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Oklahoma, for helping us gain at least four seats so far this year.

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The choice that's always preferred over raising taxes: three overdose strikes and you're out. Also, layoffs. Because he'll take dead bodies and heartbroken families, friends, neighbors, co-workers and communities to any living bodies moping around without a job.

Are we talking a Republican saying this (party affiliation isn't mentioned, so I don't know, but a dig through any available voter records might be in order)? Sounds about right, in that case...

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Not a good look for this increasingly banana republic administration.

I also don't think that's entirely what they're up to. What I think they're also doing is compiling a list of every registered non-Republican voter. Go figure what they might do with it. Germany made some lists back in the 30s, and look how that turned out.

And if you think I'm just being paranoid, I'll indicate, much like the governor of Mississippi already has, which bridge you might go visit. The Gulf is great this time of year, lemme tell you.

My only other advice (and it's sad for being so little, so late) besides get your birth certificates, passports, and naturalization papers in order: the banana republic is looking hard at dual enrollment - amongst many, many other things - so if you're dual (or triple, or quadruple, or whatever) enrolled (in other words, if you might be on the voter rolls in more than one state) you should probably do something about it.

It's very late to say so; I'm simply hoping Kobach and his minions can't check the voter rolls that fast. While I might recall from past things I've read on him that he has some sort of automated software to look through voter rolls with *(he does; more at bottom asterisk), there might be a window (likely not more than a few days) in which you can get un-enrolled where you need to. I don't know if it'll help (you might still get purged) but if you fix what you can now, it might be proved down the road that your voting rights should be restored.

People should keep a careful eye on what comes out of this. Look out for your own registration however you can.

And not to strike fear into everyone, but the banana republic's formally requested not just any publicly available voter information, but every last bit states can or will provide (and the Justice Department will be suing states that refuse to provide it). The information requested includes information that violates our privacy (party affiliation, voting history, military status, dual citizenship, felon status - some of this in violation of the 1974 federal Privacy Act) and risks our financial security (name, address, last four digits of Social Security number).

I've seen unsourced reports that the nature of Kobach's voter record's request (which is to be completed by email, btw!) can also force states that collect such information to pass along voter's phone numbers and email addresses, and that giving any voter information to the federal government makes the information a matter of public record, but I need to check into that a bit more.

*The NYTimes, at the link above, might be referring in error to the software as "Birth Link". The best-known version of Kobach's voter registration cross-checking system is the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program, which Rolling Stone covered in-depth last August.

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From personal experience with some of them (mostly older, working class white men, but not that much older...I'm talking like 45-60 years old) I can say the whole problem, according to how they've gone out of their way to explain it to me, is they're owed whatever perks they get out of life because they work for them and you don't. I've had them tell me so with a straight face even while I was "working for it" just as hard as they were, no if, ands, or buts.

Pointing out I am (or have, or was, or will be again, depending on my situation when we had these conversations) "working for it" just as hard as they were would only lead them to point out that if I ever qualified for or used government entitlements to do anything, like not die of a tooth infection or perhaps not starve for lack of food, then I'm lifelong disqualified from ever bothering the hard-working Murcan taxpayers again.

Simple as that.

I've often wondered how when my work history gets put up against theirs, mine gets erased on the spot for having been supplemented at any point in time. I can be working, but if there's even a whiff of an EBT card on me as I walk by, I'm disqualified from having any perks of American life, like eating or not dying for lack of funds to pay in full at time of visit, so I should go quietly lie in a gutter so as not to bother hard-working folks like them who deserve better than to subsidize me.

Not only am I disqualified, but they want everyone to know they're getting robbed. Not just by me or people like me who've ever leaned on their hard-working taxpayer dollars for a single moment, but by everybody. It's classic that everyone's using them for something: Their employer's using them by overworking their bodies, minds or both for too many hours and not enough pay; their government's using them by making them pay a single dime in taxes for anyone else's existence; everything is described in terms of their financial martyrdom to others.

They keep paychecks to themselves even if their wives or SOs aren't working and have little to no other sources of income; tend to overspend on their kids, then complain the kids are taking advantage and aren't turning out as hoped; tend to overspend on themselves and not week by week, but day by day, then claim it's only because they deserve to have nice things for all the hard work they do and the upholding of the American welfare state that they're personally financing. Not you. Them.

Then they'll complain of being unable to buy groceries or their next beer or whatever, not before another payday rolls around (when it's just Tuesday) and I'll think to myself, "You said you "deserved" all this high-life horseshit; I see where it gets you" because another thing is they seem to think they're rolling in dough even if they make maybe less than (or at most) $20 an hour, yet they talk - and spend money - like the gold-plated toilet is in the bathroom right in back of the living room in their trailer with the 70-inch financed TV hanging up on the wall.

I don't know what drives them. They're usually too incoherent and/or emotionally chaotic to get to the bottom of that. I prefer it when people state their rationales calmly, clearly, sans overly-divisive emotions, but these folks can't do any of that, because their emotions carry their rationales clear out into the Twilight Zone faster than you can hope to know why. I don't know if right-leaning women act or live similarly, but even when I've known these men's spouses, they were polite enough to not quite batter me to death with their opinions - then again, I'd catch them using more bigoted language and higher-strung defenses than the men did in private conversation that did not involve, or include, me.

These men I'm speaking of also had or have randomly volcanic tempers (the worst kind, in other words) and were usually in the throes of strongly denying being wracked by multiple addictions, so whether their other halves went along out of fear of riling them or out of a genuine shared hatred and a feeling of being put-upon and used by the rest of Murca is or was not clear.

Where I'm going with this is, I see a lot of people try to explain the cruelty of yanking people's insurance or Medicaid (or at other times, welfare or food stamps) by saying their thought process must go something like this: "I got mine, so screw you". But that's not entirely it. It's some, but not all of it.

It's more like: "I got mine - and I worked hard for it and the rest of you didn't, or wouldn't if given the chance - so screw you". I can't overstate how martyred they are over having to go to work each day, and pay taxes, and not go fuck up the rest of Murca for putting them through so much for so little, because Murca is literally (to their minds, and to a person) financed on their backs, and their backs are hurtin' so they just want to sit back and collect like "the rest of y'all do", but "you" are "sucking off" them, so they can't* (more on that at asterick).

So if you can't afford health care then that means you either aren't working (or aren't working hard enough), weren't working (or weren't working hard enough) or might not work in the future (or might not work hard enough) and you'll never work as hard as they do, because no one does, so you don't deserve it. They've paid for you long enough, and will pay for everyone like you long enough, so screw you, because they got theirs and they shouldn't have to pay for yours.

I'm mentioning this so you'll get why some working class people (and working class white men, in particular) vote and even literally think in ways that clearly work against their own interests: because their perceptions are skewed in unhealthy and even hateful ways, though they don't see it as hateful so much as they see themselves as taken advantage of by nearly everyone, and especially by the poor. Of course, their self-regard doesn't match the reality in any but the most passing of ways, but let's not let the truth get in the way of a good story, as I often told them, myself. :)

For another, I'm trying to gird people for when the Senate not only rams their Wealthcare bill through about one second past midnight July 5th (or whenever; every time I check the deadline changes again), and then all your working class neighbors erupt in cheers and threaten to wipe every last poor off the face of the Earth if they don't go and just fucking die of something already. Expect both things to occur pretty much in tandem. It's not just rich, white men who want it this way: it's some of their lower class cohorts, too.

We could get into "why" but in fact, another reason I'm posting this is for the sociological aspects of it that might be studied or looked at by others. I want to spread as much fodder as I can and this post adds a little to hopefully figuring out what makes the more cruelly right-leaning tick, though I can't explain much of that myself.

I can only tell you what I know: the few I'm acquainted with aren't thoroughly educated but seem to know everything; have mostly dead-end jobs; not only expect but often demand that their opinion be deferred to; claim they're not prejudiced but complain of every non-white, non-citizen and non-binary group "taking advantage" and "working the system"; have poor attitudes toward women, LGBTQIA, immigrants and non-whites in general; watch FOX News, rock multiple addictions, and have had either missing or exploitative and cruel fathers. Maybe the last two (multiple addictions; bad fathers) are not the norm for most right-leaning people, but either way I'm throwing it out there.

The last part (bad fathers) makes me think they grew up seeing themselves as victims, so the idea that they're being victimized by The Other somehow naturally gets woven through their lives. But with or without any benefit or perk from working, their attitude remains the same: they finance Murca, you don't, so go away.

*Oh, but yes they can. Let's check the hypocrisy of them spending their whole lives shoving anti-poor militancy down everyone's throats, then collecting whatever benefits they can when hard times come along for them. It's happened. One time I was informed of it by the person's son, who laughed because he knew just how stridently "anti-welfare state" his dad was. Though I'd known him about 15 years, still he told me to my face his "family" was helping him through his hard times. We're his "family", folks.

Link'ems

Jun. 27th, 2017 12:54 am
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Politics

Amazon

  • Amazon now offers reduced fee Prime membership - $5.99 per month for low income earners. "Normal" Prime membership is $99, which in theory would be $8.25 per month, but only if you paid $99 at sign-up to lock in the price, so many people actually pay what I did before "cheaper Prime" came along - $10.99 per month/$131.88 per year - the usual $99 plus a $32.88 Poor People's Poverty Tax.
  • Also check out four more ways to get Prime on the cheap.
  • Amazon ended unlimited cloud storage pretty much the same week I had to jump cloud storage services...*grinds teeth into dust*
  • For cord-cutting Prime members now there's Amazon TV (pick your poison. Yay?).
  • From the email I got, as Amazon has no explainer and Google has nothing indexed: "Now’s the perfect time to take advantage of a game-changing Prime exclusive benefit—Amazon Channels, the first truly a la carte TV service. You can create a lineup you love from over 100 channels, and only pay for the ones you want—no cable required. You get a 7-day free trial of all of our channels, and you can watch anywhere and cancel anytime."
  • About the above - I haven't signed up and will probably be unable to. I also don't know anyone who's signed up. Comcast controls most of the fiber in my area and with them it's cheaper to pay for a TV and Internet package (called the "Double Play") than to just have Internet, so that's mostly what's been stopping me. Will take reviews, though (preferably from people I already know)!

Firefox

  • The search for Goldilocks, indeed. The author says the latest version of Firefox (54) has e10s (multi-process/multi-threaded like Chrome but a max four processes), but it does not have this. I'm using it on an x64 machine with two processors/8GB of RAM, so I can definitively say it has no e10s.
  • Before posting, I found an updated article which says (emphasis mine): "Electrolysis still isn’t on for all users. “Roughly half of Firefox’s user population is using multiple content processes, but Mozilla will be expanding the number over the next few months based on extension compatibility, accessibility support work and other factors,” a Mozilla spokesperson told VentureBeat. To check if you’re in the Electrolysis group, type “about:support” into the URL bar and check to see if it says “1/1 (Enabled by default)” under the Multiprocess Windows line item."
  • While I'm on the topic of Mozilla doing what Mozilla does, and as I made [personal profile] solarbird aware of, standard Firefox add-ons are on their way out, ostensibly to make room for the e10s that they claim exist which for many of us, still don't. People aren't exactly keen on this.
  • Without add-ons as we know them, Firefox basically turns into Opera on Webkit. And though they're killing add-ons as we know them first, a complete browser engine re-write is also on the way. "firefox why u so", indeed!

Invention

  • With this, the author proves he can turn something as ho-hum as a relatively obscure invention into an epic tale that covers everything from original sin to the rise and fall of civilizations to the sad state of mankind's eternal economic Shangri-La. He's also - did I mention this - a great writer.
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In tonight's "myopia" series, I explain people not being able to see the forest for their own asses taking up the entire view. Another case in point: Us. Let's get our heads out of our asses and stop Republican gerrymandering (witness another House seat we should have easily won; we are screwed right through 2018, should this continue) and stop ogling Trump's supporters.

Y'all have damn short memories. I mean really damn short.

Do any of you all recall what it was like to support Bill Clinton after his first election? Any Bill supporters out there?

OK: *waves*...I was. He won with only 43% of the popular vote and the right insta-hated him. I cannot emphasize this enough: they hated him right out of the gate; he hadn't taken his first post-McDonald's jog around the White House before you could feel it in the air that they wanted him gone. You can quibble with me, but I followed Clinton's every word/move/bill/action/reaction almost as breathlessly as though he was the actual prophet selected to announce Jesus's return.

If y'all want to know why, it's because - and I've said this before - I have a strong weakness for the underdog as long as they - unlike Trump - seem honest, above-board and act well-intended enough (though having my political and social preferences also clearly helps).

Bill was the underdog, so Bill was my president, no ands, ifs, or buts. The only time I *ever* disagreed with him - for like a half a second - was after he signed off on NAFTA, and I'm still pissed about that, so yeah, I rather vehemently disagreed. But walk away? Oh hell, no. Back then I had two obsessions: the New York Knicks winning their championship that year (they got eliminated in the East Finals) and Bill Clinton becoming and staying president, and you'd easily pry either concept from my cold, dead hands before I gave them up without a fight.

Has it ever occurred to people that Trump's supporters simply feel the same way?

As a past True Believer, I can tell you you're not going to win the fight for 2018 or 2020 by winning them back, so quit it. Stop talking about their underemployed, opiate-and-Faux News-laden self-made hells on Earth. Stop interviewing them in their fucking trailers. Stop bemoaning their disappearing lung-cancer-causing mining jobs and stop doing summations of Why They Voted For Him that ignore the second most important part of why they did: mostly because they're racists - or the more well-heeled folks after big tax cuts and the hell with the rest of us - so again, mostly because they're racists.

The most important reason, though? They wanted a leader, and to their minds, they got one. Don't ask why; it's an irrational thing considering Trump is all smoke, mirrors and one too many Twitter rants. While edges of his base will peel away, the core will remain. Don't mess with it, let's just move on.

For success in 2018/2020 we need to stop finger-pointing, we need to stop ogling, we desperately need to redraw Republican-gerrymandered districts, and we need to stop being divisive. Oh, and you think that's just Faux News! Well, that's us, too. A house divided will always fall. Why are we doing this to ourselves?

  • Every time a progressive points at a Democrat and says: "not left-leaning enough" that's not only complete bullshit it's divisive.
  • Every time a Democrat blames something on "the Bernie bros" that's not only also complete bullshit it's divisive.
  • Every time Bernie gets mentioned, it's divisive. I hate to rip a page from Orangado's book here, but folks: Bernie lost; get over it.
  • Every time progressives single out publications for their hate - most recently, they went after The Washington Post for not feeling progressive enough, something I cannot forgive because it's my favorite newspaper - it's divisive.
  • Every time an (obviously) self-proclaimed "antifa" hits the streets to stand in opposition to Trumpsters, it's divisive; also, "antifa" are quite possibly just plain nuts.

If "antisoc" had hit the streets in protest every time Clinton supporters breathed in his direction they might arguably have been locked up (not to mention back then, no one would have dared. My, how times have changed). A really good argument can be made in either direction that Republicans/right-leaners/Trump in particular are fascist scumwads OR that Democrats/left-leaners/Clinton in particular are socialist scumwads. I'm entirely capable of agreeing with both arguments equally.

Did I mention I was so fucking mad about NAFTA I nearly turned Republican myself, and have considered myself "moderate" (with a few admittedly more liberal aspects) ever since? While I was never gonna give up on Bill, the entire Democratic Party could pretty much blow me at that point, and while I've recovered most of my left-leaning equilibrium since then, in some ways it still can. And I refuse to feel bad about this.

So stop being divisive, stop Republican gerrymandering, and quit with all the "why Trump's supporters support him" songs and dances. Because, nope. Really. It's not helping.