Monday, April 6, 2020

Gif of the Day

When I first saw this I did not expect the chainsaw to make an appearance.

How Are You?

Hello again, dear blog readers. It sure is another week again, huh?

Remember when Donald Trump won the 2016 election and we were all in shock and like "how are we just supposed to keep going to work like everything is normal?" This is kind of like that, only it's harder to get used to because every day there's an actual death count being updated and also a lot of people aren't going to work like everything is normal. I still am, but work is all about the coronavirus.

What's the same is that I still feel like I should be doing more to help people but am stressed to the max so I just stay home and play video games and feel different. What's different is that I'm not supposed to socialize, and I only go to the store once per week, and it's an eerie and tense experience. I keep forgetting myself and trying to make eye contact and smile at people and they keep awkwardly looking away instead of smiling back and it's just so weird.

Also, Boris Johnson might die.

I'm getting real tired of things not being normal. Which is also weird because honestly, the normal we were in was awful. Part of me is so relieved at all the headlines declaring that things will never go back to normal.

Life is a series of paradoxes and it gets old fast.

I'm feeling relatively okay. I'm working during the weekdays and getting through it. I'm having some trouble sleeping but it's not terrible. I'm just going week by week. Eventually there will be a vaccine and the virus will recede and we'll have to do the work to demand the changes to society that would have prevented so many deaths if we'd already made them, and hold accountable those who stood in the way of those changes.

Keep surviving. That's my plan.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Afternoon Announcements

Definitely need to take a week off blogging. It's nice to have my income remain pretty much stable during this time, but it's also taking up a lot of energy to have to work as though shit's in any way normal when I would rather spend all day in bed in fetal position.

I'm still physically healthy, I'm hanging in there, and yesterday I had a really good cry. Or like three pretty good cries in the space of an hour or two. But it did the trick and I was able to keeping working today, but I can't also worry about this blog. And here I go giving explanations that I don't need to because it's my blog and I can do what I want and I don't owe you ANYTHING.

Anyway I love you all, please don't die, please be kind to yourself, I know how hard it is to do that but try to at least think how absurd and kind of funny it is that we all tell each other to be kind to ourselves and don't follow our own advice lol.

I will always be here.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Gif of the Day

That is fucking hilarious.

Don't Buy The Myth That Humans Are Selfish By Nature

One thing I really want people to take away from this pandemic is that in times of crisis, humans come together. We become less selfish, less self-absorbed, and help each other more. We go out of our way to protect each other. I've seen it myself as people happily follow social distancing recommendations in public. Stories of people helping their neighbors and complete strangers abound.

This isn't new. We all know that people do the same thing at times of economic crisis, and before we were perpetually at war as an excuse to bomb brown people and retain control of resources, during wartime.

So why do people believe that humans are selfish by nature? It's something that seems to come out of people's mouths by default any time you suggest that socialism or communism might be better than capitalism. In reality, humans are social and communal animals by nature, just like our evolutionary ancestors. Humans have an instinct for self-preservation and an instinct to protect their children. Humans are self-absorbed in a way, because how can we not be? We are ourselves, so we're going to think about ourselves a lot. But that doesn't mean we're selfish in the way we tend to think about selfishness.

Movies tend to depict humans as banding together in small groups and attacking others for resources during a crisis, but that doesn't reflect reality. Before we had the technology necessary to keep crises from bringing everything down around us, people were still kind and generous to each other when the shit hit the fan. In fact, generosity to strangers was such a strong cultural norm around the world thousands of years ago that it was written into multiple religious texts, including the Bible.

I believe that certain people who hold a lot of power like to push the myth of human selfishness in order to protect capitalism. But the truth is that capitalism is what encourages selfishness and greed.  And it's not natural. Have you ever noticed how fucking weird rich people get? Nothing's natural about what they do in their spare time when they're out of the public eye.

But regardless of politics, please take some time to notice how much people are helping and caring for each other right now. It's easier to get through the mental stress of life in general, let alone a global trauma like this pandemic, when you think the worst of people. I know there has been some sensationalizing of people panic-shopping, but I'm hearing more and more that the lack of certain groceries is less because everyone's buying up a ton and more because they're buying more at once of their usual groceries so that they can go to the store less often and practice social distancing more.

Sure, some people bought up a shit load of toilet paper and are assholes. But for the most part, people are being kind and generous. People are donating money and volunteering. People are reaching out to one another and offering what support they can.

We're banding together to survive, just like we've always done.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Gif of the Day

I wanna put a rave filter over this gif.

Here's The Sexual Assault Allegation Against Joe Biden

Well, this was extremely inevitable. Captain Creepy Massage has been accused of sexual assault by a woman named Tara Reade. Unfortunately, it gets worse than that. This poor woman was assaulted in 1993 and has been trying to get survivor support organizations to help her get the word out against former Vice President Hair Sniffer, but she was denied time and time again because these organizations were afraid to take on the Democratic establishment.

Time’s Up said it could not fund a #MeToo allegation against Joe Biden, citing its nonprofit status and his presidential run.

By February, she learned from a new conversation with Time’s Up, which also involved Director Sharyn Tejani, that no assistance could be provided because the person she was accusing, Biden, was a candidate for federal office, and assisting a case against him could jeopardize the organization’s nonprofit status.

Am I the only one who thinks it's messed up that organizations like Time's Up can't speak out against presidential candidates? People running for president are at the top of my list of people I would like to know about if they have a history of sexual assault.

Although that may not actually be a thing.

Ellen Aprill, a professor of tax law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said that Time’s Up’s analysis is too conservative, and the group wouldn’t be putting its tax-exempt status at risk by taking a case involving a candidate for federal office as long as it followed its standard criteria for taking on cases.

So, what, is this just another case of liberals being liberals and not actually caring at all about women or survivors or anybody beyond how they can be exploited for money and votes? Because that's what I've come to expect.

I'm not exactly sure how Reade was finally able to get around the Democratic establishment and get this all out into the open, but #IBelieveTara is trending on Twitter now. I just feel so sorry for her now, because you can bet she's going to get a ton of harassment, accusations of trying to hand Trump the election and/or being a Russian asset. All from Democrats. And Democrats will be accused of hypocrisy by the right, which they will deserve.

Tweet some support for Tara if you're able, because life it going to get rough for her. And I'm going to again appeal to people to vote for Bernie Sanders in the primaries, because he's spending all his time and resources right now fighting the coronavirus pandemic and not being creepy with women. Thanks.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Gif of the Day

I gotta see this movie.

Republicans Want Poor People To Die

Some of you may have thought I was exaggerating when I've said that in the past but now we have an ever-worsening pandemic that we don't even know the scope of yet in the U.S. because our healthcare system is deeply terrible and:

Trump says he wants to ease up on coronavirus related shutdowns 'pretty soon' amid concerns about economy

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick: ‘Lots of Grandparents’ Willing to Die to Save Economy for Grandchildren

Just the introduction of a false choice between letting the elderly die (ignoring the young people who are chronically ill, immunocompromised, pregnant, etc.) and having millions die from poverty in the future is incredible and shows that no matter what, Republicans would rather let millions die than implement any kind of socialist-adjacent policy or allow the death of their precious capitalism, which kills millions yearly via poverty anyway.

If you don't want to bring it all down after this I don't know what to say to you.

We can save a lot of people if we want. Republicans would rather hold on to their wealth and power while millions die. Same as it ever was, this virus has just put it directly in the sunlight.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

The Time For Revolution Is Now

Alright, I'm pretty much over the initial shock of realizing that the entire economy could really come crashing down from this pandemic and ready to raise the call.

I read once that nobody can predict when revolution will happen, but given enough time, a spark will appear and with the right conditions can light a fire practically overnight. It feels like the coronavirus pandemic could be that spark, and the kindling of barely-scraping-by poverty and simmering resentment for the ruling class from generations of young people who have it worse than their parents is dry and widespread.

I did not expect Republicans, including the actual man who is Donald Trump, to call for the kinds of things I've been screaming into the void about while liberals dismiss me as being an unreasonable dreamer. It's incredible to see proposals from the center to the right for things that two weeks ago were absolutely impossible to pay for and/or would destroy the country forever. The only explanation that makes sense to me is that they can see the writing on the wall.

One in five working people in the U.S. has been laid off or had their hours reduced because of the coronavirus. I see word of people losing their jobs every day. The stock market is fucked. And this is only the beginning. The coronavirus could devastate this country for many months, and in fact the longer it takes for us all to get it and become immune, assuming this thing doesn't mutate any time soon, the better. That's the whole "flatten the curve" thing they keep talking about.

Our economy can't handle everything being shut down for that long. What are they going to do when half the population is unemployed, homeless, and hungry?

This is why people like me say "eat the rich." It's not instructions. It's a warning.

I'm not saying that we should reject any kind of relief package, no matter who they come from. People need help. But don't let it placate you. We can take their offerings and demand more. We can use this opportunity to point out that the government can do all these things and more at a moment's notice. They tried to convince us that they simply couldn't. They lied.

At the same time, there are plenty of dirtbag companies out there refusing to give their employees sick leave or their tenants any leeway on rent or bills. We need to hold these assholes as examples of the heartlessness of capitalism.

Overall, we need to push the idea that this kind of crisis, which will in all likelihood leave millions dead in the U.S. alone, is inevitable under capitalism. The system is unstable and our lives are being destroyed by it because Republicans and neoliberals have whittled away at the social safety net for decades -- something that is also inevitable under capitalism. And at the same time, continue to hold up the real workers of the world -- nurses, grocery stockers, delivery drivers, all the people growing and shipping and preparing our food -- as the real drivers of our society. Without them, everything collapses.

Finish freaking out and gather your resolve, comrades. Our time has come.

And now, so I don't feel embarrassed about being so dramatic, here's a silly gif:

I fucking love Korg, you guys.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Gif of the Day

When people get too close to you during the coronavirus pandemic.

And by "you" I mean the penguin. Stay the fuck back.

Oh Man

This is my blog now lmao.

I am approaching complete emotional exhaustion writing about nothing but coronavirus stuff every day. But it's not like I'm gonna blog about anything different? Or maybe I should just take a break from blogging because it's too much.

It remains super weird to see everyone turn leftist all of a sudden, but it'll be amazing if we can hold on to it. I really want to add my voice to the rising call and prepare to take this wave as far as it can go but oh my god, I just want to lay in fetal position.

Keep staying home if you can.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Gif of the Day

What to do if you see someone buying up all the hand sanitizer during a pandemic.


Ok so uh, this coronavirus thing has gotten really intense. A lot is being shut down in my area and the future is uncertain. I'm trying to stay calm but honestly, I'm having trouble sleeping. I keep catching myself lying awake at night just thinking about the pandemic and what might happen after, how bad the economy could get, what will happen if I and/or my partner lose our jobs, and just how fucking bizarre the world is right now.

As usual part of me just wants to check out and avoid thinking about it. I spend the first part of my day writing about everything coronavirus for work and yesterday I didn't even have the brain space to even think about blogging. All I want to do is smoke weed and play video games and maybe hide under the covers.

Some of what's been going on is actually overall really good? Like hoooooooly crap, the coronavirus has killed the myth that the government just doesn't have the money to do things like UBI. Mitt Motherfucking Romney's out here like "hashtag Yang Gang," demanding Americans be given $1000 per month, and Kamala Harris is getting yelled at for only asking for half that. Everything is upside-down and hey, maybe this could be a jumping-off point for some truly progressive policies around the world but also nothing makes sense anymore and that scares me.

My head feels weird and my stomach is nervous and it doesn't help that death by viral infection is my nightmare scenario. I know I am not at risk at all but I blame the Kent School District for making me watch Outbreak for science class at age 13 or 14, that movie was highly inaccurate but also scarred me for life.

"Zero Educational Value, Only Trauma" should be the official slogan of the U.S. public school system.

I like to plan, is the thing. I might just go and breathe into a paper bag for a minute. Stay safe, everyone.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Gif of the Day

*knock knock* WHO THE FUCK oh it's you.

So I Tend To Have Delayed Emotional Reactions

I tell ya, I feel like I never should have let myself hope in electoral politics. I'm tired of being let down over and over again. I'm tired of feeling betrayed, devastated, helpless, and depressed over this shit.

Everybody likes to say "vote blue no matter who" but honestly, I never was comfortable telling people who to vote for. It feels wrong. And right now it feels like telling people to keep playing a rigged game. A game in which every time you lose a round, you get punched in the face. Or laid off. Or evicted. Or lose hope for any future with financial security.

I can't keep doing this. I can't keep getting punched in the face. And I certainly can't ask other people to.

Maybe I just really need to get off Twitter. Oh except I can't because I absolutely need it for work.

I get that people are terrified of another four years of Trump. And it absolutely sucks and I hate it that so many people have suffered and died because of him and will if he wins again. The thing is, I feel like I'm stuck in an eternal hostage situation. I've gotta hand over my hope, my dignity, my dreams of a functioning healthcare system and a decent future to the Democrats and Joe "I Don't Work For You" Biden or Donald Trump will kill more undocumented kids and trans women and chronically ill people, etc.

Who can live like this? It seems like more people are going to suffer and die in the long term under this system than would if we finally said fuck it and revolted. And it really feels like that is the only option. We tried doing it their way, and the very second it seemed like we might for once get a win, the ivory tower Democrats made a few calls, all the candidates between Warren and Biden on the political spectrum dropped out and lined up behind him, and Bernie was done. How is he supposed to beat like eight presidential candidates?

And that's how it's been. It's always been everyone against Bernie. Have you seen those screenshots of the mainstream news media channels literally showing three or four candidates against him? I've seen so many of those, it's ridiculous. Look:

I guess I should have known. I mean, look at that. They were telling us all along that they were always going to band together to bring down the one or two actual progressive candidates. I feel like an asshole for ever having hope that they would play fair and let him win. A guy who calls himself a Democratic Socialist? Nah, neolibs gotta crush him, with all their money and power and favors.

It feels like we can't win at their rigged game, but the moment anyone wants to stop playing, masses of people turn around and call them monsters. And when Trump wins another four years, we'll be blamed for it. Again.

Why should we put up with it? Why shouldn't we just take to the streets and tear it all down? Or at least put our efforts and energy and hopes into our communities where they might actually do some good?

I mean, for fuck's sake, the electoral college that the neoliberals want to hang on to make it so I don't have to vote for Joe Biden because Washington State will go blue no matter what. That's why I didn't vote for Hillary Clinton and instead gave my vote to a socialist party that would appreciate it. I'll probably do that again if I vote for president at all this year.

Don't tell me to fight for more progressive politics within the system. Don't tell me that I'm giving up because my favorite candidate didn't win. This isn't some petty bullshit. This is recognizing a pattern. How many decades have we done this same dance? At what point do you recognize that you're in a toxic relationship and need to get out?

I'm not playing a game where those who already hold all the money and the best community chest cards get to cheat and I don't. Don't call me a sore loser for quitting a rigged game. Don't tell me that I owe something to the Democrats. They owe me. Politicians are supposed to be representatives of the people. They ARE supposed to work for us. But as Biden let slip, they clearly don't.

Until they do, fuck 'em. You can't have this vote. Local politicians running on the Democratic ticket because they have no choice because they can't win otherwise? Sure, maybe, if they do actually seem like they'll work to earn my vote. But Joe Biden? Fuck off.

Of course, if you read this blog at all you probably know that I haven't considered myself a Democrat in years. Maybe ever, honestly? But I've always voted for them anyway, hoping to reduce harm. But it literally doesn't matter if I do in the presidential election and I don't feel like I can tell anyone else to, even if they live in a fucking swing state. I'll still fight voter suppression in any way I can, but right now I just hate the Democrats so much.

Anyway, I'm taking a three-day weekend, including from paying work, for the first time in way too long, so I'll write to you Monday. I'm sure I will feel better then than I do now. Vent over.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Gif of the Day

"People of the Commonwealth. Do not interfere. Our intentions are peaceful."

Coronavirus Proves We Can Have Socialism Whenever And Also It's Good

I'm really trying hard not to celebrate the coronavirus, because honestly there's a dark part of me who just wants to watch the world burn and she becomes more powerful with each passing day and I don't know if the chains will hold, but anyway, there is perhaps at least one silver lining to the pandemic.

Suddenly, because viruses don't distinguish between the rich and the poor, all those things that the rich and powerful told us were impossible are happening all around us like they just flipped a switch.

Combating climate change by shutting down industry and reducing air travel? Done. Universal basic income? Done. Stopping mortgage payments? Done. Free medicine? Done. Work and school from home via technology that's been around for a while now? Done.

There's a whole thread on Twitter outlining how these very socialist things are popping up all over the world, even in the red-hating U.S., and that was from five days ago. Every day, governments roll out new forms of socialism in order to slow the spread of the virus.

Now if only we had these things to begin with, maybe the entire global economy wouldn't be teetering closer to collapse every day that new cases appear. But now that we do, we could, you know, just keep them. In case there are more novel virus outbreaks in the future. Which there absolutely will be.

Socialism is good actually.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Everybody Hate-Tweets (Not Just Bernie Supporters)

Wish I had seen this yesterday but I've been super busy due to my own procrastinating so real quick check it out, data has solved the mystery of which Democratic candidate's supporters harass people the most on Twitter.

The answer, as I suspected because I am very good at everything, is NO ONE'S:

Jeff Winchell, a computational social scientist and graduate student at Harvard University, crunched the numbers on tweet data and found that Sanders' supporters online behave the same as everyone else. Winchell used what is called a sentiment analysis, a technique used both in the digital humanities and in e-commerce, to gauge emotional intent from social media data. 
"Bernie followers act pretty much the same on Twitter as any other follower," Winchell says of his results. "There is one key difference that Twitter users and media don't seem to be aware of.... Bernie has a lot more Twitter followers than Twitter followers of other Democrat's campaigns," he added, noting that this may be partly what helps perpetuate the myth.

Everybody sucks on Twitter, hope you didn't not vote for Bernie because of the Bernie Bro myth, I fear that today will be horrible and Biden will get the nomination and lose to Trump and we'll all be fucked, I'm so tired I might even sleep through today after I'm done with work, I hate everything except you byeeeeeeeeee.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Gif of the Day

There was a whole thread of cats attacking feet under covers on Tumblr.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Gif of the Day


Why Aren't Black People Voting For Bernie? Listen To Them.

There's been a lot of speculation thrown around about why Black Americans are voting in such large numbers for Joe Biden in the primaries. There's also been a lot of racism thrown around by my fellow white people on the left because they just got mad at said Black Americans for voting that way instead of asking the essential questions.

What can we do to better appeal to this group?

How can we help them and their families so that they'll trust us?

What is it about our message and our actions that is keeping them from voting for more progressive candidates?

I do not like this attitude that anyone owes politicians anything. Yes, Bernie is for Medicare for All and plenty of other good ideas, but that doesn't mean Black individuals or anyone else owes him their vote. The same goes for moderate candidates and the Democratic party, of course.

And yes, there is a question about the morality of one's vote. I think it's important for each individual to consider how their vote affects all of society, not just oneself.

Where the racism comes in is when my fellow white people assume that Black people haven't thought of this or anything else when it comes to U.S. politics.

We white leftists would be a whole lot more successful in courting the Black vote if we stopped treating them like they're "uninformed" or whatever and started actually listening to them. This Twitter thread was very eye-opening for me:

It's a long thread so I recommend this thread reader if you want to easily view the full text.

I believe that the top Democratic leadership is entrenched in privilege, including a lot of white privilege, and will therefore never actually allow the people to do anything that threatens that power. That doesn't mean nothing good has ever been done under the party or in its name. Many Black Democrats have done a whole lot of amazing shit for this country and the people who live in it.

And the question of whether Bernie's progressive policy ideas could ever be implemented in this country when we're up against opposition from not just the Republicans but also moderate Democrats is a valid one. As is the question of who is more likely to defeat Trump. Yes, there are a lot of good reasons to believe Bernie is that person, but there are good reasons to believe otherwise. Those Red Scare tactics are very effective in this country.

I've lost faith in the reform path and the Democrats in general, but I have a different experience than Black Americans. I'm not involved in the party like many of them are and I never have been.

We white people need to remember our privilege over Black individuals. It's on us to figure out how we can serve them, treat them better, and convince them that leftist policy can and will work for them. To do that, we need to listen to them. Both Black Democrats and the Black leftists already among us who are doing amazing work and probably not getting enough credit.

And just stop being fucking racist, shit.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Gif of the Day

Didn't see that coming.

Dear DNC, Please Fix Your Absurd Primary System

So yesterday I decided to google "brokered convention" to learn more about how they work and the basic definition of the process left my inner anarchist screaming.

Once the first ballot, or vote, has occurred, and no candidate has a majority of the delegates' votes, the convention is then considered brokered; thereafter, the nomination is decided through a process of alternating political horse trading — delegate vote trading — and additional re-votes.

That's literally from Wikipedia. I mean, political horse trading? Does that phrase not make everyone gag a little?

Basically it's a relic from back when only land-owning white men voted and if there wasn't a clear nominee then they got together with cigars and brandy and made deals and sleazed and figured out how they could carve out more of the country for themselves. And the cigars part is not a joke.

The term "brokered" implies a strong role for political bosses, more common in the past and associated with deals made in proverbial "smoke-filled rooms", while the term "contested" is a more modern term for a convention where no candidate holds a majority but the role of party leaders is weaker in determining the eventual outcome.

But it's not just the brokered convention. I know multiple people in Washington State who already voted for Warren and mailed their ballot in. There's no way to change their vote now. Any delegates given to Warren will get to choose whether to support Joe or Bernie if a brokered convention happens but there's no guarantee that any delegate will support the person you would have voted for if Warren had been off the ballot by the time they voted.

It very much feels to them that their vote has been wasted.

And it just sucks watching the political games happen in between big primary days. Biden was able to get a ton of extra support because Pete and Amy dropped out before Super Tuesday and endorsed him, along with Beto. It seems very likely that some Bernie supporters decided not to vote because everyone was saying that Bernie was definitely gonna kill it. Now Biden has a bunch of momentum because the Democratic establishment is able to pull shit like this while grassroots progressives are less equipped.

The fact is that these systems were designed to be rigged in favor of the rich and privileged. I'm sure lots of people are now just going along with how things have always been, so I'm not saying they're all conspiring against Bernie, but some definitely are and are happy to take advantage of the situation.

If the Democrats really want to be all about voting rights, they need to scrap the old system and replace it with something much simpler that will erase all these unfair advantages. I've heard good things about ranked choice voting.

But will the people in power ever willingly give up their power?

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Gif of the Day

Same, Bernie.

Post-Super Tuesday

I'm late on posting on Super Tuesday because I tweeted something negative about Joe Biden under a hashtag and people had feelings to share about it. Anyway, that was disappointing, huh? Unless you're a Biden supporter.

I had really hoped that Bernie would do well enough to force the DNC to nominate him. As it is now, Bernie is only 65 delegates behind Biden, who I had thought was practically out (and man was that putting me in a good mood), but it means that my original prediction was right! It's going to be a showdown between those two, and I'm going to have anxiety all the way up to the convention and then we'll have to rely on super delegates and the DNC establishment to play fair. Whoops.

I am glad that Bloomberg dropped out, though. Fuck that guy.

But it's disheartening to see all the candidates who were trying to act progressive fall right in line behind the Democrat establishment with their dropouts and endorsements. I wonder what they were offered in exchange? We may never know.

I'm exhausted to death over the ongoing debate/fight between Bernie and Liz supporters over whether Liz should drop out. If Bernie doesn't win, I'm sure Liz will get all the blame, and then if Biden loses, to Trump, we still have a female candidate we can blame! Bernie supporter or not, I'm not going to pretend I don't see the sexism at play here. Would it have been better for Bernie if Warren had dropped out and supported him before Super Tuesday? Probably. Does that mean she should have done it? I don't know. But I don't feel comfortable calling her a traitor to progressive ideas for not doing that.

I don't know what it's like to run for president, but I do feel like if you're going to have dreams that big, they must be difficult to let go. I don't know what her advisors are telling her. I've heard that she took some super PAC money but I don't really know, I'm tired.

Right now all I want to do is focus on supporting Bernie and beating Joe. Part of me does want Warren to drop out and support Bernie, but I just don't feel like I can demand that of someone who is not a white male billionaire who thinks he can buy the presidency with constant annoying ads.

I feel like this comes down to playing the game vs. following your heart. We all kind of hate the political games, right? What I'd really like to do is get rid of this ridiculously complicated primary/caucus system to choose a nominee and replace it with a national vote that takes place on one day. Early voting allowed of course but no releasing results until the polls close on that one day. No more waiting to see who's doing well, no more votes wasted because your candidate dropped out after you voted. Who has the time and energy for all this wheeling and dealing and political bullshit?

All it does is give more advantage to the people who already have the most money and power. The candidates who have that can afford the staff and tech necessary to see changes coming, to offer perks to candidates to drop out and support them, to react to the unexpected with ads and whatever else costs money, it's all going to be easier with more money and more political friends.

But we can't get rid of the system that benefits the rich and powerful because it makes it so the rich and powerful keep winning, and why would they get rid of something that benefits them so much? And round and round it goes.

I haven't given up hope but my cautious optimism has been replaced with a feeling of dread. I don't know what's going to happen but if the nominee is Biden I am going to be very sad. I can vote for him, but I can't be excited about him. I'll only be further convinced that electoral politics won't save us.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Gif of the Day

Pat your possum.

Headline of the Month

Haven't done one of these in a while because I kind of forgot about it but was immediately reminded by this:

A male lawmaker worries women will abuse a tax break to hoard tampons

They mean "cis male," of course.

It's just so hilarious how people like state Sen. Joey Hensley don't seem to put a second of thought into their bullshit arguments meant to cover up the fact that they just fucking hate the poor. Why would we buy more tampons than we need just because they cost like a dollar less per box? We use only as many tampons as we need. The only reason we might use more is because those of us who are barely making ends meet might feel like they could change it a little more often rather than risking infection by leaving them in longer than we really want to.

I don't personally use tampons, but I have in the past delayed changing pads, risking a messy situation, because at the time they sure seemed expensive.

But seriously, what does this guy think? We're gonna start changing them every 15 minutes just for fun? Because it's not actually a hoot. Or does he think we're going to use them for something else?

Because I don't think a lack of sales tax on pads and tampons is going to inspire too many more people to do shit like this:

Googling "art made from tampons" is an interesting experience.

People are just so goddamn weird, and I don't mean whoever made the tampon chandelier. This bill would only include these products in an annual three-day weekend "tax holiday" they do in Tennessee in which many other things can be bought without sales tax. I would assume that people would be more interested in items that cost a bit more than everyday period products and it doesn't seem like the bill to include period products would result in much of a dent in Tennessee's revenue.

Is the lie really worth it? It's not like we're trying to make tampons and pads available for free like they did in Scottland.

Not yet, anyway.

Friday, February 28, 2020

Gif of the Day

I need more footage of dolphins in my life.

Gee, Why Don't People Like The Democrats?

Democrats are all like "omg Trump is so un-democratic, Republicans are attacking democracy, they don't want people to have a voice like we do" and then go and do shit like this:

Democratic Leaders Willing to Risk Party Damage to Stop Bernie Sanders

And that's the New York Times saying that.

Dozens of interviews with Democratic establishment leaders this week show that they are not just worried about Mr. Sanders’s candidacy, but are also willing to risk intraparty damage to stop his nomination at the national convention in July if they get the chance. Since Mr. Sanders’s victory in Nevada’s caucuses on Saturday, The Times has interviewed 93 party officials — all of them superdelegates, who could have a say on the nominee at the convention — and found overwhelming opposition to handing the Vermont senator the nomination if he arrived with the most delegates but fell short of a majority.

Alright here's a fucking question. How can you have the most delegates and not have a majority at the same time? This is why people hate politics.

Anyway, it baffles me that so many liberals still think that "but Bernie Sanders isn't a real Democrat" is a good argument for them to make against Bernie Sanders.

Fuck the Democratic leadership. They are rich, mostly white male and generally privileged assholes who are more invested in protecting their own power than doing anything for the vast majority of the people they're supposed to be representing. They are part of the problem.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Gif of the Day


We Live In A Society

As it's looking more and more likely that Bernie Sanders will be the Democratic nominee, I highly recommend putting some effort into getting yourself ready for the tsunami of absolute bullshit that will come spewing out of the right on the subject of socialism. And it's going to be effective on a lot of average Americans, particularly those of older generations who were propagandized by red scare shit without the benefit of the internet providing access to actual information.

I've heard from multiple people in my life who don't have the space to look into this information themselves that they hold a general distrust for the government. I absolutely understand that. The difference that I've observed is that a lot of people distrust "government" in general. They don't want "government" in their healthcare or whatever else. I, on the other hand, don't have a problem with "government" in general, but with the U.S. government specifically, and I am skeptical that a representative democracy system could ever function without falling to corruption or simply a disconnect between the representatives and the average people.

Let's talk about what a government actually is. Government is simply a number of people getting together and agreeing to live in a society that has rules everyone agrees on and follows. In a representative democracy, this means people electing other people to "represent" them, their needs, and their desires. The idea is that these representatives will make the laws that the rest of the people desire while we can go on with our everyday lives.

What's super weird is that the average American "libertarian," or those who think they're libertarians, holds this kind of anti-government sentiment without realizing that the closest political theory to theirs is that of anarchists.

It's important to understand that anarchists are not anti-government. They are against the idea of representative government. They see the corruption that happens in this kind of system and conclude that nobody should have power over someone else.

Are they right? Can humans have power over others without becoming corrupt? I don't know. It's an old and complex question. What I do know is that we live in a society.

Let's all of the sudden switch to talking about the coronavirus. Trust me, it's very much related. Multiple threads on Twitter have popped up by people expressing fears that the pretty much inevitable spread of the coronavirus in the U.S. will be so much worse than it has to be due to the way in which we treat our service industry workers.

Here's just one, written by fellow queer freelance writer Lori Fox, starting with the story of how they could have died of pneumonia if a considerate doctor hadn't sat at one of their tables.

Fox, like many others, then points out that it's extremely common for service workers to continue working while sick, even while extremely sick. There is a 100% chance that there will be service workers who get sick, know that it could be COVID-19, and go to work anyway. Because the alternative could be getting fired, not being able to pay rent, eviction, homelessness, etc.

So they will work while sick. And contagious. And those of us who can afford to stay home from work sometimes will catch what they have.

This is a perfect example of the concept of We Live In A Society. I am still in the process of figuring out how much and what kind of government is ideal, but let's be practical for a second. How much the coronavirus spreads and how many people die from it depends a whole lot on the government.

It's our government that decides the minimum wage, which affects how much those living on that wage are able to save up for emergencies like getting sick with a dangerous virus. It's our government which decides whether or not paid sick leave should be required, how much, and for whom. "Less" government inevitably means less of all of that. And those of you lucky enough to not have to work in the service industry will therefore be more likely to catch it.

You won't be able to avoid it by avoiding restaurants. This is more than food service. The working poor stock your groceries. They pick, slaughter, and process all the food you consume. They fix your cars. They clean your homes. Unless you have enough money to buy up enough supplies to last for many months and basically seal yourself off from society, and I'm betting that you don't, you're going to be exposed to this virus because the working poor cannot afford to stay home when they get sick.

And that's because the people in this country said they wanted less government, at least when it comes to healthcare and making company owners pay and take care of their workers.

Is this really what you want? I hope that while you're in bed sweating through the fever and waiting to see if you're one of the 2%, you take some of that downtime to consider whether you really don't want "government in your healthcare." Think about what happens when people decide they don't want to take care of each other. Is this really a good thing? Are you sure "government" is the thing you don't want?

Think about it.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Gif of the Day

This gif does something to me.

This Tweet Won Last Night's Democratic Debate

I wish this was Warren instead but still:

I didn't actually watch the debate either because it's all the same shit every time but I'm pretty sure that wins.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Gif of the Day

Why did I save this? The world may never know.

Let's Talk About Reality Tunnels


Turns out there are some benefits to being in a relationship with someone who is really into philosophy. For example, I am glad that I was introduced to the idea of reality tunnels. Or really, to the term, because I had already formed the idea myself without know that someone had come up with a name for it already.

Basically, the theory of reality tunnels says that reality is in the eye of the beholder. Two people could look at the same situation and, because of the way they were raised and the beliefs that they hold and the influences that shaped them, they could each see something completely different. I look at a homeless person and see an individual failed by society, while a conservative might look at the same person and see a failure of the individual.

I think a lot of us have experienced confusion and distress when something happens, usually something highly emotionally charged, and our view and interpretation of the thing is wildly different from someone else's. It's disturbing and frustrating. We might assume that the other person is lying for some reason. It might seem like they live in an entirely different reality. Talk to people with significant enough political views and you'll probably experience this.

Maybe, in a way, they are living in a different reality.

Let's apply this to a particularly annoying aspect of 21st-century politics: online arguments. I think becoming skeptical of electoral politics in general has resulted in an ability to step back a little because I am less invested than I used to be in any particular candidate. Every current Democratic candidate is flawed. Some are less flawed than others, but you'll never find anybody who is squeaky clean.

And yet, finally making the decision to "officially" support Bernie seems to have made it easier for me to be drawn back into the same bullshit, wanting to argue with people who attack him. Isn't that interesting?

Anyway, a common complaint about Bernie is that his fans, or at least some of them, pile onto anyone who criticizes him in any way online to the point that it's harassment. In response, some Bernie supporters have claimed that these "pile-ons" have often in fact only been a few people responding in somewhat sarcastic tones.

So which is true? Both, of course. I've seen people get piled on by hundreds of people on Twitter for making reasonable complaints about Bernie and his fans and I've seen Bernie fans say horrible, fucked up things to and about these critics. I've also seen people throw some pretty wild, bullshit smear at Bernie, get like 90% supportive messages and a few people being like "dude no" and then claim that they were getting dog-piled by the mean Bernie Bros.

And I've seen both situations play out with critics and supporters of Elizabeth Warren. And let's not pretend that both Bernie and Liz supporters are shitting on Mike Bloomberg all day every day. He deserves it, but I mean, we are doing that.

I wish we could talk in a more productive way about our "bubbles." Bubbles are related to reality tunnels but the only time they come up is usually when some alt-right fuckoff is telling you that you're just living in your liberal bubble or echo chamber or whatever the fuck without having a shred of self-awareness about the fact that they have their own bubble/echo chamber that they're about to retreat to and declare victory to their like-minded buddies after getting blocked yet again.

We all surround ourselves with like-minded people. It's completely natural and expected human behavior. Every one of us has a bubble and an echo chamber, and if not, you're probably extremely lonely. Humans have been doing this since we started existing, and then suddenly we invented the internet and thrust ourselves right up into each other's business and we're all baffled and angry all the time now.

I'm in a position right now where I'm definitely left of liberal and connecting with more and more people who are the similarly leftist or further left while still maintaining a lot of connections with and admiration for people who are actually liberal. So I a lot of what's going on in both of these groups. But if you're totally enmeshed in either group, you have to go out of your way to see what's going on in the other. And I am still in a bubble, just like everyone else. We can't see all of Twitter. It's too big.

If you think Warren fans never attack Bernie fans the way vice versa, you're wrong. If you think Warren fans are lying about Bernie fans ever piling onto them, you're wrong. Who does it more? I don't know, I think it would take some kind of software or tech thing to figure that out and clearly I would have absolutely no clue how to go about making such a program. But until such a thing exists, we can't know which fans are worse.

But we can all acknowledge that our perspectives are limited by what we've seen. I think that would be super-duper healthy and beneficial to all of us. Knowing about reality tunnels has helped me to step back and resist the temptation to butt in with my every thought.

That's another thing I think we need to acknowledge. It's a very human thing to want to express one's opinion and be heard. Again, the internet has given us the ability to do that as much as we want at any time to a massive potential audience, but there are downsides. You'd be hard-pressed to find a human who has never seen something online and felt the urge to give their opinion on it. We all feel that urge all the time, especially when it's about something important to us. And politics are important to all of us whether we want to admit it or not.

That's why these pile-ons happen. I mean, sometimes there are coordinated attacks, but these are from 4chan and other right-wing cesspools. The vast majority of the time it's that you either have a large audience or are boosted by someone with a large audience and so hundreds, thousands, maybe millions of people see what you said and an opinion or clever bit of bullshit pops into their heads and they all want to share. That's not a bad thing in and of itself, but it can be overwhelming when so many give in to the urge, often without thinking much at all, and the one person who said the original thing wakes up with 500 notifications.

Yesterday I saw a fairly prominent feminist with 92,000 followers freaking out a bit and trying to claim that that thing Bernie wrote back in 1972 about gender roles and their impact on people's sex lives represented sexual fantasies that Bernie actually himself has. He of course did not admit to any such thing, he was just being too edgy in his attempt to catch attention to his essay -- a mistake made by just about every dude in every one of my creative writing classes in college.

I responded to one of her tweets pointing this out and she was not receptive to the idea. Her response also indicated that I was not the first one to make the point I made, which I should have assumed. I then struggled quite a bit to resist the urge to continue replying to her tweets. I felt she was wrong and spreading disinformation that could even harm Bernie's chances at getting nominated (and most polls still suggest Bernie has the best chance of anyone to beat Trump) but I had to tell myself some key things. A) Chances were slim that anything I could say to her would be something she hadn't heard before and B) she was not currently in a state of mind that was at all receptive to other ideas.

And that's okay. Maybe it's not ideal and if you're always in that mode then that's a problem, but I've absolutely been in that place. The subject was about rape fantasies, which is a highly-charged subject. Being emotional about that subject is never wrong. I don't even blame her for being furious that Bernie wrote what he did. He was still using rape for shock value, which is something I hate. Maybe if I hadn't already known about his old writings and had a negative opinion of Bernie, I would have been saying the same things as this woman. It was clear that some people were shocked at the idea that anybody has rape fantasies, and I don't blame them for being upset.

I just wish that more people could put their egos and their hero worship aside and practice a little more empathy. Not with fascists, but we can do it with people a little to the left or right of us, yeah? C'mon.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Gif of the Day

Thank fuck for Animal Crossing.

The Harvey Weinstein Trial And My Bottomless Exhaustion

I looked through my entire gif collection to try and find one that could express how tired this whole thing makes me feel and this is the closest I could get:

There's nothing else I can yell about on the topic of rape culture. It's all been said. I feel like I don't even have any more anger to express about it. Every time it pops up, all I have left to feel is tired. And when I pay attention to and try to explore that feeling of emotional and mental exhaustion, sometimes it seems so deep and vast that I'm astonished I can function at all.

Anyway, Harvey "Serial Rapist" Weinstein was convicted of criminal sexual assault in the first degree and rape in the third degree today. He was acquitted of two other charges of predatory sexual assault, which comes with a maximum punishment of a life sentence, and then there was a fifth charge which I don't know what happened to it because I can barely skim over one article on the subject.

Anyway, it sounds like with these charges Weinstein would get a minimum of six and a half years in prison, though if the supposed health problems that the rapist has been milking for every drop are real, he'll probably be dead tomorrow. In reality, his lawyers said they will definitely appeal, so this will be dragged out for god knows how much longer and he may end up acquitted of all charges. But at least the judge in this case sent Weinstein directly to jail, so he'll get to experience some of that horror even if I don't personally love reveling in someone's having to go to prison, which I am generally against.

So. Goddamn. Tired.

Some are calling this result "bittersweet" but it doesn't feel either bitter or sweet. It sucks that he was acquitted of anything, it sucks that his victims had to go through the horror of testifying, it sucks that his lawyers will appeal, it sucks that any of this exists in the first place. I feel terrible for the victims of the crimes that resulted in the other charges, I feel terrible for the victims whose charges were never considered in the first place, and I want to feel happy for the women who did get some semblance of justice today but I have a hunch that they don't feel great themselves.

I hope some people (the ones who are on the right side of history on this, I mean) feel good about the verdict but I get the impression that a lot of women and survivors are feeling a whole lot like me today. Men, please put more effort into ending rape culture. Please make sure there are no more Harvey Weinsteins. This whole things sucks and should never have happened in the first place. This awful, evil shit needs to end.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Gif of the Day

Such graceful creatures.

Order More Chinese Food

Apparently, people are being extra racist against Chinese people and any and all individuals who racist people might mistake for Chinese (because racism) because the coronavirus seems to have originated from a region in China. This is some bullshit considering the fact that fucking measles, which is much more dangerous than this respiratory illness, came back in the U.S. just because some rich white ladies fell for a scam and stopped vaccinating their kids.

This isn't the first time a virus has made people show their racism.

The coronavirus exposes the history of racism and “cleanliness”

This has ranged from street harassment to right-wing conspiracy theorists claiming that the Chinese government made the virus on purpose.

Racism about cleanliness coming from Americans is pretty rich considering the fact that only 31% or our men and 65% of women wash their hands after using the bathroom.

The racism is so bad that it's actually hurting Chinese businesses. So if you're able, please go out and help your local Chinese-owned establishments by shopping their more often until the coronavirus panic passes. Get Chinese food when you don't feel like cooking. It's great. If you don't have a lot of cash to spend, you could probably just order from a teriyaki joint and make a difference because racists don't know what Chinese food actually is.

And if you're spreading racist bullshit around the coronavirus or anything else, you suck.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Gif of the Day

This is so strangely beautiful.

The Centrist Attacks On Bernie Sanders Are Just Sad

I don't even know what centrists are doing in terms of trying to draw support away from Bernie Sanders. I mean who knows, maybe it will work, but it doesn't seem like a good strategy to try and lean into Bernie's "being ridiculously rich is bad for everyone else" philosophy, which I thought centrists didn't like, in order to attack Bernie for having some money.

This is apparently supposed to be an actual attack on Bernie. I guess what they're going for is trying to paint him as a hypocrite for having kind of a lot of money in comparison to average people while pushing the idea that having a billion dollars or more is maybe too much and they should probably be taxed quite a lot if they have that much cash lying around.

I just don't think it works very well. Bernie is worth about $1.2 million. Most of the remaining Democratic candidates are worth more than that, including the most centrist candidates (on a U.S.-based scale, at least). Joe Biden is worth $9 million and I'm sure he has a vacation home himself. Then, of course, there's Michael Bloomberg. Want to see his house?

Which one? The one in New York that he bought for $3.5 million in 1986 and has added on to, bringing it to a total of 12,500 square feet? Or the one in London that's only 6,266 sqft but is worth $25 million?

Yes, Bernie has some money. They actually pay Senators quite a lot. If you're going to try and paint him as some kind of dangerous socialist who wants to take away all your money and stuff, stop pointing out that he has money and stuff. If you want to paint having enough money for a vacation home on the lake as bad, then you can't be supporting people who have a crap load more money than he does.

Figure your shit out.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Gif of the Day

I did this once when I worked at a cat adoption place for a cat we were socializing and it made me fall so deeply in love with him.

Michael Bloomberg Fucking Sucks

It's so weird and annoying to have Democrats attack Bernie Sanders for not being a "real Democrat" while you're sitting there being like "yeah that's a huge point in his favor for me" and knowing that a ton of people feel the same way and having to remember that there are so many humans out there in the U.S. who think that Democrat is as left as it gets and that everyone left of center must be a Democrat like what a weird way to live.

Meanwhile Michael Bloomberg is an actual fake Democrat who was a Republican just a few years ago until he decided that the best way to buy his way into the presidency was to go through the Democrats even though he's basically a slightly more discreet Donald Trump with better business sense but is worse at playing the public.

Please don't let his relentless ads convince you or your loved ones to vote for him, he's awful.

All this also has me thinking about the Vote Blue No Matter Who crowd, and it's such a seductive slogan that makes so much sense on the surface and has the entire horror and trauma of the Trump presidency propping it up, but I still feel like it's an insidious thing. People are using this "better of two evils" logic to try and convince people to support Bloomberg by claiming that he'll have the best shot of beating Trump against all evidence.

Most polls on the subject show Bernie, the leftiest candidate, has the best change of beating Trump. But they're telling you that Bloomberg has the best change like it's objective truth and like it's obvious, preying on this false idea that the middle is the best. But the U.S. center isn't the center, it's to the right, and in between "nobody deserves to die from poverty and we should take care of each other without judgment" and "poor people should either be our slaves or fuck off and die" is not the ideal place to be.

I'm also remembering the compromise of the "Vote Blue No Matter Who" thing that was like "hey you can go ahead and support whoever you want in the primaries, just vote for the Democrat in the general election!" But whoops, now I'm seeing demands for various candidates to drop out to give other candidates a better chance to get the nomination because they have a better chance in the general election. So much for that, I guess.

And yeah, Bernie supporters are doing this, too. A lot, in fact, and at Elizabeth Warren. Which is really annoying because it was primarily the Bernie supporters who were like "we should be allowed to support who we want without compromising for political strategy" and look just pick one or the other, I can't stand hypocrisy, people.

Which is best? I honestly don't know anymore. All I know is that the fact that we've been forced into this choice between following your heart and maybe not letting the country continue to shift to the right in the long run and preventing another four years of child concentration camps and all the other horrible things that have already been caused by Trump as well as the ripple effects that could occur from another four years of him makes me feel like THIS COUNTRY IS FUCKED.

This is not a good choice to have. So many potential outcomes are really bad. This is why people say we need a revolution.

This has been a collection of random thoughts I've been having around the election but in conclusion Michael Bloomberg fucking sucks DON'T VOTE FOR HIM.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Gif of the Day

Guess what I watched.

Medicare For All: Common Arguments Against And Rebuttals

ReBUTTals. Heheh.

The headline was really formal so I had to balance it out. You understand.

Anyway, it's looking like in spite of the DNC's best efforts, Bernie Sanders is likely to be the nominee for President. If we want to get Trump out of office four years early, which will be the real challenge because the incumbent always has the advantage, we need to be ready to counter all the shit that's going to be lobbed at Bernie and his policy positions.

Let's start with Medicare for All, because Jon Oliver did a segment on it and it really lays out the most common concerns with it in a fair and hilarious manner.

I like this show a lot.

The biggest argument against seems to be the cost, and I want to point out a couple things that Oliver didn't. First of all, Fox News anchors love to put that special bit of emphasis on TRILLION when they give the price tag. Let's be clear -- the U.S. annual budget is already measured in the trillions. I know it still seems like an uncommonly large number, but the same used to be for billions. Inflation has raised us to the point that you're going to start hearing the word "trillion" more and more often. Don't let it scare you away from actually using your brain.

Second, U.S. healthcare as it is already costs $3.5 trillion every year. Pundits always talk about the cost over the course of 10 years, so if you use basic maths, $32.6 trillion over 10 years means saving $240 billion even by Fox News numbers.

Of course, Oliver makes a good point in saying that we don't know for sure how Medicare for All will really cost until we get the bill. I would argue that it's worth a shot seeing as Medicare for All will save lives and I will pay higher taxes to do that even if those taxes would cost me more than what the elimination of health insurance premiums, co-pays, and deductibles would save me.

Also of interest is a new study that came out just last Friday. I was already high as a kite by the time I saw it but I was so excited about it that I still managed to email one of the lead study authors for the full text of said study because you can do that instead of paying to get past the paywall and it works 99% of the time, just FYI.

I haven't had time to read through the entire thing yet, but I did convert it into a Google Doc which you can access here because FUCK paywalls for scientific studies. Thank you, Dr. Alison Galvani.

The paper was authored by five experts from three different universities and declares that Dr. Galvani "was an informal unpaid adviser to the Office of Senator Sanders regarding the Medicare for All Act, 2019," with no other possible conflicts of interest listed. The summary lists some highly promising potential results.

Taking into account both the costs of coverage expansion and the savings that would be achieved through the Medicare for All Act, we calculate that a single-payer, universal health-care system is likely to lead to a 13% savings in national health-care expenditure, equivalent to more than US$450 billion annually (based on the value of the US$ in 2017).

That's some serious annual savings, but let's talk about human lives.

Furthermore, we estimate that ensuring health-care access for all Americans would save more than 68 000 lives and 1·73 million life-years every year compared with the status quo.

That. Is what I am talking about.

The only other common argument that Jon Oliver doesn't address is the idea that the government will be making health decisions for people. This is, I'm assuming, a remnant of the "death panels" bullshit from the Obamacare debates.

The bottom line is that if you want to keep costs down (and I'm not saying I do lol), then somebody does need to be out there to say "no, we're not going to pay for your third face lift" or "no, we're not going to pay for you to get a sixth finger grafted onto your left hand because you think it would be cool," or whatever. Right now, we have health insurance companies with a clear profit motive to deny you as much coverage as they can for whatever reason they can pull out of their asses and people are dying on the regular as a direct result of this system.

Hypothetically, we could have a system wherein a government worker who does not get paid bonuses for saying "no" could make some kind of final call on controversial cases based on doctor recommendations or however they do it in every other country where they have this system. That doesn't seem so bad.

I get not trusting our government. I sure as hell don't. But at least governments are SUPPOSED to be for and by the people. A properly-funded system done right could save tens of thousands of lives and make life so much better for so many people, reducing so much of the stress that takes god knows how many years off our lives. Yeah, government corruption happens, but at least it's illegal. At least it's considered to be wrong.

For-profit companies are, as described, FOR PROFIT. That's all. All they care about is sucking as much profit out of YOUR pocket as possible, and they don't give a single fuck if that means you DIE, and that's how it's supposed to be. Which do you prefer to make your health care decisions?

Oh, and there's also the assumption that because the U.S. has a higher population than most countries with universal healthcare, the presumed added bureaucracy would create additional problems. While that might be true, I feel like the potential to save tens of thousands of LIVES every year makes Medicare for All worth a shot. Like yeah, obviously problems are going to crop up here and there. Maybe we can work on those as they appear? We can do it.

I honestly don't understand the instinct to dismiss a system which could save so many lives just because it might have some issues that will make it worse less than absolutely perfect. My hope is that most of the people doing this just haven't thought it through and are still stuck in the reactionary "SOCIALISM BAD" mode courtesy of propaganda from the government they don't trust.

Please, people. Lives are at stake. Try to exercise some critical thinking on this issue.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Gif of the Day

Happy Valentine's Day!

Pete Buttigieg Is Full Of Shit

Oh right, this is why I don't like Pete Buttigieg.

Helpful hint to Pete: Tweeting this bullshit again in Spanish doesn't make it any less shitty.

I guess because I had written off Buttigieg as a viable Democratic candidate, I had forgotten how much I hated his "Medicare For All Who Want It" fuckery.

I know I said I was going to get deeper into Pete's positions in general this week but long story short I got high and picked up Skyrim again, soooo....

But honestly, why should I have to go through all that effort when all you need to know about Pete Buttigieg is that he is completely, utterly full of shit? This guy actually wants you to believe that there is a large section of people out there who are fond of the health insurance graciously given to them by their employers so much that they wouldn't want the same thing only with no premiums, no deductibles, no co-pays, and no being denied life-saving care for whatever reason the insurance company can pull out of its ass.

And now he has the nerve to push this lie about union-won health coverage? Not only do union workers not love their "employer-provided health benefits" (provided under threat of strike but whatever), they don't want to have to fight for healthcare.

But don't ask me, ask union leadership!

Medicare for All is not an affront to unions. Union members overwhelmingly support it. Pete is being completely dishonest here, and you should be pissed. He's bullshitting. He's using convoluted, twisty-turny logic to try and obscure the fact that "Medicare for All Who Want It" will create a two-tiered healthcare system in which the rich get all the good healthcare and those who can't afford the good stuff are the only ones left to pay into Medicare, leaving it underfunded and shitty. That's when the Republicans and neoliberals come in and go "LOOK HOW TERRIBLE THIS SYSTEM IS, WE SHOULD GET RID OF IT ENTIRELY."

And universal healthcare in America is dead once again.

There is no good reason to put the "for those who want it" exception onto Medicare for All except to destroy it. But he can't say that, so he's feeding you bullshit. Doesn't that just make you so mad?

It makes me mad. Could you tell?

Personally, I like rats. Like, the animal. They're cute and sweet and intelligent and don't deserve the bad reputation they got just because they take advantage of what we call garbage. But I can see why people call him a rat. He won't even be honest about his own goddamn height.

I know people are biased toward the tall but come on, Pete.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Gif of the Day

via Gfycat

Is this what I'm reduced to? Embedding gifs like a corporate SHILL???

Cute dog though.

Listen To A Homeless Man Explain How Sweeps Hurt Him

Seattle is still being absolute shit in its treatment of the homeless population thanks to our faux-progressive mayor who has continued and expanded police "sweeps" of homeless camps, big and small. I can't for the life of me get my head around the logic of calling yourself progressive when your solution to the issue of homelessness isn't "give people the resources necessary to not be homeless" and instead is "disrupt their already difficult lives at random every time they find a place to put down anything that could keep the constant rain from soaking them or the frost from killing them."

It's winter, and this is a single homeless man and small dog who dared to set up a single tent in a park and bother nobody while he tries to survive:

Each video is about a minute and 20 seconds long. I encourage you to watch each as this man tells his story. He also explains that he is unable to access a nearby homeless shelter because he was assaulted in the laundry room and he fought back too hard, so they kicked him out. Many others living in tents do so because they can't access shelters for various reasons, whether because it's transphobic, because staff is abusive, because of various hostile rules, or perhaps because they won't like you keep animals like Babygirl.

Riley explains the absurdity of this "sweeps" policy perfectly. He's just trying to survive day to day, he doesn't have enough money to afford a place, there is no affordable housing in Seattle and no I am not counting the so-called affordable housing apartments that offer a small discount on rent because $1,200 per month is not "affordable" for Riley no matter how you try to twist it.

So what should Riley do? He's asking for help, so if it was available he would surely take it. But it hasn't been. It's the same for every other homeless person. How does destroying their tents and stealing and throwing away their meager possessions help either them or the rest of the city? It just makes it harder for them to get out and more likely that they'll die homeless.

The existence of homelessness is a failure of society. This is Durkan's failure and Riley deserves an apology and compensation for his damaged property.