End Of Week Motes

More secret squirrels: The largest undercover force the world has ever known is the one created by the Pentagon over the past decade. Some 60,000 people now belong to this secret army, many working under masked identities and in low profile, all part of a broad program called “signature reduction.” The force, more than ten times the size of the clandestine elements of the CIA, carries out domestic and foreign assignments, both in military uniforms and under civilian cover, in real life and online, sometimes hiding in private businesses and consultancies, some of them household name companies. The unprecedented shift has placed an ever-greater number of soldiers, civilians, and contractors working under false identities, partly as a natural result in the growth of secret special forces but also as an intentional response to the challenges of traveling and operating in an increasingly transparent world. Newsweek’s exclusive report is a window into not just a little-known sector of the American military, but also a completely unregulated practice. Dozens of little known and secret government organizations support the program, doling out classified contracts and overseeing publicly unacknowledged operations. Altogether the companies pull in over $900 million annually. How long before someone uses “signature reduction” as a criminal defense?

Maybe send them  ^ after these guys: An innocent Brooklyn mom was gunned down at a memorial service for a friend executed hours earlier for accidentally stepping on a gang member’s foot — with the gangbangers returning to blast the dead man’s mourning friends, police sources said Tuesday. Shalimar Birkett, 32, took a fatal bullet to the head when the Monday night vigil turned violent as locals gathered to honor the neighborhood man killed in similarly brutal fashion less than 24 hours prior, police said. The slain Birkett’s blood stained the Brownsville sidewalk Tuesday after the slaying.There’s really only one way to stop this. But people don’t like that answer.

Okay, name one: Joy Behar suggested Monday that Bill Gates’ philanthropic contributions trumped any concerns about his personal habits, including ties to the late Jeffrey Epstein. She did not have a problem with accusations of adultery and other “personal peccadilloes” because Gates had donated so much money and time to good causes.   “You know, this guy saves countries. He saves countries,” Behar said. So, Joy, if you’re rich, you can do whatever you want? As long as you give to “good causes. Behar protested. “I don’t think his personal peccadilloes had any effect negatively on what he does.”  Behar went on to argue that it was unfair to judge Gates’ personal habits because no one could ever measure up to perfection. I don’t have enough time to go into the height and breadth of Behar’s hypocrisy.

The “big lie”: The Arizona Senate clearly just wants to get to the truth and the accurate vote count from the 2020 Election for President and Senator.  They have no agenda other than that.  They have listened to their constituents and are doing the audit in response. The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors (MCBOS) are doing everything possible to disparage the auditors hired by the Arizona Senate and to try and stop the audit. If they believed in the results of the Election in their County, they would be welcoming the audit.  You know, “If you got nothing to hide…”

Friday home to Hilo. Mow the lawn, trim the hedge, pick up the dog poop. But, it’s my lawn, my hedge, and …well you get the idea. Taking a bottle of Sexton Irish Whiskey with me. I shall do my best not to bring any back.

Storyteller says “Aloha” to fellow rider b.betts@grandecom.net down in Texas. Ride safe Brother.

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