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facialimpediment
Feb 11, 2005

as the world turns
It really is notable that outside of Biden's official statement on the earthquake/tsunami, I haven't seen poo poo about it in my usual feeds. One of those worst-vase scenarios where the information doesn't move elsewhere, it just completely goes poof.

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facialimpediment
Feb 11, 2005

as the world turns
Post-ElmoX really does have the worst ads out there, with basically nothing but creepy dropshipped knockoffs. Youtube's ads aren't exactly great either, but the scam ratio is off the charts with what elmo has to accept nowadays.

facialimpediment
Feb 11, 2005

as the world turns
Here's another entry into a weird car wreck. Saw this in the morning and figured it was a Donnie true believer wrecking the Colorado Supreme Court, but nope!

https://www.denverpost.com/2024/01/02/colorado-supreme-court-breakin-denver-police/

Looks like a dude wrecked in the neighborhood, then threatened the other wrecked car with a gun. Then he went into a nearby building, which just so happened to be the supreme court building, held up a guard for the keys, then went in and hosed poo poo up for some reason. Even shot out the window at the cops! ... Then surrendered. A weird one.

facialimpediment
Feb 11, 2005

as the world turns
A follow-up to some days ago - the DEA is finally confirming that they're doing their part of The Weed Review

https://twitter.com/natsfert/status/1742624205521265141?t=SGhYXXXwC9dyOni_vYODfw&s=19

facialimpediment
Feb 11, 2005

as the world turns

AreWeDrunkYet posted:

legally is there anything preventing Biden from forcing the changes through or ordering the people running DEA to do so under threat of dismissal?

I believe the answer is "it depends", like most dumb legal poo poo.

Donnie really, really liked to do things this way, by declaring what to do with government regulations, telling his appointees what to do, then they'd do it. Then it would be reversed by the courts due to Administrative Procedure Act violations. A lot like the Census's citizenship question that was pushed through, then killed by the courts because Donnie and his fuckers skipped steps.

So foot-dragging is a component, as is an unwillingness to use federal executive power. But, another component is doing things the "correct" way according to usual procedure so the rescheduling wouldn't get overturned. I tend to think it's more foot-dragging though!

facialimpediment
Feb 11, 2005

as the world turns
these dudes have a hilarious amount of balls

https://twitter.com/alanfeuer/status/1742921968578629804?t=J-PJ1dfMzwHiCV4OnDTq9w&s=19

Or Donnie was convinced he found another I WIN button and forced them to push the button clearly labelled KICK SELF IN BALLS

facialimpediment
Feb 11, 2005

as the world turns
Looking like the Soleimani funeral site bombing was ISIS and not Israel!

https://twitter.com/semafor/status/1742949054382743619?t=DveCJctqQFjvctgMHMnoxg&s=19

facialimpediment
Feb 11, 2005

as the world turns

ASAPI posted:

Help me out here legal goons.

I assumed that a stay is for the trial itself, not the work that happens in the background. Is that understanding correct?

NBC says you're right and Donnie's full of poo poo:


quote:

But in that order, Chutkan made clear that the deadlines were merely "held in abeyance" rather than permanently vacated and noted that the purpose of the stay was for the benefit of Trump's team, so as not to "impose additional burdens of litigation" on Trump as he pursued the appeal.

There was nothing in the order that barred federal prosecutors from continuing to proactively provide discovery or file motions even though the deadlines were lifted.

Chutkan explicitly raised the possibility that she would "retain" deadlines if the appeals court rejects Trump's presidential immunity claim.

“If jurisdiction is returned to this court, it will — consistent with its duty to ensure both a speedy trial and fairness for all parties —consider at that time whether to retain or continue the dates of any still-future deadlines and proceedings, including the trial scheduled for March 4, 2024," Chutkan wrote.

facialimpediment
Feb 11, 2005

as the world turns

AreWeDrunkYet posted:

All that said, even if your personal financial situation isn’t great, taking a step back and deciding that voting trump is the solution is some seriously deranged thinking. And that’s where tens of millions of americans stand today.

That's kind of the struggle with the Biden/Democratic argument that they haven't quite figured out how to make yet.

I still think this is all post-pandemic supply/demand effects (plus gouging). Having basically two years of 0% cost increases, then having one around 10-15% when demand shot way the gently caress up has really hosed with the national mood. Biden / Fed Reserve got things back to the usual 2% only recently, people are still hurting from that 10-15% year.

And outside of the other stuff mentioned (like one sickness away from bankruptcy), voters vote on vibes and probably won't advance to the "trump worse" part of the argument. Or they're tired of the argument that Trump would be worse and get angry at even the suggestion of the argument. Lots and lots of that going on with the Israeli poo poo now.

facialimpediment
Feb 11, 2005

as the world turns

hobbesmaster posted:

And if anyone has seen that door, please email the ntsb, thanks!

poo poo like this is really fuckin freaky:

https://twitter.com/SeanSafyre/status/1744138937239822685

facialimpediment
Feb 11, 2005

as the world turns

Grip it and rip it posted:

Stopping interstate traffic seems like a really bad way to try and shift public opinion on a topic. I can't think of a single time it was ever helpful in the US.

I think it only works for a topic that people already have majority-hardened opinions about and didn't know it was a thing going on. So it works for the German farm subsidy topic - vast majority might be in favor of it and didn't know it was going away. Those people are willing to ignore the assholeishness of the traffic blockade. Anything that doesn't have that large majority won't get that benefit of the doubt.

Example: Biden gave a speech today at Mother Emanuel AME in Charleston, SC, a historically black church. The pastor specifically said at the start to hold any commentaries and protests about anything else because it wasn't the time/place for them. Two white people interrupted Biden's speech yelling about the Israeli war. (Edit: looks like there was a third protestor, a black woman, so not just white protestors)

facialimpediment fucked around with this message at 21:44 on Jan 8, 2024

facialimpediment
Feb 11, 2005

as the world turns
uh this doesn't sound good for Boeing's QA:

https://twitter.com/jonostrower/status/1744455383584997603

quote:

United Airlines has found loose bolts and other parts on 737 Max 9 plug doors as it inspects its fleet of Boeing jets following the Friday rapid depressurization aboard an Alaska Airlines jet of the same make, according to three people familiar with the findings.

The discrepant bolts and other parts on the plug doors have been found on at least five aircraft, one of the people told The Air Current.

Representatives for United and Boeing did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

facialimpediment
Feb 11, 2005

as the world turns
ALAN WAKE II DLC (2024): THE SEARCH FOR MR. DOOR

https://twitter.com/NTSB_Newsroom/status/1744442166116831560

facialimpediment
Feb 11, 2005

as the world turns

Handsome Ralph posted:

Huh, well I wonder if my flight getting back to DC in a few weeks will still be on a Max or not. Here's to hoping I get to fly on the Dreamliner again.

If I'm FAA I'm grounding the fleet

https://twitter.com/jonostrower/status/1744548214530084986?t=qLKewEZcwmYVKcSvJb6yKQ&s=19

facialimpediment
Feb 11, 2005

as the world turns
Bottom line from the hearing today is that Donnie is basically hosed, they're just debating the method. Appeals court could outright terminate the appeal as improperly granted, rule on narrow grounds, rule on wide grounds, make new policy, etc etc.

Granted, Donnie's lawyers are going for maximum delay, but there's merit to giving appellate justices excuses to rule for you, but they didn't even bother.

facialimpediment
Feb 11, 2005

as the world turns
SecDef's problems were just released: butt and pee stuff

https://twitter.com/weijia/status/1744802009729970275?t=SSi29fzEFw62RAQpaMyCRg&s=19

Prostate cancer detected and cut out, then a weird UTI that needed a nose tube to drain his stomach with some additional drains. Woof.

facialimpediment
Feb 11, 2005

as the world turns

Midjack posted:

That sucks rear end for him but doesn't really explain the secrecy.

Supposedly, he's been a secretive dude all the way back in his military days. Barely talked to press, etc. We didn't even get basics when they outright said he had an elective surgery.

So it's all still highly suspicious, and pretty drat dumb, but supposedly how he's operated even as a general.

facialimpediment
Feb 11, 2005

as the world turns

Fivemarks posted:

Are we going to talk about the secret Messianic Ultraorthodox Jewish Tunnels discovered under New York City? Because I swear I'm not making it up.

That's the most comprehensive link I've seen because it was usually just linked with the video of one of the hasidic Jews just popping up out of the drat sewer grate. One thing not in that link:

https://twitter.com/nkulw/status/1744723929145717055?t=2qX94si5IdOClm75vv1URg&s=19

It didn't penetrate my brain why those tunnels would be a big deal, until I thought "hmm gravity might override a hasidic belief that pillars and walls of a building are haram"

facialimpediment
Feb 11, 2005

as the world turns

Midjack posted:

"no telling how deep this rabbi hole goes"

Thread title please!

But that general hasidic community was making a lot of noise with COVID restrictions and etc, because it's not just republicanism where dying is part of the religion:

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/when-covid-19-rules-are-flouted-ultra-orthodox-jews-it-ncna1243590

facialimpediment
Feb 11, 2005

as the world turns

ASAPI posted:

So Hunter Biden showed up at a oversight hearing today.

Yeah Hunter's pretty hosed on both the merits of the California tax case and the contempt charge. So his lawyers are being maximum petty and trying to prove it's all politically motivated. Republicans should've just called his bluff to make him testify in public, which he would then either weasel out of, or plead the 5th. But Comer wants testimony behind closed doors so he can pull random lines from the transcript before his next Fox News hit.

On the Speaker poo poo, it's coming up to needing another CR as the budget toplines were only just finalized over the weekend. So the chuddy types are like BORDER SHUTDOWN OR WE SHUTDOWN, which others are like "yeah the 1% cut is good actually, partially shut down plz" as Senate GOP is like WTF NO

They elevated a noname religious whack job backbencher and are suddenly surprised that he can't make Biden / mixed Senate suddenly roll over when he has a three-vote margin in the House.

facialimpediment
Feb 11, 2005

as the world turns

Tiny posted:

How is this level of batshittery still accepted by the public?

Oh, right, television news. Truth really doesn't matter anymore.

Whose truth?

For most of the public, this nonsense is what they want (possibly due to said television news).

https://twitter.com/JakeSherman/status/1745164295820763339?t=t0jhHBi3Tw-9gyBZ7H8iiQ&s=19

When people in primaries go I WANT THE LOUD rear end in a top hat THAT BREAKS THINGS, and nearly no seats are competitive in general elections, you get the dipshits that break things. And with most objective sources of truth getting buried under mounds of bullshit, the general public quit hunting for the truth and stuck with their preferred bullshit flavor.

A lot of that is by design!

facialimpediment
Feb 11, 2005

as the world turns
**SCENE, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3RD**

Donnie: I want to give a closing statement at the Trump Org civil trial

NYAG: Uh... I don't think this is allowed

Judge: So from my research, it's in my discretion

Donnie lawyer: HE WILL DO IT!

Judge: Ok, but since he didn't testify, he can't introduce new evidence, attack prosecutors, or act like he's testifying in his closing statement. I need to know by noon on the 10th if he agrees or not.

Donnie Lawyer: this is absurd hurf blurf

**SCENE: TUESDAY, JANUARY 9TH"

Judge: yo it's getting close and I didn't get your answer

Donnie Lawyer: whoops I didn't see the deadline, but my client's mother died and he's in the air and we can't talk

**SCENE: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10TH**

Judge: Tell Donnie I'm sorry for his loss, but I still need your answer

Donnie Lawyer: he wants to, but can't make it, btw it was his mother-in-law and we want to instead close on the 29th

Judge: You have until noon, seven minutes from now, to give me a yes or no.

**SCENE: TWENTY MINUTES LATER**

Judge: Request denied.

https://iapps.courts.state.ny.us/nyscef/ViewDocument?docIndex=_PLUS_cASZsP0hNiBQOHYbw_PLUS_TPQ==

https://www.courthousenews.com/judge-denies-trump-request-to-speak-at-close-of-fraud-trial/

facialimpediment fucked around with this message at 21:31 on Jan 10, 2024

facialimpediment
Feb 11, 2005

as the world turns

Lake of Methane posted:

Did they solve the next government funding deadline already?

Nope, that's why they're going to probably kick out the speaker again. Partial shutdown on the 19th, full on the 2nd.

But Congress is being productive!

https://twitter.com/kristin__wilson/status/1745186865555128505?t=TeHTdqXTArSWELgxQcRgYQ&s=19

... with their hog farming

https://twitter.com/ArthurDelaneyHP/status/1745170399015379073?t=4R0PrrFoKciaH3RQ6kIqkg&s=19

facialimpediment
Feb 11, 2005

as the world turns
Christie's dropping out in a few minutes and hosed up on a hot mic:

https://twitter.com/ChrisMaidmentNH/status/1745208067006836774?t=zTnlQMCTmejc-NsUZ3Wy5g&s=19

“She’s gonna get smoked. And you and I both know it, she’s not up to this.”- Christie on a hot mic

facialimpediment
Feb 11, 2005

as the world turns

Mr. Nice! posted:

kise is just an old school shitposter.

he does use caps on the final email which is the email that was designed for trump to read.



bahah I didn't notice that he suddenly went all formal when Donnie either dictated it or demanded to read it

facialimpediment
Feb 11, 2005

as the world turns

Crab Dad posted:

Why do they constantly refer to him as “President” in legal filings?

It's part of the "he never lost" thing and likely a demand from Donnie himself. It's not just in the legal filings, basically anyone at all on the conservative side will refer to him as "President Trump". If I remember right, he really, really, really hates the "former" thing and will get mad at anyone who says/writes it.

facialimpediment
Feb 11, 2005

as the world turns
Judge let Donnie talk anyways and he predictably shat all over everything:

https://twitter.com/KlasfeldReports/status/1745510360113647857?t=I9gHGtjtAP9nu6RMay8SBg&s=19

Judge then called a lunch break, so we'll see if sanctions come up or whatever. May be that the judge is exhausted and just wanted it over after another bomb threat to his house last night.

facialimpediment
Feb 11, 2005

as the world turns

Arrath posted:

drat I had really hoped the judge would tell him to shut the gently caress up.

From the article, he basically did. Per RollingStone, the speech was apparently rehearsed

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/trump-rehearsed-fraud-trial-closing-argument-denied-1234944721/


quote:

Sources told Rolling Stone that Trump had been rehearsing what he thought would be a blistering, dramatic conclusion to the case that will determine the fate of his business empire.

On Wednesday, the theatrical plan by Trump and his attorneys fell apart after Trump’s legal team, led by Chris Kise, refused to agree to conditions that would restrict him from going off-topic or attacking individuals involved in the trial.

Trump didn’t care.

Without waiting for Engoron’s permission, Trump began delivering a grievance-laden tirade from the defense table after asking once again if he could address the court, calling the trial a “political witch hunt,” and saying that “we should receive damages for what we went through.” 
-----
Engoron allowed the former president to speak for several minutes, before cutting him off and instructing Trump’s attorneys to “please control your client.”

facialimpediment
Feb 11, 2005

as the world turns

Soylent Pudding posted:

I feel like the judge going "that's nice, time for lunch" is probably far more infuriating to Trump than yelling back at him.

A popehat quote:

quote:

Look, itís perfectly clear Judge Engoron is going to hammer the Trump organizations based on the law and the facts and his past rulings. What does Trump really have to lose by monologuing? He sees himself as the hero giving a dying one-liner to the supervillain.

Q: Why doesn't judge sanction Trump again?

A: Why bother? Just more work and more appealable issues. Now the court of appeals will see him as very patient and lenient.

Also a moment that happened:


[interrupting Trump]

"You said you never had a problem. Havenít you been sued before?" the judge asked.

"Iíve been sued," Trump replied

"Isnít that a problem?" Engoron shot back.

Then Donnie did just stammering hurf blurf thing and that was that.

facialimpediment
Feb 11, 2005

as the world turns
At least here, the coalition is the big countries instead of George W. Bush's randos

https://twitter.com/lrozen/status/1745615654781096007

CommieGIR posted:

Its unlikely they are going to revisit it anytime soon.

What's funny is that conservatives are pinning their hopes of a rehearing on this loving oval office (I think that insult is earned):

https://twitter.com/gabrielmalor/status/1744238202020352124

facialimpediment
Feb 11, 2005

as the world turns
Yeah it's probably not exactly stabilizing that it was a 5-4, and two of those five are gone and replaced by Kavanaugh (who probably doesn't care) and Barrett (religious zealot).

facialimpediment
Feb 11, 2005

as the world turns
I'm not familiar with this repayment plan - but any of y'all qualify?

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing...rolled-in-save/

quote:

Starting next month, borrowers enrolled in SAVE who took out less than $12,000 in loans and have been in repayment for 10 years will get their remaining student debt cancelled immediately. This action will particularly help community college borrowers, low-income borrowers, and those struggling to repay their loans. 

Apparently SAVE replaced the Revised Pay As You Earn (REPAYE) repayment plan and I remember seeing that option a long while back.

facialimpediment
Feb 11, 2005

as the world turns
Also, Donnie sued the New York Times and others at the paper, and just got charged $392,638.69 for sucking at it. Usually, judges will take a bite out of the defendants' attorney fees claims, but the judge didn't even bother.

https://twitter.com/susannecraig/status/1745875236149440586

facialimpediment
Feb 11, 2005

as the world turns

Platystemon posted:

The Two Chinas situation has been such a joke for so long that ¡Jeb!, who is not a young man, grew up hearing his dad refer to his tennis serve as “unleashing Chang”.

Yeah it's a dumb diplomatic dance, but supposedly per Bloomberg business, it's a $10T hit to the global economy in a Taiwan war situation. And it's pretty clear Taiwan isn't going to eventually roll over like Hong Kong was forced to, so worth keeping the peace (and independent Taiwan) for as long as possible.

But America can't exactly say that out loud. Diplomacy!

facialimpediment
Feb 11, 2005

as the world turns

lightpole posted:

How was Hong Kong forced? The UK had a 99 year lease. 1997 was the end of that lease and reverted back to China.

Until ~2019-ish, China let Hong Kong basically self-rule itself. Then they didn't:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019%E2%80%932020_Hong_Kong_protests

https://apnews.com/article/china-hong-kong-beijing-democracy-national-security-9e3c405923c24b6889c1bcf171f6def4

facialimpediment
Feb 11, 2005

as the world turns
Before the law mandating back pay was signed, there were a lot of feds around me that were a tad leveraged and absolutely wanted to be the ones still working just for the pay guarantee.

Also, not just House GOP losing their minds:

https://twitter.com/AricToler/status/1746680874534416540?t=RUEYsL9UGk9g1zOXMGPrew&s=19

It appears that the dude gave up so no killdozering, just some weird skid steering.

https://twitter.com/JeffMcRichards/status/1746680710033789383?t=u1WDFhFC5lr5rU-7awV54w&s=19

facialimpediment
Feb 11, 2005

as the world turns

Mr. Nice! posted:

Donald Trump wins the Iowa caucus. He's getting more than 70% of the total votes.

Kind of a telling anecdote:

https://twitter.com/JenniferJJacobs/status/1747069512359580139

Leave posted:

That's not a surprise, though, is it?

Depends on what you listened to. Polls and on-the-ground reporting essentially agreed (reports like 1:1 reporter:ratio at DeSantis events). Pundits, opinion columnists, and TV news sources hurfed and blurfed a lot.

Also it still hasn't connected for a lot of normies that it's a Biden vs. Trump general election. They're still making up random poo poo about either one of them dropping out for nonsensical reasons.

facialimpediment
Feb 11, 2005

as the world turns

maffew buildings posted:

yeah I don't have much faith in the DNC to actually have an effective campaign against him. I do have faith they will again talk about him and his followers like they are big idiots, though

good thing the DNC isn't really a functional thing that exists outside of an extension of the Biden campaign

if you're going to do the doomer thing, please doomer correctly

Edit: mainly this is my frustration with the concept of the DNC as this all-powerful thing when it's loving nothing


Also, part of the whole "expectation" thing is that "the media" wants this primary season to continue on for weeks/months to juice ratings. It's not really competitive though, it's basically been Donnie's since the indictments came in. The base is pro-insurrectionist anyways and the other candidates didn't even really run against him.

facialimpediment
Feb 11, 2005

as the world turns

maffew buildings posted:

whoops used DNC as a stand in for "whoever the gently caress is supposed to have a plan to counter a Trump presidential run and get battleground state voters to vote Biden"

The Biden Campaign! Yell about him and I will have zero complaints about your choice of target (outside of the doomerism).

Kazinsal posted:

The whole world is.

I'd genuinely rather survive and suffer through the results of a full-scale strategic nuclear exchange than have four more years of Trump as president.

To some extent, horseshoe lefties haven't quite grasped the binary choice involved here because either NEVER VOTING FOR GENOCIDE JOE or "lol DNC gonna pick someone else". Still not being fully grasped that the nominees are going to be the nominees and a lot will happen before November.

But a solid, worrying point is being made by some commentators. If democracy/society is dependant on Biden getting reelected, but the Republican party is going full donnieloony, it's not exactly viable that we basically need nothing but democratic presidents.

Other countries have kinda noticed too: https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2024/01/15/what-foreign-diplomats-say-about-u-s-politics-behind-closed-doors-00135326

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facialimpediment
Feb 11, 2005

as the world turns

Platystemon posted:

Voter perceptions will align with “the metrics” that say that the economy is doing great any day now.

Any day now.

Voter perceptions are basically: the economy sucks but it's doing great for me! It's essentially decoupled from actual truth and has become a vibes/polarized question, or just a question about gas prices. The respondents aren't caring about increasing poverty or discontinuation of enhanced child credits and so on - it's just dumb vibes poo poo.

Donnie's favorite campaign line lately has been screaming about $7/$8 gallon gas that he's mythically seen somewhere. And surprise - gas prices are going down and the economic outlook polling is going up! Voters!

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