unacaritafeliz: what a great weekend on tumblr dot com where you’ll learn how all your faves are…

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

unacaritafeliz:

what a great weekend on tumblr dot com where you’ll learn how all your faves are problematic and not want to follow or like anything ever again.

now with bonus advertising featuring a red trucker hat with “make X great again” and a link to a report on optimizing your stock portfolio to profit during the coming time of ethnic cleansing.

really, @david? really?

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tastefullyoffensive: #TinyTrump is my new favorite meme.

Friday, February 17th, 2017

tastefullyoffensive:

#TinyTrump is my new favorite meme.

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I deleted that earlier reblog of mine of the quote about the proposal to use the Nat Guard for…

Friday, February 17th, 2017

I deleted that earlier reblog of mine of the quote about the proposal to use the Nat Guard for undocumented worker roundups. Subsequent chatter on twitter raises the possibility that the story was an earlier, no-longer-being-pursued draft proposal intentionally planted with the AP by the White House (i.e., Bannon) to be able to then decry it as “fake news”.

Also, I’ve learned a new word today: provokatsiya.

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“The Trump administration is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard…”

Friday, February 17th, 2017

“The Trump administration is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border, according to a draft memo obtained by The Associated Press. The 11-page document calls for the unprecedented militarization of immigration enforcement as far north as Portland, Oregon, and as far east as New Orleans, Louisiana. Four states that border on Mexico are included in the proposal — California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas — but it also encompasses seven states contiguous to those four — Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. Governors in the 11 states would have a choice whether to have their guard troops participate, according to the memo, written by U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general. While National Guard personnel have been used to assist with immigration-related missions on the U.S.-Mexico border before, they have never been used as broadly or as far north.”

Trump weighs mobilizing Nat Guard for immigration roundups
(via dendroica)

Nope nope nope. All the nope.

The fact that the US lacks a national police force is not a bug. It’s a feature. It’s a legacy of our history as a union of formerly independent states, where the will of a would-be autocrat is limited by the fact that without the cooperation of local law enforcement his ability to carry out peckerheaded schemes like this is limited.

We, like, literally fought a revolution over this.

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Town Hall Project 2018

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

Town Hall Project 2018:

stars-inthe-sky:

Find the nearest town hall and tell your reps they work for you! Staffers will tell you in-person meetings matter most—and that decisions get made by those who show up.

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bourbakiaxiom: Making a difference where it is most…

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

bourbakiaxiom:

Making a difference where it is most needed

Instead of putting “America First” (or “Australia First”, or “Your-white-privileged-location First”), it is great to see people focusing on how to help other parts of the world. An example is a new program, run out from Australia, UK, and the US, that will improve living conditions in slums in Fiji and Indonesia.

Poor access to clean water and bad sanitation are common in slums. Water-borne diseases are prevalent, especially in low-lying areas. And conventional planning approaches to improve these aspects can often just result in slum clearing, displacing the people, and creating other slums elsewhere.

A 5-year project, funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Asian Development Bank, will use alternative water management processes, and involve local community consultation in the design. Medical researchers will be part of the multi-disciplinary team, helping assess how health outcomes are improved.

This is my second post of a planned series, focusing on how responsible governments, communities and citizens should behave in love and support. It is a deliberate counterpoint to the chaos of fear and hate looming in many Western governments, but most notoriously of late, in the Trump maladministration.

For more details of the project:

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amuseoffyre: highwaytohell-a: every time I remember about this…

Friday, February 10th, 2017

amuseoffyre:

highwaytohell-a:

every time I remember about this spectacular moment, it just makes me happy (and also proud) that this joke was most probably written by an openly gay man (Chris Kelly) and performed by an open lesbian woman (Kate Mckinnon) in live tv. and that is just glorious.

This is how you take an SNL skit: with humour and acknowledgement that you’ve cocked up along the way. Not by being a pissbaby about it on twitter all night long

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puppygamer:my brother in law voted for trump even tho his wife has had cancer and is in remission so…

Friday, February 10th, 2017

puppygamer:

my brother in law voted for trump even tho his wife has had cancer and is in remission so an ACA repeal could kill her… we have a serious issue with propaganda in the US right now and I don’t know how we can fix it

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windandwater: Forth now, and fear no darkness!—J.R.R. Tolkien,…

Friday, February 10th, 2017

windandwater:

Forth now, and fear no darkness!

—J.R.R. Tolkien, Return of the King, Book 5, Chapter 5

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congressarchives: Today marks the 50th anniversary of the…

Friday, February 10th, 2017

congressarchives:

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the 25th Amendment!

Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution did not clarify,
in the event of a vacancy in the Presidency, whether it was only the
“powers and duties” of the President that devolved onto the Vice
President or if the office itself did, too.

Before passage of the 25th Amendment,
succession was determined by legislation. Congress passed laws at
various times establishing the President pro tempore of the Senate, the
Speaker of the House, or the Secretary of State as third in line for the
Presidency.

Read more about the Succession of the Presidency on Prologue: Pieces of History

relevant to my interests

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A note from the Indivisible Team

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

A note from the Indivisible Team:

ofgeography:

A note for all of us who feel defeated after Sessions from the Indivisible Team: This is the long game. We are going to lose a lot. We are going to get good at losing. We are going to lose cabinet votes for terrible nominees. We are going to lose bills that are offensive and appalling. But while we are losing, something else is going to happen. We are going to keep raising our voices and slowly our representatives are going to start listening to us. We’ve seen it happen. 

It won’t happen because of next week’s call to action. It’ll happen over months, where you keep showing up, regularly. Then, we are going to start winning. It’ll sneak up on us. We won’t understand why we are winning. But it starts with losing in a particular way- where we raise our voices and call it out when we aren’t listened to, where we get close but not quite there.

The first 100 days of a President’s term are the honeymoon period, the moment when he’s most likely to get his agenda enacted. Trump is spending his first 100 days mired in controversy, scandal, and backbiting – and that’s because you haven’t for a moment let anyone in Washington forget just how unpopular he is.

Every time we change the narrative, every time we delay, every time there’s a newspaper story about a member of Congress avoiding his or her constituents, that’s a win. And it matters.

You have already made history. You’ve delayed the confirmation of Trump’s cabinet picks longer than any time in recent history. You stopped the gutting on the congressional ethics office. You’ve made Republicans so nervous about the repeal of the Affordable Care Act that it’s been pushed further and further down the road. You caused an uproar of historic proportions over Trump’s Muslim ban and saved lives and reunited families in the process. You’ve inspired people who have never before taken action to make their voices heard and learn how to do things like check how their members of Congress voted and call them out for it.

We’ll never even know about some of the victories – because those will be the fights that this Administration considered starting and then realized it couldn’t win.

We’re in this together. Every visit. Every call. Every loss. Every win. That’s just what friends do. #StandIndivisible

In solidarity,

The Indivisible Team

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imaginarycircus replied to your quote: This is just the clearest statement of…

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

I’m glad you’re calling! I haven’t called Elizabeth Warren’s office because we all know where she stands in this mess. But I feel like calling and pushing for impeachment is good. Although people with Rep need to push hard because it won’t happen w/o Rep rebelling.

Good luck with your storm. And good luck to us all with the nor’easter bearing down on the republic.

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“This is just the clearest statement of what has been obvious for months. President Trump sees the…”

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

“This is just the clearest statement of what has been obvious for months. President Trump sees the United States and his family businesses as a fully integrated entity because he is President. Remember, just a few days ago the President’s wife argued in court that a disputed and subsequently retracted article damaged her ability to take advantage of the business opportunity of being First Lady. That literally means that her public office is a thing of specifically quantifiable monetary value to which she has been wrongly deprived and for which is seeking compensation. He is the state. He is the business. That may sound dramatic and even hyperbolic. But look at Spicer’s own words. They’re not. As I’ve been saying, stop talking about ‘conflicts of interest’. Those are guide rails meant to help ethical people to stay ethical or unethical people put on a show of it. There’s no show here. Trump is openly using the Presidency as the world’s greatest marketing opportunity. Happily, there are some signs his efforts to punish companies that don’t enrich him and his family may be backfiring. But that’s irrelevant to the question of intent. He’s openly doing this. The only question is who helps him and who refuses to accept this as a normal state of affairs.”

Three Dimensional Integration
(via dendroica)

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micdotcom:People are turning Mitch McConnell’s dig against…

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

micdotcom:

People are turning Mitch McConnell’s dig against Elizabeth Warren into a feminist rallying cry

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unrulygingerlesbian: ummmm???? do people forget that hitler’s rise to power didn’t START with the…

Monday, February 6th, 2017

unrulygingerlesbian:

ummmm???? do people forget that hitler’s rise to power didn’t START with the holocaust??? like it wasn’t like day one he became chancellor and said “okay from now on, all jews are going to be put into camps”. it started so much more subtle than that. he started with quietly and subtly removing jewish people from civil services, from government positions, then from the entertainment industry, then from being on radio, then from medicine and sciences, then from not letting them go to university, THEN the nuremberg laws that officially classified jewish people as outcasts. THEN Kristallnacht. THEN ghettos. and then THEN the rounding up into camps. this all happened over a span of YEARS.

dictatorship doesn’t arrive with a slimy red bow, dripping with venom. it comes promising to make your country better by putting the blame conveniently on the backs of people that are easy targets and slowly raises the temperature on them until it reaches a boiling point. make no mistake. these ARE the signs of fascism. don’t pretend that there’s an overreaction when there really REALLY isn’t.

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gehayi: booksandcatslover: iceageiscoming: spaam: micdotcom: …

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

gehayi:

booksandcatslover:

iceageiscoming:

spaam:

micdotcom:

Kellyanne Conway invents fake terrorist attack “Bowling Green Massacre”

  • In a Thursday night interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, Kellyanne Conway defended Trump’s travel ban with what she would call “alternative facts” — the rest of us would call them lies.
  • Trump’s top adviser spoke of the “Bowling Green Massacre,” which she said was carried out by two Iraqi refugees.
  • She slammed the press for not covering the tragedy, which is why, Conway maintained, most people don’t know about it.
  • However, as the Washington Post notes, such a terrorist attack never occurred in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
  • Conway seemed to be referring to the 2011 arrest of two Iraqi citizens living in Bowling Green who were charged with attempting to send money and weapons to al-Qaida. Read more

Quando s’invocava la fantasia al potere m’immaginavo altro.

E invece…

staminkia

Oh, this is priceless. There’s a page: http://ift.tt/2k3u9NG

If you go to the donation area, it redirects you here:

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Trolling level: 111,000. I love it.

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speciesofleastconcern: dress like a woman (Sunita Williams, 7 spacewalks for 50 hours 40 minutes)

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

speciesofleastconcern:

dress like a woman (Sunita Williams, 7 spacewalks for 50 hours 40 minutes)

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“Get into the habit of telephoning your senators and House member at their local offices, especially…”

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

“Get into the habit of telephoning your senators and House member at their local offices, especially if you live in a red state. Press your senators to ensure that prosecutors and judges are chosen for their independence—and that their independence is protected. Support laws to require the Treasury to release presidential tax returns if the president fails to do so voluntarily. Urge new laws to clarify that the Emoluments Clause applies to the president’s immediate family, and that it refers not merely to direct gifts from governments but to payments from government-affiliated enterprises as well. Demand an independent investigation by qualified professionals of the role of foreign intelligence services in the 2016 election—and the contacts, if any, between those services and American citizens. Express your support and sympathy for journalists attacked by social-media trolls, especially women in journalism, so often the preferred targets. Honor civil servants who are fired or forced to resign because they defied improper orders. Keep close watch for signs of the rise of a culture of official impunity, in which friends and supporters of power-holders are allowed to flout rules that bind everyone else.”

David Frum, How to Build an Autocracy | The Atlantic (via sociolab)

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“Shock events“

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

dduane:

A thought via Ken Fletcher courtesy of
Heather Richardson, professor of History at Boston College: please read and consider.

I don’t like to talk about politics on Facebook– political history
is my job, after all, and you are my friends– but there is an important
non-partisan point to make today.

What Bannon is doing, most
dramatically with last night’s ban on immigration from seven
predominantly Muslim countries– is creating what is known as a “shock
event.”

Such an event is unexpected and confusing and throws a
society into chaos. People scramble to react to the event, usually along
some fault line that those responsible for the event can widen by
claiming that they alone know how to restore order.

When
opponents speak out, the authors of the shock event call them enemies.
As society reels and tempers run high, those responsible for the shock
event perform a sleight of hand to achieve their real goal, a goal they
know to be hugely unpopular, but from which everyone has been distracted
as they fight over the initial event. There is no longer concerted
opposition to the real goal; opposition divides along the partisan lines
established by the shock event.

Last night’s Executive Order has
all the hallmarks of a shock event. It was not reviewed by any
governmental agencies or lawyers before it was released, and
counterterrorism experts insist they did not ask for it. People charged
with enforcing it got no instructions about how to do so. Courts
immediately have declared parts of it unconstitutional, but border
police in some airports are refusing to stop enforcing it.

Predictably, chaos has followed and tempers are hot.
My point today is this: unless you are the person setting it up, it is
in no one’s interest to play the shock event game. It is designed
explicitly to divide people who might otherwise come together so they
cannot stand against something its authors think they won’t like.

I don’t know what Bannon is up to– although I have some guesses– but
because I know Bannon’s ideas well, I am positive that there is not a
single person whom I consider a friend on either side of the aisle– and
my friends range pretty widely– who will benefit from whatever it is.

If the shock event strategy works, though, many of you will blame each
other, rather than Bannon, for the fallout. And the country will have
been tricked into accepting their real goal.

But because shock
events destabilize a society, they can also be used positively. We do
not have to respond along old fault lines. We could just as easily
reorganize into a different pattern that threatens the people who
sparked the event.

A successful shock event depends on speed and
chaos because it requires knee-jerk reactions so that people divide
along established lines. This, for example, is how Confederate leaders
railroaded the initial southern states out of the Union.

If
people realize they are being played, though, they can reach across old
lines and reorganize to challenge the leaders who are pulling the
strings. This was Lincoln’s strategy when he joined together Whigs,
Democrats, Free-Soilers, anti-Nebraska voters, and nativists into the
new Republican Party to stand against the Slave Power.

Five years
before, such a coalition would have been unimaginable. Members of those
groups agreed on very little other than that they wanted all Americans
to have equal economic opportunity. Once they began to work together to
promote a fair economic system, though, they found much common ground.
They ended up rededicating the nation to a “government of the people, by
the people, and for the people.”

Confederate leaders and Lincoln
both knew about the political potential of a shock event. As we are in
the midst of one, it seems worth noting that Lincoln seemed to have the
better idea about how to use it.

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Thursday, January 26th, 2017

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