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Re: Bear Pit: now the sole domicile of politics at LuLa
« Reply #14160 on: April 03, 2022, 03:06:33 pm »

If you feel the need to read something intelligent, try Enlightenment 2.0 by Joseph Heath. He’s a U of T philosophy prof who writes and thinks a lot about political philosophy. I have mentioned this work before but am re-reading it again and the relevance to today's political discourse could not be more relevant.

If you’ve ever wondered how people can be suckered in by cults of various kinds, especially political ones, it will do you good to read this. Very intriguing insights that would never have occurred to me on my own. My analysis usually stops at, “They’re morons,” which is not very instructive. As he points out, and many others have before, cooperating in large numbers goes against our human evolutionary make-up, so we have to use reason to construct large societies with institutions that take the place of our faulty "gut feel", and that’s hard work. Tearing down institutions willy-nilly is a mistake. One the old sayings he bring up is that before you take down a fence, it's best to figure out why it was built.

It’s not a light read and it's not short, but it's worth it. And as I am reading it, I think that social media is exactly the wrong place (obvious by now) to have useful conversations. The way it is constructed it actually works to tear down the very institutions that keep us from the void. We should fix that. He makes the point that societies don’t fall down into law and order, they fall down into barbarism by default, unless deliberate action is taken.
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Re: Bear Pit: now the sole domicile of politics at LuLa
« Reply #14161 on: April 05, 2022, 03:06:22 pm »

Another Trump admin official was accused of voting irregularity...
Matt Mowers voted in one 2016 primary, moved, re-registered, and then voted again in another primary in the same election cycle. That’s not allowed.
https://apnews.com/article/2022-midterm-elections-chris-christie-new-jersey-new-hampshire-congress-734e2b2722c66883eab85bfca96fbc8c
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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A former Trump administration official now running for Congress in New Hampshire voted twice during the 2016 primary election season, potentially violating federal voting law and leaving him at odds with the Republican Party’s intense focus on “election integrity.”

Matt Mowers, a leading Republican primary candidate looking to unseat Democratic Rep. Chris Pappas, cast an absentee ballot in New Hampshire’s 2016 presidential primary, voting records show. At the time, Mowers served as the director of former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s presidential campaign in the pivotal early voting state.
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Re: Bear Pit: now the sole domicile of politics at LuLa
« Reply #14162 on: April 06, 2022, 12:28:46 pm »

TDS on display (again).
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Re: Bear Pit: now the sole domicile of politics at LuLa
« Reply #14164 on: April 06, 2022, 12:53:37 pm »

Yes, more of the same.
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« Reply #14165 on: April 06, 2022, 01:02:49 pm »

Yes, more of the same.
Stupidity and carpet poops, yes. 💩
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« Reply #14166 on: April 06, 2022, 01:23:34 pm »

And still more...
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Re: Bear Pit: now the sole domicile of politics at LuLa
« Reply #14168 on: April 06, 2022, 04:24:52 pm »

Another Trump admin official was accused of voting irregularity...
Matt Mowers voted in one 2016 primary, moved, re-registered, and then voted again in another primary in the same election cycle. That’s not allowed.
https://apnews.com/article/2022-midterm-elections-chris-christie-new-jersey-new-hampshire-congress-734e2b2722c66883eab85bfca96fbc8c

It's not clear whether that is illegal or just fishy. What *is* illegal is registering using an address where you have never even visited let alone stayed, as our dear benighted Mark Meadows has done. Ex-NC congressman and Trump chief of staff.
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Re: Bear Pit: now the sole domicile of politics at LuLa
« Reply #14169 on: April 06, 2022, 05:02:05 pm »

It's not clear whether that is illegal or just fishy. What *is* illegal is registering using an address where you have never even visited let alone stayed, as our dear benighted Mark Meadows has done. Ex-NC congressman and Trump chief of staff.
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Legal experts say Mowers’ actions could violate a federal law that prohibits “voting more than once” in “any general, special, or primary election.” That includes casting a ballot in separate jurisdictions “for an election to the same candidacy or office.”
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Re: Bear Pit: now the sole domicile of politics at LuLa
« Reply #14170 on: April 07, 2022, 09:57:32 am »

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« Reply #14171 on: April 07, 2022, 07:30:14 pm »

TDS on display (again).

You're a well trained parrot. Here's a cracker.
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Re: Bear Pit: now the sole domicile of politics at LuLa
« Reply #14172 on: April 10, 2022, 11:55:27 am »

Anyone who relies on Fox news for anything more than chuckles really needs to read this.

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/fox-news-study-comparing-fox-cnn-highlights-cable-tvs-harm-rcna23620
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Re: Bear Pit: now the sole domicile of politics at LuLa
« Reply #14173 on: April 10, 2022, 12:06:07 pm »

Anyone who relies on Fox news for anything more than chuckles really needs to read this.

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/fox-news-study-comparing-fox-cnn-highlights-cable-tvs-harm-rcna23620
If only......  ;D
Fox that attacked lawmaker and others on Capitol Hill euthanized, tests positive for rabies
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2022/04/07/fox-capitol-hill-rabies-euthanized/9494346002/
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Re: Bear Pit: now the sole domicile of politics at LuLa
« Reply #14174 on: April 10, 2022, 09:14:08 pm »

The theme of the third season of Michael Lewis's podcast Against the Rules is about Experts. I've listened to the first two, very interesting as usual.

The episode titled Six Levels Down concerns the complications of US Health Care and what one company had to do to build a technology platform to handle it properly.

Blurb from landing page: Athenahealth was just another healthcare provider facing the biggest problem US doctors face: not treating patients, but getting insurance companies to pay their bills. But then the company figured out how to fix the problem, by recognizing an overlooked expert toiling in the hospital basement.

So many crazy things in the story, https://www.pushkin.fm/episode/six-levels-down/.
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« Reply #14175 on: April 13, 2022, 10:18:51 pm »

It's not clear whether that is illegal or just fishy. What *is* illegal is registering using an address where you have never even visited let alone stayed, as our dear benighted Mark Meadows has done. Ex-NC congressman and Trump chief of staff.
Well a week later we now see:
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Mark Meadows removed from North Carolina voter rolls amid state investigation into voter fraud allegations
Mark Meadows was removed from the North Carolina voter rolls this week, as the state investigation into allegations that the former Trump chief of staff committed voter fraud continues.

Last month, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation confirmed to CNN that its special investigations unit was investigating allegations that Mark Meadows registered to vote in 2020 at a home where he never resided. The investigation is being carried out in conjunction with the North Carolina State Board of Elections.
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« Reply #14176 on: April 20, 2022, 10:15:21 pm »

I'm just sitting here stunned to silence after watching Colbert make fun of Tucker Carlson's "testicle tanning" video. Tucker's shite is allowed to be broadcast but people freak out if they see a bared nipple. 
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« Reply #14177 on: April 21, 2022, 12:59:19 pm »

When a 'loss' is a real win:
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Former President Donald Trump’s campaign has been ordered to pay more than $1.3 million in legal fees to former “Apprentice” star Omarosa Manigault Newman after launching a failed lawsuit over her book detailing her time as a White House adviser, her lawyers have said.
Manigault Newman's attorney John M. Phillips welcomed the award in a statement on Wednesday, saying it was “the largest known attorney fee award against a Political Campaign or President we can find.
Meanwhile, the party that used to tell us (Republican economic policies focus on what's good for businesses and investors.
https://www.thebalance.com/do-republican-economic-policies-work-4129139):
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Yesterday, the Florida Senate voted to revoke special benefits that, since the 1960s, have given Disney the ability to essentially self-govern a vast area around its Disney World theme park and issue tax-free municipal bonds. The state’s House, which like its Senate is led by Republicans, is expected to vote for the measure today.
"Democracies cannot dispense with hypocrisy any more than dictatorships can with cynicism".   -Georges Bernanos
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« Reply #14178 on: April 21, 2022, 05:57:24 pm »

When a 'loss' is a real win:Meanwhile, the party that used to tell us (Republican economic policies focus on what's good for businesses and investors.
https://www.thebalance.com/do-republican-economic-policies-work-4129139):"Democracies cannot dispense with hypocrisy any more than dictatorships can with cynicism".   -Georges Bernanos

So the removal of the special tax status seems to be related to Disney's opposition to the new Florida "gay" law. That's really interesting. Is that an ok thing now, punishing companies (or individuals) for disagreeing with who is in power? How very Soviet.

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« Reply #14179 on: April 22, 2022, 07:22:14 pm »

Well a week later we now see:
Now 2 weeks later:
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Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows was simultaneously registered to vote in three states ― North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina, according to records obtained by The Washington Post’s Fact Checker.
The ex-Trump aide was removed from voter rolls in North Carolina earlier this month while he is being investigated by state election officials for possible voter fraud. Meadows, who represented the state in the House before his time in Donald Trump’s White House, was registered to vote using an address where he reportedly never lived.
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Like his former boss, Meadows constantly talked up “election integrity” and the threat of purported voter fraud during the 2020 presidential campaign and after Trump’s defeat. There has been no significant evidence of either, despite Trump’s continued insistence that he won.
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