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Correlation doesn’t imply causation, but it does waggle its eyebrows suggestively and gesture furtively while mouthing ‘look over there’.

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You vote against the guy you don’t like.

What if I don’t like any of them?

There will be a constant stream of people voting to do something stupid and destructive, so you spend all of your time voting against them.

I would simply not participate in a system that sounds this miserable and tedious. I would play a game that’s more productive and enjoyable.

Oh, and their votes count for more, so they can win even if there’s fewer of them.

But it doesn’t matter, because casting a vote for Ralph Nader from my bright red state of Texas is still the reason Al Gore lost Florida in a 5-4 SCOTUS decision.

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They won’t change it unless citizens make them change it.

They’ll send a fucking SWAT team to the house of any citizen tries to change it.

Honestly I’m kind of losing hope that it’s even possible at this point.

At some point, “we just need to vote for the most right-wing Democrat and then blame the leftists any time we lose” is not a productive long term strategy.

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If it takes that long to do something so universally desired, it’s going to take a thousand years to change our voting system.

Things never seem to change, until they do. And then you’re amazed they were ever the old way at all. As someone who remembers walking through an airport pre-9/11, in a state that put Ann Richards in the governor’s office, its funny to think about what was “normal” 30 years ago. Hell, its funny to think about what was normal 20 years ago, under Bush. Or 10 years ago, under Obama.

I’m old enough to remember when a black President was telling the country he could settle race tensions between a Harvard Professor and a city cop by having a beer with them.

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Historically speaking, I have to disagree. One of the most transformative moments of our history since Pearl Harbor. It gave birth to wave after wave of right-wing election wins and a subsequent hard-right shift in voting rights, election policy, and court composition.

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That’s not possible.

That’s very possible. It’s just not what Americans are used to doing.

We voted on what game we’re playing

That’s a naive perspective, as it misses the historical, financial, and sociological roots of the game. You can’t play a game of basketball if the other team picks up the ball and walks off the court.

This is Lockean Theory 101, and its the entire basis of democracy. We use democratic tools to divine popular intent. But when the democracy is subverted and political leadership is divorced from public sentiment, the institutions fail. But if institutions aren’t failing because people are too afraid to withdraw their support from them, the system is implicitly endorsed and corrupt officials get to continue abusing their social mandates.

It’s a stupid world and we all live in it.

Its only as stupid as we make it. Atm, we’ve got a country that’s invested an enormous amount of time, energy, and labor hours in infesting our senior population with brain worms. That needs to change and simply voting isn’t going to be the thing that does it.

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That would mean staking a firm position, rather than blowing wherever the current wind takes them.

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Real Uncle Tom energy to the suggestion that you can whip people straight.

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Win general elections; vote blue no matter who.

Staunchly supporting Henry Cuellar and Bob Menendez during the general and then getting very confused when my party loses in a landslide two years later.

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Lauren Ashley Simmons will win this district, but the things that is telling is the drop in voter engagement.

Negative campaigns often depress voter turnout. In this case, you’ve got a candidate espousing some really vile beliefs. Folks who aren’t enthusiastic about the incumbent and don’t know much about the challenger stay home as a result.

But a 10% drop in reliable D’s electoral engagement should be more than concering to Democrats.

In Texas its something of a push. But Texas Democrats love putting up shitty milquetoast moderate candidates and then getting rolled in the general election.

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I’m beginning to think Trump is just throwing things against the wall to see what sticks.

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Trump is a literal poison, but misinformation is misinformation.

Trump: “Won’t someone rid me of these meddlesome electric vehicles?!”

Media: “Trump calls for elimination of electric vehicles.”

Terminally Online Guy: “Um, aktuly, its ephebophilia”.

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no one will want to buy them because they’ll be too expensive

China makes cheap electric vehicles. Why can’t American shoppers buy them?

Its almost as though the import price of the vehicle is a consequence of US trade policy.

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I get told by big 3 engineers that if it wasn’t for the subsidies they wouldn’t be electrifying their fleets.

We’ve been subsidizing ICE vehicles for the better part of the last century. Famously, Bush Jr passed enormous tax cuts for SUVs and other “light trucks” back in 2003.

Congress recently passed a tax bill, as proposed in President Bush’s economic stimulus plan, that offers a $100,000 tax credit for business owners who purchase any vehicle weighing 6,000 pounds or more when fully loaded.

Because these rules didn’t require a business to exist for a minimum length of time or post a profit, car dealerships would help buyers spin up small businesses on the spot in order to avail themselves of the credit. SUVs flooded the market and have been a load on the national car fleet ever since.

Now we’re pivoting to electric vehicles in order to stay competitive globally, and (fossil fuel endorsed) business magazines have suddenly started poo-pooing the idea of vehicle subsidies as unnatural. Curious.

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I might take it one step further and say that these aren’t Trump’s ideas. These are fossil fuel industry talking points that get pumped through a rich network of right wing talk radio dorks and Brietbart style news feeds and Joe Rogan guests.

Trump and his ilk are just the guys who can turn a talking point about “nobody is buying electric cars” into a real policy of “nobody is allowed to buy electric cars from over the border”.

'Confused' Judge Cannon needed concept explained 'slowly' to her in court by lawyers: NYT (www.rawstory.com)

As part of an analysis of how U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Judge Aileen Cannon, reports from her courtroom show a judge who is both “prickly” and" insecure" and often has trouble understanding what lawyers from both sides try to explain to her....

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Her promotion was purely ideological. It had nothing to do with her legal accumen.

It’s definitely possible Trump could have found someone who was both technically skilled AND sheep dipped well enough not to be an obvious hack. But… why bother? The Senate didn’t care enough to block her and they certainly aren’t going to impeach her.

So democracy is working as designed.

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Israel is the last country one would think that would do things like this to other people, considering their history.

Jewish people maybe, but Israel is another story. They’ve been doing exactly this their entire history. From the Nakba of '48 to the invasion of Lebanon in 2018, the Israelis have a long and consistent record of picking fights with their neighbors and using centuries-old atrocities to justify their modern day brutality.

From sterilizing Ethiopian Jews to toppling the Nasser government over the Suez Crisis to conducting continent-wide arms deals for dictators stretching from South Africa to Central Asia, these are bad dudes and always have been.

current israeli leadership should just go, like previous german leadership

Funny thing about the previous German Leadership…

Germany’s post-World War II government was full of Nazis: A new study says that half of all senior officials in Germany’s Justice Ministry in the 1950s and 1960s were former Nazis.

The study, known as the Rosenberg project, examined previously classified documents to gain insight into the era between 1950 and 1973. Researchers found that some 77 percent of senior officials in the Justice Ministry had once identified as Nazis, a portion higher than during the Third Reich, the period between 1933 and 1945 when Adolf Hitler controlled Germany, and much higher than researchers expected.

The group included Nazi-era prosecutor Eduard Dreher, a man who sought the death penalty for petty criminals, and Max Merten, who played a role in deporting Jews from Greece.

While US authorities sought justice by putting 16 lawyers and jurists who played a role in the Nazi regime on trial in 1947, Germany tried one lone prosecutor after establishing the West German Federal Republic in 1949.

Many of those working for the ministry in the post-war years came from backgrounds as lawyers or judges in Nazi Germany, and came to the department to provide legal advice as West Germany rebuilt itself. By coming together and closing ranks, the network of former Nazis not only protected one another from legal prosecution but also bound together to create the nation’s laws.

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My basement has an amazing home theater setup, complete with wet bar, popcorn machine, and a really nice recliner/couch set.

Why would I pay $20 to sit in some ratty, smelly, flop house of a theater when I can queue this movie up in a few months for free and watch it in the lap of luxury?

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Why the Hell did it take 10 years to get another mad max(ish) movie out…

I mean, COVID set a bunch of films back, just for starters. After that, Idk. WB has been making some disastrous executive decisions since they merged with Discovery. I’m a bit amazed Barbie was released, rather than getting torched for the tax credit. Could be they sacked their marketing department and told an AI to do the job, and now its just gone underpromoted.

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Ghina

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Shifted jetstream will do that. But while the UK gets an unseasonably cold summer, Alaska is under a historic heat wave. Not enough cold air to go around.

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My brother in christ, have you ever been in a cab or on a plane?

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I’m in the Phoenix area, while that can happen, it’s a rare occurrence.

Sure, its always a rare occurrence. But when it happens, it can create a huge mess. Also points thumb at climate change less rare day-by-day.

Really it all comes down to cost

For a city like Phoenix not to have a modern mass transit system is a criminal waste of money and manpower. You’re talking about billions of dollars in highway expansion and tens of thousands of potholes getting filed, all so people stay in their cars.

FFS, its not even as though buses and trains are unpopular. Just ask folks in New York or DC. Even the Houston transit lines are commuter gold - filling up with tens of thousands of passengers every morning and evening who don’t need a place to park once they get downtown.

Why spend anything to fix a problem when we can profit from the problem?

Privatize the profits, socialize the losses. No more successful business strategy has ever existed.

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