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  1. about 13 hours ago on Baby Blues

    France attempted the decimalization of time following the French Revolution — one of the revolutionaries less popular initiatives.

  2. 2 days ago on Gary Varvel

    “The current story is every document became automatically “declassified” as soon he took it out of the WH.”

    This is, of course, codswallop, but you are correct that this is the Trump team’s current line. The truth is that there is a process for declassifying a document. The classification authority for a document can initiate the process, and for nearly every document, the ultimate classification authority is the President, so Trump could have almost any document declassified if he wanted to — but even then it’s not automatic. There is a bureaucratic process to follow, and the document has to receive the appropriate new markings correctly indicating that it is now no longer classified. If this process is not followed, then the document remains classified, no matter what the original classification authority intended. If you screw up the paperwork, too bad — it stays classified, because the system is designed to err on the side of protecting our national security.

    You may have mentioned I said “nearly every document”. The President actually is not the ultimate classification authority for every document. A very notable exception is one that is very relevant in this case, if the Washington Post story is accurate: nuclear weapons. Thanks to an act of Congress, information about our nuclear weapons programs is kept under extremely tight watch, and the President is not under control of it. Congress is the ultimate classification authority in this case, and given their track record at getting things done, I don’t think we can expect anything to get declassified, ever.

  3. 2 days ago on Gary Varvel

    The answer is simple: they aren’t providing SCIFs for all of them. If a circumstance were to arise in which a former president had to be consulted on a matter of national security, it would be simple enough to either bring him to a SCIF or set up a mobile SCIF. (Such things do exist, and are used when the President travels.)

  4. 2 days ago on Gary Varvel

    According to the receipt, which the Trump team has not disputed, there were indeed classified materials. According to the receipt, markings include Confidential, Secret, Top Secret, and TS/SCI. Of course none of us have seen the actual markings, nor have any in the press; that would be wildly inappropriate and defeat the purpose of document classification.

  5. 3 days ago on Michael Ramirez

    They’ve been putting a lot of effort into modernizing and growing their Navy, but it’s got a good long ways to go before it could defeat the US Navy.

  6. 3 days ago on Henry Payne

    The main issue I have is the proliferation of different types of charging adapters. Basically the same problem we had with cell phone chargers a while back. But the EU is stepping into the fray, and pushing the industry to adopt a standard, just as they did with cell phones, which has led to almost every phone now using USB-C. Hopefully we’ll get something like that for cars soon. I’ll feel a lot better going electric once I don’t have to worry so much about carrying an adapter.

  7. 3 days ago on Lalo Alcaraz

    Bingo. It’s the sunk cost fallacy writ large.

  8. 4 days ago on Chris Britt

    Agreed. I definitely do not agree with her about everything, but she definitely stands on her principles.

  9. 4 days ago on Michael Ramirez

    He’s not going to. He could, but he’s not going to. He’s playing the aggrieved victim as long as possible. But Garland is calling his bluff, and has already filed to release it. We’ll get to see it. I’m very interested to see it.

  10. 4 days ago on Frazz