would it annoy me if someone shat in my bathtub?
Monday, 26 October 2020

Chile: Approval for A New Constitution Wins Massive Mandate

quote [ Chileans today overwhelmingly approved, at the polls, the doing away of the Constitution drafted and approved under the military regime of Augusto Pinochet and gave the green light to the creation of a Constitutional Assembly. ]

Lots of good things happening down south nowadays. After decades and decades of neoliberal failures and oppositional protests, the people of Chile are finally getting a new constitution. Fuck Pinochet.

[SFW] [politics] [+2 Good]
[by steele@10:31pmGMT] [1 comment]

Saturday, 24 October 2020

She used to clean City Hall, now she runs it.

quote [ In Russia, where elections are rigged and the ruling United Russia party virtually always wins, the bedrock political principle is to create the illusion of democratic choice.
Mayor Loktev, of a tiny village, POVALIKHINO, Russia, 300 miles east of Moscow, was running for re-election unopposed. He needed an opponent and found a willing patsy, Marina Udgodskaya, who cleans city hall,
She won.
Nobody was more surprised than Ms. Udgodskaya, who did not campaign.
?You shouldn?t expect anything in an election,? she said. ]

Russia gives US a lesson in democracy. Story is slightly more profound.
[SFW] [politics] [+2]
[by yunnaf@9:58pmGMT] [2 comments]

Monday, 19 October 2020

Socialist Presidential Candidate Arce Wins Bolivia's Elections

quote [ After midnight on Sunday, Bolivian authorities allowed the results of the exit polls to be known. The Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) presidential candidate Luis Arce obtained 52.4 percent of the votes, the Citizen Community (CC) candidate Carlos Mesa got 31.5 percent, and the "We Believe Alliance" candidate Luis Fernando Camacho reached 14.1 percent of the votes. ]

Fuck the OAS. Fuck the US. Fuck the Fascist Christian Nationalists. You're cool. Fuck Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. Fuck Elon Musk.
[SFW] [politics] [+3]
[by steele@6:50pmGMT] [6 comments]

Friday, 16 October 2020

IMF Seizes on Pandemic to Pave Way for Privatization in 81 Countries

quote [ The principal cheerleader for neoliberal austerity measures across the globe for decades, the IMF has recently (quietly) begun admitting that these policies have not worked and generally make problems like poverty, uneven development, and inequality even worse. Furthermore, they have also failed even to bring the promised economic growth that was meant to counteract these negative effects. In 2016, it described its own policies as ?oversold? and earlier summed up its experiments in Latin America as ?all pain, no gain.? Thus, its own reports explicitly state its policies do not work. ]

I worry for the people who think that come 2021 all the problems of this past year are just going to disappear.

Oh, and don't forget that this happened back in 2013. ????
Debunked: The Harvard study that Republicans used to push austerity
[SFW] [politics]
[by steele@6:36pmGMT] [1 comment]

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

The Town That Went Feral

quote [ When a group of libertarians set about scrapping their local government, chaos descended. And then the bears moved in. ]

Ah, libertarianism. When actually put into practice, it works about as well as any sane adult would expect. With bears.

Full article in extended.

[SFW] [politics] [+7 Funny]
[by hellboy@7:20pmGMT] [21 comments]

Wednesday, 7 October 2020

10 things you need to know to stop a coup

quote [ One reason to use the language of a coup is that people know it?s wrong and a violation of Democratic norms ? even if they?re not familiar with the exact definition of a coup. ]

That sounded like some robust set of definitions.
[SFW] [politics] [+2 Informative]
[by Paracetamol@4:47pmGMT] [10 comments]

Friday, 2 October 2020

Fucking Lol

quote [ It's believed the President is currently trying to figure out whether to inject hand sanitiser or simply drink it from the bottle. ]

?If elected, Mr Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.?
[SFW] [politics] [+4 Interesting]
[by eggboy@5:49amGMT] [40 comments]

Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Schumer, in rare move, takes control of floor to force health care vote

quote [ Schumer's surprise steps were extraordinary because such motions are typically offered by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who controls the Senate and dictates what gets considered on the floor. Schumer has never before tried to force such a cloture vote in his time as the top minority leader, aides said.

The rules say any senator can do what Schumer did Tuesday but senators typically don't take these extreme steps because doing so regularly would shut down the Senate. ]

Strange, could've sworn I spent the last decade or so being told how the democrats didn't have any options available to them. Sorry, kids in concentration camps.

The Democratic Party Abandoning Progressives Is Costing Them Seats

[SFW] [politics] [+2]
[by steele@8:36pmGMT] [5 comments]

Tuesday, 29 September 2020

How to Defeat PragerU: Introducing the Gravel Institute

quote [ There's a big problem on the internet: right-wing groups like PragerU pour lies and disinformation into the feeds of every American. H Jon Benjamin (of Bob's Burgers and Archer) explains how The Gravel Institute is fighting back. ]

Their first video:
Is Big Government Really the Problem? - YouTube
Decent animation, clear cut presentation. Hopefully it will make a difference.
[SFW] [politics] [+3 Insightful]
[by steele@11:42amGMT] [17 comments]

Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Bloomberg pays fines for 32,000 felons in Florida so they can vote

quote [ Billionaire Michael Bloomberg has reportedly raised more than $16 million in an effort to help convicted felons in Florida register to vote. ]

The people voted to restore felon voting rights, Florida legislature stymied them with a poll tax. Now Bloomberg has made himself useful. Yay.
[SFW] [politics] [+5 Good]
[by HoZay@5:38pmGMT] [10 comments]

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