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  1. Bingoloid

    Abels Pub- 30 Covid cases?

    Interesting. It seemed pretty obvious Garnar was concealing the details of a significant outbreak considering how many cases opened up all at once the other day. Wasn't really plausible that it was a whole bunch of separate incidents.
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    John Solak to retire from Twitter?

    Watch "The Social Dilemma" on Netflix. It's true to the unintended effect it has on both sides. First half struck me as a little cheesy, second half was a genuine "uh-oh".
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    Lancaster Pa Officer involved shooting - bodycam

    The officer did everything right, but just as importantly, so did his employer. Being transparent and making the facts available quickly was the right move.
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    Neil Peart

    It's somebody's birthday today. He'd be 68. We're only immortal for a limited time.
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    Binghamton newspaper BLM reporter Ashley Biviano

    ...so, One Black Man of Broome County, then? That's the shittiest title for a Motown album I've ever heard.
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    Whatever happened to Debbie Preston?

    Last time I saw her, she was careening out of the Park Diner parking lot with a cigarette drooping out of her mouth. I gather she's stacking cans in the stock room at Weis or something.
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    Binghamton newspaper BLM reporter Ashley Biviano

    100 is more men than pay for this newspaper
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    Binghamton newspaper BLM reporter Ashley Biviano

    dozens? but that's all of them
  9. All those hours I spent trying to get inexperienced candidates to stay on-topic and keep it short.
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    Kyle Rittenhouse

    So, there's a few things going on at once here, based on what I've read: - Rittenhouse was in the Police Explorer program a few years ago. This is like a scouts program for policing. Seems he dropped out of high school after that because he was being bullied at school badly enough that his mother tried to get a restraining order against another student. In January, he tried to join the Marines and the recruiter marked in his file that he was unfit. - Rittenhouse's lawyer says he and his friends were asked to be there by the car dealership. The car dealership's owner says that's not true. Maybe the owner lied because this is a disaster and he wants out. Maybe Rittenhouse lied thinking it'd get him out of trouble. Maybe whoever texted Rittenhouse lied. Maybe Rittenhouse's lawyer lied. We don't know. - There was an amateur militia group organizing the evening on Facebook, and they tried to get the sheriff to deputize them. (He didn't, because he didn't want his department responsible for whatever they did.) They're not government actors at all. They had every right to open carry, but were also breaking the curfew. - His lawyer claims he's going to make a militia clause argument about the possession charge. This is bogus. His lawyer's firm has had major financial problems. The public has donated a million dollars to Rittenhouse's legal defense. It's not hard to figure out what's going on here. In the prosecution's favor, WI has no exception for threatening or using any amount of force to protect a stranger's property. Your own property, your family's property, your employer's property, but not to just run around town hassling people like Batman. One person did claim to a reporter that he'd seen Rittenhouse pointing his rifle at people. They will probably try to prove that Rittenhouse provoked the initial fight with Rosenbaum by unlawfully threatening people with a weapon. In the defense's favor, the main witness in the complaint says that he and Rittenhouse were walking and talking together when Rosenbaum approached, and that Rittenhouse saw him and ducked away and took off immediately. This reads like they already had a problem. His attorney can paint a picture that even if Rittenhouse did cause trouble earlier in the night, it was over and Rosenbaum was the one who came back to start it up again. This is a much better story. We'll see what happens. If it goes to trial, they will introduce witnesses and evidence we haven't heard about yet.
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    Kyle Rittenhouse

    If you read the Wisconsin statute closely, I think they're in the wrong to charge him on possession. https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/statutes/948/60/2/a: "(c) This section applies only to a person under 18 years of age who possesses or is armed with a rifle or a shotgun if the person is in violation of s. 941.28 or is not in compliance with ss. 29.304 and 29.593." There might be case law interpreting it differently, but this seems to be a complete long arms exception for 16- and 17-year-olds, because it's not possible to violate 29.304 if you're 16 or older. For the rest of it, his defense has a lot to work with, but everybody acts surprised when self-defense shootings result in charges. Putting this kind of mess in front of a jury to let them unravel it actually isn't that unusual. He'll be tried as an adult, mandatory for all crimes at 17 in WI. The military won't accept someone as a diversion from criminal charges. Long road ahead no matter how it turns out.
  12. I have little tolerance for casual corruption, so I have very little tolerance for what was in the NYSP reports about her conduct during "the incident" with her nephew. She was also pretty eager to damage Harder's critics within the department to score points with the old man: https://www.bupipedream.com/archive/3055/broome-county-sheriff-harder-accused-of-illegal-surveillance/ (Phelps was apparently promoted to detective in 2008, so it would seem that the lawsuit worked out in her favor. Phelps supported Wallikas at the time, and later did a Korchak commercial.) Still, willing to see what she has to say. Would like to know the state of her working relationships with Battisti/Zikuski.
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    Loud Music

    If it makes you feel any better, BPD is just as bad or worse about noise violations. It's been a running dispute for years where multiple agencies all pretend the others are responsible for enforcement. I know one officer finally just admitted to a neighbor that he knew it was illegal but that he'd get in trouble with his supervisor if he wrote the ticket. It's a mess.
  14. If those are our two choices, they should sell that debate on pay-per-view. Would pay AT LEAST $19.95 to see this. Might write in Frank Serpico, TBH, but will hear her out.
  15. Gonna have to sell this one to me pretty hard.
  16. That's one of the dumbest things I've read all year and it's 2020. How could the people who drafted that system possibly not foresee that problem?
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    National Shortage of Aluminium Cans

    Totally. There are alternatives, but people aren't quick to adjust their habits - like buying everything in single-serve containers.
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    National Shortage of Aluminium Cans

    Yeah, but again. Aluminum isn't the problem, neither is oil. It's the capital input - the machinery doing the work. A lot of factores run their equipment 24/7 in normal times and can't just throw on an extra shift, and the increased demand for hand sanitizer already crushed the plastic bottle market. So you've got all these factories booked out weeks or months for orders of cans and bottles, using machinery that takes months to build and deliver in normal times but are probably also booked out even further than usual. It takes time for the market to react, and it won't unless businesses are confident that the demand will still be there when the millions of dollars of equipment get delivered. One company did apparently just announce they are investing in a new can plant - it'll be open in a year: https://www.industryweek.com/supply-chain/article/21141043/ball-corp-announces-new-aluminum-can-plant-amid-shortage
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    Town of Union Councilwoman Accused of Fraud

    So what, her husband used to make creepy phone calls to town employees threatening to try to ruin them because they weren't giving his wife enough credit, and this resulted in C&G getting paid a bunch of money to "investigate" and recommend workplace violence prevention training? https://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/local/2019/07/19/town-of-union-heather-staley-husband-nathanial-robertson-investigation/1702297001/ Everybody's got their problems, but where TF do the people running for office around here come from?
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    National Shortage of Aluminium Cans

    I read the WSJ article about this the other day. I know it was just last year there were reports all the U.S. capital equipment was shifting away from recycled sheet production for cans because new sheet for auto parts was the place to be. Kind of the same problem as paper towels. The equipment is surprisingly involved and specially-built, like a newspaper press, so businesses don't just have extras they can spin up on short notice. The machines that make crappy commercial-grade paper towels are not the same machines as the ones that make the nice soft ones for home. So when everybody in the world decides to be 20% cleaner at once, there's not really anywhere to go for more and everybody's afraid to order new machines because this might be over by the time they're delivered in 2022 or whatever.
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    Marijuana vote in House this week

    We've spent astronomical sums of taxpayer money funneling a huge number of young people through the criminal justice system over this, and then there's the dead and injured civilians and LEOs when marijuana-related raids - often predicated on fake tips or otherwise mishandled by negligent departments - go wrong. The propaganda is just protecting the spending and has nothing to do with anyone's well-being other than government employees. Way past time to be done with this. We can debate the harm all day long, but it's in a class of harm alongside cigarettes or alcohol, and anyone who argued we should treat those the same way would be rightly dismissed as an authoritarian and puritanical nanny state lunatic.
  22. You two can both be right at the same time. Like Hank says, turnout will be a huge factor, but it's also true that this district has already had a referendum on Tenney-Brindisi. Tend to think a fresh candidate would have been the move after some of her embarrassing missteps against Brindisi last time (the attempted mafia smear was literally insane), but anything could happen. Brindisi hasn't raised much of a profile, but Democrats will be motivated to turn out, too.
  23. Glad to see you've survived COVID-19, '75. Most people who spent that much time on a ventilator didn't make it.
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    Trump 2020

    Fun fact: if you say this to a Hispanic woman during an argument, you have exactly how long it takes her to reach the kitchen knives to live.
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    Golf course charging for seperate carts.

    I kind of inferred it, but now I'm genuinely curioius. Were they supposed to provide separate carts free while the rule was in effect? It's not price-gouging if that was already the price.