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Sep 30 25 tweets 6 min read
Thread: #HurricaneIan Day 2 in the US, my thoughts.

So I noticed a ton of damaged or destroyed boats either half-sunk at their moorings, or washed miles inland. As always happens. And it got me thinking... there are better options...

weather.com/storms/hurrica… Boat owners and users had 4-5 days' notice that #Ian was likely to develop and landfall somewhere in FL. The forecast track became more certain over time, but even at 2 days out, the info was pretty solid. If it surprised you, then IMO you weren't listening properly to the data.
Sep 28 4 tweets 1 min read
Poor kid. IDK when how or why she allowed this, then decided it would be fun to share.

Every person who is a public figure has a duty to promote science based public health and safety messaging at all times but esp. during major disasters.

T****s fail this test repeatedly. Granted, weather conditions at time and place of filming were not hazardous enough to warrant actually calling Child Protective Services but that's not the point.

To a person, they are clueless on how to behave with a working moral compass. They lack an ability to feel shame.
Sep 28 11 tweets 5 min read
#HurricaneIan is a really bad one. #Katrina bad. #Andrew bad #Michael bad.

I've been away from Twitter for a couple weeks; back in #HWStormWatch mode now. My top tips below.

The very best website for #Ian info:

trackthetropics.com Tips for surviving #HurricaneIan:

#TurnAroundDontDrown

You can drown in just 6" of flood water, if it's moving fast enough. The danger threshold for vehicles is 12".
Sep 10 25 tweets 6 min read
They're not the Fab Four. That is their majesties & the Waleses.

One photo op =/= reunited, nor should it.

Even the late Queen did not & would not have wanted credit given to the Sussexes for this, after what they did to her & PP.

The real Fab Four are exceptional leaders. Now, since it is never possible to provide proper nuance in one tweet, here is why I said all that.

I am a subject of the King of New Zealand, and I am extremely grateful for my good luck in being born here.

I'm also one of the most knowledgeable royal watchers I know...
Sep 1 13 tweets 4 min read
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There are so many self-incriminating words and actions each day among T#### and his current lawyers and hangers-on that it's hard to keep up!

I'm gonna add some examples here; and please reply with any that you see and we can include them too.

#LockHimUp Christina Bobb in a TV slot referred to the classified cover sheets as cover letters.

A cover letter is what you submit with your resume for a job.

A cover sheet is the term well known by normal attorneys and civil servants the world over.

"They're not sending their best."
Aug 31 12 tweets 4 min read
"The waiting is the hardest part
Every day you get one more yard"

The Espionage Act investigation into the former traitor-in-chief brings worse news for him and co each day now.

We are having to WAIT for justice, and even for basic national security.

We? Yes we. I'm a New Zealander and like people in every other country outside the US, I can see that these crimes led to a clear (and possibly imminent) threat to national security everywhere.

No one knows how much damage has already been done. We may never know.
Aug 30 12 tweets 3 min read
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RIP, Mikhail Gorbachev. I don't give him unmitigated praise, because he tried to keep Chernobyl secret, and it was only reported after nearby free countries in the West detected radiation in their own airspace.

This ad is relevant today because: Gorbachev failed to assist the USSR safely and constructively through the 1990s and by the end of the decade, president-for-life and right wing fascist dictator Putin was in power.

Countries like Ukraine and Georgia have suffered the most, and still do.
Aug 27 19 tweets 5 min read
Thread: The potential culpability of the intel officers who allowed 45 to retain certain documents, and never followed up.

Make no mistake: 45 himself bears ultimate responsibility. But, most of us were relying on the officers to act as a kind of brake.

🤔Why didn't they? So far, the public commentary that I've read about this part of the crime kinda suggests they got tired of pushing back.

That is NOT ever an adequate defense for something so serious. No matter how hard it is to do in practice.
Aug 24 11 tweets 3 min read
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Val Demings for Florida encapsulates the future of American politics if voters will continue in the growing pro-democracy trend.

Not just female, and black, she's also a former Police Chief. And, I love her humility about her primary win.

I particularly enjoy seeing people of color and/or women taking the fight directly to the door of republicans at this time. Because Rs have done so much to attack these groups, and also LGTQ+ people, immigrants, disabled people, and anyone without certain kinds of privilege.
Aug 18 17 tweets 4 min read
Thread: Yet another maga self-own

A tiny UK right wing podcast interviewed self-appointed "public intellectual" Sam Harris and maga completely misunderstood his comments and are unknowingly promoting the evidence of their childlike misunderstanding.

And I'm here for it.😁 Their downfall so often is that they don't understand the meaning of words like "conspiracy" and they don't stop to consider which of several word meanings is being used.

The word itself triggers them.😆
Aug 13 20 tweets 5 min read
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In the clip below there's part of a TV interview when Tiffany Trump was a *baby*.

T**** was asked which features she got from her Mom. Normal people talk about eyes, nose, chin etc. He commented on Marla's breasts.

The reasons why he did that are interesting: There's no doubt in my mind that he would be clinically diagnosable as having Narcissistic Personality Disorder, and more.

Having been burned by an NPD years ago, I studied all I could about the disorder, to further protect myself and to assist others targeted by them.
Aug 12 6 tweets 3 min read
This short video is required viewing for anyone who wants to understand what the search at Mar-a-Lago means in the *real* world of espionage and national security.

@BeauTFC is always, always on point.

#TraitorTrump #Tre45on #TrumpRaid And as for the storage room being next to the pool, I get it. When I first heard about the basement search, I thought of the fact the complex is at sea level (on a very narrow isthmus) in a Cat 5 hurricane zone. It could easily be flooded, with TS/SCI docs floating around.
Aug 11 16 tweets 4 min read
Thread: The most patriotic, professional, and honorable statement made by an AG of the US in my lifetime.

What an absolute blessing Merrick Garland is to the country and everyone else in the world relying on a democratic and therefore peaceful USA.

I genuinely #BackTheBlue, having served in a civilian role within my own country's police department and justice system.

In 2016 I believed the lie that the Republican party supported the rule of law and all those who lawfully enforce it.

By 1/6/21 I had reversed that belief.
Aug 9 17 tweets 6 min read
Thread: Thoughts and reflections of a (proudly) EX Cult 45 adherent after the historic 8/8/22 FBI search at Mar-a-lago.

There's a bunch of interviews and other info that helped me understand what the hell happened to the US between 2015 and 2022.

Here are some of them. I chose the above photo because we must #NeverForget the Holocaust, so it will be #NeverAgain.

The aftermath of the 10/27/18 killing of 11 innocent people at the Tree of Life Synagogue, Pittsburgh told us a lot about T**** and his inner circle then, and now.
Aug 8 4 tweets 3 min read
Just three quick tweets about Atlantic hurricane potential in August 2022.

Luckily, the season's been quiet af so far, as we near the halfway point in 3 weeks. There is a small chance of a US landfalling storm arising from the system below.

Source: nhc.noaa.gov/?atlc It's far too early to tell where this might go, but we'll know more each day. The NE Pacific basin is all the way up to Tropical Storm Howard, but the Atlantic has only reached TS Colin.

The next storm names are Danielle, Earl, Fiona, Gaston, Hermine, Ian, Julia, and Karl.
Aug 1 5 tweets 2 min read
Thread: This hilarious prank call needs to go viral.

I stumbled upon it while looking for recent news on Mike "My Pillow" Lindell because, frankly, he's beclowned himself in public for such a long time & I don't know why no one has stopped him yet.

Granted, when you have a lot of wealth it's often impossible for loved ones to protect you from yourself.

Between bouts of hysterical laughter while watching this video I did glean a few things from Lindell's reactions during the zoom call.
Jul 20 11 tweets 3 min read
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It surprises me that Harry wore a Dior suit because it looked to me like it's been poorly tailored for him. There are hundreds of valid critiques to be made of these two from just this NYC trip, but I find his almost disheveled appearance to be very telling. There are plenty of public domain video clips and photos of both Harry and Meghan over the past few days.

I don't need to justify my opinions about them to anyone. If you want to defend their track record over the past 6 years, go ahead. But don't expect me to agree with you.
Jul 20 4 tweets 1 min read
Like anyone diagnosed with a severe PD, #AmberHeardDeservesJustice in the form of accessing effective medical care, asap.

The nature of her PD is that she lacks insight into her need for care.

Those who love her should enable it. She deserves that basic kindness from them. People diagnosed with a PD like Amber's and who have her considerable access to resources, can access expert, high quality therapeutic services in a safe and private environment in the US. PD lack of insight requires short term limiting of a patient's right to informed consent.
Jul 19 26 tweets 6 min read
🧵I've been living and breathing (international) politics for 40+ years.

My values reflect the centrist liberal democratic environment "we" generally had until the last decade or so.

The spread of RW extremism has forced me to look further back in history, to 1939-45 and ... now I look even further back, to the American Civil War of the 1860s, and then beyond the 18th and 19th centuries in both Europe and North America.

The Age of Enlightenment used to be a purely historical subject for me. Yet some in power rn don't value it at all.
Jul 15 17 tweets 4 min read
Thread: What caused the death of Ivana Trump on July 14, 2022?

Some new info was just released by the local medical examiner about injuries consistent with an accidental fall down the stairs.

IMO, more investigation will be needed. I need to be very clear: I am NOT making any claims about factors that may or may not be involved in her death. I really detest such behavior, especially this soon after the event.

Just saying, investigating the death of a high profile person requires keeping an open mind.
Jul 8 8 tweets 2 min read
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I'm still thinking about Shinzo Abe and hoping he pulls through. He is to Japan what Churchill was to the UK in the final decade of his life. Or what Eisenhower was to the US.

I need to remind some about previous terrorism in Japan, eg:

britannica.com/event/Tokyo-su… Because some people are talking as if this is the first time since WWII that pure evil has tried to kill people within Japan.

In 1994-1995 the world was horrified about the Sarin attacks. This was pre 9/11 and the rest. Arguably, nothing terrorizes like chemical weapons.