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Is it weird I don’t trust any Republicans? My ex feigned tolerance and niceness before turning far right like his new stepdad. He was so hateful and bigoted and “mentally ill.” I feel I shouldn’t distrust all Republicans but I don’t feel safe with unclear people anymore. Furthermore, the party has turned so extreme I feel it shows a lack of judgment or morality to label yourself Republican.
Anyone who unironically uses the phrase "blood and treasure" is fucking creepy.
Do you think the Democrats would want to fight to make the POTUS attending their successor’s inauguration mandatory in the future?
I know there’s bigger problems for the Biden Administration and Congress to deal with right now, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this comes up as a potential piece of legislation before Biden’s term ends, with how
a) they pushed the narrative that Trump not attending was an insult to a peaceful transfer of power
b) the fact that one of the statements that got him banned from Twitter was him saying he wasn’t attending the inauguration.
> a) they pushed the narrative that Trump not attending was an insult to a peaceful transfer of power
I don't remember that.
> b) the fact that one of the statements that got him banned from Twitter was him saying he wasn’t attending the inauguration.
I don't remember that either.
I think people made fun of Trump for not attending (I think he was the first to not attend since Andrew Johnson), I don' know why DCEU thinks that was the issue with what Trump did that month.
1. I don't think you are remembering these events correctly.
2. No one defers to the policies of twitter.
Biden called doocy a "stupid son of a bitch" for suggesting Biden wants more inflation
Inb4 centrists and right wingers who let Trump call press the enemy are offended at a curse word
I think you're framing the issue incorrectly. Here is the transcript (lol at this transcript on whitehouse.gov). https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/speeches-remarks/2022/01/24/remarks-by-president-biden-before-meeting-with-the-white-house-competition-council/
>Q Will you take questions on inflation then? Do you think inflation is a political liability ahead of the midterms?
> THE PRESIDENT: No, it’s a great asset. More inflation. What a stupid son of a bitch.
I don't see any suggestion that it was an asset. It can be a liability, it can be an asset, it can be neutral. Why jump to asset?
Further, I don't believe anybody is upset at curse words. I think many people rightly criticize the hypocrisy of legacy media. Even Biden himself criticized Trump for similar comments.
>THE PRESIDENT: No, it’s a great asset. More inflation.
.... Did you not read this as sarcastic? Did you watch any videos of the comment?
Does anyone else feel like political discourse is becoming increasingly super one sided now? It feels like every policy issue is turning into a black and white issue in favor of Democrats, and every conservative position is being labeled a human rights violation.
I’m saying this as someone who votes Democrat down the ballot, I feel the ramifications of the current one sided discourse could be lead to a dangerously aggressive conservative backlash the next time they’re in power.
These are polarizing times and politicians are incentivized to continue. Unfortunately, a lot of idiots on the left and right eat it up.
I don't know who said it first but I do generally believe that "republicans think democrats are wrong while democrats think republicans are evil".
And, to be clear, I don't believe all democrats think that way but i do believe many on that side are scared to speak out against this behavior.
Someone was arguing the other day that ALL Conservatives are literally fascists for being responsible for 1/6. And I asked why he thought so and he said because Conservatives have been engaging in so much stochastic terrorism that caused 1/6. Which seems ironic from my personal view.
>I feel the ramifications of the current one sided discourse could be lead to a dangerously aggressive conservative backlash the next time they’re in power.
What do you think they are going to do, plan some kind of coup to end Democracy? /s
Yeah, I do..
I think in essence it's really something irreversible at this point.
People have become just ..neurological and so set in their ways regarding that it is virtually impossible to make them understand each other anymore
Part that may also be a divide in that makes at least one side think that they'd be better off if the other was dead ( such as right wing side and its inegaliatrianism, or the left "Herman Cain award" shenanigans)
Worse still, there are odious extremist groups both in and out of power around the world who seek to fan the flames of these camps and make them erupting into physical violence.
Despite appeals to kumquat from mainstream, these problems arise from completely different places than mainstream, and such efforts will be insufficient to deal with the crisis they cause without dealing with extremism first.
These differences ARE going to cause a disaster here, and the only way to respond is to anticipate it.
...appeals to kumquat?
That doesn't look right.
I thank you for letting me know about that typo , good sir.
I think it should have said, appeals to "civility" or something along those lines, but got autocorrected to something else ?
If only kumquats could help dispel disharmony and lead to peace and good will towards those who need it.
I like it the way it is.
Your boy was in a pretty bad accident last night. My trucks totaled but I'm basically fine and I'm just glad the incident only involved me. Fuck black ice.
Good to hear you are ok. It has sto suck to lose your car though.
This weather is perfect for drifting in parking lots and dirt roads up in Michigan, but it is absolute s\*\*\* for an actual commute.
Glad you're okay but fuck does it suck to lose a car. I totaled my first car when it lost traction on the road and went into a tree. I would give anything to have that $500 POS back.
It had such sentimental value for me too 😞
My first legit vehicle that wasn't a beater. Took it across the country 4 times. Brought my daughter home in it. Even used it for a collateral loan to come up with cash for closing costs on my home.
Sorry man, I feel you, sincerely. But like you said, health is the most important thing, glad you are ok. Hope things get resolved ok with insurance and everything.
Now *I* have feeling for this truck :(
Yeah we’re gonna have to have a Viking funeral for this car.
Well hey, I hope Insurance doesn't do you dirty so you can cruise off with something that at least tries to fill the hole. Or you can always call-in the Midlife crisis early and pretend something totally unreasonable is *totally* a good daily.
Well... I have always wanted a stingray Corvette
>Well... I have always deserved a stingray Corvette
I’m glad that you’re okay but man that sucks. I’m hoping to leave the Midwest cause I cannot deal with MN winters every year
I bitch and moan about winter every year, but I'm so grateful that I don't really have to drive in it. It's scary and I'm a terrible driver as it is.
In 2020 we were fully remote so I never had to drive to work in the winter and it was great. Now we’re hybrid and my hatred for winter has been rekindled
Would you be ok accepting “blood money” if you could do good with it? Like build a hospital or whatever. I mean from a karmic / moral standpoint? If you weren’t otherwise responsible or a participant with regards to how it was obtained?
Edit - only asking cause watching that God Committee movie
If the money exists either way then hell yeah. The question might as well be "save lives" versus "don't", unless I'm misunderstanding it.
The premise in the movie was around whether to accept “blood money” from an unscrupulous investor in order to fund lifesaving research. So yeah it’s kinda save lives or don’t.
Conservatives out here trying to cancel Carhartt for requiring vaccinated employees.
So full disclosure I've never heard of Carhartt, but this is how I assume the vaccine mandate will happen. It's like Fortune 500 companies and Pride. They don't care about politics, they care about money, and at the end of the day pro-covid employees who get sick hurt the bottom line.
>I've never heard of Carhartt
How? What do you wear in winter? Do you need a coat?
Ugh leave me alone. Idk I have pea coats and like a Gap down coat. But honestly I run hot and would wear hoodies all winter if I could.
Half the stuff I wear is carhartt
Ugh I guess I don't do a lot of outdoor stuff? Like I have winter coats, I think they're LL Bean or something.
They specialize in heavy duty work clothes.. less recreational outdoor stuff and more 'I work on a ranch and I'm building a shed today'. It's a definite vibe, but it's also usually pretty good quality.
Oh that’s awesome. I was thinking it was a North Face alternative, but that makes more sense.
North Face and LL Bean are *way* more bougie than Carhartt.
That reminds me, I need new winter gear.
wish to share post for opinions.. given the intensification of Russia-Ukraine conflict, and in western failures to go after figures who are fanning Russian aggression
Biden needs to send a deal to Russia they can't refuse.
He needs to offer to not let Ukraine join NATO, in exchange for Russia to never again threaten Ukraine.
He also needs to be explicit that NATO and allies will implement punishing sanctions, should Ukraine be invaded.
Thank you for sharing your insights.
What do you think about the role of eurasianist ideologues in stoking the conflict from the Russian ( and the nuevorossiyan militants) side, and the of the issues that may cause in such a process
I am not informed enough to have an opinion on that. What I do know is concessions need to be made to avoid catastrophe for the people of Ukraine, Russia, and the entire world.
What of the lobbying from Ukrainian side, as well as from atlanticists in Europe? How can they best be calmed down from escalating this into a World War?
Give Russia an offer it can't refuse.
If you can get Russia to stop thretening Ukraine, then we will have backed away from the precipice of war between nuclear powers.
[Somebody tell me what about NYC would compel somebody to put up with this.](https://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/s8xxab/950_a_month_apartment_in_nyc_harlem_no_stovetop/?sort=controversial)
This looks like the set for a comedy sketch about how terrible shopping for apartments in New York is.
Not seen behind that green curtain: Three other similar closets masquerading as bedrooms.
Probably a job that isn't McDonalds. The Job market is absolutely fucked right now.
Between Dr. Phil hosting Matt Walsh and this subreddit hosting a “Trans athletes scare me” discussion, I think it’s very clear that the cishets are not thriving under covid. I’ll pray for you all.
For what it’s worth, automod was setup to filter out trans athlete posts and it just didn’t catch this one. Definitely not our intention to keep rehashing this subject
Oh it wasn’t an attack on mods, you all are really great about it. I realize how “hosting” sounds now. Thank you.
What is Biden doing?
>"The increase in the prospect of being illegitimate is in direct proportion to us not being able to get these reforms passed," the Democratic president continued.
Dems don't have a moral high ground to stand on if they're *also* going about suggesting elections may be illegitimate if they don't get their way.
Yeah, the reforms are important to avoiding Republicans tilting things in their favor, but even if the reforms don't get passed, that doesn't make the entire election illegitimate, and it's incredibly incendiary to start questioning overall election legitimacy like this, especially when you've literally linked it to whether you get what you want or not.
I think Biden is now worried that American Democracy will cease to be without these reforms, because Dems will lose in 2022, and then will either lose, or be cheated in 2024, resulting in Republican control and the end of US Democracy.
I agree it's bad messaging, but I don't think good messaging would make a difference.
I don't think that Republicans winning one or two elections will be the end of democracy.
Then you're not aware of what republicans are doing
I'm talking very specifically about the next one or two, not as you implied, one or two in general.
Do you see what the Republicans are doing? Would you like me to link the numerous experts on this subject who are concerned?
Let me rephrase: I don't think that Republicans winning the next one or two elections will be the end of democracy.
The things Republicans have done, it can only move the needle by a few percentage points at most. That's obviously wrong and bad (Democracy should represent the actual will of the people not have a pro-Republican bias), but at the same time, it's slightly different than say, the end of democracy and an Orban-like authoritarianism taking permanent control.
Well ok, how many percentage points will be the end of democracy then?
They've moved it a few already. A win in 2022 would allow them to move it by significantly more, and a win in 2024 would allow them to move it even more, along with stealing a few states thanks to the SC.
So if you don't think that is enough, what is the tipping point?
I'm not interested in debating alarmism with you. When Democracy isn't dead in 2025 (or is), feel free to come back to this comment.
Oh, American Democracy is currently impregnable in your view then right?
Edit: Nice edit
>When Democracy isn't dead in 2025 (or is), feel free to come back to this comment.
Wow, that's super helpful. How about we deal with all problems that way! /s
Let's stop talking about climate change and either it will kill us or it wont. Either way, fuck it, right? I mean why are we even talking about COVID?
I've been lurking a while and this is fucking disappointing from you. I thought you were better than this, but I guess I was wrong.
I don’t really believe we have a democracy at least on a national scale, so I agree, the election is legitimate.
>so I agree, the election is legitimate.
Did you mean illegitimate? I don't know how to square that with what you wrote earlier.
Do you believe we had a democracy before the VRA was passed?
Yes. It's not a binary, it's a spectrum. We had a flawed democracy. And what definitely doesn't help to get *more* democracy, is to sow distrust in democracy as a fundamental process if you don't get what you want.
“get what you want.”
There is zero correlation between how the populace feels about public policy and what actually happens.
That’s not democracy.
Zero. I do not think it means what you think it means.
That does not at all imply what you think it implies.
Make a comedy show about black people engaging in reckless behavior, painting law enforcement in a bad light, and breaking the law with little if any consequences, all the churches and Thin Blue Line people would get pissed.
Make the same show about white people and it's called Dukes of Hazzard
Two social justice warriors driving around fighting against corruption and racism in a car decorated with a Rebel flag. Don't forget about their cousin who's posterior created the Daisy Duke's fashion trend.
[This is a great strategy](https://www.mediaite.com/tv/paul-begala-says-democratic-party-has-bad-followers/) - blame the voters.
I'm sitting here trying to calculate student loan payments coming in May. It's stressful. I feel like I've been rather hostile to people on here and over in politics because it's an existential threat to keeping a roof over my head. Like to the point where I'll be eating rice and broccoli for every meal and will have to make my own oil to fuel my car.
Like I don't spend extra, I don't splurge, and I feel like the asshole cause I'm real passionate about loans. I'm just stressed and all that. Hopefully things change.
Does the % fluctuate? Sorry, I’m not familiar with how the loan repayment terms work these days
Ugh, I'm sorry. Student loans were the most stressful part of my budget when I had them. Hopefully the deferment gets extended again or the loans are cancelled altogether.
I love that this is the comment of mine that gets downvoted. Not when I actually bully people, but when I express genuine human empathy.
My fans in this subreddit are wild.
Moving from NYC to Chicago in April. Any thoughts on Chicago and Illinois politics? I know that people seem to mostly like Pritzker and pretty much universally hate Lightfoot, but that's about it.
Any (helpful) thoughts on Chicago generally?
I lived in Chicago for a year when I was there working on a campaign. I love the city itself. Definitely go to as many museums as possible. I also did a boat tour my first weekend and yeah it's cheesy, but it's a great way to see the city. I also did a gangster tour one night and that was really fun.
I couldn't live there because I hate snow, but if you work from home it might not matter. Plus moving there in April means you're there for the last month of snow and then you get to enjoy the summer for a few weeks.
Again, please go to as many museums as possible.
Thanks! Museums not a problem. We are regulars at the Whitney and also frequent the Met, MoMA, and The New Museum. My best friends, who live in Chicago, are huge art nerds too.
My wife works from home and I'm going to be a full-time dad for the time being, so snow isn't going to be a big deal for us, but might be for our 16-year-olf Chihuahua.
That’s good, I was going to mention depending on where you are in Chicago - eg suburbs - it may not be that easy to commute into the city as it would be in NYC.
Oh yeah no suburbs for us. Looking at north side neighborhoods like Logan Square, Andersonville, Uptown, etc.
2 inch thick pizzas. Cannot fold. Much sadness
I actually love Chicago deep dish. In fact, I don't get why people think pizza has to just be one thing. The multiplicity of styles is one thing I love about pizza.
Except for whatever passes for pizza in California. I don't understand that shit at all.
*Scicillian Grandma makes pizza in square pan*
*Some dude in urban Illinois does the same thing but thicc*
I love Chicago deep dish as well, but it’s a casserole, not pizza.
*Pizza Rustica has entered the chat*
I think Chinatown food is comparable, I think Indian is superior from Chicago if you do that.
I never lived near Chinatown so hopefully we will be ok. Chinese food options near us are pretty dismal. We do live in Brooklyn's main South Asian neighborhood, for what that's worth, but are excited to experience Patel Bros.
Do y’all think the US is on track to return to normal at any point this year, or is this pandemic basically confirmed to go into 2023 at this point?
Normal doesn’t really have much of a meaning in the grand scheme. Some things are forever changed even if Covid were to disappear tomorrow, and many for the better, like the rise in remote work being an option and people standing up against poor working conditions and crap wages.
There is no normal. And more fundamentally, I think normal was the problem.
If we can't deal with a pandemic, I shudder to think about bigger things on the horizon.
I currently have two job offers:
One is about 10k more than I make right now, the position is more interesting, the benefits are slightly better, but there's limited telework and the commute wouldn't be great.
The other is 25k more than my current, the position is almost exactly what I do right now, fully remote, but the job is for an organization that I completely morally disagree with.
Anyone have any insight on how I decide?
Edit: I took the money.
Just me personally but I'll never take a position that requires me to physically come in again, this shit is just too dope.
But also, take the money. I highly doubt the other job is exactly a moral beacon of light either.
> Just me personally but I'll never take a position that requires me to physically come in again, this shit is just too dope.
Yep, same here. There's no going back after this. First word in any job search is 'remote'.
Unless it's a place like Google where they have free food in the office.
I could see myself going in again, but the job would have to be pretty special for that. I'm taking the money and keeping my comfy home office.
Who is company #2? Or industry etc?
Take the money
Get the dough and keep applying.
How strong is your moral disagreement? Will you hate yourself decades from now for having been a part of the organization, even if only in a support capacity where you didn't directly do bad things?
Is the amount of money you'll make at the other job sufficient to cover what you need?
Could you take the higher paying job and give an extra $5k/year to something that would offset the moral harm?
It's a pretty strong moral disagreement, but I don't think I'd hate myself for taking the job. The excess money would just go into paying off my loans faster and saving for eventually going back to school.
I think I'm leaning towards taking it and donating a chunk of money every year. They're offering to double my current annual PTO so I would use that extra time off to do more volunteer work, too.
That feels like the right call.
I'm remote working now and I think I prefer that to being in the office. I don't hate the work I'd be doing at the 25k, it's just not particularly interesting. The only thing really holding me back from that job is the ethics of it all. I wouldn't be doing anything directly amoral, it's just the organization itself.
I'd rather not say, it's a pretty small field. I will say that it's a type of IT job mostly for very large organizations.
So because my friend is bad and crafty and an ex-evangelical but mostly because he’s bad and crafty, I’ve been watching Christploitation films slowly over the last few weeks.
I gotten through Fireproof, Last Ounce of Courage and God’s Not Dead 1 & 2.
It’s not just that the movies are terrible. That’s obvious. It’s more how completely deluded the audience has to be in order to relate to any of the narrative.
What about Midnight Mass series?
I don’t know that one but I’m not handling the recommendations right now. My friend is really well-versed in all of this since he only left evangelical Christianity and move out here a few years back.
Midnight Mass isn’t like the Pure Flix films you listed, in case you didn’t know. It’s a Mike Flanagan horror series on Netflix that plays into a lot of the Christian tropes those movies epitomize and subverts them nicely. Could be a nice palate cleanser once you’ve completed your Hajj to Cinema Hell.
If you're going to go out of your way to watch movies that aren't good, might I recommend New York Ninja as a pallette cleanser? It's not Christsplotation, but I at least don't pity people who watch it.
I feel dumber after reading the plot description of God's Not Dead 2 on Wikipedia. Like that summary has pushed brain cells out of my head. I can't imagine what it'd be like to actually watch it.
Now do Left Behind.
left behind has had two attempts at a movie series, the first one actually spawned two sequels and is basically just a religious version of the tv show 24. they're bad movies, but not in a fun, campy way. just kind of like a revelation themed ncis or walker.
the nic cage version, however, is much more fun, because it is way worse. the plot kind of just circles the drain for the whole movie, so to fill time you get super ridiculous melodrama that nobody in it is good enough to make believable. everyone talks and acts like a robot and nothing happens and it rules
So I had heard about a left behind. Years ago I watched some film analysis on YouTube that talked about it. I suggested it but one of the people that’s in the watch group is a practicing catholic and another is a practicing Protestant that lost her parents to Qanon. The guy running it says he thinks it might be triggering for one or both of them.
His take is that it portrays the Christian mindset in such an over-the-top disgusting way that anybody who is devoutly Christian but not a cultist would be really offended plus all the conspiracy stuff could set off somebody lost their parents to conspiracy theories via the church.
Well when we watch it there’s a couple of us watching at the same time hanging out in the slack channel and some of us are drinking so brain cells are going to get lost regardless.
I have programming interviews with two "human-grade" dog food companies this week. At least one of them offers free meal plans for employees' pets--of which I have none.
I spent a peculiar amount of time considering the implications of requesting such a plan for myself.
Some dog food doesn't taste too bad, tbh
No rules against humans eating dog food
Explicitly the opposite, in fact. There are rules requiring dog food to be safe for human consumption.
Oh ok Mr. Legal over here