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Originally Posted on January 12, 2017

This is a follow up to my "we need to wait and see" post of yesterday.

CNN went deeper today, and indicated that this is not the equivalent of a Tea Party hire with a hand held camera working the DNC. This is a seasoned porfessional who has undergone an extroardinary training.

"As in the American intelligence community, the selection, vetting, training, education and seasoning of the veteran operative in British intelligence is the result of an extraordinary filtering process."

The article goes into details that include:

"It begins with strict and high educational standards, moves through a series of interviews to a day of high-pressure competitive scenario work and psychometric, literacy, numeracy and analytical testing against several other candidates. There is a final individual assessment and judgment hurdle to pass before a lengthy vetting process, conducted by the intelligence agencies themselves."

For the full story, see:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/12/opinions/intelligence-russian-trump-opinion-dowling-handley/index.html

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While this is spycraft, and not definitive proof, it follows, and does exist in the context of the Russian hacking of the DNC, and their decision to attempt to undermine Hillary and favor Trump. Even the president-elect steped back from his prior, dubious assertion that there was no way to know. Even he now agrees, the Russians did have their finger on the scale of the 2016 election.

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That the Russians do hold undiclosed and potentially damging information re the president-elect - is still unproven. But today we know that one person who asserts that this is likely to be true, is highly trained and has held a position of extraordinary trust within the British Intelligence Service (MI6).

 

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. A this week came out that asked questions about past and current criminality of . 2/3 of believe is a . They are right.
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Week after week, Trump depraves the basic norms of our democracy and human decency. 

Our smaller example happened on Friday when Trump tweeted out ahead of the employment numbers suggesting they were positive.  There are of course, laws against doing so, but this also breaks a fundamental norm about the independence of the data and the departments that collect it. If the data becomes politicized, we will have less trust in the data.  This is what a conspiracy theory President wants.  If you can't trust the numbers and the government that produces them or the law enforcement agencies, that you will have to put your trust in him.  Dictatorships start with these kind of obfuscations of reality that create fear. 

The truth is that if any other President would have done a preview of the employment numbers, the news would have covered it as a major scandal and Congress would have launched an investigation with at least a hand slap admonishment that said don't do it again.  The systems would have fought to protect the norm necessary for a functioning democracy.  For Trump, it was Friday morning quickly to be eclipsed by further news on his starting a trade war with our allies and more foreign policy schizophrenia with an announcement that the North Korea summit was still on.  Even with phrenetic schizophrenia of this President, we must make sure that any undermining of basic norms of our democracy go challenged fully.  It is exhausting for sure, but I fear our failure to challenge is institutionalizing Trump's disparagement of what we need to function as a democratic republic. 

And yet this tweet is nothing compared to the news that barely made the news this week.  The number of deaths in Puerto Rico was seventy times the number originally reported.  4,756 of our fellow citizens died making the hurricane Maria the worst national disaster in our history.  We know Trump's emergency management skills amount to throwing paper towel rolls at victims and that there are still Puerto Ricans without power 8 months later, but the Harvard University study that determined this new death toll is staggering to comprehend.  A hurricane on US territory lead to more deaths that 9/11. 

Activists have rightfully questioned, "where is the outrage?"  Certainly, Hurricane Katrina awakened the nation's conscience about how racial disparities showed themselves in a natural disaster.  George W. Bush was widely ridiculed for his poor management of the disaster and support of his ineffective FEMA chief “Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job.” Except he wasn't and the country let both of them know it.  Brownie didn't last long and Katrina began the long slide of Bush's approval numbers into Sarah Palin territory.  Just 13 years ago, we were better than this.  We've got to be be better than this now and hold folks accountable for poor management of our government for a function that must be done well in a world where climate change ensures the frequency and severity of natural disasters to only increase.  

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We are Better Than This.  And this is only getting better to the degree that we resist the degradation of our democratic norms and that we fight growing injustice. 

 Resistance is a marathon, a test of our civic endurance, requiring ongoing sacrifices from all of us.  50 years after his death, I'm reminded that Bobby Kennedy let us know that sacrifice is usually not one act of heroism  but rather a sustained, laborious set of daily and weekly struggles necessary to make the change we want to see in the world.  

We come from a people who were willing to sacrifice their comfort and willing to endure the scorn of their peers in the fight for Independence, against slavery, for women's suffrage, for basic worker rights, for civil rights, for the environment and health care.    We have reached one of those moments in our history again.  We can't sit idly by but rather participate fully in our resistance and build a newer world based on justice, then peace. 

 

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Has ever shoveled snow? With all of these , many of us have shoveled a lot. I don’t think ever has. He has no context for normal life and thus only shovels shit into our . Link in bio

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claims he would have gone into a school with a , even if he didn’t have a weapon. We all know that shit ain't . #guncontrol 

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Dear , , apparently pays for sex and pays lovers off and cheats on each of his wives. Why do you continue to support him? The prostitute story doesn’t seem so farfetched, does it?  

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In May we asked, whether had ordered to speak with the about the potential of lifting sanctions that had placed on the regime in response to their interference in the #2016election. With the of General Flynn today and reports that he will testify that and did indeed make such an order. The is a resounding yes and Trump is in serious legal jeopardy.

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! Trump Jr. released emails that demonstrated the campaign was excited to collude with . This is against the law. Lying liars gonna lie. #kushner #manafort #putin

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