Me, typing away at my keyboard and you reading these pixels means neither of us are in the streets, fighting to preserve what’s left of our democracy. Who are we?
Author Archive for: Rayne
Blogger since 2002, political activist since 2003, geek since birth. Opinions informed by mixed-race, multi-ethnic, cis-female condition, further shaped by kind friends of all persuasions. Sci-tech frenemy, wannabe artist, decent cook, determined author, successful troublemaker. Mother of invention and two excessively smart-assed young adult kids. Attended School of Hard Knocks; Rather Unfortunate Smallish Private Business School in Midwest; Affordable Mid-State Community College w/evening classes. Self-employed at Tiny Consulting Business; previously at Large-ish Chemical Company with HQ in Midwest in multiple marginalizing corporate drone roles, and at Rather Big IT Service Provider as a project manager, preceded by a motley assortment of gigs before the gig economy was a thing. Blogging experience includes a personal blog at the original blogs.salon.com, managing editor for a state-based news site, and a stint at Firedoglake before landing here at emptywheel as technology’s less-virginal-but-still-accursed Cassandra.
Entries by Rayne
At least 75% of Americans are being erased if they haven’t been already by the remaining uppermost deciles. You, too, are probably erased by the plutarchy.
House Democrats released partial transcripts of text messages between former U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker and other officials. It looks like spoor met a rapidly rotating oscillator.
If yesterday’s blizzard of disinformation tweets is any kind of measure, the GOP is worried about today’s interview of the former U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine, Kurt Volker, before the House Committees charged with the impeachment inquiry.
Trump’s attempt to extort performance from Ukraine this past July is part of a years-long story arc in which some characters show up repeatedly. In this dedicated thread let’s tease out a character’s role.
We’ve known about this particular Oval Office conversation Trump had with Lavrov and Kislyak – but we didn’t know there was a LOT more to this conversation.
The whistleblower complaint situation is moving faster than a pyroclastic flow. The complaint has been declassified, Rudy’s meetings were oddly timed, and we lost a diplomat because of him.
What are these three things? Two seem self-evident, the third is quite a bit more sketchy.
It’s time. There are only so many ways to say this. Refreshed whip list to come soon.
We still have open, unresolved questions about Trump’s July 25 call to Ukraine’s Zelensky which an impeachment inquiry would be best suited to handle. A Ukraine-oriented timeline reveals yet more questions.