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  1. Trump filing in suit against Twitter compares former president to Galileo “Most people once believed these to be crackpot ideas; many still do. But crackpot ideas sometimes turn out to be true," Trump's lawyers argued to a federal appeals court. https://www.politico.com/news/2022/11/14/new-trump-suit-against-twitter-compares-former-president-to-galileo-00066802
  2. And that right there explains the value of the Twitter brand. And it retains some of that value even as Musk takes a watery stool on it. I guess the question is can the world's richest man destroy the Twitter brand by doing everything in his power to dismantle it? (While thinking he's making it better) I do think there's a good chance Musk eventually sells it. Also, completely destroying Twitter is probably the one thing to most likely lead to another platform rising to replace it. It seems an unlikely result for it to not only be gone, but not replaced. Are politicians going to return to Facebook or WAPO editorials?
  3. Well, Chris Christie is running. So pretty delusional. But then there was plenty of delusional Democrats last time, too. The problem is Republican candidates already invested in their delusion.
  4. I wouldn't count on the Trump fever breaking among Trump voters. I get the idea that him being a huge f'ing loser might wake some of them up. I thought the same thing and repeatedly found out no, they love a big loser as long as they pretend the loss didn't happen. Maybe it'll break in 2028 or something, but it's impossible to predict and predictions that it's about to end usually end up being wrong. And because it won't break he's probably going to win the primary. Especially if it's crowded. The main chance it won't go to a Trump win is if the party mavens actively force removals of candidates so that a united front can be brought against Trump.
  5. Not to mention the contant skimping on guardrails.
  6. The Republican party has become the Heaven's Gate cult. As long as you are in it you should not complain that bad decisions are being made. Opinion | Trump Is a Bust for Republicans The party’s midterm disappointment is a spectacular reminder that Trump is a drag on the GOP. https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2022/11/10/trump-bust-republicans-00066208
  7. I'm not sure why you would actually leave, if you like Twitter. It's completely free to wait around. It's also free to step away from it for 2 years, ignore all news about it that doesn't leap into your face, then look around. Now, there is a moral decision on if you put a single cent into paying Musk. I would be loathe to do that. Especially after Musk's recent call for people to vote Republican before the election. I'm not a Twitter user though, so I'm glad I don't have to make that decision. It's quite possible though Musk eventually leaves his new toy and the Twitter brand survives, somewhat busted up.
  8. Serkis anyway sees him as a union leader. Andy Serkis teases details about his new Andor character Kino Loy https://finance.yahoo.com/news/andy-serkis-teases-details-andor-044451527.html
  9. Nope. Everything must be exactly as it was in 1865. That's why Clarence Thomas wants to take away everyone's rubbers and make them use goatskin.
  10. It would seem quality candidates would have served Republicans better than a bunch of fake polls showing you have already won and a bunch of election deniers.
  11. It looks like Kim Schrier is winning to hold her seat in Washington's 8th, but it's not called yet. She was my rep last time, but I can't vote for her now as I moved out of the district. There was a lot of media talk here that Schrier would lose and that has not happened (Also lots of even stupider chatter that Patty Murray would lose the senate seat, and of course that didn't happen) And a real surprise, Perez has a slight lead in Washington's 3rd. That could still go either way though.
  12. South Dakota votes to expand Medicaid https://www.politico.com/news/2022/11/09/south-dakota-expand-medicaid-health-care-coverage-midterms-00065911
  13. Outcry as Republican Nikki Haley says Raphael Warnock should be ‘deported’ Comments from former South Carolina governor and UN envoy, seen as a potential 2024 candidate, draw widespread criticism https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/nov/07/republican-nikki-haley-raphael-warnock-deported
  14. Even if you want to see U.S. prisoners severely punished (which I don't agree with) U.S. prisons are already horrible. If that's the mission, then mission is accomplished. There's a growing trend, often in conservatives states of charging and over-charging for all sorts of needed things like toothpaste and phone-calls. Charging them rent for their cell is another growing trend. All This combines with ultra-low wages to make prisoner's lives truly miserable. And while the victims of crimes are often used as the reason to punish prisoners ever-more harshly, the American conservatives pushing for all this have ulterior motives. Both racism and an ideology of punishing any mistakes to the maximum. (This extends outside the prisons, so if someone can't pay the rent, well fuck that person, throw them into the streets. And then criminalize being in the streets and get that person into the prisons)
  15. Exclusive: DOJ mulling potential special counsel if Trump runs in 2024 https://www.cnn.com/2022/11/03/politics/doj-trump-investigation-expansion-special-counsel/index.html
  16. Clarence did vow revenge on liberals. People thought this meant something like overturning Roe. Apparently that isn't enough revenge for him and he won't stop until an American Putin is put into power. He's deranged and has lost it every bit as much as the guy that put his feet up on Pelosi's desk.
  17. Trump fled on a jet airplaine like the coward he is.
  18. As Election Day approaches, Trump-DeSantis 2024 rivalry seeps into the public https://www.cnn.com/2022/10/30/politics/donald-trump-ron-desantis-2024-rivalry/index.html
  19. Also on the ballot, Oregon is trying to make healthcare a human right. Which if it passes this will probably spread to Washington and California. A local Republican leader complained that it contains no funding for healthcare. So I imagine he is getting on with funding it.
  20. Live by the hammer and you get nailed. Live by the cock...
  21. Yep. Another suicide bomber sent out by Republicans to do the dirty work.
  22. On Musk/Twitter I'd just wait to see how it plays out over months. Because the man just utters bullshit constantly. He's promised both free speech and recently not to turn Twitter into a hellscape. In other words he's promised puppies and candy and sunshine for 100 percent of America.
  23. Took this from the canon page. I'm glad this article calls out Princess Leia for her speciesism in calling Chewbacca a walking carpet. Speciesism https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Xenophobia Effects on aliens Bodach'i slaves on Kerev Doi The Rebellion's response Rebel Alliance poster highlighting the plight of the Wookiees
  24. The Empire isn't a monolith and also has hypocrisy. But that doesn't mean the alien racism isn't there and present in their systems of rewards/punishments. It's been a long time since I read the Timothy Zahn books, but I'm pretty sure this was addressed in regards to Thrawn. His presence as a high level alien officer of the Empire was pretty damn conspicuous. Thrawn might even pop up in this series. I haven't heard anything, but I think it's possible.
  25. A lens of empathy’: disability advocates on John Fetterman and leadership https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/oct/27/john-fetterman-senate-debate-disability-advocates
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