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Reading: Fox abruptly cuts off impeachment manager during testimony

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The AP reports on what sounds like a tiff on the playground. Fox cut away from impeachment proceedings – for whatever reason – and recess broke out.

Williams described the case that House managers were building as chilling and an important exercise in democracy. “The impeachment trial that you’re all ignoring, I guess you’re afraid …”

At that point, he was shouted down by Watters and Gutfeld.

“You’re being so rude because I’m so right,” Williams said.

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Reading: Opinion | Marjorie Taylor Greene Knows Exactly What She’s Doing – The New York Times

From Opinion | Marjorie Taylor Greene Knows Exactly What She’s Doing – The New York Times

I was there. History was there. The Republicans were there. Where are they now?

What’s distinctive right now isn’t the fact that someone like Greene exists but that no one has emerged to play the role of Buckley. A longtime Republican leader like Mitch McConnell can try — he denounced Greene’s “loony lies and conspiracy theories” as a “cancer” on the party — but after he served four years as an ally to Donald Trump, his words aren’t worth much.

Buckley played the erudite critic of the conservative through my political adolescence. My hard-left household listened to the positions he presented (PBS, NPR) and moderated our stances because of him. He didn’t change how we voted but moderated positions about g0vernment.

Greene doesn’t know what she’s doing. McConnell probably does, but doesn’t care.  Buckley – bless his iron-cold heart – cared.

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Reading: Biden, Marjorie Taylor Greene and Trump Impeachment: Live Updates – The New York Times

<a href=“https://ift.tt/3auADkc”>Greene’s snark</a>

But you didn’t tell me I wasn’t supposed to pee in the pool! <sarcasm answers sarcasm>

Democrats argued that Ms. Greene’s comments — and Republican leaders’ refusal to take action against her themselves — had created an untenable situation that required the unusual action. In social media posts made before she was elected, Ms. Greene endorsed executing top Democrats, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi; suggested a number of school shootings were secretly perpetrated by government actors; and repeatedly trafficked in anti-Semitic and Islamophobic conspiracy theories.

What indicates the Greene isn’t fit to sit on committees is her address, supposedly justifying her comments:

“I was allowed to believe things that weren’t true and I would ask questions about them and talk about them, and that is absolutely what I regret,” Ms. Greene said, wearing a mask embroidered with the phrase “FREE SPEECH.”

It’s the sarcasm in contempt of the process that demands she takes the bench.

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Reading: With depressing predictability, FCC boss leaves office with a list of his deeds… and a giant middle finger to America

From With depressing predictability, FCC boss leaves office with a list of his deeds… and a giant middle finger to America

I probably should have mentioned this before, but Pai’s leaving is a good occasion. Bullet lists are administrative faves because they appear to make factual claims.

Just as he had done during his tenure, however, Pai has mirrored the 45th president’s approach and, rather than give an overview of actions to show a coherent drive and philosophy, has created the longest list possible. Bigger is better.

They leave out anything unwanted. Leave no room for counterpoint. Appear complete when partial. Appear cohesive when scattered.

Close relation: Take Aways.

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Reading: Insurrectionists’ social media presence gives feds an easy way to ID them

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It’s all about bragging rights.

Back on December 22, The Washington Post reported that organizers planning to rally on January 6 were openly discussing the potential for violence on that day on multiple social media platforms, including Parler, Gab, and Telegram. Reporter Marissa Lang continued in several subsequent stories to explain the high potential for violence at yesterday’s events. Several other outlets, including Bloomberg and BuzzFeed, have also reported that the extremists who stormed the Capitol had been planning well in advance not only on fringe or explicitly right-wing sites but also in Facebook groups.

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Reading: ★ Facebook: Free as in Bullshit

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Yay to John for unpacking fb’s arguments against privacy and for data collecion.

Facebook’s argument is along the lines of arguing that the police shouldn’t crack down on burglaries because doing so might hurt pawn shops that have been thriving during a years-long crime spree. The information used for tracking belongs to the users whose behavior and interests is being tracked, not to Facebook and the companies, no matter how small and noble, who advertise with them.

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Reading: Alfred 4.3 Released: Gorgeous Theming and Feature Improvements

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Reading: Young people have less Covid-19 risk, but in US college towns, deaths rose fast | Deccan Herald

From Young people have less Covid-19 risk, but in US college towns, deaths rose fast | Deccan Herald

Something to ask Sanford about. Lots of nursing students here.

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Reading: US economy: Trump will leave office with a historically bad economic record – CNNPolitics

From US economy: Trump will leave office with a historically bad economic record – CNNPolitics

First draft of history.

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Reading: Let’s check in now with the new California monolith… And it’s gone, torn down by a bunch of MAGA muppets

From Let’s check in now with the new California monolith… And it’s gone, torn down by a bunch of MAGA muppets

This is why we can’t have nice things, El Reg version. California monolith gives maga boys green light to destroy.

Poor-quality video filmed through a night-vision lens and taken from streaming site DLive, since removed, shows their leader referencing “so-called alien obelisks” before expressing intent to replace the structure with a cross. “Christ is king in this country,” he says, melodramatically banging the thing with his palm. “We don’t want illegal aliens from Mexico or outer space. So let’s tear this bitch down.”

Charming. The little boys then lay into the innocent stainless-steel art project, chanting like a Sunday School frat “CHRIST IS KING!” as it topples over. The intro douchebag then proclaims “America First!” while his mates puzzle over how to remove the obelisk from its base