Certainly not just my imagination: Pittsburgh is a “hub” for white supremacism. (Update #2)

Updates

  1. Originally published, November 13, 2020, 11:36 am.
  2. November 13, 2020, 9:41 pm:
    • Jonathan Freedland thinks that even as Donald Trump is utterly failing in his attempts to challenge the election results and clearly resisting those results,[1] he is preparing to set up a sort of “government in exile,” running in parallel with Joe Biden’s presidency, to undermine the latter.[2] On the other hand, Trump might just be aiming to set up a competitor to Fox News.[3] Either way, Freedland is right that something like half the country does not accept Biden as having won the election[4]—I still see lots of Trump signs, banners and flags as I drive around Pittsburgh—and either plan would exacerbate this situation. Which Trump undoubtedly wants to do.

Donald Trump

There is a new blog post from yesterday, entitled, “Epistemology in the present U.S. political crisis.”

Mike Allen, “Trump eyes digital media empire to take on Fox News,” Axios, November 12, 2020, https://www.axios.com/trump-fox-news-digital-media-competitor-25afddee-144d-4820-8ed4-9eb0ffa42420.html

Jonathan Freedland, “This is no conventional coup. Trump is paving the way for a ‘virtual Confederacy,'” Guardian, November 13, 2020, https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/nov/13/trump-coup-virtual-confederacy-race-legal-trumpian


Pittsburgh

The Federal Bureau of Investigation says Pittsburgh is a “hub” for white supremacism, including, possibly, violent white supremacism. The FBI is limited in its investigations because much of the activity is talk—speech, protected by the First Amendment—and not actually criminal.[5]

Ewan Palmer, “FBI Warn White Supremacist Activity in Pittsburgh Among Highest in Country,” Newsweek, November 13, 2020, https://www.newsweek.com/pittsburgh-white-supremacist-fbi-far-right-1547149


  1. [1]Aaron Blake, “Trump lawyers suffer embarrassing rebukes from judges over voter fraud claims,” Washington Post, November 11, 2020, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/11/11/trump-lawyers-suffer-embarrassing-rebukes-judges-over-voter-fraud-claims/; Marjorie Cohn, “Trump’s Frivolous Lawsuits Are the Tip of the Iceberg in His Refusal to Concede,” Truthout, November 11, 2020, https://truthout.org/articles/trumps-frivolous-lawsuits-are-the-tip-of-the-iceberg-in-his-refusal-to-concede/
  2. [2]Jonathan Freedland, “This is no conventional coup. Trump is paving the way for a ‘virtual Confederacy,'” Guardian, November 13, 2020, https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/nov/13/trump-coup-virtual-confederacy-race-legal-trumpian
  3. [3]Mike Allen, “Trump eyes digital media empire to take on Fox News,” Axios, November 12, 2020, https://www.axios.com/trump-fox-news-digital-media-competitor-25afddee-144d-4820-8ed4-9eb0ffa42420.html
  4. [4]Jonathan Freedland, “This is no conventional coup. Trump is paving the way for a ‘virtual Confederacy,'” Guardian, November 13, 2020, https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/nov/13/trump-coup-virtual-confederacy-race-legal-trumpian
  5. [5]Ewan Palmer, “FBI Warn White Supremacist Activity in Pittsburgh Among Highest in Country,” Newsweek, November 13, 2020, https://www.newsweek.com/pittsburgh-white-supremacist-fbi-far-right-1547149

William Barr’s outburst about Donald Trump’s tweets seems not to have impressed

Updates

  1. Originally published, February 17, 7:09 pm.
  2. February 17, 7:38 pm:
    • The number of former Justice Department employees signing that petition asking William Barr to resign is now over 2,000 and the Federal Judges Association is convening an emergency meeting to consider Donald Trump’s and Barr’s interference with line prosecutors.[1]

There is a new blog post entitled, “Fiction as truth.”


William Barr

It would seem that William Barr’s outburst about Donald Trump’s tweets[2] was insufficient to impress “[m]ore than 1,100 former Justice Department employees” who called on him to resign.[3]

The real problem, of course, is constitutional: The Department of Justice is part of the executive branch. But it would be a problem anywhere in government. It’s a problem for which I lack a solution,[4] and I’m still pretty grumpy about that.

Andrew Duehren and Sadie Gurman, “Former Justice Department Employees Sign Letter Urging Barr to Resign,” Wall Street Journal, February 16, 2020, https://www.wsj.com/articles/former-justice-department-employees-sign-letter-urging-barr-to-resign-11581877946

Kevin Johnson, “Federal judges’ association calls emergency meeting after DOJ intervenes in case of Trump ally Roger Stone,” USA Today, February 17, 2020, https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/02/17/roger-stone-sentence-judges-worried-political-interference/4788155002/


  1. [1]Kevin Johnson, “Federal judges’ association calls emergency meeting after DOJ intervenes in case of Trump ally Roger Stone,” USA Today, February 17, 2020, https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/02/17/roger-stone-sentence-judges-worried-political-interference/4788155002/
  2. [2]Jon Allsop, “Angry Barr and whether the press is getting played,” Columbia Journalism Review, February 14, 2020, https://www.cjr.org/the_media_today/william_barr_roger_stone_trump.php; Matt Zapotosky and John Wagner, “Trump bucks Barr’s request to stop tweeting about Justice Dept., declaring a ‘legal right’ to seek intervention in criminal cases,” Washington Post, February 14, 2020, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-appears-to-escalate-standoff-with-attorney-general-and-justice-dept-declaring-on-twitter-a-legal-right-to-influence-criminal-cases/2020/02/14/8c152c36-4f2f-11ea-bf44-f5043eb3918a_story.html
  3. [3]Andrew Duehren and Sadie Gurman, “Former Justice Department Employees Sign Letter Urging Barr to Resign,” Wall Street Journal, February 16, 2020, https://www.wsj.com/articles/former-justice-department-employees-sign-letter-urging-barr-to-resign-11581877946
  4. [4]David Benfell, “On the difficulty of having the Department of Justice in the executive branch,” Not Housebroken, June 15, 2018, https://disunitedstates.org/2018/06/15/on-the-difficulty-of-having-the-department-of-justice-in-the-executive-branch/

Fracking sarcoma

There is a new blog post entitled, “The theory of the morality of polarization.” It fills in some theoretical background for an older blog post entitled, “The morality of polarization” from over a year ago, on a topic I wound up presenting impromptu at a Human Science Institute conference.


Pennsylvania

I live near Washington County, where some of the larger clusters of Ewing’s sarcoma have been diagnosed.[1]

Kris Maher, “After String of Rare Cancer Cases, Pennsylvania Investigates Potential Link to Fracking,” Wall Street Journal, December 20, 2019, https://www.wsj.com/articles/after-string-of-rare-cancer-cases-pennsylvania-investigates-potential-link-to-fracking-11576837802


  1. [1]Kris Maher, “After String of Rare Cancer Cases, Pennsylvania Investigates Potential Link to Fracking,” Wall Street Journal, December 20, 2019, https://www.wsj.com/articles/after-string-of-rare-cancer-cases-pennsylvania-investigates-potential-link-to-fracking-11576837802