solarbird: (korra-on-the-air)
I have no words for how angry I am right now, or how revolted.

So turns out Milo Yiannopoulos - who gets called a "conservative provocateur," who says women shouldn't be allowed to drive, who thinks women should be kept out of STEM, who thinks if women don't like violent harassment online that they should just log off, and who is SPECIFICALLY AND ACTUALLY A WHITE SUPREMACIST, but who is nonetheless treated like Someone Who Should Be Heard -

Turns out? He's pro-pederasty. Yeah, he thinks fucking 13-year-olds is fine and that this "consent" nonsense is just oppressive. Apparently particularly so when it comes to 13-year-olds.

I'm popping this to the top of everything else because FUCK ALL OF THESE FUCKERS. Also, here's a longer, formatted post about this, with links.

Meanwhile, 4chan/pol is aware, and is of mixed opinion - there's the "all fags are pedos/fags are degenerates" crowd who are happy about him coming under fire, while the "He's feeding people babby's first redpill constantly" side (who see him as a gateway to fascism/anti-Semitism) are saying FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT WE MUST DEFEND OUR OWN, etc.

As for the other news...

There is some US inquiry into the Russian hacking; it involves three FBI probes, we're told by Reuters. We have a story of a HUD official (a political one, so this isn't criminal) fired for writing an anti-Trump piece in his own time. There's more coverage of the Trump rally on Saturday that the fascist channers loved, some news about possible draft immigration orders which are expectably harsh in various ways; Haaretz declares that it's time to stop pretending Donald Trump isn't an anti-Semite; the Mormon Church has jumped in against trans rights, and more.

Item 10 is pretty disturbing in an operational way; it speaks to yet another attempt to consolidate power around political operatives rather than diplomats, and this is definitely something to watch for.

Really, there's a fair bit, and I need to get to bed, and you know the drill. Click through, you'll find it all below the fold.

It's February 20, 2017; this is the news )
solarbird: (korra-on-the-air)
I have no words for how angry I am right now, or how revolted.

So turns out Milo Yiannopoulos - who gets called a "conservative provocateur," who says women shouldn't be allowed to drive, who thinks women should be kept out of STEM, who thinks if women don't like violent harassment online that they should just log off, and who is SPECIFICALLY AND ACTUALLY A WHITE SUPREMACIST, but who is nonetheless treated like Someone Who Should Be Heard -

Turns out? He's pro-pederasty. Yeah, he thinks fucking 13-year-olds is (excuse me: can be) fine and that this "consent" nonsense is just arbitrary and oppressive. Particularly, I guess, when it comes to 13-year-olds.

YOU THINK I'M MAKING THIS UP? VIDEO. SECOND SOURCE. THIRD SOURCE (tho' I haven't listened to that version myself, the first link is the relevant section excerpted).

Can't wait 'till next next appearance on Bill Maher and Simon & Schuster extending his book contact, can you? Are you looking forward to his CPAC keynote speech this year? I SURE AM.

He's a sadist, and all of his fans are vicious, drooling monsters, and all of this was known already, but now he's also pro-pederast, in his own words.

And if that is finally enough to get him de-platformed, do not fucking forget, for one goddamn minute - not one - that being an overt white-supremacist and overtly savage misogynist and actual literal fascist...

...wasn't enough. It took this.

[Transcription mine. Some incidental anti-black racism, misogyny, and transphobia is elided intentionally]

MILO: We get hung upon on this kind of, this child abuse stuff, to the point where we're heavily policing even relationships between consenting adults... [interrupted] [aside, joking about a picture put up in the video feed]

HOST: The whole consent thing, for me, is, it's not this black and white thing that people try to paint it.

MILO: No, it isn't.

HOST: Are there some 13-year-olds out there capable of giving informed consent to have sex with an adult? Probably. But I was also a 13 year old. I hung around with 13-year-old guys when I was, you know, 13, and there were some of them that still thought girls were fuckin' icky at 13. Like not many, but they were just coming out of that phase... the reason that these age of consent laws exist, is that we have to set some kind of barometer here...

MILO: The law is probably about right... but there are certainly people who are capable of giving consent at a younger age... people who are sexually active younger... I think it particularly happens in the gay world, by the way. And in many cases, actually, those relationships with older - and this is one of those, this is sort of stu-, this is why this is one of those reasons I hate the left, you know, I meant this sort of stupid, one size fits all policing of culture, this arbitrary - I'll be quick - this arbitrary and oppressive idea of consent, which totally destroys, you know, understandings that many of us have of the complexities and subtleties and complicated nature of many relationships. You know, people are messy and complex, and actually in the homosexual world particularly, some of those relationships between younger boys and older men, the sort of coming of age relationships, the relationships in which those older men help those young boys to discover who they are, and give them security and safety and provide them with love and a reliable, sort of a rock, where they can't speak to their parents - some of those relationships are the most [interrupted]

HOST: It's funny because ... you gave me a few videos to watch to brush up on my Milo-isms, and one of the things that you said in one of these clips is that transgenderism is the new frontier of, you know, rights - my wording is bad here, but - the new frontier of social progress, and the next thing in line is going to be pedophilia, and yet here you are talkin' about how, look, some of these kids who get diddled by these priests, I mean, it's a good thing for them, they're getting this love, now they are also gettin' dick...

MILO: You're misunderstanding what pedophilia means. Pedophilia is not a sexual attraction to somebody 13 years old who is sexually mature; pedophilia is attraction to children, to children who have not reached puberty. Pedophilia is attraction to people who don't have functioning sex organs yet, who have not gone through puberty, who are too young to be able to understand the way their body works. That is not what we're talking about.

That's assuming even this does it. I'm not taking bets.

ETA: MY GODS, THERE'S MORE. Completely different interview. Watch Milo insist that everybody lusts after 14, 15-year-olds. Host says no, they're kids, Milo says he's lying.

This is bog standard molester logic. (Also, not incidentally, rapist logic.) Everybody does it, or would if they could, and you're lying if you say you don't want to. Bog standard.

NICE HERO YOU'VE GOT THERE, FASCISTS.
solarbird: (korra-on-the-air)
The neofascists of 8chan loved the Trump speech, generally rating it as his second best, some his third. (4chan doesn't seem to have paid much attention and doesn't seem to care.) Fundamentally, it resonated well with his somewhat-dispirited white supremacist/authoritarian base.

Highlights for them included:
  • attacks on the press (they themselves dragged out "lugenpresse" - the Nazi-era term meaning "lying press" - again; Examples: "Pretty smart of Trump to bring out those quotes from old American Presidents about the Lügenpresse," "Is fake news the new luggenpresse?" others)
     
  • calls to restrict immigration (which they specifically interpret approvingly as ethnically based)
     
  • the Sweden reference (they consider Sweden the most "cucked" of European nations, but other than that, I don't know what this is about)
     
  • the "Syrian safe zone" reference (which in their lexicon means "White America" somehow? Something else to figure out)
     
A number have decided that when Trump says "drain the swamp" he's referring to "the International Jew," and that - as with them - "Global Elite" also means "International Jew." A few are showing relative restraint, such as this guy (yes, this is what passes for restraint):

I don't think it's a dogwhistle, but if he's educated on the terms; he may just end up being the saviour of the white race.

They're making a lot of comparisons to Trump and Hitler, but mean it as a good thing - while at the same time laughing at the press for making the same comparison. You're also seeing a bit of commentary akin to David Duke's line that comparing Trump to Hitler makes people more receptive to neofascism and neo-Nazi action.

Despite that, they don't see this as a Nuremburg Rally moment yet - just a promising lead-in - to wit, these examples:

get ready, he hasn't even come close to delivering his Nuremberg just yet. When he does, it will be glorious and we will witness it.

God damn, I don't think I could handle a real Trump Nuremburg rally. This was just Florida and I'm already preheating my oven.

tfw these rallies will get more and more authoritharian and will go full nuremberg once he declares martial law.

21st Century Nuremberg rallies? As if that were a bad thing…

Fundamentally, Mr. Trump has re-energised his neo-Nazi/anti-semetic/authoritarian base with this speech. I can't know whether that was his intent, but it was definitely the effect.
solarbird: (korra-on-the-air)
Arkansas held their vote on their proposed Federal constitutional amendment, and it's passed out of committee with a partisan recommendation to pass as a whole. Relatedly, le Pen's fascist movement in France has also added ending marriage equality to their platform.

Evan McMullin, who hoped to throw the election into the House of Representatives to prevent Mr. Trump's election, is begging the GOP to save the country. They aren't listening. At all. Remember: they're all in on this. Remember that, when this is over.

The rough outlines of an ACA replacement are starting to come into focus, and they're crap. McConnell says they want no Democratic votes, and they're certainly going to get it - I guess the strong form of the Hastert Rule is back in effect.

Meanwhile, Republicans in Congress are working towards prohibiting states from setting up their own low-income pensions, because why the hell would they pass up an opportunity to be evil dickbags, right?

And Republicans in Oregon are trying to get started there with voter suppression - it's a lot harder, with mail-in balloting, so they're going to try to force everyone to be deregistered and re-registered in two years. It's a citizen initiative. Oregonians might want to do something about that.

It's February 18, 2017; this is the news )
solarbird: (korra-on-the-air)
I really don't know what to say about the Trump press conference yesterday. I was livetweeting it, and it was... certainly something. Here's Rolling Stone's article on it, and here's a transcript.

I think the most appalling moment was when he called the rise in anti-semetic hate crimes false-flag operations, created by "people on the other side, to anger people like you." That was actually in response to a follow-up question on the topic, after he refused to answer the original, clearly Jewish reporter's version. (Trump in fact told that first reporter to sit down, then insulted him and called him a liar, before moving to another question.)

Clearly in second was Mr. Trump twice promoting a conspiracy theory lie, that 20% of the United States uranium supply had been sold - traitorously - to the Russians. In previous versions of this conspiracy theory, it was allegedly Mr. Obama's fault, but now it's allegedly Ms. Clinton's fault. Of course, the entire thing is horseshit. Here is a Bureau of Land Management publication from last year addressing the lie:

https://www.blm.gov/or/districts/burns/newsroom/files/uranium.pdf

Perhaps the single most odd thing was his repeated insistence upon confirming the Russian contact leaks as real and yet the news about them as "fake." To quote him directly from my own transcript: "TRUMP: The leaks are absolutely real. The news is fake because so much of the news is fake."

He keeps confirming the leaks. You have to get past all of that in order to reach the cascade of more ordinary lies, from the boring (largest electoral college victory since Reagan, completely untrue in any framing) to the bizarrely obvious (the travel ban rollout "was perfect" until it was ruined by a judge) to the casually racist (telling a black reporter he could tell before she even stood up that this was going to be an "unfair" and "bad" question). I think the best reaction I saw to all of this lesser noise was, "This is the longest cold opening in SNL history."

Anyway.

The biggest story today is that ocean oxygen content is falling. This is an unmitigated and possibly unmitigable disaster, and is a direct result of global climate change. It goes hand-in-hand with both total warming and acidification, which is _also_ disastrously bad for the oceans. This is literally some kind of Soylent Green-level calamity could very well be how humanity ends itself.

So that's fun.

White man arrested planning racist terror in South Carolina; voter ID laws do in fact suppress legal voting, but only for poor and minority voters (which is, of course, the point); plans from the DeVos family's institute to dismantle public education and replace it with religious training; Mike Pence has been fighting for three years to prevent a particular document from becoming public, but now it's coming out via court order, that might be fun; lots more. Enjoy?

It's February 17, 2017; this is the news )
solarbird: (korra-on-the-air)
hoo boy where to start

A couple of big german media anti-immigrant stories have been retracted by their publisher, and there's discussion of whether criminal charges should be pressed.

The hearing on a constitutional convention call to stop LGBT marriage was moved to today, the 16th. We'll see if it happens.

Looks like European intelligence agencies have data on the Trump campaign's contacts with the Russians, too. That's fun.

Various Republicans are attacking various intelligence agencies over the reports. Also fun.

Mr. Trump is holding a rally in Florida this weekend. Mr. Spicer referred to it as a "campaign" event, and Mr. Trump has filed, so I guess the 2020 election is ALREADY ON.

Lots more, but it's midnight and I'm off to bed. Good luck.

It's February 16, 2017; this is the news )
solarbird: (korra-on-the-air)
4chan is depressed; 8chan is freaking out, hoping for a Trump-led coup d'etat, and going into civil war/full-anti-semitism/nazi mode. (Interestingly, they're both still on the fake pizza pedophiles conspiracy theory.) There are a lot of people starting to celebrate; don't even think about that yet. Even if Trump were forced out - which I do not think is about to happen, his white male approval rate is still at like 60% - we'd just be looking at President Pence, who isn't nearly as inflammatory or disturbing, but is about as bad.

The California disaster declarations requested on the 10th and on the 13th were finally confirmed, so that, at least, is actually normal. But everything else is on fire. And Canada is still seeing refugees coming north from the States, particularly in Quebec.

The relatively-lower-key effort is one starting in Arkansas to use the other way of getting amendments to the US Constitution - one coming directly from the states. This hasn't ever been done but is clearly defined, Constitutionally. The effort, of course, is to eliminate marriage rights for LGBT people.

Adventures. Lots of adventures.

It's February 15, 2017; this is the news )
solarbird: (korra-on-the-air)
I held this one until after noon Eastern time because I wanted to give the Trump administration the morning to respond to California's second disaster request. No response I can find as of yet.

Also, Flynn resigned, but you know that, so I've not bothered including the story. What's more interesting is Item 13, and the possibility that Acting Attorney General Sally Q. Yates was fired less over the refusal to defend Mr. Trump's illegal EO, and more over her warnings about Mr. Flynn.

It's February 14, 2017; this is the news )
solarbird: (Lecturing)
There's a lot of speculation going around that the Trump administration is ignoring California's request for disaster declaration. There has been a fake news report that it was explicitly denied; that's not true, as far as I can tell. (The only source for the version going around is a fake news site identifying itself as the Sacramento Dispatch; said newspaper does not exist, the domain was registered on January 17th, it's fake, do not quote.)

However, California did request declaration on the 10th, as can be seen here, on real news sites:

http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article132113664.html
http://www.krcrtv.com/news/local/northstate/gov-brown-requests-presidential-major-disaster-declaration/326144202

And there has as yet been no response. By contrast, Louisiana also requested declaration on the 10th, due to tornadoes, as can be seen here:

http://www.nola.com/weather/index.ssf/2017/02/gov_edwards_requests_new_orlea.html

And that was approved by Mr. Trump on the 11th, as can be seen here:

http://wgno.com/2017/02/11/president-trump-approves-louisiana-tornado-disaster-request/

Rank-and-file in the GOP have been agitating against - and in Congress, actively voting against - disaster relief for Democratic controlled states for some time, such as Hurricane Sandy in New York, while voting for disaster relief in their own states. So there is an open question: is this now executive policy as well?
solarbird: (korra-on-the-air)
Looks like Republican legislators are expanding the "paid protestors" lie to constituents who disagree with their policies and show up at Town Hall meetings - we've got several stories of GOP legislators playing hide-and-seek with constituents; item 5 (declaring children conceived in vitro to be "illegitimate") is bizarre, but makes more sense if it's taken as a way to swipe at children of LGBT parents; Canadians need to pay SPECIAL attention to Item 11, I strongly suggest contacting your MPs against the bill; the Flynn-Russia issue may have some actual legs on it, for once; and, of course, the Sessions DoJ has started walking back civil rights protections, starting with transgendered people.

It's February 13, 2017; this is the news )
solarbird: (korra-on-the-air)
Republican reps and senators under heavy fire at home; several important environmental issues (science, and legislative); Russian newspaper tells women to be 'proud of their bruises' as state partially decriminalises domestic violence; a big ICE sweep started being rumoured Thursday night and ICE lied about it, turned out it as real and ran into Friday; Republican state legislatures continue to make it harder to vote; some background on the neoreactionary movement (self-titled "NRx"); Justice Department has signalled in a court case that they are stepping back from including transgendered people in civil rights law. (This will be the start of many such steps back, now that Sessions is confirmed.)

Item 10 in particular is really exasperating as a majority of Trump voters say the Bowling Green Massacre (which, again, was not a real thing and did not happen) shows why his Executive Order on immigration is needed. An outright majority now appear to believe it was actually a thing and justifies action.

Item 23 is a new survey-study across 40 years of immigration data in 200 metropolitan areas showing no connection between immigration and increases in crime rates. Useful for reference, if you can get any of 45's followers to pay attention to science.

It's February 11, 2017; this is the news )
solarbird: (korra-on-the-air)
Canada is starting to see Muslim refugees from the United States sneaking across the border as College Republicans hand out Holocaust-themed Valentine's Day cards with Hitler's picture. (But remember, they aren't Nazis!) Fox News goes off about how women need to submit to men to have good heterosexual relationships. Trump's immigration ban gets means CBD gets to play the exciting new game, Whose Christianity Counts?, when it comes to people entering the US. A Pentagon journal publishes a paper on a proper military response to a hypothetical president setting up internment/concentration camps. All this and more in "yes, this isn't an alternate timeline, you can tell because we don't have dirigibles in the sky" news this morning. Sorry.

It's February 10, 2017; this is the news )
solarbird: (korra-on-the-air)
Hoo boy, where to we start? Lots of looting again today, with abuse of the office to promote his family brands, and a direct statement that actions the Trump Group doesn't like will be taken as a direct attack on President Trump. Similarly, lots of attacks on institutions that could limit his power, and more lies, both about the murder rate (it's a 57-year low, not a 47-year _high) and another made-up Islamic terrorist attack made up that never happened. (Atlanta. Which did have a terrorist attack, from a far-right white guy hating on queers and abortion rights.)

I'm including coverage of the power demonstration by the Republicans against Senator Elizabeth Warren, where they literally silenced her for reading material already in the Congressional Record, before confirming the known vicious racist Senator Sessions to be Attorney General. This is to eviscerate voting rights, I'm pretty sure. But the silencing was a power display, both against women (since male Senators were allowed to read the same material repeatedly afterwards) and against Democrats: you aren't equal citizens. (See Lindsey Graham's statement that silencing Senator Warren "was long overdue.")

So if you have maintained any idea that the GOP will do anything to stop any of this, please stop. It will not happen. They are folding themselves into a Trumpian party, authoritarian, misogynist, and white supremacist. That is quite literally all they have, and they will continue to extend their attempts to stop everyone but Republicans from voting, and no one in their party will oppose. Nobody. And why should they? The most recent polling data I have (from the 2nd) says that 95% of Trump voters approve of his performance.

95%.

This is what they want. This is all the GOP has. It will not "regain its sanity," it will not be deterred on "decency," it will not preserve "democratic norms," it. will. not.

Plan and act accordingly.

It's February 9, 2017; this is the news )
solarbird: (korra-on-the-air)
Items 5 and 16 are part of a generalised effort by the rightist/neofascist media to portray all protest and opposition as violent rioters; call that out as such when you see it being done.

Item 8 involves making voting machines more susceptible to hacking.

Item 9 is an on-the-record White House staffer saying they'll keep labelling everything they don't like "FAKE NEWS." No, really, outright.

18 and 21 are about silencing opposition Senators on the Senate floor. It's really bad.

Item 20 is about ending net neutrality as quickly as possible.

Lots of the rest are anti-environment actions, anti-abortion-rights actions, and anti-LGBT actions, and more.

It's February 8, 2017; this is the news  )

as expected

Feb. 7th, 2017 01:52 pm
solarbird: (korra-on-the-air)

As expected, Betsy DeVos has been confirmed as secretary of education. When the two GOP “no” votes were announced a few days ago, I knew that meant the other 48 were locked down; I’ve been around this carousel before.1

But the fights right now are mostly not about winning. We’re going to lose these. The GOP have power and don’t give a fuck about you, and that’s been official since the Hastert Rule.2 What these fights are about are having the ability to keep fighting. About keeping possibly meaningful elections, things like that. We’re fighting a six-month war to fight a two-year war to fight a four-year war, as a start.3

So I’ve been beating this drum for a while and I’m going to keep beating it: until opposition start paying attention to state and local elections, nothing will change. The situation on the ground for the Democratic Party is nightmarish, because Democrats much of the time just can’t be bothered, and gerrymandering will continue to make the Federal level worse. There is no – I mean zero – probability of a Republican turnaround on gerrymandering for the foreseeable future, and therefore no likelihood of political relief on that front except possibly through citizen initiative.

They have power; they don’t care about how they get it; they will use all tools possible until and unless they are forced to stop. Do not appeal to decency, do not appeal to fairness, because they do not fucking care. Get it through your head: no fucks are given beyond “do Republicans keep power”? There may be some local pockets of exceptions, but push comes to shove, they will go along. All but without fail. Know this.

(Also, people are talking about terrible poll numbers for Trump? 86% of Republicans approve of his performance as of day 16. That’s all that matters to them. If those numbers start to fall in-party, then the situation changes – but not before.)

So. If your state is Republican but has has citizen initiatives, your Federal option is to put together a popular state initiative to force meaningful district reform. This will take some time. Outrage, complaints, do it because it’s good PR – and more importantly, keeps you within the Overton window – but it won’t change results. You need initiatives. There are rumours of some kind of coordinated effort to start working on this, but I haven’t seen anything I can pin down. That’d be a good thing to pin down.

The bigger deal is that you have to start PAYING ATTENTION to the BORING LOCAL CRAP. Learn that it matters. Figure out your state and local governments, know who your reps are, and get working on them. Because in the end, that’s where political power starts.

It’s a long fight. Don’t get yourself burned out, because it’s going to get worse before it gets better; there is no magic solution, there is no fast solution. It’s a long haul grind, and even when you win, don’t think it’s over – we thought fascism was over, and oh look, now we’ve got neofascists and white nationalists in the White House.

Deal with that, accept it, because this is what it takes. Not dealing with that – well…

…that’s how we got here.
 


1: Don’t be fooled; we never had an actual shot here. The Republican Party has the discipline of an authoritarian parliamentary party and gives no fucks outside its own. The two “no” votes were allowed solely to give them political cover for the constituencies; they were knowingly-harmless-to-DeVos “no” votes, as political cover. If their votes were actually needed, they would’ve been “yes.” This is standard party procedure in the Senate; has been for decades, as anyone who has gone through this enough times can tell you – Harry Reid was a master of this, and this was simple Reid playbook copypasta. THAT DOES NOT MEAN DON’T FIGHT: first, all resistance makes them expend money and time (the latter being in shorter supply than the former), and second, it keeps the Overton window where you need it. The fight still matters, just… don’t expect to win these.

2: No bill can proceed without a majority of Republicans in support, regardless of House total support or popular support. That’s the weak form. The strong form – aspired to by the “Permanent Republican Majority” crowd – was “no bill can proceed unless it can pass entirely by Republican votes.” The explicit intent of the strong form was to make opposition parties irrelevant. I think it’s pretty clear they’re going for the strong form now.

3: The six-month war at the Federal level is keeping a court system. That’ll be hard. At the popular level, it’s maintaining some elements of consensus reality. (“Anything I don’t like” being “Fake news.”) We lose that, we’ve lost everything, and it’s harder than keeping the court system. Bannon, Trump, and both the fundamentalist and authoritarian movements want to eliminate the courts as a check-and-balance, and override fact-based media and decision making, both to clear the way for complete power. If we win the six-month war, the two-year war is probably going to add focus around fighting Attorney General Sessions. You’ll note I’m already using the title – his appointment won’t be stopped, and it’ll probably be 54-46. If somehow we can make it 52-48, I’ll consider that much a big victory. But the two-year war will be around preserving voting rights, and it will also be hard. Very hard indeed.

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solarbird: (korra-on-the-air)
Monday was a very bad day in newstown.

Item 9 is very important, in that this is basically a threat - they're going to investigate voters against Trump.

Also, FOIA requests are being made more difficult, and the White House is cutting off/disabling comment/feedback hooks - see items 2 and 27.

After that, things get worse. Fox and the fundamentalist right are joining up on the line that protests are "violent and fake" and paid by George Soros, as an anti-Semetic slur with varying degrees of overtness. (As for paid - oh yeah? Where the hell is my cheque?) The administration is also ramping up misogyny as an attack (see items 4, 17, and 31), and now Der Spiegel is calling for Germany to lead an international alliance against Mr. Trump's regime. Trump is also telling supporters that all negative stories and polls and such are fake, and that the media are covering up terrorist attacks - so except more strident Butt Trumpettes to start buying into the Bowling Green lies (items 10, 11, 13, 14, 19, 21). The League of the South is giving another go at raising an armed militia - this failed miserably last time they tried it, otherwise it'd be higher up. Mr. Trump's UN ambassador wants to do everything in her power to keep reproductive choices out of the hands of women and says so in plain language. And there's more.

The last item (nr. 32) is a huge wakeup call, as well. And may be a lucky one, given that we've beaten this back for a few days and can try to do something about it, because people in customs and immigration just did whatever they were told. Ignoring courts is bad enough, but handcuffing a five year old and separating him from his mother for hours? They didn't even hesitate. Maybe we need to add another tack - do not be monstrous.

Monday was a very bad day.

It's February 7, 2017; this is the news )
solarbird: (korra-on-the-air)
Commentary on the continuing possibility of constitutional crisis; Mr. Trump makes it clear he considers Russia a peer; a pretty amazing New York Times story on the first two weeks, interally, including a statement saying that Mr. Trump wasn't being fully briefed on the EOs he's signing - particularly the one appointing white supremacist Bannon to the NSC; bill introduced to shutter the EPA entirely; a lot of amicus briefs filed on the Trump most-we-could-get-away-with-for-now-Muslim-Ban; Bremerton councilwoman arrested in DC; Canada trying to figure out what to do w.r.t. Mr. Trump's ban.

It's February 6, 2017; this is the news )
solarbird: (korra-on-the-air)
...or will be in another 34 minutes in Cascadia, anyway.

Other people are starting to catch on that the Bannon plan really is for a religious/racial war. Also, 8chan wants Antifa to be declared terrorists. I'm including a small essay I wrote earlier on Dreamwidth, aimed at anybody who actually still thinks of themselves as a non-fascist conservative. And several other items rounded out Saturday.

It's February 5, 2017; this is the news )
solarbird: (korra-on-the-air)
Yes, I'm posting this a couple of hours early, it's huge and also I don't want to forget and also don't want to sit on it for another couple of hours.

Brave heart, Boston - Seattle to the motherfucking rescue. See item 20. Better yet: CNN IS REPORTING COMPLIANCE WITH COURT ORDER. They're shopping for a counter-injunection but GUESS WHO JUST BLINKED and GUESS WHO STILL HAS A JUDICIARY, MOTHERFUCKERS.

None of this shit is over, they're still going to keep trying to break it, because by fascist political theory, as soon as they win an election they rule everything unquestioned forever. (Or, at least, until the next election.) No, seriously, see item 23, that's what they're saying.

But round one goes to the fucking rule of law, you fascist assholes.

Also, fiscal corruption and rules changes for Mr. Trump's friends (IN HIS OWN WORDS), the CIA's new deputy director ran a black-ops torture site before those got shut down (and also destroyed evidence), more data being disappeared from Federal websites, and more. It's been a busy day.

It's February 4, 2017; this is the news  )
solarbird: (Lecturing)
I've been sending out news collections to a mailing list. I've got a bit of a handle on things now, so I've back-posted a bunch of them to this blog. They're dated to match the days of release, so won't all appear in your reading lists now - you'll have to come over here and scroll down to read them.

This might end up just being for history, but who knows.

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