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  1. PPS: there is an article at Wikipedia, that seems to be quite neutral. It's good thing to have a look at the "Talk" section sometimes too. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unite_the_Right_rally
  2. My Problem with the "fine People" statement: If I look at the photographs from Charlottesville I see VERY unpleasant parallels to German history. https://eu.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2017/10/07/white-nationalists-charlottesville-again/743624001/ You have KKK folks, some wannabe Hitler Jugend members with torches, many apparently belong to groups I cannot identify. Where are those normal, fine people? Maybe there are pictures of regular citizens protesting, if yes I'd like to see them. It also seem to be hard to get pics of the counter-protesters. Are there any sources? But what's most important, at least to me: Even if you want to protest against something you find wrong and do it in a civilized manner - why do you take part in a demonstration organized by a known Far-right white nationalist? If you march with Nazis you are not a "fine person". You are a Nazi supporter. This is why I have a problem with Trump's statement. PS: Was the monument of gen. Lee on the University campus? Anyone knows?
  3. Yes, it is funny and it is also quite heartbreaking at times.
  4. I was asking myself the same, but finally I think they don't care if it's true, as long as it serves their goals and confirms their believes.
  5. This ☝️ is absolutely the best. There were also some with Sherlock, btw
  6. On a lighter note: What seems to be the most memorable thing from the inauguration is the photo of Bernie Sanders. The memes are taking over the world.
  7. Oh, I bet this one is of a Zoom meeting with the boss.
  8. Preach, sister. I'm afraid I will need some new clothes after the whole "home office with direct access to the fridge" period - even if I tend to buy things with "a bit extra" allowance. If you are a "broccoli body type" it's so annoying. I wear garters for years now, otherwise I would fall over my trousers slipping down.
  9. I did watch, kind of while working. It felt… hard to find a word for this - no nonsense, not more than necessary. Was really moved watching Kamala's beaming face. And it felt like an end to a long and annoying cramp. I'm not expecting Biden to be an angel, I know for many people he is only the less of two evils. But I'm okay with this. BTW, it seems I was right so far about the MAGA movement dropping Trump after January 6th. I hope you can see the article, it was behind the paywall so I had to save it elsewhere. https://221cblog.files.wordpress.com/2021/01/e28098a-total-failure-the-proud-boys-now-mock-trump-the-new-york-times.pdf
  10. Jen, you might have a look at our other thread https://www.sherlockforum.com/forum/topic/2543-myers-briggs-personality-types-and-quiz/?tab=comments#comment-37997 and maybe also take the test.
  11. Who is the guy with the black uniform? https://twitter.com/annabotting/status/1350939358464012288?s=20
  12. Everything that happens in Europe is more or less a reaction on what happens in the USA. It is hard to compare the political systems and names, the most of the EU have numerous parties, the bigger ones have a representation in parliaments - and "liberal" means something else here. I don't see a political shift to left, but a very strong shift to right. We have Neo-Nazis walking streets and waving flags, politicians threatened and one of them killed. They might not become more right, but surely more visible and present in the politics, while the "left" presents ideas that are not left at all.
  13. Absolutely. Especially after Trump's rhetoric became "fancy". All the neo-nazi-zombies crawled out of their holes feeling validated at last, happily adapting all possible conspiracy theories, with T as the saviour of our world. Poland's ruling party had it's head so deep in T's a** that they didn't see the light anymore. They seriously wanted to take the troops moved from Germany and build a big, new, beautiful military base called Fort Trump. I'm really curious what the current theocratic government will do now. The whole country is torn between two factions which seem to remind those in the USA, AFAIK. PS: To me it didn't look like a demonstration that went out of control (and as I mentioned, I was watching the whole thing almost in the real time). Why there were hardly policemen at site, even though EVERYBODY knew the mob would appear, wearing guns and looking for trouble. Why the mob was let in? Where was the Nat. Guard - during BLM protests they were called long before anything happened. Why it took so long to send out the orders calling them?
  14. The only hope is that he's disappointed his base by not showing up at the Capitol and (even iv half-heartedly) condemning the violence. Maybe also other of his supporters could jump off, as soon as they realized they could not make money or increase their influence with him any more. Or if they stop fearing his revenge. I've had an impression that as soon as Biden won, the EU stopped to treat anything he did or said as relevant. Maybe he stopped being THAT relevant in the US too. It's interesting times, sigh.
  15. How should they react? Accept the unacceptable? Pence didn't want to invoke 25. Amendment. What else could they do to show their stance? Remember what the subject of Impeachment was in Clinton's case? If they get him impeached, he cannot run for 2024. He would lost his salaries and other costly privileges. As for the majority: I'm not so sure any more. Once Trump got irrelevant, many of the Reps might change their minds to save their faces, like those who "realized" the coup "was too much" for them. Also - it might be the matter of how massively they are threatened by their own electorate and how they react to it.
  16. Yepp. it's faster than the virus. I looked up the original singer, he's a cute and talented kid. And the babyface bass singer has an amazing voice. And here is an earlier and longer version.
  17. Would you elaborate a bit? I agree that both sides are quite aggressive and loud.
  18. Absolutely. Even though I wouldn't call him a leader. More of a puppet, he is so full of himself he must be quite easy to manipulate. But in the end nobody knows and maybe won't ever know.
  19. ETA: crossposted with Arcadia I think - as we were talking about it discussing Sherlock - The effect of words depends not only on who is saying them, but also - or even more - on who's listening. There is still a Twitter account with the name "Trump War Room". He knew who his fans were and how they will react. Call it deliberate misunderstanding. His auditory was for years now dominated by militant, gun loving, flag waving freedom fetishists. They love him for allowing them to keep their assault rifles. They wanted to use the second amendment to overthrow Obama. They feel entitled to own the country. What was missing: a leader. I'm not saying all his supporters are like this, but a big part of the bunch that came to DC surely were. And they were told, again and again that they have been robbed, duped, that there is a conspiracy to take their landslide victory away and they have to prevent the parliament to declare Biden's victory etc etc. How could they react? Then you have the pictures of policemen opening the fence for the protestors and taking selfies with them, which suggests the whole action was prepared. A bit much for a "joke we have misunderstood again".
  20. The stupid thing about the SM ban is you cannot quote him and all his talking about "fighting" and "taking our country back".
  21. If you know who some of his followers are, the result was foreseeable. They wanted to march on the Capitol for a long time, especially under Obama, but I was witnessing this civil war between left and right since I'm on Internet and it's 20+ years now. Other thing: the speech he had - it was long, full of numbers and names and for someone who so often wasn't able to read a whole sentence from a prompter, this was really remarkable. Can it be, he was only playing an idiot?
  22. The transcript https://www.rev.com/blog/transcripts/donald-trump-speech-save-america-rally-transcript-january-6
  23. I don't think they use anything old. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-55656385
  24. Sorry, but I have heard Trump's calling for violence from this side of the pond. I've had the "luck" to be on Twitter as it started and have seen the pictures and videos coming almost in real time. It was a second time I was witnessing a crisis that way and I don't think I want more of it. I also listened to Trump's statement "condemning" violence - after that, for the first time in my online presence, I openly called someone a MF. For someone who hardly passed a dementia test, he is surprisingly good in making allusions. "The election was stolen from us, we are right but now we need peace". I'm expecting more of it on the inauguration day to be honest - and that with or without Trump. I suspect the whole "movement" has gained such momentum, that now, if Trump himself stood in their way, he would be swept away. Some of the people who were at the Capitol call him a traitor already because he wasn't there (as he promised minutes before) and condemned the raid he called people to. Funnily enough not so long ago we have had a similar situation in Berlin. People almost got into the Parliament, but thanks goodness the policemen who were securing the building weren't on the side of the mob. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/08/opinion/germany-parliament-us-capitol.html https://www.dw.com/en/capitol-hill-riots-are-western-democracies-under-attack/a-56163820
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