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  1. Let me guess. Someone is brabbling again?
  2. In the context of "my body, my choice" this is a good decision. It's just inconsistent with their abortion stance.
  3. Funny story. I've met this group. They were out celebrating the birthday of the blonde on the right. They're even more impressive in person. Super nice girls, too.
  4. So he knew it was classified and that he shouldn't have it. I believe the kids call that "espionage."
  5. Most people would be against making the platform more welcoming to hate speech.
  6. Only two 11am slots so far. Good. Worst time of the day to start a football game.
  7. Elon purged the bots. What are you talking about?
  8. They'd rather teach kids how to dodge bullets than avoid unwanted pregnancies. They're tacitly saying that they aren't going to attempt to prevent school shootings, so here's how to cope with them. Winnie-the-Pooh teaches kids about mass shootings Dallas elementary school students were given free copies of a Winnie-the-Pooh book this month. But the book isn't about the delightful imaginary world of Pooh and his friends. "Stay Safe," featuring an image of the beloved character on the cover, is about what to do during school shootings. Why it matters: The book, published by a Houston-based crisis management firm, concerned some parents, who weren't given a warning or context about it and weren't prepared to talk about such a serious topic with children as young as 5, according to the Oak Cliff Advocate. One parent called the book "haunting" and "tone deaf." The district later apologized in a statement: "Unfortunately, we did not provide parents any guide or context. We apologize for the confusion and are thankful to parents who reached out to assist us in being better partners." Details: Using images of Pooh and his friends, which entered the public domain last year, the book attempts to teach kids the concept of "run, hide, fight," the active shooter response recommended by the FBI. "If danger finds us, don't stay, run away," reads one line. "If we can't get away, we have to fight with all our might." "When the danger is gone, we should not fuss," reads another. "Instead, wait for a teacher or the police to come and find us."
  9. Really? Even with the increase in hate speech? What do you find better about twitter since Elon took over?
  10. I thought this only happened to woke companies.
  11. Their intent was to destroy the American (and world) economy so they could use it as a campaign issue, and since McCarthy didn't give that to them, they're throwing a fit.
  12. If it's so dangerous you'd think these guys would get out of the industry and destroy their work. Since they're not, I'm guessing this has more to do with freezing new competitors out of the industry than actual concern.
  13. These fringe "Christian" nutters are the same kind of people who told us we were all going to become Satan-worshipers if we listened to Ozzy or played D&D. These are the people who, if there is a Heaven, are going to find out what Jesus was saying in Matthew when he tells people trying to get into Heaven, (paraphrasing) "You people who claim to be my people, get away. I never knew you."
  14. Agricultural pollution is a rising concern here. The Ogallala aquifer isn't likely to dry up in our lifetimes, and the Platte and Missouri rivers aren't likely to dry up either, but there's a difference between having water and having drinkable water.
  15. You live in Nebraska, yeah?
  16. If you're a corporate marketing officer concerned over what's happening with Target, let me make something abundantly clear: you will never appease anti-LGBTQ extremists. They don't want *some* concessions. They want all of them. But there's a colder truth at play here. (thread) You think this is about a few items, and it's not. I promise you it's not. These are the same people who were livid that Pink Floyd used a rainbow in their 50th anniversary logo for "The Dark Side of the Moon" -- think about that for a second. They are not reasonable. When the Bud Light controversy erupted, the CEO of Anheuser-Busch made the unwise choice to cave entirely. He essentially apologized for the company recognizing that trans people exist and put the marketing execs on leave. It didn't work. They're still boycotting Bud Light. You need to understand something about these people: their objective is not really to gain any ground but to find an outlet for their rage at the world changing around them. They are starving for outrage all the time. They would rather be perpetually angry than be mollified. They are furious that anyone would ask them to learn about others because it de-centers their experience as the unassailable, unaccountable default. And deep down, they know we're never going away. The closet has been permanently opened. These people long for an America that always catered to those who look and act like them -- that is: white, heterosexual, traditional families. They use religion as a shield for their bigotry. They don't really care about what Christ taught; he's just a convenient vehicle. But that America is long gone, and it's never coming back. We are witnessing the very long and painful *last gasp* of that world. And boy, are they furious. Enraged. They've had to keep quiet about it for so long, but in the past several years, the quiet part became very loud. If they can't get that world back, what's the next best thing? Finding community in outrage. These people go out of their way to be angry. They'll share rightwing clickbait articles they know to be false because it gives them permission to be spitting hot mad. They are angry, and beneath that, they are very, very scared. They will claim they're not scared. But they're terrified. None of this works without fear. Fear of what? Uncertainty over their place in a changing society that increasingly doesn't defer to them. For rightwing grifters, Christmas is every day right now. All they have to do is feed these people things to get irate over and rake in the cash. Click and subscribe. Buy their book. Buy their bulls#!t wellness product. "I will make you angry." It's a paid service. Target thinks this is going away, and it's not. Target could pull all their Pride merchandise and sever every relationship they have with the LGBTQ community, but anything short of a corporate statement of "Yeah, we hate LGBTQ people, too" will not end this. Companies need to understand what's happening right now. You cannot mollify bigots whose primary desire is to be angry. You've already lost them. They're gone. If you cave to them, you're sacrificing the loyalty of other consumers for a sad, small group that will never like you. On the other hand: if Target and other companies refuse to play this bulls#!t game with enraged bigots, they will solidify their loyalty with reasonable adults and their families. Don't give in to these hateful people. You will never satisfy their craving for outrage. /thread
  17. How many times did these clowns raise the debt limit when Orange Man Bad occupied the White House?
  18. She sounds like a fifth-grader pretending to be an adult.
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