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  • I’ll still vote for her, even though I’ve thought she’s been an ineffectual VP and was just a bad presidential candidate in 2020. During the 2020 Dem primary debates she basically got shutdown by Tulsi Gabbard and never really recovered from that, up until Biden picked her as VP. Her previous record would probably make her a liability amongst liberals, but there’s not much choice now. She doesn’t seem to have much charisma or inspire much enthusiasm. She’s not old though, so that’s a plus in her favor. Being a black woman is sure to excite elements of the party that would find that important, as it would be another historic first for the country if she were elected. I’d just be happy to avert fascism with whomever.



  • There’s going to be people pushing on both sides pushing either way, some with honest intentions/beliefs, some just bots/bad actors trying to amp up the chaos. It’s impossible to tell how this plays out at the point though, but it does have the potential to be a really good thing for the Democratic campaign. Unfortunately, Democrats have a way of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, so I’m not overly optimistic of our chances. I hope they get somebody smart, younger, and charismatic who just completely blows the Right out of the water this election and completely changes the trajectory of this country… but I’m not going to hold my breath. I’ll vote for whomever is not Trump, to try to prevent the takeover of literal fascists.


  • paddirn@lemmy.worldtoNews@lemmy.worldJoe Biden ends re-election campaign
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    I would love for Kamala Harris to be more charismatic and less ineffectual than she currently is, I’ll vote for whoever is not Trump. Now is the perfect opportunity to reinvigorate the campaign and turn everything upside down, but I’m not optimistic. They’ll probably trot out Hillary Clinton again if it’s not Harris, and it’ll be a replay of 2016.


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    I wanted to like Google, I bought into the whole ecosystem and still regularly use my gmail account, but they’ve fallen quite far in my eyes. They’ve killed off multiple features I used extensively, Search, the thing they should be good at, just isn’t as dependable as it used to be, I don’t trust using Chrome anymore, and the company overall just seems like a pale reflection of its former self. I just don’t trust them as a company. Not as bad as Meta or anything Musk touches, but still bad.




  • This is just a taste of what we have to look forward to with four+ more years of Trump. When you let snowflakes run things, they will inevitably do whatever they can to shut down any sort of ridicule about themselves. “Cancel culture” is just them projecting again, they will do the exact same thing they accuse the other side of and amp it up to 11 over seemingly innocent comments. Saying things like “Trump is a jackass” or “Trump is a big fat orange turd” will eventually become offenses. It’ll start with late night TV, various shows will get shut down, the things that Trump himself will see. The guard rails are off, so Trump can just order companies to shut down shows he doesn’t like.

    Remember, Trump spends half his “workdays” JUST watching TV, so him going after programming could be construed as an “official act”. After some of the big ones are taken out, Colbert and others, this zero tolerance for ridicule will filter into the rest of the culture. This is how dictators operate, they can’t stand being attacked or ridiculed, everyone else has to take them as seriously as they take themselves. Unfortunately, I likely won’t be able to say, “Told you so” because internet speech will likely become filtered as it is in China. That’s what we’ll get if Trump is elected and that some people are ok with that is absolutely mind-boggling, whether you’re a Republican or Democrat or Libertarian or whatever, that kind of American society should not be acceptable, but that’s what we’re moving towards.


  • paddirn@lemmy.worldtoUS Authoritarianism@lemmy.worldAmerica Hates Fat Women
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    Nobody is saying that people with obesity need to be self-loathing, that’s never a treatment that’s recommended for any other medical condition. However, it still is a medical condition that leads to worse health outcomes across the board, we don’t glamorize cancer patients or drug/alcohol abusers the way we glamorize obesity in America. At least with alcohol/drug abuse, friends & family sometimes feel the need to stage interventions, there’s measures in place to let the person know that their behavior is self-destructive. Even smokers aren’t made to feel bad about themselves, but society does step in with various hints to encourage stopping. Calling out obesity as being unhealthy is not about making people feel bad about themselves, it’s about letting people know that they’re going to have bad consequences if they don’t change their lifestyle.

    With obesity, it’s just accepted that somebody is putting on weight, it’s spun in a positive light and paraded around in the media, and there’s really no push to help people. People are taught to love themselves no matter what, “It’s all about the bass”, they don’t need to do anything different. If any other drug or activity existed that caused things like cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke), type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, musculoskeletal disorders, cancers (endometrial, breast and colon), and just generally made people unhealthy the way obesity does, it would be demonized in a heartbeat (similar to how cigarettes/drugs/alcohol are demonized).

    I will accept though, that potentially making obese people feel good about themselves may be part of the treatment. I’m assuming there may be an element of depression that’s contributing to the weight gain, whether it’s over-eating or lack of physical activity, and it creates a hard-to-escape feedback loop. They feel bad about their weight gain, which causes them to eat more or not go out as much, which increases weight gain, rinse and repeat. So potentially the “feel good” culture around obesity in America is a subtle way of helping them to break out of that feedback loop, but I’m not sure how effective it really is, it just seems like it normalizes an unhealthy medical condition more than anything.




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    If anything, America is too accepting of being fat, it’s not treated like a negative health condition. It’s treated more as something to be proud of, something to be accepted, if not celebrated. I think for awhile there, there was a push in pop-culture more towards skinny women, but if that exists anymore it’s been toned down or it’s non-existent.