Friday, February 16, 2018

Professional Left Podcast #428

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-- President Puppet
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Strider said...

I'm glad you post links for merch but how about also posting links for all the stories/information to which you refer?

dinthebeast said...

About the whole "mass shooters are domestic abusers a lot of the time" thing: here in California we have a law that says domestic abusers not only can't buy new guns, but actually confiscates the existing guns they have. Last I checked, it had confiscated over 4,000 guns and tens of thousands of rounds of ammo. There are problems with the funding, and with the who, how, and when of getting one's name off of the list after compliance with court imposed guidelines, but that is to be expected with any such legislation.
But god damn it, we did something.
It's really depressing when just having done anything at all is such an anomaly, but ya gotta take the first step if you want to get anywhere.
Thank you again for the dose of sanity- the trolls have really been on a tear this week, and I can only whack so many of them in any given day.

-Doug in Oakland

VonWenk said...

I'm a little disappointed you didn't bring up the WGN anchor who made the gingoistic comment an Iranian fashion blogger she was interviewing, since I saw the story on Crooks & Liars and it was in Illinois.

trgahan said...

Regarding Republican attacks on social services/welfare what is important to remember:

While everything you say is true, Republicans are also trying to make losing a job an as immediate and hard fall out of one's social/economical class as they can. This was the "Fear of The Sack" argument that politically derailed the U.S. from getting the same social programs western European nations got after WW2.

First, their crackpot billionaire backers (like their current President) jerk off to the idea of being able to utterly ruin an employee who crosses them much less those who try to unionize, whistle blow, or think it was sexual harassment, simply by signing a pink slip.

Second, a lot of the Success Principal-believing Working Professional/Middle Management types I interact with don't have a misanthropic hatred for the poor, but they have a bone deep knowledge that one bad day, week, month, or year and they are standing right next to that person regardless of anything they've achieved to that point.

The end result, a supervisory and managerial workforce focused on corporate compliance that will NEVER dare blame the C-Suite for fucking them over as well year after year.