PACIFIC NORTHWEST ANTIFA NOTES // #33456840

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taz: Herr Kramer, am Mittwoch zeichnen Sie den Grünen-Politiker Cem Özdemir für die „Rede des Jahres 2018“ aus. Was macht seine Rede so besonders? Olaf Kramer: Was in Erinnerung bleibt, ist einmal der Satz, in dem er versucht, deutsche Identität zu beschreiben. Er sagt, dazu gehört der Verfassungspatriotismus, dazu gehört die deutsche Erinnerungskultur, dazu gehört auch die Diversität, die Deutschland inzwischen auszeichnet. Außerdem sagt er: Wenn er in seine Heimat fahren will, muss er nur mit der S-Bahn nach Stuttgart fahren. Was meint er damit? Dieses tolle Zitat macht die Absurdität rechtspopulistischer Positionen deutlich. Die versuchen, Identität über biologische Tradi­tions­linien zu erklären. Das geht gnadenlos vorbei an der globalisierten Welt, in der wir leben.
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KATE IRBY //Far-right extremists kill more police officers than black extremists, report says | McClatchy Washington Bureau
https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article196423174.html // Experts worry that the broad labeling of black groups, and not white ones, is an indication that federal law enforcement’s targeting of certain groups is based less on evidence than on politics. That targeting can significantly affect how law enforcement chooses to police protests or events organized by specific groups. Many worry the report on black identity extremists specifically could be used to home in on members of Black Lives Matter – possibly infringing on their right to speak freely and protest peacefully. The Congressional Black Caucus asked FBI Director Christopher Wray in a private meeting in November, as well as during public testimony in December, to rescind the report. Wray did not commit to doing so, but in his December testimony noted that “we continue to evaluate the data as it rolls in” and anything from a retraction to a reaffirmance to a clarification of the August report was possible. FBI spokesman Andrew Ames said Tuesday there was “no update” since then. The FBI report, titled “Black Identity Extremists Likely Motivated to Target Law Enforcement Officers,” defines black identity extremists as people who seek to commit acts of violence motivated by “perceived racism and injustice in American society.” The report said the increase in violence against law enforcement “likely” began after the August 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and subsequent grand jury decision not to indict the police officers involved. It lists six attacks since 2014, including Micah Johnson, the Dallas shooter who killed five police officers in July 2016, and Gavin Eugene Long, the Baton Rogue shooter who killed three officers 10 days later, as examples of black identity extremists. “This document essentially says we don’t care about your ideology, we care about your black identity,” said Michael German, a former FBI agent who worked in the counterterrorism division. “It’s an enormous classification that could encompass any violence by a black person.” Nusrat Choudhury, senior staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union Racial Justice Program, referred to the term black identity extremist as a “manufactured threat.” The FBI’s Ames noted that the bureau’s domestic terrorism program identifies nine extremist movements: white supremacy, black identity, militia, sovereign citizens, anarchists, abortion, animal rights, environmental rights, and Puerto Rican Nationalist. But critics point out that the “white supremacy” category applies to specific organizations and groups with a specific message, while “black identity extremists” are defined far more broadly; the two are not equivalent, they maintain. The six attacks named in the ADL report span 2014 to 2016 and resulted in eight deaths to police officers and several injuries. The last time black nationalist groups fatally assaulted police officers before 2016 was in the 1970s, according to German.
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BETHANIA PALMA // However, Portland city officials admitted in a July 1, 2019, phone call with reporters that the evidence for the statement made in the tweet was based solely on an observation of a police lieutenant in the field that day who, according to the Portland Mercury, “‘saw a powdery substance that appeared to cause some irritation [when in contact with skin].’ The lieutenant also said the milkshake smelled similar to wet concrete, a smell they were familiar with from ‘having worked with concrete before.’”

The police department’s tweet referenced vegan milkshakes made and distributed by the activist group Popular Mobilization (PopMob).

“They put targets on our backs,” said Popular Mobilization spokeswoman Effie Baum, who asserted that activists didn’t add cement or any other non-food ingredient to the drinks and were “flabbergasted” at how the rumor spread online. Baum said the group has been receiving a bevy of threats as a result of the tweet:
https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/milkshakes-thrown-in-portland/
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PARKER MOLLOY // The trend of throwing milkshakes at far-right politicians and activists originated earlier this year in the United Kingdom, but has more recently made its way over to the United States. Supporters of the practice see it as a way to humiliate political opponents and make them fear public organizing. Critics correctly note that this is a form of battery but have also warned that this tactic could quickly escalate into more damaging, permanent attacks involving acid or other corrosive chemicals.

According to some on the far-right, their worst fears of such an escalation were realized during the attack on Ngo. In reality, there’s not any actual evidence of that — and that’s a big problem.
https://www.mediamatters.org/blog/2019/07/01/how-conservative-figures-turned-flimsy-rumor-about-concrete-milkshakes-portland-meme/224103

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Talia Weiss, July 3, 2019 // The pressures that lead scientists to neglect these questions are arguably most acute for those just starting their careers, who may feel they lack enough status (or job alternatives) to reject exciting research opportunities. As a young scientist who wishes to be conscious of my future impact, I take a personal interest in this issue.

Nazi Germany’s “Uranium Club.” The history of World War II-era German physicists offers a powerful example of how talented scientists can end up operating within and advancing an immoral system. Many of Germany’s leading physicists objected to policies of the Nazi regime. Werner Heisenberg, a prime architect of quantum mechanics, believed that Hitler’s victory would bring calamity, and both Carl von Weizsäcker and Karl Wirtz (among others) viewed Nazi possession of atomic weapons as a disturbing prospect—as they indicated in conversation with colleagues. According to Heisenberg, even the intensely patriotic scientist Walther Gerlach “realized the crimes of the Nazis and disapproved of them” by 1945.

Nonetheless, these atomic scientists actively worked on behalf of their government. Heisenberg and Kurt Diebner each led a team of physicists in a wartime effort to harness the energy produced by nuclear fission—a process their colleague Otto Hahn had co-discovered in 1938. Nearly all of Germany’s leading physicists worked for this secret Nazi program, known as the “Uranium Club.”

The exact aims of the nuclear program were murky. The possibility that the Uranium Club might ultimately build an atomic bomb was certainly on the table and recognized by its members early on. In 1939, physicist Paul Harteck alerted the Nazi War Ministry of the weapons applications of nuclear fission. At a conference days after Hitler invaded Poland, other Uranium Club scientists urged the physics community to pursue bomb development (according to Harteck and Erich Bagge).

Some of the program’s researchers worked specifically on uranium enrichment technologies that could have produced fuel for a weapon. In practice, however, the Uranium Club was devoted primarily to engineering a nuclear reactor, because building a bomb was deemed infeasible in the short term. The project made considerable progress toward firing up its “engine” (or reactor) but did not succeed.
https://thebulletin.org/2019/07/scientific-blinders-learning-from-the-moral-failings-of-nazi-physicists/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Twitter%20Post&utm_campaign=ScientificBlinders_07032019
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Rhetorikexperte über Özdemir-Rede: „Die AfD macht Propaganda“ – taz.de
https://taz.de/Rhetorikexperte-ueber-Oezdemir-Rede/!5603926/

Koch Network Alums Are Going Full-On White Nationalist – Sludge
// Alex Kotch // Jared Holt —
This article was produced in collaboration with Right Wing Watch, a nonprofit reporting outlet covering right-wing extremism in America. Right Wing Watch’s reporting can be found at rightwingwatch.org.

At a 1976 libertarian conference funded by oil executive Charles Koch, conservative think-tanker Leonard Liggio presented a paper on the Nazis’ success at recruiting youth to their movement. Liggio urged the clandestine group of wealthy libertarians to embrace the Nazis’ approach as a way to strengthen their own movement to slash taxes and gut regulations.

Now, decades later, multiple young men who have been affiliated with Koch’s powerful political network have been exposed as members of a white nationalist group.

“Koch’s academic operations are intended to develop extreme anti-government ideas and actions in students by exposing them to the Austrian school of economics and its various offshoots,” Ralph Wilson, co-founder of the Corporate Genome Project and former research director of UnKoch My Campus, told Sludge/Right Wing Watch.
// https://readsludge.com/2019/05/30/koch-network-alums-are-going-full-on-white-nationalist/

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Der „Bild“ sagte Hannig: „Mein Mandant hat heute sein Geständnis widerrufen. Mehr werde ich dazu im Moment nicht sagen.“ Es habe einen Verteidigerwechsel gegeben, und er sei als Pflichtverteidiger durch den Bundesgerichtshof beigeordnet worden.

Die Bundeswaltschaft hatte erst am Morgen einen Haftbefehl gegen Ernst bei den Ermittlern des Bundesgerichtshofs erwirkt. Der neue Haftbefehl ersetzt den des Amtsgerichts in Kassel von Mitte Juni. Er ist aus formalen Gründen nötig, weil die Bundesanwaltschaft die Ermittlungen inzwischen übernommen hat. Ernst sitzt bereits seit Mitte Juni in Untersuchungshaft.
https://www.welt.de/politik/deutschland/article196228555/Fall-Walter-Luebcke-Stephan-Ernst-widerruft-sein-Gestaendnis.html?wtrid=socialmedia.socialflow.facebook.weltvideotv..socialflow_facebook
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Von Sara Maria Behbehani
“Free Carola”: Unter diesem Motto haben am Sonntagabend hunderte Menschen vor dem italienischen Generalkonsulat in München für Carola Rackete demonstriert. Die deutsche Kapitänin des Schiffs Sea-Watch 3 war mit 40 geretteten Flüchtlingen an Bord trotz Anlegeverbots in den Hafen von Lampedusa eingefahren – nach 17 Tagen auf See – und wurde dann in Italien festgenommen. “Die Frage, ob man Menschen rettet, ist doch keine politisch-strategische. Menschenrechte gelten überall. Auch auf dem Mittelmeer”, sagte die Grünen-OB-Kandidatin Katrin Habenschaden. Doch mit dem Finger nur nach Italien, nur auf Salvini zu zeigen, sei zu einfach. “Natürlich ist Salvini das Allerletzte”, sagte Habenschaden. “Aber was hier passiert, ist auch Ausfluss der deutschen Bundespolitik.” Mit ihren Worten erntete die Grüne an diesem Abend viel Applaus. Etwa 700 Menschen kamen der Polizei zufolge zu der Demonstration, sie alle wollten ihre Solidarität mit der Kapitänin bekunden.
https://www.sueddeutsche.de/muenchen/rackete-demo-muenchen-sea-watch-1.4506062
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