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la58

Thanks orl.

la58

https://labornotes.org

“Therefore, be it finally resolved that the Rochester Labor Council, AFL-CIO calls on the National AFL-CIO, all of its affiliate unions, and all other labor organizations in the United States of America to prepare for and enact a general strike of all working people, if necessary, to ensure a Constitutionally mandated peaceful transition of power as a result of the 2020 Presidential Elections.”
These words conclude a resolution passed October 8 by the Rochester Central Labor Council. In calling for all of labor to prepare to strike for democracy, the Rochester CLC may be the first out of the gate to call for direct action over concerns many share: will there be a peaceful transfer of power after the November election? Will votes be fairly counted, and will the outcome be determined by the voters—not the courts?

A few nights later the representative assembly of the Seattle Educators Association (SEA) passed a resolution stating that its board will call an emergency meeting within seven days of the election and, if it determines there has been election interference, call a meeting of the representative and general assemblies as soon as possible to vote on a work action.

And on October 20, the Emergency Workplace Organizing Committee will host a discussion among labor leaders including Flight Attendants President Sara Nelson: “What Can Workers Do to Stop Trump from Stealing the Election?” EWOC is a pandemic-era collaboration between the Electrical Workers (UE) and the Democratic Socialists of America.

la58

This is a email

As we are heading into the vitally important presidential election, we encourage all of you to vote in defense of your jobs, families and union.

We want to take a moment to bring you up-to-date on the status of the campaign to save the public postal service, defeat plans for postal privatization and build a better future for postal workers.

We have been inspired this past year by your dedication and activism and the outpouring of public support for their Postal Service and for postal workers. As we’ve commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Great Postal Strike, the power of our collective efforts remains clear today – from the streets, to the workplace and the ballot box.

The Coronavirus pandemic has had a profound impact on the lives and health of postal workers. It has also had a deep economic impact, causing projected losses of $50 billion in postal revenue in the coming years. Since tax dollars do not normally fund the Postal Service, a large drop in revenue will likely cause the USPS to run out of money early next year.

Since March, postal workers, our allies and members of the community have been fighting for Congress to pass vital COVID-related emergency funding for the U.S. Postal Service to sustain our jobs and its mission as a public service.

Two million signatures to “Save the Post Office” were presented to Congress. 60,000 phone calls were made to members of Congress through our legislative hotline. We have been at the forefront of organizing thousands of in-person events in every state and territory. We have held car-caravans, educated our neighbors, built support in the workplace and taken the fight to the media.

A bipartisan coalition now stands firmly behind our public Postal Service.

You can be proud of what we have done together. PMG Louis DeJoy has been forced, at least temporarily, to halt policies that have led to severe mail delays. We have defended the integrity of vote-by-mail and of the proud postal workers who move election mail. After months of pressure, the House of Representatives passed the HEROES Act, which contained $25 billion in Coronavirus-related relief for USPS, as well as hazard pay for front-line workers, including postal workers.

The Senate leadership has refused to take up the HEROES Act and address financial support for the Postal Service, thus any new stimulus package appears unlikely prior to the presidential election.

But we are not discouraged. This fight is far from over. We can and must continue until we secure and expand the role of the Postal Service as a source of good union jobs and universal postal services.

So, we encourage you to do three things to win this fight.

1. Vote to Defend Your Jobs and the Postal Service

After months of delays for financial support for the USPS, it’s clear that we need to elect leaders who listen to our voices and support our needs. Participate! Click here to find out how you can get involved in APWU’s Labor 2020 election campaign.

2. Promote the Integrity of Vote-by-Mail

It’s safe, secure, virtually free of fraud. It is part of how we proudly serve the people of this country. It is the only way that tens of millions of voters will have safe access to the ballot box. Remind your community that postal workers can be trusted to get the job done!

3. The Struggle Continues – November 17 – Save the Date for National Mobilization

In November, we must mobilize again. The PMG has said that he will reinstate his regressive policies after the election. The USPS will be even closer to the COVID-related financial crisis. We’re preparing to mobilize on November 17 to fight off service cuts and call for a renewed commitment to the prompt and robust postal services the public deserves!

Stay tuned and stay strong! Together, we will win!

In union solidarity,

Mark Dimondstein
President, APWU

Judy Beard
Legislative/Political Director

1300 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20005 | http://www.apwu.org

polarbear4

very cool.

NYCVG

New Covid cases in the US yesterday: 70,451. Deaths 909.

President still declaring, “We are rounding the corner.”

Paul ADK
Paul ADK

Right. Him, and Herbert Hoover.

wi62

I wish a were a cartoonist I would do a scene in the WH bedroom where the ghost of Hoover is hovering over Trumpcorps bed and saying “Thanks Donald for taking over my spot as the worst president in US history.”

jcitybone

Big victory for Labour in NZ. We were just talking about NZ yesterday in reference to Springsteen’s post election travel plans

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/jacinda-ardern-new-zealand-prime-minister-wins-second-term-in-election-landslide/

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern won a second term in office Saturday in an election landslide of historic proportions. With most votes counted, Ardern’s liberal Labour Party was winning 49% of the vote compared to 27% for its main challenger, the conservative National Party.

Labour was on target to win an outright majority of the seats in Parliament, something that hasn’t happened since New Zealand implemented a proportional voting system 24 years ago. Typically, parties must form alliances to govern, but this time Ardern and Labour can go it alone.

In a victory speech in front of hundreds of cheering supporters in Auckland, Ardern said her party had gotten more support from New Zealanders that at any time in at least 50 years.

Because NZ has a hybrid proportional system, the Greens get seats based on their national %

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/10/17/1987233/-Central-Auckland-has-a-Green-MP-for-the-first-time-ever

Tonight’s other big election night news is ChloĂ« Swarbrick (the Green candidate), predicted to come in 3rd (after the Labour and National candidates) in the Central Auckland district. ChloĂ« in fact dominated the district race for the whole evening, and came out on top by about 500 votes (out of about 26,000). This district was once a Labour stronghold, but in 2008 it was won by a moderate National candidate who held onto it for 12 years until retiring this year. The conventional wisdom was, of course, that a vote for ChloĂ« would be a wasted vote, and would help National win the seat again — but that is not what happened.

ChloĂ« — everyone uses her first name — ran an activist, community-based campaign. Her win can be credited to the grassroots activism that she was able to engage and motivate. Hundreds, perhaps thousands of young people who may have been considered “unlikely” voters were excited by her style and rhetoric. She is 26 years old, quick thinking and smart, and she is bold in her aspirations. Green co-leader James Shaw tells the story that both he and his predecessor had conducted extensive campaigns to get the national accident insurance (ACC) fund to divest from fossil fuels, without results. Then, according to James, “ChloĂ« [who was already in Parliament] looked at them sideways” and they caved. Her persuasive skills are already legendary; she is devoted, passionate and tireless. And she is a good person who cares about those who are generally marginalized: LGBTQ, renters, the poor, people of color.

I need to be clear here that the NZ/Aotearoa Greens are very different from the US Greens, who seem to be largely discredited since Trump’s 2016 “election”. NZ Greens are the party pushing for genuine action on poverty, legalization of cannabis, and for real sustainability. They will have 10 seats in the new Parliament — 9 proportionally allocated ones plus the Central Auckland one; Labour will have 64. Labour’s tepid policies on these issues need a push from the Greens, in my view. Although Labour is not required to work with the Greens, they are seen by many as political allies and agreements are still a real possibility on some issues.

We need more politicians in the US like this

wi62

Kinda a fan of Ardren’s, Not that i’m a big fan of Colbert other than his monologues bashing Trumpcorp, she was on a year or two ago and decided to listen. She got legislation thru banning AR-15 style guns after a mass shooting in her country, didnt hesitate to act on it. Generally very progressive and not surprised she was reelected. Colbert did a series of shows on Her and NZ as she invited him vacation there. She also did a fantastic job on the virus as well. If Trumpcorp would have done 10% of what Ardren did the US would be in better shape

polarbear4
polarbear4

yes, A good friend’s son was in New Zealand when the virus hit and his reports are just stellar.

jcitybone

I will be voting for Biden on the WFP line

https://theintercept.com/2020/10/15/new-york-working-families-party-biden-harris-ballot/

IN AN EFFORT to protect itself against an assault by New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the New York Working Families Party is calling on New Yorkers to vote for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on the WFP ballot line this November.

The push comes in response to a Cuomo-backed change that requires minority parties to obtain the higher of 2 percent of total voter turnout or 130,000 votes. If the left-leaning WFP fails to meet that threshold in the upcoming election, its ballot line will be eliminated before 2022, when Cuomo is up for reelection. In that case, the party would have to collect 45,000 petition signatures to make the ballot, following a change last year that tripled a 15,000-signature requirement.

In 2018, Cuomo handily defeated his WFP-backed primary opponent, Cynthia Nixon, but the group’s influence has grown nonetheless. Thirty-three WFP-backed candidates won contested state primaries in June, and another four WFP-backed congressional candidates won their primaries: Jamaal Bowman and Mondaire Jones, in safely blue districts, and Jackie Gordon and Dana Balter in competitive districts in Long Island and Syracuse, respectively.

In New York, candidates can appear on both the Democratic Party line on a ballot, as well as on the WFP. Several WFP-backed politicians — including Bowman, Jones, state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi, Assembly Member Yuh-Line Niou, state Sen. Julia Salazar, and New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams — are now taking part in the group’s campaign to urge voters to save the WFP by voting the WFP line next month.

“New Yorkers need to beat Trump. But we also need so much more than that,” Biaggi says in a 2-minute spot rolled out online on Thursday. The other politicians chime in: “New York was robbed by the coronavirus. Tens of thousands died. Billionaires are getting richer while working people have suffered. But it’s working people who are getting us through the crisis.”

The WFP, alongside other left-leaning electoral groups, has eaten into Cuomo’s centrist base of power in Albany and significantly pushed state politics further left over the last decade. WFP and groups like No IDC NY successfully pushed to disband the state’s Independent Democratic Conference in 2018, a bipartisan scheme that gave Republicans a constructive majority in the state Senate. That year, the same groups helped to replace former members of the IDC with progressives, including Biaggi, who swiftly moved legislation strengthening rights for tenants and voters, and other priorities that stalled for years under the Republican power-sharing agreement that diluted the Democratic majority.

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

I love the video. If only they had supported Bernie instead of the snake. Anyway, I’ll message my family in NY to vote on WFP.

jcitybone

Yeah the leadership made a mistake, but the rank and file was for Bernie and they do good work in NY

humphrey

I understand the reasoning of your vote and I would also hope that New Yorkers not voting for Biden also use the WFP line when casting their vote as it is important.

jcitybone

Definitely

Benny

Your post prompted me to text a Brooklyn buddy who follows some of the national politics but not too much on the local level. This is a win-win for progressives because it sends a signal that the progressives will be coming back to a Biden administration for them to listen a bit more, just like the DNC. Plus sends a good message on the local level. Trump gets voted out in a landslide in NY, which gives Trump notice that he’s not welcomed back, except to go to trial for all of his tax evasion and grifter schemes.

NYCVG

I’ve wrestled with my feelings about the WFP. They have betrayed Progressives every chance they got to protect themselves.

not just Cynthia Nixon or Zephyr Teachout.

WFP tired to sit on the fence and have it both ways too many times to ignore.

Cuomo seems to have found a way to punish the WFP for even daring to dream that they could oppose Him.

This decision won’t be made until I’m in the ballot box on October 24.

jcitybone

All I can say is look at the people backing up the WFP and why they are doing it. They are very solid progressives and DSA.

jcitybone

https://abcnews.go.com/Business/bernie-sanders-elizabeth-warren-demand-answers-amazon-employee/story?id=73653731

A coalition of Democratic senators sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, pressing the company for answers over allegations that it “unethically” tracks and monitors its employees to suppress efforts to form a union.

Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) implored Bezos to explain recent reports that the company was investing heavily in technology to track union organization efforts, specifically citing a recent article published by Vox News.

“The fact that Amazon has decided to heavily invest in systems to retaliate against freedom of expression about unsafe and unhealthy working conditions, and to refer to organizing and workers’ rights mobilization efforts as threats against the company equal to those posed by hate groups and terrorism, is unacceptable,” the senators wrote. “Labor organizing campaigns are legally protected activity.”

Citing media reports, the senators accused Amazon of infiltrating private social media groups created by Amazon employees to track potential discussions of unionization, actively monitoring internal listservs related to employee activism, hiring intelligence analysts to track labor organization efforts and more.

In this May 1, 2020, file photo, workers protest against the failure from their employers to provide adequate protections in the workplace of the Amazon delivery hub on National May Day Walkout/Sickout in Hawthorne, Calif.

“Each of these reports is deeply troubling, and taken together, they suggest a pattern of significant abuse of workers and their rights,” the lawmakers wrote to the world’s richest man.

They added that “these actions are all the more shocking in the context that nearly 20,000 of your employees contracted the coronavirus,” saying it is “deeply concerning that Amazon has prioritized tracking workers who would look to improve their working conditions over addressing the underlying health and safety concerns that those workers face.”

The senators demanded that Amazon respond to more than a dozen questions by Nov. 1.

wi62

Bezos probably called the Wal-Marts people their the Jedi -masters of union busting..

jcitybone

https://inthesetimes.com/article/marie-newman-illinois-2020

Regard­less, New­man pre­vailed, knock­ing out eight-term incum­bent Rep. Dan Lip­in­s­ki after nar­row­ly los­ing to him in the 2018 pri­ma­ry. Newman’s win­ning plat­form tout­ed Medicare for All, the Green New Deal and repro­duc­tive rights — putting her in stark con­trast with Lip­in­s­ki, whose oppo­si­tion to the Afford­able Care Act and abor­tion made him one of the most right-wing Democ­rats in Congress.

Newman’s 2018 cam­paign against Lip­in­s­ki had been one of the ear­li­est in a wave of pro­gres­sive Demo­c­ra­t­ic pri­ma­ry chal­lenges but suf­fered from a lack of sup­port ear­ly on from groups such as Emily’s List and Planned Par­ent­hood that famous­ly dragged their heels for the first sev­er­al months of her 2018 run, hes­i­tat­ing to sup­port an insur­gent against an incum­bent, despite New­man being a pro-choice woman.

The sec­ond time around, though, New­man launched her cam­paign ear­ly — and had the ben­e­fit of name recog­ni­tion as well as nation­wide pro­gres­sive ener­gy. New­man also veered left­ward in her mes­sag­ing, empha­siz­ing uni­ver­sal social pro­grams. Her run end­ed up with sup­port from sev­er­al mem­bers of Con­gress, includ­ing pro­gres­sive Reps. Prami­la Jaya­pal (D‑Wash.), Alexan­dria Oca­sio-Cortez (D‑N.Y.) and Ayan­na Press­ley (D‑Mass.), as well as mul­ti­ple lib­er­al and labor orga­ni­za­tions like AFL-CIO Illi­nois, Nation­al Nurs­es Unit­ed and Our Rev­o­lu­tion. ​“We had so many endorse­ments, it was a lit­tle bit embar­rass­ing, quite frankly,” New­man says.

But while Newman’s cam­paign fits the mold of a left chal­lenge against a con­ser­v­a­tive incum­bent, she has some­what resist­ed that nar­ra­tive. New­man defines her­self as a pro­gres­sive but insists that ​“pro­gres­sive poli­cies” are, above all else, very prac­ti­cal. She also wel­comes a some­what het­ero­dox Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty — though not as big a tent as would be need­ed to include out­liers like Lip­in­s­ki — and favors con­sen­sus building.

“I think we’re stuck in a bunch of labels and all these lit­tle lanes,” New­man says. ​“I think every­body has to stop wor­ry­ing about their damn lane, and start wor­ry­ing about the Amer­i­can people.”

humphrey

Is she starting to backtrack already?đŸ€” I hope not.

jcitybone

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/10/16/trumps-millionaire-economic-adviser-celebrates-gales-creative-destruction-millions

With millions of Americans out of work, struggling to afford food for themselves and their children, and facing the possibility of losing their homes, President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser on Friday celebrated what he described as the “gales of creative destruction” supposedly unleashed by the U.S. economic system in the midst of the pandemic-induced recession.

“The talk is that a lot of folks who became unemployed, alright, most regrettably—but, they’re sticking with it and they’re going out and starting new businesses,” Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, said in an appearance on Fox Business. “They’re going to be small businesses.”

“But that’s the great part of American capitalism, gales of creative destruction,” Kudlow continued, deploying a phrase popularized in the 1940s by economist Joseph Schumpeter. “I just love that new business start-up story.”
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Critics immediately noted that the millions of people across the U.S. who are teetering on the brink of complete financial ruin are likely not impressed by the so-called “creative destruction” praised by Kudlow, who in June complained that the $600-per-week federal unemployment insurance boost many jobless workers were receiving at the time was excessive.

“Wonder how the 14% of households with kids who reported that they didn’t get enough food to eat in the last seven days or the 32% of adults who are having trouble paying for usual household expenses feel about the ‘gales of creative destruction,'” tweeted Washington Post reporter Jacqueline Alemany, pointing to data from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Kudlow’s comments came a day after the Labor Department reported that an additional 1.3 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits, yet another indication that the strong economic recovery Kudlow has repeatedly predicted in recent weeks is not materializing.

“As American capitalism becomes even crueler, the rhetoric of its apologists will only grow more explicit,” Jacobin’s Luke Savage tweeted in response to Kudlow’s remarks.

wi62

What Kudlow doesn’t realize is 1000s of small business’s went under IE bankruptcy. Loan wise it takes about 10 years before a bank will even think about lending you money for a small business. The govt would have been better off giving 2 k a month to all Americans working or not making under lets say $400k a year. For small business IE mom pops the govt should look at their books and if they managed their business financially well before covid. The bankruptcy should be forgiven and new loans to start back up should be given and backed by the Govt. I feel there are a lot of good small business’s that were doing well but dont have the deep pockets to weather a scenario like Covid . This is just a very general outline of an idea but needs more work. The Neolibcons spew on about helping main street but that’s all they do is spew.

jcitybone

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/oct/17/donald-trump-is-the-qanon-president-and-hes-proud-of-it

There is something worse than Donald Trump’s takeover of the Republican party.

Yes, even worse than a party that doesn’t take seriously a pandemic that has killed more than 217,000 Americans. Worse than a party that doesn’t care about locking up children in cages at the border or separating them permanently from their parents. Worse than a party that celebrates a leader who was impeached for abusing overseas military aid as a tool to smear his political opponent.

What could be worse than Trump’s version of Republican politics? It’s the Trump-driven conversion of the Grand Old Party into a cult of unhinged conspiracy wingnuts.

The QAnon cult is a bizarre world where everything makes sense of nonsense: where Trump is a savior of the nation’s children from a secret pedophile ring of satanic Democrats and deep state officials, who will be overthrown in some great awakening. And that’s the sane, simplified version of the story.

It should be easier to condemn these fringe-heads than the white supremacists who form such a loyal base for this white supremacist president. But it isn’t. Because to the spiritual leader of the cult of Trump – Donald himself – there are no fringe-heads who think he’s a savior. They are all just very fine people.

Those who endured the Trump town hall on Thursday night witnessed the president of the United States contort himself into a Q shape to avoid saying anything bad about the wingnuts. If anything, he went out of his way to say the opposite.

jcitybone

https://inthesetimes.com/article/mondaire-jones-new-york-2020

In the sum­mer of 2019, Mondaire Jones — a 32-year-old Oba­ma-era Jus­tice Depart­ment employ­ee — launched his long-shot pri­ma­ry cam­paign as a chal­lenge to pow­er­ful, long-time Rep. Nita Lowey. It’s a deci­sion he large­ly ascribes to his soon-to-be col­league, Rep. Alexan­dria Oca­sio-Cortez (D‑N.Y.).

“I have to give cred­it to AOC, because she real­ly extend­ed my imag­i­na­tion of what a young per­son of col­or could do in New York state pol­i­tics,” Jones says. ​“I do not believe I would have chal­lenged the pow­er­ful chair of the House Appro­pri­a­tions Com­mit­tee, absent her exam­ple from 2018.”

Not long into his cam­paign, though, the con­tours of the elec­tion in New York’s 17th Dis­trict changed dra­mat­i­cal­ly: In Octo­ber, Lowey announced her immi­nent retire­ment, prompt­ing oth­er hope­fuls to swell the field into an eight-per­son race.

Jones was the most pro­gres­sive can­di­date in the hot­ly con­test­ed elec­tion, run­ning on Medicare for All, bold cli­mate action and demo­c­ra­t­ic reform pro­pos­als, like abol­ish­ing the fil­i­buster and expand­ing the courts — mea­sures, Jones says, that are vital to mak­ing pro­gres­sive demands a real­i­ty. Jones reem­pha­sized these pro­pos­als in a blog post pub­lished after the death of Jus­tice Ruth Bad­er Ginsburg.

Along with new­ly elect­ed Ritchie Tor­res (D‑N.Y.), Jones is poised to become one of the first two open­ly gay Black con­gress­peo­ple in his­to­ry. And after tire­less cam­paign­ing, Jones’ plat­form gained trac­tion in the upscale sub­ur­ban com­mu­ni­ties that make up his dis­trict, one of the wealth­i­est in the country.

More and more, Jones began dis­tin­guish­ing him­self from the rest of the pool, which includ­ed a for­mer nation­al secu­ri­ty advis­er to Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma and a self-fund­ed pros­e­cu­tor awash in cor­po­rate mon­ey, which Jones refused to accept. By June, Jones attract­ed a wide range of endorse­ments, includ­ing Sens. Bernie Sanders (I‑Vt.) and Eliz­a­beth War­ren (D‑Mass.). Cru­cial­ly, Jones helped inspire the Con­gres­sion­al Pro­gres­sive Cau­cus to throw its weight around in the form of a $100,000 expen­di­ture for his cam­paign, a move that could sig­nal a will­ing­ness on its part to play the kind of polit­i­cal hard­ball the cau­cus has shied away from in the past. Jones cer­tain­ly hopes so.

Jones cer­tain­ly hopes so. ​“In 2021, lever­age looks like the Con­gres­sion­al Pro­gres­sive Cau­cus with­hold­ing its sup­port for leg­is­la­tion until it becomes bet­ter for the Amer­i­can peo­ple,” Jones says. ​“It means orga­niz­ing Amer­i­cans all across the coun­try to hold their elect­ed offi­cials account­able if they don’t sup­port a Green New Deal, which is the only cli­mate pol­i­cy that would save the plan­et from catastrophe.”

polarbear4

thanks, orl!

polarbear4

if you click on it, he basically hopes we all die. pretty sure he will be stuck with just his buddies to support his business now.

OzoneTom
OzoneTom

I always wondered about that place when I was working in Burbank but never checked it out. Now I never will.

humphrey

I bet that we will see much more of this!đŸ˜Č

https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/521535-wichita-man-arrested-for-threatening-to-kidnap-kill-mayor-over-mask

A 59-year-old man was arrested on Friday for allegedly threatening to kidnap and kill Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple (D) over the city’s mask mandate.

Meredith Dowty, a retired Wichita firefighter, was booked into Sedgwick County Jail on Friday with the charge of criminal threat.

Wichita Police confirmed in a statement that investigators were alerted to “threatening statements” directed at Whipple, leading to Dowty’s arrest. The investigation is still ongoing.

Whipple told The Wichita Eagle that he has been made aware of text messages sent to another city official asking about the mayor’s address. He said he read the detailed threat against him.

“He said he was going to kidnap me and slash my throat and he needed my address because I needed to see the hangman — me and everyone who, something about tyranny,” Whipple said.

The mayor said “this wasn’t just some guy popping off on social media.”

“He contacted someone that knows where I live that apparently he thought would give him my address,” Whipple told the outlet.

The suspect reportedly stated in the text messages that he was opposed to “masks and tyranny,” according to Whipple.

wi62

I was hoping that the arrest of the Michigan 14 would’ve sent a message to these idiots, apparently a few more need to be arrested and locked up to get the point across.

humphrey

It appears that someone in your state wanted to get into the action.

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2020/10/15/14th-person-charged-alleged-whitmer-kidnapping-plot/3661644001/

Wisconsin man 14th person arrested in alleged Whitmer kidnapping plot.

A 51-year-old Wisconsin man has been charged with material support of an act of terrorism for his alleged role in plans to storm the Michigan Capitol and harm government officials, including kidnapping Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Brian Higgins of Wisconsin Dells was arrested in Wisconsin on Thursday and will be extradited to northern Michigan’s Antrim County, where three of the other 13 suspects in the alleged kidnapping plot have been arraigned, according to Attorney General Dana Nessel’s Office.

Higgins participated in surveillance of Whitmer’s vacation home, according to a Michigan State Police affidavit. He also provided night-vision goggles and used a dash camera in his vehicle to record footage of the surveillance.

Higgins faces up to 20 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.

OzoneTom
OzoneTom

One MI alleged conspirator was killed in a gunfight last week. Though born in Michigan he spent his teenage years in Idaho living near Ruby Ridge. He was mentioned in the book “Ruby Ridge: The Truth and Tragedy of the Randy Weaver Family” — “Thirteen-year-old Eric wore a white T-shirt with a skull and “White Power” written on it.”
Here is a story from last week: Ruby Ridge echoes in deadly Madison Heights FBI shootout

magsview

Whoa. Ripples in the water.

I remember Ruby Ridge-at the time it felt like a flashpoint, saw white nationalists coming out of the woodwork after that.

humphrey

magsview

May I share a different kind of Derocho story?

There was a widely followed (via live cam) bald eagle nest in IL on the Mississippi River, but their huge nest finally became too heavy and the main tree branch it rested on broke off, felling the nest. during Derocho

The main reason this particular nest was of such interest is that there were three bald eagles working together at that nest by that point.

The first couple was a male called Valor I and a female called Hope. But Valor 1 was a young male and wasn’t much help helping Hope out, and that didn’t work out. But then another male came around, and he became known as Valor II.

Eventually Valor II usurped Valor I, but Valor I stuck around anyway, and ultimately ended up helping with nest-building and taking care of what were probably Valor II/Hope babies.

Then, Hope was attacked by a couple of other eagles one long night, and was not seen again. But Valor I and Valor II worked together to successfully fledge the two eaglets.

The next year:

Sure enough, their prime real estate soon drew in a new female with dark feathers on her head. She was spotted collecting nesting materials with the two Valors in September 2017, often noted as a bonding ritual; webcam fans named her Starr.

The first year Starr produced two eggs, one of whom successfully fledged.
The next year Starr had 3 eaglets, and all fledged.

With the nest down everyone who had been following them was anxious, but, good news, all three of them are working on a new nest one treeline over. 🙂

the valors.jpg
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magsview

Hello birdies, I posted a birdie kind of story below but it says that my “Comment awaiting moderation”. Can anyone help me out? Thanks

humphrey

Its good now.👍

magsview

Thank you humphrey!