Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A Message To America From A Nuclear Missile In Flight

What’s up, peeples?

I’m a nuclear Agni-V ICBM. I don’t have a lot of time to chat, because I’m approaching my terminal phase, and there is a lot to do with radar jammers and multiple warheads and such. I get stressed just thinking about it. Not as stressed as the folks down there, of course, but everyone has their own problems, right?

I wanted to explain something: Donald Trump did not just go crazy one day and launch a bunch of me into the air trying to kill everyone. Sometimes you hear silly arguments like that. Folks watch too many movies and TV shows, and they think I’m going to be part of a big wave of death that wipes out all life one afternoon.

It’s frustrating! Who wouldn’t want to be part of The Day After? But I tell myself, “You do you, Aggy. Just because people don’t understand how nuclear war works doesn’t mean you’re any less awesome.” That makes it better, I guess.

What happened is that the leader of North Korea said that certain military maneuvers by the South were “unacceptable,” and that he’d “respond with force.” The US president was in the middle of a Twitter fight with Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the TV was on in the room, and he only caught the gist of what was going on.

He responded immediately, writing: “If Kim opposes me, he’ll regret it.”

The news ran wild with this, and the NSC advisor, the STRATCOM commander, and the Secretaries of State and Defense all got on the phone with our allies in the Pacific – they did this to calm things down, mind you – and told them that the president wasn’t really in control of our nuclear forces, and any instructions that came from the Oval would probably get vetted a dozen times before they went through.

The problem with this message is that it spread to everyone, and soon strategic planners all over the region – heck, all over the world – began to realize that any bad actor who knew about this would have an increased temptation to launch a preemptive strike knowing that US response time would be delayed.

Which is nuts, right? Because the US maintains a second strike capability that makes it completely moot whether our response comes in 20 minutes, or 20 hours, or three weeks.

But the real question was, were there any heads of state or military officers crazy enough to take this chance? No one could say there weren’t. And so because of an irrational statement, followed by an irrational response, followed by an attempt to restore rationality, communicated to other rational actors who had to assume irrational actors were possible, within a week every major nuclear power was at its own version of DEFCON 2.

Then came the radar anomaly on a Pakistani screen. Was it a flock of birds? A sunspot? Maybe the Pakistani computers didn’t update Windows? No one knew. But it was followed by rushed preparations, a missed phone call, and then a limited launch between that country and my own.

This isn’t even World War Three, okay? We’re not there yet. We’re going to kill about a billion people, and then everyone will stop. But the paranoia will increase for a few years, and it will make the next limited launch much more likely. That’s my job. Not to end all human life now, but to smooth the way for a 30-year slide into oblivion, after you throw in a few ecological disasters. It’s not as dramatic as you thought. I’m just helping out.

(The only contest is with yourself, Aggs. You’re not playing against those Russian missiles. We have plenty of those. The question is, can you be the best version of you? Can you? Because that’s the victory.)

Okay, Donald Trump’s complete lack of experience and self-control will definitely play a major role in all this. But not in that way your coworker was giving you a hard time about. The lesson here might be that everything is a lot more complicated than you realize. The dangers are further away, but they’re also hidden. Maybe it would have been better to put a grownup in the big chair.

So, you’re kind of half-right. Partial credit.

Do you feel better?

Well… gotta fly!

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Sean Spicer's New Job

We’ve been over this, and I stand by my previous statements. I was clear about these ridiculous charges. I am not Sean Spicer.

You need to drop this. I’ve answered all your questions about it. I’m not Spicer! I don’t see the need to take off my costume to satisfy everyone who badgers me in a parking lot.

No, I can’t “just remove the head.” The head is the whole point. I’m within sight of the playground, which means the client might see me – it’s an industry standard practice. A smart journalist should know that. I have no idea what research you’ve done, but I’m Spencer Schute, and I’m an educational entertainer, okay? I never would have talked to you, but I thought you were someone who might want to hire me for a birthday or a playdate.

And I’m not hiding! Get that straight. I have the third most successful solo practice in this line of work in Council Bluffs, Iowa. I’ve been seen by hundreds of kids and their parents. Does that sound like someone who’s trying to stay under the radar? Everyone knows me.

You’re just repeating yourself now. People like dealing with Sammy the Science Skink, and it gets them excited to learn about all their animal friends in the state’s ecosystem. It’s perfectly legal to appear in public, conduct business, and operate a motor vehicle while wearing any apparel, equipment, or costume necessary for one’s chief employment as long as eyesight, hearing, or movement is not restricted. That’s state law.

Fine. People don’t see my face. What does that prove? What does that prove really? That I’m a successful businessman who can think on his feet and answer rapid-fire questions in a high-pressure environment? That I’m responsible and personable, and I love what I do?

You should write a story about that. That’s a story worth writing about. Instead all you journalists do is tear everything down and trip people up. This Sean Spicer you’re talking about? This guy who worked for the White House? Yeah, well, I bet he’s pretty sick of your questions too.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go help some young people learn about photosynthesis.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

My New Book - WE ARE ALL MADE OF TRUMP - Is On Sale

A cheery warning from a severed thumb. A man hidden deep beneath the earth who looks suspiciously like Sean Spicer. Paul Ryan’s hideous secret friends. An ancient curse, a nuclear missile with an inferiority complex, an alt-right cure for erectile dysfunction, and all the ways Steve Bannon will try to keep from killing you with his bare hands.

This is a sunny collection of tales about the misfit world surrounding our president... and the hilarious and deadly places we’re headed. It’s a book of scams and apocalypses, chuckles and doom, and you know it will happen, all of it, very soon.

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Also... I now have a page with links to my other books about America in the Trump era in case you want to check out State of Fear and Trump Tales of Terror.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

My Latest Collection Of Horror Stories Will Be Free On Monday And Tuesday

State of Fear is my most recent collection of short horror fiction, and it will be available for free on Amazon starting Monday. 

Here's what the inestimable Frank Moraes of Frankly Curious has to say about the work:

His approach is to inject you with a slow-acting neurotoxin until you’re afraid to move. He combines the Victorian ghost story’s precision with a postmodern sensibility. The writer and reader are partners. Bibeau rarely comes right out and tells you anything. He renders. What Anaïs Nin was for erotica, Paul Bibeau is for horror.

Please read the rest of the review. And look for the book Monday!


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Monday, March 13, 2017

"Some Of The Trumps Are Fake," By Donald Trump

My fellow Americans: As you know I am changing the system. Draining the swamp! And because of that we face a hard fight from those who want to stop us. The enemies of the people – the media and the corrupt bureaucrats of the deep state –  are attacking us the only way they know... With lies and fake news.

And so I have a disturbing truth to share.

Some of the Trumps are fake.

When you see me on TV or hear audio of my voice, now and in the future, you should make sure you’re actually watching or listening to the real Donald Trump, and not some imposter created by the media to discredit me.

If you watch TV, and all my supporters do, you know they can make amazing things happen with special effects. People in the CIA, or the NSA, working with CNN and the America-hating left... they have technology to create fake recordings and false images of me. They might even forge copies of my signature on legal and business documents. You know they wouldn't hesitate to do this. Don't be fooled!

Making a phony Donald Trump say or do things that might embarrass our movement and stop us from making America great again… That wouldn’t be hard at all.

I don’t want to name a specific example, because then they’ll just find ways to lie. You know this. But you can already guess the times you saw me or heard me, and it was only a media hoax. You know the Trumps that weren’t real.

We have to stick together.

From now on, ask yourself… Am I seeing Donald J. Trump on an official White House or Breitbart video presentation? Or is he being shown to me by Jake Tapper, or other people I can't trust with evidence of any kind, even if it's filed as an exhibit in a criminal case?

Ask yourself: Am I seeing the Donald J. Trump I know? The one who only wants to make America great again? Or does this Donald Trump seem different, doing things and saying things he would never do or say?

Ask yourself: Is this the Donald J. Trump I believe in? Because if it isn’t the Trump you believe in, it’s probably not me, is it? That just makes sense!

Be careful, because you may be seeing more fake Trumps soon. The elite media may flood the networks with what they will call disturbing examples of corruption or possibly treason. None of it is real.

And since many of the Trumps themselves are fake, you know that it's only a small step to realize that they can fake Trump supporters as well. These could be people you meet on Twitter or Facebook  - maybe even people you thought were your friends or family. And they'll act like they used to be supporters of mine, but now they're beginning to doubt the things I say. Don't trust them! They're paid performers. (Yes, even the ones in your own home. Do you think George Soros wouldn't do something like that to destroy us?)

It might come sooner than we expect, and I want you to be ready.

Only I am real. Believe me.

God bless America. The real America. You know who you are, don't you?

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Jeff Sessions First Contacted The Russian Ambassador About... Poultry

Long before the current crisis, Jeff Sessions contacted Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak about a poultry ban that was hurting American farmers. From a September 2, 2010 article in the Press-Register in Mobile, AL:

In January, Russia - a major market for chicken exports - barred incoming U.S. chicken over concerns regarding the anti-microbial chlorine rinses used to disinfect the meat.

Then in June, President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said they reached an agreement to lift the ban, but the exports never resumed.

Earlier this week, U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran, R-Oxford; Jeff Sessions, R-Mobile; and 28 other senators wrote Sergey Kislyak, ambassador of the Russian Federation to the U.S., concerned with "Russia's failure to honor" the agreement.

I have nothing to add.

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Did Russian Intelligence Use Jeff Sessions To Make Trump Change The GOP Platform At The Convention? Here's Everything We Know.

Jeff Sessions said he did not discuss campaign matters with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. That is a ridiculous claim, because one of his meetings occurred at the GOP convention last year, at the very time when the Trump campaign was forcing the Republican party to change its platform to accommodate the Russian government over Ukraine. Indeed, what happened in Cleveland has implications not only for the Trump administration, but for the entire party.

Here's what we know:

"Jeff Sessions met with the Russian Ambassador at least twice—once at his Senate office in September and once at an event at the Republican National Convention in July," according to Slate.

Sessions claims that in both meetings he was acting as a Senator and a member of the Armed Services Committee. But The Wall Street Journal reports that he paid for his expenses out of political funds, as if he were a campaign surrogate, and not out of a legislative fund.

At the convention the ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, also met with two other Trump campaign advisors. From USA Today:

It's unknown what the Trump campaign officials who spoke with the ambassador – J.D. Gordon and Carter Page – discussed with him. Those who took part in the events in Cleveland said it is not unusual for presidential campaign teams to interact with diplomats. However, the newly-revealed communications further contradict months of repeated denials by Trump officials that his campaign had contact with officials representing the Russian government.

The GOP convention matters, because this is where the Trump administration put pressure on the Republican party to dramatically change its platform on Russia's intervention into Ukraine.

According to NPR, a platform committee member and longtime activist Diana Denman "tried to insert language calling for the U.S. to provide lethal defensive weapons to the Ukrainian government." Then two unknown people intervened:

When she presented her proposal during a platform subcommittee meeting last month, "two gentleman," whom Denman said were part of the Trump campaign, came over, looked at the language, and asked that it be set aside for further review.

The Trump people got what they wanted:

The Trump campaign convinced the platform committee to change Denman's proposal. It went from calling on the U.S. to provide Ukraine "lethal defensive weapons" to the more benign phrase "appropriate assistance."

It's more than semantics. Many Republicans have been demanding the Obama administration provide a more robust response to Russia's incursions in Ukraine.

Denman "was steam rolled," said Melinda Haring of the Atlantic Council, a Washington, DC, think tank, who believes the language the Trump campaign approved is weaker. And she says "it's anyone's guess" what Trump would do regarding Ukraine and Russia, and that perhaps he might not even back "appropriate assistance."

JD Gordon originally said that he had nothing to do with this shift, but then changed his story yesterday and admitted that he pushed for watered down language. Was he one of the two people? That's not completely clear. Who was the other "gentleman?" We don't know. The Washington Post also has a detailed article on how the GOP platform was gutted.

Kislyak was at the convention meeting with three Trump operatives, and at that same convention two operatives reduced assistance to Ukraine in the GOP platform. One of the three people who talked to the Russian admits he was part of this effort - after first denying it.

Business Insider provides more of the troubling context:

Paul Manafort was Trump's campaign manager from April through August. He served as a top adviser to a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine from 2004 to 2012 and helped the Russia-friendly strongman Viktor Yanukovych win the Ukrainian presidency in 2010.

An unverified dossier presented to Trump in January by top US intelligence officials alleges that Trump "agreed to sideline" the issue of Russian intervention in Ukraine during his campaign after Russia promised to feed the emails it stole from prominent Democrats' inboxes to WikiLeaks. The dossier also claims Manafort was receiving "kickback payments" from Yanukovych's associates in Ukraine, where Manafort "had been commercially active ... right up to the time (in March 2016) when he joined campaign team."

Politico has more information on Carter Page's involvement in this. Page confirmed that he talked to the Russian ambassador, but declined to say what it was about.

Who is Sergey Kislyak? He's a diplomat, but also possibly a spy.

CNN reported Wednesday that Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak is considered by US intelligence to be one of Russia's top spies and spy-recruiters in Washington, citing current and former senior US government officials.

But asked by CNN's team in Moscow about the report, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova insisted Kislyak was "a well-known, world-class diplomat."

The New York Times has covered his extensive relationships throughout DC, and his connections to Trumpworld:

Mr. Kislyak’s networking success has landed him at the center of a sprawling controversy and made him the most prominent, if politically radioactive, ambassador in Washington. Two advisers to President Trump have run into trouble for not being more candid about contacts with Mr. Kislyak: Michael T. Flynn, who was forced to resign as national security adviser, and now Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who admitted two previously undisclosed conversations. Mr. Kislyak also met during the transition with Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner.

Who was involved in changing the GOP platform? The chairman of the RNC was Reince Priebus, who is now Trump's chief of staff. The platform committee's chair was Senator John Barrasso from Wyoming. One co-chair was Mary Fallin, governor of Oklahoma and eventually vice chair of the Trump transition team. Another co-chair was Representative Virginia Foxx, a Congresswoman from North Carolina's 5th district.

Rachel Hoff was on the national security platform subcommittee that actually decided to make this change. She was present for some of the discussions and spoke to the Washington Post about it, saying:

"This is another example of Trump being out of step with GOP leadership and the mainstream in a way that shows he would be dangerous for America and the world.”

More will come to light. But Jeff Sessions is not telling the truth about what went on at that convention. And it seems absolutely beyond belief that other Republicans in the establishment didn't know this ambassador was there having his meetings and changing GOP policy.

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