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  1. I have no interest in trading rice and cows for help building a shed or in exchange for a few hours of internet access with someone who still says whacked in 2020. You may just starve given your recalcitrance, especially since the ability to barter begins with the ability to form trusting bonds. At least money reduces this type of friction and allows for enhanced survival by greater numbers, but you obviously are blind to this (and surely a great many other things too long to list).
  2. iNow

    Voting By Mail

    In 1933, one man set fire to a building in Germany and Hitler claimed it was the result of communist agitators and he won his election the following week. It became known as the Reichstag Fire and was used as a pretext to pass laws which took away people’s freedoms and to crack down on anyone not completely supportive of the government. This spring, white nationalists broke windows and vandalized buildings and businesses to make it look like BLM protests were out of control and that rioting was out of hand. It’s known as a false flag operation and it worked. This was used as justification to send in federal agents to US cities... agents with no identification or badges (what some called secret police) who without warrants picked up citizens from the streets who weren’t breaking any laws and took them away in unmarked vans with no due process. Now, Trump claims voting fraud is rampant with mail in voting, a process which is gaining traction this year to drive turnout safely during a global pandemic. People don’t want to stand in lines for hours and touch dirty screens that pass covid to the masses, but mail in voting causes turnout to surge and high turnout tends to mean far fewer republican victories. There is no evidence mail in voting is any more fraudulent than in-person voting, nor that absentee voting is in any relevant way different from mail-in voting (a distinction without a difference that Trump lees making). Who wants to bet that Trumps henchmen purposefully seed the mail with fake ballots in a few months precisely in a way that they get caught and publicized? The obvious motivation is another false flag operation / Reichstag fire to manipulate people into supporting their own objectives and all just so they can use those planted fake ballots to point to news stories about fraudulent voting activity? I mean, he’s already defunding the post office and closing locations in key voting districts to slow them down on the system side, even placing his own unqualified campaign donor like a puppet to be in charge of the post office and do his bidding. Maybe I’m wrong, but you wouldn’t exactly be surprised if evidence came out showing this happening in couple of months, would you?
  3. Have you checked the closet, or maybe a drawer full of random stuff? I often find things I’ve lost in those. Try retracing you’re steps
  4. I just got kicked out of a flat earth Facebook group because I asked if the 6 foot social distancing guideline had pushed anyone over the edge yet.
  5. It is allowing us to rethink the idea of online learning and remote participation. Most local school districts in the US have been resistant to online learning as primary, and the stay at home process has made that much more acceptable and less feared by millions. The risk with this is the lack of broadband internet for so many hundreds of thousands of children, and also the challenges parents face working when kids are taught from home. It also increases the risk of hunger for kids whose only meals came from schools, and also the risk of abuse detection for kids at home with abusive parents (as the teacher would detect bruises and wounds in-person and get help for the child, but those opportunities to detect abuse are not happening with online learning). Another gap is socialization and the non-book / non-syllabus learning which comes with school... learning how to sort ourselves as social animals and all the informal playground learning and side conversations that help make us who we become. *her (and yes!)
  6. I think you need to be more specific about what you mean by regenerated... and also what you mean by education
  7. My intended point relates most closely to overcrowding and proximity. It's embedded within the system itself, as well as the culture and how/where people spend time. When eating, when in markets, when sleeping or on trains, when scavenging if they're destitute, bathing in the Ganges, etc.
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    Political Humor

    It looks like our policy of, “Don’t worry bro, it’s just the flu” didn’t work. This is pretty funny, but does have some salty language.
  9. Their reporting system is less relevant to me than their lifestyle. Close communal living and lack of education or hygiene are frustratingly common across the subcontinent.
  10. As bad as US has been, India seems likely to surpass given their sheer size
  11. iNow

    Biden’s VP Choice

    She is getting a lot of extra attention in media right now. Was on Meet the Press this morning, even
  12. My bigger point is that your mention of restrictions is interesting, but not relevant since they’re unenforceable and ignored by many.
  13. You mean like all those millions of Americans who refuse even to wear a simple mask?
  14. Bah. I can drive to Hawaii.. if my car is cool enough.
  15. Such as? I know New York has said that people from certain other states (like mine) must self-quarantine for 2 weeks upon arriving, but that’s not possible to enforce in any way. IMO, it’s a bit like putting the tag on the bottom of a mattress which says do not remove under penalty of law. I’ve removed tens of them and nobody was ever the wiser. I can also fly into any airport and walk right out the sliding doors into an Uber without so much as a temperature check. I can kayak from South Dakota into North Dakota and go into town and wander the streets going into and out of shops and food services as I see fit without any identification... and other countless similar examples. Given this, I’m unclear on the point your communicating. Did you have any specific restrictions in mind?
  16. Also, the virus doesn’t recognize state borders. I can drive to any state from any state, so having one approach in Ohio that differs from the approach in Michigan is pretty dumb. National standards are the only way to do this right.
  17. It sort of has to be. If the logistics are centralized at the federal level, who other than the WH would manage it? They’re the executive branch and consequently are responsible for executing national policies and programs.
  18. I agree with others. This was clever and funny, however, it’s also mistaken on multiple levels. The image you perceive is being processed by a brain in a different state than when you first saw it. Your body and neural substrate have changed quite a bit between experience 1 and experience 2 of receiving the image. Likewise, the image file has changed server locations, and experienced minute breaks and changes (an evolution of sorts) in the packets transferring it across servers and through the network to your screen versus mine. There are other similar changes which occurred over the course of that 18 hours, and this point is in a way tangential to the thread, but IMO it’s inaccurate to say it hasn’t changed a bit unless you’re looking at it from too high / too broad / too abstract a level.
  19. This was a good article that speaks neatly to many of the same issues we’ve explored in this thread: We train police to be warriors — and then send them out to be social workers https://www.vox.com/2020/7/31/21334190/what-police-do-defund-abolish-police-reform-training More at the link. Agree / disagree? Anything you’ve found insightful or inciteful?
  20. Distractor in chief strikes again. Launching weapons of mass distraction like a black hole to pull our attention away from 150,000 US covid deaths, increased jobless claims, billions in relief bill tax dollars funneled to his friends, outrage over the reopening of schools, fascist bootlickers sent to beat the shit out of peaceful protestors, brown children locked in cages, healthcare stripped from tens of millions, record high temperatures across the nation from climate change, Russia putting bounties on the heads of US soldiers, firing career officials who spoke out against him during impeachment, letting his cronies out of jail, channeling funds to his own businesses and golf courses and asking world leaders to host events as his properties, and all of the other hundreds of things which happened this week both known and unknown... But now like flies to shit or a cat chasing a laser pointer everyone is talking about rescheduling an election. Flood the zone with shit.
  21. He was banned as a sock puppet of a previously banned member
  22. iNow

    Biden’s VP Choice

    Maybe Biden should just state the obvious and call Covid-19 his running mate
  23. Disgusting. You’re dead to me now /throwing up in my own mouth
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