It may be on its last gasps, but thank god it's not quite dead yet.
And yes, even if you called before - call again.
It's truly a nightmare. Everyone needs to call their Senator - Democratic or Republican. morgandawn has been posting calling scripts and other details here (for people with Dem senators specifically) and here (for everyone).
I know calls can be difficult for some people, so if you're only capable of emailing that's better than silence, but in general, people with knowledge of Congress say that the impact of emails is limited and calls have a much much better chance of getting politicians' attention. So calls are preferred if you can manage them at all.
It's being done with no hearings, no real analysis, which is why the healthcare industry is opposed - but they're doing it anyway.
So, you know. Call your senators and pray.
And all I could think were the lyrics to Sweeney Todd's "Epiphany." ("We all deserve to die!") Because seriously, what a fucking world we've built.
If there's one good thing to come out of Trump's election, it's that the US will permanently lose its status as world leader. Because no one should be looking to us for guidance.
Her office apparently is telling people that if you oppose ACA repeal, there are 5 GOP Senators who have expressed the most doubt. Especially if you live in their states (and possibly even if you don't?), it's most helpful to call these people:
Senator Bob Corker – (202) 224-3344
Senator Lisa Murkowski – (202) 224-6665
Senator Rob Portman – (202) 224-3353
Senator Susan Collins – (202) 224-2523
Senator Bill Cassidy – (202) 224-5824
I love the crafts aspect. I know nothing about fashion, but it's still fun to see what people come up with, and to have my own opinions on the aesthetics even if they differ from the judges' opinions. The episodes I saw also were relatively inclusive, in that they featured designers and judges of a mix of genders, orientations, races, and nationalities. I like that a lot.
But it really bothers me that there's an unstated presumption that fashion is for women - because women are decorative. (Have there been challenges involving male designs? It wouldn't surprise me, but the default, to the point where it's entirely unstated, is women). And that leads to this unfortunate dynamic where women models - called "girls" by everyone involved - are treated as furniture. It's the same models throughout the competition, and they never speak, I don't even know if we learn their names. They may as well be mannequins, and it's hard to watch the models sitting silently while everyone else around them comments on their hair, their makeup, and basically treats them as semi-sentient hangers.
We're doomed because the Democrats are staggeringly weak-willed. Donald Trump is a cartoon villain who is rising to power on the back of a foreign dictator who attacked our electoral process, who is appointing comical, mustache-twirling villains to his cabinet posts, and the Democrats are fucking silent. In some cases, people call their congresspeople and are told directly, hey, we're in the minority, nothing we can do.
Yes, there is - you can insist on loudly, publicly resisting, at every opportunity, as a unified wall, reminding everyone that Dems won popular vote (and the most Senate votes), Trump's entirely illegitimate, etc. Keep the Republicans constantly on the defensive, file court challenges to gum up everything Trump wants to do including getting the election results certified - make it difficult to impossible for Trump to do anything because his administration is mired in ongoing disputes. That's what the GOP fucking did to Obama and he won the popular vote, decisively - the reason Trump has so many judicial spots available to him is because the GOP refused to let Obama govern.
But ... fucking crickets, man. If Democrats can't find a way to fight this fundamental threat to America, they are useless.
All I see are rumblings about 2020. 2020? Are you kidding? There aren't going to be elections in 2020. Trump hasn't even gotten into office and he's already threatening to eliminate early voting. Once we have the next terrorist attack on US soil - and that's inevitable, and it'll come under the Trump administration - this country will be locked down like a damn prison. And it's like the Dems can't, or won't, see it.
Here’s what you don’t want to do late on a Sunday night. You do not want to type seven letters into Google. That’s all I did. I typed: “a-r-e”. And then “j-e-w-s”. Since 2008, Google has attempted to predict what question you might be asking and offers you a choice. And this is what it did. It offered me a choice of potential questions it thought I might want to ask: “are jews a race?”, “are jews white?”, “are jews christians?”, and finally, “are jews evil?”
Are Jews evil? It’s not a question I’ve ever thought of asking. I hadn’t gone looking for it. But there it was. I press enter. A page of results appears. This was Google’s question. And this was Google’s answer: Jews are evil. Because there, on my screen, was the proof: an entire page of results, nine out of 10 of which “confirm” this....
Every time someone likes one of these posts on Facebook or visits one of these websites, the scripts are then following you around the web. And this enables data-mining and influencing companies like Cambridge Analytica to precisely target individuals, to follow them around the web, and to send them highly personalised political messages. This is a propaganda machine. It’s targeting people individually to recruit them to an idea. It’s a level of social engineering that I’ve never seen before. They’re capturing people and then keeping them on an emotional leash and never letting them go.”
Cambridge Analytica, an American-owned company based in London, was employed by both the Vote Leave campaign and the Trump campaign....
Steve Bannon, founder of Breitbart News and the newly appointed chief strategist to Trump, is on Cambridge Analytica’s board and it has emerged that the company is in talks to undertake political messaging work for the Trump administration. It claims to have built psychological profiles using 5,000 separate pieces of data on 220 million American voters.