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  • We're Not Just Pretty Faces: The Current Events Thread

    I thought we could use a thread to talk about non-entertainment newsy stuff.

    The LA Times has been printing an interesting series of articles on Wal-Mart and the effect its policies have on this country and the rest of the world. Part one is about the loss of jobs in the Unites States as well as the disasterous effect on health care coverage and the disappearence of the Middle Class. Part Two is about the effect their policies have in other countries.

    I have never shopped at a Wal-Mart (they don't have many in California) and have no inclination to do so. But everyone I know IRL has had to listen to me complain about these very issues over the last couple of months so I was excited to see these stories on Page One.

  • ophy
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    Harris/Abrams is the unelectable dream ticket.






    I know the fact that there are eighty quadrillion people running in this thing is ridiculous and possibly a bad thing? but I'm still impressed by the kinds of discourse and policies being talked about this time around. It really feels like the overton window is sifting sane-wards on a lot of things and that is making me tentatively hopeful.

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  • vanessa
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    Harris/Abrams is the unelectable dream ticket.

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  • isadora
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    I don't get to vote until after Super Tuesday so I'm basically just gonna see who's left by then?

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  • ophy
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    I really don't know for reals who I'd vote for in the primary when it happens (I mean, it's still super early?) and I am seriously not wed to any candidate right now . . . but these are my My Current Rankings of Dem Candidates Subject to Change Every Time One Of Them Screws Up Or Says Something Dumb Or Throws A Binder At An Intern . . .

    Non-cishet white dude division because DUH:

    Harris
    Warren
    Gillibrand
    Castro
    Buttigieg
    Booker
    ? someone who doesn't abuse their staff? Do we know anything about this Yang guy?
    Klobuchar

    (Gabbard is not on here because Russian operatives don't count.)

    I'm actually fuzzy on the middle folks, it's possible I'd actually like Mayor Pete's policies better than Castro's, dunno.


    I haven't paid much attention to the veritable army of mediocre cishet white dudes who can't seem to resist SEIZING THEIR MOMENT* but I guess I'd vote Beto over Biden at this point.** There might be a white dude I'd take over Beto, but I'd have to actually research them all to figure that out and why bother when I'd rather vote ANYBODY BUT THE STRAIGHT WHITE DUDE 2020 so . . .


    * it is SO not their moment but wevs

    ** Bernie is not on this list ANYWHERE because HE IS NOT A DEMOCRAT ANYWAY although I'd give him the edge over the Starbucks guy if I had to. Just barely but yeah, probably.


    Of course, all bets are off if Stacey Abrams decides to run, because I might slot her in there after? before? Harris maybe.

    CAN YOU IMAGINE A HARRIS/ABRAMS 2020 TICKET OMB.

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  • vanessa
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    I love the blue-ing of Texas. Beto is the tip of the spear on that. The parts of PA that are just like Kentucky didnít overwhelm the sensible parts, so letís call that a win.

    Let the subpeonas flow!

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  • ophy
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    Also Booker/Beto 2020 is my ENTIRE playlist right now.

    Kamala/Beto 2020 !!

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  • isadora
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    It was a good night and I'm excited for Aunt Maxine to get down to bizness!!!

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  • dada_teacher
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    Here every news channel is saying what a huge success this was for the democrats.

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  • IssieCol
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    Also Booker/Beto 2020 is my ENTIRE playlist right now. Thank you, next.

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  • IssieCol
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    Despite my favorite guy losing, I was actually really encouraged by the results last night. Beto never really stood a chance and I think a lot of national press ignored that because he was fun to cover. The fact that he came so close without ever changing his stance on issues in order to seem more moderate is actually a damn miracle and shows that Texas is really more purple than red. A lot of people are predicting that in a few more election cycles, there's a good chance that we will be able to look back at Beto/Cruz 2018 and mark it as the turning point for Texas. And Texas is RICH AF with electoral votes so switching from red to purple is HUGE for the national political landscape. It'll be awesome to see Republicans have to actually hustle to win here. And just to break it down, all the major cities in Texas rode that blue wave!

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  • ophy
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    Well, there were some pretty big wins last night (and some tight losses, but still!). Dems took the House, y'all, and that was HUUUUGE.



    Now Auntie Maxine and friends gets to make life SUPER FUCKING ROUGH for the White House, yee haw.








    This will effectively kill all of 45's legislative plans!


    I'm also so happy about Florida re-enfranchising over a million people. This could honestly change Presidential elections forever. And 100 women in the House! FINALLY. And so many LGBT candidates won! And Kris Kobach, Scott Walker, and Dana Rohrabacher are dead!(career-wise) SO MANY GOOD THINGS.

    And in my heavily gerrymandered state, we broke the State House and State Senate's GOP supermajority, so they can't override our Dem govenor's veto anymore and that is also REALLY BIG for us.



    ETA And I realize that 2015 seems like a gazillion loooong years ago, but this felt super good:



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  • LaaLaa
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    I cried when Hillary lost, but even then I had a shitty feeling similar to Dave Chappelleís SNL election night sketch. Iíve lived my entire life in a state filled with educated, pleasant white people who choose to stay in a red bubble. Seemingly innocuous sleeper racists are everywhere, yo. White nationalists, unfortunately, include polite folk who are used to looking the other way and donít even know they want to stay comfortable at the cost of non-white lives.

    In 2016, I knew one of my good friends would vote republican, even if it was Hillary Clinton vs. a box of chicken nuggets. But she wanted to know how I felt about Trump, so I told her I was scared for my family and friends, for everyone who might be in literal danger because true republicans continued to let a monster spout hate in their name. Itís hella hurtful to tell a friend all the ways her vote would hurt you and she decides she cares more about tax cuts and deregulation. Not surprising, but still hurtful.
    Last edited by LaaLaa; 11-06-2018, 11:09 PM.

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  • vanessa
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    A neighbor and I went out with another neighbor a few weeks ago, and she told us she is a conservative. We were talking yesterday about how we probably wonít hang out with her very much. I just canít respect them at all.

    And then we drove by Tree of Life Synagogue to pay our respects and cried and went home (my neighbor grew up within walking distance and was married there and sheís a mess right now).

    There is crime scene tape up all over Mr Rogersí literal neighborhood. I canít even.

    Everything sucks.
    Last edited by vanessa; 11-05-2018, 05:48 PM.

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  • IssieCol
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    The thing is my friend doesn't even watch the news or really concern herself with politics. I really think she hears her husband and church friends say stuff like this and she just doesn't bother questioning how straight up BANANAS it is because she trusts their judgment and is too busy/lazy/privileged to bother doing any of her own reading. She's smart and an all around kick ass person which makes this even more frustrating.

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