Conservative pundits like Stephen Crowder, Ben Shapiro, and Denis Prager claim that what makes America, and "the West" more broadly, great are Judeo-Christian values.
However, individualism, civil liberties, democracy, science and reason... All the ideals that make America as great as it is today are thanks to the Enlightenment, which was largely a secular movement. Many of the founding fathers (Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, Madison, Monroe) were deistic, meaning they were not "Christian". Jefferson literally wrote his own version of the Bible excluding all the supernatural bullshit and miracles.
And if anything Christian fundamentalism has held our country back, and continues to do so to this day. People that think the earth is flat, that evolution isn't real, that bomb abortion clinics, that create gay conversion camps: they cause a demonstrable harm to our society.
Another thing that throws a wrench into conservative notions of Christian ideals and American exceptionalism is that Eastern societies were far more advanced than the West prior to the Enlightenment. Our numerical system was developed by Hindus, and popularized by Arabs. Advancements like ink, paper, gunpowder, were all made in China. Baghdad, a Muslim city, was a hub for scientific and philosophical advancement. My point is that the Christianization of a civilization isn't correlated with the greatness of said society, and if anything it is negatively correlated. Another fact that exemplifies this is that South America is arguably more Christian/religious than the US and other European nations, but far less successful.
I guess I just don't understand where conservatives get this idea that Christianity and its values are what make America, and the West great.
EDIT: u/tangledGoatsucker provided the website with the figure of short shares— https://highshortinterest.com/all/1
EDIT:Due to popularity of this i want to say *I am not a financial advisor. Do what you want with your money the risk is up to you its a gamble but it could work. But in saying that.. I LOVE THIS STOCK🚀
EDIT: Credit and posted by u/Laxsmi371 -$AMC... Man Of The Hour: David Portnoy (BARSTOOL founder & president) today on Fox Business.... Invested $2mil (paid top dollar) in the heavily shorted stocks yesterday to support the cause... YES, he is in $AMC for the long haul, he said. By the end of the day yesterday, he was down $700,000. Today, at the time of the interview, he was only down $200,000 but said he is still in for the duration.... He said, and I quote: "Robinhood STOLE money from its clients"... BRAVO David Portnoy... YOU get it!!!.... EVEN AOC and Ted Cruz agree on what RH did was wrong.... Congress is meeting on it as we speak.... Oh.... EVEN Mark Cuban supports the cause.... 🙂
EDIT: if AMC closes above 9-10$(hearing lots of both # from different sources) today all the calls expire in the money and market makers will be forced to buy shares back at a premium, therefore early next week the price SHOULD rocket officially starting the short squeeze
For context, I work in maritime construction so I’m not home that often. My girlfriend is a new grad who is struggling to find work. Since I earn a good living, I decided to get my girlfriend a credit card that she could use when I’m gone and I’d pay it off as she used it, I figured it would be a good way to build credit. At first it worked great, but I started noticing she was buying a lot of brand clothes online. It started with some gymshark stuff, which is an expensive brand but she would only get 1-2 items at a time. Soon though, it became 3-400 dollar orders and I would get frustrated thinking why the hell would you need so many pairs of leggings and shirts. It actually got to the point where she started using my space in the closet because she had too many clothes. We had some conversations about it after that and she stopped buying things online for a while. But it all came to a head last month when she ordered a huge instant pot, an air fryer, and some other items including clothes for both her and me. I was stuck in Sitka, Alaska and when I checked the card we were damn near maxed out and I had to dip into my savings to pay it off. By the time I got home I was absolutely pissed and, I will admit, probably should have handled it with more tact but I ended up taking my credit card back and started leaving her with 1000-1500 cash for the two weeks I’m usually gone. She’s been pissed about it since I started doing it and calls me an asshole but I really think she is for spending all that money without telling me.
EDIT- There’s been some confusion here, I do not give her $1500 each week on a salary, so it doesn’t add up to 3 gs a month, I leave her with 1500. Ex- she spends 250 in 2 weeks, next time I leave she gets $250 to “re fill” her cash amount.
Back before Christmas my (24 Non binary ) credit card went missing for a few hours. Come to find out, my cousin (14f) took it to buy a big order off the Pokemon center site. I was furious, told her mother she owed me and scolded my cousin who simply tried to blame her autism. Since then I've cancelled the card.
Here's the thing, I like Pokemon so I didn't cancel the order, but come to find out, the stuff she ordered was Limited Edition and they're sold out. It came in the mail today and I took a picture of the stuff and sent it to my aunt saying thanks for the gifts! XOXO!
Now my cousin is a crying mess because she really wanted that stuffed animals and figures but I won't budge. My aunt was the one who showed her the picture. Aunt is begging me to sell her the stuff now to keep my cousin from crying and throwing a tantrum. Telling me I'm a huge asshole.
Added info: No my aunt didn't pay me back when I told her about the theft, she said I would have kept a better eye on my wallet
Added: as to why it came to my address, when I found out she took my credit card I got her to confess what site she bought from and changed shipping to me. Since it was same day order the customer service was able to put my address in.
This seems like a new scam, no one at bank of America has heard of this scam or knows how to help me get my money back.
Here is the summary:
I have a BOA cash rewards credit card, which i pay off in full at end of every month.
I paid my entire balance off Jan 2, 2021 for a total of $4500. all was well.
I login to my online banking on Jan 24 and notice i have $5200 balance on my card. i think no way i spent this much, so i look at transactions, and indeed, new purchases are $1200 and one mysterious line item from Jan 21 that reads: "ACH PAYMENT REFUND" $4000.
I call bank of America, to ask, what is this?? they say that is a partial refund of my original payment that i made on Jan 2, for the amount of $4500 and they refunded $4000 out of that payment. as some one called BOA saying they over paid on the credit card payment and wanted a partial refund.
So i tell them, well, i did not request a partial payment refund. and where did this refund go, as i dont have it in any of my accounts....
They give me the last 4 digits of the account number it went to. its none of my accounts.
So basically some one called BOA asking for a partial refund of an overpayment on a credit card payment, AND asked the refund to be sent to some unknown account number which I do not own.
How can this even be possible to send a refund to a totally random account that a caller provides???
So far i spent 9 hours on the phone with BOA, they keep bouncing me between credit card fraud and billing agents. I already spoke to 9 different agents, they have no idea what to do, they all pass the ball to the next agent.
Credit card fraud says since its not a fraud purchase but a payment refund its a billing issue, then billing says its a fraudulent billing issue so they transfer me to credit card fraud. rinse and repeat.
I went to my local bank, sat with a banker lady for 3 hours while she was on the phone with what seems the same exact people/departments (fraud and billing), she too was getting bounced around between the same departments.
at the end she said she will forward this higher up, and hopefully i will hear something in the next week or two from them.
Have any one heard of such a fraud??
Im not sure what to do at this point, its been about 1 week since i was at the bank and heard nothing so far.
this keeps happening in general, but /u/strike_gently is a pretty regular offender
stolen for https://old.reddit.com/r/SquaredCircle/comments/lg5yi4/raw_spoilers_the_balls_vag_and_hole_trilogy/
It's not limited to Twitter either, as https://old.reddit.com/r/SquaredCircle/comments/lgee51/fightful_bad_bunny_sells_over_500000_in_wwe_merch/ is just a report copy/pasted from Wrestletalk without credit
this is pretty poor form from anybody, but coming from a mod it's extra egregious.