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Bernardo de La Paz

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Member since: Fri Jul 16, 2004, 11:36 PM
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Canadian who lived for many years in Northern California and left a bit of my heart there.

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It's the ambiguous binary / non-binary nature of the word


A word like "defund" can mean either

1) Withdraw all funding of an institution, or

2) Withdraw some funding

My gut reaction on hearing "defund" used widely re police departments some weeks ago was it was to destroy, delete, and dead-end police departments.

And that is despite that I frequently encourage people to avoid binary all-or-nothing thinking. Hoist by my own petard. Or, more accurately, I am not immune to that which I warn against.

It was only a little bit later that someone made it clearer to me that it can mean reducing funding, say by 10%, not eliminating it entirely. A duh moment for me. There is merit, for example, to the idea of sending wellness professionals to do wellness checks instead of sending beefy police with guns and tasers and sunglasses and black boots and all.
Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Sat Jun 27, 2020, 08:22 AM (1 replies)

Threads for when posting links:


Trim a link, try it. If it works, trim more and try again. If it fails, go back the previous trim and post that.

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100213615353

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100213629496

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Thu Jun 25, 2020, 10:53 AM (1 replies)

This is the military signalling to tRump: We will not kill Americans for your campaign or after


Or at least I sure hope I'm right.

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Fri Jun 5, 2020, 08:50 PM (3 replies)

Amazing that 3 guys navigate to middle age and think they can get away with it. 3 reasons

Three reasons:

1) They believe in and depend on white privilege.

2) The system encourages that kind of behaviour, especially under tRump.

3) White privilege is a real thing and is harsh on people of colour and uplifting of white people.

But, all the same, they are still dead stupid.

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Thu Jun 4, 2020, 02:31 PM (0 replies)
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