Joe Biden is an extremely good president.
He's almost making this place less of a humiliating shitshow with an approach to the people that's like Stalin's: "min food/max work."
80% of the jobs created by the infrastructure plan won't require a college degree.
And somehow we got a government that cares about child poverty and food insecurity—and is ameliorating it. How is this possible in America? It's tempting to say "this is not who we are." But it's who we should be. Child poverty is down 41%.
"When policy works" is the tagline for this presidency.

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Dammit, this is interesting. Where I was sure “education” in Va campaign was only code for racist panic it really seems these women were chiefly concerned abt “learning loss”—among kids in special ed, notably—a legit concern McAuliffe shd’ve picked up on.…
I have no doubt the CRT panic worked on single-issue segregation voters, but when Obama said discussion of education was JUST phony culture war, he missed a chance to at least recognize the enormous exertion of women who homeschooled in the pandemic.
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The thriving, rambunctious lithosphere means that even humans will survive in our component parts: oxygen, nitrogen, carbon. Whatever happens to the biosphere, our afterlife will be in the elements.
Heaven turns out to be down there, in the crust and mantle, rocks and lava and sloshing iron.
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So it’s JC Penney or a scorched-earth everything nightmare
PHYSICAL reality. So reality.
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A brief history of move on:

Ford: Nixon has suffered enough, move on
Scalia: move on from Bush v Gore
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Rice: move on move on move on

don’t move on dot org
How happy is the blameless vestal's lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!

The Nazis, fwiw, loved Nietzsche on forgetting:

“No happiness, no serenity, no hope, no pride, no enjoyment of the present moment could exist without the possibility of forgetting.”

Holocaust survivors: “Never forget.”
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