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    U.S. Politics: Huff and Puff the Socialism away

    So Trump gave probably his most antisemitic speech yet to a conservative Jewish organization this weekend was cheered by them for his for efforts. This audience should have walked out when they heard how offensive this was. It was widely condemned outside Republican circles, though some of it was a bit tepid.
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    UK Politics: Who Pays the Andyman?

    And of course half the replies to this twitter thread are gaslighting the antisemitism and saying it's all a conspiracy against Corbyn and the Labour Party despite all the specific examples.
  3. If you do want to discuss libraries, ebooks, access to back lists, and publishers then the obvious discussion is Amazon, which won't sell any of its ebooks to libraries published under any of its imprints because it believes that libraries cut into its sales. I don't know if Macmillan was influenced by Amazon because I was under the impression that publishers hate amazon, but it sounds like they have the same idea about ebook sales and libraries. ETA and in response to @mcbigski's question, Macmillan is obviously acting irrationally for the majority of their releases, I pointed out that people willing to wait weeks or months for an ebook are unlikely to buy it and as @Starkess pointed its more likely to result in increased piracy than increased book sales, especially now that they've had so much bad press.
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    International Thread 3

    Considering FB as a platform was largely responsible for the spread a lot of the hate speech responsible for the support of the Rohingya genocide in Myanmar I don't think we should assume that, maybe not English language, but FB absolved itself of responsibility for genocidal speech about the Rohingya by saying they didn't have enough moderators who spoke Burmese.
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    Monarchs are for life, so if one is terrible they're much more difficult to get rid of than a terrible president, a history of the U.K. or any monarchy can tell you a lot about that that. The Queen may be dutiful, but will the people who come after be the same? Will you have more mad kings? Nazi sympathizers? Rapists and murderers? Yes there are a lot of terrible things about the United States but the lack of a monarchy is not one of those things.
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    International Thread 3

    As I understand it there have definitely been issues with racism in terms of the Ethiopian Jewish community and their status as Jews and their treatment in Israel. Israeli law though doesn't require one to be halachacally Jewish to immigrate, but to have one Jewish grandparent (so basically anyone who would have been killed by the Nazis). I did find this article so maybe since Bibi has been indicted and hopefully there will be a new PM soon we can hope things will change for the people mentioned in this article who waiting for aliyah, since it sounds like another racist policy from his government.
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    Edward VIII
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    U.S. Politics: Gar Nicht Trump's Traumschiff!

    I guess I had hoped for better since our disagreement about it notwithstanding a lot liberal and leftist Jews did also find Omar's remarks antisemitic and I was hoping things like this could be addressed in a non-partisan manner. I think some of us are afraid of what happened to the UK Labour Party happening here and there are signs it is, on the left in general, to the point that many of us who are critics of the occupation, settlements and Israeli policies towards the Palestinians in general, the nation-state law, the Netanyahu government, but still zionists in that we believe Israel has the right to exist feel uncomfortable in many leftist spaces where people ask us about Israel as soon as they realize we're Jewish, continually bring up Israel/Palestine in unrelatedly discussions, there is too much crossing the line from anti-Zionism to antisemitism and gaslighting about it even from people who don't cross that line. But again to go back to the previous point Republicans have been getting away with a lot of antisemitic smears and most people don't even seem to understand what's going on. Why? I mean I'm off the derech so obviously it's not a life I'm choosing for myself, but they're not charedi, so it's probably not what you're imagining.
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    U.S. Politics: Gar Nicht Trump's Traumschiff!

    I think what she said was antisemitic (which was part of a pattern, not a single incident), but a lot of the response to her (and Tlaib) was islamophobic and racist. There are a lot of right wing Jews, orthodox (big overlap), Israel hawks who are otherwise liberal domestically who are willing to overlook Trump's antisemitism because they like that he moved the embassy, recognized the Golan annexation, said West Bank settlements are legal and so on. Actually there is even some flat out denial of antisemitism, usually with arguments about his daughter and son-in-law. My family is orthodox, but I'm left wing and most of my friends are left-wing secular Jews, so I feel like that gives me a broad perspective on the views of much of the American Jewish community.
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    U.S. Politics: Gar Nicht Trump's Traumschiff!

    So the Republicans are using dual loyalty smears against Vindman (a Jew whose family fled the USSR because of Soviet antisemitism) apparently without either self-awareness or with the utter shamelessness and hypocrisy that this canard is just as antisemitic when they use it as it is when Omar does, though considering Trump used it for most American Jews earlier this year this is not surprising. Unfortunately the media is not picking this up much from what I can tell, not as much as when it was Ilhan Omar. I think this is probably more serious because Vindman and his family have had to be protected by the military, and there's another level where many in the conservative media are tying this into antisemitic conspiracy theories about Soros.
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    Name for decorator frosting

    You can buy pastry bags both reusable and disposable and standard tips in a variety of shapes in both metal and plastic to decorate cakes in many places. This is still a common thing.
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    Okay Renters...

    In the US HUD has been massively cut for the past several decades, returning to pre-Reagan funding levels (adjusted for inflation) would do a lot for the severe shortage of subsidized housing for the poorest people (extremely low income in HUD speak meaning less than 30% of area median income), but it wouldn't solve the shortage created by the loss of so many units of public housing in that time due to tearing down, privatization and neglect (frequently because the HUD repair fund is almost non-existent), so it would probably also require a large short term reinvestment. But this would create jobs. Both in the housing itself and temporarily in construction. Section 8 vouchers are also a good program, but they can be difficult to use because it can be hard to find landlords that take them and the amounts can be too limited, they're almost impossible to obtain and generally the poverty remains concentrated. Many people with them move every year so they can be quite unravel. Now the thing mostly seems to be project based section 8 where the voucher stays with the unit and building which is basically private projects. These can be quite well managed or they can be infamously terrible like the Kushner properties. But they also have 20 year contracts with HUD so they're not as stable as actual public housing theoretically should be, but more stable than using vouchers with private landlords.
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    Okay Renters...

    I mentioned row houses because they're usually owned by individuals, but are dense and can be easy and cheap to build and are good for someone who wants their own house. Maybe they could be built with shipping containers. I personally prefer apartment buildings (where units can also be purchasable, probably the co-op model is best) because I don't want to shovel or mow or anything like that. Yes, and it also assumes directionality and is likely assuming wrong in many cases, homelessness has a tremendous negative impact on health, both mental and physical and many homeless people may drink or use drugs to deal with being homeless, rather than being homeless because they're an addict or mentally ill. But most Americans would rather blame poor people for their poverty than stop to consider that our country as the richest one in the world can certainly provide adequate housing for all its citizens and that failure to do so is a choice the society made.
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    Okay Renters...

    But owning also includes added costs in repairs and maintenance that need to be included, and not just base costs of those things, but time spent. i don't think building out more subdivisions full of single family houses, even small ones on smaller lots is the greatest answer to the affordability crisis, but without getting into apartment construction, row houses are a good way to have density and could probably be built fairly cheaply as well, probably even pre-fab.
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    Okay Renters...

    Several thoughts, ok I didn't read the details, but how much insulation does something like that have? I would guess something labeled a shed wouldn't have much. Would this fit building codes as a home? I doubt it, there's a reason most tiny houses and trailers are required to be technically mobile. I do think the size of this sounds better than most "tiny houses", but I'm not sure how it's in any way superior to a trailer type mobile home. For me personally, my favorite thing about renting is that I don't ever do maintenance, snow shoveling, lawn mowing etc. I don't have to worry about finding a good plumber or appliance repair person or even which refrigerator to buy. I'm sure there are upsides to owning in terms of stability etc., but for me they don't outweigh the downsides. I guess if I could afford it I'd consider buying an apartment, but I can't so it doesn't matter. And while things like this can be part, a small part, of the solution to the housing crisis, the issue really requires a great deal more than this, it also requires massive reinvestment in subsidized housing, rezoning, disincentivizing building only luxury condos and so on.