The Left: Robespierre did nothing wrong

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  1. Bruce Wayne

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  2. tne

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    I’ve always been team Pelosi, glad we went back to her again
     
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    Just did a random search on his name on here and this came up but yes, he is as bad as it gets. Maybe it's because he hasn't done anything that noticeable yet on the world stage and Trump/Brexit getting so much attention but a country as big as Brazil having someone with his views will surely get attention soon enough.
     
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    it’s pretty scary even as an american bc of how much he’s gonna impact climate change and the like with his planned destruction of the amazon
     
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    There's that and his openness for ethnically cleansing the aboriginal population
     
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    Wait is this true ? Guiado is hiding out at the Embassy? I missed that news.

    Also, at risk of takign a joke too seriously, I would imagine its more because Maduro still controls the military and police than lack of popularity.
     
  10. Can I Spliff it

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    it's a joke about his lack of popularity sorry
     
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    I was going to post this but thought you’d get to it sooner or later. Great video as always. Just went back and watched his videos on gamergate from 2015 and boy does that seem prophetic about the rise of the alt right now.
     
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    Tiny Houses just a down payment on homelessnessHomeless authority still looking for community, county support on housing issues
    By Jan Skutch [email protected] Volunteers attach walls to a tiny house at The Cove at Dundee in the first home in the 23-home Phase One. [JAN SKUTCH/SAVANNAHNOW.COM] On a gray Saturday morning, Cindy Murphy Kelley joined about two dozen volunteers on a cleared lot off Wheaton Street. By the time they left for the day on Jan. 19, three framed tiny houses and a nearly completed unit were on site in a down payment for Kelley’s dream of affordable housing to address Savannah’s lacking assets. On the web Find additional information with this story at savannahnow.com : • Hear Cindy Murphy Kelley talk about working to fix homelessness • Find a responsive chart showing the city's homeless numbers • See maps of the homeless camps and shelters in Savannah • Check out an interactive timeline of the Tiny House Project “Our job is to end homelessness,” said Kelley, who began her sixth year this month as executive director of the Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless. “The only thing that solves homelessness is housing." The Tiny House Project is perhaps Kelley’s signature program in an uphill battle to deal with the number of homeless individuals, which annually seems to edge up, often despite local efforts to find solutions. Those numbers are compiled each year on the same day nationwide under requirements of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. This year the count was taken Thursday. In talking with her staff, Kelley said, the perception is that the numbers have crept up, particularly the numbers of families with kids. But Kelley said that because of this year's partial federal shutdown, 2018’s statistics will not be available until sometime this summer rather than the usual springtime report. “From an advocacy and social change perspective, I think the most important thing we have done is to move the conversations in our community from what do we do about the homeless to how are we going to house everyone who needs housing? “The only way to solve homelessness is housing ... Without a permanent place to live ... a person’s ability to heal is tied to the permanency of housing.” But she conceded it has not been an easy transition. “That has been painful, difficult and tiring, but now so worthwhile as we are seeing for the first time many stakeholders with different interests coming together and talking about housing.” Tiny House Project goals When Kelley began discussion of the issue of housing veterans during strategic planning in the summer of 2014, it was a 10-unit demonstration project. Now it is becoming a reality of 72 units — 71 tiny houses and a “tiny federally qualified health care clinic” — at The Cove at Dundee (Street) which will charge tenants $240 per month in rent. “So I would say we’ve exceeded our goal,” she said. The plans call for wraparound services to assist tenants in maintaining their abodes, Kelley said. In phase one, 23 tiny houses, a clubhouse and a medical clinic will be built, Kelley said. The 12th unit, located in Village 2, will be made into a medical clinic but will look like a home from the outside, she added. Two sets of 24 units will be added in two subsequent phases. She plans to bring the medical clinic onsite to address general medical care, behavioral health and nutrition support, as well as case management, job training and referrals. Housing homeless veterans The Nine Line Foundation is committed to building Village 2, an 11-house, transitional housing group with a clubhouse, all tied to a job training program off-site, Kelley said of the all-veteran project. All of the remaining units will be permanent supportive housing. The project will prioritize homeless veterans. The most recent homeless count for 2017 showed 231 homeless veterans, or 6 percent of the 4,198 total homeless population. Nine Line Foundation President Megan Hostler added, “We’re just trying to do our part to make the project a success. We’re doing everything we can to support this project.” Those efforts include funding and using social media to foster community support, including contractors. In addition, component parts such as walls, roofs and floors for the initial homes were built on Nine Line Apparel properties, she said. Both the Nine Line Apparel in Savannah and the Nine Line Foundation are the creation of Army veteran Tyler Merritt. Kelley said the project is important because it will be the first of its kind in Georgia to be approved and will meet the needs of veterans in the first group, who will live in quality houses that Kelley said are affordable and show savings in housing. Kelley said the project has raised $1.2 million, adding, “We have just about a million to go” to fully fund their effort. Last year, 113 new donors came on board to bring the total to 278 individuals, businesses or foundations donating cash, in-kind or professional services. Changing the status quo Kelley has spent years challenging the current status quo and attempting to move the community conversation to the larger picture. There's been some success, but there's a long way to go, she conceded. She identified "a sense of urgency from various stakeholders, and I’m talking about business, government and nonprofits that we’re going to have to work together to solve this problem." “It’s a long-term project,” Kelley said. “It’s not something we’re going to solve this year ... If we got on it right now, it would take another 25 years. “We have to stay with it. We have to build it into our long-range planning like we do roads.” The authority is working to make it happen, she said. “We have really strengthened our board, and the board is really looking at the long-term approach.” But she said she has seen a shift in how the community’s stakeholders are looking at the problem. Among the promising signs are what she called “some behind-the-scenes conversations” between the city of Savannah and Chatham County staffers who are working on housing issues. “The city has been investing in housing for a long time. It just needs to be bigger,” she said. “The county has not invested in housing; I’m hoping that will change.” Calls to county officials for comment were not returned. Call for restructuring “I think our nonprofits need a major restructuring,” Kelly said, citing the need for “fewer, stronger nonprofits" in the Chatham County community. “One of the changes is the fact that many entities that come against hurdles are very short-sighted. We don’t really do deep collaboration where each nonprofit organization gives up some for the common good," she said. Too often, involved agencies choose to protect their turf rather than adhere to best practices, which lead to positive changes in addressing the needs of the homeless community. “We should take the lead,” she said. “Our agency has been open to deep collaboration, including discussions of merger, but we have to get other agencies to join in the collaboration. “One of the best ways we can accomplish that is to have the funders come together and share funding goals," she said, listing the United Way of the Coastal Empire, city of Savannah and Chatham County, as well as other government funders. Kelley said a preliminary draft of a 10-year plan addressing homeless issues involving city, county and other stakeholders is being prepared and should be presented to her board shortly. The authority reported that in 2018, the city of Savannah provided $190,000; for 2019, $195,000. HUD provided $509,128 in 2018; $592,442 in 2019. The same report did not show any Chatham County contributions for either year. “My perspective is that local government is the key to how we do business,” she said. Alderman’s observations Savannah Alderman Julian Miller was appointed to the homeless authority board about five months ago, at his request, because “I thought we were moving too slowly here.” Part of his initial concern was what he called homeless individuals living under bridges and the lawlessness going on downtown at the time involving conduct such as panhandling. “Lawlessness and homelessness should not be thought of together,” he said. “Not all homelessness is associated with lawlessness and not all lawlessness is associated with homelessness.” He said that some 17,000 people are on the waiting list for public housing, adding that, “We [are] not making any progress.” “People at the homeless authority feel that 60 percent of the homeless can afford $300 a month for housing if they could find it,” Miller said, citing the city's lack of affordable housing. His views on the tiny house effort are mixed, Miller said. While he does not personally think the project is the answer to the problem, “there are a lot of people who are committed to the project. “I worry about putting that many members of a population [veterans] that has a lot of issues in a small area like that, unstructured,” he said. “I don’t think it is the answer ... But I’m glad we’re doing it. “It is a step in one direction, but to address this issue, you’re going to have to go in other directions ... It’s going to take more effort than what we put together for a long time.” On a larger scale, Miller said, “We have a ton of organizations [that] want to be involved in helping the homeless, but I’m not sure are being effective.” He said the homeless authority should try to identify what we really need to do to help homeless people by coordinating these efforts. Alderman Julian Miller Cindy Murphy Kelley, executive director of the Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless. [STEVE BISSON/ SAVANNAHNOW.COM] He said the authority has been slow to react in the past, but, “They’re ready to start taking a more active role.” While the city annually provides funding for the authority, Miller said, “The county has not been involved at all.“ He noted that one reason is that “nobody ever brought it a plan to get involved.” “So we have to have a plan on how do we get out of this, who is contributing? There are so many people who have really gotten involved in this project,” he said. “Somebody has to be coordinating all of that, have some discussion on how they might get involved. “What kind of program can we get to incentivize private businesses to provide these kinds of [affordable] houses?” And he said another problem is the funding through HUD, which he said is awarded based on progress reflected in a score sheet. “We’re not getting an awful lot of people off the streets,” Miller said, adding this results in a lower score — and less funding.
    “It’s a very involved process.”
     
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    Roger Waters Personally Helped Rescue 2 Kidnapped Boys From Syria
    By Andrew Magnotta @andrewmagnotta January 25, 2019 29 Former Pink Floyd mastermind Roger Watersis well known for his political and social activism, but the bassist recently put his money where his mouth is when it came to a pair of young refugees. Two boys from Trinidad have been reunited with their mother four years after being kidnapped and taken to war-torn Syria by their Islamic extremist father. The boys arrived safely in Switzerland thanks to a plan hatched by Waters, human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith and several more brave humanitarians. "That was the first time I've slept properly in four years," the boys' mother Felicia Perkins-Ferreira told the Guardian of the moment she got out of Syria with her children. "I often wouldn't eat for days, thinking, 'If they're not eating, why should I?' ... I'm really, really grateful and I wish I could meet [all the people who helped] and in one and embrace them." Waters has been outspoken about the crisis in war-torn Syria in recent years and specifically in regards to the case of the two boys, who were abandoned after their father was killed fighting for the Islamic State group. When the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Waters couldn't persuade governments to intervene on behalf of the children, he hatched a plan to extricate them with Stafford Smith. "Roger paid for a bunch of this stuff," Stafford Smith told Channel 4 News. "He didn't just do that, he came with us, and I have to saw I have great gratitude to Roger, also a bunch of other people. We made a good team, beating up on people who didn't want to get it done." Stafford Smith works on behalf of the U.K.-based human rights defense organization Reprieve. Waters has worked with Reprieve occasionally over the years. He says Stafford Smith apprised him of the situation involving Mahmud, 7, Ayyub, 11, and their mother, Perkins-Ferreira, after his last tour. He says he can only imagine how much it meant to the boys and their mother to be reunited — it sure meant a lot to him. "They got back around midnight, and to see those beautiful children and Felicia. ... It was deeply, deeply moving," Waters recalled of when the rescue mission was completed. Waters referenced the Syrian refugee crisis in multiple tracks on his 2017 solo album, Is This the Life We Really Want?
     
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    Trump and Putin could not be destroying America without Mitch McConnell's help

    Roger Stone. Paul Manafort. Donald Trump. As indictments and arrests narrow in on Individual 1, never forget that U.S. intelligence knew before the election that the Trump campaign had the support and the interference of the Russian regime. Don't forget also that congressional leadership knew that too, because intelligence officials told them.

    Also don't forget that one congressional leader in particular—Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell—kept all of us from knowing that.

    We have receipts. We know that in September of 2016, McConnell was informed, along with then-Democratic leader Harry Reid, that the Russians were trying to help Trump, and McConnell raised holy hell to keep it quiet. McConnell's reaction, in the words of Washington Post reporter Greg Miller, who broke this story, was "basically telling [the CIA], 'you're telling us that Russia is trying to help elect Trump. If you try to come forward with this, I'm not going to sign onto any sort of public statement that would condemn Russian interference. But I will condemn you and the Obama administration for trying to mess up this election.'"

    McConnell knew full well that the CIA was deeply concerned about the election. He also knew that Russia has an ongoing interest in our elections, and specifically in getting Republicans elected, because his own leadership PAC received $2.5 million filtered through Len Blavatnik, a dual U.S.-U.K. citizen, from a web of Putin's oligarchs, possibly including Oleg Deripaska, Paul Manafort's boss both in Ukraine and while he was working on the Trump campaign.

    When fellow Republicans tell McConnell that "this is all your fault," they're not just talking about the shutdown.

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    Experts Warn Trump's New 'Low-Yield' Warheads Will Make Nuclear War More Likely
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    US nuclear weapons: first low-yield warheads roll off the production line
    New type of weapon, ordered by Trump’s nuclear posture review, could make conflict more likely, say experts

    Julian Borger in Washington

    Mon 28 Jan 2019 03.31 EST Last modified on Mon 28 Jan 2019
    The Trump administration has argued the development of a low-yield weapon would make nuclear war less likely.
    The US has begun making a new, low-yield nuclear warhead for its Trident missiles that arms control advocates warn could lower the threshold for a nuclear conflict.
    The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced in an email it had started manufacturing the weapon at its Pantex nuclear weapons plant in Texas, as ordered by Donald Trump’s nuclear posture review (NPR) last year.

    The NNSA said the first of the new warheads had come off the production line and that it was on schedule to deliver the first batch – an unspecified number referred to as “initial operational capability” – before the end of September, according to the email, first sent in response to an enquiry from Exchange Monitor, which covers the nuclear weapons complex.


    US to loosen nuclear weapons constraints and develop more 'usable' warheads

    The new weapon, the W76-2, is a modification of the existing Trident warhead. Stephen Young, a senior Washington representative of the Union of Concerned Scientists, said its yield had most likely been cut by taking away one stage from the original two-stage, W76 thermonuclear device.

    “As best we can tell, the only requirement is to replace the existing secondary, or second stage, with a dummy version, which is what they do every time they test fly a missile,” Young said, adding that the amount of tritium, a hydrogen isotope, may also be adjusted. The result would be to reduce its explosive power from 100 kilotons of TNT, to about five – approximately a third of the force of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

    The Trump administration has argued the development of a low-yield weapon would make nuclear war less likely, by giving the US a more flexible deterrent. It would counter any enemy (particularly Russian) perception that the US would balk at using its own fearsome arsenal in response to a limited nuclear attack because its missiles were all in the hundreds of kilotons range and “too big to use”, because they would cause untold civilian casualties.

    Low-yield weapons “help ensure that potential adversaries perceive no possible advantage in limited nuclear escalation, making nuclear employment less likely”, the 2018 nuclear posture review said.

    To what extent does this signal a new willingness on the part of the US to start using strategic nuclear weapons?

    Hans Kristensen, Federation of American Scientists
    Many critics say that is an optimistic scenario that assumes there will be no miscalculation on the US side.

    “There are many other scenarios, especially with a president who takes pride in his unpredictability and has literally asked: ‘Why can’t we use our nuclear weapons?’”, Young said.

    Melissa Hanham of the One Earth Future foundation pointed out that adversaries would have no way of knowing if a full-force Trident was being fired at them, or its low-yield cousin.

    “Hey all you nuclear powers out there. We’re just going to trust that you recognize this is “just a little nuclear weapon” and won’t retaliate with all you’ve got,” Hanham wrote in a tweet. “Remember! The US only intends to nuke you “a little bit.””

    Hans Kristensen, the director of the nuclear information project at the Federation of American Scientists said the new warhead marked a sharp break from the Obama administration policy of making no new weapons or capabilities. He said it risked starting an arms race with Russia involving smaller nuclear weapons.

    “To what extent does this signal a new willingness on the part of the US to start using strategic nuclear weapons in a tactical and very limited way early in a potential conflict?” Kristensen asked. “Frankly, mission creep is my greatest worry about this.”

    There has been a spate of developments signalling that a new arms race is gathering pace. Vladimir Putin has unveiled a new generation of Russian weapons, and Russia’s suspected development of an cruise missile banned under the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty.

    Trump has declared he will take the US out of the treaty, and the administration is expected to suspend compliance and serve six months’ notice of withdrawal on Saturday.

    The Trump nuclear weapons review expanded an ambitious modernisation plan already underway. It ordered work to start on a new sea-launched cruise missile and blurred the line between the use of conventional and nuclear weapons.

    The NPR said the US could respond with nuclear weapons against “significant non-nuclear strategic attacks,” including attacks on “civilian population or infrastructure”. It also said the US would “strengthen the integration of nuclear and non-nuclear military planning”.

    It is not inevitable that all of Trump’s nuclear weapons plans will be pursued. Since the funds for the initial batch of warheads was approved, Democrats have taken over Congress, and are sceptical about their cost and purposes.

    Last week, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office issued a report projecting the nuclear weapons costs over the next decade as nearly a half trillion dollars, up 23% from the last estimate two years ago.

    “I don’t think we need as many as they’re talking about,” Adam Smith, the new head of the House armed services committee, said in a C-Span interview. “I just don’t think we can afford what the NPR is calling for and I don’t think it is necessary.”

    The nuclear weapons budget is likely to be an important battlefield in the struggle between Trump and congressional Democrats. The president is increasingly surrounding himself with Reagan-era nuclear hawks, including John Bolton, his national security adviser and who pushed for the INF to be jettisoned. Bolton’s new deputy, Charles Kupperman, once argued a nuclear war could be won “in the classical sense” if one side emerged the stronger, even if there were tens of millions of casualties.

    Speaking to reporters last week, former defence secretary William Perry, an arms control advocate, said he was less worried about the number of nuclear warheads left in the world than by the return of cold war talk about such weapons being “usable”.
    “The belief that there might be tactical advantage using nuclear weapons – which I haven’t heard that being openly discussed in the United States or in Russia for a good many years – is happening now in those countries which I think is extremely distressing,” Perry said.

    That’s a very dangerous belief.”
     
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    A deluge of 'red-pilled' rage: Young white men are being radicalized online and acting out violently

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    Lane Davis, 33, of Samish Island, WA, was a 'Gamergate' conspiracy theorist who went by the nom de plume 'Seattle4Truth' before stabbing his father to death in an argument over the 'Pizzagate' theory.

    Something is going wrong—badly, horrifically wrong—with America’s young white men. It’s happening largely online, but it’s seeping into the real world.

    Not all of our young white men, of course. Not even a majority of them. But a lot of them, and the numbers are growing. We all not only can sense it, but we can see it with our own eyes. It’s right there in the news. It’s right there in our neighborhoods. In our lives.
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    Last week, a young white man walked into a bank in Florida, ordered the five women inside to lie down, and then proceeded to terrorize them for several minutes before shooting each of them fatally, most of them in the head and chest. He wasn’t after money. When he was done, he called 911 and waited for police to come arrest him.

    Police say they can’t figure out a motive. But people who knew young Zephen Xaver, now 21, back in Indiana say he was a bomb waiting to go off. He spent a lot of time playing computer games and hanging out on online boards. On social media, he favorited Milo Yiannopoulos, the anti-feminist provocateur. Most of all, he hated people and talked about killing them.

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    Buckey Wolfe models his MAGA hat
    Three weeks ago, less than a mile from my home in Seattle, a young man named Buckey Wolfe I had seen from time to time at Proud Boys gatherings in Seattle got into an argument with his brother. He had come to believe this brother was a “lizard person,” à la the crackpot David Icke conspiracy theory. So Buckey took a four-foot sword and stabbed his brother in the head with it, killing him instantly.

    There are indications that Wolfe had been receiving treatment for mental illness and may have acted violently under the influence of his delusions. Cases like this become a maze: While it’s unlikely the conspiracy theories caused his mental illness, it’s also reasonable to believe they acted in symbiosis to make it much, much worse.

    On his Facebook page, his most recent selfie featured a Make America Great Again ballcap—this one in stylish Proud Boy black-and-gold.

    It’s reminiscent of another Northwest case I’ve been covering for the past couple of years: Lane Davis, aka “Seattle4Truth,” a onetime researcher for Yiannopoulos and key Gamergate figure who, one afternoon at the home he shared with his parents in rural Samish Island, got into a horrendous argument with his father. The row, which involved Lane’s accusations that his parents were participants in the supposed global pedophilia ring around which the Pizzagate conspiracy theories revolve, culminated with Lane pulling out a large kitchen knife and stabbing his father to death.

    Davis eventually pleaded guilty to murder and is now serving a 17-year prison sentence. His mental health was never in question—though the wild-eyed, angry behavior he exhibited the night of his father’s death was anything but normal.

    These are not the only cases. Indeed, the list is already long, and it just keeps growing. A sampling:

    • In December 2018, a self-described misogynist named Scott Paul Beierle, 40, who devoted hours to online rants against feminists, and whom women considered “really creepy,” went to a Tallahassee, Florida, yoga studio with a gun and opened fire, killing two women and wounding five more. He then killed himself.
    • A Tacoma, Washington, man named Jeremy Shaw, along with his wife Lorena, who had become enamored of far-right “sovereign citizen” theories and neo-Nazism (he named his company Aryan Enterprises) plotted the murder of a man who owned a property in a rural wooded section of Renton. After bludgeoning the man to death, the couple attempted to take possession of his home. They also sold off his Star Trek memorabilia.
    • In November 2018, a 15-year-old boy named Gregory Ramos who spent most of his time online in video games and chat rooms strangled his mother, Gail Cleavenger, 46, to death following an argument over his bad grades. Ramos was a devoted alt-righter with a “Kekistan” flag as the chief decoration on his Facebook page.
    • A teenager from Santa Fe, Texas, named Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, entered his high school on May 18, 2018, and opened fire with a variety of guns on his fellow students, killing 10 people and wounding 13. It emerged shortly afterwards that he favored neo-Nazi imagery in his social media posts, along with white-power music bands.
    • In Parkland, Florida, a 17-year-old named Nikolas Cruz entered his school on Feb. 14, 2018, and opened fire with an AR-15, killing 17 people and wounding another 17. Cruz also devoted hours to online chat rooms, where he was known to obsess about race, guns, and violence, and frequently espoused racist, anti-Semitic, and anti-LGBT sentiments.
    • In December 2017, a Virginia teen caught up in white nationalism online entered the home of his girlfriend in suburban Washington, D.C., killed both of her parents, then shot himself, though not fatally. The parents had tried to keep the teens apart because of his racist beliefs. The boy currently awaits trial in Virginia.
    That’s just in the past year or so. The list goes back at least to Elliot Rodger’s rampage in Isla Vista, California, in 2014, and Dylann Roof’s 2015 rampage in Charleston, South Carolina, and includes a significant number of alt-right killings in 2017. Spend some time perusing the Anti-Defamation League’s recent report pointing to right-wing extremism as the source of every single extremism-related murder in 2018, and you will find more evidence of this trend.

    What all these cases have in common is not just that the perpetrators are white, and male, and relatively young, and not just that they all are fueled by far-right ideology. The thread among them that may be the most significant is that every one of these young white men has been radicalized online.

    They call it “red-pilling,” as though they are the Neos of The Matrix in their own lives and they’re awakening to the reality of a world run by nefarious conspiracies. It’s a conceit with a toxic double bind: Once you believe you see this new reality, then reality itself becomes unmoored.

    These theories all tell the same larger narrative: that the world is secretly run by a nefarious cabal of globalists (who just happen to be Jewish), and that they employ an endless catalog of dirty tricks and "false flags" to ensure the world doesn’t know about its manipulations, the whole point of which ultimately is the enslavement of mankind. Each day’s news events can thus be interpreted through the up-is-down prism this worldview imposes, ensuring that every national tragedy or mass shooting is soon enmeshed in a web of theories about its real purpose.

    The radical Right itself has little compunction about identifying its target demographic for red-pilling. Andrew Anglin, publisher and founder of the neo-Nazi site the Daily Stormer, asserted last year, "My site is mainly designed to target children." At the annual white-nationalist American Renaissance conference in Tennessee in April 2018, longtime supremacists bragged about their demographic support: "American Renaissance attendees are now younger and more evenly divided among the sexes than in the past," one speaker noted, before gushing over the white-nationalist college campus group Identity Evropa.

    When authorities, both in the U.S. and abroad, have talked about online radicalization in the recent past, most of us have tended to think of it in terms of radical Islamists from groups such as the Islamic State, who have been known to leverage the technology to their advantage, particularly social media. A study by terrorism expert J.M. Berger published in 2016 found that white nationalists were far outstripping their Islamist counterparts, however: "On Twitter, ISIS’s preferred social platform, American white nationalist movements have seen their followers grow by more than 600 percent since 2012. Today, they outperform ISIS in nearly every social metric, from follower counts to tweets per day."

    “Online radicalization seems to be speeding up, with young men, particularly white men, diving into extremist ideologies quicker and quicker," Berger said, adding that "the result seems to be more violence, as these examples indicate. It is a serious problem and we don’t seem to have any real solutions for it. These cases also show that an era of violence brought on by the internet is indeed upon us, with no end in sight.”

    The radicalization process itself often begins with seemingly benign activity, such as spending hours in chat rooms or playing computer games, and these activities provide a kind of cover for the process as it accelerates.

    Think of the young men in MAGA hats who surrounded and harassed a Native American man in Washington, D.C., recently. Much of the uproar that followed was undergirded by a general recognition that what many of us saw was a cluster of young radicalized white men—the nascent stages of the process. And the right-wing blowback over that furor, in which liberals were derided as trying to attack innocent young white men, was immense.

    Regardless of the political orientation of this radicalization, what we also know is that the red-pilling process has a singularly unhinging effect. In cases of men such as Buckey Wolfe, it’s difficult to unspool the interaction of the conspiracism with pre-existing mental illness. In cases such as those of Lane Davis and Gregory Ramos, the line is much clearer. The conspiracy theories themselves have a powerful effect of socially and politically isolating the people who fall down their rabbit holes, and their content often fuels a hyperirrational anger that eventually expresses itself in violence.

    What’s also clear is that it is happening right in front of our eyes. And for some reason, no one wants to talk about it.
     
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    50 firearms missing from Arizona sheriff’s office
    Jan 27, 2019
    • By Jared Leone, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

    An additional audit of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office found 50 weapons have gone missing or been stolen.

    The additional scrutiny comes after a previous audit found 29 guns were missing. That audit was conducted after an October shootout with a suspect led to the discovery of two stolen guns in his vehicle. The number of missing firearms turned out to be much higher.

    The unaccounted firearms include 29 fully automatic weapons, 20 short-barrel shotguns and one short-barrel rifle, according to KPHO.

    "It is unacceptable for any law enforcement agency to be this negligent to not keep accurate records and to allow for weapons to be distributed in a manner that doesn't have any oversight or accountability," Sheriff Paul Penzone said.

    Penzone blamed the previous administration of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio and said no weapons have gone missing since he took over the department.

    "At the end of the day, we're going to get them all back," Penzone said.
     
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  18. RJF-GUMP

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    Ocasio Cortez is cringe worthy. She sounds like a 14 year old "like if climate change isn't addressed the planet will end in 12 years." I can't stand the political views of most republicans but Cortez is terrible too. Not because of her views but because of how dumb she sounds.
     
  19. JeremyLambsFace

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  20. Tug

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    All the people up there speaking and you think she’s the dumb one?
     
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  21. AlternativeFactsRule

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    This has always been Gump’s shtick. He pretends he isn’t a Republican while he posts Republican talking points as something “we on the left” should worry about.
     
  22. Tobias

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    aoc saying how dire climate change is doesnt make her dumb. it makes her 100% correct.
     
  23. CaneKnight

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    This is shit that happens in one of those awful dystopian stories...... O, we currently live in one of those countries
     
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  24. RJF-GUMP

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    come on you can't honestly listen to her talk and think she is a good voice for the democratic party.
     
  25. Joe_Pesci

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    Who
     
  26. Mister Me Too

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    Care to elaborate?
     
  27. Mister Me Too

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    AOC
     
  28. Fran Tarkenton

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    She is 28 and been on the job for a week. She is a voice for no one but her district. Dont let the Republican media bubble con you into thinking she is something more than a freshman representative. Conservative media is rat poison. Dont take the bait.

    And even if she is a leading voice - compare her to Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, Stephen Miller, Mitch Mcconnell, Lindsay Graham, Rand Paul, Tom Cotton, and the other leading voices from that party. Donald fucking Trump.

    We ought to spend more time complaining about Donald, Don Jr, Eric and Ivanka instead of AOC. :twocents:
     
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  29. RJF-GUMP

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    she can't say a sentence without saying "like"
    this is embarrassing
     
  30. Lyrtch

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    you really trying to wreck my youtube recs by posting a daily caller video

    fuck you
     
  31. Mister Me Too

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    :facepalm: Daily Caller
     
  32. Lyrtch

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    going to have two months of "what you didn't know Hitler....got right!" videos showing up for clicking that
     
  33. fuxstockings

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    some stupid joe rogan clip from a fan site gave me a real bad case of that stuff
     
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  34. Joe_Pesci

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    Please fuck off back to wherever you came from

    Thanks
     
  35. The Banks

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    Check out this misogynistic piece of trash
     
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  36. Joe_Pesci

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    Maybe he's just bored on a Friday night
     
  37. Truman

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    i have a guilty pleasure of watching that awful shit - mostly Dave Rubin then watching the majority report guys rip him to shreds.

    I’m not proud of it
     
  38. fuxstockings

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    you are not alone
     
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    Right wing talk radio has always fascinated me too. In another life I think it would have been cool to study it and political media in general for a living at some think tank or maybe as a professor
     
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  40. Redav

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    Yeah I watch part of a Joe Rogan interview once and started getting "Watch Ben Shapiro Destroy SJWs" video recommendations
     
  41. Joe_Pesci

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    I'm not sure if he pays for it or what but watching a single Rogan clip seems like it bombs my YouTube recommendations for weeks
     
  42. Redav

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    I went down a rabbit hole of watching the towers collapse from different angles. YouTube started suggest "Bush did 9/11!" stuff to me. I also searched for cell phone video of the Last Vegas shooting. I started getting conspiracy theories about the shooting suggested to me. This was like a day after the shooting.
     
  43. Truman

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    Listened to a bit of Rogans pod this morning. Jack Dorsey was the guest. They were discussing the responsibly they should or shouldnt have with giving certain people a platform for shit.

    Rogan actually took credit for Milo's demise by "giving him a platform to expose himself"

    That's some solid spin right there, that his faux-intellectual fans will slurp up
     
  44. Truman

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    fucking globalist caring about the globe
     
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  46. MORBO!

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    JFC...this reads like a “these players aren’t warriors! The real warriors are the SOLDIERS who keep our country safe from COMMUNISTS and SHARIA LAW!”
     
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