World watch – Wednesday

Tuesday GMT


For posting on events, news, opinions and anything of interest from around the world.


  1. The Office of Special Counsel, an independent federal investigative and prosecutorial agency, released a report Tuesday that faults Conway for public comments made during two television appearances, including on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.”

    “While the Hatch Act allows federal employees to express their views about candidates and political issues as private citizens, it restricts employees from using their official government positions for partisan political purposes, including by trying to influence partisan elections,” the report says.


    The Office of Special Counsel said it submitted the report to President Trump so he could take “appropriate disciplinary action.”

    Maybe Trump will fire a tweet at Conway.

  2. Free speech and moderated debate on London campus seems to be out the back door these days. Safe space not good enough they’d rather simply invade public meetings. Quite unable to see the hypocrisy in that their violence runs counter to anyone’s idea of peace.

    A large bang announced their arrival. Around thirty came through the back doors, going straight for the speakers and myself on stage. It was clear their objective was maximum disruption. They let off a smoke bomb to set off the fire alarm, intimidated the audience, smashed windows, and hospitalised a security guard on the door. There is only one way to respond to such an outrage: to carry on with the discussion, demonstrating that the mob cannot prevail on campus. Instead, the university played into their hands and cancelled our event.

    • Mefrostate

       /  March 7, 2018

      These protesters are way out of line. While protest is an important way to exercise your free speech rights, you don’t have the right to use protest to block others’ speech. Disgraceful.

      They’re also misguided, as Sargon & Brook are classical liberal & libertarian respectively, and are actually allies in the fight against the alt-right. Muppets.

      And all those present who incited violence (the antifa member who tried to grab Sargon’s microphone, and the two audience members who punched antifa protesters) should be held to account for their crimes.

  3. Joe Bloggs

     /  March 7, 2018

    Well this is an interesting tweet:

    GOP strategist Mike Murphy on NBC’s The Last Word:

    “I’ll give you one salacious rumor because it’s Russia speculation night. I was walking around Beverly Hills, and I don’t want to be pulled in by Mueller on this, because I don’t know anything I was walking around an international businessman I know pretty well swore me to secrecy, he said you can say this on TV, a friend of mine got pulled in by Mueller asking about an MOU, a memorandum of understanding for a deal that Trump had with Russian financial interests during the 2016 campaign, and Mueller has the document. So that is my contribution to the cloud of speculation. I believe this guy is credible, but have no way of knowing if it’s true.”

    As Murphy says – a(nother) slacious rumour. And who’d swear Murphy to secrecy then in the next breath tell him he “can say this on TV”

    Buuuut … and that’s a big buuuut… if it’s true, if Mueller has those kinds of documents on trump, then it could be all over, Red Rover. Mueller might just have the smoking gun showing that trump sold himself out to Russia in exchange for cash.

  4. Joe Bloggs

     /  March 7, 2018

  5. Mefrostate

     /  March 7, 2018

    Trump seems to have confused North and South Korea. Or lied. Both are plausible.