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Juliajms

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  1. Coming after Chelsea is just bizarre. She is obviously an ally to both Muslims and Jews. The people trying to force a false dichotomy of Jew versus Muslim are the problem here. Sadly they are succeeding because the American public just isn't that sophisticated when it comes to these types of issues. That's unfortunate because the last thing we need to do is encourage that kind of bitter feud here. We have enough problems with these violent white nationalist as it stands. If only I had seen this post last night, but somehow I missed it. It was a sharp lesson in turning off automatic video playing on Twitter, that is for sure.
  2. I just heard about the mass shooting at a mosque in New Zealand. Those poor people. At first I felt almost deranged when my first thought was "this is Trump's fault". I feel less deranged after seeing he was named as inspiration in the manifesto. What a nightmare.
  3. He knows it isn't and so do most of his supporters, including me. Not that I support him now, but I agreed with some of his ideas before things got nasty. Hillary took on the fight for $15 and I would say that's been proven doable to some extent. Free college though? No, this isn't that sort of country right now. We don't seem to even want to give poor kids food or medicine, never mind college. Just like every other person running his ideas and vision will be limited by Congress, especially if the Republicans keep the Senate. Anyway, I'm hoping that he does not get the nomination, although I would vote for him if he does. There are just too many hard feelings there and he's vulnerable in the general election. He's never released his taxes for one thing. God knows what's hiding there and he won't get the impunity that 45 does. No one will. Plus, let's be real, he's Jewish and he lived in Israel. That may have been ok in 2016, but it surely isn't now. You see the conspiracy nut bags out there already claiming Jews control the U.S. government and the media. Can you even imagine what would come out of the woodwork if he won the nomination? In my opinion it will be harder for women in 2020 as well because of the tide of hate that's risen up in the last few years. Maybe our best hope really is Biden, although that scares me too given his penchant for saying stupid $hit. Trump does it 20 times a day, but that doesn't mean others will get a pass.
  4. No, but when you have unlimited funds you start letting people do everything for you. I'm not saying this person is innocent. Just that it wouldn't surprise me that rich people hire others to coordinate the college application process. I certainly do. Not really as a parent since my children haven't even started kindergarten. This just strikes at some of the myths we tell ourselves about fair opportunity. The system is rigged in so many ways and that someone would take it to this next step absolutely enrages me, even though it doesn't directly affect me.
  5. Hi Slick. I thought it was pretty good. I'm glad Shauna Babcock is still semi human. Her relationship with Clark is interesting. I was sad when Amy left Brad after she saved him. I really hope it gets picked up for a second season. I want to see how is in the compound 100 years from now. I'm also looking forward to a Brad/Amy reunion and I hope his wife is somehow alive as well. How about you?
  6. 🤣 I hear that. I imagine so. Isn't that what the Bernie Bros did last time? Hopefully, we won't need them this time.
  7. I agree with so many of the tweets Vee cited. Netflix can't continue pretending they are everyone's best buddy and then make decisions like this. The way they are burning through cash there is no way this was more than a drop in the bucket to them anyway. https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/18/investing/netflix-cash-burn-stock/index.html
  8. https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2019/03/college-admissions-scandal-9-revealing-moments/584803/?utm_content=edit-promo&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_term=2019-03-13T18%3A51%3A29&utm_campaign=the-atlantic 5. Michelle Janavs, a former executive at a food manufacturer, paved her older daughter’s way into college through side-door schemes, according to the indictment. But her younger daughter got suspicious when Janavs allegedly started a similar process for her. JANAVS: I had a question for you. So I was able to get [my younger daughter] the multiday ACT. CW-1: Okay, you got her extended time multiple days, got it. JANAVS: Yes, so I got that, the only thing is [my younger daughter] is not like [my older daughter]....She’s not stupid. So if I said to her, “Oh, well, we’re going to take it up at CW-1’s testing center] she’s going to wonder why..... She’s smart, she’s going to figure this out. Yeah, she’s going to say to me— she already thinks I’m up to, like, no good.
  9. Absolutely. These people are so entitled and they have no shame. As you say, it's so unfair that people who earned there spot are treated like they took it from someone else, when these rich (mostly white) people are the real problem. The greed is what bothers me the most.
  10. I wonder if they will do jail time. Obviously, they have the best lawyers. I'll be interested to see what happens. At the very least I hope they have to pay fines that actually cause some pain. For sure. I think we can all name a few people in public life who did not get in based on their academic abilities. Trump at Wharton comes screaming to mind.
  11. And to what end? I feel like so many of his policies are conflicting. Are the corporate overlords really going to allow him to put making America white again over money and growth? For once I'm on the overlords side. I'll be the first to admit it's complicated, but I think Japan did the experiment for us. Zero population growth will turn a country like the U.S. upside down. We're born and bred consumers, I don't believe we can change until climate change is much further along.
  12. No problem. I didn't mean to come across so vociferously. I'm just frustrated by the things wealthy, famous people get away with sometimes. I recognize that this wasn't the crime of the century. In many ways it's really just business as usual, but it shouldn't be. 🤣 I had that same exact thought.
  13. It didn't happen to her, she perpetrated a crime. The crime happened to other people. People who didn't get into these schools because she cheated her child's way in. They are the victims. It's greedy, disgusting, criminal behavior and there is no excuse. But it does get worse.
  14. These are people who had every single advantage and they still felt the need to cheat. They could send their children to the best private schools, have tutors, SAT prep courses, the works, but that wasn't enough for them. I hope they do time, and I don't give a f*ck about their future careers.
  15. I don't know how to think about it either. It's sad to say, but I think Tucker Carlson and his ilk have successfully moved the Overton window. The fact that he still has a show after the horrible things he said about women and young girls is deeply disturbing. Fox has no bottom of course. They are brainwashing people at an alarming rate and many people already agreed with Carlson about women anyway. Now they will see that he said these things without consequence so it becomes even more acceptable. Can a woman be elected right now? I have my doubts. Can Joe Biden really beat Trump? Sure, the polls look good now, but that doesn't inspire my confidence. I'm very glad it's not up to me to pick the nominee. If the universe gave me the power to choose I wouldn't know what to do with it.
  16. I threw that memo in the recycling bin. From what I can see it's becoming normalized in society as a whole. This really vile stuff is definitely becoming a feature, not a bug, on the right. Note how Tucker won't apologize. He knows he doesn't have to thanks to Trump.
  17. On a similar note this is going on in Nebraska. He's Rickett's field director. In addition to the insane amount of antisemitism he was spewing, he also threatened to run down BLM activists with his car, talks about harassing homeless people, and of course homophobia. Let's see if he is fired.
  18. We really are in perpetual war.
  19. She could have just chosen better words once again. Separating children from parents is a wrong policy no matter who is doing it. She is not wrong about that as far as I can see. Using drones to kill terrorists when many innocent die too is a moral conundrum. There is nothing wrong with bringing it up, although I wonder what she thinks the alternative is? Fewer by far have died from drones than the bombing we've done. Are we supposed to just let terrorist train unimpeded? No thanks. Nevertheless, she is free to make her case, but when she uses the word murder in a way that the right will pounce on, I'm not listening with an open mind the way I might otherwise.
  20. I can't believe she used the word "murder" in reference to President Obama.
  21. No, I find it pretty disturbing too. Narcotics have been a terrible plague for a long time, but it's sad to think that people are dying from a single dose so often now. There isn't any time to hit a bottom and fight your way back. Maybe there is a little less stigma to drug addiction these days because medical science has determined addiction a disease. I guess that's more respect than people addicted to coke or crack in the 80's got, but what good does it really do? Isn't it that very medical establishment along with corporate greed that has lead to many of these recent addictions? Not only does rehab have a huge failure rate, but have you seen the articles about the insurance scams in Florida? It's terrifying and heartbreaking. And yes, things are going sideways. They can't go any other way while 45 is in charge. We will be very lucky if we can turn things around even when he's gone because we've shown that we are vulnerable to this type of strong man governing. One of the most frightening aspects of the whole thing for me is watching the Republican party cave to the unending lies and corruption. Maybe I should have known they would, but I had to see it to believe it.
  22. Me too, but I don't know what appropriate is in this case. His fame muddies the water, so I hope he gets a judge who can see clearly and is unbiased. Up thread there was an article where an attorney was talking about how people lie to the police all the time. Specifically in cases where they crash their car while DUI and then claim someone else stole it. They don't generally go to prison for it. I think he needs to pay for the actual crimes that were committed, but not pay legally for the moral and social wrongs he did. He should pay for those by losing social standing/work/money. Anyway, that's just how I see it.
  23. 16 felony counts? Damn. I truly don't know what's right in this case. It's not mine to decide, but I won't wish a harsh sentence on him.
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