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This is one of the most wonderful celebrity stories I’ve seen

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Since Estonia is a member of NATO and attacking them would carry serious military consequences, I’m guessing that this is “mere” harassment. Putin is attempting to make people nervous.

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Partly, but hey, sometimes a light snack is all you’re in the mood for

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Change the cigarette she’s holding to a switchblade

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As an American, and therefore a potential target, this is a risk I am willing to take. I think Putin is better at talking shit than actually carrying out his threats.

It’s tragic that this war is still going on. Putin needs to be stopped. Now.

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Note: Title pic is not the baby owl in question, but there wasn't a good photo of it, so this is just a Tawny Owl chick from Wikipedia

Points for honesty!

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… casinos and hotels.

On one hand, that’s weird AF. On the other, I would definitely stay at (and probably steal towels from) the Hotel Atari.

Families of Uvalde school shooting victims are suing Texas state police over botched response ( apnews.com )

The families of 19 of the victims in the Uvalde elementary school shooting in Texas on Wednesday filed a $500 million federal lawsuit against nearly 100 state police officers who were part of the botched law enforcement response to one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history....

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I support them fully, but don’t expect them to have much success.

Many US dairy workers yet to receive protective gear for bird flu ( www.reuters.com )

CHICAGO, May 23 (Reuters) - Many U.S. dairy farms have not yet increased health protections against bird flu for employees during an outbreak in cows, according to workers, activists and farmers, worrying health experts about the risk for more human infections of a virus with pandemic potential.

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Nor will they, unless management is forced to, or until the lost profits from too many sick workers make protective gear cost effective.

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To me, this is a major ethical issue. If any actual humans submitted this “paper”, they should be severely disciplined by their ethics board.

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"This is all repairable, all doable, particularly if we do it together."

Translation: even though this bad decision was made without your input, we want to be able to blame you when it fails.

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I watched the show when it originally aired on UPN, and I have to admit, I thought that’s all she was for. It was UPN, after all, and that network wasn’t afraid to be sleazy if it boosted ratings.

I was very happy to be proven wrong. She turned out to be a genuinely interesting character who enabled some great stories.

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… Obama convinced her to do it…

Is this the funniest spellcheck error I’ve ever seen, or is there something I’m missing?

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Great move. I’m glad they exploited the character’s potential instead of just her bod.

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Man, am I glad that I couldn’t afford a Tesla when I thought they were cool and didn’t find Musk repulsive.

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I can understand being unwilling to vote for Biden because he’s supporting genocide. That, taken by itself, is perfectly reasonable.

Why aren’t those otherwise intelligent, thoughtful people looking at the bigger picture, though?

Don’t they understand that under Trump, things will be much worse? What’s their moral rationale for allowing fascism to take over America, and empowering untold numbers of reprehensible people? I’m trying to understand, but I just don’t get it.

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Okay, you’ve hit on exactly what I don’t get.

Most Federal elections aren’t about good vs. bad. They’re about choosing the lesser of two evils. That’s important to remember.

As I see it, a vote for Biden OR Trump is a vote supporting genocide. On that one issue, sadly, there’s no real choice.

However, voting for Trump also brings with it sexism, racism and an inevitable threat to democracy - in addition to genocide. Crucially, changing the system for the better would become MUCH harder under Trump. Choosing not to vote at all (or voting for a 3rd party candidate with no real chance of winning) helps Trump. It would be giving up on yourself, and society as a whole. It would be saying that things are too broken to be fixed, ever, so it’s okay to let future generations suffer.

I don’t see the moral benefit in failing to choose the lesser of two evils.

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Although a lifelong Democrat, I must grudgingly admit that this is a good interpretation

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I can’t argue with anything you said. I can only argue that under Democrats, authoritarianism and the erosion of civil rights happen slower. We’ll have more time to acclimate ourselves to the concept of a General Strike. There’s no reason to give facism a helping hand by skipping the election.

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Thank you for taking the time to explain. That is by far the best answer I’ve seen.

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Who else is hearing Rush right now?

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Actually using those nukes would be a great way to piss off most of the world, and virtually guarantee that the CIA/military would make it a priority to remove Putin from power by any means necessary.

If some dumbass on Lemmy (me) can figure that out, so can Putin’s advisors. He’s bluffing. It’s well past time to call him on it.

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The look of sheer delight on Hobbes’ face is wonderful.

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Oh, yeah! To really piss Calvin off, he had to sell it. Hobbes knows exactly how to push Calvin’s buttons!

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Is Ukraine a member of NATO? Would they perhaps like to be?

No, they’re not a member. Putin wouldn’t have attacked them if they were.

Ukraine would join tomorrow if they were allowed to.

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Yes, you’ve got it right. If Ukraine had been a member, Putin would have found another country to invade. Bullies pick on weak loners, not kids with lots of tough friends. The combined strength of NATO is more than the Russian military can handle.

I don’t understand why this article was written the way that it was. Although the author makes several valid points, it is most definitely not NATO’s job to police all of Europe. NATO exists to ensure the security of member states. Aside from some unlikely situations, “strength in numbers” is all NATO is for. A simple idea, but an effective one.

I do agree that Europe should be doing more to help Ukraine. That has absolutely nothing to do with the current condition of NATO, though. This could have been a powerful opinion piece, but my main takeaway is that the author doesn’t seem to understand NATO’s duties or purpose.

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It’s up to individual countries to make that decision - and I think everyone should be defending Ukraine more aggressively. I agree with a lot of what the author is saying, but he doesn’t seem to understand what NATO is for. NATO is not a police force meant to defend all of Europe.

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It turns out there’s a very clear reason for that. I have seen the extremely restrictive off-boarding agreement that contains nondisclosure and non-disparagement provisions former OpenAI employees are subject to. It forbids them, for the rest of their lives, from criticizing their former employer. Even acknowledging that the NDA exists is a violation of it.

Utterly insane.

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Even though it’s easily explained by the circumstances, it’s still pretty damn weird to see a mugshot posted by Golf Digest.

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I have seen stories on this topic posted several times. I upvote it every time and will continue to do so.

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I put some peanut butter on each slice, to “waterproof” it before applying the jelly. That way, the bread doesn’t get soggy and gross.

That’s as advanced as I get with my PB&J engineering. Forget this mixing nonsense.

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That sounds like a completely acceptable reason to me! Grandmas are awesome!

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Excessively worried moms can be annoying, but at least she’s trying to be supportive of her daughter.

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Did you put Joe Biden “I Did That” stickers on gas pumps?

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Scratching a stranger’s car is never okay.

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True. I had intentional damage in mind.

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That doesn’t do expensive damage. I am pro-finger.

Edit: come on, “pro-finger”? Nobody’s gonna take that and run with it? I’m disappointed.

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Although a joke, this seems more likely than a positive, effective outcome.

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Of course she was. It’s fucking Florida, where transphobia is the government norm.

Edit: she looked awesome, too. I like how she worked in the green Docs.

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SO FUCKING WHAT?!?!? DO I NEED TO ASK PERMISSION TO HAVE A FUCKING HOBBY, YOUR MAJESTY??? JESUS CHRIST!!! (smashing noises and incoherent yelling from garage)

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I have no information to offer. I just want to say that koi ponds are beautiful, and I wish you the best of luck.

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Emphasis on “some”. I used to work at a hotel. When people arrived at 11 AM expecting to check in, I had no problem making them wait in the lobby. I was polite about it, of course, but also firm.

Our housekeeping staff worked harder than anyone else in the building. I wasn’t about to give them a hard time on behalf of some ignorant, inconsiderate people.

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You’re totally correct. I’m thinking of instances when we were fully booked the night before, AND the guests who wanted an unannounced early check-in had reserved a specific type of room we didn’t have many of to begin with.

If we didn’t know not to allow late check-outs for those rooms, and housekeeping didn’t know to keep an eye out for any departures from those rooms, we could run into problems.

I was always happy to help people out when I could. Getting positive feedback from guests was the best part of my job!

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A large wooden cross, every year, for eternity

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It is factual news. The artist, Vincent Namatjira, has done many paintings in this style.

Famous for his quirky style of painting, Namatjira is known as a ‘satirical chronicler of Australian identity’ whose “paintings offer a wry look at the politics of history, power and leadership from a contemporary Aboriginal perspective.”

The Archibald prize winning artist has used his unique style to paint notable figures from the Queen to Slim Dusty, usually to pretty good receptions.

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The gallery took it down? That’s extremely disappointing. On the other hand, I’m glad that so many have seen it because of articles like this.

Edit: according to an article which was published today (May 16th), the gallery did not take it down.

“While Rinehart has the right to express her opinions about the work,” the association’s executive director Penelope Benton said on Thursday, “she does not have the authority to pressure the gallery into withdrawing the painting simply because she dislikes it.”

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I finally saw a Cybertruck on the road today. I didn’t know whether to feel sorry for the driver because he’d been scammed, or just laugh at him.

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I watched the original video a few years ago. I had forgotten how cool Truckla is, and how likable Simone is.

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