10,000 on ignore, Book 194, The Days of Reckoning, Part 53.....

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The family of Brian Laundrie, the fiance of 22-year-old Gabby Petito -- who was reported missing by her family nearly a week ago -- told police in North Port, Florida, they haven't seen him in days, according to police spokesperson Josh Taylor.

Laundrie's family asked police to come to their home and told them they have not seen him since Tuesday, Taylor said.

"We've been trying all week to talk to his family, to talk to Brian, and now they've called us here on Friday, we've gone to the home, and they're saying now they have not seen their son," Taylor told CNN's Chris Cuomo on Friday night."So we are working through those details as we speak. It is another twist in this story."


North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison wrote on Twitter on Friday night the conversation between the Laundrie family and police was complete. The chief also asked for calm, adding, "Please let us work through this and information will be forthcoming."

Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino told CNN on Friday night that "the whereabouts of Brian Laundrie are currently unknown. The FBI is currently at the Laundrie residence removing property to assist in locating Brian. As of now the FBI is now looking for both Gabby and Brian."

The FBI declined to comment on this statement when asked for verification by CNN......

 

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The family of Brian Laundrie, the fiance of 22-year-old Gabby Petito -- who was reported missing by her family nearly a week ago -- told police in North Port, Florida, they haven't seen him in days, according to police spokesperson Josh Taylor.

Laundrie's family asked police to come to their home and told them they have not seen him since Tuesday, Taylor said.

"We've been trying all week to talk to his family, to talk to Brian, and now they've called us here on Friday, we've gone to the home, and they're saying now they have not seen their son," Taylor told CNN's Chris Cuomo on Friday night."So we are working through those details as we speak. It is another twist in this story."


North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison wrote on Twitter on Friday night the conversation between the Laundrie family and police was complete. The chief also asked for calm, adding, "Please let us work through this and information will be forthcoming."........


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The Pentagon retreated from its defense of a drone strike that killed multiple civilians in Afghanistan last month, announcing Friday that a review revealed that only civilians were killed in the attack, not an Islamic State extremist as first believed.

“The strike was a tragic mistake,” Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command, told a Pentagon news conference.

McKenzie apologized for the error and said the United States is considering making reparation payments to the family of the victims. He said the decision to strike a white Toyota Corolla sedan, after having tracked it for about eight hours, was made in an “earnest belief” — based on a standard of “reasonable certainty” — that it posed an imminent threat to American forces at Kabul airport. The car was believed to have been carrying explosives in its trunk, he said.....
 

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A Los Angeles jury convicted Robert Durst on Friday of murdering his best friend 20 years ago, a case that took on new life after the New York real estate heir participated in a documentary that connected him to the slaying that was linked to his wife’s 1982 disappearance.

Durst, 78, was not in court for the verdict from the jury that deliberated about seven hours over three days. He was in isolation at a jail because he was exposed to someone with coronavirus.

Durst, who faces a mandatory term of life in prison without parole when sentenced Oct. 18, was convicted of the first-degree murder of Susan Berman. She was shot at point-blank range in the back of the head in her Los Angeles home in December 2000 as she was prepared to tell police how she helped cover up his wife’s killing.

Berman, the daughter of a Las Vegas mobster, was Durst’s longtime confidante who told friends she provided a phony alibi for him after his wife vanished....
 

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MAGA disciples talk of Trump Derangement Syndrome to dismiss the former president’s critics — the majority of Americans — as simply unhinged.

What we actually suffer from is Deranged Trump Syndrome — the sense that Donald Trump was and is capable of just about any noxious act…

We need more information about Milley’s thinking, and he’s sure to be asked to provide it when he testifies later this month before senators about the flawed withdrawal from Afghanistan. But based on what’s been leaked from a book by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa of the Washington Post, to be released next week, Milley mostly deserves our commendation....
 

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David Rothkopf


With every passing day, it looks less like we have one nation divided by differing political beliefs and more like we have two warring countries battling each other within shared borders. One side represents and seeks to preserve the United States. The other seeks to destroy it.

If the goal of the GOP is, at it appears to be, gut our democracy, to disenfranchise massive portions of our population, to impose the views of the minority on the majority, to attack principles like tolerance, that no individual is above the law, and equity...

...to literally reject reality and demonstrable facts and embrace an alternative reality founded in lies and dangerous to the health of the nation, our environment, our ideals and our standing in the world, then we have left the realm of political debate.

A third of eligible U.S. voters seem committed to this toxic agenda. Worse, their views and their leaders seem to be growing ever more extreme. They reject rational debate, mutual understanding and compromise. They embrace confrontation, obstruction and destruction.

Their view, like that of extremists worldwide, is zero-sum nihilism. Either they get their way or they will destroy the whole thing. Their movement is funded by the greed of an elite that sees the extremists as the populist engine to drive their narrow agenda of self-enrichment.

This elite lives in a bubble so removed from the rest of society that it hardly matters to them what the state of the lives of the rest of us might be. They operate above and beyond the reach of the law and see politicians as useful idiots...

...and government as a needless constraint on their power. They don't believe that less government equals more freedom as those they fund preach, they believe less government equals more freedom and more wealth for them and that's all that matters.

The question we face is what do we do about it. The divisions described here have grown worse for forty years. They are manifested not just in the decay of political discourse in the country and the dysfunctinality of our system...but in grotesque inequality and suffering.

Clearly, while some of the extremists glibly speak of civil war, that is not an option. But neither is politics as usual. We are where we are because one side has embraced scorched earth tactics of insurrectionists while the other clings to the illusion...

...that old norms of behavior can work. No, it is time those who seek to preserve and defend and continue the struggle to perfect the U.S. adopt new tactics that acknowledge the gravity of the threat we face and the tactics of this very real enemy within our borders.

Vast aspects of our system are based on an assumption of common interests, of good faith, of shared principles, of a common view of reality. All of those are breaking down because one side rejects or ignores or is oblivious to them.

Other elements of our system are antiquated--like the way the Senate grants disproportionate power to the less populous states or the way the electoral college does likewise--and being taken advantage of by the minority to impose their will on the majority.

To combat this, we must reform our system. Ultimately, we must recognize that the Constitution of the U.S. is flawed and in need of some serious updating. But to be able to act on that, the majority must first find a way to maintain their rightful voice and role.

(Cognizant of the risks inherent in what the founders called "tyranny of the majority." While protecting against that, though, we must recognize the country was founded to reject the idea of the tyranny of a small, over-empowered minority with wildly divergent views & values.)

At the core of this battle is preserving the mechanisms by which the views of the majority are expressed--voting and the processes within our government institutions. The opponents of democracy recognize the centrality of these mechanisms.

That's why they have focused on perverting and undermining them via voter suppression, gerrymandering, campaign finance laws that give the rich more power, and packing the courts. And it is time those who seek to preserve the country recognize the centrality of all these areas.

Preserving voter rights and eliminating the filibuster at least in cases where those rights are at stake are today the front-line issues in our battle to win what is effect a kind of Civil Cold War within American society. These are existential issues.

Democrats, all democrats--big D and small d--must open their eyes at this moment and recognize that we are at the precipice of losing everything we value in our society because we have deluded ourselves for too long about the nature and threat posed by today's extremist GOP.

If we do not choose to defend voter rights now, if we do not reform the filibuster to allow that, if we do not then work to build our pro-democracy majority and frame the threats we face from the opposition accurately, then we will lose what generations have fought for...

...without a shot being fired.

Yes, it all sounds very dramatic, like something that would happen in another era or a far away land. That sense of it could not happen here has however been the best defense of those devoted to making it-the end of our democracy-happen here & now.

And now is the last moment we have to open our eyes and recognize the urgency of this moment, the gravity of the threat we have, and the value and irreplaceability of what we now stand at risk of losing.

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Low expectations for Sept. 18 rally turn out to be not low enough, but meanwhile ...
Mark Sumner

Since Jan. 6 demonstrated decisively that Trump supporters are a bunch of violent, authoritarian white supremacists more than willing to smear excrement on the halls of Congress and search the Capitol for government officials suitable for hanging, no one seems anxious to play with them anymore.

Though police came out in force for Saturday’s rally—called to support of the people who erected a gallows on the Capitol grounds and prowled the building with zip tie cuffs while injuring 140 police officers and trampling a woman to death on the Capitol steps—the actual attendance is far lower than even the 700 that organizers, led by former Trump staffer Matt Braynard said they anticipated. The majority of speeches given weren’t so much about their support for Jan. 6 insurgents, but more prolonged claims about how this has become a country where people are afraid to turn out to protest. The whining about how more people would show up if they were not so afraid of the police was punctuated by repeated insistence to law enforcement that attendees were “not your enemies.”

That does seem to be true of Trump supporters, with right-wing media featuring claims for week that the Sept. 18 rally was a “false flag operation” intended to snare Trump supporters and catch them committing violent acts. This circulated so widely on social media that it seems many of the most devout white supremacy groups decided to give Washington, D.C. a total skip. Besides, it’s Saturday. There aren’t even any representatives or staff to terrorize. What fun is that?

Of course, this doesn’t mean that these groups have decided to retire from being violent jackasses. They’re just busy beating people bloody in L.A.—for the crime of trying to protect children from COVID-19.

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Not only has the Sep. 18 rally turned out produce fewer people in support of those jailed over Jan. 6, it also turned out to be extraordinarily … brief. As in it appears to be over. Though since so much of this event involved handfuls of people wandering around on the grass, it’s a little difficult to tell.



Total attendance has been estimated to be around 300. So expect lots of references to Thermopylae when this event is remembered in the sacred halls of Q-dom.



Not only were the protesters outnumbered by police, it appears they were outnumbered by the media in attendance. This seems like the kind of thing that, in Germany, would deserve a new word. Something like
pitifulputsch.
And somehow, the mostly Black security detail defending the stage didn’t look all that convinced that the people who kept shouting “we’re on the same side,” even as they celebrated the deeds of white supremacists who injured the police, were actually on their side.

Where was everyone? Well, it seems that at least some of the Proud Boys were across the country in L.A. where they had joined up with anti-vaxxers to rally in opposition to mask mandates. And there, they demonstrated more of the behavior that everyone has come to expect from Trump supporters.

 

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Gallitzin State Forest, 9/18/21

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