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On “Epstein Dead

As a way to say "yes, the guy said that ABC spiked stories, but his quote was taken out of context"?

Well, the Wasrshington Post is reporting that the guy was suspended for his statements.

The Warshington Post is Not The Onion.

On “Two Different Attitudes Toward Chance

War? I thought that War was pretty predetermined by the deck?

Additionally, I'm trying to categorize Rock/Paper/Scissors and it's a chance game that feels like worker placement.

On “What Does it Mean that Elizabeth Warren has a Native American Ancestor?

One last followup:

On “Lent!

I went to Tampa 5 or 6 years ago (to visit relatives, EPCOT, Cuban Toast...) and there is no way, absolutely no way, that I am going to avoid Cuban Toast. I haven't stopped thinking about it.

We'll do carbs next year.

On “The Socialism of Bernie Sanders

Could Coronavirus help reduce Entitlement Spending?

On “Epstein Dead

James O'Keefe III has released video where an ABC executive admits that they spike stories.

James O'Keefe is not the most reliable of journalists, but we do have evidence of ABC spiking stories. And now there is someone higher up at ABC News admitting that it happens.

On “Hunting For Squirrel

Shotguns?

That's just a really convoluted way to feed crows.

On “Lent!

Oh, and I was reminded in the car that we're taking a week off next month to go down to Florida and visit my uncles and see EPCOT and get some Cuban Toast and otherwise recharge batteries. It's, like, a *VACATION*.

I haven't had a vacation that isn't a staycation for a while. Years, maybe.

And there ain't no way that I'm giving up carbs while that is going on. (Jury is out on whether fast food counts while that is going on.)

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The argument that makes sense to me is that my doctor doesn't tell me to exercise because she hates the idea of me coming home and relaxing.

My doctor tells me to exercise so I will be healthy. Yes, coming home and getting changed and then going out and not relaxing for a few additional hours does, kinda, suck. But the point of the exercise isn't the sucking. It's the health.

On “Ryan Adams, Fandom, and Tolerating Bad Behavior

A cancel culture comic making the rounds.

I just want to pre-emptively make the point that I'm not posting this because I agree with it, but because I think it's awful and we need to keep our eyes open for this kind of well-poisoning.

On “From Fox News: Bernie Sanders projected to win Nevada caucuses

Well, there's more FNORDs on the front page of the newspaper than ever before and I'm wondering if the Coronavirus is another WWIII (remember WWIII last month? Good times) and thinking about hitting Costco on the way home and getting a bag of rice, just in case.

Anyway, I seem to recall FNORDs electing more Republicans than Democrats but that might only be in the last 20 years and maybe it's different this time.

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If Bernie can wrestle California from the Republicans, he'll have accomplished something that no man has done since Obama.

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Hey, I wanted to vote for Yang in the Primary *AND* the General.

I didn't leave the party, the party left me.

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Where do they get their funding from?

On “Vote Now! Who Are You Rooting For?

From The Man Himself:

On “Ryan Adams, Fandom, and Tolerating Bad Behavior

Part of the issue is that very, very few corporations-that-you-have-heard-of buy advertising on 3rd-tier reality shows. They buy a humungous bloc of advertising and the same Brand X commercial plays on CNN that plays on WWE RAW that plays on Hallmark's Murder for Christmas Tuesday night movie.

So finding out that this commercial ran on All-American Muslim, wouldn't surprise me... but Brand X sandwiches getting boycotted for financial support of All-American Muslim would come as a surprise to Brand X sandwiches.

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Yeah. One of the things I noted back in the days of the All-American Muslim boycott is that there are two kinds of boycotts and one is a-ok and one is kinda weird and creepy.

"Stop having policy X or I will refuse to purchase your product!" is 100% fine with me. I will refuse to Brand-X Sandwiches until they recognize the union!

"Brand-X sandwiches purchased advertising on All-American Muslim and I am going to call them and tell them that I'm going to boycott their stores until they stop advertising on that show!" strikes me as weird and creepy.

The latter one will create weird incentives and, eventually, corporate antibodies that we're going to wish that they didn't have.

On “Vote Now! Who Are You Rooting For?

Yeah. (I'm going to vote Bernie in the Colorado primary on Super Tuesday and probably Vermin Supreme in the general (if he's on the ballot... probably not going to write him in).)

On “From Fox News: Bernie Sanders projected to win Nevada caucuses

Florida Democrats: Not Helping.

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I think it's very easy to come up with arguments for why Bernie will do well against Trump.

I think it's every easy to come up with arguments for why Bernie will not do well against Trump.

I see this as a good sign for Bernie.

(I mean, when I tried to come up with reasons that Bloomberg would do well against Trump, I was stuck with "Trump is bad and, therefore, people who voted for Clinton will vote against Trump a second time.")

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Here's a hypothetical that strikes me as likely to play well:

"If you kill someone, you take away their right to vote in elections. Therefore, you shouldn't keep your right to vote in elections following your being found guilty in a court of law."

It's the idea that voting is a right and a privilege and we've got no problem removing privileges from people who murder others.

"But people who stab other people should still be able to vote! Tax cheats! Violent stalkers! They should all be able to vote!"

See? I don't see that argument taking off.

I think that there's more fertile ground in the whole "after you have paid your debt to society, you should be re-enfranchised" argument than in the whole "Harvery Weinstein should be able to vote in the next election!" argument will.

On “Weinstein Convicted of Rape

I agree with this:

To this day, I wonder what has been covered up because it is inconvenient.

We know this happens. Now we're just wondering how often.

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Five to twenty-five.

I'm wondering if he'll see one to three.

On “From Fox News: Bernie Sanders projected to win Nevada caucuses

The main argument that I see bubbling up over and over again is some variant of "sure, that used to be true... but is it still true?"

An immigration lawyer I know thinks that we can’t win Florida because of Sanders comments on the Cuban Revolution.

Sure, this used to be true... but is it still true? Maybe the Cuban Floridans have lightened up?

him standing with Sandinistas

Wouldn't Central American-Americans prefer the Sandinistas to the Contras? (googles) Oh. Well, is that *STILL* true?

honeymooning in the Soviet Union

The argument I saw against this said something like "oh, and I honeymooned in South Florida which is even crazier than the Soviet Union."

Which, honestly, didn't move me much.

One of the best arguments that Modern Social Democrats have is that "Socialism" doesn't mean Soviet-style socialism or Central-American-style Socialism or Southeast-Asian-style Socialism but Scandinavian-style Socialism.

But for that argument to hold up, YOU CAN'T DEFEND CUBA AND THE SOVIET UNION JESUS CHRIST DOES ANYBODY KNOW HOW TO PLAY THIS GAME

On “The Market is Eating Capitalism

I just wanted to say that this was a really good essay.

One of the things that got me to turn around on the Market Capitalism Uber Alles attitude was the Amazon case where they kept workers after their shift was over to wand them and search their backbacks for stolen goods... without paying them.

This is the richest company in the world, right? And they won't pay for the half hour it takes to search worker's bags for stolen goods. And that's on top of the "peeing in gatorade bottles" stories.

Which is messed up.