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#1: There’s no such thing as a good Republican.

On January 6th, 2021, as Congress was in the process of certifying Republican President Donald Trump’s defeat, thousands of Republicans attacked the capital resulting in a lockdown, delay, and four deaths.

For months prior to this, Republican politicians openly supported the idea of contesting the election results to prevent Trump…


Sinema votes via thumbs down against a $15 minimum wage

In 2003, a young Arizona activist excoriated moderate then-Democratic-Senator Joe Lieberman for his hawkish foreign policy and cruel economic ideology:

He’s a shame to Democrats,” [she] said of Lieberman at the time. “I don’t even know why he’s running. He seems to want to get Republicans voting for him. …


SkyNet isn’t coming for you — but excel might be

AlphaMorph AI designed Airship

A few years ago, I was working on an artificial intelligence startup called AlphaMorph. We worked on a kind of AI known as genetic algorithms (think evolution, not brains) and were using the wonderful little game Airships: Conquer the Skies


In 10 years, no one will talk about COVID

To date, more than 640,000 Americans have died from COVID-19. We’ve endured an astounding 39,300,000 cases. More than 1 in 10 Americans have caught COVID at some point. …


What else could we be right about today?

https://indypendent.org/2018/10/the-afghan-war-continues-so-do-protests/

In October of 2001, a stunning 90% of Americans supported Bush’s invasion of Afghanistan.

Two decades later, as Biden has finally ended America’s military occupation, we can tally the final cost of this disaster. The AP estimates ~150,000 casualties of the war, at least 1/3rd of which were civilians. …


1.) Is there any update on the new precinct? How was the city council helpful or unhelpful in your goal of preventing its funding (and defunding overall)?

By “new precinct” are you referring to the public safety building that’s supposed to go up at 90 Washington Street? I know it’ll…


How do we move forward from so much past?

Cover Art from Dan Simmon’s “Hyperion”

Recently I finished the second book in Dan Simmon’s epic sci-fi series Hyperion. Composed first of independent narratives told on a pilgrimage and then as a more focused narrative of one magnificent battle, Hyperion is about many things. It’s about religion. It’s about time travel. It’s even about fatherhood. …


Run everywhere, run against injustice, and fight for your own communities.

Since AOC’s 2018 victory in her primary challenge against powerful Democratic incumbent Joe Crowley, American socialists (at least, the sort that bother with elections) have gained a small but increasing number of seats across the US. Although DSA-backed and…


Inside the Democratic Party’s Civil War

Human societies — at least, in the forms we’ve known — require a basic shared understanding of reality to function. Called “mores” in sociology, “shared myths” in the study of nationalism, and “Li” in Confucianism, the idea that people ought to share some concept of what it means to live…


The line between censorship and freedom may be different than you think

On June 30th, 1918, presidential candidate, union member, and lifelong socialist Eugene Debs was arrested by federal law enforcement and charged with ten counts of sedition. His crime? Giving a speech against US involvement in the first world war. In his address to the court, Debs did not grovel nor…

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