Republicans hate you
Unless, of course, you're a remarkably wealthy donor
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THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS ACTIVELY MAKING YOUR LIFE WORSE, and they are hell-bent on continuing to do so.
This is the Republican base right now.
A Trump endorsement is a prerequisite for winning Republican primaries across the country, Republican-led state legislatures are passing laws about abortion and LGTBQ+ rights that are straight out of the most right-wing of right-wing evangelical fever dreams, and there’s a very good chance this party will take back the House in this year’s midterms.
Sadly, it’s relatively easy to put together 1,000 words on the latest awful thing a right-wing militia has done, or attempted to do. These white nativist groups are emboldened, armed to the hilt, and more than willing to act. They are a danger to America right now, and they have allies within police forces and at the highest levels of the U.S. government.
While hate and constant threat of violence dominate the headlines, Republicans are, at every level of government, actively working to make most people’s lives worse. The January 6th hearings are giving us a clear view into the deep, deep rot within the party, but this often pushes out headlines about the very practical ways in which life is getting harder in America because of republicans.
This single image captures so much:
I’ve seen GOP grifters on Twitter crowing about high gas prices and all the things Joe Biden is doing wrong, but I haven’t heard a peep about the fact that Shell and Exxon each reported 3x increases in profits in the first quarter of 2022. I’m not an economist, but this seems pretty simple to me.
Lower insulin costs and generics? Nope.
Increased supply of baby formula during catastrophic shortages? Nope.
Veterans’ benefits and VA upgrades? Nope.
These are things that have tangible effects on the lives of most Americans in some way. The GOP is simply not interested in being part of a government that actually works for the people, and they have shown it time and time again over the last 4 decades.
Now, their targets are LGBTQ+ people, their families, the health care workers that help them, and so much more. For a party that bleats so loudly about “activist judges” and “small government,” Republicans sure do like putting activist judges on the bench and using the government to outlaw anything they don’t like this week.
There is a lot of cynicism in non-Republican politics. Liberals and progressives want more out of the Democratic party, and I count myself among them. But, one of the fundamental structural issues with our system is that we have one party that is catering to an increasingly small part of the electorate and another party that has to somehow fit everyone else in it. The way our system has condensed itself to two parties is proving to be too much for the system to handle.
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Tech Tip w/ @newyorkbob: Click & Save Painlessly with Mylio Photos
By Robert S. Anthony
Each week, veteran tech journalist Bob Anthony shares a tech tip you don’t want to miss. Follow him @newyorkbob.
After a couple of truly forgettable years, we’re finally heading—hopefully—into a summer of events, reunions and other moments worth recording. Taking great photos is one thing, but remembering where you stored all of them can be exasperating.
Mylio Photos, a new photo organizing app for desktop and mobile devices, aims to help photogs get their image libraries under control with a minimum of hair-pulling. It may be overkill if you don’t take many photos, but offers many helpful features if you do.
The key benefit of Mylio Photos is that it organizes photos without moving the originals around or forcing you to change your photo-storage routine. All devices with the Mylio Photos app installed can access the images on all other devices and each new image shows up on all connected devices right away.
Mylio Photos offers an arsenal of smart search tools. For example, if you wanted to find the graduation photos in your smartphone as well as those in your laptop, you can search for the date of the graduation on the Mylio Photos calendar and all images will appear together. If your smartphone and digital camera can store locations, you can open a map within Mylio Photos, zoom in on a location and find a link to all the images taken there.
Mylio Photos offers facial recognition, can search for text within an image, like words on a sign or a baseball uniform, and recognizes many common search terms like “cat” or “sunset.”
Depending on the amount of storage available in a device, Mylio Photos stores images as a small thumbnail or as a compressed, but high-quality image that can be edited with any photo editor, including its own. You can always download the full-size original if needed.
Mylio Photos works best with a master vault location—a connected external hard drive works well—where all images are backed up. Once set up Mylio Photos works quickly and silently in the background.
An annual subscription to Mylio Photos is $10 a month or $100 a year and covers unlimited devices and photos. Users with less than 5,000 photos can use Mylio Photos free on up to three devices.
At some point, I will discuss the Heard-Depp trial and the astonishingly toxic information environment that surrounded it. For now, I would simply ask you to read this piece, look at the decision, and understand who had the power in this relationship — Amber Heard did not have the power in this relationship.