police thoughts 

like what we want is and end to the racism and an end to the shooting of unarmed civilians innocent of any crime. What we don't want is for a person with a sniper rifle to be able to climb a tower downtown and wantonly murder people without anyone responding. And we want the people responding to be well equipped and trained for that situation to minimize casualties and collateral damage.

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police thoughts 

I think if we want to re-imagine policing, we have got to get more nuanced and well thought out about it when we discuss it. We need to have a thorough understanding of the work cops do beyond the criticisms we level at them. And we are probably going to need to find people who are part of the current criminal justice system who are open to reform who can effectively criticize any criticisms made in ignorance. We need the full picture.

us pol, speculative, negative 

there are three forms this conflict could take. One is a dedicated insurrection in the hinterlands, think Shining Path, one is a mass uprising pretty much everywhere at once, and the other is a secession crisis, though that I think only happens if Trump attempts to retain power but legally should not be the president.

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us pol, speculative, negative 

the winning side of this conflict will probably be whoever legally should be the president, because the military will mostly side with them. In the ensuing rebellion, the worst of it will be in the eastern midwest, as no side politically dominates in it, it sits on the red-blue state border, it's densely populated and it contains a lot of the nation's industrial capacity.

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us pol, speculative, negative 

Here is what I think happens Novemeber-January. I think Biden wins decisively. In fact, in think he has clearly won on election night. Nonetheless, Trump attempts to drag out the vote counts in order to have state legislatures decide the election rather than the vote. I do not know if he wins that or not. If he does, he stays president and half the country rebels. if he does not, the other half of the country rebels.

uspol, very negative 

the entire system of us government presupposes that if the people in power get tyrannical the ultimate redress is revolution.

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uspol, very negative 

So basically, I think that in 2021 not only will the virus still be a problem and the economy will be in the shitter, but we will be dealing with at the very least a violent insurrection and at the very most a full blown civil war. Unless we are very lucky.

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uspol, very negative 

I think Biden is going to win. If he wins decisively Trump might be forced out, but I think his followers will start an insurrection to put him back in power. If he doesn't win decisively, I think Trump is going to cheat and remain in power, and then his opposition is going to start an insurrection. If Trump does win, I think the opposition might still start an insurrection, but it might be delayed if he wins decisively.

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personal, nevery negative 

The worst part of 2020 is that I am now nearly certain next year is actually going to get significantly worse.

us pol, mh(---) 

if you want to be seen as moral, get really good at hurting people and getting away with it. Do this well enough and people will think you are the second coming of christ.

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us pol, mh(---) 

and so, we learn the true ethics of society. The marginalized are punished for that which the powerful are praised. The only real ethical principle of society is that might is always right.

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us pol, mh(---) 

Ethics, like laws, exist for the benefit of the powerful. They do not constrain the powerful in any way, since the powerful are too powerful for society to punish, but they absolutely constrain the non-powerful, because society will punish them.

Protestors are expected to be non-violent and are punished for being so, but Trump's administration can literally commit acts of genocide and half the people in american society will praise it and reward it.

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us pol, mh(---) 

and the worst part is, this happened because the republicans cheated. i was always taught that cheaters never prosper. That's naive bullshit. Everything the republicans have at this point they have gained by cheating and deception. Their immoral behavior is clearly the superior political strategy.

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us pol, mh(---) 

I've been spoiled living in a society where social progress was a constant. Now, I expect I will have fewer civil rights in 20 years than I do now.

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us pol, mh(---) 

I feel like I'm falling apart. Justice Ginsberg dying has just sent me into a really bad depression. I don't know why this particular defeat of all the defeats of the past 4 years is affecting me so much, but it's just like... I feel hopeless.

The constitution says what ever the republicans want it to say now, and I don't think that will change before I die.

personal 

I’m depressed. It’s just all too much and today I can’t handle it.

genocide of latinx people, personal 

and now I am having that same experience. Except this time the stakes are even higher, the horror is even worse, and... I just... I don't know how to feel about it.

I'm thinking about my ex's dad telling her she needed to break up with me because she was japanese and I was hispanic, and wondering if he voted for Trump.

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genocide of latinx people, personal 

I feel a lot like I did after the Pulse shooting.

I was taught from a young age by my parents to some extent and society more broadly to see myself as "one of the good latinx" people. "I'm not mexican" I would say, dissociating myself from my assigned race in order to avoid feeling hurt by the racism around me. "That happens to other people" I told myself.

When Pulse happened, I saw the names of the dead, and realized my last name looked like theirs

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genocide of latinx people, personal 

I suddenly had the realization this afternoon that the forced sterilizations in the trump concentration camps are a genocide against people WITH WHOM I SHARE GENES AND HERITAGE.

I'm not poor nor am I a refugee, but I am latinx. It is not "them" being genocided. It is "us" being genocided. And... I don't know how to feel about it. Except bad.

My spouse @pandora_parrot is one of the most amazing people I have ever known. I am a better person for having them in my life, and my love for them is one of the deepest loves I have ever felt in my life. Happy belated 8th anniversary.

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