Money talks, all others walk...

lizkat

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Thinking about the alleged power of the grassroots donors in political contests in the USA...

1. Act Blue is a nonprofit fundraising platform available to Democratic Party and progressive candidates and related political organizations. USA grassroots donors have contributed a little over $6 billion through this platform over the past 16 years.

https://secure.actblue.com/A

2. The net worth of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos increased by $13 billion on the single day of July 21, 2020, thanks mostly to a 7.9% rise in Amazon stock that day.

https://nypost.com/2020/07/21/amazons-jeff-bezos-sees-net-worth-grow-by-record-13b-in-one-day/


3. No clue how much free speech ol' Jeff personally buys with his dough on any given day or for that matter over the past sixteen years. He has given money to both political parties and to candidates of both parties.

https://marketrealist.com/p/jeff-bezos-political-party/

4. But, Amazon spent $16 billion on lobbying in DC in 2019.

https://www.opensecrets.org/federal-lobbying/clients/summary?cycle=2019&id=D000023883

4. Jes' sayin'...
 

lizkat

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The never-Trumper Bill Kristol, back when his Weekly Standard was in full bloom, once remarked that Congress critters spent too much time over steaks at The Palm while the streets outside were more redolent of France in the time just before that country's revolution.

That was a long time ago, and way before the Trump era... but the fact that this R-led Senate didn't honestly try to compromise vis a vis the House's further stimulus proposal isn't going to make those streets outside The Palm smell any sweeter now.
 

PearsonX

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It depends on the motive for doing so. If the intention is to get rid of mosquitos that are known vector species of malaria or invasive species of pythons, then it's probably a good thing. In this case we got a snake oil salesman trying to fill a void in his supply chain.
HBO's the Swamp was interesting. I almost got to like Thomas Massie who gave off serious Asperger vibes. It was also telling: him saying how much he refuses to prostitute himself out to lobbyists, then he crosses Trump and with a new contender emerging, he proceeds to do the very thing he despises. It's also annoying that this guy, who went to MIT tells you that high CO2 is great for plants like it weren't biodiversity that mattered for the stability of the biosphere. Which is BTW absolutely on the verge of mass extinction level obliteration thanks to homo sapiens sapiens. Fucking Anthtropo(bs)cene.
 
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thekev

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HBO's the Swamp was interesting.
I haven't seen it.

It's also annoying that this guy, who went to MIT tells you that high CO2 is great for plants like it weren't biodiversity that mattered for the stability of the biosphere.
That would annoy me too. Illustrations of what parts of the Paleozoic might have looked like often include giant ferns and things, presumably modeled from the fossil record. I too dislike disingenuous reasoning about these things though. Parts of the Paleozoic era seem to be depicted in the fossil record by very large plant life, but that did not seem to greatly overlap with a high population of mammals.
 

PearsonX

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That would annoy me too. Illustrations of what parts of the Paleozoic might have looked like often include giant ferns and things, presumably modeled from the fossil record. I too dislike disingenuous reasoning about these things though. Parts of the Paleozoic era seem to be depicted in the fossil record by very large plant life, but that did not seem to greatly overlap with a high population of mammals.
Yup. The weird thing where I went to high school, microclimate stabilization by biomes was mandatory material in 9th grade, and in ecology again in 11th or 12th grade. Consequently, I don't know a single climate change denier from there.
 
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