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As of April 2021, 39 states and the District of Columbia permitted no excuse early voting. Another five states utilized all-mail voting systems, eliminating the need for early voting.

In-Person Early Voting has already started in many states! Avoid the crowds and find a time convenient for you!

ballotpedia.org/Early_voting#E

has it's mayoral election in one week.

A vote for Moreno is a vote for a Pittsburgh Trump.

I've seen little comments suggesting that he's about "law and order" or "listening to the people". Let's be CLEAR. Moreno stated that Trump, "speaks for me.” That's unacceptable in our city and community. I'm saddened that any of my neighbors are emboldening this kind of toxic politics. Moreno retweeted Trump and MAGA over and over until he was about to run for office in my city. Even when he stated that he was done retweeting and quoting the former guy, he continued to re-tweet alt-right thoughts and ideas.

pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/pi

Thinks masks and vaccines are optional.
wtae.com/article/vaccine-manda

Don't be on the wrong side of history.

"O most illustrious one; scales as brilliant as emerald stars and wings vast as the night sky over the Laifshund Desert, hear us!"

The cultists were back.

The dragon sighed. It never failed; as soon as she'd get to the fleshiest, juiciest part of a lascivious tome and they'd ruin the mood.

"There IS room for more of us," observed Rimu, the 12th virgin she'd rescued.

The dragon sighed again, flapping off to retrieve yet another sacrifice.

#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #Fantasy

Do other #Mastodon admins have issues with suspending / reopening reports?

I often get the error page now..

Headline writers need to take more responsibility for their choice of words. I'd go with "sabotage" or "undermine" over "resist."

It makes actions (not just words) that are exacerbating a deadly public health crisis of historic proportions sound like some debating point in a tea party discussion.

Ivey blames the unvaccinated for new cases but will not use the only tool left to get them vaccinated. Persuasion, carrots, and every other measure have failed to get her state to even a 50% vax rate.

Republican governors -- and Republicans in general -- hate democracy and decency and common sense. They know where their bread is buttered. I doubt this woman is as much of a fool as she appears, but she has to play one on TV for her base, the same as Abbott in Texas. It's political opportunism of the worst sort while the hard decisions and real leadership are coming from those with actual courage.

apnews.com/article/coronavirus

@TonyStark
Republican leaders love to whip the anti-vaxxers and the no-maskers and the hate-gummint dipsticks into periodic frenzies just to stay popular and keep power. Some of them are truly fools, the others are just cowards. Kay Ivey is one of the more outrageous of them and her state is last in just about anything good.

@TonyStark
Pretty crazy that music sharing was more egregious than destroying the whole world.

The surprising news hasn't really been surprising. We knew after 2016 that Facebook had been used for Russian disinformation, sold user data to political operatives, and profited off festering polarization.

Zuckerberg hacked Harvard's servers to launch a rudimentary dating app that graded the visual appeal of classmates, right? Not a stretch to see him put capitalism above country, public safety, and honest facts.

Even worse, Zuckerberg is falsely cloaking himself in a dedication to the 1st Amendment and free speech to hide his greed when he knows damn well that hate speech and incitement to violence are not protected forms of speech - nor is the 1st Amendment about Facebook protecting that speech. It's the role of the government.

Manipulation and driving anger for cash isn't something anyone should support.

theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/

@BlueHeron
There aren't even that many coal jobs there and they're getting less all the time. They're never coming back. Some of the retraining programs in the past have been inadequate, but the Build Back Better plan has more direct assistance in it.
@TonyStark @threestars @MariaHill

The United Nations reports Greenhouse gas concentrations hit a new record last year and increased faster than the average rate for the last decade.

Greenhouse gas concentrations hit a new record in 2020 despite pandemic lockdowns
latimes.com/world-nation/story

@GlennGriffin8
Well, her record on truth-telling is a bit suspect. (I don't even buy the "proudly serving" part.)

Maybe she should use her free time to seek out an attorney, instead.

We've reached the point of making a choice - we can have democracy or we can have Facebook. We know what Zuckerberg wants. Now it's up to the rest of us to protect democracy. Walk away from Facebook completely. Zuck can take his billions and live in exile and shame.  By the time he's actually held accountable, it'll be too late.

This is what unregulated capitalism gets you. Libertarians and free-market people have no idea of reality.

The case against Mark Zuckerberg: Insiders say Facebook’s CEO chose growth over safety-
washingtonpost.com/technology/

"What I love about writing is that every reader has a unique experience when reading a story."
"A non fungible experience?"
"I guess?"
"How can we monetise that?"
"Why... People buy stories."
"But how can we sell the unique experience?"
"We already do."
"But-"
"We already do "
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

There have been a lot of fresh faces here recently. If you're totally new to Mastodon or the Fediverse, welcome! 👋

It works a bit like email: you only need to sign up on one site, because you can follow people on other sites as the sites talk to each other. Telephones are similar, you can call people on other phone networks without having to buy a new phone, because phone networks are all connected together.

There are lots of good reasons why the Fediverse works like this, here's a thread explaining more about this: mstdn.social/@feditips/1070837

If you're looking for people to follow, here are a couple of good places to try:

Trunk is a community-run opt-in directory of people looking for followers, you can browse it at communitywiki.org/trunk

FediFollows is a directory of accounts dedicated to specific topics, you can browse it at mastodon.online/@FediFollows/1

If you have any questions about Mastodon or the Fediverse, @ me or DM me!

#FediTips #MastoTips #Fediverse #Mastodon

Look. If you want to protest something, obviously that's fine. If you don't like the results of an election and it is worth protesting to you, go ahead, peacefully.

If you want to plan to protest and overturn the results of a free, open election in the United States and plan an insurrection to install the loser, that is not democracy, protest, or OK. That's it.

Two Jan. 6 Planners Cooperate With Committee, Name MAGA Congress Members - Rolling Stone
rollingstone.com/politics/poli

@TonyStark

The sad irony is that Manchin represents one of the poorest states in the nation, and many of his constituents would benefit from the extended child benefit. It would lift many of these kids out of poverty.

@threestars @MariaHill

@threestars

The United States spends less on its citizens, on a social safety net, than any other developed country. That is not something we should be proud of.

Manchin seems to have very little compassion for the people he claims to care about. He will never be forced to choose between paying the rent/mortgage, the utilities, for food, or medical care. He has not lived through periods of extended unemployment. Many Americans have.

We have a group of people who feel entitled: the richest. We have corporations that feel entitled. Working Americans have needs that are being sacrificed to this entitlement. I find it ironic that Manchin claims to champion independence and freedom from entitlement while drawing his salary from the government and helping out his rich sponsors.

Sinema seemed to understand this a short time ago, but also fell down to a few dollars. Republicans are still worse, but it’s getting close.

@MariaHill

@TonyStark Someone will pay anti-vaxxers to leave? Now someone start a relocation fund for science-accepting people who want out of states with covid-denying governors.

These are 2 headlines from today in the world we actually live in so I guess what we have to look forward to is Ron DeSantis’ mostly dead police force.

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