Thank god.

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Thank god.

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swan2swan: untappedinkwell: swan2swan: As I understand it, the Order of Operations is as…

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017




As I understand it, the Order of Operations is as follows:

1. Focus on the Tax Bill. That’s happening this week. Shoot it down.

2. Immediately afterward, start promoting Doug Jones in Alabama and reminding everyone of Roy Moore’s problems. That election is on December 12.

3. In the meantime, Net Neutrality. The FCC votes on December 14th. Protest, boost, research, do whatever you can. 

I know #MeToo is important, I know Old Man Donald is still being a jerk, I know North Korea has a nuke, none of these are going to be dealt with before Christmas. There are three fronts to this fight: taxes, Alabama, FCC. These are the focal points. If we can win one of those, it’s going to have ramifications for the future. If we can win two, we’re in a pretty good place. We win all three, 2017 was a Good Year.


Doug Jones.



And then remind everyone to renew their healthcare. That deadline is December 15th.  

Yes that too

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We have grown too afraid of the consequences of impeachment and too complacent about the…

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

We have grown too afraid of the consequences of impeachment and too complacent about the consequences of leaving an unfit president in office. If the worst happens, and [redacted]’s presidency results in calamity, we will have no excuse to make, no answer to give. This is an emergency. We should break the glass.

Ezra Klein, The case for normalizing impeachment

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Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

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Urgent: Stop the Trump Tax Plan & save health care

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017



You can help stop the Trump tax plan and save the economy, health care, and education! :)

So, what is this tax plan anyway?

You’ve probably heard about the “tax plan” (often called by opponents ‘tax scam’) that has passed through the House and is now making its way to the Senate.  There are a lot of terrible things about it, but here are a few big ones:

So it’s bad.  Really, really bad.  That’s where we come in.

Here’s what you can do about it:

1) Call your senators!  We know that calling can be really hard, but it’s also the best way to move politicians (other than showing up in person, which is logistically tricky).  So, here are some tips for anxious people to make calling a little easier.

If you live in Maine, Wisconsin, Arizona, or Tennessee this is extra important since your Senators have already expressed doubt about the bill, but it’s important to call everybody with a vote!  First, find your senators’ contact info here and then you can use the script below:

Hi, I’m [NAME], a constituent calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I’m calling
about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which has passed the House. I am strongly opposed to this bill. The proposed tax cuts will mostly
benefit the rich at the expense of programs that the working poor and
middle-class depend on like Medicaid and Medicare. I also strongly
oppose including an individual health care mandate in the tax plan.
Please tell Senator [NAME] to vote NO on this bill and keep opposing
attempts to sabotage healthcare. Please pass along my comments to the senator and tell [him/her] I will remember this issue when it comes time for reelection.  Thank you so much for taking my

Too long for you?  This works too:

Hi, I’m [NAME], a constituent calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I am
strongly opposed to Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Please tell Senator [NAME] to vote NO on this bill and please tell [Him/Her] I will remember this issue when it comes time for reelection.  Thank you for your time.

This will take less than five minutes of actual calling time and then we recommend some chocolate and a nice cup of tea.  Or tea and chocolate first? If you can, please call.  If not, there’s something else you can do!

2) Send a fax!  We get it.  Sometimes you just CANNOT make a phone call, even though you really want to.  That’s ok. Don’t give up! Here’s something else you can do.  Send a fax!  This is better than email because a staffer has to physically deal with collecting it. 

You can just copy the message below and fill in your name, info, and their names / pronouns and use that as your message.  You don’t need a fax machine!  You can do it all online using this site: . Just find your state and senators in the list.  Or, if you prefer, you can use resistbot to send the message.

Can’t do that or are you not a US citizen able to vote?  You can still help! 

3) Signal boost!  Help this post reach voters who can call and fax and help save America.

Thank you for your help! 

UPDATE:  Here’s a little more info on the 7 Republican senators who are possible “No’s” on the Tax Bill.  If you know anybody in Tennessee, Arizona, Montana, Maine, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, or Kansas, we extra need their voices in this.

Please signal boost!  Please fax!  Please call!  Please take care of yourselves!

Let’s make this a victory.

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America is facing an epistemic crisis – Vox

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

America is facing an epistemic crisis – Vox

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“Meanwhile, in Alaska, the change in administrations in Washington had a more direct impact. In 2014,…”

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

“Meanwhile, in Alaska, the change in administrations in Washington had a more direct impact. In 2014, the EPA, which was still under the management of people who believe that the mission of an environmental protection administration is to, you know, protect the environment, virtually stopped the construction of the Pebble Mine. There have been several hearings over the past few weeks and all indications are that the EPA will soon get out of the way and let the project move forward. The Pebble Mine is an environmental disaster in waiting. It is a massive gold and copper mine hard by the world’s greatest salmon fishery. 60 million salmon a month run through Bristol Bay, and the salmon caught there represent half of the salmon eaten in the world last year. There is so much salmon in and around the bay that humans and bears can catch their respective limits and not get in each other’s way. And, for centuries, the bay has been a reliable source of food for the local native peoples, who also have lined up against the mine. The problem is that the gold beneath the earth at the head of Bristol Bay is buried with millions of tons of sulphur. Mix sulphur, air, and water and you get acid, which does not mix well with salmon at all.”

The Pebble Mine Is an Environmental Disaster in Waiting
(via dendroica)

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virovac: silentflightfeathers: allosauroid: Bristol Bay, home…

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017




Bristol Bay, home to half the world’s Sockeye salmon population, is about to be destroyed.

For more than 15 years, Northern Dynasty
, a Canadian mining company, has sought to build a gold and
copper mine in Bristol Bay. And this spring, the Trump administration
took swift action to make that prospect more likely. Environmental
Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt met on May 1 with the CEO of the
Pebble Limited Partnership, a subsidiary of the mining company, CNN reported on September 22
based on interviews and government emails. Little more than an hour
later, according to internal emails, the administrator directed his
staff to reverse Obama-era protections for Bristol Bay, which had been
created after years of scientific review. Based on that work, the
previous administration had aimed to pre-emptively veto certain mining
activities in the ecologically important region.

If this mine goes through: Thousands of jobs will be lost, an entire ecosystem will be destroyed and the world’s Sockeye salmon population will be decimated.

We have til October 17th to let the EPA know this decision is wrong.

You can also help by sharing this post and telling others that this is happening, awareness is key!

Shared and Commented! 
Follow the link, there are a lot of words on the page, but the place to comment is on the top right of your screen and says “Comment Here.” It doesn’t require your personal information to comment, but you can submit it with your e-mail for a ‘receipt.’

If you can’t think of what to say here’s mine:
“I am opposed to the proposal to withdraw from the 2014 Proposed Determination that protects Bristol Bay.

This proposal threatens the preservation and continuation of a waterway vital to the health of a key species. Its destruction via the byproducts of the mining process would result in the decimation of the local fishing industry and create cascading destructive effects on ecosystems upstream that depend upon healthy Sockeye Salmon spawning runs.

Please continue to ensure the well-being of this vital waterway by enforcing the EPA region 10 July 2014 Proposed Determination.”

ways to make your opinion known:

  1. Federal eRulemaking Portal (recommended method): Visit (docket ID: EPA-R10-OW-2017-0369) and follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  2. Email: (reference docket number EPA-R10-OW-2017-0369 in the email subject line).

Federal eRulemaking Portal (recommended method): Visit (docket ID: EPA-R10-OW-2017-0369) and follow the instructions for submitting comments.Email: (reference docket number EPA-R10-OW-2017-0369 in the email subject line).

Not sure how fast post office is fast enough with only two (maybe three) days left but can also mail

Water Docket, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Mail Code 28221T
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20460
Attention: Docket ID No. EPA-R10-OW-2017-0369

Another good letter staring point:

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lesbianrey: having a material lifestyle in accordance with your morals (eg buying fair trade coffee,…

Friday, October 6th, 2017


having a material lifestyle in accordance with your morals (eg buying fair trade coffee, going to farmers markets, composting) is admirable but it becomes concerning when people think those are the sole actions they need to take for their causes, when at the most, they are supplementary to presumably the real goal of social change. and they don’t make you morally superior to people who aren’t living life as “pure” as you are. capitalism is designed to keep those who are most oppressed by it, dependent on it. if you are able to break out of this cycle, it means you had the privilege to choose when others did not. direct your anger & moral outrage toward the capitalists that actually perpetuate that system, not toward someone who can only afford to go to wal-mart.

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“As Senate Republicans scramble to gather 50 votes on a bill that would repeal key pieces of the…”

Monday, September 18th, 2017

“As Senate Republicans scramble to gather 50 votes on a bill that would repeal key pieces of the Affordable Care Act and convert Medicaid into a shrinking block grant controlled by the states, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office announced Monday that it will not be able to fully evaluate the bill’s impact on premiums, the uninsured or the federal budget in the next two weeks. While promising a “preliminary assessment” of the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson legislation by early next week, the CBO noted that it does not have time to study how many people could lose their health insurance if the plan became law. “CBO will provide as much qualitative information as possible about the effects of the legislation, however CBO will not be able to provide point estimates of the effects on the deficit, health insurance coverage, or premiums for at least several weeks,” according to the CBO statement. Republicans do not have several weeks. Their ability to pass the repeal bill with only 50 votes—thus avoiding a Democratic filibuster—expires at the end of September.”

Senate May Vote On Obamacare Repeal Without Knowing Cost Or Coverage Loss – Talking Points Memo
(via dendroica)

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leslie-knopes: top 20 parks characters (as voted by our…

Sunday, September 10th, 2017


top 20 parks characters (as voted by our followers) 16: Bobby Newport

People keep asking me, “Bobby what’ll you do once you get into office?” Um, I’m pretty sure I’ll figure it out.

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kropotkhristian:Not a single person was killed or permanently injured by Occupy Wall Street, and…

Friday, September 8th, 2017


Not a single person was killed or permanently injured by Occupy Wall Street, and that lasted weeks. Not a single person was killed or permenently injured at Standing Rock, except for those injured by the violent police, and that gathering lasted for months. The right-wing throw one big rally – where the ideology itself, never forget, is extremely and dangerously violent – and 19 people end up in the hospital, 1 person is dead. Never once more should you equate the right and left. Never once fucking more. We are all antifa, now.

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Everyone will not just

Thursday, August 31st, 2017


If your solution to some problem relies on “If everyone would just…” then you do not have a solution. Everyone is not going to just. At not time in the history of the universe has everyone just, and they’re not going to start now.

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“As the sense of responsibility is always strongest, in proportion as it is undivided, it may be…”

Friday, August 25th, 2017

“As the sense of responsibility is always strongest, in proportion as it is undivided, it may be inferred that a single man would be most ready to attend to the force of those motives which might plead for a mitigation of the rigor of the law, and least apt to yield to considerations which were calculated to shelter a fit object of its vengeance. The reflection that the fate of a fellow-creature depended on his sole fiat, would naturally inspire scrupulousness and caution; the dread of being accused of weakness or connivance, would beget equal circumspection, though of a different kind.”

Federalist 74: The Command of the Military and Naval Forces, and the Pardoning Power of the Executive

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“To see why pardoning Arpaio would be so exceptional – and so bad – you have to start with the…”

Friday, August 25th, 2017

“To see why pardoning Arpaio would be so exceptional – and so bad – you have to start with the sheriff’s crime. Arpaio wasn’t convicted by a jury after a trial for violating some specific federal statute. Rather, he was convicted by a federal judge on the rather unusual charge of criminal contempt of court. Specifically, Arpaio was convicted this July by Judge Susan Bolton of willfully and intentionally violating an order issued to him in 2011 by a different federal judge, G. Murray Snow.

The order arose out of a civil suit against Arpaio brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, accusing him of violating the law by detaining undocumented immigrants simply for lacking legal status. Snow issued a preliminary injunction that ordered Arpaio to stop running so-called saturation patrols – police sweeps that essentially stopped people who looked Latino and detained those who were deemed undocumented. The basic idea was that the profiling, warrantless stops and detention were unconstitutional.

Yet despite the federal court’s order, Arpaio kept running the unlawful patrols for at least 18 months, and publicly acknowledged as much. Federal judges don’t much like it when their orders are flouted. Snow held extensive hearings in November 2015, and in July 2016 he issued a lengthy opinion finding Arpaio in civil contempt of court. Snow didn’t mince words. He wrote that the department’s “constitutional violations are broad in scope, involve its highest ranking command staff, and flow into its management of internal affairs investigations.” Crucially, Snow found that Arpaio’s violations had been intentional.

But a civil finding of intentionally violating a court order can also trigger a separate proceeding for criminal contempt of court. That’s what happened to Arpaio. To ensure that the judge whose orders were flouted wouldn’t be judging Arpaio criminally, the criminal contempt charges went to a different federal judge.

Judge Bolton convicted Arpaio of criminal contempt. She found he had “willfully violated” the federal court’s order “by failing to do anything to ensure his subordinates’ compliance and by directing them to continue to detain persons for whom no criminal charges could be filed.” And she held that Arpaio had “announced to the world and to his subordinates that he was going to continue business as usual no matter who said otherwise.” This is the crime that [redacted] is suggesting he might pardon: willful defiance of a federal judge’s lawful order to enforce the Constitution.”

Arpaio Pardon Would Show Contempt for Constitution – Bloomberg (via dendroica)

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marjorierose: @lies replied to your post That was the wildest 90 minutes of C-SPAN I’ve ever…

Friday, July 28th, 2017


@lies replied to your post

That was the wildest 90 minutes of C-SPAN I’ve ever watched.

Hey, Xkit fixed replies-to-replies from the new notifications list! Thanks guys!

More relevantly, I actually wasn’t watching–I just had several journalists’ twitter feeds open in tabs and kept refreshing them–so it wasn’t until today that I saw all the stuff Buzzfeed breaks down here.

That is so cool. We were watching, and there was all that chatter in twitter about “if McConnell had the votes he’d vote.” So we were hopeful, just the tiniest bit. But I was pretty sure it was going to be disappointing. I mean, that perception was 100% baked in for me at that point.

We saw McCain go out to the side chamber, then return, and do something, but it wasn’t clear what it was. And we heard the reaction, but didn’t know for sure what it meant until the clerk was reading back the yes votes alphabetically and there was no Collins, no McCain, and finally no Murkowski.

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“No mix of ego, inexperience, embarrassment or anything else can explain his behavior. It just can’t….”

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

“No mix of ego, inexperience, embarrassment or anything else can explain his behavior. It just can’t. He’s hiding bad acts. And the country is likely heading toward a major constitutional and political crisis because [redacted] is signaling that he will not allow the normal course of the law to apply to him – a challenge which puts the entire edifice of democratic government under threat.”

Josh Marshall, The President at War,

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“The Washington Post and the New York Times have published two excellent pieces that debunk most of…”

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

The Washington Post and the New York Times have published two excellent pieces that debunk most of the leading GOP lies and distortions of the moment on health care. The Post piece looks at a series of White House claims. They include exaggerated assertions about Obamacare premium hikes (that don’t take into account subsidies that ease costs for lower-income people) and gamed statistics about the number covered by the ACA (that don’t take into account the enormous coverage gains achieved by the Medicaid expansion). Most insultingly of all, the White House is criticizing Obamacare because 29 million Americans currently remain uncovered. The spectacularly dumb argument here is actually that Obamacare is failing because it hasn’t succeeded in achieving universal coverage, so we should embrace a GOP bill that would leave nearly 50 million uncovered in 10 years.

Meanwhile, the Times piece looks at a bunch of claims by congressional Republicans. Among them: The dopey, dissembling, nonsensical assertions that the GOP bill somehow keeps the Medicaid expansion and that Medicaid spending actually goes up (the GOP bill phases out the ACA’s federal contributions to the expansion and dramatically cuts Medicaid spending relative to current law, which would leave 15 million fewer covered by that program). And some Republicans are actually blaming Obamacare for the fact that some remain uncovered by the Medicaid expansion in states where GOP governors didn’t opt into it.

All of these lies and distortions, in one way or another, are meant to obscure two basic realities: The ACA, for all its problems, is actually helping millions and millions of people, and the GOP bill would undo much of those gains. This would not be necessary, if Republicans were willing to forthrightly defend their actual policy goals and the principles and priorities underlying them.

A GOP stunt backfires, and accidentally reveals a truth Republicans want hidden – The Washington Post
(via dendroica)

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“Our politics are divided. They have been for a long time. And while I know that division makes it…”

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Our politics are divided. They have been for a long time. And while I know that division makes it difficult to listen to Americans with whom we disagree, that’s what we need to do today.

I recognize that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act has become a core tenet of the Republican Party. Still, I hope that our Senators, many of whom I know well, step back and measure what’s really at stake, and consider that the rationale for action, on health care or any other issue, must be something more than simply undoing something that Democrats did.

We didn’t fight for the Affordable Care Act for more than a year in the public square for any personal or political gain – we fought for it because we knew it would save lives, prevent financial misery, and ultimately set this country we love on a better, healthier course.

Nor did we fight for it alone. Thousands upon thousands of Americans, including Republicans, threw themselves into that collective effort, not for political reasons, but for intensely personal ones – a sick child, a parent lost to cancer, the memory of medical bills that threatened to derail their dreams.

And you made a difference. For the first time, more than ninety percent of Americans know the security of health insurance. Health care costs, while still rising, have been rising at the slowest pace in fifty years. Women can’t be charged more for their insurance, young adults can stay on their parents’ plan until they turn 26, contraceptive care and preventive care are now free. Paying more, or being denied insurance altogether due to a preexisting condition – we made that a thing of the past.

We did these things together. So many of you made that change possible.

At the same time, I was careful to say again and again that while the Affordable Care Act represented a significant step forward for America, it was not perfect, nor could it be the end of our efforts – and that if Republicans could put together a plan that is demonstrably better than the improvements we made to our health care system, that covers as many people at less cost, I would gladly and publicly support it.

That remains true. So I still hope that there are enough Republicans in Congress who remember that public service is not about sport or notching a political win, that there’s a reason we all chose to serve in the first place, and that hopefully, it’s to make people’s lives better, not worse.

But right now, after eight years, the legislation rushed through the House and the Senate without public hearings or debate would do the opposite. It would raise costs, reduce coverage, roll back protections, and ruin Medicaid as we know it. That’s not my opinion, but rather the conclusion of all objective analyses, from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, which found that 23 million Americans would lose insurance, to America’s doctors, nurses, and hospitals on the front lines of our health care system.

The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill. It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America. It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else. Those with private insurance will experience higher premiums and higher deductibles, with lower tax credits to help working families cover the costs, even as their plans might no longer cover pregnancy, mental health care, or expensive prescriptions. Discrimination based on pre-existing conditions could become the norm again. Millions of families will lose coverage entirely.

Simply put, if there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family – this bill will do you harm. And small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, cannot change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation.

I hope our Senators ask themselves – what will happen to the Americans grappling with opioid addiction who suddenly lose their coverage? What will happen to pregnant mothers, children with disabilities, poor adults and seniors who need long-term care once they can no longer count on Medicaid? What will happen if you have a medical emergency when insurance companies are once again allowed to exclude the benefits you need, send you unlimited bills, or set unaffordable deductibles? What impossible choices will working parents be forced to make if their child’s cancer treatment costs them more than their life savings?

To put the American people through that pain – while giving billionaires and corporations a massive tax cut in return – that’s tough to fathom. But it’s what’s at stake right now. So it remains my fervent hope that we step back and try to deliver on what the American people need.

That might take some time and compromise between Democrats and Republicans. But I believe that’s what people want to see. I believe it would demonstrate the kind of leadership that appeals to Americans across party lines. And I believe that it’s possible – if you are willing to make a difference again. If you’re willing to call your members of Congress. If you are willing to visit their offices. If you are willing to speak out, let them and the country know, in very real terms, what this means for you and your family.

After all, this debate has always been about something bigger than politics. It’s about the character of our country – who we are, and who we aspire to be. And that’s always worth fighting for.

President Barack Obama, June 22, 2017 (via ericmortensen)

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Save the ACA:  Sprint Within a Marathon Edition

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017



Everything that was true last week about the Senate’s Repeal-and-Replace effort is still true this week. But now we have more (and more alarming) information:

  • The Senate has no intention of making the bill public, and has put measures in place to ensure it hits the floor for a vote before any public testimony, hearings, or awareness of it can be rallied.
  • Breaking with precedent, the Senate has banned filming of hallway interviews with Senators. They now require previously granted permission from a Senator AND the Rules Committee of Senate. This makes Senators less visible and less accountable.

ACTION ITEMS remain the same:

1) CALL EVERY SINGLE DAY. Here’s the Capitol switchboard #:  (202) 224-3121. Find numbers for your reps’ state offices here.  If you have Dem Senators you know will vote against it, encourage them to withhold consent or filibuster unless the bill is made public. (Great guide on this from INDIVISIBLE.)

2) ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO CALL. Indivisible has created a tool that makes it easy as heck to reach out to Facebook friends who are in key (swing vote) states. If you’re not on Facebook, tap that email list. No time to be shy–you’ve got friends out there who just need a little nudge/encouragement/empowerment. 

3) WRITE a Letter to the Editor. Pen a message and send it to your local
paper. Media isn’t doing its job covering this incredibly important issue, leaving room for
citizens to step in.

4) SHOW UP. Be a body on the ground at your Senator’s district offices (find those offices here and find others to team up with here). Be
loud. Be quiet but present. Be whatever you are, but be in that space,
demanding accountability. Congress works for us.

5) Take to social media and demand the Senate #ShowUsTheBill … but don’t JUST take to social media; that won’t get ‘er done.

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