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The Center for Economic Accountability, a 3-year-old nonprofit based in Michigan that says it approaches topics 'from a free-market, limited-government "classical liberal" perspective,' called out the incentives package as going 'further than any other ... to exemplify the massive wastefulness and ineffectiveness of state government subsidy programs.'

North Carolina officials from multiple agencies had engaged with Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) for years about a site in RTP. Talks resumed this past spring$ and in April the project – code named "Project Bear" – was announced as a huge win$ for the Triangle and the state.

Apple committed to developing a 3,000-job campus on 281 acres the company controls.

The campus and engineering hub will focus on machine learning, artificial intelligence and software engineering. The high-paying jobs – with average annual salaries of at least $187,000, according to Apple – come at a cost, however. To ensure a win over Ohio, North Carolina put forward its biggest-ever incentives package.


Earlier this year Michael Farren, an economist with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, also called the sum exorbitant.

Farren said subsidies – even those in the form of reimbursements – are not free money, and that the majority of incentives are unnecessary, pointing to research that estimates just one out of every eight subsidies is actually responsible for changing a company's decision on where to locate.

'And in situations where it does cause a company to change where it locates, it causes the company to choose a less efficient spot for production,' Farren said.

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I keep finding myself kind of in agreement, at least on an emotional level, with MTG's "national divorce" idea. It would be a huge mess even if it was done right, and they probably won't want to do it in any way that's even remotely fair, and then when it's done they'll blame us for the whole thing and especially the negative consequences, but still -- I can see the appeal.

We just want very different things. They want a deeply hierarchical society with winners and losers and little value placed on individuals for their own sake -- basically an authoritarian / r-selection society -- where as we want, like, the exact opposite...

...and I do like the idea of allowing people to choose which type of society they'd prefer to live in -- see -- but there are huge logistical issues to work out in doing this... and I don't think the kindergartners whose views I'm trying to accommodate have the first clue about any of that.

As I've said many times, they're kind of proving that democratic republicanism doesn't work in the information age. We need a better system if we want to keep moving towards an egalitarian/horizontalist society.

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A lawyer of the Yekaterinburg LGBT Center was reported on gay propaganda because of the mention of "hospitable administrators, free tea and snacks"

In Yekaterinburg, two protocols were drawn up against the lawyer of the Resource Center for LGBT people, Anna Plyusnina, on the promotion of non-traditional sexual relations among minors (part 2 of article 6.21 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation). Plyusnina told about this on Facebook.

The protocols for the lawyer were drawn up on December 29, 2021. According to a copy of one of them, Plyusnina was accused of creating a website for the Queer Line of Yekaterinburg, available "for viewing by an indefinite circle of people, including those who have not reached the age of majority," and published information on events for people of "non-traditional sexual orientation" ... Thus, according to the police, the lawyer "carried out" gay propaganda.

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It's a sign of government competence that they were able to get so much of it completed in *spite* of Trump's interference. This really gives the lie to the people who love to say that government can't do anything, government is inefficient, government is the problem, etc.

Also, it's deeply troubling that a sitting president would try to interfere with the census -- and that he would be able to do so. No executive should have that much power, GOP or Dem.

The census is an essential institution of our representative democracy; protecting it should be a priority for anyone who identifies as conservative.

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GOP: forcing people to do stuff is bad and unAmerican and anti-freedom!
also GOP: [wants to require sports teams to play national anthem]

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Gotta love the hypocrisy. "Law and order! But also LOCK HER UP and HANG HIM!" -- and now this.

[quote] Republican legislators are [...] seriously discussing the idea of impeaching Democratic members of the Supreme Court should it strike down the gerrymandered legislative and congressional maps those same lawmakers enacted late last year.

It’s hard to overstate what a treacherous act this would be. Simply put, handing down rulings with which legislators disagree is not an offense of any kind – much less an impeachable one. Indeed, few things are better established in our system of government than the right of the judiciary – and especially the Supreme Court – to determine whether acts of the General Assembly are constitutional. To strike down unconstitutionally gerrymandered electoral maps is not just the Supreme Court’s right, but its duty. [/quote]

"Law and order, but only the laws and orders we like!"

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It turns out there's an amusing, hoist-by-their-own-petard story to this too.[1]

Basically, the GOP tried to stack the NCSC by splitting the Dem vote -- they funded efforts to recruit more Dem candidates, then changed the rules just for 2018 to eliminate the judicial primary, so there would be one GOPer running against several Dems.

They also added partisan labels (R/D) for the judge seat, so naive GOP voters would know who to vote for.

But then the Dems coalesced around Anita Earls, and the one other Dem candidate (Chris Anglin) apparently switched parties at that point[2] -- leaving the ballot as 2 Rs vs 1 D.

...and remember, it was the the Rs who got rid of the primary, because they were hoping the lack of winnowing would favor them.

If they had succeeded, we would be looking at a win today for the gerrymandered maps, instead of the well-deserved loss we thankfully got.

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  • «Today the US Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal by Energy Transfer, the oil giant behind the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). / This leaves in place a federal ruling that DAPL was illegally permitted and a new Environmental Impact Study (EIS) is needed.»

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FYI There us probably not a crime wave happening. The supposed increases in crime only appear to be huge or even there, because 2021 crime figures are being compared to 2020’s depressed crime figures.

According the FBI’s annual report of crime statistics. in 2020 nationwide, compared with 2019, violent crime increased by 5.6%, burglaries dropped 7.4 percent, larceny-thefts decreased 10.6 percent, while motor vehicle thefts rose 11.8 percent.

2021 not yet being ended it is no surprise that the FBI has not yet released final figures for 2021.

ALL the reports of increased crime are, according to the FBI and multiple media outlets “preliminary data from non-federal sources.”

I will wait until the real figures are released before I believe these inflammatory reports from outlets with a political ax to grind.

The responses kinda show that conservoids don't know how to dig down and see who's telling the truth (but I didn't spend much time reading them).

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I'm not sure exactly what these are supposed to prove, but they are from a conservoid:

interesting how it disappeared but that’s OK here it is again.

Undercover videos

Border crisis issues

Hunter Biden and family

Republicans literally have a 60-page memo containing misleading talking points intended to get them on fox news and portray democrats as wanting to "abolish all immigration enforcement"

So when I say republican talking points are disingenuous I'm being generous

Meanwhile our conservative friends and neighbors hear nothing but these talking points and believe - truly believe - that democrats want to "encourage illegal immigration"

Because the people they trust are literally and explicitly and cynically and most importantly purposefully telling them those lies.

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Pro-Lifer: Well, the mother should just give the baby up for adoption if she doesn’t want the baby...
Me: So, who will adopt the baby?
PL: I don’t know there’s lots of couples who want to adopt.
Me: Do you know any couple who is waiting to adopt?
PL: Um well not personally but like I know there’s lots of people waiting to adopt.
Me: Do you know what a domestic adoption cost?
PL: I don’t know. $15,000 maybe?
Me: The average cost of domestic adoption in the United States is $70,000 if you go through a private agency.
PL: Oh, I didn’t realize it was that much
Me: Yep, it’s really expensive. It can be more if you want a newborn straight from the hospital. Up to $120,000.
PL: Well, all life is precious.
Me: it really is. I’ve adopted through foster care and am currently a licensed foster parent. Would you be interested in becoming a foster parent yourself?
PL: Oh no I couldn’t do it.
Me: Why not?
PL: It would just be too much for me right now.
Me: Why is that?
PL: It would be too hard to handle all the issues that came with it. I’ve heard horror stories.
Me: Yep, it can be extremely difficult. But what if I told you that you were required by law to become a foster parent?
PL: what?
Me: what if you had to become a foster parent by law?
PL: they would never do that. That would never happen.
Me: Well, if a woman is forced to bear a child she doesn’t want, and she goes ahead and has that child, someone has to care for the child either through adoption or foster care. You have to do one of those two things.
PL: But I don’t want any more kids.
Me: So, you don’t want someone forcing you to have a child in your home that you don’t want or aren’t able to care for?
PL: no, that’s not my job to raise someone else’s child.

There it is folks. Have the baby, but we don’t want anything to do with it afterwards.
But let’s ban abortion...

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Today's scary reading:

  • 2022-07-23 The Enigma of Peter Thiel (h/t) acknowledges that there is no enigma; he is a fascist, and totally on board with the Jan. 6 coup.
    • «Thiel once wrote, “I no longer believe that freedom and democracy are compatible…” Why? Because if you empower the demos, they will eventually vote for restrictions on the power of capitalists. and therefore, restrictions on their “freedom.” He continues, “Since 1920, the vast increase in welfare beneficiaries and the extension of the franchise to women — two constituencies that are notoriously tough for libertarians — have rendered the notion of ‘capitalist democracy‘ into an oxymoron.”»
    • «Ludwig von Mises, the Austrian economist and godfather of the type of radical libertarianism professed by Thiel, wrote in 1927, “It cannot be denied that Fascism and similar movements aiming at the establishment of dictatorships are full of the best intentions and that their intervention has, for the moment, saved European civilization.»
    • «Yarvin suggested that Republicans execute what he called a “very legal coup” to “steal the election back” by getting Republican-controlled state legislatures to invalidate the vote, and then having Trump claim emergency powers, ignoring any interference from Congress or the judiciary and using the National Guard to enforce his orders. After that, Yarvin argued, Trump could “liquidate the powerful, prestigious, and/or wealthy institutions of the old regime, inside and outside the formal government,” which, he said, would be followed by the achievement of “a singular vision of utopia.”»

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posted link/highlights for discussion on Nextdoor; Marriage and Fauci items also included in this post.

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Musk Twitter fuckery confirmed


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  • 2022-11-03 Eugen Rochko «199,430 is the number of new users across different Mastodon servers since October 27, along with 437 new servers. This bring last day's total to 608,837 active users, which is without precedent the highest it's ever been for Mastodon and the fediverse.» - obviously very likely to be a direct consequence of Twitter/Musk purchase
  • 2022-11-03 Why are right-wingers so damn weird? (via) «Yarvin's schtick is to advocate for the dissolution of the American republic so that it can be replaced by a theocratic capitalist monarchy by writing long-winded pretentious articles that are both incoherent and much beloved by Silicon Valley tech-dudes, because their bottom line is always rationalized by Yarvin, who wants to make them the rulers of everything.» «It shouldn’t take that much inspection to figure out that JD Vance, Blake Masters, Trump, and all those creepy Thiel-supported nerds ought to be flushed.»

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I usually like what’s in The Atlantic but this is a major misrepresentation. Most of the “policies” mentioned are not actually Democratic policies. Climate change and LGBTQ rights? Everyone should care about that.

I don't think these people are misrepresenting how they feel, but it's mostly a testament to Republican narrative domination. Was a single specific Dem policy [even] mentioned?

Everything Hispanic voters say they care about in this piece is better addressed by Democrats. A far more informative piece would have been about Republican disinformation campaigns flooding Hispanic voters, especially through right wing radio.


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You're in a fertility clinic. Why isn't important. The fire alarm goes off. You run for the exit. As you run down this hallway, you hear a child screaming from behind a door. You throw open the door and find a five-year-old child crying for help.

They're in one corner of the room. In the other corner, you spot a frozen container labeled "1000 Viable Human Embryos." The smoke is rising. You start to choke. You know you can grab one or the other, but not both before you succumb to smoke inhalation and die, saving no one.

Do you A) save the child, or B) save the thousand embryos?


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  • Nextdoor: Ted Budd defeats Beasley, has yet to deny if he will use his position to give another $10,000,000 government handout to himself
    • Someone posted a comment which was reported and deleted: «The life of one precious baby saved from abortion (murder) is worth 10 times that.» I had to snark:
    Someone (they can out themselves if they want to) said, in a now-deleted comment: "The life of one precious baby saved from abortion (murder) is worth 10 times that."
    So, saving the life of a baby is worth (10 x $10m =) $100 million dollars ($100,000,000), according to that comment.
    What happens to that sentiment after the baby is born, and conservatists don't want children to have affordable lunches, affordable medical care, affordable education, or guaranteed income so they can survive?
    Also, where are the funds for prenatal care, to ensure that the baby is born healthy and that the fetus develops properly and *survives* to be born in the first place? Why can't some portion of that $100 million be spent on that, rather than on preventing a mother from choosing not to host a fetus and give birth to it?
    DO THE MATH: If you live to age 100 (most people don't), $100,000,000 is literally 1 million dollars for every year of your life.
    (...or $2700+ PER DAY. I feed a family of 4 on less than that PER MONTH. That includes, by the way, keeping them alive. Can I have my $100m now?)
    Why are you willing to pay that to force its mother to give birth, but not to spend even much much smaller amounts to keep it alive after that?
    (Nitpick / admin note: also, "murder" is illegal killing -- and it's only illegal if a law says so. That's what we're debating here: whether it should be illegal. THE MAJORITY DISAGREE. Calling it murder is nothing but rhetoric -- hateful, divisive, and not said in good faith -- and that is why that comment was reported and presumably why it was deleted.)
  • [daily] Facebook’s top political posts (h/t) «A daily record of posts with the most interactions from top Facebook news and political pages», listed with political leaning for each post
  • 2022-11-09 Making Polluters Pay: Estimates for corporate climate debt and reparations
    • h/t «This paper argues that fossil fuel corporations in the global north have a distinct responsibility for creating and accelerating climate chaos, and as such should make reparations to affected communities. One key element in any such reparative process would be to tax corporations significantly more, and to use at least some of the funds to provide increased financial transfers to the global south.»

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  • 2022-11-10 It’s not a fluke, it’s a rot: Why the political media blew the 2022 election (h/t)
    • «By contrast, what any responsible, halfway-intelligent and not coopted political reporter should have been asking, over and over again, is: After all this — after Trump’s attempt to steal the election, after a violent right-wing assault on the Capitol, and with the GOP swearing fealty to MAGA, spreading vile conspiracy theories about white replacement, and accusing teachers of grooming — how could America possibly vote for Republicans ever again?»
    • «By treating a major Republican victory in 2022 as a foregone conclusion, the media didn’t just get it wrong, it created a permission structure allowing normal people to seriously consider voting for an extremist, nativist, anti-governance party. It’s kind of a miracle we survived.»
  • 2022-11-10 Nick Fuentes Says the Results of the 2022 Elections Prove ‘Why We Need a Dictatorship’ «Fuentes has been very open about his desire to see a “white uprising” in the United States that will install former President Donald Trump as a dictator, cancel all future elections, and impose Christian fascism throughout the country, allowing for women to be burned at the stake.»
  • 2020-06-08 Anti-racist work for White People

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  • 2022-07-29 Why do Democrats call common sense laws like voter ID "racist"? Isn't that enough proof that the last election was fraudulent and they plan to cheat again?: The response given is anecdotal, but consistent with what more rigorous studies have shown. Funny how these same people never seem to worry about all the legitimate votes that aren't being counted, even if there was some actual voter fraud (which continues to be so rare that it never affects the outcome... as shown yet again by the AP article bwlow).
  • 2022-11-27 Oliver Willis on Twitter «one thing liberals dont get is that conservatives do not feel the need to actually explain the reasoning behind a line of attack. often i will post some right wing smear and earnest liberals ask "ok, but what do they mean by this? where's the evidence?" IT DOESN'T MATTER.» conservatism I think he misses the piece where they're also just convinced they're right because their idea of reality is based on received truth, rather than evidenced truth. The idea of questioning a received belief is anathema to them. Critical analysis is just another form of attack to them, no better than ad hominem.
  • 2022-11-28 The False Analogy Between Anorexia and Gender Dysphoria (via) by Evan Urquhart
  • 2022-11-26 New state voter fraud units finding few cases from midterms «State-level law enforcement units created after the 2020 presidential election to investigate voter fraud are looking into scattered complaints more than two weeks after the midterms but have provided no indication of systemic problems.»
  • 2022-11-28 Junot Díaz in limbo (via, h/t): it seems logically inevitable that some accusations of abuse are false. Yes, we should believe victims -- but not uncritically. Evidence has to matter. On the other hand...
    • Felicia Sonmez on Twitter (h/t) «This piece is a sparkling example of how *not* to write about sexual misconduct allegations. / It leaves out a host of key facts and context, including the full scope of the public allegations and Díaz’s own contradictory statements on the matter.» (thread)
  • 2022-11-28 US bans sales of Huawei, Hikvision, ZTE, and Dahua equipment (h/t)
  • 2022-11-28 Biden calls on Congress to head off potential rail strike: this is how we know Biden leans right. Why didn't he use his leverage to force the rail companies to concede, instead of preventing the workers from striking?
    • 2022-11-30 «a reminder that rail workers' wild demand is simply to get a few paid sick days and not be penalized for taking time off for illness... during a pandemic.» (includes screenshot)
  • Pushwoosh:
    • 2022-11-14 EXCLUSIVE Russian software disguised as American finds its way into U.S. Army, CDC apps «According to company documents publicly filed in Russia and reviewed by Reuters, Pushwoosh is headquartered in the Siberian town of Novosibirsk, where it is registered as a software company that also carries out data processing. It employs around 40 people and reported revenue of 143,270,000 rubles ($2.4 mln) last year. Pushwoosh is registered with the Russian government to pay taxes in Russia. / On social media and in U.S. regulatory filings, however, it presents itself as a U.S. company, based at various times in California, Maryland and Washington, D.C., Reuters found.»

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  • 2022-12-12 «I'd say it's less that they want a different future -- i.e. that they have goals consciously in mind for society, and choose political stances which they believe most likely to achieve those goals -- as it is that they see belief as a tool for individual survival within society (rather than a tool for interpreting asocial reality), and conforming to the perceived beliefs of their in-group as necessary for that end. ...»

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