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x-jla

A warm place to keep all the political rants and debates...

 
Jun 27, 19 3:52 pm
Non Sequitur

come at me bro.

Jun 27, 19 4:17 pm  · 
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tduds

Canada is great.

Jun 27, 19 4:46 pm  · 
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Non Sequitur

You're welcome to visit anytime Jla.

Jun 27, 19 4:50 pm  · 
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tduds

Need to renew my passport so I can go hang out in Vancouver.

Jun 27, 19 4:53 pm  · 
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Non Sequitur

Nah, don't just stop there, keep going!

Jun 27, 19 4:55 pm  · 
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tduds

If I ever have the time.

Jun 27, 19 5:12 pm  · 
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Non Sequitur

I vote that my t shirt post above be promoted to feature comment.

Jul 7, 19 8:21 pm  · 
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Sorry- Canadian exceptionalism is N. American exceptionalism. https://globalnews.ca/news/5887716/first-nations-boil-water-advisories/

  http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/paying-price-human-cost-racial-profiling/impact-racial-profiling-aboriginal-community

And the last time I had to deal with disruptive hate language in public was in Hamilton- in the main public library (nice building, but when people yell slurs everyone hears it thanks to the concrete)

Jan 25, 21 2:19 pm  · 
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tduds

Thanks.

Warren 2020.

Jun 27, 19 4:46 pm  · 
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citizen

It'd be awesome if the "Central" in the title might actually translate into the politicking. 

Jun 27, 19 6:33 pm  · 
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Agreed, but such is the case with the two-party system. I'd love to see some type of meaningful plan put forth to get rid of it. I don't even have a problem with parties as long as there are more than two dominant ones.

Jun 27, 19 6:52 pm  · 
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citizen

Point taken. However, there have long been only two (main) parties but many more policies, with some folks willing to (sometimes awkwardly) navigate toward the center. That approach seems to be on life support.

Jun 27, 19 7:02 pm  · 
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tduds

I blame the death of local news. & I blame that on the internet. Still not sure how we start to undo that damage.

Jun 27, 19 7:34 pm  · 
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Thank Bill Clinton for deregulating the FCC. Now 5 corporations own just about all of it.

Jun 27, 19 7:43 pm  · 
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Running with the life support analogy (bear with me) ... only letting two doctors in the room who can barely stop arguing long enough to acknowledge there is a patient there doesn't seem to be doing much for the patient. But getting rid of a forced dichotomy and allowing some other doctors in to see the patient might have a better success rate. It doesn't guarantee they'll stop arguing long enough to get anything done, but it at least increases the probability that they'll find some common ground rather than needing to be instantly against the other's views.

Jun 27, 19 7:52 pm  · 
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randomised

Would be nice to revisit this thread after the elections in 2020, until then you kids have fun...

Jun 28, 19 4:19 am  · 
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tduds

"She’s the only one who can sway republican and independent votes from trump."

I still don't understand why this is a priority given that the president is historically unpopular, lost the vote in 2016 against a similarly unpopular candidate, and maintains a quite literally cult-like following among the minority who still do support him.

Bottom line, nothing anyone does is going to endear Trump supporters to a Democrat. So stop trying and focus on turnout. It worked in 2018.

Jul 1, 19 12:35 pm  · 
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tduds

Also really damn sick of this one-sided game of "You should reach out to the opposition" while Republicans are openly, proudly disdainful of liberals. Why should I bother to respect a bunch of people who are more than happy to see me suffer just because I have different ideas?

  https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/05/21/why-arent-trump-republicans-pilloried-failing-reach-out/?

Jul 1, 19 12:42 pm  · 
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mightyaa

A democrat can't win with just the Democrat vote thanks to the electorate and gerrymandering districts. They'll have to swing Independants and make traction into the Republican moderates. Those two groups aren't liking the polarized partisan politics going on. So they might go for someone who can unify and is willing to negotiate; Hillary didn't give that impression, nor do several of the mainstream candidate front runners.

Jul 1, 19 12:43 pm  · 
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tduds

The right is obsessed with this 'PC identity politics socialism" narrative that's entirely blown out of proportion. It's a bad faith argument, where anything they want to portray as negative can be labeled Socialism or Identity Politics. Sadly, it works.

Jul 1, 19 1:55 pm  · 
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tduds

mightyaa: My point is that the independents are already anti-Trump (look at his underwater polls) and the Republicans are never going to be convinced to ditch him (because the GOP is a cult). So there's really no point in playing to a "middle" that's actually quite skewed to the right.

Jul 1, 19 1:57 pm  · 
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tduds

.

Jul 1, 19 1:58 pm  · 
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tduds

From 1961: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bejdhs3jGyw They've been playing this game for a long time and the dumb electorate keeps falling for it.

Jul 1, 19 2:27 pm  · 
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tduds

Can be, but rarely is.

Jul 1, 19 2:40 pm  · 
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tduds

More importantly, you hear these kinds of appeals to racism, fascism, privilege, etc. mostly from the so-called "extremely online" left and various small time activists, with the occasional politician wading into the rhetoric. Conversely, the bad-faith accusations have been standard campaign rhetoric for the Republican establishment since Lee Atwater dredged up Willie Horton to scare the racists into voting for Bush. Yes, there is bad faith on both sides. But it's important to look at *who* is doing the talking.

Jul 1, 19 2:44 pm  · 
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tduds

Perception is reality and one group has been disproportionately shaping perception through misinformation and lies. I don't think the way to fix this is by meeting in the middle. 

How about unity for education? Unity against propaganda? 

Why does being "above the bullshit" only seem to skew in one direction? The bullshit is not evenly distributed, and yet there seems to be a constant insistence that it be evenly called out. Which only hurts the less-bullshitty party, since the bullshitters aren't even pretending anymore.

Jul 1, 19 2:59 pm  · 
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tduds

Really what we need more than a politician who will do this is a united media voice that's willing to hold the GOP accountable for their bullshit. Not that the Democrats don't engage in bullshit, but when they do they're largely taken to task for it. The Republican party gets away with everything because no one will call them out. Start calling them out if we ever want to recover from this insanity.

Jul 1, 19 3:04 pm  · 
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tduds

What would you consider "Left MSM"? I'm also not sure what you're referring to when you say " Covington"

Jul 1, 19 5:55 pm  · 
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tduds

*sigh* 

That Kavanaugh was confirmed and Roy Moore is still in public while Al Franken resigned is evidence of this double standard. That Ilhan Omar can't open her mouth without a shitstorm of anti-semitism accusations while those same accusers equivocate on protesters who chant "Jews will not replace us" is evidence of this double standard. That the media is losing their minds over Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez' "socialism" while heaping praise on a president who is putting all kinds of state influence on the economy through tarriffs and targeted subsidies is evidence of the double standard. That Mitch McConnell can whine about "the left’s never-ending judicial war" while being personally responsible for more than 50% of the judicial filibusters in the country's history is evidence of this double standard. I could go on. 

 [From the op-ed I posted above] "How do we explain this double standard? One explanation: Republicans don’t even bother to pretend that they care about the votes of liberal Americans, or even about their fate. Democrats try to get health insurance for people in red states and write environmental plans that include help for coal communities, but Republicans don’t ask how their policy choices might hurt people who don’t vote for them — unless it’s to figure out how they screw those voters even more. They don’t try to show “respect” for liberals, and they don’t publicly agonize about their inability to “connect” with them. 

 After a while, it stops even occurring to people in the media to ask whether Republicans need to do more “reaching out,” and they don’t chastise those Republicans for not doing it. Democrats, on the other hand, act like they have a responsibility to represent all Americans, so they're constantly told that they're falling short in fulfilling that responsibility."

Jul 1, 19 5:58 pm  · 
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tduds

Just for absolute clarity I want to emphasize that I'm not saying the Mainstream Media is *good*, I'm saying that it's not *leftist*

Jul 1, 19 6:45 pm  · 
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I've often wondered, and have found little to try to explain it (though admittedly I haven't tried very hard), why Fox gets a pass on being mainstream when the mainstream media gets brought up. 

Also curious to hear both of you discuss the media bias chart by Vanessa Otero ... https://www.adfontesmedia.com/

Jul 1, 19 7:15 pm  · 
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tduds

"CNN, MSNBC, etc are exactly as left biased as FOX is right biased. " No they aren't.

Jul 1, 19 7:32 pm  · 
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tduds

I think the chart is a very good starting point. I could argue some things are slightly out of place (a little to the left here, a little down there) but for the most part it is a correct assessment. 

Of course, the echoed refrain of anyone who disagrees is to claim the chart itself from being biased. Which, at that point, just give up because you're never going reach common ground with that person.

Jul 1, 19 7:34 pm  · 
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That's basically my take on it as well. You might argue a little movement here or there, but overall a good starting point. But yeah, it only works as an assessment if people can agree that it is close to accurate.

Jul 1, 19 7:37 pm  · 
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The other thing I like about the chart that I think get's lost in most of the rhetoric as left vs. right is the overall news quality represented by the Y-axis.

Jul 1, 19 7:40 pm  · 
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Wildly misleading, ignores vast majority of media ownership by 5 corporations. Knowledge of the results of the Church Committee hearings is also helpful in understanding media. 

Required viewing, films on media: Orwell Rolls in His Grave and Spin by Brian Springer. Required reading: George Seldes.

Jul 1, 19 7:43 pm  · 
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tduds

FWIW - television cable news is a complete wasteland. If you're getting the majority of your information from television, you're simply not informed. That said - only one of the major cable networks gleefully employs white nationalists and has inspired terrorism.

Jul 1, 19 7:43 pm  · 
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tduds

jla stop telling us to get out of our bubble when your talking points are suspiciously in alignment with Fox.

Jul 1, 19 7:44 pm  · 
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tduds

Hillary Clinton is politically indistinguishable from a 1960s Republican. I mean if we're going to talk about the rightward tilt of *all* of the US - media included - let's not lose sight of that.

Jul 1, 19 7:46 pm  · 
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tduds

Lose the tinfoil hat & maybe we can talk.

Jul 2, 19 12:29 pm  · 
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tduds

You're not wrong in assuming all media outlets have a bias and a preference. Where you're wrong is assuming there is a single "they"

Jul 2, 19 1:27 pm  · 
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SneakyPete

The level of maturity on the right in the discourse is exemplified by the refusal of morons to put the 'ic' on the word "Democratic". It's childish, yet they continue to do it because it functions to serve the only work they really, truly love: trolling the libs.

Jul 1, 19 2:17 pm  · 
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tduds

YES! I've noticed this recently - the subtle shift from saying "Democratic Party" (i.e. a group of ideas) to saying "Democrat Party" (i.e. a group of people). I first noticed it with Trump, but now I hear it from all over the right.

I wasn't sure if I was just over-analyzing. I might be, but there's definitely something telling in this simple re-branding.

Jul 1, 19 2:23 pm  · 
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tduds

I would think a thing that is happening is more important than a thing that isn't happening.

Jul 1, 19 2:39 pm  · 
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SneakyPete

My ignore list is tingling.

Jul 1, 19 3:16 pm  · 
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SneakyPete

tduds, it's a tactic that is not new, but (surprise, surprise) gained a new resurgence via Tadpole Gingrich and Rush "The Human Opioid" Limbaugh.

Jul 1, 19 3:19 pm  · 
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tduds

It's funny to me how the people who are absolutely obsessed with making political affiliation into an immutable identity are also obsessed with complaining about "identity politics"

Jul 1, 19 3:29 pm  · 
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tduds

Just to fan the flames a little more.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/01/opinion/republicans-trump-democracy.html

Jul 1, 19 5:59 pm  · 
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proto

not that it has anything to do with the American center per se, but this was an interesting attempt at defining the range of politics by what each party writes about themselves (NYT only illustrated data from The Manifesto Project) :

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/06/26/opinion/sunday/republican-platform-far-right.html?searchResultPosition=1

Jul 1, 19 7:45 pm  · 
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tduds

This is a neat graphic. Thanks.

Jul 2, 19 12:37 pm  · 
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sameolddoctor

Why doesnt Archinect have a "verbal diarrhea filter" for people that cannot be bothered to write one post instead of multiple?


Jul 1, 19 10:08 pm  · 
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tduds

The reply function really incentivizes this by using "return" to post instead of making a paragraph break.

Jul 2, 19 12:30 pm  · 
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tduds

I think I've pointed this out before but for the record in this thread - my incessant replies are not intended to change jla-x's mind but to provide a reasonable counterpoint to any persuadable bystander who might see his points unchallenged and assume they're good.


Jul 9, 19 6:11 pm  · 
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tduds, assuming of course that anyone besides you is actually reading his dribblings. maybe if you stopped feeding it ...

Jul 9, 19 7:12 pm  · 
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tduds

I'm going to be offline a lot between now and October. We'll see if the well dries up in my absence.

Jul 19, 19 1:41 pm  · 
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tduds

I'm also not a Marxist.

Jul 19, 19 1:45 pm  · 
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SneakyPete

Feels so nice in here..

Jul 19, 19 12:26 pm  · 
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I’m kinda surprised that this thread hasn’t been resurrected in the past couple of months. Not really even sure I want to do it now. However, I’m just here to say that listening to and reaching the news this morning made me realize that we don’t have three separate and equal branches of government in the US. We have the Democratic Party branch and the Republican Party branch. 

Dec 13, 19 10:51 am  · 
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Chad Miller

Yup. It's rather sad.

Dec 13, 19 11:41 am  · 
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SneakyPete

What happened this morning specifically to cause that thought?

Dec 13, 19 12:24 pm  · 
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I hadn't read that article specifically, but it pretty much outlines the reasoning behind my thoughts. To offset the left bias in the Esquire piece you could also add a bunch of things the Democrats have done too ... Each majority party in congress, tasked with oversight, looks the other way when it's their own guy in the oval.

Dec 13, 19 12:52 pm  · 
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proto

this where I am too...just came from reading The Hill reporting on how Mcconnell says the senate is "in lock step" with the WH & how Trump is having the GOP Senate Judiciary committee members over for a private event...HOW THE F*CK IS THIS REASONABLE FROM THE PARTY THAT IS COMPLAINING THERES BEEN A LACK OF DUE PROCESS?!?

Dec 13, 19 12:55 pm  · 
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tduds

One thing that drives me absolutely mad is the way the media has run with this framing. It's not "the House is impeaching the President" (which is technically true & how the government works) but "The Democrats are impeaching The Republican" (which frames this as a political maneuver and not a constitutionally-mandated exercise of oversight). The House is doing it's job, the Republicans in the House are not doing their job.

Dec 13, 19 12:57 pm  · 
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SneakyPete

Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, said: "Rather than help Americans move into the future with confidence, Democrats are attempting to knee-cap our democracy. They're telling millions of voters that Democrats will work to overturn the will of the people whenever it conflicts with the will of liberal elites."


Right, Doug. That's why the Democrats tried to impeach Reagan, Bush, and Shrub. Oh, wait...

Dec 13, 19 1:05 pm  · 
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tduds

Meanwhile...

Dec 13, 19 1:07 pm  · 
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I could never buy the argument that impeachment is somehow overturning the will of the voters. It's like they don't realize that people also vote to elect their representatives in Congress.

Dec 13, 19 1:38 pm  · 
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As if congress is answerable to "the people" ...

Dec 13, 19 1:43 pm  · 
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In an ideal scenario, the more public support a bill has, the more of a chance it should have of being passed by congress. I don't recall where, but I read that studies have found that increasing public support of legislation basically has zero effect on that legislation actually getting passed.

Dec 13, 19 1:52 pm  · 
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SneakyPete

Miles, you're sounding like my parents. They're not left, but they commonly make the same arguments you are. It's tiresome, my friend.

Dec 13, 19 2:14 pm  · 
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Here it is ... and some excerpts: 

"When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.

...

"Overall, net interest-group alignments are not significantly related to the preferences of average citizens. The net alignments of the most influential, business-oriented groups are negatively related to the average citizen’s wishes. So existing interest groups do not serve effectively as transmission belts for the wishes of the populace as a whole.

...

"In the United States, our findings indicate, the majority does not rule—at least not in the causal sense of actually determining policy outcomes. When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites or with organized interests, they generally lose. Moreover, because of the strong status quo bias built into the U.S. political system, even when fairly large majorities of Americans favor policy change, they generally do not get it.

...

"Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts."

Dec 13, 19 2:22 pm  · 
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There is really only one party. We’re not invited even though we’re paying for it.

Dec 13, 19 12:07 pm  · 
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Non Sequitur

I'm particularly fond of the bottom 3 points in the bi-partisan section

Dec 13, 19 12:10 pm  · 
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Miles, I almost included a 3rd branch (as a H/T to you) ... the "career politician branch" where the goal is to do the things outlined in the Venn diagram above.

Dec 13, 19 12:23 pm  · 
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tduds

I have my beef with the old-guard Democratic establishment, but the Republicans are essentially proto-fascist at this point. They really aren't similar.

Dec 13, 19 12:24 pm  · 
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SneakyPete

Yeah, the "pox on both their houses" sounds remarkably similar to "There were very fine people on both sides" to me.

Dec 13, 19 1:15 pm  · 
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tduds

.

Dec 13, 19 1:17 pm  · 
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REPs and DEMs in the House overwhelmingly passed the largest military spending bill ever: $738b.

  • no repeal of AUMF that gives the cedes congressional responsibility for war to the president
  • authorizes creation of US Space Force
  • bans US withdrawal from NATO
  • provides money to research low-yield nuclear weapons
  • prohibits military cooperation with Russia
  • sanctions businesses and people involved in the NordStream Piepline

41 DEMs voted against.

Dec 13, 19 1:34 pm  · 
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tduds

Admitting the GOP is significantly more corrupt does not imply the Democratic Party is *good* ...that's the only point I was making.

Dec 13, 19 1:48 pm  · 
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Beware of cognitive bias.

Dec 13, 19 2:01 pm  · 
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tduds

Back at ya.

Dec 13, 19 2:04 pm  · 
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SneakyPete

Dans ses écrits, un sage Italien Dit que le mieux est l'ennemi du bien.

Dec 13, 19 2:12 pm  · 
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Non Sequitur

^classic french throwback.

Dec 13, 19 2:19 pm  · 
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How many of you are following Trump's trial during the day? I'm really only catching bits of it during my evening commute, and then reading the news about it in the morning. I recall back in high school Clinton's trial was on the TVs in a few history/US government classrooms when it was happening. Anyone streaming this at their desks? Office watch parties?

Jan 23, 20 4:21 pm  · 
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Chad Miller

I wish. The parts I do hear are infuriating though .

Jan 23, 20 4:35 pm  · 
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tduds

I catch whatever happens to be on NPR on my way home in the evening. Schiff is presenting a very clear narrative that should result in overwhelming consensus that Trump is guilty, but will persuade exactly no one.

Jan 23, 20 4:46 pm  · 
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tduds, I think about the only defense the republicans have is "sure he did what the house is saying he did, but it's not that bad." I was seeing comments from Trey Gowdy earlier questioning that if Biden wasn't running for president, would Trump's actions rise to the level of being impeachable. 

That doesn't sound like he needs to be convinced of what Trump did, he tacitly admits that the facts say he did it ... he needs to be convinced that it's impeachable, even though by the way he sets up his hypothetical he implies that it is worthy of impeachment. There's no need for a hypothetical where Biden's an ordinary american if you think Trump's actions are worthy of impeachment to begin with. Even then, the hypothetical has no bearing on the actual trial so it's simply something thrown out there to distract from the issues. 

I see no logical way that they can justify Trump's actions without simply drawing a line and saying "it's not bad enough to be worthy of removal from office." And if that's the answer ... I'm not sure what to expect in the next handful of elections.

Jan 23, 20 7:30 pm  · 
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liberty bell

I’m doing exactly what tduds is doing, listening when I can and feeling it’s really, really important but ultimately won’t be anything.

Jan 23, 20 7:38 pm  · 
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gwharton

ACQUITTED!

Feb 7, 20 3:16 pm  · 
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SneakyPete

Congratulations?

Feb 7, 20 3:18 pm  · 
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liberty bell

If anyone cares, I’m team Warren. I adore her ever since her first appearance on The Daily Show.

Jan 23, 20 7:39 pm  · 
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liberty bell

<insert thumbs up emoji which I, as an Old, don’t know how to do from my phone>



Jan 23, 20 7:55 pm  · 
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Whoa, did Interpol/wine caveman/Frac get banned from politics central, or just get their comments removed?

Jan 23, 20 9:07 pm  · 
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tduds

Now who am I going to half-assedly argue with?

Jan 24, 20 11:42 am  · 
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jla-x is still around, no? Or is that more whole-assedly arguing?

Jan 24, 20 12:01 pm  · 
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tduds

I give him a good 3/4 ass most of the time.

Jan 24, 20 1:05 pm  · 
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Non Sequitur

Looks like Interpol's comments were also nuked from the Trump border wall news thread too.

Jan 24, 20 1:13 pm  · 
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While this is clearly not a democracy I vote for nuking the account.

Jan 24, 20 2:05 pm  · 
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Happy Iowa Caucus Day! The past three years have been building up to this, and we'll probably know less about who will take the Democratic Party nomination tomorrow morning. Maybe a little more about who won't take the nomination ... but probably still too early to tell. 

In other news, at least some republicans have chewed on enough calcium supplements to have something loosely resembling a spine, and have publicly stated that the House Democrats have made a convincing case that Trump did what he is accused of ... but that it's not worthy of removal from office. Anyone holding out hope for a censure for the president? I'm not. Can the minority party bring a censure vote to the floor if Mitch doesn't want it? 

Feb 3, 20 8:01 pm  · 
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Non Sequitur

why is Iowa so important? I've never been, have no plans on ever going... yet it's in my news feed.

Feb 4, 20 11:41 am  · 
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tduds

It's not important. It's just first.

Feb 4, 20 11:42 am  · 
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tduds

https://gen.medium.com/f-ck-iowa-638cb9ab15a8

Feb 4, 20 11:42 am  · 
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Non Sequitur

great article. thanks.

Feb 4, 20 11:47 am  · 
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tduds

Well this has been embarrassing.

Feb 4, 20 11:39 am  · 
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threeohdoor

Utter incompetence. Why the Iowa Dems thought it necessary to shoehorn an app into the caucus is beyond me. All we had to do was count people in a room and then make a phone call. But no, we had to get some company named "Shadow Inc." (no joke) to build a half-assed vote reporting app and go ruin everything. There really is an app for everything.

Feb 4, 20 11:48 am  · 
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Huge CF. I was following along for a little bit to 538's live blogging of the results and they were all getting pretty annoyed with this. They started saying journalists had headlines to write and deadlines to meet and the story was going to be about how much of a screw up the process was this time around rather than any meaningful results. Also with the State of the Union today, the impeachment trial vote to convict/acquit tomorrow, and New Hampshire's primary next week, the winner in Iowa expecting a bump was going to get lost in the news cycle. Huge CF.

Feb 4, 20 11:57 am  · 
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tduds

"They started saying journalists had headlines to write and deadlines to meet.." This, to me, is the bigger problem. News cycles are hurting our ability to parse information.

Feb 4, 20 12:31 pm  · 
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That wasn't lost on them as well ... but that headline bites the hand that feeds them.

Feb 4, 20 12:48 pm  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

Well, it was fun while it lasted. I'm ready for this shit show called human existence to end anyway. ELE where are you?!

Feb 4, 20 12:58 pm  · 
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tduds

That's a bit drastic don't ya think.

Feb 4, 20 1:00 pm  · 
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Here's around 5.5 minutes of video where Nate Silver is pretty visibly frustrated (use headphones if you're at work or around children): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0j7JTeyIlU 

Galen Druke had this comment as well...

GALEN DRUKE
11:09 PM

While most Americans probably aren’t holding their breath for results from Iowa, the people responsible for tomorrow’s media narrative — journalists — are. Based on a sample of about 30 people in our newsroom, journalists are getting increasingly annoyed. Those same journalists are going to be responsible for tomorrow’s narrative, and it’s growing increasingly likely that that narrative will be: SHITSHOW IN IOWA

Live Blog here for those with time to kill: https://fivethirtyeight.com/live-blog/iowa-caucus-2020-election-live/ 

Feb 4, 20 1:06 pm  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

Of course it is, but we need to save the planet, dinosaurs, humans, next-generation evolutionary species will do better.

Feb 4, 20 1:07 pm  · 
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tduds

Never use an app for something that can be done without an app.

Feb 4, 20 1:46 pm  · 
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SneakyPete

*throws phone away*

Feb 4, 20 2:10 pm  · 
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threeohdoor

I'll give the digital benefit of the doubt and revise tduds statement: "Never us an app for something that can be done better without an app."


Feb 4, 20 2:26 pm  · 
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If you are looking for election meddling look

Feb 4, 20 3:00 pm  · 
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no further than the DNC. They’re doing it again because it worked so well last time.

Feb 4, 20 3:00 pm  · 
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tduds

No. They just screwed up.

Feb 4, 20 4:05 pm  · 
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tduds

I have zero patience for this idiot narrative in which the DNC is too incompetent to win elections and at the same time so competent that they secretly rig elections.

Feb 4, 20 4:06 pm  · 
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threeohdoor

Hanlon's Razor looms large here.

Feb 4, 20 4:31 pm  · 
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@ tduds Fantastic logic. "the DNC is too incompetent to win elections and at the same time so competent that they secretly rig elections." Elections that they lose. LOL

So Wasserman Schultz did not resign as DNC head over a leak of internal DNC emails that showed officials actively favoring Hillary Clinton during the presidential primary and plotting against Bernie Sanders?

The NYT today had a page on all the democratic candidates positions ... except Sanders. Whoops.

And DNC chair Tom Perez hasn't stacked the nominating committee with vocal opponents of Sanders?

Don't be surprised when the new caucus app is found to have been somewhat less than legitimate ...

Feb 4, 20 6:21 pm  · 
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tduds

There is no evidence — none, zero, zilch — to suggest the results of the Iowa Caucuses will be in any way inaccurate, and people suggesting otherwise are irresponsible. Did this take longer than everyone hoped? Yeah. But somehow faking the results of the caucus, when there are extensive paper trails, and when people LITERALLY CAST THEIR VOTES IN PUBLIC, is essentially impossible. https://twitter.com/Robillard/status/1224751886881951744

Feb 4, 20 7:17 pm  · 
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tduds

Anyway California has like 500 delegates, votes in less than a month, and Sanders is polling ahead so none of this is going to matter.

Feb 4, 20 7:17 pm  · 
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tduds

Also the page that doesn't exist was really easy to find https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/elections/bernie-sanders.html

Feb 4, 20 7:21 pm  · 
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NYT print edition. As to the app, it is a compromised system from the start, just like electronic voting machines that are susceptible to manipulation. Reference Clinton Curtis sworn testimony to congress. https://www.theverge.com/2020/2/4/21121903/iowa-results-delay-app-reporting

Feb 4, 20 8:03 pm  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

If Pete is cheating, at least he's trying. Go Liz!

Feb 4, 20 8:52 pm  · 
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atelier nobody

Hot off the press:

"The AIA is aware (and has been actively addressing this) that there is a draft executive order circulating for consideration by White House officials that would officially designate “classical” architecture as the preferred style for the following building types: federal courthouses, all federal public buildings in the Capital region, and all other federal public buildings whose cost exceed $50 million in modern dollars. The AIA strongly and unequivocally opposes this change in policy to promote any style of architecture over another for these types of federal buildings across the country. 

The draft executive order defines “classical architectural style” to mean architectural features derived from classical Greek and Roman architecture. There are some allowances for “traditional architectural style” which is defined to mean classical architecture along with Gothic, Romanesque, and Spanish colonial. The draft executive order specifically prohibits the use of Brutalist architecture, or its derivatives.

Except for Brutalism, there is some language in the draft executive order that would allow for other architectural styles to be used in cases where it could be conclusively proven that a different style is necessary. However, the high bar required to satisfy the process described within the executive order would all but restrict the ability to design the federal buildings under this order in anything but the preferred style. The process would include a personal written justification from the Administrator, which cannot be delegated to staff, and which is still subject to review by the White House..."

Feb 4, 20 7:40 pm  · 
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atelier nobody

When he was elected, my first response was, "Please, whatever God or Gods are listening, don't let him get his tasteless, tiny hands on the 'Guiding Principals for Federal Architecture."

Apparently, no Gods were listening.

Feb 4, 20 7:42 pm  · 
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So Dictator is deciding what style is or isn't allowed to be used. This isn't hyperbole. Banning of an architectural style is on par with banning a religion.

Feb 4, 20 7:46 pm  · 
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JawkneeMusic

maybe trump owns a bunch of quarries

Feb 4, 20 8:41 pm  · 
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zonker

Its like when Stalin specified classical style after Corbu presented his design for the palace of supreme soviets


Feb 4, 20 8:09 pm  · 
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It is a populist exec order. It's a popular leaning of conservative public to side with "stately" buildings representing power and grandness to impress and rule. I don't have any particular problems with so called classical style buildings of early last century and older when the construction technology was still widely embedded in bricks and mortar and a Greek column represented authority, trust, and guarantees in general to an average citizen. Now, it seems like a faked style representing lies.

This decree is interesting (see; Price Charles) in terms of using the powerful representational side of architecture. In a healthy society it can be a good debate that can create more interest and participation in the ideas of built environment and architecture. But, we don't debate things anymore, I shouldn't get my hopes up, because in today's political context this will turn into a fanatical fight about something else as intended and televised. 

Feb 4, 20 8:53 pm  · 
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curtkram

it's like trump wants to be literal hitler. https://archinect.com/news/article/73841759/hitler-s-classical-architect

Feb 5, 20 11:14 am  · 
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atelier nobody

curtkram - Also my first thought when I saw it. I wonder who will be Herr Drumpf's new Albert Speer...

Feb 5, 20 1:09 pm  · 
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midlander

For as much as people complain about trump i don't think there is widespread recognition just how dangerous he is. he is leading a movement that will break up America. Even the most energetic democratic opponents of Trumpism (and there are very few true ones) are ignoring this threat, possibly because the reality is too ugly to be nicely sorted out in a civil and undisruptive way. a lot of bad things arise due to the fear of disruption. for most of this this is a much more serious risk to our future than climate change, though certainly related.

Feb 5, 20 1:47 am  · 
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midlander

bullshit, obviously. also, i can't vote for the senators and congress reps from other states. my state is great, not part of the problem.

Feb 5, 20 9:32 am  · 
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midlander

my point being that the efforts of reasonable people to influence this will fail because they have no impact on the states dominated by unreasonable people.

Feb 5, 20 9:34 am  · 
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Iowa precinct chair says the app got stuck on the last step

From CNN's Jeff Zeleny
A precinct chair in Iowa said the app got stuck on the last step when reporting results. It was uploading a picture of the precinct’s results.
The chair said they were finally able to upload, so they took a screenshot. The app then showed different numbers than what they had submitted as captured in their screenshot.

Feb 5, 20 9:20 am  · 
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Throughout the caucus yesterday, Democratic officials reported widespread problems downloading the app and inconsistencies uploading caucus results, leading to the Iowa Democratic Party’s decision to take the unusual step of delaying the release of the results. This is the first year the app was used, and ahead of the caucuses, the Iowa Democratic Party asked that the app’s name be kept secret. The New York Times reported that “its creators had repeatedly questioned the need to keep it secret.”

The Iowa Democratic Party and the Nevada Democratic Party retained Shadow to develop its caucus app. Shadow has also been retained for digital services by Buttigieg’s and Biden’s campaigns.

A precinct captain for Sanders, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the press, confirmed that the rollout was rushed. “We didn’t know about the app until like a month ago. And we didn’t have access to the app until like three days ago,” the source said.

https://theintercept.com/2020/02/04/iowa-caucus-app-shadow-acronym/

The name of the company behind the app? Shadow Inc. Shadow was launched by former Hillary Clinton staff. 

A botched impeachment followed by election meddling. The DNC might as well be working for the Trump campaign. They are doing everything they can to reelect him. 

Feb 5, 20 9:33 am  · 
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Chad Miller

Which former Hillary Clinton staff member? What we this staff members job while with HC?

Feb 5, 20 10:11 am  · 
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JLC-1

Gerard Niemira. Hillary For America Total Duration1 yr 2 mos TitleDirector of Product Dates EmployedMar 2016 – Nov 2016 Employment Duration9 mos LocationBrooklyn, NY - Promoted during the campaign to lead the small but mighty team in charge of all of the campaign’s tools for field organizers and volunteers. - Created a platform for field organizers to contact voters and manage volunteers in their communities as efficiently as possible while opening up new avenues of data collection for the campaign. - Pioneered voter contact via SMS, resulting in the most efficient voter contact method ever on a presidential campaign (over 40 time as efficient as phone calls) used to reach tens of millions of voters. - Led a cross-functional team to scale our platform’s capacity to handle an over 4000% increase in usage during the critical “get out the vote” weekend before the election. … see more TitleSenior Product Manager Dates EmployedOct 2015 – Mar 2016 Employment Duration6 mos LocationBrooklyn, New York - Produced a suite of tools, used by millions of voters and supporters nationwide, for field teams to collect commitments to vote, share polling place information, and make voting plans. - Built an online call tool that resulted in millions of voters and volunteers contacted remotely by campaign volunteers by phone.

Feb 5, 20 10:35 am  · 
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JLC-1

taken from linkedin

Feb 5, 20 10:35 am  · 
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Chad Miller

Thanks for the info JLC-1!

Feb 5, 20 10:51 am  · 
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threeohdoor

The DNC has little, if anything, to do with the Iowa Democratic Caucus. Separate entities. Pursuing the Hillary Clinton/DNC Boogieman path of inquiry is asinine and unproductive, however fun and thrilling in the near term. Leaning on weak conspiracy theories is foolish. Never presume malfeasance in place of good ol' incompetence.

Feb 5, 20 11:26 am  · 
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SneakyPete

Focusing on this makes us useful idiots.

Feb 5, 20 11:58 am  · 
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@3oh The Iowa Democratic Party and the Nevada Democratic Party retained Shadow to develop its caucus app.

@Pete ignoring this makes us useful idiots.

We have the very best government that money can buy and that money is terrified of Sanders. The corporate media blatantly sabotages him, the DNC is working against him, Hillary's foaming at the mouth over him is widely reported. There is a full court press by the establishment to derail his campaign. Watch what they do next, this is only going to get worse. I’m surprised that they have linked Bernie to Putin yet.

Feb 5, 20 12:15 pm  · 
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SneakyPete

Who really gives a flying shit who the nominee is? Hold your damn nose, pull the lever not marked Trump, then we can argue for four years about this all you like.

Feb 5, 20 12:52 pm  · 
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tduds

A vote for anyone other than the eventual Democratic nominee is a vote for Trump. There are many places to advocate for changes to the system, and many other ballot races to support minority party candidates. The presidential general election is not the place.

Feb 5, 20 1:51 pm  · 
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“A vote for anyone other than the eventual Democratic nominee is a vote for Trump.” Silly me, I thought voting was supposed to determine the nominee. Care to share your foreknowledge and save us all the trouble of voting?

Feb 5, 20 3:40 pm  · 
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SneakyPete

I read that more as eventually, when the nominee is selected, a vote for anyone else at that point is a vote for Trump.

Feb 5, 20 3:43 pm  · 
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Don't vote for what you believe in: vote for someone you hate as a vote against someone you hate even more. This largely explains why we inevitably end up with a choice between two detestables like Hillary and Trump.

Feb 5, 20 3:53 pm  · 
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SneakyPete

The mechanism for our elections is in need of repair. The mechanism for our elections is not broken in a method that allows you to vote your beliefs or conscience. Doing so doesn't make you smarter or better, It just makes you lose the election.

Feb 5, 20 4:16 pm  · 
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tduds

Change doesn't happen in the presidential general election. Change must already have happened for the presidential general election to contain a desirable candidate. I find the focus on The President, at the expense of focus on thousands of other elected officials and tens of thousands of policy initiatives, frankly annoying.

Feb 5, 20 4:20 pm  · 
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tduds

You have two choices: vote for the Democrat or vote for fascism. If you want to make change, start reading up on your county school boards.

Feb 5, 20 4:21 pm  · 
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tduds

You think Trump came out of nowhere? Trump's candidacy was the result of 45 years of subtle but deliberate action from the right. Same with Bush. Same with the Senate. Things accelerated post-2010 once the money shackles were off, but I tell you one thing they didn't start with the damn president.

Feb 5, 20 4:23 pm  · 
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Trump was put up by Hillary to insure her victory. The establishment media focused - at the behest of Clinton - on the most despicable Republicans (Ted Cruz!) and gave Trump billions in exposure. Trump thought he would get some delegates and trade them for something sweet at the Republican convention. Look at the election night video - when Trump is announced as the winner his entire family looks like deer caught in the headlights: WTF?! He wasn’t supposed to win. The Dems handed it to him, and they are poised to do it again. 

Feb 5, 20 4:44 pm  · 
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tduds

I give up... I can't compete with MIles' ability to read intent into every coincidence. It must be exhausting to think the world is that laden with sinister plots.

Feb 5, 20 5:07 pm  · 
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tduds

"The Dems handed it to him, and they are poised to do it again." You know how to stop that? Vote for the Democrat.

Feb 5, 20 5:09 pm  · 
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Chad Miller

I have an unflattering reasoning on why people buy into conspiracy theories.

Feb 5, 20 5:11 pm  · 
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The term "conspiracy theory" was invented by the CIA. Documented quote, CIA Director William Casey to President Ronald Reagan: "We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false."

Feb 5, 20 5:46 pm  · 
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tduds

Incredible.

Feb 5, 20 5:54 pm  · 
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SneakyPete

Uncredible.

Feb 5, 20 6:22 pm  · 
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Barbara Honegger is the source of the quote. Formerly a researcher at the Hoover Institution, Honegger was an assistant domestic policy advisor to Regan. She also disclosed the October Surprise (1980) where Reagan negotiated with Iran to delay the release of the hostages until after the election.

Feb 5, 20 6:57 pm  · 
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Actually it was the Reagan / Bush campaign. Bush senior had been CIA director under Gerald Ford.

Feb 5, 20 7:29 pm  · 
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This just keeps getting better. Acronym is a political dark money group (no financial reporting). It was started with money from Silicon Valley billionaire Reid Hoffman. Acronym has ballooned since its founding into a massive dark money operation, even launching a Super PAC dubbed Pacronym that has raked in money from hedge fund billionaires like Seth Klarman and Donald Sussman. Tara McGowan - who runs Acronym, which founded Shadow Inc., which created the app for the Iowa caucus - is married to a senior Buttieg advisor.

Feb 6, 20 10:24 am  · 
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tduds

There is no deep state.

Feb 6, 20 12:14 pm  · 
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tduds

Here's a good thread about how the Iowa fiasco happened. Predictably, incompetence not malice. https://twitter.com/rabble/status/1224820389387223041?s=21

Feb 6, 20 12:14 pm  · 
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tduds

Chad: "I have an unflattering reasoning on why people buy into conspiracy theories." 

The terrifying reality that there is no one in charge but us and that the world is a chaotic, unpredictable, and cruel place is just too much for some. So they invent an omniscient overlord because evil control is preferable to neutral chaos.

Feb 6, 20 12:16 pm  · 
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tduds

I think there are as many definitions of "deep state" as there are people talking about it. As a term, it's meaningless. Yes, there exists a bureaucracy of unelected career government employees. There also exists a money-fueled network of unaccountable power in our country. Both of these groups contain some corrupt individuals and some well-intentioned ones. Talking about these various and disparate groups as if they're a united cabal of "deep state" actors is delusional and unproductive and I have no patience for it.

Feb 6, 20 1:18 pm  · 
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threeohdoor

It's a convenient boogieman for those who are no longer able to publicly project previous versions of men of boogie: racial and ethnic minorities, immigrants, jews, etc etc. When life is difficult, who do Americans typically blame? Yep, it's those you consider to be "below" you in status and those with whom you share little. It's 1984 Eurasia. I always laugh at first when I hear people cry about the Deep State, then I become sad.

Feb 6, 20 3:30 pm  · 
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threeohdoor

The NSA is accountable to House and Senate Intelligence Committees, among others. Just because we elect morally corrupt hooligans to these posts doesn't negate constitutional powers.

The military industrial complex is anything but deep. It employs hundreds of thousands of citizens in both public and private capacities. Contracts are public. Most of the companies are public and have their financials posted quarterly. Again, elect war-mongering idiots, get stupid government. 

Don't equate "hard to understand" or "complex" with the plans of nefarious government workers. If anything, we should be proud that our government is so inept such that it couldn't possibly create and maintain some "deep state". 

Feb 6, 20 4:25 pm  · 
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tduds

jla: Read what I said above. All of your examples fit into what I"m talking about. And please don't start on the UFOs

Feb 6, 20 4:33 pm  · 
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So Eisenhower was wrong, the NSA has never spied on American citizens and congress, CIA directors have never lied to congress, intelligence agencies are vigorously scrutinized by elected officials, whistle-blowers are always protected and never prosecuted, Wikileaks only publishes lies, the NSA does not operate a global ground-based, aerial, and orbital surveillance system run by the same contractors who supply the Pentagon, the CIA hasn't meddled in foreign elections around the globe since 1940, the Church Committee hearings were a hoax, the CIA never sold crack on the streets of LA, etc.

It is utterly impossible that there exists a Shadow Government of unelected, contractor-staffed, highly classified, black-budget intelligence agencies, and there have never been former intelligence officers, staffers, and contractors who have become whistle-blowers who were prosecuted and imprisoned for revealing crimes committed by such agencies, or that there exists, like in all power structures, groups competing for power and control of their common interests.

Good to know. I feel much better now.

Feb 6, 20 6:49 pm  · 
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Chad Miller

Might I suggest everyone take a minute and learn where the term 'deep state' came from.


https://www.npr.org/2019/11/06/776852841/the-man-who-popularized-the-deep-state-doesnt-like-the-way-its-used

Feb 6, 20 6:54 pm  · 
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Chad Miller

I find NPR more credible than some conspiracy theory website with click-bait banner adds.

Feb 6, 20 7:10 pm  · 
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tduds

Miles: none of that rant refutes or addresses my point. The term "Deep State" is meaningless. At worst, there are lots and lots of Deep States, all working in their own self interest and often in direct contradiction of each other. Most of it can be explained by scope creep and institutional inertia.

Feb 6, 20 7:22 pm  · 
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tduds

A large part of the dysfunction of our government - especially in the unelected portions - is due to a lack of cohesive direction, not a sinister direction.

Feb 6, 20 7:24 pm  · 
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tduds

I never said any of those things.

Feb 6, 20 7:31 pm  · 
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tduds

Dismantling the various systems of ineffective power and unaccountable inertia that contribute to government intransigence requires first admitting that there is not one element to dismantle, but dozens. There is no Deep State. There is no enemy, only various levels of apathy with a peppering of fraud.

Feb 6, 20 7:33 pm  · 
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The system is composed of multiple interests that both compete and cooperate with each other. Boeing and Lockheed (entrenched in both military and intelligence complexes) compete to sell military hardware but work together to create the ‘need’ for it. Reps and Dems vie for power via money from such interests, which both parties serve slavishly. These systems are highly effective at promoting their own interests and preventing accountability. Thus the Pentagon's inability to account for $37 trillion in spending or even complete a basic audit.

Feb 7, 20 12:01 pm  · 
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Chad Miller

When people start talking about the 'deep state' all I hear is the 'wa wa wa' from Charlie Brown cartoons.

Feb 7, 20 12:34 pm  · 
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Ignorance is its own reward.

Feb 7, 20 12:44 pm  · 
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Chad Miller

Sorry, but I have better things to do with my time. 

Feb 7, 20 1:08 pm  · 
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Ignorance is bliss, or so I am told.

Feb 7, 20 4:40 pm  · 
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zonker

Trump will be re-elected and then we will have a Ferdinand Marcos Philippine style dictator just as one of my co-workers at SOM predicted 12 years ago

Feb 5, 20 11:58 am  · 
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Chad Miller

If Trump gets re-elected I'm stocking up on insulin, food, and ammo to fend off the Nazi shitheads who will become even more embolden .

Feb 5, 20 12:08 pm  · 
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threeohdoor

A fellow diabetic! Not so much of a gun person though...might have to move north and restart my hockey career.

Feb 5, 20 1:27 pm  · 
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Chad Miller

What makes you think I'm not being serious jla-x?

Feb 5, 20 2:49 pm  · 
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Chad Miller

threeohdoor - just move back to northern Minnesota like I plan on doing. The state is rather liberal with great schools and healthcare. Also we're really close to Canada so the beer is good. Also it's too cold for Nazi's. Ever since the battle if Stalingrad those dipshits have been scared of the cold.


Oh and hokey is 'uge up north in Minnesota eh! 

Feb 5, 20 2:52 pm  · 
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Chad Miller

Depends on where you live. Also I include the alt-right, tiki torch carrying, women hating dipshits in the Nazi category .

Feb 5, 20 7:02 pm  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

Hate to tell you Chad, but the Nazis are in St. Cloud, they busy banning immigrant settlements in their town.

Feb 5, 20 9:46 pm  · 
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Chad Miller

jlax-x, I'm not watering down the definition of a Nazi. If you have the same ideals and views as the Nazi's, then you're a Nazi and an asshole.

Feb 6, 20 10:18 am  · 
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Chad Miller

b3t


Feb 6, 20 10:33 am  · 
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threeohdoor

This map is hilarious. I'll make sure to stay clear of St. Cloud, Nazis, and jla-x when I migrate north.

Feb 6, 20 10:44 am  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

Yeah, but I hear Nazis portage and like walleye.

Feb 6, 20 11:01 am  · 
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Chad Miller

Little known fact, Nazis are scared of loons. Just hearing their haunting cry makes them soil themselves.

Feb 6, 20 11:22 am  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

That's a well known fact, but only Northern Loons, not European Loons.

Feb 6, 20 11:36 am  · 
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Chad Miller

Well obviously b3t.

Feb 6, 20 12:20 pm  · 
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tduds

Instead of 'Nazi' let's say 'Fascist' then.

Feb 6, 20 12:22 pm  · 
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Chad Miller

jla-x, as I said above if someone has the same ideals and views as the Nazi's then I'll classify and call them as such. If you need me to clarify, if someone believes that theirr race is better than all others and they want to physically harm or kill the other races because they don't consider them human then I'll call them a Nazi, along with other things.

Now I agree with your overall statement jla-x, you can't just throw around classifications willy-nilly.  That being said I do think the alt right and those affiliated with the group are Nazis.

Feb 6, 20 12:26 pm  · 
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I want to see more state maps like the one Chad posted.

Feb 6, 20 9:13 pm  · 
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Chad Miller

Here you go.


Feb 7, 20 9:49 am  · 
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Non Sequitur

What's the deal with Glenwood Springs?

Feb 7, 20 1:10 pm  · 
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JLC-1

glenwood springs, and a couple of towns to the left and right of it, is where all the service and construction workers for aspen live, it's also where we shop in big boxes that aren't allowed in the rich man's landscape. It's a nice town, getting crowded by driving tourists that stop for a soak in the hot "springs". Lots of new construction going on, mainly multifamily.

Feb 7, 20 1:39 pm  · 
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Chad Miller

They like to be their own 'thing'. I think this is because they are the gateway to a few major ski areas to their south but don't have good skiing themselves. They're have a rather rugged sense if individualism.

Feb 7, 20 1:40 pm  · 
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tduds

I made this a bunch of years ago & it make the internet-rounds every so often:


Feb 7, 20 1:58 pm  · 
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threeohdoor

SE Mass is a wasteland too. Basically the 95/195/Bay zone.

Feb 7, 20 2:19 pm  · 
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Non Sequitur

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Feb 7, 20 3:41 pm  · 
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Non Sequitur

Ya'll mericans are a funny bunch.  

Feb 5, 20 12:32 pm  · 
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Chad Miller

You Canuks are just weird.

Feb 5, 20 1:14 pm  · 
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SneakyPete

Rest assured that the political operatives in Canada are paying close attention and will be adopting successful tactics in your elections soon.

Feb 5, 20 1:16 pm  · 
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Non Sequitur

Jla, I see you're a big Nickleback fan... maybe your definition of awesome band needs some re-evaluation.

Feb 5, 20 1:40 pm  · 
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tduds

Sick burn.

Feb 5, 20 1:52 pm  · 
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Non Sequitur

Neil Young is the only god that has ever existed.

Feb 5, 20 1:57 pm  · 
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Non Sequitur

Indeed he is. His auto biography is filled with more info on model trains than music. Also, no Neil means no Pearl Jam... and we can't exist without PJ.

Feb 5, 20 2:00 pm  · 
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JLC-1

"He became a United States citizen, taking dual citizenship on January 22, 2020."

Feb 5, 20 2:45 pm  · 
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Chad Miller

I must say that Canada is lacking in the heavy metal department though. . . .

Feb 5, 20 2:48 pm  · 
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Non Sequitur

Chad, heavy-metal is not my scene (see Young and Pearl Jam notes above)... but we do have a Dave Mustaine and Unibroue colab. See here: https://www.unibroue.com/en/our-beers/a-tout-le-monde/10

Feb 5, 20 3:13 pm  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

I got turned on to Tragically Hip way too late. In my mind, way better than Rush.

Feb 5, 20 5:32 pm  · 
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Almosthip7

Chad - Check out a Band called The Headstones not heavy metal but they rock!

Feb 5, 20 5:53 pm  · 
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Chad Miller

Thanks for the band names!

Feb 5, 20 6:21 pm  · 
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Non Sequitur

Ahip7, I’ll be seeing headstones (along with tea party, moist, big wreck) in Ottawa this summer. Going to be a great throw back concert day.

Feb 5, 20 7:20 pm  · 
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Almosthip7

I saw them last year and the year before at a small bar in my town. I’m going to the same tour just down in Edmonton. I have the headstone logo tattoo’d on me

Feb 5, 20 7:31 pm  · 
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Almosthip7

Seen them New Year’s Eve 1992 at The Volcano Clud in Kitchener. And I was hooked ...been about 10 times after that till now.

Feb 5, 20 7:34 pm  · 
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atelier nobody

My favorite Canadian band...https://youtu.be/bBBDCwZECLQ

Feb 5, 20 7:38 pm  · 
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Non Sequitur

Great Big Sea is Canadian fucking royalty.
Ahip, it’ll be my first time seeing them.

Feb 5, 20 8:10 pm  · 
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tduds

Buttigieg and Klobuchar out.

So I guess we're doubling down on people born in the 1940s for yet another cycle. 

Friggin' boomers.

Mar 2, 20 7:20 pm  · 
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tduds

I'm 34 years old. In my lifetime - including 2020, unless Trump dies - there will have been two presidential elections in which neither nominee was born between 1946-48 - 1988 and 2008. For a presidential election where no "serious" candidate (that is, a candidate who earned a significant number of primary delegates) was a 1940s baby you have to go back to 1984. We're approaching 40 years of one small group in power. I'd contend that's too long. 

There has not been a president born in the 1930s (there almost definitely won't be). There might not be a president born in the 1950's (in 2024 people born in 1960 will be 64...above average age for a president). The only other decade with 0 presidential birth years is 1810-1820. 

 In 2024 the eldest Millennials will be in our mid-40s, right around the age that Obama, Clinton, Kennedy & Roosevelt were when first elected. The next-next-president could very well be an 80s baby. 

 All this to say that 40's Baby Boomers siezed power ahead of expectations and held on to it well past expectations. Anyway, sorry Gen-X. As usual you got skipped.

Mar 2, 20 7:21 pm  · 
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atelier nobody

Strictly speaking, neither Joe nor Bernie is a Boomer. Their generation is almost as forgotten as Gen X - if either one of them wins, he will certainly be the only President from their generation.

I predict Gen X will be totally skipped by the US Presidency.

Mar 2, 20 7:31 pm  · 
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tduds

They're boomers to me.

Mar 2, 20 8:03 pm  · 
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Chad Miller

Don't care if they are boomers, just as long as it's not Trump.

Mar 3, 20 10:08 am  · 
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Non Sequitur

I was told I was gen X growing up in the mid 90s... now they tell me I'm millennial. I chose to identify as a lampshade.

Mar 3, 20 10:09 am  · 
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SneakyPete

if only generational labels qualified as identity.

Mar 3, 20 11:37 am  · 
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tduds

Gen X has been absorbed by Millenials + Boomers because our easily-digestible-narrative-obsessed media insists everything be described as one of two sides only. Sorry.

Mar 3, 20 12:06 pm  · 
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tduds

" Thanks to TV and for the convenience of TV, you can only be one of two kinds of human beings, either a liberal or a conservative."

Mar 3, 20 12:07 pm  · 
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tduds

Strong disagree with all of that.

Mar 5, 20 11:57 am  · 
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Any of you get to vote today? My state's primary isn't until later so not me. 

Depending on how things go today, I may or may not vote in the primary. I'm not a member of either party and could still participate in the open primary as an independent as long as I'm ok giving my information to the Democractic Party. 

Usually the nomination is pretty much decided by the time we get to vote so ... meh? Hard to get jazzed for a participation trophy, and I'm getting too old to get excited about a protest vote. Feel free to try and convince me otherwise though ... I haven't really decided whether it's worth it or not.

Mar 3, 20 5:58 pm  · 
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SneakyPete

Open primaries just create an environment primed for garbage gamesmanship. I voted.

Mar 3, 20 7:08 pm  · 
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axonapoplectic

I think the people scared of Medicare for all are only really worried about losing private supplemental coverage. People like to feel like they are in control and I think the problem with Sanders is that he fails to understand this. Provide enough support so that everyone is covered, but let the people customize and buy extra private insurance for perks like house calls or a hot towel when you visit the dentist, or Greg Lynn’s new line of custom suppositories. 

Mar 4, 20 10:44 pm  · 
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tduds

Guess I'm voting for Bernie now.

Mar 5, 20 12:43 pm  · 
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atelier nobody

Luckily for me, I don't hate Joe or Bernie - I would've strongly preferred Liz, but those two have been my 2nd & 3rd picks since Kamala dropped out.

Mar 6, 20 5:46 pm  · 
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Any speculation on who Bernie and Biden have on their short lists for veep. I don’t necessarily think Warren is hoping for the job, but the decision to not endorse anyone is interesting. I do think she’s keeping her options open to work in either administration though.

Mar 6, 20 12:25 am  · 
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gibbost

A Stacey Abrams or Kamala Harris pick for Biden would nearly seal the deal. Optics alone says avoid the 'old white dude' ticket--which is what the race is now down to--on either side.

Mar 6, 20 10:38 am  · 
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tduds

In modern history the VP pick is a ticket balancer. Biden needs someone younger, more liberal, ideally a woman, a person of color, or better a woman of color (Abrams?). Bernie needs the same but more moderate (Booker?, Harris?).

Mar 6, 20 12:49 pm  · 
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atelier nobody

I'm guessing it'll be some serious back-room dealing over which one of them gets Liz.

Mar 6, 20 5:44 pm  · 
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proto

i hate to say it, but bernie just doesn't have the capacity to turn out the voters. youth aren't showing up at the primaries. and women, esp women of color, don't seem to be excited about him. this translates to he'll be bad for candidates down ballot too as the hysteria ramps to create a backstop to "socialism"

we're headed for a lesser of two evils election again, except this time there is no voting your conscience if you think Trump is awful...deep breath & get excited to vote for whoever the dem candidate will be

Mar 6, 20 5:45 pm  · 
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revolutionary poet

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Mar 6, 20 11:19 pm  · 
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tduds

Learn to post.

Mar 11, 20 12:04 pm  · 
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( o Y o )

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Mar 10, 20 8:44 pm  · 
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tduds

This is an absurd chart.

Mar 11, 20 12:05 pm  · 
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Dokuser

Bernie Sanders > Joe Biden by a longshot

Mar 11, 20 2:26 am  · 
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liberty bell

At this point I will hold my nose and vote for whomever the Democratic nominee is. My main question, and I would love serious responses, is who truly has a better chance of beating Trump? I guess it depends, a lot, on who they pick for VP.

Mar 11, 20 8:47 am  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

Julian?

Mar 11, 20 9:40 am  · 
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atelier nobody

Either one of them should be able to beat Trump easily, assuming all of us do our jobs (voting, convincing others to vote, NOT voting for 3rd party or independent candidates).

Mar 11, 20 1:43 pm  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

of course volunteer is right, they know everything, Pizzagate, Q-Anon, and how silver prevents Corona. Enjoy your vote for Tulsi.

Mar 11, 20 11:17 am  · 
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( o Y o )

Stolen Election in Massachusetts: Mismatch Between Exit Polls and Reported Vote Count

Election results from the computerized vote counts differed significantly from the results projected by the exit poll conducted by Edison Research and published by CNN at poll’s closing.

Presidential candidates Biden’s and Bloomberg’s vote counts exhibited the largest disparity from their exit poll projections. Biden’s unobservable computer-generated vote totals represented a 15.7% increase of his projected exit poll share.

Exit polls are widely recognized—such as by, for example, the United States Agency for International Development  (USAID)—as a means for checking the validity of vote counts. The U.S. has financed exit polls in other countries to “ensure free and fair” elections […]

South Carolina Primary Vote Tampering? Exit Poll/Vote Count Discrepancy

The United States remains one of the few major democracies in the world that continue to allow computerized vote counting—not observable by the public—to determine the results of its elections.[ii] Countries such as GermanyNorwayNetherlandsFrance,[iii] Canada,[iv] United KingdomIrelandSpainPortugalItalyDenmarkSwedenFinland and many other countries protect the integrity of their elections with publicly observable hand-counting of paper ballots.[v]

Mar 11, 20 1:07 pm  · 
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tduds
threeohdoor

Honestly, if she had any real insight or fortitude, I would entertain the thought of voting for her. She is, after all, the stop all wars candidate. But she never really offered anything else other than a pretty face and joe rogan podcast appearance (there's a venn diagram there I'm sure)

Mar 11, 20 4:25 pm  · 
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tduds

I'm sure the conspiracy nuts will have a field day with this endorsement.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/tulsi-gabbard-drops-out-of-presidential-race-endorses-biden/2020/03/19/c723f8f4-4d07-11ea-9b5c-eac5b16dafaa_story.html

Mar 19, 20 12:21 pm  · 
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How about that Justin Amash? Gunning to run for president on the Libertarian ticket. What is everyone thinking ... will he take votes away from Trump, or will he take votes away from Biden?

May 5, 20 12:34 pm  · 
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SneakyPete

Both. This is a brief good thing for immediate Democracy because of the ant-democratic problems with first past the post, but it won't, in the long run, do anything to solve them.

May 5, 20 12:52 pm  · 
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My secret hope is that he'll take away votes from Trump in a demonstrable way which will influence more people to support ranked choice voting or something like that so you can vote third-party without feeling like you've thrown away your vote.

May 5, 20 12:57 pm  · 
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tduds

"Biden is a senile rapist and Trump is a narcissistic senile rapist." FTFY

May 7, 20 12:30 pm  · 
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jla-x, I'm not sure where you're seeing in this little aside that I expressed a desire for Biden over Trump. I simply stated that I hope Amash's third-party run pulls support away from Trump in a demonstrable manner. The reasoning is that I think more Republicans oppose measures like ranked choice voting and if they can see that Amash get's a lot of votes, that might have picked Trump as their second-choice vote, they might be more open to it when it comes up. No, I don't think ranked-choice voting is the answer to all the US's issues, but I think it could help more third-party candidates in local and state elections which might eventually have a shot at influencing congressional and presidential elections.

May 7, 20 12:49 pm  · 
2  · 

I think a popular vote distribution of each states electoral votes would be a good system. For example in the last election California's 55 electoral votes would have been 18.26 Trump and 33.83 Clinton. I think a system like this would allow a third party choice to have a chance of working.

May 7, 20 2:10 pm  · 
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tduds

Political parties are an inevitable result of the coalition-building inherent in representative democracy, and a two party system is the inevitable result of first past the post voting. Talking about eliminating parties or moving to a multi-party democracy is useless without addressing the way we vote. You can't "abolish parties", you can only create the conditions that facilitate their dwindling.

May 7, 20 4:17 pm  · 
1  · 

I would like to see more states get rid of plurality take all awarding of electors and adopt a system like Nebraska or Maine. 

I'm not such a big fan of the popular vote winner take all nationally either that some states are trying to establish as a counter to the electoral college process. I'm not sure if I'm describing that correctly. I'm referring to the coalition of states that are trying to award the states' electors to the winner of the national popular vote if they can gain enough states to join where the total of the coalition's electors would get the national vote winner past the post.

May 7, 20 4:52 pm  · 
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Wood Guy

tduds, we now have ranked-choice voting here in Maine for local elections, as it's not allowed for Federal elections. Most intelligent people like it, but it is surprisingly confusing to others. I believe we have more independent voters than any other state and only enrolled voters can participate in primary elections, so I can see what you mean about needing to change the way we vote.

May 7, 20 4:54 pm  · 
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Non Sequitur

Saw this make the rounds in my social media. Post image

May 7, 20 11:42 am  · 
2  ·  1
citizen

^ I love this! But we should be clear that many other demographic categories could easily star in this meme.

Sep 8, 20 7:27 pm  · 
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tduds

Frankly I've stopped giving a shit about the presidential election. 

It matters less to me who occupies the white house and more that the Republican party is out of the majority in both houses of congress. A 2nd term of Trump requires actual accountability, and a Democratic congress will use Biden as a rubber stamp to enact more progressive legislation. 

The best case scenario of 2020 is that it makes the office of the president less powerful & less relevant. 

Also my Oregon democratic primary ballot finally arrived and Liz Warren is still on it, so I can vote happily just this once.

May 7, 20 12:33 pm  · 
2  · 
tduds

"The democrats and republicans ... do not care about the people." 

I agree with this but I disagree with "equally"

May 7, 20 2:54 pm  · 
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SneakyPete

Political parties are clubs. Bands of supposedly like-minded people gathering their clout. Their benefits are given via laws at a federal and state level, making "get(ting) rid of political parties" something of a quixotic endeavor.

May 7, 20 3:04 pm  · 
1  · 
tduds

lol Cuomo. Hilarious.

Sep 1, 20 4:12 pm  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

First!

Sep 1, 20 2:58 pm  · 
1  · 

If you're on twitter and haven't seen this thread from over the weekend, you're missing out. I love it and hate it, both at the same time. 

Sep 1, 20 5:48 pm  · 
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curtkram

it looks like biden is shitposting on twitter like the president does, but it seems he puts more thought into what he makes public.  i wonder if there will be a biden 'covfefe' moment?

Sep 1, 20 10:31 pm  · 
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randomised

I’d be more worried about Biden’s inherent racism than some silly misspelling honestly...

Sep 2, 20 2:04 am  · 
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SneakyPete

Biden's inherent racism worries you? Interesting.

Sep 2, 20 2:16 am  · 
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randomised

More so than some spelling errors in a tweet that go viral, yes. Doesn’t that worry you? Interesting!

Sep 2, 20 6:16 am  · 
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Naw, he's a racist who's also a narcissist.

Sep 2, 20 10:42 am  · 
2  · 
SneakyPete

Please define "true racism."

Sep 2, 20 12:17 pm  · 
1  · 
tduds

Yeah the guy whose first big move as a professional adult involved getting sued for keeping black tenants out of his housing projects... that guy isn't racist at all.

Sep 2, 20 12:45 pm  · 
3  · 
randomised

But getting sued is not a move, was he actually found guilty by the way?

Sep 2, 20 12:50 pm  · 
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SneakyPete

Please define "immutable racial characteristics."

Sep 2, 20 12:54 pm  · 
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tduds

jla - exactly. & also we live in the first system. That's what we've all been trying to say.

Sep 2, 20 12:56 pm  · 
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tduds

"Under an agreement reached in June 1975, Trump Management was required to furnish the New York Urban League with a list of all apartment vacancies, every week, for two years. It was also to allow the league to present qualified applicants for every fifth vacancy in Trump buildings where fewer than 10 percent of the tenants were black." (https://www.nytimes.com/times-insider/2015/07/30/1973-meet-donald-trump/) (also https://www.nytimes.com/2016/0...)

So you have a settlement to avoid an official admission of guilt, which is a very lawyerly way of getting around an actual hearing / trial in which you'd probably lose. All this to say that "technically not admitting guilt" isn't really a slam dunk counterpoint to being racist as hell. I could point to dozens more examples (Central Park Five, anyone? Birtherism? Accusations among his hotel employees) but you can do your own research if you care.

Sep 2, 20 1:02 pm  · 
1  · 

You're looking too narrowly if you're focusing on codification (laws) supporting racism. There is a middle ground you're glossing over and that's where there isn't necessarily codified racism, and it's not just racist individuals, but a systematic racism supported by codification and racist individuals. That's where your crack cocaine sentencing comes in. 

It's not necessarily codified racism, and it's not an individual judge acting racist in how they hand out sentences, but rather a system that supports the unknowing racist (probably sometimes knowingly racist) actions of those individuals (in power) to hand out harsher sentencing because it has been "codified" in sentencing guidelines put in place by other individuals unknowingly (or knowingly) supporting racism. 

There are a lot of examples that fit into the middle ground. This is the hard one to solve because it requires rethinking the system, not just a law here or there, or dealing with some individuals here or there.

Sep 2, 20 1:27 pm  · 
1  · 
tduds

"Please reduce a complex web of explicit & implicit biases, vestigial generational trauma, and persistent economic / environmental inequalities into a single example of a law." 

No. I cannot and will not try.

Sep 2, 20 1:27 pm  · 
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tduds

The simplest way I can explain it is this: The problems in the US are class problems, but because of the residual effects of the way we codified class until ~40 years ago, they are - in effect - racial problems. 

We haven't finished digging ourselves out of the cultural  / systemic pit we built, and we're acting like the fact that we stopped digging was enough.

Sep 2, 20 1:30 pm  · 
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tduds

Sure okay. I can't speak for the world (though I think many anti-racist activists would agree with me), but my aims are not "eliminating racism" but rather "introducing consequences for racists", which our country is severely lacking. A system that makes racist cops not racist is a huge lift. A system that makes racist cops not cops is pretty easy, if you try.

Sep 2, 20 1:48 pm  · 
1  · 
tduds

Ahhh we were so close.

Sep 2, 20 1:56 pm  · 
1  · 
tduds

Arrest the cops who shot Breonna Taylor is a popular one that's going around.

Sep 2, 20 2:00 pm  · 
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tduds

I think, not so much police brutality in general but the culture of Policing that protects offenders - the "thin blue line" / "blue wall of silence" - is an example of systemic racism. The fact that it requires significant public outcry *every single time* an example of racist police brutality comes to light, rather than the system being able (well, willing) to deliver justice internally, is an example of "a lack of consequences."

Sep 2, 20 2:02 pm  · 
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SneakyPete

Please explain how to change a system -a system that has relied on codified racism for most of its existence and used codified racism to bolster itself against being dismantled at every opportunity-  from within said system.

Sep 2, 20 2:05 pm  · 
1  · 
tduds

Here are a couple of good articles that elucidate how the culture insulates bad actors: 

https://medium.com/@OfcrACab/confessions-of-a-former-bastard-cop-bb14d17bc759 

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/08/03/how-police-unions-fight-reform

Sep 2, 20 2:05 pm  · 
1  · 
SneakyPete

I would not have called it "defunding," but I don't get to pick the words other people use. Then again I also looked into the actual policies being discussed under those words and found I agreed with the ideas instead of just copping out and using a dictionary to avoid critical thinking.

Sep 2, 20 2:08 pm  · 
3  · 
tduds

I'd settle for "faster" rather than "instant"

Sep 2, 20 2:27 pm  · 
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SneakyPete

You're pretty lousy at both. You're good at calling other people out, but fail to admit you're just as incapable of finding solutions as anyone. I don't claim to have solutions, but I also don't pretend the problems aren't as bad as they are just to make myself feel superior.

Sep 2, 20 2:29 pm  · 
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tduds

Personally, I think one single thing (not easy, but single) that could solve a lot of problems is to normalize amending the Constitution. It was intended as an imperfect, incomplete document. We were given a mechanism to evolve our national contract in alignment with our national culture, but somewhere along the way folks got all 'Religious' about it and now we're stuck with a calcified 18th century text trying to handle 21st century problems. Jefferson suggested it be re-written wholesale every 20 years. That might be extreme, but surely a middle ground exists. There should be hundreds of Amendments, not 27 (the last ~10 of which are mostly so minor & technical they don't impact our lives in a significant way) .

Sep 2, 20 2:39 pm  · 
1  · 
SneakyPete

I know that police are asked to do much, much more than they should be due to the inconsistent or unavailable resources for things like mental health, housing, food, drug addiction, etc.

Sep 2, 20 2:48 pm  · 
2  · 
tduds

That's a weird sentiment... Protests are an expression of anger of unacceptable outcomes. Their aim is to get the people who *do* know enough about policing and/or have the political knowledge to craft policy off their butts, to work on inputs that result in more acceptable outcomes. Expecting the protesters to bring their own inputs is expecting too much, imo. I don't go to a restaurant with my own recipes...

Sep 2, 20 2:50 pm  · 
3  · 
tduds

I didn't create anti-police sentiment. Decades of unaccountable brutality doled out disproportionately to disadvantaged communities did. If the police are acting this way because people are finally asking for accountability, they're telling on themselves.

Sep 2, 20 4:09 pm  · 
2  · 
SneakyPete

Police should absolutely be held to a higher standard. Lead by example. Pay them commensurate to the job, but tighten the standards.

Sep 2, 20 5:08 pm  · 
2  · 
tduds

Hyperbolic or not, the response to being called out on brutality is not more brutality.

Sep 2, 20 5:29 pm  · 
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tduds

I rarely bring this up because it's anecdotal, but my father was a cop for 32 years (retired about 5 years ago) and whenever we talk about this he mostly agrees with me. He finds the lack of accountability disgusting, and the defense of bad officers insulting to good ones.

I think if you really dug in you'd find that more cops silently feel this way, but stay silent because of a professional culture that punishes speaking out. That culture is what needs fixing, and - frankly - it *is* an issue that can be tackled via law and policy.

Sep 2, 20 5:33 pm  · 
1  · 
tduds

I mean, by definition holding everyone to a higher standard holds no one to a "higher" standard. If you want to pontificate about a perceived decline in overall civility, okay, but it's a weird thing to do in the same thread where you're insisting on concrete policy solutions from everyone else.

Sep 2, 20 5:39 pm  · 
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SneakyPete

I would never choose to be a police officer. It's bad enough the assumptions I get in Architecture due to the preponderance of bad apples.

Sep 2, 20 6:30 pm  · 
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tduds

"and then remain silent" ...big assumption there.

Sep 2, 20 7:15 pm  · 
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tduds

I don't talk about things that aren't relevant to police brutality in threads about police brutality. I talk about them elsewhere, where they're the topic of conversation. Conversely, bringing it up here, where it's not the point, is a whatboutism.

Sep 2, 20 7:16 pm  · 
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tduds

The existence of other problems - however real they may be - doesn't diminish the problem at hand, nor does it de-legitimize peoples' efforts to address either.

Sep 2, 20 7:17 pm  · 
1  · 
SneakyPete

Some people must only do one thing at a time. Seems like it would be difficult with the amount of stuff to do between breaths.

Sep 2, 20 7:25 pm  · 
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SneakyPete

Who has the larger amount of the power to affect change in that dynamic?

Sep 2, 20 10:48 pm  · 
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randomised

Thanks tduds, so Trump has not been found guilty, noted ;-)

Sep 3, 20 4:02 am  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

Ain't this some shit.

I'm sure these are just some nice police men.

Sep 3, 20 4:05 am  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

That "true racism" comment, boy if that ain't a Yo-Semite two step, I don't know what is...wow.

Sep 3, 20 4:18 am  · 
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randomised

Those nice police men might have even been “white hispanic”...

Sep 3, 20 4:21 am  · 
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tduds

'but not as simple as “racist cops are hunting people down”.' 

Good thing no one is making that argument then.

Sep 3, 20 11:27 am  · 
1  · 
tduds

Rando: "Not found guilty" is different from "found not guilty." FWIW

Sep 3, 20 11:29 am  · 
1  · 
randomised

True...and “not guilty” doesn’t mean innocent either.

Sep 3, 20 11:35 am  · 
1  · 
SneakyPete

x-jla, you have no understanding of statistics, and your use of them is like attempting surgery with a cudgel. The patient is dead, man. You killed it.

Sep 3, 20 12:13 pm  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

Good lord, no wonder we have problems.

Sep 3, 20 12:17 pm  · 
1  · 
square.

interesting that someone thinks they can dismiss the largest protest movement in us history based on the (poor) use of statistics, anonymously on the web, to add. what's the goal here?

Sep 3, 20 12:25 pm  · 
1  · 
SneakyPete

Winning.

Sep 3, 20 12:26 pm  · 
1  · 
SneakyPete

So let's not start until we fix it? I don't follow. If there's a problem, you gotta start somewhere, and in this country race as a starting point to fixing a problem seems better than most.

Sep 3, 20 12:57 pm  · 
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tduds

"Tduds, yes people are making that argument." 

Please find an example of someone* making this argument. Not even going to acknowledge your other statements until you cite something.

*Someone with actual clout, not a twitter rando with 13 followers.

Sep 3, 20 12:59 pm  · 
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tduds

Ending stop and frisk is, in fact, an explicit aim of the Black Lives Matter org:

 https://theappeal.org/black-lives-matter-dcs-battle-to-end-stop-and-frisk-in-the-nations-capital/

 (from https://sentencingproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Black-Lives-Matter.pdf)

Sep 3, 20 1:09 pm  · 
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tduds

Still waiting on that citation, btw.

& while we're at it feel free to point out what sections, if any, of the document I linked that you disagree with. 

Sep 3, 20 1:14 pm  · 
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tduds

"Many people are saying..." 

Sep 3, 20 1:17 pm  · 
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SneakyPete

My garden has a wooly aphid problem but I'm not going to do anything about it until the drainage problem, the deer problem, the broken greenhouse, the weeding, and the remulching are all able to be fixed, too. I guess those plants will just have to die because I refuse to focus on one issue because that's ... unfair?

Sep 3, 20 1:21 pm  · 
1  · 
tduds

“Dismantle the nuclear family” Please cite where this is stated.

Sep 3, 20 1:29 pm  · 
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tduds

As best I can discern you agree with all the explicitly stated things that people have brought to your attention with citations, and disagree with all the vague things that "many people are saying"

Please prove me wrong if you can.

Sep 3, 20 1:30 pm  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

Did Jlax just bring Talcum X into the conversation? Did he? Really? The man is a fucking grifter of all grifters.

Sep 3, 20 1:43 pm  · 
1  · 
SneakyPete

Don't forget fathers, otherwise you might upset the Dutch.

Sep 3, 20 1:58 pm  · 
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tduds

Yeah I also strongly support the "it takes a village" mentality.

Sep 3, 20 2:03 pm  · 
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SneakyPete

Who else supported that and was ridiculed for it? I can't recall...

Sep 3, 20 2:07 pm  · 
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Did tduds and jla just make progress? Was this a break through?

Sep 3, 20 4:11 pm  · 
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SneakyPete

SHUT UP EA.

Sep 3, 20 4:14 pm  · 
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SneakyPete

So that rash isn't new, then? ;)

Sep 3, 20 4:29 pm  · 
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tduds

EA - We do agree sometimes. As frustrating as I find jla's philosophies & world view I will give him credit for usually keeping the mud-slinging to the issues & not the individuals. I try to extend, at the very least, the same courtesy. I fail sometimes.

Sep 4, 20 4:13 pm  · 
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Applause all around. I know it's not the first time, and jla is one who will admit when they fall short or could have done better (I try to as well). I recall an exchange jla and I had concerning environmentalism, climate change, teenagers, politicization of issues, outdoorsy sexy, and Teddy Roosevelt swagger where we seemed to arrive at a point of common ground. 

Cheers all, Have a good weekend.

Sep 4, 20 5:16 pm  · 
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awaiting_deletion

They should remove the heads at the executive branch (figuratively)

They should have an executive board and return back to the original method for electing President and Vice Presidents since we are now civil enough not to have duels anymore (I think).

Require an Executive Board to be made up of at least four (4) parties and then run some algorithm in which the dominating party is represented based on votes but you have to have at least four (4) parties....(granted in the US the smaller parties will eventually become arms of the larger ones, or maybe make parties declare certain ideologies in writing that counter other parties to be considered a party...that would get interesting as well).

In the meantime, let's have the two (2) oldest people running for president ever Tweet themselves into office.

Sep 2, 20 8:38 am  · 
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I'd spend more time running your firm DWG and less time here. It would be more productive. ;)

Sep 2, 20 10:34 am  · 
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tduds

I was with you for the first sentence & then you slowly lost me.

Sep 2, 20 12:46 pm  · 
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tduds

Generally, though, yea abolish the presidency.

Sep 2, 20 12:46 pm  · 
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I say we go back to the feudal system.

Sep 2, 20 12:54 pm  · 
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SneakyPete

As opposed to the feuding system?

Sep 2, 20 2:27 pm  · 
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tduds

good one.

Sep 2, 20 2:34 pm  · 
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I think we can have feuding feudalism.

Sep 2, 20 7:47 pm  · 
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SneakyPete

But can we have Family Feuding Feudalism?

Sep 2, 20 7:55 pm  · 
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tduds

What?

Sep 3, 20 12:58 pm  · 
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gwharton

Yeah. And it worked out so well that they stopped doing that retarded sh*t immediately.

Sep 3, 20 6:18 pm  · 
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awaiting_deletion

what you mean gw, all those duels? Just get rid of the "Executive" being one person, make it more complicated, would make being a Journalist hard and simple peoples lives harder, they couldn't just point a finger and go "it's all the president's fault!" (because that's exactly how it works, one guy, doing all that work - how many people work in the government again?). tduds, you said I lost you either literally or were just expressing you only agreed with sentence one...btw, is this why people argue with bots? assumptions, tones, all this sh*ts missing.

Sep 3, 20 6:48 pm  · 
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gwharton

With the orginal "second place gets the consolation prize of Vice President", you get the very real possibility of having two personal and political enemies as President and Vice President, the latter with an actual legal incentive to destroy the former and take his place. That is a very bad situation for the political stability of the executive branch, as became very clear early on in our history, and is why the practice was quickly abandoned.

Sep 4, 20 10:52 am  · 
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square.

hamilton, bro

Sep 4, 20 11:02 am  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

my favorite part of Judge Smails quote is this; "...doing that retarded sh*t immediately." it's the self awareness to edit shit, but not find a better word than "retarded". It's the essence of Trumpist thinking.

Sep 4, 20 11:33 am  · 
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tduds

He didn't say the word itself was "Trumpist", but rather the hilarious swing-and-a-miss thought process of censoring the word that isn't offensive but leaving the one that is.

Sep 4, 20 4:11 pm  · 
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awaiting_deletion

yes, G, add two more and then the entire executive branch is a cage match, keep the ego centric fucks who run for the highest office in the land occupied while the rest of work....

Sep 4, 20 7:51 pm  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

This is the prime example of Trumpist thinking;


Sep 5, 20 6:26 pm  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

Think about your comment, critically, and come back with a position as though I wrote it, because the obviousness of this kind of idiocy, passing as "critique of the ruling class" is so full of shit.

Sep 5, 20 7:48 pm  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

More Trumpist pablum;


Sep 5, 20 8:10 pm  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

Nothing to see here;


Sep 6, 20 9:57 am  · 
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randomised

And Biden is hiding in his basement...but that’s not the point. If Trump is such a bad president y’all should be thankful that he is on the golf course that often, can’t fuck up when you’re not around.

Sep 6, 20 3:31 pm  · 
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randomised

Well, how many innocent Black men has Harris put behind bars on Trumped-up charges? Pence zero! I know who I’d vote for...

Sep 6, 20 3:34 pm  · 
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awaiting_deletion

as I'm an open minded dude, I watched something I would say is in the conspiracy world but crosses over into common sense (this is where it all gets muddled I guess) but was made by a Dutch person. A lot of it about the US's politics. I find this interesting because as an American whose actually educated enough to know there is more to Holland than legal weed (tolerated as I understand it) I could give two shits about Holland/Netherland's (whatever) politics. Out of curiosity why all this interest in US politics as a Dutchman?

Sep 7, 20 9:33 pm  · 
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randomised

Because it matters...

Sep 8, 20 2:14 am  · 
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tduds

Image ..

Sep 2, 20 5:41 pm  · 
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awaiting_deletion

was trying to find the ESPN documentary, but for some quick history here, which makes all this post all that more interesting...long time ago (maybe 60 +/- years) northern universities started recruiting what would have HBCU football stars to basically win games. eventually the south had to follow suit as the all white teams were not winning. so when it came to winning no one cared about race...let me see if I can find that documentary...

Sep 3, 20 7:09 pm  · 
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Koww

y'all ever notice... since Kamala Harris was selected to be the VP nominee, there hasn't been a word about her?

Sep 3, 20 7:28 pm  · 
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SneakyPete

About as much as you hear from Pence.

Sep 3, 20 7:53 pm  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

Nothing needs to be said, but everything's been said.

Sep 3, 20 7:54 pm  · 
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gwharton

They actually managed to find somebody with less personal charisma than Hillary. Amazing. But I thought she was dead. I distinctly remember watching Tulsi execute her in cold blood on national television.

Sep 4, 20 10:42 am  · 
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Still better than watching Trump or Pence flub their way through a speech.

Sep 4, 20 11:23 am  · 
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randomised

Chad, reading auto prompters is not that important in the grand scheme of things, is it? Obama gave great speeches but droned thousands of innocent civilians to their deaths, for instance...

Sep 4, 20 12:45 pm  · 
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square.

right rando, the dutch had great cheese but enslaved thousands of people, for instance...

Sep 4, 20 2:17 pm  · 
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tduds

You must be reading the wrong publications. I've seen, heard, and read a ton about her in the past month.

Sep 4, 20 4:15 pm  · 
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randomised

*the Dutch HAVE great cheese...But square why point to the past of the Netherlands when confronted with the ugly present truth of America today? What’s this cognitive dissonance? You guys really are not used to people telling it like it is, that America is not the greatest country in the world...Your education system must suck even harder than I already thought, I feel for you!

Sep 6, 20 3:26 pm  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

"You guys really are not used to people telling it like it is..." - rando

Sep 6, 20 4:16 pm  · 
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randomised

And you’re the living proof of that! QED

Sep 6, 20 5:18 pm  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

"And you’re the living proof of that!"(!)(!)


Sep 6, 20 5:35 pm  · 
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randomised

Critiquing American Imperialism, mass murder of innocent civilians by a Democrat president and the unjust incarceration of Black men by the Democratic running mate...b3ta: “hold my beer, the Dutch sit around in a circle at birthday parties” QED Qlown Erat Demonstrandum

Sep 7, 20 1:54 am  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

"Critiquing American Imperialism"

Dutch War Crimes?


Sep 7, 20 8:25 am  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

Ooopsy!

Sep 7, 20 8:32 am  · 
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Non Sequitur

Air Jordan’s vs wood clogs? Pretty obvious which one is better, no? QED.

Sep 7, 20 8:38 am  · 
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randomised

b3ta we are talking about the here and now...Glad I’m not German, you would be posting pics of Auschwitz to deflect from Obama’s war crimes or Kamala’s imprisoning of Black men (I thought you were a BLM fanboy, yet you are supporting the candidate that supported bussing and a running mate that’s responsible for the mass incarceration of Black men) If you are indicative of the current political and intellectual discourse in America, it will be a Trump landslide in November, no doubt...

Sep 7, 20 8:48 am  · 
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randomised

Non, wooden clogs are climate neutral renewable carbon sinks and made by local craftsmen, those Jordan’s are made by little child slaves in sweatshops, I know which one is better!

Sep 7, 20 10:00 am  · 
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Non Sequitur

^have you tried dunking in clogs? Perhaps a moot point, but the little wood clog magnet on my fridge I bought in Amsterdam was likely made in a worse factory than a typical big brand shoe.

Sep 7, 20 10:19 am  · 
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randomised

Sure non, whatever you want to believe...

Sep 7, 20 10:27 am  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

Hoooray!

Welcome to the 21st Century!

Sep 7, 20 12:41 pm  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

The Dutch are inclined to celebrate their so-called Golden Age while ignoring its grimmer aspects.

Sep 7, 20 1:27 pm  · 
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randomised

American neurotic!

Sep 7, 20 4:30 pm  · 
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Non Sequitur

Black Pete is still super racist.

Sep 7, 20 6:57 pm  · 
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randomised

And in (former) colonies they paint Saint Nic white, can’t just project North American traditions or experiences and recent racial history onto everything and everywhere, that’s exactly that fascist American imperialism which is causing so much harm all around the globe.

Sep 8, 20 2:09 am  · 
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Non Sequitur

Still super racist. It’s just below wearing a klan robe.

Sep 8, 20 5:41 am  · 
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randomised

They wear similar robes in Spain, called capirotes, has nothing to do with lynching Black people...again, can’t simply project American use of racial stereotypes and historical symbolism onto the rest of the world, it doesn’t work like that...

Sep 8, 20 6:29 am  · 
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Non Sequitur

^yes we can. Your black pete is super racist and you SHOULD be ashamed of supporting it. But you're not able to see this.

Sep 8, 20 6:49 am  · 
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randomised

I’m not supporting it...but you only need to look at the use of swastikas in Hinduism or Buddhism whatever and Nazi Germany to see you’re off here, context!

Sep 8, 20 8:50 am  · 
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Non Sequitur

are they not ortho and spin in the opposite direction?

also, fuck context.  Moral relativism cares not for history or local "customs".

Sep 8, 20 8:54 am  · 
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randomised

That Ameri-imperialist approach, that the American way is always the right way, is simply wrong...like “bringing democracy” or “liberating” unoccupied countries...I wouldn’t navigate on the American moral compass.

Sep 8, 20 9:12 am  · 
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Non Sequitur

I'm not american. Black pete remains super racist and you should be ashamed to defend it.

Sep 8, 20 9:22 am  · 
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square.

it's called perspective rando. it's funny that you call out americans for not being able to take criticism, and then go on a defensive, endless rant when someone criticizes your county. my point was it's all in perspective- throughout history there's no such thing as a guilt free nation. i'm not defending america. we suck in a lot of ways, and i agree with a lot of your points. but, whereas america is the "lead culprit" now, the dutch were at one point. but history moves on. so stop whining and learn to take what you dish out.

Sep 8, 20 10:13 am  · 
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randomised

Non, I’m not defending Black Pete, but you as a Canadian defend the Ameri-imperialist way of doing things and their way of looking at the world. “You’re either with us or against us” that kind of binary black and white(!) way of seeing the world...

Sep 8, 20 10:19 am  · 
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Non Sequitur

No, we're just more capable of self-criticism and pointing out problems others are oblivious to. Try to keep up, it's not that difficult.

Sep 8, 20 10:26 am  · 
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square.

i don't know how else to explain to rando this is literally their modus operandi..

Sep 8, 20 10:39 am  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

square, you're exactly correct. The Netherlands was America, before America, and it was Trumpist, before Trump. Hell, they've even exported the good stuff; legal weed! Thanks Orangé, funny, they were Orange before Trump...kkklasic.

Sep 8, 20 10:45 am  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]
b3tadine[sutures]

Let's leave what is "oppressive" and what isn't to people who are being depicted, because it isn't clear that Black Dutch are altogether happy with this depiction.

Sep 8, 20 11:57 am  · 
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SneakyPete

Elves are not real and that is an offensive term. But you know that and are simply trolling, albeit poorly.

Sep 8, 20 2:07 pm  · 
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Little people can be black. Fucking racist.

Sep 8, 20 2:08 pm  · 
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SneakyPete

I am unwilling to entertain your sophomoric jokes when you blend them with offensive spew.

Sep 8, 20 4:54 pm  · 
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SneakyPete

Just saying go away or shut the fuck up, your choice.

Sep 8, 20 4:57 pm  · 
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randomised

Square, I’m not going on a defensive, I’m just explaining to the uninformed here that the American point of view is not always the right point of view, it hardly is when it comes to foreign politics…what you think is racist, might not be racist at all, simply because the context is different, the origin is different, the experience is different, etc. I’m not whining, I just find it typical when mentioning the American imperialism and mass murder of today, the cognitive dissonance-reflex is to create such a transparent diversion tactic to move the discussion away from racists such as Biden, mass murderers such as Obama and incarcerators of predominantly Black men such as Harris. There is nothing in your response that I need “to take”, simply because you’ve missed the mark. 

And for b3ta, here an interview with a friendly left-wing historian about the true origin of the Black Pete tradition: 


Sep 8, 20 6:09 pm  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

Remarkable! A WHITE Dutch historian says it ain't so...let's wrap it up guys!

Except, in every representation of Black Pete - in the ones specifically show in this idiotic piece - Black Pete, is African. EXCEPT, when the character hits the 20th Century, Pete takes on a striking resemblance to Sambo figures, and lawn jockeys.

You're a fucking dope.

Sep 8, 20 6:17 pm  · 
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SneakyPete

You find a lot of American Archinecters suggesting "that the American point of view is ... always the right point of view," rando?

Sep 8, 20 6:20 pm  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

Yes, numbnuts, I watched; did you? All of it is buuuulllshit. His analysis, bullshit. The images he uses either contradict him, or are completely lacking in cultural, sociological intelligence, gross exaggerations, gross generalizations, or downright mis-readings.

https://hadithi.africa/2019/09/30/whats-behind-the-tribal-makeup/#:~:text=The%20Xhosa%20tribe%20of%20South,as%20a%20rite%20of%20passage.&text=Among%20the%20Pondo%20people%20of,between%20them%20and%20their%20ancestors.

The Xhosa tribe of South Africa uses face paint as a rite of passage. Boys entering adolescence undergo a ritual in which they’re separated from the rest of their tribe and embrace the mentorship of an older man. Once the ritual is over, they’re painted red. Among the Pondo people of South Africa, spiritual leaders paint their faces and bodies white because this establishes a mystical connection between them and their ancestors.

Sep 8, 20 7:45 pm  · 
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randomised

Sorry b3ta that accurate historical facts and proper context are bullshit in your narrow mind, my job is done here :-) your classic racist trope that the guy somehow has his facts wrong because he is white, classic racist b3ta! Never change dude...

Sep 9, 20 12:46 am  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

huilen


Sep 9, 20 4:56 am  · 
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randomised

Forgot the swastikas and the stiff right arm...lost your touch?

Sep 9, 20 7:18 am  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

This isn't about you in any way...


Sep 9, 20 7:50 am  · 
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Non Sequitur

...and not even one reference to Urban Dance Squad. You’re loosing your touch Rando.

Sep 9, 20 8:48 am  · 
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square.

"i'm not on the defensive, BUT [insert rambling, incoherent paragraph attempting to justify, deflect and excuse]."

Sep 9, 20 9:06 am  · 
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randomised

To explain and bring in the facts is not defensive, I’m just helping you out to see it from the right angle...and not your usual American Imperialist Bush-like tunnel vision. I’m providing you with a service and opportunity to learn something new, you’re welcome!

Sep 9, 20 11:48 am  · 
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randomised

The fact you even bring up UDS means my work on that front already paid off!

Sep 9, 20 11:50 am  · 
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Non Sequitur

Not really rando... I still had to google them to make sure I typed their name correctly.

Sep 9, 20 11:56 am  · 
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SneakyPete

Your worldview has more in common with "American Imperialist Bush-like tunnel vision" than it does with anyone arguing with you. But you know that and you're being disingenuous as usual.

Sep 9, 20 11:56 am  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

SP, it's fun watching his self-own, his racist shit-posting is just;


Sep 9, 20 12:22 pm  · 
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randomised

But you googled them! Great progress Non! That you had to google how to spell urban, dance and squad is a bit disappointing though...

Sep 9, 20 12:49 pm  · 
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randomised

SP, just indicate where my worldview is American-Imperialistish...I just happen to have more knowledge about (a) certain topic(s) than the lot of you combined...that is all, I don’t really care if you’re with me or against me, just happily filling the gaps of your collective knowledge, use it or lose it...up to you.

And for you b3ta, it would be nice if you could, you know, maybe indicate what I actually said that was so racist, because so far in our little discussion(s) it is you being the racist, don’t you have some pro-boning to do? Some helpless non-white women to bother with your mad skills, all for “free” obviously, and to then humble brag their names all over the place like you’re some Motherfucking Theresa?

Sep 9, 20 1:01 pm  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

^^"Some helpless non-white women to bother with your mad skills, all for “free” obviously, and to then humble brag their names all over the place like you’re some Motherfucking Theresa?"


Sep 9, 20 1:59 pm  · 
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randomised

Nice drawing b3theresa, great colour palette!

Sep 9, 20 4:07 pm  · 
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