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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Trump to Secretary of State: You're fired!

The God-Emperor rids himself of another globalist tool in the White House by firing the Secretary of State:
Rex Tillerson is out as secretary of State, ending a tumultuous tenure as America's top diplomat that was marked by a series of public disagreements with his boss — President Donald Trump.

Trump plans to appoint CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace the former Exxon Mobil chief executive. The president picked deputy CIA Director Gina Haspel to run the spy agency.

Since Tillerson took the post in February 2017, mixed messages repeatedly came out of the White House and a State Department with diminishing relevance. The intramural clashes between the president and secretary of State came amid major international crises, including a potential nuclear showdown with North Korea.

Tensions between the president and his top diplomat hit one high when Tillerson, 65, publicly distanced himself from the president's defiant response to violence at the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, this summer.

But there were numerous other clashes.

The policy rift emerged most sharply when Trump tweeted in October that Tillerson is "wasting his time" trying to negotiate with North Korea to end its nuclear and missile programs.

The president wrote: "Save your energy, Rex, we'll do what has to be done!"
This is hardly a surprise. President Trump publicly depantsed Tillerson with the announcement of his upcoming meetings with the North Korean premier.

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106 Comments:

Blogger Crew March 13, 2018 9:07 AM  

President Trump is not afraid to try something new when the old approach is not working.

This will also distract the Lying Main Stream Media as they go running after the shiny new thing.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother March 13, 2018 9:08 AM  

Who is Gina Haspel, and is Pompeo a globalist tool?

Blogger Dirk Manly March 13, 2018 9:17 AM  

Benefit -- keeps all the rest on their toes, by reminding them that they, too, can be fired.

More winning.

Blogger Crew March 13, 2018 9:18 AM  

OT, but new info on LV Massacre:

https://truepundit.com/fbi-insiders-blow-whistle-massive-las-vegas-cover-agents-told-not-investigate-key-evidence-including-isis-terror-link-mandalay-bay-massacre/

Blogger Watchu talkin bout Willis March 13, 2018 9:22 AM  

Mueller next, hopefully.

Blogger Al From Bay Shore March 13, 2018 9:24 AM  

@2 20 minutes ago, Edward Snowden Tweeted that Haspel was a key part of the CIA's torture program and provided this link:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/02/us/politics/cia-deputy-director-gina-haspel-torture-thailand.html

Pompeo, from what I am seeing, is a Tea Party guy. I never knew that.

Fun fact: Let's get back to the Haspel thingy.... Trump's Ed Secretary, DeVos, is the sister of the dude who operated Blackwater. Blackwater was reincarnated as Academi. The Princes detained by MbS were, according to an anonymous source, interrogated and tortured Blackwater guys. Here is the link:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5108651/American-mercenaries-torturing-Saudi-princes.html

Blogger Nate March 13, 2018 9:25 AM  

Tillerson never made sense to me... and I don't think State ever made sense to him.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother March 13, 2018 9:26 AM  

Al, I knew that about DeVos. I'm wondering what the play is with Haspel.

Blogger Al From Bay Shore March 13, 2018 9:26 AM  

Errata: "...interrogated and tortured Blackwater guys." should read as "...interrogated and tortured by Blackwater guys."

Blogger Looking Glass March 13, 2018 9:26 AM  

Staffing is still a problem within the Administration, which has a lot to do with the Senate Democrats, though McConnell hasn't been in much of a hurry either. Thus, Pompeo makes sense.

Main thing is how good of a job Tillerson did reorganizing the State Department? That was his key task, but we don't know how that went. Sending the guy that signed the kill orders for the last year has its uses.

@2 Stg58/Animal Mother

An election cycle ago, he was a Congressmen from Kansas.

https://infogalactic.com/info/Mike_Pompeo

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother March 13, 2018 9:27 AM  

I thought on paper Tillerson made sense. Oil and international diplomacy go hand in hand.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother March 13, 2018 9:28 AM  

Looking Glass, Pompeo is also a West Point grad.

Blogger Al From Bay Shore March 13, 2018 9:28 AM  

@8 One thing that can be reasonably entertained is that Trump is not worried about any "baggage" that Haspel's involvement with torture might bring.

Blogger Looking Glass March 13, 2018 9:31 AM  

@7 Nate

Wide support with a lot of influence. Trump had to pick a lot of people for Cabinet positions he may not have wanted, but getting them through the Senate was a big issue. From a skill standpoint, Tillerson made a lot of sense. CEO of Exxon Mobil would have the most foreign policy experience of everyone in the country, along with connections across the world that are useful.

At the same time, Trump is letting go of any of the Globalists still left. Navarro & Kudlow in for Trade/Economics, Pompeo over to State. Big shift for the next phase of the problems: Trade and North Korea. Iran in there too.

Ross probably stays another year until things are wrapped up with the EU. Ross is an old hand in the Bad Debt market, so he probably just enjoys putting the screws into the EU for fun.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan March 13, 2018 9:35 AM  

I read a blurb zerohedge that Tillerson joined in on the hysteria being ginned up about nerve agent being used against some ex-spy in Britain.

IMO to Trump this is about maintaining FRAME in the face of hysteria, and if you cannot maintain frame in the face of hysteria meant to inflame the feminine or juvenile brain you will be made a chump. Tillerson was being made a toothless old cuckold chump, he had to go.

Blogger Johnny March 13, 2018 9:35 AM  

In this case the triggering event is obvious. Tillerson didn't like Trump agreeing to meet Rocket Man without (apparently) any consultation with Tillerson. Which is maybe alright on its own, but Tillerson went public with his complaints. In a military it would be called insubordination.

Blogger Looking Glass March 13, 2018 9:36 AM  

It should be noted that Pompeo has made a surprisingly large amounts of foreign trips as CIA Director, while Trump has been interviewing replacements for nearly every cabinet position for most of the last year. He's ready to drop people the instant they aren't useful.

As mentioned, Pompeo is a Tea Party candidate. (He's now the most successful one.) West Point grad, served in an armored division. Intelligence Committee in the house; former exec with an oilfield tech company.

Blogger Laramie Hirsch March 13, 2018 9:42 AM  

off topic: Infogalactic is down. 8:42am 3/13

Blogger Nate March 13, 2018 9:44 AM  

" CEO of Exxon Mobil would have the most foreign policy experience of everyone in the country, along with connections across the world that are useful."

again... it only make sense if all you know about tillerson is "CEO of Exxon Mobile"

Tillerson would make great sense for Dubya. He made no sense for Trump. And the bizarre experience of his tenure demonstrates why.

Blogger Steve March 13, 2018 9:44 AM  

Dunno if Rex Tillerson got too big for his britches, but given he's a hard-charging millionaire alpha male who used to run the biggest business on the planet, it's easy to imagine him chafing under the boss.

It's as if guys like Tillerson, Bannon, etc. never watched The Apprentice.

The other day Mr Tillerson took the unwise step of publicly blaming Russia for the strange attempted murder of some sketchy double agent in England.

The British Government, which is threatening to write a sternly-worded letter to Premier Putin, would very much like to involve the United States in its gay little anti-Russian campaign.

Even if the Russians are to blame - and if Her Majesty's Government tells you it's raining you'd best pack sunscreen - it's not in the interest of the United States to white knight for a regime that has no problem with foreign invaders murdering people on its soil, provided the killer smells of kebab.

I'm hoping the US takes a firm line on the UK regime, which - when it's not sucking up for "special relationship" favours - virtue-signals its hatred of President Trump at every opportunity.

The British government is not your friend, and should be shunned as much as apartheid South Africa was (unfairly) isolated.

Blogger Crew March 13, 2018 9:47 AM  

@18 Thanks ... looking into it.

Blogger S1AL March 13, 2018 9:47 AM  

On paper, Tillerson is an exceptional individual. But Nate is right: he's the wrong SecState for Trump.

Blogger Dirtnapninja March 13, 2018 9:50 AM  

Now that trump is feeling secure, he will finally begin taking power.

Blogger Uncle John's Band March 13, 2018 9:56 AM  

It's like they don't realize the audition starts when they get the job. Bit different from Team Crony in the uniparty.

Blogger Phat Repat March 13, 2018 9:58 AM  

And yet, for some odd reason, Taleb claims:
This is a disaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaster.

https://twitter.com/nntaleb/status/973552482365427712

Hopefully he will expound on this.

Blogger Josh (the sexiest thing here) March 13, 2018 10:01 AM  

Haspel has been at the CIA since 1985, ran their first torture site in Thailand, later led all clandestine activity.

If that isn't deep state, the term has no meaning.

Blogger ReluctantMessiah March 13, 2018 10:03 AM  

Year 1, try to get globalists to cooperate.
Year 2, brakes are off. Here comes America First Trump Train!

*Grabs popcorn

Blogger Rick March 13, 2018 10:04 AM  

Re Haspel, Q said recently “Keep your...”
...enemies closer?

Blogger Phat Repat March 13, 2018 10:05 AM  

Further to the point of Josh:

New CIA Director Gina Haspel (announced today) criminal complaint

https://www.ecchr.eu/en/our_work/international-crimes-and-accountability/u-s-accountability/germany.html

Blogger Peaceful Poster March 13, 2018 10:07 AM  

@15 Mr. Mantraman - IMO to Trump this is about maintaining FRAME in the face of hysteria

He keeps his head while all about him are losing theirs.

I never figured Trump for a stoic it looks that way.

Blogger Nate March 13, 2018 10:08 AM  

"Hopefully he will expound on this."

He's talking about Haspel. Look if you don't know who Haspel is... just take our word for it... this is horrible.

Its not the worst possible choice... but its pretty damn close. Its basically like naming Eric Holder AG.

Blogger Daniel Paul Grech Pereira March 13, 2018 10:10 AM  

He's doing exactly what he's known for: Hiring and firing people. He also appears to have an uncanny ability for timing.

Blogger Nate March 13, 2018 10:12 AM  

and again.. i'm not saying this is gloom and doom. its possible that Trump just needed a place holder and is promoting her so he can fire her.

Blogger Looking Glass March 13, 2018 10:14 AM  

@19 Nate

Condi actually suggested him, though see the point about getting through the Senate, especially in 2017.

@20 Steve

There's been word Trump & Tillerson haven't gotten along for a while. It really isn't surprising, Tillerson was CEO of Exxon Mobil for a decade, one of the few companies bigger than most FedGov agencies.

@26 Josh (the sexiest thing here)

Really depends on the faction she is with inside the Company. And/Or we know who to eliminate should a serious attempt be taken on Trump's life.

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Blogger Phat Repat March 13, 2018 10:17 AM  

@31 Ah, Danke.

Which makes sense now given the German position on her.

Blogger Josh (the sexiest thing here) March 13, 2018 10:20 AM  

WSJ reporting that Rex learned he was fired via Twitter:

On Friday, White House officials called Mr. Tillerson to order him to come back home from a trip to Africa. Mr. Tillerson returned to the U.S. early Tuesday, a day earlier than scheduled, and didn’t learn he was terminated until an aide showed him Mr. Trump’s Tuesday tweet, according to a State Department official.

Mr. Tillerson wasn’t told why he was being removed from the post, the official said.

Blogger Nate March 13, 2018 10:20 AM  

Jesus Christ... Trump fired Tillerson via twitter

Blogger Looking Glass March 13, 2018 10:20 AM  

Haspel will need to go before the Senate for a vote. This should be some combination of interesting, hilarious & enlightening. The Votes should give us some good insight into who they have dirt on.

Anonymous Anonymous March 13, 2018 10:20 AM  

@Snowden is anti Haspel and I'm fairly certain that @snowden is not our guy, so there's that...

Blogger Looking Glass March 13, 2018 10:21 AM  

@38 Nate

Okay, they got along a little worse than I suspected.

Blogger Looking Glass March 13, 2018 10:23 AM  

So, what level of Alpha is it to fire the Secretary of State via Twitter?

Blogger Emmanuel Mateo-Morales March 13, 2018 10:24 AM  

@38

As Vox has said: so many people complaining about Trump on the right have the continence of little girls. It would seem you, being the cruzbot you were, are little different.

Blogger Nate March 13, 2018 10:24 AM  

"@Snowden is anti Haspel and I'm fairly certain that @snowden is not our guy, so there's that.."

he may not be your guy but he's definately my guy.

and there are several smart folks that think Snowden is one of the guys who make up the Q collective.

Blogger Andrew March 13, 2018 10:25 AM  

Don't hyperventilate. There are also reports that Trump called Tillerson on Friday and asked for his resignation and Rex agreed.

Blogger Timmy3 March 13, 2018 10:27 AM  

Even better than firing Omarosa again.

Blogger Nate March 13, 2018 10:29 AM  

"There are also reports that Trump called Tillerson on Friday and asked for his resignation and Rex agreed. "

Those reports seem pretty stupid given that Rex and Trump are both contradicting them.

Blogger Looking Glass March 13, 2018 10:30 AM  

@47 Nate

Trump also likes to put on a show, though I prefer the hard Alpha move of firing the SoS by Twitter.

Blogger Nate March 13, 2018 10:30 AM  

"As Vox has said: so many people complaining about Trump on the right have the continence of little girls. It would seem you, being the cruzbot you were, are little different. "

Binary thinkers are so boring.

Also...

you have to go back.

Blogger Hammerli280 March 13, 2018 10:32 AM  

Interesting move. I suspect we're not getting the whole story on it. State was the hard-fill Cabinet position for Trump (ALL incoming administrations have trouble filling at least one Cabinet post, it's par for the course), and I suspect Tillerson was always thought of as a place-filler until Trump had someone preferable available.

That, and it's very bad form to publicly disagree with the CO. You can gripe privately, but publicly you back him up.

Blogger Nate March 13, 2018 10:32 AM  

"though I prefer the hard Alpha move of firing the SoS by Twitter."

all available evidence suggests that's what happened... and its hilarious. as I said I've never been a Tillerson guy... not from the day he was appointed. I didn't like it... I didn't like him... and I am thoroughly amused that this happened the way it did.

Blogger Nate March 13, 2018 10:34 AM  

'That, and it's very bad form to publicly disagree with the CO. You can gripe privately, but publicly you back him up.'

Yep. After the Charlottesville bullshit it was always a matter of time before Trump axed him.

Blogger Rory March 13, 2018 10:41 AM  

One thing I love about Trump is his willingness to churn and burn. Can't do the job? You're out.

Have found myself caring less and less about the actual person appointed, so long as they aren't swamp creatures. What matters is if they'll fulfil his agenda - if they won't, they're gone, it seems.

I know Vox has said this before, but it's refreshing to see, and encouraging when he'll dump someone as important as Secretary of State.

Blogger James Dixon March 13, 2018 10:41 AM  

> something is wrong with https://www.castaliahouse.com/

Working fine here. There certificate expired a while back, but that was fixed. Try clearing your cache and verifying your time/date are correct.

And events like this are why I'm convinced Sessions is still doing what Trump wants done. Otherwise he'd be long gone by now.

Blogger Looking Glass March 13, 2018 10:41 AM  

@52 Nate

Apparently there is now testimony someone was waving a rifle at the car driver before the crash. The cancelling of a demonstration was always an Op, but sorting out if they actually caused a death as an Op isn't quite clear.

But, yeah, Tillerson had skills Trump could use, as he's been crushing the State Department under the weight of having to do their job. Though it needs to be pointed out that the State Department was noticeably absent with what was happening with NK. (I think I even noted it that night.) I'm not sure that's a negative sign against Tillerson, given the way State works, but it does point to the current battlespace within FedGov and why Trump would want someone that has signed Kill Orders to run the place.

I foresee many terrible car crashes by foreign-posted staff in the near future.

Blogger Nate March 13, 2018 10:42 AM  

"Have found myself caring less and less about the actual person appointed, so long as they aren't swamp creatures."

that's why folks are worried about Haspel. She could be on the cover of the old Swamp Thing comics.

but again... its nothing to panic over. she'll probably get fired in a few months.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother March 13, 2018 10:43 AM  

If Haspel is ne plus ultra deep state, she's either a horse trade or a place holder.

Blogger Looking Glass March 13, 2018 10:44 AM  

@56 Nate

Do you think she'll make it through the Senate?

Blogger Nate March 13, 2018 10:44 AM  

"Apparently there is now testimony someone was waving a rifle at the car driver before the crash. "

The video makes it extremely clear that something scared the shit out of the driver before he gunned it. So I would not be surprised if he thought he saw a firearm.

Anonymous Anonymous March 13, 2018 10:51 AM  

@Nate

In rereading the notables, I do see that there is some speculation that @snowden may be a wh!tehat...

Blogger Josh (the sexiest thing here) March 13, 2018 10:59 AM  

@Snowden is anti Haspel and I'm fairly certain that @snowden is not our guy, so there's that...

Hi NSA

Blogger Anchorman March 13, 2018 11:00 AM  

This moves makes sense.

Trump, though still engaged in the Middle East, is pivoting toward China and the Norks. He doesn't need an oil man. He needs a spy. Rex was there for ME expertise.

Blogger Nate March 13, 2018 11:01 AM  

"Do you think she'll make it through the Senate?"

my kneejerk is yes. I mean what's the point of being a swamp person if you can't take advantage of the swamp. right?

That said... its 2018. who knows?

Blogger Nate March 13, 2018 11:04 AM  

" Though it needs to be pointed out that the State Department was noticeably absent with what was happening with NK."

we're also ignoring the Russia aspects of this. There are a lot of facets.

Blogger Were-Puppy March 13, 2018 11:07 AM  

@13 Al From Bay Shore
@8 One thing that can be reasonably entertained is that Trump is not worried about any "baggage" that Haspel's involvement with torture might bring.
---

Remember this from a way back?
Trump advocates waterboarding and 'much worse' to battle terrorists
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/06/29/donald-trump-istanbul-airport-attack-hillary-clinton/86504460/

Blogger Looking Glass March 13, 2018 11:29 AM  

@63 Nate

The vote will be instructive, as she couldn't get confirmation back in 2013. We might get some Swamp on Swamp action, which should make for great theater.

Blogger Lazarus March 13, 2018 11:31 AM  

What on earth could Tillerson have been shown in Kenya (of all places) that made him chuck his cookies?

Blogger Nate March 13, 2018 11:32 AM  

'We might get some Swamp on Swamp action, which should make for great theater. '

we'll definately get some epic virtue signaling over torture... no doubt mostly from people who swept benghazi and Fast and Furious and Waco under the rug.

Blogger Dangeresque March 13, 2018 11:47 AM  

Infogalactic byline reads "CIA Performs Coup On Rival Agency"... So, is this a win for team MAGA or the deep state?

Blogger Emmanuel Mateo-Morales March 13, 2018 11:47 AM  

@49

Jokes on you cruzbot: Puerto-Rico IS US Territory, so, the only place I'll be going, even if worse comes to shove, is just another slice of the Empire.

Now tell me, what are you plans for the 40% percent of supposedly native crackers or such that are white, do not, and will never subscribe to your admittedly more correct ideology, you cruzbot? I mean, for fuck's sake, using your logic, your lord and savior Ted Cruz has to go back significantly more than me since he comes from a country not directly under Uncle Sam's thumb. Well, that and Canada, but it'll be a few decades before The US decided to blitzkrieg Canada and make clear who wears the pants in that relationship for all time, don't you think?

On the subject of either 0's or 1's:

You and me both believe in only two genders.

Also, Vox can't possibly stop and consider counters, even very solid, very hard counters, to laser based AA-weapons that would still allow air forces to be viable, even if their effectiveness is significantly reduced and the airheads have to work (read: steal more of the military budget) for it. Nah. For him, either air dominance will be totally smashed by laser AA or totally unaffected and he can't be bothered to see the various points between those two points.

Blogger Sean Carnegie March 13, 2018 11:52 AM  

This sort of puts the media into a position they'll have a tough time with. After lambasting the choice of Tillerson to start with (He's unqualified, he's not a politician, etc.), they'll run like hell to defend him thinking this is just another Trump failure.

Blogger BigFire March 13, 2018 11:54 AM  

Except Trump made up his mind to fire Tillerson before that statement was made.

Blogger Josh (the sexiest thing here) March 13, 2018 12:11 PM  

Tbh cruzlim is better rhetoric than cruzbot

Blogger Jack Amok March 13, 2018 12:17 PM  

The other day Mr Tillerson took the unwise step of publicly blaming Russia for the strange attempted murder of some sketchy double agent in England.

That nerve agent hit has me very curious and puzzled. Something strange going on. There are ways to kill someone with much less collateral damage (the cop who found them got very sick, and several dozen other people in the area showed symptoms). If Putin really is behind it, he's sending some kind of message. OTOH, if someone else is behind it, they want to stir up trouble between Russia and the US/UK.

Note that if the reports about the attack are fake, that would fall into the second case above.

Blogger Lance E March 13, 2018 12:20 PM  

For those getting nervous about Haspel being a "swamp creature":

The deep state has both red and blue factions, and while the red faction (that of the Pentagon, FBI, Israel, etc.) is by no means friendly to the true Right - that is, the anti-interventionist/anti-imperialist Right - it is considerably less hostile to inland America than the blue faction (State, Media, NGOs).

Trump can't just bring in random friends/allies of his to run the alphabet-soup agencies. Every time he does so (e.g. Pruitt, who is awesome) it burns massive amounts of capital with the red faction. The more important the agency, the more dangerous the decision - which is why he's primarily been able to appoint loyalists to agencies that the red faction already hates (EPA, Education, etc.).

What I think has happened here is: Trump discovered some time ago that Tillerson had significant blue-faction sympathies and orchestrated the N.Korea business as a pretext to get rid of him. That's why the legacy media - and Tillerson himself - were furious despite the progress on NK diplomacy being obviously a positive development. He used this pretext and the cover of an internal "shuffle" to install a more clearly red-aligned individual in his place.

Haspel seems to be cut from the same cloth. Not Tea Party, but red faction. She probably won't do things much differently from Pompeo, and for all we know may still end up taking cues from Pompeo, just as DHS still seems to be taking cues from Kelly (have we heard anything from Nielsen or out of DHS since Kelly left?).

I don't know if all of this is precisely good or bad; it is what it is. We haven't truly had a red SoS since Powell; I consider Condi to be primarily blue. Red in State could mean more military intervention, but also less gay diplomacy and less support for the blue empire worldwide (especially the EU).

I'd caution restraint in reacting to this news. It's merely a coup by one faction of the deep state over another faction of the deep state, and although it likely doesn't benefit the alt-right in specific, it does benefit Republicans in general. If nothing else, it will win Trump additional support within the party, and that will definitely be a good thing going into and coming out of midterms.

Blogger Watchu talkin bout Willis March 13, 2018 12:21 PM  

Possibility some members of the swamp, like Haspel, are seeing which way the sludge is moving, and are grasping for dry land before "The Draining"?

Blogger Jack Amok March 13, 2018 12:24 PM  

We might get some Swamp on Swamp action...

The Swamp most definitely has it's factions, who don't get along well and fight with each other for power, or even just scraps. Hell, at this point if Sessions is doing what Nate thinks he's doing (and the rest of us hope he's doing), factions might even be fighting hard just for a chance to slink off into the mud un-indicted.

Never trust a Swamp Thing, but you still might be able to make good use of one.

Blogger VFM #7634 March 13, 2018 12:30 PM  

Or maybe Trump handed the CIA over to Haspel because he's hoping to wreck the agency. Having a woman run it is as good a way to do it as any.

Blogger Resident Moron™ March 13, 2018 12:44 PM  

The rigidly orchestrated full court press on the poisoned spy strongly suggests to me that it’s a UK based ploy to poison US Russia relations.

That’s what my hemorrhoids are telling me.

Blogger Resident Moron™ March 13, 2018 12:47 PM  

@7643

Speaking of wrecking organizations, does anyone know where this “diversity leads to better business results” dogma originated?

I’m sure there’s a dodgy piece of women’s studies “research” behind it somewhere but I’ve not been able to identify it even though everyone is suddenly quoting it ... but not citing it.

Anonymous Anonymous March 13, 2018 1:02 PM  

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Blogger freddie_mac March 13, 2018 1:07 PM  

@75 Lance E

good analysis, thanks.

Of course, maybe @33 Nate's right: its possible that Trump just needed a place holder and is promoting her so he can fire her.

Blogger Steve March 13, 2018 1:12 PM  

Accidentally posted in the other thread:

Glenn Greenwald writes:

Haspel, who will be the first woman to lead CIA, didn't just oversee the Bush CIA's black site but directly participated in the horrific torture of detainees. She also participated in the particularly gruesome torture of detainee Abu Zubaydah

Good. Abu Zubaydah is a jihadi. Human rights are for humans.

Btw, I think I'd have agreed with Greenwald back in 2003, but we've learned so much about Islam since then. ISIS burning children alive in cages. Paris, Brussels, Nice, Rotherham, Telford... your enemies are also your teachers.

Blogger VD March 13, 2018 1:16 PM  

So, what level of Alpha is it to fire the Secretary of State via Twitter?

Mega. Because the level of ZFG is off the charts. It's a massive public humiliation.

It's one thing when you don't have the courage to face someone. It's the complete opposite when you can't even be bothered to make a phone call.

Blogger James Dixon March 13, 2018 1:31 PM  

> That’s what my hemorrhoids are telling me.

I'd trust them over any of our current intelligence agencies.

> ..does anyone know where this “diversity leads to better business results” dogma originated?

The first two Google hits are a pair of Forbes articles:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/karstenstrauss/2018/01/25/more-evidence-that-company-diversity-leads-to-better-profits/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/eriklarson/2017/09/21/new-research-diversity-inclusion-better-decision-making-at-work/

They may point to the original source. I don't bother reading Forbes, as they object to ad blockers and their ads have been known to spread malware. The original source may be this McKinsey and Company study from 2015 (link to the full PDF in the article): https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/organization/our-insights/why-diversity-matters

Blogger Resident Moron™ March 13, 2018 1:42 PM  

Thanks, James.

McKinsey’s research says openly that correlation is not causation but in this case we’re going to pretend it is anyway.

It’s far more likely - imho - that the linear correlation shows that only the most profitable companies can afford the luxury of political correctness.

Blogger Resident Moron™ March 13, 2018 1:44 PM  

Perhaps even more likely, in litigious western countries, the more profitable are more likely to be subject to feminist lawfare.

Blogger Matthew March 13, 2018 1:51 PM  

Josh (the sexiest thing here) wrote:@Snowden is anti Haspel and I'm fairly certain that @snowden is not our guy, so there's that...

Hi NSA


Snowden is an obvious fake. Am I NSA?

Blogger Azimus March 13, 2018 1:55 PM  

Didn't he just change out one globalist for another?

Blogger tublecane March 13, 2018 2:00 PM  

"the president's defiant response to violence at the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville"

What on earth is this on reference to? Whom or what did Trump defy? The Narrative, by not blaming "supremacists" solely?

Casual propaganda sentences like this continue to bother me.

Blogger Josh (the sexiest thing here) March 13, 2018 2:03 PM  


Snowden is an obvious fake. Am I NSA?


No, you're too weird for them.

Anonymous Anonymous March 13, 2018 2:23 PM  

Sonofabitch Tillerson actually scolded Russia, then gave a shout out to the Open Society in his farewell address.

Go to hell, Rex.

Blogger Richard Nixon March 13, 2018 3:59 PM  

Tillerson always seemed like a good man to me. But POTUS knows what he's doing.

Blogger John (not the pope) March 13, 2018 4:47 PM  

Ok...now let's see about Sessions.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash March 13, 2018 5:27 PM  

Rusty wrote:gave a shout out to the Open Society in his farewell address.
Richard Nixon wrote:Tillerson always seemed like a good man to me.

Perhaps you're not the best judge of character....

Blogger tz March 13, 2018 5:59 PM  

Tillerson started as a Civil Engineer.
The last thing we needed was someone to engineer more civility.
We need a Deep (State, as in Dept.) Cleaning.
A plus is the refugee resettlement is likely to be refactored.

Anonymous Anonymous March 13, 2018 6:22 PM  

@74:

According to Anonymous Conservative (https://www.anonymousconservative.com/blog/rex-tillerson-is-out-at-state/), the nerve agent was a chemical well-known to Western intelligence:

Their existence was disclosed in 1991 when Vil Mirzayanov, a scientist at Russia’s Scientific Research Institute for Organic Chemistry and Technology, fled to the West and revealed that Moscow was working on a nerve agent far deadlier than anything ever before created, in defiance of the 1990 Chemical Weapons Accord. Mirzayanov told The New York Times in 1994 that he disclosed the program because “it occurred to me that I was engaged in a criminal enterprise.”

How deadly are Novichoks?…

At least one of the Novichoks is described as being five to eight times as toxic as VX, according to 2010 research at the University of Teesside and James Cook University Hospital in Britain.


So it is perfectly legitimate that this attack is a false flag designed to stir up anti-Russia sentiment.

@96:

Tillerson started as a Civil Engineer.

My alma mater was 85% engineering majors (95% STEM), and civil engineering was regarded as the 2nd most despised engineering major on campus (the first being Engineering Management).

Blogger camperbot March 13, 2018 6:44 PM  

The real answer is the Iranian people are about to overthrow the mullahs. They've been preparing for it for a long time. Tillerson's parting shot was 'diplomacy is always the answer.' But it's not - getting rid of the turban class will require force. And that means a very steady hand at the Secretary of State ship. It's even possible that the appointment of Pompeo was a go signal to the Iranian resistance.

Blogger Were-Puppy March 13, 2018 6:58 PM  

I heard about this on the radio this morning.
They said he was fired by a tweet while somewhere in Africa.

Sh!tcanned while in a sh!thole

Blogger Nate March 13, 2018 7:52 PM  

"Jokes on you cruzbot: Puerto-Rico IS US Territory, so, the only place I'll be going, even if worse comes to shove, is just another slice of the Empire.

Can someone translate Rico Suave here? I don't speak street shitter.

Blogger Paulie Boy March 13, 2018 8:21 PM  

Voxxie the ex-pat desperately clinging to the cuck-in-chief's jock, at least Tillersom wasn't a deep state, shabbos goy spook.

Blogger Paulie Boy March 13, 2018 8:21 PM  

Hasbra.

Blogger Paulie Boy March 13, 2018 8:22 PM  

Why did Trump appoint him in the first place?

Blogger Snidely Whiplash March 13, 2018 9:02 PM  

@Pauli girl,
You were banned. We remember.

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Blogger kurt9 March 14, 2018 2:54 PM  

Trump fired Tillerson because the latter tried to salvage the "nuclear deal" with the iranians on Iran's terms at the request of the EU, all without informing Trump. In other words, Tillerson was fired for insubordination.

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