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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:

Ocasio-Cortez attended Yorktown High School, graduating in 2007, where she won second prize in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair with a microbiology research project on the effect of antioxidants on C. elegans’ lifespan. As a result, the International Astronomical Union named a small asteroid after her: 23238 Ocasio-Cortez

She graduated from Boston University with a cum laud bachelors in economics and international relations. While in Massachusetts she interned at Senator Ted Kennedy’s office.

She worked on Bernie Sanders’ 2016 campaign learning the basics for her 2018 run for Congress.

She and and Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan [who became famous for referring to Trump as the ‘motherf*cker’] have both been appointed to the Financial Services committee and the Oversight committee of the House. This is not good news for Wall Street, the banks, or the Trump administration.

Ocasio-Cortez has displayed knowledge of science, technology, economics, and foreign relations. It should be obvious why Republicans are afraid of her.


1 hipparchia { 01.25.19 at 7:16 pm }

science!!!! economics!!!! I’ve been a fan of aoc since I first started hearing about her; thanks for all this extra info that I hadn’t yet bothered to learn.

the only thing I know about tlaid is that she’s got the nerve to say that out loud, but that’s enough reason right there for me to become her #1 fan too.

I’m a long-time fan of nancy Pelosi, even in spite of paygo, even in spite of “impeachment is off the table,” and now I could NOT be happier about these appointments.

there’s still a lot wrong with our world, but some things are looking up.

2 Kryten42 { 01.25.19 at 8:49 pm }

I know! Even I’m a fan (not being a US citizen). Paul Krugman is definitely warming up to AOC. He’s defended her a couple time recently in the press. I posted a (slightly belated) tweet about his latest.


Hiya hipparchia! Been awhile. I hope all is well in your neck of the woods! 👋🏾🤗

Oh! Here for a laugh (at our expense) & to show USA Politics & RWNJ’s are not alone in being insane! I am still 🤣🤣 over this latest!


3 Bryan { 01.25.19 at 10:35 pm }

AOC understands and believes in Modern Monetary Theory, which is Keynesian in origin. She was working in bars and restaurants after college to get money together quickly after her father died. She scares the bejeezus out of Republicans.

Tlaib is a Palestinian-American from Detroit, and she has no intention of taking any crap.

Kryten, it looks like Liberals are leaving Morrison’s leaky boat. The ‘Old boys club’ is not a paradigm for a successful political party in any modern democracy.

On your point about the threat not being that much greater than elsewhere, we have rattlesnakes and cottonmouths, alligators, black bears, and too many people with guns they don’t know how to use responsibly. We have sharks and lion fish in the Gulf. Oh, there are also the occasional hurricanes. But, hell, in a few decades about half of Florida will be under water, so no worries….

4 hipparchia { 01.26.19 at 7:50 pm }

hiya back, kryten!! it HAS been a while. love the deadly critters signs, those are great! stuff has been hectic here in my neck of the woods, but (crossing my fingers now) it looks like maybe things will be calmer for a little while. I hope. 🙂

and yeah, I think the non-human critters of Australia might slightly outdo the non-human critters here, but I’d be willing to bet that our gun-owning humans are way more dangerous than any other countries’ humans.

5 hipparchia { 01.26.19 at 8:00 pm }

aoc rocks!

I first learned about mmt from my favorite biologist


so I’m automagickally a fan of anyone who knows both science and mmt.

that said, I’m definitely going to keep an eye on tlaib too. I can always use another heroine to look up to.

6 Bryan { 01.26.19 at 10:13 pm }

The main reason the wealthy don’t like MMT, is that the antidote for inflation is increasing taxation, which reduces the money supply and reduces the pressure on inflation. The Federal Reserve using the cost of borrowing to achieve the same goal.

Of course, I advocate for the trillion dollar coins to pay off the national debt, but that freaks out the wealthy even more.

7 Kryten42 { 01.27.19 at 1:45 am }

I dunno about the fauna here being worse than anywhere else, though technically that may be true. I have traveled all over Australia, land & water, & NEVER had any problem! Only get bitten by the usual suspects that everyone else has to deal with. Mozzies & other insects with no regard for our sanctity! Like anywhere, you respect the fauna, it will leave you alone. You poke it, you get what you deserve. 😉

You are correct hipparchia regarding the Humans in the USA. Apparently, some 21 YO psycho killed 5 people yesterday (Sat.) in Louisiana

Gulf Coast manhunt on for suspect accused of killing his parents, girlfriend, 2 others

Stay safe and be careful my friends! The crazies truly are everywhere there. 🥺😳😠

8 Kryten42 { 01.27.19 at 8:01 am }

Here’s the latest from AOC! I seriously hope she has a damned good security detail! Not joking!

As usual, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is right: There should be no billionaires

9 Bryan { 01.27.19 at 1:53 pm }

They nabbed the cretin in Virginia. He was white, so he is still alive.

10 Bryan { 01.27.19 at 4:20 pm }

She wants to return to marginal tax rates, which the rest of the world uses. If you can’t make it on $10 million/year you have some serious loan issues. The point at which these suggestions kick in are obscene. The Beatles got nailed by 95% on everything over £ 10,000 [$ 24,000 at the time, see Taxman – “you get 19 I get 1”], so 70% over $ 10M is not outrageous. What is outrageous are the people who are in deep trouble if they have to buy a new tire being convinced to complain about what happens to multi-millionaires.

11 Badtux { 01.31.19 at 11:42 pm }

I love this. She burned the idiot so bad that he deleted his tweet — but she’d made a screenshot, and promptly added it to the thread. LOL.

Never get into a social media battle with a millennial. Especially one as smart as AOC. You’ll just end up looking like an idiot.

12 Bryan { 02.01.19 at 9:52 pm }

They don’t bother to find out who she is and they attack her when she has the high ground and all of the available ammunition. How many times do they have to get burned before they figure out the stove is hot?

13 Kryten42 { 02.03.19 at 6:15 pm }

I missed that one badtux! Been kinda hectic of late… *shrug*

I’ll tweet that. Thanks!

And agree Bryan… But if they were smart or even as intelligent as a puppy, they wouldn’t be RWNJ’s. Being morons that repeat the same stupidity over & over hoping for a different result IS their thing after all!🤷🏾‍♂️🙄😒

14 Bryan { 02.03.19 at 7:48 pm }

If there was any compassion someone would put them down to stop the pain. It’s really pitiful, and they wonder why they can’t get a date with their own species….

15 Kryten42 { 02.03.19 at 8:05 pm }

You know I agree with that! And have for decades. But too many don’t want to hear it. they believe the RWNJ’s can be convinced to see *reason* and change! Ignoring the fact that they won’t & can’t. I could go on a rant… But it’s nothing you don’t already know or haven’t heard before. 🤷🏾‍♂️

16 Badtux { 02.04.19 at 9:56 pm }

A right winger on YouTube, criticizing AOC’s tax plan, said “she’s an idiot, she needs to learn basic economics!”. I said, “you do know that she has a degree in Economics with honors from a top 20 university, right? So, where did you get *your* degree in Economics?”



Kryten, I engage not because I think I’ll change a right wing nut job’s mind, but, rather, to clarify in the minds of onlookers that these right wing nut jobs are fugging morons. That idiot didn’t change his mind just because I shamed him, but the onlookers are more likely to look at the actual details of AOC’s tax plan now that they know she has an actual economics degree, and the more we can get them to look at it, the more they’ll like it.

I will never convert a Nazi to being a not-Nazi. But I can make fun of them and discredit them and deprive them of new recruits by engaging them on the Internet, and that’s worth the hassle.

17 Kryten42 { 02.05.19 at 8:07 am }

Of course badtux. That’s the same reason I, Bryan and most other sane, rational people that actually give a shit do it.

But I do enjoy driving Trolls nut’s! Sadly, these trolls are just far too easy & loose it too soon. *sigh* 🤷🏾‍♂️😕 Still, it is fun whilst it lasts!😈

My team, my Grandfather before me, and many other’s have proved time and again that there is only one way to deal with them once and for all. However, the cost is always high.