The Cutty Sark has been dropped on top of a half-bubble of glass and it just sits on the surface like it’s sailing on the sea.
When you go down into the basement you can see it suspended in the air above you like a giant chandelier. It’s not often you get to see a boat from underneath.
In the Good old Days
I refer to March 2020, a year ago. This is a picture of me with my grandson, sitting on an empty beach in Hawaii (Ko-Olina, Oahu) while the world went insane, searching for toilet paper and paper towels. The refrain, “We’re all going to die,” was being shouted from the strip malls to the volcanoes.
At that time I’d had the plague (in January 2020) and came out the other side – ghost? – you be the judge.
I wore my National Counterproliferation Center (NCPC) ball cap in honor of the plague. Don’t necessarily conflate the NCPC with the CIA’s Counterproliferation Division (PROD). They don’t have their own logo ball cap. PROD develops operations, plans and contingencies to combat weapons of mass destruction and their proliferation, as the name suggests, including BIOWAR elements. The division is populated by quirky engineers, physicists, operators.
You’ll note I was drinking Coke products last year (maybe because I am white and then it was ok, I wasn’t excluded on the basis of race). We weren’t ruled by a walking corpse back then and the whore worked hard to come in last in the California primary.
March 2020 was like a different world. But it was nice that the beaches were empty.
Riddle me This
Ashli Babbitt was unarmed when she was shot and killed by a law enforcement officer at the Capitol on the day of the riots.
For some reason, the name of the office who shot her has not been released.
Babbitt attorney’s statement appears below:
The shooting of Ashli Babbitt on January 6, 2021 by an unidentified U.S. Capitol Police Officer was an unjustified use of deadly force which violated her constitutional rights. It is clear from video footage that Ashli did not pose a danger to the officer, or any other person, when she was shot. Ashli was unarmed. She did not assault anyone. She did not threaten to harm anyone. There was no excuse for taking her life.
It is a universal law enforcement standard that a police officer should use no more force than necessary to accomplish a lawful purpose. At 5′ 2″ tall and 110 pounds, an arrest of Ashli could have been accomplished by a single trained officer with a set of handcuffs.
At the time of the shooting, there were over a half-dozen police officers in close proximity to the Speaker’s door where Ashli was standing. Some of those officers had just allowed protesters access to the door by stepping aside. Other officers, dressed in full tactical gear, stood among the protesters just a few feet behind the door. Still others stood casually at the opposite end of the Speaker’s Lobby, unconcerned with the activities of Ashli and the protesters around her. All of these officers were in a position to have aided in the apprehension of Ashli if it was necessary. Given her background as a 14-year veteran of the Air Force, it is likely that Ashli would have complied with simple verbal commands, thereby making the use of any force unnecessary.
However, the officer who shot Ashli never attempted to arrest her. Nor did he call on his fellow officers to arrest her. Instead, he fired a shot into her chest. Witnesses confirm that the officer did not give Ashli a single verbal warning prior to firing. In fact, Ashli was not even aware that the officer was present, as he was located in the doorway of a room off to the side of her field of vision.
To date, the officer who shot Ashli has not been identified. Neither the Capitol Police nor any other governmental authority has given an account of the facts surrounding the shooting. There has been no official explanation or justification for the use of lethal force in this matter. This lack of transparency impedes the public scrutiny which is necessary to hold government officials accountable in a free society. It also interferes with the ability of Ashli’s family to obtain justice for their loss.
I don’t think that many would assert that the USA today, in March 2021 is a ‘free society’. There was a time when it was, but not today, when the concept of “equity” excludes the killing of a white female veteran by a Capitol Police Officer, while she engaged in a protest.