Your island is under attack! That’s always cause for concern, I guess, but this island is definitely worth holding on to because it’s the prettiest island you’re ever going to own. And Bad North is one of the prettiest isometric games I’ve ever seen. That’s almost certainly because of Oskar Stålberg’s involvement. We’ve covered his […]

It's the first week of the new year, and we've now gotten the first Destiny 2 weekly reset of 2018. This brings with it a new Nightfall Strike for players to try their hand at, along with a new Flashpoint on Io and a lineup of Eververse items to consider purchasing before The Dawning ends. Here's what to expect from this week's Nightfall, A Garden World, on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

In terms of Modifiers, we again see the return of Torrent. While fans of variety may be disappointed, this is a particularly fun one, as it causes your abilities to recharge much faster than usual. Additionally, Timewarp: Zero Hour is active, which means you're unable to extend the Strike's time limit. You'll need to be fast and efficient to make it to the end.

That's especially true if you're hoping to finish the first of this week's Challenges. Speed of Dark is enabled, as always, and requires you to finish the Strike with at least five minutes left on the timer. Unbroken tasks you with making it through with fewer than three deaths. And the Shielded Minotaur Challenge asks you to take out the titular shielded minotaurs in less than 90 seconds during that encounter.

As with any week, completing the Nightfall rewards you with Powerful Gear. The Nightfall is one of the only ways to obtain that level of gear, which is a reliable way to boost your Power level. This Nightfall will be available until the next weekly reset, which occurs at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET / 5 PM GMT on Tuesday, January 9 (4 AM AET on January 10).

The Nightfall is available now, but you'll be unable to try it--or anything else--for a period of time on Wednesday, January 3. Bungie has announced Destiny 2 maintenance and a new update will be deployed on that day, which will result in downtime for several hours. Meanwhile, The Dawning event continues and will come to an end on the same day as this Nightfall, January 9.

Microsoft's big end-of-year sale on the Xbox Store wraps up on January 4, but that doesn't mean your last chance to get cheap Xbox games has passed. The latest set of weekly deals has arrived for Xbox Live Gold members, bringing a select number of discounts on Xbox One games and DLC, alongside those on a few Xbox 360 games.

Among the most noteworthy offers on Xbox One is Diablo III: Eternal Collection for $30 / £27.50. This bundles together the base game, the excellent Reaper of Souls expansion, and the Rise of the Necromancer DLC (which adds the very fun Necromancer class). Alternatively, if you already own the game and Reaper of Souls, you can pick up Rise of the Necromancer on its own for $10 / £8.31.

Other deals of note include Redout: Lightspeed Edition for $26.79 / £21.43, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero for $13.39 / £10.71, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3's Season Pass Edition for $30 / £27.50, Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings for $6 / £4.80, 101 Ways to Die for $5 / £4, and Alien Hominid HD (an Xbox 360 game playable on Xbox One through backwards compatibility) for $5 / £3.37. Some notable DLC on sale includes Forza Horizon 3's Blizzard Mountain expansion for $8 / £6.69 and Forza Motorsport 7's Car Pass for $15 / £12.49.

Separately from these deals, the first of January's free Games With Gold titles are now available. Those include The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III; if you're taken with it or want to start with an earlier title in the series, Gold members can pick up the first game in the series for $5 / £3.96. Additionally, if you don't have Gold, there are still a few deals to be had, including Furi for $10 / £8.

All of these offers are available from now through January 8. You can see the full list here.

2018 is here, and January is bringing with a variety of new content to streaming services. Amazon has announced all of the movies and TV shows coming to Prime Video this month--and there is some great content coming to kick off the New Year.

The 10th season of the BBC's sci-fi show Doctor Who arrived on January 1, along with Darren Aronofsky's chilling drama Requiem for a Dream. Also now out is Sam Mendes' Oscar-nominated (and very sad) movie Revolutionary Road and David Fincher's thriller Zodiac. Quentin Tarantino's first movie, Reservoir Dogs, also came to Amazon Prime on January 1.

Coming on January 12 is the first season of the Amazon Original show Electric Dreams, which stars Bryan Cranston, Anna Paquin, Timothy Spall, and Steve Buscemi. At the end of the month, you'll be able to see the new 2017 entry in Vin Diesel's xXx franchise, The Return of Xander Cage. You can see Amazon Prime's full lineup below, as rounded up and compiled by GameSpot sister site CNET.

New to Amazon Prime, January 2018

January 1

  • The 2018 Rose Parade Hosted by Cord & Tish (Amazon original)
  • All is Lost
  • American Ninja
  • Assassination
  • Avenging Force
  • Babel
  • Baby Mama's Club
  • Black Rain
  • Brothers
  • Burning Blue
  • But I'm a Cheerleader
  • Capote
  • Coming Soon
  • Cool World
  • Cross Bronx
  • Dangerous Curves
  • Drop Dead Sexy
  • Doctor Who, season 10
  • Evolution
  • Flawless
  • Freedom Writers
  • Hamlet
  • Highway
  • Horsemen
  • Hustle & Flow
  • Invaders from Mars
  • Love and Death
  • Love Story
  • Murphy's Law
  • Platoon Leader
  • Pretty Bird
  • Primitive
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • Revenge of the Ninja
  • Revolutionary Road
  • Richard the Lionheart
  • Show of Force
  • Six Degrees of Separation
  • Step Into Liquid
  • Street Smart
  • The Perfect Weapon
  • The Presidio
  • The Wraith
  • Thelma & Louise
  • Uncommon Valor
  • Words and Pictures
  • Zodiac

January 5

  • The Devil's Double

January 6

  • Grimm, season 6

January 7

  • A Ghost Story

January 9

  • Prime Suspect: Tennison, season 1

January 12

  • Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams, season 1 (Amazon original)

January 16

  • My Mother & Other Strangers

January 17

  • The Midwife

January 19

  • Just Add Magic, season 2 (Amazon original)

January 30

  • Grantchester, season 3
  • Remember Me

January 31

  • xXx: The Return of Xander Cage

It's the start of a new month--and a new year--which means more free games are now available for PlayStation Plus subscribers. January's allotment of free PS Plus games are out now on the PlayStation Store, meaning that titles like Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and Batman: The Telltale Series have temporarily dropped to the low, low price of free for paying subscribers.

Mankind Divided is the headlining PS4 freebie this month. The dystopian cyberpunk role-playing game casts you as Adam Jensen and tasks you with catching a terrorist group, which you can do by being a stealthy detective or a tech-enhanced killing machine, or some mixture of both.

As for Telltale's Batman game, this is the first season of the story and puts players in tricky situations as both Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter-ego. The decisions you make will have some consequence on the relationships around you, and the overall story.

Other PS4 freebies in January include the wacky and fun party game That's You (if you're outside of North America) and StarBlood Arena (which requires PlayStation VR). Additionally, one of Vita's free games, Uncanny Valley, offers cross-buy with PS4. The other Vita game, Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness, should also offer PS4 cross-buy according to the PlayStation Blog, but at the time of this writing, it looks as if that may be an error. Additionally, PS3 owners get Sacred 3 and The Book of Unwritten Tales 2.

You can see January 2018's full PS Plus lineup--covering PS4, PS3, and Vita--below, or you can claim them on the PlayStation Store.

January 2018 Free PS Plus Games

PS4

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (PS4)
  • Batman: The Telltale Series (PS4)
  • StarBlood Arena (PS VR required)
  • Uncanny Valley (Vita Cross-Buy)
  • That's You (Europe only)

PS3

  • Sacred 3
  • Book of Unwritten Tales 2

PS Vita

  • Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness
  • Uncanny Valley

The first of January 2018's free Games With Gold titles for Xbox One and Xbox 360 are now available for subscribers. On Xbox One, the action RPG The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III is completely free all month long. You play as the famous monster hunter on a journey to take down one of your toughest foes yet.

On Xbox 360, Square Enix's Tomb Raider Underworld is now available for the low, low price of $0.00. Note that this game plays on Xbox One through backwards compatibility, so Xbox One owners can pick it up as well. One of December 2017's free Xbox One Games With Gold titles, Back to the Future: The Game, remains free until January 15.

No Caption Provided

Then on January 16, a new set of free Xbox One and Xbox 360 games will be available, including Zombi (Xbox One) and Army of Two (Xbox 360). You can see the full Games With Gold lineup for January 2018 down below. You need to have an Xbox Live Gold membership to get these games., but claiming them will allow you to continue playing for as long as you are a subscriber.

January 2018 Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Back to the Future: The Game - 30th Anniversary Edition (December 16 - January 15)
  • The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III (January 1-31)
  • Zombi (January 16 - February 15)

Xbox 360

  • Tomb Raider: Underworld (January 1-15)
  • Army of Two (January 16-31)

A new year means a new selection of movies and TV shows arriving on Netflix. January is here, and this month, a number of films, shows, and specials will debut on the streaming service, including several Netflix Originals.

The most notable arrival is the Batman series of films. Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, and Batman & Robin are all now available to stream, having been added on January 1. Additionally, Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins will also debut. They were joined by all four movies in the Lethal Weapon series, National Treasure, and The Godfather trilogy.

No Caption Provided

When it comes to TV, January will bring new seasons of originals One Day at a Time, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Grace and Frankie, and The Adventures of Puss in Boots. Among other arrivals are all five seasons of Showtime's Episodes, the second season of Colony, and a new batch of Eastsiders episodes.

Sadly, along with the arrivals come the months departures. Leaving Netflix in January are seven Saw movies, several Pokemon animated films, and The Addams Family, for starters. Perhaps most importantly, all six seasons of Lost will disappear from the streamer on January 4. So if you've been meaning to revisit that cursed island, it's time to clear out your schedule.

You can take a look at the full list of what's coming and going on Netflix in January below. You can also see what's new on Amazon Prime in January 2018.

Arriving on Netflix, January 2018

January 1

  • 10,000 B.C.
  • 30 Days of Night
  • Age Of Shadows
  • AlphaGo
  • America's Sweethearts
  • Apollo 13
  • Batman
  • Batman & Robin
  • Batman Begins
  • Batman Forever
  • Batman Returns
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's
  • Bring It On
  • Bring It On Again
  • Bring It On: All or Nothing
  • Bring It On: Fight to the Finish
  • Bring It On: In It to Win It
  • Caddyshack
  • Chef & My Fridge: 2017
  • Defiance
  • Definitely, Maybe
  • Eastsiders: Season 3
  • Furry Vengeance
  • Glace: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
  • Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
  • King Kong
  • Lethal Weapon
  • Lethal Weapon 2
  • Lethal Weapon 3
  • Lethal Weapon 4
  • License to Wed
  • Like Water for Chocolate
  • Love Actually
  • Lovesick: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
  • Maddman: The Steve Madden Story
  • Marie Antoinette
  • Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Monsters vs. Aliens
  • National Treasure
  • Sharknado 5: Global Swarming
  • Stardust
  • Strictly Ballroom
  • The Dukes of Hazzard
  • The Exorcism of Emily Rose
  • The First Time
  • The Godfather
  • The Godfather: Part II
  • The Godfather: Part III
  • The Italian Job
  • The Lovely Bones
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • The Truman Show
  • The Vault
  • Training Day
  • Treasures From The Wreck Of The Unbelievable
  • Troy
  • Wedding Crashers
  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

January 2

  • Mustang Island
  • Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Rent

January 5

  • Before I Wake (Netflix Original)
  • Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (Netflix Original)
  • DEVILMAN crybaby: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • Rotten (Netflix Original)

January 6

  • Episodes: Season 1-5

January 8

  • The Conjuring

January 10

  • 47 Meters Down
  • Alejandro Riaño Especial de stand up (Netflix Original)
  • Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
  • In The Deep

January 12

  • Colony: Season 2
  • Disjointed: Part 2 (Netflix Original)
  • Somebody Feed Phil (Netflix Original)
  • The Man Who Would Be Polka King
  • The Polka King (Netflix Original)
  • Tom Segura: Disgraceful (Netflix Original)

January 14

  • Wild Hogs

January 15

  • 2018 Olympic Winter Games Preview: Meet Team USA & Go for the Gold
  • Rehenes
  • Unrest

January 16

  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Katt Williams: Great America (Netflix Original)
  • Rita: Season 4

January 17

  • Arango y Sanint: Ríase El Show (Netflix Original)
  • Friday Night Tykes: Season 4

January 18

  • Bad Day for the Cut
  • Tiempos de guerra: Season 1 (Netflix Original)

January 19

  • Drug Lords: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • Grace and Frankie: Season 4 (Netflix Original)
  • The Open House (Netflix Original)
  • Trolls: The Beat Goes On!: Season 1 (Netflix Original)

January 23

  • Todd Glass: Act Happy (Netflix Original)

January 24

  • Ricardo Quevedo: Hay gente así (Netflix Original)

January 25

  • Acts of Vengeance

January 26

  • A Futile and Stupid Gesture (Netflix Original)
  • Dirty Money (Netflix Original)
  • Kavin Jay: Everybody Calm Down! (Netflix Original)
  • Llama Llama: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • One Day at a Time: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
  • Sebastián Marcelo Wainraich (Netflix Original)
  • The Adventures of Puss in Boots: Season 6 (Netflix Original)
  • Mau Nieto: Viviendo sobrio… desde el bar (Netflix Original)

January 28

  • El Ministerio del Tiempo: Seasons 1-2
  • El Ministerio del Tiempo: Season 3 (Netflix Original)

January 29

  • The Force

January 30

  • Babylon Berlin: Season 1 & 2 (Netflix Original)
  • Death Race: Beyond Anarchy
  • Retribution: Season 1 (Netflix Original)

January 31

  • Cars 3

Leaving Netflix, December 2017

January 1

  • Chicago
  • Daddy Day Care
  • Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood
  • Dressed to Kill
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • Forrest Gump
  • Four Brothers
  • Free Willy
  • Grease
  • Gremlins
  • I Am Sam
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Fifteenth Year
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Fourteenth Year
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Seventeenth Year
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Sixteenth Year
  • License to Drive
  • Made of Honor
  • Mean Girls
  • Miss Congeniality
  • Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous
  • Mona Lisa Smile
  • Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction
  • Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages
  • Pokémon: Indigo League: Season 1
  • Pokémon: XY: Seasons 1-2
  • Police Academy
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • Saw
  • Saw II
  • Saw III
  • Saw IV
  • Saw V
  • Saw VI
  • Saw: The Final Chapter
  • Someone Like You
  • The Addams Family
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still
  • The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel
  • The Inn of the Sixth Happiness
  • The Man with One Red Shoe
  • The Manhattan Project
  • The Mighty Ducks
  • The Parent Trap
  • The Secret Garden
  • The Switch
  • Three Coins in the Fountain
  • White Chicks
  • Young Mr. Lincoln
  • January 3
  • VHS

January 4

  • Lost: Seasons 1-6

January 5

  • Fantasia
  • Fantasia 2000
  • The Host

January 15

  • Sirens: Seasons 1-2

January 30

  • Futurama: Seasons 7-10

On New Year’s Eve, one member of Japan’s most famous comedy duo donned blackface for nationwide television.

Read more...

Stubbly Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan has given a rough overview of what's coming to the game in 2018. (He also sat in a chair next to a fireplace for 10 hours for a Christmas livestream on Twitch, which is brilliant.)

We won't have long to wait. Closest at hand are the launch of new map Blizzard World, this year's Chinese New Year event and new non-event, permanent content for loot boxes.

"We're going to release Blizzard World very soon ... and that map is one of our best," said Kaplan. He didn't mention a specific date but Blizzard World has been on the Public Test Realm since November so should be nearly ready to go.

Read more…

Xbox One's unloved camera accessory just died another death - the adaptor which let it work with Microsoft's current Xbox One models has now also been discontinued.

Kinect itself was canned in October.

"After careful consideration, we decided to stop manufacturing the Xbox Kinect Adapter to focus attention on launching new, higher fan-requested gaming accessories across Xbox One and Windows 10," Microsoft has now confirmed (thanks, Polygon).

Read more…

Get in touch

200FollowersFollow
305FollowersFollow
824FollowersFollow

Recent Posts

Most Popular

Imaging What A New Diddy Kong Racing Might Look Like

Diddy Kong Racing for the N64 was never able to escape that long shadow cast by Mario Kart. While the game got a remake for the DS, it never got a true successor. And if we’re being honest, it probably never will. Fortunately there’s a fan video to help fill the void left by its eternal absence.

Read more...

Foreign governments are granting Trump projects big favors to get what they want from...

President Donald Trump purportedly stepped away from his business interests for the duration of his term as president, but Vanity Fair‘s Tina Nguyen says that foreign governments are granting favors and greasing the wheels for Trump-branded projects around the world.

Anita Kumar at McClatchy reported that the Indonesian government has chosen to build a new road to shorten the drive between the island chain’s main airport and the new Trump golf resort.

In Panama, the national government directly intervened in a lagging sewer project connected to the new Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower in Panama City. The original contractor tasked with constructing the system went bankrupt, prompting the government to use its own money to construct sewage and water pipes connecting to the resort hotel.

“And in other countries,” Kumar wrote, “governments have donated public land, approved permits and eased environmental regulations for Trump-branded developments, creating a slew of potential conflicts as foreign leaders make investments that can be seen as gifts or attempts to gain access to the American president through his sprawling business empire.”

As Nguyen noted, all of this appears to place Trump squarely in violation of the Emoluments Clause, which prohibits federal officials from accepting gifts or anything that might be constituted as a bribe from foreign governments.

However, she said, “Just weeks after Trump won the election, the Argentinian government suddenly granted a permit for a long-delayed Trump Tower development in Buenos Aires. In September, Trump’s Middle Eastern business partners granted a company partially owned by the Chinese government a contract to build a road to Trump World Golf Club in Dubai, seemingly going against his pledge to not engage in foreign business transactions during his presidency. And, of course, there is the ongoing constitutional crisis that is the Trump International Hotel Washington D.C., which critics claim violates the Emoluments Clause on a regular basis.”

Two lawsuits have been brought against the Trump administration alleging these violations, one of which was dismissed by a judge just before Christmas.

Kumar spoke with Noah Bookbinder of the Committee for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), who said, “If you have a foreign government providing a benefit to the Trump company that is going to violate emoluments clause of the Constitution.”

The president is reportedly receiving boons to his projects — which he claims he handed over to the management of his sons, Donald Trump, Jr. and Eric Trump — from the governments of Uruguay, India and the Philippines.

Read the full McClatchy report here.

Mormon leader Thomas Monson dies aged 90

Thomas S Monson, who served in top leadership councils for the Mormon church for 50 years and became its president in 2008, has died. He was 90.

Monson was a church bishop at 22 and in 1963 the Salt Lake City native became the youngest church apostle ever, at 36. He was a counselor for three church presidents before assuming leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Monson died at his home in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, according to church spokesman Eric Hawkins. The next president was not immediately named, but the job is expected to go to next longest-tenured member of the church’s governing Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Russell M Nelson, 93, per church protocol.

Monson’s presidency was marked by his noticeably low profile during a time of intense publicity, including the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns of Mormon Mitt Romney. His most public acts were appearances at church conferences and devotionals as well as dedications of church temples.

He will be remembered for continuing the religion’s push to be more transparent about its past; his emphasis on humanitarian work; and lowering the minimum age for missionaries.

He will also be remembered for leading the faith’s involvement in the passage of a gay marriage ban in California in 2008. At his urging, Mormons were vigorous campaign donors and volunteers. That prompted a backlash against the church that included vandalism of church buildings, protest marches and demonstrations outside church temples nationwide.

In subsequent years, the church began utilizing a softer tone on the issue. In 2015, the church backed an anti-discrimination law in Utah that gave unprecedented protections for gay and transgender people while also protecting religious freedoms.

But the religion came under fire again in the fall of 2015 when it banned baptisms for children living with gay parents and instituted a requirement that those children disavow homosexual relationships before being allowed to serve a mission. The changes were designed to avoid putting children in a tug-of-war between their parents and church teachings, leaders said.

Thomas Monson attends a corner stone laying ceremony at the dedication of the Draper Utah Temple in Draper, Utah, in 2009.
Thomas Monson attends a corner stone laying ceremony at the Draper Utah Temple in Draper, Utah, in 2009. Photograph: George Frey/Reuters

The revisions triggered anger, confusion and sadness for a growing faction of LGBTQ-supportive Mormons who were buoyed in recent years by church leaders’ calls for more love and understanding for LGBTQ members.

Monson also continued the church’s push to be more open about some of the most sensitive aspect of the faith’s history and doctrine. A renovated church history museum reopened in 2015 with an exhibit acknowledging the religion’s early polygamous practices, a year after the church published an essay that for the first time chronicled founder Joseph Smith’s plural wives.

Other church essays issued during Monson’s tenure addressed other sensitive topics: sacred undergarments worn by devout members; a past ban on black men in the lay clergy; and the misconception that Mormons are taught they will get their own planet in the afterlife.

The growth and globalization of the religion continued under Monson, with membership swelling to nearly 15.9 million, with more than half outside the US. There were 71,000 church missionaries serving around the world at the end of 2016.

Mormons considered Monson a warm, caring, endearing and approachable leader, said Patrick Mason, associate professor of religion at Claremont Graduate University in California.

He put an emphasis on the humanitarian ethic of Mormons, evidenced by his expansion of the church’s disaster relief programs around the world, said Armand Mauss, a retired professor of sociology and religious studies at Washington State University.

Monson often credited his mother, Gladys Condie Monson, for fostering his compassion. He said that during his childhood in the Depression of the 1930s their house in Salt Lake City was known to hobos riding the railroads as a place to get a meal and a kind word.

“President Monson always seemed more interested in what we do with our religion rather than in what we believe,” Mauss said.

A second world war veteran, Monson served in the navy and spent a year overseas before returning to get a business degree at the University of Utah and a master’s degree in business administration from the church-owned Brigham Young University.

Before being tabbed to join the church’s governing Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Monson worked for the church’s secular businesses, primarily in advertising, printing and publishing including the Deseret Morning News.

He married Frances Beverly Johnson in 1948. The couple had three children, eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Frances died in 2013 at the age of 85.

Monson was an avid fisherman who also raised homing pigeons, specifically, roller pigeons who twirled as they flew. He was known for his love of show tunes, Boy Scouts and the Utah Jazz.

The man expected to take Monson’s seat, the 93-year-old Nelson, has been a church apostle since April 1970. Nelson will choose two new counselors from the Quorum of the Twelve who will join him to form a three-person “presidency” that is the top of the religion’s governing hierarchy. Monson’s two counselors were Henry Eyring and Dieter Uchtdorf. They will go back to being regular members of the Quorum unless they are chosen again.

A Fixer Upper Cast Member Admits the House Isn’t Always Done on Reveal Day...

Crafty home blogger, mom, and Fixer Upper expert Rachel Teodoro is at it again with her great research into

How Donald Trump’s war on intelligence is destroying American national security

President Donald Trump’s insecurity over losing the popular vote and the salacious allegations in the Steele Dossier have prompted him to lash out at the intelligence community’s claims that Russia influenced the 2016 election. Now that war against the intelligence community is impacting American national security.

A Wednesday Washington Postreport revealed that the National Security Agency is hemorrhaging staff at an alarming rate. Some of these “highly skilled” staffers have become “disillusioned” with intelligence but the leadership and a reorganization effort under the new administration has sent many to update their resumes.

The work these experts do included monitoring a broad array of subjects including the Islamic State, Russian and North Korean hackers, and analyzing the intentions of foreign governments, and they were responsible for protecting the classified networks that carry such sensitive information. Yet, these staffers saying that they want a higher-paying job in the private sector or more flexible hours.

Since 2015, hundreds of hackers, engineers and data scientists have bailed on the NSA, former officials said. Now it’s reaching a level that national security can be impacted. Of the 17 spy agencies, the NSA is the largest and they’re responsible for collecting the information that goes into the presidential daily briefing that Trump doesn’t understand. Over the first year in office, aides have even been forced to tailor the briefing so it doesn’t include anything about Russian interference in the election so as to not anger Trump.

“Some synonym of the word ‘epidemic’ is the best way to describe it,” said former NSA senior researcher Ellison Anne Williams. She left her job at the NSA in 2016 to start her own data-security firm and took 10 NSA staff with her. “The agency is losing an amazing amount of its strongest technical talent, and to lose your best and brightest staff is a huge hit.”

The agency won’t disclose the number of vacancies over the last year, but it said there is 5.6 percent decrease in staff who specialize in science, technology and math. The NSA isn’t the only place the Trump administration has implemented the right-wing war on science. In Scott Pruitt’s Environmental Protection Agency, scientists became the enemy. Even Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was told never to say the words “climate change.” Losing the experts means new staff are filling the positions without the experience central to the NSA’s mission collecting huge swaths of data and analyzing it.

Former staff have complained that they felt their mission was marginalized by a restructuring of the agency. Others allege the reorganization was “an enormous distraction.” Some even call the pay structure and promotion program part of the problem. According to former staff, it prioritizes seniority over experience or expertise.

Another former employee alleged that the problems began with former contractor Edward Snowden and the arrest of former contractor Harold T. Martin III in 2016. Accessing data and information became more difficult for those trying to do their jobs. The witch hunt searching for leakers made things worse. An environment with collaboration has turned toward suspicion, a former staffer said.

“It comes down to death by a thousand cuts,” said a former employee, adding that people “tend to quit in packs. One person hits their breaking point, and once they leave, the dominoes start falling.”

NSA spokesman Tommy Groves didn’t discount the reports.

“If the price of security becomes that we drive away the very men and women that generate value in the first place, we now have a self-induced mission kill,” National Security Agency Director Administrator Michael Rogers said in a conference speech.

Trump’s attacks on the 17 intelligence agencies that confirmed the Russian interference couldn’t have made morale any better. After meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump swore that Russia didn’t do it.

“He said he didn’t meddle, he said he didn’t meddle. I asked him again. You can only ask so many times,” Trump told reporters in November. “Every time he sees me he says I didn’t do that, and I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it.”

Trump has also waged a war with the FBI, calling it “tainted” and alleging it is part of the “deep state” shadow government.

“It is also a possible obstruction of justice, witness intimidation, and it’s obstructing justice by saying to agents, ‘you better not dig too deep, you better not find anything because I will attack you,'” former Watergate prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks said to MSNBC.

The only way to maintain staff is to tape into the sense of duty “for God and country,” said former threat operations center chief Daniel Ennis. He thinks the agency will recover, because it always has.