Authorities (correctly and justly) complaining about the bidding war between hospitals, states, and the federal government for ventilators during a crisis... Hey, it’s almost like capitalism isn’t the most humane or efficient system available to humankind.

Because it has always been a crisis for many people. It has always been life and death for them. It’s just that nobody noticed, because those with agency could participate effectively within the market.

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█ New US measures threaten civil rights amid coronavirus pandemic █

The efforts have already had a striking impact on civil liberties, and bear hints of a 2020 version of the US government response to the 9/11 attacks in 2001, which ultimately led to the Patriot Act, a sweeping piece of legislation that allowed, among other things, the government to collect citizens’ phone data, in an unprecedented encroachment on personal rights.

theguardian.com/world/2020/mar

█ Trump warns of 'painful' two weeks ahead as White House projects more than 100,000 coronavirus deaths █

Trump did not minimize what has become the gravest public health crisis in decades during his remarks that stretched more than two hours on Tuesday. Instead, he advised Americans that darker days are still to come.

cnn.com/2020/03/31/politics/tr

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... It happens on the internet, in culture, in politics, in any space where human social capital is a factor. And it’s silly. It’s broken. It places the entire burden on the people who are already carrying it anyway, and gives people causing harm to the world a pass and permission to continue behaving that way.

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... It’s like two siblings, the helpful one and the one who misbehaves constantly. It’s like if you cultivate a pattern of awful, destructive behavior people come to expect that and you get a pass. If that’s not your uniform position or activity you are held to an almost unattainable standard of perfection at all times....

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... The slightest misstep or misstatement or mistake and it’s a scandal. It’s a social firestorm.

Meanwhile, people on the evil side just run around screaming to whoever will listen ‘the holocaust never happened’ or ‘migrants are bringing in disease and so we need to treat them like animals and put them in torture cages’ or ‘it’s just the flu’ or ‘God won’t let you get the virus if you go to church’ or ‘it’s just a hoax’ and NOTHING ever comes of that, in most cases.

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... I lose sleep over stuff that I say and write. Over things I said and wrote years ago. Not because I regret participating in things, but because I understand that words matter and that people and situations are connected, that what we do creates ripples.

And it’s like the people doing that, the ones trying to make the world better, because they’re in club ‘you should know better’ they live under a different set of rules....

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You know what really blows my mind though?

I’ve been doing this for ages now, decades, saying stuff to try to make good stuff happen and stop bad stuff from happening, knowing full well that the wrong word or the wrong impression or not enough nuance or respect for the complexities of a situation can cause harm or even get people hurt. ...

‘Just ignore what he’s saying and doing and know that he’s actually thinking the right thing now.’

Dats doublespeak, mang. ♥

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Amazon put their own workers at risk of the #coronavirus and then fired them for organizing - citing "social distancing" as the excuse. twitter.com/DaveLeeFT/status/1

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Great tool by the Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM) on how to set up a community care support plan for a specific person in need.

beam.community/tool-kits-educa
(click that link! many more resources in there)

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Cartoonist in question is "Stone Toss," which is a white nationalist online cartoon series which promotes holocaust denial, 'race realism,' anti-Semitism, and attacks especially gay and trans people. dailydot.com/debug/antifa-redd

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Far-Right grifter Andy Ngo really sells the point that anyone who's critical of him really just hates "gay Asians" by teaming up with a white nationalist cartoonist who hates gay and tans people, denies the holocaust, thinks Jews run the world, and wants all non-whites removed. twitter.com/LCRWnews/status/12

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