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24 Jun
Right wing politics in two tweets from someone too proud of themselves not to do the Bond villain routine: they don’t know or care what #CriticalRaceTheory is. It’s a lefty buzzword, so they started a five alarm fire over it, and say it encompasses anything upsetting to voters.
Right wing pundits and politicians don’t care about the meaning of any of the scary -isms they toss around as if they were televangelists doing an exorcism. They just care about keeping you scared so you give them money and vote for them to protect you against imaginary threats.
Critical Race Theory was unknown outside of academia for 40 years, yet as of last month, it’s going to bulldoze the suburbs, invented COVID in an orbital alien time machine, and will turn your kids into Satanic sex fiends. Don’t you find this sudden threat just a bit strange?
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29 Mar
Normally, conspiracy theorists tend to be just as sane as the general public, but a researcher thinks that QAnon followers may be an exception, citing frequent posts revealing mental health diagnoses, and that 68% of arrested Capitol rioters received one. theconversation.com/many-qanon-fol…
Of course, this doesn’t mean almost 7 in 10 QAnon followers have a mental illness or that 44% had one prior to discovering it because the rioters are a pretty extreme convenience sample. But combined with frequent self-admissions of DSM V diagnoses, this data is concerning.
Nearly 1 in 4 Americans has some sort if mental health diagnosis, often anxiety or depression. As the stress from the pandemic and festering systemic problems mounts, that number is bound to keep climbing, which might mean more QAnons and more violent self-radicalization.
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27 Jan
I love how bluntly Palihapitiya points out the absurdities of the system to people who try to pretend that the stock market hasn’t become a weird casino for rich people and completely detached itself from reality in the last decade. It’s honestly quite refreshing.
And yes, 52% of Americans own stocks, mostly through index funds, IRAs, and 401k plans. I’m one of them. But the top 10% by net worth own 81% of all stocks and the top 1% own 38% of all stocks. Those stocks make up the vast majority of their wealth in the first place.
If you’re saying that what you see with this Reddit grudge match stock rally and Elon Musk becoming the richest man in the world in a recession year thanks to bets on Tesla instead of SpaceX is absurd, you’re absolutely, 115% correct. It’s completely freaking bonkers.
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27 Sep 20
What does NYT's analysis of Trump's tax returns tell us? Trump barely pays any federal tax as most of his businesses are losing tens of millions, he's way over-leveraged, and he may have ran for president as a marketing gimmick that got out of control. nytimes.com/interactive/20…
Explanations that the losses are just accounting magic would indicate fraud and be at odds with both his widely known and awful record as a businessman, and the loud rumors floating around NYC's wealthiest residents that he's not a billionaire but "a clown who lives on credit."
His entire image as a terrific dealmaker who got a paltry million to start his empire is complete bullshit. He's was a living tax shelter for his daddy to the tune of $413 million, ruined everything he touched, and became such a brand by brazenly lying about himself to the media.
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15 Sep 20
When former terrorist hunters become bloodthirsty agitators eager to murder their fellow citizens for the crimes of refusing to hate the same people and vote for a different party, they're no longer patriots. They're domestic terrorists. thedailybeast.com/michael-scheue…
I'm getting tired of saying this, but a developed, civilized country does not have a minority which rejects the legitimacy of elections they lose and calls for sectarian bloodshed and civil war to get their way. That's what happens in "shitholes" ran by sclerotic kleptocrats.
Both Scheuer and I criticized presidents with whom we disagree in public forums, as people in free nations do on a regular basis. But he wants to kill me for exercising the same exact right he did because he doesn't like what I say. What civilized modern society works like that?
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30 Aug 20
Yeah, this is pretty much spot on. As an ex-Soviet, I'm getting deja vu from Trump's regime. Americans' trademark boundless optimism about things always working out in the end for them is quickly turning into complacent laziness and willful blindness. eand.co/we-dont-know-h…
Realistically, I don't think that critics of the government will be jailed or disappeared in the next four years if Trump wins. There will still be enough pushback. But if the GOP can consolidate enough power under him, just about anything is on the table for 2024 and beyond.
It's already mainstream right wing thought that political opposition should be prosecuted for treason just for being the political opposition. The worse things get for them, the angrier they'll become and the more violence they'll start demanding.
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24 Aug 20
According to Ben "My Wife Stays Dry, Thank You Very Much Liberals" Shapiro, a tryst with the pool boy followed by dirty business dealings to reward him for having sex with your wife and partying on yachts and in boozy nightclubs with you is just traditional morality. 🤪
I'm going to say this very loudly and clearly for those who don't get it. If Falwell and his wife enjoyed swinging and partying, this would be a private matter we shouldn't give two shits about. However, Falwell doesn't just practice the lifestyle he decries, he spent most of ...
... his life demonizing his own hobbies, lying to donors who thought they were giving money to a man of high moral standards while misappropriating their cash, and fighting to legislate what consenting adults are and aren't allowed to do in their own beds for money and power.
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4 Aug 20
This is how reckless conspiracy theories start. Any big enough explosion forms a mushroom cloud because the shape is formed by water vapor in the atmosphere and nothing else. Likewise, there are videos where you can clearly see fireworks going off before the secondary blast.
Here’s a really close up video clearly showing fireworks going off inside the building, and pursuing the rest of the thread will show other obvious pops that are clearly fireworks, not high explosives or anything even remotely like rockets or bombs. https://t.co/Qc6FP7JMfz
But amazingly, even when shown this clear as day evidence, a lot of people refuse to accept that firework factories can and do blow up, and when they do, the results are both spectacular and devastating. A month ago this happened in Turkey. dw.com/en/turkey-fire…
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1 Aug 20
THREAD: If only the GOP wasn't being ran like a cult and Trump wouldn't viciously attack anyone who even questions him to a base that hangs on his every word, This strategy could work. And speaking of strategies, it looks like McConnell is dusting off his horrific 2008 playbook.
If the Republican plan to send 50,000 thugs to polling places to intimidate voters, autocratic shithole stye, won't work in November, McConnell and the rest of the leadership will try to hold on to as many seats as they can and do try to sabotage Biden. rollingstone.com/politics/polit…
Just like today, the GOP created a crisis in 2008 and as millions were losing their jobs and homes. Out of power, McConnell's number one priority wasn't trying to work with the new Democratic majorities but to obstruct them at all costs however he could. politifact.com/factchecks/201…
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21 Jun 20
Sam is right. The campaign was bragging about a million tickets. The venue seats 19,000, so even if TikTokers and K-Pop fans signed up for 90% of those free, unlimited tickets, a crowd 5x the venue’s capacity should’ve been jostling for a seat. Something here doesn’t add up.
Blood red OK should’ve had no problem filling that arena to the brim, so how do a million signups translate into a hair over 6,000 people actually showing up? I’m thinking Parscale lied about the number of signups as even die hard Republicans are getting sick and tired of Trump.
No sane campaign manager looks at a million signups for an event with a 25K person capacity (with overflow) and thinks “yup, this is totes legit, let me go brag about it on social media!” So the real question is if he lied to keep scamming Trump, or because he’s incompetent.
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11 May 20
Finland's experiment with universal basic income found that recipients didn't just sit around and play video games or binge TV shows. They actually spent a little more time working and felt a little better about their lives thanks to the new, more flexible safety cushion. Image
This is both encouraging and not. It should be pretty obvious that having more money and control over how to spend it instead of being tightly managed by bureaucrats who think you're only financially struggling because you're a bad person, would be better. worldofweirdthings.com/2016/03/13/wil…
But this highlights a fundamental problem. When it comes to the world's have-nots, those in power are trying to squeeze blood from stone and giving people money not to starve is just covering up the larger problem of pointless, runaway industrialization. worldofweirdthings.com/2019/06/02/uni…
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9 Apr 20
For other viruses we have vaccines, clinically proven and effective treatments we can get at any pharmacy, and built up immunity from years of exposure. We have literally none of that for coronavirus, you blithering #COVIDIOT. I know you’re paid to be stupid in public, but JFC...
Technically, yes, we would benefit from social distancing for literally any virus transmitted in close proximity. But we weigh the idea against the ease and efficacy of testing and treatment. It’s trivial to get tested, vaccinated, or treated for the flu. #COVIDー19? Not at all.
We have very limited testing, a vaccine is a year away in the best case scenario, and we’re still figuring out what treatments will work reliably. The only think we know is that the #coronavirus is stable and mutates very little so a proven vaccine would be highly effective.
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11 Mar 20
Whenever you complain about the soaring cost of housing, you'll always find someone who'll say "but homes are bigger than ever, so buy a smaller one" as a counter. Just one problem. Developers are either building big or nothing. Smaller homes aren't there. curbed.com/2020/3/10/2116…
You want a smaller house? Well, this one is a rental, this one is about 80 years old and needs a lot of renovations and maintenance, and that one is for sale but landlords are in a bidding war to add it to their investment property portfolio. Starter homes are being wiped out.
Want to be smart and buy a condo? Cool. Here's a run down half century old one smaller than your apartment and in need of serious updates, and here's a 2,300 sq. ft. ultralux new "residence" in a full service high rise with five pools, spa, gym, and a $1,000 a month condo fee.
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22 Feb 20
From a simple standpoint, you’re looking at $16.8 billion. But thousands of years of inflation and compound interest averaged to 3% per year would add up to over $88 trillion, almost $4 trillion more than the global GDP. And that’s important to take into account. Here’s why.
Just consider that you won’t have modern dollars in 2589 BC. You’d spend 4,500 years hoarding gold bars the value of which would fluctuate wildly until you’d be sitting on priceless relics and sought after collectibles worth more than all the money in the modern world today.
Either way, you’d end up a multi-trillionaire. Now, I realize the point this tweet is making but it’s simplistic to a fault because it’s just trying to shock you with rudimentary math without taking a lot of important relevant factors into account and ending up factually wrong.
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31 Jan 20
Trump will celebrate his acquittal like a kid who won a game where his dad was the referee, his mom ran the scoreboard, and both told everyone they’ll make sure he wins.

I can’t understand the lack of honor it takes to celebrate an obviously rigged victory as if it was earned.
Trump is literally the face of upwards failure and participation trophies. He had to parasitize his dad to run a business. He had to rely on fraud to keep from going bankrupt. He badly needs blatant meddling and the EC to win elections. In a way, Trump is an incredible paradox.
How can someone be so outwardly successful and climb to the highest levels of politics and entertainment while objectively being a complete and total failure at everything he does? How can one have so many people willing to exonerate and protect him from any consequence?
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22 Jan 20
THREAD: In case you haven’t noticed, today anyone the American right wing doesn’t like for any reason is a Satanic pedophile laundering globalist money. While traveling this weekend, I saw an alarming example of this worth considering with a tinge of horror and alarm.
Columbus, OH is currently absolutely exploding in size and wealth. And one of its most prosperous suburbs, Dublin, decided to ditch its “golf and big house sprawl” image, and rebuild itself as an urban planners’ dream of mixed used buildings in walkable neighborhoods.
They’re doing this for three reasons. The first is to attract millennials in tech jobs and other lucrative industries to Dublin. The second is to boost local businesses and drastically cut commutes. The third is to follow new best practices for urban development.
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5 Jan 20
All the replies from PragerU fans are basically: “All college professors are Satanic communist pedophiles who eat good, conservative Christian babies just for fun, and would stop class to sacrifice students to an altar of Marx, Stalin, and Lenin when I was in school!”
If you really think Dennis Prager telling you that men are growing beards or a stubble because feminists can’t tell they’re men otherwise is riveting intellectual content your children must watch, you need help from a qualified professional to work through your many, many demons.
But that’s how the right treats facts and education today. They need bloated, graying old men to tell them what they want to hear. Talk about evolution, a 13.8 billion year old universe, or explain how pollution is bad for humans, and you’re basically The Second Coming of Stalin.
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7 Dec 19
Let me offer a brief summation. It’s the conspiracy theory in which anyone you don’t like, or with whom you disagree for any reason, is secretly a treasonous Satanic pedophile about to be sent to Guantanamo Bay to await execution.
For anyone actually interested in how QAnon looks to anyone outside it’s devotees, here’s an episode of the WoWT Podcast where we talked to @travis_view... worldofweirdthings.com/2019/06/21/wow…
And, of course, here’s my primer on QAnon and the history of Satanic Panic style right wing conspiracy theories on #TheShiftWithDrex... omny.fm/shows/the-shif…
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29 Nov 19
THREAD: I don’t know what @ohiogop is huffing or snorting, but their bill will kill women with a very serious condition by insisting on an impossible, nonexistent medical procedure, and punishing those who’ll fail to perform it with life in jail or death. theguardian.com/us-news/2019/n…
This is on top of their other accomplishment, a bill that lets kids answer questions on science and other factually based tests however they want without losing any points as long as they say it’s their religion to answer this way. newsweek.com/ohio-student-r…
Basically, they want to return the state to the 19th century because they figure that in the absence of new, well-paying jobs outside of Columbus and Cleveland, they can bribe their ever less rational and ever more enraged and Foxified base with culture war red meat on meth.
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29 Oct 19
Fun fact, the median American earns over $1.2 million dollars in a 20 year span. This story is using a very dumb mathematical trick to turn an account of a woman getting paid to do her job and changing her views after decades of experience into a tale of hypocrisy and outrage.
In case you want to do the math yourself, the typical American is roughly 37 years old. At that age, the typical annual salary for men is $55k and $45k for women, so $50k if we split the difference. Factor in an annual COLA of 2%, and we have a total of $1.24 million in 20 years.
Of course this is before we consider inflation, taxes, and cost of living, which can vary wildly by zip code. That's why according to WSL/Strategic Retail, you need an annual income of $150k to live comfortably in the U.S. right now. businessinsider.com/the-basic-annu…
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1 Oct 19
THREAD: In the last 24 hours I ended up having to deliver impromptu primers on AI, automation, and the future of work to a heavily tattooed, formerly pro-Trump biker, a physiologist, and a construction worker who also drove rideshares. These are no longer academic, niche topics.
Aside from rabidly pro-Trump retirees and cult of personality devotees full of bile and fury, everyone who isn't already benefitting from the creative destruction accelerated by modern technology wants to know their place in a new world they're seeing being built around them.
They know it's impossible to fight the march of time and they want to better understand AI and robotics, how they can leverage those new technologies to keep their jobs and find new ones, and how to teach their kids to do the same instead of pretending they can stop the future.
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