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NateNate60 ,

Damn, I just looked it up and it turns out my birthday is next year.

NateNate60 ,

Which, in the South, is usually half of what it is in California

US government may sue PacifiCorp, a Warren Buffett utility, for nearly $1B in wildfire costs (apnews.com)

The U.S. government is threatening to sue PacifiCorp, a unit of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, to recover nearly $1 billion in costs related to the 2020 wildfires in southern Oregon and northern California, though the company is trying to negotiate a settlement....

NateNate60 ,

$1 billion is 1% of Berkshire Hathaway’s $96.22 billion net profit in 2023.

The median US household income was $74,580 in 2022. 1% of that would be $746.

Make of this what you will

NateNate60 OP ,

I am not defending Tesla’s actions, but I don’t think any sales were actually lost. After the press coverage, people started showing up en masse to buy from them.

NateNate60 ,

Related: YSK that if someone opens an account in your name or uses your credit cards without your permission, you’re not legally obligated to pay for those fraudulent debts or transactions. You can call the lender and tell them that it’s fraud.

NateNate60 ,

Posting this on Lemmy is preaching to the choir.

NateNate60 ,

I think it is very common knowledge that the biggest downside of democracy is the general stupidity of most of the voting population.

NateNate60 ,

This is essentially the system that Socrates advocated for.

NateNate60 ,

The system is described in Plato’s Republic. You can learn more about it on Wikipedia. This idea pre-dates the concept of “left” and “right”.

I made a slight mistake in my previous comment. Plato was the one who came up with it, but his work is in the form of a Socratic dialogue.

NateNate60 ,

Ancient Greek philosophers’ views on slavery are complex and can’t be boiled down to a reply that would retain all the nuance yet would not be annoyingly long to read. Nonetheless, their views on slavery do not invalidate their views on politics.

NateNate60 , (edited )

Are you unable to grasp that someone can explain an opinion without holding said opinion? Are you unable to grasp that I can describe a political system without advocating for it? That I can show the history behind it without endorsing it?

Are you unable to grasp that you can agree with someone on one topic without agreeing with them on everything? Are you unable to grasp that people are more than one-dimensional points on a spectrum and that there can be nuance and intricacies in their way of thinking, some of which is agreeable, some of which is not? That no idea or person can be described merely as a binary choice of “good” or “bad”?

Or have you no grasp at all of the rules of logic and the art of rhetoric, leaving you with nothing but strawmen and ad hominem left?

NateNate60 ,

Pigeon chess

NateNate60 ,

A cryptofascist is a person who holds fascist beliefs but does not openly proclaim that they do, instead working in secret to advance their ideology.

NateNate60 ,

I live in America. Where does the notion that Americans don’t queue come from? For most things where people are served one at a time and more than one person wants to be served, people queue.

NateNate60 ,

It can be hit or miss. In some respects, tourists can be better than locals.

For example, I have never heard of tourists jumping the turnstile on the New York Subway. It is always the locals who don’t want to pay.

United Daughters of the Confederacy would lose Virginia tax breaks, if Youngkin signs off (apnews.com)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Legislation that would end tax benefits for the United Daughters of the Confederacy — the Richmond-based women’s group that helped erect many of the country’s Confederate monuments — is on its way to Republican Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, who hasn’t said whether he supports it....

NateNate60 ,

Back in the good ol’ days these people are always talking about, traitors got hanged.

NateNate60 ,

Everyone’s so busy thinking about the decal stickers that nobody seems to have noticed the lack of a number plate on the truck.

2G, 3G, 4G, 5G mobile data made some sense as it represents generational leaps in the technology itself but then Xfinity wants to advertise "10g" internet...

Comcast says it represents a 10 Gigabit cable internet network they are building (it doesn’t exist) so they are basically changing the meaning of the g from generation to gig to act like 10g is 5 generations better (or twice as fast)…or that they have a 10 gigabit network. Neither is accurate. It’s still just cable...

NateNate60 ,

Download-only internet.

Your water line is now connected! There is no way to turn on the taps in the house.

A lot of Redditors hate the Reddit IPO | Reddit warned us that its users were a risk factor, and boy do they sound excited about shorting its stock. (www.theverge.com)

A lot of Redditors hate the Reddit IPO | Reddit warned us that its users were a risk factor, and boy do they sound excited about shorting its stock.::Reddit seems like a likely candidate for a meme stock. But the actual reaction suggests that r/WallStreetBets isn’t going to send the stock to the moon.

NateNate60 ,

Nintendo CEO cutting his salary in half to avoid laying off workers after the Wii U fails versus whatever the fuck Reddit is doing

Chief enforcer of US gun laws fears Americans may become numb to violence with each mass shooting (apnews.com)

The head of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says he fears that a drumbeat of mass shootings and other gun violence across the United States could make Americans numb to the bloodshed, fostering apathy to finding solutions rather than galvanizing communities to act....

NateNate60 ,

When people knee-jerkingly respond to proposals to gun regulations with a subset of {God-given rights, “law-abiding citizens”, American exceptionalism, analogy involving apples, founding fathers are always right, gun control doesn’t work}, yes, I think you are right

NateNate60 ,

One bad apple does not ruin the bunch

Vice is basically dead — Thousands of stories written over the past two decades could soon be deleted without any warning (nymag.com)

Vice is basically dead — Thousands of stories written over the past two decades could soon be deleted without any warning::CEO Bruce Dixon told staffers that Vice Media will lay off hundreds of employees and stop publishing stories on the site.

NateNate60 ,

Congratulations, you have repeated the same point as the parent commenter, but removed the quotation marks to make it seem like they didn’t do that, so to create for yourself an opportunity to say it again

NateNate60 ,

There is no such thing as unbiased news free from corporate fuckery. But you can subscribe to several well-known and reputable news outlets, public broadcast services, and other varied reliable sources, and hope that the combined fuckery cancel each other out. For now, that’s the best that you can do.

It’s not easy and it’s not cheap.

NateNate60 , (edited )

My home state of Oregon mandates a minimum wage of $13.20 in rural areas and $15.45 in the Portland metro area, and it adjusts to inflation. Oregon has been governed by Democrats for years. Thanks to these and other laws, I can go down to a McDonald’s and get a job that pays $16-17 an hour to start in my city. TriMet in Portland is always advertising a $28 starting wage for bus drivers (no CDL) up to $37 after three years. Rent in my city is $800-900 for a one-bedroom flat with excellent free public transit and fair bikeability. Fuel prices are reasonable. We have strong protections for tenants against abusive landlords. Strong anti-discrimination laws. Everyone has paid sick days. No regressive sales tax. Working-class people can afford a roof over their heads and decent food on the table.

Check out the neighbouring state minimum wages.

  • Washington (Democratic government): $16.28
  • California (Democratic government): $16.00
  • Nevada (divided government): $12.00
  • Idaho (Republican government): $7.25

But yeah, keep harping on about how both parties are the same and that Democrats don’t do more to help the working man.

NateNate60 ,

Arguments against electoral democracy by so-called socialists always boil down to “it’s not perfect so why bother”.

Okay, so keep complaining. Your vision of a better tomorrow isn’t going to magically come true if you complain hard enough. You can help make it come true only by participating in the political system we have today. Even if you think it doesn’t work, you have no choice but to participate anyway and hope you are wrong.

This is how I got banned from Hexbear. I told someone “You can either participate in the current system or plot to overthrow it. Are you working with the next Lenin or Mao, or merely fantasizing about it?”

So what about you? What are you doing to build the future you want?

NateNate60 ,

You use the word “liberal” like it is supposed to be an insult

NateNate60 ,

What you’ve said is that someone who agrees with you 50-80% of the time is as bad as someone who thinks you are the devil incarnate and doesn’t agree with you at all.

NateNate60 ,

I make these assumptions because the type of people who use the type of language that you do and espouse similar views to you tend to also do these other things. It’s called “generalisation”, and although I apologise if I’ve made an incorrect one, it is a part of human thinking and everyone does it, including you.

It is my belief that the terms “good” and “bad” are poor labels and not suitably descriptive, especially for most political ideologies. I can only say that Democrats tend to enact policies that I agree with more while Republicans do not. That is why I say that Democrats are “better”. Whether “better” means “good” is irrelevant. I don’t like the two-party system and I work to change it by circulating ballot initiatives to move us toward proportional and ranked-choice voting. But when we only have two choices, it makes sense to vote and campaign for the one you disagree with least, then criticise and exert political pressure as necessary to nudge them in the right direction. Note that political pressure comes only collectively as a voting bloc, and a voting bloc that doesn’t participate isn’t going to be effective at exerting political pressure and having their demands acceded to. I understand that you vote, but not everyone who thinks the way you do does.

NateNate60 ,

I think that’s why it’s important to encourage participation in the primary process. There are the neoliberals mixed in with the social democrats and actual socialists. We should be voting for and supporting the latter in the primaries if we want to influence the party in a leftward direction.

NateNate60 ,

Good news doesn’t spread as quickly as bad news and rage bait. “McDonald’s Workers Can Afford Flat on 1/3 of Income” isn’t a good headline but “Families Increasingly Priced Out By Red-Hot Housing Market” does.

NateNate60 ,

Yes, and that’s because the progressive and left-wing of the Democratic Party is losing a power struggle against the centrists and neoliberals. If you want to change that, be sure to vote in the party primary elections and to encourage everyone you know to do the same.

Register to vote

NateNate60 ,

For what it’s worth, the minimum wage in LA will rise to $17.28 in July of this year. I get that’s still not very high by LA standards, but I stress that progress is better than stagnation.

NateNate60 ,

Your other comment says—

So pathetic how you claim to support democracy but shit on anyone who criticizes your precious political party and then make juvenile excuses for doing so.

I don’t. But it’s undeniably true that one party is much better, in my opinion, than the other. They aren’t a perfect party but to equate them with the Republican Party simply because they aren’t doing a perfect (or in many cases, even a good) job is stupid.

Right now, the choices are “bare minimum” or “nothing at all”. These choices are not the same. One is clearly better.

If you would like a more nuanced opinion then read carefully the rest of my comments in this thread. I’m not going to repeat my points for every person who comes along with the same retort and insult thinking they’ve “got” me.

NateNate60 ,

In the German system (or any other multiparty system), voters can effectively punish a political party without wasting their vote, because there is a lot of overlap between the parties.

If you don’t like the current coalition but are a left-leaning person, you can vote for Die Linke. You might not agree with all of their positions but you at least can agree with some of them. Even if that is not palatable if you previously voted SDP you can switch your vote to Green or vice versa to punish the specific officeholders representing your constituency. If you voted for the FDP last time, maybe try Union next time. There are many ways to do this, and overall I think it makes the parties themselves more accountable to the voters because voters defecting their party list votes can drastically change the makeup of the Bundestag.

Similarly, right-leaning UK voters are punishing the Conservative Party by threatening to or actually voting for Reform candidates. Scots can punish the SNP by voting Labour.

You can’t do this in the US. In the USA, the only recourse the voters have over the parties is to vote out undesirable candidates through primary elections so that the party cannot nominate them. This works alright, sometimes, but it is not an effective way to punish party leadership for bad decisions, and many primaries are uncompetitive anyway.

NateNate60 ,

In bankruptcy cases, a proposal is usually put forth by the end of the process that describes a plan with respect to how the debtor’s assets will be liquidated and the funds distributed to creditors. This plan is put to a vote before the creditors and if the creditors accept the plan, then the bankruptcy court will order that the debtor’s assets be liquidated in the manner described. When that’s all done, the bankruptcy trustee will distribute the proceeds according to the plan to the creditors. Any remaining debts are cancelled.

NateNate60 ,

This is how bankruptcy works. When someone goes bankrupt then it is intended to give them a fresh start. Some debts, such as those incurred as a result of fraud, are not dischargeable.

NateNate60 , (edited )

Edit: thought this was a reply to the Trump case. Edited to apply to Jones

Bankruptcy is not “granted”. It is a legal process and courts cannot decline to bankrupt a person. This is the law in the United States, and changing it would require an Act of Congress. Nobody has to “agree” to this. It is just as much a violation of the rule of law to unduly deprive Jones of the rights he has by law as it is to ignore the consequences of his actions prescribed by law. It doesn’t matter what your opinion is of him or his actions; these are his rights. Anyone who has a crushing amount of debt that they can’t pay off, due to no particular fault of their own other than bad financial management, can have their assets liquidated and those debts cancelled. Note that debts incurred by fraud or malicious intent, such as this large judgement, are still not eligible for cancellation in bankruptcy. The purpose of personal bankruptcy laws around the world is because it is recognised that citizens are more economically productive when they aren’t forced to pay a crushing amount of debt for the rest of their lives. It isn’t fair to them. Again, we’re looking at laws that apply to everyone, so your opinion of Jones’s case doesn’t matter. It isn’t about Jones.

Nobody “walks away” from debt. People get their assets liquidated, their properties sold off. and in many cases their lives upended by bankruptcy. Nobody will ever want to lend money to someone bankrupt. Since Jones declards personal bankruptcy then his business and assets will be sold to pay his creditors and he’ll be left with maybe enough to live an average life working an actual job. At the same time, the law stipulates that he, like everyone else, still deserves a decent standard of living even despite his debts. This is not favouritism, this is the rule of law.

Consider the case where a person, after getting into a serious car accident, is hospitalised for two months. When they get out, now they could owe hundreds of thousands of dollars in hospital bills, could be severely behind on their mortgage, was out of work for two months so they might also owe thousands of dollars on their credit card, and may have even lost their job in the meantime. All those things are possible in the US, so you have to understand that bankruptcy is the last resort for this person. Otherwise, interest and late fees on tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt will crush them for the rest of their lives, and we (Americans) as a society have decided that we don’t want people in that position.

NateNate60 ,

That’s probably some Ronald Reagan bullshit. Let me go look it up.

Edit: It’s not. Apparently it only started in 2005.

NateNate60 OP ,

Maybe this is not the case outside the USA but in America, I have never seen any in-person merchant that does not accept Discover. The only online merchant I know of and regularly buy from that doesn’t take Discover is TCGPlayer, but it is trivial to get around this by using PayPal.

Discover cards are also multi-network and can also be processed as Diner’s Club International or JCB in some countries. This matters more internationally, of course, but it is an option.

NateNate60 OP ,

I loved it when they had the “digital wallets” category last year. 5% on all mobile payments. It didn’t count PayPal payments but I still maxed out the $75 cash back with my normal spending. Easiest $75 of my life

NateNate60 , (edited )

“Emotional distress” is not “made me upset”. It’s “murdered my wife and kids in front of my eyes so now I have PTSD and need therapy for life”.

Edit: To elaborate, see Jane W. v. President & Directors of Georgetown Coll., 863 A.2d 821, 826–27 (D.C. 2004). You must be in physical danger to claim negligent infliction of emotional distress in Washington, DC.

The guy has no damages. He didn’t quit his job over this; he didn’t book tickets for a cruise around the world; he didn’t make an offer to buy a mansion with the money. He didn’t suffer any financial loss whatsoever.

Courts don’t decide whether someone deserves money because others were unfair to them. They decide whether someone deserves compensation for undue financial loss.

I expect him to either lose this case, win nominal damages (i.e. one dollar), or settle for a nuisance/PR amount.

NateNate60 ,

Lottery websites usually have disclaimers on them telling you that the numbers displayed are not official. Only the numbers that were drawn live on television are official.

NateNate60 , (edited )

Nope. See Jane W. v. President & Directors of Georgetown Coll., 863 A.2d 821, 826–27 (D.C. 2004), which sets the precedent in Washington, DC where this case was filed. The incident occurred in Washington, DC.

You must be in physical danger to claim negligent infliction of emotional distress in DC. This case is where the DC Court of Appeals ruled that if you were not in danger then you’re not entitled to damages.

Feel free to cite a relevant DC authority to the contrary if you think I’m wrong.

NateNate60 , (edited )

That’s not an authority. “Authority” means a court case or statute. It doesn’t matter what the case is in other jurisdictions because this case was filed in DC court and DC law applies. That’s why I cited the DC Court of Appeals. It’s not pertinent to this particular case what the requirements are to establish a claim of negligent emotional distress in other jurisdictions.

NateNate60 ,

I gave it some thought and you are right. I will edit my comments to remove the snark.

NateNate60 ,

Watch the so-called “Communist” Party leaders decry this and crush it violently. Marx is rolling so much in his grave that if they attached a generator to him they could power half of China with the electricity

NateNate60 ,

I don’t think they’ll be killed. Neither North Korea nor China are that stupid. I do think that they’ll be forced to work until they drop and paid nothing or paid a pittance, even by Chinese standards, with the bulk of the value of their labour being split between the company that they work for and the Chinese and North Korean states.

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