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.