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by Zaune
2020-08-08 07:19am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: NY state sues to dissolve NRA
Replies: 21
Views: 924

Re: NY state sues to dissolve NRA

Those aren't typically organized as nonprofit charities, so this sort of action can't be brought against them. A cogent point. Although it's probably easier to have them declared domestic terrorist organisations instead... Or maybe not given that membership of the KKK doesn't appear to be a felony ...
by Zaune
2020-08-06 07:21pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Op-ed: Black People Must Embrace the Second Amendment
Replies: 28
Views: 4165

Re: Op-ed: Black People Must Embrace the Second Amendment

Of course, the practical upshot of that is that black Americans must expand the definition of "self-defence" to include retaliatory and pre-emptive action... which I cannot in good faith argue against, because a significant fraction of US law enforcement are acting more like a hostile occupying mili...
by Zaune
2020-08-06 06:03pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: NY state sues to dissolve NRA
Replies: 21
Views: 924

Re: NY state sues to dissolve NRA

The NRA has brought this entirely on itself by allowing itself to be turned into a front for the Klan, but I can't help thinking that there are targets that have broken more actual laws. The aforementioned Klan, for one, or the various white-supremacist militia organisations.
by Zaune
2020-08-05 12:03pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Op-ed: Black People Must Embrace the Second Amendment
Replies: 28
Views: 4165

Re: Op-ed: Black People Must Embrace the Second Amendment

PainRack wrote:
2020-08-05 11:16am
Are we going to ignore the elephant in the room re Breonna Taylor murder ?

Having a gun just gives police more rights to kill you.
The only difference not being armed seems to make is that it eliminates even the possibility of shooting back. Or shooting first.
by Zaune
2020-08-05 05:31am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Massive explosion of stored fireworks/explosives in Beriut, dozens dead, thousand injured, city evacuated.
Replies: 22
Views: 1296

Re: Massive explosion of stored fireworks/explosives in Beriut, dozens dead, thousand injured, city evacuated.

Apparently the ammonium nitrate got dumped on the quayside because nobody showed up to collect it, and the port authority had to do something with it (the stuff can become dangerously unstable if you let it get damp, for example) so they moved it temporarily into the only free warehouse they had... ...
by Zaune
2020-08-04 11:33pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Massive explosion of stored fireworks/explosives in Beriut, dozens dead, thousand injured, city evacuated.
Replies: 22
Views: 1296

Re: Massive explosion of stored fireworks/explosives in Beriut, dozens dead, thousand injured, city evacuated.

Fuhrer Trump, never one to pass up an opportunity to make a bad thing worse, suggested (apparently falsely) that it was an attack. In the interests of being scrupulously fair and accurate, I should note that foul play is not even close to being ruled out yet. Negligence is definitely a major factor...
by Zaune
2020-08-04 11:48am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Democratic Party HQ in Arizona destroyed by arson, critical documents and computer systems destroyed.
Replies: 19
Views: 1313

Re: Democratic Party HQ in Arizona destroyed by arson, critical documents and computer systems destroyed.

Just from the "not all conspiracy theories are too far fetched" corner, one could presume this particular bag of mixed nuts volunteered at this location specifically for this result (or an opportunity like this). After all, he doesn't appear to align with Democratic party themes, wants Trump's reco...
by Zaune
2020-08-01 06:30am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Canadians Are Getting Unsolicited Packets Of Unidentified Seeds In The Mail
Replies: 10
Views: 767

Re: Canadians Are Getting Unsolicited Packets Of Unidentified Seeds In The Mail

Can't they just I don't know, post a fake review and save the money on shipping? A lot of online retailers have got wise to that, and either only allow reviews from accounts that have actually bought the item from them or make it possible to distinguish the ones that haven't; some Amazon reviews ha...
by Zaune
2020-07-31 10:59pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Federal Law Enforcement Use Unmarked Vehicles To Grab Protesters Off Portland Streets
Replies: 112
Views: 6364

Re: Federal Law Enforcement Use Unmarked Vehicles To Grab Protesters Off Portland Streets

I'm not saying it's okay when we do it. I'm saying that the only thing I can think of that might deter them from doing it is the threat of retaliation in kind.
by Zaune
2020-07-31 10:04pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Federal Law Enforcement Use Unmarked Vehicles To Grab Protesters Off Portland Streets
Replies: 112
Views: 6364

Re: Federal Law Enforcement Use Unmarked Vehicles To Grab Protesters Off Portland Streets

Isn't the more likely interpretation of that tweet that it's about holding masked government agents accountable? Sarah Palin probably didn't intend for someone to take "Don't retreat, reload!" literally either, and look how that ended. Although if anyone here believes that pledging to abstain from ...
by Zaune
2020-07-30 09:30pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Canadians Are Getting Unsolicited Packets Of Unidentified Seeds In The Mail
Replies: 10
Views: 767

Canadians Are Getting Unsolicited Packets Of Unidentified Seeds In The Mail

London Free Press (the one in Ontario) Mysterious packages of unmarked seeds from China are showing up in the mailboxes of area residents, prompting warnings from officials not to plant the contents if you receive one. The Canada Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said they are looking into reports of r...
by Zaune
2020-07-30 09:15pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: COVID-19 ongoing thread part 2
Replies: 384
Views: 36323

Re: COVID-19 ongoing thread part 2

So, we need to find a way to both acknowledge that Trump is a product of a long process and that his crimes have precedents in the behaviors of other leaders, but at the same time recognize that he is something new in American politics, a new permutation of an old evil maybe, but still a more dange...
by Zaune
2020-07-30 03:35pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: COVID-19 ongoing thread part 2
Replies: 384
Views: 36323

Re: COVID-19 ongoing thread part 2

I'm not one of the targeted groups here personally, so your implication that I only care now because I'm personally affected is as false as it is offensive. I'm sorry, I didn't mean it that way. But my point was that you've missed the boat on preventing the normalisation of this sort of thing. It's...
by Zaune
2020-07-30 05:07am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: COVID-19 ongoing thread part 2
Replies: 384
Views: 36323

Re: COVID-19 ongoing thread part 2

I fully acknowledge that Reagan was a piece of shit and part of the long decline of the Republicans toward a fascist party. But at the same time is it even possible for you to respond to anything Trump or the Trumpers do without implicitly or explicitly saying "But they're no different from any ear...
by Zaune
2020-07-29 06:59pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: COVID-19 ongoing thread part 2
Replies: 384
Views: 36323

Re: COVID-19 ongoing thread part 2

Call the Trump coronavirus response what it is: a genocide. I would lean more towards "depraved indifference" than premeditated mass murder, but only because I don't wish to credit anyone responsible for this shitshow with that much imagination or clarity of purpose. Especially not Trump himself, w...
by Zaune
2020-07-28 12:41pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: COVID-19 ongoing thread part 2
Replies: 384
Views: 36323

Re: COVID-19 ongoing thread part 2

I was discussing that yesterday. UK epidemiologists were seen as world experts, training other countries. What the fuck happened? Did they fail to penetrate the politics? Were they over confident and not worried enough? The UK is fatter, sicker with more poverty and smaller houses then most of Euro...
by Zaune
2020-07-27 05:14pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Federal Law Enforcement Use Unmarked Vehicles To Grab Protesters Off Portland Streets
Replies: 112
Views: 6364

Re: Federal Law Enforcement Use Unmarked Vehicles To Grab Protesters Off Portland Streets

What makes you think that the Trump Administration can't win this court case? If the DA actually charges with kidnapping I expect the DA to lose and lose badly and lose quickly. Nothing I have seen anywhere indicates that these arrests are not lawful. They may be unwise they may be a violation of c...
by Zaune
2020-07-27 08:20am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Federal Law Enforcement Use Unmarked Vehicles To Grab Protesters Off Portland Streets
Replies: 112
Views: 6364

Re: Federal Law Enforcement Use Unmarked Vehicles To Grab Protesters Off Portland Streets

From what I understand, it's not an issue of if they can arrest people, it's how they are going about it. In other words, breach of protocol (which, Ironically, would get the case the feds bring up thrown out "On a technicality"). That the DA's willing to elevate breach of protocol to a further off...
by Zaune
2020-07-24 01:27pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Washington Redskins no more
Replies: 18
Views: 1558

Re: Washington Redskins no more

I dunno, soccer teams in the US go by "[insert name] FC (Football Club)". Only trouble is the inevitable "what happens when the team is moved? They have to pick a new new name?" :lol: I never understood how that made more business sense than just starting a new team anyway. Your existing supporters...
by Zaune
2020-07-22 08:33am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Federal Law Enforcement Use Unmarked Vehicles To Grab Protesters Off Portland Streets
Replies: 112
Views: 6364

Re: Federal Law Enforcement Use Unmarked Vehicles To Grab Protesters Off Portland Streets

Its absolutely necessary if they're to do their duty to uphold the law and protect their residents, and I'm glad to see that some state and local officials may actually have the guts to resist rather than quietly submit to fascism. But its also potentially a big step closer to an armed confrontatio...
by Zaune
2020-07-21 12:25pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Federal Law Enforcement Use Unmarked Vehicles To Grab Protesters Off Portland Streets
Replies: 112
Views: 6364

Re: Federal Law Enforcement Use Unmarked Vehicles To Grab Protesters Off Portland Streets

Any confrontation this winter will, in all likelihood, be won or lost by how much of the military regards Trump as legitimate. Which means that for the next six months (exactly, to the day, until inauguration), they are the only audience that ultimately matters. I wish I shared your faith that anyo...
by Zaune
2020-07-20 09:27pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Federal Law Enforcement Use Unmarked Vehicles To Grab Protesters Off Portland Streets
Replies: 112
Views: 6364

Re: Federal Law Enforcement Use Unmarked Vehicles To Grab Protesters Off Portland Streets

There are just two ways Trump realistically goes (other than waiting for death by natural causes): either the Biden campaign defeats him by a wide enough margin that the legitimacy of the election is inarguable to any sane person, or things deteriorate to the point where Trump is forced out by some...
by Zaune
2020-07-15 09:46pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: ERMERGERD!!! VOTER FRAUD ON MAIL IN BALLOTS... Committed by a republican...
Replies: 22
Views: 1543

Re: ERMERGERD!!! VOTER FRAUD ON MAIL IN BALLOTS... Committed by a republican...

"Bipartisanship" Or in this case trying to build the largest possible Not Trump coalition. Biden is trying to position himself as the guy who can unite the Bernie Sanders movement with the Never Trump Republicans. This does not fill me with confidence that he's the President the United States will ...
by Zaune
2020-07-15 08:29am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: ERMERGERD!!! VOTER FRAUD ON MAIL IN BALLOTS... Committed by a republican...
Replies: 22
Views: 1543

Re: ERMERGERD!!! VOTER FRAUD ON MAIL IN BALLOTS... Committed by a republican...

Of course, people want something more than "less shitty" to vote for, but I think that the big point in Biden's favor here is that unlike Trump, he is someone willing to at least sit down and talk with, and to some extent listen to, people he disagrees with. If he was taking over from Bush Jr, or a...
by Zaune
2020-07-15 08:17am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Allowing the privileged few to flee Hong Kong isn't liberation
Replies: 3
Views: 828

Re: Allowing the privileged few to flee Hong Kong isn't liberation

The left in the UK is currently busy being grateful for small mercies that the immigration situation isn't even bloody worse.