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Jan 2021

Out d’Coup LIVE | Student Organizers from KU Activists on Building Power and Changing Culture | January 18,2021

On this week's episode of Out d'Coup LIVE I am joined by student organizers Paul Berlet, Mattieu Maier, and Samantha Marencik from Kutztown University Activists

Paul Berlet is a junior Secondary English Education major. He gained grassroots organizing experience working with Kutztown Students for Sanders and most recently with Healthy Campus Bill of Rights, a group of concerned professors, community members, parents, and students that aimed to put pressure on Ku's administration regarding the fall 2020 reopening plan. Paul believes in the power of direct action to be able to empower students and employees to demand dignity from the decision-makers and bosses that continue to put profits over people.

Sam Marncik is a Sophomore Music Education major. She was excited to expand and solidify her political ideology on her arrival at Kutztown. Prior to attending Kutztown, Sam was the president of her high school's gay/straight alliance. At KU, she joined the Bernie Sanders campaign where she began to learn the importance of grassroots organizing. She had always seen herself as a humanitarian but her experience and ability to lead helped propel KUA to the successful organization it is today.

Matthieu Maier is a Sophomore Music Education major at KU. Upon his arrival at KU in 2019, he didn’t have any strong political affiliations. However, events over the past year opened his eyes to the truth of progressive and leftist policy. He believes in the power of the collective and uplifting the working class from the oppression of the ruling class. These beliefs serve as driving forces behind Matthieu’s participation in KUA and desire to ensure safety to all students and employees of KU. 

The Kutztown University Activists are a non-hierarchical group of students who formed in response to Kutztown University's negligent reopening this fall. They are fighting to end worker abuse, a safe COVID-19 plan, better student health services, and true student empowerment. KU Activists seek to create a new culture at Kutztown that empowers the students to be able to make changes regarding their own educational experience and the society more broadly.

Jan 2021

Out d’Coup | Trump Impeached Again; Insurrection Looks Even Worse Each Day; FBI Warning to States; Union Power; Mastriano in Hot Seat; New PA State Caucuses; Greenstein Fail; Free Will Releases

Donald Trump is the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice. Ten Republicans joined Democrats in voting to impeach Trump. No, my representative was not one of them. 

As the days go by we find out that the head of the Capitol police lie, the FBI released a report ahead of the insurrection warning that there were indications that the Trump supporters were calling for “war.”  And now the FBI is warning that State Capitol buildings may now be targets over the weekend. 

FBI investigators looking into Wednesday’s right-wing insurrection are starting to look at legislators who may have coordinated with organizers of the mob. 

Representative Aryanna Pressley confirmed that the panic buttons in her office were ripped out before the insurrection and Representative James Clyburn confirmed that his private office where he does most of his work was sacked leading to suspicions of an inside job. 

Conan the Barbarian releases a video calling Wednesday’s insurrection, “America’s Kristallnacht.” 

Parler is gone (for now) and the GOP is crying about it. 

James Comey - yes, THAT James Comey, is actually out there calling for Biden to pardon Trump. Yeah, that guy who helped hand Trump the presidency back in 2016. 

DC Hotel workers from UNITE HERE Local hint at a wildcat strike ahead of the inauguration to help stave off any repeat of last Wednesday’s insurrection. In a statement, the union said, “We are calling on hotels in the DC region to close ahead of inauguration, unless they are hosting security personnel. Any hotel that stays open must permit workers to stay home and/or leave the moment they feel unsafe.”

Fast Food workers are calling for a nationwide strike on Monday, January 18, to urge the Biden administration to raise the minimum wage to at least $15/hour. 

It’s been another wild week for Pennsylvania State Senator Doug Mastriano

WHYY reported that Senator Mastriano used $3,400 in campaign cash to pay for busses to take insurrectionists to Washington DC.

Media Matters reported that Doug Mastriano frequently goes on Q Anon associated podcasts and in recent weeks called the effort to overturn the election a “death match with the Republican Party.”  

Mastriano is also calling on Trump supporters to stand-down this weekend as insurrectionists plan on rallying outside the Pennsylvania capitol this weekend and all of next week.  In a facebook post, he stated: Please do not participate in rallies or protests over the next 10 days.  “Let’s focus on praying for our nation during these troubling times.”

Frank Scavo, a former congressional candidate from northeastern Pennsylvania, organized a bus trip from Old Forge to last week’s insurrection and was caught repeatedly lying about his involvement in the insurrection.  First he told reporters he was nowhere near the capitol, then he told them that he was close to the capitol but didn’t go inside and now there is photographic evidence that he was inside the capitol during the insurrection.

Pennsylvania Republicans move forward with their plans to gerrymander the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in response to Republicans losing three Supreme Court Seats in 2015.  Republicans are using recent PA Supreme Court rulings during the 2020 election as excuses for their latest attack on the court.  

In happier news, State Senator Jim Brewster won his final court battle and is now seated. 

State Representative Elizabeth Fielder has been named the chair for the newly formed Progressive Policies for Working People subcommittee.  The new subcommittee will be part of the Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee and will give progressive lawmakers more of a legislative voice within the House Democratic Caucus. 

In more good news for state politics, the crew heading the Pennsylvania Legislative Climate Caucus is looking good. The Caucus will be Chaired by Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester; the vice chair will be Rep. Nancy Guenst, D-Montgomery; and, Rep. Rick Krajewski, D-Philadelphia, will serve as Secretary. If you don’t know Nancy Guenst, we’ll tell you about the note she posted to her office door for potential insurrectionists. 

PASSHE Chancellor Greenstein has trouble maintaining the good-guy, Chancellor McDreamy schtick in a open Spotlight PA interview on Zoom last night. 

What are we doing with our “free time.” 

Free Will Brewing has some new releases. We'll give you the details in today's Last Call. 

Jan 2021

Out d’Coup LIVE | Civility, Insurrection, and the Crisis of Democracy | January 11, 2021

We can only hope that the rest of 2021 doesn’t look like what we experienced this past week. For the first time since 1814, the U.S. Capitol building was stormed by fanatical Trumpsters, QAnon conspiracy theorists, white supremacists, and other right-wing radicals in what was nothing less than an attempted coup. That is exactly what Fiona Hill, the former Senior Director of Trump’s National Security Council called it. While the smell of tear gas was still strong in the Capitol, we already began to hear calls for “moving beyond” the events and return to the good old days of civility. That’s right, even before most of us could even process this right-wing insurrection, we saw lawmakers and pundits put out the call for civility. “This is not the America we all know,” we were told. 

Chris Hayes was part of an MSNBC panel the night of the insurrection. He seemed to capture the sense of gaslighting many of us felt as the calls for “a return to normalcy” and “civility” felt. Listen for yourself: 

I'll be kicking off the discussion tonight with an article I wrote back in 2018 about the breakdown of democracy in the lead up to the 2016 election. We'll take a look at the failure of liberals to recognize the coming crisis and the need to be prepared to fight to end the clear threat to the future of democracy in the U.S.

My article, "We Are Not All In This Together: A Case for Advocacy, Factionalism, and Making the Political Personal," appeared in the amazing collection, "Unruly Rhetorics: Protest, Persuasion, and Publics," edited by Jonathan Alexander, Nancy Welch, and Susan Jarratt

Jan 2021

Out d’Coup | A New Year and Already an Insurrection; Historic Dem Senate Wins in GA; PA Senate Repubs Craziness; Kutztown Pres Gets COVID; Fetterman; Space News; Free Will Releases

Four (now five) people are dead and many more injured after radical Trumpsters lay siege to the U.S. Capitol building. Decades of the GOP stoking the fires of racism, conspiracy theories, and ideologically driven media is coming home to roost. Fire’s like that. Only fools believe that they can tame a wildfire. 

After hours of delays due to the Trumpster insurrection, the results of the Electoral College Vote was officially counted and Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be sworn into office in less than two weeks. 

It’s time to break out your copies of Timothy Snyder’s On Tyranny, or pick up a copy if you don’t have one yet. The escalating violence is part of the authoritarian playbook. This does not bode well for 2021. 

Some Democrats initially tried to simply “get back to normal” following the failed coup, but it’s becoming increasingly impossible for them to do so. Pressured by Democratic House and Senate members, Pelosi and Schumer are now calling for Trump’s removal though the 25th Amendment or impeachment. This is a quickly developing story. 

Congresswoman Katherine Clark told CNN this morning that House Democrats are preparing an impeachment vote by the middle of next week if Trump isn’t removed by the 25th amendment. 

All of that happened after Democrats scored historic victories in the Georgia runoff elections. Rafael Warnock and Jon Ossoff victories give Democrats control of the Senate with Kamala Harris as the tie breaker. 

And THAT came after Trump was recorded trying to intimidate Georgia election officials to give him enough votes to give the Georgia election to Trump. 

The other big news of the week seems almost trivial at this point. 

Pennsylvania Senate Republicans this week gave their one preview of what we saw unfold in DC this week. PA Senate Republicans led by Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman refused to seat incumbent, reelected State Senator Jim Brewster. Corman and Senate Republicans forcefully seized control from Lt. Governor John Fetterman who was presiding over the session.

John Fetterman hinted about his candidacy for the United State Senate on twitter this morning.

Kutztown University President Kenneth Hawkinson announced that he has tested positive for COVID. Kutztown University has some of the worst COVID numbers in PA higher education after Hawkinson demanded a return to in-person classes in Fall 2020. Kutztown has more than 430 confirmed cases of COVID among students and staff. Hawkinson’s announcement comes at a time of spiking COVID cases in Berks County, passing 25,000 cases this week. 

And in more Kutztown University news, a man in a Kutztown hat was captured on film assaulting an AP photojournalist at the Trumpster insurrection. It’s good to be golden, I guess. 

The full 2021 calendar for space launches and missions is out. We’ll have links and highlights for what looks to be a pretty active year in space. 

And, of course, we’ll take you through some of the Free Will Brewing releases ready for 2021. 

Dec 2020

Out d’Coup | Vaccines Roll Out; No Xmas Presents in the Mail; Relief Bill; Deb Haaland; Russian Hack; Proudboys in DC; PA Cops and COVID; Great Conjunction; Asteroids; Expanse; New Free Will Releases

Vaccines finally roll out across the U.S. But, when you’ve got an incompetent federal government its never going to go smoothly. Good thing that Moderna’s vaccine just got approval too. That can’t come soon enough as COVID-19 is now killing more than 3,000 people a day. 

Sorry kids “you’re not going to get your Christmas presents” in time for the holidays as USPS sorting facilities are stuffed to the brink with packages waiting to go out.  Who could have thought that the systematic destruction of the USPS in order to rig the 2020 election would ruin the holidays? It’s a GOP war on Christmas.

Lawmakers are inching closer to an agreement for a new COVID relief/stimulus bill. However, negotiations hit a roadblock after PA’s own Senator Pat Toomey “argued for an extra condition to be added to the package, limiting the ability of the Federal Reserve to lend money via emergency programs,” according to Business Insider. McConnell said that negotiations are likely to continue into the weekend as a government shutdown looms. Today is the deadline to avert a government shutdown unless the deadline is extended again. The latest version of the stimulus bill reportedly contains $300 extra in weekly unemployment and $600 direct checks to workers. 

AOC told The Intercept that Pelosi and Schumer need to go, but progressives have no real plan at this point for a replacement. 

Joe Biden tapped Deb Haaland to head the Department of the Interior. She’ll be the first Native American cabinet secretary in U.S. history. The appointment is especially meaningful because the Department of the Interior has had a fraught relationship with indigenous tribes since the founding of the country. Biden also appointed Michael Regan to be the first African-American to head the EPA. 

Apparent Russian hack has penetrated more U.S. government and corporate systems that you can imagine. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) say that the hack began in March and that the hack “poses a grave risk to the federal government” just ahead of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris taking office. The hack came to light only after the cybersecurity firm FireEye asid it had been hacked and its clients, including the U.S. government was at risk. 

Betsy DeVos urged Department of Education career staffers to “be the resistance” against the Biden administration. According to POLITICO, Devos told them “Let me leave you with this plea: Resist...Be the resistance against forces that will derail you from doing what’s right for students. In everything you do, please put students first — always.” Dept. of Ed staffers and teachers across the country reportedly spit coffee out their noses and fell off chairs in the hilarity of the remarks. 

Proudboys descended on DC last weekend. Four people got stabbed and the little fascists tore down Black Lives Matter banners from Black churches. 

“Defund the Police” you say?  This isn’t a laughing matter as the coronavirus is beginning to decimate police departments across the Commonwealth.   Over 500 Philadelphia Police officers have called out sick because of the virus in the last week.  

Philly 911 dispatchers, and union workers, put the Philadelphia Police Department on blast for their unsafe working conditions during the pandemic. Over 30 dispatchers have contracted the virus, and according to Billy Penn, many of those cases have happened within the past month. The Police department is using “makeshift cardboard barriers” and “some plastic barriers” to keep workers separated during the latest outbreak. 

And at least four Philadelphia police officers have died of the virus.

While this is happening in Philadelphia, there are rumors swirling around the midstate that a handful of police departments in Cumberland County are non-operational due to the virus’ outbreak.

Monday, December 21 - the Winter Solstice - will be the great conjunction. In the early evening, you will be able to see Jupiter and Saturn come together in the sky. The two planets have appeared closer together each night in the lead up to the conjunction. The last time the planets appeared this close in the sky it was 1623.  Tips for viewing.

Japan successfully retrieved the first samples from an asteroid from a capsule from the Hayabusa2 probe. The probe visited the asteroid known as Ryugu on December 6. The Japanese space agency released pictures of the dark granular sample on the Hayabusa2 twitter account

SpaceNews announced its award winners this week: Of the winners, the MARS2020 program won for Government Mission of the Year and SpaceX Demo2 won for Commercial Mission of the year. 

New season of The Expanse is now streaming on Amazon Prime. 

Free Will has new releases. They’re going back to their Saturday release dates. Judo Refinancing - Hazy IPA with Key Limes and Milk Suga; Corvus Idaeus - Imperial Stout with Raspberry, Chocolate, and Milk Sugar; and, not a new release, but one of my favorite beers of the season, Black Currant Chocolate Mash - Sour Ale brewed black currant purée, chocolate, and milk sugar. Order for pick up or delivery to any PA address at https://freewillbrewing.store/.

Dec 2020

Out d’Coup LIVE | Paris Marx - Creator and host of the podcast Tech Won’t Save Us | December 14, 2020

On this week's show I'm joined by Paris Marx, creator and host of the Tech Won't Save Us podcast. Paris is a socialist writer whose critical perspectives on technology have been published by NBC News, Jacobin, Tribune, In These Times, OneZero, Recode, Citymetric, Salon, and more. Paris is a PhD student at the University of Auckland researching tech futures, and completed a Master’s in urban geography from McGill University. They are also writing a book about transportation and technology for Verso Books.

The podcast Tech Won’t Save Us challenges the notion that tech alone can drive our world forward by showing that separating tech from politics has consequences for us all, especially the most vulnerable. The show isn't simply about tearing down tech. It also presents radical ideas for a better world and better technology.

Recent shows have included 

  • Emma Kinema a former tech and games worker who is a Campaign Lead with the Communications Workers of America on the Campaign to Organize Digital Employees. She also co-founded Game Workers Unite
  • Freelance writer and critic, Liz Pelly, discusses how the Spotify model of streaming music continues a long trend of exploitation in the music industry and why musicians need to organize around a vision for a different world of music.
  • And, Will Evans, a reporter at Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting discussing his investigative reporting on how excessive productivity targets are causing high rates of injury at Amazon warehouses, how executives have misled the public about the problem, and what that suggests about the impacts of the company’s “customer obsession.” 
  • You can check out the show at https://techwontsave.us/ and you can subscribe to the show wherever you get your podcasts. 

On today’s show we’ll be talking about the need to take on the tech utopianism of Silicon Valley from a Left perspective. We'll also get into the push by the billionaire class for the kind of free-market, galactic capitalism we've discussed on the podcast. 

You can follow Paris on Twitter @parismarx. Follow Tech Won't Save us: @techwontsaveus. You can support his podcast, too: https://www.patreon.com/techwontsaveus/

Dec 2020

Out d’Coup | Record COVID Deaths; Pfizer Vaccine; No COVID Relief; Biden and NAACP; Newsmax Beats Fox; Texas Sues Democracy; Wolf Has COVID; Fetterman Tweets; Artemis News; Starship Boom; Free Will

It’s official. More people died from COVID-19 yesterday than died in the 9/11 attacks. 3,067 died yesterday. Daily deaths are now higher than any time during the pandemic. 

The FDA is set to approve the Pfizer vaccine today after an independent panel gave it the thumbs up yesterday. 

Turns out the Trump administration under ordered the Pfizer vaccine

A relief package is nowhere to be found as Mitch McConnell demands that corporations be freed from all liability for putting employees and consumers at risk during the pandemic. The AP reports that “an emerging $900 billion COVID-19 aid package from a bipartisan group of lawmakers all but collapsed Thursday after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Republican senators won’t support $160 billion in state and local funds as part of a potential trade-off in the deal.” Apparently, McConnell plans to hold Americans hostage until gets his top priority corporate liability shield. 

Ryan Grim of The Intercept published audio of a contentious and at times cringe-worthy meeting between Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and Civil Rights leaders from the NAACP. Biden recycled unsubstantiated claims that “defund the police” caused Democrats to lose House seats, scolded attendees for suggesting he take bold administrative action, and shouted that he was the only one who ran on healing the soul of America. 

In our continued decent into the the world of Mad Max, water futures will soon be traded on Wall Street for the first time just like oil and gold. The marketization of water scarcity is made possible by the 2-year-old Nasdaq Veles California Water Index. What could go wrong? 

Denmark announces an end to oil exploration as it turns away from fossil fuels. 

The Texas attorney general and 18 other attorneys general are appealing the the Supreme Court to throw out the votes from the swing states that voted for Biden. A brief filed by Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Josh Shapiro called the lawsuit a “seditious abuse of the judicial process” and urged the justices to “send a clear and unmistakable signal that such abuse must never be replicated.” Trump wants Ted Cruz to argue the case. 

And for the first time, Newsmax got higher ratings than Fox News. And it is reported that Newsmax is trying to poach Fox news employees with higher salaries and benefits.

Governor Wolf announces new COVID restrictions one day after he announced that he tested positive for the virus. 

The National Guard is called it to assist in Mount Saint Macrina Manor nursing home in Uniontown, PA nursing home as cases spike. 

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman is feeling bad for the simps

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward told the New York Times that “her house would be bombed” if she didn’t put her name on that letter asking Congress to overturn the Pennsylvania election.

Who are you going to call when stealing an election?  GHOSTBUSTERS!  That’s right.  It turns out one of Rudy Giuliani’s star witnesses happened to be a ghost hunter and it gets worse from there. Jesse Richard Morgan was the self proclaimed ghost hunter Rudy named in his lawsuit and it turns out that Morgan has a long criminal record that includes trying to poison his girlfriend while she was eating pizza.  Gotta exercise those demons somehow. 

Bethlehem brewery owner says he’ll stay open in the face of new COVID restrictions. Seven Siren’s Brewing Company co-owner Joshua Drivers told LehighValleyLive “We’re just not shutting our doors.” Having just opened in 2020 - just 28 days before the pandemic hit, the brewery did not qualify for any local, state, or federal aid. “Put it this way,” Drivers said, “if we close down for three weeks, we lose everything. We don’t close down for three weeks, we can lose everything.” These are the kind of choices small businesses across the country are being forced to make in the face of an incompetent federal gov’t response to the pandemic. 

Former owner of the Central Penn Business Journal - Dave Schankweiler - is gearing up to run for mayor of Harrisburg.  The out-of-town Republican turned Democrat hired a conservaitve firm to handle messaging and media & the design of his logo, which strikingly resembles the pornhub logo

NASA announces the 18 astronauts tapped for the Artemis mission to the moon. The team of nine men and nine women is also one of the most diverse groups of astronauts ever assembled. 

SpaceX’s Starship SN8 test was explosive. Literally. 

Do alien’s exist?  Former director of the Isreali space program thinks so!

Free Will has got some awesome stuff available for the holidays. I just picked up four packs of their Black Current Chocolate Mash, Pumpkin Pie Mash, Special Cookie, and Under Dawn’s Red Sun. I’ll tell you all about them in today’s Last Call. 

Dec 2020

Out d’Coup LIVE | Shanna Danielson and Tara Shakespeare | December 7, 2020

On today's show, I am joined by Shanna Danielson and Tara Shakespeare. Danielson was a candidate for PA State Senate in SD-31 and Shakespeare was a candidate for PA State Representative in the 88th district. Both of these districts are in PA’s Capital region - a region that has been all but written off the mainstream Democrats in recent years. But thanks to the grassroots, power-building campaigns by Danielson and Shakespeare and a number of other progressive women in the Capital region, Republicans and conservatives are not feeling so comfortable in that area. While Danielson and Shakespeare did not win the election this cycle, the region they ran in saw some of the largest shifts toward Democrats in the entire state

We'll be talking about running unapologetically progressive, grassroots campaigns in areas of the state considered out of reach for Democrats  All that is changing as a wave of progressive women dug in and built powerful campaigns in 2020.

A special shout out to Jonathan Mann who wrote our intro song, “There Are No People in the Future.” Check out all is great stuff on his YouTube page and follow him on Twitter @songadaymann

Dec 2020

Out d’Coup | Pandemic Rages; UN Climate Report; Vaccinate Presidents; GOP Frankensteins Rising in GA; Biden Nominations; COVID Tyrant Mastriano; Don’t Play Nice; His Dark Materials; Free Will Releases

The U.S. is breaking COVID-19 records once again. According to the COVID Tracking Project, for the first time, over 100,000 people are currently hospitalized. That’s 65% higher than any time since the beginning of the pandemic. Yesterday, 2,706 Americans died as a result of COVID. And, for the first time, more than 210,000 new cases were reported in a single day. Not good. 

On Wednesday, the U.N. State of the Climate report was released and it was not encouraging. U.N. Secretary General António Guterres put it bluntly: “To put it simply, the state of the planet is broken.” 2020 will be one of the three hottest years on record, marine heatwaves warmed 80 percent of the world’s oceans, and triple-digit heat waves hit...are your ready for this?....triple-digit heat waves hit Siberia. In a speech at Columbia University summarizing the report’s findings, Guterres said, “Dear friends, humanity is waging war on nature. This is suicidal,” Guterres said. “Nature always strikes back, and it is already doing so with growing force and fury.”

Former presidents Obama, Bush, and Clinton are all planning on getting the COVID-19 vaccine publicly as part of a campaign to build confidence. President-elect Joe Biden said he will join them.  

Pfizer announced yesterday that they will have to cut in half the number of vaccines available in the first batch after they identified a problem in the supply lines. 

Republicans are finally having to deal with their Frankenstein monsters. Have you been following what’s happening in Georgia? Rabid Trumpers are calling on supporters not to vote for the Republican candidates in January’s senate run-off elections. In an off the rails rally featuring self-appointed Trump defender Sydney Powell and L. Lin Wood were more interested in locking up the Republican Governor and Secretary of State than supporting Republican Senate candidates. 

What do you think of the folks that Joe Biden is nominating for his cabinet and administration? We’ll give you some of our thoughts. 

Rudy Giuliani's traveling circus came to the Wyndham...in Gettysburg...off Route 15 last week & and it was just as big as a shit show as you expected it to be.  Senator Mastriano hosted the superspreader PA Senate GOP Policy Committee to spread conspiracies and COVID.  After the show hearing, Mastriano and his two sons were pulled from a coup-plotting meeting in the White House after they tested positive for COVID.

The response from the Senate GOP was crickets.  Yes, actual crickets.  Senator Judy Ward came down with COVID after the meeting.  It took Senator Jake Corman a week to respond to the press saying “mistakes were made” and Senators Aument and Martin - who did not attend the hearing - published an oped blasting disinformation coming from their own party.  That response would have helped three weeks ago, but welcome to the party!

In response to the election, Harrisburg Republicans are getting ready to disenfranchise voters attacking vote-by-mail, signature tests, limiting how counties can cure ballots, and much more! 

The York Dispatch editorial board comes out with a scathing editorial about PA State Senator, and wannabe Governor, Doug Mastriano. Mastriano’s COVID-positive Trump event and appearance on Steve Bannon’s podcast calling for a resolution to overturn the PA election results and hand state electors to Trump was a bridge too far. The editorial made it plain, “Mastriano's shocking call for tyranny — rooted solely on the fact his side lost — was merely the conclusion of a week where, through his own actions, the senator was exposed for the craven oligarch he really is.” Here, here.

His Dark Materials. Musk says he still wants to get Moon by 2024. Scientists are saying that underground brine on Mars could be a good source of oxygen on the red planet. 

Free Will Brewing releases as we head into the Winter months.

Nov 2020

Out d’Coup | Clown Coup; Biden, You Kidding Me; Climate Crisis; Fight for the Future; BLM Push Back; Charlie Brown Xmas; PA Dem Senate Wins; PA Org Profiles; COVID; Space News; Free Will Releases

Trump continues to wage a battle to overturn the election. Republican leaders from Michigan’s two legislative chambers are scheduled to meet with Trump today to strategize about how to overturn the election. Guiliani started melting during an off the rails press conference.  Trump has lost 32 out of 33 lawsuits so far. But that’s not stopping him. Lindsay Graham potentially commits felony election crime by attempting to lean on Georgia’s Secretary of State to throw out all the mail ballots from counties with a high rate of signature mismatch. 

Erin Brockovich, the environmental activist who most Americans came to know through the Julia Roberts film based on her life, wrote a piece in the Guardian asking the question on most progressives minds: “Joe Biden: Are You Kidding Me?” Brockovich focused on Biden’s decision to choose Michael McCabe to head the EPA. McCabe is a former communications consultant for the chemical giant DuPont. 

It wasn’t just the EPA, though. Biden’s pick to head the Office of Public Engagement, Louisiana congressman Cedric Richmond, also raised red flags for progressives. Richmond is among the top Democratic recipients of fossil fuel money in the House. 

After a year-long scientific mission in the Arctic, scientists warn that if bold, expansive action is not taken to address the climate crisis immediately, we face a very grim future. 

Some Democratic Party leaders are being COVID hypocrites. This week Senator Diane Feinstein was filmed in the Capitol without a mask talking to a group of people; Gavin Newsom was caught maskless on video at an indoor birthday party for a lobbyist held at the exclusive Napa Valley restaurant, French Laundry. 

Nancy Pelosi was re-elected, despite previous promises that she would step down. 

Black Lives Matter activists want to see conservative Democrats’ receipts for their claims that “defund the police” messaging was responsible for down-ballot losses. Still waiting. As the national director of the Working Families Party, Maurice Mitchell told Politico, “This is the tip of the spear. They are using this ‘defund’ fight as a proxy for a broader ideological fight.”

Marco Rubio lays out GOP plans for the Biden administration: they plan on blocking all Biden’s cabinet appointments because Democrats mean.

The Rockefeller Christmas Tree was set in place last Saturday. The Charlie Brown Christmas tree was set in place last Saturday and to nobody’s surprise, it was as scraggly as 2020. And, they found a baby owl trapped inside. Maybe 2020 will end like the Charlie Brown Christmas special after all. 

China just set up the world’s largest trading bloc

And speaking of the Charlie Brown Christmas special, after loads of public pressure, Apple TV - who bought the exclusive rights to the Charlie Brown specials - gave in and will allow the show to air on PBS alongside Apple TV. It will air on December 13. Oh, by the way, the Grinch Who Stole Christmas will air on NBC on Friday, November 27th. Perfect for closing out the war on Thanksgiving and preparing our assault on the war on Christmas. 

A couple of big wins in PA Democratic Party leadership. Two outspoken progressives, just won leadership roles in the PA Senate Democratic leadership fight. Katie Muth will take over the reigns from Lisa Boscola as Senate Dems policy chair. And, Maria Collett replaced outgoing Senator Larry Farnese to take over as caucus secretary.

Refinery 29 published a profile on some of Pennsylvania’s women of color organizers who have spent the past four years organizing throughout the commonwealth and how their organizations were able to put together the Count Every Vote rallies.

Former Pennsylvania Lt Governor Mikey Stacks made a surprise acting appearance once again.  This time he was moonlighting for a campaign to Save Stonehenge and prevent the construction of a tunnel that may destroy the world heritage site.  

Pennsylvania, like many other states, is exploding with COVID cases.

Yesterday afternoon, Dr. Rachel Levine, PA’s Health Secretary, laid out the state’s vaccination plans, assuming the continued success on the vaccine front. Levine reminded people that while a vaccine may be available by the end of next month, the supply will be limited. In the meantime, Mask Up Til March would be a good slogan. 

Several PASSHE University presidents pack their bags and get out of Dodge in the wake of planned university mergers and layoffs. At a short Board of Governors’ meeting on Wednesday, Chancellor Greenstein praised the “breadth and audacity” of the mergers, mass layoffs, program eliminations, and deep cuts, calling them “ambitious and audacious goals.” 

SpaceX officially launches the first crewed mission to the International Space Station from the Kennedy Space Station. Baby Yoda was on board. 

Astronomers are proposing a huge telescope on the Moon to further research about the Big Bang. According to The Hill, “ University of Texas astronomer Anna Schauer nicknamed the proposed telescope the ‘Ultimately Large Telescope,’ adding that it would have a liquid mirror over 300 feet in diameter.”

Free Will Brewing has got some great releases for your quarantine Turkey Day. And, the 2020 Ralphius bottle variants are announced and will be available on Free Will’s online store at 9 am on Saturday, 11/21 for presale pick up on Black Friday, 11/27.

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