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IPM COMIX! 4 Cartoons by Mike Ramsey and Terrence Nowicki, Jr.
REALIGNMENT 10 A brief history of American politics.
RISE LIKE LIONS 12 We are many — they are few.
UN-LAWN-ING: A GUIDE 14 A-Minus’ visual guide to getting rid of your wasteful, polluting lawn.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW? HILLARY FOR AMERICA 18 Checking in on our very competent friends.
2020 PRESIDENTIAL POWER RANKINGS 21 The latest in our ongoing series tracking the candidates’ fortunes.
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emocrats like to claim that Pelosi accomplished quite a bit during her first turn as Speaker, but when you actually look into them, some of her most significant legislative “victories” represented massive concessions to the Right and global, corporate oligarchy more than they did anything meaningful for her more moderate base, to say nothing of the Left. Meanwhile, she presided over enormous, catastrophic losses in the House, which served to make the Democratic agenda there even more submissive and anemic than it was during the party’s brief superma-
jority. As I’ve speculated in the past, it was almost as if they were failing on purpose, so that the bar for success would be so low afterwards, they could continue “earning” the same level of support while becoming ever-lazier and increasingly unsuccessful at everything they were elected to do. Pelosi had already made it clear immediately prior to the new year that she’d definitely continue her well-established tradition of sucking, when she and Chuck Schumer offered Donald Trump $1-2 billion for his racist border wall in exchange for paying government employees to do their jobs.
How was the latter even up for negotiation in the first place? It feels like Democratic leaders are starting from a position of not only telling Trump exactly how to trap them in a cage, but helping him build it, too! After she accepted the gavel, Pelosi’s opening move was to convince all but three House Democrats to vote yes on a budget provision that seemingly the party’s entire base utterly loathes, because it would kneecap common-sense legislation desperately needed to save not just the lives of millions, but possibly the entire human race. 9
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unlawn ing a guide by A-Minus @_Anunnery
If it were considered as such, lawn grass would be the largest irrigated crop in the United States, using enough water each year to fill the Chesapeake Bay along with 2.4 million metric tons of fertilizer. Lawns are sterile at best, toxic at worst, and offer little food or shelter to beneficial wildlife. Start turning your lawn into a healthy part of the ecosystem with this guide. 14
Lawns use up to 60 million acre-feet of water per year, two thirds of the total amount of water used in farming.
Lawns produce the equivalent of about 25 million tons of CO2 a year due to nitrous oxide emissions and lawn management.
We use about 580 million gallons of gas in a year mowing lawns, and spill more than the Exxon Valdez did (17 million gallons) every single year.
Lawns are toxic, using 10 times the fertilizer and pesticides used on a typical area of crops.
Water contaminated with pesticides, motor oil, and more wash into storm drains and into our streams and rivers.
Getting rid of your lawn is as simple as laying down cardboard or black and white newspaper pages with mulch— the “lasagna” method.
A layer of mulch helps prevent weeds, protect new plants, save water and build healthy soil.
Varying levels of canopy and natural features provide habitat, food and shelter for all kinds of beneficial wildlife.
Native plants require much less water and don’t need pesticides or herbicides.
Natural landscapes help prevent pollution, as more water soaks into soil and less washes into storm drains.
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2019 POWER R
ith the first debates behind us, the state of the race is coming into sharper focus. Poll after poll shows the exact same four frontrunners and a score of also-rans lagging far behind. As we approach another punishing gauntlet of debates, it’s do-or-die time for the large majority of candidates. Here’s our very unscientific but nonetheless conclusive rankings.
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With his huge network of small donors and army of volunteers, the Democratic primary is still Bernie Sanders’ race to lose. He has a comfortable lead in the polls above all other candidates but Biden, and is very well-poised to build momentum by running the table early.
Bloodless technocrat Pete Buttigieg is running an empty campaign based on photogenic sleeve rolling and perfect tie knots. Despite his unpronounceable name and total lack of substance, he was showered with buzz in the wake of Beto’s underwhelming launch and stole his thunder.
Elizabeth Warren is stuck between a rock and a hard place: too far left to get real institutional support, and not far left enough to significantly cut into Sanders’ base. She’ll be ripped apart in her attempt to straddle the growing rift between the party’s opposing factions.
While the butt-shine has definitely come off of Beto O’Rourke’s proverbial apple, he clearly has enough donors to keep him puttering around for a while. So long as his shrimpier clone Mayor Pete is still around, his chances of re-entering the top tier are pretty much nil.
Despite an embarrassing launch marred by scandal, Joe Biden seems sure that the third time’s the charm. He can coast a long distance on charisma and leftover warm feelings for the Obama adminstration, but his record and contant gaffes could tank him at any time.
What is there to say about Cory Booker? Though he’s been touted as a strong potential candidate for years and given ample opportunity to gain traction, he has utterly failed to do so. While he may be attractive to Rosario Dawson, voters don’t seem to have the same feelings.
While she is struggling to meet expectations in polling (especially among black voters), Kamala Harris remains a candidate with strong establishment backing. We fully expect her to be replaced by Pete Buttigieg in this position by our next ranking in October.
Venture capitalist Andrew Yang’s support for Universal Basic Income has garnered him a lot of attention, but much of it has been the wrong kind of attention: the #YangGang is crawling with chuds. This plus his Silicon Valley libertarian bent will sink his chances.
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hile their fortunes may yet change, these lackluster candidates are on the verge of not even being included in this feature at all.
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