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2023-03-24 19:56:20

    From the March 18, 2023 essay:

    The pattern here is rather obvious: both sides like to print embarrassing or inflammatory information about the other side, while ignoring parallel information about their own side. That is also why the New York Times seems to print far more stories about Donald Trump, even now, than about Joe Biden.  It is also, perhaps, why the biggest focus of the Democratic House of Representatives in 2021-2 was the January 6 investigation, not any of the huge economic and social problems which the nation faces and which might have benefited from an extended set of hearings. Both parties are now arguing, in effect, that the electorate has no choice but to vote for them because the other side is so horrible.  And yet, if the media are any guide, both sides also seem to understand that much of what their elected officials are doing is unpopular.

    I also look at ground.news frequently to find stories that I might have missed in my usual reading.


    Brendan Fraser and Ke Huy Quan
    Encino Man (1992) dir. Les Mayfield


    If you could go back in time to the set of “Encino Man” in 1992 to tell Brendan Fraser and Ke Huy Quan that 31 years later they would both win Oscars on the same night, they would think that your prediction is even more improbable than the premise of the movie that they were filming at that time.


    Seizure First Aid. 

    Learn it. Share it. Know it. Use it. 


    100% correct medical information on tumblr for once; also consider calling 911 if you don’t know how often the person has seizures and ESPECIALLY if the seizure has lasted 5 minutes or more (which is why the watch is critical)


    I have epilepsy so making sure the word is out on how to help people who do have seizures means a lot to me.

    Editor’s Note: Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, has been a resident of Jackson, Mississippi, for nearly 30 years. The views expressed in this commentary are his own. Read more opinion at CNN.CNN — 

    Headlines this week trumpetedthe infuriating news that the state of Texas was planning a takeover of the Houston Independent School District, one of the largest and most diverse school populations in the nation, where 90% of students are Black and brown.

    State education officials in Austin plan to name a new board to run schools in the district, usurping the authority of local authorities. The move ostensibly is meant to address lagging academic achievement in a school district that has seen a substantial decline in the number of failing schools in recent years.

    The takeover is a playbook that is all too familiar to residents of my city of Jackson – Mississippi’s majority Black capital city – which has been battling the hostile takeover of aspects of its local governance for years.

    The racist undertones of what’s happening – in Jackson, in Houston and elsewhere around the country – are undeniable and unacceptable. Mississippi’s White leadership – in a state which has the highest percentage of Black citizens in the nation – does whatever it can to ensure that its Black population remains second class citizens.

    punk is an inherently left wing subculture.

    it grew out of the collective disillusionment of marginalised communities the world over. whether you were a person of colour, working class, a part of the LGBTQIA+ community, or any combination of these and other communities, punk was and still is for the most part a scene which welcomes everyone.

    right wing politics are, by their definition, opposed to everything punk stands for: anti-establishment belief, radical acceptance, and anti-consumerism.

    so don't forget what dead kennedy's said in that absolutely amazing song, 'nazi punks fuck off':

    "You still think swastikas look cool

    The real Nazis run your schools

    They're coaches, businessmen and cops

    In a real fourth Reich you'll be the first to go"

    and if any right wing 'punks' see this post, all i can really say is cope harder lmao.