Trump Times Entry 132 – Comrade Comey

Comrade Comey

March 20, 2017

This morning FBI Director James Comey told congress that, sure, the FBI has been investigating Russian-Trump campaign complicity since last July. As an afterthought, he also directly refuted the Donald’s claim that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. So, he indicated his boss a liar, while not calling his boss a liar – a neat trick, even for one as practiced at bullshit as comrade Comey.

While Comey didn’t say so directly, he did imply that this investigation was not mentioned during the election because it was an open, ongoing, investigation. Implying that talking publicly about the Clinton bogus email case was okay because it wasn’t an open case, but it was technically open – the FBI didn’t close that case till November 6. Comey made his public Clinton remarks on October 28.

Once again, the pompous ass hats think we’re too dumb to read a calendar. By his own admission, back in October, Comey had open, ongoing, investigations on both Clinton and Trump. He chose to break protocol and publicly talk about one – Clinton. And now, we are to believe, he’s honestly investigating his boss, Trump – the guy he gave the pass to last October? Yeah right.

We won’t get a clean investigation from Comey or either of the Congressional committees – they all harbor conflicts of interest. Comey’s investigation may lead back to Comey. And frankly, Paul Ryan said it best last month when he shared that Republicans are disinterested in investigating Republicans. They won big time riding Trump’s coattails – why would they want to cross him? Besides, they’re all cowards and the bully scares them. (Oh no, the Donald will primary me if I say the wrong thing. Butthurt!)

The republic requires an independent investigator to consider the 2016 election. But, it’s very unlikely that congress will authorize one. An independent investigation could lead anywhere – even back to the guys who authorized it. For reasons, too easy to understand, our representatives would rather not be investigated.

It been one-hundred-thirty-two days since a foreign power helped Trump take the election. Democracy may require the consent of the governed, but Putin’s consent seems to have been the deciding factor this time around.

In Peace and Justice Comrades,

PS –
I wonder what wild claim the Donald will make to distract from this latest problem. I’m kinda hoping a really big lie, like actual aliens landing at Area 54 and requesting audience with the greatest leader in the universe, the Donald. You know, something more credible than what we’ve been hearing from Trump so far.

Trump Times Entry 61 – From Russia with Fondness

From Russia with Fondness

January 8, 2017mefront2

As we wander through day sixty-one of Trump altered reality, I wonder could a post-retirement career as a Russian translator be right for an old-school programmer like me. I don’t speak or read any Russian, but that’s not a deal breaker – not with the internet. If I limited my market to written correspondence… Yeah, could program a system to bulk-translate Russian documents. And I’ve a feeling the bulk of Russian documents requiring translation is about to go way up.

Yup, since the Donald is committed to “Working with the Russians” there’s going to be a shitload of Russian in our future. Why not cash in?

With enough time (and monetary motivation) I could make the system tunable. You know, provide an option to create Russia positive translations only – could call it the Trump filter. Or maybe, an implied blame switch to reorder phrases to shift intent. Russian phrases like “We know she did not do it” could be reasonably output in English as “Do we not know, she did it?” – for a price. Just spit-balling here, but see the potential? Natural language as a soft target – subtle, indirect, kind of Russian.

Wow! Just realized, while block-charting this new project, I’ve fallen victim to, perhaps, the most common software design flaw: Not thinking big enough!

Why limit program function to Russian–English translation with output tuning? Why not English to (tuned) English?

After all, there’s real value in filtering for an intended audience. A program like this could take boring email logs, riddled with silly facts, and turn them into stories of international intrigue with blame focused exactly where ever desired. Conversely, the Trump filter could take volumes of intelligence reports about any topic and produce a concise one-pager explaining why the Russians had nothing to do with it and, if they did, it was for the purest of purposes.

My only remaining design decision is selecting a good name. In the software game, names are important. I’m thinking maybe iFoxNew or eRepublican, but putinCloud seems the bolder choice.

While the republic stands on raw truth, all the cash is in processed information. Hence, fair and balanced has lost meaning in favor of market priced.

In Peace with Justice