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dx1,

Hamas killed 1200 with about 500 to 600 civilian deaths

Minus a few hundred Israel killed with “friendly fire”.

dx1,

It might be time for Israel to agree with the hostage exchange Hamas put forward a bunch of times and stop genociding the civilian population of Gaza.

dx1,

Israel doesn’t care about their citizens, they’re carpet bombing Gaza and flooding tunnels they know the hostages are in. They had the option to just do a hostage exchange since day one. This is some mixture of annexation and Netanyahu trying to hold on to power.

dx1,

What’s the standard for this in the U.S.? It reaches only as far up the ladder as anyone can definitively prove. Abu Gharib saw like, what, a lieutenant fired or something. But when it’s “the enemy”, all of a sudden we assume by default the decision came from the highest levels, and it’s carte blanche to wipe out 2.5 million people living in a giant concentration camp, in a supposed attempt to do regime change.

dx1,

Hamas’s cited reason was that Israel was demanding female soldiers, while the terms of the “pause” dictated the exchange of civilians. It seemed like Israel simply wanted an excuse to continue bombing.

let’s be honest it’s because all the rape and torture would make their propaganda war tricky

Let’s be honest about this having no substantiation at present and being based on Israeli and U.S. State Dept propaganda. Honestly it’s disgusting how quickly people will resort to insinuations like this.

dx1,

I think the total number killed by Hamas rockets EVER is like 30 to 50. Might be a little off. It’s more about draining Israel’s money and putting up a show than anything else.

dx1,

Both parties openly backing and arming the genocide in Palestine, the most well-documented genocide in world history, despite overwhelming public opposition, is not a binary system, it’s a one-party system. We are living in dystopia already, the Democrats shave 3% off of whatever the fascist Republican platform is and say “we’re the best option.” Stop being a fool and see the system for what it is.

dx1,

“Our democracy” has been dead for a century. You guys are like rats running around a maze with your moronic “lesser of two evils” between two parties all controlled by the same interests.

dx1,

Good luck with your attempts at incremental change, that’ve been going on for a century while our society has completely devolved into fascism, a bipartisan police state and a genocidal global empire. You are clearly the brilliant visionary we need to guide us into the uncharted future.

dx1,

Wow, sorry, didn’t realize this was still going.

What is my feasible solution? General strike and/or total shift to third party to implement direct democracy. 100 million people can go out and waste their vote on a petty tyrant like Biden or Trump, or 100 million people can actually start making real changes. You’re all in a prison of your own making.

dx1,

Prohibition? We still have drug prohibition. Woman’s suffrage? It’s something, but women’s votes still are as useless as everyone else’s, especially if you refuse to vote for anything to actually change (and they still have a wage gap). 75-day school year - what? Jim Crow? Improvements but black communities institutionalized, ghettoized, gunned down by cops, and still a wage gap. See prohibition.

Plus, now our government is totalitarian, eating a third of GDP, massive surveillance state, largest military on earth, quarter of the prisoner’s on Earth, constantly trying to censor the internet, economy is insanely unequal and getting worse, inflation over the long term getting worse and wages not keeping up with them, housing prices skyrocketing, and currently openly engaged in a genocide despite nation-wide protests. Need me to keep going?

dx1,

Of course it’s feasible. Biden literally cannot win, it’s in fact the only option if you don’t want to see GOP in power again.

dx1,

IDK what the fuck you guys have been watching for the last two months. I’ve been watching a genocide unfold with unaninmous bipartisan support. If you can see that and don’t think both parties are beyond redemption, you’re part of the problem.

I’m assuming we’re talking about the actual parties/politicians here, not the people.

dx1,

I see unequivocal fascism from both parties. I reject the idiotic “lesser of two evils” thinking.

dx1, (edited )

Not voting or voting for a third party is not a vote for Republicans, it’s not voting or voting for a third party.

You should be ashamed to vote for any of the major two parties giving their full backing to an ongoing genocide. The myth of Democrats and Republicans as meaningfully separate parties is dead.

(edit) And to be absolutely clear what I mean here. Their economic policy, the towering administrative state, the military funding, the Federal Reserve, the bailout policy, the surveillance state, the DHS, TSA, ATF, CIA, FBI, all the international imperial meddling, empire building, regime change & overthrowing democratic leaders shit, it’s all the same goddamn thing between both parties. They literally only bicker about small fry social issues and hope the gullible people in the public who haven’t studied anything won’t notice the bipartisan consensus on everything else. It’s honestly embarrassing how much people sit around and defend Democrats, you have no idea what 95% of what they actually uphold even is. We were all screaming 2000-2008 about Bush cementing a police state into power, and then Obama came along and literally normalized the entire thing, and now it’s like that’s all forgotten history.

dx1,

Literally 2 minutes after you posted, they did.

dx1,

That’s not what he said…

dx1,

That is the risk with taxes. You can’t stop paying them, so politicians, in some circumstances, are able to use them for things you don’t want.

Six teenagers in court over beheading of French teacher (www.reuters.com)

PARIS, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Six teenagers go on trial behind closed doors on Monday, accused of involvement in the beheading of French history teacher Samuel Paty by a suspected Islamist in 2020 in an attack that struck at the heart of the country’s secular values....

dx1,

How many beheadings have there been, versus the number of Muslim people who have ever lived?

dx1,

This is annoying.

dx1,

In effect, the bonds I mentioned are just inverted loans. The Treasury takes in $1k from payroll taxes for these programs, issues a bond to the trust fund saying “I owe you $1k plus interest”, spends the $1k on whatever (I guess primarily the discretionary budget) and eventually has to somehow generate money to pay it back with interest.

In terms of whether or not bonds were “borrowed” - this wouldn’t exactly matter in a meaningful sense, but I’m not clear this ever actually happened in the first place. There was some claim about, when the trust fund was mixed with the general fund 1968-1990, maybe the government took bonds out of the program, but you have to remember that inside the government, that’s not something of value, that’s just an obligation the government has to pay to itself, it’s a big nothing burger. The outstanding liabilities from Social Security to the actual beneficiaries (elderly people) exist regardless of how the government is doing their accounting internally.

dx1,

Not sure I agree. I think many people who are “defeatist about voting” have observed that the surface-level differences between Democrats and Republicans (namely social issues and the more visible fascism from Republicans) just mask an underlying corporatist/fascist state that’s sacrosanct and immune from popular pressure and legislative change.

Re: “Obamacare” (which is just one tiny change mind you) - there were some marginal improvements like re: preexisting conditions, but mostly it seemed to increase compliance costs, my understanding is premiums have just continued rising and the fundamental issues causing healthcare scarcity and limiting competition have been made worse.

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