…where were we?
Of all the figures who have emerged from the recent surge in anti-Asian violence, my parents would have most admired Xiao Zhen Xie of San Francisco. This 75-year-old, having been punched for no reason, picked up a wooden plank and hit her 39-year-old assailant so hard that he ended up on a stretcher.The Generational Split in How Asian-Americans See the Atlanta Shootings [NYT]
“Whatever the killer’s motive, these facts are clear: Six out of the eight people killed on Tuesday night were of Asian descent. Seven were women. The shootings took place in businesses owned by Asian Americans,” Harris said. “The shootings took place as violent hate crimes and discrimination against Asian Americans has risen dramatically over the last year and more.”https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/03/22/kamala-harris-asian-americans-georgia/
“Racism is real in America, and it has always been,” Harris said. “Xenophobia is real in America and always has been. Sexism, too.”
Ten people were killed at a King Soopers grocery store on Monday, including a Boulder police officer, after a shooter opened fire on customers and responding officers.https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/03/22/boulder-shooting/
…& we’re definitely not identifying with sisyphus
In 2014, the year before Trump announced his candidacy, the three leading cable news networks collectively attracted an average of 2.8 million viewers a night during prime-time hours. By 2019, Trump’s third year in office, that number had nearly doubled to 5.3 million each night.
Trump’s rise was so closely linked to the news companies’ success that some accused the networks of enabling him — endlessly broadcasting his racism and sexism-tinged stump speeches in what amounted to free political advertising. CNN President Jeff Zucker expressed regrets late in the 2016 campaign about his network’s coverage but acknowledged later that it drew viewers. “We’ve seen that, anytime you break away from the Trump story and cover other events in this era, the audience goes away,” he said in 2018.https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/media/media-trump-bump-slump/2021/03/22/story.html
…or asking ourselves “how is this not done already?”
The withholding system remains the cornerstone of income taxation, effectively preventing Americans from lying about wage income. Employers submit an annual W-2 report on the wages paid to each worker, making it hard to fudge the numbers.
But the burden of taxation is increasingly warped because the government has no comparable system for verifying income from businesses. The result is that most wage earners pay their fair share while many business owners engage in blatant fraud at public expense.How to Collect $1.4 Trillion in Unpaid Taxes [NYT]
…that may be the eternal question
One of the biggest emerging arguments against D.C. statehood is a thoroughly partisan one. The idea isn’t so much that D.C. doesn’t necessarily deserve voting rights in the House and Senate, as much as that it would be a boon to Democrats. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has pushed this idea extensively in recent years, casting both the ideas of D.C. and Puerto Rico statehood as thinly veiled efforts to gain Democratic votes.https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/03/22/dumbing-down-dc-statehood-debate/
…I mean sure
At least 20 police officers were left with broken bones and other serious injuries after a protest in Bristol, England, turned violent Sunday night, with thousands gathering to denounce a bill designed to give authorities broader powers to clamp down on peaceful protests.Protest over bill that expands British police powers sees 20 officers injured, vehicles torched [WaPo]
…sometimes it’s just one of those days
…I think it’s hard to deny some people deserve those
In short, Republicans want neither to repudiate the most extreme elements in their base nor to educate the American people about the terrorists’ right-wing philosophy. For many of them, it seems to hit too close to home, revealing the degree to which Republicans have fanned white grievance and appealed to the fears that motivate white supremacists (i.e., that they are being “overrun” by non-Whites and that Christianity is under assault.)https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/03/22/republicans-cant-handle-truth-about-capitol-insurrectionists/
…& some people really, really, really don’t deserve these
Two months into one of the biggest criminal investigations in U.S. history, prosecutors are preparing to start plea discussions as early as this week with many of the more than 300 suspects charged in the U.S. Capitol riot — even as investigators race to piece together larger conspiracy cases against those suspected of the most serious crimes, according to people familiar with the discussions.https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/capitol-riot-investigation-plea-deals/2021/03/19/story.html
Since the election, Republicans have evinced sheer panic at the prospect that non-White voters will continue to turn out in large numbers. The anti-voting crusade has produced, by the Brennan Center for Justice’s count, 253 bills to restrict voting. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says there will be “scorched earth” if Democrats touch the filibuster. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), sounding more hysterical than usual, claims Democrats want “child molesters” and “illegal aliens” to vote.https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/03/22/republicans-misplaced-priorities/
…lots of them, really…but some in particular
Michael Sherwin, the departing acting US attorney for the District of Columbia, confirmed that the former president is still under investigation over the 6 January putsch in an interview with CBS 60 Minutes on Sunday.https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/mar/22/donald-trump-capitol-riot-michael-sherwin
“It’s unequivocal that Trump was the magnet that brought the people to DC on 6 January,” Sherwin said. “Now the question is, is he criminally culpable for everything that happened during the siege, during the breach?
Trump addressed a rally outside the White House on 6 January, telling supporters to “fight like hell” to stop Congress certifying his election defeat by Joe Biden, which he falsely claims was the result of voter fraud. A mob broke into the Capitol, leading to five deaths, including a Trump supporter shot by law enforcement.
Asked if a determination that Sicknick’s death was a direct result of being attacked with the spray would lead to murder charges, Sherwin said: “If evidence directly relates that chemical to his death, yeah. We have causation, we have a link. Yes. In that scenario, correct, that’s a murder case.”
As the federal investigation of the 6 January Capitol insurrection expands, scrutiny of Donald Trump’s decades-long ally Roger Stone is expected to intensify, given his links to at least four far-right Oath Keepers and Proud Boys who had been charged, plus Stone’s incendiary comments at rallies the night before the riot and in prior weeks, say ex-prosecutors and Stone associatesRoger Stone faces fresh scrutiny as Capitol attack investigation expands [Guardian]
…we need some of the other sort
White House officials are preparing to present President Biden with a roughly $3 trillion infrastructure and jobs package that includes high-profile domestic policy priorities such as free community college and universal prekindergarten, according to three people familiar with internal discussions.White House prepares massive infrastructure bill with universal pre-K, free community college, climate measures [WaPo]
That effort is expected to be broken into two parts — one focused on infrastructure, and the other focused on other domestic priorities such as growing the newly expanded child tax credit for several years. The people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe private conversations, stressed that planning was preliminary and subject to change. Some aides said that the package’s final price tag remains unclear.
The sudden, unexpected creation of an approximately $120 billion social program has thrown a twist into the political landscape. Some Democrats now fear being labeled big-government spenders in the upcoming midterms. Some conservatives, on the other hand, are embracing the idea as a family-friendly measure.
How Biden quietly created a huge social program [WaPo]
With the initiative expiring in a year, all but ensuring it will be a major issue in the midterms, the child poverty measure raises a central question: Are the politics of big government back?
Biden’s challenge now is to make the concept permanent; Democrats declined to do so this year to avoid making the relief bill even costlier.
Wearing a fitness band to monitor your steps is one thing. Wearing a mandatory bracelet so an employer or institution can access continuous data about your movement and health is something very different. Well, brace yourself: This is something for which we are not prepared. Whether it’s bands, lanyards, stickers or monitors that look like wedding rings, wearables are becoming a go-to weapon in the continuing battle against covid and its emerging variants.https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/thanks-to-covid-19-the-age-of-biometric-surveillance-is-here/2021/03/22/story.html
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away Facebook’s bid to pare back a $15 billion class action lawsuit accusing the company of illegally tracking the activities of internet users even when they are logged out of the social media platform.https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/us-supreme-court-rebuffs-facebook-appeal-in-user-tracking-lawsuit
…sometimes it’s just plain hard to feel optimistic
The past few months have seen a giddying flurry of countries and companies committing to achieving “net zero” carbon emissions by mid-century. But upon examining the fine print of some of the announcements, all is not what it seems. These pledges are too often based on a confused understanding of what net zero means.https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/03/22/net-zero-pledges-carbon-emissions/
…all in all I don’t think anyone could blame you if you wound up feeling some kind of a way about that sort of thing…or this sort of thing
The plot, while frightening, is not necessarily surprising for analysts of far-right terrorism. Many of the ideological themes, justifications and targets were familiar. But the case is still shocking: The plotter was just 13 when he began radicalizing and 16 when he was convicted, in November 2019, of planning six terrorist attacks. According to reports, at the time of his arrest he was the youngest person convicted of plotting a terrorist attack in the U.K.
This is not a one-off. Recent years have revealed a scary, dangerous new era in which children have been taught to hate, are recruiting others and are plotting terrorist attacks. While several schemes conceived by young far-right extremists were thwarted, the future may be bleaker. We have missed emerging trends in the past; counterterrorism professionals must urgently renew their vigilance — and implement new countermeasures — over the radicalization of young people in the West and beyond.https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/teen-terrorism-inspired-by-social-media-is-on-the-rise
Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer told a dispatch operator in a Jan. 27 call, first reported by the Seattle Times, that a man going house-to-house in his neighborhood in the early morning threatened to “kill” Troyer, prompting dozens of police cars from multiple agencies to respond. Tacoma Police officers discovered that the man, 24-year-old Sedrick Altheimer, was a Black newspaper delivery driver — and Troyer told them he was “never threatened,” according to an incident report obtained by the newspaper.https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/03/22/sheriff-911-call/
…but you know what
…whether or not you manage to show up to work at least you can take comfort in knowing that even the best of us sometimes need a bit of a nudge…he was talking about writing
…but as with so much of his writing you can apply it to a different context & it’s surprising how well it resonates
“Writing isn’t so bad really when you get through the worry. Forget about the worry, just press on. Don’t be embarrassed about the bad bits. Don’t strain at them,” The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy author wrote to himself. “Writing can be good. You attack it, don’t let it attack you. You can get pleasure out of it. You can certainly do very well for yourself with it!”https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/mar/22/douglas-adams-note-to-self-reveals-author-found-writing-torture
…although to be fair sometimes it seems like it’d be easier to believe in aliens
“So in short, things that we are observing that are difficult to explain – and so there’s actually quite a few of those, and I think that that info has been gathered and will be put out in a way the American people can see.”https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/mar/22/us-government-ufo-report-sightings
…then again…he said that on fox news apparently…so…probably no hitchhiking for us yet…still…at least the planet isn’t being demolished to make way for a hyperspace bypass…nobody has to listen to vogon poetry…& there’s a fair to middling chance you know where your towel is…hell…maybe we can even deal with tuesday…well…unless it’s one of those tuesday’s lemmy decides are wednesday…in which case I guess all bets are off?