Tuesday Open Thread

Don’t care if folks get tired of hearing about slavery and oppression. We’re so on to this complaining about us complaining about OPPRESSION.

The Heritage of Slavery (1968) w/ Fannie Lou Hamer & Lerone Bennett, Jr.

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87 Responses to Tuesday Open Thread

  1. Delta Day! Beautiful ladies. Look who’s with @tedcruz

  2. Looka Looka here, Chicas…………Ain’t she something?

  3. Ametia says:

    Ethiopian Airlines crash

    US under pressure to ground Boeing 737 Max planes after Ethiopia crash
    US regulators increasingly isolated in maintaining plane is safe as EU countries halt flights
    A visual guide to what we know so far

    The US transportation secretary, Elaine Chao, said regulators would not hesitate to act if they found a safety issue. Boeing’s top executive told employees on Monday he was confident in the safety of the 737 Max, its top-selling aircraft.

    Really, Mrs Mitch McConnell?


  4. Ametia says:

    just dropping this right here

  5. rikyrah says:

    May’s deal was a shit sandwich.MPs now vote on whether to eat the plateful of shit (no deal), or stir the shit with a fork but delay taking a mouthful (postpone brexit). Not eating shit isn’t on the menu.— Charlie Stross (@cstross) 12 March 2019

  6. rikyrah says:


    The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) Tweeted:
    Aunt Becky using her rich white privilege to bribe her rich white kids’ way into USC might be the Beckyest thing to ever Becky.

  7. rikyrah says:

    UH HUH

    Clint Smith (@ClintSmithIII) Tweeted:
    The very idea of our society, higher-ed or otherwise, being a “meritocracy” is something that was made up to justify & reify existing social hierarchies. It’s not real. What’s real is how wealth & race combine to give ppl things that they tell themselves they inherently deserve. https://twitter.com/ClintSmithIII/status/1105502435886407682?s=17

    Clint Smith (@ClintSmithIII) Tweeted:
    Some ppl don’t fully appreciate the psychological toll it takes on a student to navigate a school environment that both implicitly & explicitly tells you that you only got in because of an undeserving hand-out, meanwhile somebody’s parents donate a building & no one bats an eye. https://twitter.com/ClintSmithIII/status/1105498904014008320?s=17

    Clint Smith (@ClintSmithIII) Tweeted:
    Thinking about all the black, brown, & low-income students who arrive at college & who are made to feel as if they don’t deserve to be there, while so many wealthy students have their parents essentially buy their way into these schools & rarely experience the same skepticism. https://twitter.com/ClintSmithIII/status/1105496141951655937?s=17

  8. rikyrah says:

    Following Following @itgurl_29
    Michelle Obama told y’all their asses are dumb. From the halls of Princeton to the boardrooms, a lot of them don’t know jack.

    10:44 AM – 12 Mar 2019

  9. rikyrah says:

    Follow Follow @JennMJack
    Can we talk about the fact that there are Black mothers getting arrested for enrolling their kids in public elementary schools in the same universe where white folx are buying their mediocre children entrance into whole elite universities?

    Please. Can we?

    11:47 AM – 12 Mar 201


  10. rikyrah says:


    60m60 minutes ago
    Just a reminder that rich people are able to use their money and power to open elite doors for their mediocre children that, in turn, make it far more likely that they will succeed in life. Poor people and POC are expected to be exceptional. This is not a meritocracy.

  11. rikyrah says:


    2h2 hours ago
    More Jenét Where are the girls and babies? Morrow Retweeted Michael Ausiello
    I want the people who were up in arms about affirmative action in college admittance to keep that same energy for rich people who pay to get their kids into Ivy League schools.

    These are the people who are ACTUALLY stealing your kid’s spot.

    Follow Follow @Nubiahbella
    Replying to @JenetAllDay @BougieBlackGurl
    Especially the Asian folks who were coming for Black and Latino students supposed underserved place.
    I doubt they would protest this since that would require them actually confronting white people & real racism.

    12:14 PM – 12 Mar 2019

  12. rikyrah says:

    Where Did Boeing Go Wrong?
    How a bad business decision may have made the 737 Max vulnerable to crashes.


    The 737 Max first flew just two years ago, and some 350 are now in service. For such a new type of aircraft to suffer two fatal crashes is extraordinarily unusual, and bad. While the investigation into the Lion Air crash is still underway, a preliminary report suggests that the pilots failed to respond correctly after a faulty sensor led the autopilot to put the plane into a steep dive. We know even less about what happened to the Ethiopian flight. But no matter the causes, the mere fact that a single type of aircraft has had two accidents in swift succession raises questions about the trustworthiness of its manufacturer. Boeing has heretofore enjoyed a sterling reputation; its most recent all-new design, the 787, has never had a fatality, and the one before that, the 777, went 18 years without one. So it’s worth asking: How did Boeing find itself suddenly in this reputational shitstorm?

    Boeing’s entry, the 737, first flew in 1967, and though various improvements have been rolled out over the years, at heart it’s still a creature of the Right Stuff era. Instead of computer-controlled fly-by-wire controls, which guide a plane’s flight electronically, it still has old-fashioned mechanical actuators, and it’s made of aluminum rather than modern lightweight composites.

    Airbus’ A320 family, meanwhile, took to the skies a generation later, in 1987, but it was a fly-by-wire, composite creature from the get-go. In 2014, Airbus rolled out its most recent iteration, the A320neo, a range of jets with engines that were billed as being 15 percent more fuel efficient than the old model.

    To maintain its lead, Boeing had to counter Airbus’ move. It had two options: either clear off the drafting tables and start working on a clean-sheet design, or keep the legacy 737 and polish it. The former would cost a vast amount—its last brand-new design, the 787, cost $32 billion to develop—and it would require airlines to retrain flight crews and maintenance personnel.

    Instead, it took the second and more economical route and upgraded the previous iteration. Boeing swapped out the engines for new models, which, together with airframe tweaks, promised a 20 percent increase in fuel efficiency. In order to accommodate the engine’s larger diameter, Boeing engineers had to move the point where the plane attaches to the wing. This, in turn, affected the way the plane handled. Most alarmingly, it left the plane with a tendency to pitch up, which could result in a dangerous aerodynamic stall. To prevent this, Boeing added a new autopilot system that would pitch the nose down if it looked like it was getting too high. According to a preliminary report, it was this system that apparently led to the Lion Air crash.

    If Boeing had designed a new plane from scratch, it wouldn’t have had to resort to this kind of kludge. It could have designed the airframe for the engines so that the pitch-up tendency did not exist. As it was, its engineers used automation to paper over the aircraft’s flaws. Automated systems can go a long way toward preventing the sorts of accidents that arise from human fecklessness or inattention, but they inherently add to a system’s complexity. When they go wrong, they can act in ways that are surprising to an unprepared pilot. That can be dangerous, especially in high-stress, novel situations. Air France 447 was lost in 2009 after pilots overreacted to minor malfunctions and became confused about what to expect from the autopilot.

    • majiir says:

      My youngest brother lives in Washington State and works for Boeing. He has told me that because Boeing is cheap and wants to keep production costs down, the company has some essential parts of its planes produced in other nations. My brother has also told me that when many of the parts are sent to the company in Washington State, they’re defective and should not be used on planes. CEOs are busy stuffing their pockets with millions in salaries and bonuses. They know why the company is having problems with these planes but are refusing to hire more qualified Americans in order to save a few bucks.

  13. rikyrah says:

    OT, but, even though I don’t want Biden to run, I do resent the comparisons between him and Bernie.

    Someone wrote this about why the comparisons between them are wrong:

    jziglar • an hour ago

    I have no problem with constructive criticism of any candidate running in the primary including Biden but I wish that some progressives on twitter would stop comparing Biden and Sanders when the only thing they have in common is that they are white men who are Boomers. I saw someone say that they are both from small Lilly white states and I had to chuckle. Delaware is not the same as Vermont. Delaware has a black population of around 25% and the area Biden is from (Wilmington/ Philadelphia metro area) is very diverse. Saying Delaware is the same as Vermont shows that a person doesn’t know the state or never been there. And unlike Sanders Biden actually had jobs before entering politics and actually has major legislative achievements in his record unlike Sanders. Also Biden is a mainstream life long proud Democrat unlike Sanders. And he wasn’t a deadbeat dad like Sanders who was living of welfare while leaving his wife and son hanging. Valid critiques of Biden are good and should be applied to him and all candidates but Biden isn’t the same as Sanders.

  14. White privilege is a hellava drug #CrimingWhileWhite


  15. Josh’s BoxNBurn Queens! Black girls rock!

  16. rikyrah says:

    I’m not being a smartypants, but, what’s the difference between a bribe, and the usual ‘generous donation to the school’, like the one that got Jared Kushner into Harvard?

    Actresses, CEOs arrested in nationwide college admissions cheating scam
    Mar 12, 2019, 10:22 AM EST

    Actresses and chief executives are among 50 people arrested in a nationwide college admissions cheating scam, according to court records unsealed in Boston Tuesday.

    Those indicted allegedly paid bribes of up to $6 million to get their children into elite colleges, including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Southern California, federal prosecutors said.

    In most cases the students did not know their admission was contingent on a bribe, officials said.

  17. rikyrah says:

    Former day spa owner built business on access to Trump circle
    Nicholas Nehamas, reporter for the Miami Herald, talks with Rachel Maddow about the apparently abrupt transformation of Cindy Yang, from day spa owner to influence broker selling access to Donald Trump, the Trump family, and high ranking Republican officials.

  18. rikyrah says:

    GOP fuss over potential Beto 2020 candidacy primed to backfire
    Rachel Maddow reports on a dramatic Republican political ad criticizing Beto O’Rourke, possibly for the purposes of tricking Democrats into favoring him, but equally likely to boost him to a degree that would be problematic for a Republican 2020 opponent.

  19. rikyrah says:

    Ben. No More, No Less. (@BJS_quire) Tweeted:
    Can’t these schmucks get their stories straight?

    Yesterday, the Democratic Party hates Jews.

    Today, the Democratic Party is basically a cabal funded by Jews.

    As a Jew, this is all very confusing, except it’s not. https://t.co/5p3EZDIoLv https://twitter.com/BJS_quire/status/1105448034350043138?s=17

  20. rikyrah says:

    April (@ReignOfApril) Tweeted:
    Did Talcum X ever give y’all that March 1 accounting of where all the money went this time?

    Or did he Molly Wop right past his self-imposed deadline like he did last time? https://t.co/VCxcbWv27E https://twitter.com/ReignOfApril/status/1105440801746673664?s=17

  21. rikyrah says:

    m i t h (@ManInTheHoody) Tweeted:
    tbh i dont really care if trump is worth putting the country through the impeachment process because i believe the people suffering under his administrations policies are. https://twitter.com/ManInTheHoody/status/1105220688531476480?s=17

  22. rikyrah says:

    Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@MuslimIQ) Tweeted:
    Bill commits adultery
    •Right Wing: Impeach!
    45 commits adultery
    •Right Wing:¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Franken assaults women
    •RW: Resign!
    45 assaults women

    HRC sex ring conspiracy
    •RW: Lock her up!
    45 & actual sex ring

    Anyone else sensing a pattern here?🤔 https://twitter.com/MuslimIQ/status/1105151531622510595?s=17

  23. rikyrah says:


    Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) Tweeted:
    This is such a freaking JOKE.

    DOJ: Oh, we can’t indict the President
    @SpeakerPelosi: Oh, we shouldn’t impeach the President.

    HE’S NOT A GODDAMN KING. He is a criminal. We have LAWS. USE THEM! https://twitter.com/ElieNYC/status/1105215963841089537?s=17

  24. rikyrah says:


    Denizcan Grimes (@MrFilmkritik) Tweeted:
    Sarah Sanders gets paid by taxpayers just under $180K annually to treat them with derision, lie to them, and show up for ten minutes per month to do it all.

    I hope she goes down as hard as the the rest of them. https://twitter.com/MrFilmkritik/status/1105187922423267329?s=17

  25. rikyrah says:

    Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) Tweeted:
    A federal paid leave program would ensure Americans have the opportunity to be caregivers and providers for their loved ones without worrying about income security and how to make ends meet. Congress must commit to passing the FAMILY Act. https://twitter.com/KamalaHarris/status/1105274458443603970?s=17

  26. rikyrah says:


    Morgan J. Freeman (@mjfree) Tweeted:
    Please DM me w/invite instructions, @TuckerCarlson. I’d be happy to come on your shit-show, and explain why you’re an entitled white supremacist and represent a deep toxic unrest that is infecting our country. https://t.co/n4oiLiOTa8 https://twitter.com/mjfree/status/1105096880931987456?s=17

  27. rikyrah says:

    Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) Tweeted:
    There is a basic calulation in politics that disgusts me, particularly as a black man. It says: Don’t rock the boat too much because you want to woo some of the people who voted for the opposition. When is not rocking the boat EVER been about doing the right thing?!!! https://twitter.com/CharlesMBlow/status/1105376087973027840?s=17

  28. rikyrah says:

    ReclaimingMyTime (@MonieTalks_1) Tweeted:
    Reparations are “too divisive,” yet city folks are out here getting paid farm bailouts.
    Trump’s farmers bailout money went to more than 1,000 residents of major cities following China trade war https://t.co/f5DZcngaYP https://twitter.com/MonieTalks_1/status/1105097017997570049?s=17

  29. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄😄😄

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