GhostDog
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Feb 14 GhostDog commented on Release Date for Dear White People is Announced, Pisses off White Nationalists.
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This is precisely true, actually. In this case they are using a definition of genocide that includes mixed race relationships which stretches the word to the point of meaninglessness.
Feb 10 GhostDog commented on Republican Congressman Dave Reichert Is Hiding from His Constituents.
Actually, oddly enough, the problem he's going to have isn't going to be from people who don't want the ACA repealed.

The problem he's going to have are from the people who want it repealed RIGHT NOW RIGHT NOW.

Remember that Trump and the Republicans swore on God, Mom, and Apple Pie that they would repeal and replace Obamacare with something amazing before the chair in the Oval Office was really and truly adjusted to a new president.

Unfortunately when they got into the numbers they realized that if they out and out repealed the ACA they would take away health care from 20 million people and all of their efforts to replace the ACA invariably end up with something that looks like...the ACA. This, btw, is not a coincidence as the DNA for the ACA has a high percentage of the Heritage Foundation's health care plan that eventually became Romney's health care plan in Massachusetts.

This means they have not only the people on the left who are upset about the plans to repeal but they also have the people on the right who are upset that Obamacare hasn't been repealed and replaced with something super amazing and awesome.

I can't really blame the congresspeople for not wanting to face people after that. It's awful and we need to force them on the issue but I do understand it.
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Feb 7 GhostDog commented on Only Rich White Homos Care About Marriage Equality—Still With This Shit?.
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Re; the poly network marriage thing.

Speaking as someone who used to be poly, that is a hard one.

For same-sex marriage the main obstacle we had to overcome was the resistance to the concept. Once we got past that it was relatively simple to enact. Everything was exactly the same as it was before only the genders for the union weren't that important.

For poly marriages not only do we have the conceptual obstacle but we also have the fact that poly marriages on a conceptual level would be extremely complicated.

Who owns the joint property? If there is a divorce, how does child custody work? Etc.,etc.
Feb 7 GhostDog commented on Only Rich White Homos Care About Marriage Equality—Still With This Shit?.
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Well, yeah.

What a lot of people who are activists don't seem to realize is that for most people struggle is not beautiful and living in angst is a short, miserable road to an early grave.

Politics and activism at this point in history is only slightly less miserable than ditch digging and people react appropriately, meaning they'll do it a little bit or if it really impacts them personally.

Have you ever been a part of a political organization? I have and it was pretty awful. Everyone disagrees with everyone else inside the group and outside of the group you are either ignored(if you are lucky) or hated(if you aren't so lucky).

Unless we can get to the point where politics isn't quite as toxic to participate in we won't have people participate.

Feb 1 GhostDog commented on Seattle DIY Promoters Talk Safety in the Wake of the Ghost Ship Fire.
This, unfortunately, is where we are in the timeline.

Creatives come to places that are inexpensive because they don't make a lot of money.

The creatives make their new place interesting and fun with concerts, parties, etc.

People who have/make lots of money want to be in interesting and fun places so they move there.

Because people who have/make lots of money move there that makes everything more expensive.

Creatives get priced out and move to a new inexpensive place.

Thus the cycle churns on. I think the only thing that could stop it is that nowadays most of the places artists could go are already too expensive and the rest have people who despise creatives.
Feb 1 GhostDog commented on Confidential to the Democrats.
@17 As far as I can tell flagging comments does nothing. I've flagged a few comments and all of them seem to still be around.
Jan 25 GhostDog commented on Bands I Pretended to Like for Boys. Part Six: Collective Soul.
So, I think what most people are ignoring is when the events in this series happened.

She's writing about what happened in college and high school. This is exactly the period when people do things like what she is writing about.

I think it's a fun series. It's refreshing to see a tangible example of a situation where a woman pursues a guy. For me, it moves the idea from, "that never happens" to "it happens but isn't very common".

Jan 23 GhostDog commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: We're Not Moving To Canada (Yet).
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Kinda. I think the problem is that the concerns of urban populations are VERY different from the concerns of rural populations and each group is advocating for their very distinct concerns.

Two examples.

1. Gun control. In an urban area guns are not really necessary at all as(in most areas) you can call the police and they can get there relatively quickly. In a rural area if you call the police they can take upwards of an hour for them to get to you. This is why people in urban areas think having a gun is crazy(and they are right in most cases) and people in rural areas think it's crazy not to have a gun in most areas(and they, too are right in most cases).

2. Jobs. In an urban area you have multiple vectors of employment. You read on Slog all of the time of various businesses closing and opening. This means that if any one source of employment goes away there are many more to take its place. In a rural area there tends to be a single significant industry or in some cases even a single factory that most people would work at. This is why you have urban populations being so confused about rural populations freaking out about the economy. The urban population points to all of the new jobs they have and the low unemployment rate(and they are correct). The rural population points to their one factory being closed and the jobs being replaced by low pay service jobs(and they are correct).

Unfortunately as far as I can tell the only real solutions for these fundamental differences of perspective(and there are more) is to do a LOT more at the state, county, and even town/city level and try to balance out the needs of the rural and urban populations more at the federal level.

What I think is going to actually happen is that the rural population isn't going to get helped, they are going to continue to get more and more desperate as their lot gets worse and worse and they will eventually force their states to secede from the US.

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Jan 23 GhostDog commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: We're Not Moving To Canada (Yet).
I have great sympathy for people that want to move.

I'm burned out. Very, very burned out. I've been fighting this fight off and on since 2004. Now, I am sure someone is going to pipe up and say that they've been active since "insert date before 2004 here" and to them I say, good for you.

I'm glad there are people who can make re-re-re-re litigating the past their primary focus in life. I'm not one of them.

I keep hearing from friend after friend after friend who can get a job but it's at Starbucks making $9 an hour.

The latest one has a STEM degree(in Biology, to be exact) and the consensus is that she's going to have a brutal time finding a job(even though in the northeast we have the strongest need for biology majors in the US due to big pharma, usually the only thing a biology degree is good for is to get a master's or PhD in Biology).

We don't have any idea what "comes next" from an economic point of view to replace the jobs that you could use to support a family. We can barely be considered to even be having the conversation.

We have major sectors of the public that can't even agree on basic facts.

I'm beginning to think that the divide between rural and urban is just too vast and that this will only get worse as we continue to ignore the rural areas.

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Jan 5 GhostDog commented on On the Blabbermouth Podcast: Lindy West Ditches Twitter, We Walk Into a Neo-Nazi Troll Storm. How Was YOUR Holiday?.
Lindy kinda got accidentally called out. She didn't quit Twitter because of the people. She quit Twitter because she needed the bandwidth for her projects and tried to nurse the event for content and to air the grievances she already had.