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THE POLITICS OF PANIC

Be afraid, very afraid, so afraid that you are willing to surrender your God-given inalienable rights to the authoritarian progressive socialist democrats…

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Summary

The Acting Secretary of Homeland Security has issued a National Terrorism Advisory System(NTAS) Bulletin due to a heightened threat environment across the United States, which DHS believes will persist in the weeks following the successful Presidential Inauguration. Information suggests that some ideologically-motivated violent extremists with objections to the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition, as well as other perceived grievances fueled by false narratives, could continue to mobilize to incite or commit violence.

Details

Throughout 2020, Domestic Violent Extremists (DVEs) targeted individuals with opposing views engaged in First Amendment-protected, non-violent protest activity. DVEs motivated by a range of issues, including anger over COVID-19 restrictions, the 2020 election results, and police use of force have plotted and on occasion carried out attacks against government facilities.

[OCS: Notice how they have expanded the group of domestic terrorists to include “extremists,” which can be defined as anyone opposing “official” (i.e., progressive socialist democrat) views.

There is no limit to the anger of so-called extremists of any type. Still, the number of individuals and organizations willing to organize to commit acts of terror or mass killings is relatively few in number. There is no reason to surveil or punish the law-abiding public for the actions of a few.

We have seen our government refuse to call out far-left domestic terrorist groups like Antifa and Black Lives Matter when they attack local, state, and federal facilities other than the Capitol complex. In many cases, we find Mayors ordering law enforcement to “stand down” or not cooperate with federal law enforcement.

In the Capitol case, security planning officials noted the danger, requested assistance, and were denied the necessary assistance to protect the Capitol building by the leadership of the House and Senate security apparatus – and the Mayor of Washington D.C.]

Long-standing racial and ethnic tension—including opposition to immigration—has driven DVE attacks, including a 2019 shooting in El Paso, Texas that killed 23 people.

[OCS: Has anyone else noticed that former President Obama and his fellow travelers greatly increased racial tension in the nation – and, in general, the identity politics of the progressive socialist democrats have done more to divide Americans than any other natural or organized force in America?]

DHS is concerned these same drivers to violence will remain through early 2021 and some DVEs may be emboldened by the January 6, 2021 breach of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., to target elected officials and government facilities.

[OCS: Has anyone considered that the activists and agitators were encouraged to attack the Capitol complex because prior attacks on state capitol buildings, federal buildings, and other government infrastructure were tolerated, lauded, and excused by the political leadership.

Most of those who entered the Capitol Complex were not domestic terrorists; they were useful idiots there for the excitement, selfies, and souvenirs. Attacks in other venues by the same individuals were not punished, so they did not understand or appreciate the risk of attacking the Capitol building with a joint session of Congress in session.

The fact that the Capitol police did not immediately stop individuals wearing ballistic armor, gas masks, and carrying improvised weapons for trespass and intent to riot is inexcusable. That the Capitol Police were denied sufficient support to carry out arrests and protect the Capitol building lies with the government. It is almost as if they encouraged the riot as the raison d'être for taking political action against President Trump and the American populace.]

DHS remains concerned that Homegrown Violent Extremists (HVEs) inspired by foreign terrorist groups, who committed three attacks targeting government officials in 2020,remain a threat.

[OCS: This is a nonsense statement because it is a given that foreign groups will always try to radicalize homegrown terrorists. Islamic terrorists have made it a priority to convert and radicalize black prisoners while incarcerated.] 

Threats of violence against critical infrastructure, including the electric, telecommunications and healthcare sectors, increased in 2020 with violent extremists citing misinformation and conspiracy theories about COVID-19 for their actions.

[OCS: I wish someone would explain why "terrorist" activity happens mostly in areas governed by progressive socialist democrats?]

DHS, as well as other Federal agencies and law enforcement partners will continue to take precautions to protect people and infrastructure across the United States.

[OCS: Right! Like the number of times the FBI ignored or did not act on credible intelligence. DHS is too big, too unwieldy, and with too much infighting to be an effective force in the war against terror. Fusion centers are not the answer. A smaller agency with fewer bureaucrats and more agents is a viable solution.

I would be remiss if I did not note that our premier intelligence and law enforcement agencies breached the trust of the American people by misusing tools aimed at terrorists against U.S. citizens on domestic soil for political purposes.]

DHS remains committed to preventing violence and threats meant to intimidate or coerce specific populations on the basis of their religion, race, ethnicity, identity or political views.

[OCS: More bullshit identity politics from the progressive socialist democrats. Protect ALL Americans, not just those who claim to be in a privileged class. This is tantamount to a racist statement because most straight white male individuals do not fall into any protected class.]

DHS encourages state, local, tribal, and territorial homeland security partners to continue prioritizing physical security measures, particularly around government facilities, to protect people and critical infrastructure.

[OCS: Listen up, progressive socialist democrats – your government is speaking.]

In the final analysis, this appears to be little more than a CYA (“cover your ass”) warning designed to scare people into allowing intrusive surveillance, censorship, and other authoritarian practices.

Why do we need a standing army in Washington, D.C., if not for the optics of potential peril and panic?

Are our legislators, or should I say the majority Democrats, so afraid of what they are doing or about to do that they need 7,000 soldiers in addition to the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police and the Capitol Police? 

Sen. Tom Cotton: Our National Guard's Capitol mission is complete – it's time to send home the troops

The lesson of the Capitol riot is not that we should quarter a standing army at the Capitol just in case. The National Guard soldiers who deployed to protect the Capitol this month certainly deserve such gratitude. They deployed on short notice, leaving behind their families and jobs.

Despite cold weather and uncomfortable conditions, these soldiers did their duty, in the finest traditions of the Guard. Their presence, coupled with tough federal charges against the Capitol rioters, deterred any further violence; the presidential inauguration occurred without incident.

With the inauguration complete and threats receding, now it’s time, yes, to send home the troops. <Source>

Another backdoor to the surveillance state or a publicity/promotion strategy?

Without any legal protections or safeguards, will U.S. individuals eventually be panicked into giving up DNA that can be used by the government to identify criminals and the family members of people of interest?

New 23andMe Tool Assesses Risk of Covid-19 Becoming Severe.

DNA-testing company 23andMe Inc. has launched a new tool that aims to predict an infected person’s risk of developing a severe case of Covid-19, expanding the company’s bid to deliver actionable insight on health.

An algorithm was created from the data that the company says can predict the likelihood of hospitalization for those infected. The ability of companies such as 23andMe to show that DNA tests can do more than help people explore their heritage is key to the growth of the consumer genomics industry.

Anyone can use the tool. Just input data points like age, sex and pre-existing health conditions, and the algorithm will spit out the percentage of people with those characteristics likely to be hospitalized with the virus.

The tool does not incorporate genetic factors in analyzing a person’s risk, but as more research uncovers associations between genetics and the coronavirus, that may come down the line. <Source>

I find it ironic that the woke social justice warrior progressives are not calling out the company for disparate impact and a lack of access for economically disadvantaged communities. Or attempting to subsidize the service, offering tax credits, or demanding that insurance companies cover the costs.

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What’s up with the “Fauch? …

When does a scientist answer “likely does” when asked an important question about a deadly subject? The truth may be that Fauci was partly responsible for the pandemic when he agreed to fund coronavirus research in the Wuhan lab at the center of the virus outbreak.

In 2019, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), with the backing of Fauci-led National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), committed $3.7 million over six years for research on coronaviruses in China, according to a report in Newsweek. The research also included gain of function work, which involves manipulating viruses in the lab to explore their potential for infecting humans. The program followed another $3.7 million, 5-year project for collecting and studying bat coronaviruses, which ended in 2019, bringing the total to $7.4 million, it said. <Source>

FAUCHI

Dr. Fauci recommends TWO masks after previously advising to not wear a mask at all

Dr. Anthony Fauci was asked on the Today Show about the efficacy of wearing two face masks to prevent against the spread of coronavirus, and he said that it "likely does" make a difference.

"This is a physical covering," Fauci said, "to prevent droplets and virus to get in. So if you have a physical covering with one layer, you put another layer on it just makes common sense that it likely would be more effective and that's why you see people either double masking or doing a version of an N95."

On March 8 in an interview with 60 Minutes, Fauci said "There's no reason to be walking around with a mask. When you're in the middle of an outbreak, wearing a mask might make people feel a little bit better and it might even block a droplet, but it's not providing the perfect protection that people think that it is. And, often, there are unintended consequences—people keep fiddling with the mask and they keep touching their face."

It was in April that the CDC updated its guidance on face masking and Fauci began to change his tune. The CDC said that face masks were recommended "in public settings when around people outside their household, especially when social distancing measures are difficult to maintain." <Source>

When angry, Joe is awake…

OBEY

Pissed off…

It appears that the National Baseball Hall of Shame will have no inductees this year since the “woke” sportswriters failed to support Curt Schilling, one of the best players of all time, because of his conservativism. Schilling came 16-votes shy of the 75% of the votes required with 71.1 percent. It appears that with some sportswriters, your political belief defines your character. Schilling requested to be left off next year’s ballot, the last year of his eligibility.

Bottom line…

You can’t trust the government. You can’t trust the media. You can’t trust the science. You can’t trust the teachers. You can’t even trust sports. The only thing left is to believe in is yourself, do your own research, and make an informed bet on the odds. It's all summed up in this WWII Penny Postcard.

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We are so screwed.

-- steve


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