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Not content with reforms that could see UK journalists jailed for 14 years for printing stories embarrassing the Govt, Priti Patel now wants to silence Police Chiefs from speaking out on issues deemed 'politically sensitive'.

This is dangerous antidemocratic #authoritarianism.🇬🇧
Parts of the plan have been labelled “profoundly dangerous” & “power grab threatening operational independence” by one chief constable. Police & crime commissioners described some of the Govt proposals as going beyond the home secretary’s legal authority.…
Don't forget that the UK Govt is removing the independence of the Electoral Commission, which is responsible for overseeing free & fair elections: any other country doing what OUR Govt is doing IN PLAIN SIGHT, would correctly be accused of corrupt antidemocratic #totalitarianism.
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I mean this is just classic text book “strains credulity.” I’m going to have to earmark for next semester on #authoritarianism. So I’m going to literally share some of the textbook I teach my Intro to Comparative Politics students on authoritarian regimes with you. #ukraine 🧵
This is the text book. I’m pulling from chapter 10.
So the text excerpts will speak to 1) authoritarian regimes, 2) personalist regimes 3) cult of personalities 4) dictator’s dilemma 5) preference falsification …
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"Today, when the left’s political timidity and #authoritarianism has stripped it of all credibility as a democratic political force, it is more significant that the right also finds it very difficult to resist the lure of #vulnerability claims."…
"The old imperial myth of Britain standing up to foreign tyrants is once again being wheeled out in respect of Ukraine, but the context has changed. The critical point ... is that the fear-mongering style of politics developed during the Cold all conservatives have left"
"All the old commitments, once proclaimed by conservatives, to traditional virtues, such as faith, family, sacrifice, duty, deference to hierarchy, have decayed in practice into a fear-driven politics in which liberals, socialists and foreigners are constructed as threats ..."
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1. Yesterday, one of the culprits of #Russia's return to imperialist #ultranationalism, the #fascist #VladimirZhirinovsky, died. On Zhirinovskii's form of #Russianfascism:… @FFRAFAction @KomRex_UniJena @FascismJourna
2. His #LDPR's victory, with 22.92% in the first post-Soviet multi-party parliamentary elections in December 1993, was an insufficient but necessary pre-condition for Moscow's military intervention in #Chechnya one year later.
@russian_monitor @ElectionsCenter @russia_matters
3. The #FirstChechenWar of 1994-1996 and its deep repercussions on #Russian society were arguably the beginning of the end of post-Soviet proto-democracy. See:…
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1/ Is anyone surprised that Moscow would - immediately - claim that Russian atrocities in #Bucha were “staged”? Does anyone remember that Serbian President #Vucic – two decades after the fact – claimed that Serbian atrocities in #Racak, Kosovo were “fabricated”? 🧵
2/ Is everyone aware #Belgrade is revising its own past in the #Balkans – and distorting present reality of Russia’s brutal invasion? That there is a straight line between Vucic’s denial of Racak and Belgrade’s promotion of Russian aggression in #Ukraine?
3/ No. Accomplished @nytimes journalist @ATHigginsNYT downplays the Serbian government role in fostering adulation of #Putin, support for Russian invasion and Russian and Chinese #authoritarianism. Instead, we get more vox-pop ‘Balkan ghosts.’
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HAPPENING NOW - Senate Intelligence Committee holds open hearing on Worldwide Threats

Testimony coming from:

@ODNIgov Dir Avril Haines

@CIA Dir Bill Burns

@DefenseIntel Dir LtGen Scott Berrier

@NSAGov Dir Gen Paul Nakasone

@FBI Dir Christopher Wray Image
Senate Intel Comm Chair @MarkWarner starts w/praise for the US intelligence community for being candid w/intel on #Russia, #Putin's plans for #Ukraine & "throwing Putin off-guard"
"Democracy is sometimes messy" per @MarkWarner "I believe with all my heart the ppl of #Ukraine are voting with their lives, embracing the values that we take for granted every day"

"With all our flaws, our system is still the best in the world"
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 02/14/2022…
Study: US is an oligarchy, not a democracy - BBC News…
#USA, #oligarchy, #democracy
Why is molten lava often covered with zig-zag patterns? - BBC Science Focus Magazine…
#MoltenLava, #ResearchResults, #MoltenWax, #FlowPatterns
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Is #Russia’s sentiment that they want to know what #Ukraine really thinks, and if Ukraine can, “stand on their own,” in the international community, with security even, and the idea is how could you if you cannot stand up to our troops, though,
which, is interpersonally, abusive, internationally, too, people have kinship, and, we believe in them and offer support, I am thinking of the transition from #colonialism, I believe, #monarchy, and, people do this when they have #trauma, and are family, a community, this can
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 12/20/2021…
Intranasal priming induces local lung-resident B cell populations that secrete protective mucosal antiviral IgA…

#ImmunoGlobulinA, #AntiviralImmunity, #RespiratorySystem, #VaccineEfficacy, #ResearchReport
Bizarre tail weaponry in a transitional ankylosaur from subantarctic Chile | Nature Portfolio Ecology & Evolution Community…

#paleontology, #ChileanPatagonia, #FossilDiscovery, #ankylosaur, #PublicationBackground
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Waiting for the Apocalypse: The Unnerving New Normal @ruthbenghiat… Keeping optimism alive means not falling for the crisis stories the Republicans churn out daily to delegitimize the Biden administration...@NormOrnstein @jennycohn1 @BrynnTannehill
,[false]depictions of the president as incompetent, and blaming him for global supply chain shortages, inflation, & rising crime, are gaining traction). It means being careful not to internalize the negative framing that even centrist,liberal media outlets use @MediaActSquad
One of @ruthbenghiat well-informed readers of her substack makes the following sensible points:"From my perspective, Biden's refusal to place his political capital behind hardening democracy is as key to his falling poll numbers as the media coverage..."
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Intl community has a plan and #Libya has another plan...

Natl Election Commission announces peaceful closure of electoral centres due to candidacy of #Saif #Gaddafi and #KhalifaHaftar in Zawiya Gharyan Khoms Zliten

Now add Mislata Tajura & Tripoli

#Libya’s National Elections Commission rejects #Saif #Gaddafi candidacy... then immediately deletes the rejection on the Facebook page.

Testing the pulse?

#MENA #OilAndGas #Libyaoil #ليبيا
US State Dept SPOX, Samuel Warburg: There are problems with considering a #Saif #Gaddafi presidency due to his @IntlCrimCourt arrest warrants and the fact that he's still subject to US (OFAC) & Intl sanctions

#Kleptocracy #MENA #OilAndGas #Libyaoil #ليبيا
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Of 15 #Republican candidates for Secretary of State (the office that oversees #elections), in 5 battleground states,

10 lack confidence in the 2020 results or flat-out claim it stolen.

Only 2 of 9 interviewed acknowledged #Biden as the legitimate winner.
In 2020, #Trump, and #GOP legislators, not only undermined trust in elections, with false claims repeatedly debunked, they told partisan state legislators to send electors for Trump in states where voters selected Biden; a blatant rejection of #democracy.
It was only laws, and honorable officials holding to those laws, that prevented the #coup from succeeding.

The GOP are not done. Those protections are only going to get weaker with time.
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Globalists are setting the stage for their #GreatReset to bring down the entire system.

Their #CyberPolygon online-attack simulation targets major financial institutions, affects major supply-chains, and causes a “cyberpandemic”:……
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1/ I'm bringing back an article by @voxdotcom from 2016 b/c it's such an educational piece that can be used to understand how we ended up here today. If you haven't read it before, I recommend you take the time. If you have read it, but it's been a while, read it again.
2/ The rise of American authoritarianism
A niche group of political scientists may have uncovered what's driving Donald Trump's ascent. What they found has implications that go well beyond 2016.
(Mar 1, 2016)… Image
3/ And for those who may be visual &/or auditory learners, a short YT video by @voxdotcom:
#Authoritarianism: The Political Science that explains Trump
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 04/07/2021…
Moving in Sync Creates Surprising Social Bonds among People…

#SynchronizedMovement #people #SocialBonds
Democrats don't trust elections either, 19% say Biden, Trump elected 'fairly'…

#PartisanPolitics #elections #trust
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Had a brain wave / brain fart today - Don't know which?!

Recently re-read x2 #books that seem pretty consequential to modern day news cycles 📚

- #JohnPerkins #ConfessionsOfAnEconomicHitman

- #BillBrowder #RedNotice

Both began their careers for #Boston based consulting co's
#Boston #USA is part of that #IvyLeague playground 🧐

#MIT & #Harvard are in close proximity - Like #Oxford & #Cambridge in the UK (those prestigious institutions also synonymous with producing spy's & leaders)!

Perkins worked for #ChasTMain
Browder for #BostonConsultingGroup
If you look at geo-political history from 1980's - today... These two fella's have really played their part!!

Both books are great by the way... well worth a read!

- #JohnPerkins = #SouthAmerica & #CentralAmerica
- #BillBrowder = #US #Russia #UK #EU ... possibly the world!? 🌐
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Tomorrow #Govt isn't introducing a new Act as some are reporting. It’s a vote to renew powers as required by S98 #coronavirus Act 2020… . Motion “That the temporary provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020 should not yet expire.”
1st review was in Sept 2020 when I & others urged #MPS NOT to renew the powers as HMG already have necessary powers under existing legislation & due to our concerns of mass scale curtailing of our civil liberties & the creation of an unintentional wave of #authoritarianism
In the Sept review, at least crisis changes to the Mental Health Act were removed as they had reduced the number of doctors needed to make decisions about someone's care, mental health capacity, sectioning & had increased timeframes people could be detained against their will
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Citizens protest against Spanish state's imprisonment of a #Catalan rapper @PabloHasel for "crimes of expression" (speech!) that wouldn't bat an eyelid in Ireland. But for the #EU, if it's not happening in #Russia it's not happening. #LlibertatPabloHasel
For comparison, under laws like these you could throw half of Ireland's folk singers in jail for "glorifying terrorism." It would have a massive chilling effect. Even humour wouldn't be safe. Would @Rubberbandits have self-censored their song "Up the Ra"?

#Spain's alarming lurch into repression of artistic freedoms and freedom of political expression has repeatedly earned it "country of concern" status from civil society watchdogs like @freemuse98, alongside such countries as #Turkey, #Egypt & #SaudiArabia…
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 11/10/2020…
Game combats political misinformation by letting players undermine democracy…

#democracy #misinformation #disinformation #gaming #research
Totalitarian Dictator To Leave Office After Losing Election: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix…

#totalitarianism #empires #elections #authoritarianism
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@Heidi_Cuda @BrentAllpress @Tentoads4truth @elliemail @MalcolmNance @Nick_Carmody @TeamPelosi @YourAnonCentral @jennycohn1 @ericgarland @JYSexton @politico YVW thank you for all your posts/threads..the CA one was excellent- the psychometric profiling of people prone to extremism and weaponizing them is one of the low points of this sad Trump/Brexit saga in history. For my money Murdoch is one of beneficiaries of it.
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PR firms prepare 60-80% of global news while 6 media corps control lion's share of global news. [Giants: the Global Power Elite by P Phillips].

Contemplating the sound question "what are they trying to sell me?" is always a legitimate/wise exercise.

If the "ideological protectors of concentrated global capital" wanted you to remain calm - the media, in lockstep, would mirror & amplify this desire. Instead we witness a psychological terror campaign waged against populace - w/ a growing acceptance/demand of fascist measures.
Many of the observations from the 2016 article, "Why We’re Living in the Age of Fear" can be explored in relation to what we bear witness to, at present moment. Our #fear is very easy to #manipulate. "We're #wired to respond to it above everything else"…
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 10/19/2020…
Quantum physics may imply the existence of free will…

#QuantumPhysics #FreeWill #philosophy

#slavery #capitalism #ethics #economy
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