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Religion, snark 

Seriously, this is not a good children's story. People get taken in by the cute animals, but it's really a gruesome, terrifying tale.

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Religion, snark 

Once upon a time God, massacred almost everybody on earth, but when the survivors made really good barbecue, he promised not to do it again.

Sleep well, kiddies!

Scammers don’t even try to put in decent effort anymore. Sad.

Then there's this gem, which crosses the line from tendentious crap to outright slander. You can't falsely attribute anti-Semitic slurs to someone and then claim it's all just a joke.
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I like a lot of the Babylon Bee's satire stories, but they do put out a lot of tendentious crap as well. And yes, Snopes can and should fact-check satire when there's a clear intent to mislead.

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Babylon Bee, Snopes feud over fact-checking satire - Religion News Service

(RNS) — The popular fact-checking site Snopes and the Babylon Bee, a religious humor site, have feuded online over the difference between 'fake news' and satire.

religionnews.com/2019/07/31/ba

I moved my RSS feeds from feedly to (self-hosted) Tiny Tiny RSS, and I'm loving it. But now it's time for bed...

US politics, immigration, history, birdsite link 

Given the strength of racism and xenophobia, this commitment might prove to be just a dream. But no movement that rejects freedom and justice for all, even as an aspiration, can lay claim to a vision for American “greatness” that I would find remotely worthy of support.

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US politics, immigration, history, birdsite link 

Lazarus’s poem was part of the narrative of the civic education I received as a child—America as a promise, still unfulfilled, of “liberty and justice for all,” with that word “all” left unspecified, as though it were a dare or an invitation to test the thoroughness and extensiveness of our commitment to liberty and justice.

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US politics, immigration, history, birdsite link 

The idea of America as a refuge for the poor and persecuted is a national myth, and like so many others it falls apart as an assertion of historical fact—as Cuccinelli himself points out. But the value in all myths is their capacity to shape an identity that drives public ethics and, ultimately, public policy.

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US politics, immigration, history, birdsite link 

My youngest has a picture book about the Statue of Liberty, and there’s a photo of the plaque with Emma Lazarus’s poem at the end. I always read him the poem, and it always wrecks me to do so.

Now we have public officials trying to re-write the poem to suit their callous ideology:

twitter.com/atrupar/status/116

US politics, immigration 

Many 19th century immigrants from Europe would have been expelled, had officials been able to follow the letter of the law. As it was, though, (1) their numbers simply overwhelmed the system of enforcement, and (2) compassionate public officials willfully ignored the law, in order to provide refuge to those fleeing famine and persecution.

"The danger of vilifying poor immigrants: Your ancestors weren't as legal — or as wealthy — as you think."

washingtonpost.com/outlook/201

Eldest child has bedroom A/C set to "fimbulwinter." ❄⛄

At a minor league ballgame... Are we still doing the "tomahawk chop"? Really?

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Politics, machismo 

In any case, we'd be much better served if people gave up the notion of trying to survive a catastrophe as an isolated individual or family. No one is an island. If you’re going to survive a disaster, you’re going to need to cooperate with others, and it’s hard to do that from inside a bunker with an assault weapon pointed in their face.

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Politics, machismo 

The main impediment to this happening, though, is apocalyptic-minded “survivalists” like Graham, who insist on regarding and treating their neighbors as out-of-control beasts.

So the moral wrong, in this case, flows from the factual wrong.

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Politics, machismo 

I don’t know where to begin with this, but let’s start with it being wrong in its factual premise. As Rebecca Solnit documents in A Paradise Built in Hell, the historical experience of communities affected by disaster has shown that survivors form spontaneous support networks, rather than descending into the war of all against all that people like Graham say they fear.

US politics 

Excellent birdsite thread from Jeet Heer. And (though I'm not a Mayor Pete supporter) the insight that "any really robust democracy will trend towards social democracy" seems to be the rationale for Buttigieg's presidential campaign, where structural reform of American democracy is taken as the necessary precondition for enacting a more progressive policy agenda.

threadreaderapp.com/thread/115

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