Trump Meets with Theresa May in Davos, Doomsday Clock Ticking Down, XFL Is Coming Back: P.M. Links

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    In Davos, Switzerland, President Donald Trump is looking to repair a diplomatic rift with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May.

  • Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) says Jared Kushner is too "spooked" to submit to a staff interview over the investigation of Russian ties to Trump's election campaign. Grassley blames the release of the transcripts of the interview with Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)
  • Scientists moved the Doomsday Clock to two minutes to midnight, the closest it's been since 1953, out of fears of nuclear war and climate change.
  • The Department of Justice inspector general says they've recovered a trove of missing texts of two FBI agents accused anti-Trump bias that might have influenced their investigations.
  • Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) is publicly critiquing FBI Director Chris Wray for statements that said that he wants government back doors into encryption (while also saying he didn't want back doors), which would jeopardize everybody's privacy and data security.
  • Home Depot is the latest business to announce employees will be getting bonuses due to the passage of federal tax cuts.
  • Just what we needed to complete the cultural time warp we've found ourselves in: Failed professional football league XFL is coming back in 2020.

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  1. NewscomIn Davos, Switzerland, President Donald Trump is looking to repair a diplomatic rift with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May.

    Two Churchill busts.

    1. Hello.

      “Home Depot is the latest business to announce employees will be getting bonuses due to the passage of federal tax cuts.”

      CRUMBS!

      1. For the doubly clueless award, Wasserman Shultz says it’s not much because it’s taxed. http://freebeacon.com/issues/w…..nt-go-far/

        1. That idiot could fuck up a bowl of cereal.

  2. Scientists moved the Doomsday Clock to two minutes to midnight, the closest it’s been since 1953, out of fears of nuclear war and climate change.

    I just check my smartphone for the time.

    1. Touch the Doomsday Cock at your own peril.

    2. Guys, January 20, 2017 was a whole year ago. What took you so long?

      1. Time, is like, relative, man.

      2. They were hoping Trump would be impeached by now, and Hillary would be president-then they would move it an hour back.

    3. Shouldn’t the Doomsday Clock be set to military time?

    4. Chicken Little, the Boy Who Cried Wolf, etc. etc.

    5. Nuclear war could lead to Doomsday.
      I don’t see how getting slightly nicer weather would be the end of the world.

      1. Some of us think there are other kinds of nice weather besides warmer.

        1. Is this a lead-in to the Geico commercial about how some people enjoy hammering their own testicles?

          1. Is that a thing?

            No, I just really like snow.

            1. There isn’t any scenario where the upper and lower halves of the planet don’t get snow every year.

        2. Bitterly cold weather?

  3. The Department of Justice inspector general says they’ve recovered a trove of missing texts of two FBI agents accused anti-Trump bias that might have influenced their investigations.

    Lois Lerner had them.

  4. The Department of Justice inspector general says they’ve recovered a trove of missing texts of two FBI agents accused anti-Trump bias that might have influenced their investigations.

    They were stuffed into Steve Bannon’s socks.

    1. So I guess they are all urine-stained now.

  5. Just what we needed to complete the cultural time warp we’ve found ourselves in: Failed professional football league XFL is coming back in 2020.

    MAGA

    1. Time to dust off the old original Nintendo and play some MAGAMAN for old time’s sake.

    2. Instead of the jersey saying “He Hate Me” the new melineal running back’s jersey will just say: “He H8 Me”.

      1. Mellinneal, whatever.

    3. Doomsday Clock Ticking Down, XFL Is Coming Back

      Shouldn’t the XFL part be first?

      1. Cause or effect?

  6. Home Depot is the latest business to announce employees will be getting bonuses due to the passage of federal tax cuts.

    Don’t those employees know how much they’re contributing to the deficits???

    1. Don’t worry. Those bonuses are taxable income.

  7. I’ll bet XFL takes off this time.

    1. I’ll bet the XFL plays all 6 verses of the National Anthem before each game and requires all the players to stand at attention with their hand over their heart and sing along with tears in their eyes. And they’ll play it again at halftime, along with God Bless America, America the Beautiful, Living in America, American Pie and Breakfast in America.

      1. If so, Pence will stay for the whole game.

        1. With blinders on so he can’t see the cheerleaders.

          1. He can see them if his wife is with him; but no touching.

      2. And Neil Diamond’s “They’re Coming to America”!

  8. Grassley blames the release of the transcripts of the interview with Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)

    At least government transparency is benefiting someone.

  9. Failed professional football league XFL is coming back in 2020.

    THEY ALL STAND STRAIGHT UP FOR THE ANTHEM AND OUR TROOPS.

    1. Not just that. Different rules. That favor defense.

      1. And none of this wimpy “concussion protocol” stuff.

  10. In Davos, Switzerland, President Donald Trump is looking to repair a diplomatic rift with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May.

    He’s the one who kept mistaking her for the porn star?

    1. You know which other world leader was occasionally mistaken for a porn star?

      1. *** scratches head ***

        Bill Clinton?

      2. Just In Trudeau?

        (I’ve often heard his name in connection with the term “big dick”.)

      3. Genghis Khan?

        1. Nicolas Maduro?

  11. Wyden, one of the senate’s most staunch defenders of encryption, responded in a letter sent to Wray on Thursday. The letter, first reported by Gizmodo, didn’t pull any punches, calling the FBI director’s position an “ill-informed policy proposal,” one that would “harm American security, liberty, and our economy.”

    Gizmodo was able to decrypt Wyden’s letter? How ironic.

    1. Gizmodo was able to decrypt Wyden’s letter? How ironic.

      Possibly just some damn fine zero-knowledge cryptanalysis or, more commonly, human factors engineering.

  12. Scientists moved the Doomsday Clock to two minutes to midnight, the closest it’s been since 1953, out of fears of nuclear war and climate change.

    Iron Maiden did it in 1984.

    1. Let’s kill the unborn in their womb!

      1. Where else would they be?

        1. In my soup!

          1. oh no

  13. Just what we needed to complete the cultural time warp we’ve found ourselves in: Failed professional football league XFL is coming back in 2020.

    To their credit, a lot of people may have had enough of the NFL by then.

  14. In Davos, Switzerland, President Donald Trump is looking to repair a diplomatic rift with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May.

    Maybe over some wine, and hunting poor people for sport? Idk what rich people do.

    1. Dress up like pheasants and fuck each other? /Bill Burr

  15. Sources told CNN on Wednesday that about one in 10 FBI phones were affected by the glitch — totaling in the thousands.

    How conVEEEENient!

    /Church Lady

  16. Scientists moved the Doomsday Clock to two minutes to midnight, the closest it’s been since 1953, out of fears of nuclear war and climate change.

    If the apoc happens, I think I’d go loot the Doomsday Clock, that would be some seriously epic lootz.

    1. If the apoc happens, I think I’d go loot the Doomsday Clock, that would be some seriously epic lootz.

      Loot the hell out of the place and then push the hands back by a minute on your way out.

    2. In other news, people remembered the doomsday clock for the first time since 1953

  17. Scientists moved the Doomsday Clock to two minutes to midnight, the closest it’s been since 1953, out of fears of nuclear war and climate change.

    So apparently the farthest we’ve been from doomsday since 1947 was in 1991, when we were at 11:43 pm. A quick chi-by-eye puts the average at around 11:53 pm. That sounds pretty damn close, and yet we’ve managed not to destroy ourselves. Almost enough to make one think that it’s not quite accurate.

    1. Also, there is next to nothing scientific about this.

      1. But scientists did it! Therefore: science.

        1. But even then, “Scientists”? Which ones? They’re not an overmind.

          1. Wow, with an attitude like that they should just set it to midnight.

  18. out of fears of nuclear war and climate change

    Srsly? I mean, the first is bogus. But the second is Onion worthy. Tho, so is the illicit straw police in CA.

  19. Kushner is too “spooked” to submit to a staff interview

    Kushner is too spooked to submit to a “staff” interview

    1. Boo!

      /Homer scream.

  20. Damn.

    I read that as ‘Doomsday Cock’.

    I need glasses.

    1. That’s one hell of a STD.

      1. Doomsday Cock was my nick name in high school. Ok no, it wasn’t but it is now, heading to the pub after work where I will advise everyone my nick name is now Doomsday cock… Which is much better than my current one… “oh shit not him again”

        1. Damn. Him again!

    2. Shouldn’t that be “I need a second glass”?

  21. Home Depot is the latest business to announce employees will be getting bonuses due to the passage of federal tax cuts.

    These big businesses are so obsessed with profit that they are voluntarily giving up some profit to reward their workers as a cynical ploy to make us think they aren’t totally obsessed with profit! Don’t fall for it!

    1. Don’t fall for it!

      It’s all a sham to get Trump elected again. Just like when Obama bailed out the automotive industry to win Ohio!

      1. Schultz’s response echoed comments that Pelosi made at the same event, in which she called the bonuses and wage increases that companies are giving workers due to Republican tax reform “crumbs.”

        “There’s a cartoon that I just love,” Pelosi said. “There’s a little mouse trap who’s got a little piece of cheese on there, and there’s a mouse about to take it and that’s called the middle class ? And around it are fat cats,” or big businesses.

        “And that’s the thing,” Pelosi continued. “You get this little thing and we get this big bonanza. You get the crumb, we get the banquet.”

        I swear I did not read that quote before coming up with that sarcastic comment. They are impossible to parody.

        1. Nothing is better for profits than killing (and presumably eating) your customers.

        2. “There’s a cartoon that I just love,” Pelosi said. “There’s a little mouse trap who’s got a little piece of cheese on there, and there’s a mouse about to take it and that’s called the middle class ? And around it are fat cats,” or big businesses.

          Smart lady! Got a mind like a steel trap, full of mice.

        3. So what’s springing the trap a metaphor for? The phasing out of the income tax cuts that are probably not going to happen? I don’t get how the middle class taking their extra pay will harm them.

          1. It fools them into thinking that the rich are generous, so they stop hating the rich. Then the rich take over the world!

          2. So what’s springing the trap a metaphor for? The phasing out of the income tax cuts that are probably not going to happen? I don’t get how the middle class taking their extra pay will harm them.

            This was my point, she’s detached not just from reality but from her own cartoon perception of reality. Everybody knows that in reality cats, fat or otherwise, don’t use mouse traps and that, in the cartoons almost by unwritten law, any cat employing a trap to catch a mouse is going to wind up in that trap.

            Unraveling her metaphor is like deciphering Terry Ives mutterings in Stranger Things.

        4. And please note which group Pelosi appears to consider herself a part of in that quote. Notably, it’s not the middle class.

  22. Scientists moved the Doomsday Clock to two minutes to midnight, the closest it’s been since 1953, out of fears of nuclear war and climate change.

    I guess they didn’t want to have to lay anyone off.

    1. the Bible says 1/3 of the ocean needs to turn into blood before the clock hits 11:58.

  23. fears of nuclear war and climate change

    What about drugs … and violence?

    1. oops, two past midnight.

  24. “”He called that inability to access encrypted devices an “urgent public safety issue.” Although Wray said in his speech that he was “not looking for a ‘backdoor’,” he nevertheless went on to describe what amounts to a backdoor.””

    Yeah, they don’t need a back door. They need a way to decrypt your data once it’s intercepted.

    Was it an AT&T tech that discovered the NSA was tapping into the lines at a main hub several years ago?

    1. Was it an AT&T tech that discovered the NSA was tapping into the lines at a main hub several years ago?

      By discovered, you mean revealed and I assume you’re referring to Mark Klein and Room 641A. How this isn’t already our generation’s ‘Area 51′, I have no idea. I guess since Area 51 was technically perpetrated by our parents’ generation it will fall on millennials to persecute us for… aw fuck.

      1. “”By discovered, you mean revealed and I assume you’re referring to Mark Klein and Room 641A.””

        That’s the one.

        “”It is fed by fiber optic lines from beam splitters installed in fiber optic trunks carrying Internet backbone traffic[3] and, as analyzed by J. Scott Marcus, a former CTO for GTE and a former adviser to the FCC, has access to all Internet traffic that passes through the building, and therefore “the capability to enable surveillance and analysis of internet content on a massive scale, including both overseas and purely domestic traffic.”[4]””

        The lack of outcry over this is when I decided big brother won. And there wasn’t even a fight.


        1. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a class-action lawsuit against AT&T on January 31, 2006, accusing the telecommunication company of violating the law and the privacy of its customers by collaborating with the National Security Agency (NSA) in a massive, illegal program to wiretap and data-mine Americans’ communications. On July 20, 2006, a federal judge denied the government’s and AT&T’s motions to dismiss the case, chiefly on the ground of the States Secrets Privilege, allowing the lawsuit to go forward. On August 15, 2007, the case was heard by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and was dismissed on December 29, 2011 based on a retroactive grant of immunity by Congress for telecommunications companies that cooperated with the government. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case.[7] A different case by the EFF was filed on September 18, 2008, titled Jewel v. NSA.

          Our bad, you’re forgiven!

    2. No NSA backdoor decryption? Make that 11:59, Mr. Doomsday Clock.

  25. Just what we needed to complete the cultural time warp we’ve found ourselves in: Failed professional football league XFL is coming back in 2020.

    Didn’t they have a Vegas team in XFL O.o

  26. The Department of Justice inspector general says they’ve recovered a trove of missing texts of two FBI agents accused anti-Trump bias that might have influenced their investigations.

    I figured they’d turn up.

    1. Some asshole in IT pointed out they… you know, have backups.

      1. Let’s hope they don’t get suicided.

        1. FBI director: Those texts were lost… unfortunate.
          It guy: *in distant background* No, we back those up!
          FBI Director: *tightens shoulders* It’s unfortunate, but they were irretrievably lost. They can’t be recovered.
          It guy: *from background* No, I see them here, I can restore them to any folder you want.
          FBI Director: *smiles nervously* We may never know what those text messages contained.
          It guy: Ok, I’m starting the restore now!

        2. 3am muggings are more in vogue.

          1. They have to be more clever than that. IT guys don’t jog.

      2. The fact that they were able to recover the texts using “forensic tools” is completely incompatible with the original story that they told the public. This was that there was an error with samsung devices that caused the archiving tool to not work for that period.

        If they were recovered using forensic tools, then they were in fact recorded at some point.

        This means that they were also deleted at some point.

        “forensic tools” is a big deal in this context. It means phrases like “destruction of evidence”, “interfering with a government investigation”, and “conspiracy” are on the table.

        Unless by “forensic tools” they mean “backup server” or perhaps “we called the phone company and got copies of the texts”. Or maybe “we pulled in a favor from the NSA”.

      3. they… you know, have backups.

        “Even if the backups got destroyed, there’s no way of knowing that the NSA or even some other intelligence agency didn’t scoop these up and are waiting to expose them.”

    2. Matt Welch hardest hit.

    3. Clearly, this is further evidence of foul play.

    4. Well, a select few, anyway.
      The harmless ones, unless they are smart enough to include some hinting at mischief, but not enough for convictions.

  27. FBI Director Chris Wray … said that he wants government back doors into encryption (while also saying he didn’t want back doors)

    “I give you the next President of the United States!”

    1. “””I give you the next President of the United States!”””

      Vice-President.

      The President will be James Clapper. Mr. I told you least untruthful answer I could, right to the Congress Critter’s faces. And they did nothing about it.

  28. Just what we needed to complete the cultural time warp we’ve found ourselves in: Failed professional football league XFL is coming back in 2020.

    [era of Trump]

    1. Wouldn’t it be great if the XFL drove the NFL out of business?

      1. PL, you are probably conversant with the USFL’s history, in general, and the Tampa Bay Bandits, in particular?

        Have you seen the 30 / 30 documentary regarding the league? I think its a few years old.

        I liked the Tampa owner. He was much more the likeable actor than Trump.

  29. Home Depot is the latest business to announce employees will be getting bonuses due to the passage of federal tax cuts.

    I’m sure this as something to do with Barry’s policies, as opposed to DT’s tax cuts.

  30. “Scientists moved the Doomsday Clock to two minutes to midnight, the closest it’s been since 1953, out of fears of nuclear war and climate change.”

    Wait… that’s real?!? I thought it was something made up in Watchmen!
    Next thing you know, we will be informed that the Bat Signal is real.

    1. Oh it’s “real” Operated by “real” “scientists” Who know stuff.

      1. Is the time set by a scientific consensus?

        1. Consensus is no longer sufficient. Lockstep is the correct metric.

  31. “A journalist announced last week that he will publish a photograph of then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama (D) and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan that he took in 2005?but did not make public because he believed it would have “made a difference” to Obama’s political future.”

    1. If Hillary calling an ex KKK leader a mentor didn’t knock her out of the race. Not sure why that photo would have made a difference.

      1. The pictures of Clinton campaigning with Warren had the right effect on the race though.

      2. Plus, look at all of the Rev. Wright material. That, in the end, did not hurt Obama.

    2. Obama doesn’t have half the bravery of a Malcolm X type, militant separatist.

      1. Why would you conflate Obama with any thing remotely resembling bravery?

        1. Hey, it takes a big man to kill people.

          By ordering them killed.

          From behind a desk.

          And knowing he’ll never face any consequences for killing them.

  32. My dbag neighbor got murdered

    The full story hasn’t broke yet but the Stillwater PD was using this 18 year old as a criminal informant. Nobody is saying how he got shot but in line with many of the other stories printed on this very site my gut says the police department was leaning on him to make a big drug buy, so they could make a big arrest.

    We know they often do that to these kids they catch for minor drug offences- lean on them, and send them undercover to catch bigger drug dealers, and simply wash their hands of it when things go sideways.

    Again this hasn’t broke but as the rural cops they are, Stillwater PD blabbed the undercover informant part to our neighbors because this kid was a menace to the neighborhood and everyone wanted him arrested. Neighbors told everyone obviously.

    1. That’s good work, boys.

      Sorry for the kid, asshole he might have been.

    2. Interesting they let the shooter go. Sad the dbag neighbor never got to grow a real beard. The cops up here in Blaine have loose lips too, but mostly they are hunting for deranged IT workers who hack their neighbors WiFi and send threatening emails to the Vice President.

      1. Whoa 3 libertarians in a 30 mile radius. Critical mass? The clock inches closer…

    3. Like Orlando

    4. You’re a valley dude?

  33. Our assholery knows no bounds

  34. I want to see someday some wag slip onto the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists a clock that reads a few mins. after midnight, like Doomsday came already, didn’t you notice?


  35. ?Scientists moved the Doomsday Clock to two minutes to midnight, the closest it’s been since 1953, out of fears of nuclear war and climate change.

    Oh no, not that. Oddly enough, things have been much worse both in 1953 and since 1953 compared to today so I guess I gotta ask: have these clock guys been asleep at the switch until just now?

    1. They changed their minds. It used to be all about “No Nukes!”

      But then when Reagan’s scary dangerous end the world warmongering resulted in nuclear dearmament, they began backing off.

      Until now. Now they have a new boogie man – global warming. Which will absolutely, definitely, for-sure-this-time end the world. Promise.

  36. From what is available in the press, the proposed ‘cures’ for climate change are more doomsday than the worst (incorrect) model to date.
    Like the peace sign, this stupid clock is supposed to be about global thermonuclear war alone. Piling on political fantasies just reduces what little legitimacy remained for those clowns. I notice they mention Trump by name, but not rocket man, just ‘north korea’ the generic. Just one more group drinking the kool aid.
    Let’s all remember that nukes are just big bombs. Everywhere they have been used still exists. More people were killed by firebombing in Dresden and Tokyo, including the after effects of illnesses, than either Hiroshima or Nagasaki.

  37. What would it take to move the clock back to say, 6pm?

    1. Libertarianism

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