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Hey, Mastodon friends-

@MJ and I are taking a little social media vacation. There's nowhere to go far from home during a pandemic, but we're going to take a little break at real home.

See you soon! :SpiderMan:

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Transgender rights are not special rights they are rights enjoyed by everyone.

"Lawmakers targeting trans youth demonize kids to pander to fearful voters" a.msn.com/02/en-us/BB1fMimE?oc

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@TonyStark On the day it happened, it seemed like surely, SURELY this was going to be the breaking point for more than just a handful of Republicans. That feels like 5 years ago and I can't believe I was so naive; I've lived among Republicans my whole life. I know the cult mentality.

I'm going to be candid and say that I've had at least a couple of violent nightmares a month since 1/6 and I can't watch footage or see photos of it without a wave of anxiety, and all I did was see events unfold on live TV (and then watch hours of news about it afterward). I can only imagine the PTSD that people who were there might be suffering now. It will be an unforgivable insult to them, and to those who died, and to the idea of this country itself if the GQP keeps an independent commission from happening.

But am I surprised? Fuck no. People just want to forget bad things that have happened, which makes it easier for evil assholes like RepubliQans to wipe it from the record.

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@CharlotteSometimes
January 6th gave me a similar feeling to 9/11 except a group of Americans attacked America.

So long as the RepubliQan Party supports their Big Lie, the only practical solution will be to drum every Republican from office- national, state, and local.

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@TonyStark Both were moments in American history that should always be remembered, and the response to this moment cannot be as horrible as the response to 9/11. I don't believe it will be, but it's going to take every ounce of skill, strength, and will that Democrats have to make it happen. And the people's support on the phones and in letter form, of course.

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@TonyStark @CharlotteSometimes I've been thinking about how a lot of the people who perpetrated 1/6 don't even believe that 9/11 happened the way it did in reality. Something in their brains doesn't work properly.

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🙋‍♂️achso. Ich war heut Nachmittag an unseren Kirschbäumen. 75% Blüte und wirklich mega viele Bienen sind sehr fleißig. leider kein Foto (Akku alle)🔍💪

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We have been mired in an anti-science ditch for far too long. The Biden Administration is bringing about the resurrection of an essential part of our lives with these transformative acts.

Biden has proposed a 20 percent increase to the National Science Foundation, as well as numerous new investments totaling $180 billion in his $2.3 trillion infrastructure package: thehill.com/policy/finance/548

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The article indicates that this ruling will likely make it harder to hold the people who killed Officer Sicknick accountable. I know that medical examiners aren’t infallible. I know that if they’re good at their job, they’re only paying attention to facts and not pursuing anything other than the truth. I just hate the thought of people getting away with cold-blooded killing.

washingtonpost.com/local/publi

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@NatashaRomanoff
There was nothing "natural" about what happened to Officer Sicknick that day.

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@TonyStark Is it ever legal to spray bear spray at people when it's not in self defense? @NatashaRomanoff

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@TonyStark If Sinema is on board, we only need to win one more seat next year to overcome whatever Manchin doesn't want to go along with. I fully intend for us to take the PA, NC, and WI seats so that we have a 53-47 senate and can afford to lose two votes without even the VP tiebreaker, but since I'm a Democrat and so are all of my friends, we can't really register our dead relatives in three states each and must work the phones and hit the pavement. (Adopt a state if you don't live in one of the three!) @HowardStark

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@TonyStark Georgia is also a good adoptable seat, as Sen. Warnock is an incumbent with a tough race now that Georgia voters are being further disenfranchised. We'll have to see what other states with senate elections try the same. Ohio also has an open seat. Hopefully there will be a good Democratic candidate there and a weak Republican one to run against! @HowardStark

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@MariaHill
I think the 3 Dems yet to give the PRO Act a yes are Sinema, Kelly and Warner.
@HowardStark

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@TonyStark If you live in Virginia or Arizona, time to pick up your phone. 📲​ @HowardStark

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There are still feel-good stories in a pandemic. This one includes painted-red dryer balls, a used Fiat, and a couple of people in New Jersey named Joe and Shirley.

washingtonpost.com/nation/2021

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No one wanted Kathy Barnette and her trumpiness when she ran against Madeleine Dean in 2020. No one wants her to be our next senator either! Any of the Democrats running will do a better job, including the five people I've never heard of before who have declared (but of the current entrants, I like Fetterman and Kenyatta's positions and Fetterman's chances of carrying the state).

Also, WFMZ, she wasn’t “edged out” by Dean. That sounds like it was a close race. Dean won by 20 points! Southeastern PA is Democratic!

wfmz.com/news/area/pennsylvani

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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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