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25 Nov
at my job at a correspondence school one of my coworkers was working on a history book about the Holocaust and was ordered to remove a mention that queer people were targets of the Nazis because it would upset our evangelical parents.
the coworker in question cried. is that supposed to delegitimize her objection?
sometimes people cry when faced with injustices and cruelty they are forced to be complicit in.
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24 Nov
that america is back hashtag is...a lot more enthusiastic than I'm feeling I have to say.
America didn't go anywhere. like, real estate heir carny self-help-guru turned Nazi populist is about as American as America gets, god help us.
and while it's nice that the Biden team is appointing quietly competent people, and has some decent plans, there hasn't been much to assure me that his response is going to be commensurate with the scale of the crises we face.
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24 Nov
surprisingly no grammys for Fire-Toolz's new age death metal tribute to her beloved kitty. chicagoreader.com/chicago/fire-t…
also none for Ono's industrial goth antiracist album.

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but Bonny Light Horseman did get a nom! that makes me happy; they're great. (best American Roots Performance...which surely John Prince is going to win...)
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24 Nov
I think over this week so far that's 5 pitches, 2 rejections, no commissions.

which is not great and obviously not a sustainable business model.
eventually if you don't get commissions, you run out of work, in my experience.
hey, if you like my writing, and want to take pity on me during this shit week, you can become a contributor! patreon.com/noahberlatsky
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24 Nov
people are pissed at lightfoot's budget because there are more taxes.

it sucks...but the culprit is mostly the federal government. states and local govts have little choice but austerity at this point if the federal government doesn't open the aid spigot.
local governments have to balance budgets. the feds don't, because they control the currency. in a functional country, in the middle of an unprecedented crisis, feds would shoulder the burden by providing aid to localities.
instead, feds have been awol, states and localities have had to pay for disaster measures themselves, tax revenue has cratered, and there's nothing ahead but recession and misery unless the feds take action.
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24 Nov
I don't know that Fetch the Bolt Cutters would be my favorite album of the year, but it's odd that it's not on the grammys list given the critical enthusiasm.
and long-awaited-album-by-beloved-longtimer-that-is-aggresively-relevant seems like it'd be a shoe in.
maybe it's just a little too weird? it's not *that* weird though...
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24 Nov
Joe Walsh turning into a basically normie Democrat continues to fuck with me. 1
he doesn't even really sound like a never trumper at this point. He mostly tweets about how trump is awful and the entire gop is complicit and needs to be dismantled.
four years ago he was regularly suggesting Democrats should be shot.
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24 Nov
We didn't get mass election violence I think in part because people responded to threats by voting early in unprecedented numbers, making coordinated violence much more difficult and less likely to work.
similarly, part of the reason that efforts to subvert the election were not very effective was because people anticipated them and informed the publicabout things like, late votes swinging towards Ds.
it's alwasy good when the worst doesn't happen, but warning about worst case outcomes is not therefore ridiculous or a sign of hysteria. sometimes anticipating problems makes it possible to avoid them.
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23 Nov
this does seem to indicate house ovesight was effective, albeit obviously there are still problems.
like, she didn't show up to the hearings and there were a lot of quick takes about how the house had no power anymore, but...she obviously thinks they have power because she capitulated.
democratic institutions are holding remarkably well in a lot of ways, despite the incredibly reckless and disturbing assault on them.
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23 Nov
so, re giving cookies to public officials for doing the right thing. I think this is really not a helpful framework. 1
like, it makes sense not to overly praise and center white people who make antiracist gestures, for sure, in intercommunity settings. but, like, Senators are Senators. they have tons of media access and influence; personal goodwill is kind of largely irrelevant.
the question shouldn't be, "how do we keep this person from getting too much credit" (senators always have access to media and networks to get tons of credit! what they say is news!)
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23 Nov
so, this frames this as Biden failing to appeal to conservative Tejanos in south texas. I think that's kind of like saying Biden failed to tailor a message to white evangelical christians. 1
"Biden made a mistake by emphasizing diversity and pushing back against anti immigrant rhetoric"—I mean, it's not a mistake to emphasize your core values and not alienate the bulk of your voters?
the article says that Tejanos picked the white identity party. there is not a lot Ds can do about that.
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23 Nov
Trump's election wasn't a failure of the "political establishment." It was a failure of the Republican party. 1
and secondarily a failure of creaky electoral institutions that give GOP disproportionate power. but it wasn't a failure of some bipartisan establishment, imo. (though that establishment is shitty in many ways.)
I just reject the idea that trump was some sort of principled rejection of "the establishment". He's a white nationalist who channelled America's history of loving white nationalism.
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23 Nov
going to log off probably but saw a thread about disability studies and chronic pain and thought I'd talk about that briefly if people aren't familiar.
I'm not an expert, but fwiw, the tension is that a lot of disability writing in the past has been focused on communities where the major problems are stigma and discrimination
and alot of writing is devoted to educating people into seeing disabled people as needing resources and equality, but not necessarily "cures." (a lot of deaf people don't want to be cured for example.)
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23 Nov
well, I talked to a nurse, who of course could not tell me if I have covid, but said I *should not* go get a test.
basically there's no treatment they'd give me that's different at this point, and going out just means I could spread it if I have it (or contract it if I don't, I suppose.)
so we'll see; lungs still definitely not working right, though I feel fine mostly as long as I don't do anything like climb stairs.
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23 Nov
LRT: I think it's wrong to suggest that gop aligned media has reached a point where like,tucker carlson is just too honest and rational to push these current conspiracy theories anymore. We haven't reached a moral limit. 1
what we've reached is a point where people are nervous that delegitimizing the electoral process is going to harm the party.
thoroughly convincing your voters that voting is useless has pretty obvious potential downsides!
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23 Nov
well now I have a fever. this really might be covid.
I don't feel especially bad now. we've been pretty safe but obviously I caught something. I guess we'll see in the next couple of days.

I guess it's good most people don't die of it. and not even everybody has excruciating pain for months and life altering complications.
and maybe I have something else. guess I'll hope for the best. thanks Trump.
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23 Nov
Matt Yglesias, Havard-educated child-of-name-intellectual who started his career barely out of school with shit hot takes on the Iraq War, complaining that current publications are too dominated by young people from elite educated schools is really something else.
you'd think he'd address it in some way! "obviously this is exactly who I am which is how I know it's a problem" or *something*. But nope.
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23 Nov
if this is the worst that can be said it seems...not really bad? I'm not really seeing him advocating for bad things in these jobs...?
other problems may well surface or people may know worse about him. and he's obviously not a progressive wish list choice. but seems relatively unobjectionable as these things go, at least from that article.
I generally like ddayen and I'm not against him making the progressive anti Blinken argument or anything. there are definitely people I'd rather have Biden pick! but he hasn't persuaded me to be outraged on this one.
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22 Nov
he doesn't have a good point. he's got the same dittohead fucking nonsense point as ever. and it's a fucking insult to the people who got killed. "Oh, ha ha, they made the wrong choice, looks like they got what they deserved." Fuck that.
lots of Jewish people in the diaspora were quite fucking aware that antisemitism was fucking dangerous before World War II. Many were skeptical that zionism would save them. Did it? no. zionists didn't save shit.
will Israel save us all next time? Netanyahu is going to open his borders to a bunch of Jewish Democratic voters when his buddies the American fascists like Trump come to kill us?
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22 Nov
it really doesn't make me feel safe as a Jewish person at all when rabid zionists tell me that Israel is my only homeland.
I don't speak Hebrew. I don't have any desire to go to Israel. I have no friends or family there.
just people with a lot of connections to right wing power networks really pushing the idea that Jewish people don't belong in America is not designed to make me safer in any way.
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15 Nov
I am still getting followers for some reason. I'm not exactly sure why. But hi!
I'll probably drive you away at some point, but maybe you'll like this piece on why horseshoe theory isn't a thing in the meantime... psmag.com/social-justice…
this is a list of my writing from this week. free britney! patreon.com/posts/this-wee…
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