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Welcome to my leftist podcast, where we spend 2 hours talking about US electoral politics and mentioning every 15 minutes that electoralism is pointless

(I'd still support this even if it didn't end up saving money, though)

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The first thing I was taught in my high school economics class was "There's no such thing as a free lunch." Pure ideology and a total lie. Social programs save money by helping people.

uspol, voting assistance info 

If you have any questions about your voting rights, this is a good place to start:

they also have a hotline, which might be a good thing to save into your phone, if you plan to vote in person:

866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)

Never leave a polling place without either voting, or calling for help if you are denied or hassled. No matter what.

Please boost. I'll be reposting this, too.

They say time is a flat circle. You know what else is a flat circle? Every circle. All circles are flat. If it's not flat, it's not a circle.

This is a recurring thing, too. My subscription lapsed from earlier, and it took like 10 tries to sign up then.

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9/11, US imperialism 

9/11 is coming up, which means i'm legally obligated to point out 9/11 here in chile is a different tragedy & also important

the 11th of september is when the chilean right wing (funded by the US gov.) bombed our gov. building, killed our democratically elected socialist president, gutted the welfare state & enacted martial law

followed by 17 years of a violent fascist dictatorship in which at least 3k people died, 40k were victimized and half of the country was traumatized

reading 1491 

Maize can’t reproduce itself, because its kernels are securely wrapped in the husk, so Indians must have developed it from some other species. But there are no wild species that resemble maize. Its closest genetic relative is a mountain grass called teosinte that looks strikingly different—for one thing, its “ears” are smaller than the baby corn served in Chinese restaurants. No one eats teosinte, because it produces too little grain to be worth harvesting. In creating modern maize from this unpromising plant, Indians performed a feat so improbable that archaeologists and biologists have argued for decades over how it was achieved.

Anyway, if you're lucky enough to have an 8 hour workday and a weekend, thank a union member. Regardless, remember the people who fought for democracy in the workplace and were often maimed and murdered for it.

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Like, in An American Tail, when the Mousekewitzes are singing "there are no cats in America," the cats they are fleeing are those same Cossacks (actually cats that belong to the Cossacks). Of course, being based on Russian Jews, they were specifically fleeing pogroms.

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Happy Labor Day!

Something that's been clunking around in my head lately is the 1906 Windber, PA Strike. In particular people who flew from persecution by the Russian Tsarist Cossacks only to find here in the US the Pennsylvania State Police were essentially the same thing, even down to being mounted on horseback. They literally called them Cossacks.

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