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Terminal Velocity w/CHF, still a rabblerouser, unabashed liberal, unexpected asylum wonk, Bipolar #FightLikeAMother Don't suffer fools, gladly or otherwise
Sep 14, 2020 16 tweets 9 min read
Disgusting, but not surprising. Of course they were sterilizing immigrant women at ICE facilities. They're excruciatingly racist. Do you think they *want* more brown people in this country?

#AbolishICE #AbolishDHS Reminder that medical abuse--and whistlerblowers calling it out--are no strangers to ICE facilities. When your country has a for-profit prison system, steeped in racism and the legacy of slavery, these are the results.

Aug 8, 2020 220 tweets 79 min read
Tonight on Death Thread:

I told the Portland Doc, and then the hospice Doc today, that I'm ready to start hospice now. An intake team will be coming to the house to do all the intake-y things sometime next week. It's a little up in the air cuz I'm staying on Dobutamine, and hospice needs to take over/work out the contract with the home infusion peeps *before* I sign myself over to their care.
Jun 12, 2020 221 tweets 96 min read
The Karenning of America: a thread.

Nominees for #KarenOfTheYear are......

Karen Vs. The Drive Through
Karen Vs. The Electric Bike. #KarenOfTheYear

Apr 19, 2020 6 tweets 3 min read
There are ~320 million people in the US.

Every day, we consume ~320 million X 3 meals.

Many meals USED be at restaurants, schools, sporting events, food carts, etc.

Even if these venues are closed, people STILL NEED THOSE MEALS.

How can farmers have "EXCESS" food? #DemCast Farmers have been dumping tons and tons of food and milk, plowing crops under, even as America goes hungry. Even while thousands line up for hours--and even overnight--for a box of groceries at one of the nation's thousands of food banks.

Why not donate?
Apr 18, 2020 5 tweets 3 min read
My town is the centerpoint for first in the nation study of community spread of COVID-19.

In a cooperative effort led by @OregonState, about 4,000 non-symptomatic* people (or ~1 in 12 in town) will be tested for the virus in a door-to-door survey.

kgw.com/article/news/l… Specific information about how the TRACE COVID-19 study in Corvallis, OR will be conducted can be found here:

Testing is the key to moving forward. Studying the prevalence of the virus in the community, esp. amongst those without symptoms, is crucial.
Mar 7, 2020 6 tweets 3 min read
UPDATE on children separated from their parents at the border who were in custody on June 26, 2018:

ALL 2797 eligible children have been discharged from ORR. Over 2000 were reunited with parents, another 600 into "other appropriate circumstance."

BUT. As @jomareewade points out, not only did this process take NINETEEN MONTHS longer than Judge Sabraw originally gave the govt to do it, but there are STILL 18 CHILDREN LEFT BEHIND.

These kids have been IN federal government CUSTODY SINCE JUNE 2018.

Mar 4, 2020 13 tweets 5 min read
I decided, a week ago, not to tell my husband this most dire part of the heart transplant visit. I told him about *needing* a heart, but not being able to *get* a heart until I took care of those 2 main problems: BMI & Support Network.

But I didn't want to unduly worry him. He has MS, as most long-time readers will already know, but he's also on the spectrum--Asperger's--and his way of dealing with the world isn't the same as everyone else's. But for twenty years, I've been his whisperer. I *grok* him, like no one, he says, ever has before.
Feb 15, 2020 12 tweets 24 min read
Southern Border Patrol SWAT teams are coming to a city near you!

Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston, Boston, New Orleans, Detroit & Newark, N.J. are all being dosed with "elite special forces" to help local ICE agents.

nytimes.com/2020/02/14/us/… What, exactly, will these CBP SWAT teams help ICE with?

I'm glad you asked!

💥 Run-of-the-mill immigration violation arrests. 💥

That's all.
Jan 14, 2020 13 tweets 3 min read
Fücking Democrats are eating our own just like fücking 2016 and we're gonna get four more years of the worst monster to ever set foot in the white house because WHAT? Someone SAID something another person doesn't like?

JESUS FÜCKING CHRIST, GET OVER YOURSELVES. I swear to all that's holy, if we end up with another four years of horror bc y'all shred each other to pieces over perceived imperfections and grade school spats, I will fucking LOSE IT.


Real people will REALLY DIE if trump wins.
Dec 17, 2019 54 tweets 47 min read
My ♥️ is in the streets, but my low blood pressure ain't having it, so tonight, here's a thread of #ImpeachmentEve events across the nation, as the most corrupt POTUS* in our history is about to become the 3rd to ever be impeached.

Starting in NYC!
#DemCast #ImpeachmentEve in Atlanta, GA shows us what democracy looks like.

#DemCast #NobodyIsAboveTheLaw
Nov 28, 2019 27 tweets 4 min read
RT from 2017 you might find interesting:
As Turkey Day winds down this year, let me lay some Indigenous Peoples history on you that you may have never heard, only tangentially related to the tradition of big, harvest feasts.

I lived in Plymouth, Massachusetts for about 15 years. During the summer between high school and college I worked at Plimoth Plantation, at the Wampanoag Indian Program. Now this was 30 years ago, and the program there has changed, to be sure, but one element I was instructed on to the point I could give 30 minute lectures on was...
Oct 13, 2019 11 tweets 29 min read
So many are wondering how we get OTHERS to take of our central problem: our POTUS* run amok.

Can we get the ICC involved? The Hague? The Pope? The UN, EU, NATO, SOMEONE, ANYONE to stop him committing war crimes by proxy....

When it's always been up to us.


#DemCast @moved2italy @B52Malmet @lfkraus @TheLoyalO @TrinityResists @ImmaBlueDot @axidentaliberal @dEMMAcratic @GaladrielResist @CaptainResists Ways to STOP THE MADNESS:

1) Call your Senators and Representative---> Not kidding

Put pressure on them for impeachment, for censure, for reversing course in Syria. Everything.

Senate ☎️(202) 224-3121
Rep ☎️(202) 225-3121
Aug 3, 2019 23 tweets 81 min read
It's NEVER been about "Doing it the right way," or "Legal vs Illegal Immigration."

Trump--MILLER--wants to cut immigration, period. Legal immigrants are just as bad to him. No visa. No green card. Deportation! If your child so much as got reduced lunch.

politi.co/2MxhZ0J Here are the emails wherein MILLER got a bit hot under the collar a year ago bc he couldn't force USCIS to create regulations that would change how green cards are approved, in just days. He has no clue how things work.

Cuz Stephen Miller is a putz.
Jul 31, 2019 28 tweets 88 min read
@USATODAY @jomareewade @ACLU .@ACLU has filed a motion asking Judge Sabraw for clarification on WHEN EXACTLY CBP is allowed to separate children from their parents, cuz right now, they're doing it for crazy stuff.

911 children separated since June 2018.

185 of them under 5yrs old.
aclu.org/press-releases… @USATODAY @jomareewade @ACLU In this update on the Ms L vs ICE case, the govt is CONTINUING to separate children from their parents for spurious, nonsensical reasons. Decades old DUIs, traffic tickets, misdemeanor shoplifting offenses, minor drug and fraud charges.
Jul 27, 2019 5 tweets 5 min read
@MichaelAvenatti @fams2gether If you don't understand...if you're unfamiliar with the psychological damage separating a young child from their parent or primary caregiver can have, this video will learn you hard.

Please.... #DontLookAway
@MichaelAvenatti @fams2gether There's a "shelter" in Arizona with 12 children under age 5, children from the border. One infant is only 3mos old. None of these children are w/their mothers or fathers. They are all alone, in an institutional setting.

At least 3 were TAKEN from family.
Jul 24, 2019 80 tweets 323 min read

🚨Tomorrow (WEDNESDAY, JULY 24)

🚨Subcommittee Hearing

🚨Oversight of the Unaccompanied Children Program:

🚨Ensuring the Safety of Children in HHS Care

☀️9AM EST in Washington, DC.


#CloseTheCamps @ifindkarma @DemocracyStorm @porpentina2017 @TheSWPrincess @CaptainResists @Norberta36 @Rosa_DeLauro @ProudResister @_si_se_puede @TheLoyalO New information I've gleaned so far from this hearing on ORR comes from Chair of the Subcommittee, @Rosa_DeLauro, who's visited Homestead several times. She says they have only FIVE certified teachers. FOUR physicians. ZERO psychiatrists.

For now 1300--was 2300--children.
Jul 22, 2019 18 tweets 12 min read
Used to be 2 weeks, caught w/in 100 miles of border, but now you'll have to prove you were here for 2 YEARS--& they can snag you anywhere--or else you can be deported WITHOUT seeing a judge.

Takes effect immediately, but comments ARE allowed.
politi.co/2M4sx7m This pdf is the "change in regulation," as sent out by DHS this morning, which will allow them, potentially, to deport many, many more people without judicial oversight or review. People who've lived here for years.

Jul 17, 2019 8 tweets 80 min read
Jun 29, 2019 13 tweets 27 min read
THIS is what the truth about CBP & ICE getting $4.6 BILLION with ZERO oversight gets you.

Shame on any @HouseDemocrats who voted for that piece of garbage bill.

Shame on @SenSchumer for throwing y'all under the bus.

🚨CONTINUE READING THREAD FOR WAYS _CARING_ PEOPLE CAN HELP🚨 @HouseDemocrats @SenSchumer First, my GIANT and always growing list of shelters (including the one mentioned above) & other organizations & charities helping refugees at the border, along w/specifics on what they need + links, often to Amazon wishlists.

Pick one or two or a dozen.
Jun 27, 2019 17 tweets 4 min read
Thread I wrote earlier as reply, now here:

Q: WHY doesn't govt reunite the kids w/parents?

A: It's not in ORR/DHS's best interest to return the children. They get LOTS of $$ via Congress to "take care" of "unaccompanied" children, & a lot of $$ will go to for-profit companies. Let me explain through threads I have (miraculously) already written on the subject. 😏

A few weeks ago, I canoodled how much it cost us, at then current detainee population, to detain all these asylum seekers, at ICE & ORR facilities (but not CBP):

Jun 13, 2019 6 tweets 2 min read
Rep. Smith (R-eally?) from Missouri, who apparently visited the Southern Texas border last week, has some lunatic notions about refugees. Latin American mothers do NOT rent out their children for other people to take across the border. WTAF?

semissourian.com/story/2614250.… But many people, including mothers and young children, are fleeing unimaginable violence, especially in the Northern Triangle. It's been likened by many international agencies as akin to a war zone. Violence against women and children, in particular, is off the charts.