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  1. You don't characterize Flynn as conducting "diplomacy" here which may run counter to the intentions of administration still in power?
  2. starting to get a little more real here in Vegas.
  3. I once had a conversation with Lawlor where I compared him to my father. I said they were both too smart for their own good and lacked the empathy, or something, to comprehend messy actions that aren't well thought out and don't consider a perfectly beneficial and efficient outcome. That's my freud of him and he can tell me to go f myself and that's fine. I agree with Lawlor in that that these riots probably did not need to occur to get that officer charged but as we can see, it wasn't that simple. The officer is charged and we are having another night. Riots don't make perfect sense but they exist and are a part of our sociology. Attempting to understand and accept the sociology behind them might be better than rejecting them on any logical basis, in my opinion.
  4. transcript of Flynn-Kislyak call released. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/flynn-kislyak-transcripts-after-dni-declassification Flynn says: “OK,” before telling Kislyak: .“What I would ask you guys to do — and make sure you, make sure that you convey this, okay? Do not, do not uh, allow this administration to box us in right now, okay?” Flynn is referring to the Obama administration’s move to sanction Russia and expel dozens of Russian diplomats due to what he calls “cyber stuff,” and urges Kislyak not to escalate further. “What I would ask Russia to do is to not—is—is—if anything—because I know you have to have some sort of action—to, to only make it reciprocal,” Flynn said. “Make it reciprocal. Don’t-don’t make it-don’t go any further than you have to. Because I don’t want us to get into something that has to escalate, on a, you know, on a tit for tat. You follow me ambassador?” Kislyak says: “I understand what you’re saying, but you know, you might appreciate the sentiments that are raging now in Moscow.” Flynn says he does “appreciate it, but I really don’t want us to get into a situation where we’re going, you know, where we do this and then you do something bigger, and then you know, everybody’s got to go back and forth and everybody’s got to be the tough guy here, you know?” here's a reenactment
  5. Yes. These riots are not born of one single incident on a micro scale.
  6. Well, rioters don't like abusive cops and police brutality is almost always emotion based, so here we are.
  7. Riots aren't about controlled, thoughtful, measured, direct responses though. They are an emotional mess.
  8. I'm just fighting ridiculous fire with ridiculous fire. The libertarian party needs to build some ground game, some social media game and get going more than a few months out from the election. They need to live in the real world. A guy like Amash could have started running much earlier and would have had a good chance to actually have done some damage.
  9. nah, you'd let hitler win just to spite the people voting for the non genocidal candidate.
  10. I'm in NV, you're in Massachusetts (right?), our lots are cast. Get some wisconsin, pennsylvania, florida peeps to join up.
  11. "It's just a prank bro. I quoted a guy threatening elevated levels of police brutality during a riot about police brutality, but only the first part so it doesn't count."
  12. Why don't you plead with republicans and the right? That would also cause Trump to lose, ya know.
  13. The only religious "value", which is a dumb word by the way, I don't agree with as a secular person, is using your mythology to make or enforce policy, or to hold it opposite or equal to reason or the scientific method, although I do concede that many laws are based in ethics and morality and that line can get blurry. But no, I don't want prayer or religious symbols, or any religious material in public schools. Knock yourself out with it on your own time though. I've grown to respect what religion can provide the soul and recognize it can be something that gets you through the night in this universe.
  14. Guys, just think of it like a dress code, like at your school or job. It's okay.
  15. For the folks that think Twitter criticising the president is a violation of the first amendment, or even just stifling speech, here we have an actual example for you. This is the government arresting the press. https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/29/media/reporters-arrest-minneapolis-first-amendment/index.html
  16. The only speech being stifled is Twitter's. At least it's being sort of attempted with some dumb ass executive order I guess.
  17. You can only taunt and poke so much. Trump just might find out where the line is real soon. It's getting hot, we've got the virus, the election, the economic damage, the general abnormalcy. The system can only hold so much pressure. The next line in that Headley quote is something to the effect of "you haven't even seen police brutality yet". This is one of the worst things he could have said in this situation. It might be getting to pay the Piper for all the hand wringing and appeasement of this guy.
  18. Your link and post was mostly about the masks protecting one's self. Mine was about how they can help protect others. Both can be true.
  19. https://health.clevelandclinic.org/heres-how-wearing-a-cloth-mask-helps-fight-the-spread-of-coronavirus/
  20. Gets the progressives a little more jazzed to get out there and hold their noses for Biden.
  21. We're getting more and more data about who gets affected and why and how and we need to adapt our response accordingly.
  22. New category... I'm so fing proud of myself for taking the easy way out and voting third party.