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8 Jun
More New York Times bullshit. I don't think Uber and AirBnB were milleniel lifestyle subsidies. Their growth undercut reliable jobs with benefits, if anything they were and are an economic attack on younger workers.

nytimes.com/2021/06/08/tec…
Every time you see an ad for people selling their life insurance or getting a reverse mortgage, remember these are schemes to end the generational transfer of wealth that has sustained the white middle class.
The Black middle class has had a much harder time building up wealth in the first place thanks to redlining, predatory lending, and other financial schemes and impediments. But the same leave nothing behind marketing is being targeted at them, as well.
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8 Jun
I once spent a very long night in the Park Rapids Police Station. It was a 4th of July weekend and I was driving home from the cities when a huge storm came up and they closed the road out of PR. Motel already full. I slept at the police station.
Another time, a few miles out of Park Rapids, lightning stuck a tree in front of me, so close I was temporarily blinded by it and pulled over even though Hwy 92 has ridiculously narrow shoulders with trees that close in. More lightning strikes. I thought I was going to die.
Passions are high over Line 3. I see folks from my hometown agitated for and against it. I grew up on White Earth and many from there are very much against it.
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7 Jun
I have been tracking #GOPSexualPredators since the Kavanaugh hearings. They are aggregated in posts of 25 at Daily Kos. Threaded below are links to every 50 tweets in case of breaks. Please send tips, particularly for state and local politicians who might not make news.
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6 Jun
So, I am reading "A Pattern of Violence" about how what crimes are and are not considered violent and what that means for sentencing and criminal justice reform. I read something that made me check the footnotes and look up the case. TW: Domestic violence
law.justia.com/cases/wyoming/…
This man beats his girlfriend for 90 minutes including shoving his hand down her throat so she cannot breathe and passes out. Kicked her in the head and face.

WY SC says that is not aggravated assault.
The damage healed too damn quickly
That was in 2009. In 2011
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4 Jun
I am going to give you all a gift - an introduction to the perfect summer dish. SmΓΆrgΓ₯s, beautiful open-face sandwiches. You can prep the ingredients for smΓΆrgΓ₯s and put them in a container with multiple compartments and just pull it out for lunch or snacks whenever.
The first ingredient for smΓΆrgΓ₯s is bread. If you buy bread, choose thinly sliced rye or limpa if you can find it. Other choices include knackebrod. My dad loved RyKrisps. Large crackers work, but not flavorless ones like water crackers. The key is not too heavy or thick bread.
You want to spread it with something. It can be a flavored butter, butter with garlic, onions, even lemon butter which is lovely with some pickled fish. Other options are chutneys or soft cheeses.
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2 Jun
Some vanguardists defend their constant attacks on liberals by claiming those attacks actually help liberals pass more liberal policies. This is untrue. In the past, my organization often played the role of pushing further than what seemed possible.
For example, we pushed for a minimum wage increase during a Republican-controlled Oregon legislature. But our push for a minimum wage increase helped defend the minimum wage from their efforts to pass tip credit and lowered minimum wage for farm workers and students
Our messaging on minimum wage was strategic, we should be passing a higher minimum wage not trying to take it away from restaurant staff farmworkers, and students as the Republicans propose. Our message was not Democrats need to pass the minimum wage increase now.
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1 Jun
I think we are giving Trump too much power in his sway over the GOP. The Republicans in Georgia, Texas, Florida, etc. are not changing the laws to elect him. They are changing the laws to elect themselves & other Republicans. It's not just for him. It's very much for themselves.
The share of Americans who are white will become a plurality rather than a majority, so they are setting the stage for minority rule. Of course, they need not do this as over half of Latinos identify as white and many(notall) Asians align as white adjacent.
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30 May
Next time #BlackBloc or the Youth Alliance see Andy Ngo, why not get video of him provoking violence, staging vandalism, etc. Prove that he is a liar, don't make him a martyr. Be more strategic.
Please. Also, since you're not protesting for any reason, just stop.
Here is the BLM calendar. Notice your protests are not on it. You're not protesting for Black lives at all
pdx-blm-events.com/events/today/?…
Here's Antifa saying they are not part of your protests since you are not protesting fascists
wweek.com/news/city/2021…
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25 May
There are some people so afraid of being treated as an equal to a Black person, they lose their entire minds. Hustlers for white supremacy
city-journal.org/contributor/ch…
That links brings you to his many articles designed to terrify white people
He is a lying piece of shit. He wrote about Portland schools and it's unrecognizable bullshit but will sure scare parents.
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25 May
If you're a white person & have a brilliant idea of how to strike back against white supremacy, please check with more than a few Black people before announcing it to the world. If you're not Black, you may be unaware of how your brilliant idea might actually work in their lives
Let's consider the Racial Privacy Initiative, or Prop 54, that was on the ballot in 2003. I am aware of it because my organization sent some staff to help work to defeat it. Ward Connerly, an anti-AA multi-racial Californian was the public face of the proposition.
If passed, the collection of race information in education, employment, housing, etc. It did exempt medical data collection, law enforcement, policing, etc. Its purpose was to end any form of affirmative action, but would allow discrimination in housing & employment by hiding it
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24 May
I don't want to see Snowden trending unless it's to announce his arrest. As to the defenders of Russia/Belarus saying that a Belarus fighter jet forcing a commercial jet to land so they can arrest someone is is exactly the same as an attempt to arrest Snowden. They are lying.
First, when Evo Morales plane was forced to land, that was due to some fuel level indicator malfunction. No fighter jet forced that plane to land. It landed in Austria. Bolivia claimed that was because 4 other countries denied them air space.
According to the Bolivian Defense Minister at the time, the plane was not searched. According to Austria, the plane was searched for Snowden. But the landing was not forced by anything but the pilot wanting to check on the fuel level indicators.
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23 May
How many of you are familiar with Mary Gauthier?
I love her so much! My favorite is Mercy Now.
Another favorite is I Drink
I think this is a great love song if you have a sense of humor.
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19 May
I think a neighbor may be already drunk. Every few minutes I hear what sounds like a hammer striking wood, then a very loud FUCK. There's a silence while I imagine him checking his fingers to see if they're okay before the next two hammer blows and the next loud FUCK.
My apartment complex has a very high wooden fence separating it from the houses. Almost all the noise comes from those houses. It sounds like the same guy who calls his pet for hours at a time. I've lived here 11 years & I still can't tell if its name is Larry, Gary, or Harry
He always sounds drunk when he's calling his pet, too. It sounds like someone standing at the door, calling, but only saying the name, never come here, come on, her boy, or any other word. He obviously has never learned that dogs & cats respond more when the 2nd syllable goes up
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13 May
The idea that continuing to wear a mask after being vaccinated is morally equivalent to refusing to wear a mask or get vaccinated is amplified by idiots in the media who question Biden and Harris wearing masks even though they serve as examples that wearing masks is safe.
There is no equivalence. One action is an abundance of caution while the other is feckless disregard for the health and safety of the community. One does no harm, the other has killed half a million people.

So media, stop being such absolute assholes.
Moreover, the experience of mask-wearing has shown its efficacy in preventing more than the coronavirus. It also has reduced the incidence of cold and flu. I can see people being seasonal mask wearers, safely coming through cold and flu season.
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9 May
I am reading this book & a new character was just added in a new storyline. She's going to a Resistance meeting with a secret answer to enter. She is asked if something were heading toward earth that would kill everyone,
but you could save one of two people, Stacey Dash or Ben Carson. She picks Ben because doctor and is told she is wrong. The correct answer is neither because it would be better to just start over (paraphrasing).
Unfortunately, I had just taken a sip of coffee and now my nose is killing me.
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5 May
My cat is so weird. For example, she was looking to the east out the window, sitting in the typical cat pose. I said her name, so she decided to turn around to face me, but not by moving. No, she used her claws to drag herself from facing east to facing west while keeping pose
To drag herself around takes a lot more time and effort than just moving, but she does it a lot. Now she is doing circuits. Looking out the east side of the window. then to the west, then across my leg, through the kitchen from w>e and back to the east side of window.
She does those circuits dozens of times a day, sometimes at high speed, so dragging herself in a circle is not because she's lazy. And there she goes in another circuit. There is nothing out there or she would be circling faster.
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4 May
So my best friend and I watched #Tenet last night for the last day of the Watchathon where the expensive channels were free. It was so good. I don't much care for movies. I get bored about 2/3rds and want them to be OVER, but not this one. Not one second of boredom
@TENETFilm
It was mind-bending and you kind of just have to let go and let be - just sit back and watch and laugh because it is sometimes hilarious when you realize something has happened. I would hate to be asked to storyboard or flow chart this movie.
There were some great lines. For example, The Protagonist says to the Michael Caine character about them "having a monopoly on snobbery" and he says no, they don't, but "we have a controlling interest."

I laughed so hard.
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2 May
One thing the Republicans have that Democrats do not is message discipline. No matter the issue, their explanation is that government regulation is at fault. Their solution is always limiting government, cutting taxes, funding, programs.
Democrats on the other hand have multiple explanations and differing solutions. All over the place. This is bad marketing but good government. Not all problems are the same.
OTOH, both Sanders and Warren have message discipline. It's all corruption, big money buying legislation, the solution is campaign finance reform. It's really simple. This fit-on-a-bumper-sticker program is it. Good messaging, bad governance
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2 May
We know so much more about Catholic sexual abuse but very little about Baptists. I wonder if that is due to the congregational structure of the protestant churches. There is no massive superstructure of bishops, cardinals, etc.
stopbaptistpredators.org/index.htm
That means a small Baptist Church in a rural town of 100 people with maybe 25 members has maybe $800 in the bank with no structure above it to sue if there is abuse. No one to cover up but the parishioners - who would to avoid embarrassment
Not that the church my parents attended had a predator priest, but even if they did, there would be no hook for the media who like reporting on multi-million suits - large, organized conspiracies, not isolated incidents
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26 Apr
In memory of Phoebe Snow who died nine years ago today.

Phoebe Snow~Poetry Man via @YouTube
Going Down for the Third Time

There's a Boat That's Leaving Soon for New York

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25 Apr
A high-school classmate recently posted a pic of his old basketball team. I only recognized 3 folks but was totally confused because there was a Black player. My town had no Black people. It had to be college. And it was; it's a college basketball team with only one Black player.
The diversity in my town was all down to our teachers who were not Norwegian or Swedish but were instead French, Spanish, German, or Greek. And of course, a few folks who were Ojibwe.
I like to think that even if I stayed I would have been anti-racist. My Mom and Dad were, but you know, they talked about recalling my dad when he refused to authorize "calling up the militia" during a tense time when this guy stole from his grandparents & lied and blamed Ojibwe
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