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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
14 Sep
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.

This story, from a year ago, a whistleblower tells about ICE prisons' over-use of solitary confinement to "protect" detainees who identified as LGBTQ.

Also, to "protect" those who were deemed "suicidal."

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12 Jun
The Karenning of America: a thread.

Nominees for #KarenOfTheYear are......

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

Karen Vs. Stairs #KarenOfTheYear nominee.

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19 Apr
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?
The main reason? It's not worth their while, financially, to do so. Sure, there're questions of storage and logistics, but it basically comes down to the fact that the food being plowed under--ordinarily destined for restaurants and cafeterias, etc., who would've paid for it--
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18 Apr
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.

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.
The university *vet* school made this possible.

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7 Mar
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."

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.

According to the rules governing their lives, that means no one has touched these children in over a year and a half.

No one has hugged them, even when they cried.

They've likely barely been in touch with any family.

It's likely they've been moved at least 3-5 times.
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4 Mar
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.
My being able to help him in social situations, and "interpret" for him--when I know what he meant to say, or what he actually wants--with doctors, friends, family, store clerks, etc., has been like a lifeline to him, he tells me.

He's terrified of losing me.
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15 Feb
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.

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.
Wait, what?

Trump is sending 100 CBP ELITE SPECIAL FORCES JACKWAGGONS TO "Sanctuary Cities" to make ORDINARY ARRESTS?

No kicking in doors or knocking down tables?

No drug busts or breaking up crime syndicates?

Just...normal, everyday, regular CIVIL INFRACTIONS?

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14 Jan
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?

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.
Not just Kurdish allies, but them, too.

Not just airliner passengers as collateral damage, but them, too.

Not just children in #concentrationcamps, but them, too.

Not just victims of hate crimes, but them, too.

Not just those who lose health insurance, but them, too.
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17 Dec 19
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!
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28 Nov 19
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...
the Tragic Case of Tisquantum, more colloquially known as Squanto. All the information I learned came from primary sources where available, from the Plantation archives and from research done by Nanepashemet, who was my teacher.
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13 Oct 19
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.


@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
@moved2italy @B52Malmet @lfkraus @TheLoyalO @TrinityResists @ImmaBlueDot @axidentaliberal @dEMMAcratic @GaladrielResist @CaptainResists 2) Visit Senate and Representative offices in person.

Occupy them. Bring some friends. Take it in turns. Bring snacks. Lotsa water. Make it a "round the clock" sit-in until you get some satisfaction. They work for you and it's about time they started acting like it.
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3 Aug 19
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.

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.
Miller, as everyone in the administration & beyond knows, just wants to reduce ALL immigration. He's said as much.

But this new Public Charge rule, which they're saying could be published in Final Form any day now, will have the add on effect of potentially killing people, too.
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31 Jul 19
@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.
@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.
@USATODAY @jomareewade @ACLU @ifindkarma @DemocracyStorm @axidentaliberal @B52Malmet @TrinityResists @TrisResists @porpentina2017 @moved2italy @DanaScottlo Of the 185 children under age 5 that were separated from their parents by CBP, 13 were UNDER ONE YEAR OLD.

Infants. Tiny babies.

They were likewise separated for ridiculous reasons that would never be tolerated in American courts, for American children.

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27 Jul 19
@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.
@MichaelAvenatti @fams2gether There are at least two more shelters in the US also now taking very young children, "tender age" children, in ORR custody. One in Pennsylvania, one in California.

How many children are yet being taken from their parents and other family, a year after the policy was meant to end?
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24 Jul 19

🚨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.


@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.
@ifindkarma @DemocracyStorm @porpentina2017 @TheSWPrincess @CaptainResists @Norberta36 @Rosa_DeLauro @ProudResister @_si_se_puede @TheLoyalO .@rosadelauro asks the extremely important question: there were children in Homestead for 45, 50, 60 days who had family in the States, but were languishing, and then, suddenly, in a two week period, 1000+ children were released. Why not before?

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22 Jul 19
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.
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.

And this is where, starting tomorrow (TUESDAY) you'll be able to start leaving comments on the Federal Register. I suggest you do. DHS needs to know what you think about their gestapo tactics.

Hm. I may have betrayed my hand there...

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17 Jul 19
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29 Jun 19
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.

@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.
@HouseDemocrats @SenSchumer A GREAT resource, from an immigration attorney, on ACTIONS you can take to help, including volunteering, info on appropriate use of language, participating in and/or organizing protests, contacting Electeds and much more.

Pick one or two or a dozen:
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27 Jun 19
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):

Upshot: about $5.7 BILLION/year. That's ONLY for ~52,000 adults in ICE custody & ~15,000 minors in ORR.

That doesn't include CBP sites, cuz we've never really known how much those cost per person per day. But they supposedly have close to 40,000 in custody now (it was 28,000.)
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13 Jun 19
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?

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.

Crowding at detention facilities is happening because ICE & CBP refuse to release asylum seekers who pose no threat to the community, using many alternatives to detention that are available and have proven effective.

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6 Jun 19
Do you feel it?

It's everywhere, permeating our consciousness.

We're at a turning point. A crossroads.

➡️ We can keep the status quo, let #ConcentrationCamps multiply on US soil, deaths pile up, we KNOW where it leads.

↩️ Or we change direction, take the less traveled path.
@ifindkarma @jomareewade @B52Malmet @DemocracyStorm @funder @ProudResister @docrocktex26 @AdamParkhomenko @TrinityResists @Amy_Siskind Don't you know
They're talkin' 'bout a revolution
It sounds like a whisper
And finally the tables are starting to turn

#NoKidsInCages #NoConcentrationCamps
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