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Recall message RECALL MESSAGE

Sep 25th, 2019 11:02 am | By

Hilariously, the White House sent talking points about the memorandum to Congress, but they sent it to Democrats by mistake. Ooops!

The White House appeared to accidentally send its talking points on the Ukraine call to House Democrats. The talking points encouraged the president’s allies to argue that there was no direct quid pro quo conveyed in the memo and that the whistleblower complaint was handled “by the book.”

After realizing the error, the White House tried to recall the email to House Democrats. At the risk of stating the obvious: it seems a bit late for that.

Yeah there’s no such thing as “recalling” email, White House. That’s not how any of this works.

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Sure Tori!

makes busy hand gestures as if recalling something

There you go, all done! Message totally recalled!

I hope they understand how not to launch the nukes better than how not to send their talking points to the Dems.



Hey, it’s indirect, ok?

Sep 25th, 2019 10:16 am | By

Oof this is one of those days when you don’t dare close all the news sources and walk away because sheeeee-it.

For instance, the fact that Barr was involved means he had a giant conflict of interest when he ruled on the whistleblower report.

Sean Patrick Maloney: We didn’t know before today that Attorney General Bill Barr was involved in pressuring Ukraine to investigate Biden. He’s the same AG who told Trump not to hand over the whistleblower complaint to Congress. “That’s a conflict. That’s a screaming red light.”

The whistleblower complaint must include Barr, so…yeah.

The Guardian half an hour ago (such old news now) said one of the main stories is the astonishment that the White House thought the memorandum would be good for Trump. It sure as hell astonishes me.

Republican strategist Rick Wilson:

How the fuck did Trump think this transcript was going to help him???

Former FBI agent Asha Rangappa:

Here’s what’s clear: Trump does not observe or recognize important legal distinctions. Not between official business and his campaign. Between private attorney and gov attorneys. Between taxpayer money and his money. Everything is an extension [o]f himself, to be used for his ends.

Former Obama adviser:

The fact that the White House apparently thought this transcript would be a letdown is absolutely chilling. Have they been surrounded by state-sanctioned lawlessness, self-dealing, and corruption for so long that it no longer registers?

Matthew Miller:

I can’t tell whether they actually thought that or are trying to bluff their way through it. This is going to be the ultimate test of the reality distortion field Trump has established over the Republican Party.

Adam Schiff calls it a classic Mafia-like shakedown.

Trump is defending himself with “It wasn’t a direct shakedown.”

“You don’t see a direct quid pro quo in this.” @BretBaier

Wow. That’s it? That’s what he’s going with? He thinks an indirect quid pro quo is ok???

He’s hanging himself. Right now, right in front of us.



We want a favor

Sep 25th, 2019 9:08 am | By

The memorandum of Trump’s gangster conversation with Zelensky is as squalid as everyone expected, and more so.

Like, the opening move to soften him up with “we do a lot for you” – coupled with “that Merkel, she does NOTHING for you, we’re the ones, she’s not, we are.” And then the immediate pivot to “we want a favor.” That part includes the damning “I would like to have the Attorney General call you.” Barr is in it; Barr is even dirtier than we thought. “Whatever you can do, it’s very important that you do it”…if you get my drift.

Also, chillingly, his tweets today indicate that he thinks the redacted memorandum is exculpatory. He thinks we’re going to read it and say oh gee there’s nothing there.

Then there’s bigging up Giuliani, as one might say “Tony is my guy, you don’t want to make Tony mad, trust me.” Giuliani is Trump’s personal lawyer, don’t forget, not a government employee. “I will ask him to call you along with the Attorney General,” Trump says. Yeah, that’s so exculpatory. Godalmighty. Then three sentences later he gets to “There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son” – as if Zelensky is as enthralled by what’s in Trump’s head as Trump is. Who? Who’s Biden? Why are you talking about his son? Can we talk about Ukraine at all? “…that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that” – no they don’t, that’s Trump’s magical “a lot of people” when he means himself trick. “so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great.”

Put that whole sentence together: “There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great.” It’s a crime, it’s stunning, it’s grotesque. (What’s the crime? Soliciting a foreign government for help in an election.)

And in conclusion, to wrap up that paragraph, “Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it… It sounds horrible to me.” Note the … after “look into it” – apparently there’s even more incriminating shit there.

Then he lets Zelensky talk a little then he says: “I will have Mr Giuliani give you a call and I am also going to have Attorney General Barr call and we will get to the bottom of it.” Yes, President Zelenskiy, I will have my personal lawyer and the Attorney General of the United States both give you a call so that they can lean on you in my name to help us damage my political rivals, thanks a lot, love you loads, bye.

It’s just fucking breathtaking. Knowing he did it is one thing and seeing how crude it was even in the redacted version is another.



Guest post: Insane, cult-like, and authoritarian

Sep 25th, 2019 7:37 am | By

Derrick Jensen posted this on Facebook and told us to share widely. I’m making it a guest post for ease of reading.

i just got deplatformed here in Crescent City. the left is insane, cult-like, and authoritarian.

i was asked to do a talk as part of the climate strike. i said yes.

i was volunteering my time.

today i got a note from the “Del Norte Climate Justice Alliance” disinviting me.

here is their note.

Dear Derrick and Heather,

We are cancelling your talk this week for the Week For Future Generations. We would like to be transparent about the reason, the room that you would be using is a room used by students of color, trans, and queer students. This is a community gathering and meeting space that is all inclusive. There was new information brought to our attention that might jeopardize the space, values and standard we have created in this inclusive space.

Sincerely,

i responded

this is appalling.

we can’t talk about the murder of the planet?

Congratulations for continuing to destroy free speech in this country.

you should be ashamed of yourselves.

leftists like Mario Savio who once stood for free speech would certainly be ashamed of you.

and don’t rope ‘people of color’ into your excuse. i’ve written extensively about racism.

yes, i disagree with queer theory and transgender ideology because i stand in support of women.

i can provide cogent critiques of both. i would be delighted to debate you or the person of your choice on those issues.

but of course you won’t agree to that, because deep in your gut you know your positions are indefensible. This is a primary reason queer theorists and transactivists _must_ deplatform anyone who disagrees with them, anyone who participates in any form of wrongthink, which big brother says is double-plus-ungood.

have you even read any of my work?

of course not.

Can you point to any place in any of my books where I even mention those issues?

of course not.

you are deplatforming someone whose books you haven’t read, whose books don’t even mention the issues over which you are deplatforming me, who was not going to speak about the issues over which you are deplatforming me.

yes, your position really is that absurd.

you should be utterly ashamed of yourselves.

it might not be a bad idea to remove the name ‘justice’ out of your ‘justice alliance,’ and ‘inclusive’ from your description below, because your use of those words are Orwellian.

Welcome to 1984.

derrick

i then received this note back from the person who first invited me.

I’m replying to you personally.

Yes, we can talk about the murder of the planet. And that’s exactly why we reached out to you. But we cannot risk you diving into your ideologies, the ones steeped in hate of an “other” while you are presenting. I hope you can respect this. We have a transgender teen doing coverage of the event, and I couldn’t imagine him feeling attacked by your views.

You’re right. There are probably many things we don’t agree on. And most of the time I am okay with that…but not when you are given a public platform from which to speak on whatever you want.

This is not about deplatforming you. This is about protecting trans people and making sure any risk of folks feeling threatened is not part of our work.

Climate Justice work is about much more than environmental justice…you know that.

####

The left is completely fucking insane. please broadcast widely. This sort of outrageous behavior needs be recognized for what it is.



Denying him competition

Sep 24th, 2019 3:51 pm | By

McKinnon again, shouting about his human right to compete against women.

Dysphoria Joe introduces him:

“Rachel” McKinnon says he has “human right” to race women because, well, he can’t win against men:

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He’s quoting himself, probably because no one else would say something so stupid.

“Who the fuck am I going to race? There’s no other trans woman on my level. By creating a trans only category you’re denying me competition. If sport is a human right then you’re actively excluding me from that right.”

I don’t know why he keeps recycling that claim when it’s so OBVIOUSLY shifty. A right to sport is not a right to formal competition with prizes. The whole point of competitions is that they filter out most aspirants. There’s no “right” to play with Manchester United or the Yankees and there’s no “right” to compete in the Olympics. MacKinnon has the right to cycle his ass off, and to compete with people who want to compete with him, but he has no right to compete against women in official women’s races that are supposed to be for women. If he can’t find anyone else to compete with that’s just too bad – he can still train and cycle and get better and better: that’s his “right to sport.” Nobody is excluding him from that right but he wants to exclude women from competing in women’s races by displacing them.



He has never recognised the imperative of truth

Sep 24th, 2019 3:30 pm | By

On this same day (stretching over many time zones) Boris Johnson also had his arse handed to him.

 

If Boris Johnson does nothing more, his name in history is already inscribed as the man who lied so hard he nearly broke the constitution. He certainly broke the law, as definitively interpreted by the supreme court today. Any leader with respect for the responsibilities that come with high office, and capable of shame, would immediately resign. Nothing in Johnson’s record suggests he is such a person. He clambered to Downing Street over the wreckage of his own former beliefs, ruined friendships and betrayed relationships. He has never recognised the imperative of truth, so takes no instruction from it now.

The new pinnacle of Johnson’s career as a peddler of falsehood is his claim that parliament’s suspension earlier this month was procedural – a conventional legislative reboot ahead of a Queen’s speech to set out a new domestic agenda. No one believed him. His own ministers struggled to hold the line, blurting out the true motive, which was to limit MPs’ control over Brexit. By unanimous verdict, the country’s most senior judges ruled that prorogation did indeed have the effect of “preventing or frustrating” the legislature in pursuit of its constitutional duties – passing laws, holding ministers to account and, crucially, representing the public in Commons debates. The court noted that those functions were uniquely urgent, given the proximity of the Brexit deadline. The stymying deed had to be undone.

I always did wonder how that could be a legitimate thing to do, so I’m glad to learn that it’s not.



The hand descends on the shoulder at last

Sep 24th, 2019 3:16 pm | By

Welp, it’s on.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Tuesday evening that the US House of Representatives will launch impeachment proceedings into Donald Trump, setting up an extraordinary constitutional clash over allegations he sought the help of a foreign country to harm a political rival.

“The president must be held accountable. No one is above the law,” Pelosi said on Capitol Hill moments after 5pm on Tuesday.

After months of resistance amid calls from many fellow Democrats in Washington, Pelosi determined that Trump’s alleged conduct and his administration’s refusal to comply with congressional requests for information and testimony has forced the House’s hand, leaving them no choice but to move forward with a formal impeachment inquiry.

The sharp change of course comes as Democrats from across the party amplified their calls from impeachment after revelations of a whistleblower complaint that the intelligence community’s internal watchdog, Gen Michael Atkinson, deemed credible and an “urgent concern”. The White House has refused to share the complaint with Congress as typically required by law, arguing that the allegations do not fall within the intelligence community whistleblower statute.

With impeachment, from what I understand, it will be harder for the trumpies to refuse to hand over the evidence.

I hope Trump is having a screaming fire-everyone pants-wetting meltdown right now.



The future belongs to fire flood and famine

Sep 24th, 2019 11:27 am | By

Also disgusting:



Nice to see

Sep 24th, 2019 11:09 am | By

Trump of course also found it necessary to jeer at Greta Thunberg. He retweeted WIRED:

”People are suffering, people are dying, entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth.” Watch Greta Thunberg speak at the UN Monday morning.

And commented:

She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!

Yes it’s all so hilarious. He’s doing what he can – which is quite a lot – to make the futures of everyone her age bleak and horrible.



Misery at the UN

Sep 24th, 2019 10:39 am | By

Trump just gave the world nausea by addressing the UN General Assembly.

“Wise leaders,” he says, idiotically, “always put the good of their own country, and their own people, first.”

No they don’t. Wise leaders want to avoid wars, and Trump’s formula is a formula for war.

Wise leaders also want to avoid looking like an absolute dick in public, so that lets Trump out. Standing up at the UN General Assembly and saying “Us first us first us first!!!” makes a leader look like an absolute dick, and Trump a thousand times more so. It’s all too obvious that what he’s really saying is “Me first me first me first” – that he wants and demands all the money, all the respect, all the prizes, all the flattery, all the bowing and scraping, all the military parades, all the unctuous slaves doing his bidding, all the ice cream, all the pussy, all everything.

His zombie-like delivery did not go down well.

Patrick Wintour:

No expert on Trump delivery style, but at UNGA he is reading a speech threatening evil regimes as per usual, but reading his words as though overdosed on mogadons. Somnambulant, sleepy, sleepy Don

David Nakamura:

It’s been said before when he sticks to the Teleprompter but it seems like this is the first time Trump has ever read/seen his own remarks. The reading of this speech is painful.

Eileen Truax:

I can’t stomach this. The guy suffers when he has to read from a teleprompter, not understanding what he’s saying.
(Or maybe just when he has to read, period).

Trump last.



Women need not apply

Sep 24th, 2019 9:57 am | By

Another comment on the Get the L Out post:

This is a wider issue with our police and criminal justice system. This is the Advice & Information page of the Sussex Police website. You will notice that the term sex is almost eradicated and replaced by gender. Even for crimes that largely affect women and girls (Domestic Abuse and Rape), there is not one reference to that fact. See the Hate Crime section and note that, despite sex being one of 9 protected characteristics, the abuse of a person based on their sex is not considered a criminal act. And there you have the core of the issue here….men banging on windows and obstructing women is not a criminal act. If any of those women had misgendered any of those men then she would have been guilty of a crime.
This appears to be a standard police Advice page so this is a nationwide problem. When will sex become a truly protected characteristic?

So I went to the page and found the Hate Crime section and sure enough – very first paragraph:

A hate crime is when someone commits a crime against you because of your disability, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, religion, or any other perceived difference.

So “gender identity” is the second item and “sex” is nowhere – it’s so minor it’s stowed away (aka invisible) under any other perceived difference. Trans people so vulnerable, women meh.

If that really is how they see it then what their minds were telling them about that meeting in Brighton is that the Trans Activist protesters kicking the windows were like Freedom Riders and the women at the meeting inside were like…Bull Connor and his cops.

It doesn’t always include physical violence. Someone using offensive language towards you or harassing you because of who you are, or who they think you are, is also a crime. The same goes for someone posting abusive or offensive messages about you online.

If it happens to you, you might be tempted to shrug it off. But if you tell us, we can investigate and stop it from getting worse – either for you or someone else.

They can, but they don’t – not when it’s women.

Then they spell it out again.

A hate crime is defined as ‘Any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s race or perceived race; religion or perceived religion; sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation; disability or perceived disability and any crime motivated by hostility or prejudice against a person who is transgender or perceived to be transgender.’

Oh. Um. So…not motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s sex, then?

Can we ask why not?

A hate incident is any incident which the victim, or anyone else, thinks is based on someone’s prejudice towards them because of their race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or because they are transgender.

Why not sex?

Why is sex simply left out?

It’s appalling.



If this is the reason women were not protected

Sep 24th, 2019 9:44 am | By

Get the L Out UK:

TRA’s best friends in Brighton = MRA police! #WPUKLab19

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A comment:

Never ever seen one police station flying the women’s liberation flag on IWD … yet they fly this baby pink/blue nonsense without reference to the fact it’s making political statement, which is not the police role. It discriminates against all other members of the public. Because they only fly selected flags.

Well we don’t want them flying white supremacy flags or UKIP flags, but still, yes – the zeal for “Trans Pride” from institutions that have never shown much enthusiasm for Black Pride or Female Pride is puzzling and, at this point, alarming.

Another:

This is very serious. If this is the reason why women were not protected yesterday then the police have allowed the public to be endangered on ideological grounds. They don’t get to pick and choose who to protect. We are tax payers too.

If the police have been trained to see feminist women as “TERFs” and “TERFs” as evil monsters, that’s a problem.

H/t Dave Ricks



Doing Putin a solid

Sep 24th, 2019 7:08 am | By

New in Trump:

Donald Trump ordered his staff to withhold nearly $400m in aid to Ukraine days before he repeatedly pressured the country’s president to investigate a political rival, it emerged on Monday night.

The revelation has further intensified demand among Democrats for the president to be impeached.

As news of Trump’s personal intervention broke, an influential group of seven Democrats, all first-term members of Congress with military or national security backgrounds, said that “if true”, the president’s actions regarding Ukraine, Joe Biden and the former vice-president’s son Hunter would “represent an impeachable offense”.

The Washington Post first reported Trump’s freezing of $391m in aid to Ukraine. Trump ordered acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, it said, to suspend the almost $400m payment “at least a week” before the 25 July call with Volodymyr Zelenskiy in which he reportedly asked the Ukrainian leader to investigate the Bidens – eight times, according to the Wall Street Journal.

So that’s how the call went. “Hi Volodymyr – wondering where that $400 million payment went? Yes? Ok here’s what I need you to do if you want to see the money.”

The US began providing military aid to Ukraine shortly after Russia illegally annexed Crimea in 2014. With Ukraine’s new president still grappling with separatist rebels in the east, the aid has long been viewed as a measure of Washington’s determination to push back against Russian president Vladimir Putin.

So Trump doesn’t want to send the aid in the first place, and the kneecap-Biden motivation is just a luxurious extra.



The response was that they didn’t give a shit

Sep 23rd, 2019 5:18 pm | By

The police just stood by at the WPUK meeting in Brighton, doing nothing while “activists” kicked the windows and shouted.

The meeting was disrupted by continual loud banging on the windows and chanting, to the point where there was a fear some windows might be broken and the excellent speech by
@rebelyarns was almost drowned out #WPUKLab19

I have never experienced such a level of threat, and I’ve been to a lot of feminist meetings. This was not a peaceful protest, it was an attempt to prevent the meeting going ahead, and it persisted throughout the equally excellent talk from @OnjaliRauf

The response from @sussex_police was inadequate to the point of negligence. Women’s right in law to congregate peacefully was not upheld by the police, who allowed a physically aggressive mob to continue their actions unopposed

It seems like the @sussex_police have been rainbow-washed to the point that the rights of women in Brighton are no longer being upheld and protected by the police. We have no law on our side in this city and we have no women-only services left either

I challenged several police officers on my way out as to why a woman’s right to hold a peaceful meeting was not being enforced by the police in attendance, and I can only report that the response was that they didn’t give a shit

I can also report that the meeting was a huge success and that the mob outside only doubled our resolve to talk and be heard. Brilliant women talked brilliantly. You can never stop us doing that.



IF they gave it out fairly

Sep 23rd, 2019 5:03 pm | By

Trump still thinks he should get a Nobel Prize…”for a lot of things.”



Banging on the window while the police did absolutely nothing

Sep 23rd, 2019 4:42 pm | By

Julie Bindel on the WPUK meeting:

State of this outside the venue where #WPUKLab19 were meeting to talk about women’s sex-based rights, a load of trans-activist misogynists screaming, shouting and banging on the window while the police did absolutely nothing:



For a bank, for a lobbying firm, and for a hedge fund

Sep 23rd, 2019 4:06 pm | By

Ok here we go, Adam Entous did a New Yorker piece on Hunter Biden in July.

In speeches, Biden rarely talks about Hunter. But news outlets on the right and mainstream media organizations, including the Times, have homed in on him, reprising old controversies over Hunter’s work for a bank, for a lobbying firm, and for a hedge fund, and scrutinizing his business dealings in China and Ukraine.

He went to work for a lobbying firm right after he spent three years working in the Clinton administration. That’s not necessarily directly corrupt, but it is parlaying government employment into a job as a lobbyist, and not, I think it’s fair to assume, of the public interest kind. Lobbying for cleaner air is one thing and lobbying for weaker laws on clean air is another.

There is little question that Hunter’s proximity to power shaped the arc of his career, and that, as the former aide told me, “Hunter is super rich terrain.”

That’s the thing. Trump’s claims can all be bullshit, and they probably are, but this using proximity to power to get lucrative jobs pattern is its own problem. Hillary Clinton took huge fees from banks for talking to them and then ran for president, and that was not a good move.

Hunter Biden got his law degree in 1996.

Joe Biden was running for reëlection in the Senate, and he appointed Hunter as his deputy campaign manager. Hunter rented an apartment close to his father’s campaign headquarters, and also got a job as a lawyer with MBNA America, a banking holding company based in Delaware, which was one of the largest donors to his father’s campaigns. At the age of twenty-six, Hunter, who was earning more than a hundred thousand dollars and had received a signing bonus, was making nearly as much money as his father. In January, 1998, the conservative reporter and columnist Byron York wrote, in The American Spectator, “Certainly lots of children of influential parents end up in very good jobs. But the Biden case is troubling. After all, this is a senator who for years has sermonized against what he says is the corrupting influence of money in politics.”

Would a banking holding company hire a nobody right out of law school for a huge salary? (What would it be in today’s money? 200k?) I don’t think so. I think the huge salary was because he was Biden’s kid. In other words the bank was buying him to buy influence with Biden.

Then he got the job in the Clinton administration. Then…

In late 2000, near the end of President Clinton’s second term, Hunter again consulted Oldaker, who was starting a lobbying business, the National Group. Oldaker asked the co-founder of the firm, Vincent Versage, to teach Hunter the basics of earmarking—the practice of persuading lawmakers to insert language into legislation which directs taxpayer funds to projects that benefit the lobbyist’s clients.

It’s not illegal. Does that make it good?

Jumping ahead to Burisma.

Several former officials in the Obama Administration and at the State Department insisted that Hunter’s role at Burisma had no effect on his father’s policies in Ukraine, but said that, nevertheless, Hunter should not have taken the board seat. As the former senior White House aide put it, there was a perception that “Hunter was on the loose, potentially undermining his father’s message.” The same aide said that Hunter should have recognized that at least some of his foreign business partners were motivated to work with him because they wanted “to be able to say that they are affiliated with Biden.” A former business associate said, “The appearance of a conflict of interest is good enough, at this level of politics, to keep you from doing things like that.”

What I’m saying. The conflict is there even if nobody did anything shady.



They’d be getting the electric chair right now

Sep 23rd, 2019 3:21 pm | By

Trump is going farther out on that limb.

“Joe Biden and his son are corrupt,” Trump said, referring to unfounded claims that Biden’s son was involved in a corruption scheme in Ukraine.

Trump then claimed — with no proof — that, “If a Republican ever did what Joe Biden did, if a Republican ever said what Joe Biden said, they’d be getting the electric chair right now.”

Hmmyes, as a Republican did in that…um…er…

The President also denied claims he put pressure on the Ukrainian leader by threatening to withhold US aid, saying, “I did not make a statement that ‘you have to do this or I’m not going to give you aid.’ I wouldn’t do that. I wouldn’t do that.”

He would do that. He would do that. Of course he would do that. He would do anything. He would do anything that popped into his head and gave him a thrill. It’s part of his incredible stupidity that he thinks we’ll believe him when he says things like that.

“There was no pressure put on them whatsoever. I put no pressure on them whatsoever. I could have. I think it probably, possibly would have been OK if I did,” he said.

He thinks a lot of things are ok if he does them, but he’s wrong, and he’s stupid to think he can just consult his own hunches to know whether they’re ok or not. He’s never done any homework for this job, and he has no prior experience that would be relevant, and he just carries on doing whatever he feels like anyway.

But all the same I would like to know why Hunter Biden remained on the board of a Ukrainian gas company while his father was vice-president.



Can barely hear for the banging on the windows

Sep 23rd, 2019 11:59 am | By

There’s a Woman’s Place UK meeting happening in Brighton right now. It’s being loudly and threateningly disrupted. There are police present but they’re not stopping the disruption.

WPUK:

Thank you to all the people and speakers for persevering tonight in the face of a noisy, threatening protest. The police are here but seem incapable – unwilling? – to stop protestors banging on windows. Democracy for some it seems. The law is an ass @BrightonPolice #WPUKlab19

An attendee:

Unbelievable mob outside the @Womans_Place_UK meeting in Brighton tonight, banging and pounding the windows, the din inside is deafening. Coming in we ran the gauntlet of hostile aggression, this is hate-filled public disorder and the police are not stopping it. #WPUKLab19

Another attendee:

#WPUKLAB19 ran the gauntlet of a very threatening group of people objecting to a group of women and men calling by me and others scum – for wanting safe space for women and to discuss gender and sex issues. Free speech threatened!

Another:

Attending an all women (feminist) meeting @AWomansPlaceUK and run the gauntlet of a disgusting protest outside. Can barely hear for the banging on the windows. Absolute fuckwits. So women can’t gather to discuss women and girls issues without being threatened now? #WPUKLab19

The police are doing nothing:

Women trying to attend @Womans_Place_UK meeting this evening are being met with intimidation – and @sussex_police not intervening.
Women have the right to meet without the fear of violence or intimidation. #womensrightsarehumanrights #freedomofassembly #freedomofassociation

Police reply:

We are present and ensuring that those wishing to attend are not obstructed.

WPUK:

You are not stopping the protestors intimidating our audience. You are not stopping them banging violently on the windows of the room we are in. The venue may wonder why you are allowing them to do this to their building. #WPUKLab19

New boss just like the old boss: women must not be allowed to gather or organize or speak.



They’re all dirty

Sep 23rd, 2019 11:13 am | By

On the other hand – it would be better if Joe Biden’s kid had never gone near any Ukrainian natural gas company (or any other kind of company).

It would, in fact, be better if this whole business of leveraging a political career into big cash flows from private companies and corporations had never been embraced. It would be nice if US politicians had always seen that as a profoundly wrong and bad and indefensible move, and stayed away. Instead we have the opposite – everybody does it, it’s normal, shrug shrug. That’s all Trump and Giuliani need. The fact that Trump is doing the same thing but more so is neither here nor there.

The BBC traces the path:

Mr Trump and his allies have been suggesting that Mr Biden, as Barack Obama’s vice-president, encouraged the firing of Ukraine’s top prosecutor because he had been investigating a company that employed Mr Biden’s son.

Hunter Biden became a director at Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma in 2014 while his father also held a key role in US policy towards Ukraine.

There. That’s your problem right there. Don’t do that. Biden senior should have seen it was dirty, Biden junior should have seen it was dirty, Obama should have told them both to back the fuck off.

Hunter Biden is well embedded in the DC politics-lobbying loop:

Hunter Biden was appointed by Bill Clinton to serve in the United States Department of Commerce[8] under Secretaries Norman Mineta and William M. Daley. He was director of E-commerce policy issues in the Department of Commerce,[8] a position he held from 1998 to 2001.[9]

From 2001 to 2008, Biden was a founding partner of Oldaker, Biden, and Belair, LLP, a Washington DC-based lobbyist firm [10] and law firm.[11]

Boom, done, he’s made for life – he gets a Clinton job at age 28, puts in three years, and then whizzes off to cash in at a lobbying firm. It’s totally routine and normal and it’s sleazy as fuck.

What Trump did and is doing is much worse but by god the Bidens handed him plenty of ammunition.