Saturday’s news links – Jan. 16, 2021

They Took Umbrellas to a Black Lives Matter Protest. The D.A. Hit Them with Gang Charges The Appeal

#COVID19

Vaccine reserve was already exhausted when Trump administration vowed to release it, dashing hopes of expanded access Washington Post

The Covid-19 Death Toll Is Even Worse Than It Looks WSJ

5 Reasons to Wear a Mask Even After You’re Vaccinated KHN

Saint Anthony Fauci: The Hidden History Alexander Rubinstein

In this Jan. 6, 2021 image from video provided by Robyn Stevens Brody, a line of men wearing helmets and olive drab body armor walk up the marble stairs outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington in an orderly single-file line, each man holding the jacket collar of the man ahead. The formation, known as “Ranger File,” is standard operating procedure for a combat team “stacking up” to breach a building.

Coup Klux Klan

Capitol rioters included highly trained ex-military and cops AP

“As President Trump’s supporters massed outside the Capitol last week and sang the national anthem, a line of men wearing olive-drab helmets and body armor trudged purposefully up the marble stairs in a single-file line, each man holding the jacket collar of the one ahead,” the AP reports.

“The formation, known as ‘Ranger File,’ is standard operating procedure for a combat team that is ‘stacking up’ to breach a building — instantly recognizable to any U.S. soldier or Marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. It was a chilling sign that many at the vanguard of the mob that stormed the seat of American democracy either had military training or were trained by those who did.” …

The notion that political violence simply emerges out of economic desperation, rather than ideology, is comforting. But it’s false. Throughout American history, political violence has often been guided, initiated, and perpetrated by respectable people from educated middle- and upper-class backgrounds. The belief that only impoverished people engage in political violence—particularly right-wing political violence—is a misconception often cultivated by the very elites who benefit from that violence. …

There’s ample precedent for this. When the Ku Klux Klan formed during Reconstruction, according to the historian Eric Foner, its leadership “included planters, merchants, lawyers, and even ministers. ‘The most respectable citizens are engaged in it,’ reported a Georgia Freedmen’s Bureau agent, ‘if there can be any respectability about such people.’”

Longtime Trump advisers connected to groups behind rally that led to Capitol attack ABC News

Roger Stone, Steve Bannon and Michael Flynn all promoted the Jan. 6 rally.

The Capitol Rioters Weren’t ‘Low Class’ The Atlantic

They were business owners, CEOs, state legislators, police officers, active and retired service members, real-estate brokers, stay-at-home dads, and, I assume, some Proud Boys.

The mob that breached the Capitol last week at President Donald Trump’s exhortation, hoping to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, was full of what you might call “respectable people.”

One big mystery remains unsolved: Why was the Capitol left unguarded? Salon

As newly-elected Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo. — a veteran of many Black Lives Matter protests — put it on MSNBC: “Had it been people who look like me, had it been the same amount of people, but had they been Black and brown, we wouldn’t have made it up those steps. … We would have been shot, we would have been tear-gassed.”

A close-up photo of meeting notes carried by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell appears to include drastic national security moves in his meeting with Trump Business Insider

Lindell is holding the notes with a phone in one hand and a coffee cup in the other hand, bending the notes face open so that some sentences are legible. One of those phrases reads “”Insurrection Act now as a result of the assault on the… martial law if necessary upon the first hint of any…”,

White Army vet charged in shooting Black girl at Trump rally ABC News

Capitol Mob Has Roots in Anti-Lockdown Protests Intercept

Reopen and anti-mask groups were a crucial recruiting ground for the “Stop the Steal” effort that culminated in last week’s deadly siege.

“There Was a Very Real Fear That We Would Not Make It Out”: Rep. Pramila Jayapal on Her Escape From the Capitol Riot The Intercept

Sheriffs Helped Lead This Insurrection Slate

Sheriffs play a key role in right-wing white supremacist movements.

Top FEMA official attended Trump’s ‘Stop the Steal’ rally Politico

Billionaires backed Republicans who sought to reverse US election results Guardian

A white supremacist coup succeeded in 1898 North Carolina, led by lying politicians and racist newspapers that amplified their lies The Conversation

Republican State Officials Are Already Using Trump’s Big Lie as Cover To Pursue New Laws To Make It Harder To Vote Common Dreams

Millions Flock to Telegram and Signal as Fears Grow Over Big Tech NYTimes

Signal is a government op Yasha Levine

Signal was created and funded by a CIA spinoff. It is not your friend.

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