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Characteristics of an immature person and a wise person (AN 3.2)
  • That's a very long-winded way of saying

    conduct yourself well in action, speech, and thought.

  • Butter is serious business
    1. No it's not.
    2. I already use salted butter for toast -- American is still worse.
    3. Yes it is.
  • Butter is serious business
  • As a cooking ingredient, maybe, but if you're using butter on toast, bread, etc. then Irish/French/British butter is clearly better.

    Also, the superiority of European chocolate isn't to do with the cocoa content or the sweetness - it's just creamier and has a smoother texture.

    I'll agree with you on the beer, though.

  • 'Shameful' BBC story on Israel's killing of disabled man revised
  • Agreed. AFAIK not a single US mainstream media outlet has even covered the story, whitewashed headline or otherwise.

  • 'Shameful' BBC story on Israel's killing of disabled man revised
  • Partly business -- Israel and the UK have multi-billion £ trade agreements, and partly political -- the UK has long followed Washington when it comes to foreign policy.

  • JD Vance pick adds to European fears over Trump presidency
  • Implying that the UK has been overrun with scary Islamist muslims was a choice, too.

  • Gaza: Palestinian with Down syndrome ‘left to die’ by Israeli soldiers after combat dog attack [12 July 2024 | Middle East Eye]
  • This story has haunted me for the last day or so since I read about. I advise caution before deciding to read all the details, as it's pretty fucking bleak and heartbreaking.

    And yet this is what Western Governments are enabling while the mainstream media ignore or minimize It. Imagine if this story was the headline on CNN...

  • MEGA THREAD - Trump shot but safe, 2 others killed at PA rally
  • A better approach I think is voting more progressive thinkers into congress and other places of power and authority.

    And as we have seen, true progressives have been repeatedly pushed from the ticket in favor of establishment-friendly centrists time and time again. The two-party duopoly won't allow it.

  • MEGA THREAD - Trump shot but safe, 2 others killed at PA rally
  • He was also, it seems, a scumbag

  • The shooter donated to ActBlue according to AP.
  • Right, which is why it's a bit odd that OP chose to highlight the one single fact as the entire headline for this article.

  • The shooter donated to ActBlue according to AP.
  • Ah, ok - I assumed that you linked an outdated source but yes, it does appear that they are the same.

    For the record, here's confirmation of the donation address:

    https://x.com/ryangrim/status/1812472494890074573

  • The shooter donated to ActBlue according to AP.
  • 20-year-old, registered Republican, Thomas Matthew Crooks is the shooter, yes, but the donation to ActBlue referred to in the headline of this post was apparently made by somebody else.

  • The shooter donated to ActBlue according to AP.
  • Looks like it wasn't even him anyway -- the ActBlue donation was registered to a Thomas Crooks, not Thomas Matthew Crooks:

    https://x.com/acnewsitics/status/1812543831889313897

  • MEGA THREAD - Trump shot but safe, 2 others killed at PA rally
  • God, I hate US politics. What a complete shit show.

  • At Least 90 Palestinians Killed in Israeli Massacre in 'Safe Zone' of al-Mawasi
  • There has been no presence of international journalism on the ground in Gaza for months. This is how Israel wants it. News agencies have to either take the IDF's version of events at face value or cite reports from what remains of Gaza's government, i.e Hamas. There are no other sources except for what fragments get uploaded to social media by eyewitnesses.

    Personally, I'll take anything from Al JAzeera over anything coming from Israeli intelligence.

    Especially with videos like this showing up on Twitter.

  • Which IELTS exam is necessary for work visa in UK?
  • General is for work visas, whereas Academic is for applying to university courses. Generally speaking.

    You should always double check with the institution/company you're applying to, though.

  • Democrats & Republicans are stealing funds intended for independent parties to use in the 2024 elections, according to Green Party USA
  • Exactly. For either of the main parties, it's barely a drop in the bucket. The claim that theoney is being withheld "in case they need it" is farcical.

    Third parties, on the other hand, need all the help they can get.

  • Democrats & Republicans are stealing funds intended for independent parties to use in the 2024 elections, according to Green Party USA
  • The case for US electoral reform, exhibit #847...

    It's hard enough for third parties to offer voters an alternative to the two main parties without the duopoly actively blocking what little financial support they have.

  • Democrats & Republicans are stealing funds intended for independent parties to use in the 2024 elections, according to Green Party USA

    Green Party candidate Jason Call has posted a thread on X. The key points are:

    ~ The duopoly is going all out to deny third party voices this year

    ~ The Stein campaign has qualified for Federal Matching Funds, but Congress robbed the fund and Treasury is refusing to pay us $270,000. It is unconscionable and unprecedented….

    ~ What are Federal Matching Funds? When you file your taxes each year, you’re asked “do you want $3 to go to the Presidential Matching Fund?”

    ~ It is essentially a fund reserved to help campaigns be more competitive against the flood of big money interests

    ~ The Jill Stein is the only campaign (other than Mike Pence, no longer active) that has met the threshold for this funding

    ~ And while the FEC has said we qualify for the match - a payment of $270k at this point - we are being denied that payment

    ~ Here’s what we are being told: Since the duopoly candidates have rejected that funding for the last 16 years, that $3 per IRS filing grew to over $400 million

    ~ And this year, Congress decided to “appropriate” those funds for other uses. They took $320mil and gave it to the Secret Service…

    ~ They took $25mil and gave it to the Justice Dept. They took $55mil for “election security” (ironically securing elections from 3rd parties it seems)

    ~ Right now we are being denied our earned primary matching funds because there is a “shortfall”

    ~ What we have earned amounts to 1.5% of what’s in the fund. And they are saying there’s a shortfall? Here’s their reasoning:

    ~ “We need to wait until the major parties have their convention so we will know if they are going to apply for the funds” Excuse me?

    ~ Use of matching funds for the general election takes priority over use of funds for the primary, but the only campaigns that can qualify for those funds are the duopoly campaigns

    ~ The two major parties have not used matching funds for 16 years due to the imposed spending limits

    ~ But this year, Congress robbed the fund (and if you are a taxpayer and have checked that $3 box, you should be righteously pissed off about this misappropriation)

    ~ And the Treasury is saying “sorry, we don’t have the money, we might need it for the general”

    ~ But understand this is a political hit. Congress appropriated that money right when we were messaging that we were about to hit the threshold.

    ~ The FEC is not the responsible party here. They qualified us, said we were good to go. This is coming from higher up, politically motivated to shut down our traction

    ~ And it has. It has stifled our momentum. This, and the bullshit lawsuits to keep us off the ballot

    ~ Democrats say they are defending democracy, but this is how they are doing it. Political trickery and lawfare

    ~ They are limiting the choices of voters when voters (not BlueMAGA of course, they are cheering on the chicanery) are fed up with the garbage forced on us by the duopoly

    ~ The Green Party takes no corporate money. We are following the rules. And the playground bullies are continuing to rig the system for the war machine and other corporate interests

    ~ This is not democracy. It is not justice.

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    Josh Johnson Asks Black Voters: Biden or Trump? | The Daily Show
  • It's literally just boredom and dissatisfaction driving people to change from one side to another. Thanks to the two-party corporatocracy that the US pretends is a democracy, what other options do they have?

  • "Why are the Arabs so violent? Why do they hate Israel?"

    TIL that in 2018, thousands of Gazans peacefully demonstrated against Israel's siege of the territory.

    In response, IDF forces opened fire on the demonstrators with live ammunition. Some they shot to kill, others they shot in the leg, crippling them for life. Others they shot with rubber bullets and tear gas. They shot women, children, the elderly, paramedics, and journalists.

    A UN Commission found that Israeli soldiers likely committed war crimes or crimes against humanity. Investigating from March 30 to December 31, 2018, the Commission reported 183 Palestinian protester deaths from live ammunition, including children, medics, and journalists. Over 6,000 were injured by gunfire.

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    Kaiju ft. Flowdan - Hunter

    An oldie but a goodie.

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    apnews.com House passes bill to expand definition of antisemitism amid growing campus protests over Gaza war

    The House has passed legislation that would establish a broader definition of antisemitism for the Department of Education to enforce anti-discrimination laws.

    House passes bill to expand definition of antisemitism amid growing campus protests over Gaza war

    'If passed by the Senate and signed into law, the bill would broaden the legal definition of antisemitism to include the “targeting of the state of Israel, conceived as a Jewish collectivity.'"

    Pardon me, but what is this horseshit?

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    theintercept.com Even Mentioning “Occupation” at the Oscars Is Antisemitic, Some Jewish Hollywood Figures Say

    “The Zone of Interest” director Jonathan Glazer’s Oscars speech was denounced by Jewish Hollywood figures for mentioning Israel’s occupation.

    Even Mentioning “Occupation” at the Oscars Is Antisemitic, Some Jewish Hollywood Figures Say

    “The use of words like ‘occupation’ to describe an indigenous Jewish people defending a homeland that dates back thousands of years and has been recognized as a state by the United Nations, distorts history” gets the prize for the most oblivious statement I've seen all week.

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    Why are Mastodon's trending hashtags so ... dull?

    As a new user, I'm enjoying Mastodon's vibe so far but the one thing that is a letdown is the trending hashtags. I've been checking them regularly over the past couple of weeks and it seems like they're pretty much always like this.

    Even on days with big news stories, people on Mastodon are only talking about what day of the week it is like company employees on some internal message board?

    Is there anything that can be done to liven them up a bit?

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    Why are Mastodon's trending hashtags like this?

    Every day, they seem to be pretty much the exact same.

    Coming from the bird site where you could actually get a gauge on what was happening in the world right now, Mastodon's trending hashtags seem so ... banal?

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    theconversation.com Science activism is surging – which marks a culture shift among scientists

    Political mobilization among scientists has been growing in recent years. Two social scientists break down what this looks like and how it represents a culture shift among the scientific community.

    Science activism is surging – which marks a culture shift among scientists
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    Debunk This: The Scientific Evidence for Gender Transition Therapies is Weak

    unherd.com The media is spreading bad trans science

    Misleading studies are being taken as gospel

    Hi, everyone. The author here claims a couple of things I'd like people to check out:

    1. That European countries are generally reluctant to endorse gender reassignment treatments due to insufficient evidence

    2. That there are no large scale studies / reviews that find good evidence in favor of gender reassignment treatments

    Thanks in advance!

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    lifehacker.com What People Are Getting Wrong This Week: UFOs and the Government

    Maybe people are just really bad at identifying objects.

    It appears UFOs are flavor of the month again.

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