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  1. Comment on Howard Stern considers running for President to overturn Supreme Court: ‘I’m not f—ing around’ in ~news

  2. Comment on Howard Stern considers running for President to overturn Supreme Court: ‘I’m not f—ing around’ in ~news

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    Yes, but having one individual hammer home one issue can change the entire party. Look at the effect Bernie had, and he was all over the place.

    Yes, but having one individual hammer home one issue can change the entire party. Look at the effect Bernie had, and he was all over the place.

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  3. Comment on Howard Stern considers running for President to overturn Supreme Court: ‘I’m not f—ing around’ in ~news

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    I can't imagine the current Democratic leadership would remain elected much longer if they blocked the one issue their president was elected for?

    I can't imagine the current Democratic leadership would remain elected much longer if they blocked the one issue their president was elected for?

  4. Comment on Howard Stern considers running for President to overturn Supreme Court: ‘I’m not f—ing around’ in ~news

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    You could make the same argument around healthcare or environmental legislation or most other presidential platforms. The president can't unilaterally change the constitution, but the president...

    You could make the same argument around healthcare or environmental legislation or most other presidential platforms.

    The president can't unilaterally change the constitution, but the president can focus his party on the one issue deemed most urgent.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Howard Stern considers running for President to overturn Supreme Court: ‘I’m not f—ing around’ in ~news

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    I fully support this platform.

    “The problem with most presidents is they have too big of an agenda. The only agenda I would have is to make the country fair again.”

    “The only reason I would run and I start — I went into a long-winded speech over the weekend to Robin about how I am going to do the very simple thing that’ll set the country straight: One vote, one person, no more of this Electoral College, I’m getting rid of it. And then Robin said, ‘Well, can you do that as president?’ And I said, ‘I don’t know, let’s find out!’”

    “The other thing is, if I do run for president, and I’m not fucking around, I’m really thinking about it, because the only other thing I’m going to do is appoint five more Supreme Court justices,” Stern added. “I’m not afraid to do it. As soon as I become president, you’re gonna get five new Supreme Court justices that are going to overturn all this bullshit.”

    I fully support this platform.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Howard Stern considers running for President to overturn Supreme Court: ‘I’m not f—ing around’ in ~news

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    You don't think the executive branch ran reasonably well on auto pilot under Trump until COVID hit? When you think of the most effective leaders, those who had the greatest impact both good and...

    You don't think the executive branch ran reasonably well on auto pilot under Trump until COVID hit?

    When you think of the most effective leaders, those who had the greatest impact both good and bad, did they make highly effective executive decisions, or did they unite hearts and minds towards a single impactful cause?

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Abortion bans are going to hit us worse than we think in ~talk

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    I'm expecting increase in maternal mortality, increase in septic abortion, increase in foster care, increase in child hunger, and slight increase in child trafficking. I think long term, you end...

    I'm expecting increase in maternal mortality, increase in septic abortion, increase in foster care, increase in child hunger, and slight increase in child trafficking.

    I think long term, you end up with a larger pool of people who either need gainful or ungainful employment, short term I understand what you are saying, but the effect might be negligible, depending on how easy it is to get pills mailed. Actually, now that I think about it, we are definitely going to see an increase in bullshit legal cases.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on What is something you have changed your mind about in the last year? in ~talk

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    Its fucking fantastic. On a completely unrelated note, I realized this year that I happily watch any movie with a professional assassin in the lead. It doesn’t matter how bad it is. I will watch...

    Its fucking fantastic.

    On a completely unrelated note, I realized this year that I happily watch any movie with a professional assassin in the lead. It doesn’t matter how bad it is. I will watch it until the end.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on A Modest Proposal: for preventing the children of poor people in Ireland, from being a burden on their parents or country, and for making them beneficial to the publick (1729) in ~humanities

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    Ahhhhhh. But what the illustrious J Swift failed to realize, is that if you force mothers and the State to bear the burden now, you will have a plentiful labor force willing to work for...

    Ahhhhhh.

    But what the illustrious J Swift failed to realize, is that if you force mothers and the State to bear the burden now, you will have a plentiful labor force willing to work for sustainance wages in just 16-18 short years.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on What is something you have changed your mind about in the last year? in ~talk

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    That I have a rational basis for my strongly held ethical opinions.

    That I have a rational basis for my strongly held ethical opinions.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on What is something you have changed your mind about in the last year? in ~talk

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    Have you watched The Boys? It takes the tired old trope of the indestructible Superman battling smarter villains. And inverts it. It’s not going for realism, but it has plot, dialogue and character.

    Have you watched The Boys? It takes the tired old trope of the indestructible Superman battling smarter villains. And inverts it. It’s not going for realism, but it has plot, dialogue and character.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Is the era of cheap money over? in ~finance

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    Is the Era of Cheap Money Over? No, according to Paul Krugman. There is an interesting but wonkish fed paper on the natural rate (r-star) lowering over time presumably due to "secular stagnation."...

    Is the Era of Cheap Money Over?

    No, according to Paul Krugman.

    There is an interesting but wonkish fed paper on the natural rate (r-star) lowering over time presumably due to "secular stagnation."

    The current natural rate has recently gone negative... which seems, ummm, not exactly natural? But I haven't seen any respected economists publish anything on this yet.

    Bored Ape NFT's to the moon here we come?

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Oscar-nominated Umbrella Academy star Elliot Page announces he is transgender in ~lgbt

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    The new Umbrella Academy is out now, and his character transitions in the show as well, in a very low key manner.

    The new Umbrella Academy is out now, and his character transitions in the show as well, in a very low key manner.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade; states can ban abortion in ~news

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    No taxation without representation.

    No taxation without representation.

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  15. Comment on Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade; states can ban abortion in ~news

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    Josh Hawley says abortion ruling will push people to move states, strengthening the GOP He predicted that people will base where they live on whether abortion is allowed and that the decision will...

    Josh Hawley says abortion ruling will push people to move states, strengthening the GOP

    He predicted that people will base where they live on whether abortion is allowed and that the decision will end up redrawing demographic lines across the country.

    “I would predict that the effect is going to be that more and more red states are going to become more red, purple states are going to become red and the blue states are going to get a lot bluer,” Hawley said. “And I would look for Republicans as a result of this to extend their strength in the Electoral College. And that’s very good news.”

    12 votes
  16. Comment on Movie recommendation: Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes in ~movies

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    It's very much like One Cut of the Dead in that regards. I guess I should have put that in my review. If you disliked One Cut of the Dead, don't bother.

    It's very much like One Cut of the Dead in that regards.

    I guess I should have put that in my review.

    If you disliked One Cut of the Dead, don't bother.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Movie recommendation: Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes in ~movies

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    Thanks for watching the tedious bits! I'm sorry you didn't love it! The middle bits were complex from a storyline perspective, but raised some interesting timeline questions (pre-destination vs...

    Thanks for watching the tedious bits!

    I'm sorry you didn't love it!

    The middle bits were complex from a storyline perspective, but raised some interesting timeline questions (pre-destination vs paradoxes), and were impressive purely from a technical perspective. They used an incredibly small hand held camera plugged into a smart phone. They used a single continuous take(s). Everything we saw on the TV screens looked live but were pre-recorded and played as recordings (not digitally edited in afterwards.)

    To appreciate how much effort went into this, watch the end credits, where they showed how they made it with single continuous shots. This was all shot from 6pm to 6am over the span of a week. Because that is when the cafe was closed.

    Spoiler timeline questions

    While the tedious parts were tedious, they drove home the point that the actors were predestined down a certain path. The cafe owner lied to himself in order to avoid a paradox. The bad guys only crossed the camera when no one was looking.... Until the twist at the end. The tedious part was a setup for the twist at the end. Was the tedium worth the twist? If you are after pure entertainment value, probably not. But it's frankly amazing for something practically shot on an iPhone. I am looking forward to the directors next film TBH.

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  18. Comment on Movie recommendation: Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes in ~movies

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    Did you watch the end credits, where they showed how they made it with single continuous shots? That blew my mind tbh.

    Did you watch the end credits, where they showed how they made it with single continuous shots? That blew my mind tbh.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade; states can ban abortion in ~news

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    SCOTUS is bullshit, but legally speaking your argument isn't great. The court has precedent to overthrow precedent, such as segregation. Roe vs Wade was based on the right to privacy, which was...

    SCOTUS is bullshit, but legally speaking your argument isn't great.

    The court has precedent to overthrow precedent, such as segregation. Roe vs Wade was based on the right to privacy, which was always a weak argument.

    What is bullshit is the clear partisan lean of the supreme court, based largely on presidents who lost the popular vote. There are significantly weaker arguments that the conservative court is happy to leave standing as they benefit one political party, such as Citizens United, Bush v Gore etc...

    The supreme court biggest bullshit ruling this year was overruling state courts interpretation of state constitutions and simply saying let the illegal gerrymandered district lines remain, effectively allowing states lawmakers to gerrymander as they see fit.

    This is on top of a ruling that nullifies federal lawmakers ability to protect voting rights. Because they ruled the Voting Rights Act no longer applies to any jurisdictions. Effectively allowing states lawmakers to overrule federal lawmakers when it comes to federal voting rights.

    It's a naked power grab by lifetime appointees.

    And it means all unpopular & harmful state laws have no hope of being over ruled by any oversight, for as long as they continue to benefit one political party.

    15 votes