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Halifax Public Libraries eliminates library fees forever thecoast.ca/halifax/…
> Halifax Public Libraries CEO Åsa Kachan says there are many reasons someone may end up with overdue fines: limited access to child care; limited access to transportation; employment opportunities that are sporadic; families that don't have a regular schedule. Most often, fines were disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable in our community.
> Fines accounted for less than one percent of the library's budget.
 
12:48 AM
> The effort to get Kanye West on the ballot as a third-party candidate in several states is increasingly looking like an operation run by President Trump’s allies and Republican activists that is aimed at diverting votes from Joseph R. Biden Jr.
@TimStone possibly related?
 
Possibly, but chances are good it will be something far less interesting just because
Maybe they finally found Bill de Blasio's dignity, murdered in a back alley
 
> Deutsche Bank complied with the subpoena. Over a period of months last year, it provided Mr. Vance’s office with detailed records, including financial statements and other materials that Mr. Trump had provided to the bank as he sought loans, according to two of the people familiar with the inquiry.
> Breaking: Twitter said it will require President Trump’s campaign account to remove a post containing coronavirus misinformation, banning the account from tweeting until it does so.
(This isn't the @realdonaldtrump account, I don't think; its his campaign account, showing a video of Trump saying children are "almost immune" from covid-19)
 
 
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6:23 AM
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Police responded to a report of a suicidal man and then shot themselves
 
 
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9:19 AM
@TimStone Man, I swear I dreamt about this exact headline on this exact site a couple months ago
 
 
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12:57 PM
All Landlords Are Bastards, exhibit N
 
Is that a satire subreddit?
 
@Nzall Hey!
 
@Frank are you a landlord?
 
@Nzall Yes
 
@Frank And you don't pull shit like this?
 
1:04 PM
@Nzall Of course not!
My renter doesn't screw my place up, pays on time, I fix things that are broken, and everybody's happy.
 
@Frank Did you reduce rental fees because of COVID?
 
@Nzall Couldn't. Mortgages and taxes weren't reduced.
 
Ave
1:25 PM
bold for people in that thread to say "distrustful" and "sneaky"
 
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1:37 PM
Anyhow, I don't care if that post is satire or not, I will never respect landlords.
 
The footage of people blocking access to the new orleans eviction court for rents less than $3,000 was pretty good
watching guys trying desperately to throw people out on the street during a pandemic
also yes this implies a separate court for rents more than $3,000
which I assume is mostly commercial but like, why not just have one for commercial and one for not commercial?
 
It is indeed a satiric subreddit
 
Everyone's free to their own opinion, but let's not paint with too broad a brush, alright?
 
1:59 PM
@Wrigglenite Which means, going by the track record of satiric subreddits, it's going to go completely straight and alt-right in a few months, give or take.
 
It's 90% memes, so maybe?
 
2:12 PM
@Nzall A lot of landlords are just people renting out part of their house so they can actually make ends meet. Housing prices and costs are fucked in many places.
 
@Wipqozn yeah, it's probably not the Frank landlords. It's more like the slumlords
 
@Nzall It's not even just slumlords. There's no shortage of shitty landlords. It's a business that's really easy for people to exploit. Usually due to a combination of lack of proper regularation and oversight, and just a general feeling of "Why even bother fighting it" from tenants.
 
"people who own two or more buildings" is probably roughly the line
not like this nonsense from 538:
May 19 at 15:10, by Unionhawk
> About half the rental properties in the U.S. belong to landlords who own no more than 10 properties
fewer than 11 gtfo
 
@Unionhawk So if I have a cottage somewhere that I rent out when I'm not using it, i'd fall under that category?
 
@Unionhawk It can vary drastically even within a property company, too. I'm with Killam, who is one of the biggest property owners in Nova Scotia (maybe the biggest?), and I've had very few problems... but I'm in one of their better buildings. Folks in not quite as nice buildings seem to run into a LOT of issues.
Although that's always how it goes, though.
I pay them more money so they're less willing to fuck with me
@Nzall It's not a firm line.
 
2:22 PM
it's probably more related to "is this just additional investment income" idk don't quote me
and I imagine a lot of times "did you form an LLC to get this done" tbh?
 
@Unionhawk Also what kind of properties you rent factors into it.
and HOW you rent it
i.e. someone that buys up a bunch of properties and then AirBNBs them is just a shitty move in my books.
I acually just downright hate AirBNB. Hot take, I know.
I think it may have actually started out as "rent out extra space in your house", but it's just involved into "buy up a bunch of property and then AirBNB it out 24/7, thus removing housing from those that actually need it".
 
2:54 PM
My motivation is to build up a retirement fund.
The rent covers the expenses, and that's more or less it.
I'm not even sure there's enough for unexpected repairs.
 
3:23 PM
@Wipqozn As always with these sort of things, SV just goes "oh, this is a thing some people do for free, let's monetize it with no care about how monetizing things changes people's behavior".
Like the story I read was that AirBNB was born from some dudes couchsurfing because rent prices in California are ridiculous.
good job, now you made rent ridiculous everywhere
 
3:41 PM
@TimStone Can... NY do that?
> Seeking to dissolve the NRA is the most aggressive sanction James could have sought against the not-for-profit organization, which James has jurisdiction over because it is registered in New York. James has a wide range of authorities relating to nonprofits in the state, including the authority to force organizations to cease operations or dissolve. The NRA is all but certain to contest it.
 
Yeah, lol
Because of all the controversy before I think there's already a lawsuit by the ousted NRA folks alleging this same thing
As the reason they were ousted, after La Pierre turned the board against them to protect himself
 
3:59 PM
@TimStone oh fun
harvey flashbacks
 
@TimStone I'm sure global warming has nothing to do with us. Nope. Not at all.
@TimStone I, for one, am shocked that this horribly corrupt organization turned out to be corrupt.
> The suit alleges that top NRA executives misused charitable funds for personal gain, awarded contracts to friends and family members, and provided contracts to former employees to ensure loyalty.
SHOCKED
 
dissolving the NRA does seem a bit like the kind of overreach that will be defeated in the court later
 
4:23 PM
@MadScientist it does sound outrageous, but don't forget that NY was successful at shutting down the Trump nonprofit
 
It seems like it should be possible for them to just…up and register somewhere else anyway? So I guess the named defendants are the more important focus
 
5:03 PM
Thoughts and prayers for the NRA...
 
5:26 PM
@TimStone Ah, Tim Mak addressed this by the way, to move the assets they'd need AG approval so they could do it only if they wanted to start from scratch
 
 
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7:34 PM
> “This isn’t just another eastern Mediterranean cruise, as wonderful as they are. This is even WONDERFULLER!” the website promised.
lolwat
I thought they were going build up to a proper punchline or something.
 
It was already horrible because it was a cruise and then they added Glenn Beck and somehow people still paid for it
 
Not "WONDERFULLER".
 
7:47 PM
@TimStone lol at the paragraph about whether or not daily beast was given statutorily required 5 days notice or not ("The envelope was postmarked 1 day before, plantiff does not dispute this, and because it is not in dispute we can use it for a motion to dismiss. However, even if we couldn't the standard is 5 business days so even if we ignore that plaintiff still didn't do it. Also we don't even need to consider that because this fails on the merits anyway")
 
lol
 
8:37 PM
The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has implemented a tariff of 10 per cent on aluminum products imported from Canada. cbc.ca/news/business/trump-aluminum-tariff-1.5677036
> Trump made the announcement of an executive order imposing the tariffs Thursday in a campaign speech at a Whirlpool factory in Ohio.
 
9:19 PM
@Wipqozn do the factory workers not realize this means fewer of their appliances will be sold because the price has to go up, thus putting their jobs at risk?
Canada produces more than 3 times as much aluminum as the US, and most of what the US produces goes towards military and aerospace production.
Aluminum it expensive to produce due to the amount of electricity needed. There is no cheap electricity in the US, but there is in Quebec.
 
9:37 PM
Most factory workers probably don't know the details about the supply chain.
But then again, they should understand "aluminum's more expensive, we use aluminum..."
 
 
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> When it was pointed out that he actually can’t win in 2020—that he won’t be on enough ballots to yield 270 electoral votes, and that a write-in campaign isn’t feasible—and thus was serving as a spoiler, West replied: “I’m not going to argue with you. Jesus is King.”
That's.... a thing
 
Yeah, he can go get bent
Just so tired of people we shouldn't have to care about anymore causing issues for everyone else
 
11:05 PM
Can't believe even at his advanced age Biden can land a kidney punch on God
 

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