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golden_valley

Member Since 02 February 2012 - 12:55 PM
Offline Last Active Jul 21 2019 10:34 AM
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It's official. Gerrymandering based on political party affiliation is ok.

27 June 2019 - 10:54 AM

Roberts, writing for the majority didn't quite put it that way, but the practical impact of the 5-4 decision is simply that.

It is up to people in the states to use the initiative process, if they have one, to institute rules guiding redistricting and maybe an independent redistricting body. States that are narrowly blue or purple might have legislatures that have the will to do the same thing.

The Illiberal Right Throws a Tantrum

15 June 2019 - 12:27 PM

Adam Serwer at the Atlantic has a really interesting think piece on an argument between different factions within the right. He points out that some on the right just don't like democracy as manifested by our current government because they don't get to keep control over everything and contrasts that with the reactions of African Americans through the Civil Rights era, Japanese Americans post internment camps and Latino Americans since forever. Most of the latter groups worked through the system though a few advocated blowing it up.

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Undetectable in the dispute on the right is any acknowledgment of the criticisms of liberal democracy by those who have been fighting for their fundamental rights in battles that are measured in decades and even centuries; that the social contract implicitly excluded them from the very rights white Christian men have been able to assert from the beginning. Perhaps to do so would be to acknowledge the fundamental immaturity underlying the American Orbánists’ critique: that what they describe as a crisis of liberal democracy is really just them not getting exactly what they want when they want it.

Serwer is the guy who wrote that cruelty is the point of Trump's and his supporters' actions.

Take a look at what Finland is doing to combat "fake news"

19 May 2019 - 03:41 PM

Imagine this...teaching "media literacy" and "critical thinking skills" to the population.

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As the trolling ramped up in 2015, President Sauli Niinisto called on every Finn to take responsibility for the fight against false information. A year later, Finland brought in American experts to advise officials on how to recognize fake news, understand why it goes viral and develop strategies to fight it. The education system was also reformed to emphasize critical thinking.

Maybe such a technique could be used to teach Americans the same things! Maybe our political leaders could bring in these American experts! In the words of Theodoric of York...Naaaaaahhhhhh! That would involve education which is not valued anymore unless it leads to making money.

Ever heard of One America News Network?

13 May 2019 - 05:56 PM

Apparently, it's Trump second (or maybe first) favorite network.

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Emails obtained by the Post indicate that shortly after Trump announced his candidacy, OANN executive producer Lindsay Oakley directed staff to “ALWAYS take the trump speeches live in their entirety,” adding that “Trump is being treated unfairly by the mainstream media and we need to provide the other side. . . . Not to mention we have loyal viewers that tune in specifically to see the Trump speeches live because no one else carries them. We also see some of our highest ratings during the Trump speeches.”
The network has continued its "coverage" of Trump ever since.

The black hole pictures are awesome

10 April 2019 - 10:27 AM

See the article:Posted Image