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Politics, Giuliani 

And it gets even worse for Rudy…

> Trump's Lawyers Surrender in Georgia Despite Giuliani's 'Conclusive Proof' of Election Fraud. Trump attorney Kurt Hilbert claimed he had reached settlement agreements with state officials, which was news to them. reason.com/2021/01/10/trumps-l

> That widely promoted conspiracy theory … was at the heart of the grievances underlying Wednesday's violence. Yet Giuliani now has implicitly admitted it was all a hoax.

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Politics, Giuliani 

Turns out, today is a *really* bad day for Rudy…

> Giuliani Allies Were Part of “Russia-Linked Foreign Influence Network,” US Government Says. Rudy Giuliani is about to become the first presidential lawyer whose own actions helped lead to his client being impeached twice. motherjones.com/politics/2021/

> In Monday’s announcement, Treasury sanctioned other Ukrainians who, it said, are “part of a Russia-linked foreign influence network…

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FYI: Bitcoin is currently in a totally predictable freefall. I expect it will pick back up unless the situation in China changes.

(Turns out, Bitcoin's 'killer app' is providing a way to move money out of a country which has instituted strict currency export controls.)

Politics, Giuliani 

> New York State Bar Association opens inquiry into removing Rudy Giuliani from its membership. cnn.com/2021/01/11/politics/ne

This is not a disbarment, just ousting Rudy from a professional association related to the New York State Bar. However, we can hope the New York State Bar is taking notes.

Politics, DC Riot, Active Army Participant(s) 

NOTE: I should probably explain what I mean about the UCMJ – active military personnel are allowed to participate in political activities and protests. They are not permitted to *organize* political activities or protests.

Capt. Rainey says her group was on the way home while the Capitol invasion was going on, which if true lets her off the hook for illegal activities.

But she was identified as the 'leader' of said group! Meaning a UCMJ violation.

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Politics, DC Riot, Active Army Participant(s) 

> Army investigating officer who led group to Washington rally. apnews.com/article/emily-raine

What's particularly interesting here? Capt. Rainey is a 'psychological operations officer'. Which raises all kinds of flags.

> “I was a private citizen and doing everything right and within my rights,” Rainey told The Associated Press on Sunday.

I don't think the UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice) gives a pass for this–it didn't when I was in the military…

One of the great ironies of the "stop the steal" conspiratorial fraud and its focus on Dominion's voting machines is that voting machines are, in fact, flaming garbage.

For decades - since Bush v Gore and before - security researchers have been ringing the alarm about voting machine security and the terrible, bullying, incompetent, indifferent companies that make them.

cs.princeton.edu/~appel/papers

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Because I am getting too many strange signups in the last 24 hours and most people don't read the Terms of Service, I added a Temporary Notice to Masto.host Pricing page: masto.host/pricing/

"If you are looking for an alternative to Parler, this is not it. Please look elsewhere. Thanks."

I hope that's clear enough :)

Politics, DC Riot, Zipties 

Update: Ziptie guys arrested.

> Two men carrying plastic restraints during Capitol riot charged by feds. cnn.com/2021/01/10/politics/er

No details about these guys yet. I have my suspicions about their affiliation though.

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> US intelligence agencies have 180 days to share what they know about UFOs, thanks to the Covid-19 relief and spending bill. cnn.com/2021/01/10/us/ufo-repo

> When President Donald Trump signed the $2.3 trillion coronavirus relief and government funding bill into law in December, so began the 180-day countdown for US intelligence agencies to tell Congress what they know about UFOs.

Politics, Trump, Constitution 

Damon Root lists all the ways Trump has demonstrated his contempt for the US Constitution.

> Trump Never Bothered To Hide His Contempt for the Constitution. Trump deserves to be remembered for what his words and actions have shown him to be. reason.com/2021/01/08/trump-ne

When you have Reason in one tab and Mother Jones in the next and you suddenly start wondering if you are the only person in the world who does that.

just thinking about all the people saying “next they’ll come for you” about fascists being deplatformed whilst vital support for queer people is routinely blocked by governments, schools and parents

All v3 onion addresses offline:

"It appears that somebody has made their own #Tor client implementation and it fetches its dir info in a very rude way. If anybody knows details of it, please do let us know."

lists.torproject.org/pipermail

As of this morning my father is still in the hospital with and my mother is back at the hospital, in the emergency room, after being released for a few days.

One of my sisters is convalescing at home after being released from the hospital a couple of days ago and her daughter, my niece, and her entire family have tested positive.

At this point I have seven immediate relatives infected with the virus and three of them are very sick. And there's nothing I can do. 😭

Take care everyone!

Politics, Trump, Some Thoughts on Deplatforming 

It's tempting to think this is the end of Trump's ability to drive the conversation and, very possibly, it will be. However, we do need to acknowledge the fact Trumpism didn't happen in a vacuum. You can spew all the lies you want, but they only take on power when they go into the ears of those who *want* those lies to be true.

And even if Trump is not whispering into those ears, someone will be.

[fin]

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Politics, Trump, Some Thoughts on Deplatforming 

My prediction: Trump on a new platform will peak at less than ten million followers, down from his current 88 million. That peak will occur less than six months into the new platform and the numbers will afterwards fall from the peak by at least a third.

Trump's only tool with equivalent reach right now is video released to the media. This is problematic because he won't control presentation and he will be contextualized. Cooked vs raw.

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