@salixlucida That little plot must know more mystery than anything the earliest novelists of mysteries must

would we say ... the deepest hearts have many colors? That calico and multis could (theoretically, of course) be (probably were) wandering the deep long before the white man thought?

@kamiten I love love LOVE your avatar, btw.

Reminds me of Ori. :fox: 🐈

@kamiten I wondered the same, but the only link I could find was the Amazon wishlist. I listed to the whole podcast at work on Thursday and vaguely remember that one of the callers asked the same thing, they might mention a paypal site on the podcast?

Calling all fediverse friends...

Let's help this tribal community in South Dakota that is being deliberately ignored by the US National Guard during our climate emergency!

Most of the community has been literally underwater for 6 months... and now the snow is here.

After unprecedented flooding that tainted their water supply (E Coli, molds and more).

Blankets, towels, boots, personal hygiene products, water filters... these are not unreasonable requests, and I'm sure anything can help. Listen to the whole podcast about what's going on via the link above.

amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/L24N

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@jasper I'd post more about it, but I just can't stand seeing that hideous man's face on my site. I unleash it all on reddit, though. 🙃

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reminder that GitHub is not the only company who gets money for helping perpetuate crimes against people: companies-that-work-with-ice.c #NoTechForICE

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Are you interested in supporting actions against fascism, imperialism, and/or capitalism, but live too far from a major population center to easily attend protests?

This means you're far enough away from such places to organize your community without much interference. Building new communities that are anti-fascistic in nature is what those protests support; show your support back by building such communities around you!

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In a time of 'single issue' politics, a bold Green New Deal strategy with net zero target of 2030 is a really good one for Labour. Easy to get behind: it's good for people's lives, it's good for the environment. Tories are banging the single issue drum of Brexit, Labour should bang the Green New Deal drum louder.

novaramedia.com/2019/09/27/the

A dual citizen of the United States and the Nation named Mark Charles running as an Independent candidate for the office of President of the United States. (1/n)

"In the midst of this ongoing chaotic drama (which according to psychologists is where narcissists thrive), President Trump cannot decide which starring role he wants to play. If you observe Donald Trump’s behavior ... He is either the savior of the world OR the greatest victim of it. There appears to be no middle ground. And for this current episode, he cannot decide which role will serve him best, hero or victim.

And beneath all of this, we have our nation’s white supremacist, racist and sexist foundations. A Declaration of Independence that refers to Natives as savages. A Constitution that never mentions women, excludes Natives and counts Africans as three-fifths human. And Supreme Court Opinions, as recent as 2005, which imply natives are (still) savages and reference the dehumanizing Doctrine of Discovery as the legal precedent for land titles. All of these foundations were literally written for the purpose of protecting white land-owning men.

The precedent these foundations have established is this: at the highest levels of both politics and finance, there is an understanding that there will be minimal legal, ethical or moral accountability for white land-owning men and even less consequences for white land-owning men who engage in immoral, unethical or illegal behavior. This system has worked for nearly 200 years, as long as it was only white land-owning men responsible for (not) holding white land-owning men accountable within this system that was designed to protect and benefit white land-owning men."

nativenewsonline.net/opinion/i

Fascinating interactive charts from the confirming what we already know: the intent of the laws as they were originally written was for the richest, highest income earners to pay the majority of tax; this is, essentially, the bedrock of democratic socialism.

Did you know the US had a 70 percent income tax bracket in 1950? That fact alone is almost certainly what created the fleeting window of opportunity for the "middle class" to be formed. The generation that grew up in this fleeting window peeking into a middle class life is AKA what we call the "baby boomer" generation in the US.

"The overall tax rate on the richest 400 households last year was only 23 percent, meaning that their combined tax payments equaled less than one quarter of their total income. This overall rate was 70 percent in 1950 and 47 percent in 1980.

For middle-class and poor families, the picture is different. Federal income taxes have also declined modestly for these families, but they haven’t benefited much if at all from the decline in the corporate tax or estate tax. "

Indeed, the original "blind" system of taxation, based strictly on income numbers, has been replaced with a "dark" system that instead lets earners hide income and "buy" personal favor of politicians.

Short of a revolution, things are not likely to change.

“Many people have the view that nothing can be done. Our case is, ‘No, that’s wrong. Look at history.’” As they write in the book: “Societies can choose whatever level of tax progressivity they want.” When the United States has raised tax rates on the wealthy and made rigorous efforts to collect those taxes, it has succeeded in doing so."

Source: nytimes.com/interactive/2019/1

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