Closing Thought–12Jan21

The power company has just warned me that we will be without power for several hours while they repair storm damage……so my closing thought will be early today.

The big news is that Twitter has permanently banned Donald J. Trump from the platform…..

President Trump’s favorite form of communication is now off limits to him. Twitter banned him on Friday, citing “risk of further incitement of violence,” reports the AP. The move is permanent, reports USA Today, and Trump’s feed is now inaccessible. The president had 88 million followers. “After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them—specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter—we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” the company said in a statement.

The move comes after Twitter locked Trump out of his account for 12 hours earlier this week when a mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol. That ban came after Trump posted a video calling them “very special people” and saying he loved them. Trump had been able to tweet since then, but Twitter said recent ones in which he called his supporters “great American patriots” and said he would not attend Joe Biden’s inauguration served to ramp up tensions, reports the Washington Post. The latter tweets violated Twitter’s “Glorification of Violence Policy,” said the company.

And the hits just keep coming…..

Snapchat became the latest social media company to suspend President Donald Trump, joining Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, which have also locked the president’s accounts.

https://www.newsweek.com/trump-has-now-been-suspended-four-six-most-popular-social-media-platforms-1559830

Why now?

After all the social media stuff from Trump over the last 4 years….what made them act now?

Maybe they are afraid the the Biden Admin will crack down on them…..so they are acting in self-preservation not in some social conscience.

All you deluded supporters do not fret…..Trump wants to build his own new platform….

President Trump suggested Friday night that he may seek to build his own online platform after Twitter permanently suspended his account less than two weeks before the end of his presidency.

Trump, tweeting from the @POTUS account after Twitter banned @realDonaldTrump, wrote that he and his team are looking at the possibility of “building out our own platform in the near future.”

“As I have been saying for a long time, Twitter has gone further and further in banning free speech, and tonight, Twitter employees have coordinated with the Democrats and the Radical Left in removing my account from their platform, to silence me — and YOU, the 75,000,000 great patriots who voted for me,” he wrote.

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/533455-trump-suggests-building-own-platform-after-twitter-ban

Not only is Trump closing his composure as well as the 2020 election…..this “very smart person” is losing his degree…..

In 1988, Donald Trump spoke at Lehigh University’s commencement ceremony, where the school conferred on him an honorary degree. Now, more than three decades and multiple petitions later, that distinction for Trump is no more: The university’s board of trustees has rescinded and revoked the degree as a result of the violent riot this week on Capitol Hill that the president incited. Per the Brown and White student newspaper, the decision was reached Thursday during a special session of the executive committee, then “fully affirmed” on Friday. NPR notes that multiple petitions have circulated over the past few years to make this happen, including one from three years ago that amassed nearly 80,000 votes.

Trump “does not reflect Lehigh University’s values. Therefore, he does not deserve to bear the distinction of an honorary degree from Lehigh,” that petition read, spelling out point by point the principles detailed in an official university document on diversity and inclusion. In a Thursday statement, Lehigh President John D. Simon issued a statement calling what happened in DC Wednesday a “violent assault,” though he didn’t mention Trump. LehighValleyLive.com notes the revocation comes as the squeeze is felt from various corners for Trump to resign or be otherwise legally removed from office in his final days in the White House.

Let the good times roll!

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Do As Say Not As We Do

The US is always accusing others of the very things they do….and looks like space will be NO different.

I have written about the plans the US has for space…..https://lobotero.com/2020/12/06/mission-space/

A general within the Space Force has stated that we need to be ready for China and Russia are weaponizing space….

Gen. John Raymond, the chief of space operations for the US Space Force, accused Russia and China of weaponizing space during a virtual event on Thursday.

The general insisted that the US has no desire to weaponize space but said “unfortunately” China and Russia plan to, so the US must create a military deterrence. “Our goals are to deter conflict from beginning or extending into space,” Raymond said.

Raymond also stressed the importance of working with allies in space. “I’m going to really work hard on cultivating partnerships,” he said, citing cooperation with Canada, Australia, Japan, the UK, France, New Zealand, and Germany.

“We’re really turning these partnerships into partnerships where we operate together; we train together; we exercise together; we war-game together; we develop capabilities together, and it’s proven to pay significant advantages and there’s future growth opportunities ahead,” he said.

Now that the US has a military branch dedicated to space, the US needs to hype the threat of adversary activity in space, something Raymond has been busy doing. In November, the general said the US is facing growing threats in space, again citing China and Russia.

“I think there’s a realization amongst nations that access to space is no longer a given. We’ve got to make sure that we stay ahead of this growing threat,” he said.

(antiwar.com)

Wait we are accusing China and Russia of doing the same things we are doing….I cannot wait for the propaganda to start in earnest…..

Not to worry….the cash will be well spent (that is total sarcasm in your missed it)

President Donald Trump made the Space Force a reality when he signed the fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act on Dec. 20, 2019. It temporarily reassigned 16,000 airmen and civilians to the new branch and dissolved the Air Force’s leading major command overseeing space, Air Force Space Command.

Leaders say the January missile warning and other high-profile operations are milestones to be proud of as the service marks its first birthday.

But with adversaries testing satellite-busting technology and other space weapons that could wreak havoc on rank-and-file troops’ operations, the Space Force says it is focused on the mission.

The Space Force concept has been criticized and even mocked, and some continue to hold that space operations should fall under the Air Force.

But Pentagon officials have warned that space threats have been increasing over the last decade. Both Russia and China have been focused on technological advancements, and U.S. intelligence agencies have observed Russia testing non-kinetic, anti-satellite weapons. Earlier this year, two Russian satellites, Cosmos 2542 and 2543, tailed an American satellite, known as USA 245 or KH-11. Time Magazine reported the Russian satellites loitered within 100 miles of KH-11, activity that Raymond called “unusual and disturbing.”

Just another venue for the profit taking of the M-IC…..and another venue for Americans to involve itself in more endless ‘wars’….

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06Jan21–If Only……

Just a few thoughts about the breaching of the Capitol building….after this I will attempt to stay away from this subject unless there is major events breaking.

I was a radical in my younger days….I went to protests and even was arrested….but in my wildest radicalized days I never considered the actions that were perpetrated on this day.

There a few things to consider…..things that would have made me attempt such an afront to the American republic….

If the people who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, and eventually overtook the Capitol, quite easily by the way, with police literally opening gates for them, snapping some selfies, and participating in a few friendly shoving matches before ceding the building completely.

If those people stormed the Capitol because their government had abandoned them for nearly a year while an unprecedented pandemic ravaged the country.

If they stormed the Capitol because the government shut down their jobs and asked them to stay home but didn’t provide stimulus to replace their lost income, didn’t provide rent relief, mortgage relief, debt relief during an unprecedented pandemic.

If they stormed the Capitol because they were recently evicted or on the edge of eviction or their children were going hungry because the government abandoned them during an unprecedented pandemic.

If they stormed the Capitol because they couldn’t afford healthcare in the midst of a health crisis. Because they saw family, friends, coworkers die needlessly because the government abandoned them during an unprecedented pandemic. I would have supported them.

If the people who stormed the Capitol were black and indigenous and fed up with the state violence and oppression and systemic racism they endure every day.

If they stormed the Capitol demanding justice, equality, and reparations for how they and their families and their ancestors have been brutally treated since before this country was a country. I would have supported them.

If the people who stormed the Capitol were environmental activists demanding the government finally act on climate change. Something the government has known was a real crisis for decades and has done nothing to combat.

If they stormed the Capitol because the oceans are warming, the forests are on fire, the coral reefs are bleaching, insects are disappearing, birds are falling out of the sky, and much more disaster will follow if the government doesn’t act now. I would have supported them.

If the people who stormed the Capitol were part of the anti-war movement, disgusted that our military is still in Afghanistan, the longest war in American history, and still in Iraq, a war predicated on lies and misinformation that has killed hundreds of thousands of civilians and displaced over a million.

If they stormed the Capitol because our military is supporting with weapons and logistics the Saudi-led genocide in Yemen which has been deemed the World’s worst humanitarian crisis by the UN, where an estimated 24 million people – close to 80 percent of the population – need assistance and protection.

If they stormed the Capitol for any of those reasons, I would have supported them.

The Pointless Putsch

Even in the most radicalized days of the 60s and 70s….this was NEVER considered (I am sure that there were some wishful thinking back in those days)

I have seen nothing that has happened to warrant such destruction…..I have heard words that were the driving force behind the breach of the Capitol building…..

This was a dark day for Americans….those responsible should be held accountability for their culpability for the violence.  ALL OF THEM!

Is there a possibility that there could be something that can be done about this domestic terrorism?

Yep and it is entitled as the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2019….maybe it is time for this to come out of committee and do something about this violence….

Text of bill–S.894–Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act…….https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/894/text

Let’s Make It So!

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These Are Traitors!

These are those Senators and Representatives that violated their oath of office predicated on lies and bullshit.

Take good look…is your elected official among those traitors?

These are the House Repubs……

These are the traitorous Senators…..

Is your Official in of list of traitors…..

My Representative, Palazzo, was one of the traitors…..

One of My Senators was also a traitor, Hyde-Smith…..the other Mississippi Senator Wicker was the only true American ……

These people should be censured and banned from government for the rest of their miderable lives. PERIOD!

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