Rep-Elect Madison Cawthorn (NC-11): Cry more, lib. JiliFilipovic: Imagine winning an election and this is what you say. It really is clarifying, though. There’s no plan to make Americans’ lives better. There are no ideals, no sense of civic duty. There is simply meanness, power hunger, and a desire for dominance over your fellow citizens, who you see as enemies. It’s just so sad that we’re here.
cadburyegg54: The concept is “Super Sanity”. The Joker is not insane, but rather he is so sane that he realizes that he is a comic book super villain, but that awareness and his actions make him appear to be insane to those inside that world who do not possess the same awareness. Where it gets trippy is that it can be argued that our accepted reality is quite mental in the things that we accept. And many that we label as mentally ill are unable to simply accept such a flawed existence. As Krishnamurti once said “It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society”. Are they truly insane? Or are they too sane and only appear insane to the rest of us who cannot see?
altonin: “If you want to actually start to end homelessness, you need to give homeless people unconditional homes, including when we use them to do drugs or sit around drinking. either housing is unconditional or it isn’t. Someone sitting at home alone, an active alcoholic, squandering your charity, drinking all day is better situation than a street homeless alcoholic. Someone using drugs in your charity house is better than them doing the same with no shelter.
“Most of you would not like most street homeless people, I definitely don’t and didn’t when I was street homeless. for every one person who uses unconditional shelter to turn themselves around, someone else will do jack shit and very slowly, if ever, work through the issues that made them homeless, will maybe never be able to live independently. Still better than street homelessness, still worth doing. Ultimately either you believe that shelter should be universal or you don’t.
“Homeless people actually can’t be rehabilitated if you want to end homelessness. We either affirm the right to shelter for the worst drunken, lying, filthy, cheating, self destructive homeless people that exist, genuinely irredeemable wankers, or we concede that shelter is not a right.”
Field Marshall Goering – one of Hitler’s earliest, longest-lasting associates, the top German military figure during World War Il, and for a long time Hitler’s designated successor – was the highest-ranking Nazi to survive the war and be tried, convicted and sentenced to death at the Nuremberg Tribunal (although he managed to kill himself with a cyanide capsule the night before he was to be hung).
Gustave Gilbert, an American psychologist fluent in German, worked as a translator with the Nuremberg Tribunal and interviewed Goering in the days between his conviction and his suicide. Gilbert asked Goering how it was possible to build and sustain public support for a war effort, especially in Germany, which had barely recovered from the still recent disaster of World War I.
Here’s Goering’s reply: “That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.”
@gafa: “I don’t mind at all paying taxes when the poor can’t. What really pisses me off is having to pay taxes when the rich won’t.”
@foejarro: “Now, when Biden wins, watch how I don’t wear his name on a hat or fly his flag on my lawn for four years like a fuckin’ weirdo.”
From an image meme going around:
The top 10 things Trump supporters have said to me that I will now deeply enjoy reminding them:
10. America, love it or leave it.
9. Elections have consequences.
8. Shh … the grownups are talking now.
7. Show respect for the new President.
6. Your side lost, deal with it.
5. This is God’s plan.
4. Triggered much, snowflake?
3. The American people have spoken.
2. You’re just mad your side lost.
and my personal favorite:
1. Fuck your feelings.
Imagine this. It’s 1936 and you’re a teenager in Hitler’s Germany. Membership in the Hitler Youth has just become mandatory, but you say no fucking way because fuck that Nazi bullshit. What do you do? Answer: you become a pirate.
At the time, you were allowed to leave school at age 14, but if you were 17 you were going to get conscripted. if you stayed in school, you’d be forced into the Hitler Youth in order to be indoctrinated into Nazism and work to convert others into its murderous cult. Many young people quit school and formed their own resistance group called the Edelweiss Pirates, and they loved to punch Nazis.
Besides the whole allegiance to Hitler stuff, being in the Hitler Youth. sucked. It was highly regimented fascist paramilitary bullshit and totally the death of fun. Hitler Youth was boys only; girls were made to be part of the League of German Girls. Edelweiss Pirates were all about freedom of expression and growing long hair and mixing genders and fucking up those Nazi punks.
They numbered in the thousands, and in addition to just enjoying being teens and playing that “degenerate” jazz and blues music and exploring their sexuality, they’d hunt down Hitler Youth patrols and beat the shit out of them on a regular basis. A pirate slogan was “Eternal War on the Hitler Youth.”
Before the war the pirates were seen as little more than an irritation, but during the war they did things such as gather up Allied propaganda dropped by airplanes and push it through people’s mailboxes to spread the word that Hitler was bad. They also helped German Army deserters disappear. They added sugar to the gas tanks of Nazi vehicles, pulled down Nazi flags, and even derailed munitions trains. On October 25, 1944, the Nazis finally took them seriously and Heinrich Himmler ordered a crackdown. The following month, 13 people, many of them Edelweiss Pirates, were publicly hanged in Cologne.
The Nazi regime kept up the pressure on the Edelweiss Pirates, imprisoning many and even sending some to concentration camps, but their spirits would not be broken. History was unkind to the pirates, viewing them as criminals rather than a true resistance group. But efforts have been made to rehabilitate their image and view them as an important part of resistance to fascist authority during the Second World War.
“You know what’s wild?
“Your body – like, the one you’re existing as? Your mind prison? – it’s not a wholly independent entity. It’s an ecosystem. You’re a bog that’s self-aware.
“Imagine if a swamp could telepathically communicate a desire for Chicago style deep dish and then just, have it.
“No wonder my stomach hates me, the fish are confused as fuck.”
Esther Choo, MD: “I don’t know if people realize how incredible a scholar Anthony Fauci is. He has an H-index of 221 (in medicine, >50 or above is highly accomplished, >100 is extraordinary, and >200 is stratospheric, achieved by <100 scholars in the world). His work has been cited 217,943 times.
“How he has accomplished this while running the NIAID, advising presidents, saying yes to approx 99% of speaking engagements thrown at him, taking a daily run/walk, and showing many kindnesses to students and mentees, is completely beyond me.
“What I do know is that you’d better be on pretty solid f*cking ground if you’re going to claim wisdom on this pandemic that exceeds his. And the fact that he needs a security detail is one of the most shameful things to come out of this miserable time.”
@adam_Winnle: I get that it’d be bad for democracy if Trump refused to leave the White House and the Secret Service had to drag him out. I get that. I do. But, purely selfishly, I wanna see that. I’d pay cash money to see that. I’d sign up for a separate streaming service just for that.
@ProskowGlobal: In the middle of Rudy Giuliani’s latest YouTube video “ELECTION THEFT of the Century,” he stops to do a commercial for a cigar store.
Zoe Leonard’s “I Want a President.”
@C_Morgs65: When the world treats the news of you losing your job like the goddamn Death Star just blew up, you’ve certainly… made some choices.
@salty_ashley: if you voted for Trump, I mean this in the most disrespectful way possible: I do not want anything to do with you. Not only did you vote against basic human rights and equality, you decided racism, homophobia, Islamophobia, transphobia and misogynistic behavior wasn’t a deal-breaker.