Monday, May 8, 2017

Here Comes Fascism!

Yet another in this very special series of posts. Because hahahahahaha this keeps happening.

Oklahoma Governor Signs Anti-Protest Law Imposing Huge Fines on “Conspirator” Organizations

Under the newly signed trespassing law individuals will face a felony and a minimum $10,000 fine if a court determines they entered property intending to damage, vandalize, deface, “impede or inhibit operations of the facility.” Should the trespasser actually succeed in “tampering” with the infrastructure, they face a $100,000 fine or 10 years of imprisonment. 
Significantly, the statute also implicates any organization “found to be a conspirator” with the trespasser, threatening collaborator groups with a fine “ten times” that imposed on the intruder — as much as $1 million in cases involving damage.

Awesome, so all of these grassroots organizations popping up to resist fascism as well as any established organization currently resisting the rise of fascism in this country can be fined under this vaguely worded new law for having anything to do with a protest that inconveniences a corporation or rich person. Fantastic. What a great way to silence dissent and crush protesters under your boot.

Then there's this shit:

At FDA, TVs now turned to Fox News and can't be switched

CBS News has confirmed an email was sent to researchers at the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research responding to apparent efforts to change the channel on internal television screens. The email from "[White Oak] Digital Display" sent on Wednesday, May 3, was sent to inform the researchers of the "reason for the change from CNN to Fox." White Oak is the name of the FDA's campus. 
The email goes on to inform employees that the decision came from the Trump administration.  
"The reason for the change is that a decision from the current administration administrative officials has requested that all monitors, under our control, on the White Oak Campus, display FOX news," the email reads.

Never before have I identified so much with this reaction image:

Because that's exactly what I did upon reading that.

I don't know if you've ever watched Fox News before, but I can confirm that it's 100% propaganda designed to shift people's thinking to the far right. The fact that this will now be playing at all times on the screens in a department within the FDA is 100% "(laughing nervously) what the fuck?"

I've seen enough dystopian future movies to know that this is fucked and so are we.

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