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  • Sep 26th, 2021 @ 2:48pm

    But socialism

    When John Oliver did a LWT segment about crisis pregnancy centers, there was a scary screed from the manager of one about how a post-natal mom needed to be cut off from the CPC's offering of diapers after six months because she needs to learn to stand up for herself or something to that effect. Blah, blah personal responsibility blah.

    And that's when I thought, you may like the notion of protecting the unborn, but you like capitalism more.

    The doctrine of personal responsibility doesn't work unless we actually give everyone the capability of being personally responsible, and that includes making their own health and reproductive choices. If we coerce someone to make a choice, that ends the personal responsibility argument. Even legally

    Of course the far right were never about values that are consistent across all cases and for all people. Not in my lifetime anyway.

  • Sep 23rd, 2021 @ 2:31pm


    You misspelled appeasement.

  • Sep 20th, 2021 @ 11:23am

    Bisexuals aren't (necessarily) transgender.

    Yeah, I split my examples weirdly. Bisexuals part of the sexual orientation spectrum. Enbies (Non-binaries) are part of the transgender spectrum.

  • Sep 19th, 2021 @ 2:33pm

    Higher rates of mental illness

    When it comes to major depression and ASD in the United States, our sudden surges in cases come from improved understanding of the conditions and our ability to read the symptoms, i.e. detect that people were crazy.

    If mental illness among slaves was based on whether or not they were capable of menial work with sufficient coercion, while mental illness among free Blacks was based on their capability to integrate into society as a citizen, there would definitely be different results.

    Along a similar vein, a significantly higher proportion of millennials and zoomers are coming out as LGBT+ because there is more tolerance for them. People trained that being gay is wrong (a sin or even a crime) are going to be reluctant to even admit to themselves they have associated attractions. It's a common experience in intolerant communities for gays, transgender persons (bisexuals and enbies) to even consider the possibility they're attracted to the same sex.

  • Sep 16th, 2021 @ 3:12pm

    Atheists are still banned in the BSA

    This may serve as a means to assure you're enrolling your daughter in the GSA and not the SBSA. Atheists are still not allowed in the Boy Scouts of America, while they are allowed in BSA

    LGBT+ folk have been accepted in the BSA since 2015 however the religious ministries closely affiliated with the BSA do not, so getting your LGBT+ kid into the SBSA is likely going to set them up for a lot of unchecked harassment.

  • Sep 13th, 2021 @ 5:34pm

    Right to play public performances

    I think they're depending not on the complication of whether you have a legal right to record and play back events in public, rather the hyper-vigilance of services like YouTube to take things down if they can possibly cause a copyright uproar, and given that the labels hire legal services to screen YouTube and challenge ever possible instance (including public performances, overheard radio and baby dances), it'll create difficulties for recording activists.

    This is a can't beat the ride situation. Except that it's creating a lot of blowback when law enforcement tries to use this tactic. Hopefully the blowback is consistent.

  • Sep 13th, 2021 @ 1:27pm

    "99% of the time it's justifiable"

    Regarding the officer-involved homicides we know about - some aren't even reported - in over half of them the suspect was not armed and not resisting.

    We do not live in Superman's metropolis.

  • Sep 13th, 2021 @ 12:04pm

    The purpose of parking limits

    I guess this raises the purpose of parking limits. If a two-hour limit is only for leaving the car unattended then yeah, the owner can go back, wash the chalk off and then leave the car parked for another two hours. And chalk is doing its job.

    If the purpose is to limit occupation without any other restrictions, then the owner can start, leave, drive back and forth a couple of times (or drive around the block while Guido menaces potential parkers and re-park.

    But for most unpaid, limited-time car parks (as far as I know, IANAL) they want to assure you did not occupy the car park for more than the limited time in a day which the ALPR database method would serve to better manage. Otherwise, again, the owner could park at the Safeway lot (buy a candy bar if he wants to validate the parking) and then at the time limit, repark his car in the same lot.

    So meddling around with chalking rules seems to evade discussion of what parking rules are about, and how they serve society / car owners / landlords.

  • Sep 10th, 2021 @ 3:21pm

    Defund the Police

    The problem is the plutocrats who choose which candidates get to primary (yes, they get to do that) really like the police, and even like their dog-killing and people-murdering policies. And they will not allow a candidate to primary that will support defunding or abolishing the police.

    If it were up to the public, the whole justice system has to go. The corruption throughout the courts, the prosecutors, law enforcement and the penal system is entrenched, and nothing short of crimes against humanity are routinely committed.

    But ours is not really a democracy, rather an oligarchy with some democratic elements. In the 80s and 90s we get to chose which neoliberal will administrate. Now we get to choose between the status-quo neoliberal and the fascist who wants to go full autocracy.

    Even if we defunded the police, they're ready to wage a civil war to preserve their funding, because money. In fact, they're already balking against efforts to curb their asset forfeiture racket which helps preserve their vast power.

    So enjoy your dog while he's still alive, and avoid law enforcement, even when you might need them.

  • Sep 9th, 2021 @ 5:53pm

    Still recovering.

    Yeah, I already saw the police video and it was soul-crushing. The dog wasn't showing aggression and didn't get close enough to the officer to attack.

    Grashorn had an excuse to kill a dog and did that.

    And then the precinct decided he acted appropriately.

  • Sep 9th, 2021 @ 5:48pm

    They still chalk?

    I'm surprised chalking is still a thing when a digital system could track plates, geolocations and time stamps for duplications that violate the permitted parking window, and even automate ticket writing.

    And I'd expect some company would gladly make such a device and sell it to precincts for around $10k and they'd buy it.

    So it's curious chalking tires hasn't gone the way of the pay phone.

  • Sep 9th, 2021 @ 5:42pm


    I'm pretty sure the double standards, the inconsistent ethics and the disregard of rule of law, and equality are intentional and consistent with the agenda of Abbott, DeSantis, the GOP and the MAGA movement who are all, themselves parts of the transnational white power movement.

    Their agenda is to secure an ethnostate for white male landowners, and to dispel the rights and liberties of everyone else, even if it means dissolving the democratic institutions of the US now that even those can't be relied on to preserve the stratification of society.

    They're not interested in consistent rules for everyone, just rules that make sure white rich MAGA party members stay on top.

  • Sep 9th, 2021 @ 2:21pm

    Keeping slaves under control of their owners

    US history is lousy of schemes to perpetuate peonage despite the abolition of slavery and the slave status proper.

    Are we sure the point of a court system is to detect the truth. I'd argue based on its behavior and preferential treatment of law enforcement over common civilians (and whites over non-whites) that the function of the courts is to preserve the status quo of the white landowner ethnostate.

    It might claim that it seeks the truth, but its behavior and adjudications such as this one tell us differently.

  • Sep 4th, 2021 @ 12:13pm

    "I want America to be safe and protected from illegals"

    Careful there. Once they criminalize the migrants, the Muslims, the blacks, the gays and the crazies it's a short step to criminalize you too.

    Besides which, migrants have a lower crime rate and better production rate than the general population.

    By being afraid of the illegals, you're forgetting it's the state that will come for you. Oh, you're lower on the list than some, and that may be comfort...

    ...but unless you are a billionaire or know one on a first name basis, you are absolutely on the list.

  • Sep 2nd, 2021 @ 12:17am

    This is a good way to empower a mob

    This is what I was thinking. Aren't there already huge organized drug syndicates in Mexico? Reprisal for murders by US officials seems like a good way to get in the favor of the public, especially if mobsters can retaliate in a way the Mexican government cannot.

    For a nation that is terrified of terrorism, the US certainly seems to engage in behavior that encourages more of it.

  • Aug 28th, 2021 @ 12:42am


    Referential. Which might be confused for reverential.

  • Aug 25th, 2021 @ 4:34pm

    I assume Nunes' Cow is now a legendary status troll.

    Considering how much money in court costs the cow must be bleeding from Nunes and his supporters, I'd think someone should erect a monument or something to the Troll Cow.

  • Aug 25th, 2021 @ 1:31pm

    Continue to leave OF

    Competitors to OF have already been set in motion, partly thanks to the gains of some previous OF clients. I'm sure that many of them will be glad to use a service that is more interested in fighting for sexworker rights than can merely be threatened away by financial institutions.

    OF services (from my limited knowledge) seem to be less directed specifically at sex work and more at combating loneliness. The allure of paying is not getting to see some naughty bits but being engaged by the nice girl who has those bits.

    It's another puzzle piece along with FOSTA and the flourishing incel community that our disdain for letting teenagers learn to relate as adults (a centuries old instrument of control) is breaking the society.

  • Aug 23rd, 2021 @ 9:31pm

    "100% Reliable"

    This kind of hyperbole from a firm that sells forensic detection and data technology is really not a good look.

  • Aug 17th, 2021 @ 6:49pm

    Doesn't blocking service encourage piracy?

    I routinely see memes about how the exclusive content war has rekindled piracy sites and piracy support.

    By blocking service, even off-label service it only means more of their own customers will fly the black.🏴‍☠️

    And then they start wondering why they pay for service after all.☠️

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