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There are few things fascists hate as much as antifascist coalitions
  • Isn't it better for Democracy to look on ALL parties?

    I think so, yes.

    However, we have never had a third-party president (except for George Washington, our very first president, in 1789). Third-party presidential candidates are not taken very seriously, and usually just seen as “spoilers” - candidates who don’t have a serious chance of winning themselves, but can gain enough votes to cause either the Republican or Democrat candidate to lose.

    Third-party candidates get only superficial news coverage, and often aren’t included in presidential debates. Neither of the major parties want more competition, so these things are unlikely to change anytime soon.

  • Kari Lake continues losing streak as appeals court confirms she is not, in fact, the real governor of Arizona
  • This is still going on? Lake, you are the second worst loser ever.

  • Rudy Giuliani suffering ‘possible’ 9/11-related lung disease, his lawyers claim
  • Unless it’s some kind of disease that takes over your brain and involuntarily makes you a bullshit artist, I don’t see how this is relevant to anything.

  • If a useful brain-computer interface was available sometimes in your lifetime (and secure and safe) would you get one?
  • (and secure and safe)

    …is what’s getting me. Secure and safe for whom? Secure and safe for the company? Then fuck no. Secure and safe for me? Then yeah, implant that thing!

  • Musk’s X (formerly Twitter) demands money from laid-off employees, claims they were accidentally overpaid due to currency conversion errors
  • I honestly don’t know. I’ve never been involved in a civil suit. I’d want to let Musk know what he was in for, though.

  • Where to Start With Ursula K. LeGuin?
  • Rendezvous with Rama, Asimov Nightfall, Asimov The Disposessed, LeGuin A few Ray Bradbury stories (like There Will Come Soft Rains, which is excellent) …and a bunch of others I can’t remember

  • USA | Sandy Hook survivors call for gun control as they graduate high school
  • Alternate title: Sandy Hook survivors set themselves up for further destruction of their innocence

  • Musk’s X (formerly Twitter) demands money from laid-off employees, claims they were accidentally overpaid due to currency conversion errors
  • My response: fuck you, sue me. I will drag out the lawsuit and make it as expensive as possible to litigate. Even if you win, it will be a net loss. Have fun!

  • Where to Start With Ursula K. LeGuin?
  • I took a SF Lit class in college (can you believe they actually give credits for that?) and this was one of the professors favorites. Highly recommended!

  • Where to Start With Ursula K. LeGuin?
  • When in doubt, I just go with publishing order.

  • jpg rule
  • Out of the loop. I don’t get it.

  • Denmark recalls South Korean firm’s instant noodles for being too spicy
  • I'm actually more scared of the sodium content on those things.

    Upvote for this. I started throwing the “flavor packet” away, and adding my own spices and seasoning, to avoid the ridiculous amount of sodium.

  • Turning Point USA is promoting drinking raw milk amid bird flu outbreak
  • As long as raw milk doesn’t give you any contagious diseases that can be passed on to sane, responsible people, I’m fine with this.

  • Joey Chestnut Barred From Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest Due to Vegan Sponsor Beef
  • If I had spent years earning my legal degree, and then found myself dealing with “hot dog exclusivity provisions” it would be time for me to take a painfully honest look at my career.

  • Oregon man who drugged daughter's friends with insomnia medication at sleepover gets prison term
  • Smoothies don’t take long to make, but in terms of giving him a chance to think twice, it’s an eternity. What an unbelievably reckless decision.

  • 'Becoming a totalitarian state': UK judge on why he quit Hong Kong court
  • It highlighted remarks from the other leaving judges who said they still believed in the independence of the courts.

    Okay, but where were they when they made those “everything is fine” statements? If they (or their loved ones) were still in HK’s/China’s jurisdiction, those quotes don’t mean much.

  • How long would it take to travel 80 miles in a car travelling 80 miles per hour?
  • He’s not even phrasing it as a riddle. The answer is right there in the question. That poor woman.

  • How long would it take to travel 80 miles in a car travelling 80 miles per hour?
  • You’re right that recording while driving isn’t great, but at least he stopped when she asked him to.

  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus calls political correctness in comedy 'fantastic'
  • Political correctness isn’t killing comedy. There have always been social taboos and subjects that were best handled carefully (or avoided entirely). This has been true for as long as comedy has existed.

    A good comedian can dance on the edge of acceptability without falling over that edge. Other comedians can be funny by going in a different direction entirely.

    Commercialism kills comedy. Studio interference kills comedy. Execs hiring the cheapest staff instead of the best staff kills comedy. Excessive analysis kills comedy. Feel free to add any culprits I’ve missed.

  • This is the “world’s first” phone call made using spatial audio
  • All I want is some kind of audio processing so people can’t tell I’m on the toilet.