Schwarzenegger compares Capitol riot to rise of Nazi Germany - Business Insider - Business Insider

Schwarzenegger compares Capitol riot to rise of Nazi Germany - Business Insider - Business Insider


Schwarzenegger compares Capitol riot to rise of Nazi Germany - Business Insider - Business Insider

Posted: 10 Jan 2021 10:31 AM PST

  • Former California GOP Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Sunday called members of the Republican Party "spineless" following the siege of the US Capitol last week. 
  • In a lengthy video posted on Twitter, the actor and politician compared the insurrection in Washington, DC, to the rise of Nazi Germany, blasting Republicans who enabled Trump's baseless claims about the 2020 election.
  • Schwarzenegger also opened up about the abuse he faced as a child by his father and compared US Democracy to the sword from this 1982 film "Conan the Barbarian."
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In a lengthy video shared to Twitter on Sunday, Arnold Schwarzenegger, the actor and former GOP governor of California, condemned members of his own party as "spineless" and compared the insurrection on the US Capitol last week to the rise of Nazism in Germany.

"I grew up in Austria very aware of Kristallnacht or the Night of Broken Glass," Schwarzenegger, 73, said. "It was a night of rampage against the Jews carried out in 1938 by the Nazi equivalent of the Proud Boys."

Kristallnacht occurred in November 1938 and involved the killing of approximately 100 Jewish people and the destruction of Jewish businesses, synagogues, schools, and homes.

The Proud Boys are an extremist "fraternity" classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The group has been associated with acts of violence in recent years, as Insider's Rachel E. Greenspan previously reported. The group denies it is a white supremacist organization, though experts have said its ideologies align with white supremacy. 

"Wednesday was the day of broken glass right here in the United States," said Schwarzenegger, who served as California governor from 2003 to 2011. "The broken glass was in the windows of the United States Capitol, but the mob did not just shatter the windows of the Capitol. They shattered the ideas we took for granted."

At least five people are dead following the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol. Supporters of Trump stormed the building while lawmakers were inside, overpowering Capitol Police, following Trump's speech at a "Stop the Steal" rally where he repeated baseless claims about the 2020 election. 

Schwarzenegger, known for films that include "The Terminator" and "Commando," opened up about growing up in a post-WWII Austria, which he described as "the ruins of a country that lost its democracy."

"I was surrounded by broken men drinking away their guilt over their participation in the most evil regime in history," he said, opening up about the abuse he faced at the hands of his father as a child.

"My father would come home drunk once or twice a week, and he would scream and hit us and scare my mother," he said. "I didn't hold him totally responsible because our neighbor was doing the same thing to his family.

"I heard it with my own ears and saw it with my own eyes," he added. "They were in physical pain from the shrapnel in their bodies and in emotional pain from what they saw or did. It all started with lies, and lies, and lies, and intolerance."

Read more: Secret Service experts are speculating in group chats about how Trump might be hauled out of the White House if he won't budge on Inauguration Day

Schwarzenegger called Trump a "failed leader" and said that the president would be remembered as the worst American president in history. 

"President Trump sought to overturn the results of an election," he said, referring to Trump's monthslong refusal to concede the race and his failed attempts to overturn his loss. "And of a fair election. He sought a coup by misleading people with lies. My father and our neighbors were misled also with lies and I know where such lies lead."

He also referenced former President John F. Kennedy's 1956 book "Profiles in Courage," in which the former president profiled eight United States senators. Schwarzenegger said many of his "spineless" GOP colleagues could never land in such a book due to their continued support for Trump.

Several lawmakers, namely Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Josh Hawley of Missouri, led the charge against the certification of Biden's win over baseless allegations of widespread election fraud, even after Trump supporters mobbed the US Capitol from the monthslong claims from Trump and his allies.

"We need public servants that serve something larger than their own power or their own party," he said. "We need public servants who will serve higher ideals — the ideals in which this country was founded."

Toward the end of the nearly eight-minute clip, Schwarzenegger brought out the sword from his 1983 movie "Conan The Barbarian" to serve as a metaphor for US Democracy, saying that like a sword, Democracy only grows stronger as it is tempered. 

Where do we go from here? - OCRegister

Posted: 10 Jan 2021 08:41 AM PST

It was shocking but not surprising.

Handing the presidency of the United States of America to an intellectually lazy, vengeful narcissist was destined to end badly. And it has. Catastrophically so.

Friends of freedom around the world watched in disgust — our enemies with glee — as National Guardsmen were tasked with clearing the halls of the Capitol building as an angry mob of cultists incited by their demigod tried to stop the constitutionally mandated count of electoral votes confirming Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 presidential election.

Five dead, including one police officer; windows, doors and other federal property destroyed or desecrated; the floor of the House and Senate breached, the Confederate flag waving triumphantly where Abraham Lincoln once stood. It didn't take tear gas to make my eyes water.

And worse was to come.

Later that same night, more than 100 Republican congressmen and eight United States senators went back into those hallowed chambers and rewarded the instigator with their votes, perpetuating the big lie that the election was stolen.

This one is going to leave a mark.

On Jan. 20, the country will have a new president and a chance for a fresh start. How will that play out? The bitterness and rage that has erupted in Portland, Santa Monica, New York, Minneapolis, Kenosha, Charlottesville and Pennsylvania Avenue last Wednesday will not vanish when Joe Biden takes his hand off the Bible. The schism in the American family didn't begin with Donald Trump and it won't end with his last day in office. The anger has entered our hearts.

From the moment he rode down the escalator at Trump Tower to announce his candidacy for the presidency, Donald Trump has been a Rorschach test for American values. Millions see him as the embodiment of everything good about America, while millions more see him as evil incarnate. I know many, many people deeply devoted to President Trump. Some of them are friends I genuinely love; people I have known to be intelligent, kind, generous, caring and patriotic Americans who want the best for our country. I share nearly every value and goal they hold, yet I believe making Trump president was a grave mistake. One man, two realities.

As Lincoln famously said, "A house divided against itself cannot stand."

It took a terrible war to unite the American house in Lincoln's time. I pray what we saw last week was the worst of today's red-blue divide.

Joe Biden cannot fix this. At best, he won't make things worse. Each of us has to learn again to disagree without hating. That's not going to be easy in the age of memes and talking points and partisan news marketed to reinforce baked-in biases, but it's critical to the health of the body politic.

A nation of a third of a billion people spread across 12 time zones (counting U.S. territories) cannot be governed without consensus, and we can't reach a consensus if we can't agree on fundamental facts. This is an opinion column. I love informed, opinionated people who want to bat around ideas. Still, I don't want to drive over a bridge built on opinions. I want the engineers to know how to read a slide rule. Opinions unmoored from truth only deepen the divide.

This didn't happen in a vacuum.

"If everybody always lies to you" said Hannah Arendt in 1974, "the consequence is not that you believe the lies, but rather, nobody believes anything."

It's the ultimate irony of the Information Age: the more "expert" or "official" someone or some organization is, the less trust we have.

We are living in an historic transitional period, the rapid change from an analog to digital reality. These massive changes have come so quickly and impacted literally every aspect of our daily lives. Many people feel excluded or simply bewildered by this sea change brought in by technology that has reshaped values, racial and gender inclusiveness, national identity and toppled traditions, heroes, social and religious mores once commonplace in our homes and hearts. Some of these changes are long overdue. Some frighten me. All of them shape our politics.

How do we restore trust and truth? How do we live in an instantaneous cyber-world and still retain our humanity? These are questions for philosophers or men far wiser than me, but ultimately these are questions each of us must answer.

Doug McIntyre's column appears Sundays. He can be reached at: Doug@DougMcIntyre.com.

Hackers Strike New Zealand's Central Bank - pymnts.com

Posted: 10 Jan 2021 03:37 PM PST

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand said Sunday (Jan. 10) that it has been hacked — and that potentially sensitive personal and commercial information may have been involved.

The hackers breached security at "a third-party file-sharing service," the central bank stated in a news release.

Bank Gov. Adrian Orr said in a prepared statement: "We are working closely with domestic and international cyber security experts and other relevant authorities as part of our investigation and response to this malicious attack. The nature and extent of information that has been potentially accessed is still being determined, but it may include some commercially and personally sensitive information."

Orr added: "The system has been secured and taken offline until we have completed our initial investigations. It will take time to understand the full implications of this breach, and we are working with system users whose information may have been accessed. Our core functions remain sound and operational."

A representative of the bank declined to answer questions about the hack, according to the Associated Press (AP). Among unanswered questions are when the attack occurred and from what geography its perpetrators were operating.

The New Zealand Stock Exchange and other important organizations in the country have been targeted by hackers over the past year, the AP reported.

The latest breach likely was the work of a nation-state, rather than a criminal ring, Auckland University computer science professor Dave Parry told Radio New Zealand, according to the AP.

"Ultimately if you were coming from a sort of like criminal perspective, the government agencies aren't going to pay your ransom or whatever, so you'd be more interested probably coming in from a government-to-government level," he reportedly said.

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