Chad Wolf, acting secretary of Homeland Security, argues that his troops routinely square off with “500, 600 violent individuals, violent criminals across the street from you.” That’s absurd … but I believe the cops who tell me there are ugly players in the crowd, threatening their families.The abduction filmed on the 15th did not happen in a vacuum. Swimming has been temporarily shut down twice at a Cape Cod beach on Sunday following multiple great white shark sightings. Or is it a battle to keep the violence in Portland from becoming the new America, a frightening vision painted by President Donald Trump of what the future will hold without his leadership?Fear and uncertainty about the answers to those questions have exploded in Portland in a surreal armed conflict that plays out every night.The chaos in Portland spread this weekend to other cities, from Oakland to Aurora, Colorado, to Richmond, Virginia as the nation reels under its division.At 10:15 p.m. in Portland, the protesters made their first foray into conflict: A man tried to climb the fence and was quickly arrested.Thirty minutes later, the fence rocked and leaned sharply as dozens of protesters pressed their weight against it, some of them throwing their bodies against it at a running start. The emcee took note.“Yo, Black kids are the future! Even though some of Aspiration’s customers may be temporarily jobless due to lockdowns, their rounding-up of various purchases funded the planting of 1 million carbon-capturing trees.“We’re elated at the birth of the Lassen pack’s endearing pups, who are breathing new life into the Golden State’s wolf recovery,” said Amaroq Weiss, a senior west coast wolf advocate at the Center for Biological Diversity.“These little ones give hope to everyone who wants to see wolves re-established in the places these beautiful animals once called home.”These days not much news comes out of Afghanistan that could be described as positive, but an all-girl high school team of legitimate geniuses, prove the South Asian country is so much more than just a war zone.Their robotics team invented an inexpensive new ventilator model that will help the thousands of Covid-19 patients in their homeland, where there is a lack of such machines in hospitals.In the city of Herat, the Afghan Robotics Team of 7 young girls finished the design of an open-source, mobile ventilator that costs as little as $700—compared to the $20,000 needed to purchase a traditional model. (Photo: AP)Demonstrators hold signs during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. The subject heading was “There are pictures of dogs in this email”.It’s not trivial that Joe loves dogs and tRump hates them. Don’t Be Ridiculous! "Although the segment did include an expert to dispute Dr. Mikovits, given the nature of the theories she presented we believe it is not appropriate to air the interview. ...”If even Sinclair stops being a reliable tool for Twitler and his spokesweasels, you know a sea change is underway.Not surprising news to us, but a good message for the nation at large.Donald Trump has made warnings about the threat of antifa and “Over the same time period, American white supremacists and other rightwing extremists have carried out attacks that left at least 329 victims dead, according to the database.This showed up in my inbox last week, and I loved it, which is not my usual response to fundraising emails. In less than eight hours, she said, several moms helped her put the group together. Daily Kos moves in solidarity with the Black community. (This content is not subject to review by Daily Kos staff prior to publication. “By the time I just got to this corner here, I basically couldn’t see.”In the very front, those with gas masks formed a wall against the tear gas and pepper balls with shields and umbrellas. Nightly, they fire munitions and tear gas at protesters, using weapons that local police are prohibited from deploying. The U.S. House Intelligence Committee launched an investigation on Monday into the Department of Homeland Security's intelligence office, including its actions in Portland, Oregon, and its involvement in other anti-racism protests across the country. You open those doors out, when the crowd is shaking the fence, and ... on the other side of that fence are people that want to kill you because of the job we chose to do and what we represent,” said a Deputy U.S. This feels surreal and might seem silly, but it could really open some minds and some hearts. But first, we have to ask you a question. Do we really think the goon squad would keep lobbing tear gas at their feet?Stranger things have happened, I know.