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    Robert Reich@RBReich
    Oct 6

    Can we please settle this debate already? There is no labor shortage. There is a living wage shortage, a hazard pay shortage, a child care shortage, a paid sick leave shortage, and a health care shortage.
    Clear and succinct. Perfect.
    History is our lessons to learn good things to do and bad things to not do.
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      Question for my fellow progressives on the human infrastructure bill. Since it won’t be for $3.5 trillion and rumored to be in the $1.9 -$2.3 trillion range, their seems to be two lines of thought of what to do. First is to cut some of the items out and keep it at 10 years and maybe do the rest later or second: do it all but if 5 years instead of 10, counting on the results helpong to re-elect the Dems in 22 and 24. Personally I think neither infrastructure bill will help if voting right legislation isn’t passed but put that aside for now. Yea am leading towards the second as I think when people see the programs in action it will be harder to vote red knowing it will go away. Also I think it is time for the Dems to go big.

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        Originally posted by YankeePride1967 View Post
        Question for my fellow progressives on the human infrastructure bill. Since it won’t be for $3.5 trillion and rumored to be in the $1.9 -$2.3 trillion range, their seems to be two lines of thought of what to do. First is to cut some of the items out and keep it at 10 years and maybe do the rest later or second: do it all but if 5 years instead of 10, counting on the results helpong to re-elect the Dems in 22 and 24. Personally I think neither infrastructure bill will help if voting right legislation isn’t passed but put that aside for now. Yea am leading towards the second as I think when people see the programs in action it will be harder to vote red knowing it will go away. Also I think it is time for the Dems to go big.
        I tend to agree with you. Better to get more programs in place, because they’re harder to get rid of once they’re there.

        But you’ll have to ask Manchinema what they think. That’s all that matters.
        History is our lessons to learn good things to do and bad things to not do.
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          Originally posted by JL25and3 View Post

          I tend to agree with you. Better to get more programs in place, because they’re harder to get rid of once they’re there.

          But you’ll have to ask Manchinema what they think. That’s all that matters.
          Yup which is infuriates me. As Bernie said can you imagine if braid he won’t vote for any package unless Medicare for All was in it? Obviously it would be nice but it would kill the bill.

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            Originally posted by JL25and3 View Post

            I tend to agree with you. Better to get more programs in place, because they’re harder to get rid of once they’re there.

            But you’ll have to ask Manchinema what they think. That’s all that matters.
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              Keep telling yourself there's no such thing a systemic racism.


              https://www.propublica.org/article/b...t-doesnt-exist

              Black Children Were Jailed for a Crime That Doesn’t Exist. Almost Nothing Happened to the Adults in Charge.

              Judge Donna Scott Davenport oversees a juvenile justice system in Rutherford County, Tennessee, with a staggering history of jailing children. She said kids must face consequences, which rarely seem to apply to her or the other adults in charge.
              The judge was proud of what she had helped build, despite some alarming numbers buried in state reports.

              Among cases referred to juvenile court, the statewide average for how often children were locked up was 5%.

              In Rutherford County, it was 48%.

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                Just look at the horrors Republicans force on women and girls.

                https://www.plannedparenthood.org/up...icus_brief.pdf


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                What's going to happen to this child? The GOP doesn't care - they sure won't provide any financial assistance to the mom. Won't vote to let her get food or formula or daycare so she can work someday. Once the fetus is actually born and alive it's on its own.


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                  https://www.reuters.com/investigates...india-rigging/

                  A long read but a good one.

                  Amazon.com Inc has been repeatedly accused of knocking off products it sells on its website and of exploiting its vast trove of internal data to promote its own merchandise at the expense of other sellers. The company has denied the accusations.

                  But thousands of pages of internal Amazon documents examined by Reuters – including emails, strategy papers and business plans – show the company ran a systematic campaign of creating knockoffs and manipulating search results to boost its own product lines in India, one of the company’s largest growth markets.

                  The documents reveal how Amazon’s private-brands team in India secretly exploited internal data from Amazon.in to copy products sold by other companies, and then offered them on its platform. The employees also stoked sales of Amazon private-brand products by rigging Amazon’s search results so that the company’s products would appear, as one 2016 strategy report for India put it, “in the first 2 or three … search results” when customers were shopping on Amazon.in.
                  I doubt this was limited to just India.
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                    It's a shame no one can develop a direct competitor to Amazon that combines the speed and convenience of their model with say the confidence and trust of a Costco brand, where you know the quality of the merchandise and you know if you do have questions/concerns about a product you can either get those heard or you can return it without a hassle. I don't trust Amazon at all, and there are definitely some really shifty third party sellers using their marketplace. As an example, I'd never buy cologne again from Amazon as every experience I've had there the product was clearly counterfeited or watered down. There is just no quality assurance and Amazon's policies are insufficient.

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                      Good read on the Chapelle special:

                      The current debate, in other words, is not about being pro or anti-trans, in the lazy formula of woke media. In the US, trans people are already protected under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, thanks to Justice Neil Gorsuch. And I literally know of no one who insists on the reality of biological sex who would disapprove of or reverse this.

                      The debate, rather, is about whether a tiny group of fanatics, empowered by every major cultural institution, can compel or emotionally blackmail other people into saying things that are not true.

                      This, in Chappelle’s words, is what they are trying to force people to deny:
                      Gender is a fact. Every human being in this room, every human being on Earth, had to pass through the legs of a woman to be on Earth. That is a fact. Now, I am not saying that to say trans women aren’t women, I am just saying that those pussies that they got … you know what I mean? I’m not saying it’s not pussy, but it’s Beyond Pussy or Impossible Pussy. It tastes like pussy, but that’s not quite what it is, is it? That’s not blood, that’s beet juice.

                      Yes this is shocking, funny, wild. But not wrong. And this seems to me to be exactly what a comic is supposed to do: point out that the current emperor has no clothes. A transwoman cannot give birth as a woman gives birth. She does not ovulate. Her vagina, if it exists, is a simulacrum of one, created by a multiple array of surgeries. Sex in humans is binary, with those few exceptions at the margins — mixtures of the two — proving rather than disproving the rule. Until five minutes ago, this was too obvious to be stated. Now, this objective fact is actually deemed a form of “hate.” Hate.

                      This means that the debate is no longer about 0.2 percent of humanity. It’s about imposing an anti-scientific falsehood on 99.8 percent of humanity. It means that we have to strip all women of their unique biological experience, to deny any physical differences between men and women in sports, to tell all boys and girls that they can choose their sex, to erase any places reserved exclusively for biological women, like shelters for those who have been abused by men, and to come up with terms like “pregnant people” to describe mothers. Yes — mothers. The misogyny buried in this is gob-smacking. Is Mothers’ Day next for the trans chopping block?

                      And the key thing is: absolutely none of this is needed to protect trans people from any and all discrimination.

                      The question of trans rights has been settled by the Supreme Court. I’m delighted it has. What we’re dealing with now is something very different. It’s an assault on science; it’s an assault on reality; it’s an attempt not to defend trans people but to cynically use them as pawns in a broader effort to dismantle the concept of binary sex altogether, to remove any distinctions between men and women, so that a gender-free utopia/dystopia can be forced into being.

                      The use of trans people in this way follows a pattern. The woke left uses gay people in the same way: calling all of us “queer” to ensure our continued marginalization, merging us into postmodern categories like “LGBTQIA+” to deny our distinctive human experiences, erasing gay men and lesbians whose politics are not far-left and whose lives are not much different than our straight friends, describing gay men who are attracted to the same sex and not always the same gender as transphobes, literally falsifying history and re-making the English language to make it conform to their ideology.
                      The weapons deployed in pursuit of this fantasy are those that are always used by those seeking to impose utopia on free people: the brutal hounding of dissent, the capture and control of every single cultural institution, the indoctrination of the young, cancellations, bullying. The costs are mounting. Across the West, people are being fired, targeted, prosecuted, even jailed, for stating biological facts. Children are being medicated with off-label drugs — “puberty blockers” — that can permanently sterilize them, arrest their neurological and mental development, and deprive them of the ability as adults to experience an orgasm.

                      I didn’t know the latter until I read the account by two leading transgender surgeons in medical treatment of children with gender dysphoria on Bari Weiss’s substack. These doctors are not marginal to the field. They are: “Dr. Marci Bowers, a world-renowned vaginoplasty specialist who operated on reality-television star Jazz Jennings; and Erica Anderson, a clinical psychologist at the University of California San Francisco’s Child and Adolescent Gender Clinic.”

                      They explain that when you halt puberty in a natal boy with a penis, and then switch the kid to female hormones, the genitals remain like a child’s, never develop the sensitivity of adolescence and there is therefore not enough penile material to invert into a created vagina. Surgeons sometimes have to take parts of the colon to patch it together. Money quote:
                      “If you’ve never had an orgasm pre-surgery, and then your puberty's blocked, it's very difficult to achieve that afterwards,” Bowers said. “I consider that a big problem, actually. It’s kind of an overlooked problem that in our ‘informed consent’ of children undergoing puberty blockers, we’ve in some respects overlooked that a little bit.”

                      The purposeful, life-long removal of sexual pleasure by operating on children? Where are we, Somalia? How on earth can a pre-pubertal child meaningfully consent to that? The reason we are told it is hateful and insensitive to discuss these actual realities is that, if we did, we’d be horrified. Which is why I’m not surprised that when these two leading trans physicians proposed an op-ed on this subject for the NYT — a big scoop — they were turned down, on the grounds that the subject was “outside our coverage priorities right now.” Yet the paper just published this piece, which urges less gate-keeping and describes the current situation as “100 percent justifiable and safe.”

                      In contrast, these surgeons — transgender themselves — warn of “sloppy, sloppy healthcare” in the rush to affirm any child’s gender-identification, without sufficiently broad and patient exploration of mental health issues. Increasing numbers of detransitioners are blowing the whistle on those who rushed them into changing their gender. The well-intended epistemic hubris of woke medicine may lead to a wave of lawsuits in the near future, as misdiagnoses accumulate, with consequences that could mean the end of child medication as a whole. By overplaying their hand now, trans activists may lose everything in the future. And yet the elites refuse to budge a millimeter.
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                        Originally posted by RhodyYanksFan View Post
                        Just look at the horrors Republicans force on women and girls.

                        https://www.plannedparenthood.org/up...icus_brief.pdf


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                        What's going to happen to this child? The GOP doesn't care - they sure won't provide any financial assistance to the mom. Won't vote to let her get food or formula or daycare so she can work someday. Once the fetus is actually born and alive it's on its own.


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                        I hate the GOP so much. The world has never stopped dehumanizing us at every chance it gets. Misogyny crosses time and cultures. It runs so, so deep.
                        "Our work continues, the fight goes on, and the big dreams never die." -- Elizabeth Warren

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                          Drumpf gave the GOP some good advice today: Don't vote.

                          Let it be so. I hope this makes Mitch apoplectic. 😊
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                            Originally posted by RhodyYanksFan View Post
                            Keep telling yourself there's no such thing a systemic racism.


                            https://www.propublica.org/article/b...t-doesnt-exist
                            That is utterly despicable. 😡
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                              I'm sure it's just another coincidence and not further proof that the line between the GQP and fascism is fading by the day.

                              https://deadspin.com/when-you-have-t...kin-1847857765



                              The Herschel Walker campaign’s NOT A SWASTIKA statement has people asking a lot of questions already answered by the statement.
                              https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FBmRB4KX...g&name=360x360
                              Spokeswoman for Trump-endorsed Senate candidate Herschel Walker: This is not a swastika. "This is clearly an anti-mandatory vaccination graphic." The graphic:

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                                Originally posted by RhodyYanksFan View Post
                                I'm sure it's just another coincidence and not further proof that the line between the GQP and fascism is fading by the day.

                                https://deadspin.com/when-you-have-t...kin-1847857765
                                The graphic is obviously horrible, but the graphic is equating vaccine mandates with fascism, so it has nothing to do with the GOP becoming fascist. Maybe you could say it's ironic.

                                The word fascism gets tossed around so lightly these days.

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