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Apr 20 monorail commented on Safe Streets Advocate Andres Salomon Drops Out of Mayor's Race.
Andres Salomon seems like he'd be a phenomenal mayor. He has really good ideas, and he's an honest and decent human being. I was looking forward to voting for him. I hope he at least runs for city council.

I've always liked McGinn, though, even (especially) when everyone in power was bad-mouthing him.

Mar 30 monorail commented on Guest Editorial: The Feds Just Repealed Internet Privacy Rules. Here's How We Protect Ourselves..
Excellent column; going by this, Andres Salomon has my vote.
Mar 28 monorail commented on Why Should I Give a Fuck About... Diamanda Galás?.
As @1 said, it does not seem to be sold out; Ticketmaster is still selling tickets. I would love to go to this; I heard Galas years ago, and it was an amazing, riveting performance. Anyone want to lend me $43.50?
Mar 8 monorail commented on Adventures in Microdosing.
When I was a teenager, I heard horror stories about LSD: bad trips triggering severe, long-term mental health problems. I didn't believe it, but chose not to dabble in drugs for personal reasons (I'm skeptical of the validity of chemical-induced experience).

More recently, someone very close to me-- a teenaged relative-- experimented with LSD. He had a fantastic experience, which led him to experiment further... and then something went wrong. It happened all at once: he was perfectly fine, and then over a couple of days he spiralled completely out of control. Long story short: he had to be involuntarily commited for a period of time, and then his mom had to quit her job to be able to keep an eye on him full-time. He seems to be doing a bit better, but he's not out of the woods, and no one knows how long the road might be. He's very scared, and so is everyone who cares for him (including me). He's a fantastic, well-adjusted kid who never had any problems whatsoever before this. This is not where he wanted to be at 18.

It's possible he took something he thought was LSD, but was actually something else. No way of finding out at this point. I don't think there's really any way for the average user to really be sure what they're ingesting. Keep in mind that everyone's brain is different-- for instance, a friend of his had taken the same thing at the same time, with no ill-effects. Even the same batch might affect people very differently.

The thing I hate about anti-drug hysteria is this: once young people realize it's a lot of hype, they tend to wrongly conclude that there's no danger whatsoever, and throw caution to the wind. Our minds are fragile, and breaking them is much, much easier than putting them back together.

I'm not trying to sound like Nancy Reagan. Everyone has their own path to follow, and perhaps for some, LSD is the right way. But don't take it lightly-- and don't take it all unless you feel very, very certain that this is necessary for where you need to go in life.

By the way, I like the article. I just wanted to add my 2 cents.
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Jan 5 monorail commented on Centrist Democrats Using Putin and Russian Hackers To Maintain Control of Their Party.
In 1936, FDR said in a campaign speech that he "welcomed the hatred" of big bankers and the financial elite. The electoral map from the ensuing election is almost nothing but blue. By contrast, Clinton took six-figure fees for speeches to Wall Street where she assured her wealthy patrons of "private policies" which would be different from public policies... and she lost to the most unqualified bozo in history.

The key underlying deception that Trump pulled off was that he persuaded people he was against the side of power. It's a ludicrous notion; no one is more on the side of power than Trump-- but he was able to convince the gullible that he was another FDR, welcoming the hatred of the powerful elite. On the other hand, Clinton and the Democratic Party were perceived as the servants of power. Clinton didn't make those Wall St speeched because she needed the money; she made them because she believes in power, and felt the need to kiss the hands of power on her path to the White House. The deplorables might be woefully ignorant about almost everything, but they saw this very clearly.

Charles is correct. If the Democratic Party is to have a future, it will have to once again become the party that is against the side of power.
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Dec 12, 2016 monorail commented on Epic Eric Garland Twitter Thread/Novella/Opus.
I got as far as where he starts denouncing Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, and Glenn Greenwald. Anyone who believes the public does NOT have a right to know what their government is up to-- especially when said government is in the business of torture and extrajudicial execution--- is truly a moron, and not worth reading.
Dec 2, 2016 monorail commented on Why Should I Give a Fuck About... Pere Ubu?.
It's true that some of their later albums aren't so great... but "Raygun Suitcase" from 1995 might be the best thing they ever did. One of the most underappreciated albums of all time. Also great (and overlooked) is the David Thomas solo album "Erewhon," from around the same period.
Nov 22, 2016 monorail commented on Guest Editorial: Sawant’s Response to Mudede’s “Brazenly Dishonest” Argument About Anti-Trump Protests.
The fact is that if everyone had voted for Jill Stein, Trump would not be the next president. Therefore, if you didn't vote for Jill Stein, this is all your fault and so (following Mudede's logic) you have no business protesting Trump's policies.
Nov 16, 2016 monorail commented on Free Will Astrology.
That Rebecca Solnit quote (under 'Scorpio') is the best thing I've heard in a long time.
Nov 15, 2016 monorail commented on "Awash in False Conspiracy Theories and Petulant Immaturity, Liberals Put Trump in the White House".
So this is where the Stranger turns for wisdom: a Bush supporter at Newsweek, and (in Mudede's earlier post) Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat. Sure is great to have "alternative media."