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  • Reply to: Saturday News: Proud Boy Blues   1 day 28 min ago

    Normalizing White Supremacy pisses me off:

    Proud Boys, a group only for men, operates under the basic tenet of “western chauvinists who refuse to apologize for creating the modern world,” according to its website.

    “The Proud Boys confuse the media because the group is anti-SJW without being alt right,” the website states. “‘Western chauvinist’ includes all races, religions and sexual preferences.”

    Onitreb had said previously there would be designated security guards at the rally. But he wasn’t sure if counter protests were expected.

    Safety is his number one priority — political discourse without physical violence, he said.

    “I don’t expect any of that and I’m not looking for that and nobody in my group will be looking for that,” he said.

    I'll let Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance answer that violence question:

    “As violent extremism rises in America, a Manhattan jury has declared in one voice that New Yorkers will not tolerate mob violence in our own backyard,” Vance said in a statement. “These defendants transformed a quiet, residential street into the site of a battle-royale, kicking and beating four individuals in a brutal act of political violence. I commend my office’s prosecutors and investigators for their diligence in tracking these defendants down, and I thank the NYPD for their partnership in holding them accountable.”

  • Reply to: Culture of Racism: Wake Forest faculty get barrage of hateful e-mails   2 days 1 hour ago

    ... for the perpetrator to target faculty in this department with threats.

    It could be that one of the faculty members was mentioned for some research they've done or an interview they did that popped up on some extremist right-wing website.

    This kind of intimidation goes all the way back to the 1990s, when academics or departments would get anonymous threats when Rush Limbaugh would be outraged over something coming out of academia. Now, as these extremists have turned violent, the threats need to be taken much more seriously.

    And, yes, the police could track this down. Even if the person used a "burner" email account, the account provider could provide information on IP addresses that would narrow it down, perhaps to a specific home or business location.

  • Reply to: Friday fracking video   2 days 16 hours ago

    I've got a complicated but hopefully not controversial Planning Board meeting tonight, and I wanted to post this so I could focus on zoning and variances and such.

    *sigh*

  • Reply to: Thursday News: Strike Three   3 days 9 min ago

    This kind of stuff really ticks me off. Back when I was in the Army, we went on a mission to a foreign country. Nothing "Hollywood" about it, it was just a joint training exercise. But it was in a "sensitive" part of the world, and deeply classified. I couldn't even tell my wife where I was going, and we were "isolated" in a compound for three weeks as we prepared for the trip.

    But somebody talked, and as our aircraft lifted off for a two-day flight, the story broke below the fold on the front page of the New York Times. As a result, we had Russians and PLO in our back pockets the whole time we were there. To say things were "uncomfortable" is a huge understatement.

    Donald Trump is a walking, talking, Tweeting security risk. The intelligence community (not to mention Defense) should be deeply concerned, and that means we should be, too.

  • Reply to: Wednesday News: It's up to the judges now   3 days 15 hours ago

    Benny Gantz. I mean, he's not really a new guy, he commanded the IDF for about 5 years before moving into the Knesset. But he says he wants peace with the Palestinians, and he's ready to make concessions on some land. If it's in the West Bank, that would be fantastic.

    He's still right of center, but the days of a Liberal being able to form a majority coalition are (probably) long past.