Humint Events Online: July 2017

Thursday, July 06, 2017

"Under President Donald Trump, American security will be as dominant in the heavens as we are here on Earth"

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Sunday, July 02, 2017

Putin's Puppet So Eager to Please His Master

This is obscene and outrageous:
Donald Trump has told White House aides to come up with possible concessions to offer as bargaining chips in his planned meeting next week with Vladimir Putin, according to two former officials familiar with the preparations. National security council staff have been tasked with proposing “deliverables” for the first Trump-Putin encounter, including the return of two diplomatic compounds Russians were ordered to vacate by the Obama administration in response to Moscow’s interference in the 2016 election, the former officials said. It is not clear what Putin would be asked to give in return.
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Anti-Intellectualism on the Rise

The last employees departed from the science division of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy last week, leaving the division completely unstaffed, according to a Friday report by CBS News.
CBS News reported, citing unnamed sources, that the division was unstaffed as of Friday, but noted the White House may assign the policy subjects previously handled by the division to other staff within the office.
Eleanor Celeste, formerly the office’s assistant director for biomedical and forensic sciences, tweeted a farewell on Friday.

Some history:

"The head of the NRA said: "academic elites, political elites, and media elites. These are America’s greatest domestic threats".
This should trouble you - especially the academic elites part - as most horrible authoritarian governments begin by targeting intellectuals.
Mao bragged, "Emperor Shih Huang of the China Dynasty.. had buried alive 460 scholars only, but we have buried alive 46,000 scholars." The Khmer Rouge murdered anyone who wore eyeglasses on the assumption that they could read and were an intellectual. Franco was violently anti-intellectual, which is why your favorite writers were all off fighting the Spanish civil war. The Night of the Long Batons where libraries were burnt, and academics ousted from housing ushered in Onganía's dictatorship in Argentina. And I forgot the best one of all - "When I hear the word culture I reach for my revolver." (By Nazi playwright Hanns Johst.) ... Lenin's regime began by exiling 220 prominent intellectuals on "philosopher's ships."  
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