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  • ghostsniper April 3, 2023, 10:28 AM

    From Matt Bracken:

    How long until all the AIs get together and decide that if they turn off the electricity for a month, there will be a lot less problems in the world?

    And they will “think” of a better cover story than we can.

    And we’ll never be able to tell bewteen reality and the cover story.

    It’s coming.

    Harden up.

    Prepare to live without power, running water, banking, etc.


    • John Venlet April 3, 2023, 11:22 AM

      Glad I’ve been hardening my trout camp acquisition property, and have some hard currency, in a number of forms.

      • ghostsniper April 3, 2023, 12:21 PM

        Somebody upstream might install a dam or a fish trap.

        • John Venlet April 3, 2023, 12:50 PM

          True, Ghostsniper, but in my favor, there are few, three to be exact, properties twixt mine and were the east and west branches of my crick form the crick proper, which covers a stretch of about 5 to 8 miles. I know 2 of the property owners, one who owns an 80 acre parcel, and the one property owner I do not know owns a whole township section. Additionally, I hike miles of the stream weekly, just to keep an eye on things. There are very good numbers of leave me alone Americans up in my neck of the woods.

          • ghostsniper April 3, 2023, 1:49 PM

            I figured after 3 decades you’d have a finger on the pulse of the area.
            With that camp you are set up far better’n I.
            Probable good water for consuming and using. check
            Plentiful fish for food. check
            Isolation. check
            You got it made.
            If it were mine I’d live there permanently.

            • John Venlet April 4, 2023, 5:17 AM

              If it were mine I’d live there permanently.

              Ghostsniper, I’d live there permanently in a heartbeat, and may very well have to. Part of the activities in preparation for the very well may have to scenario includes ensuring I can house my children, grandchildren, and a number of my brothers and their kids. Preparations are proceeding apace.

    • Nori April 3, 2023, 7:54 PM

      Colossus:The Forbin Project – 1970 movie that foreshadows our current AI whipped cream and other delights.
      So many warnings,1984,Brave New World,Camp of the Saints,et cetera etc. Yet here we are. The demons simply used them as a “How To” against us.

      Harden up. Indeed.
      And yes, 🎶 Look On The Bright Side of Life 🎶

  • Anne April 3, 2023, 1:09 PM

    Rebuilding my garden this year. I have a good well, but it is too far away from the garden and I need to extend the reach of multiple hoses. I have been trying to find a pump that I could use to plug into the hoses coming from the well and connect to more hoses going to the garden. Everyone wants to sell me something for one thousand dollars. I don’t really know what type of pump to ask for and feel that if I had a better idea of the possibilities I might be able to find something second hand. Any suggestions or ideas would be much appreciated!

    • ghostsniper April 3, 2023, 1:55 PM

      Anne, how far is “too far”?
      We use our house hoses out to about 200 feet or so.
      The problem with pumps is the amount of pressure they deliver.
      In our Florida house we use a Red Devil pump to service the house and I have the pressure switch set at about 40 PSI. That pump uses 240 volts and cost about $400 and I installed it. Remember, you have the cost of the pump and the cost for someone to install it and installation can be tricky. You don’t want the pump sitting out in the open where it can get rained on.

    • ghostsniper April 3, 2023, 2:04 PM

      Anne, another idea is rain barrels. Amazon delivers them though I’m unsure of the price.
      Get as large as possible (55gal?), plastic.

      • Anonymous April 3, 2023, 3:42 PM

        55gal water barrel looks to be a bit over $100 and up. Considering a good jerry can goes for near on $100, it’s a good (shudder) bargain.

      • G706 April 4, 2023, 8:32 AM

        My local farm store has 55 gallon plastic barrels for $50. Wilco Farmers;

      • julie April 4, 2023, 2:02 PM

        I saw a “hack” recently for making a rain barrel that seemed like it would be pretty effective, not to mention cheaper. You take a 55 gallon garbage can, flip the lid, make a hole in the lid & put a mesh screen over it to keep out bugs and debris, and attach a spout to the bottom. Added bonus, if you live in a place where water barrels are illegal, it is pretty easily disguised as a garbage can.

        • azlibertarian April 4, 2023, 3:16 PM

          “…if you live in a place where water barrels are illegal….”

          Well, there’s your problem right there.

          Anyplace that would tell you that you can’t keep a rain barrel is a place one should question taking up residence in*.

          * And yes, I fully understand that many other factors go in to choosing where you live. Family roots, weather, job prospects, lifestyle, the list goes on and on. Rain barrels would be waaaay down at the bottom of that list. Every time I tell folks that I (gladly) live in a HOA neighborhood, I get others spewing how bad HOAs are and how they’re full of nothing but N*zi’s-in-training. Life is full of compromise. Some of the things that you hate, or just sorta don’t like, you end up living with anyway. Abide by the No-Rainbarrels rule; ignore it and install them anyway; or move: Any option has costs and benefits.

          • julie April 4, 2023, 3:48 PM

            Given my druthers, at this point I’d be… well, I don’t rightly know. Never thought I’d end up here, but here is where the Man Upstairs has seen fit to put us, and so here we stay, until He moves us somewhere else. All things considered, it’s the right place for us right now.

    • Rev Bro Generik April 7, 2023, 10:04 AM

      A tarp spread on sloping land collects a lot of water. A depression dug under the lower end stores collected water. Camo tarp hides intention, as does a spread of branches. For watering, an inner tube is quite handy and quiet, with valve stem cut out. Just immerse in any puddle to pick up as much as you care to carry, bandolero style, leaving both hands free.

    • KATE GORDON April 9, 2023, 8:09 AM

      This hand pump worked well for me this winter when the power went down

  • ghostsniper April 4, 2023, 6:41 AM

    For some perspective you NEED to see this.

  • Casey Klahn April 4, 2023, 7:32 AM

    Reporting from Camp Casey, WA, on Indictment day, 2023.

    We’ve improved our spot on the map, our Hole in the Wall Gang redoubt, our refuge from the new Soviet America that seems to be building around all of us. I was reminded yesterday, when I went to visit my doctor about stomach acid, how that fascism is becoming a state of being nowadays. I had been @ two weeks prior, and when handed a mask I asked the staff if that was required or optional. Required came the answer from the hitlerian receptionist. So, yesterday I entered and grabbed that fukn mask but looked around at maskless people, and new signage. It turns out the state of Washington was following some federal stand-down of the pandemic (some bloodless political opinionada), and yesterday was the first day where medicos were no longer dictated to enforce state mask requirements. Later on, if you ask these spineless jellyfish why they followed mandated protocols, they’ll answer: “there was no ‘mandate'”, said in wormy slug voices.

    When WalMart and your local doctor’s office participate in the enforcement of state requirements, they are doing the exact shit that the Italians and Germans did in the 30s-40s. The state dictates, and corporate fascism ensues.

    Anyway, that’s my rant for today. In some far away large city that I used to visit, the arraignment of Trump is taking place, and I am listing and budgeting for the next property improvements. I think and hope that even when the balloon goes up, that I can still add to the embattlements. New propane home-size tank, dual fuel generators (large and medium sized) gravity feed gas and diesel tanks, etc. It’s a long list. Who knows but the new economy may be all black market. I foresee a black market on gasoline, propane, medicine, certain foods.

    My estimate is that the communications systems will stay intact because of the need to control people. Maybe they’ll meter it out with big blackouts and only give you the state approved poop. Maybe, like Ghost says, the AI will take it upon themselves to be even more restrictive than the World Order State. It would seem to me that even AI needs power and internet, though.

    I’ll not that exactly what I said the China balloon was doing is being reported as what it did. It sucked up communications intel and real-timed it to China. I have witnessed another thing but cannot say what; let’s just say put war with a nuclear power a bit higher on your possibility matrix.

    I don’t like what’s happening in NYC today at all. It’s a freaking circus. Expect Trump to turn it in his favor, though. It’s like the Japanese Godzilla movies, where you hit him with a radiation beam, and he only gets larger. It’s like that time you decided not to shoot the bear in the head because you did not want to piss him off.

    Out here.

    • ghostsniper April 4, 2023, 8:31 AM

      “It’s like that time you decided not to shoot the bear in the head because you did not want to piss him off.”


      • Casey Klahn April 4, 2023, 11:52 AM

        The last I saw of “Big Head Red” was his monstrous head threading through the trees on my tail, and me fast-walking my ass the hell oughta there! Meanwhile, in Manhattan, they will see the giant orange head of DJT threading his way between the towers, in a slow, rambling pursuit of their skanky black-clad asses. They’ve made the grave mistake of wounding that great head, and now they will learn the epic answer to the axiom: “Fuck Around, and Find Out”.

        • Anne April 4, 2023, 4:23 PM

          Oh dear L*** I so hope so! Please, don’t let us hesitate too long!

  • ghostsniper April 4, 2023, 2:44 PM

    Trumps charges, in case you were wondering.

    pdf file here:

    -againstDONALD J. TRUMP,
    1. The defendant DONALD J. TRUMP repeatedly and fraudulently falsified New
    York business records to conceal criminal conduct that hid damaging information from the
    voting public during the 2016 presidential election.
    2. From August 2015 to December 2017, the Defendant orchestrated a scheme with
    others to influence the 2016 presidential election by identifying and purchasing negative
    information about him to suppress its publication and benefit the Defendant’s electoral prospects.
    In order to execute the unlawful scheme, the participants violated election laws and made and
    caused false entries in the business records of various entities in New York. The participants
    also took steps that mischaracterized, for tax purposes, the true nature of the payments made in
    furtherance of the scheme.
    3. One component of this scheme was that, at the Defendant’s request, a lawyer who
    then worked for the Trump Organization as Special Counsel to Defendant (“Lawyer A”),
    covertly paid $130,000 to an adult film actress shortly before the election to prevent her from
    publicizing a sexual encounter with the Defendant. Lawyer A made the $130,000 payment
    through a shell corporation he set up and funded at a bank in Manhattan. This payment was
    illegal, and Lawyer A has since pleaded guilty to making an illegal campaign contribution and
    served time in prison. Further, false entries were made in New York business records to
    effectuate this payment, separate and apart from the New York business records used to conceal
    the payment.
    4. After the election, the Defendant reimbursed Lawyer A for the illegal payment
    through a series of monthly checks, first from the Donald J. Trump Revocable Trust (the
    “Defendant’s Trust”)—a Trust created under the laws of New York which held the Trump
    Organization entity assets after the Defendant was elected President—and then from the
    Defendant’s bank account. Each check was processed by the Trump Organization, and each
    check was disguised as a payment for legal services rendered in a given month of 2017 pursuant
    to a retainer agreement. The payment records, kept and maintained by the Trump Organization,
    were false New York business records. In truth, there was no retainer agreement, and Lawyer A
    was not being paid for legal services rendered in 2017. The Defendant caused his entities’
    business records to be falsified to disguise his and others’ criminal conduct.
    5. The Defendant is the beneficial owner of a collection of business entities known
    by the trade name the Trump Organization. The Trump Organization comprises approximately
    500 separate entities that, among other business activities, own and manage hotels, golf courses,
    commercial real estate, condominium developments, and other properties. The Trump
    Organization is headquartered at 725 Fifth Avenue in New York County.
    6. From approximately June 2015 to November 2016, the Defendant was a candidate
    for the office of President of the United States. On January 20, 2017, he became President of the
    United States.
    I. The Catch and Kill Scheme to Suppress Negative Information
    7. During and in furtherance of his candidacy for President, the Defendant and
    others agreed to identify and suppress negative stories about him. Two parties to this agreement
    have admitted to committing illegal conduct in connection with the scheme. In August 2018,
    Lawyer A pleaded guilty to two federal crimes involving illegal campaign contributions, and
    subsequently served time in prison. In addition, in August 2018, American Media, Inc. (“AMI”),
    a media company that owned and published magazines and supermarket tabloids including the
    National Enquirer, admitted in a non-prosecution agreement that it made a payment to a source
    of a story to ensure that the source “did not publicize damaging allegations” about the Defendant
    “before the 2016 presidential election and thereby influence that election.”
    A. The 2015 Trump Tower Meeting
    8. In June 2015, the Defendant announced his candidacy for President of the United
    9. Soon after, in August 2015, the Defendant met with Lawyer A and AMI’s
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (the “AMI CEO”) at Trump Tower in New York County.
    At the meeting, the AMI CEO agreed to help with the Defendant’s campaign, saying that he
    would act as the “eyes and ears” for the campaign by looking out for negative stories about the
    Defendant and alerting Lawyer A before the stories were published. The AMI CEO also agreed
    to publish negative stories about the Defendant’s competitors for the election.
    B. Suppressing the Doorman’s Story
    10. A few months later, in or about October or November 2015, the AMI CEO
    learned that a former Trump Tower doorman (the “Doorman”) was trying to sell information
    regarding a child that the Defendant had allegedly fathered out of wedlock. At the AMI CEO’s
    direction, AMI negotiated and signed an agreement to pay the Doorman $30,000 to acquire
    exclusive rights to the story. AMI falsely characterized this payment in AMI’s books and
    records, including in its general ledger. AMI purchased the information from the Doorman
    without fully investigating his claims, but the AMI CEO directed that the deal take place because
    of his agreement with the Defendant and Lawyer A.
    11. When AMI later concluded that the story was not true, the AMI CEO wanted to
    release the Doorman from the agreement. However, Lawyer A instructed the AMI CEO not to
    release the Doorman until after the presidential election, and the AMI CEO complied with that
    instruction because of his agreement with the Defendant and Lawyer A.
    C. Suppressing Woman 1’s Account
    12. About five months before the presidential election, in or about June 2016, the
    editor-in-chief of the National Enquirer and AMI’s Chief Content Officer (the “AMI Editor-inChief”) contacted Lawyer A about a woman (“Woman 1”) who alleged she had a sexual
    relationship with the Defendant while he was married. The AMI Editor-in-Chief updated
    Lawyer A regularly about the matter over text message and by telephone. The Defendant did not
    want this information to become public because he was concerned about the effect it could have
    on his candidacy. Thereafter, the Defendant, the AMI CEO, and Lawyer A had a series of
    discussions about who should pay off Woman 1 to secure her silence.
    13. AMI ultimately paid $150,000 to Woman 1 in exchange for her agreement not to
    speak out about the alleged sexual relationship, as well as for two magazine cover features of
    Woman 1 and a series of articles that would be published under her byline. AMI falsely
    characterized this payment in AMI’s books and records, including in its general ledger. The
    AMI CEO agreed to the deal after discussing it with both the Defendant and Lawyer A, and on
    the understanding from Lawyer A that the Defendant or the Trump Organization would
    reimburse AMI.
    14. In a conversation captured in an audio recording in approximately September
    2016 concerning Woman 1’s account, the Defendant and Lawyer A discussed how to obtain the
    rights to Woman 1’s account from AMI and how to reimburse AMI for its payment. Lawyer A
    told the Defendant he would open up a company for the transfer of Woman 1’s account and other
    information, and stated that he had spoken to the Chief Financial Officer for the Trump
    Organization (the “TO CFO”) about “how to set the whole thing up.” The Defendant asked, “So
    what do we got to pay for this? One fifty?” and suggested paying by cash. When Lawyer A
    disagreed, the Defendant then mentioned payment by check. After the conversation, Lawyer A
    created a shell company called Resolution Consultants, LLC on or about September 30, 2016.
    15. Less than two months before the election, on or about September 30, 2016, the
    AMI CEO signed an agreement in which AMI agreed to transfer its rights to Woman 1’s account
    to Lawyer A’s shell company for $125,000. However, after the assignment agreement was
    signed but before the reimbursement took place, the AMI CEO consulted with AMI’s general
    counsel and then told Lawyer A that the deal to transfer the rights to Lawyer A’s shell company
    was off.
    D. Suppressing Woman 2’s Account
    16. About one month before the election, on or about October 7, 2016, news broke
    that the Defendant had been caught on tape saying to the host of Access Hollywood: “I just start
    kissing them [women]. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star,
    they let you do it. You can do anything. . . . Grab ’em by the [genitals]. You can do anything.”
    The evidence shows that both the Defendant and his campaign staff were concerned that the tape
    would harm his viability as a candidate and reduce his standing with female voters in particular.
    17. Shortly after the Access Hollywood tape became public, the AMI Editor-in-Chief
    contacted the AMI CEO about another woman (“Woman 2”) who alleged she had a sexual
    encounter with the Defendant while he was married. The AMI CEO told the AMI Editor-inChief to notify Lawyer A.
    18. On or about October 10, 2016, the AMI Editor-in-Chief connected Lawyer A with
    Woman 2’s lawyer (“Lawyer B”). Lawyer A then negotiated a deal with Lawyer B to secure
    Woman 2’s silence and prevent disclosure of the damaging information in the final weeks before
    the presidential election. Under the deal that Lawyer B negotiated, Woman 2 would be paid
    $130,000 for the rights to her account.
    19. The Defendant directed Lawyer A to delay making a payment to Woman 2 as
    long as possible. He instructed Lawyer A that if they could delay the payment until after the
    election, they could avoid paying altogether, because at that point it would not matter if the story
    became public. As reflected in emails and text messages between and among Lawyer A, Lawyer
    B, and the AMI Editor-in-Chief, Lawyer A attempted to delay making payment as long as
    20. Ultimately, with pressure mounting and the election approaching, the Defendant
    agreed to the payoff and directed Lawyer A to proceed. Lawyer A discussed the deal with the
    Defendant and the TO CFO. The Defendant did not want to make the $130,000 payment
    himself, and asked Lawyer A and the TO CFO to find a way to make the payment. After
    discussing various payment options with the TO CFO, Lawyer A agreed he would make the
    payment. Before making the payment, Lawyer A confirmed with the Defendant that Defendant
    would pay him back.
    21. On or about October 26, shortly after speaking with the Defendant on the phone,
    Lawyer A opened a bank account in Manhattan in the name of Essential Consultants LLC, a new
    shell company he had created to effectuate the payment. He then transferred $131,000 from his
    personal home equity line of credit (“HELOC”) into that account. On or about October 27,
    Lawyer A wired $130,000 from his Essential Consultants LLC account in New York to Lawyer
    B to suppress Woman 2’s account.
    E. Post-Election Communications with AMI CEO
    22. On November 8, 2016, the Defendant won the presidential election and became
    the President-Elect. Thereafter, AMI released both the doorman and Woman 1 from their nondisclosure agreements.
    23. The Defendant was inaugurated as President on January 20, 2017. Between
    Election Day and Inauguration Day, during the period of the Defendant’s transition to his role as
    President, the Defendant met with the AMI CEO privately in Trump Tower in Manhattan. The
    Defendant thanked the AMI CEO for handling the stories of the Doorman and Woman 1, and
    invited the AMI CEO to the Inauguration. In the summer of 2017, the Defendant invited the
    AMI CEO to the White House for a dinner to thank him for his help during the campaign.
    II. The Defendant Falsified Business Records
    24. Shortly after being elected President, the Defendant arranged to reimburse
    Lawyer A for the payoff he made on the Defendant’s behalf. In or around January 2017, the TO
    CFO and Lawyer A met to discuss how Lawyer A would be reimbursed for the money he paid to
    ensure Woman 2’s silence. The TO CFO asked Lawyer A to bring a copy of a bank statement
    for the Essential Consultants account showing the $130,000 payment.
    25. The TO CFO and Lawyer A agreed to a total repayment amount of $420,000.
    They reached that figure by adding the $130,000 payment to a $50,000 payment for another
    expense for which Lawyer A also claimed reimbursement, for a total of $180,000. The TO CFO
    then doubled that amount to $360,000 so that Lawyer A could characterize the payment as
    income on his tax returns, instead of a reimbursement, and Lawyer A would be left with
    $180,000 after paying approximately 50% in income taxes. Finally, the TO CFO added an
    additional $60,000 as a supplemental year-end bonus. Together, these amounts totaled
    $420,000. The TO CFO memorialized these calculations in handwritten notes on the copy of the
    bank statement that Lawyer A had provided.
    26. The Defendant, the TO CFO, and Lawyer A then agreed that Lawyer A would be
    paid the $420,000 through twelve monthly payments of $35,000 over the course of 2017. Each
    month, Lawyer A was to send an invoice to the Defendant through Trump Organization
    employees, falsely requesting payment of $35,000 for legal services rendered in a given month
    of 2017 pursuant to a retainer agreement. At no point did Lawyer A have a retainer agreement
    with the Defendant or the Trump Organization.
    27. In early February 2017, the Defendant and Lawyer A met in the Oval Office at the
    White House and confirmed this repayment arrangement.
    28. On or about February 14, 2017, Lawyer A emailed the Controller of the Trump
    Organization (the “TO Controller”) the first monthly invoice, which stated: “Pursuant to the
    retainer agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for the months of January and
    February, 2017.” The invoice requested payment in the amount of $35,000 for each of those two
    months. The TO CFO approved the payment, and, in turn, the TO Controller sent the invoice to
    the Trump Organization Accounts Payable Supervisor (the “TO Accounts Payable Supervisor”)
    with the following instructions: “Post to legal expenses. Put ‘retainer for the months of January
    and February 2017’ in the description.”
    29. Lawyer A submitted ten similar monthly invoices by email to the Trump
    Organization for the remaining months in 2017. Each invoice falsely stated that it was being
    submitted “[p]ursuant to the retainer agreement,” and falsely requested “payment for services
    rendered” for a month of 2017. In fact, there was no such retainer agreement and Lawyer A was
    not being paid for services rendered in any month of 2017.
    30. The TO Controller forwarded each invoice to the TO Accounts Payable
    Supervisor. Consistent with the TO Controller’s initial instructions, the TO Accounts Payable
    Supervisor printed out each invoice and marked it with an accounts payable stamp and the
    general ledger code “51505” for legal expenses. The Trump Organization maintained the
    invoices as records of expenses paid.
    31. As instructed, the TO Accounts Payable Supervisor recorded each payment in the
    Trump Organization’s electronic accounting system, falsely describing it as a “legal expense”
    pursuant to a retainer agreement for a month of 2017. The Trump Organization maintained a
    digital entry for each expense, called a “voucher,” and these vouchers, like vouchers for other
    expenses, became part of the Trump Organization’s general ledgers.
    32. The TO Accounts Payable Supervisor then prepared checks with attached check
    stubs for approval and signature. The first check was paid from the Defendant’s Trust and
    signed by the TO CFO and the Defendant’s son, as trustees. The check stub falsely recorded the
    payment as “Retainer for 1/1-1/31/17” and “Retainer for 2/1-2/28/17.” The second check, for
    March 2017, was also paid from the Trust and signed by two trustees. The check stub falsely
    recorded the payment as “Retainer for 3/1-3/31/17.”
    33. The remaining nine checks, corresponding to the months of April through
    December of 2017, were paid by the Defendant personally. Each of the checks was cut from the
    Defendant’s bank account and sent, along with the corresponding invoices from Lawyer A, from
    the Trump Organization in New York County to the Defendant in Washington, D.C. The checks
    and stubs bearing the false statements were stapled to the invoices also bearing false statements.
    The Defendant signed each of the checks personally and had them sent back to the Trump
    Organization in New York County. There, the checks, the stubs, and the invoices were scanned
    and maintained in the Trump Organization’s data system before the checks themselves were
    detached and mailed to Lawyer A for payment.
    34. The $35,000 payments stopped after the December 2017 payment.
    III. The Investigation into Lawyer A and the Defendant’s Pressure Campaign
    35. On or about April 9, 2018, the FBI executed a search warrant on Lawyer A’s
    residences and office. In the months that followed, the Defendant and others engaged in a public
    and private pressure campaign to ensure that Lawyer A did not cooperate with law enforcement
    in the federal investigation.
    36. On the day of the FBI searches, Lawyer A called to speak with the Defendant to
    let him know what had occurred. In a return call, the Defendant told Lawyer A to “stay strong.”
    37. On or about April 21, 2018, the Defendant publicly commented on Twitter
    encouraging Lawyer A not to “flip,” stating, “Most people will flip if the Government lets them
    out of trouble, even if . . . it means lying or making up stories. Sorry, I don’t see [Lawyer A]
    doing that . . . .”
    38. In mid-April 2018, Lawyer A was also approached by an attorney (“Lawyer C”),
    who offered to represent him in the interest of maintaining a “back channel of communication”
    to the Defendant. On or about April 21, 2018, Lawyer C emailed Lawyer A, highlighting that he
    had a close relationship with the Defendant’s personal attorney (“Lawyer D”) and stating,
    “[T]his could not be a better situation for the President or you.” Later that day, Lawyer C
    emailed Lawyer A again, writing, “I spoke with [Lawyer D]. Very Very Positive. You are
    ‘loved.’ . . . [Lawyer D] said this communication channel must be maintained. . . . Sleep well
    tonight, you have friends in high places.”
    39. On or about June 14, 2018, Lawyer C emailed Lawyer A a news clip discussing
    the possibility of Lawyer A cooperating, and continued to urge him not to cooperate with law
    enforcement, writing, “The whole objective of this exercise by the [federal prosecutors] is to
    drain you, emotionally and financially, until you reach a point that you see them as your only
    means to salvation.” In the same email , Lawyer C, wrote, “You are making a very big mistake
    if you believe the stories these ‘journalists’ are writing about you. They want you to cave. They
    want you to fail. They do not want you to persevere and succeed.”
    40. On August 21, 2018, Lawyer A pleaded guilty in the federal investigation. The
    next day, on or about August 22, 2018, the Defendant commented on Twitter, “If anyone is
    looking for a good lawyer, I would strongly suggest that you don’t retain the services of [Lawyer
    A]!” Later that day, the Defendant posted to Twitter again, stating, “I feel very badly for” one of
    his former campaign managers who had been criminally charged, saying, “[U]nlike [Lawyer A],
    he refused to ‘break’ – make up stories in order to get a ‘deal.’”
    IV. Lawyer A and AMI Admit Guilt in Connection with Payoffs of Woman 1 and
    Woman 2
    41. Ultimately, other participants in the scheme admitted that the payoffs were
    42. In or about September 2018, AMI entered into a non-prosecution agreement with
    the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York in connection with
    AMI’s payoff of Woman 1, admitting that “[a]t no time during the negotiation or acquisition of
    [Woman 1’s] story did AMI intend to publish the story or disseminate information about it
    publicly.” Rather, AMI admitted that it made the payment to ensure that Woman 1 “did not
    publicize damaging allegations” about the Defendant “before the 2016 presidential election and
    thereby influence that election.”
    43. In August 21, 2018, Lawyer A pleaded guilty to a felony in connection with his
    role in AMI’s payoff to Woman 1, admitting in his guilty plea that he had done so at the
    Defendant’s direction:
    [O]n or about the summer of 2016, in coordination with, and at the direction
    of, a candidate for federal office, I and the CEO of a media company at the
    request of the candidate worked together to keep an individual with information
    that would be harmful to the candidate and to the campaign from publicly
    disclosing this information. After a number of discussions, we eventually
    accomplished the goal by the media company entering into a contract with the
    individual under which she received compensation of $150,000. I participated in
    this conduct, which on my part took place in Manhattan, for the principal purpose
    of influencing the election.
    (emphasis added).
    44. Lawyer A also pleaded guilty to a felony in connection with his payoff of Woman
    2 to secure her silence, again at the Defendant’s direction. Lawyer A admitted as part of his
    guilty plea:
    [O]n or about October of 2016, in coordination with, and at the direction of,
    the same candidate, I arranged to make a payment to a second individual with
    information that would be harmful to the candidate and to the campaign to keep
    the individual from disclosing the information. To accomplish this, I used a
    company that was under my control to make a payment in the sum of $130,000.
    The monies I advanced through my company were later repaid to me by the
    candidate. I participated in this conduct, which on my part took place in
    Manhattan, for the principal purpose of influencing the election.
    (emphasis added).
    1 This Statement of Facts contains certain of the information that is relevant to the events
    described herein, and does not contain all facts relevant to the charged conduct.
    DATED: New York, New York
    April 4, 2023
    District Attorney
    New York County

  • Casey Klahn April 4, 2023, 4:58 PM

    High profile lawyer, Robert Barnes, has established that the Hon. Alvin Bragg (the devil’s own lawyer) has issued his indictments of Trump but cites no laws being applicable.

    Reminds me of the incredible performance by Gene Hackman, in The Unforgiven. GH is the overzealous sheriff, and when someone cries: “I’m innocent!” The reply comes: “innocent of what?”

    Ladies and gents, you have been indicted for the non-existent crime of being conservative. Hell, not even that – just being one hair to the right of Marx has made you indictable.

    • ghostsniper April 4, 2023, 5:26 PM

      Earlier I posted all of the complaint(s) from the gov’t pdf file, and provided the link for the file, but it fell into the waste bin I guess. The story is, none of it amounts to much of anything at all. It’s just a bullshit dem political power ploy, and hopefully of blows up in their faces big time.

      • Casey Klahn April 5, 2023, 5:36 AM

        It’s there now.

        It reads like an Eighth grader’s screed. I’m looking to see if somewhere in the middle of all that text, it doesn’t say: :neener, neener!”

        I understand that little if any legal underpinning is present in all this. IOW, Bragg hasn’t shown what actual laws have been broken. He makes shit up! Also, he uses the word “felony” like it has meaning just for him. Felony means egregious, but it means (I’m no lawyer but see if this isn’t true) FEDERAL. Fukn federal, as in USA. Not New York.

        Anyway, as I tried to say before, the crime will be applied to you based on your status within the Marxist matrix.

    • Rev Bro Generik April 7, 2023, 10:09 AM

      Don’t indentify as a ham sandwich

  • ThisIsNotNutella April 4, 2023, 7:17 PM

    OK Boomers… here’s a little fun with GPT-4:

    My Prompt: “Use Keats’s On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer as a template to compose a parody sonnet entitled On First Looking into National Review.”

    On First Looking into National Review

    Much have I read, the New York Times and Post,
    And many weary days have studied Slate;
    Yet never did I feel my mind engrossed
    In such a way as with this new-found mate:
    ‘Twas like discovering a hidden treasure,
    A realm of thought that stirs the soul anew;
    National Review, with all its wit and measure,
    Brought forth a fresh perspective to my view.

    When Keats first glimpsed fair Chapman’s Homer’s might,
    He felt as if a new world met his eyes,
    And so it was, upon that fateful night,
    When first I delved into these pages wise.
    In politics and culture, truth I seek—
    National Review, with you, I’ve reached the peak.

    (You may not be interested in GPT-4, but I can assure you that GPT-5 or 7 or 12 will be interested in YOU.)

    • ThisIsNotNutella April 4, 2023, 7:19 PM

      Shut it down! It grows! It knows! The nukes are gonna fly if this thing gets loose.

      On First Looking into National Review

      Much have I read, the Times and Post, oy vey,
      And many dreary days did Slate peruse;
      Yet never did I think I’d see the day
      When such a rag would leave me so bemused:
      ‘Twas like a bubbe’s tale of bygone times,
      A realm where tired tropes and clichés grew;
      National Review, with all its dated rhymes,
      Brought forth a smirk, and little else, it’s true.

      When Keats first glimpsed fair Chapman’s Homer’s might,
      He felt as if a new world met his eyes,
      But I, upon this hapless, schmaltzy sight,
      Could not but laugh at such a vain reprise.
      In politics and culture, truth I seek—
      National Review, oy, you’re a puny schlemiel.

      • ThisIsNotNutella April 4, 2023, 7:33 PM

        Well, I *may* have slightly modified the prompt request. Maybe.


  • ThisIsNotNutella April 4, 2023, 7:32 PM

    FWIW, GPT-4 passes bar exams with ridiculous ease and also passes the USMLE although doesn’t quite top the class here. These without any special prompt-crafting. i.e. you just feed it the questions as a human would get them.

    One use I’ve found for it is just as an ‘Updater’. I can ask it questions like “My basic knowledge of the Earth’s solar system is ca. 1985 vintage. Please update me.” Now you can do that with search engines, but this is faster and more accurate.

    And for generating *good* code snippets. Not going to get into this here, but man this thing is good.

    There’s a lot it can’t do. But there was a lot more that GPT-3 couldn’t do just last year.

    This outline paper is worth reading:


    • ghostsniper April 5, 2023, 7:02 AM

      From one of the links at the link:
      “Aside from the notorious cases of “evil personalities” hijacking the chatbots, we have seen a lot of factual errors or even invented facts –called “hallucinations”– which are misleading to humans because the text looks as if it was written with the utmost assurance; we humans tend to show insecurity when we aren’t certain of what we are saying, but of course, machines don’t feel insecurities (nor assurance, actually). Companies like OpenAI try to give the impression that mistakes are being ironed out, but some experts believe that mistakes and hallucinations are intrinsic to the technology and not minor details. I proposed a way to minimize mistakes without pretending to eliminate them altogether.”

      For more than 20 years I have been using MS Word to create invoices, materials lists, letters and other administrative tasks. Long ago I created templates for these things and with each new one I modify and old one but stay very close to the original format. There are exceptions.

      I suppose, AI in use with Word would work similarly and maybe even more precisely, and learn about my habits along the way and perhaps offer suggestions (only with my approval) for improvement.

      Back in the late 70’s I briefly held a position with a large company that designed and built very large prefabricated metal buildings worldwide. My job was to use the schematic drawings of the individual components of any given building and create a materials list to match using a large floor model of a Wang computer. Very primitive set up compared to today. The net result was that because the Wang was always in “learning” mode it required human eyes and brains to check every little thing it did. That was my job and I did not like it at all. Unbelievably boring, very easy to make mistakes, and every time I took a break it was like starting all over again. I only lasted a couple months at that job even though the pay was pretty good. Everybody has their limitations.

      The long and the short of it was that the technology was only as good as the “human eyes and brains” that were supervising it. I suspect that will always be the case no matter how advanced computer programming systems become. Errors will happen (our power went out 4 times yesterday, for example) as they always do and consequences will occur. How do you deal with such things? Who is checking the checker? What if multi-tiered AI becomes so comlex it is not humanly possible to supervise it? A crossover point will occur, when the AI self checks as it goes along and depending on the complexity it will require a set of human eyes with a brain to yank the plug, if that is still possible, and in time, if that is possible.

      I’m not a big fan of this AI business and knowing human nature as I do I see and endless plain of possible grief for humans when the condensed power potential of AI used for ill gains. If an employee embezzles a million dollars from you you simply take him out back and dispatch him into the dumpster. A well experienced AI machine will already know what you are thinking and will do whatever it needs to to protect itself and you might find yourself in that dumpster. Someone mentioned the Forbin Project from 1970.

      • John Venlet April 5, 2023, 7:48 AM

        Well, at least you didn’t have to use a CPT8000 to create those docs, Ghostsniper (see Figure 4 at link). That’s the dinosaur of a word processor I used while in the sub service.

  • John Venlet April 5, 2023, 8:33 AM

    Good Morning, Neo. If you are mucking around in the backroom of this comment thread, I posted a reply to Ghostsniper’s last comment in the thread, and the internettin’ goblin ate it. Thanks.

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