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General Comments / Re: Thoughts and Prayers - Again...
« on: May 27, 2022, 09:37:54 AM »
yossarian22c

"So much more limited. How about the Republican candidate for Senate from Georgia? Lock him up forever? He pointed a gun at his ex-wife's head."

It would depend on the details but assuming it wasn't self defense then yes. Why not? ...

Well apparently close to half the state of Georgia, including all the tough on crime Republicans, seem to think he should be spending his time in the Senate instead of prison.

But those types of mandatory minimums wouldn't make us safer. Let me ask you a question, you go to your local bank with your family, man walks in with a gun to rob it, would you rather he get the same prison sentence for leaving everyone dead as everyone alive?

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General Comments / Re: Thoughts and Prayers - Again...
« on: May 27, 2022, 09:33:18 AM »
I see the catch 22 there too. Can't give up guns for self defense with this high crime rate and can't get the crime rate down with all of these guns. So if there is no way to get the crime rate down while still having all those guns out there then we're stuck because the political support for making people helpless against violent criminals, whether the criminal has a gun or a knife or bare hands, will never happen.

I don't know if it's really true or not, but supposedly some of the countries that did end up with gun bans like Australia ended up with more violent crime afterwards as thugs had nothing to be afraid of from their potential victims.

Not really true.

https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/people/crime-and-justice/recorded-crime-victims/2020

Sexual assaults are up, but there are lots of sociological factors that may have increased willingness to report over the years. Robberies, thefts, physical assaults are all down over the last decade.

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General Comments / Re: Thoughts and Prayers - Again...
« on: May 26, 2022, 07:24:29 PM »
Was the school thing a serious proposition? Satire of the right is hard to spot in the age of trump.

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General Comments / Re: Trump looses again
« on: May 26, 2022, 05:05:20 PM »
https://www.npr.org/2022/05/26/1101503129/trump-ordered-to-testify-new-york-investigation

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Former President Donald Trump must answer questions under oath in New York state's civil investigation into his business practices, a state appeals court ruled Thursday.

Trump loses in court again.

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General Comments / Re: Thoughts and Prayers - Again...
« on: May 26, 2022, 11:04:07 AM »
Semi-automatic is a well defined gun property. You can also regulate magazine capacity. 

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General Comments / Re: Thoughts and Prayers - Again...
« on: May 26, 2022, 10:43:38 AM »
Though making certain types of guns less available may not have helped in this case since the cops let the shooter barricade himself in a room with his victims and then sat on their hands for most of an hour.

So much for the "good guy with a gun" solution.

Maybe banning AR's doesn't help in this one case but from looking at death tolls of mass shootings over the last several years it seems like it would help in most cases. Or maybe the cops wouldn't have been as reluctant to engage in a shootout with someone who didn't outgun them. There is no feasible law or action that 100% prevents all of these. Only laws that make them slightly more rare with fewer deaths.

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General Comments / Re: Thoughts and Prayers - Again...
« on: May 26, 2022, 10:39:08 AM »
https://www.npr.org/2022/05/26/1101434831/public-camping-felony-tennessee-homeless-seek-refuge

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Tennessee is about to become the first U.S. state to make it a felony to camp on local public property such as parks.
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Tennessee already made it a felony in 2020 to camp on most state-owned property.

How about camping on public lands with a gun? Felony. Is that violent trespass in your book? Lock people up for life being homeless and armed?

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General Comments / Re: Thoughts and Prayers - Again...
« on: May 26, 2022, 09:50:12 AM »
Sorry if I wasn't clear. I'm talking about locking people up for life for violent gun crimes.

So that wouldn't include the dummy who forgets to take his gun out of his luggage at the airport. Or who had a child get ahold of a gun they didn't properly secure. Those crimes could have the same punishment they have now.

I'm talking about people who use a gun, whether or not it's fired, in the commission of a violent crime.
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So much more limited. How about the Republican candidate for Senate from Georgia? Lock him up forever? He pointed a gun at his ex-wife's head.

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General Comments / Re: Thoughts and Prayers - Again...
« on: May 25, 2022, 09:18:01 PM »
Not sure how locking people up for life for carrying while driving under the influence makes us safer. All that law does is exacerbate our leading in prison population per capita. It would cause more people to be willing to kill everyone, armed robbery and murder have the same punishment in your world. No reason to leave any witnesses behind. People usually aren’t thinking about the consequences when they commit a crime, 10 years or life in prison doesn’t change the calculus that much because they are expecting to get away with it. It would make carrying a weapon much more legally risky. Accidentally shop lift while legally carrying a weapon. Instead of probation, life in prison. This does almost nothing to reduce crime while coming with a huge price tag monetarily and societally.

I’ve posted my idea for reducing the deaths in these situations. No assault rifles. Compare the outcome of the NY subway shooter to mass shootings involving AR-15s. You can have, pistols, shotguns, and hunting rifles. Just get rid of the mass murder weapons.

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General Comments / Re: Thoughts and Prayers - Again...
« on: May 25, 2022, 02:27:59 PM »
Maybe we should just follow the Texas workaround to Constitutionality. Make it possible for private citizens to sue anyone who helps a mass shooter commit that crime. The Uber driver that dropped them off, the guy who sold them the gun, the ammo, anyone who instructed them how to use the gun, anyone giving advice on how to aim it...

Maybe some state needs to pass a horrendous law like that to get the Supreme Court off their ass in striking down end runs around the constitution.

My position is again. No AR-15's (or similar semi-automatic high capacity, high power rifles). The death totals are way higher using that type of rifle than someone using handguns. Doubt the current supreme court would allow such restrictions. Maybe just let everyone mount 50 cals to their cars and trucks. Right to keep and bear arms. Who cares if our streets start seeing gun fights like we're in a war zone, gun rights shall not be infringed. Ignore that militia part.


Just have a few peaceful protests outside Supreme Court homes say ten thousand well armed people holding a torchlit vigil. Laws will change.

The laws will change but probably not in the way you want. Laws to ban the speech or bearing arms around the justices but nothing for the rest of us.

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General Comments / Re: Thoughts and Prayers - Again...
« on: May 25, 2022, 01:40:17 PM »
Maybe we should just follow the Texas workaround to Constitutionality. Make it possible for private citizens to sue anyone who helps a mass shooter commit that crime. The Uber driver that dropped them off, the guy who sold them the gun, the ammo, anyone who instructed them how to use the gun, anyone giving advice on how to aim it...

Maybe some state needs to pass a horrendous law like that to get the Supreme Court off their ass in striking down end runs around the constitution.

My position is again. No AR-15's (or similar semi-automatic high capacity, high power rifles). The death totals are way higher using that type of rifle than someone using handguns. Doubt the current supreme court would allow such restrictions. Maybe just let everyone mount 50 cals to their cars and trucks. Right to keep and bear arms. Who cares if our streets start seeing gun fights like we're in a war zone, gun rights shall not be infringed. Ignore that militia part.

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General Comments / Re: We gotta talk about Uncle Joe
« on: May 24, 2022, 12:01:19 PM »
https://www.yahoo.com/news/president-biden-seems-praise-high-005828016.html

"President Biden seems to praise high gas prices as 'incredible transition' Americans must go through"

There's a lot of truth here from Biden.

The Democrats actually want higher gas prices because of the environmental agenda. And that's fine. The higher gas prices are actually what is needed to make this transition Biden and the Democrats have wanted since Al Gore brought it up some time back.

The problem I've had is that often times they won't admit the truth. They've been blaming Russia for higher gas prices when higher gas prices have been what they've wanted all along. To be sure, Russia is contributing greatly but acting like Democrats haven't been rubbing their hands with glee as prices surge at the pump, envisioning all of that global warming being prevented, struck me as duplicitous. The effects on inflation are also huge and devastating and trying to skirt the blame for that when it's so obviously and predictably a result of the agenda is cowardly and duplicitous. It's nice to see Biden finally, to some extant at least, owning up to it all.

Democrats (for the most part) aren't gleeful at high gas prices. Its going to sink them in the midterms. The war in Russia causing energy and food inflation combined with supply chain issues is what is causing most of the inflation we're seeing. Democrats do see that high gas prices are a driver for climate change policies and motivators for people to use fuel efficient vehicles. Democrats have been encouraging that change for years. Republicans continually resist it. So now when there is a world energy crisis everyone feels a ton more pain than if we had pushed more aggressively on fuel efficiency and electric cars. The average consumer doesn't study long term trends in oil prices before buying a new car. They saw the price drop and bought up inefficient trucks and SUVs and when the price inevitably went up they are going to blame Biden and elect a bunch of Republicans. Maybe we get a little more domestic drilling, a gas tax reduction, or something that reduces the pain a little until the next crisis. But from a national security standpoint the easiest way to cut Venezuela, Iran, and Russia off at the knees is to get off of oil. Maybe then we could care about human rights in Saudi Arabia or at least be able to quit selling them weapons.

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General Comments / Re: #Tweetstorm 14:1-5
« on: May 24, 2022, 11:51:48 AM »
For those interested, there's an in-depth article published by the Brookings Institution.

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Segregating ourselves so we do not have to listen to people who differ from us is not a remedy for the information externalities that make hate speech and misinformation so dangerous even to people who are not exposed to it. People cannot remain indifferent to what other people in society believe because what other people believe affects them. If enough people reject vaccines and other public health measures, we are all at risk from the next pandemic. If enough people become racists or intolerant of the LGBTQ community, significant parts of our community are not safe in their own society. And how are we going to agree on what to teach our children if there is no uniform public platform where we can exchange ideas?

By the same token, you do realize just how insulting it is that many people seem firmly convinced that there are "Millions of racists in waiting" just needing to encounter that one moment where another racist says just the right thing and BOOM they're instantly transformed into a diehard racist who thinks the German SS didn't go far enough.

It's not millions in waiting its thousands. The Buffalo shooter posted that he was radicalized on 4chan. People in his life at some point realized it, reported his threats to the authorities, had him involuntarily committed for a psychiatric assessment which he passed. Then a few months later he buys some guns and starts shooting up strangers at a grocery store. This is exactly the type of thing I was pointing out happens when the internet becomes all legal speech. This is the most extreme example and luckily very rare. But there is no reason to host the recruiters and radicalizers on mainstream services so that they can more easily reach the people vulnerable to radicalization.

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General Comments / Re: Whose cell/womb is it anyways?
« on: May 24, 2022, 08:47:00 AM »
You're not thinking very deeply about this, Fenring.  This isn't just one correlation; it is about seven.
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But his counter argument still stands. Politics has become tribal. You could have picked any 7 statements Republicans are more likely to agree to than Democrats and found the same result. Using this strategy you could show a relationship between attitudes about; guns and abortion, taxes and abortion, Trump and abortion, the wall and abortion, etc.

So unless you think there is some causation there, let this one go. Its either half assed social science research or half assed statistics by the people at 538. Unless you can point to some causal link one way or the other its just showing that if you chose statements one political party is more likely to agree on than the other you can show correlation between that and any other political topic.

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General Comments / Re: Whose cell/womb is it anyways?
« on: May 19, 2022, 04:37:29 PM »
https://www.npr.org/2022/05/19/1100173223/oklahoma-legislature-passes-bill-banning-nearly-all-abortions

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Oklahoma's legislature passed a bill Thursday that prohibits nearly all abortions beginning at fertilization.

The legislation builds on an Oklahoma bill passed earlier this month, which prohibits abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy — echoing a similar move in Texas.

At fertilization. Outlawing plan B and potentially some IUDs (they prevent implantation but some also prevent fertilization, definitely a legal gray area with that law). It didn't even take Oklahoma until Roe was officially dead to go all the way to fertilization. And you guys said we're all crazy for thinking that's where the right was headed.

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General Comments / Re: CPAC in Hungary
« on: May 19, 2022, 02:42:49 PM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-YuZPT1NzM

Jordan Klepper goes to CPAC and Hungary if you prefer to laugh as you watch people advocate for the end of democracy.

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General Comments / CPAC in Hungary
« on: May 19, 2022, 02:40:33 PM »
https://www.npr.org/2022/05/18/1099680587/a-prominent-conference-of-american-conservatives-is-taking-place-in-hungary

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Princeton sociologist Kim Scheppele, an expert on Hungarian politics, says Trump's relationship with Orban is different than the typical good relations an American president might have with a foreign leader.

"All of the international democracy rating agencies agree that Hungary is no longer a democracy. And the U.S. hasn't had a president be best buddies with a dictator before," Scheppele says.
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"All the culture war campaigns have been used to disguise the fact that, by law, Orban has been limiting the democratic space. And he's done that particularly by rigging the election laws and then capturing all of the independent agencies that could tell him no," she said.
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"What Orban has really perfected is how to keep reelecting leaders whose aspirations are absolutely not to maintain a democracy, but rather the opposite: to lock in power forever to a small group of people. When you raise that question now in the United States, people don't automatically say that's a bad idea."

What Orban is doing is not only not a bad idea to conservative thought leaders like Dreher, it's an existential necessity.

I guess the CPAC Republicans are being very open about their disdain for democracy, free press, and human rights. They'll yell freedom, gays, Mexican invasion, CRT, or anything that isn't their increasingly open goal of "we are intent on deconstructing democracy in America as long as we're the ones in charge when democracy dies."


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General Comments / Re: Cryptocurrencies
« on: May 19, 2022, 09:05:24 AM »
Should the perpetrators be able to get away with it with total anonymity though? Soros didn't when he crashed the pound and other currencies too. And now people can choose whether or not to do business with him or respect him as a person. But if Soros was just betting based on market conditions, this attack here was very different. It was directly, purposefully, with malice aforethought, causing the conditions.

Does the legality and morality depend a bit on who did it?

Was it some guy operating out of his mom's basement?

Was it a nation state like North Korea or Russia or Iran?

Was it a competitor in the crypto sphere or a competitor in the legacy financial sector that wanted to crash the market not just for a quick buck but to destroy an entire industry?
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Probably legal. It was immoral. But also inevitable. As soon as crypto became shortable and people could make money off its value crashing, someone was going to figure out how to crash it and make bank.

The entire industry just uses massive amounts of computing power and electricity to solve math problems no one cares about. Its unsustainable. I'm really sorry you lost money in this investment. It sucks. But the only people who make money in crypto are people who get in early, hype it and get out before it crashes. Its a nice idea that there could be an agreed upon currency (value exchange) that isn't dependent on a government for creation and backing. But without a government backing crypto is just a confidence game. It has value while people believe it has value and if that belief gets shaken the value drops, if the value drops, the confidence drops, causing a nasty price spiral that goes down to zero.

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General Comments / Re: Madison Cawthorn, Too Stupid to Serve?
« on: May 19, 2022, 08:54:02 AM »
I'm glad Cawthorn will no longer be representing my state. I do find it kind of sad with all the stupid and illegal things he did the one thing that got the Republican party to turn on him was when he said that Republicans in congress were having orgies and doing drugs. I understand why they don't like that. But I don't understand why they tolerated everything else. I also don't get why they tolerate Greene and Gaetz. Gaetz is under a serious investigation for paying minors for sex. How can they not be trying to throw that guy under the bus?

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General Comments / Re: Cryptocurrencies
« on: May 19, 2022, 08:45:18 AM »
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What your grasping at is that value is still vapor-like.  While crypto is different than any other currencies, you can still ask yourself why people accept dollars in exchange for real goods.  It's not because the dollar itself has a value, its because of a long confidence that the dollar means something.  Is it really different if its a government that represents 300m people that says it has value, or 300 million people not represented by a government that say something has value?
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Taxes. Taxes make dollars valuable. Everyone has to pay taxes, property, income, etc. Therefore dollars are a needed commodity for people and businesses.

Your argument is that government issued currency's value is that the government accepts it back in satisfaction of tax payments.  That's so circular that it's scary. 

Honestly, if that were the basis for value the dollar would have died a long time ago.  People would hold and trade other assets and only convert to dollars when they had to for tax purposes.  In fact if that were the sole basis of value of the dollar it would be virtually impossible to calculate the value of the assets you actually receive and trade. 
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That is largely what people do. Well people and companies who have a large excess of dollars. They buy stocks, bonds, real estate, and other investments when they have a large excess of dollars. Warren Buffet doesn't have 40 billion dollars sitting in his bank account. He probably has a couple million (at most) in checking and savings accounts. He only converts those investment holdings to dollars when he needs dollars for taxes or for some other large purchase.

And taxes have always been a driver of value of currency, particularly paper currency.

See the British hut tax. This is how they introduced paper currency to their African colonies.

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The hut tax was a form of taxation introduced by British in their African possessions on a "per hut" (or other forms of household) basis. It was variously payable in money, labour, grain or stock and benefited the colonial authorities in four interconnected ways, by raising money; supporting the economic value of the local currency; broadening the newly introduced cash-based economy, which aided economic development; and integrating local communities into the new economic system.[1] Households which had primarily been rural ranchers or farmers proceeded to send members to work in the cities or on colonial government-sponsored construction projects to earn money to pay the tax.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hut_tax

The paper currency was tradable and valuable because everyone needed it to pay their taxes in. Afterwards it gains an inherent value of its own based on the strength of the economy but the root value of a paper based currency system is taxes. It means there is always a demand for the paper to pay taxes. There are also lots of practical reasons why a currency based economy is much more practical than a barter based economy. But the underlying value of any currency is that citizens of that country need to trade for it in order to pay their taxes.

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General Comments / Re: Cryptocurrencies
« on: May 18, 2022, 03:38:45 PM »
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The entire market is based on speculator sentiment, so if you can affect speculator sentiment in an advantageous way that is literally you making a 'real effect' in its 'real value'.

And the market for years of Tesla wasn't?  The company had billion dollar valuations when it was producing hundreds of cars (total in a year).  Facebook had billions in valuation when its revenue stream was tiny.  Granted, there was a lot of potential there, but you're kidding yourself if you discount the potential that's currently in the crypto space.
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Tesla had an electric car design that was years beyond any of the major auto companies. Facebook had hundreds of millions of daily users. Crypto has hype and only hype.

At times Tesla and Facebook were probably overvalued on a rational basis (Tesla probably still is). But they had real assets, real value, and a real business plan. Crypto again has hype and some obscure mathematics. Is it possible for that hype to maintain value, possibly. Maybe they can convince some country with a crumbling currency to adopt crypto as a currency. But until crypto gets currency status somewhere its just trading electronic bits on a block chain and hoping that someone in the future will pay you more for those bits on the block chain.

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General Comments / Re: Cryptocurrencies
« on: May 18, 2022, 03:17:21 PM »
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What they may tell you is "guaranteed returns!" which is the actual thing that would be illegal if it was translated into regulated securities, since it would be an illegal ponzi scheme. So I personally view the malfeasance, if any, to be on the side of those distributing the coins, not those who mess around with them.

It's only a ponzi scheme if it's not generating value and the primary source of returns is from new contributors.  The primary source of returns on digital assets is not from the redistribution of new contributions, but from the speculative swelling in the price.

The speculative swelling in price comes from new contributors. When the market/confidence goes away its worthless. So if new people quit contributing, the value/returns evaporate. Pretty close to a ponzi scheme. Not illegal because its pretty clear what people are buying so its not fraudulent the way a ponzi scheme is, but it can crash in exactly the same way. There is no value created by creating a bit coin. So the minute people quit buying in the value evaporates and the crypto currency collapses.

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General Comments / Re: Cryptocurrencies
« on: May 18, 2022, 12:30:00 PM »
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What your grasping at is that value is still vapor-like.  While crypto is different than any other currencies, you can still ask yourself why people accept dollars in exchange for real goods.  It's not because the dollar itself has a value, its because of a long confidence that the dollar means something.  Is it really different if its a government that represents 300m people that says it has value, or 300 million people not represented by a government that say something has value?
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Taxes. Taxes make dollars valuable. Everyone has to pay taxes, property, income, etc. Therefore dollars are a needed commodity for people and businesses. So yes, dollars are valuable and maintain a relatively stable value because a government backed by 300 million people says they are valuable and everyone needs to obtain some to participate in the economy. Most crypto is just the solution to some math problem that literally no one cares about. Crypto farming has real costs, huge amounts of electricity used on the server farms. But you are right that the only thing that gives any crypto value is that people think it has some value. Therefore it can all drop to zero tomorrow. Crypto's appeal has been deregulation/decentralization of currency. However because it lacks that fundamental aspect of being the accepted tender by governments no business or individual needs to acquire bitcoin, tera coin, etc. Thus each individual currency has only the value that the confidence it inspires. If you thought runs on banks were bad before the FDIC when they had deposits that were backed by local home and business loans. Just think what a run on crypto looks like. There is nothing behind those currencies besides some abstract mathematics. I'm actually surprised it took this long for some financial institution, hedge fund, trader, North Korean hackers, or other entity to figure out how to make money crashing one of these. Maybe they are just now getting enough money involved to attract the big sharks and for there to be mechanisms to "short" the currency. My advice would be to get out of crypto, particularly any that attracts enough attention that shorting can be achieved. If you can make money off of crashing something that's value is 100% speculation and the confidence of people trading it then it won't take too long for the sharks to figure out how to short it and crater its value.

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General Comments / Re: Election Results
« on: May 18, 2022, 12:09:07 PM »
https://www.npr.org/2022/05/17/1098787088/a-pro-trump-film-suggests-its-data-are-so-accurate-it-solved-a-murder-thats-fals

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Trump's official spokesperson, Liz Harrington, said True The Vote "solved a murder of a young little girl in Atlanta. I mean, they are heroes." Fans of the film have echoed that message on social media.

That claim is false.

Authorities in Georgia arrested and secured indictments against two suspects in the murder of Secoriea Turner in August 2021.

In response to NPR's inquiries, True The Vote acknowledged it had contacted law enforcement more than two months later, meaning it played no role in those arrests or indictments.

Amazing they were able to tip off law enforcement to an arrest they had already made.

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"The GBI did not receive information from True the Vote that connected to the Secoriea Turner investigation," said Nelly Miles, the GBI's Director of the Office of Public and Governmental Affairs.

An attorney for Secoriea Turner's family told NPR they had never heard of Engelbrecht's and Phillips' analysis either.

Also seems like they forgot to tip the police off to the arrest they made months earlier.

But onto the main claim about mules.

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True The Vote said it used the data to track the movements of people in key swing states around the time of the 2020 election. D'Souza, Engelbrecht and Phillips claim this location-tracking data show thousands of people making suspiciously large numbers of stops at mail-in vote dropboxes in the 2020 election. They allege those individuals, the "mules" of the title, were making multiple stops because they were actually stuffing the dropboxes with stacks of completed ballots - a practice that critics call "ballot harvesting."

The film also features video surveillance footage of some ballot dropboxes. But, as D'Souza himself has acknowledged, the film does not show any person on camera going to multiple dropboxes. So the film primarily relies on their claims about geotracking data, which D'Souza has argued are "more reliable than video footage."

So with all their "mules," data, and video they failed to identify the same person going to multiple drop boxes even once.

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Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger, a Republican, said his office had already examined one instance flagged by True The Vote, in which a man delivered multiple ballots to a dropbox. Raffensberger said they found no wrongdoing. "We investigated, and the five ballots that he turned in were all for himself and his family members," said Raffensperger.


And when their claims are investigated, no wrong doing.

I'm shocked, shocked, that putting out a for profit film ends up being hollow and devoid of fact. Just another right wing graft on the Trump cult.


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General Comments / Re: Madison Cawthorn, Too Stupid to Serve?
« on: May 18, 2022, 11:48:33 AM »
Voters in the Republican primary seem to have decided (barely) that Madison Cawthorn is too stupid to serve.

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General Comments / Re: Campaign Finance
« on: May 17, 2022, 02:16:51 PM »
That would be quite the coincidence.  Of course it would be completely irrelevant as the lobbyist is still subject to the cap of $2900 per election cycle. 
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I bet that coincidence happens in the next election cycle. Assuming we can learn about it. The SC may remove many financial disclosures. Or allow groups that don't have financial disclosures to donate to candidates. Wealthy guy A can donate $2900, and all the 501c3 he donates to anonymously can give another $2900. And if you are like postmaster general Louis DeJoy you can direct and give bonuses to your employees to give money to the right candidates. Hey its against the law, but if his profile hadn't been raised quite so high and hadn't given up direct control of his companies maybe no one ever decides to speak out. At will employment makes ratting on the boss a dicey proposition. And the difference between pre and post election is that giving after the election means you are giving money essentially directly to the candidate (to repay their loans) to someone who has already won the election. Its like spending your campaign dollars on a sure bet.

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General Comments / Campaign Finance
« on: May 17, 2022, 01:00:56 PM »
https://www.npr.org/2022/05/16/1099256713/supreme-court-sides-with-sen-ted-cruz-in-campaign-finance-case

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The U.S. Supreme Court's conservative majority sided with Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on Monday, ruling that a federal ban on outsiders repaying a candidate's campaign loan to himself after an election violates the constitutional guarantee of free speech.

The vote was 6-to-3, with Chief Justice John Roberts writing the majority opinion.

Cruz challenged a federal law that has been on the books for 20 years. It bars federal candidates from raising more than $250,000 after an election to repay loans that the candidate made to his own campaign.

Since the loan is from the candidate personally. This allows the candidate to directly solicit money from lobbyists and others that benefit themselves personally. Oh, complete coincidence that a lobbyist repaying a million dollar personal loan has a bill I also support.

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General Comments / Re: The Great Replacement?
« on: May 17, 2022, 12:52:48 PM »
Slightly different topic but I'll state my gun control position here again. High power semi automatic rifles with magazines that can be easily modified to allow for high capacity magazines should be banned. For everyone who says a couple hand guns with magazine changes are as deadly look at the death toll from the NY City subway shooter vs the people who use AR-15s. The AR-15 is the weapon of choice for mass shooters for a reason. It maximizes body count.

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General Comments / Re: The Great Replacement?
« on: May 16, 2022, 02:56:53 PM »
Lloyd,
No comment on the shooters reasons for the shooting?

I have no idea what his reasons were.  I assume the guy is a racist *censored*. I also assume he is crazy. I would like to read what he posted online before the shooting but apparently, the ministry of truth doesn't think I should be able to.  I would also like to know what happened the last time he made threats but for some reason the feds wont release that information.

Not being available has nothing to do with the "Ministry of Truth" and everything to do with the media realizing that widely publishing the screeds of mass shooters encourages more mass shooting because some mass shooters just want their message heard far and wide. But he probably isn't crazy in any medical sense. Racist and filled with hate, yes.

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General Comments / Re: The Great Replacement?
« on: May 16, 2022, 02:17:22 PM »
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So you support enabling the ATF to more efficiently track guns and gun sales so they can more easily identify straw purchasers and the gun dealers they buy from?

No, I don't support that.  I support charging criminals found with illegal guns with felonies and prosecuting them to the full extent of the law.  Rather than pleading them out to misdemeanors and releasing them back into the street.

Let me understand this. Your plan is to wait for criminals to commit crimes with fire arms before doing anything about it and then don't try to track down the networks that get guns in the hands of criminals in the first place?

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General Comments / Re: The Great Replacement?
« on: May 16, 2022, 01:59:44 PM »
Meanwhile, 33 people shot in Chicago this weekend 5 fatally.

https://abc7chicago.com/chicago-shooting-weekend-violence-crime-police/11855997/

Nothing on the national news about that.

Sounds like another vote for “tax arms sales and body armor for everyone!”

More like a vote for "start enforcing the gun laws that are on the books".

So you support enabling the ATF to more efficiently track guns and gun sales so they can more easily identify straw purchasers and the gun dealers they buy from?

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General Comments / Re: Whose cell/womb is it anyways?
« on: May 14, 2022, 01:15:48 PM »
Wonder how conservatives will react when gun rights don’t apply to self defense anymore and start allowing states to require gun owners to register for state and local militias.

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General Comments / Re: Election Results
« on: May 13, 2022, 10:36:16 AM »
Well finally proof of ballot scamming. This is why Republicans are so sure it is happening. They are the ones doing it.

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/gop-staffers-fired-wake-potential-225700710.html

So we have Mark Meadows registered to vote in 3 states. We have multiple verified cases of Republicans voting twice or voting for dead people.

All of this furor over voter fraud is just transference. They cheated and still lost. How emberassing.

Without the left going full blown investigation mode and law suit crazy they still found good evidence against a guy who potentially committed ballot fraud for a few dozen votes. They found the voters, interviewed them, identified the records of where the ballots where sent, all things I like to call evidence. Can you track down the 30 votes he cast and undo the effect, no. But just goes to show this stuff is detectable.

If there are 100,000s of thousands of votes like this submitted by Democrats why can't anyone find the evidence of it. 30 votes was detectable. I don't understand how anyone can claim that it is reasonable that this was done to the tune of 300,000 votes across 4-6 states that received a lot of scrutiny and you can't turn up one person as guilty as this Republican. Or hell, find a democrat as guilty as Mark Meadows. Apparently he decided to register in as many swing states as possible. Won't take long to see if he voted in multiple states as well.

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General Comments / Re: We gotta talk about Uncle Joe
« on: May 13, 2022, 10:14:50 AM »
https://finance.yahoo.com/video/baby-formula-shortages-leaving-lot-205824458.html

Baby formula shortages 'are leaving a lot of parents in a bind

https://nypost.com/2022/05/12/border-detention-center-has-baby-formula-amid-shortage-photos/
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Kind of the exact opposite of America first. American infants go without while their nutrition takes a back seat to everyone else. That's Joe Biden's America. He's so generous he'd give a perfect stranger the shirt of your back, or the formula out of your baby's bottle. Of course as everyone will say in a story like this, that doesn't mean we shouldn't take care of people in need. It just means that when our own people are in need we should take care of them too.

Wow, what a BS story. Of course the border patrol feeds the people it detains. Failure to do so would be crimes against humanity. If the opposite were true, Fox would be running a story, Biden starves infants at border. Its not like the border patrol has a strategic baby formula stockpile that could alleviate the shortage. They probably have a small supply consistent with the need to feed infant children that get detained. Please think about the logic of what you are posting.

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General Comments / Re: #Tweetstorm 14:1-5
« on: May 12, 2022, 12:28:12 PM »
The problem is that "all legal speech" means Twitter can't delete tweets that are only potentially libellous.

All legal speech includes a lot of stuff. Revenge porn is legal in a lot of states. Break up with someone with nude photos of you in the wrong state and they can splash them on your twitter feed or @/# them at you (however that works). Sure you can block/filter it but do all your friends and family have it blocked? Its legal, can't take it down. Can't ban the person who did it. Someone wants to recruit for the local KKK, plan rallies outside black churches on Sunday mornings. Not illegal they haven't killed anyone yet. Someone wants to take photos of cops in front of their house with the location tagged, post it with the question "Are they part of a death squad targeting minorities?" Answer is no. Just a question probably walks the line very close to illegal speech but would take a court case to decide. Libel and defamation are very hard to prove. It isn't an immediate call for violence. Just take a look at what the "all legal speech" zones of the internet become? Extremist hotbeds and recruiting grounds, Islamic terrorists, neo-nazi racists, et all. Musk may do us all a favor and kill twitter as a mainstream tool. But I doubt he wants to completely lose his investment. So he'll probably just relax the moderation a little. Do a couple high profile things like let Trump back on. And then start banning activists in Taiwan. Got to keep the Tesla supply chain from China flowing.

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General Comments / Re: Election Results
« on: May 12, 2022, 12:06:08 PM »
Admit Lambert--D'Souza is a liar and you don't care.  You'll happily repeat his lies without ever looking at any criticism or checking to see if D'Souza is trustworthy.  As long as it fits your agenda, you don't care if the accusations are made out of whole cloth or not. 

So don't go lecturing us about us being "part of the crime."  It's that kind of rhetoric that makes people go to pizza parlors looking for pedophile rings in the basement when the place has no basement.  ;D  The biggest crime is how Republicans spread lies and then encourage people to commit crimes based on those lies.  That is something no one has a defense against.

So show some integrity yourself.  Vet what you read and stop spreading this B.S.  Start living again in the real world, for God's sake!  >:(

You just aided and abetted vote-scamming. If they go to prison, maybe it will splash over to you. Nothing D'Souza showed was out-of-line. As for who spreads lies. It was you and your Party activists who pushed the Steele Dossier which was paid for by Hillary and the DNC. Did you not notice that besides the scientific explanations in 2000 Mules was the use of the least probable guestimates? They proved some Mules delivered many illegal ballots but settled on afairly small number for each drop, even taking away a number that they may have legally been able to deliver from their immediate families (in dozens of different drop-boxes.)
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Please explain this to me. According to you D'Souza has clear evidence that the election was stolen. He has all this damning evidence from video and cell phones. So why does he makes a documentary instead of writing a detailed report that documents everything with links to the appropriate video along with the cell phone tracking data and sending it to the attorney generals in each of the states and the FBI. Why? Is his motivation profit or truth?

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General Comments / Re: Whose cell/womb is it anyways?
« on: May 12, 2022, 11:48:44 AM »
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As Greg Guttfeld said, The Pro-Life argument is too simple for Abortion-Rights apologists to debunk. Life trumps murder. There is no Woman's right over her own body that lets her murder someone else. Adoption also trumps any inconvenience arguments.

By that logic sex leads to so much death that it should probably be outlawed. I mean somewhere between 1/4 and 1/2 of fertilized eggs never implant or lead to successful pregnancies. How can we allow an activity that we know will lead to killing 1/2 of the time???!!!!!!!

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General Comments / Re: Trump looses again
« on: May 12, 2022, 11:20:03 AM »
...I pointed out two specific instances where he made high profile promises repeatedly and failed to deliver. Your response was democrats stopped the wall. In the areas where the wall was finished it didn't stop crossings. It has been breached multiple times and Mexico didn't pay. Its why we shouldn't spend hundreds of billions on a border wall. As to the taxes and financial records Trump provided the minimum required by law, not more than any other candidate in history. Unless you simply want to count the number of pages because Trump maintained his controlling interest in his business while being President. His finances are complicated therefore required more pages of required disclosure.

The wall money would have been better spent in a lot of ways. But how about on renewable energy and electric cars. We see the dire national security and economic consequences of relying on Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Russia, and Iran to provide the world with energy supplies. What did Trump do on that? Tried to role back environmental and fuel efficiency standards that Obama put in.

If you want to discuss a topic, discuss it. I'm never going to engage with that data dump of copy and paste, I don't care where its from.

But that's what you just did. Admit it. Trump's promises to make Mexico pay for the wall was slowed because of Democrat foot-dragging - yet he went around them and got Mexico to pay in kind in trade concessions and providing Mexican soldiers to patrol on their side of the wall. He explains it in depth in almost every rally he gives, yet you've never heard it or understood it at all.

I don't take Trump's word for Trump's accomplishments. Just like I don't take his word that he is a "stable genius". How did the Democrats prevent Trump from getting Mexico to pay for the wall? They prevented him from wasting tax payer money on it. Last time I checked Republicans had full control of the house and senate for the first two years of Trump's term and budget reconciliation (which the wall could be built under isn't part of the filibuster). Mexico's trade "concessions" had nothing to do with the wall or did anything to get direct payments to the American government for construction of a wall that took only a few months to be repeatedly breached. I'm sure all the American service men whose base housing, schools, and facilities weren't upgraded are really happy that Trump took 4 billion from them to put towards his pet project that provides no safety or benefit to the country.

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I challenge you to look at that "data dump" you are so frightened of. Item after item. Pure unchallengeable metrics that you cannot argue out of existence. You especially missed all those things that Trump accomplished that the plagiarist, Biden, said he did.

How about a sample of your own verity? Explain the one statement that the average American family saved $2,500 a year in lower electric bills and lower prices at the gas pump.

Okay what is the source of $2,500 a year in lower electric bills and gas prices? I will look at any single item or two you want to discuss. I'm not going to play whack-a-mole from a giant list you just pasted in from somewhere else. Would you defend Trump as a honest man if I posted the 10,000 lies the Washington Post accumulated? Or would you want me to identify lies I thought were important and substantive (because many on the list of lies aren't either).

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General Comments / Re: #Tweetstorm 14:1-5
« on: May 11, 2022, 02:11:36 PM »
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Our election has good fraud controls, not perfect fraud controls. States are getting better about auditing standards and verification. They aren't perfect, but they aren't is no way to prove any fraud. See Mark Meadows. See the idiot Republican in Pennsylvania who got caught voting for his dead mother. Clearly there are controls in place that flag this issues and allow them to be detected.

Yep, you can - in some circumstances - catch a dead voter, if they vote by mail and if the envelope is post marked and retained.  There are very few controls on the actual kinds of mail voter fraud that most likely influenced the election.  Voting stolen or abondoned ballots - particularly in the jurisdictions controlled by Dems that mailed unsolicited live ballots, manipulating the votes of the elderly - even when caught difficult to prove, heck stuffing extra ballots held in trunks under tables into the official tally after the observers leave (but forgetting about a security camera).  Even with witnesses, avadavits and other circumstantial evidence impossible catch or undo once the ballots are actually tallied (which de-links them from any security measures entirely). 
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Voting stolen ballots would be rather obvious when the person to whom the ballot was sent to shows up to vote and is informed they have already voted. Voting abandoned ballots risks the same discovery method. Instead of collecting lots of cell phone tracking data to discover mules. Maybe they could have just accessed the public voting records from jurisdictions that they think fraud occurred. Have a phone poll and ask people about their election participation. If someone says no they didn't vote, you have your evidence of a crime. If there are 100,000s of thousands of these people and you know which jurisdictions they are in then that type of polling operation can't be much more expensive than buying up all that cell phone data and tracking down surveillance footage to splice together in a misleading way. But no one decided to find any evidence of fraud (or they did try and failed so they said nothing). Trump had 500 million dollars to spend on this. The fact he didn't pursue any real investigations should tell you what he really thinks. You can do data analysis comparing polling, past voting results, historical voter turnout, with what happened in the current election and get circumstantial evidence for fraud. The right hasn't done any of that. The suitcases myth you are spreading is more disinformation. The Georgia SBI looked at the video and concluded those weren't suitcases but just the regular secure ballot storage cases. Nothing weird, other than a late call to ask people to stay late because of all the pressure to get things counted fast and Republican legislatures refusing to allow for the processing of mail in ballots before election day.

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General Comments / Re: #Tweetstorm 14:1-5
« on: May 11, 2022, 01:36:59 PM »
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I don't want that community building up to the size of millions the way Alex Jones did. Its dangerous. So do you support taking something like that off twitter and twitter has taken down things on the left that are much milder than that. You just don't hear much about it because none of the absolutely disconnected from reality people on the left rise to reach an audience of millions before they get de-platformed.

Again, Alex Jones spread conspiracy theories and was known for that.  You have liberals that spread hate and conspiracy theories, like say Joy Reid with her 2.1 million twitter followers and television hosting gig that are not only completely unhinged but also not taken down and in fact repeatedly amplified.  Or people like Adam Schiff, with his 3 million followers, who've used their seat in the House to spread outright lies and disinformation free from any risk of punishment at law, and have faced absolutely no consequences on twitter for their role in spreading dangerous disinformation.  Many of his lies have been amplified by twitter statements and no response.

Is Joy Reid a host of the view? Name sounds familiar. If she is actively spreading lies and hate then report the posts to twitter and ask for her account to be banned. I really have no problem taking megaphones away from people who sow division through lies and misinformation.

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General Comments / Re: Election Results
« on: May 11, 2022, 01:21:46 PM »
...What exactly would it prove if we did discover that a couple of hundred ballots did get harvested? It's not exactly an A-HA! moment that reveals that Mike Pence should have thrown away the election returns, or even that any outcome was affected even locally.

Go to any of the free streams of 2000 Mules and follow the science.
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Are you advocating us to engage in copyright infringement?

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General Comments / Re: Election Results
« on: May 11, 2022, 01:20:52 PM »
2000 Mules stated that Trump should have received 305 electoral votes to 233 for Biden.

Great, I'm stating Trump should have won 0 electoral votes. Pay me $1,000,000 for me to show my work. No refunds.

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General Comments / Re: #Tweetstorm 14:1-5
« on: May 10, 2022, 03:17:07 PM »
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Symbolism.  Do I need to go back and find old posts made on this board about such classic "legitimate" protests as Kathy Griffith with Trump's severed head?   Or how about all the times Trump or another Republican have been hung in effigy?  What makes one thing political speech and the other your form of a nightmare?  Heck, it only takes a second to pull up hundreds of such images on google.  Yet, I've NEVER ONCE heard you call for banning anyone who has shared them on social media.  Seems to me that the only difference in content you don't have a problem with and that which is terrifying demonstrates a clear need to erase the rights of the people is which team generated it.
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I don't troll around on those parts of the internet and am largely off social media. Hanging in effigy has a history, good or bad. I generally wouldn't consider simply those images to be calling for acts of violence. They walk the line and I really have no issue if twitter/youtube/facebook ban people who repost them, particularly if they add violent captions.

I'm more concerned about the information bubbles, of which you think I'm a part of despite not being on any real social media. But largely because I don't believe the things you do about "Hunter Biden's" laptop. Hunter got a cushy job because his dad was vice president. The evidence indicates he committed some tax law violations and potentially some foreign lobbying standards. The DOJ is currently investigating with a grand jury. Maybe he goes to jail. Maybe Biden pardons him. Maybe he gets acquitted. I don't believe the narrative that the laptop was his and contained child porn and the FBI ignored that and said lets go after him for tax evasion instead.

Are you claiming that the Republican administrations in Georgia and Arizona were in deep with the Democrats to rig the election against Trump? Our election has good fraud controls, not perfect fraud controls. States are getting better about auditing standards and verification. They aren't perfect, but they aren't is no way to prove any fraud. See Mark Meadows. See the idiot Republican in Pennsylvania who got caught voting for his dead mother. Clearly there are controls in place that flag this issues and allow them to be detected. Did we catch every individual who double voted? No. Was there potentially some small time ballet harvester out there? Probably. Are the controls and investigations good enough to detect something on the order of 10,000 votes? Yes. So quit equating I no one can verify that 100% of votes are valid with we can say with a very high degree of confidence that 99.99% of votes are valid.

For the BLM lets take it one step farther than the war language. If there was an account that was doxing police officers and making repeated claims that the doxed officers were part of a secret death squad that was running around killing black people. Maybe they mix some real police violence video in with some selectively edited and doctored up. Does that cross the line for you? It does for me. I don't want that community building up to the size of millions the way Alex Jones did. Its dangerous. So do you support taking something like that off twitter and twitter has taken down things on the left that are much milder than that. You just don't hear much about it because none of the absolutely disconnected from reality people on the left rise to reach an audience of millions before they get de-platformed.

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General Comments / Re: Election Results
« on: May 10, 2022, 12:37:57 PM »
There is no credibility to D'Souza. He's been shown to edit things in a shady way, pull quotes out of context, and the material generally represents a big money grab. If his intent is really to expose terrible vote fraud, why isn't it released into the public domain? I'm sure as hell not giving him $20 so I can have my arguments fall on deaf ears. As for the video in question that purports to show the same person dropping multiple ballots "in the middle of the night", I'd review it if it were available. I'm assuming its just a one minute montage, and not available in any trailers.
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I made the same assumptions about D'Souza without knowing anything about him. Just the fact that he put his argument out in only video form. Charging $20 a pop for it is hilarious. That alone shows he doesn't care anything about voting integrity, just getting his share of the right wing big lie graft. 

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General Comments / Re: #Tweetstorm 14:1-5
« on: May 10, 2022, 12:27:37 PM »
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So see my prior post.  Remove all left wing politicians for their inspiring of anti-fa violence.  And no disputing that their responsible, the standard you're articulating is unproven and barely sourced responsibility.   It should apply both ways.

In fact, the people who make death threats should be the ones in trouble, not the people who make the "inspiring" posts (which really aren't inspiring of the conduct).  If real people are connected to the accounts that should be easy to do.  Those death threats are coming electronically, why not dox those people.  Won't take long to week out such illegal content and then there's no more "harm."
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So I should be free to create an anonymous twitter account post non stop that someone is a Nazi child abuser. Create deep fakes that purport to show them doing those things, publish their address and then be completely free of responsibility if someone gets violent against that person? Even if all that crap is false? Most of it is defamation but that's what you are arguing for, twitter can't stop me. What if my account is anonymous or located in Russia? Can't sue then, it just gets to stay up and continue defaming and ruining peoples lives? Free speech right? Twitter just has to host and broadcast to the world the most despicable content that damages reputations and lives because ... freedom?

No one is arguing that these people go to jail for their lies and disinformation. Just that we let platforms have some standards as to what is acceptable and help prevent radicalization and extremism. Should twitter have kept ISIS accounts active? Help them broadcast their message of hate to the world and recruit more followers?

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General Comments / Re: #Tweetstorm 14:1-5
« on: May 10, 2022, 12:10:09 PM »
Why are you so scared of letting others make their own decisions on this?

January 6th.

You're scared of a protest that went too far?  Or are you scared of the active disinformation campaign pretending that it was an insurrection?  Or are you scared of the abuse of power that involved impeaching a sitting President in connection with it?  Or is it something else?
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A protest that went too far killing police at the capital? A protest that went too far erecting gallows and saying they were going to hang the vice president and speaker of the house? A protest that lowered the American flag to raise a Trump flag over the capital? A protest fueled by rage generated by lies that the President told? Yes all those things concern me. Impeaching Trump was the least that should be done to that demagogue. There is a direct logical chain from his lies, his rally, his call to march to the capital, to fight to keep from losing your country to the violence at the capital that day. McConnel and Graham saw it that day calling Trump morally and practically responsible for what happened. Prison for incitement would be reasonable. I know incitement is almost impossible to prove in America but he caused death with his words that day.

What scares me is that when you let people form their own information bubbles online all the crazies can find each other and form self reinforcing groups. Getting those 10,000 most extreme people together on one day with the most extreme of those having planned for breaching the capital led to the violence we saw. Without those self reinforcing extremist bubbles most of those people would have never shown up or if they had would have never thought to storm the capital. The same thing is possible on the left if they start going all out on misinformation. Imagine a hypothetical super extremist wing of BLM, ones that say the police are at war with people and they need to respond with a war on the police. Parts of BLM have been suspended on twitter for walking too close to that line and its a good thing. Having those self reinforcing information hate bubbles is dangerous on the right and the left.

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General Comments / Re: #Tweetstorm 14:1-5
« on: May 09, 2022, 07:44:30 PM »
Or disinformation attacked as disinformation, like when Alex Jones got the boot for saying the Sandy Hook Massacre was not real. Which was doing real harm, as proven by a court judgement. Musk's "all things legal standard" would have ignored his dangerous disinformation. Note that what he did wasn't illegal, as in criminal, at least no one has tried to charge him criminally.

What was dangerous about it?  Seriously, that's like arguing that the crazies who claim the moon landing was fake were dangerous.  Almost as crazy as not banning any talk of COVID escaping from a lab... oh wait, we did do that for no reason that's actually articulable.

Letting Alex Jones speak on this discredited him to virtually everyone that heard him.  Suppressing it would have discredited him to virtually no one.

Letting Alex Jones speak got the affected families doxed and death threats. Because crazy to 99.9% of people still leads to a lot of badly misinformed people when your audience is in the millions. I’m not arguing locking him up. Just taking away his megaphone and ability to reach millions.

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General Comments / Re: The Jan 6 Commission
« on: May 09, 2022, 04:31:15 PM »
I should have moved my argument back into the other thread, sorry everyone. I lost track of which thread we were in.

I lost track of the thread too  :o

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General Comments / Re: The Jan 6 Commission
« on: May 09, 2022, 03:49:13 PM »
We need a big Senate and House majority. The solution maybe to abolish the filibuster and expand the court to 15 justices. Its drastic but constitutional and legal.

I get that politics is a battlefield and the biggest battles require use of any weapons necessary to win. However I guess my question is: what happened to the idea that the other side simply has a different belief about life? In other words, yes, the left-wing side is losing this battle in certain states if Roe is overturned, but isn't that merely reflective of the fact that many people disagree with the left on this?

While it's obviously a big deal that this precedent should be overturned, what if it's actually the legally correct move, putting aside the politics of it? Sure, you could argue it's only happening now because of the SCOTUS composition, but that doesn't automatically imply the ruling is invalid (if they do proceed and make it). Maybe it's best for the matter to be settled the correct way, by voters expressing their views locally rather than a body of unelected officials deciding for everyone based on, presumably, their own biases?


Expanding the court would be the only option if they go one step further and decide fertilized eggs to be humans with all the protections afforded under the constitution. And since the draft opinion explicitly refers to the life of the fetus being of particular concern here it isn't outside the realm of possibility to think that today is overturning Roe and next year they SC says instead of abortion being a right, it is actually illegal everywhere.

Also there is an issue when we begin to allow majorities to vote away the rights of others. Less than 50% of voters are capable of conceiving. Teen girls have no vote but are probably some of the largest impacted by such decisions. Rape victims could be forced to carry a pregnancy to term. I'm not saying it isn't a complex moral issue. But the burdens of lack of choice are not felt universally. And the way many legislatures have worded laws and personhood amendments in the past would actually outlaw most forms of birth control that simply prevent implantation instead of feralization. If the SC goes extreme, expanding the court or amending the constitution is the only solution.

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General Comments / Re: The Jan 6 Commission
« on: May 09, 2022, 03:03:58 PM »
There's a world of difference between a mob trying to storm the capitol because of a fantasy about the election and people protesting the ongoing attempt to create a theocratic white ethnostate.

Yes, but no reason for violence or threats of violence against SC justices. Because literally short of killing them protesting/threatening them does nothing. This is their whole life's work to overturn Roe. So leave the threats (implicit or explicit) aside and work the problem like a rational member of a democracy. We need a big Senate and House majority. The solution maybe to abolish the filibuster and expand the court to 15 justices. Its drastic but constitutional and legal.

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