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Live Protests, USA by "Woke" on Twitch TV

First you gotta put up with 17 seconds of ads, then you get ...

Split screen coverage of nine US cities!


Minneapolis Protests, Day 4, by Unicorn Riot

EDIT: Recorded video replaces live stream (unless live resumes)

Other protest coverage:

Kicking ass


"Riots are the language of the unheard." -- Martin Luther King

Governor Cuomo Pandemic Update May 29 2020

Why the Law Turns a Blind Eye to Militias -- Four Years Old But Still Relevant

From The Rolling Stone:

Nationwide, 41 states have laws that place restrictions on private paramilitary activity. The laws fall into two categories:
those that limit or regulate private military groups and
those that limit or regulate private military training.

The penalties vary. In Idaho, training people in ways to maim or kill with the intent to further “civil disorder” is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or up to a $50,000 fine. In Pennsylvania, training people to use guns or bombs with intent to further civil disorder is a first-degree misdemeanor. Arizona law forbids anyone besides the government from maintaining “troops under arms”; doing so is a class 5 felony—a minor crime comparable to improperly storing used tires...

... Even as militia members talk of the day when they might put their training to the test to resist the government, the decision not to scrutinize militia activity more closely may be a strategic one: Prosecutors and law enforcement agencies don’t want to risk angering militia supporters and generating more support for the militia movement. “For the most part,” says Pitcavage, “if these militias are just running around the woods with guns, most states don’t really care.


Timothy Snyder on Tyranny and Resistance

Now's a good time to reread Timothy Snyder's "On Tyranny -- "20 Lessons from the 20th Century."

Lesson # 6 -- Be Wary of Paramilitaries -- is relevant.

Most governments, most of the time, seek to monopolize violence. If only the government can legitimately use force, and this use is constrained by law, then the forms of politics that we take for granted become possible.... For just this reason, people and parties who wish to undermine democracy and the rule of law create and fund violent organizations that involve themselves in politics...Armed groups first degrade a political order, and then transform it...

Because the American federal government uses mercenaries in warfare and American state governments pay corporations to run prisons, the use of violence in the United States is already highly privatized. What is novel is a president who wishes to maintain, while in office, a personal security force which during his campaign used force against dissenters...ordered a private security detail to clear opponents from rallies...encouraged the audience itself to remove people...

For violence to transform not just the atmosphere but also the system, the emotions of rallies and the ideology of exclusion have to be incorporated into the training of armed guards. They first challenge the police and military, then penetrate the police and military, and finally transform the police and military.

The Boogaloo Movement Is Not What You Think

Bellingcat is formerly known as Brown Moses, the first to get photos to the West of Russian rocket launcher trucks and tanks, disguised as Ukraine military, in Eastern Ukraine.

He's been a journalist who brings intelligence level information to events not usually covered by corporate media.

Bellingcat's history... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bellingcat

His post in the link below is too long to excerpt at length here, but if you want to get a background knowledge of The Boogaloo, his is the best reportage I've found so far. SPLC and corporate media have no coverage like this.

There is local righteous anger.

And then there's The Boogaloo, the opportunist insurgents who will not help, but only hurt, the causes of locals coping with what might be a long hot summer ahead.

The “Boogaloo Bois” expect, even hope, that the warmer weather will bring armed confrontations with law enforcement, and will build momentum towards a new civil war in the United States.

Mostly, they’re not even hiding it. And for the last several months, their platform of choice has been Facebook.

Like many other novel extremist movements, the loose network of pro-gun shitposters trace their origins to 4chan. What coherence the movement has comes from their reverence for their newly-minted martyrs and a constellation of in-jokes and memes

Above all, though, the movement has gained momentum over the last two years by organising on the world’s most popular social network. At the time of writing, that network’s parent company had added just over $150 billion to its market cap since Boogaloo-friendly anti-lockdown protests began organizing there in mid April. The valuation of the company at $662.8 billion on May 26th beat out it’s previous high of $620.8 billion, set on the same day, January 20th, that the Boogaloo movement made its high profile public debut at Second Amendment protests in Virginia.

For now, Facebook chooses to allow the Boogaloo movement to flourish on their platform.


Minneapolis Coverage by Unicorn Riot (now recorded)

EDIT: recording replaces live stream

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