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Thanks Benny

Since USA Today is now subscriber only (and I’m not paying for that—even at $1 for six months), I could copy only this much, but it was the most relevant part for us. Bernie is almost surely not running but the numbers are good to see


Paging Bernie Sanders?

A new USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll finds that the 80-year-old senator from Vermont, two credible bids for the Democratic presidential nomination under his belt, has the highest overall favorability among nearly two dozen prospective 2024 contenders from both parties.

His 46% rating – not exactly stratospheric but better than the others – is thanks to his strength among Democratic voters (78%) paired with his crossover appeal. He is the highest-rated Democrat among independents (at 41%) and among the highest-rated Democrats among Republican voters (at 18%).


J.D. Vance, the Republican nominee for Senate in Ohio, is typically described as the bestselling author of Hillbilly Elegy, a venture capitalist, and a Never Trumper who came to embrace Donald Trump. But that snapshot doesn’t do justice to Vance, a reactionary extremist who yearns to destroy what he calls the “American leadership class” and to implement an extensive and possibly illegal program to cleanse US society of liberal influence. He compares this project to the de-Nazification of Germany following World War II. Last September, Vance outlined this message of revolutionary conservatism on a podcast hosted by a rightwing activist and self-styled masculinity champion who once declared, “Feminists need rape.” During the interview, Vance called for returning Trump to the White House in 2024 so Trump could fire every top and mid-level federal government employee to “deconstruct the administrative state,” and he noted that Trump should even defy the law, if necessary, to mount such a purge.

The show’s host was Jack Murphy, who runs a secretive men’s organization that claims all major American institutions—universities, the media, the government, unions, professional organizations, nonprofits, and corporations—have been “infiltrated, corrupted, demoralized” and aim to “control you forever.” For years, Murphy has railed against feminism, wokeness, and other conservative bête noires. In a blog post written in 2015 and subsequently deleted, he asserted, “Feminists need rape… It is our duty as men to save feminists from themselves. Therefore, I am offering rape to feminists as an olive branch.”

Vance spent a cordial 90 minutes with Murphy, legitimizing the host and discussing politics, culture wars, and masculinity, as Murphy (whose real name is John Goldman) fawned over Vance. Not once did Vance raise Murphy’s comments about rape—which were first reported in 2018 (at a time when Murphy, then an employee of the Washington DC Public Charter School Board, was being investigated for incendiary blog posts written under his Jack Murphy moniker). The two men appeared largely in agreement, as they bemoaned the current state of American society and advocated drastic remedies to impose a new conservative order on the nation. The conversation provides a clear picture of Vance’s worldview and his support for extreme actions.



Hey 🐢

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Paul ADK

It seems that there is a list of Republican politicians who are very vocal in their opposition to student loan forgiveness, who have, in fact, had their PPP loans forgiven. Oh yes, in advance of the 2020 elections, and for far, far greater amounts than the twenty grand.



Hat Tip to dystopian at c99 for this




Rep. Karen Bass has built a double-digit lead in the Los Angeles mayor’s race with a little over two months to go until election day, firming up her base among the city’s Democratic voters and eroding Rick Caruso’s margin in the San Fernando Valley, a new poll shows.

Since beating Caruso in the June primary by 7 points, Bass has widened her advantage over the businessman to 43%-31%, with 24% undecided, according to a new UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental studies poll, co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Times.

Bass has consolidated support among liberal and Democratic voters, picking up the lion’s share of those who went for other candidates in the primary. She leads Caruso by nearly 2 to 1 among former supporters of Councilmember Kevin de León, who came in third in the primary, and wins overwhelmingly among backers of Gina Viola, the progressive activist who came in fourth.



T and R x 3, and thanks, Ms. Benny!!☮️🙂👍



“I hear Republicans complaining about $20,000 in student debt forgiveness. Funny, I didn’t hear those complaints when Trump declared bankruptcy 6 times & had $287 million in loans forgiven by big banks,” Sanders tweeted. “The GOP l-o-v-e-s socialism for the rich, rugged individualism for the rest.”

GQP: Socialism for me, not for thee.


i’ll add


I’m the Zuckborg you will service me.— oh hell no i wont.

Business Insider
Mark Zuckerberg thinks ‘normal people’ won’t want Neuralink chips in their brains soon, but sees a future where people text their loved ones by twitching their wrists

Mark Zuckerberg thinks ‘normal people’ won’t want Neuralink chips in their brains soon, but sees a future where people text their loved ones by twitching their wrists
Isobel Asher Hamilton
Fri, August 26, 2022 at 5:53 AM
Side-by-side image of Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk.
Mark Zuckerberg (left) and Elon Musk.Kevin Dietsch/Michael Gonzalez/Getty Images
Mark Zuckerberg talked about Elon Musk’s brain chip company Neuralink on Joe Rogan’s podcast.

Zuckerberg said “normal people” won’t want brain implants like Neuralink for at least ten to 15 years.

He said Meta is researching neural interface tech you could use to text people by twitching your wrist.

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg outlined the company’s approach to neural interface technology — tech which lets you control technology with your mind — in an interview on podcast The Joe Rogan Experience.

Zuckerberg said Meta is researching neural interface tech as part of its push into the metaverse.

He said the company is primarily focused on tech which can receive signals from the brain but does send any information back to it.

“The super-hard part here is going to be having a computer give you information straight into your brain, and that’s not a thing that we’re working on,” Zuckerberg said.

He compared this to Elon Musk’s neural interface company Neuralink, which is developing a chip which it hopes to one day implant into people’s skulls with electrodes fanning out into the brain that are able to both record and stimulate brain activity.

“Some people, like Elon with Neuralink and those companies, that’s just taking this like super far-off. I mean maybe it’ll be ready in a couple decades,” Zuckerberg said.

He joked with host Joe Rogan that no-one will want to be an early-adopter of Neuralink.

“Normal people I think in the next 10 or 15 years are probably not going to want to get something just installed in their brain for fun,” Zuckerberg said.

“You want the mature version of that [technology], not the one where it’s gonna get a lot better next year and you need to get your brain implant upgraded every year,” he said.

Musk has made outlandish claims about what Neuralink will be able to do, saying it will be like a “Fitbit in your skull” and claiming it will facilitate a symbiosis between human consciousness and AI.

Neuralink has not yet started human testing, but rival biotech firm Synchron began trials on human subjects in July.

Zuckerberg added there will be near-term application for tech like Neuralink for “people with injuries.”

Neuralink said in a public statement in July 2021 it was working towards a first use of for its chip, enabling quadraplegic people to control a cursor on a screen using their mind.

Texting your wife by twitching your wrist
Zuckerberg went on to describe how he envisions neural interface tech slotting into the metaverse, for example integrating it with a set of AR glasses.

Zuckerberg isn’t focused on getting chips into people’s brains, but rather using wearable devices to pick up brain signals that he said could be detected from other parts of the body.

“The path that we have, it’s based on the fact that we have all these extra motor neurones in our body,” Zuckerberg said. Motor neurones are the brain cells that communicate commands from the brain to the muscles in your body.

He said that people could communicate brain signals to devices through small movements in other parts of their bodies.

“It turns out you can have a device on your wrist that basically your brain can communicate with your hand, tell your hand to move in a pattern it isn’t used to, and then the wristband can sort of pick up those signals and translate them into completely different things like having a virtual hand move in front of you while your physical hand is sitting there at your side,” Zuckerberg said.

Zuckerberg gave a vision of how he thinks this could be used in real-life.

“You’ll be able to have this experience in future where you’re sitting in a meeting and your wife texts you and it pops up in the corner of your glasses and you want to respond but you don’t want to like pull out your phone because that’s kinda rude,” he said.

Zuckerberg said using neural interface tech you could: “twitch your wrist a little bit… like some super discreet motion that no one even knows you’re doing it and you send a message.”

He didn’t give a timeline for when such technology could be usable.


Talk about SF dystopia. Mebbe Zuckerberg can implant a chip in his brain to raise his IQ from C-, and lower his greed level. Snort! Musk is just an ahole nut. There are more articles coming out from reputable brain researchers saying no way will a machine ever be developed that surpasses the human brain. They are still a very long way from fully understanding that grayish organ between our ears.