Thursday, January 20, 2022

Mpowerdance Presents "Survivors Dreaming 2021" - Richard Power on "Secret Engine of the World" (SFTS Lodge, November 2021)

"Secret Engine of the World: Further Notes on Primal Reality, Gaian Politics & the Arc of Human Evolution"
by Richard Power. Available via Amazon.com

[NOTE: Late last year, I was honored to deliver a presentation on my latest book as part of Mpowerdance Project's "Survivors Dreaming 2021." Held at the legendary San Francisco Theosophical Society (SFTS), this three night gala featured Art Exhibits, Dance Performance, Spoken Word, Live Music and Group Discussion. It marked the first in-person meeting of the SFTS since the beginning of the pandemic. Here is an embedded You Tube video of my segment, along with an edited transcript. More poignant artifacts documenting this powerful event are forthcoming from the Mpowerdance Project. - Richard Power] 


“Don’t bury the lede.” That’s one of the most important rules in journalism. “Don’t bury the lede.” (The New York Times, BTW, violates this rule quite often.) Well, I am not going to.

Secret Engine of the World” is about three deadlines. Two deadlines for us as citizens of this nation. And one deadline for us as a species on this planet. The deadlines for us as a nation were two years away, and four years away, when I wrote this book. Now they are one year away and three years away. These deadlines are 2022 and 2024. The deadline for us as a species, and for this planet, was ten years away, now it’s nine years away.

So that’s the lede.

What am I talking about?

Without getting into politics, we don’t talk about politics here, without getting into ideology, in terms of 2022 and 2024, I am talking about a mental health crisis we are having in this country, and a mass psychosis that is threatening the future of our country, and therefore, the future of the world, and I am talking about diseases that have been with us since the beginning of our country, racism and misogyny … We are at a crisis point as a people, and the direction we take will be decided in the 2022 and 2024 elections …

And then as a planet, we face the Climate Emergency, the Sixth Great Extinction, a global ecological crisis. We know what the impact of our footprint has done, how much it has disrupted, how much it has destroyed, how much it threatens, including our own species.

I started talking about climate change thirty years ago. I remember saying we had thirty years, I remember saying we have twenty years, I remember saying ten years, now it’s nine … Even to say nine or ten years is a stretch, but there really is still a window of nine or ten years, a window of opportunity to make a difference – beyond that there will still be life, but our options will be severely limited …

So that is the lede, but there is a third element to this book, it explores those three deadlines, yes, but it also explores how to live anyway, win or lose, and I do look at it as win or lose.

Whatever happens, we have to celebrate this time, we have to live our lives, and take this time to deepen our inquiry into the nature of our own beings, to savor our experience of life, and to do what we can for all that we love.

That’s what “Secret Engine” is about.

After “Wyrds of Power” and “I, the Dragon,” which are both over 400 pages (and published within a year of each other), people would ask me, “Are you working on a new book?”

And I would answer, “NO!”

I had no desire to do any more writing for some time.

Nevertheless, after answering this question with an adamant “NO!” for a while, I realized I had to add, “but there is one organizing itself.”

And that would turn out to be “Secret Engine of the World.”

My friend Rhani, one of the first people to read “Secret Engine,” said, “This book is different than the rest, it’s like an epilogue.”

“Yes,” I said, “it is like an epilogue isn’t it?”

But not the kind of epilogue you can’t read until after you’ve read the others, no, it’s the kind of epilogue that says, “you can just read this, if you don’t read the other books, you can just read this, and then if you want to drill down into the other two you can, but whatever you do read this one." It’s that kind of epilogue.

This talk is in one sense going to be like a time capsule …

In 2010, the inner Voice said, “It’s time to make your move.” I’ve written about all of that in both “Dragon” and “Wyrds.” So I won’t go into much, except to say, in my consciousness, “making” my “move” didn’t mean writing a book, I made a list of three tasks I had to do, and one of them was to give a series of three talks here at this Lodge.

That series of three talks led to a series of seven talks and all of that lead to this book, “Between Shadow and Night: The Singularity In Search of Itself.“


This was 2010. “The Singularity In Search of Itself.”

At that time, there was a lot of conjecture, a raging debate, about the potential for a Singularity in the rising of Artificial Intelligence and a lot of concern about unintended consequences of it taking on a life of its own. But in these discussions, I would point out, you know, the Singularity you ought to be more concerned about is arising in the human species itself. We are something that has not happened before, and we are this strange mix of ignorance and genius, and out of this strange mix a Singularity is arising. And we don’t know what will happen, what will emerge from this Singularity.

So that work led to more talks, and to another process which I have come to call my “Epiphanies.” My friend Brenna said, “Well, what do you call these?” I said, “Someone else would call them ‘poems’ and/or ‘prayers.’” And she said, “What do you call them?” I said, “I call them ‘Epiphanies,’ in the way James Joyce used that word.” “Well," she said, "then call them ‘Epiphanies.’” And so I have, formally, ever since.

By this time, in 2012, I had decided I had to do an “unTED talk” articulating my further explorations of this Singularity arising within our species. I knew, of course, what I had to say would never accepted for a “TED Talk.” The message I was delivering wouldn’t be alignment with the kulchur of TED, which to me always felt like “If we’re just clever enough, and cool enough, and together enough, everything will be alright.” TED to me always felt Pollyannish. That’s why I called it my “unTED” talk. This book, “Humanifesto: A Guide to Primal Reality in An Era of Global Peril” is composed of talks and epiphanies from that period.



I called it “Humanifesto because I didn’t want to call it a “MANifesto,” because the Ascendancy of the Feminine is so essential, so central, to the Great Shift we must undertake if some new version of what we are is to emerge whole and sane from this Singularity.

I really wanted to call it “Woomanifesto,” but I felt that might terrify people.

But then out of all that came more talks, and more epiphanies … These epiphanies would come out of long walks in either the deep forest or in the city, and by the end of the hike, I would literally have to immediately write something down that had arisen during the hike, and it would be a whole cloth, I might refine a phrasing or re-arrange a sentence or two, in writing it down, but they were essentially birthed complete and finished … And, in 2013, out of all of this came “User’s Guide to Human Incarnation: The Yoga of Primal Reality.”


On the cover, that’s the lava flow on the Big Island.

Pele has been present with me through this whole process.

And, lol, it kept going. In 2014, there were more talks, more epiphanies, and from all of this came “Planetary Emergency, Personal Emergence: Path of the Evolutionary.”




So, all of a sudden, there were five books in the course of six years, that came out of this internal instruction.

At that time I was working for Carnegie Mellon University, which is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but I worked out here at Moffit Field, down 101.

I had a windowless office inside NASA Ames Research Park.

I had been there for seven years. I could hear the footsteps down the hall. They were coming for me. The administration had changed. The visionary who had hired me was gone. The brilliant researcher he had left in charge was gone. I have an 8th grade education (and a GED, lol), but I ended up a “Distinguished Fellow” in the Engineering Department of a prestigious university. I hadn’t covered up my educational background, and I had been hired for who I was, what I could see and the things that I could do. But I could that the new people in charge were not people who understood what I do. So I left that world, and cleared the slate …

Then I put all of the series of five books into this one book, “Wyrds of Power: New Language for A New Reality,” and published that opus in 2017. So you don’t ever have to bother with those five books anymore, it’s all in “Wyrds of Power.”


When this was all done, it was time to write a story of my life, I say “a story” because I realize there are others ways I could have told the story. And as I assumed it would be, it was a very intense experience to write and publish it, and to read it aloud and speak out on it.

I, the Dragon: Chronicles of An Epic Life Among the Humans.” This was 2018.


So that’s why after putting out these two 400+ page books in 2017 and 2018, and then socializing them through 2019 and 2020, whenever someone asked if I was writing a new book, I would say, “No!” But I still had to admit that one was organizing itself.

What did that mean?

There were fifteen more epiphanies that had to have a home. They were spread all over Instagram and Facebook, but they had to be collected somewhere and held together so they wouldn’t get lost. And there were four or five more talks I had delivered, and then transcribed, that also needed to be collected somewhere. Talks starting from 2016. Delivered during all the upheavals in our country, all that we have had to face: the existential threats, the rise of authoritarianism, the mass psychosis, the coming of the Pandemic, the deepening of the Climate Crisis, the burning of the West, the flooding of the South, all of it … These talks belong together and they too needed to be held somewhere accessible so that people could reference them … I just had to collect them all together and lay them out … Then the cover announced itself. This painting. It’s a Pre-Raphaelite depiction of Lilith. So I’m very fond of it. It just announced itself one night, and I say yes, that’s the cover. It’s Lilith combing her hair and looking at herself in a handheld mirror … And the title came from one of those fifteen epiphanies … It all organized itself …


Recently, I have been pondering the nature and function of stupas.

All through the East, there are stupas.

It’s like lightening a candle on an altar, you do it, you know why, but then all of a sudden it takes on a new reality - deeper, vaster. They’ll build a stupa around the bones of a saint. They’ll build a stupa and stuff it full of scrolls, rattles, drums, bells and ashes, everything holy … You go on pilgrimage to the stupas, you circumambulate the stupas, pray in front of the stupa, live around the stupa … stupas are concentrations of energy, reservoirs of power …

All of us in our own ways are building our own etheric stupas: it might be a body of profound yoga teachings that you are translating from the 19th century and the 20th century, from the patriarchy, and from the East, into a planetary language, a feminist language, for the 21st century, it might be someone whose life journey has gone from circumambulating Arunachala to playing the great golf courses of the world, it might be a person who has led a life of dance and art to inspire people with the beauty and vision in their work, but all of us really are building stupas in our living, in which we are collecting relics, objects of vibration and holiness …

And it occurred to me that those five books that went into “Wyrds” are like the building blocks of a pyramid. The Pyramid at Giza is, after all, the ultimate stupa – a trans-historical stupa, an interstellar stupa, an inter-dimensional stupa. That’s one of the things that the Pyramid is … So I started to see “Wyrds” as my pyramid, and “Dragon” as the Sphinx that guards the portal that opens there … Then I wondered, well, what is “Secret Engine” in relation to the Pyramid and the Sphinx? Oh yes, “Secret Engine” is the map that shows were the hidden chambers are …

That clicked for me.

There is another aspect of the Pyramid that I have been pondering recently, in relation to all of this, our lives in this time of trail and tribulations, and the incredible poignancy and joy of just being alive and sharing a few moments together, all of the potential that is here …

Have you seen “The Pyramid Code” on Netflix or You Tube?

It is a series of five documentaries on the Pyramid ...

In the course of the series, they interview the "Mystical Wisdom-Keeper” Abd’el Hakim Awyan and he shares the oral history of the Egyptian pyramids. This isn’t woo-woo colonizer theorizing, this is an indigenous person sharing an oral history handed down … twenty two pyramids, running north to south, parallel to the Nile, establishing a zone they called “the Band of Peace,” and then within that “Band of Peace,” one of the pyramids with three chambers, in which they were doing healing with Sound, and another pyramid with two chambers, in which they were working with Sound, with Vibration …

So what I wanted to bring to you tonight is this sense of building your own stupa … Even if the meaning you are putting into your stupa is meaninglessness, you know, an existentialist stupa would have meaninglessness in it, and it would be a profound teaching, one that Gautama Buddha would certainly understand … It is all meaning, it is all power, whether it is music, or raising children, launching an enterprise, whatever it is, we are building stupas, concentrating energy …

    Piprahwa Stupa, Kapilavastu, Uttar Pradesh, India, One of the Earliest Surviving Stupas
Along with this consciousness of building a stupa out of your life experience, I want you to remember what Hakim, the “Mystical Wisdom-Keeper,” shared about those pyramids, and working with holy S-O-U-N-D to heal through vibration, and find your own voice.

The legendary American sage Joe Miller, who I call my “Yoda,” bellowed over and over: “Don’t pay any attention to what I say, just feel what’s radiating out of my heart.” After he was gone, I would often point out to people, “you know, he SAID that, he used words to communicate to you the truth that you can’t find it in words.” Yes, because it’s flowing out of his heart and he’s formulating words, because “in the beginning was the word …” Word is Sound, Word is Vibration. When they cast a spell in Harry Potter they using the power of the Word. And when we use Mantra, we are using the power of the Word. So many are preoccupied with the Third Eye. As I have said over and over, we live in a Third Eye civilization. Enough already with the Third Eye. The power of the Throat Chakra is so under-appreciated and under-utilized.

Vishuddha (Throat Chakra)

Yes, BUILD YOUR OWN STUPA, your own etheric stupa, build it out of your experiences, your meaning, your gifts, your challenges, your memories, your dreams, and ... 

FIND YOUR OWN VOICE. Because when you do, yes, in one way you will be articulating philosophically, psychologically, but in another way, what's coming out of you will be pure SHAKTI.

I will close with this short reading (one of the "Epiphanies") from “Secret Engine of the World” –

What are you called? Bruja? Baul? Bodhisattva? Tantrika? Aghori? Troubadour? Dakini? Bhakta? Curandera? Yogini? Wizard? Sorceress? These are all just cover stories. Your true designation is beyond human speech. Authentic, mystical love, real love, is the secret engine of the world. But this authentic, mystical love, this real love, does not act like fire or water; it does not incinerate or drown that which it encounters. Authentic, mystical love, real love, moves like a vast glacier; whatever it does not crush or bury, it pushes forward. Yes, this love glacier levels mountains and forges canyons, it breaks the unbreakable and reshapes the earth. The love glacier is so massive that it takes a lifetime just to glimpse it, and even then, it can only be seen as far as the horizon; it moves so slowly it is almost undetectable, and so it takes a lifetime to measure its grinding progress. Authentic, mystical love does not act like fire or water; it does not incinerate or drown that which it encounters. this love moves like a vast glacier; whatever it does not crush and bury, it pushes forward. This is the secret engine of the world. How utterly empty and free you must be to revel in the movement of this glacier, knowing that all you have ever had or wanted will be torn up and ground under, and that then in the glacier's aftermath there will be only a long fathomless silence, in which you will be no more than the shadow of a raven on the white stillness of the deep snow. -- Richard Power, "Secret Engine of the World: Further Notes on Primal Reality, Gaian Politics & the Arc of Human Evolution" (July 2021). Available from Amazon.com.



Sunday, September 19, 2021

Cassandra Medicine (An Excerpt from "Secret Engine of the World: Further Notes on Primal Reality, Gaian Politics & the Arc of Human Evolution")


Richard Power - "Secret Engine of the World: Further Notes on Primal Reality, Gaian Politics & the Arc of Human Evolution" Available from Amazon.com


        80. Evelyn De Morgan – Cassandra (1898)

Cassandra Medicine (An Excerpt from "Secret Engine of the World: Further Notes on Primal Reality, Gaian Politics & the Arc of Human Evolution")

Definition of Cassandra
1: a daughter of Priam endowed with the gift of prophecy but fated never to be believed
2: one that predicts misfortune or disaster


Cassandra was a Trojan princess. Her brother Hector was a great warrior. Once upon a time, Cassandra fell asleep in a temple. She woke up with snakes coiling all over her. Her inner eye had suddenly opened. She had received the gift of prophecy. She could see the future. According to the official, patriarchal version of her legend, the god Apollo had bestowed this gift upon her, and then, after she spurned his lustful advances, he had cursed her so that her prophecies although painful accurate would never be believed. Of course, this version is a lie. Just as it is a lie that the Creator had made Eve from one of Adam’s ribs. Just as it is a lie that the goddess Tara was born from the single tear of Avalokiteshvara. If you have ever truly opened to the magic of the deep forest, if you have even truly opened to the majesty of the sea, you know that all of the great occult powers, all of the siddhis, all of the mysteries of life, flow directly from Primordial Mother, the Creatrix, the Dark One. Beyond. Before. Here and Now. The snakes were drawn to Cassandra during her transformative sleep. They felt what was happening. They were the heralds of her heralding. They were basking in the inner sun of this woman, coiling in her arm pits, on her belly, between her breasts, on her yoni. They could feel the herstoric moment. It called them forth as witnessing presences.

Yes, this gift of true prophecy that Cassandra received was both a blessing AND a curse. But the curse was not the work of a spurned lover god, it is inherent in the blessing itself. They are inextricably bound. The true prophet or prophetess sees a vision of some great catastrophe and wants to warn the nation that she or he loves. But all too often, the warning falls is mocked, ignored or downplayed. Because human nature (magical and muggle alike) usually chooses numbness over pain and comfort over a challenge. Until it is too late. Cassandra saw the sacking of Troy before it happened. She knew there were Greek warriors concealed inside the gift horse that the Trojans unwittingly brought inside their fortress walls. But her warnings were met with derision. She even ran toward the gift horse with an axe and a burning torch, but the Trojans restrained her. She was seen as a madwoman. She was locked up. Cassandra travelled a hard road. After Troy fell, she was first raped by Ajax, one of the conquering Greeks, and then taken as a concubine by Agamemnon, another of the conquering Greeks.

 Her ghost has been with me throughout the years. In the late 1990s, I felt her with me as I warned that the Climate Crisis was our greatest national security threat, that Russian and Eastern European organized crime were far more dangerous to us than radical Islamic terrorism, and that cyber war would threaten democratic societies and become an integral element geopolitical struggle. My warnings were not heeded. All of what I prophesied back then has indeed come to pass. And now, in a twist of the bitterest irony, my latest batch of warnings are tempered with declarations of promise and optimism (yes, we are on threshold of great good, miraculously), and yet, these declarations too are being tuned out by too many who could make a profound difference in the world around them, too many who would rather choose delusion over reality and distraction over responsibility. In the late 1990s, and on through the first decade of the 21st Century, I was speaking primarily to government officials and corporate executives. Since the Voice said “It’s time to make your move” in 2010, I have been speaking primarily to a very different audience, less mainstream, more counter culture, younger, drawn from intersecting circles, e.g., the yoga scene, Burning Man, the Arts, social media, etc. In 2010, I spoke of “the Singularity in Anticipation of Itself,” by 2017, the Singularity had arrived its fullness and we had all crossed over the Event Horizon. The tortured stretch of time from 2016 to 2020 was a wormhole. In the corridor from November 2020 to January 2021, we emerged from the mouth at the other end of that wormhole. And that is where we are in this moment, from this inflection point, we could move on into a healthier republic, and a better world, or we could plunge beyond all help into an inescapable pit, a hell-realm in which your worst nightmares would be institutionalized. In this period, however long it lasts, the Demographic Shift in the U.S. Body Politic is aligned with the Arc of Human Evolution.

There is a dash of quantum in this moment. If each of us engages with our dash of quantum it will form a collective dash of quantum which could help to fuse together the Demographic Shift and the Evolutionary Arc. That’s how important each of us is individually, that’s how important we all are collectively. Evolution is not a straight line, and it is not pre-determined. Evolution is more like Ceridwen’s Cauldron. Evolution is interactive. What we put into it, how we stoke the fire, the way we stir the contents, all of this effect how it turns out in the end.

What do I mean when I say the U.S. Body Politic is aligned with the Arc of Human Evolution? With each succeeding generation, over the last few decades, young voters, female voters, African-American voters, which means many more progressive voters, environmental and economic justice voters, human rights voters, smash the patriarchy voters have been an increasingly significant element of the electorate.

#MeToo fueled voter turnout in the 2018 mid-term elections and resulted in the Democratic Party’s rise to power in the House of Representatives. #BlackLivesMatter fueled voter turnout in the 2020 presidential election and resulted in the not only the election of Biden-Harris but also Democratic Party control of the Senate (albeit by the single thread of the Vice-President’s tie breaking vote). The trend is inexorable. It is no longer possible for a Republican Party based on white supremacy, male dominance and AnyRandism to win a national election in the U.S.A. IF there is high voter turnout. That’s why they are propagating the “Big Lie” that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump, that’s why in the months since Biden-Harris (and Ossoff and Warnock) were sworn in the Republican have been furiously pushing hundreds (literally) of vote suppression bills through state legislatures. It is vital that high level of engagement we rode in 2018 and 2020 be kept going in 2022 and 2024. If young voters, female voters, African American voters, progressive voters, environmental and economic justice voters, human rights voters, smash the patriarchy voters continue to vote in unprecedented numbers, despite the obstacles that currently being deployed to waylay them, the American people, and by extension, the species itself (we are the melting pot, after all) will have changed the underlying fundamentals and altered the spectrum of political debate for the foreseeable future, and that means that there actually could be a future for our species and for the planet as we know it. If we fail, then America, and by extension, our species and countless others, and the planet itself, will fall through into the abyss. It really is that simple, it really is that stark.

Now, as I mentioned, within the interpenetrating circles of my influence, there are some that tune out this vital message concerning of our collective circumstances and responsibility. These denialists are of two types. Some among us choose to tune out “politics,” thinking themselves somehow beyond it. But politics is just the subplot of GOVERNANCE, so when you tune out politics you are effectively saying that you don't care whether it is sociopathy or altruism that guides our way. Seriously. Politics is as vital and holy as art, or science, or mysticism itself. This is an occult truth that too many refuse to acknowledge. And, of course, I mean a politics predicated on altruism.

Perhaps the most dangerous “spiritual” delusion of all is thinking that “Us vs. Them” is unholy, and that you are somehow above this "duality." This is pure escapism. "Partisan" is a beautiful, HOLY word. Unlike these denialists who imagine themselves somehow above ideological struggle and beyond all "labels," there are those who are so consumed in this struggle that they deem themselves the sole arbiters of ideological purity, e.g., those leftists who hold liberals and centrists in such contempt that they would rather forfeit achieving half or even two-thirds of their policy agenda than comprise and achieve consensus with liberals, centrists and yes, even conservatives motivated by love of country. But politics isn’t rooted in purity tests, it is rooted in survival skills and alliance-building. True rEvolutionaries know that progress requires both great leaps and incremental steps. Each great leap is preceded by countless incremental steps. Each series of incremental steps contains a cloaked great leap. More occult truths.

Here and now, in America, in the second decade of the 21st Century, if you tune out politics, if you refuse to engage, if you refuse to choose the side of altruism, or you are politically engaged but you refuse to ally with those who do not meet your own narrow ideological definition of ideological purity, you are contributing to the DEVOLUTION of the species, you are ceding power to racism and misogyny, you are servicing patriarchy and sociopathy. Another occult truth.

Don’t spiritually by-pass the great challenges of our time. Politics is a subset of governance. Governance determines whether Sociopathy or Altruism rule. Politics is a mystical art and a sacred responsibility.

Love is intolerant. It does not indulge delusions that result in mass suffering, e.g. Climate Denialism, Pandemic Denialism and Anti-Vaxerism. There are no "alternate realities," or “alternate facts.” Reality is not a “viewpoint.” Reality is like Mathematics. It Just Is.

Your mystical poetry is not one iota more relevant to the arc of human evolution than protecting the votes of African Americans. Period. Full stop. If you don’t engage in this struggle to overcome Authoritarianism, if you feel yourself beyond politics, you are spiritually by-passing, and in doing so, you are enabling patriarchy, sociopathy, misogyny, racism, homophobia, transphobia ...
 
We have very little time left. We have this 2022 mid-term and the 2024 presidential race to finish the task of demolishing the zombie death cult formerly known as the Republican Party, and we have the next ten years at best meet the planetary Climate Emergency in a real way; this means undertaking a sweeping transformation of our society and our economy and leading the world in doing the same.

If we fail in either of these great endeavors, the future will be an utter, unending horror. If we succeed, we will strengthen and accelerate the arc of human evolution. It is all that simple. Do not miss this moment. Do not turn away. Do not embrace delusion.

7 Reasons to Read "Secret Engine of the World: Further Notes on Primal Reality, Gaian Politics & the Arc of Human Evolution":
  1. The energies of the prophetess Cassandra & the dark goddess Lilith flow through the vessel of this book.
  2. This is a moment of great peril and great promise. The USA has only the next two election cycles (2022 & 2024) to overcome the internal threat of authoritarianism, domestic terrorism & white supremacy. The human species has only the next ten years to thwart the Climate Apocalypse & mitigate the Sixth Great Extinction. Win or lose, you must use this time to deepen your relationship with the occult blessings of your primal reality.
  3. This book is the third movement of a symphony. The first movement, "Wyrds of Power: New Language for A New Reality," was published in 2017. The second movement, "I, the Dragon: Chronicles of An Epic Life Among the Humans," was published in 2018.
  4. "Secret Engine" consists of 15 epiphanies, 4 talks & 2 essays, all written in the years since the publication of "Dragon.”
  5. Written after the arrival of the Singularity, written from the other side of the Event Horizon, "Secret Engine" offers revelations in "Occult Anthropology" such as the "Taxonomy of Magical Beings," the "Power of Nothing," how to wield your "Dash of Quantum," some "Radical Remedies" for "The Problem of Men," “Woomanifestatjion & MahaMudra,” the “Mysterious Valley,” insights concerning two rampant psychological & spiritual illnesses, "Spiritually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)" & "Cognitive Atrophy & Dissolution Syndrome (CADS),” & much more.
  6. This book is only 198 pages long. I'm grateful that it worked out this way. Wyrds is 473 pages, Dragon is 407 pages, & so I wanted to give you something shorter.
  7. "Secret Engine" is FULL-COLOR, and includes 84 images (great art from across the centuries, powerful photographs, vital memes, wild drawings of primal secrets). Available via Amazon.com

Saturday, April 17, 2021

101 Days After the Seditionist Attack on the Capitol, The Republic Stands (At Least For Now). We Must Remain Engaged, Vigilant, & United. There Must Be Bold Progress, & Dire Consequences.

Amanda Gorman recites her inaugural poem, "The Hill We Climb," during the 59th Presidential Inauguration ceremony in Washington, Jan. 20, 2021. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris took the oath of office on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. (DOD Photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Carlos M. Vazquez II)

"There is a line from Oklahoma City forward to Jan 6; and there is another line from Oklahoma City all the way back to Reconstruction and Ku Klux Klan crimes against the newly freed slaves." - U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland at his Senate Confirmation Hearings in 2/22/21 

"But while democracy can be periodically delayed, it can never be permanently defeated. In this truth, in this faith we trust, for while we have our eyes on the future, history has its eyes on us. This is the era of just redemption. We feared it at its inception. We did not feel prepared to be the heirs of such a terrifying hour, but within it, we found the power to author a new chapter, to offer hope and laughter to ourselves." - Amanda Gorman, "The Hill We Climb," Inauguration Day, 1/20/21

"[Garland] called the attack on the Capitol the most "heinous attack on a democratic process" that he's ever seen and said that he will pursue all leads in the investigation. "We begin with the people on the ground and we work our way up to those who are involved and further involved and we will pursue these leads, wherever they take us," he said.  - ABC News, Garland tells senators his first priority will be prosecuting Capitol insurrection, 2/22/21

"So, while once we asked: 'How could we possibly prevail over catastrophe?' Now we assert, 'How could catastrophe possibly prevail over us?'" - Amanda Gorman, "The Hill We Climb," Inauguration Day, 1/20/21 

I have not posted here since 11/8/20, just a few days after the American people delivered Biden-Harris a decisive victory (both in the popular vote and in the electoral college). Of course, I knew it would be a perilous few months leading up to the inauguration. And, indeed, it was. I have chosen to post here again today. Yes, 101 days after thousands of white supremacists, seditionists, domestic terrorists really, stormed the Capitol in an attempt to overthrow the 2020 election and murder the Speaker of the House, the Vice-President and others. (They set up a gallows and hunted their prey.)

In 2018 and again in 2020, the Resistance coalesced, rose up, endured and triumphed. Yes, the Republic stands, at least for now. Yes, we have a viable chance to hold the present and win the future. Nevertheless, the situation is fluid, and still very dangerous. 

The ground is still moving beneath our feet. 

Three existential threats hang over us here and now:

Each threatens not only the republic, but civilization itself.

If we are to have any real hope of overcoming these existential threats, we must consolidate power at the federal level, and hold on to it through the 2022 and 2024 elections.

In pursuit of this goal, three vital imperatives overshadow all else: 

  • Sustain the United Front for Sanity and Decency (yes, Left, Right and Center, from AOC to Chuck Schumer to Stuart Stevens, through 2022 at the very least)
  • Bold Progressive Governance (e.g., American Rescue Plan, American Jobs PlanFor the People Act, George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, D.C. Statehood, etc.)
  • Dire Consequences for "Enemies Foreign and Domestic" (e.g., all those high and low who instigated, planned, enabled and/or participated in the 1/6/21 attack, and yes, of course, Trump himself for numerous political and financial crimes)    

Trump is disgraced. Trump has fallen. He lost the popular vote twice. He was impeached twice. He has been banned from Twitter PERMANENTLY. He is not well. He is being probed criminally and pursued civilly, on numerous legal fronts. And yet ... We must not forget that over 74 million Americans apparently voted to give him another four years, and that Democratic control over the Senate rests solely on the tie-breaking vote of Vice President Kamala Harris. Don't look down. We are making our way along a very narrow ledge. There is no net below us, and nothing to break our fall ... 

If the Republican Party somehow survives its current crisis, without the purging of those who have enabled Trumpism, without cleansing itself of its racist and sexist toxicity, without renouncing sociopathy as a philosophy of governance, if it is allowed to re-assembly itself under a slicker, smarter, hate-spewing new "Dear Leader" daddy, fueled by the dark-money of foreign and domestic oligarchs, amplified by Fox News and the rest of the right-wing media machine, and given a leg up by new voter suppression laws, everything could go to hell. Again. And fast. 

The Zombie Cult and its Death Eater Overlords cannot be allowed to continue their decades-long battle against the further evolution of the Republic. They are terrified of the vibrant democratic, richly diverse society that is emerging here and now, in this third decade of the 21st Century. And they are terrified of the economic and environmental justice that this vibrant democratic, richly diverse society will demand from a restored and renewed Republic. 

I have no doubt that the clear and present danger of domestic terrorism from the likes of the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, Boogaloo Bois, etc. is something that U.S. federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies can and will deal with swiftly and efficiently, once empowered and unleashed. 

It is the Zombie Cult formerly known as the Republican Party that will prove more problematic. This lawless delusional aberration must not be allowed to regain power. There is no greater danger. It must either be purged or demolished. 

Speaking to Lawrence O'Donnell on "The Last Word" in February, Evan McMullen, Executive Director of Stand Up, Republic, former GOP policy director and CIA operations office, laid it all out bluntly "Looking at Donald Trump's presidency, the four years of that presidency, and how it all led to January 6th, and then to see that deadly insurrection happen, that threatened our democracy, and then to watch a majority of House Republicans still vote to overturn the results of the election, and then to watch all of this additional evidence come to light, and to learn that Senate Republicans would still vote overwhelmingly to protect [Trump], even though he led a violent insurrection to overturn an election, just so he could stay in power, all of that just describes of course a party that is sick, that is rotten to the core ..."

None of this should surprise you. Noam Chomsky has been sounding the alarm for YEARS (and I have been quoting him to you for YEARS: "Has there ever been an organisation in human history that is dedicated, with such commitment, to the destruction of organised human life on Earth?" (Maya Oppenheimer, "Noam Chomsky: Republican Party is the most dangerous organisation in human history," Independent, 4/27/17)

The 1/6/21 domestic terrorist attack on the Capitol must NEVER be forgotten. There must be serious consequences for all those high and low who participated or enabled it in any way.

Yesterday, 100 days out from the 1/6 attack, our allies at the Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) tweeted out a minute by minute, hour by hour timeline of the horrific event. 

I have cut and pasted the @ProjectLincoln timeline here, with links to their original tweets. 

I have also interspersed images representative of the Great Good that ensued in the weeks and months since the attack was thwarted. 

Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) 1/6/21 Timeline in Tweets:

Today marks 100 days since the events of January 6th and the Capitol Insurrection. Republicans want you to forget about what happened that day. We cannot look away from this moment. 
#TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain

9:16AM: Congressman Mo Brooks incites the crowd, demanding that American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass.

9:45AM: Capitol Police informed that over 30,000 protestors are gathered at Freedom Plaza for the Save America rally hosted by Women for America First. Speakers include multiple far-right propagandists leading up to a Trump headline speech #Jan6NeverAgain #TheBigLie
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383053835741097993

10:26AM: Donald Trump, Jr. proclaims that the Republican Party is Donald Trump's and this is their time to send a message to members of Congress too weak to stop the steal. #Jan6NeverAgain #TheBigLie 
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383064198721179648

10:43AM: Madison Cawthorn smears his new colleagues in Congress as "cowards" and tells crowd to send them all a message. #Jan6NeverAgain #TheBigLie

10:53AM: Rudy Giuliani repeats #TheBigLie and says its time for "trial by combat" #Jan6NeverAgain
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383071002645659651

11:00AM: Save America rally kicks off #Jan6NeverAgain #TheBigLie
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383072980327149573

11:50AM: Multiple sources confirm massive crowd is starting to gather on the east side of the Capitol, majority wearing pro-Trump material. #Jan6NeverAgain #TheBigLie
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383085330274906113

12:00PM: Donald Trump takes the stages at Save America Rally. #Jan6NeverAgain #TheBigLie 
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383088098746232836

12:19PM: Trump demands that Congress overturn the fraudulent election and tells crowd they must show strength to take their country back. #Jan6NeverAgain #TheBigLie
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383092610118656007

Kai Kahele (@kaikahele): The certificates of election of all 50 states have departed the House. The 2020 election is over. Our constitution is intact. Democracy prevailed. The Capitol is secure.
@JoeBiden will be the 46th President of the United States. Good nite & god bless America.

12:20PM: Federal Protective Services have been alerted that Trump has encouraged protestors to march on the Capitol #Jan6NeverAgain #TheBigLie 
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383092836913065991

12:29PM: Pro-Trump crowd has been spotted moving down Constitution Avenue #Jan6NeverAgain #TheBigLie
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383095113530888192

12:30PM: Senator Josh Hawley pumps his fist at pro-Trump crowd gathered at the east side of the Capitol before heading into the joint session of Congress. #Jan6NeverAgain #TheBigLie
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383095396923244545

12:49PM: Multiple reports have been received that possible explosive devices have been found outside the RNC and DNC committee buildings #Jan6NeverAgain #TheBigLie
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383100155096883202

12:53PM: Northwest barricades of Capitol have been breached by pro-Trump crowd that has become increasingly violent towards law enforcement.
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383101127802114050

12:57PM: Capitol Police are reporting that barricades on west side of the Capitol building have been breached and urge members of Congress to take safety precautions #Jan6NeverAgain #TheBigLie 
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383101127802114050

1:12PM: Republicans, led by Rep. Paul A. Gosar (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), have objected to certifying Arizona’s electoral college votes. #Jan6NeverAgain 
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383105960022052867

1:13PM: Trump has told the crowd to march down Pennsylvania Ave and on the Capitol #Jan6NeverAgain #TheBigLie
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383106236548255748

1:15PM: Crowd outside west side of Capitol has become extremely violent with Capitol Police, multiple barricades have been breached. #Jan6NeverAgain #TheBigLie
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383106748840558593

1:26PM: Capitol Police have now ordered evacuations of Library of Congress, Madison Building and Cannon House Office Buildings #Jan6NeverAgain #TheBigLie
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383109437091635208

1:30PM: Trump supporters have been spotted marching down Constitution Ave towards the Capitol building. #Jan6NeverAgain
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383110479850127364

1:34PM: DC Mayor Bowser has requested troops to support Capitol Police and local law enforcement #Jan6NeverAgain #TheBigLie
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383111453176123395

1:35PM: In Senate deliberations, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) warns that refusing to certify the results of the presidential election under false pretenses would push American democracy into a "death spiral" #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383111703991320583

1:40: DC Mayor Bowser has officially ordered a citywide curfew beginning at 6pm #Jan6NeverAgain #TheBigLie
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383112969891016705

1:46PM: Rep Elaine Luria tweets "Supporters of the President are trying to force their way into the Capitol and I can hear what sound like multiple gunshots" #Jan6NeverAgain #TheBigLie
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383114494948343809

USA Today (1/20/21): Democrats officially take control of Senate after Harris
swears in Ossoff, Warnock and Padilla. Photo Credit: AP 

1:48PM: Ted Cruz is speaking on his own objections to election certification #Jan6NeverAgain #TheBigLie 
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383115026354016256

1:49PM: Capitol Police Chief Sund requests immediate assistance from District of Columbia National Guard Commander Major General William J. Walker. #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383115244101197825

1:57PM: Multiple rioters have hijacked scaffolding and are banging on second floor windows near McConnell's office. #RelivingJan6 #Jan6NeverAgain #TheBigLie
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383117269342031887

1:59PM: Chief Sund receives the first reports that rioters had reached the Capitol's doors and windows and were trying to break in. #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383117742279176201

2:03PM: Trump rioters have entered the Senate chambers. #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383118780826587138

2:05PM: Kevin Greeson has been declared dead after suffering a heart attack outdoors on Capitol grounds #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383119286454128647

2:11PM: Rioter Dominic Pezzola breaks a window on the northwest side of the Capitol with a plastic shield #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383120777990565892

2:12/2:13PM: Officer Goodman turns Senator Mitt Romney around and has him evacuate away from the Trump rioters entering the Capitol building. #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383121068735488000

2:14PM: Officer Eugene Goodman is chased by pro-Trump rioters up stairs as he leads them away from the Senate chambers #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383121569518645248

2:16PM: Federal Protective Service officers reporting that the House and Senate are being locked down. #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383122022553772033

2:16PM: Trump rioters have flooded into the Capitol #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383122074915504129

2:17PM: Congresswoman Boebert just tweeted that members are locked down in the House Chamber #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383122270953086979

2:18PM: Congresswoman Boebert tweeted that "The Speaker has been removed from the chambers" #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383122525220179972

Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP): Earlier today, I swore in our first Cabinet member, Avril Haines, after her confirmation by the Senate last night. As the Director of National Intelligence, Director Haines will be dedicated to keeping the American people safe.

2:20PM: The joint session has adjourned and reports state lawmakers are attempting to evacuate the Capitol #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383123031577477122

2:22PM: Reports say Vice President Pence has been evacuated from the Senate chamber to an undisclosed location #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383123532289347586

2:24PM: Trump targets VP Pence in tweet #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383124034368512000

2:28PM: Capitol Police Chief Sund reasserts his request for National Guard support to help secure the perimeter of the Capitol. #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain 
2:39PM: Trump rioters have broken through the Capitol doors and are flooding into the building. #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain 
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383127835594854409

2:40PM: Members of Congress are escorted out of the chamber as reports confirm the rioters are getting closer. #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383128087475458052

Jan 6, 2:44PM: Reports of shots fired coming from the House chamber #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain 
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383129066988048394

Tara Copp (@TaraCopp)Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin arrives at the Pentagon,
greeted by 
@thejointstaff Gen. Mark Milley

Jan 6, 2:49PM: Capitol Police are attempting to hold off crowd of Trump rioters from inside the House chamber. #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383130373832474624

Jan 6, 2:53PM: Rep. Mooney tweets he has been safely moved from the House chamber. He says he and others were given an escape hood, a respiratory hood and mask for protection in fires or chemical accidents #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383131361846960137

Jan 6, 2:55PM: Rep Burchett has texted that shots have been fired inside the Capitol. #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383131840144420869

Jan 6, 2:55PM: The Department of Defense has REJECTED a DC request to deploy the National Guard to defend the Capitol building. #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain  
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383131841620770816

Jan 6, 3:04PM: Secretary Miller has approved the full activation of 1,100 DCNG troops for Capitol support #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383134099624300557

Jan 6, 3:15PM: House Speaker Pelosi calls Virginia Governor Northam to detail dire situation at Capitol. Gov Northam confirms that all assets of the State of Virginia including the National Guard are being sent to aid the U.S. Capitol. #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383136896755376128

Jan 6, 3:34PM: CBS reports Ashli Babbitt is in critical condition after being shot in the neck inside the Capitol. #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383141648553623555

Jan 6, 3:37PM: Maryland Governor Larry Hogan orders mobilization of Maryland National Guard forces in anticipation of a request for support of the Capitol. #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383142404446957570

Jan 6, 3:39PM: Senator Schumer implores Pentagon officials, “Tell POTUS to tweet everyone should leave.” #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383142906232516610

Jan 6, 3:51PM: DC National Guard fully mobilized to support overwhelmed local law enforcement as they struggle to contain pro-Trump rioters across the Capitol. #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383145927599357957


Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, @USAmbUN: I am honored, and beyond humbled, to have been sworn in today by @VP Kamala Harris as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations. Diplomacy is back. Multilateralism is back. America is back. Photo Credit: U.S. Mission to the UN

Jan 6, 4:05PM: Reports confirm that congressional leaders have been evacuated from the Capitol building #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain

Jan 6, 4:05PM: President-elect Biden gives televised speech demanding that Trump call off the deadly siege at the Capitol. #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain 
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383149462193893377

Jan 6, 4:17PM: President Trump releases video after pressure: "I know your pain, I know you're hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election and everyone knows it, especially the other side. But you have to go home now." #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383152472152285192

Jan 6, 4:26PM: Rosanne Boyland is trampled to death by rioters at a Capitol tunnel entrance while Capitol Police are attacked with flag poles and shields carried by other rioters, as shown in bodycam video. #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383154738728947714

Jan 6, 4:32PM: Secretary Miller authorizes DCNG to conduct perimeter and clearance operations against any remaining pro-Trump rioters in support of the U.S. Capitol Police
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383156244433809415

Jan 6, 5:02PM: 154 members of the D.C. National Guard depart the D.C. Armory for the US Capitol. #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain

Jan 6, 5:05PM: The Capitol building is engulfed in smoke and tear gas as Capitol Police deploy measures to counter massive crowd and push back rioters from entrances around the building. #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383164599118204930

Jan 6, 5:20PM: The first 115 National Guard troops arrive wearing full riot gear to propel crowds from Capitol grounds #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain

Jan 6, 5:21PM: "I never thought I'd see a day like this in America. All Americans should be outraged by this attack on our nation's Capitol." Hogan gives orders to mobilize 200 Maryland State Police troopers and 500 National Guard troops. #RelivingJan6 #Jan6NeverAgain #TheBigLie
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383168575201021952

Abby Zimet, Common Dreams (3/11/21): On his first day as Attorney General, the honorable, long maltreated Merrick Garland was movingly welcomed by an applauding crowd of jubilant DOJ employees and survivors of the last regime visibly relieved to witness the return of competence and normalcy ... 

Jan 6, 5:40PM: National Guard and Capitol Police conduct sweep of Capitol grounds to evacuate any remaining staff and search for any rioters still on federal property. #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383173364555071491

Jan 6, 5:45PM: Capitol Police announce that Ashli Babbitt, the rioter shot inside the Capitol, has died. #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383174622795997185

Jan 6, 5:46PM: Capitol Police riot squads push Trump rioters back from the west side of the Capitol building to establish perimeter. #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgainhttps://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383174871434326016

Jan 6, 5:53PM: Rioters are pushed further back as police secure the U.S. Capitol and lawn out front shortly before 6 pm curfew #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383176662817374210

Jan 6, 6:00PM: DC Curfew in full effect as National Guard troops arrive in the Capitol to help flush out remaining rioters and shut down the city #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain

Jan 6, 6:01PM: Trump makes false election claims and list excuses for his supporters while asking them to leave federal property. #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLe #Jan6NeverAgain
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383178645376802816

Jan 6, 6:09PM: Rosanne Boyland is pronounced dead at a local DC hospital, after being trampled to death by people rushing to breach a tunnel entrance on the west side of the Capitol building hours before. #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383180653911539716

Jan 6, 6:30PM: Sund briefs VP Pence and senior members of congressional leadership on the new Capitol security situation, advising that both chambers are able to reconvene by 7:30. #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383185954761015297

Jan 6, 7:00PM: Facebook removes Trump's posts. "We removed from FB and IG the recent video of President Trump speaking about the protests. We made the decision that on balance these posts contribute to, rather than diminish, the risk of ongoing violence" #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383193569117274118

Jan 6, 7:02PM: Twitter removes Trump’s tweets and shuts down his account for 12 hours for “repeated and severe violations of [its] Civic Integrity policy.” #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain 
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383193993878593540

Vice-President Kamala Harris (@VP): We must create a future that lifts up all communities. @SecDebHaaland has committed her life to ensuring justice, equality, and fairness for all. Today, as she makes history, I am proud to swear her in as our Secretary of Interior.

Jan 6, 7:30: Officials have declared the U.S. Capitol complex “secure” after heavily armed police moved to end a nearly four-hour violent occupation by supporters of President Donald Trump. #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383201050782535682

Jan 6, 8:00PM: Congress reconvenes to resume counting Electoral College votes #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383208633559830530

Jan 6, 8:06PM: VP Pence reconvenes the Senate to continue debating the objection to the Arizona electoral count and return to joint session in order to certify election results. #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383210113805250562

Jan 6, 8:36PM: Facebook blocks Trump’s page for 24 hours because of policy violations, preventing any posts for that duration. This ban would remain in effect for the foreseeable future. #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383223728679518211

Jan 6, 10:15PM: The Senate votes 93–6 against the objection raised by a handful of Republican senators against the counting of Arizona's electoral votes. #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383242570948440078

Jan 6, 11:30PM: The House votes 303–121 to reject the Republican objection to the counting of Arizona's electoral votes. #RelivingJan6 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain 
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383261440480403456

Until the infection that brought insurrection to our Capitol is removed, it's always January 6th, 2021 #TheBigLie #Jan6NeverAgain
https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1383239422443868161

Garrett M. Graff (@vermontgmg): Three Thursdays in America.