Brexit

Jun. 24th, 2016 02:15 am
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Between the polling failures and the nationalism on display, I am afraid that the Brexit vote could be the canary in the coal mine for what's going to happen to the US in November.
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Trump's latest is to send out a fundraising email promising to match donations - up to a $2 million cap. Josh Marshall at TPM says the fact that the cap is so low proves that he's broke; a real billionaire would donate much more.

I'll go further. There will be snowballs in hell before Trump puts in cash at all - he'll "match" with "donations" of products and services from his own companies, or maybe by having his companies "supply" things at cost, and he'll call that matching.

Taking bets now...
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Two quick points:

First, of course Sanders isn't being considered as a VP candidate for Clinton, come the fuck on. Leaving aside everything else, she's nearly 70 years old. The main job of a VP is to be alive, and Sanders is 74.

Second, I hope to God Warren isn't seriously being considered as VP. Why? I love Warren like burning, which is why I don't want to see her neutered by being pulled out of a position where she has real influence into a position where she has none. And if Trump really is so toxic that he allows Democrats to make real strides in retaking Congress, I particularly want Warren to stay right where she is.
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10th Circuit: Kansas Can't Block Voters From Casting Ballots

But seriously I can totally see the history being written where fascism comes to the US and democracy is destroyed in part because of Republican voter suppression, which allowed Donald Trump to be elected president.
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It's awesome to know that a progressive woman of color will be replacing Barbara Boxer in the Senate.

I'm sure if I were a Calif resident I might have strong feelings about preferring one to the other - from outside the state, I just admire Kamala Harris, who has a national reputation - but generally it's pretty cool either way.
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Bosses Turn to Loans to Help Employees
Pam Dimitro, the controller at JNET Communications LLC, realized employees were often turning to payday lenders or high-interest credit cards in a financial pinch.

So the Warren, N.J., employer of call-center workers and cable installers began offering employees a new benefit: low-interest loans to help pay for things such as car repairs and health expenses.

Worried about their financially strapped workforce, a handful of companies are stepping in to offer employees alternatives to payday loans and other expensive financial products.
It sounds benign, but it seems like a way of exploiting the already low-salaries - they leave employees strapped for cash, and then step in to earn interest payments from the employees' need for loans.
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The Murder Ballads (78499 words) by WeAreWolves
Chapters: 22/22
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America (Movies), The Avengers (Marvel Movies)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanova, Natasha Romanov, Sam Wilson (Marvel), Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, Clint Barton, Timothy "Dum Dum" Dugan, Jim Morita, Howling Commandos
Additional Tags: Unrepentant Bucky, Angst, Murder, Tony Hates Feelings, Natasha Romanov Knows Everything, Post-Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Lust, Torches Carried, Eventual Smut, Rogue Bucky, Post-Trauma, Revenge, Competence Kink, Weapons Kink, Blood and Violence, Guest Stars, BAMF!Bucky, Ballet!Bucky
Series: Part 1 of The Murder Ballads
Summary:

Something wicked is coming for Steve Rogers. Luckily for him, something even more wicked stands in its way: the unrepentant, unbroken Bucky Barnes.

A murder-mystery/action thriller with violence, magic, and several big MCU guest stars.



I know how I missed it, actually - I started reading when it was first posted, and got the (incorrect) impression that it's Dark!Bucky or Evil!Bucky, and it isn't, really - but it is a fabulous BAMF!Bucky.
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Most start up businesses that receive venture capital are run by men; but when women run the start up, they receive 77 cents for every dollar that men receive.
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Well, one good thing to come out of it - I like Charles and Erik much better after this movie than I did after DOFP, where I found them both so unpleasant that it killed my 'ship. I even may feel 'ship kindlings again.

This movie is odd in that, like, 90% of it is set-up - just, a terrific amount of character introduction and build. Which is sort of an awkward structure, but it also means that unlike most superhero movies, there isn't a fight sequence every 20 minutes - there's, like, dialogue instead. Which I vastly prefer. (Except for the fact that there was a guy in front of me who actually fell asleep and snored loudly throughout the movie, and I kept praying for a loud fight sequence to wake him up.)

Generally speaking, I found it pretty enjoyable. Pietro was the best part, actually, just the way he was in DOFP, and Fassbender was almost criminally attractive. Charles functioned as a classic damsel-in-distress for a little while, and that pleased me.

I don't have a lot of other deep thoughts, but my biggest complaints

Spoilers, but not huge ones )

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