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#41 yadda yadda

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Posted 18 February 2018 - 01:24 PM

View Postyadda yadda, on 16 February 2018 - 01:11 PM, said:

Just released on MSNBC that FBI Director Wray issued a statement that somehow a specific report on an FBI hotline informing that the Parkland school shooter was a danger was ignored/not passed on to the Miami FBI office for investigation as per proper protocol. I can only imagine how long it'll take for Orange Julius Ceasar to tweet out that if the incompetent FBI wasn't wasting its focus on the fake no collusion Russia thing that they could have prevented the shooting with no loss of gun rights.

So predictable. It took him two days

#42 sierraleone

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Posted 19 February 2018 - 04:34 PM

WTFJHT - 4 min read, Day 396: Incontrovertible.

- March for Our Lives / Mar 24: The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland FL, survivors of the Valentine Day shooting last week, are holding a march on Washington and a calling for a nationwide Student Walkout country, to demand action on mass shootings.

There is Russia stuff and Trump's tantrum in there too.
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Rule#4: Be outraged.
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#43 gsmonks

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Posted 19 February 2018 - 04:40 PM

Just watched a documentary on the French Revolution. Eerily similar to conditions in the US right now.
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#44 sierraleone

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Posted 20 February 2018 - 04:54 PM

WTFJHT - 4 min read, Day 397: Criminal Information.

- Mueller: charged a Dutch attorney, who operates out of London and is the son-in-law of a Russian businessman, with making a false statement to the FBI. Appears connection to Manafort's dirty business. Man plead guilty.
- Infrastructure plan: of Trump's no longer requires energy companies pipelines use American-made steel.

Edited by sierraleone, 21 February 2018 - 05:13 PM.

Rules for surviving an Autocracy:

Rule#1: Believe the Autocrat.
Rule#2: Do not be taken in by small signs of normality.
Rule#3: Institutions will not save you.
Rule#4: Be outraged.
Rule#5: Don't make compromises.
Rule#6: Remember the future.
- Masha Gessen
Source: http://www2.nybooks....r-survival.html

#45 gsmonks

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Posted 21 February 2018 - 03:19 PM

Trump becomes PODUNK, Mueller drains swamp. *flush*
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#46 sierraleone

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Posted 21 February 2018 - 05:19 PM

WTFJHT - 4 min read, Day 398: Subversion.

- Department of Veterans Affairs': head David Shulkin has been given the go ahead from the White House to purge "subversion" at his agency, that is, people who defied his authority. A report shows that he pressured the 3rd most senior officer to alter an email to make it appear he was receiving an award overseas so that the V.A. would pay for his wife's airfare….
- Poll: 51% of voters say they have not noticed an increase in their pay checks, 25% says they have noticed an increase.
Rules for surviving an Autocracy:

Rule#1: Believe the Autocrat.
Rule#2: Do not be taken in by small signs of normality.
Rule#3: Institutions will not save you.
Rule#4: Be outraged.
Rule#5: Don't make compromises.
Rule#6: Remember the future.
- Masha Gessen
Source: http://www2.nybooks....r-survival.html

#47 sierraleone

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Posted 22 February 2018 - 05:52 PM

WTFJHT - 4 min read, Day 399: "ATTACKS WOULD END!"

- Fusion GPS legal case: The Trump appointed U.S District Judge Trevor McFadden who worked on his transition team and donated to the Trump campaign is refusing to recluse himself.
- School Gun Violence: Trump's idea is to arm adept teachers….
Rules for surviving an Autocracy:

Rule#1: Believe the Autocrat.
Rule#2: Do not be taken in by small signs of normality.
Rule#3: Institutions will not save you.
Rule#4: Be outraged.
Rule#5: Don't make compromises.
Rule#6: Remember the future.
- Masha Gessen
Source: http://www2.nybooks....r-survival.html

#48 yadda yadda

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Posted 22 February 2018 - 07:50 PM

View Postsierraleone, on 22 February 2018 - 05:52 PM, said:

WTFJHT - 4 min read, Day 399: "ATTACKS WOULD END!"

- Fusion GPS legal case: The Trump appointed U.S District Judge Trevor McFadden who worked on his transition team and donated to the Trump campaign is refusing to recluse himself.
- School Gun Violence: Trump's idea is to arm adept teachers….

I guess a teacher or a coach would have to be pretty adept with a pistol to target and take down a rampaging AR-15 school shooter considering the range of the semi-auto rifle extends far beyond any pistol's effective range. To have any real chance at all that teacher/coach would have to locate and get within 50 feet and have a clear field of fire, no chaotic scene of fleeing students blocking the adept teacher's aim or standing behind the shooter or laying on the ground or sheltering in place all around him.

And for this service 45 suggests rewarding that adept teacher/coach with a small bonus which they'll be glad to get (so they can buy more school supplies out of their own pockets?) and the nation's schools will then be fortified and secure basically for free. This makes me wonder why pretty much every time I see a police standoff situation with a stopped carjacker, bank or supermarket robbers, the police and even the best trained and most adept SWAT officers crouch behind cars or building corners instead of heroically rushing toward the shooters with handguns like kamikazes. Are schoolteachers and coaches supposed to be tougher than police officers? Or just cheaper and more disposable?

Edited by yadda yadda, 22 February 2018 - 07:54 PM.


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Posted 22 February 2018 - 07:56 PM

^ Did you hear the news that the armed security officer at the school, upon hearing the shots, went outside and took up a defensive position, and did not go back into the school? Really belies the theory that "a good guy with a gun will stop a bad guy with a gun". Whether he was following training and/or he choked, we really expect more of our teachers, who's training is to educate? Whether or not they are "adept" at guns, like presumably this officer was? Its madness. Are they going to get danger pay too? Presumably he had a hand-gun, that would definitely at a disadvantage going up against a shooter with an assault rifle.

WaPo: Parkland shooting: Armed deputy stayed outside school while mass killing took place.

Edited by sierraleone, 22 February 2018 - 07:58 PM.

Rules for surviving an Autocracy:

Rule#1: Believe the Autocrat.
Rule#2: Do not be taken in by small signs of normality.
Rule#3: Institutions will not save you.
Rule#4: Be outraged.
Rule#5: Don't make compromises.
Rule#6: Remember the future.
- Masha Gessen
Source: http://www2.nybooks....r-survival.html

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Posted 22 February 2018 - 09:47 PM

View Postsierraleone, on 22 February 2018 - 07:56 PM, said:

^ Did you hear the news that the armed security officer at the school, upon hearing the shots, went outside and took up a defensive position, and did not go back into the school? Really belies the theory that "a good guy with a gun will stop a bad guy with a gun". Whether he was following training and/or he choked, we really expect more of our teachers, who's training is to educate? Whether or not they are "adept" at guns, like presumably this officer was? Its madness. Are they going to get danger pay too? Presumably he had a hand-gun, that would definitely at a disadvantage going up against a shooter with an assault rifle.

WaPo: Parkland shooting: Armed deputy stayed outside school while mass killing took place.

I hadn't heard or seen that story. Here's a trained Deputy/ resource officer who either didn't feel courageous that day or considered the odds...handgun against superior firepower, chaotic scene minimizing chances for success, mitigating against his personal assessment of his own adeptness. Maybe he just decided to live for another day. Whatever his motivations and guidelines for action/inaction could anyone expect more from a random teacher or coach? Maybe the hero football coach who was shot to death could have stopped the shooter if he'd had concealed firearm available since he ran toward the trouble rather than avoiding it, but considering the odds the resource officer likely took into account, Mr. Feis could have as easily thrown his life away as he ended up bravely doing anyway.

Edited by yadda yadda, 22 February 2018 - 09:48 PM.


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Posted 22 February 2018 - 10:38 PM

^ I have no idea how close to real life movies/TV shows are about this ;) but aren't a pair of cops going into a highly dangerous situation often have one telling the other, usually unsuccessfully, to wait for backup? It makes sense, you don't want to senselessly send cops into impossible situations which will probably just increase the body count. Real life rarely has movie/TV show endings.

He didn't even have a partner by his side.

These situations start up unexpectedly and are over so quickly that the best solution is prevention. In addition to weapons of war these shooters also have the element of surprise and the ensuing chaos going "for" them, all elements that make in-the-moment counter measures very difficult to be effective.

The best solutions would be preventative, because by the time a gun-man becomes an active shooter it is too late, tradegy is all but certain. We can't stop the element of surprise, nor the ensuing chaos (more people with guns just adds to it and "good guys with guns" are likely to be shot by "good guys with badges"). But we can make it harder for people to get their hands on weapons of war.

Edited by sierraleone, 22 February 2018 - 10:41 PM.

Rules for surviving an Autocracy:

Rule#1: Believe the Autocrat.
Rule#2: Do not be taken in by small signs of normality.
Rule#3: Institutions will not save you.
Rule#4: Be outraged.
Rule#5: Don't make compromises.
Rule#6: Remember the future.
- Masha Gessen
Source: http://www2.nybooks....r-survival.html

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Posted 23 February 2018 - 03:48 PM

WTFJHT - 2 min read, Day 400: Bit of a bonus.

- Special counsel Mueller: Gates will plead guilty to conspiracy and making false statements and will co-operate with the investigation, according to a letter he gave to family and close friends.
- Security Clearance: Kushner's trouble getting a full security clearance has to do, at least in part, with the Mueller investigation. He is unlikely to get one while the investigation is on-going.
Rules for surviving an Autocracy:

Rule#1: Believe the Autocrat.
Rule#2: Do not be taken in by small signs of normality.
Rule#3: Institutions will not save you.
Rule#4: Be outraged.
Rule#5: Don't make compromises.
Rule#6: Remember the future.
- Masha Gessen
Source: http://www2.nybooks....r-survival.html

#53 yadda yadda

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Posted 23 February 2018 - 04:20 PM

I'm watching 45's "press conference" with the Australian Prime Minister and he just settled the question of how and why a firearms adept schoolteacher could be expected to be successful in staying the course as a pistol carrying hunter/killer of an AR-15 wielding psycho school shooter, whereas a fully trained Deputy quailed and chose not to enter the fray while awaiting backup. It all springs from love, the true motivating force infusing good guys/women with guns to double tap evil wherever it rears its ugly head. You see, the teachers love the kids whereas deputies, resource officers, and security guards do not. Evidently that's why they might not choose to rush or try and sneak up on some likely suicidal maniac firing over 150 rounds in a packed school hallway and try to neutralize him with a much less effective and powerful weapon.

I worked as a campus aide at a high school from '09-'13 after I retired from my career work. I was what you would loosely term "security", my main duties being to keep the kids moving to classes between periods, trying to keep the smoking and graffiti activity down in the bathrooms, and escorting kids from class to the counselor or dean's office. Occasionally I'd have to back up or enforce a teacher's commands to a student who refused  to put away their phones or earbuds. Our general rule in student fights was to let them go at it unless it was male on female because the school admin didn't want the liability exposure from us touching the students. Our school was in a gang-infested neighborhood so it was a fairly challenging if not dangerous setting.

We had two armed school police officers on campus, school police being a separate division of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Dept. But they were deputies like the "school resource" officer at the Stoneman Douglas campus, a bit younger and presumably more fit and adept than he was at age 54. Our officers carried handguns in holsters. At least there were two, one to assist and back up the other. They usually camped out in an office on the first floor of the main building, occasionally walking around to stay in touch with what was going on. We campus aides with walkie-talkies were the eyes, ears, and voices if anything unusual or threatening went down and there were 8 of us to monitor the campus. Having walked those halls when they were full during period change and school dismissal I think it would be pure chaos if you added semi-automatic rifle fire with 30 round magazines to the mix. Our main building had a rectangular floor plan, for three levels. It was about 80 yards by 50 yards, having paced it off many times on my rounds. If the hallway was full of kids, panicked or not, it would be impossible to pinpoint an individual in that crowd unless everyone else was on the floor and he was the only one standing/moving and then he could see you with your handgun. Unless you were lucky enough to catch him reloading he would have a decisive advantage of effective range in a hallway between 50 and 80 yards long. No teacher's love is going to close that very real world gap, if indeed that love even exists in enough strength to motivate said teacher likely paralyzed with real world shock and fear.

Edited by yadda yadda, 23 February 2018 - 04:25 PM.


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Posted 26 February 2018 - 04:03 PM

45 has called the failure of the Parkland HS resource deputy to rush in and confront the school shooter "disgusting" and today told a meeting of Governors that he believes he himself would have run inside the building's killing zone, whether or not he had a weapon. I applaud the president's hypothetical after the fact bravery and think that considering all the school violence mentioned by Washington DC teachers and administrators during the school safety  "listening session" in the White House last week that 45 set up a quick strike team that can insert the president via rappelling from a cable from his Marine One helicopter into any hot zone live fire situation within fifty miles of the White House.

After all, he represents the best and most electorally elevated Good Guy among us, and could swiftly snuff out the evil intentions of any bad guys on the scene, whether by shooting, stabbing, dispatching them with his bare hands, or penning an Executive Memorandum with the tactics and survival skills he developed to protect himself during the Vietnam War.

Edited by yadda yadda, 26 February 2018 - 04:05 PM.


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Posted 26 February 2018 - 07:13 PM

WTFJHT - 4 min read, Day 403: They're on our side.

- DACA: SCOTUS rejected a Trump administration request to skip the appeals process and review a district court Judge's decision to suspend DACA while a court case regarding DACA proceeds.
- Schiff Memo: which rebuts the points put force in the Dunez Memo, was released.
- Death Penalty: Apparently Trump has said numerous times in private that like Singapore (or the Philippines?) the U.S. should implement a death penalty for drug dealers. Conway has clarified publicly he is talking about big-time drug dealers, as they are responsible for so many deaths. Not sure if drug dealing is by law punishable by the death penalty in the Philippines, but Duterte's war on drugs certainly makes it look like it, but we know Trump thinks Duterte is doing a good job with his extrajudicial killings of suspected drug dealers….
Rules for surviving an Autocracy:

Rule#1: Believe the Autocrat.
Rule#2: Do not be taken in by small signs of normality.
Rule#3: Institutions will not save you.
Rule#4: Be outraged.
Rule#5: Don't make compromises.
Rule#6: Remember the future.
- Masha Gessen
Source: http://www2.nybooks....r-survival.html

#56 gsmonks

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Posted 27 February 2018 - 02:26 PM

Mentally-ill people shouldn't own guns? Really? When mentally-ill people are less likely to commit violent crime?

That said, barring the mentally ill would prevent Trump from buying weapons. And a goodly portion of the NRA. Not to mention about 80% of the Religious Right . . .
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Posted 27 February 2018 - 04:59 PM

^ If it were up to me it would depend on the mental illness. Do they have a history of being suicidal or suicide attempts? Do they aggressively act out due to their mental illness? Though they'd probably be better off screening for sociopathy than screening for mental illness.
Rules for surviving an Autocracy:

Rule#1: Believe the Autocrat.
Rule#2: Do not be taken in by small signs of normality.
Rule#3: Institutions will not save you.
Rule#4: Be outraged.
Rule#5: Don't make compromises.
Rule#6: Remember the future.
- Masha Gessen
Source: http://www2.nybooks....r-survival.html

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Posted 27 February 2018 - 05:03 PM

WTFJHT - 4 min read, Day 404: Taking things seriously.

- Mueller: moved to dismiss 22 charges against Rick Gates, former Trump campaign official, and Manafort's lackey. Gates pleaded guilty to conspiracy against the U.S. and lying to federal prosecutors.
- SCOTUS: ruled 5-3 that immigrants facing deportation are not entitled to periodic bond hearings.
- EPA: dissolving a program that funds studies of the effect of exposure to pollution and chemicals on adults and children.
Rules for surviving an Autocracy:

Rule#1: Believe the Autocrat.
Rule#2: Do not be taken in by small signs of normality.
Rule#3: Institutions will not save you.
Rule#4: Be outraged.
Rule#5: Don't make compromises.
Rule#6: Remember the future.
- Masha Gessen
Source: http://www2.nybooks....r-survival.html

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 03:17 PM

View Postsierraleone, on 27 February 2018 - 04:59 PM, said:

^ If it were up to me it would depend on the mental illness. Do they have a history of being suicidal or suicide attempts? Do they aggressively act out due to their mental illness? Though they'd probably be better off screening for sociopathy than screening for mental illness.

I would leave it up to the people who study and treat mental illness. Armchair generals (politicians) should keep their filthy noses out of the field.
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Posted 28 February 2018 - 06:34 PM

WTFJHT - 5 min read, Day 405: White lies.

- Hope Hicks: Trumps' long time close assistant, will resign and be leaving the White House in the new few weeks. In other news yesterday she had testified for 9 hours behind closed doors before the House Intelligence Committee, where she refused to testify about anything after the inauguration.
- School Shootings: Today a teacher in a GA high school shot off a gun and then barricaded himself for 30 minutes before he was taken into custody. No one was shot, only harm is a teen injuring her ankle running in the evacuation of the school.

Edited by sierraleone, 28 February 2018 - 06:34 PM.

Rules for surviving an Autocracy:

Rule#1: Believe the Autocrat.
Rule#2: Do not be taken in by small signs of normality.
Rule#3: Institutions will not save you.
Rule#4: Be outraged.
Rule#5: Don't make compromises.
Rule#6: Remember the future.
- Masha Gessen
Source: http://www2.nybooks....r-survival.html



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