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

INTELLIGENCE, SECRECY & POWER (ISP) ISSN 1245-2122
N. 732, 31 December 2018
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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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