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Jan 16
This situation is so unbelievably frustrating, because everyone knows that they were operating under Trump's obvious and unmistakable orders. But somehow saying it into a mic and not a phone is treated like a massive loophole. washingtonpost.com/national-secur… Trump operates the same way ISIS does: By putting his wish for violence into the world, and hoping that one of my many followers heeds the call. He even gave them a place and time! I wonder what the prosecutions of ISIS look like and if there's any precedent to use here.
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Jan 14
Yesterday's vaccine decision makes quite clear that the only "jurisprudence" the GOP majority on the Supreme Court recognizes is the belief that only Republicans have a right to govern. salon.com/2022/01/14/the… This isn't even about some ideological opposition to the "administrative state". We know this, because the court bent over backwards to bless Trump's many, many overreaches of federal power. While shooting down Biden's extremely legal use of power. Image
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Jan 14
As I note over and over: Republican liars aren’t trying to fool their followers. Their followers see themselves as in on the con. The reason D'Souza isn't worried about being exposed for lying about Betty White's death is because he knows that his followers know the vaccine is perfectly safe. They aren't fooled so much as collectively rejecting reality as a show of power. salon.com/2022/01/04/don…
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Jan 14
New Standing Room Only! Today's sample is from a section on why Dr. Fauci did not, in fact, "own" Roger Marshall by calling him a "moron".

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Music by Ronnie Spector. I had to pick a song by the late, great Ronnie Spector. This song was chosen for a couple reasons. First, it's an ironic pick (fitting with the song's irony). You should, in fact, be very worried, just as the narrator should worry about drag racing.
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Jan 13
It's really telling of how good Republicans have gotten at play-acting like ignoramuseses that so many liberals have no idea that Ron DeSantis is both a Yale and Harvard graduate. The point here was not to say everyone who went to an Ivy is a SUPER GENIUS. My point is, as usual, that it's wise to start releasing that desire to feel smarter than right wingers, because they're exploiting that dynamic in order stir up pointless culture war shit.
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Jan 13
I remember being a kid and images like this were used to scare us about the evils of communism. Well this is happening under American hyper-capitalism. Which isn’t to say we should embrace communism. But hyper-capitalism with no safety net and rock bottom wages isn’t peaches. The times of middle class growth at the height of the Cold War causes a lot of conservative nostalgia. What they overlook, however, is how that was bolstered by high marginal tax rates and robust spending. In 1956, the minimum wage was, in today's dollars, $10.25 an hour.
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Jan 12
Yesterday was a perfect illustration of the right wing derangement feedback loop. Republicans use hearings to elevate idiotic conspiracy theories, which incentivizes the fever swamps to come up with more idiotic conspiracy theories to feed politicians. salon.com/2022/01/12/hav… Cruz's Senate stunt yesterday read as pathetic to you and me. But it worked exactly as intended, by giving propagandists video they could edit in misleading ways to fuel the narrative that the FBI is hiding the real story behind the Capitol insurrection.
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Jan 11
Reflections on the fact that it's 2022, and yet we've regressed to the point where Democrats are struggling to pass basic voting protections, while Republicans are engaging in ever more unapologetic neo-Nazi-inspired rhetoric. salon.com/2022/01/11/bid… Biden is framing his push for democracy reform in explicitly racial terms, which is good, because the GOP attacks on voting rights and elections are overtly racist. Republicans barely try to hide that they're trying to push Black people out of our election systems.
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Jan 10
The tiff between Ted Cruz and Tucker Carlson is a turning point moment, I believe. Republicans are not going to be able to pull off this tightrope act where they are somehow for Trump but agaisnt the insurrection.But Democrats can hang them with it. salon.com/2022/01/10/the… As baffling as it is, polling shows a huge percentage of voters are willing, eager even, to pretend the GOP is a normal party, instead of the party of fascist insurrection. The more cognitive dissonance they experience, the harder it will be to justify voting Republican. Image
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Jan 10
Of course Politico will frame this as purely a political calculation, but it simply isn’t. The vaccine made this a wildly different situation, and Gov. Jared Polis is right: Unvaccinated sick people only have themselves to blame. politico.com/states/califor… Shutting down to protect those who won’t protect themselves is just not going to work. Both sides of a social contract must uphold their end.
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Jan 3
Great piece on the GOP war in education and how disinvestment in education has contributed to rising fascism. inquirer.com/opinion/januar… As @Will_Bunch note, there’s a direct link between schools@that have emptied themselves of “unnecessary” education in arts and sciences and support for fascism.
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Jan 1
Last night, the subject of what year was worse — 2020 or 2021? — came up. And the very fact that we could talk about this with friends we were welcoming the new year in with answered that question. 2021 sucked, but don’t let recency bias fool you. It wasn’t as bad. Just in the subject of the ongoing pandemic: I know it’s demoralizing. But objectively, things got much better with the vaccine. First, the fear ended. Second, much normalcy returned. I took planes and trains, saw friends and family. I ate in restaurants with plates and glasses.
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Dec 29, 2021
Final end of year piece, and then I'm taking my own advice and trying to avoid social media for a few days. Spiciest takes of 2021 awards! salon.com/2021/12/29/sal… First, my diagnosis for what drives the worst takes of the year. Part of it is hate clicks. But, sometimes understandably, journalists get annoyed at self-righteous preening on Twitter and succumb to the urge to troll. But "Republicans ain't so bad" is not the way to do it.
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Dec 28, 2021
As part of the end-of-2021 @Salon, I deemed two ostensible Democrats, Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, the worst two people of the year. Here's why. salon.com/2021/12/28/202… In order for fascism to succeed, its opponents must be demoralized. Republicans, by and large, have not been successful at breaking liberal wills. But Sinema and Manchin? Those two are way more successful at demobilizing the left than Trump could ever dream.
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Dec 28, 2021
It's a sign that Twitter has broken people's brains that they think it's somehow a blow against capitalism to keep covid-negative people from enjoying the holidays with their family with lengthy and unnecessary quarantines. The one thing the pandemic didn't do much to stop was working for The Man. But it is interrupting people's relief valves from the stressors of capitalist life, i.e. time spent with family and friends.
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Dec 28, 2021
I see headlines like this, and I think about how the mainstream media reflexively sided with the anti-booster officials at HHS over the pro-booster ones (including Fauci) simply because Biden was pro-booster. washingtonpost.com/health/2021/12… The idea that medical gatekeepers are somehow less "political" than those demanding more access is just flat out wrong. The booster debate shows it. Often, what the people want is exactly what the people need, and gatekeepers are focused more on their own power than science.
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Dec 28, 2021
One more reason it's time to start seriously transitioning from case rate to serious impacts — death, hospitalizations — as the measure of when to call it, pandemic-wise. Because the mental health impacts, especially on the young, are extremely serious. nytimes.com/2021/12/28/opi… The article focuses on money and services, which is unsurprising, since it's written by a therapist and that's her focus. And we definitely need an improvement in both. But an important part of mental health living in conditions that encourage thriving, and this ain't it.
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Dec 27, 2021
I, too, enjoy watching the redhats flip out on Trump over his feeble pro-vaccine sentiments. But don't imagine that it's going to weaken his support one teeny weeny bit. As long as Trump is their best bet for a fascist takeover, they're backing him. salon.com/2021/12/27/don… The anger over Trump getting vaccinated shows that anti-vaxxers don't actually believe the shot is dangerous. If they thought that, they'd be worried about his health. But they're not. They're just mad at him for rejecting their anti-vaxx orthodoxy. Image
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Dec 27, 2021
I’ve been saying this for months: You can see how covid has become stigmatized, both on the right, where admitting it’s real is taboo, and on the left, where getting it is seen as evidence one somehow sinned. But stigmatizing disease backfires. washingtonpost.com/wellness/2021/… Again, anyone familiar with sexual health could see this coming a mile away: The belief that only “bad” people whose incontinent desire for pleasure get sick, and health is proof of one’s virtuous ability to abstain.
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Dec 22, 2021
The right's completely bonkers hatred of Dr. Fauci is so out of step with how mild-mannered the man actually is. But it's because his intelligence triggers a wildly defensive reaction among the willfully ignorant. salon.com/2021/12/22/why… Yes, I lived in Austin in the 90s, so I know the famous "we got ourselves a reader" bit from Bill Hicks. Which I enjoy, because it really underscores that the problem with the right isn't low IQs, as many people assume, but incuriosity. Ignorance is a choice, not an inborn trait.
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Dec 22, 2021
Biden is right that we don’t need more lockdowns. These charts show why. The media focus on breakthrough cases — driven by the fact that people in media are nearly all vaccinated— distracts from how they are not what is driving this pandemic. If the White House asked for lockdowns, the only communities who would comply are those who don’t need them. The result would be major social and economic damage, with no real reduction in deaths and hospitalization rates.
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