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Politics and Current Events / in a 5-4 decision
dunno if we have a thread for the tidal wave of judicial reaction that's locked in for the rest of our natural lives but let's just start one here.


interesting findings:

1. in general, everyone is now much more tolerant of expressions of "controversial" opinions than in the past.
2. racism is the only exception to this trend... but it's not like people have gotten much less tolerant of expressing racist opinions, it's just that they've become more tolerant of other things.
3. it's moderate liberals/leftists most keen on denying racists a platform for expression, not the far left or extreme liberals.

part of it that's kinda bullshit is when it talks about "militarism" and fascism:

The fourth and final interesting observation to be made here is that people who would "no platform" racists are substantially more willing to let speak people who preace literal military takeover of the government. The label "militarist" in the GSS data is somewhat understated. Militarist here means "a person who advocates doing away with elections and letting the military run the country." It is fascinating, given that anti-racism is often rhetorically linked to anti-fascism, that while 60% of Slight Liberals would allow racists to speak, almost 80% of Slight Liberals would allow a speaker preaching military fascism. This suggests to me that the vociferous wish to suppress anyone labeled "racist" is driven by an underlying psychology distinct from aversion to fascism.

but fascism is a lot more than military dictatorship. actually it doesn't even require a military takeover (neither the italian fascists nor the nazis were "the military"). if there's an explanation here, it's that someone advocating a military takeover of the government isn't seen as being as plausible a threat as someone espousing racist ideas... which makes sense because we've had a lot of dangerous racists in this country and few military coups.
see attached pic. it only happened once when my mouse went over the breadcrumb. after taking a screenshot it disappeared. limited to the browser window so i am really hoping it's not my graphics card starting to go!!
Arts and Entertainment / ursula le guin died
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Politics and Current Events / taxageddon is GO
think this deserves its own thread because the rough beast slouching to the white house to be born is a creature entirely of the republican congress, not trump.

Senate Passes Massive Tax Cuts For The Rich In Middle Of The Night

WASHINGTON ― When Donald Trump was elected president last year, a sweeping rewrite of the tax code was one of his top priorities.

Throughout the campaign, Trump said he wanted a "middle-class tax cut," one that wouldn't benefit wealthy people like him and would spur huge levels of economic growth while not adding to the national debt. "For the hedge fund guys, they're going to be paying up," Trump promised in September 2015.

As president, Trump has continued to insist the tax code overhaul won't be good for himself or other millionaires. "This is going to cost me a fortune, this thing ― believe me," Trump said this week.

But the big winners in the GOP bill that the Senate passed early Saturday morning are corporations and the wealthy. Trump himself ― a self-proclaimed billionaire ― stands to gain millions through the elimination of certain taxes (though we don't know exactly how much because Trump won't release his tax returns). Far from being a middle-class tax cut, the measure is a massive corporate giveaway, a bill that recycles decades of Republican ideology on trickle-down economics and trusts that executives will hand over their new gains to average-income workers.

"If my friends here want to give a tax cut to the middle class," Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) asked on the Senate floor Thursday, "why don't we give a tax cut to the middle class?" His argument had no effect.

After months of negotiations, the Senate passed the proposal, 51-49, with just one Republican ― Bob Corker of Tennessee ― joining all Democrats in opposition. Corker took issue with how much debt the bill would produce, and after the Senate parliamentarian struck down Corker's debt-control proposal, GOP leaders invited the retiring Republican to just vote no rather than finding him an accommodation.

With the bill finally through the Senate ― the House passed its tax bill two weeks earlier ― the two chambers still have to work out their legislative differences in a conference committee before the tax rewrite becomes law. There's a slim chance the House could adopt the Senate bill and send it to the president's desk, but it's more likely that negotiators will merge the two versions. Both chambers need to pass the same measure for the bill to become law.

For most Americans, the legislation is still indeed ― at least in the short term ― a tax cut. Those cuts are due in large part to Republicans approving $1.5 trillion in added debt over the next 10 years. But of that pie, the wealthy disproportionately benefit, and some households could wind up with higher tax bills. The richest 20 percent of households reap 90 percent of the benefit of the tax cuts over that time period, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center.

Still, in the short term, it's difficult to say exactly whose taxes go up and whose go down. Tax burdens depend on what deductions individual filers claim, and this bill is a complicated tax code rewrite ― one that analysts say will have limited impact on the economy, will cost the nation more than a trillion dollars over the next 10 years, and will do much more for rich investors than it will the middle class.

Despite all that, despite poll after poll showing the measure is unpopular, most Republicans were ecstatic to pass the bill.

While the bill took months to draft, the final package came together over a frenetic last few days. Republicans didn't even have finished legislative text until Friday night, hours before the vote, and Democrats slammed their GOP colleagues for rushing through a bill that was cobbled together with handwritten changes and crossed-out pages at the last minute.

Those procedural concerns did nothing to slow the bill, however, with Republicans falling in line to vote down a Democratic motion to adjourn Friday night. Senators then began a so-called vote-a-rama, in which amendments get up-or-down approval one after the other until lawmakers are exhausted enough to stop. Eventually, in the early hours of Saturday morning, senators moved to a final vote on the reconciliation bill, and it passed.

post your favorite horrifying tidbits about this great advance for Freedom! mine is that the actual text of the bill voted on included additions in handwriting in the margins.
rednose what do you think of DSA

this fucking rules

Now a number of international volunteers fighting alongside Kurdish forces in northern Syria have formed an LGBT military unit and named it "The Queer Insurrection and Liberation Army" (TQILA) - pronounced "tequila".


Game of Thrones' Showrunners Reveal Next HBO Project: 'Confederate'

Benioff and Weiss will executive produce the series, which exists in a fictional timeline where the South succeeded in seceding from the Union. In this version of the United States -- or what's become of it -- slavery has remained legal and has continued into the modern era.

The story takes place during what's called the Third American Civil War and follows a group of characters on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line, now a demilitarized zone. The groups the characters belong to are vast and include freedom fighters, slave hunters, politicians, abolitionists, journalists and others. One specific group are the executives of a slave-holding conglomerate and the families they control.

this seems fine and their handling of slavery in GoT indicates that they have the deft hand for nuance this would require

everyone will be happy wi-

The timing is white.
I've changed my mind.
I've decided that I no longer want to spend another fraction of my energy demanding that white products be more inclusive. I've decided that I would rather be erased than to be misrepresented, pathologized, rendered as spectacle, lynch postcarded, reduced to pornographic genital fodder--drawn and quartered by the White Gaze.This fuckshit is what sealed the deal. There's no way I will support "Games of Thrones II: N*gg*rs Perpetually for Sale."

well then.
new york focused article because i live in ny:

analysis more broadly from the intercept with some hilarious responses from legislators:

aclu letter:

The bill seeks to expand the Export Administration Act of 1979 and the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945 which, among other things, prohibit U.S. persons from complying with a foreign government's request to boycott a country friendly to the U.S. The bill would amend those laws to bar U.S. persons from supporting boycotts against Israel, including its settlements in the Palestinian Occupied Territories, conducted by international governmental organizations, such as the United Nations and the European Union. It would also broaden the law to include penalties for simply requesting information about such boycotts. Violations would be subject to a minimum civil penalty of $250,000 and a maximum criminal penalty of $ 1 million and 20 years in prison. We take no position for or against the effort to boycott Israel or any foreign country, for that matter. However, we do assert that the government cannot, consistent with the First Amendment, punish U.S. persons based solely on their expressed political beliefs.

glad to see that so many democratic senators' #resistance to the government colluding with a foreign power for its benefit at the expense of americans' rights is so consistent

i gotta be honest, this sounds so bad and dumb on its face that i have to believe that it's not as bad as various online outlets are making it seem, but i don't think the aclu would take a stand on it for no good reason.
this is reality

One grabbed a piece of cardboard and wrote in big letters: "TRUMP'S A BITCH."

Max Neely quickly stepped in.

"I'm not sure you should use that word," he said, his voice taking on a fatherly tone. At 6ft2in, he towered over them. "That word isn't very respectful to women, and there are a lot of women around here today that we should be respecting. Maybe you can think of another word to use."

The boys conferred. Eventually, they settled on a different, less offensive protest sign - at least in Neely's eyes. "FUCK TRUMP," it read, followed by four exclamation points.


boss logo imo:

Science / where is stevef
because whenever stevef posted a thread, i imagined a big sled pulled by a cheerfully trotting mammoth bouncing into town. the mammoth shook off the snow from his back and said "we-e-e-e-ll helloooo thar, folks! have a gander at this!" and his trunk pulled back the tarp from over the sled and revealed a big haul of science, publications and fossil samples and strange liquids in vials, all freshly carved from the knowledge mines.

but that never happens anymore  :smith:
Why Not Have a Randomly Selected Congress?

have to admit they have a point

i don't think i can really process this trailer. that's all, just wanted to point that out.
or, but i thought he wasn't a real democrat???

Senior Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday sought to stave off town hall protests from their own party, asking Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to reach out and urge activists to redirect their anger at Republicans instead of at moderate Democratic lawmakers.

The request came in a weekly meeting of top Democratic senators, according to a senator in attendance, ahead of a congressional recess next week when lawmakers in both parties are expected to face large crowds stirred in recent weeks by President Trump's early executive actions and ongoing Republican attempts to revamp the Affordable Care Act.

Over the past two weeks, crowds -- and conflict-hungry media crews -- have swarmed town halls and protested at congressional offices. Republicans have gotten the brunt of it, with several members escorted by police through lines of shouting protesters, and some caught scrapping or rescheduling public events or leaving out back doors to dodge angry activists.

But protesters have also gathered in blue states, marching to Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer's home in Brooklyn to demand the obstruction of Trump nominees, and showing up at the offices of safe-seat Democrats to demand that they filibuster Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.

Such episodes spurred Democrats to ask Sanders for help, according to Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.), who attended the meeting on Tuesday.
Arts and Entertainment / the OA
the problem with this show is that the most gripping conflict is whether events in the boring half of the story will prevent us from finding out what happens in the interesting part of the story
Politics and Current Events / corbyn won
fucking EAT IT, feeble and stevefffffffffart
Introductions / this is our welcome smiley
Arts and Entertainment / stranger things owns
that is all