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    [–] Snow ducks GlyphGryph 6 points ago in gifs

    The only reason I can imagine someone wearing a bright yellow baseball cap in this situation is if they wanted to look like a duck.

    [–] Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slams Harvard orientation for freshman lawmakers as 'lobbyist project' that hypes tax cuts for corporations GlyphGryph 1 points ago in politics

    They generally don't. An incumbent losing a primary basically requires the party base to straight up reject them, not simply prefer someone else more.

    Which makes sense. Plenty of Voters might prefer candidate A to candidate B... but they'd also prefer either to the Republican, and if Candidate A is an incumbent than they have demonstrated they ABSOLUTELY have the ability to beat the Republican. Anyone who is risk averse is going to vote for them in the primary even if they'd rather candidate B wins, and lots of voters are risk averse.

    This is doubly true if the candidate has avoided any major scandals. They might not be the voter's preference in absolute terms, but they are "safe", and safety is worth a lot. And a lot of voters won't even think about the primary challenger in this situation, because people don't like expending mental effort. They'll vote for the familiar name so long as one exists.

    Primary challengers almost never win unless one of those two pillars is shattered. Either the candidate comes across as weak and likely to be defeated by their opponent (in which case that 40 point advantage can dissipate in a week, easy) or they lose the faith of the electorate to an extent that their boosters turn on them (in which case they lose all those fence sitters that would have voted for them because they prefer the familiar will actually start to consider alternatives). I've only rarely seen a situation where it's "enough" for the primary challenger to be better liked, that usually leaves them, yeah, 40 points behind.

    Rarely, very rarely, there's a big movement/ideological wave that can push primary challengers over incumbents, but thats rare.

    [–] On polyamory, one night stand and drunk blackout GlyphGryph 10 points ago in polyamory

    She's not treating you well at all. Based on respective behaviours you've described here, you actually seem a better fit for the poly lifestyle than she does. By a good margin!

    She's being incredibly inconsiderate and incredibly irresponsible and if you weren't as good as you are it would have already destroyed the relationship.

    But the worse part is those behaviours have now been twice reinforced. Even if some part of her doesn't want her to happen again, the part of her that lead to it happening twice now knows it can get away with it without any serious repercussions.

    You're in a hell of a predicament because of her bad behaviour, and I can't see many good outcomes here. If you keep putting forward your best effort to, there's a real chance she abuses that good will to turn you into a doormat. But it's clear you care about this relationship a lot, so leaving isn't terribly desireable either.

    You've also got no idea what her feelings are on the non-selfish aspects of poly. Based on her behaviour so far, I'm inclined to believe her reaction will initially be... quite negative, should you end up being with someone. She seems to have poor impulse control and communication skills and that is like a recipe for sudden resentment to flare up if she sees someone else making you happy.

    I can't tell you what to do, but you have my sympathies. Bad situation, unhealthy relationship. You aren't asking for much, you're being INCREDIBLY reasonable, and it sucks that she's taking advantage of that.

    [–] Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slams Harvard orientation for freshman lawmakers as 'lobbyist project' that hypes tax cuts for corporations GlyphGryph 1 points ago in politics

    Hell, the quotes about this event going around keep coming from people like Pressley, and then being attributed to AOC! We know its not just her, as much as the media wants us to think shes the first and only.

    [–] Comey calls on Americans to 'use every breath we have' to oust Trump in 2020 GlyphGryph 1 points ago in politics

    He got re-elected because of it, and managed to get most of his policies through because of it, so... Yeah it did.

    The only thing I can see that would stop Trump from doing it is not being able to figure out how

    [–] Comey calls on Americans to 'use every breath we have' to oust Trump in 2020 GlyphGryph 1 points ago in politics

    Remember that Nixon's administration was pardoned for corruption and Reagan's for high treason.

    Trump's admin is very scarily likely to be pardoned to the fullest extent possible.

    [–] Comey calls on Americans to 'use every breath we have' to oust Trump in 2020 GlyphGryph 1 points ago in politics

    Execution is usually a bad idea because it doesn't work and is out of proportion to the crime.

    In this situation it would both work (because the actors involve think about things like this first) and would be fairly proportionate...

    [–] Comey calls on Americans to 'use every breath we have' to oust Trump in 2020 GlyphGryph 1 points ago in politics

    They need his supporters. They might want him to fail, but they can't be personally seen as responsible

    [–] Comey calls on Americans to 'use every breath we have' to oust Trump in 2020 GlyphGryph 1 points ago in politics

    Both of those can be true. Both of those ARE true.

    You can lose at poker as a result of bad luck and good opponents where either one alone you might have been able to recover from. Most things need multiple factors to happen.

    [–] There is hope they will spit out the Kool-Aid GlyphGryph 1 points ago in Trumpgret

    What cult do you suppose he's hooking his wagon to now?

    Ideological cultists are like drug addicts. Once in a while they really do go clean, but usually they just move on to a new drug...

    [–] There is hope they will spit out the Kool-Aid GlyphGryph 9 points ago in Trumpgret

    I read it. I don't understand what it was trying to say, but I read it.

    [–] There is hope they will spit out the Kool-Aid GlyphGryph 4 points ago in Trumpgret

    At least a chunk of the antiBernie stuff Clinton supporters shared was Russian sourced too. It was hard to avoid unless you were, like, an Omalley fanatic you probably got wrapped up in some. Don't worry about it too much, just try and be careful moving forward.

    Doesn't mean you cant or shouldn't be enthusiastic about candidates though!

    [–] There is hope they will spit out the Kool-Aid GlyphGryph 2 points ago in Trumpgret

    They spent a lot of time pushing for the idea that Bernie had a cult too. Werent they responsible for the whole Bernie bro narrative, it turns out?

    Their goal was to make whoever won the primary toxic to some portion of the Dem base, I feel.

    [–] There is hope they will spit out the Kool-Aid GlyphGryph 3 points ago in Trumpgret

    If you're looking for truth your not gonna finding it by listening to two biased views from biased parties. That way you'll usually just end up at a really weird like partway between two other lies, which is hardly useful.

    You find it to listening to information from those who value truth above politics.

    This is especially true since both sides (far worse for the Republicans, but every group has people who do it) will often lie about what they believe and want and their motivations on top of the details of the actual arguments.

    Like when Republicans talk about how they want small government, or fiscal responsibility - no Republican has ever actually advocated for either of those in at least in 20 years (because the ones who did got purged from the party, lol). They are rhetorical tools, not genuine beliefs. Actual advocates for both those things exist, but you won't find them in the Republican party - they are either acting independently or are Democrats.

    I do wonder though - I have my disagreements with Dems, but what issues could you possibly agree with the Republicans on? Even on the issues where the Democratic standard is clearly wrong, Republicans always seem to push an even more wrong, less sane alternative.

    [–] There is hope they will spit out the Kool-Aid GlyphGryph 3 points ago in Trumpgret

    What exactly are the cult like qualities of the "other side", here?

    There are factional cults on the other side, but the left is definitely not cultish on the whole...

    [–] There is hope they will spit out the Kool-Aid GlyphGryph 6 points ago in Trumpgret

    The cycle of growing polarization is better than the alternative at this point, though? Which is what we had before, with polarization growing on only one side and the other meekly ceding ground over and over again in the interests of compromise and trying to bring them over to the light.

    The Republicans discovered that insanity is a really powerful negotiating tactic. (I'm not even joking, it's a real problem in social theories about decision making, being unreasonable and irrational gives you an enormous power advantage)

    Polarizing opposition to those who use the topic and becoming a little insane yourself is the only counter. It sucks for everyone almost as bad as the insane side winning, and the lose/lose scenario is why politicians traditionally weren't super willing to embrace it as a strategy...

    But having their own political propaganda empire made them think they could genuinely pull it off.

    [–] There is hope they will spit out the Kool-Aid GlyphGryph 8 points ago in Trumpgret

    I've never met a modern republican that isn't openly delusional or evil. I've met plenty of non Republicans that are delusional or evil or all three so it's hardly exclusive to them, but they are one of the few groups I know without any folks that aren't one of the three.

    Ironically, of the three the "delusional" ones are probably the easiest to save because they are running off pure exposure and emotional momentum.

    [–] Join us. GlyphGryph 3 points ago in madlads

    BK gets bonus points for being the most vegetarian friendly by a long shot.

    [–] New Year's resolution GlyphGryph 17 points ago in memes

    He could die any day, though, really, he might actually be 99% of the way through it without knowing.