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Author, 'The Age of Insurrection: The Ongoing War on American Democracy,' in bookstores June 2023 (Melville House). Blogging at The Spyhop. I block shitheads.
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Apr 6 51 tweets 11 min read
Idaho’s far-right extremists—first claiming that the hate-crime attack on the University of Utah women’s basketball team in Coeur d’Alene two weeks ago was a “hoax,” now saying it’s not a real crime—seem confused. So let me explain how the law got passed in Idaho in 1983. 1/49

This a tale of the wages of hate, by which I mean vicious, unrepentant bigotry intended to harm: How it terrorizes and toxifies whole communities, and how its practitioners behave stupidly, even when they think themselves to be smart. In the end, hate is stupid, but it hurts. 2/
Jan 4 4 tweets 3 min read
Certainly it would be a way for Heather to avoid discussing all the far-right extremists she has aided and abetted. Like the “Patriots” who turned up in Coeur d’Alene in June 2021 to threaten and harass LGBTQ people.

The ugly scene at the lakeside park was directly due to Heather’s original work organizing it.

Apr 3, 2023 4 tweets 3 min read
I'm thrilled tonight because I finally managed to snag a recording of transient orcas for my collection of whale sounds, via the Whale Museum livestream at Lime Kiln Lighthouse. They're wildly different than resident orcas! Unfortunately, they don't appear on camera. According to observers at the scene, these were probably the T49A pod, including the prodigious young male T49A1. More on them here from Maya's Legacy and @orcawild.
Mar 30, 2023 8 tweets 3 min read
This is unbelievably good news. Decades of work to return Toki to her home waters are finally reaching fruition.
local10.com/news/local/202… Incidentally, I refuse to call her "Lolita," which was a stage name with lascivious connotations given to her by the Seaquarium's owners. She was only a calf when captured and was placed with a large male orca ("Hugo") who later killed himself. It was hoped they would mate.
Mar 16, 2023 4 tweets 2 min read
Thanks to @nberlat for reviewing ‘The Nazi Conscience,’ which is now on my must-read list. Note how it obliterates the ‘sparkling fascism’ arguments of people like @shadihamid, who join the long tradition of telling people like me we’re overreacting.

noahberlatsky.substack.com/p/yes-the-repu… Claudia Koonz’s thesis recalls that of Milton Mayer, whose ‘They Thought They Were Free’ remains an essential text for understanding fascism then and now. Some notable excerpts:
Feb 26, 2023 11 tweets 5 min read
I finally got around to watching my new Criterion edition of the great antiwar film 'Come and See' recently. I hate spoilers, but the climactic scene is important because of the mirror it casts on current events in the same region. A thread. 1/ 'Come and See' is a 1985 Soviet film set in Belarus during the invasion by German forces in 1941. It focuses on a 14-year-old boy who tries to join the partisan resistance. It's simultaneously surreal and all too real, and a great piece of cinema.
Dec 15, 2022 4 tweets 2 min read
#TodaysBeauty is the two humpbacks who came cruising past Lime Kiln Lighthouse today. Also, the sunset was beautiful again on Dec. 14. 2024 marks ten years after Sandy Hook. I pushed the listening-station button in honor of Jessica Rekos and her classmates again.
Dec 11, 2022 8 tweets 3 min read
Since @elonmusk and his redoubtable hired hands seem determined to obscure what happened on Jan. 6 and why Twitter executives were scrambling on Jan. 7, it seems essential to point out that Twitter in fact played a central role in Trump’s coup attempt: specifically, this tweet. That tweet has played a central role in the federal prosecutions that have followed.

Dec 9, 2022 4 tweets 2 min read
One of the strange aspects of the whole Twitter Files pseudo-drama is that it really demonstrates something that's just established reality for longtime newsroom people: Namely, opinion writers/editorialists/columnists are NOT reporters, who have much tougher standards to meet. Columnists/editorialists can be ex-reporters, but many if not most are not. Reporters, as a matter of passing fact-checking/copy-editing muster, must not only have confirmation of their facts in hand, but have to consider counter-evidence as well.
Nov 8, 2022 5 tweets 2 min read
This bears watching.

"I look in the backyard and that man is walking away from my husband, and my husband is on the ground,” the woman says “He has come over like four times confronting my husband because he thought he was a Democrat."
journal-news.com/crime/court-do… This case concerns me because I monitor developing trends in domestic terrorism. I have been particularly concerned about the rise in rhetoric in extremist circles about unleashing lethal violence on their neighbors.
Nov 4, 2022 4 tweets 2 min read
The most popular right-wing talk host is ginning up his audience of millions to react violently to any Democratic victories Tuesday. Especially in Pennsylvania. A key part of this involves fomenting conspiracism. It’s a classic authoritarian blueprint.

dailykos.com/story/2022/11/… Watch this video. My jaw dropped. I don’t think I have ever seen such a clear example of authoritarian gaslighting.

Nov 2, 2022 11 tweets 4 min read
Tucker and his cohorts, including his sidekick Glenn Greenwald, sneer at anyone who reads certified election results as legitimate or thinks denunciations of stochastic terrorism or hate speech are anything other than liberal “censorship.”

dailykos.com/stories/2022/1… Here’s the video.

Oct 19, 2022 5 tweets 2 min read
For historical comparison, here's Kim Guilfoyle in 2011 on Bill O'Reilly's show. The changes are noticeable. What she was doing in this segment, incidentally, was baldly lying about a family whose home was invaded by Minuteman Project figure Shawna Forde and her gang. All 3 were shot; the father and a 9-year-old daughter died.
Sep 30, 2022 4 tweets 2 min read
LOL. Wait till someone hands them the HAARP material. This began in the ‘90s when John Trochmann of the Militia of Montana began promoting the claim that a radar station in Alaska actually was a secret device capable of manipulating the weather anywhere in the world. Alex Jones keeps trotting it out.

Aug 1, 2022 5 tweets 4 min read
#TodaysBeauty is a double tweet with some of the images I took at Lime Kiln Lighthouse on Friday when J and L pods came by and hung out for awhile in the heavy flood-tide current. Plus a bonus sound track. Tweet No. 2.
Jul 16, 2022 6 tweets 3 min read
This man, William J. Olson, was for years the counsel for Gun Owners of America, possibly the most far-right of all pro-gun groups, run by Larry Pratt, who was a major figure in the founding of the “militia movement” of the 1990s.

nytimes.com/2022/07/16/us/… Pratt was one of the "Christian men" who gathered at the Estes Park, Colo., Christian Identity church of Pastor Pete Peters in 1992 that is credited with giving birth to the militias.
Jul 12, 2022 5 tweets 2 min read
FWIW, Jason Van Tatenhove mentioned two other Oath Keepers attempts to generate an armed standoff after Bundy Ranch. I covered both of them for the SPLC. The Sugar Pine Mine scene came first, in April 2015.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2015… The most striking aspect of the three-week occupation was that locals organized against them and were treated to what became a predictable pattern of threats and intimidation.
Jun 19, 2022 10 tweets 4 min read
An unremarked aspect of this fascinating thread is that the non-appearance of antifascists on the scene Jan. 6, played a critical role in the failure of Trump's coup attempt. 1/ Trump had been building the "Antifa/BLM/Violent Left" narrative all year, but he focused on Antifa particularly after he lost the election, and stepped up the vitriol. 2/
Jun 16, 2022 5 tweets 2 min read
This is an amazing piece by @Leah_Sottile: A tribute to our late mutual friend Bill Morlin, and a rumination on the terrible price that comes with covering the right-wing extremist beat.

theguardian.com/world/2022/jun… Here’s my own tribute to Bill.

Jun 14, 2022 26 tweets 7 min read
I was a little late to the scene Saturday when CdA police arrested the Patriot Front gang. So I missed getting shots of Thomas Rosseau and a few others. But I still managed to get shots of 21 of the 31 arrested. Thread 🧵 of mug shots and IDs follows. Steven Derrick Tucker of Lexington, Alabama
May 31, 2022 9 tweets 6 min read
Another orca thread, from yesterday's multiple SJI west-side visits. I managed to collect some decent footage and impressive vocalizations (via hydrophone) as well as the usual photos. Best of all was getting to spend time around the coolest creatures on the planet. /1 As I mentioned earlier, the calves seemed to be everywhere Monday. They are the most delightful little things. /2