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Soph0571

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Hometown: UK
Home country: UK
Current location: UK
Member since: Fri Oct 13, 2017, 06:59 PM
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About Me

I am a Brit. I am a working class child of the troubles in Belfast who now lives a life of privilege. I am an anti-racist, progressive monster for truth. If I fail in being that monster, call me out....

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Sometimes it is the seemingly simple things...


Won't that be nice... tick tock November!

'Indefensible and Disgusting': Senate Departs for 3-Day Weekend as Unemployment Benefits Expire for

30 Million

The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate has adjourned for a three-day weekend as enhanced unemployment payments are officially set to lapse on Friday, guaranteeing that tens of millions of Americans will see their incomes drop by 50-75% with another rent payment due in 24 hours.

The Senate's departure followed a long day of jockeying and blame-hurling on the floor Thursday that ultimately failed to produce a solution for the nearly 30 million Americans who for months have relied on the $600-per-week unemployment insurance (UI) boost to meet basic needs as the economy remains in deep recession.

The chamber is not set to reconvene until 3 pm Monday.

"Just so we're all clear," tweeted economist Robert Reich, "more than 25,000,000 unemployed Americans are about to lose their extra unemployment benefits, and the Senate just left for a three-day weekend. Republicans have lost the right to govern."

[link:https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/07/31/indefensible-and-disgusting-senate-departs-3-day-weekend-unemployment-benefits|]
Emphasis mine

They lost their right to govern when they threw their protective arms around a rabidly corrupt president during the impeachment - this is just the icing on the let them eat cake attitude of people who have never seen their children go hungry or are threatened with homelessness. May all Americans remember this day when their neglect led to further heightened economy insecurity for millions of Americans in the time of a pandemic. They need to be routed in November.

'Mourning Nazis': Trump Ambassador Blasted for Visiting Nazi Cemetery on Jewish Day of Mourning,

Lamenting Cost of War

U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands Pete Hoekstra on Thursday visited a Nazi cemetery and called the experience a “terrible reminder of the cost of going to war and why we must always work towards peace.” Hoekstra is a former GOP Congressman who served as the Chair of the House Intelligence Committee.

The cemetery is the burial place of dead Nazis killed in World War II, and other German soldiers from both WWI and WWII. Thursday was a Jewish day of mourning, Tisha B’Av, known as “the saddest day on the Jewish calendar.”

In World War II the Nazis murdered an estimated 6 million Jews.

The nonprofit news site Michigan Advance notes that “Neo-Nazis have been known to visit to honor Nazis buried” at at the Ysselsteyn German war cemetery. It is the largest World War II German cemetery.

[link:https://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/2020/07/mourning-nazis-trump-ambassador-blasted-for-visiting-nazi-cemetery-on-jewish-day-of-mourning-lamenting-cost-of-war/|]
Emphasis mine

This was deliberate. He was literally in your face mourning those who killed 6 million Jews on the Jewish day of mourning. Yet another Nazi in the Trump administration emboldened to be a Nazi in public... Yet again reinforcing how despicable they really are! The level of disrespect and the utter lack of decency should not surprise, but sometimes, just sometimes they manage to do something with such horrid in your face impacts on a minority community that it still takes your breath away. The antisemitism on display here is on every level of nasty and Hoekstra is talking directly to the torch wielding 'Jews shall not replace it' far right bugaloo wankers as the Administration gins up the hate as the clock ticks down to the election. I HATE these fuckers.

Three Men and a Baby



Heh. Remember when Bush stole an election? Seems almost nostalgic now cause at least he did not put brown shirts on the streets of predominately back cities across the land, threaten to delay the election and undermine citizens trust in the democratic process - my bad he definitely did that last one!!!! . But while I have problems with Dubya being in the same headline with Obama and Clinton - in comparison to the nazi in the WH... Three Men and a Baby seems more than appropriate.

Government criticised for 'Islamophobic' lockdown rules meaning British Muslims are unable to

celebrate Eid

On Thursday night, the government surprised everyone with a brand new set of lockdown rules for people in the north of England.

Announcing there had been a ‘spike’ in cases, stricter rules were imposed from midnight on households in Greater Manchester, Lancashire and West Yorkshire.

The city of Leicester was also included in the new rules.

They mean that people from different households can no longer meet indoors, including in pubs and restaurants.

But the announcement was made the night before Eid al-Adha, one of the holiest days in the Islamic calendar.

[link:https://www.indy100.com/article/lockdown-north-england-muslim-eid-celebrations-9647266|]

I know there are spikes in some South Asian communities but if the government can say that delaying a week did not matter at the start of lockdown, surely delaying a day for Eid would not have had that big an impact - but they just didn't think about Eid at all in this decision making. People are likening it to cancelling Christmas at 10 pm on Christmas Eve. Yet another unforced error by this government. If they even knew it was Eid, or what Eid represents - which I would find doubtful - I can guarantee they did not give one seconds thought to the impact of this lock down on Muslim families. This is what happens when you have a bunch of posh privileged white right wing tossers in charge - they are unable to perspective take from a minority point of view because they firstly, could not give a shit about those communities and secondly they do not have those minority communities sitting at the top table. And so of course they just cancelled Eid for large sections of our Muslim communities, of course they did. They will be highly offended at being call Islamaphobic but just not bothering to consider the impact of the lock down on this day of days is at the very least uncaring of the many Muslims living in the north, I personally think it is worse than that - you can go to the pub but not into another persons home... which community does that serve?!?! Hhhmmm

EXACTLY THIS, NO FURTHER COMMENT NECESSARY


Portrait by Dan Lacey.



A racist dog whistle of epic proportions...

Trump’s move to repeal the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule in an attempt to reintroduce segregation to suburbs is a racist dog whistle of epic proportions that, I suspect, in 2020 will not work the way he thinks it will. Trump and his sycophantic syphilitic nazi enablers live in white supremacist bubble that is nothing like the landscape of most peoples lived reality, and even if suburbia has never felt challenged on race relations in any real meaningful sense to effect change in the wider community, there is a big difference between that and actively wanting to live an all-white experience. To be fair heading back to Jim Crow will work with his basest of base, but most people, in the year of the murder of George Floyd and BLM have spent time exploring the relationship between POC and the state and the disproportionality of state violence against certain communities. (White) Suburban mum and dad are not deaf or blind to these discussions, though the racist prick in the white house obviously thinks they must be – in the same way he is. He wants them to be scared of the ‘big black bogey man’ that only he can save them from *rolls eyes*. He is measuring them against his standards of ethics and morality – as in assuming they have none but I think he may find that many in suburbia in 2020 understand the optics of this aggressively racist policy much better than he does…

Meanwhile back on planet normal the white, black and brown people of suburbia (cause in reality suburbia is not the exclusive white space that the racist in chief perceives it to be) see covid-19 infection rates continue to explode, death rates continue to climb, the republicans trying to reduce unemployment payments to the point that kids across the land will be living in food poverty, the economy is in the tank, job instability is very real and children are about to be sent to potential death camps when schools reopen next month, so yeah, lets see how Jim Crow works for him in November. Hazarding a guess that it will not make one single dent in his cratering polls.

Freedom!



Excellent!!!

Dictionary publishers grateful for new definition of 'irony' after Tommy Robinson flees to another

country ‘to keep his family safe’

Former EDL leader and professional gammon-herder Tommy Robinson has been thanked by dictionary publishers today, for providing the perfect definition of ‘irony’.

Robinson has fled the country with his family, citing concerns for their safety and expects another nation to take them in and allow them to stay – even though their chosen country isn’t the nearest country to which he could have moved.
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Currently resident in Spain, and in a move that makes him sound more and more like a refugee, Robinson insisted he no longer feels safe in the UK and only moved to Spain to ensure he can live without fear of persecution for his beliefs, which are at odds with a large majority of his native country.

However, the move has been welcomed by dictionary makers, with the team from the Oxford English Dictionary saying it’s proven very helpful to have a new ‘gold-standard’ definition.
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“Thankfully, Tommy has turned up in another country claiming he had to leave his homeland for the safety of his family after years bemoaning immigrants in the UK having done precisely the same.

“And that is just deliciously ironic.”

[link:https://newsthump.com/2020/07/29/dictionary-publishers-grateful-for-new-definition-of-irony-after-tommy-robinson-flees-to-another-country-to-keep-his-family-safe/|]
Emphasis mine

Satire, but not really. It is great he is gone but I really want Spain to kick him out - see if he applies for asylum
All of the ironies... cause he really did say he moved to Spain because of being persecuted for his far right racist views, and wanted to protect his family... and he really does not see the double standard of fleeing to a foreign country for safety having tried for years to stop our country from accepting families who are fleeing from actual persecution has caused actual harm.

The combined zealotry fundamentalism and faith over facts is literally deadly to entire nation


All those evangelicals that call us demon-crats are desperate for the thrice married rapist racist adulterer to retain power so they can continue their theological domination over all the horrors that come out of Trumps white house. But they are really shit at running the country. When you rely on allegories in a book written 5 thousand years ago to create law of course if will be fucked up - and that shit will kill people. But even though they and their great orange god have failed by every metric out there, that matters not one jot to a group of people who proclaim that they are being persecuted when all the while generational persecution of anyone who is not part of their white racist privilege happy clappy smug cult of in built advantage, that they refuse to recognise, but that is self evident to everyone else. Of course they don't care that everyone else sadder and poorer, cause power, privilege and Jesus. In a statement of the obvious they need to be routed in November!
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