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Very thoughtful essay: "Ahmaud Arbery Holds Us Accountable"

Ahmaud Arbery Holds Us Accountable
by Jim Barger, Jr.

Nobody belonged to the salt marshes of coastal Georgia more than Ahmaud Arbery. His family’s roots there run more than 200 years deep. A native of those same marshes writes about who Ahmaud was, how well he was loved, and what his community must reckon with in the wake of his murder.

On Sunday morning February 23, 2020, I walked into darkness to the creek behind my home to watch the daybreak, new in all its glory. It’s a habit of mine. The sun rose in streaks of color over the vast spartina marshes somewhere beyond the distant waves, lapping the shores of this barrier island deep in the recess of the Georgia bight where I was raised, where my wife was raised, where her people have been raised for generations as far back as folks can remember — where together we are raising our two young sons. The tide was coming in at that golden hour, creeping across the fecund mud flats, sending fiddler crabs scurrying for cover. By the time Ahmaud Arbery had been murdered on a mainland street that afternoon at the southern end of our county, the tide had fallen again. Our dramatic tidal changes are shocking to those who aren’t accustomed to them. The murky saline water ebbs and flows, rising and falling, pulsing with the ancient rhythms of the moon.

Ahmaud Arbery was from here. He descended from one of the oldest families in coastal Georgia, one of the oldest families in America for that matter. I know his relatives, personally, and I know their history. As we say in the South, “I know his people.”

More: https://bittersoutherner.com/2020/ahmaud-arbery-holds-us-accountable

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About the Bitter Southerner:
"After the 2016 presidential election, we promised to go deeper in our coverage, to call out those who would deny the rights of — or commit violence against — anyone they see as “the other.” We pledged to raise hell on the folks who deserve it, and at the same time to try our best to understand our region better, even if that means confronting the distasteful. But the essence of The Bitter Southerner remains exactly as we put it that August night in 2013:

If you are a person who buys the states’ rights argument … or you fly the rebel flag in your front yard … or you still think women look really nice in hoop skirts, we politely suggest you find other amusements on the web. The Bitter Southerner is not for you. The Bitter Southerner is for the rest of us. It is about the South that the rest of us know: the one we live in today and the one we hope to create in the future."

https://bittersoutherner.com/we-are-bitter
Posted by Alex4Martinez | Fri May 15, 2020, 09:13 AM (0 replies)

Fuck yeah! I would work with THIS Miami realtor in a heartbeat. Epic rant about wearing masks.

She's on a roll, I love her!

https://twitter.com/i/status/1259445154882125825
Posted by Alex4Martinez | Sun May 10, 2020, 11:05 PM (11 replies)

PSA: I was tested yesterday for Covid-19, results returned this today are negative, I'm virus free.

Virus free for now, at least. Kiss me!

Now the PSA part:

The nasal swab test is not 100% reliable (they have to tell you that) but only shows active infection.

The antibody test type would show if you had a past infection, symptomatic or not.

One really needs both tests as neither one provides the full picture.

Accordingly, if we want to treat this seriously, we need to provide both forms of testing to all citizens, starting with first responders and medical staff, then moving quickly toward essential public services staff like teachers and care providers, and down the line. We should have been doing this from the beginning.





I was tested as a member of a risk category, age and medical history.
Stay well, stay in, but stay politically active.
Oh, and get out the damned vote.

Posted by Alex4Martinez | Sun May 10, 2020, 12:06 PM (9 replies)

Costco has a new mask required policy. Sharon is not pleased. Costco responds. (updated)

Update: appears to have been created for entertainment purposes per Snopes. I still think it's good for a smile.

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Well played, Costco. Well played.

Posted by Alex4Martinez | Fri May 8, 2020, 01:00 PM (37 replies)

New Title IX regulations no longer require coaches to report sexual misconduct

This is on Trump. Fuck.

New Title IX regulations no longer require coaches to report sexual misconduct



Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education, released new federal regulations that no longer require coaches to report sexual misconduct.

The U.S. Department of Education, led by education secretary Betsy DeVos, announced new Title IX federal regulations that change requirements on who must report sexual assault allegations and how institutions respond to those complaints.

The adjustments, outlined in a 2,033-page document and set to go into effect Aug. 14, no longer require coaches and other employees at colleges and universities to report allegations to the Title IX office. They also give schools a choice in what standard of proof they’d like to follow, bolster protections for the accused and require live hearings and cross examinations.

https://sports.yahoo.com/new-title-ix-regulations-no-longer-require-coaches-to-report-sexual-misconduct-150637906.html
Posted by Alex4Martinez | Fri May 8, 2020, 10:22 AM (11 replies)

Dear Mike Pence (and Karen): Please shove your day of prayer right up your ass.

He's on live now, 1:50 pm Pacific Daylight.

Fuck you You fucked up piece of Trump asskissing fake Christian hypocrite.

Fuck you.

And you too Don and Ivanka, fuck you both.

Posted by Alex4Martinez | Thu May 7, 2020, 03:55 PM (4 replies)

Trump says doing too much coronavirus testing makes the US 'look bad' as he pushes for reopening

Fuckass shithead.

Trump says doing too much coronavirus testing makes the US 'look bad' as he pushes for the country to reopen



Though public health experts have consistently said the US needs to ramp up testing for coronavirus in order to contain and defeat it, President Donald Trump does not see it that way.

On Wednesday, Trump said that too much testing makes the US "look bad."

"So the media likes to say we have the most cases, but we do, by far, the most testing. If we did very little testing, we wouldn't have the most cases. So, in a way, by doing all of this testing, we make ourselves look bad," Trump said during a meeting with Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds.

https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-says-too-much-coronavirus-testing-makes-us-look-bad-2020-5
Posted by Alex4Martinez | Thu May 7, 2020, 11:37 AM (22 replies)

CDC and other documents related to K-12 school operations during Covid-19:

The CDC page:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/guidance-for-schools.html

School admins I work with refer to this page of resources for school admins:

https://connect.aasa.org/communities/community-home?CommunityKey=77b6b3e9-aa56-43d2-bbe3-df27ff284713

Thank you, all teachers!
Posted by Alex4Martinez | Thu May 7, 2020, 09:03 AM (4 replies)

Via Twitter: Powerful new Joe Biden Ad:

I have not seen it elsewhere.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1258143328580898819

Posted by Alex4Martinez | Wed May 6, 2020, 05:20 PM (7 replies)

You're going to love this fresh VP Joe Biden meme:



Posted by Alex4Martinez | Wed May 6, 2020, 11:04 AM (15 replies)
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