Friday, April 12, 2024

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Amenities

Regularly one of our illustrious pundit bros wonders why more people don't move to lower cost places, especially now that working from home is at least more of an option. There are lots of reasons that don't involve "access to the hipster coffee shop," and one is the precarious nature of certain necessary non-hipster coffee shop amenities, like health care services.

Independent Investigation

Just mocking Uncle Joe, really.
However, it said there was no intentional harm. “Those who approved the strike were convinced that they were targeting armed Hamas operatives and not WCK employees,” said the IDF.

The investigation into Col Mandel and his colleagues was led by retired Maj Gen Yoav Har-Even, president and CEO of Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, sparking claims of bias.

The IDF is one of Rafael’s biggest buyers. The company, which sells nearly half of its arms to Israeli clients, makes the ‘Spike missiles’ which are reported to have been used to kill the aid workers.
Have some self-respect, MAN.

Favism

Fell down a minor internet wormhole on this one.
Although favism, a blood disorder that can cause a violent reaction to fava beans, lurks throughout Italy, many Romans look forward to May, when the legumes are in season.
While there seem to be some other minor dietary triggers for people with the genetic disorder, in practice it appears it's basically fava beans.

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Your Job Is To Win

Back in 2000, I rolled my eyes at all the Nader voters. I wasn't not a Nader sympathizer, at all! But no matter what we think of those people, the question facing the Gore campaign was: is there anything we can do to win them over without hurting ourselves more elsewhere?  

This is just standard campaign stuff. I don't even have an answer to the question. But the question facing the campaign was not, "Are the potential Nader voters a bunch of stupid shitheads?" The question was, "What do we have to do win?"

Maybe the belief was "there's nothing we can do to get those stupid shitheads to vote for us." I have no idea! But the answer was not "fuck those stupid shitheads because they are supposed to vote for us" any more than that's the right attitude when courting Suburban Swing Voters, or an imagined bloc of "Haley voters," or any other set of voters.

Maybe the imagined Lefties-mad-about-Gaza-or-whatever are unreachable! If so, then from the campaign's perspective, fuck those stupid shitheads, they won't vote for us anyway!

Otherwise, it seems prudent to apply basic politics applied to every other voting group which is, at a minimum, convincing people that their concerns matter.

Most politics is, actually, directed at stupid shitheads, which I think Professional Democrats should understand.

The bad orange man is indeed bad, but the daily sociopathy from the various spokespeople in the White House and State is not helpful!

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Slowly Then All At Once

I suppose even pessimists might have underestimated Israel's response and the US's support for it, but all this has been predictable for months.
A promised surge in aid into Gaza that Benjamin Netanyahu promised Joe Biden a week ago has so far failed to materialise, aid workers say, as the US aid chief confirmed that famine is beginning to take hold in parts of the besieged coastal strip.
I posted this 6 weeks ago. An eternity ago.

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Thursday, April 11, 2024

Thursday Night

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Bye Nordberg

Something I haven't seen anyone comment on yet, after OJ's death, is that after the OJ trial was done, cable news kept trying... and trying... to create another "OJ." It was the template for the Lewinsky coverage - not simply a news story, or an important news story, but complete saturation coverage everywhere. That was the successful one. Some other stories failed to launch, though you could see them trying.

Mommy He Hit Me Back

I have no idea what Iran will do, but this is a clear case of "Israel started it."
Mr Biden warned that Iran is threatening to launch a "significant attack" after Israel struck the Iranian consulate in Syria 10 days ago.
And started for the clear purpose of dragging the US into it.

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The Republican Position On Abortion

It is very confusing to (some) political reporters.
Republicans in Arizona halted an effort by Democrats on Wednesday to repeal an 1864 law banning almost all abortions, which the state supreme court this week ruled could go into effect.

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Some Republicans in the state had, surprisingly, come out against the court’s decision. “This decision cannot stand,” Matt Gress, a Republican state representative, said. “I categorically reject rolling back the clock to a time when slavery was still legal and we could lock up women and doctors because of an abortion.”

Gress had tried to bring forth a bill to repeal the ban but then voted with other Republicans to move to recess.
Not faulting this piece, but "Republicans (including Trump) will pretend to soften their views of abortion while thwarting any attempt to soften the law" is the strategy that every single person who pays attention to politics fully understands but some reporters will pretend not to!







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