clinton, Trump denied knowing anything about meeting and called Michael Cohen a liar.
152.) President Trump tweeted that he had “a very good and interesting meeting” at the White House with A.G. Sulzberger, the Publisher of the New York Times, where they discussed “Fake News”. In response to Trump’s tweet, Sulzberger said he warned Trump about his “divisive but increasingly dangerous” language that was putting the lives of journalists at stake which, in turn, caused Trump to tweet that the failing New York times “would never change”.
153.) As the New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger warned President Trump about his “divisive but increasingly dangerous” language that could generate “potential” violence against reporters, it was reported that The New York Times had ignored over 538 violent attacks against Trump supporters since the 2016 election season.
154.) In another Tweetstorm, President Donald Trump challenged Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s “conflicts of interest” and questioned why Mueller wasn’t “looking at all of the criminal activity & real Russian Collusion” by the Democrats.
155.) It was reported that President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, made “six gaffes in 24 hours”.
156.) As President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was due to go on trial on tax and bank fraud charges in Virginia, Trump said his campaign “did not collude with Moscow” and “collusion is not a crime anyway”.
Guns R Us
157.) Just as a headlined-link on The Drudge Report revealed porn websites as dominating online traffic rankings for all internet categories in United States, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared sex addiction a mental-health disorder termed ‘compulsive sexual behaviour’.
158.) It was reported that the United States, under United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, had signed on to a measure to track every gun in America.
159.) Ontario police identified the man responsible for a shooting rampage in Toronto’s Greektown as Faisal Hussain. The Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the shooting. In response to the shooting, Toronto Mayor John Tory told reporters the city has a gun problem, with weapons too readily available to too many people.
160.) Since the tragic shooting in Parkland Florida in February 2018, the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence has tracked and recorded a whopping 55 new gun control measures in 26 states.
161.) By way of a tweet, President Trump appeared to voice his opposition to 3-D printed guns being sold to the public before a Obama-appointed judge issued a restraining order on anyone who would “post that information and make it available to the public”.
Big Brother Cometh
162.) Because a Democratic Party caucus server was replaced by a look-alike, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) stated there was “no evidence” that house computer systems were compromised by Pakistani-American information technology worker Imran Awan. The judge presiding over the case was Tanya Chutka, who was appointed by Obama after years of contributing to him, was a partner at a very Clinton-friendly law firm, and her husband was also appointed by Obama to the D.C. Superior Court in 2011.
163.) On July 4th, 2018 it was reported that a Facebook algorithm flagged the Declaration of Independence as hate speech. Ten days later, Facebook’s non-biased algorithms also censored a new gospel song, entitled “What Would Heaven Look Like”, for political content.
164.) It was revealed that a popular Smart TV application matches content to mobile gadgets, in order to track users track users “in their office, in line at the food truck and on the road as they travel.”
165.) It was revealed that Facebook uses foreign state-run news outlets to online fact-check U.S. “conservative sites into oblivion”.
166.) Just prior to U.S. Independence Day 2018, the Nashville-based group, Wes Cook Band, released their single “I Stand for the Flag” and “planned to promote it for 24 hours using the paid promotion tools” on Facebook. The request was “initially approved and then later rejected” by Facebook citing the video’s “political content”. In response to a public backlash, the company later recanted saying it was determined the video didn’t “need that label”.
167.) In the aftermath of Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) claiming that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had “personally redacted information and threatened House Intelligence Committee staffers” and Republican Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert telling a TV morning show that he believed government personnel working for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein were spying on his office, NBC News reported the following:
Powerful GOP Rep. Jim Jordan accused of turning blind eye to sexual abuse as Ohio State wrestling coach
“It’s sad for me to hear that he’s denying,” said one former wrestler. “I don’t know why he would, unless it’s a cover-up.”
168.) It was later reported that the law firm investigating the accusations against Jim Jordan were also involved in the FISA abuse scandal by assisting both the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee to fund the now discredited Steele Dossier.
169.) Days after the decades old sexual scandal slurs against Republican Congressman Jim Jordan were resurrected in the media, Jordan’s 21 year-old nephew died in a car crash in Illinois.
170.) Research by Ipsos Mori found that only two-thirds of young people, aged between 16 and 22, identified as “exclusively heterosexual”; the lowest figure of any generation.
171.) In contradiction to a White House Assessment that was released April 13, 2018 or days after Trump’s most recent bombing of Syria, a preliminary report by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) found no traces of any nerve agent at the site of a suspected chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma.
172.) It was reported that a group of researchers and students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) had developed an intelligent radar-like technology that made it possible to see through walls to track people as they move around.
173.) After the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that Hispanic unemployment in the United States had reached its lowest level ever, in the 45 years since the agency first started keeping records on the statistic, the findings were ignored by the Spanish television networks, Univision and Telemundo.
174.) Netflix aired a “Salute to Abortion” hosted by “comedian” Michelle Wolf, who closed the segment with a star-spangled, flag-waving, drum corps declaration: “God bless abortion!”.
175.) “Following a year in which YouTube has repeatedly promoted conspiracy theory videos during breaking news events like the shootings in Parkland, Florida, and Las Vegas”, YouTube announced plans to “promote and fund authoritative news”.
176.) Researchers at University College London and the Alan Turing Institute demonstrated that they can identify a twitter user with 96.7% accuracy using only their tweets and publicly available metadata run through a machine-learning algorithm.
177.) Marriott International, the world’s largest hotel chain, announced plans to work in a joint venture with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group to test facial recognition check-ins at two China hotels with ambitions for a global rollout later.
178.) To “help target drivers in the future”, new road signs were revealed that could detect mobile phones being used in vehicles.
179.) Jack Burkman, a Washington-based attorney and lobbyist who has worked with a private investigative team to find the killer of DNC staffer, Seth Rich, claimed to have found a “credible” witness who will identify the murderers as “a current DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) agent” and a “current ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) agent”.
180.) After failing in its efforts to have YouTube shut down the Alex Jones Channel, CNN lobbied Facebook to shut down “fake news and misinformation” from Jones’ website Infowars.
181.) The Wall Street Journal reported that “Always-On” listening devices could soon be everywhere.
182.) Walmart patented an audio surveillance device to monitor employees.
183.) Reports from Australia claimed that “under divisive new regulation, welfare recipients may soon have to have their faces scanned and analysed in order to access their payments”.
184.) In a 2-1 decision, the 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled that TSA screeners are not “investigative or law enforcement officers,” which shields them from any pesky lawsuits under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA).
185.) It was reported that Twitter suspended 58 million accounts “due to the “company’s newly aggressive stance against malicious or suspicious accounts in the wake of Russian disinformation efforts during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign”.
186.) Lawmakers clashed during a contentious hearing over claims that social media platforms and tech companies are biased against conservative viewpoints.
187.) In an Android antitrust case, the European Union fined Google with a record $5 billion for abusing the dominance of its Android mobile operating system; as U.S. President Trump announced to the world: “I told you so”.
188.) Rick Newman, a Senior Columnist for the Finance Division of 5th most visited online platform in the world said President Trump made “Hillary Clinton and her husband Bill look like ethical exemplars” and lamented “Trump’s knifing of American law-enforcement agencies, while on a podium at the Helsinki “summit” with American enemy Vladimir Putin”.
189.) It was discovered that the U.S. Government is very good at tracking Bitcoin.
190.) Just two days after Twitter told Congress that they aren’t politically biased when censoring content, the online social media platform was caught censoring conservative journalists with site-wide shadowbans.
191.) Days later, it was again reported that Twitter was shadow-banning prominent Republicans including the RNC chair and Trump Jr.’s spokesman.
192.) President Donald Trump accused Twitter regarding the company’s “discriminatory and illegal practice,” and vowed in a tweet to “look into” the matter and Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), the Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, said he was looking at “legal remedies” to deal with Twitter’s censorship of conservatives.
193.) A study for the House Judiciary’s Constitution & Civil Justice Subcommittee showed that Facebook has eliminated 93% of traffic to top conservative websites since the 2016 election.
194.) CNN “jumped on yet another fake news bandwagon” in their attempts to convince their dwindling audience that Russian bots were behind the new #WalkAway movement, in order to “wound Dems in midterms.”
195.) In early July, “it came out that among Facebook’s myriad algorithmically induced advertising categories was an entry for users whom the platform’s data mining systems believed might be interested in treason against their government”, causing a contributor writing for Forbes Magazine to question if Facebook was the “ultimate government surveillance tool”.
196.) New York Governor Andrew Cuomo revealed that facial recognition cameras installed at bridge and tunnel toll plazas across New York City were scanning every driver’s face and feeding them into a massive database.
197.) It was reported that big investors were placing their bets on China’s facial recognition start-ups.
198.) A study revealed that immigration had received more airtime on the three broadcast evening news shows than any other policy topic during the 18 months of the Trump presidency with 92% “relentlessly hostile to the administration” and “just 8% positive” while all networks “virtually ignored law enforcement or anyone harmed by illegal immigration”.
199.) A February 2018 study from teams at the University of Oxford and University of Cambridge was reported upon that warned of artificial intelligence being used as a tool to hack into drones and autonomous vehicles, and turning them into potential weapons.
200.) YouTube issued a new strike against Infowars’ Alex Jones’ channel, and removed four videos, which the company cited as hate speech and child endangerment: “Two videos contained hate speech against Muslims, and a third contained hate speech against transgender people, sources said. A fourth showed a child who was pushed to the ground by an adult man, under the headline “How to prevent liberalism.”
201.) Wikipedia placed former Texas Rep. Ron Paul on a list of “American White Supremacists” for three weeks before it was removed in late July.
202.) A Facebook spokesperson confirmed that the social network had enforced a 30-day ban on InfoWars founder Alex Jones for bullying and hate speech.
203.) Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) against Twitter after he discovered that his account was being shadowbanned.
204.) Lawmakers in the United Kingdom said technology firms, like Facebook and others, should be made liable for ‘fake news’ on websites.
205.) In Texas, the city of Austin’s Equity Office suggested renaming seven streets there because Civil War history is not politically correct.
206.) It was reported that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was tracking regular travelers like terrorists in secret surveillance program called “Quiet Skies”.
207.) Researchers at John Hopkins University simulated the spread of a new type of parainfluenza, known as Clade X, and warned how such an outbreak ‘could wipe out 900 million people’.
208.) Twitter hired academics from institutions including Oxford University and the University of Amsterdam to study the spread of “hate speech” and combat “intolerant discourse”. Of course, the woman selected to help Twitter develop the algorithm which will target the “hate speech” was reported as a hardcore leftist who hates President Donald Trump.
209.) According to the first-quarter 2018 Nielsen Total Audience Report, American adults spend over 11 hours per day listening to, watching, reading or generally interacting with media.
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