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

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    from Jane Mayer, one of the best journalists currently covering the role of money in US politics: The big money behind the Big Lie

    from Jane Mayer, one of the best journalists currently covering the role of money in US politics:

    The big money behind the Big Lie

    Although the Arizona audit may appear to be the product of local extremists, it has been fed by sophisticated, well-funded national organizations whose boards of directors include some of the country’s wealthiest and highest-profile conservatives. Dark-money organizations, sustained by undisclosed donors, have relentlessly promoted the myth that American elections are rife with fraud, and, according to leaked records of their internal deliberations, they have drafted, supported, and in some cases taken credit for state laws that make it harder to vote.

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  2. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of July 26 in ~news

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    read your own link. the claim that article is factchecking is that Pelosi is worth $196 million. as part of the debunking, they cite data from the Center for Responsive Politics. which is...the...

    Pelosi's net worth is $114 million.

    those numbers are supposedly wrong anyways.

    read your own link. the claim that article is factchecking is that Pelosi is worth $196 million.

    as part of the debunking, they cite data from the Center for Responsive Politics. which is...the same source cited in the wikipedia article I linked.

    Using the Center for Responsive Politics method of averaging the two leaves a net worth of about $106 million. That’s about $90 million less than the figure cited in the meme.

    the $114 vs $106 million discrepancy seems to come from Wikipedia using CRP's 2018 numbers while USA Today used 2019 numbers.

    but, put net worth aside, since the way those financial disclosure forms work, politicians only have to give a broad range (and I'm sure there's a perfectly valid reason for that which has nothing to do with protecting the interests of the wealthy elite...I bet Pelosi hates having such vague disclosure forms that all we know for sure is her net worth is somewhere between $250 million and negative $40 million)

    a single factoid from the article you linked also illustrates the point I'm trying to make:

    A Napa, California, home and vineyard the California Democrat owns is worth between $5 million and $25 million and generated between $100,001 and $1 million in income from grape sales, according to her 2019 report.

    even if you take the low end of those ranges...a home slash vineyard in Napa (which is outside Pelosi's district, so presumably it's a 2nd home?) worth $5 million, that makes annual income of $100,000 selling wine grapes.

    median household income, meanwhile, is ~$63k. so Pelosi's income just from selling wine grapes is somewhere between 1.5 and 15 times as much as the average household makes.

    my point stands that I think Pelosi is completely out of touch with the reality of people who are behind on their rent and facing eviction (or behind on their mortgage and facing foreclosure, because that's a parallel crisis that's about to hit a few million people)

    They don't have the votes in Congress to extend the moratorium, you know that as well as I do.

    "we don't have the votes" is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

    what can they do? I'm not a political expert, but maybe they could fucking try.

    they absolutely could get the votes to pass an extension through the House. and Pelosi controls what gets voted on in the House.

    and they also control the voting schedule in the Senate. which means they can put it to a vote, even if their own whip count says they'll lose the vote.

    (yes, I'm aware that's not normally how they do things in the Senate. I'm saying maybe that's part of the problem.)

    force all those Republican Senators to go on the record with a roll-call vote in favor of evicting people. Pelosi and Schumer don't want to do that. why not? probably at least in part because several Democrats (Manchin and Sinema, if not more) would also vote in favor of throwing people out onto the streets during a pandemic, and that'd be a bad look.

    so instead we get this political theater where they never vote on anything (except the "must pass" spending bills) because everyone already "knows" how they're going to vote. which frees them from ever having to go on-the-record with an unambiguous yes-or-no answer to a difficult question.

    and meanwhile Congress takes their traditional month-long paid vacation. which is just another area where Congresspeople are completely out of touch with the reality of everyday people.

    Putting the blame on Democrats when *we know" where the issue lies is exactly how Republicans want the messaging to spread.

    ahh, the good ol' "criticizing Democrats from the left isn't allowed, because then the terrorists Republicans win"

    who's "we"? speak for yourself. I have no problem putting the blame on both parties.

    slogan of the Democratic Party continues to be "you should be fucking thankful for the crumbs you get, because the other guys would give you even fewer crumbs".

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  3. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of July 26 in ~news

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    on today's episode of "the US is a failed state" Federal eviction protections have ended, leaving renters scrambling no, they learned about it a month ago, when SCOTUS ruled that it would take...
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  4. Comment on Activision Blizzard sued by California over ‘frat boy’ culture in ~games

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    fuck. California has laws against revenge porn. I hope that incident results in criminal charges and not just being included in a civil lawsuit against the company.

    The suit also points to a female Activision employee who took her own life while on a company trip with her male supervisor. The employee had been subjected to intense sexual harassment prior to her death, including having nude photos passed around at a company holiday party, the complaint says.

    fuck.

    California has laws against revenge porn. I hope that incident results in criminal charges and not just being included in a civil lawsuit against the company.

    25 votes
  5. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of July 19 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Anti-vaccine groups changing into ‘dance parties’ on Facebook to avoid detection (and a Twitter thread from the author, which has screenshots of some of the worst of the FB posts)

    Anti-vaccine groups changing into ‘dance parties’ on Facebook to avoid detection

    Group members have incorporated a range of coded language to mask their discussions, many of which perpetuate debunked theories about the vaccines. “Danced” or “drank beer” mean “got the vaccine.” References to “Pfizer” generally use the terms “pizza” or “Pizza King,” and Moderna is referred to as “Moana.” Users generally play around with unofficial language about dancing to create more coded language.

    For example, one group member said her husband had become sick after going on a “cross country trip where we spent 2 nights with dancers,” referring to two people who had just been vaccinated.

    “He believes that by being around those who have danced the glitter caused the shingles reactivation,” the group member wrote. The glitter, in this case, refers to “vaccine shedding,” a false theory among anti-vaccine activists that claims people who have been vaccinated are somehow “shedding” their vaccine onto the unvaccinated, and causing them to become sick with a litany of illnesses.

    (and a Twitter thread from the author, which has screenshots of some of the worst of the FB posts)

    10 votes
  6. Comment on Employee at Muse Group threatens rival open source developer with deportation to China in ~tech

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    looooong GitHub issue that set all this off: https://github.com/Xmader/musescore-downloader/issues/5 this Github repo was a project to use MuseScore's public API to download sheet music, bypassing...

    looooong GitHub issue that set all this off: https://github.com/Xmader/musescore-downloader/issues/5

    this Github repo was a project to use MuseScore's public API to download sheet music, bypassing their normal website.

    Muse didn't like that, so they sent the repo a DMCA takedown request.

    the developer refuses, there's quite a bit of back-and-forth.

    eventually, this is the Director of Strategy at Muse Group, making a thinly veiled threat to have the developer deported to China and treated as a political prisoner:

    Upon further investigation, it became clear that Wenzheng Tang is a Chinese national, but not resident in China. As a guest in his current country, his residency status is predicated on a number of conditions, one of which is not violating the law.

    If found in violation of laws, residency may be revoked and he may be deported to his home country.

    This becomes even further complicated given another repo of his - Fuck 学习强国, which is highly critical of the Chinese government. Were he deported to China, who knows how he may be received.

    the comment in question has since been edited, here's an archived copy of it:

    https://web.archive.org/web/20210719115639if_/https://github.com/Xmader/musescore-downloader/issues/5#issuecomment-882450335

    and GitHub also preserves the edit history, so you can also see the original comment here by hitting the drop-down arrow next to "edited":

    https://github.com/Xmader/musescore-downloader/issues/5#issuecomment-882450335

    7 votes
  7. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of July 19 in ~news

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    Tommy Chong: backstory: compare that to:

    sentenced to eight months in federal prison

    Tommy Chong:

    Damn, I got 9 months for selling bongs.

    backstory:

    While Chong argued for community service and home detention at his sentencing, the district judge, Arthur J. Schwab, denied his requests and sentenced him to 9 months in federal prison, a fine of $20,000, forfeiture of $103,514, and the loss of all merchandise seized during the raid of his business.

    compare that to:

    In Hodgkins' case, the sentencing guidelines range was calculated at 15 to 21 months. Hodgkins' attorney, Patrick Leduc, asked the court for no prison time. The Justice Department, in contrast, recommended 18 months, in part to send a strong deterrent signal to anyone pondering a future assault on the country's democratic institutions.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on The Bootleg Fire in Oregon will likely continue to burn until a "season-ending weather event" extinguishes it in the fall in ~enviro

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    Originally saw this in the Washington Post but wanted to link to an article that isn't paywalled. The CNN article they mention is doing that annoying thing CNN likes to do where almost every...

    Originally saw this in the Washington Post but wanted to link to an article that isn't paywalled.

    The fire is the largest active fire in the U.S. right now and the largest fire in Oregon’s modern history.

    “The scope and scale of the Bootleg Fire will require a season-ending weather event such as a significant storm that is either widespread wetting rain or snow, which in southern Oregon typically occurs in the late fall,” said fire spokesperson Katy O’Hara to CNN.

    The CNN article they mention is doing that annoying thing CNN likes to do where almost every article is basically a liveblog, so right now its headline is about delayed flights in Denver.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of July 12 in ~health.coronavirus