INTELLIGENCE, SECRECY & POWER (ISP) ISSN 1245-2122
N. 749, 15 September 2019
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FRONT PAGE – HURRICANE DORIAN, BOJO LOSSES HIS MOJO, NOAA SHUTS UP, UNACCEPTABLE GUN VIOLENCE
World Media – Synthesis Based on the Analysis of All 1 September 2019 to 15 September 2019 Entries
THE FORTNIGHT AT A GLANCE
1 September – Trump Golfs and Tweets After Canceling Poland Trip to Keep Track of Hurricane Dorian
– Shooting Leaves 5 Dead and At Least 21 Injured Near Odessa [Texas]
2 September – Tennessee the first state in the nation to threaten voter registration activists with civil penalties for submitting incomplete forms
– Hurricane Dorian slams Bahamas as monster Category 5 storm
3 September – Does Joe Biden Want to Be Doing This
– UK – Boris Johnson: “I don’t want an election, you don’t want an election”
4 September – Conversion therapy center founder [McKrae Game] who sought to turn LGBTQ Christians straight says he’s gay, rejects ‘cycle of self shame’
– Walmart ends all handgun ammunition sales and asks customers not to carry guns into stores
5 September – Tennesse – Harry Potter Books Removed From School Due to “Curses and Spells”
– US woman held in Philippines after airport staff find baby in her bag
– Diana Sanchez Gives Birth in [a Denver County] Jail Cell After Laboring for 5 Hours
– Marianne Williamson [Democratic presidential candidate] suggests using ‘the power of the mind’ to change Hurricane Dorian’s course
6 September – Boris Johnson tells US no trade deal on NHS and “not keen on that chlorinated chicken either”
– Protests Erupt Outside Fundraiser for Biden Co-Hosted by Natural Gas Executives
7 September – At Berlin Zoo, a Clamor to Name Twin Pandas “Hong” and “Kong”
– NOAA [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration] draws backlash after disavowing Weather Service tweet that refuted Trump
8 September – NOAA staff warned in Sept. 1 directive against contradicting Trump [the US has it’s dictator]
– Biden Wants to Work With “the Other Side” – This Supreme Court Battle Explains Why
9 September – Trump Backs Down, Again and Again
– A state law in Virginia requiring applicants for marriage licenses to specify their race is useless, offensive and unconstitutional, a federal lawsuit says
10 September – Trump’s Going to Manipulate the Government to Stay in Power
– As Congress returns, House plans to expand Trump impeachment inquiry /CBS
– After 2 Mass Shootings, Texas Governor Issues 8 Executive Orders [against gun violence]
11 September – Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, told the commerce secretary to have the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration publicly disavow the forecasters’ position that Alabama was not at risk
– Scottish Court Says Johnson’s Suspension Of UK Parliament Is Illegal
– Megachurch pastor, mental health advocate Jarrid Wilson dies by suicide
12 September – India Builds Detention Camps for up to 1.9M People [who could be stripped of citizenship]
– Let Trump Destroy Trump – NYT
13 September – “Simply Unacceptable”: Executives Demand Senate Action on Gun Violence
– “You have to elect me; you have no choice” [Trump to the GOP]
– Israel Was Caught Spying on Capitol Hill Cell Phones and Trump Was Fine With It
14 September – CEOs [of 145 companies] Speak Out on Gun Violence, Seek Congressional Action
– Dare We Dream of the End of the GOP [Stanley Greenberg’s “RIP GOP”]
15 September – In First, California Would Require Public Universities to Provide Abortion Pills
– Former British Prime Minister David Cameron apologizes for Brexit
– Kavanaugh accused of more unwanted sexual contact by former [male] classmate
Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 749, 15 September 2019
THE MORE IMPORTANT 1-15 SEPTEMBER 2019 ENTRIES
1 SEPTEMBER 2019
**Both Parties See Control of the Senate as Pivotal – Here Are the Key Races They’re Watching [Arizona, Colorado, Maine and North Carolina] /NYT Republican-held seats in Arizona, Colorado, Maine and North Carolina are top targets for Democrats but both sides are keeping an eye out for wild cards.
**Shooting Leaves 5 Dead and At Least 21 Injured Near Odessa [Texas] /NYT The attack began at a traffic stop, the authorities said, and the gunman is dead.
**Trump Golfs and Tweets After Canceling Poland Trip to Keep Track of Hurricane Dorian /Slate President Donald Trump said he didn’t want to travel to Poland with Hurricane Dorian looming. So he made a last-minute decision to cancel the trip and send –
2 SEPTEMBER 2019
**Hurricane Dorian slams Bahamas as monster Category 5 storm /CBS
**Tennessee the first state in the nation to threaten voter registration activists with civil penalties for submitting incomplete forms /FACING SOUTH Tennessee Voting Rights Activists Fight New Registration Restrictions – Following voter registration efforts targeting young Black voters, Tennessee implemented new restrictions on such undertakings. In April, the Republican-controlled legisature passed a bill penalizing organizations and individuals that turn in incomplete voter registration forms. Republican Gov. Bill Lee signed it in May, making Tennessee the first state in the nation to threaten voter registration activists with civil penalties for submitting incomplete forms.
3 SEPTEMBER 2019
**Does Joe Biden Want to Be Doing This /NYT On certain days, Biden 2020 can feel more like a dutiful slog than the last march of a happy warrior.
**Texas – On Sunday, the day after the last shooting, eight separate laws loosening gun regulations went into effect /Popular Information The new laws are designed to make guns even more pervasive in Texas. Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R), who signed the bills passed by the Texas legislature, previously joked on Twitter that he was “embarrassed” Texans aren’t buying more guns. – On Sunday, the day after the last shooting, eight separate laws loosening gun regulations went into effect. The new laws are designed to make guns even more pervasive in Texas. Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R), who signed the bills passed by the Texas legislature, previously joked on Twitter that he was “embarrassed” Texans aren’t buying more guns. – AT&T – Walmart – CVS – Bank of America – Citigroup
**UK – Boris Johnson: “I don’t want an election, you don’t want an election” /BBC
4 SEPTEMBER 2019
**Conversion therapy center founder [McKrae Game] who sought to turn LGBTQ Christians straight says he’s gay, rejects ‘cycle of self shame’ /WP McKrae Game wants people to know that he was wrong about all of it. He was wrong to found Hope for Wholeness Network, a faith-based conversion therapy –
**Monkey Shatters Zoo Glass With Sharpened Stone /Gizmodo The animal’s apparent escape attempt was still fruitless, however, as the pane of glass remained intact as a result of its reinforcement.
5 SEPTEMBER 2019
**Diana Sanchez Gives Birth in [a Denver County Jail] Jail Cell After Laboring for 5 Hours /Denver.cbslocal.com A mother who gave birth in a Denver County Jail cell is suing the Denver Sheriff Department and Denver Health Medical Center. Diana Sanchez claims her rights were violated. ‘This case is incredibly disturbing,’ said Mari Newman, the attorney for Sanchez. ‘She went into labor in the early morning hours. She immediately told a guard and later a nurse that she was in labor, that she was experiencing contractions, that her water had broken, and ultimately that she was passing blood.’
**Extraordinary public support [for background checks, 94%] /Popular Information Outside of the NRA headquarters and the Republican caucus in Congress, it’s hard to find anyone who opposes universal background checks. It’s not a partisan issue. A Quinnipiac poll in May found 94% American voters, and 90% of American gun owners, support universal background checks.
**Hong Kong protests: Carrie Lam withdraws extradition bill /Vox Chief Executive Carrie Lam finally pulled the extradition bill that sparked months of protests. But some protesters remain skeptical — and say they’ll hold out for –
**Marianne Williamson [Democratic presidential candidate] suggests using ‘the power of the mind’ to change Hurricane Dorian’s course /WP Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson offered an unorthodox suggestion Wednesday for dealing with Hurricane Dorian: using “the power of the mind”
**Tennesse – Harry Potter Books Removed From School Due to ‘Curses and Spells’ /eu.tennessean.com The students at St. Edward Catholic School in Nashville can no longer check out the popular Harry Potter book series from their school’s library. The seven-book series depicting the magical adventures of a young wizard and his friends was removed from the library because of their content, the Rev. Dan Reehil, a pastor at the Roman Catholic parish school, wrote in an email. ‘These books present magic as both good and evil, which is not true, but in fact a clever deception. The curses and spells used in the books are actual curses and spells; which when read by a human being risk conjuring evil spirits into the presence of the person reading the text,’ the email states.”
**US woman held in Philippines after airport staff find baby in her bag /CNN An American woman is in custody in the Philippines after she allegedly tried to fly out of the country with a baby in her hand luggage, local authorities said.
6 SEPTEMBER 2019
**Boris Johnson tells US no trade deal on NHS and ‘not keen on that chlorinated chicken either’ /Telegraph
**Mike Pence accused of humiliating hosts in Ireland /Guardian Vice-President Mike Pence arrives in Doonbeg to dine with relatives at a seafood restaurant. The vice-president’s comments on Brexit while visiting Ireland and his stay at his boss’s golf course did not go down well.
**Protests Erupt Outside Fundraiser for Biden Co-Hosted by Natural Gas Executives /COMMON DREAMS Dozens of environmentalists gathered outside the New York home of investment banker David Solomon on Thursday to protest 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden’s decision to attend a fundraiser there. Biden attended the event despite calls for him to cancel it following news of the co-host’s deep ties to the fossil fuel industry. The high-dollar fundraiser came just 24 hours after Biden participated in a CNN presidential town hall on the climate crisis.
**UK – ‘Not a Good Start, Boris’ /NYT Faced with the chaos and acrimony brought by the new prime minister, Boris Johnson, Britain’s governing institutions have proven resilient.
7 SEPTEMBER 2019
**”How Mike Pence shat on the new carpet in Ireland’s spare room” /Irish Times – columnist assessed the visit of America’s vice president with an article titled [this]
**At Berlin Zoo, a Clamor to Name Twin Pandas ‘Hong’ and ‘Kong’ /NYT Readers of a Berlin newspaper sought to show solidarity with the pro-democracy protests in the semiautonomous Chinese territory.
**NOAA [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration] draws backlash after disavowing Weather Service tweet that refuted Trump /Hill A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) statement affirming President Trump’s remarks over the threat of Hurricane Dorian to Alabama is –
**Republicans move to nix primaries in show of support for Trump /CNN Republican officials in multiple states are on the verge of canceling their 2020 presidential primary elections in a show of support for President Donald Trump, –
8 SEPTEMBER 2019
**Biden Wants to Work With ‘the Other Side’ This Supreme Court Battle Explains Why /NYT In the clash over Robert H. Bork’s nomination, Joe Biden’s moderate instincts defined a winning strategy.
**Major US Insurer [Chubb, the largest commercial insurance company in the US] Says It Will No Longer Underwrite and Invest in Coal /TRUTHOUT We may not immediately consider insurance as a key driver of climate change, but insurance companies provide a crucial service to dangerous fossil fuel projects. But now, that may be changing. Earlier this summer, Chubb, the largest commercial insurance company in the US, became the first major US insurer to adopt a policy restricting coal insurance.
**MPs must hold their nerve and back Boris Johnson – Telegraph.co.uk / Don’t panic. That’s the message that Conservative MPs should be telling themselves this weekend. Given that the past few days will probably be remembered for –
**NOAA staff warned in Sept. 1 directive against contradicting Trump [the US has it’s dictator] /WP Nearly a week before the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration publicly backed President Trump over its own scientists, a top NOAA official warned –
**NOAA’s support of Trump over its own scientists provokes uproar in weather community /WP Weather forecasters inside and outside the government and former leaders of NOAA and the Weather Service have spoken against NOAA’s decision.
**The Real Donald Trump Is a Character on TV /NYT Understand that, and you’ll understand what he’s doing in the White House.
9 SEPTEMBER 2019
**A state law in Virginia requiring applicants for marriage licenses to specify their race is useless, offensive and unconstitutional, a federal lawsuit says /NYT Quadroon? Moor? Virginia Sued for Making Those Who Wed Say What They Are
**Democrats to Broaden Impeachment Inquiry Into Trump to Corruption Accusations /NYT Lawmakers plan to examine claims that the president dangled pardons to aides and that his resorts illegally profited from government business.
**Trump Backs Down, Again and Again /NYT In the face of protest or pushback, the president reverses himself.
10 SEPTEMBER 2019
**As Congress returns, House plans to expand Trump impeachment inquiry /CBS
**Facebook Is Now the Only Cop in Town to Protect Elections /WhoWhatWhy Without a quorum of four commissioners at the FEC, Facebook announced updates to its ad policy. Experts warn self-regulation could bring more problems than solutions ahead of the 2020 election.
**Trump’s Going to Manipulate the Government to Stay in Power /Daily Beast The president has given us ample signs that he will use the powers of the presidency in ways previously unimaginable. How come Democrats seem so relaxed –
11 SEPTEMBER 2019
**After 2 Mass Shootings, Texas Governor Issues 8 Executive Orders /CBS Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Issued eight executive orders Thursday [aimed at stopping] potential mass shooters by strengthening reporting techniques, although he conceded in a release that ‘legislative action’ is still needed. Abbott’s orders come as the Lone Star State reels from two mass shootings in August that left 29 people dead. ‘Texas must achieve several objectives to better protect our communities and our residents from mass shootings,’ Abbott said in a statement.
**Megachurch pastor, mental health advocate Jarrid Wilson dies by suicide /Fox Jarrid Wilson, a Southern California megachurch pastor and mental health advocate, died by suicide Monday. Wilson, 30, was associate pastor at Harvest –
**Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, told the commerce secretary to have the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration publicly disavow the forecasters’ position that Alabama was not at risk /NYT White House Pressed Agency to Repudiate Weather Forecasters Who Contradicted Trump Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, told Wilbur L. Ross Jr., the commerce secretary to have NOAA publicly disavow the forecasters’ position.
**Scottish Court Says Johnson’s Suspension Of UK Parliament Is Illegal /NPR Member of Parliament Joanna Cherry and dozens of allies won a decision from Scotland’s Court of Session, which ruled that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s suspension of Parliament is illegal. Cherry is seen here outside the court last month. Scotland’s highest appeals court has ruled that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s suspension of Parliament is illegal, saying the prorogation “was unlawful –
**Trump Ousts John Bolton as National Security Adviser /NYT President Trump had complained privately in recent months that Mr. Bolton was too hawkish, a tension made worse in recent weeks over Iran and North Korea.
12 SEPTEMBER 2019
**India Builds Detention Camps for up to 1.9M People [could be stripped of citizenship] /Independent The Indian government is building mass detention camps after almost two million people were told they could be effectively stripped of citizenship. Around 1.9m people in the north-eastern state of Assam were excluded when India published the state’s final National Register of Citizens (NRC) list in August. Those excluded from the register will have to appeal to prove they are citizens. The UN and other international rights groups have expressed concern that many could be rendered stateless.”
**Joe Biden flubbed yet another Democratic debate question about deportations /LAT Former Vice President Joe Biden’s bungled answer to a question about the Obama administration’s deportation policy may not have been the highlight of –
**Let Trump Destroy Trump /NYT The Democratic nominee, whoever it turns out to be, should use the president’s contortions and carrying-on against him.
**UN Agency Self-Censoring on Climate Crisis After Warning From Trump Admin /Daily Beast The UN’s migration agency is reportedly censoring itself on the climate crisis after a Trump administration official allegedly told the group that the programs it funds ‘must not be in conflict with current [US government] political sensitivities.’
13 SEPTEMBER 2019
**“You have to elect me; you have no choice” [Trump to the GOP] /NYT As Democrats Debate, Trump Offers Alternative: A Rambling Speech BALTIMORE — Moments after Democrats took the debate stage on Thursday night, President Trump delivered a rambling and disjointed 68-minute speech –
**Israel Was Caught Spying on Capitol Hill Cell Phones and Trump Was Fine With It /JUAN COLE, INFORMED COMMENT The FBI has traced mysterious electronic spying devices placed throughout Washington, DC — including close to the White House and the Capitol — to Israel. As the Trump administration has chosen not to act on this information, intelligence insiders had no other options but to turn to the press.
**’Simply Unacceptable’: Executives Demand Senate Action on Gun Violence /NYT “Doing nothing about America’s gun violence crisis is simply unacceptable,” the corporate chiefs urged senators in a letter.
**Texas Lawmaker Issues Death Threat to Beto O’Rourke After Debate Pledge to Take Away Assault-Style Weapons /Slate Beto O’Rourke was uniquely outspoken in his calls for gun control during Thursday night’s Democratic debate in Houston. The former Texas congressman, –
14 SEPTEMBER 2019
**Cable Cars Over Jerusalem? Some See ‘Disneyfication’ of Holy City /NYT The architecture of occupation: A planned cable-car network to Jewish holy sites bypasses Palestinians and furthers Israel’s claims over East Jerusalem.
**CEOs [of 145 companies] Speak Out on Gun Violence, Seek Congressional Action /AP Big companies have been dipping their toes into America’s gun debate for a few years. Now, some are diving in. The CEOs of 145 companies — including Airbnb, Uber, DoorDash, Gap and Twitter — sent a letter to the US Senate Thursday seeking expanded background checks and ‘red flag’ laws, which let courts remove guns from people who might threaten themselves or others.
**Dare We Dream of the End of the GOP [Stanley Greenberg’s “RIP GOP”] /NYT Toward the end of his new book, RIP GOP, the renowned Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg makes a thrilling prediction, delivered with the certainty of prophecy. ‘The year 2020 will produce a second blue wave on at least the scale of the first in 2018 and finally will crash and shatter the Republican Party that was consumed by the ill-begotten battle to stop the New America from governing,’ he writes.
**The DMV [Department of Motor Vehicles] Is Selling Your Data to a Vast Array of Third Parties /Techdirt Some of the data [is] sold to the usual suspects (auto insurance companies being the most obvious), but much of it is routinely sold to more dubious third-party outfits and private investigators. And while some of the data is in bulk and ‘anonymized,’ we’ve long noted that doesn’t mean what you think it does. – Granted all of this is perfectly legal due to the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (DPPA), a 90’s law that critics say is in dire need of an update.
15 SEPTEMBER 2019
**Coordinated strikes knock out half of Saudi oil capacity, 5 million barrels a day /CNN Drone strikes on Saudi Arabian oil facilities have disrupted about half of the kingdom’s oil capacity, or 5% of the daily global oil supply, people with knowledge of –
**Former British Prime Minister David Cameron apologizes for Brexit /NYP In a new interview, the former British Prime Minister said he regretted his role in leading his country toward the current crisis, according to a new interview, the –
**In First, California Would Require Public Universities to Provide Abortion Pills /NYT The bill, if signed by the governor, would mark a new way of giving women access to abortion as conservative states tighten restrictions.
**Kavanaugh accused of more unwanted sexual contact by former [male] classmate /Hill Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was hit with another accusation of unwanted sexual contact by a male classmate who said he witnessed Kavanaugh –
**NY Times sparks furor with tweet describing alleged Kavanaugh behavior as ‘harmless fun’ /Fox The New York Times, under its “New York Times Opinion” Twitter banner, issued an apology late Saturday, saying it had deleted an “offensive” Twitter message –