How Protesters Won Battles and Sieges in Ancient Times



Trump's America (pretty sure he's going to use images like this for his campaign). Nothing will win him the white women vote again like photos and videos of his homemade gestapo assaulting white women. He's definitely going for the rapist and violent men against women vote.


Remember that the police tend to be obsessed with old strategy and tactics.

Be the future, not the past.

Be where they think you aren't, do what they can't understand, respond in ways they are blind to.


Next stop: testudo*!

From the Latin for tortoise, get your mind out of the gutter!


how to win in these times.


At the East Precinct right now: "Officer Titus Pullo is a hero of the East Precinct, but look at him now. Justice knows every man's number. He has committed a terrible sacrilege, and he will pay for it with his job, as will anyone here who breaks the law. Brawlers and drunkards will be flogged, thieves will be strangled, deserters will be crucified!"


There was a little city with few people in it. A great king came against it and besieged it, building great siege-works against it. Now there was found in it a poor, wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city. Yet no one remembered that poor man. So I said, ‘Wisdom is better than might; yet the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are not heeded.

The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouting of a ruler among fools. Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one bungler destroys much good.


Couvis the Bernie Bros are irrelevant in this election. Just like the last election. The margin was about 70k votes in 3 states. Not even a percentage point in each of those states. It’s going to be suburban moms and working class white people without college educations. Those states flipping just a bit would have caused a 273-258 Clinton. Who is also a bad candidate just as Biden and Sanders are but at least they are capable, functional adults compared to Trump.


Trump's fascist crackdown is a political stunt — Democrats should impeach him again
Trump is injuring and terrorizing Americans to create campaign ads — maybe another impeachment can stop him

What Trump is doing is illegal and immoral. It's incumbent on those who actually care about the safety of Americans to do whatever they can to stop his cynical campaign of violence against citizens who are exercising their free speech rights. Oregon is already fighting this in the courts. Congress needs to back state officials up by invoking the only power that has so far worked to curtail Trump's abuses: Impeachment.

(of course there are plenty of other reasons to impeach him in addition to this)



Social distancing is for sissies. (This photo was taken yesterday on Pine Street.)


"unless you know of a castle in Seattle with a murder hole or two" ... Club Z?


Trump administration plans to keep federal presence in Portland into October, email shows

(this has nothing to do with "protecting" the federal building. this has to do with the election.)


Barr, Trump intend to continue Portland display of authoritarian power until Election Day

We can dispense with the notion that this gaggle of federal agents, assembled from multiple sub-agencies for the simple reason that those agencies are the only ones under William Barr's direct control, are acting as law enforcement agents. If they were meant to be for policing, they would not be dressed in full military garb. "Policing" does not require the use of camouflage uniforms; the agents will be blending in to exactly f--k-all in the federal buildings they are ostensibly protecting.

We can absolutely expect that the federal presence of repurposed, unidentified, camouflage-wearing, burst-out-of-a-rental-van generic-brand "police" thugs will both be expanded to other cities and continue until Election Day. From Trump's point of view it is a win-win scenario. If violence remains scattered, it is a pleasurable demonstration of authoritarian power to simply know that the agents are there; if violence escalates, so much the better. He can show it on television.