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23 Feb, 5 tweets, 1 min read
This is frustrating and it goes beyond whether or not Tanden gets the OMB vote. The "mean tweets" we hear about don't exist. The "bots" who defend Neera are real people who don't like harassment. This comes down to people not wanting a woman to stand up for herself
I love how this whole debacle involves some so-called leftists uniting w/ conservatives on the one hand and, on the other, pretending to not understand how social media works. Yeah, Neera has friends on here. So does everyone.
But, seriously, again: show me the "mean tweets." As far as I can tell they don't exist and what's happening right now is people advancing a conservative narrative in order to take down a liberal woman. It's gross.
And it's especially galling to see this whole mythology of "mean tweets" taking hold--despite absolutely no evidence--when Tanden has been the subject of incredible vitriol, ranging from people just saying she wants poor people to starve to death and rape threats.
It's not just about Neera and it's not just about the OMB. It's about how women are treated on the internet, esp. women of color. How the mere act of having confidence earns them the title of "divisive" or "mean." And how such labels persist while these same women are harassed.

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HIV/AIDS didn't just decimate the LGBTQ community in terms of mass death. The bigoted stigma attached to it-in addition to generalized bigotry-made it almost impossible to come out. I am an older millennial & I remember being taught that it was ok to share air w/ an HIV+ person
I don't think that cishet people reflect enough on just what that meant for all LGBTQ people. First, one was already considered as deviant or a sinner by the dominant culture. Abused by parents & employers. It was nearly impossible to be fully "out." And then came HIV/AIDS.
I remember as a kid in the 90's, there was a deep, bigoted entanglement between being gay & AIDS in US culture. There was little compassion &, if it occurred, it was in whispers. There was also a distinction btwn AIDS victims who "deserved" it (gay men) vs. others (hemophiliacs)
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1. This table shows a trend in which more people in younger generations self-id as "lesbian" or "trans" than in previous generations
2. The categories of "trans" and "lesbian" are not mutually exclusive & should not be compared as such, either by @GallupNews or by other analysts Image
A seemingly minor quibble but one which I think is important: Greenwald's description of these data makes them sound longitudinal, when they are in fact cross-sectional. The sample is from diff generations w/in a single moment of time, which is diff from showing change over time Image
If you accurately describe the cross-sectional data, you would say you saw a btwn-generation diff in self-id, such that more people id'd as "Lesbian" or "trans" in younger generations. Again, tho, we need to know if @GallupNews inaccurately treated "trans" as sexual orientation
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I agree with taking this conversation in this direction. We really need to be honest about the options & how to do the best possible job by unaccompanied minors. We can all agree, I think, that no child should be deported. So what's the next step to ensure they are safe & fed?
I think that, between letting them be homeless or being placed in a government facility while awaiting a guardian, the latter is the more humane option. But are there other options? Beefing up the potential for foster care, for example? Or would that be more problematic?
Another thing I think we should discuss is, even if we agree placing them in gov't care is the best option (out of several bad ones), how can we provide for them in the safest way possible and reduce aspects of "detention" while maximizing aspects of "care?"
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Listen geniuses, do you want state & local governments to mandate businesses check vaccine cards or not? Cause until we have something approaching herd immunity our options are 1. universal mask wearing or 2. mandating masks based on whether you can prove you've been vaccinated.
There are, of course, the unanswered questions of just how much a vaccinated person could transmit the virus to others. But the incidence of such transmission--if it occurs--will decrease exponentially w/ the onset of herd immunity.
So public health has 3 options:
1.remove restrictions; allow uncontrolled spread
2.lift restrictions; monitor unvaccinated people & prevent them from participating in society whereas vaccinated ppl are allowed to
3.Ask people to continue to put a tiny piece of cloth on their face
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What even *is* the "Bernie wing of the party"? Are we talking about an online group of people who thrive on mass harassment or are we talking about progressives more generally? If it's the former, sure they hate Tanden. If it's the latter, there's not an issue here.
I keep hearing about the "Bernie wing" having some massive beef with Tanden, and, yet, Robert Reich, Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown, Barbara Lee, & many others--including several progressive economists--cheered her nomination to OMB.
So is the "Bernie wing" actually just the progressive wing or is it just a collection of anonymous trolls, podcasters, & Bernie's problematic ex-Comms staff? The latter collection of folks sure do hate Tanden, but. . . .
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The Cruzes could have picked nearly any place in the U.S. and they may have gotten criticized for it but the story would have faded. Instead they had to pick Cancun of all places & thus officially entered "Once he tied his dog on top of his car" territory.
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