That's true, the level and type of co-ordination became clearer after the event.

But days prior (see my next tweet) and on 1/6 itself, there was already enough publicly available info to know this was a coup attempt with a terrorist attack involved.

Sickening isn't it?
I gotta provide some context about my 12/27/20 tweet below. I was almost out of the cult & had accepted #TrumpLost. But I kept an open mind about supposed "evidence" GQP Senators promised to reveal on 1/6. That was the last possible legal "remedy."
I had underestimated the level of violence, but plenty of people closer to the subject gave explicit warnings on Twitter, that evidently were ignored by authorities before 1/6.

From early on I wrote about the yawning gaps in routine security planning:

2020-2021 was a 2-yr period that changed my life (in my middle age.)

I had plans in Dec 2019 that had to be shelved in Jan 2020 when I learned of the coming pandemic. It's been a hell of a ride so far for so many people.

Then a fascist minority tried to destroy the the US.
Already today I've noticed on Twitter that a lot of fellow pro-democracy folk sound, like me, emotionally shattered because of the feelings that come up as we reflect on 1/6 and the aftermath.

IMHO, if you're not affected at least a bit, you might not "get" what's at stake.
I cannot rest until I know that the USA has sufficiently strengthened it's democratic guardrails to prevent the next terrorist attack that the domestic and international fascist resurgence is planning.

They mean to continue. You can see that by their actions and omissions.
Without a functioning USA, the rest of us in the world are f*cked.

I've followed US politics extremely closely since Feb 2016, and closely since the 1980s.

As a GenX kid the fear of suddenly seeing a mushroom cloud on the horizon was normal. The same dynamic is in play now.
In 1991 I made the mistake (like many others did) of thinking the USSR had broken up and Russia was going to be a normal country and we'd all live happily ever after.

Vladimir Putin came to power in August 1999.

After 1/6 I took a more objective look at his record in office.
The trajectory of what Putin and his oligarchic associates have been trying to do for the past 31 years is remarkably similar to what Mussolini and Hitler did from the WWI period onwards.

The evidence of TFG's long term association with this group is clear, deep, and wide.
In the 80s I thought I had it all worked out. The Cold War loomed large in every country that was affected, including my own, New Zealand.

It's going to seem weird but music videos remind me of the prevailing mood. Like: Land of Confusion by Genesis:

I'll make this a 3-song Cold War pop playlist.

Two Tribes - Frankie Goes To Hollywood

And a quieter song - about the personal cost of authoritarianism:

Nikita - Elton John

I've spent a whole year reading and watching as much primary and secondary source material as I could, in an attempt to place 21st century American fascism and 1/6 in their proper context.

My suggestion to everyone: Become well-informed. You owe it to yourself and your country.
Knowledge is power. Some of the best primary and secondary sources I've benefited from in the past year:


I learned that it's all connected:

>Foreign interference throughout US history
>White supremacy
>White nationalism
>Christian supremacy
>Racism against POC of all kinds
>Money laundering
>Covid misinformation
>Idiocracy (see next)
Many terms above are likely to need further context but this thread is already too long. Happy to answer good faith questions.

"Idiocracy" is not a claim that certain groups are "low IQ." It's best explained in the 2006 movie of the same name.

I know PhDs who fell for scams.
Scams like vaccine denial, for example. Like I intimated earlier, the pandemic alone has rocked everyone's world. Add an American fascism overlay and it's no wonder we have gotten to where we are now.

I will end with the tweet I've made a couple of dozen times since 1/6:
Today is January 6, 2022 and, since becoming President, Biden has not encouraged, enabled, planned, condoned, denied, or tried to cover up his admin's role in any terrorist attacks on the seat of the federal government.

Thank you, Mr President.


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4 Jan
Very quick thread on #FreeJimStewartson @jimstewartson

(I added his username in anticipation of a positive result from his appeal below. Also FW @radicalizedpod please & subscribe to their podcast. It's brilliant, as is Jim.)

I am sick to death of having to beg Twitter to reinstate accounts that are actually on the good side, ie law abiding people volunteering their time and throwing everything they have at the dire emergency caused by far right fascism throughout the GOP.
#FreeJimStewartson is one of the pro-democracy activists I first started reading on my journey out of the "maga" mvt culminating on 1/6/21, almost one year ago today.

His evidence & arguments are among the best I've seen. H/t @rickyx2001 @gal_suburban @davetroy for pic:
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2 Jan
Her post is a good eg of the fact-free "logic" used in the far right fascist GQP. It's an educational tool. (MTG is just a tool.😉)

On the upside, her Twitter a/c had about 500k followers, and at Telegram it's 150k. Many are bots. But in any case, the vocal minority are TINY.
My advice to fellow pro-democracy fighters:

Always remember how tiny the group of literal anti-Americans is. An unknown number of 2020 R voters left within weeks of the election & they're not going back.

So do not let this place get you down, ever.
Both sides claim to be "the silent majority" all the time.

Right now the actual silent majority includes D voters, #XGOP folk like me, and everyone who didn't vote R last time. That's a huge number.

To win 2022 we* have to Get Out The Vote like never before.
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1 Jan
An interesting thread of points from the attached opinion piece.

A couple of points I want to add:

The pandemic stagnated the population as a whole in 2021, and that is temporary...
Travel restrictions are the main reason for declining lawful immigration worldwide. When immigration came to a screeching halt, most countries were worse off as a result. Skilled labor shortages were enough of a challenge before the pandemic... it's gone crazy now.
The idea that even the US can be functional without skilled foreign migrants and temporary guest workers is a nonsense.

Demand levels in specific industries are too fluid for the long process of domestic education and training to respond in time. Even truer outside the US.
Read 12 tweets
1 Jan
#ProCovid losers on the right are claiming this is some kind of bombshell admission, lol. We have known this from pandemic Day One.

They do not, and cannot, #science.

Much easier to take a quote out of (ANY kind of) context. Dishonest. So don't fall for it.
During a pandemic it's essential to any hospital patient's safety to be tested for the virus. Because it may affect the care they need, period.

It affects others, too. Because every aspect of this pandemic is a public health issue that can seriously affect other people.
The US Constitution and laws have ALWAYS allowed governments to declare a national security / public health emergency and TEMPORARILY suspend SOME individual freedoms, in order to SAVE LIVES and maintain national security. These are the most important rights enshrined in law.
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31 Dec 21

Remember the never ending stream of 2016 celeb deaths, capped off by George Michael on Christmas Day, of all days?

I'll never forget Betty White. Catchy song #ThankYouForBeingAFriend was loved *before* Golden Girls even began. It says so much. Playing it on blast. Image
Dare you not to cry happy tears playing this and thinking about all the friends you have known over the years. Some of mine died, others moved away, or I did.

You are on my mind rn, thanks to Betty White.

Poignant we'd learn of her death on New Year's Eve, of all days. She didn't make it to 100 and I'm sure she didn't care (Jan 17th).

Like that other famous person taken during this terrible year, just 3 months short of 100. He said with a smile at 90 he didn't want to make 100. Image
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30 Dec 21
See what I mean? Using the term "parasites" is exactly what antisemites did in the 1930s. Not standing up to them led to WWII and the Holocaust.

If you find a tweet by this RWNJ that appears to breach Twitter rules (eg hate directed at a protected group), please report it.
This whole controversy today with MTG calling for a "National Divorce" aka civil war like so many other Trumpy public figures do, is a near-perfect object lesson for our time. I'll explain why...
How did we get to the point where saying "These people are parasites, ruining one place after another" is no big deal to a group of many millions of American voters - and is even applauded?

Because they weren't stopped when they were a much smaller group.
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