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* https://www.oregonlive.com/news/2019/06/portland-mayor-police-come-under-fire-after-right-wing-writer-attacked-at-protest.html -- compare and contrast with the reaction when left-wingers are beaten by right-wingers
 
* https://www.oregonlive.com/news/2019/06/portland-mayor-police-come-under-fire-after-right-wing-writer-attacked-at-protest.html -- compare and contrast with the reaction when left-wingers are beaten by right-wingers
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==July==
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===02 (Tue)===
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* https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2019/06/adversarial-interoperability-reviving-elegant-weapon-more-civilized-age-slay
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* https://www.splicetoday.com/pop-culture/lgbtq-rights-still-have-a-long-way-to-go
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** https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/07/02/the-struggle-for-equality-never-ends-dont-let-anyone-tell-you-otherwise/
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*** https://octodon.social/@pzmyers/102372254660423738
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* https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/02/opinion/lgbt-rights-pride-corporations.html - corporate hypocrisy on LGBT rights
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* https://twitter.com/adamjohnsonNYC/status/865055182652100608 - old clip in which Dennis Kucinich is more politically aware than Jon Stewart, oops
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===04 (Thu)===
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* https://hackaday.com/2019/07/02/mary-sherman-morgan-rocket-fuel-mixologist/ -- [[erasure of women]]
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** https://botsin.space/@hackaday/102372944890029780
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* https://www.rawstory.com/2018/02/gop-used-two-santa-clauses-tactic-con-america-nearly-40-years/amp/?__twitter_impression=true
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** https://twitter.com/MarlaCaldwell/status/1008552932009234432
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===07 (Sun)===
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* https://spectrum.ieee.org/aerospace/aviation/how-the-boeing-737-max-disaster-looks-to-a-software-developer
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** https://mastodon.technology/@marsroverdriver/101979878350675827
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===08 (Mon)===
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* https://twitter.com/PewReligion/status/1148014840939782144 - religion vs. responsibility to accept refugees
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===09 (Tue)===
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* https://emsenn.net/essays/curated-thoughts-on-fosstodon/ - yes, "gimp" is sometimes used in a hateful way
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* https://elekk.xyz/@magicalmilly/102413691013015130 - Nazis in Bloomington, IN
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===10 (Wed)===
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* Strong Towns:
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** '''2017-01-10''' [https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2017/1/9/the-real-reason-your-city-has-no-money The Real Reason Your City Has No Money]
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** '''2017-01-11''' [https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2017/1/10/poor-neighborhoods-make-the-best-investment Poor Neighborhoods Make the Best Investments]
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** '''2016-04-20''' [https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2016/4/19/the-sprawl-conversation The sprawl conversation]: why "sprawl" isn't really the problem
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** '''2017-03-28''' [https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2017/3/24/going-down-the-rabbit-hole-of-sprawl-repair Going down the rabbit hole of sprawl repair]
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** '''2015-12-10''' [https://www.strongtowns.org/curbside-chat-1/2015/12/14/americas-suburban-experiment America's Suburban Experiment]
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** '''2019-07-01''' [https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2019/7/1/my-journey-from-free-market-ideologue-to-strong-towns-advocate My Journey from Free Market Ideologue to Strong Towns Advocate]
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** '''2019-07-02''' [https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2019/7/2/my-journey-from-free-market-ideologue-part-2-pequot-lakes-bypass My Journey from Free Market Ideologue, Part 2: Pequot Lakes Bypass]
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** '''2018-04-23''' [https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2018/4/23/bon-ton-gone The Real Reason Your Local Mall is Failing]
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** '''2018-12-03''' [https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2018/8/22/the-more-we-grow-the-poorer-we-become-td9nw Best of 2018: The More We Grow, the Poorer We Become]
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** '''2018-05-07''' [https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2018/5/7/the-more-we-build-the-poorer-we-get The more we build, the poorer we get.]
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** '''2017-01-03''' [https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2017/1/2/five-ways-federal-infrastructure-spending-makes-cities-poorer Five Ways Federal Infrastructure Spending Makes Cities Poorer]
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** '''2017-01-04''' [https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2017/1/3/five-low-cost-ideas-to-make-your-city-wealthier Five Low Cost Ideas to Make Your City Wealthier]
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** '''2016-04-09''' [https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2016/4/18/this-time-is-different This time is different]
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*** https://web.archive.org/web/20180612095820/http://blogs.lclark.edu/hart-landsberg/files/2012/01/shiller-housing-bubble-graph.jpg
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* https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jul/10/female-journalist-told-she-needs-male-chaperone-to-cover-politicians-campaign
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** https://toot.cat/@ruby/102419025961329547
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* https://boingboing.net/2019/03/05/walmart-without-capitalism.html
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===12 (Fri)===
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* https://www.theguardian.com/housing-network/2017/sep/27/homelessness-young-people-centrepoint
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* THIS IS RIGHT-WING DISINFORMATION: https://i.redd.it/2q7gn1qoz9a31.png
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** also "RWDS" is apparently a neofascist acronym https://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/donald-trump-keeps-retweeting-white-supremacist-account
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* https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2424667040927495&id=671796032881280
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** https://newsbots.eu/@itsgoingdown/102442016910258923
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*** https://social.wxcafe.net/@amphetamine/102442089785004548
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===15 (Mon)===
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* https://sheisraging.tumblr.com/post/178821095194/this - [[civility]]
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* https://truthout.org/articles/far-right-group-patriot-prayer-is-declining-thank-anti-fascists/
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* https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/ice-agents-turned-away-by-families-amid-resistance-protests-in-nyc/ar-AAEhvYu?fbclid=IwAR2co8SYI0YiUAAjnALrOkqEicAD-htGW_IF1mVsCv4pX_X4jvxZRfp6SWM
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===17 (Wed)===
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* [[Willem Van Spronsen]] aka [[Emma Durutti]] (pen name, not trans)
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** https://heavy.com/news/2019/07/willem-van-spronsen-emma-durutti/
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** https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/briannasacks/ice-detention-attack-killed-washington-antifa-manifesto
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** http://www.vashonbeachcomber.com/letters/rules-on-rainwater-make-no-sense-letter-to-the-editor/ - piece he wrote in 2011
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* [https://github.com/dessalines/essays/blob/master/us_atrocities.md List of Atrocities committed by US authorities] -- for [[American dishonor]]
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** https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ETe31IeOXBgLaRnd_iS1wPiVDSy_Tug8yDBY-iILG1Q/edit
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===18 (Thu)===
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* https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jul/10/female-journalist-told-she-needs-male-chaperone-to-cover-politicians-campaign
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===19 (Fri)===
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* https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/07/18/so-thats-what-a-philosophy-degree-is-good-for/ - [[Colin McGinn]]
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* https://story.californiasunday.com/cosmic-crisp-apple-launch?utm_source=pocket-newtab - how trademarks and marketing dominate the apple industry
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===23 (Tue)===
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* https://www.thecanary.co/trending/2019/07/23/the-new-party-leaders-cant-be-trusted-on-anything-except-fighting-jeremy-corbyn/
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** https://twitter.com/TheCanaryUK/status/1153760443489386496
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===24 (Wed)===
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* https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/jul/21/great-thunberg-you-ask-the-questions-see-us-as-a-threat - [[OPEC]]
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===25 (Thu)===
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* '''2019-07-24''' [https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-48964736 Climate change: 12 years to save the planet? Make that 18 months]
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===28 (Sun)===
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* https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/jul/21/great-thunberg-you-ask-the-questions-see-us-as-a-threat
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* https://www.huffpost.com/entry/kansas-terror-plot-trump-fbi_n_5c4b1d86e4b06ba6d3bc4088
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* https://medium.com/basic-income/wouldnt-unconditional-basic-income-just-cause-massive-inflation-fe71d69f15e7
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** UBI is not printing money
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** question is equivalent to "if money is distributed more fairly, won't things always be too expensive for the less wealthy?"
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** https://twitter.com/mekkitymek/status/1153756642866974720
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* https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/percent-worried-190505112051522.html - even the [[one percent]] recognizes that [[economic disparity]] is out of control
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===29 (Mon)===
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* https://www.thedailybeast.com/dilbert-creator-scott-adams-tries-to-sell-interviews-with-gilroy-garlic-festival-shooting-survivors - [[Scott Adams]]
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===30 (Tue)===
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* https://twitter.com/SarahKSilverman/status/1155977475391799296 - Sarah Silverman makes a good point. Why do we react tyrannically against perceived "terrorist" threats but do nothing about actual massacres?
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* https://www.gq.com/story/border-patrol-detained-9-year-old-american-girl
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==August==
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===01 (Thu)===
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* https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/28/technology/facebook-military-scam.html
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===03 (Sat)===
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* https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/6/8/1863530/-A-close-family-member-votes-Republican-Now-I-understand-why-The-core-isn-t-bigotry-It-s-worse - the intersection of Republicanism and selfishness
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===05 (Mon)===
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* https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1158125636562456576.html - Myth: 500 deaths every two days in the us due to medical errors
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** https://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/16/upshot/death-by-medical-error-adding-context-to-some-scary-numbers.html
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===06 (Tue)===
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* https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2019/8/4/20726427/raj-chetty-segregation-moving-opportunity-seattle-experiment
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===08 (Thu)===
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* https://www.wsj.com/articles/workplace-advice-i-wish-i-had-known-1524841495?shareToken=std34b03d832a14aefbb7fe08e9c49d5e3 - workplace sexism
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* https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/8/6/1877182/-Florida-Republican-is-finished-with-his-party-tells-voters-to-Beat-every-single-one-of-them -- even Republicans can see their party is messed up. ([[David Jolly]])
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===09 (Fri)===
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* https://truthout.org/articles/why-misogynists-make-great-informants/
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* https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2019/05/europe/finland-fake-news-intl/ - [[antiepistemics]]
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* https://www.commondreams.org/views/2012/01/26/how-swedes-and-norwegians-broke-power-1-percent - the [[one percent]]; [[economic disparity]]
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===10 (Sat)===
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* https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/14/fewer-than-half-of-young-americans-are-positive-about-capitalism.html
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* https://news.gallup.com/poll/240725/democrats-positive-socialism-capitalism.aspx
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* https://extranewsfeed.com/un-qualified-immunity-88a2b65eaa38
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===11 (Sun)===
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* https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/23/sunday-review/human-contact-luxury-screens.html - haven't had time to read this
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* https://www.mstbrazil.org/video/story-mst-part-i - landless movement in Brazil
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* https://www.rawstory.com/2018/10/john-bolton-ally-suggests-leftists-sent-mail-bombs-deflect-attention-lefts-mobs/
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* http://www.openculture.com/2018/08/the-matilda-effect.html - [[erasure of women]]
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* https://getpocket.com/explore/item/post-work-the-radical-idea-of-a-world-without-jobs
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* https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-06876-2
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** https://icosahedron.website/@bstacey/100884504240750733 "The previous IPCC assessment, released in 2014, estimated that the world would breach 1.5 °C by the early 2020s at the current rate of emissions. The latest report extends that timeline to 2030 or 2040"
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* https://hub.toot.cat/display/b64.NDkzZGEzNDBiNWViMDEzNmI3YzMwMDUwNTYwOGY5ZmU - a personal account involving [[Diebold]] voting machines and state officials
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* https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ryanhatesthis/brazil-jair-bolsonaro-facebook-elections "On Sunday, far-right evangelical Jair Bolsonaro was elected president of Brazil. The era of being surprised at this kind of politics is over. Now we have to live with what we've done."
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** https://anticapitalist.party/@Angle/101200612991351061
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* https://www.propublica.org/article/an-atomwaffen-member-sketched-a-map-to-take-the-neo-nazis-down-what-path-officials-took-is-a-mystery
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** https://toot.cat/@ruby/101105700746901859
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===12 (Mon)===
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* https://twitter.com/buttpraxis/status/1145492112177156097 - police brutality at SF Pride
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* To be filed:
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** https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/8/12/1878401/-Proud-Boys-plan-to-terrorize-Portland-behind-phony-rubric-of-rally-protesting-far-left-terrorism
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*** Daily Kos
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*** David Neiwert
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*** Proud Boys plan to terrorize Portland behind phony rubric of rally protesting far-left terrorism
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*** [[topic::Proud Boys]] [[topic::US/OR/Portland]] [[topic::right-wing violence]] [[topic::2019/08/17]]
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*** "The [[Proud Boys]] are coming to [[US/OR/Portland|Portland, Oregon]], [[2019/08/17|this Saturday]], and they're planning on bringing the heavy-duty violence. Or they simply are [[Free speech trolling|exercising their free speech]] and will only engage in self-defense. It depends on which side of their mouth they're talking out of."
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* https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/8/11/1878347/-OUTRAGEOUS-News-About-the-House-Race-in-NC-9-and-the-Right-Wing-s-THUG-Candidate - [[Dan Bishop]], author of HB2
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===13 (Tue)===
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* https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2019/08/05/heres-how-hottest-month-recorded-history-unfolded-around-globe/ - [[global warming]]
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* {{l/wp|Georgism}} -- land-use tax idea
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* https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/8/12/1878578/-Right-wing-political-cartoon-gets-posted-to-the-internets-and-the-responses-are-glorious - [[the future the left wants]]
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===15 (Thu)===
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* Amazon Twitterbots:
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** https://twitter.com/ryanqnorth/status/1161948573627494400
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** https://twitter.com/damnyouwillis/status/1162000953538748417
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** https://twitter.com/damnyouwillis/status/1162001059063173120
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===16 (Fri)===
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* https://www.vox.com/2019/8/12/20801941/us-labor-shortage-workers-quit
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===17 (Sat)===
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* https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/8/12/1878524/-Trump-s-biggest-supporter-Dinesh-D-Souza-tweets-out-arguably-the-single-stupidest-thing-ever - [[Dinesh D'Souza]] [[global warming]]
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** https://twitter.com/Woozalia/status/11627405668635975688/17
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* https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/8/16/1879511/-Largest-doctors-group-leaves-anti-Medicare-for-All-coalition
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* https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/8/16/1879526/-The-Propaganda-Pact-Between-FOX-News-and-Trump-Revealed-in-Disturbing-New-Emails
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===19 (Mon)===
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* http://www.ethicalmarkets.com/
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===21 (Wed)===
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* https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/09/meritocracys-miserable-winners/594760/
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** https://hub.toot.cat/channel/woozle/?f=&mid=3cdb688c8a162d9151006751cde47a8b57346f8f5a2b4cff2c3bf0c96deac39b@hub.toot.cat
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===23 (Fri)===
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* https://www.npr.org/2011/03/29/134956180/criminals-see-their-victims-as-less-than-human - psychology of [[othering]]/[[dehumanizing]]
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* https://therealnews.com/stories/dnc-rejects-call-for-a-climate-debate
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** https://hub.toot.cat/channel/woozle/?f=&mid=39f3bce4c9e5e37bd03ff8578a12db9a853da8c16c31b64d4971fb52c58b96e3@hub.toot.cat
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===24 (Sat)===
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* https://www.rawstory.com/2018/10/john-bolton-ally-suggests-leftists-sent-mail-bombs-deflect-attention-lefts-mobs/ - [[Frank Gaffney]]
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** https://octodon.social/@cripdyke/100952330052717520
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* https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/08/tracking-online-hate-groups-reveals-why-theyre-resilient-to-bans/
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** https://todon.nl/@Galdrakinn/102672824279195136
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* https://theweek.com/articles/858586/why-indigenous-land-rights-are-key-slowing-climate-change
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** https://mastodon.at/@tuxom/102673325632685337
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===26 (Mon)===
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* [https://www2.palomar.edu/anthro/ethnicity/ethnic_5.htm World Diversity Patterns]
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===27 (Tue)===
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* https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/8/26/1881532/-CNN-media-critic-on-Trump-s-mental-decline-We-can-t-tip-toe-around-it-anymore
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===28 (Wed)===
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* https://spinster.xyz/@mk/posts/102685073881332644 - [[TERF]] equivocating
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* https://mastodon.cloud/@dredmorbius/102692489007287313 - good Morbius thread on libertarianism
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===29 (Thu)===
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* https://getpocket.com/explore/item/the-meaning-of-life-in-a-world-without-work - [[jobsolescence]]
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===30 (Fri)===
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* https://kottke.org/19/08/why-do-chinese-people-like-their-government (link to longer piece, with synopsis): sometimes [[authoritarianism]] works better, or at least is seen that way
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==September==
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===04 (Wed)===
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* https://www.facebook.com/sgi.info/?ref=br_rs - [[Soka Gakkai]], a Buddhist cult operating internationally
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===07 (Sat)===
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* Want to do a page about [[giant radioactive cats]] in reference to the Gilliam cartoon, but need to find the TV version of that. Should also refer to ''The King, the Mice and the Cheese''
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* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JghxPP1ovP0 Richard Wolff on a Conservative Argument Against Free Education] argument is "we learned our lesson" that giving students loans resulted in colleges raising tuition
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* https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/09/05/911-oral-history-flight-93-book-excerpt-228001 - 9/11 official account
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* https://www.dailyxtra.com/its-september-and-the-homophobes-are-busy-spreading-hate-161644 - current forms of [[homophobia]]
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===08 (Sun)===
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* '''2019-09-07''' [https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-49615771 Fake news: BBC and tech firms join forces to fight disinformation]
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** What happens when the powers-that-be decide they want to suppress a particular news item, and configure the algorithms to designate it "fake"?
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** (or, more generally: what is the process by which "fake" is decided?)
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* https://www.dailyxtra.com/why-are-queer-people-so-mean-to-each-other-160978 "traumatized communities struggle so profoundly with loving one another."
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===09 (Mon)===
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* https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2019/9/5/20849020/alaska-permanent-fund-universal-basic-income - Republicans doing what they do ''yet again and even more obviously'', and ''still getting away with it''
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* https://news.avclub.com/john-oliver-filibusters-the-filibuster-on-last-week-ton-1837976722?fbclid=IwAR2gUTwZEVFTnhKB_M9gIHcopagZxKMIO_EdgVBAFh97m2HcbzdoD8SVpGw - addresses myths about the [[filibuster]]
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===11 (Wed)===
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* https://getpocket.com/explore/item/is-the-modern-mass-extinction-overrated - any rebuttals?
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** Like... it takes a long, long time for a new species to really evolve. A hybrid is not quite the same thing.
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* https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/03/upshot/why-euthanasia-rates-at-animal-shelters-have-plummeted.html
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===12 (Thu)===
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* https://www.outsideonline.com/2401446/norway-adventure-travel-overtourism
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* http://proxy.espn.com/espn/page2/story?id=1250751 - Hunter S. Thompson on 9/11
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** https://radical.town/@bulkington/102774307934882547
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* https://www.newsweek.com/ice-hyper-realistic-training-facility-homes-chicago-arizona-1458721
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** https://anarchism.space/@blkstarseed/102776222637710483
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** https://toot.cat/@woozle/102779494176427639
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===14 (Sat)===
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* https://www.freightwaves.com/news/us-to-leave-global-postal-union-next-month
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** https://mastodon.social/@thomasfuchs/102791384742702035
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===15 (Sun)===
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* https://theintercept.com/2019/09/12/anti-immigrant-groups-mainstream-media/ - way to go, [[mass media]]
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* http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/09/bari-weiss-book-party.html - so much [[elitism]]
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** https://twitter.com/MoiraDonegan/status/1172499634859716608
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* https://www.propublica.org/article/we-asked-prosecutors-if-health-insurance-companies-care-about-fraud-they-laughed-at-us
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** https://pluspora.com/posts/7b5e9e80b9ae01370968005056264835 (private?)
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* https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2gO4DKVpa8 - 2014: Nick Hanauer explains why capitalism is in trouble but also what he thinks is good about it
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===16 (Mon)===
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* https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2019-09-09/a-manufacturing-recession-could-cost-trump-a-second-term
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* https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/9/15/1885616/-We-need-to-flip-the-script-on-the-how-will-you-pay-for-health-care-question
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===17 (Tue)===
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* https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/09/09/jerry-falwell-liberty-university-loans-227914 -- [[Liberty University]]

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January

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  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91_5OOmK1TQ
    • comment: "First of all, in a sexual species, you can have females be XX and males be X (insects), you can have females be ZW and males be ZZ (birds), you can have females be females because they developed in a warm environment and males be males because they developed in a cool environment (reptiles), you can have females be females because they lost a penis sword fighting contest (some flatworms), you can have males be males because they were born female, but changed sexes because the only male in their group died (parrotfish and clownfish), you can have males look and act like females because they are trying to get close enough to actual females to mate with them (cuttlefish, bluegills, others), or you can be one of thousands of sexes (slime mold, some mushrooms.) Oh, did you mean humans? Oh ok then. You can be male because you were born female, but you have 5-alphareductase deficiency and so you grew a penis at age 12. You can be female because you have an X and a Y chromosome but you are insensitive to androgens, and so you have a female body. You can be female because you have an X and a Y chromosome but your Y is missing the SRY gene, and so you have a female body. You can be male because you have two X chromosomes, but one of your X's HAS an SRY gene, and so you have a male body. You can be male because you have two X chromosomes- but also a Y. You can be female because you have only one X chromosome at all. And you can be male because you have two X chromosomes, but your heart and brain are male. And vice - effing - versa. Don't use science to justify your bigotry. The world is way too weird for that shit."

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  • Pope Francis on gender (in Amoris Laetitia):
    • "Yet another challenge is posed by the various forms of an ideology of gender that “denies the difference and reciprocity in nature of a man and a woman and envisages a society without sexual differences, thereby eliminating the anthropological basis of the family. This ideology leads to educational programmes and legislative enactments that promote a personal identity and emotional intimacy radically separated from the biological difference between male and female. Consequently, human identity becomes the choice of the individual, one which can also change over time”[15]. It is a source of concern that some ideologies of this sort, which seek to respond to what are at times understandable aspirations, manage to assert themselves as absolute and unquestionable, even dictating how children should be raised. It needs to be emphasized that “biological sex and the socio-cultural role of sex (gender) can be distinguished but not separated”. On the other hand, “the technological revolution in the field of human procreation has introduced the ability to manipulate the reproductive act, making it independent of the sexual relationship between a man and a woman. In this way, human life and parenthood have become modular and separable realities, subject mainly to the wishes of individuals or couples”. It is one thing to be understanding of human weakness and the complexities of life, and another to accept ideologies that attempt to sunder what are inseparable aspects of reality. Let us not fall into the sin of trying to replace the Creator. We are creatures, and not omnipotent. Creation is prior to us and must be received as a gift. At the same time, we are called to protect our humanity, and this means, in the first place, accepting it and respecting it as it was created."

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I think the problem here is that there is... a Spectrum of Understanding, when it comes to political matters like war.

At one end, there are those of us who understand how incredibly wasteful and stupid it is. We have always rejected it. Most of us are probably even aware that modern warfare is really just a tool that the powerful use in their efforts to collect and retain power, and not something that benefits us at all.

At the other end, of course, are people who respond positively on a gut level to words like "America", "freedom", "patriotism", "soldier", and so on -- and these are the people who buy into the "protect our freedom"-style of emotional appeal.

I suppose it's possible that an argument like the one in that article might get through to a few of them, but (a) it seems aimed more at people like us who question our beliefs, and (b) will it sway enough, even if all of them were somehow exposed to it?

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