False Rumor of Antifa Flag Burning — White Supremacist & Militia Madness Ensues

Here’s a story that’s very humorous to read. It seems somebody using a fake name made posts to facebook about a flag-burning gathering at Gettysburg.

The rumor spread amongst the white supremacists and militia, and they showed up in force.

Nobody else showed up. No Antifa. No flag burning. Just a lot of RWers holding their guns.

Well, there was one incident: A RWer accidentally shot himself in the leg.

Washington Post

Sheer Stupidity and Greed: Deregulating the Banks

The financial crisis of 2008 resulted in the establishment of new rules for banks–to help protect against another crash.

Now, those rules are being loosened…as we’re in possibly the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

The changes, set to take effect on Oct. 1, will make it easier for big banks to devote more of their resources to investments in venture capital funds and other vehicles—the kind risky of speculation that sent the entire U.S. financial system into a tailspin in 2008.

Regulators on Thursday also eliminated a requirement that banks set aside a certain amount of financial cushion to protect against trading losses. The rollback could free up tens of billions of dollars for Wall Street banks.

Common Dreams

More Evidence that Exposure to Right-Wing Media Rots Your Brain

In recent weeks, three studies have focused on conservative media’s role in fostering confusion about the seriousness of the coronavirus. Taken together, they paint a picture of a media ecosystem that amplifies misinformation, entertains conspiracy theories and discourages audiences from taking concrete steps to protect themselves and others.

“We are receiving an incredible number of studies and solid data showing that consuming far-right media and social media content was strongly associated with low concern about the virus at the onset of the pandemic,” said Irene Pasquetto, chief editor of the Harvard Kennedy School Misinformation Review, which published one of the studies.

…those who relied on conservative sources, such as Fox News and Rush Limbaugh, were more likely to believe in conspiracy theories or unfounded rumors, such as the belief that taking vitamin C could prevent infection, that the Chinese government had created the virus, and that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was exaggerating the pandemic’s threat “to damage the Trump presidency.”

Washington Post


Republicans, Democrats Move Even Further Apart in Coronavirus Concerns

Growing share of Republicans say ‘the worst is behind us’

What the Hell is Wrong with Some People: Threatening Public Health Officials

Some public health officials who recommend coronavirus safety measures have found themselves being threatened.

“I’ve been called a Nazi numerous times,” said Andre Fresco, the executive director of the Yakima Health District. “I’ve been told not to show up at certain businesses. I’ve been called a Communist and Gestapo. I’ve been cursed at and generally treated in a very unprofessional way. It’s very difficult.”

NY Times

How Dumb and Dangerous are Republicans? Well, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts Demonstrates

At his regular coronavirus press conferences, Gov. Pete Ricketts makes a point of urging Nebraskans to wear a mask when they go to a store.

But when it comes to the state’s 93 courthouses and other local government offices, he doesn’t want local officials to require masks. In fact, he’s told local governments that they won’t receive any of the $100 million in federal COVID-19 money if their “customers” are required to wear masks.

Omaha World-Herald

Right-Wing Militia Member Shoots Protester in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Gunfire broke out during a protest Monday night in Albuquerque to demand the removal of a statue of Juan de Oñate, the despotic conquistador of New Mexico whose image has become the latest target in demonstrations across the country aimed at righting a history of racial injustice.

The injured man, who was not identified, was taken away to the hospital, where he was later listed in critical but stable condition. The police took into custody several members of a right-wing militia who were dressed in camouflage and carrying military-style rifles.

NY Times

Here’s another report on this story from Raw Story

[Will Bill Barr now label right-wing militia groups as dangerous? Highly unlikely, since it appears they are most often Trump supporters.]

Trump,Barr, and Republicans in General Attacks on Antifa: Madness Ensues. Colorado Man Holds Roofing Company Employees at Gunpoint

Trump and Barr have repeatedly attacked Antifa — even though the group has, apparently, no formal structure. Whenever Trump wages an attack on some group, his followers often go on the attack, as in this case:

LOVELAND, Colo. — A Loveland man faces felony charges after allegedly concluding that two men going door-to-door in his neighborhood were members of the protest movement known as Antifa – and then ordering them to the ground and holding them at gunpoint.

WTF? The man purpoting to be the man’s son reportedly told local news that the guy is being treated for a mental illness. Yet he’s got guns?