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More from Sen Chris Murphy



Today I am requesting the Committee on Foreign Investment — which reviews acquisitions of U.S. businesses by foreign buyers — to conduct an investigation into the national security implications of Saudi Arabia's purchase of Twitter.

We should be concerned that the Saudis, who have a clear interest in repressing political speech and impacting U.S. politics, are now the second-largest owner of a major social media platform.

There is a clear national security issue at stake and CFIUS should do a review.
If this deal goes through, two of the most important U.S. social media platforms will be owned, in whole or in part, by China (TikTok) and Saudi Arabia (Twitter).

This is a dangerous trend, and we don't have to accept it.

Bloomberg, no paywall: https://archive.ph/GmZzU

Biden administration officials are discussing whether the US should subject some of Elon Musk’s ventures to national security reviews, including the deal for Twitter Inc. and SpaceX’s Starlink satellite network, according to people familiar with the matter.

Twitter shares fell 5.1% as the market opened in New York on Friday.

US officials have grown uncomfortable over Musk’s recent threat to stop supplying the Starlink satellite service to Ukraine -- he said it had cost him $80 million so far -- and what they see as his increasingly Russia-friendly stance following a series of tweets that outlined peace proposals favorable to President Vladimir Putin. They are also concerned by his plans to buy Twitter with a group of foreign investors.

The discussions are still at an early stage, the people familiar said on condition of anonymity. Officials in the US government and intelligence community are weighing what tools, if any, are available that would allow the federal government to review Musk’s ventures.

I saw some mention of this over the weekend.



There's not been enough scrutiny of the fact that Elon Musk's Twitter takeover has been propped up with cash from Qatar & Saudi Arabia [more]


Elon Musk is a self-declared “free-speech absolutist” who might let Donald Trump and various Nazis return to action on Twitter. “The bird is freed,” he triumphantly tweeted to his approximately 112 million followers when he officially took over one of the most popular social media sites on Thursday. Musk’s idea of open debate apparently entailed his trolling Hillary Clinton Sunday by tweeting a reply to her with a fake news story positing a made-up theory about the recent attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul.

But Musk’s commitment to absolute freedom of speech is not always so robust. Musk’s biggest partner at Twitter is Saudi Arabia—specifically the country’s Kingdom Holding Company and the private office of Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a billionaire and member of the kingdom’s large royal family. The Saudis, who helped to finance Musk’s takeover, announced Friday that they are now the second biggest Twitter investor, with a stake worth $1.89 billion. [snip]

Back in 2018, Musk said that because of Khashoggi’s murder, he “probably would not” accept investment from Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund. As it turns out though, he did. The Saudi fund owns 16.9 percent of the Kingdom Holding Company, Musk’s new partner at Twitter.

Musk’s reversal may be explained by the fact that his previous criticism was part of his feud with the Saudi fund because they had failed to publicly back his bid to take Tesla, his car company, private. In a text message to the head of the fund, Yasir Al-Rumayyan, in August 2018, Musk said that due to the fund’s lack of vocal support, “We cannot work together.” That was before Khashoggi’s death. Apparently, money, not the murder of a journalist, was Musk’s main beef with the Saudis. [more]

"No Congress has ever wielded its legislative powers to demand a President's tax returns"

tfg refuses to acknowledge that, until now, no Congress has ever had to.


It's been standard from Nixon on for presidents and presidential candidates to let the public see what they've paid, but not everyone has handled it the same way. Gerald Ford, Nixon's successor, provided a summary of his taxes. Some candidates have just turned over a couple of years' worth of documents. Others have provided returns for many years. But none has totally stonewalled the way Trump has.


Right wing media is a big, big piece of the puzzle.

The Brainwashing of My Dad

As Jen Senko tries to understand the transformation of her father from a nonpolitical Democrat to an angry Republican fanatic, she uncovers the forces behind the media that changed him completely: a plan by Roger Ailes under President Richard Nixon for a media takeover by the Republicans, the 1971 Powell Memo urging business leaders to influence institutions of public opinion (especially the media, universities, and courts), the 1987 dismantling of the Fairness Doctrine under President Ronald Reagan, and the signing of the 1996 Telecommunications Act under President Bill Clinton. The documentary aims to show how the media and the nation changed, which leads to questions about who owns the airwaves, what rights listeners and watchers have, and what responsibility the government has to keep the airwaves fair, accurate, and accountable.


Ms Senko’s groundbreaking film examines the rise of right-wing media through the lens of her father, whose immersion in its daily propaganda had radicalized him. His new fanaticism rocked the very foundation of their family. She discovered that this phenomenon was occurring with alarming frequency in living rooms across America. The film reveals the consequences that this radicalized media is having on people, families, America, and the world.

Thank you so much for this.

My heart goes out to people who struggle with mental disorders, whether mild or severe.

Between muddling through the COVID mess for two years and the crazy political/media landscape we're all dealing with, it's no wonder that anyone and everyone may feel overwhelmed from time to time. There is no shame in going to the doctor to discuss the effects that stress are having on your health, and asking for help. If you feel that your provider is not receptive, keep looking.

Even in the deep South, where a patient might hesitate before saying something (and I did) my doctor was an angel, and professional as hell. She was immediately understanding and kind, and got right to business discussing options and providing the care I was hoping for. I only wish I had spoken up sooner.

I'm dealing with my stress issues in the most constructive way I can, voting my heart out in the midterms, and holding out hope that by this time next year things will at least be a bit better. It helps to hear that I am not alone in going through this. I'm just hoping that others who may need help do not sit and suffer in silence.

While there's is no magic wand to change yourself or the world overnight, compassion and treatment are there. You just have to reach out for it.

He wasn't. There's a retraction from the Fox affiliate that reported that the attacker

of Paul Pelosi was wearing only underwear.


CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misstated what clothing the suspect was wearing when officers found him.

MeidasTouch @MeidasTouch
The Fox affiliate that reported that the attacker of Paul Pelosi was wearing only underwear has quietly issued a correction in small print admitting that wasn’t true—but the damage has already been done. Texas Paul caught them red-handed.
[youtube.com video]
WOW: Texas Paul Catches Fox Affiliate RED-HANDED!!!
A Fox affiliate station in San Francisco erroneously reported that the attacker of Paul Pelosi was wearing only underwear when police arrived on the scene...
10:55 PM · Oct 29, 2022



The stochastic terrorist is the person who uses mass media to broadcast memes that incite unstable people to commit violent acts.

One or more unstable people responds to the incitement by becoming a lone wolf and committing a violent act. While their action may have been statistically predictable (e.g. "given the provocation, someone will probably do such-and-such" ), the specific person and the specific act are not predictable (yet).

The stochastic terrorist then has plausible deniability: "Oh, it was just a lone nut, nobody could have predicted he would do that, and I'm not responsible for what people in my audience do."

The lone wolf who was the "missile" gets captured and sentenced to life in prison, while the stochastic terrorist keeps his prime time slot and goes on to incite more lone wolves.

The Fetterman/Oz Debate: Thoughts from an ER Nurse


I get why all the vultures are out. They desperately want to justify the media narrative to completely ignore how unfit people like Herschel Walker are, while leaning into a bullshit "b-b-b-b-both sides!!!1" schtick to claim some asinine mantle of "objectivity". And they don't get to see the effects of a stroke on people like my colleagues and I do. [snip]

I could spend another five thousand words chronicling cases like that. And so I have to tell you, to be doing as good as John Fetterman was doing last night is a huge win for any ER, ICU, or Neuro nurse watching. [snip]

I also- and I realize this is somewhat impertinent as someone who's running for a seat in the oldest legislative body in the United States of America, so I apologize to anyone who may need a fainting couch- feel I should give a big "go **** yourself" to all of the performative concern about John Fetterman from people who lauded Herschel Walker as having a brilliant debate performance. "This poor man should be in rehab," one said. "How could the Democratic party do that to anyone?" another asked, as if any of them actually cared one iota about John Fetterman’s actual well-being. [snip]

I simply hope that, at that point that happens, those people will be granted more grace and humility and understanding than it's clear they'd ever grant someone else.


Whittling this down to four paragraphs doesn't really do the piece justice. It isn't that long, so I recommend reading it in its entirety. Kudos to this nurse.

Yep, the timing is deliberate.

The Intellectualist @highbrow_nobrow
Fmr Saudi Ambassador to US Prince Bandar said the quiet part loud in a 2004 interview: “The kingdom’s oil decisions can influence the election or non-election of the president of the United States, the largest & strongest country in the world”.
From Ken Klippenstein
3:26 PM · Oct 20, 2022

They're discussing W Bush in the video. Just below this tweet is another with translated subtitles added. I'd post a Thread Reader link but it doesn't work with the translator bot tweet.


FBI Voter Intimidation Hotline




𝘾𝙤𝙤𝙡 𝘽𝙡𝙪𝙚 Persuasion 🆒💙⚠️🗽🇺🇸💞⚠️

And if you see voter intimidation, which includes #MAGA supporters filming voters or standing around with guns in voting areas, including drop box places, report these crimes asap:

Call the FBI at: 1-800-CALL-FBI

Call the Election Protection Hotline at: 1-866-OUR-VOTE
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The AZ - abc15 - Data Guru
Oct 19
BREAKING confirmed by @SecretaryHobbs office. A complaint has been filed with the AG and DOJ for voter intimidation. It happened Monday at the Mesa drop box location when a voter said they were approached and followed by a group of individuals.
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8:38 AM · Oct 20, 2022

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