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62 percent of Biden voters want to replace both candidates on the ballot: Poll
  • Like, people going, “I won’t vote/will vote 3rd party” seem to not realize that if Biden doesn’t get in,

    I think people saying that are well aware a 3rd party vote means a second Trump presidency. Most are saying that in bad faith. The posters posting it either have no plan to vote third party, or they're not even US citizens (as their posts would suggest they are) and they're not allowed to vote anyway.

  • US foreign aid package: how is it financed?
  • There are three ways governments obtain money.

    1. Taxes
    2. Borrow Money (issuing government bonds)
    3. Print Money (Called Quantitative Easing in the USA, the last time this was used ended March 9th, 2022)

    Added clarity and more money sources:

    1. Fees charged to domestic individuals and companies (passports, charged interest on unpaid income taxes. etc)
    2. Fees charged to foreign nations or foreign companies. (exim bank fees, tariffs)
  • Walmart-backed fintech 'One' introduces buy now, pay later as it prepares bigger push into lending
  • Oh oh! I've seen this episode! Before the reboot they called it "company scrip".

    The theme song was a banger too!

    The line "another day older and deeper in debt" from the chorus came from a letter written by Travis's brother John.[2] This and the line "I owe my soul to the company store" are a reference to the truck system and to debt bondage. Under this scrip system, workers were not paid cash; rather they were paid with non-transferable credit vouchers that could be exchanged only for goods sold at the company store. This made it impossible for workers to store up cash savings. Workers also usually lived in company-owned dormitories or houses, the rent for which was automatically deducted from their pay.

  • California could ban Clear, which lets travelers pay to skip TSA lines
  • When I've seen Clear customer traverse, they are check by face/eyes with their machines, a Clear employee walks them to the front of the line, announces to the TSA officer that X number of cleared passengers are entering and the Clear employee shows their ID. I have never seen a Clear customer show an ID to a TSA agent.

  • California could ban Clear, which lets travelers pay to skip TSA lines
  • Hmm I feel like it would be difficult for a private company to get approved to take over the TSAs job.

    You misunderstand. It would still be TSA staff, however they would be dedicated to Clear members. Who would pay for it would likely be Clear.

    Delta does this already with their SkyPriority service. It is a separate security line specifically for Delta First class (or Skypriority member) passengers. No amount of Clear, TSA Pre will get you into that dedicated line.

  • California could ban Clear, which lets travelers pay to skip TSA lines
  • I agree that their current business model wouldn't work, but their current model only has limited value anyway. I would say it changes the best possible business model for Clear to choose to operate more like Delta SkyPriority where there is a whole separate line from beginning of security to the end, not just the first step of the line, which is what Clear does today.

  • California could ban Clear, which lets travelers pay to skip TSA lines
  • Why do people use Clear? What am I missing?

    As long as there are fewer Clear customers, they can essentially jump ahead of the folks in line for TSA Pre. For folks that travel on airplanes as a living, every moment counts, and they're willing to spend whatever to cut out delays. Further, some concierge services and high end credit cards offer Clear subscriptions included. Others are business travelers and just charge their Clear subscription to their business expenses.

    Its certainly not worth it to me, and I've never been a Clear customer.

  • California could ban Clear, which lets travelers pay to skip TSA lines
  • Nobody (at the time of my writing) is reading the article or understand what Clear is or what this new law is doing.

    • No, its not banning Clear (in all forms, only its present one)
    • Clear is a private company NOT a government program. TSA Pre is a government program. Both allow a traveler to pay for extra background checks and biometric collection to allow them through the identity step of airport security faster. Neither of these skip the hand baggage and body scans.
    • Nothing in the law is about TSA Pre
    • No, its not removing the pathway for "pay to play" allowing those willing to spend more money to get through security faster. Its complicating it for the Clear company, but also perhaps ending a result which Clear subscribers get through even faster than today!

    Important quote from the article:

    "Newman said his bill, SB-1372, doesn't seek to prohibit Clear from operating its own dedicated security lines separate from other passengers."

    Clear could set up their own end-to-end security (which would cost them more) but would be even faster to get through because they would bypass regular TSA security and scanning lines, which isn't what is happening today.

  • California could ban Clear, which lets travelers pay to skip TSA lines
  • We need to stop terrorists, unless you’re willing to pay a premium, of course!

    The only step Clear skips is essentially identifying your identity. As in, you are who you say you are. They do this by requiring your eye retina scan biometrics (no thank you). This replaces a TSA officer looking at your ID and looking at your face and letting you through to the next step.

    After the identity check (TSA looking at your ID or Clear looking at your retinas) all the steps and priority are identical. Your hand carried bags are xray scanned, you go through a body scanner of some kind.

    My mate and I were traveling for awhile where she had Clear and I just had TSA Pre. Out of 8 times traversing security, only one time was she through faster than I was. She dropped her Clear service (which was just a free trial anyway).

  • Pepsi Paid For 100 Tesla Semi Trucks In 2017, But Has Only Received 36
  • Don’t worry. The trucks were covered by a $20 million government grant, and an additional $40k per vehicle.

    The fuck.

    You read that wrong.

    From the article: "Interestingly, 32 of Pepsi’s semi trucks were covered by a $20 million state government grant, while federal subsidies pay for up to $40,000 per additional vehicle. "

    The "additional 40k" was for only 4 vehicles.

  • Guess Where Marjorie Taylor Greene Has Suddenly Gotten Popular?
  • If she is promoting Kremlin propaganda, she is a traitor, IMHO. Unfortunately, she is likely protected under the first amendment.

    This is the Congressional Oath of Office she would have had to take at swearing in:

    "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God."

  • Comedian Tom Smothers, one-half of the Smothers Brothers, dies at 86
    apnews.com Comedian Tom Smothers, one-half of the Smothers Brothers, dies at 86

    Tom Smothers, half of the Smothers Brothers and the co-host of one of the most socially conscious and groundbreaking television shows in the history of the medium, has died at 86.

    Comedian Tom Smothers, one-half of the Smothers Brothers, dies at 86

    Tom Smothers, half of the Smothers Brothers and the co-host of one of the most socially conscious and groundbreaking television shows in the history of the medium, has died at 86.

    The National Comedy Center, on behalf of his family, said in a statement Wednesday that Smothers died Tuesday at home in Santa Rosa, California, following a cancer battle.

    “I’m just devastated,” his brother and the duo’s other half, Dick Smothers, told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday. “Every breath I’ve taken, my brother’s been around.”

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