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Yves Smith writes Links 1/16/2021
Yves Smith writes Lessons From the 6 January Capitol Insurrection
Yves Smith writes 5 Reasons to Wear a Mask Even After You’re Vaccinated
What’s Behind the Ivermectin-for-COVID Buzz? MedPage Today
Coronavirus: China’s Sinovac shots readied for mass roll-out in Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand South China Morning Post. Contracts are signed, but efficacy trials are not complete. “Coronavac” is an inactivated virus vaccine.
Vietnam’s Coming Leadership Change The Diplomat
‘It was as if the entire country was walking’ People’s Archive of Rural India
East Africa braces for a return of the locusts Deutsche Welle
Iran sends warning to US friends with South Korea tanker seizure Nikkei Asian Review. “Seoul weighs using frozen assets to purchase vaccines for Tehran.”
Carnage at the Capitol: Four dead, pipe bombs, guns and Molotov cocktails are found and Senators return to the chamber under armed guard – as DC Mayor Muriel Bowser imposes 15 days of emergency measures until Joe Biden’s inauguration Daily Mail. Quite the Daily Mail headline. This seems like the best timeline; Yves used it too, in her post.
‘Hold the Line’: Inside the House Chamber as a Pro-Trump Mob Stormed In Bloomberg. Read all the way to the end.
Man seen in viral photo in Nancy Pelosi’s office is from Northwest Arkansas 5 News. There’s a lot to unpack here.
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WATCH: Mitch McConnell Give Speech Opposing Effort to Overturn Election New York Magazine
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Historical parallels (1):
See any similarities? Images from Juan Guaidó's attempt to storm Venezuela's National Assembly and today's pro-Trump mobs occupying the U.S. Capitol building, just one year apart.@anyaparampil pic.twitter.com/65nDxEpNzd
— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) January 6, 2021
Parallel at least in the imagery.
Historical parallels (2):
Based on the sample I've seen so far, I'm pretty confident in saying most of the commentators using words like insurrection, terrorism etc. to describe what happened in DC today whole-heartedly backed the *exact same thing* when it happened in Bolivia in 2019.
— Branko Marcetic (@BMarchetich) January 6, 2021
Historical parallels (3): Brooks Brothers Riot Jacobin. From 2016, still germane. Of course, Bush had better lawyers.
Learned nothing, forgotten nothing:
The Biden people will respond to this shit the only ways they know how: more social media censorship & turbocharging their Russia Cold War. They think everything is fundamentally sound here, but for "The Internet" & evil rooskies. Nothing will be learned.https://t.co/AdYKKuwLx8
— Mark Ames (@MarkAmesExiled) January 6, 2021
PMCs gotta PMC:
The total lack of accountability doesn’t only fall on government institutions.
How haven’t Harvard and Princeton, Yale and Stanford, revoked the degrees of Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, today?
How haven’t these two inciters of an armed insurrection been disbarred, today?
— Anand Giridharadas (@AnandWrites) January 7, 2021
The IT aspect, a thread:
Knowing House IT stuff, I don't think I'd sleep well until the networks were rebuilt from scratch and every computer wiped and the internals visually inspected before being put back in service.
Every printer, every copier. Every nook and cranny.
— Ian (@neurovagrant) January 6, 2021
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My Statement: When Order is Restored at the Capitol, Congress Needs to Quickly Count the Electoral College Votes Confirming Biden Victory and Trump Needs to Be Immediately Removed from Office Election Law Blog
Japanese lessons for the American coup Noahpinion. Whatever this was, it wasn’t a coup. The dude in the Viking costume at the Senate Rostrum wasn’t proclaiming a new republic; he was posing for photos.
Serbia Deploys Peacekeeping Forces To U.S. The Onion. From 2000. Naturally.
Biden to tap more Obama vets to fill key national security roles Politico. Nuland among them.
Open-source developer and manager David Recordon named White House Director of Technology ZDNet. Facebook’s engineer director.
Live Not By Lies: The Right-Wing Version The American Conservative
TK Newsletter: 2021 Has to Be Better Edition Matt Taibbi, TK News. For some definition of “better.”
Antidote du jour (via):
Not Baron Harkonnen, a Cambodian bullfrog.
— Evan Kirstel #RemoteWork (@EvanKirstel) January 6, 2021
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here