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politijohn · 5 months ago
Not sure who knows this already but 6 months ago, Denver started having mental health professionals respond to mental health incidents instead of police. Some early data:
0 arrests were made among 748 incidents
41% of people were taken to a shelter or hospital
0 incidents were violent
6x a day, police were freed up to work on more serious criminal activity
“Defund the police” materializes through progressive steps like this. We need to pressure more law enforcement agencies to follow suit.
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coldprimavera · 4 months ago
Thread by @wwxwashere on Twitter
am i going insane or more of the world should care about a country generating covid variants that could spread internationally? right
spoiler alert: covid is killing us. badly. no, it's not this bad everywhere. yes, you should care.
our government is DELIBERATELY and CLEARLY trying to kill us, not only not doing anything but actually trying to stop any help from getting here, with censorship to go with it.
it's NOT this bad everywhere:
"No other nation that experienced such a major outbreak is still grappling with record-setting death tolls and a health care system on the brink of collapse."
yes, you SHOULD care:
"Preliminary studies suggest that the variant that swept through the city of Manaus is not only more contagious, but it also appears able to infect some people who have already recovered from other versions of the virus."
you REALLY should care:
"And the variant has slipped Brazil’s borders, showing up in two dozen other countries and in small numbers in the United States."
1 in every 4 covid deaths WORLDWIDE is happening in brazil, INTERNATIONAL MEDIA ISN'T TALKING ABOUT THIS ENOUGH.
our president?
- calling it "a little flu"
- literally making trying to legally stop states from lockdown
- blocked any attempts to get vaccines here for months
- recommended meds with no scientific proof which caused SEVERAL other deaths for overuse of improper meds
he refuses to wear a mask in public but it's not just the things he isn't doing, it's the deliberate steps he takes to make sure ANYONE who tries to do ANYTHING to help (even the US!!!!!!!! OFFERING US VACCINES FOR MONTHS!!!!!!!!!!!!) is shut down.
we have no oxygen. no ICU beds. no proper masks. basic food is so expensive here the country is falling back to hunger, so whoever is not dying from covid is dying out of starvation or due to the complete and utter collapse of our healthcare system.
if you read the articles i post here you will know brazil has a RECORD of being GREAT in this type of scenario & getting vaccines to everyone fast as fuck.
this is a DELIBERATE ATTEMPT TO KILL US, i couldn't possibly stress that enough.
who is it killing? take a guess.
"The study also found that Black Brazilians were likelier to lose their jobs or face pay cuts than white people during the pandemic. The death rate in poorer cities has been substantially higher than in rich ones."
BY JANUARY OF THIS YEAR the ny times was reporting "The country has not yet approved any of the vaccines on the market."
this isn't a tragedy, this is our government's plan.
again, why are people not helping? i have no clue.
"On Friday, officials at the World Health Organization called the surge of cases in Brazil deeply troubling and warned that it could wreak havoc well beyond the country’s borders."
censorship? oh yeah, the president's son is trying to silence a guy who made a TWEET calling the president out. & that was only news not a shady unexplainable death bc the guy is famous and rich in the first place.
this is not the only threat he has made, btw. during his CAMPAIGN he said he'd kill people who opposed his government. that is how low we are.
10,3MI brazilians might starve to death and things are only getting worse:
have i proven my point? cuz honestly there is no lack of evidence, but i can go graphic if you need to hear what happens when a patient needs oxygen or an ambulance and our hospitals can't provide it.
no? yeah. better not.
"ok but what can we do"
i literally feel crazy, as if this is only happening in my head. every brazilian i know is desperate and nobody cares.
"ok but what else"
we need donations, badly. money for food, masks, literally all supplies. if you are a single person guess what THERE ARE NO ORGANISED WAY TO HELP YET you literally need to find a brazilian or learn portuguese to be able to get to local donations centres.
have i mentioned nobody cares? how is a country going through this massive of a crisis with a government trying to kill and silence us yet there people barely heard about this???? given IT IS CREATING DEADLY VARIANTS THAT ARE SPREADING BEYOND BORDERS
oh my god i feel insane
special call-out for portugal & also the US for fucking us up historically
per request i will make an english speaking video about brazil's covid situation to be posted @ later this week
update: if you want to place a donation to @CUFA_Brasil or @maesdafavela i will offer free portuguese-english translations to help with the process.
email me @ (i can't keep up with DMs here)
You can also try to finda artists or writers or professionals in brazil and hire them! or tip them a kofi! Or simply search for "brazil" in the search and help out by sending one dollar or two in kofi or gofundmes that will also help brazilians staying safe
i will keep linking more as i find it. donation centre to get basic food to people who need it:
Update: finally managed to get an extensive list of options for donations after over 24hrs trying, from jun last year so some campaigns have ended but there's still plenty to choose from
(again: im available for free translations & help in your donation process if you need it)
just assisted in a R$740 donation process to the above donation centre & i am working on putting together a list of various options for donations as well as brazilian artists who are making emergency commissions :)
im mostly trying to assist people place the donations themselves & when i have to place the donation i offer vast proof (of whatever kind you need) of each transaction
im not a random account with no face behind it, im a broke history teacher who has covid, im trying to help
Thread by @wwxwashere on Twitter
And before i forget:
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rwfosterwriter · a month ago
I’ve Noticed Something:
Anarchists and Marxists don’t understand human nature, at all.
Marxists don’t understand that those in power will always seek to increase their power, up to & including, taking more for themselves and their friends.
Anarchists don’t understand that while humans are chaotic, we also love order and thus, will always create a government. Hell, our family units resemble small governments: parents are the rulers, and offspring (and sometimes grandparents) are the subjects.
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bookanimeart · a month ago
Official people: I hear that you have 1+ chronic illnesses.
Official people: If you want accommodations, you must jump through 10 hoops that are hard for people with your specific illness(es) to jump through.
Official people: This is a good system. :-)
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peachykas · 6 months ago
do I have complicated feelings about biden? yes, very. but he's put a trans woman in charge of health, a native american in charge of the interior, and has the first woman of color to hold VP office as his VP, among many other things.
his past record isn't spotless, and he doesn't align entirely with my ideals, but he peacefully unseated a fascist and put representatives of communities in critical states in charge. at the very least, that means he's listening to what we want as americans.
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skies-diary · 5 months ago
Today (Feburary 9, 2021), the Senate voted to proceed with the conviction of Former United States President Donald Trump with a total of 44 nays and 56 yeas. Donald Trump was (and still is, particularly if the trial ends with an innocent verdict) a very real threat to our country and to the American people. Anyone who supports him and attempts to hold him above the law has no place in our government.
Therefore, I've put together a list of every senator who voted today to keep the trial from moving forward, and therefore keep Donald Trump from being held accountable for inciting an attempted coup that killed seven people and permanently scarred many others (including officers who have suffered traumatic brain injuries and have lost fingers). I've also included their Twitter handles so you can message them if you would like to.
The main reason of this list, however, is so we know who to vote out. Do not let these people have another term. Their actions today show they do not care about America, it's people, or our democracy. The only thing they care about is Trump.
Remember their names.
Vote them out.
Senators who voted "Nay":
Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) @SenJohnBarrasso
Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) @MarshaBlackburn
Senator Blunt (R-MO) @RoyBlunt
Senator John Boozman (R-AR) @Boozman4AR
Senator Mike Braun (R-IN) @SenatorBraun
Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) @SenatorBurr *Senator Richard Burr is not seeking re-election in 2022*
Senator Shelley Capito (R-WV) @SenCapito
Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) @JohnCornyn
Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) @SenTomCotton
Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) @SenKevinCramer
Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) @MikeCrapo
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) @SenTedCruz
Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) @SteveDaines
Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) @SenJoniErnst
Senator Deb Fisher (R-NE) @SenatorFischer
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) @LindseyGrahamSC
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) @ChuckGrassley
Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) @BillHagertyTN
Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) @HawleyMO
Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) @SenJohnHoeven
Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) @cindyhydesmith
Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) @JimInhofe
Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) @SenRonJohnson
Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) @SenJohnKennedy
Senator James Lankford (R-OK) @SenatorLankford
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) @SenMikeLee
Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) @CynthiaMLummis
Senator Roger Marshall (R-KS) @RogerMarshallMD
Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) @McConnellPress
Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) @JerryMoran
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) @RandPaul
Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) @senrobportman *Senator Rob Portman is not seeking re-election in 2022*
Senator Jim Risch (R-ID) @SenatorRisch
Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD) @SenatorRounds
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) @marcorubio
Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) @SenRickScott
Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) @SenatorTimScott
Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) @SenShelby *Senator Richard Shelby is not seeking re-election in 2022*
Senator Daniel Sullivan (R-AK) @SenDanSullivan
Senator John Thune (R-SD) @SenJohnThune
Senator Thomas Tillis (R-NC) @SenThomTillis
Senator Thomas Tuberville (R-AL) @TTuberville
Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) @SenatorWicker
Senator Todd Young (R-IN) @SenToddYoung
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usnatarchives · 6 months ago
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Top image via Snopes, which confirmed and cited the quote. Second image online here. 
By Miriam Kleiman, Program Director for Public Affairs.
Numerous patriotic quotes are circulating on social media in the aftermath of the horrific attack on the US Capitol. Following the sage wisdom of my brilliant and inspiring AP US History teacher Terry Pollack, I sought primary sources to verify and provide context to these statements attributed to Teddy Roosevelt. 
Teddy Roosevelt quote 1: 
“Patriotism means to stand with the country. It does not mean to stand with the President.” 
Source: President Teddy Roosevelt, Lincoln and Free Speech, Metropolitan Magazine, May 1918 (v.47 no.6), From the HathiTrust Digital Library, essay here.
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Teddy Roosevelt quote 2:
To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.
Source: Sedition, a Free Press, and Personal Rule, editorial by Teddy Roosevelt, Kansas City Star, 5/7/1918. Online here. 
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Our nation’s history is one of protest, fighting for rights, and continually striving to form a “more perfect union.” Two of our current exhibits, Records of Rights, and Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote, highlight records documenting historic struggles. However, such challenges to and questioning of the government, especially of the President, are often seen as unpatriotic or even treasonous. As the highlighted quotes above show, Teddy Roosevelt responded strongly to such accusations.
Teddy Roosevelt stated that far from being unpatriotic, it is one’s patriotic duty to oppose a president whose policies put Americans in harm’s way. At the time, the US was both embroiled in World War I and dealing with a pandemic. Teddy Roosevelt adamantly supported the war, and even wanted to serve despite his age and failing health, but criticized President Woodrow Wilson for not playing a bigger role on the European war front. Wilson responded by trying to quash all criticism through Sedition Act of 1918 that criminalized any “disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language” about the U.S. government or military. 
See also: 
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From letter to the Kansas City Star, 4/6/1918, online here. 
While the records above from President Teddy Roosevelt are not from the National Archives, we do hold records of government efforts to foster “patriotic spirit” including the original Declaration of Independence. and thousands of military recruitment posters, some more effective than others, including this one:
“Like mighty Niagara’s torrents is the strong surge of our patriotism.”
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WWII poster, Office for Emergency Management. Office of War Information. NARA ID 515739.
See related:
Why Teddy Roosevelt Tried to Bully His Way Onto the WWI Battlefield, Smithsonian Magazine, by Erick Trickey.
The Bull Moose in Winter: Theodore Roosevelt and World War I, National Parks Service.
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Patriotic Colonel Theodore Roosevelt and his Rough Riders, 1898, at the top of a hill they captured in the battle of San Juan. NARA ID 542082.
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historical-nonfiction · 4 months ago
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The American civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X met in person only once. It was March 26, 1964, and they were attending the Senate debates regarding the bill which would eventually become the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
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sunnydwrites · 6 months ago
34 Questions for Creating a Government
How long has it been around for?
Who is in charge? One person or multiple, and what is the title of the position?
How does the procession power work, should anything happen to #1?
How does a transfer of power work? Heritage, voting, fighting?
The person in charge: what are their abilities?
Who has the ability to declare war?
Does the general population have a voice or a representative body?
Are there different branches of government? How are they divided, and how are the members of each branch chosen?
How long does it usually take the government to come to a consensus on a decision?
If your world’s population is diverse, is it accurately represented by the people with governmental positions? 
(Example: if your world has about a 1:1 ratio of men to women, does your governmental body also have a 1:1 man to women ratio?)
What can’t the government do?
What happens if the person in power is unfit to rule?
How are domestic insurrections and conflicts handled?
Is there any place where the government is centered, such as a capitol or Parliament building? Where is it, and why is it there?
Are there any extra measurements of protection for different government officials?
Has the government mandated anything in everyday life?
Examples: education through a certain age, access to housing or jobs, non-discrimination policies
What does the government regulate, if anything? For each thing, why?
Examples: wearing seatbelts, food and water quality
Think of people who are in minority groups. Is the government helping or harming them currently, and how is it doing that?
Is there anything the government is doing to ensure a standard quality of life?
What would be considered crossing a line for the government?
What are some of the most harshly punished crimes a person could commit?
Is the punishment for a given crime the same for every member of the population?
Are there people who are considered above the law?
What are some of the strangest things that are illegal?
In New York state, it’s illegal to throw a ball at someone’s head “just for fun.”
Are there any health regulations?
In the event of a war, does government structure change at all?
During a war, who participates and how do they get involved?
How is the government funded?
If the government is funded by taxes, does everyone pay an equal proportion?
Are government officials allowed to accept bribes? Do they?
What role does government play in the economy?
What do people in rural areas tend to think about the government? What about people in more densely crowded urban areas?
Do people in rural and urban areas have equal voices or opportunities to be heard?
Does government exist on different levels?
Examples: federal vs. state vs. town governments
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