Nope, You’re Not Going Crazy– This is All Completely Insane

I’ve noticed, since this nightmare began seven or eight months ago, that strong, intelligent people who I have great respect for are, periodically, breaking down. I’ve seen it. If that sort of thing is happening to you– don’t panic. You’re not alone. In fact, at this point it seems to be a sign of sanity, decency and humanity. I’d be more worried if we weren’t having periodic emotional collapses. But we’ve got to keep it together. Double Down Don and his GOP toads are not going to go gently into that good night.

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Reichstag Fire Countdown…

The scapegoating of brown, black, muslim, and LGBT people– we’re pretty far down that path.

Yesterday when CNN’s Acosta asked Trump about the violence in Charlottesville, Trump called him “fake news” and walked out. The ‘fake news’ campaign to undermine the press has been going on for a long time but it looks like it’s reaching a new, more brazen level.

Trump to CNN’s Jim Acosta: You’re fake news

So, attacking the ‘fake news’ or ‘lying press’, lugenpresse as they used to say in Germany– yep, we’re pretty far along on that one.

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Just Another Saturday In Trumpistan

This is Trump/GOPer’s base. They’ve spent years coyly cultivating and dog whistling these people. They’ve been playing this game for a long, long time.

Reagan’s Neshoba County Fair “states’ rights” speech

Guns, Extremism, and Threats of Escalation

White House adviser says people should stop criticizing white supremacists so much

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House Cleaning In A Hurricane Round-Up

Busy news day as usual, but we have a backlog of bits and pieces to link to. If you’re stuck on a slow bus or in a waiting room and need something to read, we got you covered.

Cyber shenanigans first: The US military, and then cops, and now, God knows who these people are, have been working on using aircraft loaded with cellphone pinging-data gathering gear to track individuals and what they’re up to. These planes are flying over a city near you. Your cell is your best friend and worse enemy in the New World.

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Bot Theater Report

Every fighter in this thing should realize, and be humble enough to learn, that just about all of us have fallen for it at some point. Left, Right and Center. We’ve all been targeted and most of us have been successfully played on some level. The sophistication of Robert Mercer’s A.I. software at Cambridge Analytica, combined with the sophistication of the Russian cyber information attack is impressive. And you add to that, what is , frankly, GOP operatives here, on the ground in the U.S, directing the fire, and, well,… there is no shame in getting tricked by this operation. The only shame now is not admitting it and learning and moving forward better armed.

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Brace Yourself, Kiddo

Right now I wouldn’t even bother with the small stuff like the ridiculously dishonest and dysfunctional White House; the open gas lighting of Fox News, or any of the other daily drama. Shit looks to be about to get real heavy up in here.

Brace yourselves.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller Reportedly Assembles Grand Jury, Ramping Up Russia Probe

With A Grand Jury In Place, Rumors Rise Of Potential Mueller Firing

Projection has been Trumpy’s tell since his father started smacking his dense ass around:

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It’s Only Wednesday

Big lies, small lies. Trumpy is an unmitigated lie machine.

Trump says Boy Scouts thanked him for ‘greatest’ Jamboree speech, but group unaware of that conversation

Mexico denies president called Trump to compliment immigration policy

Fox News State TV looks like it’s got caught in a full blown bullshit tornado. Oh, and Trumpy may have put himself right into the middle of it, probably after he got done dictating junior’s lie statement about his meeting with Russian operatives:

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No Fun Club: Moochie’s Out And Web Oppression’s In

Moochie, we hardly knew ya.

CNN’s Jeff Zeleny: Sources Claim Scaramucci Was Escorted Off the White House Property

Governmental restricting and controlling of the web is quickening. What will you do when it comes to us? Closing down VPN’s (virtual private networks) seems to be the Autocrat’s new favorite way to shut down the open web.

Welcome to Xi’s Net: Where Politics, Porn and Pooh Are Forbidden

Apple kowtows to China, pulls some VPN apps from Chinese App Store

Putin bans VPNs to stop Russians accessing prohibited websites

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The Existential Clown Car Round-UP

Someone was talking to me about long term plans recently and I said: “Like, God cleanses the earth with fire long term, or just until The GOPer’s catastrophe begins?”

It’s impossible to know whether the people working in the Resistance are midwives or hospice workers at this point. It probably doesn’t matter. The actions are pretty much the same: Minimize pain and suffering and work for the practical good.

It’s hard to keep your footing in this, as Alternet writer Jefferson Morley put it, “increasingly surreal news cycle”. Very difficult.

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FYI: We Are At War

We are at war. It’s war all around us.

It’s cold comfort that the Rightwing Zombies are shooting at each other. Trumpy seems to want to gain some cred with the uber Right knuckle-draggers before he takes the axe to Sessions (the knuckle-draggers love Sessions because he’s a high ranking bigot), and, of course, Trumpy wants to fire AG Sessions so he can install a shill who will fire Special Investigator Mueller. Got all that? So, to gain respect with the drooling racists (i.e. “Christians”) he can kick trans people. Easy enough. Plus there’s rumors this also helps him get some kind of border wall fence votes out of pious bigots in the congress. It’s a two-for: turns out good old fashion Christian cruelty is a very lucrative game these days.

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