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April 6, 2024

Biden's Choice.

Stop a genocide in progress, or win an election.

Assume that it is a given that what is happening in Gaza is a genocide in progress.
Assume that the United States can effectively intervene to stop this genocide.
Assume also that by intervening Biden will almost certainly lose the election.
Assume finally that a Republican victory will result in the transformation of our republic into a christian nationalist authoritarian republic.

I’m not at all interested in arguing the merits of those assumptions.

The question is simply, given these assumptions what is the correct ethical choice? Stop the genocide or save the republic?


April 3, 2024

Perhaps we should have 'Trump Free Tuesdays'?

We complain about the obscene fascination in the media over TSF's utterances, but this forum itself is just a sea of the same shit.

Also not a serious suggestion, I'm just exhausted by 8 years of his shit.

I took my own advice and trashed trump as a keyword. The latest page is much nicer now. I'll see how long this lasts.

March 19, 2024

Texas will not enforce their stupid fascist migrant law.

Enforcement would bust the texas budget.

Texas has approximately 1.6 million undocumented migrants.
https://www.pewresearch.org/short-reads/2023/11/16/what-we-know-about-unauthorized-immigrants-living-in-the-us/#:~:text=The%20six%20states%20with%20the,Florida%20(900%2C000

The estimated cost per inmate in Texas is $22,751
https://www.texascjc.org/2021-session-safely-adjust-parole-practices-reduce-massive-prison-budgets#:~:text=The%20yearly%20incarceration%20cost%20per%20person%20in%20Texas%20prisons%20is%20%2422%2C751.

I did the math: $36,401,600,000 to lock them up, per year.

2024 Texas budget: $144 billion
https://www.texastribune.org/2023/05/27/texas-legislature-budget/#:~:text=The%20General%20Appropriations%20Act%20for,grid%2C%20plus%20infrastructure%20for%20broadband

36 billion is approximately 25% of the Texas budget for this year.

Other than as a selective performance act, the state of Texas will not enforce their law. They will instead continue to bus 'em to own the libs.

March 6, 2024

Did Biden commit treason? Dissecting Elon Musk's public meltdown JUDD LEGUM AND TESNIM ZEKERIA MAR 6, 2024


On Tuesday, billionaire Elon Musk told his 175 million followers on X that President Biden had committed "treason" by "secretly" flying "320,000 illegal immigrants" from Latin America to US airports.


It is quite a dramatic claim. The only problem is that nearly everything Musk said is a lie.

Musk was responding to information from Collin Rugg, the co-owner of a right-wing news aggregation site called Trending Politics. Rugg's post references a report by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) about a program expanding humanitarian parole for Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans. CIS is an anti-immigrant think tank co-founded by eugenicist and racist John Tanton.



https://popular.info/p/did-biden-commit-treason-dissecting?utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web
March 6, 2024

Tomorrows NYT: With Biden only getting 80-90% of the votes, what will Democrats do?

Somehow Democratic Disarray will be the theme.

March 3, 2024

Swiss vote to give themselves a bigger pension


Swiss voters have given themselves an extra month's pension each year - in a nationwide referendum focusing on living standards for the elderly.

The government had warned that the increased payments would be too expensive to afford.
But almost 60% of voters said 'yes' in Sunday's poll. Separately, 75% rejected raising the pension age from 65 to 66.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-68463978

Imagine a society where we increase social benefits, where we decide everyone deserves financial security. It seems so far away, so improbable.
February 23, 2024

Today in the enshittification of, well everything, but certainly the internet.


Yahoo lays off the leaders of Engadget

Ten people at the outlet are losing their jobs, and the editorial staff will be split into two sections. A memo says strategy will focus more on traffic and collaboration with sales and SEO

https://www.theverge.com/2024/2/22/24080215/engadget-layoffs-tech-news-blogs-editorial-restructuring

For those not following the Great Enshittification, 'SEO' is Search Engine Optimization. It is the endless gaming of google search (97% market share monoploly) to put your spammy dubious malwarey page up in the top of googles search results.

Engadget was, like CNET, once a great web site to get decent reviews of many tech products. Like everything else it is being hollowed out to 'increase shareholder value' and focused exclusively on basically becoming spam itself.
February 23, 2024

NYT still burying the Smirnov Scandal.

I guess the actual news that Smirnov was re-arrested yesterday would be difficult to report on when you've buried the original story about the Russian agent deeply involved in both the now failed Biden impeachment investigation and the massively dubious Hunter Biden prosecution.

On the other hand the New York 'But Her Emails' Times did find space on their front page, in the midst of the Mexican presidential election, to report that ALMO was not being investigated for corruption by us law enforcement agencies, although they looked into conducting an investigation. Perhaps they can report daily on investigations that aren't being done?

February 16, 2024

Biden Is Set to Visit East Palestine, but Is He a Year Too Late?

Yet again the NYT sucks.


The president will face a politically divided community anxious over the long-term health consequences of an environmental disaster.

One year after a fiery train derailment spilled thousands of gallons of toxic chemicals in East Palestine, Ohio, President Biden will travel there on Friday and face a politically divided community anxious over the long-term health consequences of an environmental catastrophe.

Mr. Biden, who promised to visit soon after the disaster, has faced criticism from Republicans and some residents for not going sooner. In a sign of how politically fraught the situation has become, Trump supporters planned a rally to coincide with Mr. Biden’s visit.

Paywall: https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/16/us/politics/biden-east-palestine-visit.html

The 'one year too late' is a Republican propaganda campaign talking point and is being regurgitated by multiple 'news' sources.

Just reminder that our republic is facing an existential threat from the overtly authoritarian Republican Party. Trump et al have made it abundantly clear that they will do everything in their power to establish one party rule. But sure NYT, keeping pushing the talking points out. After all the important thing is to provide a 'balanced perspective'.
February 14, 2024

Global military spending hits record $2.2 trillion amid multiple wars


NATO member states are part of a global military spending spree in 2023, according to the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
By Adam Taylor

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2024/02/13/nato-spending-russia-ukraine-trump/

So basically global human civilization, confronted with a systemic existential environmental crisis has decided that the best path forward is to have lots of wars.

Imagine what we could build with 2 trillion dollars a year. How about a sustainable economic system that guaranteed everyone a decent life?

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