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Messages - meepmeep

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Actually, based on my brief review of the literature via Google Scholar, this thread is the worst and you should all feel bad. :dogpipe:
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Lately, I'm frequently reminded of a bit by an Argentinian comedian who did a lot of half-funny/half-serious bits about politics and history. In this bit, he talks to a Yanqui who's baffled by how ridiculous Argentina is and how little progress it's made despite its wealth and advantages and despite its relative lack of natural obstacles, and the part everyone always quotes is:
- What happened?
- Everything went to shit.
- But how did it go to shit?
- Eh, little by little. That's how everything goes to hell.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
how long before they start selling lularoe and mary kay

oh wait, just remembered that months ago melania's bio on the transition site linked to her QVC jewelry fuck this planet
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PD is half Samoan or whatever, minorities can steal from other minorities.  It's allowed.

The only kind of stealing that is allowed is stealing from our European oppressors.
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This is entirely your fault for using the word broad so much and also because everything is men's fault.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Marine Le Pen
My understanding of this election is pretty shallow, but apparently, Fillon is calling upon his supporters to vote for Macron over Le Pen, and that kind of seems like a big deal.

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One day, she remembers, he came to her with plans to write a play together for her final year drama class. "I didn't think it would go very far," she said. "I thought he would get bored. We wrote, and little by little I was totally overcome by the intelligence of this boy."

At 16, Macron left Amiens to finish his schooling in Paris, vowing to marry his former teacher. "We'd call each other all the time and spend hours on the phone," she remembered. "Bit by bit, he defeated all my resistance, in an amazing way, with patience."

Brigitte Trogneux was 24 years older than Macron, and married with three children. But she left her husband, and began a relationship with her former pupil. The couple married in 2007.

How very French. :unsure:
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http://www.reuters.com/article/us-ukraine-crisis-osce-idUSKBN17P0CZ

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One member of European security watchdog OSCE's monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine was killed and two others were injured after their vehicle drove over a mine near Luhansk.

An American man was killed and a German woman was injured on Sunday morning, a spokesman for Austria's foreign ministry said. Austria holds the rotating presidency of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

It's pretty crazy to me that there's been a low level war simmering in eastern Ukraine for a long time now with shooting, shelling, and casualties, but nobody ever seems to really talk about it. It's a good thing the State Dept. is currently fully staffed by competent people without questionable agendas! :meeps:
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teeth gotta teeth but you don't have to respond
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I'll just be glad if/when this dumb trend of inviting famous idiot attention-seeking personalities to say stupid off the wall garbage in front of "yeah. YEAH!" crowds under the guise of :airquote: intellectual discovery :airquote: dies out and we go back to your typical boring guest lecture about a book some meganerd wrote.
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TR Embassy and Animal Shelter / Re: The Cat Thread
Pretty kitty. :mason: I love Maine Coons. I wish my dummies had a skywalk and various cat shelves for climbing. Those are really neat.

Princess cat wasn't eating much yesterday, so I gave her the rest of the leftover tuna, which she immediately spit up again. I gave her some famotidine, but she spit up clear liquid overnight with a little bit of frank blood. This happened back in December, and she went straight back to eating, so given her history, it's not as worrisome as Hamulus going off his feed. Today, she was obviously hungry but only ate a few bites of her dry food and a lick of the wet food I offered. Ended up boiling her some chicken and serving it with a little bit of broth. She wouldn't eat it by herself but chowed all of it down when I offered it by hand. No vomit anywhere.

Goddamn cats doing cat stuff. :whyyou:
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i am damn well going to enjoy the upside of being smugly superior to everyone tbh

Welcome to the club. :buddy:

Seriously, though, I've never considered reproductive rights to be my top issue and I kind of still don't, but given the current climate, some of the trends on the left are freaking me out. Lots of idiot thinkpieces out there floating around saying the Democrats should abandon abortion altogether, since that's the one thing holding them back from winning over lots of Republicans. And even if people don't go that far, there's all this talk of compromising or taking care of other things first (while presumably the right continues its work anyway).

I'm not against compromising, but when it comes to this particular issue, what the fuck does that even mean anymore? What does it mean to compromise when the GOP has spent the past 2 decades slowly chipping away at these rights? How much more can you compromise in, say, North Dakota where there's literally only one facility that performs abortions and is staffed by a doctor who flies in from Minnesota? And that's assuming this place hasn't been shut down or that the doctor hasn't given up since I last heard about it. What does it mean to compromise when Republicans are trying to pass legislation to mandate transvaginal ultrasounds and to protect doctors from liability for lying to their patients? What does it mean to compromise when people are working to defund PP even if it means taking away preventative care from people? It's not a surprise that people will freak out when you tell them to compromise on an issue where there's no more room for reasonable compromise without giving it up altogether.
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TR Embassy and Animal Shelter / Re: The Cat Thread
Now that hamulus is better, the princess is barely eating. Thanks, cats.
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For me, it's not about the mayor of Omaha. I'm more or less on board with voting blue across the board, barring some bizarro race between weird candidates or whatever. If I lived in WV, I'd vote for Manchin.

My annoyance is with Bernie and EJWs in general and their repeated dismissal or downplaying of progressive issues that they personally don't care about. I'm not automatically against every self identified Democrat who isn't clearly pro choice, but when a candidate here and there being pro life turns into an apparent wave or movement of people on the left who either are against reproductive rights or don't care enough to fight to protect them, that's when I start to worry. "We need to get universal health care, free tuition, and union power first, so be patient and we'll get to you eventually" isn't exactly an inspiring message, especially when your economic future can be derailed if you don't have full control of your own reproduction. This feeling of being thrown under the bus isn't coming out of nowhere because people deeply care about the Omaha mayoral race. It's a continuation of a pattern in the party and the left as a whole.

Let me put it this way. Would the Bernie contingent endorse a candidate who had previously opposed raises to the minimum wage, the ACA, etc and had supported privatization, union busting laws, Wall Street, and free trade? I'm sure you can find Democrats in deep red areas who have compromised considerably on those kinds of issues. I can see arguments for voting for those types over lunatic Tea Party people, but I'm not convinced we'd be getting the sort of grandpa lecturing the kids rhetoric about disagreeing on the little things and being patient.
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It's actually pretty hilarious how you literally never read my actual posts, broseph.
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even my hardest-core sanders people friends are not happy about this: http://www.npr.org/2017/04/20/524962482/sanders-defends-campaigning-for-anti-abortion-rights-democrat

otoh part of me wants to ask how much any of this really matters, this is a race for mayor of omaha. it's still an incredibly bad look even if it makes no practical difference.

Yeah, I don't know how much it matters for a mayoral race, but generally speaking, jesus fucking christ, guys. Bernie is right that sometimes the people in your party who share a lot of your goals will disagree on some issue or another, but the fucking problem is agreeing on which issues are the big picture issues we should agree on. I think purity politics is dumb when people get mega fucking nit-picky or focus on minor differences or get too impatient and idealistic to accept compromise, but what's the point of having a party if you're willing to concede on your major policy positions and throw major constituencies under the bus?

This stupid thing makes it look like Bernie prioritizes his pet issues over other progressive issues, and what pisses me off the most is that reproductive rights is a major goddamn economic issue for women. When abortion rights are curtailed, it's the poorest women who suffer the most and whose economic situations are made even more precarious. You'd think he'd give more of a fuck about it if his main goal is an economic revolution that helps the poor and working class, but it's hard to keep people's attention when you don't have a penis, I guess. This definitely isn't the first time I've seen Economic Justice Warriors dismiss things with real economic impacts just because it (*trigger warning*) intersects with some of that gross identity politics crap like broads and minorities or whatever.

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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
It's from Louise Mensch







I've been refreshing WaPo a lot today since I saw this.

May be the crowd I'm reading, but from what I've seen, Louise Mensch is a bit...fast to assume Russian connections. For anything.

That's an adorably polite way of putting it.
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TR Embassy and Animal Shelter / Re: The Cat Thread
He kept a little bit of food down Tuesday night.

No interest at all in food Wednesday morning. I was gone all day on the Harrisburg trip, so a classmate suggested I email the chief of primary care. Managed to arrange to drop him off at the hospital this morning at 7 am so he could be seen later in the day.

When I got home Wednesday, I got him to drink some tuna water and eat a little bit of tuna and wet food, but he left a bit behind. He also ate a little bit of dry food. This morning, he ate a tiny bit of tuna but didn't finish the spoonful I gave him.

On exam, they found him to have a painful abdomen and thickened intestinal loops. So they ended up doing an ultrasound. Confirmed that there was no obstruction (thank god, I was really worried based on the signs). Inflammation of the cecum and some thickening of intestines. And his pancreas showed a few slightly weird changes that you might see with chronic pancreatitis but not enough to actually call it pancreatitis.

He got some subcutaneous fluids, anti-nausea/emetic medication, and they sent me home with liquid omeprazole. The 4th year said his GI tract was in stasis which is normal for cats who get a little sick or freak out, so his stomach was actually full on ultrasound because cats are all NO FOOD SHALL PASS. Still waiting on bloodwork results to make sure his kidneys are okay, but the doctor didn't seem too worried about that.

Now he's all friendly and seems a little more like himself. He even rolled around on his back a few times to show me his shaven belly. :mason:

Oh, hamulus. Eat more pls so your liver doesn't get angry.
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TR Embassy and Animal Shelter / Re: The Cat Thread
Aaaand barf, right on cue. It took me a good 4 minutes to get famotidine in him, and a few minutes after, he went to his empty bowls and started sniffing around. I just fed him a tiny bit of wet food, and he expressed almost his usual enthusiasm for food and started pawing the bowl around for more. Guess I'll wait and see if he barfs this back up and maybe give him a little bit more later. I do have some lamb I'm eating right now, and he'd normally be climbing all over me to try to get to it. He's hovering nearby but not attempting.

The shitty thing is that I don't have any plain chicken or broth on hand, and I don't like leaving the house after 8 pm by myself, so I can't make him a bland diet.
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TR Embassy and Animal Shelter / Re: The Cat Thread
I found 2 piles of cat barf today. I found pile #1 in the living room, uneaten, which is unusual. And I found pile #2 when food obsessed cat was pawing at stuff under there trying to cover it. I assumed it was ladycat with the sensitive stomach who barfs every so often and even though I noticed that food monster hamulus hadn't eaten it, I didn't really think anything of it.

Not 10 minutes after I gave ladycat famotidine to ease her stomach, I fed them and found that the hambulance wasn't following me and meowing at me like a lunatic as I was getting the food. When I put his bowl down, he didn't come rushing in. I had to pick him up and put him next to his bowl in the dog crate, and he then sniffed his kibble and left it there.

 :ohmy:

I offered him some wet food, which he ate almost right away, but like a normal cat. And he left a tiny bit behind in the bowl. This is highly unusual for him. Waiting to see now if he keeps it down, but he just started licking his lips a little bit.

If it were any other cat, I'd think ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ cats! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ but this creature never turns down any food. This is a cat who the other week had a quivering tail and crazy purr while running after his sister who had just started hacking and was getting ready to barf. All in anticipation of eating her vomit.

And I'm gone all day tomorrow. I hope the little hamulus isn't sick. :(
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This is what happens when mediocre Americans go to Russia to chase their dreams, whether it be finding a desperate beautiful wife 20 years their junior or pursuing a career they'd never have been competitive for back home.

What I don't understand is why this moron keeps going on TV and responding to journalists and opening his big, dumb mouth. How does he still lack the self awareness to realize he's potentially on thin ice? At least the other morons have been smart enough to keep their traps shut and let their lawyers do the talking.
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and, even if you think it's harmless, if you have friends or family who say racist stuff in private, you shouldn't be skeptical that racist attitudes are out there.  and I think it is a fair guess that most (if not all) white people at least know someone who does it.  I have known plenty, and i have spent most of my life among a relatively educated, northern, and liberal crowd.

Yeah, pretty much. I'm not skeptical at all that there are plenty of racist people out there because I happen to be related to a bunch of them. My dad is unabashedly racist against certain groups. When talking to actual individual people who are black or Mexican or Guatemalan or whatever, he's perfectly amiable and likes to chat and thinks they're all good people, but his underlying assumptions don't change. He doesn't think that people should be treated differently under the law based on their race or ethnic origin. But he'll still say shit like, "How come Africans are the only people who've never accomplished anything?" and be 100% serious (and also won't listen to a word I say). And among born and bred Americans, I've heard questionable shit from people sort of cautiously testing the waters, and my assumption is that what they would say if they felt more comfortable would be even worse.

But it's only considered racism if it's actively harming someone in a very concrete way, right this minute. Which is why I think so many people react so strongly to the word. How dare you equate me saying "that's what all latinos are like" with me literally punching you in the face?
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and now he's on a lifelong crusade against "SJW's" and anything that might tangentially be related to that because he's a shitlord. he's been "trump is bad, but lefists [=anyone vaguely liberal] are worse" for over a year now.

This is not correct. :colbert:
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and when they do encounter it, e.g., in private conversations with friends, they rationalize for the racist friend ("he lost his job to immigrants", "cut him some slack. it's not like we still have slavery...") or just kind of miminize it and choose to forget it.

There's not even a need to rationalize it. The assumption is that a few words between friends doesn't actually hurt anybody, so what's the big deal? Except, of course, people don't notice the subtle ways in which those things affect the way they interact with people and the policies they support.