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  1. Comment on US judge dismisses classified documents case against Donald Trump (gifted link) in ~news

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    Certain circles of the evangelical right believe America is slipping into a modern-day Sodom and Gomorrah; and that it is their duty to correct it. They believe that the folks living in sin...

    Certain circles of the evangelical right believe America is slipping into a modern-day Sodom and Gomorrah; and that it is their duty to correct it. They believe that the folks living in sin (queers, loose women, non-Christians, and among some, race-mixers) are destined to eternal damnation in hell should they not repent or have an intervention. Some also believe that God will punish them for not doing more. They believe that extreme measures are necessary to save America from decadence (even if it comes from a sinner). In their mind, this is their last chance to do so, as they’ve seen America slipping for decades now.

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  2. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of July 15 in ~news

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    Honestly, a lot of the GOP Old Guard many of us think of is gone. Only 21.4% of Representatives were elected before 2010 (the Tea Party Wave), and less than 5% before 1994 (The Republican...

    Honestly, a lot of the GOP Old Guard many of us think of is gone. Only 21.4% of Representatives were elected before 2010 (the Tea Party Wave), and less than 5% before 1994 (The Republican Revolution). The Tea Party is the Old Guard now. Most of the Reaganites and Eastern Establishment folks are long gone.

    5 votes
  3. Comment on US judge dismisses classified documents case against Donald Trump (gifted link) in ~news

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    The U.S. Constitution was one of the earliest written constitutions. It was, in many ways, a good effort for the time. But it was written well before the modern social welfare and regulatory...

    The U.S. Constitution was one of the earliest written constitutions. It was, in many ways, a good effort for the time. But it was written well before the modern social welfare and regulatory states.

    The reality though is that inherent in all constitutions is a certain degree of norms and trust. You can only codify so much. Legislative branches don’t have a military or police force that can enforce decisions against a head of state/government, they rely on the norms of not trying a self-coup, of the military and law enforcement disobeying unlawful orders, and of popular will to resist. Ditto for judicial branches.

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  4. Comment on u/RNG investigates bitcoin town in ~health

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    I’d say more exurban, especially the side next to the mining equipment. There’s houses less than 300 feet from the nearest module.

    I’d say more exurban, especially the side next to the mining equipment. There’s houses less than 300 feet from the nearest module.

    8 votes
  5. Comment on It seems to me that movie studios, production and distribution companies are to blame for the decrease in attendance in movie theatres in ~movies

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    Live theater has existed for thousands of years, and yet today many Americans can count the number of times they’ve been to a play, musical, or opera on one hand. It wouldn’t surprise me if...

    Live theater has existed for thousands of years, and yet today many Americans can count the number of times they’ve been to a play, musical, or opera on one hand. It wouldn’t surprise me if movies, in 100 years, were something the average person went to 0-1 times per year, and only diehard fans would go more than a couple times per year.

    9 votes
  6. Comment on A handful of US grocery stores now have ammo vending machines in ~news

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    It’s reasonably common if it’s a family heirloom piece that they don’t intend to shoot with. Often those tend to require less-common calibers of ammunition, which these vending machines wouldn’t have.

    It’s reasonably common if it’s a family heirloom piece that they don’t intend to shoot with. Often those tend to require less-common calibers of ammunition, which these vending machines wouldn’t have.

    5 votes
  7. Comment on Donald Trump loathes our laws, puts self over country, and is dangerous for America. He is fully unfit to lead, writes the editorial board. (gifted link) in ~misc

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    Vote floor = minimum number of votes a party/candidate will always get. Vote ceiling = maximum number of votes a party or candidate can get. Trump has a high floor but low ceiling. Dems have a...

    Vote floor = minimum number of votes a party/candidate will always get.

    Vote ceiling = maximum number of votes a party or candidate can get.

    Trump has a high floor but low ceiling. Dems have a high(ish) ceiling, but a lower floor.

    23 votes
  8. Comment on Redbox owner (Chicken Soup For The Soul) to liquidate in Chapter 7 bankruptcy shift; workforce of 1,000 to be let go and 24,000 kiosks shut down, lawyer says in ~movies

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    What others? Family Video was the last major chain, and they closed their stores in 2021. As far as I can see, the remaining video stores are niche specialty stores in urban areas (e.g., Scarecrow...

    What others? Family Video was the last major chain, and they closed their stores in 2021. As far as I can see, the remaining video stores are niche specialty stores in urban areas (e.g., Scarecrow Video in Seattle), not in rural areas with bad internet.

    13 votes
  9. Comment on James Carville: Joe Biden won’t win. Democrats need a plan. Here’s one. (gifted link) in ~misc

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    Allan Lichtman has received some criticism for his methodology, in particular, the changing from claiming the keys predicted a popular vote win to claiming they predicted an election win.

    Allan Lichtman has received some criticism for his methodology, in particular, the changing from claiming the keys predicted a popular vote win to claiming they predicted an election win.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Parental union dissolution and the gender revolution – how divorce is boosting gender equality in Sweden in ~life

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    @Gowestyoungman is one of Tildes’ few (only?) social conservatives. So it isn’t surprising their views trend in an essentialist direction. That said, I wouldn’t be surprised if we find out in the...

    @Gowestyoungman is one of Tildes’ few (only?) social conservatives. So it isn’t surprising their views trend in an essentialist direction.

    That said, I wouldn’t be surprised if we find out in the next few decades that skin-to-skin post-natal contact is important for long-term development. There’s a lot of work happening with epigenetics and gut microbiota that would be relevant/related here.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on Texas congressman becomes first House Democrat to call on Joe Biden to withdraw in ~news

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    He’s a senator in a state that may not elect a Democrat if he leaves. That’s a very compelling reason against having him as a presidential/VP candidate.

    He’s a senator in a state that may not elect a Democrat if he leaves. That’s a very compelling reason against having him as a presidential/VP candidate.

    7 votes
  12. Comment on Denmark's plan to eliminate parallel societies has drawn criticism as ethnic discrimination. Others in Europe may be watching. in ~life

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    Then ultimately European immigration is bound to fail, as the (I’ll be nice and say heavy-handed) emphasis on integration will result in significant alienation from European society at large. In...

    Then ultimately European immigration is bound to fail, as the (I’ll be nice and say heavy-handed) emphasis on integration will result in significant alienation from European society at large. In any case, the ethnic enclaves in American cities are much looser than in Europe, or even in the United States 100 years ago.

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  13. Comment on Denmark's plan to eliminate parallel societies has drawn criticism as ethnic discrimination. Others in Europe may be watching. in ~life

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    I suspect the real answer is “not be European”. The United States has much less of an issue of parallel societies because, nominally, anyone can be an American, even if you are fresh off the...

    I suspect the real answer is “not be European”. The United States has much less of an issue of parallel societies because, nominally, anyone can be an American, even if you are fresh off the boat/plane. The same doesn’t seem to be true for most European countries. You could be a third-generation immigrant, and still be considered not Danish/French/Italian. If you don’t consider even those who’ve made an effort to be European, European, then what point is there in integrating?

    A potential secondary point to examine would be the median incomes of identical cohorts in Denmark versus the United States. Middle Eastern immigrants to the United States trend wealthier, and poverty and crime are strong correlates.

    17 votes
  14. Comment on Japan's mini kei truck sales surge in US despite safety concerns in ~transport

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    The GP has mentioned they were using a Ram Promaster van.

    The GP has mentioned they were using a Ram Promaster van.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Japan's mini kei truck sales surge in US despite safety concerns in ~transport

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    What do you suggest they use instead of a van (which is what I see people suggest using instead of a pickup truck)?

    What do you suggest they use instead of a van (which is what I see people suggest using instead of a pickup truck)?

    9 votes
  16. Comment on Weekly thread for casual chat and photos of pets in ~life.pets

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    He looks like he’s tripping balls in that last pic! Wishing him a speedy recovery!

    He looks like he’s tripping balls in that last pic! Wishing him a speedy recovery!

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  17. Comment on The US Supreme Court weakens federal regulators, overturning decades-old Chevron decision in ~misc

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    The discussion I’ve seen from some court watchers is that we would likely go back to the standards in Skidmore v Swift (1944), which determines the amount of deference based on: The thoroughness...

    The discussion I’ve seen from some court watchers is that we would likely go back to the standards in Skidmore v Swift (1944), which determines the amount of deference based on:

    • The thoroughness of the agency's investigation
    • The validity of its reasoning
    • The consistency of its interpretation over time
    • Other persuasive powers of the agency
    9 votes
  18. Comment on Voters trust Donald Trump over Joe Biden to defend against threats to US democracy despite not thinking Trump will accept the results of the election if he loses in ~misc

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    This is a poll that represents a minority of Americans (swing-state deciders). To say that we as a nation are beyond saving is wrong and does a great disservice to the millions of people who don’t...

    This is a poll that represents a minority of Americans (swing-state deciders). To say that we as a nation are beyond saving is wrong and does a great disservice to the millions of people who don’t want Trump as president and are opposed to him.

    34 votes
  19. Comment on Barcelona plans to ban all short-term rentals for tourists from 2029 in ~travel

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    Not OP, but I’d want something a little more private, and I suspect GP would as well.

    Not OP, but I’d want something a little more private, and I suspect GP would as well.

    5 votes
  20. Comment on Despite Republican opposition, citizen-led abortion measures could be on the ballot in nine US states in ~health

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    The Dems did not have such an opportunity. Since 1994, they’ve only had a filibuster proof majority once (2009-2010, when priority was passing the Recovery Act and the ACA) and only then for six...

    The Dems did not have such an opportunity. Since 1994, they’ve only had a filibuster proof majority once (2009-2010, when priority was passing the Recovery Act and the ACA) and only then for six months or so. Even if they’d had a majority, the party had numerous pro-life Democrats in the Senate that would’ve tanked such chances. That goes back even further.

    13 votes