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@tomgrz I know a troll or two... but that aside, re: like an onion with layers, what's involved in this back and forth, I'm thinking psychological. ;) But politics too.

It seems rather simple to me. But that's just the way I am... ;-)



Open to interpretation, either you're not a clueless imbecile who thinks he didn't, or you aren't. ;)


Yup. It ends up in the hands of the few, just as they like it.

Exactly and this is part of why Medicare for All will be cheaper for all!



People often wonder why I'm a "centrist," but the truth is I'm the opposite of that. My beliefs are so far left that Bernie Sanders would be a Tea Party member, but it's not about what I want. It's about my children. I once told, @John Hummel, @DavïÐ Låzårµ§, and many others everything I do politically, and otherwise, is for my children. I want them to have universal healthcare (the real version), climate change legislation with teeth, and heavily regulated and protected markets before I die.

I have a certain amount of money which isn't insignificant, but I don't hang out with Bill and Melinda either. That money is used in politics to get to where we need to be to pass huge legislation. I've spent the last 20 years learning politics from the inside, and what's happening now isn't new. There have been thrusts to extremes before... show more

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@John Brooks - PACs in general aren't the problem. It's corporate PACs. End Citizens United is a PAC.

It's been more than two decades since I've taken a political science (such a misnomer if I ever saw one) class. I'd venture to say that there's very little logic in politics. Very little in the line of repeatable (in a good way) results either.

As for quid pro quo, Benny The Bouncer is a pro who will rid of you the status quo for just a few quid. :^D Just don't mess with Savage Sid.

It would seem like they are awful, PACs don't care who donates and limits are unfortunately strict. They take money from individuals and corporations. There's no distinction that makes a PAC corporate.

They're also the primary means that labor unions use to raise money for their political allies, which is why Democrats rely more heavily on PAC money than Republicans. (Historically, more than 90% of labor PAC contributions have gone to Democrats).

These PACs are how Bernie ran for president in 2016, and again for 2020. In 2016 57.7% ce from small individual donations ($134,669,942) and 41.62% ($97,145,068) from large individual donors, both direct and from PAC donations like unions, AT&T, Alphabet, etc. Then another $1 million was spent by SuperPACs.

SuperPACs are what I believe you're talking about. Regular PAC have strict limits and reporting laws. I can personally attest that it's impossible for an individual to donate beyond the federal limits for a PAC.

SuperPACs are different. It's unlimited spending, but they cannot donate to a candidate or coord... show more



@requiem @amolith
I've been on a bit of a psp buying spree lately and will be reducing my collection. DM me if you're interested in helping me lighten the psp drawer 😃.

if only intercontinental shipping wasn't such an additional cost and risk. :)



God help us all. Voters think all politicians are just as batshit crazy as Trump.

This is probably more about dangerously high levels of voter cynicism and unfamiliarity with political norms than it is about basic IQ, which has actually increased over time:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flynn_effect

Oh, it's definitely about apathy. Looking at MAGA people usually makes me think of IQ, though.




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RT @paraVestibulum@twitter.com

If you get a chance to attend this please do. If you can't, but still want some of the experience, get in touch with me and we can see if your local library can host it! https://twitter.com/Info_Activism/status/1186407060243501056

🐦🔗: https://twitter.com/paraVestibulum/status/1186409137846018048


I like the fangs with Trumps Pinocchio nose.



Courtney Cox goes from frightened waif to straight up alien killer in 30 seconds flat.

She is also really accepting of this whole aliens hunting for the cosmic key shit. In about a minute, she gets shot at by aliens, meets He-Man, gets a gun, shoots an alien, and listens to He-Man's pitch. And she's all "sure. sounds reasonable. let's go!"

To be fair, that was also her in “friends”... I too believe in shared universes.

It would explain a lot about Friends.

meanwhile, Ross is like: "I never get picked for cool stuff like that!"
@thegibson




不出奇迹的话今年N2考试我就是深大一日游。




RT @geminiimatt@twitter.com

Video of the entire talk on http://ad.watch the facebook targeted advertising inspector by @neintara@twitter.com & @Beltrandroid@twitter.com from @Info_Activism@twitter.com & @firefox@twitter.com (the @mozila@twitter.com people) at #theGlassRoom
https://youtu.be/ClW311xIa48

🐦🔗: https://twitter.com/geminiimatt/status/1186449917914562561



"And then to see OMG! Ubuntu! mention today that Disney+ won’t support Linux adds to why I’m having trouble with the whole notion of shifting to streaming." http://coyote.works//posts/AssessingCordCutting20191021/



||5DAE59F4WOO|| urgent! sj games is splendid and the treasure chest is naughty. ||EOT|| #dpvp_23


Yes. Schrodinger's cat can do both at once. 😀




On creation vs. persistence:

Things that _come into being_ are very often the result of a single person or champioon, even in joint or collaborative projects, but also solo.

Things that _remain in existence_ are the result of adoption by some group, cause, organisation, or culture. Even vigorously championed creations can fade entirely once their initial creators have passed.

It's less about the starting up than the not-shutting-down.

#creation #persistence #individuals #groups

Much of the inertia and irrationality around large institutions is, I think actually this _persistence machinery_ in action. The parts which seem so often wasteful or inefficient seem to be the same parts which ensure that the mission persists.

Related: when designing systems, *especially* social or political ones, keep in mind what WILL happen when control falls to adversaries who wish either to corrupt or dismantal it. Build in resilience, support, and integrity.

Institutions with robust mechanisms for acception and rejection effectively have a digestive system -- some things get filtered out, the rest becomes part of the group or connected to it.

Sadly, rejection mechanisms are seldom used in most governments I see; the futile scrabbling by the elites to the last thread of the emperor's robe. Usually The Government Was Right In The End is the party line until there's no party left.

Most organizations make me despair for humanity. 😔

It's not so much about acceptance/rejection (though I suppose that definitely does come into play). It's more about a million and one things that seem completely idiotic, but actually reinforce the continued persistence of organisations, departments, bureaucracies, and all of that. Self-preservation is part of it, but more than even just that.

Also, very much, the idea that, well, _just having an idea_, or even _implementing_ it, isn't enough.

You've got to get _other_ people vested in it. _Seriously_ vested.

Sometimes that happens on account of the initial creator. Sometimes in _spite_ of them.

Also, go beyond just government bureaucracies. Think of ideologies, religions, cults, academic specialisations, programming languages, musical traditions, etc., etc., etc.

Things-that-give-persistence. What's the German word?

Since I've been reading about Spinoza of late, he's an example.

Philosopher, excommunicated from his religious and cultural community, _itself_ a diaspora of a diaspora culture. Questioned almost all sacred cows of his time. No family. Died at age 44.

And yet his major work was passed on, after his death, to a publisher, and established him as among the greatest philosophers of all time. Not _quite_ household-name status, but pretty close.





#BoliviaDecide | @evoespueblo agradece al pueblo la victoria de la primera vuelta https://www.telesurtv.net/news/evo-morales-elecciones-bolivia-20191020-0046.html

El actual mandatario reiteró ante el pueblo boliviano su compromiso con el proceso de cambio en el país, que iniciara hace 13 años, cuando arribara al poder en 2006
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After the storm, all is quiet, and "I shall search my very soul".... and then,

Listen to the Lion (Van the Man)


LISTEN TO THE LION (Van Morrison)

And all my love come down
All my love come tumblin' down
All my love come tumblin' down
All my love come tumblin' down
Oh, listen listen
To the lion
Oh, listen listen listen
To the lion
Inside of me
Oh, oh, oh
And I shall search my soul
I shall search my very soul
And I shall search my very soul
I shall search my very soul
For the lion
For the lion
For the lion
For the lion
Inside of me
Oh, oh, yeah
And all my tears have flown
All my tears like water flown
And all my tears like water flown
All my tears like a water flown
For the lion
For the lion
For the lion
For the lion
Inside of me
Listen to the lion
(14x)

And we sailed, and we sailed
And we sailed, and we sailed
And we sailed, and we sailed
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What country are you in? Ah, Canada... In any case here's one alternative...
If it doesn't work I'll look specifically for something Canada-friendly. Hm, I guess the US is not! ;) Probably copyright trade wars or something! (sigh)

Try this (different licensing) ... also a good-audio-quality vid, full-length (11:08) ....
Listen to the Lion - St. Dominic's Preview

YouTube is crap - provided to you by the root of all that is evil: Google.



Javier Smaldone (@mis2centavos) is a prominent Argentinian security researcher and e-voting critic. He has been detained and harassed, apparently for tweeting about a government leak. https://www.zdnet.com/article/argentinian-security-researcher-arrested-after-tweeting-about-government-hack/



Court documents released by Javier show that other “indications” against him include his interest in electronic voting and his technical knowledge in security research https://ia801500.us.archive.org/20/items/ciberpatrullaje/ciberpatrullaje.pdf




Across Latin America, technologists are being targeted by law enforcement not for what they've done, but what they know. Human rights law protects everyone, including the right of security researchers to speak out. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/10/canada-chile-security-researchers-have-rights-our-new-report



The investigation against Smaldone is still continuing: in the absence of evidence, Argentina's authorities need to drop this unwarranted prosecution.






Much to the chagrin of the DUP, Northern Ireland will be brought into regulatory alignment with the rest of the UK. #NorthernIreland #WomensRights #Europe #UnitedKingdom #Abortion #LGBT





Heartwarming story from upstate New York..
(https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/brothers-allegedly-left-grandma-die-fire-while-they-saved-meth-n1069676)

Probably thirsting for the inheritance.


I'm stuck with a donkey.



This is part of the Constitution he swore to "preserve, protect and defend."

“You people with this phony emoluments clause,” Trump said..