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Eugene McCarthy endorsed Ronald Reagan in 1980

Eugene McCarthy, the anti-war anti-establishment candidate, endorsed Ronald Reagan in 1980.

Robert Kennedy-Eugene McCarthy debate excerpt, California Primary, 1968

Michael Beschloss ‏@BeschlossDC

Video: Robert Kennedy-Eugene McCarthy debate excerpt, California Primary, tomorrow 1968 (4 mins.):

Of course RFK won that Primary 48 years ago today .. We also know that the then presumptive Democratic candidate and most likely the next President of the United States (succeeding his good buddy LBJ ).

RFK was shot and killed that very same night.

Person of Interest Shows Us What Techno-Fascism Really Looks Like

io9 has had some nice insights into POI during it's run...


Person of Interest Shows Us What Techno-Fascism Really Looks Like


Person Of Interest's Creators Explain Why A.I. Could Be The New A-Bomb

Person of Interest has always skated the line between
suspenseful realism and speculative worldbuilding. But this episode's
final scenes took us far over onto the speculative end of things,
creating a parallel, authoritarian version of the United States where it
seems that our characters will be living next season. ...



#PersonOfInterest: Season 4 is Fresh at 100%

US intelligence is 70% corporatized...

Good point by Tim Shorrock...


US intelligence is 70% corporatized. So it's only natural that corporatized @realDonaldTrump would get daily intel briefings. Relax, people.

IIRC Allen Dulles actually gave JFK briefings about Cuban policy during the 1960 race. Which pissed off Nixon because the Cuban policy was his baby.

Gretchen Whitmer: interim Ingham County Prosecutor


A win for all of Ingham Co & the best choice to restore integrity & trust to the office. Congrats @gretchenwhitmer!

The person that should be the Governor of Michigan, she happens to be infinitely more qualified than the current guy, is named the interim Ingham County Prosecutor...

MI: Sen. Gretchen Whitmer Speaks Out Against Dangerous Republican Agenda

Senator Gretchen Whitmer Furiously Slams Republicans over Right to Work Legislation

Gretchen Whitmer for Governor of Michigan (2014)

Jocelyn Benson, who congratulates Gretchen in that tweet, should be the current Secretary of State. Michigan is soooo efff'd up.


One of the producers of the Hulu series 112263 laments not having this when producing the show...

Bridget Carpenter ‏@BridgetCarpen12

Greatest regret-- not writing [font color=darkred]Ted Cruz’s Father[/font] into 11.22.63 #112263onHulu #regrets @StephenKing

Flint water committee ends hearings without testimony from emergency managers, Gov. Rick Snyder

Grand Rapids Press ‏@GRPress

Flint water committee ends hearings without testimony from emergency managers, Gov. Rick Snyder

Shocking development from the GOP led committee.

Philby's story has always been fascinating:

@basiapuszkar Apr 30

Philby's story has always been fascinating: Kim #Philby: I got away with treachery 'because I was upper class'

@WalterIsaacson Apr 30

This new tape found of Kim Philby - http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-35943428 … - reminds me why I liked this book on friendship: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/07/27/books/review/ben-macintyres-a-spy-among-friends.html

Snowden the Movie

Coming Soon:

Edward Snowden Verified account ‏@Snowden

[font color=darkred]For two minutes and thirty nine seconds, everybody at NSA just stopped working.[/font]

The Good Shepherd (JJ Angleton)

This piece on James Jesus Angleton is timely coming on the heels of the recent revelations about Kim Philby. Which brings us to, along with his many nefarious/criminal activities and general running amok, Angleton's poor judge of character.

Not only did Angleton count Philby as a close trusted friend and confidante but it turns out he was dead wrong when it came to discerning the intentions of Soviet defectors too. Specifically documented in the cases of Anatoly Golitsin and Yuri Nosenko...

The Good Shepherd was subtitled in its trailer, “The Untold Story of the Birth of the CIA.” This is a real misnomer, since most of the “untold” actual events are immediately recognizable to anyone who has a cursory knowledge of the history of the CIA. In another sense the subtitle is true since the story it tells is very liberally fictionalized. In that sense, it is untold. The main character in the film, Edward Wilson is based upon legendary counter-intelligence chief James Angleton. And there are other characters that are clearly based on CIA luminaries. DeNiro plays a man named William Sullivan who is based on OSS chief William Donovan. William Hurt plays someone named William Arlen, which suggests Allen Dulles. There are two Russian defectors in the film also. One, who Wilson befriends, suggests Anatoly Golitsin. A second one, who Wilson disbelieves, is modeled on Yuri Nosenko. And as in the Nosenko story, we see the CIA handlers torture the second defector on Angleton/Wilson’s orders. This sequence ends with screenwriter Roth borrowing the denouement of another CIA episode. The handlers inject the defector with LSD (why they do is very weakly explained) and he suddenly turns and jumps out the hotel window to his death. This actually happened during the MK/Ultra program with unwitting subject Frank Olson.

The story follows Wilson from his college days at Yale to his recruitment into the CIA by Sullivan. We then watch him on some of his and his cohorts’ assignments in places like West Germany and South America. These are done in flashbacks, and the recurring present “frame” of the story is the 1961 Bay of Pigs debacle. Wilson is charged with investigating “leaks” about that operation. The trail ends up fingering a family member who the KGB has bugged. This leads to a personal tragedy for Wilson and his family: his marriage falls apart; his son’s fiancée is killed. But he gets a higher position at the CIA’s new building, which went up near the end of the Kennedy presidency. The film ends with him walking through the new wing to his new office...


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