But wait, there’s more: “Vivek is wrong, spectacularly wrong, on how the US #government works. He has already failed his own civic test”
“He is mainlining ever more radical ideas about how to destroy American administrative capacity. He may not hold public office soon, but he is doing real damage now by the lying to the public about how their #government works”
https://donmoynihan.substack.com/p/the-dazzling-mendacity-of-vivek-ramaswany by @donmoyn
❶ REAL Threat He Poses🟠https://rb.gy/8ljnu
❷ #Twitter Fired its 'Election Integrity Team' Ahead of #2024Elections: Co-lead targeted by #RightWing for trying to hire Misinformation fighters🟠https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/twitter-elon-musk-fires-safety-team-2024-elections-1234832199/
❸ Key Votes Around the World: #EU says #X has highest #Disinformation in #SocialMedia🟠https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2023/sep/28/elon-musk-ditches-x-twitter-election-integrity-team-key-votes-disinformation
It’s an underground group of #extreme #rightwing #neonazi #incel #terrorists and criminals who apparently do it to boost their group cred. Sick. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/sep/28/new-york-satanic-cult-764-fbi
…the move to strip him of all but $1 of his $235,600 salary, proposed by Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, reflected the intensity of the #RightWing drive to make the #military into a #political issue.
#HouseRepublicans voted to reduce the #salary of #DefSec #LloydAustin to $1, as #RightWing lawmakers tried to transform a #Pentagon spending bill & a series of other funding measures into #weapons to take aim at President #Biden, his agenda & his top officials..
#NationalSecurity #TheRealWeaponizationOfGovernment #Extremism #GOP #Republicans #MAGA
How it started: 1994 “Newt #Gingrich, then House Minority Whip, concluded that since #Republicans could not campaign on policy successes, they would instead run on scorn & fear”
America’s Broken Civic Bargain https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/american-democracy-republicans-viewing-democrats-as-mortal-enemies-by-j-bradford-delong-2023-09 by @delong
How it’s going: “#GOP’s #wingnut caucus continues to fling barbs at hapless House Speaker Kevin McCarthy”
The Right Doesn’t Understand How Our Constitutional #Government Works https://newrepublic.com/maz/article/175775/right-doesnt-understand-constitutional-government-works
"Elon Musk, owner of X, has confirmed he has ditched his team working to prevent disruption to elections, just days after the EU announced the platform, formerly known as Twitter, had the highest proportion of disinformation in three European countries."
~ Lisa O'Carroll iand Dan Milmo
Taliban in Tel Aviv: Israel Joins Middle East in Clashing over Gender Segregation, Women's rights in Public Sphere
The 3rd witness is #law prof #JonathanTurley, a frequent voice on #FoxNews & in other #RightWing #media…. Like Dubinsky & O’Connor, he’s established his belief that Biden is intertwined in something nefarious but… it’s not clear that he has any evidence to that effect.
#Women #Transgender #LGBTQ #LGBTQIA #Washington #Education #Conservatives #Extremism #Fascism #DomesticTerrorism #RepublicanParty #Hate #Bigotry #Violence #Genocide #Discrimination #Transphobia #ThePartyOfHate
“Some big-money #GOP donors are hoping that #Virginia Gov Youngkin will jump into the presidential race as a last-ditch #Trump alternative — but a #Shutdown of the federal government could complicate any such plans
Why it matters: #Youngkin hasn't ruled out a presidential run, but his first priority is leading Republicans to win control of Virginia's legislature”
FBI warned prominent US Sikhs of threats after murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Canada | Sikhism | The Guardian
US style #rightwing extremists are attempting, so far without success, to get a foothold in #Ireland, but the nation is advised to be on guard. https://www.theguardian.com/global/commentisfree/2023/sep/25/far-right-ireland-parliament
…Recently, #Carlson asked to interview w/ #Putin, a request that was publicized & endorsed by the head of the #RT….
“Tucker is a great guy, & by the way, he is really asking for an interview w/Vladimir Putin, so if someone heard this & reported it to the president, it would be great,” Simonyan said.
#McSweeneys satire 🔥
“This exciting partnership is the next logical step in ensuring that the court continues serving the populations it was always intended to protect. Namely, those in our society who are most vulnerable to #taxevasion inquiries, and those whose #civilrights have been violated by not being allowed to violate the #civilrights of others”
https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/thanks-to-a-generous-donation-the-united-states-supreme-court-will-be-renamed-the-koch-center-for-justice #supremecourt #clarencethomas #Koch #murdoch #corruption #farright #rightwing #billionaires #GOP #republicans
#Republicans are truly the dumbest people on the planet. Imagine being an adult in #elected office and believing that someone's fashion choices are indicative of their #ideology. How TF is a #hoodie proof that someone is a #Marxist? This is just the latest #evidence that none of these #rightwing #lunatics have even the slightest idea what #Marxism is. To them, it's just a generic #pejorative for anyone they don't like. Shame on you if you #vote for these #clowns.
Proof you’re on the right track is when this guy calls you smart.
#Musk & #Netanyahu returned to the broadcast for a panel discussion about #AI w/the MIT scientist #MaxTegmark & #GregBrockman, the president of #OpenAI, the co behind #ChatGPT & the image generator #DALLE. What happened next received scant media coverage, because reporters were there to see a #RightWing magnate hobnob w/a right-wing world ldr, not to listen to the 2 discuss AI w/some nerds.
Death threats, Jordan Peterson and me: My journey into the world of Pitchfork Politics
Some on the far right are using the language of violence to intimidate people. Here’s what we should do, says NDP MP Charlie Angus
#England's conservation charity the #NationalTrust is still facing attempts at a takeover by #RightWing #ThinkTank loonies. If you live in England you should probably join and make sure you vote against the #RestoreTrust slate at the AGM
Dangers of allowing news monopolies supported by special interests of business and government. News becomes denialism and personal. This choice should be removed from reach.
“They’re going to continue the same business formula, which is whipping up hysteria around manufactured crises, they’ll continue to foster outrage and division, and gin up support for #conservative causes. I don’t see any of that changing dramatically anytime soon,” said @victorpickard
“They’ll continue to play this central role in #rightwing political discourse whether we’re talking about #FoxNews and its audience, #FoxNews and the #Republican party” https://www.theguardian.com/media/2023/sep/23/fox-news-republicans-murdoch-2024-election
A candidate of the #RightWing #extremist #AfD party is on course to become mayor of #Nordhausen in #Thuringia, #Germany. The town is the site of a #Nazi concentration camp. Around 20,000 people died at #MittelbauDora, where an underground factory produced #V2 #rockets and #aircraft parts. It's one of the most sinister- and moving- places I've ever visited. If elected, the new mayor won't be invited to commemorative events
#America's #RightWing war on #truth is going to new levels, endangering the nation's #health, #academic freedom,and making the #US vulnerable to #interference from nations like #Russia and #China
JosephMenn@infosec.exchange - Our story today on the successes of the GOP campaign against disinformation research. FREE. https://wapo.st/3ZvQNTF
#Academics, #universities & #GovernmentAgencies are overhauling or ending #research programs designed to counter the spread of #online #misinformation amid a #legal campaign from #conservative politicians & activists who accuse them of colluding w/ #tech companies to #censor #RightWing views.
The escalating campaign — led by #JimJordan & other #Republicans in #Congress & state gov — has cast a pall over programs that study not just #political falsehoods but also quality of #medical info online.
“Murdoch’s biggest legacy is the damage his media did to democracy around the world — from Australia to the UK and finally the USA. From the beginning in the British tabloids 50 years ago, he unleashed the power of hate-filled rhetoric, setting the working-class ‘blokes’ against the elites, a crucial step in creating a movement of rightwing populism."
~ Linda Hirshman
Nationalism in the past 10 years has been on the rise with #isolationism and #xenophobia now being accepted as a normal part of #political discourse.
* Anecdotal experience with right-wing news in India (relatable with my experience in the US) *
I'm visiting India and the TV news here is skewed to the right. My aging father watches these news channels in the evening and over the years, I have noticed his views shift further to the right.
The issue dujour is the escalating tensions between Canada - India and anger against Justin Trudeau. What was shocking to me today was, on one of the news channels a talking-head was trying to link Trudeau to George Soros (a typical antisemitic right-wing talking-point in the west).
It's hard not to see how the right-wingers around the world learn from each other.
“These (Farright) #protests are supported by a big tent of #rightwing and #conspiratorial #groups, including #ChristianNationalists (#Fascists) , #conservative #Muslims, #COVID19 #conspiracytheorists, #sovereigncitizens, anti-#publiceducation #activists,”
"Rupert Murdoch stepping down as chair of Fox and News Corp"
Sen. John Fetterman is selling 'body double' T-shirts, leaning into the right-wing conspiracy theory
The hard right, once fringe, is gaining power and popularity across Europe, Latin America and elsewhere.
Axios has a collection of stories on the topic, noting "Immigration, inflation and the rising cost of climate policy are creating potent new targets for populism."
Legacy #medias new favorite beat is doomerism, driving outrage clicks on the defeatist idea that none of us can do anything to improve the state of the world.
Their narrative of despair actively helps the #rightwing #politicians responsible for the current state of affairs. It helps bad actors who are ruining things for money keep doing it. It helps keep them in power because people are convinced #voting them out won’t change anything.
Med samma logik anser jag att 100% av våldet beror till 100% på #sverigedemokraterna
Att denna clown #JimmieÅkesson får säga obegripliga saker utan att bli ifrågasatt. Och att #migrationsministern från #Moderaterna ger honom validering är en #skam för #politiken #svpol #Migpol #rightwing #farright #AsylumSeekers #asyl #polisen #socialtjänst #skola
What's on my mind, #Mastodon ?
I've been doing the engaged citizen (aka #activist) thing for most of my 64 years
Grocery store parking lots were prime turf for gathering sigs until about 10 years ago
Since then they've been uniformly posted as off-limits for any 'political' activity
Until this week in #Tacoma
Security at FreddyM's sd they'd called #Police 2x w no response...
#Women #Transgender #LGBTQ #LGBTQIA #Conservatives #Extremism #Fascism #DomesticTerrorism #RepublicanParty #Hate #Bigotry #Violence #Genocide #Discrimination #Transphobia #ThePartyOfHate #MoralPanic #HateSpeech #StochasticTerrorism #Hatecrimes
Hard right rising
"The first thing to say about the New Right is that it can get weird. Its ranks are composed almost entirely of men. They inhabit a social-media cocoon where they talk a lot about manhood, and strength, and manliness, and push-ups, and masculinity, and virility, and weight-lifting, and testosterone."
~ Matthew Continetti
#Biden's office put out a statement a few months ago saying there would be no #pardon for #HunterBiden. Nobody is talking about pardons... except #rightwing operatives and sensationalist #media. And no matter how many times it's shot down, they just keep bringing it up. These individuals and entities have an interest in fabricating controversy, and keeping the non-issue front and center in the minds of Americans. When you see shit like this, always question the #motives.
Of course they are: #RightWing lobby group campaigns to undermine UK four-day week
In his interview with #tuckercarlson the Argentinean candidate said that #climatechange is a socialist hoax, pope francis is paid actor, that he would burn all marx's books and "eradicate" the opposition movement (which is openly feminist)
"They called me a nazi but the socialists are more nazi"
like bruh, what?
Just days after arriving from England they all came down with covid, cancelling our imminent trip up north to see them.
My #immunocompromised wife and I were asked how we felt about spending two entire days at the PNE. My sister already knew we were opposed, this query was simply to demonstrate to visiting family how difficult we were due to our covid concerns.
We again respectfully declined, explaining this excursion was well beyond our daily risk level. We suggested a covid safe meetup outside the fair instead.
The group of 8, who had shared covid just ten days prior, then told us that this “would be difficult”.
It was explained by my sister that “unfortunately they only had 1.5 days” to spend at a crowded, wildfire smoke filled fair for what she called “A once in a lifetime experience for the kids”.
In response, she offered us a mere hour long breakfast at 8am on Sunday morning before they all returned to the fair for another 12 hours without masks.
I turned down this awkward meetup as we would have ended up driving longer than we would have seen them, and I was quite upset at being treated like we were being difficult simply because we wanted a family only visit outdoors in an unmitigated pandemic.
I suggested lunch, dinner or evening drinks on a porch; we would meet them anywhere in the city. I received no further response.
Family members I hadn’t seen in over five years chose to exclude and ignore us for their 2 days in the city due to our “paranoid” covid conscious mentality.
They came and left. No apologies or acknowledgement of what had happened, just silence and exclusion. We both felt beyond insulted and angry.
Weeks later (days ago) the phone rings. It’s my ableist right wing father who has only called me twice this whole pandemic.
He insinuates that it was disrespectful and selfish for us to miss their city visit, he’s let down that we didn’t join them at a pricey two day event with thousands of screaming strangers.
I am told that I can make it up to them by going out to the airport tomorrow morning at 8am to “spend a couple hours and see them off”.
I point out that the only reason we missed seeing everyone is because THEY all refused to put aside a moment for a covid safe visit with us.
I then explain that sitting on a covid skytrain tube for an hour to briefly meet family at an busy international airport terminal for a 2 hour long visit is once again, a risk that far exceeds my comfort level.
Dad scoffs, laughs at me and hands off the phone. “They never do anything anymore, a bunch of lazy disrespectful idiots.”
So ultimately, we the #vulnerable, not wanting to take unwarranted risks became the issue, rather than the ever-present virus itself.
All but two of the eight (including the kids who have had covid multiple times now) contracted covid on their extended vacation from reality.
My wife and I are still covid free but this time it came at a real cost. Anger, sadness, exclusion and disrespect.
We are now the black sheep of the family. Deemed selfish for not sacrificing ourselves. This is our new #covid19bc reality. Alienated, discriminated against, sacrificed and forgotten.
Can’t help but think how all this could’ve been avoided if my family had selflessly worn #masks and taken preventative measures to ensure a safe visit rather than doubling down on lies spun by #BonnieHenry and this soulless #BCndp govt.
#Romney calls, & #King informs him of a conversation he’s just had w/a high-ranking #Pentagon ofcl. #Law enforcement has been tracking online #chatter among #RightWing #extremists who appear to be planning something bad on the day of #Trump’s upcoming “rally” in #DC The president has been telling them the election was stolen; now they’re coming to steal it back. There’s talk of #gun smuggling, of #bombs & #arson, of #targeting the #traitors in #Congress who are responsible for this travesty.
In times past, presidential impeachment was reserved for overt misdeeds, think Nixon and the #Watergate break in. Now #GOP politics has degenerated to the point where political payback and #Trump fealty outweighs facts and evidence gathering
~ Katherine Stewart, author of The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism, on how the right-wing conspiracy-fest in the US is getting more bloodthirsty than ever, and it behooves the rest of us to pay attention
The takeover plan by the #RIGHTWING
Elements of this are already in #Florida
#ElonMusk is doing everything he can to avoid #accountability, and keep his agenda to advance vile, #rightwing #hateSpeech cloaked in darkness. #Elon is a #racist. He is a #bigot. And he has a very specific desire to normalize #hate through the #Twitter #platform he purchased specifically to achieve that goal. If you are still using Twitter, you are directly supporting hatred, bigotry, and the promotion of rightwing #disinformation.
Nice democracy you’ve got there as Mike Huckabee Warns 2024 Will Be the Last Election 'Decided by Ballots Rather Than Bullets' if Trump Loses | Right Wing Watch
Understanding dawns at last 🙄Inside the far right's roadmap to introduce #Christian #theocracy: Conservatives often frame their policy crusades as part of an effort to expand “religious freedom,” & gut #CivilRights protections. But now “Project 2025” is saying the quiet part out loud: #RightWing groups do not want to ensure all US have religious freedom, but want to impose conservative Christian views on the country.
Tuberville: Stop this dangerous hold on senior officers
#USN #USA #USAF #RightWing #Extremism #AbuseOfPower #Minoritarianism #AbortionRights #NationalSecurity
The far right's war on higher ed. & esp. the liberal arts is an attack on democracy. Unless stopped, it will play out on many US campuses.
“This is a test case for a conservative overhaul of higher education – and it isn’t going to stay isolated to New College or Florida.”
-Gender St. faculty, New College, resigned Prof. Clarkson.
#newcollege #desantis #fl #florida #HighEducation #universities #farright #rightwing @politicalscience @histodons @sociology @anthropol
Addendum 6 cont'd
Vancouver | British Columbia political indifference, inaction
[2023-08-01] Vancouver City Council Shutting Down Overdose Prevention Site
No Plan to Help People Who Depend On Site
“They don’t care what happens to people who use drugs”
[2022-12-01] B.C. on track for 2nd deadliest drug poisoning year ever
"Political violence in the US is at a 50-year high, and while this is often blamed on 'extremism' or 'polarization,' there’s really only one pole and one extreme committing most violent acts: the right."
~ Jill Filipovic
Remember that #RightWing boycott of thr "#Barbie" movie? 🤣
'Barbie' tops 'Super Mario Bros. Movie' as highest-grossing film of 2023 https://finance.yahoo.com/news/barbie-tops-super-mario-bros-movie-as-highest-grossing-film-of-2023-172503946.html
Excellent multi dimensional analysis of the #Ukraine war.
The invading Russian forces are now fighting a defensive war. #Putin hopes the defensive strategy currently employed by #Russia will provide enough time for political conditions to change in the West.
I prefer to call #Starmer a #Quisling! His #ShadowCabinet is a fetid nest full of Quislings! The #NEC & #PLP are full of #RightWing #Blairite #LabourFriendsOfIsrael and #JewishLabourMovement Quislings! They *all* collaborate with the #Tory #Establishment enemy & with the #Israeli #Apartheid state in undermining #British democracy!
Horrifying and heartbreaking news. Media should dig up more information on this killer and which figures influenced him to take this kind of barbaric action. #LGBTQIA #uspol #rightwing https://www.nbcnews.com/nbc-out/out-news/california-store-owner-mother-nine-shot-killed-pride-flag-displayed-sh-rcna100849