Thread: The substance of what Clarence Thomas is doing here is an abuse of his power that aims to further undermine public confidence in institutions, especially in the free press as an institution.

He knows exactly what he's doing. And it is toxic to democracy.
How dare Clarence Thomas try to attack the free press as an institution.

This is an active attempt at suppressing a free press and free speech that criticize his decisions.

Absolutely vital for the public to debate SCOTUS decisions whenever we we want to.
Thomas pretends to just be woefully out of touch with life outside his elitist bubble but he knows exactly what he's doing.

The far right fascist part of America that made him their favorite SCOTUS judge after Scalia died, have damaged public trust in institutions the most.
Thomas pretends not to know the history of the three co-equal branches of the US government. In doing so he insults his audience. I've never lived in the US but I can see right through this.

He acts as if the far right didn't just destroy the credibility of the exec branch.
The legislative and judicial branches had to rein in the executive branch in the first 20 days of this year, and the repair job for all three branches will be ongoing for years to come.

Institutions like law enforcement agencies and a free press are absolutely vital.
We can see both LEOs and the press under attack from the fascist far right on a daily basis.

Frankly it is alarming that a SCOTUS judge would pour fuel on the fire like this.

The case of Aaron Swenson is like so many others:…
That time, a far right fascist cop-hating domestic terrorist got 50 years for his crimes.

Similarly long sentences are needed for his counterparts on 1/6.

Tomorrow they march in DC. #Sep18protests
Mrs Clarence Thomas, Virginia/Ginni, may not have funded or fundraised buses for 1/6 but she clearly supports the "stop the steal" scam and she even alienated some of her husband's former law clerks with her rhetoric.…
There's no way an official like a SCOTUS judge should tolerate or enable his or her spouse to publish such incendiary, partisan views, especially at a time like this.

He should have resigned. And he definitely should not have attacked the media in his Notre Dame speech.
Every spouse of a senior public official knows perfectly well that his or her choices could jeopardize the official in their role.

The concept was in some of the contracts I signed up to as a (much) lower level public official. It gets more important the higher you go.
I don't think the process of appointing SCOTUS judges needs to change because of what the Thomases have done. I think the existing mechanisms are sufficient: A judge can be impeached, no? And a CJOTUS can counsel the judge, too. There is danger in changing the model.
The best way to rebuild American democracy is to ensure that every 1/6 related criminal act is investigated and where possible taken to trial.

Dereliction of duty as CiC is where I'd begin re TFG. And phone records & other evidence coming to light will be very interesting.
To sum up, we need COURAGE.

To defeat the deep and ongoing COWARDICE of the GQP.

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Thread: I'm prolife and I agree with every word the VP says in this clip.

She refers to the law as it stands. If you want to make elective abortion illegal, you can seek a constitutional amendment. What TX did was wrong, including for the prolife movement itself.
Firstly, I love that a female VP is in office and can say these things at this time. Thank you to everyone who voted for Biden-Harris. You saved so many lives, and ensured the USA could start the long process of restoring democracy.
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These 5 WaPo headlines are an insight into the state of play in the US and the world right now. I discuss them below.

Summary: Our opponents are far right fascism AND our own complacency.
We're now seeing at least daily stories like that of the school principal physically confronted and threatened by a far right fascist MAGA cult parent just for doing his job.

These people are dangerous. They are domestic terrorists and we must use situational awareness 24/7.
I advise reviewing all your personal safety and security arrangements with this in mind.

It's too late once an assailant is in front of you and able to do harm in a matter of seconds.

Also, always, #SeeSomethingSaySomething. @DHSgov has good readiness tips.
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(1) 18hrs ago 6 innocents were seriously injured when an ISIS sympathizer stabbed them in a NZ supermarket. Police took out the terrorist. They were meant to watch him 24/7... the PM doesn't think they did anything wrong & won't say how many others are on a watchlist.

(2) I'm not criticizing the heroic rank and file NZ Police members who shot the terrorist, saving dozens of lives.

I'm criticizing their incapable Commissioner who cares more about making excuses for himself, and PM Jacinda Ardern who doesn't see her approach is the wrong one.
(3) What Ardern and the people she allows to be in charge of our public service agencies will never admit is that their actions are worsening the extremely challenging situation NZ is already in, with the pandemic especially.
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(1) Thread: Another terrorist attack in NZ

This happened just a few hours ago at 2.40pm. It's 7pm now.

(2) The only fatality was the attacker, who was shot by police, after injuring 6 people. He was:

>known to police and the courts as an ISIS supporter
>a Sri Lankan national who arrived in NZ in 2011
>on a watchlist since 2016

(3) I've said for years a jihadist attack was inevitable one day in NZ. Relieved no innocents died but the 6 injured are forever changed.

The first NZ terrorist attack in my lifetime was the far right fascist targeting of two mosques on March 15, 2019.

51 people killed.
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A bit of thread. About unitary vs federal government models during an emergency like a pandemic.

I focus the most on 5 countries, the main Anglosphere:

UK, US, CAN, AU and NZ.

Only NZ has a unitary system. Now, we are small but:
A major weakness in the federal model is exposed by how these countries have fared so far in the pandemic.

The federal model has some important strengths, and is necessary in a massive country like the US.

I'm saying there are more than two options. They're infinite.
In NZ and AFAIK elsewhere, health agencies are leading the response and not civil defence / emergency management agencies.

This is a huge mistake.

And it ties in with the federal vs unitary debate, too.
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Please, Twitter, hire me to edit your draft headlines so you stop embarrassing yourselves concerning hurricanes.

It's not "another" storm. It's the same storm #Ida, after it's been a hurricane but is still a hazard until it is well clear of land.

#HWStormWatch #WxTwitter
There's 3 problems with Twitter's headline.

1. It's absent of punctuation. They use it in other headlines.

2. This causes confusion bc many people don't know how a post-TC is named.

3. Maybe it was deliberate, to generate clicks.
Imma assume it was an innocent mistake on the part of Twitter. Occam's Razor.

If it was deliberate, then it's one of many examples I've seen over the years where potentially saving lives is less important to them than Twitter marketing.
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