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TrickstaPriest

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    TrickstaPriest reacted to Cygnia in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    'Dozens' of Oregon cops have joined the Oath Keepers since 2009: leaked records
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    TrickstaPriest reacted to Iuz the Evil in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    This is still a period of unprecedented peace and prosperity, from a historic perspective. Some things are inarguably worse, to my sensibilities, but 90% of humanity is not living in extreme poverty which was true only 125 years ago. Murder is also historically low, we have managed to avoid wars between the great powers since Southeast Asia (although the lower intensity conflicts around the globe remain and have gone up and down since then). Heck, some of the things we complain about fervently are not matters of life or death - they’re an expression of emotional reaction or affiliation or “triggering” experience.

    I had typed a lot more, but suffice it to say that from a human history perspective these are pretty good times by most metrics. And there is a long way to go…
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    TrickstaPriest got a reaction from aylwin13 in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    We are pretty much watching climate denial in real-time and trackable.  The literal lengths politicians will go to, etc etc...
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    TrickstaPriest reacted to unclevlad in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    I don't.  It's a disease.  It's like any other natural disaster;  it just makes like a royal PITA.
     
    OTOH, the liars, the grifters, the manipulators who trade the lives of others for personal and/or political gain..."hate" is way too mild.  Many of them rate Dante's Ninth Circle...Antenor, the region for those who betrayed their homeland or political party.  
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    TrickstaPriest reacted to Pariah in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    I know. Lady P's friend was one of the people who said that.
     
    Turns out he was also one of the 1%.
     
    I hate this disease so much. 
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    TrickstaPriest reacted to unclevlad in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    One of the major, embarrassing points about the anti-vax position WRT Covid is brought up there...that there are numerous vaccination mandates already in place.  So how is a vaccine mandate unconstitutional, or an abuse of power?
     
    The flip side here might well be...imagine if mumps appeared today, rather than having a long, long history.  Mumps is *generally* minor, but ints complications include encephalitis, and that's anything but minor.  Transmissivity is, I think, similar.  It seems likely that mumps vaccination would be fought just as strongly.  Measles is more serious in some ways...but its fatality rate is 1 to 3 per 1000.  Covid's is about 1.8%, or 18 per 1000 cases.  A recent thread about a local Sam's Club that didn't enforce mask requirements devolved into the usual shouting match...and one <BLEEEP><BLEEEP><BLEEEP> actually said "Covid only kills 1% of the people who get it, so what's the big deal?"  I kid  you not.  That entire thread got deleted, altho it took much longer than I expected for that to happen.
     
    It's plausible that measles would still draw far less pushback because it affects small kids, and can cause serious issues for a fetus.  Those are hot-button problems.  Covid "only kills old farts"...which isn't true, but shows extreme ageism.  But even thinking that, should something like these diseases start to appear, that the US' response would be so crippled, is dumbfounding.  (Pun absolutely intended.)
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    TrickstaPriest got a reaction from aylwin13 in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Seems like the official R party platform is now becoming 'we don't know who won the last election, and we shouldn't have certified the results'.
     
    So you understand, if you have one part of a country thinking one person is president, and another almost as large part saying another person is president, you don't have one country anymore.
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    TrickstaPriest reacted to assault in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    There has been an interesting development in Australia that could point to a possible path to de-escalation in the US.
     
    The Murdoch newspapers and TV network here have suddenly decided that climate change is real. I'm not sure all the flying monkeys have got the memo yet, but it is a major political shift by a mainstay of climate change denialism.
     
    So what happened? Reality. The economic and political costs of maintaining the status quo became too great.
     
    It's conceivable that the cost of the extreme polarisation in the US might become too great, resulting in the more mainstream idiots toning things down for the greater good of US capital.
     
    That wouldn't stop the fringe crazies, but it would undercut their support.
     
    I wouldn't worry about the "left" - the Democrats have a long history of turning radicals into hacks.
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    TrickstaPriest reacted to unclevlad in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    I don't have any real hope that the situation can be fixed.  It's possible that if the moderate, anti-Trump Republicans can join with some of the Democrats, maybe some good things can happen...but the hard left Democrats whose theme song is Queen's I Want It All will sabotage the effort as much as the hard-right Republicans.  
     
    We've been in a form of civil war for some time;  only in the last few years has this become blatant.  Even before Trump, cooling things off would've been very difficult;  his 4 years enabled and emboldened efforts that no one sane would've conceived as possible 10 years ago.  It'll probably take another generation to assess the overall damage...the degree to which he accelerated the sociopolitical civil war into an actual civil war.
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    TrickstaPriest got a reaction from Pariah in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Seems like the official R party platform is now becoming 'we don't know who won the last election, and we shouldn't have certified the results'.
     
    So you understand, if you have one part of a country thinking one person is president, and another almost as large part saying another person is president, you don't have one country anymore.
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    TrickstaPriest reacted to Lord Liaden in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Once hailed as heroes, health care workers now face a rash of violence
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    TrickstaPriest reacted to L. Marcus in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Well, it's a growing demographic.
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    TrickstaPriest reacted to Ternaugh in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    I was cleaning out my spam trap on an older email address this morning, and noticed that I've received several messages from a former Attorney General, who is apparently running as a Republican for one of our senate seats next year. I then noticed that all of the messages are addressed using my Mom's first name, which is quite odd, as she hadn't been registered to vote in Nevada since the early 90s, has never owned a computer, has never had an email address, and has been dead for five years.
     
    It's funny that he's spouting the voter fraud line in his fundraising, while actively courting the dead vote.
     
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    TrickstaPriest reacted to unclevlad in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    <sigh>
     
    So on the Nextdoor neighborhood app, someone posted that the local Sam's Club wasn't enforcing mask wearing in the store.
     
    Rather quickly that brought out the anti-vax crowd with their usual collection of misinformation.  "It's a mandate, not a law. It's optional."  True for vaccines, false for masking.  And so on.  And so on. And so on.  And so on.
     
    And so on.
    and so on.
     
    I need a keeper to hit me with a cattle prod when I start typing in a response.  It's lose-lose;  say nothing and let their BS stand;  challenge their 'facts' and get sucked into their morass.  And start spiking your BP and giving yourself a migraine.
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    TrickstaPriest got a reaction from Ranxerox in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Understood.  I'm sorry.
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    TrickstaPriest reacted to unclevlad in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Read an article about how Texas is changing;  the growth rate is seriously high, and this may alter voting patterns.  That'll take a while, tho.
     
    Some things from recent news:  another hospital was sued to try to force treatment with ivermectin.  It was denied.  But that's at least 2.  Then there's the *bizarre* protest in NYC about Australia's very tight restrictions.  Part of the protest, I saw, included overturning a mobile Covid testing station...so much for being purely peaceful.  In another story, the core was about a 10 year old girl who died 5 days after showing initial symptoms...and while the parents were bedside, grieving, people were at a school board hearing calling for the end of mask mandates because Covid only takes out the old and sick. 
     
    The degree of active disinformation is perhaps the greatest threat to free speech we've ever seen.  It's been weaponized, and with instant communications, it's created its own perpetual motion.  It has shown that nearly unbridled free speech may no longer be in society's best interest...which is horrifying.  And I'm not saying that there are good solutions here;  anything that restricts negative speech can very likely be turned around.  But the status quo is broken.  That needs to be acknowledged, and a search for potential remedies started.  To be sure:  there's no real chance that any changes will be made.  But I think the debate has to start.
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    TrickstaPriest reacted to Lectryk in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    The article cites language in several places that shows the court and plantiff's counsel certainly thought it was contemptous.   I'm surprised the judge let this drag on as long as it did (5 different orders were disregarded), Jones should have been jugged earlier in the process, but the judge has ultimate discretion over declaring someone in contempt
     
    (https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/GV/htm/GV.21.htm Sec. 21.002. CONTEMPT OF COURT. (a) Except as provided by Subsection (g), a court may punish for contempt.)  
     
    Maybe each change of representation caused the presiding judge to change, because of the schedule change?
     
    The ruling judge made clear the way Jones' actions hurt him, with a directed judgement, and direct move to the penalty phase.  This is more punishment than a simple contempt charge could level at this point - Jones, InfoWars and the parent Free Speech something lost, and will face the penalties assessed by the jury.  His actions (refusal to mount a defense is not solid grounds for an appeal) will be weighed in any appeals process he/they try to start.
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    TrickstaPriest reacted to wcw43921 in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    ". . .whatever had happened behind the scenes at InfoWars was so bad that Jones would rather take the worst possible outcome in the defamation suits than release documentation."
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    TrickstaPriest reacted to unclevlad in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    SO MUCH of the right-wing media was in lockstep with every piece of the Trump agenda that it was hard to tell them apart.  This was pointed out much earlier in his term.    And it went both ways...how often did a Fox News "report" turn into a Trump move?  On a variety of topics, both foreign and domestic.  So this really is "same old, same old."  Granted that we need to identify and expose as much of this as we can because what cannot happen is that we forget it, particularly in the face of the blatant attempt to rewrite the coup as just a little harmless get-together.
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    TrickstaPriest reacted to archer in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Ukraine's president compares UN to 'a retired superhero
     
    He argues that the organization doesn't do anything and just looks on from the sidelines while countries like Russia, which guaranteed the sovereignty of Ukraine's borders forever in the 1990's, invaded and seized a large part of the country in the 2000's.
     
    https://thehill.com/policy/international/573543-ukraines-president-compares-un-to-a-retired-superhero?rl=1
     
    One of the commenters observed:
     
    "He's not wrong. UN is toothless now..."
     
    So I replied:
     
    "When did it ever have teeth? Until there's a United Nations Tribunal on International Law which sends out heavily armed agents to deal with nations, leaders, or rogue actors who get out of line, there won't be any international defenders of freedom."
     
     
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    TrickstaPriest reacted to Ranxerox in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Yes, where is UNTIL when you need them?
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    TrickstaPriest reacted to unclevlad in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Just saw that one myself.  For a lawyer, I believe this constitutes a prima facie ethics code violation.  It punctures ANY defense that the suits were believed to be legit.
     
    The problem may be proving who beyond a few campaign staffers knew about it...so it may not have any real significance.
     
    And hey, it doesn't surprise anyone here in the slightest, right?
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    TrickstaPriest reacted to unclevlad in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Yeah, he was talking about the one he'd put out earlier, which we'd discussed...and the point that a CNA gets paid better at the gas station....
     
    Also, there's some clarification about how bad things are:
    https://idahocapitalsun.com/2021/09/18/no-idaho-is-not-under-a-universal-dnr-hospitals-wont-just-let-everyone-die/
     
    Mind, while this doesn't paint as dire a picture, geeze, it's still REALLY BAD.  Idaho's new case numbers are only slightly lower than most of the wintertime surge, and deaths are close...but there's a major spike of 40 deaths in one day, that's a severe outlier, that might be skewing that data.  (And the numbers are low enough to be more noisy.)
     
    A sickening fact from the data...since August 1st, the death rate in Florida has been about 1 person per 2000.  ~21.5M people, a bit over 11,000 deaths.  I checked a few other states manually, but that was the worst.  South Carolina was 1 in 3000.  That's not cases, that's deaths.  So you can figure hospitalization rates have to be several times higher.
     
    Pick an adjective to describe how this makes you feel.
    Angry.
    Sad.
    Frustrated.
    Irate.
    Flabbergasted.
    Helpless.
     
    They're like Lay's potato chips...no one can pick just one.
     
     
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    TrickstaPriest reacted to Iuz the Evil in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    While I’m pleased he was not recalled, it is my hope that Governor Newsom doesn’t read into the results as a ringing endorsement of his administration. 
     
    Larry Elder running against him was a gift. That was a completely unacceptable alternative. It may have gone very very differently had the California GOP been able to run a centrist candidate. 
     
    The PG&E scandals alone are very concerning. French Laundry-gate is just a symptom of the inherent issues where a single party system feels unaccountable to the electorate. I held my nose and voted for the least objectionable candidate. Most likely I’d throw up my hands and walk away next time if nothing changes with this administration. I have voted Democrat for over 24 years at this point, and I know for a fact I’m not alone in that assessment.
     
    I’m pleased at the outcome, but far from celebratory. It was just that the other option was so much worse… we have serious problems with accountable leadership in this country. And that isn’t a partisan comment, in my opinion. Cuts both ways, it’s the rich and powerful - and everyone else.
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    TrickstaPriest reacted to tkdguy in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Just a few follow-up articles about the recall attempt.
     
    The ballot had two questions. Question 1 asked whether Gov. Newsom should be recalled. That was a simple yes or no choice. Question 2 asked who you wanted as a replacement if the yes votes won. The list had almost 50 names. You could write in your choice, but it only counted if the person was on the approved list; Gov. Newsom was not approved. The Democratic strategy was to vote no on #1 and leave #2 blank. While many questioned the logic, it apparently worked. Here's how Californians voted. Now that the election is over, there's work on reforming the recall process. Note that California only requires 12% of the voting population to sign the petition, while other states require 25%. In any case, California's status among Democrats seems to be on the rise.
     
    I volunteered on the text bank, sending messages via Spoke (we used ThruText in the Biden campaign). One of the moderators let us know that our team sent out over 46 million texts over the last six months! I didn't join until around June, but I'm proud to have been part of that movement.
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