I'm back from my hiatus, with a rather unorthodox "Sunday Pages" involving the Matrix, Slacker, Better Call Saul, the 2016 World Series, and the racist origins of the Cubs' 108-year
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1/ I wrote that in DIRTY RUBLES the spring of 2018. This—right here, right now—is what I was worried about—although I will confess that things have gotten scarier and uglier than I could ever have imagined.
2/ On 1/6, we came within a hair’s breadth of a full-on overthrow of our federal government. This is not hyperbole. Trump & his disciples organized, instigated, and carried out a coordinated attack on the Capitol, for the purpose of subverting democracy. People died.
3/ This is NOT time for business as usual. We have to IMMEDIATELY discard outmoded forms of thinking to get through the next eight days. Hard ball. Here. Now.
4/ Calls for “unity” from Republican collaborators are cynical & hallow. Unite with the United States, or join the Trump insurrection. There is no middle ground. You’re with America, or you’re with Trump. Period.
EVERY SINGLE THING HE’S DONE since taking office is to achieve those purposes—that and to enrich himself personally.
1/ His entire family is part of this. Melania is a fucking crook. Ivanka is a fucking crook. Junior and Gums are fucking crooks. They will all die in prison, except for Kushner, who, if he really *did* trade US intel for money, should be executed for espionage.
2/ Why do you think Trump installs uniquely corrupt & awful people to Cabinet positions? Pruitt, Zinke, Betsy, Rex/Pompeo, Wilbur "Melting Nazi Face" Ross. They are not there to serve us. They are not there to drain the swamp. They are there to BURN THE REPUBLIC DOWN.
3/ Trump steals. He takes taxpayer money—your money and mine—and lines his pockets with it. He exploits his office to make himself richer. This is all he cares about. Why are Republican citizens, you “fiscal conservatives,” not more angry about this? Riddle me THAT, #MAGA.
4/ Matt Whitaker, the human dildo and “acting AG,” was illegally installed to throw a monkey wrench in the Mueller investigation. That’s why they won’t release his financials. He’s fucking bought and sold. He’s going to prison for obstruction.
1/ We begin with the three-part series written with mob expert @LincolnsBible. Part One discusses how Trump, a second-generation mob money launderer, became a Confidential Informant, thus avoiding
2/ Part Two details how a guy owned by La Cosa Nostra came to be owned by the Russian mafiya. The 80s were boon times for hostile
3/ In the final segment, @LincolnsBible explains why Trump's criminality is not more widely known, and how the IC's commitment to secrecy above all else failed us these last four
4/ If you believe Rudy Giuliani, now the president's private attorney, somehow changed in the years after 9/11, you'll be surprised to learn that he's always been awful, INCLUDING during his "America's Mayor"
Crank this up for the
1/ One of the more memorable—and frightening—lines from “Nineteen Eighty-Four” reads: “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face— forever.” In Orwell’s dystopia, resistance is futile. Big Brother wins, inevitably.
2/ I refuse to believe this applies to the USA in 2021. I won’t have it. I don’t care how much dirty money mobster spy psy-op disinformation data manipulation corporate MAGA Christofascist QAnon Fox News weapons these fuckers have in their arsenal. WE shall prevail. Not them.
3/ Is this second impeachment infuriating? Yes. Are Trump’s lawyers and his GOP lickspittles gaslighting us yet again? Yes. Does that mean that all hope is lost? Hell no.
4/ I’m hearing this w/r/t impeachment: “’Mueller is coming’ didn’t work out so well.” Can we parse that for a minute? Yes, we wanted Mueller to arrest ALL of them, and he didn’t—because he couldn’t. Rosenstein didn’t allow him to follow the money. Barr cockblocked the Report.
The 30something Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) became heir apparent in 2016. Although he began his regime with a series of modest if widely-publicized reforms, these were designed to disguise his true despotic aims.
2/ Jamal Khashoggi was a Saudi journalist critical of MbS, who portrayed him as the tyrant he is at heart. For this, MbS had Khashoggi brutally murdered.
Jared Kushner is chummy with MbS. Donald Trump is a staunch supporter. Both men have ulterior motives for siding w/MbS.
Charles Kushner, father of Jared Kushner, asks Qatar for a loan to bail out the troubled property at 666 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. The Qataris turn him down.
Saudi Arabia organizes a blockade of Qatar, a country where the US has a major military base. Kushner leads the extreme minority view in the West Wing to support the blockade. To the consternation of the State Department, Donald Trump praises the move.
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As @MarcACaputo reported, they not only want the special master to review every page the FBI seized, but they also want the special master to give *them* access to all of it too, including an unredacted search warrant affidavit. 2/
To give a prospective defendant a peek at each and every page seized lawfully by the FBI plus the underlying search warrant affidavit -- which contains grand jury information and evidence obtained from *multiple* witnesses -- is bonkers. 3/
And it means that Trump's real strategy is not, as I and others thought, just about delay. If he gets his way on the scope of the special master review and his team's role in it, he'll be able to compromise the investigation long before it could become a prosecution.
This is an index Thread to let you find my 'Path' Threads. These six Paths are the main areas of criminal investigation that will take Donald Trump to prison for Life or more (each). I do regular updates to the Paths. This is the link to my August updates to each
Path 1 of 6 is the Weisselberg Path. This is about Donald Trump financial crimes from 2004 to 2021. Allen Weisselberg just pleaded guilty to 15 counts of tax fraud & grand larceny. It is only the first of his 9 criminal trials to
Weisselberg Aug Thread 1/— Tomi T Ahonen Stands With Ukraine (@tomiahonen) August 13, 2022
Ukraine War caused interruption in my updates but time to do Path 1: Allen Weisselberg
Weisselberg is Trump accountant who loses 8 criminal cases & unless he flips, will spend rest of his life in prison
His first criminal court trial starts Oct 24 pic.twitter.com/Uqa3BIWPbz
Path 2 of 6 is the Giuliani path of his crime spree 2019-2021. Rudy has been attempting to flip against Trump and get a plea bargain, after FBI raided his office, home and took his 18 phones. Rudy is not getting a
Aug Update to Giuliani Path 1/— Tomi T Ahonen Stands With Ukraine (@tomiahonen) August 20, 2022
Ukraine war interrupted by regular updates to our Paths but with Rudy testifying under oath in Georgia, let's do update to Giuliani path to take Trump to prison for life
Trump faces SIX paths that take Trump to prison for life. + dozens with less pic.twitter.com/0AKlkNQIjj
Path 3 of 6 is the Matt Gaetz path. This does not expect to catch Trump in rape or sex crimes. But Matt Gaetz's convicion as serial teen rapist (from 2020) will get to Trump crimes in selling Presidential Pardons
Matt Gaetz Aug Thread 1/— Tomi T Ahonen Stands With Ukraine (@tomiahonen) August 29, 2022
Next up is Path 3 to take Donald Trump to prison for life. It starts at the Gaetz of Hell. Matt will be convicted for teen rape, gets 20 years in prison
This case takes to Trump in prison, not for rape, but for selling Presidential bribes
Aug update: pic.twitter.com/taVZTCcuWa
Path 5 of 6 is Tom Barrack path with Trump crimes 2016-2017. Tom ran a series of foreign policy crimes including the extortion of Qatar. Tom's criminal court case starts in September. He got superceding indictments incl
Tom Barrack Aug Thread 1/— Tomi T Ahonen Stands With Ukraine (@tomiahonen) August 15, 2022
Ukraine War caused interruption in my updates but time to do Path 5: Tom Barrack
Tom Barrack was Trump's inauguration finance chair. He is closest thing Trump had to a real friend. Tom was a spy for UAE. He was arrested last summer. His trial in Sept pic.twitter.com/Ewcmk0Sp4O
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Bin Salman heads only one faction.
Mohammad Bin Salman [MbS] not only has to deal with states in the region that want to thwart his plans for Saudi Arabia [SA} & the Middle East [ME] such as Iran, Turkey, Syria, Russia, Quatar...he also has people inside SA itself that don't like his reforms or agenda.
So when the narrative gets presented that "The only way Khashoggi could end up dead is on the direct orders of MbS" you might want to keep this in mind.
There are SEVERAL ways Khashoggi could end up meeting his demise at the hands of Saudis not working on the orders of MbS.
Powerful factions within SA, several of whom do not like the Crown Prince's reforms or the fact he was promoted to his current position ahead of others in the royal family, could have done this in the hopes of pinning it on MbS.
Too many false/fake news stories came out of Turkey in the past week to say anything further. This latest news comes just after it was reported Pompeo heard an audio of the killing that was quickly walked back in less than a day.
Let folks have their many talents, interests and gifts. Life is far more fun with variety, loves.
A lot of folks have come to know me as an activist & I’m grateful that folks care to know me at all.
But I wasn’t born in 2014. I was a whole teacher, executive, policy person, speaker, arts and culture lover, reader, writer, woman of faith, fashion and more before 4 yrs ago 🤷🏾♀️
We rightfully complain that marginalized people are not allowed to be fully human.
But we internalize and transfer our oppression daily. It’s a smog. We all breathe it in & act it out.
And then tell WoC “girl ain’t you supposed to be a _______? Why you doing ____?”
Can I live?
And don’t go reading anything personal into this-this isn’t about me necessarily and it’s no subtweet (I try hard not to do that.)
I’ve just been observing that behavior more and more lately. Especially when it comes to marginalized folks.
Evolution should be our aspiration.
“Can’t knock the hustle” should be our anthem.
As long as someone isn’t bringing active and continual harm, why can’t they explore their many sides?
Panchbhootasthalam representing vayu element, also called Dakshin Kailasha.
As per Shiva’s boon, Vayu is incarnated here as Shiva and worshipped as Kalahasteeswara.
The kshetram is also associated with Rahu and Ketu.
The Kshetram is named after 3 devotees of Shiva- a snake, spider and elephant who worshipped a lingam in the forest. Elephant did jal abhishek with water from its trunk, spider protected it from dust by weaving a web on it and snake adorned it with his jewel.
Once, the web and jewel got washed away when elephant sprayed water on the lingam. Angered snake entered elephant’s trunk and bit him but died in the process. The agitated elephant trampled the spider accidentally. Shiva gave moksha to all three.
Hence the name-Sri for Spider, kaal for snake n hasti for elephant.
Shiv bhakt Kanappa is said to have plucked his own eye to put it on the lingam here when he saw blood oozing from the eye on the lingam
This place is the ultimate location for Rahu Kethu Sarpa Dosha Nivarana.
Yahoo, who bought Tumblr years ago, used to have a huge adult presence on the early net. They allowed adult groups and what not.
However, people and bots (just like now) misused the service, and Yahoo were forced to make a choice. They made private the groups (and later closed them down and sold some of it to other companies) and then ended their chatrooms on yahoo messenger...
after a incident with one of the chatrooms vid cams. The damage was done, Yahoo Messenger lost a lot of people - and with the closing of the groups - backpage and Craigslist came more important.
Now backpage is no more and Craigslist is slowly passing away. Tumblr had a semi strong community, but once 2014 came around and both porn, and political bots exploded the quality started to go down,
It was pretty simple to do—Apple Time Machine backups let me do it with one click.
That first tweet captures, in two pictures, how badly Apple has “lost the plot” (to quote @wylieprof). On the right is the Apple MagSafe adapter, from 2013. On the left, what I had “upgraded” to.
Thanks, Apple! I really was nostalgic for worrying about yanking my computer off the table.
Oh and I really appreciated not knowing if my computer was charging. What was great was the little whoop sound you used, so that the speaker before me could be informed I was charging my laptop.