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We've now reached the point where white men, fearing a woman leader...



Gaia Surf's response...

* Obligatory SOME white men.

Trump Has Unleashed a Wave of Anti-Semitic Hatred

Source: Newsweek

As a middle-class, white Ashkenazi Jew living in California in 2016, I’ve been privileged to avoid the systemic, cultural and interpersonal racism faced by many Muslims, immigrants and people of color across the U.S. today.

However, my uncle was not as fortunate. He was a Holocaust survivor who saw his entire family killed in front of him in a concentration camp. Although overt, violent anti-Semitism is largely absent from the United States and has not been part of my experience, I’ve begun to see a shift in the past six months.

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has forced me and thousands of other American Jews to face anti-Semitic threats for the first time. Throughout the election cycle, Jews have used a hashtag created by Bend the Arc Jewish Action, #WeveSeenThisBefore, as a reminder that Trump’s rhetoric and bigotry echo demagogues of the past.

After a national anti-Trump rally organized by Bend the Arc in June made the hashtag viral on social media, anti-Semitic white supremacists got hold of it and twisted it to spread hate on Twitter, specifically targeting Jews like myself who were organizing against Trump.


The least-hurtful attacks spoke of big noses, bad hair and “going back to Israel,” but then came the explicit threats of violence. In my case, I was bombarded with horrifying Photoshopped images of my face in a cartoon gas chamber, with Trump pushing the button.

Read more: http://www.newsweek.com/trump-has-unleashed-wave-anti-semitic-hatred-516656

One of the more horrifying aspects of Trump's campaign is that he brought the alt right out of the shadows and gave them a sort of legitimacy.

Benedict Cumberbatch reads a letter from Kurt Vonnegut at Letters Live, Hay Festival

Rosalynn Carter hits the campaign trail for Georgia Democrats

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter is hitting the campaign trail in Georgia on Friday as Democrats make their final pitch before the vote.

Carter is part of the “Georgia GOTV Road Trip” to boost the party’s turnout, with polls show a tight race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The Republican is favored to win Georgia’s 16 electoral votes, but Democrats hope a final push can flip the state – or at least come close enough to help lay the groundwork for 2018.

U.S. Rep. John Lewis, House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams and former Rep. John Barrow will headline a road trip kickoff on Friday before several party leaders pair off and fan out. Barrow joins the Rev. Raphael Warnock for a trip to Rome and Lewis and Abrams are setting their sites on Henry County. Other candidates will visit Cobb County and Macon.

Carter, who has stayed largely on the sidelines this campaign cycle, is spending the day in Albany, near her Plains home. The 89-year-old will host a luncheon, attend a millennial voter forum and speak at a phone banking at a local restaurant (which is aptly named Carter’s Grill).

Via: http://politics.blog.ajc.com/2016/11/04/rosalynn-carter-hits-the-campaign-trail-for-georgia-democrats

Allen Park man charged for allegedly holding kids at gunpoint over damaged Trump lawn sign

Source: News-Herald

A 56-year-old Allen Park man has been charged with seven felonies after he allegedly pointed a gun at six children he accused of destroying his Donald Trump lawn sign.

Michael Robert Kubek was arraigned Nov. 1 before 24th District Judge John Courtright. He was charged with six counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of felony firearm.

Shortly after 8 p.m. Oct. 29, Kubek called police to report a group of teens had hit his Trump for president lawn sign, then took off running on Sterling, toward Moore Avenue.

Upon arrival, an officer was unable to find Kubek at his Sterling Avenue house, but the officer heard what was described as a lot of yelling at the corner of Pennsylvania and Sterling.

Police found six children, ranging in age from 12 to 14, sitting on the grass with Kubek yelling and cursing at them. He told the officer he was highly upset because he believed the kids destroyed his Trump sign.

Read more: http://www.thenewsherald.com/news/police_fire/allen-park-man-charged-for-allegedly-holding-kids-at-gunpoint/article_a7050637-4408-5709-b133-1a4248bb26e7.html

This is the mentality of what we are dealing with, folks.

The Voter Supression Trail

Source: NYT

Note to viewers: “The Voter Suppression Trail” is the first-ever video game for Op-Docs, and also the final installment of our series of Op-Docs about the 2016 election. We hope you enjoy playing, and let us know what you think in the comments. —The Editors

In the 1800s, Americans made heroic journeys to settle in the West. These journeys inspired the classic computer game “The Oregon Trail,” beloved by grade school students across the country in the 1980s and ’90s.

On Nov. 8, a new generation of Americans will make their own heroic journeys — to the polls. Some paths will be more intrepid than others, particularly for blacks, Latinos and pretty much anyone who brings the kind of diversity to our polling places that they have historically lacked. Thanks to laws passed by Republicans to fight the nonexistent threat of voter fraud, the perils will be great. Long lines and voter ID laws, not to mention pro-Trump election observers, will try to keep these voters from the polls.

To celebrate these journeys, we’ve created a video game: “The Voter Suppression Trail.” Play as a white programmer from California, a Latina nurse from Texas, or a black salesman from Wisconsin. Experience the thrill of standing in line for hours at your understaffed polling place! Try to surmount voter ID laws! Avoid intimidation by Donald Trump’s election observers! Will you fend off the rhetoric of angry election “observers,” or heed calls from your boss and get out of line, or will you experience the fulfilling patriotic reward of casting a provisional ballot that will probably never be counted? Find out — play now!

Play here: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/11/01/opinion/voting-suppression-videogame.html

Screencaps from Mashable:


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Feeling intimidated at the polls? Election Protection has your back.

No, you can’t text your vote. But these fake ads tell Clinton supporters to do just that.

Source: Washington Post

First things first: There is no such thing as voting by text message. Period. If you want to cast a ballot, you can vote at your polling station or vote absentee. That’s it.

But a series of ads circulated on Twitter recently would have you believe otherwise.

Lifting imagery directly from Hillary Clinton’s campaign materials, the ads encourage supporters of the Democratic nominee to “vote early” and “vote from home” by texting their candidate’s name to a random five-digit number.


At least four such ads began making rounds on social media this week, each containing the Clinton campaign’s “H” logo and a line saying they were “paid for by Hillary for President.” Some featured images of Clinton that appear to be pulled from actual campaign marketing materials, while others showed a black woman and a Hispanic woman, in what may be an attempt to dupe to minority voters. One was written entirely in Spanish.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/11/03/no-you-cant-text-your-vote-but-these-ads-tell-clinton-supporters-to-do-just-that/
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