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The Sciences of the Artificial

by Cat Thu May 30th, 2024 at 05:41:58 PM EST

issue 1, volume 1, entry 1, 30 May-30 Jun 2024

Dyson Supersonic Nural™ hair dryer with "intelligent" attachments

and a contract of adhesion that simultaneously obviates careless provisions of EUSA General Data Protection Regulations, Digital Service and risk-based AI Acts as well as innumerable federal and interstate consumer protection laws purportedly enforced by one or more Federal Trade Commission (FTC) eNTItIes established by the , and "the profound and dynamic impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on societies, ecosystems, and human lives, including the human mind < wipes tears >, in part because of the new ways in which it influences human thinking, interaction and decision-making, and affects education, human, social and natural sciences, culture, and communication and information" postulated in the first draft of the first-ever global agreement on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence."

While controversy accompanies incorporation of computer programming (AI) in manufactured goods, energy efficiency, and weaponry as well as "election interference" and free speech, this particularly sophisticated application of "AI" jargon to one of the most mundane tasks of mammal well-being reminded me that technology consultants who influence government functionaries seldom scrutinize or criticize "generative" advertising revenue which pads silicon venture capital.

I am alarmed yet again but resolved to chronicle, for entertainment purposes only, advances of "general AI" applications into traditional channels of choice theory and value judgment.  

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Reactionary Visions and eNtiTiES

by Cat Wed Sep 13th, 2023 at 04:13:20 PM EST

2023 State of the Union Address by President von der Leyen (13.09.23)
When I stood in front of you in 2019 with my programme for a green, digital, and geopolitical Europe I know that some had doubts. And that was before the world turned upside down with a global pandemic and a brutal war on European soil.

But look at where Europe is today

We have seen the birth of a geopolitical Union—supporting Ukraine, standing up to Russia's aggression, responding to an assertive China, and investing in partnerships.
Long live Europe.

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Yuan or Dollar

by Cat Mon Jun 19th, 2023 at 12:40:19 PM EST

The US Department of State has reported remarks maded by Secretary Antony J. Blinken And People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping Before Their Meeting, which was not a garden stroll, but a ceremony concluding China's colloquium for US bureaucrats. Then, Xi Jinping spoke at length. Blinken also made a speech that purportedly conveyed President Biden's interest in keeping OPEN LINES OF COMMUNICATION to the government of China—while the US and its allies groom DOD's "posture" in the Taiwan Strait. After words, before jetting to a Ukraine Recovery Conference in London—presumably to recalculate Putin's debt burden arising from NATO's investment in training the Armed Forces of Ukraine over the past decade to defend Europe's sovereign borders—Blinken broadcast a live "press availability " preformance at 18:00 (CN), 06:00 (US).

A transcript of his message to "Asia-haters" in the US Congress and industry constituents is as yet to be published. Nonetheless, one may expect G7 cryptographers to roll out reams of "geopolitical" analysis with sun rises over time zones in the west.

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Ruble and Yuan

by Cat Fri Mar 31st, 2023 at 10:19:49 AM EST

Ten days ago, 20-21 March, the presidents and delegations from China and the Russian Federation met in Moscow to agree. To what? one may yet wonder, given that G7 censors condemn the matter rather than disclose it. Which is a simple feat. For the Kremlin would apper to be the sole publisher of complete communiqués but for AfterShock.news duplication of documents. "Let's start from the end" (the economy, stupid), the culmination of means and motive, which definitively belie occidental fixation on Ukraine anathema and invidious sanctions against the rest.

  1. Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the People's Republic of China on cooperation in the field of joint production of television programs.

  2. Protocol to the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the People's Republic of China on the establishment and organizational basis of the mechanism for regular meetings of the heads of government of Russia and China dated June 27, 1997.

  3. Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China on deepening cooperation in the field of exhibition and fair activities.

  4. Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China on deepening investment cooperation in the development and use of forest resources.

  5. Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China on deepening investment cooperation between the subjects of the Russian Federation and the provinces of the People's Republic of China in the soybean industry.

  6. Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic and the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China on industrial and infrastructural cooperation in the preferential regimes of the Far East of the Russian Federation.

  7. Protocol between the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People's Republic of China, the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research and the Chinese Academy of Sciences on strengthening cooperation in the field of fundamental scientific research.

  8. Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation in the field of consumer protection between the Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Welfare (Russian Federation) and the Main State Administration for Control and Regulation of the Market of the People's Republic of China.

  9. Memorandum of Understanding between the Federal Agency for State Property Management (Russian Federation) and the Committee for Control and Management of State Property of the State Council of the People's Republic of China on Strengthening Cooperation in the Management of State Enterprises.

  10. A comprehensive program of long-term cooperation in the field of fast neutron reactors and closing the nuclear fuel cycle between the State Atomic Energy Corporation "Rosatom" and the Atomic Energy Agency of the People's Republic of China.

  11. Memorandum of Cooperation between the Federal State Unitary Enterprise "All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company" and the China Media Corporation.

  12. Agreement on the exchange of information and cooperation between the Federal State Unitary Enterprise "Information Telegraph Agency of Russia (ITAR-TASS)" (Russian Federation) and the Information Agency "Xinhua" (People's Republic of China).
After Shock also duplicates kremlin.ru | Joint statement of the President of the Russian Federation and the Chairman of the People's Republic of China on the plan for the development of key areas of Russian-Chinese economic cooperation until 2030, the scoping document, explicity pertains to the MOUs finalized by states' delegates;

kremlin.ru | Joint statement by the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China on the deepening of relations of comprehensive partnership and strategic interaction entering a new era.; and

kremlin.ru | The President of Russia and the President of China made press statements presents a transcript. As is the custom, China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs narrates President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin Jointly Meet the Press.

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Munich Security Conference 2023: Visions and eNtiTiES

by Cat Fri Feb 17th, 2023 at 07:14:25 PM EST

Today is a big day for mahjong gamblers. This year's invitionaly tournament, 17 - 19 February, unlike the United Nations, World Economic Forum, Atlantic Council, G7, G20, and NATO assemblies, much less "interagency" brain-storming sessions in either presidential office of Ukraine or USA, is "the center of international diplomacy," according to the  Munich Security Foundation chairperson and team members. Joe Kaeser (kaiser, caeser), the foundation's advisory council leader is also chairman of Siemens Energy AG supervisory board of directors. Joe "helps to maintain and advance the high quality of the annual Munich Security Conference (MSC) and the MSC's other events, including the annual Core Group Meetings and the "Munich Security Report" which this year was written by McKinsey & Company management consultants.

Otherwise, Joe purportedly collaborates with th MSC Chairman Dr. Christoph Heusgen who was Germany's permanent ambassador to the UN, on strategic decisions, thematic focus, and partnership development." Defense, Global Order, Human Security, Sustainability, and Technology are topical concerns featured by the foundation's circle of grantors and "Transatlantic To-do List" sponsors. American Friends of the MSC purportedly promote the activities of such as the German Marshall Fund, Estée Lauder Companies, the Rockefeller family, retired federal appointees, venture capitalists, and K-Street law firms.

Surprising the brain dead perhaps, the grand theme of MSC 2023 is "Russia's invasion of Ukraine" or "No alternative to Ukrainian victory" or "Re:Vision" of the MSC coalition "defending" enlargement and strength of a liberal, slide-rule-based agenda and  values-conscious competition

Viewed from bureaucratic, free-trading Brussels, Biden's climate policy looks more sleek, geopolitically muscular—and, notably for the EPP, more appealing to voters on the right than anything actually coming out of the EPP-led Commission.

Accordingly, Deutsche Welle skirted an ensemble cast of characters in order to valorize the sophomoric struggles of Zelensk* ("David on the Dnipro"), Scholz ("Germany in the World"), and Macron ("France in the World") to re-animate Main Stage I.

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The cost of doing business

by Cat Wed Jan 25th, 2023 at 05:00:40 PM EST

...Thanks to the courage of our soldiers holding back the occupiers, and thanks to the leadership of the United States of America, which has consolidated the world in defense of freedom, we see how to win this battle.

Yet to win, we must engage all our resolve and our strength.

It is like starting your own business and working every day from morning till night, every day, so that one day you can see how your dream is becoming true - when you finally have your own operating business....

"After the end of the war, American business can become a locomotive of global economic growth" —Address to the participants of the meeting of the US National Association of State Chambers," 23 January 2023

Frontpaged - Frank Schnittger

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Nord Stream Whodunnit UPDATE

by Cat Mon Oct 31st, 2022 at 07:29:59 PM EST

One month later. NY Yella Cake | Three Inquiries, but No Answers to Who Blew Holes in Nord Stream Pipelines, pay wall

YouTube "READ OUT" 27 Oct, running time 08:54, EN subtitles, CC autotrans enabled

Politico.eu.com | Nord Stream investigation tests EU intelligence sharing around the Baltic, 28 Oct motive

Most observers believe Russia blew up the pipelines -- which were built to transport gas from Russia to Germany -- in an effort to further destabilize Europe's energy supplies ahead of winter.
contradicting Europe's reported successful, 7-months long EU Russian gas "embargo," RU asset forfeitures, and bank sanctions as well Russian gas and oil supply racketeering, scheduled 5 Dec 2022 and 5 Jan 2023, respectively. vdL's tanks are 97% full, thanks to "war time" rationing to deny "Putin's price" for war on UKRAINE, possibly a Just Transition to net-zero emissions across EU27.

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Crisis as Discipline, NPI Systems Design 2022

by Cat Mon Sep 19th, 2022 at 07:50:09 PM EST

Polico.eu.com | EU unveils supply chain emergency powers, 19 Sep

The European Commission set out a new emergency tool to protect supply chains in times of crisis that would give the EU executive new powers, including requiring the stockpiling of critical goods and telling companies to prioritize some orders [of "crisis-relevant goods"].
"This instrument is the opposite of a planned economy," Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton said, adding that its goal is not to constantly monitor economic players. This seems to address the fear voiced by some EU countries that the text goes too far in allowing the Commission to adopt emergency measures.
Next Steps The proposals will now be discussed by the European Parliament and Council of the European Union. After adoption by the co-legislators, the Regulations will enter into force on the twentieth day following their publication in the Official Journal of the European Union....

The full text of the proposal is not yet published. The press release (linked below) is nearly as abstruse as the EU SARS-CoV-1 pandemic response, from repatriation of EU27 nationals and medical surveillance to vaccine inventory control and COVID-19-EU Solidarity Fund disbursement to "countries".

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by Cat Wed Aug 31st, 2022 at 04:30:14 PM EST

MK.ru.translate.goog | The United States supported the shutdown of the reactors of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, 29 Aug 2022

John Kirby, the coordinator of the US National Security Council for strategic communications, said that Washington is in favor of shutting down the reactors at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant.

"We continue to believe that a controlled shutdown of the reactors at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant will be the safest and least risky solution," he said.

He is also stressed that the United States fully supports the IAEA mission, which should arrive at the station in the coming days. Kirby added that the US believes a demilitarized zone should be established around the station.
What is the basis of this report? I wondered. More Kremlin "disinformation"? Or quotes taken "out of context" from dated NSA intelligence, perhaps engrossed by a G7 position non-paper supporting a "demilitarized zone" around Europe's largest nuclear power plant? Does enemy journalism acurately quote Kirby's remarks on 29 Aug. on the occasion of IAEA inspectors' actual departure for Zaporizh*--despite Ukraine's unconditional terms?

In any case, I decided, this is a surprising departure from US-led NATO mission statements to defend Ukrainian and EU integrity at any cost.

My search for truth follows below.

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Ruble and Rupee

by Cat Wed Mar 2nd, 2022 at 07:21:38 PM EST

For my fine neandertal and denisovan allele-bearing cousins across EU27 from whom the EC has disconnected RT broadcasting, I present Afshin Rattansi, host of "Going Underground." Today's interview, "India's Balancing Act Between China, Washington, and Moscow", features Brahma Chelani, professor emeritus of New Dehli's Center for Strategic Policy, explores reasons why the world's "biggest democracy", currently personified by Modi, has failed thus far to support NATO--or failed to ostracize Russia.

Below, in case any of the EC's digital directives enforced by your local government thwarts onward passport of domesticated Google communications, I have transcribe the gist of Chelani's lesson plan.

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Descendants of US slaves alive in Russia

by Cat Fri Sep 17th, 2021 at 11:35:36 AM EST

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US Congress impeaches self

by Cat Thu Dec 19th, 2019 at 05:47:12 PM EST

Pelosi threatens to delay Senate impeachment trial
"Some legal scholars have suggested she could consider refusing to transmit articles of impeachment to the Senate". Those are Article I, Abuse of power, and Article II, Obstruction of Congress. The business of the US Congress is after all above the law. Members choose the rules of personal and legislative conduct predicated by the political expedience of the majority faction ruling each chamber. (archived: #FactsMatter?)

The US constitution does not require the senate to proceed from referral of articles by the house. Also, impeachment is not a trial. It's a morality play for public consumption.
Unfortunately, 319 days remain until US voters may attempt to execute the verdict, derived from findings of fact, findings of law, or, gosh darn it, Gödel's incompleteness theorems.

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LQD: U.S. humanitarian concern for Syria

by Cat Fri Oct 25th, 2019 at 09:10:35 PM EST

The essay, "Trump & the Turkish Invasion of Northern Syria," challenges a few closely held beliefs in the honor of so-called Atlanticist foreign policies and coordinated military alliances. Domestic controversy regarding tangible and intangible returns from investment in such adventures recurs with somewhat alarming frequency. One may note here that the measure of returns from prosecuting a Global War on Terror in the "Greater Middle East" was from its start undermined by the failure of its leadership to identify reliable foreign agents ("proxies") and reduce or eliminate likely agency problems. The Management of Democratic Forces for The Good of the Planet today are no more astute in sorting sectarian mercenaries from sectarian rivals, genocides from undeclared wars, or civilians from combatants and collaborators than they were 100 years ago or more. For those observers, safely nested thousands of miles from "harm's way," the results are a disheartening testament of Allied commitment to humanitarian relief. For other observers manifest calumny is yet another opportunity to recruit arms (with or without legs), another fighting "round," to recover ground covering marketable resources, profiteering.
[ED. typo at "Atlanticist". 03.11.2019]

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A few first principles

by Cat Wed Sep 11th, 2019 at 07:12:31 PM EST

Question 1. What exactly is wrong with suggestions that the PM would be breaking the law if he (as he has publicly stated he will) refused to comply with this obligation?

The presumption of innocence is no trivial issue at trial. Questions about a law merely invite interpretation of its meaning, purposes and scope. But Lord Sumption, a "public officer acting as such", abused the "public's trust" in the impartiality of the courts. Volunteering ex parte communication or public comment implicating an actual person in legal controversy is grave error. A finding of law on substance and and circumstances to which one is not a party is another. His suggestions are a meritless yet prejudicial indictment of  Johson's duties [EUWA2018] and obligations [LEX]. It admitted facts not in evidence ("...a second letter") and omitted evidence; construed misconduct from hearsay ("Johnson said...") and omits exculpatory speech; and posed speculative testimony as to personal motive ("... then try to neutralise it") excluding "without reasonable excuse or justification" under the law [CPS]. Sumption misstated the case for the first page of a dead letter to the EU Council seeking unconditional approval of parliament's new "exit date".

Question 2. Is the Act itself corrupt and incapable of withstanding scrutiny in the courts?

Strictly speaking, pronouncing EUWA2018 "corrupt," absent competence to assess model policy execution by comparison, is impolitic. Based on the assumption that the title were indicative of its purposes, the legislation obviously failed to realize its objective. While portions with regulatory elements of EU membership affirm maintenance of effort in the TEU, others such as Repeal of the ECA do not. Conversely, the obstacle to fulfillment of parliamentary obligations performed for either "social contract"--treaty or public law--is section 13.   Update [2019-9-14 20:35:4 by Cat]: copyedits

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What Goes Around, Comes Around REVEALED

by Cat Tue Sep 3rd, 2019 at 11:12:10 AM EST

As the COP-15 tenth anniversary approaches one might reflect with certain satisfaction, that conference mobilized "climate change" alignment for which First World historicity was unprepared. Yet divisions traveled north to south and circled the rim of keynote speakers and lassitude of G7 templates designed to re-capitalize "markets". I followed reports from Copenhagen with low-tech media, radio. Those weeks were a cynical affair for Third World delegates, capped by the impudent, "last minute" appearance of the US president with a $100B pledge due 2020. I recall. I dropped a diary entry to memorialize pledges that beggared belief in humanitarian USAID and reparations. That conference broke the mold. To my ears, World War III started 31 December 2009 with the institutional foundation of the BRICS revolution.

Truth be told, the Paris Treaty would not exist for Trump to turn his back on, but for the vanguard that marshaled cooperation and exploited market power to disrupt status quo diplomacy and rents. BRICS was Created as a Tool of Attack, Says an Imprisoned Lula. Galling for some.

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by Cat Wed Oct 10th, 2018 at 10:47:36 PM EST

In the words of Yvette Carnell to her audience, American black descendants of slaves (d.o.s.), regarding "Bill Cosby, Brett Kavanaugh and the End of American Elitism":

The elite. We have to talk about the elite in this country and we have to talk about sort of what I feel is, not only what we should derive and what we should not derive from them, who they are. There is an erasure of sorts about what it means to be American blackf d.o.s. when we talk about elite groups and how we just give ourselves over to them  in some type of shared solidarity. You know how I feel about solidarity.

I found Yvette's channel when researching "Black Panther" film reviews. I previously posted here a link to this episode, because I took it to admit truly divergent interest in the outcome of a yet another symbolic trial of the capitalists' hierarchy and value system. Carnell's antagonism toward attitudes and relationships in the US that condone moral relativism --iniquity geared to wealth, credit-- is unequivocal. Her political perspective from "the bottom of the well" echoes Derrick Bell, one among many around the world who the cypher Obama duped. He is no d.o.s., but he played one for MSM.

Upon reflection I realized "accessability" barriers such as sound, length, and idiomatic speech (non-standard US-English) might deter some eurotrib readers' interest in this discursion on mores. So I transcribed the first hour. I selectively edited grammar and repetitive substance for brevity. It's still a long read. The transcript below is annotated with hotlinks to empirical facts to which Carnell refers in this and previous episodes as well as seminal iconography that is relevant to the moment. Familiarity with US pop culture, propagated from US Anglo Disease, forms a critical foundation for interpreting her political rhetoric, or "outsider art."

Twice a week Carnell selects current event from which to lecture, in remedial fashion, about non-negotiable criteria for solidarity with American d.o.s. That should be a transactional alliance of diverse ethnic groups rather than token offerings to civil rights martyrs. Now, I've little reason to expect that "1%" running Europe's nations will have greater success ordering migrants' claims on the credibility of their wealth positions. But here I am, cloaked in the mystique.
"Nothing in your experience speaks to my experience," said Ms Carnell.

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We Need to Talk

by Cat Mon Sep 10th, 2018 at 05:42:00 PM EST

Social Media Executives Testify on Russian Interference in U.S. Elections is C-SPAN's title for the hearing in which Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg appeared before the US Senate Intelligence Committee last week. Colin Stretch, VP & General Counsel, Facebook, Sean Edgett, Acting General Counsel, Twitter, and Richard Salgado, Dir. of Law Enforcement and Information Security, Googgle appeared for US Senate Judiciary Committee questions last October. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO, Facebook, has since reluctantly and alone responded to questioning about the company's data marketing and security policies from a joint session of US senate Judiciary and Commerce, Science and Transportation Committees, the US House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and EU Parliament

Chairman Burr, Vice Chairman Warner, Ms Sandberg, and Mr Dorsey began proceedings with opening statements (00:02:00 - 00:31:00), here omitted. Video recorded playback of opening remarks, prepared statements or transcripts of those bromides and platitudes have been archived by various publishers. The format of the hearing was divided into "seven-minute question re-rounds" allocated to committee members. The first segment of sworn testimony is here transcribed to emphasize that since public hearings in 2017 so-called tech companies, incorporated in the USA, fully co-operate with the federal government in telecommunication surveillance, the development of ad hoc US censor codes, as well as the arrests and prosecutions of suspected code offenders.

Lest you imagine immunity among foreign and "foreign-born" correspondents with whom US American citizens communicate, reconsider. Look to the intellectual and instrumental defenses of civil liberties granted by your own governments. How disorderly and lively are "democratic" institutions in your community?

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LQD: US Federal Law Eats World,

by Cat Sun Jul 29th, 2018 at 04:43:04 PM EST

taunts "EU-3" dominion. GOOG buries lede under senators' endorsement of US move to Jerusalem -- last year.

Sen. Cruz Leads Letter Urging Britain, France, and Germany to Deepen Cooperation Against Iran, Warning On Sanctions, 26 July 2018

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) along with nine senators sent a letter this week to the ambassadors of the EU3 - Britain, France, and Germany - calling on their governments to deepen Transatlantic cooperation against Iran and warning against efforts to evade U.S. sanctions, which are set to be re-imposed in the coming weeks. The letter was signed by Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), and Dan Sullivan (R-Ala.).

(pdf: Download it before your copy disappears from Mr Cruz's senate website!)

Did you know US federal laws establish all the authorities and obligations of an international treaty? Assure the constitutional integrity of each of the twenty-seven member states? And obviate the premise of their unanimity in establishment of a league of nations, such as the EU? I didn't.

What will the "progressives" and reformers say?
That is sooo archaic!

No. Their voices will rise in unison: Which one is my senator?

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by Cat Fri May 25th, 2018 at 09:31:26 PM EST

Thank you for your confidence.

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40 Questions

by Cat Tue May 1st, 2018 at 06:51:16 PM EST

The Questions Mueller Wants to Ask Trump About Obstruction, and What They Mean
Correlation in search of causation, it's a new board game.

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