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    Poet and gadfly, WSS has been: - HR manager of a year-round silviculture company in the great white north - singer. songwriter, frontman - painter - sculptor - reporter - cook - janitor - editor - filmmaker - actor - amateur psychologist - web maven May he be all these things
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  1. What to learn about Russian goals when you don't really care

    See an earlier point of information ... and your and Michael's response to it ...
  2. What to learn about Russian goals when you don't really care

    Snatched from the jaws of Google (by way of The Hill):
  3. What to learn about Russian goals when you don't really care

    The was no "Russia Hack" of the election. Your literal mind read "'Russia Hack' of the 2016 US presidential election" narrowly. Thanks for pointing out that the phrase can be misunderstood, and may need replacing with a better conceptual frame. There are several current alternatives that don't use 'hack,' such as meddling, interference, active measures -- without specifying that actual reported "hacks" (cyber-intrusions, information theft, spear-phishing 'attacks' on state election systems, etc) must have been Russia-directed. Not to mention the details of the aggressive 'active measures' in the field of information warfare. We need not agree that Russia meddled to have discussion on policy and the road ahead. To the point of the OT ... I suggested setting aside the two contentious issues of RussiaHack RussiaTrumpCollusion , in order to focus on what can be known of RussiaGeoStrategy, of aims and goals of the Russian Federation. So, Bob, set aside the two moshpits and maybe give the initial post another gander. Maybe even have a dunk into the article I cited. Maybe give your informed opinion. -- I'll get back to revising the shorthand phrase "Russia Hack," but will make it in another blog post. Here is hoping you have something to say of interest to our OL readers, further to the third set of Russia questions above. In other words, if there is disagreement on Russia1 and Russia2, how about Russia3 ... ?
  4. One of the items I fish out of the general Russia Russia Russia hoopla is geopolitical strategy. In other words, setting aside the unproven allegations of the Trump-Russia 'collusion' grab-bag, and putting to one side the actual details of the "Russia hack" of the 2016 US presidential election -- leaving the residual "what is this administration's larger strategy with regard to Russia, its hopes and fears, its ambitions." This is no easy task. The election campaign revealed just a few rules of thumb that a Trump administration would use in a new relationship. Each of us will have an impression of the just what President Trump hopes to achieve in relation to Russia between now and 2020. For me, having studied utterances of Michael Flynn and the many Russia/Putin statements from the president, it is to "get along," to cooperate where it serves American interests, and perhaps to let Russia back in from the cold by removing sanctions where appropriate. In an sense, it is a desire to move the 'deep state' off its suspicious foundations in order to make a better partnership with the Eurasion nuclear power. (the 'deep state' I envision as the intersection of established policy [of the executive branch, including national security agencies] and law [from the legislature]; it is the entrenched state of affairs, the 'ship of state' -- a vehicle of praxis built up over time. The 'deep state' of course takes its order not from a shadowy cartel, but from department policy as written, intelligence findings as transmitted, and law. Law as in the welter of official acts and regulations, eg, Magnitsky-related sanctions. The 'deep state' vehicle can be refitted and given new missions, but this takes time, time to install new commanders with clear mission statements, time to legislate and decree a change in direction, speed, goal and targets) Having established their own briefs on facts and values, strategy and intelligence, law and practice, OLers might like me might have asked themselves the same set of questions -- not of the American 'vehicle' commanded by President Trump, but of the Russian ship of state. What Russia wants. -- that boring introduction done, here is a well-written analysis of Russian imperatives: Russia’s Evolving Grand Eurasia Strategy: Will It Work? NB: at 4200 words the article is not light reading. But I suspect readers will be better able to answer the question "What is a proper Russia policy for the USA?" One person whose opinions I wish we could consult right now is the founder of Objectivism. Having a cold eye on the Soviet Union, a cold eye for any unfree state, a cold eye for dictatorships, Ayn Rand would likely be able to add moral clarity to the 'debates' about Russia Russia Russia. A couple of folks here have contended that Rand would be enamored of Donald Trump, a notion I find preposterous. But I could be very wrong.
  5. This is taken from Conservative Treehouse. The hoopla industry and the committees of benghazi will have another picnic. Here is the state of Grand Supreme Hoopla ... from Memeorandum:
  6. Peter Taylor left a crumb trail to an entertaining video from FoxNews' ratings juggernaut Tucker Carlson's show. Featuring the Objectivist lawyer and scholar Amy Peikoff. Veddy interesting ... "I must say, you seem like a logical atheist ..." sez the man with the Beatles haircut. From the "Friendly Atheist" ...
  7. What do you know about psychopathy?

    I was thinking today about Objectivist/ish conceptions of mind, volition and 'determinism.' The context is a 2014 book called "The Psychopath Whisperer." I am about half-way through giving it a thorough read, and want to recommend it to OLers interested in the intersection of law, punishment, philosophy and neuroscience. Of interest to those who consider psychology a fatally-soft science or a fledgling, the book's central question is "Are there structural/developmental 'indicators' in brains of psychopaths?" or "Are brains of a psychopath different from non-psychopaths?" The premise is that psychopaths are indeed 'different from you and me,' and that the brain is the seat of behaviour. The author, Kent Kiehl, is a bit of an obsessive on the subject of psychopathy. This drive to understand the brain/mind of a psychopath led him to pioneer brain-imaging (fMRI) in prisoners with psychopathy, the worst of the worst offenders -- and to synthesize what he has learned at this point in his research career. For those of you who would like a link or two, here is the book's page at Amazon (with reviews), and here are some links to explore ... (snatched from the jaws of Google)
  8. David Seaman has had a fair bit of promotion on Objectivist Living, not that there's anything wrong with that. Here is his latest, from which you can glean a coherent narrative of his work. Seaman had a recent appearance with the dean of American 'truther' media, Alex Jones, in a short and sweet update on the dread communication platform Twitter. Truth, Truther, Truthest!
  9. Trump Junior Email Chain re June meeting with Russian lawyer

    Further to the mystery "Colonel Gorky, in the Meeting Room, with Chinese Water Torture."* Some of the rest of the cast of characters in the forgettable June 6 2016 meeting at Trump Tower are being identified. So far, the attendees are: Donald Trump Jr Paul Manafort Jared Kushner Rinat Akhmetshin Natalia Veselnitskaya Anatoli Samochornov Rob Goldstone An eighth person is reported to have also attended -- a representative of the two gents of the Agalarov family The eighth person has been identified as Irakly (Ike) Kaveladze. Who are these people, and why is anti-Trump media large and small making such a picnic of it? Excepting pro-Trump media, large and small**, I observe Hoopla Grand Supreme. "Will you please just answer the question, Senator McCarthy?" ________________ * Many other titles are available, among which "Junior, in Trump Tower, with a Nothingburger." ** The standard anti-Trump hoopla is, more or less, this, reduced to a thick clot of suspicion (though innumerable detailed narratives of suspicion attach to each name). Donald Trump Jr: involved in Trump real-estate ventures in Russia since 2005 Paul Manafort: brilliant political operative with clients as varied as Ferdinand Marcos and Viktor Yanukovych Jared Kushner: brilliant confidant of now-President Trump. Rinat Akhmetshin: "colourful" naturalized American, lobbyist. Natalia Veselnitskaya: former prosecutor (in Russia), now lobbyist. In the kitchen with a file folder. Anatoli Samochornov: neutral interpreter. Highly-sought witness of the committees of benghazi. Rob Goldstone: "colourful" fixer, publicist. Ike Kaveladze: "colourful" suspected money-launderer. ___________________ From the Grayest Lady ... in 2000:
  10. Trump Junior Email Chain re June meeting with Russian lawyer

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  11. Mann v Ball

    Fail. "Fires have always burned forests" in BC. That is true. This wildfire season is the worst in ten years, in terms of destruction, worse in terms of getting control of them. As for new growth, the primary process is tree-planting, in BC. Regardless, the losses this year are already immense, the personal property destruction is not yet calculable as some evacuated areas are still under smoke cover. -- I realize you have your own interests, but have you read the New York article or associated critiques, or both? I thought the story might give you a new hook to hang your hat on, in terms of eco-crazies ... if not an opportunity to comment. Since photos bring up memories and/or axioms, here is another couple.
  12. Trump Junior Email Chain re June meeting with Russian lawyer

    Some of the rest of the cast of characters in the forgettable June 6 2016 meeting at Trump Tower are being identified. So far, the attendees are: Donald Trump Jr Paul Manafort Jared Kushner Rinat Akhmetshin Natalia Veselnitskaya Anatoli Samochornov Rob Goldstone An eighth person is reported to have also attended -- a representative of the two gents of the Agalarov family (Agalarov the younger the pop singer's publicist is Goldstone). The Agalarovs with Trump in Moscow in 2013: Normal, Trump-supporting Americans will not be interested in the details of the meeting ... but the FBI and the congressional inquiries (what I call the committees of benghazi) may well be.
  13. Exclusive interview with President Trump

    Updated and cleaned up.