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b_b  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why Does Pepperoni Curl?

NY pizza is even more overrated than Chicago. I’d eat a dominos over a NY slice any day of the week.

b_b  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Finland must apply to join Nato without delay, say president and PM

Out of curiosity, what’s the main argument against? Is it antagonistic? Indebtedness to America? Tradition? All of the above?

b_b  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Finland must apply to join Nato without delay, say president and PM

Having Finnish family a few hours’ drive from the Russian border, this announcement makes me very happy. Expected, sure, but I’m glad they’re following through. Same with Sweden. Good on you guys, and welcome to the fold.

b_b  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: My first orchestral composition was performed by a college ensemble

That’s awesome! Must be really gratifying to hear your creation acoustically instead of on a computer.

b_b  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Elon Musk says he would reverse Twitter's permanent Trump ban

who gives a shit

b_b  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What's up with tech stocks?

I remember in like 1993 or whenever my cousin got Prodigy, and as a naive 11 year old I was like, "But what does it do?" "Ummm, you can talk to people around the world who also have Prodigy, and one day you'll be able to order groceries through it!" "That sounds dumb." I think I was right.

b_b  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What's up with tech stocks?

It won’t matter most places. It may, however, in Michigan and Wisconsin. As far as I can tell from everything I’ve read those are the two lean democrat states that will have restrictive abortion laws. GOP will have difficulty winning the presidency without them. So it might matter, but not in the apocalyptic sense that so many pissed off people are supposing.

b_b  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: ‘We are living in hell’: Pakistan and India suffer extreme spring heatwaves

Wow, what a magnificent thread. I wish the following was more well known:

    Lenin's plan didn't work out. Yes, Bolsheviks took over Russia, but they didn't want to take over Russia. They wanted to take over the capitalist core of the world. Immediately upon consolidating their power in Russia they launched an expedition westward. It failed.

    Communists intended to take over the industrial powerhouses of the West which, according to their theory, were advanced enough for the next stage of development - socialism. But they took over a backward country which according to the same theory was totally unprepared for it.

Lenin's original plan was to seize power in Berlin, because he thought that Germany had all the necessary prerequisites in place, from sufficient industrialization to a sympathetic population. But I think the opportunity never presented itself, or at least not in time, since in 1917 he had the opportunity to seize power somewhere, and he figured that somewhere was better than nowhere.

And of course eventually the USSR did get a bunch of Germany's industrial base in 1945. But they didn't use the opportunity to let that seed grow. They simply exported everything they could to Moscow and then crushed what was left of the bourgeoisie, thus sealing their fate on the semi-periphery (a term I wasn't familiar with but suddenly am enamored by).

b_b  ·  13 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: U.S. takes unprecedented steps to replenish Colorado River's Lake Powell

I wish they'd put confidence bounds around statements like, "We're never going to see the reservoir full in our lifetimes again." Is that an opinion based on modeling? Historic evidence of rainfall trends? I understand global warming well enough, but I'm always very skeptical of grand pronouncements about what will happen in the future. Seems hubristic. For example, was anyone predicting a multi-decade drought in the 1990s? Same historical evidence should have been available at that time.

b_b  ·  13 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 4, 2022

Earning a hubwheel seems like a moot point if users are admitted based on writing something to begin with.

b_b  ·  13 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 4, 2022

It’s definitely one of the more creative solutions you’ve come up with. Far cry from the old days when we’d get up in the middle of the night to make sure that people were being engaged!

I honestly have no clue of this is a good idea, but I don’t think there’s any harm in trying. This whole website is one big experiment, so this seems like it’s in the spirit of the place.

It will be really funny to reread the conservative hand wringing when it comes e out that ginni Thomas is the leaker. Kidding aside, I just don’t see what a liberal has to gain by leaking a 3 month old draft. The dots are way easier to connect if it’s a conservative.

b_b  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Supreme Court has voted to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows

I believe Tennessee and maybe one or two other states passed resolutions disavowing their ratification, but some scholars seem to think there’s not actually a legal mechanism to do that. Whatever the case, it would be fascinating to watch. Some amendments have taken many years to ratify, so there is precedent for that.

b_b  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Supreme Court has voted to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows

I’ve been described as lacking in animation many times, so thanks for the color!

b_b  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Supreme Court has voted to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows

Not that I’m an expert, but Plessy v Ferguson is the last time I can think of that a fundamental right was rescinded by the Court. Fucking Reconstruction. That’s what we’re talking here. It’s really astounding, even not considering abortion per se. Dred Scot: you’re not free, and you’re not actually a human. The Civil War: actually yeah you are. Plessy: not so fast.

b_b  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Supreme Court has voted to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows

Hopefully that’s not the only good thing to come out of this 🤣

b_b  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Supreme Court has voted to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows

That's a tough one, and there are two distinct answers. The facile answer is that it's been too controversial to ever ram through Congress in some form. Almost no other issue sparks this amount of animosity on both sides. The other answer is that we have a very strange system of government whereby Congress can only enact certain types of laws, mostly to do with finance and the military. Many of the classic criminal laws here (think murder) are state laws. When the feds want something done they pass a law that says something like, "States must do X or else we won't give them any money." Congress passing a law that says "abortions are legal" probably isn't possible. But on the other hand it should really need to be possible, because historically rights have only ever been expanded in this country. They haven't really ever been taken away (except in some really rare and transient cases--during WWII for example), especially in cases where the public so overwhelmingly is on the side of the right that's being debated. So for the average American abortion has been settled for 50 years. The republicans used it as a wedge issue to get votes in the 80s, and since then it's taken on a life of its own (no pun intended) and some of them believe their own bullshit at this point. Public opinion is so firmly against the Court on this one, that I fear it's going to get out of hand one way or another.

b_b  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Supreme Court has voted to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows

I’m hesitant to call it a Pyrrhic victory, because every time I say that I’m proven that we haven’t hit rock bottom. This time could be different. It feels different.

b_b  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Supreme Court has voted to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows

Wow. The leak may be unprecedented, but what’s also unprecedented is that the court, at least in modern times, has never voted to take away a right that it has previously granted. That’s, I think, a parallel takeaway that needs a lot of attention.

b_b  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Twitter set to accept Musk's original $43 bln offer

Will you please use the same username I used for christianmingle.com llike 10 years ago? HungJesus316

b_b  ·  19 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The steps to building The Big Lie, broken down piece by piece, and the miscreants named

Right, and this is a big problem in America at the moment. The two party system, for all its other failings, is at least supposed to moderate extremism, since you can always flip to the opposition if one side gets too extreme. But what we have now looks a lot more like 2 one party systems, given the regional specificity of the parties. No matter what one’s specific political leanings are, one should never think things are going to be better under one party rule. Fails everywhere.

b_b  ·  20 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The steps to building The Big Lie, broken down piece by piece, and the miscreants named

Errol Morris wrote a book about photography called Believing is Seeing. I think it's such an apt name. We all see the things that we already believe to be true, and often times we're correct, but not because we've weighed the evidence...rather just because what everyone believes is often true. But the rubber really meets the road in these special cases where the thing is so obviously untrue to everyone who doesn't already believe it. How do you pierce that shell? Everything they've proposed has been debunked, and most of them acknowledge the debunking but then just move onto the next thing, because the evidence itself is beside the point. The bigger truth is the actual point, but I can't quite pinpoint what the bigger truth really is in this case. Is it really about the election? Is it about fealty to Trump as a sort of savior? Is it just general distrust of all of our liberal institutions? It's actually fascinating if you can stop thinking about the fact that they're trying to ruin our system of government for a second.

b_b  ·  22 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: In which everyone came out of lockdown having forgotten how to cross the street

The worst part was he didn’t even use the same words as me. I said, “It’s a goddam fucking crosswalk, asshole.” And the kid said, “freaking shit.” So clearly I have a track record.

b_b  ·  22 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: In which everyone came out of lockdown having forgotten how to cross the street

Super fascinating read, whether it’s correct or not.