Sunday’s news links – Jan. 10, 2021

Economic crisis

Job Losses in 2020 Were Worst Since 1939, With Hispanics, Blacks, Teenagers Among Hardest Hit Wall Street Journal

Capitol’s double standard: 2014 Lakota song Indian Country Today

Greg Grey Cloud, Crow Creek Sioux, was arrested at the Capitol in 2014 after singing a traditional song of peace

Iraq Issues An Arrest Warrant For Donald Trump OilPrice

Florida congresswoman conveys violent threat against Rashida Tlaib Electronic Intifada

Video surfaces of Oregon GOP Rep holding state Capitol door open, allowing protesters to enter TheHill

As Pro-Trump Mob Boasts About Roles in Deadly Capitol Invasion, Indigenous Water Protecters Charged for Peaceful Keystone XL Protests

Video Shows Chicago Police Hitting Woman With Patrol Car Newsy

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says Georgia elected ‘communists’ to serve in the U.S. Senate

A day before the riot at the Capitol, people received a call from a group of Republican attorneys general urging them to ‘march:’ report Business Insider

The group – the Republican Attorney General Association – is made up of some of the nation’s highest-ranking law enforcement and legal officers.

Its fundraising arm, the Rule of Law Defense Fund, disseminated robocalls to people urging them to head to the Capitol on January 6, according to NBC News.

“At 1 p.m., we will march to the Capitol building and call on Congress to stop the steal,” a voice on the call said, NBC reported.

Rioters Wanted to Find Pence and Hang Him

Trump Lawyer Calls for Pence’s Execution

FBI Probes Intent of Rioters to Take Hostages

Pro-Trump protester who was crushed to death in Capitol riot carried “Don’t tread on me” flag Salon

These Black Capitol Police Officers Describe Fighting Off “Racist Ass Terrorists” BuzzFeed

Two Black officers told BuzzFeed News that their chief and other upper management left them totally unprepared and were nowhere to be found on the day.

“That was a heavily trained group of militia terrorists that attacked us,” said the officer, who has been with the department for more than a decade. “They had radios, we found them, they had two-way communicators and earpieces. They had bear spray. They had flash bangs … They were prepared. They strategically put two IEDs, pipe bombs in two different locations. These guys were military trained. A lot of them were former military,” the veteran said …

The officer even described coming face to face with police officers from across the country in the mob. He said some of them flashed their badges, telling him to let them through …

“There’s quite a big difference when the Black Lives Matter protests come up to the capitol,” he said. “[On Wednesday], some officers were catering to the rioters.”

He said that what upset him the most was when he later saw images of a white colleague taking a selfie with the attackers, seeming to enjoy his time with the insurrectionists who were roaming the US Capitol with confederate flags and other symbols of white supremacy. …

“I sat down with one of my buddies, another Black guy, and tears just started streaming down my face,” he said. “I said, ‘what the fuck, man? Is this America? What the fuck just happened? I’m so sick and tired of this shit.’”

Soon he was screaming, so that everyone in the rotunda, including his white colleagues, could hear what he had just gone through.

“These are racist ass terrorists,” he yelled out. …

“I got called a n—– 15 times today,” the veteran officer shouted in the rotunda to no one in particular.

Police departments across the U.S. open probes into whether their own members took part in the Capitol riot Washington Post

Seattle police investigating officers who were in DC amid Capitol riot TheHill

The Inaction of Capitol Police Was by Design The Atlantic

Why the ‘Blue Lives Matter’ Thugs Were So Quick to Kill a Cop

On the night before the march, they found D.C. police unwilling to let them do as they like, and even skirmished with cops who blocked them from entering Black Lives Matter Plaza. Those cops seemed not to understand that MAGA were not the ones to be policed. “We don’t got your back no more!” one yelled. “We’re the business owners! We’re the veterans!”

The right to vote

Mail-In Voter Fraud: Anatomy of a Disinformation Campaign

Despite the consensus among independent academic and journalistic investigations that voter fraud is rare and extremely unlikely to determine a national election, tens of millions of Americans believe the opposite. This is a study of the disinformation campaign that led to widespread acceptance of this apparently false belief and to its partisan distribution pattern. Contrary to the focus of most contemporary work on disinformation, our findings suggest that this highly effective disinformation campaign, with potentially profound effects for both participation in and the legitimacy of the 2020 election, was an elite-driven, mass-media led process. Social media played only a secondary and supportive role.

Beyond Capitol riot, Trump voter fraud claims leave their mark Al Jazeera

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