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Oct 2, 2018 10 tweets 2 min read
Basically, Donald Trump benefitted from welfare. The kind American culture celebrates instead of vilifying and criminalizing. Our entire system is upside down.… The more I think about it. The more it works. Donald Trump is a welfare recipient. He got massive amounts of cash subsidies from his father, but that was only possible by cheating the government. So essentially Trump lived off of taxpayer money his entire life.
Sep 27, 2018 7 tweets 2 min read
Taps twitter mic. Thread comin' #KavanaughHearings The Daily today helped me understand that the GOP wants to see #KavanaughHearings as a trial so the standard of “beyond a reasonable doubt” will assure he walks. But Democrats (and I) see this as a job interview, not a trial.
Sep 1, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
Dear @marcorubio, “total lunacy” is a US senator using his voice to criticize a movie he hasn’t seen while remaining silent over visible violations of the Constitution by the executive branch. Senator @marcorubio’s failure to speak out against child kidnapping, emoluments violations, and attacks on law enforcement by this president is a disservice at a time when our people need reminders that we are a nation of laws that apply to all.
Aug 6, 2018 10 tweets 1 min read
Russia. Turkey. Hungary. She would be an asset to any authoritarian regime really. @RadioFreeTom also corporations. Big evil ones that profit off of jailing kidnapped children for example, or manufacturing weapons and promoting them via compromised political organizations. Or poison makers. She would do really well at a poison manufacturer.
Aug 5, 2018 6 tweets 3 min read
taps twitter mic... We must step up and keep up the fight to Stop Kavanaugh from joining the Supreme Court. Trump may be bad at keeping his marital and financial commitments but he's great at keeping his worst political commitments. #BlockBrett…
Jul 17, 2018 10 tweets 2 min read
iPhone X cellular data just stopped working. Removed and reinserted SIM. Powered off and on. Did soft reset. Reset network settings. Called carrier. Still down. Is full device reset recourse? Update: I can get to but that’s it. I think that’s the future they want. “Why would you need to go anywhere else??” I hate conglomerates.
Jul 17, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
Just woke from a weird dream in which a republican US president took the side of a KGB Officer over his own intelligence community in full view of the global media and was allowed to return home right after and sleep in the White House. Crazy stuff. Good morning everyone! A lot of people are saying I didn’t dream that. It really happened?? And the KGB officer is also the Russian president who poisoned people in America’s number one ally recently and kills his own journalists and continues to wage cyber warfare attacks against the US right now.
Jul 16, 2018 18 tweets 10 min read
testing... A great sadness of the 2016 election: our ideas have gotten smaller. We must spend energy on how many children the government can kidnap rather than create a dope future. But there's good news...
Jul 15, 2018 36 tweets 12 min read
testing.... Previously on The Mueller Files...
Jul 1, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
Can we start calling the cops on people who call the cops on black people who are just living their lives? When you involve police in a situation, you are involving potential use of deadly force. It’s time we start making clear that calling the police is something like calling in a drone strike.
Jun 20, 2018 10 tweets 3 min read
The @GOP won’t stop this madness. They made their deal and doubled down a dozen times: access Hollywood, Muslim ban, McCain insults, russia, that weird Space Force thing?? That party has abdicated. So we do the job they are unwilling to. We lead. We defend the constitution... We hold power accountable. And we replace the GOP with workers willing to do the job. Probably immigrants. In the meantime, life for those selling out america must become very uncomfortable
Mar 19, 2018 16 tweets 5 min read
This @nytimes piece is a gut punch. It includes a data visualization that shows the invisible hand of systemic racism at work. An important read

Sons of Rich Black Families Fare No Better Than Sons of Working-Class Whites The reason we're unable to stare racism in the face is that we Americans cannot stand the ugliness of our truth reflected back at us. Because we've depended on a story that omits the real story of what made America so rich and powerful to begin with.
Feb 23, 2018 16 tweets 3 min read
Scenario: armed teacher uses gun on coworker in a fit of rage Scenario: armed teacher has gun taken away by student who uses it to harm others
Feb 16, 2018 36 tweets 9 min read
I'm reading the Mueller indictments in the original PDF-legalease format. All the way through, because I'm not a Republican member of Congress and think this is actually important. This information warfare campaign was SO. WELL. ORGANIZED. Part of me is like, "Yo, this is great digital marketing." The other part is like, "THIS IS HORRIBLE AND HOW CAN YOU TRUST ANYTHING ANYMORE??!"