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Community Spotlight: Nelson Mandela, John Waters and the street that is less (angry) traveled

That The rules of the road (ROTR) calls for fair fights and factual arguments and warns against bigoted language, calls for violence and personal threats. Like any other person, I have thoughts of violent retribution and complacent consent when idiots learn the consequences of their actions.

Brillig and I confessed our unpleasant thoughts in the secret hiding place of the Rescue Rangers last week when we saved a story from GrafZeppelin127, "Mutuality and false equivalence infect a teenager's mind. " “I'm so sick of illogical, cruel 'thinking'. I put that in quotation marks because it's really not thinking, it's burping and reacting, ”I groaned.

"I agree," regretted Brillig. “I work hard not to get crueler in my thinking about others in response to how awful people seem to be. I am so tired of knowing that there is a way out of many of the problems we face if people would just THINK. "

This week's news of Senator Lindsey Graham's coronavirus diagnosis further strained my self-control. I had disturbingly hideous thoughts that, if verbalized, would violate the ROTR, so I particularly appreciated Alonso del Arte's introduction to his popular story about Graham's positive test: “I'm not exactly sure how to feel about it. Remember, for all his many, many bad qualities, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) is not an anti-vaccine idiot like too many of his Republican counterparts. "

By recognizing that we are celebrating Graham's Comeuppance and setting aside the indignation with a factual reminder, he is setting a tone that encourages thoughtful responses like this one comment from inkstainedwretch: “When I saw the headline for this diary, I thought, 'Good. One of the rat bastards got it instead of someone living in a red state or district. ”Then I got angry at the Republicans for making me so angry that I had this reaction. I don't want EVERY person to see this, but I certainly wish the infections caught by innocent bystanders had gone to the anti-Vaxxers instead. "

I am at a loss, claims Flyboy254 in a story high on the trending list as I write this. “I can't be the only one tired of trying to treat these people as rational. That people who refuse to live in objective reality can somehow have a say in how we should run this country. "

My frustration with people who deny science, civil rights – even democracy itself – is angry, but anger can turn into a bitterness that stifles meaningful action. So, I’m having trouble, Nelson Mandelas. to accept Understand: "As I walked out the door to the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew that if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I would still be in prison."

I want to be informed about current events, including outrage, and I appreciate the confirmation that others share my opinion. However, I don't want my outrage and anger to be fueled by yours, as both add to the hatred in our lives (thank you, ROTR).

It is easier to leave hatred behind when you are not caught up in situations with angry people. I am grateful to have the luxury of taking John Waters' advice since it launched in 2015 speech at Rhode Island School of Design. "I'm rich! I don't mean the money. I mean, I've figured out how at no point in my personal and professional life can I be with assholes. That is rich. And not being with assholes should be the goal from every graduate here today. "

The advice from Waters implies that we need to work on not being the assholes ourselves. How could we achieve this in the face of so much provocation? Are you following the instructions from Mandela or Waters? How do you avoid the hatred in our lives from getting worse?

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Six Saved Stories from Friday, July 30, 1:00 p.m. PDT, TO FRIDAY, AUGUST 6, 2021, 1:00 p.m. PDT

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Finally, vaccination requirements from Stonehenge (2006-339-13)

"Right now we don't have the time to get vaccine holdouts to get vaccinated." As the headline suggests, this story describes why mandates are needed, where they were introduced in the US, and what specific requirements they meet.

From carrot cake, America Firsters, and the Transylvania University soccer team from LadyJeand (2014-142-14)

“We were the little heroes. True heirs of our ancestors who sacrificed to win the war and defeat fascism. "How are the COVID-19" sacrifices "we made compared to the victims of the WWII generation who went on Had to forego sugar and endure the rationing of all necessities?

Bookchat: Buy Bertrand Russell on his way to Japan from ArkDem14 (2006-183-17)

The author reflects on the past four years and ethics, following the example of Russell's Pulitzer-winning philosophy book, but more vivid than it. "Reading Russell helped me piece together a broken sense of ought on how to deal with fake news and Trumpism."

The buzz about public banks: panacea for economic justice or progressive dreams from ErinMcClelland (2021-2-2)

The Bank of North Dakota, a public bank founded in 1919 to help farmers, shows that banking doesn't have to be a for-profit endeavor. However, the barriers to creating more public banks are nearly insurmountable, and the current public bank creation legislation, sponsored by MPs Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib, does not properly address the issue.

Dear Florida … from irishgurl (2016-3-1)

A Florida lover and frequent vacationer there says goodbye when the adverse effects of COVID-19 cases and climate abuse outweigh the attractions. “Swimming with dead manatees and grilled seafood has to stop. Watching the sunset over the red tide in the Gulf is unacceptable! To be exposed to a rampant deadly virus deliberately eaten on your unvaccinated population for political reasons: incredibly insane.

58 years later, NASCAR is doing a racist injustice to the only black driver to win a top series race from Quaoar (205-820-?)

In the era before electronic scoring “it was more difficult to keep track of which drivers were still in the lead”. It was also easier to be dishonest than to watch a black man kiss the white woman who was handing out the trophy, as was traditional. When Wendell Scott, the sport's only black driver, apparently won a race in Jacksonville, Florida, NASCAR officials lied. Now they are trying to make amends.

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