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Posted in: After Trump, Biden aims to reshape the presidency itself See in context

Donald Trump, a singular figure whose political power was fueled by discord and grievance.

Bang on description. Biden will be up against it trying to reclaim any sense of decency to the office of US president after the damage Trump's caused and is leaving behind.

That Biden will have to continue fighting pro-authoritarian, anti-democracy politicians like Cruz, Hawley, Gaetz, Jordan and so many other insurrectionist Republicans means the challenges to right the office will continue. I've never been a fan of Biden, but I'm an anti-authoritarian who believes in democracy so wish him good luck.

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Posted in: Kremlin foe Navalny held in pre-trial detention, Moscow tells West to butt out See in context

whose foundation specialises in investigations into alleged official corruption.

Though corruption is found in democracies too, it's even more widely prevalent in authoritarian systems where the autocrat and his caste have control over media (sometimes 'partial') and information.

The rouble weakened as investors weighed the risk of new sanctions against Moscow.

Further contributing to a weakening of the rouble must be the Russian Federation seeing continued lower prices for sales of coal, oil and gas, fundamental to its economy. No wonder so many pro-Russians are also climate change deniers.

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Posted in: Annual pro-gun event at Virginia fizzles in wake of U.S. Capitol siege See in context

had drawn fewer than 50 pro-gun rights protesters, many from the far-right Proud Boys and the anti-government boogaloo movement who were openly carrying semi-automatic weapons.

Given the guns and ammo industries have become even richer and more powerful during the Trump era when gun and ammo sales have skyrocketed, a question to be asked:

Are the various guns and ammo industries, including lobbying groups like the NRA, among the financial backers of the extreme right wing, white nationalist militias and organizations?

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Posted in: Biden pushes unity two days before taking over; Trump considers 100 pardons See in context

Trump considers 100 pardons

MSNBC reports Trump, Ivanka and Jared are accepting bids for pardons in another attempt to get richer during Trump's waning hours in office.

To be added to Trump's legacy: the most corrupt politician in modern history.

As Trump's deadline nears, monied interests seek access for pardons

https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trump-s-deadline-nears-monied-interests-seek-access-pardons-n1254580

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Posted in: Biden, Harris take break from inaugural prep to mark Martin Luther King Jr Day See in context

Trump has marked the holiday with unannounced visits to the King memorial in Washington but no such outing was expected this year.

Trump is well aware his white nationalist base would not approve. He doesn't want to lose their support, he wants them to continue sending him money.

Martin Luther King Jr

Respect forever to Dr. King.

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Posted in: Biden, Harris take break from inaugural prep to mark Martin Luther King Jr Day See in context

Trump has marked the holiday with unannounced visits to the King memorial in Washington but no such outing was expected this year.

Trump is well aware his white nationalist base would not approve. He doesn't want to lose their support, he wants them to continue sending him money.

Martin Luther King Jr

Respect forever to Dr. King.

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Posted in: Biden pushes unity two days before taking over; Trump considers 100 pardons See in context

 politically explosive finale to one of the most polarizing presidencies in U.S. history.

Trump PURPOSELY polarized. His legacy will include being the most divisive politician in modern history.

That along with being a failed war-president, a president who so badly bungled the pandemic hundreds of thousands of Americans are dead, millions have been sickened, millions more are out of work with no job prospects, and an economy that's in shambles - for all but the ruling 'elite'. While he played golf on the taxpayer's dime.

Then there are the two impeachments. And it could well be his legacy will include being the ex-president who had more legal problems post-presidency than any ever. One of those problems could be accusations of inciting a violent mob trying to overthrow the US government.

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Posted in: Records show Trump allies behind rally that ignited Capitol riot See in context

Records show Trump allies behind rally

Not surprising these names, each a long time proponent of Trumpism and Trump's brand of anti-democracy are being connected to the 'rally'. It will be interesting to see whether connections to the rally's follow-up event will be found.

Roger Stone, Steve Bannon and Michael Flynn all promoted the Jan. 6 rally.

https://abcnews.go.com/US/longtime-trump-advisers-connected-groups-rally-led-capitol/story?id=75261028

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Posted in: Kremlin critic Navalny detained after landing in Moscow See in context

What's happening to an 'opponent' of Putin the autocrat must greatly please anti-democracy, pro-authoritarian groups around the globe. Not me.

In the US look at the messes the failed authoritarian-wannabe Trump is leaving behind. Look right now at the 'security' forces required around the country to protect peaceful citizens from Trump's heavily armed and violent (see Trump's failed - and deadly - coup attempt) anti-democracy, pro-authoritarian militias and mobs.

Remember authoritarianism brought the world to war in 1930. The world needs to fight the pandemic today, not each other.

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Posted in: Inauguration Day also is move in/out day at the White House See in context

Trump moving out is great news, but the problems he's leaving behind will remain for a long time, maybe forever.

Trump was the worst politician the US has seen in modern times, at the top of the list of worst pols ever.

Trump's leaving enormous messes behind, and his Republicans in congress will do whatever they can to ensure those messes remain. And their US supporters will LOL and har. While claiming to be 'patriotic'.

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Posted in: Protests start small, peacefully at fortified U.S. statehouses See in context

The FBI has warned of the potential for armed protests at the nation's Capitol and all 50 state capitol buildings beginning this weekend.

Messages from the FBI or for that matter any 'western' intelligence agency will be ignored by those who continue to support Trump.

Instead they'll again rely on reports posted on 8chan, by Qanon, by the Kremlin and other anti-democracy, anti-American groups and individuals.

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Posted in: Europe seeks to ease vaccine concerns as virus restrictions intensify See in context

The contagion is showing no signs of slowing down

And still those - paid and 'volunteer' - who downplay its seriousness, even deny its existence, continue to post their messages hoping to influence the intellectually limited, a subset of the population among the most vulnerable, a group hit hardest by the virus. Is the Kremlin, for example, still paying its keyboard armies to post anti-vaxx messages?

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Posted in: Phil Spector, famed music producer and murderer, dies at 81 See in context

'Be my baby', arguably the best AM radio song ever.

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Posted in: Records show Trump allies behind rally that ignited Capitol riot See in context

Trump allies behind rally that ignited Capitol riot

A thorough investigation needs to be done now to see who all was involved in organizing this and who all financed it. The country canNOT move on until the public knows who was responsible for Trump's failed and deadly coup attempt. If the investigation finds those responsible, they need to be brought before the courts. Immediately. The country canNOT move on until its enemies within are identified.

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Posted in: Biden team outlines plans as inauguration, impeachment loom See in context

plans to tackle the nation's multiple crises 

Trump and his Republicans are leaving the country in the worst shape it's been in decades. The pandemic death toll increases each day and the economy remains shattered because of Trump and his R's inability to manage, but watch them do whatever they can to ensure things stay bad. And watch Trump's anti-democracy followers LOL and har har at the problems the country faces because of how Trump and the R's have bungled everything they've touched.

Adding to the uncertainty is a badly riven Republican Party -- divided over Trump's false assertions that he won November's election, his fanning of emotions ahead of the Capitol invasion and on the future direction of the party.

That Republican politicians like Cruz, Hawley, Jordan etal continue to falsely claim the election was rigged says they will continue their efforts to undermine faith in voting and elections, i.e. continue their assaults on the republic's democratic principles.

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Posted in: Up to 8,000 migrants advance in U.S.-bound caravans across Guatemala See in context

Oh no! Not the "scary caravan" again!

The far right need to point to another shiny squirrel to distract from Trump and his fellow Republican's failed attempt to overthrow the government.

Republicans in the insurrectionist caucus are once again pointing away from the problems they've created.

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Posted in: U.S. state capitals on edge for armed protests as Trump presidency nears end See in context

Ignore the idiots. They have nothing else.

That there are still those who believe the 2020 presidential election was rigged and probably will continue to believe any election where their candidate does NOT win is rigged says they cannot be ignored.

That among them are some US citizens shouldn't surprise. Look for the far right's global media to continue to spread more lies and for those 'Americans' to believe them, even when the lies come from Russia, China, Turkey and elsewhere. Remember, among those 'Americans' are those saying they'd rather be Russian than Democrat.

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Posted in: U.S. state capitals on edge for armed protests as Trump presidency nears end See in context

 a Virginia man who tried to pass through a Capitol Police checkpoint on Friday carrying fake inaugural credentials, a loaded handgun and more than 500 rounds of ammunition,

Another example of a far right 'peaceful protestor'. NOT

Will the NRA or one of the other extremist guns and ammo groups try to defend him, say his 2nd Amendment rights were violated because government took away (at least at that particular time) his ability to slaughter people he didn't agree with.

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Posted in: Caught off-guard by scant testing, Japan battered by COVID winter See in context

Japan battered by COVID winter

Japan's Covid problems have to be understood as a dynamic made up of many different elements. One important one, perhaps the most important, a failure on the part of Japanese leadership, especially those in the LDP and Keidanren to take needed steps to slow its spread.

Nurses take care of a patient inside Seibu Hospital's ICU in Yokohama.

Respect to all medical personnel continuing to put themselves at risk while having to hear people demean them, say they don't deserve anything more than their regular salary, and especially hear people continue to say 'nothing but another flu'.

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Posted in: Biden says his advisers will lead with 'science and truth' See in context

Biden says his advisers will lead with 'science and truth'

That's great news! Hopefully the roughly 35% of American 'fundamentalists', i.e. those who disbelieve science and instead trust what some wack quack has posted on 8chan, those who believe a deranged 'leader' who suggests injecting disinfectant to treat Covid, who believe there are shape-shifting alien reptiles among us will remain a minority.

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Posted in: U.S. state capitals on edge for armed protests as Trump presidency nears end See in context

The Joint Intelligence Bulletin, produced by the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and National Counterterrorism Center, further warned that "false narratives" about electoral fraud would serve as an ongoing catalyst for extremist groups.

But Trump's followers won't trust what 'western' intelligence sources publish. Instead they'll believe something published by an anonymous internet poster on 8chan, something from Qanon, or something from one of the Kremlin's, perhaps Beijing's or Ankara's troll armies.

on edge for armed protests as Trump presidency nears end

Trump and his Republicans are leaving behind gigantic messes for Biden to clean up. Trump is leaving problems the country might never be able to correct. And Trump supporters LOL and har har.

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Posted in: Trump trial pending; McConnell calls it 'vote of conscience' See in context

Mitch McConnell, is telling senators their decision on whether to convict the outgoing president over the Capitol riot will be a “vote of conscience.”

Republican senators like McConnell, Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley and other congress members in the insurrection caucus have the collective conscience of a bucket of snakes. Some of them are under investigation for their roles, direct and indirect, in Trump's failed - and deadly - attempt to overthrow the government.

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Posted in: Pence calls Harris to offer assistance ahead of U.S. power transfer next week See in context

Pence's call to Harris was the latest step by the vice president to uphold some of the political norms that Trump has shattered.

It's good to hear that, but hard NOT to think Pence is just trying to distance himself somewhat from Trump and the Republican insurrectionists. After all, Pence wants to run for president in 2024.

But for me it's too late: Pence was Trump's butler for the last 4 years. He bootlicked Trump, fully supporting the worst president in US history.

Pence was fully involved and needs to be held accountable for his role in the Trump regime. Pence is also responsible for the problems left behind by Trump.

And it should never be forgotten Pence has supported the Republican's anti-democracy movements by saying elections are rigged.

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Posted in: Biden unveils plan to speed U.S. COVID-19 vaccine rollout See in context

If Biden's plan can reduce the severity of the problems left behind by Trump it should show to the majority of the country what a leader is able to do when he actually tries to help the American people, not just his family and supporters.

And what can happen when a president's priorities do NOT include playing golf.

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Posted in: $500,000 in Bitcoin sent from France to U.S. far-right groups See in context

The global alt right movement have big bucks backing them. Their ongoing attempts to further undermine democracies and replace them with ultra-nationalistic authoritarian regimes harks back to movements of the 1930s. The far right extremists have a worldwide media network pushing their messages.

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Posted in: Pelosi calls for prosecution of any Congress members who might have helped pro-Trump siege See in context

Any members of the U.S. Congress who helped a crowd of President Donald Trump's supporters storm the Capitol should face criminal prosecution

They should be fully investigated and if found by a court of law to have helped Trump's violent and deadly failed coup in any way be tried.

They should each have a capital letter S for seditionist permanently attached to their names.

As should those members of congress who threw more fuel on the country's long burning fires by claiming the election was 'rigged', and especially those who CONTINUE to say the election was rigged. Looking at Ted Cruz, Hawley, Jordan, Gaetz and the other far right extremists in congress.

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Posted in: Trump plans to depart Washington the morning of Inauguration Day See in context

lowest job approval of his presidency (29%) and increasingly negative ratings for his post-election conduct.

The majority of Americans have long known Trump was unfit for any office. Unfortunately the stench he's leaving behind will continue to harm the country long after he's gone. As will his anti-democracy, anti-American political movement which will be continued by seditionists in both houses with people like Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, 'Gym' Jordan. Matt Gaetz and many others trying to undermine the republic. Expect the global alt right media to continue its anti-democracy, anti-American propaganda barrages. The Trump stench lingers.

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Posted in: U.S. capital locks down as security threats mount See in context

Trump's Republicans and others in the extreme far right are unwilling to accept their belief in wack conspiracy theories and even their direct roles in the attacks on the capitol during their failed DEADLY attempt to overthrow the government contributed to the already authoritarian state becoming even more authoritarian.. And worse, they have the gall to play the victim card, even say what they did was done by someone else.

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Posted in: Trump impeachment trial could begin on Inauguration Day See in context

Why else would TRUMP instigate this riot?

Because Trump was desperate to maintain the presidency and knew there were many Americans who believed each of the nearly 30,000 lies he told while in office and who'd be willing to violently attack the capital after hearing his dogwhistles and being told by his lawyer 'trial by combat'.

That he and his followers won't apologize for, even acknowledge the damage they've done and instead want to be seen as 'victims' says they're a pathetic group. That they LOL at the problems their Trump is leaving behind says they're also anti-American.

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Posted in: Trump impeachment trial could begin on Inauguration Day See in context

Biden’s first 100 days are starting out with a bang. Har har har.

Once again the far right are LOLing at the problems their Trump is leaving behind. That just shows they're still siding with their Trump, not the US. Their disdain for the republic is clear.

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