Episode 09: Show Notes and Sources

  1. History’s Greatest Monster
    1. Half point to Maria Bartiromo of Fox Business for the incredibly sycophantic interview.
    2. At one point during the interview when Trump mentioned the missiles, Bartiromo said, “Unmanned?  Brilliant!”  Yes genius.  Missiles are usually unmanned.  We lost a lot of good pilots when we were putting people in them.
    3. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/04/12/president-trumps-throughly-confusing-fox-business-interview-annotated/
    1. For being dicks when I needed to change my plane tickets
    2. And also overbooking their plane, kicking 4 people off, including 1 doctor who needed to get back to Louisville and doctor. When said doctor refused to exit, airport police were called and roughed him up a bit
      1. Hunger Games: Airplane Edition
      1. You are now boarding united flight 234 from Chicago to Louisville, Those in Economy, there are 24 seats and 30 of you. Good luck.
    3. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), a senior member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, is calling for a hearing the forceful removal of a United Airlines passenger from an overbooked flight.
    4. Looks like United is going to get sued into oblivion. Based on Dao’s lawyer, Dao will go to trial because, as a society, we have dealt with shitty airlines for too long
    1. Travis – Donald Trump – For remembering what cake he was eating when he ordered the missile strike on Syria, but not which country he was launching against.
    2. Curtis – Sean Spicer
    3. Dave – United airlines
    4. Bob – the Media – for praising Trump for bombing stuff
  2. The Big List
    1. http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/04/trump-i-may-sabotage-obamacare-until-democrats-repeal-it.html
    2. Trump hopes that voters will blame the democrats if he destabilizes the insurance industry and jeopardizes healthcare for millions of Americans.
    3. Obama administration appealed a court decision that said the payments to insurers from the federal government to support discounted deductibles for low income obamacare enrollees was unconstitutional.  Trump simply needs to stop the appeal process and low-income families may lose their health insurance.
    4. Unfortunately for Trump, his hostage and his ransom are the same thing.  He’s threatening to cut off insurance subsidies for the poor if Democrats don’t vote for his plan to cut insurance subsidies for the poor.
    1. “Concrete Evidence of Collusion” between Trump Team and Russia given to official investigation.
      1. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/trump-russia-investigation-now-has-specific-concrete-and-corroborative-evidence-of-collusion-a7683386.html
      2. British Spy Agency GCHQ uncovered interactions between Trump and Russian Operatives.
      3. British and other European agencies intercepted communications between Trump and Russian officials as far back as 2015 as part of routine Russian surveillance.
      4. GCHQ is the same agency that Sean Spicer bizarrely accused of wiretapping Trump Tower on behalf of President Obama.
    2. FBI obtained warrant to monitor Trump Campaign Advisor, Carter Page.
      1. http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/12/politics/fbi-carter-page-russia/
      2. Warrant was granted based on suspicion Page was engaging in clandestine intelligence activities on behalf of Moscow.
      3. Warrant granted by FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) court.
    3. Trump Linked Business Loaned $13million to Shell Corporation Paul Manafort Created on Day He Left Campaign.
      1. I think by “Scandal Fever” he means, “Collusion with a foreign power”
      1. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/trump-linked-businesses-loaned-13m-manafort-shell-corp-article-1.3046632
      2. Ukrainian investigators also discovered evidence of off-the-books payments from a pro-Russia political party.  Part the Black Ledger findings.
      3. “There is nothing out of the ordinary about them and I am confident anyone who isn’t afflicted with scandal fever will come to the same conclusion,” – Manafort
    4. Sean Spicer calls Russia an Ally
      1. From a press briefing “Creating areas in which we can work with allies, including Russia, place that are free of violence…”
    5. Rex Tillerson meets with Russian President Putin
      1. Does not bring along press pool
      2. Meeting was “unscheduled” as Moscow confirmed Monday that Tillerson would not be meeting with Putin.
    6. Ledger from Ukraine surfaced in the name of Paul Manafort
      1. Dates and dollar amounts from August 2016 when Paul Manafort was Trump’s campaign chairman
      2. Ukrainian investigators called it evidence of off-the-books payments from a pro-Russian political party — and part of a larger pattern of corruption under the country’s former president. Manafort, who worked for the party as an international political consultant, has publicly questioned the ledger’s authenticity.
      3. financial records newly obtained by The Associated Press confirm that at least $1.2 million in payments listed in the ledger next to Manafort’s name were actually received by his consulting firm in the United States. They include payments in 2007 and 2009, providing the first evidence that Manafort’s firm received at least some money listed in the so-called Black Ledger.
      4. Separately, Manafort is also under scrutiny as part of congressional and FBI investigations into possible contacts between Trump associates and Russia’s government under President Vladimir Putin during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.
      1. In a press conference where Spicer was talking about the Syrian’s alleged use of chemical weapons, Sean Spicer made several gaffes
      2. “We didn’t use chemical weapons in World War II. You know, you had a,  you know, someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons”
      3. “He [Hitler] brought them [German Jews] into the Holocaust center”
    1. Trump on NK: “after listening for 10 minutes, I realized it’s not so easy.” <- Travis’s Facepalm of the week
      1. http://www.vox.com/2017/4/12/15279654/trump-north-korea-xi-10-minutes
      2. So…he hadn’t given it more than 10 minutes thought before?
    2. US sends additional carrier force to South Korea (possibly just for war games?)
    3. It is believed that among the options are combined special forces raids and pre-emptive missile strikes.
    4. One of the problems facing an American-led operation to hit Pyongyang’s leader Kim Jong-Un is the intricate tunnel network under the capital.
    5. NK has threatened to retaliate against any strikes with a nuclear device.
    6. Japan is discussing evacuation plan for citizens in South Korea
    7. Japan’s National Security Council (NSC) has discussed how to evacuate its nearly 60,000 citizens from South Korea in the event of a crisis, amid rising concern over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.
    1. Senior U.S. officials say that Russia knew in advance of Syria’s chemical weapons attack
    2. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/5b977d0bcef445529cdb2a6a8e6f8ea1/senior-us-official-says-us-has-concluded-russia-knew
    3. The official said a drone operated by Russians was flying over a hospital as victims of the attack were rushing to get treatment. Hours after the drone left, a Russian-made fighter jet bombed the hospital in what American officials believe was an attempt to cover up the usage of chemical weapons.
    4. The official said the presence of the surveillance drone over the hospital couldn’t have been a coincidence, and that Russia must have known the chemical weapons attack was coming and that victims were seeking treatment.
    5. More than 80 killed in banned chemical weapons attack
    1. Trump holding poor people hostage until Democrats work with him to repeal Obamacare.
    2. Russia
    3. Spicer Gaffe
    4. North Korea
    5. Syria gas attack
  3. Lightning Round
    1. Being held in the Russian region of Chechnya
    2. Arrest part of an anti-LGBT purge in the area. First LGBT camps since WW2
    3. The report was published on the 1 April, prompting the spokesperson for Chechnya’s Interior Ministry to dismiss the claims as an “April Fools’ joke”.
    4. “In Chechnya, the command was given for a ‘prophylactic sweep’ and it went as far as real murders,” Novaya Gazeta reported, saying the authorities searched for closeted gay men partly by posing as men seeking dates on social media websites.
    5. The newspaper also noted that none of the men detained had been open about their homosexuality in a society where it is still strictly taboo.
    1. The National Security Archive, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University have all filed a suit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) calling for the release of the logs.
    2. The suit has formally been filed against the Department of Homeland Security, as the organizations say the Secret Service has not provided the log information despite FOIA requests.
    3. The three groups are asking not only for the records of who is visiting the White House, but for records that show who is meeting the president at his private properties in New York and Florida.
    4. The Obama administration said in September 2009 that it would begin releasing the logs after CREW filed multiple lawsuits, the organization said.
      1. “President Obama routinely released the data we’re seeking with no damage to presidential privilege, and this information is central to the Secret Service mission and thus clearly agency records subject to FOIA,” Tom Blanton, the director of the National Security Archive, said in a statement.
    5. http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/328058-dhs-sued-for-not-releasing-white-house-visitor-logs
    1. In February, he set in motion a process to kill a common-sense rule that would keep financial advisers from siphoning off money from the clients who trust them. Right now, predatory financial advice cheats investors out of about $17 billion every single year. Under the new rule, that money would stay with the customers.
    2. This new consumer protection, also known as the “fiduciary rule,” was slated to take effect today, but President Trump has delayed it for 60 days – and may kill the rule altogether.  The rule would require financial advisers to act in their customers’ best interest, not in their own interest or in the interest of their investment firm.
    3. Before this rule existed, financial advisers could recommend products whose sales generated bonuses, commissions, or prizes for the advisers, but that could cost their clients significantly more in higher fees.
    4. Sixty days may not seem like a big deal, but according to economists at the Economic Policy Institute, just this two-month delay will cost Americans saving for their retirement a collective $3.7 billion dollars. And this is just the beginning. If President Trump succeeds in delaying this rule further or in killing this important consumer protection, the special interests and big corporations he rallied against will score a victory — a $17 billion a year victory — and the American people will be the ones left with the bill.
    5. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/president-trump-just-cost-americans-saving-for-their-retirement-37-billion_us_58ea602ce4b00de1410421fb?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009
    1. Targets family groups including Planned Parenthood who provides abortions
      1. Note that Planned Parenthood does not use federal funds while providing abortions
    2. The move marked the 12th time that Trump has signed a resolution under the 1996 Congressional Review Act (CRA) to abolish a rule issued under President Barack Obama. Less than two hours later on Thursday, Trump signed a 13th measure, this one abolishing a Labor Department regulation aimed at expanding retirement savings accounts.
    3. No ceremony, signed behind closed doors, basically in secret. Trump did not issue statement but White House acknowledged that Trump signed bill.
    4. Title X funding does not pay for abortions, because that is barred under federal law, but it does fund birth control, cancer screenings and both tests and treatment for sexually-transmitted diseases.
    5. Abortion-rights advocates, however, warned that the funding measure would deny as many as 4 million Americans access to family planning services. About 1.5 million Planned Parenthood patients benefit from Title X funds, according to the group, 78 percent of whom live with incomes of 150 percent of the federal poverty level and roughly one-third of whom are either Latino or African American.
    6. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/04/13/behind-closed-doors-trump-signs-bill-allowing-states-to-strip-federal-family-planning-dollars-from-abortion-providers/
    1. Air Force drops 22,000 pound bomb, largest non-nuclear in U.S. arsenal. So large can not be launched by Fighter Jet, literally pushed from back of C-130
    2. Trump did not authorize strike, gave his generals authorization to do what is necessary
    3. The strike was the first combat use of what is formally named the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast. President Trump has bestowed additional authority on the Pentagon in his first months in office, which the military has argued will help it defeat the Islamic State more speedily. Mr. Trump did not say whether he had personally approved Thursday’s mission.
      1. “What I do is I authorize my military,” Mr. Trump said after a meeting with emergency workers at the White House.
      2. Trump not confirmed to be in situation room (Per Spicer)
      3. General Nicholson, commander U.S. forces in Afghanistan approved strike
    4. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/massive-us-bomb-in-afghanistan-killed-36-from-islamic-state-say-local-officials/2017/04/14/dae924e4-20dd-11e7-a0a7-8b2a45e3dc84_story.html?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.3924b38a3862
    5. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/13/world/asia/moab-mother-of-all-bombs-afghanistan.html?_r=0
    6. 36 ISIS members reported dead, no civilian casualties reported
    1. No longer a member of the National Security Council
    2. Trump already distancing himself
      1. Bannon only got involved in his campaign “very late,” Trump says. But as Aaron Blake points out: “Bannon joined the campaign in August for the lion’s share of the general election, taking on the role of campaign CEO.”
      2. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/12/us/politics/trump-steven-bannon-fox-business-news-interview.html
      3. Trump’s own website says “I have known Steve and Kellyanne (conway) both for many years”
    3. Trump said “I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late,” Trump said. “I had already beaten all the senators and all the governors, and I didn’t know Steve. I’m my own strategist and it wasn’t like I was going to change strategies because I was facing crooked Hillary.”
      1. Finished by saying “Steve is a good guy, but I told them to straighten it out or I will.”
    4. Politico reports that the administration is demanding that both funding for the Mexican wall and language restricting funding to sanctuary cities — thus punishing localities that don’t enforce the federal immigration crackdown — must be included in the upcoming spending bill, which could cause a government shutdown.
    5. https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/04/12/is-stephen-bannon-getting-pushed-out-the-latest-signs-point-to-yes/?utm_term=.a8597d16a9f8
    1. China sends back shipment of 600,000 tons of coal to North Korea, opting instead to buy from the United States
    2. The Dandong Chengtai said it had 600,000 tons of North Korean coal sitting at various ports and that there were 2 million tons stranded at Chinese ports to be sent back to North Korea, Reuters said
    3. The move reflects China’s public commitment on Feb. 26 to join other nations in punishing North Korea for its continued nuclear weapons and ballistic missile development program. China said in February it was suspending North Korean imports for the rest of this year.
    4. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-northkorea-coal-exclusive-idUSKBN17D0D8
    5. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/04/11/china-rejects-north-korean-coal-shipments-opts-for-us-supplies-instead.html
    1. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-11/devos-undoes-obama-student-loan-protections
    2. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday rolled back an Obama administration attempt to reform how student loan servicers collect debt.
    3. Obama issued a pair (PDF) of memorandums (PDF) last year requiring that the government’s Federal Student Aid office, which services $1.1 trillion in government-owned student loans, do more to help borrowers manage, or even discharge, their debt. But in a memorandum (PDF) to the department’s student aid office, DeVos formally withdrew the Obama memos.
    4. The previous administration’s approach, DeVos said, was inconsistent and full of shortcomings. She didn’t detail how the moves fell short, and her spokesmen, Jim Bradshaw and Matthew Frendewey, didn’t respond to requests for comment.
    5. A recent epidemic of student loan defaults and what authorities describe as systematic mistreatment of borrowers prompted the Obama administration, in its waning days, to force the FSA office to emphasize how debtors are treated, rather than maximize the amount of cash they can stump up to meet their obligations.
    6. Obama’s team also sought to reduce the possibility that new contracts would be given to companies that mislead or otherwise harm debtors. The current round of contracts will terminate in 2019, and among three finalists for a new contract is Navient Corp. In January, state attorneys general in Illinois and Washington, along with the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB, sued Navient over allegations the company abused borrowers by taking shortcuts to boost its own bottom line. Navient has denied the allegations.
    7. The withdrawal of the Obama administration guidelines could make Navient a more likely contender for that contract, government officials said.
    1. The Trump administration announced Friday that it would discontinue former president Barack Obama’s policy of voluntarily disclosing the names of most visitors to the White House complex, citing “grave national security risks and privacy concerns.”
    2. Instead, the Trump administration said it would release information only under far more limited circumstances: for those visiting components of the White House classified under the law as separate agencies, such as the Office of Management and Budget. Under the new policy, it will be up to the White House to decide whether to release names of visitors coming to meet with the president, vice president and their senior staff.
    3. The Trump administration was sued in federal court earlier this week by a coalition of watchdog groups in a bid to compel the release of records made public under Obama, which were published on a White House-maintained Web page.
    4. Since Trump took office in January, the page where the visitor logs had been publicly available has gone dark, and Trump administration officials said Friday that they will no longer maintain it, a move that the White House said would save taxpayers $70,000 by 2020.
    5. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/04/14/trump-to-discontinue-obama-policy-of-voluntarily-releasing-white-house-visitor-logs/#comments
    6. Why is @BarackObama spending millions to try and hide his records? He is the least transparent President–ever–and he ran on transparency.
      1. Donald J. Trump, June 6, 2012
    7. Why does Obama believe he shouldn’t comply with record releases that his predecessors did of their own volition? Hiding something?
      1. -The_Donald, Oct 30, 2012
    8. In Obama’s first months in office, he signed an executive order and two presidential memoranda heralding a “new era of openness,” and directed every federal agency to publish data sets online within 45 days. The Obama administration ultimately opened up about 180,000 federal data sets to citizens as part of what it dubbed the Open Government Directive.
    9. Bush II attempted to keep white house visitor logs secret and lost in court Friday January 9 2009. Federal Judge declared that the Bush II administration illegally deleted Secret Service computer records. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/09/AR2009010903412.html
      1. http://usat.ly/16WRYv3
      2. “In both the 1974 FOIA Amendments and the 1978 Presidential Records Act, Congress made clear that it did not want documents like the appointment calendars of the president and his close advisors to be subject to disclosure under FOIA,” Chief Judge Merrick Garland wrote for the three-judge panel. “Granting Judicial Watch’s request for certain visitor records, however, would effectively disclose the contents of those calendars.”
      1. Overturned on appeal. US Court of Appeals for DC Circuit reversed district court decision.
    1. Chechnya detains 100 gay men, moving them to concentration camp-style prisons
    2. Trump sued for not disclosing White House visitor logs
    3. Trump could cost Americans Billions in retirement savings
    4. Trump signs bill allowing states to strip federal funds from abortion providers
    5. Mother Of All Bombs dropped on ISIS target in Afghanistan
    6. Bannon on his way out?
    7. China sends message to North Korea by not buying its coal
    8. Betsy Devos undoes Obama era student loan protections
    9. Trump to discontinue Obama era policy of voluntarily releasing WH visitor logs
  4. Sexual Assault Awareness Month Awareness Month
  5. Kentucky
    1. A scholarship program once hailed as a guarantee of free community college for all new high school graduates in Kentucky has been trimmed back to pay for only specialized work certificate programs.
    2. The Work Ready Scholarship program was proposed by House Democrats in the 2016 legislative session and approved by the General Assembly to pay tuition for college students seeking two-year associate’s degrees after existing state scholarship programs have been used.
    3. However, Gov. Matt Bevin vetoed the bill authorizing the program but left $15.9 million to fund it in the state budget bill.
    4. Last December, Bevin issued an executive order creating his own version of the scholarship program, but it is limited to those seeking certificates in five industries with worker shortages: health care, advanced manufacturing, transportation/logistics, business services/IT, and construction.
    1. No new jobs at the Georgetown factory
      1. 8,200 jobs at the factory
      2. Builds the Camry, Avalon, Lexus ES350. About ¼ of all Toyota built domestically are built in Georgetown
      3. Kentucky economic development officials sweetened Toyota’s existing incentive agreement with the state as a result of its latest investment.
      4. State officials added up to $43.5 million in tax incentives, making Toyota eligible for up to $190 million in incentives that span multiple projects.
      5. http://www.kentucky.com/news/business/article143694639.html
    2. Also announced a few weeks ago that it will donate its soon-to-be abandoned Hebron office building to the local school district to build a new tech high school
    1. Matt Bevin, Governor of Kentucky, gets rid of plan for free two-year degrees and replaces it with a free certificate program
    2. Toyota announces $1.33 billion dollar investment in Kentucky Plant
  6. General Quarters
    1. Ask for an independent investigation into Trump’s links with Russia.  Also, ask them to hold town halls.
    1. Louisville on Tuesday!
    1. Call your representatives and senators
    2. Bernie Sanders and Tom Perez holding rallies across the country to call for Dem unity
    3. Tax Day Rally
  7. Super Happy Fun Time
    1. https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/04/nasa-confirms-two-moons-in-the-solar-system-are-venting-oceans-into-space/
    2. Also highly likely on Europa.
    3. Hydrogen plumes are mostly likely formed by reactions of warm water against the rocky core of the moon, drastically increasing the likelihood of life existing on the moons.
    4. Very similar to the thermal vents in Earth’s own oceans.
    1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/washington-posts-david-fahrenthold-wins-pulitzer-prize-for-dogged-reporting-of-trumps-philanthropy/2017/04/10/dd535d2e-1dfb-11e7-be2a-3a1fb24d4671_story.html
    1. Travis – NASA Confirms Hydrogen Plumes on Saturn’s Moon Enceladus.
    2. Dave – David Fahrenthold wins Pulitzer Prize for coverage of Trump’s charitable giving
    3. Australian tv channel played the same Simpsons quote on a loop for four hours
    4. Curtis –