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Ever since the ghost of Heinrich Himmler manifested itself as Sturmbannfuhrer Fra Pat Buchanan S.J. and dangled the prospect of reversing the age-old polarities of American politics before the ever-powerhungry eidolon of Richard Millhouse Nixon (the "southern strategy" of ill fame), the right has been in a race to the bottom, chasing the worst psycopathies our species has ever manifested, thus devolving into ever more monstrous, subhuman evil, the Orc Party. Where it will all end, Hell alone knows.

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Seems I always read it on Wonkette first and it appears in the mainstream pubs about a week later. What's this?

https://www.vox.com/culture/23842173/oliver-anthony-rich-men-controversy-morgan-wallen-jason-aldean-small-town-political

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Need a song titled "White trash south of Richmond".

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“My lot in life sucks!”

“Well, what have you done to change it?”

“I wrote a song blaming other people.”

“Uh yep, that’ll work.”

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Surely something made Kelly lose his mind

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I don't normally notice this sort of thing, but that's an awesome glass she's drinking out of.

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Good this night, my friends.

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You are the something.

Erm, I did not know what I meant.

You.

You are the something.

How can I not love you?

Oof, I am making good choices.

I recommend that you embrace good ideas, also.

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I want porch coffee, cigarettes and tabs for breakfast. Got everything here but the tabs.

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Hmm, a song that blames banal bogeymen is becoming the Republican anthem? Who could have foreseen that?

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Banal Bogeymen is the name of my new Monster Graveyard Rock group featuring tubas and banjos!!

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Don't Fear the Reaper is their new jam?

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Not a jam! A jam is NOT a song. A jam is an instrumental jam, NOT a song!

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"How Did The Right Get So Wacky? "

I believe it's called cognitive dissonance.

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Jerking off to Hate if you ask me.

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I saw a short video of a tiny girl in a back seat-- her mother in the front seat thought the baby had pretended to hit her and the mother blasted this little girl who did not know what she'd done and looked so alarmed, watching her mother's face to see if possibly it was a joke. It was awful. The comments were uniformly how this was such a great mother who wouldn't take any shit from this little girl who'd grow up so well trained-- all the comments were like this! So harsh and it was so wrong because this little girl was too small to have been thinking anything, just random baby things. There was another video of a mother getting stopped for drunk driving but it was all like this: she should go to jail for life, if she loves herself more than those kids, what a sorry excuse for a human being! etc. Of course she was drunk so she wasn't acting very nice. I'm, sure the people posting aren't very nice when they're drunk and getting stopped. Why this harsh coming down on people like this? And saluting this fool disciplinarian? Jerking off to hate I guess.

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You are good people GW.

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Oh thank you. I’ve just re read my post and now I’m upset again.

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u 2. I might look into St. Theresa. When I'm done with Keir Hardie. He started the Labour Party you know. At the beginning people laughed so hard as if he'd said dogs should have their own party.

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𝗧𝗿𝘂𝗺𝗽’𝘀 𝗹𝗲𝗴𝗮𝗹 𝘄𝗼𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗾𝘂𝗮𝘀𝗶-𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗶𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝗺𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗴𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗺𝗮𝗿𝘁𝘆𝗿𝗱𝗼𝗺

These criminal entanglements are not only means but ends – not a sideshow, but the heart and soul of Trump’s campaign

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2023/aug/21/trump-election-giuliani-sidney-blumenthal

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Well, the Be A Good Neighbor, Clean Up After Your Dog signs I ordered came and today I will be putting them around the condo complex in a few spots along with a note attached that if you are unable to clean up, you should take your dog to the dog park which I scoop twice a week.

I am noticing a lot of new young people in the complex, so students must be returning.

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Aug 21, 2023·edited Aug 21, 2023

I usually like what Thom Hartmann writes but wow, this is terrifying...

"Neil Gorsuch is preparing his revenge

https://www.rawstory.com/raw-investigates/neil-gorsuch-prepares-his-revenge/

"Republicans on the Supreme Court are, it appears, planning to gut most of America’s regulatory agencies, in what could be the most consequential re-write of the protective “deep state” since it was largely created during the New Deal in the 1930s.

If they pull it off, they could destroy the ability of:

— the EPA to regulate pollutants,

— the USDA to keep our food supply safe,

— the FDA to oversee drugs going onto the market,

— OSHA to protect workers,

— the CPSC to keep dangerous toys and consumer products off the market,

— the FTC to regulate monopolies,

— the DOT to come up with highway and automobile safety standards,

— the ATF to regulate guns,

— the Interior Department to regulate drilling and mining on federal lands,

— the Forest Service to protect our woodlands and rivers,

— and the Department of Labor to protect workers’ rights.

"Among other things on the rightwing billionaire wish list: virtually the entirety of America’s ability to protect its citizens from corporate predation rests on what’s called the Chevron deference (more on that in a moment), which the Court appears prepared to overturn with a case they just accepted this year.

"Declared Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy says he wants to eliminate the Department of Education “on day one” if he’s elected president. If the Supreme Court has its way, he wouldn’t have to bother. It’ll become impotent.

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He can be a tremendous downer. That's how I see him.

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Last I checked SCOTUS didn't have executive power...And I'm not sure how these rulings would fall under decisions of 'constitutionality'...I'd think they were purely legislative and executive issues...What am I missing?

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There are a lot of "if"s in that article. But let's look at this economically: this will cause each state to regulate some (or all) of these things. This will create a patchwork of regulations, and force the consumer to figure out if they're buying safe California beef or un-safe Montana beef (for example). All of this will increase the risk of doing business, which would increase the costs. No business will want this, but it shows the billionaires are in it for a short term profit, as long term they will lose money.

Need a real-life, current example? Why do auto manufacturers build ALL their vehicles to meet the CALIFORNIA emissions standard? Because it is cheaper to build and design one vehicle rather than fifty. Need another example? Dairy products. They are regulated at the state level which controls which processing plants can sell milk in each state. If it weren't for subsidies, milk would be hella expensive.

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Yeah, but...

SCOTUS recently upheld California's standards for pork production having to do with giving sows enough room to move around while they're producing young. For four years, the big pork producers in the midwest fought the regs, claiming it was unfair regulation of their business by one state.

So, here's the thing. California represents something like 14% of all the pork sold in the US. And is not a significant producer of pork itself. These states had 4 years to comply with the regs and chose to fight it out in the courts. They ultimately lost in SCOTUS and now have to comply or won't be able to sell in CA.

I wouldn't count on SCOTUS being the ultimate dismantler of the administrative state. Not that they won't try to and maybe succeed on some level. But in this case, they didn't.

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excellent comment!

that 100% scans

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I don't think the billionaires who put those judges on SCOTUS care.

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Which shows their ignorance and indifference.

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Indifference, yes. Ignorance, no.

Caues the billionaires are the REAL judges in this country.

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Piketty pointed out that low economic growth is actually better for the extremely wealthy, because it keeps inflation low. It's nice to make number go up, but if economic growth is low your purchasing power is much greater, and your number doesn't get eaten by inflation.

So it's entirely possible for the very rich to *want* low economic growth, because that keeps them rich, keeps them richer relative to the poor, and keeps the poor poor.

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If they toss the Chevron Deference we're completely fucked. For those unfamiliar, it basically affirms that regulatory agencies are empowered to craft their own regulations without explicit laws from Congress.

If they overturn that, for example, the USDA would no longer be able to regulate a particular food additive, in a particular food, without Congress explicitly spelling out that regulation through legislation. Since passing a law for every possible regulation is never going to happen, this would cripple the federal government.

I can't imagine Roberts would go for it, but every other GOP hack on SCOTUS strikes me as just the sort of nihilist would would slaver at the chance to do it.

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I hope no one minds if I insert here that Vivek R. opposes all gov't. regulation.

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It would also force Congress into action. Whether they would pass regulatory authority laws or not is unclear, but a lot of citizens would be screaming for it.

The level of ignorant greed of these billionaires is astounding ... they will kill off their own customers.

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Republicans have been talking about limiting executive agencies to the specific statutes that created them for decades. They weren’t out and loud about it, but they figured out this would be the easiest way to gut government regulations.

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As I said: terrifying.

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It won't go through...

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Despite preliminary results showing a potential landslide for anti-corruption crusader Bernardo Arévalo, the attention immediately turned to whether he would be allowed to assume power as the Attorney General's Office attempts to suspend his party’s legal status.

With 100% of votes counted, preliminary results gave Arévalo 58% of the vote to 37% for former first lady Sandra Torres in her third bid for the presidency. The official results will still have to be certified.

𝗚𝘂𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗺𝗮𝗹𝗮 𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗔𝗿𝗲́𝘃𝗮𝗹𝗼 𝗮𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗹𝗲𝗴𝗮𝗹 𝗺𝗼𝘃𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗹𝗼𝗰𝗸 𝗵𝗶𝗺 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗼𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗲

https://www.greenwichtime.com/news/world/article/guatemala-elects-progressive-arevalo-as-18305967.php

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𝗠𝗼𝘀𝗰𝗼𝘄 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲𝘀 𝗮 𝗺𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗠𝗼𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝘀 𝗟𝘂𝗻𝗮 𝟮𝟱 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗯𝗲 𝗺𝗶𝘀𝘀𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗿𝗯𝗶𝘁, 𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗱𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗮 𝘁𝗵𝘂𝗱

First lunar attempt since Soviet era ends in катастрофа

https://www.theregister.com/2023/08/21/russia_moon_mission_luna25_fails/

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Next time, ensure the perigee (periluna?) of your orbit is above the surface.

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Perilune

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Boris: F=ma, a is 9.806 m/s2, correct Ivan?

Ivan: Da

After landing, Ivan wakes up in the middle of the night and thinks "On EARTH!".

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"ceased to exist as a result of a collision with the lunar surface" LOL

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"Obviously, a major malfunction."

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Why did the Moon hit the lander?

I am sure it was OHJB's work.

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Honestly, I would not be surprised. Obama talked A LOT about the power of digital warfare in containing N. Korea.

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They always land on their feet, though.

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(gigglesnorts)

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