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it's less that he's nerdy and more that he doesn't bother covering up his lack of hemoglobin and melanin with spray-tan.
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I've said from the start that Elon Musk is a fucking Bond Villain.
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pretty sure there's at least one or two more such revelations to come out of Keck.
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"This is a nice house, shame if something happened to it" certainly isnt extortion, I'm sure
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
Sarqh Palin can collude with Russia from her house.
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And said he'd use it to hurt him if he ever ran for public office in opposition to him.

Seems pretty cut and dry.
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looks like felony blackmail and public corruption
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Given tat Trump knew about this before it hit the presses, I think we need to know the details of what was said and when. If there's been tampering with witnesses by Trump fixers, then we need to know, even if their allegations are accurate.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
guessing Trump has kompromat on Paul based on previous votes. Paul will defect back to his Republican slime.
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What is interesting IMO is that they want any record of the conversations between Cohen and Gleason on this topic to be kept away from the special prosecutor. Why? That's not attorney-client privilege. Is this conspiracy to commit blackmail? Or what?

I want to give the women the benefit of the doubt, but the mobsters involved with this are already parodies of 50s mob movies.
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someone tell me if this is decent for a quick, lazy summary:

the allegations against schneiderman had been known privately for a while, but were apparently outed by right wing assholes as a political hit job, to undermine schneiderman either as a gubernatorial candidate or as a backup for mueller's prosecutions (in the event trump pardons people for federal crimes...)

even if true, I think the more important question is whether the allegations are true.  as with the flailing by roy moore, etc., even if it really was dirt that people intentionally sat on until the right opportunity, I think it's a distraction to focus on why people outed the information.  or at least that is secondary to the allegations themselves.  if schneiderman did it, he did it, and he needs to be dealt with by the law.

as far as whether this impacts the mueller investigation, the person who will be taking over as acting NY AG is not expected to change course.  also, there is still the VA commonwealth AG, because virginia is also a relevant jurisdiction, where some players live and did things.

One concern I think is if the Trumpistas have pressured these women to allege nonconsent. If Trump allies have been in communication with these women prior to the allegations being made to the media, then it becomes a serious concern whether that testimony has been tampered with.
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I think it's likely that both he was a scumbag AND that Roger Moore is doing Roger Moore things.

Rather, Roger Stone.
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I think it's likely that both he was a scumbag AND that Roger Moore is doing Roger Moore things.
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Sports / Re: NBA playoffs
as I said. GOAT.
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Sports / Re: NBA playoffs
greatest of all time
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Sports / Re: NBA playoffs
definitely making the case that he's the GOAT.
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very fair
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Dogs have terrible aim.
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Joe Manchin has the look of a man who knows what shit tastes like
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To identify yourself as white and Christian is also to associate yourself with cultural conservativism and to more or less conform to cultural expectations. Adopting symbols of other religious traditions is sort of a way for white Christians to present themselves as being anti-conformist and to associate with a religious tradition without the associated cultural significance of oppression and social conservativism that comes with Christianity. In many cases, the specifics of the other religious tradition are not particularly interesting to them so much as that it is (1) a religious tradition and (2) that it doesn't have the associated baggage of christianity.

Yes. Christians, and most people raised with Christian culture aren't going to be able to easily divest themselves of that baggage - it's well attached. How do you escape something driven into your psyche from birth?

I watch local Mi'qmaq people trying to hang on to their culture and language and revive their spiritual roots, and in the middle of every community there's this great blaring white Catholic church building doing violence to every tradition by its very presence. There's no real way of reconciling the two strands of experience, but most of the people try, they've been living with it for many generations now.

really the best way to address that is to acknowledge these problems directly and make steps towards reconciliation.  For people to say "well, I want no part in that history, now I'm going to hide behind a fake commercialized pseudo-indigenous spirituality" is not the way to address these problems. Dismantling the cultural power and cultural conservativism of christianity, and empowering the actual adherents of those minority religions is the best way to address these issues in the long term.
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Cultural appropriation seems like a way to throw an insignificant bone to marginalized people. The problems are systemic.

Allowing marginalized people veto power over the commercialization of their cultural aesthetics, or at least giving their concerns some consideration, seem less like an insignificant bone and more like an actual serious challenge to some of capitalism's deepest assumptions, but whatever.
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what was it that the Catholic church did to the Lady of Guadalupe?
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To identify yourself as white and Christian is also to associate yourself with cultural conservativism and to more or less conform to cultural expectations. Adopting symbols of other religious traditions is sort of a way for white Christians to present themselves as being anti-conformist and to associate with a religious tradition without the associated cultural significance of oppression and social conservativism that comes with Christianity. In many cases, the specifics of the other religious tradition are not particularly interesting to them so much as that it is (1) a religious tradition and (2) that it doesn't have the associated baggage of christianity.