An FBI affidavit described preparations by the Proud Boys to storm the Capitol, including using earpieces and walkie-talkies to direct movements through the building.
Mas em vez de estarmos a tentar interpretar Orwell, o melhor é dar-lhe a palavra: “The freedom of the Press in Britain was always something of a fake, because in the last resort, money controls opinion; still, so long as the legal right to say what you like exists, there are always loopholes for an unorthodox writer.” (traduzindo para a polémica atual, penso que seria o equivalente a dizer que poder do Twitter e do Facebook torna a liberdade expressão largamente fictícia, mas não é tão mau como seria a censura estatal aberta, porque sempre dá para escrever opiniões dissidentes em blogs ou via Telegram ou Signal).
Ainda pegando nisto, é uma mistura de “1984” (uma entidade com alta tecnológia que controla quase tudo) com “O Vil Metal” (o poder do capital) e mais um pouco de “Homenagem à Catalunha” (a esquerda institucional, a pretexto da unidade na luta anti-fascista, a tentar não pôr em causa o poder dos capitalistas anti-fascistas).
‘A Total Failure’: The Proud Boys Now Mock Trump (New York Times):
The comments are a startling turn for the Proud Boys, which for years had backed Mr. Trump and promoted political violence. Led by Enrique Tarrio, many of its thousands of members were such die-hard fans of Mr. Trump that they offered to serve as his private militia and celebrated after he told them in a presidential debate last year to “stand back and stand by.” On Jan. 6, some Proud Boys members stormed the U.S. Capitol.
But since then, discontent with Mr. Trump, who later condemned the violence, has boiled over. On social media, Proud Boys participants have complained about his willingness to leave office and said his disavowal of the Capitol rampage was an act of betrayal. And Mr. Trump, cut off on Facebook and Twitter, has been unable to talk directly to them to soothe their concerns or issue new rallying cries.
The Proud Boys’ anger toward Mr. Trump has heightened after he did nothing to help those in the group who face legal action for the Capitol violence. On Wednesday, a Proud Boy leader, Joseph Biggs, 37, was arrested in Florida and charged with unlawful entry and corruptly obstructing an official proceeding in the riot. At least four other members of the group also face charges stemming from the attack.
Apesar de tudo, correu-lhes melhor do que aos originais (quando o seu lider também decidiu fazer as pazes com o establishment e demarcar-se de elementos incómodos).
Today, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (MI-13) led nine of her colleagues in sending a letter to Congressional leadership, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, urging that national security powers not be expanded in light of the attack on the U.S. Capitol that occurred two weeks ago, as such measures often lead to the erosion of Americans’ civil liberties.
“The Trump mob’s success in breaching the Capitol was not due to a lack of resources at the disposal of federal law enforcement, and in this moment we must resist the erosion of our civil liberties and Constitutional freedoms, however well-intentioned proposed security reforms may be,” the lawmakers wrote. “We firmly believe that the national security and surveillance powers of the U.S. government are already too broad, undefined, and unaccountable to the people.” (…)
The letter was cosigned by Reps. Earl Blumenauer, Jamaal Bowman, Pramila Jayapal, Ro Khanna, Mondaire Jones, Barbara Lee, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley.
The full text of the letter can be read here.
How the QAnon Cult Stormed the Capitol, por Daniel Besssner e Amber A’lee Frost:
Perhaps the strangest thing about the media coverage of the Capitol Hill rally was how little of it focused on the visible presence of QAnon. What’s behind the Q cult, and how can we confront it?
Até a Opus Dei, pelos vistos, já não se sente muito à vontade com o que o Gonçalo Portocarrero de Almada escreve.
Se me perguntassem isso a mim era complicado responder, porque o que eu ouço normalmente é uma playlist de 709 músicas que ando a construir desde para aí 2005.
No entanto, decidi fazer uma experiência – ver simplesmente as primeiras 15 músicas que tocavam no modo aleatório (e depois como deu de seguida três músicas do mesmo interprete, decidi mudar as regras a meio do jogo e não repetir autores). E pronto, aqui temos (curiosamente, há muitos interpretes que eu tenho uma porção de músicas na tal playlist e não apareceu nenhuma…):
Panic in streets – Praying Mantis
Please don’t hurt me – Nomads
We were all wounded at wounded knee – Redbone
Reflection of my life – The Marmalade
Lenda de El-Rei D. Sebastião – Quarteto 1111
In the Year 2525 – Zager & Evans
Gypsy Woman – Brian Hyland
Flor de Retama – Martina Portocarrero
The Times They Are A-Changin’ – Boby Dylan
Your Love Is Lifting Me Higher – Rita Coolidge
Blue Sky – The Allman Brothers
Take A Message To Mary – Everly Brothers
Angels With Dirty Faces – The Oppressed
Porquê? – Crise Total
Kids in America – Kim Wilde
E isto saiu um bocado para o “Ok, boomer”, com umas duas ou três da minha “geração X” à mistura…