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Cindy Yang Says Democrats Are Playing Politics With Request for FBI to Investigate Her

Plus: An Ohio city just abolished its entire vice policing unit, and unfunded liabilities in public pension plans are now more than $5.96 trillion.

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Congressional Democrats ask the FBI to investigate the former owner of a Florida massage parlor. "I'm Chinese. I'm Republican. That's the reason the Democrats want to check me," Li "Cindy" Yang tells NBC News. "I love Americans. I love our president. I don't do anything wrong."

Yang once owned Orchids of Asia Day Spa, where police recently conducted prostitution stings and arrested Patriots owner Robert Kraft. But Yang sold that business years ago. Now she's being accused of a different kind of illicit activity: selling "access" to the president on behalf of Chinese officials. The basis for these allegations is thin at best—and at worst smacks of both anti-immigrant bigotry and weaponizing law enforcement for partisan purposes.

A naturalized U.S. citizen, Yang moved here from China about two decades ago and settled in south Florida. She's now a member of Trump's Florida-based Mar-a-Lago Club, and she recently took a selfie with the president at a Super Bowl party at Trump International golf resort in West Palm Beach.

Since 2017, Yang and her husband have run GY US Investments, a company that provides branding and business consulting services to Chinese and Chinese-American entrepreneurs, including helping them get access to elected officials.

Neither congressional Democrats nor the myriad media reports on Yang have provided any evidence of wrongdoing to accompany their insinuations that she has ties to Chinese authorities or is working some secret angle. And what GY US Investments offers is hardly different from what many a well-respected D.C. firm peddles, too. It seems that just because Yang is Chinese, people are assuming she couldn't be a Trump fan and a Republican supporter (or just a shrewd businessperson who saw an opportunity) without having a hidden and nefarious agenda, or without being too stupid to realize that she's being used by China's government somehow.

Democrats in Congress have asked the FBI to investigate Yang. On what grounds, it isn't quite clear. In a March 15 letter to the FBI, Democratic members of the House and Senate intelligence and judiciary committees wrote that "although Ms. Yang's activities may only be those of an unscrupulous actor allegedly selling access to politicians for profit, her activities also could permit adversary governments or their agents access to these same politicians to acquire potential material for blackmail or other even more nefarious purposes."

Yang's company website describes GY Investments as an "international business consulting firm that provides public relations services to assist businesses in America to establish and expand their brand image in the modern Chinese marketplace." As part of its marketing materials, GY says that past "activities for clients" have included "the opportunity to interact with the president, the [American] Minister of Commerce and other political figures." It also says it can arrange "taking photos with the President."

So…what? None of that is illegal. And whether you call it "public relations," "lobbying," "political consulting," or whatever, this is exactly what entire fancy industries in this country are set up to do.

Yang tells NBC that her business was about business, not an ideological agenda—"nothing to do with politics, just like business networking." She says the president took a selfie with her, as he does with many fans but doesn't know her personally, and that she wanted the picture to put on her company's website as a marketing tool. She adds that she was "so scared" by all the recent media attention that she has lost 15 pounds and has had trouble sleeping.

FOLLOW-UP

In Ohio, the Columbus Division of Police just abolished the entire vice unit. The move comes following revelations of a range of disturbing activity from members of the unit, including the suspicious "officer-involved shooting" death of a sex worker, the arrest on false pretenses of Stormy Daniels, a lawsuit from other strip club staff arrested in the Daniels sting, and last week's FBI announcement that Columbus Vice Officer Andrew Mitchell had been indicted on federal charges. Mitchell is accused of abducting women "under the guise of an arrest" and forcing them "to engage in sex for their freedom."

Interim Columbus Police Chief Thomas A. Quinlan said Tuesday that he was abolishing the assignments of all current vice officers. "While today's decision is not a reflection on all the officers assigned to vice, it has become clear there's a better method of addressing the community's needs when to it comes to the enforcement of prostitution, alcohol and gambling," he said in a video posted to Twitter. "Soon I am meeting with the deputy chiefs to develop a new model for enforcement. Following this meeting, I will share the division's plans with the community."

FREE MINDS

How law enforcement learned to love Touch ID. "Court documents unsealed Tuesday reveal the breadth of technical information federal investigators were permitted to collect on President Donald Trump's former fixer Michael Cohen," reports CNN:

Notably, the FBI made use of Cohen's use of Touch ID and Face ID on his Apple devices, which allow users to quickly log into iPhones and computers by scanning their face or fingerprint rather than typing in a password. Those features are marketed as faster and more secure ways to securely log into one's devices, as it's harder, though not impossible, to replicate someone's fingerprint or appearance.

But that gives law enforcement an additional means to access those devices. In one warrant application for Cohen, an FBI agent requested authorization "to press the fingers (including thumbs) of Cohen to the Touch ID sensors of the Subject Devices, or hold the Subject Devices in front of Cohen's face, for the purpose of attempting to unlock the Subject Devices via Touch ID or Face ID."

While the issue has never come before the Supreme Court, tech civil liberties experts warn that a warrant can compel a suspect to use their face or fingerprint to give up access to an otherwise locked device.

FREE MARKETS

Tariffs on Chinese goods will still be around "for a substantial period of time," President Donald Trump said Wednesday. Asked about U.S. tariffs on about $250 billion worth of Chinese exports, Trump said "We're not talking about removing them, we're talking about leaving them for a substantial period of time. Because we have to make sure that if we do the deal with China that China lives by the deal."

QUICK HITS

  • New York state won't legalize marijuana in time to include pot revenue in the upcoming budget.
  • A new report from ALEC looks at unfunded liabilities in public pension plans, which "continue to loom over state governments nationwide," according to the organization. In Unaccountable and Unaffordable 2018, ALEC "surveys the more than 280 state-administered public pension plans, detailing their assets and liabilities" and finds that "unfunded liabilities of state-administered pension plans, using a proper, risk-free discount rate, now total over $5.96 trillion."
  • The U.K. is nuts:
  • Democratic presidential candidate and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says "of course" he would nominate a woman as his vice president if he got the nomination. But he also wants to know: "How come we're not asking, more often, the women, 'Would you be willing to put a man on the ticket?'"
  • Cato's Jonathan Blanks on the Free Thoughts Podcast:

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  1. But that gives law enforcement an additional means to access those devices.

    Drug sniffing dogs can bite your finger off and if the handlers can pry it out of their mouths, open your iPhone. AND IT’S ALL CONSTITUTIONAL.

    1. Hello.

      The UK is indeed nuts. New Zealand says, ‘hold our beer’.

      They just banned Peterson’s ’12 rules’ book.

      NZ and the UK are what a dark age looks like in real time.

      NONE of this – censorship or trampling on civil liberties – should be happening in an ostensibly free civilization.

      1. I’ll submit that civilization has never been free.

        1. Get a load of Les Nessman there.

          1. Buckeye News Hawk

        2. can you be free and civilized?

      2. They just banned Peterson’s ’12 rules’ book.

        Oh, FFS! Can ‘1984’ be far behind? 8-(

        1. Far behind?

          It’s closer than we think I reckon.

          1. Remember when a bunch of private citizens stupidly destroyed a bunch of Dixie Chicks CDs and it was like a major story about how conservatives are just like Nazi book burners? Meanwhile, “liberal” governments and organizations with actual state-sanctioned authority are banning books and speech left and right around the world.

            1. That’s different, Governments are banning hate speech. The Dixie Chicks were speaking truth to power

          2. ‘Huckleberry Finn’ goes before ‘1984’, so we get eased into Newspeak.

        2. The ban was by a bookseller, not the government. However the reasons appear to be that Peterson allowed himself to be photographed with someone wearing a politically incorrect tshirt and supposedly inflammatory comments by him, but not for the actual content of the book.

          It is literally guilt by association.

          1. “”guilt by association””

            It’s all the rage these days.

          2. That’s just the justification. It has nothing to do with that and everything to do with Peterson’s willingness to spread thought-crime.

      3. “A journalist has been accused of a hate crime, after she misgendered a trans person on Twitter. Hate crimes have a maximum two-year prison sentence.”

        As I understand it, that is the basis of the left’s dislike of Peterson, that he opposed such a law mandating that everyone use gender fluid pronouns [or face such penalties]. Grievance trumps rights.

  2. Neither congressional Democrats nor the myriad media reports on Yang have provided any evidence of wrongdoing to accompany their insinuations that she has ties to Chinese authorities or is working some secret angle.

    You don’t send the FBI fishing because you know for sure where the fish are.

  3. Interim Columbus Police Chief Thomas A. Quinlan said Tuesday that he was abolishing the assignments of all current vice officers.

    Those reassigned officers will have to force sexual compliance from traffic stops just like everyone else.

    1. Who is going to protect us from victimless crimes?

  4. Mitchell is accused of abducting women “under the guise of an arrest” and forcing them “to engage in sex for their freedom.”

    Blue lives matter

    1. Blue balls matter.

      FIFY

  5. Democratic presidential candidate and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says “of course” he would nominate a woman as his vice president if he got the nomination

    he would, hickenlooper, even if he didn’t know her

  6. Former White House communications director Hope Hicks is cooperating with House Democrats investigating Trump.

    Despair Cosmopolitans.

    1. Despair Cosmopolitan – is that some new cocktail? How is it different from an ordinary Cosmopolitan?

      1. Use dark creme de cacao instead of triple sec?

        1. add three tears of a Bernie voter

  7. Former White House communications director Hope Hicks is cooperating with House Democrats investigating Trump.

    people of the left, quick, scrub all those nasty things you said about her from the internet! she’s a friend, now.

  8. A journalist has been accused of a hate crime, after she misgendered a trans person on Twitter. Hate crimes have a maximum two-year prison sentence.
    But with knife crimes soaring across the UK, should police be investigating incidents such as these?@SwainITV with more. pic.twitter.com/eyh1NJfT1W
    ? Good Morning Britain (@GMB) March 20, 2019

    Core cultural values is a thing.

    1. Should such things be criminal at all?

      1. Of course. Don’t you know that hurting someone’s feelings constitutes violence?

  9. Students are currently capped at $57,500 worth of federal loans, but parents face no limit.

    but the parents of us all, the federal government, can take on as much debt as it likes.

  10. Bill and Ted Have an Announcement: Their Third Adventure Is Coming Next Summer

    Orion Pictures released a special video this morning, featuring Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves announcing that the long, long, long-in-the-making Bill & Ted Face the Music will start filming this summer and be released next summer.

    My God.

    1. Can’t wait

    2. Excellent

    3. New title: “Bill and Ted Need a Paycheck”

      1. Keanu is doing just fine, thank you very much.

        1. Right.

          The title is more like Ted helps Bill get a paycheck.

          1. Bill and Ted Gross Out Millennials b/c they old af.

    4. Who are they casting as So-crates?

    5. “Wow, your mom is STILL hot.”

      “Shut up, Ted.”

      “Remember when we saw her in that MILF video?”

      “Shut UP, Ted!”

    6. San Dimas High School football rules!

  11. But he also wants to know: “How come we’re not asking, more often, the women, ‘Would you be willing to put a man on the ticket?'”

    you just got hickenlooped

    1. Well that ended quickly. He was a viable candidate for a couple of hours.

      1. “A TRANS-man, I mean!”

  12. New York state won’t legalize marijuana in time to include pot revenue in the upcoming budget.

    They’re just going to have to redirect drug enforcers to roadblock duty, keeping the wealthy from fleeing.

  13. Democrats in Congress have asked the FBI to investigate Yang. On what grounds, it isn’t quite clear.

    How about something like this: Any call for FBI investigation triggers an FBI investigation of the caller(s).

    1. that’s how its done in soviet russia, i hear

      1. Oh, very well. Any call for FBI investigation must be approved by the FISA court.

        1. Hillary is working on it.

    2. Lets investigate this woman but completely ignore the know Chinese spy(s) working for Feinstein

  14. ALEC “surveys the more than 280 state-administered public pension plans…”

    Nice try, Mr. Baldwin. There are only 50 states.

  15. Hey, remember when DiFi’s driver turned out to be a Chinese spy for 20 years?

    Hey, remember when Chinese nationals were caught funneling millions into Democrat campaign coffers in the 1996 elections, several of whom were close associates of Vice President Al Gore? Remember when the Clinton administration stonewalled the Congressional investigation after determining that the efforts never affected the presidential race, nearly all the witnesses plead the fifth or left the country, and the DOJ refused to appoint an independent counsel despite the FBI director demanding one?

    Because that all happened. Those are not conspiracies, those are facts. You can jump to conclusions and form conspiracies from there. There is a more evidence a semi-hostile foreign government directly intervened in the 1996 US elections than the 2016 election.

    Fuck the press. Fuck the Democrats. Fuck the Republicans, too, but not as much because the press doesn’t let them get away with the shit Democrats get away with.

    1. Not so fast, Ukraine just admitted to some 2016 meddling

  16. Millennials care more about date’s politics than good sex: survey

    So what’s the link? Manhattan sex therapist Megan Fleming thinks dating strictly within one’s party is making people comfortable ? too comfortable.

    “If you’re only exposing yourself to people who think like you, you’re living in a silo and missing out on opportunities,” says Fleming. She believes that less intellectual tension could translate to less of a lustful spark in a relationship. She encourages her patients to get out of their comfort zone ? in love and in bed.

    Wrong – insert your politics into everything, especially a partner.

    1. Lol

    2. Women don’t care about sex, especially the huffpo generation. They want an obedience.

      Best way to find that?

      Ask if they’re a democrat

      1. Women don’t care about sex, especially the huffpo generation. They want an obedience.

        For realsies lol

      2. There sure are a lot of woman-haters around here. It’s getting to be like the Little Rascals.

        1. So I guess that would make you Bitchwheat?

          1. Sure. And you could be Alfuckface. Then we just need someone to be Spunky.

            1. That would be your mom after I’m done on her face.

              1. You’ll have to let me know what it’s like to fuck a jar full of ashes.

                1. No that bitch was fucking disgusting I never actually touched her, I just used her as a target.

                2. Kinda dry, but no complaining.

        2. i love chicks.

        3. Women who have the time to go on dating sites and complain about their results to expensive shrinks that too many men are independent thinkers are not women worth defending

        4. I’m sure you’re just a boomer with no ears to the ground on this sort of thing… but millennial women in big cities are an unbearable bunch

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiqdisP8N6Y

    3. They’re missing out on make-up sex.

    4. Manhattan sex therapist Megan Fleming thinks dating strictly within one’s party is making people comfortable ? too comfortable.

      *dating strictly within the Democrat party, ftfy

      Somehow I doubt that there are many right-wingers among a “Manhattan sex therapists” list of patients

      1. haha this for sure . She has yet to meet a Republican much less someone who isn’t Democrat.

    5. Wrong – insert your politics into everything, especially a partner.

      What’s the over/under that in 5 yrs. Reason is carrying water for the notion of women’s rights to participate in both paid sex work *and* voting?

      Somebody like Robert Kraft will be in hot water for trafficking women and evil orange men like Trump will still be guitly of collusion because fuck those guys, but the magazine and (their perception of) libertarianism at larger will be principally devoted to unfettered immigration and concomitant legal/commercial voting and sex work.

  17. Former White House communications director Hope Hicks is cooperating with House Democrats investigating Trump.

    Well, like, let’s see, like, I used to work on Ivanka’s fashion label, and like, umm, all of the sudden I was named the White House Communications Director!!

    1. Only a complete idiot would cooperate in any way with any of these investigations. They have already proven that their only interest is in scoring political points, so even if you cooperate and help them take Trump down, they’ll still come after you on perjury charges just so they can get a skin on the wall and have another “scandal”.

      You talk to these people, and they’ll gut you if they can.

      And even if the Dems don’t, the Republicans will. So best to just sit it out.

  18. “There’s no money in solving murders. There’s money in drug busts and civil asset forfeiture and those kinds of things.” ? @BlanksSlate on the impacts of institutional and historical racism in America… https://t.co/isfWhxV4gi
    ? Kat Murti (@KatMurti) March 20, 2019

    We need to tell police they can have all the murderer’s and victim’s stuff if they make an arrest.

  19. “Soon I am meeting with the deputy chiefs to develop a new model for enforcement. Following this meeting, I will share the division’s plans with the community.”

    Just in time for Buckeyes tailgate season.

  20. But he also wants to know: “How come we’re not asking, more often, the women, ‘Would you be willing to put a man on the ticket?'”

    If he had a chance before, he doesn’t now.

    1. He should have asked them if they asked the women if they would be willing to put a woman on the ticket.

      It actually would be an interesting question. Because they wouldn’t. Not in a million years would one of the Dem frontrunner women put another woman on the ticket.

  21. Your local Buffalo Wild Wings will look very different soon

    Copper cups to hold a boozy Moscow Mule are coming not to the local hipster craft cocktail joint down the street, but to your local Buffalo Wild Wings.

    Yes, a Buffalo Wild Wings.

    Inspire Brands CEO Paul Brown ? the former Arby’s turnaround champ turned leader of a fast-food kingdom that now includes Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings and Sonic ?shares with Yahoo Finance the long-awaited changes that are about to hit 1,200-plus Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants. Rejoice, 21-year-old beer drinking March Madness bro.

    Some changes are as simple as the aforementioned copper cup as well as new uniforms and training for servers, both of which are meant to upgrade a dining experience that deteriorated under prior management. Others run as deep as removing items from the once exorbitant menu to improve costs and make it easier for customers to read. Oh, and to emphasize new shareable food items and drinks.

    Even the menu looks sleeker ? think new local bar/pub as opposed to a Chili’s that happens to have a bazillion TVs playing sports inside.

    I’m moving to Canada.

    1. I wouldnt be surprised if they had Canadian locations since the HQ is in MN
      I love hot wings so I have been there a handful of times. But there are better wings to be had in KC and possibly most cities.

      1. BWW are usually the worst and most expensive wings in any town.

        1. BWW is only good for the number of HDTVs and sports broadcasts they have..

      2. The wings are fine, and it is probably a good idea to expand beyond Bud Light or whatever specials.

  22. Former White House communications director Hope Hicks is cooperating with House Democrats investigating Trump.

    She can do whatever she wants.

  23. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Fires Back at JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon For Dismissing Green New Deal

    A day later, Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to point out JPMorgan’s $13 billion settlement with the U.S. federal government in 2013 over allegations that the bank fraudulently overstated the quality of mortgages sold to investors leading up to the 2008 financial crisis.

    “JP Morgan agreed to pay out *$13 billion* over its massive role in mortgage schemes w the ’08 recession,” the freshman congresswoman wrote. “They also finance major fossil fuel pipelines. It’s big money.”

    “So maybe they *aren’t* the best authority on prioritizing economic wellbeing of everyday people & the planet,” she added.

    Fuck you, Jamie Dimon.

    1. Cortez continues her pattern of making decent points in the most retarded ways.

      1. Another way in which she’s identical to Trump, who also happens to come across excellent points and absolute hard truths, but does so in the most retarded way.

      2. I think this is the first decent point I’ve heard her make. But I admit that I’m not really paying attention.

      3. no way on earth she knows why there *was* a 2008 financial crisis

    2. 13 billion would cover like three days of the New Green Deal.

    3. 13 billion would cover like three days of the New Green Deal.

    4. So maybe they *aren’t* the best authority on prioritizing economic wellbeing of everyday people & the planet

      I agree, but neither is she.

    5. Touchy, isn’t she? I don’t think his criticism was all that harsh, and really he’s kinda on her team since he seems–from the statement I saw–to endorse carbon taxes.

      1. Dimon actually called out Trump for pulling the US out of the Paris Accord–probably because Chase was positioning itself to act as a loan mediator to drain US wealth to third-world shitholes for infrastructure development. Cortez is so stupid she probably doesn’t even know that, and squawks out a spicy tweet about oil pipelines.

  24. Cato’s Jonathan Blanks on the Free Thoughts Podcast:

    Hey TreasonNN, how about sharing a libertarian podcast for once?

    BOOM!

  25. A new marker for TDS:

    “Robert Mueller becomes folk hero for Democrats amid Russia investigation”
    […]
    “Her family wanted a puppy, so Alicia Barnett dreamed they would find one that was smart, steady and a bit mysterious. She hoped their new addition could share a personality ? and a name ? with the man who has become her rather unlikely idol.
    At Christmas, her teenage son brought home a 10-week-old chocolate Lab. “The strong, silent type,” Barnett observed. And then she named him Mueller, an homage to the stoic special prosecutor appointed to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether members of the Trump campaign played any part….”
    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ro…..=hvper.com

    Will she seek help, or will she remain a fucking imbecile?

    1. That is so sad.

      1. It’s even more disturbing than even the worst MAGAhead I’ve seen. Politics has turned into a bunch of personality cults and hero worship. It really has become a religion.

      2. If I named a banana slug “Hilary”, do you think CBS would do a spread on it? I mean she is the slithering, slimy type.

    2. When Mueller doesn’t find anything about “Russian collusion”, will she say “that dog won’t hunt”?

      1. When Mueller doesn’t find anything about “Russian collusion”, will she say “that dog won’t hunt”?

        Mueller the secretary or Mueller the dog? Because as long as the dog retrieves the lame ducks that have been lured into range and then blasted out of the sky somewhat randomly, I’d say the name is fits.

    3. “The strong, silent type”

      I’ve never heard a Labrador described that way, maybe he’s just not that into you

  26. “has become clear there’s a better method of addressing the community’s needs when to it comes to the enforcement of prostitution, alcohol and gambling”

    Full legalization?

    1. What part of “enforcement of prostitution, alcohol and gambling” don’t you understand? It’s not just going to be legal, it’s going to be mandatory.

  27. “Trump to order colleges to back free speech or lose funding”
    […]
    “White House officials say Trump on Thursday will sign an executive order requiring colleges to certify that their policies support free speech as a condition of receiving federal research grants.
    Trump initially proposed the idea during a March 2 speech to conservative activists. The Republican president highlighted the case of activist Hayden Williams, who was punched in the face while recruiting at the University of California, Berkeley.
    Berkeley and other colleges have countered that they already have policies protecting free speech and don’t need an executive order….”
    http://www.seattlepi.com/news/…..705660.php

    Berkeley may do so, but it seems only when they are pushed to do so.

    1. Look, we have already established that Hate Speech ™ is NOT Free Speech. We already established that being conservative, republican, white or heterosexual means that your opinions are by definition Hate Speech ™. So this is meaningless.

      We already allow free speech on campus. We only ban Hate Speech ™.

      /prog admin

      1. To be honest, they really don’t ban it, they just charge an arm and a leg if you want to present it. Sort of the way the poll tax worked on blacks for all those years.

  28. “Yang once owned Orchids of Asia Day Spa, where police recently conducted prostitution stings and arrested Patriots owner Robert Kraft. But Yang sold that business years ago.”

    It’s just a fishing expedition (no pun intended). They’re looking for some new way to embarrass Trump–not that Trump has demonstrated any capacity for shame.

    The man met his trophy wife after buying the modeling agency where she worked. If you’re digging for dirt on Trump, looking under the recently raided rock that used to be owned by one of Trump’s current supporters is a no-brainer.

    1. It’s just a fishing expedition (no pun intended)

      Where’s the pun?

      1. She’s Chinese. Duh!

      2. Anything to do with fishing (including “fishing expedition”) has been a euphemism for pussy since Shakespeare, at least,–you ignorant twerp.

        HAMLET: “Well, God-a-mercy.”

        POLONIUS: “Do you know me, my lord?”

        HAMLET: “Excellent well; you are a fishmonger”

        1. Anything to do with fishing (including “fishing expedition”) has been a euphemism for pussy since Shakespeare, at least,–you ignorant twerp.

          I think you mean ‘bird’ as in ‘land the bird’. Just like landing a plane. You gotta land the plane to be in business. I know it’s silly to get hung up on these kinds of things. But how am I going to land a fish? It can’t walk! And if it swam up on shore, and it battled a hawk, who’s gonna win?

        2. God asks Adam in the Garden of Eden, “Hey, Adam, where’s Eve?”

          Yadda yadda yadda, “Oh shit, now the fish will smell that way too!”

  29. “Notably, the FBI made use of Cohen’s use of Touch ID and Face ID on his Apple devices, which allow users to quickly log into iPhones and computers by scanning their face or fingerprint rather than typing in a password.”

    Your call history is available to law enforcement by way of a subpoena to your phone service provider anyway, so what they’re really after is texts and email, right?

    Use Signal for texts and set them to expire.

    Use the ProtonMail App for email.

    1. You should start a blog or something called Ken the Anarchist’s Hot Tips for Cyber-Criminals.

      1. You should go troll somewhere else if you think data privacy is all about protecting criminals.

        1. My apologies, Serious Sam. I forgot you don’t understand bad humor. I actually think you’re providing a service that some subset of people somewhere may find useful.

    2. Text, email, instagram, bank accounts, shopping records, cloud storage, google docs, MS Office Online, reason.com login, porn surfing history, google login, bing login, facebook login, …. all sorts of things beyond “call history” are inside your phone ready to be browsed through once that fingerprint is provided.

      This is the ultimate middle finger to being “secure in your effects and papers”.

  30. More bad economic news.

    Biogen Shares Plunge After Alzheimer’s Drug Setback

    Yeah, sure. “Setback.” In fact, businesses are tanking because Drumpf ruined the economy.

    #DrumpfRecession
    #UnbanPalinsButtplug

    1. Add the collapse of Theranos, and Blormph is running roughshod through Silicon Valley’s biomedical industry!

    2. I realize this is sarcasm, but in all seriousness, there are some interesting big picture stock market trends that might help explain the susceptibility of more Americans to the allure of “socialism”.

      One of the primary components of real socialism is government ownership of the means of production, but since the government is supposed to be dominated by labor, it’s really about labor “pwning” industry. One of the significant achievements of capitalism was that it made ownership of industry available to average Americans. As of about the year 2000, according to Gallup, 62% of American households owned publicly traded stock. Since then, however, the percentage has dropped to about 52%. That might not seem like a big number in percentage terms, but 10% of the American people is 30 million people of voting age who used to own stocks.

      http://news.gallup.com/poll/19…..d-low.aspx

      Meanwhile, the number of publicly traded companies has dropped significantly–from about 7,600 publicly traded companies at the end of the 1990s in the U.S. to about 3,600 today.

      http://www.bloomberg.com/opini…..anies-gone

      1. My working hypothesis is that massive regulation starting with Sarbanes-Oxley and culminating with Obama era regulation has made going and staying public relatively unattractive–and that’s a stupid shame if we want a more capitalist society. It’s harder to convince average people that the government needs to take over industry when average people are the owners of that industry. It’s harder for socialists to convince average people that the government needs to redistribute more corporate profits when average people own those profits.

        I suppose it shames the socialists, too, when they argue that the people need a political party to take over the means of production–when capitalism was already achieving that goal by offering stock to the general public. In the middle ages, average people could not their own land or the means of production. That left arguing that average people are too stupid to make their own decisions about their finances (see Liz Warren’s Consumer Bureau of Financial Protection) is among the most ass-backwards political developments of today.

        1. It is entirely possible.

          My company was taken private by an investment bank group after SOX. We still tried to run things according to SOX, but that thing was a complete beast and it cost not only a lot of money (millions in consultants alone), it also sucked up a lot of time for the very top officials of the company. Time that would have been better spent growing the business instead of trying to figure out a bunch of compliance nonsense. (nonsense that comes with a nice little “go directly to jail” rider, just to make sure you spend an inordinate amount of time making sure you get the nonsense right).

  31. Democrats in Congress have asked the FBI to investigate Yang. On what grounds, it isn’t quite clear. In a March 15 letter to the FBI, Democratic members of the House and Senate intelligence and judiciary committees wrote that ”although Ms. Yang’s activities may only be those of an unscrupulous actor allegedly selling access to politicians for profit, her activities also could permit adversary governments or their agents access to these same politicians to acquire potential material for blackmail or other even more nefarious purposes.”

    Exactly what authority does the Congress have to sic law enforcement on a private citizen?

    Yeah, I know. The “Fuck You That’s Why” clause of the Constitution.

    1. This reads like one of those 80s movies where the local law enforcement gets steamrolled by the feds:

      “Chief, the FBI guys are here.”
      “Why would the FBI care about a local cootchie bust?”
      “When that cootchie is connected to the highest political offices in the land, it’s ALWAYS our concern.”

      1. “I’m Special Agent Johnson, and this is Special Agent Johnson–no relation. When I commandeer your men I’ll try to let you know.”

        1. “You asked for miracles Theo, I give you the F B I”

  32. A journalist has been accused of a hate crime, after she misgendered a trans person on Twitter. Hate crimes have a maximum two-year prison sentence.

    Here’s hoping the journalist in question announces he identifies as a man and files complaints against every news outlet that has referred to him as “she”.

    1. That is the kind of response this thing deserves.

      Treat people with respect. That’s a pretty basic feature of being a good person. So if someone wants to live their life as a man, despite the presence of a native-born vagina, then you do your best to respect that. But that doesn’t mean you get to toss someone in jail for slipping up and using “She” instead of “Xe” or “He” or “They” or whatever.

      Just as much as everyone deserves to be treated with decency, nobody should be subject to legal sanction of any sort for what at most could be described as being slightly rude.

      I’ve been called “ma’am” at the drive through or on the phone on occasion, particularly when I was younger. You don’t make a federal case out of it. It just isn’t that big of a deal.

      I know a couple of mothers that have put on a few pounds after their kids and get asked when the baby is due from time to time. It embarrasses them and makes them mad. It is a way bigger insult than accidentally using the normally correct pronoun, and you don’t see them pushing for a law.

      Maybe I shouldn’t have added that last bit. There’s probably a whole lot more women who’ve had kids and gained weight and get asked about their fictional pregnancy than there are transgender people. They might actually push for that law.

    2. misgendered? wtf

      1. Misgendered used to be something that only happened in French 101.

  33. re: “it [is] clear there’s a better method of addressing the community’s needs when to it comes to the enforcement of prostitution, alcohol and gambling”

    Yes, there is. Decriminalization. Butt out of transactions between consenting adults. Yes, there are social consequences from addition to alcohol or gambling. Those issues require health care solutions, not law enforcement.

  34. Man, ENB KILLED it with these links today. Good job.

    1. She’s the Killer Queen.

  35. >>>New York state won’t legalize marijuana in time to include pot revenue in the upcoming budget.

    just get it done by April 20

  36. “I’m Chinese. I’m Republican.”

    Damned Asians, they just won’t fit the paradigm. To the bottom of the grievance pyramid you go!

  37. A reminder that there is no such thing as international law.

  38. I don’t care if she’s Chinese. I think suspicion is warranted. But government investigation seems premature. Let the press have a go at her first.

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