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Political/Government General Discussion / Re: Conspiracy Theory
« Last post by Hydra009 on Today at 04:36:43 PM »
Southerners generally come in two varieties - legit southern hospitality (friendly AF and will invite you to the pig pickin') and crazy xenophobes.  Tourists come away with two very different impressions based on which of the two they interacted with.
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Political/Government General Discussion / Re: Trump Versus Biden
« Last post by Hydra009 on Today at 04:17:28 PM »
In more positive news:  Joe Biden names top geneticist Eric Lander as science adviser

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Lander was a key leader of the Human Genome Project — the race to sequence the human genome, which ended in 2003 — and is president and founding director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He will be the first biologist to run OSTP.
Additionally, the head of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is now a cabinet-level position.

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Many scientists have long called for the OSTP director to be raised to a cabinet-level position. “Having science elevated to its rightful place in the administration seems to me a very positive step,” says Harold Varmus, a professor at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York and former head of the National Institutes of Health. “I think it marks a very important moment in the history of science in the government.”

“It signifies the importance of who will be in the room when decisions are being made,” says Roger Pielke Jr., a science policy expert at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Roger missed a prime opportunity to say that scientists will now be in "the room where it happens".  :P
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Political/Government General Discussion / Re: Trump Versus Biden
« Last post by Mr.Obvious on Today at 01:58:18 PM »
I saw some new footage from the insurrection. 'more tame' moments. A big guy confused for a moment as he misunderstood Ted cruz' stance on Arizona as they ransacked the politicians desks, people laughing as they called out for Nancy Pelosi to show herself, the qanon shaman leading a prayer.
Whilst not as violent as other footage, I found their relative calmness in those moments very disturbing too. It had none of the adrenaline, but at least as much of the surreal insanity.
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General Discussion / So, I deleted my Wattpad account...
« Last post by the_antithesis on Today at 01:44:30 PM »
So I got the bright idea to try to write a novel and settled on a idea about lesbians fighting in giant robots because, why not. When looking for a place to post these things, Wattpad turned up at the top of most lists, despite what Jenny Nicholson said about it at the beginning of this video.



I was making progress, but three things happened.

1) I made a wrong turn somewhere in the story which I would need to correct. This made the rewriting process look like a lot of work. And I had other wrong turns already that I just started over and kept going, but that kind of enthusiasm dies readily

2) Covid got my coffee place where I got most of my writing done to switch to to-go only. This upset my finicky personal comfort bullshit so I couldn't focus and haven't written anything since May.

3) Wattpad closed their forums. Apparently shit like someone would start a thread for black writer or something like that and others would post the n-word in that thread because tweens are shitty people. The problem is, the forums was the best and only way to promote your work and now it was gone.

So, with the apple cart fully upset, I too a long look at what was featured on the front page and it's all shitty tween romance shit. I should have know when the first user who offered to swap follow for follow was some girl who had written and incest rape porn or something. I didn't keep reading it. They were shitty characters.

So I deleted my story and closed my account. I don't need a place like this and I'm beginning to wonder if any web site would be a worthwhile place to post my shitty, shitty writing. I'm terrible, but somehow these people seem to be much, much worse. And oddly obsessed with Korean boy bands. Maybe it's not odd. I don't know and give up.
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Hobbies and Photos / Re: Relaxing hobby
« Last post by the_antithesis on Today at 01:31:19 PM »
NO. e: Are you still making those? :lol:


Not really. Although I am thinking of doing another one at some point. Just to have something to do.
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Political/Government General Discussion / Re: Trump Versus Biden
« Last post by SGOS on Today at 12:21:45 PM »
I would like to see Biden restore the Post Office to its former state.  He has made promises, but I haven't seen actions that signal this.  I don't know if he can do this or not.  The Post Office is currently run by a board with a large majority of Republicans, and I don't know who has the power to do what.  Trump appointed that current anti-Post Office guy to head up the agency.  I wonder if he could be fired by Biden.

This is not my biggest political concern, but it seems like it might be one thing that Biden could fix.  And I mention it because no one has brought it up like it's not that important.  But I've always been a fan of the Post Office.  It seems like it's one of a few government agencies that works really well.
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Political/Government General Discussion / Re: Conspiracy Theory
« Last post by drunkenshoe on Today at 11:45:11 AM »
Unfortunately around here one would think the US civil war never ended. Stop off to grab dinner in a local BBQ place and you might walk in on a "Sons of Confederate Veterans" meeting. Google them and you can see there are hundreds of local chapters. They way some of them talk you would think they won the war and own slaves or something.

You are scaring me, and at the same time make me want to visit south. The only experience I have is light with a group with cars, in Oregon in 2016.
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Political/Government General Discussion / Re: Trump Versus Biden
« Last post by trdsf on Today at 11:36:37 AM »
Meanwhile, this is an interesting signal: Biden is to name Rohit Chopra, an ally of Elizabeth Warren, to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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President-elect Joe Biden will nominate Rohit Chopra to be the next director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, according to four sources familiar with the decision, choosing a strong consumer advocate aligned with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

If confirmed, Chopra, now a member of the Federal Trade Commission, would be returning to helm an agency he helped Warren set up after its establishment by the landmark Dodd-Frank financial reform law of 2010.

The selection of Chopra signals that the Biden administration plans to return the CFPB to the more-muscular posture of its early days following three years of Trump administration appointees curbing the agency's reach. Biden also plans to nominate Gary Gensler, a former financial regulator known for aggressive bank oversight, as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, a source familiar with the matter said.
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