The Good, The Bad, The Unqualified: Jill Stein 2/2

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Continued from part 1

Supposing for a moment Jill Stein defied all political expectations and actually was elected as the first woman president, would she be prepared for the job? What is her political experience that makes her qualified to lead the nation’s armies and economy?

Um, she was a doctor and a professor at Harvard Medical. Not really legislative or executive experience, is that? She has no economic plan with numbers and her “platform” on domestic policy is full of nice ideas with no steps to achieve them like “end homophobia”.

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The Good, The Bad, The Unqualified: Jill Stein 1/2

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This November, the United States will holds its general presidential election, where registered voters will choose the next president, and fill many other political offices. While there are a few third party candidates running for the highest office in the land, they won’t win. The president is not a popularly elected position, and they are not that popular.

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Kindness and Boundaries

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I write regularly about the importance of showing kindness to cult members, so they will know the outside world can be kind. I have written abut having compassion for them as victims of abuse. But I want to be clear, shoeing compassion and kindness does not mean accepting mistreatment.

You are allowed to have boundaries, regardless of what the person next to you is going through. You deserve kindness and compassion too. If someone is violating your boundaries, you’re allowed to avoid them. Social kindness can mean voting for increased social spending,  not necessarily taking people into your own home. Continue reading Kindness and Boundaries

Cult Weirdos

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This family left the FLDS cult where strict gender roles extended to fashion rules

Cult members act strangely. They may dress in last century’s fashions, use cult speak, or have unusual superstitions. Some of the ways they are atypical are shared by non-cultic members of minority religions, such as Judaism or Islam in the US; both such groups may abstain from culturally common food and drink, for example. But in cults, which can be ostensibly Jewish or Muslim or secular or anything else, these intentional differences from the surrounding culture are likely to be all encompassing.

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Politics and Voting

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About 30% of registered US voters are Republicans. Another 30% are members of the Democratic Party. The remaining 40% are who each team has to win over to get their candidates in office.That 40% isn’t made of one political stance. It includes socialists, libertarians, “sovereign citizens”, and more.

I wish my off brand political flavor was popular enough to take on the two major parties. I wish battling kyriarchy was a party platform. I wish voting third party didn’t mean throwing a vote down a well. But that’s the current situation. Continue reading Politics and Voting

That Don’t Make Sense

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In the United States we have a penchant for nonsense. We have solutions begging for problems, while problems go unsolved. And we often punish, blame, or control one group based on the actions of another. Want some examples? Okay. 

Disability benefits are not high enough to live on. $750 a month in 2016 won’t even pay rent in most of the country, but its what disability benefit recipients are supposed to pay for all their needs with. Every utility, every item of clothing, every uncovered medication. It’s nowhere near enough. It’s no surprise that 40% of American homeless are disabled, nor that disabled adults face far greater rates of domestic violence than abled ones. Independent living is largely unaffordable. I rely on blog subscriptions to meet my basic needs while staying safe from abuse (so become a patron already!)

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Monday Movie Review: From Prada to Nada

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From Prada to Nada is a modern adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility” with a Mexican-American twist. Sisters Nora (Camilla Belle) and Mary (Alex Peña Vega) Dominguez lived a charmed life in Beverly Hills until their father’s sudden death leaves them penniless. The two girls move in with an unfamiliar aunt in the barrio of East LA.

The movie is about equal parts nod to Jane Austen and celebration of Mexican culture. The traditional story of riches to rags, and learning to cope in a drastically new environment, is infused with a storyline of younger sister Mary learning to embrace the heritage she has long rejected.

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