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WhiteCatTamer

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I don’t know what I’m doing, either.

I do a fair amount of boosting which, for me, means “this post has value”, so not necessarily that I agree with it.

Following is open, no worries if you dip in and dip out. I tend to wait to follow until I’ve interacted with you a bit first.

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benroyce, to random
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The people taking down Donald Trump for his crimes

WhiteCatTamer,
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@benroyce There is a nonzero chance that we won’t need the Apprentice tapes to catch Trump dropping a slur.

What a fucking world, huh.

tayfonay, to random
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Couldn’t help myself with this one

WhiteCatTamer,
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@tayfonay “…also there is a special rate for…special cases.”

WarnerCrocker, to politics
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Kansas voters have no fundamental constitutional right to vote, Supreme Court rules

https://www.yahoo.com/news/kansas-voters-no-fundamental-constitutional-173716213.html

WhiteCatTamer,
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@WarnerCrocker “One gets the impression reading the dissents that they think of the 'right to vote' in talismanic terms, as though it were a kind of superpower of citizenship, to be wielded in times of trouble whenever and wherever desired," Stegall [author of the majority opinion] wrote. "Our view is both more realistic and practical as well as more legally and constitutionally precise."

Freaking yikes.

One thing to argue it’s not in their constitution, another to say…that.

Bam, to random
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Evidently, I am in a mood for self flagellation because I actually suffered through Trump’s entire statement today. If you also wish to punish yourself, here’s a link to it.

https://www.c-span.org/video/?536064-1/president-trump-holds-press-conference-guilty-verdict#&vod

There’s likely a ton of takeaways from this and his demeanor and all that hot take crap but I have a few points that may get overlooked:

  1. Trump repeatedly admits that he is willfully violating the gag order that is still in place, all but daring Merchan to hold him in contempt and jail him for it.

  2. If I were on Bragg’s team, this would be my first exhibit at sentencing to prove that Trump has no remorse and that an incarcerate sentence is necessary. It is a complete demonstration of the total lack of willingness to take responsibility for his criminal conduct, blaming anyone and everyone but himself for his criminal acts.

Just my $.02.

WhiteCatTamer,
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@Bam Can Merchan take into account both his deliberate gag order violations - by himself and his minions - and his history of inspiring political violence when determining whether to lock Trump up?

If you can’t get him to stop threatening the judge and jury with a gag order, and that can put their health at risk…

billyjoebowers, to random
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Please let him stroke out.

WhiteCatTamer,
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@billyjoebowers I guaran-fuckting-tee that if he dies and it’s on video, someone will stitch it into that “Hitler screams at his generals” meme within 2 hours.

billyjoebowers, to random
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Alito and Thomas bring up the question; "Are all 'conservatives' moral cowards who hide behind their wives?"

WhiteCatTamer,
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@billyjoebowers It doesn’t strike me as hiding, it makes me uncomfortably aware of how people like Putin toss out laughably terrible lies not because they expect others to believe them based on their merit, but as a show of power, as saying that it doesn’t matter if you prove me wrong six ways to Sunday: you can’t do jack shit about it.

Teri_Kanefield, to random
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@mattblaze @WhiteCatTamer @godzero

What is the argument for not handing them a copy of the jury instructions?

WhiteCatTamer,
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@mattblaze @Teri_Kanefield @godzero The defense didn’t ask any questions about its functioning?

GottaLaff, to random
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😂✔️💉

Via Rupar: 1/…

: " is trying to make the country forget just how dark and unsettling things were while he was president ... telling Americans, 'just inject a little bleach.' The way he's acting, I think he might've injected a hell of a lot of bleach in himself."

WhiteCatTamer,
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@samhainnight @randy @timo21 @GottaLaff God. Could you imagine if the first female president was Ivanka Trump?

Teri_Kanefield, to random
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It looks like the jury instructions in the Trump Manhattan case will soon be available in transcript form. When they are available I plan to analyze them.

Jury instructions are key. Not everything bad or immoral is a crime. To be convicted of a crime, the prosecution has to present evidence beyond a reasonable doubt to prove each element of a specific crime.

Because of how complicated this charging document is (predicate crimes for predicate crimes) the jury instructions will give the roadmap.

WhiteCatTamer,
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@mattblaze @godzero @Teri_Kanefield That seems absurd to me, especially in trials that can last months. Was there an argument for this/keeping this in, that you know of?

WhiteCatTamer,
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@mattblaze @godzero @Teri_Kanefield Hmmm.

On the one hand, I understand the argument that poor physical notes could, by their being physical, confer a greater sense of authority to the notetaker/other jurors, and a disagreement on the facts could lead to more hung juries.

On the other hand, that strikes me as, by default, lending more weight to the confident juror in place of the meticulous and attentive one, and leaving all at a bit of a loss.

billyjoebowers, to random
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"Don’t vote for Biden, not good enough"
"Don’t use electric cars, not good enough"
"Don’t donate to Wikipedia, they don’t need the money"
"Don’t donate your change at the store, they’re ripping you off"
"Don’t use Mastodon, use this fork instead"

I suspect these are a lot of the same people.

WhiteCatTamer,
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@billyjoebowers “Don’t buy Beyond/Impossible (don’t remember which) meat alternative products because they had to taste meat to simulate it properly so it’s tainted.” <— Have actually heard this one

No one is blameless, and blame that crushes people until they become openly cynical and indifferent is not being used properly.

You make a mistake, you aren’t perfect, you hurt people, you live, you ask forgiveness, you make another mistake… that’s life.

Alice, to random
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I like to keep my husband grounded by starting all compliments with "I've been with a LOT of men, but you're one of the best at..."

WhiteCatTamer,
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@danciruli @Alice …did you read this one? Because, uh…

clarkesworld, to random
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I'm dying reading one of the more recent "make money with Clarkesworld" articles. Clearly generated, but maybe in another language and machine translated to English.
"While prior composing experiences can be valuable, it’s not in a general sense required to surrender to Clarkesworld Magazine."

WhiteCatTamer,
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@clarkesworld Do those names seem off to anyone else?

gabrielesvelto, to random
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Normalize calling AI "plagiarism as a service"

WhiteCatTamer,
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@gabrielesvelto Although it’s a bit of a misnomer, since it’s techbros and not boomers, the Youths calling it “boomer art” is kinda hilarious.

Establishing “AI Tier” as the “technically exists but is entirely devoid of any other value” is another way of devaluing a product that these schmucks are desperately and obstinately stuffing value into.

WhiteCatTamer, to animals
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She just loves this position.

shoq, to random
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Not thrilled with how Biden is handling the crisis in the Middle East? Think you might not vote for him in “protest.” Well…

PLEASE CONSIDER THE FUCKING ALTERNATIVE (while you still can)⏵

“Trump told donors he will crush pro-Palestinian protests, deport demonstrators.”

Gift article: https://wapo.st/4bywzh1

WhiteCatTamer,
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@MoBlack @shoq Biden thinks protestors who break the law should receive the due punishment for breaking the law. Every activist worth their salt knows their actions will lead to them going to jail and they accept that because that’s how you change things.

Trump wants to revoke their citizenships and leave them stranded in foreign countries, or shoot them.

Do you really not see a difference there?

WhiteCatTamer,
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@MoBlack @shoq Then that is because you choose to simplify a complex situation so that you can frame your unwillingness to engage with it as moral.

WhiteCatTamer,
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@MoBlack @shoq You can be as organized as a drill sergeant’s sock drawer and change just as much if your organization is not capable of shifting or eliminating political power from those forces who are heavily backed by moneyed interests.

WhiteCatTamer,
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@MoBlack @shoq It may be useful to your view to read “be sure to vote” as containing “and do only that”, but that is not the case, and again, your willingness to do that tells me your aim is to simplify rather than honestly engage.

WhiteCatTamer,
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@MoBlack @shoq I know what you are doing now: trying to argue that it is immoral to utilize a political tool like voting at a time when it is unwise to cede ANY political power of any form.

WhiteCatTamer,
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@MoBlack @shoq Then I see no further value to this conversation if that is your take.

augieray, to random
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Ironic: Amid rising anti-mask rules for "security," a STUDY shows that sunglasses are more effective than masks in hiding identity. Instead of banning safe masks, maybe conservatives should try banning sunglasses instead and see how their constituents react.

https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/21/6/654

WhiteCatTamer,
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@augieray …I should wear sunglasses more.

It’s just such a pain to wear them over eyeglasses (and transition lenses are their own PITA).

Sidenote: if you have light eyes - blue, green - then wearing sunglasses can help to save your eyes from deteriorating at a faster rate.

RickiTarr, to random
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At some point, my purse became a walking pharmacy. Stomach upset, got a headache? I have you covered. Need bug spray or sunscreen, what about some lotion or hand sanitizer? I've got a snack, and something to freshen your breath.

When I had surgery a few years ago, I had a weight limit of 10 pounds for 3 months! Hubs said he needed to weigh my purse to make sure I could safely carry it. I thought he was joking, turns out it weighed 17 pounds!

WhiteCatTamer,
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@Bette @RickiTarr So what I’m hearing is that one should be carrying stuff:

  • Evenly
  • Close to the body
  • Using a more stable joint than the shoulder joint
    And of course:
  • Easily accessible

Conclusion: fanny pack.

RickiTarr, to random
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Sometimes when you learn how something works, you think, Thanks knowledge, that really helped, everything makes more sense, and other times you look up how wrists turn, and it's like WTF?!

WhiteCatTamer,
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@RickiTarr Yeah, that’s why the first image is standard anatomical position, because it keeps the radius from crossing the ulna, even though that “twisted” position is more natural for the arm to be in.

talia_christine, to random
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I have a theory that the men who reply to posts with some version of "not all men" do so because they see some of themselves in whatever statement was made and they don't like it.

WhiteCatTamer,
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@weddige @Loukas @talia_christine The point I’m making is that every tool used to educate can also be used to abuse under the guise of education, and as such, a negative and offended reaction is understandable.

In the same way you would expect people to be confused and frustrated by spelling when you teach them to read, you should also be prepared for and accepting of pushback without necessarily seeing it as just a case of a hit dog hollering.

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