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Agamemnon sucks: we do the fighting, he gets the girls. (Oregonian. Mediator/lawyer/writer; bylines in The Guardian, Alternet, HP, more.) https://t.co/5lTrY4KD5L
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2 Aug
@EllieRushing Wow. 39 U.S. Code § 101, Postal policy: "(a) The United States Postal Service shall be operated as a basic and fundamental service provided to the people by the Government of the United States, authorized by the Constitution... and supported by the people..."
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@EllieRushing "...The Postal Service shall have as its basic function the obligation to provide postal services to bind the Nation together through the personal, educational, literary, and business correspondence of the people..."
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@EllieRushing "It shall provide prompt, reliable, + efficient services to patrons in all areas + shall render postal services to all communities. The costs of establishing + maintaining the Postal Service shall not be apportioned to impair the overall value of such service to the people."
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23 Jun
Imagine murder hornets were spreading across the U.S.

Imagine murder hornets had stung several million of people.

Imagine a million murder hornet victims had been hospitalized.

Imagine 123,000 Americans had died of murder hornet stings – so far.

Imagine it wasn't stopping.
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Imagine that the murder hornet attacks were still happening. Imagine Texas had 5,000 murder hornet attacks just yesterday.

Imagine the number of attacks briefly declined bec. everyone hid inside, but while we hid, murder hornets kept buzzing around outside our windows.
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Now imagine that everyone hiding was bad for the economy, so the president and many governors urged everyone to go back outside – as the murder hornets kept buzzing around unabated.

Imagine they wanted to re-open schools and playgrounds, despite the active murder hornets.
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5 Jun
The Salem Police Chief issued a statement about this (is.gd/DXxXI9) which I'll reinterpret:
1. "He wasn't fully briefed" = "he did exactly as he was briefed”
2. "I know this officer" = "I agree with this officer"

and, most importantly...
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3. "Evaluate risk to officers/can we safely deescalate" = "We're not racist; we're exceptionally courteous to ALL citizens who are armed better than we are."

Which makes sad sense: if cops pepper-ball a Proud Boy, he might return fire! Wiser to give them a polite heads-up.
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Honestly, what happened in the video may qualify as sensible, conflict-avoidant (if tone-deaf) policing in the Before Times. But things need to change STRUCTURALLY so that no facially-neutral algorithm or heuristic results in armed white > unarmed Black, ever.

Which is why...
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5 Jun
This piece by @NickMiroff is well worth reading… for several reason. Not only is the Wall a waste of (taxpayer, not Mexican) $, but there's a new scam afoot that benefits Steve Bannon + top donors. ...
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@NickMiroff First, the "waste of $" part: it's easy to defeat, so Trump's back to wanting it painted black (for $HALF A BILLION!), after which it'll still be easy to defeat:
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@NickMiroff Second, connoisseurs of Bureaucratese will revel in the RFP for wall improvements:

"Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recognizes that industry, other agencies, and other private entities may have interesting, innovative, and useful ideas...
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2 Jun
This Trump tweet largely was overlooked, but it's newly relevant in light of Trump's invocation of the Insurrection Act and militarization of the police function:

Why would Trump refer to WW2 generals "McArthur" (sic: MacArthur) and Patton in the context of DOMESTIC unrest?
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Why would Trump refer to MacArthur and Patton in the context of DOMESTIC unrest?

Bec. before they became WW2 heroes, MacArthur + Patton presided over one of the darkest days in U.S. history: July 28, 1932, when US infantry, cavalry + tanks crushed a peaceful domestic protest.
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At the height of the Great Depression, with thousands standing in soup lines, a former US Army sergeant from Oregon organized a march from the West Coast to DC, of World War I veterans who had been promised bonuses in 1945 but who needed the $ now, please.

The "Bonus Army."
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20 May
See firsthand the trauma and unfairness of voting via #VoteByMail in Oregon:
PS: And here, next door to the City Hall/Police Station where I dropped our ballots, is the local cannabis dispensary, for which an elderly city council member recently thanked God: "It's the only business generating enough taxes during COVID to keep our town solvent!" #Oregon
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12 May
In 5 minutes, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in three cases that will answer the question Benjamin Franklin asks of every American generation: whether we can keep our republic.

Livestream here: c-span.org/video/?471675-…
Breyer's pissed. He woke up pissed, found he was out of cream for his coffee, got more pissed, then dialed into this argument.
He even said WATERGATE was too recent to be precedential.

Which: I have 8,000 different flavors of "??????"

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6 May
@bethanyshondark THREAD: OK, @bethanyshondark, I'm going to assume you're just frustrated, but still are open-minded, and explain the science of why closures are VITAL, and when they can end:
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@bethanyshondark Without interventions (vaccine, testing/quarantine, physical distancing), the virus will keep spreading until herd immunity kicks in -- ie, until a sufficient % of the population becomes immune, at which point the virus effectively has nowhere to spread, and begins dying off.
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@bethanyshondark Immunity comes in two flavors: immunization, or having antibodies from surviving the disease. No vaccine? Then the virus will keep spreading (and keep killing people) until a sufficient % of the population has caught the disease to confer herd immunity.
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3 May
I've worked as a prosecutor.

Multiple women I love has been sexually assaulted. I've seen the damage, + the structural disbelief. I've cried with them.

My starting point is to #BelieveWomen.

But it's not my endpoint. Some women aren't believable.

Tara Reade isn't believable.
Which pisses me off, because women NEED to be believed, and women who lie about such things (whether maliciously or from some troubling emotional need) hurt all women.

But there ARE Rachel Dolezals + Tara Reades. Treat them as broken, w/ compassion. But don't be fooled by them.
*have*. Aargh.
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29 Apr
@politico This is a massively important issue, and I pray the DC Circuit gets it right (and SCOTUS then leaves it t.f. alone). A couple historical notes, for context: ...
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@politico DOJ's argument -- that the courts have no role in subpoena/oversight disputes between Congress and the WH -- is basically Barr's. He laid it out in a speech last year to the Federalist Society, calling for the branches to "club" each other instead:
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@politico But, as @AndrewDesiderio and a few hundred thousand others pointed out, that's the exact opposite of the argument Trump's l̶e̶a̶v̶e̶-̶t̶h̶e̶-̶c̶a̶s̶h̶-̶o̶n̶-̶t̶h̶e̶-̶d̶r̶e̶s̶s̶e̶r̶ ̶s̶l̶a̶t̶t̶e̶r̶n̶, er, attorney Jay Sekulow argued during impeachment:
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28 Mar
Dear @PeaceHealthStJo and @teamhealth:

Let's set aside HR/employment law a sec, + discuss your moral hypocrisy.

Dr. Lin urged staff safety measures that your hospital ACTUALLY ADOPTED, maybe saving lives.

But you fired him, bec. he embarassed you...
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@PeaceHealthStJo @teamhealth You TALK a good game, @PeaceHealthStJo. Quoting @BreneBrown, you encouraged your employees to acknowledge their fears + support each other.

But when Dr. Lin shared his fears, you told him to be quiet. And when he kept fighting for his colleagues' safety, you had him fired.
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@PeaceHealthStJo @teamhealth @BreneBrown And you, @teamhealth. You SAY lovely things about the workers on the front lines of COVID. You share interviews w/ those front-line medical workers, ostensibly so the public can understand their battle.

But you control their narrative, don't you, @teamhealth? ...
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26 Mar
Why we must maintain extreme social distancing:
ctmirror.org/2020/03/26/why…

"If we try to slow down this epidemic for 3 mos by isolating only the sick, their household members, + people over 70, we would still end up with 8 sick people for every one available critical care bed."
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But "if we isolate people who are sick with COVID-19 AND practice social distancing of the entire population AND household quarantine AND close schools and universities for FIVE MONTHS, ..."
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"... we can keep case numbers low enough that there should be enough critical care hospital beds for everyone who needs one."

FIVE MONTHS, people. With 70% compliance.
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20 Mar
Dear @realDonaldTrump: You're bad at your job.
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@realDonaldTrump Dear @realDonaldTrump: I mean, you are even worse at your job than George Bush was. And you are an abysmal failure compared to the president who lives rent-free in your head, Obama:
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@realDonaldTrump Dear @realDonaldTrump: I mean, look at how the stock market's done under our last the presidents:
1 = Bush
2 = Obama
3 = You.
You just rode Obama's momentum until gravity took hold again. You added NOTHING.
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18 Mar
Covid-19 is forcing states to adopt vote-by-mail.

Once voters experience vote-by-mail, they'll never accept anything else.

Vote-by-mail eliminates racist/partisan polling place closures, long lines, + hackable/unauditable computerized voting.

Covid-19 may save democracy. #QED
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13 Mar
This is the last six months' CBOE Volatility Index, aka the Wall Street "fear gauge." It's... high. cnbc.com/quotes/?symbol…
Like, higher than it ever got in 2009.
Here's the CBOE stock volatility index ("VIX"), aka the Wall Street "fear gauge." It reflects traders taking out "insurance" against uncertainty. (Also see tweets above.)

Over time, it's fairly stable. But over the past year, under "businessman" Trump? it's up over 400%.
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12 Mar
And it's down another 2% since closing. There are no bulls out there hoping to buy the dip. It's just bears all the way down.
For folks who don't understand epidemiology or finance, here's a brief thread explaining today's events using images from science fiction films.

Coronavirus and the stock market are attacking Trump's reelection chances. Last night, Trump tried to talk his way out of it:
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11 Mar
Sanders' supporters have some good policy ideas. Those humble + hardworking enough to get involved in their local Dem organizations have made the party better. If they'd only rallied behind an actual Democrat for the Democratic nomination, we'd have a progressive nominee.
I mean, I'M a Progressive. I WANT universal healthcare. I WANT America to lead a radical transformation of the world economy to combat climate change. I WANT to "eat" the uber-rich so everyone can have a share of the American dream.
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But Duverger's Law explains that we'll ALWAYS revert to two major parties. Right now, the Democratic Party is the ONLY vehicle by which we can accomplish meaningful change against the tide of American fascism.

I don't like that. But being a grown-up means accepting reality.
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9 Mar
@tadrow Apropos of nothing: the "stead" in "homestead" is a strong, fine word:

"Old English stede 'place, position; standing, firmness, stability, fixity,' ... from [Proto-Indo-European] *steti-, suffixed form of root *sta- "to stand, make or be firm." etymonline.com/word/stead
@tadrow Your homestead is a place to make a stand. It also has a connotation of "area of responsibility." I like that: you have your place; that's your area of responsibility. Take care of what's in front of you.
@tadrow It reminds me of Ecclesiastes, which advises that the whole secret of life is simply: eat and drink; love the wife of your youth; wholeheartedly do the work God has put in front of you.

Be stead-y.
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5 Mar
Sanders supporters here never want to admit that Bernie's electability, both at a contested convention and in Nov., is limited by the reality that more Dems loathe him than love him. So I'm gonna poke the tiger and say: Bernie Sanders is not a Democrat.
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I'll go further, and say: Sanders isn't even eligible to be the Democratic nominee -- which matters, not bec. the DNC would dare declare him ineligible now, but bec. it helps explain why he has a hard, HARD ceiling, both with convention delegates and with Democratic voters.
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We all know Sanders spent most of his career dissing the Dem Party as "ideologically bankrupt," of "greed and vulgarity," proclaiming it would be "hypocritical" for him to run as a Dem. is.gd/CdFYwR

That is, until he realized he needed the party to be prez.
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5 Mar
Traditionally, primary candidates don't name a running mate until their nomination is a lock. This makes sense in a multiparty race, when running mate choice may be a bargaining chip at a potentially contested convention.
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But when it comes down to only two nominees, one of whom is certain to enter the convention with a clear majority, there's no reason not to create a ticket now.
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That's especially the case when the two finalists are 77 and 78 years old, and one of them has suffered a heart attack that, statistically, gives him a median life expectancy of just 3.1 years.

3.1 years.

is.gd/s2oCme
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5 Mar
"[W]hy doesn’t Sanders — who is the fly in the ointment, the pebble in every shoe — take himself out of the running and back the more conciliatory, less off-putting candidate, Warren?... [D]oesn’t his own admission that the young-person crusade has not worked...
"... combined with the personal animosity he has generated suggest she would be a better messenger for the left? The chances Sanders would undertake such a selfless act is next to zero. ...
"But the left should understand: If they want to sell a controversial platform, they need a more likable messenger who has some reach beyond the Bernie Bros."
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