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In Topic: Us Politics For Betting (Not Talking About Politics)

Yesterday, 06:11 PM

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The year in review

In Topic: The Trump Presidency Thread

Yesterday, 06:07 PM

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Gerrymandering 101; the Alabama senate results overlayed with congressional ridings.

In Topic: The Trump Presidency Thread

Yesterday, 05:50 PM

View PostGOCUBSGO, on 13 December 2017 - 09:22 PM, said:

I would like to file a missing persons report on Balloon Guy.

Probably went down to the local swamp and got lost as it hadn't been drained. Got very disorientated and confused.

In Topic: The Trump Presidency Thread

13 December 2017 - 06:57 AM

View PostDubey, on 12 December 2017 - 08:07 PM, said:

So much winning

On one hand it is impressive that Jones won in a deep red state on a very standard Democratic platform. And worth cheering.

But for it to come down to the wire, for a candidate who's only "redeeming quality" for voters is his anti-abortion stance, for a candidate who's allegations of pedophilia almost helped him as it buried stories of his "original interpretation of the Constitution" (tldr: slaves are fine), for a candidate who was fired (twice?) from the Alabama Supreme Court there's no way on earth that he should have garnered anywhere near 48% of the vote.

If we want more from our politicians then we absolutely need to move beyond voting for party lines.

And if Moore's politics are as abhorrent to Trump as they are to McConnell then the White House should have taken the high road and left Moore to his own devices. The GOP either sold out their principles for a meaningless Senate vote or revealed their true colours.

In Topic: Random News Observations

12 December 2017 - 01:33 PM

Another former Facebook executive has spoken out about the harm the social network is doing to civil society around the world. Chamath Palihapitiya, who joined Facebook in 2007 and became its vice president for user growth, said he feels “tremendous guilt” about the company he helped make. “I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works,”


He went on to describe an incident in India where hoax messages about kidnappings shared on WhatsApp led to the lynching of seven innocent people. “That’s what we’re dealing with,” said Palihapitiya. “And imagine taking that to the extreme, where bad actors can now manipulate large swathes of people to do anything you want. It’s just a really, really bad state of affairs.”