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b_b  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 25, 2020

I'm familiar with that type of ambivalence, and my heart goes out to you. I hope the rest of your holidays are better.

b_b  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: FACEBOOK STILL RULED BY SOCIOPATHS, NEWS AT 11

One of the things that Dems could have worked with Trump on was liability for content on social media sites. It's one of the few identifiable policy goals he had, and they probably could have extracted a lot for it. However, they are (a) money slaves like everyone else, and (b) reflexively opposed to anything Trump. The irony of Trump thinking that Twitter suppresses his free speech when that platform pretty much made him relevant notwithstanding, the only real argument against liability is that it will make investors less rich. Who gives a shit?

b_b  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: DPS Crew Discovers Mysterious Monolith From Air In Remote Utah Wilderness

Highly irregular

b_b  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: GSA Ascertains (finally)

Really solid choice

b_b  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Sidney Powell's place in the extended MAGAt Comic Universe: A Primer

It's kind of a schtick. I'll PM you

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

I don't know how you do it. I spent a couple days on conservative Twitter in 2016 trying to promote a pro-Trump song I wrote, and it was too much. I felt dumber by the minute, and my head started to hurt (way worse than with normal Twitter). Take care of yourself.

b_b  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Enablers: How Venture Capitalists are Deforming Capitalism

This is a good read, but it doesn't go into too much detail about the generalizability of the WeWork debacle, which is the main thrust of the article. I found that lack of data disappointing.

b_b  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency's "Rumor Control"

There's no more dire sin in Trumpland

b_b  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency's "Rumor Control"

Hahahahaha

Edit: Basically he got fired for doing his job effectively.

b_b  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Moderna has a vaccine that will be easier to distribute than Pfizer

Trying to keep the faith, but I definitely see how much skepticism there is from the right and the left. You just think that when the choice is minor inconvenience vs. DEATH, that it would be an easy choice.

b_b  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Moderna has a vaccine that will be easier to distribute than Pfizer

I'll nitpick that a bit, because our other experiences are with flu strains. We don't really know whether and how corona virus pandemics are different. Plus, the expected short lived immunity means that we need effective vaccines, even if they're not delivered on time to affect this round of the pandemic. It should hedge strongly against future bouts.

b_b  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Moderna has a vaccine that will be easier to distribute than Pfizer

I totally agree, and I hope it's sooner than that even. I think we've exposed some pretty big rips in our social fabric over the last 9 months, so that, if anything, could hold us back. Surveys tend to show that there are a lot of vaccine skeptics out there on the left and the right, but I think everyone will make the right choice when presented with more of the same vs. return to society.

b_b  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A coup is a coup

Wait, so he both endorsed the conclusion that this was a secure election and also that it was stolen? Even in Trumplogic that doesn't track.

b_b  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Charles Koch Says His Partisanship Was a Mistake

I attended a third rate grad school where I learned about Fourier series, the idea that an arbitrary function can be expressed as a summation of weighted sine functions. I thus developed a depraved clown fetish.

b_b  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Moderna has a vaccine that will be easier to distribute than Pfizer

As far as I've read, Pfizer has created and is manufacturing, special dry ice boxes that can store the vaccine for a few weeks, supposing that the storage/distribution facility is replenishing the dry ice up to twice. This won't be a big deal for hospitals, as any hospital worth its salt has -70 to -80 freezers on double redundant backup generators. But it's unreasonable to think that only hospitals are going to be their distribution centers, so hopefully their custom dry ice boxes are sufficient (or they figure out how the hell Moderna did it, and add whatever stabilizers are necessary to raise the storage temp to -20). The thing about storage conditions, as I'm sure you know, is that they are what you define them to be, as dictated by the stability studies that you showed the FDA. RNAs are generally considered some of the most unstable biomolecules, so they are typically stored at -70/-80. It's possible that Pfizer, in all their haste to make a mRNA product, which they've never done before, just did stability studies at -70 and haven't completed any data on other storage conditions yet (they're long, expensive, and tedious). Moderna on the other hand, as their name suggests, specializes in mRNA product development, so their know-how in that space is bound to be vast. Considering that both vaccines are based on mRNA for the now famous spike protein, hopefully there will be some data sharing so that the best, easiest, and most widely available distribution will be possible. Hopefully, the feds don't mind stepping in and forcing data sharing if necessary, as is their right under IP law.

b_b  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Moderna has a vaccine that will be easier to distribute than Pfizer

So far, they are the only two to release preliminary results, as far as I'm aware. I think it's just a matter of coincidence that they both have mRNA-based vaccines.

b_b  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A coup is a coup

The party of tough guys.

b_b  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A coup is a coup

I came across an article on Twitter today that was written back in August that imagined just that scenario, with the election then going to the House, which, given its tilt toward the GOP in numbers of state delegations controlled, would vote Trump. However, they proposed a trick Pelosi could pull to counter that move, which is to have Democratic challenges come forward to dispute House races. Apparently, the Speaker (or Senate majority leader) is the final arbiter of a disputed congressional race, which was news to me. It is used so seldomly that no one really knows this. The author of the article had to go back to Mary Landrieu in like 1996 to find the most recent time the Majority Leader sat a member of a disputed election (though it was easy because it was clear she won the vote). So Pelosi could just say, "Fuck you, GOP, John Smith says he won, and I say he did, too." Obviously it won't come to that, but it's fun to learn what doomsday scenarios could await.

b_b  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A coup is a coup

The title is bad, but I shared it, because I thought some of the writing was pretty funny. Specifically, the comparisons to the world of 80s WWF seemed apt.

b_b  ·  16 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Financial Times: Donald Trump’s dangerous election reversal game

I have no idea if this is legal or not, but I imagine it is given that it says exactly what they're doing in the fine print. These donors are so stupid that the Trump crew aren't even trying to hide it.

b_b  ·  16 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A return

You gotta be careful with that shit. How heavy?

    They will want Ranked Choice voting

Now you're just being greedy 🤣

Disagree. A popular vote based election means that there's every reason for a Democrat to campaign in Tulsa and a Republican in Orange County, because each vote suddenly matters, and if course there are pockets of every political stripe in every state. My guess is that the EC artificially suppresses turnout because most people in the country reasonably believe that their vote doesn't matter. I think in the long run abolishing three EC would actually be good for the GOP, even though it really would fuck them for a couple election cycles, since they could be free to not pander to the South any longer.

b_b  ·  16 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 11, 2020

Just this summer, the Court said that if a state has a law that says that electors have to vote a certain way, then if the vote goes another way, it's null and void (pursuant to state law).

https://www.npr.org/2020/07/06/885168480/supreme-court-rules-state-faithless-elector-laws-constitutional

It's pretty interesting that it took 240 years to test this.

The EC sucks so hard. It shouldn't exist. It's a vestige of the good old slave days, and I really hope that enough states sign onto the popular vote compact, even though that's a bandaid.

I learned only yesterday that an amendment to abolish it had the support of the House and Nixon back in 1970, only to be scuttled by a group of southern senators (surprise, surprise):

b_b  ·  17 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Financial Times: Donald Trump’s dangerous election reversal game

And the other 40% is apparently going into the RNC general fund, so the total has fuckall to do with the election, and has everything to do with (a) getting Trump's cronies richer and (b) putting money into the senate races in GA.