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Kelloggs CEO reading this comment section getting ready to drop another banger

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Both pharmacies plan to start providing the pill in a select number of states first, and gradually expand to others where it's legal

Wait, where is it illegal?

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I wouldn't expect it in any places under the jurisdiction of the FDA

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So prescribing it and taking it in a shit hole state could get you jailed, but nothing to stop these companies from selling it in those states, right? Say a customer was traveling through had a valid out of state prescription and was planning to use it after exiting the shithole state.

Walgreens and CVS should step up and make sure this is as widely available as possible.

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From another article

"It would legalize the creation of human-animal chimeras," Hyde-Smith said of the bill on the Senate floor on February 28.

Uh, someone did explain to her that Duckworth is just a name, right?

e; I have no idea how to make a joke out of this one, but TIL her husband is related to someone who murdered a civil rights activists trying to register people to vote in the 50s, which appears to be one of a dozen connections they have to KKK-types

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Sometimes I think everything that Democratic party leadership wants is just a compromise, regardless of what kind of policy they get out of it

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Where'd you see that? I'd heard it was the largest in Texan history but for US history there's one crazy outlier from the early 1800s in Maine that somehow burned over 3mil acres and I don't think this one has surpassed that yet

https://web.archive.org/web/20240229185910/https://www.statesman.com/story/news/state/2024/02/29/wildfires-texas-largest-deadliest-most-destructive-biggest-us-history/72787683007/

gAlienLifeform OP ,
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I mean, that's one possible theory. That same professor speculates a paragraph or two earlier that maybe Biden's avoided doing this because dumbass moderates who pay attention to politics for about five minutes every year could view it as a power grab (which I really think we ought to be able to message through, but either way the point is this is one of a few theories).

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Biden’s previous attempts to expand Medicaid voter registration

Please read the article if you're going to comment, the whole thing is about how there have not been any efforts like that in spite of state governments begging for them

The GOP legal action you're thinking of was against an executive order Biden issued telling federal agencies to look at what they could do to support voter registration and report back to him and to make sure their websites were up to fate, but that was the end of it. He has not made attempts to establish Medicaid voter registration, he won't even commit to being in favor of it.

Asked whether Biden supports these automatic voter registration proposals, the White House's press office referred NPR's questions to CMS' parent agency, the Department of Health and Human Services.

... In a statement to NPR, Sara Lonardo, a spokesperson for HHS, said that "CMS continues to actively explore" adding the question in time for the next open enrollment period, which begins on Nov. 1, four days before the last day of voting for this year's general elections.

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"I guess it's good to be the king a US Senator" who just got done passing a tax law that was a massive giveaway to corporations and the mega wealthy to whom a couple of million dollars is just a rounding error, but I'm sure that's a coincidence /s

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If Romney endorsed Biden it would probably lose him votes

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Oh yeah, I know, I meant if Romney endorsed Biden it would probably cost Biden votes

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The mythical moderates (who turned out so strongly for Romney in 2012 /s) have gotten plenty of reasons to vote for Biden already, and Democratic voters have gotten tons of reasons not to. Putting even more work into the right side of the coalition while pissing all over progressives yet again could very well break the whole thing apart.

Of course, if Romney did make an endorsement and Biden turned around and said "Voters shouldn't allow anything this tool says to influence them, he thinks about 47% of you don't matter at all" that would reverse the impact of this, but I'm really confidential that Biden doesn't have the moral clarity to take that kind of stand since he loves to talk about how he has friends in the Republican party and they're actually good people and other politically convenient lies like that.

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I sure am glad we gave those companies tons of taxpayer money through the infrastructure and climate bills, I'm sure they will only use those funds to make the country a better place for all of us to live /s

gAlienLifeform ,
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Is Senate Parliamentarian the title you're looking for?

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And when they completely ignore her request (that she's making knowing full well she has no leverage to make it happen) she'll keep being a member of the Republican party and keep raising funds for them anyway

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If Biden seriously made that offer in b) I would be very strongly tempted to stay home on election day.

People keep lying to themselves and trying to believe that Trump is the problem and that he's not just the most visible symptom of a Republican party that crossed the line way back in the 1960s when they started campaigning to get the KKK's votes and undermining our foreign policy/national security for political wins. Haley, Romney, Cheney, etc. - they are all threats to the country as is anyone who collaborate with any of them.

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Oh I'm sure they exist, there's a lot of selfish scumbags in this country unfortunately. Thank goodness they only get one vote no matter how much money they hoard.

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I can't for the life of me figure out why I'd want to be friends with scumbags. If we had a democracy in this country we wouldn't have to give a shit what rich weirdos who live vastly different lives than most of us think.

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Democracy without any campaign finance laws is like capitalism without progressive taxation and antitrust laws, feudalism with extra steps

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Credit where credit's due, I have to admit the Biden has apparently been better in how they handled US allies attempting to assassinate people on our soil than prior administrations have been.

In some related news, TIL

back during the Cold War, some American allies were doing just that. One of them was Chile's General Augusto Pinochet. In 1976, Chilean intelligence operatives killed a former ambassador, Orlando Letelier, and his American colleague Ronni Moffitt in a car bombing in Washington, D.C.

and

Five years after the Letelier bombing, two union organizers in Seattle were murdered inside their local union office. A U.S. court later found Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda liable for the murders. The killings were said to be in retaliation for the men's anti-Marcos organizing.

and

in 1984, a Chinese American named Henry Liu was gunned down in the garage of his home in Daly City, Calif. Members of a Taiwanese criminal gang, acting at the behest of Taiwan's military intelligence, were convicted of the murder.

e; better phrasing

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Thailand in the big business of housing draft dodgers

I'd heard the opposite, genuinely don't know what the situation is since I'm nowhere near it

Which is good that the people are doing this

Agreed

but idk how this affects the Thai people and economy.

Seems like any plausible difficulties that could result are really unimportant given the context of what these people are fleeing.

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Not really unfortunately

Of 29 aspects of the country Gallup has tracked during Biden's presidency, public satisfaction has declined in 12, while it has been steady in 12 and improved in five. As a result, in a reversal of the pattern seen before 2021, anemic (sub-33%) public satisfaction ratings of national conditions now outnumber strong (50%+) ones, and by a substantial margin.

That said, a lot of this is being driven by Republicans who are just throwing a temper tantrum because there's a Democratic President, and a lot of this has to do with the fact that they're comparing it to a survey that was taken right around and after January 6, so there were probably a lot of Dems in that survey who thought "wow, I'm so proud of my country for surviving that shit storm, now things are finally going to get better" and have since come down to the depressing reality that we're still a really long way from neutralizing the threat Republicans pose to us.

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I have never felt so seen by a piece of media as I did when I got the solution to this thought

gAlienLifeform ,
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Aka Britain foisting its problems on other countries for racist reasons

gAlienLifeform ,
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Not a criminal, a stateless nobody stuck in a detention camp (where there have been credible allegations of guard abuse) with no legal rights to any sort of humane treatment or medical care or anything

gAlienLifeform ,
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The British government bears responsibility for letting that happen to one of their citizens either way. The responsible thing to do is to imprison them yourselves, not leaving them stuck in a ramshackle detention camp in rebel held territory in Syria.

gAlienLifeform , (edited )
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Yes, but it's a crappier legal process than Britain should be able to get away with. She's a British citizen who was radicalized on British soil and now they're just pawning off the problem they created onto someone else.

e; like, fuck daesh to hell and back, they were one of the most evil intentioned organizations ever, but doing shit in an unequal and secretive way just writes propaganda for their sympathizers. The right way to deal with terrorists is to treat them like the organized crime they are - drag them into the court room, put on a full presentation of the evidence against them for an independent press to report on, give them a fair chance to defend their actions, and when they're unable to do so throw them in a jail cell and treat them like the dangerous, evil, but ultimately human thing they are. Denying healthcare, torturing people, etc. does more to hurt the society that perpetrates it than it does to our enemies in the long run.

e2; added the italicized bit

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Because the Atlantic is an elite worshipping moderate rag of a publication these days (which is depressing because from 1857 through at least 1964 they were badasses who argued against slavery and Republicans' Southern Strategy)

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Yeah, If Books Could Kill did a whole episode on this, there's definitely people on NYTs editorial board with an anti-trans agenda

e; One organization who has actually done some real journalism on this was Popular Information when they got the police spokesperson to admit that statements they put out were done in ways that violate procedure for the express purpose of making this school look better

Wisconsin ethics panel recommends felony charges against Trump fundraising committee, lawmaker ( www.pbs.org )

The commission alleges that Trump’s fundraising committee and state Rep. Janel Brandtjen, a Trump ally, conspired in a scheme to evade campaign finance laws to support the Republican primary challenger to [state House Speaker equivalent, Robin Vos] in 2022....

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Wisconsin has a Democratic (read: law following) AG, so this is almost certainly going to result in felony charges for several WI state level Republicans* and three county Republican party organizations. It doesn't actually affect Trump at all, but a bunch of his Wisconsin cronies are in serious trouble at least.

*One of whom is an elected lawmaker, the other individuals idk but they're at least heavily involved in the WI GOP

Wisconsin Ethics Commission alleges illegal scheme by Trump fundraising committee and Rep. Janel Brandtjen ( www.jsonline.com )

A state oversight panel is recommending Wisconsin prosecutors pursue a slate of felony charges against a fundraising committee for Donald Trump and a Republican state lawmaker in a scheme to evade campaign finance laws surrounding an effort to unseat one of the most powerful Republicans in Wisconsin, Trump foe Assembly Speaker...

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The investigation probably won't since he's technically the victim of this crime, but I can definitely see the further right side of the Republican party blaming him for the fallout from this and primarying him

Either way, those county level Republican organizations getting taken down could be the really big deal here. This plus fair maps could suddenly turn Wisconsin as blue as Michigan and Minnesota have been recently.

Four members of the Arkansas supreme court are trying to jump to different seats on the bench, a situation that could empower the conservative governor by granting her more appointments. ( boltsmag.org )

Voters are filling two supreme court seats in two separate nonpartisan elections. Neither seat’s current occupant is seeking a new term, so at first glance it may look like the cycle will add two fresh faces to the court. But of the six candidates running for these two seats, four are already sitting justices on the...

gAlienLifeform OP ,
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Yeah, traumatic stress and chronic sleep deprivation isn't good for anyone, but it's really not good for people whose brains are still developing

The Supreme Court Is on the Verge of Criminalizing Homelessness ( newrepublic.com )

As more people end up experiencing homelessness, they’re also facing increasingly punitive and reactionary responses from local governments and their neighbors. Such policies could become legally codified in short order, with the high court having agreed to hear arguments in Grants Pass v. Johnson....

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Oh, no no no, that would be protecting human rights, which conservatives really aren't about. They want to protect states' rights and local governments' rights to harass and brutalize humans. That's their idea of liberty.

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Liberals be like

https://lemmy.world/pictrs/image/f974b599-b2dd-4995-b0c8-5a99d9ef5e60.jpeg

Their market worshipping ideology is barely an improvement over conservatism imo. What we need is progressivism and socialism, but so long as conservatives are turning into fascists I feel compelled to suppprt the liberal douchebags Citizens United has left us with (at least as far as my voting goes, anyway).

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"If they wanted their concerns to be taken seriously they should have made a donation to someone's campaign!"

gAlienLifeform OP ,
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Hell, camps where they didn't have to worry about cops coming through and smashing up all of their stuff and telling them to find a different neighborhood would actually be an improvement over where we're at now

gAlienLifeform OP ,
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Yeah, fair point, I had to refresh my memory a bit on the details of those sanctuary districts and there definitely did not seem to be any protections against police/guard violence, and the whole "you're forbidden from leaving until you're not poor" thing totally ruins anything that might have been theoretically good about them

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We deserve a world where nobody murders their prisoners, including Russia

Something’s Fishy About the ‘Migrant Crisis’ - The federal government’s dysfunction leaves immigrant-friendly cities feeling overwhelmed. ( www.theatlantic.com )

Sometimes the best way to understand why something is going wrong is to look at what’s going right. The asylum seekers from the border aren’t the only outsiders in town. Russia’s 2022 invasion of Ukraine brought a separate influx of displaced people into U.S. cities that quietly assimilated most of them. “We have at...

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fending for themselves.

Without the ability to seek legal tax paying work. We complain about how much these people are costing us while forbidding them to take care of themselves, it's insane and insanely frustrating.

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