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Andy McCarthy Is Right About Mueller’s Investigation but for All the Wrong Reasons

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It isn’t very often that I’ll say National Review’s Andy McCarthy has missed the boat but this is one of those occasions.

In his Friday post at National Review, The Mueller Investigation Was Always an Impeachment Probe, McCarthy contends that because Mueller’s team was packed to the gills with progressive Democrats hellbent on creating a case for impeachment, and they knew that Barr would never go along with their legal reasoning–the same reason that was repudiated by the Supreme Court in the Enron and Arthur Andersen cases–they had to find a way of getting their evidence before like-minded Democrats.

So . . . Plan B: What if we decline to make any recommendation on obstruction?

Mueller’s staff calculated: If we don’t press the point of indicting the president, the AG and the Justice Department have no reason to dispute our findings, or even take on our analysis of obstruction law. They’ll be so relieved to avoid a fight over obstruction charges, they’ll be willing to let all that slide. And with Congress demanding the report, and the AG having promised maximum transparency in his confirmation hearings, we will achieve our objective: Congress will get our obstruction evidence, with an accompanying legal analysis that tends strongly in favor of finding felony obstruction. That will be the basis for any impeachment proceedings.

This, then, became the plan: Mueller would decide not to decide.

What matters is that Mueller’s shrewd staffers accomplished exactly what they hoped to accomplish: Make sure the report was disclosed to Congress intact, with 200 pages of obstruction evidence, a legal analysis that tends toward a finding of obstruction, and an express assertion by the special counsel that if he had found Trump did not commit a crime, he would have said so.

That is probably as accurate as far as it goes but I think McCarthy loses sight of the fact that there is a much clearer case to be made for saying that Mueller was never, ever interested in anything to do with Russia and was engaged in a hit job on President Trump from the day he was appointed.

To preface this, let me point out that by the time Mueller was appointed on May 17, 2017, the FBI already knew that the Steele dossier was utter fabulist bullsh**. They knew Papadopoulos didn’t have any inside track to the Kremlin because all of his contacts who purported to give him said information were Western intelligence assets. The knew Michael Cohen had never been to Prague. And if even the New York Times had staffers wondering aloud on video of the Steele dossier was actually Russian dezinformatsiya, that quite a few counterintelligence people at the FBI and at the CIA were undoubtedly pursuing the same line of reasoning as the claims that could be investigated were proven false. It was known for a fact that Carter Page was less of a Russian agent than Hillary Clinton. No one ever had any real concerns about Mike Flynn and sandbagging him was just Andrew McCabe getting payback for Flynn supporting an agent McCabe had fired in her sexual discrimination lawsuit against him. The whole Trump Tower meeting was known to have been conducted by Fusion GPS operatives, one of which John Kerry’s State Department had allowed into the the US despite her being banned from entry. No sane person believed the whole bank-server-in-Trump-Tower-talking-to-Moscow story.

In short, were this investigation actually the “counterintelligence” investigation it was purported to be, then all Mueller had to do was review existing investigatory information, sign off on it, and say “nothing here, folks.”

But that isn’t what happened.

What happened was something completely different.

James Comey was fired on May 9. According to Comey, on the Monday after he was fired, May 15, he decided to leak him memos documenting his meetings with Trump in hopes of triggering an independent counsel (on what grounds, one might ask) and on May 16 the first story about the memos appeared. The next day Mueller was appointed.

But from court documents we know that the FBI had opened an obstruction investigation of President Trump between May 9 and May 17:

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Read the whole thread on the origins of the obstruction hoax.

What Mueller walked into was not a counterintelligence investigation but a investigation into obstruction of justice based upon Comey’s recollections as documented in his leaked memos. The structure of Mueller’s appointment doesn’t cite any violation of law associated with “coordination” (I doubt seriously that this “coordination” would be illegal) but does spell out the legal authority for investigating matters beyond the appointment letter.

So on his first day on the job, Mueller had to decide whether to focus on the Russia hoax or push an obstruction case. It is hard to see any honorable reason why he elected to not quickly clear the Trump campaign of “collusion.” The investigatory leg work had been done. It would have been in the best interests of the nation. The only plausible explanation is that Mueller decided that he could severely damage the Trump administration by a lengthy investigation and that if he slung about the specter of obstruction, the media would ignore the nothingburger than he was supposed to be investigating.

This investigation was never, ever concerned with Russian meddling or collusion. From its first day, the Russia angle was nothing more than a subterfuge for an investigation of the President, his family, and his friends with the sole purpose of damaging them politically and financially and, if possible, sending them to prison. McCarthy may be right about the bureaucratic tussle that led to Mueller not making a decision but he loses sight of the fact that Mueller knew this was an obstruction investigation from his first day on the job and joyfully participated.

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott Recently Wiped Out Red Light Cameras Throughout the State

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With a stroke of his pen and smirk on his face, Texas Governor Greg Abbott made a short video of himself proving why he’s one of the most beloved Governors in the nations.

Abbott opened his video by saying that he was at the Texas Capitol in Austin signing bills, and described the one sitting in front of him.

“I’m about to sign this bill than bans red light cameras in Texas,” he said before putting his signature on the paper.

Abbott then held up the now former bill for everyone to see.

“Is now law,” said Abbott with a slight smile.

Red light cameras have been a lucrative way for cities to garner extra cash from traffic violations. From 2007 to 20010, Texas cities accrued $100 million from 1.2 million camera tickets. However, red light cameras have two major problems.

For one, they’re unconstitutional. Upon receiving a citation from an officer, you are given the opportunity to fight it in court. The city or county has to prove your guilt. If it can’t, the ticket is thrown out. Red light cameras don’t work that way. If you get a ticket, you’re expected to pay it, due process be damned. It puts the onus on the driver to prove he’s innocent, not the authority to prove a citizen’s guilt.

But secondly, and most importantly, the safety reasons for these cameras to supposedly exist don’t even keep drivers safe. In fact, according to the Star-Telegram, they actually make intersections more dangerous:

As for the only legitimate argument in favor of the cameras — safety — a 12-year study released in 2018 by Case Western Reserve University in Ohio concludes there is “no evidence of a reduction in total accidents or injuries” attributable to red light cameras in Texas. In fact, the study says, by training motorists to “stop even when it would be safer to continue through the intersection,” red light cameras have actually increased rear-end collisions at such intersections: up 28 percent combined in Dallas and Houston.

“Intersections with cameras are likely to be among the most dangerous intersections,” the study says.

Abbott signing this bill into law is a no-brainer, and I appreciate his attentiveness to logic. It’s rare in this day and age.

But more importantly than my appreciation for that, is Abbott’s rare ability to treat citizens in his state like adults. Red-light cameras are essentially nanny cams for adults, making sure that people are following the rules. It’s insulting, and every time I see a flash from the camera go off, I’m angered by the idea that a city thinks it needs to keep a technological eye on its citizens. It’s as infantilizing as it is Orwellian.

This is why I love Abbott. His attitude revolves around the idea that we’re grown adults, and we can make grown adult decisions about what we do.

We need more like him.

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He Persisted: Dan Crenshaw Is Owning Liz Warren on Twitter and I’m Just Here to Share the Popcorn

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Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX-2). Screen grab via C-SPAN.

As he’s demonstrated in the past, Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX-2) is unafraid to take on the Democratic party’s far left wing, whether it be in liberal dens like “The View”, during House Committee hearings, or on social media.

The latest examples of this from Crenshaw are his tweets countering claims from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), one of the 20+ Democratic candidates running for president. Even though Warren was one of the first candidates to declare her intentions to run, her poll numbers have consistently lagged. As a result, she’s moved even further to the left over the last few months in a desperate attempt to win over primary voters.

Over the weekend, Warren appeared at the California Democratic Convention and made a speech that took veiled shots at Democratic front runner Joe Biden. Here’s what she said:

Crenshaw, in turn, responded with some truth balm:

A little over a week ago, Warren boasted on Twitter about signing the “No Fossil Fuel Money” pledge:

Crenshaw called out her hypocrisy and virtue signaling:

In mid-May, Warren announced she would not do town hall debates on Fox News, citing an alleged “hate for profit” business model:

Reading between the lines, Crenshaw zeroed in on what the real issue was – and let her know it:

I should note for the record that Crenshaw has also tackled claims made by 2020 candidate and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) over the last couple of months:

But his countering of Warren’s narratives is especially noteworthy because they come at a time when Democratic women are trying to silence criticisms from Republican men by playing the “incitement” and “women of color” cards.

Crenshaw continues to show that he will not be intimidated, which is only fitting when you consider that he put his life on the line to protect the right for American citizens like Warren and Sanders to make bogus, hypocritical, and self-serving political claims.

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Steven Crowder Hasn’t Done Anything Wrong

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Right now, Steven Crowder’s YouTube channel is being investigated for racist and anti-LGBT speech due to complaints being made by Vox’s Carlos Maza, popular for the “Strikethrough” video series.

Maza is upset over the fact that Crowder makes fun of his ideas and attacks him during the course of response videos Crowder makes that debunk Maza’s claims in his videos. Maza tweeted at YouTube, saying he has a thick skin, but that he’s bothered by Crowder’s attacks toward him.

YouTube responded by publically telling Maza that they’re looking into it and that they sent him a direct message over Twitter.

In response, Crowder warned his viewers that this isn’t just about YouTube attempting to shut down a channel for supposed hate speech, it’s a multi-million dollar corporation attempting to silence its loudest critics.

This is the long and short version of the story, but this short tale actually opens the door to a much larger conversation that needs to be had. This conversation can easily be started with a simple question: “What is hate speech?”

Crowder did, in fact, call Maza a “lispy queer,” and a “gay Mexican.” In today’s politically correct world this is enough to send clutching hands to the nearest pearls. However, as Crowder said in his update video about the attacks on him by Vox to silence him, these are a combination of both friendly ribbings — something he does with his own co-hosts — and accurate descriptors that Maza himself has used to craft his identity.

In short, Maza is upset that Crowder is describing him accurately, it’s just that Crowder is using from the position of an intellectual adversary.

So it’s not a slur. Crowder hasn’t called for the actual destruction of anyone in the LGBT community and has made it clear that bringing anyone to physical harm is not something he’s okay with at all. He also hasn’t used LGBT terminology that Maza hasn’t used to describe himself. In truth, Maza doesn’t have a leg to stand on.

We as a society have to draw a true line as to where and what we can consider hate speech because, at this time, that goal post seems to be moving by the hour.

For instance, Maza can suggest that Fox New’s Tucker Carlson is in line with White Supremacists because his content generates racist sympathies and suggests that Carlson himself isn’t concerned with things like immigration policies, but concerned with people are “different.” However, since Maza never calls Carlson any fun names, suggesting that Carlson is guilty of racism isn’t hate speech.

However, videos like Maza’s generate a dangerous narrative that Carlson is a dangerous racist promoting hate and violence. It’s a narrative that some have taken very seriously, and they wind up at Carlson’s doorstep threatening him with physical injury and attempting to gain access into his home while his wife and daughters hide in a closet.

At this time, I haven’t seen or heard Maza denounce this kind of treatment of the right as I have seen Crowder denounce that kind of behavior toward the left. If I’m wrong, then by all means, please let me know and I’ll make the correction. At this time, all I have is Maza promoting the idea of assaulting people because he doesn’t like their politics, so my faith in his goodness is a bit shaky.

Yet, Crowder can deconstruct Maza’s arguments with actual points that don’t accuse a person of horrid behavior with the exception of dishonest journalism. It’s only hate speech because Crowder referred to him in ways Maza refers to himself.

Hate speech, at least as I understood it, is a malicious attack on a certain race, group, or religion with unfounded accusations and calls, or suggestions, for violence. We popularly associate hate speech with ideals given by the Nazi party and verbalized by Hitler. We still hear it today, only it doesn’t come from the right.

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D) suggested: “Israel has hypnotized the world.” Celebrated feminist activist Linda Sarsour said that the flagging popularity of the Democrat party is due to the “Jewish media.” Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib said she gets a “calming feeling” when she speaks about the Holocaust and made the false claim that Islamic countries were trying to help Jewish people.

These are awful things to say, and yet the media and fellow Democrats work overtime to run defense for it all. What’s more, it doesn’t just stop at speech against Jewish people. White males are consistently targeted by politicians, activists, and the media. In fact, YouTube itself is fine with videos from the likes of Buzzfeed, MTV, and Huffington post that blanket-blame white people for every problem under the sun, while also stereotyping them.

Crowder is known to do this too, only Crowder is doing it for comedic purposes and isn’t at all hateful toward the people he lampoons. MTV, BuzzFeed, and Huffington Post are deadly serious.

Not only is this hypocritical, it shows us the left’s cards. It’s unofficial motto is “it’s okay when we do it.” Even CNN’s Chris Cuomo says as much during his defense of Antifa’s violence…twice. The left’s mentality is that they can say and do whatever they want because they feel their racism, sexism, bigotry, and even violence is for the greater good. Crowder’s verbal jabs, however, are an avenue to evil.

But more importantly, Crowder is usually right in his rebuttals and criticism. This pulling back the curtain is dangerous to an ideological group whose messages and narratives really only thrive in a vacuum. That, beyond anything else, has to be silenced.

Crowder has done absolutely nothing wrong, especially by the standards set by the left. In truth, his crime is saying they’re wrong and proving it.

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Fired New Yorker Fact Checker and Failed NYU Journalism Prof Lashes out at Freedom of Speech

Remember Talia Levin, the woman who was fired as a fact checker for New Yorker for claiming that a disabled vet who worked for ICE had a Nazi tattoo? The woman who was fired from Media Matters…imagine how batsh** crazy you have to be to get fired from that dung heap. The woman who was fired from her NYU Journalism School gig (class title: “Reporting on the Far Right”) because no one enrolled? Now that she’s safely unemployed she’s opened up about her distrubing personal habits and given some insight on a) how she seems to be pretty typical of reporters and b) why they should never be allowed to write anything for public consumption.

First, the personal habits. Lavin seemed to think that a person who has made a career of being an irresponsible jerk and trying to get other people fired went passive-aggressive in a huge way when The Wrap’s Jon Levine reported she’d been turfed out of her comfy, no-work job at NYU:

It’s true: only 2 students signed up for my class.
Here’s some other hot news for Jon and his editors:
Once I threw a VERY elaborate theme party in college and no one came.
In high school, a bunch of boys stole my journal & read my sex fantasies about my English teacher aloud. 1/
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Another time in high school, a boy stole my shoes while I was taking a nap and hid them in a light fixture. I am very short.

I recently asked a guy I went on a date with if he wanted to kiss me and he responded, “I don’t know what to say.” 2/

I was doing a public reading earlier this year and had a panic attack onstage so bad I almost fell over and couldn’t finish reading.

Every time I eat, food is like, magnetically attracted to my breasts and often clings there unnoticed. Disastrous for a tuna bagel enjoyer. 3/

One time I confused the words for “boat” and “spoon” in Russian and told a friend she could get over her sadness “like the people rowing in spoons over the Dnieper during the battle of Kiev.”

I always try to do Kate Bush songs in karaoke and fail. 4/

One time my shoes broke mid workday. I worked at the World Trade Center at the time so I limped over to the nearest store and wound up wearing souvenir NYPD flip-flops for an entire day.

I have pretty strong natural body odor and have to work to counteract it at all times. 5/

The pimple on my nose won’t go away. It’s been months. Months!

Hope this helped you meet your story quota!!!!
xoxo
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P.S. I’m not ashamed ICE lied about me that I’d started a rumor about one of their agents. I said a cross tat looked like an iron cross well after others had noticed, then deleted it after 15 min w/correx. I never used the word “Nazi.” or the guy’s name. ICE did.

Also I have hidradentis suppurativa and once forgot a coffee cup in my room for so long it grew a mold-bloom blue as oxidized copper.

This has been your news update for today.

This simply confirms some things I could probably have guessed about her. Amusing…actually it would be sad if it were someone who’d ever demonstrated she had empathy for someone else. Then she swung for the left field bleachers.

lots of people claim to champion “free speech.” most of them are liars: what they want is to be able to spread hate unchallenged, and they cheerfully crush their opponents, via harassment, abuse, slander and mass reporting. it’s not hypocrisy, it’s strategy.

i want social media where people can be queer or black or jewish or NBPOC or oppose the current government without fear of abuse, harassment or slander. i don’t think racism and homophobia and misogyny are sacred. i think they are forces to defeat. and i’m honest about it.

when hatemongers have the “freedom” they desire, it forces other people into hiding, to self-censor, to endure abuse in the vilest of ways. i don’t support that. it’s not freedom of speech. just freedom to intimidate. and it’s trash.

i know the playbook by now. i’ve watched them target marginalized people for political expression over and over, with violence on their tongues and in their hearts. make no mistake. they want the freedom to punish and to silence. i say fuck that.

seriously, the entire complex of “free speech defenders” are the squad who wants to say the n word and tell you jews control the world, and worse. they don’t hide the goal of crushing their enemies and wallowing in malice. stop falling for it and fight back.

the “intellectual dark web” guys who pitch fits when their race science chats get cancelled support anti-BDS laws; patron saint bari weiss tried to get an @elivalley talk cancelled. their imitators just want to push for a white ethnostate and run anyone else into the ground.
QED

This, oddly enough, seems to be a very widely held view among people who mewl and bleat about the First Amendment whenever they don’t get the access the demand. Consider the case of the black forklift operator who was tracked down by some moron at The Daily Beast for making a funny video about Nancy Pelosi. Tracked down, we might add, with the assistance of Facebook staff. That is very much in line of the noxious and probably malodorous Andrew Kaczynski who similarly doxxed a guy for making a gif of President Trump bodyslamming CNN and demanded an apology from him as the condition of not revealing his name to the world.

Her list of people who she thinks should be silenced are my reason for supporting the First Amendment. Because unless we allow offensive, even vile, speech we effectively have no free speech because then the limits of what can and can’t be said is controlled by people who probably won’t like something you have to say. Just last week, Erick Erickson, who is just about as mild-mannered a conservative as you will find these days, was suspended from Twitter for making a joke about Elizabeth Warren’s lying about having Indian heritage to further her career.

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No one ever forces you to read or listen to anything you don’t want to. You have the ability to leave the room, the ability to verbally challenge the offender, and the ability on social media to block or mute douchebags. The only reason you put up with abuse is because you are too weak-willed to do anything or because you are gathering evidence for your jihad to make people who don’t agree with you to shut up.

With a little bit of luck, this Lavin woman will reach her true potential slinging lattes at a Starbucks. What is very obvious is that she is hostile to the very idea of a pluralistic society in addition to the First Amendment and she should never be allowed to work in anything that pretends to be journalism again.

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HERE WE GO: Jerry Nadler Orders Hearings On The Mueller Report

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We knew this was coming and now we have a date of Monday, June 10th when it begins.

According to Axios

The House Judiciary Committee announced Monday that it would hold a series of hearings on the Mueller report beginning on June 10, with a session focused on “President Trump’s most overt acts of obstruction,” according to Chairman Jerry Nadler.

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) said on Sunday that he believes impeachment proceedings will begin at some point, but that Democrats must first “do what’s necessary to educate the public” on Trump’s alleged corruption.

Oh yes, let the education begin.

As I have written here just the past couple of days here at Red State, Nancy Pelosi has had the heat being turned up to give the green light on impeachment hearings to begin and Nadler is one of the 50 or so Democrats who are adding logs to the fire.

Who Was The Biggest Loser In The Mueller Presser? Nancy Pelosi.

Democrats Hope The Month Of June Will Break Pelosi On Accepting Impeachment

They are going to have to come up with better names than “President Trump’s most overt acts of obstruction,” to gain any steam though.

That the Democrats have invited Watergate washout and former White House counsel John Dean to be the featured guest on the opening day of this indicates they are going to try and draw a direct line between Trump and Nixon. Yet no one, not even Justin Amash has clearly spelled out what is the impeachable offense. Impeachment is a political process that the crime can vary depending on the times of the hearings. I still have not heard what is the smoking gun.

Neither have you I bet.

Trump is unlike any President we have had in the modern era and does not hold back and let surrogates do the trash talking. Mostly because he rather enjoys doing it and is not half bad at it. That does not mean he should be impeached though. Being a jerk to friends and foes alike is not what the founders meant when they said High Crimes And Misdemeanors as the threshold. If they did than John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton along with Aaron Burr and Sam Adams would have gone to the pokey during the founding days.

Nadler is betting that these hearings will bring up something that they can hold onto and bring Trump down. The Mueller report and non-Russian collusion didn’t do it so let’s see if they can pull something out of nothing here.

I doubt it.

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Key Mueller Witness Charged with Transporting Child Pornography

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A key witness in the Mueller investigation has been charged with transporting child pornography in 2018 according to court documents.

According to the Washington Post, Middle East advisor and businessman, George Nader, was caught with pictures of underage males performing sexual acts on one another in January 2018. He was arrested at JFK International airport on Monday morning:

Officials said Nader, 60, was charged by criminal complaint over material he was traveling with when he arrived at Washington-Dulles International Airport on Jan. 17, 2018, from Dubai. At the time, he was carrying a cellphone containing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, officials said. The charges were unsealed after his arrest Monday morning at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

The Washington Post reported that Nader had helped arrange a meeting with Trump supporter Erik Prince and a Russian official Kirill Dmitriev  the head of a Russian government-controlled wealth fund:

He helped arrange a meeting in the Seychelles in January 2017 between Erik Prince, a Trump supporter who founded the private security firm Blackwater, and a Russian official close to Russian President Vladi­mir Putin. The purpose of the meeting was of particular interest to Mueller’s investigators, and some questions about it remain unanswered, even after Mueller issued a 448-page report on his findings.

Nader had been working as an advisor to the United Arab Emirates for some time and swore that the meeting was complete chance due to his location.

This isn’t the first time Nader had been caught with child pornography. Nader was also convicted 28 years ago for carrying around underage pornography but received a reduced sentence due to government officials considering him a valuable part of negotiations in a hostage situation in Lebanon.

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YouTube’s Video Recommendation Algorithm Caters to Pedophiles, and They Refuse to Fix It

YouTube makes money by showing advertisements with their video content, and the site benefits from its video recommendation algorithm that suggests related videos for viewers to watch next after the one they originally chose. But this algorithm has a dark side that caters to pedophiles, according to a report today by the New York Times, and YouTube is so far refusing to fix the problem.

The article, by Max Fisher and Amanda Taub, tells the story of a mother whose 10-year-old daughter uploaded an “innocent” video of herself playing with a friend in a backyard pool, and then was shocked to discover the video had racked up over 400,000 views in only a few days.

The culprit is a problematic feature of YouTube’s algorithm and how it detects content within videos to make suggestions for what to watch next.

Content that might originally be innocent — a child in a family video wearing pajamas or a bathing suit, or even a young child changing clothes or partially nude — is then curated with a collection of videos showing children in similarly revealing ways:

YouTube’s automated recommendation system — which drives most of the platform’s billions of views by suggesting what users should watch next — had begun showing the video to users who watched other videos of prepubescent, partially clothed children, a team of researchers has found.

YouTube had curated the videos from across its archives, at times plucking out the otherwise innocuous home movies of unwitting families, the researchers say. In many cases, its algorithm referred users to the videos after they watched sexually themed content.

The result was a catalog of videos that experts say sexualizes children.

Also troubling was how the algorithm led viewers from adult erotic videos to recommend videos of children:

Users do not need to look for videos of children to end up watching them. The platform can lead them there through a progression of recommendations.

So a user who watches erotic videos might be recommended videos of women who become conspicuously younger, and then women who pose provocatively in children’s clothes. Eventually, some users might be presented with videos of girls as young as 5 or 6 wearing bathing suits, or getting dressed or doing a split.

On its own, each video might be perfectly innocent, a home movie, say, made by a child. Any revealing frames are fleeting and appear accidental. But, grouped together, their shared features become unmistakable.

A few months ago, Wired reported how pedophiles were using the YouTube comments sections to alert each other to titillating content involving children, and the videos were racking up millions of views and displaying advertising sponsored by major corporate brands. Like this more recent New York Times story, the videos individually appeared to be intended innocent, but a video of a young girl doing gymnastics, for example, might have comments mentioning the timestamp of when she does a split or a tight-fitting leotard exposes details about her anatomy.

It’s a horrifying idea to contemplate, that sexual predators are using technology to find ways to eroticize children, not to mention the risk for children featured in videos that go viral in these pedophile networks. Many of the videos that earned a lot of views also had comments from predators reaching out to the children in them and attempting to engage with them, requesting that they wear specific outfits, or do certain poses or gymnastic moves in future videos, for example.

YouTube has taken some remedial steps. The Wired story resulted in YouTube disabling the comments sections on many videos featuring children, and YouTube has removed videos that were targeted in this way by those with prurient interests, but it’s impossible to keep up with all the new content constantly uploaded every day.

After being contacted by the New York Times journalists, YouTube removed additional videos and did make adjustments to their recommendation algorithm, but admitted that it was a “routine tweak,” and they were not disabling the recommendation system across the board for videos featuring children, “because recommendations are the biggest traffic driver, [and] removing them would hurt ‘creators’ who rely on those clicks.”

In other words, YouTube is not willing to protect children if it might hurt their bottom line. Shifting the blame to video creators skips over how YouTube is also profiting from anything it does to drive traffic.

There is no way to efficiently have humans individually curating the vast quantity of content uploaded to YouTube, and the company has to rely on user reports and algorithms in order to police and organize its content. But parents need to be aware that traffic and profit will not be sacrificed to avoid letting pedophiles target their children. 

Parents must consider the immense risk to their children if they post publicly available content on YouTube and other social media sites. The algorithms and artificial intelligence programs are becoming advanced beyond most people’s expectations, and content that seemed so harmless and innocent — a birthday party at the beach, your little cousin’s first ballet recital, reading a bedtime story to your daughter — becomes terrifying when a child is targeted by someone who finds it erotic to watch children in bathing suits, leotards, or nightgowns.

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Democrats Hope The Month Of June Will Break Pelosi On Accepting Impeachment

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The Heat Is ON for the Speaker and her caucus buddies are bringing it.

As I wrote here last week Who Was The Biggest Loser In The Mueller Presser? Nancy Pelosi the Mueller presser was only going to put more heat on Madam Speaker to get moving on impeachment.

According to POLITICO that is just what is happening…

A month packed with subpoena fights, hearings on obstruction of justice and legal battles over Trump’s financial records is certain to provide fresh ammunition to grow the pro-impeachment ranks.

“The temperature’s rising, the plot is thickening. It’s hard for me to imagine Congress certainly leaving for the August recess without some closure on this,” said Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), who supports impeachment. “The Hamlet act is, I think, wearing thin, and it’s becoming untenable and intellectually strange.”

But Democrats eager to launch impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump fear they’re running out of time to persuade Pelosi to change course before presidential politics consumes Washington.

Democrats in the House are not interested in the overall strategy that Pelosi is looking at. They just want to pound anything with Trump into the ground and hope something sticks. Yet there is a reason that Nancy Pelosi has been in a position of power for so long.

She is not that idiot some want to portray her.

The Speaker comes from a political family and she has learned where there are potential traps and how to avoid them. There is no smoking gun yet and Pelosi has to balance that fact with the non-compliance of the Senate to hold a trial, plus, the danger of a backlash from the moderates they need to win back in 2020. Her committee chairs are increasingly not caring about that.

She has too.

As hard as this might be for some people to believe, Nancy is being the adult in the room here for the Democrats. The newbies think they will always be in the majority and Trump is dead in the water already for next years election. Nancy knows better.

As I said in the other article I wrote from last week on this subject.

Nancy likes the perks of being Speaker. Free plane rides home, bigger office with a cool balcony view of the Mall and she is 3rd in line for the Presidency. All good stuff. So when malcontents like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar or Rashida Tlaib start getting lippy about impeachment, Nancy has to walk a fine line. They are part of the reason she is Speaker today but if Impeachment blows up they will be the reason why she loses it.

Nancy doesn’t like to lose.

The ever-growing calls from people on her side of the aisle to fast forward on this will be a lot of fun to watch being Pelosi will have to cut a deal at some point and then the fireworks can really begin before the election next year.

Get a bag of popcorn and get ready. This will be a hoot to watch.

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Justice Dept Wont Charge Julian Assange For CIA Leaks

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Well, that came out of nowhere.

In a move that surprised a whole lot of people who expected that the United States would throw the book at Wikileaks founder Juliane Assange, they only threw half of a book.

According to POLITICO

It’s a move that has surprised national security experts and some former officials, given prosecutors’ recent decision to aggressively go after the WikiLeaks founder on more controversial Espionage Act charges that some legal experts said would not hold up in court. The decision also means that Assange will not face punishment for publishing one of the CIA’s most potent arsenals of digital code used to hack devices, dubbed Vault 7. The leak — one of the most devastating in CIA history — not only essentially rendered those tools useless for the CIA, it gave foreign spies and rogue hackers access to them.

Prosecutors were stymied by several factors.

First, the government is facing a ticking clock in its efforts to extradite Assange to the United States from the United Kingdom, where he is being held. Extradition laws require the U.S. to bring any additional charges against Assange within 60 days of the first indictment, which prosecutors filed in March, accusing Assange of helping former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning hack into military computers.

There is a strategy here.

Assange and his pal Chelsea ( Don’t call me Bradley) Manning released some very damaging stuff to U.S. national security in relation to what is called “Vault 7” material. This type of material is highly classified and generally when it leaks the government will neither confirm or deny it is real. So if they were to prosecute base don those materials they would have to confirm it in court.

Classic catch 22. Damned if you do and damned if you don’t.

So the government will go after Assange for helping Bra errr Chelsea Manning with the release of the classified material that Manning was already convicted on. The U.S. is going through the process for Assange to be transferred here from England in what will be a circus for sure.

In the meantime, we can hope that the United States intelligence operations have tightened up their security nets a bit and hope that they don’t spy on Americans without a warrant.

What a world that would be.

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