I always felt like liberals learned the wrong lessons from Prop 8.
The absurdity of prop 8 wasn’t that a “liberal” state voted against gay marriage or that it took a Supreme Court ruling to overturn it. The absurdity of it was that our government is set up such that a matter as personal as marriage was somehow a matter for the state, democratic or otherwise.
Landlords, liberalism, -, /3
The perverse thing is, he has a point. Everything under the sun, from ideas that we patent, to things we pull out of the ground, to things we manufacture, are traded by on a market for profit by entities that have legal ownership over those things. It's not hard to argue that water is basically the same.
Therein lies the problem. This is what the Vote Blue No Matter Who clowns need to understand. The problem isn't that the Nestle CEO is mean and greedy. The problem isn't that we don't tax him enough. The problem is that we have a legal and market system that is arranged in such a way that you can argue that water is a foodstuff to profit from, or that you can kick people out on the street because they're poor, and those arguments are fundamentally coherent.
Landlords, liberalism, -, /2
Remember that whole "Nestle says water isn't a human right!" thing? The argument the CEO made was basically "well, we sell foodstuff on the market in order to turn a profit, water is a foodstuff, why the fuck is that somehow different?"
Landlords, liberalism, -, /1
How many liberals will baulk at the idea of companies like Nestle privatizing the world's water supply, arguing that water is a human right essential to life? How many liberals argue that environmental regulations are vital because the air and the soil is a shared resource vital to all? How many of those same liberals shrug when someone is kicked out of their home because they can't afford rent? We're all entitled to clean water and clean air, but when it comes to making sure we have a roof over our heads it's more complicated? Pick a side.
seeing libs wax eloquent about how much more of a "decent" man GWB was than Trump
nothing trump has done is anywhere on the scale of murdering a million iraqis, instituting mass surveillance, instituting an extraordinary rendition regime (global kidnapping system by JSOC), torture,, and so much more that I don't have the energy to recount
guns, left pol, +
Harper’s has a very good article about the Socialist Rifle Association and the importance of arming the left. Please read it. CW for discussion of transphobia. https://harpers.org/archive/2020/04/good-guys-with-guns-socialist-gun-club/
Seriously. Read it.
today I discovered that because Microsoft thought the Zune “Z” device would become as iconic and obvious as Apple’s Apple, they left both their name *and the product name* off the Zune product line, so now there’s a small but consistent group of them listed on eBay as “Hello From Seattle” MP3 players
i really do not get where people found this dream of Hillary Clinton, a woman steeped in power and privilege for decades, as someone who'd spent her life fighting for the little guy and didn't REALLY want to play this power game with the ultra-rich, that was just business
All classes move online. Zoom is unable to handle the server load of every campus in the country, so professors seek out other methods.
One professor announces they are now hosting classes in a Garry's Mod DarkRP server.
Another moves to World of Warcraft.
Someone opens a Minecraft server with a 1:1 recreation of campus.
Software dev (c, golang, python), furry, trans, aggressively enby. Seattle. Gender conscientious objector. I cry a lot but I swear I'm cool
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