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Three days before supporters of President Donald Trump rioted at the US Capitol, the Pentagon asked the police if they needed National Guard manpower. The offer of FBI agents was also turned down.Read more from www.abc.net.au
Questions are now being asked about whether social media companies could have shut down these groups earlier or done more to de-escalate the violent rhetoric on their platforms.Read more from www.abc.net.au
What, if anything, do you know about Radio New Zealand? I caught them once on shortwave and am an occasional listener to RNZ Concert via Tunein...
Jenifer (Zarknorph) said:
No, it's like PBS.
Or like our CBC. A propaganda site for entrenched bureaucracies and those who feel they're so smart and important that they really should be addressing the General Assembly of the United Nations.
You don't take a big wooden spear to a protest if you have an earnest plan to storm Capitol Hill. Yet inarguably they did storm Capitol HillRead more from Spectator USA
Great analysis. Also linked to therein by the author:
On the still strangely underappreciated nature of the outgoing president's appealRead more from theweek.com
From the article:
Camp, according to Sontag, "sees everything in quotation marks." It also depends upon "flamboyant mannerisms susceptible of a double interpretation; gestures full of duplicity, with a witty meaning for cognoscenti and another, more impersonal, for outsiders." This is what the fact-checking crowd never understood: Trump's off-the-cuff superlatives, both positive and negative, were part of a performance. The hysterical reaction of journalists, especially those who assume that such statements are capable of being judged in some coldly objective, quantitative manner, to his assertion that he has done more for African Americans than any president with the possible exception of Lincoln is the point, and so is the breathless defense from figures like Candace Owens.
I like this:
One thing Sontag does not mention in her essay is that politically speaking camp belongs decidedly, if not with any especial degree of conviction, to the right. Mussolini with his pouting lips and burlesques of classical architecture was a camp figure in a way that no left-wing dictator could be. Margaret Thatcher was camp, and so was Silvio Berlusconi. Camp is incompatible with progressive politics because its assumption of a hierarchy of understanding between those who do and do not "get it" is inherently anti-egalitarian, and with modish liberalism because it rejects moralism. (The polar opposite of right-wing camp is Aaron Sorkin.)
Capitol Police officer Brian D. Sicknick died from injuries sustained in the attack on the U.S. Capitol. Here's what we know.Read more from USA TODAY
Are we keeping score?
Apollonius (Theocritos) said:
Are we keeping score?
Federal authorities will open a murder investigation following a Capitol Police officer's death after Wednesday's riots at the Capitol, according to multiple media reports.Read more from TheHill
I'm looking for several billion dollars in reparations from Black Lives Matter for all the deaths and destruction they have wrought.