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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Gabriel Sherman: Trump's former campaign manager Brad Parscale had been taken into custody outside his Ft. Lauderdale home and hospitalized after threatening to commit suicide and allegedly beating his wife days prior. Parscale's public meltdown happened while he is reportedly under investigation for stealing from the Trump campaign and the RNC. According to the source close to the campaign, the Trump family is worried that Parscale could turn on them and cooperate with law enforcement about possible campaign finance violations. read more


Frank Bruni - [A]fter Tuesday night's horror show: a disgrace to the format, an insult to the country, a nearly pointless 90 minutes - and, I should add, a degradation of the presidency itself, which Trump had degraded so thoroughly already - (h)e put on a performance so contemptuous, so puerile, so dishonest and so across-the-board repellent that the moderator, Chris Wallace, morphed into some amalgam of elementary-school principal, child psychologist, traffic cop and roadkill. read more


The economic collapse sparked by the pandemic is triggering the most unequal recession in modern U.S. history, delivering a mild setback for those at or near the top and a depression-like blow for those at the bottom, according to a Washington Post analysis of job losses across the income spectrum. Recessions often hit poorer households harder, but this one is doing so at a scale that is the worst in generations, the analysis shows. read more


Tuesday, September 29, 2020

More than H.I.V. More than dysentery. More than malaria, influenza, cholera and measles - combined. In the 10 months since a mysterious pneumonia began striking residents of Wuhan, China, Covid-19 has killed more than one million people worldwide as of Monday " an agonizing toll compiled from official counts, yet one that far understates how many have really died. It may already have overtaken tuberculosis and hepatitis as the world's deadliest infectious disease, and unlike all the other contenders, it is still growing fast. read more


A juror in the Breonna Taylor case contends that the Kentucky attorney general misrepresented the grand jury's deliberations and failed to offer the panel the option of indicting the two officers who fatally shot the young woman, according to the juror's lawyer. The unnamed juror filed a court motion on Monday seeking the release of last week's transcripts and permission from a judge to speak publicly to set the record straight. read more


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Mr. Glogower said the juror came to him last week in a state of turmoil after Mr. Cameron repeatedly said at a news conference that the law did not permit him to charge Sgt. Jon Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove, the two white officers who shot Ms. Taylor, a Black woman, after one officer was shot by her boyfriend " and that the jury had agreed with him.

According to Mr. Glogower, the juror was unsettled by the fact that the grand jury was not given an option of charging the two officers at a time when the community has been roiled by demonstrations seeking their indictment. The 12-member panel was presented only with possible charges for Detective Brett Hankison, who was fired in June.

One longtime criminal defense lawyer, Ramon McGee, said the question of which charges the attorney general presented to the panel was not problematic.

"That is an incorrect assumption on how the grand jury process works," he said. "Prosecutors make the decision on what witnesses are called, which evidence is tendered and what charges to recommend," he said.

But the transcripts should be released, Mr. McGee added, because how the attorney general portrayed the process in public was potentially an issue.

The Kentucky AG didn't simply "misrepresent," Cameron bald-faced lied to the citizens of the Commonwealth and the rest of America when he claimed that the grand jurors agreed with the prosecution's interpretation of the relevant law.

To a layperson, it seems that all of the other mitigating factors that led to the police wrongly being at Taylor's apartment in the first place have to be balanced with all the other on-site actions that transpired, but I'll leave that to our legal experts to opine upon.

But Cameron flat-out lied, which in my mind throws everything else he claims into immediate dispute until the facts and circumstances can be investigated further as this grand juror filed action in order to bring about.

You buried the lede Greeneyedguy.

A juror in the Breonna Taylor case contends that the Kentucky attorney general misrepresented the grand jury's deliberations and failed to offer the panel the option of indicting the two officers who fatally shot the young woman, according to the juror's lawyer.

Mr. Glogower said the juror came to him last week in a state of turmoil after Mr. Cameron repeatedly said at a news conference that the law did not permit him to charge Sgt. Jon Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove, the two white officers who shot Ms. Taylor, a Black woman, after one officer was shot by her boyfriend " and that the jury had agreed with him.

According to Mr. Glogower, the juror was unsettled by the fact that the grand jury was not given an option of charging the two officers at a time when the community has been roiled by demonstrations seeking their indictment. The 12-member panel was presented only with possible charges for Detective Brett Hankison, who was fired in June.

www.nytimes.com

The issue comes down to whether or not the AG's interpretation of the law is the be-all/end-all when it comes to whether or not the grand jury itself may have voted for charges to be brought against the officer(s) who fired the fatal shots at Breonna Taylor and then allowing a criminal jury to hear evidence and come to their own conclusion of guilt or innocence.

But make no mistake, when the AG openly and publicly lied that the grand jury agreed with his interpretation of the law protecting the police from possible prosecution, he was not speaking for at minimum this grand juror's feelings on the matter and that alone deserves a strong and swift public rebuke.

Well, this cover up has come unraveled in record time.

Grand Juror in Breonna Taylor Case Says Deliberations Were Misrepresented

A juror in the Breonna Taylor case contends that the Kentucky attorney general misrepresented the grand jury's deliberations and failed to offer the panel the option of indicting the two officers who fatally shot the young woman, according to the juror's lawyer.

Quelle surprise.

In 16 key battleground states, millions of Americans were separated by an algorithm into one of eight categories, also described as audiences', so they could then be targeted with tailored ads on Facebook and other platforms.

One of the categories was named Deterrence', which was later described publicly by Trump's chief data scientist as containing people that the campaign "hope don't show up to vote".

Analysis by Channel 4 News shows Black Americans " historically a community targeted with voter suppression tactics " were disproportionately marked Deterrence' by the 2016 campaign.

In total, 3.5 million Black Americans were marked Deterrence'.

The 2016 campaign preceded the first fall in Black turnout in 20 years and allowed Donald Trump to take shock victories in key states like Wisconsin and Michigan by wafer-thin margins, reaching the White House despite losing the popular vote to Hillary Clinton.

Trump's digital campaign, called Project Alamo' and based in San Antonio, Texas, involved a team from the now defunct British company Cambridge Analytica, working with a team from the Republican National Committee. Two senior members of the Cambridge Analytica team are working on the Trump 2020 campaign.

Cambridge Analytica collapsed after investigations by Channel 4 News, The Guardian and the New York Times in 2018.

Cambridge Analytica was headed by Brad Pascale who suddenly had a mental health crisis yesterday and is now in custody under the Baker Act.
Brad Parscale, the campaign's 2016 digital director told PBS Frontline: "I would say I'm nearly 100 percent sure we did not run any campaigns that targeted even African Americans."

But Channel 4 News has uncovered evidence that the campaign did target Black voters with negative ads designed to crush Hillary Clinton's turnout.

The Trump campaign spent 44 million on Facebook ads alone during 2016, posting almost six million different versions of highly targeted messages that were pumped directly into the feeds of target voters across America, helped by a Facebook employee embedded within the Trump campaign.

But many of the ads were so called dark posts', which could vanish from recipients' feeds once a campaign stopped paying for them.

It means no complete public record exists of the ads posted on Facebook during the 2016 campaign or the audience lists used to target voters. The platform offered no Ad Library' at the time.

All the chickens are coming home to roost as it regards the breadth of Trump's perfidious actions and treachery. Just in time.

Is this related to the disclosures in Great Britain about Cambridge Analytica's involvement in the 2016 election disinformation campaign that was run by ......Brad Pascale?

Revealed: Trump campaign strategy to deter millions of Black Americans from voting in 2016

3.5 million Black Americans were profiled and categorised as Deterrence' by Trump campaign " voters they wanted to stay home on election day

Tonight, civil rights campaigners said the evidence amounted to a new form of voter "suppression" and called on Facebook to disclose ads and targeting information that has never been made public.

The Deterrence' project can be revealed after Channel 4 News obtained the database used by Trump's digital campaign team " credited with helping deliver his shock victory to become president four years ago.

Vast in scale, it contains details on almost 200 million Americans, among more than 5,000 files, which together amass almost 5 terabytes of data " making it one of the biggest leaks in history.

It reveals not only the huge amounts of data held on every individual voter, but how that data was used and manipulated by models and algorithms.

In 16 key battleground states, millions of Americans were separated by an algorithm into one of eight categories, also described as audiences', so they could then be targeted with tailored ads on Facebook and other platforms.

In Georgia, despite Black people constituting 32% of the population, they made up 61% of the Deterrence' category. In North Carolina, Black people are 22% of the population but were 46% of Deterrence'. In Wisconsin, Black people constitute just 5.4% of the population but made up 17% of Deterrence'.

Tony, the article addresses that question. The issue is that post election day vote counts skew strongly democratic. So by tainting the voting, ------- and the republicans can go with the election day results and throw out any and all other votes. Since the election day voting will be more republican, by throwing out ballots, he will be skewing the results republican down ticket.

Of course Trump is preparing for this because he deludedly believes that every single Republican anywhere will do anything and everything he wants them too. With all the time and money it takes to run for office, no one but Trump wants to see all of that go down the drain in service of only Trump's criminal ego. None of the other races will be decided without counting all the legal ballots regardless of how they're cast - because that's what each state's law says must happen - so Trump's scenario only works for him and the Electoral College.

Trump can claim that his race is rigged, but what about every other candidate on each ballot? NONE of them will make that claim because they know it isn't true. Everyone knows and understands that the ballot counting is going on as normal, so why would they jump on Trump's crazy train to nowhere and hurt themselves in the process?

So this leaves Trump with nothing but his own assertions that the ballots are corrupted while everyone else will claim that they are absolutely normal - BECAUSE THEY ARE! Do you really think hundreds of other races will be thrown into dispute because of only Donald Trump when each state and locality is doing exactly what their state has always done - and there is no actual internal hint of any problems?

The only other option I can think of now is that we could end up with another Bush v. Gore scenario. Maybe the SCOTUS will allow Trump to claim the presidential mail-in ballots are invalid but leave the states to decide about all the other races on each individual ballot. And the states would allow all legal ballots to be counted based on whatever standard each state's law already dictates.

Bur seriously, this is HUGE! The FBI just basically just issued a public service announcement that says

Hey America, everything that Donald Trump says about the election and its integrity that sounds just like the same thing the Russians are saying publicly in their media, well all of it is bovine excrement. All. Of. It. Don't trust a word that you hear in this regard.
Chris Wray must have his desk packed already, but we owe him a debt of gratitude for letting this bulletin see the light of day.

It is amazing that the FBI has to warn Americans about what their own President is openly trying to do when the facts of the matter are completely different. Our election systems at the voter level are as secure as to be expected based on each type of voting method and protocols.

No one ever seems to ask where are all these rabid partisans who'd risk jail for the sake of a handful of votes? If there were any large conspiracies there would be evidence of their existence. There aren't any because none of any appreciable scale exist especially on a statewide or national level. The FBI knows this and that is precisely what this bulletin was written to say without saying it directly.

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