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This article is worth a read whether you agree with Ezra Klein's views on cancel culture or not.

It does address the abusive qualities of birdsite's trending topics box and quote features. I know the lack of them can make Mastodon seem harder to use, but we're all better off without them. I hope neither of them become a part of things here.

nyti.ms/3sp2c5f

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Paying 10 dollars for a fake vaccine card when the shots are free is stupid and repugnant and selling them is repugnant. This is more of what politicizing a virus does.

I guess don't post your vaccine card online anymore. Someone has to exploit good intentions.

Coronavirus vaccination cards a target of scams -
washingtonpost.com/health/2021

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Oops...clicked on the wrong mass shooting. Meant to click on the Wisconsin mass shooting, after the other I already posted about today.

Problem: Too many guns. Wrong kind for hunting, target shooting, self-defense. In the wrong hands. A public health crisis. 

An organization I belong to has solutions,
momsdemandaction.org/

Maybe some can be quibbled with. What cannot be is the necessity to mitigate this public health crisis and respect the initial, dependent clause of the 2nd Amendment.

If you agree, please tell your elected representatives and ask like-minded people you know to do so, too.

Gunman who police say killed 3 in Austin is a former sheriff’s detective accused of child sexual assault:
washingtonpost.com/nation/2021

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Want to help in an important election today and are bilingual English/Spanish?

Today, April 19th, from 5 to 6 PM Pacific, Activate America will be texting pro-environment voters who often miss elections in the lead-up to May 1st municipal elections in Texas. They will be sending non-partisan messages alerting them about early voting access and, given the high concentration of Spanish speakers in this voting universe, all texts will include an option to correspond in Spanish. This is a great opportunity for bilingual texters to increase voter turnout.

If you're new to texting, they have training documents to get you set up! :CTA: :gotv: :tx:

Sign up here: Text Bank - Get Out the Vote in Texas, for Bi-Lingual Volunteers · Activate America (formerly Flip the West)
mobilize.us/activateamerica/ev

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@TonyStark
One shooting is too many, but the US has a gun violence epidemic that must be addressed.
In the span of a month, at least FIFTY mass shootings have occurred. Counting the Fed-Ex shooting, there were at least SEVEN this past weekend.
No place is safe. They occurred at a mall, a tavern, a child's birthday party, even a vigil for a previous shooting victim.
I know it's called Moms Demand, but we all should be demanding that our elected representatives do more than just wring their hands, cash NRA checks & offer 'thoughts & prayers.

America's violent weekend: US rocked by back-to-back shootings across the country
cnn.com/2021/04/19/us/america-

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@AgentCarter_SSR

Guess all the good guys with guns were on vacation this weekend.

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Great progress!

Make sure you get your 2nd shot if you need one and get your vaccination scheduled if you haven't yet.

Half of Americans over 18 have received at least 1 vaccine shot: CDC - abcn.ws/3ahPJdu

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@DeterminedTherapist
You don't have to be a parent or be a registered anything. Just someone who wants to help end gun violence. Shannon Watts has accomplished a lot in this area, even though a lot of people say nothing gets done, organizations like hers have accomplished a lot on gun safety legislation around the country.

They're excellent organizers and well worth checking out.

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Some kind of independent probe needs to look at the insurrection analytically to determine which 'lefties' needed to protest an election that had the outcome that they voted for.

GOP, at least try and make it make sense when you lie.

Trump’s grip on GOP looms as support falters for independent probe of Capitol riot:
washingtonpost.com/national-se

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@TonyStark I don't think some of them are even capable of using common sense.

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Republicans lose election for the I've lost count number of times.

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a case against Pennsylvania's handling of mail-in ballots, dispensing with yet another legal challenge over the 2020 election:
thehill.com/regulation/548992-

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@AgentCarter_SSR @TonyStark I can't go a day without hearing about someone shooting people in public or threatening people with a gun in my city. It's terrifying. We don't have to live this way. I agree that we should all demand gun reform, not just moms. (I know you don't have to be a mom to join, though.)
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Really good news:

It's important to up and fund efforts where people are hit the worst.

Biden administration to provide $150 million to boost Covid response in underserved and vulnerable areas:
cnn.com/2021/04/19/politics/am

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The birdsite and the facesite are great for connecting with people, and are also where people get a lot of misinformation. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Ben Ray Luján are pushing the two sites to stop that.

"Misinformation superspreaders" is an apt description. Misinformation can keep a pandemic going just as passing the virus itself does. These anti-vax influencers are dangerous. I appreciate our Democratic senators for what they do on so many fronts.

vox.com/recode/2021/4/19/22388

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@AgentCarter_SSR I was thinking someone should post this and I had to check to make sure that someone, most likely you, hadn't already done so. 😄​ It looks badass, and Akwafina never fails to be funny no matter what she does. will finally bring Asian representation to the MCU, which is just one of many reasons I'm excited for it!

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If police can confiscate guns that can be legally repurchased by the same individual, it's past time for gun reform. Close the loopholes, expand background checks, get assault weapons off the street, make it easier to enforce the laws on the books and heavily punishable if they are not enforced as they were obviously not enforced in this case.

The length to which some people in this country are willing to go to in order to pretend we don't have a gun problem is simply astounding. But it's the perfect equilibrium for maximizing profits for gun manufacturers: make it legal to confiscate, but impossible to prevent new purchases.

washingtonpost.com/nation/2021

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@TonyStark
The FedEx shooter's mother warned that he might commit "suicide by cop." Gun taken.

He was interviewed.

He was still able to get hold of a gun and kill 8 people.

America needs stricter gun control laws.

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More guns are not the answer. Guns in schools are not the answer.

Tennessee Student Killed by Police Did Not Fire Bullet That Hit Officer, Officials Say: nyti.ms/32ifJRv

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