Shitting on Baltimore & the Irony in it

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So, in typical fashion of this current administration, immediately after telling US congresswomen to leave if they’re going to criticize the USA, our president is SHITTING on the USA. For two days now.

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It’s like he was so close to becoming self-aware, and then just squatted, shat, and then ate his own shit. He literally just told US Congresswomen to leave this country because they dared to work on education, poverty, and our general rights, then he gets on Twitter and shits all over Cummings and Baltimore. Shouldn’t he just leave?

The most ironic thing about all of this, isn’t that he’s telling a Congressman that his district isn’t clean, or that he has no idea about what a congressman, governor, or mayor do, it’s that his tweets and the poverty he’s bitching about is essentially a rail against capitalism. That’s the tasty bit. It’s not that Cummings doesn’t do enough for his district, or that he should spend more time there (spoiler: he does spend a fuck ton of time there), it’s that this is what capitalism creates. 

More so, has he SEEN the homeless population in say, New York? DC? Every major city? Has he visited any of the rural towns where people live in squalor? Has he looked into the apartment complexes that his son in law, Jared Kushner, owns? You know, the ones that are complaining about it being unsafe, unsanitary, and being run by a slum lord? Has he never once, in his ultra-rich-gold-toilet-having life opened his eyes and LOOKED at the world from an unbiased stand point and tried to do something to HELP Americans?

He’s so hyper-focused on the border, on keeping people out, that the only things he has time for after that is cutting healthcare for those same districts he’s bitching about. Or gutting medicare for the generation that he hopes votes for him. Or making sure that the entire lower class is demonized just for existing.

Oh. I can’t forget Twitter. He will reschedule a day for his “executive time” so he can watch Fox News and tweet in their echo chamber.

It’s shit like this that just gives me a headache. I can’t stand utter hypocrisy, and I can’t stand willingly uneducated people. I’m so tired of rich assholes telling the working-class and people stuck in poverty how much we suck, or how shitty our towns are. I’m beyond tired of the rich ruining us, and then pointing the finger elsewhere.

At risk of ending up on some “domestic terror list” for other reasons than being anti-fascist, I hope that Trump strokes out squeezing out a turd on his golden toilets.

 

Eat the Rich.

 

 

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Conservatives: The Ultimate Snowflakes/The Twitter, Facebook & YouTube Purge

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So the conservative circle jerk has found a new focus. It started back when Twitter started removing bots run by Russians that had been part of their social media campaign in our last presidential election. Donald Trump immediately started whining that his follower count dropped (even though they weren’t real people?!) and accused Twitter of “censoring conservatives”.. even though they were Russian bots. 

Shortly there after that, Twitter and Facebook (and by extension Instagram, YouTube and a few other apps) began to listen to the outcry to warn/mute/ban extremist views. This is nothing new, after 9/11 and the rise of ISIS, all of the major social media platforms cracked down on Muslim Extremists by deleting their posts/videos or banning them all together. It’s incredibly important to note that the America and majority of the “civilized” world had absolutely NO problem with this. So currently the USA, a large swath of Europe among other places, have been dealing with an increased amount of White Supremacist garbage, cries for violence against minorities & lgbt+, false reporting regarding vaccinations & and their relation to Autism, and false reporting regarding abortion (laws, terminology, side effects, to what is actually legal) from the pro-life crowd. Social media platforms are just responding, and enforcing their existing TOS agreements. Here is YouTube’s stance on Hate Speech: 

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Holy shit did a lot of people get banned. On all the platforms. Instead of getting myself thrown into Facebook Jail for posting “They’re Literal FUCKING NAZIS” on a White Power page on Facebook, the white power fucks are getting deleted. The algorithms aren’t perfect, that’s admitted. A guy friend of mine got shadow banned for posting “Men are Trash”. Yet a tweet I reported that proposed using violence to get women to clean up the house or give a guy sex was still allowed. It’s not perfect, but it’s a start. 

What it comes down to though, is that when you sign up on a social media site, you are agreeing to their Terms of Service (TOS). Usually most people don’t read through them, and just agree. So when piece of shit people like Alex Jones gets banned from YouTube (and a fuck ton of other places – I had an extra beer that day!) conservatives get all up in arms as this somehow “proves” they’re being censored.

Actually, let’s use Alex Jones as an example. YouTube has a 3 strike policy before they will outright ban someone. Alex Jones was banned by YouTube for Child Endangerment and Hate Speech. When he was banned, his channel uploaded those videos to other channels, thus making the ban permanent. Facebook banned him right before that:

“we have taken it down for glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies.”

Even Spotify followed for the same reasons. Seriously, if you’ve ever listened to Alex Jones you’d be nauseated. He spews his vile opinions and spreads misinformation about anyone who is not white or conservative. It’s not just every day opinions he has spewed but pure hate.

NPR Article Regarding Alex Jones Ban 

I do have to admit, I was really tempted to post his quote about tap water turning frogs gay… but that’s a little much even for me. He’s a sexist, homophobic, transphobic, islamophobic piece of fucking trash. I for one cheer that him and people like him are getting banned.

However, bans like this, bans of the Alt-Right accounts on Twitter, etc have the Right all up in arms because “they’re violating our free speech”. Oh for fucks sake. You mean to tell me, that from our President to Senator Cruz to Alex Jones.. NONE of these fuckers understands the 1st Amendment. Not a one.

“Congress shall make no law…abridging freedom of speech.”
Freedom of speech pertains to your freedom from having your government regulate your speech.

  • Not to speak (specifically, the right not to salute the flag).
    West Virginia Board of Education v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943).
  • Of students to wear black armbands to school to protest a war (“Students do not shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gate.”).
    Tinker v. Des Moines, 393 U.S. 503 (1969).
  • To contribute money (under certain circumstances) to political campaigns.
    Buckley v. Valeo, 424 U.S. 1 (1976).
  • To advertise commercial products and professional services (with some restrictions).
    Virginia Board of Pharmacy v. Virginia Consumer Council, 425 U.S. 748 (1976); Bates v. State Bar of Arizona, 433 U.S. 350 (1977).
  • To engage in symbolic speech, (e.g., burning the flag in protest).
    Texas v. Johnson, 491 U.S. 397 (1989); United States v. Eichman, 496 U.S. 310 (1990).

Just to give you an idea, I’ve listed some cases to show you what the government protects. More importantly, Freedom of Speech does NOT convey to private companies (ie: YouTube, Facebook, etc). It’s comparable to walking into your favorite pub and telling the bartenders wife she’s a fat pig. They have the LEGAL RIGHT to kick you out. Same thing with social media. If you violate the TOS, they have the LEGAL RIGHT to kick your ass off of the platform.

That’s literally how it works. That’s what freedom of speech is. Freedom of speech means that you can kneel for the anthem, that you can give a cop the finger (seriously, you can – don’t recommend it though!), that you can criticize your government AND it’s president (I’m looking at you Trump you god damned dumpster fire).

This is also what gives those god damn bigot bakers the rights to refuse to make a cake for a gay couple’s wedding.. and also what got that half-wit in trouble for refusing marriage certificates to gay couples.

It does NOT give you the right to say what you want within a private business. Period. Do you know why? BECAUSE THAT INFRINGES ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CREATORS AND OTHER END USERS. When you force companies and businesses to allow shit that they don’t want.. you know what happens? That bakery that refuses service to gays, the pharmacists who refuse to dispense birth control or the morning after pill.. they are forced to. They lose their rights.

That’s the most important thing that you should take away from this. By forcing companies & people to allow things that break their TOS & personal beliefs, you’re taking away the creator’s/their rights. It’s that you want to be able to have social media companies, news media companies AND individuals to be able to control their own creations, what they publish and their own personal safety both in public and on the internet. Which in and of itself is Freedom of Speech. (Note: there are hundreds of social media platforms out there, if you don’t like one, join another.. or create your own, there’s legitimately White Power dating sites and forums out there. Or the entire furry community.)

Once you allow the government to force social media platforms to house certain kinds of rhetoric, against their will, it turns into a whole other beast. Once you allow the government to control news media, to regulate what news stations can report on, or the opinions there of, you have something that I always believed Conservatives were against.. you have state run media. You know. Authoritarianism, Fascism. Ala North Korea and China. (On that note: Hi to my new subs from China!!) (I also want to insert here, that while conservatives, including Trump are crying out about Freedom of Speech, Trump has publicly called to censor news stations and reporters… restricting the Freedom of Press… which is in the SAME DAMNED amendment.) 

That’s my point. Because Ted Cruz (is the Zodiac Killer) doesn’t understand how Google Search Algorithms work (Google Search Information), doesn’t mean it’s wrong. I guarantee if I look up “US NEWS” that Fox News & Breitbart show up on the same page as NPR and the BBC.

The Twitter Conspiracy Theorists are convinced conservatives are getting shadow banned, but don’t note that a metric fuck ton of liberal activists and veterans have been banned purely for speaking out. Trump is convinced that his low ratings must be because of social media and news media fucking with him.. not because he decided to use a old Japanese Interment Camp to house children in cages or because his party is doing away with the protections that allow those of us with Chronic Illnesses to obtain health insurance.

Everyone is listening to them screech about “Freedom of Speech”, when not only does it NOT apply, they themselves call for limiting the freedom of speech of protesters and of the press. Yet people are buying into it and helping nudge us even closer to State Run Media and a god damned dictatorship.

I honestly don’t know how many more times I can scream “Wake up!” at my own country. Much more, I don’t know why I’m doing it in the first place. I just want people to think, to know and APPLY our constitution correctly, to stand up for what is right.

Early 2019: The Political Climate & Creeping Towards Fascism

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Disclaimer: I am not fully discussing the Mueller Report, but I have read it. If you would like a PDF copy of it, you can find it on the DOJ website, or you can comment and I’ll send it to you. 

I’ve been screeching about Fascism & the United States Government for months now. I’m not the only one, although a lot more people are now also alarmed recently. In my opinion, our government, under the Trump Administration, is straddling the fence between our distinctive form of Democracy and Fascism.

Of course there is the uptick in hate-rhetoric and general nazis, but that’s not entirely what I’m screaming about today.

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I’m referring directly to President Donald Trump and his administration.

As I’m sure you all know, the Mueller Report was released yesterday. I quickly obtained the searchable PDF version from friends (the one on the DOJ website is NOT a searchable version) and sat down with coffee, a notebook and a pen and started reading. 8 hours later I got through 4/5 of it. Yes, it’s that huge.

Inside of it, is tons of information in each volume, which there are two. The first volume covered Russia influencing our election and the idea that Trump committed conspiracy. They did NOT find evidence that Trump committed conspiracy, but there were several others whom they looked into, from the top of the food chain to the bottom. Donald Trump Junior was not charged because he purely didn’t understand or was ignorant of what he was doing and was involved in. (I had a good chuckle at that, he was essentially too stupid to be charged!) Most importantly it detailed just how far Russia went to infiltrate our elections.

Volume two covered obstruction by the President, and cited 10 examples which were then followed with how they did or did not qualify to the legal requirements of obstruction. It was damning. However, the special counsel did NOT make a judgement and left it open to congress and the AG. Posted below is a photo of the conclusion (I did not take it, but am posting this as I’m refusing to open that damn report again today) where you can clearly see that the report does NOT exonerate him.

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Either way. The report has been released (granted it is SEVERELY redacted in parts) to both the public and congress, and outside of Trump’s base people are horrified. The report lists 10 examples or “keys” that if nothing else show Trump attempting to cover up, lie, or misconstrue information as well as trying to get Robert Mueller removed from the investigation and to close the investigation.

Which if you didn’t know, is shady.. as fuck.

People are outraged (and frankly they’re not all “libtards”.. it’s pretty far across the board) and an article of impeachment as been introduced into the House.

Now that that’s stated, (and don’t argue, I’ll just send you a copy of the report) here’s why I’m especially alarmed today.

Since the investigation concluded and we were made aware of it back in March, Trump has been parroting “NO COLLUSION – TOTAL EXONERATION!!”. Almost a full month of the same crap. Which whatever, is essentially what AG Barr had stated in his original presser, and then again yesterday morning before he released the report. (I do want to go ahead and point out that he’s NOT supposed to be acting in Trump’s best interest, but the country’s. Yet, he came out and attempted to spin it in favor of Trump, which people are still dissecting and disproving.)

However, once the report got released, and not only painted Trump, his family and his administration in a very bad light, but stated he was NOT exonerated by the report, Trump has gone into a rage. One that I consider very scary.

(Also, screenshotting Trump is HIGHLY annoying as he still hasn’t figured out how to create a thread on twitter after all these years.)

The last tweet, with the highlighted part, is what I’m concerned about. He has spouted this kind of rhetoric before, and his supporters cherish it (they’re still suggesting hanging anyone who was part of this investigation on Reddit, Twitter & Facebook). However, he has actually used the word “justice” in regards to all of this, purely because his administration was put under the microscope, and he came out slightly dirty.

We cannot label investigators “dangerous” yet. Do you know why?  We are lucky enough to still have a working government. We are lucky enough that when the suspicion of corruption/conspiracy came up (complete with enough proof to get the S.C. looking into it) our government actually INVESTIGATED. That’s more than a lot of governments around the world, and we should embrace what little we get out of ours. The Special Council did exactly what it was supposed to do, and proudly. Many people forget that Mueller is a card-carrying Republican, ex-director, and veteran, yet a lesser version of him could have potentially swept all of this under the rug. Mueller works for the law and for us. Which is something that Trump seems to miss, the government does not work for HIM. (<- See Mueller report: Trump states that the next AG should protect him. Barr comes into the picture.)

As Mueller clearly states throughout his report, his service is to the rule of law and that is not something we need to deem dangerous or “sick”. In fact, even remotely applying the word “Treason” to a legitimate investigation, one that fought for our country and it’s citizens, making sure that nobody “is above the law”, is deranged. That is exactly the opposite of what the president should be parroting.

He should be using his ridiculous Twitter Platform and his rambling speeches at events to champion our justice system, instead he makes comments about how “This should never happen again”.

What Donald Trump is proposing, and has proposed in the past is that our government and citizens should NOT be allowed to investigate a sitting president or his administration. That essentially gives full rule allowing a government to descend into dictatorship. If a government and it’s head of government is allowed to do whatever they please without the threat of an investigation, our country is doomed.

United States citizens need to remember it is our right to investigate our government. They work for us, not the other way around. We are lucky enough to still have a government that will turn its eyes inward to police itself. (Of course my friends, our government still has its MANY issues.. but today is about holding on to what little we have.)

To have a sitting president threaten anyone who investigates him, or speaks against him, with the full weight of his office behind him, is a heavy foot into fascism.

To have him call anyone who speaks out against him, or reports information that is not favorable to him, treasonous is a heavy foot into fascism. 

We need to wake up America, we’re getting closer and closer to a place we won’t be able to come back from, and nobody seems to care.

Disabilities & Chronic Illness : Swept Under the Rug

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So last month a few articles broke and were shared on social media. I found it first on The Mighty. (If you haven’t checked out The Mighty, please do!) I read it and shared it but got virtually no response by anyone who is “healthy”.

How Social Media Monitoring Would Harm People on Disability Benefits

It also made other sites, but it wasn’t readily seen on Facebook, Twitter and the like, not like the Kardashians or Trump.

U.S. Government Wants to Use Social Media to Decide Who Is ‘Disabled Enough’ for Disability Benefits

However, Forbes picked up the story, and republished it about a month later. Better late than never I guess.

How A Trump Proposal Could Reduce ‘Happy’ Disabled People

Now before going on, I do ask that you actually read the above article, that way you’ll see the point of this blog entry, and why I’m so irritated. Either way, the sum of the article is that it has been proposed to monitor the social media of people who receive disability benefits from Social Security.

All of the articles I posted are very nice, and point out the downfalls of why it’s a horrible idea to judge whether or not someone is sick or disabled based off of their social media. Ie: Cutting someone’s benefits off because of a smiling selfie, or family vacation photos. It’s very hard to post “sick” pictures on social media. I’ve been chronically ill for almost 12 years now, and I can count on my hands how many pictures I’ve posted while I was sick. It’s hard to show your vurnerability on the internet. Instead we post pictures of us smiling, doing the things we are able to do, pretending.. we are healthy, or in the very least drawing attention away from the very things that plague us. Anyway.

Unfortunately how I found this article was not in a way that I liked.

Disclaimer: I believe that every honorably discharged veteran deserves any retirement, healthcare or disability they have earned. I also believe the VA needs vast improvement, and that the Trump Adminstration has stated shameful things re: veterans & VA disability. This blog is NOT to defame veterans who receive disability benefits through the VA or SSI. 

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Now Dylan Park is a veteran, and an activist who has spoken out for and against some very worthy causes. He has quite the following on Twitter, as well as pretty much anywhere liberal or veteran related.

However. When he saw an article that was relating to SSI and every day disabled citizens, he took it upon himself to use his platform not for voicing how dispicable the Trump Adminstration’s proposal is for disabled persons, nor how disabled or chronically ill people face many obstacles in trying to receive their disability payments.

He instead misconstrued the article in many tweets to say that the adminstration is doing as the article says but to veterans regarding their VA disability payments and pensions. Which while the first is simply untrue, pensions aren’t altered by your health. Maybe he meant payments? Or benefits? Either way. None of which, nor the VA or veterans for that matter is brought up in the article.

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Again, I’m not arguing that Veterans do not deserve disability from the VA regardless of the percentage, nor am I arguing against veterans who get SSI. I’m arguing that you shouldn’t use your platform to steal what little awareness of an issue disabled persons, every day citizens who have not served, have to face and potentially will have to face when they are applying for or being reviewed on SSI.

I commented on the thread pointing out that it wasn’t about the VA or Veterans but rather SSI, and beyond two responses from random people, everyone just kept commenting things along the lines of “Trump doesn’t care about vets!” or “Respect veterans!!” Nor has he even revised his original statement, because he’s getting his Twitter fame. As of right now that thread has been favorited 9.8k times and retweeted 8k times.

The problem with that, is not only that he has stolen awareness from the chronically ill and disabled, but he is pointing the finger at the Trump Administration using an unrelated article. He is making an accusation with no sources. He is spreading fake news. Fake News. He is living up to what the Trump Supporters chant, and feeding into it the longer he doesn’t correct his statements and continue using his platform to misdirect all of his followers.

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I guess I’m just disgusted. The proposal by this administration has been weighing on my mind as eventually it’s something that I will have to face. Like a lot of other ill people, I’ve been told “You don’t look sick” or “should you be doing that? I thought you were sick.” and I don’t want the government deciding how sick I am based off of selfies. I’m disgusted that someone who is priveledged enough to have such a large platform is using it to spread misinformation and generally ignore that actual issue the article is about.

I’m sure I’ll catch some flak for this post, as I will my posts on Twitter.. but I write for and speak out for people who are sick. I write for people who are chronically ill, and I write for my own struggle with my health. When I saw this parroted over Facebook and Twitter, it bothered me enough to write about it.

Hopefully I’ll be able to update with a correction of mentioned tweet, but I’m doubting it. Disabled persons & the chronically ill tend to be just swept under the rug.