internal memos


State Department officers sign dissent memo against Donald Trump’s Muslim ban, report says

  • About 900 State Department officials have signed on to an internal “dissent memo” objecting to Trump’s immigration executive order.
  • “A senior State Department official confirmed that the memorandum in the department’s ‘dissent channel’ had been submitted to management,” Reuters reported Tuesday.
  • “White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Monday he was aware of the memo but warned career diplomats that they should either ’get with the program or they can go,’” Reuters said. Read more

San Francisco is standing up to Trump’s order punishing  sanctuary cities

  • Dennis Herrera, city attorney of San Francisco, filed a lawsuit over Trump’s executive order that threatens to punish cities that shelter undocumented immigrants.
  • Herrera filed the lawsuit in federal court Tuesday arguing that the executive order, which seeks to withhold federal funding from cities that does not to detain undocumented immigrants, is illegal. 
  • Citing the 10th Amendment, which states powers not granted to the federal government are the purview of the states, Herrera contends that Trump does not have the authority to cut federal funds over a matter of state and local policy. Read more

Amnesty International: We will fight Donald Trump’s Muslim ban every step of the way

  • Amnesty International is no stranger to governments that exploit real threats to security to turn people against religious and ethnic minorities. 
  • We’ve seen this before and we know the havoc it wreaks. And we know it must be stopped. Read more (Opinion)
What Is Liberalism?

Oftentimes in leftist circles you can hear folks decrying liberals and liberalism. If you ask them why they hate liberalism, most of them will point you in the direction of Mao’s Combat Liberalism to better understand them, but this is a mistake. Combat Liberalism is effectively an internal memo, warning other communists of the need to avoid liberalism lest it be detrimental to their work. It details results of that ideology, but not causes. To that end, I’ve compiled a brief description of what liberalism is and why it’s bad.

The ideology of liberalism is denoted by three tenets:

  1. Free-market capitalism. Liberals believe that capitalism is good, or at least “the best we have”. While liberals may argue over how much intervention in the market is necessary, they all agree on the fundamental goodness of capitalism, and that it should be tweaked rather than replaced.
  2. The state and representative “democracy”. Liberals believe that the state is good, and that representative democracy is an effective means of creating social change and an acceptable level of participation. They reject any aims outside of the state, and try to co-opt movements towards state action (e.g. electing Democrats).
    1. Nonviolence: The liberal insistence on “nonviolent” protest (usually invoking a whitewashed history of Dr. King) is largely derived from state-worship. They see the state as the only legitimate user of force, and all others as violent looters and rioters; because of that, they refuse to even consider violence as a method of protest or direct action (e.g. antifascism).
    2. Indirect action and representative problem-solving: Linked to the lionization of representative democracy, liberals care little for direct action, even as indirect as blocking a street for a few hours. They believe that the power to change things is vested solely in those representatives, and that the common person shouldn’t bother; direct action, to them, is illegitimate for the same reason as violence.
  3. A focus on individual rather than class politics. Liberals see all social issues as issues primarily affecting individuals, rather than groups. In other words, they lack a class analysis; they see racism, for example, as the result of individual prejudices and “meanness” and something to be fixed at that level, rather than a system of structural violence against non-white peoples aimed at dividing the working class.

 Liberalism, as an ideology, is dangerous. These three tenets combine to form an analysis that is insufficient to encompass the whole of the enemy, and more importantly a praxis that is ineffective at combating it. It infects activists and ordinary workers alike, and railroads them into believing that they cannot change a society that benefits only those at the top. It railroads them into believing that the burdens they bear cannot be thrown off, and stands in the way of our collective liberation. It must be combated, for it is at the root of the struggle.
Trump asked intelligence chiefs to push back against FBI collusion probe after Comey revealed its existence

Trump asked two of the nation’s top intelligence officials in March to help him push back against an FBI investigation into possible coordination between his campaign and the Russian government, according to current and former officials.

Trump made separate appeals to the director of national intelligence, Daniel Coats, and to Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, urging them to publicly deny the existence of any evidence of collusion during the 2016 election.

Coats and Rogers refused to comply with the requests, which they both deemed to be inappropriate, according to two current and two former officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private communications with the president.

Trump sought the assistance of Coats and Rogers after FBI Director James B. Comey told the House Intelligence Committee on March 20 that the FBI was investigating “the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts.”

Trump’s conversation with Rogers was documented contemporaneously in an internal memo written by a senior NSA official, according to the officials. It is unclear if a similar memo was prepared by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to document Trump’s conversation with Coats. Officials said such memos could be made available to both the special counsel now overseeing the Russia investigation and congressional investigators, who might explore whether Trump sought to impede the FBI’s work…

A senior intelligence official said Trump’s goal was to “muddy the waters” about the scope of the FBI probe at a time when Democrats were ramping up their calls for the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel, a step announced last week.

Senior intelligence officials also saw the March requests as a threat to the independence of U.S. spy agencies, which are supposed to remain insulated from partisan issues.

“The problem wasn’t so much asking them to issue statements, it was asking them to issue false statements about an ongoing investigation,” a former senior intelligence official said of the request to Coats.

I’m beginning to lose count of the number of times Crooked Donaldski has comitted obstruction of justice – but I’m sure the FBI hasn’t. :) I can’t wait until this traitorous piece of shit is impeached and removed from office.

vault11overseer  asked:

29, Lucio? O:

“Didja get my card?” said D.Va, laying on her stomach on her bunk and kicking her feet back and forth as Lúcio dug through his locker.

“Yeah I got it,” said Lúcio. He dumped his locker over and countless cards spilled out.

“Woah! Look at Mr. Popular over here!” said D.Va. 

“You literally have a live chat channel running of all your fans confessing undying love to you,” said Lúcio.

“Mm?” D.Va glanced up from her handheld game and over at her MEKA, where numerous texts in different languages were popping up on the projected screen.  “Oh shoot, yeah,” she said She took out her phone and snapped a quick selfie with a kissy face and posted it, causing an influx of even more emojis and messages to fill her MEKA’s screen. “It’s exhausting, but you gotta give ‘em what they want,” she said, returning to her handheld game. Lucio snorted and started sorting through his mail. 

Winston made sure to mark most snail mail with an offshore stamp, so it was easy to separate most fanmail with actual internal memos and notes. About 75% of the pile was fanmail, requests to come to Spain, to Numbani, back to Brazil, some very devoted fans in Ottawa, and then finally he was left with several letters, not even stamped. One of them was D.Va’s note, already opened with her signature pink bunny stationery, but there were a few others. He was first drawn to the largest, an awkwardly folded and taped piece of printer paper, (or was it fax?), undid the tape and glanced over it.

“Uh…” his brow crinkled.

“What?” D.Va glanced up from her game and Lúcio held up the letter for her. It was written completely in binary save for some scratched ink marks at the bottom. D.Va squinted at the ink scratches. “I think I have an idea of who this is from,” she said, taking the paper from Lúcio’s hand. She walked over to her MEKA and hit a few buttons, “MEKA scan and translate,” she commanded. The MEKA shot out a green light which scanned over the paper then immediately the words popped up on its screen.





“Bastion,” Lúcio and D.Va said at the same time.

“And the bird,” said Lúcio, pointing at the ink scratches at the bottom.

“What about that one?” said D.Va, pointing.

“What one?”

“That one,” D.Va pointed to what looked like a piece of crumpled, stained, and partially burned garbage. 

“…that’s a letter?” said Lúcio.

“Well do you normally keep bits of partially burned garbage in your locker?” said D.Va. Lucio shrugged and picked it up and uncrumpled it. It was covered in scratchy doodles of fire and explosions and pointy things and Lucio could barely make out the handwriting.

Jumpy Doof Guy—

We don’t talk much. Thank u for not letting me die. Need me to off anyone, just say the word. 


“Hm,” Lúcio’s brow furrowed and he set that letter aside.

He pulled out an unnaturally sharp, square, white envelope, marked with his name. He almost felt bad getting it open, like he was ruining it somehow. He pulled out the letter within.

Lúcio, it was written in handwriting that was so straight and perfectly kerned it may have been a font.

There are still many things I am still coming to understand, and I know it will be a long while before I gain the same trust here as you have. I realize we do not get on well, but we both wish to see good done in this world. This world is constantly changing, and we can never fully control that change, but we can direct that change towards brighter futures, and protect this world against greater evils. I am coming to terms with the idea that disorder is a part of humanity that will always be there–as to how much disorder we can permit, I am still learning. Thank you for your patience. Thank you for your willingness to work with me. Also thank you for helping me back in Oasis.


PS: You can keep the technology you stole from Vishkar

PPS:  I suppose it was never rightfully Vishkar’s to begin with. Nor is it my place to grant you permission to use it. Ignore previous Post-script.

PPPS: I respectfully ask that you do not breathe a word of this to anyone.

Lúcio re-read the letter a few times. 

“You okay?” D.Va’s voice broke him away from the letter.

“What?” said Lúcio.

“You’ve been really quiet for a while,” said D.Va.

“Yeah,” said Lúcio, stuffing the letter in his pocket, “Yeah I’m fine.” He stretched, “I think that’s enough fan mail for now. Wanna get something to eat?”

“Yeah!” D.Va sprang to her feet. Lucio stuffed the rest of the letters back in his locker and followed D.Va out to the commissary.
Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister and ambassador
The president was boasting of the “great intel” he receives when he discussed intelligence provided by a U.S. partner.
  1. Trump fires James Comey, the man in charge of investigating his campaign’s improper connections with Russian officials, including Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak
  2. The next day, Trump invites Russian officials–including Kislyak–to meet with him in the Oval Office.
  3. Trump bans the U.S. press from the meeting.
  4. Trump permits the Russian press to attend the meeting. (They publish some very nice photos they took of the Oval Office.)
  5. During the meeting, Trump gives the Russians highly classified information on the Islamic State that the United States has not shared with anyone else, including our own allies. In doing so, Trump endangers the source of the information and jeopardizes future cooperation with the ally who provided it to the U.S.
  6. The White House notifies the CIA and the NSA of Trump’s disclosure.
  7. The White House also promptly scrubs all references to that part of the conversation from all internal memos on the meeting, and immediately classifies the official transcript of the meeting so that only a handful of individuals will be able to see it.
  8. When the press learns of it anyway, the White House formally denies it.


Dangerous Politics

It is a very dangerous thing to concoct executive actions in secrecy of that of Congress. The staffers that assisted Trump in secrecy should be fired. It is an unfortunate affair that not even the heads of both chambers of Congress: Paul Ryan, and Mitch McConnell, knew about it until after the Press was made aware of it. 

Mix this with the fact that Trump is insisting that career diplomats, who expressed in an internal memo through the “dissent channel” - a channel established in the 1960′s to provide alternative view points in order to preserve the values of this country - should resign. I.e., “If you don’t agree with me, get out.” 

I agree with Sally Yates’ defense of her position in explaining that her position is one that is more broad, and that she, as acting attorney general, did not agree with the legality of the executive order, not just on the basis of law, but on the basis of reason. In other words, she believed the intent of the order was not consistent with the intent of federal law. She was fired because of it. 

The last attorney general who was fired (acting or otherwise), was under Nixon - we all know how that ended.

Regardless, my points here are not about immigration. It’s about how power is exercised. Our country will crumble if Trump believes that the best method of running the country is to have staffers and aids of law makers to assist in the crafting of executive orders secretly

The preservation of a democratic society is now upheld by removing dissent - but by encouraging it. Trump, at this moment in time, is showing that he will either avoid it, or remove it.

How dark. 

Public service

A thousand foreign service officers signed the internal State Department memo against Executive Order 13769, the largest number of diplomats ever to sign a single cable. The acting Attorney General instructed the Justice Department not to defend the order in court, citing constitutional concerns, and was sacked.

Perhaps most egregious was when the President stood in front of the Memorial Wall in Langley and said, “We may have to get you a larger room. You know? And maybe, maybe, it will be built by somebody that knows how to build, and we won’t have columns.” Not once during his speech did the President mention the Memorial Wall or the one-hundred-seventeen employees who died in the line of duty.

After the President sacked the F.B.I. director, the acting director contradicted the President on two of his major justifications for it. The acting director called the investigation into possible foreign interference with the 2016 election “highly significant.” Regarding the confidence of F.B.I. employees, the acting director said, “It has been the greatest privilege and honor in my professional life to work with him. I can tell you also that Director Comey enjoyed broad support within the F.B.I. and still does until this day.”

It reminded me of Major Douglas Zembiec, U.S.M.C., who was killed in action 11 May 2007 and honored with a star on the Memorial Wall in Langley. About forty enlisted men gathered at his funeral and an officer said, “Your men have to follow your orders; they don’t have to go to your funeral.”

things kaiba has done that make me feel he escaped from a james bond movie and accidentally wandered into a show about high schoolers who play card games:

  • uses playing cards to disarm at least two people with guns
  • throws and elbows some bigger, taller mooks
  • snatches a locust out of mid-air while everyone else is freaking out
  • jumps out of a plane wearing a jetpack
  • clearly knows how to ride a motorcycle and walks away unscathed when he crashes and skids out
  • hangs out of the side of a helicopter to announce a card game tournament
  • flies a different helicopter to a remote island
  • has yet another helicopter drop him into the middle of an arena so he can stop a card game
  • (maybe he just really likes helicopters??)
  • briefly pilots an out-of-control airplane
  • owns his own jet plane
  • blows up at least two buildings just because he’s feeling bad and it’ll make him feel better

September 8 2015 - A Hungarian camerawoman was fired after kicking and tripping refugees, including children, running from the police. She worked for the far-right Jobbik-affiliated channel N1. This comes after another Hungarian news channel’s leaked internal memo that requested refugee children be excluded from news packages. [video]

i like to think about seto and anzu becoming weird friends who don’t necessarily like each other (bc seto is annoyed by her outlook/attitude, and vice versa) but they deeply respect each other and root for the other person to succeed. what do you mean anzu’s ballet company received an anonymous donation for $3mil? anzu gets in fights with people who say stuff like ‘kaibacorp’s switch from military-industrial to gaming was a bad business decision,’ she’s like yOU DON’T UNDERSTAND, IT’S BAD FOR BUSINESS BUT IT’S GOOD FOR THE HEART!! when there are dueling events at kaibaland and anzu attends as yuugi’s guest, she and seto give each other the Look (chin up, a narrow glance from head to toe and back) and then the short Nod, ‘i respect you a lot but stay the fuck over there,’ and then seto gives her VIP access to all of the rides and when jounouchi’s like ‘i see kaiba, i’m gonna photobomb his fancy press shoot’ anzu grabs his collar and keeps a firm grip. leave that man alone. i have negotiated a truce

Bill O'Reilly's time slot at Fox News already has a new look and a new name

Bill O'Reilly’s old time slot on Fox News had a new look and a new name on Wednesday night, hours after his departure was announced.


(Fox News via Twitter)


(Fox News via Twitter)

The O'Reilly Factor, for now, is simply “The Factor,” dropping O'Reilly’s name from the show’s branding. Fox News’ Dana Perino sat in on Wednesday night. Tucker Carlson is set to permanently take over the 8 p.m. time slot.

Fox News dropped the commentator after a “thorough and careful review of allegations against him,” according to an internal memo obtained by Business Insider.

O'Reilly was accused of sexual harassment by multiple women at Fox News. He and the network ultimately paid $13 million to settle with five women over the course of several years, according to an investigation by The New York Times published earlier this month. Since then, another unnamed woman at Fox News came forward to accuse O'Reilly of sexual harassment this week.

Due to the allegations, a slew of companies dropped their advertisements from O'Reilly’s program, which ultimately became a precursor for the popular commentator’s fall from grace. Before and after the accusations, O'Reilly remained one of the most popular commentators on cable news.

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Apple will provide free Smart Keyboard repairs for three years because of ‘functional issues’
Apple is going to cover repair costs for its Smart Keyboard iPad accessory for longer than the typical one-year warranty. The company has discovered that some of the keyboards “may experience functional issues during use.” Both MacRumors and 9to5Mac reported on the extended service program. In an internal memo sent to its retail stores and authorized repair providers, Apple runs through a handful of potential defects that some units have exhibited. Read more
Here's the internal memo Rupert Murdoch just sent Fox News staff after the first day of the post-Bill O'Reilly era

(Media mogul Rupert Murdoch leaves his home in LondonThomson Reuters)
Rupert Murdoch on Tuesday congratulated Fox News staff in an internal memo after the first day of the network’s new lineup following star host Bill O'Reilly’s departure.

“Last night’s ratings are in and I couldn’t be more proud to announce that, not only did FOX News beat all other cable news competition with our new primetime debut, but we also increased our ratings 31% in total viewers and 54% in the demo compared to last year,” the executive chair of 21st Century Fox wrote in the memo obtained by Business Insider.

“This was a stellar performance that couldn’t have happened without the amazing effort and dedication from everyone on the team over the last week,” he said.

Murdoch continued: “I know the last few weeks have been tough for everyone here, but our passion for news and commitment to our viewers continue to lead us through. Congratulations and thank you for all your hard work.”

Fox’s new lineup on Monday indeed drew a notably sizable viewership despite the absence of O'Reilly, who left the network last week following newly revealed sexual harassment allegations against the host.

On Monday, Tucker Carlson, who took over O'Reilly’s 8 p.m. time slot, drew just under 3.2 million viewers, far more than the entire 8 p.m. viewership of CNN and MSNBC combined. Though he did not match O'Reilly’s viewership, Carlson delivered almost exactly the same number of viewers in advertisers’ coveted 25-54 age demographic as O'Reilly did his final show.

“The Five,” which now occupies Carlson’s former 9 p.m. slot, also debuted to strong ratings, besting MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, who notably overtook Carlson among viewers aged between 25 and 54 in March.

It remains to be seen whether the network can sustain the audience that O'Reilly drew. Last week’s fill-in hosts, Dana Perino and Eric Bolling, failed to match O'Reilly’s numbers.

The network has faced increased negative scrutiny and potential legal trouble after the release of a New York Times story earlier this month detailing a long history of sexual-harassment allegations against O'Reilly, the network’s decades-long star.

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one of my rivalshipping headcanons (platonic, romantic, or otherwise) is that they meet up incognito to play games at those chess tables in the park… kaiba’s wearing sunglasses and a kaibacorp hoodie #officialmerch and yuugi has his hair tucked under a beanie so they don’t get recognized and they stop to pick up drinks so yuugi has some caramel ice frappuccino thing and kaiba’s got a slurpee OR a 2 liter bottle of water. every week it’s a different game, so it’s backgammon or chess or checkers or two-player card games, and if it’s duel monsters then it’s old-school without holograms and they’re flipping cards by hand. and they just chill like that for an hour. they don’t even need to talk, they’re just quietly enjoying themselves

LIKE, i just want them to play games with zero stakes, without having to defend KaibaCorp/save their friends/save the world. both of them just LOVE GAMES! SO MUCH!! and it’s not their doing that somehow their passion for competition and games turned into life-or-death situations against evil stepfathers and the lord of atlantis. so I like to imagine kaiba and yuugi just doing their favorite thing and relaxing, zero pressure, texting each other like ‘you want to play chess today?’ ‘no. mokuba found our old mancala board’ ‘awesome! sounds great, see you at 2’ and having a nice time without being bothered by anyone. okay thanks