Don't blame me, I voted for the other guy. (Politics General)

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Abortion is the big thing outside the presidency on November’s ballot. But there are still other issues on the line. Like the legalization of weed. If we want that then we need a high voter turnout.
I repeat. Voter turnout needs to be high.
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After a few hiccups, the jurors in Trump’s hush money trial has finally been selected.
This is the least serious out of his 4 or so cases, both in wrongs committed and in punishments possible, but it will act as a weathervane for how the others play out.
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Is funding the Ukraine sustainable in the long run, though? Or are we simply pushing back the date of Fall of Saigon/Fall of Kabul situation? In the meantime, compare to the utter madness of funding an active genocide…
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Ukrainians do believe in Ukrainian statehood and Ukraine actually wants to defend itself. The situation in Afghanistan was that most Afghans either wanted the Taliban to rule or at least were not willing to fight them.
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The cash being spent on the Ukraine war is an overwhelmingly high return investment, not only because it’s funding the US local economy as opposed to that bullshit “We’re airdropping pallets of cash in a warzone!” narrative, but also because of the cost-effectiveness of weakening Russia. A disposable rocket launcher being used to take out a multi-million dollar tank for example.
Even in the scenario that Kyiv is overrun, there is still going to be an active resistance effort. Despite all of their numerous fuckups, Russia is still on the easy part of the war. There’s no such thing as taking a city, stomping your feet and claiming it to be yours, you’ve still gotta hold the territory until there’s a proper takeover without fear of reprisal made easier by, yknow, weapons donated to the effort.
It takes about 1 soldier per 25 civilians to effectively suppress the chance that the local occupying force ends up being vulnerable to the resistance effort. That’s trained soldiers, not just conscripts that have no idea about enforcing shifts just so you don’t end up having your throat slit and your barracks firebombed overnight.
So yeah, those weapons, which are manufactured and benefit the US economy before being sent overseas are very cheap compared to the benefits they bring. Similarly, Russia spends shockingly little to bribe and blackmail Republicans while using troll farms to flood social media with “Bothsides” bullshittery, that’s their high return investment right now.
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@Poison Trail
Overall I agree, but…
It takes about 1 soldier per 25 civilians
It takes less if you don’t have to respect human rights, due process, and can use brutal methods. It’s Russia we are talking about. Remember how those terrorists that attacked Crocus City Hall were treated? They would be treated even worse if they weren’t expected to be shown on camera and to stand trial. Same applies to Ukrainians.
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@Commune
There’s probably going to be permanent stalemate until it blows up to all out global war should some NATO members decide they can’t wait any longer and start to send troops there (which would be them telling Biden and Scholz to suck dick; a huge mistake given the threat of far right populists being elected in those countries), or the Russian government somehow spectacularly collapses and is unable to sustain the war effort.
Neither is likely.
There’s also the wild card factor of Zelensky losing domestic support after his knifing of Zaluzhnyi, who is beloved amongst the Ukrainians.
Beyond those scenarios, Ukraine’s best hope is Democrats winning a trifecta this year. It’s plausible that Biden could win reelection and Democrats win back the House; the Senate is another matter (and unlike 2022 turnout won’t be low).
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Dems are building what is looking like a record setting cash advantage, in some cases absolutely dwarfing Republicans on both the individual candiate level and on PACs.
Dems are also placing huge fall ad buys in the swing states.
Meanwhile, the Trump campaign hasn’t bought any fall ads in key states like Arizona, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Trump is also funneling campaign cash into his businesses, which is then spent on his legal defense.
A republican dark money group recently spent 700k…attacking fellow Republicans. Going after 3 Republicans that voted to oust ol Kev.
While money and spending don’t always equal success, you’d still rather be the party making money hand-over-fist than the party that’s paying to punch itself in the face.
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So in another advancement in AI media tech, Microsoft has announced a new image to video ML model that turns faces into talking heads and it’s shockingly real
Just in time for the elections lol
YouTube is already awash with ai generated ads featuring my country’s prime minister telling people to invest in a shitcoin or a pyramid scheme, I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like for you Americans with your incredibly divise political climate
@Zincy
Didn’t Trump recently do a fundraiser that raised like $50 mil tho?
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