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Say more about this? Why is it a worse profession? Anywhere I can get a layperson-friendly deep dive on this (that doesn't require a graduate degree in mathematics)? I'm fascinated by the nuance between niche academic disciplines and the "politics" of academia.

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Then why are you campaigning for Trump?

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Oh I know. Trust me, I don't engage with these people with any illusions. There's no arguing with the agitprop element here. The point of responding at all is just to identify them to the general public.

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"You don't have to attend every argument you're invited to."

So no, thanks. I don't owe you a defense, engagement, or an policy apologetics treatment of the current administration's governance for the last four years. There are plenty of places to find that information if you actually care to find it.

So far you've managed to call me an idiot, a liar, and a coward in all of about fifteen minutes. Why on earth would I believe you're capable of nuanced political discourse? We've nothing to discuss.

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I could, but that wouldn't be true. I'll tell you the same thing I told the other sockpuppet: you're not entitled to an argument just because you ask for one.

xhieron ,
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That's probably why they said they were talking about Spain over and over again.

xhieron ,
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Windows 10 LTSC 2021 ends support in 2027 (although it doesn't matter quite as much). And it's likely that the Win 11 LTSC later this year will necessarily be free from much of 11's bullshit. Linux is still the right call, but for those of us who need to run a Windows machine for whatever reason, there are alternatives, so, you know... yarr.

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She sure can't. Sounds like all OpenAI has to do is produce the voice actor they used.

So where is she? ...

Right.

xhieron ,
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That's flattering, but I was actually just expecting a press release. So where is it?

xhieron ,
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That was the point... Did you reply to the wrong comment?

xhieron ,
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Tell us then. Where are they currently hiding their money?

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But that wasn't the question, was it? United international action works and also doesn't really exist. You think billionaires are going to just throw up their hands and give governments their tax dollars if enough nations agree they should. Doesn't work that way.

Read the article you linked. Who's going to jail in Panama? A few bankers--maybe. Panama changed its rules, and the billionaires just moved all their money elsewhere--exactly as predicted.

The solution to tax evasion isn't more tax law. That's like saying that if only everyone agreed rapists should go to jail, people would stop committing rape.

I'm in favor of a wealth tax just because any action beats no action, but it is absolutely a half measure. The real solution to this problem is not financial. It's personal.

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140 != all

Dont expect more replies.

Thank Christ.

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I love Biden. He's easily the best president of my lifetime.

QED.

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It's a safe bet, by a lot, and the calculus doesn't really change no matter how much nuance you apply, because with every statement you're always trading some nebulous number of single-issue pro-Palestine/anti-Zionist voters for a much larger group of pro-Israel/Zionist voters.

Then you have folks like the OP who are essentially working as a thinly-veiled propaganda arm of Hamas/Russia/etc., and it really muddies the signal-to-noise analysis on the issue.

It's a problem for Biden, but there's no winning. Trump doesn't have the problem only because he's not the incumbent right now, so he can hem and haw and try to deflect from the reality that he's much worse on the issue--like every other issue--for people who align even a little bit with any policies left of center.

So Biden just has to basically take the hit, because the Democrats care about functional government and stable diplomacy and foreign policy relationships, whereas the GOP, as the party of dysfunction, white grievance, and ethno-religious fascism, isn't saddled with the same considerations. Biden actually tried--and partially succeeded--in slowing down arms shipments to Israel, and the GOP threw a shitfit in Congress because they want those arms shipments: Their donors want them, and they can hang it on Biden's neck no matter what, because people like OP will continue to go to bat for them.

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It's a safe bet. The number of voters Biden loses if he were to change positions enough to appease any authentic anti-Zionists (as opposed to agitprop elements, for whom no position would be good enough to silence) would dwarf the number of voters he might gain. That might not mean he gets reelected, but hell, changing positions at all would cost him votes. Like I said: all choices are bad. It would have been a political disaster for any president, because every voter who cares enough about it to be a single-issue voter is entrenched enough to not be swayed at all unless the other side is completely alienated.

He can't find a way to appease both sides? Well what does that look like? What's the position that appeases both staunch Zionist voters and the subsection of the anti-Zionist protestors who vote? That's not a rhetorical question. Every other US politics-adjacent post on Lemmy recently has been OP or one of their comrades criticizing Biden for his position on Israel, and I'm genuinely interested to hear someone articulate the nuanced position that Biden should supposedly take that he's currently failing at, and how he's supposed to do that and not immediately lose all prospects of reelection. FFS, even characterizing this as a division between "pro-Israel" and "against genocide" is already throwing nuance out the window. From where I'm sitting, Joe Biden has as nuanced a position as he can, because the nature of foreign relations in the Middle East in 2024 is itself nuanced and, for US interests, profoundly precarious. If you want nuance, you better be prepared to swallow a healthy dose of realpolitik alongside it, and that's something that as of yet I've not found any noble armchair advocates and red-shadowed "patriots" willing to do.

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Eh... this is kind of nothing. Jurists quote religious texts all the time. Judge Ho--the topic of the article--doesn't quote the Bible in a particularly eloquent fashion, but he's far from the first US judge to use a biblical quote to make a point.

And yes, they quote the Quran too--just not as much since not as many of them are familiar with it. Law is a reasoning profession, and people who practice it like finding analogies and drawing distinctions. If they see that a set of facts is like or unlike something from ancient history, they're likely to bring it up. They'll bring up song lyrics, mythology, popular proverbs, ancient legal texts, moral fables--anything with any reasoning or legal thinking in it.

Trump appointees are deserving of criticism for horrible jurisprudence, terrible judgment and insight, and piss-poor qualifications. There are plenty of things to hate about lots of them, but "they quote the Bible sometimes" isn't one.

xhieron ,
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Not what any of this is about, but okay.

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Would you respect a judge that quotes Harry Potter in official documents on a regular basis?

YES! If the judge used the Harry Potter quotes to advance sound legal reasoning, I'd consider it a potentially clever and humorous way to inject some levity into something that's otherwise likely mundane and dry. Also I guarantee you a judge has quoted those books in opinions, along with every other popular piece of literature.

I'm sorry to remind everybody incensed here, but the professionals in the profession get to decide what is and is not professional, and the legal profession has a long history of quoting material that's non-germane. You can be upset about it if you want, but we're fortunate that judges explain their reasoning at all.

Quoting a book you don't like doesn't make a decision bad. A decision is bad if it's wrong on the law, and as I think everybody in this thread knows, the Bible isn't the law of the land! Quoting non-law in order to bolster a line of reasoning isn't good, bad, harmful, or harmless by itself, because the reasoning is the important thing. The Bible has been used to stand for many bad positions--but if it hadn't been, those positions would still have been bad!

While you lot are pulling out your pitchforks because a judge quoted the Bible for the billionth time in the last 200 years, did any of you even bother to find out what the decisions actually were?

xhieron ,
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Mine when I was in school was entirely forgettable. But! I married a teacher, and until the pandemic we chaperoned prom almost every year. And that was reliably awesome. We may get back to it eventually. The kids are always proud of their outfits, and it's a small, rural school, so even though there are cliques, it's still mostly an everybody-in-it-together atmosphere. We've never really been party types, but getting to dance with my wife at prom every year is something I miss.

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Yes--although the ticket prices for her school have always been reasonable, so it's not as big a perk as it would be in some places. The free meals, however, have reliably been incredible and well worth the headache of chaperoning.

We've been very fortunate to have never had any "incidents"--most of the kids appeae willing to save their drinking and debauchery for after prom--but it's always a real worry that the next morning we'll read about one of her kids drunk driving his car into a tree.

xhieron ,
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How much are you getting paid? I only wish I was as passionate about my job as you are about yours.

xhieron ,
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Have fun. If you have your way, it might be for the last time.

xhieron ,
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Yup. Appeal it, drag it out, mire it up. If it's good for the goose, it's good for the gander.

xhieron ,
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That's nice.

Just to be on the safe side, better vote blue anyway.

Democrats all the way down the ticket, national, state, and local. The Democrats are the party of human rights. That means reproductive rights, the right to privacy, the right to free expression and bodily integrity, the right to be free from government interference in one's person and home, the right to vote, the right to criticize the government, the right to be paid a day's wage for a day's work and the right to bargain collectively for it, and the right to believe and practice or not practice the faith of your choosing, even if it offends the fascists in your local church.

Vote blue and save the Republic, polls be damned.

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These are all really excellent questions. My son skipped a grade early in gradeschool, and I am fortunate enough to have a friend who had a similar experience as this young lady (albeit not to the same extent) being hyper-accelerated through school, so we were able to interview him about his experience when making decisions about how to handle our exceptional kiddo's education.

It was not a fun conversation, and as a result we elected to just let our son take advanced classes when possible and not really push to have him skip additional grades or do any of the wacky stuff with enrolling in college as a child or what have you. Of course we're going to push him to take stuff that is challenging whenever possible, and I'd love for him to graduate high school with as much college credit as possible--but I'm not about to steal his youth in pursuit of putting a PhD on his wall before he's old enough to vote.

The short version is that our friend was a very miserable child. His advancement essentially meant he had no peers, and especially among teenagers, the acceleration just put a bullseye on his back, since the people who surrounded him either resented him or saw him as a target for bullying. Even professional educators at times resented him. He was adamant that it was a thing he would never put his own children through.

Is that a typical experience? I have no idea; after all, being a child in higher education is already well outside ordinary experience. But the story was enough to make me worry for the child whenever I read a headline like this.

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I hope you never find yourself standing in judgment for the worst thing you ever did.

xhieron ,
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Jail them, and jail their "volunteer campaign manager" for conspiracy.

xhieron ,
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The nepo babies wouldn't serve--same as always. And the political unpopularity of conscription has never changed. The last war draft is still in living memory, and US current military activity hasn't been an improvement in terms of public appetite.

The US introduces conscription again, and there'll be riots--and I don't mean "some kids camped at college and the jackboots locked them up" protests; it'll be government-building burning, widespread-looting riots.

If you want to do conscription, the kids have to trust the government not to kill them for oil.

xhieron ,
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I'm happy with Biden. Like, very happy. Biden's awesome.

xhieron ,
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Easy to complain. Which district are you running in?

xhieron ,
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So you're not running then? Amidst the rampant, unchecked political corruption you claim to observe in every direction, the solution you in your wisdom have found most powerful is to complain about it on the internet.

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I don't have any medical debt at the moment, and I think there are probably some better long-term things we could spend our extremely valuable and limited political capital on, so naturally I strongly support this because I'm not a fucking inhuman monster.

xhieron ,
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Or until an angry teenager just takes the gun away from his teacher and uses it instead of having to bring one from home.

Hamas armed wing says responsible for Israel-Gaza border crossing attack ( www.reuters.com )

The armed wing of Palestinian Islamist group Hamas claimed responsibility on Sunday for an attack on the Kerem Shalom crossing between Israel and Gaza, which Israeli and Palestinian media reports said had resulted in Israeli casualties....

xhieron ,
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Alright, don't everybody talk at once now. Tell us how this is Joe Biden's fault.

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Hear, hear! This is fantastic. The people who can change the state of Israel are the Israeli people. I hope their voices are heard.

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I think we can look at the Marvel shows to see some good examples of what works and doesn't work. Star Wars, like Marvel and in some ways moreso, also has the problem of being expensive. Exotic locations, costumes, CGI--these shows cost as much as $250 million a season. You'll probably make your money back, but the production on something that feels like it "fits" in the bigger SW canon can easily carry a lot of risk.

And I think that's the real issue: for the price tag, I want Andor--a show that has something to say about the human condition and says it in a way that's beautiful--but it's very easy to just get "just more Star Wars" instead (and see also: superhero fatigue).

There's room for light sabers in good stories, but the stories have to be good themselves. I think there's an incentive to start from light sabers and then try to fit a story in, and that's working backwards. Some stories are going to want space wizards--but a lot aren't.

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There's a conversation I've seen in tabletop RPG circles and had with my table about this: "the Jedi problem", that you simply can't tell a story that has both Jedi and non-Jedi in it (and on screen together) without a great deal of contrivance to explain why the Force can't immediately solve a lot of problems that could otherwise empower character development. The original Star Wars films really only work because Luke is a student and the other Jedi are either dispatched (Obi-Wan) or too old to hand-wave anything (Yoda). As much as I love watching Ian McDiarmid chew the scenery, the other two trilogies both suffer from having competent (sometimes) Force users basically making everyone else irrelevant by their mere presences. The power levels just aren't compatible.

xhieron ,
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Not a binary proposition. Support Israel and lose voters, abandon Israel and lose more and different voters. Diplomacy is hard. Politics is hard.

Part of the reason it's hard in this particular situation is bad actors pretending that geopolitics can be reduced to a soundbyte and that the problem is simple and easy.

Think you can do better? Run for president.

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These people would prefer for Biden to lose, and I'm quite convinced that they don't really care why or how. Genocide is the buzzword of the year, but if Israel and Gaza make peace tomorrow, all of these people will all have new reasons why Democratic voters should stay home or burn their ballots.

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Oh make no mistake, I'm voting for Joe no matter what. The only alternative is Donald Trump, and Donald Trump wants to destroy the Republic. Joe could send American troops into Rafah to glass it today, and I'd hold my nose and go vote for him in November. That's just facing reality.

Would I prefer things were different? Of course, but however much legitimate criticism might be laid at Biden's feet for not doing more to stop the genocide in Gaza, Trump has already wholly endorsed completely annihilating the Palestinian people, and he wants genocide in the US besides.

It's not a difficult choice.

xhieron ,
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маска снята, правда.

xhieron ,
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You're just as disingenuous with your argument as you are with your position. Anybody who wants to know what I legitimately said can read it.

Entertaining a terrible hypothetical to make a point is not the same as being okay with it--and I think you know that already. For example, I still engaged with you lot because I think there might be some benefit for someone reading this exchange to realize that these issues are complicated and nuanced, and they deserve critical thinking. That doesn't mean I'm okay with you. Fortunately, unlike with global politics, the consequences of ending this engagement are nonexistent.

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Then why are you campaigning for Trump?

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Yeah yeah, we get it, nothing's as good as crack. You don't have to rub it in.

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