Slog PM: People Get Married in Animal Crossing, Go to School in Minecraft, and Britney Spears Knows a Thing or Two About Quarantine

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https://youtu.be/zKEWdRPRf3I

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Spoiler alert, brosef! Not everyone has power watched Tiger Dude yet. Yeeeeeash.

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"... our best friends gave us a surprise animal crossing [virtual!] wedding instead..."

That's pretty cool.

& Great way to design a school
crowd source it to the kids.
Brilliant.

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That SCOTUS decision was unfortunate. Nevertheless, patriots will still burn the democracy vouchers immediacy upon receiving.

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Speaking of Patroitism in time of Pandemic:

"The case has never been clearer for a transition to Medicare for All, but its achievement clashes with the Democratic Party’s decades-long hostility to funding the social-welfare state. At the heart of this resistance is the pernicious glorification of “personal responsibility,” through which success or failure in life is seen as an expression of personal fortitude or personal laxity.

The American Dream, we are told, is anchored in the promise of unfettered social mobility, a destiny driven by self-determination and perseverance. This ingrained thinking evades the fact that it was the New Deal, in the nineteen-thirties, and the G.I. Bill, in the nineteen-forties, that, through a combination of federal work programs, subsidies, and government-backed guarantees, created a middle-class life style for millions of white Americans.

In the nineteen-sixties, as a result of prolonged black protest, Lyndon Johnson authored the War on Poverty and other Great Society programs, which were intended to lessen the impact of decades of racial discrimination in jobs, housing, and education.

By 1969, with Richard Nixon at the helm, during an economic downturn that ended what was then the longest economic expansion in American history, the conservatives attacked the notion of the “social contract” embedded in all of these programs, claiming that they rewarded laziness and were evidence of special rights for some. When Nixon ran for reëlection, in 1972, he claimed that his campaign pitted the 'work ethic' against the 'welfare ethic.'

The argument for resuming a viable social-welfare state is about not only attending to the immediate needs of tens of millions of people but also reëstablishing social connectivity, collective responsibility, and a sense of common purpose, if not common wealth.

In an unrelenting and unemotional way, covid-19 is demonstrating the vastness of our human connection and mutuality. Our collectivity must be borne out in public policies that repair the friable welfare infrastructure that threatens to collapse beneath our social weight.

A society that allows hundreds of thousands of home health-care workers to labor without health insurance, that keeps school buildings open so that black and brown children can eat and be sheltered, that allows millionaires to stow their wealth in empty apartments while homeless families navigate the streets, that threatens eviction and loan defaults while hundreds of millions are mandated to stay inside to suppress the virus, is bewildering in its incoherence and inhumanity."

From "Reality Has Endorsed Bernie Sanders"
In the New Yorker mgazine; by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
March 30, 2020

More at:
https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/reality-has-endorsed-bernie-sanders

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@ 5

Biden (to the extent that he's still cognizant) and his corporate toadies won't allow a responsible, evidence based health care system to even get a hearing.

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Far as I've heard
it ain't Over quite yet.

I wouldn't Blame Joe
for calling it a Day and
asking someone younger,
with Oodles of Energy -- Senator
Sanders, for example -- to take his place.

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@4 I saved my democracy vouchers from when I lived in Seattle. Someday they'll be collectibles and maybe I'll get my tax money back.

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Seems Uncle Joe's
(sudddenly) got Issues:

“It Shattered My Life”: Former Joe Biden Staffer Tara Reade Says He Sexually Assaulted Her in 1993

In an exclusive Democracy Now! TV/radio broadcast, we speak with Tara Reade, the former staffer in Joe Biden’s Senate office who has come forward with allegations that Biden sexually assaulted her in 1993.

Last week, The Intercept reported that the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, set up to help survivors of rape and sexual assault, refused to fund a #MeToo investigation into allegations against Biden.

Reade told journalist Katie Halper in an interview published Tuesday that Biden repeatedly touched her without her consent and sexually assaulted her.

Reade approached the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund in January looking for assistance, but was reportedly told the fund could not help her because Biden is a candidate for federal office, and pursuing a case could jeopardize the fund’s nonprofit status.

Reade says she learned from The Intercept report that the public relations firm representing Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund is SKDKnickerbocker, whose managing director, Anita Dunn, is top adviser to Biden’s presidential campaign.

https://www.democracynow.org/2020/3/31/tara_reade_joe_biden_sexual_assault

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@15: Google "Bernie rape fantasy"

I think, expect for Donald, Bernie and Joe would be on their best behavior as presidents despite their pasts if elected president.

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"For Top Democrats, Joe Biden Is No Al Franken"
by Branko Marcetic

"In 2017, the resignation of Senator Al Franken (D-MN) over a series of allegations that he had groped or kissed women without their consent was viewed as a pivotal moment in the long history of sexual abuse on Capitol Hill.

As the allegations mounted, thirty senators from his own party, joined by two independents, placed what he later called a 'tremendous amount of pressure' on Franken to resign, which he did.

Now, as a sexual assault allegation against Democratic front-runner and former vice president Joe Biden trickles from the world of online news into the mainstream media, all but one of those thirty-two senators are staying silent."

More at:
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2020/03/joe-biden-sexual-assault-allegation-me-too

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@11: Wow. The hypocrisy of democrats when it comes to the sexual harassment knows no limits.

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@5 What country is Sanders' health care plan modeled after? For that matter, what country is Biden's health care plan modeled after? I'm just curious, because it is common for Americans to just lump all the plans together, even though there is a huge difference between them. England, Canada, France and Germany (to cite four examples) are quite different, even though all have universal heath care. Yet I rarely hear anyone debating the merits of any of them. This parochial American attitude (which is not unique to health care) is as much to blame for our lack of progress on this issue than what Nixon said in 1972.

By the way, Nixon was the first one to propose universal health care through private insurance (similar to the ACA or Obama Care). It was rejected by the Democratic held House because Nixon was in trouble with Watergate at the time. It was thought that the Democrats would win the next election (and they did) and they would be able to push through a government run program (likely the Ted Kennedy proposal). Of course they didn't.

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@Ross -- "An Emergency Response
to the Coronavirus Pandemic

In terms of potential deaths and the impact on our economy, the crisis we face from coronavirus is on the scale of a major war, and we must act accordingly.

We must begin thinking on a scale comparable to the threat, and make sure that we are protecting working people, low-income people, and the most vulnerable communities, not just giant corporations and Wall Street.

Cover all health care treatment for free, including coronavirus testing, treatment, and the eventual vaccine. Under this proposal, Medicare will ensure that everyone in America, regardless of existing coverage, can receive the health care they need during this crisis.

We cannot live in a nation where if you have the money you get the treatment you need to survive, but if you’re working class or poor you get to the end of the line.

That is morally unacceptable."

TONS more (for the Curious) at:

https://berniesanders.com/issues/emergency-response-coronavirus-pandemic/

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How did Chase not get laid off.

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@15 I run Slog.

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@12. Keep your Bernie Sanders rape fantasies to yourself, Mr. "Smoking hot avatar notice me senpaii facial" thristy McGee projection.

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The real scandal about the democracy vouchers is 1. How few get used (less than 10%) and 2. most of the people who use them are white and middle to upper middle class voters.

Turns out so-called "marginalized" voters still don't give a fu*k when even given a chance.

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