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Minimum wages and taxes in Denmark

I’m seeing a lot of people talking about minimum wages in the US and using Denmark as a comparison, but I haven’t seen anyone explain how it actually works here in Denmark, so I’ll try to explain:

In Denmark only teenagers are paid less than 16.63 usd in an hour. That means 2495.16 usd a month.

You can earn 6803.96 usd tax free in a year. That money is your’s, no one can touch it. That is 567.03 a month.

That leaves 1928.17 usd that will be taxed. The lowest tax in Denmark is 38% (rich people pay 55%), leaving you with 1195.43.

1195.43 + 567.03 (the tax free money) = 1762.46 usd monthly pay.

Mind you, the cost of living is also a lot higher in Denmark, but you can get by on 453.52 usd a month just fine (after you’ve paid taxes and rent) if you don’t have children. For example, I live well below the Danish “poverty line” but I’m not complaining. I’m doing fine.

There’s also public transportation almost everywhere so you’re not required to have a car. There’s no stigmatization connected with using public transportation except the hassle of it.

38% tax seems like a lot, but the government is very transparent so it’s no mystery what the money are used for. Public healthcare, elder care, education (Danes are paid to take most educations) and so on.

I won’t deny that to be okay with the high taxes it is important to want to help your fellow man and remember that other people are also helping you. It is thanks to the high taxes that our society is so equal, gives everybody a chance to educate themselves and provides us with a safety net in case we lose everything so we won’t end up on the street. It is essential to remember that.

Hope that helped a bit with the comparison. :)

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US government takes animal-welfare data offline
The US Department of Agriculture will no longer make lab inspection results and violations publicly available, citing privacy concerns.

The disappearance of information caught animal welfare groups by surprise. “I’m just flabbergasted,” says Eric Kleiman, a research consultant at the Animal Welfare Institute, an advocacy group in Washington DC. “This is not only the opposite of transparency, it takes us back to the Stone Age.”

But Matthew Bailey, president of the non-profit Foundation for Biomedical Research in Washington DC,  says the move has some merit, because animal rights activists sometimes target scientists who use animals. “I would certainly agree that protection of personal information is of utmost importance, given the rich history of targeting individuals involved in animal research,” he says. But Bailey acknowledges that it will now be difficult for organizations like his to analyse trends in animal use in research.

Espinosa declined to answer questions about what triggered the decision, or whether input from business interests, such as the circus industry, or the 20 January resignation of agency head Michael Scuse were factors. She would not comment on whether the White House had a role in the move, but added that the USDA has “been reviewing and updating the information that is released to the public for the last year”.

Nature is an extremely prestigious scientific journal. This is not a drill.

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THIS. IS. NOT. NORMAL! White House blocks news outlets from media briefing
The White House has blocked several high-profile media outlets from its press briefing. The Trump administration on Friday blocked legacy outlets including CNN, BBC, The New York Times, LA Times, the New York Daily News, the Daily Mail, and others from the White House press briefing. Officials also approved outlets who typically provide favourable coverage of the new administration. Several media outlets including the Associated Press and TIME Magazine declined to attend the briefing to boycott the President's decision.

Justin Carissimo at The Independent:

The White House has blocked several major news outlets from covering its press briefing.

White House Press Secretary Spicer on Friday hand selected news outlets to participate in an off-camera “gaggle” with reporters inside his West Wing office instead of the James S Brady Press Briefing Room.

The news outlets blocked from the press briefing include organisations who President Trump has criticised by name. CNN, BBC, The New York Times, LA Times, New York Daily News, Daily Mail, were among the news outlets barred from the gathering.

Instead, the press secretary hand-picked news outlets including Breitbart News, One America News Network, The Washington Times, all news organisations with far-right leanings. Others major outlets approved for t group included ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News, Reuters and Bloomberg.

“Nothing like this has ever happened at the White House in our long history of covering multiple administrations of different parties,” Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times said in a statement. “We strongly protest the exclusion of The New York Times and the other news organizations. Free media access to a transparent government is obviously of crucial national interest.”

Several media outlets including the Associated Press and TIME Magazine declined to attend the briefing to boycott the President’s decision.

The White House Correspondents’ Association also criticised the decision.

“The WHCA board is protesting strongly against how today’s gaggle is being handled by the White House,” Jeff Mason, the association’s president, said in a statement.

“We encourage the organizations that were allowed in to share the material with others in the press corps who were not. The board will be discussing this further with White House staff.”

And it’s also anti-American, to boot.

It is Chaffetz’s job, more than it is anyone else’s, to hold Trump accountable, to demand that he govern in a transparent and ethical manner. And he has the power to do it. He can subpoena administration officials and Trump’s business associates. He can make sure the media and the public have much of the information Trump refuses to release, and he can make it costly for Trump to abandon longstanding norms around transparency, divestment, and governance. The American political system is prepared for the sort of challenge Trump represents, and there are corrective powers in place.

But the wielder of those corrective powers must want to use them. And Chaffetz doesn’t. His identity as a Republican supersedes his identity as chair of the House Oversight Committee, or even as congressman from Utah’s third district.

This, and not Trump, is what poses a threat to American democracy. Here, in miniature, you can see the problem we face: not a president who can’t be checked, but a president whose co-partisans don’t want to check him.

anonymous asked:

Curious but why do people hate Justin trudeau so much? I'm not from the U.S or Canada so I don't know the deal with him

He’s a master at photo-ops by making himself look hip and progressive and people bought it. He calls himself a feminist, apparently an outspoken supporter of LGBT rights, and came off as a huge proponent for diversity (filling quotas to make his cabinet 50/50 male/female with a significant number of non-white people). All of this completely undermined his poor leadership skills, but it is refreshing that some people are starting to see through his well-executed PR campaign.

But basically:

He advocated and signed the Canada-Europe Trade Agreement (CETA) which prioritizes the welfare of corporations (in this case rich foreign investors) over workers. This deal extends legal protections towards these foreign investors and gives them the power to form lawsuits over government policies (within Canada) they don’t like which in turn pressures the Canadian government to abandon regulations AND leaves Canadian taxpayers to pay billions of dollars in compensation towards those wealthy interests. The cause of all this comes from Investor State Settlement Dispute privileges which are often found in trade deals (including NAFTA).

Like Obama, his foreign policy record is awful. I think a lot of you know the “Saudi Arms Deal” where 15 billion dollars’ worth of armed vehicles were sold to Saudi Arabia. There are videos of similar combat vehicles being used by Saudi authorities to kill civilians - particularly Shia Muslim dissidents. So there’s a good chance that some of those vehicles being sold from Canada via the arms deal are being used for those particular actions.

And under Trudeau, Canadian arm dealers (countries where Canada can export such weapons) have more leeway. Previous laws forbade Canada from selling weapons to countries where those weapons could be diverted to “threatening the security of Canada, their allies, other countries, or people”. That would have prevented the Saudi Arms Deal from happening in the first place, but Trudeau removed the reference to the last two categories which enabled Canada to export those weapons.

He’s extremely phony. He lectures China on having a history of poor human rights but says absolutely nothing about Saudi Arabia which has a misogynistic government among other issues (considering he’s a **feminist**, that’s pretty rich). But I guess him prohibiting exports on arms or speaking out on S.A’s bad history of human rights would possibly affect Canada’s close trade/economic interests with them.

He’s either backtracked or contradicted his initial campaign promises. That’s primarily the reason why his approval ratings are going down rapidly.

He attended a cash-for-access-fundraiser and received 1 million in donations (to his foundation) from wealthy Chinese businessman – Zhang Bin. Mr. Xian – another businessman who also attended that fundraiser – was waiting for approval from federal bank regulators for his bank to start business within Canada. As of July, the Liberal party approved this, enabling Xian to open his Schedule 1 bank in multiple cities across Canada. xxx

Which completely contradicts what he said within his ‘ethical guidelines and standards of conduct’ page when he was elected, “There should be no preferential access to government, or appearance of preferential access, accorded to individuals or organizations because they have made financial contributions to politicians and political parties.”

He also promised to run small government deficits, not exceeding 10 billion per year in order to balance the budget by 2020. But the Liberal party projected that the 2016-2017 deficit was estimated to be $29.4 billion and the one for 2018 being nearly $23 billion. xxxx

And there’s that time he promised the middle class would be getting tax cuts at the expense of increasing the income of higher income households. He promised that the tax cuts and tax hikes would cancel each other out. But instead those tax changes he enacted left the government revenue short of 1.2 billion because raising the taxes on people with higher incomes didn’t completely pay for the cuts “given” to the middle class. Guess who probably gets to pay that 1.2 billion?

And never forget that letter to Fidel Castro.

IMO he’s just another spineless, big government politician who advocates for government transparency at first, but completely changes his tune when elected.

As an effort to improve transparency, the government has encouraged workers to livestream their work day. Your stream has surprisingly become popular and you can’t understand why.

anonymous asked:

Can you explain to me why itachi is problematic? I always disliked the character and I can't really give a deep analysis to explain to my friends on why I do. I understand what he did was wrong and I understand that his character was rushed and handled really badly but I can't put it into words.

Itachi Uchiha is a problematic character because :

  • His actions and motivations don’t make sense
  • Many concepts surround his “heroism” are morally misguided, simplistic and extreme. Yet, the narrative relentlessly shows him in a heroic light, it destroys the morality in the series
  • His other supposedly positive personal qualities like intelligence or wisdom are badly written too

I’ll quote from another anti post cos I don’t see the point of paraphrasing:

“a lot of his actions didn’t make sense if he’s always supposed to a good guy and a loving brother. There’re many ways he could’ve prevented Sasuke from witnessing the massacre, and made it less traumatizing to him. Instead he made him see that shit over and over again through genjutsu. yeah I know he wanted him to hate him and get revenge, but why? As a loving brother, why would he try so hard to put the burden of revenge on his brother? yeah I know he wanted Sasuke to be the hero who avenged his clan, but it’s worth the pain he went through when he killed his own brother? Sasuke never wanted to be a hero. yeah I know Itachi wanted to be judged by an uchiha, but he still thought he’s in a position to choose how he died? and he’d prioritise his own preference of how to die over the well being of his brother? He went back to Konoha after Sarutobi’s death cos he wanted to warn Danzo not to harm Sasuke. Then why did he expect sasuke to go back to Konoha after his death? go back to a place completely unaware of the danger that one of the top officials wanted to kill him? why did Itachi genjutsu Sasuke into a persistent coma? how was he supposed to get his revenge if he spent his life in a vegetative state? Kishimoto just made no sense.” - anti-endings

I’d also like to add it’s Itachi who revealed to Sasuke there’s another mangekyo sharingan user involved in the massacre and his name was “Madara”. If Itachi always suspected Tobi knew the truth about the massacre and him, and was keen on keeping Tobi away from sasuke, why did Itachi tell Sasuke Tobi’s name? it only made it easier for Sasuke to trust Tobi. It also added another name on his revenge target list. And Tobi was someone Itachi was afraid to go up against himself, he wanted sasuke to risk his life killing someone he couldn’t himself??

Many concepts surround his “heroism” are morally misguided, simplistic and extreme. Yet, the narrative relentlessly shows him in a heroic light, it destroys the morality in the series

Self sacrifice

He sacrificed OTHER PEOPLE"S LIVES, not his own. He took other people’s lives including children for his own ideals and beliefs. What did he sacrifice of himself? People said he had to leave Konoha and became a criminal and had a miserable life. He’s an ANBU before the massacre, a career as an undercover spying on enemies would’ve been highly likely for him even if the massacre never happened. He’s a trained assassin, he’s never gonna join Médecins Sans Frontières and do something meaningful in the first place.

“Greater good”

The idea that “greater number = greater good” is stupid, it completely disregards minority’s rights. If you’re attracted to the idea of “greater good” moral absolutism or “greater good” heroism, watch Psycho Pass and Fate/Zero. The moral dilemmas are much better written than Naruto. Kishimoto used “there’d be a civil war and other villages would attack them” to justify the massacre. He tried to justify genocide with one of the possible eventualities of the possible scenario of a failed coup.  A possible eventuality of a possible outcome of a coup that was yet to materialize….

Heroism is saving the ones you can, not playing god and deciding who should be killed so that others could live. Heroism is NOT the ability to count and deciding which group is the greater number. Heroism is NOT preemptively killing everyone based on personal speculations of possible bad consequences of actions or crime which were yet to be committed. This is crazier than Minority report.

Nationalism as heroism.

Itachi is a spokesperson for Will of Fire which is a form of inward looking nationalism. I think he said “as Itachi of konoha, I will save my homeland once more” (gross self glorification) when he defeated kabuto. He didn’t care if kabuto was threatening the whole ninja world, he’s just concerned with his own village. He only cared about konoha cos that’s his identity. He saw one’s village’s collective interest as the only thing worth protecting and fighting for, that’s not heroism, that’s just nationalism.  

Mistaking forced peace and oppression as Pacifism

The writing tried to present Itachi as a sensitive pacifist. He’s no pacifist, he believed in pre-emptive killing to maintain stability. He’s a “peace “at all cost extremist. Itachi and Danzo believed the way to achieve peace was to kill everyone who might possibly become a threat to the government due to dissatisfaction with their policy. Even kids had to be killed cos they might resent the government for killing their parents. This is not pacifism, this is purge of dissidents and rebels, this is forced peace maintained by violence and oppression.

His other supposedly positive personal qualities like intelligence or wisdom are badly written too

He’s not intelligent. The numerous holes listed above in his supposedly “all according to plan” revenge journey he planned for Sasuke are enough evidence of that.

He’s not wise. As discussed above, his worldviews and ideals are simplistic and extremist. His character really is just a naive nationalist.

He doesn’t respect free will, he once tried to forcibly genjutsu Sasuke into being loyal to Konoha. He just couldn’t deal with people not bowing to his precious village’s bullshit, he either killed everyone or he tried to brainwash them into a Konoha slave like himself.

He doesn’t respect truths, government transparency or history. He asked Naruto not to let the truths about the massacre come out. He thought superficial shit like “reputation” was more important than truths and justice. Kishimoto tried to make him look intelligent but humble. In fact, he’s arrogant, he thought he got to decide if the truths should come out, he’s one of the perpetrators of the massacre, yet he considered himself of all people had the right to bury the truths. That nerves and lack of self awareness.

Itachi is not some long suffering loving brother or unsung hero, he’s just a over wanked character who represents many of the series’ fucked up political views. He’s a self righteous, manipulative and cruel extremist.

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It’s a kind of mini-wiki, if you will. An index of places all over the web that we think activists should be familiar with.

Here you’ll find over 200 sources of info on:

  • White supremacists and other Hate Groups,
  • Antifa,
  • Cyber Security Research,
  • Dank Web (our term for clearnet sites like 4chan. not darknet. but stll shady)
  • Dark Web and Deep Web,
  • Fake News / Propaganda,
  • Real News / Not-Propaganda,
  • Governance and Policy,
  • Gun Culture (especially in the US),
  • Human Rights,
  • Internet Freedom,
  • Information Security News,
  • Notable Hackers and Technologists,
  • Tech News,
  • Law Enforcement and Police,
  • Government Transparancy,
  • Military Affairs,
  • “Patriot” Militia Groups,
  • Private Intelligence Companies,
  • and a smattering of US Intelligence Agencies.

We hope we’ve given your bookmarks menu and twitter feed a boost. And maybe on one of those far-right hate sites you’ll find something you can use against them.

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“…an honest and transparent government, and that’s what we’re giving them.”

–Your press conferences are evasive, insubstantial jokes, when they happen at all

–The President is the first one in decades who has not released his tax returns

–The President refuses to answer direct questions and brands most of the media outlets “fake news”

–The President repeatedly says “You’ll see it eventually” when he talks about plans and prospects

–The House hammered through a healthcare plan without a CBO score and with many of the Representatives having no idea what was inside it

–Explanations change, different versions of stories abound, nothing about this is honest or transparent, and you are supposed to be in charge of the Justice Department.

Food shopping 'extremely stressful': Protests against high prices in northern Labrador

Frustrations over food prices in Labrador’s Inuit communities, where some groceries cost three times as much as they do elsewhere, led to a protest in Nain Wednesday, where residents confronted Premier Dwight Ball about food subsidies. 

“I asked him ‘are you aware of all these high prices in Nain, and what it takes and how we’re suffering?’” said Heather Angnatok, who helped organize the demonstration.

Born and raised in Nain, Angnatok said the situation is getting worse. 

She said it’s very difficult to put food on the table with an average income of $1,000 every two weeks, and many others survive on less than that or on social assistance.  

“I actually had an e-mail from a young mother,” Angnatok said. “She said 'I only receive $175 every two weeks. I’m really hungry, I can’t afford to eat. I’m so stressed out, I’m trying to not depend on my family so much, because they’re having difficulties as well. If you have any leftovers, can I have them?’”

Shocking price tags

Meanwhile, pictures posted on social media of grocery store shelves in Nain are prompting outrage online. Viewers can’t believe the $7-cans of soup, $16-bottles of dishwashing liquid and boxes of cereal, $17-bottles of juice, and nearly $75 for baby formula. 

The photos and the protest come on the heels of a new study showing 60 per cent of people on Labrador’s north coast struggle to feed themselves and their families.

In Nain and Hopedale, those numbers are over 80 per cent, with some people facing what researchers call severe insecurity, which includes skipping meals, or sometimes going full days without eating.

Lindsey Moorhouse called grocery shopping in Nain “extremely stressful.”

“I’m just a single person. I don’t have any children, so it’s just a stress that’s on myself,” she said.

“But I think about families every time I go in, because even with the paycheque that I get, it’s stretched to the limit just to get the bare necessities of perishable foods — bread, milk, eggs, cheese — and I can’t imagine having to provide for a whole family, let alone children.”

Moorhouse moved to the community in October, and was shocked by the prices, which she calls “extreme." 

Perishable food has to be bought when it comes in, usually on Thursdays, and even then there’s a rush to the store because, if you wait, you end up with sub-par produce, Moorhouse said.

"You just deal with it.”

She said meat is frozen, not fresh,  sometimes freezerburned, and also very expensive. 

“If you have friends over and you have to go let’s say get a special supper, you have to pay the price,” Moorhouse said.

“You have to go in. If you want to make spaghetti, you’re going to pay $11 for your pasta, you’re going to pay I don’t know how much for your pasta sauce and your meats and your mushrooms.”

The problem is made worse by a provincial ban on hunting caribou in Labrador, forcing residents to change their traditional reliance on that regional staple and instead use food bought in stores. 

Are subsidies passed on?

Both the federal and provincial governments do offer food subsidy programs, but there is skepticism about whether they work.

A 2014 report by Auditor General of Canada Michael Ferguson said the Department of Aboriginal Affairs doesn’t require merchants to report their profit margins.

Moorhouse and Angnatok both want more transparency from governments and store owners about how the programs are working. 

Angnatok says she’s “not one bit” convinced subsidies are being passed on to customers.

“They’re not listening to us. How can we go in and say 'look, you really need to put your prices down, we can’t afford to come here.’  But you know what?  We’re still going there. We go there every day. We have to.”

Issues that Monster confronted:

  • racism, especially neo-nazis and white power fantasies
  • misogyny, sexism, and how women navigate spaces of male power
  • whorephobia and the plight of sex workers
  • prejudice against undocumented people
  • child abuse and issues of children’s rights
  • issues of adoption, foster care, and parenthood
  • institutionalized abuse
  • government accountability, transparency, and whistleblowing
  • the tension of mutually assured destruction, or a sense of impending doom, caused by the Cold War

what’s amazing is it started its run in 1994. Urasawa had the foresight just a few years after the end of the Cold War to examine these issues– issues which have become even more pertinent today.

Monster was so ahead of its time it’s incredible

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As much as I’m proud of becoming an Indonesian, this is really embarrasing. What happened was really the mirror of how corrupted our country is. The system has been corrupted. A sandal thief can be put in jail for 5 years, while corrupting people are put in jail for 6 months or 1 year. Now, a governor who really wants to fight for corruption, makes his government transparent by uploading the government meeting to YouTube, and works really hard to improve Jakarta and makes the government “clean” is sentenced with 2 years in jail. The right becomes wrong, the wrong becomes right.

The fact that this might happen out of hatred towards him as a minority (a Chinese and a Christian) is really saddening. I literally cried in the middle of work the moment I read about him being sentenced 2 years in jail.

For you who are confused, here is the issue and the start of the riot.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/16/jakarta-christian-governor-to-face-blasphemy-trial-over-islam-insult-claim

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/indonesia-police-name-jakarta-governor-as-blasphemy-suspect/2016/11/15/97024438-abab-11e6-8f19-21a1c65d2043_story.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/16/world/asia/jakarta-governor-ahok-basuki.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0

http://time.com/4572734/indonesia-basuki-blasphemy-islam-intolerance-jakarta-governor/?xid=tcoshare

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37996350

These are only 5 out of many articles about it out there. For you who are confused on what happened in 1998, well, it was a nightmare in Indonesian history. But, in a nutshell, it was when Chinese women were raped and killed, Chinese stores and businesses were burnt, and a lot of Chinese people were killed. Chaos was everywhere. And the fact that riots also happened during his campaign as the candidates for Jakarta governor is really saddening. The reason? Well, it could be because of political reasons, some of it might be because of religion and ethnicity discrimination. The result of the trial makes me ashamed. For God’s sake, I won’t blame the judge though. For you Indonesians, please understand his position. He might be afraid of the radical Islam group. He might be the one to get the short end of the stick if he let Ahok go.

What’s beautiful is…… those who want to fight for him. Those who love him no matter what his ethnicity and his religion is. Those who come and unite for him to show him how sad we are at the result of the trial.

The campaign is literally all over the world and all over Indonesia. I’m crying. I can’t be there as I’m out of town and I work until late at night. This is what I get as an update.

Note: This is only the pictures of “1000 candles for Ahok” in Surabaya (Tugu Pahlawan) And I guess it is similar like this in other cities and countries.

This is the picture from a drone (bird view)

Credit to and photograph by: @singasong17

When people fight for justice, no matter what your race is, no matter what your religion is, no matter where you are, no matter whether you are reach or poor, no matter your gender is, we are united and we demand the same: JUSTICE.

Wish I could be there :(

anonymous asked:

ugh that headass post going around mocking democrats for sitting on our asses writing covfefe laws and tweeting #stillwithher while poor people suffer is pissing me tf off. 1) the covfefe law was literally written so that trumps tweets abt the travel ban could be used by the Supreme Court to declare it unconstituional 2) it calls out people like Maxine and Kamala who do more for this country in their sleep than any bernie bro blogger has done in they while life

lmaoooo i haven’t seen it thank god i follow people who aren’t dumb enough to reblog that shit. that just shows that they don’t actually read the laws or even the short descriptions of what the laws are, they just read headlines and then fill in the rest of the story on their own and think they’re smart when they really don’t know literally anything about anything.

this is what the covfefe act does, for those who haven’t seen it:

Text: 

Legislation Expands Presidential Records Act Preservation to Include Social Media

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Transparency Caucus, introduced the Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically for Engagement or “COVFEFE” Act. This bill codifies vital guidance from the National Archives by amending the Presidential Records Act to include the term “social media” as a documentary material, ensuring additional preservation of presidential communication and statements while promoting government accountability and transparency.

“In order to maintain public trust in government, elected officials must answer for what they do and say; this includes 140-character tweets,” said Rep. Quigley. “President Trump’s frequent, unfiltered use of his personal Twitter account as a means of official communication is unprecedented. If the President is going to take to social media to make sudden public policy proclamations, we must ensure that these statements are documented and preserved for future reference. Tweets are powerful, and the President must be held accountable for every post.”  

In 2014, the National Archives released guidance stating its belief that social media merits historical recording. President Trump’s unprecedented use of Twitter calls particular attention to this concern. When referencing the use of social media, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has said, “The president is president of the United States so they are considered official statements by the president of the United States.”

President Trump’s tweets frequently make national news and are a topic of everyday conversation, including deciphering the meaning behind his tweet using the previously unheard of term, “covfefe.” While his personal account has become the de facto account for government business, it is unclear as to whether or not it would be archived in the same manner as the official @POTUS account under the Presidential Records Act. Another concern relates to President Trump’s frequent deletion of tweets. Including social media in the Presidential Records Act ensures that deleted tweets are documented for archival purposes, and makes deleting tweets a violation of the Presidential Records Act, subject to disciplinary action.

In Congress, Rep. Quigley is working to combat the Trump Administration’s recent efforts to roll back transparency. In March, he introduced the Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness (MAR-A-LAGO) Act, a bill that requires the publication of visitor logs to the White House or any other location where President Trump regularly conducts official business, including various Trump Organization properties frequented by the president. Last month, he questioned the Acting Administrator for the General Services Administration (GSA) about the Trump International Hotel lease and possible conflicts of interest.

TL;DR: If passed, this bill would require the president to preserve all tweets and other social media posts (as he’s supposed to do anyway but the rule is a bit fuzzy since he uses his personal account so much and not the official POTUS account). Tweets are also archived but that’s also only from the POTUS account and not the @realDonaldTrump account, as far as anyone knows. 

And his tweets continue to be used against him in court. On more than one occasion now, his tweets have been used by the courts to halt his travel ban (which he continues to tweet about and call a ban.)

This just proves that few people on here (or any leftists anywhere, really) take the time to read more than the first paragraph of an article, never make it past the headline, and don’t spend any time whatsoever paying attention to what our Democratic members of Congress are doing, spend time understanding what they can and can’t do, or how things get done in Washington.

We’re the minority party right now. There’s very little that we can actually do at this point. People on here (and on twitter and irl) seem to think that just because you’re in office, you have just as much power as any other member. That’s false. They can’t stop Obamacare from being repealed, they couldn’t stop the Dodd-Frank rollbacks from passing, can’t stop Trump from doing whatever he wants or the GOP from doing whatever they want if they ever stopped being dysfunctional enough to actually get anything meaningful (to them) done at all.

Most of what’s going to slow and/or stop the terrible legislation in Congress is going to come from all of us on the ground, protesting and making calls and showing up at town halls and telling our MoCs that if they repeal Obamacare or loosen regulations on the banks or “defund” Planned Parenthood or any of the other horrible things they want to do, they’ll be out of a job because we’ll vote them out of office. Their first priority is getting re-elected and if they (the GOP) think that voting “yes” on something will hurt that chance, they’re more likely to not do it. Jokes on them, though, because they should get voted out of office anyway.

So maybe the socialist Karl Marx loving kids on here should go to a fucking town hall or volunteer for a campaign against a GOP member of Congress or make some phone calls instead of sitting online spewing stupid shit that accomplishes nothing but prove how ignorant they are.

There are people who are making distinctions between the “bright government” and the shadow government/deep state.  Understand that there is no distinction.  The “shadow government” is the state.  What you’re calling the trump regime, “the bright govt”, does not exist.  When the establishment is at the helm it is only a veneer intended to keep the population docile and under control.  Trump is a misguided flash in the pan, a failure in the containment system.  There has not been a “bright government” (which implies transparency) in my lifetime. 

For anyone that takes Enrique Pena’s jabs at Trump seriously, just remember that he has a 17% approval rating (which plummeted from his 38% of electoral votes) among the entire nation of Mexico, is a literal puppet of drug oligarchs, has been caught sweeping critical levels of corruption under the rug, and continues to send government reform supporters to illegally immigrate to the US because he knows it’s easier for them to emigrate from Mexico than it is for them to form an opposition against government corruption.

You don’t have to like the idea of a wall, but you should also wonder why someone who encourages political revolutionaries and reformers who want government transparency would be against making it harder for people to escape the country. 

Hermes Cabin Headcanons as requested by percyjacksonisbetterthanlife

  • one of the walls is a giant world map with a little caduceus in every place where a kid of Hermes has pulled off a great heist or con. A hall of fame of sorts 
  • there’s a secret basement that is split down the middle between a gambling ring that the older kids run and a wall of computers for the hacking-inclined children of Herms who tend to be very passionate about government transparency 
  • a lot of the kids have parents who are UPS, FedEx, and USPS execs who are always getting their fellow campers discounts on their mailing and shipping needs 
  • there must always be a Hermes kid in the cabin who is a certified notary 
  • After the War, Hermes makes sure to send his kids a pair of shoes at some point in their life so they can say they have something from him and he can feel like he contributed to their lives in some way
  • they have a police scanner that is always playing and they all find it very soothing 
  •  there is a small altar dedicated to George and Martha– Martha cries when she finds out 

In other news, no less important, and far more personally gratifying than pretty much anything else I found out since waking up at 5:40 AM this morning…

I worked in service in Kensington for a year. I know the kind of out-of-touch not-tipping entitled and, most of all, filthy fucking rich fuckwads the majority of them are. The one die-hard Tory I know, and am friends with, lives in that constituency, and voted, alongside his family, for the Conservatives, in that constituency. AND YET HERE WE STAND.

One more constituency in London fucking bossed it. A constituency that has been Tory since it was first realised as a constituency in the first fucking place.

Even the safest of Tory seats is unsafe and swayed in the face of Jeremy “The Absolute Boy” Corbyn, and a Labour shadow government with a transparent and vocal desire for a move towards a new socialist politics.

I repeat, I’m smug as hell.