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SWM, cis, He/Him, dad, husband, Chemistry, TTRPG, Jazz, amateur piano, UU, brightly colored hair, Critter, Reply guy extraordinaire, possibly the most inconsequential person in the world, and OK with it.

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ZachWeinersmith, to random
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How do you think International Law would look at the following situation:

5 years from now, humanoid robots are really good and relatively cheap. Russia tries invade a non-NATO country. The US sends 10,000 robotic soldiers, which are technically operated locally.

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@ZachWeinersmith Why operate them remotely? Just instal the latest ChatGPT in each one and tell them to kill the bad guys!

AnarchoCatgirlism, to MemeryAlpha
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@photovince @missqarnstein @AnarchoCatgirlism No. They swallow lithium salts. Lithium ignites on contact with water.

fkamiah17, to random
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Listening to a podcast about the Bronze Age collapse and it sounds like the guys are talking about the news 😐

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futurebird, to random
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This could have happened two years sooner but Trump appointed EPA people blocked it.

One of them was Nancy Beck of the EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.

Before working at the EPA, she was an executive at the American Chemistry Council, a chemical industry lobbying group for FIVE years!

Why can't we get those revolving door laws? So, you can't be at the EPA after OR before being a lobbyist?

The reporting on this in papers is terrible.


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@futurebird Really, we need to name and shame companies that are using these. I wish I had the tools to analyze for them. They are tough beasts to test for.

flexghost, to random
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"Get over yourself

“Those are the two choices. It's kind of like, one is old and effective and compassionate, has a heart, and really cares about people. And one is old and has been charged with 91 felonies.

"I don't understand why this is even a hard choice."

She’s right.

Video of Hilary Clinton on that awful guys show

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@anclement @flexghost We had low turn out because a significant portion of the US genuinely figured it didn’t make much difference, so they stayed home. This is the message BernieBros were parroting, fed by Russian trolls.

I don’t know that there was a winning strategy at the time. Hillary was the victim of years of right wing conspiracies, and Bernie was never going to win once the general election came around. Few believed Trump was the existential danger he is.

mekkaokereke, to random
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Honest question for white people that don't consider themselves racist:

White nationalists have been vocal about their attacks on DEI. These are literally the same people that talk about Charlottesville, Jan 6th, and ethnic cleansing.

They've laid out exactly how they plan to destroy DEI.

  1. Make false claims that DEI is about giving unqualified Black people an unfair advantage

  2. Work with racist politicians to use this as a pretext to make all DEI programs illegal.


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@mekkaokereke I have no black co-workers. Our main workforce is not local, which is what happens at higher degrees. I live in SW MO, and could definitely imagine black prospectives avoiding the location, I would and I’m white. I’m not really here because I want to be here. We have a very large international contingent from Asia, and I suspect the concept of DEI is totally alien to them.

This area is segregated as hell, so I know very few black people at all.

GottaLaff, to Texas
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A person in is being treated for bird flu, the second human case of an illness caused by a highly virulent virus that has rampaged through sickened dairy cows in five states in recent weeks, federal and state officials said Monday - WaPo

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@MorganV @tersenurse @GottaLaff As long as there is no person to person transmission, low risk is a safe bet. My concern is if this gets into the beef supply, where people regularly eat undercooked steak. If enough people start catching it from food, it’ll inevitably become person to person. Then we have hell on earth.

Now is a good time to significantly cut your beef consumption.

Wen, to coffee
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Can I say I f***g well approve and will continue to insist on a Black Coffee no matter what the confusion that causes behind the counter

#coffee #RealNames #CommonSense

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@az @Wen Yes. And I’ve found, in some countries like New Zealand, when you ask for black coffee, that’s what you get.

blogdiva, to Israel
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@blogdiva Is Hamas getting a cut of the oil revenues then?

HamonWry, to random
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What we learned from Hitler and the Second World War was that the best way to prevent a dictatorship is to stop the Nazis before they get into office.

The more you know.

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@HamonWry Is it too late. It’s pretty clear that Trump’s plan isn’t to win the election. His plan is election day chaos. This is why they need loyalists running the RNC. The plan is still, to steal the election.

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@TruthSandwich @HamonWry But what if a few local terrorists close voting booths in blue districts? Then those votes are never counted, and he wins the election, by not letting the election occur.

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@TruthSandwich @HamonWry That’s not his MO. The vote is set for November 5th, any votes cast beyond that date, no natter what the reason, will be subject to a legal challenge, giving the election to the SCOTUS.

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@TruthSandwich @HamonWry Right. That’s why he wants to cause chaos in blue districts.

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@RememberUsAlways @TruthSandwich @HamonWry I think you’re right, but the stakes this time make me really hope we have the response plan worked out. They’re up to something.

You don’t purge an organisation and fill it with loyalists because you think you need it to run better unless loyalty is the most necessary characteristic. And you only need that level of loyalty when you are planning crimes.

GottaLaff, to random
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GOP Fascist Party 2024, ladies and gentlemen:


Newly unearthed video of N.C. GOP gubernatorial nominee Mark Robinson in 2020: "I absolutely want to go back to the America where women couldn’t vote."


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@GottaLaff Biden has never suggested defunding the police. They just make up their opponents positions to suit their narrative.

GottaLaff, to random
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Destroying America, Part 38473.

Via Acyn:

Speaker Johnson: We also advanced cuts to some of the agencies that have been turned against the American people. We are going to cut 3% from DOJ, 7% from the ATF, 6% from the FBI, and 10% from the EPA.

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@RememberUsAlways @GottaLaff @ChrisHolladay With that single exception, he was just another Susan Collins. He voted with Republicans any time his vote could have made a difference. The fact that Republicans are locked in line doesn’t make the one guy that occasionally makes ineffectual declarations of independence a “maverick”.

He was part of the Keating 5 in the beginning, and never changed. He was a solid brick of corruption.

Mrfunkedude, to random
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It saddens me that there are generations who don’t know who this absolute childhood icon is.

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@Mrfunkedude And now I have that theme song in my head.

YouGiveMeFever, to random
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This isn't business as usual. I've been observing politics for over six decades, since JFK, and so I say to you now in all seriousness that alarm bells should be ringing-- because life in America will never be the same again if Trump wins a second term. Giving control of our military to someone who previously attempted a coup of our government is just insane, as it is to allow our democracy to elect someone who's bent on destroying it. That's a lesson we should have learn from Hitler.

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@YouGiveMeFever Nearly all of the Republicans assisted, and actively try to hamper the investigations. This isn’t just about Trump. The entire Republican base has decided fascism is the way to go.

GottaLaff, to legal
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📌👀 Via Josh Gerstein:

JUST IN: sets unusual, short-notice opinion release for Monday morning. Appears to signal that ruling on ballot eligibility is looming.

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@GottaLaff See? The court can move very fast when it wants.

mikecarter, to random
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Success is Not the Key to Happiness. Happiness is the Key to Success. And Also Having a Really Awesome Walk-Up Song.

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@mikecarter Nice painting. Who did this?

mmiasma, to random
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I'm old enough to remember when surge pricing was called by it's other name - price gouging.

Good luck Wendy's - I hope you go broke soon. 👋

Wendy's CEO announces surge pricing for menu. Here's what you can expect.


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@Professor_Stevens @helplessduck @thepoliticalcat @lizstl13 @mmiasma @metropia Revolutions just shuffle the people at the top a bit, they don’t usually result in change. With all of the destruction, nations are frequently much worse off.

GottaLaff, to Ukraine
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Via Scott MacFarlane:

NOW: Outside WH meeting, Schumer says he, Pres. Biden, VP Harris, McConnell & Dem Leader Jeffries all leaned on Speaker Johnson to pass aid

5-on-one lobbying. And meeting was intense per Democratic leaders

Schumer says the meeting on Ukraine was one of the most intense he’s ever been part of… As they push House Speaker Mike Johnson to allow a vote on Ukraine aid.

(Members of both parties believe aid would easily be approved, if a vote is allowed.)

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@GottaLaff And after that meeting, we’re getting lots of assurance that Mike will avoid a partial government shut-down.

Silence on Ukraine. So that went as expected.

GottaLaff, (edited ) to random
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OFFS. 1/...

Via Aaron Rupar:

"He comes at the invitation of Congress. Republicans are in control of the House. There's no reason that we need to invite him" -- Rep. Scott Perry wants House Republicans to cancel

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@darthstar @Atticus1956 @GottaLaff He can deliver the SOTU from his bathtub if he wanted. What would cancelling the speech at congress get them. It gets Biden a hand picked audience. He doesn’t need to invite Republicans.

StillIRise1963, to random
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I think people are too kind to the purveyors of misinformation. Stop letting the facilitators of fascism off the hook.

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@knwmoon @StillIRise1963 That’s the plausible deniability. You can’t necessarily PROVE they aren’t just imbeciles over and over again.

lovelylovely, to random
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Now if had said this racist BS it would be a 3 month story from the media.


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@PandaChronicle @thepoliticalcat @lovelylovely I’m gonna take long odds that he can beat this too. Who wants that bet?

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