You’re not gonna like this. But hear me out.

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(Image/New York Times)

It took me a long time to accept this as well, but I believe it’s what needs to happen so we can truly move forward as a country and act as an actual United States of America.

Here goes: After the election, after Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are safely installed and the Trump nightmare comes to an end, we have to figure out a way to work with his supporters. We can’t let them fall back into the cracks, stewing in their anger, resentment and racism. We can’t simply ignore them and pretend they don’t exist. Because they do exist, and their children and grandchildren exist, and if we simply look the other way like we’ve done in the past, the same thing will happen again. And again. …

Without the overwhelming amount of unhackable mail-in ballots, Trump would have likely won a second term

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Source: https://unsplash.com/photos/Y2Vxsb75RVo

In 2016, after Trump’s shocking and surprising victory, everyone in the media decided to lay the blame on the polls.

Four years later, when the same thing happened, they made the same argument — all the polls were wrong. Again.

In truth, the only discrepancy between the polls and how people actually voted occurred with in-person voting. If you compare them to mail-in ballots they match up perfectly.

Why? What’s the difference between a mail-in ballot and voting in person?

Mail-in ballots can’t be hacked.

The fact of the matter is that Republicans don’t play fair. They do this both overtly (gerrymandering, limiting ballot drop-offs, kneecapping the USPS, misleading robocalls) and covertly (unsecured voting machines with no paper trail). …

In a “new normal” world, Taiwan stands alone for its utter normalcy

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Source: Foreign Policy (foreignpolicy.com)

Do you remember what it’s like to eat out at restaurants? To hang out at bars and clubs? To work in an office? To send your kids to school? To go to concerts, sporting events, birthday parties and weddings? In short, to live your life without having to worry about a deadly disease?

For people in Taiwan, it’s not anything they need to remember; it’s always been this way. They recently celebrated 200 days without a local transmitted case of Covid-19. And even before that milestone, life never really changed all that much. …

Nobody does self-sabotage better than Democrats

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Source: https://unsplash.com/photos/xrzmUBQ0psU

The calls are coming from inside the House.

Democrats and Progressives — God love ’em — are famously known for shooting themselves in the foot. Even before Biden was named the winner, fights broke out on Twitter and other places, criticizing Biden and Harris for not winning by a bigger margin, for our disappointing showing in down-ballot races, and for having the audacity to accept Republican endorsements and to work with them to defeat Trump.

As we prepare to embark on a new and exciting chapter in American history, made possible by our decisive and resounding triumph, there are already those among us trying to sabotage the moment. …

Hint: It’s based on their own self-interest

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Source: The Daily Beast

By all accounts Biden has already won the election. So why won’t the media call it? Here’s why.

Reason Number One: Ratings

As soon as they call it they know we’ll immediately turn off the TV, disconnect from social media, stop endlessly doom- scrolling and get back to our lives (plus get some much-needed rest). In short, their ratings will plummet, so they’re trying to milk this for all it’s worth.

This is why non-televised sources like Decision Desk, Business Insider and others have already called it for Biden.

Reason Number Two: Fear

In every other election, even as recently as 2016, if one of the candidates had this much of an advantage they would have already been named President-Elect. In this instance the media is treating Trump and the republicans just as they always have — with kid gloves, trepidation and outright fear. …

Democracy is not a spectator sport

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Source: https://www.mnartists.org/artwork/2nd-american-civil-war

Under normal circumstances, in an actual democracy with actually decent and reputable people in command, Biden would easily win the election and that would be that. But we don’t live under normal circumstances, and we certainly aren’t being governed by decent and reputable people.

Therefore, it’s up to us to help ensure that there is not only a peaceful transition of power, but that the rightful person wins the election. And the only rightful person is Joe Biden. Trump knows it. The republicans know it. Putin knows it. So they’re doing everything humanly possible to make sure this doesn’t happen. …

(Serious question)

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(Source: Rolling Stone)

I’m really curious what people think about this. I’m assuming the answer is yes, but I’m really not sure. However, I would like to believe that if a common threat was impacting humanity’s survival, we would all work together to thwart it.

Now, assuming this is the case, why wouldn’t we work together to solve other issues that are equally detrimental to the planet? Things like climate change and COVID? Why, instead of combining forces and attacking the source, do we attack each other? I believe the answer is because of yet another common enemy, which is big business.

Before you flip your wig, I’m not a socialist or anti-capitalist or anti- anything related to money. Money is good, entrepreneurship is good, and anyone who tells you otherwise can f*ck right off. …

Satire

Willing to part with it for a cool million OBO

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Source: Floss & Rock / eBay

Yes you heard me correctly: I have Hunter Biden’s diary.

Don’t ask me how I got it.

Okay, you can ask, but I won’t tell you.

Okay fine. I got it because I run a small, mom-and-pop diary repair store, and one day a man came in with a broken diary.

Who was this man?

None other than Hunter Biden.

How do I know this?

Because his NAME was written on the inside of the diary. He also paid by check.

Now, normally what we do is simply repair the diary, no questions asked, and then return it, good as new. …

It’s not how you think

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Source: The Guardian

Whether you think you can or think you can’t you’re right.

— Henry Ford

It’s been said by many folks in history, everyone from successful entrepreneurs to spiritual teachers to quantum physicists, that we have more power than we realize. Instead of just randomly ambling through time and space, much of what occurs (or everything that occurs, according to some) is completely dependent on what we allow to happen.

In other words, thoughts have power.

So if you are predominantly thinking about good things happening, this will be reflected in your life experience. …

The candidates, both vying to be the next Governor of Utah, praise unity over division

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Source: Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox / Twitter

In something of a watershed moment in present day politics, Chris Peterson, a law professor and Democrat, and Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox, a Republican, have created a joint ad that promotes civility and unity, rather than division and hate.

We can disagree without hating each other — Spencer Cox

Our common values transcend our political differences and the strength of our nation rests on our ability to see that — Chris Peterson

Not only has this never been done before, it’s almost unheard of to see it happen NOW, amidst the most polarizing and divisive political climate this country has ever witnessed. On one hand I think it’s absolutely phenomenal, and I wish we saw more of it. …

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