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am_Unition  ·  42 minutes ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Sidney Powell's place in the extended MAGAt Comic Universe: A Primer

    pro-Trump song I wrote

I'm not interested in this at all. What? No, I just quoted that back to you to let you know how uninterested I am. It'd be terrible if you posted/link it. I mean, I wouldn't listen, because I don't want to, right? So don't. Don't show me, or anyone else here, for that matter, it's not the type of thing we'd be interested in.

am_Unition  ·  45 minutes ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Sidney Powell's place in the extended MAGAt Comic Universe: A Primer

Yup. Musta been a few months ago when I said "Here Judd, take my $50 bill."

I don't even read all the emails, but I like that my money is supporting maximally investigative journalism.

am_Unition  ·  5 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Sidney Powell's place in the extended MAGAt Comic Universe: A Primer

Sidney Powell's conspiracy theories are almost exactly the sort of thing that I'd expect a neural network trained on alt-right media to develop. And it seems to me like she treated recent events as a sort of contest to see who could make the most outlandish claims. The Hugo Chavez stuff was awesome. Real "OG Kook of the Year" material. Too much even for Trump. He probably cringes at her Southern twang, too.

But yeah, Powell, the lawyer that's been "defending" Michael Flynn is also now the nation's foremost genius on multiple states' election laws? Nah.

The majority of our self-described "elite strike team" of lawyers contesting the election laws are three people previously helping Trump extort the president of Ukraine. Giuliani, Toensing, and DiGenova are almost certainly in some type of joint legal defense agreement that will likely unravel if Trump is removed and they are investigated. So they also went from foreign policy shadow agents to election law specialists within a year? Nah.

I thought I might use my shiny, new Parler account to stoke the conspiracies discouraging idiots from voting in the Georgia election, but I can't bring myself to do it.

am_Unition  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Charles Koch Says His Partisanship Was a Mistake

Yeah. Another PR campaign. At least this one didn't hijack the white house... directly?

Wealth inequality needs to be addressed. There isn't much of a coherent conversation about it at the national level here in the US. Weird!

I think some disparity in wealth across society is natural, and even healthy. But that level is almost certainly wayyyyy lower than what we're at, right now.

I think the libertarians have the biggest problem with assuring folks that the "free market only" model would do anything but perpetuate and perhaps increase the existing wealth gap. Heh, and if America were to, by law, order a wealth redistribution before calling for dissolution of government, that'd be a libertarian-sponsored legitimization of government.

But yee, for sure, the current degree of wealth disparity definitely undermines the concept of "all people are equal", especially because wealth was more evenly distributed in America just a couple of generations ago. I can't speak to many other countries, I mostly know here (typical american).

am_Unition  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Healing Power of Gratitude

It's a great message to keep in mind, even in 2020.

I'm grateful that Hubski didn't completely shun me for the years of my Trump-centric bullshit. There's gonna be much less of that, gradually, but I'm not sorry for Rudy Giuliani content.

I'm thankful for you too, bruh, and for everyone here. Love this community.

I shall evangelize gratitude with you.

am_Unition  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Moderna has a vaccine that will be easier to distribute than Pfizer

Tyranny of the majority, baby. Most people decided they'd prefer not to be part of this little coronavirus experiment.

Trope-tastic, but: good science takes time. We don't understand covid well enough that anyone should be recommending something like "Yeah, should be OK if only young folks get it." OK, what protective orders are in place preventing the virus from getting into nursing homes? Not restrictions. A testing program? Rising positivity rate concerns aside, a robust testing program doesn't definitively prevent the virus from walking through the front door. A positive test for a nursing home worker is like a "Congratulations, it's pretty likely someone you tend to is about to die. Oh, and the nursing home is now a prison." I'm sure there're enough existing business incentives that almost every nursing home has some mask requirements, though, so that's good.

Edit: Of course, only wealthy families can afford to put up N̶a̶n̶ NaN somewhere she'll be safer than at home with the grandkids, who brought it back from school, or wherever. There are many, many ways in which covid is screaming out the depths of our societal wealth inequality. Obviously, wealth inequality also breaks down along racial lines, hence one major reason why the virus "targets" minorities.

Medical professionals are collectively saying: "Other than the fact that it's much more deadly without hospitalization, and the fact that we are running out of hospital space, we simply do not know enough about this virus to recommend anything but extreme measures."

Counter argument: "I'm not a doctor, but Scott Atlas and I are not concerned with the virus, it's not so bad, do NOT stop working, because that would destroy the economy."

Probably almost no doctor enjoys recommending a gov't-imposed lockdown. But neither do gov't researchers and doctors enjoy shit like being slandered and having their science politicized, which, hey, led to the lockdown recommendations. Ugh, I'm fortunate to study something that would be much more difficult to demonize.

We don't know that covid-19 won't mutate into an even worse strain, or become more transmissive, or able to more effectively harm children, whatever. The sooner herd immunity is reached, by whatever ratio of vaccinating and infections, the more unlikely or more prolonged an effective mutation would be. edit 2: no, actually, I think attempting to reach herd immunity via infections could also potentially facilitate a wicked mutation, as the cumulative "virus rolling dice for yahtzee" time is minimized with a vaccine. A vaccination developed by a company outside of the gov't, though incentivized by the federal government, is acceptable to me. I don't automatically hate the various business groups honing their anti-covid brews, so long as they are conducting sound science confirmable by peer review. The vaccine could prevent another million deaths-ish... We may have 10% or 15% nationwide exposure, tops, and so herd resistance is probably another 7x to 4x the existing covid death toll. Sorry, got sidetracked, but a mutation could always be a possibility, unless we eradicate it. Probably not this side of at least thirty years, if ever. Personally, I might try to go the vaxxin' route in maybe... March? April?

I think we should ship vaccine to elders who volunteer first. I'm sure the Trump administration has also spent plenty of time thinking about the best way to distribute the vaccine like that, or with another medically-informed rationale. LOL Dr. Atlas will be X-raying all of the vaccines on their way out the door to check for drugs, inadvertently destroying every dose.

The out-of-control transmission centered around Sturgis is a pathetic failing of Donald Trump and at least one comically stupid governor. I don't think it's equivalent to point to Cuomo, NY is probably the national epicenter of international mixing, and we had almost no idea what we were dealing with at the time, thanks, again, in some part to Trump ignoring the advice of experts (major theme, here). Truly, I pity Trump's base up in the heartland. They were lied to. They still haven't hit "critical mass" for that to sink in, I'm worried. Hopefully they're close.

All corrections and weigh-ins on my pro-establishment propaganda are welcome.

am_Unition  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Virtual Meetup No. 4

I thought it was appropriate that the conversation dutifully trudged through reexamining what we want as citizens for and of this society.

It wasn't overtly political (edit: nah, this does sound inherently political), more of an attempt to define a push for common, logical interests in this rapidly unfolding era of information chaos, given the increasingly unequal wealth distributions resulting from "populist" regimes. citation; yeahhh

Sounded to me like some very reasonable and informed hubski'ers are worried about diverging truths based on media bubbles. Yes from me.

There seems to be a relatively widespread sense of a need for seriously inverting the status quo.

Stocks are good though.

am_Unition  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Virtual Meetup No. 4

Sorry I had to bounce, the real reason is that I got a guy delivering booze. Might duck back in later, dunno.

Really good seeing everyone, that was the best video conference of the pandemic, for me.

am_Unition  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency's "Rumor Control"

He told the truth.

What an idiot.

am_Unition  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency's "Rumor Control"

Aaaaaaand Krebs is out, so I expect the website to RIP very soon.

am_Unition  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: There Isn’t a Coronavirus ‘Second Wave’

Should we tell him about the third wave?

Like it ever mattered what Mike Pence thought.

am_Unition  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: PSA regarding user bans

yes