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  1. Here’s Why BuzzFeed News Is Calling QAnon A “Collective Delusion” From Now On


    Some people have even compared it to a religion; it has a savior figure (Trump), prophetic scripture, what they have dubbed a “Great Awakening” (an acknowledgment by the mainstream that what they believe is true), and many followers refer to Q as a saint. “It is also already much more than a loose collection of conspiracy-minded chat-room inhabitants,” Adrienne LaFrance writes in the Atlantic. “It is a movement united in mass rejection of reason, objectivity, and other Enlightenment values. … To look at QAnon is to see not just a conspiracy theory but the birth of a new religion.”

  2. 9 hours ago, yoink said:

    If a voter picks someone other than one of the two evils in a two-horse-race that decides the future of the country then IMO, they're're a moron. And an ignorant, selfish moron, at that.

    Protest votes don't count. Do we really think anything happens to those ballot papers where you write in an alternative candidate? Do you think there's someone in a back room going 'oh look, if only we'd run this third candidate they would have received so many votes!'? Of course not. Those papers get thrown in the trash and your impact on the world is WASTED.

    The reason someone writes in or selects a non-valid candidate in a 2 person election is to make themselves feel better. No other reason. It's so they can feel smug about it but have deniability when the elected candidate turns out to be shit. 'Well I didn't vote for him....'.

    A write-in vote is not discarded if, and only if, the candidate has registered for the state election.

    Example: In 2010 Lisa Murkowski lost the GOP senate primary in Alaska. She registered as a write-in candidate, and won the election.

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  3. 50 minutes ago, brenthutch said:

    1000, 2000, and 3000 grit. One can even use toothpaste 

    If the lenses are acrylic (aka plexiglas, aka perspex) this works like a charm:


    Now if there are deep scratches, e.g. if it is the windscreen of a bike that just low-sided across asphalt, or got hit by a truck, then you will need to use successively finer grades of sandpaper before the plastic polish. Speaking from experience here.

    Now if the lenses are polycarbonate, (aka lexan), fuggedaboutit.

  4. On 6/24/2020 at 12:02 PM, SkyDekker said:

    Have a feeling en banc will be next

    Judge can move forward with Flynn hearing, appeals court says


    A federal appeals court has dealt a setback to former Trump White House adviser Michael Flynn by ruling that a district court judge can proceed with a planned hearing on the Justice Department's attempt to abandon a criminal case against Flynn.

    The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, sitting en banc, voted 8-2 to reject Flynn's effort to dismiss the case immediately.

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  5. 13 hours ago, wolfriverjoe said:

    You forgot 'no authority.'

    He had none at all. No police powers. No arrest powers. Nothing but the idea of 'citizen's arrest', which is as misunderstood and over-assumed (if that's a word - people assume that it's much broader than it really is) as self defense is.

    Wisconsin Castle doctrine is not very broad. For businesses, the 'duty to retreat' doesn't apply to the owner or operator of the business. 
    For example, a convenience store owner, manager or clerk don't have a duty to retreat in the face of an armed criminal. But a customer does. 

    For these vigilantes to think they could 'stand their ground' against protesters and subsequently claim 'self defense' is, as you put it, 'fucking stupid'. 

    I was talking to a cop in Indiana one day and brought up the topic of "citizens arrest", because I was curious what it really meant.  He stated that since a citizen has no right to pull any kind of weapon in a "citizens arrest" situation, effectively the only thing you could legally do is put the perp in a bear hug (and be careful not to cause harm) until police arrive. If you harm them, it becomes assault & battery.

  6. 4 hours ago, Baksteen said:

    Maybe, maybe not.

    I agree that in a tight corner masks are better than nothing at all, but some people seem to view face masks as some kind of anti-COVID deus ex-maskina: wear a mask = you can't get infected. And that I do disagree with.

    Not hosting gatherings were a lot of people congregate in the first place does a lot more for stopping COVID than merely wearing masks.

    The benefits of wearing a mask is not a binary situation, i.e. maybe-you-get-it, maybe-you-don't. There is evidence that reducing the initial dose of the virus, reduces the severity of the illness.


  7. FDA ousts top spokesperson after 2 weeks:


    The FDA had also faced growing criticism over its hiring of Miller, a former reporter for far-right One America News who has no science or medical background, has worked in Republican politics and is known for her extensive writings on gun rights advocacy. The agency’s top communications role is traditionally filled by a career civil servant, and the job opening was initially listed as a role for career civil servants in April before being taken down.


  8. 1 hour ago, SkyDekker said:

    The FEC is supposed to administer, investigate and enforce the campaign finance laws. Right now Kanye West is breaking those, but the FEC cannot vote to start investigating campaign finance violations, because Trump hasn't nominated enough commissioners for there to be a quorum.


    I think it is amusing that the Trump campaign thinks Kanye could take votes from Biden. In my opinion an obviously mentally-ill candidate is more like to attract the voters who are already unable to identify the other mentally-ill candidate.