ADI DECEMBER 2018

ADI DECEMBER 2018

Figure 1. Strategic Diagram for December 2018 (parameters 13, 7, 10, 5; 12 clusters)

The French Association for the Right to Information (“Association pour le Droit à l’Information” or ADI) publishes the fortnightly Intelligence, Secrecy & Power (ISP), available by subscription via the Internet. Summary versions are available free at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ intelligence-secrecy-power-adi/ or at https://intelligenceadi.wordpress.com/. The above Strategic Diagram is the result of a co-occurrence of key word analysis by the Calliope software system (https://www.calliope-textmining.com/) of the entries included in the two December 2018 issues of ISP. The first or horizontal axis indicates “centrality” or the number of external ties (out-ties) between key words of each of the 12 clusters in the figure. The second or vertical axis indicates the number of internal ties (in-ties) between key words of each cluster. For further details see: Mathilde de Saint Léger et Karl M. van Meter, “Cartographie du premier congrès de l’ASF avec la méthode des mots associés”, Bulletin de Méthodologie Sociologique / Bulletin of Sociological Methodology, 2005, n. 85; Karl M. van Meter and Mathilde de Saint Léger, World Politics and Parapolitics 2006 – Computer-assisted Text Analysis of International Media Headlines, L’Harmattan, 2009; Karl M. van Meter, Obama Leads to Trump – 2015-2017, L’Harmattan, 2018.

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N. 731, 15 December 2018
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FRONT PAGE – TRUMP FRAUDS, MUELLER-TRUMP-“THE RUSSIA THING”, CHINA THREATS, YELLOW VESTS

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FRONT PAGE – GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, BORDER WALL, MUELLER, MARKETS & GHOSN

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INTELLIGENCE, SECRECY & POWER (ISP) – N. 733, 15 January 2019

INTELLIGENCE, SECRECY & POWER (ISP) ISSN 1245-2122
N. 733, 15 January 2019
Twice a Month
Next Issue, 31 January 2019
Publishing since 1980

Editor
Olivier Schmidt
Email: intelligence-adi@wanadoo.fr
Web: https://intelligenceadi.wordpress.com
List: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/intelligence-secrecy-power-adi/info
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FRONT PAGE – WASHINGTON “SWAMP”, DEMOCRAT HOUSE, TRUMP’S WALL & SHUTDOWN

World Media – Synthesis Based on the Analysis of All 1 January 2019 to 15 January 2019 Entries

Major topics and events of the first fortnight of January 2019 include the following:

BEST (by theme and in chronological order)

VIOLENCE, CORRUPTION, INHUMANITY
1 Jan – Wielding Rocks and Knives, Arizonans Attack Self-Driving Cars
3 Jan – A Trump County [Johnson County, Indiana] Confronts the Administration Amid a Rash of Child Cancers
3 Jan – Hackers Threaten to Dump Insurance Files Related to 9/11 [2001 World Trade Center attack]
3 Jan – Nonviolent UK Protester Who Stopped Deportation Flight Is Found Guilty of Terrorism and Could Face Life in Prison
3 Jan – A Delta Passenger Sat in Poo – The Plane Took Off Despite His Pleas
3 Jan – Poverty, lack of health insurance among female health care workers
5 Jan – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Dancing Video Was Meant as a Smear, but It Backfired
5 Jan – An alleged kidnapper followed a woman into a karate studio [in Charlotte, North Carolina] – It didn’t go well
8 Jan – Top Cancer Doctor, Forced Out Over Ties to Drug Makers, Joins Their Ranks
10 Jan – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also criticized the Daily Mail for offering her boyfriend’s relatives ‘cash for stories’
10 Jan – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez bathtub photo debunked by foot fetishists
14 Jan – US military translator detained at airport after visa revoked mid-air

WASHINGTON “SWAMP” POLITICS
1 Jan – Trump calls retired general [Stanley McChrystal] a ‘dog’ with a ‘big, dumb mouth’
3 Jan – Ajit Pai thanks Congress for helping him kill net neutrality rules
3 Jan – Trump Says Mattis Resignation Was ‘Essentially’ a Firing, Escalating His New Front Against Military Critics
6 Jan – Democrat Accuses Kirstjen Nielsen [Secretary of Homeland Security] Of ‘Outright Lies’ On Border, Calls For Hearing
7 Jan – Schiff [House Intelligence Committee Chairman] plans to make interview transcripts ‘fully available’ to Mueller
10 Jan – Senators Call on FCC To Investigate T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint Selling Location Data to Bounty Hunters
10 Jan – Trump’s team had over 100 contacts with Russian-linked officials, report shows
12 Jan – FBI Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia
13 Jan – Trump concealed details of Putin meeting
13 Jan – Trump has concealed details of his face-to-face encounters with Putin from senior officials in administration

TRUMP WALL & SHUTDOWN
4 Jan – [Shutdown] Meanwhile, Vice President Pence and senior administration officials are poised to get $10,000 raises as hundreds of thousands of federal workers continue to go without pay
5 Jan – Trump – “You can’t impeach somebody who is doing a great job”
9 Jan – Trump just threw another temper tantrum and stormed out of his meeting with Congressional leadership
10 Jan – “I know the fake news likes to say it, when, during the campaign, I would say Mexico’s going to pay for it. Obviously, I never said this, and I never meant they’re going to write out a check” – Donald Trump
10 Jan – No way out: Trump walks out, Dems remain firm
10 Jan – Sen. Klobuchar says Attorney General nominee refused to meet with her ‘because of the shutdown’
10 Jan – Trump admits the wall fight is just about getting him a ‘win’
15 Jan – Donald Trump serves fast food [because of ShutDown] to White House guests [Clemson Tigers university football champions]
15 Jan – This 1958 TV Episode Is About a Con Man Named Trump Selling a Wall to Hysterical Townspeople [“to protect them” – https:://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuSkACnDpQs]

COPS, GUNS, BLACKS
2 Jan – Alabama sheriff pocketed millions of dollars allocated for food for inmates
2 Jan – Police ‘mourn’ loss of Krispy Kreme doughnut truck in Kentucky fire
3 Jan – Parkland school shooting commission issues report, recommends arming Florida teachers 3 Jan – A black 7-year-old’s [Jazmine Barnes] slaying has Houston on edge – The family thinks it was racially motivated
9 Jan – ‘Enough is Enough’: Democrats Unveil Gun Control Bill
9 Jan – The NRA no longer runs the House – Last night—in a critical first step toward addressing the gun violence epidemic in the US—a bipartisan group of representatives introduced HR 8, a bill mandating universal background checks for the sale of firearms
10 Jan – Artificial Intelligence Tool Used to Catch People Who Lie to the Police [will it be used to detect lies made by the police as in several historical cases]

EXTREME RIGHT
5 Jan – Hackers Leak Details of German Lawmakers, Except Those on Far Right
7 Jan – Arizona right-wing group sends armed man into church to yell at volunteers for helping migrants
7 Jan – Tucker Carlson’s war on women [following his war on “dirty” immigrants]
14 Jan – Steve King, a Republican Congressman from Iowa, was quoted in the New York Times last week openly embracing white supremacy
14 Jan – The [82] Republicans collaborating with Steve King [41% of the entire caucus]
14 Jan – The Democrat collaborating with Steve King [Congressman Collin Peterson (D-MN)]

ECOLOGY, CLIMATE CHANGE
2 Jan – This Radical Plan to Fund the Green New Deal Just Might Work [Ocasio-Cortez]
8 Jan – Satellite images reveal global poverty
12 Jan – Supreme Court issues ‘crushing blow’ to Exxon in major climate case, legal experts say
12 Jan – The [Supreme] Court’s decision could have implications beyond the state of Massachusetts as Exxon is forced to hand over documents detailing what it knew about climate change and when

ISRAEL/PALESTINE
6 Jan – Five arrested after Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation raided
7 Jan – Senators Push Bill to Punish Boycotts of Israel Amid Shutdown
11 Jan – Angela Davis Speaks Out on BDS [Boycott Désinvestissement Sanctions aganst Israel] and Palestine After Civil Rights Award Is Revoked *20 bodies found in northern Mexico, many burned in vehicles

DIVERS
5 Jan – Chinese Admiral Suggests Sinking Two US Aircraft Carriers Might Settle Disputes
8 Jan – Evolution used same genetic formula to turn animals monogamous
8 Jan – Long-term breastfeeding sheds light on whether an infant becomes right- or left-handed
9 Jan – UK government defeated in vote, MPs create new obstacle to no-deal Brexit

The previous issue’s themes were TRUMP & SIDEKICKS; THE BORDER & THE “WALL”; COPS, FRAUD & DECEPTION; ISRAEL-PALESTINE; “THE RUSSIA THING”; and DIVER.

The best quotes of the first fortnight of January 2019 include the following:

2 Jan – “She’s not my type, I wouldn’t rape her because she doesn’t deserve it” – Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro
3 Jan – Trump: “Russia used to be the Soviet Union – Afghanistan made it Russia”
5 Jan – Trump – “You can’t impeach somebody who is doing a great job”
10 Jan – “during the campaign, I would say Mexico’s going to pay for it. Obviously, I never said this” – Trump
14 Jan – Who would have thought that a dyed-in-the-wool bully would have no idea how to leverage the largest bully pulpit imaginable

The major topics of the previous issue of “Intelligence, Secrecy & Power” (ISP, n. 732, 31 December 2018) were: Trump (469X), US (251X), Shutdown (106X), Border (94X, Border Wall 35X), Syria (79X), UN (50X), China (49X) and Mueller (38X).

Since the N. 700 issue of “Intelligence, Secrecy & Power” (ISP), we furnish systematic descriptive statistics for each issue. Based on the Word Count below of this issue, and at a very general level, the major topics of this 733 issue for the first fortnight of January 2019 are: Trump (527X), US (225X), ShutDown (197X), Border (134X, Wall 133X), House (132X), China (116X), Democrats (105X), UN (78X), and Ocasio Cortez (69X).

A statistical word count for sequences of five words is perhaps the best overall characterization of this fortnight’s media activity, especially noting that Trump does not figure in this selection:

SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL 6
BROWARD COUNTY SHERIFF SCOTT ISRAEL 6
REP ALEXANDRIA OCASIO CORTEZ D NY 6
MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL 6
OF THE PARTIAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN 5
TAKE CONTROL OF THE HOUSE [Democrats] 5
NORTH KOREAN LEADER KIM JONG UN 5
WITH NO END IN SIGHT [shutdown] 5

The straight forward word count is below:

WORD COUNT

TRUMP 527
– TRUMP S 125
– TRUMP ADMINISTRATION 24
US 225
– AMERICAN 59
– AMERICANS 28
– UNITED STATES 25
SHUTDOWN 197
– GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN 94
BORDER 134 (WALL 133)
– BORDER WALL 54
HOUSE 132
– THE HOUSE 29
– HOUSE DEMOCRATS 21
CHINA 116
– CHINA’S 23
DEMOCRATS 105
– DEMOCRATIC 51
UN 78
– UNITED NATIONS 12
OCASIO CORTEZ 69
CONGRESS 64
WORKERS 53
– FEDERAL WORKERS 19
MAY 52
– THERESA MAY 10
TRADE 52
-TRADE WAR 12
– TRADE TALKS 10
PELOSI 51
– NANCY PELOSI 22
KING 50
– STEVE KING 22
DEAL 49
REPUBLICANS 49
CALIFORNIA 44
RUSSIA 43
– RUSSIAN 35
SYRIA 40
EMERGENCY 40
– NATIONAL EMERGENCY 20
HEALTH 40
– HEALTH CARE 13
– PUBLIC HEALTH 11
APPLE 39
STRIKE 36
WHITE HOUSE 35
SENATE 35
SAUDI 35
SCHOOL 35
TAX 35
SHOOTING 33
WAR 33
MEXICO 31
TEXAS 31
TEACHERS 30
CLIMATE 29
– CLIMATE CHANGE 15
ECONOMY 28
TALKS 28
2020 28
INVESTIGATION 27
BREXIT 27
FOOD 26
IMMIGRATION 25
REPUBLICAN 24
– GOP 22
TROOPS 24
SHERIFF 23
FLORIDA 22
PENTAGON 21
USA 21
MIGRANTS 20
ISRAEL 20
TWITTER 19
JAYME CLOSS 18
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT 16
RASHIDA TLAIB 12
GREEN NEW DEAL 12
ATTORNEY GENERAL 12
NATIONAL SECURITY 12
SUPREME COURT 12
SENATE MAJORITY 11
WHITE SUPREMACY 11
JAZMINE BARNES 11
PAUL MANAFORT 10
MAJORITY LEADER 10
BRAZIL’S JAIR BOLSONARO 10

[thanks to http://www.dcode.fr/compteur-expressions%5D

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INTELLIGENCE, SECRECY & POWER (ISP) – N. 732, 31 December 2018

INTELLIGENCE, SECRECY & POWER (ISP) ISSN 1245-2122
N. 732, 31 December 2018
Every Month
Next Issue, 31 January 2018
Publishing since 1980

Editor
Olivier Schmidt
Email: intelligence-adi@wanadoo.fr
Web: https://intelligenceadi.wordpress.com
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FRONT PAGE – GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, BORDER WALL, MUELLER, MARKETS & GHOSN

World Media – Synthesis Based on the Analysis of All 16 December 2018 to 31 December 2018 Entries

Major topics and events of the second fortnight of December include the following:

BEST (by theme and in chronological order)

TRUMP & SIDEKICKS
16 Dec – NY Times Slashes Ryan Zinke As “Not The Sharpest Knife In The Drawer”
18 Dec – White House Nightmare – Trump Golfs While His Secret Service Agents Work Without Pay
19 Dec – Dozens of “serious” conduct complaints against Justice Brett Kavanaugh are dismissed because he was confirmed to the Supreme Court
19 Dec – Trump Foundation to Close Amid Lawsuit Accusing It of “Willful Self-Dealing”
21 Dec – All 83 of the Ethics Complaints Against Justice Brett Kavanaugh Were Dismissed Because He’s on the Supreme Court Now
21 Dec – Jim Mattis, Defense Secretary, Resigns in Rebuke of Trump’s Worldview
21 Dec – Trump unleashed – Mattis exit paves way for global chaos
21 Dec – Trump 2020 Campaign Used a Controversial Shell Company [Harris Sikes Media LLC – a low-profile limited-liability company operating with no website or public-facing facade whatsoever] to Pay Ad Buyers
22 Dec – Government Shuts Down as Talks Fail to Break Impasse – It is the third shutdown in two years of unified Republican rule in Washington
23 Dec – Brett McGurk, US envoy to anti-ISIS coalition, resigns in wake of Trump decision to pull troops from Syria
25 Dec – Shutdown is bad for Republicans, an opportunity for Democrats
27 Dec – New York Times – Daughters of foot doctor say he diagnosed Trump with bone spurs as “favor” to Fred Trump
27 Dec – Trump Brags To Troops About A Fictional Giant Pay Raise He Got Them
28 Dec – The Inevitability of Impeachment – Even Republicans may be deciding that the president has become too great a burden to their party or too great a danger to the country
29 Dec – House [Republicans’] probe of FBI-DOJ’s alleged anti-Trump, pro-Clinton bias hits unceremonious end — with no report
31 Dec – Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal hits Trump as immoral, dishonest
31 Dec – Trump holding “American people hostage” with shutdown – Incoming Dem caucus chair

THE BORDER & THE “WALL”
21 Dec – Pressed by Dems, Nielsen can’t give number of migrant deaths in government custody
26 Dec – 8-Year-Old Migrant Child From Guatemala Dies in US Custody 27 Dec – CBP [Customs and Border Protection] commissioner wants more help from Congress after 2nd migrant child dies in custody
27 Dec – DHS Secretary [Kirstjen Nielsen] Blames Parents and Open Borders Advocates for Deaths of Children
27 Dec – ICE Dumps Hundreds of Migrants at El Paso Bus Station Around Christmas
30 Dec – Trump Blames Democrats Over Deaths of Migrant Children in US Custody
31 Dec – Kelly, on His Way Out, Says Administration Long Ago Abandoned Idea of Concrete Wall
31 Dec – Lindsey Graham Reduces Trump’s Border Wall To Just A “Metaphor”
31 Dec – Outgoing chief of staff John Kelly contradicts Trump in exit interview – “To be honest, it’s not a wall”

COPS, FRAUD & DECEPTION
17 Dec – 2 ex-officers charged after video shows them slamming middle school student
17 Dec – North Carolina – After Fraud Probe, New Primary May Replace GOP Candidate
19 Dec – Facebook Gave Microsoft, Amazon, Netflix Unrestricted Access To User Data
20 Dec – After the fraud – The evidence of election fraud in North Carolina’s 9th district, where Republican Mark Harris leads Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes, is overwhelming
20 Dec – Catholic Church in Illinois Withheld Names of at Least 500 Priests Accused of Abuse, Attorney General Says
21 Dec – Suspended San Francisco police officer accused of robbing bank
27 Dec – LinkedIn Co-Founder [Reid Hoffman] Apologizes for Deception in Alabama Senate Race

ISRAEL-PALESTINE
18 Dec – Israeli “Warning” Shot Killed Two Boys in Gaza, Rights Groups Say
18 Dec – Texas Speech Pathologist [Bahia Amawi] Loses School Job for Refusing to Sign Anti-BDS Oath
29 Dec – School Employee [in Texas] Sues District for Israel Loyalty Oath in Contract
31 Dec – An Israeli Soldier Killed a Medic in Gaza. We Investigated the Fatal Shot

“THE RUSSIA THING”
17 Dec – Collusion Becomes Clearer – According to a new report submitted to the Senate Intelligence Committee, Russia used every major social-media platform to spread disinformation and lower Democratic voter turnout in its efforts to help elect Donald Trump as president in 2016
18 Dec – Russia’s support for Trump’s election is no longer disputable
18 Dec – Russian 2016 Influence Operation Targeted African-Americans on Social Media
18 Dec – Tech Companies Dragged Feet on Russian Interference Data, Reports Say

DIVER
16 Dec – “Planetary emergency” – After 30 years, leaders are still fighting about basic truths of climate science
19 Dec – Trump Administration Moves To Ban Rapid-Fire Bump Stocks
25 Dec – Dow Suffers Record-Breaking Christmas Eve Losses
30 Dec – Cyberattack targets newspapers in US, prevents some from publishing

The best quotes of the second fortnight of December include the following:

16 Dec – NY Times Slashes Ryan Zinke As “Not The Sharpest Knife In The Drawer”
27 Dec – New York Times – Daughters of foot doctor say he diagnosed Trump with bone spurs as “favor” to Fred Trump
30 Dec – Trump Blames Democrats Over Deaths of Migrant Children in US Custody
31 Dec – Outgoing chief of staff John Kelly contradicts Trump in exit interview – “To be honest, it’s not a wall”

The major topics of the previous issue of “Intelligence, Secrecy & Power” (ISP, n. 731, 15 December 2018) were: Trump (472X), US (244X), China (119X), Bush (118X), Trade (78X), Climate (76X), UN (73X), Huawei (71X), Cohen (Michel, 64X), Mueller (Robert, 62X), North Carolina (60X) and Russia (56X).

Since the N. 700 issue of “Intelligence, Secrecy & Power” (ISP), we furnish systematic descriptive statistics for each issue. Based on the Word Count below of this issue, and at a very general level, the major topics of this 730 issue for the first fortnight of December 2018 are: Trump (469X), US (251X), Shutdown (106X), Border (94X, Border Wall 35X), Syria (79X), UN (50X), China (49X) and Mueller (38X).

WORD COUNT

TRUMP 469
– TRUMP’S 134
US 251
– UNITED STATES 28
– AMERICAN 48
– AMERICANS 22
– AMERICA 22
SHUTDOWN 106
– GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN 48
– PARTIAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN 16
BORDER 94
– WALL 89
– BORDER WALL 35
HOUSE 82
– WHITE HOUSE 44
SYRIA 79
COURT 64
– SUPREME COURT 24
STATE 53
– STATES 42
UN 50
CHINA 49
SENATE 49
JUSTICE 48
WORKERS 45
DEMOCRATS 45
– DEMOCRATIC 26
WOMEN 45
CHRISTMAS 43
POLICE 41
TROOPS 41
FACEBOOK 40
MUELLER 38
RUSSIA 36
– RUSSIAN 30
MEXICO 35
WASHINGTON 35
SCHOOL 35
REPUBLICANS 34
– REPUBLICAN 22
CHILDREN 33
HEALTH 31
CONGRESS 31
FLYNN 30
MARKETS 30
MIGRANT 28
GHOSN 27
NEW YORK 27
CLIMATE 26
TEXAS 26
CALIFORNIA 25
SAUDI 25
INVESTIGATION 24
BLACK 24
TSUNAMI 24
STOCK 23
MARKET 23
BUSINESS 23
NISSAN 22
KOREA 22
ISRAEL 22
INDONESIA 21
ATTORNEY GENERAL 21
MICHAEL 21
MATTIS 21
COAL 21
JOHNSON 20
TROOPS FROM SYRIA 17
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT 16
MEDICARE FOR ALL 12
CHIEF OF STAFF 12
THE FEDERAL RESERVE 10
CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION 9
PRIME MINISTER THERESA MAY 7
ALEXANDRIA OCASIO CORTEZ 6

[thanks to http://www.dcode.fr/compteur-expressions%5D

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INTELLIGENCE, SECRECY & POWER (ISP) – N. 732, 31 December 2018

INTELLIGENCE, SECRECY & POWER (ISP) ISSN 1245-2122
N. 732, 31 December 2018
Every Month
Next Issue, 31 January 2018
Publishing since 1980

Editor
Olivier Schmidt
Email: intelligence-adi@wanadoo.fr
Web: https://intelligenceadi.wordpress.com
List: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/intelligence-secrecy-power-adi/info
Postal: ADI, 16 rue des Ecoles, 75005 Paris, France

Copyright ADI 2018, reproduction in any form forbidden without explicit authorization from the ADI.

FRONT PAGE – GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, BORDER WALL, MUELLER, MARKETS & GHOSN

World Media – Synthesis Based on the Analysis of All 16 December 2018 to 31 December 2018 Entries

Major topics and events of the second fortnight of December include the following:

BEST (by theme and in chronological order)

TRUMP & SIDEKICKS
16 Dec – NY Times Slashes Ryan Zinke As “Not The Sharpest Knife In The Drawer”
18 Dec – White House Nightmare – Trump Golfs While His Secret Service Agents Work Without Pay
19 Dec – Dozens of “serious” conduct complaints against Justice Brett Kavanaugh are dismissed because he was confirmed to the Supreme Court
19 Dec – Trump Foundation to Close Amid Lawsuit Accusing It of “Willful Self-Dealing”
21 Dec – All 83 of the Ethics Complaints Against Justice Brett Kavanaugh Were Dismissed Because He’s on the Supreme Court Now
21 Dec – Jim Mattis, Defense Secretary, Resigns in Rebuke of Trump’s Worldview
21 Dec – Trump unleashed – Mattis exit paves way for global chaos
21 Dec – Trump 2020 Campaign Used a Controversial Shell Company [Harris Sikes Media LLC – a low-profile limited-liability company operating with no website or public-facing facade whatsoever] to Pay Ad Buyers
22 Dec – Government Shuts Down as Talks Fail to Break Impasse – It is the third shutdown in two years of unified Republican rule in Washington
23 Dec – Brett McGurk, US envoy to anti-ISIS coalition, resigns in wake of Trump decision to pull troops from Syria
25 Dec – Shutdown is bad for Republicans, an opportunity for Democrats
27 Dec – New York Times – Daughters of foot doctor say he diagnosed Trump with bone spurs as “favor” to Fred Trump
27 Dec – Trump Brags To Troops About A Fictional Giant Pay Raise He Got Them
28 Dec – The Inevitability of Impeachment – Even Republicans may be deciding that the president has become too great a burden to their party or too great a danger to the country
29 Dec – House [Republicans’] probe of FBI-DOJ’s alleged anti-Trump, pro-Clinton bias hits unceremonious end — with no report
31 Dec – Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal hits Trump as immoral, dishonest
31 Dec – Trump holding “American people hostage” with shutdown – Incoming Dem caucus chair

THE BORDER & THE “WALL”
21 Dec – Pressed by Dems, Nielsen can’t give number of migrant deaths in government custody
26 Dec – 8-Year-Old Migrant Child From Guatemala Dies in US Custody 27 Dec – CBP [Customs and Border Protection] commissioner wants more help from Congress after 2nd migrant child dies in custody
27 Dec – DHS Secretary [Kirstjen Nielsen] Blames Parents and Open Borders Advocates for Deaths of Children
27 Dec – ICE Dumps Hundreds of Migrants at El Paso Bus Station Around Christmas
30 Dec – Trump Blames Democrats Over Deaths of Migrant Children in US Custody
31 Dec – Kelly, on His Way Out, Says Administration Long Ago Abandoned Idea of Concrete Wall
31 Dec – Lindsey Graham Reduces Trump’s Border Wall To Just A “Metaphor”
31 Dec – Outgoing chief of staff John Kelly contradicts Trump in exit interview – “To be honest, it’s not a wall”

COPS, FRAUD & DECEPTION
17 Dec – 2 ex-officers charged after video shows them slamming middle school student
17 Dec – North Carolina – After Fraud Probe, New Primary May Replace GOP Candidate
19 Dec – Facebook Gave Microsoft, Amazon, Netflix Unrestricted Access To User Data
20 Dec – After the fraud – The evidence of election fraud in North Carolina’s 9th district, where Republican Mark Harris leads Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes, is overwhelming
20 Dec – Catholic Church in Illinois Withheld Names of at Least 500 Priests Accused of Abuse, Attorney General Says
21 Dec – Suspended San Francisco police officer accused of robbing bank
27 Dec – LinkedIn Co-Founder [Reid Hoffman] Apologizes for Deception in Alabama Senate Race

ISRAEL-PALESTINE
18 Dec – Israeli “Warning” Shot Killed Two Boys in Gaza, Rights Groups Say
18 Dec – Texas Speech Pathologist [Bahia Amawi] Loses School Job for Refusing to Sign Anti-BDS Oath
29 Dec – School Employee [in Texas] Sues District for Israel Loyalty Oath in Contract
31 Dec – An Israeli Soldier Killed a Medic in Gaza. We Investigated the Fatal Shot

“THE RUSSIA THING”
17 Dec – Collusion Becomes Clearer – According to a new report submitted to the Senate Intelligence Committee, Russia used every major social-media platform to spread disinformation and lower Democratic voter turnout in its efforts to help elect Donald Trump as president in 2016
18 Dec – Russia’s support for Trump’s election is no longer disputable
18 Dec – Russian 2016 Influence Operation Targeted African-Americans on Social Media
18 Dec – Tech Companies Dragged Feet on Russian Interference Data, Reports Say

DIVER
16 Dec – “Planetary emergency” – After 30 years, leaders are still fighting about basic truths of climate science
19 Dec – Trump Administration Moves To Ban Rapid-Fire Bump Stocks
25 Dec – Dow Suffers Record-Breaking Christmas Eve Losses
30 Dec – Cyberattack targets newspapers in US, prevents some from publishing

The best quotes of the second fortnight of December include the following:

16 Dec – NY Times Slashes Ryan Zinke As “Not The Sharpest Knife In The Drawer”
27 Dec – New York Times – Daughters of foot doctor say he diagnosed Trump with bone spurs as “favor” to Fred Trump
30 Dec – Trump Blames Democrats Over Deaths of Migrant Children in US Custody
31 Dec – Outgoing chief of staff John Kelly contradicts Trump in exit interview – “To be honest, it’s not a wall”

The major topics of the previous issue of “Intelligence, Secrecy & Power” (ISP, n. 731, 15 December 2018) were: Trump (472X), US (244X), China (119X), Bush (118X), Trade (78X), Climate (76X), UN (73X), Huawei (71X), Cohen (Michel, 64X), Mueller (Robert, 62X), North Carolina (60X) and Russia (56X).

Since the N. 700 issue of “Intelligence, Secrecy & Power” (ISP), we furnish systematic descriptive statistics for each issue. Based on the Word Count below of this issue, and at a very general level, the major topics of this 730 issue for the first fortnight of December 2018 are: Trump (469X), US (251X), Shutdown (106X), Border (94X, Border Wall 35X), Syria (79X), UN (50X), China (49X) and Mueller (38X).

WORD COUNT

TRUMP 469
– TRUMP’S 134
US 251
– UNITED STATES 28
– AMERICAN 48
– AMERICANS 22
– AMERICA 22
SHUTDOWN 106
– GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN 48
– PARTIAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN 16
BORDER 94
– WALL 89
– BORDER WALL 35
HOUSE 82
– WHITE HOUSE 44
SYRIA 79
COURT 64
– SUPREME COURT 24
STATE 53
– STATES 42
UN 50
CHINA 49
SENATE 49
JUSTICE 48
WORKERS 45
DEMOCRATS 45
– DEMOCRATIC 26
WOMEN 45
CHRISTMAS 43
POLICE 41
TROOPS 41
FACEBOOK 40
MUELLER 38
RUSSIA 36
– RUSSIAN 30
MEXICO 35
WASHINGTON 35
SCHOOL 35
REPUBLICANS 34
– REPUBLICAN 22
CHILDREN 33
HEALTH 31
CONGRESS 31
FLYNN 30
MARKETS 30
MIGRANT 28
GHOSN 27
NEW YORK 27
CLIMATE 26
TEXAS 26
CALIFORNIA 25
SAUDI 25
INVESTIGATION 24
BLACK 24
TSUNAMI 24
STOCK 23
MARKET 23
BUSINESS 23
NISSAN 22
KOREA 22
ISRAEL 22
INDONESIA 21
ATTORNEY GENERAL 21
MICHAEL 21
MATTIS 21
COAL 21
JOHNSON 20
TROOPS FROM SYRIA 17
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT 16
MEDICARE FOR ALL 12
CHIEF OF STAFF 12
THE FEDERAL RESERVE 10
CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION 9
PRIME MINISTER THERESA MAY 7
ALEXANDRIA OCASIO CORTEZ 6

[thanks to http://www.dcode.fr/compteur-expressions%5D

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