The Evening Blues - 9-27-23


The day's news roundup + tonight's musical feature: Tracy Nelson

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This evening's music features blues and country singer Tracy Nelson. Enjoy!

Tracy Nelson - Same Old Blues

"Three things cannot long be hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth."

-- Confucius

News and Opinion

Worth a full read. There are a couple of articles in the "Also of Interest" section below which have a great deal more information on Canada's induction of thousands of Nazis post war and their use of them to suppress left wing labor movements.

Canada, Ukraine, and Nazis

There is something especially satisfying when one’s opponents help make a case for something they have denied. Recently the Canadian government did just that. Their effort to prop up the failing Ukraine proxy war instead exposed that country’s Nazi past and present. ... It should have been enough to have Zelensky address their parliament, but they couldn’t leave well enough alone. They somehow felt compelled to add a special guest, 98-year old Yaroslav Hunka, who was introduced as “...a Ukrainian Canadian war veteran from the Second World War who fought for Ukrainian independence against the Russians…”

An important part of the war propaganda surrounding Ukraine has been to deny that people such as Hunka even exist or that they fought alongside the Germans we are otherwise told to revile. For Canada that also means denying that they brought those forces to emigrate after the war. ...

Canada is happy to be a U.S. partner in crime. If they’re told to recognize a fake president of Venezuela they do it. If they’re told to arrest the Chief Financial Officer of Huawei and create an international incident they will do that too. If the U.S. decides on another occupation of Haiti then Canada is on board with that too. As for honoring a Ukrainian who served the Nazis, they are more than willing because that is what they’ve been doing since 1945. There is a large Ukrainian population in Canada who were welcomed with open arms, just as Hunka was. The Canadian government admitted more than 2,000 members of the Galician Waffen SS. In fact, showing an SS tattoo was a means of entry to Canada as it was eager to enhance its anti-left bona fides. some of these men were recruited to work in mining and undermine left wing union activity. Canada’s Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister, Chrystia Freeland, is the grand-daughter of Ukrainian collaborator and propagandist Michael Chomiak.

Of course Canada shares the US history of being a white supremacist colonial state. So much so that they sometimes slip up and ruin their fine tuned image as a nicer version of the U.S. and end up showing their true colors.

US inches closer to regime changing Zelensky

Key details behind Nord Stream pipeline blasts revealed by scientists

Scientists investigating the attack on the Nord Stream pipelines have revealed key new details of explosions linked to the event, which remains unsolved on its first anniversary. ... The recently discovered additional explosions took place in an area north-east of the Danish Baltic island of Bornholm about seven seconds and 16 seconds after the two previously known detonations. ...

Two clear seismic events, named Event S and Event N, were identified on 26 September 2022, soon after the attack. The first, on Nord Stream 2, occurred at 02:03:24 (UTC+2), and the second, on Nord Stream 1, at 19:03:50 (UTC+2). ... The newly discovered events, named NB and NC, took place about seven seconds and 16 seconds after the event previously known as Event N, which they now refer to as NA. ...

According to their calculations, the second and third explosions (NA and NB) were 220 metres apart from each other (with the third west of the second) and the fourth was several kilometres south-west of the second. Andreas Köhler, a senior seismologist at Norsar, said the distance between NA and NB “fit very well with the distance between both pipelines of Nord Stream 1 at the westernmost gas plume location northeast of Bornholm.” Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 both have two pipelines each.

The location of the final explosion, however, is less clear because there are less station observations. “This best fits an explosion on the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, but we cannot exclude a location at Nord Stream 2,” said Kohler. Analysis of the source mechanism from the signals showed they were generated by explosive devices.

“Republicans For Ukraine” Commercial Pushes Endless War

Canada parliament speaker resigns after calling Ukrainian Nazi veteran a ‘hero’

The speaker of Canada’s parliament has resigned after inviting a Ukrainian Nazi veteran to attend a special session of parliament, and then calling the man a “hero” amid two standing ovations.

Anthony Rota stepped down as speaker on Tuesday after meeting with party leaders in Ottawa amid growing cross-party calls for his resignation.

“This house is above any of us,” he told lawmakers.

Earlier in the day, Canada’s foreign minister, Mélanie Joly, called the situation “deeply unacceptable” and an “embarrassment”. The government house leader said Rota should do the “honourable thing” and step down. The Conservative leader, Pierre Poilievre, also criticized Justin Trudeau for the fiasco, saying the prime minister had “brought shame on Canada” after the government’s failure to have its “massive diplomatic and intelligence apparatus vet and prevent honouring a Nazi”. ...

The focus on Hunka also prompted interest from Poland, where the country’s education minister said he had “taken steps” for Hunka to be extradited. “In view of the scandalous events in the Canadian Parliament, which involved honouring, in the presence of President Zelenskiy, a member of the criminal Nazi SS Galizien formation, I have taken steps towards the possible extradition of this man to Poland,” Przemysław Czarnek said in a social media post on Tuesday.

US Taxpayers BANKROLL Ukraine First Responders & Farmers, Per CBS

Russia releases video of admiral a day after Ukraine claimed he was dead

Russia’s defence ministry has released footage showing Viktor Sokolov, the commander of its Black Sea fleet, attending a defence board meeting via video call, a day after Ukraine claimed Sokolov was killed in an attack on the fleet’s headquarters in Sevastopol.

In the video, Sokolov was seen apparently taking part in a video conference with the defence minister, Sergei Shoigu, and senior admirals and army chiefs.

The Kremlin said on Tuesday it had not “receive[d] any information” about Sokolov’s alleged death from the defence ministry.

The defence ministry released a statement that did not name Sokolov and that said the meeting had taken place earlier in the day. In an eight-minute video distributed later by the ministry, Sokolov appears on screen several times without speaking.

Third of Karabakh population flees Azerbaijan's control

Nagorno-Karabakh: dozens feared dead and hundreds injured after fuel depot blast

Dozens of people are feared dead and hundreds more injured after a powerful explosion at a fuel storage depot in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, as thousands of ethnic Armenians streamed out of the breakaway territory after the Azerbaijani military reclaimed full control of it in a lightning offensive last week.

Most of those wounded were in a “severe or extremely severe” condition after the blast at the facility near the regional capital of Stepanakert on Monday evening, according to the Armenian health ministry. The death toll from the blast is expected to rise significantly, with more than 100 still listed as missing.

Armenian authorities also said 125 bodies had been brought from Nagorno-Karabakh for identification, but it was not immediately clear how many of these people died in the fuel explosion and how many were killed in fighting last week.

The cause of the blast, which happened as residents were lining up to get fuel for their cars in order to leave the region, remains unknown.

SHUTDOWN IMMINENT: Republicans BATTLE Over Ukraine, Social Spending

Senate finds breakthrough on funding as government shutdown looms

The Senate took a significant step on Tuesday to extend government funding beyond the end of the month, with just days left to avoid a shutdown that could force millions of federal employees to go without pay.

In a vote of 77 to 19, the Senate advanced a shell bill that will become a stopgap measure to fund the government through 17 November while directing roughly $6bn toward Ukraine’s war efforts and another $6bn toward disaster relief.

The Senate could give final approval to the bill in the coming days, but the proposal faces steep odds of passage in the Republican-controlled House, where hard-right members have denounced efforts to provide additional funding to Ukraine. The ongoing disagreements have elevated the risk that Congress will fail to pass a short-term funding bill, known as a continuing resolution, before the 1 October deadline to avoid a government shutdown. ...

During the House floor debate, Republicans dismissed the Senate bill as an insufficient effort to rein in government spending, raising doubts about whether the proposal can pass both chambers.

US government accuses Amazon of using its power to inflate prices

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and 17 state attorneys general have sued Amazon, alleging the e-commerce behemoth uses its position in the marketplace to inflate prices on other platforms, overcharge sellers and stifle competition. The lawsuit, filed in US district court for the western district of Washington on Tuesday, is the result of a years-long investigation into Amazon’s businesses and one of the most significant legal challenges brought against the company in its nearly 30-year history.

The FTC and states are asking the court to issue a permanent injunction that they say would prohibit Amazon from engaging in its unlawful conduct and loosen its “monopolistic control to restore competition”.

“The complaint sets forth detailed allegations noting how Amazon is now exploiting its monopoly power to enrich itself while raising prices and degrading service for the tens of millions of American families who shop on its platform and the hundreds of thousands of businesses that rely on Amazon to reach them,” the FTC chairperson, Lina Khan, said in a statement.

The lawsuit is one of the biggest legal challenges the company has faced since its inception in 1994. But it did not come as a surprise. The suit comes after years of complaints that Amazon and other tech giants abused their dominance of search, social media and online retailing to become gatekeepers on the most profitable aspects of the internet. And the US government in recent years has signaled an increasing willingness to challenge the companies’ hegemony.

Observers had wondered whether the FTC would seek a forced breakup of the retail giant, which is also dominant in cloud computing and has a growing presence in other sectors like groceries and healthcare. In a briefing with reporters, Khan dodged questions of whether that will happen.

FCC Chair Confirms Plan to Reinstate Net Neutrality Rules Eviscerated Under Trump

Open internet advocates across the United States celebrated on Tuesday as Federal Communications Commission Chair Jessica Rosenworcel announced her highly anticipated proposal to reestablish FCC oversight of broadband and restore net neutrality rules. ...

Rosenworcel—appointed to lead the commission by President Joe Biden—discussed the history of net neutrality and her new plan to treat broadband as a public utility in a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., which came on the heels of the U.S. Senate's recent confirmation of Anna Gomez to a long-vacant FCC seat.

Back in 2005, "the agency made clear that when it came to net neutrality, consumers should expect that their broadband providers would not block, throttle, or engage in paid prioritization of lawful internet traffic," she recalled. "In other words, your broadband provider had no business cutting off access to websites, slowing down internet services, and censoring online speech."

After a decade of policymaking and litigation, net neutrality rules were finalized in 2015. However, a few years later—under former FCC Chair Ajit Pai, an appointee of ex-President Donald Trump—the commission caved to industry pressure and repealed them.

"The public backlash was overwhelming. People lit up our phone lines, clogged our email inboxes, and jammed our online comment system to express their disapproval," noted Rosenworcel, who was a commissioner at the time and opposed the repeal. "So today we begin a process to make this right."

The chair is proposing to reclassify broadband under Title II of the Communications Act, which "is the part of the law that gives the FCC clear authority to serve as a watchdog over the communications marketplace and look out for the public interest," she explained. "Title II took on special importance in the net neutrality debate because the courts have ruled that the FCC has clear authority to enforce open internet policies if broadband internet is classified as a Title II service."

"On issue after issue, reclassifying broadband as a Title II service would help the FCC serve the public interest more efficiently and effectively," she pointed out, detailing how it relates to public safety, national security, cybersecurity, network resilience and reliability, privacy, broadband deployment, and robotexts.

Rosenworcel intends to release the full text of the proposal on Thursday and hold a vote regarding whether to kick off rulemaking on October 19. While Brendan Carr, one of the two Republican commissioners, signaled his opposition to the Title II approach on Tuesday, Gomez's confirmation earlier this month gives Democrats a 3-2 majority at the FCC.

Off-duty Texas police officer shoots Black neighbor through closed door

Early on Monday, an off-duty Texas highway patrol officer thought someone was trying to break into his apartment in Houston, according to authorities. He pulled his gun out, shot the person behind his shuttered door – and realized it was his neighbor, officials said.

The latest case of an off-duty law enforcement officer encountering and shooting a member of the public took place after midnight at an apartment complex just outside Minute Maid Park, where Houston’s professional baseball team, the Astros, plays.

Yasar Bashir, assistant Houston police chief, told reporters that it was unclear why the man who was shot had gone to the apartment. But the highway patrol officer feared the neighbor was trying to gain entry.

The trooper reportedly gave “several commands” for the man to step away from the door before the trooper fired his gun. The neighbor, a 35-year-old Black man who also lived in the building, was hit in his right shoulder but survived.

No charges had been immediately filed in the shooting. The case echoed other similar encounters in which people shot others who went near their residences without understanding why those who were shot had approached.

the horse race

Trump lawyers plan to appeal judge’s ruling that he committed fraud while building empire

Donald Trump committed fraud for years while building the real estate empire that catapulted him to fame and the White House, a New York judge ruled on Tuesday in a strongly worded rejection of the former president’s bid to throw out a civil lawsuit against him.

Judge Arthur Engoron found that Trump and executives from his company, including his sons Eric and Donald Jr, routinely and repeatedly deceived banks, insurers and others by massively overvaluing assets and exaggerating his net worth on paperwork.

His ruling came in a civil lawsuit brought by Letitia James, New York’s attorney general, days before the start of a non-jury trial that will hear accusations that Trump, and the Trump Organization, lied for a decade about asset values and his net worth to get better terms on bank loans and insurance.

“The documents here clearly contain fraudulent valuations that defendants used in business,” Engoron wrote.

James has said Trump had effectively engaged in a “bait and switch” operation, inflating his net worth by as much as $2.23bn, and by one measure as much as $3.6bn, on annual financial statements given to banks and insurers.

Hunter SCORED $250K From Chinese Business To Father's House

Supreme court rejects Alabama’s plea and allows drawing of new congressional map

The US supreme court has rejected a last-ditch request from Alabama to continue to use a congressional map that diluted the influence of Black voters in the state, a significant decision signaling the justices are not backing away from a surprise ruling in June that upheld the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The court’s brief, unsigned order on Tuesday offered no explanation, which is typical in cases that come to the justices on an emergency basis. It had no noted dissents.

Black voters comprise about a quarter of Alabama’s population but only had a majority in one of the state’s seven congressional districts. A three-judge panel struck down the map last year, deciding the state could have easily drawn a reasonably configured district that gave Black voters a majority in a second district. The supreme court agreed with that determination in June, with chief justice John Roberts and Brett Kavanaugh joining the three liberal justices to form a majority.

In response, the Republican-controlled Alabama legislature drew a map that again only gave Black voters a majority in one district. A three-judge panel again struck the map down, saying it was “disturbed” by the way lawmakers had defied its orders. It ordered a court-appointed special master to draw the map.

Alabama made an emergency request to the court, asking it to step in and block the redrawing of the map. The court’s ruling on Tuesday rebuffed that.

the evening greens

Worth a full read:

‘We can’t drink oil’: how a 70-year-old pipeline imperils the Great Lakes

It’s little known to the throngs of tourists who gawp at the wonder of the Great Lakes but at the meeting point of Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, a combined system that forms the largest lake in the world, there is a 70-year-old pipeline, battered and dented by dropped boat anchors. The pipeline pushes a million gallons of oil each hour through the heart of this vast ecosystem. The operators of this pipeline, which is called Line 5, now wants to embark upon an enormous tunneling project to burrow the exposed section that lies on the lakebed underneath the Great Lakes and prolong its life for another century, starting a labyrinthine battle that has enmeshed the governments of the US and Canada, the state of Michigan and various industry and fishing interests.

At the centre of this maelstrom are the native Great Lakes tribes that cherish the Straits of Mackinac, the four mile-wide stretch of water the ageing pipeline bisects, in creation stories as the birthplace of North America itself. They claim Line 5, which cuts through swathes of native land in its 645-mile route, is a “ticking time bomb” that imperils the Great Lakes, which contain a fifth of Earth’s entire surface fresh water, and risks severing deep, existential bonds of cultural connections that stretch back millennia.

“An oil spill would be catastrophic for all of North America, this place would become a toxic wasteland that would be contaminated for years,” said Whitney Gravelle, an Ojibwe person who is president of the Bay Mills Indian Community. “People often can’t even believe there is a pipeline going through the Great Lakes. It seems crazy that we just have this heart attack waiting to happen.

“I am terrified every day about an oil spill and what that would mean for our ability to fish, to gather, to eat together. It would destroy our relationship with the land and the water. If that is destroyed, how can we continue to be Indigenous? It’s emotional to even think about it.”

Last month, Gravelle spearheaded a delegation representing a dozen tribes whose ancestral lands surround the Great Lakes in a trip to Geneva, Switzerland, to address diplomats at the UN human rights council. The tribes’ official complaint alleges that Line 5 is a “current and foreseeable threat to a broad range of human rights” and that Canada has “repeatedly violated” its international obligations by intervening on behalf of the pipeline’s operator, Enbridge, a Canadian company. In 2021, the Canadian government invoked an obscure 1977 treaty with the US to ensure the continuance of the pipeline after Michigan ordered that it be shut down due to the risk it poses to the Great Lakes – an order that Enbridge has so far defied amid a crossfire of different lawsuits that may take years to resolve. ...

The battle over this 70-year-old pipeline may drag on for several more years but the anxiety of the Great Lakes tribes won’t easily abate. ... “Anything manmade breaks, and that pipeline will break,” said Jannan Cornstalk, an Odawa woman who has organized this festival for the past five years. “And once it breaks, that’s it. Game over.”

Europe’s banks helped fossil fuel firms raise more than €1tn from global bond markets

Banks including some of Europe’s largest lenders have helped fossil fuel companies to raise more than €1tn (£869bn) from the global bond markets since the Paris climate agreement, according to an investigation by the Guardian and its reporting partners.

In the push to zero carbon, Europe’s biggest lenders face growing pressure to limit their financial support for fossil fuel companies through direct loans and other financing facilities.

But analysis of thousands of transactions since 2016, when more than 190 countries agreed at a UN summit in Paris to limit global warming by curbing pollution, has revealed that lenders including Deutsche Bank, HSBC and Barclays have continued to profit from the expansion of oil, gas and coal by supporting the sale of fossil fuel bonds.

The findings have raised concerns among sustainable investment campaigners that banks are continuing to offer “hidden” financial support to energy companies that are responsible for increasing the world’s carbon emissions – even as they pledge publicly to phase out direct lending for new projects. ...

The investigation focused only on bonds from energy companies identified by the campaign group Urgewald as having publicly disclosed their aims to increase their production of fossil fuels, and only since the Paris climate agreement. The agreement enshrined the goal to limit rising temperatures to well below 2C above pre-industrialised levels. Climate experts have warned that no new fossil fuel projects are compatible with the Paris accord.

Antarctic sea ice shrinks to record low surface for winter

Also of Interest

Here are some articles of interest, some which defied fair-use abstraction.

How Canada emerged as a haven for Ukrainian SS “Galicia Division” veterans and other Nazi accomplices and war criminals

Canada’s honoring of Nazi vet exposes Ottawa’s longstanding Ukraine policy

It's Been a Year and We Still Don't Know Who Blew Up the Nord Stream Pipeline

A Year Of Lying About Nord Stream

NPR Report on Depleted Uranium Shells for Ukraine Was a One-Source Dud

Nobody Who Fought Against Russia Could Possibly Be Bad!

Nothing is off table to get Ukraine into EU, says president of bloc’s parliament

Ukrainian Whoppers

Nagorno-Karabakh crisis forces western rethink on Azerbaijan

UN Whitewashes Chad’s French-Backed Junta

The CIA’s Unpunished Torturers

Back to Business As Usual: The US Is Once Again Vigorously Stirring the Pot in Its Own “Backyard”

Fracking Fallout: Is America’s Drinking Water Safe?

Hawaiian Government Shutting Down Mutual Aid Efforts!

AOC Appears To AVOID Condemning NAZI Standing Ovation Before Trudeau, Zelensky

A Little Night Music

Tracy Nelson – Time Is On My Side

Tracy Nelson – It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry

Tracy Nelson - Nothing I Can't Handle

Tracy Nelson - Yonder Come The Blues

Mother Earth – What Are You Trying To Do

Tracy Nelson - Mother Earth

Tracy Nelson - Strange Things Happening Every Day

Tracy Nelson - Going To Tennessee

Mother Earth – Wait, Wait, Wait

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What prevents the Great Lakes to be great in the future is a frigging pipeline.
The bane of our existence. Does the federal and state jurisdiction avoid this
potential disaster because "Line 5" is protected? 1 million gallons/day of oil
would change the quality of water there for decades. Killing the earth is now
a feature, not a bug. Ultimately it is about the money, not life.

thanks for the music and news joe!

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"we just destroyed a fifth of the fresh water on earth."

"god, that is awful!"

"no, just think of how much the value of our investments in water rights, extraction and distribution have gone up!"

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when I lived in California. I just waltzed right into the one right next to mine and wondered why it was a different layout than mine. Duh! I walked back out and no one spoke about it ever. I guess they could have shot me and it would have been legal.

On that ‘newest’ Trump is guilty as hell here is a lawyer’s take on it.

The first thing to understand about the decision is that no one was harmed.

Trump paid all his loans back in full, on time. Letitia’s case is only about what Trump put down on the financial statements that were provided to extremely sophisticated financial professionals who didn’t rely on them. Letitia and Judge Engoran relied on a goofy New York law criminalizing “falsifying” financial documents — a unique law that doesn’t require even one single victim.

That’s bad enough. But it gets a LOT worse.

I hate defending Trump, but I believe in justice and I think too many people have TDS and have already decided his guilt on all the things that he is accused of. I wish him luck on finding an unbiased jury anywhere. One person shouldn’t get to decide a case of this magnitude, but I’m betting that a jury would decide the same thing just because so many people don’t like him. Maybe if his cases were handled in a foreign country he might find an unbiased jury?

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wow, somebody who managed to get appointed as a judge decided that trump's mar-a-lago palace was only worth the lowest tax assessment value of the last 10 year period? pretty impressive. i can't wait for the lawsuits to start of people suing real estate sellers and brokers for gouging them by asking for more than the tax-assessed value.

i would expect a judge intent on being a thorn in trump's side to be sneakier than that. it sounds like his decision will be laughed out of the next court it arrives in.

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@joe shikspack

it sounds like his decision will be laughed out of the next court it arrives in.

Turley thinks that most cases against Trump will be overturned on appeal, but the damage to him will already be done and he loses the election which is the point for why he was charged.

But this judge and the other one in the documents case seem to be very biased against him and I think that will show up if he has to appeal the case.

I also think that the cases against the 1/6 rioters should have been held outside DC. Most were charged with misdemeanors, but have gotten long sentences that don’t fit the crime. The doors were open and the police never asked people not to enter so how would they have known they couldn’t go in? And especially when the defense withheld lots of videos that might have cleared them. Isn’t that malicious prosecution?

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that the prosecution withheld exculpatory evidence, it's a violation of the brady rule. the prosecution has an obligation to disclose exculpatory evidence to the defense. if discovery that the prosecution is withholding evidence happens during trial, either a mistrial can be declared or particular evidence that the prosecution has may be barred from use. if the discovery is made after a conviction, usually the conviction is overturned and sometimes the prosecution is sanctioned.

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@joe shikspack

The defense did ask to see all of the videos of their clients but the judge ruled that DOJ didn’t have to give them to them. It’s been a year since I read that so I can’t link to it. And remember that Pelosi only gave the committee the videos that made Trump look bad.
McCarthy was going to give Tucker 4,000 videos, but Tuck was fired before he got all of them. And McCarthy hasn’t given the videos to any other news outlets.

The first video that Tucker showed was of the shaman and it showed him walking around peacefully with cops escorting him and opening doors for him. He was released shortly afterwards.

Does anyone else remember talking about this?

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and it's complicated.

first, i found this from 2-29-23, here's an excerpt:

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s office said on Tuesday that lawyers for defendants facing charges in the January 6, 2021, insurrection will be granted access to US Capitol security footage as the top House Republican has faced scrutiny for allowing Fox News host Tucker Carlson to view the video before widely releasing it.

The House Administration’s subcommittee on oversight “is making accommodations to schedule time for any attorney representing a defendant,” McCarthy spokesman Mark Bednar told CNN.

Republicans defended the move as a way to ensure due process for the defendants.

“Everyone accused of a crime in this country deserves due process, which includes access to evidence which may be used to prove their guilt or innocence. It is our intention to make available any relevant videos and documents on a case-by-case basis as requested by attorney’s representing defendants,” Rep. Barry Loudermilk, the subcommittee chairman, said in a statement.

The access for defendants accused in the January 6 Capitol attack has already come up in court. Joseph McBride, an attorney for several Capitol riot defendants, told CNN Tuesday that McCarthy’s office granted him access to 41,000 hours of Capitol security footage from that day, and he has filed in court to seek a delay in one defendant’s trial.

“For the first time since the inception of this case, the full context of January 6th is receiving intensive public scrutiny as 41,000 hours of CCTV footage relevant to January 6th has been made available to the Defendant and members of the public,” McBride wrote in a recent filing asking to delay his client Ryan Nichols’ upcoming trial.

McBride’s disclosure comes amid a public debate over what footage from inside the US Capitol should be publicly released. Publicly releasing video was one of the many concessions McCarthy made in his bid to become House speaker earlier this year, and the California Republican gave Carlson exclusive access to all of the US Capitol security footage from January 6 last week. CNN also has requested access to the footage.

and i also found this from 3-4-23:

A federal judge denied a request from a Jan. 6 defendant to access additional Capitol surveillance tapes recently made available by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy in an effort to delay her trial and gather more evidence.

U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg denied the request from Jan. 6 defendant Sara Carpenter on Friday, ruling her legal team failed to explain how the supplemental footage of her actions inside the Capitol building would be necessary in her case. Carpenter faces a number of charges for her participation in the Capitol riot, including disorderly conduct and obstruction of an official proceeding.

Carpenter sought to delay her trial for six weeks to give her legal team time to sift through nearly 44,000 hours of Capitol surveillance footage recently made available by McCarthy. However, Boasberg voiced concerns that doing so would set a precedent that could “derail dozens of trials that are set in the next few months.”

Boasberg noted that in order to delay the trial, Carpenter’s legal team would need to explain how the additional footage would be helpful to their cases beyond the surveillance videos already provided by Capitol Police. Prosecutors have already turned over footage that documents the majority of Carpenter’s conduct inside the Capitol, noting only “a matter of seconds” may be unaccounted for. ...

Carpenter’s attorneys argued the new tapes made available by McCarthy would help provide additional context in their case, but Boasberg ultimately ruled any missing footage would be “minimal.”

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@joe shikspack

Thanks for searching for this information. Heh…I wrote 4,000 videos when it’s 41,000. Hey you live with my brain.

U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg denied the request from Jan. 6 defendant Sara Carpenter on Friday, ruling her legal team failed to explain how the supplemental footage of her actions inside the Capitol building would be necessary in her case. Carpenter faces a number of charges for her participation in the Capitol riot, including disorderly conduct and obstruction of an official proceeding.

I would think that her asking for all the evidence against her wouldn’t need to be explained to the judge. It’s called a defense right? That’s what I remember from the article I read about this. The judge for some reason denied the defense getting all the videos that could be used to defend their clients.

However, Boasberg voiced concerns that doing so would set a precedent that could “derail dozens of trials that are set in the next few months.”

Yeah I can see how slowing down the trials so that all defendants had all the evidence either pro or con against them would keep them from being found guilty of the crimes that they didn’t commit. That’s not justice.

What words did you use to search?

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hey, when you have your railroad up and running, you just don't want to stop that sort of thing. i mean, why let principles get in your way?

i don't remember the exact terms i used, but they included 1/6 trials, plaintiff access to videos, and kevin mccarthy.

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@joe shikspack well said, friend! After Brady, most prosecutors just give up to the defense attorneys whatever they have.

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"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." ---- William Casey, CIA Director, 1981

this song aroused in me a need to hear it
it was floating on the fringes of the Great Lake
of memories, then FLASH, it came back.

thanks for indulging me

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thanks for the tune! apparently from the years when every rock guitarist went out and bought a chorus echo pedal. not that there's anything wrong with that.

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this is an outfit working on it

an uphill battle at sea level

which, by the bye, brought this forward

go figure

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it would be great if somebody could figure out something useful to do with all of that trash.

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@joe shikspack

for plastic McMansions? or melt it down and build another empire?
Prolly have to shoot it into space aimed at the sun. Moar space junk.
What a waste.
Man's donation to the universe Wink

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well, i've been thinking that soon humans are going to have to build underground in order to survive the heating of the planet, so perhaps all that plastic can be melted down and used as foundation liners to keep water from infiltrating our new underground homes.

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I like the idea. Have been watching the mason bees boring tunnels underground
this summer. Seems they have extensive condos, judging by the sheer numbers
coming and going. Haven't yet seen them drag plastic bits into their hives, but
who knows? Micro plastics could double as pollen on that scale.

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S. Korea holds rare military parade, warns NK against nuclear attack
US Forces Korea also participate in street parade for 1st time to highlight 'ironclad' alliance
By Ji Da-gyum
Published : Sept. 26, 2023 - 14:50

The South Korean military showcased an array of domestically produced advanced weaponry in a rare, large-scale military parade in downtown Seoul on Tuesday, with its commander-in-chief warning North Korea of the collapse of the Kim Jong-un regime in the case of a nuclear attack against the South.

In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Armed Forces Day, observed each year on Oct. 1, South Korea demonstrated its robust conventional military capabilities, serving as a resolute message to North Korea amid its increased nuclear threats.

This high-profile military street parade, the first in a decade, was staged hours after President Yoon Suk Yeol issued a stern warning to North Korea during a military inspection ceremony.

"If North Korea uses nuclear weapons, its regime will be brought to an end by an overwhelming response from the ROK-US alliance," Yoon said in his speech at Seoul Air Base, referring to South Korea by the acronym of its official name, the Republic of Korea.

This is totally the wrong approach. Yoon, no military experience, no diplomatic experience, making unwise commitments, shooting his mouth off. I'm convinced the Nuclear Consultation Group which leads Yoon to believe he has a say in the use of the US nuclear deterrent, is a terrible mistake in judgement by US leaders. Found a short English language video of the Armed Forces Parade.

I've been reading Daniel Ellsberg's The Doomsday Machine, only about a third of the way through. Frankly, it's terrifying. These people have no idea what they're dealing with. Because of this, they're likely to start a war by accident. Read today that a South Koreean high court ruled it was unconstitutional not to allow people to fly balloons with leaflets over the DMZ. This could trigger some sort of incident or confrontation, like the drones flying over the DMZ on Dec. 26, 2022, which embarrassed the South Korean armed forces and the presidential office. Who knows what will happen next time? There were serious military acts of violence, the last time "new right" national security advisors were in the Lee Myung-bak cabinet. The "tough guy" approach is dangerous.

Thanks for the EBs Joe.

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Who stand to lose in an all-out nuclear confrontation?
And what is there to gain? Dick measurements and sable
rattling means nothing during a escalation of this sort.
We can only hope that sensible heads will end this lemming
parade into the abyss.

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@QMS ...of Ellsberg's book is that all the possibilities of what can go wrong need to be carefully examined when looking at the prospect of nuclear war breaking out. When he began looking at US nuclear war planning initially, coincidentally it was in the Far East. I'm sure a lot has changed since then but a lot has probably remained the same. He was shocked to find out how lax the command and control of the initiative to start a nuclear war was. I presume it's been tightened up quite a bit since then. The scope and flexibility of nuclear responses is always questionable.

I think some of the possibilities for war in this theater aren't being adequately anticipated. First of all, North Korea isn't going to conduct a conventional attack on South Korea, not like what occurred on June 25, 1950. Second, their greatest fear is that they will be attacked first. They repeatedly say that this is what they fear the most, especially while large scale US-ROK military exercises are taking place not too far away from North Korea. Our side says, "oh, they have no reasonable grounds to fear what we are doing as a preparation for attack." They are supposed to rely on our "good intentions." Like Libya. From the North Korean perspective, their nuclear weapons are a deterrent to conventional attack by the US and/or South Korea. This is their current military doctrine. There is a possibility of some triggering event, a provocation like the Cheonan sinking or the Yeonpyeong bombardment during the Lee Myung-bak administration. Not intended as a prelude to a general conventional war on their part, but as some ill considered show of force. If one thinks back to Syngman Rhee's attitude before the Korean conflict, he wanted war with North Korea, and intended to use the US to win it for him. I.F. Stone and others have reported that there were ROK army provocations along the 38the parallel, before the North crossed the 38th parallel.

If one wants to think, I need powerful armed forces to deter North Korea from invading South Korea, and I need US power, both conventional and nuclear to back me up, that's one thing. But when one side get's all bellicose and threatening, one is setting up for a chain of events, that frankly no one can plan for adequately. The South Korean administration plans to dismantle the 9.18 inter Koran military agreement, will create an environment where war is more likely to break out. Large military firepower exercises and air and missile operations closer to the DMZ create more possibilities for confrontations arising from operational mistakes and misperceived intentions. Based upon my past observations of the US reactions to this agreement near the time it was made, I'm almost certain the US will encourage the South to disengage from the agreement with the North. Just as the US encouraged the South to abandon, the restriction on DMZ overflights of propaganda balloons into North Korea.

Step one, Yoon pisses off North Korea, either by some military movements or other provocation. North Korea strikes somewhere along the demarcation line in a show of force to "teach Yoon a lesson" in a way similar to 2010. Step 2, Yoon and the US overreact, and decide to try to decapitate North Korean command and control centers and estimated nuclear weapons sites in a massive conventional preemptive strike. Step 3, North Korea launches a dozen nuclear missiles at US military bases in South Korea, and another dozen at US military bases in Japan. The Seoul airports are targeted. Some get through. Step 4, the US launches twenty to thirty nuclear missiles at North Korea, virtually all of them strike in or near their targets. For all practical purposes North Korea is destroyed. Radioactive plumes affect the most populated areas of South Korea and much of Japan. Outcome, Korea destroyed, Japan destroyed. Tens of millions die from the direct and indirect effects. I'm sure Mr. Ellsberg, if he were alive today, could think of a dozen other things that weren't anticipated and would go wrong.

Another scenario, North Korea, starts a series of missile tests which either land in Japan's EEZ or overfly Japan in space. Japan and the US agree to shoot the next one down. This starts a series of military acts and responses which trigger the preemptive counterstrike/decapitation strategy. Again the North responds to the conventional attack with tactical nuclear missile strikes. Rinse and repeat.

One of the responses I would expect from US sources, is oh, this will never happen, because the North Koreans know their use of nuclear weapons will result in their total annihilation. This is the fundamental mistaken assumption on our side. If the North Koreans won't use nuclear weapons, they may as well surrender today. This is another delusion in the west, that they will surrender without a fight, due to maximum pressure. This ignores Korean history. The US Air Force killed millions of North Koreans. They have every intention of using nuclear weapons if attacked. My fear is that Yoon thinks he can call their bluff.

When I think about what could go wrong in the Korean theater, what about the Ukrainian war? What I'm learning from Ellsberg, is that you can't assume these people know what they're doing.

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since yoon loves japan so much, perhaps he ought to visit ground zero at hiroshima and then imagine his whole country looking like that and explain his level of satisfaction at the prospect of the u.s. bombing north korea afterwards.

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