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Biden speech live: president says best way to save US democracy is ‘to pass torch to new generation’
  • Well that actually is in the Constitution, so you're kinda right. The first amendment promises "freedom of association" which is exactly what these parties are doing. They're choosing who to associate with as their candidate for president. They are voting, the delegates I mean.

    The other guy is just upset because they didn't personally ask him. But I guarantee he doesn't donate to or volunteer for any local candidates.

  • How Kamala Harris Took Command of the Democratic Party in 48 Hours
  • What corporations do you think "own" Harris? Besides that being a racist thing to say about a black woman, what the fuck are you talking about?

    In the Senate, her largest amount of donations came from employees of the University of California:

    https://www.opensecrets.org/members-of-congress/kamala-harris/summary?cid=N00036915&cycle=CAREER&type=I

    You're just saying things that you want to be true, without verifying them.

  • Could a short campaign be exactly what Kamala Harris needs?
  • India is not a good example of a well run country.

    The fact is, the US Government is the largest and most complicated organization on the planet. It has the most power of any country and controls the world's single largest economy, upon which most other countries depend (especially the developed ones).

    That's why it takes longer. We don't want to fuck it up. The UK has some real cabbage head PMs cycling through, and shot themselves in the foot by leaving the EU. That's not the best way to argue for your method of government.

  • How Kamala Harris Took Command of the Democratic Party in 48 Hours
  • She was literally elected Vice President by millions of people. If you voted for Biden, you already elected her to be one heartbeat away from the presidency.

    There have been only 49 Vice Presidents in US history. She is closer to the presidency than any other eligible Democrat.

  • AI trained on AI garbage spits out AI garbage.
  • It's not just a predictive text program. That's been around for decades. That's a common misconception.

    As I understand it, it uses statistics from the whole text to create new text. It would be very rare to output "cats have feathers" because that phrase doesn't ever appear in the training data. Both words "have feathers" never follow "cats".

  • AI trained on AI garbage spits out AI garbage.
  • Then these models are stupid. Humans don't start as a blank slate. They have an inherent aptitude for language and communication. These models should start out with basics of language, so they don't have to learn it from the ground up. That's the next step. Right now they're just well read idiots.

  • Harris plans to finish Biden's progressive agenda
  • We aren't giving them weapons, like in Ukraine, they are paying for them. Obviously the IDF is using them irresponsibly, but it is a military deterrent to Iran and Russia in the region. Saudi Arabia and Israel can't directly cooperate (for domestic reasons), so they do so through the US.

    If Iran stopped their nuclear program (as they did under Obama), stopped arming dissidents, and stopped supporting authoritarian Syria, it would be a lot more peaceful in the region. They can't because the leaders of Iran are authoritarian themselves and would be ousted if there were free elections.

    They need Russian support and their proxies (Hezbollah, Iraqi groups, Hamas) to keep their domestic audience happy. Let me summarize: it is complicated.

  • AI trained on AI garbage spits out AI garbage.
  • provenance requires some way to filter the internet into human-generated and AI-generated content, which hasn’t been cracked yet

    It doesn't need to be filtered into human / AI content. It needs to be filtered into good (true) / bad (false) content. Or a "truth score" for each.

    We don't teach children to read by just handing them random tweets. We give them books that are made specifically for children. Our filtering mechanism for good / bad content is very robust for humans. Why can't AI just read every piece of "classic literature", famous speeches, popular books, good TV and movie scripts, textbooks, etc?

  • Farmers in Africa say their soil is dying and chemical fertilizers are in part to blame
  • It's not an "ism" issue. This has happened in countries that were completely anti-capitalist. It's just a biological imperative: you have to rotate crops, regardless of who runs your country.

    The Soviet Union and the PRC demanded quantities of cash crops for export too. If your choice is rotating crops or staying out of the gulag, you're not going to rotate.

  • Harris plans to finish Biden's progressive agenda
  • Biden's administration has been the most progressive presidential administration in US history. He limited drug costs using the federal government's buying power.

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2023/03/02/fact-sheet-president-bidens-cap-on-the-cost-of-insulin-could-benefit-millions-of-americans-in-all-50-states/

    If you don't know that, you don't have expensive health issues. Also, the idea that there's a switch on the Resolute Desk that says "Middle East Genocide", currently set to "on", displays fundamental misunderstanding of the roots of problems in the area.

    The Old Testament commands the children of Abraham to conquer other Canaanites in the area and "make no treaties with them". Clearly there's been war there for at least 2500 years. No president is going to "end the genocide", not even if they were the reincarnation of Abraham himself.

  • Trump’s Halting Walk Down Ramp Raises New Health Questions (June 14, 2020)

    www.nytimes.com Trump’s Halting Walk Down Ramp Raises New Health Questions (Published 2020)

    The president also appeared to have trouble raising a glass of water to his mouth during a speech at West Point a day before he turned 74, the oldest a president has been in his first term.

    Trump’s Halting Walk Down Ramp Raises New Health Questions (Published 2020)

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    >The president also appeared to have trouble raising a glass of water to his mouth during a speech at West Point a day before he turned 74, the oldest a president has been in his first term.

    >President Trump faced new questions about his health on Sunday, after videos emerged of him gingerly walking down a ramp at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and having trouble bringing a glass of water to his mouth during a speech there. > >Mr. Trump — who turned 74 on Sunday, the oldest a U.S. president has been in his first term — was recorded hesitantly descending the ramp one step at a time after he delivered an address to graduating cadets at the New York-based academy on Saturday. The academy’s superintendent, Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, walked alongside him. Mr. Trump sped up slightly for the final three steps, as he got to the bottom.

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    The 45 most incoherent lines from Donald Trump’s rambling Rose Garden speech (July 15, 2020)

    www.cnn.com The 45 most incoherent lines from Donald Trump’s rambling Rose Garden speech | CNN Politics

    President Donald Trump stood in front of the White House press corps on Tuesday afternoon and vented.

    The 45 most incoherent lines from Donald Trump’s rambling Rose Garden speech | CNN Politics

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    > President Donald Trump stood in front of the White House press corps on Tuesday afternoon and vented. > >What was billed as a press conference rapidly turned into a quasi-campaign event, with the President of the United States free-associating about his general election opponent, the state of the country and the media. Even by Trump standards, it was a shocking performance – suggesting a level of volatility and unpredictability that has to terrify Republicans trying to run and win campaigns while sharing the same ballot with Trump in November.

    >10) “Because you talk about a certain power of the telephone and the calls where they would call and say, no, we don’t want to do that.”

    >33) “That basically means no windows, no nothing. It’s very hard to do. I tell people when they want to go into some of these buildings, how are your eyes because they won’t be good in five years.”

    >39) “But you can’t make a left anymore and come into the United States loaded up with human traffic.”

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    Trump said ‘many people agree’ with his racist tweets. These white supremacists certainly do. (July 16, 2019)

    www.cnn.com White supremacists cheer Trump racist tweets | CNN Politics

    President Donald Trump’s racist comments about Democratic congresswomen have won him renewed support from white supremacists who had been losing faith that he was the hero they wanted to create a prospering White America.

    White supremacists cheer Trump racist tweets | CNN Politics

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    >White nationalist: Trump gives nothing but racist tweets

    > President Donald Trump’s racist comments about Democratic congresswomen have won him renewed support from white supremacists who had been losing faith that he was the hero they wanted to create a prospering White America. > >Trump told the four women of color that they should “go back” to the “crime infested places” they came from, even though three of the four were born in the US and the fourth is a naturalized citizen. > >“Man, President Trump’s Twitter account has been pure fire lately. This might be the funniest thing he’s ever tweeted. This is the kind of WHITE NATIONALISM we elected him for,” wrote Andrew Anglin on his Daily Stormer site – one of the most highly trafficked neo-Nazi websites.

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    Trump sides with Putin over US intelligence (July 16, 2018)

    www.cnn.com Trump sides with Putin over US intelligence | CNN Politics

    US President Donald Trump, in a stunning rebuke of the US intelligence community, declined on Monday to endorse the US government’s assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election, saying he doesn’t “see any reason why” Russia would be responsible.

    Trump sides with Putin over US intelligence | CNN Politics

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    > Trump: We are all to blame for Russia relations

    > US President Donald Trump, in a stunning rebuke of the US intelligence community, declined on Monday to endorse the US government’s assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election, saying he doesn’t “see any reason why” Russia would be responsible. > >Instead, Trump – standing alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin – touted Putin’s vigorous denial and pivoted to complaining about the Democratic National Committee’s server and missing emails from Hillary Clinton’s personal account. > >“I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today,” Trump said during a joint news conference after he spent about two hours in a room alone with Putin, save for a pair of interpreters.

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    abcnews.go.com Navy exonerates 256 Black sailors unjustly court-martialed in WWII-era Port Chicago explosion

    The U.S. Navy has exonerated 256 Black sailors who had been unjustly court-martialed following the World War II-era Port Chicago explosion that killed hundreds.

    Navy exonerates 256 Black sailors unjustly court-martialed in WWII-era Port Chicago explosion

    Background on the disaster.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Chicago_disaster

    The black enlisted workers were specifically selected to be the dumbest and least competent:

    >None of the new recruits had been instructed in ammunition loading.

    >At NSGL, the enlisted African Americans who tested in the top 30% to 40% were selected for non-labor assignments. Port Chicago was manned by workers drawn from those remaining. The Navy determined that the quality of African American petty officers at Port Chicago suffered because of the absence of high-scoring black men

    >The Navy's General Classification Test (GCT) results for the enlisted men at Port Chicago averaged 31, putting them in the lowest twelfth of the Navy.

    The white officers in charge had no training with munitions, and refused to train the men:

    >Prior to his being sent to command Port Chicago, Kinne had no training in the loading of munitions and little experience in handling them.[12] Loading officers serving underneath Kinne had not been trained in handling munitions until they had been posted to Mare Island Navy Yard, after which they were considered adequate to the task by the Navy.

    >Later the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) responded to word of unsafe practices by offering to bring in experienced men to train the battalion; the Navy leadership declined the offer,[16] fearing higher costs, slower pace, and possible sabotage from civilian longshoremen.[17] No enlisted man stationed at Port Chicago had received formal training in the handling and loading of explosives into ships.

    Finally, a civilian plumber working right before the explosion described the poor conditions:

    >While at work he witnessed a man accidentally drop a naval artillery shell two feet onto the wooden pier, but there was no detonation. Carr waited until the African-American winch operator tested the repaired winch and then left the pier, thinking that the operation appeared unsafe.

    The explosion:

    >At 10:18 p.m., witnesses reported hearing a noise described as "a metallic sound and rending timbers, such as made by a falling boom."[26] Immediately afterward, an explosion occurred on the pier and a fire started. Five to seven seconds later[16][30][31] a more powerful explosion took place as the majority of the ordnance within and near the SS E. A. Bryan detonated in a fireball seen for miles. An Army Air Forces pilot flying in the area reported that the fireball was 3 mi (4.8 km) in diameter.

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    6 months in, Trump’s presidency is teetering on the brink of disaster (July 18, 2017)

    www.cnn.com 6 months in, Trump’s presidency is teetering on the brink of disaster | CNN Politics

    The collapse of health care reform in the Senate on Monday night is a fitting coda to President Trump’s first six months in office, Cillizza writes.

    6 months in, Trump’s presidency is teetering on the brink of disaster | CNN Politics

    Just a reminder of how trump's presidency went, since many people have forgotten. This article is from exactly 7 years ago.

    > Trump’s job approval rating at the 6-month mark is lower than eight of the past nine presidents’. He’s tied with Gerald Ford, who had taken over from Richard Nixon, who had fled Washington in the wake of the Watergate scandal and whom Ford, very controversially, pardoned. > > Despite his braggadocio, Trump has a pittance of legislative accomplishments to tout. Health care appears to be dead in the water – and even Trump can’t seem to decide what the right next step should be. There is currently zero new funding for Trump’s much-touted border wall. Tax reform still in its infant stage, with few details added to the first, basic proposal. Infrastructure proposals are in limbo. There is no announced strategy on the raising of the debt ceiling. And on and on and on. > > A special counsel was appointed and is investigating Russia’s attempts to meddle in the 2016 election and the possibility that members of the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians to aid his campaign. That investigation has triggered a major lawyering-up of all the major players – including several Trump family members – and a series of ever-changing stories about who said what and when.

    >Just 36% of people approve of the job Trump is doing, via a Washington Post-ABC News poll released over the weekend, while 58% disapprove. More troubling for Trump (and his party) is the fact that the intensity is all on the anti-Trump side; 48% strongly disapprove of how Trump is doing the job while just 25% strongly approve.

    Fucking vote.

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    The Biden administration announces rule that will require more background checks on gun buyers (Apr 11, 2024)

    www.pbs.org The Biden administration announces rule that will require more background checks on gun buyers

    The rule, which was finalized this week, makes clear that anyone who sells firearms predominantly to earn a profit must be federally licensed and conduct background checks, regardless of whether they are selling on the internet, at a gun show or at a brick-and-mortar store.

    The Biden administration announces rule that will require more background checks on gun buyers

    >Thousands more firearms dealers across the United States will have to run background checks on buyers when selling at gun shows or other places outside brick-and-mortar stores, according to a Biden administration rule that will soon go into effect. > >The rule aims to close a loophole that has allowed tens of thousands of guns to be sold every year by unlicensed dealers who don’t perform background checks to ensure the potential buyer is not legally prohibited from having a firearm.

    >“This is going to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and felons,” President Joe Biden said in a statement. “And my administration is going to continue to do everything we possibly can to save lives. Congress needs to finish the job and pass universal background checks legislation now.”

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    Attempted assassination of Theodore Roosevelt

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    Trump addresses an embattled NRA as he campaigns against Biden’s gun policies

    www.cnn.com Trump addresses an embattled NRA as he campaigns against Biden’s gun policies | CNN Politics

    Donald Trump arrives at the NRA convention a reliable ally of gun rights activists. But it’s unclear how much the NRA can help with his latest White House bid.

    Trump addresses an embattled NRA as he campaigns against Biden’s gun policies | CNN Politics

    From May 2024:

    > As he seeks a second term, Trump has promised to remain an unflinching supporter of the NRA and its agenda to unravel four years of Biden’s actions on guns. Biden’s campaign has branded Trump “the greatest defender of the Second Amendment to ever occupy the White House.” > > Trump’s speech was short on specifics about what he would do to protect or expand gun rights in a second term, but he promised to “roll back every Biden attack on the Second Amendment.” He sought to remind the friendly crowd of his administration’s accomplishments while arguing that another four years of Biden’s leadership would result in more firearms and gun owners being targeted.

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    Biden signs bipartisan gun safety bill into law: ‘God willing, it’s going to save a lot of lives’

    www.cnn.com Biden signs bipartisan gun safety bill into law: ‘God willing, it’s going to save a lot of lives’ | CNN Politics

    President Joe Biden on Saturday signed into law the first major federal gun safety legislation passed in decades, marking a significant bipartisan breakthrough on one of the most contentious policy issues in Washington.

    Biden signs bipartisan gun safety bill into law: ‘God willing, it’s going to save a lot of lives’ | CNN Politics

    Old, but seems relevant today.

    >President Joe Biden on Saturday signed into law the first major federal gun safety legislation passed in decades, marking a significant bipartisan breakthrough on one of the most contentious policy issues in Washington. > >“God willing, it’s going to save a lot of lives,” Biden said at the White House as he finished signing the bill.

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    apnews.com US Sen. Susan Collins says she will write in Haley, once again not vote for Donald Trump in 2024

    Sen. Susan Collins didn’t vote for Donald Trump for president in 2016 or 2020, and the third time will not be the charm.

    US Sen. Susan Collins says she will write in Haley, once again not vote for Donald Trump in 2024

    Another Republican turns away from donald trump. It's not clear what his response will be, as he has been generally absent from the public eye for weeks.

    Who knows how long his campaign can last with Republican Senators speaking out against him? Maybe a heavily scrutinized press conference might be necessary, with his leadership skills (and mental capacity) in doubt.

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    Biden issues Medal of Honor to Civil War soldiers who helped hijack train in Confederacy

    www.pbs.org WATCH: Biden issues Medal of Honor to Civil War soldiers who helped hijack train in Confederacy

    U.S. Army Pvts. Philip G. Shadrach and George D. Wilson were captured by Confederates and executed by hanging. Biden on Wednesday is recognizing their courage 162 years later with the country's highest military decoration.

    WATCH: Biden issues Medal of Honor to Civil War soldiers who helped hijack train in Confederacy

    > President Joe Biden on Wednesday awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry to two Union soldiers who stole a locomotive deep in Confederate territory during the Civil War and drove it north for 87 miles (140 kilometers) as they destroyed railroad tracks and telegraph lines.

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    US gives Ukraine front-of-the-line privileges for air defense missiles

    The Biden administration is moving Ukraine ahead of other countries that were slated to receive air defense missiles, the latest move in its effort to rush urgently needed weapons to Kyiv.

    The U.S. will “reprioritize” deliveries of Patriots and National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems missiles planned for a select group of other countries so that the munitions coming off the production line will instead go to Ukraine, John Kirby, spokesperson for the National Security Council, announced Thursday.

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    What do you think about my idea to help renters buy their home?

    I had an idea that would allow people to buy their own homes that they are currently renting:

    1. Every home gets appraised to determine what it would sell for. This is done by the county and is used for property taxes too.
    2. Every renter is allowed to buy a percentage of their primary residence from the owner. The owner has no choice in this. It's a requirement for being able to rent a property. Edit: Since people are confused about this, the renter is not required to buy anything. They have an option to buy.
    3. Renters can pay as little as $100 extra per month and the county puts their percentage ownership on the deed. If the home is sold, the renter can't be kicked out involuntarily. If they do leave, they get the percentage of home value they own.

    Pros:

    • This would avoid the issue of high interest rates hurting primary homeownership.
    • This would blunt the impact of corporate landlords having a monopoly where they refuse to sell. They are forced to sell at a fair price.
    • This would create a simple decision between owning their home and spending money on luxuries or eating out.

    Cons:

    • This would hurt small landlords who would have their property bought out from under them. This is actually a good thing because the benefits of rising property values are now shared.
    • The implementation is hard. This is actually a good thing because bad landlords would sell property they didn't want to manage, lowering prices for renters who want to buy.
    • It would cost the county money to hire appraisers. But this could be paid for by increased property taxes due to better appraisals.
    • Property taxes would go up for landlords. But this would be good, as it encourages them to sell the property. This appraisal process and increased property taxes wouldn't affect people who just lived in their home without charging rent.
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    www.thedailybeast.com Biden Takes the Gloves Off to Tear Into ‘Convicted Felon’ Trump

    The president said his Republican rival “snapped” after his 2020 election loss and would now pose a greater threat to the U.S. in a second term.

    Biden Takes the Gloves Off to Tear Into ‘Convicted Felon’ Trump

    > “Something snapped in this guy—for real—when he lost in 2020,” Biden said. “He can’t accept the fact that he lost, it’s literally driving him crazy.”

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    www.rawstory.com Trump's own biographer spills inside information about ex-president's jail worries

    Donald Trump has suggested he's not worried about going to jail after being convicted on 34 felony counts in New York, but those close to him are reportedly undermining that claim.Tim O'Brien, who spent massive amounts of time with Trump before writing TrumpNation: The Art of Being the Donald, appe...

    Trump's own biographer spills inside information about ex-president's jail worries

    >"First of all, he's actually not comfortable with going to jail. That is just bravado." > >He said that he has "talked to Trump associates" who said Trump "doesn't want to serve time."

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    What policy or program would you pay more taxes to support?

    You can't cut any taxes or programs to fund your idea. Nothing else in your government is going to change. It can't be a tax that you avoid somehow. The money comes from you and similar people in your situation. Don't try to get around it in some way.

    What would you pay more taxes to support?

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    finance.yahoo.com Companies are having their best earnings season in nearly 2 years

    Earnings for the S&P 500 are growing at their fastest rate since 2022 and analysts see that trend continuing into next quarter, setting up a positive backdrop for stocks.

    Companies are having their best earnings season in nearly 2 years

    >Net profit margins are pacing for 11.7% growth in the first quarter, above the five-year average of 11.5% growth and higher than the same period a year ago, per FactSet. > >Largely, this has been driven by cost-cutting, not rising revenues. In 2023, investors cheered Big Tech's cost-cutting efforts that led to significant earnings growth. In 2024, companies outside the tech sector have tapped a similar playbook, setting up the rest of the index for earnings growth through the rest of the year.

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    Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholders meeting

    finance.yahoo.com Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholders meeting: Warren Buffett talks Apple, AI, Paramount, and more

    Warren Buffett took hours of questions from shareholders on Saturday for the first time since the passing of his right-hand man, Charlie Munger.

    Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholders meeting: Warren Buffett talks Apple, AI, Paramount, and more

    > Buffett, along with Berkshire vice chairs Greg Abel and Ajit Jain, took several hours of questions from shareholders.

    > As for the company's growing pile of cash and Treasury holdings, Buffett said it is likely the value of these holdings will exceed $200 billion during the current quarter, noting he's "quite satisfied" with the position.

    > Buffett has recommended most investors put most of their money in index funds that track the broader market. And that includes family.

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