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One of the major complaints on the far-right media bubbles is that Parler was taken down, while Facebook and Twitter continue. These two were not de-platformed. To be fair, the complainers have a small point. While Twitter has been more proactive about doing something about calls for violence and organization on its platform, Facebook been in denial for years. If you are a user and have reported anti-Semitic or racist screeds, you likely share the experience that they do not go against community standards. Until recently Mark Zuckerberg said that Holocaust denial was a-ok on his platform. …


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We have seen the pattern. Now that we have had an insurrection and are on the threshold of a second impeachment, Republicans are threatening the nation. This is a classic of far right-wing, black shirt tactics. We saw this not only in Nazi Germany but also in Fascist Italy, as well as Latin-American nations in the 1950s and 60s. The threats play exactly as this has in the present. Impeachment is divisive, you must stop.

The continuation of the big lie, Democrats stole the election, is also part of this tactic. This is toxic to civil society and encourages the people who went into the Capitol to continue with this insurrection. While foot soldiers are starting to face the music, at this point so should the leaders. This includes both Donald Trump and members of the House and Senate. Of course, Trump said that his speech on Jan 6 was “totally appropriate.” …


They will be back. The chatter is getting louder in far-right social media spaces. Yes. Donald Trump lost access to his most prized possession. No, not a plane, not a Trump Tower, not his family. He lost access to his Twitter account. It was the most valuable asset since it allowed him to speak directly to his increasingly radicalized base. It also let Q use that feed to derive meaning. In Q loyal boards, both Trump’s feed and Q mystery posts are examined side by side to try to derive meaning and chiefly, direction from the White House.

Twitter warned months ago that they intended to shut the feed down as soon as he was out of office. For the moment, they were telling us when he made wrong claims. The insurrection on the sixth was the end to this, and finally, they closed down the account. Of course, Q predicted this, This is why in late October this was posted on…


Update: Representative James Clyburn is now asking the same question I asked. Whether there was cooperation between Capitol Police and the insurrectionists, this is live on CNN.

Then there is this on Talking Points Memo:

“I do believe that something was going on,” Clyburn told CBSN’s Lana Zak in an interview on Friday. “They knew where to go.”

Clyburn told the network that he had heard from others in Congress that their staff reported seeing members of the violent mob being let into the building “through side doors.”

“Somebody on the inside of those buildings were complicit in this,” the South Carolina lawmaker asserted. …


This was not accidental. It’s been building. Far-right sites have been talking about the storm and the plan for years. It did not start last month. They are convinced that they are the victims of a cruel system that ignores them and makes fun of them. They know that Donald Trump is on their side, and has been leading the country away from globalism, and the horrors of the left.

In MAGA / QAnon mythology the coming of the storm is exactly what happened when they assaulted the Capitol. This is what they have been preparing and looking forwards to overthrowing the government, Sedition is baked into the movement. …


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I said a few days ago that this was a real possibility. We have Trump supporters inside the Capitol after they overran Capitol Police. Reportedly there is a standoff outside the House chamber, and members of Congres were issued gas masks.

This is an extremely dangerous situation and we saw similar events during the open the state's demonstrations during the summer. They charged up the steps in Michigan and Tennessee and what we are seeing is sedition. This is the textbook definition of the term. We may still see people killed.

So for the moment, the pretty sedate certification of the election has been replaced with an attempted coup, (I expect it to fail.) And perhaps the GOP will realize that this is a beast that cannot easily be controlled. …


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Home made Broad Bean soup

So the new year has rolled in and there are a lot of us who have new Year resolutions. They mostly are the perennials I am sure. Lose weight, be healthy, save for a rainy day (which is only happening if you have a paycheck, am aware.) In some cases, it may be getting training a field you always wanted to do. Writing books is also a perennial for some people. Keep the house more ordered could be for some, me for example. I admit it. I am a slob. I have been looking for ways to do this for decades, but hey, I am distracted most of the time…and no, it is not an excuse, but it does make it harder. …


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US Constitution: National Archives

The word auto-golpe sends shivers down my spine. It means self-coup. I have written recently about how we are moving in this direction. Now we have twelve United States Senators, led by Joshua Hawley of Missouri and Ted Cruz of Texas, who will support 140 members of the US House when they object to the electoral votes of the states that flipped from President Donald Trump to President-Elect Joe Biden. What is this political theater about? They claim that an election that was free and clear and was certified was somehow tainted and the presidency was stolen.

January 6 is mostly ceremonial. The electoral college tallies sent by the states are opened and certified by a joint session of Congress, making it, once again, official. The certification means that on January 20th, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will take their oaths of office. If a member of congress objects and a senator supports it, both houses go debate for two hours. Then they vote to assert whether to throw the slates out, or keep them? Nobody expects any of the slates to be thrown out. In the end, this will further cement the results of the election. As I stated above, a rational mind says they will lose in this effort to overturn the election and insert an alternate slate of electoral votes. . This is just a temper tantrum on the national stage because Republicans fear President Donald Trump and his MAGA base. A more cynical view would see this as the opening salvo of the 2024 presidential race. After all, they will need the hyper-nationalist MAGA base to win the primary. Yet, this ignores darker meaning and prevents the media from looking at it from the view of history, even recent history, if not American history. …


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We ended the year with a COVID test. Both my husband and I were having symptoms that could be COVID. No, we did not lose our sense of smell. But we had others. Also, his workplace had a cluster in the last three weeks, but he is religious about his PPE. Three weeks is the limit when you could potentially show symptoms from science. We have not been so happy ever to have a simple cold. Yes, my chest tightness is due to my asthma, not COVID. It happens every time I get an upper respiratory infection. So there is an inhaler. …


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1918 pandemic ward, via Wikipedia, COMMONS

So far one in a thousand Americans has died from COVID. The numbers keep climbing, but they are so high that Americans have become numb to them. Unless you are directly affected I suppose. Yes, there are people out there who are lucky enough were none in their direct family or group of friends has gotten infected. At this point, there is a good chance you know either family or friends, or both, who have gotten ill or died. …

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Nadin Brzezinski

Historian by training. Former day to day reporter. Sometimes a geek who enjoys a good miniatures game.

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