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Heather Cox Richardson discusses police reform, Trump grand jury, election audit, and more

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Heather Cox Richardson writes:

A year ago today, 46-year-old George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis as then–police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds. As bystanders begged Chauvin to get up, a teenage girl walking by had the presence of mind to video what was happening. Thanks to that girl, Darnella Frazier, we all could hear Floyd telling Chauvin, “I can’t breathe.”

Floyd’s murder sparked more than 4700 protests across the nation that popularized both the idea that policing must be reformed and the concept that American systems, starting with law enforcement and moving to include housing, healthcare, education, and so on, are racially biased. In the past fourteen months, support for the Black Lives Matter movement among white people has jumped 5%, fueled mostly by younger people.

And yet, the rate of deaths at the hands of law enforcement officials has not changed, and Black people are three times more likely than white people to die at the hands of law enforcement even though they are 1.3 times more likely to be unarmed.

In April, a jury convicted Chauvin of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. He will be sentenced in June.

After the jury convicted Chauvin, President Joe Biden promised Floyd’s family that he would deliver a police reform bill. Today he and Vice President Kamala Harris met with Floyd’s family privately in the Oval Office for more than an hour, but the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act has not become law. The act bars the use of chokeholds and makes it easier to prosecute police officers, but lawmakers have been unable to compromise over so-called “qualified immunity,” a federal doctrine established in 1967 by the Supreme Court that protects officials—including law enforcement officers—from personal liability for much of their behavior while they execute their professional duties. Members of both parties, though, say a deal on the measure is in sight.

Today we learned that the Manhattan district attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., has recently called together a special grand jury to hear a number of cases, including whether to indict former President Trump, other people in charge of running his company, or the Trump Organization itself. That a grand jury is considering whether a former president committed a crime is unprecedented.

It also suggests that Vance believes there is evidence of a crime. There appears to be a focus on whether the Trump Organization manipulated the value of real estate to make it seem more valuable when trying to get loans against it, and less valuable when listing it for tax valuations. Investigators are also looking at compensation for Trump Organization executives.

Vance began to investigate in 2018 after Trump’s former fixer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to making hush-money payments for Trump and to lying to Congress.

The former president also responded today to a lawsuit filed by Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA), who in March filed a lawsuit against Trump; Donald Trump, Jr.; Alabama Representative Mo Brooks; and Trump’s former lawyer Rudy Giuliani for inciting the insurrection of January 6. Trump’s lawyers asked the court to dismiss the lawsuit, claiming that the president has “absolute immunity conveyed on the President by the Constitution as a key principle of separation of powers.” The memo is the usual political attack we have come to expect from Trump, but it’s interesting: his claim that he enjoys absolute immunity leaves the rest of the defendants out in the cold.

On January 22, just two days after President Biden took office, Lincoln Project founder George Conway published a piece in the Washington Post noting that Trump’s frantic efforts to stay in office might well have been “a desperate fear of criminal indictment.” Trump needed the protection of the presidency to avoid the fallout from his connections with Russia; the Ukraine scandal; and bank, insurance, and tax fraud. Conway noted that refusing to prosecute ex-presidents would undermine the rule of law because it would place them above the law: they could do whatever they wished as president—including trying to overthrow our democracy—knowing they would never answer for it.

Trump, of course, has refused to admit he lost the 2020 election. Today, he issued a statement suggesting that all potential prosecution of him would be political, saying that he was “far in the lead for the Republican Presidential Primary and the General Election in 2024.”

Trump’s memo also suggested he had a First Amendment right to say whatever he wished about the 2020 election, but in January, criminal law professor Joseph Kennedy of the University of North Carolina School of Law pointed out that while Trump’s speech might have been protected, he had a legal duty to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution, a duty that meant he should have immediately told his supporters to stop what they were doing on January 6. His supporters breached the Capitol shortly after 2:00 p.m., and he did not ask them to leave until 4:17, in a video that was itself incendiary.

Meanwhile, . . .

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26 May 2021 at 6:34 pm

Tricks my body tries to play on me

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Morning weight is down, to 183.1, a drop of 0.5 lb since yesterday despite an enormous lunch (with The Wife) at Ocean Sushi (and let me tell you that the Octopus Balls are excellent, as are the gyozas and the Shiho Roll—plus a bottle of nigiri sake. And then last night I made a Mark Bittman recipe: Shrimp with Smoked Paprika, which is also offered as a printed recipe, but the latter inexplicably omits the smoked paprika. A few changes, of course: 8 oz shrimp (in shell, as he suggests), 3 Tbsp olive oil rather than 4 Tbsp (which would be the 1/4 cup he specifies). I included one spring shallot along with the garlic, a chopped Roma tomato rather than the cherry tomatoes, and because he omits starch, I added kernels cut from two ears of fresh corn. This is way too much oil and probably too much protein—and in fact, it wasn’t all that good: I don’t like shelling the shrimp as I eat, so if I do it again, I’ll use shelled shrimp.

And I finished the evening with a dram of Lagavulin 12-year-old scotch whiskey. (A rare treat: having a routine drink really packs on the calories and is expensive to boot.)

So it was a blow-out, more or less. And I dropped half a pound.

This is a trick I now know quite well. In fact, my weight will probably go up tomorrow, but the body is trying to pull me in. “See,” it whispers, seductively, “you’re over the hump. Now you can eat however you like—or certainly you can eat hearty today: down half a pound! Even after yesterday’s meals.”

Hah. I know it too well. Today is my regular breakfast (not going out for a Sunday-morning breakfast), and I’m making my new batch of greens-heavy grub. And taking my walk. I enjoyed the episode of eating, but now back to work: I have pounds to lose, goals to reach, and all that.

But certainly, before the weight loss, I would have been totally tricked because—to be honest—I would have cooperated. You can’t cheat an honest person, as the saying goes, and my going along in the old days with the body’s offer—“Eat some more fat. How about another big meal—just one?”—was done despite knowing that such a course didn’t make sense.

I’m pleased at the modest loss, but I’m expecting that tomorrow will see a little jump, a delayed reaction to yesterday’s excess.

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17 June 2012 at 8:04 am

Posted in Daily life, Firefox, Food

Romney and the haircut story

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A definitive comment by James Fallows, very much worth reading.

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11 May 2012 at 12:20 pm

Posted in Firefox, GOP

Pretty cool Firefox add-on for searches

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Take a look.

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8 May 2011 at 3:15 pm

Posted in Firefox, Software

Well-timed upgrade

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I just upgraded to Firefox 4. Excellent decision, if I say it myself, to do this just hours into the Spring Break: I have ever so much time to get it all adjusted anew, fix things, find add-ons, set up add-ons, etc., etc.

I just went into about:config to fix it so the pinch/zoom thing would work. (Firefox 4 disables it by default, quite unfriendly to those whose vision now requires the zoom feature—though I admit the keyboard commands still worked.) Here are instructions, found thanks to Mr. Google’s invention.

I’ve gotten the essential add-ons installed, I believe, but now I must tinker with their settings.

Progress can be such a pain.

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24 March 2011 at 2:17 pm

Tab Candy

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27 July 2010 at 1:36 pm

Google Chrome

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Firefox is fading with the advent of Chrome. I certainly am happy to have made the switch. Here’s a little low-tech demo:

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2 March 2010 at 10:40 am

New IP address set up

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On the advice of my ISP tech support, I requested an IP outside their firewall. This will prevent the disconnections every couple of hours when their firewall reboots itself. (I would think they would fix that, but apparently not—it’s been going on for months.) Then I found that I had somehow entered a password for the admin function on my router but I didn’t know the password, so I had to call the router people. We did a hardware reset, then of course had to restore everything.

And then in restoring the wireless WEP password (10 hex digits), the damn thing kept saying my password (10 digits) was too short. Thus another call to TrendNet. It turns out that you MUST use IE for at least this setting—Firefox would not do the job.

All in all, 4 calls to TrendNet. I will say that they are extraordinarily courteous and helpful, and once we sorted out the software problems, it all works. At last.

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11 January 2010 at 5:44 pm

Short BBC video and Firefox puzzle

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Nice little video. I would have blogged it, but my Firefox seems to have developed partial amnesia. Formerly, I had a toolbar just beneath the Navigation Bar and the Bookmarks Toolbar where I parked quite a few buttons—the Foxly URL-abbreviating button, the VideoPod blog-a-video button, and others. That toolbar has vanished without a trace, taking the buttons with it, though those extensions are still installed (as I can see from Tools, Add-ons). No idea where the bar went. :sigh:

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11 January 2010 at 11:28 am

Best 2009 goodies for Firefox and the iPhone

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24 December 2009 at 3:36 pm

Firefox and Chrome

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I’m blogging this from my laptop, which still had Mozilla Firefox installed. I’m amazed at how quickly I’ve become so accustomed to Google Chrome as my browser that Firefox looked just weird: unfamiliar, cluttered, and antique design. I immediately downloaded the Developer version of Chrome (so I can install extensions), and now I’m going through and installing the extensions I want.

Google Chrome is the browser to use, IMHO.

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26 November 2009 at 1:32 pm

Posted in Firefox, Software

Firefox’s 5th birthday: A look back

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I have now switched totally to Chrome—my final "critical need" was satisfied by installing TabSearch Version 0.2. Still, Firefox was a critical help during the early years, and this little history at Lifehacker.com is well worth reading. It begins:

Five years ago, an open-source browser called Firefox—one that didn’t ship with your computer—was available as a 1.0 download. To say it’s changed the world’s web experience is understatement. Here’s a look back at five years of the ‘fox.

Read on for an overview of the life of Firefox, including its journey from from its Netscape ancestry to the modern browser we’ve come to know and love-and a quick peek at what’s around the corner…

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9 November 2009 at 12:25 pm

Posted in Firefox, Software

Transition to Chrome

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My transition from Firefox to Chrome is pretty much complete. The final piece fell into place when I discovered the function of the little blue button in Chrome’s lower left corner:

Tab-list button

 

 

 

 

Clicking this button pops up a clickable list of open tabs with titles and URLs so that having lots of tabs open (my usual situation) is no hindrance to efficient navigation.

LastPass seems as though it can replace Roboform Pro if I can ever figure it out. I do miss Firefox’s search options: I had installed search engines for Yahoo, Bing, Google, Wikipedia, Netflix, IMDB, Amazon, Google Images, and others. With Chrome, you search through Google, period, although of the course you can go the individual sites and search from there, so it’s not a showstopper.

What hastened the transition (besides Firefox’s annoying pauses) was discovering this site, which lists Chrome extensions—easily added to Chrome. Once I had a few extensions to facilitate my workflow, the game was over.

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5 November 2009 at 9:46 am

Reasons to switch to Google Chrome

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Interesting post on why a guy switched. Post begins:

As a media professional who devotes most of his time online, I pay a lot of attend to the speed of my internet browser.  It means efficiency for me.  Before I was introduced to Google Chrome, I have always been a Firefox fan.  I’ve even written a post about how to make Firefox go faster (Check it out).  Lately, I started experimenting Google Chrome.  Surprisingly, I really began to like this browser.  Although Chrome is new (debuted on Sept. 2008), there is definitely potential for its future.  In comparison to Firefox, I will outline 7 things that make Chrome a better browser for me…

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25 October 2009 at 10:34 am

Writing add-ons to make Firefox the Ultimate Writer’s Suite

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Very interesting article at MakeUseOf.com:

I recently went out on a mission to find the perfect tool to manage my writing life.  But the journey ended up with my frustration at not being able to single out one app that fit my needs – the tool that can:

  • store notes and web pages from my research stage for offline view.
  • quickly create a to-do list and alarms out of assignments and tasks, and be able to be synchronized to iCal (then to my mobile) so I’ll always get reminders wherever I am.
  • access my email easily.
  • track and record my writing assignments and submissions.
  • post to blogs and also serve as a word processor – both in WYSIWYG and HTML view.
  • show the word count for each of my submissions.

The most important thing is the whole features should come free and in one package (as I’m a bit tired switching back and forth between applications).

Then I remembered about Firefox – the browser that can be transformed into almost anything that we want it to be, and wondered whether I can expand it to be THE writing tool I’m looking for.

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9 September 2009 at 1:14 pm

Seafood salad

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Maybe this weekend. Mark Bittman:

Summer Seafood Salad

Yield 4 servings      
Time At least 2 hours

You can make this salad ultrafast by starting with cooked shrimp or conch (sold frozen in many fish markets and some supermarkets). Or you can simmer conch or octopus until tender (this takes a while), or shrimp or scallops for just a couple of minutes. Alternatively, you can soak the seafood in citrus at least a couple of hours in the refrigerator until it becomes opaque and tender.

  • 1 pound raw peeled shrimp, or scallops, conch or octopus
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 habanero pepper, seeded, stemmed and minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 medium red or white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 15 or more cherry tomatoes, washed and halved
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 medium mango or peach, peeled and diced, optional
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1 head iceberg or romaine lettuce, washed, dried and chopped

1. Cut shellfish into 1/2-inch dice and toss with citrus juice and some salt; cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. If you prefer, poach fish for a few minutes in simmering salted water until opaque, then proceed. You can reduce marinating time to 10 minutes, though more will not hurt.

2. In bowl, add seafood to remaining ingredients except lettuce; toss, then taste and adjust seasoning. Divide lettuce among 4 bowls; sprinkle it with salt and pepper. Spoon a quarter of the seafood mixture over each portion of lettuce; serve immediately.

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11 July 2009 at 11:20 am

Firefox add-ons for the movie buff

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Check ’em out.

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15 June 2009 at 11:39 am

Firefox add-ons to enhance Google search

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Good list with reviews.

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22 May 2009 at 10:18 am

Add Wolfram Alpha to your Firefox search-engine list

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Via Lifehacker, this little add-on.

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20 May 2009 at 2:18 pm

Cool Firefox add-on: New Tab King

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You can read about it here. I just installed it, and it is indeed pretty cool. OTOH, see this argument for switching to Google Chrome.

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22 April 2009 at 10:46 am

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