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Israeli parliament votes in Netanyahu’s controversial supreme court changes
  • It's far more than just looking to one set of scripture when it comes to the charedi movement in Israel. They're reading in thousands of years of Rabbinic Judaism, most importantly the idea that the sacrificial cult of Ancient Israelite Religion (A.K.A. Torah) is the way God wants people to engage in worship. It's using thousands of years of anti-Semitism as a cudgel to state "we can't be oppressors because we were oppressed."

    My hot take is that one reason for a strong connection between the U.S. and Israel is that Israel is a settler-colonial, white supremacist, patriarchal, theocratic apartheid ethnostate. There's a non-insignificant portion of the U.S. populace who wish the U.S. had the same kind of government.

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  • While I think ableism is an issue, I don't see you describing that. What I see you describing white supremacy, because that is what created and reinforced inherited wealth. Add on the Property Theology (which I've been told has origins in Calvinism) and it helps solidify race and class hierarchies.

  • Israeli parliament votes in Netanyahu’s controversial supreme court changes

    Knesset speaker says bill passed by 64-0 after opposition politicians left plenum in protest

    Israeli parliament votes in Netanyahu’s controversial supreme court changes

    Israel’s parliament has voted into law a controversial curb on some supreme court powers submitted by Benjamin Netanyahu’s government, the Knesset speaker has said.

    The bill passed by a vote of 64-0, the speaker added, after opposition lawmakers abandoned the Knesset plenum in protest.

    Pentagon AI more ethical than adversaries’ because of ‘Judeo-Christian society,’ USAF general says
  • I came in here to say just this. I'm a Jewish clergyman, so I deal with this kind of shit a lot. The term isn't just brainwashing; it's actively seeking to erase Judaism as part of Christianity. It's shit like this, combined with Christian Nationalism, which makes me jumpy at first when someone identifies as a Christian.

  • For real
  • I was long distance with my wife for over a decade before we started living in the same place. We stayed committed the entire time because we care deeply for each other, and wanted each other to get the education we needed. Did it suck to be apart that long? Damn right. But to say that it's human nature to cheat when not in the same place is BS.

  • Apolitical Help
  • This is what gets to me about those who don't vote or describe themselves as "apolitical," because politics is the impact of society and culture on everyday life. To be apolitical is to feel comfortable enough in everyday living to disconnect from society, most often because of the benefits of wealth and/or white supremacy.

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  • I don't think most people understand the damage lockdowns inflicted on children's mental health. It's devastating, and still being investigated. But because children don't pay taxes and policies view children as parental property, they're not seen as important people worth studying or being cared for at the same level as taxpayers.

  • Favorite prestige class from version 3.5 and third edition?
  • I have dreamt of having a druid with all levels of Warshaper and at least 1 level of Master of Many Forms. The possibility of always being in wild shape with all of the benefits of Warshaper sounds so much fun.

  • Trump and Allies Forge Plans to Increase Presidential Power in 2025
  • And it's so blatant too.

    Mr. Trump intends to bring independent agencies — like the Federal Communications Commission, which makes and enforces rules for television and internet companies, and the Federal Trade Commission, which enforces various antitrust and other consumer protection rules against businesses — under direct presidential control.

    First thing listed in the article is control the message, which is done by controlling the media. Straight out of the fascist playbook.

  • Hollywood actors announce strike in first joint action with writers in 60 years

    Sag-Aftra committee decision raises prospect of first simultaneous strike by writers and actors in more than 60 years

    Hollywood actors announce strike in first joint action with writers in 60 years

    The union representing Hollywood actors formally announced a strike on Thursday, expanding the standoff between Hollywood workers and studio executives over wages, AI technology, and how to divide the profits of the new digital streaming era.

    The strike by the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (Sag-Aftra) marks the first time in 63 years Hollywood writers and actors are striking simultaneously.

    Hollywood writers went on strike in early May. Now the 11,500 members of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) will be joined by some of Sag-Aftra’s 160,000 members.

    The simultaneous strikes are expected to halt the majority of Hollywood’s film and TV production, and have major effects on the broader Los Angeles economy. With some of Hollywood’s biggest stars on strike, press junkets for summer and fall movie premieres will be cancelled, and the Emmy Awards will likely be postponed. Workers across LA are gearing up to survive for weeks or months without wages.

    Members of both Sag-Aftra and WGA voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if needed, a sign of their growing frustrations with what actors and writers have described as shrinking compensation for their work as film and TV shows have increasingly moved to online streaming platforms, and rising fears of how the industry might try to replace creative workers of all kinds with AI technologies.

    In recent weeks, Hollywood’s top acting talent had made it clear they were willing to strike. In late June, a letter from Hollywood A-listers, including Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence, urged their union leaders not to settle for a mediocre deal in what they saw as a historically important contract negotiation.

    and the studios had been negotiating for weeks, but failed to reach an agreement by the deadline of midnight on Wednesday. In a statement on Thusday, the actors’ union said its negotiating committee had voted unanimously to recommend a strike, and that its national board would decide on the matter on Thursday morning.

    It said: “After more than four weeks of bargaining, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) – the entity that represents major studios and streamers, including Amazon, Apple, Disney, NBCUniversal, Netflix, Paramount, Sony and Warner Bros. Discovery – remains unwilling to offer a fair deal on the key issues that are essential to Sag-Aftra members.”

    The Sag-Aftra president, Fran Drescher, said: “The companies have refused to meaningfully engage on some topics and on others completely stonewalled us. Until they do negotiate in good faith, we cannot begin to reach a deal. We have no choice but to move forward in unity, and on behalf of our membership, with a strike recommendation to our national board. The board will discuss the issue this morning and will make its decision.”

    A strike is expected to have an immediate impact on publicity efforts for the summer’s top films; the Thursday evening premiere of Oppenheimer in London has been moved to start an hour earlier so the cast can attend regardless of the outcome. Other major commercial films including Barbie and Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One have already hosted their world premieres, though their stars will be restricted from participating in further promotional events.

    The strike might also delay the Emmy awards until late autumn, or even next year, industry publications reported.

    Disney has announced that a 15 July premiere of its movie Haunted Mansion will still take place at Disneyland regardless of the strikes, though the film’s actors – including LaKeith Stanfield, Tiffany Haddish, and Jamie Lee Curtis – will not be present.

    San Diego Comic-Con, scheduled to begin on 20 July, will be affected as well.

    Hollywood writers have been on strike since 2 May. The beginning of that strike was marked by strong solidarity from Hollywood’s other unionised workforces, including the powerful Teamsters’ union, and Sag-Aftra members showed up in solidarity at Writers Guild of America picket lines, even before their own strike was called.

    Anonymous industry sources told Deadline this week that studio executives did not plan to resume negotiations with the striking writers until late October.

    “The endgame is to allow things to drag on until union members start losing their apartments and losing their houses,” an industry source was quoted as saying, with another saying the goal was to “break the WGA”. A spokesperson for the studios denied those anonymous claims, telling Deadline in a statement that the companies “are committed to reaching a deal”.


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