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Before I begin, Widdershins, I want to thank you for your patience. I know we have not been doing our usual posts recently. I hope more people will step up, as Fredster suggested, since there are now just two of us doing the writing (and thank heaven for DYB)! If you want to be added to the roster, feel free to DM me on Twitter or write me at madamab at gmail dot com.

After less than two months of the Biden-Harris presidency (and yes I said that deliberately), there’s an unfamiliar feeling that has started to settle over me.

It’s called peace. And it’s wonderful.

No more being surrounded by insanity, gaslighting and fascism all day, every day, from everywhere. That was taken care of by social media companies after 1/6, when they removed Der Drumpfenfuhrer from every social media platform. The difference was immediately, starkly noticeable.

Online misinformation about election fraud plunged 73 percent after several social media sites suspended President Donald Trump and key allies last week, research firm Zignal Labs has found, underscoring the power of tech companies to limit the falsehoods poisoning public debate when they act aggressively.

The new research by the San Francisco-based analytics firm reported that conversations about election fraud dropped from 2.5 million mentions to 688,000 mentions across several social media sites in the week after Trump was banned from Twitter.

Yes, the noise died down quite a lot when #TheFormerGuy was silenced. But that alone doesn’t give me peace. No, what gives me peace is that day after day, night after night, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, the Democrats in Congress and the Cabinet, and so many amazing volunteers, organizers and candidates throughout every state in the Union are working hard to make things better. We don’t just want things not to get worse – we want them to IMPROVE significantly. Turns out, if you elect Democrats, even with a razor-thin majority, that’s exactly the mission they will take on.

Hey Chuck! Nice job on that ARP. Give yourself a pat on the back!

Yes, it turns out that what this nation needed was a rare combination of empathy, experience, inclusivity and – not to put too fine a point on it – money. I think the American people, especially those who insisted that the answer to lifting people out of poverty was TOTALLY NOT CASH, are going to see how incredibly effective it is when the government gives suffering people a helping hand – especially when the government was a huge part of their suffering.

I used to wonder why people who leaned to the right were so against the government spending money to help the poor and middle class. Now I know; it’s not a devotion to some version of deficit hawkism – it’s Raygun’s welfare queen trope write large. Heaven forbid – money could actually go to Black people if we’re not careful! My stars, I can see Senator Graham clutching his pearls right now!

Well, Lady Lindsey might be using his couch to faint because the gummint is actually HELPING people instead of stealing their money and giving it to gross, fat, old, rich, white Republicans – but me? I’m lying on my couch in happy bliss. Because the people running the United States now are true public servants who are working hard, every day, to Build us Back Better. And isn’t that a wonderful feeling?

Open thread as always.

Nearly 1 million women have been forced out of work during the Pandemic

About how this pandemic is affecting their jobs.

The tumultuous year of 2020 may be over, but the coronavirus pandemic and the significant financial insecurity facing many women and their families are not. As the year closed out, the nation’s employment numbers for December revealed that the nonfarm payroll job losses for the month were entirely borne by women.2 This development, while unique to December, is emblematic of the disproportionate damage to women’s employment that occurred during the year: Women and their families, who were already treading water before the pandemic,3 are bearing the brunt of this crisis.

It was already tough in America for women. Our alleged “liberation” notwithstanding, we remain the primary caregivers for children (not to mention being the ones who bear those little bundles of joy for nine months!), aging relatives and ailing spouses, causing us to take significant breaks in our careers that diminish our lifetime wealth exponentially.

This wealth gap is not news, but because it’s “just women” and as you know, we always have to pretend there’s no systemic misogyny in this country, the issue has failed to garner the attention it deserved. (The last 10 years of Republican legislative dominance made things even worse.)

But now that the good guys are in charge, something may actually get done. There’s a lot of help and hope in the American Rescue Plan for women and children. Neera Tanden, President of the Center for American Progress, will soon become the head of the Office of Management and Budget, and her organization has recently come out with several policy proposals to help achieve financial equality and security for women. Here’s the first set – this one is the newest and the most important, I believe.

Create a robust care infrastructure. Women need caregiving support if they are to return to the workforce and ensure the economic security of their families. Policymakers should:
* Establish high-quality, affordable child care and universal preschool by increasing federal assistance.69
* Guarantee all workers access to permanent, comprehensive paid family and medical leave and ensure employers provide all workers with earned paid sick leave.70
* Increase funding for long-term supports and services.71
* Ensure care workers and early educators have quality jobs with fair pay and workplace benefits and protections.72

I truly, truly hope we see some of this in our lifetimes, Widdershins. It is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, after all.

Tawk amongst yerselves!

Happy Weekend Widdershins!

We are just a few days away from tossing the orange turd out of our lives. Well, he’s going to try to everything he can to insert himself into our daily lives. And frankly, if law enforcement and prosecutors do their jobs we are going to be finding out a lot of crap. 2021 is going to be just about as exciting as 2020 was. But at least we are going to have some very competent people running the government again. Biden says he wants up to 100 million people vaccinated by Spring… His people have already reached out to companies that can produce the vaccines at an accelerated rate. So let’s hope this happens. In the meantime – how do we send the Orange Turd and his Cabal off? I say we do it in style? What are some of your favorite “Bye!” and “Get Out!” songs? Or any other songs you want to share with the group.

So many times over the past four years of hell and trauma, we wondered: What would it take for Republicans to abandon the Mango Moron?

As things went from bad to worse, many of us thought, this time they’ve got to turn away. This time they’ve got to denounce him. But nothing moved them. Kids in cages, separated unlawfully from their parents? No problem. Grabbing pussies? No problem. Removing access to health care from tens of millions of people? No problem. Obvious and frequent collusion with Russia? No problem. Foreign election interference and a suspiciously fortuitous and narrow election win? No problem. Nepotism, corruption and grift on a scale never seen before? No problem. Deporting DACA kids who will die if they lose access to America’s health care? No problem. Surrounding yourself with traitors and spies? No problem. Abandoning the Kurds to die and forcing Ukraine into a terrible bargain with Russia? No problem. Standing by while the Democrats impeached him for high crimes and misdemeanors? No problem. Letting coronavirus run rampant over our country and kill over 350,000 Americans? No problem. And finally, lying for two straight months about the election that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won in a landslide? Not only was that not a problem – hundreds of elected Republicans eagerly signed on to claims they clearly didn’t believe at all. Because above all, there was Dear Leader – and he must always, always be defended and obeyed.

Until now.

It took a Presidential loss, the loss of the Senate, and a clear and obvious attempt TO KILL THEM (trust me, they don’t care about the whole coup/insurrection thing) to dislodge their noses from Drumpf’s giant asshole. And even now, some are still committed to sinking with the Trumptanic. I don’t know what motivates Republicans, and to some extent, I really don’t care. All I know is that finally, gloriously, Republicans are in disarray. They’re suffering an existential crisis of monstrous proportions, and it couldn’t happen to a more deplorable bunch of seditionists and traitors.

Some Republicans may think they can wash the stain of the worst President ever (the first to be impeached twice) off their hands by voting to impeach. Oh hell no. Their enablement of this deranged psychopath is, and forever will be, unforgivable. And honestly, I think some are still in denial. They think we’re all just going to move on and forgive and forget.

We will not.

Because it turns out, even though Kamala didn’t become our President, she had the right slogan for these times.

Justice was on the ballot. And now, she’s on her way.

Open thread as always.

Image courtesy of the Sun-Sentinel

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –

And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –

I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.

Emily Dickinson

Y’all know what to do.

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