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Now wouldn't this make a good Open Thread?

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Fuck Steve Bannon

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Fuck Ajit Pai.

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And his oversized coffee cups.

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Now let local communities compete against corporations! That would bring the price way, way down. Possibly even to free.

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Fuck those big companies. None of them would wire any of the little hilltowns around here, including ours (pop. 750), because the houses are too far apart and they don't get a huge bang for their buck like they do in suburbs and cities. We're out in the sticks.

So, with a little help from the People's Republic of Massachusetts, we built our own damned broadband network. We needed 65% of the town to sign up to pay for everything and we are currently at about 80%. 1 gigabyte for $70 a month, no installation charge, no equipment charges, amazing service and tech support, and the bond holder is happy and all the bills are paid.

We built our own and it's easily paying for itself so FUCK those greedy big corporations.

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Yup, there is no reason to treat broadband any differently than electricity anymore.

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Okay, now fix the Postal Service.

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Gawd, get rid of DeJoy. My mail is slower than ever.

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But, Joe Biden is old.

Fuck Ted Cruz.

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But, Joe Biden is old is the new But, Her Emails

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Tell our rural dwelling friends that the Democrats are trying to get fast, quality PR0N to their phones and computers. It might be a winning message...

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It is and it isn't. They want the broadband but it so super hard, IME, to get over the hurdle of voting for someone with D next to their name.

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Maybe these guys are just too macho and straight (not gay!) to ever even imply that they want that D.

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And not that pixelated crap ... the GOOD stuff. You know, with sheep and step mothers and everything!

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Didn't you mean step daughters?

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Why not both?

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“‘There will be lots of talk about “net neutrality” and virtually none about the core issue before the agency: namely, whether the FCC should claim for itself the freewheeling power to micromanage nearly every aspect of how the internet functions — from the services that consumers can access to the prices that can be charged,’ Brendan Carr, a Republican commissioner on the FCC, said in a statement.”

Yeah, dingus, that’s how public utilities work. I get that you, being a Republican, think that public *anything* is ipso facto bad, but—and I cannot stress this enough—you’re fucking wrong about that.

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"whether the FCC should claim for itself the freewheeling power to micromanage nearly every aspect of how the internet functions —" Right, asshole, because the only thing that can be freewheeling is the ability to chisel the consumer out of every penny they've got.

The internet is already vastly different than it was. Corporations pay people to virtually erase anything negative about them off the internet. A new commercial is released and your reaction is This is Horrible and you go to the internet and you can't find any comments rather than positive ones online. I guess that's where Xitter comes in, but I'm not on Xitter.

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I'm kind of surprised that Stefanik hasn't been touted as a Speaker candidate. In her favor:

1) She's female, that would help Republicans among women, argue many very delusional but influential GOP bigwigs

2) She's already a part of GOP leadership, so presumably she has some members who owe her favors

3) She's absolutely willing to change her beliefs for whatever is convenient at any time, so MAGAs know she'll do their bidding, and moderates know she can pretend to be normal for a few minutes, and not bring on the radioactivity of Jim Jordan

The only thing working against her is that she was critical of Trump back before it was obvious he was going to be their nominee. But Trump was able to back JD Vance when he figured the guy would win his nomination, so who knows?

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My guess is, she's just smart enough not to want the job.

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It's a lateral move because like Qevin she believes in nothing and is not to be trusted.

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In that respect, she's a standard issue Republican.

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Right, 'cuz women are so dumb and clubby they'll just vote for any woman no matter what she says and does. Otherwise it's misogyny, duh.

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She's probably slightly too smart to want that shitty job...

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Cunning, not especially smart.

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But does Congress need to make this law or will the regs just get changed back if (heaven forbid) the Repukes get back in the White House?

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Yes, Congress should probably make this a law. I hate the pingponging that goes on whenever the Whitehouse changes parties.

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Say, who wrote this?

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Seems like a Dok joint to me.

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ISWYDT

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OT. Was sadly present to hear and help my injured neighbor deal with the emergency transportation company's so-called AI interface over the phone. Not all AIs are created equal. This one was dumber than a bag of hammers. As a former coder, I wanted to find out the address of the programmer to beat the shit out of them for such sloppiness.

Oh, and in general, the hospital care/insurance system in this country sucks. If I get ill, someone come out here and find the nearest ice floe and send me off. It'll be less painful than this "Kafka goes to the DMV" shit.

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Welcome to "Automating Inequality*" where a lack of actual concern for humans allows results in shitty automated systems that keep people stuck between a rock and a hard place.

*by Virginia Eubanks

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If you have public transport or a car, and you live in a big city with a Hellish DMV, and you have to take a day off to go anyway, I suggest going to a smaller town you've wanted to visit. Make a day of it, and spend 15-30 minutes at the DMV. You can DMV at any location in your state.

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I was simply picking on the DMV because I like the L.A. Times headline quote about how Egyptian bureaucracy works. Was decades ago, but a damn good headline.

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Those of us in small towns HATE it when you do that to us.

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Word. I visit the small-town DMV near me and the one I visited in town before was crazy. Like People of Walmart who have lost hope, a place for them to visit.

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Last time I went to the DMV (it's called something different in AZ, BMV or something) I saw this guy with no nose. He must have recently lost it. He did not have a bandage over the hole in his face. It was gross. I was grossed out. BMV is worse than a Walmart.

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In Arizona it's called the ADOT MVD, or the Arizona Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Division.

Greetings from Baja Arizona.

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How does he smell?

Terrible!

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Have to upvote a classic🎩

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So the clown show clusterfuck is back on. Anyone know what time the vote is?

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Who's running? Gym? Qev? The Joker?

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Gym & Qev are both jokers, but Gym has tossed his gym shorts back in the ring.

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Without even washing them? Ewwwww!

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CNN story time-stamped 3p says "as early as Thursday" but that's as specific as it gets.

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Well, that's today, so boy howdy!

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Wild guess, around 6pm...

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Can anyone name ONE thing that used to be agreed on universally, one value that we all held, that was part of what bound us together as a nation, that Donnie Dimwit and the malignant motherfuckers he brought with him did NOT turn into a hyper partisan issue and a loyalty (to the Boss, not the USA) test? He and his camorra of batshit villains would no sooner spot a common good but they would hasten to lay exclusive claim to it and suck all the goodness out of it

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A Royal Flush beats 3 Aces and 2 Kings?

Because I am fairly certain that was denied in the Trump casini and they *still* managed to lose money.

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Well he did save us from that War on Christmas. Remember when we weren't allowed to say "Christmas" anymore, but then he came along and won a war or something and now apparently we can say it all the time?

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Heaven knows that every retail establishment in the country is saying it from August through December.

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You know everything is fucked when the Pumpkin Spice starts in June.

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Bonus upfist for "camorra of batshit villains".

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To be fair, the GOP abandoned most of those way before TFG and Co showed up

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The ghost of Ronald Reagan on Line 1...

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Lunch? Or is the poached salmon too woke also too?

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The only thing NOT woke at lunch is a Whopper.

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