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Older than dinosaurs: last South African coelacanths threatened by oil exploration - Just 30 of the prehistoric fish known to exist, raising fears oil wells will push it to extinction by anutensil in worldnews

[–]Average_American1776 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Alright, this is a cynical view, but there's a cookie out there for anybody who can tell me why these 30 fish are important: What can we learn from them, how do they benefit humans?

I'm not arguing for the oil, I'm just asking why anybody would argue for the fish, or why an argument for the fish would be an argument against the oil in any way, shape, or form.

Former South African police officer found dead after revealing alleged details of a secret government paedophile ring. by SauthEfrican in worldnews

[–]ryeshoes 88 points89 points  (0 children)

Not to detract as it is a good reminder but this list isn't OC. here is a 2017 dated post of it. here is a post on reddit from 3 years ago. In fact you'll see on google tons of sites just copy/pasted the list without verifying. I even found the list on some poly-sci book copied verbatim and in the book God and his demons with no citations.

Since it isn't OC I have taken the liberty of copying it and including citations. Not all the citations are from "legitimate" news sites. Probably because the republican isn't noteworthy enough.


Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert was indicted on federal charges of structuring bank withdrawals after prosecutors alleged Hastert had molested at least four boys as young as 14 and attempted to compensate his victims and subsequently conceal the transactions. Hastert eventually admitted that he sexually abused the boys whom he had coached decades earlier, and was sentenced to fifteen months in prison.

http://archive.fo/G5jK8

Republican Tim Nolan, chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in Kentucky, pled guilty to child sex trafficking and on February 11, 2018 he was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison.

http://archive.fo/62uhi

Republican state Senator Ralph Shortey was indicted on four counts of human trafficking and child pornography. In November 2017, he pleaded guilty to one count of child sex trafficking in exchange for the dropping of the other charges.

http://archive.fo/44w05

Republican anti-abortion activist Howard Scott Heldreth is a convicted child rapist in Florida.

http://archive.fo/Ps59j

Republican County Commissioner David Swartz pleaded guilty to molesting two girls under the age of 11 and was sentenced to 8 years in prison.

https://archive.fo/nm7kD

Republican judge Mark Pazuhanich pleaded no contest to fondling a 10-year old girl and was sentenced to 10 years probation.

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https://postimg.cc/image/rpudusgfh/ (picture mirror)

Special counsel Robert Mueller proposes 'well over' 1,000 pieces of evidence for next trial of ex-Trump campaign boss Paul Manafort: Attorneys by slakmehl in worldnews

[–]BlackeeGreen 4938 points4939 points  (0 children)

Manafort is the worst person in this entire shitshow.

I present to you an incomplete list of Manafort's bullshit:


Manafort's past clients include:

  • Ferdinand Marcos - Authoritarian leader of the Philippines 1965-1986. His regime was famous for its corruption and extreme brutality, and supported by the US government. In 1986 Marcos fled the Philippines with his stolen wealth and was granted asylum by the US government, where he lived the rest of his life in exile.

  • Mobutu Sese Soko - Military dictator of DRC / Zaire 1965-1997. Seized power through military coup d'etat. The classic African dictator - deeply criminal but willing to be a US ally, Mobutu destroyed his country through nepotism and embezzlement. In 1997 Mobutu fled Zaire and lived the rest of his life in exile.

  • Sani Abacha - De facto President of Nigeria 1993-1998. Seized power through military coup d'etat, for the ~5 years he and his family were in power they stole $5+ billion from the government.

  • Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo - President of Equatorial Guinea 1979-present. Seized power through military coup d'etat, currently the second longest-serving non-royal leader in the world. His government is effectively a legal dictatorship, and has been marked by corruption.

  • Siad Barre - President of Somalia 1969-1991. Seized power through coup d'etat. Regime characterized by widespread human rights abuses and authoritarian rule. In 1991 Barre fled Somalia and lived the rest of his life in exile.

  • Daniel arap Moi - President of Kenya 1978-2002. In 1992 Moi was forced to hold free and open elections; this is the year his party paid $660,000 to Manafort's lobbying firm. Moi's party won. Moi's 24-year rule was maked by corruption (The Goldenberg scandal alone equalled to theft of 10% of Kenya's GDP), political violence, and widespread human rights abuses.

  • Government of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) - From 1990-1995, Manafort's firm received $4 million to covertly influence US policy towards Pakistan. This involved creating a fake US-based nonprofit - The Kashmiri American Council - which under false pretenses lobbied on behalf of Pakistan.

  • Viktor Yanukovych - President of Ukraine 2010-2014. In 2014 Yanukovych fled Ukraine; he is currently living in exile and wanted in Ukraine for treason.

  • Donald Trump - President of the United States 2017-present.


Manafort was so good at his job that his name is mentioned over 80 times in this 1992 report:

The Torturer's Lobby: How Human Rights-Abusing Nations Are Represented in Washington [pdf link]


A mid-2000s Transparency International report listed the world's top 4 kleptocrats. 3 were Manafort clients:

  • Suharto (Indonesia, $15-35 billion)
  • Ferdinand Marcos (The Philippines, $5-10 billion) – Manafort client
  • Mobutu Sese Seko (Zaire, $5 billion) – Manafort client
  • Sani Abacha (Nigeria, $2-5 billion) – Manafort client

In 2013, Manafort admitted to French investigators that he played a middleman role in a botched illegal arms deal that lead to the death of a dozen French engineers.

'The Karachi Affair' is one of France's largest political scandals of the past 2-3 decades.


Manafort's very first international client was Angolan rebel leader Jonas Savimbi. Using his connections in DC (especially the Heritage Foundation), Manafort helped Savimbi secure hundreds of millions of dollars of US support. Including CIA assistance. Manafort helped Savimbi get the support necessary to continue a bloody civil war - which he ultimately lost - for decades.

Former South African police officer found dead after revealing alleged details of a secret government paedophile ring. by SauthEfrican in worldnews

[–]WE_HATE_YOU 2628 points2629 points  (0 children)

Hollywood has some catching up to do.

Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert was indicted on federal charges of structuring bank withdrawals after prosecutors alleged Hastert had molested at least four boys as young as 14 and attempted to compensate his victims and subsequently conceal the transactions. Hastert eventually admitted that he sexually abused the boys whom he had coached decades earlier, and was sentenced to fifteen months in prison.

Republican Tim Nolan, chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in Kentucky, pled guilty to child sex trafficking and on February 11, 2018 he was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison.

Republican state Senator Ralph Shortey was indicted on four counts of human trafficking and child pornography. In November 2017, he pleaded guilty to one count of child sex trafficking in exchange for the dropping of the other charges.

Republican anti-abortion activist Howard Scott Heldreth is a convicted child rapist in Florida.

Republican County Commissioner David Swartz pleaded guilty to molesting two girls under the age of 11 and was sentenced to 8 years in prison.

Republican judge Mark Pazuhanich pleaded no contest to fondling a 10-year old girl and was sentenced to 10 years probation.

Republican anti-abortion activist Nicholas Morency pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography on his computer and offering a bounty to anybody who murders an abortion doctor.

Republican legislator Edison Misla Aldarondo was sentenced to 10 years in prison for raping his daughter between the ages of 9 and 17.

Republican Mayor Philip Giordano is serving a 37-year sentence in federal prison for sexually abusing 8- and 10-year old girls.

Republican campaign consultant Tom Shortridge was sentenced to three years probation for taking nude photographs of a 15-year old girl.

Republican Senator Strom Thurmond, a notable racist, had sex with a 15-year old black girl which produced a child.

Republican pastor Mike Hintz, whom George W. Bush commended during the 2004 presidential campaign, surrendered to police after admitting to a sexual affair with a female juvenile.

Republican legislator Peter Dibble pleaded no contest to having an inappropriate relationship with a 13-year-old girl.

Republican Congressman Donald “Buz” Lukens was found guilty of having sex with a female minor and sentenced to one month in jail.

Republican fundraiser Richard A. Delgaudio was found guilty of child porn charges and paying two teenage girls to pose for sexual photos.

Republican activist Mark A. Grethen convicted on six counts of sex crimes involving children.

Republican activist Randal David Ankeney pleaded guilty to attempted sexual assault on a child.

Republican Congressman Dan Crane had sex with a female minor working as a congressional page.

Republican activist and Christian Coalition leader Beverly Russell admitted to an incestuous relationship with his step daughter.

Republican congressman and anti-gay activist Robert Bauman was charged with having sex with a 16-year-old boy he picked up at a gay bar.

Republican Committee Chairman Jeffrey Patti was arrested for distributing a video clip of a 5-year-old girl being raped.

Republican activist Marty Glickman (a.k.a. “Republican Marty”), was taken into custody by Florida police on four counts of unlawful sexual activity with an underage girl and one count of delivering the drug LSD.

Republican legislative aide Howard L. Brooks was charged with molesting a 12-year old boy and possession of child pornography.

Republican Senate candidate John Hathaway was accused of having sex with his 12-year old baby sitter and withdrew his candidacy after the allegations were reported in the media.

Republican preacher Stephen White, who demanded a return to traditional values, was sentenced to jail after offering $20 to a 14-year-old boy for permission to perform oral sex on him.

Republican talk show host Jon Matthews pleaded guilty to exposing his genitals to an 11 year old girl.

Republican anti-gay activist Earl “Butch” Kimmerling was sentenced to 40 years in prison for molesting an 8-year old girl after he attempted to stop a gay couple from adopting her.

Republican Party leader Paul Ingram pleaded guilty to six counts of raping his daughters and served 14 years in federal prison.

Republican election board official Kevin Coan was sentenced to two years probation for soliciting sex over the internet from a 14-year old girl.

Republican politician Andrew Buhr was charged with two counts of first degree sodomy with a 13-year old boy.

Republican politician Keith Westmoreland was arrested on seven felony counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition to girls under the age of 16 (i.e. exposing himself to children).

Republican anti-abortion activist John Allen Burt was charged with sexual misconduct involving a 15-year old girl.

Republican County Councilman Keola Childs pleaded guilty to molesting a male child.

Republican activist John Butler was charged with criminal sexual assault on a teenage girl.

Republican candidate Richard Gardner admitted to molesting his two daughters.

Republican Councilman and former Marine Jack W. Gardner was convicted of molesting a 13-year old girl.

Republican County Commissioner Merrill Robert Barter pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual contact and assault on a teenage boy.

Republican City Councilman Fred C. Smeltzer, Jr. pleaded no contest to raping a 15 year-old girl and served 6-months in prison.

Republican activist Parker J. Bena pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on his home computer and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison and fined $18,000.

Republican parole board officer and former Colorado state representative, Larry Jack Schwarz, was fired after child pornography was found in his possession.

Republican strategist and Citadel Military College graduate Robin Vanderwall was convicted in Virginia on five counts of soliciting sex from boys and girls over the internet.

Republican city councilman Mark Harris, who is described as a “good military man” and “church goer,” was convicted of repeatedly having sex with an 11-year-old girl and sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Republican businessman Jon Grunseth withdrew his candidacy for Minnesota governor after allegations surfaced that he went swimming in the nude with four underage girls, including his daughter.

Republican director of the “Young Republican Federation” Nicholas Elizondo molested his 6-year old daughter and was sentenced to six years in prison.

Republican benefactor of conservative Christian groups, Richard A. Dasen Sr., was charged with rape for allegedly paying a 15-year old girl for sex. Dasen, 62, who is married with grown children and several grandchildren, has allegedly told police that over the past decade he paid more than $1 million to have sex with a large number of young women.

Omarosa book: Trump called Montenegro prime minister a ‘whiny punk b----’ by ppd322 in worldnews

[–]faded_jester 30 points31 points  (0 children)

If we're going to be honest, most people would be tarred and feathered if what we said in private became public knowledge, at least with the current "we don't need proof, we're outraged dammit!" ultra militant pc culture that believes their adoration of recreational outrage is the same thing as being moral.

He's certainly an arrogant prick that has zero qualms about lying to protect his massive ego, but taking every little thing you can find and cranking it up to 11, regardless of whether it's warranted, did more to help him become president than it harmed him. A lesson the mainstream media still doesn't understand.

Going "full retard" is not the answer.

Stick to the important things that really matter, and let the small shit be small shit.

Trump could try to revoke Robert Mueller's security clearance next, top Democrat warns by maxwellhill in worldnews

[–]Lostmyotheraccount2 598 points599 points  (0 children)

Yeah and trump was saluting that North Korean general because they’ve both served equally for america

Edit: holy shit thanks for the first gold! Was not expecting that

Trump could try to revoke Robert Mueller's security clearance next, top Democrat warns by maxwellhill in worldnews

[–]Ihateyouall86 1374 points1375 points  (0 children)

It's getting to the point where I'm losing life long friends because of how fucking stupid being a Republican is making them.

It's all about MAH GUNS! NO MUZLIHMZ! BUTTERY MAILS!

76 people overdose on synthetic marijuana in 24-hours at US park by Epyc-News in worldnews

[–]askingxalice 24 points25 points  (0 children)

When I first started, it was very comparable to how really good weed is now. Funny things were hilarious. Good food tasted great. Your creativity was through the roof. Everything felt nice. You got a good high. At that point, I could buy a 10 gram bag of the stuff for 30 bucks, and have it last me from paycheck to paycheck.

What a dream, right? Acts like weed, cheaper than weed, and it wouldn't show up on tests.

Then the chemical bans started happening. Creators of the stuff had to start using more and more radical chems to get similar effects. And, if you had smoke shops like in my area, the stuff was made and bagged in the back rooms by employees that weren't getting paid all in cash.

I know, because I ended up as one of the employees after I lost my normal job. (I also designed the graphics on the front of the bags. Probably the only Skilled thing I did in those two years.) ONE of the problems with randoms making the stuff was that you could end up with dry spots and hot spots - spots of leaf where there was almost no chemical, and spots with a high saturation of it.

As more and more chemicals were banned, the effects and addiction got worse and worse. I went from wanting to smoke to needing to smoke, to the point of being dopesick when I woke up in the morning. I wouldn't feel right until I got that hit. The prices were also going up. I went from buying 10 grams for 30 dollars, to 1.5 grams from 15 to 20 dollars.

Obviously, this led to me losing my jobs at the smoke shop bc I stopped giving any shits about my work. I would show up for free product and leave. Once I lost my paycheck, I started mooching off of family, because I had driven away all of my friends. When they stopped letting me "borrow" money, I started to steal it.

It was during this time that I think I had one of the previously mentioned "hot spots" in one of my bags. I took a hit and, as far as I can describe it, got stuck in my head. I couldn't move or talk, but I could almost feel the music I was listening to like physical blows. My organs felt like they were jumping around inside me. Eventually I managed to lay down and pass out.

When I woke up, I had vomited in my sleep. The chunky, cat food looking vomit that comes from ODing. I wish I could say that was my wake up call and I quit after that, but I didn't. It woke me up to how bad off I was, but the addiction was able to convince me that I would never get better, so why try? Might as well keep smoking.

If it weren't for my cousin who never gave up on me, I don't think I would be sober or even alive now. Months later, she let me stay with her for a week and basically watched me the entire time. That was long enough for my brain to create some sort of chemical balance, and I haven't looked back since. I owe her my life.

Thank you very much for asking. Writing this all out has been therapeutic in ways, and if I can stop someone from even trying synthetic marijuana, I will.

Heatwave thaws Swiss glacier, uncovering a crashed war plane hidden for 72 years by savethedolphins8616 in worldnews

[–]Political_moof 1728 points1729 points  (0 children)

It should be a goddamn crime. Criminalize this shit. Ban this sick filth.

Call it "Omission of Dank Pictures in a News Article." Make it a federal crime and a violation of the Geneva Convention.

All found guilty are sentenced to hard labor fighting the Emu menace in Australia.

We'll see if publication without the picture was worth it when these fuckers are watching their comrades fall to wave after wave of modern dinosaurs obliterating their trenches in Jurassic warfare. As man after man falls, they will say "today is the day" as artillery does nothing to the Emu warriors advancing upon them. The fucks.

German lifeguards have issued a warning that a growing number of child drownings this summer are linked to their parents’ obsession with mobile phones. by urgukvn in worldnews

[–]FiveDozenWhales 1278 points1279 points  (0 children)

I'm a voracious reader and a parent. I'm also a young millenial - I'm not here to badmouth young people. I have never been distracted from my children by a book or magazine. My phone competes for my attention all the time.

There is a qualifiable difference between a phone and a book. A book is static, unchanging - it doesn't demand your attention lest you miss something or reply too late. It doesn't contain infinite material. It doesn't have people saying stupid shit, people you feel compelled to argue with. It doesn't have messages from your workplace or family. It doesn't have pictures - well, I read comics, those do have pictures - but it doesn't have video. A book will never livetweet an ongoing riot as it happens. You won't miss out on the group chat if you ignore your book for a little while.

Phones are qualifiably different from books. Before phones, there was not a problem with people reading books while they drive. Before phones, you'd see some people in a waiting area or on the bus reading - but not close to 100% like you see with phones.

There is a lot of research about smart phone and internet usage negatively impacting people including literal addiction and chronic depression . The fact that smartphones are addictive, distracting, and impact mental health is very well-established. If you have any similar scholarly research on the effects of books or newspapers I'd be interested to read it.

The idea that smartphones aren't distracting and addictive in a way radically different from books is not really defensible. The only people I see pushing this idea are trying to defend their own usage - not impartial observers.

Edit: Removed "Nope." from the start of my message, that was needlessly and obnoxiously snarky.

The next five years will be ‘anomalously warm,’ scientists predict by irgordon in worldnews

[–]ILikeNeurons 377 points378 points  (0 children)

Now is a great time to discuss solutions.

On the plus side, now a majority of Americans finally supports a carbon tax, the solution supported by practically every scientist and economist. Four years ago, it was less than a third. This is great news, since failure (by only half a degree) to mitigate climate change to 1.5 ºC will cost the world $20 trillion.

It may come as a surprise to some, but Congress really does care what their constituents think, even when it comes to climate change. There are now dozens of Republicans on the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus. You may be tempted to think that Republicans joining a Climate Solutions Caucus is just greenwashing, but results show their LCV voting records have improved after joining the Caucus, suggesting they are actually making meaningful changes.

And a carbon tax works. The BC carbon tax was crazy successful at reducing emissions, and even increased employment.

Americans are willing to pay $177/yr for a carbon tax, and 30% of Americans would be willing to volunteer for an organization working on climate change if someone they liked and respected asked them to.

So what do we need to do to make it happen?

Vote1

Lobby2

Recruit3

  1. Even if you don't like any of the candidates or live in a 'safe' district, whether you vote is a matter of public record, and it's fairly easy to figure out if you care about the environment or climate change. Politicians can use this information to inform their decisions. If you don't vote, you can safely be ignored.

  2. Lobbying works. If you're too busy to go through the free training, sign up for text alerts to join coordinated call-in days.

  3. We're already at 3%, and we need ≥3.5%. According to the Yale data cited above, many of your friends and family would welcome the opportunity to get involved if you just asked. So please do. We're so close.

Trump's Ambassador Threatens UK With 'serious Consequences' If Iran Trade Continues - Donald Trump’s ambassador to the United Kingdom has published an unprecedented editorial in a British newspaper, warning Prime Minister Theresa May to side with the U.S. against Iran or face “serious consequences.” by ManiaforBeatles in worldnews

[–]tootie 98 points99 points  (0 children)

She should go after the ambassador first. He's a trust fund dipshit who bought his post to the UK. He has zero diplomacy skills and has never worked hard a day in his life. He is the disowned grandson of the Johnson & Johnson fortune who stays out of the press, ruins a football team and gives shitloads of money to Republicans. They sell these kinds of posts because our relationships with our allies are considered unbreakable and their leaders have direct access to our top leaders and don't need ambassadors to do anything except help tourists with lost passports. For Trump to put this guy at the forefront of an incendiary foreign policy crisis is a recipe for failure. May should get him on camera and watch him crumble.

In Private Meeting, Facebook Exec Warns News Outlets to Cooperate or End Up Dying in 'Hospice' - Facebook keeps "vehemently" denying the veracity of its comments. "Anyone who cares about news needs to understand Facebook is a fundamental threat." by anutensil in worldnews

[–]5am5ep1ol 6 points7 points  (0 children)

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/elements/2013/09/the-real-reason-facebook-makes-us-unhappy.html

http://mphprogramslist.com/studies-indicate-facebook-affect-public-health-negatively/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23709009

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0069841

https://guilfordjournals.com/doi/abs/10.1521https://www.reddit.com/jscp.2014.33.8.701

There are myriad studies on the negative effects of facebook on our brains. The fact that the simple idea of getting off a website is akin to "social suicide" in your brain is a huge indicator of addiction. I don't mean to throw you under the bus, but I'm just trying to prove the point that our fixation on forming and holding these unreal relationships electronically, based on false personas we craft to make our lives look good, is supremely unhealthy.

Just anecdotally, how often do you go out with people and sit around for a quiet beer or coffee and have someone or multiple people at the table who are unable to keep their phones down; cant go without checking in on what else is going on everywhere else with people who they aren't spending time with? When's the last time something big happened in a close rrlation's life that you didn't learn about through facebook, where they came to you to tell you in person? Facebook and social networks like it rob us of the actual human contact humans need.

How many legitimate experiences do you have--and I mean cathartic, real experiences--where no one is trying to record it to post on Facebook to prove to everyone the great time they had instead of being there and experiencing the actual great time itself? It's bled into every facet of our lives, to the point it is a filter between us and a huge portion of our experiences. That removal from the real, empirical world is detrimental.

And this is all before we even start talking about the effect it has on our political landscape. It's tearing the world apart, creating a gulf between us and people who hold different beliefs. That 'echo chamber' people love to throw around in political discussions in order to chip away at your opponent's argument? It isn't just your opponents problem, it's all of our problem. It creates an 'us vs. them' mentality when our biases are spoonfed to us through our portal to the Internet and basically all information now, your FB feed.

And, lastly: social suicide? Phones exist. We are more connected now than ever before, even without facebook. You're not isolating yourself on an island.

Trump reportedly has a 'bizarre' fascination with French President Emmanuel Macron and calls him for no reason by newsthrowaway1234 in worldnews

[–]eskaps 225 points226 points x2 (0 children)

That article misses the point of the Politico piece it's rehashing so hard it's disconcerting. I don't even like Trump, very far from it, but a columnist on a media that calls itself Business motherfucking Insider should know better than to rehash a Politico article, strip it of most of its sense and then vomit it back to the masses presenting itself as sensible business "journalism". The orignal article might not win a Pulitzer, but it is at least trying hard to be neutral.

That kind of work is a disgrace to real journalists and proper ethical medias, and one of the main reasons the phrase "fake news" was even coined in the first place.

Just for the lulz, let's have a look at the most outrageous claim from that steaming pile of shit:

BI says:

According to Politico, Trump also struggles to grasp the concept of time zones and aides have to remind him on a "constant basis" as he attempts to call other world leaders at awkward hours.

Now, let's see what the original, quoted article has to say about it:

A White House official said Trump, as a former jet-setting global businessman, understands how time zones work but doesn’t dwell on such details when he wants to talk to a foreign leader. “He’s the president of the United States. He’s not stopping to add up” time differences, the official said. “I don’t think anybody would expect him or Obama or Bush or Clinton or anybody to do that. That’s the whole reason you have a staff to say ‘Yes, we’ll set it up,’ and then they find a time that makes most sense.”

Whole. fucking. different. meaning. Those among us who do business worldwide will know the feeling of starting to dial a client/supplier's number, only to realize it's 3 in the fucking morning where they're at. Clinton did it (his example is specifically mentioned and expanded about in the Politico article), other presidents surely also did, and more generally, most people who deal with different timezones also do on a daily basis, whether they're company execs, governement suits or just random dudes with family overseas.

Edit: as for the Macron thing, while Politico's first source indeed remarks the regular occurence of their calls, the WH source says Macron requested most of them. BI's take? Let's take this one line of a 3 page article, blow it out of proportion and title "Trump has a crush on Macron". If that's not the very definition of clickbait right there, then (don't) call me Shirley.

There's one simple explanation that Politico is starting to suggest, but that BI completely glossed over: Trump is an oddball that likes to do things his way and ignore the parts of standard protocols when it gets in his way. It also happens that Macron is one of the few other guys on the world scene that openly strives do away with the usual political bureaucratic inertia (albeit with a bit more tactfully so). I'm not surprised these two call each other often to speed up things that would take weeks using classic channels. Like it or not, world politics is evolving in the way it's conducted, and with a new breed of leaders comes a new wave of different protocols.

TL;DR: There's a whole metric ton of legit, factual Trump mishaps in the original Politico piece that BI quotes that could've been used to bash Trump all day long, had M. Haltiwanger (the many possible puns are itching me...) bothered to read it first. But no, heavens no, let's take the two least interesting paragraphs of the article, cherry pick the quotes and sell it as yet another "hey, look, Trump is an idiot hahaha".

It's a fucking disgrace to journalism. Why and how that piece of shit writer still has the guts to call himself a political analyst and still sleep at night is beyond me.

Edit #2: Woah, (double) gold! Thanks a lot guys, I'll crack a beer open to you!