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Roland99

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Hometown: Louisville, KY
Current location: Winter Garden, FL
Member since: Thu Sep 16, 2004, 02:03 PM
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"Oh Berlin"

Danke, meine freunde

“I am learning to see. I don't know why it is, but everything enters me more deeply and doesn't stop where it once used to. I have an interior that I never knew of....” - Rilke

https://twitter.com/RayJay_OG/status/1269264948154322949

Just what the protests needed! More cowbell!!

Digging this!

https://twitter.com/janerecker/status/1269394893878767618

"I am Jack's complete lack of surprise."

At least five Alabama football players tested positive for the coronavirus when they returned to Tuscaloosa this week, according to a report from BamaInsider.com.

Cristobal - White House issues updated projection path

https://twitter.com/Scr0dman/status/1268014978721886211

Watch out AL and FL!

Kansas City police escalate. No provocation

https://twitter.com/weslyinfinity/status/1267321172309544960

Cop got his Nazi feelings hurt maybe?

Orlando PD Chief and Orange County Sheriff take a knee and talk to protesters


https://twitter.com/StephBuffamonte/status/1267234018619260935

This is powerful.
@SheriffMina and @OrlandoPDChief Rolón took a knee and prayed with hundreds of protesters outside of @OrlandoPolice headquarters. #GeorgeFloyd @fox35orlando


Orange County under 10pm-5am curfew.

Local stores closing early (Walmart 5pm, Disney Springs 7pm)

FL Gov moRon DeSantis activating National Guard

https://twitter.com/WESH/status/1267219831742488578

https://www.wesh.com/article/florida-national-guard-activated-protests/32723838
TAMPA, Fla. —
Gov. DeSantis announced that he has activated the Florida National Guard amid protests around the state for racial equality.

Gov. DeSantis activated them on Saturday.

According to a tweet from DeSantis' communications director, Helen Aguirre, there are 150 guardsmen in Miramar, 150 in Camp Blanding and 100 in Tampa.

"These specially trained units support law enforcement in many ways i.e. traffic & crowd control, all to preserve the peace & public safety," read the tweet


Maybe they’ll stop Cult45 members from their mayhem

https://twitter.com/ChameshaF/status/1267212887598272514
Car drove through protest in #Lakeland hitting civilians & this happened Face screaming in fear. #lakeland #protests2020 #BLACK_LIVES_MATTERS ✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾

Wow! Wonderful strategic dissection of how RW extremists create chaos/confusion! Must Read!!

Getting Ready: Our role tonight

https://docs.google.com/document/u/0/d/1vz7m0DrupA5AEIFBWmF4HQ43sI2okT52vftFiVtPJfA/mobilebasic

Friends, we have to prepare by 8:00pm

Last night, right-wing extremists escalated their campaign to create chaos in Mpls & Saint Paul.

They used arson as a primary tactic. It was an escalation from their work to encourage looting on Wednesday night.

https://twitter.com/rljourno/status/1266751050452795392

They are using the widespread (and justifiable) demonstrations of grief about #GeorgeFloyd as a vehicle to advance their political objectives.

They have launched an organized effort to manipulate public perception, deconstruct public infrastructure, and create mistrust and fear.

They will likely return tonight.

What’s going on?

Certain right-wing extremists have a revolutionary orientation. They want to advance their objectives by sparking civil conflict. Their theory is that, if properly polarized (often by race), others will rise up to join them. They see themselves as leading a vanguard effort.

There’s a strain of this kind of thinking that runs through touchstone reactionary documents, like The Turner Diaries, and touchstone terrorist efforts, like the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995.

The latest update is an internet-irony-infused version (of course) that identifies as the Boogaloo movement. You can read more about them here.
https://www.adl.org/blog/the-boogaloo-extremists-new-slang-term-for-a-coming-civil-war
And here:
https://www.bellingcat.com/news/2020/05/27/the-boogaloo-movement-is-not-what-you-think/

You can read about their work to manipulate demonstrations about #GeorgeFloyd here.
https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/pkyb9b/far-right-extremists-are-hoping-to-turn-the-george-floyd-protests-into-a-new-civil-war
Suffice to say, there is growing evidence that some kind of organized effort is afoot in MSP. It appears to have at least three operational forms.

First, they blend into protests, encourage lawlessness, relocate, and repeat. Again and again, those transgressing certain social taboos, like smashing windows, have been white men, masked and sometimes conspicuously geared up.

Remember this one from way back on Wednesday. This guy was acting as an agent provocateur.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/minneapolis-protest-riot-umbrella-man-george-floyd-a9539741.html

It’s a tactic designed to manipulate public perception. By encouraging lawlessness, they can shift the public narrative about the demonstration and produce polarizing (and memorable visuals) like looting.

Second, they attack public infrastructure, both physical and social. Friday night saw the burning of a post office, a first. Previous nights included attacks on banks, pharmacies, grocery stores, etc. It can be easy to miss this if you just see it all as looting.

The story isn’t ‘people want stuff’. The story is: someone is trying to deconstruct the systems that support communities in Minneapolis & Saint Paul.

This attack on infrastructure plays out in a second way, and vividly so on Friday night. They were using geographically widespread acts of arson to force the Minneapolis Fire Department to play Whack-A-Mole.

Friday night’s arsons, particularly those on the Northside, were taking place miles away from demonstrations on the Southside, sometimes focused on beloved institutions.


https://twitter.com/michaelleewrite/status/1266584741274423298

This tactic is designed to create chaos, weaken the community bonds, and discredit political leaders.

Third, there are active disinformation efforts happening online. If you dig through your recent followers or the replies in journalist’s tweets you can pretty easily find bogus accounts. (i.e. those with 1000s of tweets but fewer than 100 followers, accounts created in May 2020 with no personally identifiable information).

These accounts are posting polarizing content, sometimes right-leaning, sometimes left-leaning, often fear-inducing. This tactic is designed to create mistrust and fear.

Look, this stuff is alarming. I guess I am sounding an alarm here; but let me put this in some context. There may not be many of these folks. This post from late last night was a crew of just five in a car.
https://twitter.com/wedgelive/status/1266666617573789697

There are likely more than five, but they are not an insurmountable number. Why are they not insurmountable?

Because they only win if we overreact.
They only win if we overreact.
They only win if we overreact.
They win by making us afraid and by getting us to do their dirty work.

There are at least five things we can do to counter the right-wing extremists who’ve been using the #GeorgeFloyd demonstrations.

1) Go talk to your neighbors today. Build a contact list. Offer to stay up tonight or offer to split up shifts. You do not need to violate curfew. Sitting on your stoop or your deck in the back will be fine. Just prepare together to keep an eye on things tonight.

2) Get in relationship with your implicit bias. The protestors aren’t scary or violent. Black & brown youth aren’t the problem here. You should keep an eye out for white dudes with backpacks. You are preparing for the white nationalists, not the protestors.

3) Obey the curfew tonight. If you’ve been going to the protests, take a night off. The white nationalists are camouflaging themselves inside the protests. They will be more exposed, more obvious, if the crowds are smaller. The Fire Department will be more nimble if the police, national guard, and our elected officials are less strained. Staying home tonight is a legitimate contribution to the cause. We’re not done overhauling the MPD, but we’ve got to expose the right-wingers first.

4) Prepare to document and de-escalate. If you go to a demonstration today, go with friends and go with a mission. Keep your phone charged and your voice loud. Film people who are doing sketchy stuff. Call them out. Add light, not heat, to the situation. The white nationalists are mostly working at night because they don’t want to get caught. Exposure is what scares them off.

5) Share the things you love about our city. Share them online and with your neighbors. Help clean up today. Donate supplies to families who need them. Shop at a local business. Post all that online. Our own fear and reactivity is our enemy. It’s how they win. They only win if we overreact.

We can do this. With each other, for each other, with an abiding love for this badass city we’ve made and remade a dozen times.

Wow! Wonderful strategic dissection of how RW extremists create chaos/confusion! Must Read!!

Getting Ready: Our role tonight

https://docs.google.com/document/u/0/d/1vz7m0DrupA5AEIFBWmF4HQ43sI2okT52vftFiVtPJfA/mobilebasic

Friends, we have to prepare by 8:00pm

Last night, right-wing extremists escalated their campaign to create chaos in Mpls & Saint Paul.

They used arson as a primary tactic. It was an escalation from their work to encourage looting on Wednesday night.

https://twitter.com/rljourno/status/1266751050452795392

They are using the widespread (and justifiable) demonstrations of grief about #GeorgeFloyd as a vehicle to advance their political objectives.

They have launched an organized effort to manipulate public perception, deconstruct public infrastructure, and create mistrust and fear.

They will likely return tonight.

What’s going on?

Certain right-wing extremists have a revolutionary orientation. They want to advance their objectives by sparking civil conflict. Their theory is that, if properly polarized (often by race), others will rise up to join them. They see themselves as leading a vanguard effort.

There’s a strain of this kind of thinking that runs through touchstone reactionary documents, like The Turner Diaries, and touchstone terrorist efforts, like the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995.

The latest update is an internet-irony-infused version (of course) that identifies as the Boogaloo movement. You can read more about them here.
https://www.adl.org/blog/the-boogaloo-extremists-new-slang-term-for-a-coming-civil-war
And here:
https://www.bellingcat.com/news/2020/05/27/the-boogaloo-movement-is-not-what-you-think/

You can read about their work to manipulate demonstrations about #GeorgeFloyd here.
https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/pkyb9b/far-right-extremists-are-hoping-to-turn-the-george-floyd-protests-into-a-new-civil-war
Suffice to say, there is growing evidence that some kind of organized effort is afoot in MSP. It appears to have at least three operational forms.

First, they blend into protests, encourage lawlessness, relocate, and repeat. Again and again, those transgressing certain social taboos, like smashing windows, have been white men, masked and sometimes conspicuously geared up.

Remember this one from way back on Wednesday. This guy was acting as an agent provocateur.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/minneapolis-protest-riot-umbrella-man-george-floyd-a9539741.html

It’s a tactic designed to manipulate public perception. By encouraging lawlessness, they can shift the public narrative about the demonstration and produce polarizing (and memorable visuals) like looting.

Second, they attack public infrastructure, both physical and social. Friday night saw the burning of a post office, a first. Previous nights included attacks on banks, pharmacies, grocery stores, etc. It can be easy to miss this if you just see it all as looting.

The story isn’t ‘people want stuff’. The story is: someone is trying to deconstruct the systems that support communities in Minneapolis & Saint Paul.

This attack on infrastructure plays out in a second way, and vividly so on Friday night. They were using geographically widespread acts of arson to force the Minneapolis Fire Department to play Whack-A-Mole.

Friday night’s arsons, particularly those on the Northside, were taking place miles away from demonstrations on the Southside, sometimes focused on beloved institutions.


https://twitter.com/michaelleewrite/status/1266584741274423298

This tactic is designed to create chaos, weaken the community bonds, and discredit political leaders.

Third, there are active disinformation efforts happening online. If you dig through your recent followers or the replies in journalist’s tweets you can pretty easily find bogus accounts. (i.e. those with 1000s of tweets but fewer than 100 followers, accounts created in May 2020 with no personally identifiable information).

These accounts are posting polarizing content, sometimes right-leaning, sometimes left-leaning, often fear-inducing. This tactic is designed to create mistrust and fear.

Look, this stuff is alarming. I guess I am sounding an alarm here; but let me put this in some context. There may not be many of these folks. This post from late last night was a crew of just five in a car.
https://twitter.com/wedgelive/status/1266666617573789697

There are likely more than five, but they are not an insurmountable number. Why are they not insurmountable?

Because they only win if we overreact.
They only win if we overreact.
They only win if we overreact.
They win by making us afraid and by getting us to do their dirty work.

There are at least five things we can do to counter the right-wing extremists who’ve been using the #GeorgeFloyd demonstrations.

1) Go talk to your neighbors today. Build a contact list. Offer to stay up tonight or offer to split up shifts. You do not need to violate curfew. Sitting on your stoop or your deck in the back will be fine. Just prepare together to keep an eye on things tonight.

2) Get in relationship with your implicit bias. The protestors aren’t scary or violent. Black & brown youth aren’t the problem here. You should keep an eye out for white dudes with backpacks. You are preparing for the white nationalists, not the protestors.

3) Obey the curfew tonight. If you’ve been going to the protests, take a night off. The white nationalists are camouflaging themselves inside the protests. They will be more exposed, more obvious, if the crowds are smaller. The Fire Department will be more nimble if the police, national guard, and our elected officials are less strained. Staying home tonight is a legitimate contribution to the cause. We’re not done overhauling the MPD, but we’ve got to expose the right-wingers first.

4) Prepare to document and de-escalate. If you go to a demonstration today, go with friends and go with a mission. Keep your phone charged and your voice loud. Film people who are doing sketchy stuff. Call them out. Add light, not heat, to the situation. The white nationalists are mostly working at night because they don’t want to get caught. Exposure is what scares them off.

5) Share the things you love about our city. Share them online and with your neighbors. Help clean up today. Donate supplies to families who need them. Shop at a local business. Post all that online. Our own fear and reactivity is our enemy. It’s how they win. They only win if we overreact.

We can do this. With each other, for each other, with an abiding love for this badass city we’ve made and remade a dozen times.

I was too young to remember, did Nixon address protesters or ignore/incite a la Twitler?

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