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Transradial catheterization?

Just speculating. But remember how during his first public appearances after that visit he didn't move one of his arms normally? It was like either his arm was sore or he was trying to keep his sleeve from rising up and exposing a possible bandage.

Is it just a coincidence that both Putin and Erdogan are upping their acts

of provocation and military aggression in the lead up to this election? We know from so many of the recent books that Trump idolizes both of these dictators (and compares Erdogan favorably with Hitler, and finds his diction and delivery mesmerizing and can't get enough of it), and they both owe him favors.

These are Trump's two very favorite authoritarians.

Or maybe my imagination is working overtime.

Good article, except this case is unrelated:

Adolfo de Jesús Constanzo, a Cuban-American drug lord, was found after his death in a shoot-out to have ritually sacrificed at least eleven men, women and children to Santa Muerte at the altar at his ranch in Tamaulipas. Among them was a University of Texas student, Mark Kilroy, kidnapped while in Mexico for spring break.

The article says Santa Muerte didn't re-arise until after the turn of the millenium. This (famous) case happened in the late 80s, before the rise of Santa Muerte. It's a notorious case and I'm bewildered the author tosses it in there. Those cult leaders practiced a mixture of Palo Mayombe and Santamaria, but made up a lot of stuff too (and threw in tarot cards for good measure). Constanzo is classified as a serial killer. Totally different.


Hmm. So it was Rosenstein who cut Mueller off at the knees:

Specifically, the special counsel’s report addressed conspiracy and obstruction of justice but did not discuss related counterintelligence issues. Schmidt reveals that we can blame that on Rod Rosenstein, then deputy attorney general.

According to Schmidt, in the hand-off of the FBI investigation to Mueller, in the aftermath of the firing of Comey, Rosenstein deliberately narrowed the special counsel’s remit. The deputy attorney general directed Mueller to concentrate on criminality. Whether Trump was a Russian agent was not on the special counsel’s plate.

According to Schmidt, Rosenstein “had foreclosed any deeper inquiry before investigation even began”.

This is an actual strategy named "Firehose of Falsehoods"

The article below credits Putin's Russia with developing it, but Goebbels and other autocrats used something similar:

The Russian "Firehose of Falsehood" Propaganda Model
Why It Might Work and Options to Counter It

Distinctive Features of the Contemporary Model for Russian Propaganda

High-volume and multichannel

Rapid, continuous, and repetitive

Lacks commitment to objective reality

Lacks commitment to consistency.


(Rand Corporation)

I don't think so.

Reading the book A WARNING, it seems to be someone with a background possibly in history and international relations and someone who works in one of the agencies, like DHS. Anonymous might already be out in the public eye, just not saying he/she is Anonymous. This sounds bad, but I don't think Conway is smart enough to write a book like "A WARNING." (I'll apologize if she turns out to be Anonymous)

Miles Taylor is a possibility. Like Anonymous, he claims to speak for a small group of "Others" who will come forward.

It's possible Anonymous has come forward, but just hasn't announced that he/she is Anonymous.

Someone else came forward this week too from DHS, a woman whose name I can't recall.

Some people think it's Kirstjen Nielsen. I was leaning towards Dan Coats, but now I'm having doubts.

EDIT: It's not necessarily "White House staff"; it's an official in the administration.

In the Second Volume of 'Hitler,' How a Dictator Invited His Own Downfall (Timely book review)

New York Times
By Jennifer Szalai
Aug. 26, 2020

The impulsiveness and grandiosity, the bullying and vulgarity, were obvious from the beginning; if anything, they accounted for Adolf Hitler’s anti-establishment appeal. For Germany’s unpopular conservative elites, Hitler’s energy and theatrics made him an enticing partner when they appointed him chancellor on Jan. 30, 1933.

But anyone who thought the Nazis would be content with their share — that Hitler would rise to the occasion or be hemmed in by it, becoming a dignified statesman who sought compromise — was summarily purged from the system that conservatives assumed they controlled. An utter impossibility had become the indomitable reality. The Weimar Republic had become the Third Reich. It would take another world war, a genocide and millions of dead before the dictatorship finally collapsed in 1945, a full 12 years after Hitler was invited into power.

In the second and final volume of his biography of Hitler, Volker Ullrich argues that the very qualities that accounted for the dictator’s astonishing rise were also what brought about his ultimate ruin. “Hitler: Downfall, 1939-1945” arrives in English four years after the publication of “Hitler: Ascent, 1889-1939.” It’s a biographical project that consumed eight years of Ullrich’s life and “took a definite psychological toll,” he writes in his introduction to the second volume. Like the British historian Ian Kershaw, who divided his own two-volume biography of Hitler into “Hubris” and “Nemesis,” Ullrich suggests that the Hitlerian regime was capable of only two registers: euphoria and despair. Hitler was shrewd about seizing power, but he was too restless and reckless to govern. A Third Reich that cultivated peaceful stability was simply unfathomable.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/26/books/review-hitler-downfall-volker-ullrich.html

Some quotes from the review:

At first, Hitler’s standard approach — lying, blaming others and launching surprise attacks — made for a successful wartime strategy.

The military commanders who voiced no objections to the Polish invasion balked when Hitler decided to go to war with the West, reassuring one another that they were determined to “put the brakes” on any disaster that was unfolding. But they were all intention and no action.

To read “Downfall” is to see up close how Hitler lashed out — compulsively, destructively — whenever he felt boxed in. He had the instinct of a crude social-Darwinist who also liked to gamble, experiencing the world only in terms of winning and losing.

Hitler was a scattershot, undisciplined leader, prone to tardiness and meandering monologues, but the one unwavering constant was his virulent, fanatical anti-Semitism.

He doubled down on his own pitilessness, even toward his own people, saying that if they didn’t fight “they deserve to die out.”

Following Hitler’s lead, Goebbels treated the Germans like chumps to be duped. “There are so many lies that truth and swindle can scarcely be distinguished,” he noted

And on and on. I hope you understand why I posted this in GD.

The book:

Hitler: Downfall, 1939-1945
By Volker Ullrich
Translated by Jefferson Chase
Illustrated. 838 pages. Alfred A. Knopf. $40.

Others have characterized Russia as a gas station with nuclear weapons.

Or, as I prefer, a third world gas station with nuclear weapons.

I agree that first world countries embarrass themselves by treating Russia as a serious international player. But nations need to cooperate to put Putin back in his box. He remains dangerous because his only purpose is to destroy other democracies to deter his own citizens from an uprising.

Kyle Rittenhouse, IMO, belongs grouped with these three people:

Dylan Roof
Cesar Sayoc Jr.
Robert D. Bowers

30 years ago this week: Gainesville university students terrorized by a serial killer (GRAPHIC)

I remember these crimes vividly. It was so shocking at the time. Police thought they had a good suspect at one point but he turned out to be completely innocent. The person who committed these heinous crimes, Danny Rolling, definitely met the definition of a serial killer, but what was strange about his spree was how compressed it was in time, with no so-called "cooling off period" between killings. It was like Ted Bundy's final attack on a sorority, almost like the killer was burning out and wanted to be captured. So sometimes I think of Rolling as a spree killer rather than a serial killer, because of this outrageous burst of activity. He mutilated and posed his victims in such a way that the scenes would horrify and traumatize even hardened detectives. In other cases, like the Hillside Stranglers, over time they became more bold and provocative. Rolling just exploded suddenly, going full-on lunatic. I don't know if there was a triggering event in his life prior to these killings.

The poignant mural/memorial that was put up right after these murders, honoring the victims, is still there.

In August 1990, Rolling murdered five students (one student from Santa Fe College and four from the University of Florida) during a burglary and robbery spree in Gainesville, Florida. He mutilated his victims' bodies, decapitating one. He then posed them, sometimes using mirrors.

In the early morning hours of Friday, August 24, Rolling broke into the apartment shared by 17-year-old university freshmen Sonja Larson and Christina Powell. Finding Powell asleep on the downstairs couch, he stood over her briefly but did not wake her up, choosing instead to explore the upstairs bedroom where Larson was also asleep. Rolling murdered Larson, first taping her mouth shut to stifle her screams and then stabbing her to death. She died while trying to fend him off.[3]

Rolling then went back downstairs, taped Powell's mouth shut, bound her wrists together behind her back and threatened her with a knife as he cut her clothes off of her. He then raped her and forced her face-down onto the floor, where he stabbed her five times in the back. Rolling posed the bodies in sexually provocative positions. He took a shower before leaving the apartment.[3]

A day later, on Saturday, August 25, Rolling broke into the apartment of 18-year-old Christa Hoyt, prying open a sliding glass door with a KA-BAR knife and a screwdriver. Finding she was not home, he waited in the living room for her to return. At 11 a.m., Hoyt entered the apartment and Rolling surprised her from behind, placing her in a chokehold. After she had been subdued, he taped her mouth shut, bound her wrists together and led her into the bedroom, where he cut the clothes from her body and raped her. As in the Powell murder, he forced her face-down and stabbed her in the back, rupturing her heart. He then decapitated the body and posed her head on a shelf facing the corpse, adding to the shock of whoever discovered her.[3]

By now the murders had attracted widespread media attention and many students were taking extra precautions, such as changing their daily routines and sleeping together in groups. Because the spree was happening so early in the fall semester, some students withdrew their enrollment or transferred to other schools. Tracy Paules, who was 23 years old, was living with Manny Taboada, also 23, her roommate. On Monday, August 27, Rolling broke into the apartment by prying open the sliding glass door with the same tools he had used previously. Rolling found Taboada asleep in one of the bedrooms and, after a struggle with the young man, eventually killed him.[3]

Hearing the commotion, Paules went down the hall to Taboada's bedroom and saw Rolling. She attempted to barricade herself in her bedroom, but Rolling broke through the door. Rolling taped her mouth and wrists, cut off her clothing and raped her, before turning her over and stabbing her three times in the back. Rolling posed Paules' body but left Taboada's in the same position in which he had died.[3]

With the exception of Taboada, all of the victims were petite Caucasian brunettes with brown eyes. Although law enforcement initially had very few leads, police did identify two suspects; one a University of Florida student (Edward Humphrey) who had a history of mental illness and bore numerous scars on his face from a car accident, making him an ideal image when discussing news about the investigation. His photo was shown repeatedly by media outlets. Authorities publicly cleared him of all charges after Rolling's arrest. The other suspect was also later cleared.

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