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I was born in Brooklyn, Trump was born in Queens. The only thing that makes people think I'm an H-1b stealing jobs from Americans is that my Grandparents immigrated from India, while Drumpf's immigrated from Germany. It's race, not citizenship. Americans are more diverse than you think. Millions of US citizens don't look the way you might expect. This fact is very important and will help us win elections.

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Explaining the Pandemic to my Past Self Part 2

Part 2 to this one https://www.democraticunderground.com/1017577698
Posted by IronLionZion | Fri Jun 5, 2020, 08:35 AM (0 replies)

Does anyone know where to find schedules of all protests/rallies in DC?

Or a way to know where and when roads will be blocked off for permitted marches?

And here's a tricky one, is there a way to know where/when protesters will block off a highway bridge? I can't image there would be permits for this but someone must be organizing it somehow.
Posted by IronLionZion | Thu Jun 4, 2020, 10:05 AM (3 replies)

Live updates: D.C. mayor issues citywide 11 p.m. curfew

Live updates: D.C. mayor issues citywide 11 p.m. curfew; protesters march on U.S. Capitol on sixth day of protests in D.C.


A sixth day of protests in Washington began Wednesday with a demonstration at the Capitol. The protest came after as many as 2,000 demonstrators descended on Washington on Tuesday, the largest and most boisterous crowd to gather in the nation’s capital during protests over George Floyd’s death in the custody of Minneapolis police.

Here are some significant developments:

• Protesters returned to Washington for a sixth day Wednesday as people lay face down near ornate fountains on the East Front of the Capitol, hands held behind their backs as though cuffed. At noon, hundreds stood in the rain at the Capitol chanting, “I can’t breathe!”

• After two nights with a curfew that began at 7 p.m., Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) announced Wednesday that a curfew will go into effect at 11 p.m. and extend through 6 a.m. Thursday.

• Bowser raised concerns Wednesday about the expanding outside law enforcement footprint in the District amid days of large demonstrations, saying, “we should all be concerned about who is giving the orders.” Over the past few days, numerous federal police agencies and National Guard members from several states have deployed across the city.

• Many protesters on Tuesday said they came out because of what happened Monday, when hundreds of peaceful demonstrators were forcefully cleared from Lafayette Square — one of the country’s most symbolic places of protest — by federal forces at the behest of Attorney General William P. Barr, before President Trump walked across the square to pose for photos at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Many protesters were struck with pepper balls; others were pushed and hit.

11 PM tonight through 6 AM tomorrow. The last 2 days have been difficult for workers who need to get home and for voting in long lines yesterday.

It's pointless trying to drive with street closures all around the white house including Constitution Ave, H St, and other main roads.

DC needs statehood to protect us from our own president.
Posted by IronLionZion | Wed Jun 3, 2020, 02:14 PM (0 replies)

Trudeau was asked about Trump. See how long it took him to respond

Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo analysis of the situation is legit
Posted by IronLionZion | Wed Jun 3, 2020, 11:41 AM (8 replies)

Trump Killed Obama's Police Reforms. Now He's Getting What He Asked For.


Last October, Minneapolis Police Union president Bob Kroll appeared at a Trump rally. Clad in his red “Cops for Trump” T-shirt, Kroll (who has been alleged to be affiliated with white supremacists) gloated that the president had unshackled his officers from the restraints imposed by Trump’s predecessor. “The Obama administration and the handcuffing and oppression of police was despicable,” he told the crowd. “The first thing President Trump did when he took office was turn that around, got rid of the Holder-Loretta Lynch regime and decided to start takin— letting the cops do their job, put the handcuffs on the criminals instead of us.”

We will never know if that unshackling emboldened Derek Chauvin to murder George Floyd. But the line between the relief demanded by Kroll on behalf of Minneapolis police, and the naked assassination committed on camera by one of his officers, is quite direct. The world around us, in which the streets of every major American city are filled with protesters, is the result of Trump granting the wishes of the most retrograde police officers. They are getting what they asked for.

The last few years of the Obama administration were one of the most productive periods of criminal justice reform in American history. The Obama administration changed sentencing guidelines to reduce the disparity in the treatment of drug crimes that had disproportionately harmed black defendants. As part of an effort to inculcate a “guardian, not a warrior” mindset, it restricted the transfer of surplus military equipment to police departments. Most importantly, it formed consent decrees with more than a dozen police departments to force them to change their practices.

These reforms did not root out brutality and racism. They were mild both in form and intent, undertaken with the goal of conciliating police and their communities, believing that enhancing trust would ultimately create safer conditions for police as well as those who fear them. It was the epitome of evolutionary cultural change.


'Light 'em up!': Police shoot paintballs at Minneapolis residents standing on their porch


Police officers and National Guard forces in Minneapolis shot paintballs at residents standing outside on their porch, as a curfew was enforced throughout the city.

A video posted on Twitter on Saturday night appears to show the Minnesota National Guard and state police ordering the residents of one street to go inside, before they turn their weapons on a group of residents.

The footage captures people rushing inside the property after shots are fired and shows where one member of the public has been hit by a paintball.

Armed officers can be heard shouting “light ‘em up” before the shots start.

At around the time of the shooting on Saturday, an 8pm curfew was implemented in Minneapolis, the city where protests started after the death of George Floyd on 25 May.


Film the police

A lot of people thought "It can't happen here" and "It can't happen to me" until it does happen. And then some won't believe you.

About Last Night - Photos and Video from Peaceful Protest to Clashes and Unrest


Lots more images videos and tweets at the link

Live: Minnesota Governor Holds Press Conference On George Floyd Protests

Aerosol Scientist: COVID-19 Is Likely Airborne


There’s how quickly it has spread around the world, studies showing how it spreads through restaurants (maybe by the air conditioning system?), how it attacked a church choir even though they were spread apart while they were singing, how it seems to spread like wildfire on planes and on cruise ships; all of this, she says, Prather should know. She studies aerosols -- particles so tiny they float freely through the air, traveling feet or even miles. She runs a large, government-funded research center at the University of California San Diego to study how viruses and other things that come out of the ocean float through the air.

“A lot of the evidence has been pointing to aerosol transmission of respiratory viruses,” she says. Influenza can be passed through the air, as can the virus that causes SARS. “This particular virus, a lot of evidence is mounting.”

Prather says she’s been alarmed not to see the CDC or WHO come out with a strong statement that people could catch COVID-19 by breathing it in.

“It’s just shocking to me, quite honestly, that this has not been factored in.”

And she believes masks can play a major role in stopping that transmission.

In an interview with America magazine on May 26, Anthony Fauci, MD, who leads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, referenced aerosol transmission in churches.

Guidance so far has been based on droplets, which got us the 6 feet social distance rule. Aerosol particles are much smaller, travel much farther, and linger in the air much longer. Reading this should encourage more Masking For A Friend.

WATCH: White House on Lockdown Amid Protest in Washington D.C.


Protestors demanding justice following the death of George Floyd made their way toward The White House on Friday. The protest started at U street in northwest Washington, D.C. at 5 p.m. local time, but after the large crowd made their way toward 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Chief Political Correspondent for Sinclair Broadcast Group, Scott Thuman, tweeted at 7:30 p.m. that The White House was going into lockdown.

The large protest taking place in the nation’s capital on May 29 was just one of many happening around the nation. On Friday, people gathered in Louisville, Los Angeles, New York, Denver, Pheonix, Memphis, and Columbus in reaction to Floyd, a black man who was killed in Minneapolis when a police officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck while three other officers stood by watching.

As The White House went into lockdown, NPR correspondent Tamara Keith reported that many were reporters stuck inside. She said, “A law enforcement officer was brought into the grounds in distress to have his eyes washed.'”


WTOP digital reporter Alejandro Alvarez tweeted, “A protester tried to jump the construction fence in Lafayette Park. Secret Service chased him into the march, threw him on the ground then led him away. Bottles thrown. Alvarez then tweeted, “Crowd calling for a medic at the foot of the Treasury Annex where Secret Service carried their detainee. They’re worried he has a concussion. From the brief glimpse I got of him, he had blood dripping down his forehead.”



I had a feeling shit was about to hit the fan so I stayed home tonight just in case. More videos at link
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