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U2’s “One” is a song about disunity, not oneness.

When U2 got to work on the Achtung Baby album, Bono and Edge felt experimental. Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, Jr. wanted to return to their roots. They couldn’t agree on a direction.

Amid the tension, producer Daniel Lanois asked Edge to work on the bridge of a song. The others liked what they heard, joined in, and within 15 minutes they’d written “One.” Bono’s lyrics came to him fully formed. Co-producer Brian Eno later polished the song with fresh ears. This group effort saved the band. The fact that they were working on a bridge when it happened is downright poetic.

For me, “We get to carry each other” gets to the heart of how we make it through life. We could use a bridge right about now.

youtu.be/JFWPeVfWB9o

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David Byrne said that he wrote "Naive Melody (This Must Be the Place)" as a love song, which might not make it seem like a good candidate for a , but it's always made me think of finding one's place of happiness, comfort, and serenity. It's a happy little security blanket of a song. I think of it as a good way to celebrate our arrival on this instance, our new little town.

youtu.be/HldHtBxNK6k

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There will always be bad politicians and legislation to resist, but protecting and restoring our democracy is paramount. That's why resistance.social has moved to democracy.town.

The founders of this instance are a group of friends who moved to the Fediverse in 2019 from birdsite, where we'd been organizing since late 2016/early 2017. Our admin is @TonyStark. I'm a mod alongside @MariaHill and @SteveRogers.

Because most of us require anonymity, and because it's fun, we assumed heroic alter egos. The pseudonyms aren't serious, but our activism is. We welcome progressives and allies who want to share information, news, get-out-the-vote efforts, and more. There are also lots of cats, gifs, and music videos involved. You don't have to be a character to join us.

Did someone let the former guy nab the RNC credit card?

Almost $44,000 in fraudulent charges made on Republican National Committee credit card- thehill.com/homenews/campaign/

Today, voting rights are under attack nationally as Republican state legislators introduce and pass laws to put up barriers to participation in our elections.

We see it in the news every day. However, Americans are coming together to fight back. 

Sign up for a May 8 day of action to demand the passage of the For the People Act, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, D.C. Statehood, and to address one of the greatest obstacles to the passage of civil and voting rights – the filibuster.

Find an event near you or sign up for the virtual event. :CTA:

johnlewisdayofaction.org/lewis

Seeing high percentages of Americans vaccinated has been heartening, but always bittersweet because we don't live in an insular world. I live in a large cosmopolitan city where I know people from every continent who worry about family in their home countries. This instance is USA-based, but we have fediverse friends from all over and I am glad to see vaccination rates increasing elsewhere. Whether you worry about covid spread in other countries because you care about people you love, because you care about people in general, or because you care about variants coming to your own country, high vaccination rates in other parts of the world are good news.

washingtonpost.com/world/europ

We know that the key to getting back to normal is getting most people vaccinated. As of today, about 44.7% of the total American population (55.6% of eligible Americans 16+) have been vaccinated.

Vaccine hesitancy isn't necessarily the problem. As this Vox author explains, the people who have already been vaccinated are the most enthusiastic. Lopez compares us (and democracy.town users are overall excited about getting our ) to those who buy a new iPhone the day it comes out. But then the demand drops. Eventually other people buy one too, when they get around to it.

I signed up for a vaccine as soon as I could, and when my J&J shot was cancelled, went two counties away for the Pfizer I could get instead. A lot of people can't or won't go to that effort, but will get their shot if it's convenient. Vaccines need to be made convenient so we can save lives and return to normal.

vox.com/2021/5/5/22419281/covi

@TonyStark What would it take to get a Republican senator out of a seat in a state where a Democrat would appoint an interim senator? Does Susan Collins want to be an ambassador?

@TonyStark
DeSantis has said new restrictions are needed to shore up election security which isn't a problem and already exists. This is voter suppression.

This is their lie, which they repeat over and over again to justify their voter suppression. They make it sound as though there are no laws, nothing is being enforced and everyone is registering as Donald Duck and Mary Poppins in order to vote 20 times. It's ridiculous. They know they are losing and determined to change the rules in order to keep power. It won't work.

It is un-American. It's also anti-democratic.

DeSantis is afraid that he can't win the governor's race in Florida (and therefore, lose his shot at President, 2024) so he has to suppress the vote of the majority which he suspects will not vote for him.

Republicans are intent on voter suppression because they have no agenda for the people. They would have to run against reducing child poverty and helping middle American families and other popular Democratic policy, so they are resorting to whatever means possible, democracy be damned.

Not only do we need to pass federal voter protection laws but we also need to track down every creator and supporter of these anti-voting bills and run and support candidates to remove every one from office.

Florida gov signs GOP voting law critics call 'un-American'-
news.yahoo.com/desantis-signs-

News for Joe Manchin: this is bipartisan.

The Republicans have made their contribution by state legislation. It’s his turn to add the democratic concerns. What the State GOP houses are doing is partisan change to our voting rights.

This is why we need a bigger majority in the Senate, so we don't need to count on this guy. If he's really opposed to partisan changes to voting rights law, then he would vote for this damn bill. That will prevent either side from using them.

HR1 and HR4 need to get passed or democracy dies. It is really that simple.

washingtonpost.com/politics/hr

That's because he tweeted 90% of the stuff about himself, himself.

Social media interactions about Trump fall 90 percent since January- thehill.com/homenews/administr

Motto for the people behind this recount: the fraud starts here.

Observers report ballots and laptop computers have been left unattended in Arizona recount, according to secretary of state-
washingtonpost.com/politics/ar

2 links-

1, thank you President Biden. This is the right thing to do.
Biden administration to waive vaccine patent protection -
washingtonpost.com/health/2021

2, your second Covid vaccine is just as important as the first -

washingtonpost.com/health/2021

@Nebula There’s a term for that, but unlike Howard Stark, McConnell isn’t joking. He’s just a joke.

Here are 2 things you can do today to help maintain and fight for U.S. democracy:

Have you experienced any obstacles, difficulties, or issues while registering to vote, casting your ballot, or getting your vote counted? The stories of real people are powerful and persuasive and Stacey Abrams' Fair Fight Action is collecting them. Head over to Fair Fight Action to share yours- myvotingstory.com/?

And you can help make calls to collect these voting stories. These story-collection phone banks are happening Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Sign up here. Fair Fight Action does amazing work to protect the vote.
mobilize.us/fairfight/event/38? :CTA:

This is not a replacement for Facesite-deleting former guy supporters, before I have to suspend any more.

@TonyStark I've felt very fortunate to live in what is termed the "Acela corridor," Boston to DC (though everyone I know takes the regular Northeast Corridor train as the high-speed Acela is the first class-only train). I'd rather take a train than any other form of transportation. I can't read when I'm a passenger in a car but I can on a train, and an Amtrak seat is luxurious compared to an airplane. Always a window or aisle and never any turbulence. I hope in my lifetime I see the ability to easily take a fast train anywhere in the country the way you can take one in many other countries. My middle-aged bones would hurt to much to sleep on basically a shelf on a European train now, but it was a great way to travel when I was young and wake up in another city for some ridiculously cheap fare.

@Nebula

"Bipartisanship" to Republicans means, and has always meant: Democrats doing what Republicans want when the Democrats are in charge.

You'll notice that during Trump's 4 years in office, bipartisanship wasn't even mentioned by them.

Democrats should ignore them. Most people are seeing just how vacuous and asinine the accusations from Republicans and their supporters in regards to bipartisanship are.

Going to be a little bit difficult to be bipartisan with this clown:

-McConnell told reporters in Kentucky that "100 percent of my focus is on stopping this new administration." 
thehill.com/homenews/senate/55

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