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Khirad
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Open war. Contact Kyrsten Sinema if you can. Even her offices in Arizona are not readily available.

https://kyrstensinema.com/contact/

Khirad
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Let’s get the fact out of the way that my handle is Khirad – it’s Persian for wisdom and goes back to Zoroastrianism – who, under Cyrus and Darius, freed the Jews from Babylon (I’m not Persian, but, you’re welcome). And IRL, I have a lot of German ancestry. So, I want to get that out there.

But, I hate irredentist Zionists. I get Bibi Shapiro’s schtick, but Bari Weiß masqueraded as a liberal Democrat for so long. I’ve known Jewish Democrats like her. In Israel they would vote Likud. So, don’t play me. Israel is there, it exists and will. But, both of them have been racist to Palestinians.

I’m not saying they are as bad as Hamas, but to Jews like Bari Weiß: you’re not progressives, and never were.

Khirad
Member

Caitlin Doughty is my secret girlfriend. So secret she doesn’t know. Okay, I’m not a creep, I just adore her.

Her channel, ‘Ask a Mortician’ is another favorite of mine. She digs deep into history – like the truly real dark story behind Moby Dick, D.H. Lawrence, or that time a dam broke and flooded Los Angeles and a lot more thoughtful pieces. And yes, she is a real funeral director and does that stuff too – answering all your death questions.

Anyhoo, William Mulholland, the self taught engineer from Ireland and… he still has a drive named after him.

Khirad
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Just off the hand, and I’m sorry about ragging on boomer music. It’s more like this that I’m done with it. Like, when I was in my last pipe band, of course everyone requests Amazing Grace, because, I don’t blame you – you don’t know pipe tunes [not do movies like the Departed – playing Scotland the Brave at graduation for an Irish-American film – I mean we get along fine with the Irish and they with us, but there’s a difference – we’re close cousins, but…]. Not a grave sin. A bagpipe skirls and I’m happy.

But, the joke was: oh, Amazing Stairway to Freebird again.

And so when I make fun of some old tunes, it’s not because I hate them, but because I hate them being shoved into my ear sockets. The fact that they were prolly cool at one point but, you’re sucking out the last tannins of tea as in a Russian novel by Dostoyevsky with no irony.

Born to be Wild, Bad to the Bone, pretty much any AC/DC and my brain shuts off and wants to leave. Again, that shit was awesome the first million times.

Khirad
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This is another one. I know I’m your favorite Satanist, Unitarian and whatever I am today, but this guy is an atheist, but he’s an ex-Jehovah’s witness, so most of his content is more about cults and not anti-Christian or any other faith. He even wants more people of faith, as I do, to join us heathens against batshittery. Anyway, we all know Michelle Bachman Underdrive – but, he’s worth checking out. He never goes full on Atheist Experience [and speaking of right-wing progressives, Christopher Hitchens died unapologetic for supporting the invasion of Iraq].

AdLib
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Liked “Bachman Underdrive”!

I’ve always stood against the leveraging of religion to insist on conformity, to undermine science and logic and to manipulate the masses but I always appreciated spirituality, whether one finds it in organized religion or otherwise.

What made me feel a bit sucker punched along the way was discovering rabid, hateful people who viciously attacked anyone following any religion and acted elitist, all under the guise of “atheism”. People like Bill Maher who look down their nose at the “morons” who believe in religion and describe them as inferior human beings.

I’m not a believer in organized religion but many of my friends, including friends here, are religious in a positive and consistent way with their social and political beliefs. And they believe in science and logic. So they are not zero sum.

But I am very uncompromising about cults and the exploitation of faith by those who deceive people into hating and becoming pawns to further the greed and narcissism of corrupt men and women who represent themselves as leaders.

So I’m all for taking on cults and their drones, like Trumpism, RW evangelists, Scientologists, etc. I will add him to my listening list too, thanks for sharing this.

I always had a problem with Hitchens, couldn’t get past the blind spot that his RW mentality gave him, the war monegrino aspect you mentioned is a perfect example.

Richard Dawkins seems to be one of the best representatives of atheism. Generally, he doesn’t stray from a reasoned and consistent, scientist’s approach to the argument for the atheistic viewpoint. And I haven’t seen him cross what is a red line for me, denigrating people simply because they choose to believe in the dogma of a religion.

It’s a sad but true part of the nature of human beings that some people feel they can only be taller by cutting of the heads of others.

Khirad
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In honour of KQuark I lots of YouTube channels for you to watch.

In any case, Glenn Greenwald went off the wall. Yes, you’re gay and married in Brazil – and that’s the coolest thing about you, because Dave Rubin is gay as well.

Here’s Naomi Wolf

AdLib
Admin

This is an interesting phenomenon that I first recognized with David Horowitz and less so but with Jerry Rubin becoming a Wall Streeter but still retaining some liberal views.

Greenwald short-circuited into a RW propagandist, hiding like a coward behind the charade of being “libertarian”. I think some of that corruption of his soul comes from being financed by Russian interests.

Naomi Wolff seems to have blown a circuit too. She has self-destructed in a very public way, becoming an anti-vax fanatic and attacking the left, also under the lame camouflage of being “a true liberal”.

I wonder if they reach a slump in their careers and make a concerted choice to flip, knowing that the RW will surely embrace them as a turncoat? Or is it just overwhelming narcissism, they want to be “controversial” just so everyone could be talking about them?

Either way, these types are personified corruption. They have no high ground to stand on, no pedestal of trust or consistency to speak from, they are media prostitutes who turn their tricks for money or attention, one way or another.

Khirad
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I never trusted Tulsi, but she had the grift from the beginning.

Also, I just watced The Hill and it is to the right of the WSJ now.

One guy that was never right wing but is only worth mentioning because he started the whole debate me bro meme on college campuses is Steven Crowder.

AdLib
Admin

I agree, Tulsi was a dishonest opportunist from the start, she was never a Dem but another narcissist grifting for power and money by claiming to be one. It was a con that most Dems eventually recognized. I think Sinema has blown her cover as well now, she is done.

Crowder grew up in Canada and Canada changes the subject when asked.

As for the Disney montage, this is the magic of regional voice casting. Remarkable how the foreign language actors sound just as perfect for the characters. I’ve grown tired of the very formulaic and redundant storytelling in animated films nowadays but the actual animation is impressive.

Khirad
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Obviously I like the Majority Report with Sam Seder –

But other than watching highlights from Colbert and Seth Meyer and even Jimmy Kimmel (the paths he and Adam Carolla took…)

Anyway, I watch highlights from CNN and MSNBC, but nobody watches that anymore – unless you’re washing dishes and NPR has a pledge drive.

I like [and there are problems here and there with some of these I’ll denote with asterixes, but way better than MSNBC]:

Vice News**
The Young Turks*
David Pakman
HasanAbi*
Secular Talk with Kyle Kulinski*
Majority Report

And others… but while not diving down the KQuark hole, I believe more than not were Bernie supporters, but, also grown ass adults who voted for Hillary. Who, like, TYT, are based in LA and have problems with Newsome, but, were grown ass adults and voted against recall.

I’ll also say I do like Joe Rogan but he gets ****, and has walked into some stuff. People used to say I’d like Rush Limbaugh if I listened more, so I know that when I say this for JR – but find a guest you know and like and listen to him interview them.

He’s not alt-right. And, he’ll talk to anybody. He is sui generis. He is a left-libertarian [he was for Bernie, and was not an adult] in the strictest sense – so as a source of political wisdom, no, but he has great interviews with people across the spectrum – no bubble.

Khirad
Member

In a sense I’d almost like a thread just to post vids like these. That’s mostly what I do on FB.

AdLib
Admin

Sounds good, you can use this Short Posts thread to do that.

AdLib
Admin

I like Vice News and sample some of those on your list too. I have shut down on CNN and MSNBC as I did years ago (then slowly segued back to some MSNBC…I should have used a longer-lasting MSNBC nicotine patch).

The Afghanistan propaganda dogpile that nearly all MSM outlets jumped in on ended my tenuous interest in mainstream “journalism”.

I appreciate all grown-ass adults who can separate what they want from preventing someone destructive from having power. Responsible adults is another term for such folks.

I don’t think Rogan is similar to Rush or Alex Jones who were and are social arsonists but Rogan is a bit of a narcissist and at least a part-time propagandist. He can have casual back and forth with some guests that are fine but when you hear the lies he pushes about Covid, vaccines, masks, etc.. he is causing real harm to people mistaken enough to believe him. Hard for me to give a pass to someone who is encouraging people to endanger the lives of other people and themselves.

I lost interest in The Daily Show when Jon Stewart left and Trevor Noah took over. Noah isn’t bad or anything but his light touch and Dad Joke style of comedy (that is, obvious puns and punchlines), just didn’t click with me. Stewart was unpredictable, aggressive, must-watch, policy-changing stuff. Now, however, Stewart looks to have lost the thread, his recent pronouncements and his new show on Apple have looked so out of touch. Very disappointing.

But…this video from Jordan Klepper is making the rounds today and deservedly so, reminds me of the heyday of The Daily Show:

Khirad
Member

I saw that, and Trevor Noah is cool, and has some good bits – his standup is a bit reductive, but Jon Stewart – I haven’t seen his new stuff, but it sounds like he’s almost John Oliver in some weird media alchemy. In any case, I remember the Daily Show with Craig Kilborn.

I definitely still watch MSM but more through filters.

Also, the epnymous PragerU “Dean” got Covid. I watched a historian’s channel (Mr. Beat) live stream so many PragerU vids he had to take bathroom breaks not only to pee, but prolly vomit.

I shall do that here. And yeah, that’s why Rogan got **** – but, I don’t think he’s insidious, just incredibly irresponsible. And he has the best Alex Jones impression – like – he’s gone out drinking with Alex Jones, and I think that would be a hoot to witness.

AdLib
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I like Trevor Noah but I often know exactly what punchline he’s going for. Stewart kept me guessing and for me, in comedy, it’s that unexpected but satisfying reveal that makes me laugh.

I do like John Oliver a great deal, he was possibly the best of them all during the Covid shows-shot-from-home period and The Emmys agreed. Sam Bee is as funny as ever as is Colbert. I can only hope Prager suffers more from Covid than Covid suffers from being inside Prager.

Agreed, I don’t see Rogan as insidious but that level of irresponsibility over a pandemic is hard for me to excuse. I didn’t care when he was just being a bit obnoxious to pols and celebs but that crossed a line for me, when lives are at stake.

As for Alex Jones, I am so pleased that he has lost the lawsuit against the Sandy Hook parents, I am hoping that he is stripped of all his money and possessions, that the parents receive at least some closure and help and that Jones becomes a sudden convert for passing the BBB so he can get financial assistance.

AdLib
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And Crowder’s Debate Me scam was nothing but a cynical gimmick and the people who use it are usually wholly convinced they would never be convinced out of what they believe. It would be nice to think RW racists could be debated about of being RW racists but blowing on dandelions and making wishes might have better results.

As for The Hill, it was bought by Texas-based, RW corp, Nexstar and has taken a notable hard right turn. It is no better than OANN now, IMO.

Khirad
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iiluminaughtii is another I like. She basically focuses on MLMs but it’s no secret she’s progressive. She did a three part series on OAN – and yes, I know, I’ve seen every John Oliver episode – but she supposedly had a source? I can’t verify it, but followed her long enough to question why one would go to pains to fake an inside source. Again, maybe… but you be the judge

AdLib
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Thanks for the intro to iiluminaughtii, I wasn’t familiar with her work but this one on OAN sounds like it is likely pretty accurate. Maybe not but these things are very much in tune with what OAN does in its dishonest broadcasts.

I very much support the 1st Amendment but I wonder if we couldn’t strengthen civil laws against libel and slander against propaganda media outlets? To protect free speech, they would still have to require the proven intention to spread lies so that a mistake or an erroneous tip isn’t cause for action but we really need to cleanse social and mainstream media of the cancer that propaganda sources posing as journalism poses.

Khirad
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This is my packet for scaring cons… as if they would get all the references. Also, need help for my East German fetish.

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Khirad
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I want to emphasise that I is the stupid.

Khirad
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Khirad
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But Khirad this is propaganda. Yes, yes it is.

AdLib
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Why does this seem so familiar?

AdLib
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You can’t spell “stupid” without “I”. Unless you’re “stuped”.

Great song!

AdLib
Admin

Question: Do red caps go with Khaki uniforms?

Khirad
Member

I have lots of questions about uniforms.

If that was a reference to something – I go burgandy with khaki… it fits. Khaki by the way is from Persian through Urdu. It kind of means soil. I don’t think they care.

AdLib
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I was wondering if MAGA hats would clash because they sure seem “fitting”.

I do like knowing the origins of words and that one makes so much sense. Now what do you think the origin is of puce?

Khirad
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Khirad
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I almost don’t know if y’all would know I’ve passed. I’m not taking my life. But, I have told my dad about this place. My ex took your mug I won to work of all things. I’m not planning on dying. But, I thought this hilarious to me and me only.

AdLib
Admin

That’s the thing, while we’re all doing our thing, it may seem like everyone would just go about their business if we were to pass away. That’s not true though, we just take for granted that tomorrow will be like today, that whoever was here yesterday will be there tomorrow. Not that we don’t recognize that everyone eventually dies but it always seems to be a distant out-of-focus time.

When it happens, the absence of someone who is a part of our life, even if just someone we chat with occasionally, hits one in the face like a swiftly swung shovel.

It’s natural to take one’s existence and that of others for granted but the passing of someone in our lives should help serve as a lesson to value the people in every part of our life because time is, in the end, precious and fleeting.

As John Donne’s famous quote states so eloquently:

“Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.”

Khirad
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I swear to god I’m related to John Donne somehow – my dad is into genealogy. I play up the Scottish, but, c’mon, we’re all just a result of rape from Angles, Norse, Scots, Picts all resulting in soulless gingers. I’m English as well, whatever that means.

I hate you so much, AdLib. And that means I like you.

AdLib
Admin

Very cool to be related to Donne. An amazing author. I like how he’s referred to as the preeminant metaphysical poet of his time, that’s not an easy title to even think up let alone be tagged with.

Back at ya’!

Khirad
Member

I’m a squinting – I broke my glasses I don’t have a backup and my parents are struggling. I know this sounds like a thing but… if anybody can help me .I’m not that person…

AdLib
Admin

How can we help?

Khirad
Member

I don’t know. I just hate asking for help. I taped up my lens. Without insurance – I’m on Medicaid – but – eyes, teeth and ears aren’t part of the body – so I’m facing a lot – and I don’t honestly know how you could help me, and I’m super Scottish and don’t like asking – so forget it.

AdLib
Admin

How about this then? This isn’t an endorsement or anything but I found this online optical company that has high ratings on TrustPilot. They have frames including basic prescriptions for as low as $6.95 and lots of selections under $20. Again, I have no other knowledge about them than a brief internet search for them and reviews of their service so do check them out and see if you think they’re legit and will deliver. See what you think.

https://www.zennioptical.com/

kesmarn
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I’m really late in the game to pop into this discussion, guys. But I just have to say that I’ve used Zenni for several years now and have no complaints at all. You just have to supply them with the numbers from your most recent/accurate eye exam (loads of places here have free exams) and pick the style you want/can afford and they’re on it! You do have to triple-check, of course, when you enter the numbers in, because that’s where all the heartache can begin… Even entering a negative number as positive will have you squinting even more. But I’ve ordered — possibly half a dozen pairs of glasses and only once was there an issue, which did indeed turn out to be my fault. Delivery time is pretty quick (maybe 2-3 weeks) and they communicate well. Styles range from geezerishly stodgy to weird colors and shapes. Something for everyone. The prices really are as advertised. So we at the Planet could even pass the hat and lend a hand without depriving our children of Fritos or ourselves of Ben-Gay.

So — to Khirad — if an at home fix (fairly forcefully attempting to pop that lens back into the frame — they’re tougher than they look ) doesn’t work, I would second the motion of turning to Zenni.

Just have to say that I’ve never been more impressed with AdLib’s remarkable level of respect, decency and attention to every single member of the PlanetPOV community than I have this past week. If the world had about 7 billion more AdLibs in it, it would be infinitely better off. Kudos to a person who — for all the rest of us might know could possibly be having his own share of this world’s troubles — and yet manages to turn his full attention and compassion to those who are grieving, struggling, searching in this turbulent 21st century.

AdLib
Admin

Hey Kes, a confirmation from you that Zenni is a good optical option means a lot. Prescription glasses at the price of a Whopper Meal Deal ain’t bad and it’s far lower in cholesterol.

I was a little skeptical when I first found it and saw the prices but I checked reviews and usually, thousands of overwhelmingly positive reviews prove legit. Now, your experience seals the deal.

And such wonderful compliments from you have made my week…make that, my month! You know how much I think of you so such kind words from you are so valued. You’ve spent your life caring for the lives of others in real, concrete, and selfless ways…it’s nice to be complimented by someone who is so inspiring and has been an inspiration to me.

I don’t know how we all found each other on this Planet but I remain grateful and astounded that so many remarkable and truly good, bright and clever human beings have been and are here. And are people I consider friends and a valuable part of my life.

Thank you Kes, for the compliments and being you!

Kalima
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May I jump on your coattails and agree 1000% with your last paragraph about Adlib and forgive me for my summer addled brain not being able to put my feelings into adequate words. A tad cheeky, I know. AdLib is einmalig.

AdLib
Admin

Any words you use, Kalima, mean a great deal to me. And you too are always there for other people with a generous and kind heart. You set an influential example that I can personally and happily attest to.

Danke mein lieber freund!

Kalima
Admin

Thank you. Du hast ein voicemail von mir.

AdLib
Admin

I replied with a VM, I’m gathering that you didn’t get it?

Kalima
Admin

Floating in space somewhere I suppose. Apple needs good, old fashioned cow bells.

AdLib
Admin

Just tried your other email account. Check and see, hope you got it!

Kalima
Admin

Not yet but I’m waving. Over here! Over here!

AdLib
Admin

Now that’s not right. Could you check your spam box for both email addresses? I wonder if somehow Louis DeJoy is responsible for this e-mail delay?

Kalima
Admin

Have checked everywhere. Nothing yet.

I’ve uttered many choice words about No Joy, so who knows?

I hope it didn’t go to another K in some remote outpost.

How about one more go in Messages when you have time? I’ll catch it. Promise.

AdLib
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I just sent it another way by email. Try checking again?

Kalima
Admin

Got it! Sorry for the kerfuffle.

Khirad
Member

I actually heard about Zelli. I booked an eye exam at a Walmart eye center [laugh, but they’ve been good before] for next week. It will cost $70 out of pocket, but I haven’t had an exam in at least five years, and while my eyes are blue like my dad’s, my eyes are possibly worse than my mom’s, and I’d try lasik if I could afford it – but I have severe astigmatism – so. It’s ironic in the Alanis definition of ironic – that I’m ADD and my eyes can’t even focus together (that’s what astigmatism is – like your eyes focus indepentally – the right does not know wha the left is doing – and it’s not painful – just annoying because I’m near sighted and cant even read, I used to).

Long story short, I need a eye exam for a new Rx. I could be could at this Rx, but, five years ago I thought the same thing and tried my old glasses on and it gave me a headache. Anything is better than nothing, but, might as well, my eyes are not getting better.

I can’t imagine how people survived before glasses. I’m not blind, but everything is super blurry. I lost my train of thought. I just hope y’all help me try out frames – and my dad – god bless him – I hope he’s there for them not to try to sell me frames there. Plus those dilations…

Thanks all. Hopefully all works out so I can complain about Covid and how I’ll need a passport renewal to afford dental care in Nogales, Mexico. But, again, the face is not a part of the body screamed my abcessed tooth a few years ago. If I were rich I would honestly have you root canal everything and cap it. I can deal with it, don’t have to knock me out, just numb me up and drill away. But, that’s another problem. As to my ears, they are big and I’ve been a drummer and in the pit at concerts. I’m not deaf, just a little tinnitus hear and there! Miraculously, it’s my big ass ears that are fine.

Khirad
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AdLib
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So what do we think, was Facebook crashed by hackers or did they crash themselves to prevent a morning of condemnation, demands for strong government regulation of them and breaking up their dangerous monopoly?

Khirad
Member

All I know is my complaints were laid bare. I use it to connect and keep up with people – but it totally does feed the outrage and its algorithm culls us all into bubbles. Reap what you sow.

I can’t tell if it was an evil plan or just incompitence. Karma is a bitch.

Khirad
Member

AdLib, I have a post on the German election ready to go pretty much. I just would appreciate if you could clean up the formatting and make the images more uniform – they’re in the right places but all different sizes. Also, at the end I couldn’t think of a title. Go ahead and publish – I prety much trust you. Ein Tausend Dank!

Khirad
Member

I just started all over and it’s for the grand poobah to publish hopefully this Sunday evening? That would make you a mensch.

Khirad
Member

Or, before the next federal German election at least?

AdLib
Admin

Or maybe before each German election?

Khirad
Member

Just publish the last thing or give me powers?

AdLib
Admin

Sorry Khirad, my bad, I thought I had republished it. It’s published now.

Khirad
Member

Alles gute mein fruend.

AdLib
Admin

It’s been published now, congrats! The images have been sized similarly and your title was very good but I always add context in titles so someone just seeing the title can instantly know what the article is about.

Will be commenting there shortly!

Khirad
Member

Tut mir leid, I was excited to share it on… Goethe couldn’t have written that better.

Khirad
Member

Scheiße, I only made like three minor corrections and now it’s all messed up. I just added the name of the Green leader, corrected the name of the Die Linke Woman, was more specific adding Thüringia as, with Saxonym a stronghold of AfD and clarified a bit on the voting process. Next time I”ll add an asterix in a comment… It was mostly pretty decent as it was.

Khirad
Member

Can I just go back? Republish? I just wanted to correct a few things.

Khirad
Member

I didn’t mean for this to come out sideways, but – besides being lazy – I like it better. I already being cryptic… who knows when I’ll return to it… I … our people have patience.

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Khirad
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Debate me.

AdLib
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I’m rooting for them to declare their independence. Being bound by the ultimate decisions of a moron named Boris hasn’t been good for them. They’re much more enlightened. Lots of ramifications to consider and the chance to dethrone Tories in the UK will go way down but it’s like staying in an abusive marriage.

Khirad
Member

I’m considering writing something… but I want to let everyone know I have no bias

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AdLib
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I want to see the graphic. To show graphics from your device, upload them to the Media Library (you can click the “New” menu item above then “Media”) then once uploaded, just copy the link and paste it in your comment.

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AdLib
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You are a man of many flags.

Khirad
Member

As a man of my word, I will always treat the English just as respectfully as they’ve treated Scotland. I swear.

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Khirad
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In any case, there is no reward – and my honor stump me with a flag. Because, yes, this is fun for me. There’s no way for you to know I didn’t google it. But where’s the fun in that I say?

AdLib
Admin

I know you didn’t google it and that you are a flag aficionado. And for that, I salute you.

Khirad
Member

That’s so boring… or not… I know them all. You got me. I just want to impress that flags are important on many levels. They are art and politics and so much…

AdLib
Admin

Indeed, some flags say a great deal about at least the idolized identity of a nation, if not its real identity today. If I was remaking the American flag at this point though, there might only be 24 stars in the field of blue and 26 stars in the process of jumping off the flag.

Khirad
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No one expects the East German inoculation!

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Just saying, sometimes a police state could come in handy.

* and yes inform me the Stasi weren’t good. I mean I sourced all of the ribbons and medals and uniform but it just blew my mind when I put it all together and found out the Stasi were kinda bad? Gosh, thanks… – I’ve seriously gotten those comments. Wow thanks for the info… because I just woke up with a random East German Stasi uniform and had no idea. Gosh, thanks!

AdLib
Admin

Well, at least in a police state, we’d get better Apple commercials.

Khirad
Member

You get it.

Khirad
Member

It is so silly for Haitian refugees to not have been born in Cuba where all the good people of color come from. Well maybe next time be Cuban? We like those people if color because reasons not at all hypocritical.

AdLib
Admin

Or more to the point, the only immigrants of color Repubs don’t hate are those from Cuba because many vote Republican. So there is only bipartisan support for them.

This surge of Haitians from South America, a mass of people around 14,000, overwhelmed the border, resources and facilities. The right thing to do was to find a way to protect them as they waited to apply for asylum. Sending people back to a desperate and dangerous country is not who America should be.

Khirad
Member

Also, my comedy needs translation only some get it. AdLib does. I just stopped giving a shit explaining a long time ago. How many bands played North Korea?

Khirad
Member

I let got the Haitians from South America, just as I hope people let me go – I know you know. I think it’s better to just not pounce. I knew what you meant, but people just pounce.

Kalima
Admin

The most enlightening video so far.

Day of Rage: An In-Depth Look at How a Mob Stormed the Capitol

https://www.nytimes.com/video/us/politics/100000007606996/capitol-riot-trump-supporters.html

AdLib
Admin

This is such a good and intensive report by NYT. But I think it’s even more important to force-feed the reality of the 1/6 act of terrorism to the Repubs in Congress and any remaining Repubs not sworn to the Trump cult.

That’s why I agree with the suggestion that The House’s 1/6 Select Committee should televise its questioning of all key figures and presentation of evidence in Prime Time. The truth needs to be blasted all over the media and the web, drowning out the Trumpian BS.

A lot of new video is being released by the FBI on an almost daily basis, that video and video of Repubs in Congress giving tours on 1/5 to terrorists needs to be publicly broadcast as well.

It is still hard to believe that Trump led an insurrection to murder his own VP and Dems in Congress to crush our election and democracy and takeover as a dictator (remember his video and announcements about him remaining “president” for decades?) but it really happened. Perhaps part of the reason for the public being less whipped up about it is how surreal it still seems. Or maybe because the coup failed.

But one thing that 5hese Repubs in red states, trying to pass laws allowing them to overturn election results are not recognizing is that if they were to succeed and install an obvious unelected person as president, the outrage will be far more widespread and fierce among the majority of Americans. It would begin a new phase in the Civil War we are already in, and it would likely be the George Floyd protests time 100. This is what Repubs are fine to instigate because stealing elections is their only path to power, damn the consequences.

Somehow, someway, Biden has to get off his bipartisan hobby horse and crack heads with Manchin, Sinema, etc. to get HR1 passed along with the John Lewis Civil Rights Act or we may be headed for a violent and very real New Civil War.