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Fascism Watch, November 30 [Dec. 1st, 2016|09:21 am]
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ICYMI, yesterday’s fascism watch post included a list of things you can do.

On to Wednesday’s fascist shenanigans!

Trump

Carrier kept a few thousand jobs in the US, yes. But Trump may have promised the company it wouldn’t lose its $6 billion in federal contracts as part of the deal. (Twitter thread from a Washington Post journalist.)

Trump is again speaking to foreign leaders without consulting the State Department, and this leads to embarrassing nonsense and promises he should not be making.

Trump’s DC hotel got a big new tax subsidy after he won the election.

Transition Team & Cabinet Appointees

“If Goldman Sachs is the Swamp, Trump is putting on waders.”

If Petraeus is named Secretary of State, he’ll have to inform his probation officer and get permission to leave North Carolina, at least until Trump pardons him or commutes his sentence.

The new Secretary of Health and Human Services is a member of a fringe medical organization. Here’s what that means.

So why did Tom Price catch my attention more than other Trump cabinet picks? Yes, he detests Obamacare and is likely to be fully enthusiastic about gutting it, but pretty much anyone Trump picked would have been expected to hold that view. It’s pretty much par for the course for the Republican Party these days. I would have been more surprised if Trump had picked someone who was was relatively neutral on the Affordable Care Act. No, what caught my eye was that I learned that Tom Price is a member of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), and that told me a lot about him, none of it good.

Voting

Michigan is trying to rush a new voter suppression law through its lame duck legislature.

Protests

The FAA has declared a no-fly zone over the Standing Rock protests, barring journalists from capturing the sort of drone footage that revealed the highly militarized response to unarmed protesters earlier in the month. Law enforcement aircraft are exempt, of course.

Other Fascist Nonsense

While the Michigan government argues that it’s too expensive to keep providing bottled water to Flint , a town 120 miles away has signed a deal to sell 100 million gallons to Nestle for $200.

I’m not even going to attempt to keep up with the conservative war on women’s health, as it’s only tangentially related to Trump’s efforts to set himself up as an autocrat. However, I feel I should mention that later this month Texas will begin requiring cremation or burial for aborted or miscarried fetuses in a law very similar to one Mike Pence signed in Indiana earlier this year. A judge suspended the Indiana provision the day before it was to take effect.

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Fascism Watch, November 29 (and some things you can do about it) [Nov. 29th, 2016|10:44 pm]
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Today in American fascism…

Trump

Trump is now floating the idea (on Twitter, natch) that some forms of protest should be punished with loss of citizenship.

Chair of the House Oversight Committee was gung-ho about investigating Clinton if she took office, but has lost interest now that the job involves actual crimes and a Republican president.

Which stage of fascism is “cutting off press access” again? Trump hasn’t held a press conference since July 27, but is planning “victory rallies” across the South and Midwest.

Nepotism wouldn’t be Jared Kushner’s only problem if he were given a role in the government. His own company has plenty of conflicts of interest.

For a guy who is about to swear to defend the Constitution, Trump says a lot of things that are contrary to the Constitution.

Pence

Here’s a fascinating profile of Pence and his Koch backing from 2014, featuring some quotes from Kellyanne Conway.

Transition Team & Cabinet Appointees

HHS pick plans to dismantle Medicare; thinks tax credits will let people buy insurance. Does he not know that 47% of Americans don’t make enough to pay taxes, or does he not care?

Ethics are for other people; Mitch McConnell has on intention of recusing himself from his wife’s confirmation vote as Secretary of Transportation.

Our new Treasury Secretary’s resume: 17 years at Goldman Sachs; CEO of a bank that made billions by foreclosing on 36,000 homeowners.

Voting

North Carolina’s Board of Elections slapped down most of its outgoing governor’s spurious challenges, with which he was attempting to run out the clock by simply not conceding until the new state representatives convened and could (in theory) reinstate him despite his loss in the polls. It’s not over yet, though. “The North Carolina imbroglio is so complicated, with so many moving pieces, that a spokesman for the State Board of Elections could not say Tuesday when it might be resolved.” North Carolina’s legislative districts were found to be gerrymandered this summer, and today a federal court ordered the state to redraw its districts and hold new elections for affected districts next fall.

In the presidential race, Jill Stein has filed for recounts in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

Other Fascist Nonsense

Over in the UK, “The only amendment to the government’s sweeping new spying bill so far made by politicians is to stop them from being spied on.” How nice.

So, hey, what can I do about all this?

How to call your representatives when you have social anxiety.

Make Democracy Matter lists your state’s electors and their contact info

Good places to donate:

Subscribe to publications doing good journalism:

Here are a few people who will email you more suggestions:

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This is how we get dictators. [Nov. 29th, 2016|01:01 pm]
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Fascism Watch, November 28 [Nov. 29th, 2016|09:33 am]
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Trump

Trump can’t hold office and profit from Trump Tower DC. The building is leased from the federal government, and the contract prevents elected officials from profiting from it.

Trump thinks wages are too high. Keep on fucking that chicken middle class.

The US media is not equipped to deal with a President-Elect who flat-out lies:

The United States is seeing both a chronic and an acute new version of this public-information problem. The chronic version, recognized but nowhere close to being solved, is the rise of separate fact-universes into which different segments of society silo themselves—occurring at the same time as the “normal” news media are struggling against economic and other pressures.

The acute version is the emergence as president-elect of a man whose nature as a liar is outside what our institutions are designed to deal with. Donald Trump either cannot tell the difference between truth and lies, or he knows the difference but does not care.

The Republicans’ double-standard for ethics has become obvious to everyone.

“If Hillary Clinton wins this election and they don’t shut down the Clinton Foundation and come clean with all of its past activities, then there’s no telling the kind of corruption that you might see out of the Clinton White House,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) told conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt.

Presumably Cotton will take the lead in advising Donald Trump to “shut down” his business activities and “come clean” on what came before. Surely Cotton wants to be consistent.

Transition Team & Cabinet Apopointees

The guy who sued Gawker out of existence is leading the Defense transition.

Petraeus, who had to retire because he shared classified secrets with his mistress, is in the running for State. Comey testified that his transgressions were way worse than Hillary’s email server, but who’s counting.

Bannon wants only property owners to vote, thinks it’s okay that this would disproportionately impact black voters. But he’s totally not a white nationalist! (Spoiler: he’s a white nationalist.)

Trump wants this guy for DHS. This guy wants to send American citizens suspected of sympathizing with terrorists to Guantanamo, sans habeus corpus.

Voting

The elector who wrote back in July that he didn’t think he could vote for Trump has now resigned.

“I do not see how Donald Trump is biblically qualified to serve in the office of the Presidency. Of the hundreds of angry messages that I have received, not one has made a convincing case from scripture otherwise,” he wrote on his blog “The Blessed Path.” “If Trump is not qualified and my role, both morally and historically, as an elected official is to vote my conscience, then I can not and will not vote for Donald Trump for President. I believe voting for Trump would bring dishonor to God.”

Remind me again where the Constitution says God has anything to do with federal office? Oh, right.

Protests

You can try to call a one-sided assault on unarmed protesters “a riot,” but this is 2016. We see you.

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Oh, here we go: Fascism Watch, November 27 [Nov. 27th, 2016|11:27 pm]
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If it wasn’t already clear that Trump is setting himself up as an autocrat, I think today makes it pretty apparent that he’s at least making the attempt.

Trump / Transition Team & Cabinet Appointees / Voting

First, we have Trump on Twitter claiming that “millions of votes” were cast illegally. And yet, he won, and therefore any recounts would be a scam.

Yes, he could be just nuts… or he could be planning to refuse to leave office:

“The nightmare scenario in 2016 was that Trump would refuse to accept the outcome of the election when he was a mere candidate. Imagine if he were to refuse to accept the outcome of the next election once he is the president, and after he has appointed loyalists to control America’s security apparatus.”

And yeah, he could just be a loose cannon, or he could be using Twitter deliberately to disseminate disinformation.

Either way, his administration is planning to gut voting rights.

Also, what the fuck is going on in Montenegro? Two weeks ago neighboring Serbia foiled a Russian coup attempt there, and now there’s a joint Trump/Putin ad reading “Let’s make the world great again — together.” An attempt to reignite the Balkans and give Russia (and us?) an excuse to invade? Again?

Senators Warren and Cummings have asked the GAO to investigate Trump’s use of taxpayer funds for his obviously mixed transition team and business interests. Four weeks ago, Bush’s ethics laywer filed a Hatch Act complaint against Comey with the Offices of Special Counsel and Government Ethics.

Protests

The Sacred Stone camp at Standing Rock has replied to the Army Corps of Engineers’ eviction notice, saying the Army cannot evict them from their own land.

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Fascism Watch, November 26 [Nov. 26th, 2016|09:41 pm]
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Saturday’s authoritarianism in America: just a few stories, but all of them big.

Trump

Russian propaganda fueled our election news; “maintained contacts” with Trump campaign.

Harry Reid to FBI director:

In my communications with you and other top officials in the national security community, it has become clear that you possess explosive information about close ties and coordination between Donald Trump, his top advisors, and the Russian government – a foreign interest openly hostile to the United States, which Trump praises at every opportunity. The public has a right to know this information. I wrote to you months ago calling for this information to be released to the public. There is no danger to American interests from releasing it. And yet, you continue to resist calls to inform the public of this critical information.

By contrast, as soon as you came into possession of the slightest innuendo related to Secretary Clinton, you rushed to publicize it in the most negative light possible.

The Washington Post is keeping a running list of Trump’s conflicts of interest. And the New York Times posted its own widely-researched story on Trump’s global businesses today.

Paul Krugman has Trump’s number.

Trump’s manipulation of media coverage.

Transition Team & Cabinet Appointees

How did Betsy DeVos’s school reforms do in Michigan? Fucking terrible.

The Trump cabinet includes an awful lot of propaganda publishers.

Protests

Cory Booker asks the DOJ to investigate and monitor police tactics at Standing Rock.

 

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Fascism Watch, November 24-25 [Nov. 26th, 2016|08:34 pm]
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A day late and a post short thanks to the holiday. Here’s your combined update for Thursday and Friday.

https://twitter.com/KevinMKruse/status/801906962602557440

Trump

“…it is not a matter of having a president-elect whom many dislike, but having a president-elect whose explicit goal is to destroy the nation.” –Sarah Kendzior

The AP has finally picked up on Trump’s share in  DAPL builder Energy Transfer Partners.

More foreign Trump Towers suddenly moving forward after the election.

With Melania not moving to the White House, the Secret Service will pay $3m/year in rent to stay in Trump Tower. The Secret Service also pays for airfare on Trump Airlines.

The Trump International Hotel hired a “director of diplomatic sales” to attract foreign dignitaries.

Transition Team & Cabinet Appointees

Neo-Nazi Richard Spencer’s wife is a Russian propagandist with allegiance to Putin.

“McGahn’s law firm biography reports he focused on building “due process” into elections enforcement over five years at the FEC. But his critics argue that mostly made it harder to bring enforcement actions against candidates or political action committees that failed to follow the rules.” Our new White House counsel.

Protests

The Army Corps of Engineers has informed the Standing Rock protestors that they must vacate their camp and retreat to “free speech zones,” a phrase one hoped would be retired after the Bush presidency.

Other Fascist Nonsense

https://twitter.com/prchovanec/status/802171057356636161

Google warns journalists and professors: Your account is under attack.

Official censorship tools authorized in the U.K.

“Stories planted or promoted by the Russian disinformation campaign were viewed more than 213 million times.”

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Fascism Watch, November 22 [Nov. 22nd, 2016|11:05 pm]
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Epic shot from the protest tonight.

A photo posted by DSTROYCO (@dstroyco) on

A roundup of outrageous things happening in America today!

Trump

Trump Foundation’s IRS filings admit embezzlement.

The newspaper owned by Trump’s son-in-law would really like you to stop calling his Nazi supporters Nazis.

Yesterday, Trump said he didn’t mention his Scottish golf resort while speaking to Nigel Farage. Today, “I might have brought it up.”

Trump’s decision to split his time between DC and NYC costs NYC $1m/day in assisting the Secret Service.

Transition Team & Cabinet Members

Mike Flynn stands to profit from his position as national security advisor, if appointed.

After Jeff Sessions was not appointed as a judge in 1986, he retaliated against the men who accused him of racism by charging them with corruption.

Since the first creationist he asked to lead the Department of Education declined the job, Trump has moved on to a second one and offered Carson the HUD Secretary job instead.

Trump, today, on Bannon:

Bannon, on Breitbart News, in July:

Voting

Those weird voting results mentioned yesterday, among other things, have prompted computer security experts and election lawyers to press Clinton to ask for a recount in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.

Other Fascist Nonsense

Librarian tells 71-year-old and her knitting group that they should be careful what they talk about.

Less graphic but even more offensive flyers have been posted at Oklahoma University.

Richard Spencer, the neo-Nazi who coined the term “alt-right” and was quoted on CNN yesterday asking if Jews are people, is scheduled to speak at Texas A&M University in a building named after a WWII general who later became the school’s most beloved president. It’s part of the Memorial Student Center complex, which is dedicated to students who died in war. Texas A&M sent more officers to WWII than the combined total of the US Naval and Military Academies.

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Fascism Watch, November 23 [Nov. 22nd, 2016|10:29 pm]
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Today’s roundup of fascist fuckery in America!

Trump

Donald Trump Jr. met with Russians about Syria before the election was held. He was and is not an elected or appointed official.

Trump has turned down most of the daily intelligence briefings he has been offered. The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee says this is no big deal. “Look how many leaders he’s met with, how many phone calls he’s done…” Indeed, those phone calls.

Trump Touted His Turkish Business Partner In A Call With President Erdogan. Vanity Fair offers more context on Trump’s involvement in Turkey.

More details on his phone calls with Argentina and the subsequent announcement of Trump Tower Buenos Aires, as mentioned yesterday.

Trump can’t be bothered to scrub his old tweets.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/503316125405700096

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/474134260149157888

Having politicized climate science, the Trump team now wants to defund politicized science. Arctic temperatures are currently 30°F above normal and ice is melting even though it’s winter.

https://twitter.com/JPernicious/status/801425622610411520

About that statement that he wouldn’t prosecute Clinton…

https://twitter.com/pemalevy/status/801159533661851648

Jared Kushner would need a waiver to anti-nepotism laws to negotiate between Israel and Palestine, but “I think if they worked at it, they could do it,” says Gingrich.

Trump checking all the boxes on despotism with the media.

Trump Foundation received big donation from the same Ukrainian who donated to the Clinton Foundation to such uproar. 

Transition Team & Cabinet Appointees

Let’s start with the relatively small potatoes:

Bannon has been doing shady stuff with his nonprofit, which is not allowed to intervene in campaigns. He’s also on the board of a data mining company set to receive a bunch of federal contracts.

Mike Flynn had technicians secretly install an Internet connection in his Pentagon office, even though it was forbidden. But do tell me more of your thoughts on private email servers used by both Powell and Clinton.

And now for the big one:

Betsy DeVos named Secretary of Education. DeVos is one of America’s biggest supporter of school vouchers and doesn’t believe literacy is a right.

https://twitter.com/aebrennen/status/801511593720872963

And then there’s this…

https://twitter.com/JeffSharlet/status/801570839284088832

No, really, that’s what they posted on their blog less than three weeks ago. It’s an eye-opening read.

I also think about their inner lives. They are working in the adult world, surrounded by cool bustling things and new technology. They are on the streets, in the factories, in the mines, with adults and with peers, learning and doing. They are being valued for what they do, which is to say being valued as people. They are earning money.

Whatever else you want to say about this, it’s an exciting life. You can talk about the dangers of coal mining or selling newspapers on the street. But let’s not pretend that danger is something that every young teen wants to avoid. If you doubt it, head over the stadium for the middle school football game in your local community, or have a look at the wrestling or gymnastic team’s antics at the gym.

I’m really not sure when clandestine dealings with Russia, open support from Nazis and the KKK, and support for kids in coal mines stopped being career-ending news, but here we are.

Anyway, the DeVos family has been buying influence for quite some time.

https://twitter.com/mattyglesias/status/801534288730746880

https://twitter.com/KagroX/status/801618286953824256

Voting

There was evidence back in August that voter databases in Illinois and Arizona had been hacked.

Ours would not be the first election Russia has tampered with.

Protests

Law enforcement agencies from across the country have sent officers to help subdue the Standing Rock protestors.

The protestors have an Amazon wish list, if you’d like to send them some heaters and blankets.

Other Fascist Nonsense

https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/801465511234195458

Facebook can’t be bothered to deal with fake news propaganda in the US, but will develop censorship tools for the Chinese government.

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Fascism Watch, November 23 [Nov. 22nd, 2016|10:29 pm]
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Today’s roundup of fascist fuckery in America!

Trump

Donald Trump Jr. met with Russians about Syria before the election was held. He was and is not an elected or appointed official.

Trump has turned down most of the daily intelligence briefings he has been offered. The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee says this is no big deal. “Look how many leaders he’s met with, how many phone calls he’s done…” Indeed, those phone calls.

Trump Touted His Turkish Business Partner In A Call With President Erdogan. Vanity Fair offers more context on Trump’s involvement in Turkey.

More details on his phone calls with Argentina and the subsequent announcement of Trump Tower Buenos Aires, as mentioned yesterday.

Trump can’t be bothered to scrub his old tweets.

Having politicized climate science, the Trump team now wants to defund politicized science. Arctic temperatures are currently 30°F above normal and ice is melting even though it’s winter.

About that statement that he wouldn’t prosecute Clinton…

Jared Kushner would need a waiver to anti-nepotism laws to negotiate between Israel and Palestine, but “I think if they worked at it, they could do it,” says Gingrich.

Trump checking all the boxes on despotism with the media.

Trump Foundation received big donation from the same Ukrainian who donated to the Clinton Foundation to such uproar. 

Transition Team & Cabinet Appointees

Let’s start with the relatively small potatoes:

Bannon has been doing shady stuff with his nonprofit, which is not allowed to intervene in campaigns. He’s also on the board of a data mining company set to receive a bunch of federal contracts.

Mike Flynn had technicians secretly install an Internet connection in his Pentagon office, even though it was forbidden. But do tell me more of your thoughts on private email servers used by both Powell and Clinton.

And now for the big one:

Betsy DeVos named Secretary of Education. DeVos is one of America’s biggest supporter of school vouchers and doesn’t believe literacy is a right.

And then there’s this…

No, really, that’s what they posted on their blog less than three weeks ago. It’s an eye-opening read.

I also think about their inner lives. They are working in the adult world, surrounded by cool bustling things and new technology. They are on the streets, in the factories, in the mines, with adults and with peers, learning and doing. They are being valued for what they do, which is to say being valued as people. They are earning money.

Whatever else you want to say about this, it’s an exciting life. You can talk about the dangers of coal mining or selling newspapers on the street. But let’s not pretend that danger is something that every young teen wants to avoid. If you doubt it, head over the stadium for the middle school football game in your local community, or have a look at the wrestling or gymnastic team’s antics at the gym.

I’m really not sure when clandestine dealings with Russia, open support from Nazis and the KKK, and support for kids in coal mines stopped being career-ending news, but here we are.

Anyway, the DeVos family has been buying influence for quite some time.

Voting

There was evidence back in August that voter databases in Illinois and Arizona had been hacked.

Ours would not be the first election Russia has tampered with.

Protests

Law enforcement agencies from across the country have sent officers to help subdue the Standing Rock protestors.

The protestors have an Amazon wish list, if you’d like to send them some heaters and blankets.

Other Fascist Nonsense

Facebook can’t be bothered to deal with fake news propaganda in the US, but will develop censorship tools for the Chinese government.

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