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IronLionZion's Journal
IronLionZion's Journal
November 22, 2022

How US Just Paralyzed Chinese Manufacturing Overnight

Biden is kicking Xi's ass in ways that matter long term
November 14, 2022

Antisemitic graffiti found near Bethesda Trolley Trail


Montgomery County police are investigating antisemitic graffiti that included swastikas and hangmen discovered in Bethesda, Md., early Monday morning. The vandalism is the second incident of hate speech targeting Jews in the county in three months.

The graffiti, which also included white supremacist language, were scrawled in red spray paint on a white fence near the Bethesda Trolley Trail and a brick wall at the intersection of Old Georgetown Road and Tuckerman Lane. Police received a report about the vandalism around 6:30 a.m.

“I am deeply disturbed by several horrific antisemitic graffiti” incidents that recently occurred, Montgomery County Council member Andrew Friedson (D-District 1) said in a statement Monday afternoon. “Unfortunately, these are just the latest in an alarming rise in antisemitic incidents across our county and throughout the country.”

A similar incident of vandalism on the Bethesda Trolley Trail occurred in late August. Antisemitic graffiti was found on the portion of the trail that passes over Interstate 270 near Rossmore Drive. The two episodes, plus recent derogatory comments about Jews by the rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, and former president Donald Trump, have spurred Jewish leaders and advocates to push local officials to take a stand against antisemitic hate.


Make Society Reject Nazis Again
November 12, 2022

Pro Chefs Make Their Favorite Sandwiches Test Kitchen Talks Bon Apptit

Lots of intriguing sandwich ideas here. Open faced under a broiler is good for melts. That tuna sandwich looks great too. They all look very inspiring.
November 10, 2022

McDuffie Knocks Off Silverman In Hotly Contested D.C. Council At-Large Race


McDuffie has emerged as the victor of the hotly contested race for an At-Large seat on the D.C. Council current held by Councilmember Elissa Silverman. While he took an early lead and remained ahead over the course of Tuesday night, McDuffie’s win was cemented on Wednesday night after a batch of 13,000 outstanding mail ballots were counted and Silverman was left with no way to overcome him.

With close to 180,000 votes counted, McDuffie, a one-time Democrat who shed the party affiliation to run for the seat, claimed just over 22% of the vote to Silverman’s 19%. Councilmember Anita Bonds (D-At Large) was further ahead with 32% of the vote, retaining her seat. (There are two At-Large seats up for grabs every two years; one has to be occupied by a non-Democrat.)

“Voters have also delivered a message: we need to take bold steps to address some of the greatest challenges facing the District. For the last ten years, I have spearheaded innovative and data-driven policies to tackle the root causes of crime, expand and invest in the city’s supply of affordable housing, address the legacy of institutional discrimination that has led to our city’s growing racial wealth gap, and help our local economy recover stronger than ever from the pandemic. And as your next At-Large Councilmember, I’ll continue to work with you and my colleagues on the DC Council to confront head-on our most pressing issues with solutions, not simply paid lip service,” he said in a statement.

McDuffie’s win marks a surprising turnaround in his political fortunes. A Ward 5 councilmember since 2012, McDuffie announced last year that he was setting his sights on the attorney general’s office. An early favorite, his candidacy fell apart earlier this year when he was found to not meet eligibility requirements that spell out how much legal experience contenders must have. But within two months of suspending that campaign, he announced that he would shed his Democratic affiliation and run as an independent for the At-Large seat held by Silverman since 2014.

Addressing root causes of crime and having more affordable housing are good. I hope our crime rate goes down soon.
November 10, 2022

Shepherd's Pie, except its Irish Indian fusion

My family makes something very similar sometimes. Some spicy shepherd's pie is great on a cold winter day.

November 9, 2022

Here are the candidates who made history in Tuesday's midterms


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Some candidates didn’t just win on Tuesday, they also broke barriers.

Those victories included the first female governors elected in Arkansas and Massachusetts; the first Black person to be elected governor of Maryland; and the first member of Gen Z to be elected to Congress.

In some ways, this election had already made history for the diversity of candidates running. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people ran for office in all 50 states for the first time, according to the LGBTQ Victory Fund. The number of such candidates on the ballot also increased 18 percent from 2020, it said, many of them galvanized by a wave of measures in Republican-led states attacking the community.

This cycle also set records for the number of women running for governor, said Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. But the same was not true of the Senate and the House, where female candidates in the general election fell short of the highs reached in 2018 and 2020, respectively.

A Gen Z congressperson, Cherokee Senator, and Vermont is the last US state to send a woman to Washington.
November 9, 2022

Looks like ballot measure 82 will pass, increase the tipped minimum wage

Eleanor Holmes Norton and Muriel Bowser expected to be reelected.

Some of the board of education races look competitive.

Full results here for those who want to track:


Minimum wage will increase for DC's tipped employees after Initiative 82 passed

November 8, 2022

A beginner's guide to Mastodon, the Twitter alternative that's on fire


If you’ve heard the word “mastodon” a lot since Elon Musk took over Twitter in late October, here’s why: The extinct mammal is also the name of a relatively small, formerly little-known social network that has skyrocketed in popularity, as many Twitter users try it out as an alternative for connecting with others online.

Mastodon lets users join a slew of different servers run by various groups and individuals, rather than one central platform controlled by a single company like Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. While all of these social networks are free to use, Mastodon is also free of ads. It’s developed by a nonprofit run by Eugen Rochko, who created Mastodon in 2016, and is supported via crowdfunding, as well as by individuals and groups who operate servers.

Users have been fleeing Twitter for it in recent days or at least seeking out a second place to post their thoughts online as the much more well-known social network faces layoffs, controversial product changes, an expected shift in its approach to content moderation and a jump in hateful rhetoric.

In a Mastodon post late Sunday, Rochko said the social network gained 489,000 users in the less than two weeks, and now boasts over one million active monthly users. (For perspective, Twitter reported in July that it had nearly 238 million daily active monetizable users.)

Elon and his crypto bros can go Musk themselves. There are other competitors in various stages of development.
November 8, 2022

Carvana stock plummets as used car prices fall



Carvana’s fall indicates a wider trend in the used car sector, as car prices that have been elevated fall due to rising interest rates and talk of recession. This could mean that the cars Carvana purchased in the past few months could soon be worth less than what the company anticipated.

Trouble for the used car world started months ago, with car prices getting so high that many customers were priced out. Shares of CarMax (KMX), the nation’s largest used car dealer, are down 50% since the start of the year. After a poor performance in September, the company blamed “vehicle affordability challenges that stem from widespread inflationary pressures, as well as climbing interest rates and low consumer confidence.”

Car prices had been climbing steadily for the last two years, helping to fuel Carvana’s growth, as a shortage of parts, particularly computer chips, limited supply of new cars at a time when consumer demand for vehicles was particularly strong. Those higher prices play a major factor in overall inflationary pressures, as roughly 40% of US households buy a car each year.

The effort to curb prices has prompted the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates at an historic pace in recent months as the central bank tries to ease consumer demand and slow the economy. Automotive sales are especially sensitive to a rise in interest rates, as many car purchases are financed by consumers.

The result has been that used car prices have declined 10.6% compared to a year ago, according to the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index, which tracks average used car prices.

If anyone has been holding out to buy a car, now could be a good time to buy used cars at a good price.
November 7, 2022

How mixed-race neighborhoods quietly became the norm in the U.S.


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Deep in the bowels of the nation’s 2020 Census lurks a quiet milestone: For the first time in modern American history, most White people live in mixed-race neighborhoods.

This marks a tectonic shift from just a generation ago.

Back in 1990, 78 percent of White people lived in predominantly White neighborhoods, where at least 4 of every 5 people were also White. In the 2020 Census, that’s plunged to 44 percent.

Large pockets of segregation remain, but as America’s White population shrinks for the first time and Hispanic, Asian, Black and Native Americans fuel the nation’s growth, diverse neighborhoods have expanded from urban cores into suburbs that once were colored by a steady stream of White flight from inner cities.

Across the 9,700 neighborhoods that became mixed in 2020, White population dropped by almost 300,000. Meanwhile, the number of Hispanics jumped by 1.5 million, the largest part of a 4.3 million increase in non-Whites in those neighborhoods.

This demographic shift has scrambled the nation’s politics, introducing new groups of often left-leaning voters into typically conservative White-dominated enclaves, according to Chris Maggio, a sociologist at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Department of Criminology, Law and Justice.

There are good graphs and charts at the link that can help explain some of the angst that racists are feeling as their suburbs diversify. GOP may not have the lock on suburbs that they used to. Tons of suburban house districts are more competitive for us than they used to be.

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If an H-1b has an American accent, they are probably not an H-1b. It's race, not citizenship. Americans are more diverse than you think. Millions of US citizens don't look the way you might expect. This fact is very important and will help us win elections.
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