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That's a lot of eye-blinking from DeJoy during testimony.

Dead give-away that he's lying, per this article in the US National Library of Medicine: Detecting false intent using eye blink measures. I was so struck by his blinking I looked it up to see if that was, indeed, a sign of lying. It was so... blatant.





It's true that Black voices have been shunted to the side.

That's exactly the point of my post. I was able to find this piece from about two weeks ago, from Oregon Public Broadcasting, where they talked with Black Portlanders. This quote jumped out at me:

“It happens so much that the things that we care about get hijacked and get put on the back burner. And that just gets put into a big barrel with everything else,” said Neil Anderson, a Black business owner. “We all want the same thing. But so often we get drowned out.”

Pretty much what I'm saying. Black voices and concerns are not considered in a poll about "protests." The protests are about something near and dear to the literal lives of millions of Americans. This entire subthread could have been avoided by asking if the violence at the protests hurt or help. The protests themselves are not the problem, and wording the question that way shifts the conversation away from both the human and Constitutional rights violations that BLM seeks to raise up. It literally recenters the BLM protests on white people getting shot.

You got this backwards.

Obama's failure to act decisively then enabled us to get where we are now. That line of thinking is so old it's how we ended up with Confederate generals in the US Congress after Reconstruction, who then became statues, which brings us right up to the present again.

It is time to stop this bullshit and build a new paradigm. Neurenburg trials for them all.

I remember Prince from his original Blackwater tour.

I'm thinking more along the lines of changing locks, freezing assets, and withdrawing secret service protection, but I'm well-aware of the gravity of the situation. This ain't my first rodeo.

Ping, ping, ping! We have a winner!

Voter suppression, for sure. I think Portland is a test ground. They're planning massive voter intimidation on Election Day, and this is how they recruit their "troops." I think they'll be all along the Mexican border, as well as major cities in blue areas that are surrounded by seas of red (NOLA, Denver, St. Paul, DC, Atlanta, etc.). There's gonna be a lot of people waiting hours at polling places while twitchy, obnoxious, heavily-armed white men and their loud-mouthed, fouled-mouthed womenfolk menacingly pace around them.

It's easy to forget, at times, that there are many sane people in government

who work very hard to maintain some semblance of normality in governance. And not only the Lincoln Project Republicans, but Democrats at all levels who haven't been fired or left in disgust and frustration. And I'm pretty sure Biden/his campaign is working with the Never Trump Republicans to counter any attempt at a coup. He would be stupid not to. I know for certain Joe Biden is not a stupid man. It makes me feel a bit more confident that this democratic experiment might be saved.

About the same time the federal stockpile of PPE

was being confiscated for, as Jared put it, "us, the federal government."

BTW, check out those high-quality face masks on the troops. You know they're marching against masks while off duty. But it makes for a stylish, updated KKK look.

Nothing says white privilege more than condemning

black people's behavior after literally centuries of public lynchings.

Then, too, there's this:
https://twitter.com/IanColdwater/status/1265867904844693505

If by "easiest time to live in" you mean

we have the technology to make it better, faster, stronger, then, I agree. And with this technology comes an acute awareness of exactly what constitutes "easiest." Because we know what a unique, fragile planet we live on.

Humanity as a whole is experiencing existential grief and denial on Biblical proportions. We know climate change is a planetary threat to our species. We know this virus has shut down every nation's economy and is killing people the world over. We're witnessing social injustices in real time as several global human disasters unfold concurrently.

These are not easy times to live in at all. Cut yourself some slack, be grateful for what you have, and use that privilege and compassion to help build a better world.


Bring back the League of Women Voters to moderate!

They moderated until the '80's when the Democrats and Republicans colluded together to host their own debates, to purposefully exclude third parties from the debate stage. #history #fact

https://www.lwv.org/newsroom/press-releases/league-refuses-help-perpetrate-fraud

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