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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Why do you support donald trump
« on: January 14, 2021, 09:58:45 AM »
This is going to cost Trump about $17 million a year https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-new-york/new-york-city-ending-business-ties-with-trump-organization-mayor-says-idUSKBN29I1R8

Maybe that's why he's going to stiff Rudy on his legal fees and travel costs?

https://twitter.com/JuliaDavisNews/status/1349530477795880964

I'd link to the WAPO article but it's behind a paywall.   

"Trump has instructed aides not to pay Giulianiís legal fees, two officials said, and has demanded that he personally approve any reimbursements for the expenses Giuliani incurred while traveling on the presidentís behalf to challenge election results in key states. They said Trump has privately expressed concern with some of Giulianiís moves and did not appreciate a demand from Giuliani for $20,000 a day in fees for his work attempting to overturn the election."

Now I'm waiting for Rudy to book the Four Seasons Total Landscaping carpark for a press conference exposing Trump corruption.

My gut instinct is that it's very unlikely that Giuliani has ever gotten paid money by Trump. 

I feel that Giuliani and Trump have an arrangement where Trump let's him eat his fingernail clippings in exchange for Giuliani's excellent legal counsel.  I don't know why I think that it just seems to fit the general demeanor of these people.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: The attack on 'free speech'
« on: January 14, 2021, 08:31:19 AM »
I could be wrong but I get the impression that Parler's ban was preemptive.  They saw a lot of crazy chatter and not much else and figured they'd become the new nexus for maga terrorists.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Who will win the election?
« on: January 13, 2021, 02:57:31 PM »
I guess there is the question of what was Trump doing during all this and why the hell was law enforcement missing?

It might be worth investigating that.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Who will win the election?
« on: January 13, 2021, 02:56:01 PM »
I doubt they want to drag it on more than they have to.  They've got congress and the white house.  I doubt they want to waste any time.

But then again there might be details that come that might need more investigation.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Who will win the election?
« on: January 13, 2021, 01:40:09 PM »
So nice they impeached him twice. 10 Republicans joined in.


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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Who will win the election?
« on: January 13, 2021, 10:23:00 AM »
Impeachment debates are underway.  The republicans defense seems a little halfhearted.  There is a lot of talk from them about unity.  I think that Matt Gaetz might be undermining that when he vows to go after Biden's "crime family" though.

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A chamber of congress has a category of rules they they alone decide.  The filibuster falls under this.  If there were a bill passed by both houses then the senate couldn't just up and decide to break it.

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Even if there weren't shenanigans it seems to me that it's a terrible way to decide the make up of a supreme court.  Suppose no one died or retired during Obama's 2 terms but during Trump's single term 4 of them died?  You'd have one political party decide the make up of the supreme court for the next 30 years through sheer dumb luck.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Who will win the election?
« on: January 13, 2021, 07:04:09 AM »
Florida is the new Argentina!

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Why do you support donald trump
« on: January 13, 2021, 06:20:32 AM »
Cocaine Mitch is trending on Twitter right now because he supports impeachment. Unless he is a very good actor, I think he might be actually furious at Trump.
It was all fun and games until they turned up on his front lawn.

The origin of Cocaine Mitch is funny as well.  If I can find a video that sums it up then I'll post it here.

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I voted yes but I didn't have a better option.  I don't support adding justices exactly.  There are ways to "fix" the supreme court without packing it.  https://www.vox.com/21514454/supreme-court-amy-coney-barrett-packing-voting-rights  Packing it is sort of extreme.

I really like the idea of very long term limits of 18 years but I think that would take an amendment.  I think I also like the idea that a president gets to nominate a fixed number of justices every term and the court would sort of grow and shrink over time based on that.

But the reality is that not everyone in the democratic party is aoc and bernie sanders so packing the court with the slimmest of majorities that they have is extremely unlikely.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Why do you support donald trump
« on: January 12, 2021, 05:14:21 PM »
I think he might be trying to spook trump into resigning to avoid it.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Who will win the election?
« on: January 12, 2021, 11:59:27 AM »


Oh great.  Another chance for Trump to spew a bunch of lies about the election being stolen.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Who will win the election?
« on: January 12, 2021, 11:52:14 AM »
And the positive side him lying about it and his supporters accepting it saves us a lot of money of something that doesn't really do anything.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Who will win the election?
« on: January 12, 2021, 10:02:50 AM »
I must politely suggest that you've seen too much Fox News.  This rhetoric doesn't match the reality I'm seeing here.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Why do you support donald trump
« on: January 12, 2021, 08:57:06 AM »
Now that we've got about a week left of Trump I was curious about how much of his wall he got done.

So the border between the US and Mexico is about 1954 miles.  Apparently 350 miles of fencing was already there.  So that reinforcing that doesn't count.  As of January 5 Trump has built a grand total of...

Wait for it...

It's going to be a number like no one's ever seen before...

47 miles! 

All that noise for 47 miles or 2.4% of the border between the US and Mexico.  Hope it was worth nearly ending democracy for.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trump_wall#:~:text=By%20September%2025%2C%202020%2C%20321,replaced%20old%20or%20broken%20barriers.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Why do you support donald trump
« on: January 11, 2021, 10:35:16 PM »
If he's impeached then I think that nullifies his pension.  Of course if he's in prison then he has free room and board.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Who will win the election?
« on: January 11, 2021, 03:43:59 PM »
https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/capitol-riot-taser-death/

Damnit!  Why did I decide to fact check this story?  I should have just stuck with what I heard originally, that an insurrectionist accidently tazed himself in the nuts to death trying to steal a painting.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Who will win the election?
« on: January 11, 2021, 03:34:10 PM »
I have an account on parler, well had an account I guess.  I didn't have to upload my driver's license or anything though.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Who will win the election?
« on: January 11, 2021, 02:31:49 PM »
The head of DHS has stepped down.

I feel as though we're on an airline with no pilots.  Hopefully we can coast 9 days with no discernable leadership.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Why do you support donald trump
« on: January 11, 2021, 01:55:17 PM »
https://img-9gag-fun.9cache.com/photo/amPXGdV_460svvp9.webm

Apparently these people from the insurrection are being put on the no fly list.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Who will win the election?
« on: January 11, 2021, 01:41:55 PM »
Shit, it ain't over yet https://abcnews.go.com/US/armed-protests-planned-50-state-capitols-fbi-bulletin/story?id=75179771
They should be out arresting these people.

Yeah in light of this I'm inclined to give the tech companies some slack in silencing these maniacs.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Who will win the election?
« on: January 11, 2021, 10:31:59 AM »
Oh fantastic.  Now I'm reading that since they had to throw social distancing out the window during the siege that all of congress probably has covid now.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Who will win the election?
« on: January 11, 2021, 10:18:20 AM »
He's still the president and networks like ratings.  Someone would pick up the phone.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Who will win the election?
« on: January 11, 2021, 10:04:04 AM »
Trump's silence is getting a little weird.  Yeah he's banned from twitter but he can call up any news network and just talk to them.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Why do you support donald trump
« on: January 11, 2021, 08:42:40 AM »
I think the question and deciding factor right now is.... where does the loyalty of the military lie, ultimately?
Here is the oath of enlistment for the US military, so you decide:
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I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.

Then again, the president swears a similar oath to defend the constitution, so the tricky bit is deciding if the president has violated his oath and has become a domestic enemy.
Right, that is the question indeed.

I think half and half. More not at this point than yes.

Pelosi tried taking away his access to the nuclear launch codes. But the media in the USA is lock step with all of this, so they wonít report on that. They're in a virtual media blackout right now about whatever is happening.

The pentagon and joint chiefs of staff have already stated their opposition to further cooperation with the president.

The launch codes story was on the news.  I'm aware of it.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Who will win the election?
« on: January 11, 2021, 08:16:33 AM »
https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/01/11/business/us-economy-coronavirus
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2021/01/10/marriott-campaign-donations-congress/

If you work for a company that has a super pac you should consider contacting whoever is in charge of it and asking them to join in.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Who will win the election?
« on: January 11, 2021, 07:33:12 AM »
I'm keeping track of the general reaction on Fox News.  This seems to have taken them off guard.  But they're quickly reassembling their propaganda machine.  They agree that trying to overthrow democracy is bad but twitter banning the people that keep trying to overthrow democracy is at least as much of a problem.

Isn't it wild that some numbnuts consider that censorship?

It isn't censorship for a private company to refuse to freely host someone's content and rhetoric which is an extreme liability to the company.

I realize it isn't censorship in the in the Constitutional sense.  Given the severity of the situation I'm glad that the tech companies did it.  It's no different than the time big tech got together and wiped out all the white supremacists and Islamic extremists.   It still sort of rubs me the wrong way though.

So Trump gets kicked off twitter etc.  I'm sort of okay with that.  They are private companies.  They can kick out anyone they want. 

Then Parler gets kicked out of the app stores of the major phone operating systems.  Hmm...

Now as of this weekend Amazon's hosting service AWS has dropped Parler.  The site doesn't exist at the moment.

So we have a situation where there are 4 or 5 companies that if they agreed to it can annihilate a person's or a group of person's ability to communicate with any modern technology.  This seems like a worrisome thing to me.  At the very least I think we have some tech monopolies that need to be broken up.  Not specifically because of this incident but it does underscore how much power they have.

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