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    Re: Mar a Largo

    The True Believers, no doubt. But the ones around the edge, not members of the cult, normal Republicans?
  2. Re: Armed man tried to breach FBI Headquarters in Ohio

    I actually think there's a chance this might have a good effect. The real danger is not a few nut jobs, but significant parts of the police or military joining a Trumpist insurrection; that's the...
  3. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    I suspect the binary distinction he's making between direct democracy (what he calls 'real' democracy) and constitutional representative democracy is part of the problem. It's a multi-dimensional...
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    Re: Socialism

    You don't even need that. The Constitution has been changed many times, the process for doing it is 'democratic' (representative democracy) in that it depends on elected representatives of the...
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    Re: Socialism

    Sorry, but words are things people make up, and they mean what people think they mean. 'Democracy', whether you like it or not, now has several overlapping meanings. 'Direct democracy' like the...
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    Re: Socialism

    Again, under our system, they are, if enough of them agree.

    It depends on whether you want to communicate effectively using the same language as most other people, or whether you want to be a...
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    Re: Socialism

    OK, so 2500 years previously, some semi-legendary examples which didn't work out so well, and probably never will for any group larger than a band of hunter-gatherers. Nothing on the planet at the...
  8. Re: 70% of Americans want state referendums on abortion.

    Only around the edges. The differences were way smaller than they appeared, mainly partly-futile attempts by conservative states to restrict abortion by being as annoying as possible.

    But a...
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    Re: Socialism

    I agree 100%. In fact, a mixture of capitalism and socialism appears to work much, much better than either alone, although we can quibble endlessly about the correct proportions.
  10. Re: 70% of Americans want state referendums on abortion.

    Well, sort of, maybe. We've been getting progressively less and less like a loose confederation for 250 years now, and federal law overriding the wishes of some of the states (very rarely the...
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    Re: Socialism

    And precisely where were these (direct, popular, unlimited) 'democracies' you describe in 1789?

    But one way or another, the reason we describe the US (and Japan, the UK, Germany, Chile, India,...
  12. Re: 70% of Americans want state referendums on abortion.

    Indeed. And if you add in rural/urban, that pretty much covers it.
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    Re: Mar a Largo

    Joe, I dunno who put together that map, but I think they may have had way too much gin before they did it

    Seriously, North Carolina and Iowa more liberal than Minnesota? New Hampshire MORE...
  14. Re: 70% of Americans want state referendums on abortion.

    All the Supreme Court did was hold that the Constitution doesn't protect legal abortion.

    Data about public attitudes here.
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  15. Re: 70% of Americans want state referendums on abortion.

    Actually, in lots of states there is definitely a way. More in the west, less in the east and south. More than you ever wanted to know here.
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    Re: Socialism

    A curious definition of the word, since every government on earth that we normally call 'democratic' does not operate that way, and recognizes some limits on its power.

    But a thought experiment: ...
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    Re: Mar a Largo

    Doesn't take much, does it? What'll they do if he gets indicted? And if he were to get caught robbing a bank, they'd support him to the death? 'I could shoot somebody on 5th Avenue . . ." ...
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    Re: Mar a Largo

    Jonathan Chait yesterday (source)
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    Re: Roe: you GO Kansas!!!

    One would think this would be obvious. Laws are based on ideas of right and wrong, which for better or worse are 'belief systems'. Even the basic principle that you shouldn't harm others . . . ...
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    Re: Happy birthday to Ian McColgin…

    Happy Birthday!
  21. Re: Which EVs Will Qualify for the New Electric Vehicle Tax Credit? It’s Complicated.

    Alas, when roads are funded by a tax on gasoline, that actually makes sense.
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    Re: Mar a Largo

    If he's barred form elected office, I think there's a fair chance that in 20 years the Republicans will say that was what saved their party.
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    Re: Mar a Largo

    A lighter note.

    'I like 'Presidential Cosplay' - although it also has elements of the traditional madman dressing up as Napoleon. Cosplayers don't really think they're anime characters.
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    Re: Roe: you GO Kansas!!!

    Likely right. Some of that probably, and retaining old-time social norms about gender roles.
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    Re: Roe: you GO Kansas!!!

    This is mostly mistaken, (and that very partial quote doesn't even come close to demonstrating the point.) Again, while I disagree entirely with those who want to make abortion illegal, 'controlling...
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    Re: Dick Cheney

    We're all wrong about some things, right about others. This time, he got it right. If making that video helps, good for him.
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    Re: Roe: you GO Kansas!!!

    Fortunately, they haven't tried to enact that one into law.
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    Re: Happy birthday to Katherine…

    Happy birthday!
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    Re: Roe: you GO Kansas!!!

    The real hard-core anti-abortion folks consider it abortion, and want to ban it. Really. One step away from 'every sperm is sacred'.
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    Re: Roe: you GO Kansas!!!

    Decourcy's not being silly, he's just defining two ends of a continuum. While some folks might think that a fertilized egg is the moral equivalent of a child and deserves the same legal protection,...
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    Re: Touching the 3rd Rail?

    Means testing Social Security isn't worth the trouble. The number of bazillionaires is small, the amount they receive a miniscule proportion of the whole. Raising the max income for SS tax and...
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    Re: Karen, Your Entitlement Is Showing

    The one in #38 is halfway plausible, in Berkley, anyway. I'd bet the original is a parody.
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    Re: Roe: you GO Kansas!!!

    Which is precisely Tom's point; those who oppose abortion are convinced that the fetus is a human being worthy of legal protection.
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    Re: Karen, Your Entitlement Is Showing

    Jesus T. Christ. :rolleyes:

    It almost seems like a parody.
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    Re: Roe: you GO Kansas!!!

    OK, maybe it's 50 years out, not ten or 20. Never said it was easy; the point is the same.
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    Re: Bad Ju-Ju Much?

    Geez guys, they kept the part with all the information. The rest of it is just rocks.

    But no, I wouldn't want to buy the house either; too weird.
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    Re: Roe: you GO Kansas!!!

    'Viable outside mom' depends on the level of technology. It's not that far from where we are now, to being able to grow a fertilized egg into a baby in a completely artificial environment. Even...
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    Re: Trump is Toast

    We have about four, actually, although our system compresses them into two. We have the left (center-left most other places, but I'm using the US scale) Bernie Sanders and the like, and centrists...
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    Re: Socialism

    Definitely vestigial. Vestigial is not at all a bad thing.
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    Re: Joe Manchin III

    Sorry, just a typo. Fixed it.
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    Re: Roe: you GO Kansas!!!

    While I'm 100% in agreement with Tom that this is indeed a real moral question, I don't think 'alive' and 'not alive' is the important distinction. Pretty much everything we eat was once alive. ...
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    That takes skill.
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    Re: Joe Manchin III

    I'm developing a serious dislike of Mr Sinema. Seriously, making her support contingent on preserving the goddamn carried interest loophole? OTOH, they replaced it with a tax on stock buybacks, a...
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    Re: Alex Jones' bad day

    Yet.

    I'd bet that in Mr Jones's case, it's genuine mental illness, some variety of sociopathy / personality disorder, where he genuinely doesn't know the difference between truth and lies, at...
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    Re: Trump is Toast

    Too cynical by a factor of about 5, again. There certainly appear to be some in the federal government who are determined to defend Mr Trump, and hide evidence of his wrongdoing as best they can. ...
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    Re: Socialism

    Guys, I was being sarcastic! 76 posts later, you appear to have taken it as an instruction! :rolleyes:
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    Re: Roe: you GO Kansas!!!

    While I agree with the voters of Kansas and applaud their decision, 'the states get to decide' applies only to things that are optional, not basic human rights. The states get to decide on zoning...
  48. Re: Conservatives vs. KKK: Spot the Difference | The Daily Show

    Who's this 'we'? But indeed,, some of us have. It isn;t just Trump, although he pushed it farther by normalizing unapologetic assholery. He's just one more step in something that's been going on...
  49. Re: Conservatives vs. KKK: Spot the Difference | The Daily Show

    There have been several iterations of the KKK. The one in the early 20th century was quite mainstream, and had several million members in the midwest as well as the south. They were very strongly...
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    Re: Roe: you GO Kansas!!!

    Sincerity and $2.50 won't even get you a tall latte at Starbucks anymore.
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