r/NoStupidQuestions 16d ago Silver

Politics megathread US Politics Megathread 5/2022

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With recent supreme court leaks there has been a large number of questions regarding the leak itself and also numerous questions on how the supreme court works, the structure of US government, and the politics surrounding the issues. Because of this we have decided to bring back the US Politics Megathread.

Post all your US Poltics related questions as a top level reply to this post.

All abortion questions and Roe v Wade stuff here as well. Do not try to circumvent this or lawyer your way out of it.

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  • Top level comments must be genuine questions, not disguised rants or loaded questions. This isn't a sub for scoring points, it's about learning.

  • Keep your questions tasteful and legal. Reddit's minimum age is just 13!


r/NoStupidQuestions 14h ago Silver Wholesome

I might go to prison for 5 years, I get one statement to the judge. What do I say, and how, in a last ditch to save my life?

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In dec 2021 I was caught with marijuana(5-10lbs), I was 19, now 20. I’m in WI, with very strict laws, very conservative DA. Yesterday was read a guilty verdict(poss with intent to distribute), with Sentencing on June 1.

I grew up poor, couldn’t afford opportunity, and I made a bad decision rooted in desperation. I was offered a plea deal in pre-trial for one and a half years. I declined and took it to trial. Prosecutor is looking for max sentence because of rising drug figures in the county, presumably to make an example out of me, 5 years, with no record.

What are some talking points I can hit on, in my 5mins I get to speak directly to the judge? I don’t want an entire script, I just need to sound articulate, somewhat intelligent, and not appear to be a complete bottom feeder. My life hangs on it.

Thank you

Edit - thank you everyone for responding, from jokes to people being extremely real, I mean it from the bottom of my heart, thank you.


r/NoStupidQuestions 18h ago Silver Helpful I'm Deceased

Do you think cows enjoy grass?

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Do you think cows are more like "aw fuck yeah gonna go eat some fuckin GRASS" or are they more like "guess I need to eat some more grass :/"


r/NoStupidQuestions 1h ago

Why is it seen as perfectly normal for people in sports to endorse any and all products, but in the realm of arts it's always seen as "selling out"?

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r/NoStupidQuestions 1d ago

My mom cringes when I kiss my cat on his forehead because of the fur. Do other people kiss their pets or am I a freak?

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r/NoStupidQuestions 1d ago

Why do billionaires care so deeply about taxes being raised for them when they have more money than they could ever likely spend?

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r/NoStupidQuestions 37m ago

Is it normal for someone who doesn't believe in God to really, really want to?

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I don't believe in God, but I call myself an agnostic and not an atheist because I want to believe in God. I really, really want to.

For the record, I do believe that the universe was created rather than formed, but there lies the extent of my religious belief. There are dozens of religions out there, but if there really is a God, only one of them can be completely right.

The simple acceptance of a singular organized religion requires me to accept that humans can comprehend the wishes of an omnipotent being, which is enough of a hurdle in and of itself. The fact that there are multiple religions makes this acceptance almost impossible. Each religion proclaims they are the one true religion, and while they have certain similarities, you can't say that Presbyterianism is the same as Catholicism. Even if I accept the aspects that these religions have in common, only one of them can be correct.

Religious faiths such as Jehovah's Witness and Mormonism demonstrate that religious faiths are man-made ideologies, given that they were established recently, relative to their older counterparts. Tens of millions of people around the world subscribe to these religions. To them, they are just as valid as those that have been around for thousands of years.

Even if I discount the newer faiths, Islam and Judaism have been around for ages. Christianity has been around for a long time as well, but is a relative newcomer when compared with those two. Again, only one can be right.

I would love to believe that my life means something other than simply the short time I have to live it, and religion is the only way for that to be true. I don't have any reason to believe that any of it's true, however, and that is perhaps the scariest thing of all. Sometimes I wish I was like other people, and I could believe. Even if they're all wrong, at least I'd live my life believing that my life is more than just the time I spend on this planet. Unfortunately, my brain doesn't work that way.


r/NoStupidQuestions 1d ago

Why do servers get mad at non-tipping customers rather than their employers who are not paying them a fair wage?

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r/NoStupidQuestions 3h ago

Is there any valid reason to learn how to write in cursive today?

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Just think about it, when do you even use cursive? Maybe knowing your initials in cursive is important for signing something, but even then most documents require you to print your name and you don’t even NEED to write your initials in cursive. And honestly, if I was a lawyer or boss or something I would rather have something written in regular writing cuz it’s easier to read. Idk what are other opinions?


r/NoStupidQuestions 23h ago Silver

Why preface a question with "Am I the only one...?" or "Does anybody else...?" instead of "I think/believe... etc."?

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Especially when, odds are, you are NOT the only one who believes/think as such. Seriously, why bother? And if it does indeed make a difference, why does it make a difference? Why would prefacing as above make some people more receptive to the question?


r/NoStupidQuestions 2m ago

Unanswered Why isn’t smoking illegal?

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If smoking evidently causes harm on people and has no health benefits, is a cause for cancer and indirect cause of death, why is it not banned or illegalised?


r/NoStupidQuestions 9h ago

Unanswered If I shock an electric eel, will it die or get stronger?

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r/NoStupidQuestions 10m ago

Unanswered Is it hard/worth getting a tattoo?

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For the past few months, I've been wondering about getting a tattoo on my forearm. kinda scared to commit to it, and I expect it to be very painful... Is it really worth it?


r/NoStupidQuestions 22m ago

What's with all the tornados the past few weeks?

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Devastating ones are popping up in places that rarely see tornados at all


r/NoStupidQuestions 15h ago

Can a straight guy think another man is good looking

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r/NoStupidQuestions 11h ago

What is a bedbug's natural habitat and diet outside of the world of beds?

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r/NoStupidQuestions 9h ago

Unanswered Is it considered douchey to always drop weights from full height at the gym?

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If you’re pressing 100 lb. dumbbells and you practically throw them after each set, or drop your deadlift bar from hip height, what’s the point? Ego? Or is there a case to be made for finishing your rep/grip at full extension?


r/NoStupidQuestions 54m ago

Unanswered Is it true that you don’t need an ID to vote in the US?

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If not, then why? I tried googling it but I couldn’t find a clear answer.


r/NoStupidQuestions 58m ago

Unanswered How the hell do people find their jobs?

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Yes, there's all the popular employment apps, going in and asking, or even a quick Google search but everyone I know has a job I have never seen or heard of before that pays very well. I have never been able to find such jobs with all 3 options.

Let me clarify these are jobs that do not require degrees.


r/NoStupidQuestions 1d ago Silver Wholesome

Does anyone else forget about the universe and then remember and go "oh yeah holy shit, the fucking universe. that's crazy. what is all this anyway? jeeze louise"

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