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I really don’t care who won this political battle. I could point out ways that Biden lost by his own statements, but again, I really don’t care.

What I do care about is that Biden signed the CAA and then conducted US finances in such a way to put us in this situation in the first place, where he’d be out there threatening to default unless he got more power.

He won the political game? Fine. Good for him. But we all suffered from his actions in that pursuit of power.


Right now people are criticizing BlueSky for having effectively only a single instance.

For better or worse, that alone makes it less confusing.

(Personally I would go with worse because I think it’s a good trade-off to have more instances, but for the moment that alone justifies the claims that it doesn’t have that confusing element)

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Biden has agreed that these aren’t bills to pay. The bills don’t exist. The agreement that Biden signed on to, and that Democrats voted for last night, show that this is not about paying bills.

The legislation they voted on last night cancels spending which would make no sense if this was about paying bills.

And that in and of itself shows that those politicians have been misleading us for months about this issue.


Probably not a good idea.

Next time just look at the public record so you don’t have to agree with anybody. Just look at how the government functions, and the public records showing what it has been doing, and draw your own conclusions.

So far I don’t know who you have been listening to, but they have not told you the truth, so here is the public record for you to see for yourself, so you don’t have to believe them. Or me.

This is about fact checking.


I think that a lot of people who say Mastodon is not confusing are sort of projecting their own personal brain processes and not realizing, or not appreciating, how other people operate differently.

Different people are different, and the amount of understanding needed to understand instances will be more or less brain work for different people, not to mention the choice paralysis for choosing BOTH Fediverse interfaces multiplied by instances will be different for different people.

In short, anytime a person is dismissing the confusingness of Mastodon, they need to keep in mind that so much of the population have brains that work in patterns much different than theirs.

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@chucker @volkris @DemocracySpot @theintercept there's a LOT about Bluesky that makes this easier. Users get the default "following" algorithm (the same as Mastodon's, reverse chronological posts from people you follow), and then you can choose to subscribe to other algorithms, both from Bluesky or third parties. For example, I use a feed called "Catch Up" which just shows the most popular posts from the last 24 hours. Want to make a custom algorithm that anyone can use? Here's how


I just appreciate how you don’t seem to particularly care about supporting the case that you object to, or even working to improve things.

You’re harming your own case, but nevermind that, huh? I’ll just piss right off.


Yes, and you can’t believe a lot of articles :) There’s SO MUCH misreporting on things like Supreme Court cases.

Below I’ll give you the link to the opinion for you to read for yourself, so you don’t have to rely on trusting such outlets.

And then stop trusting such outlets :)

Importantly, the Court did NOT rule on the end result here. It ONLY ruled on the question before it, whether the case could even be brought.

The article is at odds with what the Court actually said.


OF COURSE it was a budget issue as the money to pay bills has to be budgeted!

The president signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act that established a budget without money to pay for it all. His budget was bad, and this was cleaning up his mess.

Here’s where the House is in the process of working on next year’s budget:


The funny thing is, your reply comes across to me as mostly confirming the article.

Mastodon people get defensive! says the article, as you get defensive.

Mastodon is confusing! says the article as you list off the alternatives that help make Mastodon confusing.

And so on.

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Keep in mind that economies were growing before there were modern financial systems, showing that no, banks are not so critical.

I hear people making that claim occasionally, and it’s just bunk.

Some banks have the ability to create money, but others have legal restrictions on such things. Modern finance is more complex than I think you’re crediting it for.

By analogy, banks can fertilize the soil, but that’s not sufficient to see plants grow. There still needs to be seeds and sunlight. They can help, but they are not anywhere close to the end of the story.


Nope. I meant expanded power to borrow, because that’s how the checks and balances of the US government work.

Every president wants more power to borrow and spend, and Congress is tasked with checking that power.

And no, this wasn’t about paying the bills. The legislation he negotiated reduces the amount he can spend, which debunks that rhetoric. If this was about paying the bills then the legislation would just run into the same issue.

But those were lies the administration promoted. It’s not how the federal government actually functions.


FWIW, mainstream conservative media has been calling for ballot harvesting, at least legal ballot harvesting, for months now.


Folks need to read this case directly because there is a lot of nonsense going around about it today.

The Supreme Court didn’t particularly hand a defeat to organize labor; it merely said that a strike is not an excuse to vandalize others’ property.

If organized labor is directly connected to vandalism, well, I don’t think that is a winning position for them to take.


I always try to emphasize, and I’m critical about this, that was engineered to be centralized on instances, not decentralized to users.

I would have preferred to have online presence be the apex of the system, but that was not the design choice that was made.

And so Fediverse puts all of the power firstly in the instance. We can only hope that instance managers will use that power to promote user experience.



That’s not how this works. That’s not how any of this works. (To borrow the line)

Banks don’t cause growth. At most, banks support growth as a necessary but not sufficient actor in the environment.

States don’t have to run balanced budgets. And we see in fact that they do issue bonds, they do technically run non-balanced budgets on a cash flow basis all the time. However, states do voluntarily adopt policies whereby they balance their budgets because that is a good thing.

What’s good for states might very well be good for the federal government as well.

It’s merely the idea that anytime a politician wants to spend money he needs to justify that spending against the cost.

One way or another, we do all pay that cost.


Yeah, and I get that, and I even personally do the exact same thing. I’m like you with that.

But other people use the platform differently, and I understand them as well.

A lot of people are really focused on sort of branching out and building a web of content on social media. I’m not, but I appreciate that other people are, and those numbers are useful for them as they shape their experiences here.


Ha, or at least social media, where people aren’t always serious.

I know, it just always grates on me when I hear people who seriously believe that stuff, who really don’t understand the field of economics.

Carry on! :)


Yeah, that’s totally what he intended when he demanded expanded power to borrow and threatened default if he didn’t get his way, then flatly said he wouldn’t negotiate, then caved and did.

I just don’t believe it was all part of a bigger plan for him to sacrifice himself for the sake of bipartisanship.


What in the world economist do you listen to who says humans only value things monetarily?

Literally all of the economists I’ve ever heard from are emphatic that humans value things aside from monetarily.

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