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Happy Pride Month, Fediverse!

Let's celebrate love in all its forms and renew our commitment to the fight for equality for all.

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Since I keep hearing Republicans tell this same lie, no, a small amount of additional unemployment isn't keeping people from taking work right now.

Employers are seeing a shortage of labor for jobs that don't pay a living wage. That's not a fault of the workers. It's exactly the free market as capitalism designed it.

The free market as envisioned by capitalists says that employees are free to choose whatever job they want and if a job doesn't pay enough, people won't take the job. Sounds like the market needs to adapt to the demands of the workers for fair pay.

Wages are historically low. Corporate profits, on the other hand, have been rising rapidly and now make up a larger share of G.D.P. than in previous decades.

Want workers? Raise wages. Provide benefits. Problem solved.

Is the U.S. suffering from a labor shortage? If so, capitalism has an answer.
nyti.ms/2SUDm15

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Hey, look. It works.

"Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor in the strip is now paying their employees $15 an hour after they were unable to find staff for the business. After advertising the bump in wages, the number of applicants skyrocketed. 'We advertised it and overnight, my emails were through the roof. A lot of emails. It was over 1,000 applicants'"

This place has great sundaes, by the way; family-owned small business, if you're ever in the area.

wpxi.com/news/top-stories/pitt

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is a celebration of the end of slavery. It's been a holiday in many states for a while but never a federal holiday until now.

It wasn’t until 2 1/2 years after the Emancipation Proclamation that the last slaves in Galveston, TX learned they were free.

This is a great step. We won't stop here.

nytimes.com/live/2021/06/17/us

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"He noted that while the new law adds to the list of people who are banned from carrying a weapon, it will now be the responsibility of beat cops to figure out whether a person is barred from carrying a weapon."

That's a pretty hard core disrespect of the police they claim to back.

No electricity when it's hot or cold. Hundreds died. Sky-high electricity bills for Texans still suffering from Abbott's bad decisions during Covid (which Texas isn't done with.)

Greg Abbott: Best I can do is gun stuff.

Requiring a permit and proper training seems like a good idea and this seems like a bad, bad, bad idea.

Texas governor signs bill allowing concealed handguns without permit-
reuters.com/world/us/texas-gov

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Exactly if they were black & did that. They'd be dead, instead they get off with a slap on the wrist.

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This is the correct response.

In situations like this, we need the federal government to intervene and provide funds to allow this research to continue. Another pandemic without treatment will cost trillions and who knows how many million lives. Investing a few billion in the next few years could stop it. 

Biden administration to invest $3.2 billion for Covid-19 antiviral pills
nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna12711

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According to the article. Judge David Mason during Thursday’s hearing asked Mark McCloskey if he acknowledged that his actions put people at risk of personal injury. He replied, “I sure did your honor.”
After the hearing, from the courthouse steps in downtown St. Louis, he said, “I’d do it again.”

Mark McCloskey, announced in May that he was running for a U.S. Senate seat in Missouri.

This belligerent son of a bitch, should never be allowed to hold an office in congress, yet alone ever own a gun.

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Originally indicted for two felonies, then pled down to a small fine, doesn't seem like justice served. Not at all.

St. Louis gun-waving couple pleads guilty to misdemeanors-
apnews.com/article/michael-bro

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McConnell, unsurprisingly, is rejecting Joe Manchin's attempt at bipartisanship.

Time to move on. Leave the GOP in the dust.

U.S. Senate Republican rejects voting rights compromise | Reuters
reuters.com/world/us/us-senate

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Putin’s main strategy against the U.S. has always been to sow division and erode democracy. He gets a big hand from Fox News and a number of GOP elected officials.

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It's almost like they have the same agenda of dividing the United States and its allies...

Opinion | The absurdity of Putin’s lies should be obvious. Thanks to Trump, it isn’t. -
washingtonpost.com/opinions/20

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GOP Texas Senator John Cornyn knocked Montana GOP Rep. Matt Rosendale for his statement announcing that he would vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday and called his position “kooky.”'

When someone like Cornyn calls your views and reasoning "kooky", you know, you have rounded the corner.

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A valid question...does political bias of a news source predict the quality of information? Voices on the right claim “liberal bias” in the media, but evidence is tenuous. Liberal critics of conservative news outlets focus more on the accuracy of news than its political slant.

So, I did an experiment:
guerrillascholar.com/cogito/20

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@guerrillascholar The moderators here have posted links to the mediabiasfactcheck.com site and the various iterations of the Fontes chart over the years, but this is the first time I've seen a study like this. Thanks for sharing it with us.

IF YOU CARE ABOUT YOUNG PEOPLE VOTING, you should know about The Civics Center.

About 4 million people turn 18 every year in the US. Most are eligible to register to vote before they graduate from high school, but will they register? In Georgia, between the November 2020 and the runoff election January 5, 2021, tens of thousands of young people turned 18 and became eligible to register to vote in the runoff.

Laura Brill took on this challenge and her work became The Civics Center. Find the info to join The Civics Center’s postcarding efforts at their website under the tab “About.” Their efforts, along with others', were instrumental in turning out voters for Georgia's last Senate races and they now work all over the country.

Check out their resources and programs at the website. Consider a donation. Now’s the time to begin organizing toward registering young people to vote in the November races. :CTA:
thecivicscenter.org/volunteer

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Rep. Andrew Clyde must have seen how much attention his Georgia colleague Marjorie Taylor Greene was getting, so he decided to get in on the race to be the worst freshman member of Congress. Here he is, refusing to shake the hand of Capitol Police officer Michael Fanone, who was injured on January 6th, and fellow officer Harry Dunn.

Last night Rachel Maddow mentioned that the 14 members of Congress who voted against making Juneteeth a federal holiday would have that "stick to their shoes forever," so I'll make sure to mention that in conjunction with them. Clyde voted against that, as did Matt Rosendale, representative from Montana, who also features in the story.

Rosendale's chief of staff, James Braid, also snubbed Fanone.

Here's the list of members of Congress who voted against both the Gold Medal for Capitol Police for 1/6 and the federal holiday of Juneteenth:

Massie, Biggs, Rosendale, Norman, Clyde, Roy, Gosar

washingtonpost.com/politics/ja

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There's gotta be some form of kickbacks to Abbot somewhere along the plan. Grifters gonna grift.

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@MJ Charles Koch must have offered something they want, because they all seem to compete with everything they have. @TonyStark

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