I'm older so I remember things. Everything you see happening today should be understood this way:
The top tax rate used to be 90% in order to prevent the really rich from destroying democracy.
The corporate tax rate was 50% because corporations exist to serve society.
AND the inheritance tax was really high to keep family dynasties from gaining power over us.
Pure, shameless trash. This guy was going after everyone like he was a saint, while he was ripping off his own union. Doesn’t get much lower than that. All these “Back the Blue” guys are most likely to “Backstab the Blue” in the end. What a fake.
SPEAK UP LOUDLY..AND OFTEN
"Here's the thing about dealing with nazis: If you wait until it's too late, it will be too late. I know that sounds obvious, but folks still want to believe it's too soon.
The road to fascism is lined with people telling you to stop overreacting."
One day after quoting MLK on MLK Day, Florida MAGA Gov Ron DeSantis cancels AP African American Studies Program, saying it ‘Lacks Educational Value’
This is literally white supremacist talking points & a reminder how much these people still hate MLK today.
Indeed, DeSantis banning AP African American Studies is a reminder of that old quote -- White privilege is when your history is the curriculum and every other history is an elective.
@drlynnchiu The impulse may be to mute boosts because they’re just too many, but I recommend being more patient with people as this is what makes Mastodon more dynamic. I’ve noticed that boosting tends to come in bursts so I recommend just scrolling past. The same goes for long conversations. Just scroll past. However, if this makes your experience less pleasant then there’s always the mute boost option. I’d then recommend setting the timer on it to give them another chance.
Not a caterpillar - On a frosty May morning, a group of European Bee-eaters perched on a branch gave the impression of a caterpillar at first glance. The vibrant colours of their feathers, with shades of green, blue, and yellow, seemed to blend together and create a fluffy, caterpillar-like appearance. It's also a winning image in Adult Category of European Wild Wonders photo competition, November 2011. José Luis Rodríguez
In a democracy, the private depends on the public.
Businesses depend on public resources: roads, bridges, highways, sewers, a water supply, airports and air traffic control, a patent office, public education for your employees, public health, the electric grid, the satellite communications, the internet, and more.
Individuals depend on clean air, water, safe food, public safety, access to education and health care, housing, employment ...
Without such public resources, you are not free.
Worse, law enforcement "responds to" (and hence criminalizes) a lot of public health issues. Homelessness. Drug dependency. Poverty. Mental health. Medical emergencies (like diabetic shock). All of those things are public health/safety issues that have been relegated to the cops, whose primary function is violence in the interest of the state.
Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter gives him direct access to tens of millions of brains. He is making a zealous effort to change and control those brains by flooding them with hate and misinformation.
He's creating an echo chamber that forces everyone to engage the extreme conservative ideas in order to make such ideas seem mainstream. He’s shifting the discourse to favor election deniers, racists and insurrectionists … turning Twitter into a social media version of Fox.
I wasn't faster than most NFL players, but I was stronger than almost every person to ever play NFL football(still am!) because I know how to train.
I was a better tackler because I learned the *skill* of tackling by playing rugby my whole life and being captain of the college rugby team and a force on the undefeated Riverside Killer Bees semi-pro team.
I was a better fighter, because boxing and jiu-jitsu are *skills*.
The only time I ever had my water restricted was playing college football.
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