Mar 30 2017


First to sell out gets the best deal! Frankly it’s a classic Prisoner’s Dilemma. Game Theory says that over extended numbers of rounds Tit for Tat is the best strategy, in a constricted environment betray at the earliest opportunity and keep doing it. When I had to participate at a leadership conference I was already wise (the worst kind of subject) and I explained it to my team mates and added- “But the lesson is that there’s always a bigger game and when we go home we’re going to have to work with these people in real life. Are you willing to poison that relationship just to win a stupid game? Let’s at least start by playing nice and if they screw us over then maybe we reconsider. I’d rather leave this room looking like a mensch than a weasel.”

As it turns out our ‘opposing’ team was willing to play nice too because that’s the kind of people they were (I am not, you don’t get to be capo di tutti by being nice) and anyway after a mere 3 rounds we had an insurmountable lead over every other team. When we were able to consult with our partners and at the end of the game I discovered I was the only one who’d been exposed to this particular Jedi Mind Trick. My boss was kind of pissed that I knew more about his ‘Game’ than he did, but at the same time he looked at me with new respect.

Flynn offers to testify on Russia for immunity
By Brooke Seipel, The Hill
03/30/17 06:42 PM EDT

President Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has reportedly told the FBI that he is willing to testify about the Trump campaign’s potential ties to Russia, in exchange for immunity from prosecution, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Flynn resigned in February, after it was reported that he misled White House staff on his interactions with Russia and had discussed sanctions with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak ahead of President Trump’s inauguration.

The Journal reported, citing officials familiar with the matter, that the FBI and the House and Senate Intelligence committees that are investigating Russia’s attempts to interfere in the U.S. election have not taken his lawyers up on the offer.

Flynn spoke with Kislyak multiple times during the transition, including on Dec. 29, the day then-President Obama retaliated against Moscow for its hacking of Democratic political groups and individuals, which intelligence agencies say was done to aid Trump’s campaign.

Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, whose ties to Russia have been under scrutiny, and son-in-law Jared Kushner earlier this week volunteered to interview with the House Intelligence Committee’s probe of Russian interference. Former aides Roger Stone and Carter Page, who have also been in the spotlight in the Russian investigations have also offered to talk with the committees — but none with any conditions of immunity.

FBI Director James Comey last week confirmed that the bureau is investigating Russian attempts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election — including any links or coordination between members of Trump’s campaign and Moscow.

Following his resignation, other revelations have been made surrounding Flynn, including that he was paid tens of thousands of dollars by multiple Russian companies for speeches made prior to becoming a formal adviser on Trump’s campaign.

He also reportedly discussed ways to take a man wanted by the Turkish government out of the United States without going through the legal extradition process.

The conversation, which took place during the presidential race while Flynn was serving as an unpaid adviser to Trump, centered around Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen.


  1. ek hornbeck

    Vent Hole

  2. ek hornbeck

    Triple Takeout?

    Rachel says this proves Pence lied too.

    Ryan because he’s feckless.

    Who’s next?

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