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6 hours ago, Long_Before_Sunrise said:

Marjorie Taylor-Greene got "permanently suspended) (banned) from having a personal account on Twitter for spreading COVID misinformation again  She still has an official government Twitter account.

 

Good. No matter where you stand, she's an insane extremist. Won't be missed. can't wait until the government account is also suspended when she says something bonkers enough to be ban evasion.

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More scary stuff that should be required reading for all US citizens. Does anyone but the real hard-right crazies want this sort of outcome? But if we don't wake up, it could happen!

The US could be under a

rightwing dictatorship by 2030, a Canadian political science professor has warned, urging his country to protect itself against the “collapse of American democracy”.

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“In 2014, the suggestion that Donald Trump would become president would also have struck nearly everyone as absurd. But today we live in a world where the absurd regularly becomes real and the horrible commonplace.”

Homer-Dixon’s message was blunt: “By 2025, American democracy could collapse, causing extreme domestic political instability, including widespread civil violence. By 2030, if not sooner, the country could be governed by a rightwing dictatorship.”

The author cited eventualities centered on a Trump return to the White House in 2024, possibly including Republican-held state legislatures refusing to accept a Democratic win.

Trump, he warned, “will have only two objectives, vindication and vengeance” of the lie that his 2020 defeat by Joe Biden was the result of electoral fraud.

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Trump, he said, “and a host of acolytes and wannabes such as Fox [News]’s Tucker Carlson and Georgia representative Marjorie Taylor Greene”, had transformed the Republican party “into a near-fascist personality cult that’s a perfect instrument for wrecking democracy”.

I have not quoted the entire article, but you can read the rest linked below. Some of what I didn't quote is even scarier than what I did. :(

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jan/03/us-rightwing-dictatorship-2030-trump-canada?utm_term=61d2de3b4f2e2ab881941fdcf9aeff7c&utm_campaign=USMorningBriefing&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&CMP=usbriefing_email

 

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19 hours ago, Kaini said:

 

Good. No matter where you stand, she's an insane extremist. Won't be missed. can't wait until the government account is also suspended when she says something bonkers enough to be ban evasion.

She has lost her Facebook privileges, too. Again, for pushing COVID disinformation. 

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On 1/23/2021 at 4:32 AM, purpledragonclaw said:

Oil is going to go the way of coal, and as soulless pointed out, now is the time to invest in renewables.

Oil, coal and gas are all incredibly dangerous sources of fuel too - oil spills in the water kill marine and freshwater life, using too much coal will only lead to ghost towns like Centralia, and gas explosions in buildings can kill even more people than oil and coal put together (just found out about the school explosion in 1937, 300+ people died).

 

Wind power, water power and solar energy never killed anyone. Hopefully they'll eventually abandon nuclear energy too due to how dangerous it is (nobody wants another Chernobyl), and try to come up with a safer type of energy (even if it's less efficient).

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5 hours ago, Beldarius said:

(just found out about the school explosion in 1937, 300+ people died).

Used to live just outside the town of New London, Texas.  There wasn't a complete count - the school enrollment records were destroyed, plus some of the itinerant workers there for the oil boom work claimed their children's bodies and left to bury them elsewhere.  After the law adding the odorant to natural gas was passed and the cenotaph placed, the people in the area built a wall of silence around the event which lasted for decades until the survivors realized they were dying off and hardly anyone knew the story of what happened. 

 

Then Houston has had two plant explosions less than a year apart, last one on Dec 23, 2021, previous on January 24, 2020. Texas City has blown up multiple times. This is not out of the ordinary in oilfield areas. Not common, but not unexpected, either.

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Yeah, wasn't that immense ammonium nitrate explosion in 1947 in Texas City too? Looks like even that stuff is too dangerous to use after what happened in Lebanon in 2020.

Edited by Beldarius

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On Thursday,  January 13, 2022 the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of the 27 Petitioning US States and the National Federation of Independent Business against OSHA and the US Department of Labor regarding forced vaccines, stating that the agencies did not have the power nor the authority to regulate public health. 

 

The Court stated that imposing a vaccine mandate on 84 million Americans in response to a worldwide pandemic is not what the agencies were built for and the Court immediately banned the mandate.

 

The Court further stated that the Federal Government does not have the authority to mandate the vaccination nor the regular testing of those 84 million working Americans. That authority belongs to the States and the local governments across the country.

 

The mandate forcing employers to force their workers to get vaccinated or lose their jobs exceeds the authority of the named agencies and the federal government. It is Unconstitutional and unlawful. 

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