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Cake day: July 7th, 2023


  • I love this. It’s a perfect example. If we manage to continue having elections is on the ballet. It’s actually in question.

    The other side being crap is completely irrelevant at that point. It’s absurd that I of all people am telling you to vote for Joe Biden, who I don’t agree with about anything. I think Bernie was too to the right for me personally.

    Do there need to be fundamental changes? Absolutely, when you can’t vote for anyone at all it’s going to be much harder to affect the change you want.

  • yeah, cause Donald trump doesn’t support genocide too.

    There’s no discussion here. You get one or the other.

    No amount of not voting changes the result to the point where you aren’t getting Trump or Biden.

    With trump you lose the progress people have fought for. With Biden you get status quo bullshit. At least the status quo preserves the efforts of the past people can still build on in the future. It’s a non argument. Every one of your points is irrelevant for this election right now.

    So I guess we gotta realize you’re just a bot after all. This election matters. Every election matters. But progress isn’t only made during major presidential elections, there’s plenty of ways to keep moving the needle outside of this. I won’t be wasting further time with you. But hopefully people reading don’t fall into the same trap you have or are paid to present.

  • See, in America we have a two party system. It isn’t great but it’s what we have. As the oldest constitutional democracy, they made a ton of progress but didn’t quite understand parties and how the systems set up would play out. Under this system, you don’t get a great candidate to vote for. You get a middle of the road lukewarm candidate. And now we get that and a complete crazypants candidate. Choosing to not vote against the complete crazypants candidate because the lukewarm one isn’t your ideal candidate is such an obvious trap that a lot of people think only Russian bots can fall for it. I’m not quite that optimistic. I know people are susceptible to propaganda, and if you throw on a heaping pile of repeated disappointment it’s an excellent environment for it to work.

    So, it was a fairly coherent response. But not for people who are Russian bots, or in the throws of apathy from a huge disinformation campaign and just generally awful human existence. Honestly? I hope everything gets better for you too. Cause it doesn’t look like life is great for Russian bots or republicans or disillusioned people who don’t know where to turn. Best of luck my dude (or bot)

  • I was in Japan for a while a few decades ago and I would often just get on a train and go somewhere to see what I’d run into. I didn’t speak any Japanese but I did have some phrases down and a bunch more saved on my phone I could listen to repeatedly and just try to mimic them. Anyway I get turned around and it is getting late, I need to get back on a train so I can head back to where I’m staying for the night, so I ask a random guy in Japanese if he speaks English. He says yes well enough so I explain my situation and ask for direction to the nearest line that’ll get me home.

    He proceeds to speak in what he must have thought was English for a solid 5 minutes. I couldn’t understand a single word he said. He pointed in basically every direction at one point or another during the monologue. And I didn’t want to be rude so I listened politely and just planned on thanking him and asking someone else if I could find anyone. But at the end of this huge long gesturing play he was putting on he said in the clearest English with absolutely no accent. “are you picking up what I’m laying down” I’d never heard that phrase before at that time and was absolutely floored. He even nailed the L in laying. I legitimately think even to this day that i was being pranked.

    I asked some expat friends who had been living in Japan for a long while and they said there were tons of English phrase books and that was just probably a phrase he practiced a lot. But it was so surreal that every other utterance was so obviously not English.

    I thanked the guy and found someone else who literally took me to the station themselves. But it is one of the strongest memories I have from my time there.

  • I’m infurated you have to pay 300 bucks for An app on this situation. Incensed beyond reason. Please link to the specific app in question, and then if you can’t get anything working contact me and I’ll buy the stupid thing for you.

    I’d much rather make sure things like this never make any money for anyone. But not at the cost of someone in your situation having to wait any longer to access the tools you need. Man am I pissed about that kind of paywalling on medical devices. Holy hell.