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This will be a disaster for our HUMINT in Eastern Europe (Russia), and it also makes

me more fearful that Chris Wray's firing is going to happen, because it's clear from Peter Strzok's book that the FBI has much still-classified casework on Russian interference. But it could also expose counterintelligence investigations into some well-known Trump allies that have not yet been made public.

That opening scene in Strzok's book (and reiterated later in the book) highly suggests we don't know many of the investigations that were opened in early 2017.

State Department contact form

If any of you want to voice your indignation (I just did, and will send another later), here is a contact form for the State Dept.

https://register.state.gov/contactus/ContactUsForm

EDIT:

Here's a contact form for the General Services Administration (GSA):

https://www.gsa.gov/about-us/contact-us

Emily Murphy's business email address is floating around DU and Twitter too, but I can't locate it at the moment.

Well done! K&R

We should observe how Europe handles their outbursts of demagogic populism and see if we can learn any tricks.

This is not a problem we face alone, but it's a difficult one to solve.

The dictator playbook is ancient, yet the old tricks work like magic. We need to educate our people to recognize the signs of fascism.

I couldn't have said it better.

I've never said the "coup" would succeed. My question all along is: How much damage to American credibility, stability, customs, norms and institutions are we willing to accept by pretending this isn't happening?

If the outcome is acceptable, did nothing happen? A lot is happening. I'm not waiting for something to happen. I'm watching something happen.

It's also terribly unfair to Biden and Harris.

I just watched Malcolm Nance's take.

It's quite interesting, and less terrifying (but his theory is still intensely annoying). He believes these people won't have time to accomplish much, are "title jumping" and that the two guys moving from Devin Nunes' office to the DoD are likely to be arrested "within a year." He also believes if they try to pull Intel on the Russian investigation it will be reported instantaneously by a major news organization. He also said, paraphrasing, "nobody in DoD will talk to these people."

https://www.democraticunderground.com/1017619066

I'm not saying he's right or wrong, but it is quite fascinating.

I 100% agree with you this needs to be watched.

Biden is very smart. And he's probably getting advice from mental health professionals

on how to handle trump. Mike Bloomberg used psychiatrists to help him deal with Trump and I'm sure Joe is doing something along the same lines.

Yesterday, Frank Figliuzzi said Biden was handling everything perfectly, the way an experienced FBI agent would handle an irrational barricaded subject.

IMO he is exuding the calm and power that is most appropriate for this situation. He has set his course and that course makes Trump irrelevant, which will make Trump angrier than direct confrontation, which is futile.

This article looks better than the one I posted earlier

http://www.pet-loss-matters.com/pet-loss-grief.html

Pet Loss Grief. The Stages of Grief - 'Anger'

The more you choose to feel your anger, the faster it will begin to dissipate and the faster you will make your way through pet loss grief and onto the road of pet grief recovery.

It is important to realise that Anger often doesn’t make sense so it is important to try and feel it without trying to make real sense of it or judging it.

The truth is sometimes life just sucks, life is unfair, the death of a pet is unfair and Anger is a natural reaction to the unfairness of the loss of a pet.

You may feel that your anger is all consuming and will never end. You may feel that you will never calm down and will be forever furious and full of rage.

But your anger will pass and then you will feel start to feel the underlying emotions underneath your anger such as pain and sadness.

I like to think of Anger as a lifeboat that rescues you from the sea of shock and numbness that you feel like you are drifting in when pet loss grief first hits you.


Take care of yourself.

I'm so sorry.

Putting down a beloved animal is one of the worst experiences in life.

I'm always hesitant to recommend books on such a personal subject as loss of an animal, but I used to have about ten of them and I got rid of all of them except for "Pet Loss: A Spiritual Guide" by Eleanor Harris. Some of those books are terrible. But that book hit the spot. But it's very subjective trying to figure out what is a good book for someone else. I even got some comfort from a children's book about losing an animal.

A newer book about grief in general might be good too. I think we've learned a lot about grief over the past few years. I remember a time where people didn't take grief over losing a beloved animal seriously.

One thing you read over and over again is that there is no such thing as a "wrong" response to losing someone, and to be easy on yourself and not judge what you are feeling.

Just googling "When grief manifests as anger" turns up a lot of interesting looking articles. Just be careful because there is some incredible crap on the internet too.

What Is Anger? A Common Manifestation of Grief

https://thegrieftoolbox.com/article/what-anger-common-manifestation-grief

Echoes of Stalin, another dictator who paid attention to who was clapping

So when people were afraid to stop clapping for Stalin, they had good reason.
Here is how the Nobel Prize-winning writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn described the surreal scene in his great book, The Gulag Archipelago:

“The applause went on—six, seven, eight minutes! They were done for! Their goose was cooked! They couldn’t stop now till they collapsed with heart attacks! At the rear of the hall, which was crowded, they could of course cheat a bit, clap less frequently, less vigorously, not so eagerly…Nine minutes! Ten!…Insanity! To the last man! With make-believe enthusiasm on their faces, looking at each other with faint hope, the district leaders were just going to go on and on applauding till they fell where they stood, till they were carried out of the hall on stretchers.”

At last, after eleven minutes of non-stop clapping, the director of a paper factory finally decided enough was enough. He stopped clapping and sat down—a miracle!
“To a man, everyone else stopped dead and sat down,” Solzhenitsyn says.

That same night, the director of the paper factory was arrested and sent to prison for ten years. Authorities came up with some official reason for his sentence, but during his interrogation, he was told: “Don’t ever be the first to stop applauding!”


https://www.disappearingman.com/communism/men-wouldnt-stop-clapping/

If anybody is unfamiliar with the Auden/Thucydides reference...

(I had to look it up)

Exiled Thucydides knew
All that a speech can say
About Democracy,
And what dictators do,
The elderly rubbish they talk
To an apathetic grave ...


Thucydides was unjustly exiled from democratic Athens for a military failure, at which he point he wrote his great history of the Peloponnesian War that contains Pericles’ paean to democracy (the strongest pro-democratic statement of ancient times). Thucydides probably presents Pericles’ speech ironically. He implies that it is propaganda; in fact, self-interest explains all politics. Thucydides, Auden thinks, “analyzed all in his book … / The habit-forming pain, / Mismanagement and grief.”

In stanza 4, we are back in New York, where “blind skyscrapers” reach into the “neutral air.” One sense of “neutral” may be political: the United States is neutral in the war, hence at peace, but also complicit because we do nothing to stop Hitler. Auden is a citizen of a combatant nation who is guiltily safe in neutral Manhattan. Neutrality had been a characteristic failure of the “low dishonest decade” that Auden invoked in the first stanza. The Western democracies chose to be neutral in the Spanish Civil War, which made them complicit to fascist rule. Most of New York’s “blind skyscrapers” house private enterprises, ostensibly free and private, but Auden compares them to the grandiose structures of Berlin and Moscow. New York’s buildings, too, “use / their full height to proclaim / The strength of Collective Man.” The ideology that drives them is presumably “imperialism,” a mirror for the ideologies of Europe.


An essay here:

https://peterlevine.ws/?p=9468
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