CASCADIAN PARK RANGERS ARE REBELLING ON TWITTER. As are various other National Park Service rangers. @AltNatParkSer is the Twitter ID.
Washington State Senator Mark Miloscia needs to be unseated in 2018. He's in Federal Way. Anybody in his district: seriously, mark this down, REMEMBER IT. I know it's a long time, use a calendar reminder, whatever. It's a swing district, get things going in the primaries, get somebody nominated. You've got lots of time. Get it done. (See item 11.)
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How to Culture Jam a Populist in Four Easy Steps
By Andrés Miguel Rondón -
January 20, 2017
[I don't think this fits as well the current situation as he thinks it does, but it's still interesting from someone who has been through it.]
The whole world’s eyes are on Washington today, and not in a good way. As Venezuelans, we’re looking North with more trepidation than most today, even though — in fairness — the panic over Trump-as-northern-Chávez is premature. A politician is to be judged by what it does in office, not by what he says before he gets there. Beating Chávez historic economic demolition of the richest oil country in the world, during the biggest oil bonanza ever, leaving behind an inflation-ridden, bullet-stricken, hungry, ailing country — is quite an ask. But let’s see what happens.
Because in one way, Trump and Chávez are identical: they are masters of Populism.
The recipe is universal. Find a wound common to many, someone to blame for it and a good story to tell. Mix it all together. Tell the wounded you know how they feel. That you found the bad guys. Label them: the minorities, the politicians, the businessmen. Cartoon them. As vermin, evil masterminds, flavourless hipsters, you name it. Then paint yourself as the saviour. Capture their imagination. Forget about policies and plans, just enrapture them with a good story. One that starts in anger and ends in vengeance. A vengeance they can participate in.
That’s how it becomes a movement. There’s something soothing in all that anger. Though full of hatred, it promises redemption. Populism can’t cure your suffering, but it can do something almost as good — better in some ways: it can build a satisfying narrative around it. A fictionalized account of your misery. A promise to make sense of your hurt. It is them. It’s been them all along.
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the man with a lantern
Interview by Michael Miner
December 7, 2016
I first heard the name Laquan McDonald from a whistleblower who contacted a colleague of mine. Two or three weeks after the [October 2014] shooting, I stood at 41st and Pulaski, the shooting site, and asked myself, “What happened here?” Over time I found a civilian witness who was very credible, and ultimately I got the autopsy report, and began to piece together the story. We often use the term “code of silence,” but it’s really a matter of narrative control. From the moment Laquan McDonald lay bleeding out on the ground, a narrative was forming about what happened, and within hours the city put out an account that was completely false about an aggressive, erratic young man who threatened the police. In order to sustain that false narrative, it proved necessary to intimidate witnesses, destroy evidence, falsify police reports, withhold public information from the public, stonewall the press, and, ultimately, pay out a $5 million settlement to the family in an effort to keep the video from coming out. Yet in the end, the official narrative utterly and completely cratered, and with it the political power of various actors—the mayor, the state’s attorney, the superintendent of police—creating a whole new political landscape in Chicago. A space was created for truth telling about the underlying conditions that allowed the shooting.
I think “cover-up” is not the right description of what happened. A cover-up is a discrete set of conspiratorial and criminal acts. This was standard operating procedure. The press likes to describe everything as a crisis, but in this instance the crisis is that there is no crisis. A crisis is a departure from the norm, and what we’re contending with is the norm. It’s our increased clarity about the underlying nature of the institutional racism we’re confronting that is so daunting and challenging, and at the same time such an opportunity. If we can tell the truth about these conditions, we gain power to fix them. In that sense, this is a moment of great opportunity—and also peril.
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Trump Executive Order on DAPL Violates Law and Tribal Treaties
The decision puts water for 17 million people at risk
Standing Rock | Sioux Tribe statement
24 January 2017
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Going around right-wing circles: low attendance at Trump inauguration due to protestor action blocking Metro stations
Seen on Facebook, 23 an 24 January 2017
Echoing the completely baseless claim that Mr. Trump would've won the popular vote without "3-5 million illegal votes," right-wing discussion is now circling around the idea that Mr. Trump's low inauguration audience numbers was a direct result of leftist/protestor action blocking access to DC Metro stations.
I don't have useful sources for this, I'm just seeing it, and want it known that this is the meme currently solidifying.
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USDA Scientists Have Been Put On Lockdown Under Trump
BuzzFeed News Reporter
24 January 2017
“Starting immediately and until further notice” the department’s main research division “will not release any public-facing documents,” according to an internal memo.
The US Department of Agriculture has banned scientists and other employees in its main research division from publicly sharing everything from the summaries of scientific papers to USDA-branded tweets as it starts to adjust to life under the Trump administration, BuzzFeed News has learned.
According to an email sent Monday morning and obtained by BuzzFeed News, the department told staff — including some 2,000 scientists — at the agency’s main in-house research arm, the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), to stop communicating with the public about taxpayer-funded work.
“Starting immediately and until further notice, ARS will not release any public-facing documents,” Sharon Drumm, chief of staff for ARS, wrote in a department-wide email shared with BuzzFeed News.
“This includes, but is not limited to, news releases, photos, fact sheets, news feeds, and social media content,” she added.
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Scientists' March on Washington
The responsible application of science to government
21 January 2017
What is the Scientists' March on Washington
Welcome! We want to thank you all for your incredible outpouring of support for this march. We are working to schedule a March for Science on DC and across the United States. We have not settled on a date yet but will do so as quickly as possible and announce it here.
Although this will start with a march, we hope to use this as a starting point to take a stand for science in politics. Slashing funding and restricting scientists from communicating their findings (from tax-funded research!) with the public is absurd and cannot be allowed to stand as policy. This is a non-partisan issue that reaches far beyond people in the STEM fields and should concern anyone who believes in empirical research and science.
There are certain things that we accept as facts with no alternatives. The Earth is becoming warmer due to human action. The diversity of life arose by evolution. Politicians who devalue expertise risk making decisions that do not reflect reality and must be held accountable. An American government that ignores science to pursue ideological agendas endangers the world.
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The Trump administration’s meltdown proves it.
By Jamelle Bouie
Slate | Jan. 24 2017
As a candidate, Donald Trump seemed untouchable. His Republican rivals struggled to break his hold on large parts of the GOP base, and Hillary Clinton failed to disqualify him as a potential president despite constant attacks on his prejudice and temperament. “Teflon Don,” some took to calling him. The man seemed immune to attack from political rivals.
But that was never quite true. Trump was harmed by those attacks. He finished the year as the most unpopular nominee in modern memory, and he now stands as the most unpopular new president in the history of modern polling. The difference is that, during the election, Trump had a shield of sorts. He was an outsider. Millions of voters would forgive his flaws and foibles because he promised to shake things up. In some ways, the grotesqueries of his persona, rather than anathematizing him to voters, only enhanced his appeal among those wishing for something different. And by November, a critical set of voters were ready to elect him for the simple fact that he wasn’t Clinton.
At the same time, he was still Donald Trump: still impatient, impulsive, dishonest, and deeply narcissistic. And now Trump is an actual president with real responsibilities. He has to stand on his own against a largely unified opposition, a critical press, and an unforgiving public. If the first few days of his presidency are any indication, that’s just too much. Faced with a lackluster inauguration and mass protests, President Trump had a bona fide meltdown and drove his staff to make serious errors, immediately undermining his administration. This isn’t just cause for schadenfreude; it is an important revelation: constant, high-profile criticism works. Protest works.
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Trump expected to order temporary ban on refugees
By Julia Edwards Ainsley | WASHINGTON
Reuters - Wed Jan 25, 2017
U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to sign executive orders starting on Wednesday that include a temporary ban on most refugees and a suspension of visas for citizens of Syria and six other Middle Eastern and African countries, say congressional aides and immigration experts briefed on the matter.
Trump, who tweeted that a "big day" was planned on national security on Wednesday, is expected to ban for several months the entry of refugees into the United States, except for religious minorities escaping persecution, until more aggressive vetting is in place.
Another order will block visas being issued to anyone from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, said the aides and experts, who asked not to be identified.
In his tweet late on Tuesday, Trump said: "Big day planned on NATIONAL SECURITY tomorrow. Among many other things, we will build the wall!"
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Badlands National Park's Viral Tweets on Climate Change Just Disappeared
Did the Trump administration crack down?
Tim Murphy | Mother Jones | Jan. 24, 2017 5:55 PM
On Tuesday morning, the official Badlands National Park Twitter account started talking about climate change:
Because President Donald Trump has previously said climate change is a Chinese hoax, and because the administration has, apparently, banned Environmental Protection Agency employees from talking about anything, and because the main National Park Service Twitter account was recently censored by the White House for (gently!) mocking Trump's small inauguration crowd size, Badlands' tweetstorm quickly went viral.
But four hours after the first one went out, the four tweets about climate change were deleted.
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Alt US National Park Service
The Unofficial "Resistance" team of U.S. National Park Service. Not taxpayer subsidised! Come for rugged scenery, fossil beds, 89 million acres of landscape
We are definitely real! Come visit us at Mt Rainer National Park. (We are in Washington)
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The Morning News: Federal Way Lawmaker Calls Protesting Trump "unAmerican" and "unChristian"
by Sydney Brownstone • Jan 24, 2017 at 7:53 am
Welcome to Your Fascist USA: Washington State Senator Mark Miloscia, a legislator who has consistently opposed LGBTQ civil rights and women's access to healthcare, took to his Facebook page to "shame" the millions of people who exercised their First Amendment rights over the weekend. He called the protests and women's/womxn's marches across the country "ugly, unAmerican, and unChristian protest activities." For good measure he added, "For Shame! For Shame!"
Bonus: When former state representative Dawn Morrell asked Miloscia to check his white male privilege in a Facebook comment, Miloscia accused her of making a "racist, sexist" slur.
Mark Miloscia Is Up for Re-election in 2018: And Federal Way is a swing district. Both House seats are held by Democrats. If you're wondering what you can do after marching this weekend, maybe start organizing to unseat someone who calls your First Amendment rights "unAmerican."