Open Thread: Any Journalists Up for Some High-Stakes Adventure?

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Next day:

You know that old folk curse, “May you live in interesting times?”

* schrodingers_cat: The movie has been panned by critics but I love its title track, especially the panchakshara* stotra, the female voice in Sanskrit interspersed with a rapid fire, rap-like (in Hindi) description of Shiva.
Panchakshara == 5 letters (na ma shi va) nam = name shiva

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  1. 1
    Manyakitty says:

    So do we think he’s given up, too?

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    hilts says:

    The Sunlight Foundation has a good roundup of Trumpenstein’s conflicts of interest

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    BGinCHI says:

    I think we’re underestimating Both Sides Do It here. The media are in the legitimation biz.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    I think it’s more that he’s become afraid that the Trumpistas are going to destroy us out of sheer incompetence and ignorance instead of malice.

    That scares me, too. At least if it was malice, it would mean someone had a plan.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @BGinCHI: the NPR dink whose name escapes me on the morning show asked Tim Kaine today if Republican X (Cruz?) didn’t have a point in saying that it’s a dangerous world, and it’s not a good idea to postpone these national security appointments? Tone and phrasing were incredibly tendentious. I think Tillerson and Mattis are the ones being the most cooperative with the ethics people, but Cruz (if it was him) was including Sessions as part of “national security”

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    Anne Laurie says:


    So do we think he’s given up, too?

    I think he’s putting down a marker on his Pulitzer, myself!

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Mnemosyne: Who is “he” in this context?

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    Sandia Blanca says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: I believe that was Steve Inskeep, and you are right that he was really pushing the Nice Polite Republicans line of questioning. To their credit, however, NPR has actually been bringing some Democrats on to discuss politics, lately–we haven’t heard much of that from them in at least a decade.

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    I like this version, better, since it doesn’t have too many of the ridiculous stunts, plus its the official version.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Eichenwald. I’m assuming that’s who Manyakitty meant, too.

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    NotMax says:


    Keep forgetting to ask if you’ve ever seen The Pink Mirror (Gulabi Aaina)? Seem to recall it was banned in India and remains so.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @schrodingers_cat: Okay, but I thought the ‘ridiculous’ hair-raising stunts went better with the quesiton of journalists pursuing the truth under Trump!

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Mnemosyne: Okay, that’s what I thought, but I wasn’t sure. I get the impression Eichenwald is going to continue doing his reporting.

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    @NotMax: Nope. Never heard of it either.

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    NotMax says:


    Wikipedia must have a page. (On hold music.)

    Ah, yes, and it confirms my recollection.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @schrodingers_cat: I dunno, I kind of like the ridiculous stunts. Is that guy supposed to *be* Shiva?

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    @NotMax: It does, I read it, low budget film with no name actors. Not that there is anything wrong with it. My renewed interest in Hindi/Indian movies is less than a year old. So I totally missed many of the movies of the mid nineties to mid teens.

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    @Miss Bianca: No, he is supposed to be some mountaineer person, or something.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    I do, too, but I’m assuming that he has his holy shit, I can’t believe this is happening moments just like the rest of us.

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    NotMax says:


    Well whaddaya know, YouTube has the trailer.

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    @NotMax: Thanks, I will take a look.

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    Paul in KY says:

    Excellent CGI in that video, looks really real. Thanks for showing it.

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    debbie says:


    I don’t think pointing to incompetence (and I read it as the incompetence of the transition team) is a sign of weakening resolve. Does it really matter whether they’re hiding stuff intentionally or through incompetence? Either way, they’re not sharing like they should.

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    manyakitty says:

    @Mnemosyne: Good point, I guess. Criminally incompetent is a thing.

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    manyakitty says:

    @Anne Laurie: Let’s hope so! He and David Farhenthold should share one, as far as I’m concerned.

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    manyakitty says:

    @Mnemosyne: Yes, I was commenting on his tweets in the post.

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    artem1s says:

    Part of ethics office is ensurng nominee isnt in something that, as public official, wuld be illegal. Protects THEM. Once in office, 2 late.

    you know, like getting and sending EMAILS!

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