First Leaker Charged Under Trump Administration, California Gov. Meets With Chinese President, BitCoin's Value Continues To Grow: P.M. Links

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    Criminal charges have been filed against an NSA contractor for leaking documents to the media. This marks the first leak prosecution of the Trump administration.

  • Everybody's favorite company, Uber, fires 20 employees as part of its sexual harrassment investigation.
  • Bitcoin's value continues to grow, stirring speculation that the cryptocurrency is riding a bubble. If only it could be like home prices, which everyone knows never go down.
  • A man attacked a French police officer with a hammer outside the Notre Dame cathedral this afternoon. Initial reports from the Interior Minister say the attacker shouted "this is for Syria!" before police gunned him down.
  • Looking to capitalize on his charisma and star power, California Gov. Jerry Brown sits down with Chinese President Xi Jinping to talk climate.

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  1. Milo Yiannopoulos to self-publish ‘Dangerous’

    And his fans have already made Dangerous No. 1 on Amazon.com

    Amazon should ban the book.

    1. One comment?

    2. yeah the progs don’t believe in freedom. It’s not “I don’t like the book, so I won’t buy it”, it’s “I don’t like this book, so no one should publish it”

      or “I don’t like your speech, so you can’t speak!”

  2. 4:57 my ass.

    1. This is becoming a pattern.

      1. It’s because Robby’s gone.

  3. Stories Reason is afraid to cover:

    The Trumps funneled thousands in donations allegedly for St. Jude’s into the Trump Organization as revenue

    “Golf charity experts say the listed expenses defy any reasonable cost justification for a one-day golf tournament.”

    I am shocked that a sleazy real estate developer is being accused of sleazy accounting practices.

    1. Golf charity experts

      That’s a thing?

    2. I’m more interested in the article a little further down about how Trump blocking people on Twitter is a First Amendment issue. I want to hear the legal scholars and their opinions behind this theory.

      1. If there’s going to be an official twitter channel, it seems to me that being allowed to reply to the tweets falls under the right to petition clause.

        1. Luckily, there are no official twitter channels. Just random accounts on a website that lets you send messages to friends.

        2. I disagree.

          Consider it like a press conference. You have to be invited, don’t get to ask questions. Same difference. Its not like he’s preventing you from reading his tweets. Though I don’t know why anyone bothers.

          1. Also, while you have a right to petition the government, the government has the right to ignore you. You cannot FORCE somebody to listen to you.

            …unless you’re a tranny and demand people pretend you’re a different sex.

            But that’s more LIBERTARIAN MOMENT!!! stuff.

    3. Wait, is reason in the tank for Trump now? I thought a bunch of people left because Reason was overly critical of Trump.

  4. LOL at 10 comments. I guess the regulars just gave up waiting.

  5. This is how bad it’s getting:

    In Seattle, is it now taboo to be friends with a Republican?

    In some quarters ? like with some down at Seattle City Hall ? our extreme political polarization is a badge of honor, not something to worry about or fix.

    Can we just get along?

    This question is being asked more and more, what with the bitter polarization of the nation. The answer, right now, would appear to be a resounding no.

    It’s not because we can’t. We don’t want to.

    I had that thought the other day when I was listening to the Seattle City Council. Many council meetings of late involve left-wingers shouting at other left-wingers for not being left-wing enough. But on this day, a new purity test of left-wingedness was revealed.

    One council member, Tim Burgess, tried to highlight this basic agreement by noting that “even some of our Republican friends” have been calling for seismic changes to the incarceration system.

    Kshama Sawant wasn’t having any of that. She stood up and said Burgess wasn’t speaking for her with this “our Republican friends” stuff. Because, she assured the crowd, she doesn’t have any Republican friends.

    1. Yay, cheered the crowd.

      Now it’s hardly surprising that Sawant, a socialist, isn’t having GOPers over for mint juleps. But it’s pretty unusual to my ears for a politician to boast that her tribalism excludes even the possibility of warm feelings toward political opponents, even as humans.

      1. It’s not because we can’t. We don’t want to.

        I like to tell myself that we see this mainly because the two major parties have become such a joke.

        What I mean is that both parties seem to have been abandoned by rational people and the only ones who are left are basically from the borderline-personality-disorder population.

        Content on both sides has been replaced more and more by definitional partisanship – “I don’t disagree with you because of what you’re saying – I disagree with what you’re saying because you’re you.”

        Of course she doesn’t have any Republican friends – that would undermine the whole point of why she’s there.

        I find a dark hope in this (it will get worse before it gets better) because I meet more and more rational people who just can’t stomach either dominant party anymore.

        1. And those same ppl want their taxes cut and government out of their Medicare. I guess forlorn is still technically hope.

        2. Setting party affiliation aside for a moment, my experience has been Team Red types are more willing to listen and disagree respectfully with people who have different ideas. I haven’t seen as many Team Red people jump instantly to if you’re on the wrong team you are literal maoist totalitarians. The trend among Team Blue devotees however seems to be that 100% of Team Red people are literal SA neo-nazi white supremacists. They usually have very good sources that prove this, such as articles on medium that repeat the same assertion that “X is an alt-right neo nazi” using several different wordings and zero display of evidence.

          1. my experience has been Team Red types are more willing to listen and disagree respectfully with people who have different ideas.

            Same. I think this is because they generally believe there are numerous things more important than politics…i.e. being professional and courteous at work, getting along with family/friends, etc. Whereas Team Blue types are more likely to confuse politics with life itself. Great aunt Mildred disagrees with me? Then she disagrees with all that is good and right in the world, so she is to be treated like a Nazi pedophile.

            1. On the other hand, if a Nazi pedophile agrees with me…well, he must not be so bad. They should make a sentimental biopic about him starring Sean Penn.

          2. Setting party affiliation aside for a moment, my experience has been Team Red types are more willing to listen and disagree respectfully with people who have different ideas.

            I think the Pew Trusts ran some studies which leaned to that conclusion.

          3. “I haven’t seen as many Team Red people jump instantly to if you’re on the wrong team you are literal maoist totalitarians. ”

            You clearly haven’t read the comment section at Breitbart.

          4. Team Red types are more willing to listen and disagree respectfully with people who have different ideas

            At this particular historical moment I think that’s true in the balance.

            20-30 years ago the situation was pretty well the opposite – Team Red was the old-people party, and had a tremendous sense of infallible righteousness standing against social corruption that manifested in drugs, prostitution, satanism, pacifism, laziness, criminality, Marxism and general moral degeneracy. Probably all as the result of a secret Soviet operation conducted in tandem with Hollywood.

            Now Team Blue is the old-people party and has a tremendous sense of infallible righteousness standing against social corruption that manifests in racism, sexism, pollution, poverty, exploitation and heartless capitalist greed. Probably as the result of a secret Corporate plot conducted in tandem with Wall Street.

            My grandfather, for example, told me in the early 90s that it should be illegal to even advocate drug legalization on the “yelling fire in a crowded theater” principle. At that time, that was considered the “reasonable” position on the issue. The only people advocating legalization of drugs or prostitution were libertarians and occasional liberal Democrats, but they were ostracized and never taken seriously, no matter how solid their arguments and data.

            But they were never met with counter-arguments – just derision – “hah! Get a load of this guy!”

            1. That’s where Team Blue is right now. The remaining faithful who aren’t starting to doubt the party’s core (many clearly are) are so confident that where they are disagreed with they are in the right – and not just right, but astonishingly, colossally, obviously right – that they feel no need to present counter-arguments, only to dismiss those who disagree with them.

              I predict that they will go through their dark night of the soul like so many 80s Republicans did, and the parties will re-organize, like they do every now and again.

              1. Except they have a way deeper support network that might make it not necessary for them.

            2. 20-30 years ago the situation was pretty much the same as it is today.

              If you were ‘team reddish’ in any way and you had friends that were ‘blue’ you kept them as friends by letting them spew and keeping your mouth shut.

        3. t’s also because government has come to stick its fingers in so many pies that more and more, it’s a better use of time and resources to (try to) influence government than mind your own business. And government as we have it is a zero sum game; you can be sure that if your competitor or even some other special interest group gets zoning changed to their benefit, it won’t be to yours. Look at Obamacare as a gross example: as unfree market as it used to be, health care insurance at least had some choices, by employer if nothing else. Now it’s been constricted a lot, and if teh single payer fans get their way, it will be even worse. So you better get birth control covered for everybody, including 80 year old males, lest somebody else grab the spotlight with their inclusion of 26 year old descendants as family members.

          It makes cooperation with anyone else a political non-starter. You can bet that if Dems started to get their way, they will be eating each other over the petty differences which weren’t even on the radar when the others were Republicans.

          1. You can bet that if Dems started to get their way, they will be eating each other over the petty differences which weren’t even on the radar when the others were Republicans.

            The article alludes to that– at least in the local political sphere. The left has gotten 197% of everything it wants, and so as they noted, city council meetings have devolved into a bunch of left-wing lunatics screaming at other left-wing lunatics that they’re not left-wing enough.

            This trend started about 15 years ago when The Stranger noted in a local political race (and I’m paraphrasing– but not much) that ‘only in Seattle can an affirmative action-supporting liberal Democrat be accused of being a right-wing reactionary racist.’

            1. only in Seattle can an affirmative action-supporting liberal Democrat be accused of being a right-wing reactionary racist

              Oh no – that describes many places in California.

              1. I actually consider affirmative action-supporting liberal Democrats “reactionary racists”. For real. Not right-wing though.

          2. And government as we have it is a zero sum game; you can be sure that if your competitor or even some other special interest group gets zoning changed to their benefit, it won’t be to yours.

            I’ve made this very point to Tony and other progs; don’t lament the “loss of civility” when your political tribe has been front and center since the 1960s in branding anyone who disagrees with you as a fascist. For these people, it’s forever 1933 and everyone to the right of them are varying degrees of Hitler.

            1. Yup. For a long time, it was Lefties think the Right is evil and the Right thinks Lefties are just misguided and stupid.

              The Right NOW views the Left as irredeemably evil. They will suppress your rights under the guise of “equality” and never even recognize how fascist they are. It’s to the point where I will no longer vote against Lindsay Graham, who is a useless fuckwit, because the Democrat — without fail — will be worse.

              It also allows the Republicans to just jettison everything they’ve campaigned for for the last few years because, whether I like it or not, the Democrats are still going to be exponentially worse. I’d prefer an inept lazy buffoon over a hyper-active moral busybody.

              To paraphrase Ann Coulter, I prefer muggers to politicians because muggers don’t expect you to thank them for robbing you and spending your money.

    2. Lately, some groups of liberals have been trying to go the other way, by setting out on political-outreach pilgrimages to “try and understand the other side of the American political divide,” as Crosscut’s Knute Berger described one trip. It was a five-hour drive into Eastern Oregon so Seattle liberals could sit and talk with rangeland conservatives.

      See the animals in their native habitat! 5 HOUR DRIVE!

      1. I have seen the land beyond!

      2. Cascadia can’t come soon enough.

        1. Cascadia The eruption of Mount Rainier can’t come soon enough.

          FTFY

          1. And I’ll see it from my office and think, “this is God telling me my masturbation was unwanted.” My final thoughts.

      3. And conservatives aren’t going to not offer their services, even though they should.

        Because I’d love to see the utopia of Progressive cities when you would get gender studies grads trying to be electricians and failing.

        It’s quite sad that Progressives have so thoroughly confused “credentials” for “intelligence”, which “allows” them to look down on their lessers. Because, truthfully, an electrician or plumber has mounds more practical knowledge than 90% of college grads today.

  6. initial reports from the Interior Minister say the attacker shouted “this is for Syria!”

    No word yet on the motive…

  7. Gov. Jerry Brown sits down with Chinese President Xi Jinping to talk climate.

    Trump pulls the US out of a symbolic/rhetorical/illegal “agreement” and now the Chinese are the ones with whom to discuss enviro protection. Seems legit.

  8. This marks the first leak prosecution of the Trump administration.

    At least illiberals and regressives get to be pro-leak and anti-war again.

  9. Looking to capitalize on his charisma and star power, California Gov. Jerry Brown sits down with Chinese President Xi Jinping to talk climate.

    LOGAN ACT! LOGAN ACT ! LOGAN ACT !

  10. Everybody’s favorite company, Uber, fires 20 employees as part of its sexual harrassment investigation.

    For not putting out.

  11. Looking to capitalize on his charisma and star power, California Gov. Jerry Brown sits down with Chinese President Xi Jinping to talk climate.

    And how they can further retard their economies.

  12. A man attacked a French police officer with a hammer outside the Notre Dame cathedral this afternoon.

    Everything looked like a nail.

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