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The Big Lie is the Republican version of "penis stealing". Seriously

Koro is the delusion that one's penis has been stolen via supernatural means

Changing 'penis' to 'vote' can explain a large chunk of the Republican Party

https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=koro

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17727356/

Koro--the psychological disappearance of the penis


...Koro epidemics of panic anxiety due to widespread fears of losing one's genitals, procreative ability, and even one's life, are triggered by rumors of genital disappearance supposedly caused in China by female fox spirits, in Singapore and Thailand by mass poisoning, and in Africa by sorcery...


Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sun May 9, 2021, 10:54 AM (5 replies)

cross post from GCRA

For some reason the OP there did not see fit to post it where it can be freely discussed:

https://www.democraticunderground.com/126213787

How background checks for guns should work.

I'd like to see some serious reform of the background check system. As it is a search of the FBI data base for felony crimes and a search for involuntary mental care is about all there is.

This is how I'd like to see the background checks be made more effective:

Include a 'permit to purchase' issued by the nearest local law enforcement department. These people are nearest to the purchaser and if there are concerns they will be the ones who know about them. Is this person a scofflaw, causes disturbances not rising to the level of felony, a repeat minor offender or someone who is often in the attention of law enforcement for disturbance of the peace? Shouldn't that be grounds for increased scrutiny and at least a temporary prohibition? Include interviews with relatives and others close to the person to see if there are concerns about maturity and stability in that 'permit to purchase' process.

Include a search of public social media. How many times have we heard of a 'Manifesto' or outright threats found on social media AFTER a tragedy? Shouldn't a threat to 'put a bullet' in the head of Nancy Pelosi be grounds to refuse sales and temporarily remove firearms from someone?

Expand mental health prohibitions to anyone treated for a condition that would indicate a possibility of harm to themselves or others even if not rising to the level of an involuntary committal for care.

Beyond that those who know me know I favor the prohibition of all semi automatic firearms that have interchangeable magazines of any size. I see that as the only way to reduce the volume of deaths and injuries--make it harder to shoot fast and reload fast. If we can't prevent people from killing other people shouldn't at least make it inconvenient to kill a lot of them?


Questions, questions...

What other things held to be an individual right should be subject to such non-judicial scrutiny by law enforcement
before being exercised?


Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sat May 1, 2021, 12:16 PM (10 replies)

Tom the Dancing Bug: Visit Walt Disney Woke

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Wed Apr 28, 2021, 04:47 PM (3 replies)

Bones of Black children killed in MOVE bombing used in Ivy League anthropology course

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/apr/22/move-bombing-black-children-bones-philadelphia-princeton-pennsylvania

Remains of those killed in 1985 Move bombing in Philadelphia serve as ‘case study’ in Princeton-backed course


The bones of Black children who died in 1985 after their home was bombed by Philadelphia police in a confrontation with the Black liberation group which was raising them are being used as a “case study” in an online forensic anthropology course presented by an Ivy League professor.

It has emerged that the physical remains of one, or possibly two, of the children who were killed in the aerial bombing of the Move organization in May 1985 have been guarded over the past 36 years in the anthropological collections of the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton.

The institutions have held on to the heavily burned fragments, and since 2019 have been deploying them for teaching purposes without the permission of the deceased’s living parents.

To the astonishment and dismay of present-day Move members, some of the bones are being deployed as artifacts in an online course presented in the name of Princeton and hosted by the online study platform Coursera. Real Bones: Adventures in Forensic Anthropology focuses on “lost personhood” – cases where an individual cannot be identified due to the decomposed condition of their remains...



I can't even...
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Fri Apr 23, 2021, 04:12 PM (10 replies)

Bones of Black children killed in police bombing used in Ivy League anthropology course

Source: The Guardian

The bones of Black children who died in 1985 after their home was bombed by Philadelphia police in a confrontation with the Black liberation group which was raising them are being used as a “case study” in an online forensic anthropology course presented by an Ivy League professor.

It has emerged that the physical remains of one, or possibly two, of the children who were killed in the aerial bombing of the Move organization in May 1985 have been guarded over the past 36 years in the anthropological collections of the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton.

The institutions have held on to the heavily burned fragments, and since 2019 have been deploying them for teaching purposes without the permission of the deceased’s living parents.

To the astonishment and dismay of present-day Move members, some of the bones are being deployed as artifacts in an online course presented in the name of Princeton and hosted by the online study platform Coursera. Real Bones: Adventures in Forensic Anthropology focuses on “lost personhood” – cases where an individual cannot be identified due to the decomposed condition of their remains.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/apr/22/move-bombing-black-children-bones-philadelphia-princeton-pennsylvania



I'll say what I said when I first read this:

This is beyond horrible, and needs to stop NOW
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Fri Apr 23, 2021, 04:05 PM (15 replies)

Should Democrats who oppose ending the filibuster be primaried?

I say yes- those who want to preserve it simply wish to be kingmakers in a hung Congress.
I feel it's *that* important, even at the possible cost of seats.

Democrats should not conform to the old stereotype of "liberals that are too principled to defend their own interests"
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Mar 4, 2021, 01:50 AM (43 replies)

US militia group draws members from military and police, website leak shows

Source: The Guardian

A Guardian investigation of a website leak from the American Patriots Three Percent shows the anti-government militia group have recruited a network across the United States that includes current and former military members, police and border patrol agents.

But the leak also demonstrates how the radical group has recruited from a broad swath of Americans, not just military and law enforcement. Members include both men and women, of ages ranging from their 20s to their 70s, doing jobs from medical physics to dental hygiene and living in all parts of the country...

...According to members who spoke to the Guardian, the website from which the list was leaked was set up by national leaders of Patriot Movement group, which is affiliated with the broader Three Percenter movement.

Names, phone numbers and even photographs of members were obtained by activists who then posted the data to an internet archiving site, and the Guardian cross-referenced these with public records and other published materials...

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/mar/03/us-militia-membership-military-police-american-patriot-three-percenter-website-leak



Anybody know what 'internet archiving site' the article references? Seems to me that there's a lot of doxxing that needs doing...
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Wed Mar 3, 2021, 11:54 AM (7 replies)

How to Not Be at the Mercy of a Trumpified G.O.P.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/23/opinion/republican-voter-suppression.html

Barack Obama asked Democrats to kill the filibuster and pass a voting rights bill because it was the right thing to do. There’s a stronger argument.

By Jamelle Bouie
Opinion Columnist
Feb. 23, 2021

Last year, in his eulogy for Representative John Lewis, President Barack Obama urged Congress to pass a new voting rights act to continue the work of the lifelong civil rights activist.

“If politicians want to honor John, and I’m so grateful for the legacy of work of all the Congressional leaders who are here, but there’s a better way than a statement calling him a hero,” Obama said. “You want to honor John? Let’s honor him by revitalizing the law that he was willing to die for.”...

...Obama asked Democrats to kill the filibuster and pass a voting rights bill because it was the right thing to do. But there’s a stronger argument: that if Democrats don’t do this, they’ll be at the mercy of a Trumpified Republican Party that has radicalized against democracy itself...


Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Tue Feb 23, 2021, 05:57 PM (0 replies)

ABC News: NRA is 'out of ammo' as it faces a legal mess of its own making, many experts say

Enjoy this while I tune up my nanoviolin:

https://abcnews.go.com/US/nra-ammo-faces-legal-mess-making-experts/story?id=75949839

The gun group is facing a New York state lawsuit that alleges "fraud and abuse."

By Lucien Bruggeman
February 22, 2021

...Judge Harlin Hale of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas is now weighing motions filed by James' office and others to dismiss the NRA's bankruptcy case claim. Legal experts interviewed by ABC News posit that the chances of a dismissal are strong, particularly given the NRA's insistence that the organization remains financially viable -- a position that undermines the traditional purpose of a Chapter 11 claim.

Adam Levitin, a bankruptcy professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, said the NRA's plan to seek bankruptcy protection amounts to little more than a "Hail Mary pass."

"If the alternative is that the New York attorney general shuts down the NRA, what do they have to lose with this strategy?" Levitin said. "They are out of ammo."

But another scenario could pose an entirely different threat to the beleaguered gun group: If Hale allows the NRA's bankruptcy claim to march forward, he may then choose to appoint a trustee to investigate allegations of fraud -- or even assume control of the organization...


That last bit is important: a trustee would be able to turn over rocks that the NRA management would *very* much like
to remain in place- I'm thinking 'evidence of money laundering, failure to register as foreign agents, and slush funds for upper management'.

And that's just for starters...
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon Feb 22, 2021, 02:00 PM (1 replies)
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