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General Comments / More evidence on how shady Trump is
« on: August 02, 2022, 12:47:20 PM »
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Donald Trump’s first wife Ivana was buried in a gold-hued coffin at the former president’s New Jersey golf club last month, following an Upper East Side funeral service where she was remembered as a woman who was “adored.”

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Under New Jersey law, land being used for cemetery purposes is exempt from real estate and personal property taxes, as well as sales tax, inheritance tax, business tax, and income tax.

Cemetery property is also exempt from sale for collection of judgments, with cemetery trust funds and trust income exempt from both tax and sale or seizure for collection of judgments against the company.


But the Orange Fan Club will no doubt laud him for being a shrewd businessman and delighted at any maneuver that deprives the government of taxes.

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General Comments / Farm rage
« on: July 06, 2022, 10:22:30 AM »
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THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- Farmers protested around the Netherlands as lawmakers voted Tuesday on proposals to slash emissions of damaging pollutants, a plan that will likely force farmers to cut their livestock herds or stop work altogether.

The government says emissions of nitrogen oxide and ammonia, which livestock produce, must be drastically reduced close to nature areas that are part of a network of protected habitats for endangered plants and wildlife stretching across the 27-nation European Union.

As tractors gathered outside the parliament building, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said farmers have the right to protest but not to break the law.

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Some 40,000 farmers gathered last week in the central Netherlands’ agricultural heartland to protest the government's plans. Many arrived by tractor, snarling traffic around the country.

On Monday and into Tuesday, farmers again took their protests to crowded highways, driving slowly along the roads or stopping altogether. Some have dumped hay bales on roads, and small groups demonstrated at town and city halls, in some cases starting bonfires outside the buildings.

Some farmers set hay bales ablaze Tuesday alongside highways, while others gathered in towns and cities, including The Hague.

But you know, its only progressives around the world that break laws and burn stuff. Breitbart conspiracy theorists postulate that the environment move is designed to starve people to death. ::) Calls for them to be stopped in the name of law and order are notably absent.

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General Comments / The problem with bail and unequal justice
« on: June 18, 2022, 12:37:52 PM »
Bail is suggested to serve an important role in getting people to return for their court date. It just makes sense, law and order proponents say, and it prevents the need to incarcerate someone without bail until they can clear their name. California and New York has eliminated cash bail for non-violent crime, including felonies. No doubt proof positive for some that liberal states are launching a tsunami of crime.

There is obviously a problem in that the severity of the financial consequence is trivial for some and impossible to raise for others. A millionaire has no additional incentive to show up for their $5000 bond. Meanwhile, others have to choose between pleading guilty in order to escape pre-trial incarceration. It seems if you were going to have a cash bail system, it ought to scale according to net worth in order to provide the same incentive to appear and the same impact on one's life (or at least closer).

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Is bail so unreasonable? Absolutely out of line sometimes.

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In 2017, prosecutors allege, Humphrey, robbed and threatened an elderly neighbor at their residential hotel. At the time, Humphrey struggled with drug and alcohol addiction. He made away, prosecutors said, with a $5 bottle of cologne.

After his arrest, he was charged with robbery, elder abuse, and theft. The judge referred to a bail schedule and set his bail at $600,000. (It was later lowered to $350,000 on appeal.) Bail schedules often provide the judges a reference based on the type of crime and a recommended bail amount to accompany it, a practice that focuses more on the alleged crime than the individual circumstances.

But, you know, the law and order acolytes will say, what if you let him out without bail or a bail he can afford to pay and he threatens on of his neighbors again, OR WORSE!!!

That's the court case that got things changed in California. I think most people have no idea how brutal the bail system is for people in maximum debt, bankruptcy, or single parents.

Part of what makes things tricky to understand such things, is that advocates on either side of the issue will resort to the most egregious anecdote when making their case. Absolutely cases exist where somebody released on a non-violent charge went on to commit a violent crime. But if you really believe in "innocent until proven guilty", don't you have to accept a certain level of bad outcome?

Relying on "common sense" is a big part of the problem here. Of COURSE releasing more criminals means having more crime! Except when you look at actual data, you find this is a pretty small number.

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The data now reflect: 2 percent of the nearly 100,000 cases related to the state’s changed bail laws, between July 2020 and June 2021, led to a rearrest on a violent felony while another case was pending. That’s down from nearly 4 percent from the prior data set. The new numbers reflect 2,051 arrests of someone for a violent felony after their release from custody or following arraignment on an initial charge.

Many of those rearrested after being released had been pending trial on charges involving property, larceny and drugs.

Should the impact of 2% reoffending lead us to imprison the other 98% awaiting trial?

One non-profit group says no.

23019 people have been bailed out thanks to The Bail Project

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General Comments / GOP nutbag of the week
« on: June 15, 2022, 01:37:30 PM »
I had to make sure it wasn't an Onion article.

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'There's now a shortage of tampons, and that's probably because men are buying tampons,' Greene said during a discussion about the transgender community on the conservative Right Side Broadcasting Network.

'They put tampons in men's bathrooms. So this is the war on women.'

Her claims sparked backlash, with many Twitter users calling her 'clueless'.

One user wrote: 'Crazy Rep. Greene says there is a shortage of Tampons because Trans men are using them. She says they are being put in men's bathrooms.

What?

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'They want to know when you are eating, they want to know if you are eating a cheeseburger - which is very bad because Bill Gates wants you to eat his fake meat that grows in a peach tree dish.'

She continued: 'So you will probably get a little zap inside your body and that is saying 'no, no, don't eat a real cheeseburger, eat the fake burger,' the fake meat from Bill Gates.

peach. tree.

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General Comments / Texas hearts 8kun
« on: May 23, 2022, 11:20:53 AM »
Appeals court is going to let Texas try to turn all of the internet into 8kun, preventing people on LARGE social media platforms from banning people based on their "viewpoint". So presumably no impact to Trump Social when they ban the libs.

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The law, signed by Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 9, would ban platforms with more than 50 million monthly users in the U.S. from removing a user over a “viewpoint” and require them to publicly report information about content removal and account suspensions. It was set to take effect Dec. 2.

In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman wrote that the First Amendment protects social media platforms’ right to moderate content and rejected the defendants’ argument that such companies are “common carriers.” Pitman also ruled that some aspects of the law were “prohibitively vague.”

I love it when they violate the actual First Amendment in the process of saying they are supporting the First Amendment.

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General Comments / Democratic Party Nominating Process
« on: March 29, 2022, 08:26:37 AM »
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The draft proposal would end the Democratic Party's current nominating process structure -- where the Iowa caucuses go first, followed by primaries in New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina -- and instead implement a process that would prioritize more diverse battleground states that choose to hold primaries, not caucuses. The new structure would require states to apply to hold early nominating contests and the rules committee would select "no more than five states to be allowed to hold the first determining stage in their presidential nominating process."

Wow, this is big news. And the timing is very interesting, considering they have an incumbent President. By focusing on "battleground" states, it feels like they are trying to further stack the deck against the progressive wing formerly standing behind Sanders. Moderate Democrats get a boost from this move, big time. It would also move the party away from the personal, small group orientation of Iowa and New Hampshire, and more to the big event type of state. Those states would require much more of an initial war chest. So they're trying to manufacture more Bidens, and ward off Elizabeth Warren.

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General Comments / Armageddon - what are your plans?
« on: March 25, 2022, 05:44:19 PM »
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Russian state media is flat out saying that a peacekeeping force by a NATO member (Poland) into Ukraine means nuclear war.

I'm beginning to think the Russians might do us all a favor with Armageddon. Sure, we'll wind up dead but at least we won't be around to watch the Republicans and Democrats try and pin the blame on each other. Just call humanity one big mulligan for the divine force. Is it too late for me to pick an afterlife and become a devotee? Reincarnation used to sound pretty good, but not if Earth is a radioactive dust bowl. The Mormons seem like they might have a good setup, its probably too late in the game to get the VIP seats but I might be able to avoid the outer darkness. Definitely not hooking up with the evangelicals - I'd either have to spend eternity with that insufferable lot or roast in damnation.

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General Comments / SOTU, STFU
« on: March 02, 2022, 11:22:22 AM »
So I haven't dug through all of the speech yet, but I definitely had a chuckle when I saw Boebert yelled, "You put them there!"

It reminded me of somebody shouting "that's what she said!" when it doesn't apply.

So Biden gave servicemembers... Cancer? Because that's what he was talking about at the time.

Everybody's favorite Q-A-Mom doesn't disappoint.

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General Comments / Freedom Convoy
« on: February 07, 2022, 12:21:00 PM »
The people who get real mad at BLM for blocking roads for a period of hours are strangely silent about roads blocked in Ottawa for days on end.

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General Comments / Boris has cooties
« on: February 04, 2022, 12:55:16 PM »
No, not covid.

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Boris Johnson still has control of Downing Street after a string of close aides quit their jobs, his official spokesman has insisted.

Mr Johnson quoted The Lion King as he attempted to rally remaining staff, telling them "change is good".

His spokesman said No 10 was "not currently" expecting more resignations in the coming hours.

But another MP has submitted a letter of no confidence in the PM as the leader battles to save his own job.

Mass resignations are not "good".

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Mr Johnson's official spokesman told reporters that three of Thursday night's departures - Jack Doyle, Dan Rosenfield and Martin Reynolds - had come as a result of "mutual decisions".

But the exit of head of policy Munira Mirza and policy advisor Elena Narozanski had not been planned.

Backbencher Tory MP Huw Merriman told BBC Radio 4's Today programme the PM should "shape up or ship out".

But Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove said it was "the best thing for the country" to keep Mr Johnson in post.

Don't let him touch you! Save yourselves!

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General Comments / The Fallen: Republicans Disavowed
« on: January 07, 2022, 11:25:07 AM »
Ted Cruz, champion of the Big Lie and unabashed Trumpian had this to say and now he's in hot water with the zealots.

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The Texas senator called Jan. 6 "an anniversary of a violent terrorist attack on the Capitol, where we saw the men and women of law enforcement demonstrate incredible courage."

"Anyone who commits an act of violence should be prosecuted, and anyone who assaults a law enforcement officer should go to jail for a very long time," Cruz added.

In response to Cruz, Sebastian Gorka, who was a deputy assistant to former President Donald Trump, stated on Twitter, "I'm so done with Ted Cruz."

Here's a sentiment from Breitbart comments:

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It's not about the Democrats and can never be about the Dems until the Republican Party has been totally purged of everyone like Ted Cruz, Ron Johnson and Rand Paul.

For us, these Republicans are no different than Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell. When they are all purged and we have 100% control of the Republican party then it can be about the Dems.

Teddy tried to save himself, but its going to prove more difficult getting out of this than it was when he abandoned his state during the freeze and power outages.

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Carlson began the interview by positing that Cruz had “lied” about the events being a terrorist attack. And Cruz instantly signaled contrition.

“The way I phrased things yesterday — it was sloppy, and it was, frankly, dumb,” Cruz began.

Carlson cut him off, though. He said he didn’t believe Cruz and that Cruz — a highly trained lawyer — couldn’t possibly have been so sloppy with his choice of words.

“I don’t buy that,” Carlson said. “Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. I don’t buy that.”

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General Comments / Baking a Cake: Irish Edition
« on: January 06, 2022, 04:55:26 PM »
Ashers 'gay cake' case: European court rules case inadmissible

Why are people always having a go at the bakers? Why not someone refusing to print gay marriage t-shirts, or coffee mugs, or posters, or bumper stickers, or any other freaking thing you can write words on?

Second, I get the whole discrimination angle, but is it really that important when there are a dozen other bakeries that will be happy to get your business? You're not being shut out, and you can get the thing you want.

I really see this as similar to all-women's gyms. I mean, technically you could argue that it is discriminatory. But given that you have dozens of alternatives, does it matter?

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General Comments / Go Webb Go
« on: January 04, 2022, 04:35:03 PM »
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"Unfolding Webb's sun shield in space is an incredible milestone, crucial to the success of the mission," said Greg Robinson, Webb's program director at Nasa Headquarters.

"Thousands of parts had to work with precision for this marvel of engineering to fully unfurl. The team has accomplished an audacious feat with the complexity of this deployment - one of the boldest undertakings yet for Webb."

It's worth noting that all the previous testing was done on Earth, under gravity conditions. This was the first time the shield had been unfurled in the unique "Zero-G" environment of space. "The first time, and we nailed it," enthused Alphonso Stewart, Nasa's Webb deployment systems lead.

"There was a lot of joy, a lot of relief," added Hillary Stock, the sunshield deployments lead at Northrop.

Fun stuff. Three weeks to L2 orbital insertion. Fingers crossed.

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General Comments / The Manchinian Candidate
« on: December 19, 2021, 02:44:28 PM »
Joe's at it again. Going for more watering down of Democratic infrastructure bill. Or perhaps it's outright destruction. Is he setting the stage for an affiliation change? Just voting his conscience? Maybe he's being blackmailed? Is there an endgame with one year left with him holding this unusual power position? Is he risking his donors? He holds office until 2025.

Why hasn't the global communist cabal run by the murderous Clintons arranged an accident?


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General Comments / Sources of the lack of motivation
« on: December 15, 2021, 04:27:35 PM »
I'd like to take a wide view of why workers are unmotivated. Some suggest this is because of laziness coupled with a support system that allows someone to avoid work without starving or becoming homeless. Implied in this is the idea that this demonstrates a character flaw.

How much is due to lack of appreciation, mistreatment, or systemic problems? If the majority of your workers hate going to work, haven't you failed as a leader or manager? Hasn't your organization failed? Why is it that we don't blame them?

Certainly, I'm not suggesting that there aren't people out their fraudulently collecting on disability payments - there are always going to be criminal fraudsters. They may or may not be particularly lazy - it might take a lot of work and skill to game the system and avoid traditional work.

How much might be due to lack of opportunity in a local area? Lack of proper education?

Here's what I see anecdotally in my local area. Several establishments that have a help wanted sign that never comes down. They post excuses talking about how they are short staffed and can't provide good service because "nobody wants to work". Then I go down the street to their competitors, who are fully staffed, don't whine about the availability of people.

We can get some insight from postings in r/antiwork

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I feel like I really just don't care about work anymore. As a standard white collar worker, I was fortunate to have been working from home since the pandemic.

At this point, I do even less than the bare minimum and take my sweet ass time dragging on the most basic of tasks. I don't ask for more work, nor do I show any eagerness or enthusiasm in any meetings or aspects of work. I simply don't care anymore and welcome being fired because I can collect unemployment and find a similiar job and rinse and repeat.

The past while has just showed me how meaningless and frail our system is and the only reason we spin this hamster wheel daily with our "routines" is because it's just how things have been and we are simply conditioned into the acceptance of it all.

I refuse to be some mule that juts up out of bed to hastily brush my teeth and get ready in a panic for morning team calls! I hate all the fakeness and pretenciousness of work culture. I hate the echo chamber of hustle porn degenerancy backed by Linkedin and the media. I hate people pretending that living to work is normal. I hate the disgusting egos people clamour onto themselves simply because of their "title" or importance in a company. Literal agents of the matrix at that point.

I just don't care anymore.

comments section full of people who openly admit milking jobs doing the bare minimum

Many of us are familiar with the film, Office Space, where workers have been abused, exploited, and unhappy to the point of sneaking in late and even stealing from the company. There's certainly character issues in accepting wages and not providing work - or just taking stuff, ripping off inventory or cheating the till.

Why is it that we hear from elected representatives that we need to make sure that everyone is desperate enough to accept terrible terms of employment? Why don't we hear about how business owners need to learn how to motivate and appreciate workers? Instead, we also hear about how we have to force owners to pay higher wages from the progressive side. But that would likely not change the motivation of workers significantly, and they'd just be able to cheat on hours and get unemployment at higher rates also.

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General Comments / Pedestal available
« on: September 08, 2021, 12:42:18 PM »
Virginia has managed to get through various court challenges and Lee is gone to an undisclosed location. There is now a pedestal available, hopefully to be filled with a winning general like Grant who preserved our precious union under the Constitution.

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General Comments / Saved from voter fraud?
« on: August 12, 2021, 11:22:16 AM »
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All three versions — one introduced in the legislature’s regular session, a second crafted in the initial special session and now a third in the current session — would prohibit drive-through voting and 24-hour voting. Both methods were used in Democratic Harris County, which includes Houston and is the nation’s third-largest county.

Can anyone please explain how drive through voting or extended poll hours has anything to do with election security?

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General Comments / Hunter Biden, artist
« on: July 10, 2021, 03:07:30 PM »
This is foul. And with a nod to those complaining about media coverage, I had to find this story on BBC where it featured prominently. Not a word from CNN, who would have covered it nonstop if it had been Melania. Of course, I'll remind that I've written off CNN long ago, but fair is fair and I'll point it out.

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General Comments / Terrible electricity problems
« on: June 15, 2021, 04:10:18 PM »
So now, after collapsing under a freeze, Texas electric grid is fixing to collapse again this time because its hot.

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ERCOT asked Texas residents to set their thermostat to 78 degrees or higher; turn off lights and pool pumps and avoid using large appliances; and turn off and unplug unused electric items.
The advice is altogether similar to California's recommendations last summer during its own heat wave. At the time, US Sen. Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, attacked California's conservation pleas as representative of a "train wreck of an energy policy."

"It's hot everywhere—try Texas every summertime—but the rest of the country doesn't have such a dysfunctional state govt that you can't turn the lights on or run A/C. That's a policy failure of the Dems," he said then.

That soundbite didn't age too well.

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General Comments / You can't do THIS without ID!
« on: April 05, 2021, 04:06:51 PM »
Is it just me or are there just some really weird examples being given out there?

"What was especially notable about this is that you cannot gain entry to a Coca-Cola shareholders meeting without a photo ID."

"You can't get on an airplane without photo ID"

Is somebody imagining that people voting without ID are flying to shareholder meetings? It really indicates the ignorance of some when they imagine that either people don't live in a world without ID, or that it is really easy to get one.

Start from the assumption that a person has no ID. How would you get it? Well, here's an illustration about how that works.

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Hargie Randall, 72, was born in his family’s home in Huntsville, Tex., and has lived in the state his entire life. Randall, now living in Houston’s low-income Fifth Ward neighborhood, has several health problems and such poor eyesight that he is legally blind. He can’t drive and has to ask others for rides.

After Texas implemented its new law, Randall went to the Department of Public Safety (the Texas agency that handles driver’s licenses and identification cards) three times to try to get a photo ID to vote. Each time Randall was told he needed different items. First, he was told he needed three forms of identification. He came back and brought his Medicaid card, bills and a current voter registration card from voting in past elections.

“I thought that because I was on record for voting, I could vote again,” Randall said.

But he was told he still needed more documentation, such as a certified copy of his birth certificate.

Records of births before 1950, such as Randall’s, are not on a central computer and are located only in the county clerk’s office where the person was born.

For Randall, that meant an hour-long drive to Huntsville, where his lawyers found a copy of his birth certificate.

But that wasn’t enough. With his birth certificate in hand, Randall went to the DPS office in Houston with all the necessary documents. But, DPS officials still would not issue him a photo ID because of a clerical mistake on his birth certificate. One letter was off in his last name — “Randell” instead of “Randall” — so his last name was spelled slightly different than on all his other documents.

Kamin, the lawyer, asked the DPS official if they could pull up Randall’s prior driver’s-license information, as he once had a state-issued ID. The official told her that the state doesn’t keep records of prior identification after five years, and there was nothing they could do to pull up that information.

Kamin was finally able to prove to a DPS supervisor that there was a clerical error and was able to verify Randall’s identity by showing other documents.

It was that hard WITH the assistance of a lawyer and lots of other people helping. You want to say it is necessary? Fine. Don't pretend it is trivial, and compare it to activities reserved for the rich.

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General Comments / Border crisis
« on: March 27, 2021, 01:45:30 PM »
Help me out on this one. There already was a border crisis. It was just on the other side of the border. If someone truly cares about human life, I don't know how that person thinks crowded camps 10 miles on the other side was so much better than having them on this side.

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General Comments / How's that free market working out in Texas?
« on: February 23, 2021, 02:26:56 PM »
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She knew spiking prices were a “risk” of using a variable rate service like Griddy, but normally she and her husband benefit from the model because they closely track their electricity usage, she said. The couple tried to transfer to TXU Energy as soon as possible, but the earliest date they could was this week, after the storm had blown over. While she was grateful to have power, she said “at this point, it almost feels like it would be better to not have any power at all because at least we wouldn’t be paying that much.”

“I feel torn because I realize that we have to accept responsibility for doing a service like this that is wholesale,” she said. “It still is really hard to cope with the fact that we have an infrastructure and a system overall that allows for something like that to happen. It feels like it’s evil.”

The couple is “fortunate” they could pay the cost if they need to. But it would decimate all the savings they’d hoped to put toward a down payment on a home or to replacing a car. Jakob described sobbing in bed thinking, ‘How is this our life? How did this happen?’ They thought they were doing everything right. They don’t have debt, she said.

Some Texans said they signed up for a fixed rate plan but were unknowingly bumped over to a variable plan when their contract was up.

That’s why Lisa Chumley, a teacher in Dallas, said she and her husband ultimately signed up for Griddy. They were stuck with a $1,500 bill for electricity one summer, and said TXU Energy had moved them from a fixed rate plan to a variable plan without their knowledge.

The low rates appealed to her. With Griddy, she’s paid about $80 a month for electricity for her three-bedroom home.

As the storm set in last week, the family didn’t lose power. But Chumley was shocked to see hundreds of dollars had been withdrawn from her bank account by Griddy. Her husband checked with the electric provider and saw they owed $1,000. The balance kept ballooning. It now tops $10,000.

Texans blindsided by massive electric bills await details of Gov. Greg Abbott's promised relief

Personally, I live outside of Austin and am served by an energy collective, so I don't fully understand how other consumers in Texas might make their choices. The Public Utility Commission in Texas approved the 7400% price increase in order to "entice power generators" to add more power to the Texas system. Some customers are getting directly hit now, while other customers will probably see their utilities spread the price spike out over more time.

Partly this might be a time for a caveat emptor, like the people gobbling up all those mortgages with adjustable rates or balloon payments. As stated in the article, she was loving her low rates in the good times. TNSTAAFL.

Partly, I'd wonder if the utility commission even understood that some of the providers were going to pass the approved hikes directly to consumers. I'm also curious about how they came up with the 7400% price hike. Did somebody do an analysis and determine that you'd get X capacity with a price ceiling of Y? Or maybe they just got commitments from suppliers based on a negotiated figure.

In more good news:

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Beyond customers, the spike in wholesale electricity prices could spell trouble for smaller providers who bought the electricity at a sky-high cost but gave it to customers at their usual lower rate. Analysts and experts expect many will fold — bouncing their stranded customers to so-called “providers of last resort” in a process that’s “confusing for customers and costly,” Morstad, with the AARP, said.

“They don’t choose their provider of last resort, they’re just sent there. It’s never a great competitive rate,” though they can change companies after, he said.

I agree with most of the value of a free market. I'm not sure how great it is for a commodity that customers will literally die without. All this competition seems to have encouraged providers to cut corners on things like winterization, limited the amount of excess capacity, and created a windfall for the providers that were able to stay up. I will say there have been additional benefits, Texas has the most wind power of any state and that is largely attributed to the deregulated system.

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General Comments / Cancelled
« on: February 11, 2021, 12:42:12 PM »
There's a lot about cancel culture these days. I'm interested in exploring some of the specific cases, and discussing whether the blowback for transgressions is wrong, overkill, or otherwise problematic. I got the idea from a recent article, so I will start there.

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This isn't the first time the 38-year-old actress, who's played Cara Dune in the hit show on Disney Plus for two seasons, has been controversial on social media.

Back in November Star Wars fans called for her to to be fired after she put up several posts supporting Donald Trump.

She openly questioned whether vote counting during the US presidential election was fair, something President Donald Trump had said repeatedly.

The actor tweeted: "We need to clean up the election process so we are not left feeling the way we do today. Put laws in place that protect us against voter fraud."

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She has also previously made fun of people who wear masks during the pandemic.

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Back in August Carano was asked to show her support for BLM. When she didn't post anything online, some on social media accused her of being racist.

She responded saying: "In my experience, screaming at someone that they are a racist when they are indeed NOT a racist & any post and/or research you do will show you those exact facts, then I'm sorry, these people are not 'educators.' They are cowards and bullies."

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"Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors … even by children. Because history is edited, most people today don’t realize that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbors hate them simply for being Jews. How is that any different from hating someone for their political views?" the post, which was shared from another account, read. It was made available by another social media user who captured a screenshot of the story.

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Carano has come under fire before for controversial social media content. In November fans slammed her for being transphobic when she appeared to mock preferred pronouns by adding "beep/bop/boop" to her Twitter bio. She later removed the words and explained that "Mandalorian" co-star Pedro Pascal helped her understand why her words were deemed offensive.


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General Comments / impeachment defense clown car
« on: February 10, 2021, 11:19:24 AM »
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Mr Castor also talked about loving one's elected representatives, offered his own personal memories of working in the US Capitol building - "I got lost then and I still do" - and other nuggets including a description of the state of Nebraska as a "judicial thinking place".

Some of the randomness appeared to find explanation when Mr Castor confirmed the impact of the prosecution video, saying it had forced the defence team to switch strategy at the eleventh hour.

"We changed what we were going to do on account that we thought the House impeachment managers' presentation was well done," he said.

He finished by arguing that the US justice department would have grounds to arrest Mr Trump if the impeachment allegations against him were true.

"A high crime is a felony, and a misdemeanour is a misdemeanour. After he's out of office, you go and arrest him," Mr Castor said. "The Department of Justice does know what to do with such people. And so far, I haven't seen any activity in that direction."

bbc. Damn mainstream media.

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General Comments / Where will they flee to next?
« on: February 06, 2021, 06:32:52 PM »
Fox -> OANN -> Newsmax -> ?

Masses of Trump supporters can't stand a single bad thing said about the Orange God without viciously turning on the perpetrator, whether it is news or otherwise. Newsmax themselves are proclaiming they are now the number 4 news network.

"Newsmax is now the 4th highest-rated cable news channel in the U.S."

I can find no basis for that claim, but it is undoubtedly true. Meanwhile I'm reading negative comments about newsmax, on newsmax, claiming once again that they are insufficiently devoted to Trump. Where does that train end? Mike Lindell starts a news network? Trump himself?

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General Comments / Oh Noooooo! The thought police!
« on: February 03, 2021, 06:44:57 PM »
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Canada has designated the far-right group Proud Boys as a terrorist entity.

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said the decision was influenced by the group's "pivotal role" in the 6 January riots at the Capitol in Washington, DC.

The designation allows the Proud Boys' assets to be frozen, and members of the groups could be charged with terrorist offences if they commit violent acts.

The group is all-male and anti-immigrant, and has a history of violent political confrontations.

It was founded in 2016 by Gavin McInnes, the Canadian co-founder of Vice Media. Vice has since worked to distance itself from Mr McInnes and the Proud Boys

Meanwhile, jackasses near you on Newsmax:

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Tell us CANADA, Is ANTIFA a TERRORIST ENTITY, is BLACK LIVES MATTER a TERRORIST ENTITY? Butt out of America, and worry about Canada.

It was founded in Canada, and they are freezing assets in Canada.

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in canada they will now make it illegal to be a traditional masculine male.

whereby, you get the soy boy they have as a "leader".

Nothing stops you from being "rugged", unless being a masculine male means assaulting people.

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Proud boys are great! Canada need to stick to there own problems. But out! Don't see any proud boys in your country. Canada has a lack of testosterone.

Illiteracy is strong with supporters of the Proud Boys, as well as ignorance.

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Well the Canadians are still having to deal with Trump's Meng extradition warrant which is increasingly looking more like a bargaining chip. That is international extortion Trump! Soon the Canadians will request extradition of American Proud Boys on anti-terrorism charges and the US will have to try them. This is what happens when Americans subscribe to Russian propaganda.

Illucid.

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Trump supporters are now officially terrorists . .

I don't think he meant to admit that Trump supporters support the Proud Boys, but that's what he did.

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Hey Canada, stick to what you do best...playing Hockey. Otherwise, can it. By the way, did you designate Antifa a terrorist group?

Fundamental misunderstanding. "Antifa" is not an organization with assets to freeze. They don't hold group meetings. They don't have leadership or spokespeople.

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Its been taken over by Muslims and sla nt "I's"

Most likely a closet Proud Boy, doing what they do best.

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General Comments / FBI agents shot
« on: February 02, 2021, 11:02:00 AM »
Not much information yet. Any predictions on how it will be manipulated?

1. Showing the danger of right wing gun owners.
2. Showing the danger of illegal immigrants.
3. Showing the need for gun control.
4. Showing the need to support cops.
5. Showing the danger of BLM.
6. Showing the need to crack down more on drugs crossing the border.
7. Showing the need for more mental health resources.
8. Other

Inevitably, some will research the person's background and use it to advance an agenda,

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General Comments / filibuster reform
« on: January 30, 2021, 01:11:03 PM »
Let me start immediately by saying that I absolutely do not support the end of the filibuster. But there's a problem when every piece of legislation can be blocked with a wave of the hand. I propose that we return to the speaking filibuster. You want to block stuff, you gotta get up there and read from the dictionary, or a cookbook, or just babble incoherently. Make it painful to do.

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General Comments / Now you've done it
« on: January 11, 2021, 01:45:07 PM »
Republicans have gone so far that corporations are going to stop donating to their PACs.

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JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and Citigroup announced temporary suspensions of political donations following last week’s invasion of the U.S. Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters.

JPMorgan, the biggest U.S. bank by assets, is pausing political action committee contributions for Republicans and Democrats for “at least” the next six months, spokesman Steve O’Halloran said. The New York-based bank will use that time to consider changes to its political-donation strategies.

“The country is facing unprecedented health, economic and political crises,” said JPMorgan’s head of corporate responsibility Peter Scher. “The focus of business leaders, political leaders, civic leaders right now should be on governing and getting help to those who desperately need it most right now. There will be plenty of time for campaigning later.”

Spurred on by Wednesday’s riot, which resulted in at least five deaths, corporations including Marriott International and Blue Cross Blue Shield have said they would stop giving money to Republican lawmakers who backed efforts to disrupt the confirmation of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump. But most banks, rather than targeting and potentially alienating members of the Republican Party, have instead decided to halt donations to all lawmakers for now.

That's not trader joe's and chik-fil-a. Those are some serious players who, at least for now, are over it.

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Credit card issuer American Express said Monday its PAC will no longer support candidates who tried to “subvert the presidential election results and disrupt the peaceful transition of power.” In the past, the PAC had contributed to 22 of the 139 House members who objected to the election results, and none of the senators, the firm said.

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General Comments / My promise
« on: January 07, 2021, 04:38:17 AM »
When Biden takes office, I make this promise. I will not defend Biden by saying Trump did worse. I will not defend anything by comparing his policy to that of Trump. I promise to do my level best to evaluate Biden standalone.

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General Comments / Good time for the UK or no?
« on: December 08, 2020, 10:52:09 PM »
They have started distributing the vaccine there, that is good news. On the other hand Brexit is about to cross a milestone, and there is no solution in sight.

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Boris Johnson will fly to Brussels later for talks on a post-Brexit deal with the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

Time is running out to reach a deal with the UK set to stop following EU trading rules on 31 December.

Brexit

They do appear to have settled the Ireland question, though they have not provided the details.

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General Comments / Risk Aversion and the road to conflict
« on: November 30, 2020, 09:35:43 PM »
I've been thinking about this a lot in the context of coronavirus measures and people's reactions to it, and I'm starting to think that there's a much broader source of conflict and misunderstanding that relates to the fact that different people have different levels of risk tolerance.

Risk tolerant people look at risk averse people, and think "Man, these people sure are dumb. They don't understand that their fear is limiting their opportunity, and reducing their enjoyment of their lives."

Risk averse people look at risk tolerant people, and think "Man, these people are stupid. They don't understand the odds of success versus failure, and they are setting themselves up to ruin their lives."

I'm reminded of reading "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" where the author basically disparages anyone who just wants to earn a decent living with low risk. He has a lot more to say, some of it is good advice, but it is the entrepreneurial mindset that leads people to do things a risk averse person would consider utterly stupid. Things like maxing out personal credit cards, taking out maximum equity from their house, quitting good paying jobs.

Then risk averse people, who invest in government bonds, buy various forms of insurance, and hold on to a job they don't like rather than step out on a limb.

We hear things from the risk tolerant people about covid. "99.9% of people recover from covid. You can't live in fear."

From risk averse people, we hear about the threat of 2 million Americans dead. They say (almost said "we say" because I am risk averse) we have to focus on the worst case scenarios.

Both groups think that the other side is composed of idiots, and that they are just not informed.

What if the majority of both groups are actually operating from the same understanding, but there is just that one multiplier based on their view of risk that flips the ultimate analysis?

Nobody gets upset when some person decides to climb out on a crane to get a cool picture, because if they fall off the thing and die, it has no impact on the risk averse person shaking their head. Likewise, nobody really gets upset at somebody who decides to keep all their money in an FDIC savings account. Caveat - unless you have a close personal relationship with the person involved.

But in this situation, with covid restrictions, the conflict is immediate and dramatic because the risks and measures are collective. If the risk tolerant person doesn't wear a mask or throws a birthday party with 100 people present, it effectively forces that risk on the risk averse person. Meanwhile, if the risk averse person seeks to force their measures on the risk tolerant person, it is having a dramatic effect on their outcomes as well.

Does this make sense, or should everyone just consider everyone in the other group stupid?

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General Comments / anti mask nutbags
« on: November 26, 2020, 11:04:00 PM »
A private business reserves the right to serve or not serve any member of the public, with limited restrictions. Am I within my rights if i knock a body out with a hot uppercut?

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General Comments / Whingeing about money in politics
« on: November 12, 2020, 09:54:41 PM »
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"There's an idea that a really good ad, or one delivered in just the right context to a targeted audience, can influence voters, but we found that political ads have consistently small persuasive effects across a range of characteristics," said Coppock, an assistant professor of political science in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. "Positive ads work no better than attack ads. Republicans, Democrats, and independents respond to ads similarly. Ads aired in battleground states aren't substantially more effective than those broadcast in non-swing states."

So, does this mean everybody can just chill out about all the "dark money" and "Citizens United"?

Relax

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General Comments / Why so cagey?
« on: October 13, 2020, 11:51:40 AM »
So not just about this nominee, but many similar. If your nomination is a foregone conclusion, and your views are obvious to everyone - and in fact the very reason why you got nominated, why be cagey about it?

Why not say, abortion is disgusting and immoral and I can't wait to make it illegal? Why not say, I intend to destroy the unconstitutional ACA? You're already on the record about these things, why make the pretense of being impartial?

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General Comments / But yeah, Antifa is the real threat
« on: October 08, 2020, 02:19:22 PM »
Six men charged in alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

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Six men are under arrest for "conspiring to kidnap" Michigan's Democratic governor, Gretchen Whitmer, from her vacation home before the November election, federal authorities said Thursday.

The arrests grew out of an FBI investigation begun in March into militia groups' discussing the "violent overthrow" of certain government and law enforcement officials, and each of the men faces up to life in prison if convicted of the federal charges, authorities said.

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"The individuals in custody are suspected to have attempted to identify the home addresses of law enforcement officers in order to target them, made threats of violence intended to instigate a civil war, and engaged in planning and training for an operation to attack the capitol building of Michigan and to kidnap government officials, including the governor of Michigan," Nessel said in a news release.

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For months, Whitmer has drawn the ire of militia groups and others opposed to her restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus.

Armed protesters took to the streets of Lansing, the state capital, during the early days of Whitmer’s coronavirus lockdown orders. And President Donald Trump famously tweeted "LIBERATE MICHIGAN!" in April.

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General Comments / TikTok
« on: September 17, 2020, 04:26:19 PM »
Can somebody explain to me this grave threat that TikTok poses to the American people? Will the Communists get access to our advanced choreography? Will they find out that I'm following Cart Narcs, Bob Menery, and the New Orleans Saints? Will they discover that this decadent American watches videos during work hours?

Wired doesn't seem to know either

If you need me, I'll be watching Gilbert Gottfried lip syncing to Katy Perry.

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General Comments / War with China?
« on: September 11, 2020, 02:03:02 PM »
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I do not see a hypothetical scenario where the United States attacks first, at least for the next decade or so, we'd need a LOT of ballistic missile defense systems. Which are incredibly useful in both their ability to shoot down ICBMs, which are Ballistic Missiles and because of North Korea why we have THAAD in the first place, which can more likely than not also engage against those more conventional hypersonic ballistic missiles China is billing as "Carrier Killers" where oddly enough a system which can kill the "carrier killers" before they reach their target are also able to kill ICBMs. It just becomes a question of how large and deep out reserves are kept in regards to addressing a potential nuclear strike.

It unironically puts China in the position that the more they chest thump about their Carrier Killers and how good their hypersonic missiles are, they provide the United States with all the political cover it needs to develop defenses for said carriers against the conventional threat which just so happens to incidentally also work against the nuclear one.

Meaning China's only option is to then expand their nuclear strike capabilities in order to compensate for said defenses, but as they likely build more "carrier killers" as well, the US can justify expanding their defensive ability to over-match the carrier killers.... Which puts their nuclear deterrent back in the toilet.

It's an interesting circular game China has caught itself up in on that front, but that's a digression. Back on topic, at present, there is no conceivable scenario where the US starts a war with China on its own. The only way war with China occurs is in the scenario that China either attacks a neighbor, or it attacks the United States directly(probably in the form of their "forward deployed" forces in the Asian theater of operations.

If China attacks first, they're the ones that have presumably opted to keep the nukes off the battlefield, and the United States just needs to keep its missiles defenses on hot standby. They also know that even if they launch all 50 nukes, only a few may get through, but they're not going to be able counter the hundreds the United States is likely to send back in response. So it basically come down to how China responds to America's counter-response potentially being far more effective than their generals/politicians expected.

Wanted to split this off from the long running "Trump said" thread. I think the most likely scenario is not China invading Taiwan. I think that only happens if Taiwan tries to declare independence. Nor do I think the US initiates military action to stop China from building bases in the South China Sea. It is far more likely that an accident due to posturing leads to escalation. There have been close encounters by both Navy and Air Forces in the region. Like when that Chinese fighter bumped into our reconnaissance aircraft and then dismantled it. I imagine Trump might go a little more hotheaded about it, which could lead to a tit-for-tat that gets out of control.

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General Comments / Misleading data
« on: September 10, 2020, 11:08:56 AM »
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Amazon currently has 33,000 job openings for corporate and tech roles and says it will share "thousands of additional hourly roles in Amazon's Operations network" soon. All of the new employees for these roles will be paid at least minimum wage at $15 per hour with up to 20 weeks of parental leave.
The employees who fill the corporate and tech roles will receive an average pay of $150,000, including salary, stock-based compensation and benefits, an Amazon spokesperson told CNN Business.

Okay, so I think it is trashy to talk about the "Average Pay" of $150k, while also talking about the minimum wage as the floor. It makes people think of thousands of people making a ton of money.

In reality, they throw in one exec making $10,000,000 - and how many people does that offset at $30,000?

150 = (10,000 + 30*x)/(x+1)

150x+150 = 10,000 + 30x
120x = 9,850

The answer is 82.

Compensation should only be examined based on median or quintile, not mean. At least if you're going to brag about all the high paying jobs you are creating.

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General Comments / How bout them apples?
« on: September 03, 2020, 07:14:58 PM »
A bit of a blow to the bad apple theory in Rochester, NY. They get called out to deal with a mentally ill man and kill him. Now mind you, there were seven police officers present, none of whom intervened when their colleague elected to pin him to the ground.

He follows orders and gets cuffed. Then he's trying to get up, so they smash him into the ground and suffocate him. He's naked, so I think we can rule out the "what if he had a weapon" argument this time round. I'm not sure exactly what kind of threat a handcuffed naked man poses, but perhaps all those cops feared he would kick them really hard if he got up.

The autopsy was ruled a homicide. In March. Six months ago. No suspension, no removal from duty, so now you've got to add police supervisors and investigators to the apple barrel. Eventually, the family had to put public pressure on the police to get them to do anything, and it was the Mayor who suspended them. Not the other police who knew about this for six months. If the family hadn't had footage, they would have been out of luck. The AG knew about it too, so you can toss another apple in the barrel.

Now the Breitbart cop apologists point out he was on PCP and spitting, and he deserves what he gets. "Good riddance" they say. Nothing wrong with a spit hood, they say, and that's maybe right. Except that Amnesty International calls it a human rights violation and the UK has abandoned their use. But he was threatening that he had coronavirus! But Amnesty in Ireland indicates that these are designed to be more porous than a cloth mask, do not in fact prevent coronavirus and may in fact increase the chance of that spreading.

Seems like a poster case for defunding the police. If they moved some money to healthcare, maybe this guy gets medication for his mental illness, or treatment for his drug addiction, or even institutionalize him. Then he's never on that street. If they moved that money to hiring a couple of orderlies, those guys might know how to cope with somebody out of his mind, just like they would in the ER. EMTs could have handled the situation, as they regularly deal with combative patients. In fact, 3.7% of all ED patients need to be restrained. I'm generally confident that this doesn't include sitting on their backs for a couple of minutes.

Of course those professionals don't get a chip on their shoulder when someone is being disobedient and decide to teach them a lesson.

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General Comments / RNC
« on: August 26, 2020, 09:28:38 PM »
Wow. The official RNC feed (can't stand watching any media outlet, they stomp on content. It was the same for DNC, BTW). They've got an unreadable fast scroll. Couldn't make out what it was, had to pause it, realized its a scroll of names and donations. I don't know whether it is cheezy or brilliant.

Land of Heroes so far is starting out heavy on abortion.

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General Comments / Jacob Blake
« on: August 24, 2020, 01:02:53 PM »
And we have another one. Of course this won't show up in the statistics about cops killing someone, since he survived being shot in the back.

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General Comments / Cops should beware lying about millionaires
« on: August 19, 2020, 06:46:42 PM »
The original story:

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Authorities said in June of 2019 that Ujiri tried to walk past the deputy but the deputy stopped him because he didn't see Ujiri's on-court credentials.

Ujiri pushed the deputy, who pushed him back before Ujiri "made a second, more significant shove and during that shove his arm struck our deputy in the side of the head," sheriff's Sgt. Ray Kelly said last June. He also said Ujiri also shouted obscenities.

Turns out:

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New video evidence shows a deputy shoved Raptors president Masai Ujiri first in the moments after Toronto wrapped up the 2019 NBA championship in Oakland, Calif.

The clash between the deputy and Ujiri happened as the deputy checked court-access credentials after Toronto's Game 6 win against Golden State. In body cam footage from a security guard released Tuesday, Alameda, Calif., deputy Alan Strickland shoves Ujiri twice as he attempts to join the team's championship celebration.

In a roughly 2-minute long video posted by KTVU-TV in Oakland, Strickland is seen shoving Ujiri and is heard telling him to "back the [expletive] up." Ujiri, who had shown his credential, was putting them back in his jacket pocket, says after the shove, "why did you push me? I'm the president of the Raptors."

This isn't some poverty stricken drug addict criminal being shoved around and then framed as the instigator. I doubt it goes well for these cops.

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General Comments / I dig our community
« on: August 17, 2020, 01:55:59 AM »
I know our discussions can get heated, contentious, upsetting, and difficult. I just wanted to take a moment to appreciate everyone who contributes to our community. I continue to learn a lot, examine my own positions, and refine my thinking. I know some of you may or may not respect me, and may or may not think I respect them. I just wanted to extend appreciation for our collective civility and generally thoughtful exchange of ideas. I see our community as an oasis away from the noise, closed-minded hatred, and dismissive dialogue in the greater world we live in.

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General Comments / Woody Johnson
« on: July 22, 2020, 04:44:59 PM »
Sexist remarks and action attributed to Woody Johnson.  ???

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Four sources familiar with Johnson's meetings told CNN the ambassador hosted official gatherings at a posh men's-only club in London, the centuries-old, exclusive White's. Eventually Johnson was told by another diplomat at the embassy in late 2018 that he had to stop holding those meetings, three of the sources said. None of the embassy's female diplomats would have been able to attend.

Nice venue.

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Those sources said that it was a struggle to get Johnson on board with an event for International Women's Day, which is also widely commemorated at embassies worldwide. One source said he asked why he had to do "a feminist event." However, that event did end up taking place.
A team at the embassy tried to get Johnson to do an event around gender-based violence in November 2017, this source said, to which the ambassador replied that he was not interested because he's "not a woman."

Classy. I'm sure it is all lies though, huh?

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General Comments / Choose your own adventure
« on: July 21, 2020, 12:19:50 PM »
I used to love the choose your own adventure books, where you'd get a page of story and then it would give you two choices, which would direct you to one page or another. If you'd like to play, make your choice, add to the story, and give two more choices. I'll try to be fair if you will, obviously it doesn't work if your choices aren't interesting or designed to trap someone, which would be easy to do.

In response to repeated incidents of police brutality, masses of people take to the streets vandalizing property and throwing rocks. Locally owned businesses are being damaged or unable to open amidst the chaos, resulting in serious hardship for those families. Pandemic health concerns are also raised due to the gatherings. Do you...

A) Deploy force to restore order.
B) Address the underlying problems that led to the protests.

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General Comments / Voting mechanisms
« on: July 15, 2020, 12:57:04 PM »
If we trust that online banking is relatively safe, why are we so concerned about online voting? If we trust mailing checks to each other, why are we so concerned about mail in ballots? Shouldn't there be an audit mechanism possible, just as there is counting paper ballots? And don't give me that crap about needing to ID someone. Most people don't even look much like the person in the picture from three and a half years ago. What average poll worker is going to look at the ID and say "that doesn't look like you". And if you think that there is a huge cabal working to stuff ballot boxes in an election that is spending a half billion dollars, but they can't come up with a fake ID for people, you are delusional.

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General Comments / Home schooled, school at home
« on: July 14, 2020, 04:52:58 PM »
Now that brick and mortar schools have been closed for some time, will it have any permanent effect?

Will students of this era be less prepared for later learning? Will they experience a dip in standardized tests compared to other cohorts?

Band, Phys Ed, Orchestra, Chemistry are clear losses. What if we reopened schools selectively for the biggest losses in education? Chemistry lab once a week wearing masks wouldn't be too horrible, would it? Whereas learning history benefits very little from being taught in person.

Might we see a cost-saving transformation to distance learning?

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I'm seeing more and more "America, love it or leave it" messages in social media. You can love your country and criticize it all at the same time. I never see liberals suggest that conservatives leave if they don't like a policy or criticize a problem. OH, you're mad at Obama? Nobody suggested those people should just leave. Why do you think there's a tendency for people with a conservative viewpoint to tell people they don't agree with to just leave? Oh, you don't like the mainstream media, well just leave then! Doesn't happen.

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General Comments / Is it weird?
« on: June 27, 2020, 03:16:29 PM »
Is it weird that self proclaimed conservatives are up in arms about a building named after Woodrow Wilson is being renamed? He's a democrat, a socialist, and a globalist. I think they'd say a huzzah. Is this similar or not similar to people pulling down statues mistakenly?

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