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  #2637072 17-Jan-2021 21:46
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msukiwi:   Have I gone deaf (and blind)? Trump is SO quiet now!

 

 

 

 

Los Angeles Times - Mike Pence 'acting' US president as Donald Trump retreats from his job

 

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Frustrated by the loss of his Twitter account and forced to accept that he soon must leave office, outgoing US President Trump has effectively stopped doing his job, delegating daily responsibilities to Vice President Mike Pence while hunkering down with a shrinking group of acquiescent aides and contemplating additional presidential pardons. ...

 

 

 





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  #2637076 17-Jan-2021 22:14
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Have I gone deaf (and blind)? Trump is SO quiet now!

 

 

Misinformation dropped dramatically the week after Twitter banned Trump

 

 

Online misinformation about election fraud plunged 73 percent after several social media sites suspended President Trump and key allies last week, research firm Zignal Labs has found, underscoring the power of tech companies to limit the falsehoods poisoning public debate when they act aggressively.

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  #2637078 17-Jan-2021 22:35
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After a year of civil unrest, the U.S. is running low on body armor and gas masks

 

 

Some retailers of protective equipment have seen a fivefold increase in sales of military-grade defensive gear, leading to empty shelves and waiting lists. A retailer in Oregon has sold out of decontamination wipes designed to remove chemical agents such as pepper spray. Customers cleaned out thousands of pieces of body armor from a store in Texas as soon as they went on sale.

 

 

Note that that's civilians, presumably mostly the Coup Klutz Klan, buying it up, not the government.

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  #2637088 18-Jan-2021 00:01
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Brilliant! One set of Trump loonies are upset that another set of loonies aren't loony enough:

 

 

Online far-right movements fracture in wake of Capitol riot

 

 

Online far-right movements are splintering in the wake of last week’s Capitol riot, as some radical anti-government movements show signs of disillusionment with the relatively hands-off approach of some QAnon conspiracy theorists amid warnings of future violence.

 

 

Users on forums that openly helped coordinate the Jan. 6 riot and called for insurrection, including 4chan and TheDonald, have become increasingly agitated with QAnon supporters, who are largely still in denial that President Donald Trump will no longer be in the Oval Office after Jan. 20.

 

 

QAnon adherents, who believe Trump is secretly saving the world from a cabal of child-eating Satanists, have identified Inauguration Day as a last stand, and falsely think he will force a 10-day, countrywide blackout that ends in the mass execution of his political enemies and a second Trump term.

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  #2637103 18-Jan-2021 07:42
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This is from before Trump, when Obama when still President.

It's definitely got worse, much worse, thanks to Mom and Dad getting hip to Facebook and Twitter.

Public Policy Polling: Democrats and Republicans differ on conspiracy theory beliefs

Do you believe that a secretive power elite with a globalist agenda is conspiring to eventually rule the world through an authoritarian world government, or New World Order, or not?

--- 45% very conservative, 12% very liberal

Do you believe there is a link between childhood vaccines and autism, or not?

--- 22% very conservative, 12% very liberal

Do you believe President Barack Obama is the anti-Christ, or not?

--- 21% very conservative, 8% very liberal

Do you believe that shape-shifting reptilian people control our world by taking on human form and gaining political power to manipulate our societies, or not?

--- 11% very conservative, 10% very liberal

Do you believe media or the government adds secret mind-controlling technology to television broadcast signals, or not?

--- %23 very conservative, %14 very liberal

Do you believe that the pharmaceutical industry is in league with the medical industry to “invent” new diseases in order to make money, or not?

--- %21 very conservative, %14 very liberal

Liberal Americans are stupid too

Sigh, too many liberal arts majors. Not enough hard science majors.

Do you believe the moon landing was faked, or not?

--- %4 very conservative, %14 very liberal

Do you believe the government adds fluoride to our water supply, not for dental health reasons, but for other, more sinister reasons, or not?

--- 11% very conservative, 15% very liberal


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  #2637157 18-Jan-2021 08:17
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Completely unrelated, but too funny. Lots of wild rumors about Denver Colorado Airport, so they posted a tongue in cheek ad campaign.

https://www.flydenver.com/great_hall/denfiles

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  #2637158 18-Jan-2021 08:19
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Sadly, none of this is a surprise ...

 

The New York Times - Prospect of Pardons in Final Days Fuels Market to Buy Access to Trump

 

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WASHINGTON - As President Trump prepares to leave office in days, a lucrative market for pardons is coming to a head, with some of his allies collecting fees from wealthy felons or their associates to push the White House for clemency, according to documents and interviews with more than three dozen lobbyists and lawyers.

 

The brisk market for pardons reflects the access peddling that has defined Mr. Trump’s presidency as well as his unorthodox approach to exercising unchecked presidential clemency powers. 

 

Pardons and commutations are intended to show mercy to deserving recipients, but Mr. Trump has used many of them to reward personal or political allies.

 

One lobbyist, Brett Tolman, a former federal prosecutor who has been advising the White House on pardons and commutations, has monetized his clemency work, collecting tens of thousands of dollars, and possibly more, in recent weeks to lobby the White House for clemency for the son of a former Arkansas senator; the founder of the notorious online drug marketplace Silk Road; and a Manhattan socialite who pleaded guilty in a fraud scheme.

 

Mr. Trump’s former personal lawyer John M. Dowd has marketed himself to convicted felons as someone who could secure pardons because of his close relationship with the president, accepting tens of thousands of dollars from a wealthy felon and advising him and other potential clients to leverage Mr. Trump’s grievances about the justice system. ...

 





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  #2637174 18-Jan-2021 08:41
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FBI/Secret Service establishes a huge red zone and green zone around Washington DC for the inauguration - based on 'credible threats' related to armed Trumpists. This includes closing four bridges from DC to Virginia.    

 

Incredible. They already had one guy drive up to the barriers with a forged document carrying a weapon and ammunition.

Edit: Armed man may have been a security contractor with an incorrect document


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  #2637196 18-Jan-2021 09:32
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FBI/Secret Service establishes a huge red zone and green zone around Washington DC for the inauguration - based on 'credible threats' related to armed Trumpists. This includes closing four bridges from DC to Virginia.   

 

Incredible. They already had one guy drive up to the barriers with a forged document carrying a weapon and ammunition.

Edit: Armed man may have been a security contractor with an incorrect document

 

 

A security contractor has to carry 500 rounds of ammo on his car/truck? Yeah, sure.

 

Also on that same link there's the story of a woman arrested with a gun - this is from another article, on Washington Post:

 

 

In Washington, a valid security credential is needed to enter the sprawling and unprecedented security zone.

 

When she was stopped by police, the woman who was arrested Saturday presented what was identified as a military challenge coin, a pocket-size medallion that is typically given out by military commanders, Capitol Police said.

 

The woman, whose name was not released, said she was a law enforcement officer. But as she was being questioned, she drove off and was stopped shortly thereafter and placed under arrest, police said.

 

 

For those who know about military challenge coins - they are not identification. 





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  #2637222 18-Jan-2021 10:05
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Someone at Github got offended when a Jewish employee warned people to stay safe from Nazis during the Capitol coup. This was sent up to HR, who dismissed the Jewish employee.

 

The company hired an external consultancy to investigate the case, which led to the head of HR resignation and an apology to the employee. 

 

 

The controversial firing came just two days after the employee warned colleagues in Washington DC to stay safe from Nazis — news first reported by Business Insider. He posted the message on January 6th, the day of the insurrection in Washington DC, as rioters associated with neo-Nazi organizations stormed the Capitol.

 

The warning sparked criticism from a colleague who took offense at the use of the word “Nazi” and prompted GitHub’s HR team to reprimand the Jewish employee. Two days later, he was fired.

 

In the wake of the termination, roughly 200 of GitHub’s 1,700 employees signed an open letter asking for clarity as to why the employee was let go. Workers also started using the word “Nazi” repeatedly in Slack, to describe the rioters in DC.

 

“Others have already said so, but I just want to say it explicitly myself - I think that nazis were present at some protests on Jan 6, and that it’s very scary to see those ideas on display,” wrote one engineer in Slack. “100% Nazis were there, and 1000000000% Nazis are scary as f*ck and do not belong anywhere. PARTICULARLY AT GitHub!” responded another.

 

In his note to employees this weekend, Friedman stressed that employees (which the company calls “hubbers”) are allowed to talk about their fears regarding white supremacists. “Hubbers are free to express concerns about neo-Nazis, antisemitism, white supremacy or any other form of discrimination or harassment,” he wrote. “And of course, we expect Hubbers to be respectful, professional, and to follow GitHub policies on discrimination and harassment at all times.”

 

 

The Github blog post came up this weekend. The message from the top is basically if it's a nazi, then there's no problem calling it a nazi.

 

 

On Friday, January 8th, GitHub separated with an employee. Later that day and over the weekend, employees raised concerns about the circumstances of the separation. We took these concerns seriously. On Monday, January 11th, we engaged an outside investigator to conduct an independent investigation. On the evening of Friday, January 15th, the investigation revealed significant errors of judgment and procedure. Our head of HR has taken personal accountability and resigned from GitHub yesterday morning, Saturday, January 16th.

 

In light of these findings, we immediately reversed the decision to separate with the employee and are in communication with his representative.

 

To the employee we wish to say publicly: we sincerely apologize.

 

Finally, there are several statements that our CEO Nat Friedman and I shared with our employees on Sunday, January 10th and Monday, January 11th last week, and which we also shared with the press earlier this week, that we wish to repeat again now:

 

  • It was appalling last week to watch a violent mob, including Nazis and white supremacists, attack the US Capitol. That these hateful ideologies were able to reach the sacred seat of our democratic republic in 2021 is sickening. The views that propelled this attack are morally abhorrent to me personally, and, I know, to our entire leadership team and company.
  • GitHub condemns the attack on the US Capitol on January 6th and any and all belief systems that are discriminatory. Antisemitism, neo-Nazis, and white supremacy – along with all other forms of racism – are vile and have no place in our community.
  • We do not and will not tolerate discrimination, harassment, or retaliation in any of its forms, period.
  • Employees are free to express concerns about Nazis, antisemitism, white supremacy or any other form of discrimination or harassment in internal discussions. We expect all employees to be respectful, professional, and follow GitHub policies on discrimination and harassment.

We are, and will continue to be, fiercely committed to providing both our employees and our community with a safe, inclusive, and welcoming environment.

 

 

My message is that if you are offended when nazis are called nazis, that might make you a nazi.

 

 





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  #2637235 18-Jan-2021 10:44
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kingdragonfly: This is from before Trump, when Obama when still President.

It's definitely got worse, much worse, thanks to Mom and Dad getting hip to Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

They're also all pre-QAnon and similar. If you redid that survey now with today's conspiracy-theory lunacy you'd probably get 70% or more for Republicans on most of it.

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freitasm: The woman, whose name was not released, said she was a law enforcement officer. But as she was being questioned, she drove off and was stopped shortly thereafter and placed under arrest, police said.


I guess white supremists don't know the rules for "driving while black"

1. start recording audio on phone before the officer arrives if possible

2. Do whatever the officer says

3. Keep your hands where the police can see them at all times

4. Tell them when you're about to reach for anything, before you do it.

5. Politely repeat these questions until you are arrested, or you can leave.

* "Am I under arrest?"

* "What are the charges?"

* "May I leave?"

6. go to 5.


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  #2637239 18-Jan-2021 10:47
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The Guardian - The Grand Old Party distances itself from Donald Trump





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  #2637245 18-Jan-2021 11:03
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neb:  ... If you redid that survey now with today's conspiracy-theory lunacy you'd probably get 70% or more for Republicans on most of it.

 

 






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  #2637254 18-Jan-2021 11:28
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Sadly, none of this is a surprise ...

 

The New York Times - Prospect of Pardons in Final Days Fuels Market to Buy Access to Trump

 

 

In case anyone wants one, it'll cost you two million dollars, arranged through Trump's excellent lawyer Rudi Giuliani.

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