> Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide
> Article II
> In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed
> with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or
> religious group, as such:
> a. Killing members of the group;
> b. Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
> c. Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to
> bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
> d. Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
> e. Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.
> The term concentration camp refers to a camp in which people are detained or
> confined, usually under harsh conditions and without regard to legal norms of
> arrest and imprisonment that are acceptable in a constitutional democracy."
> In practice, they’re being held for days, sometimes weeks, in facilities
> without enough food or toothbrushes — going days without showering,
> overcrowded and undercared for.
> Hundreds of immigrant children who have been separated from their parents or
> family members are being held in dirty, neglectful, and dangerous conditions
> at Border Patrol facilities in Texas. This week, a team of lawyers interviewed
> more than fifty children at one of those facilities, in Clint, Texas, in order
> to monitor government compliance with the Flores settlement, which mandates
> that children must be held in safe and sanitary conditions and moved out of
> Border Patrol custody without unnecessary delays. The conditions the lawyers
> found were shocking: flu and lice outbreaks were going untreated, and children
> were filthy, sleeping on cold floors, and taking care of one another because
> of the lack of attention from guards. Some of them had been in the facility
> for weeks.
> A 2-year-old boy locked in detention wants to be held all the time. A few
> girls, ages 10 to 15, say they’ve been doing their best to feed and soothe
> the clingy toddler who was handed to them by a guard days ago. Lawyers warn
> that kids are taking care of kids, and there’s inadequate food, water and
> sanitation for the 250 infants, children and teens at the Border Patrol
> [Holocaust survivor] Bloch said the conditions reported at the border camps
> sound painfully similar to her own. “It’s the same conditions I lived through
> —we never had soap, but we had water, cold water, and not necessarily a
> shower. No toilet paper. It was inhuman.”
> Ms. Wooten also stated that detained women expressed to her that they didn’t
> fully understand why they had to get a hysterectomy. She said: “I’ve had
> several inmates tell me that they’ve been to see the doctor and they’ve had
> hysterectomies and they don’t know why they went or why they’re going.” And
> if the immigrants do understand what they’re getting done, “some of them a
> lot of times won’t even go, they say they’ll wait to get back to their
> country to go to the doctor.”
> "[T]his implementation of the court decision that says children need to be
> separated from their parents because their parent is being prosecuted — that
> has never happened before in the past from the time that this settlement took
> place through other administrations, both Democratic and Republican
> administrations," Meissner said.
That covers the genocide bits.
> The 15,000-word Times report contradicts Trump’s portrayal of himself as
> a self-made billionaire who started with just a $1 million loan from his
> The Times says Trump and his father, Fred, avoided gift and inheritance
> taxes by setting up a sham corporation and undervaluing assets to tax
> Donald J. Trump paid $750 in federal income taxes the year he won the
> presidency. In his first year in the White House, he paid another $750. He
> had paid no income taxes at all in 10 of the previous 15 years — largely
> because he reported losing much more money than he made.
> The records show that the pageant was the most profitable Miss Universe
> during Mr. Trump’s time as co-owner, and that it generated a personal payday
> of $2.3 million — made possible, at least in part, by the Agalarov family,
> who would later help set up the infamous 2016 meeting between Trump campaign
> officials seeking “dirt” on Mrs. Clinton and a Russian lawyer connected to
> the Kremlin.
> Meet the (Many) Small Business Owners Stiffed by Donald Trump
> President Donald Trump has agreed to shut down his family's embattled
> Trump Foundation, following investigators' allegations the charity misused
> funds by directing them to Mr. Trump or his businesses. The attorney
> general alleged the foundation engaged in a "a shocking pattern of
> “One of the Most Significant Potential Conflicts of Interest in American
> History”: How Everyone From Foreign Governments to Federal Contractors
> Is Quietly Lining Trump’s Pockets
> MAGA is a religious cult that worships a fake past, a mythology of America
> that never existed and was only used as a weapon for political and economic
> Nearly 500 generals, admirals and former national security officials from
> both parties [..] blasted President Donald Trump as "not equal" to the
> challenges of the job
> Caputo's team in June requisitioned $300 million that Congress had previously
> appropriated to the CDC. According to three people with knowledge of the
> deliberations, the request was abrupt and HHS offered minimal detail to CDC
> officials on how the money would be spent for the upcoming campaign.
> Pentagon used taxpayer money meant for masks and swabs to make jet engine
> parts and body armor
> Most people who know the name Sophie Scholl know she was a 21 year old German
> student activist who was executed by the Nazis for distributing anti-Nazi
> pamphlets on her college campus. But people don’t talk about what happened
> leading up to her execution, or what happened after.
> No one talks about this janitor, Jakob Schmid. He got a cash reward and a
> promotion for turning in Sophie and Hans. The University of Munich threw him
> a celebration. Hundreds of students attended and cheered for him. He thanked
> them with a Nazi salute.
> After the war, Jakob Schmid was arrested and put on a trial of his own. He
> said he only turned the Scholls in because distributing pamphlets was against
> university policy - it wasn’t because of the content of the pamphlets.
> When you think of Nazis, you probably think of uniformed officers. But the
> Nazis were a political party of everyday people. So also think of a janitor
> tsk-tsking that someone wasn’t protesting “the right way.” A student at
> rally applauding him. A judge towing the party line.
> If you are white, you might be surprised that your "normal" way of life
> is a privilege that Black people don't get to enjoy.
> The leaked chat logs appear to reveal that some members of the Patriot
> Coalition have taken part in multiple violent rallies throughout the summer,
> A user identified as Paige summed up the general feelings of the group in a
> post made ahead of a what turned out to be a bloody ‘Back the Blue’ rally on
> August 22nd in Portland when she wrote: “I’m waiting for the presidential go
> to start open firing.”
> An FBI intelligence assessment—titled “White Supremacist Infiltration of
> Law Enforcement” and published in 2006 during the administration of
> President George W. Bush—raised alarm over white supremacist groups’
> interest in “infiltrating law enforcement communities or recruiting law
> enforcement personnel.”
> White supremacists present the gravest terror threat to the United States,
> according to a draft report from the Department of Homeland Security.
> How white supremacy infected Christianity and the Republican Party
> The number of white nationalist groups rose for the second straight year,
> a 55 percent increase since 2017, when Trump’s campaign energized white
> In 2016, internal analysis at Facebook found 64% of all extremist group
> joins were due to their own recommendation tools.
> We didn’t simply create something useful and fun. We took a page from Big
> Tobacco’s playbook, working to make our offering addictive at the outset.
> After phone calls with Jewish lawmakers, Trump has muttered that Jews
> “are only in it for themselves” and “stick together” in an ethnic
> allegiance that exceeds other loyalties
> it is clear the vast majority of the violence is coming from either the
> police or right-wing vigilantes, not the protesters themselves.
> Who caused the violence at protests? It wasn’t antifa.
> Michael Johnson and others were certain that school buses full of radical
> left-wing extremists from big cities were coming to Leitchfield, Kentucky,
> where about 50 of their neighbors had gathered on the courthouse lawn to
> chant, “Black lives matter!” and wave signs in solidarity with the
> nation’s surging protest movement.
> The buses didn’t show, but that didn’t mean everyone accepted it was just
> a baseless rumor.
> “That’s a rumor,” the sheriff said. “People are pretty detailed when they
> make up stories.”
> Baptist preacher Jesse Hursey spoke at an Alamance County Trump rally at
> Ace Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. Afterwards, he joined a parade,
> videos from which show Hursey yelling "white power" from his truck near
> Elon University
> A teacher does not need to lie about the Confederacy being founded on the
> principles of intergenerational torture and human bondage when the
> Confederates said as much in their declarations of secession.
> But the truth is that our country is not made worse by young people
> reckoning fully with the legacy of slavery. Such reckoning better prepares
> them to make sense of how our country has come to be, and how to build
> systems and institutions predicated on justice rather than oppression.
> Nothing is more patriotic than that.
> How Police Unions Enable and Conceal Abuses of Power
> The origins of policing in America
> “We want you to police in here, and we’re going to give you a section
> of Bedford Pines to actually have office space. And I want you to lock
> up as many people as possible so we can make these apartments vacant
> and we can knock ’em down.”
> unrelenting demand from protesters in city after city: Defund the police.
> But after months of demonstrations, that rallying cry hasn’t translated
> into reality.
> They are not Christians. They aren’t even conservatives. They are just
> the modern incarnation of a centuries-old American lie that power and
> privilege are gifts from God.
> Two new studies find racial anxiety is the biggest driver of support
> for Trump
> Here’s the idea behind stochastic terrorism:
> * A leader or organization uses rhetoric in the mass media against a
> group of people.
> * This rhetoric, while hostile or hateful, doesn’t explicitly tell someone
> to carry out an act of violence against that group, but a person,
> feeling threatened, is motivated to do so as a result.
> * That individual act of political violence can’t be predicted as such,
> but that violence will happen is much more probable thanks to the
> * This rhetoric is thus called stochastic terrorism because of the way it
> incites random violence.
> “If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the
> Second Amendment people — maybe there is, I don’t know.”
> “I don’t know if I’ll do the fighting myself or if other people will”
> “If you do (hurt him), I’ll defend you in court, don’t worry about it”
> “Knock the crap out of him, would you? I promise you, I will pay your legal
> Such is the intimacy of Trumpism: innuendo and intimation, the wink and
> the revelation.
> Trump escalated his months-long campaign to undermine the legitimacy of
> the Nov. 3 election with comments Wednesday that, taken together and at
> face value, pose his most substantial threat yet to the nation’s history
> of free and fair elections.
> States across the American South have closed nearly 1,200 polling places
> since the Supreme Court weakened a landmark voting-discrimination law in
> “The new provisions target African Americans with almost surgical precision”
> and “impose cures for problems that did not exist,”
> The Secretary of State of Georgia, Brad Raffensperger, admitted to CNN
> that they did not use a postal service licensee to check the names and
> addresses of voters on their purge list to verify that they had moved
> This means that his entire 2019 purge is illegal under the National
> Voter Registration Act, Section 8(c)(A).
> Foreign actors and cybercriminals could create new websites, change
> existing websites, and create or share corresponding social media
> content to spread false information in an attempt to discredit the
> electoral process and undermine confidence in U.S. democratic institutions.
Once you've read the above, listen to this podcast, especially season two:
I encourage every single person who can understand the spoken English language (or read English subtitles) to watch this 150 second clip of Eddie Glaude, to take it in, to accept the truth of it, to process it. The White people of this world, we (yes, me included) must let go the baggage of the lies we call our history.
(via Hari Kondabolu)
internal Facebook research that found right-leaning users tended to be more polarized, or less exposed to different points of view, than those on the left