I’ve talked about how the anti-vaccine movement has allied with white privilege and racism, in that the angry latent racists can use this idea to make themselves noble freedom fighting martyrs, free to use their weapons how they see fit. But I haven’t talked about the “industry” of anti-vaxxing. Yes, there is one.
Not merely in products that people tout or push to give one supposed health, like this new MLM in which people eat the mud from a runoff infected peat bog. It’s also the entire infrastructure of groups surrounding how the talking points are constructed, how they are put into place on social media and elsewhere. There are whole consulting firms devoted to serving the wealthy donors who want to use this “cause” as a means of mobilizing hate-filled Republican voters. Hundreds of people, making hundreds of profiles, fake media pushes, Facebook groups, Reddit threads, ads, and social media videos. And yes, you’d better believe some of these wealthy contributors are Russian.
Don’t believe me? Read about it. You can find quite a bit on it.
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God is like “I believe in giving my creations free will. Without it, life is meaningless. So you all have the choice to obey me or die”
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[ID: picture taken of an anti-China demonstration of some description. Front and center is a sign that reads “CHINA CCP (sic) IS THE ROOT OF EVIL”. Above and behind this banner, circled in red by someone (presumably @china_takes on twitter, that being where I got this from) is a placard which reads “The CCP is behind 911 (sic)”.]
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Pistol Packing Mama
Women Airforce Service pilots Frances Green, Margaret "Peg" Kirchner, Ann Waldner and Blanche Osborn, leave their B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft, "Pistol Packin' Mama," during ferry training at Lockbourne Army Airfield, Ohio, 1944. Air Force photo
Colorized by the very talented Marina Amaral
Who also has a RedBubble shop if you wanna buy this print.
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When future historians seek to explain the United States’ perilous slide toward authoritarianism in the 21st century, they will grapple with the role played in all these events by Fox News and the right-wing media. Simply put, those actors are helping Donald Trump and his movement threaten democracy, in a way that will likely continue getting worse.
A new poll from the Public Religion Research Institute demonstrates in a fresh way just how responsible those bad-faith media actors are for what we’re seeing right now. And this raises anew the question of how much damage they will do over the long haul.
The poll’s big finding is that people who rely heavily on Fox News and other right-wing media are overwhelmingly more likely to believe the election was stolen from Trump — and are overwhelmingly less likely to blame Trump for the insurrection — than those who do not.
In one sense, that’s a no-brainer. But taken together, those views add up to something truly toxic: The “belief” that the election was stolen, and the simultaneous refusal to assign accountability for an effort to violently overthrow our constitutional order, suggest right-wing propaganda may be softening the ground for a more concerted abandonment of democracy going forward.
The PRRI poll finds that 69 percent of Americans do not believe the election was stolen, while only 29 percent do believe this. That latter number largely reflects Republicans, among whom 71 percent believe it. Only very small minorities of independents and Democrats do.
The poll also finds that 56 percent of Americans say Trump does bear much of the blame for the Jan. 6 violence, that 59 percent say this about white supremacist groups, and that 41 percent say this about GOP leaders.
If anything, those numbers are too low. Trump did incite the violence, far-right groups did organize the “Stop the Steal” rally around lurid lies about the stolen election destroying American freedom, and GOP elites did extensively humor or even validate those lies...
It’s important to stress that both these narratives — the stolen-election lie, and the effort to absolve Trump of blame for Jan. 6 — are mainstays of right-wing media propaganda. As Matt Gertz demonstrates, these sources relentlessly sowed doubts about the election in the run-up to Jan. 6, and then even after, continued pushing the idea that legitimate questions about it lingered.
In short, right-wing media widely sowed the lies that inspired the effort to violently overthrow U.S. democracy. They then retroactively papered over what had happened, by suggesting in numerous ways that there might have been some legitimacy undergirding that effort’s goals.
Since then, right-wing personalities and media outlets have gone to great lengths to rewrite that whole history, downgrading Trump’s role and instead falsely blaming antifa for the violence. And in many other cases they have alternatively blamed the left or rewrote the story to erase the truly insurrectionist goal of the rioters.
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Time to jump on the bandwagon: the live action PowerPuff Girls show is bad on purpose. It's not a mistake, this is intentional. It is bad by design.
You can sell a good show. You can sell a bad show. But you can't sell a mediocre middle-of-the-road show. For all intents and purposes this should be a forgettable single season reboot, because nobody asked for it and it's going in a totally different direction than the original show intended, but the studio realizes that if they double down and make it super shitty then a ton of people will hate watch it. It will become a meme, garnering endless free publicity from people complaining about it and dissecting each set photo and making YouTube essays for every episode. Hell, I'm not even gonna watch it and I'm still talking about it (in front of my high-single-to-low-double-digit audience); I'm a nobody, but this is exactly what they want. I get it, I'm not immune to propaganda.
They can make more money if it's bad than if it's just boring, so why not pull out all the stops? Balls to the walls, make it crazy, go big or go home! It won't be good, so they pretty much HAVE to make it bad, at any cost. Riverdale started as their attempt at making a serious Archie Comics adaptation, and now it's become ironic, dark and gritty on purpose, that's the joke. PPG will be no different; ironically bad is still bad, and my complaining is only feeding into it. Ignore me, "Old Man Yells at Clouds."
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September 21, 2020 - Ron Cobb, best known for being the production designer for several major films, has died at 83 years of age. Cobb brought to life several cantina creatures for Star Wars (1977) and came up with weaponry and sets for Conan the Barbarian (1982), the exterior and interior of the Nostromo ship in Alien (1978) and the earth colony complex in Aliens (1986), and the DeLorean time machine in Back to the Future (1985).
More interestingly, to me at least, is that in the 1960s and 70s he was a great radical political cartoonist, and sadly, many cartoons of those days are still just as relevant today. A small selection:
Rest in Peace, Ron Cobb. Find more of his cartoons here: http://roncobb.net/cartoons.html
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What’s the point in poisoning people without a bit of showmanship. If it’s not secretly laced in their favorite food or drink during a very public meal then you’re doing it wrong
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I know Far Cry is reasonably popular on Tumblr these days and folks are excited for Far Cry 6, but with it being extremely obvious that the game is "based" on Cuba and Giancarlo Esposito (who just fyi isn't Latino at all lmao his dad is Italian and he was born in Copenhagen) outright admitting the main bad guy is based on Fidel Castro, casual reminder that if you live in America/the West basically everything you've been taught about Cuba and its revolution is false, that Cuba is has been suffocating under hundreds of U.S. sanctions for literally over 60 years, including during the COVID-19 pandemic which has prevented Cuba from developing its own vaccines, and that video game developers actively work with the Pentagon and the CIA to craft pro-regime change narratives. None of this means that you need to not play the game or stop participating in the fandom, just that you should be aware of the imperialist misconceptions and possibly intentional propaganda that will be inevitably baked into the game.
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[ID: Tweet thread by @LunaOi_VN, broken up into three images. Tweet 1:
Sometimes I forgot that I was born when Vietnam was still being comprehensively embargoed by the US.
The economic sanction was lifted when I was 15 and my life change drastically since then.
Lemme tell ya, sanction sucks.
In the sanction time:
- No fresh milk except this condensed milk. It was like super fancy at that time.
- No soft drinks like Coke, pepsi...
- Virtually no candies or cookies except when I was sick or it was Tet holiday, my mom would buy me some Hai Chau cookies.
[images of condensed milk and the aforementioned cookies]
[Tweet 3 (beginning of second image):
- No clean water. We had to drink yellow water from our well.
- No stable electricity so of course there was no fridge, no oven, no electric rice cooker...
- No gas/electric stove. I had to cook with straw/wood stove my whole childhood.
[Image of a pot of something being cooked in a fireplace] [image of two people getting water from a well]
- No new clothes. I had to wear old clothes from my older brother.
- When I was 10, I was chosen to study in art class but I could not join because my mom could not afford new art supplies for me.
- Meat was somethign very fancy at that time. I could only eat beef twice a month.
[image of a set of colored pencils]
- Virtually no medicine except for some basic anti-biotics and vitamins.
- Mostly all the vaccines we had were from Cuba. Thanks, Cuba! And yes, Cubans vaccines are running through my veins to this day.
[Tweet 6 (beginning of third image):
After the sanction was lifted:
- I finally could have some fresh milk.
- Instant noodles became affordable.
- Finally new clothes! Hell yeah!
- More medicine, more vaccines.
[images of consumer food products, IDK]
My final thought:
Fuck the US and its sanction!!!
And fuck YOU if you think sanction doesn't affect a whole country's economy and the life of millions of people just because the US says so.
Vietnam was under US sanction for just 25 years, meanwhile Cuba has been under US sanction for 60 fucking years!!!
That is I am so pissed at any fucking bootlickers and CIA-sympathizers who blaimed Cuba for what they has been going through.
[End of thread. End description.]
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It is 100% true that Joe Biden won the 2020 election. And that Donald Trump lost it.
Unfortunately, in recent months, the Big Lie -- that Trump somehow was defrauded out of the election -- has gained increasing amounts of traction, according to a new CNN poll.
In January, 59% said they have confidence that elections in this country reflect the will of the people, while 40% said they lacked that confidence.
Today? A majority of Americans -- 52% -- say they do not have confidence that elections reflect the will of the people, while 48% say they do.
That's a significant swing in less than a year, in the exact wrong direction. And it's primarily fueled by Republicans, 76%(!) of whom say they had just a little or no confidence in elections reflecting the will of the people.
That's hardly the only data point in the poll that suggests Trump's Big Lie is working.
While 63% of all respondents said that Biden "legitimately won enough votes to win the presidency," the story was very, very different among Republicans.
Among that group, 78% said that Biden did not win enough votes to legitimately win the election. That's right: 8 in 10 Republicans think that Biden didn't win the election.
Which, well, wow. What those numbers make clear is that among Republicans, Donald Trump and the Big Lie he is telling are winning. Winning is a relative term, of course. Because building a political party around a lie is the quickest way to destroy a political party.
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You'd almost think they had an agenda...
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dont believe those posts about cops kneeling with protesters
propaganda is fascisms biggest weapon
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Ruthless Rhymes for Martial Militants.
These conservative cartoons from ~1913 depicting angry suffragettes as brutal anarchafeminists were somehow actually supposed to make the subjects look bad, instead of amazingly badass.
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God demands fear and love from his followers like they’re the same thing. And with him, they are
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