I’m interested to get a sense of what people who follow me think is normal at the moment, so I’m going to put a few questions below. Would love to get your thoughts…
If the opportunity was there, would you currently be comfortable spending time outside with friends and family?
If the opportunity was there, would you currently be comfortable spending time hanging out with friends and family indoors?
If the opportunity was there, would you currently be comfortable going out to see a movie in a theater?
If the opportunity was there, would you be comfortable eating indoors in a restaurant?
If the opportunity was there, would you be comfortable getting on a plane for a flight?
If the opportunity was there, would you be comfortable going to a big, crowded outdoor event - like a festival, series of concerts or sports game?
If the opportunity was there, would you be comfortable returning to an office or workplace?
If the opportunity was there, would you be comfortable sending your (unvaccinated) kids back to school?
One last question, are you:

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6 Sep
@VivekGRamaswamy This in fact is *not* what 230 does.
- It says that they are not liable for the speech of their users and cannot be sued for it (except in enumerated circumstances)
- It says they are free to run their own services how they choose and allow people in or ban them as they choose
@VivekGRamaswamy In *no way* is there *anything* in the bill or ruling that says that certain kinds of speech are unacceptable and that the companies should censor that speech *because that would be against the first amendment*.
@VivekGRamaswamy It is NOT THE SAME IN ANY WAY. You may argue that Twitter and Facebook are choosing to censor the right more than the left. That would not be my experience, but you can argue it. However, Gab and Parler are free in turn to censor the *left* if they choose.
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5 Sep
I’m still loving this season of #tedlasso, even though it’s going into some pretty complicated and emotionally difficult areas. I think Nate’s journey is particularly complicated and tricky to deal with.
My interpretation of his arc is that he’s filled with self-loathing. He looks in the mirror and sees someone weak and pitiable, rather than sweet and insightful. He thinks to be strong he has to reject that person completely. It’s why he spits at himself in the mirror.
It’s why he clings so desperately to any piece of positive enforcement, and why he lurches out of control and lashes out like a total dick when anyone treats him like his ‘former’ self, or disrespects him.
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14 Aug
I find it very hard to have any respect for pure anti-state libertarianism, much as I find it borderline impossible to argue for pure capitalism or communism. The world and its people are too messy and complicated to fit beautifully into one easily expressed political philosophy.
All human society is a trade-off between aspirations that are fundamentally in tension - your individual freedom can be maximized but at some point it will collide inevitably with the freedom of others.
Everyone benefits from collaboration - humans are inherently collaborative animals. It’s why we have language. It’s how we do more together than we can do apart. Structures of collaboration help us reach higher, but can also constrain us individually.
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7 Jun
Texas declared independence from Mexico in 1936 after Mexico emancipated all the slaves. 95% of Texas’ economy came from cotton production maintained by slaves.
Here is some text from the 1836 Texas Constitution which makes it quite clear what kind of state they wanted: "All persons of color who were slaves for life previous to their emigration to Texas, and who are now held in bondage, shall remain in the like state of servitude.."
"Congress shall pass no laws to prohibit emigrants from bringing their slaves into the republic with them, and holding them by the same tenure by which such slaves were held in the United States; nor shall congress have power to emancipate slaves; nor shall any slave owner..."
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7 Jun
@GregAbbott_TX What makes Texas exceptional in 1836 is seceding from Mexico in order to preserve slavery. Vicente Guerrero emancipated all slaves in Mexico in 1829. 95% of Texas’ economy was based on cotton production picked by slaves. google.com/amp/s/www.texa…
@GregAbbott_TX Here are some snippets from the 1836 constitution: “All persons of color who were slaves for live previous to their emigration to Texas, and are now held in bondage, shall remain in the like state of servitude provided the said slave shall be the bona fide property of the person”
@GregAbbott_TX “Congress shall pass no laws to prohibit emigrants from bringing their slaves into the republic with them … nor shall Congress have power to emancipate slaves; nor shall any slave holder have the power to emancipate his or her slave or slaves without the limits of the republic”
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4 May
Jesus. I'm just reading the Platformer piece on Basecamp and it is ... fuuuuuuuuucked up. The highly conservative chief product officer who shared Breitbart articles internally denied the very existence of implicit racial bias.
Not only did they dismiss the idea of white privilege—and this is *after* the discussion about whether politics should be mentioned in the office—but he was explicitly *thanked* by Fried for doing so, while people of color in the team yelled at their screens.
This is *explicitly* what we've been saying from the beginning - that being banned from bringing up issues surrounding racism, sexism, homophobia etc. at work is stopping conversations that *need to be had* to make a better workplace and world.
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