Here is a delightful thing

May. 23rd, 2017 09:38 am
rydra_wong: The display board of a train reads "this train is fucked". (this train is fucked)
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Via [ profile] violent-darts:

AV Club: Meme becomes reality as Netflix orders Lupita Nyong’o and Rihanna’s con artist movie

Because we need it this morning.

Fuck terrorism, fuck Katie Hopkins and her vile cohorts, pre-emptively fuck Trump because presumably he's going to make some sort of statement about Manchester at some point and it's going to be awful (or at best the kind of vacuous blandness that means they've managed to make him stick to a script for a few moments), go awesome black women and making movies happen through the power of Twitter and delight.

May all the surviving kids at the concert be safe and reunited with their families soon and participating in the proud British tradition of recounting acts of terrorism in terms of the epic journeys that had to be taken because public transport was shut down (a la 7/7 -- Americans: "We weep for you!" British people: "I had to walk for FIVE HOURS").

ETA: Oh fuck they let him write at least part of it. Yes, of course Buttercup thinks the worst thing you can call someone is a "loser". Because winning is all that counts, and Buttercup is the winningest winner ever. Losing means you're wrong because winning is right.
rydra_wong: The display board of a train reads "this train is fucked". (this train is fucked)
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No, a literal one, not (just) metaphorical. I had to Google to be sure. Reality is getting way too on-the-nose lately.

Also: TPM: Trump Denies He Said ‘Israel’ When He Shared Israeli Intelligence With Russia

That's right: while in Israel, Buttercup spontaneously confirmed for the press that Israel was the source of the uber-classified intel he shared with the Russians without the Israelis' permission, but he thinks it's all fine because he didn't say the word "Israel" while in the room with the Russians (just, you know, now, on TV, in front of the entire world, in case the Russians had any remaining doubt about where the intel came from), so that's okay.

Popcorn for everybody!

May. 20th, 2017 09:43 am
rydra_wong: Nichole watches TV: "My name is John Dean III and I want to spill my guts out." "Proceed." (john dean III -- watergate)
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The Guardian: Officials identify White House 'person of interest' in Trump-Russia investigation

The Washington Post reported that investigators have identified a current White House official as a significant person of interest, according to people familiar with the matter. The individual is described as someone who is “close to the president”. (yes, some of us have used up our free articles at the WaPo again)

(The Guardian are also reading Buttercup's claim that he "speaks for himself" in his most recent denials of collusion with Russia as suggesting that he may be preparing to throw others in his staff under the bus. Which, one presumes, those others may be suspecting too.)


NYT: Trump Told Russians That Firing ‘Nut Job’ Comey Eased Pressure From Investigation

“I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Mr. Trump said, according to the document, which was read to The New York Times by an American official. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”

Mr. Trump added, “I’m not under investigation.”


Politico: Trump meets with lawyers at the White House

Money quote:

Some aides have begun reaching out to lawyers to see if they need counsel, according to one attorney who has spoken to several of them. This lawyer declined to identify the aides because he said at least two may end up being retained by his firm.

Via John Dean, who has deja vu.

Meanwhile! Madison is grappling with the fact that not every issue can be settled by committee

Reuters: Exclusive: Trump campaign had at least 18 undisclosed contacts with Russians

In January, the Trump White House initially denied any contacts with Russian officials during the 2016 campaign. The White House and advisers to the campaign have since confirmed four meetings between Kislyak and Trump advisers during that time.

(I'm still not clear if those four are included in the 18 under discussion, or in addition to.)


Talking Points Memo: Big Trouble

A round-up of multiple links including those related to Flynn's being an unregistered foreign agent for Turkey, including the fact that he blocked a military operation against ISIS that Turkey didn't want, and that according to the NYT:

on January 4th, Flynn notified Trump Transition lawyer and now White House Counsel Donald McGahn that he was being investigated for his undeclared lobbying work on behalf of Turkey.

The article puts the pieces together and makes a very strong case that Pence can't have not known about this:

In this case, Pence was saying in March that he was only just learning about Flynn’s work for Turkey. But we now learn that Flynn had notified McGahn he was being investigated by the DOJ for that work at the beginning of January.

Well, that’s McGahn, not Pence.

But remember, Pence ran the Transition!

Maybe for some reason McGahn somehow didn’t tell Pence. But that’s very, very hard to figure since Flynn was in line for one of the most consequential positions in any presidency and McGahn had just been notified of a fact that under most circumstances would be disqualifying. If Pence lied about this part of the Flynn saga, the idea that he innocently passed on Flynn’s lies about the Kislyak conversation instantly looks much less credible.

In other words, Pence is up to his eyeballs in all of this too.

Slate tries to cope:

Everything Feels Like It Happened Forever Ago
rydra_wong: The display board of a train reads "this train is fucked". (this train is fucked)
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but please spam your social medias for those who might not -- especially young people, many of whom aren't registered, owing to the shift to individual registration:

You have to be registered by the 22nd May to vote in the election on the 8th June.

I would like to take this opportunity

May. 18th, 2017 01:13 pm
rydra_wong: Assorted Watergate conspirators sing along: "We're Richard Nixon's seeecret tapes club band!" (secret tapes club band)
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To remind people of the extreme excellence (and popcorn-and-schadenfreude delight) that is this four-hour BBC documentary:

YouTube: Watergate (1994)

(I got a friend hooked and since then she and I have both been going round randomly exclaiming "Chinese-motif houseboat!" or "Fire-bomb the Brookings Institute!" from time to time and cackling.)

If you didn't live through those events and are currently going "Saturday Night Massacre, wtf, I thought that was something to do with Al Capone," this is your chance to get caught up.

As I keep saying, I don't think current events are going to play out like Watergate, because that would be bizarrely improbable and weird, and yes history replays itself but not in identical forms -- but then reality seems intent on proving me wrong ...


May. 14th, 2017 02:08 am
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Did you know I was a fashion blogger for like ten minutes? I was. It was fun.

I hate my body and I hate clothing my body but I love fashion. I just spent two hours browsing mori/strega/lagenlook fashion on Pinterest. Mostly I just want to live like a fantasy novel protagonist all the time. Is that so wrong?

Don't answer that.

If you have favorite tumblrs or pinterest boards or whatever for fashion please share in the comments! I want more to look at.
rydra_wong: Nichole watches TV: "My name is John Dean III and I want to spill my guts out." "Proceed." (john dean III -- watergate)
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Via [ profile] johnwdean:

Washington Post: This is not a crisis, Republicans say as a large spider slowly devours them

If this were a real crisis, there would be no other news. An alert would go over the TV. It would say, “Democracy Alert!” and make an unpleasant sound.


May. 13th, 2017 07:39 am
rydra_wong: Nichole watches TV: "My name is John Dean III and I want to spill my guts out." "Proceed." (john dean III -- watergate)
[personal profile] rydra_wong
"The president and his spokesman later refused to say whether he tapes his visitors, something Mr. Trump was suspected of doing when he was in business in New York."


"Representatives John Conyers Jr. of Michigan and Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, the top Democrats on the judiciary and oversight committees, sent a letter to the White House demanding copies of any recordings if they exist."

Two things

May. 12th, 2017 06:35 pm
rydra_wong: Assorted Watergate conspirators sing along: "We're Richard Nixon's seeecret tapes club band!" (secret tapes club band)
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1) Mother Jones are doubling down. They're launching a special reporting project to investigate the Trump-Russia connection and fundraising to support it.

2) Tweet from @realDonaldTrump: James Comey better hope that there are no tapes of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press! 5:26 am 12 May 2017

Oh my god. Oh my actual fucking god. He can't mean what he seems to mean. Can he?

Can I just mention that the first hint of the existence of Nixon's White House taping system came when he dropped a threatening mention that he had John Dean "on tape" (before hastily retracting and claiming he'd been referring to a Dictabelt account of the meeting which he had recorded subsequently)?

I swear, I am clapping like a very happy autistic seal.

I mean. Trump can't have taped himself. Surely. But the idea is so very very beautiful.
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A US friend who will be visiting London next month says:

Also: we have consumed all seasons of the Great British Bake-Off and would now like to consume things we've seen on the show that we can't get here: bakewell tarts, battenburg cake, victoria sponge,buns of all sorts. We might be mildly obsessed? So if there's a traditional tearoom or bakery you love, let us know!

Victoria sponge seems relatively easy to find, but where's the good battenburg cake at? (I used to love it when I was little, and this made me realize that I've not eaten any in ages.)


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