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IDF troops allegedly opened fire on civilians waiting for food aid.
At least 100 were killed and over 700 injured.
The incident is “under investigation”.
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IDF sez live rounds were defo used on a crowd that were posing a threat to the troops. However the deaths and injuries were from panicked mobs and trampling.
I don’t disagree with the claim made by the IDF. But it doesn’t make em guiltless in this incident.
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Firing into/at a crowd and not expecting a panic is either utterly stupid or deliberately malicious.
Anyway, core inflation data came in as expected, but with a few good surprises.
Wages unexpectedly jumped by 1%, far above the .3% estimate and one of the fastest wage growth jumps in years.
Spending also declined by less than expected. Falling by .1% rather than .2%.
Good prices fell by .2%, while service prices increased. A majority of inflation pressure continues to be from shelter costs.
Personal savings actually grew for the first time in awhile, by 3.8%, but it’s still a fully 1% lower than a year ago.
Jobless claims ticked up, but only slightly above expectations.
The wage increase and drop in goods prices are excellent news, and hopefully a sign that consumers will start seeing some relief.
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”The father of the teenage boy who murdered Brianna Ghey has been jailed after admitting sex offences, including performing sex acts on himself driving in his Maserati past teenage girls at a bus stop.”
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What a non-surprise that being an awful human being in general runs in that family filled with hateful ideologies.
All these alt-right fuckwits keep calling everyone else groomers and pedos while ignoring that their own are the biggest offenders of all.
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Th Biden administration has pledged a minimum of $8 billion for a program to fight hunger in America. Biden himself is now saying there will be an additional $1.7 or so extra in funding, effectively making it $10 billion.
Republicans are retaliating by wanting to not only block the program but shouting an intent to cut current food stamp programs by $3-4 billion.
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IDF troops allegedly opened fire on civilians waiting for food aid.
At least 100 were killed and over 700 injured.
The incident is “under investigation”.
You would think this action would be unjustifiable
There are a lot of people justifying it
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Okay, the Republicans are going after so many sacred cows lately that I’m starting to think they deliberately want to lose the election. IVF, Social Security, Ukraine/Israel/Taiwan aid, Boarder Security, Military Spending, Food Stamps…
Attacking any one of those carries risks in an election year, going after all of them when you’re already having struggles with special elections is basically political suicide on steroids.
I’m currently of the mind that we shouldn’t send a single red cent to Israel until they back off. Send that cash to Ukraine and Taiwan.
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This is specifically why MAGA and the rest of the Republican party are in direct conflict: the former believes that the very concept of electability and democracy in general are outdated and needs to be done away no matter what while the latter at the very least understands that to do away with democracy you first need to win democratically and thus need to maintain the illusion of caring about the system in place.
To put it in a simplistic comparison, MAGA is a newbie Civilization player that thinks they can win the game by making an alliance with an opposing player, move their army all around their capital, declare war and win instantly, bypassing the entire game. The rest of the Republican party knows that this isn’t how any of this works, but they’ve been internally replaced more and more by MAGA dipshits that entirely bought into the idea that they can win this way legitimately.
Then, once MAGA takes over and does this strat, they declare war… and their entire army gets instantly moved out of enemy territory, out of position and poised to be obliterated on the next turn due to the system in place having been built specifically to prevent that kind of bullshit. Then comes the outrage at a “Rigged system” and “Unfair gameplay mechanics” that totally should’ve allowed outright cheating in the first place.
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Incidentally that’s also how the computer works in Civ.
Extra appropriate metaphor in describing their behavior as literal NPC behavior.
And speaking of MAGA shooting itself in the foot, they released this in response to McConnell semi-retirement announcement.
McConnell is among the singular biggest reason for why Republicans are so powerful despite being a minority party. Right up there with Reagan and Gingrich, there’s next to no other name that could be raised as responsible for why the GQP has any influence at all. He’s done more for MAGA than Trump!
And yet they hate him all the same because even though he’s every bit as evil and anti-democracy as them, he’s not as stupid.
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There’s a very real chance that Trump could win in November.
The electoral college is so broken that it’s possible for someone to become President by only winning 23% of the popular vote.
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I dunno, feels like in my personal experience the AI just declares war on you whenever it even feels like your existence is in any way, shape or form an inconvenience. Then again, it has been a while since I played, maybe recent games changed.
But yeah, this is exactly what MAGA wants: to be able to bypass the electoral process and establish their Dear Leader as Dic(k)tator in chief with unilateral command of all three branches of government and unrestrained power over all. Anyone with a shred of knowledge about how anything works knows that there are guardrails over something as blatantly unconstitutional, but it has only emboldened them to just replace the voices of reason with more lackeys, hoping that having enough of them in key places will be enough to short circuit the entire process and take over illegitimately.
To them, January 6th was a trial run that failed due to there not being enough pieces in place. They’ve worked to switch more and more lawful positions with MAGA traitors, but it’s not going to be enough, not by a long shot.
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Five scoops of ice cream
Basically all you need is exactly enough ballots to win 50%+1 of the EC votes. Once you have that, every other vote cast for either side means jack shit.
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The House just passed another stopgap government funding bill. It’ll stay running…for another month. And then we have to worry about funding it again.
This is like the 4th or 5th temporary funding bill passed since Mike Johnson became Speaker instead of a long-form one expected. If nothing else it’s going to hurt confidence in everything - up to and including the value of the US Dollar - if the US is constantly one month away from defaulting.
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Dad is a domestic abuser who flashes girls inside bowling alleys, mother is an insurrectionist who also engages in public indecency, and he is a one-man crime spree teen father.
The Boeberts are a crime family.
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