Recovering Attorney, Occasional Political Scientist, Confused & Concerned Citizen. Dad to 6. Bleeding-heart centrist. Hold a few degrees. Future doxing victim.

New York, USA
Joined September 2014
PSA on cloud computing.
Here's the funny thing: there's no Cloud. That's just someone else's computer.
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Fantastic thread. Who knew the US made nuclear backpacks?
as the u.s. gears up for a "we definitely learned all the right lessons from the last one" cold war with china, I thought it would be fun to revisit some of the exotic (and let's face it--fun) weapons programs that started springing up 70 or so years ago
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Why would a San Francisco shop owner bother to report shoplifting when the police have stopped all enforcement? It's ridiculous to think this graph demonstrates that shoplifting is at its lowest level in 45 years.
Replying to @JuddLegum
2. In 2020, shoplifting in San Fransisco reached its lowest level since statistics began being collected 45 years ago. It has increased slightly in 2021 but still remains well below 2019 levels. popular.info/p/the-truth-abo…
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Another important point.
Replying to @BenAdamsO_O
And that chart doesn't show the total value of items stolen in each SF reported shoplifting incident.
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Benjamin Adams retweeted
Classes that actively involved students upped test scores in a Harvard class by 33%... but students thought they were learning more from non-active lectures. The paradox; being challenged results in learning, but it also shows us how little we know, which makes us feel ignorant
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today sucked lets do it again tomorrow
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There are decent arguments against a wealth tax but Romney doesn't make them. Does he not realize that real estate and fine art appreciate in value?
Senator Romney expresses concern that taxing billionaires could cause them to invest in paintings or ranches rather than things that build jobs
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The Voting Rights Act is so critically important in part because the right to vote does *not* exist in the Constitution. At the time of founding, only white male property owners could vote. Even after the 15th Amendment was passed women, could not vote.
The filibuster is not in the Constitution — but the right to vote is. Our democracy will pay the price if we keep sacrificing voting rights at the altar of the filibuster.
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When your lawyer makes this kind of a closing statement it's pretty obvious going to trial was a mistake.
Replying to @innercitypress
Parnas' lawyer Bondy: I'm going to start with a story. A monk lived at the base of a mountain in China. He said, I wonder what it's like up there. He asked those who came down. He went up - and realized no one else could replace his judgment. Like you here.
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To absolutely no one's surprise Parnas was convicted on all six counts.
BREAKING: Rudy Giuliani's former associate Lev Parnas convicted on all six counts related to "influence buying" campaign finance schemes. cnn.com/2021/10/22/politics/…
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Replying to @innercitypress
Parnas' lawyer Bondy: I'm going to start with a story. A monk lived at the base of a mountain in China. He said, I wonder what it's like up there. He asked those who came down. He went up - and realized no one else could replace his judgment. Like you here.
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#Bitcoin tops $66K📈 New all-time high comes as investors cheer successful launch of the first U.S. bitcoin (futures) exchange-traded fund @Ryan_Browne_ cnbc.com/2021/10/20/bitcoin-…
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This decision was complicated by Parnas' appearance on Anderson Cooper. The prosecution planned to use parts of that interview on cross.
BREAKING (if unsurprising): Giuliani associate Lev Parnas declines to take stand in own defense at trial on charges of straw/foreign campaign donations. Def atty Bondy: 'Mr. Parnas has, upon reflection and consultation with counsel and also his family, decided not to testify.'
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Imagine being an African-American and living in a country where slaveholders are venerated.
“Jefferson Statue Will Be Removed From N.Y.C. Council Chambers” nytimes.com/2021/10/18/nyreg…
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Start by making student loans dischargeable in bankruptcy. It's such an easy and obvious reform and it helps the people who need it the most.
New: Biden admin is planning how it'll restart federal student loan payments next year when nearly 2yrs of pandemic relief ends. @usedgov is looking at new flexibilities for borrowers & major outreach campaign to avert potential surge in delinquencies. politico.com/newsletters/wee…
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This is a nice thread reminding us that Congress can easily and immediately limit the Court's reach *without* changing the number of justices and *without* imposing term limits. All Congress needs is the will to act.
Just finished reviewing discussion materials issued today by WH Commission on Sup. Ct. I'll sound more positive note vs. most commentary I've seen. On issues I care most about, jurisdiction-stripping and legislative override of court decisions, what they say isn't all bad! 1/
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If someone refuses to hire black people we normally refer to them as bigots.
Couric says the issue of racial justice was a "blind spot" for RBG. She had one Black law clerk during her tenure on the SCt and not a single Black law clerk during her 13 yrs on the DC Circuit. Blind spot indeed.
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