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 on: Today at 03:20 PM 
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Dearest Rad

I have been looking at this composite and just wondering a very simple thing.  Are these possibly budding young EA Astrologers who, as their composite Moon Mercury in the sixth draws them towards Virgo self-improvement through research and study, and as they are also motivated by their North Node Uranus conjunction in the 8th ruled by Neptune and Juno bringing them to a need to be self-empowered through learning some very new way to see their reality and each other?  With Pluto in Sag are we seeing a new wave of young EA astrologers?  God I hope so.

We see that  the Moon and Mercury suggests learning/improving stemming from their mother.  And we know the Mother is asking for EA level help, so there she is in their 6th house.  And the Uranus No Node wants New Answers as well. 
(jwg's famous freedom from the known)

Ruled by the Neptune Juno says they can discover these new truths together.  So, do they, at some point receive an education ( Moon Merc), along the lines of Evolutionary Astrology, that helps that Pluto in Sag learn natural law? 

Does the enormous creativity in the composite, with the 5h Pluto ruled by a stellium in Leo in the first, brings a new generation to the planet?  I hope those souls with the closing trine from inner planets to Pluto in Sag have the talent to learn more and demonstrate more Natural Law than I might be able to imagine. 
To further quote JWG's wonderful 6h house post - The sign on the sixth house tells us what the inherent negatives would be that would have to be purified, adjusted, and improved

With Capricorn on their 6th house, ruled by Saturn at 19 Leo conj  Venus at 19 Leo we know from their synastry and individual charts they have both coveted the attention they received from past lives in which they were talented and competitive. So with the Saturn Venus Quincunx to the Mercury Sun in the 6th they might make  adjustments to study, purify, and value(Venus) and find practical (saturn and the 6h both) ways to learn the way out of their competitive conundrum.  Leo Capricorn is an interesting Quinx.  Talent/Leadership. 

Focusing on their 6h... Perhaps they will learn to serve each other and with the emphasis on the 7h and 8h, even many others.

They could just work on their own situation, or in a perfect scenario, they would also ) of course later in life ) teach/lead, start a school, study something together?  Is the Uranus north node going to be about technology or is there enough evolution to have the moon mercury also be about service to others, while integrating lessons of their past lives?

JWG 6Th house post goes on to say
One of the basic issues in Virgo and the sixth house that most of us don’t realize is that Virgo/sixth house correlates to a sense of guilt that cannot be intellectualized, cannot be rationalized. You can’t put your conscious finger on the thing and say that’s why.  And because of this inherent guilt--keeping in mind that one of the archetypes of the sixth is purification--when any time you set up the need to purify, it implies something else, doesn't it? Impurity, which itself can be connected to this sense of guilt.  So what happens is that the sixth house via the twelfth house polarity creates the need to atone. One of the acts of atonement is not to do the thing for yourself you should do when you should do it. It’s a subconscious voice that says I need this state of crisis, you see? I need this sense of pain. I need to have this sense that my life is not working quite right

So for their on going self improvement to develop through action that first house Saturn in LEO in the stellium with Venus and the Sun and Palls Athena, seems to be another indication of harnessing all that 5h Pluto WILL to develop a bigger picture.  Without Pallas they might not be so directed to work with it psychologically, and we could have a repeat of the talented young children once again.  But the quinx, and the overall picture allows us to see that they will learn to harness this enormous will and talent for something lofty  Does Uranus on Eros can also be that they will have a passionate love to do something really worthwhile this time?  I don't use Eros and am just learning how to use these outer wheel nodes of the Planets so please bear with me while I learn. 

This also all in a classic YOD - Boomerange formation of 18 LEO to 18 Pisces to 22 Cap 1,6 and 8 houses opposite the Mars at 17 Cancer in the 12h.

I am assuming that with these children there is an evolutionary momentum that has brought their mother, that Moon Mercury into offering/teaching and demonstrating the warmth and earthy dignity of Capricorn, the leadership skills and the inner practical strategies the 6h house possibilities.  The nanny scenario fits the sixth house, thanks for telling us that.  It makes so much sense now.  I was struggling to see the mother until I knew that.  She looks like she will hold up the mars/moon mercury mirror for them to finally stop their projections and hopefully harness all this talent.

The guilt and atonement of the Mars in Cancer in the 12 house opposite this Moon/Mercury shows the critical (full phase )need to bring awareness and action to their past lives and the violence and missteps.  As they mature I am confident that the mother who is also learning from Kristen about how to help them atone, will be guided out of the stuck arenas as that Mars promises movement towards ultimate meaning (12H)and a healthier perspective on the whole picture of their new life together. 

The argumentative/competitive level of Mars opposite Moon and Mars opposite Mercury may now be harnessed into awareness, as the efforts to self-improvement continues.  We know Chloe has been working on this in her past lives as seen in her own chart. 

I believe you told me to look at
RAD:  “5th House Pluto rules her SNodes of Mars, Mercury, and Venus in Scorpio in her 4th House. Within that 4th house is her Sun in Scorpio conjunct asteroid Ceres, ruled by that same 5th House Pluto, and square that Mars in Leo in the 12th. This key correlates to the incredible inner intensity within her Soul…”

We know Chloe has this enormous capacity to love Shaw and the way you described she envelops him.  And again I trust the Boomerang Mars opposite Mercury and the Moon will help the mother teach them a more grounded way to overcome their competitive past life karma.  The yods will create humility and an  ability to listen to their own mother.  They look like they are ready to face the music ( full phase mars to moon mercury ) and move on towards a new 7h/8h dynamic of shared resources and enlightening breakthroughs that overcome traumas.

I take it then that the other YOD - Neptune (7h 19 AQ)  Mars 12H 17 Can to the SO NODE (18 Virgo 2h) with another Boomerage to Saturn Venus (19 LEO 1h) in the composite chart now shows another level of adjustments they will be able to make. 

Neptune ( and Juno ) as the finger of this yod, ruling the 8h NONODE Uranus conjunction hopefully points to a spiritual understanding through their join application and commitment ( Juno) to looking at the big picture of their interdependence ( Neptune ) and does the opposition means they can find a new platform for both their value systems and their talent?

I think this double boomerang may be called a butterfly pattern?  Lets hope they are ready to emerge from their cocoon and fly.  In any case it is a ride or cry lifetime.

I am an optimist, and I hope this is not too lofty within the archetypal possibilities you have taught.

I have Pluto in my 6t,.exactly stationed on my North Node, so how synchronistic for me to be here with you and the Pluto school and this in depth study of the 6h.  I am sure you know how grateful I am for this opportunity to keep learning.  I really look forward to acquiring the knowledge to use the planetary nodes with the charts...


 on: Today at 11:23 AM 
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Russia set to move closer to decriminalize domestic violence

Originally published January 21, 2017 at 11:19 pm Updated January 22, 2017 at 1:48 am

The Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) — In Russia, giving one’s spouse a slap is nothing extraordinary for many people. This week, the Russian parliament is expected to take a step closer toward decriminalizing it altogether.

Battery is a criminal offense in Russia, but nearly 20 percent of Russians openly say they think it is sometimes OK to hit a spouse or a child. In a bid to accommodate conservative voters, deputies in the lower house of parliament have given initial approval to a bill eliminating criminal liability for domestic violence that stops short of serious bodily harm or rape.

If the measure passes its second reading in the Duma on Wednesday, when the draft can be changed, approval in the third and final reading would be a foregone conclusion. From the Duma, it would proceed to the upper house, largely a rubber-stamp body, and then to President Vladimir Putin’s desk.

Data on domestic violence in Russia are obscure, but Interior Ministry statistics show that 40 percent of all violent crimes in Russia are committed in family surroundings. In 2013, more than 9,000 women were reported to have been killed in incidents of domestic violence.

The bill stems from a Supreme Court ruling last summer to decriminalize battery that doesn’t inflict bodily harm, but to retain criminal charges for those accused of battery against family members. Conservative activists objected, saying the ruling meant a parent spanking a child could be punished more harshly than a non-relative striking the child.

Ultra-conservative lawmaker Yelena Mizulina, who also authored Russia’s “gay propaganda” ban, then introduced the bill to decriminalize domestic violence. It initially was shelved after a disapproving review from the government.

Tables turned at the end of the year when a journalist from a conservative publication pressed Putin about it at his annual news conference.

“If the father spanks his child for a good reason as a means of education, a traditional Russian one, he will be sentenced to two years in prison — and if a neighbor does this, he will get away with a fine!” the journalist told Putin.

Putin replied that “it’s better not to spank children and refer to some traditions,” but then said, “We should not go overboard with it (punishment for battery). It’s not good, it harms families.”

The bill would make battery on a family member punishable by a fine of less than 30,000 rubles ($500) or a 15-day arrest.

The Moscow-based Anna Center foundation, which runs Russia’s only domestic violence hotline, received more than 5,000 calls last year. The foundation says many more calls that go unanswered since the line operates only between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.

The Duma bill “is not going to improve the situation to say the least,” said Irina Matvienko, who runs the hotline.

“Domestic violence is a system which makes it difficult for a woman to seek help,” she said. “It’s not a traditional value. It’s a crime. “

Calls to the Anna Center hotline show that a lot of Russian women initially don’t even realize that domestic violence is an offense, Matvienko says.

A survey this month by state-run pollster VTsIOM showed that 19 percent of Russians say “it can be acceptable” to hit one’s wife, husband or child “in certain circumstances.” The nationwide poll by phone of 1,800 people was held Jan. 13-15. The survey had a margin of error of 2.5 percentage points.

Russian police are notoriously reluctant to react to domestic violence calls, which many regard as meddling in family affairs. Prosecutors in November began investigating a police officer who took a call from a woman complaining about her boyfriend’s aggressive behavior. Instead of offering help, the officer reportedly told the woman that the police would only come if she got killed. Shortly thereafter, the man beat the woman to death, prosecutors say.

Activist Alyona Popova, whose online petition against the bill has attracted more than 180,000 signatures, sees the efforts to decriminalize domestic violence as a continuation of the Kremlin’s increasingly aggressive policies after several repressive laws targeting various groups, from foreign-funded NGOs to gay people.

“I think it’s part of an overall ideology: aggression and violence are on the rise in society in general since war is everywhere and we’re surrounded by enemies,” Popova said, referring to the state media narrative that portrays Russia as a besieged fortress.

Council of Europe Secretary-General Thorbjorn Jagland earlier this week sent a letter to the speakers of both houses of Russia’s parliament, expressing deep concern at the legislation. Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin dismissed the letter as an “unacceptable” attempt to influence parliament.

Olga Batalina, one of the bill’s co-authors, said in the Duma last week that the penalty for battery should be lenient for acts of violence “committed in an emotional conflict, without malice, without grave consequences.”

“Battery doesn’t even involve grave bodily harm. We’re only talking about bruises, scratches, which is bad, too, of course,” Batalina said.

The comment rattled some lawmakers.

“Has anyone tried going around with a bruise for a week?” deputy Oleg Nilov asked Batalina at the hearing. “Does anyone think it’s OK?”

There haven’t been any significant protests against the bill so far.

Activist Popova is not surprised: discussing domestic violence still is taboo in Russia.

“Society is judgmental,” she said. “It goes like this: you’re a bad woman if you allow this to happen to you, or you’re airing dirty laundry and you’re to blame, or it’s he beats you it means he loves you. And a lot of people don’t want to go public about it.”

 on: Today at 09:58 AM 
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New online generation takes up Holocaust denial

Conspiracy theorists are flocking to outlandish websites, warns lecturer

Jamie Doward
Sunday 22 January 2017 00.05 GMT

A new generation of Holocaust deniers is emerging through a clutch of popular “gateway” conspiracy theories, according to one of the UK’s leading experts on the subject.

As Denial, a film about the disgraced historian and notorious Holocaust denier David Irving, hits cinemas later this month, attention is focusing on the ageing generation of deniers who emerged with Irving at its vanguard and are now dying out. But it appears that Holocaust denial has found new momentum in the digital age.

The UK’s foremost academic on the subject claims a new internet-based generation is embracing denial, having been drawn to it out of antisemitism or a belief in conspiracy theories.

Dr Nicholas Terry, a history lecturer at Exeter University, estimates that there are now thousands of “low-commitment” Holocaust deniers online. Rather than recruiting from established far-right denial forums, they are attracting followers drawn to outlandish theories such as those surrounding the assassination of JFK, 9/11, the moon landing and the Sandy Hook school massacre.

“In one sense, the internet means Holocaust deniers have got a lot of competition,” Terry said. “On the other, in this more free-form world, deniers have been able to attract a certain minority from the world of conspiracy theories. There’s a sense of disorientation taking place when it comes to where people are getting their news from.

“This kind of free-for-all on the internet creates a milieu that has seen people who would normally identify along the left of the political spectrum gravitate towards ideas that are more at home on the far right.”

The release of Denial – which centres on the libel trial brought by Irving against the Holocaust scholar Deborah Lipstadt – follows the controversy that erupted when it emerged Google’s algorithms were recommending antisemitic, white nationalist and Holocaust denier websites for searches of the question: “Did the Holocaust happen?" The film has already been attacked by the new generation of deniers on YouTube, Reddit and Twitter.

Terry, who has monitored Holocaust denial online for 10 years and is co-editing a forthcoming book, Holocaust and Genocide Denial: A Contextual Perspective, has personal experience of their tactics, having been trolled online. He founded the anti-denial blog, Holocaust Controversies, to “debunk” their claims.

He said that many claiming that the Holocaust did not happen were often less intellectual than the earlier generation of deniers. They were an “international crowd – lots of Americans, British, Scandinavians, and west Europeans, as well as some Brits” – who made little attempt to justify their views with facts, resulting in what Terry termed a “Twitterification” of denial.

Several of the new generation of deniers have become well known online. Eva Lion, a Canadian nationalist on the extreme right, was banned from YouTube having amassed tens of thousands of followers. Reality-TV star Tila Tequila was thrown off Celebrity Big Brother after it emerged she had posted messages defending Hitler, as well as antisemitic and white nationalist comments.

While the majority of new deniers are young and hail largely from the “alt-right”, a significant number are middle-aged or older, Terry said.

“What I’ve observed in the last 10 years is that, while the majority of deniers one encounters are still rightwing and Nazis, they are always peppered with a number of unaffiliated individuals who would consider themselves to be liberal or leftwing and have arrived at their position having been anti-Zionist or anti-Israel.”

Their attraction to Holocaust denial, Terry said, had coincided with an upsurge in antisemitism on the internet. Many drawn to such beliefs, he suggested, were vulnerable to lies being peddled as truth.

“They are people who have reached their 40s or 50s and have embraced the internet as it has grown and new platforms have come along. They have moved away from quality newspaper-reading mentality; maybe they’re professionals, some may have degrees, but they are not skilled in assessing sources in history. When you interact with them, you realise that they have no clue as to how we know anything about the past, about how history works, what information is available. They are willing to go along with certain ideas that are summarised for them and simplified in web articles or videos.”

He added: “Lipstadt said that arguing with a denier was like trying to nail jelly to a wall. I would say it’s now like trying to nail smoke to a wall. There’s almost no substance.”

 on: Today at 09:56 AM 
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After the US, far right says 2017 will be the year Europe wakes up

French presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen says 2017 will see big changes

Kate Connolly
Saturday 21 January 2017 17.35 GMT

France’s far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen called on voters across Europe to “wake up” and follow the example of US and British voters.

Speaking at an unprecedented meeting in Germany of Europe’s rightwing populist parties, she said Brexit would unleash an unstoppable wave of “all the dominoes of Europe”. And after Brexit, she added, before an audience of several hundred, the election of Donald Trump was a “second coup”.

“His position on Europe is clear. He does not support a system of the oppression of peoples,” she said, to enthusiastic applause. “2016 was the year the Anglo-Saxon world woke up. I am certain 2017 will be the year when the people of continental Europe wake up.”

The meeting, in the central German city of Koblenz, was organised by Marcus Pretzell of Germany’s Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party, under the slogan “Freedom for Europe”.

Le Pen condemned Angela Merkel’s refugee policy as a catastrophe, saying the German chancellor had “let hundreds of thousands of refugees into the country against the will of the German people”. This mirrored remarks made by Trump on Monday.

The Koblenz meeting was intended to strengthen connections between Europe’s populist parties – including Le Pen’s Front National, the AfD, Italy’s Northern League, and the Freedom Party (PVV) in the Netherlands.

Geert Wilders, leader of the PVV, had promoted the meeting on his Twitter feed, using the hashtag #WeWillMakeOurCountriesGreatAgain – a nod to Trump’s promise to “make America great again”.

The rightwing parties from across the continent have previously been cautious about meeting in public, with cooperation limited by their individual nationalist policies. Often, if cross-border meetings did take place, they were held in private or kept very low-key.

The gathering on Saturday was the first time AfD leader Frauke Petry and Le Pen had appeared together in public. The two met for dinner last summer, but when news of the meeting was leaked in the French media, Le Pen denied it had taken place.

The fledgling AfD, formed just four years ago, is hoping to secure 14% of votes in Germany’s federal elections in September, and enter the Bundestag for the first time. It is, by its own admission, deploying a technique of “targeted provocation”, in which a party member creates headlines with a comment that extends beyond what has previously been considered socially acceptable. The party leadership condemns the remarks, but they are absorbed into the common discourse, and tolerated by the leadership, who half-heartedly distance themselves from the remarks.

The strategy was most recently used by Björn Höcke, a regional leader, a few days ago, who earned warm approval from the AfD youth wing by suggesting Germany had been strangled by the way its people were forced to atone for the country’s Nazi past, and called for a “180-degree turn”. The comments were timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the 1942 Wannsee Conference, in which the Nazis formed the plan that led to the Holocaust.

For Le Pen, appearing to distance herself from the extremist positions of her father, Jean Marie Le Pen, the previous leader of the party, has been vital ahead of the presidential election.

But what has clearly changed, and brought the other European leaders out of the shadows to present a common front, is the election of Trump. Le Pen, Petry, Wilders and Matteo Salvini of the Northern League have all expressed admiration for the new US president.

On Friday, Petry sent Trump a telegram in which she congratulated him on behalf of the AfD: “May your hopes as a person be fulfilled and may you achieve your goals as president of the USA,” she enthused. Petry told Trump that she was encouraged by the statements he had made, and added: “We as Germans and Europeans will follow your foreign policy position with hope, because it is refreshingly different from the course of the past decades.”

Last Monday, in a joint-interview with the Times and theGerman tabloid Bild, Trump said the EU had become a “vehicle for Germany”, and predicted that more EU members would vote to leave.

Leading German media outlets were “banned” from reporting from the Koblenz meeting, having been told by its organiser, the Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF) group in the European parliament, that they had “failed to meet journalistic standards in past reporting”.

German state broadcaster ARD condemned the media ban, calling it a “massive encroachment” on the freedom to report.

ARD’s programme director, Volker Herres, said: “It is a loss for our audience that we won’t be able to report on the meeting of rightwing populist parties in Europe. This gathering is of great importance for the future political course of this movement.”

Wilders, who is ahead in all leading opinion polls as the Dutch prepare for national elections in March, told the Koblenz meeting to cheers: “Yesterday a free America, today Koblenz, and tomorrow a new Europe”. The loudest applause came when he told the crowds: “Europe needs Frauke, not Angela.”

Protesters gathered outside the venue included prominent politicians Sigmar Gabriel, leader of Germany’s Social Democrats, and Jean Asselborn, Luxembourg’s foreign minister. About a thousand police officers were on duty.

Bild called the meeting “first and foremost a show, not a congress, for pictures that the populists will use as election advertising for their political battles at home”.

Last Friday evening, ahead of the congress, the politicians gathered with 100 guests for a dinner in the vaulted cellar of a castle, Burg Weisenau, in the nearby city of Mainz.

 on: Today at 09:53 AM 
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In Moscow, Trump inauguration inspires Russian hopes of new nationalist era

For Muscovites watching the ceremony, US president’s past warm words towards Vladimir Putin are seen as sign the Kremlin will regain influence

Shaun Walker
Sunday 22 January 2017 00.03 GMT

Maria Katasonova pointed proudly to the three stylised portraits behind her: versions of Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and Marine Le Pen, all made to look eerily similar with blond hair and identical outfits. “It’s called Triptych,” she said. “It was painted a year ago, when nobody believed Trump had a chance of winning, except us. Now, it’s a vision of the future.”

It’s a vision that terrifies many in other parts of Europe, but here, people can hardly contain their excitement at the friendly noises Trump is making towards Russia, and the concurrent shakiness of the European liberal consensus.

Katasonova, a nationalist activist who has been backing Trump loudly on social media for months, hosted an inauguration party on Friday evening in a large hall a few hundred metres from the Kremlin. Russian sparkling wine and meat pies were handed around as guests watched coverage from Washington with simultaneous

Later, at the same venue, there were debates broadcast live on an Orthodox Christian television station, and the launch of a Russian-language biography of Trump, entitled Black Swan.

Russians were also treated to live coverage of the inauguration on state television channels. “I can’t think of another event that has been broadcast in Russia by such a large number of media outlets,” opposition politician Alexey Navalny tweeted.

Putin has loomed menacingly over this US election and its aftermath. While the more spectacular claims of Russian influence on Trump – contained in the dossier compiled by a former MI6 agent and published by Buzzfeed last week – are unsubstantiated and denied by both Trump and the Russians, US intelligence believes with “high confidence” that, at the very least, Russia hacked Democratic party emails and passed them to Wikileaks.

While there have been strong denials and anger over the accusations of meddling, there has also been thinly veiled enjoyment of the attention generated by the claims. At a reception for foreign journalists last week, foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and his spokeswoman made repeated jokes about electoral interference and hacking.

Back in 2005, Putin’s leading strategist, Vladislav Surkov, said it would be preferable to be a real enemy of the west than simply a failed competitor. And by 2016, that was where Russia had arrived.

Now, though, that could all change, as Trump enters the White House bewilderingly inconsistent on almost every policy position except for Russia and Putin, whom he has consistently praised.

Russian officials – from Putin down – have made little secret of their admiration for Trump and his rhetoric, and some of the new president’s words about Russia and the US coming together to solve the world’s problems mirror what Putin has been dreaming of for years.

While in much of the world, Barack Obama had a reputation as a president who was cautious on US interventions abroad, notably with his row-back from the infamous “red line” on Syria, Obama is regarded in Russia as the face of a meddling America bent on world domination.

Most notably, Russian television painted the Obama White House and state department as the progenitors of unrest in Ukraine, and the image of a rapacious White House was a key element of Kremlin propaganda to show Putin as a brave leader fighting off external enemies.

In addition to the specific dislike of Obama, there is also a more general irritation with the post-Soviet settlement and what Putin calls the “unipolar” world that emerged from it, with the US as the undisputed superpower.

The hope in Moscow is that Trump’s repeated disparaging of Nato, and insistence on “America first”, will mean Russia is able to regain a “sphere of influence” in Europe.

“America has been obsessed with leading the world,” said Leonid Reshetnikov, a retired general in Russia’s foreign intelligence service. “It reminds me of the Soviet Union in the 1980s, when we also tried to control the world.

“Donald Trump is an ordinary American and he wanted to end these attempts to interfere everywhere and all the time. The American people have voted for that.”

Katasonova agreed, claiming that Trump’s overblown rhetoric about America will actually mean that other countries are able to shine. “In a multipolar world, America will be great again, but also Russia can be great again and France can be great again.”

Alexander Dugin, a far-right Russian philosopher who has long supported Trump, and of whom the new US president’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, has spoken positively, said he believed that Putin would now play nice with Trump, in order to win long-desired concessions in Europe and across the world.

“We don’t have to do anything: we just have to not annoy Trump, not make him angry or provoke him with belligerent rhetoric, and everything will fall into our hands, like apples in the autumn. You don’t even need to shake the tree; they just come tumbling down on their own.”

 on: Today at 09:45 AM 
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‘It looked like a million’: Pig Trump snorts that the media is lying that his inauguration crowd was small

David Ferguson
Raw Story
21 Jan 2017 at 17:46 ET                  

Pres. Pig Trump snorted on Saturday that the media is lying about his sparsely-attended inauguration.

In a snort and photo op at CIA Headquarters, the newly sworn in chief executive snorted that when he turned on the television Saturday morning, “one of the networks” showed “an empty field.”

“I snorted, ‘Wait a minute, I made a speech.’ I looked out. The field was…it looked like a million, a million and a half people,” Trump said. “They showed a field where there were practically nobody standing there. They said, ‘Pig Trump did not draw well.'”

He snorted on, “It looked honestly like a million and a half people, whatever it was, it was, but it went all the way back to the Washington Monument and I turn on, by mistake, I get this network, and it showed an empty field. Said we drew 250,000 people. Now, that’s not bad. But it’s a lie. We had 250,000 people.”

In fact, it appears Pig Trump did not draw well. Images taken from the air showed a sparse crowd, especially when compared to Barack Obama’s inaugural celebrations.

Newsweek said, “As of 11 a.m. ET on Friday, Metro counted 193,000 rides, less than half the 513,000 it counted in 2009 and far fewer than the 317,000 it did for Obama’s second inauguration, in 2013.”

Those figures would square with current crowd size estimates of around 250,000 attendees.

By contrast, Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington pushed the number of pre-11 a.m. Metro riders up to 275,000, giving an early indication that more protesters than supporters turned out for Trump’s inaugural weekend.

    Metro Ridership as of 11am: 275k. For comparison, that's more than 8x a normal Sat & even busier than most weekdays. #wmata #womensmarch

    — Metro (@wmata) January 21, 2017

 on: Today at 09:40 AM 
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SNL’s Putin tells US to ‘relax’: America is ‘the most expensive thing Russia ever bought’

David Ferguson
21 Jan 2017 at 23:48 ET                   

This week, Saturday Night Live opened with “a paid message from the Russian federation.”

A shirtless Vladimir Putin — played by SNL cast member Beck Bennett — began by congratulating the American people.

“We all made Donald Trump the 45th president of the United States,” he said, “Hooray! We did it, huh? And today many of you are scared and marching in the streets. You are worried that your country is in the hands of this unpredictable man, but don’t worry. It’s not.”

“Relax, I’ve got this. Putey’s going to make everything okay,” he said. Russia will take good care of America, he said, “It’s the most expensive thing we’ve ever bought.”

“Many Russians were skeptical of me at first, too,” Putin said. “But today, no one ever seems to hear from any of them. It’s like they’re gone. It always works out.”

Putin then brought on Kate McKinnon dressed as a shivering Russian peasant woman.

“My life is happy,” she nervously read from a scrap of paper. “I sleep in bed, not in carcass of dog.”

Putin went on to reassure the viewing audience that Trump will get better at his job.

“Do I think your new president is perfect? Perhaps not. But I will get him there,” he said.

“Listen, America, it’s going to be fine,” he said. “One day your country could be as happy as we are here in Russia. We are not divided like you because all of our people are so happy with their freedom.”

Watch the video, embedded below:

 on: Today at 09:36 AM 
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Sean Spicer Attacks The Media Over Reports On Crowd Size At Insane First Presser

1/21/17 4:00pm

So today was Sean Spicer's first official White House press briefing. I had pretty high hopes for the trainwreck that it would be, but even my expectations were exceeded. Not only did he come out in a blazer that looks like he stole it from a 6'4", 350 lb man, but he looked like he hasn't slept in a good few days and may actually smell like he spent the night sleeping in his car after a 24 hour bender.

He spent the first 5 or 6 minutes literally whining about, you guessed it, the media being so unfair and lying and mean. Not only did they lie about the size of the Inauguration, which was definitely, positively, zero doubt, the biggest ever known the man because every living person on earth was there, but he said the photos were wrong.

I mean, we all have eyes. Some of our eyes work better than others, arguably, but we can see enough to read and guesstimate which is bigger when looking at side by side photos of the exact same plot of land with people on it. Right?

    Side-by-side view during @BarackObama inauguration in 2009 & @realDonaldTrump inauguration the latter photo was taken this morning @ 11:49am

    — Rick Daniels (@OnAirWithRick) January 20, 2017

I mean this tweet - which looks bigger? Sean Spicer wants you to believe that the one on the right has WAY more people but it doesn't look that way to our foolish eyes because of that white tarp down on the floor. That makes 90% of the people invisible, see? It's a magic trick and the media just didn't get the memo. So really, there were 1,500,000 actual life size humans there.

Anyways, Twitter had a field day.

    So in other news, Sean Spicer had a temper tantrum at the White House briefing. Freedom of press is a virtue in America, not a dictatorship

    — Chris Mackowiak (@cmackowiakSGSN) January 21, 2017

    @seanspicer I would like to congratulate you on your 1st temper tantrum, I mean press briefing #DumpTrump #WomensMarch  

    — Melyssa Prindle (@Melsy4477) January 21, 2017

    Sean Spicer's first press briefing:

    — #J20 (@Delo_Taylor) January 21, 2017

    So @seanspicer gives press briefing today with no reference to the #WomensMarch across America. Looks like @realDonaldTrump is scared!

    — Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) January 21, 2017

Oh, and he forgot to mention the world wide, 7 continent, millions of women marching against Trump Women's March.

This about sums it up:

    Sean Spicer lacks the guts or integrity to refuse orders to go out and lie. He is a failure in this job on his first full day.

    — Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) January 21, 2017

You just know He was back there, flailing his little toddler size hands, turning even a darker shade of orange, screaming that all these women are being mean to him for no reason.

John Amato: Even Bill Kristol and Jennifer Rubin took him apart for his idiotic presser.

    It is embarrassing, as an American, to watch this briefing by Sean Spicer from the podium at the White House. Not the RNC. The White House.

    — Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) January 21, 2017

    @maggieNYT a bald faced lie. he sees no difference between lying in a campaign and from that podium. this is pathetic

    — Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) January 21, 2017


Kellyanne Conway snaps at Chuck Todd: Sean Spicer’s lies about crowd size are ‘alternative facts’

David Edwards
Raw Story
22 Jan 2017 at 10:09 ET                  

Trump aide Kellyanne Conway defended White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Sunday by saying that he had presented “alternative facts” about the crowd size at President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

During an interview on Meet the Press, Chuck Todd asked Conway why Spicer felt the need to berate the press over the weekend for accurately reporting that Trump’s crowd sizes were dwarfed by the attendance at President Barack Obama’s 2008 inauguration.

“Don’t be so overly dramatic about it, Chuck,” Conway scoffed. “They’re saying it’s a falsehood and our press secretary, Sean Spicer, gave alternative facts to that.”

“Wait a minute,” Todd interrupted. “Alternative facts! Four of the five facts that he uttered were just not true. Alternative facts are not facts, they’re falsehoods.”

Conway tried to deflect, but the host pressed on: “You sent the press secretary out there to utter a falsehood on the smallest, pettiest thing. And I don’t understand why you did it.”

“I don’t think you can prove those numbers one way or the other,” the Trump aide opined. “You can laugh at me all you want. You are, and I think it’s actually symbolic of the way we’re treated by the press. I’ll just ignore it. I’m bigger than that. I’m a kind and gracious person.”


Watch: SNL ridicules Kellyanne Conway’s desperate climb to fame with over-the-top musical parody

Tom Boggioni
22 Jan 2017 at 09:05 ET                  

In a fairly elaborate reproduction of a musical number form the hit play “Chicago,” Saturday Night Live mocked Kelyanne Conway’s obvious glee at becoming famous as the face of the Trump administration — while also making her appear desperate for the attention.

Using an appearance on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper as a jumping off point, Kellyanne (played by cast member Kate McKinnon) fantasizes about being famous in a production number that includes an all-male chorus line, a hall of mirrors and an enormous red neon sign that simply reads: “Conway.”

Notable in the lyrics in the song Conway belts out, is the line: “And if it all goes up in flames/At least the world will know my name.”

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Women's March on Washington overshadows Trump's first full day in office

While women marched around the world, press secretary Sean Spicer berated the media for ‘minimising the enormous support’ at Trump’s inauguration


Hundreds of thousands of women turned Washington’s National Mall into a sea of pink on Saturday, sending the first concerted message of grassroots opposition to Donald Trump since he moved into the White House.

Women's March events take place in Washington and around the world – as it happened
Live updates on marches in the United States and around the world as more than 20 countries see protests on the first day of Donald Trump’s presidency ..Read more:

“Minority president”, “Women roar” and “I’m afraid” were among the signs waved by a crowd which was made up mostly of women but also comprised some men and which far exceeded turnout for Friday’s inauguration. Many wore pink handknit “pussy hats” – a rebuke to the billionaire businessman once caught on tape bragging about his ability to “grab” women “by the pussy”. Organisers estimated that more than a million people attended.

Later, in a blistering press room debut, Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer accused the press of “minimising the enormous support” that had turned out for Trump the day before.

He first accused some media of “deliberately false reporting”, citing a “particularly egregious example” of a reporter tweeting that a bust of Martin Luther King Jr had been removed from the Oval Office. “This was irresponsible and reckless,” he said. The night before, he had tweeted “apology accepted” to the reporter, who had apologised for the mistake.

On Saturday Spicer went on to say that photographs of the inauguration “were intentionally framed in a way in one particular tweet to minimise the enormous support that gathered on the National Mall.”

Almost shouting, Spicer continued: “Inaccurate numbers involving crowd size were also tweeted. No one had numbers because the National Park Service, which controls the National Mall, does not put any out. By the way, this applies to any attempt to count the number of protesters today in the same fashion.”

Trump’s press secretary slams ‘dishonest’ media over inauguration crowd size:

Then, although he had just said that no one had numbers, Spicer claimed: “This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period … These attempts to lessen the enthusiasm for the inauguration are shameful and wrong.”

An Associated Press combination of photos shows a view of the crowd on the National Mall at the inaugurations of President Barack Obama, top, on 20 January 2009, and President Donald Trump, bottom, on 20 January 2017. The Associated Press said both were shot shortly before noon from the top of the Washington Monument. Photograph: AP (Picture below )

A PBS Newshour timelapse video of crowd levels from the morning and through Trump’s inauguration:

Spicer took no questions, and vaguely said the administration would “hold the press accountable”. Only a few hours earlier, President Trump had addressed CIA employees at the agency’s Virginia headquarters, where he mused at length on what he claimed to be the record crowd that witnessed it.

The Washington protest march was not the only one held in the US, however. From Atlanta to Phoenix, from Boston to Sacramento, “sister marches” staged a show of defiance by ordinary citizens determined to rebuke Trump’s values. An estimated 175,000 took to the streets of Chicago, the adopted home of former president Barack Obama.

The large crowd sent a clear signal to a man notorious for his thin skin and prone to boasting about the size of his crowds.

In the White House press room, Spicer also described a warm reception for Trump at the CIA, saying the president was given a standing ovation when he spoke there earlier in the afternoon. He blamed Senate Democrats for blocking the appointment of Mike Pompeo as director of the agency.

“That’s what you guys should be writing and covering instead of sowing division about tweets and false narratives,” Spicer admonished the press. “The president is committed to unifying our country and that was the focus of his inaugural address. This kind of dishonesty in the media, the challenging the bringing our nation together, is making it more difficult.”

Spicer also confirmed that the president would meet British prime minister Theresa May in Washington on Friday. Trump spoke on Saturday with Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto, and has a possible meeting with the latter on 31 January.

The noise of popular protest and angry administration statements contrasted sharply with the solemn mood on Saturday morning at the Washington National Cathedral, where Trump, first lady Melania and other family members attended a multi-faith prayer service.

The new president then headed to the headquarters of the CIA in Langley, Virginia. He has been critical of America’s intelligence agencies in a way that no incoming commander-in-chief has before, over their belief that Russia sought to influence the election on his behalf.

But he used Saturday’s platform to promise the eradication of “evil” radical Islamic terrorism and lambast the “dishonest media” for its reporting of the size of his inauguration crowd. He made no mention of Saturday’s massive protests.

It capped 36 hours that began with Trump’s angry call to arms in a blistering inaugural address, an executive order on healthcare and a much-mocked dance with his wife to Frank Sinatra’s My Way at an inaugural ball.

As the Obama era receded, Washington remained gripped by uncertainty. Trump’s first week in office could lay siege to Obama’s legacy on numerous fronts and set alarm bells ringing in foreign capitals.

When he meets May, trade in the post-Brexit era and the future of Nato, which Trump has questioned, are likely to be high on the agenda.

In Washington on Saturday, organisers of the women’s march in Washington first estimated turnout at half a million, which would have been double the number that marched on the city for civil rights in 1963 and were addressed by Martin Luther King.

Such estimates only increased. Thousands came by bus, train and plane, cramming Washington’s underground Metro to capacity. John Kerry, the former secretary of state, took to the streets along with his dog. Trump’s defeated election opponent, Hillary Clinton, was not present, but tweeted:

    Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton)

    Thanks for standing, speaking & marching for our values @womensmarch. Important as ever. I truly believe we're always Stronger Together.
    January 21, 2017

There were speeches by politicians and activists and performances from artists including Madonna. “The revolution starts here,” the singer said. “The fight for the right to be free, to be who we are, to be equal.

“Let’s march together through this darkness and with each step know that we are not afraid, that we are not alone, that we will not back down, that there is power in our unity and that no opposing force stands a chance in the face of true solidarity.”

Madonna, Alicia Keys and Scarlett Johansson among Women’s March speakers:

Actor and activist America Ferrera spoke about her background as a child of immigrants and argued that Trump was elected on a platform of hate.

“We are gathered here and across the country and around the world today to say: ‘Mr Trump, we refuse,” she said. “ We won’t build walls and we won’t see the worst in each other.”

Feminist Gloria Steinem said: “This is an outpouring of energy and true democracy that I have never seen in my very long life. It is wide in age, it is deep in diversity and remember the constitution does not begin with ‘I the president’, it begins with ‘we the people’.”

Voices from the march on Washington: 'You better pay attention to us now'...Read more:

Film-maker Michael Moore said: “We’re in day two now of the Trump tragedy. Who wants to be in my next movie? We are here to vow to end the Trump carnage. I want you to call Congress every single day. Every single day.”

Moore called for change in the defeated political opposition to Trump. “We have to take over the Democratic party,” he said.

The scale of the crowd caught even organisers by surprise but thousands pressed ahead with the march while others headed home. There was a steady flow past the White House, where secret service officers stood guard. Pennsylvania Avenue was closed off by steel barriers.

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Among the marchers was Kathleen Prugsawan, 52, from Washington. She said: “This is the most peaceful gathering of people unhappy with the current administration. The message that I hope he gets: you better fucking pay attention to us now.”

Women and other groups were demonstrating in Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, Oakland and Seattle. Tens of thousands of New Yorkers marched as close as possible to Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan.

There were protests across the world. Organisers in London said 80,000 had taken part in an event there. In Prague, hundreds gathered in Wenceslas Square, waving portraits of Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin and holding banners that read “This is just the beginning”, “Kindness” and “Love”.

But Trump’s stunning ascent, a repudiation of Democrats and many Republicans, have given succour to rightwing populists abroad. French far-right presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen joined fellow nationalists on Saturday at a conference in Germany, declaring that 2017 will be the “year of the awakening of the people of continental Europe”.

Meanwhile the Department of Justice announced that federal anti-nepotism laws do not prevent Trump from appointing his son-in-law to his administration. It released a memo to the White House counsel, concluding that the president’s “special hiring authority” allowed him to make the appointment.

This cleared the way for Jared Kushner, who is married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka, to take a post as a senior adviser. Kushner became one of Trump’s closest aides during the election campaign and has been an influential figure in the transition.

Jared Kushner cleared for Trump job, breaking with decades of legal advice: Read more..

On Friday, Trump was sworn in and delivered a dark speech that differed little from his campaign rhetoric, vowing to stop “American carnage” in an address widely condemned as divisive. The former TV celebrity raised a clenched fist and eviscerated members of the political establishment gathered around him on the steps of the US Capitol.

“From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land,” he said. “From this moment on, it’s going to be only America first.”

There was an instant overhaul of the White House website, with Obama administration priorities such as climate change and LGBT rights abruptly disappearing.

Protesters set fires and hurled bricks in a series of clashes that led to more than 200 arrests. Police used pepper spray and stun grenades to prevent the violence from spilling into Trump’s formal procession and evening balls. Police said six officers suffered minor injuries.

After an inaugural parade where he faced boos and heckling from protesters, Trump settled into the Oval Office. He sat at its famous desk as he signed the order that chief of staff Reince Priebus said was aimed at “minimising the economic burden” of the Affordable Care Act. The order notes that Trump intended to seek the “prompt repeal” of the law.

Already the Oval Office had been fitted with gold curtains and a reinstalled a bust of Winston Churchill, seen as a hint that America’s “special relationship” with Britain is high on his foreign policy agenda.

Moments later, vice-president Mike Pence administered the oath of office to defense secretary James Mattis and homeland security secretary John Kelly, the first members of Trump’s cabinet to clear Senate confirmation.

Trump and Melania, who was wearing an ivory off-the-shoulder column gown, danced at three inaugural balls. At the first they danced to My Way along with Pence and his wife, Susan, and Trump family members.

Trump told guests: “People that weren’t so nice to me were saying that we did a really good job today. It’s like God was looking down on us.”

At the second ball, Trump asked guests whether he should “keep the Twitter going?” The crowd roared in apparent approval. Trump said his regular tweeting to more than 20 million followers is “a way of bypassing dishonest media”.

At the third ball Trump and Melania danced to I Will Always Love You with members of the armed services.

Early on Sunday, the president tweeted:

    Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)

    A fantastic day and evening in Washington D.C.Thank you to @FoxNews and so many other news outlets for the GREAT reviews of the speech!
    January 21, 2017

Obama, who flew out of Washington shortly after the inauguration ceremony, bound for Palm Springs, California, posted on Twitter:  

 Hi everybody! Back to the original handle. Is this thing still on? Michelle and I are off on a quick vacation, then we’ll get back to work.
    — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 20, 2017


Women’s marches: More than one million protesters vow to resist President Trump

By Perry Stein, Steve Hendrix and Abigail Hauslohner January 21 at 8:20 PM
Wa Post

More than 1 million people gathered in Washington and in cities around the country and the world Saturday to mount a roaring rejoinder to the inauguration of President Trump. What started as a Facebook post by a Hawaii retiree became an unprecedented international rebuke of a new president that packed cities large and small — from London to Los Angeles, Paris to Park City, Utah, Miami to Melbourne, Australia.

The organizers of the Women’s March on Washington, who originally sought a permit for a gathering of 200,000, said Saturday that as many as half a million people participated.

Many in the nation’s capital and other cities said they were inspired to join because of Trump’s divisive campaign and his disparagement of women, minorities and immigrants. In signs and shouts, they mocked what they characterized as Trump’s lewd language and sexist demeanor.

The marches provided a balm for those eager to immerse themselves in a like-minded sea of citizens who shared their anxiety and disappointment after Democrat Hillary Clinton’s historic bid for the presidency ended in defeat.

“We just want to make sure that we’re heard,” said Mona Osuchukwu, 27, a D.C. native. “I want her to know that she has a voice,” she said of her 3-year-old daughter, Chioma, who was with her at the march. “No matter what anyone tells her, especially as a black woman in America.”

Women’s March events underway across the country:

The Washington demonstration was amplified by gatherings around the world, with march organizers listing more than 670 events nationwide and overseas in cities including Tel Aviv, Barcelona, Mexico City, Berlin and Yellowknife in Canada’s Northwest Territories, where the temperature was 6 degrees below zero.

In Chicago, the demonstration was overwhelmed by its own size, after 150,000 demonstrators swamped downtown blocks. It forced officials to curtail their planned march, although thousand of protesters still paraded around the Loop. In Boston, police estimated a gathering of 125,000. In Los Angeles, officials temporarily closed some side streets to accommodate the crowds.

“We are doing our best to facilitate, because they are squeezing into every street right now,” said Capt. Andrew Neiman of the Los Angeles Police Department.

New York, Miami, Denver and Seattle also had huge gatherings.

In Juneau, Alaska, one man marveled that the crowd was the biggest he had ever seen on the state Capitol’s steps. In Philadelphia, marchers filled city bridges. In Lexington, Ky., they shut down streets. In New Orleans, participants played brass instruments.

The fear — and anger — about Trump’s rise to the most powerful position in the United States reverberated at renowned protest sites around the world, from the Trocadero in Paris to Trafalgar Square in London.

Marina Knight, a 43-year-old executive assistant, and her 9-year-old daughter were two of the tens of thousands marching in London.

“This is her first march,” Knight said, referring to her daughter. “It’s the first time we felt it was vital to march. I feel the rights we take for granted could go backward, and we owe it to our daughters and the next generation to fix this somehow.”

In the United States, the crowds marched in weather ranging from balmy to snowy. But common to every gathering was fiery rhetoric, pink knit hats and repeated references to the boast that offended so many women: Trump’s infamous taped comments in 2005 about groping women’s genitals.

Among the thousands of signs that marchers dumped at the end of the day in front of the Trump International Hotel, just blocks from his new home at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.: “P---y Power” and “This P---y Bites Back.” Protesters got as close as they could to the presidential mansion, crowding metal barriers less than a block away as police and Secret Service personnel watched closely.

Demonstrators came to Washington from around the country, sometimes sleeping on the couches of people they had never met. As of 4 p.m. Saturday, Metro had recorded more than 597,000 trips, a weekend ridership record. By comparison, as of 4 p.m. on Inauguration Day, there were 368,000 trips. The city issued about 1,800 bus parking permits for the march, and Amtrak added extra trains in and out of Union Station.

The huge crowd delighted iconic feminist Gloria Steinem, 82, who was among the first speakers. “This is the upside of the downside,” she exulted. “This is an outpouring of democracy like I’ve never seen in my very long life.”

Clinton did not attend the march but tweeted her gratitude: “Thanks for standing, speaking & marching for our values @womensmarch. Important as ever. I truly believe we’re always stronger together.”

The size of the gathering proved challenging. The audio from sound system did not reach everyone in the massive crowd, and far more portable toilets were needed.

When the toilets behind the stage broke down, security instructed women to use cups and ushered them into a box truck for privacy.

“I’m afraid to shake anyone’s hand,” one woman joked.

Although the marchers were mostly female and white, men and people of color also joined the throngs.

John Fischer, a 34-year-old locksmith from Grand Rapids, Mich., drove more than nine hours with his wife, Kara Eagle.

I’m here to support my wife,” Fischer said. “I don’t care who you are, women impact your life, and there’s no reason why they shouldn’t have the same rights as men.”

Cynthia English, a 61-year-old Jamaican American who lives in Florida, said she wants the new president to know that women will be fighting during his presidency to ensure that the country and laws treat them equally. She was with her daughter and marching for her two granddaughters in the hope that no future president feels comfortable making lewd comments about women.

“I don’t want this to happen to them 20 years from now, so I am making my mark now,” said English, who wondered, “Why are we the ones that bring people into this world, and we are treated the worst? We should be treated with respect.”

The crowd was buoyant, even joyous. Many held up signs — “I Am Very Upset!” and “Love Trumps Hate” and “Bridges Not Walls” — while others took videos of the experience on their cellphones. Every few minutes, a rolling roar swept over them.

D.C. police said they had made no march-related arrests, compared with more than 200 Friday when protesters created chaos in downtown Washington.

March organizers briefly considered suspending the formal march to the Ellipse out of concern that the crowd had grown too large to safely navigate the route to the White House. But speakers soon told the marchers to set out.

Lorraine LaHuta, 66, who came to the march from New York City, said that at times she wasn’t sure where to go, but that it never felt chaotic. “It was organized disorganization that worked very well,” she said.

Judith Snyder-Wagner, a 67-year-old former fundraising consultant, came because she sensed a shift in the rural, blue-collar community near Canton, Ohio, where she lives with her wife, Joy. A neighbor mowed a piece of grass along their property line and put up a Trump sign facing their home. Someone recently drove through the neighborhood flying a Confederate flag.

“We’ve been afraid,” she said, her voice quavering. She was limping up the sidewalk on Independence Avenue. She has had both her knee and hip replaced, and she held a cane in one hand and a poster in the other. “We just feel like we’re going to lose our civil rights.”

The couple boarded a bus at 1 a.m. Saturday in Ohio and would head home less than 24 hours later. “We needed to feel inspired,” Joy Snyder-Wagner said, looking around. “And we do.”

Trump’s election was the wake-up call that progressives needed, said Erin Edlow, 28, the membership director of the Virginia Beach Young Democrats. She was in town with her sister to demonstrate her support for the rights of immigrants and of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

“Democracy is not a spectator sport,” Edlow said.

The march turned into a star-studded event, with celebrities such as Madonna, Janelle Monáe, Scarlett Johansson and Ashley Judd making appearances. D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) introduced herself as a proud “chick mayor” and implored the Republican majority in Congress to stop meddling in the District’s local lawmaking.

Activist filmmaker Michael Moore ripped a copy of The Washington Post in half, noting the headline “Trump takes power” and declaring, “I don’t think so.” Actress America Ferrera said that “our new president is waging a war” on the values that define the country with “a credo of hate fear and suspicion of one another.”

“It’s been a heart-rending time to be both a woman and an immigrant,” said Ferrera, whose parents are from Honduras. “Our dignity, our character, our rights have been under attack.”

“But the president is not America,” she said. “We are America.”

As the march grew in prominence, it highlighted long-existing racial and political rifts in the feminist movement. The initial organizers were white women — a group that narrowly voted for Trump in November — although they quickly handed its leadership over to a diverse group of longtime organizers from New York.

They have embraced an imperiled liberal agenda, in sharp contrast to much of what Trump laid out for his presidency. The march platform focused on issues such as workers’ rights, reproductive rights, environmental justice, immigrant rights, ending violence against women and more.

But a group of women who oppose abortion also came, beseeching the larger march to recognize their variety of feminism. Whether to include the conservative viewpoint sparked controversy in the days before the event. Antiabortion activists said they were excluded.

Siobhan Rooney, 32, drove from Philadelphia on Saturday morning to march for women’s rights. For her, that includes the rights of fetuses.

“We are in the same page on so many issues. It’s just this one issue,” she said.

Teresa Shook, who is in her 60s, was on hand to marvel at what emerged from her original proposal for a march in a November post on Facebook. The grandmother of four from outside Hono­lulu accepted hug and after hug as the crowd surged around her.

“This is the woman who came up with the idea for today’s march,” one woman said. “Thank you!” shouted another.

“I’m so blown away,” Shook said.


Crowd Scientists Say Women’s March in Washington Had 3 Times as Many People as Trump’s Inauguration

JAN. 22, 2017
NY Times

The women’s march in Washington was roughly three times the size of the audience at President Trump’s inauguration, crowd counting experts said Saturday.

Marcel Altenburg and Keith Still, crowd scientists at Manchester Metropolitan University in Britain, analyzed photographs and video taken of the National Mall and vicinity and estimated that there were about 160,000 people in those areas in the hour leading up to Mr. Trump’s speech Friday.

They estimated that at least 470,000 people were at the women’s march in Washington in the areas on and near the mall at about 2 p.m. Saturday.

The estimates are not comprehensive counts and were necessarily limited by the availability of photographs and video that covered the areas of interest. But their estimate was in line with one given by a city official who said that march participation likely surpassed half a million, according to The Associated Press.

The scientists had better images for the analysis of Mr. Trump’s inauguration crowd, which was concentrated on the mall. But the women’s march was more sprawling and fluid, so the actual number of people at the women’s march could be larger.

It is likely that the timing and location of the march — on a weekend, in a Democratic city in a Democratic region — helped drive the significant turnout.

In addition to wide-angle images, the scientists made use of news images that provided closer views of the crowds, which allowed them to calculate the density of specific areas more precisely.

For the women’s march, they chose a period in time when the crowd was moving the least, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Using aerial footage and photographs from various angles, the analysts isolated areas with an average density of 2.5 people per square meter, the same method used at Mr. Trump’s inauguration the day before.

But Mr. Trump was clearly upset with what he felt were undercounts of his own event the day before. In a visit to the Central Intelligence Agency on Saturday, Mr. Trump falsely accused the media of lying about the size of the crowds at his inauguration, saying that when he looked out from his podium, “it looked like a million, a million and a half people,” and that the area “all the way back to the Washington Monument was packed.”

Later in the day, Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, claimed that Friday’s event was “the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration,” even though “no one had numbers” to confirm it because the Park Service does not issue crowd estimates.

The Park Service said in 2009 that it “firmly” believed that Barack Obama had drawn the largest crowd ever to the National Mall. The location could have also been a contributing factor for the crowds that year; about half of Washington’s population is black, and more than 92 percent of the city voted Democratic.

Mr. Spicer said that the area between the platform where Mr. Trump was sworn in and the Washington Monument could hold 720,000 people, and claimed that “all of this space was full when the president took the oath of office.”

The images below, captured 45 minutes before the respective oaths of office, show areas that were crowded with people at Mr. Obama’s inauguration that were clearly empty during Mr. Trump’s.

“There is a scientific explanation why the crowd size must have appeared to Trump in 2017 similar or even larger than to Obama in 2009,” said Mr. Altenburg, one of the crowd scientists.

The scientists said Mr. Trump would only have seen the tightly packed front third of the crowd, but not the back two-thirds, from his position at the podium. To make their estimates, they monitored seven live feeds all day, including those from perspectives that someone at the podium would not have been able to perceive.


Pictures From Women’s: Marches on Every Continent

Crowds in hundreds of cities around the world gathered Saturday in conjunction with the Women’s March on Washington.

JAN. 21, 2017
NY Times

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Thanks for your response. Just re-read the part of the skipped steps thread related to this topic (needed a morale boost after yesterday’s inauguration of this mentally disturbed sociopath) and thought I would repost some inspiring comments made by you and by Rad.

From Skywalker:
“Faith that good will prevail sooner or later as our bottom line is my bottom line. Knowing that gives me peace because it is TRUE. We are not from this plane of existence and are all a living, conscious spark of the Source and will return to that Source where nothing can happen to us. Remember that and don’t let the fear or despair take over your emotions and psyche. That is what evil wants. Our power lies in our CHOICES and these choices are ongoing in our lives on a moment to moment basis. Each choice can lead to a stronger sense of empowerment if those choices are responsible, intelligent and based in truth.”
From Rad:
“If you must stand 'as a group of one' because of the circumstances of your life, inwardly defined by the natural laws, desiring to help others in the best ways you can at any moment in time, this makes the 'natural god' smile big. And, in the end, standing as a group of one in this way will progressively strengthen your Soul.”

“It takes a concerted, focused, and determined Soul to face evil head on, and do all that can be done to minimize its influence on oneself, others, and the planet. To not do so allows Evil to win....”
“The VALUE IS ALWAYS IN THE EFFORT. And that effort sustained over time can only help to defeat the evil that has now descended in the form of Trump. All of us must do what we can do according to our natures. Hitler and the evil of his Soul committed suicide in the end because because of the individual/ collective effort to defeat that evil. It is not time to hide and shrink, it is time to take action.”


People like Trump usually end up hoisting themselves on their own petard. Am hoping that happens and that no one gets hurt by him in the meantime. Amazing how much chaos and misery one person can create.

A word of gratitude to Rad for posting such excellent articles about this lunatic and his cronies. The articles always cut to the heart of exactly what’s going on and are truly the most accurate, thorough and incisive collection of information on the topic I’ve seen on the web. Thank you so much, Rad.


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