anonymous asked:

what do you think of the recent vox article: No easy answers: why left-wing economics is not the answer to right-wing populism

tl;dr: It’s bad. 

Apologies for how incredibly long this is, and further apologies if I stop making sense at some point, as these are all rough first thoughts (and, again, this is really long).

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Anyway election day is coming 1 week from today, so remember we are not only voting for Trump to not be President but  also for local leaders such as filling seats in the senate.

But there are seats for grab where you could put people who idk support ideas such as freedom of choice; human rights like gay rights; regulations of, and protections from, exploits of the law, the environment, and humans…things like that! I don’t know why we still have to vote to protect these things but they are honestly up for grabs. 

So we have to vote

Although every state and local election matter and are important, here are some swing states for the senate

  • Nevada (check out Catherine Cortez Masto),
  • Florida (check out Patrick Murphy, he’s running up against Marc Rubio), 

never had a daughter

she has bruises on his face
and scars on her thighs
she feels so out of place
she’s one of the guys

her parents say, “where is my daughter?”
and they wish they hadn’t fought her.
it comes the time for her to say:
i will be a man by the end of the day.

he wears a bandage night and day
it keeps the breasts at bay
he cuts his hair simultaneously
he cuts it short, spontaneously

500 ng/dl testosterone
he calls his mother on the telephone
“honey, you sound different
deeper, like a boy; those are my two cents”

$7,500 dollars for a surgery
now they’ll all call me him, his and he
a bit of anesthesia, and i wake up with no breasts
now nobody has to take a hard guess

mom, dad, your son is home.

written by otto aka ratlsd

Surprise! CIA investigates itself and finds it did nothing wrong by spying on the Senate

The CIA investigated the CIA and determined that the CIA did nothing wrong.  Got it?  Now, stop asking questions…

from Washington Post:

An internal CIA panel concluded in a report released Wednesday that agency employees should not be punished for their roles in secretly searching computers used by Senate investigators, a move that was denounced by lawmakers last year as an assault on congressional oversight and a potential breach of the Constitution.

Rejecting the findings of previous inquiries into the matter, the CIA review group found that the agency employees’ actions were “reasonable in light of their responsibilities to manage an unprecedented computer system” set up for Senate aides involved in a multiyear probe of the CIA’s treatment of terrorism suspects.

The agency panel, which was led by former U.S. senator Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), cited a lack of clear ground rules between the CIA and the Senate, and it faulted CIA workers for missteps including reading e-mails of congressional investigators.

But while such transgressions were “clearly inappropriate,” Bayh said in a statement released by the CIA, they “did not reflect malfeasance, bad faith, or the intention to gain improper access” to sensitive Senate material.

The findings are at odds with the conclusions reached by the CIA’s inspector general in a separate review last year and were quickly dismissed by lawmakers including Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, who led the investigation of the interrogation program.

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If you were to spy on the Senate computers, you would likely be prosecuted as a terrorist or enemy of the state.  But when the CIA does it, there’s not “malfeasance or bad faith.”

Ex-Subway spokesman sentenced to 15 years on sex crime charges

Indy Star: Former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle was sentenced to 15 years, eight months in prison on Thursday after pleading guilty to possession and distribution of child pornography and sex with a minor.

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Photo: Jared Fogle enters the Birch Bayh Federal Building and United States Courthouse for sentencing, Thursday, November 19, 2015.
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rendzina  asked:

Why do we still use the electoral college? Why don't we just use the popular vote?

The electoral college is provided for in our Constitution, so in order to eliminate it, we’d need a constitutional amendment – and in order to do that, we’d need a two-thirds vote of both the House and the Senate. And then after that, 38 of the 50 states would have to ratify that amendment. 

A little bit of history into why this system even exists: in 1787, when leaders were drafting the U.S. constitution, the No. 1 thing they were worried about was giving too much power to the biggest states with the highest populations. There were only 13 states back then, but you can see this even now — a state like California has more people living in it than a state like Rhode Island, but they both are awarded electors in the electoral college to even out this imbalance. (We answered more questions about the electoral college here.) 

As our reporter Aaron Blake writes here, a couple different people have tried to propose eliminating the electoral college in the past. Sen. Alben Barkley in 1934 and Sen. Birch Bayh in 1966, and some state efforts have popped up in the last decade. 

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This is what my gut says is going to happen tomorrow. Although I can imagine losing Florida too. Clinton with 278 might be the smarter prediction. I hope I’m underestimating Clinton. If it goes like this the senate is going to be tough. 49 dems seems likely. 50-51 if we’re lucky. We need to be +4 so I’m hoping Maesto keeps Reid’s seat and then we pick up seats with Duckworth, Feingold, Bayh, and Hassan. And again, Jason Kander in Missouri really ought to fucking win.