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I don't think I've ever seen this TR Meme unironically before, but there it is, at the top of the page.

Talk Rational: Ceasefire!!!!11!1!
I don't think he's advocating an actual expansion of background checks.  The bill being considered basically goes after LE and military organizations that don't report what the current law requires.

People won't get their bonus pay or something if they are found to have not sent updates to the national database.

In most administrations, this would lead to the piece of shit needing to look for a new job.
Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse

This video has been around for a while apparently, but I saw it for the first time today.
I'm pretty damn sure they'll vote.

Remember that study that showed the party of the president someone voted for in the first presidential election was extremely predictive of future votes?

That's what's on the line during the next 3 years - the future political behaviors of of a cohort.
Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
I'm trying to remember/find a comment that Trump made a week or so ago.

He was talking about the 2018 elections and basically saying that the GOP is in good shape.  He said something like "an event" can change the momentum in the GOP's direction.

When I read this, I thought that by "event" he meant something like another terrorist or bomb or military skirmish of some sort.

Anyone recall something like this?

Crowdfunded billboards ftw.

Mad Dog PAC's 4th(?) billboard.

Objective To assess the prospective associations between consumption of ultra-processed food and risk of cancer.

Design Population based cohort study.

Setting and participants 104 980 participants aged at least 18 years (median age 42.8 years) from the French NutriNet-Santé cohort (2009-17). Dietary intakes were collected using repeated 24 hour dietary records, designed to register participants' usual consumption for 3300 different food items. These were categorised according to their degree of processing by the NOVA classification.

Main outcome measures Associations between ultra-processed food intake and risk of overall, breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer assessed by multivariable Cox proportional hazard models adjusted for known risk factors.

Results Ultra-processed food intake was associated with higher overall cancer risk (n=2228 cases; hazard ratio for a 10% increment in the proportion of ultra-processed food in the diet 1.12 (95% confidence interval 1.06 to 1.18); P for trend<0.001) and breast cancer risk (n=739 cases; hazard ratio 1.11 (1.02 to 1.22); P for trend=0.02). These results remained statistically significant after adjustment for several markers of the nutritional quality of the diet (lipid, sodium, and carbohydrate intakes and/or a Western pattern derived by principal component analysis).

Conclusions In this large prospective study, a 10% increase in the proportion of ultra-processed foods in the diet was associated with a significant increase of greater than 10% in risks of overall and breast cancer. Further studies are needed to better understand the relative effect of the various dimensions of processing (nutritional composition, food additives, contact materials, and neoformed contaminants) in these associations.

This study's ramifications multiplied by (food deserts plus the impending dismantlement of SNAP plus the dismantlement of Medicaid/Medicare) = genocide of the poors?

This is real.  go to and scroll down.

The replies are so encouraging.  Many people really have awakened to the importance of state and local elections.

Regarding the postcards, bujo meets grassroots politics.
The percentage of parents who would fucking destroy any school/school district that tried to teach their kids to run at a shooter approaches 100%. 

I don't understand why so many of them tolerate and encourage this thoughts and prayers bullshit.
My brain can't follow those loops.

U.S. intelligence agencies issued a stern warning to Americans: Do not buy smartphones made by Chinese tech companies Huawei or ZTE.
Top officials from the CIA, NSA, FBI and the Defense Intelligence Agency testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee that the Chinese smartphone makers posed a security threat to American customers.

Republican Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas asked the group to raise their hands if they would recommend private American citizens use products or services made by Apple competitor Huawei or smartphone maker ZTE. None of them did.
Politics and Current Events / Re: The Fourth Estate
tweet was deleted?

Democrats flipped a state house seat in a district Trump won by a 5pt margin.

You thought Trump was done destroying the ACA?

I guess it depends on if there's any truth to the story.
Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse

"I want to thank every sheriff in America. Since our founding, the independently elected sheriff has been the people's protector, who keeps law enforcement close to and accountable to people through the elected process," Sessions said in remarks at the National Sheriffs Association winter meeting, adding, "The office of sheriff is a critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement."
"We must never erode this historic office," Sessions continued.

It was apparently an ad-lib.  And a bunch of pundits are pointing out that "Anglo-American law" is a more rarified term for "Common Law" and snarkily recommending google search.