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  1. Kalbear

    U.S. Politics- SCOTUS 2: The Election Strikes Back

    Note that while it is technically true that words are not the same thing as violence, we have a whole lot of law and case studies and legal precedent about people being provoked into violence and thus being either innocent of assault or only subject to lesser charges. The notion that violence isn't a particularly surprising answer to this sort of thing is basically ignoring all of human sociology. The other notion is that for the most part, people who espouse no violence against people who insult them tend to not have the ability to be particularly offended or worse, terrorized, by anything due to privilege. It's one thing to be called a faggot by someone; it's another to hear that word and know that it's going to result in a beating. Thus, the words can harm people in disproportionate ways, and thus it is reasonable (to me) to harm the person using those words in a proportionate way to the harm they attempted to inflict.
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    Moving Right Alolan - More Pokemon Go!

    I got my second alolan vulpix, so I'm done with Alolan eggs entirely.
  3. Kalbear

    U.S. Politics: Kraving for Kavanaugh

    I've heard this story before with Trump, and sometimes it appears to work out the way you say (like firing Mueller) and most of the time it doesn't appear to at all (like tariffs, immigration, muslim bans, 'both sides' for Nazis, G7, etc).
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    U.S. Politics: Kraving for Kavanaugh

    Sorry, going after the alt-right is not the same as going after a centrist. Try again.
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    U.S. Politics: Kraving for Kavanaugh

    I'm surprised he didn't bring up this riot too: The notion that riots occur and thus the people are intrinsically violent or their cause is unjust is, well, obviously stupid on its face.
  6. Kalbear

    U.S. Politics: Kraving for Kavanaugh

    Do you have a source for this? Because antifa has so far moved against white supremacist rallies, Milo Yiannopolis (who called for killing the press recently), and Ann Coulter (who called for outing transgendered people against their will). There are no centrists that I could find, no libertarians I could find, and no 'supporters of free speech' unless you're talking about openly racist people wanting 'peaceful ethnic cleansing' as free speech supporters. antifa is absolutely violent at times. Violence does not equal fascism.
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    U.S. Politics: Kraving for Kavanaugh

    Yes, we should definitely engage in just 'some' genocide
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    U.S. Politics: Kraving for Kavanaugh

    POTUS can veto it for a large chunk of the actual laws, and in my fantasy I'm assuming you also have a willing POTUS. I'm also not assuming you have a veto-proof congressional vote. It's a good point, and one I glossed over specifically because it's probably the hardest to do 'fairly'. The general idea is that part of the 'deal' is scheduling the retirement of the SCOTUSes in a natural way, or impeaching them if they do not choose to do it at the specific time. Or you could do it like the FDR court packing plan, and put in a new seat for every justice over a certain age who refused to retire within 6 months. Mostly, though, this would require both sides to agree to the deal and negotiate it out ahead of time, which means things like who is going to retire and when and how you count things is part of this deal. It's going to be different depending on when it's done, but if I had to do it now it'd probably look like this: Garland +Kavanaugh + another join immediately NEW POTUS term 2021: Thomas leaves, appointment 2023: Ginsburgh leaves, appointment NEW POTUS term 2025: Breyer leaves, appointment 2027: Roberts leaves, appointment NEW POTUS term 2029: Alito leaves, appointment 2031: Kagan leaves, appointment NEW POTUS term 2033: Sotomayor leaves, appointment 2035: Gorsuch leaves, appointment NEW POTUS term 2037 Kavanaugh leaves, appointment 2039 Garland leaves, appointment NEW POTUS term 2041: other leaves, appointment This follows length of time on the court, and nicely has both a conservative and liberal justice in every single pairing.
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    Vacations Destinations

    I will always recommend Costa Rica. I've been to the Caribbean, I've been to Hawaii a few times now, and I've been to Europe - but nothing compares to Costa Rica. Have you wanted to star in your own Planet Earth video? That's where you can go and do it. An ecological paradise, with a nation that supports eco-tourism and is heavily invested in the wildlife. A place that has more national parks than any other country on earth by overall size of the country. It has surf, beaches, mountains, forests, jungles, volcanoes, hot springs, rivers, lakes, and just about everything you might want. It's a bit more spendy to fly to, but it's pretty cheap when you get there. I spent 3 days hiking an international jungle reservation, and it was the single best vacation experience of my life.
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    U.S. Politics: Kraving for Kavanaugh

    Yep. This is the scary map: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_state_legislatures#/media/File:US_state_Legislature_and_Governor_Control.svg From that map there are precisely SEVEN states under full Dem control. And 16 states that are mixed. Meaning that you would need a total of only 11 more states to flip completely. Is it hard to imagine Montana, New Mexico, Louisiana, North Carolina, Virginia, Maine, Minnesota, Maryland, Alaska all going? It'd then only take Colorado, Nevada, Vermont or Pennsylvania to flip. That doesn't seem all that unrealistic to me.
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    U.S. Politics: Kraving for Kavanaugh

    If I thought for a second that Republican leadership would actually want to act in good faith at all, ever, what I would do is basically make a peace treaty with Republicans and agree to the following: Democrats would immediately get two more SCOTUS seats, one of which would be Merrick Garland. Everyone would pass a law to set the number of justices and their retirement based on their appointment time + 18 years or their leaving of their own choice or natural causes. Every POTUS term will have a nomination every 2 years thereafter, and if that seat is left vacant, that's fine. Everyone would pass a law to reintroduce pork barrel politics and earmarks. Much of the executive power would be clawed back to congress - specifically tariffs, trade, AUMF, etc. The electoral college would be abolished.
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    U.S. Politics: Kraving for Kavanaugh

    Bah, he wiped out two races, and he was right to do so.
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    U.S. Politics: Kraving for Kavanaugh

    Yep. That's the easiest. Now, seriously, which is going to happen first- 38 states with progressive leaderships, or 38 states with regressive ones? I'm pretty sure it's the latter, given that they are what, 5 states away?
  14. Kalbear

    U.S. Politics: Kraving for Kavanaugh

    Okay, let's hear it. How do you foster change? Show your work. Keep in mind that right now, congress does almost nothing save pass budgets. Congress was unable to agree even on a plan for something an entire party wanted, and then barely passed a dangerous tax cut. How do you propose to change this? How do you change the fact that an entire side of the government has effectively abdicated any semblance of checks on the executive branch, and likely with this nomination another side also has? How do you change the electoral college system? How do you change lifetime judicial appointments?
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    More Things Star Wars

    One of the problems of the prequels was that they came out in the era when cool-looking fights were all the rage. This was near the time of the Matrix and when kung fu movies were becoming back in vogue, and fight choreography mattered a whole lot. As it turns out, this is a shitty way to make anything other than something cool looking. That's great for the Matrix and fine for a movie showcasing cool fight scenes, but bad when you want your fights to actually tell a story. TESB and ROTJ did that well - while the fight choreography wasn't particularly special, the fight story was. Compare this to AotC or RotS, and it's apparent how bad it is. TPM was at least closer, with interesting stylistic pauses, but it still didn't hold the emotive candle to the rest. TFA and TLJ did, by comparison, an absurdly better job - the fights were more interesting, but more importantly they were far better at telling the story.
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