Luca Stricagnoli and His Incredible Reverse Slide Neck: “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”

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This video features my latest invention, called “Reverse Slide Neck”. It´s an add-on neck which can be fixed and removed in just a few seconds and opens new possibilities to guitar playing. Like all of my instruments, it has been built by Davide Serracini. In this video, I use it to perform “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, beautiful song by The Beatles, written by guitarist George Harrison.

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1
i(m)p(each)sos  Sep 21, 2020 • 6:31:41pm

And again… F M McC and FT and GOTV!

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retired cynic  Sep 21, 2020 • 6:35:27pm

8645 and his enablers

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Belafon  Sep 21, 2020 • 6:37:52pm

That was a short thread.

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Belafon  Sep 21, 2020 • 6:39:29pm

From a friend on Facebook who got it from somewhere else:

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b_sharp  Sep 21, 2020 • 6:39:53pm

re: #2 retired cynic

8645 and his enablers

Don’t forget the minions.

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mmmirele  Sep 21, 2020 • 6:46:09pm

This is pretty astonishing news:

Michael Jordan, Denny Hamlin to field NASCAR Cup car with Bubba Wallace driving

NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan announced Monday night that they will field a car for the 2021 Cup Series season.

Their driver: Bubba Wallace.

“Bubba has shown improvement since joining the Cup series, and we believe he’s ready to take his career to a higher level,” Hamlin wrote.

espn.com

Lots to break down here…

Wallace had announced he was not going to drive for Richard Petty next year (no hard feelings, he was just moving on), and my brother said Wallace would end up at Joe Gibbs. This is actually what kind of happened, since Denny Hamlin (the minority owner) is a driver now for Joe Gibbs and is going to continue driving for Gibbs. And no doubt Hamlin and Jordan will be leveraging Hamlin’s relationship with Gibbs Racing.

But the more important thing here, the thing that makes this great for NASCAR, is that here you have a huge Black basketball star, the one that sneakers are named after, owning a NASCAR team. This is probably a dream come true for finally expanding NASCAR beyond its white “good ole boy” roots, which is something NASCAR has been doing halfheartedly for some years now. There’s no reason why Blacks cannot be driving and owning a NASCAR team. The future is *much* brighter for NASCAR after today.

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teleskiguy  Sep 21, 2020 • 7:05:49pm
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cat-tikvah  Sep 21, 2020 • 7:09:57pm

re: #7 teleskiguy

Well there’s John Prine’s (z’l’) “Jesus, the Missing Years”.

But really, ?????? Jesus Christ…this time it’s PERSONAL!

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Belafon  Sep 21, 2020 • 7:14:33pm

re: #7 teleskiguy

I wonder if he’ll keep the part where the rich people die because they lied about how much they had given.

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Amory Blaine  Sep 21, 2020 • 7:16:22pm

Passion of the Christ 2: Electric Boogaloo.

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jaunte  Sep 21, 2020 • 7:17:19pm
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The Pie Overlord!  Sep 21, 2020 • 7:23:04pm
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cat-tikvah  Sep 21, 2020 • 7:26:51pm

re: #12 The Pie Overlord!

Homer Simpson - If Jesus had a gun

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jaunte  Sep 21, 2020 • 7:29:45pm
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gocart mozart  Sep 21, 2020 • 7:33:23pm
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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Sep 21, 2020 • 7:50:57pm

Like many, probably many of you, when I go shopping for misc. clothing items I try to find the best price on something that will do the job.

In my current case it is athletic socks. Trivial it may seem in the big picture of our societal problems, but something as simple as buying socks has become more complicated.

Because most brands now package socks in large packets. Specialty brands exist, of course, that may sell pairs by the two, but who wants to pay $10 for a pair of athletic socks?

Also, I tend to wear socks quickly, putting holes in the heels, etc., because I walk everywhere.

I think I’ll go with a brand I have not used before, the “Burlington” socks that get pretty good ratings on Amazon. Of course they come in a package of 10 pairs because America. I don’t want 10 pair, but I guess I’ll go with them. Hopefully they’ll work for me and I will not have wasted 9 pair after I decide I don’t like the first.

Why does everything in the US have to come in such large collections?

Here’s joshi (female wrestler) star Kana aka “Asuka”, who now lives in the US as she works for WWE, lamenting the super-sizing of stuff in a grocery store. I empathize with her:

えーっ!アメリカで買い物は難しいな…

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(((Archangel1)))  Sep 21, 2020 • 7:52:31pm

re: #7 teleskiguy

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Passion of The Christ 2 Trailer - Family Guy

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Amory Blaine  Sep 21, 2020 • 7:56:55pm
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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Sep 21, 2020 • 8:01:29pm

re: #17 (((Archangel1)))

Lotto numbers - Black Jesus

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gocart mozart  Sep 21, 2020 • 8:05:03pm

Youtube Video

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piratedan  Sep 21, 2020 • 8:06:42pm

re: #18 Amory Blaine

i’m sure it’ll pass muster once they get it to only stop for white people….. //////

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Amory Blaine  Sep 21, 2020 • 8:10:07pm

re: #16 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Darn Tough socks have a lifetime warranty. All you have to do is send in the offending socks and they’ll mail a new pair. They are pricey though.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 21, 2020 • 8:10:47pm

EDIT: Someone beat me to it.

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Belafon  Sep 21, 2020 • 8:11:25pm

Sharknado is on Syfy.

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Dread Pirate Ron  Sep 21, 2020 • 8:12:42pm
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A Mom Anon  Sep 21, 2020 • 8:14:40pm

Doggo things…
We got Cleo a year ago on Halloween. In that time there has been a real struggle to just train her to do the basics beyond sit,down, stay and come. Which she sort of does. I still can’t leave her out in the yard to go potty or anything else, off leash because she refuses to listen. To me especially. When we first got her she bit me and drew a lot of blood 22 times over two months.

We tried a training puppy class, it didn’t go well. So we went with a different trainer and approach and it’s improved slightly. My problem with Cleo also stems from a lack of bonding. She prefers the men of the house.

So my husband is with his parents right now and it’s day 3. As I type this Cleo is snoring next to me in the bed with her head on my chest. She never snuggled with me. Ever. Til right now. I started to cry. She woke up, kissed my face and went back to snoring with her head on me. We’ve had a breakthrough! It took over 10 months, but here we are.

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Jack Burton  Sep 21, 2020 • 8:15:21pm

re: #7 teleskiguy

The Greatest Action Story Ever Told

Terminator Vs Jesus HD The Greatest Action Story Ever Told Mad Tv 1996

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The Pie Overlord!  Sep 21, 2020 • 8:20:49pm
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EPR-radar  Sep 21, 2020 • 8:22:05pm

re: #15 gocart mozart

It shames me that I ever thought Glenn Greenwald was worth reading.

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piratedan  Sep 21, 2020 • 8:24:58pm

re: #29 EPR-radar

he’s allowed to spout whatever he wishes, just like we’re free to observe that he’s a sock-puppeting disingenuous fraud. I just wish my soapbox was as big as his is.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 21, 2020 • 8:25:55pm

re: #29 EPR-radar

It shames me that I ever thought Glenn Greenwald was worth reading.

Everyone makes mistakes.

/

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Sep 21, 2020 • 8:25:56pm

Beta’s center trying to remain straddled between the sea and land:

Image: radarloop.gif

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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Sep 21, 2020 • 8:26:08pm

Another great Teri Kanfield thread.

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retired cynic  Sep 21, 2020 • 8:26:59pm

I don’t have a television. Are they broadcasting his nightly rallies and “press conferences” the way they did in 2016? If so, are they giving Biden/Harris anywhere near equal time?

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A hollow voice says, Beware the strongman con  Sep 21, 2020 • 8:31:43pm

re: #16 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Socks. A few years ago, I got so tired of their wearing out at inconvenient moments that I went down to a discount clothing store and grabbed about six bags. Yes, with lotsa socks each. Then Payless closed their retail outlets and I picked up some more bargains.

So I (still) have at least 18 pairs of unused socks, and I’m not looking at another sock run for a while.

(I did the same thing with Payless shoes, which are the only ones I find really comfortable (until you get into the $200 per pair range). But that was because I thought there would never be any more of them. I won’t tell you how many I bought, let’s just say I may never shop for shoes again. And I’ll likely still have a nice new pair to be cremated in.)

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EPR-radar  Sep 21, 2020 • 8:33:48pm

re: #31 Eclectic Cyborg

Everyone makes mistakes.

/

Liking Greenwald for a while is nowhere near my worst political mistake.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 21, 2020 • 8:35:35pm

re: #36 EPR-radar

Liking Greenwald for a while is nowhere near my worst political mistake.

Shoot. I voluntarily went to a couple of Tea Party meetings in 2010.

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Jack Burton  Sep 21, 2020 • 8:36:05pm

re: #31 Eclectic Cyborg

Everyone makes mistakes.

/

re: #29 EPR-radar

It shames me that I ever thought Glenn Greenwald was worth reading.

I’ve been waiting for awhile for someone to completely unload on him in like a 100 tweet thread with all of his bullshit now looking through a prism of Trump being a Russian agent, and Snowden being an active measure.

This was fun, but that will be delicious. If only Chez Pacienza was still among us.

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🌹UOJB!  Sep 21, 2020 • 8:36:37pm

re: #38 Jack Burton

I’ve been waiting for awhile for someone to completely unload on him in like a 100 tweet thread with all of his bullshit now looking through a prism of Trump being a Russian agent, and Snowden being an active measure.

This was fun, but that will be delicious. If only Chez Pacienza was still among us.

I miss Chez too…

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The Pie Overlord!  Sep 21, 2020 • 8:38:29pm

My oven is telling me that it’s time to be replaced. The Sabbath Mode setting failed over Rosh Hashana.

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retired cynic  Sep 21, 2020 • 8:39:31pm

I had a big shock on Saturday. I was driving to town and had NPR on, and it was a TED talk show, and it was in the middle. They were talking about the tech companies and how their profit motive was based on our information, and so on, and whoever was talking was really making sense it seemed to me. Talking about how basic Privacy was to our culture. And son of a gun, it was Edward Snowden. I nearly drove off the road.

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EPR-radar  Sep 21, 2020 • 8:41:24pm

re: #37 Eclectic Cyborg

Shoot. I voluntarily went to a couple of Tea Party meetings in 2010.

Oh dear. My worst was voting for W in 2000 and buying into that torture madness right after 9/11. I got better.

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TarHellion  Sep 21, 2020 • 8:44:34pm

Griswold v Connecticut; Gideon v Wainwright; Miranda v Arizona; Roe v Wade; Obergefell v Hodges

Hell, you might as well add Brown v Topeka

The fascists played the long game. We HAVE to take it back from them. DC, Puerto Rico, VI, Guam and Samoa as States. No filibuster. Expand the SC to 15.

Fuck them! Fuck them all!!!!

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Belafon  Sep 21, 2020 • 8:45:56pm

re: #33 NO SMOCKING GUN!

Found in replies to the replies and I’m going with this attitude:

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Jack Burton  Sep 21, 2020 • 8:47:00pm

re: #33 NO SMOCKING GUN!

Another great Teri Kanfield thread.

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If we could get everyone, and I mean *everyone* that isn’t a redhat to just relentlessly mock him for the next 2 months, he might go away like Pennywise.

he.has.to.be.admired… He has to always be right. He can’t function otherwise.

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Ace Rothstein  Sep 21, 2020 • 8:47:47pm

re: #36 EPR-radar

Liking Greenwald for a while is nowhere near my worst political mistake.

I listened to Rush Limbaugh every day for 20 years.

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Belafon  Sep 21, 2020 • 8:47:50pm

re: #44 Belafon

Found in replies to the replies and I’m going with this attitude:

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and if it takes us 20 years, then I’ll be ok with the GOP being out of power for that long.

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retired cynic  Sep 21, 2020 • 8:50:04pm

re: #46 Ace Rothstein

whoa… and survived!

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Ace Rothstein  Sep 21, 2020 • 8:52:11pm

re: #48 retired cynic

Looking back at that period in my life is depressing.

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retired cynic  Sep 21, 2020 • 8:52:59pm

re: #49 Ace Rothstein

But you show there is hope for some of those others.

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BeachDem  Sep 21, 2020 • 8:53:12pm

I often mention my wingnut brother and sister-in-law, but here’s a little family story on a brighter note.

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🌹UOJB!  Sep 21, 2020 • 8:56:23pm

re: #31 Eclectic Cyborg

Everyone makes mistakes.

/

Yes I made a big f’n mistake in 1980 when I hated Carter so much I worked for and voted Anderson in 1980 letting Pruneface Reagan get in. Learned my lesson the hard way…

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Jack Burton  Sep 21, 2020 • 8:56:32pm

re: #39 🌹UOJB!

I miss Chez too…

That’s another thing that, right or wrong, I blame on Trump.

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Belafon  Sep 21, 2020 • 8:57:25pm

I wanted to bring over two songs I’ve heard on kxt that I find interesting:

This one makes me think of the sci fi book Hardwired:

Stephen Stills - Treetop Flyer

And this one makes me think of Romancing the Stone for some reason:

Robbie Robertson - Somewhere Down The Crazy River

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Jack Burton  Sep 21, 2020 • 8:59:17pm

re: #52 🌹UOJB!

Yes I made a big f’n mistake in 1980 when I hated Carter so much I worked for and voted Anderson in 1980 letting Pruneface Reagan get in. Learned my lesson the hard way…

Don’t beat yourself up about this too much. Many people have their moment before they figure out how things actually work. That being said, based on my more recent reading of the election (I was 6 years old and in First Grade at the time) Carter was so far behind in the popular vote that even if every Anderson voter would have voted for him, Reagan would have still won, by a lot.

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mmmirele  Sep 21, 2020 • 9:01:57pm

I’m not sure exactly what’s been happening, but in the last six months, I’ve worn out about a dozen socks. Now the cheap cotton/wool socks I got last year, I expected that to happen, but the Gold Toe socks I’ve had for some years? Nope. They’ve been wearing out as well.

My brother tells me it’s because I don’t clip my toenails. I pointed out that they’re wearing out on the sole, just going threadbare. And I do clip my toenails. Since I wear socks all the time (due to diabetes), I kind of go crazy if a toe even hangs up on the inside of a sock. And yes, wearing socks all the time may be contributing, but I’ve been wearing socks all the time since about 2009ish. I used to go barefoot, my doctor told me she wanted to see me wearing shoes, even in the house, and I compromised with socks.

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TarHellion  Sep 21, 2020 • 9:02:09pm

Just so utterly depressed right now.

Needing hope for what our future may hold. Biden wins by 8 but the courts and the GOP legislatures give FFVCS another term.

I never fully realized it until now.

The Manchurian Candidate was a documentary.

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secretslothbear  Sep 21, 2020 • 9:02:58pm
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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of USPS, Goodyear, and Oreo  Sep 21, 2020 • 9:05:41pm

re: #36 EPR-radar

Liking Greenwald for a while is nowhere near my worst political mistake.

I voted for Nixon.

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piratedan  Sep 21, 2020 • 9:09:50pm

re: #55 Jack Burton

and for once, I would really enjoy seeing a political ad that lays out these simple truths…
for the last 75-100 years, Democrats have voted for and passed the following things..

The New Deal - which was the start to bring the nation out of the Depression and bring electricity and public works projects across the country.

The Civil Rights Act - which states that all people are equal and have the right to express their choices at the ballot box.

Medicare - which helps supplement the increased health care costs that come with getting older

Social Security - to allow every citizen who has worked to have a retirement ready for them when they retire

The ACA which allowed people to keep their kids on their policies until age 26 and prevented insurance companies from denying coverage based on your medical history and conditions…

What have Republicans done for YOU?

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Belafon  Sep 21, 2020 • 9:11:11pm

Syfy has a late night program Fridays competing with Adult Swim, called Tzgz. One of the shows they’re showing starting this weekend is called “Magical Girl Friendship Squad.” The commercial looked hilarious spin on Madoka Magica.

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Jack Burton  Sep 21, 2020 • 9:11:52pm

re: #42 EPR-radar

Oh dear. My worst was voting for W in 2000 and buying into that torture madness right after 9/11. I got better.

I actually didn’t vote in 2000. I have never admitted this before, because it’s embarrassing to me in multiple ways. I intended to vote for Gore because it was when I was at a lull in my dumb-ass Glibertarian stage and Pre-9/11 and Pre-me going off the deep end. I didn’t make it to the polls after work because I ended up getting in a huge fight with my girlfriend over things I can’t even remember now and having a panic attack that kept me from feeling well enough to leave the house until much later in the evening.

It’s kind of funny. The one main thing that sent me into RWNJ land for a bit was my perception that, especially in response to 9/11, the Democratic party and the left of center in general didn’t take National Security seriously…

Here we are. GOP is full of Russian agents, traitors, and useful idiots.

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gocart mozart  Sep 21, 2020 • 9:13:03pm
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William Lewis  Sep 21, 2020 • 9:13:26pm

re: #59 Shiplord Kirel: Fan of USPS, Goodyear, and Oreo

I voted for Nixon.

I voted for Reagan’s reelection. Couldn’t forgive Mondale for leading the gutting of NASA.

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Dread Pirate Ron  Sep 21, 2020 • 9:15:54pm
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jaunte  Sep 21, 2020 • 9:18:54pm
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gocart mozart  Sep 21, 2020 • 9:19:07pm
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Ace Rothstein  Sep 21, 2020 • 9:22:48pm

re: #63 gocart mozart

I’m surprised 100% of it isn’t untraceable.

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Targetpractice  Sep 21, 2020 • 9:23:34pm

re: #61 Belafon

Syfy has a late night program Fridays competing with Adult Swim, called Tzgz. One of the shows they’re showing starting this weekend is called “Magical Girl Friendship Squad.” The commercial looked hilarious spin on Madoka Magica.

I remember when Scifi was pretty much the only US network that would show anime films. They were one of the first to show Akira, had an “annual” anime film event for a few years, and for a few years after would show those films on Saturday mornings.

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Ace Rothstein  Sep 21, 2020 • 9:24:19pm

re: #64 William Lewis

I went to George W. Bush’s election party for governor in 1994. Memory Lane is haunted for me.

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teleskiguy  Sep 21, 2020 • 9:25:31pm

One thing I miss about my time working in ski shops is the wool ski socks. I’d get about three free pairs at the beginning of every winter from the vendors. I still have probably a half dozen pairs from those days but I’ve had to throw away just as many pairs, socks get holes in them easily in ski boots, especially telemark boots.

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gocart mozart  Sep 21, 2020 • 9:29:18pm
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Hecuba's daughter  Sep 21, 2020 • 9:31:25pm

re: #52 🌹UOJB!

Yes I made a big f’n mistake in 1980 when I hated Carter so much I worked for and voted Anderson in 1980 letting Pruneface Reagan get in. Learned my lesson the hard way…

Reagan won over 50% of the vote; people were upset about the ongoing hostage crisis, the botched rescue attempt, and the continuing financial crisis. Reagan would have won even if Anderson was not a factor. The votes for Anderson did not change the outcome of the election.

I voted for Carter (though like you, my heart was with Anderson) and my fiance voted for Reagan, though he later admitted that he would have voted for Carter if he knew that Reagan supported creationism.

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TarHellion  Sep 21, 2020 • 9:31:29pm

re: #67 gocart mozart

Sorry, but Mississippi has those Jim Crow voting laws. Just like Georgia.

We are so fucked. And we just don’t realize yet.

The scent of power corrupted Republicans for the past 40 years. And they are about to unleash an Era of Terror that would make Bull Connor blush.

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piratedan  Sep 21, 2020 • 9:32:45pm

re: #69 Targetpractice

part of the reason for their decline, they stopped doing science fiction based programming and mostly slanted to USA Network for what they believe to be the geek audience…

It’s not as if there’s isn’t a crapload of really good anime that could be introduced to an American audience STILL as of today, stuff like Stein’s Gate, Durarara, and Uchuu Kyoudai come to mind and I’m sure there’s many others…

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Targetpractice  Sep 21, 2020 • 9:33:07pm

re: #72 gocart mozart

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Chuck basically endorsing minority rule, declaring that even though Trump lost the popular vote 3m+ votes and more people voted for Dems in the mid-terms than Repubs, “the people” have endorsed Repubs to grab as much power as they can.

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Dread Pirate Ron  Sep 21, 2020 • 9:35:47pm
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EPR-radar  Sep 21, 2020 • 9:39:48pm

re: #55 Jack Burton

Don’t beat yourself up about this too much. Many people have their moment before they figure out how things actually work. That being said, based on my more recent reading of the election (I was 6 years old and in First Grade at the time) Carter was so far behind in the popular vote that even if every Anderson voter would have voted for him, Reagan would have still won, by a lot.

Carter was utterly doomed after the failure of the hostage rescue mission. It’s entirely possible that Trump could have won in 1980 as the GOP candidate in the general election.

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EPR-radar  Sep 21, 2020 • 9:42:13pm

re: #63 gocart mozart

A 75% grifting rate by Trump vs. his own campaign. Tragic. /

But this piece of shit could still win, which is appalling.

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Targetpractice  Sep 21, 2020 • 9:47:17pm

re: #75 piratedan

part of the reason for their decline, they stopped doing science fiction based programming and mostly slanted to USA Network for what they believe to be the geek audience…

It’s not as if there’s isn’t a crapload of really good anime that could be introduced to an American audience STILL as of today, stuff like Stein’s Gate, Durarara, and Uchuu Kyoudai come to mind and I’m sure there’s many others…

The network has been trying to decide what it is for years. It’s been mostly a victim of that constant network pursuit of the “young, horny guy” crowd without understanding that there’s numerous networks out there doing the exact same thing.

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Belafon  Sep 21, 2020 • 9:50:45pm

re: #77 Dread Pirate Ron

I winder what they’re going to do when Biden takes over and orders an investigation.

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Belafon  Sep 21, 2020 • 9:54:04pm

re: #80 Targetpractice

The network has been trying to decide what it is for years. It’s been mostly a victim of that constant network pursuit of the “young, horny guy” crowd without understanding that there’s numerous networks out there doing the exact same thing.

I think what happened to them is what happened to Nickelodeon and a lot of the science channels, and why New Coke was invented. Some money guy comes along and says “I see you’re really good at what you do, but you know what would shake it up? Something different.” And a lot of the different stuff ended up not working. It was like when Cartoon Network started showing live action shows and movies.

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Dr Lizardo  Sep 21, 2020 • 9:54:08pm

re: #81 Belafon

I winder what they’re going to do when Biden takes over and orders an investigation.

Turn on each other like Gambino Family underlings, hoping to get a plea deal?

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Targetpractice  Sep 21, 2020 • 9:55:33pm

re: #81 Belafon

I winder what they’re going to do when Biden takes over and orders an investigation.

Scream that any investigation of a past administration’s crimes will set a dire precedent, while Congressional Repubs pledge to do the exact same thing once they regain power.

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thecommodore  Sep 21, 2020 • 9:57:57pm

re: #46 Ace Rothstein

I listened to Rush Limbaugh every day for 20 years.

I listened to conservative talk radio for…too long. When I finally stopped, I realized how much it was warping my thinking.

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Belafon  Sep 21, 2020 • 10:01:18pm

re: #84 Targetpractice

Scream that any investigation of a past administration’s crimes will set a dire precedent, while Congressional Repubs pledge to do the exact same thing once they regain power.

They can and we’ll just have to keep them out of power.

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Belafon  Sep 21, 2020 • 10:02:47pm

re: #85 thecommodore

I listened to conservative talk radio for…too long. When I finally stopped, I realized how much it was warping my thinking.

I was talking to one of the conservative guys at work and our conversation led to him talking about protesters standing in front of half-burning buildings.

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Sherlock Hound  Sep 21, 2020 • 10:05:36pm

re: #64 William Lewis

I voted for Reagan’s reelection. Couldn’t forgive Mondale for leading the gutting of NASA.

Me too. Same reason. That was the only time I voted R for president. There have been a few Republicans I voted for down-ballot, when most of them were sane.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Sep 21, 2020 • 10:07:42pm

re: #26 A Mom Anon

Doggo things…
We got Cleo a year ago on Halloween. In that time there has been a real struggle to just train her to do the basics beyond sit,down, stay and come. Which she sort of does. I still can’t leave her out in the yard to go potty or anything else, off leash because she refuses to listen. To me especially. When we first got her she bit me and drew a lot of blood 22 times over two months.

We tried a training puppy class, it didn’t go well. So we went with a different trainer and approach and it’s improved slightly. My problem with Cleo also stems from a lack of bonding. She prefers the men of the house.

So my husband is with his parents right now and it’s day 3. As I type this Cleo is snoring next to me in the bed with her head on my chest. She never snuggled with me. Ever. Til right now. I started to cry. She woke up, kissed my face and went back to snoring with her head on me. We’ve had a breakthrough! It took over 10 months, but here we are.

Might be a good time to do some training. Positive training while she’s warm to you.

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Sherlock Hound  Sep 21, 2020 • 10:08:31pm

re: #70 Ace Rothstein

I went to George W. Bush’s election party for governor in 1994. Memory Lane is haunted for me.

Nothing wrong with a party, no matter whose it is!
I was active in local political circles for a while. It can get hilariously crazy stupid at times. (The best way to be my friend in Real Life: Be a Democrat and talk local politics. I LOVE that shit.)

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Targetpractice  Sep 21, 2020 • 10:10:40pm

re: #86 Belafon

They can and we’ll just have to keep them out of power.

Unfortunately, it seems the screaming is already having an effect. Remember when Schumer said the other day that “nothing if off the table” if McConnell tries to push forward with Trump’s nominee? Well, since then, Congressional Dems have declared that:

- the budget
- the debt ceiling
- impeachment
- expanding the court

are off the table if Repubs force a vote on the nominee. The first shot hasn’t even been fired and already we’re in the process of negotiating terms of surrender.

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Targetpractice  Sep 21, 2020 • 10:19:35pm

Oh, I forgot that Feinstein came out earlier this evening to also throw cold water on the idea of abolishing the filibuster. The woman who will be chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee if we retake the Senate is already saying that she’ll see to it that the Repubs retain a veto on any progressive legislation for at least the next 2 years.

It’s the same deal we’ve seen over and over again: Repubs blow their own foot off, only for Dems to jump at the sound of the gunshot and immediately begin pleading for mercy.

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Belafon  Sep 21, 2020 • 10:30:14pm

re: #92 Targetpractice

Oh, I forgot that Feinstein came out earlier this evening to also throw cold water on the idea of abolishing the filibuster. The woman who will be chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee if we retake the Senate is already saying that she’ll see to it that the Repubs retain a veto on any progressive legislation for at least the next 2 years.

It’s the same deal we’ve seen over and over again: Repubs blow their own foot off, only for Dems to jump at the sound of the gunshot and immediately begin pleading for mercy.

I can’t find anything showing her saying that.

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teleskiguy  Sep 21, 2020 • 10:36:51pm
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piratedan  Sep 21, 2020 • 10:39:29pm

re: #93 Belafon

she’s a favorite the GOP like to use for attributing a spin to something she didn’t say because she’s just plausible enough as a traditionalist…

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Targetpractice  Sep 21, 2020 • 10:39:46pm

re: #93 Belafon

I can’t find anything showing her saying that.

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Dr Lizardo  Sep 21, 2020 • 10:54:43pm

Now that it’s officially autumn here in Europe (9/22), I can post this:

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EPR-radar  Sep 21, 2020 • 11:04:42pm

re: #85 thecommodore

I listened to conservative talk radio for…too long. When I finally stopped, I realized how much it was warping my thinking.

I still shake my head over a libertarian I knew years ago. Intelligent guy, but in his mind there was a straight line between any kind of regulations on businesses and the killing fields of Cambodia.

“Environmental regulations make sense because …”

“Pol Pot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

“Regulations on the financial sector make sense because …”

“Pol Pot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Technically he did have an answer to absolutely everything, but it was always useless and irrelevant.

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Hecuba's daughter  Sep 21, 2020 • 11:10:04pm

re: #96 Targetpracticet

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Filibuster — no filibuster. The Senate is fatally broken. The minority is now silenced; there is no negotiation in the Senate to reach an agreement on legislation between the parties. And the minority may actually represent a majority of the population — and that majority has no say in how we are governed. The successful efforts at disenfranchising minority voters and gerrymandering states exacerbate the situation.

Let’s wait and see what happens in November before we prematurely declare how we are going to change the rules of the Senate or expand SCOTUS. It’s ridiculous for us to be saying any of this in public; the Republicans are listening and they could very well decide these are great ideas that they will adopt if they remain in the majority with Trump as president. Of course, if the GOP win, we are finished as a nation and will be officially a dictatorship.

Ultimately though it won’t be SMOD that will finish us, but the inevitable disaster of climate change that will bring the world down, unless a nuclear-armed Saudi Arabia facing a nuclear-armed Iran brings us down first.

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EPR-radar  Sep 21, 2020 • 11:17:56pm

re: #99 Hecuba’s daughter

t

Filibuster — no filibuster. The Senate is fatally broken. The minority is now silenced; there is no negotiation in the Senate to reach an agreement on legislation between the parties. And the minority may actually represent a majority of the population — and that majority has no say in how we are governed. The successful efforts at disenfranchising minority voters and gerrymandering states exacerbate the situation.

Let’s wait and see what happens in November before we prematurely declare how we are going to change the rules of the Senate or expand SCOTUS. It’s ridiculous for us to be saying any of this in public; the Republicans are listening and they could very well decide these are great ideas that they will adopt if they remain in the majority with Trump as president. Of course, if the GOP win, we are finished as a nation and will be officially a dictatorship.

Ultimately though it won’t be SMOD that will finish us, but the inevitable disaster of climate change that will bring the world down, unless a nuclear-armed Saudi Arabia facing a nuclear-armed Iran brings us down first.

This. I honestly don’t see how to deal with the Senate, long term.

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Dread Pirate Ron  Sep 21, 2020 • 11:21:26pm

re: #93 Belafon

I can’t find anything showing her saying that.

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Targetpractice  Sep 21, 2020 • 11:24:28pm

re: #99 Hecuba’s daughter

t

Filibuster — no filibuster. The Senate is fatally broken. The minority is now silenced; there is no negotiation in the Senate to reach an agreement on legislation between the parties. And the minority may actually represent a majority of the population — and that majority has no say in how we are governed. The successful efforts at disenfranchising minority voters and gerrymandering states exacerbate the situation.

Let’s wait and see what happens in November before we prematurely declare how we are going to change the rules of the Senate or expanding SCOTUS. It’s ridiculous for us to be saying any of this in public; the Republicans are listening and they could very well decide these are great ideas that they will adopt if they remain in the majority with Trump as president. Of course, if the GOP win, we are finished as a nation and will be officially a dictatorship.

Ultimately though it won’t be SMOD that will finish us, but the inevitable disaster of climate change that will bring the world down, unless a nuclear-armed Saudi Arabia facing a nuclear-armed Iran brings us down first.

The counter-argument is there is no disincentive whatsoever right now for Repubs to back off on this vote, or any real incentive for voters to support Dems if they think that nothing will change if that vote goes forward. The big thing that is going to decide this election in the end is turnout, and one of the surest ways to drag down turnout is if you say out loud “Oh, I don’t see anything wrong with the way things are.”

Mitch has promised if Senate Repubs are returned to the minority that he’ll do everything in his power to obstruct. Even if you don’t agree with abolishing the filibuster, what use is there in speaking in defense of it other than to put in voters minds the reality that Mitch is going to succeed in stopping anything Biden promises to do for the next 4 years?

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Sep 21, 2020 • 11:35:49pm
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Dread Pirate Ron  Sep 21, 2020 • 11:41:25pm
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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Sep 21, 2020 • 11:51:21pm

Tories are back-biting but it won’t make much difference:

Theresa May issues ferocious Brexit attack on ‘reckless and irresponsible’ Boris Johnson

The former Prime Minister delivered a stinging rebuke to her successor in the House of Commons for wanting to break international law - fuming: ‘So much for global Britain’

The Tories are just reaping what May has sown. Indeed, even her predecessor sowed these seeds.

If only the Labor party wasn’t led by a self-important wonk blinded by ideological purity then maybe the UK might have had a chance in the last election.

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EPR-radar  Sep 21, 2020 • 11:55:26pm

re: #105 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Tories are back-biting but it won’t make much difference:

Theresa May issues ferocious Brexit attack on ‘reckless and irresponsible’ Boris Johnson

The Tories are just reaping what May has sown. Indeed, even her predecessor sowed these seeds.

If only the Labor party wasn’t led by a self-important wonk blinded by ideological purity then maybe the UK might have had a chance in the last election.

I’d really like to know why the right finds it so much easier to seize power in democracies than the left. The obvious guess is rightist control of most media and institutions tilting the balance always in favor of the right, but that’s just a guess.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Sep 21, 2020 • 11:57:55pm

British expats in Europe face losing their UK bank accounts post-Brexit

British expats in Europe face having their UK bank accounts closed after the Government failed to negotiate Brexit banking rules with the EU.

Many Brits, especially retired, live in the many nations of the EU. Brexit is about to make their life harder. I wonder if they voted for it?

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teleskiguy  Sep 21, 2020 • 11:58:01pm

That’s the fifth person I know personally who contracted the virus. One of them died in April.

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Targetpractice  Sep 21, 2020 • 11:58:40pm

re: #107 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

British expats in Europe face losing their UK bank accounts post-Brexit

Many Brits, especially retired, live in the many nations of the EU. Brexit is about to make their life harder. I wonder if they voted for it?

Don’t look now, but there’s about to be a run on the banks.

I’m sure that’ll do wonders for the British economy…//////

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Sep 22, 2020 • 12:01:00am

re: #106 EPR-radar

I’d really like to know why the right finds it so much easier to seize power in democracies than the left.

“Law and Order”
Identity-politics
fear

All these are the hallmarks of right wing politics and have proven to be very effective in motivating people.

Many progressive political activists are too centered on purity about abstract ideas rather than the nitty gritty of everyday life.

This is why success progressives in the US of the past made “the economy” the central part of their public image. From FDR to Clinton, people will vote for those politicians to talk about protecting jobs.

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Decatur Deb  Sep 22, 2020 • 12:01:06am

It’s two o’clock in the morning. Why aren’t you kids in bed yet?

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Sep 22, 2020 • 12:01:40am

re: #111 Decatur Deb

Barely midnight here.

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Targetpractice  Sep 22, 2020 • 12:02:24am

re: #111 Decatur Deb

It’s two O’clock in the morning. Why aren’t you kids in bed yet?

Because I was tricked into thinking that being an adult was gonna be cool.

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A hollow voice says, Beware the strongman con  Sep 22, 2020 • 12:03:27am

re: #107 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

British expats in Europe face losing their UK bank accounts post-Brexit

Many Brits, especially retired, live in the many nations of the EU. Brexit is about to make their life harder. I wonder if they voted for it?

No-one can say about any individual, but expats voted overwhelmingly against Brexit (if memory serves).

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A hollow voice says, Beware the strongman con  Sep 22, 2020 • 12:05:59am

…and it’s after midnight here. Good night, night crew.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Sep 22, 2020 • 12:09:58am

re: #20 gocart mozart

No ticket. It’s free. You just get onboard.

Socialist agitators!

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Sep 22, 2020 • 12:12:07am

re: #44 Belafon

We’re going to get through this.
We’re going to win.
We’re going to save America.
We’re going to fix what we can.
And we can fix a lot.
Even the Supreme Court.
So don’t give up.
Don’t lose hope.
We’re going to get through this.

Even in my most optimistic moments, I have to remind myself that things have to get worse before they can start getting better. How much worse do they have to get?

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Decatur Deb  Sep 22, 2020 • 12:13:26am

re: #117 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Even in my most optimistic moments, I have to remind myself that things have to get worse before they can start getting better. How much worse do they have to get?

It’s just like today, except you’re on fire.

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Targetpractice  Sep 22, 2020 • 12:14:32am

re: #106 EPR-radar

I’d really like to know why the right finds it so much easier to seize power in democracies than the left. The obvious guess is rightist control of most media and institutions tilting the balance always in favor of the right, but that’s just a guess.

Step one: Ship all the menial jobs that could not be cheaply automated to overseas labor markets where labor is cheap because the workers don’t need to even known how to read to sew together a sneaker

Step two: Convince the plebes who are now afraid of losing their jobs that it is unions that caused all this by forcing higher wages and stricter worker safety measures.

Step three: Neuter the power of unions at the ballot box, telling workers that if the unions are gone, then the jobs will “come back” and everybody will profit.

Step four: Exploit the workers who now have no union there to protect them, cutting wages, doing away with benefits, and robbing pensions while telling those same workers that such measures are needed to “save” the company. Then, when the stock price rises because your company shows “profitability,” cut thousands of jobs anyway and blame the workers.

Step five: Now that the workers are properly afraid that they’ll lose their jobs, further exploit those fears by telling them that if they don’t keep voting for “job-friendly” conservatives, then “job-killing” liberals will come along and wipe out what remains. Worse, they’ll let “those people” take what few crumbs the workers have left, so vote conservative to protect your crumbs.

Step six: Whenever workers start wising up, toss them a few crumbs with “tax cuts” or “stimulus checks” that keep them convinced that they’re not getting cornholed without lube by the very rich who are jealous that the workers even have crumbs.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Sep 22, 2020 • 12:18:16am

re: #107 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

British expats in Europe face losing their UK bank accounts post-Brexit

Many Brits, especially retired, live in the many nations of the EU. Brexit is about to make their life harder. I wonder if they voted for it?

I know a number of British expats who live in cultural enclaves, especially in Spain. Others in Frankfurt drink at the British Pub and have groceries delivered from the British shop

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Decatur Deb  Sep 22, 2020 • 12:22:18am

re: #113 Targetpractice

Because I was tricked into thinking that being an adult was gonna be cool.

It’s mostly a pain in the ass, but you get the big piece of chicken.

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Targetpractice  Sep 22, 2020 • 12:25:41am

re: #121 Decatur Deb

It’s mostly a pain in the ass, but you get the big piece of chicken.

In the words of a wise fool: “At least I got chicken.”

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Decatur Deb  Sep 22, 2020 • 12:28:15am

re: #122 Targetpractice

In the words of a wise fool: “At least I got chicken.”

Leeroy!!

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EPR-radar  Sep 22, 2020 • 12:28:20am

re: #119 Targetpractice

This rings true. Republicans also play the long game. I’m reminded of a poster from the 1950s where Republicans were claiming to support labor unions. It’s occasionally posted here mainly in the context of things Republicans don’t pretend to support any more.

But in the 1950s they had just passed the Taft-Hartley act over Truman’s veto, which surely helped set the stage for the catastrophic erosion of union power since then. So the poster was a Goebbels level big lie even at the time.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Sep 22, 2020 • 12:30:15am

The news broke on 6 Sep on the Ministry’s Facebook page, but it’s taken a while for the English speaking online media to notice it:

27 Unopened Sarcophagi Discovered In an Ancient Egyptian Necropolis

Archaeologists have discovered a total of 27 sealed sarcophagi that date back some 2,500 years at an ancient necropolis south of Cairo in recent weeks, according to Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

[…]

Saqqara is now an emerging hotspot for archaeologists as recent excavations have uncovered incredible new artifacts, including dozens of 4,500-year-old cat mummies and millions of mummified dogs. Ornate tombs containing the bodies of high-profile people have also been discovered in the necropolis over the past few years.

The identities of the bodies inside the newly excavated sarcophagi are not known at this time, but Al-Anani and his colleagues expect to reveal new details about the artifacts in the coming days and weeks, according to the ministry’s announcement.

Sure, the “identities” are not known, but if I were forced to bet, I’d say they were people who, when making their burial arrangements, were not intending to be dug up 2500 years later.

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Targetpractice  Sep 22, 2020 • 12:33:02am

re: #125 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

The news broke on 6 Sep on the Ministry’s Facebook page, but it’s taken a while for the English speaking online media to notice it:

27 Unopened Sarcophagi Discovered In an Ancient Egyptian Necropolis

Sure, the “identities” are not known, but if I were forced to bet, I’d say they were people who, when making their burial arrangements, were not intending to be dug up 2500 years later.

“What part of ‘FOR ALL ETERNITY’ was unclear?!”

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Decatur Deb  Sep 22, 2020 • 12:33:06am

re: #125 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

The news broke on 6 Sep on the Ministry’s Facebook page, but it’s taken a while for the English speaking online media to notice it:

27 Unopened Sarcophagi Discovered In an Ancient Egyptian Necropolis

Sure, the “identities” are not known, but if I were forced to bet, I’d say they were people who, when making their burial arrangements, were not intending to be dug up 2500 years later.

Was catching up on funeral thinking a few weeks ago. A good Middle Kingdom father provided for his daughters by assuring their husbands could afford to house them securely for the afterlife.

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Dr Lizardo  Sep 22, 2020 • 12:33:40am

re: #125 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

The news broke on 6 Sep on the Ministry’s Facebook page, but it’s taken a while for the English speaking online media to notice it:

27 Unopened Sarcophagi Discovered In an Ancient Egyptian Necropolis

Sure, the “identities” are not known, but if I were forced to bet, I’d say they were people who, when making their burial arrangements, were not intending to be dug up 2500 years later.

Not now, 2020.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Sep 22, 2020 • 12:40:34am

Late-Period mid-level Egyptian official: “Honey, I just made arrangements for our tombs.”
Wife: “Why’d you spend all that money on the luxury package?”
Official: “Because centuries in the future we want to look good when people dig us up to ogle at us.”
Wife: “But why did you spend all that money on the dogs, too?”
Official: “Because they were jealous of the cat.”

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Decatur Deb  Sep 22, 2020 • 12:50:13am

re: #129 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Late-Period mid-level Egyptian official: “Honey, I just made arrangements for our tombs.”
Wife: “Why’d you spend all that money on the luxury package?”
Official: “Because centuries in the future we want to look good when people dig us up to ogle at us.”
Wife: “But why did you spend all that money on the dogs, too?”
Official: “Because they were jealous of the cat.”

One of my professors at UK had worked on Abu Simbel, and was given access to 1500 mummies of worker-class villagers. It appears that most of the “magic” of mummification is just the hot, dry climate of Egypt. He hoped (and failed) to raise money to house a bunch of them in a climate-controlled environment in KY. Without A/C they would have stopped being mummies pretty quickly.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Sep 22, 2020 • 12:50:24am

Just make sure you are mummified in clean underwear

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Targetpractice  Sep 22, 2020 • 12:51:52am

re: #131 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Just make sure you are mummified in clean underwear

Nobody wants to be dug up by alien archaeologists centuries from now in stained jockeys.

/

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Decatur Deb  Sep 22, 2020 • 12:58:31am

re: #131 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Just make sure you are mummified in clean underwear

Ground up mummies were used in medicine until fairly recently (mummia).
en.wikipedia.org

According to Mark Twain, who got there, mummies were used as fuel for locomotives in tree-poor Egypt. He is said to have been joking. Nevertheless, there’s a shitload of mummies out there.

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Targetpractice  Sep 22, 2020 • 1:03:05am

Saw this process a few years ago and thought it sounded neat:

New form of burial freeze-dries bodies, turning them into plant food

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Decatur Deb  Sep 22, 2020 • 1:05:12am

Just about half of all human history includes the period of pharaonic Egypt. Lot of dead lying about.

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John Hughes  Sep 22, 2020 • 1:25:51am

re: #107 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

British expats in Europe face losing their UK bank accounts post-Brexit

Many Brits, especially retired, live in the many nations of the EU. Brexit is about to make their life harder. I wonder if they voted for it?

Many of us were disenfranchised. (After 15 years outside the UK you lose the right to vote in parliamentary elections, and the roll for the referendum was based on the roll for parliamentary elections).

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Dread Pirate Ron  Sep 22, 2020 • 1:36:27am
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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Sep 22, 2020 • 1:45:31am

Back when singers were expected to sing on TV and not lip-sync:

Nat King Cole - “Too Young”

..

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Dread Pirate Ron  Sep 22, 2020 • 2:15:03am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Sep 22, 2020 • 2:15:15am

re: #137 Dread Pirate Ron

look at all those losers behind him in masks…

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steve_davis  Sep 22, 2020 • 2:18:43am

re: #59 Shiplord Kirel: Fan of USPS, Goodyear, and Oreo

I voted for Nixon.

i voted for reagan in my first election. in fairness, mondale was about as exciting as dry toast.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Sep 22, 2020 • 2:29:31am

re: #141 steve_davis

i voted for reagan in my first election. in fairness, mondale was about as exciting as dry toast.

I voted for Anderson in 1980 because it was the state of Arizona and Mondale had no chance there, and I wanted to see Anderson get 5% so he would get his campaign funds. He did not.

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dangerman  Sep 22, 2020 • 2:43:10am
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John Hughes  Sep 22, 2020 • 3:21:27am

re: #141 steve_davis

i voted for reagan in my first election. in fairness, mondale was about as exciting as dry toast.

Is “exciting” the quality you look for in a president?

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Sep 22, 2020 • 3:38:27am

re: #141 steve_davis

i voted for reagan in my first election. in fairness, mondale was about as exciting as dry toast.

George W. Bush, the second time. Yeah, in 2004 I was still a mindless Republican drone. I’m still atoning for it.

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Dread Pirate Ron  Sep 22, 2020 • 3:39:07am
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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Sep 22, 2020 • 3:40:11am

re: #146 Dread Pirate Ron

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No, it only affects blue states, and we aren’t people to him.

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Dread Pirate Ron  Sep 22, 2020 • 3:45:39am
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Ming5000  Sep 22, 2020 • 3:53:57am

re: #56 mmmirele

I’m not sure exactly what’s been happening, but in the last six months, I’ve worn out about a dozen socks. Now the cheap cotton/wool socks I got last year, I expected that to happen, but the Gold Toe socks I’ve had for some years? Nope. They’ve been wearing out as well.

My brother tells me it’s because I don’t clip my toenails. I pointed out that they’re wearing out on the sole, just going threadbare. And I do clip my toenails. Since I wear socks all the time (due to diabetes), I kind of go crazy if a toe even hangs up on the inside of a sock. And yes, wearing socks all the time may be contributing, but I’ve been wearing socks all the time since about 2009ish. I used to go barefoot, my doctor told me she wanted to see me wearing shoes, even in the house, and I compromised with socks.

I have been listening to a podcast by Peter Attia about foot health, and the trend of cushioned athletic shoes since the 70’s boom. Cushioned shoes let humans increase the length of their gait and use their heel more in the walking/running movement. As opposed the using the forefoot, which is more natural. The solution is working toward more minimalistic shoes so that you move more naturally and the foot muscles strengthen back to their capability.
Maybe you are over-using your heel.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Sep 22, 2020 • 4:07:06am

re: #56 mmmirele

re: #149 Ming5000

I posted earlier about the athletic socks frustration, that the makers want to sell them now in big bags of many pairs, instead of just a few.

Earlier I had noted that I was going with a new brand for me - Burlington - based on Amazon reviews. But when I placed my order I switched it to Dickies because I can get just 6 pair instead of 10.

Anyway, I wear out my sock heels very quickly too.

It may be due to the wearing of running shoes, sure. But I also wear orthotic inserts that are intentionally only slightly flexible, and my gait is no longer very large (it was never really large even for someone who is tall.)

There are many complaints online about socks wearing out in the heels to quickly. Yes, it may have to do with people now wearing shoes which allow for more of a heel strike rather than pushing off with the rear forefoot (something I have never been able to do well.)

So it remains a puzzle, I think. Some of the problem may be due to the every cheapening of clothing, with Americans on a never ending quest for even cheaper big-box stores.

Or it may be due to how we are changing our gait.

Or maybe it’s something else.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Sep 22, 2020 • 4:10:35am
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Axolotl  Sep 22, 2020 • 4:47:05am

re: #52 🌹UOJB!

Yes I made a big f’n mistake in 1980 when I hated Carter so much I worked for and voted Anderson in 1980 letting Pruneface Reagan get in. Learned my lesson the hard way…

I didn’t vote in the 2000 election. I live in Florida.

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Shropshire Slasher  Sep 22, 2020 • 5:00:20am

Changing the oil and rotating the tires on my Honda turned into a whole rear brake change including new calipers.

Pro tip Tuesday:
If one of your rims has excessive brake dust build-up, your caliper may be hung up.

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Belafon  Sep 22, 2020 • 5:31:36am

re: #96 Targetpractice

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Thanks. I just couldn’t find a statement when I went looking. That does mean she’s blind, because we can all see it.”

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Targetpractice  Sep 22, 2020 • 5:41:26am

Seems not everybody is onboard with storming the castle:

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Targetpractice  Sep 22, 2020 • 5:42:11am

re: #154 Belafon

Thanks. I just couldn’t find a statement when I went looking. That does mean she’s blind, because we can all see it.”

No prob.

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A Mom Anon  Sep 22, 2020 • 5:56:29am

When our xfinity bill became just stupid earlier this year, the husband decided to do away with cable/satellite tv and got Amazon fire sticks that he figured out how to jailbreak. It’s weird, not sure if I like it or not. One of the apps that we use for tv has everything divided into categories. Unfortunately the first choice in USA news is info wars. When you click on that Alex Jones is the first fucking thing you see. So yesterday and this morning he’s decided that RBG is burning in hell. I hate that POS.

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Patricia Kayden  Sep 22, 2020 • 5:56:31am

re: #108 teleskiguy

Hope he gets better and recovers from the Coronavirus. I really don’t get the idiots who still believe it’s a hoax.

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steve_davis  Sep 22, 2020 • 5:56:49am

re: #106 EPR-radar

I’d really like to know why the right finds it so much easier to seize power in democracies than the left. The obvious guess is rightist control of most media and institutions tilting the balance always in favor of the right, but that’s just a guess.

they don’t. the problem or the last 4 decades has been that the Republican party is run by ultra-rightists, and the Democratic party is run by moderate constitutionalists. The last time the issue of filibustering seriously came up for discussion, we had folks like Carl Levin to talk the party down. I doubt the party is getting talked down this January. Republicans may well discover that one reaps what one sows.

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steve_davis  Sep 22, 2020 • 5:57:37am

re: #144 John Hughes

Is “exciting” the quality you look for in a president?

Yes, clearly that’s what I was saying. Perceptive of you to spot it.

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Mike Lamb  Sep 22, 2020 • 6:19:46am

re: #155 Targetpractice

Seems not everybody is onboard with storming the castle:

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Key word: privately. Just means they are negotiating some kind of electoral payola with McConnell.

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mmmirele  Sep 22, 2020 • 6:23:48am

re: #133 Decatur Deb

Ground up mummies were used in medicine until fairly recently (mummia).
en.wikipedia.org

According to Mark Twain, who got there, mummies were used as fuel for locomotives in tree-poor Egypt. He is said to have been joking. Nevertheless, there’s a shitload of mummies out there.

And then there’s mummy brown paint (also known as caput mortuum or dead man’s head)

Mummy brown was originally made in the 16th and 17th centuries from white pitch, myrrh, and the ground-up remains of ancient Egyptian mummies, (both human and feline)[3][4], but also Guanche mummies of Canary Islands.[5][6] As it had good transparency, it could be used for glazes, shadows, flesh tones and shading.[7] However, in addition to its tendency to crack, it was extremely variable in its composition and quality, and since it contained ammonia and particles of fat, was likely to affect other colours with which it was used.[8]

en.wikipedia.org

The article goes on to say that the current mummy brown is made up of kaolin, quartz, goethite and hematite. I watched a video the other day of a woman swatching out a tube of mummy brown paint she’d gotten from a guy in Canada who made it the old-fashioned way, except that he used very dried leather as the base ingredient. This guy specializes in reproducing old paints that cannot be made today for various reasons, including Paris/emerald green, which was made out of arsenic crystals and yup, super dangerous. Paris green was extremely popular at the end of the 19th century; it shows up in things like wallpaper.

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dangerman  Sep 22, 2020 • 6:24:07am

A $1 billion fund Congress gave the Pentagon in March to build up the country’s supplies of medical equipment has instead been mostly funneled to defense contractors and used for making things such as jet engine parts, body armor and dress uniforms,” the Washington Post reports.

“The change illustrates how one taxpayer-backed effort to battle the novel coronavirus, which has killed roughly 200,000 Americans, was instead diverted toward patching up long-standing perceived gaps in military supplies.”

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Belafon  Sep 22, 2020 • 6:24:32am

re: #118 Decatur Deb

It’s just like today, except you’re on fire.

Which means you’ll be warm the rest of your life.

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dangerman  Sep 22, 2020 • 6:25:25am
“Mike Bloomberg and his team have raised more than $16 million to pay the court fines and fees of nearly 32,000 Black and Hispanic Florida voters with felony convictions, an effort aimed at boosting turnout for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden,” the Washington Post reports

Now if only Florida would tell these people exactly what they owe

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jeffreyw  Sep 22, 2020 • 6:25:34am

I had to admonish Bitsy for finger biting.

Good morning!

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Teukka  Sep 22, 2020 • 6:26:26am

Memes from mah feeds…

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Sep 22, 2020 • 6:26:59am

Cassandra says:

Mitch McC is gonna ram the new judge through with the agreement that whoever it is will rule in favor of Trump in an electoral challenge

The RNC, Trump and outside players will ensure that the 2020 election is the biggest clusterfucking goat rodeo ever seen, and the results will be tied up in court long enough to send it to the SCOTUS who will rule in DT’s favor despite the popular vote turning out to be clearly in favor of Biden.

Rioting will erupt in major population centers

Civil war and government crackdown on “dissenters” , suspension of Civil Rights and all the things that has come toengender

I REALLY HOPE THIS IS NOT HOW BAD THINGS HAVE TO GET BEFORE THEY CAN START GETTING BETTER!!!

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Belafon  Sep 22, 2020 • 6:29:21am

re: #146 Dread Pirate Ron

one of those was a cop here in Rockwall.

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Jebediah, RBG  Sep 22, 2020 • 6:29:24am

re: #26 A Mom Anon

Very exciting and awesome! Made me smile out loud. Those type of moments are the best!

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Belafon  Sep 22, 2020 • 6:31:11am

re: #155 Targetpractice

Seems not everybody is onboard with storming the castle:

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Hoarse Whisperer said yesterday that McConnell doesn’t usually say things like “We’re going to have a vote on a nominee” when he has the votes to do it.

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A Mom Anon  Sep 22, 2020 • 6:31:43am

It looks like the US Commission on Civil Rights is calling for an end to Section 14(c) waiver program that allows employers to pay disabled workers sub minimum wages. This is beyond overdue, never mind appalling. My son was in two programs that did this. I was stunned it was legal, I didn’t know until I had to delve into the madness that is finding help for an adult on the autism spectrum. Why this was allowed in the first place is obviously such bullshit. Disabled people must not have any bills or expenses or need to eat I guess. It’s a horrible stereotype that people with disabilities have zero to offer and they should just shut up and be grateful for some dirty crumbs. I’m going to do a deep dive into this and figure out what to do to help. Enough of this shit.

Also too, France is paying its out of work citizens until the end of next year so people don’t starve and lose their homes due to the effects of coronavirus. Sigh.

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Jebediah, RBG  Sep 22, 2020 • 6:34:23am

re: #29 EPR-radar

It shames me that I ever thought Glenn Greenwald was worth reading.

me too.

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Belafon  Sep 22, 2020 • 6:37:23am
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Decatur Deb  Sep 22, 2020 • 6:39:23am

Looks like Confession Day.

I thought about voting for a Republican once, House seat from New Jersey. I didn’t, but Millicent Fenwick (Lacey Davenport) was kinda cool.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Sep 22, 2020 • 6:40:43am

re: #175 Decatur Deb

Looks like Confession Day.

I thought about voting for a Republican once, House seat from New Jersey. I didn’t, but Millicent Fenwick (Lacey Davenport) was kinda cool.

There was a time when I would at least consider voting for GOP candidates. Voted for McCain in the 2000 GOP primaries.

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A Mom Anon  Sep 22, 2020 • 6:42:35am

re: #173 Jebediah, RBG

I’m so liberal it’s ridiculous, but I confess to buying his first book, reading it and wasn’t impressed. I don’t burn books, but I will throw them away if I don’t think they’re worth the paper they’re printed on. It went to the trash after a round of junk purging.

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lawhawk  Sep 22, 2020 • 6:47:23am
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lawhawk  Sep 22, 2020 • 6:50:40am

re: #155 Targetpractice

Day after election is just fine, and they’ll do it in lame duck too.

Because the rules don’t apply to the GOP. They just don’t care about precedent they themselves made in 2016. They just do whatever they want and consequences are exactly nil.

What was the consequence of them blocking Garland? They pack the court and Trump continues to stay in office.

What are the consequences to McConnell? None.

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Dr Lizardo  Sep 22, 2020 • 6:52:38am

re: #179 lawhawk

Day after election is just fine, and they’ll do it in lame duck too.

Because the rules don’t apply to the GOP. They just don’t care about precedent they themselves made in 2016. They just do whatever they want and consequences are exactly nil.

What was the consequence of them blocking Garland? They pack the court and Trump continues to stay in office.

What are the consequences to McConnell? None.

I wouldn’t be at all surprised if they filled Ginsburg’s seat during the lame duck session. A final “fuck you” to America.

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lawhawk  Sep 22, 2020 • 6:54:57am

The GOP falls in lockstep to pack the courts. Predictable.

The rules only apply to Democrats. The GOP cares only about naked power and depriving others of theirs. They are a minority party intent on maximizing their power at the expense of everyone else. They are a white misogynistic theocratic cult who doesn’t care the damage they do to the rule of law because they think they get to make the law and interpret it in perpetuity.

This is how democracy dies.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Sep 22, 2020 • 6:56:17am
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Belafon  Sep 22, 2020 • 6:56:26am
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Belafon  Sep 22, 2020 • 6:56:55am
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lawhawk  Sep 22, 2020 • 6:57:57am
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Dr Lizardo  Sep 22, 2020 • 6:58:20am

re: #181 lawhawk

Then if Biden wins and we take back the Senate, we expand the bench to 15 and expand the judiciary in general, statehood for Puerto Rico and D.C., Guam, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands and we lift the current cap on the number of representatives of the House.

Total war.

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Belafon  Sep 22, 2020 • 6:58:53am
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Belafon  Sep 22, 2020 • 7:00:34am
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lawhawk  Sep 22, 2020 • 7:00:36am

re: #186 Dr Lizardo

We have to take back the Senate, eliminate the filibuster, and engage in wholesale reform of the entire judiciary nomination process, up to and including lifetime appointments (ending it for everyone at all levels). Set terms. And any nomination must get heard by a vote.

It’s clear we need new guardrails to protect the judiciary. The GOP has shredded all of them.

And we need to make those who destroyed this accountable too.

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Dr Lizardo  Sep 22, 2020 • 7:02:56am

re: #189 lawhawk

We have to take back the Senate, eliminate the filibuster, and engage in wholesale reform of the entire judiciary nomination process, up to and including lifetime appointments (ending it for everyone at all levels). Set terms. And any nomination must get heard by a vote.

It’s clear we need new guardrails to protect the judiciary. The GOP has shredded all of them.

And we need to make those who destroyed this accountable too.

I agree. It’s gonna be a hard slog, but it can be done.

Also, I’d like to see something like a cross between South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the post-World War Two Nuremburg Tribunals. Put Trump, McConnell, Graham, Ron Johnson, etc., in the dock.

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Decatur Deb  Sep 22, 2020 • 7:03:03am

re: #183 Belafon

Africa’s top public health official has helped to steer the continent’s 54 countries into a unified alliance to combat COVID-19 that is praised as responding better to the pandemic than some richer nations, including the United States.

CV-19 response makes a handy benchmark if you need to determine the shithole rating of a country.

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dangerman  Sep 22, 2020 • 7:09:43am

re: #63 gocart mozart

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Oh I think we know exactly where it went (or is going to wind up)

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Decatur Deb  Sep 22, 2020 • 7:11:33am

re: #192 dangerman

Oh I think we know exactly where it went (or is going to wind up)

Good. I hope he steals all of the GOP war chest and makes it as far as Rio with it.

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dangerman  Sep 22, 2020 • 7:14:50am

re: #79 EPR-radar

A 75% grifting rate by Trump vs. his own campaign. Tragic. /

But this piece of shit could still win, which is appalling.

While this is and will remain true, take a quick read of today’s electoral-vote.com.
It is cautiously and guardedly optimistic

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sagehen  Sep 22, 2020 • 7:15:41am

re: #186 Dr Lizardo

Then if Biden wins and we take back the Senate, we expand the bench to 15 and expand the judiciary in general, statehood for Puerto Rico and D.C., Guam, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands and we lift the current cap on the number of representatives of the House.

Total war.

The Virgin Islands (100,000) is too small for its own senators; lump them in with Puerto Rico.

Guam and American Samoa, combined, have about 250,000.

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The Pie Overlord!  Sep 22, 2020 • 7:17:21am

Well I have been shopping for ovens. I went to Lowe’s yesterday and picked out this one, but I will probably buy it from Home Depot since Lowe’s can’t guarantee delivery until the end of October.

But then again, maybe I should just wait for the Black Friday sales?

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Decatur Deb  Sep 22, 2020 • 7:21:13am

re: #194 dangerman

While this is and will remain true, take a quick read of today’s electoral-vote.com.
It is cautiously and guardedly optimistic

The future is within the margin of error. Perhaps it always has been.

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lawhawk  Sep 22, 2020 • 7:24:07am

re: #195 sagehen

The Virgin Islands (100,000) is too small for its own senators; lump them in with Puerto Rico.

Guam and American Samoa, combined, have about 250,000.

Devil’s Advocate: Why is that too small? What defines too small?

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Sep 22, 2020 • 7:25:25am

re: #196 The Pie Overlord!

Well I have been shopping for ovens. I went to Lowe’s yesterday and picked out this one, but I will probably buy it from Home Depot since Lowe’s can’t guarantee delivery until the end of October.

But then again, maybe I should just wait for the Black Friday sales?

That’s really nice. Really, really nice.

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lawhawk  Sep 22, 2020 • 7:26:42am

re: #196 The Pie Overlord!

Check Best Buy too. But if you can hold out to Columbus Day, you’d probably see sales then and again for Black Friday.

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stpaulbear  Sep 22, 2020 • 7:33:27am

re: #177 A Mom Anon

I’m so liberal it’s ridiculous, but I confess to buying his first book, reading it and wasn’t impressed. I don’t burn books, but I will throw them away if I don’t think they’re worth the paper they’re printed on. It went to the trash after a round of junk purging.

I bought one Greenwald book too and gave it to Goodwill after reading a couple chapters. I was a FDL reader for a while until they updated their format and then fired/alienated everyone that wouldn’t go off the deep end (PUMA) with them. Greenwald was one of their golden boys.

I bought one Andrew Sullivan book too about gay marriage and was surprised at what egg-headed bullshit it was. He was purposely turning it into the most boring, mundane, lifeless issue possible (the book was titled ‘Virtually Normal’. That was his winning strategy.

The only two MN republican candidates I ever voted for have both endorsed Biden/Harris.

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A Mom Anon  Sep 22, 2020 • 7:36:48am

re: #188 Belafon

This evil overly made up asshole currently has a commercial running on the Atlanta channels putting herself to the right of Atilla the Hun which also talks about “getting rid of liberal scribes” referring to purging the news media. Brian Kemp could have only put a worse person into that senate seat if he had put himself there.

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The Pie Overlord!  Sep 22, 2020 • 7:36:58am

re: #200 lawhawk

Check Best Buy too. But if you can hold out to Columbus Day, you’d probably see sales then and again for Black Friday.

The Frigidaire oven is on sale now but if I wait for Black Friday there might be sales on the Bosch or the Kitchen Aid.

I had a bad experience with Best Buy a few years ago and decided that I will never buy an appliance from them.

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sagehen  Sep 22, 2020 • 7:37:03am

re: #198 lawhawk

Devil’s Advocate: Why is that too small? What defines too small?

The argument in favor of DC is they have almost twice as many people as the least populous State. The argument in favor of Puerto Rico they have 5x Wyoming.

100,000 is less than 20% as much as Wyoming. Guam and Samoa combined are just under half Wyoming.

Wyoming is already small enough to make me scream UNFAIR UNFAIR UNFAIR. Significantly smaller than that is even more unfair.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 22, 2020 • 7:37:16am

God, I hope nothing happens to Sotomayor anytime soon.

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The Pie Overlord!  Sep 22, 2020 • 7:39:02am

Why would anyone need a kitchen appliance that connects to the Internet?

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A Mom Anon  Sep 22, 2020 • 7:39:22am

re: #201 stpaulbear

I was at FDL then too. My screen name was An Angry Old Broad. That’s where I first discovered Glenn. I left FDL after that mess too, no thanks. David Ferguson and TBogg were the best writers there.

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Decatur Deb  Sep 22, 2020 • 7:41:16am

re: #206 The Pie Overlord!

Why would anyone need a kitchen appliance that connects to the Internet?

Food porn.

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The Pie Overlord!  Sep 22, 2020 • 7:43:22am

Stage 4 cancer, you had one job!

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Ace Rothstein  Sep 22, 2020 • 7:43:35am

re: #205 Eclectic Cyborg

God, I hope nothing happens to Sotomayor anytime soon.

Or Breyer. And he’s a lot older.

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Ace Rothstein  Sep 22, 2020 • 7:44:01am

re: #209 The Pie Overlord!

What terrible thing to happen to cancer.

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dangerman  Sep 22, 2020 • 7:44:41am

re: #149 Ming5000

I have been listening to a podcast by Peter Attia about foot health, and the trend of cushioned athletic shoes since the 70’s boom. Cushioned shoes let humans increase the length of their gait and use their heel more in the walking/running movement. As opposed the using the forefoot, which is more natural. The solution is working toward more minimalistic shoes so that you move more naturally and the foot muscles strengthen back to their capability.
Maybe you are over-using your heel.

this exactly is how at 63 y/o i manage 50 easy miles a week

well knitting thin padding coolmax ankles

and

merrell vapor glove 3

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Sep 22, 2020 • 7:45:16am
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GlutenFreeJesus  Sep 22, 2020 • 7:46:27am

re: #181 lawhawk

The GOP falls in lockstep to pack the courts. Predictable.

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The rules only apply to Democrats. The GOP cares only about naked power and depriving others of theirs. They are a minority party intent on maximizing their power at the expense of everyone else. They are a white misogynistic theocratic cult who doesn’t care the damage they do to the rule of law because they think they get to make the law and interpret it in perpetuity.

This is how democracy dies.

Yup. It’s pretty much a done deal. Our only way out of this now is a supermajority senate and an 11 seat court under Biden. And that’s just not going to happen.

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The Pie Overlord!  Sep 22, 2020 • 7:46:29am

THREAD

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Sep 22, 2020 • 7:48:29am

re: #203 The Pie Overlord!

The Frigidaire oven is on sale now but if I wait for Black Friday there might be sales on the Bosch or the Kitchen Aid.

I had a bad experience with Best Buy a few years ago and decided that I will never buy an appliance from them.

If BB is cheaper you could probably get a price match.

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stpaulbear  Sep 22, 2020 • 7:48:50am

re: #206 The Pie Overlord!

Why would anyone need a kitchen appliance that connects to the Internet?

So that something bad can happen.

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Teukka  Sep 22, 2020 • 7:49:10am

*Chuckles evily*

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Belafon  Sep 22, 2020 • 7:49:13am

re: #202 A Mom Anon

This evil overly made up asshole currently has a commercial running on the Atlanta channels putting herself to the right of Atilla the Hun which also talks about “getting rid of liberal scribes” referring to purging the news media. Brian Kemp could have only put a worse person into that senate seat if he had put himself there.

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lawhawk  Sep 22, 2020 • 7:49:42am

re: #206 The Pie Overlord!

Skynet can’t gain sentience without access to food/energy sources.

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A hollow voice says, Beware the strongman con  Sep 22, 2020 • 7:50:36am

re: #155 Targetpractice

Seems not everybody is onboard with storming the castle:

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How many times have we heard about repug senators being moral in private? Believe it when they act in public.

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A Mom Anon  Sep 22, 2020 • 7:50:43am

re: #206 The Pie Overlord!

Overengineering. We have LG appliances, fridge and dishwasher. I hate them. Let the husband do the homework and buy them because he dealt with appliances as part of his job. The fridge has the ability to connect to the internet. Who cares? The giant freezer drawer in the bottom is awful. I wish I had a side by side now.

And the dishwasher god help me. All but ONE cycle choice runs for a minimum of two to three HOURS. I use one setting, it runs for 59 minutes and it’s fine. And who the fuck needs to steam clean their dishes for an hour before washing? Why? There was a useless third rack on top for silverware, I threw it out.

These companies obviously do not get or seek input from your every day cook. It’s all about what things look like and how Instagram foodies look using it. I’ll pass and get offa my lawn.

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Interesting Times  Sep 22, 2020 • 7:51:10am

Re Feinstein and some other Senate Dems being lily-livered surrender monkeys: if you’re their constituent, call the fuck out of them! Follow the Indivisible scripts and threaten primaries if necessary (and there’s teeth to this threat, especially in safe blue seats - even the vaunted Kennedy name failed to defeat more progressive Ed Markey).

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The Pie Overlord!  Sep 22, 2020 • 7:51:12am

re: #216 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

If BB is cheaper you could probably get a price match.

My issue with BB was they kept putting off the delivery until I was like fuck this, cancel my order and I will buy somewhere else.

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dangerman  Sep 22, 2020 • 7:51:24am

re: #178 lawhawk

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These people do not react to pointing out their hypocrisy

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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 22, 2020 • 7:52:56am

He’s rolling this morning:

Also:

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Sep 22, 2020 • 7:55:43am

re: #224 The Pie Overlord!

My issue with BB was they kept putting off the delivery until I was like fuck this, cancel my order and I will buy somewhere else.

I’m not a fan of BB, myself. You’re lucky if you get anyone who knows anything at all about their own products. Their value is in pricing. Especially now when every seller wants every dollar they can get.

And me personally, I refuse to give Home Despot a penny because the owner is a POS.

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A hollow voice says, Beware the strongman con  Sep 22, 2020 • 7:56:14am

re: #166 jeffreyw

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Good morning!

Western good morning!

Out of the trunks of palm trees…
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lawhawk  Sep 22, 2020 • 7:57:46am

re: #226 Eclectic Cyborg

Republican states are facing massive budget holes too. And covid cases that are still rising, along with deaths.

GOP run states aren’t doing better than Blue states. And they’re not the economic generators that Blue States are.

But the one thing Trumpists ignore is that all states are American and you’re supposed to protect all Americans, not just Trumpists or GOPers.

There are more GOPers living in CA than all citizens who live in AL, AZ, AR, or AK regardless of political affiliation.

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Citizen K  Sep 22, 2020 • 8:00:05am

So I guess Romney has fully put a stake in the heart of any chance of stopping Trump’s pick, huh? And we still have Dems who are waffling on doing what is needed to prevent the GOP from essentially wielding infinite power and having unlimited veto via the courts over anything meant to actually fix this goddamn country.

Fun, fine, fan-fucking-tastic. i guess nihilism, cynicism, and the purity of greed and hate really is the only way to win in this country.

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Interesting Times  Sep 22, 2020 • 8:03:14am

You know how to reply:

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Ace-o-aces  Sep 22, 2020 • 8:08:13am
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jeffreyw  Sep 22, 2020 • 8:08:16am

re: #206 The Pie Overlord!

Why would anyone need a kitchen appliance that connects to the Internet?

I just got through binge watching Silicon Valley and wifi enabled appliances were a significant plot point. The series noted that it could be a big problem (cough*skynet*cough).

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ericblair  Sep 22, 2020 • 8:09:33am

re: #230 Citizen K

So I guess Romney has fully put a stake in the heart of any chance of stopping Trump’s pick, huh? And we still have Dems who are waffling on doing what is needed to prevent the GOP from essentially wielding infinite power and having unlimited veto via the courts over anything meant to actually fix this goddamn country.

Fun, fine, fan-fucking-tastic. i guess nihilism, cynicism, and the purity of greed and hate really is the only way to win in this country.

Technically, he said he’d agree to vote on it, not to vote yes. I wouldn’t put much hope into that, unless he’s playing for time and/or something more chaotic than usual throws the whole plan off kilter.

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stpaulbear  Sep 22, 2020 • 8:09:51am

re: #207 A Mom Anon

I was at FDL then too. My screen name was An Angry Old Broad. That’s where I first discovered Glenn. I left FDL after that mess too, no thanks. David Ferguson and TBogg were the best writers there.

TBogg’s blog pre-FDL was an absolute riot. No registration was required so anyone could jump in to a thread, and it was very often amazing (somehow it avoided being destroyed by trolls). When he said that he was going to join FDL almost everyone urged him not to. Seems like once he got saddled with FDL’s super-serious registered audience, the fun went out. I used to love his posts where he’d pointedly tell the FDL readership that they were completely full of shit.. I still miss his original blog, but there’s no way it could exist like that now.

I liked David Ferguson (T-Rex) too but I said the wrong thing to him one day (I liked something he didn’t) and he blew up at me bigly. I’ve never even wanted to read him since.

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The Pie Overlord!  Sep 22, 2020 • 8:10:05am

re: #233 jeffreyw

I just got through binge watching Silicon Valley and wifi enabled appliances were a significant plot point. The series noted that it could be a big problem (cough*skynet*cough).

A couple of years ago I read “The Steel Kiss” by Jeffery Deaver in which a hacker gains control of appliances & vehicles to cause mayhem.

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Mike Lamb  Sep 22, 2020 • 8:15:36am

re: #178 lawhawk

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Romney’s “Well we only don’t confirm the other side’s appointments during an election year” is fucking ridiculous. But mark my words, the Sunday talkshows will happily let GOP dipshits have a platform to spread that nonsense.

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sagehen  Sep 22, 2020 • 8:22:35am

re: #223 Interesting Times

Re Feinstein and some other Senate Dems being lily-livered surrender monkeys: if you’re their constituent, call the fuck out of them! Follow the Indivisible scripts and threaten primaries if necessary (and there’s teeth to this threat, especially in safe blue seats - even the vaunted Kennedy name failed to defeat more progressive Ed Markey).

A threat to primary Feinstein is meaningless.

She was born in 1933, and won’t face election again until 2024.

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BeachDem  Sep 22, 2020 • 8:24:28am

Young Max Kennedy’s description of Jared’s “COVID task force” equally applies to the whole fucking maladministration.

The supply operation was like a “family office meets organized crime, melded with ‘Lord of The Flies,’” Kennedy said.

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Hecuba's daughter  Sep 22, 2020 • 8:25:49am

re: #73 Hecuba’s daughter

Reagan won over 50% of the vote; people were upset about the ongoing hostage crisis, the botched rescue attempt, and the continuing financial crisis. Reagan would have won even if Anderson was not a factor. The votes for Anderson did not change the outcome of the election.

I voted for Carter (though like you, my heart was with Anderson) and my fiance voted for Reagan, though he later admitted that he would have voted for Carter if he knew that Reagan supported creationism.

My biggest political mistake was my 1972 vote for Dan Walker (the Democrat) over Richard Ogilvie, the incumbent Republican governor. My father had a personal grievance against Ogilvie, so I voted for the opponent, whom I greatly disliked, also on a personal level. I regretted it immediately. It’s not that Walker was a total disaster as governor but that Ogilvie deserved re-election. Walker was one of the many Illinois governors who ended up in prison, but for actions post his gubernatorial career.

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jeffreyw  Sep 22, 2020 • 8:26:49am

re: #236 The Pie Overlord!

A couple of years ago I read “The Steel Kiss” by Jeffery Deaver in which a hacker gains control of appliances & vehicles to cause mayhem.

I just downloaded that as an audio book, I think it was an Audible Daily Deal last week. Haven’t started it yet.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Sep 22, 2020 • 8:29:22am

Today’s MIT class is with Fauci.

Starts in a few minutes.

web.mit.edu

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stpaulbear  Sep 22, 2020 • 8:36:12am

re: #223 Interesting Times

Re Feinstein and some other Senate Dems being lily-livered surrender monkeys: if you’re their constituent, call the fuck out of them! Follow the Indivisible scripts and threaten primaries if necessary (and there’s teeth to this threat, especially in safe blue seats - even the vaunted Kennedy name failed to defeat more progressive Ed Markey).

I kind of like this guys argument for court packing. He takes it over the top, but then gives some great reasons to go for it, and he makes those that urge caution sound pretty lame.

Elie Mystal: SCOTUS Can’t Be Dictated By McConnell’s “Whims” | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC

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Decatur Deb  Sep 22, 2020 • 8:37:03am

re: #227 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

I’m not a fan of BB, myself. You’re lucky if you get anyone who knows anything at all about their own products. Their value is in pricing. Especially now when every seller wants every dollar they can get.

And me personally, I refuse to give Home Despot a penny because the owner is a POS.

Both our town’s Lowes and Home Depot supported our Habitat builds well. Both resist unionization of their employees. I will only deal with Lowes, because HD is not only anti-union, they eagerly export their anti-union activity to other companies.

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A hollow voice says, Beware the strongman con  Sep 22, 2020 • 8:38:07am

re: #238 sagehen

A threat to primary Feinstein is meaningless.

She was born in 1933, and won’t face election again until 2024.

She likely won’t face it ever — in 2024 she’ll be nearly 90.

You’ve all been spinning worst-case scenarios here (reminds me of 2018 and why I took my two-month break), but in fact at this point, there is no Supreme Court nominee, there have been no hearings and no-one has been confirmed. Suppose we wait until we know what the situation is before giving up — or deciding that the dems have.

As to Feinstein, she is not made of stone and can change her mind (that’s assuming she’s made up her mind and isn’t giving a stock answer to a throwaway question).

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Decatur Deb  Sep 22, 2020 • 8:45:20am

This has had a sharp impact on our voter registration drives and vote-by-mail education effort, and it’s going to get worse here. We’re scrambling to find effective alternative methods on the fly. The bug gets a vote.

Voters to Trump and Biden camps: Don’t come knocking on our doors
politico.com

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makeitstop  Sep 22, 2020 • 8:50:47am

My only fear about court packing is that Trump will decide to do it first.

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Decatur Deb  Sep 22, 2020 • 8:55:15am

re: #247 makeitstop

My only fear about court packing is that Trump will decide to do it first.

The Dem-controlled House gets in the way of that.

(There I go, thinking normal legal processes still apply in the Age of the Confederate Restoration.)

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gocart mozart  Sep 22, 2020 • 8:56:05am

An important life rule

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jaunte  Sep 22, 2020 • 8:56:05am
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Shropshire Slasher  Sep 22, 2020 • 8:58:55am

re: #196 The Pie Overlord!

Well I have been shopping for ovens. I went to Lowe’s yesterday and picked out this one, but I will probably buy it from Home Depot since Lowe’s can’t guarantee delivery until the end of October.

But then again, maybe I should just wait for the Black Friday sales?

Definitely wait for Black Friday.

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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of USPS, Goodyear, and Oreo  Sep 22, 2020 • 9:05:13am

Updated 45 minutes ago:
LIVE UPDATES: Louisville police declare ‘state of emergency’ as downtown access is cut off

Louisville officials say they don’t know when a decision from Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is coming in regards to the Breonna Taylor case. But the city is restricting downtown access and taking other actions Tuesday morning.

Here’s what’s happening Tuesday in Louisville:

LMPD: Road closures ‘necessary’ amid eerie downtown scene
Louisville Metro Police Department interim Chief Robert Schroeder told media members Tuesday morning that he understood closing several downtown streets frustrated many in the community, and he apologized for the inconvenience. But he defended the move as necessary as Louisville waits for an announcement from Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron.

Schroeder, speaking downtown at 9:45 a.m., emphasized that the department still doesn’t know when the announcement from Cameron is coming and said he hopes these moves are looked back on a week from now as an overreaction. He also apologized to those who viewed LMPD’s moves as putting a lockdown in place and said that is not the department’s intent.

“We just ask that people bear with us as we go through these unprecedented time,” Schroeder said. “… We felt these steps were necessary to help protect the public.”

Foot traffic is not impacted by the street shutdowns, Schroeder clarified, and he added that the use of tear gas during any potential unrest would have to be approved by him, unless a serious situation such as gunfire calls for immediate action.

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Decatur Deb  Sep 22, 2020 • 9:06:10am

re: #196 The Pie Overlord!

Well I have been shopping for ovens. I went to Lowe’s yesterday and picked out this one, but I will probably buy it from Home Depot since Lowe’s can’t guarantee delivery until the end of October.

But then again, maybe I should just wait for the Black Friday sales?

Just checked, and Amazon carries ovens and ranges w/ Sabbath Mode, notably Frigidaire. Don’t know if Charles still gets a taste.

Had to plow through a bunch of Black Sabbath CDs.
amazon.com

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ericblair  Sep 22, 2020 • 9:07:34am

re: #245 A hollow Gandalfian voice says, VOTE, you fools!

She likely won’t face it ever — in 2024 she’ll be nearly 90.

You’ve all been spinning worst-case scenarios here (reminds me of 2018 and why I took my two-month break), but in fact at this point, there is no Supreme Court nominee, there have been no hearings and no-one has been confirmed. Suppose we wait until we know what the situation is before giving up — or deciding that the dems have.

As to Feinstein, she is not made of stone and can change her mind (that’s assuming she’s made up her mind and isn’t giving a stock answer to a throwaway question).

One thing you can count on, is for Trump to fuck things up.

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retired cynic  Sep 22, 2020 • 9:08:37am

Trump courts cult, by Judd Legum, who puts together more evidence of DT courting Qidiots.

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Citizen K  Sep 22, 2020 • 9:09:28am

God, everything fucking sucks.

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Shropshire Slasher  Sep 22, 2020 • 9:10:49am

With mugshot:

The Canadian woman accused of sending a letter containing ricin to President Trump has been identified as Pascale Ferrier of Quebec, authorities said.

Ferrier was taken into custody Sunday by US Customs and Border Protection agents at the Peace Bridge border crossing near Buffalo, New York, where she is expected to appear in federal court to face charges.

She was supposed to appear in court Monday, but her appearance was delayed until Tuesday afternoon, according to a spokesperson for the US Attorney’s Office, according to the CBC.

nypost.com

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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 22, 2020 • 9:11:06am

re: #256 Citizen K

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God, everything fucking sucks.

Playing victim is a key pillar of the Conservative playbook, even when they are marginalizing, degrading and exploiting the fuck out of everyone else they are always somehow the ones who are actually being trampled on.

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Citizen K  Sep 22, 2020 • 9:13:23am

re: #258 Eclectic Cyborg

Playing victim is a key pillar of the Conservative playbook, even when they are marginalizing, degrading and exploiting the fuck out of everyone else they are always somehow the ones who are actually being trampled on.

Again, it would be laughable if it didn’t fucking seem to work every single fucking time.

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jaunte  Sep 22, 2020 • 9:20:27am

re: #252 Shiplord Kirel: Fan of USPS, Goodyear, and Oreo

Pre-crime Emergency.

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Decatur Deb  Sep 22, 2020 • 9:20:44am

re: #259 Citizen K

Again, it would be laughable if it didn’t fucking seem to work every single fucking time.

Didn’t work for Roy Moore.
Hee, hee, hee (Muttley laugh)

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jaunte  Sep 22, 2020 • 9:24:26am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Sep 22, 2020 • 9:26:43am

re: #209 The Pie Overlord!

WATCH: Rush Limbaugh encourages Senate to skip hearings for Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

2 qualifications:

will vote for Trump on election challenge

will vote against Roe v. Wade

the rest is irrelevant

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Belafon  Sep 22, 2020 • 9:28:32am

re: #256 Citizen K

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God, everything fucking sucks.

I suspect it did in the sense that they can do anything they want as long as they are willing to ignore every norm set up to properly run a democracy.

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Belafon  Sep 22, 2020 • 9:29:51am

re: #262 jaunte

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Sounds like another great Biden ad: Trump, endorsed by dicators everywhere.

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Decatur Deb  Sep 22, 2020 • 9:33:50am

It would be a hoot if the AL senate race flipped over the USSC confirmation.

Jones objected to the eagerness of Republicans to confirm a Supreme Court nominee while other issues he described as more urgent are left unattended. Specifically, Jones referred to a second round of federal aid to bolster the economy due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“The differences between my conservative views and the liberal beliefs held by Doug Jones were already clear, but this Supreme Court nomination brings them even more fully into focus,” Tuberville’s statement said. “The election for U.S. Senate may well be decided on this issue alone.”

al.com

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The Pie Overlord!  Sep 22, 2020 • 9:36:29am
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ericblair  Sep 22, 2020 • 9:37:04am

I think he has a point with this. Any real investigation of the GOP’s finances is going to turn up some pretty nasty felony shit, primarily money laundering. If we get a good junkyard dog of a Democratic AG there may be more than a few GOP congresscritters who may wish to be elsewhere.

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Decatur Deb  Sep 22, 2020 • 9:37:11am

What day is it, kiddies?

participate.lwv.org

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jaunte  Sep 22, 2020 • 9:43:06am
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Belafon  Sep 22, 2020 • 9:44:25am

re: #268 ericblair

To rephrase a recent meme: Corruption is so ingrained in the GOP that prosecuting corruption is going to look like we’re prosecuting the GOP.

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Citizen K  Sep 22, 2020 • 9:44:58am

re: #264 Belafon

I suspect it did in the sense that they can do anything they want as long as they are willing to ignore every norm set up to properly run a democracy.

Yeah, but instead those that bring up being affected by Kav’s hearings are all appalled and aghast at how his life was nearly ruined by…being voted into the most secure lifetime appointment in the country by a fair vote after a contentious hearing.

And they’re continually taken seriously while Dem grievances are dismissed, minimized, and denigrated because we may as well not be citizens or Americans to most people. Only Republicans are legitimate, only they can have their grievances taken as legitimate, only they are allowed to legitimately wield and control power because only they are ‘America’, and every single other one of us can just die in a ditch because fuck us, apparently.

This country seems forever hardwired to give Republicans everything and anything they want and the rest of us must eat shit and be punished if we complain about it because this was never our country, we were never really Americans and we may as well just fucking die by their hands once they get bored with torturing us with this fact.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Sep 22, 2020 • 9:45:45am

re: #271 Belafon

To rephrase a recent meme: Corruption is so ingrained in the GOP that prosecuting corruption is going to look like we’re prosecuting the GOP.

And that is their secret shield. They turn it into a Political Witch Hunt while screaming “Lock him/her up!” at every potential Democratic transgression.

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Belafon  Sep 22, 2020 • 9:47:27am

re: #272 Citizen K

Yeah, but instead those that bring up being affected by Kav’s hearings are all appalled and aghast at how his life was nearly ruined by…being voted into the most secure lifetime appointment in the country by a fair vote after a contentious hearing.

That’s just the excuse they give themselves to justify what they are. “He made me become a Nazi because he supports minorities and gays.”

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Citizen K  Sep 22, 2020 • 9:49:46am

re: #274 Belafon

That’s just the excuse they give themselves to justify what they are. “He made me become a Nazi because he supports minorities and gays.”

I mean…for me it’s less about the excuse they make and more about how readily accepted it is because they must be catered to , coddled, and protected forever because our system rewards their shit no matter how transparently bullshit it is, and any attempt to break that system just seems to solidify and calcify it more to nigh-impenetrability.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Sep 22, 2020 • 9:51:02am

re: #272 Citizen K

Yeah, but instead those that bring up being affected by Kav’s hearings are all appalled and aghast at how his life was nearly ruined by…being voted into the most secure lifetime appointment in the country by a fair vote after a contentious hearing.

I recall cries of “innocent until proven guilty!” which is the standard for a criminal conviction in a courtroom.

when it is about establishing the personal history and character of someone about to be given a lifetime appointment to the highest judicial body in the nation, that standard is not as rigorous…

but the GOP turned it into a he-said-she-said argument and that was that.

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wrenchwench  Sep 22, 2020 • 9:52:52am

re: #212 dangerman

this exactly is how at 63 y/o i manage 50 easy miles a week

well knitting thin padding coolmax ankles

and

merrell vapor glove 3

From the link:

Currently unavailable.
We don’t know when or if this item will be back in stock.

You used them all up. Time for a rest.

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Citizen K  Sep 22, 2020 • 9:54:24am

re: #276 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I recall cries of “innocent until proven guilty!” which is the standard for a criminal conviction in a courtroom.

when it is about establishing the personal history and character of someone about to be given a lifetime appointment to the highest judicial body in the nation, that standard is not as rigorous…

but the GOP turned it into a he-said-she-said argument and that was that.

And considering they’ve cast aspersions of guilt onto every single victim of police brutality and justified their deaths by that assurance of guilt, they again don’t believe the shit they spew, but we must still take them very very seriously when they do say it and take it at face value because they’re our goddamn ruling class by right.

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Ace Rothstein  Sep 22, 2020 • 10:06:03am

By my calculations, Orange Anus will nominate Lord’s Work on Saturday, and she will be confirmed the week of October 19, just in time to get settled in and ready to uphold Trump’s objections to the election results on Nov 3.

Added: “At a 2013 event reflecting on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, she described the decision—in Notre Dame Magazine’s paraphrase—as “creating through judicial fiat a framework of abortion on demand.”

Roe does no such thing. You can not just walk into a clinic while seven-months pregnant and get an abortion “on demand.” Never mind the fact that no woman does that in the first place. Roe created a states’ interest over trimesters.

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A hollow voice says, Beware the strongman con  Sep 22, 2020 • 10:10:20am

re: #279 Ace Rothstein

By my calculations, Orange Anus will nominate Lord’s Work on Saturday, and she will be confirmed the week of October 19, just in time to get settled in and ready to uphold Trump’s objections to the election results on Nov 3.

Not an election. 50 elections. Not federal. State.

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BeachDem  Sep 22, 2020 • 10:10:27am

re: #276 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

but the GOP turned it into a he-said-she-said argument and that was that.

More egregious, they turned it away from a who paid off his mortgage, his debts, his kids’ tuition, his country club dues, etc. argument.

The financial incongruities continue. Not only was Kavanaugh able to quickly pay off the substantial debt on a federal judge’s salary of $220,000, he also paid his mortgage on his $1.225 million home in Chevy Chase, Maryland; tuition for his kids at a $10,500-a-year private school; and annual dues of $9,000 at a tony country club — all with a single breadwinner in the household. Back when he purchased his house in 2006, he would have needed $245,000 in cash for a standard 20 percent down payment. But as Mother Jones reports, in 2005, Kavanaugh had assets of around $91,000. (Also in 2006, he reported between $60,000 and $200,000 in debt, split between three credit cards and a loan, per the Washington Post.) After the purchase, according to financial disclosure forms, Kavanaugh’s liquid assets did not decrease.

nymag.com

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Mike Lamb  Sep 22, 2020 • 10:12:31am

re: #280 A hollow Gandalfian voice says, VOTE, you fools!

Not an election. 50 elections. Not federal. State.

Gore v. Bush says hi.

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mmmirele  Sep 22, 2020 • 10:12:43am

re: #267 The Pie Overlord!

Margaret Atwood would disagree with this statement. She is on record as saying that she didn’t pattern after any one group. Instead, she used elements that had been used in the past, but in many different groups. While this article is kind of breezy, it does point out the sources of the different elements in The Handmaid’s Tale.

insider.com

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Teukka  Sep 22, 2020 • 10:16:17am

re: #283 mmmirele

Margaret Atwood would disagree with this statement. She is on record as saying that she didn’t pattern after any one group. Instead, she used elements that had been used in the past, but in many different groups. While this article is kind of breezy, it does point out the sources of the different elements in The Handmaid’s Tale.

insider.com

Yep. Those who aren’t very well versed in various extremism aren’t as aware of the patterns often being a refurbed and repackaged version of a previous pattern, with a snazzy paint job. Or how well the “say it in another language” or using synonyms to the previous things actually works. Or the unholy trinity of organized crime/corruption, terrorism, and extremism…

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Hecuba's daughter  Sep 22, 2020 • 10:17:39am

re: #281 BeachDem

More egregious, they turned it away from a who paid off his mortgage, his debts, his kids’ tuition, his country club dues, etc. argument.

…..
nymag.com

That is the real question: why was nothing done to investigate the financial irregularities? Is it as simple as the Democrats could not get a majority on the appropriate committee to issue subpoenas to gather this evidence or call witnesses? That the minority party has no power at all except for the filibuster? That their only other power is to get the media to launch an independent investigation and publicize the results before votes are cast?

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🌹UOJB!  Sep 22, 2020 • 10:19:15am

Fuck These Xtian Pigs!

rawstory.com

Right-wing Christians ‘praise the Lord’ for death of ‘murdering hag’ Ruth Bader Ginsburg

SCUM! Nothing but fucking SCUM!

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wrenchwench  Sep 22, 2020 • 10:20:45am
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BeachDem  Sep 22, 2020 • 10:22:16am

re: #283 mmmirele

Margaret Atwood would disagree with this statement. She is on record as saying that she didn’t pattern after any one group. Instead, she used elements that had been used in the past, but in many different groups. While this article is kind of breezy, it does point out the sources of the different elements in The Handmaid’s Tale.

insider.com

Also:

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Eventual Carrion  Sep 22, 2020 • 10:22:25am

re: #186 Dr Lizardo

Then if Biden wins and we take back the Senate, we expand the bench to 15 and expand the judiciary in general, statehood for Puerto Rico and D.C., Guam, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands and we lift the current cap on the number of representatives of the House.

Total war.

And eliminate the FICA payroll tax cutoff amount. You pay FICA tax on all income you receive, just like the little people.

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wrenchwench  Sep 22, 2020 • 10:25:27am

re: #289 Eventual Carrion

And eliminate the FICA payroll tax cutoff amount. You pay FICA tax on all income you receive, just like the little people.

Yes!

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Ace Rothstein  Sep 22, 2020 • 10:25:47am

re: #289 Eventual Carrion

I don’t think the Medicare tax part of FICA has an income cap on it.

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Belafon  Sep 22, 2020 • 10:25:53am

re: #288 BeachDem

Maybe that group thought the book was a how-to.

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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of USPS, Goodyear, and Oreo  Sep 22, 2020 • 10:26:44am

re: #271 Belafon

To rephrase a recent meme: Corruption is so ingrained in the GOP that prosecuting corruption is going to look like we’re prosecuting the GOP.

This is very true and it may well become dramatically obvious some time next year. I have long asserted that corrupt Russian influence extends from top to bottom of the Republican Party. It started at, or close to, the bottom, too, and Trump was almost an afterthought.
For example, “Texas Secession” had been a running joke in the Lone Star State for at least 50 years, a subject for comedians and bumper-stickers. Then, in 2013, Russian oligarchs started to take an interest. They either mistook it for the kind of serious secession movements they have in their part of the world, or they decided they could turn it into one. By the next year, half the GOP county committees in the state wanted secession on the ballot.
In 2012, a Libertarian county chairman (now back with the GOP) told me on the air that rt.com was the only reliable news outlet in the world and that is where all “true conservatives” should go for “real news.”
Neo-Nazi pulpit pimp Rick Wiles, whose disgusting antics are frequently documented at Right Wing Watch, has been an almost comically slavish supporter of the Moscow line from at least 2011 on.

Not all of these people, or even very many of them, have to be in direct, knowing contact with Russian agents. It is much more subtle than that. A few key people know the whole story and are in a position to dispense money and favors to any of the grifters and hucksters who can tell how the wind is blowing.
It is the inherent, bottom to top corruption of the Republican Party that makes this possible.

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Charles Johnson  Sep 22, 2020 • 10:26:56am
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Citizen K  Sep 22, 2020 • 10:27:47am

re: #294 Charles Johnson

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It’s not her private expression of religion. It’s the fact that she wants to impose her religion on everyone else using the power of the court. It’s almost like we have a thing in the constitution about that.

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Shropshire Slasher  Sep 22, 2020 • 10:27:58am

re: #289 Eventual Carrion

And eliminate the FICA payroll tax cutoff amount. You pay FICA tax on all income you receive, just like the little people.

I will look forward to the increase in my social security benefit.

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Hecuba's daughter  Sep 22, 2020 • 10:29:21am

re: #289 Eventual Carrion

And eliminate the FICA payroll tax cutoff amount. You pay FICA tax on all income you receive, just like the little people.

First of all, it’s not all income, only wages. Secondly, the benefit formula to determine payments would have to be revised to cover this additional income. It does mean that people who live on investments contribute nothing to Social Security.

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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of USPS, Goodyear, and Oreo  Sep 22, 2020 • 10:30:40am

re: #293 Shiplord Kirel: Fan of USPS, Goodyear, and Oreo

I estimate that at least 10,000 Republicans and libertarians are criminally culpable in the Russian influence operation, 2-3 for each county organization and several key operators in each state organization, as well as various media influencers, activists (like the NRA), and preachers.

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Mike Lamb  Sep 22, 2020 • 10:31:05am

re: #288 BeachDem

Also:

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Oh, so she belongs to a group that thinks Handmaid’s Tale was an instruction manual. I feel much better…

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Sep 22, 2020 • 10:31:21am

re: #281 BeachDem

More egregious, they turned it away from a who paid off his mortgage, his debts, his kids’ tuition, his country club dues, etc. argument.

And again, maybe it weren’t illegal, but it does indicate some inconsistencies in his moral character rendering him questionable when it comes to a high-level lifetime appointment.

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wrenchwench  Sep 22, 2020 • 10:32:44am

re: #297 Hecuba’s daughter

First of all, it’s not all income, only wages. Secondly, the benefit formula to determine payments would have to be revised to cover this additional income. It does mean that people who live on investments contribute nothing to Social Security.

It’s a start.

people who live on investments

Taxes. That’s what taxes are for.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Sep 22, 2020 • 10:33:12am

re: #294 Charles Johnson

Catholics come in all colors, from Liberation-theology, social acitivist Catholics to Medieval Fertility/Mystery-Cult Catholics…

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Charles Johnson  Sep 22, 2020 • 10:34:57am

This is Barrett’s cult: en.wikipedia.org

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mmmirele  Sep 22, 2020 • 10:36:41am

re: #284 Teukka

Yep. Those who aren’t very well versed in various extremism aren’t as aware of the patterns often being a refurbed and repackaged version of a previous pattern, with a snazzy paint job. Or how well the “say it in another language” or using synonyms to the previous things actually works. Or the unholy trinity of organized crime/corruption, terrorism, and extremism…

I would point out that there is an ongoing discussion on Twitter about the use of the phrase “Kingdom of God”. A lot of (very ignorant, IMHO) people are saying, “Well, this is part of Christian language.” And I’ll agree with that. Jesus made a point of using the phrase “Kingdom of God” in the parables and the Beatitudes. [Note: the gospel of Matthew uses “Kingdom of Heaven” instead of “Kingdom of God.”]

The problem is that “Kingdom of God” has a very specific meaning within certain elements of Christianity, and it almost inevitably means “taking over the country for God/Jesus.” I am not familiar with the Catholic version that Amy Coney Barnett believes in, but I am familiar with various Protestant versions, ranging from Reconstructionism / Rushdooneyism (let’s bring back the Old Testament and start executing people!) to Dominionism / Seven Mountains Mandate (spectral witchcraft and prophecy!). I get irritated at people who say, “well, ‘Kingdom of God’ is Christian terminology,” but when I point out that “Kingdom of God” is used by these groups to mean that they believe God has told them to take over and impose a theocracy on the rest of us.

However, while this is interesting, I think we cannot forget that what Amy Coney Barrett wants is for the government to be able to control the internal organs of women. That’s at bottom. Someone can phrase this more effectively than me, but yeah, that’s what’s at stake.

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🌹UOJB!  Sep 22, 2020 • 10:37:21am

re: #297 Hecuba’s daughter

First of all, it’s not all income, only wages. Secondly, the benefit formula to determine payments would have to be revised to cover this additional income. It does mean that people who live on investments contribute nothing to Social Security.

Congress could split off the benefit formula from the tax increase for the Hegemonies Fund parasites.

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Shropshire Slasher  Sep 22, 2020 • 10:38:24am

re: #303 Charles Johnson

This is Barrett’s cult: en.wikipedia.org

Barrett’s picture was added September 20th 2020.

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Ferdinand  Sep 22, 2020 • 10:44:14am

re: #303 Charles Johnson

re: #303 Charles Johnson

This is Barrett’s cult: en.wikipedia.org

Thanks Charles this is important to read! Sadly, based on this alone I’d say it’s tough to categorize them as a cult. They are devoted to an extremely conservative interpretation of Christianity, but I know for a fact that there’s nothing in the wiki that doesn’t also apply to the stated beliefs and common practices of a large portion of the Eastern Orthodox community in America.

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makeitstop  Sep 22, 2020 • 10:45:22am

I’m beginning to think Barrett is a head fake.

Trump’s got his eye on Florida and the Latinx vote. I think he’s going to pick Lagoa.

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🌹UOJB!  Sep 22, 2020 • 10:50:36am

re: #308 makeitstop

I’m beginning to think Barrett is a head fake.

Trump’s got his eye on Florida and the Latinx vote. I think he’s going to pick Lagoa.

You’ve read the tea leaves correctly! He wants an insurance marker on top of what DeSADIST is doing to rig the vote in Florida.

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A hollow voice says, Beware the strongman con  Sep 22, 2020 • 10:58:49am

re: #282 Mike Lamb

Gore v. Bush says hi.

Proves my point. One election. One state.

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sagehen  Sep 22, 2020 • 11:03:27am

re: #289 Eventual Carrion

And eliminate the FICA payroll tax cutoff amount. You pay FICA tax on all income you receive, just like the little people.

and double the size of the House.

Won’t change the lopsided Senate, but at least the electoral college will be somewhat closer to actual popular vote.

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Semper Fi  Sep 22, 2020 • 11:06:16am

re: #196 The Pie Overlord!

Well I have been shopping for ovens. I went to Lowe’s yesterday and picked out this one, but I will probably buy it from Home Depot since Lowe’s can’t guarantee delivery until the end of October.

But then again, maybe I should just wait for the Black Friday sales?

You, w/o an oven for 2 months? I don’t think it would be worth it regardless the savings.

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Sep 22, 2020 • 1:51:04pm

re: #304 mmmirele

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