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It’s so beyond stupid to suggest that Trump is plotting an authoritarian takeover that it’s not even worth discussing…

Washington (CNN) Swing state by swing state, former President Donald Trump is trying to get people who tried to overturn the 2020 election chosen to be in charge of the 2024 election. 

Trump's Monday endorsement of state Rep. Mark Finchem for Arizona secretary of state is the latest in a series of announcements that has alarmed independent elections experts. Trump has now backed Republicans who supported his lies about the 2020 election for the job of top elections official in three crucial battlegrounds -- Arizona, Michigan and Georgia -- where the current elections chiefs opposed his efforts to reverse his 2020 defeat.

If people who have sought to undermine the 2020 election are running things in 2024, when Trump might be a candidate again, experts and many Democrats fear that attempts to subvert the will of the voters stand a much greater chance of success. 

"It is incredibly dangerous to support people for office who do not accept the legitimacy of the 2020 election. It suggests that they might be willing to bend or break the rules when it comes to running elections and counting votes in the future," said Rick Hasen, a professor of law and political science and co-director of the Fair Elections and Free Speech Center at the University of California, Irvine. "Someone who claims falsely that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump lacks credibility and cannot be trusted to run a fair election."

Finchem, who has also promoted QAnon conspiracy theories, has been an especially aggressivepromoter of the lies that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump and rife with "rampant" fraud. 

Finchem attended the January 6 "Stop the Steal" rally in Washington and was photographedoutside the US Capitol that day (he denies any involvement in the riot there). And nearly eight months after President Joe Biden's inauguration, he continues to urge Arizona legislators to somehow overturn Biden's victory in the state. 

The problem for the country isn't only that prominent Republicans are supporting the lie that the election was stolen but that many everyday party voters are insisting that their candidates support such lies. A CNN poll released on Wednesday found that 63% of all respondents (correctly) thought Biden had won enough votes to win the presidency -- but that only 21% of Republicans felt that way, compared to 97% of Democrats and 64% of independents.

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20 hours ago, Leon Troutsky said:

Didn’t one of y’all post this clip already?  Because I don’t think it was obvious that this guy used to play “Goat Boy” on SNL…

 

I guess this guy didn't go to the gym enough or eat enough fruit:

https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2021/08/25/colorado-fitness-coach-coronavirus-vaccine-affil-pkg-vpx.kusa

 
 

Fitness trainer declined vaccine. Stunning photos show what happened to him

Tucker puts this **** out there, the message that people don't need the vaccine, and people die.

Tucker is a murderer.

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Pretty seamless transition from "I don't know anyone who had it" to "I know people who have died from it, but I won't be bullied! I will bully YOU into not being able to take care of ANYONE!"

Same people compare the effort to prevent deaths and serious cases with vaccines.... to Nazi Germany, who intentionally killed an estimated 6 million people because they were Jewish.

Still occupying space in the dumbest timeline.

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18 minutes ago, Leon Troutsky said:

It’s so beyond stupid to suggest that Trump is plotting an authoritarian takeover that it’s not even worth discussing…

Washington (CNN) Swing state by swing state, former President Donald Trump is trying to get people who tried to overturn the 2020 election chosen to be in charge of the 2024 election. 

Trump's Monday endorsement of state Rep. Mark Finchem for Arizona secretary of state is the latest in a series of announcements that has alarmed independent elections experts. Trump has now backed Republicans who supported his lies about the 2020 election for the job of top elections official in three crucial battlegrounds -- Arizona, Michigan and Georgia -- where the current elections chiefs opposed his efforts to reverse his 2020 defeat.

If people who have sought to undermine the 2020 election are running things in 2024, when Trump might be a candidate again, experts and many Democrats fear that attempts to subvert the will of the voters stand a much greater chance of success. 

"It is incredibly dangerous to support people for office who do not accept the legitimacy of the 2020 election. It suggests that they might be willing to bend or break the rules when it comes to running elections and counting votes in the future," said Rick Hasen, a professor of law and political science and co-director of the Fair Elections and Free Speech Center at the University of California, Irvine. "Someone who claims falsely that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump lacks credibility and cannot be trusted to run a fair election."

Finchem, who has also promoted QAnon conspiracy theories, has been an especially aggressivepromoter of the lies that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump and rife with "rampant" fraud. 

Finchem attended the January 6 "Stop the Steal" rally in Washington and was photographedoutside the US Capitol that day (he denies any involvement in the riot there). And nearly eight months after President Joe Biden's inauguration, he continues to urge Arizona legislators to somehow overturn Biden's victory in the state. 

The problem for the country isn't only that prominent Republicans are supporting the lie that the election was stolen but that many everyday party voters are insisting that their candidates support such lies. A CNN poll released on Wednesday found that 63% of all respondents (correctly) thought Biden had won enough votes to win the presidency -- but that only 21% of Republicans felt that way, compared to 97% of Democrats and 64% of independents.

What're you worried about Trout? He can't plan that far ahead! He just got lucky that our society changed over the last five years or so, into one where a solid quarter of the population won't even trust the media when it tells them to get a potentially life-saving vaccine, much less believe the results of an election where the Democrat received a much higher share of the mailed-in votes. Just don't think about so hard! Trump probably just endorsed these people because he thinks they look good or something.

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Justice Clarence Thomas defended the independence of the Supreme Court on Thursday and warned against "destroying our institutions because they don't give us what we want, when we want it."

Thomas, the longest serving justice, acknowledged that the high court has its flaws, comparing it to a “car with three wheels” that somehow still works. But he said the justices are not ruling based on “personal preferences” and suggested that the nation’s leaders should not “allow others to manipulate our institutions when we don’t get the outcome that we like.”

^^^He should start by talking to his wife, who among many things was promoting the Jan 6th rally and has a history of posting falsehoods and propaganda online.

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7 hours ago, Big_Dog said:

I just was reminded that during his term Trump reduced taxes on major corporations to the tune of 2 TRILLION DOLLARS.  Biden is going in the exact opposite direction thank God. 

If you don't mind the middle class being taxed up the ying-yang then by all means. Bidet's tax hikes will further inflation, stifle small business, and create job losses, not to mention companies going back overseas to avoid one of the highest corporate tax rates on the globe 

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9 minutes ago, Mr. Hoopah! said:

 

Wow. . . Orca's are straight up Gansters:

They eat the livers out of White sharks and leave the bodies intact.  Apparently the livers have the highest caloric but why not eat the rest, unless it is a pretty good way to send a message to anyone that might be competing for feeding territory.  "This is what we do to freakin' GREAT WHITES"

 

Killer whale vs. great white? No contest — the shark always flees

by Mongabay.com on 25 April 2019
 
 
  • Both the great white shark and the killer whale or orca are fearsome top predators. But of the two massive animals, the killer whale may be the more formidable one, a new study has found.
  • Researchers monitoring white sharks, lion seals and orcas around California’s Southeast Farallon Island have found that every time orcas pass through the area, the great white sharks vanish and don’t return to their hunting grounds until the next season.
  • The researchers aren’t sure why the sharks move away as soon as orcas arrive. It could be because orcas may be targeting white sharks as prey, or the killer whales could be bullying their competition out of the way to gain access to the island’s elephant seals.

In the ocean, both the great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) and the killer whale or orca (Orcinus orca) are fearsome top predators. But of the two massive animals, the killer whale may be the more formidable one, a new study has found.

Salvador Jorgensen, a marine ecologist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California, and his colleagues first noticed this while studying white sharks around California’s Southeast Farallon Island (SEFI). They had lured the sharks to their research boat using a seal decoy made of carpet fabric, then inserted electronic tags into the sharks to keep track of their movements along the California coast.

In 2009, they noticed something odd: 17 of their tagged white sharks had been regularly feeding on elephant seals around SEFI for months. But on Nov. 2 that year, when orcas from two different pods arrived at SEFI, not staying for too long, all 17 sharks disappeared within the next eight hours. Most of them didn’t return until the next season several months later. Jorgensen and his colleagues observed this same fleeing behavior among white sharks on three more occasions in the following years.

In fact, when the researchers combined information on 165 great white sharks they’d tagged between 2006 and 2013 with data collected on lion seals and orcas as part of a long-term wildlife monitoring program at Farallon Islands National Wildlife Refuge, they found that the sharks’ fleeing behavior had a consistent pattern.

Great white sharks gather around SEFI each fall between September and December to hunt for young elephant seals. Orcas also hunt elephant seals, but they only come by occasionally. And when they do, the sharks withdraw from the area.

“When confronted by orcas, white sharks will immediately vacate their preferred hunting ground and will not return for up to a year, even though the orcas are only passing through,” Jorgensen, lead author of the study published in Scientific Reports, said in a statement.

1024px-Killerwhales_jumping-768x512.jpg Two killer whales jump above the sea surface. Image by Robert Pittman/NOAA (Public domain).

The elephant seals seem to benefit from the arrival of the orcas. Whenever killer whales were sighted in the region, fewer seals were hunted that season.

“On average we document around 40 elephant seal predation events by white sharks at Southeast Farallon Island each season,” said Scot Anderson, a scientist at Monterey Bay Aquarium and co-author of the study. “After orcas show up, we don’t see a single shark and there are no more kills.”

The researchers aren’t sure why the sharks move away as soon as orcas arrive. It could be because orcas may be targeting white sharks as prey: in 1997, a pair of orcas killed a white shark that had interrupted their meal, consuming only its liver. In 2017, five white sharks that had washed ashore on a South African beach had their livers missing from their otherwise intact bodies. Orcas had been spotted nearby, and the bite marks on the sharks’ bodies suggested that the whales had punctured their bodies to feast on their calorie-rich livers. The orcas could also be bullying the sharks, their competition on the food chain, out of the way to gain access to the elephant seals.

“I think this demonstrates how food chains are not always linear,” Jorgensen said. “So-called lateral interactions between top predators are fairly well known on land but are much harder to document in the ocean. And because this one happens so infrequently, it may take us a while longer to fully understand the dynamics.”

 

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14 minutes ago, lostone said:

@achilles return… looks like the guillotine is needed soon.  Next we will be using Amazon and Walmart dollars soon.  We will be a company country!

 

 

I was going to post an article but didn’t think it was relevant until your post.  None of this seems like a good idea to me…

Wall Street Influencers Are Making $500,000, Topping Even Bankers

At first no one could explain why business was picking up at Betterment, a robo adviser aimed at newbie investors. There were about 10,000 signups in one day. 

Then came the answer: A 25-year-old TikToker from Tennessee was posting videos describing how to retire a millionaire by using the platform.

His name is Austin Hankwitz, and he’s managed to land one of the hottest new gigs: full-time “finfluencer.”

“We were, like, where is this increased activity coming from?” Betterment’s director of communications, Arielle Sobel, said of the sudden increase in customer inquiries. “It was not sponsored by us, so we had no clue.” 

Smash that like button, Wall Street: The teens and 20-somethings who steer online conversation — about life hacks, beauty products, Hollywood blockbusters, you name it — are now blazing their way into finance. Influencers like Hankwitz can translate concepts like passive investing or tax harvesting into digestible social media videos using playful twists, music and colorful captions, making investment products and the like feel accessible to millennials and Gen Z-ers.

For the finance industry, partnering with those influencers can be a no-brainer: There’s never been faster and more direct access to that demographic, particularly at a time when retail investing has skyrocketed.

The pandemic left some people with money and time to burn, pushing hours spent on finance apps up 90% in the U.S. compared with the previous year, while downloads of such apps jumped 20%, according to data by analytics firm App Annie. Participation in the stock market through mobile phones also took off, with hours spent on trading and investing apps spiking 135%.   

Once Betterment saw the traction it was getting through Hankwitz’s posts, it hired him within a month to plug its services via social media.

Wealthfront, another robo adviser, has partnered with about 15 influencers including Haley Sacks — known on Instagram as Mrs. Dow Jones — according to Kate Wauck, the firm’s chief communications officer. 

“Quite frankly, they’re just better at telling our story than we are,” she said. 

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1 hour ago, WhenFalconsWin said:

If you don't mind the middle class being taxed up the ying-yang then by all means. Bidet's tax hikes will further inflation, stifle small business, and create job losses, not to mention companies going back overseas to avoid one of the highest corporate tax rates on the globe 

You need to listen to him. NO tax increase for those earning under $400,000. His infrastructure plan will create thousands of jobs. 

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