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If you added The Intercept to this list, it'd make the exact opposite point as the one @HeerJeet claims about "incentives." It pays by far the most for a "non-profit" news outlet. The Dem editor-in-chief, Betsy Reed, by herself makes more than $450k/year as they beg for donations
Pretending people have to move right to get rich in media is a joke. There's a long list of left-liberal media stars getting very rich with Soros and Omidyar-funded organizations, on YouTube and Twitch, let alone cable. The Intercept often leads the way.…
Beyond all that: the highest-earning Substack writer, making in excess of $3 million/year, is a liberal history professor who churns out daily anti-Trump, pro-DNC agitprop. The second-highest is a group of #NeverTrump neoliberals/neocons doing the same. That's the "incentive".
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As a proudly ex-maga, ex-gop #NeverTrump #Ahoy! af conservative, IMO today's statements by the (soundly) defeated former president about the butcher of Mariupol who obviously cannot remain in office,

are literal treason against the USA.

Cult 45 members need to open their eyes. Image
When I was supporting T**** in 2016 some of the people in my life broke ties with me and refused to discuss why.

Nowadays I can understand why they did this. Since leaving the cult on 1/6, I've realized how it feels to objectively assess his political and business record...
and then have some folk in your life insist that 2+2=5, up is down, wrong is right, and lies are truth.

Even so, I didn't ditch anyone. They broke ties with me. I've had irl friends from both the left & the (far) right cancel me, lol.

I'm not complaining, though. Far from it.
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My segment last night on @TuckerCarlson is having a bigger impact than I ever imagined.

It's causing pro-war pundits and politicians to lose their minds!

Let's catalog their meltdowns. A thread... 🧵
First, the man, the myth, the moron, Bill Kristol:

ESPN anchor turned paranoid xenophobe, Keith Olbermann, says we're traitors

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Everyone needs to stop talking and especially writing articles about the governor of FL.

It’s a game designed to make you look bad, and it mostly works.

It helps no one & reinforces his base’s beliefs abt the media. It will tip more swing voters toward him than away from him.
Here’s how it works:

A few people react to something he says or does (often bad things but sometimes really minor).

Then it grows online and his staff stoke the freakout.

By the time the most accusatory version circulates widely, his staff puts out info to prove it wrong.
So then you have easily debunk-able stories and tweets (fake news?) about DeSantis, faraway and less-informed progressive Twitter going bananas on false pretenses, and a vindicated GOP base.
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IMO this info was attainable without leaking because it can be extrapolated if all you know is the billed amount. In any case, hospitals have to use markups in order to cross-subsidize services that are never paid for. This is a poor argument for single payer, among many.
To clarify, hospital billing markups are not, IMHO, an effective argument for a single payer system. They get portrayed as price gouging, but if you look at them in a politically neutral way, they're more just a reflection of overall provider costs.
I live in a country (NZ) with what Americans would call a single payer healthcare system. It has major problems for individual patients and the country as a whole.

In both countries, AFAIK, a provider is not allowed to turn away a patient in immediate emergency need...
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Thread: Margaret Atwood's comments on the rising threat of American Theocracy

We who are now #XGOP and #NeverTrump have a relatively unique take on issues like these. I feel I can add value to the debate, having spent years on the left and the right, and now being indy.
I had already seen the movie of The Handmaid's Tale when I saw resistors appearing in costume at political events.

I thought it was ridiculous and self-defeating for them, and maybe it was, at that time. In 2020 resistors ended up having the last word, thankfully. #YoureFired
As you know, there's still people who think even the recent absurdities expressed by TFG (& his henchmen like Bannon, Flynn, & Meadows) are no big deal & that he's adequately trustworthy, patriotic, & a true defender of the US Constitution.

Such people view me as a traitor.
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Thread: Ethan Crumbley's parents

Everyone should read the details of what they did & said when there was a chance to prevent the mass murder.…
I also believe the school administrators erred in allowing him back to class that day.

Telling the parents to get him into counselling within 48 hours was a criminally inadequate response.

There are so many things they should have done instead.
And since day one I've asked myself why this high school didn't have metal detectors. I know that other schools do.

Public alarm at the number of school shootings this year is justified, but let's remember that many schools have effective prevention policies. Others should too!
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Thread: T****'s and Meadows' reckless behavior toward others when T**** contracted Covid in late September 2020.

OMG I so want to use a .gif of the duly elected 46th POTUS saying this:…
Those of us who live in reality are not surprised to hear of the shenanigans in the T**** White House in late Sept and early Oct 2020.

What does surprise me is the stupidity of Mark Meadows. What an absolute eejit he is to voluntarily provide shenanigan details in his book.
Meadows revealed his own reckless misconduct and corruption as the WH Chief of Staff during that time. And nothing in his book is going to win the support of anyone who is already #NeverTrump (ie most of the country.) T****ers are gonna despise him, too. What a moron.
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Been listening to this excellent song "All You Fascists." Here's a thread about a term in the lyrics:

"The people in this world are GETTING ORGANIZED."

The trade union movement's MO has traditionally focused on the concept of organization. It's closely tied to democracy.
The thread I linked above at the start of this one has more context about my current views on American democracy and why I left the T**** cult after the sore loser refused to accept the result of the 2020 Presidential election. (He somehow accepts all the other results, lol.)
Read the song lyrics here.

"Words and Music by Woody Guthrie, Derivative by Billy Bragg."

I was a Billy Bragg fan in the 1980s and kinda rediscovered him in the late 2000s. He's unapologetically left wing in his music.…
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Found on the #WhiteWomen hashtag feed.

It's common for a far right account like @libsoftiktok to:

1. Deny they're far right
2. Conflate "woke" with "racist" and
3. Completely misunderstand the outcome of the VA Gov race.

My thoughts on why, follow.
IMO (as a political scientist and longtime observer of US politics) there are multiple reasons why Youngkin won #VAgov over McAuliffe.

First, no VA governor has won a second term in generations.

And elections soon after the WH changes hands almost always go to the oppo party.
I firmly believe that the VA outcome was based largely on local, idiosyncratic reasons, not a national trend.

Accordingly, fellow pro-democracy folk need not be sad today. Nothing has changed.

But it's good that more are waking up to the five alarm emergency the US is in rn.
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In-joke alert: "Big if true" was in use as early as 2016 among the far right fascist grifter community. The much higher IQ @AccountableGOP community uses it ironically.

Grifters would say it when skeptical about a "news" story they hoped was true, as a way to hedge their bets.
Whenever I offer to help fellow #NeverTrump folk of any stripe, it's not to blow my own trumpet, not at all. It's to contribute in-kind to your fight for American democracy. I often see influencers comment on issues without knowing some of the inside maga knowledge that I have.
As a foreign national I can't lawfully donate or even buy merch from a campaign (a law abiding campaign, that is.) I can't afford to travel to the US right now. But like millions around the world, I want to help your cause. Because it affects people in other countries, like me.
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This thread is correct about every media funding model -- including reader funding -- having flaws, but it's absolutely wrong about who profits most.

Those who most enriched themselves using crowd funding over the past 5 years, *by far*, were anti-Trump #Resistance liberals.
Since 2015, the easiest and most certain way to get rich quick by pandering to an ideological faction was to turn yourself into a non-stop Trump-is-Hitler-and-controlled-by-Russia message machine. Ask @TheRickWilson, @davidfrum, @BillKristol, @MalcolmNance, @JoyAnnReid etc. etc.
The top 3 highest-earnest Substacks, for instance, are all about little to nothing other than anti-Trump hysteria, still. It's Boston College #Resistance Prof. Heather Cox Richardson and the 2 #NeverTrump life-long GOP operatives of the Bulwark & Dispatch. That's the best grift.
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"HW is now a despicable, vile leftist." As much as I laugh at these unironic Ls, it shows the kind of irrational rage that Trump cult victims are ready to direct at anyone who gets in their way.

I'm a #NeverTrump conservative, not a leftist. No one is allowed to leave the cult. Image
I want to thank everyone who is #NeverTrump for extending the hand of friendship (or at least civility) to those of us who are prepared to change our mind.

New info comes to light all the time, eg the carnage he created in Afghanistan and other countries in that region.
I'm referring to this first hand testimony about what Trump did and didn't do in the FOUR years he had, from someone who was literally in the room throughout much of it.

A must-read 8-tweet thread:

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(1) Folk are talking about the fact Pelosi is an 81 year old woman. IMO it's smarter to ignore those facts about her.

No elected official should try to joke to an audience about assaulting anyone with a large heavy object. Period.

Also, this is domestic terrorist talk.
(2) Always remember the definition of terrorism:

Violence or threats of violence that are intended to intimidate officials out of doing their duty.

Political violence comes in many shapes and sizes.
(3) It's also terrorism when it tries to suppress voters or other innocent people from exercising their democratic and civil rights.

McCarthy's latest reckless comments are just a symptom of the overall ideology & tactics with which Rs have allowed thugs to steal their party.
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Hard not to tear up each time the rawness of the many tragedies from 1/6 are raised.

Sicknick's manner of death was hard to securely link back to his injuries but for me he is an emblem, representing the two other LEOs killed by PTSD, & the >138 injured, some very seriously.
I will point out that in 2016 at least, Twitter was full of MAGA tweets about the link between combat deployments, PTSD, and suicide among US military.

They now mock, laugh at, and try to belittle the testimony of Jan 6 LEOs who took no less personal risk in serving the USA.
Even if the USCP and MPDC had been fully funded, trained and operational, they still were not trained to face the nature of the (known) threat that day.

Approx 4,500 crossed the security line, with ~800 entering the building. The term "weapon" does not only mean firearms.
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(1) Many events of the past 18 months contributed to my decision to become (proudly) #ExMAGA & #NeverTrump after >4 years in the cult. The pandemic was the main reason. 1/6 was the last straw.

Liberals have been way more reasonable toward me than MAGA folk have, as expected.
(2) The thread linked above is an example of those on the left who are reasonable and can be reasoned with.

We don't have to agree on every policy issue. We already agree on the non-negotiables, like not rioting inside the seat of the federal government, for example.
(3) Once the rampant lawlessness line was crossed in such a large scale and obviously violent way, it became impossible for me to discuss policy issues with people in the MAGA crowd. If you condone 1/6 (by trying to play it down) then we can't discuss anything. There's no point.
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There is no difference. Modi is basically BJP and vice versa. He is not an opportunitic anomaly like Trump or Bolsonaro. Modi is a lifelong swayamsevak and is like he was made in a lab by the BJP ideology.
And they have a deep bench. I've seen many IIM dudes go from being reluctant "modi cos TINA" guys in 2014 to full fledged "modi is too soft, we need yogi" this year. That's how fascism spreads. It is often waiting under the surface like cicadas. They're out now.
That is why there was a big #NeverTrump movement in the republican party but there is no such #NeverModi or #NeverYogi thing in the BJP other than maybe yashwant sinha. There can be no indian lincoln project.
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This is actually an outstanding description of the #NeverTrump intellectuals
Unlike the #NeverTrump intellectuals - who generally betrayed their prior political principles and allies for MSNBC hits - the nationalist intellectuals demonstrably never cared about "social respect" from our decaying, clownish, malicious establishment elite
Here's a bluecheck proving my point precisely

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(1) Thread: Bad far right takes on the San Jose shooter that killed 8 innocent people and himself today.

One dodgy ex-cop says the Covid vaccine made him do it:

(2) I had never heard of Patrick Brosnan until today. I want to read a transcript of the interview that appeared on FOX News to see if the interviewer questioned his ridiculous claim at all.

IMO. OANN, RSBN & Newsmax have replaced FOX as the kooks' networks of choice anyway...
(3) I became a #NeverTrump conservative on 1/6/21 because he let the mask drop and started proving his critics right. I had spent more than four years defending him by treating his critics as crybaby sore losers and fantasists. Then he did some things they had always predicted.🤦‍♀️
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More and more lately I've been reacting impatiently whenever I see calls for return to civil discourse and a search for political common ground. In earlier times I've been a participant -- sometimes a leader, even -- in such bipartisan dialogue. 1/
And I still believe that politics and public policy entail consensus building as well as debating and putting matters to a vote. The underlying basic point is that the mode of deciding things depends on the situation. Consensus building isn't always appropriate. 2/
Whenever I hear exhortations to dialogue and divide-bridging, to my ears they sound ill-suited to the current moment. Will we reach a new understanding about respect for election outcomes? Will there be some kind of compromise on universal suffrage? 3/
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1 March 2021 #MAGAanalysis

Trump Vows To Cure The Vote

Perfect. I mean that. Trump was simply perfect yesterday, and a new era commences. This era should be much longer lasting. It will take us, I suspect, up to Mid-Terms 2022. But big things could change that, for sure!
2) For one, Trump's landslide election victory may be reinstated. If you didn't hear Trump's fighting voice on topic, you'll want to listen again. Oh, I so loved how he went after the crooked court system, all the way up to SCOTUS.
3) Don't ask me how. No clue how. But that it's possible? You'd better bet it's possible. And who can stop Trump from making the possible real? I'd never bet against him. Again, having idea how, can you imagine that perp walk? Out of the Oval Office in handcuffs. Awesome.
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It’s been obvious that Rick Wilson was is a horrible human being for years

And yet all the #NeverTrump types gleefully associated with him

While lambasting Trump supporters for everything he did and said
But that’s because #NeverTrump was never a principled movement at all

It was populated by every neocon who realized that the new, Trump Republican Party wasn’t down with invade the world/invite the world
Who could have imagined that this guy was actually a raging asshole

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So far, Joe Biden has read and played the political situation brilliantly in his first three weeks in office and he's done so in ways a lot of experts -- and I -- did not expect.
First off, the days of entering office with a low disapproval rating are gone. Maybe they will return, but Biden entered the office with a bunch of people already against him, more than any President in modern history not named Donald Trump.
But his policies have been popular -- his COVID-19 relief package is more popular than he is and the individual elements of the program are extremely popular, including the direct checks.
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As I wrote four year ago and I say again today, I would have LOVED to have been wrong about Trump. It would’ve been great if he had stumbled with Forrest Gump-like luck into greatness. Instead, he was worse than I expected, and bad in ways I could never have anticipated. 1/6
I broke down into tears several times on January 6 while watching the horrifying news coverage. It was my least favorite day of writing ever (and I’ve experienced the singular horror of briefly working for one of the people on Trump’s pardon list). 2/6
There is no joy in “I told you so” when it comes to being #NeverTrump today. Every flaw and weakness of his that I predicted, and every one I didn’t, has had profoundly dangerous and tragic consequences for our country. 3/6
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