41 thoughts on “News/Politics 8-23-18

  1. Priceless?

    Hardly. There’s a very steep price to pay, and in many cases, for an inferior product. But you signed up for this self-inflicted misery, as did many others.


    “MH Miller left university with a journal full of musings on Virginia Woolf and a vast financial burden. He is one of 44 million US graduates struggling to repay a total of $1.4tn. Were they right to believe their education was ‘priceless’?”

    “On Halloween in 2008, about six weeks after Lehman Brothers collapsed, my mother called me from Michigan to tell me that my father had lost his job in the sales department of Visteon, an auto parts supplier for Ford. Two months later, my mother lost her job working for the city of Troy, a suburb about half an hour from Detroit. From there our lives seemed to accelerate, the terrible events compounding fast enough to elude immediate understanding. By June, my parents, unable to find any work in the state where they spent their entire lives, moved to New York, where my sister and I were both in school. A month later, the mortgage on my childhood home went into default.

    After several months of unemployment, my mother got a job in New York City, fundraising for a children’s choir. In the summer of 2010, I completed my studies at New York University, where I received a BA and an MA in English literature, with more than $100,000 of debt, for which my father was a guarantor. My father was still unemployed and my mother had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. She continued working, though her employer was clearly perturbed that she would have to take off every Friday for chemotherapy. To compensate for the lost time, on Mondays she rode early buses into the city from the Bronx, where, after months of harrowing uncertainty, my parents had settled. She wanted to be in the office first thing.

    In January 2011, Chase Bank took full possession of the house in Michigan. Our last ties were severed by an email my father received from the realtor, who had tried and failed to sell the property, telling him he could now cancel the utilities. In May, I got a freelance contract with a newspaper that within a year would hire me full-time – paying me, after taxes, roughly $900 every two weeks. In September 2011, my parents were approved for bankruptcy, and in October, due to a paperwork error, their car was repossessed in the middle of the night by creditors. Meanwhile, the payments for my debt – which had been borrowed from a variety of federal and private lenders, most prominently Citibank – totalled about $1,100 a month.

    Now 30, I have been incapacitated by debt for a decade. The delicate balancing act that my family and I perform in order to make a payment each month has become the organising principle of our lives. I am just one of 44 million borrowers in the US who owe a total of more than $1.4 trillion in student loan debt. This number is almost incomprehensibly high, and yet it continues to increase, with no sign of stopping. Legislation that might help families in financial hardship has failed in Congress. A bill introduced in May 2017, the Discharge Student Loans in Bankruptcy Act, which would undo changes made to the bankruptcy code in the early 2000s, stalled in committee. Despite all evidence that student loan debt is a national crisis, the majority of the US government – the only organisation with the power to resolve the problem – refuses to acknowledge its severity.

    My debt was the result, in equal measure, of a chain of rotten luck and a system that is an abject failure by design. My parents never lived extravagantly. In the first years of their marriage, my father drove a cab. When they had children and my father started a career in the auto industry, we became firmly middle-class, never wanting for anything, even taking vacations once a year, to places like Myrtle Beach or Miami. Still, there was usually just enough money to cover the bills – car leases, a mortgage, groceries. My sister and I both attended public school. The cost of things was discussed constantly. In my freshman year of high school, I lost my yearbook, which cost $40; my mother very nearly wept. College, which cost roughly $50,000 a year, was the only time that money did not seem to matter. “We’ll find a way to pay for it,” my parents said repeatedly, and if we couldn’t pay for it immediately, there was always a bank willing to give us a loan. This was true even after my parents had both lost their jobs amid the global financial meltdown. Like many well-meaning but misguided baby boomers, neither of my parents received an elite education, but they nevertheless believed that an expensive school was not a waste of money; it was the key to a better life for their children. They continued to put faith in this falsehood even after a previously unimaginable financial loss, and so we continued spending money that we didn’t have – money that banks kept giving to us.”


  2. Et tu Library? 😦


    “‘De-platforming’ dissident voices is the new weapon de jure, and it’s no longer confined to social media or university speaking schedules. It’s affecting publishing and libraries as well.”

    “Yet even in our library I see echoes of cultural trends that threaten to separate readers from true diversity of ideas. Librarians, influential reviewers, and the folks in the publishing industry are gatekeepers to many people’s reading, and these three groups are overwhelmingly progressive. This is hugely important, because progressives don’t need to openly censor or ban books to encourage one view of the world and suppress another. Their dominance gives them the power to be more subtle.

    Conservatives, particularly Christians, must reckon with this issue. By definition we are people whose beliefs are based on recordable, objective truth. Reading and writing books is what we do. It’s how we learn to think and communicate in paragraphs and chapters instead of slogans. It’s how we learn from the wisdom of people who have gone before us. It’s how we share stories.

    Above all, reading books is an expression of our belief that truth exists and can be taught through words. More than films, novels have a peculiar power over the imagination. Not only do we spend more time with a novel, we also interact with it on a deeply personal level by using our own minds to fill in all the visual and auditory details.

    Progressives can’t control which books we read. However, they do wield huge influence over which books are considered “marketable,” which books are published, and which books generate buzz, win awards, or get read during library story hour. In many cases this is enough to control whether anyone picks up a given title.

    “De-platforming” dissident voices is the new weapon de jure, and it’s no longer confined to social media or university speaking schedules. It’s affecting publishing and libraries as well. If we care about bibliophilic independence, we need to realistically assess ways to exercise the freedom to write, share, and read good books.”


  3. I gotta say, Ol’ Mitch has been doin’ his part, in this area at least.


    “McConnell’s maneuvering around Democrat obstruction on judicial nominees has been mostly successful, but it hasn’t been easy. We’ve been covering the struggle and the stakes involved since even before the Inauguration. Trump has the opportunity to remake the federal judiciary, and Democrats were slow to wake up to that reality. McConnell couldn’t have done it alone – he’s had a lot of help from Chuck Grassley, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee who has marshaled nominees through the hearing process.

    The New York Times magazine had a lengthy article recently lamenting Trump’s success on judicial nominations:

    While Trump has lagged behind other presidents in political appointments, the streamlining of the judicial-selection process has helped him deliver a historic number of judges to the federal bench. In 2017, the Senate confirmed 12 of Trump’s appeals court picks — the most for any president in his first year in office. This year, the Senate has already confirmed 12 appellate judges and, according to a Republican Judiciary Committee aide, hopes to confirm at least four more. The White House refers to every new batch of judicial appointees Trump selects as “waves” — in early June, it announced the “Fifteenth Wave of Judicial Nominees”— as if they’re soldiers landing on the beaches of Normandy.

    Trump’s appointees have tended to be unusually well credentialed and conservative. Republicans like to emphasize their academic and professional bona fides — the summa cum laudes, the Phi Beta Kappas, the Supreme Court clerks — and jokingly celebrate their “deep bench” of candidates….

    … representative of Trump’s judicial appointees are judges like James C. Ho. Born in Taiwan, Ho moved to the United States as a toddler. He graduated from Stanford and the University of Chicago law school before going on to clerk for Clarence Thomas at the Supreme Court. After working in George W. Bush’s Justice Department, he succeeded Ted Cruz as Texas solicitor general. Ho is as pure a product as exists of the conservative legal movement created by the Federalist Society….

    In short, a radically new federal judiciary could be with us long after Trump is gone. Brian Fallon, a veteran Democratic operative who leads Demand Justice, a group formed to help Democrats with research and communications in the judicial wars, says, “We can win back the House this November, we can defeat Trump in 2020 and we’ll still be dealing with the lingering effects of Trumpism for the next 30 or 40 years because of the young Trump-appointed judges.”

    And if Trump is re-elected? Newt Gingrich, who during the 2016 campaign began emphasizing the importance of judges to Trump, posits: “He could, by the end of his time in office, be the most important president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt in shaping the judiciary.”

    The impact already is being felt. The Los Angeles Times laments that Federal judges appointed by Trump are starting to leave their mark:

    Trump’s total of 22 successfully appointed appeals court judges — as of last month — is more than either of the last two presidents at this point in their terms, according to an analysis last month by the Pew Research Center.

    “The real kind of big news is the sheer amount of change that’s happening on the court of appeals,” said Harsh Voruganti, founder and editor of the Vetting Room, a website that tracks judicial appointments. “I think we’re going to see a fair amount of change in jurisprudence.”


  4. This isn’t how it’s supposed to work.


    “52.1% of Kids Live in Households Getting Means-Tested Government Assistance”

    “Today, they are Americans under 18 years of age growing up in a country where the majority of their peers live in households that take “means-tested assistance” from the government.

    In 2016, according to the most recent data from the Census Bureau, there were approximately 73,586,000 people under 18 in the United States, and 38,365,000 of them — or 52.1 percent — resided in households in which one or more persons received benefits from a means-tested government program.

    These included the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps), Medicaid, public housing, Supplemental Security Income, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and the National School Lunch Program.

    The Census Bureau published its data on the number and percentage of persons living in households that received means-tested government assistance in its Current Population Survey Detailed Tables for Poverty.

    Table POV-26 indicates there were approximately 319,911,000 people in the United States in 2016. Of these, 114,793,000 — 35.9 percent — lived “in a household that received means-tested assistance.”

    That does not mean every person in the household received the aid themselves, only that one or more persons living in the household did.

    When examined by age bracket, persons under 18 were the most likely to live in a household receiving means-tested government assistance (52.1 percent), while those 75 and older were least likely (18.8 percent).

    But Americans in all the age brackets up to age 44 analyzed by the Census Bureau were more likely to be living in a household that received means-tested government assistance than the overall national rate of 35.9 percent.

    For those 18 to 24 years old, the rate was 40.1 percent; for those 25 to 34, it was 36.8 percent; and for those 35 to 44, it was 37.4 percent.

    For those 45 to 54, it dropped down to 30.6 percent — below the 35.9 percent overall rate.

    But even when the Census Bureau excluded the school lunch program from its calculations, the percentage of those under 18 who lived in a household receiving means-tested assistance (44.8 percent) exceeded the percentage in any other age bracket.”


  5. I got this from an e-mail from Colden Center Breakpoint:

    So it’s okay for Christian groups to require their leaders to be Christian, right? Or a Muslim group to demand that its leaders be Muslim? Well, not on some campuses.
    I’m not one to go around quoting Karl Marx very often, but today I can’t resist. Marx once said that history repeats itself, “the first [time] as tragedy, then as farce.”
    And farce is exactly what we have at the University of Iowa.
    The 33,000-student institution of higher education in Iowa City is being sued by, of all people—InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. And what, pray tell, did the solons at Iowa do to be served with a lawsuit? Well, they kicked IVCF and 37 other groups off campus for violating the school’s “human rights” policy. InterVarsity ran afoul of this policy because its charter required that its leaders actually be—wait for it—Christians.

    I don’t understand this at all. When I was in IVCF at USC-Columbia, the president and other officers were elected by the membership. I don’t see how this could be an issue. A noc-Christian would not have wanted to lead our group.

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  6. Lanny Davis is a fraud.


    “President Trump’s longtime attorney Michael Cohen pointed a finger at his old boss Tuesday, saying he committed two campaign finance crimes at the direction of Trump when he arranged six-figure payoffs for women alleging affairs.

    “His crime was the president’s crime,” Cohen attorney Lanny Davis, a Democrat who represented former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s, told Fox News Wednesday.

    But many legal experts say Cohen didn’t actually commit a campaign finance crime, leading to speculation about why he pleaded guilty, and what his confession may mean for Trump.

    The criminal case against Cohen dealt largely with unrelated tax and bank fraud charges. The campaign finance charges were the only ones directly related to Trump, and in pleading guilty he accepted a contentious legal theory that payoffs to porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal were campaign contributions.

    Among election law experts, however, there’s doubt that Cohen committed a crime. Skeptics say silencing the women may have helped Trump during the 2016 campaign, but also protected Trump’s family and company from embarrassment, meaning it wasn’t an election contribution.”

    “Warrington said he could imagine a legal theory from Mueller’s team relying on the Sarbanes–Oxley Act of 2002, a corporate accountability law that he said has been wielded by prosecutors because of a broad prohibition on creating false records.

    “I could see the Department of Justice coming up with a theory that allegedly false invoices would amount to a violation of Sarbanes-Oxley, in conjunction with the Federal Election Campaign Act alleged violation Cohen did,” Warrington said. “All of that is a stretch from a legal standpoint, but that doesn’t necessarily stop the Department of Justice from investigating and charging someone under those theories.”

    Warrington also believes that the alleged campaign finance crimes aren’t actually crimes, and questions the legal guidance of Davis.

    “Lanny Davis had his client plead guilty to a crime that isn’t a crime,” Warrington said. “Who’s Lanny Davis really working for, Michael Cohen or the Clintons?”

    Trump made the same argument Wednesday, tweeting, “Michael Cohen plead guilty to two counts of campaign finance violations that are not a crime.””


  7. A fraud only interested in his own personal enrichment. He’s such a good Clintonista.

    Cohen’s GoFundMe page doesn’t benefit Cohen. It financially enriches Lanny Davis, the person the money is actually going to. Notice the audience laughing at his assertions at more than one point.


  8. Doesn’t fit the narrative…….

    So it gets ignored for a tax evasion story.


    “Fox News host Greg Gutfeld took aim at establishment media on “The Five” Wednesday, attacking the tone of coverage of 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts’ murder: “For most of us Americans, we know a true victim when we see her. It ain’t the IRS, or Stormy.”

    Gutfeld was responding to comments made by Christine Greer, who claimed that Fox News was ignoring the real news regarding Manafort and Cohen to talk about “some girl in Iowa” on MSNBC Tuesday.

    “Right. A girl in Iowa,” Gutfeld said sarcastically, “A girl in Iowa murdered pales in importance when compared to tax evasion. If you talk about Mollie, you can’t talk about the things the media thinks is important. To the press, your sorrow has got to be political. The hush money among adults is more harmful to society than a brutal killing.””


  9. Its bad for society and the economy to have young people start adulthood with huge amounts of debt. We can cast blame or we can make the structural changes to eliminate its creation.

    Post secondary education for various reasons has become almost mandatory. And as high school became free and common place when socio-economic needs dictated it, so should post-sec. The problem in the Anglo-American world education has become a commodity. Even the supposed non-profits market an educational experience as opposed to providing a societal need.

    We need to move away from the commodity model and use the Nordic/Rhine where education is treated as a sociatal need. Education would be free and even come with an allowance but no longer would any educational experience be available rather students compete for limited spots according to socio-economic needs. This has worked well in northern Europe. Education has roughly turned out graduates appropriate for needs. And with less BAs per capita degrees arent cheapened. Under this model debt is impossible and we aren’t stuck with a glut of English Lit majors.

    In the meantime, allow student loans to be part of the bankruptcy process. As it stands now, student loans continue despite bankruptcy. Without this exemption, banks would be less willing to loan money for whatever major/school a student wants, no due diligence needed. Reminds me of the housing boom.


  10. The conservatives need to stop the persecution complex. Libraries do stock their books in part because their books are best and in part because conservative think tanks and sponsors buy conservative books in mass quantities, make them best sellers and donate them to various organizations including libraries. If a book doesn’t make it to the mass market don’t blame the libraries, your book simply wasn’t good enough or didn’t have rich friends.


  11. 9:12

    You’re right, it shouldn’t work out that way…maybe change the economic model then

    Or at least raise min wage so the government isn’t subsidizing wages with.food stamps.


  12. Chas,

    This has been going on for quite awhile. Back in my day, organized groups would join clubs they didn’t like and then elect a new board which would promptly dissolve the club.


  13. The walk back…..



    “A few hours later, Davis contradicts himself on Anderson Cooper’s show.

    Cooper: You were just on with Wolf Blitzer and you said that Michael Cohen was present in a meeting with then-candidate Trump and his son Don, Jr., about the Trump Tower meeting. This is obviously incredibly important issue. You’ve also said that Michael Cohen testified truthfully to the Senate Intelligence Committee and according to the chair and vice chair of the committee, he told them that he had no knowledge of the meeting until he saw it in the press. How can both of those of things be true? Either he knew about the meeting or he didn’t know about the meeting.

    Davis: Well, I think, um, the reporting of this story got mixed up in the course of a criminal investigation. We were not the source of the story. And the question of a criminal investigation, the advice we were given, those of us dealing with the media is that we could not do anything other than stay silent.

    Cooper: So can you say now whether in fact Michael Cohen has information that President Trump was aware either before the Trump Tower meeting that Don Jr. was part of with Russian attorney claiming to be a part of the Kremlin with dirt on Hillary Clinton, either that Michael Cohen has information that the president knew about it in advance or knew about it immediately after?

    Davis: Senator Burr and Senator Warner read the answer to the question about his testimony which is that he said he was not aware ahead of time and did not hear anything to the contrary and that was the testimony before the Senate as well as the House intelligence committees and he said that the testimony was accurate.

    Cooper: So Michael Cohen does not have information that President Trump knew about the Trump Tower meeting with the Russians beforehand or even after?

    Davis: No he does not.

    So which is it, Davis?”

    It’s all fluff, no stuff, just like the rest of this hoax.


  14. Aj. As a parent with a somewhat similar experience, now is not time to make your child’s death about anything other than her and family. The ghouls need to go away and keep their mouth shut. Within a day of my daughter’s death, I was asked about health care (excellent btw). Not the time, don’t politicize a family’s grief

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  15. 134

    There is something but not from Cohen directly. Davis got a quick slap on the wrist from somewhere and is now in “no comment” mode.


  16. Setting up the narrative before the storm even hits. How predictable.


    “And the president has already issued an emergency declaration for the state:

    “But that’s not good enough for liberals who are already saying Trump will ignore what’s going on because Hawaii voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016:”


  17. “The ghouls need to go away and keep their mouth shut. ”

    You mean like the NY Times, or maybe Elizabeth Warren?

    Or are some ghouls more equal than others, and it’s OK as long as it’s to attack Trump?


    “New York Times ‘Seizes’ On Murder Of Mollie Tibbetts To Attack Donald Trump

    The paper stealth edited a report on an illegal immigrant murdering Mollie Tibbetts in order to criticize President Trump.”


    “Elizabeth Warren To Mollie Tibbetts’ Family: You Need To Focus On ‘Real Problems’ Like Immigrant Family Separations

    The Tibbets family has been permanently separated from their child, yet Fauxahontas doesn’t want to hear about that, right?


  18. “Warren said she’s ‘sorry’ Mollie Tibbetts is dead, but we must focus on the ‘real problems’ of lawbreaking parents at the border who are being temporarily separated from their kids.”


  19. Most people appreciate that the Tibbetts family is grieving, but all murders are a public concern, and the details of any of them may be fodder for discussion and debate. Some pundits may be misusing the event, but it’s not really her family’s decision whether the circumstances can or can’t be discussed.


  20. I’m sorry for the family, but no one has to go to a college that costs $50K a year. If you don’t have money, you can go to your local junior college for two years for a lot less money.

    A liberal friend points out, however, that when colleges start costing that much and demand their students borrow such vast sums, the colleges should be on the hook for guaranteeing they will help a graduate find a job.

    A change like that will effect colleges and student finances to the better.

    For example, other friends’ child graduated from Virginia tech. 90% of graduates had jobs upon graduation. I’d send a kid there without a second thought.


  21. The NYT article looks to edited for space not bias.

    Warren pivoted away from Tibbets to immigration in general, a mistake (for her) in that she’s furthering the narrative of the two being linked. Sometimes politicians (and journalists) need to know when to keep their mouth shut.

    I agree that crime stories can be in the public interest but the reality is some murders get more attention than others. And some get attention and are used by others against family wishes. A little discretion is needed here.


  22. Michelle @ 2:10. Even Clemson, but more likely Purdue.
    Chuck went to USC-Columbia. Majored in Chemical Engineering.
    It worked for him.


  23. It was all for show.

    And further proof Comey and Strzok are lying frauds, as are several of the other flunkies. Despite even more evidence, which they hid from the public, they still didn’t charge Clinton with any crime. This is a miscarriage of justice.

    Yet the same frauds wanna impeach Trump for campaign violations that aren’t really crimes.


    “When then-FBI Director James Comey announced he was closing the Hillary Clinton email investigation for a second time just days before the 2016 election, he certified to Congress that his agency had “reviewed all of the communications” discovered on a personal laptop used by Clinton’s closest aide, Huma Abedin, and her husband, Anthony Weiner.

    At the time, many wondered how investigators managed over the course of one week to read the “hundreds of thousands” of emails residing on the machine, which had been a focus of a sex-crimes investigation of Weiner, a former Congressman.

    Comey later told Congress that “thanks to the wizardry of our technology,” the FBI was able to eliminate the vast majority of messages as “duplicates” of emails they’d previously seen. Tireless agents, he claimed, then worked “night after night after night” to scrutinize the remaining material.

    But virtually none of his account was true, a growing body of evidence reveals.

    In fact, a technical glitch prevented FBI technicians from accurately comparing the new emails with the old emails. Only 3,077 of the 694,000 emails were directly reviewed for classified or incriminating information. Three FBI officials completed that work in a single 12-hour spurt the day before Comey again cleared Clinton of criminal charges.

    “Most of the emails were never examined, even though they made up potentially 10 times the evidence” of what was reviewed in the original year-long case that Comey closed in July 2016, said a law enforcement official with direct knowledge of the investigation.

    Yet even the “extremely narrow” search that was finally conducted, after more than a month of delay, uncovered more classified material sent and/or received by Clinton through her unauthorized basement server, the official said. Contradicting Comey’s testimony, this included highly sensitive information dealing with Israel and the U.S.-designated terrorist group Hamas. The former secretary of state, however, was never confronted with the sensitive new information and it was never analyzed for damage to national security.”

    “Comey later told Congress that “thanks to the wizardry of our technology,” the FBI was able to eliminate the vast majority of messages as “duplicates” of emails they’d previously seen. Tireless agents, he claimed, then worked “night after night after night” to scrutinize the remaining material.”

    Which is a lie. To Congress. Under oath.

    But like with Clapper’s perjury, the deep staters will let the statue of limitations run out before looking further.

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  24. Ricky,

    You should read that Real Clear piece. It should disabuse you of several of the misconceptions you’ve fallen for while blindly supporting these abusers of power.


  25. Oh my…

    “If the FBI “soft-pedaled” the original investigation of Clinton’s emails, as some critics have said, it out-and-out suppressed the follow-up probe related to the laptop, sources for this article said.

    “There was no real investigation and no real search,” said Michael Biasello, a 27-year veteran of the FBI. “It was all just show — eyewash — to make it look like there was an investigation before the election.”

    Although the FBI’s New York office first pointed headquarters to the large new volume of evidence on Sept. 28, 2016, supervising agent Peter Strzok, who was fired on Aug. 10 for sending anti-Trump texts and other misconduct, did not try to obtain a warrant to search the huge cache of emails until Oct. 30, 2016. Violating department policy, he edited the warrant affidavit on his home email account, bypassing the FBI system for recording such government business. He also began drafting a second exoneration statement before conducting the search.”

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  26. Strzok is dirty.

    Lying and colluding to influence an election in favor of Trump’s opponent.

    “But after Comey decided he’d have to move forward with the search regardless, Strzok and his investigators suddenly claimed they could finish the work in the short time remaining prior to national polls opening.

    At the same time, they cut off communications with the New York field office. “We should essentially have no reason for contact with NYO going forward on this,” Strzok texted Page on Nov. 2.

    Strzok followed up with another text that same day, which seemed to echo earlier texts about what they viewed as their patriotic duty to stop Trump and support Clinton.

    “Your country needs you now,” he said in an apparent attempt to buck up Page, who was “very angry” they were having to reopen the Clinton case. “We are going to have to be very wise about all of this.”

    “We’re going to make sure the right thing is done,” he added. “It’s gonna be ok.”

    Responded Page: “I have complete confidence in the [Midyear] team.”

    “Our team,” Strzok texted back. “I’m telling you to take comfort in that.” Later, he reminded Page that any conversations she had with McCabe “would be covered under atty [attorney-client] privilege.”

    Suddenly, however, the impossible project suddenly became manageable thanks to what Comey described as a “huge breakthrough.” As the new cache of emails arrived, the bureau claimed it had solved one of the most labor-intensive aspects of the previous Midyear investigation – having to sort through the tens of thousands of Clinton emails on various servers and electronic devices manually.

    Advanced new “de-duplicating” technology would allow them to speed through the mountain of new emails automatically flagging copies of previously reviewed material.

    Strzok, who led the effort, echoed Comey’s words, later telling the IG’s investigators that technicians were able “to do amazing things” to “rapidly de-duplicate” the emails on the laptop, which significantly lowered the number of emails that he and other investigators had to individually review manually.

    But according to the IG, FBI’s technology division only “attempted” to de-duplicate the emails, but ultimately was unsuccessful. The IG cited a report prepared Nov. 15, 2016, by three officials from the FBI’s Boston field office. Titled “Anthony Weiner Laptop Review for Communications Pertinent to Midyear Exam,” it found that “[b]ecause metadata was largely absent, the emails could not be completely, automatically de-duplicated or evaluated against prior emails recovered during the investigation.””

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  27. I’m starting to think the rush to plead Cohen yesterday was because this was about to break. They want to preempt the damage they knew was coming. Let’s not forget Strzok was on Mueller’s team too. Now we know why he was fired too.

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  28. Selection bias can’t be measured but is a fairly well known problem.

    In media, stories are selected for various reasons….ease of reporting, personal preference, political preference, relatability, marketing. etc. Hence white girl goes missing while jogging is a story whereas junkie prostitute goes missing is not a story. Police also tend to ignore the latter but work the former.

    In psychology, its called the WEIRD problem. Most of their studies are conducted on western educated students in industrialized rich democracies. Thus their conclusions on human nature may not be valid.


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