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* https://twitter.com/air_intel/status/1205558791422566400 - protests against the election results
 
* https://twitter.com/air_intel/status/1205558791422566400 - protests against the election results
 
** https://twitter.com/vapidvas/status/1205573139100504065 - "protests tonight in london getting violent and getting very little news coverage"
 
** https://twitter.com/vapidvas/status/1205573139100504065 - "protests tonight in london getting violent and getting very little news coverage"
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** https://twitter.com/Alison1mackITV/status/1205578390557863937
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* https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/12/12/1905165/-After-73-year-old-Trump-bullied-16-year-old-Thunberg-on-Twitter-she-once-again-made-a-fool-of-him
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* https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/12/11/1905075/-Anti-Semitic-attack-in-Jersey-City-apparently-fueled-by-black-nationalist-sect-s-hatemongering
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* https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/12/12/1905203/-Fox-News-Chris-Wallace-says-Trump-done-damage-with-his-historic-assault-on-Freedom-of-the-Press
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* https://eand.co/this-is-how-a-society-dies-35bdc3c0b854
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** https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/12/13/1905388/-A-Must-Read
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* https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/12/12/1905203/-Fox-News-Chris-Wallace-says-Trump-done-damage-with-his-historic-assault-on-Freedom-of-the-Press
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===15 (Sun)===
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* https://www.propublica.org/article/why-are-cops-around-the-world-using-this-outlandish-mindreading-tool
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* https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/millennials-are-leaving-religion-and-not-coming-back/
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* https://jezebel.com/harvard-geneticist-making-genetics-based-dating-app-thi-1840445359
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===16 (Mon)===
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* https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/12/16/but-i-thought-they-were-the-law-and-order-party/ - GOP: not really law-and-order
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** https://octodon.social/@pzmyers/103317557573278921
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** https://www.rawstory.com/2019/09/conservative-evangelicals-arent-hypocrites-theyre-sadists/ - white evangelical "Christians" are sadists
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* https://represent.us/divided-we-fall/
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* https://uspirg.org/blogs/blog/usp/nebraska-farmers-vote-overwhelmingly-right-repair# [[right to repair]]
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===17 (Tue)===
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* https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2019-12-16/supreme-court-lets-stand-ruling-that-protects-homeless-who-sleep-on-sidewalk "Los Angeles officials expressed disappointment with the court’s decision not to hear the case, saying that the lower court ruling had left the law unclear about what local officials could do." -- seems fair, since a ruling the other way would have left homeless people in a similarly "unclear" situation, to say the least.
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* https://twitter.com/TheRaDR/status/935325803163930625 - Judaism and [trans]gender
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* https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/trump-administration-proposes-social-security-rule-changes-that-could-cut-off-thousands-of-disabled-recipients/ar-AAK3h8B
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* https://twitter.com/mer__edith/status/1206989263449010177 -- Google upping their evil
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** https://twitter.com/Moonalice/status/1206943391445143554
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** [[:File:2019-12-17.Twitter.@aprilaser.jpg]] - from https://twitter.com/aprilaser/status/1206948537948200960
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*** https://twitter.com/aprilaser/status/1207046584468299776 - related
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** https://twitter.com/mcmillen/status/1088441108768714752 - Google lobbied the NLRB to remove worker protections for organizing
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===18 (Wed)===
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* https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/12/inside-roger-ailes-twisted-game-of-mind-control-fox-news-bombshell-movie (includes autoplay videos)
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** “They need rich people! Rich people pay the taxes for schools and roads. Rich people create jobs. Rich people give to charity.”
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** "Can you ever remember a time, EVER, when the government actually FIXED a problem? They just charge higher and higher taxes and come up with more and more problems. You’re too young, but I remember when this country was great, when earning an honest buck meant something. Come back after you make some of these points on air.”
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* https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/01/20000-feet-under-the-sea/603040/
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* https://monsterpit.cloud/s/4XJAdJzcod7CLiH#pdfviewer - an anti-TERF judgement
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** https://monsterpit.net/@xaphania/103330879925965929
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* https://therealnews.com/stories/protests-paralyze-india-racist-anti-muslim-law-passed
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* https://www.newyorker.com/news/q-and-a/how-boris-johnsons-brexit-won
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* https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/12/17/1906253/-The-Space-Patrol-finds-massive-methane-release-visible-from-space-and-it-s-not-from-cow-farts
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===19 (Thu)===
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* https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/dec/18/judge-rules-against-charity-worker-who-lost-job-over-transgender-tweets
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** https://www.fastcompany.com/90445934/is-j-k-rowling-transphobic-who-is-maya-forstater-your-questions-about-the-uk-scandal-answered
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** https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-50858919
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** https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2019/12/19/rachel-mckinnon-jk-rowling-maya-forstate-opinion/
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** https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2019/12/20/mara-wilson-child-star-matilda-movie-jk-rowling-trans-tweet/
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* https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/12/19/opinion/location-tracking-cell-phone.html
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* https://www.cjr.org/tow_center_reports/hundreds-of-pink-slime-local-news-outlets-are-distributing-algorithmic-stories-conservative-talking-points.php - actual fake news
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* https://theintercept.com/2019/12/19/a-z-trump-impeachment/ - things he ''should'' have been impeached for
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* https://jezebel.com/the-terfs-have-gotten-to-j-k-rowling-1840530692
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** https://www.vox.com/identities/2019/12/19/21029874/jk-rowling-transgender-tweet-terf
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*** https://twitter.com/transscribe/status/1207756548321284097?s=09
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* https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/12/18/1906402/-It-s-on-Susan-Collins-launches-centrist-bipartisan-commonsense-2020-re-election-bid
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* https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/14/politics/lindsey-graham-trump-impeachment-trial/index.html?link_id=3&can_id=30eca577cc7f42e330e97c750df22d78
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===20 (Fri)===
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* https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/12/british-transgender-woman-given-residency-in-safer-new-zealand
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* https://www.thecanary.co/uk/analysis/2019/12/20/the-2019-election-was-won-on-the-back-of-lies-and-facebook-helped/
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* https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/washington-state-rep-matt-shea-engaged-in-domestic-terrorism-against-the-u-s-says-state-house-inquiry/
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** https://twitter.com/EmilyGorcenski/status/1207895405398233089
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** https://web.archive.org/web/20191220125454/https://www.facebook.com/mattsheawa/posts/10220865721578991 - archive of post
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** [[:File:2019-12-20.screenshot.Facebook.Matthew Shea - MY INITIAL RESPONSE.png]] - screenshot when logged in
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*** I also saved the text but don't yet have a good way of presenting raw HTML
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** http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/12/matt-shea-christian-terrorism-washington-report-ammon-bundy.html
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* http://www.florianfoos.net/resources/Foos_Bischof_Hillsborough.pdf - the influence of right-wing media on public discourse
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* https://getpocket.com/explore/item/people-with-extreme-political-views-have-trouble-thinking-about-their-own-thinking
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* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSKi8HfcxEk The Rise of the Machines – Why Automation is Different this Time]
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** [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kl39KHS07Xc Universal Basic Income Explained – Free Money for Everybody? UBI]
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===21 (Sat)===
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* https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/19/technology/amazon-sellers.html
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* https://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/transgender-truscum-tucutes-kelpselves/ - a word from the deplorables
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* https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/12/16/1906109/--I-want-to-talk-to-the-white-people-out-there-Donny-Deutsch-unloads-on-Trump-supporters
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* https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/12/12/1905250/-Nikki-Haley-whines-that-your-outrage-culture-won-t-let-her-both-sides-the-Confederate-flag
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* https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/9/22/1886450/-The-Republican-Party-is-a-climate-crisis
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* '''2013-05-15''' [https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/8/2/024024 Quantifying the consensus on anthropogenic global warming in the scientific literature]
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* https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/12/17/1906247/-Mike-Pence-deep-sixed-his-aide-s-impeachment-testimony-Schiff-says-it-raises-profound-questions
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* https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2019/12/beauty-pageant-tells-transgender-woman-allow-natural-woman-contestants/
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* [https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(18)31420-9 Metacognitive Failure as a Feature of Those Holding Radical Beliefs]
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===22 (Sun)===
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* https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/12/17/21011079/senate-bias-2020-data-for-progress - the history of disproportionate representation in the US
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===23 (Mon)===
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* https://www.quora.com/I-was-an-intruder-What-is-it-like-to-be-your-parents-least-favourite-child/answer/Jane-Marsee - an example of why someone might not have any sympathy for "welfare moochers"
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* https://e621.net/post/show/2090986 - comments repeat some popular attacks on trans rights
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** [https://web.archive.org/web/20191223145028/https://e621.net/post/show/2090986 archive.org]
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* https://features.propublica.org/navy-uss-mccain-crash/navy-installed-touch-screen-steering-ten-sailors-paid-with-their-lives/
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===24 (Tue)===
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* https://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/05/us/politics/mitch-mcconnell-wins-sixth-term-in-us-senate.html?fbclid=IwAR1PusZplRJ8PSx8efW6NJNsMmwOGNMuvs7CslvczO-jWHIFarnRHs1rphQ - some [[Mitch McConnell]] history
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* https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/12/24/highly-on-brand-for-a-billionaire/ - prison labor vs. immigrant labor
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** https://octodon.social/@pzmyers/103364270466549257
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* https://www.newsweek.com/trump-committing-felony-bribery-giving-fundraising-cash-gop-senators-ahead-impeachment-trial-1468946
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* https://aeon.co/ideas/we-have-the-tools-and-technology-to-work-less-and-live-better
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===25 (Wed)===
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* https://getpocket.com/explore/item/grandma-s-dementia-made-her-forget-her-homophobia - includes some of the "reasoning" around anti-gay ideology
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===26 (Thu)===
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* https://getpocket.com/explore/item/the-woman-who-smashed-codes-the-untold-story-of-cryptography-pioneer-elizebeth-friedman - [[erasure of women]]
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* https://www.justfacts.com/ - looks pretty seriously biased; not sure who runs it, but "president and cofounder" is [[James D. Agresti]]:
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** [https://acton.org/node/8974 Action Institute]
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** [https://www.heartland.org/about-us/who-we-are/james-agresti Heartland Institute] policy advosor
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** [https://www.intellectualtakeout.org/users/james-d-agresti Intellectual Takeout]
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** [https://www.washingtontimes.com/topics/james-d-agresti/ Washington Times] lists him as a "topic"
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** [https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/just-facts/ Media Bias / Fact Check]
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*** [https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/just-facts-daily/ MB/FC of Just Facts Daily] "slightly to moderately conservative in bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor conservative causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation."
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** [https://www.cnsnews.com/author/james-agresti CNSNews]
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** [https://www.crisismagazine.com/author/james-agresti Crisis Magazine]
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** [http://www.jerseyconservative.com/Profiles/AgrestiJames1.html Jersey Conservative] (contributor)
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** author of ''[[Rational Conclusions]]'' ([https://books.google.com/books/about/Rational_Conclusions.html?id=Q9J-swEACAAJ&source=kp_author_description Google Books]) "James D. Agresti is a former atheist who became a Christian after reading the Bible over the course of a year and finding objective evidence for its accuracy." "Rational Conclusions explains how a broad array of academic disciplines such as history, archaeology, physics, microbiology, and many other sciences support Biblical texts."
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* https://techcrunch.com/2019/12/26/russia-starts-testing-its-own-internal-internet/
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** https://twitter.com/maddow/status/1210306796491071496
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*** https://twitter.com/Woozalia/status/1210314886808506368
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===27 (Fri)===
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* https://www.nytimes.com/1997/02/27/business/job-insecurity-of-workers-is-a-big-factor-in-fed-policy.html - Greenspan, the Fed, and the link between inflation and [[job insecurity]]
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* https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/12/26/1907945/-Biden-campaign-s-dangerous-steaming-pile-of-crap-theory - Republicans are done with democracy
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* https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/12/26/1906015/-You-know-that-trainload-of-hundreds-of-bills-Senate-Republicans-have-blocked-Here-s-a-linked-list
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* https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/12/plant-based-burgers-will-make-men-grow-boobs-livestock-news-reports/
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* https://www.wral.com/federal-court-to-block-nc-s-voter-id-requirement-before-2020-elections/18855017/
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* https://yiff.life/@Anarchist_Mallrat/103381653385018639 - racist coup at the [[Romance Writers of America]]
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* https://www.buzzfeednews.com/amphtml/danvergano/5g-is-going-to-screw-up-weather-forecasts-meteorologists - problems with [[5G]]
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** https://mastodon.social/@Y3WTREE/103382276136331347
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===28 (Sat)===
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* https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/12/23/787403509/for-her-head-cold-insurer-coughed-up-25-865
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* https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/7/1/1868767/-Dozens-of-Jews-arrested-protesting-detention-center-When-we-say-never-again-we-fucking-mean-it - ICE
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* https://getpocket.com/explore/item/if-you-re-so-smart-why-aren-t-you-rich-turns-out-it-s-just-chance - extreme wealth is mostly luck
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** https://getpocket.com/explore/item/want-to-be-super-successful-science-says-do-any-1-of-these-10-things -- while ''Inc.'' is claiming that the opposite is "science"
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* http://www.drroyspencer.com/2017/09/uah-global-temperature-update-for-august-2017-0-41-deg-c/ comment: "fake news on tv. fake government stats on temps. fake news on hurricanes, Irma does not have a eyewall. cat 1 at best."
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** {{l/wp|Hurricane Irma}} "was an extremely powerful Cape Verde hurricane that caused widespread destruction across its path in September 2017. Irma was the first Category 5 hurricane to strike the Leeward Islands on record, followed by Maria two weeks later. [...] Irma caused widespread and catastrophic damage throughout its long lifetime [...]. It was also the most intense hurricane to strike the continental United States since Katrina in 2005 [...]. The word Irmageddon was coined soon after the hurricane to describe the damage caused by the hurricane."
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** article links to JERS's [[John Locke Foundation]] lecture [https://www.carolinajournal.com/video/dukes-staddon-explains-how-flawed-science-skews-public-policy-debates/ Duke’s Staddon explains how flawed science skews public policy debates]
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* http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/12/climate-change-worst-case-scenario-now-looks-unrealistic.html - but still not wrong
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** {{l/wp|David Wallace-Wells}}
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* https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2019-12-27/immigration-opponents-enforcement-detention - ICE
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* https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/12/27/1908111/-GOP-Senate-Whip-John-Cornyn-inadevertently-reveals-the-entire-story-on-Republican-health-care-policy - Republicans are aware of the problem, but attack any potential solution and don't offer their own
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* https://stopevictions.network/ ([https://web.archive.org/web/20191228192101/https://stopevictions.network/ archive.org])
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* https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/12/27/1908085/-NYT-obtains-shocking-testimony-against-SEAL-Trump-pardoned-The-guy-is-freaking-evil - sadism in the military, supported by the Trumpist Right
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===29 (Sun)===
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* https://slate.com/human-interest/2019/12/college-dreams-say-no-avoid-student-debt.html
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* https://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/security/a30338692/y2k-panic/ "Twenty years ago, we were all pretty sure the world was going to end on January 1, 2000—or, if not the world, then at least civilization." ...uhh, no, nobody seriously thought that was likely. Experts believed it was ''possible'', which is why so much effort went into y2k remediation, but the worst-case scenario was barely more than a joke.
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* https://indyweek.com/news/voices/how-i-became-part-of-the-silent-sam-story/
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** https://www.facebook.com/MelvinFrankOrrIII/posts/10100126814949270?__cft__[0]=AZUgwy1PgeqIeT-IFY-L6QWW0XBG0fKXy3hUZO8B9ks4lvFkm96sVl5jB0_OhhC-xq6uZzqO3fFm49NI7nl7eDh_65quY7kwIcu80xswaLpBPHUr9TdhFVkeUQbygwddT5neEeYXAg5mN8S98uNuFwk9NuIV3Mbb388n310WAl8UYQ&__tn__=%2CO%2CP-R
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Excerpts:
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<blockquote>About a half-dozen news stories in, trying to find the text of this judgment, I read through The [https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/27/us/unc-silent-sam.html ''New York Times''' write-up] on the settlement. Still no documents, but also a curious entry in the story: the head of the SCV, a Chatham County probation officer named R. Kevin Stone, "did not know specifically when his group had sued the university."
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Now, I've litigated cases where one party or the other is a bit clueless about what's going on. I don't expect a plaintiff to know the day, hour, and minute when their attorney filed a lawsuit. But I certainly expect them to have at least a ballpark idea when they're a law enforcement officer talking with a national news outlet about a multimillion-dollar settlement that dwarfs the group's annual budget by a couple of orders of magnitude.
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So I decided to find out for Stone. The courts were still closed for the holiday weekend, but, like many litigators, I also have remote access to the civil lawsuit information system. And it turned out the lawsuit was filed, served, answered, and settled on the same day. (When the court reopened, we learned it was even faster: Everything was done in seven minutes.)
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[...]
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Meanwhile, so many people have discovered problems with the case that it looks like the legal equivalent of a recursive dumpster fire. The [[Sons of Confederate Veterans|SCV]]? Never had standing to sue in the first place. The [[United Daughters of the Confederacy]], which had "assigned" its "rights" to SCV to bring the lawsuit? Never owned the statue. That assignment of UDC's rights? Violated state law.
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UNC's president? He signed the settlement the day before it was voted on. The Board of Governors chairman? He signed it five days before the vote &ndash; and a day before the UDC assigned its rights to the SCV. The lawsuit the plaintiff filed? A former general counsel at UNC told me he's certain it was drafted by [[Womble Bond Dickinson]], the firm representing UNC.
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And that’s not even getting into the connections between the judge and that law firm, or reports of the SCV's leadership being involved in embezzlement, gang activity, and pulling guns on dissenters when questions were asked.
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This is all just a toe-in-the-water of the chicanery that's been unearthed in the #SilentSham scandal so far.
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* https://www.cbsnews.com/news/west-virginia-poverty-gets-worse-under-trump-economy-not-better/ -- [[errorism]] (Trump lied about this)
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* https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2019/12/27/trans-woman-died-toronto-canada-julie-berman/ -- [[errorism]]: lies spread about trangenderity fuel stochastic terrorism
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* https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesellsmoor/2019/06/15/united-states-spend-ten-times-more-on-fossil-fuel-subsidies-than-education/ -- [[errorism]]: money diverted from education prevents voters from understanding what's being done to them, destroys the environment
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* https://www.newsweek.com/ukraine-bears-insomnia-hibernation-warm-winter-1479038 - a global warming effect
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* https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/30/you-have-utterly-no-clue-why-climate-emergency-is-australias-ultimate-outrage-trigger
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** &ldquo;The term 'climate emergancy' ''(sic)'' [...] is very misleading to my residents of Wollondilly. I respect your view to have an opinion on the theory that man is causing catastrophic global warming. I would like you to respect my view that there is none, and I won’t be deviating from a stance thats is filled with so may (sic) flaws and misconceptions.&rdquo; &ndash; Simon Landow, a former [https://www.wollondillyadvertiser.com.au/story/5500324/wollondilly-liberal-candidate-named/ candidate for Liberal preselection]
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* {{l/wp|Unicorn Riot}}: ruled by consensus
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* https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/10/18/1893465/-Let-s-get-real-about-Tulsi-Gabbard
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* https://sunbeam.city/@queerdomcjewface/103394082262667991 "if voting changed anything, they would make it illegal" -- but yes, they do this
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* https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1210662988828442624.html - [[Sonos]] "sustainability" feature prevents reuse
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** https://www.theverge.com/2019/12/30/21042871/sonos-recycle-mode-trade-up-program-controversy
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* https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/6/1/1861979/-FL-HS-valedictorian-barred-from-giving-speech-honoring-her-immigrant-parents
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* https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/5/9/1856583/-Chobani-Yogurt-announces-it-will-pay-off-all-of-Rhode-Island-district-s-school-lunch-debt
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* https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/3/8/1840559/-This-Arkansas-state-senator-smacks-the-GOP-gun-lobby-down-so-hard-she-has-to-stop-for-a-smoke-break
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* https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/6/16/1864985/-Sharia-court-orders-jail-for-rape-victim-unless-kids-handed-to-rapist-Wait-I-meant-Alabama
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* https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/6/18/1865667/-I-am-sick-of-non-Jews-telling-us-what-s-anti-Semitic
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* https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/11/7/1897871/-Bill-Gates-challenges-Elizabeth-Warren-to-discuss-wealth-tax-and-she-calls-his-bluff
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* https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/9/16/1885852/-Muslim-American-mayor-was-wrongfully-detained-at-JFK-for-hours-asked-if-he-knew-any-terrorists - egads but CBP sucks
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* https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/9/25/1887897/-MSNBC-cuts-away-from-Trump-We-hate-to-do-this-but-the-president-isn-t-telling-the-truth
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* https://getpocket.com/explore/item/unlike-most-millennials-norway-s-are-rich
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* https://www.vox.com/2019/12/27/21039043/ibrahim-samirah-virginia-single-family-zoning - Democrat proposes deregulation, Republican doesn't like it
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* https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2014/jul/21/facebook-posts/social-media-meme-says-alan-greenspan-said-insecur/ - Alan Greenspan never actually said worker insecurity is good for society, at least not directly. It's not clear whether he actually had a position on whether it was good for society; all of his statements regarded its objective economic effects.
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* https://blob.jortage.com/blobs/3/3c4/33c4712d78eb3959a9c45921d1ec65bdbc13c687f3263b8d8c324559a7190ce994e86923a814151a69f798be386be9123b2ffecb342b5e6e91c2d117a5b19e73 - another explanation of why many American "Christians" don't actually want to help the poor
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** https://mst3k.interlinked.me/@Elizafox/103377015869857732
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* https://archpaper.com/2017/07/trees-sequester-carbon-myth/ - until further evidence comes to light, urban tree-planting does not create any significant amount of carbon sequestration.
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** Some quick chatroom figuring:
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*** How much carbon does a tree sequester?
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**** [https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/2016-2-march-april/ask-mr-green/how-much-carbon-do-trees-really-store Sierra Club] says "Plant, say, one silver maple today, and in 25 years &ndash; assuming it survives &ndash; it will have sequestered about 400 pounds of carbon dioxide, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration" -- which comes to 16 pounds/year
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**** ncsu.edu ([https://web.archive.org/web/20191112073434/https://projects.ncsu.edu/project/treesofstrength/treefact.htm archive.org]: "A tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year and can sequester 1 ton of carbon dioxide by the time it reaches 40 years old."
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*** How much CO2 do we currently emit?
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**** [https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/co2-emissions-will-break-another-record-in-2019/ SciAm]: "By the end of the year [2019], emissions from industrial activities and the burning of fossil fuels will pump an estimated 36.8 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere." This is a forecast, and apparently record-breaking; I can't quickly find what last year's number was...
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**** If everyone on earth planted a tree, how many trees would that be?
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***** "Earth's human population reached approximately seven billion on 31 October 2011."
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***** If every individual on earth somehow had the ability to plant a tree (or to have one planted for them) that would be 7 billion new trees, each sequestering ~48 pounds per year, for a total of 336 billion pounds, that comes to 152407036.32 metric tons, call it 152 million metric tons.
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*** by how much do we need to reduce carbon emissions in order to reverse global warming?
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**** The [https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/08/we-must-reduce-greenhouse-gas-emissions-to-net-zero-or-face-more-floods IPCC says we need to go to zero (net)] by 2050.
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**** The UN is a bit vaguer, but [https://ourworld.unu.edu/en/carbon-emissions-must-be-cut-significantly-by-2020-says-un-report says] "In order to avoid this scenario, the report recommends that emissions should reach a maximum of 44 gigatonnes of CO2 by 2020, falling to 40 gigatonnes by 2025 and further to 22 gigatonnes by 2050."
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**** So, let's take the optimistic one -- 22 gT -- and look at that. 22,000,000,000 T, at 152,000,000 T per new tree means we'd need 144 new trees per human being, by 2050... Which, I suppose, could be done economically, IF there was a huge global push to support the labor and seedling-production... but '''where would you put them'''.
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*** Conclusion: planting trees is neither politically realistic nor practical as a method of fighting global warming.
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* ''[[Unlucky Strike]]'' ([https://www.amazon.com/Unlucky-Strike-Private-Science-Politics/dp/1908684372 Amazon], [https://www.cato.org/events/unlucky-strike-private-health-science-law-politics-smoking Cato Institute])
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** published by [[University of Buckingham]] [https://ubpl.buckingham.ac.uk/ Press]
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*** {{wikipedia|University of Buckingham}}
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*** {{sourcewatch|University of Buckingham}}
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* https://therealnews.com/stories/fossil-fuel-industry-shifts-from-climate-denial-to-youthwashing
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* "[[personal responsibility]]" is often used as a way of avoiding personal responsibility.
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** The individuals irresponsibly throwing disposable stuff out the window are not the same as the ones who want to regulate disposability.
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** There will always be irresponsible consumers; we need to regulate consumer products in order to limit the harm from irresponsible behavior.
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** Generally, the ''only'' way large problems ever get fixed is through systemic change. The people who benefit from the system not changing will spend amazing amounts of money trying to convince people to look away from that option.
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* http://www.startribune.com/dhs-adds-medicaid-drug-coverage-for-transgender-teens/566519802/
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* https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/01/06/the-ultra-wealthy-who-argue-that-they-should-be-paying-higher-taxes
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* https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/annehelenpetersen/decade-celebrity-gossip-tabloids-paparazzi-social-media - celebs use social media to make "paparazzi" photogaphy unprofitable
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* https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2019/12/27/21030090/straw-ban-environmental-regulation-plastic-ocean
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** "In a world where, according to the Carbon Majors Database, 71 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions since 1988 can be traced back to just 100 fossil fuel companies, "personal responsibility" is a frustrating concept. It’s a message most often directed at human beings with no institutional power..."
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** "This is exactly what the fossil fuel industry wants us to talk about. ... They want to be able to stir up a lot of controversy around your lightbulbs, around your straws, and around your cheeseburgers, when 70 percent of the pollution, of the carbon that we’re throwing into the air, comes from three industries." &ndash; [[Elizabeth Warren]]
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** "Expecting a critical mass of people to keep the fall of life on Earth top of mind when deciding which of the 24 options of area rug to buy is arduous and, frankly, unlikely."
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* https://www.propublica.org/article/marines-hornet-squadron-242-crash-pacific-resilard - another story of problematic logistics in the military

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    • comment: "First of all, in a sexual species, you can have females be XX and males be X (insects), you can have females be ZW and males be ZZ (birds), you can have females be females because they developed in a warm environment and males be males because they developed in a cool environment (reptiles), you can have females be females because they lost a penis sword fighting contest (some flatworms), you can have males be males because they were born female, but changed sexes because the only male in their group died (parrotfish and clownfish), you can have males look and act like females because they are trying to get close enough to actual females to mate with them (cuttlefish, bluegills, others), or you can be one of thousands of sexes (slime mold, some mushrooms.) Oh, did you mean humans? Oh ok then. You can be male because you were born female, but you have 5-alphareductase deficiency and so you grew a penis at age 12. You can be female because you have an X and a Y chromosome but you are insensitive to androgens, and so you have a female body. You can be female because you have an X and a Y chromosome but your Y is missing the SRY gene, and so you have a female body. You can be male because you have two X chromosomes, but one of your X's HAS an SRY gene, and so you have a male body. You can be male because you have two X chromosomes- but also a Y. You can be female because you have only one X chromosome at all. And you can be male because you have two X chromosomes, but your heart and brain are male. And vice - effing - versa. Don't use science to justify your bigotry. The world is way too weird for that shit."

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I think the problem here is that there is... a Spectrum of Understanding, when it comes to political matters like war.

At one end, there are those of us who understand how incredibly wasteful and stupid it is. We have always rejected it. Most of us are probably even aware that modern warfare is really just a tool that the powerful use in their efforts to collect and retain power, and not something that benefits us at all.

At the other end, of course, are people who respond positively on a gut level to words like "America", "freedom", "patriotism", "soldier", and so on -- and these are the people who buy into the "protect our freedom"-style of emotional appeal.

I suppose it's possible that an argument like the one in that article might get through to a few of them, but (a) it seems aimed more at people like us who question our beliefs, and (b) will it sway enough, even if all of them were somehow exposed to it?

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From someone who for now prefers anonymity:

There's a standard order of operations for asserting a new norm in a culture. First, you craft your hiijack, your initial argument (for the sake of using personal knowledge, this hijack is "all lives matter" applied to the culture of liberalism). You use it to create something that ostensibly agrees with what the culture currently holds to be true, and will be accepted but in truth is a hook for a line of thought that lines up with what you want the culture to hold true, then you go full-bore saturation fire with it. You ensure everyone in the culture you want to alter has heard it. Those who agree and accept it can be ignored, those who argue are to be moved on from immediately to new pastures, but noted for later.

Once you have your initial spread of agree and disagree, you profile the groups who disagree, and label them all as one group. (In the example of all lives matter, they were profiled as "dangerous radicals" and "boatrockers" or "black supremacists" towards the end). You create a false camaraderie between them as surely as you push the rest of the culture into rejecting them by labeling them as what the culture hates, then once you have them all in one place, you constantly barrage them with memetic hijacks, small arguments, and incidents designed to frustrate them into violating some arbitrary standard of conduct, which you use to widen the gap between them and the culture you intend to hijack.

At the same time, you explore tensions within the groups you have herded together and plant infiltrators to play up existing tensions by acting out parts (virtual blackface was part of this) and use it to cause infighting, seeing which groups you can push back towards the hiijacked culture and which groups you can isolate entirely. Once they're infighting and dwindling, no-one in the hijacked culture will really care anymore, having been saturated with misrepresentations and caricatures of the discourse that present the groups you pushed out who objected to your hijack as totally unreasonable, and will have been softened into agreeing with you entirely.

FYI, twitter is literally perfect for this kind of culture hijack operation.

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About a half-dozen news stories in, trying to find the text of this judgment, I read through The New York Times' write-up on the settlement. Still no documents, but also a curious entry in the story: the head of the SCV, a Chatham County probation officer named R. Kevin Stone, "did not know specifically when his group had sued the university."

Now, I've litigated cases where one party or the other is a bit clueless about what's going on. I don't expect a plaintiff to know the day, hour, and minute when their attorney filed a lawsuit. But I certainly expect them to have at least a ballpark idea when they're a law enforcement officer talking with a national news outlet about a multimillion-dollar settlement that dwarfs the group's annual budget by a couple of orders of magnitude.

So I decided to find out for Stone. The courts were still closed for the holiday weekend, but, like many litigators, I also have remote access to the civil lawsuit information system. And it turned out the lawsuit was filed, served, answered, and settled on the same day. (When the court reopened, we learned it was even faster: Everything was done in seven minutes.)

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Meanwhile, so many people have discovered problems with the case that it looks like the legal equivalent of a recursive dumpster fire. The SCV? Never had standing to sue in the first place. The United Daughters of the Confederacy, which had "assigned" its "rights" to SCV to bring the lawsuit? Never owned the statue. That assignment of UDC's rights? Violated state law.

UNC's president? He signed the settlement the day before it was voted on. The Board of Governors chairman? He signed it five days before the vote – and a day before the UDC assigned its rights to the SCV. The lawsuit the plaintiff filed? A former general counsel at UNC told me he's certain it was drafted by Womble Bond Dickinson, the firm representing UNC.

And that’s not even getting into the connections between the judge and that law firm, or reports of the SCV's leadership being involved in embezzlement, gang activity, and pulling guns on dissenters when questions were asked.

This is all just a toe-in-the-water of the chicanery that's been unearthed in the #SilentSham scandal so far.

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