What was that about the Richmond P.D. being an evil occupying force of "the black community"?

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    L.A. act local “Don’t sell grandma’s house!”

    Standing up . . .

    15 January 2021

    Buy Back the Block L.A. - Los Angeles Standard News

    By Jason Lewis

    Undumbing Down "Progressive Realism"

    Response to "What is Progressive Realism" ["But the article was essentially about describing the differences between schools of thought while obviously giving evidence the author thought supported a different school than has predominated and was making a case for trying something different"]

    Robert Wright in the 2nd paragraph makes "realist" a synonym for Kissinger's cynical "realpolitik", thus loading any "realist" with the baggage of Kissinger's policies in Vietnam, turning a blind eye to disaster in Indonesia, et al. A rather tawdry piece of smear and false equivalency. (To be clear, the level of human carnage in SE Asia and the expulsion of Commusts from Indonesia was huge - incomparable to the tolls we've seen in Mideast conflicts the last 20 years.)

    But Wright pulls this off with a "Maybe McFaul had Kissinger in mind when he lamented the 'deaths and horrific repression' that past realists...." - or maybe McFaul didn't, and it's just Wright's fervent imagination leaping to smear by most distant association.

    Wright leaves out McFaul's key sentence, "Realism is an ideology that produced millions of deaths & horrific repression over the centuries." - an expression that might include Mao's "to make an omelette you have to break a few eggs", efforts to "civilize" "backwards people" around the world, accommodate slavery in a new Constitution, Bismarck's approach to Europe & treaties, et al. Certainly not honed in on 1 particular Secretary of State from our Nixon years.

    If this is Wright's "evidence" in "supporting a different school" (i.e. his version of "realists" before he trashes modern "progressive idealists", especially Biden appointees), he's off to a bad start. Note, the whole of McFaul's tweet:

    In the debate about the future Biden foreign policy Im seeing people self-identify as "progressive realists." Where are the "progressive idealists"? Or the "pragmatic idealists?" Realism is an ideology that produced millions of deaths & horrific repression over the centuries.

    — Michael McFaul (@McFaul) November 16, 2020

    It's obvious by paragraph #6 that the real target of this is to bash the choices of Blinken and Sullivan (and Obama in general) as blinkered idealists with blood on their hands. You'd think Neville Chamberlain would come up as such an idealist before 2 apparatchiks within a much more limited alliance, failed or not.
    As this piece progresses, we'll see that it's not really introducing a new framework, but using a purported framework to beat the old dead horse with once again. Let's take this framework 1 by 1:


    Just a place to continue collecting information that will help us get to know more about our fellow citizens who decided to storm the Capitol on Jan. 6. Like have done on Moat's thread for the past four days:

    THE FBI WANTS THE PUBLIC TO HELP IDENTIFY CAPITOL RIOTERS An important step toward arresting all the offenders who got away.

    (also welcome: information on interesting folks who attended the rally but didn't join in the stormin')

    Starting after the jump with Mr. David Medina, who wants us all to get to know him--

    #NoFlyList videos

    Hot new entertainment for liberals on Twitter. Many attendees at the Trump fest have, to their surprise, been placed on the TSA No Fly List:

    Just as the pandemic exhausted my entire Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime streaming lists, trumps insurrectionists are like “hold my beer.” I can watch these #NoFlyList videos all day. pic.twitter.com/46gGTVB6rl

    Zoom Call the Inauguration

    In view of how the Trump administration has clearly poisoned our security capabilities in ways we have yet to understand, I propose having the Inauguration happen in a bunker or an airplane far away from meat space.

    The rot goes too deep for people on the outside to fathom.

    Even under the isolation of corona there's still globalization of culture

    it's just that it's far less likely to be led by "America". (Note that they do still sing in English, though.)

    I woke up and BTS COKE AD FROM INDONESIA ⁉️⁉️pic.twitter.com/l03SZQcHSp

    — aul⁷ (@awlmhrn) January 5, 2021

    Georgia Senate run-off election results & related

    It was always going to be about the virus. Latest @CNN exit polls show that Georgia voters are more concerned about containing the virus than economy. Many have experienced financial hardship and the majority are worried that they/family members will contract the virus. pic.twitter.com/KtYwC49zAh

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    True or False?

    Those damn leftie radicals . . .

    Joe Biden's Change of Heart on $2,000 Stimulus Checks Shows Power of Bernie Sanders

    By David Sirota, Andrew Perez and Walker Bragman On 1/5/21

    It's only just begun if... it ever begins.


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    "11,780 votes"

    Yeah... Sure... you betcha...

    And... I wish to win the multi million dollar Georgia Lottery


    The Religious Left

    President-elect Joe Biden is a Catholic and often infuses Biblical quotes in his speeches.Nancy Pelosi and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are also Catholics who note that their faith leads them to fight for social justice. Ilhan Omar cites her Muslim faith as the reason for her activism. Cory Booker's speeches often sound like they are coming from a pulpit. We remember how comfortable President Obama felt singing "Amazing Grace" from the pulpit of Mother Emmanuel. Raphael Warnock is the senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where Martin Luther King Jr. led the congregation.

    COVID And The Celebrity Doctors

    Several doctors known basically for appearing on television gave blockheaded advice to listeners regarding COVID.

    Dr. Drew, an addiction specialist, told listeners that COVID was being overblown. He apologized after his son was infected. Dr Drew Pinsky recently announced that he is being treated for COVID.

    Dr Mehmet Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon, known mainly for a television show, gave his opinion on the benefits of hydroxychloroquine. Studies did not bear out his support for thr drug.

    Culture Wars - Liberty or Death?

    Liberty students start to push back against the Xtian machine.


    Trump Using Language of the 3rd Reich

    LTI - Lingua Tertii Imnperii, Victor Klemperer, was a Professor of Literature at the Dresden University of Technology who lived in Dresden throughout WW2.  He wrote "The Language of the Third R

    Arrested And Jailed Based on Faulty Facial Recognition Software

    From NYT

    In February 2019, Nijeer Parks was accused of shoplifting candy and trying to hit a police officer with a car at a Hampton Inn in Woodbridge, N.J. The police had identified him using facial recognition software, even though he was 30 miles away at the time of the incident.

    Mr. Parks spent 10 days in jail and paid around $5,000 to defend himself. In November 2019, the case was dismissed for lack of evidence.

    Alternatives To Police In Mental Crisis Cases

    Pilot programs for mental health care crises 

    Congress Cannot Stop Trump Closing the Government

    According to the US Constitution rules on "pocket vetoes" and also the Constitution on when a new Congress convenes, Trump may, on his own, close the government until Jan 16th and there is nothing Congress can do about it until then. Unless they give in to his demands on the military budget details, including  base renames, various other parts of the overall federal budget, levels and nation's getting foreign aid, the 'section 230' on internet liability and whatever else he manages to demand.

    Reason One:

    Low Oxygen Levels May Be Missed in Black COVID Patients

    Pulse oximeters, used to evaluate oxygen content in patients, may miss low oxygen levels in Black patients.

    This possibility should be kept in mind by those treating patients, especially during the pandemic

    Pulse oximeters 


    New England Journal of Medicine letter


    Racial Bias in the Air Force

    From the WaPo

    Black members of the Air Force are treated differently than their White counterparts when it comes to job placement, leadership opportunities, educational options, criminal investigations and administrative discipline, according to the findings of a months-long investigation by the service’s independent watchdog.

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    AOC Takes The Vaccine

    Donald Trump's rampaging Twitter feed might have put a bad taste in people's mouth as far as politicians and public figures on social media go. However, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez seems to actually get the concept of using social media platforms to reach out to people in a constructive way. She took the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine and documented it herself via photos and texts. This is taken from Elle:

    Great American War of 2020

    More Americans died from Covid
    the last 10 months than WW2 297,557.

    More Americans Died than

    Afghanistan 2,445
    Iraq 4,431
    Vietnam 58,220
    Korean War 36,547
    WW1 53,402
    Spanish A. War 2,446
    Mexican Amer War 13,283
    9-11 2,977


    WE STILL HAVE 130,000
    MORE DEATHS! pic.twitter.com/ClQ3kZCVxO


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