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Leon Troutsky

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  1. I am the very model of a Marxist Major General,

    I disdain them all the same, whether Trumper or a liberal.

    I rip the Reagan legacy, and read Jacobin Mag as literal.

    Posts by Leon and by Sponge, I respond to them hysterical.

     

    I’m very well acquainted with all matters Das Kapital

    I decry the inequality, both central and peripheral, 

    I cheerily post all the latest Left Twitter news,

    Wait for some reactions and ridicule their centrist views.

     

    I am the very model of a Marxist Major General.

    I’d go on but I’m lazy and out of rhymes.

  2. Um...I uh...I don’t think Maureen Dowd understands who “the left” is...

    WASHINGTON — I’ve been waiting for this moment. The moment when some on the left would react indignantly to journalists doing their job.

    It was so enthralling and gratifying to assail Donald Trump as a liar and misogynist that it was bound to be jarring when the beast slouched out of town and liberals had to relearn the lesson that reporters don’t — or shouldn’t — suit up for the blue team.

    The moment came on Wednesday in the Capitol basement when Seung Min Kim, a respected Washington Post reporter, asked Lisa Murkowski, a Republican senator from Alaska, if she had seen a 2017 Neera Tanden tweet about her. [snip]

    Murkowski’s reaction to the tweet was relevant because her vote on the Tanden nomination to be President Biden’s budget director could sink or save Tanden. And Tanden’s tetchy Twitter fingers counted among the reasons Joe Manchin and Susan Collins had announced their intention to vote against her, given President Biden’s preaching that it was time to leave Trump’s toxic atmosphere behind.

    After HuffPost’s Igor Bobic posted a picture and summary of the exchange between Kim and Murkowski, Kim’s email and social media feeds were inundated with racist and sexist comments. (Liberals had also been quick to make the ugly leap to call moderate senators who opposed Tanden’s nomination racist and sexist. It shouldn’t be so reflexive to reach for that button.)

    One person labeled Kim a “snitch” for supposedly messing up “another POC nomination on behalf of whites.” Another wrote, “That is not her job and that’s extremely inappropriate.”

    Actually, yes, that is her job. The truth is, many on the left don’t understand what a reporter is.

    They loathe Fox News but assume that the mainstream media are basically on their side, the same way Fox commentators are on Trump’s, laying the groundwork for him to start his second coming at CPAC this weekend.

    For the left, over the past four years, a reporter has been an ally and a superhero comrade in the epic mission of destroying Donald Trump. Liberals lionized any cable hosts and runaway Republicans who blasted Trump, even if they had previously been on the G.O.P. payroll, selling the Iraq war and Sarah Palin.

  3. 12 minutes ago, Francis York Morgan said:

    Mmmm yeah those sweet, sweet 60k assistant professor salaries :lol:

    If things pan out, I'll be able to live comfortably doing something I love. Great benefits too. That's all I really want in a job. 

    Yeah, but after 12 years of hustling you move up to full professor making 75k like a baller!

    By the way, not sure how much (if any) help I can be depending on what field you’re studying, but hit me up if you have any questions or whatnot about academia, dissertations, the job market, etc.  

  4. 5 minutes ago, Francis York Morgan said:

    It's definitely true. No question. The minimum wage right now is still unacceptable when examining inflation though. Not mutually exclusive.

    But yeah, I've seen first-hand the stupid *****ing teens and early twenty-somethings whine even working 20 hours a week. Knew this girl who was part of the Rocky cast who would complain constantly about having to work "6 whole hours straight," and she worked a max of 4 days a week (closer to 1-2 days until she quit and mooched off her parents more). So happy she got kicked off the cast. People are so god**** lazy now that it drives me crazy.

    But - and there's always a but - I also know some folks working 50-60 hour weeks and barely scraping by. A couple years after I got out of the Navy, I worked 70 hour weeks at dog daycares making $10 an hour because cost of living was so god**** expensive in DC and I couldn't afford to move for a while. I could have done something more in line with what I was doing in the Navy (mechanic), yeah, but I was taking the work that came to me initially and was eventually so preoccupied with working that I didn't have time to even look for other jobs. I'm doing a lot better now (used my GI bill to go back to school for something that actually interested me, and now I'm actually getting my PhD) but it was ******* miserable for a while. And plenty of other people get stuck in that loop too.

    Bit of a rant, my b. Just trying to emphasize that these things (raising min wage and lazy *** kids) aren't mutually exclusive.

    Let’s be honest.  You’re getting your PhD so you can make a middle class salary and not do any work. ;) 

  5. 4 minutes ago, JayOzOne said:

    Yeah. I read years ago that somebody genetically altered grain that could grow in the desert with minimal water and other seeds that can be planted once for perennial growth. Poor people could sustainably grow food in some of the worst climates in the world. But it was decided that it makes no sense to either feed the world or to market seeds that can only be sold once.

    And after the Haitian earthquakes, the government politely requested people stop donating food and resources because free access to vital supplies was tanking the local economy. Apparently, warehouses full of food rotted to keep businesses open.

    So the world is hungry because capitalism dictates it should be.

    I think about this every time I hear somebody asks why God doesn't step in and save us. Seems like He already did and we politely turned down His assistance. But that's a matter of perspective.

    One of the biggest disappointments for me regarding technology is how much of Star Trek technology we’ve copied (and moved beyond!) these past few decades to make our lives so much better.  The problem is that the things we copied were on the entertainment side — cell phones and translation software and games/simulations.  But we haven’t focused enough on the core part of sci fi and especially Star Trek, which is eliminating hunger and poverty.  It’s a real flaw with humanity that we’ve created all of these miracle devices to entertain and educate us but people still die of hunger and disease.  

  6. 1 minute ago, Carter said:

    I thought a major point of the stimulus and unemployment aid was not only to help people who can’t find work but to try and mitigate the spread of covid. Are we back to calling people lazy if they aren’t working or collecting unemployment that is paying out more than they made working? I’ll just see y’all later I guess, this is stupid. 

    I don’t think that’s what people are saying.  At least, that’s not what I’m saying.  Acknowledging that there are some people out there who don’t want to put in the work to climb into a good job doesn’t negate the fact that there are a ton more people who are struggling through no fault of their own.  I’ve seen both types of people personally.  At least, that’s my take on the conversation.

  7. 22 hours ago, lostone said:

    Someone on Reddit seemed to report that there were still large short positions still on GME and people started buying.  The big players started to sell their short positions to push the price lower and accept some loses.  This game will continue for a bit.

     

    My long term investment play isn’t changing because of this market.  I am buying more of my ETFs tomorrow.  Also getting mah gambling money ready for Roblox on the 10th

     

    4 hours ago, lostone said:

    Bought more of my ETFs today. Passive boring investing :) 

    waiting until 3/10 for my gambling RBLX fun.

    Haven’t heard anything about RBLX.  What’s the deal?

  8. 9 minutes ago, Sponge said:

    The trade industry (plumber, electricians, etc) is starving for employees during the pandemic. Most will hire apprentice that start around $12. After 5 years of apprenticeship, you make 65K starting out. Lots of women are on job sites now doing trade work.

    No idea if there’s still a welding shortage, but a few years ago I heard about people getting a welding license/certification and making around $80-90k.  And that doesn’t require a college degree.  

    I still support a $15 minimum wage, by the way.  I’m just saying that there are good jobs out there.  I have a former student who is making $95k starting salary as a windmill safety inspector.  She only has an undergrad degree and makes a lot more than I do.  

  9. 3 minutes ago, Carter said:

    And we genuinely have people trying to say promises were not made to regular people for votes that got them elected.

    All I’ve said is to hold them accountable for promises they actually made and don’t attack them for not doing things they never said they would do.  

    And if people are going to attack someone, attack the ones who made those promises but can’t make good on them, not the people who never promised those things. 

  10. 1 minute ago, JayOzOne said:

    Only a fool doesn't understand that representative democracy is a numbers game. People promise to fight for their priorities but I don't recall anybody guaranteeing passage. "Send me to Washington if you want better health care" is not the same as "Send me to Washington and I'll make sure you get better health care". It's a fine line between the two but most voters understand that they need cooperating partners to get anything done.

    Right, but people in this thread are acting like it’s some kind of massive betrayal that Biden isn’t passing everything on the Progressive wish list when the reality is that, first, Biden never promised those things (e.g., “nationalize Medicaid”, whatever that means), and second, there are Democrats who strongly oppose some of those policies and they have a vote just like every other member of Congress.  My problem is that people are attacking Biden and others based on completely unreasonable and unrealistic standards that no other politician has been held to in the past.  It’s ridiculous.  

  11. 1 minute ago, bdog 29 said:

    I'm usually with you but lets be real Biden may not have promised these things but prominent Dems did and it seemed the party as a whole was on board with a lot of it.

    The most obvious example is the $50K in student loans forgiven immediately. Chuck Schumer, the majority leader of the Senate, had a ******* press conference on it. I don't even necessarily agree with doing it that way and I get that it put Biden in a bad situation but the fact that they made such a huge deal about it and there seems to be no movement is a terrible look.

    Say what you will about Trump and his ilk but they tried to do every stupid campaign promise they said, consequences be ****ed. Dems can't go around throwing all of these promises out there and be mad when people expect them to at least try.

    Then progressives need to stop making promises they can’t keep.  Or at least people need to direct their anger at the progressives instead of people who never made those promises.  

    And I’m not directing this at you, but think about what kind of absolute ****ed up situation that creates.  Biden runs on his platform and wins.  But a handful of progressives come out and promise things well beyond that.  Suddenly Biden is expected to make good on the progressive promises even though moderate Dems aren’t on board and will oppose it.  Then people start attacking Biden and “Democrats” for not making good on the promises that progressives made without consulting with Biden.

    That’s ****ed up in ways that are hard to put into words.  It’s not “Dems” throwing around all fo these promises.  It’s progressives and for some reason people aren’t angry at the progressives for not making good on their own gotdam promises.

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