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While America was watching the Trump-Russia drama, Democrats flipped two deep-red state districts

  • As national media focused on the Trump Jr.-Russia scandal, Democrats and progressives in Oklahoma were busy flipping two deep-red state legislative seats.
  • Democrat Michael Brooks-Jimenez edged out Republican Joe Griffin in the special election for the state senate seat in Oklahoma’s 44th district. Meanwhile, Democrat Karen Gaddis beat Republican Tressa Nunley in the race for the Oklahoma’s 75th state house district.
  • According to the Democratic organizing group Flippable, Republicans took those two seats by 10 and 19 points in the 2016 general election. Read more (7/12/17)
Some less often asked questions

1: Would you prefer a large home or a small home?

2: If you could convert a decommissioned missile silo / underground bunker into a home, would you?

3: If you had the money to buy a private island and build a custom castle on it, would you?

4: Have you ever attempted to start a micronation?

5: Would you ever wanna start a micronation?

6: Do you like to dress fancy?

7: Have you ever considered running for office? Either on a national or subnational level.

8: Do you have any famous family members? What are they famous for?

9: Favourite James Bond film?

10: Where’s the most “exotic” place you’ve been to?

11: Have you ever voted in a national election? What about local?

12: What do you identify as, politically speaking?

13: Would you move to another country if you fell in love with someone from that country? What about state (or other national subdivision)?

14: Do you wear hats often?

15: Would you ever enlist in your nation’s armed forces?

16: Would you ever consider mercenary work?

17: When you go to a sandwich shop (such as Subway), what do you normally get on your sandwich?

18: What would perfect date be for you?

19: What do you like in your coffee?

20: Have you ever been to a formal party, other than prom, a wedding, or homecoming?

21: Of the many obscure languages of the world, which would you most like to learn?

22: How many children do you wish to have?

23: Have you ever been arrested? If so, what for?

24: What is a show you love that not many people would know you love?

25: Have you ever jumped out of a window?

26: Do you like to dress fancily?

27: If you could bring back any style of fashion from history, what would you bring back?

28: Do you like to dance?

29: What is your favourite style of architecture?

30: Do you have a favourite flag?

31: What is something you like to eat that others might find odd or gross?

32: Have you ever fired a gun? If not, would you like to?

33: Do you like to cook?

34: Do you keep a journal?

35: Linux, Mac, or Windows?

36: What does your ideal house look like?

37: Do you prefer playing on a computer or a console?

38: If someone offered you a secluded cabin in the woods, with all modern conveniences (such as internet and running water), with no strings, would you accept the offer?

39: Have you ever accidentally left the house without an article of clothing?

40: Do you enjoy documentaries?

41: Do you have a favourite letter (of any alphabet)?

42: Where is a place you’d like to visit that people don’t generally think of as a big vacation destination?

43: Prefer you the City, Suburbs, or Country?

44: Do you collect anything?

45: What is the worst injury you have ever received?

46: Do you have a favourite coat of arms?

47: If you could have your own coat of arms, or flag, what would it look like?

48: What is one food that everyone loves, but you hate?

49: What sort of car do you drive?

50: Who is your favourite historical figure?

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AH, DEMOCRACY: “Those bloody students didn’t vote in the way I personally approve of, so I don’t think they should be allowed to vote at all.”

(with many thanks to christinamartin over on Twitter for this one!)

Call to action - Storytellers.

Right now, children are growing up in a world where global leaders and growing movements are promoting hate. Where you can be a misogynist, a racist, a xenophobe and a homophobe and end up in the most powerful position on this planet.

The result of yesterday’s vote sends all the wrong messages. It teaches young people that if you are different, that if you do not conform to social norms, you are not valid. Your voice will not be heard.

The media have undoubtedly played a large role in this election and it can be discouraging and difficult to accept but all is not lost. Remember some of the great storytelling that has been commissioned in recent years. This work is more important now than ever. If we cannot rely on our governments to set the right examples then the media has a responsibility to do so.

Film studios, production houses, television networks: Be brave, be bold.
Independent filmmakers, artists, aspiring storytellers: Unite, collaborate. You have mobile phones with incredible cameras, you have the internet, you have a platform when others don’t. Use it.

Champion unheard voices.

Originally posted by henamedmemalala

Expose difficult truths.

Originally posted by flyguytony

Hold a mirror up to society and highlight its flaws.

Promote inclusivity and diversity, respect and kindness.

Originally posted by lavirtud

Show young women they can be strong. 

Originally posted by thepumpkinqueenn

Show young men that emotion is not weakness.

Originally posted by prxncxss88

Show that people fleeing war and poverty deserve to live in a safe and fair world, to be welcomed, not feared.

Show that everyone has a right to be who they are without shame, that love is love, that every human being is unique therefore and that being different is really the norm.

Educate by shining a light on the difficulties in our countries’ pasts.

Originally posted by muzzle84

Explain why we must never forget our history in order to learn from it. 

Originally posted by cris-accortez

Emphasise that the colour of your skin, the religion you practice, your physical health or mental health, the person you love, the person you identify yourself as, the country/body/family you were born into should never dictate your treatment by society.

Create stories where people are people instead of subject matters or tropes.

One race. Humanity. Don’t let society split it into factions and decide who is valid and who is not.

Show the world it in all of its glory and all of its shame.

Importantly: Don’t ever stop finding humour in the darkest of times(lines).

Originally posted by billieviperarchive

After all, laughter is the best medicine.

Originally posted by northgang

So keep entertaining, provide escapism for those who will need it. Create the world you want to live in, a future people can look towards and fight for.

Don’t forget to write the happy ending once in a while.

Originally posted by silent-force

important hxh fact: Gon and Killua are actually 11 years old during the Hunter Exam, which takes place in January 1999. Gon turns 12 on 5/5 of that year, and Killua turns 12 on 7/7. At the end of the election arc, Gon and Killua are 13 (it’s August 2000 at that point).

They celebrate their 12th birthdays together at Heaven’s Arena (with Wing and Zushi!). Gon turns 13 right before/after Kite is killed (either with Kite in NGL or with Bisky and Palm), and Killua turns 13 right before or after Gon gets his nen back (Bisky had already left, he was either with Gon or alone after they spilt up; either way, he probably didn’t have a chance to celebrate it). In the current timeline, they’ve been apart for a year and are both 14 years old.

Going by the exit polls in French election:

Electorate - 47.6 million
Abstaining - 12 million
Blank votes - 4.2 million
Macron 20.33 million
Le Pen 10.95 million

As Melenchon put it, Le Penn has managed to come third in the 2nd round. Ha!

What a surprise, it seems this snap election has very little to do with giving people a say on how they want brexit to be negotiate, and more to do with Tory electoral fraud. CPS is finally looking to bring charges against up to 30 people who were involved in electoral fraud during the last general election, with predictions being 12-20 of these are serving MPs who would undoubtably be forced to step down, this would get rid of the Tory majority in government.

We cannot let anyone forget this, the tories currently have a majority because they broke the rules, they cheated, remember this in the coming election.

Also key to take note, the BBC is meant to be both impartial and able to hold the government to account, where is this being reported, as a footnote buried in another article on the BBC, while channel 4 have been championing this story and have helped keep it alive for months. While I have to agree that the snap election is front page news it won’t be happening for nearly two months, while the CPS prosecutions are breaking news that has an immediate effect and are unprecedented in U.K. history and aren’t being discussed.

We cannot let anyone forget this, the tories currently have a majority because they broke the rules, they cheated, remember this in the coming election.

anonymous asked:

What are your three best accomplishments in the last three years?

1. Dropped out of high school.

2. Launched a company and had it acquired within three months.

3. Launched a project that elected 12+ progressives into public office, raised $20k in donations, and was archived in the Library of Congress for having a “profound” impact on public policy and politics for the 2016 election. (This one is a bit more than 1 but oh well)

4. Moved out and got my own apartment.

5. Being alive.

(Edit: I thought this said five, sorry!)

A guide to being a vocal citizen

For people wondering how to take action post-election of a racist demagogue (pulled from Twitter and cleaned up):

Make a spreadsheet or a file for your representatives with names, addresses to their offices, phone numbers, and contact forms. Put everyone there. Make a note in your calendar app to check in on issues once a month.

Pay attention to news. If you get angry, upset, or worried, seek support from friends but ALSO shoot these reps an email, too. Be courteous but firm and blunt. It’s a numbers game. Often we remain invisible because we don’t go to events and rallies and can’t be physically present. But we can attach our names to emails, we can write letters, we can be vocal. We don’t have to be invisible.

You can do this with your national reps, state reps, and local reps. If someone reps you anywhere, note them. Open a line and revisit it. It’s hard work and slow. One email at a time. One letter at a time. One call at a time. Emails are easy these days, so splurge every few months on a stamp and send a letter if you can. Put your humanity in front of these people. Flout it. Some won’t care, but others will. Change ONE mind and results can cascade.

Rural areas are bubbles full of bigotry and now it’s newly revealed. But we white people who live here have the clout and power! We can speak up when our reps say terrible things, and do terrible things, and vote terrible ways. We can go “I am disappointed in you.” It’s work, but as we’ve seen the last six months, it’s time for us to do that work. If someone goes “who are your reps” you gotta know. If you don’t know and you’re mad about this election, it’s time to create that file and keep it with you and use it.

The time for social media rants only is over. Or, do those, but maybe pull those threads out into a paragraph and send them to your reps. And don’t ONLY email or contact when things go badly. Also reach out when things go right. Even if they voted AGAINST something. Treat them like you would want to be treated if you were wrong or mistaken. But we’ve gotta reach out and let them know we’re here.

Anyway, I know this is hard work. If you need help collecting your reps, give me a ping via DM and I’ll help you get started.

independent.co.uk
US state could vote to bring back duels for public officials

Republicans have proposed to scrap the 172-year-old ban on duels for public officials in an attempt to highlight how many arcane laws are still upheld by the state Constitution.
Yuri Gripas/Reuters6/12 A poster for the gun-control law support is left on the ground on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 23, 2016.
People in Oregon might be surprised what they are being asked to vote for or against at the next state election.
Pete Marovich/Getty5/12 U.S. House Democrats walk out on the East Front on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., after their sit-in over gun-control law, June 23, 2016.
Yuri Gripas/Reuters11/12 U.S. House Democrats walk out on the East Front on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., after their sit-in over gun-control law, June 23, 2016.


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Posted at Sun Apr 9 11:00:13 2017

Some pro-lifers argue that the US should shorten the time period pregnant people have to get an abortion because other Western countries like France, Germany, and Sweden already have shorter time limits. France and Germany cut off elective abortion at 12 weeks; Sweden cuts it off at 18. (Great Britain and the Netherlands, however, permit elective abortion up to 24 weeks; Canada has no time limit whatsoever).

The thing they’re forgetting is that in France, you can get an abortion at any public hospital, and the government pays for it. In Germany, you can get one at a hospital or doctor’s office, and health plans cover abortion for low-income patients. In Sweden, abortion is free. Cost and access are the two things that most frequently push abortions later into pregnancy in the US, and they’re not issues in these countries.

Additionally, a German wanting a second-trimester abortion can probably get to the Netherlands, or a French person can probably get to London, much easier than someone in the Rio Grande Valley can get to an abortion clinic several hundred miles away. The situations are not comparable.

Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska Challenged

UPDATE: The school board has approved the book list with a 3-2 vote. The class will be offered as planned. Thank you to the 1,100+ people who wrote in and expressed their support for the teachers at Strasburg High School, to The American Library Association and The National Council of Teachers of English, and above all to the teachers and principal at Strasburg High School. 

Earlier today I received an email from a high school English teacher in Strasburg, Colorado who plans to teach an elective Young Adult literature course. A group of parents created a petition to “cleanse” the book list, claiming that the majority of the books on the curriculum, “are profane, pornographic, violent, criminal, crass, crude, vile, and will result in the irreparable erosion of my students’ moral character.”

Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska have been targeted in particular, and the press attended the most recent school board meeting. The motion has been tabled for the next meeting at 7:00 pm on April 16th at Strasburg High School: 56729 e. Colorado Ave, Strasburg, CO 80136.

Please join me in emailing letters of support of the teacher at Strasburg who has heroically stood by her curriculum and stood alone at School Board meetings defending the books. It’s important to keep your letter as civil as possible, even if this kind of thing turns you into a giant squid of anger.

Letters should be addressed “To the School Board” and emailed to StrasburgYALiteratureCourse@gmail.com. It would also be a great help to attend the next School Board meeting if you live in the area.

I am extremely grateful to those who have come out in support of my books on the various occasions they have been challenged, who understand that I am not out to corrupt teenagers, and who further understand the importance of reading books critically and thoughtfully as a whole, rather than focusing on individual scenes ripped from their context. Thanks for supporting my books, and thanks for being awesome.

Full proposed curriculum below the jump.

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Theresa May will not last another year as PM, say Citigroup analysts

Wall Street bank Citigroup has predicted that Theresa May’s Government will not last longer than a few months and that there will likely be another general election within the next year.

In a research note, the lender described Ms May’s role as prime minister as “unsustainable”.

“Our base case remains that we will have a Conservative leadership contest followed by a new general election within the next 12 months,” the bank said.

Ms May’s popularity has plummeted in recent weeks and an opinion poll published by the Sunday Times earlier this week found that Labour under Jeremy Corbyn is now five points ahead of the Tories at 46 per cent.

That survey, which took a random sample of 5,000 people, also found that Ms May’s approval rating had slumped while Mr Corbyn’s had risen.

Mr Corbyn stunned pollsters and commentators when he gained 34 seats in the 8 June election, including traditional Tory constituencies like Kensington.

According to reports, some ministers are even favouring Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond to replace Ms May before the party’s October conference, as part of an alliance with Brexit Secretary David Davis.

The Conservatives are now holding onto power with the help of a “confidence and supply” deal with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party.

The DUP will support the government in motions of confidence and appropriation or budget votes, by either voting in favour or abstaining — an arrangement DUP leader Arlene Foster said would help provide “stable government”.