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Nobody reads or will ever read my posts, making them the purest form of art

The fact that there are possums and opossums points to the existence of an as-yet-undiscovered oopossum

Flashback to late last year, when Thalia and Clio were still babies #GuineaPig

Thinking about how virtually all of the mass of a plant is made up of carbon and other elements taken from the atmosphere, so a certain definition for "plant" could be "a chemical process that causes air to solidify when exposed to sunlight"


We're never going to stop hearing about how Biden "stole" this election, are we?

I don't think they're going to pull off a coup with these tactics, but all of this is going to be folded into the right-wing grievance machine. From day one they are going to be calling Biden an illegitimate president and using that to stir up resistance to whatever policy he might try to enact.


Hello from Minneapolis right now, in front of the police department’s 3rd Precinct, which was burned down following the police killing of George Floyd.



Anyway, it doesn't matter, because we're already disenfranchised past the point of return in terms of electoral politics. And who knows, maybe Trump & Barr will figure out a way to steal this one. It certainly won't be for lack of trying.

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People have made similar arguments about having 2 senators per state, and they are of course right.

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But every state has passed a law assigning their electoral college vote in its entirety to the winner of the popular vote _in their state_. This disenfranchises the voters in those states who have an opinion counter to the majority of that state. That is a deprivation of liberty of those individuals. It seems to me that if congress passed a law determining that all EC votes go according to national popular vote, that's in keeping with the 14th amendment.

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Here's the thing. the 14th amendment says this: "No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. ... The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article."

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Just think: if the electoral college were gone, this election would have been over and done with Tuesday night

TIL about the Theremin Cello

and now i want one!

the pitch scale appears to be linear, as opposed to real bowed instruments - which probably makes it easier to play for everyone who's not already a cellist ;-) - but what strikes me most is how much it *sounds* like a cello. (sawtooth wave through 3 or 4 strategically tuned band pass filters?)

With the Biden campaign bending over backwards to show fealty to fracking companies, it's important to note that they have never turned a profit

o, what a pitiful shame that we are stuck with Javascript as the lingua franca of the web, all of its many dangerous warts and pitfalls an indelible stain on the platform

now to take a big sip of coffee as I ponder the timeless beauty of the Unix way, with its elegant lingua franca, shell scripts

Welcome to my leftist podcast, where we spend 2 hours talking about US electoral politics and mentioning every 15 minutes that electoralism is pointless

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