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I hope he tries #3. It's one thing to play rope-a-dope when you're the president

of the United States, but he won't be able to ignore subpoenas and delay document disgorgement forever as a citizen. I think he will have trouble finding serious lawyers to even take his cases. Unfortunately, he will have a war chest, but he's got severe financial problems around the corner.


I guess I'm in the minority in that I don't believe Pence will run for president. I see him going straight to the Christian Nationalists, where he is idolized.

"Dear America: You are waking up, as Germany once did, to the awareness

that 1/3 of your people would kill another 1/3 of your people while 1/3 watches." - Werner Herzog


That's right.

Also, the French invasion was the height of his popularity in Germany. It was all downhill after this.

EDIT: My favorite part of WW2 to read about is that last part, "The Downfall." Although to be honest it's scary as hell how he mentally deteriorated while trying to run the war, at the same time he was militarily incompetent, and lashing out at the German people for failing him. He turned against nearly everybody at the very end. And it was a living hell for the people still in the concentration camps.

We need to make room for AOC and others like her.

She is capable of doing that elusive, ephemeral thing Masha Gessen keeps saying Democrats need to do in order to ensure our own survival: speak to people in a new language of aspiration.

And I'm betting Ezra Klein would agree.

We need people to identify with our party the way Republicans identify with their "party" and the way blue collar and working people used to identify with the Democratic party. (i.e., if you were in a union, who else would you vote for?) It goes beyond policy, but it doesn't exclude policy.

I think the reason Dr. Fauci is urging us not to "overreact" is in part because

COVID mutates into new variants once or twice every 4 weeks.

Back during the summer we (here in the U.S.) had a variant that made COVID more transmissible.

COVID-19 Update: Coronavirus is Mutating and Becoming More Contagious; CDC Now Projects Up to 226,000 Deaths by mid-October; ; and More



SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind the COVID-19 pandemic, is no exception. The coronavirus’s RNA genome consists of about 30,000 base pairs. Since Chinese scientists first decoded the virus’s genetic code in December, it has accumulated an average of one or two random mutations a month. One in particular, called D614G, may well have boosted disease’s infectiousness.


D614G mutation promotes lysosomal trafficking of SARS-CoV-2 spike protein


Mutations making COVID-19 more contagious are, unfortunately, going to be an ongoing issue. As I wrote in another post, this new variant is likely all over the place. This morning cases were discovered in Netherlands. And I expect more.

Professor Timothy Snyder: "'The institutions held' is a really bad argument."


Text: "'The institutions held' is a really bad argument. The institutions barely held... We're treading water. We're not swimming. Whether we're going to go down or not, I think, remains to be seen. I think we can treat Trump as a warning."

This is why I have zero regrets for giving to the Lincoln Project.

It was worth every cent.

Many are. Brenton Tarrant was in this camp

and gushed about Accelerationism in his "manifesto." Just as a general observation, the Accelerationists are more dangerous because they are unconcerned with consequences, unlike your typical "keyboard warrior."

Maybe true in the U.S.

But I laughed out loud when I saw the OP because the opposite is true historically. A "coup attempt"--either real or manufactured--is always used as a Reichstag Fire like pretext to arrest, torture, imprison and disappear your political enemies, to totally change the constitution or existing laws, granting supreme powers to the authoritarian, and for the most part ends opposition, dissent and in many cases freedom of the press. An unsuccessful coup is in most cases a calamity for any hope of democracy. (i.e., from Trujillo to more recently Erdogan).

Here the situation is reversed, with the conservatives attempting and failing, and we do need to call them out as fascists and wake people up about the fragility of our democracy. We have the trumpification of our institutions, law enforcement, etc... and this must worry us deeply.

I don't mean to be such a stickler for details, but closely reading and listening to Masha Gessen, Timothy Snyder and Ruth Ben-Ghiat over the past two months has made me realize we need to choose our words very carefully, and be very specific, rather than overgeneralizing, about what we are describing when we discuss what is happening in our country.

Forbes warned America that Ross was "among the biggest grifters in American history"

But a deeply reported investigation published by Forbes on Tuesday—which includes the testimony of more than 20 people who previously worked with Ross in the private sector—alleges that Trump's commerce secretary could "rank among the biggest grifters in American history."

Among the Biggest Grifters in American History': Wilbur Ross Accused of Stealing More Than $120 Million

"Wilbur Ross is a cartoon stereotype of a Wall Street fat cat with no interest in anyone but himself. He has shady ties to Russia and China, serious business conflicts, and a history of cheating people out of their homes."


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