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Political Science Expert Barbara F Walter said in The New Yorker Radio Hour podcast...

“The United States, until January 6th, 2021, was considered the world’s longest standing democracy,” the political scientist Barbara F. Walter says. “It was downgraded to an anocracy after.” http://nyer.cm/OrwYZ9O

(She said Switzerland is now considered the longest running democracy)

I'd never even heard of this word till I heard this podcast earlier on Sunday. It's the in between between Democracy, and Autocracy.

It comes from a CIA (yeah, not always on our "good guys" list) group

"serves on a CIA advisory panel called the Political Instability Task Force that monitors countries around the world and predicts which of them are most at risk of deteriorating into violence.".
Dana Milbank

By law this group can't access the USA.
She's serves on it, and took their predictive analysis models and applied it herself, and seems to agree with them.

She also mentioned in a tweet someone who mentioned Jason Stanley whom Nevilledog highlighted in
his OP post-
America is now in fascism's legal phase - an article in The Guardian

Her current/new book is "How Civil Wars Start"
Posted by electric_blue68 | Mon Jan 10, 2022, 05:15 AM (16 replies)

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries talked about the Filbuster and Super Majorities...

He was on WNYC AM/FM Brian Lehrer's show yesterday.

As most of us know/have learned The Filibuster is
-not- mentioned in Our Constitution.

He pointed our what is mentioned - a Super Majority.

There are 4 areas where the SM is put in play.

•The one we know most recently - to convict
a President after Impeachment has been approved.

•To countermand a Presidential Veto.

•To approve a Treaty.

•To evoke the 25fth Amendment.

He said they're still trying work on the filibuster re voting rights.
Posted by electric_blue68 | Fri Jan 7, 2022, 04:59 PM (3 replies)

Colbert, John and Friends Tribute for the 20th Anniversary of The Fellowship of The Rings

Hopefully this link will work:


Enjoy! ❤️😁

Yay, it worked! 👍
Posted by electric_blue68 | Sat Dec 18, 2021, 04:16 PM (2 replies)

Covid hits one of my younger cousins, and his wife...


They now live in a Rural Christian Community. Have two kids ?7 & 4. Love them a lot. He's funny, and she's very creative. Last time I saw them was '19 Christmas gathering.

He was rushed in an ambulance to the hospital a little while ago while his wife is home with the kids.

Hopefully he'll be given those monoclonal
(?) antibodies.

His mom is one of my favorite cousins. He's 40 something and has got two 2 younger siblings, both with partners both here in the NJ, NY area, as is my cousin and her partner in NJ.

My sis is feeding me the news by text.
Posted by electric_blue68 | Mon Dec 6, 2021, 09:44 PM (24 replies)

If I want to post an image here do I need a ?photo, image hosting site...

I finally have internet service at home through my phone since the pandemic though I got on line through the library, and internet cafes back in late '95.

So I never got photo hosting etc

Thanks in advance for good info, advise! 👍
Posted by electric_blue68 | Thu Dec 2, 2021, 05:56 PM (14 replies)

Has anyone seen a post, or heard from Lucky Charms today...

I happen to catch his post around 1:30AM EST. ..

He had a pretty bad fall - missed last 3 steps on the stairs. Nothing broken he said but started to really hurt. (no kidding)
Was going to go to sleep.

I'm concerned he might have had a concussion, or some else got bad later.

Posted by electric_blue68 | Thu Dec 2, 2021, 05:01 PM (46 replies)

Xenobots - what Possiblly could go wrong?! 🙄

Xenobots, named after the African clawed frog, are synthetic lifeforms that are designed by computers to perform some desired function and built by combining together different biological tissues.

So now it appears they can reproduce, too. 🙄😐😑

They used stem cells scraped from a frog.

One of the scientists said - (paraphrase)
It's not a new life form. It's a Robot.
A robot is something that humans tell it to what to do, and it does it.

Posted by electric_blue68 | Tue Nov 30, 2021, 06:35 PM (2 replies)

A question for those who have an Auto-immune disease & been Vaxxed

my longest (and dear) friend from college who has
hashimodo's disease (maybe something else) is terrified of getting vaxxed.
She's in general a liberal so she's not gone off that deep end on beliefs.

Some doctor who had some Auto-immune disease she followed dropped dead a few days, or less after getting the shot.

Luckily she' left NYC (while still keeping payment for her apartment there) when cv19 began to spread, sequestered up in the hills of NYS (her old boy friend's house), only sees a few people, and gets driven into town for supplies. She's somewhat gregarious, so this also takes a toll on her.
She masks, distances, does wholistic health stuff (as do I), and worked in a hospital for ?30 yrs.

At some point hopefully she'll return to NYC.

In the meantime I tried w no success to convince her - but this Delta variant...

Could some of you share your vaxxed experiences.

Maybe I'll try again to convince her using examples from you folks.
She's a beautiful soul as a person, and talented, too, as a poet and artist.
Thanks in advance. 👍🙂
Posted by electric_blue68 | Sat Jul 31, 2021, 02:40 PM (22 replies)

"Fold Marks"? Like as in Mad Magazine back covers? AZ ballot "Recount"!

Omg 🤪😂😂😂 on RM Show

Fold marks on the ballots will eventually reveal that "the former guy" WAS elected. Q stuff.

Commence more 🤪😂🤪

More serious stuff about that real election observers finally being able go in, and see wtf they're doing
.Former guy obsessed about UV lights revealing his victory

Posted by electric_blue68 | Thu Apr 29, 2021, 08:26 PM (11 replies)

Got my first shot (Pfizer) yesrday afternoon...

(phew) on my way! Next one April 30th.

Had a (1-10 scale, 10 being the worst) .25 ache about 45 mins after shot for about 5 mins I remembered to move my arm around. About 8+ hours had more 2-3 ache but only lifting it nearer to shoulder height. Got Tylenol if i need it.

I figure if any more effects - that'll be in the next 24+ hrs.
So far, so good.

I know it's usually the 2nd shot where more might occur. I do know at least 1 person who had nasty effects from the first one.

Corrected my spelling of Phyzer in the title 😁
Posted by electric_blue68 | Sat Apr 10, 2021, 05:38 PM (47 replies)
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