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  • Birthday 08/26/1981

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  1. Happened to me just now on my phone (android). I had to quickly hit the menu button then the "X" to tell it to stop the page loading so that I could scroll down and click "Agree".
  2. By "status quo" I mean that I don't think the Democratic party is really interested in serving their constituency. The Republicans are, at least the wealthy ones. You're right that it should be difficult to enact policy without broad support, but I want this country to move in a democratic socialist direction, so that's how I choose to vote, even if that means Trump will be elected again. We can't be bullied into voting for a candidate we don't want because of what may or may not happen. Who knows what might happen if everyone just voted in what they really believe, perhaps we would have politicians who actually serve us first instead of themselves (not saying there aren't any out there right now). You're right that I'm upset at how Bernie was jobbed in the last election, but I wasn't surprised. The points you make are very valid, and the only argument that I have against them is that I believe strongly in my vote, and I am going to vote like I want to see the country change. If everyone like me did that, perhaps we could really make a larger difference. I have struggled with the things you mention, that many poor and disadvantaged people will fall behind even further the longer the Republicans control the exec. branch and Congress, but sometimes I feel like the Dems use this as an excuse to push through a candidate who will serve them and their interests over those of the people who really need it. I'm also a realist, and I realize that Bernie will likely never win, and even if he does, it would be very difficult to make significant changes in the direction that I would like to see this country go. But that doesn't mean I'm going to vote for someone just to stop Trump from being re-elected. I believe that both parties right now, as a whole, are only interested in preserving themselves and their donors, be it wealthy individuals or corporations, and I refuse to support that.
  3. I'm tired of that line of shit. That is exactly what establishment Dems want and, wait, isn't that what they were saying about HRC, that there's no way she could lose to Trump? How did that work out? Voting for someone who's not really your first choice, but just there to keep the status quo and keep the party line going is the worst waste of a vote ever.
  4. black moth super rainbow / tobacco super furry animals godspeed you black emperor / asmz talons' jonsi & alex (yeah i know only one album but i love the fuck out of it)
  5. Sorry if it was unclear, but by "they" I meant the DNC establishment. I am all for helping as many people as possible, but I also believe that keeping up this charade that the Dems have become will bring more hurt than good. I did what I did because I felt that the only way for the Dems to really change is for me and enough people to no longer buy into their bullshit. Your other point is spot-on, I am very lucky (and unlucky, it's a long story) to be in a position where I would probably be relatively insulated from bad policy ramifications (up to a point of course, who knows what these crazy policy changes will really do), but my vote was given from my perspective, and I believe that it would ultimately help those less fortunate for the Dems to quit their BS and actually focus on getting back to doing things that can actually help those less fortunate people. It is unlikely that it will happen, IMO, but I'm just doing what I think is best from my point of view. I'm sure my attitude would be different if I wasn't in such a position.
  6. I don't have numbers to back me up here, but the problem I see is that many of the so-called "swing voters" don't vote in primaries, and then complain that they're having to pick between the lesser of two evils. I wonder how many people voting in primaries are just hard-line left or right and are just voting for the most recognizable name in their party. I would like to see numbers of total voter turnout in primaries vs. general elections; I'm sure they're out there I just can't be arsed to look them up. IMO, the primaries are more important than the general election. I voted Dem in 2016 but not for HRC (wrote-in Sanders). I wanted to give the DNC a "fuck you" for what they were doing and still continue to do in terms of keeping the status quo and satisfying the corporate donors over their actual constituents. They got what they deserved, although I think they didn't learn their lesson or, more likely, they don't care and are being more careful about keeping the status quo while trying to not lose again. At least the Republicans actually serve their constituency (the wealthy ones, they've managed to trick many of the poor into voting Republican). I do not regret my vote, and I will do the same in 2020. I refuse to perpetuate the status quo for the Dems just to get Trump out; in my eyes that's just as bad as if Trump wins again (which I think he will). It's been said in this thread, but the Republicans have basically tilted things in their favor due to gerrymandering and voter disenfranchisement etc., while Dems are just not willing to play that dirty, or don't know how to. We'll have to reach a tipping point at some point in time, I just hope it's soon.
  7. I meant that they were saying that the leaker was just trying to sell them to anyone who would buy them, not asking for a ransom from the band in return for not leaking them.
  8. The group who originally transcribed all the timestamps keeps updating the google doc with info regarding the story behind the leaks. They say that there was no official ransom to the band, but the leaker was asking $500 a track and $50 for each live version, which when added up is where the $150k came from.
  9. i'm still working my way through these, but yeah OK Computer came out at one of the most important parts of my life, so i will always have a love for this material although it is kind of strange to hear the "behind the scenes" stuff that we really weren't meant to hear. i do remember searching forever for some of these versions of true love waits and lift, so it's really great to have versions of these that aren't shitty live recordings. i wonder how these were stolen / leaked in the first place. the google doc mentions a rumor about an intern stealing them but i'm too old to be connected to the internet rumor mill nowadays.
  10. It really depends on your region and how the power is generated there. Somewhere in WV or rural PA, it might actually be worse, although it is much easier to capture / scrub emissions from a few power plants compared to a million point sources (ICE cars). In states which use a lot of hydro, solar, wind, etc. it can be substantially better. Of course, when you take into account what to do with the heavy metals in the battery once it's dead, you open a whole other can of worms. I own an electric car (Chevy Bolt) and I absolutely love it. Didn't really buy it for the environment, just thought it was a cool, fun car to drive. Going to take it on vacation this year and test out the fast charging infrastructure along the mid-Atlantic.
  11. Just biked in here to post this but was beaten to it. I wish I understood this stuff but it really seems logical that a math that describes everything should really be more simple than complex...
  12. It's definitely one of my favorites of all time. Now that it's truly summer, I've been getting into my go-to summer beers, victory kirsch gose, rodenbach, and rodenbach fruitage.
  13. randomsummer

    The EU

    How long until someone puts a server farm in space or on the moon to avoid any kind of regulations and charges a ton to host there?
  14. Haha, Michigan. Now that I'm thinking back, I even had a milkshake from a street vendor in India, which I found out later is a risky proposition. However, I have had food poisoning twice, both in the US (fuck you, papa john), so my rule is just enjoy and whatever happens, happens.
  15. Lol, but true. I try to drink the "tap" water wherever I travel, while I'm still relatively young. I was afraid in India, but surprisingly I was OK.
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