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December 17, 2019

David McWilliams podcast : EP37: Boris Johnson, the last PM of the UK? Plus the UKs Reagan Democrats

The elections are over, Boris Johnson has won a massive and the UK is changed utterly. What does it all mean for all of us, where are we now heading and could Boris Johnson be the last PM of the UK? This week we invite the brilliant economist Diane Coyle, to tease out the issues. Plus, are the Tory voting, previously Labour voters of the North of England, going to become the equivalent of the Reagan Democrats ?

I know I keep saying it about McWilliams, but this is a particularly great episode.

December 5, 2019

Irish Research : Public Records lost during 1922 fire to be recreated through virtual reality

Anyone researching Irish family history will know how hard it is, once you go back before 1900. The earliest full census available is 1901, and then 1911. Because of WW1 and the Irish War of Independence, the next census was in 1926. It's not even covered by the 100 year rule, but funding has been lacking to digitise those records, so worst case we could have another 6 years to wait.

Two major blunders caused the loss of almost all 19th century census records, so this news story offers hope where there was little before

Records lost during 1922 fire to be recreated through virtual reality

Records that were lost following the fire at the Four Courts in 1922 are to be recreated through virtual reality, under a new scheme being announced today. The fire happened during the Civil War and resulted in the destruction of the Public Record Office of Ireland and the loss of centuries of historical, genealogical and administrative records.

The new project, 'Beyond 2022, Ireland's Virtual Record Treasury' is a collaborative project led by Trinity College Dublin in partnership with the National Archives of Ireland, the National Archives UK, the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and the Irish Manuscripts Commission. It seeks to re-imagine and re-create, through virtual reality, the archival collections that were lost.

The project is supported by the Government through a capital grant funding allocation of €2.5m from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, under Project Ireland 2040. An immersive, three-dimensional, virtual reality model of the digitally reconstructed Public Record Office of Ireland will be launched in June 2022 to mark the centenary of the fire.

Director of Beyond 2022 Dr Peter Crooks said: "The Four Courts blaze of 1922 was a national tragedy, but thankfully all is not lost.
"Beyond 2022 combines virtual reality and big data to recover from the losses of 1922 to a greater extent than ever previously imagined. "The scale of copies and duplicates we have identified in other archives is astounding. "We are already working with over 35 libraries and archives in Ireland, the UK and US. And this is only the beginning."
December 5, 2019

If Durham is saying there was nothing there, why was a criminal investigation opened in October ?

I'm being obtuse in asking that question, when we all know who got it opened, but this is from the failing NYT

Justice Dept. Is Said to Open Criminal Inquiry Into Its Own Russia Investigation

WASHINGTON — For more than two years, President Trump has repeatedly attacked the Russia investigation, portraying it as a hoax and illegal even months after the special counsel closed it. Now, Mr. Trump’s own Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into how it all began.

Justice Department officials have shifted an administrative review of the Russia investigation closely overseen by Attorney General William P. Barr to a criminal inquiry, according to two people familiar with the matter. The move gives the prosecutor running it, John H. Durham, the power to subpoena for witness testimony and documents, to convene a grand jury and to file criminal charges.

The opening of a criminal investigation is likely to raise alarms that Mr. Trump is using the Justice Department to go after his perceived enemies. Mr. Trump fired James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director under whose watch agents opened the Russia inquiry, and has long assailed other top former law enforcement and intelligence officials as partisans who sought to block his election. Mr. Trump has made clear that he sees the typically independent Justice Department as a tool to be wielded against his political enemies. That view factors into the impeachment investigation against him, as does his long obsession with the origins of the Russia inquiry. House Democrats are examining in part whether his pressure on Ukraine to open investigations into theories about the 2016 election constituted an abuse of power.


As Mr. Durham’s investigation moves forward, the Justice Department inspector general is wrapping up his own inquiry into aspects of the F.B.I.’s conduct in the early days of the Russia investigation. Among other things, the inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, is scrutinizing the application for a warrant to wiretap Mr. Page. Mr. Barr has not said whether Mr. Durham’s investigation grew out of the inspector general’s findings or something that prosecutors unearthed while doing interviews or reviewing documents. But the inspector general’s findings, which are expected to be made public in coming weeks, could contribute to the public’s understanding of why Mr. Durham might want to investigate national security officials’ activities in 2016. Though the inspector general’s report deals with sensitive information, Mr. Horowitz anticipates that little of it will be blacked out when he releases the document publicly, he wrote in a letter sent to lawmakers on Thursday and obtained by The New York Times.

More at

December 4, 2019

Crime in Progress by Fusion GPS founders

Just finished the Audiobook, and if you have been following the whole Russia thing (!), this book gives an excellent overview and puts perspective on how this came about.

One surprising topic that I never grasped was how much Bill Browder hates Fusion, in fact I never understood there was animosity at all.

This is written from Fusion's perspective, and I loved their digs at GOP reps. They did a deep dive on Nunes, and found ethics stuff that he's gotten away with. In fact that recent $65,000 jolly to Europe is a pattern. Duncan Hunter did similar, and I'd going to jail.

November 26, 2019

David McWilliams podcast : EP34: Impeachment and polarization of US politics with Prof Bill Black

EP34: Impeachment explained and the polarization of US politics with professor Bill Black

This week in a break from tradition, John and David are joined from the States by Prof Bill Black, scourge of the white collar criminal, to explore impeachment, where might it end and the fractured nature of American society and politics.

November 7, 2019

Krazy Effed Up TrumpWorld #432553 : Trump personal attorney, Rudy Guiliani, has a new criminal

defense attorney. His name is Robert Costello.

So ?

Well last night Rachel pointed out that Robert Costello, was also the criminal defense attorney to Trump's previous personal attorney.....Michael Cohen !!!

It is impossible to make this stuff up.


As federal prosecutors continue to look into his foreign business entanglements, Rudy Giuliani on Thursday announced that he had hired three attorneys to represent him in the matter. The team for President Donald Trump’s personal attorney is led by former federal prosecutor Robert Costello, who made headlines earlier this year for allegedly attempting to “dangle a pardon” to the president’s former attorney Michael Cohen.

“I am represented and assisted by Robert Costello and the Pierce Bainbridge firm in particular, Eric Creizman and Melissa Madrigal,” Giuliani tweeted.

A former Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York, Costello currently specializes in criminal and commercial litigation for the New York law firm Davidoff Hutcher & Citron, LLP.

During his congressional testimony in February, Cohen produced two emails sent from April 2018, in which Costello wrote that Cohen could “sleep well tonight” because he had “friends in high places.”

Costello initially said he was quoting the Garth Brooks song “Friends in Low Places,” but eventually conceded that he was talking about President Trump.

“I have absolutely no concern about any of this because it was simply a reference to the president of the United States being the ‘friend in high places’ — nothing more,” Costello said in an email to Courthouse News in April.

During the investigation into Russian election meddling, however, Cohen told former special counsel Robert Mueller that he understood the email to be about a possible future pardon.
October 18, 2019

Has Putin sped up the timetable ? Rachel asks an excellent question

Has Putin decided that Trump will be out on his ear soon, so he needs to get his wins now ?

Forces Ukraine to accept Elections in the Russian occupied eastern province

Trump capitulates in Syria, handing control to Russia

Russia and the US to do Cyber Operations together

Talking about inviting Putin to the G7 at the Doral

September 30, 2019

Oh, it's starting to feel a LOT like Christmas ! FINALLY a flipping g-g-g-g-reat day !

Zippity doo dah, zippity day, my oh my what a wonderful day !
September 24, 2019

Brexit : Prorogation was Unlawful !!! Bercow can re-open Parliament immediately.

All 11 judges were unanimous that Johnson's prorogation was unlawful, and that it was as if it never happened. The House of Commons and Lords can resume immediately.


The UK's highest court has ruled that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was "unlawful".

The prime minister advised the Queen on 28 August to prorogue parliament for five weeks, and it was suspended on 9 September until 14 October.

Mr Johnson said the five-week suspension is to allow the government to set out a new legislative agenda in a Queen's speech when MPs return to parliament.

But those who brought legal challenges argue the prorogation is designed to prevent parliamentary scrutiny of the UK's impending exit from the EU on 31 October.

The Supreme Court heard appeals over three days arising out of separate legal challenges in England and Scotland, in which leading judges reached different conclusions.
At the High Court in London, Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett and two other judges rejected campaigner and businesswoman Gina Miller's challenge, finding that the prorogation was "purely political" and not a matter for the courts.

But in Scotland, a cross-party group of MPs and peers led by SNP MP Joanna Cherry QC won a ruling from the Inner House of the Court of Session that Mr Johnson's prorogation decision was unlawful because it was "motivated by the improper purpose of stymieing parliament".

September 5, 2019

Brexit : Boris Johnson's brother announces he will NOT stand at the next General Election ! BIG news

Said he couldn't resolve Family loyalty v the National Interest (Couldn't square the lies, I presume).

Jo Johnson
It’s been an honour to represent Orpington for 9 years & to serve as a minister under three PMs. In recent weeks I’ve been torn between family loyalty and the national interest - it’s an unresolvable tension & time for others to take on my roles as MP & Minister. #overandout

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