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  • LillyPiptoNews@lemmy.worldJoe Biden ends re-election campaign
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    3 days ago

    I’m tired of people making light of this, I’m tired of people being passive about this,

    Hey man, so am I. We’re on the same page. I’ve spent the last 10 years trying to get people to take this threat seriously. That’s why I bring up what’s happened in Europe and how the far right has been piloting their ideas there. They’ve been planning this and working out the details for decades, but they’ve also lost during some of that. My point is maybe we can look at those losses and learn some things.

    Many people in the US are totally unaware of that history and haven’t seen where they’ve been stomped back down. I’m saying we can look at their losses and learn something. Chest-thumping does nothing. We should be learning.

    They’ve got an advantage because whilst most democratic leaders have been trying to govern and deal with crises, they’ve been systematically testing the fences. Like velociraptors, they’ll eat everyone’s faces at the first opportunity.

    You’re right – we can’t make light of this or be passive. I’ve been trying to figure out how we can collectively resist for a decade. I didn’t want Biden to step down, and even though I don’t personally like Biden, I never said that because we can’t be divided and he was better than the Nazis on the porch. But now he has and this is where we are.

    I’ve been downvoted for years for saying the things you’re saying – again, I don’t get why you’re angry at me. I’ve tried to get people to see the real state of things, and I’ll not stop doing that. All I can do now is convince people to vote, because that’s the only play we have left, but I’d like even more for people to understand the real threat. And I still don’t get why you seem angry at me when we’re on the same side.


  • It’s pretty naive to think there is any other country on the planet that could cause the world more damage if turned fascist.

    I never said that, and I’m confused how you got that from my comment.

    In fact, if you look through my history, you’ll see I’ve said if the US goes fascist, that will be a huge problem for the whole world.

    I’m not downplaying the threat at all – quite the opposite. We’re on the same side, and I’m not sure why you’re attacking me here.


  • LillyPiptoNews@lemmy.worldJoe Biden ends re-election campaign
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    It’s a bit naive to think Western Europe hasn’t been under attack from the right wing at least as long as the US has. They’ve had wars over it that never really reached US shores, and it never really went away. All of the strategies that have been used in the US were piloted and honed in Europe – look up the activities there by Manafort, Stone, Bannon, etc. all the same names who have been implementing the shit you’re seeing in the US were active in Western and Eastern Europe years before this. It’s been going on there far longer.

    It’s amazing to me that people in the US haven’t been paying attention to what’s gone on there and learning from their successes.


  • Thank you. I’ve been saying this for years now and usually get downvoted for it, which makes me sad – not because I care about downvotes but because so many people seem not to understand that this is 1933 and we need to be all-in against fascism right now.

    Biden just stepped down, so it’s even more important that we unite against the threat. I don’t care who’s on the Democrat ticket – whether it’s Kamala or anyone else, even Biden’s bitey dog – this isn’t the time to debate policy. We need to vote and convince everyone who isn’t a fascist to vote against this. If we don’t, they will kill us, and that’s not hyperbole.

    Please vote.





  • I don’t disagree. But we’re living in interesting times.

    I don’t like most of the people on the ticket I’ll be given in November, but you know what’s objectively worse? Actual fascism. Fascism always ends in genocide, and these white Christian nationalists aren’t even trying to hide it, going mask-off even before they have the power to back it up.

    When fascists can be this bold and still keep their seats of power, that’s quite worrying.

    As I saw someone say earlier, we’re in democracy triage.

    I’d vote for Biden’s corpse before trump or not voting. We must wrest all power from the fascists before we can squabble about who’s more left.


  • I hope people stop believing the bullshit that’s trying to get progressives to not vote or to vote for 3rd parties. Progressives absolutely can win democrat tickets, and that’s exactly why there’s so much propaganda trying to convince people otherwise. Progressives have a lot of political power right now, and the whole system can swing left if people don’t just give up. Progressives giving up is the only play the right has.


  • Can’t.

    I’ve had literally insane run-ins with the US healthcare system, and have a bad enough health issue that I’ve been absolutely ruined by it: physically, mentally, financially, and socially. I do mean utterly – that was not hyperbole.

    I have nothing else to add right now, because I have medically-induced PTSD and can’t even think about anything medical without having a panic attack now.

    Just wanted to chime in with how bad it can get, and I know my situation isn’t as bad as it can be. It ruined everything for me and destroyed my family, but I never had to care for a dying child. There are no forbidden depths.



  • LillyPiptoMicroblog Memes@lemmy.worldCustomer service
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    Yeah, but some new tech won’t work at all if you don’t.

    Plenty of people aren’t aware of that, and when you’re buying shit, it often obfuscates that fact.

    Most people will buy shit having no idea the thing will require you to connect it to your wifi.

    e: television is only one of the things. It’s getting harder to name things that don’t require this.




  • LillyPiptoPolitical MemesMAGA then vs now.
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    Fascism’s major hallmark is fervent hypocrisy. That’s how people could live within half a mile of death camps and just casually brush the ash of burnt people from their hair, then smile like they’re going on a picnic as they’re led into the death camps at the end of their street, then ten minutes later, after seeing actual corpses stacked like cordwood, they’re vomiting and swearing they had no idea.

    We can’t let the uneducated masses lead us into that kind of horror again, We need to educate them of what they’re advocating for and why that’s so horrifically dangerous. We need to stop hedging and beating round the bush, and lay out in detail what they’re actually enabling. People die when this kind of nationalistic ignorance is allowed to proliferate. We need to stop this ignorance before it kills people.




  • LillyPiptoScience Memes@mander.xyzChicken vs Egg
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    I wasn’t trying to prove the question is about religion vs science; I was responding to the previous comment that said:

    literally no one in the world means that

    My links show lots of people in the world say that. Not everyone, but enough that it does come up sometimes.

    There are multiple facets and perspectives in every philosophical question.


  • LillyPiptoScience Memes@mander.xyzChicken vs Egg
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    Could be. I’m not as familiar with that format – a major strength of png is that anything can open and view it properly. It’s been a standard for decades, so it has universal compatibility.

    e: I’m not going to look into that specific format (I stopped caring about the inner workings of file formats like 15 years ago when I stopped getting paid to care), but I think I could bet you that webp is a document hierarchy wrapper on png, jpg, gif, mpeg, etc, ad inf.

    I had to exit this comment and look again because I couldn’t remember if you’d said webm or webx or webp or whatever. The last I knew, that’s not a file format but a codepage (nowadays, that’s usually a cheap wrapper over code they found and repackaged).

    That’s massively simplified, but if you’re asking that in this thread, I’m worried people are being sold a difference that doesn’t exist.


  • LillyPiptoScience Memes@mander.xyzChicken vs Egg
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    Yeah, the fossil record and dna analysis is such a gradient, any lines we draw are arbitrary. To be fair, those lines were always for our own convenience, in much the same way it’s useful for print designers to specify Pantone 032, but if most people look at the full colour chart they couldn’t even tell you where ‘red’ becomes ‘orange’.

    It’s definitely rabbits (or turtles) all the way down.

    We’re prokaryotes, and vertebrates, and mammals, and from there some people get bent. Are we apes? Genus homo? Where must we draw the line to ensure we’re not actually animals like other living things and were divinely inspired special creations?

    I like simplicity. Life is a beautiful prismatic projection and it doesn’t matter that much what our Pantone swatch turns out to be.

    (Sorry, /mini rant)



  • LillyPiptoScience Memes@mander.xyzChicken vs Egg
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    Slightly larger file size, which mattered in like 2002, but it’s only a few mb, which doesn’t matter at all now.

    e: if you’re a professional photographer and saving stupidly high resolution images by the thousands, you’ll want to use jpg, but in that case, you’ll understand why.