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We give away our public treasures to big oil for pennies, while they have lied to us about climate change for years.

It is long past time to change that.

-Infrastructure.

-COVID aid.

-Vaccine distribution.

-Undoing coal ash in our waterways and poisons-on-crops that TFG ordered to be allowed.

-Lowest unemployment claims since 1965.

-Reestablishing good relations with our allies.

-And now charging oil companies higher rates. Would prefer we just stop subsidizing that industry but Republicans keep blocking full progress.

-lower income tax rates coming for middle income folks - FINALLY!

All this in 10 months. Thank you, Joe.

Biden administration seeks to raise the price to drill for oil and gas on public lands:
nbcnews.com/politics/white-hou

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The Omicron variant was already introduced into Europe (Belgium) by an unvaccinated traveler who returned from a trip to northern Africa and Turkey, so just blocking travel from Africa clearly won't block the variant. 

While it's impossible to say how many people were infected before the person was tested, the odds of that answer being "none" are almost zero, so the Omicron variant is now almost certainly spreading around Europe. It's not hard to imagine it's reached the U.S.

Unvaccinated international travelers are playing essentially the same role as rats during the black plague, constantly bringing the infection to new locations where it can spread. The main difference is that the plague rats had no choice whereas pretty much any adult in Europe or the USA who is unvaccinated is a willing spreader of the pandemic allowing variants to keep being created.

Omicron: Europe's first reported case of new COVID variant has been discovered in Belgium: euronews.com/2021/11/26/europe

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"South Africa’s slowing vaccination program also is largely due to a reluctance by its population to get the jab, driven by apathy and the feeling that “things aren’t so bad,” said Gray." "Earlier this month, the South African government said it would delay the delivery of Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines because fewer people were being vaccinated."

Even if logistical problems magically disappear and everyone in the whole world is offered the vaccine today, there will still be plenty of people refusing it and spinning off variants. Even here in the good old US of A. So while we need to continue to try to vaccinate everyone who wants it, it’s highly that sending vaccines alone is going to stop covid. We need not only to send them, but engage in a worldwide, cooperative education program, too.

Omicron is seen as another warning sign of how global pandemic controls are only as strong as weakest links:
washingtonpost.com/world/afric

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There are fewer true journalists today than there have been.

MSM is all about personalities and popularity. We’re in danger of losing our democracy yet divisive nonsense about the VP goes on.

Journalists need to join Eric Boehlert in calling it out because the coverage of Harris is not only "increasingly condescending" -- it's also increasingly embarrassing to legitimately professional reporters, hosts, and anchors.

They are doing this so come the next election, she'll have lost her power. We need to get ahead of this and we must do it now.

The media's glaring new double standard for first woman VP:
pressrun.media/p/the-medias-gl

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@777
Good for you.

However, telling other people what they can and cannot do is definitely transphobic. Telling trans women they aren't women is transphobic. And I give no shits if you block me. I don't know who you are, anyway.

@chiasm

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@The_Quantum_Alpha@leafposter.club
Transphobia isn't permitted on my instance, along with many, many others.

As you've already been suspended from others, I assume you're aware.

@777 @chiasm

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@The_Quantum_Alpha@leafposter.club

No, it isn't. You cannot self define terms.

Also,
Transgender is an adjective, not a noun.
karamaehousley.medium.com/tran

Please educate yourself.

@777 @chiasm

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BBC transphobia 

Opinion | The BBC’s Recent Article on Transgender Women Is either Uninformed, or Willfully Ignorant – MIR mironline.ca/opinion-the-bbcs-

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If she wears a tan suit or likes fancy mustard then she’s done for. Distractionary BS gets clicks. Our media is failing.

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@QueenRamonda The "rivalry" with Buttigieg thing is ridiculous. As if there were never two ambitious people in an administration before now, like, say, Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton circa 2014. They would have run against each other in the 2016 primary had Biden not been mourning his son and he and his family not been up for another campaign at that time. @TonyStark

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Those who refuse to be vaccinated because they value their freedom are in fact imposing their dysfunctional will on others. 

The “freedom” to spread COVID is a tyrannical imposition on those that don’t want to be infected. This is an easy call -- like many other things our society and all other societies have developed and come to accept. If you don't want to get a driver's license, it's your choice. But then you can't get behind a steering wheel and drive on a public road. If you don't want to stop smoking, go ahead and light up. But then you can't do it in a restaurant or in a plane or in a train.

Similarly, if you don't want to get the vaccine, it's fine. But then you can't be in a place where other people may breathe your exhaled air. Period.

A flood of covid patients causes ‘almost unmanageable’ strain in Michigan as cases rise nationwide; a flood of mostly unvaccinated covid-19 patients was arriving at emergency departments already packed with people:
washingtonpost.com/health/2021

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@TonyStark I'm so tired of anti-vaxxers straining health care workers. Thr self-centered attitude is almost hard to believe. Almost.

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I applaud those that could care less about shortages of materialistic junk to buy this holiday season.

Thoughtful giving and time with the people I care about mean more to me at this point in life. This doesn't mean you can't enjoy the holidays, but if we're all more thoughtful, we help people less well off, workers, and people who still need necessities.

Something to read and consider.

Stop Shopping:

America needs you to buy less junk.

theatlantic.com/technology/arc

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Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate.

I'm very thankful for my friends here in the Fediverse, especially everyone here in the democracy.town community who shows up and makes it so special.

Thanks to all of you for your amazing contributions.

Thanks to our friends in other communities who are so kind.

It's appreciated.

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@TonyStark Happy Thanksgiving to the Democracy.town Avengers and to all SSR Field Offices! A great place to be a activist.
☕️🙂🦃

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@TonyStark Thanks, everyone, at democracy.town! Happy Thanksgiving!

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