@mastermario If they volunteer for it, sure, but locking someone up, and forcing them to work, even if it improves someone’s community, is wrong. The thirteenth amendment specifically allows prisoners to be enslaved, which is pretty screwed up.
@stuckmtb I am still patiently awaiting state charges to nail him and the deplorable family and friends of his to the wall, but eventually I fear I am going to need to stop holding my breath. I am hoping for the best, but not expecting it.
@dipodomysdeserti If only it was enough to compensate for what has happened to wages vs cost of living factors over the past 50 years. Now we are getting inflation, as the entitlement class/1% isn't going to let wages harm their bottom line. Indeed, as long as the masses have one of their chosen opiates, nothing is going to happen.
@dipodomysdeserti There aren't many countries that will accept prisoners from Guantanamo. Their home countries are concerned that, even if they were completely innocent when taken to Guantanamo, they might have been radicalized while there. I can understand that view. If you want somebody to build a hatred for America, kidnap them and throw them in a hell-hole of a prison for 15 years without any chance of getting a trial. There are a few third-countries that might accept the releases, but there is a lot of diplomatic work to send people there. Obama was able to finish some of that diplomatic work, but it wasn't done by 2017 and Trump burned those bridges.
@carsoffortlangley It is 'news' to many though. Hell, there were kids going to residential schools when I was in school. I'd never even heard of it until I was an adult. Definitely wasn't taught anything in school.
Interesting topic. It's pretty much the definition of government policy. So, we need to move it to Oppolitics, where you might actually get more participation, since it won't fall down the list as quickly.
@davesaddiction I don’t think we’ve ever had any decency. You mention the founding fathers (slave owners). Aaron Burr smoked Hamilton. Brooks beat the ever loving shit out of Sumner. We killed off most of the natives in the 19th century. Everyone was a racist through most of the 20th century. The 90s was probably the most chill primarily because rich white people just completely ignored everyone else (urban areas went to complete shit). In the ‘00s everyone who didn’t go along was a terrorist. Everyone was triggered in the ‘10s, and now everyone is afraid of getting sick.
@carsoffortlangley In Scottsdale developers were getting grants to build housing in “low income areas”. They built luxury condos right around Old Town which is all bars and hotels for tourists and rich college kids. They did the same thing in Tempe near ASU.
@davesaddiction In my eyes, neither of them are the "far left" from anything but a mainstream American (read: center right) perspective, and neither of them have a real chance of reaching the highest office. They'd both be considered mainstream in most other first world locations - I'd like to see someone who supports single payer, an end to the trickle down failure, and reigning in of the praetorian-industrial nightmare - all at once. It seems anyone to the left of Genghis Khan is a godless pink commie capitalist-hating agitator in the modern American political spectrum. Hell, Nixon is closer to modern day Ds than he is to the GQP.
I definitely agree re: the Bernie mistreatment, but I also don't believe he would have fared better than Hillary even if he had got the nod, he's a pretty divisive figure as well (he just doesn't have emails that we know of).
Back to the original issue, none of them are free from some kind of racist problem, the difference is one side has it mostly in the past and doesn't use it to help themselves today, the other uses it as dogwhistles to incite a loud part of the base in 2021.
@taylor-martin The General's comments are so spot on. What's so bad about learning and understanding? If that learning and understanding starts to undermine your overall worldview... well, maybe you should consider changing it.
@forsweden I've lived in two towns adjacent to Weston, so I've seen a bunch of those signs, though fewer more recently. In any event, I'm strongly in favor of relaxing zoning, especially near the commuter rail stops in Weston. Here in Waltham we are seeing a bunch of single family lots redeveloped as duplexes, which I guess is good (except for the fact duplexes are ugly), but I can't help feel that it would be better if townhomes were going up instead, or even apartments if they joined multiple lots.
Meanwhile there are people on the local news website gleefully celebrating that our FRA Quiet Zone got revoked and that people (like me) living in new apartment buildings in downtown Waltham have to live with train horns all the time despite the fact it's really not that bad, and tons of non apartments get to hear it too. They just want apartment dwellers to suffer though.