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No idea, but this one worries me more than the prior ones.

Even if the crowd is smaller, I think the people who show will be angrier and more purposeful, and those stories about Jan 6 protesters swapping advice on Parler about how to smuggle guns into D.C. means I'll be paying closer attention than to the last gatherings. More militia/Proud Boys/The Base/Boogaloo Boyz is my guess. Definitely hope I'm wrong and it turns out to be nothing.

On the other hand, these guys blow a hell of a lot of smoke. You'll recall, we were going to have Civil War on November 4 regardless of who won, and that never happened. I went on one of their websites and watched some of them (Larry, Curly and Moe) trying to decide when to "GO", and none of them could make up their minds. They concluded, "We'll know when the time is right", like Tinkerbell would swoop down out of the heavens and wave her wand giving them to Go-Ahead to start Civil War. Deep down they might chicken out.

I know we'll see a lot of responses like this: Who is surprised?

IMO we should behave like we're outraged anyway. We should raise f#cking hell.

If we weren't hearing outrage on CNN (like I'm hearing now) we'd also be beside ourselves. We should put our nihilism and complacency and tendencies to normalize anything he does aside and join in and raise hell over this even if we're not surprised. Because the alternative, of shrugging, rolling our eyes or saying nothing, is unthinkable in these circumstances.

"Not only Donald Trump, but the entire Trump regime..."

Exactly. Trump has embedded loyalists deep inside our Intel agencies now. Those people have different agendas than Trump and some, I'd be willing to bet, are only too happy to help Russia continue to undermine our Democracy, just on principle (never mind the money, although I'm sure they wouldn't reject it).

It's so hard for Americans to wrap our minds around the idea that there are people in this country who would prefer another form of government to Democracy. Most of us were born into the Post-War period of relative peace. We saw the defeat and rejection of fascism, we saw the collapse of dictatorships, and we watched the collapse of the Soviet Union and believed Democracy's spread and stability were inevitable (I was one of them). But the big picture of history is different.

Kentuck, you're on a roll this morning!



They want what Poland and Hungary have.

That is why the party that once talked about exporting democracy is now making apologies and excuses for Russia, Hungary and Poland and saying we should be more like them -- countries that wouldn't have even permitted to join the EU or NATO had they been this way back when those organizations were formed. And why they are "okay" with Russia's overtures to expand its empire into Ukraine, Crimea, and perhaps beyond.

An authoritarian who believes what they believe, speaks glowingly and with nostalgia of a past that never existed, slowly turning a nation into a "Christian Nation," demonizing minorities, immigrants, non-Christian religions, GLBT, politicizes the court and gives basically unrestrained powers to the Executive to "make that country great again" (the way it used to be but actually never was in the first place).

My two cents

Putting aside Trump for the moment (because he only thinks about the present moment and a few seconds into the future), the Republican Party has two modes:

When there's a Republican president: Look out for themselves and their high-end donors and feed the base (especially the Christian Nationalists).

When there's a Democratic president: Try to make the United States ungovernable so that people begin to question whether or not democracy works. That kind of blockade of governance is what made Trump possible. It is a playbook that seems to be working in Europe, and is primarily a Russian export that is catching on as far right parties begin to degrade (or have completely degraded, as in the cases of Hungary, Poland and some others--India, Brazil, Philippines) formerly functioning democracies.

I think the GOP is moving back into the second mode.

I've come to this conclusion after reading a few books on this subject, most recently Ezra Klein's book Why are we Polarized?, Timothy Snyder's book (all of them are incredible) The Road to Unfreedom, Benjamin Carter Witt's book The Death of Democracy (which is actually about the rise of the Nazis, but ever-so relevant) and Anne Applebaum's book Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism. There are some other great books on this too, but those come to mind this early in the morning.

Legacy and Mainstream Media needs to make this change-over to the

official correct numbers before Biden takes office.

We've known for months the true figures are higher, and we see these studies and articles every month or so, going back to last summer.

Make the adjustment now! This is the Trump body count. We shouldn't dump a bunch of new dead people on Joe Biden's administration who died because of Trump, and died when Trump was president.

I just finished reading Anne Applebaum's new book "Twilight of Democracy"

and she points out how politicians from Hungary to Poland to Spain to the UK to Brazil and the U.S. are so easily manipulated by Russian "active measures" to believe things that are not true, and how these lies become the basis for the overthrow (or attempted overthrow) of formerly stable governments. It's a chilling book.

These politicians believe these are their issues, issues they care about and have a stake in, but they were basically planted or accelerated by Kremlin propaganda, fake news websites and social media bots.

The scandal is that it's not all that hard to do, and Democracies haven't yet found a good way to defend against it.

Lin Wood is really 'out there'.

In another thread, he is said to have claimed he "might actually be Christ coming back for a second time... elevated Christ consciousness."

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100214784357

Another DUer pondered the possibility of schizophrenia. At first this sounded possible, but Lin Wood is almost seventy years old--probably too old to have undiagnosed schizophrenia, and have had a legal career without somebody noticing.

Wonder what the f*ck is up with him?

I'm siding with the NYT on this one for now, but people should know that Johns Hopkins

epidemiologist and Clinton appointee Devra Davis wrote a detailed rebuttal to that article. (Disclosure: I've never owned a cell phone, but not really out of fear of its health consequences).

Accusations of Russia lobbying are ricocheting around the media and have now been extended through a front-page article in the New York Times positing that scientists and consumer advocates calling to halt 5G have fallen under the spell of RT, a news network registered as a Russian foreign agent in the U.S. Could it be a coincidence that following on the heels of the NY Times story, the Wall Street Journal and the UK Telegraph have echoed the same smear of guilt by association, portraying scientists who warn of the potential environmental and health damages of 5G as untethered alarmists unwittingly linked to Russian propaganda? These otherwise credible media sources ignore the substantial body of science pinpointing hazards of wireless radiation and 5G detailed in independent journalistic investigations that have appeared extensively in media throughout Europe and been covered by major networks.

William J. Broad, author of the Times’ unusually placed opinion piece, is an award-winning investigative journalist, known for searching studies of complex technical issues including matters of space exploration and national intelligence. By relegating concerns about 5G to a Russian ploy, he misses altogether the fact that the purportedly independent international authorities on which he relies that declare 5G to be safe are an exclusive club of industry-loyal scientists. China, Russia, Poland, Italy and several other European countries allow up to hundreds of times less wireless radiation into the environment from microwave antennas than does the U.S.. Moreover, while many other countries regularly monitor levels of environmental radiation, the last EPA report on the topic was released in 1986, back when a gallon of gasoline cost less than one dollar and streetcars still ran in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Environmental levels of wireless radiation in the U.S. and worldwide are growing exponentially.

The history of research on the environmental and public health impacts of radio frequency microwave radiation (“wireless radiation”) reveals some uneasy parallels with that of tobacco. In the 1950s and 1960s, scientists who showed the harmful impacts of tobacco found themselves struggling for serious attention and financial support. The validity of their views was only accepted after the toll of sickness and death had become undeniable. For health impacts from wireless radiation, a similar pattern is emerging. Each time a U.S. government agency produced positive findings, research on health impacts was defunded. The Office of Naval Research, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and the Environmental Protection Agency all once had vibrant research programs documenting dangers of wireless radiation. All found their programs scrapped, reflecting pressure from those who sought to suppress this work.

Russian’s 50 years of research on electromagnetic radiation since the Cold War has led to their clear understanding that this exposure does have biological effects.


https://medium.com/swlh/5g-the-unreported-global-threat-717c98c9c37d

Devra Lee Davis, (born June 7, 1946) is an American epidemiologist and writer.[1]

Davis works on disease prevention and environmental health factors. She served as the President Clinton appointee to the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board from 1994 to 1999, having won bipartisan Senate confirmation. She was Founding Director of the Center for Environmental Oncology, the first of its kind in the world, and presently acts as President of Environmental Health Trust, a non-profit organization focusing on drawing attention to man-made health threats. She lectures at American and European universities and her research has been covered in major scientific publications as well as being highlighted on major media outlets like CNN, CSPAN, CBC, BBC, and public radio.[2][3] In recent years, her attention has become focused on the health hazards of exposures to man-made sources of electromagnetic radiation, especially those from wireless devices.

She has also authored more than 190 publications in books and journals ranging from The Lancet and the Journal of the American Medical Association to Scientific American and The New York Times, and writes for blogs such as Freakonomics in the New York Times, in The Huffington Post, and elsewhere.[4] She co-founded the Environmental Health Trust in 2007,[4] with David Servan-Schreiber.[citation needed]


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devra_Davis

Just so people know that not everyone asking questions about 5G is automatically a "quack." Her book, The Secret History of the War on Cancer is very good.

P.S. This was the "doomed and incredibly tasteless real estate project"

Decline and closure

The death of Robert F. Kennedy marked the demise of the hotel coinciding with the decline of the surrounding neighborhood during the late 1960s and 1970s. The area also saw a surge of illegal drugs, poverty, and gang activity infiltrating the Wilshire corridor. Under the direction of Sammy Davis, Jr., the “Now Grove” replaced the classic Cocoanut Grove in 1970 in order to appeal to a modern nightclub crowd.[6] However, patrons lost interest in both the hotel and the neighborhood surrounding it, which caused the Ambassador Hotel to fall into disrepair throughout the years. Because of this the Ambassador Hotel closed to guests in 1989, but it remained opened for filming and hosting private events. In 1991, Donald Trump, who had bought the hotel in hopes of tearing it down to build a 125-story building, sold off silver serving platters with the hotel's eagle-topped crest, tiki-style soup bowls from the famed Cocoanut Grove nightclub, and beds and nightstands from the rooms.[13]


No, Trump didn't get the loan from the man I worked for; he kicked Trump out of his office and told him not to come back.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambassador_Hotel_(Los_Angeles)#Decline_and_closure
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