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  1. butterbumps!

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    Is Sanders well above Warren on that list, or are they more or less interchangeable for you?
  2. So is there any other way this ends but trump pardoning his loathsome family just before resigning to Pence who blanket pardons him? Like does it play out any differently whether he loses 2020 or gets impeached?
  3. Goddam that’s depressing as fuck. So is there even a chance this doesn’t end with a blanket pardon? Is it just a given this shitheel and family won’t be held accountable for anything?
  4. Would he resign in order to receive a blanket pardon from Pence? And would that even work? I know that won’t stop the crimes NY state will be bringing against him, but is that a path this asshole can take to get out from under treason or whatever this is going to turn out to be?
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    u.s. politics: sundowning on the american empire

    I realize this is getting into conspiracy territory, but a not insignificant part of me kind of thinks the broken arm is bullshit. The more I think about this, the more I’m wondering if it’s a convenient way to avoid addressing his status as a Russian asset as well as avoiding giving a response to white supremacist domestic terrorism for the next 6 weeks.
  6. What does a progressive prosecutor look like? Is the issue that makes Harris so “problematic” the fact that she’s a prosecutor in the first place? I mean the Vox explainer that was linked to I guess prove her inadequacy basically shows her record to be a mixed bag, not that she did anything particularly egregious. While I wish I lived in Warren’s America (as in, I want a pretty far left agenda), I’m kind of in love with the fact that Harris is a sharp prosecutor- for this particular election, against this administration teeming with criminal simpletons. I don’t know if she can or will actually go after prosecuting these felonious fuckwads, but the fact that it seems like she could tear it out root and stem is massively appealing to me. Also, watching her go against shitty men is enormously cathartic.
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    US Politics: A Farewell to Arms

    I don’t know if that’s necessarily true. Even just given what we know out in the open (things like Kushner wanting a private direct line to Russia, the Trump Tower deal, Fredo Jr.’s clear acceptance of a meeting for dirt on Hillary, how Trump keeps meeting with Putin without anyone but translators present, telling a foreign power to hack an opponent’s private account during a debate, etc), it’s pretty clear there’s a lot there that we should find unacceptable and probably subject to some kind of legal consequence. The problem isn’t that these assholes are “innocent” or that there’s nothing to see here. I think it’s that our laws are woefully insufficient to deal with the kind of abject venality of this family of syphillitic ulcers- this presidency seems to be exposing all the weaknesses in our laws. And not just with this Russia business, but also with all these ridiculous things that aren’t technically illegal but remarkably corrupt like self-dealing, nepotism, not presenting tax returns, cheating on taxes, and so forth. Maybe Dems should pursue that report relentlessly and start turning some of this “norm” business into law.
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    US Politics: Shutbound & Down

    I’m strongly pro Harris, but I’ve been curious about the Beto as VP angle since his loss, and increasingly like it. At least, I think I might really like it in the context of woman president/ man VP combo particularly. In addition to what’s been said, it seems like he’s good at getting young people to vote and pay attention. But I think what I might like most about him is his ability to explain things well, make issues personal without seeming like it’s torturously staged and pandering, and to reach a lot of people. There’s been a pretty strong disinformation campaign by the right for years that’s served to obfuscate basic reality about how government works, what government programs people are benefitting from, and so on. Judging by the scores of think pieces about government-supported voters continuously voting against government-support by voting Republican and such (and all those furious people who are anti Obamacare but want their ACA), it looks we’re overdue for a lesson in “what does government actually do for us.” I get the sense that not knowing about how government affects people personally makes a lot of especially young people feel like their vote is pointless so why bother. I’m thinking he might be a useful messenger to this end. And granted, he doesn’t have to be a VP to be an influential Dem messenger and leader, but being on the ticket would obviously raise the profile and keep him relevant.
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    U.S. Politics: Oh Donnie Boy, the Feds are calling...

    What’s the deal with this nude selfie Mueller obtained that’s “classified for reasons of national security”? That makes it sound like kompromat I guess. I can totally see Junior getting catfished and sending nudes to this Russian agency. Would that need to be classified for national security reasons though? Does the classified designation strongly suggest it’s someone actually in office, like trump (or pence?)
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    Makeup VI : SPFantastic

    I think it's the oxybenzone and avobenzone that usually causes burning and itching in sunscreens, and those are pretty frequently found in a ton of them, especially spf-lotion combos. I know you're looking for a combo one, but I've good luck with this straight mineral sunscreen from La Roche Posay. I layer it over a regular cream every morning. It never looks white in my experience, but if that's a concern, it also comes in a tinted formula. It kind of reminds me of the Hourglass primer in terms of consistency. (Warning-- this is the popular la roche posay suncreen everyone raves about that looks almost identical, but it's the "chemical" version containing those benzones).
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    This is my favorite breed too. I'm extremely partial to all arctic and spitz varieties.    Pit bulls and pit mixes are amongst my very favorite breeds, oddly enough.   I've never met a pit I didn't like, and they have such delightful jokester personalities.   They're always getting put up for adoption by the shelters in my area (and walking around with little "Adopt Me" vests for the lucky ones currently residing with foster families), and I get really emotional.  I wish the terrible public image of them would change, because I think they make much better pets (in terms of loyalty, trainability and obedience, personality, intelligence) than so many of the designer breeds that are much more popular (I'm super biased, admittedly--- we had rescue pits growing up).     Thanks for all the perspective on the question about loving dogs by breed.   I fall into the camp of really loving certain breeds, but also really kind of hating a few others (based on personality and behaviors, largely).   I guess I'd always thought of myself as a dog person, but it's become a lot harder for me to pretend that I don't dislike certain dogs, and it makes me feel bad, to be honest.   I'm neutral to favorable to most breeds; just that I feel strongly negative about a handful, and end up feeling really guilty about it (especially in the context where close friends and relatives of mine happen to own a few examples from my blacklisted breeds).
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    Does anyone have divergent feelings about dogs based on breeds?  I mean, does anyone find that they fiercely love certain breeds of dogs and absolutely loathe other breeds?   Or do those who identify as "dog people" love all dogs regardless of breed?
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    A Compendium of Theories v.2

    Rag's collection of Tywin essays could be added to the "analysis" section