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wdlindsy

@wdlindsy@toad.social

Interested in building a better world and standing in solidarity with others who share that goal.

For biographical information, please see https://toad.social/@wdlindsy/109539508828689842

"Writing is the way I fight." ~ James Cone

#solidarity #democracy #HumanRights #LGBTQ

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wdlindsy, to Russia
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"What is now clearly a pro-Russia Republican caucus has consolidated inside Congress. The lesson is clear: Anyone who seeks to manipulate the foreign policy of the United States, whether the tin-pot autocrat in Hungary or the Communist Party of China, now knows that a carefully designed propaganda campaign, when targeted at the right people, can succeed well beyond what anyone once thought possible."

~ Anne Applebaum


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Gift read:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2024/04/republican-ukraine-russia-aid/678150/?gift=hVZeG3M9DnxL4CekrWGK3_cjBNHDlqfgMUKykcIiQBE&utm_source=copy-link&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=share

wdlindsy,
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"A weekend of important news has quickly overshadowed something striking that led up to it: In just the past few weeks, several House Republicans (none particularly 'moderate') have conceded that their conference is lousy with Russian influence.

On Thursday, Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) admitted that Donald Trump’s enforcers in Congress 'want Russia to win so badly that they want to oust the speaker over it.'”

~ Brian Beutler


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https://www.offmessage.net/p/no-strange-new-respect-for-mike-johnson

wdlindsy, to random
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"I hate a discourse of antisemitism, which makes it seem like our lives matter and Palestinian lives don’t matter. That’s not the fight against antisemitism that I want to be part of. And it’s also not a fight against antisemitism that I think will be effective because it’s essentially a discourse led by Republicans who want to enlist Jews in a project of white Christian supremacism in the United States."

~ Peter Beinart

https://peterbeinart.substack.com/p/seeing-hagar-and-seeing-gaza-this

wdlindsy, to Ukraine
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"This was a huge, huge win for Joe Biden, and his patient, determined and deeply consequential Presidency."

~ Simon Rosenberg

https://www.hopiumchronicles.com/p/ukraine-funding-has-passed-the-house

wdlindsy, to Ukraine
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"It becomes clear that the GOP remains deeply divided on the question of Ukraine, mostly because a huge number of them are either part of the Putin caucus or in some way allied to it. We can see this in the final vote tally, which had 112 Republicans opposed to it and only 101 in favor.

This means that, once again, the 'majority of the majority' party voted against the measure."

~ Jay Kuo

https://statuskuo.substack.com/p/status-report-the-ukraine-aid-vote

wdlindsy, to Ukraine
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"Suddenly, the dam has broken.

The MAGA extremists who oppose aid to Ukraine expressed anger over the measure’s passage, but outside of that group, there was bipartisan relief and mutual congratulations. …

MAGAs are Trump loyalists, counting on his return to power, and Trump is visibly diminished."

~ Heather Cox Richardson

#Trump #MAGA #Ukraine
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https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/april-20-2024

wdlindsy,
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"For the last week, he has been sitting in a courtroom with no choice but to do as he is told by the judge while potential jurors have expressed their dislike of him to his face. This is novel for him, and it is clearly taking a toll.

Trump’s financial troubles have not gone away, either."

#Trump #MAGA #Ukraine #crime #trial #LawandOrder
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wdlindsy, to random
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"Trump’s support is uniquely tied to animus toward minority groups and the white people who align with those groups. An extensive study found that those who had those opinions in 2011, Tea Partiers, almost invariably became part of MAGA.

Very obviously, MAGA is mostly about putting people in their place – trans people, pregnant people, immigrants (you know which kind), Obama people."

~ Jason Sattler


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https://thecause.substack.com/p/this-scene-is-what-that-terrifies

wdlindsy, to Ukraine
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Noting that the Ukraine aid package passed in the US House today, Alexander Vindman writes,

"Americans on both sides of the aisle should view the package as a sign of Washington’s support for our allies abroad. Resuming delivery of material and equipment to Ukraine should translate into job growth in the United States, positive developments in Eastern Ukraine, and an expanding partnership between Washington and Kyiv."

A Trump defeat and Biden victory.

https://alexandervindman.substack.com/p/the-package-passes

wdlindsy, to random
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"Many Nazis consider themselves Christian, which means that the bigotry in their hearts and the violence that they intend is the thing they worship as their God, which whatever you might think about Christian tenets isn't a Christian tenet."

~ A.R. Moxon


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https://www.the-reframe.com/americans-who-want-to-kill-americans/?ref=the-reframe-newsletter

wdlindsy,
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"On the other hand, I can't help but notice that a frightening number of Christian institutions and leaders and parishioners don't do much to differentiate themselves from these Nazis, at least not in the way they use their religion as a rationale both for their bigotry and for practicing the popular traditional form of violence known as supremacy."


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wdlindsy, to Guns
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"I believe that to minimize mass shootings, we must move the question of the gender of the shooter from the periphery to the center of a long overdue national conversation."

"Change how we talk about the issue. That means refusing to speak out against generic 'gun violence.' Until we’re willing to say, men’s gun violence, we’ll continue to miss the mark, falling short of any campaign to prevent mass shootings."

~ Rob Okun

#MassShooting #guns #men

https://www.commondreams.org/opinion/columbine-mass-shootings-men

wdlindsy, to Russia
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"Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene’s conspiracy theories, vitriolic language, and xenophobia have made her a darling of the right and a pariah on the left—and now, she’s gained admiration from Russian state television. …

'She believes that Americans should help Putin win. Yes, you heard that right. To help him win in Ukraine,' says host Evgeny Popov in one clip.

~ Hafiz Rashid

https://newrepublic.com/post/180847/marjorie-taylor-greene-popular-russia-television

wdlindsy,
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"Greene’s latest hijinks have firmly cemented her status as one of Moscow’s most useful tools."

~ Julia Davis


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https://www.thedailybeast.com/whiplash-as-russia-toasts-derided-marjorie-taylor-greene-as-their-top-new-hero

wdlindsy, to Russia
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Alexander Vindman shares a powerful and moving video featuring Sasa, a 13-year-old Ukrainian boy kidnapped by Russians and rescued by his grandmother. As Vindman's posting with the video notes, the ongoing Russian attack on the people of Ukraine has a high human cost that must not be forgotten.

https://alexandervindman.substack.com/p/bring-kids-home

wdlindsy, to Russia
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"Russia's one path to victory in Ukraine leads through minds and mouths in Washington, DC. Russian and Chinese propaganda therefore celebrates the inability of Congress to pass aid for Ukraine, and praises those who hinder the passage of such a bill. But the specific propaganda memes that China spreads (and some American leaders repeat) about the war are of Russian origin."

~ Timothy Snyder

#Russia #Ukraine #China #disinformation
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https://snyder.substack.com/p/political-warfare-and-congress

wdlindsy,
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"Russia is the leader in this field; China is imitating Russian techniques and Russian tropes. …

Insofar as legislators such as Marjorie Taylor Greene and J.D. Vance are vectors of propaganda, they are themselves playing a part of the Russian (or Russo-Chinese) operation."


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wdlindsy,
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"As such they are not merely spreading fictions; they are also modelling a 'Russian' style of government, a politics of impotence, in which big lies are normal, corruption is thought to be routine, and nothing gets done. Russian lies about Ukraine are meant to prevent action to help Ukraine; but in a larger sense they are also meant to spread the view that those in power are incapable of any positive action at all."


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wdlindsy, to random
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“A top leader of the national conservative group Turning Point Action [Austin Smith], which has amplified false claims of election fraud by former president Donald Trump and others, resigned Thursday after being accused of forging voter signatures on official paperwork so that he could run for reelection in the Arizona House.”

~ Yvonne Wingett Sanchez

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/04/18/austin-smith-turning-point-action-election-fraud/

wdlindsy, to random
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The new youth poll released by Harvard Kennedy School's Institute of Politics finds a "pronounced" gap between the political views of young men and young women. Among young men, Biden's lead is six points; among young women, it's 33 points.

If young American men see Donald Trump as a role model for a masculinity they want to emulate and promote, then I wonder what kind of society they envisage building for themselves and everyone else.


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https://iop.harvard.edu/youth-poll/47th-edition-spring-2024

wdlindsy, to Russia
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As Charles Jay reports, Rep. Jared Moskowitz has filed amendments to the Ukraine aid bill asking that Marjorie Taylor Green be named “Vladimir Putin’s Special Envoy to the United States Congress," and that Greene's office be named the “Neville Chamberlain Room.”


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https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2024/4/18/2235924/-With-righteous-outrage-and-humor-Rep-Jared-Moskowitz-calls-out-MTG-as-Putin-s-envoy-to-US-Congress

wdlindsy, to random
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"Kennedy consistently polls in the high single digits in national surveys, and the evidence shows him pulling more votes away from Biden than from Trump. A late March Quinnipiac poll found Biden leading Trump by 3 points in a head-to-head matchup. But Trump took a 1-point lead over Biden when third-party candidates such as RFK Junior were added."

~ Robert Reich

#RFKJr #Trump #Biden #ThirdParty
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https://robertreich.substack.com/p/please-share-our-new-video-about

wdlindsy,
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Robert Reich says that if we want to stop Trump from regaining the White House, we can share Reich's video explaining who RFKJr is and what he's about in this election: his funding is largely coming from deep-pockets donors close to Trump.

#RFKJr #Trump #Biden #ThirdParty
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4D35NBLe64Q

wdlindsy, to random
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“'That’s right, the Kennedy family endorses Joe Biden for President,' Kerry Kennedy said in a speech with President Biden flanked to her right, and 5 siblings behind her.

Kerry Kennedy spoke firmly and clearly, while using the transcendent words of her father, Robert F Kennedy, Jr., to stress the endorsement of Biden."

~ Scott Dworkin

https://www.dworkinsubstack.com/p/kennedy-family-strongly-endorses

wdlindsy, to Russia
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"A sitting Republican Congressman is harshly criticizing far-right House Republicans over their apparent support of Russia.

'I guess their reasoning is they want Russia to win so badly that they want to oust the Speaker over it. I mean that’s a strange position to take,' U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a three-term Texas Republican rated a hard-core conservative told CNN’s Manu Raju, in video posted Thursday."

~ David Badash

https://www.alternet.org/dan-crenshaw-gop-russia/

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