And they come with no warning,
nature loves her little surprises.
Continual crisis!

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Linkee-poo, oh brother where art thou

So, anything happen while I was gone? Oh, JFC. Only a partial post of the items in the queue.

"Storm Filomena has blanketed parts of Spain in heavy snow, with half of the country on red alert for more on Saturday… Road, rail and air travel has been disrupted and interior minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska said the country was facing 'the most intense storm in the last 50 years'."

"As NASA prepares to send astronauts back to the Moon and on to Mars, the agency’s quest to seek answers about our solar system and beyond continues to inform those efforts and generate new discoveries. The agency has extended the missions of two spacecraft, following an external review of their scientific productivity."

"As questions abound about how long it will be before the vaccine is widely available — only health-care workers and nursing home residents are eligible right now — and the death toll climbs here and nationwide, some of the doses that have already made it to the states seem to have gotten stuck in the wings." Mostly because there should be national leadership (and money) and there isn't any. Which left state and local officials scrambling.

"The pandemic is gathering strength in Britain fed by a mutant strain of Covid-19, and the country's health care workers are paying a hefty price."

How goes Brexit? "Within a week, implications of the Brexit trade deal with the European Union are being felt by businesses up and down the country as food deliveries are delayed for not having the right customs paperwork, logistics companies halt the shipment of goods, and retailers discover their supply chains might be obsolete." Chaos by any other name is still chaos. "'People forget just how difficult things were in the past,' Ms. Jones said." Ta-da!

"Twitter announced Friday evening that it had permanently suspended Trump… Trump's final tweet said he would not be attending the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden." That only took four-years. He says he'll launch his own service real soon. I'm assuming that will be after he releases his healthcare plan and another one or two infrastructure weeks. Also, if de-platforming was so ineffectual they wouldn't be screaming as much.

"Someone in the meeting had piped up with concern that Twitter — Trump’s primary outlet for communicating with his supporters and the outside world — might eventually ban him over controversial posts. The Trump team mobilized after the meeting, with Parscale starting discussions about whether to have the president take up a major presence on the Trump-friendly platform Parler, posting messages there first in order to drive more users to the platform… Trump never went for the idea, according to two people familiar with the deliberations. He was too fond of Twitter, especially his enormous audience on the platform. But now, after Twitter’s Friday evening decision to permanently ban him, the president will have no choice but to start from scratch somewhere else. And Trump is losing his online bully pulpit as he confronts an enormous political challenge: How to keep the Republican Party in lockstep behind him as a defeated ex-president, in the wake of a deadly riot at the Capitol that he stoked, and as he confronts likely impeachment proceedings."

"Parler, the alternative social media platform popular with conservatives, has been banned from the Google Play Store, Google told CNN Business Friday evening… Google said its app store has long required that apps displaying user generated content have moderation policies in place to prevent the spread of violent rhetoric." Apple is weighing their options at the moment.

Those fine people on both sides… ?"An Alabama man allegedly parked a pickup truck packed with 11 homemade bombs, an assault rifle and a handgun two blocks from the US Capitol building on Wednesday for hours before authorities ever noticed, according to federal prosecutors… Another man allegedly showed up in the nation's capital with an assault rifle and hundreds of rounds of ammunition and told acquaintances that he wanted to shoot or run over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, prosecutors said."

Even on Bullshit Mountain… "The president on Friday faced a rising chorus of calls from congressional Democrats, as well as some Republicans for his immediate removal from office -- either by resignation, impeachment or through the use of the 25th Amendment."

"As images from Wednesday’s riot by pro-Trump extremists at the U.S. Capitol filled our TV screens and social media feeds, one thing was notably absent: the kind of confrontation between police and protesters that we saw during the Black Lives Matter protests last summer. Even though the Capitol mob was far more violent — and seditious — than the largely peaceful BLM demonstrators, police responded far less aggressively toward them than toward BLM protesters across the country. Researchers who track this sort of thing for a living say that fits a pattern."

"After Trump supporters staged an insurrection at the Capitol, Javanka’s remaining social capital—and the fear that accompanied it—has dried up. Says one former friend of Ivanka’s: 'How do you associate yourself with the worst, most toxic people in U.S. history?'" The real question is how did you stand their stink and have close contacts before this?

"He’s not alone among the rioters who wreaked havoc in Congress. While police and the FBI work to identify and arrest members of the mob, online detectives are also crowdsourcing information and doxing them — exposing the rioters to criminal prosecution, but also more immediate action from their bosses." Funny how so far their haven't been many poor, rural "economically concerned" people identified yet. Mostly people with white-collar and executive level jobs.

"A man photographed casually sitting with his foot on a desk in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office at the U.S. Capitol while a pro-Trump mob rampaged the halls of Congress was arrested Friday, law enforcement officials said."

"Adam Johnson, 36, of Parrish, Florida, who was seen in a viral photograph carrying Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s lectern through the halls, is being held in Pinellas County Jail and pending charges after federal marshals picked him up Friday night, according to the United States Attorney’s Office of the District of Columbia."

"More rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol this week were arrested and charged Saturday as additional video came out showing the chaos of the deadly mob incited by President Donald Trump… Meanwhile, House Democrats plan to introduce an article of impeachment as early as Monday, likely an article alleging 'incitement of insurrection.'"

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