For John, BLUF: You know this is true. Nothing to see here; just move along.
MICROWAVE OF THE FUTURE: First, President Trump accused Barack Obama of having tapped his phones at Trump Tower during the presidential campaign. Then the White House refused to provide any substantiation to the claim but asked Congress to investigate. Then presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway came to the President’s defense (sort of) in an interview with the Bergen (NJ) Record, in which she said there are many ways to surveil each other: “You can surveil someone through their phones, certainly through their television sets — any number of ways.” Conway added that the monitoring could be done with “microwaves that turn into cameras,” adding, “We know this is a fact of modern life.” This alternative fact provided great fodder to late-night TV hosts who mocked the claim. Who might come to Kellyanne’s defense? We offer former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell who was quoted in 2015 as saying, “If you know what I know, you wouldn’t plug your toaster in.”From Boston politics there is this from Mr Martin Lomasney (the Mahatma):♠
Never write if you can speak; never speak if you can nod; never nod if you can wink.And, Heaven to Betsy, don't put it in an EMail.
Regards — Cliff
♠ He was the boss of Ward Eight. I wonder if the old Ward Eight Restaurant here in Lowell was a reference to Mr Lomasney?