So Much For ‘Just Trolling People’: Trump Revokes John Brennan’s Security Clearance

By Heisenberg Report

Now tell us, Paul Ryan, do you still think he was “just trolling people”?

Late last month, facing withering criticism for his obsequious performance in Helsinki, Donald Trump threatened to revoke the security clearances of the following intelligence and security officials:

  • Former CIA Dir. Brennan
  • Former FBI Dir. Comey
  • Former DNI Clapper
  • Former NSA Dir. Hayden
  • Former National Security Adviser Rice
  • Andrew McCabe

The rationale? Well, their criticism of Trump, number one, but also the “monetization” of their clearances.

The reaction Trump got to that threat was almost as bad as the reviews he got after the Putin press conference. Responses from the media, lawmakers and some of the officials in question ranged from fatalistic to incredulous to “surely he’s kidding.”

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Fever Pitch

By James Howard Kunstler

Those in the USA who have not been driven plumb insane by President Donald Trump are probably scratching their heads down to the subdural cavity this week with his imposition of more severe sanctions on Russia only a month after he went to Helsinki to repair tattered relations with Russia’s president, Mr. Putin. The official reason: payback for the poisoning in Wiltshire, UK, of Sergei Skripal, retired UK/Russia double agent, and his daughter Yulia.

Really? For that? For a botched assassination with one of the world’s most potent military nerve agents which, by the way, failed to kill its victims. (Somebody please go inform the Russian military that they may have batch problems over at the nerve agent lab.) Oh, also, by the way, there’s less evidence that whatever-it-was on the Skripal’s doorknob, or in the bubble-and-squeak they ordered at that restaurant, came from Russia than from the UK’s own military poisons lab at nearby Porton Down.

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‘People Have Said P.T. Barnum!’ Trump’s Reality Distortion Loop Gets A New Dimension With TiVo Reruns

By Heisenberg Report

As you’re no doubt aware, the idea that Donald Trump spends an inordinate amount of time watching cable television is a popular misconception. Sure, it might seem like he watches a lot of TV because almost everything he tweets between the hours of 6:30 AM and 11:30 AM (i.e. “executive time“) is a quote from Fox News, but what you have to understand is that he’s usually too busy reading to turn on the television.

“I don’t get to watch much television”, the President famously said last year, before elaborating as follows:

Primarily because of documents. I’m reading documents. A lot.

Right. But again, the fact that the President habitually quotes Fox virtually every morning, means he’s either watching it, or else they’re sending him transcripts. Take Monday morning for example:

Well, according to a new Axios article, when Trump gets some time away from Fox News and when he isn’t immersed in “documents”, he likes to watch the Donald Trump show – literally. “Like an NFL coach reviewing game film, President Trump likes to watch replays of his debate and rally performances”, Jonathan Swan writes.

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We Think We Know The Real Reason Trump Is Losing His Shit Over The Mueller Investigation Right Now

By Evan Hurst

[biiwii comment: let’s balance out the previous hysterical post a bit with this one]

Hey, want to hear the world’s most amusingly hilarious LOL joke? Donald Trump wants the Robert Mueller investigation to be over in “a couple of weeks.” LMAO KNEESLAPPER EAT SHIT, MR. PRESIDENT!

Anyway, quick update on the Robert Mueller investigation, which will be over when it is goddamned over, thank you. NBC News reports that Mueller is in negotiations to interview Emin Agalarov AKA Just Call Him Emin, the mediocre yet homely Russian pop star who helped set up Donald Trump Jr.’s Russian treason meeting in Trump Tower. Will Mueller be successful in this endeavor? Dunno, but he’s talking to Emin’s lawyers! Of course, Emin lives in Russia, and we don’t see Vladimir Putin serving up the Russians Mueller has indicted so far, so we doubt he’s going to serve up Emin on a platter. However, Emin really really really really really wants to be a big pop star in America so if Mueller wants him, may we suggest he tell Emin he is “opening” for “Ariana Grande” at “Madison Square Garden”? It very well might work. (Emin sucks. You should know that Emin sucks.)

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller: Grand Inquisitor?

By Bob Hoye

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Trump’s Tariffs Claim Another Victim As General Motors Slashes Profit Outlook, Shares Tumble

By Heisenberg Report

Tariffs are the greatest!

That assessment of America’s protectionist push, delivered on Tuesday via Twitter proclamation, underscored the notion that Donald Trump is becoming increasingly detached from reality as he plunges further down the trade war rabbit hole on the way to taking US protectionism to levels last seen in the mid- 1970s.

Tariffs

Trump’s efforts to extol the imagined virtues of his trade policies came just hours ahead of an announcement that the government is now moving to bailout American farmers hurt by China’s retaliatory tariffs. The proposed $12 billion aide package was roundly criticized by Republican lawmakers and didn’t play especially well with the agricultural community either.

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‘I Fully Support Jerome Powell’: At G-20, Steve Mnuchin Swears Trump Respects Fed Independence

By Heisenberg Report

This weekend, Steve Mnuchin is in Buenos Aires for the G-20 meeting, and much like his first trip to the summit earlier this year, he’s under pressure to defend the Trump administration’s adversarial approach to global trade.

It’s a tough sell, to be sure. Trump is effectively trying to roll back decades of progress on globalization and free trade. As BofAML’s Michael Hartnett recently put it, “new tariffs are set to boost US protectionism to highest level since mid- 1970s”.

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Mulvaney Tells Fox Trump Didn’t Say What Trump Said About The Fed

By Heisenberg Report

It’s been a rough week for Trump administration officials.

The problem for the President’s advisors, aides and apologists is that Trump insists on taking the most controversial position possible on every single issue that has the misfortune of landing on his plate.

From international relations to domestic issues to economic policy, he revels in controversy. He seemingly views everything as an opportunity to “prove” his “disruptor” credentials, even when it’s not necessary. Here’s how I described it earlier on Friday:

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WHAT THE HOLY MOTHERFUCKING FUCK WAS THAT TRUMP-PUTIN PRESS CONFERENCE?

By Evan Hurst

We feel like we say this a lot during these dark days of the Trump era, but WHAT IN THE HOLY MOTHERFUCKING FUCK DID WE JUST WATCH? And how in the hell can anyone who claims to give a shit about this country be OK with the public tongue-bath Donald Trump just gave Vladimir Putin on live TV?

The reviews are starting to roll in:

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Twelve Ham Sandwiches with Russian Dressing

By James Howard Kunstler

So, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page declined to testify before a congressional committee because she didn’t feel like it. Apparently we’re now a rule-of-law-optional nation. Until recently, we were merely reality-optional. That was fun, but when officers of the country’s leading law enforcement agency go optional on standard legal procedure, like answering subpoenas, then we’re truly in the land where anything goes (and nothing matters).

After two years of Trump-inspired hysteria, it’s pretty obvious what went on in the bungled Obama-Hillary power handoff of 2016 and afterward: the indictable shenanigans of candidate Hillary and her captive DNC prompted a campaign of agit-prop by the US Intel “community” to gaslight the public with a Russian meddling story that morphed uncontrollably into a crusade to make it impossible for Mr. Trump to govern. And what’s followed for many months is an equally bungled effort to conceal, deceive, and confuse the issues in the case by Democratic Party partisans still in high places. It was very likely begun with the tacit knowledge of President Obama, though he remained protected by a shield of plausible deniability. And it was carried out by high-ranking officials who turned out to be shockingly unprofessional, and whose activities have been disclosed through an electronic data evidence trail.

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When Collapse Goes Kinetic

By James Howard Kunstler

I suppose many who think about the prospect of economic collapse imagine something like a Death Star implosion that simply obliterates the normal doings of daily life overnight, leaving everybody in a short, nasty, brutish, Hobbesian free-for-all that dumps the survivors in a replay of the Stone Age — without the consolation of golden ages yet to come that we had the first time around.

The collapse of our techno-industrial set-up has actually been going on for some time, insidiously and corrosively, without shattering the scaffolds of seeming normality, just stealthily undermining them. I’d date the onset of it to about 2005 when the world unknowingly crossed an invisible border into the terra incognito of peak oil, by which, of course, I mean oil that societies could no longer afford to pull out of the ground. It’s one thing to have an abundance of really cheap energy, like oil was in 1955. But when the supply starts to get sketchy, and what’s left can only be obtained at an economic loss, the system goes quietly insane.

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Summer of Tough Love

By James Howard Kunstler

The golden Colossus of Trump looms over the national scene this summer like one of Jeff Koons’s giant, shiny, balloon-puppy sculptures — a monumental expression of semiotic vacancy. At the apogee of Trumpdom, everything’s coming up covfefe. The stock market is 5000 points ahead since 1/20/17. Little Rocket Man is America’s bitch. We’re showing those gibbering Asian hordes and European café layabouts a thing or two about fair trade. Electric cars are almost here to save the day. And soon, American youth will be time-warping around the solar system in the new US Space Corps!

Enjoy it while you can. Events are converging ominously this summer in the direction of unwinding expectations and serial train wrecks of finance and politics. Mr. Trump has made hubris simple by bragging on the supposed triumphs of “his” economy. When it blows up, he’ll own that, too, and the second half of 2018 liable to be a debris-field of shattered national economies, zombie corporations, and floundering institutions.

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