Fighting anxiety in the age of constant trauma

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I’ve always processed negative emotions slowly.

It’s a survival mechanism. The pain doesn’t hit right away, and sometimes I’m surprised and ashamed that I feel unaffected in the moment. But it always comes. An hour later, a day later, a week later. It always comes.

Vividly, I remember being 19, a freshman in college, when I got stopped in the parking lot at my workplace and told that one of my young coworkers had died of unknown reasons overnight. I didn’t feel the pang of pain that you’d expect at news like…


A personal review of the left’s newest podcast panel-show.

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What do we do now?

The opening of Bad Faith’s first episode tells the story of this year. It begins hopeful, fighting, with Bernie’s campaign for President and early success in the primaries. Then the story changes. Biden wins in South Carolina, and the establishment consolidates around him to deliver him Super Tuesday.

The pandemic hits. Millions of people lose their jobs. Bernie drops out and endorses Biden. The pandemic, and unemployment, worsen. Hundreds of thousands die. Wildfires choking out the sky signify the coming depth of the climate meltdown. George Floyd is murdered in Minneapolis, and as a giant…


How popular media can bury survivors

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  • Content warning: the following article contains mention and description of sexual assault.

Nearly three weeks ago, on March 24, the Intercept broke the story of Tara Reade, detailing her claims of being sexually assaulted by Joe Biden in 1993, and her struggle to get legal help in coming forward.


An open letter to Democrats everywhere

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Today, Bernie Sanders dropped out of the Presidential race. With him goes millions of regular, working-class people who normally don’t vote, including me. Joe Biden is now the presumptive nominee for the Democratic Party, and will go on to face Trump in November.

When Bernie Sanders ran for President in 2016, I was still in high school. I was so young that I couldn’t even vote for him in the primary, though I hoped to do so in a general. …


How the Vermont Senator secured a victory for America’s struggling working class

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Well, it finally happened. The Senate passed a $2 trillion dollar relief package meant to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic with a historic 96–0 vote. The plan includes direct payments, expansions in unemployment assistance, increased funding to the health system, more money to local and state governments, and make money available for small business loans — some of which will be available for forgiveness.

The House is due to vote on the issue tomorrow (Friday, March 26), and the White House administration has signaled that President Trump would immediately sign the bill when passed.

But in the meantime…

Luke Warm

Writer. Leftie nobody.

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