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re: Trump admits he wants to block USPS funding to sabotage mail-in voting (businessinsider.com) submitted by eugene
eugene's reply 46 days ago

The American way turned against itself.

The American way is just late stage capitalism, and it will definitely eat itself.

re: Trump administration rolls back Obama-era healthcare protections for transgender people and abortion access (independent.co.uk) submitted by eugene
eugene's reply 108 days ago

The whole administration is a knee jerk reaction to the US having its first black president.

Trump has tried, and been somewhat successful, at rolling back anything and everything Obama did, including simple stuff, like...outlawing lead in bullets.

Check the environment headcycle for Trumps latest rollbacks - it's like he wants to kill the planet.

re: Dutch to begin easing lockdown measures next week, government says - Reuters (reuters.com) submitted by scottrea
eugene's reply 147 days ago

Let's also hope that the Dutch government doesn't run a ponzi scheme to make money off of ppe equipment.

re: CBD hemp flower is something that I've been looking to buy. I found it for sale at this store; any feedback on the quality? (oregonhempflower.org) submitted by grotted
eugene's reply 159 days ago

No idea on the hemp flower, but whomever built their site or decided to go with that style should not be a designer or product manager.

re: Antenna Usage Rising as More Turn to Free OTA Channels (cordcuttersnews.com) submitted by griffson
eugene's reply 184 days ago

Hey, it's just like the old days!

This has actually been going on for a few years now as people realize that spending $150-200 for a zillion channels with nothing on them can be replaced by the internet, phones, and video games.

But I'm sure Comcast et al. will provide enough campaign contributions to the right senators to drive up prices of broadband, all with the help of their boy Ajit Pai at the FCC.

re: Trump Impeachment Trial: McConnell Tells Caucus They Lack the Votes to Block Witnesses (nationalreview.com) submitted by eugene
eugene's reply 244 days ago

Yep, it's not going to go the way anyone wants, but it's going down.

Trump will be sort of "Vindicated", and then the call for "Let us heal" will be spread throughout the land.

re: deleted (self.news) submitted by lyndonb
eugene's reply 256 days ago

test

re: The unpardonable pardon of Eddie Gallagher (thehill.com) submitted by eugene
eugene's reply 273 days ago

So this guy is now a Conservative Influencer and he's selling t-shirts and supplements online.

re: Evangelical magazine founded by Billy Graham calls for Trump's removal (axios.com) submitted by eugene
eugene's reply 284 days ago

I think you wanted to reply to my reply (below), but I get the sarcasm and the fact that this isn't something we can screw around with.

And yes, Swift, and all the greats (even Jesus) have had problems with people misunderstanding their messages ; )

re: Evangelical magazine founded by Billy Graham calls for Trump's removal (axios.com) submitted by eugene
eugene's reply 285 days ago

I can't tell if you're being sarcastic or serious...

But I do have to say this is good news - evangelicals, one of the biggest blocks of Trump voters, seem to be getting the point that Trump needs to be removed from office.

The downside here is Christianity Today is a mainstream christian magazine in Illinois - this isn't going to do dent the ideas (or vote) of the evangelicals in the South.

re: Trump impeached by House of Representatives over Ukraine dealings (businessinsider.com) submitted by lyndonb
eugene's reply 287 days ago

I really think the House did the right thing here - if a Dem had done the same I'd want him/her to be impeached as well.

Too bad this is going no where in the Senate, but at least the system still (sort of) works.

re: House Judiciary Committee approves two articles of impeachment against President Trump (salon.com) submitted by lyndonb
eugene's reply 293 days ago

I could call you defeatist...but, I think you're right.

If McConnell is coordinating with the WH, it's a done deal, and there's no way 20 republican Senators flip on Trump.

Franklin was totally correct - “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

Seems we can't.

re: Democrats unveil 2 articles of impeachment against Trump: Abuse of power, obstruction of Congress - ABC News (abcnews.go.com) submitted by lyndonb
eugene's reply 296 days ago

Seems to be the same clip as the OP, but a different camera angle and no talking heads, so...that's nice.

re: Democrats unveil 2 articles of impeachment against Trump: Abuse of power, obstruction of Congress - ABC News (abcnews.go.com) submitted by lyndonb
eugene's reply 296 days ago

The Democrats did the right thing and even though the Senate probably won't convict I'm proud that the American system seems to be working.

We'll see.

re: Trump complains about light bulbs making him look orange and people flushing toilets 15 times in rambling monologue (independent.co.uk) submitted by eugene
eugene's reply 298 days ago

Basically create a problem that you can, or can't solve.

Then rail against those who oppose you.

re: Trump impeachment to go ahead - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (bbc.com) submitted by robig
eugene's reply 300 days ago

As djfrodo said politically I think it would be a shrewd move to keep this in the news for as long as possible, the problem is Moscow Mitch and the republicans in the Senate are going to fast track the trial and vote to not convict.

It's good the Democrats are giving it a shot, but unless there's a secret vote in the Senate (or some drastically incriminating evidence is found) there's zero chance Republicans would convict - their base would eat them alive.

re: Mueller report: Criminal probe into Russia inquiry begins (bbc.com) submitted by robig
eugene's reply 341 days ago

It seems the Trump administration is going all in - this time attacking the Muller investigation.

Trump, Barr, et al are trying to gaslight everyone.

re: Bernie Sanders Had Heart Attack, His Doctors Say as He Leaves Hospital (nytimes.com) submitted by eugene
eugene's reply 361 days ago

After Biden...being...well...Biden (and his eye exploding on national TV during the debate) in addition to Bernie's age and medical problems I think the mainstream democrat and the progressive candidate is/are screwed.

Yes, there's Warren but I don't think mouth breathers in the south or old school voters in the midwest can, once again, vote for a woman.

I just wish Bernie was 20 years younger.

Even if he was we're all going to hear a lot of "Socialists are evil!" rhetoric, and I think Cheeto Mussolini has a good chance of winning again.

With that said, I think voting for Warren is the best course of action.

re: American Political Science Association Wins Best Paper for Analyzing Trump Voters and Chaos (esquire.com) submitted by eugene
eugene's reply 1 year ago

Nice quote. Btw if you want to quote something you can use > at the start of a line of paragrah break.

like this

and this

re: Trump Declares National Emergency to Build Border Wall (nytimes.com) submitted by lyndonb
eugene's reply 1 year ago

The Trump admin really has lost it. If you get a chance and have the time, watch the entire press conference. Trump basically just spewed...the totally weird, like really weird.

Fortunately this move will definitely be challenged in court.

re: Trump to Attorney General Jeff Sessions: Stop Mueller probe 'right now' (cnbc.com) submitted by lyndonb
eugene's reply 2 years ago

Here's the latest...

White house says Trump did not order attorney general to end Mueller probe

Here's a snippet from the reuters story:

“It’s not an order. It’s the president’s opinion,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told a news briefing when asked about the president’s Twitter posts.

She denied that Trump was obstructing the probe. “He’s fighting back,” she said. Sessions recused himself from the investigation and his deputy Rod Rosenstein is the person with the authority to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

And here's Trump's original tweet:

"Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now," the president wrote in a post on Twitter. "Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA!"

re: Lewandowski on Girl With Down Syndrome Separated From Mother: ‘Womp Womp’ (thedailybeast.com) submitted by eugene
eugene's reply 2 years ago

Just when I think it can't get worse...it does.

re: Mueller, several team members gave up million-dollar jobs to work on special counsel investigation (washingtonpost.com) submitted by djfrodo
eugene's reply 3 years ago

Donald Trump didn't release his taxes, yet those investigating him have basically released their entire portfolios.

This isn't going to be pretty at all. But I hope this team is so by the book, that when they finally bring charges there's no question that they're right.

re: Clinton’s misplaced criticism of the DNC as a cause of her defeat (washingtonpost.com) submitted by eugene
eugene's reply 3 years ago

As a follow up, the former DNC data director Andrew Therriault had some choice words for Clinton and here's more about him and his work at the DNC.

re: Greg Gianforte, Montana G.O.P. Candidate, Is Charged in Attack on Reporter (nytimes.com) submitted by eugene
eugene's reply 3 years ago

After a little looking around here's a great blog entry from the Montana Cowgirl Blog about Gianforte - turns out he's a young earth creationist and his wife is...interesting.

From the Montana Cowgirl Blog:

Gianforte’s wife was also invited to give the speech with him, in a kind of duet. But she has her own problems–she’s a big player in the “christian shop-owners must have a right to discriminate against LGBT people” movement. She recently testified against Bozeman’s proposed non-discrimination ordinance, and Gianforte bankrolls the non-discrimination ordinance opposition. His wife is chair of the pro-discrimination bunch’s board of directors.

And here's a description of the event from the local Fox News team

re: FCC Votes To Begin Rollback Of Net Neutrality Regulations : The Two-Way (npr.org) submitted by hal9000
eugene's reply 3 years ago

Here's Ars Technica's take on the story, which is a bit more over the top than NPR's - but this is pretty much what everyone thought was going to happen and it's not good.

The final vote is in 90 days.

From the Ars article:

"This is the beginning of the process, not the end," Pai said. After taking public comment for 90 days, the FCC "will follow the facts and law where they take us," Pai said. He also said the FCC will conduct a "credible cost-benefit analysis" before making final policy decisions.

The FCC "will not rely on hyperbolic statements about the end of the Internet as we know it, and 140-character argle-bargle, but rather on the data," Pai said.

Remind me to avoid "argle-bargle" in the future while paying $6.99 a month for the google.com package.

re: After 61 Years, Detroit Gets A Streetcar Once More (npr.org) submitted by kermit
eugene's reply 3 years ago

Here's the reason why it went away in the first place - General Motors streetcar conspiracy

re: Justice Department was told to come up with reasons to fire Comey, reports say (cnbc.com) submitted by eugene
eugene's reply 3 years ago

Apparently Comey found out he was fired from televisions in the room where he was waiting to make an address in an FBI field office.

re: FBI Director James Comey has been fired (abcnews.go.com) submitted by eugene
eugene's reply 3 years ago

Chuck Schumer just called all democratic Senators to be in their seats at 9:30am tomorrow.

Trump just tweeted this:

Cryin' Chuck Schumer stated recently, "I do not have confidence in him (James Comey) any longer." Then acts so indignant. #draintheswamp

re: Net Neutrality II: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (youtu.be) submitted by hal9000
eugene's reply 3 years ago

This segment actually crashed the Fcc site for the second time.

re: Macron and Le Pen in French election run-off (bbc.com) submitted by eugene
eugene's reply 3 years ago

Macron wins!

re: GOP’s “Internet Freedom Act” permanently guts net neutrality authority (arstechnica.com) submitted by lyndonb
eugene's reply 3 years ago

I think we really have hit News Speak time from 1984.

We have. We've also hit the point at which we really get to test out this cool toy called democracy, and if, in the complexities of modern life (basically tech) it can withstand a totally unengaged populace.

re: Georgia 6th District: Jon Ossoff in runoff vs. Karen Handel (ajc.com) submitted by lyndonb
eugene's reply 3 years ago

Unfortunately I think it's going to be incredibly hard for Ossoff in the head to head in June, but it's going to be very close. The Republicans will coalesce around Handel, Ossoff will probably pick up a few votes that went to other candidates and independents, but not as many as Handel.

Unless Trump does something to turn off R voters I can't see the Dems winning this one.

re: We Sleep: On the Enduring Propheticism of John Carpenter's THEY LIVE (vimeo.com) submitted by bogey
eugene's reply 3 years ago

Thought I was in for a rehash of the flick with a slightly moralistic bent, got a really good 13 minute rundown of $ and the haves vs the have nots in the US instead.

Much better than expected.

re: It's White-Knuckle Time in Georgia's Special Election (nymag.com) submitted by lyndonb
eugene's reply 3 years ago

Here's the AP live results page

Currently it's pretty sparse. According to 538 Ossoff needs the following percentages of the vote in the three counties to win:

Cobb 43%
DeKalb 60%
Fulton 49%

--edit spelling

re: Supreme court blocks Arkansas from flurry of executions (theguardian.com) submitted by djpsql
eugene's reply 3 years ago

And despite being shutdown by both the states and the Supreme Court - Despite Rulings, Arkansas Governor And AG Vow To Pursue Executions

From the article:

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said she will continue to seek justice for the families of victims and pursue two executions scheduled for Thursday, a pair set for April 24 and one planned for April 27.

“I will continue to respond to any and all legal challenges brought by the prisoners,” she said in a statement late on Monday. “The families have waited far too long to see justice, and I will continue to make that a priority.”

re: Arkansas wants to execute 8 men in 10 days (businessinsider.com) submitted by djpsql
eugene's reply 3 years ago

A certain spectrum of those who follow politics seem to be pretty pissed about the Judge who denied the executions marching in a death penalty protest on the same day he ruled on the case (check the comments to the story).

re: ‘Right weapon for right target’: Top US commander defends use of ‘mother of all bombs’ (rt.com) submitted by djpsql
eugene's reply 3 years ago

Here's a mention about this from The Hill

I'm sure the clip will get some play in the media but not enough and I'll bet more than a few viewers were nodding their heads in agreement when it aired.

'Merica

re: Neil Gorsuch Confirmed by Senate as Supreme Court Justice (nytimes.com) submitted by eugene
eugene's reply 3 years ago

Good explanation for those who don't follow politics like sports - Vote count: How the Senate changed its rules and confirmed Gorsuch

re: In Major Defeat for Trump, Push to Repeal Health Law Fails - The New York Times (nytimes.com) submitted by eugene
eugene's reply 3 years ago

I think around 1:30 or 2pm est.

It's weird that politics isn't a default headcycle so if you're logged out you wouldn't see anything about this.

I thought someone would certainly beat me to it.

re: Congress Moves to Strike Internet Privacy Rules From Obama Era - The New York Times (nytimes.com) submitted by hal9000
eugene's reply 3 years ago

Ha. Yeah, there needs to be some basic ground rules of things to avoid - reaction gifs being one (memes as well).

re: Congress Moves to Strike Internet Privacy Rules From Obama Era - The New York Times (nytimes.com) submitted by hal9000
eugene's reply 3 years ago

Here's another article about the same issue from The Hill Senate votes to block internet privacy regulations

And here are a couple quotes from the article itself:

The rules, which the FCC passed in a party-line vote in October, require internet service providers such as AT&T and Verizon to obtain customers’ permission before using their personal information for advertising purposes.

If passed by the House and signed by President Trump, the bill would use an obscure law called the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to eliminate the rules before they go into effect. The CRA would also prevent the FCC from passing “substantially similar” regulations in the future, though no court has ruled on what agencies can pass under those standards.

Here's the real kicker:

Before Trump took office, the CRA had only been used once before, during the early days of President George W. Bush’s administration. But in February alone, Trump signed three more CRA bills, overturning rules that would have prevented some mentally ill people from buying guns, protected waterways from coal pollution and required mining and drilling companies to disclose certain financial information to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The CRA was used once before by Bush. Since then nada. In February it was used to overturn rules that attempted to:

  • prevent some mentally ill people from buying guns
  • prevent waterways from coal pollution
  • required mining and drilling companies to disclose certain financial information to the SEC

I don't know what anyone's political persuasion is, but I think everyone could agree that overturning the 3 bullet points listed above are kinda...not good for anyone.

I hate reaction gifs/videos but in this case, I'll make an exception