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People with extremist views less able to do complex mental tasks, research suggests

Cambridge University team say their findings could be used to spot people at risk from radicalisation

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/feb/22/people-with-extremist-views-less-able-to-do-complex-mental-tasks-research-suggests

AdLib
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So…people who are woefully ignorant enough to have extremist views are not very bright. No one’s head will explode from that conclusion but it’s always good to see scientific studies that document what seems apparent.

I mean…they can’t even spell simple words in comments or protest signs, shoot themselves accidentally with their own guns, wear jackets and shirts that prove their identities when mounting an insurrection and post selfies and videos of themselves on social media committing federal crimes.

I honestly think it will be a needed thinning of the herd if these morons continue to refuse to be vaccinated for COVID while the rest of us are vaccinated and safe from it.

Evolution knows best!

Kalima
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A great anchor who was pushed out by Zucker at CNN for a white woman. She took no bs.



AdLib
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I’ve really liked her responses on social media along the way and I liked her as an anchor. CNN however sticks with the the whiter-than-white hack, Dana Bash who often spins stories to the Repub/Trump side.

Kalima
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Dash is a whataboutism peddler for the most part but at least condemned trump and called him a liar on the air. Not a fan.

Anderson Cooper had an interesting program about the Qanon cult. It was creepy and gave me a sore throat from swearing too loud.

CNN bosses also launched Dobbs and that crazy Glenn Beck.

Soledad was replaced by Erin Burnett.

I don’t have many options here so it’s either the Beeb or CNN. The rest of the news I go to reputable internet news sites for.

AdLib
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Topping off President Biden’s big night with a smile:

AdLib
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Oh yeah, it’s official. The Trump Era is dead. The Biden-Harris Era has hit the ground running.

Champagne anyone?

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AdLib
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For Kalima (and everyone else):

Kalima
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AdLib
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There continues to be strong support for The Senate to act against Hawley and Cruz but it takes a 2/3 vote to expel a Senator so I doubt that will happen. But the 14th Amendment would only take a majority, maybe 60 votes to override a filibuster. Could happen but if I had to bet, it probably won’t.

Kalima
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AdLib
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Fun!

Another Fiddler on the Roof song that Trump will soon be singing, “If I Was a Rich Man”.

Kalima
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Espionage? Wonder how many spies working for Russia mingled freely in the chaos?

AdLib
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Sure is interesting too that an influx of Bitcoin flooded into these racist groups. I know the FBI is investigating, I fully expect converted rubles to be involved.

Kalima
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41 minutes of fear: A video timeline from inside the Capitol siege

https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/2021/01/16/video-timeline-capitol-siege/

Kalima
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Yes, Congress should impeach Trump before he leaves office

The House would be fully justified to use this drastic remedy.
Opinion by Laurence H. Tribe and Joshua Matz

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/laurence-tribe-joshua-matz-impeach-trump-before-he-leaves-office/2021/01/08/70d7246c-5206-11eb-bda4-615aaefd0555_story.html

Kalima
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Took them long enough.

Twitter Permanently Suspends Trump

Twitter, the president’s preferred megaphone, cited “the risk of further incitement for violence.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/08/technology/twitter-trump-suspended.html

AdLib
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He was a huge profit generator for them, this was a bit of self-sacrifice required that conflicted with their greed. Also, they offered a lame excuse for years that went like this, “Even if he tweets things violating our rules, because he is a world leader, we think whatever he says is newsworthy and will keep it posted.”

Then they added disclaimers as it got really horrible but still left his terrible rule-breaking lies and sedition up.

Finally, after he tries to use these years of Twitter posts that helped him build a seditionist army to overthrow our country’s democracy and government, then it’s, “Well…I guess that’s a bit much I suppose.”

At least Trump has lost his primary organizing tool along with Facebook, Instagram and many other social media sites. Sure, he’ll resurface like swamp ooze usually does but it won’t be on a major platform, likely something just geared to his defective cult followers and without broader influence, his movement will wither down to the dregs.

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These are real American heroes! We should know their names and be able to thank them as a nation. They sure deserve the Medal of Freedom more than seditionists Rush Limbaugh, Devin Nunes, and Jim Jordan.

However, it wouldn’t have necessarily made the day end in disaster, all the states could text/email/fax copies of the electoral votes to be read but it would have made it a bit crazier, that’s for sure.

Kalima
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They let them go. One of the Capitol cops did a selfie with them.

2000 cops were overwhelmed by less than 100 thugs? They knew about the protest so why weren’t they prepared?

These terrorists had been all over social media talking about what they were planning to do.

Kid glove treatment of pro-Trump mob contrasts with strong-arm police tactics against Black Lives Matter, activists say

The impunity with which the president’s supporters were able to storm the Capitol startled and frustrated activists who protested police violence.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/activists-contrast-treatment-blm-pro-trump-mob/2021/01/06/a59a5a0e-506a-11eb-bda4-615aaefd0555_story.html

AdLib
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I don’t think you will find this surprising but it’s still very worrisome:

Kalima
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I hadn’t read about this but yes, that’s scary. So is this with a trump loyalist just installed.

Pentagon placed limits on D.C. Guard ahead of pro-Trump protests due to narrow mission

In memos, the Pentagon prohibited the D.C. National Guard from receiving ammunition or riot gear because of the limited mission for uniformed military requested by city officials.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/trump-protests-washington-guard-military/2021/01/07/c5299b56-510e-11eb-b2e8-3339e73d9da2_story.html

AdLib
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Okay…this is testimony supporting that some of the Capitol Police were in on it.

Kalima
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Doesn’t surprise me at all since law enforcement has been infiltrated by far right extremists. So much for thorough background checks. What a bloody mess.

AdLib
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No, it’s not surprising but it is a little scarier to see it in action. As part of police reform by the DoJ against racist cops killing innocent black people, police forces and the military need to have these racists and seditionists rooted out and prosecuted where warranted.

Kalima
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The security presence was minimal at every stage. Mind boggling considering the advance notice of the so-called protests and the previous violence in DC by the same extremist groups.

It makes no sense and so many questions need to be answered. I wouldn’t trust any repubs involved further than I can throw them.

AdLib
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I do believe that under unitary Dem leadership, studies and commissions will investigate everything that happened and I sure hope no punches are pulled. I want to see any and all who participated in this sedition, including Trump and his cabinet members, prosecuted and imprisoned.

The Repubs seem to have gotten their marching orders, all are blathering about impeachment harming the unifying of America. Such seditious and evil people in an evil and seditious party. But my point is, in order to unify, we must first come together as a country to punish those who tried to take away our democracy, and then we can have the principle that this is a country of laws to be the basis for coming together.

Kalima
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Lock the crazy seditious bugger up! He/ they hate democracy, the Constitution and the rule of law. Voter suppression and violence is what he is calling for. Weak and desperate little bully. The devil lives rent free in his soft marshmallow brain.

Almost 400,000 Americans dead from Covid and this fraud he’s perpetuating is all he has in his head?

Is election tampering a crime in GA too?

Lock them all up!

‘I just want to find 11,780 votes’: In extraordinary hour-long call, Trump pressures Georgia secretary of state to recalculate the vote in his favor

In a recording obtained by The Washington Post, President Trump alternately berated, begged and threatened Brad Raffensperger to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s win in the state.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-raffensperger-call-georgia-vote/2021/01/03/d45acb92-4dc4-11eb-bda4-615aaefd0555_story.html

The Post has published Trump’s full phone call with Georgia election officials. Listen to the audio and read the transcript.

In the hour-long conversation on Dec. 2, President Trump repeatedly tried to get Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to alter the outcome of the presidential vote.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-raffensperger-call-transcript-georgia-vote/2021/01/03/2768e0cc-4ddd-11eb-83e3-322644d82356_story.html.

AdLib
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I guess now we’ll see if there is anyway for Biden’s AG not to investigate an ex-pres Trump for all of the election crimes he committed in phone calls to Repubs around the swing states.

Here’s the embed of the audio of the conversation to hear Trump acting as Tony Soprano and trying to threaten The SoS to find him the votes he needs to win or he’l be sleepin’ with the fishes.

https://twitter.com/jillwinebanks/status/1346001535042514944?s=21

Kalima
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And another one bites the dust.

Judge dismisses Gohmert lawsuit seeking to stymie Biden electoral college count

The long-shot lawsuit from the Republican congressman argued that the vice president has the power to pick the next president.
By Devlin Barrett

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/gohmert-court-filing-claims-pence-is-not-a-glorified-envelope-opener/2021/01/01/eeb6b222-4c51-11eb-839a-cf4ba7b7c48c_story.html

AdLib
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It was never a long shot suit, it was a zero-shot suit. The moron Gohmert sued Mike Pence for not declaring non-existent powers Gohfish invented while trying to blame Pence for Arizona voting for Biden. It was insane from the start, impossible and ridiculous.

As for the seditious Repub traitors grasping at false and unproven conspiracy theories to overthrow our democracy, I hope the Dems win The Senate and then there and in The House, they censure ALL Repubs who tried to turn the US fascist and if possible, refuse to seat them. If the latter is not legal, at least delay their seating until they renounce their fascism.

Only 18 days now until President Biden and Defendant Trump.

“18 days, what do you get? A lifting Trump odor and Donald in debt.”

Kalima
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I thought that there are laws in the Constitution against the subversion of the elections, the government and these sickos should not be seated nor ever hold a position in government again.

Snivelling coward.

Jim Acosta
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Short statement continued: “The Vice President welcomes the efforts of members of the House and Senate to use the authority they have under the law to raise objections and bring forward evidence before the Congress and the American people on January 6th.”
8:31 AM · Jan 3, 2021