solarbird: (sb-worldcon-cascadia)

Mueller's delivered his report to Atty. General Barr. Will we see it? WHO KNOWS?

CAP Action is demanding Mr. Barr make Mueller's full findings public, and requesting people call their senators now and demand full transparency.

Members of the House of Representatives also have to press to make sure Mueller was allowed to finish the probe on his own timeline, and... well. He was pressured on it, by the White House and the GOP, constantly. We need to know how much that affected his investigation.

(Congressional switchboard number: (202) 224-3121 - or you can look up your Senators' individual office numbers.)

solarbird: (widow)
Roughly 32 hours to go 'til first results and I'm sitting here wondering yet again what it must be like to have an election that isn't another fucking referendum on whether you get to exist.
solarbird: (Lecturing)
I am copying and pasting this post - with permission - because the original post was locked, and they requested that I share it in this format. I know OP personally, and have for some time.

Read all of it - and particularly note the instructions in the last paragraph. My long history of doing that has saved me, several times.



This is going to be a rather personal post from me, but given the number of people I've seen on Facebook expressing extreme anxiety regarding Brett Kavanaugh and his supporters and apologists, I think it's necessary as many of you have been raised in environments that were completely alien to mine.

This post isn't really intended to provide comfort or solutions. It's simply intended to explain how things really are given that I'm a former extreme right-wing conservative. I was raised by an individual who was not once, but twice, clinically diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), which is exactly what afflicts Donald Trump (and presumably quite a few of his most ardent supporters). And her partner was basically a sycophant who mirrors many of Trump's enablers.

I've seen many posts where people ask if Trump and his supporters really enjoy the suffering of others. The simple answer is yes. But it goes deeper than that. Trump supporters enjoy your outrage. They feed off your outrage and it gives them energy and strength to reach for even greater extremes. When you ask Trump supporters how they can support such evil, heinous policies, they delight in your assumption of their inherent goodness. They're openly laughing at you when you do this. Simply put, they're emotional vampires, and trying to relate to these individuals on the same level as decent human beings is completely playing into their hands. They don't respect this kind of interaction. They think less of you for it. And they regard you as potential prey, even if they don't see an immediate opportunity to victimize you. I know how upsetting and bleak this may sound to someone reading this right now but as I noted above, I'm not making this post to comfort you. I'm posting this to simply tell you how it is, as I was one of these kinds of people a very long time ago. My entire career has been based on telling people how things are, and often they don't like the messenger, regardless of their belief system.

Having lived and survived in an environment dominated by NPD individuals in both personal and professional settings, there are several takeaways I would advise you to keep in mind. First, make it very clear to an NPD that you're not going to play on their level. They'll say things to upset you. Their way of interacting with you, their way of manipulating you, is totally dependent on that. Don't be emotional with them. Make it clear that you know that they're liars, that they're cheats. Be calm and stay in control as you tell them that. And add that because that they lack empathy, you regard them as inanimate objects. I invite you to use that very term with them, because I have. And more often than not, they laughed and immediately disengaged with me and sought another victim. Or they would lose control of the situation when they realized I was onto them.

Secondly, if the opportunity arises, make sure that these NPD individuals experience immediate, measurable consequences as a direct result of their attempt to victimize you. Make clear to their sycophants and apologists that you won't forget where they stood in the situation and that you won't ever forget. I personally engaged in this kind of, for lack of a better term, warfare over a period of decades with members of my own family, as well as my political opponents in my state. So be prepared for a very long battle. Many of these individuals think they can wait you out. Make sure you include this in your calculus. When you reengage with them, be punctual, avoid hesitation.

After this is all over, these individuals will try to reengage you again. They'll pretend that none of this had transpired. They'll gaslight you and try to convince you that you don't remember history as it actually happened. Save the receipts. I personally know of several individuals who I used to regard as friends who have already taken to scrubbing their social media histories so that no one will ever know that they enthusiastically supported Donald Trump and the darkest, most evil of his dehumanizing policies. Take screen shots. Save them for posterity. And when the time is right, make sure they know that you haven't forgotten and be clear that you will ensure others also will never forget. Always remember, this is to the grave. So be strong. Be resolute. You will be surprised over time how many new friends you will make along the way.

a thought

Jun. 15th, 2018 11:03 pm
solarbird: (widow)
What if all this, in part, is a dry-run for climate refugees?

monsters

Jun. 14th, 2018 04:41 pm
solarbird: (widow)

Watching Trump supporters go about cheering concentration camps for children and attacking people who protest them for - supposedly - not protesting loudly enough during Obama just makes me go, like...

...if your reaction to bestial depravity is to cheer it because you want to think people you dislike didn't protest loudly enough at lower levels of abuse? You aren't even looking for an excuse. You're just a centreless void, a contemptible sucking ethical and moral vacuum pretending to be a person, eating away at the very idea of civilisation itself.

I don't care what your fucking political enemies did or did not say about it. If you're supporting atrocities? YOU ARE FUCKING SUPPORTING ATROCITIES. I don't fucking care why. YOU ARE SUPPORTING ATROCITIES.

solarbird: (molly-braceforimpact)
[personal profile] annathepiper and I went to the live show of Wait Wait Don't Tell Me at the Moore last night, and it was pretty entertaining. And it was about two hours, with a longer monologue, and all that, and generally we had a good time. The Moore is a lot better venue for shows like that than it is for music, so the sound was good.

But the weirdest thing was that the California joke not at California's expense got a roar of approval. 45's administration has made us actual allies. You don't have to be that old to remember when that was just unthinkable.

What the fuck, world? What the fuck.
solarbird: (fascist sons o bitches)
The Nashville Statement - a new declaration from the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, a fundamentalist/evangelical working group - is about making anti-LGBT activism a core part of faith. It's explicitly about making anti-LGBT animus a required belief in order to be what they consider Christian.

Article 10 - excuse me, they want to sound all Roman on the website, so "Article X" - is key:

WE AFFIRM that it is sinful to approve of homosexual immorality or transgenderism and that such approval constitutes an essential departure from Christian faithfulness and witness.

WE DENY that the approval of homosexual immorality or transgenderism is a matter of moral indifference about which otherwise faithful Christians should agree to disagree.

Now, fundamentalism/evangelism is not like Catholicism, of course, where the Pope says a thing and off y'go. This statement is more like an influential imam issuing a fatwa. It's not legally binding. But it's important to remember that fundamentalism as we know it started with a not-dissimilar declaration of tenants a little over a century ago, and I think it's pretty clear that they had that document in mind.

So - this matters. Not for the week or month or year, but for the longer term. Let's go over the key points.

First, it's about asserting that being queer is being in active opposition to God.

From Article XIII: "WE DENY that the grace of God in Christ sanctions self-conceptions that are at odds with God’s revealed will."

Secondly, it's about removing neutrality - you cannot agree to disagree and still be Christian.

They're declaring that hatred of LGBT people and opposition to the rights of LGBT people is core and key to their faith - that people who disagree with this statement, who are neutral or pro-LGBT rights, are not Christians. At all.

Third, it's about making opposition to the existence of us queers a multi-generational activity.

As they've been losing ground in younger generations, they've been struggling to find a way to continue the fight against us. This is where they've gone - making it part of the religion itself. It is a blueprint showing how they intend to renew their fight against our existence.

Finally, it's about making civil rights a zero-sum game, in explicit, foundational, and existential terms.

They are declaring that laws recognising us, recognising our relationships, recognising who we are, are direct affronts to and attacks on God, and on their religion, and on their right to be Christians. To allow civil rights for queers is to deny them their faith. (See Article XI - they're using the word "speak" there, but they talk with laws, when they can.) This isn't really new? But now it's formalised. It has moved from inchoate politics to cornerstone of faith, and that has weight.

By making anti-queer activism core and critical to their Christianity, they're saying that recognising us is a direct attack on their existence as Christians. They're making our existence antithetical to themselves. They're deciding that this is an existential fight - for them.

This statement is a forthright and deliberate statement of eternal opposition to the existence of me and mine.

This statement is a declaration of total war.
solarbird: (tracer)
Finally put up the pride flag, only halfway through the month XD

solarbird: (korra-on-the-air)
The news. Sorry.

Trump-Russia:
Kelly defends plan for Russia back channel as a 'good thing'
Sec. John Kelly: Intelligence Leaks Are ‘Darn Close To Treason’
Trump expresses 'total confidence' in Kushner
Dems Call for Jared Kushner to Lose Security Clearance
Jared Kushner’s Role Is Tested as Russia Case Grows
Trump's obsession over Russia probe deepens
Trump campaign likely didn’t save documents: report
Russia scandal ices government lawyer hiring

Taking apart the modern world order:
A few people make this argument: once Trump is gone & replaced by a mainstream figure (Hatch or Warren, say) norms will return. Nope.
Scoop: Trump tells confidants U.S. will quit Paris climate deal
Angela Merkel says Germany can no longer rely on Donald Trump's America: 'We Europeans must take our destiny into our own hands'

Neofascism, neo-Naziism, breakdown of civil society:
Portland Republican says party should use militia groups after racial attack
Texas Republican Called ICE on SB 4 Protesters, Threatened to Shoot Colleague
White Nationalist Who Shoved a Black Protester Blames Trump
Neo-Nazis Announce Nationwide Anti-Muslim March Just Days After Horrific Hate Crime
A U.S. citizen says her rights were violated after she was detained by immigration authorities in San Bernardino
Man arrested for machete stabbing, hate crime following standoff

Trump's friends:
Duterte jokes that his soldiers can rape women under martial law in the Philippines

Other:
How I Got Fox News To Tell The Truth About ‘Violent Lesbian Gangs’

It's May 30th, 2017; this is the news. )
solarbird: (korra-on-the-air)
I have been rather overwhelmed lately. I apologise for that.

This is a catch-up round of news. I'm not attempting to make it complete, but I think it's a reasonable overview of some of the worst, at least, before this weekend.

It's May 29th, 2017; let's get caught up on the news )
solarbird: (korra-smug)
solarbird: (korra-on-the-air)
"Trump’s voting commission is a sham." No kidding. The linked article is to an ACLU action item because people need to get signed up on this. They're going to gin up some fake results to repeat Trump's "three to five million illegal voters" lie, in order to engage in the kinds of voter suppression at the Federal level that they've been working at the state level. Stopping this will require pulling off the very few Republicans actually willing to vote against Cheeto Mussolini, so be ramping up on that.

"This is what emboldened white supremacists look like" - you mean Jeff Sessions? No, these are neo-Klan marchers in Virginia.

"Former Attorney General Eric Holder statement" is about Jeff Sessions's plans to undo sentencing reform.

"Erdoğan security attacks, beats US citizens protesting in Washington, DC" - graphic footage at link. This is the kind of leader Cheeto openly admires.

"Focus On Infants During Childbirth Leaves U.S. Moms In Danger" shouldn't be very surprising, and isn't.

LA LA LA LA I CAN'T HEAR YOU: "FCC halts public comments on Net Neutrality"

"No room for science in Trump administration" - true.

The word you're looking for, WaPo, is LIE: "Republicans misstate, again and again on TV and at town halls, what’s in their health-care bill"

"MSNBC Ending Lawrence O’Donnell “The Last Word” Show Despite Top Ratings (Exclusive)" - though fan response may have overwhelmed MSNBC. We'll see.

Good luck out there.

It's 17 May 2017; we're back with more news. )
solarbird: (korra-on-the-air)
Well, if we didn't know already, this is the crux of the matter.

If meaningful, _critical_ actions are not taken _now_, the GOP will take no action, at all, ever.

We _have to_ assume that Mr. Trump could order tanks into the streets and the Republican Party would be fine with it. We _have to_ assume he could shoot people down in cold blood and they'd go along. We have to assume there will be no help from the ruling party. _None_.

The institutions that could act meaningfully have failed, because, in the end, is is not the institutions, but the people who occupy them. And the occupants are looters, criminals, and traitors who have one, single goal: the strip-mining of all value available, to themselves, or the masters they serve.

This doesn't mean we can't resist, because we can. But it means the two-year war will not be short-circuited, and must be fought heavily at the state level. The Republicans will do _everything_ in their power to suppress votes, to gerrymander beyond anything we've seen even so far, and steal the next election, by hook or by crook. _If you want there to be elections in the future_, you _have to_ oust Republicans, en masse, in 2018. I don't care about how big a sellout your local Democrat is - stow it. You want to primary some people from the left, go for it, but when the primary is over, _get the fuck in line_, because this is existential to the _goddamn republic_.

News follows.

Trump, Russia, and Treason:
  • Trump Revealed Highly Classified Intelligence to Russia, in Break With Ally, Officials Say
  • ‘Far worse than what has already been reported’: Trump’s Russian disclosures so serious Senate had to be alerted
  • Comey Memo Says Trump Asked Him to End Flynn Investigation
  • Republicans Demand More Detail on Trump’s Meeting With Russians
  • Source: There is "whole lot of interfering" in Russia investigation
  • Trump on Comey 'tapes': 'I can't talk about that'
  • Authoritarians thrive on ritual humiliation.
  • I have lived through nearly 4,500 weeks in my life, and I have never seen a week like the one we just had.
  • Clapper: Putin did it to demean Clinton and help elect Trump
  • Trump/Comey: What's this week's political firestorm actually about?
  • Here’s Why There Won’t Be An Independent Investigation Into Russia Anytime Soon
  • ‘He Doesn’t Give a Crap Who He Fires’
  • Donald Trump's tax law firm has 'deep' ties to Russia
  • Trump must be impeached. Here’s why.
Trump, Authoritarianism (and neofascism), and Corruption:
  • Trump Is Trying to Control the FBI. It’s Time to Freak Out.
  • The Law Can’t Stop Trump. Only Impeachment Can.
  • Americans are witnessing a slow-motion coup
  • Telling Trump Fans He’s Betraying Them Won’t Work
  • Card handed out at #RPW2017 by @wisgop US Senate hopeful John Schiess.

Good luck out there.

It's May 17th, 2017; this is the news. )
solarbird: (korra-on-the-air)
The news is a flood. I finished today's and I am already well behind.

Cultural War: "MISSOURI: Republican Lawmaker Declares There’s A “Distinction” Between Human Beings And Gays." Even the locals are "what." And "A New Wave of Bills Takes Aim at Science in the Classroom" - it's not that the are new in terms of what they're trying to do; they're not. But more are getting through.

Political repression: "President calls for criminal investigation of senator who criticized him for firing FBI director (also smear is BS)," "Democracy in Crisis: Inauguration Day Protesters Face Decades in Jail," and "West Virginia journalist arrested for asking HHS Secretary Tom Price a question." This is a terrible trend.

The Russian News Service in the White House, while American news services barred. "Did a Russian Photographer Smuggle a Surveillance Device Into the White House?," "Presence of Russian photographer in Oval Office raises alarms," "Why do none of the Trump-Russia leaks come from Russia?" and "Russia’s Oval Office Victory Dance" tell the story.

Relatedly: "Senate intel panel subpoenas Michael Flynn documents."

The rest is Comey. And there's a lot, and it's all bad. Possibly the worst: "In a Private Dinner, Trump Demanded Loyalty. Comey Demurred." This really is Trump following Hitler's path, as one of the first things Hitler did as Chancellor was require oaths of personal loyalty from everyone up and down the line. Not entirely dissimilarly: "Comey infuriated Trump with refusal to preview Senate testimony: aides." If true, that means Trump was testing his personal loyalty, and found it wanting.

Two on Rosenstein: "THREAD: The key player here is Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Rosenstein. I spent 5 yrs in the DAG’s office under Obama. Please indulge me." and "Rosenstein takes heat over role in Comey firing."

Other reports about specific triggers: "Days Before He Was Fired, Comey Asked for Money for Russia Investigation," "Behind Comey’s firing: An enraged Trump, fuming about Russia," "Comey fired for intensifying investigation of Trump, Russia ties: report," and "In interview, Trump contradicts Pence on Comey."

"Blumenthal: Comey firing 'may well produce impeachment proceedings'" doesn't matter unless the Republicans are forced to it, and, well, see the previous news post about that.

But where it matters:

"Kellyanne Conway creates alternative reality to defend Trump’s firing of Comey"

"McConnell rejects calls for special prosecutor"

I don't know if they can bring themselves to admit what they've done.

Good luck out there.

It's May 12th, 2017; this is the news )
solarbird: (Default)
I've been collecting material for a news post, but you need to know that House Speaker Paul Ryan has already rejected calls for an independent investigation. In a time of great threat to constitution, country, and even representative government itself, it is good to see the worms declaring their allegiance.

Every Republican needs to know: act, or you're implicated too. Every Democrat needs to know a special prosecutor is the minimum immediate necessity, and impeachment is the agenda.

Here is a phone script to call for a special prosecutor. Do it TODAY. Get OTHER PEOPLE to do it today.

Go.
solarbird: (korra-on-the-air)
This is the second news post today. The lowkey item to pay attention to here, probably, is the departure of the Census head. Harper screwed with the census too; I'm presuming the Trumpists will do so as well, to aid in their extensive voter-suppression and gerrymandering efforts. (U.S. Census director resigns amid turmoil over funding of 2020 count, Departure of U.S. census director threatens 2020 count).

In pre-Comey Russian news, "Where are they now? The Russian bots that disrupted the 2016 election" follows the Russian botnets in the first few months of this year. And "6 Takeaways From Monday’s Senate Hearing on Russia" isn't that great, but leads well into a whole series of stories about the attempt to intimidate Sally Yeats. (That's a felony, by the way.) To wit, "And now, 6hrs before #SallyYates testifies against him & his cronies I'm pretty sure this constitutes as a POTUS intimidating a witness," and "‘The president is threatening a witness’: CNN analyst slams Trump’s ‘disturbing’ Sally Yates tweets" cover that. They also had "Per @axios, WH plans to smear Sally Yates tomorrow as a "Democratic operative." She was a nonpolitical, career DOJ attorney for two decades" queued up.

But her testimony was damning nonetheless. "Spicer: White House Didn't Act on Sally Yates' Warning Because She's a "Political Opponent"." "Trump Is So Freaked Out By Sally Yates He Changed His Goddamn Twitter Profile" and "Yates: Alarm about Russian blackmail led to warning on Flynn" are also important

Sessions's justice department is moving against Cascadian groups protecting immigrant rights, sending cease-and-deists to them. They're fighting back. ("Group sues to continue giving immigrants legal help"). We also have a first-person report from Desiree Fairooz, the woman arrested for laughing at Jeff Sessions. ("I'm facing jail time after laughing at Jeff Sessions. I regret nothing.") Sessions is also trying to revive discredited (and overtly racist) Supreme Court decisions of the past. (The racist, discredited argument Trump’s DOJ just made in a federal court). Also, Sessions continues the tradition of trying to get Julian Assange in jail, with "The government wants Julian Assange in jail. That could hurt the rest of us." Yes, he's a Russian tool, but he's not a US citizen and he's not acting on US soil, and publishing data - even curated with political intent - isn't criminal.

Have a little cultural warfare, scarecrow: "Texas Bill Could Let Agencies Bar LGBT, Atheist, Single Parents From Adopting" (another 'religious liberty' bill), "Tennessee 'Natural Meaning' Law Raises Fears in LGBT Community" (an attempt to weasel in general inefficiencies targeting LGBT couples trying to use their rights under the law), and "Alabama Governor Signs Law Allowing Adoption Agencies to Discriminate Against Gay Couples" (more 'religious liberty' horseshit).

Suppression of Science: "Interior Dept. freezes work of advisory boards." Reportedly some haven't met in years, and those are fine, but this a broad brush. And given everything else we've seen, it'd be stupid not to assume the worst.

"White House advisors called Ottawa to urge Trudeau to help talk Trump down from scrapping NAFTA." YES, REALLY. THAT IS THE STORY FROM A REAL CANADIAN NEWSPAPER. Christ.

Other Racism: "99% of students handcuffed by NYPD in public schools were black or Hispanic: report."

Other Fascism: "The Healthcare Bill Exposes Trump's Chilling Authoritarian Agenda."

Other "alt-facts," a.k.a. lies, discredited in "Noncitizen Voting: The Missing Millions."

A bit of opinion: "Yes, House Republicans, the heartless health-care vote will define you," and "Washington Loves General McMaster, But Trump Doesn't."

As always - good luck out there.

It's May 10th, 2017; this is the news )
solarbird: (korra-on-the-air)
FBI head Comey fired by Trump. That's all this one is. I'll do a second post with other things, things which are also important.

Watch carefully today for other obscenities, lost in the Comey storm. They have a history of dropping incredibly abusive orders under the cover of other abusive order media storms. It's part of how they work.

The thing you have to realise, and make everybody else realise, is that this is part of the continuing power grab. This is consolidation of personal rule. This is the reason for the "deconstruction of the administrative state" - because it concentrates power, replaces legal rule with personal rule, and leaves fewer witnesses.

And it's an attempt to stop the Russia investigation. Trump had administration people out Tuesday night pushing that on Fox News et al (link to video below) saying that it was time for the Russia investigation to end, even as CNN was breaking the story that the grand jury had issued subpoenas.

In short, you have to assume at this point that the worst cases are all true.

A protest is being organised in DC at 12 Noon Eastern Time. It's at the White House, north side, Lafayette Park. Here is the Facebook event.

Articles are below the cut. Good luck out there.

It's May 10th, 2017; this is the Comey firing news )
solarbird: (korra-on-the-air)
Trump and Corruption starts with "Flynn was warned by Trump transition officials about contacts with Russian ambassador." Apparently it was bad enough even some of their team found it dodgy. Or at least, revealing. Meanwhile, "In a Beijing ballroom, Kushner family pushes $500,000 ‘investor visa’ to wealthy Chinese" - perfectly legal visas, but it you want to make it any clearer that this is a looting operation, I'm not sure how you would. "E.P.A. Dismisses Members of Major Scientific Review Board" - to replace them with reps of the industries the EPA regulates. Because regulatory capture isn't complete until you can really rub peoples' noses in it.

In neofascism and similar tactics, we have "The great British Brexit robbery: how our democracy was hijacked," which is more into Palintir and Cambridge Analytics and so on. Important background data. "White House argues Dems shouldn’t hurt Trump’s feelings" sounds like something out of a tinhorn dictatorship, but there it is and there you have it. "The American Health Care Act's Prosperity Gospel" outlines the specifically fundamentalist Christian version of all this, and ties back in to my essay on the social takeover of the GOP by the fundamentalist mindset. "FDA is now all Fox News, all the time" - you know this by now, there have been several stories, but the vision of propaganda blasting from every point is pretty vivid.

Meanwhile, "Lawsuit depicts Fox News as not just sexist. Not just misogynistic. Barbaric." which is pretty strong language even now, and "Why Opposing Trump Isn't Like the GOP Obstructing Obama" talks about media gaslighting of antifascist opposition.

Racism and the war on women - which ties into the previous section - includes "Texas police chiefs slam sanctuary city bill," as in yes, Texas police chiefs think it goes too far. Think about that. "ICE 'Victim-Blames' Immigrants With Sexual Assault Policies" - but it's more obvious in Spanish than in English, where I guess they thought they could get away with more. "GOP rep says no need for Planned Parenthood, women can simply get birth control at the grocery store." What aisle has pap smears and cervical cancer screenings? And, of course, "Republicans defend having no women in health care group," because their complete and stunning disgust with anything having to do with women's health hasn't been made clear enough already.

Finally, we close with, "Did Macron Outsmart Campaign Hackers?" - spoiler alert: probably; well done, Team Macron - and "What the last Nuremberg prosecutor alive wants the world to know."

Good luck out there.

It's May 8th, 2017; this is the news )
solarbird: (korra-on-the-air)
The big news is already well known, so I'm skipping it. The key item here is, "Every Republican who voted for this abomination must be held accountable." The backlash starts today.

If you're wondering "Why Trump's Executive Order on Religious Liberty Left Many Conservatives Dissatisfied," this article brushes up against it, but the real summary is that it does fuck and all, and they know it. A few of the bigger suckups are trying to make something out of it, but there's literally nothing there. Thankfully. But a prior executive order did do some damage, specifically to pregnant women, transgendered people, and a few others, and that's discussed in "The Terrifying Part of the ACA Repeal That’s Already Affecting Trans and Pregnant People."

This isn't 1957: "A Principal Is Accused of Being a Communist, Rattling a Brooklyn School." For - you got it - anti-racism activities. Nice, huh? Also, "A Code Pink Protester Laughs Over a Trump Nominee and Is Convicted." There are two links in that story, one to the Huffington Post talking to anonymous members of the jury. They didn't want to convict her, but felt they had no choice; somebody needs some lessons in jury nullification. That shit goes both ways.

And finally, "Reporter says Fox News fired her for using harassment hotline." It's a new lawsuit. There can't be enough.

Good luck out there.

It's May 5th, 2017; this is the news )
solarbird: (korra-on-the-air)
Pettiness, but only a particularly petty example thereof, in "A Woman Is On Trial For Laughing During A Congressional Hearing." Lots of protesters are being prosecuted. "Robert Reich: Now Trump Is Threatening the Independence of Judges" - gosh, you noticed? From "Historian Timothy Snyder: “It’s pretty much inevitable” that Trump will try to stage a coup and overthrow democracy," which is pretty gloom-and-doomy, but we're going to see how deep the Republican absolutist/only-Repulicans-are-citizens thought runs. "This is Amazing" is a column which seems to lack a headline for this particular entry, but it's about Ivanka's new foundation, most likely to be another money pump.

Don't count any of the white supremacists and neofascists out until they're actually gone; "Rotating players is a typical authoritarian PR tactic," notes Sarah Kendzior‏ on Twitter. And don't even think you'll get internal reflection or accountability; "Trump walks away in middle of @CBSNews interview as soon as he gets pressed on his bogus Obama wire-tapping claims."

I'm mad at Seattle Weekly for the headline of "A Brief, Ugly Altercation at the May Day Anti-Communist March" because it's not an "anti-Communist march," it's a Trump rally and pretty fascist, as you'll see if you watch the videos. It's literally a circle of Trumpist bros getting off on trapping and physically restraining a woman. "The 'Alt-Right' Is Scaring Some Students Away From a Liberal College in Washington" crowd, pretty much.

War on Blue States: "Trump will test Democrats' tax patriotism: Glenn Reynolds." Reynolds is a Trumpist, and what the actual proposal is actually about is shifting even more of the tax burdon over onto blue states, because apparently red states - which are massively subsidised by blue states, on the whole, now - need to be subsidised even more. Understand this: _this is yet more economic war on Democratic-controlled states_, a form of looting and provision to reward Trumpists.

Looting is always part of this kind of agenda, of course. "Congress to rent Secret Service space at Trump Tower as part of security spending bill" is just a small sample. "Trump Adviser Kushner’s Undisclosed Partners Include Goldman and Soros," says the Wall Street Journal. "Man Trump Named to Fix Mortgage Markets Figured in Infamous Financial Crisis Episode" - by helping create some of the most toxic CDOs.

"US ISPs claim to love net neutrality while praising death of net neutrality rules," of course. Here are "5 Things to Know About the Next Battle Over Net Neutrality."

Civil rights are being thrown into the dumpster as quickly as possible. African-Americans are getting the worst of it, as always. "Justice Department will not charge Baton Rouge officers in fatal shooting of Alton Sterling," "Family angry at reports of DOJ decision in police shooting death of Alton Sterling." Alton Sterling was legally selling CDs outside a store with the store owner's permission. He did this all the time. Cops showed up, attacked him, and shot him dead. Nothing; the Sessions era will be one of legal law-enforcement lynchings.

"White House aims for Thursday signing of religious liberty executive order" would be the anti-LGBT order leaked in February, reportedly, letting any fundamentalist asshole refuse to do their jobs for any reason if they decide they don't like who they're supposed to be serving. Queers are nr. 1 on that agenda, but women doing The Wrong Things and racial minorities will be a close nr. 2. "Trump Administration Reverses Course on Obamacare’s Civil Rights Protections" ends a fleet of executive protections for pregnant people and for transgendered people.

"Trump’s Family Planning Pick Believes ‘Contraception Doesn’t Work’." Not even in some greater-social-good sense, she's a contraception denialist. This is pretty common in fundamentalist circles, mostly amongst people who want to _ban_ contraception, so this is very much a worst-case appointee. Meanwhile, "Trump Army secretary pick gave a lecture arguing against the theory of evolution."

Finally, "New changes to essential benefits in GOP health bill could jeopardize protections against catastrophic costs, even for people with job-based coverage." Don't think you're safe just because you've got employer coverage. "The Whole Grain Terror In School Lunches Is About To End" deals with weakening standards for school lunch nutrition. Finally, "How a Professional Climate Change Denier Discovered the Lies and Decided to Fight for Science" and "EPA website removes climate science site from public view after two decades."

Good luck out there.

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