Well, blocking the road is kind of undemocratic. Isn't it?
With #ColdWar 2.0 tensions rising and American forces becoming permanently stationed here in 2024 with #DCA i feel like #Finland is becoming West #Berlin 2.0.
We got our own Checkpoint Charlie at our eastern border staring down into totalitarian abyss of fascist #Russia. West Germans insulted us during the Cold War for #Finlandization but we're the West Germans now.
Ich bin ein Berliner.
Former Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull delivered the keynote address at the CAPRI Annual Forum in Taipei today.
"Taiwanese perspectives and experience are more important than ever. [...] Our resolute defense of democracy [...] must never falter."
An once again we see the abject failure of "democracy" demonstrated with yet another democratic country's continuing fascist rule.. by choice.
#turkey #democracy #fascism #fascist #erdogan
Oath Keeper Elmer Rhodes gets 18 years in prison; Trump & DeSantis pledge to pardon insurrectionists
"DeSantis won't rule out pardoning Trump. Friends make no mistake about it; Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis are running on a platform of lawlessness; they're running on a platform of violence; they're running on a platform of sedition.
Here's a prediction..."
#News #Politics #Trump #Democracy #Democrats #Justice #JusticeMatters #DeSantis
Biden and McCarthy reach debt ceiling deal in principle; focus shifts to Congress. California Dems divided on Feinstein retirement even as she relies on staff to function. Experts warn of rising rightwing “lone wolf” terror attack risks. Florida-based “Foundation for Government Accountability” behind efforts to slash food stamp access nationwide. Erdoğan wins hard-fought re-election, extending power into third decade. Plus more.
Democracy is citizen-led societal ontologizing.
-- Mark Szpakowski (@szpak)
⬆ #Quotes #MarkSzpakowski #Democracy #Politics #Society
Protests, flags, voices raised high
Demands from the people, cry
Uncompromising, seeking change
#israel #protests #democracy #change #hope #cinquain #poetry
@rolle 😎 Proud both haven't given up on me. THX!
Networking's here to stay.
#Mastodon #Community #FreeSpeech #Freedom #NetworkOfPeople #Democracy #StrongerTogether
Dialling the gaslighting nob…
The Orwellian ratio says that in most societies, 2% call all the shots and get the most of the benefits, 13% support the 2% and get some benefits and 85% do all the work, remaining destitute and ignorant.
We are going back to that ratio, despite being nominally a democracy.
The police would be part of the 13%.
If you live in a parliamentary democracy with proportional representation, then you get to vote for someone you support enthusiastically.
Otherwise, faced with a binary choice between candidates you don't like, you vote for the person you dislike less.
If you choose not to vote, or vote for a candidate who has no chance of winning, then you effectively cast a vote for the candidate you dislike the most.
@Ulrich_the_Elder The United States & her allies defeated Nazi Germany, but the U.S. refrained from defeating the Nazi part of America - a burden, that's still harmful.
Immediately after the war the allies banned the swastika, the Nazi party & the publication of "Mein Kampf" in Germany - none of that happened in the U.S., on grounds of a potentially dangerous & self-destructive naïve interpretation of the First Amendment.
"While America protects the right of neo-Nazis, white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, and other hate groups to hold public rallies and express their views openly, Germany has strict laws banning Nazi symbols and what’s called Volksverhetzung — incitement of the people, or hate speech. Like more than a dozen European countries, Germany also has a law criminalizing Holocaust denial."
Free speech has & needs limits — to prevent harm & protect the Rule of the People aka democracy.
#RuleOfLaw #DefendAmerica #DefendTheConstitution #DefendDemocracy #DefensiveDemocracy #Democracy #IncitementOfThePublic #Incitement #Insurrection #FreeSpeech #FirstAmendment #Nazism #Terrorism #Extremism
Somalia moves to one-person, one-vote elections
" "The basic principles should be that the election of the Federal Somali Republic must be one that gives the public the opportunity to cast their votes democratically in a one-person, one-vote system," the government said after hammering out the agreement with state leaders."
#democracy #election #somalia
@Tbsa @Ulrich_the_Elder All this disgusting organized trans hunt & discrimination against members of the LGBTQ community is essentially today's "GOP's" pathetic & telling confession, that they don't have a single plan & platform, which would in any way serve the American people — it's distraction from their incompetence, negligence, total carelessness & obsession to oppress, fundamentally betraying the legacy of Abraham Lincoln, the co-founder of the Republican Party.
#DefendAmerica #DefendDemocracy #DefensiveDemocracy #Democracy #StandWithHumanity #HumanityMatters #LGBTQ #14thAmendment #EqualProtection #BanTheGOP #Confedereds #Insurrection #Rebellion
@DrALJONES I think rather than a strategy of the "militant left" it simply takes firm action by pro-democracy & pro-human rights scholars & -organizations knowing, that every state/legislature, which passes & enacts bills discriminating, cornering & stigmatizing trans human beings & members of the LGBTQ+ community acts in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment's Equal Protection Clause, which says:
"nor shall any State ... deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."
#RuleOfLaw #DefendTheConstitution #Democracy #HumanRights #CivilRights #LGBTQ #StandWithHumanity #JusticeMatters #YourVoiceMatters #YouMatter #RaiseYourVoice
@John_G_R_Wilson @PDFlynn 😎💪 One third of SCOTUS is still trustworthy & loyal to the Constitution, NOT bought & paid for by Leonard Leo, the Federalist Society, Catholic subversive Opus Dei & dark money.
And the remainder is neither above the law nor immune to impeachment.
#RuleOfLaw #DefendTheConstitution #ReconstructionAmendments #14thAmendment #DefendAmerica #DefendDemocracy #Democracy #CleanSCOTUS #InvestigateTheSix #InvestigateLeonardLeo #InvestigateFederalistSociety #AccountabilityMatters #JusticeMatters
@ct_bergstrom Musk simply wanted to let his patient victims on the rotting birdsite know, who's their Adolf.
#Mastodon #FreeSpeech #Freedom #Democracy #Community #Fairness #SocialMedia #MuskSucks #Histrionic
Went voting today in municipal elections in Spain. Nice to see plenty of people there. Now we wait to see if it was enough to keep the extremist right party far away from power in our town.
India's women wrestlers and olympic medal winners were dragged by police today in New Delhi during their protest march. They are protesting for more than a month to take action against Wrestling Federation of India's head on sexual harassment offenses.
State of democracy in India.
here is an Al Jazeera report
Corp owned & controlled media always been a factor but yuuuge now
MSNBC was “#TechBros in #Media” BigBang (‘96) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MSNBC
#Facebook #Brexit shit-show courtesy of ‘Stanford Persuasion Lab’ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanford_Behavior_Design_Lab
Oligarchs (#Elmo / MBS-Hows of S’aud) owning & controlling a critical #SocialMedia channel + its behavioural exhaust data = 😱
#AI now shooting out 🍑’s of all of this
Much citizen #attention & work needed to save #democracy from #BigTech #VC’s
Local and regional elections in Spain today.
As a British resident it is still possible to vote in local elections only. I'm grateful for that, because after Brexit I'm even more conscious that I must exercise my vote and #democracy is a precious gift. 🇪🇺 🇪🇦
The government you elect is the government you deserve.
#albertaelection2023 #democracy #UCP #NDP #climatechange #albertawildfires
Under First Past The Post #FPTP we are stuck with an unfair system, and people's votes don't count.
We want a better #democracy in the UK .
We want Proportional Representation #PR
Sorry to hear that #Starmer isn't listening, he doesn't care about democracy
#India is the mother of democracy. It is also the foundation of global democracy. #Democracy is our 'Sanskaar', idea & tradition: #PMModi #NewParliamentBuilding #press
In this #AmritKaal, #India's prestige in the world has increased. Our parliament has the ability to convert challenges into opportunities. #Democracy is the foundation of our strong future. Unity in diversity is our strength: Lok Sabha Speaker #OmBirla in the new Parliament #press
In this #AmritKaal, #India's prestige in the world has increased. Our parliament has the ability to convert internal and global challenges into opportunities. #Democracy is the foundation of our strong future. Unity in diversity is our strength: #LokSabha Speaker #OmBirla in the… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1662721829746900992 #press
Modi opens his vast new parliament building, designed by his very own Albert Speer, amid boycotts by 19 opposition parties.
"When the soul of democracy has been sucked out [of] Parliament, we find no value in a new building.”
#India #Democracy #Fascism #NarendraModi
While this report from Princeton is about local & regional #democracy in the US, and the growing abuse of elected and unelected officials, must of this will feel family in the USA.
Threats of violence & intimidation of all sorts are going to drive reasonable people out of everyday politics leaving us with only the nut jobs.... something we're starting to see in the UK too.
The heat of invective will destroy #democracy if we're not careful
h/t @harphat; @anneapplebaum
#Economy #EconomicPolicy #Democracy #Petition #Resistbot #Petition: No red tape for SNAP, TANF, or Medicaid! https://resist.bot/petitions/PJDDCB
#Economy #EconomicPolicy #Democracy #Resistbot #Petition: Do NOT support proposed rollbacks to the Inflation Reduction Act! https://resist.bot/petitions/PUBHYZ
Release the prisoners on parole so that they can attend the crowning ceremony.
Many innocent political prisoners in India. Anybody raising their voice face imprisonment or extortion. Even productive businessmen are not spared.
Let us free India and the innocent prisoners. Business men should not bow to extortion.
Imagine the number of corrupt Republican politicians in Texas lined up to replace him. #USPolitics is an industry not a civil process.
The Daily Beast:
Texas House Impeaches Its Scandal-Ridden Attorney General
The Texas House of Representatives voted to impeach the state’s embattled attorney general, Ken Paxton, on Saturday—just days after investigators levied wide-ranging corruption allegations against the state’s top lawyer.
Paxton, a staunch conservative... has been combative in his response to the litany of allegations he faces...
Trump's Mar-a-Lago "dress rehearsal" to hide docs from DOJ shows premeditation to obstruct justice
#News #Politics #Trump #Democracy #Democrats #Justice #JusticeMatters
Biden, McCarthy have tentative US debt ceiling deal - sources
The White House and negotiators for House Republicans have reached an agreement in principle to avert a debt default, two sources familiar with the situation said.
"But, I’m not sure it’s completely settled... But close enough to move forward" the second source said.
Exact details of the final deal were not immediately available...
Here's a mainstream media piece (NBC news) that fails to mention one of the key reasons she's still there / very heart of the matter:
• Feinstein sits on the senate judiciary committee
• remove her or she voluntarily steps down?
• *p00f* – that's it for Biden ever successfully appointing another federal judge in his term (her replacement isn’t an automatic switcheroo on the committee)
“The ugly proxy war over Feinstein's Senate seat” https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2024-election/ugly-proxy-war-feinstein-senate-seat-rcna86240
Texas AG Ken Paxton impeached. DeSantis withholding budget signature while aides pressure lobbyists for campaign donations. Debt ceiling crisis unfolding amid remarkable economic strength. Iowa governor signs law loosening child labor protections. Top Ukraine commander says counteroffensive is imminent. Scientists may have uncovered cause of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Plus much more in today's news digest.
"Republicans Around the Country Are Trying to Rob Democrats Of the Right to Govern"
Amazing article, worth a read.
😎🤔 If knowledge really equates to power, we all know why the "GOP" doesn't want the people to have knowledge.
#RuleOfLaw #DefendAmerica #DefendDemocracy #DefensiveDemocracy #Democracy #YourVoiceMatters #YourKnowledgeMatters #YouMatter #RaiseYourVoice
#Capitalism #Oligopolies #Democracy #Populism #Inequality: "In sum, the problem of a just society, and of restoring that vital, delicate balance between capitalism and democracy, will go beyond unrigging capitalism—though contemporary capitalism urgently, even desperately, needs to be unrigged. As Wolf argues persuasively, rigged capitalism has fueled populist backlashes that are being exploited by plutocratic political entrepreneurs, and which threaten the very survival of liberal democracy. And without economic and political reforms, “[t]he year 2024 might mark the end of American liberal democracy.”
But this is where The Crisis of Democratic Capitalism fails to inspire. It is not that Wolf’s proposed reforms—measured, reasonable, smart, constructive—don’t make sense. It is that they seem exceedingly unlikely to be adopted. Soberly sifting through 70 pages of what a “New” New Deal might look like yields mostly agreeable generalities (“Ending special privileges for the few”) and extremely sensible reforms (greater fairness in the tax code, thoughtful forms of public investment, independent commissions to end gerrymandering, reducing corporate influence in elections, etc.). But we have all been here before."
Falsehoods Of US Democracy(video)..#USA..#democracy https://youtu.be/EcuyC51jeQY
Well isn’t that a special hack 🤦🏻♂️
@w7voa Xina's dictatorial chokehold keeps on suffocating Hong Kong's remainder of democracy.
The free world's economies shouldn't be dependent on reckless anti-democratic inhuman dictatorships.
#Freedom #Democracy #RuleOfLaw #JusticeMatters #HumanityMatters
but the interesting idea is that we _could_ build more useful tools in a democratic and scientific way using LoRa training with human feedback.
and again, it's not a work for startups or corporations, but public services and democratic organisations ... #EU should not encourage this tech development with business oriented rewards, but fund shared infrastructure, knowledge and code, simple modular distributed systems
#ai #floss #publicservice #democracy @EC_REA @EU_Commission @EC_DIGIT @EDPS
Spain’s century: Two books by leading historians chart the path from fanaticism and violence to national reconciliation.
Nigel Townson’s Penguin History of Modern Spain and Paul Preston’s Architects of Terror, do a fine job of narrating Spain’s development since 1898 and reminding us of the violence and fanaticism of Francisco Franco’s 1939-1975 dictatorship, especially in its first two decades.
Yes, sure, the internet is ‘open’ but as we’ve all experienced : quickly embraced by #SiliconValley #VC corporate interests who centralized & commercialized all human experiences and interactions it enabled.
Decentralized federated services is the right path and there’s ample device compute power in consumers hands but we need resilient Tech & Commercial models that easily blend / connect private (#E2EE #encryption) & public (open) spaces – otherwise we're fucked.
What #Chatbots do extremely well?
• harvest human interaction #data and associate #PersonalData to train and improve their own algorithmic backend systems
#UK ‘demanding’ glass bottles removed from #Scottish #DepositReturnScheme, Yousaf says
The #FirstMinister said he had received a letter late on Friday ‘demanding’ glass be dropped from the Scottish scheme.
#DRS #Scotland #Democracy #Independence #ToryPoliciesInAction #Environment #Sustainability
Current iterations of #AI
hammering humanity now wasn’t a
It was an “injection" by #SliiconValley #TechnoFascist #VC’s and their incumbent #BigTech distributors (#Microsoft #Salesforce et al)
#AI is a savage and lawless land, perfect market conditions for these predators.
Issues we’re all dealing with now existing in the late 60’s.
The “woke” epithet is used where people dare to question power. It’s “woke” to observe the asymmetries and absences in the historical record, or to ask questions about whose experiences and perspectives are left out of traditional narratives. It would be instructive to ask #DeSantis whether he believes that critical thinking is an important skill-set for Floridian (or American) school students. The answer seems obvious, but let’s get him on record. #education #democracy #fascism @histodons
The comments on this thread show everything anyone needs to know about how anti #democracy #Twitter really is today.
#Fascism #DeSantis #Law #Jan6 #Crime #RightWing #Hate
(Apologies in advance for the direct twitter link, I'll change it if someone posts the other one, I am on my phone and can't remember what it's called!)
@TonyStark 😎 The United States Declaration of Independence is unmistakably clear about despots oppressing the people:
"But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."
#SaveLives #DefendDemocracy #DefensiveDemocracy #Democracy #WomensRights #HumanRights #AbortionRights #ExpelTheGOP #YourVoiceMatters #YouMatter #RaiseYourVoice #MarchOfNoConfidence #MarchForOurLives #ProChoice
“But if more people sought truth, even when that truth is contrary to their beliefs — such as when a Republican like me destroys a Republican myth — then I think we really can save democracy in America. In fact, I think that’s the only way.” #Democracy https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2023/05/26/my-pillow-mike-lindell-investigation-00097903?utm_source=werd.io&utm_campaign=mastodon&utm_channel=mastodon
Congrats to Bob Zeidman, who just won $5 million from Mike #PillowGuy Lindell by proving that Lindell had nothing but fake data to back his claim that the 2020 election was stolen.
Zeidman voted for #Trump twice. But he did a good thing and made this good point:
"If more people sought truth, even when that truth is contrary to their beliefs — such as when a #Republican like me destroys a Republican myth — then I think we really can save #democracy in America."
Countdown with Keith Olbermann:
"More Than One Witness" Saw Trump Commit Espionage - 5/26/23
Ok, I fully countenance that could be a fair criticism, I'm neither a sociologist, researcher, nor pollster. However contraversial content helping drive Corporate Social Media profits, is a well researched and established concern by many with significant expertise. So is this really a reach?
I see it as one continuous point, but just formatted for readability. #Social #SocialMedia #Democracy #CorporateResponsibility
“Truth matters in a #democracy, and today’s court decision makes clear that the former #Alberta Premier specifically targeted #environmental organizations to undermine our efforts to communicate the risks of #climatechange, and the role an expanding #oil industry plays in threatening the future of #Canadians,” https://environmentaldefence.ca/2023/05/25/albertas-highest-court-rejects-former-premier-kenneys-arguments-to-avoid-defamation-lawsuit-brought-forward-by-five-environmental-groups/
Democratic Underground shared this quote from my 2009 book, Unscientific America, as a quote for the day.
It’s interesting to return to in 2023, especially given my research on scientific decision making in Congress. I’m not quite sure how I would change it at first glance, but my perspective is more nuanced 14 years later. #science #democracy #politics
We need two library systems: Restricted and Traditional. That way readers can choose.
A new nonprofit political organization, Swing States Action Fund, will soon launch to help inspire, engage, and mobilize Democratic voters to reside, vote, and thrive in key swing states that have a huge stake in U.S. presidential and senatorial elections. Our purpose is to help protect American democracy against forces attempting to restrict voting rights, overturn elections, and weaken democratic institutions.
Follow us and stay tuned for more info!
#SaveDemocracy #democracy #ElectoralCollege #USpolitics #USpol #SwingStates
During entire duration of #OathKeeper trial there were ZERO mainstream #media outlets paying meaningful #attention. Only daily coverage came from:
• @lawfare - @rparloff (ex-Forbes who covered Theranos and brutally conned by Holmes) did a bloody brilliant job reporting on OathKeepers 🙏
• @emptywheel - alpha-#NatSec blogger who assigned a hela-awesome contract journo @Brandi_Buchman who also did amazing work 🙏
@w7voa 👍👍👍👍👍 Judge Mehta once more said & did what's right! Kudos!
#RuleOfLaw #DefendAmerica #DefendTheConstitution #DefendDemocracy #Democracy #Jan6 Insurrection #Overthrow #AccountabilityMatters #JusticeMatters
Alberta Votes 2023: Advance polls breaking records | CTV News https://bit.ly/3ovpNFI #ableg #ElectionsAlberta #Democracy #AdvancePolls #AlbertaElection #Elections #abpoli @cdnpoli
Kissinger’s diplomatic conniving led to or enabled slaughters around the globe. As he blows out all those candles, let’s call the roll.” #Democracy https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2023/05/henry-kissinger-at-100-still-a-war-criminal/?utm_source=werd.io&utm_campaign=mastodon&utm_channel=mastodon
A perfect example of how our major national #journalism outlets frame the world and all news in terms of politics and especially presidential elections — there are no issues, concerns, successes or troubles of the American people or those who lead, only wins and losses for candidates and political parties (gift link) https://wapo.st/3MwYjr3
' [The Alberta] election fundamentally remains a test of how far a political leader can test the limits of democracy ...
Few in the modern era have openly pushed against the rule of law like [Premier Danielle] Smith. If she wins, it’s indicative of a real threat we’ve seen in other democracies around the world ... a democratic backslide and an increasingly polarized and uncertain future. '
#Canada #elections #Alberta #democracy #authoritarianism
Donald Trump entered the Republican Party into "international arrangements of oligarchies"
Today's Republican Party is a de facto criminal organization.
America's democracy crisis is much bigger than any one person or group of people. It is a cultural and societal problem where the legitimacy of democracy and its institutions, the country's democratic culture, and the rule of law...are increasingly imperiled.
• #AI wasn’t an “onset" or “launch" or “introduction" or a "release"
• it was an “injection" by #PeterThiel + #ElonMusk backers of #OpenAI #ChatGPT
(#SamAltman now on a 17 city 🌍 tour dropping metaphorical #AI bombs)
• it was “Lightning" like a #TechnoFascist Blitzkreig on #Democracy is
• #BigTech incumbents (#Microsoft, #Salesforce) are willing & complicit distributors
• #AI = savage & lawless land, perfect for #VC’s
5 things we learned from David Johnston's first report on foreign interference | CBC News https://bit.ly/3Mw5SOJ #DavidJohnston #ElectionInterference #Democracy #Elections #cdnpoli @canadiangreens @cdnpoli
Yes, hilarious that #PhonyStark/DeSpeptic campaign launch melted down on Spaces but please ensure your
don’t spike to “11”
Stupid or not: #ElonMusk, Sacks, #PeterThiel are immediate threats to #Democracy
• Clown-Shows = dazzle-camouflage for f*ckery
• #Twitter = oligarch PsyOp
• #Elmo a master gaslighter who plays partners, Govt’s, customers, media for chumps
"The Quiet Political Rise of David Sacks, Silicon Valley’s Prophet of Urban Doom”
@slcw @DemocracyMattersALot It is the basic crime of fraud - wrongly normalized, tolerated, unprosecuted & unpunished - to the disadvantage of
"We the People".
And it's no longer acceptable.
We're having a democratic republic — as long as we can keep it.
#RuleOfLaw #DefendAmerica #DefendDemocracy #DefensiveDemocracy #Democracy #YourVoiceMatters #YouMatter #RaiseYourVoice
@kiyokocat It's not coincidence, that Con DeSantis's regime copies anti-humanity criminal Putin's atrocious practices targeting trans humans & other members of the LGBTQ+ community — it's spiritual kinship.
#RuleOfLaw #DefendDemocracy #DefendAmerica #Democracy #StandWithHumanity #HumanRights #LGBTQ #RemoveRon #InvestigateDeSantis #Corruption #MoneyLaundering #Espionage #Treason #ServingPutin #Kremlin #KremlinAssets
@w7voa Instead of retracting truth about Twitter spreading mis- & disinformation @ap should retreat from Musk's falsehoods dumpster & focus on expanding/ enlarging its own Mastodon instance, where Free Speech isn't just empty words from the mouth of a petulant, histrionic spoiled billionaire brat.
#Mastodon #FreeSpeech #Freedom #Democracy #SocialMedia #LeaveTwitter #AntisocialMedia #MuskSucks #Corruption #RuleOfLies #Fascism #Extremism #Terrorism
@sixtus @AufstandLastGen Oder ein paar Drohnen mit #freedom and #democracy...
I live in Europe
I could care less
But I do
Dear friends in the USA
Everything I know about DeSantis I have read here
What I have read leaves me stunned
As a woman
As a human being
It doesn't matter where he announces the candidacy
He's doing it on Twitter to look like a friend of the Big Birdie
And Big Birdie wants the publicity
But there is one thing you must all remember
The human rights that are being crushed
Do not forget
The people have the power
no matter when
This is how #democracy is lost. Chickenshit businesses capitulate to threats and harassment instead of fighting back. So disappointed in you #Target!
Good thread for all journos everywhere to pull:
• 🇺🇸 AM radio network ownership structures, donations, political affiliations?
• nature of AM programming?
• ratio of political content to other program types on AM radio?
• who sponsored bill & why?
• who lobbied “AM for Every Vehicle Act”?
• full spectrum of reasons for Ford’s reversal?
"Talk Radio Made Today’s Republican Party”
Ironic that Dembrow and Mapps cite the State and federal legislatures as examples of the value of districting, like those bodies are the picture children of #democracy rather than collapsed and impotent. #oregon lege can't even hold a vote right now, and the federal House can't decide if paying our bills is actually important.
The reason voters “like” districts is because most people are NIMBYs. So many people don't even talk to their neighbors, yet it's somehow such an important demographic quality that it demands first-class priority in our elections? No, people see things near them they don't like and they think voting for a rep who maybe sees some of those same unpleasantries will do something about it.
#portland #pdx #voting #elections #democracy
@juddlegum Attention junkie is as attention junkie does.
#Mastodon #FreeSpeech #Community #CommunityCounts #SocialMedia #Democracy #MuskSucks #AntisocialMedia #LeaveTwitter
Rep. Goldman: "So why are my colleagues trying to undermine the FBI? Why are they asking to defund the FBI? ... if you can undermine the investigator ... then you can undermine our entire system of #democracy That is the authoritarian playbook 101."
“Everywhere there’s globes…and that’s what they do to brainwash… For me, if it is not a conspiracy, if it is, you know, ‘real,’ why are you pushing so hard? Everywhere I go, every store, you buy a globe, there’s globes everywhere—every movie, every TV show, news media, why?” #Democracy https://newrepublic.com/post/172902/georgia-gop-chair-earth-really-round-many-globes-everywhere?utm_source=werd.io&utm_campaign=mastodon&utm_channel=mastodon
Excellent article on democracy, science and misinformation.
#Scicomm #Science #disinformation #misinformation #democracy #canada #usa #education #academia
Excellent coverage of the radical push in #Texas and elsewhere to insert Christianity (really, Christian nationalism) into the structures of government, with a huge gap: If ever there was a time to quote the #1stAmendment directly, this is it. The #USConstitution isn’t even mentioned till pretty low in the story, and there’s only a paraphrase description of what it says about religion and the state. https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2023/05/23/texas-commandments-chaplains-christianity/ #journalism #Democracy
Considering how big of a factor voter apathy is on a worldwide scale, and the difference that *could* have been made, this never stops being relevant.
Cartoon by Nick Anderson.
@QasimRashid White people & every human being shouldn't allow conmen like DeSantis to turn them into shameless sociopaths per decree, with disregard for right & wrong, solely for his greediness for power, regardless of their attitudes.
#DefendAmerica #DefendDemocracy #Democracy #UnitedInDiversity #StrongerTogether #RemoveRon #DisqualifyDeSantis #Insurrection
“On Saturday, the NAACP joined the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), a Latino rights advocacy group, and Equality Florida, an LGBTQ rights advocacy group, in issuing Florida travel advisories.” #Democracy https://www.vox.com/politics/2023/5/22/23733060/desantis-florida-naacp-travel-advisory-lulac-equality?utm_source=werd.io&utm_campaign=mastodon&utm_channel=mastodon
I propose the Eat Crow PAC, to be crowdfunded by the left, which awards $1 million honoraria to Chief Justice Roberts, Justice Gorsuch and anyone else who wants to get in on it, for each opinion in which they join the liberal justices to form a majority. $10 million for reversing Citizens United, Rucho or Dobbs. Apparently this would be entirely lawful; the right is already doing it. Who’s in?
#uspol #scotus #Democracy #abortion #law
Criticism of the SNP's approach to regaining #ScottishIndependence by Bernard Ponsoby but lays bare the cold colonialism of the UK govt, be it Tory or Labour.
#Indyref2 #politics #colonialism #DemocracyForScotland #democracy
I'll #vote when corporations can't #endCitizensUnited #politics #democracy