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9 Jan
I confess I'm confused by Graham and Pence's apparent attempts to thread a needle that, as far as I can tell, doesn't exist. Trump extremists engage in splitting; they don't "give you credit" for resisting impeachment (or the 25th Amendment) once you've resisted Trump in any way.
Maybe they're still banking on the existence of a soft middle somewhere? Or are simply attempting to lower the temperature of the anger against them since appeasement of that kind clearly, uh, works.
I was going to say that Hawley and Cruz are, by contrast, making a clear (and contemptible) strategic choice. But then I remembered Cruz's Last Honest Republican act at the 2016 RNC which he clearly hoped would inscribe him in history as the one guy who DIDN'T endorse Trump, lol
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29 Jul 20
I love this photo of my mom as a little kid because she looks so ABSORBED in what she’s doing. She’s *in the moment* with that wheelbarrow, experiencing what some guy later in the century will call a state of flow Image
Normally my mom looks a little sad or tormented in photos when she’s around this age. Image
Her parents had separated and no one understood why. This being my family, family portraits were still ... happening. And they were weird. It’s crazy that a kid could sense that but you can sort of see it in her face. She says she remembers having these taken. ImageImage
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10 Jul 20
I get the longing--I even share it--but the naivete is annoying. Online pundits should know (and factor in) that social media as a "public square" where "good faith debate" happens is a thing of the past. Disagreement here happens through trolling, sea-lioning, ratios, dunks.
Bad faith is the condition of the modern internet, and shitposting is the lingua franca of the online world. And not just online: A troll is president. Trolling won. Perhaps we can agree that these platforms aren't suited to the earnest exchange of big ideas.
Of course that's frustrating, especially to those who wish to debate things like abortion. But there's a history here: platforms got flooded by devil's advocates who wasted the time of people with real investments--cruelly, for sport. That tends to weed out good faith engagement.
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31 Dec 19
Just randomly picked up forty or so old issues of the Nation from the 20s and 30s and are just sitting down with them and there’s so much, wow
The answer to this turned out to be my god, yes
Like, here is Dreiser’s last graf
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4 Dec 18
She spent the '60s running SHA out of her apartment, teaching DIY abortion classes and publishing The List--a kind of Yelp of ok doctors--and trying to get arrested so unjust laws would be exposed. She's 90 now. I got to profile her. Meet Pat Maginnis.…
Here she is in 1963, handing out leaflets about abortion when it was still a crime to disseminate info about it. "I feel great indignation as a woman to think that women have to subject themselves to second-rate medical care for a safe, surgical procedure"
She joined the Women's Army Corps but was "disciplined" for walking with a black soldier. "You’re setting a bad example for young white women who might join the military," she was told. They shipped her to Panama, where she worked at the hospital and saw a lot in the OB/GYN ward.
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18 Oct 18
really wish somebody had done a poll like this before a lot of good outlets fired their writers to pivot to video no one seems to want
only the 1% wants it! the jokes, they write themselves
FWIW, as if to drive home the uselessness of stats reporting from social media orgs, I have no idea what to make of Twitter's own stats when it comes to this here poll. It says 2,746 people have voted as of this posting (7:16 PST), but when I click on "View Tweet," it says 1,245.
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20 Sep 18
Charging documents say he offered a woman a ride, then strangled her unconscious and masturbated on her. He pleaded guilty to a single felony assault charge and got no jail time. I mean, why would he, prolly just horseplay…
Woman has trouble breathing, goes to hospital. She's sedated and kept overnight. Doctor visits her room several times. Rapes her. She tries calling for help; nurse's button is unplugged. He's tried, found guilty. No jail time. Why would there be…
Let's check /r/legaladvice for a distracting change. Oh look here's a story about a redditor's 17-year-old daughter who's repeatedly groped by male classmates. She reports the assault to her principal. I wonder how this ends…
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