"The only time we believe a lockdown is justified is to buy you time to reorganise, regroup, rebalance your resources, protect your health workers who are exhausted, but by and large, we’d rather not do it."
"Lockdowns just have one consequence that you must never ever belittle, and that is making poor people an awful lot poorer."
"Look what’s happened to smallholder farmers all over the world. … Look what’s happening to poverty levels. It seems that we may well have a doubling of world poverty by next year. We may well have at least a doubling of child malnutrition."
Very curious about how this will land with the various media elites and trust fund kiddos who took time between bouts of simping for the WHO to chastise anyone who dared utter the word "economy" in the context of COVID

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21 Sep
So many people are ignorant of the *many* programs already embedded in the criminal justice system. My understanding is that my own stalker evaded prior charges via CA's pretrial mental health diversion program, and did not fully fulfill his court-ordered treatment obligations.
I consider myself one of his most fortunate victims, because most of the women he threatened to rape, torture and murder had to get on with life *for years* knowing that he was out on the street in their city. This is the first time he's had to face serious criminal consequences.
I can't know for sure whether getting away with it for so long emboldened him to keep doing what he was doing and to target more women, but in this case that was the result. Treatment won't work for someone who isn't willing to genuinely submit themselves to it.
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21 Sep
Is the implication here that rape and domestic violence victims should not "involve the police"?
"Calling the police may lead to the brutalizing (or even killing) of the victims themselves."

Horribly irresponsible claim in the context of providing DV resources. A victim is far, FAR more likely to be seriously harmed by an abusive partner than by a police officer.
When I was being stalked last year by someone who had threatened to rape and kill several women, I called the police. They set up a sting and they caught him. Nobody was injured. He is in jail now and he is going to trial next month.
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20 Sep
I don't know enough about Amy Coney Barrett to have an opinion on her for the USSC, but the difference between the twitter impression and the Wikipedia impression is remarkable
Probably the biggest problem with her is that she's somewhat young and hasn't spent much time on the 7th circuit, which means there's less opinion to scrutinize and that she could be on the Supreme Court for decades
What people seem to love or hate about her is that she's a very devoted conservative Catholic in her personal life, but frankly she seems to have handled concerns about that just about as well as anyone could be expected to: en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amy_Coney…
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15 Sep
CA progressives helped create such a nasty housing crisis around their job market that some people took to commuting by plane from Phoenix and Vegas, so I really don't want to hear about Trump single-handedly destroying the state via climate change
This is the same state that decommissioned its nuclear plants and largely replaced them with natural gas + nonrenewable imports, nixed allowances for housing density around public transit, and regulated itself out of any possibility of completing its own high speed rail project
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14 Sep
My main issue is with coastal elites that can't tolerate the idea that life is actually very hard for the nowhere-town "deplorables" they've never met, so they vascillate between proposing "let them eat cake" policies & viciously attacking them for a lack of gratitude & "values"
Outside of the private feeder school and "modest" trust fund bubbles are a lot of people willing to work very hard for a very long time as long as they can expect to not be interfered with, and that their gains won't be taken from them arbitrarily.
There are also a lot of people — if you live in these towns, you WILL meet them — who take advantage wherever they can and actively claw the precocious crabs right back down into the bucket. Their own children included. Their lives are miserable, for sure, but not for no reason.
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