The SEIU and the NAACP have dug their grave in Portland.

It's hard to emphasize enough how the left in this city will never forgive them for siding with a universally reviled lumber baron and spineless stooge of the police state. They've cast their lot with the conservatives.
It's critical to note that the SEIU and the NAACP didn't come out swinging for Teargas Ted until it was revealed he was badly losing the election to a leftist.

This isn't an endorsement of shitty politician likely to win, this is a last ditch attempt to defend the establishment.
There's no calculus where standing by a far-right universally hated figure like Ted Wheeler *benefits* workers. The SEIU's stance is *purely* a defense of the boss because the union brass benefit from the existing order and fear even tepid leftist political progress.
There's little love lost at this point between the people of portland and the managerial liberal elites trying to claim "leadership" and serve a counter-insurgency role against the protests. But the SEIU and NAACP must forever wear the brand of shame for this moral outrage.
The ONLY way to appropriately refer to them from now on is with the "conservative" term.

"conservative groups like the SEIU..." "...local far-right voices in the black community like the NAACP..."

Fuck them. No welcome in this city for badgelicking reactionaries.

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That's an *insane* expenditure, but it makes sense at high degrees of food waste + restaurant orders.
Anyway, reminder that $200 is the foodstamps maximum. So a fuck ton of us grew up in families fed on less than $200 per month.
I used to self-recriminate pretty hard in my early twenties when my monthly expenditure on food reached $300. I thought I was being a frivolous person, over-indulging to make up for my youth. I feared someone would find out and I'd be reviled for such wasteful entitlement.
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Good arguments against borders:

1) Nations are not voluntary collectives & cannot claim property.

2) Ethnicity & region are arbitrary and unrelated to personal value.

3) Collectivist dynamics in general are dangerous.

4) Severing mass connectivity reduces options for all.
One of the more unique dynamics around national borders is that their evil is *over-determined*.

There are MANY pressing / root ethical reasons to reject them. And someone making a bad argument for them in along one line inherently invokes outrage along the other lines.
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They're immune to critiques from anarchists or people not infested with racism/nationalism, but ancap critiques are effective w them.
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I have been assuming for four years now that mass raids to enable public show declarations about the horrible "criminal" antifa menace will come this month.

On the other hand the FBI rank n file are going to object "but we don't have much, we need to keep surveilling"
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And while the profit motive helps spur the park, the specific failures it had are from *engineering* hubris.
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I admit I called this wrong.

The Crime Nerd thought Sarah could win, and I simply didn't expect ANY Ted voters in the primary to flip to Sarah. I expected 35% Sarah, 60-65% Ted, 1-5% Teressa.

I must now update my priors & prepare to pay out a bet.…
For Ted to collapse from ~50% of the vote in the primary to 30% is very surprising to me. I expected more class consciousness from middle class liberals, I probably assumed too much political awareness. I thought Ted was so toxic by the primary his remaining base was unswayable.
In trying to correct for the fact that I'm embedded in left circles I tend to take pamplin, nextdoor, and reddit as representative of huge chunks of portland. And everything I saw indicated the city's normie middle classes HATE Sarah (and Chloe).
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