[-] [email protected] 3 points 1 day ago* (last edited 1 day ago)

Did you just blame Trump for a Biden appointment?

Because my comment was specifically about a Biden appointment to the FAA....But if you're looking for who to blame for the FAA being shit, well that goes back a heck of a lot further, and it's a bipartisan affair.

[-] [email protected] 3 points 2 days ago* (last edited 2 days ago)

No, please don't expand the horrific practice of labeling of people as terrorists to use as a scarlet letter and help the FBI/DOJ get around those peski civil liberties.

The equitable answer isn't to expand the War on Terror to include more whites, it's to end it and repeal the unconstitutional laws that passed to support it.

[-] [email protected] 8 points 2 days ago

Yes, my open salvo was directed at the Whitaker.

Also, I'm pretty sure OP is an article bot, so don't think they'd take notice, or offense, regardless lol.

Lemmy.world communities tend to be less tolerable of any direct Biden criticism, at least in my experience. Although maybe they thought I was directing that opener at OP.

[-] [email protected] 38 points 2 days ago* (last edited 2 days ago)

Get fucked. He has spent his whole professional career being an airline industry suit, which is why he was placed at the FAA by Biden: he's another industry plant in an completey captured regulator, by an industry captured government.

All he's doing is stating the obvious because the cats out of the bag. Don't hold your breath for this lifelong airline industry executive to be some savior or rebuilder of an independent FAA.

Whitaker began his aviation career as a litigator, then as assistant general counsel of international and regulatory affairs at Trans World Airlines (TWA). He spent 15 years at United Airlines in a variety of roles as director, vice president and senior vice president. His portfolio at the airline included commercial alliances and joint ventures, international and regulatory affairs, and strategic counsel to the chairman and chief executive officer on international matters.Whitaker served as Group CEO of InterGlobe Enterprises.There, he oversaw strategy and operations for four affiliate travel companies.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Whitaker_(government_official)

[-] [email protected] 21 points 3 days ago* (last edited 2 days ago)

Wait....you don't audit every package and dependency before you compile and install?

That's crazy risky my man.

Me? I know security and take it seriously, unlike some people here. I'm actually almost done with my audit and should be ready to finally boot Fedora 8 within the next 6-8 months.

[-] [email protected] 8 points 3 days ago* (last edited 3 days ago)

You can categorize any smaller country as a pawn when they're placed between two competing powers, but they often really don't have much of a choice in that.

And TBF Castro wanted to push the Cuban missile crisis a hell of a lot further then then Khrushchev was willing to. So maybe more pitbull than pawn, at least for a time.

But real talk, America has horribly exploited and abused Cuba since the Spanish-American war, and let's just say, still lightly meddled in their affairs for nearly 50 years prior to the post war occupation.

So getting your feels up in a twist about Russia managing to sail a handful of warships to Cuba, is kinda petty. Especially considering that it's even odds that the fucking engines catch fire on the return trip.

[-] [email protected] 39 points 3 days ago* (last edited 3 days ago)

I'll wait for the financial analysts that I both trust, and I know hate Musk, before I have any confidence in answering that question.

But... my best uninformed guess is that it's less fanboy worship, and more fear that Musk is the only thing propping up the insane stock valuation.

I'm assuming that Musk has a complex web of possibly illegal and highly engineered financial instruments that keep that stock pumping, or at least, not crashing - yet.

Maybe those who voted to approve might be aware, or involved, in that house of cards and believe removing Musk would be akin to blowing on it.

But I'm just pulling all of this out of my ass, so who knows...

It might be as simple as the majority of Tesla shareholders who voted to approve, including the institutional ones, are really just submental morons.

[-] [email protected] 6 points 3 days ago* (last edited 3 days ago)

This was an easy election year punt.

The rulings in this case were made by an out of pocket judge and an appellate court district that's gone off the fucking rails, legally speaking.

If it wasn't an election year, SCOTUS might have disregarded all that and plowed ahead anyways.

However, both Alito and Thomas are likely wanting to retire, and probably will if Trump gets back in office.

Those desires, combined with how the last abortion ruling hurt the GOP electorally, made this an easy decision for them.

[-] [email protected] 6 points 3 days ago

Actually....that makes a lot more sense and I don't recall that being brought up in article, but maybe I missed it.

I would say that elections are public affairs, and have widespread coverage, including public polling data, but I can see the analogy to insider trading.

Even if the only one's hurt here are the bookies, it's probably not an activity that should be publicly accepted as normal.

[-] [email protected] 5 points 3 days ago* (last edited 3 days ago)

Did I miss the part where the bet was something oddly specific where the aide could actually significantly impact akin to shaving points, or throwing a fight...?

Because it just says he bet on the general election, which honestly feels relatively harmless in the context of a society with widespread legalized gambling.

Not that I'd shed any tears over a Sunak aide getting fucked by any legal process, including a dubious one.

Can someone tell me if I'm missed something here?

[-] [email protected] 23 points 4 days ago* (last edited 4 days ago)

I don't think they're making a moral argument, but pointing out the reality of the situation as it stands.

This is a problem that can only be fixed through legislation and aggressive enforcement backed by large punitive actions.

Until that happens, it's better to acknowledge and understand the reality of the situation, than to believe that a morally righteous condemnation will somehow unmake that reality.

It sucks. I agree with your philosophical stance, except for the payment for personal data, as I'd prefer a complete opt-out. However, none of that changes where we're at right now.

[-] [email protected] 14 points 4 days ago* (last edited 4 days ago)

Fallon Fox. Look her up.

Yes, she eventually got beat by another professional female fighter, but not before she seriously injured multiple opponents, including skull fractures. Those types of injuries are not common in men's MMA, although they do occur, but they're extremely uncommon in female MMA.

Testosterone blockers don't reverse the effects the hormone had on a bodies development prior to medically transitioning. So differences such as bone density are locked in, even if their blood test shows a hormonal balance that aligns with their preferred gender at the time of competition.

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