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Adult entertainment industry sues again over law requiring pornographic sites to verify users' ages
  • If you believe that laws forbidding gambling, sale of liquor, sale of contraceptives, requiring definite closing hours, enforcing the Sabbath, or any such, are necessary to the welfare of your community, that is your right and I do not ask you to surrender your beliefs or give up your efforts to put over such laws. But remember that such laws are, at most, a preliminary step in doing away with the evils they indict. Moral evils can never be solved by anything as easy as passing laws alone. If you aid in passing such laws without bothering to follow through by digging in to the involved questions of sociology, economics, and psychology which underlie the causes of the evils you are gunning for, you will not only fail to correct the evils you sought to prohibit but will create a dozen new evils as well.

    Robert A. Heinlein, Take Back Your Government

  • Libertarians be like
  • it's easier to pick a different corporation (i.e. don't buy from them)

    This argument also falls apart when the thing you want to buy is essential and/or all of the companies selling it are horrible (or the very concept of selling it at a profit is horrible), e.g. health insurance, water, housing, staple foods, and so forth.

  • Biden supporters mostly back him in 2024 election because they oppose Trump, poll finds
  • I was curious about this. Since political parties run their own primaries, then they can decide to use whatever voting system they want. I suspect that RCV primaries would produce a candidate that is more competitive in the general election (though I don't know enough about electoral math or demographics to be sure). I'm certain that RCV has a tendency to discourage scorched earth campaign tactics, so party candidates would be less prone to trying to destroy one another.

  • The Supreme Court’s slow-walk on Trump immunity is playing with fire
  • What's amazing to me about the people who are facilitating the downfall of democracy on behalf of their oligarch and demagogue buddies is that they've deluded themselves into believing that they will still be of use, once democracy is good and dead.

    If you're looking to murder democracy, you need accomplices, people in positions of power within the existing government to help get the job done. But once it's done, what do you need those accomplices for anymore? If anything, they're just loose ends for you to tidy up within your full-on fascistic government.

    The Teds Cruz and Clarences Thomas of the world serve a purpose in helping achieve a hateful goal, but once they've outlived their usefulness, they will absolutely be made to disappear, if for no other reason than because they know too much.

    They're basically setting up a scenario whereby they will either be facing an angry mob for their role in attempting to kill democracy, or else they will be facing a purification squad once they successfully replace democracy.

    Not great on long-term planning, if you ask me.

  • Records expunged for St. Louis couple who waved guns at protesters. They want their guns back
  • Judge Joseph P. Whyte wrote in an order Wednesday that the purpose of an expungement is to give people who have rehabilitated themselves a second chance

    Sounds like people should test that theory by having a protest in front of their house and see what they do.

    Also:

    City prosecutors and police opposed the expungements.

    Oh my God, these people are so horrible they found a way to unite cops and BLM protesters.

  • He's rather full of himself
  • And has a theme song from They Might Be Giants, which is right at the intersection of a corporate behemoth making the rare right decision and a beloved weirdo niche band selling out in a fairly impressive fashion.

  • BIP BIP mf !
  • You can improve the effect by putting a couple of forks or metal chopsticks deep into the food before starting the microwave. This will help conduct the heat further down into the food during the cooking process.

    Also, put a liberal sprinkling of pure silicon on top of your human food for human beings before placing it within your human consumption orifice.

  • What are some underrated episodes from each series?
  • I have real love for TNG S1E16, "Too Short a Season."

    The Enterprise is dealing with a hostage crisis on a planet where the local government wants this old admiral who had negotiated a truce there decades before to come back. He shows up and it turns out he's taking experimental de-aging drugs to grow younger. It turns out that when he had negotiated the original truce before, he had violated the prime directive and given weapons to some rebels, but he told himself that he made it even by giving the same weapons to the other side, which led to decades of bloodshed.

    The writing is just okay, and the old guy / young guy makeup is pretty bad, but the scene where the admiral dies while looking into his wife's eyes gets me. I also like to imagine that the ep might have originally been written with Kirk in mind as the old guy, because the whole "Well I made it fair by giving weapons to both sides" seems like the kind of cowboy insane shit that Kirk would pull and then never consider the consequences. The episode feels a little bit like it's revisiting some of the times when Kirk would do his thing and then warp off into the sunset while definitely leaving some loose threads behind.

  • Embarrassing coal
  • "My grandpa worked at the gives-orphans-cancer factory until he died of cancer, my daddy worked at the gives-orphans-cancer factory until he died of cancer, I've been working at the gives-orphans-cancer factory for the last twenty five years and by God I'm proud of my recent cancer diagnosis, and I will fight with every fiber of my being to make sure that my son grows up to work at the gives-orphans-cancer factory!"

  • & God said, "He whom smelt it, dealt it."
  • “'This is the excellent foppery of the world, that,

    when we are sick in fortune, often the surfeit

    of our own behaviour, we make guilty of our

    disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars; as

    if we were villains on necessity; fools by

    heavenly compulsion; knaves, thieves, and

    treachers by spherical pre-dominance; drunkards,

    liars, and adulterers by an enforc'd obedience of

    planetary influence; and all that we are evil in,

    by a divine thrusting on. An admirable evasion

    of whore-master man, to lay his goatish

    disposition to the charge of a star! My

    father compounded with my mother under the

    Dragon's Tail, and my nativity was under Ursa

    Major, so that it follows I am rough and

    lecherous. Fut! I should have been that I am,

    had the maidenliest star in the firmament

    twinkled on my bastardizing.”

    —EDMUND, KING LEAR, ACT I SCENE 2

  • Fitness

    INTO FITNESS

    🌮

    FITNESS TACO INTO MY MOUTH

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    ObscureMedia @lemmy.world GraniteM @lemmy.world

    Willie Eason - Franklin D. Roosevelt, A Poor Man's Friend

    A steel guitar song about how awesome F. D. Roosevelt was.

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    This bamboo stalk got snapped almost completely in half during a storm two years ago, and yet it still lives.

    I can't figure out how it could possibly be drawing enough nutrients to live, and yet there it is. I'd have chopped it up and dragged it away but now I'm impressed and want to see how long it goes on.

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    Mom, can we have Dune?

    Stranded on a strange planet with a race of alien vampires!

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    Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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    This feels cursed

    Blazing Frost Elemental should not be!

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