Thursday, December 28, 2017, 8:00am

5TtRT: a secret KGB spy manual, Doug Jones & Roy Moore, Donald Trump, Milo Yiannopoulos, & conspiracy theories

5TtRT: a secret KGB spy manual, Doug Jones & Roy Moore, Donald Trump, Milo Yiannopoulos, & conspiracy theories

So, Milo Yiannopoulos was one of Breitbart’s little hate-baiters, until he spouted some pro-pedophilia crap on some interview. Prior to that he’d gotten a big book deal with Simon & Schuster, and after that, S&S dropped him, so he sued. The court documents from the lawsuit hit the Internet, including a copy of the book, which I gather is awful, and the editorial comments, which are just lovely. Be sure you check some of that out, especially if you do any writing, because they’re kind of a hoot.

The KGB article is fascinating, and the conspiracy theories are just going to make you sad for the world. The NPR bit about the laws Trump’s signed are a good reminder that while Trump is doing damage, his presidency is still, by and large, a failed presidency that has accomplished little.

Also Roy Moore filed a lawsuit to stop Doug Jones from being certified as Alabama’s senator but that’s not gonna go anywhere.

5 Things to Read Today (12/28/17)

The Daily Beast: Revealed: The Secret KGB Manual for Recruiting Spies
“This is the first of a three-part series based on never-before-published training manuals for the KGB, the Soviet intelligence organization that Vladimir Putin served as an operative, and that shaped his view of the world. Its veterans still make up an important part of now-Russian President Vladimir Putin’s power base.”

Media Matters for America: Six far-right conspiracy theories that reached Congress and the White House in 2017
“When combined, these developments led to some conspiracy theories, which started off in far corners of the internet, reaching members of the House of Representatives and the White House – sometimes within a matter of days.”

NPR: Trump Signed 96 Laws In 2017. Here Is What They Do And How They Measure Up
“The actual number of laws Trump signed this year is 96. His claim of historic achievement isn’t accurate, either. But that didn’t stop him from repeating the erroneous claim Wednesday during a visit with firefighters in West Palm Beach, Fla.”

CNN: Alabama secretary of state says Jones will be certified
“Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill confirmed Thursday morning that Democrat Doug Jones will be certified the winner of the Alabama special Senate election despite Republican Roy Moore’s refusal to concede and request for a new election.”

Uproxx: The Editorial Notes For Milo Yiannopoulos’ Controversial Book Have Hit The Internet, And They Are Glorious
“Yet the real magic of the lawsuit documentation, which anyone can find here, is in Ivers’ comments on the manuscript. As Twitter user Sarah Mei (who did the virtual legwork to unearth them) points out, ‘They’re… amazing. Even better than the excerpts in the filing.'”

(You can read Sarah Mei’s Twitter thread pointing out some of the best comments here.)

Daily Cute: Otter!

Sea Otter appreciates applause at the Toba Aquarium.

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