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1) I voted #PPC today, for the ONLY candidate I do not like, that I am sure is not a plus for The People's Party of Canada.

I met @MoxieMimi when I took an hour + long bus ride to meet all the Vancouver #PPC members, and she was rude, evasive, snobby, uptight & not friendly...
2) someone opened the meeting with that RACIST LIE that we are on "UNconceded territory", which is officially a lie, as in NOT TRUE, THE LAND WAS CEDED, and so I said "END RACE BASED LAW" when they tried to pull that racist lie off in my presence.

I am
3) When it came time for questions, I dug in deep about how the United Nations were using Canada's natives to destroy our sovereignty from within. I'll be damned if some politically correct #PPC candidate doesn't start repeating the same bogus lines we've heard THOUSANDS OF TIMES
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BREAKING: @Facebook just announced a batch of takedowns from Iran and Russia, including posts targeting the 2020 election.

The Russian operation "showed some links" to the Russian IRA troll farm.

@Graphika_NYC analysed the Russian operation here:…
This was an operation from Russia targeting America.

It pushed both sides of divisive issues, including #BlackLivesMatter and gay rights.

But it was still in audience-building mode when it got taken down, and most of the accounts had low followings.…
The operators tried really hard to hide, often by copying real users' content, including @BernieSanders.

@facebook said it saw "some links" to the Russian IRA.

The open-source evidence wasn't enough for a 100% attribution on its own, but it aligns with what Facebook found.
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Atatiana Jefferson, 28, was a student at Xavier University of Louisiana. After a neighbor reported her open door, she was fatally shot by a Fort Worth police officer in her home. She‘d been playing video games with an 8-year-old nephew. #AtatianaJefferson…
The shooting of #AtatianaJefferson, a Black woman, by a white police officer during a wellness check was the seventh time since June 1 that a Fort Worth police officer has shot a civilian. Six of those people died. #txlege #BlackLivesMatter…
Fort Worth police said the officer fired after "perceiving a threat" without specifying what it was, and that entered they’d “located a firearm” in the home.

Texas is an open carry state. The governor encourages citizens to be armed. #AtatianaJefferson
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This finding by the Senate Intelligence Committee is critical. Sit with it. It echoes the alarm bell I have been ringing for a year. Racism is a national security threat. Any effort to address Russian targeting of our election system must prioritize this.
This includes Congress' election integrity bills & Facebook's effort to define and redefine how it will address misinformation on the platform. If the African American community is the principal target, we must have a meaningful opportunity to shape the protections adopted.
Congress must understand that this is a civil rights issue. And the failure to act to protect our communities will be seen in that light. No other community has fought harder or sacrificed more to vote & have it count. Moreover, these are deliberate efforts to endanger young ppl.
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Sandra Bland. Tamir Rice. Philando Castile. Freddie Gray. Mike Brown. Terence Crutcher. Alton Sterling. Jamar Clark. Eric Garner. Jordan Edwards. Laquan McDonald. Walter Scott. Botham Jean... and many more.

We cannot bring them back.

But we can act to ensure no more join them:
We need to *fundamentally* change the way police interact with members of the community. How do we do this?

✔️Demilitarizing & disarming police forces
✔️Civilian police review boards
✔️Prohibiting use of stop-and-frisk programs
✔️Prohibiting quota-based tickets/arrests...
✔️Removing police presence from schools
✔️Establishing independent reporting mechanisms for civilian complaints (including domestic abuse charges)
✔️Requiring dash & body cameras to record the entirety of police shifts and that footage be made available to the public upon request
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Please follow and amplify the #JoshuaBrown hashtag.
This courageous witness was found shot to death after testifying against former police officer Amber Guyger for murdering #BothamJean.

Please learn about this story and share it.…

UPDATE: This #JoshuaBrown story gets more troubling as I learn more:

"Merritt wrote in a Facebook post Saturday night that the medical examiner told him Brown was shot in the mouth and chest."…
Remember that we still do not have an official report on where #JoshuaBrown was shot.

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@ResisterForever Indeed. Twitter can be very influential, for a couple of reasons.

1] Despite the ugliness we often see w/hostility among/between #Resisters & #MAGAts / #Deplorables [& some Resisters], on the whole we are in fact changing the way people talk about certain subjects. EG, #MeToo ▶️
@ResisterForever #MeToo began well before it was talked about on Twitter, but few of us knew about it. Thru Twitter, #MeToo survivors connected w/each other to construct a powerful force of women [& their male allies] that has counteracted the stereotypes about rape & sexual harassment▶️
@ResisterForever the point there's been a backlash. Backlashes aren't all bad, esp if they're weaker than the original force, & they are easily refuted w/their underlying rationalizations for the behaviors we criticize.

Indeed, mvts can't claim to be powerful UNLESS there's a backlash! ▶️
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Just a word for the white people-

If you didn’t share about Botham Jeans murder and weren’t willing to say #BlackLivesMatter, save us in tweeting out the hug. It’s...telling.
If you love the Black man hugging the murderer but not the Black man marching in the streets loudly professing the need to dismantle systemic injustice, then you love a caricature that lets you keep white supremacy and will hug you when it kills them.
Forgiveness is an amazing gift. It’s a deep spiritual act. Devoid of justice though, it’s simply weaponized as a tool of those in power to say “see! Why can’t you just be like this!!”

Hold those things in tension.
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BREAKING: Amber Guyger, a Dallas police officer, sentenced to 10 years in prison for the murder of Botham Jean, an unarmed Black man whom she shot after walking into the wrong apartment. #BothamJean
The jury rejected the “sudden passion” defense. Amber Guyger must serve at least five years before she’s eligible for parole. #BothamJean
The state had asked the jury to sentence Amber Guyger to a minimum of 28 years – the age of Botham Jean would be if he were alive today. #BothamJean
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I'm going through old photos to free up some space and just found one from April 2016, when my friend Daniel Torres - once a deported veteran - was sworn in as a U.S. citizen. I got to sit in. I felt very unexpectedly patriotic that day. 🇺🇸…
November 2014 protest in Tijuana for the Ayotzinapa students. La lucha sigue ✊
End result. That's the former president's head on Cuauhtemoc's sword and what the protesters were doing in the previous photo
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God always drops certain things in my spirit and I’m obligated to share a word when it is revealed. This came this morning: “There Is A Cost To Fighting For Freedom” 1/11
Why are there so few freedom fighters today? Because you can’t fight for freedom if you are not free. It’s hard to say you are going to fight to free your people if you have depend on dollars from those you are fighting. That means their interests will one day 2/11
collide with yours and then you have to make a decision. In 1964, Fanie Lou Hamer, Bob Moses and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party went to Atlantic City to break up the all-white Mississippi delegation. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood with them and 3/11
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Why @AndrewYang’s campaign is brilliant: a thread, with predictions at the end. #YangGang #Yang2020 @scottsantens

After 2016, I felt disenfranchised. All the emotional energy I put into the Sanders campaign — and then Clinton — felt wasted.
So in ‘17 and ‘18, I started looking into what went wrong. I had become a boilerplate social justice progressive up until that point. My gut told me that we had been blindsided by Trump because we fundamentally misread the room.
So I started paying attention to political outsiders who challenged liberal and conservative orthodoxies.

Finally, in 2018, I read an interview with Yang. He had decided to run for President on UBI. At the time, his website was threadbare — he seemed like an intriguing blip.
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Caretakers of young psychopaths experience pervasive depression. It's a micro-model of what's happening in the US under Trump, also seen elsewhere around the world. But it can be overcome: 1/13…
Trump generates so much chaos it's exhausting, impossible to follow much less understand. A clarifying lens is needed, and physician/scholar Fred Burkle gave me one, as he'd done before describing Trump as a schoolyard bully: 2/13…
The new lens Burkle provided, to understand Trump's psychological impact, was the effect young psycopaths have on their caretake families: 3/13
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[Thread] 1) @Nigel_Farage, as hothead-in-chief, deserves a Twitter analysis. So I analysed a recent Tweet of his which has about 6,500 Retweets. The tweet in question is the one where Farage is obviously playing two truths and a lie [see screenshot]. #ٍStopTheCoup #Brexit
2) Why did I choose this tweet? It's because we are interested in what messages get amplified the most. So I downloaded Farage's TL to see which was the most retweeted. Twas the aforementioned ofc! The graph shows Nigel's recent RTs by number over time #StopTheCoup
3) As before, I will examine the biographical details of those who retweeted this tweet. A count of the most common words reveals that the most common biographical detail of those who amplified this tweet is MAGA, followed by Trump, followed by Brexit [See below]. #StopTheCoup
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Here's an interesting group of ten accounts. All were created on July 13th 2019, all mention #BlackLivesMatter, black history, or both in their profiles, and all tweet on nearly identical schedules.

cc: @ZellaQuixote
@ZellaQuixote This network began its existence on July 13th, 2019. The creator of the accounts seems to have repeated the same process for all ten: create account, retweet one of a selected set of tweets (@repjohnlewis was particularly popular), then rinse and repeat.
@ZellaQuixote @repjohnlewis Although these accounts theoretically tweet via the Twitter website, the degree of synchronization strongly suggests automation. Every couple of hours, all ten post a tweet within minutes of each other.
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"Erkek saldırganlığı" ve "kadına şiddet" hakkında 25 parçalık bir zincir.

1/ #EmineBulut sonrası gördüğüm 3 farklı yaklaşımdan bahsedeceğim:

-Klasik muhafazakarlık ("o saatte orada ne işi varmış")
-Yeni sağ ("asıl mağdur erkekler")
-Yeni sol ("bunların hepsi sosyal inşa")
2/ İlki hakkında denecek yeni bir şey pek yok.

300 bin yıllık insanlık tarihinde, kadının erkeğin malı olması 10 bin senelik bir ara dönem (Neolitik Devrim). Çoğu toplumda daha da kısa.

Miyadını çoktan doldurdu, salt gelenekle devam eden artıkları da azalarak bitecektir.
3/ Ha, bazı gençler "Tanrı böyle emretti" demiyor da "farklı evrimsel üreme stratejilerinin sonucu" diyor.

Zıt kutuptalarmış gibiler ama ikisi de, tarihin %1'ini oluşturan bu ara dönemi "insanın doğal hali" veya "olması gereken hali" olarak yorumluyor.…
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Since the #BlackLivesMatter Movement began, I've helped raise over $34.5 million for families, charities, causes, & campaigns.

A 7 person expert review board inspected every penny - including the past 5 years of my tax returns.

Their 72 page report...…
I provided:

-The past 5 years of my full tax returns.

-The past 10 years of every checking & savings account, every credit card, investment account, and money management software.

-Full access to my email & social media.

-Access to every fundraiser.…
In this exhaustive 72 page report we have statements from 47 families & 76 different fundraisers.

Each stating that not only was I never paid, but that I never had access to the funds, never asked for any such thing, and did it all for the love.…
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Lets Talk about the recent wave of Attacks on Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn, with Data! (Thread)

1. The Forward, as always, is misdirecting & toxically fomenting identify grievance politics. @JonahPesner may not give a fig, but most People OF COURSE care

2. Its important to understand what is actually going on. At the substrate is folks like @lsarsour & @louisfarrakhan who are out there blaming "Satanic" Jews for all the ills of urban life (over-policing, gentrification, etc). but this is not new...…
3. What has changed is @NYCMayor's War of Policing. Orthodox Jews are a "visible" victim of that decision, but it seems clear that respect for police / police effectiveness is weakening more broadly. . .…
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why i unequivocally support @JulianCastro for president in 2020 (thread). secretary castro is one of the only candidates who had both local *and* federal (executive) level-experience. he was a mayor of a large u.s. city for five years and later served as secretary of hud. (1/13)
throughout his career, he has been committed to lifting up marginalized people & centering their voices + experiences in every policy he supports. as hud secretary, the agency he oversaw cut veteran homelessness in half. as mayor, he instituted universal pre-K. (2/13)
policing: his policies are unique and boldly progressive. castro was the 1st candidate in the democratic field to release a police reform plan that calls for ending qualified immunity and demilitarizing the police. he has been consistent in standing with #BlackLivesMatter (3/13)
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#URGENT #911 Over the course of the next few weeks, I need twitter to show out for me. My children and I, WE NEED A MIRACLE. We are in a crisis of incredible proportions because of an abusive man and the systems that protect men liIke him.

Please keep reading this #THREAD
I CANNOT fight back alone. I desperately need the help of Twitter. And I dont have much time.

A hearing date has been set for OCTOBER 25th.

This is it. The day it will be decided how much longer my 10 & 12 yrold will suffer abuse, how much longer we'll know that man's torment.
What that means is that I have WEEKS left to get anything, everything I can think of that may help and protect us to the lawyer.

I have been working around the clock for months, fighting desperately to protect my children. I've given everything I have and more of what I don't.
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Here are just a few reasons why all #blackpeople #Blacktwitter #BlackLivesMatter should #GoogleAndrewYang

1) #FreedomDivided of 1K/mo for all US adults. Could help build black wealth quickly. 3 fam adults living together = $3K/Mo buy a 200K house in 5.5 years #YangGang
2) On top of the #FreedomDividend, he also recognizes the historical injustices done to us through slavery and supports the exploratory bill in Congress to figure out reparations logistics. #Yang2020

3) Our boy @AndrewYang also wants massive criminal justice reform. Every cop gets a camera and turning it off is assumption of guilt, no private prisons, decrim of weed and opiates, and mass pardoning for those in jail for nonviolent drug charges. #GoogleAndrewYang #YangGang
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Right now I’m at a friend’s funeral. He was 22 and died of kidney disease. He was skipping dialysis because he was an hourly food service worker and couldn’t afford to lose any pay. I’m sitting here in the lobby, thinking about the people getting rich off the #ChickenSandwich.
The enormity of these things really doesn’t hit you until you see a brilliant, funny, caring and very much loved 22 year old man lying in a his casket.
This country was not built to value young black men and women. It’s 2019, and we are still not doing enough. It’s not just police brutality, it’s not just gang violence or illegal guns. It’s fucking America.

Rest in power, James. You are still loved.

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Aright y'all lemme tell u a story. This a thread so hang tight. When I was young I worked at a meat shop n this old white vet in a wheelchair would come in every week to get his meat. He told me I can't cut it for him cause I'm 'tainted.' At the time my mom was having health
Problems n I can't lose that job or I can't pay for the medication. Every week for bout 2 years he comin in talkin his shit n makin me mad as hell but I was always polite n had excellent customer service. We used to serve up bacon sometimes n some kids came in to get it. Vet was
There n they started makin fun of him callin him names sayin he's crippled. I told em to get out the damn store wit they nonsense. Y'all this vet starts cryin sayin his daddy always told him POC were shit n he believed him. He said he never thought no black person would stand up
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Thanks for all the feedback on my course! As promised, here is the reading list. May be a work-in-progress as the semester unfolds--that's how I roll.
General idea here is to present multiple viewpoints even within a single week so that the class visitor will still be engaging in a dialogue with our other class "interlocutors." (Sometimes that person will be me.)
Week 1: Overview of UG Music Curricula

-- Patricia Shehan Campbell et al., "Transforming Music Study from its Foundation" (…)
-- Various responses to TFUMM
-- Melanie Lowe, "Rethinking the Undergraduate Music History Sequence" (…)
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