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dublinben  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I am a simple potato guardian who needs my Second Amendment rights

The president's comment about "guarding potatoes" was dumb, but this kind of "humor" piece is completely tone deaf and counterproductive. This dismissive attitude by liberals just feeds into the culture war that is tearing this country apart. Every reader who gleefully forwards this to a friend, or makes a joke about "30-50 feral hogs" just perpetuates the Republican narrative that their way of life is under attack.

We need public figures like Washington Post columnists "offering a lighter take on the news and opinions of the day" to be using their position to unify the country around the existential threats we face, not sowing discord to garner some cheap laughs.

dublinben  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Black American Amputation Epidemic

The correlation shown by those maps is enough to catch your attention to the problem. The causation is well explained by the article.

dublinben  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Charles Marohn: America's Growth Ponzi Scheme

    whereas in the case of urban sprawl, you have both municipal infrastructure and housing stock

Strongtowns actually has an old article addressing this assumption. Most municipalities probably shouldn't be counting in-the-ground infrastructure as a financial asset, rather than a liability.

dublinben  ·  15 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: ‘It’s bullshit’: Inside the weird, get-rich-quick world of dropshipping

Truly a cancer upon the internet. I don't know why anyone would ever knowingly purchase something from one of these fly-by-night dropshipping operations.

This is how we lose the second half of the year to COVID-19 as well as the first half of the year. Meanwhile, it's already been contained in New Zealand, so things will be back to normal there (minus international travel) before we know it.

Regardless of the way this decision comes down, maybe this will be the inspiration we need to abolish the undemocratic Electoral College all together.

    the American people expect presidential electors to behave like robots, voting uncritically for whoever their state supported in the election.

The author came so close to reaching the conclusion that the EC is vestigial, for all the reasons they don't want them to act "faithlessly."

dublinben  ·  31 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: David Foster Wallace - Consider The Lobster

The original link no longer resolves, so here's the article saved by the Internet Archive.

dublinben  ·  38 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A Raw Deal

I also feel like I'm getting a good return on my investment into his work.

dublinben  ·  41 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Cost of Thriving

Thanks for reminding me where I originally found this. I posted this again on the off chance it didn’t originally come from kleinbl00.

dublinben  ·  54 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Seen in Detroit

AAA says the average price in Michigan is still $1.76. https://gasprices.aaa.com/

National Average under $2 at $1.956.

dublinben  ·  57 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Dark Sky acquired by Apple and will shutdown Android / Web access

Add a bookmark of https://mobile.weather.gov/ for your location to your home screen. Direct to the source, not supporting a profiteering private company, nobody can ever take it away.

(Until the Republicans shut down NOAA.)