Intelligence, Secrecy & Power – N. 734, 31 January 2019

INTELLIGENCE, SECRECY & POWER (ISP) ISSN 1245-2122
N. 734, 31 January 2019.
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FRONT PAGE – US POLITICS, TRUMP, ISRAEL, HEALTH, COPS & SPIES, VENEZUELA

World Media – Synthesis Based on the Analysis of All 16 January 2019 to 31 January 2019 Entries

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

BEST (by theme and in chronological order)

DOMESTIC POLITICS
16 Jan – House Passes Resolution Condemning White Supremacy
16 Jan – Ocasio-Cortez set to join Maxine Waters on key financial services committee
16 Jan – Republicans Rebuke [racist Representative] Steve King but Face Vexing Question: Why Not Sooner
23 Jan – Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib and Pressley Win Seats on Committee Set to Probe Trump
23 Jan – Erecting the Wall, One Porno at a Time
24 Jan – Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross: “I don’t really quite understand why” federal workers are going to food banks and homeless shelters
24 Jan – Trump economic adviser Kevin Hassett suggested that the shutdown is akin to a free vacation for federal workers
31 Jan – Mississippi lawmakers propose ‘license to harass’ for transphobic teachers
31 Jan – Top Republicans, White House silent about attack on [black gay actor] Jussie Smollett, despite ‘MAGA’ comments
31 Jan – Stacey Abrams [black former Georgia gubernatorial candidate]: “We Have to Work Harder” Than Those Who Would Suppress the Vote” [she will deliver the response to President Trump’s State of the Union address]
31 Jan – Here’s What Starbucks Is Telling Employees To Say About Howard Schultz [and his presidential candidacy]

TRUMP
16 Jan – The shutdown just cost Trump his State of the Union address
16 Jan – Trump and Putin Have Met Five Times – What Was Said Is a Mystery
17 Jan – Pelosi Knows How to Play Chicken – Trump Doesn’t
18 Jan – Cohen Hired IT Firm to Rig Early CNBC, Drudge Polls to Favor Trump
25 Jan – FBI Agents Arrest Longtime Trump Confidant Roger Stone
27 Jan – A Bruised Trump Faces Uncertain 2020 Prospects – His Team Fears a Primary Fight
25 Jan – Trump accepts deal to reopen the government that he could have accepted a month ago
30 Jan – Did Jill Stein Help Elect Donald Trump – Was the Green Party icon unwittingly useful to President Vladimir Putin of Russia — or wittingly
31 Jan – Undocumented worker fired by Trump Organization will be guest at State of the Union

ISRAEL/PALESTINE
21 Jan – Israel Confirms Another Attack on Iranian Targets in Syria
25 Jan – Michelle Alexander’s controversial New York Times column links Martin Luther King Jr.’s criticism of the Vietnam War with criticism of Israeli apartheid, by M. Cohen
28 Jan – UN envoy urges Israel to halt “settler violence”
29 Jan – Senate Advances Pro-Israel Bill as GOP Searches for Democratic Divisions [on boycott-Israel movement]

HEALTH
23 Jan – Millions of Americans Flood Into Mexico for Health Care — the Human Caravan You Haven’t Heard About
24 Jan – Health Department grants foster care agency [Miracle Hill] religious exemption license to discriminate
25 Jan – Emergency Declared Near Portland [Oregon] for Measles Outbreak in Anti-Vaccine Hotspot [in Clark County, Washington]
27 Jan – Hospitals Are Asking Their Own Patients to Donate Money

COPS & SPIES
19 Jan – Jason Van Dyke [Chicago policeman] Sentenced to Nearly 7 Years for Murdering [young unarmed black man]Laquan McDonald
22 Jan – Outsourcing Police Investigations to Google Risks Privacy and Justice
26 Jan – Undercover agents target Toronto-based cybersecurity watchdog Citizen Lab

VENEZUELA
30 Jan – After Washington handed control of Venezuela’s assets in the United States to the opposition leader, the government of Nicolás Maduro struck back fiercely
30 Jan – US Special Envoy for Venezuela [Iran-Contragate’s Elliott Abrams] Has Long, Controversial History in Latin America
31 Jan – The Making of Juan Guaidó: US Regime-Change Laboratory Created Venezuela’s Coup Leader

ENVIRONMENT
22 Jan – Desalination Plants Are on the Rise — So Is Their Salty, Chemical Waste
30 Jan – GTFO – Young people have a message for climate science-denying lawmakers: If we can’t persuade you to believe the facts surrounding climate change, then you need to #GTFO of Congress
31 Jan – After inspiring climate denial playbook, Big Tobacco now sees dollar signs from climate change

BREXIT
17 Jan – May’s government survives no confidence vote
22 Jan – An Effort to Bring Fracking to Britain Hits Pause [particularly in pro-Brexit areas]
31 Jan – The Messier Brexit Gets, the Better Europe Looks

DIVERS
17 Jan – WeWork CEO Adam Neumann has reportedly made millions of dollars by leasing office space to his own company
20 Jan – Mayor’s Funeral Unites Gdansk – His Killing [by an unstable right-winger] Exposed Poland’s Deep Divides
23 Jan – Flight Attendant Accuses Passenger of Sexual Harassment After He Demands She Wipe Him

The previous issue’s themes were: VIOLENCE, CORRUPTION, INHUMANITY; WASHINGTON “SWAMP” POLITICS; TRUMP WALL & SHUTDOWN; COPS, GUNS, BLACKS; EXTREME RIGHT; ECOLOGY, CLIMATE CHANGE; and ISRAEL/PALESTINE.

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

16 Jan – “Find another line of work” – Several Republican lawmakers to their racist colleague Rep. Steve King (R-IA) /ThinkProgress
17 Jan – Pelosi Knows How to Play Chicken – Trump Doesn’t /Bloomberg
17 Jan – Giuliani: I never said there was no collusion /CNN
24 Jan – Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross: “I don’t really quite understand why” federal workers are going to food banks and homeless shelters /Progress Report
25 Jan – The Trump-McConnell government shutdown /TruthOut
31 Jan – The Messier Brexit Gets, the Better Europe Looks /NYT

The major topics of the previous issue of “Intelligence, Secrecy & Power” (ISP, n. 733, 15 January 2019) were: Trump (527X), US (225X), ShutDown (197X), Border (134X, Wall 133X), House (132X), China (116X), Democrats (105X), UN (78X), and Ocasio Cortez (69X).

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 734 issue for the second fortnight of January 2019 are: Trump (528X), US (257X), Shutdown (181X), Border (90X), House (88X, White House 37X, The House (18X), Democrats (75X), Venezuela (69X), Brexit (63X), Pelosi (63X), Congress (55X), Ocasio Cortez (52), China (52X), Maduro (42X), Mueller (42X), and State of the Union (40X).

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:

THE STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS 14
FORMER STARBUCKS CEO HOWARD SCHULTZ 9
MICHAEL COHEN TO LIE TO CONGRESS 7
REP ALEXANDRIA OCASIO CORTEZ D NY 5
SPECIAL COUNSEL ROBERT MUELLER’S 5
OPPOSITION LEADER JUAN GUAIDO 4
FATAL DOSES OF PAIN MEDICATION 4

The straight forward word count is below:

WORD COUNT

TRUMP 528
– TRUMP’S 111
– TRUMP ADMINISTRATION 43
US 257
– AMERICAN 79
– AMERICA 38
– UNITED STATES 37
– AMERICANS 34
SHUTDOWN 181
– GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN 58
– PARTIAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN 12
BORDER 90
HOUSE 88
– WHITE HOUSE 37
– THE HOUSE 18
DEMOCRATS 75
– DEMOCRATIC 63
VENEZUELA 69
– VENEZUELA’S 22
UNION 68
– STATE OF THE UNION 40
BREXIT 63
– BRITAIN 22
– UK 20
PELOSI 63
– NANCY PELOSI 31
– HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI 7
SECURITY 57
CONGRESS 55
OCASIO CORTEZ 52
– ALEXANDRIA OCASIO CORTEZ 34
CHINA 52
WASHINGTON 51
SENATE 47
HEALTH 43
CLIMATE 42
SCHOOL 42
MADURO 42
– PRESIDENT NICOLAS MADURO 17
MUELLER 42
– SPECIAL COUNSEL ROBERT MUELLER 7
CALIFORNIA 37
POLICE 37
REPUBLICAN 37
– REPUBLICANS 31
– GOP 21
KAMALA HARRIS 37
SCHULTZ 36
– HOWARD SCHULTZ 31
STUDENTS 36
MEXICO 35
THERESA MAY 33
– THERESA MAY’S 10
BARR [William] 32
STONE 32
– ROGER STONE 19
RUSSIA 31
– RUSSIAN 25
BORDER WALL 30
ECONOMY 30
FACEBOOK 30
TALIBAN 30
EUROPEAN 30
SYRIA 30
TEACHERS 29
STARBUCKS 29
GUAIDO 26
– JUAN GUAIDO 18
STRIKE 24
BLACK 23
CHILDREN 23
IMMIGRATION 23
REOPEN 23
MIGRANTS 22
WARREN 22
ISRAEL 22
PARLIAMENT 22
FEDERAL WORKERS 21
ASYLUM 21
CLIMATE CHANGE 21
GHOSN 20
AFGHANISTAN 19
CHICAGO 19
KOREA 19
– NORTH KOREA 18

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

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