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February 12, 2024


Is there a realistic opportunity for the opposition to increase its support or gain power through elections?


Russia has never experienced a democratic transfer of power between rival groups. Then prime minister Putin became acting president when Boris Yeltsin resigned in late 1999. Putin served two four-year presidential terms from 2000 to 2008, remained the de facto paramount leader when returning to the prime ministership, and again became president in 2012, violating the spirit if not the letter of the constitution’s two-term limit. A 2008 constitutional amendment extended presidential terms to six years, and a 2020 amendment allowed Putin to run for an additional two terms, meaning he could remain in office until 2036.

Opposition politicians and activists are frequently targeted with fabricated criminal cases and other forms of administrative harassment designed to prevent their participation in the political process. Aleksey Navalny was poisoned with a toxic nerve agent in 2020, with evidence later emerging that the FSB poisoned him. Navalny, who sought medical attention in Germany, was arrested upon his return in January 2021 for violating probation. In January 2022, Navalny and eight prominent supporters were added to the government’s terrorist-and-extremist registry. In March, Navalny—who was already imprisoned in a penal colony—received a nine-year sentence over embezzlement and contempt-of-court charges in a politically motivated trial.

Legislation enacted in 2021 banned individuals associated with extremist organizations from running for election. Among other restrictions, Russian citizens who hold a second citizenship or a foreign residence permit and people who have been found guilty of one of 400 criminal and administrative offenses were unable to run for office as of that year. Also in 2021, Golos reported that nearly one-tenth of all Russian adults had effectively been denied the right to run.


And that's just one 0/4.

That's what Michael Flynn lied for... talking to that 0/4.

That's what Tucker Carlson interviewed... giving legitimacy to that 0/4

That's what Donald Trump wants to have the freedom to attack NATO members... that 0/4
December 13, 2023

Introducing the "Abortion is OK in this health performance range" card

The Karnofsky Performance Score (KPS) ranking runs from 100 to 0, where 100 is "perfect" health and 0 is death. Practitioners occasionally assign performance scores in between standard intervals of 10. This scoring system is named after Dr. David A. Karnofsky, who described the scale with Dr. Walter H. Abelmann, Dr. Lloyd F. Craver, and Dr. Joseph H. Burchenal in 1948. The primary purpose of its development was to allow physicians to evaluate a patient's ability to survive chemotherapy for cancer.


I believe it can be used to tell women and doctors when it’s OK to get that abortion. When it officially becomes legal.

Since Texas has been in the news on abortion-related items, I highlighted the zone where it seems to be OK to get an abortion according to Abbott, Paxton, and the Texas Supreme Court. I think I am in the general ballpark here, right?

Do you think they’ll want to sign off on this and print it out, send it to every hospital and Texan, tell them “here is where you can get an abortion”?

November 26, 2023

Billionaire Philanthropy

Maybe instead of giving mansions to the family members of Supreme Court justices, showering them with lavish gifts, and buying Nazi memorabilia; it sounds like Harlan Crow could have done the most good for everyone by instead buying them civics lessons and basic human decency.

That's just my opinion though.

November 25, 2023

A key problem is that there are not enough sanctions for right-wing misinformation/disinformation

If a thermometer gives you a temperature that indicates that it is freezing outside but it is hot outside, then you discard the thermometer.

But yet we have people, take this woman for example, she regularly tells people to get out of New York or cities because terrorism is about to happen or that Iranian passports were found at the scene of an accident that she herself said was a terrorist attack.

I am of course talking about Laura Loomer or Laura “Iranian Passports” Loomer. Her not losing all credibility is on us.

I see people say we’re in a fight for democracy itself, for the Republic itself. It’s time to start acting like it. And it starts here, today. Hyperlinking can nudge search results to discussions, I want to aim searching for Laura Loomer to her Iranian passports claim. And we can do that.

If I see “Laura Loomer” mentioned in a thread, I will link to that page. If I see “Michael Flynn” mentioned in a thread, I will provide a link to the RW-infopedia page on “Michael Flynn” and his false and more fantastic claims. I will do this for other bad actors, and I suggest others do the same from here on out.

It’s time to start fighting back against right-wing disinformation, and this is just one prong in a strategy that starts today. If we want to coordinate this in a more concrete way, please send me a PM.

October 28, 2023

Laura Loomer said there would be massive terrorist attacks, conservative media whipped a landlord into a frenzy and

he stabbed a kid to death.

Don't just take my word for it though...

Responding to an eruption of deadly violence between Hamas militants and Israeli Defense Forces that threatens to claim many more lives in the days ahead, Donald Trump and far-right allies are using the crisis to push a familiar anti-immigration narrative back home. According to MAGA world, Hamas won’t stop at launching a surprise attack on Israel from Gaza — they’ve also infiltrated the U.S. via the Mexican border.

“The same people that raided Israel are pouring into our once beautiful USA, through our TOTALLY OPEN SOUTHERN BORDER, at Record Numbers,” Trump claimed without evidence on his Truth Social platform Monday morning. “Are they planning an attack within our Country? Crooked Joe Biden and his BOSS, Barack Hussein Obama, did this to us!”

The comment echoed many similar remarks from conservative politicians and influencers over the weekend, and drew further agreement from those circles. Anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist Laura Loomer shared a screenshot of the post, adding, “It’s true. HAMAS has terror cells all over USA.” (She had already predicted “massive terrorist attacks” in major U.S. cities in the months ahead, as “the push to create a global Islamic caliphate has been activated.”)

On Sunday, Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona also strongly implied that “Hamas sleeper cells” have “crossed our southern border under the Biden Administration’s policies,” warning, “We are not prepared.” Biggs is among those hard-right Republicans in Congress who denied the results of the 2020 election and recently voted to oust Rep. Kevin McCarthy as House Speaker. The day before, one-time Pizzagate promoter Jack Posobiec, who has likewise spread false claims of voter fraud in 2020, lobbed the same unfounded “sleeper cells” claim. On Sunday morning, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene appeared on Fox News to broaden the scope of the supposed threat, saying, “What happened to Israel could happen to America because our country has been invaded by millions of people from over 160 different countries.”


Prosecutors on Monday alleged that Joseph Czuba, the 71-year-old white man accused of fatally stabbing a Palestinian mother and boy in a Chicago suburb over the weekend, had become paranoid listening to conservative radio segments about the war between Israel and Hamas.

Czuba was arraigned on Monday, making his first court appearance in an orange jumpsuit with matted hair, The New York Times reported. He faces charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, two counts of a hate crime, and an aggravated battery charge for allegedly stabbing his tenants, 6-year-old Wadea Al-Fayoume and his mom, Hanaan Shaheen, inside their home.

In court documents obtained by the Times, prosecutors allege that Czuba had become fearful that their Palestinian background made him a potential target for violence.

Czuba’s wife told investigators that her husband “listens to conservative talk radio on a regular basis” and had become obsessed with the Middle East war, NBC reported.


I have a question though...

18 people are dead in Lewiston, Maine and businesses were shut down over there because of a large-scale act of violence...

... mass shooting at two businesses that killed 18 people.

The lifting of the lockdown comes just in time for residents as most of the restaurants and grocery stores remained closed since Wednesday night. Many residents never had time to prepare.

"It was a line back to the coffee station for a good four hours probably," said Ari Roesner, a clerk at a local convenience store in Lewiston. "If it's the Christmas holiday, and things are going to be closed, then you stock up ahead of time. People were coming in looking for bread, looking for milk, looking for potato chips. We are one of the only stores that are open when people unexpectedly needed all of these goods."


Was it one of those Hamas terror cells? (YES/NO)
Was it someone who infiltrated the US from the southern border? (YES/NO)
Was it an immigrant sleeper agent? (YES/NO)
September 14, 2023

Healthcare Cost Crisis - The World's Costliest Health Care

Alec Smith died of diabetic ketoacidosis, though it is probably fairer to say that he died from high healthcare costs. The 26-year-old from Rochester, Minnesota, had just moved out of his parents’ home and didn’t have enough money to afford his insulin. He decided to ration his remaining supply until his next paycheck, a week later. Alas, he was not able to make it. Alec died alone in his apartment, vomiting and having difficulty breathing, from a condition that never should have occurred.

Alec’s story is extreme in its outcome, but not in its outlines. Nearly half of Americans say they have delayed or skipped medical care because of the cost. People who face higher costs for medical care are diagnosed with cancer at later stages of the disease and take fewer medications. Even the very sick use less care when their out-of-pocket costs rise. Health suffers.

Allowing the makers of life-saving medications to price their products without constraint is a recipe for premature death. But the issue is more complex than just greed. Even if the United States cut every pharmaceutical price in half and eliminated all profits on health insurance, the gap between U.S. medical spending and that of other rich countries would fall by less than a quarter. Health care is more than just rapacious profits in drugs and insurance.

The reality is that the healthcare problem is multifaceted. But that is not the same as saying nothing can be done. On the contrary, it means there is even more to do. Three areas are essential to tackle if we want to reduce health spending to near the level in other countries.


Medical bills should not be dreaded in a great healthcare system

September 10, 2023

Supreme Court Ethics Crisis - Ginni Thomas and Conservative Activists Worked Together to Exploit

Ginni Thomas and Conservative Activists Worked Together to Exploit Citizens United Ruling: Report

As the Supreme Court prepared to decide the Citizens United case that designated money as political speech, Ginni Thomas — wife of Justice Clarence Thomas — along with conservative activists quickly and quietly filed to create exactly the type of non-profit group that would benefit from the decision, Politico reports.

In the ensuing years, according to Politico, Thomas worked closely with Federalist Society leader Leonard Leo to build a conservative movement that would fuel changes to the judiciary and help overturn laws regarding abortion, affirmative action, and other issues important to the right wing.

“Ginni really wanted to build an organization and be a movement leader,” a source familiar with her thinking at that time told Politico. “Leonard (Leo) was going to be the conduit of that.”

Much of this was made possible through funding from Nazi-obsessed billionaire Harlan Crow. Crow, who infamously collects Hitler paintings and Nazi memorabilia, has been in the news recently for giving grandiose favors to the Thomases, including footing the bill for their grand-nephew’s tuition, purchasing the house where Clarence Thomas’ mother lived, and paying for lavish vacations that the Thomases enjoyed. The justice has been under scrutiny for his relationship with Crow due to his failure to report the vacations and other gifts in his financial disclosures to the court.


May 7, 2023

Supreme Court - Unelected tyrants and activists OR Sacred institution?

The sudden respect for the judicial branch and proclaiming it to be a sacred institution is what we in sociology call an "invented tradition", but maybe some of us are old enough to remember when the "other side of the aisle" considered them to be "nine black-robed tyrants", let's look at the footage, shall we?

Conservatives today:

“Next we go after Obergefell v Hodges and then the rulings banning Christianity from public schools,” white nationalist Vincent James told his followers on Telegram last Tuesday afternoon, less than 24 hours after a draft opinion authored by Justice Samuel Alito indicated that the Supreme Court was poised to overturn Roe v. Wade.

James was among a chorus of far-right and Christian nationalist activists looking forward to using the SCOTUS decision to implement their theocratic agenda. Not satisfied with simply removing the right to abortion protected in Roe, they’re eager to pass a total abortion ban, dismantle the right to same-sex marriage, and institute their ultraconservative version of Christianity on others. They see an ally in the Supreme Court
, and there’s reason to believe that they’re right.


And conservatives in the past:

Yesterday on Newsmax TV, Ben Carson said that the federal government does not need to recognize a Supreme Court decision on gay marriage because the president is only obligated to recognize laws passed by Congress, not judicial rulings.

“First of all, we have to understand how the Constitution works, the president is required to carry out the laws of the land, the laws of the land come from the legislative branch,” Carson said. “So if the legislative branch creates a law or changes a law, the executive branch has a responsibly to carry it out. It doesn’t say they have the responsibility to carry out a judicial law.”



Conservatives today:

Now three Republican senators have unveiled a bill that would hold future Supreme Court leakers accountable with a $10,000 fine and 10 years in prison for releasing information about pending decisions.

“The recent leak was an attempt to publicly intimidate justices and undermine the integrity of the Court—all while putting lives at risk,” the main sponsor, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, said in a statement.

“My bill holds leakers accountable and takes away any hopes of profiting off their crimes.”

Marco Rubio, a co-sponsor, said: “You shouldn’t receive a badge of honor or financial reward for leaking confidential documents from one of our nation’s most sacred institutions - you should face serious penalties.


And conservatives in the past:

This past Saturday, Phyllis Schlafly hosted former House GOP Majority Leader Tom DeLay on “Eagle Forum Live” to discuss the alleged threat of gay marriage. Schlafly segued into the topic of gay marriage by describing an open letter to the Supreme Court, signed by conservative pastors and politicians, pledging to defy any Court decision which strikes down state bans on same-sex marriage.

DeLay lamented that “people don’t understand the constitution. We haven’t taught our children now for three or four generations what the Constitution is, and the separation of powers, and what our Founding Fathers had in mind as this brilliant understanding of how you can limit government and limit the tyranny put on us through people or oligarchies.”

Because of this supposed constitutional ignorance, DeLay claimed, “right now, the American people don’t understand that the Supreme Court, when it makes a ruling, it’s just an opinion if no one enforces that ruling. The Supreme Court doesn’t have a police force; the Supreme Court doesn’t have an army; the Supreme Court doesn’t have people that can enforce their ruling.” Therefore, if conservatives “stand up to them and invoke the Constitution, then we don’t have to accept a ruling on marriage that redefines marriage. And that’s basically what this ad is all about. We’re sending a message to the Supreme Court that, number one, it’s illegal that they have this case before them; it’s not in their jurisdiction.”

Proving his Constitutional prowess, DeLay argued that “it’s not in their authority to write law by ten unelected, unaccountable people, lawyers, and if – this is a red line that we’re drawing. If they rule against marriage, we will all defy them.”



Conservatives today:

While overturning Roe has been an intense focus and will be a massive victory for the religious right and right-wing legal movement, reversing Roe is just one part of a much broader agenda that has been promoted by the right-wing Federalist Society and allied political operatives who have worked with it to pack the federal courts. Trump basically outsourced his judicial picks to the group’s activists. Now, with the Trump justices cementing a hard-right majority on the Court, Federalist Society lawyers and judges and their political allies can move even more aggressively to reverse a century’s worth of precedents, pulling the constitutional rug out from under the New Deal and Great Society anti-poverty programs like Medicare and Social Security; further gutting voting rights in favor of states’ rights; weakening the separation of church and state; and undermining the federal government’s ability to regulate corporations and protect workers and communities.


And conservatives in the past:

The goal of “court-stripping” legislation is to simply declare that federal courts are no longer allowed to hear the claims of citizens that their rights are violated. Family Research Council President Tony Perkins–decrying the “judicial activism” behind the Supreme Court decision finding unconstitutional Bush’s military commissions to try Guantanamo detainees–encourages court-stripping, along with right-wing judicial nominees, as a long-term strategy, citing two court-stripping bills in the works:

Congress needs to resist this judicial activism. One way to constitutionally check the courts is with measures like the Pledge Protection Act sponsored by Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) and another way is Cong. John Hostettler’s (R-IN) Public Expression of Religion Act (PERA). Finally, we can give a fair up or down vote to judicial nominees like William J. Haynes.

Now, even as the House vote on the anti-gay marriage amendment looks to fail, Human Events endorses a court-stripping bill to circumvent the Constitution on the issue of marriage:

Unfortunately, the (marriage) amendment failed in the Senate last month, receiving only 49 votes. It is also destined to fail in the House: In the last Congress, it received only 227 votes, more than 60 shy of the super-majority needed. But there is a way Congress can act this year to protect state marriage laws from activist liberal judges. Rep. John Hostettler (R.-Ind.) has proposed a bill that would strip all federal courts, including the Supreme Court, of jurisdiction to hear any challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). …


So are the courts, up to the Supreme Court, the bold stuff or the italicized stuff? Can someone help me out?
May 6, 2023

Supreme Court Ethics Crisis - Supreme Court Justices Offer Unconvincing Dodge on Ethics

Tuesday’s U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on “Supreme Court Ethics Reform” quickly broke down along partisan lines. Democrats pointedly argued that declining public confidence in the Court was in part due to the justices’ refusal to adopt written ethics rules, such as the lower federal courts’ Code of Conduct for United States Judges and comparable codes in every state. Republicans angrily countered that the hearing was just one more episode in a decades-long smear of conservative justices. Each side produced witnesses to back up its position, but the most important witnesses, it turns out, were not in the room.

Two letters to the committee set out the issues as sharply as the testifying witnesses, without an overlay of partisanship. The sitting justices made the case for the status quo, while a prominent former judge focused on the need for formal ethical transparency.

Chief Justice John Roberts had politely declined an invitation from the committee chair, Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), to appear in person or designate another justice to testify. Along with his own letter, invoking the separation of powers and judicial independence, Roberts attached a Statement of Ethics Principles and Practices, signed by all nine justices, conservatives and liberals alike, explaining how they currently address certain “recurring” ethics issues in the absence of a formal code.

On the eve of the hearing, former federal appeals judge J. Michael Luttig, a widely respected conservative, provided his own letter to the committee, explaining the Supreme Court’s obligation to assure the public, “in every way both necessary and possible,” that there is no reason “to question the ethical conduct” of the justices. “There should never come a day,” Luttig added, when Congress “is obligated to enact laws prescribing the ethical standards” applicable to the Court. But Congress “indisputably has the power under the Constitution to do so,” he concluded.


May 5, 2023

If a co-equal branch of the government can not rein in the corruption of the SCOTUS, then it is weak

And not really co-equal.

If a co-equal branch of the government is not willing to rein in the corruption of the SCOTUS, then it is an accessory to that corruption, and a question of its legitimacy is on the table as well.

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