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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.

Texas adoption agencies could ban Jews, gays, MuslimsTexas adoption agencies could ban Jews, gays, Muslims

got this off the wire so it’s real.

 Not really for this tumblr but jesus what is WRONG with the United States? I grew up believing that the US was the place to be, they had more freedoms than we did, were more progressive and prosperous than us. As I get older it become more and more clear that the states is closer to a dictatorship than democracy when it comes to the political scale. . 


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Meredith Hoffman, The Associated Press

Texas adoption agencies could ban Jews, gays, Muslims

AUSTIN, Texas — Parents seeking to adopt children in Texas could soon be rejected by state-funded or private agencies with religious objections to them being Jewish, Muslim, gay, single, or interfaith couples, under a proposal in the Republican-controlled Legislature.

Five other states have passed similar laws protecting faith-based adoption organizations that refuse to place children with gay parents or other households on religious grounds — but Texas’ rule would extend to state-funded agencies. Only South Dakota’s is similarly sweepingly.

The bill had been scheduled for debate and approval Saturday in the state House, but lawmakers bogged down with other matters. It now is expected to come up next week.

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Percy Jackson Olympics AU

Lemme tell you a thing my friend and I texted each other about last night because I was watching the swim matches

- So everyone but Reyna, Frank, Calypso, and Nico rep team USA. Reyna reps PR, Frank Canada, Calypso Greece, and Nico Italy

- Obvs Percy is swim. Her like one of the best (definitely freaked when he first joined the team and got to train with Micheal Phelps

- Hazel does equestrian aka horse riding. Frank fucking DOMINATES archery, like no contest. Reyna switches every Olympics between taekwando and fencing, not that anyone’s complaining. Piper slays at gymnastics and Annabeth used to do beach volleyball with Selena before she retired and this year she’s teaming up with Rachel Elizabeth Dare

- Percy freaks when he finds out, like this is awkward and he goes to Jason to talk about it. Jason, unhelpful as ever is like talk to piper and she just laughs

- Speaking of Jason, until this year he totally only want to cheer Piper on. But now he has embraced his inner white dad to do golf now that it’s back
-Actual conversation on the plane.
Jason: Pipes Flaherty is announcing golf
Piper: Thats cool babe. Did you know the opening. ceremony-
Jason: BUT BABE. FLAHERTY

- Nico is hella doing boxing. Leo brings in gold for BMX cycling and his badass gf is a champ diver

- Everyone asking Frank and Hazel how they deal with their SO being on different teams and they’re like “just as long as they stay safe I’m good” (and for those of you who don’t know equestrian can be hard because horse bucks or freaks out and boom rider in danger)

- Percy and Annabeth on the other hand are so sarcastic with their teasing. Like “no gold you’re sleeping on the couch”

- Leo meets Calypso on the plane when they’re stuck sitting next to each other and hating each other at first but falling in love in Rio

- Nico meets Will (an on site medic) when he breaks his nose in a match and Will being like you’re seeing me before every match you have if you win this one and that’s how they fall in love

- And everyone gets together to see Annabeth and Rachel win gold and after they do Annabeth gets a little sick and Will (everyone’s fav on site medic) checks her over and is liek, honey you’re pregnant

- Percy freaking out when she tells him because holy shit we were gonna do the next ones and training and going with a little kid is gonna be so stressful while everyone else laughs at him

- Just imagine Percy sitting with their little girl on the beach as Annabeth trains with Rachel

- Leo and Calypso babysitting the little girl during opening ceremonies because they can’t march because they compete the next day. Leo giving her all the junk food and Calypso singing her a Greek lullaby

- This little girl growing up with her brothers (twins who were born when she was three) growing up and the boys teaming up for beach volleyball while she does diving

- I just need this AU in my life

This lawmaker wants to make it illegal for transgender people to use the bathroom 

Rep. Frank Artiles. is a Miami Republican in the Florida legislature who thinks that using a restroom is a choice — especially if you’re transgender. That’s why he feels no compunction about his introduction of the Single-Sex Public Facilities Act, a law which would make it a crime for transgender people to use single-sex public bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity in restaurants, workplaces and schools. “Violators” face a $1,000 fine and up to a year in jail.

Utterly absurd logic he’s using to hide his transphobia

The Trump administration just rolled out big changes to Obamacare

(Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rolled out its final rule for the 2018 healthcare exchanges on Thursday.

The final rule, an update of changes proposed February 15, included a variety of changes to the indiviudal health insurance marketplaces, including cutting down on the amount of time people have to enroll for plans on the exchanges and allowing insurers to collect unpaid premiums before allowing a patient to sign up the next year.

“This proposal will take steps to stabilize the Marketplace, provide more flexibility to states and insurers, and give patients access to more coverage options,” the CMS’ administrator, Seema Verma, said in a statement. “They will help protect Americans enrolled in the individual and small-group health insurance markets while future reforms are being debated.”

Democrats quickly blasted the changes.

Rep. Frank Pallone, of New Jersey, the ranking Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said the new rule “will not produce any meaningful improvements for the stability of the ACA Marketplace” and said aspects of the rule would prove negative.

“It’s time for the threats and the sabotage to end, and for President Trump to undo the damage he’s done to the Marketplaces,” Pallone said in a statement. “It’s time to work to improve the law.”

Here’s a quick rundown of the changes in the CMS rule. It would:

  • Limit the 2018 open-enrollment period to six weeks, half the previous length: Notably, the rule said CMS and the Department of Health and Human Services will continue to spend money on outreach to encourage people to sign up. But the shorter enrollment period — November 1 to December 15 — will most likely result in lower enrollment.
  • Allow insurers to collect unpaid premiums before customers sign up with the same insurer the next year: The CMS release says the rule “will incentivize patients to avoid coverage lapses.” It could also discourage those who have a lapse in coverage from signing up the next year, but it could help insurers recoup some of the money lost on the exchanges.
  • Force people to provide further identification to sign up outside the open-enrollment period: To limit the number of people who drop coverage and enroll only when they need it, the CMS rule will force people to give more identification to sign up for the exchanges outside open enrollment. This suggestion was also floated by the Obama administration.
  • Allow insurers to determine the level of their coverage: The actuarial value of a plan is the percent of medical costs a plan would cover. The rule will allow insurers to adjust their actuarial value while still qualifying for the exchanges. In the worst case, that could mean consumers will end up with plans that cost close to the plans offered on the exchanges currently but cover fewer procedures.

Even with the changes, it is unclear whether the Trump administration will fund cost-sharing reduction payments, which most policy analysts say is key to keeping the market from collapsing.

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Happy Birthday, Harry Houdini!

In 1926 the great illusionist conjured up one of the most entertaining congressional hearings in history. Testifying on a bill making it a crime to be a fraudulent fortune teller in the nation’s capital, Houdini castigated the mediums and vociferously defended their victims. Calling witnesses (including his wife!), producing a “sucker list” and other evidence, accusing audience members of fraud, Houdini enthralled some of members of the House Committee on the District of Columbia, such as Rep. Frank R. Reid of Illinois who kept asking the chairman for more time for Houdini to speak. Others he seemed to have angered or confused. Nevertheless, the bill did not pass.

Hearing Testimony from From Harry Houdini on HR 8989, a Bill to Impose a Fine on Fraudulent Fortune Tellers in the District of Columbia (HR 69A-D7), 3/20/1926, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives 

The Trump administration just rolled out big changes to Obamacare

(Win McNamee/Getty Images)
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rolled out its final rule for the 2018 Obamacare exchanges on Thursday.

The final rule, an update of changes proposed on February 15, would make a variety of changes, including cutting down on the amount of time people have to enroll for plans on the exchanges and allowing insurers to collect unpaid premiums before allowing a patient to sign up the next year.

“This proposal will take steps to stabilize the Marketplace, provide more flexibility to states and insurers, and give patients access to more coverage options,” acting CMS Administrator Patrick Conway said in a statement. “They will help protect Americans enrolled in the individual and small group health insurance markets while future reforms are being debated.”

On the other end of the political spectrum, Democrats quickly blasted the changes.

Rep. Frank Pallone, the ranking Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said that the new rule “will not produce any meaningful improvements for the stability of the ACA Marketplace” and said aspects of the rule would prove negative.

“It’s time for the threats and the sabotage to end, and for President Trump to undo the damage he’s done to the Marketplaces,” Pallone said in a statement. “It’s time to work to improve the law.”

Here’s a quick rundown of the changes in the CMS rule. It would:

  • Limit the 2018 open enrollment period to six weeks, half the previous length: Notably, the rule said CMS and the Department of Health and Human Services would continue to spend money on outreach to encourage people to sign up. But the shorter enrollment period — going from November 1, 2017 to December 15, 2017 — will likely result in lower enrollment.
  • Allow insurers to collect for unpaid premiums before they sign up with the same insurer the next year: The CMS release says the rule “will incentivize patients to avoid coverage lapses.” It could also discourage those that have a lapse in coverage from signing up the next year, but it could help insurers recoup some of the money lost on the exchanges.
  • Force people to provide further identification to sign up outside of the open enrollment period: In order to limit the number of people that drop coverage and only enroll when they need it, the CMS rule would force people to give more identification in order to sign up for the exchanges outside of open enrollment. This suggestion was also floated by the Obama administration.
  • Allow insurers to determine the level of their coverage: The actuarial value of a plan is the percent of medical costs a plan would cover. The rule would allow insurers to adjust their actuarial value while still qualifying for the exchanges. In the worst case, that could mean consumers would end up with plans that cost close to the plans offered on the exchanges currently, but also cover fewer procedures.

Even with the changes, it is still unclear whether the Trump administration will fund cost-sharing reduction payments, which most policy analysts say is key to keeping the market from collapsing.

NOW WATCH: Watch Trump’s budget director explain proposed cuts for after-school programs that feed children



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The New Republican Congress Is Wasting No Time Restricting Abortion

On the first day of the 114th Congress, the newly ascendant Republican anti-abortion zealots in control of the House and Senate didn’t waste any time proposing draconian new restrictions on women’s rights.

ThinkProgress reports that Reps. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) already reintroduced the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act on Tuesday. The proposed bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks, in contradiction with the rights afforded women by the 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade.

No, actually, I think it’s Franks that has read and doesn’t understand the bible. Remember the story of the sheep and the goats Rep. Franks - if you do NOT do it unto the least of these you have not done it unto me now depart from me, you evil doers and hypocrites! Remember this story? Ringing any bells?