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To those complaining about vaccine mandates:

It isn’t mandating the vaccine by force. It's still your decision. If you're not vaccinated, you just need to get weekly testing. Sounds pretty common sense. Get a nose wipe a few times a week to make sure you won’t be killing others including your family. Of course, it's easier and safer to just get the shot.

This is how we keep schools, colleges and businesses open, folks. Get vaccinated. Wear masks where people can't be vaccinated. The schools and businesses shutting down are the ones that aren't doing it.

If you still don't want it, you still have an option. That option is to stay home and not work anywhere that's mandating a safe, effective vaccine that saves lives, including your own.

You don’t have to get a vaccine. You have your "freedom" to lose your job and your ability to go anywhere and see how much you make looking at QAnon accounts on the internet all day.

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If you can, please support one of these abortion funds, which help people afford care and also related expenses like childcare and travel. Funds in Texas will now need to budget for lawsuit defense as well as for helping more people travel longer distances, while funds in other states will need to step in to backstop them. Here are ways to help:

Donate to specific Texas funds:

Texas Equal Access Fund- teafund.org/

Clinic Access Support Network-
clinicaccess.org/

Fund Texas Choice-
fundtexaschoice.org/

The Lilith Fund For Reproductive Equity-
lilithfund.org/

The Bridge Collective-
abortionfunds.org/fund/the-bri

Jane's Due Process-
janesdueprocess.org/

Buckle Bunnies-
bucklebunnies.org/

SYS (Support Your Sistah)-
abortionfunds.org/fund/support

Frontera Fund-
secure.everyaction.com/OYACioI

The West Fund-
actionnetwork.org/fundraising/

Or split a single donation among 10 Texas funds at: secure.actblue.com/donate/txfu

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Today was a beautiful day to get vaccinated. So I did.

I vaccinated for myself, my loved ones, my family, and my friends. Science saves lives. Vaccines save lives.

Get vaccinated when you can, then help others get theirs.

Many are harkening back to Senator Harry Reid’s getting rid of the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees and looking at the make-up of the Court. I can certainly sympathize with that impulse. But how many compassionate, logical, pro-democracy efforts have been thwarted by the mere specter of a filibuster?

Hard to prove a negative, but I suspect that list is a long and painful read. For those arguing for the protection of the minority, remind yourselves that the design of the Senate, where California has the same number of senators as Wyoming, is already accomplishing that. The protection of democracy shouldn't be able to be filibustered. The threat of hypotheticals is a ghoul to scare away real and necessary progress.

If McConnell wanted more cream in his coffee and the filibuster was in his way, he would lose it without a thought.

Gov. Greg Abbott signs off on Texas’ new political maps, which protect GOP majorities while diluting voices of voters of color:
texastribune.org/2021/10/25/20

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has it's mayoral election in one week.

A vote for Moreno is a vote for a Pittsburgh Trump.

I've seen little comments suggesting that he's about "law and order" or "listening to the people". Let's be CLEAR. Moreno stated that Trump, "speaks for me.” That's unacceptable in our city and community. I'm saddened that any of my neighbors are emboldening this kind of toxic politics. Moreno retweeted Trump and MAGA over and over until he was about to run for office in my city. Even when he stated that he was done retweeting and quoting the former guy, he continued to re-tweet alt-right thoughts and ideas.

pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/pi

Thinks masks and vaccines are optional.
wtae.com/article/vaccine-manda

Don't be on the wrong side of history.

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Republican leaders love to whip the anti-vaxxers and the no-maskers and the hate-gummint dipsticks into periodic frenzies just to stay popular and keep power. Some of them are truly fools, the others are just cowards. Kay Ivey is one of the more outrageous of them and her state is last in just about anything good.

Headline writers need to take more responsibility for their choice of words. I'd go with "sabotage" or "undermine" over "resist."

It makes actions (not just words) that are exacerbating a deadly public health crisis of historic proportions sound like some debating point in a tea party discussion.

Ivey blames the unvaccinated for new cases but will not use the only tool left to get them vaccinated. Persuasion, carrots, and every other measure have failed to get her state to even a 50% vax rate.

Republican governors -- and Republicans in general -- hate democracy and decency and common sense. They know where their bread is buttered. I doubt this woman is as much of a fool as she appears, but she has to play one on TV for her base, the same as Abbott in Texas. It's political opportunism of the worst sort while the hard decisions and real leadership are coming from those with actual courage.

apnews.com/article/coronavirus

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Pretty crazy that music sharing was more egregious than destroying the whole world.

The surprising news hasn't really been surprising. We knew after 2016 that Facebook had been used for Russian disinformation, sold user data to political operatives, and profited off festering polarization.

Zuckerberg hacked Harvard's servers to launch a rudimentary dating app that graded the visual appeal of classmates, right? Not a stretch to see him put capitalism above country, public safety, and honest facts.

Even worse, Zuckerberg is falsely cloaking himself in a dedication to the 1st Amendment and free speech to hide his greed when he knows damn well that hate speech and incitement to violence are not protected forms of speech - nor is the 1st Amendment about Facebook protecting that speech. It's the role of the government.

Manipulation and driving anger for cash isn't something anyone should support.

theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/

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Do other #Mastodon admins have issues with suspending / reopening reports?

I often get the error page now..

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☕️🤨 Not buying it Rep. Boebert. But this article is serious enough 🔥that she had to react.

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We've reached the point of making a choice - we can have democracy or we can have Facebook. We know what Zuckerberg wants. Now it's up to the rest of us to protect democracy. Walk away from Facebook completely. Zuck can take his billions and live in exile and shame.  By the time he's actually held accountable, it'll be too late.

This is what unregulated capitalism gets you. Libertarians and free-market people have no idea of reality.

The case against Mark Zuckerberg: Insiders say Facebook’s CEO chose growth over safety-
washingtonpost.com/technology/

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Look. If you want to protest something, obviously that's fine. If you don't like the results of an election and it is worth protesting to you, go ahead, peacefully.

If you want to plan to protest and overturn the results of a free, open election in the United States and plan an insurrection to install the loser, that is not democracy, protest, or OK. That's it.

Two Jan. 6 Planners Cooperate With Committee, Name MAGA Congress Members - Rolling Stone
rollingstone.com/politics/poli

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@TonyStark It doesn't seem possible for Republicans' ideas to get any lower, but I'm sure there's still room.

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The sad irony is that Manchin represents one of the poorest states in the nation, and many of his constituents would benefit from the extended child benefit. It would lift many of these kids out of poverty.

@threestars @MariaHill

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@TonyStark @MariaHill He and Sinema seem to want to have historical footnotes as Democrats who contributed to the fall of democracy.

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@TonyStark Someone will pay anti-vaxxers to leave? Now someone start a relocation fund for science-accepting people who want out of states with covid-denying governors.

These are 2 headlines from today in the world we actually live in so I guess what we have to look forward to is Ron DeSantis’ mostly dead police force.

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Sargent explains the difference between J.D. Vance's positions from the usual Republican line of 2021, but it's hard to imagine it will matter after his 2022 Ohio senate primary against Josh Mandel. Whether Vance wins or Mandel does, their individual opinions won't mean anything. Every Republican senator falls in line with Mitch McConnell as needed. It's so noteworthy when they don't that we remember individual votes and still laud the late John McCain's vote to preserve the ACA, which was a dying man's thumb in the eye of TFG, who insulted his military heroism. We jeer Susan Collins, who is no hero and only votes with Democrats when it doesn't matter. Only Lisa Murkowski and Mitt Romney appear to ever think for themselves, and still, you'll never catch them voting with Democrats on budget reconciliation where their votes would be enough to pass anything in the 50-50 Senate.

We need a Democrat in that open Ohio seat.

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or , then volunteer at the polls, making phone calls, or last-minute canvassing on Election Day!

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The article says that 93% of West Virginians receiving the credit would benefit from it being permanent. That's an astounding number. For some families this is making rent. Others already spend every dollar on bills, and this allows them to buy clothes and shoes for their kids. Many schools make families pay for kids to participate in sports. This is not having to say to your kid sorry, we can't afford for you to play basketball or baseball or soccer. We can't afford to rent a clarinet and the marching band uniform. This is being able to have a small birthday party. Not having life be so hard all the time. Why does Joe Manchin think that kids don't deserve those things no matter who their parents – and in many families it's retired grandparents – are?

And of the 7% able to just put it into savings, possibly for their kids to go to college/trade school and not take on debt? Great! Manchin is pushing to cut free community college too! Let those families save it if they can.

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Elected officials holding stock at all is a problem. Blind trusts run by family members are a sham.

Then there's the lobbying. We need campaign finance reform, but fat chance someone like Manchin is going to vote for that when he benefits from the status quo.

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