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

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/

☕️🤨 Not buying it Rep. Boebert. But this article is serious enough 🔥that she had to react.

@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.

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/

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

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


Tuesday, October 26th.

In there's a for Meg Zaletel in Anchorage Assembly District 4.
has a for State House of Representatives District Cheshire 9

If you're voting in Alaska, you also have the option to vote early for the Nov 2 election! Unfortunately, New Hampshire does not yet have in place, so you'll have to make a second trip next week.

Does your state offer ?

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

@AgentCarter_SSR
I love , especially by mail. You have time to research the candidates and issues, get an acknowledgement that your vote was counted, and you don't have to worry about getting to the polls on a particular day.

People of WVA, there’s a reason you don’t have broadband, affordable daycare, health insurance, drivable roads...yep, this guy.

Basically, Manchin thinks if you have $100 left after taxes, healthcare, shelter, food, transportation, childcare, dental & vision care, utilities (and more), you are too wealthy to qualify for any assistance. But those making $400k/year and up are too poor to tax. W.T.F.

Sen. Joe Manchin wants to restrict who gets the child tax credit. These West Virginians may pay the price if he gets his way:
washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/20

@TonyStark
Struggling parents don't pony up and pay his PAC. Or hire lobbyists. So those are not the people he cares about.

Trump and his ignorant GQP gangsters and bootlickers have already killed hundreds of thousands of Americans in various ways, but mostly by turning COVID into the much more deadly Trump Plague. But their delusional and depraved denial of the facts coupled with Trump's relentless attacks on the environment make them an existential threat to organized human life on the entire planet.  

Trump, in fact, deliberately accelerated climate change by turning over pristine land and costal waters to fossil fuel interests, by denigrating renewable energy ("windmills cause cancer") and by gutting the EPA by moving their offices so far away that irreplaceable climate scientists had no choice but to quit, which was exactly what Trump wanted them to do.

Youngkin isn't as far from Trump as he wants people to believe. Look at his policies. - go vote for Terry McAuliffe if you haven't.

Opinion | Youngkin banishes Trump, but he can’t clean the stench of Trumpism:
washingtonpost.com/opinions/20

@TonyStark

The article says that 93% of West Virginians receiving the credit would benefit from it being permanent. That's an astounding number. For some families this is making rent. Others already spend every dollar on bills, and this allows them to buy clothes and shoes for their kids. Many schools make families pay for kids to participate in sports. This is not having to say to your kid sorry, we can't afford for you to play basketball or baseball or soccer. We can't afford to rent a clarinet and the marching band uniform. This is being able to have a small birthday party. Not having life be so hard all the time. Why does Joe Manchin think that kids don't deserve those things no matter who their parents – and in many families it's retired grandparents – are?

And of the 7% able to just put it into savings, possibly for their kids to go to college/trade school and not take on debt? Great! Manchin is pushing to cut free community college too! Let those families save it if they can.

@MariaHill
Manchin is stepping all over West Virginians who work hard and through no fault of their own, need this assistance to be permanent.

The U.S. is an absolute outlier amongst developed nations as far as how much we spend on children.

Well-off countries contribute an average of $14,000 per year for a toddler’s care, compared with $500 in the U.S. There's no good reason to be against doing more on a permanent basis.

nytimes.com/2021/10/06/upshot/

Sargent explains the difference between J.D. Vance's positions from the usual Republican line of 2021, but it's hard to imagine it will matter after his 2022 Ohio senate primary against Josh Mandel. Whether Vance wins or Mandel does, their individual opinions won't mean anything. Every Republican senator falls in line with Mitch McConnell as needed. It's so noteworthy when they don't that we remember individual votes and still laud the late John McCain's vote to preserve the ACA, which was a dying man's thumb in the eye of TFG, who insulted his military heroism. We jeer Susan Collins, who is no hero and only votes with Democrats when it doesn't matter. Only Lisa Murkowski and Mitt Romney appear to ever think for themselves, and still, you'll never catch them voting with Democrats on budget reconciliation where their votes would be enough to pass anything in the 50-50 Senate.

We need a Democrat in that open Ohio seat.

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.

@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.

@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

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