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The Diner Pantry / 🐖 Doomstead Diner Dinner Special: 2/23/2018
« Last post by RE on Today at 05:53:13 PM »
OK, Pork Chops are not Ham, but they are still Pig 🐖 Meat, so they roughly fit the theme of the week here in the Diner Kitchen.  :icon_sunny:  You want a real good pork chop to make these, good FAT content!  Mangalitsas would probably work well.

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Smoked Pork Chops
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They did give us Satellites though, which improved communications

 Not the ISS, that gave us nothing apart from long-term monitoring of astronaut physiology.

That is true, but the ISS was a necessary part of NASA keeping the dream of Space Travel alive and keep the funding rolling in.  They were piggy-backing on a Sci-Fi movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey.  However, putting a bunch of RV size Tin Cans up in Space didn't sufficiently capture the imagination of the Techno Ethusiast population, and funding for the whole organization began to dry up.  But the Military still needed Rockets and Space development, so they Privatized it and set Elon Musk up as the Front Man for SpaceX.

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They did give us Satellites though, which improved communications

 Not the ISS, that gave us nothing apart from long-term monitoring of astronaut physiology.
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The Noose gets Tighter...

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/83qxmqAI768" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/83qxmqAI768</a>

Hang 'em High!

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https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/former-trump-campaign-aide-rick-gates-set-plead-guilty-n849256

Mueller probe: Manafort hit with new charges after Gates pleads guilty

by Tracy Connor, Kenzi Abou-Sabe, Tom Winter and Pete Williams


WASHINGTON — Former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort was hit with new charges on Friday, including an allegation he secretly recruited and funded a group of former European politicians to lobby in the United States on behalf of Ukraine.

The superseding indictment was filed just a couple of hours after Manafort's business partner, former campaign aide Rick Gates, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and to lying to investigators — even while he was negotiating a deal with Mueller.

Gates is now the third associate of President Donald Trump to strike a cooperation agreement with Mueller, who is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible ties to the campaign.

The agreement, which requires Gates to cooperate on "all matters" prosecutors deem relevant, appears to be a good deal for both sides. Gates could get as little as probation if he keeps up his end of the bargain, and Mueller's case from Manafort morphs from one built on paper evidence to one where the star witness worked hand-in-hand with the defendant.
[Ex-Trump Campaign aide Rick Gates pleads guilty to conspiracy]
Ex-Trump Campaign aide Rick Gates pleads guilty to conspiracy 1:02

Gates and Manafort were indicted together in October in Washington on charges related to their lucrative lobbying work for pro-Russian Ukrainian political figures and then hit this week with a new 32-count indictment in Virginia that contained new charges of tax and bank fraud.

Further squeezing Manafort, Mueller lodged new accusations in a five-count superseding indictment Friday that charges him with conspiracy, money-laundering, being an unregistered agent for a foreign entity, and making false statements.

The most significant allegation is that Manafort assembled what he called a "Super VIP" group of highly influential Europeans who could push Ukraine's agenda "without any visible relationship" with the Ukrainian government, according to an email obtained by Mueller.

Manafort paid the politicians 2 million euros from offshore accounts in 2012 and 2013 to lobby members of Congress and other U.S. officials. It's illegal for Americans to direct foreigners to lobby the U.S. without informing the Justice Department.

The so-called "Hapsburg Group" was managed by a former European chancellor, who was not named in the indictment.

The term chancellor is used in only a small number of countries, including Germany and Austria. The Associated Press reported last year that Mercury LLC, which was involved in the Manafort lobbying effort, employed former Austrian Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer as an expert. He could not immediately be reached for comment.

In a statement issued by his spokesman, Manafort said he has no plans to follow suit and make a deal with Mueller, who is probing Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible ties to the Trump campaign.

"I continue to maintain my innocence," Manafort said.

"I had hoped and expected my business colleague would have had the strength to continue the battle to prove our innocence. For reasons yet to surface he chose to do otherwise. This does not alter my commitment to defend myself against the untrue piled up charges contained in the indictments against me."
Image: Paul Manafort, Rick Gates
From left, Paul Manafort, Rick Gates Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Alex Brandon / AP

Court documents reveal that a deal has been in the works since late January. Under the agreement, Gates could face up to 71 months on the two felony counts, but could also ask for probation without opposition if he "fully cooperates."

In a statement of offense attached to the plea agreement, he admits he conspired with Manafort "in a variety of criminal schemes," including moving millions from offshore accounts without paying taxes on the money, which was disguised as loans.

He also admits he helped Manafort avoid registering as a lobbyist for Ukrainian political figures and misleading two other firms, the Podesta Group and Mercury, on whether they had to register. The firms were paid through an advocacy group which employees knew was a "fig leaf" so they would not have register as agents of the Ukrainian regime, Mueller alleged.

One of the more surprising details in Friday's filings was the admission by Gates that even while he was negotiating a possible agreement with Mueller, he lied to investigators. He falsely claimed that Ukraine was not discussed at a March 19, 2013, meeting attended by Manafort, a lobbyist, and member of Congress and that a report about the meeting was not sent to clients in the Ukraine.

The lawmaker who attended was Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, his office confirmed, His press secretary said it was a dinner with longtime acquaintances where "the three reminisced and talked mostly about politics."

"The subject of Ukraine came up in passing," the press secretary, Ken Grubbs, said in a statement.

"It is no secret that Manafort represented [former Ukraine president] Viktor Yanukovych’s interests, but as chairman of the relevant European subcommittee, the congressman has listened to all points of view on Ukraine. We may only speculate that Manafort needed to report back to his client that Ukraine was discussed."

Gates lied about the 2013 dinner during a Feb. 1 sitdown with Mueller's team for what's known as a proffer meeting, where details of an agreement are hashed out. That's the same day Gates' previous lawyers asked for permission to withdraw from the case, citing "irreconcilable differences."
Image: Former Trump Official Rick Gates To Plead Guilty In Charges Related To Mueller's Russia Investigation
Richard Gates arrives at federal court for a plea hearing. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

The Russia probe, which Mueller took over in May, has been intensifying since the fall and picked up even more momentum in the last two weeks.

In October, former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos secretly pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents about his contacts with Kremlin-connected Russians — communications that Manafort was allegedly aware of.

In December, Trump's short-lived national security adviser Mike Flynn pleaded guilty to a charge of making false statements to the FBI about his communications with Russia after the election but before the inauguration. It was allegedly at the urging of Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and Flynn's former deputy, K.T. McFarland.

Last week, Mueller unveiled the first charges directly tied to Russian meddling in the election: indictments against 13 Russian nationals accused of conducting "information warfare" through social media accounts that drummed up support for Trump and criticized Hillary Clinton. A California man, Richard Pinedo, pleaded guilty to selling bank account and other stolen information to those Russians
Image: Paul Manafort, Donald Trump
Donald Trump with then-campaign manager Paul Manafort at the 2016 Republican National Convention. Bill Clark / CQ-Roll Call,Inc. file

Then earlier this week, Alex van der Zwaan, a former attorney for the blue-chip firm Skadden Arps who is the son-in-law of a Russian oligarch, pleaded guilty to lying to Mueller's team about his contacts with Gates.

In recent weeks, Mueller has also interviewed key figures, including former chief White House strategist Steve Bannon, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and fired FBI Director James Comey.

Trump has called the investigation a "witch hunt" and insists there was no collusion between his campaign and the Russians.

It's still not clear if Trump will submit to questioning by Mueller.

Andrea Mitchell, Pete Williams and Ken Dilanian reported from Washington, and Tracy Connor, Kenzi Abou-Sabe and Tom Winter from New York.
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_blanket
First developed by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in 1964 for the US space program ... was used e.g. on the Apollo Lunar Module.

And it stops beer warming up !

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tang_(drink)
Tang is a fruit-flavored drink. It was formulated by General Foods Corporation food scientist William A. Mitchell[1] in 1957, and first marketed in powdered form in 1959.

Sales of Tang were poor until NASA used it on John Glenn's Mercury flight in February 1962,[4] and subsequent Gemini missions.[5] Since then, it has been closely associated with the U.S. manned spaceflight program, leading to the misconception that Tang was invented for the space program.

OK, nix Tang off their list of Technical Achievements.

They did give us Satellites though, which improved communications  Also made GPS possible.  Those were legitimate technical achievements.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_blanket
First developed by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in 1964 for the US space program ... was used e.g. on the Apollo Lunar Module.

And it stops beer warming up !

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tang_(drink)
Tang is a fruit-flavored drink. It was formulated by General Foods Corporation food scientist William A. Mitchell[1] in 1957, and first marketed in powdered form in 1959.

Sales of Tang were poor until NASA used it on John Glenn's Mercury flight in February 1962,[4] and subsequent Gemini missions.[5] Since then, it has been closely associated with the U.S. manned spaceflight program, leading to the misconception that Tang was invented for the space program.
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Diner Newz & Multimedia / Re: Doomstead Diner Comic Strip
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Surly Newz / Trump Ditched the Script at CPAC. Here's What Happened.
« Last post by Surly1 on Today at 12:54:31 PM »
Trump Ditched the Script at CPAC. Here's What Happened.

Trump Ditched the Script at CPAC. Here's What Happened.

He talked about, among other things, jogging.

Getty Images

NATIONAL HARBOR—President Trump delivered an hour-long speech at CPAC on Friday that touched on job creation, immigration, chain migration, merit-based migration, his forthcoming Mexican border wall, the dangers of complacency, his own bald spot, tax cuts, the Parkland shooting, his support for the 2nd amendment, concealed carry, the need to arm school teachers, the war on coal, the Iran deal, China, his 2011 CPAC speech, John McCain's dramatic healthcare vote, the trade deficit, standing for the national anthem, recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, easier access to guns on military bases, his intent to display the corpse of Billy Graham inside the Capitol rotunda, MS-13, DACA, the Paris Accords, the fact that people run to stay in shape, Foxconn, mental illness, unemployment, the results of the 2016 election, worshipping God, the notion that he used to get really good publicity and no longer does, West Virginia, Neil Gorsuch, a protester who was hauled out by security, his own image on the jumbo-tron, and his desire to watch himself speak. He also recited the lyrics to a song called "The Snake."

Moments before leaving the stage, he announced new sanctions on North Korea.

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http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-op-0223-witcover-trump-20180222-story.html

Witcover: Trump sinks to a new low in his response to the Florida school massacre

It's clear now that Donald Trump is behaving like a man deeply insecure about his presidency, for all his transparent braggadocio. Most public-opinion polls give him no more than 40 percent approval ratings at the present time.

Trump remains President, for now. His approval vacillates between 35-40 per cent in most reputable polls. It is important to remember that when Nixon stepped on the helicopter for his flight into what should have been lasting disgrace, his approval stood at 28 per cent. And this was before the nexus of Fox News/hate radio created a right wing alternative universe divorced from reality. In fact,one of Roger Ailes's desiderata with Fox News was to insure that a republican President could never again be hounded into resignation, no matter how extensive his disgrace.

Not only is it true that Trump could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and still be elected President, he could have the bodies of fucked-then-executed teenage girls stacked like so much cordwood outside of Melania's bedroom, and the CPAC/evangelical/NRA crowd would find some way to excuse his behavior. These are not people recognizably of the same species.

Trump's behavior tells us all we need to know about him. He is incapable of thinking about anyone except himself and his immediate needs. We have all the proof that this assertion is demonstrable true, both from his many statements and tweets, but also from the visual evidence:



Not recognizably human.
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